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Forbes has published its list of 2015’s least profitable films. The rankings are based on global ticket sales for wide releases up to November against their estimated production costs (excluding marketing, which can run into tens of millions of dollars for blockbusters).
Using those figures, Rock the Kasbah receives the unwelcome honour of offering the lowest returns. The ensemble cast of Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel failed to entice audiences, who were either put off by the premise or the scathing reviews. Despite the relatively cheap price tag of $15 million, Rock the Kasbah had only made $2.9 million till November 18th.
- Sara Hemrajani
Tony Wash is directing from his own script. The film follows three siblings as they return home to reconcile the murder of their parents 20 years earlier, and discover a startling connection to a local urban legend.
The project came together after Wash’s short “The Muck” debuted at last year’s SXSW.
Red Band Films is the division of Unified Pictures that produced “The Driftless Area,” William H. Macy’s “Rudderless,” Clark Gregg’s “Trust Me” and “A Single Shot.” Sony recently acquired U.S. rights and most worldwide rights to “The Driftless Area,” starring Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin.
Unified co-founder Keith Kjarval told Variety »
- Dave McNary
Will Castle‘s snooping lead to the big “shift”? What’s on tap for the New Girl wedding? Will Arrow‘s Oliver get another blast from his past? Is new Chicago Fire romance heating up? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
VideosCastle Fall Finale: Kate Ponders Second Anniversary Plans…?
Does anything good happen in the Castle fall finale (airing Monday)? –Barry
Since I just got done watching it, why don’t I give you a taste of what happens and then you can decide/debate what is “good”?
1) We learn the (unconventional) location »
The film is directed by Zachary Sluser from a script he co-wrote with Tom Drury, based on Drury’s 2006 novel of the same name. Producers are Keith Kjarval through his Unified Pictures and Aaron L. Gilbert through Bron Studios in association with CW Media Finance.
The film also stars John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Langella and Ciaran Hinds. Deschanel stars as an enigmatic woman while Yelchin portrays a bartender who returns to his hometown after the death of his parents. When he falls in love with her, he is unwittingly pitted against a volatile criminal played by Hawkes.
The film premiered »
- Dave McNary
When the mid-season finale of hip-hop drama “Empire” debuts on Fox December 2nd, viewers may have a hard time figuring out when a segment of the show ends and a commercial for Pepsi begins. That will be by design.
On that night, the writers of “Empire” will cap off a storyline that will have been brewing for three weeks: Jamal Lyon, one of the central characters of the hit show, will nab an all-important commercial endorsement from Pepsi, which in turn will use one of his songs as part of a new ad campaign. As characters on the show prepare to take a gander at Lyon’s new commercial, the show will break for one: a 60-second spot from Pepsi featuring the character and the song. And once the ad – directed by “Empire” creator and executive producer Lee Daniels (above, right) – is complete, viewers will immediately see the next scene of “Empire” start to unfurl. »
- Brian Steinberg
Some of Hollywood's biggest names gathered at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in La on Saturday night for the 2015 Governors Awards. The ceremony, which was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, included appearances by Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep along with Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, and Amy Schumer, who all posed for photos on the red carpet. Meanwhile, Will Smith showed off his bromance with Idris Elba, and it was date night for Daniel Craig and his wife, Rachel Weisz, and Zooey Deschanel and her husband, Jacob Pechenik. Inside, Denzel Washington took the stage to present an award along with Samuel L. Jackson and Wesley Snipes. This year's honorees included Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee, and Gena Rowlands. Read on to see more highlights from the star-studded evening. »
- Monica Sisavat
Filmmakers, Actors and Actresses and Hollywood’s A-listers turned out for the first Oscar awards show of the season – the 7th annual Governors Awards.
The star-studded evening was held in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday. (Nov 14, 2015)
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the 2015 Governors Awards with a tribute to the Paris tragedy and spoke about The Academy’s response »
- Michelle McCue
Cate Blanchett, an actress you immediately associate with lighthearted comedy and not devastating dramatic performances that cut to the core of your being, is in talks to star in Richard Linklater's adaptation of Maria Semple's best-selling satirical novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book focuses on an agoraphobic Seattle architect and mother who goes missing before a family trip to Antarctica. Fault in Our Stars and (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapted the novel, which means that we as a people are one step closer to making a Zooey Deschanel–Cate Blanchett buddy comedy happen. »
- Jackson McHenry
Review by Stephen Jones
It Had To Be You screens Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here
It Had To Be You is a very, very average movie elevated by the sheer likability of Cristin Milioti. Nothing in the movie is particularly groundbreaking, no envelopes are pushed, but Milioti radiates. She isn’t exactly new on the acting scene; she got her initial exposure (of note) being way too good for the last season of How I Met Your Mother, then a too-brief role in “Wolf of Wall Street,” but here she is carrying an entire movie on the back of her screen presence and charm.
The rest of the movie is perfectly fine, save the person-shaped section of drywall they cast as the male lead. The cast as a whole is mostly solid, »
- Movie Geeks
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has announced she has converted to Judaism for her husband, Jacob Pechenik. Zooey Deschanel Coverts To Judaism Deschanel wished to convert to the religion before her wedding in June. The couple wants to raise their newborn baby, Elsie, who was born in July, as a Jew. Deschanel has stated in […]
- Ryan Kappy
Ever since we found out New Girl's fifth season would be pushed to 2016, we've been weeping on the inside. Megan Fox is starring on the series while Zooey Deschanel is out on maternity leave, and we finally have a premiere date! Season five will officially premiere on Jan. 5, followed by the return of several other Fox shows after the Winter hiatus. Take a look below to get the full list of premiere dates! Monday, Jan. 4 8 p.m. - Superhuman Tuesday, Jan. 5 8 p.m. - New Girl 8:30 p.m. - Grandfathered 9 p.m. - Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9:30 p.m. - The Grinder Wednesday, Jan. 6 8 p.m. - American Idol Wednesday, Jan. 13 9 p.m. - Second Chance (formerly known as Lookinglass)* Friday, Jan. 15 9 p.m. - MasterChef Junior Sunday, Jan. 24 10 p.m. - The X-Files* Monday, Jan. 25 9 p.m. - Lucifer* Sunday, Jan. 31 7 p.m. - Grease: Live* Friday, Feb. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Fox has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming winter TV season, and it's full of returning favorites, series debuts, and lots of timeslot switcheroos.
"American Idol" will be back for its final season with a two-night premiere on January 6 and January 7, bumping "Sleepy Hollow" from Thursdays to Fridays. "Bones," meanwhile, is missing from the schedule entirely, though we're guessing that Fox is holding out on assigning it a new timeslot until it sees how its freshman shows fare (and whether or not they get yanked, opening up a hole for "Bones" to fill). "The Last Man on Earth" is in a similar situation, we assume, and is off the schedule for now.
"New Girl," which was held for midseason to accommodate star Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy and maternity leave, will make its fifth season premiere on January 5, moving to the 8 p.m. Tuesday timeslot. There are plenty more changes on that night, »
- Katie Roberts
Us Weekly reports that Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism. Mazel tov! Deschanel’s mom is Roman Catholic, and her father Quaker, but she did not publicly attach herself to one religion. (Privately, she belonged to an ultraconservative offshoot of secular humanism that mandated women's foreheads be covered at all times.) The actress converted before marrying her husband, Jacob Pechenik, earlier this year. (Though it probably didn't hurt having Rob Reiner play her dad on New Girl.) No word what her bat mitzvah theme will be, but we’re pushing for cats with old-lady names. Save us a seat at “a Calico named Helen.” »
- Jesse David Fox
Parker Posey, who has been called "quirky" more times than a coloring book illustration of Zooey Deschanel, just celebrated her 46th birthday. Because I can't think of a more distinct and slyly bad-ass addition to the silver screen, let's count up seven moments of Posey greatness. 1. The Dairy Queen returns to her kingdom in "Waiting for Guffman" You can also get a couple of Cokes there. 2. Darla teaches us the ropes in this improvised "Dazed and Confused" interview. Her complicated feelings about boys are downright poetic. 3. Her quick introduction to Gale Weathers in "Scream 3" HitFix's own Chris Eggertsen once ranked the greatest characters in the "Scream" franchise. I've double-checked that the rankings are 100% accurate, particularly where Parker Posey's performance as the unforgettable Jennifer Jolie comes in. 4. A match made in macchiato heaven: "Best in Show" 5. Tori Spelling gets a big no in "House of Yes" Parker tears up Tori Spelling here. »
- Louis Virtel
The things we do for love! Zooey Deschanel made a grand gesture for husband Jacob Pechenik, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. In the past, the New Girl actress has declined to identify with any particular faith. “I don’t attach myself to any one religion,” Deschanel, whose mom is Roman Catholic and father is Quaker, has said. “My family is liberal. I was raised in the ‘you can be whatever you want’ kind of way. And in the end, I was like, [...] »
Bill Murray has had quite the year. He recently released Rock the Kasbah with Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson, and now he's getting ready to unveil a Christmas special on Netflix called A Very Murray Christmas, so it's no wonder that he's Vanity Fair's December cover star. Writer Mitch Glazer takes you inside the crazy life of the Ghostbusters star, who has easily lived one of the coolest lives of all time. He has crashed engagement photos and he has starred in some of the most famous movies of all time, so how does a man like that manage to keep living with humility? Glazer uncovers it all, and E! News took away eight major lessons about the award winner. 1. The Murricane, created by Glazer, »
The 2016 People's Choice Awards will kick off award season Jan. 6, and the nominees are in! Jane Lynch is hosting this year's ceremony, which is packed with talented nominees. In addition to Lynch, Betsy Brandt, Marcia Gay Harden, Abigail Spencer, Zachary Levi, Christina Milian, and Mark Burnett were on hand at the Paley Center for Media to make the announcement. We're already excited to see some of our favorite things and people, like Pretty Little Liars, Jurassic World, and Ed Sheeran, up for awards. After 72 million votes, here are all the nominees! Take note: there's a new "Digital" category for awards like favorite social media star. Movies Favorite Movie Avengers: Age of Ultron Furious 7 Inside Out Jurassic World Pitch Perfect 2 Favorite Movie Actor Channing Tatum Chris Pratt Johnny Depp Robert Downey Jr. Will Smith Favorite Movie Actress Anne Hathaway Melissa McCarthy Meryl Streep Sandra Bullock Scarlett Johansson Favorite Action »
- Maggie Pehanick
The People have spoken, and they really like Cookie.
Nominations for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards — being hosted by Jane Lynch on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (CBS, 9/8c) — were announced Tuesday, and several TVLine staples are among this year’s honorees.
Regardless of the outcome, it’s safe to declare Shondaland an early winner, with all three of Shonda Rhimes’ current shows — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — nabbing nominations in top categories.
Scroll down for the full list of TV nominees (in 30+ categories!) before dropping a comment with your own picks.
Favorite TV Show
Nominations for the 2016 People's Choice Awards were announced on Tuesday, and there's lots of love for ABC's Tgit lineup, with that trio of Shonda Rhimes-produced shows scoring multiple nods across a bunch of the top TV categories.
In addition to all the attention for "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder," other series that received multiple nominations include "Empire," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Pretty Little Liars." On the movie side of the equation, "Jurassic World," "Trainwreck," "Furious 7," and "Inside Out" scored multiple nods each.
Jane Lynch is hosting the ceremony, which airs on CBS on January 6, 2016. Check out the full list of movie and TV nominees below. (Nominations in other categories can be found on the official People's Choice website.)
Favorite Movie Actor
- Katie Roberts
Read More: Watch: 'A Very Murray Christmas' Trailer and Photos Tease Netflix, Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola's Very Special Holiday Special Bill Murray had an interview with PBS Digital Studios for the newest episode of their "Blank on Blank" segment; as Murray talks, little cartoons appear and animate what he is saying so that viewers can visualize his thoughts in front of them. Murray makes wise cracks on giving back to his mom when he made it big, hijinks on the set of "Ghostbusters," the spiritual change that saved him from destruction, and how fame sort of helps with talking to women. He also elaborates on when he said, "I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that’s what they pay me to do," during an interview with T.J. English for Irish America in 1988. Watch the animated interview above. Read More: Watch: »
- Sonya Saepoff
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