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at the TCA panel for Transparent (Getty)
Let’s make this clear from the start – this is not the first time actor Jeffrey Tambor has been in a dress.
If you’re a fan of the actor’s work over the years, he’s donned a dress in previous roles on Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development but during Saturday’s panel for the new Amazon series Transparent, the actor explained his role as a transgender husband/parent is new territory for him. “This is far different,” he said. “I think this is probably the most transforming experience I’ve had and had such depth. It also shows how far television has gone in terms of content and this is far more leveled and centered. And I feel very honored in bringing forth this whole subject…it’s really cool.”
In the series, »
- Jim Halterman
All ten episodes of the series will premiere at once through Amazon Prime Instant Video, in the so-called “binge” model popularized by Netflix. Decisions have not yet been made on the exact airdates or delivery models for a number of Amazon’s other new original series, which may debut weekly or in one block like “Transparent.” Returning comedy “Alpha House” will debut in October, “Mozart in the Jungle” will premiere in December, and “The After” and “Bosch” will premiere early 2015. “The After” will be released on a weekly basis.
“Transparent” centers around an La family with serious boundary issues who have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. It stars Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon Studios' Transparent is breaking the rules. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Transparent — which has already received critical notice — centers on a Los Angeles family and their lives after they learn that their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transitioning to become a woman. Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light co-star, with guest appearances by Kathryn Hahn and Rob Huebel. In March, the series was picked up for a 10-episode season by Amazon (Roy Price, Amazon Studios director, called Transparent "distinctive" at the time), which will be available all at once in
- Philiana Ng
Critical snubs aside, one of our favorite TV shows this season is not among the nominated, giving us an excuse (ha-ha, as if we needed one) to present Broad City with our own very, very special set of awards. Congratulations, Broad City! Your trophies will be waiting for you.Most Outstanding Title Credits Winner: These. Most Supportive Guest-Star Winner: Ilana's magical bra. Best Performance by a Dog Named After a Noted Daytime Emmy Winner Winner: Judith Light Most Appropriate Use of a Webcam Winner: This inventive sex move right here. Best "Going-Out Clothes" Costume Design Winner: That incredible blue dress (and everything Ilana wears). Most Accurate Portrayal of a Roommate('s Boyfriend) Winner: Bevers. Most Useful and Surprising Couponing Tip Winner: Abbi's Bed, Bath & Beyond trick. Best Use of a Drake Song Winner: The "Started From the Bottom" bank scene. Best Evidence That Two Women Don't Always Have to Feel »
- Amanda Dobbins,Lindsey Weber
Stars: Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Cantor, Gioianna Digiorgio, Dana Ivey, Judith Light | Written by Simon Helberg | Directed by Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg
Review by Andrew McArthur
Joined by his wife Jocelyn Towne, The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg turns director with autobiographical romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris. Helberg supposedly bases his film on a true story, making this charmless and aimless picture all the more tragic.
Neurotic thirty-something Quinn (Helberg) is planning on popping the question to his girlfriend of ten years Devon (Melanie Lynskey), until his colleague (Maggie Grace) confesses her love for him. This new found revelation results in the nervous Quinn botching his proposal and breaking-up with Devon. However, he realises he has made a huge mistake and attempts to win her back.
We’ll Never Have Paris is a romantic comedy with no focus, a film »
“Portlandia” co-creator, writer and star Carrie Brownstein has just signed on to Jill Soloway's buzzy Amazon series, “Transparent,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brownstein will play Gaby Hoffman's best friend Syd on the dark comedy, which follows a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Also read: ‘Portlandia’ Tailgates, ‘Prairie Home Companion'-Style (Video) In addition to Hoffman, Brownstein joins the previously announced cast of Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
The lifestyles of the rich and petulant require a certain amount of critical distance to be relatable — or even watchable — to unaffiliated viewers. There’s a bit of that perspective in “Last Weekend,” albeit not nearly enough to make this Lake Tahoe-set seriocomedy a more insightful than insufferable portrait of the unsympathetically self-absorbed. Starring Patricia Clarkson as persnickety matriarch presiding over a holiday gathering of bratty offspring and their variably long-suffering partners, the pic reps a smoothly crafted debut feature for co-directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams. But its eventual reach for warm-and-fuzzy emotional catharsis rings hollow among characters that never become more than disagreeably shallow products of unexamined privilege. Prospects look minor for Sundance Select’s planned late-summer theatrical and VOD release.
The Green clan’s lakeside Tahoe “cottage” — as distinguished from their San Francisco home and a second vacation house somewhere — is an expensively rustic affair with umpteen »
- Dennis Harvey
With 16 musicals and 23 plays opening on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season, the 68th Annual Tony Awards was one of the most prosperous and reassuring in recent theater history. Not to mention, as Tony presenter Judith Light announced, “We’ve just seen the highest-grossing, best-attended Memorial Day week” ever. It’s a good time to be in the business. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” proved this year’s dark horse. A show 11 years in the making, the musical comedy was a bit slow out of the gate this past fall but ultimately galloped off with four Tony wins, including best costume design of a musical to Linda Cho, best book of a musical to Robert L. Freedman, best director of a musical to Darko Tresnjak, and the most coveted prize of the night: best musical. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the rock ‘n’ roll revival that’s blowing »
Nominees, presenters, and attendees walked the red carpet before the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. -Break- Among those caught by our cameras were: nominees Kelli O'Hara ("Bridges of Madison County"), Bryce Pinkham and Jefferson Mays ("Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder") and Nick Cordero ("Bullets Over Broadway") as well as Codero's co-star Zach Braff, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, four-time Tony champ and current contender Harvey Fierstein ("Casa Valentina") and presenter Jonathan Groff. To see all the stars that walked the red carpet, check out our photo gallery at the bottom of this post. ' »
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 68th Annual Tony Awards has added a slew of presenters and performers, including Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light, Rosie O'Donnell, T.I., Patrick Wilson and “NCIS: Los Angeles” pair Barrett Foa and LL Cool J, in advance of the ceremony airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Hudson will perform at the night's ceremony, singing a song from the upcoming musical “Finding Neverland.” Also read: Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Sting and ‘Wicked’ Cast Performing at Tony Awards The ceremony, hosted by “X-Men Days of Future Past” star Hugh Jackman, will also feature a slew of appearances by movie, »
- Tim Kenneally
We’ve posted quite a bit on HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Normal Heart, and with the May 25th premiere rapidly approaching, the publicity blitz is in full swing.
Last night was the New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theater, and the cast of the film was joined by other screen & stage luminaries, including Brad Pitt, Judith Light, and Megan Hilty, and Ryan Murphy pals Jane Lynch and Darren Criss, as well as the stars of other HBO shows, including Looking.
Of course, tongues are wagging over Angelina Jolie‘s “makeup malfunction,” but I don’t think it looks … too bad.
Well maybe we can chalk it up to bad lighting.
The post The Stars Align For The Premiere Of “The Normal Heart” appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
We’Re All Doomed!
It looks as though that long-planned Will & Grace reunion may actually happen.
Oh no. Oh Dear God No. I haven’t thought of Avril Lavigne in years (if I ever really did), but what the hell happened that she would do this? What did that Nickelback guy do to her? Why? Why? Why? “Let’s all slumber party like a fat kid on a pack of Smarties” What the hell are you doing?
To balance that out, here’s Ricky Martin with “Vida,” from the 2014 FIFA World Cup album.
“Calm before the glitter storm. Sitting alone on a quiet stage before the @hedwigonbway opening tonight. What a ride it’s been… »
Danny Pintauro has found his Prince Charming. The "Who's the Boss?" alum tied the knot with boyfriend Wil Tabares on Thursday in Dana Point, California -- and followed up their wedding with a trip to Disneyland!Pintauro, who played Judith Light's son Jonathan on the '80s sitcom, his new hubby and their close family and friends looked happier than ever at the park in Anaheim earlier today. The two men were both seen wearing matching "Just Married" buttons. Pintauro, 38, had his wedding ring in full view.Danny and Wil, who currently live together in Las Vegas, got engaged a year ago in Palm Springs."We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time," Danny told Us Magazine about his nuptials."I knew I would never marry a woman, and never thought I'd see the day that same-sex marriage would be legal, »
- tooFab Staff
Amazon Studios confirmed on Monday (March 31) that it was renewing "Alpha House" for Season 2 and was picking up two dramas, two comedies and two kids' shows. No dates have been announced yet for airings of any of these series.
The pilots ordered to series are:
"The After" -- From Chris Carter ("The X-Files"), the show will follow eight strangers thrown together and needing to survive in a violent and mysterious world. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot star."Bosch" -- Based on Michael Connelly's book series, "Bosch" is a drama about a relentless Lapd homicide detective. Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector star."Mozart in the Jungle" -- The half-hour comedic drama takes on sex, drugs and classical music. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack."Transparent »
Joseph A. Nunez (Super Bad, NCIS) has booked a role in ABC comedy pilot The Winklers from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Henry Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. Based on Henry Winkler’s relationship with his son-in-law, Reinis, Winklers centers on Jack (Domenick Lombardozzi), an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — successful actor Henry (Winkler) and Tita Winkler (Judith Light), the fabulous, fierce momma bear of the family. Nunez will play Paco, a construction worker on Jack’s crew whose secret passion is dance. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Jonny Cruz (Cool Wheels) and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) have been cast as recurring in the upcoming action drama series Matador, for Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The honeymoon has ended for John Ross, in more ways than one.
"D.T.R.," Monday's (March 24) episode of TNT's "Dallas," opened with the newlywed Ewing (Josh Henderson) landing back home with wife Pamela (Julie Gionzalo). They immediately turned their thoughts back to business, with her wondering how his deal to acquire desired ships was going. His stalling on the answer led her to suggest she'd ask Emma (Emma Bell), but he coaxed her out of it as they got frisky in the back of their limo.
Upon returning to Southfork, John Ross checked on the temporarily stalled drilling, then threatened foreman Bo (Donny Boaz) with bringing in a replacement crew if the workers couldn't get back to business that night. A concerned Bobby (Patrick Duffy) watched from a distance, John Ross waving mock-cheerfully upon spotting him.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed her brief in the marriage equality case in the state yesterday, and she didn’t hold back. “The state defendants in this case recognize that the ban on same-sex marriage serves no rational purpose and harms Oregon citizens. This case presents that rare case in which there simply is no legal argument to be made in support of a state law.” Rosenblum is one of many state AGs who have announced they won’t defend their state’s marriage ban.
Lorde isn’t going to let a Westboro Baptist Church protest of her concert get her down. »
- Ed Kennedy
As Glee prepares for their 100th episode, they’re saying goodbye to Lima – for now. And the creative team is looking forward to telling more grownup stories for the adults of the cast, especially Kurt and Blaine. Executive Producer Brad Falchuk says he likes “seeing that relationship get tested and strengthened and sort of the adult version of those characters having real conversations about stuff and really making adult choices. They’re really having fun together.”
For someone like me, who really doesn’t like people, Cloak is the perfect app. It keeps track of your friends’ locations via Foursquare and Instagram so you can avoid running into them. Now if my friends were just more connected.
- Ed Kennedy
There's nothing like a Ewing-family wedding to lure familiar faces back to Southfork Ranch.
Such guests were present in "Lifting the Veil," Monday's (March 17) episode of TNT's "Dallas" update. The occasion was the official nuptials of the already eloped John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Pamela (Julie Gonzalo), but complications arose right from the start of the big day, as John Ross' secretary Candice (Jude Demorest) summoned him to a long-sought meeting about the fracking permit he wanted.
"I've gotta take another raincheck," he told the romantically inclined Pamela, but he promised he'd be back in plenty of time for the ceremony. Her worried look indicated she didn't completely buy it.
Sue Ellen confirmed to Ann that John Ross was dallying with Emma ... "and we have got to do something about it." To that end, Sue Ellen wanted Emma to leave Southfork, but Ann feared that might make the drug cartel suspicious. »
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