19 items from 2015
In a perfect world, Nicole Holofcener would be cranking out movies at the same rate as Woody Allen, but I'll take what I can get. Since 2013's lovely "Enough Said," the filmmaker has mostly been working on television shows like "Togetherness," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "Inside Amy Schumer." But now she's got a new feature brewing and as always, it's promising stuff. Newly anointed Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Chris O'Dowd will star in Holofcener's "Can You Ever Forgive Me." Based on the memoir by Lee Israel, it tells her story about turning to counterfeiting letters of dead writers and celebrities, and selling them to make ends meet. Here's the book synopsis: Before turning to the criminal life, running a onewoman forgery scam out of an Upper West Side studio shared with her tortoiseshell cat, and dodging the FBI, Lee Israel enjoyed a celebrated reputation as an author. When her »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Holofcener is also writing the pic which based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel.
Israel was a respected biographer who fell on hard times and turned to counterfeiting the letters of deceased writers and celebrities in order to pay her rent. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them through an ex-con fence she met in a bar, while the FBI was closing in on the scam.
Anne Carey will produce the pic.
O’Dowd had a busy 2014, with “Cavalry,” “Cuban Fury” and “St. Vincent” all bowing in the past year. Though O’Dowd is best known for his comedic chops, his next pic, “The Program,” gives him an opportunity to show his dramatic range »
- Justin Kroll
Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation. [Source: Screen]
Set in Boston in 1978, the story deals with a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Luke Evans, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Michael Smiley also star. [Source: Twitter]
- Garth Franklin
BAFTA Television Awards 2015: This year's nominees in full
The full guest list is as follows: Adeel Akhtar, Alex Jones, Amanda Abbington, Anna Friel, Ant & Dec, Archie Panjabi, Brendan O'Carroll, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Catherine Tate, Chris O'Dowd, Charlie Brooker, Christopher Eccleston, Claudia Winkleman, Danny Dyer, David Attenborough, David Harewood, Dianna Agron, Eleanor Tomlinson, Freddie Fox, Gemma Jones, Heida Reed, Hugh Bonneville, James Corden, James Nesbitt, James Norton, Jason Isaacs, Jason Watkins, Jeff Pope, Jessica Hynes, Jessica Raine, John Bishop, Jon Snow, Judy Murray, Katie Piper, Keeley Hawes, »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Sofia Vergara and James Marsden were on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, and played a pretty classic game of "Catchphrase." Sofia was paired with Jimmy Fallon and James was partnered with Steve Higgins. Sofia is unmissable -- she was made for games like this. (Clue: "Birthday suit." Sofia: "What I sleeeeep in." Hahaha) She and Jimmy were the best bickering Lucy/Ricky pair. But she James might be the two most attractive people on the planet. Neither one seems to age. In her own sit-down interview, Sofia showed off her Giant diamond ring from Joe Manganiello. "He knew what I needed to be happy." Sofia shared how she and Joe met, »
- Gina Carbone
Deadline is reporting that Martin Freeman is due to join the increasingly stuffed cast of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Freeman's role is unknown, but given that he's Martin Freeman, it's unlikely he'll be playing a superhero. If we had to guess, we'd say he'd make a fine Henry Gyrich, but considering Marvel put Peter Serafinowicz in Guardians of the Galaxy and Chris O'Dowd in Thor: The Dark World, it's possible Freeman's just the latest British TV veteran to earn a utility role in the McU. Either way, with Martin Freeman and Jeremy Renner sharing a press tour, Marvel might want to start the media training right about ... now. »
- Nate Jones
There are few writer/directors that can balance dark drama with incisive wit, but John Michael McDonagh is one of them. With just two films — "The Guard" and "Calvary," both of which could probably use a bit more attention — he's established himself as a filmmaker who can handle a variety of tones with deft ease, while creating distinct, memorable characters. And his latest is his biggest effort to date. Filming has started on the perfectly titled "War On Everyone," and the first cheeky image is here. Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot star in the action-comedy about two crooked cops who blackmail everyone they can, until one criminal proves to be more difficult to handle than they anticipated. So yes, we're very, very stoked on this one. Read More: Review: John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary' Starring Brendan Gleeson, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Code of a Killer: ITV, 9pm
Part one in a new drama series based on the true story of a pioneering scientist (John Simm) and a detective (David Threlfall) who worked together on one of the biggest achievements in modern policing - the ability to read an individual's DNA fingerprint.
Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm
The story of Gotham before the Dark Knight continues.
Bullock and Gordon continue their investigation into Gerald Crane, Fish Mooney attempts to build a reputation in prison and Bruce tries to learn more about his father.
Moone Boy: Sky1, 9pm
It looks like Granddad has an imaginary friend of his own, who turns up to help him complete his bucket list, with the help of Martin, Sean and Crunchy Haystacks.
Production is underway on visionary filmmakerTim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere March 4, 2016, starsEva Green,Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd,Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,Rupert Everett, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing under the Chernin Entertainment banner. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Chris O'Dowd feels like Niall Horan. The Irish actor recently starred in 'Of Mice and Men' on Broadway opposite James Franco and found the crowds of female fans who turned up every day to see his co-star made it a ''f***ing bananas'' experience. He said: ''Franco just brings masses of teenage girls, which is f***ing bananas. ''I was used to doing theatre in London where the average age of the audience is 68. ''I felt like the Irish kid in One Direction - Niall - like, knowing they're all going to see Harry Styles. ''I knew they were all there to see Franco. They just »
The Bridesmaids star, who is currently writing a Us script after ABC picked up a pilot, told Radio Times that the situation of the show will be the same.
"We've taken the basic premise - a working-class family where the kid has an imaginary friend - but we're setting it in the Midwest, not Boyle," O'Dowd explained.
"I don't know if it will work, to be honest. The tone on network television in America is so different, particularly for comedy.
"It needs to be a lot warmer and Moone Boy is already very warm. If you're not careful it can become saccharine."
Moone Boy follows the story of Martin Moone and his imaginary friend as he grows up in rural Ireland. The character of Martin is based on a younger O'Dowd.
Arthur & George: ITV, 9pm
Mom: ITV2, 9pm
Back with a double-bill, Mom continues the exploits of single mother Christy (Faris) and her no-nonsense mother Bonnie (Janney).
Moone Boy: Sky1, 9pm
Chris O'Dowd's charming sitcom about a young boy who gets through life with the help of his imaginary friend returns tonight.
The Walking Dead: Fox, »
How freaked out would you be if someone's invisible, imaginary friend turned out to be real? Very, we'd say.
Members of the public were tricked into thinking just that in a prank to promote the forthcoming third series of Sky1's Moone Boy.
The third series of the show starts on Monday, March 2 at 9pm on Sky1.
O'Dowd and wife Dawn O'Porter welcomed their first child earlier this year.
Watch a trailer for Moone Boy series three below: »
The pair announced the happy news on Twitter.
Photos: Celebrity Baby Bumps
"It's a boy! @hotpatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well, I'm pretty sure he's ours," Chris Tweeted, along with a photo of a baby sporting his beard and his wife's trademark bob with bangs.
It's a boy! @hotpatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well,I'm pretty sure he's ours pic.twitter.com/GepSscfjbZ ...
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Welcome to the fatherhood club, Chris O'Dowd! The Bridesmaids actor took to Twitter Sunday morning to make a big announcement! Turns out his wife Dawn O'Porter has given birth to a happy and healthy baby! "It's a boy!" the actor shared with fans. "@HotPatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well, I'm pretty sure he's ours." What comes next is a hilarious picture of a baby with a complete bob and an impressive beard with a few gray hairs. But don't worry fans. O'Porter also confirmed the baby news Sunday morning with a few less jokes. "Thanks all!" she shared online. "He is one week old today. »
Add dad to his resume! Chris O'Dowd and his wife Dawn O'Porter have welcomed their first child together, both confirmed on Twitter on Sunday, Feb. 1. The little boy was born exactly a week ago on Jan. 25, and his name is Art O'Porter. The St. Vincent actor, 35, posted about his first son on Twitter, along with a Photoshopped image of a baby with a beard. It's a boy! @hotpatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well,I'm pretty sure he's ours pic.twitter.com/GepSscfjbZ — [...] »
They will star in the forthcoming third series of the Sky1 sitcom, which premieres on March 2.
Wogan plays a TV host on the show, while Horgan plays a Yoga-loving entrepreneur, and Sessions plays conspiracy theorist Dr Steven Gnot.
The BAFTA Awards Rising Star honor is the one award the British public gets to vote on and in the nine years it's been handed out, their choices have, at times, been surprising. Well, at least to those of us on this side of the Atlantic. Previous winners include familiar faces such as James McAvoy, Eva Green, Kristen Stewart, Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy. The last three winners might not be so recognizable. Three years ago British actor and rapper Adam Deacon defeated Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O'Dowd and Eddie Redmayne. Juno Temple won over Elizabeth Olsen, among others, in 2013. And last February found Will Poulter defeating Dane DeHaan, Lupita Nyong'o and Léa Seydoux. BAFTA announced this year's class a day earlier than the rest of its nominees and, frankly, it's the most competitive group of nominees the category has seen in some time. Without further ado, the 2015 Rising Star Award nominees are… »
- Gregory Ellwood
A new year of films may beckon, but there are lots of movies from 2014 you may have missed. Here's a list of 2014's most underappreciated...
There was no shortage of magnificent films in 2014 of every kind, from the expensive and explosive to the low-key and experimental. But it's a sad fact of life that not all movies do as well as they should, either because of poor distribution or simply because they'd been released at the same time as something much bigger and more star-laden.
While the list below is by no means an exhaustive one - there are plenty of great films from 2014 that we're still getting around to seeing - it's our attempt to highlight a few fine pieces of work that didn't get quite as much love as they deserved.
So without further ado - and in no particular order - we'll start with a stunning »
19 items from 2015
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