14 items from 2013
‘Running with Scissors’ movie review: Annette Bening shines in muddled coming-of-age tale (photo: Annette Bening and Joseph Cross in ‘Running with Scissors’) Problems abound in Ryan Murphy’s movie version of Augusten Burroughs’ book of memoirs Running with Scissors. Those range from the film’s cartoonish humor and meandering storyline to an unappealing lead character and fuzzily sketched secondary ones. The only element that prevents this muddled comedy-drama from becoming a complete failure is a generally solid supporting cast headed by an outstanding Annette Bening. Growing up isn’t easy, we all know that. But as Running with Scissors‘ adolescent anti-hero Augusten Burroughs (Joseph Cross) will tell you, things can get particularly difficult when your father (Alec Baldwin) is a raging alcoholic and your mother (Annette Bening) is a poet wannabe clearly suffering from bipolar disorder — all the while believing that her husband is out to do both her and you in. »
- Andre Soares
Can Paula Patton become Hollywood's next romantic comedy heroine?
She's taking her shot this weekend with the release of "Baggage Claim." In it, she plays a flight attendant who, prompted by her younger sister's engagement, uses her travel privileges to criss-cross the country in search of boyfriends past who might have been The One. Certainly, the genre needs a fresh face. Could it be hers?
She's proved she can handle light comedy (as the well-to-do bride in "Jumping the Broom") and that she can hold the screen opposite even a male lead as charismatic as Denzel Washington ("Déjà Vu," "2 Guns") or Tom Cruise ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"). It certainly doesn't hurt that she has some name recognition, even among people who haven't seen her movies, thanks to her marriage to singer Robin Thicke.
Still, "Baggage Claim" will mark the first time that a movie has rested primarily on her shoulders. »
- Gary Susman
Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story") will play Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 and 2. Lyme is a past victor of the Hunger Games and is described as middle-aged (although Rabe is just 31), over 6'1", muscular with an "unforgettable" face. Rabe is the daughter of the late actress Jill Clayburgh whose final role was playing Kristin Wiig's mom in Bridesmaids. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
I think everyone remembers where they were August 31st, 2003 when they heard that Charles Bronson had died. I was visiting my brother in Atlanta when my nephew knocked on my door and informed me that CNN had announced his death. I collapsed into a sobbing heap. Bronson was my hero, my muse, my role model. Hollywood’s brightest star would shine no more. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone ten years.
Charles Bronson was the unlikeliest of movie stars. Of all the leading men in the history of Hollywood, Charles Bronson had the least range as an actor. He rarely emoted or even changed his expression, and when he did speak, his voice was a reedy whisper. But Charles Bronson could coast on presence, charisma, and silent brooding menace like no one’s business and he wound up the world’s most bankable movie star throughout most of the 1970’s. »
- Tom Stockman
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-nominee Peter James about his career and the art of cinematography...
“My father was a house painter and my mother worked at the school canteen; she was a hairdresser as a young girl during the war,” recalls Peter James of his childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia. “We didn’t even have a record player in the house. We didn’t get a black and white TV until 1963.” The prospects for the teenager did not look good until his cousin Jon Cleary, a prolific novelist who had an Oscar nominated adaptation called The Sundowners (1960) produced, intervened. “He had written several film scripts and asked my parents, ‘What is Peter going to do when he finishes school?’ I was only 15. They said, ‘He’s hopeless. He can’t read or write.’ In fact I’m dyslectic. The word dyslectic hadn’t been invented in those days. »
Cch Pounder has been lots of things throughout her career -- detectives, aliens, lawyers, doctors and so much more -- but chances are none of it would have happened if it wasn't for a childhood accident.
"When I was a kid, a pickleball hit me in the back of the head and I had memory problems," Pounder told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "I was in a boarding school and the nuns gave me poems to remember, to try and get the memory going again. After a couple of weeks there would be a couple of nuns, and then four, then six, then it was like, 'Oh, I think they like me.' At first I thought they were checking on my accuracy with the words, but then I realized that they were being entertained. I liked it."
Pounder's impressive list of film and TV credits (there are »
- Chris Harnick
You’d think an episode of So You Think You Can Dance featuring a whole slew of my least favorite, most hyperbolic critiques — “One of the best Broadway routines ever!”; “You’re always one of my favorite dancers!”; “It really gets ya!” (as Mary dabs her tear-streaked face like a hysterical aunt at her godson’s trumpet recital) — would be boring and annoying. God, no. I hate putting cynicism aside, but dear lord, we were presented with six incredibly strong routines, zero mediocre performances in the entire lineup, and even some lovable teariness from Cat Deeley, who usually remains Seacrest-strong during work hours. Um, it was flawless? Basically, yeah. Hell, Alex Wong showed up and humped the air for our entertainment. Guest judge Kenny Ortega could’ve been a bit more technical with his fawning contributions, but I don’t super-care about that. This was pure entertainment, the stuff that »
- Louis Virtel
White House Down movie box-office: $150 million actioner bombs in North America (photo: Channing Tatum in White House Down) Directed by Roland Emmerich, renowned (or reviled, depending on your movie tastes) for his mass-marketed, braindead blockbusters Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012, the 2013 $150 million-budgeted actioner White House Down lived up to its title. Down in fourth place this weekend, White House Down, which stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, suffered the worst inflation-adjusted opening weekend of a big-budget Roland Emmerich movie since the Jean-Claude Van Damme / Dolph Lundgren star vehicle Universal Soldier back in 1992 — more than two decades ago. At 1,916 theaters, Universal Soldier scored $10.05 million on its first weekend out, the equivalent of about $19 million today, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Sony Pictures’ White House Down, for its part, took in an estimated $25.7 million from 3,222 sites — including $1.35 million from Thursday evening shows — this weekend, »
- Zac Gille
This story appears in TheWrap's EmmyWrap Miniseries Issue. Lily Rabe's parents didn't exactly discourage her from becoming an actress, but they certainly knew how tough it could be. Her mother is the Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh, who died in 2010, and her father is playwright David Rabe -- a lineage that helps explain why much of Rabe's most notable work has taken place onstage, including her Tony-nominated turn as Portia opposite Al Pacino's Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" at New York's Shakespeare in the Park series. But Rabe, 30, is also a TV »
- Steve Pond
Fay Kanin, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriter and former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, died today at the age of 95. A New York native, Kanin began her showbiz career in the early 1940s. One of her earliest works was the MGM film Sunday Punch, about boxers living in a boarding house, which she co-wrote with her husband Michael Kanin. The duo went on to become one of the most successful husband and wife writing teams in Hollywood history. The couple also penned 1952′s My Pal Gus, 1954′s Rhapsody and 1956′s The Opposite Sex and they shared an Oscar nomination for the 1958 Clark Gable-starrer Teacher’s Pet. Fay Kanin also went to Broadway with Goodbye My Fancy (1949), about a female congressional representative renewing past loves, which her husband produced. When her husband’s interest in writing waned in the late 1960s, Fay Kanin went solo mainly writing TV movies, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Let no one say Lily Rabe isn't one hell of an actress. Literally. As Sister Mary Eunice in the second season of "American Horror Story," she played an innocent nun who is taken over by the devil. At PaleyFest, she talked to HitFix about getting into character and why she wants to play an action hero. The actress, who's the daughter of actress Jill Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe, has heady credentials -- including a Tony nod for her portrayal of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." Thus, it's no surprise she was a gripping and convincing nun-turned-devil on "Ahs." She »
- Liane Bonin Starr
I had a ball with a 10 Greatest Best Actress Victories list, and now it's time to reveal my dark side: Here are my five least favorite wins for Best Actress, and you'll notice they're all pretty fabulous actresses doing subpar work in subpar fare. Maybe I'm just mad at them for getting rewarded for the wrong work. Maybe I'm contrarian. T'any rate, here are the five offenders:
This is not my way of damning Jodie for that cryptic, near-Dada speech she gave at the Golden Globes. This is my way of acknowledging that The Accused is unimportant Oscar bait full of teary monologues that just don't work. Jodie Foster is a commanding actress, and I consider her work in The Silence of the Lambs one of the most justified wins of the '90s. (Love the '91 Oscars so, so much. Thelma, Louise, Rambling Rose, Mercedes Ruehl, »
There’s magic to do on Broadway — Pippin is coming back.
Producers of the revival that is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston said late Thursday that Pippin will transfer to the Music Box Theatre this spring. Performances begin March 23 with an official opening on April 25.
A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Pippin boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Schwartz’s other hits include Wicked and Godspell.
This Pippin is being directed by Diane Paulus, who leads the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, »
- Associated Press
Well hello there, fellow inmates! I hope that you all enjoyed the break and have entered 2013 with a renewed spirit and appetite for the crazy - because American Horror Story: Asylum is back and dishing out extra helpings.
To recap where we left off: Alien babies, demonic nuns, killer Santa, Dr. Pepper. I think that about covers it.
We begin this week's episode with an advertisement for the new Kit Walker Blow-Up Doll:
Finally, Doctor Arden has produced something worthwhile in that lab of his!
No, seriously - Arden (James Cromwell) makes good on his word to bring Kit (Evan Peters) back from his medically-induced death. He stabs Kit in the heart with adrenaline, then slaps him back to life. Or as we call it in our house, "the Saturday Morning Special". Kit asks if the aliens came like they had hoped, and Arden lies, telling him that they didn't. »
14 items from 2013
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