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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Begins Filming With Cast Full of People Who Haven’t Dropped Out Yet
Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs — a gigantic game of musical chairs that has seen David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, and Sony all think differently about their involvement — started filming this week, which means it is now a lot harder for everyone in the cast to quit. Here is the official list of actors who managed to be sitting down when the music stopped: Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as Apple CEO John Sculley, Kate Winslet as Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Michael Stuhlbarg as developer Andy Hertzfeld, and Inherent Vice's Katherine Waterston as Jobs's girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. Universal also revealed that the last of the film's three long scenes will take place in 1998, at the Apple product launch that introduced the iMac. Go get those royalty checks, New Radicals. »
- Nate Jones
Christine Taylor to reprise role in 'Zoolander 2' -- exclusive
Zoolander 2 continues to be the sequel that’s sort of happening but maybe not happening but, yes, actually happening. Actress Christine Taylor confirmed to EW that she'll reprise her role as journalist Matilda Jeffries in the sequel to the hit 2001 film, which followed lunkhead supermodel Derek Zoolander (Taylor's husband, Ben Stiller) and his accidental adventures into the seedy, corrupt underworld of male modeling. »
- Marc Snetiker
‘Blunt Talk': First Look At Patrick Stewart In Starz’s Scripted Comedy
“Blunt Talk,” from exec producer Seth MacFarlane and starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz released the first photos from the scripted comedy Wednesday.
The half-hour comedy from Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and series creator Jonathan Ames who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis was given a 20-episode, two season commitment.
“It was a great first day on the set of ‘Blunt Talk,'” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. And that was before the first shot. Later, in character as Walter Blunt, he was all those things and more.”
The original series, set in L.A., follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Imitation Game’ Director Picks Up Sci-Fi Love Story From ‘Doctor Strange’ Writer
Jon Spaihts' Passengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring. But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten […]
- Angie Han
Maya Rudolph, Jaden Smith Join HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Brothers in Atlanta’
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.
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Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »
- Travis Reilly
‘Dragon Ball’ To Be Japan’s Debut 3D IMAX Movie
Tokyo – The latest feature installment in the long-running “Dragon Ball” action anime series will be the first Japanese film to theatrically bow in the 3D IMAX format.
Titled “Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F” (literal translation: “Dragon Ball Z: The R in Resurrection”), the picture will open on 18 3D IMAX screens on April 18, with Toei and 20th Century Fox co-distributing.
The ‘F’ in the original title stands for ‘’Frieza,” an intergalactic tyrant who battles the doughty hero, Songoku, and his fellow defenders of the Earth from various alien threats.
The previous series entry, the 2013 “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” also opened in IMAX theaters, but not in 3D. It earned $25.3 million at the Japanese box office.
- Mark Schilling
Kanye West Premieres Paul McCartney Collaboration Video on ‘Ellen’
Kanye West doesn’t have a name for his new album yet, but he does have a music video for his collaboration with Paul McCartney, “Only One.” The rapper dropped by “Ellen” on Thursday where he premiered the music video directed by Spike Jonze and featuring West and his daughter North.
The song is written from the perspective of West’s mother Donda, who passed away in 2007 from surgery complications. West is giving voice to his mother, with her talking to him from Heaven to him about his daughter.
- Jason Hughes
‘Asleep’ and ‘Ode To My Father’ To Bookend Osaka Festival
Japanese film “Asleep” will have its world premiere as the opening film of the Osaka Asian Film Festival. South Korean hit “Ode To My Father” has been set as the festival’s closing title.
“Asleep” is based on a novel by cult writer Yoshimoto Banana and is directed by Wakagi Shingo. It stars Ando Sakura, Tanimura Mitsuki and Iura Arata. It will have its commercial theatrical release in May.
“Ode,” a patriotic melodrama, has been watched by over 12 million people in Korea. Directed by Yun Je-gyun, it stars Hwang Jung-Min.
The festival this year runs March 6 – 15. The full line-up will be announced in early February.
- Patrick Frater
There Will Be a Bob's Burgers Cookbook
If you love Bob's Burgers and the punny burgers of the day names, then you probably love Cole Bowden's Tumblr, The Bob's Burger Experiment. Bowden takes the names you see on Bob's chalkboard, creates a recipe, and then crafts an outlandish, gourmet burger from scratch. NPR's The Salt reports that after two years of making the internet drool, Bowden's recipes for such inventive dishes as "I Know Why The Cajun Burger Sings," "The Foot Feta-ish Burger," and "A Good Manchego Is Hard To Find," among others, will see print.Rizzoli has signed on to publish Bowden's work, which found support from a unique fan: Bob's creator Loren Bouchard. Bouchard steered clear of the blog at first because he didn't want to disrupt Bowden's creative process. But at the behest of the blogger, Bouchard wound up collaborating with Bowden briefly — and thus a partnership was born. "The work he has done »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Justin Bieber Talks Underwear, Comedy Central Roast, Recent Mistakes on ‘Ellen’ (Video)
Justin Bieber did a fakeout surprise for Ellen DeGeneres‘ birthday on Thursday’s episode of her syndicated talk show. She set it up by introducing a video birthday greeting from the singer and Calvin Klein model, but then he asked why he was doing the video if he was in the studio.
He walked out to an extended roar from the studio audience, offering DeGeneres flowers and Ck underwear.
When DeGeneres tried to talk to him about the advertising campaign, Bieber was notably quiet, only saying that it was fun to do. He later said, “I haven’t been on TV in a while, »
- Jason Hughes
Interview: 'Fortitude' creator Simon Donald discusses his chilling Pivot mystery
On Thursday (January 29), Pivot premieres the intriguing new Arctic Circle mystery "Fortitude." Now you have the better part of the day to figure out where Pivot is hiding on your TV dial. "Fortitude" is set in a chilly and alien world in which both the characters and the ice hide secrets. Featuring a strong cast led by Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory, "Fortitude" was created by scribe Simon Donald, whose credits include the original incarnation of "Low Winter Sun." At TCA Press Tour earlier this month, Donald and I sat down over a couple pints and discussed "Fortitude," starting with its brutal opening scene. We talked about the decision not to have Tucci do a Scottish accent, the drama's environmental message and the hints at horror or supernatural elements. It's a good conversation about a good show. Check out the Q&A. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Death on Taiwan Set of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’
There was a tragic death on the set of Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence,” which is to star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. The film is in pre-production at Taiwan’s Cmpc Studios. After the production deemed a structure on the backlot unsafe for use, a contractor was hired to reinforce it.
It was during this work that a ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others, a spokesman for the film told TheWrap. »
- Jason Hughes
Do Black Keys have Grammys advantage against solo artists for Best Rock Performance?
There isn't much precedent to consider when predicting Best Rock Performance at the Grammys. The category has only existed in its current form since 2011. Before that, the Grammys divided rock performances between solo artists and duos/groups. And for several years, solo performances were further split between male and female artists. -Break- But despite only three previous years of the consolidated Rock Performance category, there is a past winner in the mix this year: the Black Keys, who won in 2012 for "Lonely Boy" and now contend for their song "Fever." They also won Rock Duo/Group in 2010 for "Tighten Up," so we know the recording academy is fond of them, but they might also have another advantage: duos and groups have had a significant advantage in this category against solo artists. Grammy Awards preview: Inside track on 18 top races Since the category was created, groups have earned the majority of »
Bruce Jenner ‘Journey’ Docuseries In Development At E!
E! is developing a docuseries following Bruce Jenner’s “journey,” Variety has learned.
The former Olympian and newly divorced husband to Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan, which stars in several unscripted series at the cable network, has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender.
The development process has gone as far as the head of publicity at E! planning a meeting with GLAAD about how to handle such a sensitive subject. Variety reached out to reps for E!, which declined comment.
But the project is not far enough along to have a title, premiere date or episode order.
“It’s in the very beginning stages, but it’s a go,” an insider close to production tells Variety.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Construction Worker Killed on Set of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’
The accident happened around 10 am Thursday (local time) when temporary wooden scaffolding collapsed at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center, according to the Taipei City Construction Management Office.
The construction worked was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The extent of the injuries to the other two men is currently unknown.
The film is in advanced pre-production with shooting set to begin in the next couple of days, according to local sources.
“Today there was an unfortunate accident at Cmpc Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the Cmpc backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. »
- Patrick Frater
One Person Dies on Set of Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'
One person has died during preproduction on the set of the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence. Two others were injured when a ceiling collapsed. The Taiwan Daily reports that the ceiling collapsed on set during the building of wooden structures. Scorsese went to Cmpc Studios to shoot the film on the recommendation of Ang Lee. Principle photography on Silence was slated to start on Jan. 30 and it is not yet known whether the accident will affect the beginning of the shoot. The film, which is to star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, is an adaptation of a Shusako Endo
- THR staff
Phoenix Meteorologist Gives Hilarious Forecast With Glitching Weather Map (Video)
As with any technology, a meteorologist’s weather map can have glitches and malfunctions. And with local news a live medium, there’s very little time to respond. Luckily for Fox 10 in Phoenix, meteorologist Cory McCloskey wasn’t thrown at all when his AccuWeather map showed several regional temperatures above 1,000 degrees, with one city hovering close to 3,000 degrees.
McCloskey simply started reporting these numbers as if they were the factual temperatures in those cities, advising local residents to get out if they still could.
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- Jason Hughes
Supergirl Casts Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen
True Blood's Mehcad Brooks will exchange the paranormal for the extraterrestrial on CBS's Supergirl, where he's been cast as James Olsen. In this iteration of the character, Olsen will be a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl, Melissa Benoist) works. According to DC Comics lore, the character could also be a potential love interest for Kara. (If you just yelled spicy, give yourself a high five and then picture Stefon saying "CatCo is National City's hottest new club.") »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Drew Brees Fails Indoor Quarterback Pass on ‘Conan’ (Video)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t talk much about the “Deflategate” scandal surrounding the New England Patriots during his visit to “Conan” on Wednesday night, but he did try to see if he could gauge the difference by feel alone.
As an NFL quarterback, he handles footballs all the time, and he proved that he could instantly tell if a ball was inflated properly or under-inflated. In fact, not only was he able to tell if the ball was properly inflated, he could tell the Psi measurement of a ball at 13 Psi and another at 11 Psi.
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- Jason Hughes
China Media Watchdog Examining Ratings System For TV Shows
China's media watchdog is examining a classification system for television series, which would see controversial TV shows shown on designated channels at later time slots, a move that could resolve a looming impasse over censorship. "China has entered the research stage for rating system for dramas," Tian Jin, deputy director of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) told the Legal Daily newspaper. "We are studying the materials for TV dramas ratings from more than 10 countries and regions. Not only are we considering about certain time period, but also some specialized designated channels.
- Clifford Coonan
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