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Hollywood has taken notice of Téa Leoni’s powerful portrayal of a fictional secretary of state in the CBS breakout drama “Madam Secretary.” Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative pulled into politics by her former boss, now president of the United States. While she is one of the most powerful women in Washington, McCord faces the delicate challenge of balancing a demanding career and family life. An Emmy contender for Best Actress in a Drama, Leoni spoke to TheWrap about her character’s real-life inspiration , her costar Tim Daly and Los Angeles traffic. Also Read: CBS Renews 'Madam. »
- Kathy Zerbib and Anita Bennett
Kris Wall reviews Lego Jurassic World…
You have to hand it to Traveller’s Tales, they’re clearly huge fans of the licences they come to develop for with each new Lego game they make. Despite one coming out seemingly every 6 months now, each one features an obvious love, respect and understanding of the licence material that has managed to translate the worlds of DC, Marvel, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit into some hugely fun, charming and endlessly inventive platform games. They’re games by fans, for the fans.
As a kid with a short attention span, I liked and enjoyed a lot of different things in rapid, fickle succession, but my childhood came to be defined by three things, three loves that endured my youth and lasted to this day, Batman, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Traveller’s Tales have already adapted Batman and Indiana Jones »
- Kris Wall
This month has seen Wire alums Aiden Gillen (Baltimore politico Tommy Carcetti) wrap his fifth season as ever-scheming puppet master Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on Game of Thrones, and Pablo Schreiber (in-over-his-head dockworker Nick Sobotka) return as “Pornstache” on season three of Orange Is the New Black. Schreiber also debuts on HBO’s The Brink as a slightly out-of-his-mind, pill-popping fighter pilot, but he’s just one of a number of stars from The Wire showing up on television this season. With a snazzy new Blu-ray boxed set out to help remind viewers where many of these actors came from, here’s a roundup of where you can find them — cops and gangbangers alike.Amy Ryan (Beadie Russell)Without a doubt the biggest star in a minor role on The Wire, Amy Ryan — whose main claim to fame pre-Wire was playing Téa Leoni’s friend on the unbearable sitcom The Naked Truth »
- Ivan Cohen
I don’t know if anyone involved in Jurassic Park III had an idea about why the movie needed to be made other than Universal Pictures keeping the IP alive. Steven Spielberg had moved on, and if he couldn’t find life in a sequel, who was going to be able to attempt it just four years later? Going with Spielberg’s former VFX art director Joe Johnston wasn’t a terrible bet, but it was also a journeyman choice. Johnston was proficient enough to get the job done, but lacked the vision to see anything through beyond “more dinosaurs.” This time, the movie spins the wheel and lands on a slightly more credible protagonist with Sam Neill returning to play Alan Grant, who is lured to Isla Sorna under the false pretenses of being a dinosaur guide to wealthy couple Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni »
- Matt Goldberg
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
We love Bad Boys here at Thn, and can’t believe that Michael Bay hasn’t serviced us with one since 2003. Now it looks like the challenge of putting a Bad Boys 3 movie onto the screen has fallen to The Grey director Joe Carnahan who is in very early talks to write and direct.
The filmmaker, who also brought us that rather brilliant Narc movie many years ago, will actually rewrite David Guggenheim‘s ‘strong draft’ for a potential Bad Boys 3 movie for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Deadline, who broke the story, reveal that this could be Will Smith‘s next movie following his work on the Suicide Squad movie over at Warner Bros.
- Paul Heath
Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller. Jurassic Park III featured: Director: Joe Johnston Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant William H. Macy as Paul Kirby Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby Michael Jeter as Udesky John Diehl as Cooper Bruce A. Young as M. B. Nash Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Degler Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso Blake Michael Bryan as »
Its been a while since we've had a worthwhile disaster movie at the cineplex. Back in the 1970s, the genre was a staple of the summer movie season with audiences devouring multi-strand plots, which saw stars both old and new struggling for survival against any and every catastrophe an ambitious movie producer could think of.
Despite giving audiences some bona fide classics such as The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974), the genre has been rather dead as of late with lackluster offerings such as Poseidon (a weak 2006 imitation of the far better original) and the overly confident 2012 (2009). Yet this week, the genre hopes for a resurgence with the impressive looking San Andreas (2015). Starring Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas details a rescue pilot’s frantic search for his family following the most powerful and devastating earthquake ever to hit the West Coast.
One of the few noteworthy offerings following the post- »
- Frank Calvillo
Madam Secretary, Season 1, Episodes 18-22
Created by Barbara Hall
Airs Sundays at 8pm (Et) on CBS
The final few episodes leading up to the season finale have been very episodic, with the season finale tying up all loose ends into a very satisfying conclusion. Each episode delivers an interesting and clear standalone crisis situation that is interwoven well with the ongoing narrative. The series as a whole has been one of the finest and consistently entertaining shows from last year’s fall lineup. Madam Secretary manages to keep interest by presenting honest and relateable characters in situations that are compelling and diverse, and has a strong perspective. This political procedural drama has truly grown into an impressive and worthy television staple that has earned its second season order.
The main thread that has been lingering in the background since the pilot has been Elizabeth McCord’s suspicion of foul play »
- Jean Pierre Diez
While there’s no shortage of political shows on television at the current moment, few capture life in Washington from such a relatable angle as Madam Secretary.
The CBS series follows university professor Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), who is chosen as a successor when the Secretary of the State is killed in a mysterious accident. Over the course of the first season, we watch as she adapts to working in the White House while juggling family life with the support of her husband Matt (Tim Daly).
During a Paley Center event for the show, we had the chance to ask Leoni and Daly about their complex roles and how their characters have managed to stay true to themselves despite being thrust into the political sphere. Check out what they had to say in the video above and then head on down to the comments section to share your thoughts on »
- Justine Browning
ABC, led by a season high for the finale of “Secrets & Lies” and getting a boost from the highest-rated “Revenge” of 2015, was the top broadcaster in key demos during all four hours of primetime on Sunday.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) continues to get the night off to a good start for ABC, winning its hour in all under-55 categories despite a week-to-week dip. It was followed by the season’s penultimate episode of “Once Upon a Time” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was also on par with last week and led its timeslot.
“Secrets & Lies” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) matched the previous week’s series high in 18-49 and will adjust up to at least a 1.8 in the nationals; as it currently stands, it and “Once Upon a Time” are tied as »
- Rick Kissell
With an anger translator backup, President Barack Obama may have had his best White House Correspondents’ Dinner so far on Saturday night. But for CBS' freshman political drama Madame Secretary, this was not a weekend it will want to remember. While Madam Secretary (1.0/3) was the most-watched show of Sunday night, the Téa Leoni-starring series bombed to the tune of a 29% decline among adults 18-49 from its last original April 12 (that episode actually ran from 8:16-9:16… »
Téa Leoni and new beau Tim Daly, her co-star on Madam Secretary, made their most major public debut as a couple on Saturday, on the red carpet at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington D.C. The 48-year-old actress wore a chic black gown with a high neckline and slit, paired with a sheer black cape, silver brooch and black sandals and smiled as she posed for photos with Daly, 59, who donned a black tux and black bow tie. The two play a married couple on the CBS show Madam Secretary, in which Leoni stars as the U.S. Secretary of State. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and CBS News TV journalist Bob Schieffer joined the two on the red carpet and »
What an appropriate setting! Madam Secretary star Tea Leoni and her costar boyfriend Tim Daly made their public debut as a couple at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, April 25. It was the first event the pair have attended as a couple since Us Weekly broke the news in December 2014 that the CBS stars were dating. "Their chemistry on set is electrifying," a source told Us at the time. "They have an amazing time filming." Leoni, 49, began dating Daly, 59, just four months after her [...] »
The White House Correspondents' Dinner is the only event where you'll see the stars from "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" mingling with YouTube sensations, politicians, supermodels and yes, even the President of the United States. It's one of the most random events of the year -- and last night's soiree was no different. The stars turned out in their most killer couture for the so-called "nerd prom," with Chrissy Teigen showing some serious leg and some cleavage in a stunning Zuhair Murad gown. Seriously, how gorgeous does John Legend's wife look? Naya Rivera used the occasion to show off her growing baby bump, glowing in a white Tadashi Shoji dress that accentuated her big belly. The "Glee" star and husband Ryan Dorsey are currently expecting their first child together. Other red carpet stunners included "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox and Mrs. Channing Tatum herself, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. »
- tooFab Staff
With only two more episodes left until the end of its freshman season, CBS’s “Madam Secretary” is upping the ante with dramatic new plot twits, and a guest appearance by veteran actor Hill Harper. On Sunday’s episode, “The Kill List,” Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) prepares for Iranian President Shiraz to sign a nuclear treaty. As the State Department gets ready for the historic moment, McCord is faced with a massive protest by the Human Rights Campaign in response to Iran’s plans to stone a gay citizen to death. Also Read: 'Madam Secretary' First Look: Téa Leoni »
- Itay Hod
UK season premiere of American political drama follows former CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord when she is pulled out of semi-retirement and appointed Us secretary of state.
This week on dark comedy Inside No 9, it's Nana's 79th birthday and she's excited about spending the afternoon with her whole family - even Pat and Jim, who both love a practical joke.
Her daughter Angela has put on a lovely spread for the party, »
Updated 5:20 p.m. Pt with guests of The Hill “Madam Secretary” star Téa Leoni won’t have far to go to meet some real life cabinet secretaries Saturday night. CBS News announced that Leoni would be among its guests at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, aka the “Nerd Prom.” The network is also bringing actress Gina Rodriguez and her actor boyfriend, Henri Esteve; “Madam Secretary” actor Tim Daly; Virginia Sen. Mark Warner; former CBS newsman and now NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism John Miller; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro; Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro; Lebanon Ambassador to the U. »
- Ira Teinowitz
This week, it was confirmed via People that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are indeed on a break. While we desperately hope against hope that these two get back together to be adorable and socially conscious forever, let’s look back on some other couples who took a break or two (or three) along the way to eternal happiness, or a fond (maybe not always so fond) farewell.
Justin and Jessica split for a few months in 2011, but after calling her “the most significant person in my life” the two reconciled and are now married with a little TimberBiel on the way!
These two were back on earlier this year after breaking up in 2014, but apparently they’re done again. Who knows if they’ll stay kaput this time?
Last year, the pair called off their engagement, »
- Courtney Enlow
Brett Ratner has teamed up with Mariah Carey to develop a new Christmas movie, which New Line Cinema already bought. At this point, very little is known about the project, except that it will focus on the holiday and a message that music can transport you back to happy times. The new movie is being written by David Diamond and David Weissman, who previously worked with Ratner on "The Family Man," starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. The plan is to include songs from different artists, including Carrey. The Christmas holiday is special for Carey, who wrote and performed "All I Want for Christmas Is You," a 1994 tune that has sold more than 14 million copies globally to become the biggest holiday son in recent memory and the biggest international hit of Carey's career. »
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