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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Phil Alden Robinson’s Field of Dreams, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a screening of the supernatural baseball drama on Wednesday, December 16, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Back in 1989, Field of Dreams, in which a farmer builds (a baseball field) so they’ll come ("they" being the Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven banned Chicago White Sox players), was nominated for three Academy Awards: best picture, best original screenplay, and best original score (James Horner). Based on W.P. Kinsella’s short novel, the film stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones. Field of Dreams was also part of a [...] »
- Joan Lister
Morgan Freeman was born to play Nelson Mandela. Or maybe Nelson Mandela was destined to be played by Morgan Freeman. Whichever it is, when posters and other advertisements began sprouting for the new film "Invictus," in which Freeman stars as the former South African president, the casting felt inevitable. Of course one of America's most revered and respected actors would be portraying a man of such greatness.Even in 1995, when Mandela published his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," detailing the 27 years he spent in prison struggling against apartheid, the activist had the actor in mind, saying Freeman should be the one to play him if the book became a movie. Admits Freeman, "It's been a foregone conclusion that, at some point or another, I would play him."Freeman, who runs the company Revelations Entertainment with his producing partner Lori McReady, spent years trying to help get a film version off »
Time has run out for As the World Turns, with the evergreen soapie to wrap up after 54 years. Still, fans who have grown up with the show have 10 months to ready themselves for life without it, with CBS announcing the last episode will air in September. Shining lights over the years have included Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, James Earl Jones and Parker Posey (pictured). Observers say the show's demise reflects a loss in ratings for daytime soaps. The audience for World has fallen from 6.5 million to 2.5 million. 'It's extremely difficult to say goodbye to a long-running series that's been close to our hearts for so long,' »
- Philippa Bourke / Splash News
Long-running U.S. daytime soap opera As The World Turns is looking for a new home - it's been dropped by CBS network bosses after 54 years.
TV executives have cancelled the show and the final episode will air in September.
Executive producer Chris Goutman says, "Throughout our history, As the World Turns has remained dedicated to sharing compelling stories that have entertained fans for more than five decades. We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed."
A show source reveals the programme's bosses are seeking "a new outlet to carry the show".
What we want to know is, is this the work of CBS or CBS' evil twin? Generations of kids faking sick days and bonbon-eating housewives have gone into mourning, as the network has called time on As the World Turns, canceling the sudsy staple after 54 years. The show premiered in 1956 and helped launch the careers of Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Julianne Moore, Martin Sheen and James Earl Jones, among others. Its final episode will air next September. "We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed," Atwt executive producer Chris Goutman said in a statement. "It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show's loyal »
The sun won't rise on the citizens of Oakdale, Ill., come 2011 - the soap opera As the World Turns will be end its 54-year-run in September 2010, CBS announced Tuesday. Bowed down by declining ratings among daytime soaps in general, the longrunning series, which is filmed in New York City, will draw the curtains for the final time on Sept. 17. Only three months ago - and almost exactly a year before that, on Sept. 18, 2009 - the 72-year-old soap Guiding Light broadcast its final episode. Many of the castmembers of As the World Turns have gone on to have notable careers in film, »
New York — CBS is canceling the soap opera "As the World Turns" after more than a half-century on the air.CBS says the final episode will air next September, in its 54th year. Daytime dramas have been in a long-term ratings decline, and CBS ended the daytime soap "Guiding Light" earlier this year.Through the years, actors Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey and James Earl Jones have appeared on the show.The cancellation will leave CBS with only two daytime dramas: "The Young and the Restless" and "Bold and Beautiful."Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. »
Chicago – Robert Sean Leonard, who plays Dr. James Wilson on “House M.D.” (and the best friend of Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House), describes himself as less than ambitious with his career and even “lazy” in an interview with HollywoodChicago.com’s presence. He’s also remembered for his role on “Dead Poet’s Society”.
Tonight’s self-titled episode “Wilson,” which is episode nine of season six, puts Robert Sean Leonard more in the spotlight than fans are used to seeing him. The episode, which airs on Nov. 30, 2009 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox, is an intense examination into Wilson’s world when it’s not involving House.
“House M.D.” stars Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer and Olivia Wilde from creator David Shore. Tonight’s episode synopsis follows and then the Robert Sean Leonard interview follows thereafter.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Veteran star James Earl Jones has defended his casting in a traditionally white role for a new West End version of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, insisting he can relate to his character as well as any other actor.
The Coming to America star is set to play Big Daddy in the London run of Tennessee Williams' iconic play, which centres on a rich but troubled American family who struggle to cope with the changes taking place in 1950s Southern society.
The piece was originally written for white actors to play the roles, as the U.S. Civil Rights movement had only just begun at the time Williams penned the piece in 1955.
But Jones is adamant the cast, which features black actors in all four leading roles for the first time, can do the play justice.
He tells Britain's Guardian newspaper, "We're not doing anything to this play that a white family, or a Chinese family, wouldn't do.
"I am a redneck, too. I am a Mississippi farm person. I can be foul-mouthed, I can be inarticulate. It's just that my neck doesn't get red.
"I've always felt that I understood Big Daddy more than the average northern-American Caucasian actor." »
James Earl Jones has defended the all-black casting of the current West End adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The Lion King and Star Wars actor plays Big Daddy in the production, which sold out on Broadway before its transfer to London. Jones told The Guardian: "We're not doing anything to this play that a white family, or a Chinese family, wouldn't do. "I am a redneck, too. I am a Mississippi farm person. I can be foul-mouthed, I can be inarticulate. It's just that my neck doesn't (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
James Earl Jones has been breaking down barriers since the 1950s. As he prepares to star in an all-black Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he tells Maddy Costa about his absent father, elderly sex – and why his stutter was his salvation
The septuagenarian walking slowly through the Novello theatre in London looks like an archetypal American tourist. Tall and wide, he wears a puffy gilet that makes him seem even bulkier, while a faded baseball cap shades his face. Yet this ordinary-looking man is one of America's pre-eminent actors: James Earl Jones. Over the last 50 years, he has won two Tony awards (playing a boxer in The Great White Hope, and for his role in August Wilson's Fences), an Oscar nomination (for the film of The Great White Hope), as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards for his TV work.
You wouldn't know any of this to look at him, »
- Maddy Costa
Jennifer Hudson, the multitalented performer who was once a finalist on American Idol and is now a sought-after Oscar winner, will be starring in a biopic about Winnie Mandela, based on the book Winnie Mandela: A Life. Mandela, the ex-wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, is a controversial figure; although she's a stalwart activist against apartheid, with some calling her the Mother of the Nation, she has also been embroiled in several scandals, both of the personal and political nature. Perhaps most controversial was her association with a former bodyguard who was charged with the murder of a kidnapped 14-year-old. She was also charged with bank fraud in 2001; as the New York Times wrote, "there is no doubt that the woman who was once celebrated as a heroine of the anti-apartheid struggle has become mired in a particularly sticky set of financial and political troubles."
According to Variety, »
- Jenni Miller
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway next spring - in an upcoming revival of Tony Award-winning play Fences.
Washington will take to the New York stage in April in the August Wilson play, which centres around U.S. race-relations in the 1950s.
The original 1987 production starred James Earl Jones as patriarch Troy Maxson, Mary Alice as his wife and Courtney B. Vance as his son. It won both the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Washington was last on Broadway in 2005 in a revival of Julius Caesar, in which he played Brutus.
The new production will be directed by Kenny Leon, who directed Wilson's Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean on Broadway. »
South African actor who helped break the taboos of apartheid
On a steamy evening in a rundown Johannesburg club in September 1961, two actors premiered The Blood Knot, a play about brothers with different fathers, both men black but one light enough to enter white society. For each of them, the black actor Zakes Mokae, who has died aged 75, and the white playwright Athol Fugard, the night launched their careers. Fugard's play toured South Africa for six months, and although he travelled first-class on the train while Mokae travelled third, the two had broken a taboo by being the first black and white actors to appear on a public stage in apartheid South Africa. The success of The Blood Knot brought Fugard to international attention and kickstarted Mokae's long and varied career in theatre, film and television.
Mokae was born and grew up in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, the son of a policeman and a housemaid. »
Most of the medical cases on House begin and end in a single episode, no matter how perplexing, complicated or rare. All that changed this season with the arrival — and death — of President Diabla (James Earl Jones), an African dictator accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Dr. Chase's (Jesse Spencer) faith pushed him to choose to save a country rather than save a patient, and his role in the dictator's death has rocked his...
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- Kate Stanhope
So the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was last night's World Series hero, knocking a ninth-inning double for the go-ahead run and a 3-1 series lead against the Phillies. In tonight's Game 5, A. J. Burnett looks to mirror his one-run gem from last week as he takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park. With the Yanks possibly locking up the Fall Classic in a matter of hours, either of these guys could end up nabbing the series' Mvp award. Or the Phils could stage a comeback powered by Game 1 gods, Chase Utley and Cliff Lee.
Whatever happens, though, I know one thing: I detest both these teams because I am a heart-broken Mets fan (is there any other kind?). That's why when I think about ballplayers these days, I tend to think about movies. Cinema has given us some of the best and silliest sluggers and hurlers imaginable, and it is these »
- Eric Ditzian
Curious George. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Classics each and every one. Call it a babysitter in a box or call it a great tool for educating your children, either way what we have on our hands here is 19 hours of story books new and old converted to a digital medium. Some of these genuinely are treasures reincarnated in an animated medium while others are newer stories that have yet to prove their heirloom mettle. However, your average tot won’t care as much about the legacy of a given story as they will about the presentation. A majority of the stories found on these 16 discs have received the full animation treatment from the humble illustration origins, but there are a few in the collection which are little more than scans of the pages being panned over by the camera. Depending on the age »
- Lex Walker
Law & Order is touchy. Maybe it’s age—after all the show is an admirably ancient 20 years old, which in TVworld means Willard Scott should’ve offered them congratulations about five seasons back. But this past episode had the reigning Queen Mum of procedurals wagging a bony finger in all sorts of directions, including—perhaps unwittingly—its own. The ripped headline was actually a hybrid, as they do more frequently these days, of Gosselin greed and Octomom blind ambition. (I suppose the Duggars were spared because they haven’t catapulted lawyers at each other…yet.) The “Jon” (Jim Gaffigan) of »
- Alynda Wheat
Disney have released a new trailer for upcoming 3d movie, A Christmas Carol which is based on the Charles Dickens’ book and stars Jim Carrey as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge. The only slight issue with the trailer is that it’s the Japanese version! Don’t let that put you off though as most of it is in English with Japanese subtitles. Check out the Japanese voice-over though – I wonder if that guy is the Japanese version of James Earl Jones!
You’ll notice that there’s a couple of new scenes which we haven’t seen in the previous trailers. The movie is directed by movie legend Robert Zemeckis and also stars Robin Wright Penn, Gary Oldman, Michael J. Fox, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes and Molly C. Quinn.
A Christmas Carol is released in UK cinemas November 6th.
- David Sztypuljak
The Tom Clancy books focusing on CIA agent, John Ryan that spawned movies, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears are all in my list of all-time favourite action movies. The books that Clancy has written were all be converted from the page to the screen brilliantly. They’ve also had excellent casts with high profile actors playing the lead role of Jack Ryan.
The movie has no name as yet but the two books that haven’t yet been made into movies are ‘Red Rabbit’, about a plot to kill the Pope; and ‘The Cardinal of the Kremlin’, where Ryan is still a CIA analyst working his way up the ranks. »
- David Sztypuljak
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