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A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs
Idara Victor’s second TV acting gig ever, she found herself having a really hard time figuring out what was what on the Manhattan set of NBC’s Law & Order: Svu.
“You can officially call yourself a New York actor when you’ve done a Law & Order of some kind,” the Turn: Washington’s Spies star says, laughing. It’s funny now, but she remembers being disoriented by how quickly and smoothly the then-seven-seasons-old production moved.
Too smoothly, in fact.
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Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? There is a scene about midway through "Rabbit Hole" that gets grieving exactly right. It takes place between Becca Corbett (Nicole Kidman) and her mother Nat (Dianne Wiest), both of whom have tragically lost their sons: Nat to the horrors of drug addiction eleven years before and Becca to a car in the street eight months ago. As they are placing boxes of four-year-old Danny's things in the basement of the home Becca shares with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart), Nat sums up her feelings on loss with an elegant metaphor. Becca: Does it ever go away? Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't, and it's going on eleven years. It changes though. Becca: How? Nat: I don't know. »
- Chris Eggertsen
'Sideways' movie, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy Wilder greener (with envy) than the Sideways poster found further below in this commentary. With the 2002 Jack Nicholson star vehicle About Schmidt, Payne demonstrated that his comedic flair could go the way of Wilder's in fluff like Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon: artificial, cutesy, bland.* In Sideways, Payne opted for the safer About Schmidt route – which may explain the film's enormous popularity with critics and audiences alike. For my part, I found his adaptation (with Jim Taylor) of Rex Pickett's novel to be an overlong, moralistic, and thoroughly unconvincing effort. (Warning: This Sideways movie review contains spoilers. »
- Andre Soares
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
Season 11 of ABC's Grey's Anatomy may go down as the Shonda Rhimes medical drama's most depressing yet, following the death of leading man Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). See more 'Grey's Anatomy's' Famous Departures The season opened on a downer, with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and company getting used to life without Cristina Yang, following co-star Sandra Oh's decision to exit the series after season 10. Of course, Cristina's departure opened the door for the long-running series finally to introduce Mer's half sister, Maggie (new series regular Kelly McCreary) and to bring Derek's sister Amelia (Private Practice alum Caterina
- Lesley Goldberg
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Question: I am sure you are getting bombarded with Grey’s Anatomy questions, but after Thursday’s episode I’m a little confused: I could’ve sworn Patrick Dempsey signed a two-year contract with ABC last year. What gives? —Laura
Ausiello: Four things: (1) Yes, it’s true, he signed a contract last year that was supposed to carry him through a potential Season 12. (2) Contracts are made to be broken. (3) Contracts tend to give networks/studios the “option” to »
The following story contains spoilers from this Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Proceed at your own risk…
PhotosGrey’s Anatomy: Derek and Meredith’s 12 Most Memorable Moments
In a shocking development that ranks among Grey’s Anatomy‘s most tragic twists ever, Derek Shepherd died in Thursday’s episode after getting broadsided by semi. The catastrophe leaves Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo) a widow and marks the end of an 11-year journey for Patrick Dempsey.
“It’s been a remarkable ride,” the actor tells TVLine, exclusively. “The worldwide impact has been extraordinary. It is incredible how »
The doctor is officially out. Patrick Dempsey is leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” after 11 seasons on the Emmy-winning medical drama.
Dempsey played the lead role of Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on ABC’s popular series.
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched the April 23 episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” titled “How to Save a Life.”
Dempsey’s character was hit in a car crash on the April 23 episode, leaving his wife Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) deciding to take him off life support.
While Pompeo is still under contract through the unconfirmed 12th season, Dempsey will exit Shonda Rhimes’ show for good, even though his deal also runs through the 2015-16 season.
“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans,” Rhimes said in a statement. “I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our McDreamy. Patrick Dempsey’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
GLAAD's annual survey of major studio Hollywood films has found a slight improvement in the number of lesbian, gay and bisexual characters, but concludes that most roles remain insubstantial, it emerged today. It found no transgender characters at all in the 114 films surveyed.
"As television and streaming services continue to produce a remarkable breadth of diverse Lgbt representations, we still struggle to find depictions anywhere near as authentic or meaningful in mainstream Hollywood film. The industry continues to look increasingly out of touch by comparison, and still doesn't represent the full diversity of the American cultural fabric," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
17.5% of the films included Lgbt characters, of whom 65% were gay men, 10% were lesbian and the remainder were bisexual. 32% of these characters were people of colour, a more accurate representation of the societies portrayed than in previous years. »
- Jennie Kermode
Each week, Shonda Rhimes offers up three solid hours of Anatomy, Scandal and Murder - a new block of must-see TV. If you're not Spoiler-averse, check out Shondaland's hot-button moments below, which we've ranked from least to most shocking.5. Grey's Anatomy: Trans AggressionWhile spreading their father's ashes in the woods in "The Great Pretender," Ben's (Jason George) brother Kurt (Benjamin Patterson) collapsed. Following testing at Grey Sloane Memorial, it was discovered that Kurt had abnormally high estrogen levels - Kurt was in the process of transitioning from male to female. Ben yelled at him, "I'm supposed to be okay with this? »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
This Sunday, over 3,000 dolled-up guests will traverse 500 feet of red carpet on their path into the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre (where it’ll be hosted for the 14th time). But before they reach for that first glass of Piper-Heidsieck brut during the ritzy Oscar cocktail hour, a series of events, benefits, award shows and gifting suites will properly launch the festivities. Here’s where the industry’s brightest will be primping, prepping, donating and gallivanting in the days leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.
Icon Mann Industry Panels
Where: L.A. SAG-aftra office, 11 a.m.
Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
It may have been a while since Grey's Anatomy aired its winter finale, but don't worry - the doctors of Grey Sloane Memorial still relate way too much to the traumas that get wheeled in to the ER. April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) were still reeling after learning that their unborn baby has a fatal condition, and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was as hot-and-cold about her relationship with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) as ever. However, she may have found a new Person. Or, well, a suitable stand-in, anyway. Also, as ever, Dr. Herman (Geena Davis) is not here for anyone's Bs. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Viola Davis won the outstanding lead drama actress prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis is just the third actress of color to nab the title.
Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the award in 2005, followed by Chandra Wilson in 2006, who won for the same show. Those two victories — along with Davis’ — were all for series produced by Shonda Rhimes.
The award for outstanding comedy actress also went to an African-American performer — Uzo Aduba won her first-ever SAG award for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Jan. 25 ceremony, marking the first year both winning lead actresses were African-American.
The SAG Awards suggest that Hollywood is moving in the right direction »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There’s no doubt in our minds — that was the best speech of the night!
The second-time winner took the stage in a gorgeous white gown, and spoke of how her 4-year-old daughter, Genesis, asks for bedtime stories – but that she always includes one special request: “Mommy, can you put me in the story?”
Davis said, “It starts from the top up,” and thanked Htgawm's executive producer Shonda Rhimes and creator Pete Nowalk. "Thank you… for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me."
With tears in her eyes, the star continued, "Thank you to all the people who love me, exactly how God made me."
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For the first time in Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival™ history, audiences were invited to vote for their favourite feature film. Festivalgoers crowned Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon the People’s Choice Award winner. The award is announced as Tiff wraps up 10 days of celebrating the nation’s cinema. From January 2 to 11, Toronto audiences were presented with screenings of the top 10 features, shorts and student short films of the year, introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, along with free engagements and special events that included onstage conversations with actor Keanu Reeves, author Naomi Klein and filmmaker Avi Lewis. Now in its 14th year, the festival attracted the highest number of attendees to date.
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award
- Press Releases
The People’s Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles last night, with the general public deciding a host of categories across film, television and music.
Here’s a full list of all the winners…
Favorite Humanitarian: Ben Affleck
Favorite Movie: Maleficent
Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Action Movie: Divergent
Favorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Comedic Movie: 22 Jump Street
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Dramatic Movie: The Fault in Our Stars
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Chloë Grace Moretz
Favorite Family Movie: Maleficent
Favorite Thriller Movie: Gone Girl
Favorite TV Icon: Betty White
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Chris Colfer »
- Gary Collinson
Ah, the People's Choice Awards... The place where "Pretty Little Liars" can beat out "True Detective" and old guys like me learns that there are pop bands called One Direction and One Republic. If you voted, then hopefully your choices are represented here (unless you voted for "Maleficent" as "Favorite Movie" - what's up with that?), and if you voted but don't see your favorites, well, we apologize. There's always next year.
Anyway - the full list of winners below (via Entertainment Weekly)!
22 Jump Street
Favorite Movie Actor
Winner: Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Movie Actress
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Movie Duo
- Drew Taylor
Last night, Hollywood dished out its People’s Choice Awards featuring the best from the worlds of film, television and music. As always, the awards are a little more unique than most at this time of the year as they are voted for by ‘the People.’ There are a few surprises in there; for example Maleficent bagging favourite movie, but the awards really do display the appetites of the general Us cinema going public.
Robert Downey Jr also picked up his fourth consecutive People’s Choice Award and declared his love for people and movie, and apparently wanted to ‘eat the audience up’ in his rather touching speech…
Here are the full winners.
Favorite Movie »
- Paul Heath
Since 1975, the People’s Choice Awards have been sidestepping the critics, guild members, Hollywood insiders, and anyone who could potentially earn the "professional" label to play litmus test of the general public. Anyone can vote using the Pca’s online, paving the way for a populist read on pop culture. What can we gather from the 2014 results? For one, the country is watching different movies. "Maleficent," "Divergent," "22 Jump Street," and actors like Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Lawrence. all earned love from the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, which hand out a bevy of genre-specific awards. There’s a little crossover with the circuit — "Gone Girl" picked up a Best Thriller statue — and then there are wins that feel a bit more artificial. "The Judge" star Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t been in the Best Actor conversation since people saw "The Judge" in September. But, hey, a Pca pick-me-up never hurt anyone. »
- Matt Patches
Ben Affleck and The Big Bang Theory were among the big winners at the annual People's Choice Awards, which were broadcast live from Los Angeles Wednesday. Affleck was named the year's Favorite Humanitarian while the CBS comedy - and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting - walked away with crystal trophies. Here are all of the night's winners in music, music and TV that were voted on entirely by the public: Favorite Humanitarian: Ben Affleck Favorite Movie: MaleficentFavorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence Favorite Movie Duo: Shailene Woodley & Theo James, DivergentFavorite Action Movie: DivergentFavorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
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