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Feature Becky Lea 24 Dec 2013 - 07:00
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, published on 17th December 1843, quickly became a firm favourite of the festive season. It is, as I’m sure you’re aware, a tale of a scheming miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited first by his dead business partner Jacob Marley and then by three ghosts, of Christmas Past, Present and those Yet To Come. After being confronted with the man he once was, the misery he inflicts on others and his solitary demise, Scrooge makes the decision to be a better man and starts to right the wrongs he has committed.
It's one of those stories that everyone knows, whether they've read the original Dickens or not. "Bah humbug" now appears on black Santa hats and to »
The morning show drama of 2011 -- the Matt Lauer/Ann Curry misfire on "Today" and "Good Morning America's" rise to No. 1 -- already made a good story, having been the subject of former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter's book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." Now, it's about to become a sure-to-be melodramatic TV movie thanks to Lifetime.
Deadline reports the network has optioned the book for a telefilm, which will be produced by Liz Gateley and Tony Disanto of "The Hills" fame. A director and writer have yet to be named, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start the dream casting process.
Here, a few humble suggestions from the Zap2it team, because our first choice -- of each anchor playing themselves -- probably won't work out (but it would be amazing).
First, the most important figure in this whole story: Lauer. »
In this day and age, the level of an individual’s celebrity can often be measured by whether or not they have appeared in The Simpsons.
A guest voice on the show (playing a new character) is one thing, but appearing on the show as themselves is another level entirely.
Paul and Linda McCartney, Cypress Hill, the Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Nimoy, Kim Basinger, Jerry Springer, Mark Hamill, Cyndi Lauper, Ron Howard, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Stephen Hawking, Lucy Lawless, Mel Gibson, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Stephen King, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Venus and Serena Williams, Paul Newman, Richard Gere, Wolfgang Puck, Stan Lee and Carmen Electra (I could go on and on and on…) amongst many others have appeared as themselves on the ever-popular animated series, with varying levels of prominence and success, but we still love a fresh celebrity appearance despite the fact that many have already been there before. »
- Kev Stewart
RuPaul’s pop up video take on this episode not enough for you? The irrepressible Pandora Boxx offers up her own recap of this classic ep…
The post “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: The Lost Season – Episode 5 [Watch] appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- The Backlot
Chicago – Hollywood stuntwoman Zoë Bell is best known for an acting bit she did in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof,” playing “herself.” Otherwise she has had a prolific career doubling on stunts for Lucy Lawless, Sharon Stone and Uma Thurman, among others. She attended the 49th Chicago International Film Festival last weekend to premiere her new film, with director Josh C. Waller, called “Raze.”
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com captured this Exclusive Portrait of Zoë Bell in a one-on-session right before her audience Q&A on October 12th.
Zoë Bell at the Chicago International Film Festival, October 12th, 2013
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
The 49th Chicago International Film Festival is October 10th-24th, 2013. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on ChicagoFilmFestival.com
By Patrick McDONALDSenior Staff WriterHollywoodChicago.firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2013 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com
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I knew the streak couldn't quite last forever.
The Donna and Leslie feud seemed a bit forced and the rest of the half hour didn't seem to push anything forward.
Parks and Recreation department player of the week? I'm going to go with Chris.
His Parks and Recreation quotes were perfect and even though Leslie typically goes to Ron for any sage advice, I really enjoyed Chris's endless positivity and realistic perspective about Leslie as a boss and her high expectations for her employees.
As for Maslany's guest appearance? I love, love, love her in Orphan Black and enjoyed her in Parks and Recreation, but I don't like when guest stars come in as romantic interests because they never stick around. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Lisa Palmer)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars as the titular role in The Thracian Wars - out on July 25, 2014. After performing his legendary 12 labors, Hercules is asked by King of Thrace and his daughter to defeat a cruel warlord.
Meanwhile, Twilight's Kellan Lutz will play his own version of Hercules in The Legend Begins. Lutz's Hercules is exiled after falling in love with the Princess of Crete, who is set to marry his brother. The upcoming film is set for a March 2014 release in the Us, and will debut on August 8 in the UK.
Sometimes, it's good to show a little faith - and we're not talking about prayers to the Greek gods. Just as this week's Atlantis sees our heroes forced to vault slathering beasties, so the show itself also takes a big leap.
Jason (Jack Donnelly) lands himself in trouble when he leaps to the aid of an old peasant being beaten by Heptarian - a sneery noble of royal blood. Dragged before Alexander Siddig's ruthless King Minos, our hero - plus his erstwhile chums Hercules and Pythagoras - are sentenced to serve as bull leapers and must dodge the deadly beasts in the city arena, for the entertainment for the baying masses...
Warriors facing death, arena politics and the ever-present threat of violence - 'A Boy of No Consequence' sees Atlantis transformed into a PG-rated Spartacus, right down to Sarah Parish filling the Lucy Lawless role of saucy schemer.
Between Season 5's multiple cliffhangers and the casting shakeups announced this summer, the "Parks and Recreation" premiere had plenty of loose ends to tie up. So, did "London" deliver the goods?
Let's take a look at the five most important developments in the Season 6 premiere:
1. Picking up right where we left off, with Ron (Nick Offerman) realizing Diane (Lucy Lawless) is pregnant, he immediately proposed, leading to an impromptu wedding -- which very nearly killed Leslie (Amy Poehler). Not sure what was funnier: her insane reaction to the news, Ron's quip back ("Are you dead? You like you're in rictus.") or Diane's joke that her middle name was Tammy. The small, practical shotgun wedding felt so very perfect for Ron.
2. After many guesses over who was attempting to sabotage Rent-a-Swag (Jason Statham? Lebron James? Akon), Tom (Aziz Ansari) discovered that the real culprit was Henry Winkler. As Dr. Saperstein, he's »
Premiere week is here, and that means Thursdays are about to get busy again.
The only things that make Thursday easier than most are a few delayed premieres. For the moment, The CW is in reruns -- watch out for "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" to debut soon. Also, ABC is holding "Scandal" for next week, while there are a handful of comedies pushed to make way for double episodes of others.
Basically, this will all get worse next week. Be prepared.
"Parks and Recreation"(NBC) - The excellent (albeit low-rated) comedy is pulling out all the stops in its double-episode premiere. Most of the Pawnee gang will be traveling to London, where Heidi Klum makes an appearance. Meanwhile, back in Pawnee, find out about Ron's impending fatherhood (with guest star Lucy Lawless) and find out what Henry Winkler is doing on the show.
On TV this Thursday: Glee and Grey’s come back from cliffhangers, Parks and Recreation and Elementary both head across the pond, The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show premiere, and more of your favorite shows return. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Hour-long Season 6 premiere: Most of the Pawnee gang travels to London when Leslie wins an award. Meanwhile, Tom tries to figure out who’s competing with Rent-a-Swag, and Ann and Chris begin their journey toward leaving the show. Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Henry Winkler (Arrested Development) and Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) guest-star. »
- Misha Solomon
Superheroes show their mettle as our new columnist Guy Lodge looks at the latest DVDs and downloads
If video killed the radio star, DVD killed the video store… and then things get a bit messy. DVD is far from dead, of course, but it's the most analogue of home entertainment options in an on-demand society. Whether you're downloading a film from iTunes, streaming a Netflix original TV series or browsing the free-to-view libraries of the BBC or Channel 4 – and whether you're watching on your telly or your tablet – the notion of buying or borrowing a physical disc is getting awfully 20th century.
It's time, then, to widen the scope of this column beyond films on DVD or Blu-ray, taking in more of the outlets available to us for our home viewing pleasure. Don't panic, we'll take it slow. Do not adjust your set. Or your smartphone, for that matter. »
- Guy Lodge, Mark Kermode
Will Pelant cause “big-league” trouble on Bones? Which Once Upon a Time character has a debt to pay? Which Grey’s pair will face “repercussions”? Which Castle cutie is due for a comeback? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Do you have anything on Pelant’s next and last episodes of Bones? –Rachel
It depends on how you interpret the following. Bones will bang out six consecutive episodes this fall before (briefly) turning out the lights for Fox’s post-season baseball coverage — and it sounds »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
It looks like a trip to Pawnee is in order for everyone's favorite clone.
Maslany, who handles several roles on her hit BBC America show, will only have one character to worry about on "Parks," as she'll be playing a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford. Specific details about the actress' character have not been disclosed, but she will appear in the fifth and sixth episodes of Season 6.
Maslany marks the latest in a long line of high-profile guest stars set to pop up when "Parks" returns next month, including Kristen Bell, Heidi Klum, Henry Winkler and returning guests Lucy Lawless and Ben Schwartz.
Do you think Maslany will fit in well with the citizens of Pawnee?
I have no idea what to make of this.
Batman And Robin Go Gay in new Erotic Lives Of The Superheroes book, which “portrays the Dark Knight not only as an aging gay man, but also a narcissist who occupies a seat next to Elton John during New York charity dinners and cruises other gay men for one-night stands.”
But who cleaned up all the brontosaurus crap?
Pre show shower time! pic.twitter.com/546H4OZAPx
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) July 31, 2013
17 Gay Superhero Power Couples.
Below you can see a very sweet marriage proposal that took place at GaymerX (h/t VeryCutePanda)
Hudson Taylor talks to CNN about ensuring athlete safety at Sochi.
Hans The Incredible Unicorn just wanted a drink of water. Then Nsfw things happened …
Here’s the »
Buzzfeed reports that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving Parks & Recreation later this season. Their farewell will come in the season’s 13th episode, which is expected to air in February. On the other hand, EW says we can expect to see more of Lucy Lawless.
I’ll miss the awkward attempts at giving Ann Perkins a storyline.
Martin Henderson has joined the cast of the Sundance series The Red Road, according to Deadline. Henderson will play the lead character, the sheriff of a small town near a Ramapo Indian community. He joins a cast that includes Jason Momoa and a wardrobe manager who better not hide these guys’ good looks.
Even a shirtless Martin Henderson, filming in Hawaii
- Lyle Masaki
Two residents of Pawnee will soon bid farewell: Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are exiting Parks and Recreation during the show’s sixth season, EW has confirmed. (Buzzfeed first reported the news.) The pair will depart about halfway through the season, in the 13th episode.
Jones has been with the show since it launched, starring as Ann Perkins, the unlucky-in-love, loyal best friend of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Lowe came aboard late in season 2 in a guest arc as Chris Traeger, the super-upbeat state auditor, and wound up becoming a series regular. Chris and Ann dated in season 3, and were »
- Dan Snierson
Lucy Lawless, who appeared multiple times on the NBC comedy last season, will return as Diane, Ron’s girlfriend who is pregnant with his child. Producers are hoping to bring back the former Xena: Warrior Princess star for additional episodes as Ron prepares for fatherhood.
The hour-long season premiere — which airs Sept. 26 and sends some of the Parks characters to London — also »
- Dan Snierson
Why is it that female characters in films have reached a point where they are no longer considered strong or cool unless they employ violence? Is Hollywood teaching the wrong kind of Girl Power? We take a look at this growing trend in films and the impact it may be having.
When the Disney Princess collection was released, using an image of Brave heroine Merida without her bow-and-arrow, it led to big hullabaloo of complaints that the character was no longer cool. Lately, people seem to prefer female characters who participate in action and violence over those who do not. Now some might say “It’s about time! The 20th Century often depicted women as Damsels-in-Distress, so it’s good to see all these warrior women around in the 21st Century.” Perhaps so, but is this trend really challenging obsolete gender roles or is it a just reinforcement of traditional »
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Simpson is no stranger to the part either, after playing Roxie in West End and Broadway productions of "Chicago," herself. Her on-stage rival, Velma Kelly, will be played by "Les Miserables'" Samantha Barks.
The production will only run for three shows at the Hollywood Bowl, July 26 - 28. »
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