18 items from 2013
Chicago – Actress Katie Chang is in the high school graduating Class of 2013. But in a sense, she has already graduated to the big time with her lead role in director Sofia Coppola’s new film, “The Bling Ring.” Chang portrays Rebecca, the leader of a gang of teenage burglars who rob the homes of celebrities, including Paris Hilton.
The young Ms. Chang has come into show business with not only Coppola credentials, but independent film credibility, as she also plays a supporting role in the upcoming “A Birder’s Guide to Everything.” The Chicago area native hails from the suburb of Winnetka, and has just graduated from New Trier Township High School.
Photo credit: A24
The softer and unassuming Ms. Chang is a far cry from Rebecca, her brassy kleptomaniac character in “The Bling Ring. »
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Lifetime's "Army Wives" star Joseph Julian Soria will be back in uniform for "Camp X-Ray," the independent film starring "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart. Set in the U.S. Military's Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, Stewart will play Cole, a soldier who strikes up a friendship with one of the young prisoners. Soria will play the role of Rico, described as one of Cole's closest friends on the base. Very naive, maybe a little dim, Rico offers Cole support and backup when she needs it most. Also read: Kristen Stewart to Star in Indie Movies »
- Jethro Nededog
Lifetime's long-running "Army Wives" wrapped up Season 7 on Sunday night (June 9) -- its first without original cast member Kim Delaney. While the show injected a handful of new blood (Ashanti, Brooke Shields and Torrey DeVitto), with only one original wife around (Catherine Bell's Denise), is the show worth renewing?
Lifetime has yet to order an 8th season for the show, but with a finale that seemed focused on setting up a sort of "Army Wives: The Next Generation," further sidelining Bell's character and offering an apparent exit for fellow original cast member Wendy Davis, it's clear a Season 8 will be a season utterly unrecognizable from its early years.
Focusing heavily on Holly's (Elle McLemore, another Season 7 addition) struggles with husband Tim's (Jesse McCartney) obvious Ptsd and Gloria's (Alyssa Diaz) indecision over who she wanted to be with -- ex-husband Hector (Joseph Julian Soria) or Patrick (Brant Daugherty) -- »
Based largely off of the first half of George R.R. Martin’s behemoth of a book, A Storm of Swords (which is longer than the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy!), the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones brings all of the plot lines, character beats, and thematic developments from the first two years to a climatic head.
And as the show’s lingering questions are answered and bombshell revelations are dropped, this column (It Is Known: An Analysis of Thrones) will help wade viewers and book-lovers both through the narrative overload that will be at hand. What it won’t do, however, is spoil the story; the hope and intent is elucidation, not ruination.
Given the death, destruction, and – gasp – hope that await in the next four episodes, such illumination will be needed.
It is known.
Episode 307: “The Bear and the Maiden »
Forget your body clock: any time of day finds film fans watching Nicolas Winding Refn's tense, brutal thriller, Sorrentino's beguiling look at fading beauty or Soderbergh's tremendous Liberace biopic. Then there's the Coens' hoot of a movie and Carla Bruni's sister's comedy. But which will win the big prize?
At 7.30am on Cannes's main strip people wearing dinner jackets and cocktail dresses held handwritten signs that read "Only God Forgives", triple-underlined, and "Please! Only God Forgives!" They might have been members of a doomsday cult, one with an imperious dress code, but no: a Ryan Gosling film was about to premiere in the Grand Théâtre Lumière and this lot were ticketless, hoping by dressing smartly to pick up last-minute invites. They looked on while several hundred of us filed in for 90 minutes of early-morning ultra-violence.
Moviegoing at the festival runs round the clock. There are marquee screenings not »
- Tom Lamont, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
Zap2it: Has being on "Army Wives" influenced your outlook on the military?
Joseph Julian Soria: I always had a positive outlook about the military. If anything, this has just given me more in depth, what their personal lives are like to some degree. A lot of the stories we do are off real statistics in military families. [The show's writers and producers] go to Army bases and talk to Army wives. And the Pentagon has had an adviser [working with the show], and it has our writers be accurate with the material we present. It gives a more detailed outlook.
Zap2it: How do you describe your character, Hector?
Joseph Julian Soria: He is someone who is young, immature. He is growing up, catching his life in a stage where he is becoming a man. You are watching him in that process, watching him making a lot of mistakes and finding himself.
Zap2it: This is »
Caroline Julian might be one of the most under-used extra characters on Bones. She's boisterous, witty, and always on point. There are at least three squints I would gladly trade to have more of her in my life. Fisher, Daisy, and probably Finn, in case you were wondering.
Even with her googly eyes and suggestive comments to the goofy filmmaker, which I found to be more than slightly silly, I still love her. Can we start a campaign to keep her around?
Aside from just about every aspect of the "let's make a documentary" angle of tonight's episode, "The Blood From the Stones," wasn't terrible. Maybe this means I've finally resigned myself to the stand-alone format Bones has adopted this season.
Besides Caroline Julian, here's what worked about tonight's case:
It allowed Booth to be Booth.
Booth started the case willing to give the deceased the benefit of the doubt, »
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Except Joseph Julian Soria reassured me that things are looking up for the Private First Class.
I spoke with the actor who portrays Hector on the phone recently, and Soria talked about Hector's positive growth, working with Jesse McCartney and a season that's "going to be like no other that's been on before."
Read on for excerpts from our Q&A...
How did you come about the role of Hector for Army Wives?
I was in the gym working out and got an email last minute that was like a couple hours before the audition. I didn't have time to take a shower and didn't have any ink to print out my materials, so I just ran over there and went in. They called »
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Released: 25th of March
Comedown Machine is different. It’s 80′s. And it may not be to everyone’s tastes.
Two songs were unveiled by the New Yorkers prior to the release of this record. The first of these two was “One Way trigger” and whether you loved it or hated it, this song is a very accurate advertisement for Comedown Machine – it’s quirky, weird and in no way sounds like it’s from this decade.
“All The Time” was the second. The “Is This It” throwback may have made a lot of Strokes fans excited but no one planning on listening to this record should get comfortable in the notion that there will more of this. “All The Time” is simply a mere break in a exploratory and different album. And only when you realize that can you truly begin to enjoy Comedown Machine for what it is. »
- Jordan Higgins
On TV this Monday: Bates Motel opens for business, Dancing With the Stars hits the floor, a Mad woman travels to the Top of the Lake, Continuum pauses time and the Deception finale uncovers an assassin. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Biggest Loser »
- Kimberly Roots
"From the Ashes" will arise an entirely new Army Wives. I read your comments, and I know how that makes many of you feel. I'll tackle my thoughts about the regeneration of the cast and the series in this review, as well as the episode itself. Rebuilding a foundation can be tricky business, but it appears the pros at Lifetime gave the creators of Army Wives just the right amount of leeway to get it right. Here we go!
Did you wonder, like I did, where the tears were in the premiere? Found 'em! They were at the celebration of Claudia Joy's life. As each friend took turns reading the letter she wrote the night before her kidney surgery (just in case) each, in turn, broke down into sobs. Me, right along side them. Finally, the tribute I was awaiting. It was a worthy send off not only for Claudia Joy, »
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Though it was still performing well, it looked like Army Wives was going to be cancelled last year. Lifetime brought it back but with some cast changes. Will the new stories and characters be well-received by fans or is it time for the venerable drama to say goodbye? We'll have to wait and see.
Army Wives typically airs on Sunday nights and Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes this time (vs 23 last season). The cast includes Catherine Bell, Terry Serpico, Brooke Shields, Brian McMamara, Kelli Williams, Wendy Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Alyssa Diaz, Joseph Julian Soria, Torrey DeVitto, Burgess Jenkins, Ashanti, Joshua Henry, Elle McLemore, and Jesse McCartney.
Below are the most recent TV ratings for the show. The series' ratings are the best way to tell if it will be cancelled or renewed for an eighth season. These figures will be updated as the »
On TV this Monday: It’s Turkey Day on The Carrie Diaries, Dallas better watch its back, 2 Broke Girls tangle with a puppeteer and Castle kicks off its annual two-parter. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | How I Met Your Mother: The Captain Returns! Plus, Another Barney Doppelganger?
8 pm Bones (Fox) | The Jeffersonian team’s investigation uncovers something even more unappetizing than usual: The teen boy they’re working on might’ve raped a girl weeks before his death. (But the episode’s not all dark – watch this fun Booth-and-Brennan video. »
- Kimberly Roots
This time around, Nevern is stepping into new territory, marking the first high-profile movie to spoof the Football hooligan genre that has found such impressive success on our shores in recent years.
Production has been underway since the middle of January, and it officially wrapped on Sunday. And we’ve had the first look image sent over in hi-res.
“Danny (Jason Maza) wants something more. Expelled from school and living in his grandfather’s flat, he longs to live up to the image of his estranged father Danny Senior. Meanwhile legendary football hooligan Dexter (Nick Nevern) is about to be released from prison and is on a quest of his own, one of vengeance against his nemesis and rival firm leader The »
- Kenji Lloyd
On TV this Monday: Dallas saddles up for Season 2, Bones senses its own mortality, RuPaul gets the Drag Race started and the Bunheads might meet Michelle’s brother. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Bones (Fox) | A case involving a cancer patient gets the Jeffersonian team members talking about their end-of-life choices. Speaking of unpleasant subjects, Daisy’s back »
- Kimberly Roots
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including NCIS, Pretty Little Liars, Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy!
1 | How bittersweet was it for Fringe‘s Walter to wax paternal about his new levels of love for Peter just as he gleans that he won’t make it to the end of this story? That said, who else let out an audible squee! when they saw who’d be back in the finale promo?
2 | As fun as it was cleavage to see »
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On TV this Monday: The Carrie Diaries introduce Ms. Bradshaw in the ’80s, Continuum gets its U.S. showcase, Being Human begins again and 2 Broke Girls brave the great outdoors (including a pair of “bears”). As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Bones Video: ‘Buck’ and ‘Wanda’ Get to Dancing… and Romancing?
Preview | Bones Sneak Peek: Brennan Learns a (Trip-the-Light) Fantastic Secret About Booth’s Past
- Kimberly Roots
The Fox network has chosen to renew the popular procedural, Bones, starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, for a ninth season. To make it happen, new deals were struck with the actors, whose current contracts were scheduled to end with season eight. I didn’t hear of any contract negotiation drama this year, so that’s always nice.
Deadline celebrated the news, calling Bones the Fox network’s longest-running live-action series. This struck me as odd because the X-Files also ran for nine seasons. Although, if I remember correctly, David Duchovny was not a full time cast member at the end, despite co-writing and directing one season nine episode. At any rate, Bones has a good chance of surpassing it’s ninth season, don’t you agree? X-Files ended with its ninth season.
The Simpsons has been on Fox for a whopping 24 seasons, but isn’t live-action, of course.
- Sasha Nova
18 items from 2013
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