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Bryan Singer, who directed the two good X-Men films, is coming back to direct X-Men: First Class, which is evidently an origin story about Professor Xavier’s first students. Obviously, all the original actors except Patrick Stewart are going to be way too old to play themselves in this, so I suppose we’re looking at an all-new cast of hot actors. Singer’s always had excellent taste in hot men. Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Angel are who need cast, according to Wikipedia. Ideas?
The cast of the U.S. version of Shameless is starting to take shape. We already knew William H. Macy was Frank, but now we find out Emily Rossum will pick up the Fiona role, Allison Janney (goddess) will play a role that sounds like Sheila, maybe, and Justin Chatwin will be Steve, originated by hunky James McAvoy. The cast is stellar, other than Chatwin, »
"Chuck's" third season is just around the New Year's corner, but if you want to whet your espionage appetite before then, check out cable.
Syfy will air a special "Chuck" marathon on Thursday, Jan. 7, the NBC Universal cable network announced.
Eight hand-picked episodes, including the premiere and finale, will air.
The lineup also includes "Chuck vs. The First Date," "Chuck vs. The Seduction," "Chuck vs. The Break-Up," "Chuck vs. The Santa Claus," "Chuck vs. The Predator," "Chuck vs. The Dream Job," "Chuck vs. The Colonel" and "Chuck vs. The Ring."
The third season kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 10 on NBC.
In other TV news:
- Michael B. Seligman has been named the supervising producer of the upcoming Oscars telecast. He'll be working with this year's producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, the latter who said, "I look forward to lovingly torturing Michael, as we all move toward putting together one »
By the Hollywood Reporter
Additionally, Allison Janney has signed on for a key recurring role, reuniting with her "West Wing" executive producer Wells. And Justin Chatwin has been cast in the pilot from Warner Bros. TV/John Wells Productions.
Read more from the Hollywood Reporter. »
- Dylan Stableford
Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. More Chuck Lorre on the way... CBS has given a pilot order to multi-camera comedy Mike and Molly, written by Mark Roberts (Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory) and executive produced by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men). Project, from Warner Bros. Television, will center on a couple who are overeaters and meet at an Overeaters Anonymous support group. (Variety, Hollywood Reporter) Emmy Rossum (Dragonball Evolution), Allison Janney (The West Wing), and Justin Chatwin (Dragonball Evolution) have been cast in Showtime drama pilot Shameless, a Us adaptation of Paul Abbot's UK skein that will star William H. Macy. Rossum will play Fiona, the 18-year-old daughter of an alcoholic (Macy) whose wife has gone missing and who must raise her five younger brothers. Janney will play a potential love interest for Macy's character, while Chatwin will play a »
· Showtime is opening its arms to another dysfunctional family with Shameless, John Wells' pilot based on the long-running British series. Emmy Rossum has been tapped to play 18-year-old Fiona, a working-class Chicago daughter forced to raise her five younger brothers and sisters when her mother goes Awol and her alcoholic father (William H. Macy) heads down a path of destruction. Tripling its chances for an Emmy, the series has cast Allison Janney as a love interest for Macy. [THR]
The Beautiful Life has found a savior, CBS wants to take on overeating, and more TV Bites after the jump. »
Emmy Rossum has joined William H Macy in Shameless, a Showtime drama pilot. The plot revolves around a working-class Chicago family hit with the recession and is based on the hit UK series of the same name. Rossum, 23, will play the family's daughter, Fiona, who is 18. She is described as smart and unpredictable. She has five younger siblings on her watch. Allison Janney of The West Wing fame will play a character that becomes a love interest for the intriguing Macy. Rossum appeared in The Phantom of the Opera and with Chatwin in Dragonball: Evolution. »
- Philippa Bourke
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmy Rossum will star opposite William H. Macy in John Wells' pilot Shameless for Showtime. Allison Janney has also signed on for a key recurring role. Lastly, Justin Chatwin has been cast in this pilot from Warner Bros. TV and John Wells Prods. The show is based on the long-running British series by top U.K. TV writer Paul Abbott. It revolves around the Gallaghers, they are a working-class Chicago clan dealing with the recession. The mother is absent, and the alcoholic parent (Macy) always ends up passed out on the living room floor. Eventually, their 18-year-old daughter Fiona (Rossum) takes on the role of keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the right track. Janney will play a love interest for Macy. Chatwin is going to be Steve, a car thief who falls for Fiona. Mark Mylod will be directing the pilot »
Additionally, Allison Janney has signed on for a key recurring role, reuniting with her "West Wing" executive producer Wells. And Justin Chatwin has been cast in the pilot from Warner Bros. TV/John Wells Prods.
Based on the long-running British series by top U.K. TV writer Paul Abbott, "Shameless" revolves around the Gallaghers, a working-class Chicago clan dealing with the recession. The mother is Awol, and the alcoholic patriarch (Macy) usually ends up passed out on the living room floor, so their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter Fiona (Rossum) is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.
Janney plays a pivotal character that will become a love interest for Macy.
Chatwin will play Steve, a car thief who falls in love with Fiona. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
A roving camera caught up with the celebs at this week's Fraggle Rock fashion event at Kitson. And perhaps more surprising than the fact that an '80s TV puppet show has a fashion presence in Hollywood were the various stars' thoughtful takes on the Tiger Woods Scandal, including Paris Hilton, Joey Lawrence, Allison Janney, Gilles Marini, Melissa Joan Hart and Carmen Electra. »
Part of the fun of the whole film festival experience is discovering new talents, both in front and behind of the camera. Since I'm an avid fan of the top ten list format, I thought I'd go at this again. Cannes gave us two break-thru perfs in acting from A Prophet's Tahar Rahim and Fish Tank's Katie Jarvis (both were mentioned once again in IndieWIRE's Tiff poll), I featured the both of them in this apres Cannes' piece. - #10. Dylan Riley Snyder Part of the fun of the whole film festival experience is discovering new talents, both in front and behind of the camera. Since I'm an avid fan of the top ten list format, I thought I'd go at this again. Cannes gave us two break-thru perfs in acting from A Prophet's Tahar Rahim and Fish Tank's Katie Jarvis (both were mentioned once again in »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
First, she channeled Julia Child in "Julie & Julia." Later this month, she'll play a divorcée torn between Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in "It's Complicated." Back Stage recently spoke with actors fortunate enough to have shared scenes with Streep."It's hard not to speak in clichés when talking about Meryl Streep and her career of incredible performances," says Jane Lynch, Streep's co-star in "Julie & Julia." Lynch, who portrays Dorothy, Julia Child's sister, falls back on sports analogies when she talks about acting with the star: "The bar is raised with Meryl Streep, and you hope to rise to the occasion, just like playing tennis with someone better than you can make your game better."Like many performers, Lynch cites intimidation as a first response to the idea of sharing a scene with the star. "I met her briefly on the set of 'Lemony Snicket's [A Series of Unfortunate Events],' a few years before 'Julie & Julia, »
I've been anxiously anticipating Jason Reitman's third film, Up in the Air, from the moment I first read about the project. With George Clooney on board I was practically giddy, so imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to talk to the director himself when he stopped in San Francisco during his promotional tour. The film is one of the many buzz-worthy December movies, and it opens in limited release this Friday. Reitman talked about everything from Clooney to the economy to how he handles garnering so much acclaim for his first three films. Here are the highlights: On traveling: I love travel and there’s a reason I started doing this movie - even when I started doing commercials I’ve been a psychotic frequent flier, so I enjoy it. I enjoy having the itinerary, going to the airport, I enjoy the being nowhere and unplugging »
Todd Solondz' follow up to Happiness won the best screenplay award in Venice – for very specific reasons, the dialogue sharply sticks it to the batch of unlike-able characters and Allison Janney steals the show when comparing her character to the pantheon of scary mothers who mean well. - I failed to re-watch the 1998 film prior to seeing this one, but just like a coat that got lost in a closest and hasn't been worn in some time, this pic has the same form – its just not as perverted as the original. Life During Wartime's first “re-introduction” sequences and this sense of familiarity that comes along with it can bring along a sense of glee and while the transfer from one actor the another is a great device, the appeal slowly dissipates until we are left with very little. Todd Solondz' follow up to Happiness »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Eddie Murphy is attached to produce and may also star in the buddy comedy “The Misadventures of Fluffy." The project comes is being set up at Paramount and is from a pitch by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. The R-rated comedy is being described as a roadtrip comedy through New York which apparently features talking animals and also has an element of social comedy like 1980's "Trading Places." I don't know so much about this one... According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders emphasize that Murphy is not formally attached to star at this point. Murphy was last seen in the heartwarming "Imagine That" for Paramount. Prior to that he starred in "Meet Dave." Future projects include "Shrek Forever After" which is in post-production phase and the completed "A Thousand Words" which Brian Robbins helmed. The latter also stars Cliff Curtis, Kerry Washington and Allison Janney. »
It's a noble tradition. Think of Rex Harrison in "My Fair Lady," Richard Burton in "Camelot," Anthony Quinn in "Zorba," Katharine Hepburn in "Coco," and Lauren Bacall in "Applause." And the list goes on. When accomplished actors who are untrained and inexperienced in the demanding disciplines of musical theater courageously jump off the diving board to leap headfirst into the genre, it can be a frightening yet exhilarating swim. The challenges are enormous, but the rewards can be sweet.Fresh off his five-year run on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Emmy-nominated stage and screen actor T.R. Knight has taken on the multifaceted role of Leo Frank, an ill-fated Jewish factory superintendent in 1913 Atlanta, in an acclaimed revival of the fact-based, Tony-winning musical drama "Parade" by composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown and librettist Alfred Uhry. The production is currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. The payoffs for Knight have been intense personal satisfaction, »
Michael Jackson's final masterpiece, This Is It hit theaters at midnight last night, with a star-studded La premiere just a few hours earlier to celebrate. Mj's brothers Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Randy posed together to support the project while stars of stage and screen came together to honor the King of Pop. Will Smith doesn't do a ton of red carpets these days, but couldn't miss this one and Nph was dapper in black. Ashley Tisdale pulled her High School Musical costar Monique Coleman close while Adam Lambert and Katy Perry looked like two peas in a pod. Michael Jackson's last performance footage has done amazingly well in presales and he clearly has the love of all his celebrity fans and friends - including close pal Elizabeth Taylor - as it hits theaters for a special run. Jennifer Lopez pouted for the camera after another weekend supporting the Dolphins in Miami. »
Scarlett Johannson will be 25 when she makes her Broadway debut this December as lovesick teenager Catherine in "A View From the Bridge." This production -- co-starring Tony Award winner Liev Schrieber ("Glengarry Glen Ross") as her lustful uncle Eddie -- is the third rialto revival of Arthur Miller's 1955 domestic drama. The 1997 Roundabout production of "Bridge" (pictured here) won the Tony for best revival. Brittany Murphy -- who had just turned 20 -- played the nymphet. While she earned no accolades, Anthony Lapaglia as Eddie won the lead actor Tony while Allison Janney picked up a nod as his long-suffering wife, Beatrice. No word on who will get that plum part this time »
Pine is recognised for his role in Farragut North, while Janney lands a Best Actress nod for her part in 9 to 5: The Musical at the upcoming Ovation Awards.
Dolly Parton has also been nominated for creating 9 to 5, which picked up a total of seven nods.
The revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe leads the list with eight nominations. »
The 30th American Film Market (Afm) has announced 445 films in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, screening to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. Among the seemingly endless list of films screening at Afm are (with the film’s seller in brackets) “Life During Wartime,” directed by Todd Solondz and starring Ally Sheedy, Paul Reubens, Charlotte Rampling and Allison Janney (Fortissimo Film … »
Is Welcome to the Dollhouse auteur Todd Solondz a misanthrope, or a humanist whose characters just happen to engage in ugly, perverse, cruel behavior? For me, the answer has been made clear with Life During Wartime (screening Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9pm), Solondz's quasi-sequel to 1998's Happiness, in which all of the characters are now played by different actors: Todd Solondz starts his latest and finest film to date by introducing us to Joy (Shirley Henderson), whose husband Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams) is not quite cured of his peculiar "affliction." Joy's sister Trish (Allison Janney) is hoping to stabilize her family life by marrying the recently divorced Harvey (Michael Lerner), but her soon-to-be bar-mitzvahed son Timmy (Dylan Riley Snyder) isn’t sure he wants another man in the house—especially as it seems his dead father, Bill (Ciarán Hinds), might not be dead after all. His portrait of these and several »
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