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Et has the lowdown on what some of your favorite celebs have been up to recently that you might have missed.
On Tuesday, Justin Bieber and his friends attended Usain Bolt's I Am Bolt premiere after-party at Tape night club in London, where Justin was performing the final two concerts of the European leg of his Purpose Tour. On the way into Tape, he wore a suit and an ink stain patterned shirt. When exiting, Justin was wrapped up for the ice-cold London weather in a beanie hat and parker coat.
Watch: Justin Bieber Drops Mic, Walks Off Stage After Fans Boo Him in Manchester
The same day, actress Ashley Benson joined PayPal on #GivingTuesday to encourage online donations to thousands of worthy causes while at home in Los Angeles.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet
Later, in Miami Beach, iconic champagne house Perrier-Jouët celebrated the Opening Night of L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët in partnership »
Through the past 47 years on television, Sesame Street has been one of our most enduring cultural touchstones, as generations of children have learned letters, numbers, sharing, and cooperation at the feet of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo. So a leap to the big screen is such a natural idea, it’s surprising it’s only happened twice, with 1985’s Follow That Bird, and 1999’s The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland.
But keeping to Sesame Workshop’s roughly-every-15-years schedule, a return to the big screen is in the works. Deadline reports that Warner Bros., whose sister company HBO now airs Sesame Street before passing episodes to PBS for a second run, has hired David Guion and Michael Handelman, the screenwriting duo behind Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Dinner For Schmucks, and the Zach Braff vehicle The Ex.
It’s too soon to tell what ...
- Mike Vago
Did a dead gorilla help determine the next leader of the free world? That was the question on many Twitter users’ minds Tuesday night, as Gop candidate Donald Trump ascended to the presidency. The social-media platform rippled with speculation that write-in votes for Harambe, a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo slain in May after dragging a fallen 3-year-old boy through the water in his enclosure, could have helped tip the election to Trump. “11,000 people voted for Harambe,” wrote actor Zach Braff. Also Read: Watch Miley Cyrus Sob Through Emotional Concession Speech After Trump Win (Video) Another Twitter user put forth that the votes supposedly cast. »
- Tim Kenneally
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, most costume parties took place over the weekend. In addition to all the topical costumes you’ve already seen — Harley Quinn, Donald Trump, pretty much anyone from “Stranger Things” — a number of actors, directors and musicians got creative with their get-ups: Mary Elizabeth Winstead went as Scarlett Johansson’s nameless character in “Under the Skin,” Katy Perry put on a lifelike Hillary Clinton outfit. See more below.
Read More: 11 Halloween Costume Ideas, Courtesy of Signature Netflix TV Shows
We dressed up for Halloween for the first time in 10 years. Both as arthouse movie characters from A24 releases and no one knew who we were. pic.twitter.com/5VHyYaKHAu
— Riley Stearns (@RileyStearns) October 29, 2016
Having a little pre party before I take office #Imwithme Cheers to @svedkavodka #howtosvedka @hillaryclinton ✨
A photo posted by Katy Perry (@katyperry) on Oct 28, 2016 at 11:54pm Pdt
Winifred Sanderson flies in to Hulaween! »
- Michael Nordine
Celebrities dressed as other celebrities are always winners. Winner: Courtney Mazza and Mario Lopez as “Saturday Night Fever”. Winner: Zach Braff feels the need…the need…for speed! Winner: Whoever these guys are, invite them back next year. This anonymous battalion of G.I. Joe figures is an “only in Hollywood” costume. Winner: Zedd as Daft Punk Winner: Cindy Crawford, host Rande Gerber, and kids Presley Walker (left) and Kaia Jordan Gerber as the “Sex Pistols” or a punk band variant. Just Ok: Robin Thicke and April Love Geary as Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in “Pretty Woman”. Just Ok: »
- Mikey Glazer
Bette Midler arrived at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween fundraiser on Friday dressed as her character Winnie Sanderson from “Hocus Pocus,” effectively raising the costume bar this Halloween weekend.
But Midler isn’t the only celebrity who pulled out all the stops for 2016. Here are some of the best costumes to already emerge onto the scene:
Winifred Sanderson flies in to Hulaween! Says thanks to everyone who made it such an electrifying evening!! pic.twitter.com/BTLDs3CVaQ
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 29, 2016
Midler tweeted, “Winifred Sanderson flies in to Hulaween! Says thanks to everyone who made it such an electrifying evening!!”
Mariah Carey dressed as a devil.
- Seth Kelley
Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the Broad Green Pictures production Wish Upon at the upcoming American Film Market in Los Angeles.
In the film, 16-year-old misfit Claire, played by King, finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted, but each wish demands a deadly payment.
Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the American Film Market on Broad Green Pictures production “Wish Upon,” starring Joey King (“The Conjuring,” pictured). She will be joined by newly-cast actress Shannon Purser, best known for her performance as Barb in the first season of Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.”
Currently in pre-production and directed by “Annabelle’” John Leonetti from a script by Barbara Marshall (“The Listener”), the horrors thriller turns on a 16-year-old misfit who happens on a magic box which promises her a shot at the life she always dreamed of – if she is willing for every wish to make a deadly payment.
Chosen for the 2015 Black List, “Wish Upon” was written by Barbara Marshall. Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark (“Viral,” “Cloverfield”), who headed up development at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, produces. Leonetti served as cinematographer on “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” before hitting gold dust directing »
- John Hopewell
A stunted, emotionally lost twenty-something returns to his or her childhood home in search of some meaning. You have probably seen this movie a million times before, perhaps most memorably in Zach Braff’s “Garden State,” and while the new indie “Little Sister” adheres to the formula, it breathes new life into ever convention that it makes this tired story seem bracingly new.
Read More: Review: ‘Little Sister’ Is a Better Version of ‘Garden State’
The fifth feature from Zach Clark, “Little Sister” stars rising actress Addison Timlin as a young nun who heads back to her North Carlina home following word that her brother has returned from serving in the war in Iraq. Her trip back opens old wounds with her family and finds her rediscovering the surprising person she used to be. Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson, Peter Hedges and Barbara Crampton co-star.
In his B+ review, IndieWire Senior »
- Zack Sharf
Over the years, several movie characters have found themselves instantly falling in love with a person because of their cool taste in music, from Natalie Portman changing Zach Braff’s life with The Shins to Joseph Gordon Levitt getting his mind blown when Zooey Deschanel says she likes The Smiths, but director Derrick Borte’s London Town looks like it’s an entire movie based on that idea. This trailer features Daniel Huttlestone as an innocent kid in ‘70s England who asks a cool girl what she’s listening to on the train. After some playful banter, she tells him: The Clash. From there, the kid dyes his hair, argues with his dad, starts hanging around with some punks, and eventually he even meets Joe Strummer himself—played here by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
London Town will be in theaters and on-demand services on October 7.
- Sam Barsanti
It has become one of the biggest cult films of all-time, and Greg Sestero is bringing his memoirs of The Room‘s production [read our review of The Disaster Artist here] to the UK in London, Liverpool and Manchester.
The Disaster Artist garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, with the book itself being adapted into the film The Masterpiece by director James Franco. The film wrapped in February 2016, with brothers Dave and James Franco as Greg and Tommy, and a star-studded A-list ensemble cast featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Stone, Hannibal Burress, Alison Brie, Zach Braff, Melanie Griffith, Josh Hutcherson and Jacki Weaver.
This special multimedia event presents Greg’s amazing experiences first hand with an exclusive behind-the-scenes Making Of The Room documentary, Disaster Artist reading, a Q&A, a chance to participate in a live reading of scenes from The Room’s original script, and more!
See Also: Listen to our interview with Greg Sestero »
- Luke Owen
Deadline reports Zach Braff is heading back to TV. He is starring in and will direct the Start Up TV show pilot for ABC, written by Matt Tarses. The new comedy project is based on Alex Blumberg's "Start Up" podcast. Both Tarses and Braff are veterans of the Scrubs TV series, which ran for 7 seasons on NBC before being cancelled.ABC picked up the surreal hospital sitcom for and eighth and what was supposed to the final season. Much of the regular cast had already moved on when the network decided to renew it for a ninth. Original cast members, including Braff, appeared from time to time, but ultimately, the revamped show didn't gel and ABC cancelled Scrubs (aka Scrubs: Interns) in 2010, at the end of season nine. »
Lifetime’s upcoming Beaches remake has found a pair of pint-sized doppelgangers for its female leads.
Theater actresses Gabriella Pizzolo (age 13) and Grace Capeless (age 12) will play the younger versions of Cc (Idina Menzel) and Hillary (Nia Long), TVLine has learned exclusively. Beaches — based on the 1988 tearjerker starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey — traces Cc and Hillary’s lifelong friendship across several decades, so the girls will get plenty of screen time.
And how cute is this: Pizzolo and Capeless are real-life best friends, and already co-starred on Broadway in Matilda the Musical together.
Former Scrubs star Zach Braff looks set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline reporting that ABC has placed a put pilot order for the single-camera comedy Start Up, which will see Braff starring and directing.
Written by Scrubs co-executive producer Matt Tarses and based upon the Start Up by Alex Blumberg podcast, Start Up is described as “a show about all the things that happen — the good, the bad and the ugly — when a guy (Braff) in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business.”
Since the end of Scrubs in 2010, Braff has made a number of guest appearances on television, but has mainly focussed on feature films, including his directorial efforts Wish I Was Here and the upcoming Going in Style.
- Gary Collinson
Fending off multiple networks who wanted the show for themselves, ABC has ordered a pilot for the new series “Start Up,” bringing “Scrubs” star Zach Braff back to the small screen. He’ll be directing the pilot and starring in the series, that reunites him with “Scrubs” co-executive producer Matt Tarses. Read More: Zach Braff To Direct Black […]
- Charles Dean
Though it’s likely to undergo a name change closer to the time – so as to avoid a clash with Crackle’s new drama – Start Up is Zach Braff’s new comedy series that has now found a home at ABC.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that the Garden State and Wish I Was Here will direct and star in Start Up, a project that will herald a reunion between Braff and Scrubs co-executive producer Matt Tarses. Indeed, it was Tarses who hatched the script, one based on Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow’s titular podcast about the “human side of business.”
Braff, meanwhile, is due to make his long overdue return to serialized content, headlining Start Up as an Average Joe in “his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. »
- Michael Briers
Zach Braff is eyeing his broadcast TV return, as he’s put into development a single-camera comedy “Start Up” in which he’s attached to star, direct and executive produce. ABC nabbed the project with a hefty put pilot commitment. The pilot will be written by “Scrubs” writer/producer Matt Tarses, marking a reunion between him and Braff — and also a reunion between Braff and ABC, which was home to “Scrubs” for its eight and ninth season, after being axed by NBC. “Start Up” is based on Alex Blumberg’s popular podcast of the same name, and the series would follow Braff’s character as he quits his job and starts a new business. Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox, plus Gimlet Media’s Chris Giliberti, Matt »
- Maria Cavassuto
The first trailer and poster have arrived online for James Franco’s upcoming John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which sees Franco lead an all star cast which includes Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Ashley Greene, Vincent D’Onofrio, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Zach Braff and Nat Wolff; take a look below…
Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organizational fieldwork.
In Dubious Battle is set to start its festival run this weekend the Venice Film Festival.
- Amie Cranswick
James Franco is a busy man. When he’s not performing in front of the camera, you’ll often find the eldest Franco behind the lens, writing, producing and crafting a variety of features ranging from upcoming comedy The Masterpiece to Zeroville, the star-studded drama set against the Hollywood Golden Age.
Adapted from the little-known third entry into John Steinbeck’s unofficial Dustbowl trilogy — Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath round out the trio – Franco’s feature is set to place a laser focus on the struggles of rural workers trying to make ends meet in the face of harrowing conditions.
At the forefront of that struggle is Wolff’s Jim Nolan, a young recruit who »
- Michael Briers
Zach Braff is returning to television. The actor’s new series, Start Up, has locked up a put pilot commitment from ABC. In addition to starring in the pilot, Braff will direct it as well. The series marks a reunion between Braff and the network, where his breakout series, Scrubs (a show that went on one season too long), ended […]
The post Zach Braff Will Direct and Star in the New ABC Comedy ‘Start Up’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
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