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In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).
Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).
- Brian Brooks
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Tony-nominated actor David Harbour ("The Equalizer ," "A Walk Among The Tombstones") will play corrupt FBI agent John Morris in Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Morris, Morris, along with fellow agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) allowed Whitey to evade law enforcement and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. [Source: Deadline]
Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick Ass," "Nikita") has scored the lead role in the romantic comedy "The Escort". Will Slocombe directs the film which is currently shooting in Los Angeles and also stars Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, »
- Garth Franklin
After winning the hearts of action aficionados everywhere by starring on The CW’s Nikita for four seasons and appearing in the superhero caper Kick-Ass, Lyndsy Fonseca is set to delve into more comedic territory for her next big screen role, having recently signed on to star in romantic comedy The Escort.
As per Deadline, the pic “tracks a sex-obsessed journalist (Michael Doneger) who throws himself into the world of high class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute (Fonseca).”
That cursory plot outline doesn’t give us much to go on, but it’s clear that Doneger, who also co-wrote the script with Brandon A. Cohen, is hoping to use The Escort to prove himself as a leading man. Doneger tried something similar with indie flick This Thing with Sarah last year, directing, starring in and scripting that project, but it never made much noise upon release. Of course, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Romantic comedy The Escort has found its lead in Lyndsy Fonseca, the Kick-Ass actress who’s coming off a four-season run on The CW’s Nikita. Pic tracks a sex-obsessed journalist (Michael Doneger) who throws himself into the world of high class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute. Will Slocombe (Cold Turkey, Crime Fiction) is directing from a script by Doneger and Brandon A. Cohen, with Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, and Sonya Walger rounding out the cast. Filming on the Cloverhill Pictures production is underway in La. Blake Goza is producing and Tyler Konney […] »
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.
Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling Skies’ Drew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of Thrones’ James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »
- Phil Wheat
The co-creator of How I Met Your Mother defended the hit show's controversial finale Monday night, thanking fans despite their split reactions. In a series of Tweets, Craig Thomas responded to viewers' anger over main character Ted (Josh Radnor) finally meeting the titular mother … only for her to die, leaving him to move on to former flame Robin (Cobie Smulders). Some of the episode's scenes were filmed nine years ago, Lyndsy Fonseca, who played Ted's daughter, previously told People. But Thomas stood by the show's final plot twist. "Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes… »
- Michele Corriston
Best secret keeper ever! In a new interview with The Insider, actor David Henrie, who played Ted Mosby's son on How I Met Your Mother, revealed that he and on-screen sister Lyndsy Fonseca have known about the shocking ending of the show for nine years, since season 1. “We were sitting on set then out of nowhere everyone leaves," Henrie, 24, recalled. "They bring in these contracts, Lyndsy and I sign them. Then the show runners go ‘We’re going to tell you how the show ends.’” In order [...] »
Episodes: 208 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 19, 2005 -- March 31, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
A sitcom that's best described as "a love story in reverse." The series begins in the year 2030, with Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) telling his teenage children the story of how he met and fell in love with their mother.
The story he relates begins in 2005 with 27-year-old architect Ted (Josh Radnor) sharing an apartment with best friend and law student Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). After a long courtship, Marshall proposes to Lily »
Well, here we are at the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," and I have a review of everything that went down, coming up just as soon as I post the Boner Joke of the Day... Kids, let me tell you a story about the time I asked the creators of "How I Met Your Mother" if they regretted the decision to end the pilot with the "Aunt Robin" line. This was January of 2006, midway through the first season and shortly before "Drumroll, Please" would introduce Victoria, who was Carter Bays and Craig Thomas' back-up Mother plan in the event the show got canceled after only a season. I was at CBS' press tour party, and I talked with Bays, Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders about the palpable chemistry between Ted and Robin, and whether in hindsight the pilot's closing line was one twist too many. »
- Alan Sepinwall
You've met the mother. And in the series finale, Ted finally does. But before bidding farewell to How I Met Your Mother forever, we checked in with the children who have waited nine long seasons to hear their parents' love story. David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca joined People on Twitter on Monday afternoon, answering fans' questions live with the hashtag #AskTheKids. Though they've gotten less screen time than the actors playing the MacLaren's gang, you could argue Henrie, 24, and Fonesca, 27, are the stars of the show. After all, without his kids, Ted wouldn't have a tale to tell. Check out our chat below, »
- Michele Corriston
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
After a success festival circuit run that included Boston, Cannes Independent, Rhode Island, Savannah and more, the U.S. and Canadian rights to "Fort McCoy" were acquired today by Monterey Media. Based on a true story, the film centers on a family living next to a Nazi Pow camp in Wisconsin during World War II. Writer and co-director Kate Connor stars as the central figure's wife, based on her real-life grandmother. The cast also includes Eric Stoltz ("Pulp Fiction"), Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick-Ass"), Camryn Manheim ("Ghost Whisperer") and Wes Anderson favorite Seymour Cassel. "We are thrilled to be working with Monterey Media with their rich tradition of championing beautiful award-winning films" said Connor. "Not only is it a personal film involving the history of my family, but it is our collective history as Americans, so we can’t wait to bring this untold story to a wider American audience with Monterey. »
- Taylor Lindsay
Oscar week is officially in full swing, and there was no shortage of stars on hand as Vanity Fair continued its “Campaign Hollywood” by partnering with Fiat for a celebration of the town’s young actors and actresses on Feb. 25.
Celebs including Oscar presenter Michael B. Jordan, Cobie Smulders, Tom Felton, Nick and Joe Jonas all gathered at Hollywood’s No Vacancy for the star-studded soiree, hosted by Vanity Fair’s west coast editor Krista Smith and Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
While DJ Ms. Nix served up a mix of tunes, guests including Rumer Willis and Kellan Lutz grabbed drinks at the bar (Moscow mules seemed to be the drink of the night) and sampled an assortment of appetizers before making their way to the outside patio area, where Evans spent most of the evening.
Evans, who stars in the upcoming Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” posed »
- Andrea Seikaly
Things are looking up! It's finally (for now) stopped spitting out snow on the East Coast, it's Friday, and best of all…we have spoilers for you! In today's addition, there's some royal Reign scoop just in time for the show's triumphant return next week, CSI's new deadly turn and some interesting family spoilers for How I Met Your Mother. All that, plus a Scandal British invasion? No, not the Fab Four, but a mysterious man. Ah, mysterious men, the best kind. Read on for all the scoop that's fit to print! Gabby: Any How I Met Your Mother finale scoop? Get ready to meet the kids…at a different age! We'll see Son (David Henrie) and Daughter (Lyndsy Fonseca) »
CBS’ long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother is coming very close to its conclusion, but it was recently revealed that certain scenes for the series finale were actually filmed eight years ago. When How I Met Your Mother first debuted, it offered viewers something quite different than your standard CBS sitcom. It was still a sitcom, but it involved a highly serialized conceit that would play out through the series’ run, culminating in the titular reveal of how Ted (Josh Radnor) met his wife. The show has certainly had its ups and downs along the way and the current final season has been frustratingly disappointing, but it will hopefully all have been worth it when the series finale airs later next month. In a recent Ama on Reddit, series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas answered burning questions about the show, and during the course of the event »
- Adam Chitwood
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has been given a release date.
The sequel, which is a follow-up to the 2010 comedy, will open in cinemas on Christmas Day this year (December 25, 2014), reports Deadline.
In the sequel, Lou (Corddry) is in trouble, which leads Nick (Robinson) and Jacob (Duke) to turn on the hot tub time machine again to go back to the past. However, they end up time travelling to the future and must change the future to save the present.
Last August, Corddry revealed that John Cusack will not be returning in the sequel but Adam Scott will play the son of Cusack's character.
"We go ten years into the future and we don't hit the »
Los Angeles (AP) — Producers filmed the climactic scene of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" finale eight years ago, fearing the actors involved would become unrecognizable, and have kept it under wraps ever since. The Monday-night comedy concludes after nine seasons on March 31 with a one-hour episode. The comedy's central conceit is that it's a story told by actor Josh Radnor's character, Ted, to his teenage children about how their mom and dad met. The children, played by David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca, were depicted in the series' early days sitting on a couch, shifting uncomfortably in boredom as »
- David Bauder (AP)
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