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If a single recent event can help to sum up what’s happened to television in 2010, at least on a symbolic level, it’s this one: Charles Eglee, one of the writer-producers who had worked on AMC’s wildly popular The Walking Dead before either leaving or getting sacked by showrunner Frank Darabont (depending on who you ask), was hired by FX to oversee a small-screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ comic Powers. The announcement came only a few days after FX president John Landgraf announced that the network had to cancel Terriers, their critically adored hourlong dramedy about lower-middle class amateur PIs working and living in Ocean Beach, San Diego. In an unusual move, Landgraf actually held a conference call to discuss the cancellation later that day – at least in part to help stem accusations that the channel’s dog-themed advertising helped to doom the show, which never exceeded »
- Simon Howell
What went wrong with James L. Brooks' latest, How Do You Know? The 70-year-old writer-director has been painstakingly crafting one brilliant confection after another ever since his film debut in 1983 with Larry McMurtry's tragicomedy Terms of Endearment, starring the great Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson, which won five Oscars including best picture. Brooks went on to score audience and critical hits with 1987's Broadcast News (seven Oscar nominations) and 1997's As Good As It Gets (two more wins). But he did stumble with the one-time musical I'll Do Anything (he took out all the songs), and his last costly dud, Spanglish, starring Adam Sandler as a chef. And now How Do You Know is just about unwatchable. (Check out early reviews below; »
Some really bizarre and interesting videos by director Jennifer Elster have been making the online rounds, and we've been doing some digging to find out just what the hell they're all about. Read on for a bit of info on Itw: Pathway / In the Woods - A walk into the core.
From Jennifer Elster's blog on The Huffington Post:
In the Woods is a mysterious, existential film journey: a walk into the unknown. The experience is a seduction into our own existence. What's the plot? Who knows? The film crawls into and explores the crevices of the minds of its subjects and myself. Hmmm...? Should I go there? I don't know. I kind of want to. Maybe I will. How far can I go? How far can I push it?
- The Woman In Black
Kellan Lutz has weighed in on the debate over which "Twilight Saga" actor has the best six-pack. Speaking to Access Hollywood on the Baton Rouge, Louisiana set of "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn" recently, the actor famed for his portrayal of Emmett Cullen undoubtedly gave his vote to lead actor Robert Pattinson.
"I think Rob [Pattinson] does now," the 25-year-old hunk answered when presented with the question. Explained why he picked Rob instead of Taylor Lautner or himself, the "Meskada" actor said, "Rob has been very diligent on his bicycle. He bikes a lot and he's been training. I'm very impressed with him and I'd say that Rob [has the best abs] now."
As for "Breaking Dawn", Kellan admitted he can't wait to shoot his arm wresting scene with Kristen Stewart. Reasoning that it is "one of those scenes that the fans are really looking forward to", he added, "Even when I do conventions or hang out with the fans, »
Access Hollywood has a cute interview with Kellan Lutz where he talks about the steaminess of the Breaking Dawn script, the infamous Bella and Emmett arm wrestling scene, how he thinks Rob Pattinson has the best abs out of the cast and all of his latest movie projects. Check out the interview below:
While in Baton Rouge to meet the lucky winner of Eclipse gum’s recent contest, Kellan Lutz dishes all about the filming of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” So, does he think it will meet fan expectations? Also, what is he looking forward to most about duking it out with co-star Kristen Stewart? Plus, who has the best “Twilight” abs, him or Taylor Lautner? Hear Kellan’s surprising answer.
What did you think of this interview with Kellan? »
The actual hour-long Hollywood Reporter video of the six actresses who grace their cover: Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, Natalie Portman and Helena Bonham-Carter. Here's how it breaks down if you don't have a full hour to watch (video at bottom of post). Unfortunately you can't "scroll" so the time stamps are useless as I type away.
0:01 Helena talks about first day-i-tis. Never thinks she can do it. I can't act!
1:30 Amy talks about being unemployed and feeling sorry for herself (interesting bit... both sad and funny) and the long time period where she considered giving up. But now that she's successful, what doesn't she like about her career?
Amy: I feel very vulnerable. I don't like it at all. You're very subject to other people's opinions. You know when it doesn't go well. Hilary: We know when it doesn't go well. We don't need »
- NATHANIEL R
Actress Lisa Blount who was best known for playing Debra Winger's girlfriend in the 1982 boxoffice hit An Officer and a Gentleman, has been found dead in her Little Rock home. She was 53 years old. Cause of death was not announced, but authorities said no foul play is suspected. Blount received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, but her greatest career success came in 2002 when she won the Oscar for producing The Accountant in the category of Best Live Action Short Subject. She also appeared regularly as a guest star on popular TV shows. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Blount was found dead in her Little Rock, Arkansas home by her mother on Monday, says the New York Post. A police report said Blount was clutching a cell phone and blood was seeping from her nostrils. Her husband, actor/producer Ray McKinnon, was out of town at the time of his wife's death. »
Oscar-winning actress and producer Lisa Blount has died. She was 53.
The actress, who was perhaps best known for playing the friend to Debra Winger's character in "An Officer and a Gentleman," was found dead in her Arkansas home on Wedensday, Oct. 26 by her mother, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
A local coroner places the time of death two days before. Blount's husband, actor-screenwriter-director-producer Ray McKinnon, was not in town at the time.
Blount was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in July 1957 and raised in Jacksonville.
In "An Officer and a Gentleman," playing the rather cynical Lynette Pomeroy earned Blount a best supporting actress Golden Globe nomination.
Blount and her husband often collaborated on work, and in 2001, she won a best live action short film Oscar for producing "The Accountant," in which McKinnon had starred and directed.
Lisa Blount, an Arkansas-born Academy Award-winning producer and actress, was found dead in her Little Rock home Wednesday by her mother. She was 53. There were no signs of foul play, and Blount appeared to have died on Monday, Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The paper also reports that Blount's husband, actor and director Ray McKinnon, was out of town this week.Blount was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Debra Winger's friend, Lynette Pomeroy, in 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman. In 2001, the live-action short film she produced, The Accountant won an Oscar. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Gabriel Byrne returns to HBO with the third season of “In Treatment” which promises to be the darkest season to date. The show tells follows the week to week life of 53-year-old Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) and his weekly sessions with patients, including one with his own therapist at the end of the week. This season promises to be a change from the preview two. The show itself is based on an Israeli drama and until this point it followed the Israeli story lines. Now the show is going out on its own. Executive producers Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman have come up with new stories and impressive talents including Oscar nominees Debra Winger (“Terms of Endearment”) and Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), and Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire”). Byrne’s character is confronted with a new therapist. Although he expected her to just write up a new prescript for »
Chicago – There are not many better showcases for an actor or actress than HBO’s amazing “In Treatment,” one of the best dramas of the last several years, which returns tonight, October 25th, 2010, for another round of character-driven therapy. Irrfan Khan, Debra Winger, Amy Ryan, and Dane Dehaan join Gabriel Byrne in the third season of this spectacular program.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
Each episode of “In Treatment” unfolds like an amazing one-act play. It could be my theatre major background that makes this program so revelatory for me but there’s really very little on television that this critic finds more rewarding. We so rarely get to see intelligent characters speaking adult dialogue with all of its nuance, subtlety, self-sabotage, and revelation. With all of the typical traps of television stripped away to the bare essentials of what drama should be — writing, direction and performance — “In Treatment” remains one of the best programs on television. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The HBO Emmy and Peabody Award-winning half-hour dramatic TV series "In Treatment" is back for a third season, with two new half-hour episodes debuting back-to-back, Monday October 25 and two more new episodes back-to-back, Tuesday October 26.
In the third season, Weston continues his therapy practice out of the living room of his Brooklyn brownstone.
Among his patients are 'Frances' (Winger) an aging stage and screen star who has been 'blanking out' during rehearsals for a major Broadway role, 'Sunil' (Irrfan Khan), a recent widower and new immigrant from Calcutta and 'Jesse' (DeHaan), an adopted 16-year-old recently contacted by his birth mother.
"...As 'Dr. Paul Weston' continues to struggle with the aftermath of his divorce, he faces new emotional and physical challenges – including hand tremors that he fears might be »
- Michael Stevens
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The Oscar-nominated Terms of Endearment costar has worked infrequently in recent years, which makes her the perfect choice to play a stage diva who's making a comeback after a long time out of the spotlight on the new season of Gabriel Byrne's HBO shrink-rap serial (starting October 25). Aside from a guest gig as a school principal on the final season of Law & Order and her role as the mother...
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- Bruce Fretts
Whatever happened to that girl-next-door actress in Hollywood films – the believable, (the sort of, but not really) attainable, sassy, droll American actresses that graced big-budget Hollywood fare throughout the 1970s and early 1980s? Who are we talking about, pining for? Well, the much-missed likes of Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman), Margot Kidder (Superman), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, Reds), Debra Winger (An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment), Teri Garr (Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Carrie Fisher (Star Wars). »
Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”) is 0 for 0
Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best actress Won Debra Winger (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best actress Jack Nicholson (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best supporting actor Won John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best supporting actor William Hurt (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best actor Holly Hunter (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best actress Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best supporting actor Jack Nicholson (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best actor Won Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best actress Won Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best supporting actor »
- Scott Feinberg
The opening of the Speakeasy Cafe marks one of the many highlights leading up to the fourth annual Other Israel Film Festival, which takes place from November 11 - 21, in Manhattan. Located on Manhattan's upper west side, the cafe will host conversations with Naomi Ragen, Benny Morris, Debra Winger and more during the run of the festival. Kicking off the festival will be the U.S. premiere of the documentary "There »
While dishing the Oscars conundrum facing "The Kids Are All Right" costars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, Scott Feinberg cites the five past examples of when two leading ladies from the same film were nominated for best actress. Four of the pairs were: Anne Baxter and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" (1950), Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959), Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger in "Terms of Endearment" (1983), and Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma and Louise" (1991). What was the other case? After you vote in our poll below, you can see the correct answer by clicking the "Continue Reading" link below. No cheating! Which costars were both »
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Some people are adamant that Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, the co-leads of “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, trailer), cannot both be nominated for the best actress Oscar this year. That’s a bunch of malarkey. Not only can they, and not only should they, but — if Focus genuinely fights the good fight for both of them, as studio insiders emphatically insist to me that they will — they will be.
Those who say that it cannot happen point to the large number of quality contenders in the category this year and insist that there isn’t room for two people from the same film. I disagree. Bening and Moore are together in virtually every scene of the film (Moore actually has a few more scenes, alongside Mark Ruffalo). Both actresses have some terrific moments in the film (especially Bening’s return to the dinner table after discovering Moore »
- Scott Feinberg
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