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The Sports Guy is boarding Disney's Jon Hamm baseball movie, Million Dollar Arm. Bill Simmons, Espn's hugely popular sports columnist and the editor-in-chief of its pop culture site Grantland, is joining Connor Schell as executive producers on the upcoming sports drama Million Dollar Arm. Previously, the pair worked on Espn Films' acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. In the film, Hamm joins Bill Paxton and Lake Bell in the true story of a sports agent who tried to recruit two teenage cricket players from India into Major League Baseball. Photos: Take Me Out: Hollywood's Best Baseball Movies Simmons
- Borys Kit
The television landscape is better than its ever been and narrowing down all the amazing individual episodes of 2013 to a handful of favorites a tough job -- but Zap2it is doing it. Check out other staff members' picks here, here and here.
'Downton Abbey' - Season 3, episode 5
This PBS period drama had a lot of strong offerings in Season 3 -- a nice bounce-back from an uneven Season 2 -- but the death of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) was perhaps the highest-caliber television this show has ever done. There was much arguing over Sybil needing to go to the hospital and in the end, Dr. Clarkson was right. She has eclampsia and died »
Review James Stansfield 19 Dec 2013 - 17:48
Archer series four bows out on a high note, no thanks to Channel 5's scheduling. Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
4.13 Sea Tunt Part 2
I don’t want to end this review of what was a very fitting season finale for Archer on a down note, so I’m going to get this out of the way first. I think I speak for every UK-based Archer fan when I say that Channel 5’s treatment of this season has been nothing short of a disgrace. Monday at 10.30pm was a perfectly reasonable slot, even if it was on one of your sister channels, but to do no promotion and then relegate the show to a different sister channel at 2.30am on a Wednesday morning after one week of disappointing ratings was baffling. If that wasn’t bad enough, Channel 5 couldn’t even show the »
Without doubt one of the most entertaining films of the year, Pain & Gain finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray, as we now have the opportunity to watch Michael Bay’s action-packed thriller all over again (though whether that makes the real life story any easier to comprehend remains to be seen). To mark the release – on December 23rd – we spoke to one of the stars of the piece, actress Bar Paly.
Paly takes on the pivotal role of Sorina, an opportunist immigrant, desperately hoping to make a name for herself in America as an actress, who gets caught up in the absurd scheme plotted by a trio of bodybuilders. Paly discusses how much she has in common with the role herself, her love for the comedy genre, working alongside Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg – while she also gives us a little teaser about her two forthcoming projects, Non-Stop and Million Dollar Arm… »
- Stefan Pape
“The Office” star Ellie Kemper shared inside dirt about her early acting classes with Jon Hamm — and her classmates’ crushes on the “Mad Men” actor. But that was only a prelude to talk of another screen idol, and a rollicking game of “F—, Marry, Kill” built around Leonardo DiCaprio. Also read: NBC Orders 13 Episodes of Comedy From ’30 Rock’ Duo Fey and Carlock For it’s “Gabbin’ Like Gals,” segment, “The Pete Holmes Show” asked Kemper, star of Tina Fey’s new NBC sitcom, about which DiCaprio characters she would have sex with, marry, or murder. His “Django Unchained” character fares surprisingly. »
- Tim Molloy
Who's that girl? It's Jess' sister! Though her real-life sister and Bones star Emily Deschanel is on the same network, Mad Men star Linda Cardellini has been tapped to play Zooey Deschanel's sister on New Girl, E! News has confirmed. Cardellini will take on the recurring role of Abby, Jess' wild-child sibling, and will begin filming on the hit Fox sitcom this week. The actress, who is also known for her work on Freaks and Geeks and ER in addition to her Emmy-nominated turn as Don's (Jon Hamm) neighbor-turned-mistress on Mad Men, will first appear in February. Abby isn't the first family member of Jess' viewers have met: Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis have appeared as her »
Just because Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio played pals in The Basketball Diaries doesn’t mean they were always friends. The Boston native admits that he once gave Leo the cold shoulder at an event, and there was a bit of a rift between them back then. But thankfully for us, they managed to squash it. [Just Jared] With Jon Hamm having just been snubbed for a Golden Globe nomination, The Gossip Table wonders if the actor’s crotch shots may have anything to do with the lack of recognition. View Video Gallery Saturday Night Live is set to add an African-American women to its cast next year. Lorne Michaels made the announcement, following criticism that the sketch comedy series wasn’t adding enough diversity to the lineup. »
- Rahsheeda Ali
When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over Entertainment Weekly for this week’s issue, they made sure to slip in a little self-promotion (what did you expect from those broads?). Aside from the duo’s gig hosting the Golden Globes, Fey’s next big project is a fall sitcom starring Ellie Kemper, written and produced with her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock, so Fey wanted to shine a spotlight on the Office alum. She did it in typically fun fashion, asking Jon Hamm — Kemper’s onetime drama teacher — to interview the actress for the issue.
Yup, you read that right: After graduating college, »
- Katie Atkinson
We've had a whirlwind two mornings of awards news on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild announced a pretty dull slate of nominees on the TV side, a boring field that I discussed with HitFix's Greg Ellwood. Fortunately, the Golden Globes made things interesting on Thursday, with a field that was loaded with pleasant surprises -- Monica Potter! Tatiana Maslany! Taylor Schilling! -- and variably shocking snubs -- Jon Hamm! Claire Danes! That gave me and Greg plenty to talk about on Thursday morning when we chatted in the HitFix video studio. Check out my »
- Daniel Fienberg
Things seem to be going pretty well these days for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They are about to host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row, they’re both producing multiple shows for multiple networks, and they’re serving as guest editors of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. But what people really want to know is: When will these Saturday Night Live/Baby Mama co-stars find a way to join forces for another TV show or movie?
During our Q&A with the pair for this special issue, the 30 Rock creator/actress and Parks and Recreation »
- Dan Snierson
Attempting to divine the whims of Golden Globes voters is a futile exercise -- the quirky, let's-invite-Hollywood-to-our-party feel of the nominations makes us scratch our heads every single year.
The list of nominees for 2014 is no exception. Along with a handful of nice surprises, there are a bunch of baffling omissions. Get your outrage ready.
"Game of Thrones": A complete shutout for what was arguably the best of the show's three seasons thus far. The mind boggles.
"Mad Men": Another shutout. The Globes' penchant for wanting to be the first to recognize new series played a part in "Mad Men" being left off the best drama series list in favor of "Masters of Sex" (totally fine with that) and "House of Cards" (less fine with it). But it's hard to believe that Jon Hamm or Elisabeth Moss (who's at least nominated for "Top of the Lake") didn't get acting nods. »
Are you a fan of Homeland? What about Game of Thrones? How about Mad Men? Well maybe you should go back to bed and not even read this post. Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is not your friend today. Below are the biggest shocks and snubs from this year’s list of the 71st annual Golden Globes TV nominations:
Snub: Showtime’s Homeland. The winner for best drama series the past two years, with four awards last year, the espionage drama was an obvious no-brainer frontrunner. This time? Nothing. Nothing! Nothing! No drama nod, no Claire Danes, no Damian Lewis, »
- James Hibberd
During an awards season that’s dominated by talk of movies — all a gradual buildup to the biggest awards show of them all — it’s easy to forget that some winter prize distributors recognize TV shows as well. And once you remember that TV shows are also being lauded, your thoughts naturally turn to which nominations seem like a surprise, pleasant or otherwise — as well as the deserving series that have been overlooked.
And for today’s SAG Award nominations, each of these qualifies for one of those categories:
Snub: Mad Men
Matthew Weiner’s seminal series was passed over completely, »
- Hillary Busis
After Entertainment Weekly put them in charge of this week’s issue (Thanks for the 30 percent raises, Tina and Amy! That wasn’t a joke, right?), Fey and Poehler assigned several stories, including one in which Mad Men’s leading man Jon Hamm interviewed Ellie Kemper, who will star in a new NBC comedy that Fey is executive producing. (As it turns out, Hamm was Kemper’s acting teacher back in St. Louis.) There »
- EW staff
Actors are giving “Boardwalk Empire” the credit it deserves. The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations righted some Emmy wrongs Wednesday, most notably by giving nominations to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and star Steve Buscemi that they were denied in the corresponding Emmy Awards categories last year. Also read: SAG Awards Nominees: The Complete List SAG voters nominated “Boardwalk” for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Buscemi was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. That recognition came at a cost — most notably to “Mad Men.” The drama was denied an ensemble nomination, »
- Tim Molloy
Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” regains ground in the awards race with its four nominations for SAG Awards, while “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” boosted their Oscar stock with three noms apiece, including the key ensemble awards.
That’s a big pat on the back for “Osage” and “Butler,” which haven’t been prominent so far in awards voting, and is good news for them since SAG is a more reliable Oscar predictor than most.
Last year, four of the five ensemble nominees earned best-pic nominations. And as for wins, the ensemble prize predicted the eventual Oscar winner in five of the past eight years.
After being considered one of the two front-runners for Oscar, “12 Years »
- Tim Gray
The SAG Award nominations for TV shows and performers went mostly as we predicted. However, as always, there were a few headscratchers (I'm looking at you Rob Lowe) which meant some of the strongest contenders were left out in the cold. And with SAG combining lead and supporting performances on the TV side (it doesn't do this for the film folk), the competition for the five slots per sex in each genre was intense. (Read about who did make the cut here.) Below, the lists of those programs and performers who won't be in the running on Jan. 18 at the 20th annual edition of these kudos. Not Nominated: TV Drama Ensemble "American Horror Story: Coven" "House of Cards" "The Good Wife" "Masters of Sex" "Orange is the New Black" Not Nominated: TV Drama Actor Damian Lewis, "Homeland" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" Michae »
Mondo unveils a new poster series centered around a trio of films from Ben Affleck. Collaborating with a variety of artists, Mondo has produced three moody pieces of artwork to capture Ben Affleck's impressive directorial accomplishments for Argo, The Town and Gone Baby Gone.
Artist: Matthew Woodson
Size: 24 x 36
Edition Size: 290
Artist: Daniel Danger
Size: 24 x 36
Edition Size: 390 regular, 160 variant
Price: $45 regular, $70 variant
Artist: Adam Simpson
Size: 24 x 36
Edition Size: 235
Ben Affleck stated,
"I've always loved Mondo and their passion for film, as well as their talented stable of artists. I was initially drawn by their ability to offer a unique perspective on so many beloved films and am thrilled to see my films become the newest additions to their work."
The poster series will be released on Monday, December 9. For the exact sale time please follow @MondoNews on Twitter:
Argo was released October 12th, »
Football: World Cup 2014 Draw
Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the draw for Brazil 2014, held at the swanky Costa do Sauípe in the state of Bahia. If previous Fifa-affiliated events in the country are any guide, widespread protests are likely to provide the backdrop, as Brazilian citizens make their ire known over political corruption and excessive spending on the tournament. Conversation around the draw itself is likely to focus on unseeded England's potential opponents: could a Group of Death be on the cards? Gwilym Mumford
"A little bit tubby, a little bit cokey!" Yes, it's him again. And as evinced by those lyrical alterations to Minnie The Moocher, the former Catholic schoolboy »
- Gwilym Mumford, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Lanre Bakare
A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories: Sky Arts 1, 9pm
Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe star in Sky's hidden gem - the blackest of black comedies. In series two, episode three, Radcliffe's younger Doctor grows increasingly fixated with Natasha (Margaret Clunie).
Louie: Fox, 10pm
Louis Ck's superb sitcom reaches its third season finale, but fear not, a fourth is on the way! For now, it's time to celebrate the festive period - Louie-style - with Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler cast as our lead's sister.
Him & Her: The Wedding: BBC Three, 10pm
Tonight, we continue saying a long and bittersweet goodbye to loveable slobs Steve (Russell Tovey) and Becky (Sarah Solemani). In the third of five episodes, nightmare bride Laura (Kerry Howard) receives some shocking news...
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
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