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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.
The actor: Though he’s the son of an actor (John Carradine), the brother of two notable actors (Robert and David Carradine), and a man with three kids—Martha Plimpton, Cade Carradine, and Sorel Carradine—who have all grown up to be actors, Keith Carradine originally had no plans to pursue the life of a thespian himself. Thankfully, he eventually succumbed to the inevitable and changed his mind, resulting in a long and prolific career which has seen him earning acclaim for his work in film (Nashville), television (Chiefs), and Broadway (The Will Rogers Follies), even making his way into the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 (“I’m Easy”). Carradine recently wrapped up a new film ...
- Will Harris
Like other classics before it, such as It's a Wonderful Life and The Big Lebowski, The Goonies was not heralded as a piece of iconic Americana right out of the gate. In fact, when it arrived in the summer of 1985, it received fare to middling reviews with some critics calling it a noisy, vulgar Indiana Jones rip-off for the prepubescent set. Times change, though, and what may have initially been written off as fun seasonal fodder is now considered one of the all-time cinematic greats, and has gone on to become the most popular family movie in Warner Bros.' long and storied catalogue history, even eclipsing The Wizard of Oz. Like other true classics of a bygone era, The Goonies didn't ever get a sequel. Upon its release, it looked like a 'one and done' deal. But low and behold, over thirty years later, people involved with the original »
Former prosecutor turned broadcaster/victims’ rights champion Nancy Grace is exiting Hln, where she has hosted her eponymous current affairs program since February 2005.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grace broke the news to her staff on Thursday morning, and will end her run when her contract expires in October.
“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on Hln,” CNN Evp Ken Jautz told THR. “During her remarkable career at Hln, she led the coverage of two of this century’s most talked about and infamous trials, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. »
Picture the ending of the standard-issue based-on-a-true-story film. Once the picture fades on a family’s final teary goodbye or the camera pans up from our hero(ine) in a moment of triumph, there’s a postscript. And then, the inevitable grainy home video or candid photo of the “real” main character, proof that someone in the casting office (or the hair/make-up department) did their job and brought you the closest facsimile of the real thing.
This may be the most common approach, but it doesn’t produce the best biopics. Good biographies recreate a moment; great ones evoke a sprit that reverberates through the current time.
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The standout biographical films from the past two decades reflect the different ways that we commemorate figures of fame or infamy. Sometimes we devote three hours of our lives to »
- Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Zack Sharf, David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Russell Goldman, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland
On the sitcom, Galvin plays Kenny O'Neal, a gay teenager who comes out to his conservative Irish-Catholic family. The cast also includes Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Matthew Shively, and Bebe Wood. The show was just renewed for a second season in May.
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A Scott Berg, Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, John Logan and Jude Law Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions hosted a Museum of Modern Art premiere for Michael Grandage's Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan (Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sam Mendes' Spectre and Skyfall), based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg. Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald round out their literary world.
John Logan on Scott Berg's Katharine Hepburn for Cate Blanchett: 'He absolutely offered some insight' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Angela Ashton, Joel Grey, Martha Plimpton, Oren Moverman, Kathleen Turner, Keith Urban, Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer, Tom Wolfe, Zach Grenier, Elena Kampouris, Lilly Englert, Elena Rusconi, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tommy Tonge, Nan and Gay Talese, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on “Shameless,” Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time — she didn’t appear in the show’s most recent season.
That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn [“Mom”] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama “House of Cards,” as is Carrie Fisher [“Catastrophe”] for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her “Where’s the Bathroom” number in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on ‘The Walking Dead.”
Natasha Lyonne [“Portlandia”] did standout work on “Orange Is the New Black,” where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon [“Broad City”] and Judy Greer [“Mom”] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides. »
- Jenelle Riley
The truth of the matter is, we may never see The Goonies 2. This, despite the fact that most cast members and the creative team behind the original really want it to happen. It's been years since original director Richard Donner confirmed the movie was happening. And since that time, we've heard both stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman talk up the movie. Now, Sean Astin is back at it again, and while there is no real update on when the movie will happen, he does promise that a key player, however dead he may be, will be back to haunt the sequel.
Sean Astin played Mikey in the original The Goonies, and he was the defacto leader of the gang who lives in the lower class division of the Goondocks. Astin has probably been one of the loudest supporters of a sequel. At various points, he's said that The Goonies 2 »
At this point, the question isn’t whether Julia Louis-Dreyfus will score her fifth consecutive nomination for her role as President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy “Veep,” but whether her winning streak will end. The actress has watched her character go from the titular vice president to leader of the free world, collecting a string of statues along the way. While Candice Bergen managed to score five wins for “Murphy Brown,” even she didn’t do it in a row.
But there are some new faces poised to take the prize this year, from Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) to Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), who is on a hot streak herself. In addition, many actresses who have never scored a nom are coming off great second seasons, including Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat. »
- Variety Staff
As newly-out-as-gay Kenny on The Real O'Neals, Noah Galvin has won the hearts and eyes of America. Galvin is able to hold his own against the hilarious Martha Plimpton on the ABC sitcom, but there's a lot more to the 22-year-old than just comedy chops. Here are five things to know about the young actor: 1. Working with Cirque Du Soleil inadvertently led him to becoming a cook."When I was thirteen, I spent half the year working for Cirque Du Soleil as a singer and was homeschooling throughout," says Galvin. "But when the tutoring Cirque provided ended, I had zero »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
What do Tony-winning “Waitress” star Jessie Mueller and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o have in common with feminist icon Gloria Steinem? They’ll all be on hand at the Signature Theatre May 23 for the 7th Annual Lilly Awards! Held each year to celebrate women in theater, reps for the Lilly Awards announced May 16 that they’ve added Mueller, Kathy Najimy, Genne Murphy, Candis Jones, Rehana Lew Mirza, and the creatives behind Irish activist group “Waking the Feminists” to their 2016 honorees. The list already included heavy-hitting theater-makers such as Danai Gurira, Martha Plimpton, Kate Whoriskey, and Mia Katigbak. Steinem, Nyong’o, and the rest of the “Eclipsed” women will be presenting the awards along with Lloyd Suh, Russell G. Jones, Rachel Chavkin, and Neena Beeber. The Angel Band Project (the Norbert Leo Butz–founded organization that provides music therapy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence) will also receive special recognition that evening. »
Networks are making room on their schedules and announcing which current series orders are getting the axe—just in time for the advertising blitz of the upfronts and the big reveal of their 2016–17 slates. Amidst the wreckage at ABC are the Connie Britton–starring, country music drama “Nashville,” which was not picked up for a fifth season. “The Muppets,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Galavant,” “The Family,” and the eight-season deep “Castle” were also cancelled. It was previously announced that “Wicked City” and the biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets” would not be returning for their sophomore turns. However, the Martha Plimpton–led comedy “The Real O’Neals” and anthology series “American Crime” garnered sufficient audience and critical attention to be renewed for a second and third season, respectively. CBS has given the green light for a second season of “Supergirl” while moving the series to its sister network, the CW. »
ABC has renewed comedy series “The Real O’Neals” for a second season.
The series has been a steady ratings performer, retaining nearly all of its Tuesday-night lead-in from “Fresh Off the Boat.”
“The Real O’Neals” follows a Chicago family whose normal routine at home suddenly gets turned upside down when Eileen and Pat announce their divorce, and their sixteen-year-old son Kenny reveals to his family that he is gay. It stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matt Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi. Kenny never would have imagined his admission would also result in outing his entire family’s secrets, including revelations from his older brother, Jimmy, and little sister, Shannon.What seems like a sudden upheaval that could mark the end of the O’Neals idyllic lives turns out to be the »
- Daniel Holloway
Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “End,” the series finale of the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
You almost had me, “Good Wife” finale, right until the end. I have some very mixed emotions about that last sequence.
The good: It was satisfying that Alicia, in a scene that echoed a key moment from the show’s very first episode, did not take Peter’s hand at the end of his press conference. She left him hanging, which was only right, given that she was about to start a new life. She held his hand walking into that room, but after that, they were done. She’d done all the Peter Florrick hand-holding, literal and figurative, she was ever going to do. About time she set off on her own.
Intellectually, I suppose you can make the case that it made sense for her not to find Jason in that hallway. »
- Maureen Ryan
The series finale of The Good Wife is upon us. What's the best way to say goodbye to a show we've loved for seven dramatic, captivating and fantastic seasons? A celebration of our favorite guest stars, to start. This was not an easy task. One of the show's many gifts was the strength of its award-winning, critically acclaimed guest actors and we loved almost all of them (*cough* Kalinda's estranged husband *cough*) but decided to go with our all-time favorites, of which there are 12. Did we mention this list was tough to narrow down? Well, it's even tougher to rank »
- Kara Warner, @karawarner
Midway through the penultimate episode of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick is presented with evidence of yet another one of her husband Peter's infidelities. Alicia, who's long been secretly estranged from Peter, is unfazed by the news, viewing it simply as useful to his defense in a corruption trial, until she notices that the man who brought it to her — rival lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) — seems disappointed by her lack of emotion. "Were you wanting me to cry, Mr. Canning?" she asks, before screwing her face up like Lucille Ball's and pretending to sob as she wails, "Oh my god, I thought my husband no longer cheated!" As Alicia's expression reverts to its familiar blankness, an impressed Canning admits, "God, I love you." "I know," Alicia replies. That moment was striking not only because it was one of the few genuinely entertaining moments in »
- Alan Sepinwall
Reproductive rights advocacy organization A is For will for the second time bring together stars of stage and screen for “Broadway Acts for Women: A Star-Studded Night of Karaoke and Comedy” on May 1 in New York City. Led by Emmy-winning actor and activist Martha Plimpton, A is For has been advocating for women’s reproductive rights and reducing social stigma associated with abortion since 2012. “We’re not afraid to use the word abortion,” Plimpton told Backstage. “We’re very, very focused on spreading an abortion-positive message and communicating the critical and necessary aspect of women’s health care that it is. Without the right to control what you can do with your body, you really have no control over your own life.” Abortion advocates find themselves at a critical juncture, she added, with states including Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma introducing legislation limiting access to women’s health services. Last year »
Snagging an Emmy nomination requires an actor to stand out, not just from the rest of the competitio but from his or her own co-stars. If there is anyone who knows how to truly set herself apart, it’s the always captivating Martha Plimpton. On her new ABC sitcom “The Real O'Neals,” this past Emmy champ proves yet again to be one of the most reliable players on TV. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions “The Real O’Neals” centers on a traditional Irish Catholic family in Chicago. As devout matriarch Eileen, Plimpton maintains her family’s perfect image with an iron grip. She is characterized as having two favorite things in life: “serving the church, and having everyone see her do it.” However, that facade quickly crumbles when the family’s darkest secrets are revealed including the fact, most notably for Eileen, that mi. »
“The Real O’Neals” star Martha Plimpton is just like us — her celebrity crush is Ryan Gosling. Plimpton, who plays the mom on the ABC show, played a round of Wrapid Fire with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell, where the actress was asked questions like whether she was an early bird or a night owl (she’s the latter) and what she would be doing if she weren’t an actress. “Ironing sheets in a very small boutique hotel on an island near Tahiti,” she replied. See Video: Martha Plimpton on Playing the Mom of a Gay Teen in 'The Real »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
There was some uproar about ABC's new family comedy, The Real O'Neals, months before the TV show even premiered. Could this controversy end up helping the series attract big ratings or will it keep people away? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
A single-camera sitcom, The Real O'Neals revolves around an Irish Catholic family that seems to be living an idyllic life. After the middle son comes out of the closet, the rest of the family members come clean with their own secrets and start to live their lives more authentically. The show stars Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood, and Mary Hollis Inboden.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will »
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