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Outfest announced hat Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G." -- the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work -- has been selected as the Opening Night Gala of the 31st Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival, which will go down on Thursday, July 11. “C.O.G.” is written and directed by Alvarez and based on a short story by David Sedaris. It stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson and Troian Bellisario. Read More: David Sedaris Goes To Sundance: "It was painful to be reminded of how pretentious and horrible I was." Outfest also announced that it will present its 17th annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce. The award is presented in recognition of "a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media." The Achievement Award will be presented to Peirce prior to the Opening Night Gala screening of “C.O.G.” on Thursday, »
- Peter Knegt
L.A.'s oldest film festival, Outfest, will open its 31st annual Lgbt film fest on July 11 with writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.,” the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work, which stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, and Dean Stockwell. Outfest will be held July 11 – 21, 2013. That same night at the Orpheum Theatre, Outfest will also present its 17th annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Stop-Loss,” “Carrie”). The Achievement Award is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media. Outfest has previously given this award to John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Don Roos, Donna Deitch, Kenneth Anger, Greg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen, John Schlesinger, and Strand Releasing. The complete lineup for Outfest 2013 will be announced. »
- Anne Thompson
Jonathan Groff, star of Glee, and Troian Bellisario, star of Pretty Little Liars, will help kick off 2013 Outfest on July 11 as the organization has just announced their film C.O.G. will open this year's festival!
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Additionally, this year's Outfest Achievement Award will go to Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don't Cry and the upcoming Carrie. "One of Outfest's principal goals has been to celebrate the many voices of Lgbt storytelling on film, and we couldn't be more excited to honor Kimberly Peirce's extraordinary filmmaking career while also heralding writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's stunning sophomore feature capturing David Serdaris' hilarious tone. The mix promises to make this our most memorable Opening Night," commented Kirsten »
New York — The slow, lingering demise of "Smash" has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.
The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.
Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.
After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won't be back for a third season.
But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of "Smash." Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:
We know "True Blood" has some of the most dedicated fans in the world, and if you're one of them, here's your chance to be part of a Season 5 DVD virtual signing with stars Stephen Moyer and Kristin Bauer van Straten.
The contest, entitled "Fill in the Blood," celebrates the launch of True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD/Blu-ray via HBO Select, and here are all the details:
Beginning yesterday and ending May 17th, the "True Blood" Twitter feed (@TrueBloodHBO) is hosting the "Psalms of Lilith" contest. Each day fans will be asked to fill in the missing words from a Psalm of Lilith (#fillintheblood), and the top ten submissions for each Psalm will win an autographed copy of the release. All of the winners will be announced the day after their tweet. The official micro-site for the contest is FillInTheBlood.com.
At 12:00 noon Pt/3:00 pm Et on Tuesday, »
- The Woman In Black
Last season, Fox only picked up two new drama series: the hit thriller "The Following" which was launched midseason, and the instant bomb "The Mob Doctor" which was launched in the fall.
Fox has doubled that amount for the 2013-14 season, but once again they'll only launch one show in the fall. That honor (or curse?) goes to imaginative looking reboot "Sleepy Hollow," while J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" and Greg Kinnear vehicle "Rake" will be held for midseason and "Gang Related" will be slotted in later.
Here's a rundown of the four new dramas Fox presented to advertisers at its 2013 upfront on May 13 at New York City's Beacon Theater.
"Sleepy Hollow" (Mondays at 9 p.m. Et)
A slick and tantalizing re-imagining of the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, from "Fringe" producers and "Star Trek Into Darkness" co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Tom Mison »
A review of "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I watch "Hostel 3"... "What's in the Box?" was so much fun for so much of its running time — a blend of everything the show does well: a twisty case mixing the legal with the political, and a murderer's row of guest stars(*) from familiar faces like Martha Plimpton, Dylan Baker, Ana Gasteyer and Denis O'Hare to first-timers like the great Estelle Parsons as Nana Joe — that I actually felt extra disappointed when the final moments seemed to be returning to the Alicia/Will/Peter love triangle. »
- Alan Sepinwall
In Sunday's brilliantly entertaining finale to another splendid season of CBS' The Good Wife — we choose to forget that Kalinda's ex ever existed — Denis O'Hare returns as a judge whose sciatica keeps him off the bench, pacing around the courtroom as he presides over a late-night emergency hearing over ballot-box irregularities in the next day's neck-and-neck election for Illinois governor. (Alicia's husband Peter is sweating every single vote.) Like Judge Abernathy, you may find it difficult to stay seated as this episode (9/8c), written by series creators Robert King (who also directed) and Michelle King, takes its many clever twists and turns, specializing in mischievous misdirection and game-changing surprises up to the very last jaw-dropping minute.
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- Matt Roush
It's hard to write a teaser preview for the "Good Wife" Season 4 finale -- it's so, so good and yet saying just about anything is spoiler-y. But trust us, from start to finish, it is an A+ episode and easily our favorite season finale the show has done yet.
Here are some things to look forward to:
Martha Plimpton, Denis O'Hare and Ana Gasteyer are all back and involved in a potential vote-tampering case that must be decided the night before the election, for which Zach Florrick (and "Roseanne's" mom) are key witnesses. Is Plimpton's Patti Nyholm working with or against Will, Diane and Alicia? Little of column A, little of column B.Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) plays an interesting catalyst for some of the bigger goings-on of the episode. Hope to see more of him in Season 5.During the night's proceedings, Will and Alicia spend a lot of time together in a confined space, »
When the wonderful Ms. Charlaine Harris sat down to scratch out the first lines of Dead Until Dark, the first of The Southern Vampire Mysteries that would go on to become the basis for HBO's series "True Blood," there's no way should could have known it was going to go on to become the mega-hit we know today.
However, that is exactly what happened. The book series is just now wrapping up after 13 novels, but "True Blood," the beloved television version of Sookie Stackhouse's adventures with all types of supernatural creatures, is still going strong. When we think back on the sizable cast of the show, we certainly remember some shocking death scenes. Although the show has had its share of peaks and valleys, it certainly never misses a chance to shock its loyal audience, and we recall some of those shocks in this look back at the Top 9 Most Shocking "True Blood" Death Scenes. »
- Scott Hallam
CBS has released the details for "The Good Wife's" Season 4 finale, airing Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS. What is the focus? The gubernatorial race between Peter Florrick and Mike Kresteva.
On the night of Peter's gubernatorial election, Alicia, Will and Diane race to emergency court proceedings when Zach believes he's witnessed vote tampering. Meanwhile, Cary is approached by an unlikely source who offers to help him start his own firm, and Alicia's conflicted personal and professional feelings come to a head.
Unfortunately, Matthew Perry is not listed on the list of guest stars. But the actors that are listed include Martha Plimpton returning as Patti Nyholm, T.R. Knight as political operative Jordan Karahalios, Denis O'Hare as Judge Abernathy, Ana Gasteyer as Judge Lessner, Estelle Parsons as Nana Joe and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as himself.
Do you think Peter will be victorious? It »
While everyone is focused on the upcoming sixth season of the hit HBO vampire series "True Blood," on its way to both Blu-ray and DVD is the show's fifth season. Though honestly, we haven't the slightest idea why you'd sit through that mess again.
From the Press Release
A vampire civil war is brewing, Sookie's best friend is dead, and an old vampire foe has returned to wreak havoc on the human race. "True Blood" continues to be one of television's most popular series, and the wildly entertaining fifth season will be available on Blu-ray with DVD and Digital Copy (Blu-ray with HBO Select* $79.98), DVD ($59.99), and Digital Download on May 21, 2013. Both sets include the full 12-episode season along with extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content.
Called "fangtastic" (Us Weekly) and "cheeky...great fun" (Variety.com), True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season finds Sookie triumphant over her climactic encounter with Marnie. »
- Uncle Creepy
CBS is about to bring the world of real politics into its universe of pretend politics.
Other familiar faces that will appear on the April 28 finale include:
Look for the season-ender to take place on the eve of the gubernatorial election and for the main issue at stake to be a scandal based around vote tampering. Cary will also receive aid to start his own firm. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
The CBS legal drama, which is set in Chicago and films in New York, will feature Mayor Bloomberg as himself in "What's In The Box?" Other guest stars that episode include Martha Pilmpton, Ana Gasteyer, Denis O'Hare, Dylan Baker, T.R. Knight and "Roseanne's" Estelle Parsons. This isn't the first time "The Good Wife" has tapped real-life political figures to play themselves: Donna Brazile has appeared as herself twice on the series.
The Season 4 finale of "The Good Wife" airs on Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. Et on CBS. Season 5 has already been given the greenlight by CBS.
Here's the official description for "The Good Wife »
- The Huffington Post
But will the pastry plate make the transition to prime time?
There have been rumors and speculation about Matt Smith and showrunner Steven Moffat quitting Doctor Who with the series' 50th anniversary. However, Smith told Radio Times that he's going to be playing The Doctor next year. After that, he says he likes to sign on one year at a time.
I won't want to spoil you, but according to The Hollywood Reporter someone surprising signed up to be a series regular for the fourth season of The Walking Dead. Click on the link if you want to see who.
Having lost one of its lead performers, NBC has decided to postpone the pilot Girlfriend in a Coma until later. Deadline reports that with so many actors committed to other pilots, NBC has decided to wait until after pilot season to try to find a replacement for Christina Ricci. »
"The Good Wife" hasn't seen the last of Patti Nyholm and Judge Abernathy.
According to TV Guide, "Raising Hope" star Martha Plimpton is returning to the series to reprise her role as Patti, a rival lawyer who tried to take over Lockhart/Gardner in the Season 3 finale. Details of Plimpton's appearance, which will occur in the Season 4 finale, are being kept under wraps.
Additionally, Denis O'Hare will return as the trustworthy Judge Abernathy. O'Hare tweeted a picture on set with Plimpton on Friday.
Had a blast doing @thegoodwife_cbs with the fantastic @marthaplimpton twitter.com/denisohare/sta…
— Denis O'Hare (@denisohare) March 29, 2013
"[He hasn't changed] at all," Baker admitted to TV Guide of his character. "I would love to see the episode where we really go into how we're raising the son, »
- Leigh Weingus
Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady in The Brady Bunch, took to Facebook to write a moving tribute to the man who played her television dad, Robert Reed. "Bob was a family man. Had he been allowed to form a relationship with another man, he would have been the best husband ever and might still be alive. But Bob could not be at peace with this because the people surrounding him shoved their own judgment down his throat and, sadly, he bought into it. He thought he was wrong. He felt the shame that every hypocritical 'God is love' fundamentalist wanted him to feel."
I swear, I am not the one who complained about the cat!
Whether they believe it or not, brands have a political affiliation. News Corp. is obviously Republican, and a new study pegs my parent company, MTV, as strongly Democratic, opposite ends of the political spectrum of the brands surveyed. »
We've been following the career of Broadway babe Jonathan Groff since his explosive debut in Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for a Tony (one of the youngest Best Actor nominees ever) for the role of Melchior Gabor
Since then, we've watched his career grow, with a season-long role on the show Boss, appearances in Broadway's Hair and the movie Taking Woodstock, and most notably, his role of Jesse St. James on Glee.
We look forward to seeing him in an upcoming HBO comedy in which he'll play a intelligent, witty, well-educated gay video game developer, and hearing him as extreme mountain man Kristoff in the Disney animated film Frozen.
To celebrate his 28th birthday today, here's a pictorial look at Jonathan celebrating career milestones, in some of his career-defining roles, and well ... just being adorable.
With HBO's True Blood starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard gearing up to bring another season's worth of sweat and blood straight from Bon Temps to the summer television season, we've reached the point where Season 5's debut on Blu-ray and DVD is just around the corner. I can now confirm that True Blood: Season 5 has been locked in for a May 21 home video debut.
True Blood: Season 5 on Blu-ray will be a DVD combo pack and include all 12 episodes plus a host of bonus features outlined below.
True Blood Episode Six: Autopsy - Join the cast and crew as they dissect the major events of episode six and provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how True Blood is made. Authority Confessionals - Learn more about the mysterious institution known as The Authority, from Nora, Kibwe, Rosalyn, Salome, Steve and Russell. Enhanced Viewing: Character Bios, »
A vampire civil war is brewing, Sookie's best friend is dead and an old vampire foe has returned to wreak havoc on the human race. True Blood continues to be one of television's most popular series and the wildly entertaining fifth season will be available on Blu-ray with DVD and Digital Copy (Blu-ray with HBO Select* $79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on May 21, 2013. Both sets include the full 12-episode season, along with extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content.
Called "fangtastic" (Us Weekly) and "cheeky...great fun" (Variety.com), True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season finds Sookie triumphant over her climactic encounter with Marnie. However, her showdown with Debbie may have had fatal consequences for Tara. Meanwhile, the denizens of Bon Temps are approaching a new crisis with Russell Edgington, Bill and Eric are in deep with the Authority and new threats from unexpected sources loom.
Bonus Material »
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