Ian McShane Joins Game of Thrones Season 6
Ian McShane, best known for his terrifying turn as the foul-mouthed anti-hero of Deadwood, will be returning to HBO, by way of Westeros. According to Entertainment Weekly, McShane and his unsettling eyes have been cast in an undisclosed role for season six of Game of Thrones. McShane, who once had a career as a sexy crooner before trying his hand at playing sociopaths, will have “a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, yet his character is of key importance.” The 72-year-old actor plays scary men of authority, and homocidal Santa Clauses, better than anyone else. We can't wait to see what he does, and who he kills. »
- Greg Cwik
Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Flying to $50 Million Weekend
Tom Cruise has been welcomed back to the nation’s multiplexes, with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” heading for a U.S. opening weekend that could top $50 million, according to early estimates Friday.
That could be four times as much as that for the rebooted “Vacation,” which is underperforming with a projected Friday-Sunday total of $12.5 million and a disappointing five-day cume ar0und $19 million.
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is dominating Friday business, with a first-day total of at least $20 million at 3,956 locations. That figure includes $4 million from Thursday-night preview showings.
Paramount’s fifth entry in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has launched amid a marketing campaign with Cruise — one of the best promoters in the business — hitting the circuit to discuss the film and its eye-popping stunts, such as his clinging to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff.
The studio has been cautious in its guidance for the action-adventure, »
- Dave McNary
Pro Wrestler ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61
Pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died of natural causes at the age of 61, TMZ reports. Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006, but he told a newspaper last year he was cancer-free. He reportedly died in his sleep on Friday of cardiac arrest. Born Roderick Toombs, Piper grew up on an Indian reservation in Saskatchewan and got into wrestling at a young age, taking his nickname and entrance gimmick from his other hobby, bagpiping. One of the most famous villains in pro-wrestling history — though, like many wrestlers, he spent time on both sides of the heel-face divide — he spent two decades working for World Wrestling Entertainment. The most famous match of his career in the squared circle was undoubtedly the first Wrestlemania, where he squared off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T for a tag-team fight in Madison Square Garden. Piper last wrestled professionally in 2008 and »
- Nate Jones
Fletch Reboot Finds New Life As Relativity Closes
Some reboots are destined to fail, while others manage to make a name for themselves in no time flat. And then there are those reboots that seem destined to spend their lives in limbo, transferring from studio to studio, waiting to either happen or not. One of the most infamous examples of a franchise in serious limbo is Fletch, which has transferred from Miramax to Warner Bros, and most recently to Relativity. With their impending bankruptcy forcing their hand, the studio is shuffling their deck and looking for a partner to help them play the Fletch card once and for all. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, a new Fletch film could be part of a potential deal that would keep Relativity active through corporate restructuring and the recruitment of some new investing blood. The plan so far is to keep Masterminds and Kidnap on the studio's »
Andre Benjamin Cast in ‘American Crime’ Season 2
Andre Benjamin has been cast in the second season of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime.” The move reunites Benjamin with the show’s creator and executive producer John Ridley. The two worked together on the 2014 film “All Is by My Side,” which Ridley wrote and directed and in which Benjamin starred as a young Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin will star opposite Regina King as Michael Lacroix, an architect who is married to King’s character, Terri. The two form a wealthy power couple who have the means to defend their son when he becomes embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school. »
- Daniel Holloway
Charlize Theron Adopts Second Child, Baby Girl, After Sean Penn Split
Surprise! Charlize Theron is now a mom of two. The Oscar-winning actress has adopted her second child, Us Weekly can confirm. Theron, 39, adopted the African-American child in July. She was born in the U.S. and her name is August. In April, Theron opened up about motherhood to W magazine. “…I do know that choosing to be a mom in my late 30s has been really great for me,” she said. “It’s given me perspective.” The news comes just over a month after Us broke the news that Theron [...] »
Ronda Rousey Beats Ufc Opponent in 34 Seconds: Hollywood Reacts
Ronda Rousey keeps making it look easy. The Mma fighter knocked out challenger Bethe Correia on Saturday in Rio to defend her bantamweight title and move to 12-0 in her career. Here is what some Hollywood and sports notables were tweeting about the brief Ufc battle. Read More Ronda Rousey on Topping Floyd Mayweather Jr. for Espy Award: He Was "Beat by a Woman for Once" Rowdy Ronda a beast with dat sh!t slime — Lil Wayne Weezy F (@LilTunechi) August 2, 2015 Ronda could just fight on Instagram next time! Plenty of time to knock the next
- Ryan Gajewski
Best and Worst of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation': Greatest 'Mission' ever?
Is the fifth time the charm for “Mission: Impossible”? The almost 20-year-old franchise has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but “Rogue Nation” has arguably earned even better reviews than the last installment, Brad Bird's “Ghost Protocol.” Who knew? One reason “Rogue Nation” works so well is because of relative newcomer Rebecca Ferguson. Actually, you might have caught the Swedish actress in last summer’s terrible “Hercules” (she’s probably hoping you forgot), but to most moviegoers this will be her coming out party. As an undercover agent straddling allegiances between the bad guys (the mysterious Syndicate) and the supposed good guys (MI6) Ferguson is never from the action or the storyline. Without her seductive performance much of “Rogue Nation” might have seemed overtly familiar. Director and co-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie probably deserves the lion's share of praise, however. McQuarrie is new to the “Mission” creative team »
- Gregory Ellwood
Review: 'Hannibal' - 'and the Woman Clothed with the Sun': We are family?
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I'm dressed up in moral dignity pants... "It takes two to catch one." -Hannibal We're now getting deep into this show's adaptation of the "Red Dragon" novel (with winks to the movies along the way, like Freddie Lounds mentioning "manhunters"), which has pros and cons. Having a story that Fuller, Lightfoot and company want to adapt relatively faithfully imposes a structure on the show that hasn't always been there the last season and a half or so. And it's also fun to see particular moments, and hear particular lines, in this context. At the same time, though, I came out of "and the Woman Clothed with the Sun" wondering if the Harris story necessarily lent itself to a more prolonged adaptation (with commercial breaks subtracted, these six episodes will run a little over four hours), and also whether »
- Alan Sepinwall
Rihanna Shines Bright While Wearing Yellow Bikini and Flashy Jewelry on Vacation—See the Sexy Pic!
Is it just us, or did it just get real hot up in here? As the summer months continue, Rihanna is taking time to rest and relax in the bright sunshine. Lucky for us, that means more bikini photos on her Instagram! In a new post from Friday evening, the "Diamonds" singer soaked up the sun in a lounge chair. But while RiRi caught a few rays, our eyes were drawn to her impressive bikini body on full display. Wearing a bright yellow Charlie by Matthew Zink bikini that showed off her tattoo, RiRi posed seductively for the camera as she worked plenty of accessories. "All @jacquieaiche errthang," she captioned the pic while crediting her bracelets to the designer. She completed her look »
'Ghostbusters' Cast Visits Children's Hospital in Full Costume
The cast of director Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters film helped raise spirits on Saturday at a hospital in Boston. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones appeared in full costume at Tufts Medical Center, where they posed for photos with patients. The facility shared pics on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Read more Emma Stone: I Turned Down 'Ghostbusters' Because "It's a Whole Thing" "Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center patients got a huge surprise today when Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones came to visit!" read the Facebook post.
- Ryan Gajewski
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and the Ghostbusters Cast Surprise Patients at Boston Children's Hospital
So who made this phone call?! For several patients at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Saturday turned out to be a day filled with unexpected visitors as Melissa McCarthy and her Ghostbusters co-stars surprised a few lucky individuals. In full movie attire with matching backpacks, the cast including Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones entered hospital rooms to talk with patients and their respective families. Some visits even called for an impromptu check under beds and mock scans to make sure there weren't any ghosts roaming through the halls. "They were a true delight to have today," Brooke Hynes, VP of Public Affairs and Communications for Tufts Medical Center, »
Montreal-Born ‘Turbo Kid’ Gets Rowdy Hometown Welcome at Fantasia
The audiences at the Fantasia Film Festival are famously vocal when it comes to showing their approval for genre-movie gore, action and all-around creativity: When the lights go down, they meow like a roomful of anxious kittens, and when cars (or heads) explode onscreen, so do the ovations and laughter in the room.
The directors of ’80s-tastic sci-fi homage “Turbo Kid” knew to expect such energy going into their Quebec premiere, but they weren’t prepared for just how excited the Montreal audiences would be to see their BMX-riding “Mad Max” tribute. At one point, a character tosses an old VHS cassette onto the campfire for warmth, and the room may as well have lost its collective mind.
After all, this was a movie custom-tailored to play that room. “Turbo Kid” may have debuted six months earlier as a midnight movie at Sundance, but co-helmers Anouk Whissell, her husband Francois Simard »
- Peter Debruge
Kate Middleton Is Officially an Advanced Scuba Diver, Can Now Swim 98 Feet Underwater With Prince William
Just keep diving Kate Middleton! The Duchess of Cambridge may be busy raising two adorable children. But Prince William's leading lady has made some time to get a little sporty. Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte's mom recently passed a Professional Association of Diving Instructors Advanced Open Water Diver qualification. In far simpler terms, she can now scuba dive to a depth of 30 meters or 98 feet. According to the Telegraph, who first reported the news, the new status has enabled Kate to join her husband on deep dives (where sharks may be present) during holidays in Mustique. Kelly Fisher Katz recently met the Duke and Duchess when she was on »
‘Downton Abbey’ Ep Gareth Neame Says a Movie ‘Could Be a Wonderful Thing’
“Downton Abbey” has just two weeks of production left, and TV critics were treated to a final season teaser Saturday at the summer TCA press tour. Naturally, the happy threat of a feature film to follow Season 6 was a hot topic at hand. “We might,” a guarded Executive Producer Gareth Neame told reporters of a possible movie. “There are no firms plans about that at all.” Later, he added: “I think a ‘Downton’ movie could be a wonderful thing.” Also Read: Norman Lear Updates 'One Day at a Time' Reboot News On the small screen, while Season 6 will say goodbye to. »
- Tony Maglio
Derek Waters on surprise Emmy nomination for 'Drunk History': 'I still don't believe it's real' [Exclusive Video]
Derek Waters co-created and produces Comedy Central's "Drunk History," which features historical reenactments narrated by inebriated storytellers, but he wasn't anticipating the Emmy nomination the show received for Best Variety Sketch Series. As he explains in our exclusive video chat, "It's obviously an honor, and I still think I might have a disease and this is just people trying to make me feel better … I still don't believe it's real." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Emmys exclusive: Which episode is submitted by Amy Schumer ('Inside Amy Schumer')? The Variety Sketch category is new to the Emmys. Previously, sketch shows competed against talk shows in one race, where talk shows like "The Late Show," "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have dominated for almost two decades. "I think it's really cool that this new category exists," says Waters, »
China Has Record July at the Box Office
The Chinese box office sector enjoyed its biggest July of all time with a record $898 million (RMB5.49 billion) take. Ticket sales hit 159 million.
China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said on Saturday that the July performance lifted the cash total so far this year to RMB25.9 billion.
That compares with the $4.82 billion (RMB29.6 billion) in the full 12 months of 2014. It seems likely that the 2014 total will be overtaken in late August or early September.
Chinese authorities have been operating a blackout period, or “domestic film protection month,” since June 19. During this time major foreign films are not allowed new releases. And Sapprft reported that Chinese films accounted for more than 95% of the July total. Hits “Monster Hunt,” “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” drove the total.
While the blackout periods are regarded by Hollywood studios as government-orchestrated distortions of the Chinese cinema market, »
- Patrick Frater
Hollywood Guilds Fight to Save Residuals in Relativity Bankruptcy (Analysis)
As a blizzard of legal papers arrived Thursday at a Manhattan federal court, signaling the start of Relativity’s bankruptcy, Hollywood guilds moved decisively to protect their members’ residuals from vanishing in the storm, a review of documents by The Hollywood Reporter shows – but whether those efforts will be successful is not yet clear and will play out in the coming weeks as proceedings continue and as the mini-studio accesses a lifeline loan approved by the court on Friday to keep its operations going. Contrary to a published report, there is no “promise” that $8 million of Relativity funds
- Jonathan Handel
Kate Moss & Jamie Hince Wear Wedding Rings After Split Rumors, Photos of Him With Jessica Stam—See Pics
Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince were recently spotted separately wearing their wedding rings, a week after rumors said the two are set to end their four-year marriage. The 41-year-old supermodel and the 46-year-old guitarist of the indie rock band The Kills have not commented about the reports, made in the British media last week. On Monday, Hince was photographed looking cozy with Victoria's Secret model Jessica Stam, 29, outside a club in Los Angeles following his group's show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The two have not commented about the pics. They were spotted chatting while standing close. They were also photographed putting their arms around each other, and at one »
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