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It was assumed Warner Bros. was hoping for some awards glory when they snatched up The 33 for a November 13 release, but I get the impression they're simply hoping for a small bit of coin when it comes to the Chilean miner drama, though it does star a rather stacked cast. Antonio Banderas, Gabriel Byrne, Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Adriana Barraza, Lou Diamond Phillips and James Brolin all star in the Patricia Riggen feature, which tells the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped more than 200 stories underground enduring 100 degrees Fahrenheit beneath a megaton boulder for 69 days following the collapse of the San Jose copper and gold mine back in 2010. The film, which is a never before seen look at what happened deep inside that mine and chronicles the disaster, the heroic efforts to reach the miners, and the subsequent successful rescue of all 33 men. »
- Brad Brevet
Patricia Richardson’s challenge to SAG-aftra president Ken Howard has attracted endorsements from Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Robert Hays, Amy Madigan, Ken McCord, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen and Nancy Sinatra.
About 140,000 ballots went out this week to the SAG-aftra membership, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. 20. Richardson, best known as Tim Allen’s co-star on “Home Improvement,” announced her candidacy on June 25 as head of the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.
Howard won elections in 2009 and 2011 for the SAG presidency and then won the post in 2013 against Esai Morales in the first election for the merged SAG-aftra, running each time as the head of the moderate Unite for Strength slate. He announced June 1 that he would seek re-election with Jenny O’Hara as his running mate for secretary-treasurer.
- Dave McNary
Give the Emmys credit for at least trying to keep up with the current explosion of quality television.
This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Comedy and Drama Series categories to seven slots each, and they made other minor changes (online voting!) meant to bring the awards into the 21st century. Still, there's more good TV now than even the Academy can keep up with, so the outrage and shock over the snubs and surprises in this morning's Emmy nominations is inevitable. Here are some of the most astonishing omissions and inclusions.
Best Drama Series
The biggest shocker here is the snub of "Empire," the season's breakout hit. Was it too soapy or guilty-pleasure-ish for the Academy to take seriously? Fellow newbie/Twitter sensation "How to Get Away With Murder" was also snubbed. Golden Globe fave "The Affair" got no love, here or in other major categories. »
- Gary Susman
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterston ("Grace and Frankie"), Hugh Laurie ("Veep"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons (or Hugh Laurie for his first season of "Veep"). Read More: Netflix »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
I have a bad feeling that Jane the Virgin is about to get royally screwed.
Emmy Nominations will be announced this Thursday at 11:30 am/Est, and my gut is telling me that the sublime freshman comedy — and its sterling ensemble led by Gina Rodriguez —will fall victim to the Academy’s long-held bias against The CW.
I really hope I am wrong.
Only three of last year’s Emmy nominees are missing from the comedy ballots this year (and it’s because all three — “Orange Is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew and “Derek’s” Ricky Gervais — are now competing in different categories). Combine that high volume of returning favorites with an influx of buzzy new series, and odds are high there will be a lot of disappointed contenders come Thursday morning. Here’s who we’re predicting will make the very competitive cut. Click to see our picks for those in the running for the drama series categories.
With six consecutive nominations and a record-tying four wins under his belt, “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is this category’s undisputed favorite. But he’ll face heavy competition this year from Jeffrey Tambor, whose transcendent performance in Amazon »
- Geoff Berkshire
Grace and Frankie The new Netflix series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as diametrically opposed women who find out that their husbands and longtime law firm partners, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, are leaving them — for each other, after maintaining a secret romance for 20 years. The series from Friends co-creator Marta Kaufman simultaneously tackles topics of same-sex marriage, being newly single and aging in today's society. (Netflix) The Last Man on Earth The Fox comedy — which hails from the Lego Movie duo Christopher Miller and Phil Lord — has Will Forte playing the title
- Ashley Lee
One of India’s leading couture brands, Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor, has officially launched its flagship European store in London’s East Shopping Centre on June 26th, in partnership with Kahaani London.
Attended by some key industry figures and celebs like Feryal Khan from Sky’s Desi Rascals and Anita Kaushik of MTV’s Ex On The Beach, the launch featured models, showcasing couture from the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor collection as well as makeovers from the AsiaGlam team, heading by Ruhena Begum.
Anjalee Kapoor said, “We’re so thrilled to have launched our European flagship shop in London. As the first couturiers from India to have a standalone store in the UK, we’re really looking forward to expanding the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor brand internationally, and introducing fashion straight from the catwalks in India to the British Asian market.”
Afia Khatun, Director of Kahaani London, said: We had such a fantastic launch night. »
- Press Releases
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
Join the animal kingdom on the journey of a lifetime with the Google Play debut of All Creatures Big and Small, a new animated movie. Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah's Ark. Before you check out this animated feature, we have an exclusive clip featuring Martin Sheen as the powerful Lion, who tries to intimidate a timid creature known as a Nestrian.
In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah's Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets »
Whether or not you agree with today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage(*), there can be no argument that this was a historic day in America. (*) And as a reminder, this blog is not the place to debate the merits of that ruling. In watching the news coverage of the decision, reading the official Court opinion and the four dissenting ones, it was hard not to think of the not insignificant role TV played in paving the way for this decision. This was a case that wound its way through the courts, just as the wave of state-level cases did over the last few years, and it involved lawyers and activists and politicians and judges. But it also involved changing attitudes across the country about gay people and same-sex relationships, and that's where pop culture in general and TV in particular come into play. TV shows come into our homes (and these days, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Membership First has been quietly gathering signatures in recent days for its nominating petitions, which are due at 5 p.m. Pdt on Friday.
Howard announced on June 1 that he would seek re-election with endorsements coming from George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Betty White, Rita Moreno, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, Clark Gregg and Josh Gad. SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara joined Howard for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates.
Election ballots will be mailed to members who are paid up on dues on July 21 and tabulated on August 20. Turnout in the 2013 election — the first for the merged »
- Dave McNary
Schlubby working class hero, Crime And Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich for primetime, fatherly fighter of crime... I was introduced to the rumple-coated and rumple-faced one back in 1987, following an off-hand attempt from my mother to get five-year-old me to sit down and shut up for a few minutes. Desperately looking for something to grab my attention, and zeroing in on what ITV happened to be repeating that Sunday, her “Oh, look! Columbo! You like him, don’t you?” – “Huh?” – “He’s the one with the cigar and coat, you know him!” got me to sit down, be quiet, and puzzle over whether or not I did like him. She turned out to be right – I liked him a lot.
By then in the late 80s, Lieutenant Columbo had been »
There was a lot of talk about diversity on television last season and much enthusiasm about what hit shows featuring characters of various races, sexual orientations and gender identities mean for the future of the business.
But somewhat lost among the cheerleading was a more basic truth: The shows were damn good.
Several newcomers to this year’s comedy Emmy race in particular have ushered in a refreshing spectrum of new faces and perspectives not typically heard from on the smallscreen.
“We could have done ‘My boss is coming over and the roast is burned!’ comedy, which is still a very valid form,” notes “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, whose ABC comedy stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a financially successful African-American couple raising their children in an affluent neighborhood. “But we chose to do things about spanking and about gay siblings. I think America was ready for that »
- Geoff Berkshire
When Jon Voight agreed to take the role of Mickey on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” he was enthusiastic about being a part of a capable ensemble and didn’t give any thought to where his name might land in the credits.
“I’m a real character actor. I like stutters and limps,” says Voight, who built a career on playing leading men in films like 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy” and 1978’s “Coming Home,” for which he won an Oscar. “Every role is a character, and some of the characters are enjoyable to me because they’re so crazy. So Mickey’s perfect. I was fortunate to meet with him at this juncture.”
Voight is just one of the accomplished actors better known for playing »
- Christy Grosz
At a press conference for Grace and Frankie last month, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin told reporters that supporting players Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston were being paid the same as they were, and they weren't happy with it. "The show is not Sol and Robert," said Tomlin."It's Grace and Frankie." In protest over the show's gender pay gap — or more accurately, the lack of it — a group of fans started a petition calling for Netflix to give the stars their due, which makes things awkward now that Fonda and Tomlin say they were joking (though, they don't say if they were joking about the equal pay or the fact that it bothered them). "This just reminds us to be mindful of how things come across in interviews," the pair said in a joint statement to the Wrap. "We appreciate everyone’s support and the attention to this »
- Nate Jones
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have clarified remarks they made in May regarding their salaries on Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.” “We made a joke in an interview about our salaries which was taken out of context,” the actresses said in a statement to TheWrap. In May, the actresses revealed during a press event for the comedy that they found out they were making the same salary as their male co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — even though the two women are the leads on the show, with their characters’ names in the title, and their co-stars are supporting players. »
- Linda Ge
To celebrate the release of the extraordinary story of three young boys from the slums of Rio De Janeiro with Trash, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 8th June 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray!
Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and BAFTA award-winning writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) bring you the latest adventure from Working Title Films. Starring Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) and Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), be prepared to witness a mountain of chaos unfolding from an innocent discovery in Trash.
Trash follows two young boys from Rio’s slums, who find a wallet amongst the daily detritus of their local dump – a discovery that will change their lives forever.
Join the courageous boys as they »
- Dan Bullock
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have at least 7,000 people behind them in their quest for equal pay for women in Hollywood, and on their Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” in particular. In May, the actresses revealed during a press event for the comedy that they found out they were making the same salary as their male co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — even though the two women are the leads on the show, with their characters’ names in the title, and their co-stars are supporting players. “That doesn’t make us happy,” Fonda said. Also Read: Jessica Lange Talks Hollywood Ageism, »
- Linda Ge
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