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For the fifth episode of Sos This Week, we’re taking over the Sound on Sight Podcast iTunes feed. If you currently subscribe to that podcast, our new podcast should now appear in that feed, and welcome to our new listeners! And if you now subscribe to the Sound on Sight podcast feed you can listen to Episode 5 and all the previous episodes as well. Keep posted for an iTunes feed specifically for Sos This Week in the coming weeks. And as always, check out the links to all of the stories we discuss on this episode below:
Star Wars: Rogue One gets plot details and teaser The Lego Movie team behind animated Spider-Man feature Four Robin Hood movies are currently in development Emma Stone and Steve Carell on board for Battle of the Sexes Valiant comics Bloodshot and Harbinger getting film adaptations Michael Winterbottom signs on »
- Brian Welk
This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jimmy Fallon and Russell Crowe celebrated Earth Day by performing Jimmy's protest song about the Bp oil spill, which is basically a work of poetry. Both Jimmy and Russell need to abandon their careers and become full time folk singers immediately. Also the name of this song is "Balls In Your Mouth," so there's that....
Time for another edition of Obama Expressions on "The Tonight Show!" It's pretty simple, really: Jimmy Fallon analyzes and names Potus's lesser-known expressions. This week's favorites include the "'Sup, Bae" and the "Bitch, please."
Speaking of Obama, Blake Lively visited "Late Night" and dished about the super-awkward time she met Potus and completely word-vomited. »
- Mehera Bonner
Frankie Grande stands by his sister's side during her breakup - Us Weekly Listen to Rihanna's new 4/20-themed song - HuffPost Celebrity Emma Stone stays busy after her breakup from Andrew Garfield - Lainey Gossip Zooey Deschanel wants you to understand one important thing - Dlisted Warning: Demi Lovato surprising her biggest fan may cause tears - Et When will we hear Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's new song? - JustJared Elizabeth Hurley is looking hotter than ever these days - Hollywood Tuna Get ready for a new Janet Jackson album - Pink Is the New Blog Did Kris Jenner threaten to sue Bruce Jenner? - The Superficial See how much Kate Middleton's style has changed - I'm Not Obsessed »
Who's that girl? It's Jess—not Zooey Deschanel. The pregnant New Girl star recently spoke to the Huffington Post about her character's "adorkable" persona—one that she personally doesn't identify with. "That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean?" she said of the term, coined in 2011 to promote New Girl's premiere. "That was our marketing department at Fox and they did a really good job with our first season, but that's a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don't personally have identification with that word myself." "In addition, I don't really care what people think of me," added the »
Unfortunately I have to tell you that "The Peanuts Movie" is using a Zooey Deschanel catchphrase to describe one of its classic characters. Do I like Zooey Deschanel? Yes! But I think it's kind of a shame that a classic comic strip is lifting ad copy from a 2010s Fox series. In fact, I feel like the Red Baron just socked me in the gut. Here's the new poster featuring Marcie, who is easily one of the greatest comic strip characters of all time. She trolled Peppermint Patty like an actual troll, lingering behind her with murmured objections all day. Here's how "The Peanuts Movie," out November 6, is choosing to describe Marcie. Yep. Adorkable. It's 2011 and Marcie is strumming her ukulele and bugging Siri about the rain. She's even reading "War and Peace," which is a pretty twee move on her part. I love the Peanuts and always will, but »
- Louis Virtel
Zooey Deschanel is over the “adorkable” label. The 35-year-old New Girl actress told The Huffington Post that she’s nothing like her character Jess in real life — so stop calling her that! "I don’t always identify, perhaps, with the way that I’m portrayed in certain public contexts. I try to stay away from that sort of thing," she told the site, explaining that the word “adorkable” doesn’t reflect who she is offscreen. "That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean? That was our marketing [...] »
The latter’s sales operation was severely compromised following the departure of Qed International founder Bill Block and sales John Friedberg. Shapiro and Lessine are involved in litigation with Block.
Qed International’s Cannes office will be operational as Shapiro, Lessine and director of legal and business affairs Alex Davis meet partners and distributors and join de Barros in strategic sales meetings.
De Barros and her team of vice-president of international Katie Irwin and new director of international sales and marketing Samantha Peel will premiere new footage of Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
First-time feature writer-director Zachary Sluser clearly has something to say about metaphysics, the idea that we’re all connected and karma, but none of it makes much of an impression due to the extremely loose, bemusing and rather dull narrative in The Driftless Area. The movie opens with a scene between Pierre (Anton Yelchin) and Shane (John Hawkes). Pierre’s stranded on the side of the road and Shane’s nice enough to give him a lift, but eventually the two get into an argument and Shane gives Pierre the boot. However, instead of driving off and leaving Pierre in the dust, Shane accidentally drives his truck off the road, giving Pierre the opportunity to get back at him and take off with his bag of stolen cash. It’s an amusing opening that introduces two curious characters who inadvertently get into a madcap scuffle, but immediately after, the charm »
- Perri Nemiroff
We all know there are plenty of celebrity kids that bear striking resemblance to their parents and actual sets of twins in Hollywood, but some of the best star "twins" aren't related at all. If you've ever done a double take while looking at Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem, or Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, we've got the ultimate treat for you. Keep reading to see 22 of the most mind-boggling look-alike stars who could totally pass as siblings. »
TV shows either have to evolve or die when they outlive their original premise, argues Caroline. Change is vital to survival...
Television shows, network Us television shows especially, tend to start off with an obvious hook. The ability to describe a premise in a single word or sentence is a valuable part of getting something on the air in the first place, and so it’s no wonder we get a slew of pilots every year with silly one-word descriptors and obvious, over-the-top characterisations.
But what happens when a show outlives that part, and evolves into something that doesn’t even really resemble that original premise at all?
It happens more often than we may immediately realise, and it comes down to a number of factors. There are network notes soon after a show has premiered, but there's also audience reaction, sometimes so strong that it demands change for series »
The Vamps have completed ''three quarters'' of their new album. The boyband - featuring Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson - released their debut album 'Meet the Vamps' last year and are already well on the way to finishing the record's follow-up, which they have promised will be released this year. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, they said: ''The album is going Ok, we are three quarters of the way through. It'll be out towards the end of the year and we have done a lot of writing for it already but we've still got a good three months left so you never know really.'' The 'Can We Dance' and 'Last Night' hitmakers also revealed the inspirations behind their music, name-checking 28-year-old model Megan Fox and 'New Girl' actress Zooey Deschanel as they key women who motivate them to make music, adding the latter »
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers First-time feature director Zachary Sluser hit the jackpot with his new film "The Driftless Area," with a cast of star talent like Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. The film is about a bartender named Pierre (Yelchin) who returns to his small hometown following his parents’ death. Back home, he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Stella (Deschanel), and is eventually thrown into a strange cat-and-mouse game with a criminal (Hawkes). The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Driftless Area" is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Now what's it Really about? Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, a show set within the world of L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The project initially moved forward as a pilot last season, from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, although the network didn't pick up the series. The project was reworked by Do No Harm series creator David Schulner, resulting in the dramatic reversal of a straight-to-series order.
Emerald City follows the exploits of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are swept up by a tornado and taken to a mystical land far away, full of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The show is said to put a much darker spin on the original Wizard of Oz tale, showcasing the transformation of a young girl into a "headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands, »
Generally, a film festival is a place to watch, well, films. But some of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Tribeca Fest are likely to be for events that feature a live performance as well as a screening.
“We’re New York,” says Tribeca Film Festival programming director Genna Terranova. “We have theater, we have comedy, we have music, we have everything. The idea of combining all these wonderful arts that New York celebrates throughout the year into events with cinema only felt natural.”
See More: Tribeca Film Festival Mirrors Changing Faces of New York, Movie Business
An April 22 screening will remind viewers that in the silent film era, live music was a big part of the attraction for audiences. Harold Lloyd’s 1928 silent comedy “Speedy,” about a dedicated Yankees fan, will get a new score by DJ Z-Trip, who will perform it live.
“I’m super excited about it on many levels, »
- Marianne Zumberge
The will-they-won't-they saga of Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) has become the surprise emotional center of New Girl ever since the will-they-won't-they saga of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) burned bright and fizzled out rapidly in seasons' past. After hooking up in secret to dating in the open to Schmidt's massive screw-up when he tried to date two girls at once, breaking Cece's heart in the process, fans have wondered if this couple would ever get back together. And now, in season four, Cece realized she had feelings for her ex once more...just a little too late, as Schmidt found himself in a serious relationship with serious city councilwoman Fawn Moscato (Zoe Lister »
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Question: Any word on what’s happening with Revenge? The last few episodes have all felt very series-finale leaning. Will it be renewed or cancelled? And if we do get a Season 5, is there a major revamp in store? —Sean
Ausiello: Based on what I’m hearing about the finale, there would have to be a major revamp if the show returns for a fifth season. Actually, forget revamp — there’d have to be a whole new show. »
The 35-year-old can play a whole range of roles, but she will be remembered for her quirky, often socially-awkward characters nailing the deadpan humour, and earning her a way towards a soft spot in the hearts of her fans.
Her acting career has dipped into three separate decades, and while New Girl is her biggest lead role, she’s featured in a range of box-office productions including: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and (500) Days Of Summer, while she’s starred as the main love interest for Jim Carrey in Yes Man, and Will Ferrell in the festive favourite, Elf.
New Girl is where most of her time is being invested, and she hasn’t featured in a film since medieval comedy, »
- Michael Potts
Warner Bros. Pictures
Nerds serve an often vital role in cinema. In an action movie they’ll be the people a grizzled cop will go see to decode some information or the awkward best friend in a teen comedy. They can come in a few different varieties. In most cases, glasses are a must. They’ll often have a geeky t-shirt, showing off their favourite comic character or movie and probably have a few spots or zits if a filmmaker really wants to hammer home their nerdiness. Oh, and their hangout will have lots of posters on the wall, with maybe a few toys or empty pizza boxes thrown in for good measure.
And in most cases, they’re not the main character.
So when nerds are promoted to a leading role, this can be something of a casting problem. Studios don’t want to hire a geeky looking actor »
- Padraig Cotter
As I mentioned last time out, this series has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be attempting to do just that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets stuck with or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my »
- Joey Magidson
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