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Oscar-Winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59
In addition to working with director Peter Jackson on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series, Lesnie was responsible for several blockbusters such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.”
In 2002, he won his first and only Oscar for lensing the original “Lord of the Rings” pic, “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
“I wouldn’t recommend that anyone do a trilogy,” he joked at the time.
Jackson has yet to release an official statement on Lesnie’s passing, but the staff at his production house in New Zealand, »
- Variety Staff
Jayne Meadows Dies at 95; Widow of Steve Allen Was Nominated for 3 Emmys
Jayne Meadows, a longtime television actress who was the widow of TV legend Steve Allen and the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows, died of natural causes at her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night. She was 95.
Meadows was thrice nominated for Emmys, the first time for a 1977 episode of the PBS show “Meeting of Minds,” the second time in 1987 for an episode of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” on which she guested and the third time in 1996 for supporting actress in a comedy for CBS show “High Society.”
Over a showbiz career that spanned six-plus decades, Meadows took to the Broadway stage — in “The Gazebo” in 1958 — appeared in films including 1946’s “Undercurrent,” starring Katharine Hepburn; toured in her one-woman show “Powerful Women in History” for seven years; appeared with Allen onstage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” off and on for 11 years; and was a regular panelist on the »
- Carmel Dagan
‘It Follows’ Star Maika Monroe Joins ‘Independence Day 2′
Emmerich made the announcement via Twitter on Monday. Usher, Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher and Charlotte Gainsbourg have also been cast in the sequel, which 20th Century Fox has dated for June 24, 2016 — nearly 20 years after the original.
Monroe stars as a 19-year-old in “It Follows” who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions — leaving her unable to shake the sensation that someone or something is following her. The micro-budget film has been a breakout success for TWC-Radius with grosses topping $14 million.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015
- Dave McNary
Your Prayers Have Been Answered by the Orange Is the New Black Season 3 Poster
Orange Is the New Black season three is just months away! Can you feel the Crazy Eyes closing in on you? To celebrate the June 12 release, Netflix has released the season three poster featuring five of your favorite inmates on prayer candles with the caption "The third coming." You get it, right? Season three… Anyway, Daya (Dascha Polanco), Alex (Laura Prepon), Piper (Taylor Schilling), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Red (Kate Mulgrew) each get their saintly due with tons of hidden images. Can you spot the infamous chicken?! What about Bennett's (Matt McGorry) leg? Don't fret that just these five were featured, as you saw in the trailer and in some of the photos below, all your favorites are back for »
Adam Sandler’s ‘Ridiculous Six’ Producer Tells Native American Actors to Leave Set ‘If You Are Overly Sensitive’ (Video)
A producer for Netflix’s Adam Sandler Western spoof “Ridiculous Six” told Native American actors they should “probably leave” the set if they’re offended by any perceived stereotypes or jokes in the script. “If you are overly sensitive about it, then you should probably leave,” the producer, who has not been identified, says in a cell phone video released by Indian Country Today. The producer was meeting with several actors who had complained about stereotypical portrayals of Apache culture in the script. Specifically, they took issue specifically with characters named Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, and an actress »
- Joe Otterson
Hilary Duff Reveals She Has Her First Tinder Date Tonight: "I'm Talking to Probably About Nine Guys Right Now"
Hilary Duff has no shortage of suitors. Though she's in the midst of divorcing Mike Comrie, the Younger actress hasn't given up on love. In fact, Duff said she joined Tinder a few "days" ago and has already lined up two dates with two different guys! "It's true," she said on Valentine in the Morning Tuesday. "I'm on Tinder." "I was sitting with my friends one night at the house and we were joking around. In my life, I have always had really serious boyfriends. I've always met people through work and I have never been on a blind date. What's the worst that could happen?" Duff added that "the whole process is wildly »
Does Nick Jonas Regret Dating Miley Cyrus?
Nick Jonas has come a long way from his Jonas Brothers persona. Whether he's posing in his underwear Marky Mark style or belting out hit songs such as "Jealous," the former Disney star has completely reinvented himself. Talking to Elle magazine, Jonas opens up about life after the famous purity rings and his relationships before meeting now-girlfriend Olivia Culpo. Participating in a Q&A with the mag, Jonas reveals that he could and "probably" has dated musicians that don't like or listen to his music. But while he doesn't name any one specific, it's hard not to wonder whether or not he's alluding to a certain ex. "They probably wouldn't come out and say it. »
Tony Awards nominations: Show by show
It is always surprising to see the depth and breadth of support for some shows at the Tony Awards and the limited appeal of others. Which ones with multiple nominations did the best in the performance categories? And which were limited to reaping bids on the creative side? Below, a breakdown of the nominations arranged by show. -Break- Join the fierce fight about the Tony Awards going on right now in our notorious message boards Musicals "An American in Paris" (12 nominations) Musical Book Actor, Robert Fairchild Actress, Leanne Cope Featured Actor, Brandon Uranowitz Featured Actor, Max von Essen Direction Choreography Orchestrations Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design "Fun Home" (12 nominations) Musical Book Score Actor, Michael Cerveris Actres, Beth Malone Featured Actress, Judy Kuhn Featured Actress, Sydney Lucas Featured Actress, Emily Skeggs Direction »
ABC’s David Muir Takes Back Madison Avenue Audience From NBC’s Lester Holt
ABC struck back in its ongoing bid to woo evening-news viewers from NBC, making significant gains in luring the viewers Madison Avenue wants most to its “World News Tonight.”
The Walt Disney-owned network said 2,053,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 watched “World News” and its anchor, David Muir, for the five days between April 20 and April 24, according to Nielsen data. In comparison, an average of 1,873,000 viewers watched NBC’s “Nightly News” with Lester Holt during the period, while an average of 1,528,000 watched CBS’ “CBS Evening News” with Scott Pelley.
The results suggest the ABC newscast continues to gain momentum in the absence of Brian Williams, who has been suspended from “Nightly News” for six months after admitting he made false statements about being on a helicopter that took rocket-propelled grenade fire while on a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. NBC News is investigating this and other claims made by Williams to »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Goodfellas’ Cast Reunion Revelations: Paul Sorvino Tried to Exit Film (Video)
“Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino revealed Tuesday that he tried to get himself out of the film just before shooting began. “Three days before we were about to shoot, I called my manager and I said ‘Get me out,'” Sorvino said. “‘I’m going to ruin the movie. I’m going to ruin myself. I have no idea what to do.'” The actor, who played slow-moving mob boss Paulie Cicero in the iconic Martin Scorsese film, appeared along with castmates Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Robert De Niro on “The Today Show” to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. »
- Joe Otterson
TV Review: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Season 2
Awash in gothic atmosphere and tasty performances, “Penny Dreadful” puts a face on evil in its second season, and feels considerably richer for it. That countenance would belong to Helen McCrory, who plays the head of a Lucifer-worshipping coven, eager to hand over the psychic Vanessa (Eva Green) to the Prince of Darkness. John Logan’s creation still feels haphazard at times in the way it throws together macabre figures — a bit like the Universal monster mashes of the ’40s — but viewers who spend less time dwelling on details and go with “Penny’s” crimson-streaked flow will more than get their money’s worth.
Just to recap season one, Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) assembled a team to help him attempt to recover his demon-stolen daughter, including the aforementioned Vanessa, gunslinging American cowboy Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and a very young Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), whose chickens — Ok, in this case »
- Brian Lowry
Baltimore Mayor, Maryland Governor Walk Out on Contentious Don Lemon Interview (Video)
Whenever the cable news networks cover the ever-growing number of protests across the country, CNN’s Don Lemon seems to find himself in the middle of it all. That was no different Monday night in violence-riddled Baltimore, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan walked out on an interview with Lemon when things got contentious. Lemon asked how the Mayor can reassure business owners and parents who are worried about their property and kids. Also Read: 'Baltimore Is Burning': Media Reacts to Violent Riots in Reaction to Freddie Gray's Death “We will bring order, we’ll do it »
- Jordan Chariton
Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux Starring in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’
Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel are starring in Xavier Dolan’s drama “It’s Only the End of the World” (“Juste La Fin Du Monde”) with production starting at the end of May.
Sales of the French-language film will launch at the Cannes Film Festival with Entertainment One’s boutique sales outfit Seville International excluding France where the film is being handled by MK2 and distributed by Diaphana/MK2.
Producers are Sons of Manual’s Nancy Grant and Dolan, and MK2’s Nathanaël Karmitz along with Sylvain Corbeil. Through support from Telefilm Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” is a Canada-France co-production. Entertainment One and Les Films Séville will directly distribute the film in Canada and Québec.
“It’s Only the End of the World” is based on a play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, in which a writer goes back to his hometown, »
- Dave McNary
'Survivor' predictions: Tyler Fredrickson, Mike Holloway battle for the win
After a hard-fought battle between Tyler Fredrickson and Mike Holloway for who our users think will win "Survivor: Worlds Apart," Tyler comes out slightly ahead this week. Do you agree or disagree? Hurry -- make your own predictions for this week's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next. -Break- Who will win 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'? See exclusive predictions Ex-talent agent Tyler currently tops our winner's chart with overall odds of 2/1, followed by oil driller Mike in second place at 3 to 1. Then there's somewhat of a surprise in our #3 position, as the island's sole castaway not to be a part of the mega alliance, Shirin Oskooi, has 9/2 odds to win. Perhaps our readers are throwing Shirin a bone, or maybe they think she's finally going to find »
Michelle Keegan Tops FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World, Bruce Jenner’s Daughter Lands No. 2
If Americans hadn’t heard of english actress Michelle Keegan yet, then FHM may have opened up a majority of eyes on Tuesday when the magazine revealed her to be the Sexiest Woman in the World, beating out 99 other beauties to claim the top spot. Bruce Jenner’s 19-year-old model daughter Kendall Jenner, also a reality star on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” came in second, while last year’s sexiest woman, Jenner Lawrence, fell to No. 3 on the FHM list. Since the world has heard enough about the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and admiration for Lawrence (“Hunger Games,” “X-Men”) let’s talk about Keegan:. »
- Greg Gilman
‘Chicago Fire-‘Pd-‘Svu’ Crossover Sees Detectives Hunt for Ted Bundy-esque Killer (Exclusive Video)
The three-part “Law & Order: Svu,” “Chicago Fire,” Chicago P.D.” crossover event will follow the evil Dr. Yates as he leaves a trail of bodies from Chicago to New York. In an exclusive clip obtained by TheWrap, detectives Tutuola (Ice T) and Amaro (Danny Pino) travel to the Windy City to help Detective Voight (Jason Beghe) investigate the death of a young woman in a house fire they believe was set by Yates. They are met on the scene by Fire Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker). Boden is convinced the fire was arson, though he cannot prove it. In the “Svu” part of. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Pd’ and ‘Svu’ Ep on Mega-Crossover’s Serial Killer: Dallas Roberts Is ‘Absolutely Mesmerizing’
NBC’s last “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Pd” and “Law & Order: Svu” mega-crossover was a big ratings hit, so naturally Dick Wolf‘s trifecta is back at it for another two-day primetime event which kicks off Tuesday night. Wolf’s production company president and executive producer on all three shows Peter Jankowski told TheWrap that the stakes will be even higher this time around than the last three-parter. “In any crossover you have to up the ante a bit, because business as usual doesn’t quite suffice,” Jankowski said. “You have all these great actors together, you want to make sure »
- Tony Maglio
Philippe Dauman, Josh Sapan, David Zaslav Join Rts Lineup
London — Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom; Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming; Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks; and David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, will be among the headline speakers at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, one of the U.K.’s top gatherings of senior TV executives.
BBC director-general Tony Hall will chair the biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge from Sept. 16-18. The event will look ahead to television in 2020, and explore the challenges for content, creativity and business models.
Hall said: “The TV landscape is changing fast. Viewers have access to a multitude of new ways to watch their favorite programs, and since the last Rts Cambridge Convention in 2013 there have been seismic changes across the production sector. The 2015 convention will bring together senior industry figures and future leaders to analyze and debate the industry as a whole. »
- Leo Barraclough
‘The Biggest Loser’ Creator Brings New Reality Show ‘The Briefcase’ to CBS
“The Briefcase” follows American families experiencing financial hardships, as they are given a briefcase containing $101,000 — but there’s a catch: each family is presented with the decision to keep all the money for themselves or give it away to another family in need.
“I wanted to do something that really put values first and foremost,” Broome, creator and exec producer of “The Briefcase,” tells Variety. “The show is not about the money. It’s about everything but the money.”
Each week, two different families are given the opportunity to reflect on what really matters most in their lives, over 72 hours when they learn details of the other players’ challenging circumstances. However, what they don’t know is that both families — often very different from one another, such as a highly religious »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Shipping the 2015 Met Gala: Our Dream Celeb-Designer Collaborations
Celeb-designer love is in the air, which must mean that the 2015 Met Gala is near! As much as this year's fête will be about the culture, art and traditions of the East, a good deal of the red carpet will speak to the relationships between stars and their designer dates. So we have a little wishlist, of course! Read on for our dream Met Gala pairings—and keep those fingers crossed. 1. Kerry Washington & Jason Wu: Who can forget Kerry Washington's show-stopping moment in yellow satin Jason Wu column gown at the 2013 Cfda awards, or her heather satin gown at the Oscars? All we can say is "More please!" 2. Kendall Jenner & Pucci: Kendall Jenner looked totally killer in Pucci »
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