20 items from 2015
In the conference room that launched 1 million entertainment careers, one huge decision was definitely addressed: the star's name. In Elton John's case, Reginald Kenneth Dwight was ditched for a much catchier Elton John, of course. Whoopi Goldberg trumped the actress's given name Caryn Elaine Johnson (no surprise there!). The stars we think we know everything about, like Miley Cyrus - who is no stranger to sharing the intimate cleavage selfie - are actually complete strangers to us, with sometimes very ordinary names. Cyrus was born Destiny Hope but legally changed her name to Miley (in honor of her nickname »
- Amy Jamieson, @mylomickey
This week’s podKast takes the slow road; without Christian Cawley (no voice), James McLean and Brian A. Terranova choose to talk about props, specifically the sonic screwdriver and police boxes, as well as suggesting some redesign tips for the Daleks and Cybermen. So kick back and relax with James and Brian in a sort of...
- Christian Cawley
The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.
Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information »
- Martin Dale
Back in November it was announced that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is set to star in an upcoming six-part retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein, and now ITV has revealed the full cast and synopsis for the drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean). As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he »
- Gary Collinson
A love letter to a bygone era of New York City, namely the late ‘80s, “Ten Thousand Saints” sees directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini returning to a more personal approach to filmmaking — or at least as personal as possible when adapting another’s material, in this case the debut novel by author Eleanor Henderson. Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time. Otherwise, there’s not much to suggest a theatrical windfall, and only slightly better odds in ancillary.
The story actually kicks off in 1980 Vermont, on a particularly eventful night for young hero Jude (Henry Kelemen). He’s hit with a double whammy: His no-nonsense mom, Harriet (Julianne Nicholson), has kicked his hippie dad, Les (Ethan Hawke »
- Geoff Berkshire
Kicking off with episode five, Police Lieutenant Gilou (Thierry Godard) has a daring plan to generate positive publicity for a case, but the stakes are high. Meanwhile, Josephine goes head-to-head with an infamous lawyer.
The Jonathan Ross Show: ITV, 9.20pm
Diane Andryshak came home on Monday to find that her house was gone. Middletown, New York, police say James Rhein, her husband of nine years, rented an excavator and knocked it down that morning - without telling his wife, authorities confirmed to People. "None of my belongings were taken out," Andryshak told ABC7. "Everything was in the house. I'm in shock, still I'm in shock." Andryshak, who is listed as the legal owner, insists that there was nothing amiss between them. "I don't know what happened," she said. "I don't know anything. I know that when I got here he »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered Monday, and despite taking over from Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report timeslot, Wilmore simply plays himself - or a more exhausted-by-it-all version thereof. It's hard to blame him, really. Originally titled The Minority Report, the satirical news show is more similar to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but with a focus on issues important to people of color - a debut that's especially prescient in light of Ferguson and the Eric Garner case.Now may be the perfect time for a show like Wilmore's, where people of color are given a mainstream venue to air their grievances. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
[Youtube "MTIsw9VDbZU"] The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered Monday, and despite taking over from Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report timeslot, Wilmore simply plays himself - or a more exhausted-by-it-all version thereof. It's hard to blame him, really. Originally titled The Minority Report, the satirical news show is more similar to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but with a focus on issues important to people of color - a debut that's especially prescient in light of Ferguson and the Eric Garner case.Now may be the perfect time for a show like Wilmore's, where people of color are given a mainstream venue to air their grievances. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
So here we are, only a week away from the official launch of the Road to WrestleMania, the 2015 Royal Rumble. The Rumble is one of my personal favourite wrestling shows annually, and has been since I started watching professional wrestling 22 years ago. Let’s see if this episode of Raw, being promoted as a “Reunion Edition”, will be able to get some extra interest on that show.
Brock Lesnar, along with Paul Heyman, comes out first and Brock calls out Rollins due to what Seth did to him (curb stomp anyone?) at the close of last week’s show. Instead of Rollins, Triple H comes out and tries to calm Brock down. Lesnar asks Trips if he wants to fight. Heyman amusingly screams “he pays the bills” to Brock during all of this. Stephanie, along with Kane and Big Show comes down, and tries to appeal to Lesnar to calm down too. »
- Chris Cummings
According to Karukoski, Dickerson died Jan. 10 after battling a long illness. He was living in New York.
Dickerson, who was also known for a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson on the first season of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues,” starred alongside Kyle MacLachlan in “Blue Velvet.” MacLachlan played a college student who brought a severed ear to Dickerson’s character. Laura Dern played Detective John Williams’ daughter in the crime drama.
Before acting, Dickerson has a versatile writing career, working as a poet, magazine writer, playwright and editor. He also served as a speechwriter for U.S. Congressman Robert Steele, and as a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon.
After a bout of writers block, Dickerson turned to acting, first having roles in off-Broadway plays. »
- Alex Stedman
Dickerson's son - film writer and director Dome Karukoski - confirmed that he passed away on January 10 after a long illness.
Before becoming an actor, Dickerson worked as a magazine writer, poet, editor and playwright.
He was also a speechwriter for Us congressman Robert Steele and a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon. »
The Party Report’s early picks of the prestigious, unique and special gatherings at the festival. Look for these intimate invites in your inbox
Despite causing agita throughout the industry for threatening not to circulate his annual “Sundance Party List” for talent, publicists and media — Chris Ryan’s encyclopedic tome is forthcoming and will be likely forwarded several times by the time you’re reading this post.
This is not that list.
Instead of a comprehensive treatise, I’ve picked the intimate, special and the unique gatherings of the creative community and people who make Sundance scene special and so broadly popular, »
- Mikey Glazer
“I’m absolutely thrilled! I still can’t believe I won,” Moore, 54, told Variety at Tuesday night’s Cinema Society screening of her critically lauded film in New York City. “It’s an honor to win a Golden Globe. It’s a really big deal.”
Moore may have won the award, but she’s now back to work promoting the Sony Pictures Classics film, which hits theaters in limited release on Jan. 16. She joined co-stars Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth and co-director Wash Westmoreland at the Sunshine Theater to discuss the movie and its weighty themes.
“I am very proud and feel really lucky to have been involved on this project,” said Moore, who portrays Alice Howland, a wife, a mother of three grown children »
- Paul Chi
An unprecedented show of solidarity took place Sunday in Paris at a “unity rally” against the terror attacks that claimed 17 lives in France this week.
An estimated one million people marched from the Place de la Republique in central Paris to the Place de La Nation. The massive rally came in the aftermath of a tragic week that saw journalists, cartoonists, police officers, and other civilians killed after terrorists attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday, and a gunman killed a female police officer and civilians Thursday and Friday.
An unprecedented number of police and security officials covered the rally »
- Jordan Chariton
Larry Wilmore used a portion of his Saturday “Nightly Show” panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to reflect on the biggest story in his genre of satirical news — the terrorist murders in France at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
“It’s very tragic … and I think we were all affected,” Wilmore replied when a reported asked for his thoughts. “We talked to Jon (Stewart) that day and, whoa, his whole office was kind of numb.”
Stewart is not only Wilmore’s former “Daily Show” boss, he is the creator of “The Nightly Show.”
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- Tony Maglio
(Updated at 9.05 a.m. Pt)
Authorities killed two brothers on Friday believed to be responsible for gunning down 12 people during an assault on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, according to CNN and the Mayor of Dammartin-en-Goele in France. A hostage they were holding was freed, according to the Mayor.
Shortly after the the brothers — Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32 — were killed, another suspect believed to be tied to them who shot and killed a female police officer on Thursday in Montrouge (a southern suburb of Paris) was killed by French police after holding hostages at a »
- Travis Reilly and Jordan Chariton
Protesters attempted to shut down Bill Cosby's Canada shows while he reportedly made a joke about his sexual abuse allegations during his Thursday performance.
Et Canada captured the protesters on Wednesday blocking the entrance to the Centre In The Square venue in Kitchener where Cosby's show took place.
News: A Timeline of Cosby's Accusers
"Obviously any big change requires all kinds of voices, all kinds of action," protest organizer Melanie Baker said. "This is the one we chose."
Inside the venue Wednesday, Cosby stuck to his routine and received a standing ovation, despite the ruckus outside.
During Thursday's performance in London, Ontario, several reports claim that the 77-year-old comedian made light of his recent sexual abuse allegations after he called out a woman who told him she was going to get a drink during his performance. He reportedly responded, saying, "You have to be careful about drinking around me."
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Jon Stewart returned from holiday vacation feeling very merry, and had some post-holiday cheer for North Korea.
“Listen North Korea, you can mess with a lot of things; our postal system, our water supply, but when you star f–king with out holiday releases [The Interview]—the precious cinematic delights we partake in to avoid having to talk to our families—you’ve stepped on a landmine.”
Stewart then ran a clip of CNN reporting the U.S. sanctions against North Korea. »
- Jordan Chariton
Cops were called out to Satin Dolls -- the New Jersey strip club that doubled as the Bada Bing on "The Sopranos" -- for the second time in two weeks ... but this time, nothing was taken. According to police in Lodi, someone smashed a glass door sometime between 2:00-5:00 Am. The would-be thief (or thieves) then pried open an office door and tried to get into the safe ... but ended up walking away empty-handed. »
- TMZ Staff
20 items from 2015
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