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The festival, now in its fifth year, will launch with the world premiere of “Somm: Into the Bottle” and include a Nov. 12 gala for “Spotlight” and screenings of awards season contenders “Carol” and “Youth.”
Travolta has been selected for a Career Achievement Tribute and is expected to attend the Nov. 14 world premiere of his electrician drama “Life on the Line,” which also stars Kate Bosworth.
The lineup includes a screening of “Landfill Harmonic,” followed by a performance by 24 members of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group whose members play instruments made out of recycled products from »
- Dave McNary
Cookie’s big mouth has gotten her into more than a few scrapes on Empire, but now her words are coming back to bite her outside of the Fox smash.
RelatedEmpire Recap: Get Rich or Try Dynasty
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Thursday to address a comment Cookie made about Jennifer Lopez during Wednesday’s episode. Daniels wants everyone, but most importantly Lopez, to know that Taraji P. Henson’s character meant no disrespect by her comment about Lopez’s vocal abilities.
The line in question came during Cookie’s conversation with Hakeem about having more than »
Back in June, a rumor surfaced that Sony Pictures and Marvel may be developing a new movie based on the Spider-Gwen comics, after Marvel's Ike Perlmutter recently green-lit a new solo comic series for the character. We never heard anything concrete about this Spider-Gwen spinoff, but earlier this week, a new fan-made trailer started making the rounds, stoking interest in the character getting her own solo adventure. During a Q&A to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, producers Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham revealed they hadn't yet seen the trailer, but they both thought the comic book version of Spider-Gwen was "cool."
The Spider-Gwen trailer that surfaced this week featured footage from The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, along with Julianne Cancalosi portraying Spider-Gwen in scenes where she's wearing the masked costume. Even if a Spider-Gwen movie does happen, it likely won't be with Emma Stone, »
Like the wide white lapels of Cookie’s Chanel-plaid jumpsuit, it’s the “Are you kidding me?” details that make Empire so ridiculously delicious.
A hard-charging prosecutor shows up to court with a La Perla bra pushing her cleavage higher than a Patti Labelle glory note. A guy named Thirsty (!) — with a law degree from the University of Guam (!!) — lands a job defending one of the richest and most powerful men in music. And not even Fox’s own highly paid American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is safe from the vicious tongue of the Lyon family matriarch.
RelatedAsk Ausiello: Spoilers on Empire, »
Imagine Entertainment has promoted Anna Culp to be the company’s new Evp of Motion Pictures, the company has announced. Culp has been with Imagine for the past 17 years is currently executive producing Inferno, the latest film adaptation of the Robert Langdon series of novels by Dan Brown, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. She’s also executive producing Love The Coopers, directed by Jessie Nelson and starring Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms… »
The big topic of conversation among TV fanatics this past week? The overall lousiness of the network's new fall shows. After a summer filled with UnREAL, Mr. Robot, Show Me a Hero, and The Carmichael Show — not to mention the soon-departing Fear the Walking Dead, which aired its best episode yet — it was damned dispiriting to have to slog through the likes of Life in Pieces, Blindspot, and Rosewood. Where's the panache? Where are the series with something to say?
Yes, ABC's The Muppets and Fox's Scream Queens had memorable debuts, »
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
The Performer | Anthony Anderson
The Show | black-ish
The Episode | “The Word” (Sept. 23, 2015)
The Performance | He may not have saved 155 lives in a spectacular emergency landing, but from a comedic standpoint, Anthony Anderson’s performance as Dre Johnson in the Season 2 premiere of black-ish approached Capt. Sully Sullenberger levels of daring.
RelatedFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 44 Returning Favorites!
In an episode that began with Dre’s grade-school-age son Jack dropping the N-word during a talent-show performance of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” Anderson managed to score enormous laughs while his character led an impassioned examination (and occasionally a »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Empire and How to Get Away With Murder!
1 | On Fear the Walking Dead, even after being attacked by an infected Calvin, Principal Costa and Susan — and having seen what it took to stop Mr. Dawson — Maddie left the safe zone to investigate a light in the distance? Seriously?
RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, S.H.I.E.L.D., The »
Lee Daniels had an "Empire" viewing party Wednesday night at his NYC loft, and Mariah Carey watched the show in a fur-laced hammock. Mariah took advantage of a new court ruling, allowing us all to sing Happy Birthday to anyone we want. In this case, she sang it to Lee Daniels' producing partner on the Richard Pryor flick. Maxwell accompanied her on the piano. Lee had a bunch of celebs, including some of his guest stars, »
- TMZ Staff
Empire's Season Two premiere was a shocking and insane television spectacle, and its ratings were just as massive as the show itself. On Wednesday night, 16 million people tuned in to the show's highly anticipated return, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new episode not only beat every other TV show that aired last night with its numbers, but it also outperformed everything that aired this week, excluding football. The Season Two premiere garnered a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49, and the episode was only outdone by the Season One finale.
Following its January premiere, »
The Lyons are still king. In a big way.
Fox’s Empire opened Season 2 on Wednesday night with 16.2 million total viewers and a 6.7 rating (per finals), dipping just 8 percent and two tenths from the second hour of its record-setting freshman finale (17.6 mil/6.9).
Versus its series debut, for those who may wonder, Empire was up 64 and 76 percent — the largest Season 1/Season 2 leap in 10 years, since House.
RelatedEmpire Season 2 Premiere: Ep Talks ‘Gorilla Suit’ Moment, Cookie/Jamal Rift, Marisa Tomei’s Lesbian Tycoon
In a TVLine poll, 60 percent predicted Empire would return higher than its finale. TVLine readers gave the Season 2 premiere »
"Empire kicked off its second season on Wednesday night with the episode "The Devils Are Here." TV critics made it clear that this hip hop drama was not suffering a sophomore slump. They heaped praise upon both the performances and production values. Read a sampling of their insights below and then weigh in with your own thoughts Here. -Break- Dish "Empire" and the new TV season with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums Season two picked up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Still in federal prison, Lucious is trying to run his business from inside, while a headline-grabbing state prosecutor hangs her political ambitions on bringing him down - no matter what it takes. Meanwhile, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) stages a star-studded #FreeLucious concert in his support, while scheming with business savvy Mimi Whiteman (guest star Marisa Tomei) to. »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season two premiere of Empire, "The Devils Are Here."] Not so fast, Cookie. The season two premiere of Empire wasted no time diving right back into the heated dealings of the Lyon family. Although Lucious (Terrence Howard) remained behind bars, he still pulled a fast one on his ex-wife. After Cookie brought in investor Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) to help her and her boys get a controlling share of Empire and subsequently remove Lucious as CEO, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) went behind Cookie's back and convinced Mimi to invest with him and Lucious
- Kate Stanhope
It's baaack...with more star power than the Emmys. Empire finally returned for its highly anticipated second season on Wednesday night, reuniting us with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who brought out a bunch of her famous friends for the premiere. While Kelly Rowland, Ludacris, Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey have yet to make their debut, viewers got to see a whole new side of major stars like Chris Rock and Marisa Tomei, among others, in "The Devils Are Here." Fortunately, Empire's laundry list of guest stars didn't overshadow or take away from the Lyon family drama, which is the show's beating heart. Still, there were a lot of quick cameos, thanks to a huge concert »
If you told me yesterday, “Hey, Empire is gonna add Predatory Lesbian Schemer Oscar Winner Marisa Tomei to this season,” I would have said “If that’s real, I’ll eat my hat.” I’m sitting here with half a Cubs baseball cap in my mouth, praising the brilliance of Predatory Lesbian Schemer Oscar Winner Marisa Tomei. The second she showed up in a high-end honky tonk Florence and the Machine pantsuit, I thought we were in for a thrill ride. Okay. This episode wasn’t so much of a thrill ride as expert table-setting and reminders of the damage these people are capable of doing. A lot of the episode’s immediate threats of violence were handled so swiftly that tension didn’t get a chance to really seep into our bones. But who needs tension when you have Vogue contributing editor, former America’s Next Top Model judge, »
- Ali Barthwell
It’s impossible to distill Empire‘s Season 2 premiere down to a single line of dialogue, but under threat of a Frank Gathers dinner invite (more on that in a second), we’d go with Lucious Lyon’s cold, calculated “Who is that lesbian bitch?”
In other words, Wednesday’s explosive hour — which featured a decapitated head in a box, a boardroom scene that would make Alexis Carrington-Colby gasp and a ferocious booty-shake from Boo-Boo Kitty herself — is evidence that Fox’s critical and ratings juggernaut is on course not just to maintain the pace of its heady freshman season, »
In the premiere of Fox’s Rosewood on Wednesday, we learned what a private pathologist is and does. Many times. We even learned his fee! But is this latest wrinkle on the buddy cop/medical drama what the doctor ordered?
VideosFind Out Why Rosewood‘s Titular Doc Is ‘Obsessed With Death’
Up front, let’s acknowledge how fantastic it is to see Morris Chestnut fronting a series. The guy has paid his dues with co-starring roles on V, Legends, Nurse Jackie, and here his innate charm serves him well, seeing as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood — the “Beethoven of private pathologists” — is overflowing with swagger and style. »
Good news web-heads! It's been confirmed Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man reboot is not going to tell Peter Parker's origin for a third time.
"There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben," the filmmaker joked, in reference to a key moment in Spider-Man's origin.
Watts further explained: "I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie. We're really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He's just 15 now.
"[Tom Holland] was pretty perfect. He's very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! »
One of the reasons fans hated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so much is that it spent nearly all it's running time trying to set up the massive super villain team-up movie The Sinister Six. It didn't have time to concentrate on Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. The spinoff movie was being prepped for a 2016 release date, with Drew Goddard set to write and direct the film. But when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to live up to both box office and fan expectation, Sony put all of it's Spider-Man inspired films on hold. In stepped Marvel. And the rest is history. The slate was wiped clean, there would be no The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with Marvel and Sony instead collaborating on a Spider-Man reboot for 2017. Also scrapped was The Sinister Six. But Drew Goddard claims the movie is not dead yet.
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