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In the last couple of years, ABC has made a major effort to add reboots of unscripted series like $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game to its primetime lineup. Now, the Alphabet Network has brought back another oldie but goodie, The Gong Show. The ABC TV series is an updated version of the Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. Can lightning strike twice? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing a »
Born in Tokyo and raised in Alaska, the actress walked an untraditional path to Hollywood success (assuming there's such a thing as a traditional one). Though at the time she lived there there was only one English-speaking television program airing in Japan, Young says she was a natural-born performer, forcing her parents to put her in plays in Tokyo (her mom, a preschool teacher, put on many of her shows as a toddler), and gravitating toward her father's ‘80s movie collection for "research."
"I kind of just became really interested with not just the acting side, but kind of the production side of movies," Young tells Et, adding that her interest paid off financially after graduating from the University of Southern California. "When I got out »
For an actress who has made a career out of acclaimed off-Broadway plays and parts on prestige TV shows such as Nurse Jackie, Masters of Sex and, more recently, American Gods, Starz’s stylized adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult novel, it comes as a surprise to see Betty Gilpin rocking spandex, glittery eye shadow and at least half a can of Aqua Net on Netflix’s female wrestling dramedy Glow. In person, however, the self-described “theater geek” is decidedly less glamorous. “I have toothpaste on my face right now,” deadpans Gilpin, speaking to Et by phone from her Brooklyn apartment.
Last year was perhaps the busiest of Gilpin’s life, considering that she not only landed parts on two of the most talked-about new TV series, she also got married to Cosmo Pfeil, a former actor who now works at a nonprofit. (Ironically, the couple met while playing siblings in the 2009 movie The Northern Kingdom.) “While »
Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017
London’s Prince Charles Cinema regularly puts on screenings of Tommy Wiseau’s cult hit movie, The Room. Cited as, bluntly, one of cinema’s least impressive efforts, the movie nonetheless draws a crowd, and Wiseau has continued to attend Q&As, and do his bit to embrace its fandom.
Furthermore, Wiseau’s best friend, Greg Sestero, wrote a book about the making of the movie. And now that book is being turned into a film that’s already being talked about as a potential awards candidate.
The Disaster Artist is directed by James Franco, and he takes on the role of Wiseau in the film too. The cast also includes Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranton, Kristen Bell, Josh Hutcherson, Alison Brie, Judd Apatow, »
The making of one of the most iconically bad movies ever produced. The making of the most famous female superhero ever created. And the making of the most common bond between man and animal in thousands of years. These are the makings of the latest trailers we have to share with you: The Disaster Artist When it comes out: December 8 Who is in it: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, Josh Hutcherson, Adam Scott, Kate Upton, Melanie Griffith, Tommy Wiseau What it's about: In the spirit of Ed Wood, this movie looks at a passionate but arguably talentless filmmaker. In addition to directing the movie, Franco portrays Tommy Wiseau during the making of his universally panned yet ironically...
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- Christopher Campbell
Following the arrival of a poster for earlier today [check it out here], A24 has now unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming biographical comedy drama The Disaster Artist. Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s award-winning book of the same name, the movie details the production of Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic The Room, and is written and directed by James Franco who also stars as Wiseau alongside Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Bell, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, and Zach Braff; watch the trailer below after the official synopsis…
With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau – an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable – into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all »
- Amie Cranswick
Britney Young on ‘Glow,’ Learning to Wrestle… by Uinterview One of Netflix’s newest series, Glow, has been a hit with both fans and critics since its release in late June. It has brought attention to a little known, real-life wrestling show from the ’80s of the same name – the acronym stands for the ‘Gorgeous Ladies […]
- Jacob Kaye
Author: Scott Davis
As if we couldn’t be any more excited by this one, A24 have released the very first trailer for the eagerly anticipated The Disaster Artist, which you can view below.
Based on the book of the same name by Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist tells the behind-the-scenes story of cinema’s greatest bad film, The Room, and the work of writer/director Tommy Wiseau (played by Franco in the film) who created the film. Dave Franco stars as Sestero in the film alongside an array of A-list talent who fill out the supporting roles.
The Room gained ultimate cult status back in 2003 and was considered one of the worst films of all time. But as the years went on, the film grew into one of the “must-see” films and through many additional screenings, including quote-a-longs at London’s Prince Charles Cinema (where it now plays many »
- Scott Davis
"Oh, hi Mark!" A24 has unveiled the first trailer for the film The Disaster Artist, a fictional account of the making of the "best worst movie ever made" - The Room, as directed by Tommy Wiseau. The film stars James Franco, who also directs, as Tommy Wiseau, the awkward mastermind behind this disaster of a movie. This first trailer focuses entirely on one scene and Wiseau's attempts to perform the line properly. The impressive ensemble includes Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Eliza Coupe, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Kate Upton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ari Graynor, with an appearance by Judd Apatow. Whew, what a cast. I've got a good feeling this is going to be something special, perhaps as good as Burton's Ed Wood (also about the making of a "worst film"). This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. »
- Alex Billington
Typically a tagline for a movie sings its praises, but Seth Rogen and James Franco's The Disaster Artist is anything but typical. The buddy comedy duo has teamed up yet again to tell "the true story of one movie so bad it became infamous," aka Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult drama, The Room. Screenings of The Disaster Artist at SXSW racked up positive critiques, and if the rest of the movie is anything like the first hilarious teaser, we're even more excited. Franco stars as Wiseau alongside brother Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston, Dylan Minnette, Zoey Deutch, Kristen Bell, and Zac Efron. The release date is still Tbd, so why don't you check out The Room for yourself in the meantime? (Just kidding.) »
- Quinn Keaney
Among modern day cult films, The Room stands tall. Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a midnight movie captured audience adoration like Tommy Wiseau’s “masterpiece”. Even in Hollywood, it’s an iconic picture. As such, it was never a huge shock that a look at its inception was going to receive the cinematic treatment, especially after an acclaimed book about its making hit shelves. What’s surprising is that A-list talent has surrounded it from top to bottom, including A24 distributing. The Disaster Artist, as it’s known, made waves at SXSW and now has a Teaser Trailer to showcase, well in advance of its December release date. You can see the Teaser below, but first, a dive into Wiseau’s world! For those of you who aren’t aware of the movie in any notable way, here’s a quick little primer. It’s a look »
- Joey Magidson
James Franco’s had to fend off concerns that his desire to tell the story of the making of the best-worst movie, The Room, was just a lark since the project’s inception. But he’s been very hands-on with The Disaster Artist, which is based on the book about Tommy Wiseau’s notorious film. Franco stars in and directs the film, which also features his family and usual compatriots—Dave Franco, Alison Brie (who, in addition to knocking our socks off in Glow, recently married Dave), Seth Rogen, and Charlene Yi. Franco also claimed that preparing to play Wiseau was very similar to his process for playing James Dean.
Keep all of that in mind as you watch the first teaser for The Disaster Artist, which sees Franco (as Wiseau) botch his lines repeatedly, but like a total pro. Indeed, he nails the flatness of Wiseau’s halfhearted refutations »
- Danette Chavez
James Franco delivers the most brilliantly bad performance of his life – after 60-plus takes – in the hilarious first trailer for The Disaster Artist. The film stars Franco as cult film legend Tommy Wiseau and chronicles the making of Wiseau's infamous movie, The Room.
The new clip captures the making of one of The Room's many preposterous scenes, in which Wiseau's character, Johnny, storms onto a roof denying accusations that he hit his girlfriend, sees his friend and offers a casual, "Oh hi, Mark."
Ostensibly a simple moment to film, »
Filmmaker, actor and underwear designer Tommy Wiseau became something of a cult phenomenon when he released his baffling 2003 film The Room. A poorly made, bizarrely acted melodrama, Wiseau’s Room would go on to achieve midnight movie status — the type of so-bad-it’s-good film that grows through word of mouth via the incredulous viewers who happen to witness it.
Now the story of how Wiseau made The Room is a film itself in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. The making-of The Room tale is seen through the eyes of Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), who served as a line producer on the film and played Mark, of “oh, hi Mark” fame. Director James Franco also plays Wiseau, adopting the filmmaker’s trademark accent and aloofness to eerie perfection.
- Chris Evangelista
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In the spot for the making-of movie about the 2003 drama The Room, one of the worst films of all time, audiences get their first real look at Franco's eccentric director Tommy Wiseau, weird accent and all.
Seth Rogen, Alison Brie and Josh Hutcherson also star in the comedy, which was adapted by 500 Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Room actor Greg Sestero is played by Franco's brother Dave.
At its SXSW premiere, The Disaster Artist received a standing ovation and universally rave »
- Mia Galuppo
Despite A-List actors speaking out, harassment is so rife in the film industry that a manifesto has been launched to stop women being propositioned at auditions. Can it work?
It seems every female actor of a certain status has perched uncomfortably on the casting couch at one time or another. Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Alison Brie, Susan Sarandon and Emmy Rossum have all recalled creepy come-ons from powerful men that took place early in their careers. In an interview in March, Jane Fonda revealed that she had once been fired “because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss”; Zoe Kazan recently described sexual harassment from a producer: “He’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a joke, ha ha.’ But he was also paying my cheque and then watching me from the monitor as I made out with another actor.” Thandie Newton has a particularly horrifying story about how she was persuaded, »
- Ellen E Jones
Chicago – It occurred to me in assessing “The Little Hours” that the basic premise is somewhat like “The Beguiled” – a man is taken in, rooster-like, into a henhouse where there are women with “needs.” Except this time, instead of a girl’s boarding school, it is a 14th Century nunnery. Get thee to it, if thou wants to laugheth.
There is basically one premise… the nuns are horny and Dave Franco is willing, or two, if you count that all the participants in the film speak in modern day language, including the frequent throwing of f-bombs. The casting is the key, with the great Aubrey Plaza again stealing many scenes, and the aforementioned Dave Franco’s innocent interaction with his fate, as he gets some action. Throw in Allison Brie, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen (as a Catholic bishop), and this broadside satire of medieval and religiosity does have its moments. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
Sandwiched in between the summer’s biggest blockbuster offerings and superhero tentpoles are a pair of outrageously funny outliers — comedies that, for all their raunchy gags and wild behavior, center squarely on women and their friendships — in the form of “Rough Night” and the upcoming release “Girls Trip.” Although both films lean hard on their comedic trappings, often in the form of booze-fueled bad behavior from their leading ladies, they also both find unexpected heart and charm in their deeper explorations of the relationships between the very different women that populate them.
But even with films like “Rough Night” and “Girls Trip” hitting the multiplex with a welcome dose of girl power, it seems that even this summer isn’t immune from the most tired and toxic of lady-centric comedy tropes: the dicks before chicks sub-genre. »
- Kate Erbland
ABC’s The Gong Show continued its strange talent tour through America last night with guest judges Alison Brie, Ed Helms and Will Arnett, who was a judge on the first episode and serves as one of the show’s executive producers. The three judges were treated to many acts including a song about watching Star Wars with a rescue cat titled “Hot Dogs and […]
The post ‘The Gong Show’ Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: ‘Hot Dog’ Songs, Unicycling Basketball Players, A Daring Limbo Queen appeared first on uInterview. »
- Jacob Kaye
The conversation is changing. With each passing week, more and more female stars have shared their experiences with rampant Hollywood sexism, from horrifying stories about giving “blowjob eyes” at auditions to tales of pay inequality and pushing for more female-led stories. While the sheer scale of the stories is upsetting — it seems like every actress has their own tale to tell — that these stars feel comfortable speaking out on the subject is heartening, one step closer to an industry that doesn’t have this kind of discrimination seemingly baked into its everyday operations.
While there have certainly been misfires along the way — actress and director Elizabeth Banks was recently taken to task for (incorrectly) calling out Steven Spielberg for never directing films with female leads, and “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke compared sexism to racism in an ill-concieved statement to Rolling Stone — the recent uptick in discussion is proof that the, »
- Kate Erbland
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