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New York – Broad strokes and big effects often appear to be the default setting for Broadway musicals, so it's always refreshing to see a modestly scaled show in which the cast and creative team trust in the value of emotional intimacy. Driven by a performance of incandescent yearning from Sutton Foster that's all the more moving for its restraint, Violet is a delicate wildflower, craning toward the sun. Director Leigh Silverman's spirited yet sensitive production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's country, bluegrass and gospel-flavored 1997 musical makes this poignant story of a facially disfigured farm girl's journey
- David Rooney
Before there was Hannah Montana, there was Lizzie McGuire, and right from the start, you couldn't help but wish that Hilary Duff was your Bff 4ever. Lizzie McGuire hit the small screen in 2001, and Duff's lovable character had all the sass and style of one very cool tween. The show ended in 2004, and since then, Duff's Hollywood résumé has been packed with films. Although she's made some TV appearances on shows like Gossip Girl, Community, and Two and a Half Men, she hasn't been part of a regular TV cast since her Disney days. That's about to change, though, because she's starring in Younger, a TV Land series that's based on Pamela Redmond Satran's novel by the same name. The new show follows Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old single mom who gets a makeover from her best friend (Debi Mazar) and tries to pass herself off as a 26-year-old. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Hilary Duff is headed back to TV!The "Lizzie McGuire" alum is set to star in "Younger," a new comedy that was just picked up by TV Land. The network announced Monday that it has ordered 12 episodes of the half-hour show. The series, from former "Sex and the City" executive producer Darren Star and starring Sutton Foster, is based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran. Foster will play Liza, a newly single 40-year-old woman who embarks on a double life after her child goes off to college. After receiving a makeover from her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza pretends that she’s 26-years-old and winds up scoring a job as an assistant to publishing house marketing executive Diana (Miriam Shor). She becomes fast friends with new co-worker Kelsey (Duff), who doesn’t know her secret. "Everyone at TV Land is so passionate about this show and working with Darren, »
- tooFab Staff
TV Land has ordered 12 episodes of Younger, a comedy from Darren Starr. The series follows a 40-something single mom who ends up leading a double-life, including one where she passes herself as a 26-year-old. The series has an amazing cast led by Sutton Foster with Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor. A fall debut is planned.
I still miss Bunheads.
On a related note, here’s the trailer for the Rosemary’s Baby mini-series. I have to admit, the changes have me intrigued.
Wgn America is adapting the Vertigo Comic Scalped, »
- Lyle Masaki
The cabler has ordered 12 episodes of the half-hour laffer, written, executive produced and directed by Star.
Tony winner Sutton Foster, who most recently starred in ABC Family’s “Bunheads”; Hilary Duff, who played the title character on the Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire”; “Entourage” actress Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor of “Gcb” are all set to star in the series. The comedy follows 40-year-old single mother Liza (Foster) who tries to pass herself off as 26 as she prepares to re-enter the workforce. Duff will play Liza’s twenty-something co-worker Kelsey.
“Everyone at TV Land is so passionate about this show and working with Darren,” said TV Land prexy Larry W. Jones in a statement. “‘Younger’s’ serialized style is different for us, yet fits our brand with its humor and relatability. These »
- Andrea Seikaly
The network announced Monday that it has ordered 12 episodes of the half-hour single-camera comedy Younger, which stars Bunheads alum Foster as a 40-year-old newly single mom named Liza who is having trouble re-entering the workforce. After receiving a makeover from her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza pretends that she’s 26 years old, and winds up scoring a job as an assistant to publishing house marketing executive Diana (Miriam Shor) and becoming fast friends with new »
- Dan Snierson
TV Land has picked up a single-camera comedy starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, the network announced today. Younger, from Darren Star, follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year-old newly single mom who decides to disguise herself as a 26-year-old so she can more easily reenter the work force. She enlists her best friend (Debi Mazar) for help with the makeover and lands an assistant job, where she befriends her co-worker (Duff). Miriam Shor plays Foster and Duff's difficult boss, which creates the possibility of some kind of musical episode. Darren Star's not going to put Shor and Foster on a show and not have them sing, right? Hilary Duff is allowed to sing, too, but not as much as the other people. »
- Margaret Lyons
Exclusive: TV Land has given a 12-episode series order to Younger, the single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star. The show, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor, will premiere in the fall. It will be the first TV Land series to be produced in New York where Star’s signature HBO series also was set and filmed. “There’s nothing better than making a single-camera film comedy in New York – and I’m thrilled to be doing this one with TV Land,” Star said. Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger follows 40-year old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a young guy at a bar convinces »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Despite a juicy role as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ The Butler last summer, Robin Williams has been largely absent from the spotlight for a few years. That’s all about to change though with his new film Boulevard hitting Tribeca this month and the first trailer for another Williams project, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, arriving on the web today.
Williams stars as Henry Altmann, the titular character, who is wrongfully told by a doctor (Mila Kunis) that he’s managed to frustrate through constant yelling and needling that he has a brain aneurysm that will kill him within an hour and a half. Shocked out of the bitterness that has consumed him for much of his adult life, Henry begins a race against time through New York City to make amends with all the loved ones he has driven away, including his brother, wife and estranged son. »
- Isaac Feldberg
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Just about a year ago we heard James Roday from "Psych" was directing a horror comedy called Gravy, and that was it... until now. The Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival is opening with the world premiere of the film on April 1st. And no, it's not an April Fool's joke.
There are a few other horror projects like Borgman and Witching and Bitching scattered among the films screening during the Fccff's April 1-5 run, as well as a new one from renowned animator Bill Plympton, so if you're in or near NYC, check out the lineup below.
After all, who couldn't use a few laughs these days?
From the Press Release:
The Friars Club has announced that the Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (Fccff), to be held the week of April 1‐5, 2014, will open with the World Premiere of Gravy. The festival is a star‐studded celebration »
- Debi Moore
The Guardian a deleted pre-coronation scene between sisters Anna and Elsa in Frozen
Antagony & Ecstasy Tim on Muppets Most Wanted. I liked the movie more than he but this is why I hired him for Tfe. Such an incisive film critic.
Playbill offers up "top ten reasons why we love Sutton Foster" I cosign on all of them except for maybe #10 since I didn't see that one.
NPR on the recent spate of bible movies
Kotaku Joss Whedon already apologizing for Avengers Age of Ultron filming chaos
Pajiba you haven't forgotten about Tom Hardy have you?
The Playlist ranks 20 great continuous shots in film history from The Earrings of Madame D (1953) through the opening of The Player »
- NATHANIEL R
Nearly a year ago, Shock informed you Psych star James Roday was getting behind the camera for the horror-comedy Gravy. That film is going to make its premiere at the the Sixth Annual FriarsClub Comedy Film Festival, to be held the week of April 1th-5th. The opening night film features an ensemble of actors including Sarah Silverman, Gabourey Sidibe,Gabriel Luna, Sutton Foster, Michael Weston and Paul Rodriguez.
- Ryan Turek
Is it a coincidence that March 19′s penultimate episode of USA’s Psych — the last one star James Roday will ever direct — features his co-star Dulé Hill (Gus) running and screaming for most it? “No it is not,” Roday says. “It’s been one of the great joys of my experience on Psych, and I know our fans are equally as fond of watching Gus being in peril and trying to scream his way out of it.”
In the episode, “A Nightmare on State Street,” Gus visits a dream therapist (guest star Bruce Campbell) to help determine the true fear behind his terrifying nightmares. »
- Mandi Bierly
Pre-credit sequence. The division of tribes has been made by the quality the players most rely upon in life, whatever that means. The Brains Tribe has an average Iq of 130 which is, honestly, not all that impressive. I mean, they're smart, but they're not Geena Davis smart. Spencer tied for first in the World Open Chess Championship and says he's both diabolical and a genius. If you say so! David is the President of the Marlins, which means that if there's a challenge that requires salary dumping, he's going to be hard to top. Kass is a lawyer who boasts about being undefeated, which is the kind of thing John Grisham characters boast about, that and smart older secretaries who have forgotten more law than most of us will ever know. On to the Beauty Tribe, whose beauty can't be measured numerically. But Morgan was an NFL cheerleader and she's »
- Daniel Fienberg
Bronx Bombers has just announced a closing date of March 2, proving yet again that sports fans and Broadway do not make good bedfellows. There’s already a whisper in the air that the soon-to-be-vacant Circle in the Square might see Audra McDonald in a production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill a staple of regional theaters about Billie Holiday (not to be confused with last fall’s Off Broadway show Lady Day). That would complicate the Tony race for Best Actress in a Musical, which is already shaping up as a showdown between Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel »
- Jason Clark
Rob Riggle has joined the cast of The Pro. The NBC comedy pilot stars Rob Lowe as a fallen tennis doubles champion who reunites with his former partner (Riggle) after hitting hard times. I’m watching this one since it comes from out Emmy-winner Todd Holland as a director.
CNN is cutting back on Anderson Cooper. The news channel has pulled from the schedule AC360 Later a “more relaxed” companion series for Cooper’s regular news hour. If you’re not familiar with AC360 Later, that might be because it was infrequently scheduled and would sometimes disappear from the schedule for weeks. Did anyone catch it? Will you miss it?
Vulture talked with Sarah Paulson about the upcoming season of American Horror Story. (Yeah, we’re already talking about next season. Deal with it.) When asked if she’s preparing for her new role the same way Jessica Lange »
- Lyle Masaki
News and notes from all over TV:
- FX is putting a few of its shows on a brief hiatus during the Winter Olympics. "Archer" and "Chozen" will be off for the next two weeks and return Monday, Feb. 24. "Justified" will air Tuesday (Feb. 11) as scheduled but will take the following week off, then return Feb. 25.
- "Fifty Shades of Grey" actress Eloise Mumford will star in ABC's drama pilot "Warriors." Inspired by cases at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, the pilot follows a group of military doctors and nurses as they treat everything from critically wounded soldiers to Washington's elite. Mumford, who previously starred on ABC's "The River," will play Tony Sterling, a psychiatrist recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan and an expert on Ptsd -- and who suffers from a mild case herself. [THR]
- AMC ordered a 10-episode reality series about the inaugural season of the La Kiss, »
Exclusive: Entourage alumna Debi Mazar has been cast in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And The City creator Darren Star. Additionally, Mazar is the latest key Entourage player to join Doug Ellin’s upcoming movie, signing on to reprise her role as snappy uber-publicist Shauna. Younger, based on the novel by Pamela Redmond, follows 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world only to find out it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a twentysomething guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 – with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Miriam Shor »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Miriam Shor (Gcb, The Good Wife) has been set as a series regular in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And The City creator Darren Star. Younger centers on Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-something woman who reinvents herself and starts living a double life; one as a suburban mom and another as a 29-year old working girl in the city, after her husband leaves her and her child goes to college. Shor will play Diana, the high-strung head of PR for Passion Press. Diana is described as a disdainful woman (known as “Trout Pout”) who likes to get ahead by standing on the shoulder of her subordinates as she slowly pushes them into the mud. Shor is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and attorney James Adams. Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale) has been cast in Ed Burns’ TNT pilot Public Morals, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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