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The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner (lovingly dubbed "nerd prom") isn't you're average star studded occasion. No, actually it's better—with some of Hollywood's finest stars joining the ranks of America's politicians in Washington D.C. for an evening of gorgeous red carpet ensembles, fine dining and a few words from President Barack Obama himself. Basically, it's like House of Cards meets the Oscars. This year, for White House Correspondents' Association's 101st bash, we're expecting nothing less than an A-list affair. Naya Rivera is leading the pack early on in a sleek white bump-baring Tadashi Shoji gown. Plus, Modern Family co-stars Ty Burrell and Jesse »
Hollywood is ready to invade President Barack Obama's house! Your favorite stars from the big and small screen are ready to pack their bags and travel to Washington D.C. to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner—aka "the Nerd Prom"—on April 25. While many media companies are still finalizing their star-studded guest lists, we've learned of a few organizations who have invited quite a variety of famous faces. After all, where else can you get an NFL player, Sports Illustrated supermodel and an Emmy winner at the same meal? ABC will welcome Modern Family stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. Anthony »
Hollywood will be invading Washington for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — aka “the Nerd Prom” — on April 25. TheWrap has learned that the following film and TV stars will be attending: “Scandal” actresses Darby Stanchfield and Bellamy Young; “Modern Family” cast members Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet; “Selma” director Ava DuVernay; “black-ish” leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross; “House of Cards’” actor Michael Kelly; and “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Among other media personalities invited are actor-playwright Eric Bogosian, “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore and swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen. Also Read: »
- Ira Teinowitz
A review of tonight's "Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I introduce the teams over the Pa system... In its bumpy early days, "Agents of Shield" was a superhero show that seemed unwilling and/or unable to admit that it was a superhero show. The stars of the movies were absent (aside from that goofy cameo where Nick Fury showed up to yell at Coulson about a repair bill), and though the team dealt with alien artifacts and people with powers, it always felt like the show was trying to hold all that stuff at arm's length, as if even the popularity of the Marvel films had somehow not made this stuff mainstream enough. That was a long time ago, though, and "One of Us" was a fun damn episode of a show that takes place in a superhero universe and is no longer the least bit ashamed to admit it, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Presto TV has secured exclusive streaming rights to evergreen sitcom Modern Family as part of a wide-ranging deal with 20th Century Fox. The first four seasons of the show starring Ed O.Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are available now on the Svod platform co-owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media.
Series 5, which includes an episode shot in Australia last year, will premiere on Presto TV in the second half of this year.
The Fox deal also includes non-exclusive rights to Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The Americans, Glee, Louie and library titles The X-Files, Rosewell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and My Name is Earl..
Presto TV has been overshadowed by a recent blizzard of acquisitions announced by rivals Stan and Netflix, which launches on March 24, but Presto executives say further deals are in the works.
Apart from sourcing »
- Don Groves
Director: Craig Johnson
Run Time: 93 Minutes
Extras: Gag Reel, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, Audio Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, Audio Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Co-Writer Mark Heyman and Producer/Editor Jennifer Lee
The Skeleton Twins is a down-to-earth real portrayal of two people, in this regard brother and sister, who are trying to find their place in the world with all the combinations of their imperfection and talents. Although this might sound like your usual lo-fi comedy-drama, that would be understating the pure relationship that builds as the story progresses thanks to the wonderful lead cast of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
The pair are estranged twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo »
- Dan Bullock
Harrison Pierce: Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of this project?
Craig Johnson: I co-wrote it with my buddy, Mark Heyman, while we were still grad students at N.Y.U. [New York University]. Mark actually knew someone who was involved in a student-teacher relationship [and] we thought that was fertile ground for a movie. In the finished version of the movie, that story is more backstory but, in our original drafts, that element was kind of the whole story. But once we gave the “student” character a sister, we started falling in love with this brother-sister relationship and that became the heart of the movie. And that really came from my relationship with my own sister; the way [we] connect is through a dark, macabre, somewhat twisted sense of humor. And we wanted the [characters] connecting through their sense of humor, especially considering that »
- Gary Collinson
For six seasons “Modern Family” has entertained with its unique brand of jokes, slapstick and loving family moments, and the cast and creators gathered at PaleyFest Saturday night to talk about how they keep the show fresh six years in and what keeps “Modern Family” a modern favorite.
The biggest challenge of being in the sixth season, said Ty Burrell, is “not wanting to just do the slotted thing that you’ve worked into over the years. Everybody’s working really hard to ensure that we’re doing new things. Burrell added that he doesn’t believe sitcom characters can truly grow and change, but rather that new situations reveal new sides and layers to the characters.
“I don’t think you guys really want us to grow, because if we did, I wouldn’t fall over things anymore,” he said.
On the criticism of the less-than-perfect and often embarrassing aspects of their characters, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present two of the best comedy-drama actors around as they take on the story about two estranged siblings who are reunited after ten years apart. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins was directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), written by Johnson and Mark Heyman (Black Swan), and co-stars Luke Wilson (Old School), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Joanna Gleason (Last Vegas).
The DVD also features a whole host of extras which includes a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, a load of audio commentary and this exclusive outtake clip, »
- Dan Bullock
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterson ("Grace and Frankie"), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons. Read More: Netflix Gives Series Order to Comedy 'Grace And Frankie,' Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin One pretty fascinating thing to note here, though: On »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterson ("Grace and Frankie"), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons. Read More: Netflix Gives Series Order to Comedy 'Grace And Frankie,' Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin One pretty fascinating thing to note here, though: On...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Contracted, originally screened at Frightfest back in 2013, stars Najarra Townsend as Samantha, a young woman who contracts something nasty after being date-raped at a party. Over the course of a few short days, she begins bleeding from pretty much every orifice and quite literally falling to bits. Her already fragile relationships with her friends, colleagues and mother (Caroline Williams) also start to break down as she refuses to seek help and becomes increasingly isolated.
The body horror elements within the film were really well done – that is to say, very icky. Cronenberg fans will be well satisfied with the deterioration of the flesh on display here. The film’s portrayal of an insular and personal crisis is well done. Samantha is on a self-destructive path in addition to the horrifying illness she finds herself with. »
- Phil Wheat
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Hollywood's biggest stars, including past and current Oscar nominees, turned out Saturday night for the Motion Picture & Television Fund's annual The Night Before the Oscars party. The bash, which is consistently the industry's starriest annual charity event, featured a guest list that included Mptf Foundation chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mptf board of directors members George Clooney (with wife Amal) and Jim Gianopulos, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Steven Spielberg, Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, James Corden, Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello, Christina Applegate, Allison Janney, Kerry Washington, Laura Dern, Ty Burrell, Josh Gad, Ethan Hawke, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jon Favreau, Viola
- THR Staff
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
If you enjoyed this Michael Keaton meta fest, the fantastic work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is worth the price of admission. Or, keep re-watching it until you have come to a final conclusion about the ending and What It All Means.
Tommy Lee Jones directed this grim Western about a headstrong pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) who volunteers to transport three women who have broken under the pressure of living on the wild frontier. On the way to Iowa, Mary Bee (Swank) picks up a drifter named George (Jones) to help keep things in order. Gruesome, disturbing, and great.
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"
This gorgeous Studio Ghibli film is based on a folktale about a young girl found growing »
- Jenni Miller
Several of Glee‘s original cast members will bid adieu to the series at PaleyFest in March.
The Paley Center for Media has unveiled the talent list for its annual celebration of TV, and it features big names such as the Fox musical comedy’s Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Homeland‘s Claire Danes, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and the breakout stars of freshman newbies The Flash, Outlander and Jane the Virgin.
The current list of panelists for each night of the event (taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood) follows:
Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Julianna Margulies, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Sam Heughan, Sarah Paulson, Gina Rodriguez, Tyler Posey, Grant Gustin and more talent is confirmed for PaleyFest 2015 in L.A., the Paley Center for Media revealed Tuesday, announcing the 32nd annual’s moderators and panelists.
Kimmel will serve as moderator on the “Scandal” panel, which will be rounded out by confirmed cast members Kerry Washington (pictured with Kimmel), Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Loews, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield and Joe Morton.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Anderson–Emmons made history at the age of four by becoming the youngest-ever nominee and recipient of a SAG Award for her performance as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on ABC’s hit show “Modern Family.” Last season, she added a third SAG Award to her shelf. Now, at the tender age of seven, she’s working on her fourth year as a series regular.
- Jeff Sneider
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Last night saw the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards take place. The elite members of both film and television arrived in their finery to see who had won the coverted statues. Eddie Redmayne did the UK proud as he picked up the award for Best Actor. Meanwhile Julianne Moore added another trophy to her cabinet for her performance in Still Alice and Birdman took home the big award for cast in a motion picture.
Highlights from the television portion include Orange is the New Black scooping two awards and our very own Downton Abbey getting the ensemble cast prize. Read the full winners below, did your favourite win? Are these results an indicator of how the BAFTA’s and Oscar‘s might play out?
Motion Picture Nominees
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kat Smith
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