16 items from 2015
Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement. There were no other details. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family.
The hit comedy aired for nine seasons before ending in 2005. Sawyer Sweeten was a toddler when the series began.
In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was requesting privacy.
"We beg of you to reach out to the ones that you love," she said. "Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."
The comedy tended to focus on the fractured family dynamics of the sportswriter character Romano played, his parents and younger brother. The children were rarely more than an afterthought in the plots. »
- The Associated Press
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Exciting news for both Independence Day and Vivica A. Fox fans! The actress is set to reprise her role as stripper-turned-alien freedom fighter Jasmine Dubrow in the upcoming sequel Independence Day 2. The news was announced by both director Roland Emmerich and the actress herself, who provides a nice collage of images from her previous stint as Jasmine.
Independence Day 2 is already set with a June 24, 2016 release date. Shooting is expected to begin this summer, with original star Jeff Goldblum also returning as David Levinson. New cast members include Jessie Usher, who is playing the son of Will Smith's Captain Steven Hiller, though it has not been confirmed that Jasmine is his mother. Liam Hemsworth will play the son-in-law of Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore. And singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is playing an as-yet unrevealed character. Bill Pullman is expected to return, but has not yet been confirmed. »
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »
- Louis Virtel
2:20 Pm Pt -- Brendon's rep tells TMZ, "Nicholas is, unfortunately, battling a disease that many of us don't understand. We are working with him to improve upon the situation at hand and look toward the future. He's sorry for his actions and takes what happened last night very seriously. We will take great care to ensure his safety in the future." "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon is in big trouble ... he was »
- TMZ Staff
By David Savage
Kino Lorber was right to bring out Foxes (1980) in Blu-ray under their Kl Studio Classics series. The elegant re-issue seems aimed at convincing film snobs that this little gem from the last days of disco finally deserves their attention after a distance of 35 years, during which time it was either dismissed as another insignificant teen comedy of the ‘80s, or as a guilty pleasure. But longtime champions of the film, myself included, need no convincing. We owned the clamshell VHS, we owned the first-generation DVD, and now, if anything, I’d venture to say we feel vindicated that it now carries the stamp as a bonafide classic by a home video label as respected as Kino Lorber. Indeed, a major fist-pump moment comes during director Adrian Lyne’s remark in the audio commentary that Roger Ebert selected it as his favorite film of 1980 and took it with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Left shark understudy? Life coach for troubled celebrities? The Internet has been wondering what's next for Jon Stewart now that he's announced his retirement from The Daily Show after nearly two decades as host. Turns out, social media has plenty of ideas - and retirement isn't among them. #JobsForJonStewart has taken Twitter by storm, and his fans have lots of suggestions, "from the sensible to the silly," according to CNN. According to @davonmagwood, Stewart should replace Brian Williams (who was suspended for six months without pay by NBC on Tuesday) as the new anchor of the Nightly News. I mean »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
A fun Friday edition of the podcast as we not only have reviews of Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son, but we also have a trio of listener voicemails to go along with our usual allotment of games, listener questions and random banter. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and no matter where you live in the world, »
- Brad Brevet
Randy Quaid had a lot of accusations to go around in a new, odd and Nsfw video he posted with his wife, Evi Quaid. The rant was directed at Rupert Murdoch for participating in a conspiracy with News Corp, Warner Bros. and TMZ. In the clip, Quaid said he helped News Corp and Warner Bros. earn "well over a billion dollars" with his roles in Independence Day and Christmas Vacation. He said that in return, Warner Bros. executive Bruce Berman stole his house, the New York Post smears him "to high heaven," and Warner Bros. had he and his wife arrested
- THR Staff
"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.
Birdman (2014) has certainly been the most breakthrough of indies this past awards season. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's tale of a former action movie star (Michael Keaton) whose artistic comeback is marred by a variety of personal and professional crises (much of it courtesy of a pitch-perfect ensemble that includes Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts), has wowed virtually every major critic since its release. The praise has carried Birdman from offbeat indie to the most Oscar-nominated release of 2014 (Mike's review).
At the center of Birdman's acclaim is a magnificent and mesmerizing performance from its leading man. Having had a somewhat spotty filmography over the past decade or so, Keaton has landed a role most actors only dream of. His Riggan »
- Frank Calvillo
What are Randy Quaid and his wife up to this time?
The 64-year-old Christmas Vacation actor, and older brother to Dennis Quaid, posted a truly bizarre video where he attacks media mogul Rupert Murdoch for not thanking him for his role in the 1996 film Independence Day. Exposing a Hawaiian shirt under his blazer, he touts, "This is the very same shirt that I wore in '94 when I saved the world [in Independence Day] -- another act that Rupert Murdoch still hasn't thanked me for."
All the while his wife, Evgenia, is seen in the background wearing a bikini and sunglasses and sitting on the bed. "Evi and I have been put through a living hell. A living hell of biblical proportions," he says, adding that his acting roles helped "media giants News Corp and Warner Bros Entertainment earn well over a billion dollars for the films Independence Day and Christmas Vacation."
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Recently the studio hired Carter Blanchard (“Glimmer”) to rewrite the script. James Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the film. No story or characters details have been revealed. The only thing that is known is that Will Smith will not return.
"ID Forever" film hits theaters on June 24th 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- Kellvin Chavez
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has been offered a starring role in Independence Day 2, according to The Wrap. No details were given for the actor's character, but it has also been rumored that Michael B. Jordan has a role. Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid may also return as David Levinson and Russell Casse, respectively, but their involvement has yet to be confirmed.
No story details have been released at this time, but Carter Blanchard (Glimmer) recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt (White House Down). Will Smith will not be returning as Stephen Hiller, but, along with Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid, Bill Pullman is also expected to return as Thomas J. Whitmore. Roland Emmerich is set to direct, with the filmmaker also producing alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.
Production on Independence Day 2 is slated to begin this May, with 20th »
Carter Blanchard recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt ("White House Down"), and no details have been revealed as yet regarding the story or the characters, other than the confirmation that Will Smith will not return.
The new "Independence Day" film hits cinemas on June 24th 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Arthur Penn’s notorious, arguably ‘revisionist’ Western The Missouri Breaks makes it to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber, with packaging that keeps the film’s initial infamous discrepancies alive and well with star Marlon Brando’s name retaining top billing. Though it would be Brando’s last sizeable role, the film’s main protagonist is really Jack Nicholson as a matter-of-fact horse thief who runs up against a prosperous man who holds himself above the law by failing to recognize that the rest of the country’s outlying frontiers have them.
The term revisionist is problematic in reference to Penn’s film, though it attempts to make us sympathize with a villain positioned against a civilized businessman who’s nearly as irredeemable. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if anything, Penn’s adaptation of Thomas McGuane’s script is anarchist at best. Plagued with a troubled production thanks »
- Nicholas Bell
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