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La Bamba and Lone Star actress Elizabeth Peña has died. She was 55. Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided. Peña's career spanned four decades and included roles in films like Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder and Free Willy 2. She also appeared on such TV shows as L.A. Law, Dream On, Resurrection Blvd. and Modern Family, where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria. She also provided her voice to The Incredibles, the Justice League cartoon series and American Dad. Peña recently »
- Associated Press
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
It's hard to believe, but legendary comic Joan Rivers is gone. Following is a roundup of reactions from around the entertainment community. Rip the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014 we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014 Joan Rivers!!! Oh Noooo!!! — Queen Latifah (@Iamqueenlatifah) September 4, 2014 My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan ???? — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014 My heart is broken. Joan Rivers Rip. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family. — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014 A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. Rip #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014 Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. »
- Chris Eggertsen
At the Emmys, lead actresses officially have the most fun. This year’s make out session between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston is just the latest stunt pulled by the funny ladies nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Louis-Drefyus has been the main perpetrator of the category’s goofiness in recent years—but the legacy of shenanigans precedes her now three-year winning streak. Let’s look back at the greatest hits.
Sarah Silverman’s Mustache, 2009
- Esther Zuckerman
The citizens of Ferguson, Missouri aren't the only ones speaking out.
The citizens of Ferguson, Missouri aren't the only ones speaking out after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. Now, celebrities are taking to Twitter and reacting to the shooting and protests that have spurred in the town.
News: Stars React to George Zimmerman Verdict In Trayvon Martin Shooting
Here's a few of the outspoken messages from celebrities:
Police in #Ferguson - you are not supposed to point loaded weapons at unarmed citizens who are protesting peacefully
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 14, 2014
Sending love and support to the citizens of Ferguson, who are in pain and asking for change.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 14, 2014
What's happening in #Ferguson is devastating. Wow.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 14, 2014
What's really scary is there are some »
Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »
- HitFix Staff
The word “millennial” has become a buzzy term over the past year thanks to online outlets that have supplied readers born between the ‘80s and early-‘00s with an endless supply of nostalgic content that has allowed them — or rather, us — to relive the good and bad of everyone’s younger years. (It’s not just BuzzFeed or Vulture. VH1 has also built a brand on nostalgia with I Love the… and our own online content that has us revisiting our favorite films and albums of a certain age.)
When it comes to one film studio (and brand) that has been a pivotal part of the millennial experience, it’s MTV Films. Founded in 1996, the studio was an offshoot of the music TV channel and has since produced the big screen versions of a number of MTV programs, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Jackass, as well as original hits, »
- Stacy Lambe
Family: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em - so you might as well make a movie about them. That's exactly what Ron Howard did with Parenthood, which hit theaters on August 2, 1989. The story of four siblings working to raise their children right and keep their sanity at the same time, this movie was (and still is) relatable to moms and dads of all generations. Since its release, Parenthood has gone on to inspire two different TV shows, and it serves as an adorable archive of big stars in their early years. In fact, one of Bryce Dallas Howard »
- Kelli Bender
Hollywood came out in force to mourn the loss of movie and TV great James Garner on Sunday, sharing their personal recollections and thoughts on the passing of the Oscar-nominated (and Emmy-winning) star at the age of 86. Check out a sampling below, then share your own fond memories of Garner and his work in the comments. Sally Field: "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." James Woods: Lois Garner just told me, "I'll never be the same. My Jim is gone." Her tears speak for all of us. #JamesGarner Rip pic.twitter.com/vUFLkfZMsX — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 20, 2014 Carole King: I worked with #JamesGarner on the set of "Murphy's Romance". He was one of the nicest people. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress and singer, died on Thursday at her Michigan home. She was 89.
Elaine Strich Dies
Stritch’s passing was confirmed by her friend Julie Keyes to The New York Times.
Stritch, a Detroit native, made her Broadway debut in 1946 in Jed Harris’ comedy Loco. She went on to earn Tony nominations for her inspired work in William Inge’s Bus Stop (1955), Noel Coward’s Sail Away (1961), Stephen Sondheim’s Company (1970), in which she sang one of her most enduring numbers – “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). Stritch finally took home a Tony for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2001.
On the small screen, Stritch more recently appeared on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, on which she played Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) mother Colleen. Her recurring guest appearances earned her an Emmy in 2008. Stritch previously won Emmys for a »
This morning's big news out of Washington has enraged Hollywood. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that family-owned companies don't have to cover contraception in their health plans if they object based on religious principles, sparking anger across the nation among women's rights activists and reasonable humans otherwise. Also read: John Oliver Rips on Hobby Lobby and Supreme Court in Searing Segment While quite often, Hollywood is the opposite of reasonable, its stars’ liberal disposition meant that many were absolutely livid over the decision, which led to some angry tweets (because what else can anyone do)? No words. #Scotus #CorporateTheocracy »
- Jordan Zakarin
Kent Jones with Life Itself director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Roger Ebert at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York premiere: "He wanted cinema culture to be shared with everybody." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Not often can you find J.C. Chandor (director of the upcoming A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola), Jonathan Demme, Paul Haggis, Terence Winter and Denis Leary sitting in the same cinema and overhear Morgan Spurlock in the lobby saying that Prospect Park in Brooklyn is his favorite place, while Amy Irving looks on.
Before the New York premiere of Life Itself with Martin Scorsese as co-executive producer, I spoke with the director Steve James, Chaz Ebert and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator Bob Balaban, who will be on Broadway this fall in »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Goonies never say die! After the iconic 1985 film's director Richard Donner revealed that a sequel is in the works, fans of The Goonies everywhere were doing the Truffle Shuffle out of sheer joy. But would original stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman, to name but a few, return? Donner said "Hopefully, all of them" would reprise their roles. And now we can say that two of the original stars are definitely down to ride up Troy's bucket once more. E! News caught up with The Goonies ringleader Sean Astin (Mikey!) at the 2014 Atx TV Festival, where he was promoting his new FX series The Strain, to get all the inside scoop on what could possibly be the »
The weekend of the Tonys has finally arrived, and EW will be your shepherd through the entire night, with reports from the red carpet and Radio City Music Hall, and senior editor Thom Geier and myself hosting a live blog of the entire ceremony, beginning at 8 p.m. Et when it airs on CBS. Host Hugh Jackman must already have his eyes on a prize for next season when he returns for Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth’s three-person drama The River, and other starry productions are slowly finding homes for next season. Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Martha Plimpton will »
- Jason Clark
Playing a guest role on a TV show can be one of the most difficult acting jobs: While series regulars have the luxury of building a role over time, a guest star has to drop in and create a fully fledged character, sometimes with only a few lines.
Dawn Steinberg, executive VP of Talent and Casting at Sony Pictures Television, which produces such shows as “The Blacklist” and “Masters of Sex,” compares it to visiting a household. “You’re walking into a family dinner, the table has already been set,” she notes. “And it’s your job to sit at the table and pass the turkey, pass the vegetables, and fit in. Whether you’re the villain, the good guy, the uncle, the aunt, the doctor, the lawyer, your job is to fit in with an already established cast, and that’s really hard.”
Even when a recognizable name is cast in a role, »
- Jenelle Riley
Glenn Close will return to Broadway after a twenty year absence this fall, headlining a revival of Edward Albee's caustic drama of existential fear and loss, A Delicate Balance. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony Award last season for her staging of another Albee classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the production will play an 18-week limited engagement. It begins previews Oct. 20 at the Golden Theatre, with official opening set for Nov. 20. Close heads an all-star cast as Agnes, with John Lithgow as her husband Tobias, Lindsay Duncan as Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire, Martha Plimpton
- David Rooney
After months of hinting, it was finally announced in official terms that Glenn Close, the six-time Oscar nominee and multi-Emmy-winning star of Dangerous Liaisons and Damages, among many other projects, will take her first stab at Broadway in two decades in Edward Albee’s magnificent domestic dramedy A Delicate Balance, last revived in 1996 in a Tony-winning production with George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch. Aside from a guest-starring stint in the Brit import The Play What I Wrote some 10 years ago, this will be the first time Ms. Close has starred on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn as Norma Desmond in »
- Jason Clark
Yesterday we took a tour of some of the small screen’s worst mothers, and today it’s time to celebrate the ladies who did it best. Ranging from traditional to terrifying, these mothers represent the kinds of moms we’d be honored to call our own. (Of course, I should mention that my own mother blows these fictional ladies out of the water – mean it, Ma!)
(in alpha order)
Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Goth icon Morticia (Carolyn Jones) belongs on this list because she didn’t give a rat’s damn about fitting into the mold of a modern wife and mother – she clearly loved her children dearly (also her garden of Deadly Nightshade), and the fact that she looked like Vampira from Plan 9 From Outer Space was nobody’s damned business. Steadfast in her loyalty to family and tradition, Morticia taught us all to let our »
- Brian Juergens
Sean Astin was doing a live HuffPost interview in support of his new comedy Moms' Night Out when he was surprised by guest Corey Feldman, who also has The M Word currently in theaters. It's not those two movies that had the former co-stars talking, though. It was the thought of reuniting for The Goonies 2 that got them both excited. And it sounds like it's a real thing.
Director Richard Donner dropped the news last month that a sequel to the 1985 classic children's adventure was moving forward, and that executive producer Steven Spielberg came up with the story idea. Sean Astin confirms that in the following video:
"What's happening with 'Goonies 2?' That's what everybody wants to know. What are we doing?!"
Sean Astin, who played Mikey, the leader of the Goonies, »
Calgary - If actors aren't monitoring when there shows are celebrating their 10th anniversaries, I've taken it upon myself to inform them. Like in January, Method Man didn't know that the 10th anniversary of "Method & Red" is coming up this summer, but I told him. And now he knows! Assuming he remembers. Which he probably doesn't. And in March, on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo," I told Keith Carradine about the 10th anniversary of "Deadwood." He hadn't known, but he's more likely than Method Man to remember. And yes, I place the 10th anniversaries of "Method & Red" and "Deadwood" on the same plane. Playing Lou Solverson, father of Allison Tolman's Molly Solverson, Carradine is part of the soulful core of "Fargo." Yes, there's a spiraling assortment of increasingly violent crimes, but there's also the relationship between a father, a former cop now living a safer life behind the counter of a diner, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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