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Debbie Reynolds is slated to receive the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual SAG Awards next January. The actress, singer, dancer, and author will be the 51st recipient of the honor. Some of her best known film roles were in "Singin' in the Rain," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and "How the West Was Won." She has also been selected for her work to preserve artifacts and costumes from the history of film and her work in the mental illness field. Other recent honorees have included Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, and James Earl Jones. Awards Daily. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube David Letterman returns from an extended vacation with a special tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams. Watch the 10-minute segment honoring the late comedian that was part of the Monday »
If you haven’t yet caught a movie outdoors this summer, then you’re missing out! On a nice night, pack your bag with a picnic blanket, snacks, and bug spray, and head out to one of these flicks under the night sky! New York City August 20What: “The Way We Were”Who: Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, the classic Sydney Pollack-directed romantic drama won two Oscars at the 1974 ceremony.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”Who: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and others. Where: South Street Seaport What: “Captain Phillips”Who: Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi star in the 2013 dramatic thriller that earned six Oscar noms and had everyone saying, “I’m the captain now.”Where: Pier 63 Lawn August 21What: “Coming to America”Who: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and others.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “The Birds »
There have been a few stars over the years who started brightly only to see their career fade and sometimes even plummet. Perhaps one of the best examples of someone looking set to become a regular face at Award shows, particularly during the nominations montage, before falling from grace, was Eric Roberts. In fact one of his earlier films, The Pope of Greenwich Village, saw Roberts star with Mickey Rourke, whose career followed the same trajectory. An early run of solid films with critical acclaim, followed by a lengthy spell largely spent in B-movies, with the occasional more high profile bit part thrown in. Whilst Rourke had a second coming with The Wrestler recently, Roberts is still waiting for such an opportunity, and it’s an opportunity that would be fully deserved.
Before becoming something of a sitcom gag, »
- Gary Collinson
Is there anyone in the entire history of cinema more iconic than Darth Vader? The evil-villain-cum-tragic-hero of the Star Wars Saga has been a part of the popular consciousness for nearly forty years, with his menacing helmet, rasping breath and flirty sand-based conversations making an unforgettable character whose appeal spans generations.
If you’ve never owned a piece of Vader merchandise you’re definitely in the minority; there’s action figures, desk lamps, slippers, watches, replica lightsabers, Mr Potato Heads, backpacks, cake tins, bowl holders, even golf club covers. Heck, you can buy a toaster that toasts his iconic fizzog onto your bread. Star Wars is a franchise built on its tie-ins and Vader really leads the charge.
He’s so captivating that we’ve had a whole trilogy of films based off the twist of his secret identity. But things could have turned out very, very different. With »
- Alex Leadbeater
Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still time catch an open-air showing of some of the Bard’s most popular works. Check out these outdoor Shakespeare performances from all over the country and the prominent theater companies producing them. Bonus: They’re all completely free! Shakespeare in the Park (NYC)This annual celebrity-studded event from New York’s Public Theater is the father of all outdoor Shakespeare festivals. Offering free performances in Central Park throughout the summer, the festival gives New Yorkers a chance to see some their favorite actors live under the stars. Performances are held in an amphitheater built for the purpose; the Delecorte Theater was constructed in 1961 after a court battle with the park, and opened with a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. This year’s line-up included “Much Ado About Nothing” featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, »
As the democratization of film has made it possible for just about anyone to make a film, it has conversely made it more difficult for the individual filmmaker and his or her films to stand out. Online content platforms now offer a hundred times more films in their catalogs then the films cataloged by IMDb from the inception of film (1,764,727 titles as of 14 Jan 2011). So despite assertions to the contrary, branding is more important than ever.
Filmmakers Are Brands, Their Films Are Products Though difficult for some in a creative pursuit to accept, in the words of Moonstruck (1987): “Snap out of it!” The music world has brands Madonna Louise Ciccone and Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by their much more memorable brand names, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Consistency Counts When your audience knows what they can expect from your “brand”, even if it is to be continually surprised, you’ve »
- David K Greenwald
Hit comedy The Big Bang Theory kicked off Friday at Comic-Con 2014 with a panel featuring the show's writers for the second year in a row. And of course, the writers brought along some fun video to share.
First up was the hot new trailer for . Fans witnessed the world premiere of of footage from the B movie, starring Wil Wheaton and Penny. "He mixed her DNA with that of a killer gorilla. Was it because he loved her? Yes." Watch here:
The Big Bang Theory also brought along a highlight reel. James Earl Jones, Bob Newhart, the re-creation of the planet Dagobah from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, debating the merits of Indiana Jones and preferred gaming consoles, and the quest to buy Comic-Con badges are all here:
The ongoing contract negotiations with CBS/Wbtv and the core cast of "The Big Bang Theory" loomed over Friday (July 25) morning's San Diego Comic-Con panel, or at least the negotiations loomed if you happened to be obsessed with such things. If you're not, the negotiations were a total non-factor in the spirited and amusing give-and-take between the show's writers, moderator Craig Ferguson and the Comic-Con crowd. According to a Deadline.com story, question monitors at the panel prevented Deadline from asking about the negotiations, which raises exactly two issues for me: 1) The writers of "The Big Bang Theory," for the most part, could hardly have less to do with negotiations that are going on far, far, far above their paygrade or job description. Even the highest ranking writers on the panel, folks like co-creator Bill Prady and showrunner Steve Molaro, could hardly have less to do with those negotiations and »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Big Bang Theory, no surprise, is a major hit with the Comic-Con crowd. When the show’s writers and producers gathered for a panel at the con, they delivered a consistently entertaining panel, with a few surprise guests and a couple of tidbits about the show’s upcoming eighth season.
Things kicked off with an appearance from Garfunkel and Oates (a.k.a. Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who played Lucy on Big Bang). The geeky folk duo wrote “If I Didn’t Have You,” the song Howard sang to Bernadette this season, and they serenaded the Ballroom 20 audience »
- Emily Rome
CBS’ juggernaut comedy “The Big Bang Theory” invaded Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 on Friday morning, with latenight host Craig Ferguson moderating a lively discussion with the writers and executive producers.
Star Wil Wheaton appeared midway through the panel in an orangutan mask — an homage to “Serial Ape-ist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill,” the movie within the show that his character is filming with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) — and the producers showed a spectacularly campy mock trailer from the fictional flick during the session.
There was much talk of “Star Wars” at the panel, given that stars James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher appeared in one of last season’s most memorable installments — and showrunner Steve Molaro admitted »
- Laura Prudom
Both Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones are true legends of the Star Wars franchise. The former, of course, played the beautiful and heroic Princess Leia in the original sci-fi franchise, while the latter lent his deep, booming voice to the dark, foreboding presence of Darth Vader. Because one was on the set while the other was doing all his work in a recording booth, however, the two never actually got to meet. that is, until they both guest starred on an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Earlier this morning, the writing staff of the CBS sitcom was on-stage at San Diego Comic-Con, and while discussing the Season 7 episode "The Convention Conundrum" and the cameos made by both Fisher and Jones, showrunner Steve Motaro revealed an interesting new bit of Star Wars trivia. According to the writer, the two actors. time on set was actually the first time that »
What the heck is Penny's last name?!
Calling all geeks, nerds, and lovers of great TV—it's time to talk about The Big Bang Theory!
CBS' long-running hit series, is approaching their eight season and to celebrate the sure-to-be hilarious new batch of episodes, the writers and executive producers of The Big Bang Theory took over Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con and unleashed new details of what's to come.
Read on for sneak peek scoop of what's next for Sheldon and Amy's relationship, whether or not we will ever see Mrs. Wolowitz, learn Penny's last name or get the elevator fixed, and if there are Big Bang Theory babies on the way.
Plus, get ready to go bananas, because we've got your first look at the trailer for Penny's hot mess of a movie, Serial Apeist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill. (Trust us when we tell you that this is the best/worst thing you will see all day »
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new dramatic comedy starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today. To celebrate, we have a new behind-the-scenes featurette that shows the filmmakers setting up the film's premise and how the story came to them as a remake of a European movie. Watch and learn more about this provocative new release before picking up The Angriest Man in Brooklyn at your local retailer today!
Iconic comedian and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Good Will Hunting, 1997) stars in the heartfelt comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD July 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Also starring Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (HBO's Game of »
Stage and screen veterans Elizabeth Ashley and Byron Jennings have joined the ever-expanding cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You, already set to star James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Mark-Linn Baker, among others. The show begins previews August 26 at the Longacre Theatre and opens September 28. Scott Ellis directs. Meanwhile, Lincoln Center Theater and the Signature added new plays to their upcoming season lineups this morning, and young folks under stress — from love or lawlessness, take your pick — are prominent. Coming up first, at the Pershing Square Signature […] »
Looks like Panem’s resident dictator/asshole President Snow has a little problem on his hands, at least when it comes to propaganda videos. District 13 be hackin’ him, yo. Check out a new video for Francis Lawrence’s upcoming “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” due out this November 21st. Besides Donald Sutherland’s President Snow, also standing by (get it?) in the video is Josh Hutcherson and Jena Malone. You know what would make this faux Panem video even cooler? If they had managed to get James Earl Jones to do the “This is Capitol TV” voiceover bit. That would have been so beyond awesome, it would have been awesome-o. »
After a seamless transition from small-screen dramas to big-screen comedies (seriously, what can't this woman do?), Rose Byrne is setting her sights on Broadway. The Damages and Bridesmaids star has joined James Earl Jones and Masters of Sex's Annaleigh Ashford in a revival of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 comedy You Can't Take It With You. The play follows two families, the eccentric Sycamores and the straight-laced Kirbys, who are brought together when a Sycamore daughter and Kirby son fall in love. Byrne will play Alice Sycamore, one of the lovebirds and the "normal" daughter in a family of crazies. No word on whether she will also be the only one in the family with an Australian accent, but hey, it worked for Neighbors. »
- Anna Silman
After starring in the upcoming big screen adaptation of “Annie,” it looks like Rose Byrne may have caught the theater bug. The actress is set to make her Broadway debut next spring in a new production of “You Can't Take It With You” opposite a cast that also includes James Earl Jones. The comedic play in three acts follows two very different families brought together by a pair of young lovers. Byrne will play Alice, the seemingly “normal” daughter in an eccentric family that seems mad. Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Mark Linn-Baker, Crystal A. Dickinson, Julie Halston and Reg Rogers. »
- Linda Ge
New York – Rose Byrne will take a break from her demanding schedule as one of the go-to actresses for screen comedy, switching it up with a stage turn in the Broadway revival of You Can't Take It With You. The 1936 classic by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart about a family of Manhattan eccentrics will mark Byrne's New York stage debut. She stars opposite previously announced lead James Earl Jones and Kristine Nielsen, a Tony nominee in 2013 for best play winner Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Also joining the cast of You Can't Take It
- David Rooney
Neighbors star Rose Byrne will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite James Earl Jones in the upcoming revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can’t Take It With You.
Bryne will play Alice Sycamore, the youngest daughter of an eccentric family who brings home her fiancé for their parents to meet. In addition to the previously announced Jones and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen, the play will also star Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy »
- Jake Perlman
The constellation of stars signing on for the late-summer revival of You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl Jones just expanded by two: Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Damages), in her Broadway debut, and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex, Broadway’s Kinky Boots) will appear, along with Kristine Nielsen (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike). The cast will also include stage veteran Mark Linn-Baker (also Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss) and Reg Rogers (Holiday). The director is Scott Ellis. Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges Of Madison County, the upcoming Honeymoon In Vegas) is writing incidental music for […] »
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