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Scott Bakula loved his scene in the bathhouse on Looking. He got a chance to catch up on something he felt he’d missed. “This was as close as I’d ever gotten to a real bathhouse. Just hearing about it in my old days in New York in the mid-‘70s, you know that was a huge deal. That’s where Bette Midler started and that whole scene! My gay friends would be off to Sunday Tea, and then roll in at 9 the next morning after the bathhouse. But that was about as close as I ever got. But I thought this was a great scene, a great way to introduce the character. I love what that scene was about. But no, I wasn’t shocked. In terms of having my clothes off, »
- Ed Kennedy
Now in its 27th year, SXSW is like the late bloomer who stuns his parents by announcing his basement-based online venture is now worth a million bucks. The Austin, Texas-based festival isn’t glamorous, like Cannes, or corporate, like Toronto, or even insistently anti-Hollywood, like Sundance. Compared to its more-pedigreed rivals, SXSW is simply more chill. It puts the festive back in festival — there’s a giant music and growing interactive element as well — and artists of all sorts are eager to come to the party. Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast there for a week. Lady Gaga will drop in. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Comedy and science-fiction are two genres that rarely get mixed together, especially when the mid-1970's are thrown into the mix. But writer/director Jack Plotnick has managed to pull off such a feat with his latest film "Space Station 76," which premieres March 8 at SXSW and to which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has just acquired all international rights."Space Station 76" is a comedic drama about a group of people (and several robots) living on a space station in a 1970’s-version of the future who are forced to confront their darkest secrets when a new Assistant Captain arrives and inadvertently ignites tensions among the crew. “We are thrilled to be working with Spwa as our international distribution partner and are excited for the film to reach a large, earthly audience,” shared director and co-writer Jack Plotnick. "Space Station 76" boasts a strong cast, which includes Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, »
- Ziyad Saadi
SXSW kicks off the film festival portion of the event Friday night with Chef, a film from Iron Man director and actor Jon Favreau. Favreau directs and stars in this film about a chef who quits his job at a restaurant and ends up opening a food truck. The film co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo. Favreau will also participate in a conversation on the film and his career on Sunday, March 9.
Veronica Mars, arguably one of the most anticipated films premiering at SXSW, will hold its big world premiere Saturday, March 8. The fan-funded, Kickstarter flick is sure to make headlines among festival goers and Marshmallows (fans of the show).
Less than 24 hours after renewing "Looking," HBO continues its big gay roll: The network has set May 25th for the debut of one of the most anticipated (in my eyes, at least) films of 2014, "The Normal Heart." Based on Larry Kramer's groundbreaking 1985 play, the film is based on a screenplay by Kramer itself. It follows New York-based writer and gay activist Ned Weeks as he struggles to pull together an organization focused on raising awareness about AIDS, which at that point had yet to even find a name (before it was AIDS, it was called, seriously -- Grid, or Gay Related Immune Deficiency). Mark Ruffalo plays Weeks in the film, and he leads a pretty dreamy cast that impressively includes a lot of out gay men: Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong. »
- Peter Knegt
The star-packed project based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name tells the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, “taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.” The cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts. A trailer (not yet released »
- James Hibberd
HBO Films has set a release date for its star-studded feature "The Normal Heart," starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. The adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play will premiere May 25 at 9 pm Et on HBO. Kramer adapted his own play for the screen -- fitting considering the autobiographical nature of the piece -- and Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story") served as director. The play focuses on Ned Weeks (played by Ruffalo in the film), the founder of an HIV advocacy group, and his partner Felix Turner (Matt Bomer), who isn't as eager to join in Weeks' in-your-face campaign. Kitsch plays the president of Weeks' organization while Julia Roberts takes on the role of Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound polio survivor. The film also stars Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, and Denis O'Hare. Keep checking Indiewire for more updates on this anticipated release.
- Ben Travers
HBO Films has set a release date for its star-studded feature "The Normal Heart," starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. The adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play will premiere May 25 at 9 pm Et on HBO. Kramer adapted his own play for the screen -- fitting considering the autobiographical nature of the piece -- and Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story") served as director. The play focuses on Ned Weeks (played by Ruffalo in the film), the founder of an HIV advocacy group, and his partner Felix Turner (Matt Bomer), who isn't as eager to join in Weeks' in-your-face campaign. Kitsch plays the president of Weeks' organization while Julia Roberts takes on the role of Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound polio survivor. The film also stars Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, and Denis O'Hare. Keep checking Indiewire for more updates on this anticipated release. »
- Ben Travers
Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Larry Kramer play “The Normal Heart” will premiere May 25 at 9 p.m., the network said Thursday. The adaptation, which chronicles the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, features a cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Jonathan Groff. Also read: HBO Mulling Sequel to ‘The Normal Heart’ “Glee” and “American Horror Story” maestro Murphy directed the film, with Kramer writing the adaptation of his Tony Award-winning play. HBO is currently considering a sequel to the film, with Kramer and Murphy returning to write and. »
- Tim Kenneally
The Normal Heart will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 Pm on HBO, the network said today. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts star in the HBO Films presentation based on Tony-winning Larry Kramer’s play. Kramer also penned the adaptation and Ryan Murphy directs the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong also star. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The HBO Films presentation The Normal Heart is scheduled to debut Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt) on HBO. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, the drama also stars Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong. Directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Roberts plays Dr. »
It takes hit Us series an average of 95 days to reach the UK, a new study suggests, and many are still calling for that gap to narrow.
But maybe we should just learn to be grateful when a show produced by our American cousins reaches these shores unedited and in a decent time-slot?
Not all Yank shows have been so lucky - here's a few poor unfortunates that were shunted from slot-to-slot, from channel-to-channel and (in some cases) dropped altogether.
It's a crime that a TV drama as masterful as Breaking Bad never found a home on UK television. Early episodes aired sporadically on 5Usa and FX - now Fox - but both channels eventually gave Walter White the old heave-ho.
Thank goodness then for Netflix, which - as the show's exclusive UK home - made episodes available to subscribers mere hours after Us transmission.
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A New York Winter’s Tale hits UK cinemas tomorrow 21st February and we got to sit down with the captain of the ship, Akiva Goldsman who wrote and directed the movie which stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matt Bomer, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand and Will Smith.
Ben Mortimer asks the Fringe director about how he struck a balance between the real and fantasy world that he’s created in the movie, how they got the cinematography right and enlisting the skills of veteran Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.
If you’ve missed our coverage of the movie, click here to see our interviews from the UK Premiere, the trailer and much more.
Synopsis: New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. »
- David Sztypuljak
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th January to Sunday 16th February 2014....
Warner Bros. animated comedy The Lego Movie claimed first place at the UK box office in its opening weekend, with the film banking a hefty £8,051,140 (including £2.16 million of preview takings) to destroy the competition and continue directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) impressive run of form. With the half-term holidays this week, expect The Lego Movie to have amassed a mighty haul by close of play this coming weekend.
Alongside The Lego Movie, four other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with George Clooney's The Monuments Men the best of the rest in second place with £1,616,625. Disney's animated sequel Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy earned £966,920 in sixth, followed by the Nick Frost / Rashida Jones salsa-dancing rom-com Cuban Fury in seventh »
- Gary Collinson
Our #1 Man on TheBacklot Hot 100 has been busy lately, as this is the second week in a row we have enough pics for a Tasty Tuesday With Matt Bomer. Who knows why we’ve been this lucky, but let’s not look a gift stallion in the mouth.
This week Matt and hubby Simon make plans to depart for whereabouts unknown, Matt attends the premiere of Winter’s Tale, and he makes an appearance at the 4th Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards.
Okay, the real reason for this gallery is the first pic, which filled me with conflicting emotions and strange feelings. Feelings I … don’t understand.
The post Tasty Tuesday With Matt Bomer: He’s Got Game appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
An ideal Valentine's Day release, "Winter's Tale" is a surreal fantasy romance about doomed love. The epic hobbles on magical realism that includes flying horses, an abandoned infant, an enchanted lover and mysterious locales on a frozen river bank.
It's a tale of a professional thief who challenges destiny poetically with, "I am a thief, can't I steal just one life", when he learns that the girl he loves would soon die.
"Winter's Tale" is absolute pulp fiction which starts off with a voiceover that questions - "What of, once upon a time there were no stars at all?" This is followed. »
- Ketali Mehta
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
“As competitors collected their complimentary pet gifts. it became apparent why two toilets were needed in every bathroom”
Thanks to Darrien for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! A birthday shoutout to Tbl reader Eagledancer, Rob Thomas (above) is 42, Melissa Manchester is 63, Renee O’Connor is 43, Amber Riley is 28, John McEnroe is 55, Florence Henderson is 80, and Jane Child is 47. Jane gave us one of the greatest songs of the 90′s.
Accidental ‘I Love You’ Derailed Gay Navy Seal’s Career.
Syfy has announced that the final season five episodes of Warehouse 13 will begin airing on Monday, April 14th at 9 Pm Et.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along »
Winter’s Tale releases tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day, and the trailers have been playing to the love story within this tale. This extended look trailer which is more like a pair of clips plays to that angle as well. But for those of you headed out to the theaters tomorrow, just know, one very interesting thing missing from the trailers is the character Lucifer as played by Will Smith. Interesting, no? More than a love story, me thinks.
Trailer: Winter’s Tale – Extended Look
- Jess Orso
The reviews for “Winter’s Tale” (currently a 6% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) have not been kind. But at least give the fantasy epic, based on a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, credit for this — it has one of the most eclectic casts for a Valentine’s Day release since 2010′s “Valentine’s Day.”
Colin Farrell stars as the film’s time-traveling hero on the quest for eternal love (that would be Jessica Brown Findlay from “Downton Abbey”). His immigrant Russian father (Matt Bomer) appears in a short scene at the beginning of the film. His arch-nemesis is a ferocious crime boss and demon (yes, an actual demon) played by Russell Crowe with the same growl as Javert from “Les Miserables.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Deadline is reporting that the future of White Collar is in question. They feel that eventually a final sixth season or a miniseries to conclude the show will be worked out. The show has just gotten too expensive, and Matt Bomer is almost too busy. While they’ve been working on a deal, they’ve lost their writers and crew to other shows.
If you’re wearing any of this underwear on Valentine’s Day, you’re probably not getting laid.
Cosmo, ever the hard-hitting journalists, has put together a slide show of their favorite Olympic bulges. If I sound bitter, it’s mostly because I didn’t think of it first.
In Michael Sam news, The New Republic has put together a decent list of teams »
- Ed Kennedy
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