1-20 of 23 items « Prev | Next »
Charlie Sheen No-Shows Delay 'Anger Management' Production (Exclusive)
Charlie Sheen is at it again. The star of FX’s Anger Management has missed several days of work in recent weeks, according to sources. The absences have forced the show’s studio, Lionsgate, to push production beyond what was planned and to use stand-ins for the actor in certain scenes. The moves are said to have angered many of Sheen's fellow cast members. One source says the Anger cast is threatening to stop working if the absences persist. A Lionsgate spokesperson declined to comment on the situation. Sheen's publicist Jeff Ballard, denies that the show has used stand-ins or
- Matthew Belloni, Borys Kit
'300' Flexes Its Muscles with $17.7 Million on Friday
300: Rise of An Empire ruled the box office on Friday with an impressive $17.7 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a distant second, while The Grand Budapest Hotel got off to one of the best starts ever for a limited release.As expected, Rise of an Empire's $17.7 million was significantly lower than the original movie's $28.1 million first day haul. Still, it's a noticeable improvement over similar March releases like 10,000 B.C. ($12.5 million) and Olympus Has Fallen ($10 million). If Rise of an Empire plays out like the first movie, it will earn over $44 million for the three-day weekend.Mr. Peabody & Sherman took second place with an estimated $8 million. In comparison, past DreamWorks Animation movies How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods opened to $12.1 million and $11.6 million, respectively. One bright spot, at least, is that Peabody seems to be connecting with audiences: the movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore. For the three-day frame, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hundreds Gather for Candlelight Vigil to Honor Sarah Jones
Jones’ death has triggered a campaign to improve on-set safety, and led to the inclusion of a portrait of Jones on the Academy Awards on Sunday and vows from some union officials to press the issue.
The candlelight vigil went from the Directors Guild of America to the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, a few blocks away.
“No one’s daughter, no one’s son, should ever have to die making a movie or TV show,” said Jones’ father, Richard, told the crowd at a gathering in the parking lot of the Cinematographers Guild afterward. Jones’ mother, Elizabeth, stood by his side. He pointed to several in the crowd and said, “You are Sarah Jones,” reflecting the way so »
- Ted Johnson
Brett Ratner Says He's Expanding Into Cable TV Production
Filmmaker and emerging mogul Brett Ratner disclosed Saturday that he’s moving into cable TV production. “I’m about to close a joint venture with a cable network,” Ratner said in passing at a UCLA conference, adding that he would be deficit financing the programming. Ratner is doing the deal through his RatPac Entertainment, a partnership with Australian billionaire James Packer that supplies $450 million in film slate financing to Warner Bros. “TV is a big focus for us over the next few years,” Ratner said, referencing the company, before then mentioning the new deal. The deal is expected to
- Jonathan Handel
Basketball Diaries Director Scott Kalvert Dead at 49, Considered Possible Suicide
Another creative flame has been snuffed out before its time. Scott Kalvert, who directed a young Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 drama The Basketball Diaries, was found dead at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon. He was 49 and coroner's investigators are treating his death as a possible suicide, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No other information was available yet as to what authorities found when they arrived at his house. Mark Wahlberg recently stirred up some Basketball Diaries dirt when he told THR that DiCaprio tried to keep Wahlberg out of the movie because he was sore over some trash-talking "Leonardo was like, 'Over my dead »
Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92
Sheila MacRae, who was best known as Jackie Gleason's wife Alice Kramden on the 1960s revival of The Honeymooners, died on Thursday. She was 92, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actress passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. Her daughter, actress Heather MacRae said that her mother had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and was recovering well and without any complications up until this week. MacRae replaced Audrey Meadows as the highly entertaining housewife of Ralph, the amusing bus driver, from 1966-70 on The Jackie Gleason Show. Born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England on Sept. 24, 10921, she immigrated with her family to the United States during WWII. They »
SXSW: Zac Efron, Seth Rogen’s Neighbors’ Cracks Up Premiere Crowd
Austin — To premiere at SXSW, Universal’s “Neighbors” decided to forgo the end credits, a final mix, and the aspect ratio correction, but the sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater didn’t seem to mind. The Seth Rogen-produced raunchy comedy starring Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and an often-shirtless Rogen debuted to an audience content to heartily laugh.
While the weather outside was both frightful and wet, inside Rogen half joked that the only person out of the near dozen onstage that attended college was producer James Weaver, who also doubled as the sole member of a fraternity.
The film follows the Radnor family (Rogen and Byrne), who, after having their first child experience the unfortunate circumstance of having a fraternity move in next door (its president is played by Efron). In an attempt to both give their daughter a peaceful environment and yet prove to themselves that »
- Alexandra Cheney
SXSW Film Review: ‘Neighbors’
Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy “Neighbors” boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags, and provided that audiences don’t mind the lack of anything resembling a coherent story arc, its commercial potential ought to be enormous. Presented as a work-in-progress at SXSW (though aside from missing credits and a few continuity quirks, it appears largely finished), “Neighbors” is an unchecked riot that should go a long way toward selling antagonist Zac Efron as a credible adult actor, though as with anything involving the Greek system, a bit more moderation from the start might have prevented a few headaches afterward.
Rogen and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly, a young married couple whose infant daughter has prompted a move into the suburbs. Aside from the disruption to »
- Andrew Barker
Movie review: 'Veronica Mars' returns to dark, witty life
However improbable its existence may be, however unconventional its funding was, the "Veronica Mars" movie exists. And it's a blast. Based on the low-rated, lower-budget Upn and CW TV drama about a teen girl private eye — "Trust me, I know how dumb that sounds," the adult Veronica (Kristen Bell) admits in the film's opening seconds — directed and co-written (with Diane Ruggiero) by the show's creator, Rob Thomas, the "Veronica Mars" movie was paid for largely(*) by a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign, which created a dynamic unheard-of in mainstream moviemaking. Traditionally, audiences pay for a film after it's made (and if not enough see it, the picture loses money). In this case, the show's fans were so eager to see Veronica, Keith, Logan and the rest return to life that they shelled out money ahead of time, literally making the movie possible. (*) Fans pledged $5.7 million of their own money to the project, »
- Alan Sepinwall
SXSW: 'Neighbors' Premiere Gives Way to Raunchy Q&A
Austin -- Neighbors -- Universal's upcoming raunchfest that pits Seth Rogen against Zac Efron as warring dad and the fratboy-next-door -- debuted a nearly finished cut at South by Southwest on Saturday night, where the hard-r comedy's balls-out humor killed in a packed Paramount Theatre. (More on the very funny film at THR's rave review.) The ribald mood spilled over to the post-screening Q&A, where Rogen and Efron were joined by director Nicholas Stoller, and fellow cast members Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Ike Barinholtz. SXSW Review: Neighbors Also on hand were screenwriters Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, as well
- Seth Abramovitch
Interview: Mark & Mallory talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'
Doing "The Amazing Race" with somebody you know and love certainly doesn't mean you're going to get along. Duh. Facing the unique pressures of a televised race around the world, we've watched married couples, best friends, siblings and parents-and-children get lost in squabbles both petty and significant. Usually after the fighting is over, the partners profess to continued love and the relationships, either by blood or by choice, can be expected to continue as before. It's part of the charm of "The Amazing Race." This All-Stars season, though, "The Amazing Race" bucked formula. When Bopper had to bail on the season just hours before it began, Mark was allowed to race with Mallory, of Gary & Mallory fame, already a two-time contestant. They'd met previously, but she claimed not to know his last name. [It's Jackson.] The Mark & Mallory experiment lasted for two Legs. In last Sunday's episode, the mismatched pair ran into »
- Daniel Fienberg
Lena Dunham Jokes About ‘Girls’ Nudity in ‘SNL’ Monologue
Lena Dunham has apparently developed a sense of humor about the copious amounts of nudity on her HBO series “Girls.” Dunham, who famously bristled at a question from TheWrap about her nudity on the series during a Television Critics Association earlier this year, cracked wise on the topic during her opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live.” See video: Lena Dunham Asks Savannah Guthrie If She's Willing To Show Nipple During the monologue, Dunham cited the old saw about public speaking, “If you're nervous about giving a speech, just picture the audience naked,” then joked, “or at least imagine that your audience. »
- Tim Kenneally
Neighbors: SXSW Review
Austin — It's breeders against bros in Neighbors, Nicholas Stoller's tale of two young parents who buy their first home only to watch the house next door be invaded by a fraternity bent on one-upping their debauchery-pioneering forebears. Very funny at the outset and escalating steadily for most of its brisk running time, the film represents a big win for neophyte screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, and should return Stoller to the commercial peak of his debut Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Shown here in a cut described as a "work in progress," the picture clearly had
- John DeFore
5 Things to Know About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
As investigators continue to search the Gulf of Thailand for the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing this weekend, new developments are coming through regarding the plane's disappearance. According to the CNN, there were 239 people aboard the flight that disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand Saturday morning, and now the possibility of foul play is starting to surface. Take a look at the five things to know about the missing Malaysia flight. 1. A huge search is underway: All contact was lost as the flight traveled from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing. According to CNN, a multinational search is underway in the South China Sea to try to find the wreckage. Ships, helicopters and »
SXSW: Marshmallows unite at 'Veronica Mars'
Seven years and a famous Kickstarter campaign in the making, Veronica Mars finally made its grand jump from small to big screen on Saturday afternoon at the SXSW festival. Rob Thomas’ movie, brisk and fun and full of throwback love to the cult series, opens with Kristen Bell’s Veronica leaving a thriving life in New York City when her forever flame Logan (Jason Dohring, fine as ever) is suspected of murder. Her trip home to Neptune coincides with her high school’s 10-year reunion, an event she’d penciled in years ago to studiously avoid. For fans of the »
- Karen Valby
Charlie Sheen Delays Anger Management Production: Report
It looks like Charlie Sheen is causing major drama for Anger Management. The thesp has reportedly missed several days of work, causing Lionsgate (the show's studio) to push production back and use stand-ins for Sheen in his absence for certain scenes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. News of Sheen's supposed absence during production comes after Selma Blair was dropped from the show by text by Sheen last year. Although he didn't have the authority to make firing decisions, a source told E! News Sheen knew that the show, which received a 90-episode order from FX after its first season, couldn't go on without him. And he was right. The actress, left the FX sitcom »
Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lena Dunham And The National
Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
SXSW: 'Veronica Mars' Delights Diehards at World Premiere
Austin -- Veronica Mars' unlikely journey from cult TV series from the mid-aughts to crowdfunded feature film culminated on Saturday afternoon at Austin's South by Southwest, where creator Rob Thomas and his cast -- led by radiant geek goddess Kristen Bell -- attended the world premiere at the Paramount Theatre. (A second premiere for backers of the film's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign -- which raised $5.7 million from nearly 92,000 fans -- was held later that evening at a cinema 30 minutes north of the city. Fans who paid $750 or more were promised two tickets to the event and its after-party.
- Seth Abramovitch
Stacy Keibler Is Married!
As it turns out, Stacy Keibler is the marrying kind. The former Dancing With the Stars hoofer married her tech entrepreneur boyfriend Jared Pobre in a surprise sunset ceremony on a beach in Mexico Saturday, according to People. "My happiness is indescribable!" the 34-year-old bride told the mag. "Marriage is the ultimate bond of love and friendship. It means putting all your faith and trust into a person that you can't help but believe is your soul mate. Someone who has all of your best interests at heart; someone handpicked for you, to help you grow and be the best person that you can be. Jared is all of this for me." The duo's nuptials were a surprise for their families who were »
Science Channel Greenlights Craig Ferguson Series ‘I F-ing Love Science’
Science Channel greenlit new series “I F-ing Love Science,” executive produced by CBS’ “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson. Ferguson made the announcement via a videotaped message at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on Saturday. The series is inspired by the Facebook phenomenon, I F*cking Love Science, created by British biology student Elise Andrew, which boasts more than 10 million fans. The one-hour show will feature a mix of live-action, animation and re-creations that demonstrate the random manifestations of science that connects us. The Green Mountain West Productions and Karga7 Productions series will debut on Science Channel in fourth quarter 2014. Also read: Morgan Freeman. »
- Tony Maglio
1-20 of 23 items « Prev | Next »« Prev | Next »