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James Shigeta Dead at 81: Character Actor and Singer Had Memorable Roles in Die Hard and Flower Drum Song
James Shigeta started off by conquering the American Idol of his day. The singer and character actor won first place on the 1950s staple The Original Amateur Hour, and that proved to be a launching pad for a career on stage and screen. Shigeta, whose long career allowed for memorable appearances in the likes of the 1961 musical Flower Drum Song and then 1988's Die Hard, has died. He was 81. "It is with great sadness that I report the loss of my long time friend and client James Shigeta," his agent said in a statement to E! News Monday. "James was the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known. He filled both A-movie starring »
Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito join live-action 'Jungle Book'
Christopher Walken is officially king of the swingers.
Disney revealed today that the Oscar winner has joined the cast of its increasingly star-studded live action Jungle Book remake. Walken is set to voice the ape monarch King Louie, a part sure to be as flamboyant as his upcoming turn in NBC’s Peter Pan Live. (In Disney’s 1967 animated musical, Louie is the one who sings the jazzy classic “I Wanna Be Like You.”)
Also joining the film’s ranks: Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito, who already has experience playing a classic Disney character. (He portrayed Once Upon a Time’s »
- Hillary Busis
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts ‘Fringe’ Alum for Season 3
“Orange Is the New Black” is adding a “Fringe” element to its upcoming season. The Netflix series has added Blair Brown to its cast for Season 3, a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap on Monday. Further details about the character that Brown — who played Nina Sharp on Fox's J.J. Abrams series “Fringe” — will portray on “Orange Is the New Black” were not available. Brown joins a cast that will include new recruit Mary Steenburgen. »
- Tim Kenneally
Eva Green Eyes Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’
With a February start date line up, Tim Burton is going with a familiar face to lead the away in his next pic.
Based on the Ranson Riggs’ novel about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Chernin Entertainment is producing the pic.
If the deal closes, the film would be a step closer to giving Burton another supernatural feature to tackle. Green and Burton had previously worked together on “Dark Shadows” and Burton has always enjoyed reteaming with thesps he has worked with in the past.
Green, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management, »
- Justin Kroll
'Veep' Star Heads to 'New Girl'
New Girl's season-premiere love triangle is complete. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Veep star Reid Scott will appear on the Fox comedy for its upcoming fourth season, playing a wedding guest and the object of Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) affection at a wedding. News of Scott's addition goes hand-in-hand with Jessica Biel's gig on the Sept. 16 season premiere. He'll play Ted, the charming man who inspires some not-so-friendly competition between Jess and Kat (Biel), "the hottest scientist in the world." In addition to his role as
- Michael O'Connell
Elizabeth Olsen's Super Tight Comic-Con Look: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?
We want so badly to support this daring look on the darling Elizabeth Olsen. She's consistently among our best dressed starlets...she's a genius actress (the thought of Martha Marcy May Marlene still gives us chills)...she's Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen's little sister! And yet, we can't make exceptions just because we have a celeb crush. Bottom line: this body hugger is just not working, and for more reasons than one. First, the color is way too drab for the middle of July. The upcoming Avengers star wears this muted grey/olive well, but she'd wear it better in mid October. Second, the fit. Listen, "painted on" is absolutely impossible to wear, so we're going to give this »
Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Denounce Israeli 'Genocide' in Open Letter
Madrid – Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, husband Javier Bardem and director Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza. In an open letter published in Spanish newspapers on Tuesday, they described Israel’s actions as "genocide." Story Talk About Anything Political in Hollywood...Except Gaza The entertainment industry representatives also called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip." In the open letter, they also demanded a ceasefire by the Israeli military and urged
- Ben Jones
John C. Reilly Surprises David Letterman With Unexpected ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Clip (Video)
John C. Reilly plays a member of the Nova Corp in Marvel's upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He's the law enforcement officer who arrests the various members of the titular team, leading to their formation. He brought a clip with him from the movie — or at least a movie — for his appearance on “Late Show.” See video: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Michael Rooker Talks Mohawk Redesigns and Zombie Delicacies David Letterman didn't appear to know what was coming when Reilly let the clip role, but it wasn't from “Guardians” at all. It was from an old black-and-white film, featuring a. »
- Jason Hughes
Mireille Enos Tries To Wash Away Her Sins in Clip From ‘The Killing’ Season 4 (Video)
A little more than a year after its third season finale on AMC, Netflix will drop the entire six-episode final season of “The Killing” on Friday, August 1. The streaming service released a clip that picks up the action shortly after that shocking season finale that was temporarily a series finale after AMC cancelled the show for a second time. Netflix swooped in and picked the drama up for a fourth and final season, giving Veena Sud and her team six episodes to wrap up the character arcs of Mireille Enos‘ Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman‘s Stephen Holder. See video: ‘The Killing’ Season. »
- Jason Hughes
Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway are coy about 'Penny Dreadful' season 2
San Diego - When we last left "Penny Dreadful's" most eligible bachelors things weren't necessarily coming up roses. Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) had transformed into a werewolf type creature (although it turns out he isn't aware of what happens to him when he "blacks out" and goes wild) and suffered through the death of his lover, Brona Croft (Billie Piper). Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) had his heart unceremoniously broken by Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and found himself once more immortal and alone. Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) couldn't kill the Creature (Rory Kinnear) he created that was threatening to destroy everyone around him. Instead, he took Ms. Croft's life earlier than her terminal sickness would have allowed so that he could properly transform her into a "bride" for his monstrous creation. These gentlemen of questionable morals and virtues are three reasons why John Logan's Showtime series is so fascinating. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Microsoft Probed in China as XBox One Launch Looms
Microsoft has run into trouble with the Chinese government after the company's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu raided by authorities reported the South China Morning Post on Monday. Citing Sina News portal sources close to the matter, the Scmp reports that the investigation is likely concerned with anti-trust behavior. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce is behind the investigation and made unannounced visits to Microsoft's four biggest offices in China, although it is still unclear what investigators were looking for, or if anything was taken away. In an email correspondence with the Scmp, Microsoft China
- Abid Rahman
James Franco and Jimmy Fallon Try To Describe Movies in Five Seconds (Video)
James Franco and Jimmy Fallon discovered just how difficult it can be to describe the plot of a movie in five seconds or less. In a new game on “The Tonight Show,” they tried to guess popular movies after such a short description, using no actors, characters or words from the film title. It did not go well. Also read: James Franco Embezzlement Suit Reaches Settlement In Franco's defense, who struggled early, the rules were in flux. At first, they allowed character names so when he shouted “Neo!” it was clearly “The Matrix.” But then, they decided that made it too easy. »
- Jason Hughes
Teen Wolf Recap: Everybody's Getting Killed And/Or Thrown Down Wells! – Plus, Is [Spoiler!] Dying?
Fresh off of their fantastically adorable Comic Con panel, it feels like this season of Teen Wolf really got off the ground tonight, as the battle with the deadpool continued. We said some not-so-sad goodbyes to two new characters, and one quite sad goodbye to a character we wish we knew better. From start to finish, it was one crazy eventful night in Beacon Hills, so let's break it down. Kate found a mysterious mixtape labeled "play me." She did so, and it was a recording of a guy talking about evil. She ventured outside of the car where a bunch of presumed assassins were hanging out on the ground, mostly dead. There was one who was mostly alive, and Kate threatened him until he told her she could get the info she »
James Franco and Jimmy Fallon Play Guess The Movie
While his brother Dave was cruising for Tinder meetups in a brown van with Conan, James Franco settled for a slightly more low-key talk show activity, joining Jimmy Fallon in a game called "Five-Second Summaries" (a.k.a. 'Catchphrase' with movie titles). And frankly, for someone who has been in a lot of movies, James Franco is pretty bad at guessing movie titles. He only barely got Pineapple Express, and he was in that one. »
- Anna Silman
Film Review: ‘Paris of the North’
“Paris of the North” is a small but appealing, character-driven dramedy about emotionally handicapped men, featuring several father-son relationships that humorously model various styles of manhood and schools of parenting. Like Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s first feature, “Either Way” (remade Stateside as “Prince Avalanche” by David Gordon Green), the film is rooted in a droll script whose many universal elements offer significant remake potential, played out against a harshly beautiful landscape and featuring two main characters forced into shared isolation. Further fest travel is assured.
The action takes place over a summer in northwest Iceland, in a rundown fishing village so claustrophobically tiny (pop. 150), that sometimes situations become a bit too intimate. Take, for example, the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings attended by the protagonist, Hugi (Bjorn Thors, a tad too sour). The only other people in the group are Svanur (Sigurdur Skulason), the father of Erna (Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir »
- Alissa Simon
‘The Bachelorette’ Finale Sex Secret Shocks Live Audience
In discussing their brief relationship on”After the Rose,” an emotional Viall, who earlier tried but failed to talk to “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman, said the two were intimate before she decided to accept the marriage proposal of Josh Murray.
“If you weren’t in love with me…I’m just not sure why you made love with me, either,” Viall said softly.
The visibly stunned “Bachelorette” quickly gathered herself.
“First of all, I think that’s below the belt,” Dorfman said, “that’s something that should be private and kept private.”
Viall, still obviously heartbroken, tried backtracking but it was too late.
“I’m not trying to put you below the belt…”
“You already have! »
- Variety Staff
China Box Office: Local Title 'Continent' Bows at $47 Million as 'Transformers' Exits on $317 Million High
The Continent, a nostalgic road movie by the popular young Chinese novelist, heartthrob and blogger Han Han, has taken $47 million in its opening weekend in China, knocking Tiny Times 3.0 by another youthful Chinese director and writer, Guo Jingming, off the top of the charts. Domestic movies ran in solid numbers during a period when Hollywood movies are cleared from the schedules to make way for homegrown fare, but the success of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which has now ended its run in China as the first movie to pass the $300-million threshold in China, highlighted the
- Clifford Coonan
Mark Ballas and Derek Hough Trade Dancing for Flipping Houses in ‘Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip’
From “Dancing With the Stars” to flipping houses, champions Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are launching a new joint venture with Hgtv. “Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip” will feature the two professional dancers as they trade in their dancing shoes for work belts, tackling home renovations and house flipping. The four-episode series will follow the pair, who recently co-purchased a house in Southern California, as they gut the property and rehab it before trying to sell it for a profit. See video: ‘DWTS’ Mark Ballas Debut Single: Watch Teaser of the Derek Hough-Directed ‘Get My Name’ (Exclusive) “Mark and I have worked together. »
- Jason Hughes
Lord of the Rings Actor Joins Once Upon a Time in Frozen Role
Two new actors are joining Once Upon a Time in roles from Frozen: John Rhys-Davies, a.k.a Lord of the Rings' Gimli, will voice Pabbie the Troll King, while Shameless actor Tyler Jacob Moore will play the devious Prince Hans. They join Fringe's Georgina Haig as Queen Elsa, newcomer Elizabeth Lail as Anna and Greek's Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff. Sadly, still no Olaf. Let it go, everybody. »
- Anna Silman
‘Batkid Begins’ Trailer Examines Make-a-Wish Dream That Became Viral Phenomenon (Video)
What started as a simple attempt to help bring a young boy's “Make-a-Wish” dream to life turned into a national sensation. “Batkid Begins” is a projected documentary, seeking funding via IndieGoGo, that looks into how this five-year-old kid's wish to become Batman became an unexpected viral sensation. Also read: ‘Batkid’ Filmmakers Seek Indiegogo Funding A trailer released for the forthcoming documentary by director/writer Dana Nachman spotlights the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City for five-year-old Miles Scott, and the thousands of people who showed up to watch this “Batkid” save the city. “One of his doctors told us that with this disease. »
- Jason Hughes
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