9 items from 2015
Adam Brody (“The O.C.”) and Lisa Joyce (“Wallflowers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) play stepsiblings who most inconveniently fall for each other in DirecTV’s new romantic comedy series “Billy & Billie” — which was created by Neil Labute, and celebrated with a pilot-episode screening and candlelit after-party at the Lot in West Hollywood on Wednesday night.
“You may have come in feeling one way, and you walk out feeling another way,” warned Labute, whose series about the family members’ incestuous and clandestine relationship will debut March 3 at 8 p.m. on DirecTV’s Audience network on channel 239.
Also the show’s writer, Labute thought it would be interesting to explore an obstacle that society deems taboo in a rom-com format, and said that he wants to address love’s limits and societal acceptance.
Brody, who worked with Labute in “Some Girl(s),” said he’s a big fan of the writer and that he’ll »
- Lisa Schulz
Looking back over the awards season that ended with the Oscars Feb. 22, the red carpet was a little less luminous owing to the loss of two of fashion’s brightest lights: designers Oscar de la Renta and L’Wren Scott.
Between them, de la Renta, 82, who lost his almost-decade-long battle with cancer in October, and Scott, 49, who passed tragically in March, have dressed the evening’s biggest stars, including Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Garner.
“You always knew there was going to be a great Oscar dress on the red carpet,” says Elizabeth Saltzman, stylist to Gwyneth Paltrow. “He was the epitome of class and style and taste. I adored him. It’s for his clothing I would save my money, knowing how timeless each piece is, how beautifully made, how worthy, and chic, and not trendy.”
De la Renta’s timelessness, says Eric Daman, »
- Claire Coghlan
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Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Grace Zabriskie, Denis O’Hare, Sarah Lancaster, Lonnie Farmer | Written by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque | Directed by David Dobkin
Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a big city lawyer, known for being one of the best around. When he returns to his childhood home for his Mother’s funeral, he is soon drawn into a losing battle when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of a murder he doesn’t remember committing. Setting out to discover the truth, Hank begins to reconnect with the family he walked away from years before and the town he thought he had left for good.
- Richard Axtell
Well-known actor Frank Whaley has taken another step behind the camera: "Like Sunday, Like Rain" stars Leighton Meester as a young, seemingly lost woman who is hired by a busy, rich mother (Debra Messing) to care for her son. The son is played by newcomer Julian Shatkin, who is earning accolades for his breakout performance. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also co-stars as a troubled boyfriend. The film's synopsis, courtesy of Monterey Media, reads: "Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical. »
- Casey Cipriani
As the fathers of soon-to-be 4-year-old twins, my husband and I have a perpetual fascination with the “Stanford marshmallow experiment.” For the uninitiated, I’m talking about a psychological test from the late 1960s in which children were offered the choice of one fluffy, white confection or — if they were willing to sit unattended in a room with said snack for 15 minutes (and not devour it) — the reward of two tasty treats.
“Oh Em Gee, Slezak, but what does this have to do with American Idol?!” you ask.
See, I’ve got a theory. The producers of The House in »
Director Paul Feig — he of Bridesmaids and The Heat fame — ain’t afraid of 1) No ghosts, and 2) Casting lesser-known actresses to front his divisive Ghostbusters reboot, as proven by his choice of Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to star alongside Feig regulars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Anyone see that coming? (We didn’t.)
Which isn’t to say we aren’t excited about this cast. Quite the opposite: If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan, you already know Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest, smartest actresses working these days. And Leslie Jones steals just about every scene she’s in. If you’re not an SNL fan, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you up to speed.
Watch: Return to the red carpet for 'Ghostbusters' 1984 premiere!
Dating is hard enough as is.
When you mix in the possibility of hearing one of these five-word phrases, it’s enough to make you stay inside and die alone. For the last 24 hours, Twitter has been trending #FiveWordsToRuinADate (then #RuinADateInFiveWords), which is exactly what it sounds like.
News: Leighton Meester reveals her worst dating experience ever!
Here is the best of the best...or the worst of the worst, as it were:
Some are just bad dating etiquette:
My mom can drive us. #FiveWordsToRuinADate
— Jeff Drake (@hatethedrake) January 14, 2015
Your Tinder pic looks better #RuinADateInFiveWords
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 14, 2015
My credit card was declined #FiveWordsToRuinADate
— J. Palmer (@vasego1) January 13, 2015
Wait, this is a date? #FiveWordsToRuinADate
— Mikey Piff (@MikeyPiff) January 13, 2015
Some are just bad first-date topics:
Let's talk politics and religion. #FiveWordsToRuinADate
— Ytyk (@TongueAnCheek) January 14, 2015
#FiveWordsToRuinADate I voted for Bush. Twice.
— Ftj (@fairytalejedi) January 13, 2015
I voted for Barack Obama #FiveWordsToRuinADate
— Rnc (@Gop) January 13, 2015
#RuinADateInFiveWords Well, men are equally »
Wonder if Leighton Meester read Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's Redbook interview? The former Gossip Girl star is no stranger to the topic of feminism—after all, she wrote an op-ed piece for The Huffington Post over the summer titled "I'm Not a Tart: The Feminist Subtext of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men." So when asked whether or not she considers herself a feminist during a recent interview with radio station B-93.7's Broadway's Electric Barnyard, Meester didn't skip a breath before responding, "Yeah, it shouldn't be some sort of sensational news item," and added, "It's something that I think all people should say about themselves." Cuoco-Sweeting's »
9 items from 2015
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