11 items from 2011
Parenthood Season 3 Spoilers: What's Next for the Bravermans?
When last we left Parenthood's Team Braverman, things were finally looking up a bit, with Crosby's, Adam's, and Sarah's relationships all recovering from earlier bumps in the road. Julia seemed to be moving on from the thought of adopting Zoe's baby, Amber was ready to get out of the food service industry, and Drew had finally poked his head out of his shell enough to get a girlfriend and some confidence. As much drama (and melodrama) as the Braverman family had dealt with in season 3, it looked as if the storm clouds had finally cleared a little.
But wait! This is Parenthood after all, so the final seven episodes of the season are bound to amp things up. That amping up looks to be starting with Braverman partiarch Zeek, generally a peripheral character that tends to pop up in other people's »
- Shilo Adams
Frances Sternhagen has signed up to appear in Parenthood. The actress will guest star in one episode of the NBC drama early next year, TV Line reports. She will play the mother of Zeek (Craig T Nelson) when she joins the show. However, further details of Sternhagen's storyline have not yet been unveiled. Sternhagen has previously appeared in shows including (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
It’s time to meet the matriarch on Parenthood.
Parenthood Scoop: Dexter Alum to Romance [Spoiler]!
Sternhagen, whose TV credits include playing mom to John Ratzenberger’s Cliff on Cheers and, more recently, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda on The Closer, will appear in one episode of the NBC drama to air in early ’12. »
- Michael Ausiello
Chicago – Charles Martin Smith has had a varied career as an actor and a director. He was one of the famous ensemble cast members of “American Graffiti,” directed by George Lucas, and broke out himself as a director in the mid-1980s. His latest work as a filmmaker was one of last week’s big box office hits, “Dolphin Tale.”
“Dolphin Tale” is the based-on-truth story of Winter (who plays herself), a female dolphin who lost her tail as a result of a fisherman’s trap. In the film she is discovered by a young boy (Nathan Gamble), is nursed back to health by a marine institute headed by Dr. Clay (Harry Connick Jr.) and fitted for a prosthetic tale by Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman). The ensemble cast also includes Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Frances Sternhagen.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Dolphin Tale The Lion King Surpasses Star Wars, Fantasia: Box Office (Inflation Adjusted) Behind The Lion King 3D, Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright, collected $19.5 million at 2,993 North American locations this past weekend (Sept. 23-25) according to box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. That's $1.1m less than Sony Pictures' estimates released yesterday. With its $19.5 million, Moneyball would have ended up in third place for the weekend if it weren't for the fact that Warner Bros. also way overestimated the box-office take of its 3D "family" movie Dolphin Tale. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Morgan Freeman, Austin Stowell, Frances Sternhagen, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and Kris Kristofferson, Dolphin Tale took in $19.15m at 3,507 locations. That's $1.05 million less than originally estimated. In sum: contrary to the studios' Sunday estimates, neither Moneyball nor Dolphin Tale — despite the »
- Zac Gille
Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale Morgan Freeman Accuses Tea Party of Racism: Dolphin Tale Box Office Affected? As for Morgan Freeman's remarks affecting Dolphin Tale's box office results on opening weekend, Kosove wrote Deadline.com's Nikki Finke that he did "not believe it affected Dolphin Tale's gross by even one dollar!" Kosove then proceeded to distance himself from Freeman's remarks, stating that "I do not share Morgan’s view and do not believe this kind of harsh partianship [sic] by either end of politcal spectrum is helpful in these very difficult times." He then added that "as a person who has some libertarian viewpoints myself," he "strongly" believed in Freeman's "right to express whatever beliefs he has on any topic." He ended his comment with the usual "this is a free country." Of course, whatever actually happened behind closed doors at Alcon and Warner Bros. may have been something else altogether, »
- Zac Gille
Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, Dolphin Tale Brad Pitt/Moneyball Tops Friday; The Lion King 3D Likely to Top Weekend: Box Office Dolphin Tale was the no. 3 movie at the North American box office on Friday, Sept. 23, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The 3D drama based on real-life events collected $5.11 million at 3,507 locations, and — as a movie appealing to the weekend matinee crowd — it may possibly end up ahead of Brad Pitt's Moneyball when final weekend figures are tallied. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the star of the 1983 nature drama Never Cry Wolf, Dolphin Tale has a solid 88% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. The cast includes Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, Frances Sternhagen, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, and Morgan Freeman. Taylor Lautner's first solo starring vehicle, Abduction, grossed $3.8m at no. 4. Despite the horrible reviews — 0% approval rating among Rotten »
- Zac Gille
Chicago – In the tradition of live-action Disney films of another era, “Dolphin Tale” wears its heart on its sleeve, while at the same time using the characters as two-dimensional window dressing around a based-on-truth story of humans and an animal bonding together to inspire a nation.
The truth is real – a dolphin named Winter accidently loses her tail, and without it faces a handicap that could lead to her demise. Dolphin Tale creates a fiction around that fact and has a boy bond with the animal, leading the adults to help her regain momentum. The film’s strength lies in using the real dolphin to illustrate its own journey and what she represents to inspire humans who have lost their limbs. The weakness is trying to shoehorn a number of well-intentioned fictional roles around her, who don’t accentuate much about the truth, and follow character roadmaps that have been seen before. »
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There are many directors in Hollywood who are referred to as "actor's directors," because they know how to connect with and communicate with their actors better than other directors. Charles Martin Smith can be considered an "actor's director" because he actually is an actor, with a career spanning 40 years. As a director, Charles Martin Smith has quite the cast to work with in his new movie Dolphin Tale, which is based on the true story of a town trying to save the life of a wounded dolphin named Winter. Dolphin Tale hits theaters on September 23 and stars Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd. I recently had the chance to speak with Charles Martin Smith about Dolphin Tale, and here's what he had to say below. »
Opening on September 23rd, is the new film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith (Air Bud) called Dolphin Tale, which is based on a true story. The film tells the story of Winter, a dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A young boy named Sawyer befriends the animal after she is injured and looses her tail. The boy eventually meets a doctor and convinces him to create a prosthetic limb for the dolphin.
The film reunites Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, and actress Ashley Judd who first worked together on the 1997 action-thriller Kiss the Girls and then again in 2002 on the suspense-thriller High Crimes. Rounding out the cast are actors Nathan GambleThe Dark Knight, Harry Connick Jr. (New in Town}, and Kris Kristofferson (Blade).
Last fall we had a chance to travel to Tampa, Florida and visit the set of the movie, »
Welcome to Back Stage's exclusive guide to this year's Screen Actors Guild Award nominees in film and television. Here, you will find a write-up of every nominee for SAG Awards in 2011. Be sure to look for continued coverage of the awards race at our awards blog, "Behind the Scenes," at BackStage.com/bts.The 17th annual SAG Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, January 30, on TNT and TBS.Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series"Boardwalk Empire"Before it premiered in September, "Boardwalk Empire" seemed like about as much of a sure thing as a TV show can be. Terrence Winter, a writer and executive producer on "The Sopranos," created the series. Steve Buscemi would star. Martin Scorsese would direct the pilot. How could "Boardwalk" be anything other than the new best television show ever?Nearly one month after the season finale aired, "Boardwalk" is neither a masterpiece nor a failure. »
11 items from 2011
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