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Ah, another New Year's Eve is upon us—a time when amateur drinkers desperate to surround themselves with as many warm bodies as possible show up in droves at local watering holes and pay exorbitant entrance fees to be part of the "excitement." For those of you that don't find the consumption of alcohol quite so novel or prefer to ring in the New Year with a circle of close friends instead of random drunks, there is a variety of New Year's Eve-themed movies available on disc and VOD to get your party started. One of our favorite and most underrated New Year's Eve movies is the 1999 ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes starring Paul Rudd, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Christina Ricci, Martha Plimpton, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love Janeane Garofalo and many...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The Descendants, Alexander Payne's Hawaiian-set family tale starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, was the International Press Academy's choice for Best Film of 2011. The Ipa — a splinter group from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — hands out the Satellite Awards. The Descendants also earned Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash the Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. [Satellite Awards 2011 winners.]
Other winners included Best Actor Ryan Gosling for Drive, which also won awards for Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, and Best Sound; Best Actress Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help; and Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which also won the Best Original Screenplay Award for Malick. The Best Foreign Language Film was the recently deceased Raoul Ruiz's sprawling Mistérios de Lisboa / Mysteries of Lisbon, while Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn »
- Steve Montgomery
More than a few TV shows have done homages to/parodies of "It's a Wonderful Life" for their Christmas episodes. Fewer have done "It's a Wonderful Life" takeoffs while also putting one of their lead actors in a huge fat suit, which is what "Raising Hope" does to Martha Plimpton in its holiday show on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
"It was so heavy and so impossible to get around, they had to give me a motorized cooler to ride to set," Plimpton tells Zap2it, laughing as she recalls the prosthetic burden she carried for the episode. "... It was the only way I could get around. I couldn't bend my legs, I couldn't move my arms -- you'll see."
(The cooler, incidentally, is a prop used in an episode airing later in the season.)
The episode is called "It's a Hopeful Life," and it explores what would have happened had Jimmy (Lucas Neff »
This year saw a surge in successful female-driven comedies -- from the hilarious film "Bridesmaids" to the hit Fox show "New Girl" - and it's all due to the funny ladies who star in them, making them No. 3 on our Entertainer of the Year list.
Take a look at the wonderful women who made chick time fun in 2011!
The Top 5 Women of Comedy 2011Melissa McCarthy
Entertainment Weekly dubbed this funny lady the Queen of Comedy »
If you missed it on Twitter: Beginning of Line is back and the new episode of Caprica season two, "Children Through the Cracks," written by Vikki Bingham, has been posted. Check it out at the link.
Several notable TV appearances tonight.
When the National Invention Convention Extravaganza comes to town, Virginia encourages the family to submit their own inventions that could bring home a large cash prize. Burt teams with the family »
Martha Plimpton is no stranger to awards shows, having been nominated three consecutive times at the Tony Awards (2007-2009), and twice at the Primetime Emmys. As one of this year's Best Comedy Actress nominees for her new Fox series "Raising Hope," Plimpton took part in a very well-received comedy bit. As their names were called, each contender ran up on stage and nervously clutched hands, pageant style, as they hilariously awaited the announcement of the winner from presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara. In a video chat with Gold Derby, she recalls that the idea came out of a dinner conversation with fellow nominee Amy Poehler a few weeks prior to the ceremony. "She said, 'I've got it!" Martha pauses. "Pageant! Yes! And we'll get a tiara, and roses ... and we'll all stand up there, nobody will know what the hell is going on, it will be perfect!" Planning was »
In a last ditch effort to cash in on his relationship with Yosi while still preserving Crisp's independence, Ben tried to push a new brand on his lover's husband. While the idea for Crunch lacked bite, Ben's accidental admission about his affair with Nancy packed quite a punch. He's lucky to be rid of both Nancy and Yosi. After offering up his chin to the latter, Ben still got cheap-shotted by Yosi and Nancy didn't pull any punches when she told Ben what she and others thought about his designs.
It was not all for naught, though, as it appeared Ben enlisted the help of Yosi's tailor, Enzo, and with Andy back representing the guys I »
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Happy Birthday to Maggie Gyllenhaal, who turns 34, and Martha Plimpton, who's 41. Comedy Central has extended South Park's run for three more years, which would put it at 20 seasons. In ratings news, Glee was up slightly in total viewers, but down 6% in the 18-49 demo, while Raising Hope and Ringer both saw gains. Can a Hot Gay Robot Convince You To Love Yourself? Reclaiming The Gay F Word. If you've ever wanted to experience Kate Winslet's breasts in 3D (or 3D Double D), you'll soon get the chance.
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Below you can see Carrie Fisher respond to William Shatner's comments that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. While I agree with Bill (I can't stand Star Wars), going up against Carrie was a very bad idea.
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Carrie Preston returns to the popular drama series as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni this Sunday, November 6th, only on CBS
She may be best known as Arlene Fowler on True Blood, where, for the last four seasons she has served as Merlotte's top waitress and best friend to Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). But Carrie Preston is also gaining quite a following as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS' hit drama series The Good Wife, now in its third season. Carrie, who has been absent for a spell, returns this Sunday, November 6th, for Episode 3.07: Executive Order 13224. On the show, Elsbeth will help Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) out of a tough spot with an expected terrorist that she's taken on as a client.
On Halloween night 1993, a real-life horror shook the streets of Hollywood when River Phoenix, one of the most gifted young actors of our time, collapsed and died outside a nightclub. Now comes the news that his final, previously unreleased film may finally see the light of day. Director George Sluizer is making plans to release Dark Blood, a drama that also stars Judy Davis.
Like many teen girls during River's heyday, I absolutely adored this gifted, gorgeous young actor — not only for the films that my friends enjoyed him in, such as the iconic Stand By Me and Running On Empty, but for the ones I usually ended up watching alone: My Own Private Idaho, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon and (my absolute favorite) Dogfight with Lili Taylor.
Not content to be a Hollywood heartthrob, he chose roles that were edgy, controversial, indie, and often sexually »
- Megan Hussey
According to TV Line, Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) has signed on to the acclaimed legal drama for a multi-episode stint. The actress will be playing a lobbyist that has her sights set on stealing Eli's clientele, as she'll go head-to-head with the outspoken politico during her time on the show.
Sedaris is most known for her role as 46-year-old high school freshman Jerri Blank on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy, which spawned a feature film in 2005. She's guested on the likes of Hot in Cleveland, My Name is Earl, and The Closer, with her most recent credit coming in a return visit to Raising Hope earlier this month.
The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9:00 on CBS.
- Shilo Adams
Chicago – I fall a bit more in love with “Raising Hope” every week. I went as far as to suggest that the series deserved Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Martha Plimpton), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Garrett Dillahunt) — one out of three came true as Plimpton actually made a run at the trophy. This show just kept getting better as the first season progressed. Check it out now on DVD and see what the growing buzz is about.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
He starts the first season a bit unsure of his place on the show but Lucas Neff eventually becomes an engaging and likable lead as Jimmy Chance, essentially a straight man surrounded by the quirkier characters at his home and in his personal life. Said characters include his parents — Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Burt Chance (Garrett Dillahunt) — wacky grandmother (Cloris Leachman »
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There really aren’t that many things in this world that are better than YouTube phenomenon Drew Droege doing an “impression” of Chloe Sevigny that is both accurate and inaccurate. It’s hard to really separate what is a Chloe-ism and what is a Drew-ism, so to speak, when you watch the guy dress up as the indie starlet, but no matter: you’ll still watch the whole damn thing. It seems as if the faux-ie Chloe has spurned another like-minded dude-as-a-lady thing. This time, there’s a boy named David Craig who — like Droege — kinda dresses up to play Martha Plimpton, another indie gem who, even on Raising Hope, somehow evades the mainstream garbage like a pro. Dude not only nails it, but he has finally allowed for “Chloe” and “Martha” to meet, and it is glorious. Takeaway line: “Who’s the boss now?” »
- Eliot Glazer
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to Dream House, Take Shelter and Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.
On the brink of October, haunting tales are lurking in theaters across the country. As two different dads face their fears to protect their families from threats that may be imagined, a pair of kind-hearted hillbillies are mistaken for clichéd maniacs. Want more horror and gore? We’ve got you covered with some ghastly ghosts, freaky thrillers and hilarious horror flicks.
Daniel Craig stars as a husband and father who moves his family from the urban jungle to a lovely home in rural New England only to discover their dream house has a dark past. Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts co-star.
For more haunting tales, try this trippy trio:
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Money will make a person do somethings they aren't proud of, and boy did we learn that in last nights Raising Hope. When the Chance's find out that Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward) family is loaded with cash, everyone begins to act just a little bit crazier. Shoot, even Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) gets a little bit nuttier (but more on that in a minute). Does as of this translate into huge laughs or, are the writers laughing their way to the bank with this episode? Continue reading to find out.
Every sitcom seems to have an episode like this. The main family fins out another character belongs to a wealthy family. Raising Hope however, did this story in such a good fashion that I didn't mind that the story premise has been over used. Seeing the family change a bit when they found out about Sabrina's family money was great from beginning to end. »
- Jordan Cramer
Martha Plimpton’s career is as long as it is eclectic. The New York native began acting at the age of 8 and since then has done everything from the iconic 80s kids’ movie The Goonies to delivering three Tony-nominated stage performances. Now, at the age of 40, she has drawn rave reviews for her scene stealing portrayal of Patti Nyholm on The Good Wife, as well as an Emmy nomination for her first gig as a series regular on Raising Hope.
As the extremely blue-collar/working class Virginia Chance on Raising Hope, Plimpton plays very much against her New York background playing a woman who is anything but urbane. But as played by Plimpton, Virginia is still a very shrewd character, not to mention a loving, if flawed, mother and wife.
Plimpton recently sat down with AfterElton.com to share about her good fortune.
AfterElton: Emmy nomination or second season pick up? »
- Michael Jensen
HollywoodNews.com: Martha Plimpton was part of one of viewers’ favorite bits at the recent Emmy Awards – when she and her fellow Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees rushed to the stage as their names were called before Melissa McCarthy was crowned winner. To hear the “Raising Hope” star tell it, the Awards marked one of very few nights she’s spent out on the L.A.scene.
“I’m so busy working, I don’t have much time for other things. The days are long and they’re going to stay as they are,” she lets us know. “But fortunately the vibe is good on the set. I feel like we’ve become really good friends, we love working together and we really enjoy each other’s company.” Also, she says, they’ve been having a lot of fun with the new season of their zany Fox show »
- Beck / Smith
Grab your diaper bags, everyone, because Raising Hope is back for season two. The breakout comedy from last season has a lot going for it this year and we can expect to get plenty off laughs from the Chance family. Does the premiere make sweet music, or do all the notes fall flat this week? Read on and find out.
This week's episode kicked off in one of the greatest ways ever. It starts at Shelley's (Katie Micucci) daycare as she addresses the ensemble gang of dogs, elderly people, and babies about what has happened to Hope in last season. Now just listing everyone would have been great but as we know Shelley really loves to sing. The song was so cleverly written that if you never watched a single episode in season one, you would be caught up for season two by the end. It's the moments like this »
- Jordan Cramer
We have a brand new exclusive clip from the home video release Raising Hope: Season One, which hits DVD shelves today, September 20. Click on the player below to watch a scene between Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward, where they discuss who should be Hope's guardian.
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A one night stand becomes a life-long commitment when 23-year-old Jimmy Chance inadvertently impregnates a wanted felon and decides to raise Hope (aka Princess Beyonce) on his own. Jimmy, together with his family - his Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), his mother Virginia (Martha Plimpton), and his father Burt (Garret Dillahunt) - face play dates, amusing family photo shoots, rock star dreams, vasectomies and much more in this uproariously irreverent, critically acclaimed first season of Raising Hope.
Exclusive featurettesDeleted and extended scenessGag reelCommentariesThe un-aired pilot never shown on television »
Chicago – One of the nice twists of the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope,” is that it doesn’t so much rely on the cute baby named Hope, preferring to focus on the strange people who are in charge of “nurturing” her upbringing. The wackiness continues for a second season starting September 20th on Fox.
Television Rating: 4.0/5.0
It is not the strongest of second season beginnings, but it still manages to rise above the average by essentially creating dysfunctional situations managed by less-than-normal and funny characters. Returning is Jimmy, Virginia, Burt and Maw Maw Chance, caring for Jimmy’s surprise love child Hope, and they continue to get it blessedly wrong, which turns the family comedy upside down.
In case you’re wondering about the origins of the story, Hope is shown at her daycare in the beginning of season two, at a facility that is for dogs. The hippie-esque caregiver conveniently »
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