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The duo kept fans laughing for eight years on Will & Grace, and now –since it has been 15 years since Will & Grace premiered — Messing and McCormack stopped by EW to reminisce, not to mention continue to crack us up.
The two’s fan-favorite chemistry was on display when they took EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test together, teasing each other while Messing shared her Meryl Streep love and McCormack discussed just how many karaoke CDs he own (Hint: It’s a lot.)
The laughing continued when the duo talked about »
- Erin Strecker
The upcoming film “August: Osage County” may have a star-studded cast of veteran actors, but the film is not just a collection of strong individual performances. What "August: Osage County" delivers is a true ensemble performace, with each actor playing off of each other and immersing the viewer in character and story. With seasoned performers such as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulrooney, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sam Shepard on set, the atmosphere could have been intimidating. “You’re sitting at a dining room table with these people,” says actor Abigail Breslin, referring to her star-studded peers, “it was really scary. I loved it, but it was scary.” Fortunately for Breslin, the ensemble only had to look for a little direction from Streep to gel into their roles. “When she (Meryl Streep) made a change or tonal shift for a take,” said Mulroney, “it kind of rippled up the »
The preeminent Oklahoma hay rolls in August: Osage County are key visuals and seem to bind the characters to the earth, comparable to the figures in Jean-François Millet's 19th century haystack paintings.
The cast and director John Wells flocked together at Essex House New York on Central Park South. Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin talked about the preparation for their roles with screenwriter playwright Tracy Letts.
Ties to the land and 'Native Americana' are questioned and references sprinkled throughout, such as on a parking lot mural, and mostly through dialogue with and about Johnna played as anchor in a raging storm by Misty Upham, who has one of the most chivalrous and applause deserving scenes.
John Wells: We had a general conversation of how can we tell a story with »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. The films received nominations across the board, and will compete against "American Hustle," "Gravity" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" for best picture. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Monday. Best Film "American Hustle" "Gravity" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity" Spike Jonze, "Her" Baz Luhrmann, "The Great Gatsby" Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Joaquin Phoenix, "Her" Robert Redford, "All Is Lost" Best Actress Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" Judi Dench, "Philomena" Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks" Best Supporting »
- Peter Knegt
Singer reveals she was diagnosed a year ago and now feels 'relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself'
Throughout her life, Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has carried the label "brain damaged". Now, in an exclusive interview with the Observer, the 52-year-old has revealed that she was misdiagnosed after complications at birth and has actually had Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism.
Boyle, who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent in 2009 to become one of the bestselling British female artists, received the diagnosis a year ago but has kept it secret. "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she says. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
Boyle's success has recently led to a cameo role in the festive film, »
- Catherine Deveney
Respected actor Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Prashita Chaudhary’s Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of The Man Who Knew Infinity, the biographic film on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician. Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in the hallowed halls of Cambridge University.
The film will be directed by Matthew Brown, who also wrote the screenplay based on the biography The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. Edward R. Pressman and Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic are producers along with Jim Young under his Animus Films banner and Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film.
Announcing the casting, Pressman said, “I am delighted to be working with Jeremy again. Our last collaboration on Reversal of Fortune earned an Oscar for Jeremy, »
- Stacey Yount
SAG Award nominations will be announced next week, and among the films likely that will no doubt be recognized are “August: Osage County,” “Before Midnight” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” The films have also been praised for their scripts, with WGA noms unveiled Jan 3. While these pics are deserving of attention in both realms, the contributions of the directors are mysteriously shortchanged.
There is a special place in the cinema pantheon for directors who don’t make a fuss: No auteur flourishes, no startling camera angles. They’re just there to serve the material and they do it so well, their work is almost invisible. Don’t critics and industry folks realize how hard that is?
John Wells (“Osage”), Richard Linklater (“Midnight”) and John Lee Hancock (“Mr. Banks”), pictured left to right, worked with a strong cast and screenplay, so some people may think they just pointed their cameras and let it happen. »
- Tim Gray
Previously on Glee, the students and faculty of McKinley High found themselves trapped in an unmoving time vortex, freezing their lives forever in the spring of 2012. In an attempt to add some variety to the tedium, Figgins poisoned the choir room with Muppet gas, which resulted in everyone tripping balls while their puppet doppelgangers took over the school. Mr. Schue said “Nationals” about six hundred thousand times and everyone giggled because they were so sure that’s a thing that’s ever actually going to happen, so to try to regain his show choir’s respect and reestablish his authority, he made an announcement that every teenage girl had to dress slutty or else she was suspended from New Directions. (Marley was suspended.)
Now that we’ve rehashed the plot of this show, forget about that junk. This week’s Glee is an alternate universe re-imagining of what Christmas might »
- Heather Hogan
A new red-band clip from director John Wells’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play August: Osage County has been released online, and it is very Nsfw. The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. This new clip is a nice showcase of the complicated and tense relationship between Meryl Streep’s pill-popping matriarch and Julia Roberts’ oldest daughter. As you can see, there’s not exactly a language filter in this family, and Roberts more than holds her own opposite Streep for the film’s runtime, turning in her best performance in years. Hit the jump to watch the new red-band clip, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Julianne Nicholson, Ewan McGregor, »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s hard to surprise musical theater fans, who feel like they already know everything about legends of the industry like Stephen Sondheim. But for legit avids who sit down to watch the Dec. 9 premiere of HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim,” one thing about the film’s cornucopia of archival interview footage will likely prove instantly striking: So many talkshows!
The depth and variety of the footage (stretching back to the ’60s) give the impression that guests on vintage TV yakkers sat around having in-depth chats about musical theater all the time — as if it wouldn’t be uncommon these days to catch Andrew Lippa on “The View” and Jeanine Tesori on “Fallon.”
Maybe credit the overlap of Sondheim’s rise to prominence with the flourishing of the television age. But whatever the explanation, the filmmakers discovered they had a wealth of resources to tap as they assembled a look »
- Gordon Cox
Weinstein Co's August: Osage County has a new red band clip up for their very-eagerly-anticipated release, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. The film helmed by John Wells from the play and script by Tracy Letts, opens on Christmas Day, and looks like another winner for the top tier distributor. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. ] »
It was another fluff-filled episode of Glee.
Breaking down the fourth wall, Jane Lynch appeared as herself (channeling Sue Sylvester by stuffing coal into stockings designated for Cloris Leachman and Meryl Streep) to explain that this "controversial" Christmas episode was originally supposed to air last year but horrified Fox executives "locked it in a lead vault." Now, it was finally seeing the light of day.
'Glee' and 16 More TV Shows That Lasted Too Long
Of course, it was all just an introductory ruse – because if she were telling the truth, »
Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
NBC's live "The Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood Thursday night airs with a few glitches, including the orchestra overplaying the singers, sound errors, and a few line goofs. Columnist Lisa De Moraes also says, "as an actress, "American Idol" alum Underwood is an enormously talented singer." Stephen Moyer deserved the Medal of Freedom "for his valor during that garden love scene." Audra McDonald's version of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" was "the emotional high point of an otherwise emotionally flat show." Deadline. Anne Thompson contends that all five Best Actress Oscar slots are locked up by Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County"), and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"). She also says there are eight other must-see performances voters should watch: Brie Larson ("Shor »
As usual, there are more viable men hustling after a Best Actor slot than women in contention for Best Actress. (My current predictions are here.) 'Twas ever thus, as the myopic film industry continues to chase the male demo and sequester "soft" relationship movies to the indie realm. Which means that many worthy films don't make it to the top of Academy voters' screener piles. How many film panels and Q & As have you seen with a row of men in suits and one woman in a frilly frock and impossibly high heels? Women in film are often a supporting afterthought. Yes, Sandra Bullock and New York Film Critics Circle winner Cate Blanchett are welcome locks in the Best Actress Oscar race. And it will be a close one. No one is likely to catch up with them, not even Meryl Streep, who will likely grab a nomination for her »
- Anne Thompson
Family drama — just in time for the holidays.
In August: Osage Country, the star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play about an Oklahoma family “marinating in its own miserablism,” as EW’s Owen Gleiberman referred to the plot in his review at the Toronto Film Festival, Meryl Streep portrays an aging matriarch presiding over her husband’s funeral. When her grown daughters — Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson — return home, verbal sparks fly as long-brewing conflicts and resentments come to a head.
In an exclusive trailer, below, check out press conference highlights from Streep, Roberts, and director John Wells »
- Erin Strecker
Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, which specializes in family movies, is expanding its feature-film activities with the goal of financing a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects along with moving into TV and animation.
Anschutz is also revamping the executive suite with David Weil stepping aside as CEO of Anchustz Film Group at the end of the year. Frank Smith, Walden’s longtime general counsel and head of business affairs, will become Walden’s chief operating officer and oversee all aspects of Walden’s operations.
Walden, founded in 2001 by the reclusive financier Anschutz, did not disclose specifics on TV or animation projects.
Walden said it will finance the expansion through a replenishing media fund, backed by Anschutz Film Group, which allows it to not only finance production of feature films, TV series and animated content, but also provide P&A funding and gap financing for select projects.
Walden President and »
- Dave McNary
Longtime general counsel and head of business affairs Frank Smith (pictured) becomes COO of Walden Media, the family producer behind the first three The Chronicles Of Narnia films and the Journey To The Center Of The Earth series.
Walden is supported by a renewable media fund backed by Afg that allows it to finance most third-party features, TV series and animated content as well as invest P&A funding and gap financing in select projects.
The first-look deal with 20th Century Fox remains intact, however Walden is free to partner with any distributors on those projects it co-finances and co-produces with outside partners.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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