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It was bugs, balloons and barrels of fun at Focus Features’ pre-premiere party for Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Sunday morning at Universal Studios Hollywood. One intriguing treat was a truck offering guests a chance to “Eat Like a Boxtroll,” with an assortment of crunchy critters on display, including such delicacies as Superworm Quesadillas, Chocolate Dipped Chappulines and Grasshopper Kabobs. No word on how many tried these snacks. Meanwhile, studio execs, creatives, cast and guests got a chance to mingle and munch on other goodies as they played a variety of “Boxtroll” inspired games prior to strolling the red carpet for the screening.
Ben Kingsley, who plays a villainous exterminator in the film, was fascinated by the process of voicing an animated character, which is quite the solitary endeavor. “It’s a very extraordinary discipline. You can only use your voice,” he said. “There’s no point in using any body »
- Terry Flores
Playing Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family" has earned Julie Bowen a Comedy Supporting Actress nomination in each of the five seasons of this hit laffer, with wins in 2011 and 2012. This year, she chose "The Feud" for her Emmy submission. Will it win her that third trophy, tying her for second place overall with Valerie Harper ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") and putting her just one win behind Rhea Pearlman ("Cheers") and Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond")? Let's take a closer look at her entry. Join the fun Emmy discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards -Break- Synopsis: It opens with Claire telling her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) how nervous she is about a sales meeting with a developer. She agrees to pick up her niece Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) unaware that she has contracted lice at school. Claire takes a pi...' »
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Pepper (Nathan Lane) manages to find the couple a new venue, only to be kicked out once again, leaving the only option to hold the ceremony at home.
Meanwhile, Claire (Julie Bowen) is injured courtesy of a Phil-induced (Ty Burrell) fall in the shower, and Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) struggles to solve a petal-related problem. Elizabeth Banks guest stars.
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The “Modern Family” season finale was customarily madcap — perhaps a little too much so — for most of the episode. And then, as the show so often does, it managed to put a lump in your throat, to abruptly shift gears and find a strain of emotion that was moving without being sappy. It was also, in its own way, another blow for the marriage-equality movement, and a timely one at that, coming on the heels of several court victories and the same day as a new Gallup poll that found support for same-sex marriage at an all-time high, with disproportionate acceptance among younger adults.
The show encapsulated the reason for that in its closing moments (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), when Ed O’Neill’s crusty father, Jay, not only rescued the thrice-postponed marriage of his son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to longtime partner Cam (Eric Stonestreet »
- Brian Lowry
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett in holy matrimony and to mourn the passing of what was a rather flat, occasionally inspired season of Modern Family.
When I first began reviewing the sitcom back in September 2013, after an impressive double-episode season premiere, I claimed, “Television’s most celebrated comedy is not going through a mid-series crisis.” Well, although several half hours this season will remain among the top episodes of the ABC comedy, I do not stand by that statement. Modern Family was occasionally brilliant this year, but was also marred by silly subplots and rushed pacing. The fifth season began with Mitch and Cam’s poignant in-tandem marriage proposals, and although their impending wedding has always kept some momentum going until this two-part finale – inconveniently airing on two separate weeks – the big day did not live up to expectations.
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- Jordan Adler
One of TV’s most popular couples, “Modern Family’s” Mitch and Cam, finally met at the altar and got married. To celebrate the two-part wedding finale (part one aired last Wednesday), the cast and creators attended a wedding extravaganza on the Fox lot Monday night, complete with cocktail reception, swan ice sculptures and of course — cake.
Much of the cast expressed the pure emotion that surfaced while shooting, but the political aspect of airing a gay wedding on primetime television could not be ignored.
“Years ago shows weren’t allowed to show this kind of stuff on TV,” said Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to touch people not only with comedy, but be a cultural touchstone for what’s reflective in society now. And there’s nothing more topical than states legalizing and overturning gay bans on marriage.”
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- Nikara Johns
Stella the dog still has a chance to be included in the opening credits. Modern Family has been renewed for a sixth season on ABC
Modern Family follows three Los Angeles familes who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett and his adult children. The returning ensemble cast is Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.
The family sitcom is down about 17% year-to-year -- averaging a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.92 million viewers -- but it remains the network's highest-rated scripted show by far.
What do you think? Are you glad that Modern Family is returning for a sixth season or do you think the show should have been cancelled? How long should it run?
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The Modern Family cast is hard at work filming on location in Sydney, and they hit iconic Bondi Beach for a hilarious scene on Friday. Sofia Vergara led the pack in a multicolored, one-piece swimsuit, splashing around (and screaming) with her costar Ty Burrell as he got "attacked" by a huge blue jellyfish. The hijinks didn't stop there, though - Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez's characters get a surprise when they find that the beach is filled with topless sunbathers casually passing them by. For the rest of the cast - including Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neill, and youngest cast member, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons - it was all fun in the sun. This award-winning cast knows how work and play hard. In addition to seeing the stars working on the beach, a few of their significant others were spotted, too. Sofia had her fiancé, Nick Loeb, with her during the trip, »
- Alyse Whitney
The cast of Modern Family took the red carpet at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards in La on Saturday. The show's youngest stars showed off their grown-up side, with Ariel Winter in a skin-baring gown and Sarah Hyland posing solo on the carpet. Nolan Gould wore a tuxedo while little Aubrey Anderson-Emmons fit right in on the carpet in her purple dress. The rest of the cast, including Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Julie Bowen, also made appearances on their way into the show, where they are nominated for a total of three awards including outstanding ensemble comedy performance. Which Modern Family star had your favorite look? Make sure to vote on all our SAG Awards fashion and beauty polls! View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
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