12 items from 2014
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys' hand maiden Missandei in HBO's "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at 20th Century Fox.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in "Fan Girl". Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.
The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up »
- Garth Franklin
• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »
- C. Molly Smith
It’s been some time since Meg Ryan has lit up the big screen in a comedy. After abandoning her 80s persona initiated by her now-synonymous role in When Harry Met Sally, the actress dove into darker projects around the early 2000s. To be honest, who wouldn’t want to star in a gritty Jane Campion drama in just your birthday suit? Still, that was some ten years back, and following a dabble in forgettable fare such as The Women and Serious Moonlight, Ryan could be in line to rekindle her cinematic career with Fan Girl.
Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. »
- Gem Seddon
Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers. »
- Jen Yamato
They've sold more than a half-million albums, have mastered the art of leaving a stadium full of girls in mascara-streaked tears and hit the road with One Direction before headlining their own tour. But before 5 Seconds of Summer reached household-name status, they were just a garage band from Down Under trying to make it big. So how did the Aussie punk-rockers - Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin - get their start? Cowriters and producers John Feldmann, Jake Sinclair and Alex Gaskarth tell People how their debut LP all came together. Write a Hit in One DayIt reached No. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
McBusted have announced plans for their first ever concert film, which will follow the six-piece on their 35-date headline tour of the UK earlier this year.
The supergroup will release Tourplay on the big screen exclusively through Vue Entertainment International cinemas from October 28.
McBusted live at London's O2 Arena - review
Tickets for the movie can be purchased at myvue.com from 9am on Friday, September 12.
A DVD release will follow shortly after the cinema launch.
The band recently revealed that they have been working with members of Blink-182 and All Time Low on new music. »
Starting out making music in a garage in a San Diego suburb back in the early ’90s, blink-182 went on to become total game-changers, with members Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker gaining global recognition and selling tens of millions of records along the way.
They changed the pop-punk music scene for good, and they did it in style, with a whole lot of immaturity along the way.
Forced to pull out of headlining summer festivals three years ago to finish up work on their most recent album, 2011’s Neighborhoods, the trio are back this year to play Reading and Leeds, following two warm-up shows in Brixton earlier in the month (which were awesome). They’ve got the honour of headlining the last night of Reading over the Bank Holiday weekend – arguably the greatest set to have for any UK festival – and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Drewett told Digital Spy at the Ivor Novello Awards today (May 22) that he will continue to write songs for others as long as he is in demand
"Absolutely. I think that's something I'll continue to do as long as I live - writing for other people," he said.
"As long as I'm, hopefully, writing good quality stuff and people want it, then I'm happy to write for them. It's a great job and something I enjoy."
Asked if he hoped fans of One Direction and Olly Murs - who he has also written for - would get behind him on the talent show, Drewett said: "Hopefully, but I don't want it to be like, 'Everyone get on board'.
"I want it to be fair, »
Britain's Got Talent fans this week fell in love with singer/songwriter Ed Drewett, a 25-year-old Essex lad who just happens to have written a number of pop hits, including One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' and The Wanted's 'All Time Low'.
When Digital Spy met Ed, we were feeling in a mean mood, so we set the aspiring singer a number of questions designed to make him choose between the rival boybands. Is Ed a Directioner or a Wanted man? Let's find out...
1. 'Best Song Ever' or 'All Time Low'?
"Oh God! I couldn't answer because I actually genuinely love them probably an equal amount - that's not me just being boring. 'All Time Low' started it and then 'Best Song Ever' was a massive thing to get.
"I have to say, »
Britain's Got Talent star Ed Drewett has hit out at conspiracies surrounding his appearance on the show after it became known that he wrote for Simon Cowell artists including One Direction and Olly Murs.
The 25-year-old stressed that he is "not actually connected" to Syco after admitting that he fears viewers "will start turning" on him.
"But I can completely see why people think, 'Oh, hang on, One Direction are with Syco, Syco do Britain's Got Talent, they must be paying him!' Not at all. It's just if someone wants a song, I'm going to give it to them, especially if they're One Direction."
On a potential backlash from Bgt fans, he added: "It's definitely something that I've thought about. It's an uneasy feeling [knowing] if it »
Well, there was certainly a lot of variety on this weekend's edition of Britain's Got Talent, wasn't there? From singers to pole dancers to doggy discos to puppeteers, if anything was going to show how many different acts you can have on Bgt it was this episode. But was any of it actually any good? Digital Spy rounds up all the action for you...
La Voix & The London Gay Big Band: We quite liked La Voix at first, when she joked: "I'm sorry I was so late - I was having Simon's baby." Mr Cowell wasn't there for this audition (and he doesn't like drag acts, so that may have been a blessing.) This performance of 'New York, New York' wasn't a massive wow moment, but it's no doubt that they're all talented, so it was three yeses for them!
Ed Drewett: Ooh, isn't this going to be a controversial one? »
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy enjoyed a ratings uptick for the return of Preston Burke. Thursday’s episode was up 13 percent from last week to win the 9 p.m. hour and post a nine-week high (here’s our interview with Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes about last night’s episode).
Yet Grey’s improving didn’t help the second episode of ABC’s new neuro-drama Black Box, which declined by the same amount, 13 percent (see chart). Another newcomer, CBS’ comedy Bad Teacher, fell a sharp 29 percent from last week’s debut.
- James Hibberd
12 items from 2014
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