18 items from 2013
It takes a self-assured comedy to end a season with a funeral for a character the audience has never met, which is exactly what "Modern Family" does. Wrapping up its fourth season on Wednesday (May 22), the ABC sitcom remains one of TV's most watched comedies, knowing that, at this point in its run, it can do just about whatever it darn well pleases.
So, the show kills off Grandma Gracie Dunphy, a character we've never met and therefore find little to be moved by with her death. Or so it would seem. At the onset of the episode, as the entire Dunphy-Pritchett clan descends upon Florida to mourn, not even the woman's son or husband seem that torn up about their loss. True, Claire (Julie Bowen) has an aside in the cold open about the death not being unexpected, but the lack of palpable grief from Phil (Ty Burrell) or »
Tonight marks the end of another successful season of "Modern Family." While the ABC series itself is full of ridiculous storylines, Ed O'Neill -- who plays family patriarch Jay Pritchett -- has had his fair share of crazy real-life moments.
While at the 2013 Entertainment Weekly & ABC-tv New York Upfronts party last week, O'Neill let HuffPost TV in on the most bizarre fan encounter he ever had.
"This guy wanted me to take a picture with his wife. It was in a very public place, like a state fair. So I put my arm around her shoulder and he said, 'Grab her t**,'" O'Neill said with a laugh. "She had great big breasts. He was like, 'Grab them! It'll be a great picture!' and I said, 'That's a lawsuit.'"
- Leigh Weingus
This year's reminder list of those eligible for Emmys will feature 25 famous folk who have yet to hear their names called. What will it take to get any of them off of Emmy's waiting list? Some have had lengthy television careers (Mark Harmon, Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Henry Winkler). Others have amassed an impressive number of nominations in a short period of time without ever prevailing (Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler). And, unbelievably, four of them have been inducted into the TV academy's Hall of Fame (Diahann Carroll, Chuck Lorre, Garry Marshall, Bob Newhart) but still have no Emmys on their awards laden mantles. Below, take a tour through our photo gallery of these Emmy also-rans. »
At the Entertainment Weekly & ABC-tv New York Upfronts party this week, the "Modern Family" star said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of his onscreen son Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cam (Eric Stonestreet) getting married in the upcoming fifth season of the ABC series.
"That I don't know about, but it's not a bad bet," O'Neill told The Huffington Post. "I didn't think of that! Because, you know, Jesse's getting married this summer. You think he'll be wearing a bow tie?"
O'Neill isn't the only who's pushing for the couple to tie the knot. This week, Aclu Action, the advocacy arm of the civil liberties group, launched a campaign in support of an onscreen wedding for Mitch and Cam.
“The freedom to marry is »
- Leigh Weingus
Ed O'Neill celebrated his 67th birthday on Friday.Although he is now widely known for his role as Jay on ABC's "Modern Family," he got his rise to fame playing Al Bundy on Fox's "Married ... With Children."It almost seems like his character Jay is an older, still grumpy, version of the shoes salesman he played on the 1990's sitcom. Ever wonder what Kelly and Bud Bundy look like now? What about their "milf" Peggy?Click "Launch Gallery" above to see "Married ... With Children" stars then & now! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...
"Never fall asleep when the kids have a sleepover."
Thanks to Darrien for this week's winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Nicholas Brendon (above) is 42, Ed O'Neill is 67, David Letterman is 66, Sarah Michelle Gellar is 36, and Claire Danes is 34. In ratings news, Glee was up 20%, while Hannibal held steady..Comedy legend Jonathan Winters has passed away at the age of 87. We'll always have the humor and Mearth that he gave us.Kristen Chenoweth will star as Matthew Broderick's sister in an untitled CBS comedy pilot.Harrison Ford On Gay Marriage: 'We're Getting There', says the man starring later this year in Ender's Game Just a »
The documentary "The Good Son," which will be released by SnagFilms (Indiewire's parent company) this summer, tells the story of world-famous boxing champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and the fight that changed his life. Based on Mark Kriegel's book of the same name, the film hosted a special family and friends screening March 28 at the Linwood Theater in Hollywood. Directed by Jesse James Miller ("Uganda Rising"), "The Good Son" revisits the unforgettable fight between Mancini and Korean fighter Duk Koo Kim 30 years ago. After Mancini knocked Kim out in the 14th round, Kim fell into a coma; days later, he was taken off life support. Following Kim's death, both his mother and the fight referee committed suicide, leaving Mancini shattered and a deeply changed man. "The Good Son" features first-ever interviews from Kim's wife and son, as well as interviews from Mancini's friends Mickey Rourke and Ed O'Neill. The »
- Erin Whitney
Spheeris, Michaels, Myers, Carvey, and AMPAS President Koch to attend screening of 1992 comedy hit Attending the April 23 screening of the 1992 box-office blockbuster Wayne's World will be the film's director, Penelope Spheeris, in addition to writer-actor Mike Myers (Austin Powers / Shrek himself), actor Dana Carvey, producer Lorne Michaels, and executive producer (and current AMPAS Prez) Hawk Koch. Koch will introduce the evening, while the other four will discuss the making of Ww. (Pictured above: Myers, Carvey in Wayne's World. Please scroll down to check out more Ww images.) Myers, later best known for providing his voice in the animated feature Shrek and for the satire Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, launched his film-star career alongside fellow Saturday Night Live comedian Dana Carvey. The big-screen Wayne's was a version of the duo's TV comedy sketch about two dumb, ugly, metal-head teenagers, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who are the hosts »
- Zac Gille
Disney's Oscar-nominated family adventure Wreck-It Ralph arrived on Blu-ray earlier this week. This fun ode to video game nostalgia features John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, a pixilated villain who, after some thirty years on the arcade floor, grows tired of his place as the bad guy and decided to go game hoping in hopes of becoming a hero. Naturally, disaster ensues. We recently caught up with director Rich Moore to talk about the film's many classic cameos, and the one's that didn't make the cut.
Here is our conversation, where Rich Moore reveals his love of Tapper, Dirk from Dragon's Layer, and the fact that we may just see Mario in the sequel.
Were you surprised to see a resurgence in the popularity of Tapper after the film came out in theaters last year? The old guy's started »
It was the "Married ... With Children" reunion that wasn't on "Modern Family" as Bud Bundy appeared on the same show as his TV father, Al Bundy, but neither of them shared any screen time. Instead, David Faustino played an old college classmate of Claire's nicknamed "Tater."
Phil mistakenly took Tater as the one person to have ever break up with Claire -- making Phil her rebound guy -- when it was really the dashing professor at the party. Jay was too busy being a better parent to Manny than Ed O'Neill had ever been to Kelly and Bud on "Married."
Stil, it would have been nice to see them share at least one scene. Maybe now that Faustino's Tater is in the show's world, he can run into Claire again, and this time she could be with her father. Even without the "Married" reunion, Screencrush enjoyed all the cameo appearances in this week's episode. »
- The Huffington Post
Last season, Modern Family's ratings were even better than the year before. Will they continue to grow or could they possibly fall low enough for it to be cancelled? Nah. Still, it's fun to track the ratings each week.
The fourth season of Modern Family typically airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on the ABC network. Once again, the cast includes Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, and Nolan Gould.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Modern Family is going to be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season (not that it seems to be in any real danger).
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page: »
Wreck-It Ralph, 2012.
Directed by Rich Moore.
A video game character looks to change his image as he tires of being "the bad guy".
When I saw the trailers for Wreck-It Ralph it seemed fun, but not overwhelmingly 'funny', and whilst it isn't the funniest animated film I've seen there are a great number of laughs to be had.
The film follows the title character, Ralph, who is the villain of an 80s arcade game, 'Fix-It Felix, Jr'. Ralph feels unappreciated in his role as once the arcade closes down for the evening, Felix is championed by the games other characters whilst Ralph is shunned and lives in the garbage heap. After a party is held in Felix's honour on the game's anniversary and Ralph isn't invited, »
- Flickering Myth
Wreck-It Ralph, 2012.
Directed by Rich Moore.
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
When the trailer was released for Wreck-It Ralph, I immediately knew I was going to love it. As someone who grew up going down to the local bowling alley to play the arcades rather than tackle the pins, this was a movie that was right up my street as an homage to all the things I love about video games. But with a lot of personal hype, could Wreck-It Ralph live up to its expectations?
First off, it should be noted that the trailer for the movie caught a »
- Flickering Myth
She shot to fame playing the hot-blooded Colombian wife of Ed O'Neill on ABC's hit Modern Family and just received the SAG Award along with the rest of the show's cast for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Here are five things you probably don't know about scene stealer Sofia Vergara!
1. Was discovered as a teen in her hometown in Colombia when someone casting a Pepsi commercial spotted her in a bikini walking on a beach.
Pics: Tops & Flops: The SAG Awards Edition!
2. Before her acting took off, she attended school to become a dentist.
3.Says her regular food splurge is cake -- all kinds of it. "I love it," she told Shape magazine. "Vanilla cake, angel food cake, chocolate cake. For me and my son, buying cake at the grocery store is like buying milk. We always have it in the house."
Video: Burrell Talks Sofia's Modern Pregnancy Problems
4. At one point considered getting breast-reduction surgery »
A very pregnant Gloria (Sofia Vergara) has been in a hormonal rage for the entirety of Season 4 of "Modern Family."
And while Gloria has yet to give what is sure to be a very vocal birth on the series, Vergara told HuffPost TV via phone that the scene itself was filmed over two months ago.
"It was fun. It was a great episode," Vergara, who is currently promoting Diet Pepsi, said. "You know how they do everything in 'Modern Family' -- very funny."
Interestingly enough, Vergara said no one freaks out about her birth more than the toughest guy on the show. "Jay will be more worried than anyone," she said of her on-screen husband, played by Ed O'Neill.
Click here for more from Vergara and catch "Modern Family" on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Est on ABC.
- Leigh Weingus
Watch out, Jay -- Javier is back in town.
Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) overachieving ex will return in the spring, with a precise airdate yet to be confirmed. While we don't know much about his storyline thus far, it's safe to assume that he'll have some thoughts on Gloria and Jay's (Ed O'Neill) new arrival.
"Modern Family" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Est on ABC.
- The Huffington Post
Hold the laugh track! Modern Family is already a TV classic - but members of its cast are looking to the past and paying homage to iconic shows in a new photo. In this exclusive shot, the ensemble from ABC's Emmy-winning hit comedy takes on the personas (in full hair and makeup) of beloved characters from 60-plus years of classic sitcoms. Who among these was your favorite? • The Honeymooners: In the early '50s, Jackie Gleason's Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden and his sewer-worker neighbor and pal Ed Norton (Art Carney) were the fateful Everymen under the thumbs of their spouses. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Walt Disney Animation Studios announces the debut of the hit arcade-game-hopping adventure Wreck-It Ralph marking a Disney first with the early release of the HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on February 12, 2013, followed by the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Sd Digital and On-Demand release on March 5, 2013.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Wreck-It Ralph takes viewers on a hilarious journey. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman). The film is directed by Emmy-winner Rich Moore.
Featuring an all-star voice cast including Jack McBrayer as »
18 items from 2013
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