‘Shahs of Sunset’s’ Gay Catfight Earns Season-High Ratings
All it took was the promise of a gay catfight and the viewers came a-running to Tuesday’s episode of Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.” It attracted 836,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted Adults ages 18-49 and and 866,000 viewers in Bravo’s key demographic adults 25-54. It also earned a season-high number of total viewers with close to 1.5 million people tuning in to the episode. Also read: Bravo’s Andy Cohen Stepping Down From Executive Role for New On-Air Deal After the ratings boost, Bravo scheduled a double helping of episodes for next week. The first will air on Sunday at 9/8c after “Real Housewives of. »
- Jethro Nededog
Vondie Curtis-Hall Directing Paul Robeson Biopic (Exclusive)
Project has been in development since early this year with South African director Darrell Roodt attached to helm and David Harewood on board to play the lead. Producers have opted to read other actors for the role.
Robeson, born in 1898, was a singer, actor and orator from the 1920s through the 1950s best known for his acting in “Othello” and his singing of “Ol’ Man River.” Robeson’s political activism brought him to the attention of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, leading to the revocation of his passport for eight years despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during WWII.
Curtis-Hall, who began his career as a singer/dancer on Broadway in the original production of “Dreamgirls, »
- Dave McNary
Dwayne Johnson’s Earthquake Movie ‘San Andreas’ Hits Theaters on June 5, 2015
New Line’s “San Andreas,” starring Dwayne Johnson, will hit theaters on June 5, 2015 in 2D and 3D.
The film, directed by Brad Peyton, centers on a massive earthquake that hits California and one man who must make the treacherous journey across the state to rescue his estranged daughter.
The “San Andreas” project has been in development since 2011 with New Line-based Flynn producing through his Flynn PictureCo. banner with Tripp Vinson.
“San Andreas” is the second title to land on the June 5 release date. Fox has already dated animated “B. »
- Dave McNary
Lorde creates her own universe in new 'Team' video: Watch
In Lorde’s world, it’s not always the most popular kid who wins. She embraces the misfits, as “Royals” taught us. In “Team,” a band of high school kids in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world are looking for a new ruler. And they pick the new king in a decidedly Mad Max way as two kids don helmets, hop on bikes and joust with table legs. Because it’s Lorde’s world, the unpopular kid —the one with the stringy hair, acne and a limp, is victorious. Despite the bombed-out building (which is the perfect metaphor for how most of us feel about high school), »
Box office preview: 'Frozen' ready to cool down 'Catching Fire'
After a record-breaking Thanksgiving frame, the box office heads into the proverbial turkey-coma that is the first week of December. Only one new release, Out of the Furnace, is hitting theaters, leaving Frozen and Catching Fire to duke it out for the top spot. Which will win? Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:
1. Frozen – $34 million
Family films thrive over the Thanksgiving holiday — so much so that they’re destined to plummet in the following frame. Still, Frozen’s glowing reception and complete lack of competition will help it maintain success for quite a while. If it falls 50 percent this weekend, »
- Grady Smith
'Sherlock': Benedict Cumberbatch stirs up a media frenzy in new Season 3 photos
Sherlock Holmes has a lot of explaining to do. The irrepressible case-cracker has cropped up in a series of brand-new photos for "Sherlock" Season 3, set to arrive on U.S. screens in the new year. In addition to showcasing the continued adventures of Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his partner John Watson (Martin Freeman), the forthcoming season will feature new cast member Amanda Abbington as Watson's bride-to-be Mary Morstan. Check out all the images in the gallery below, then let us know whether you'll be watching in the comments. "Sherlock" Season 3 premieres Jan. 19 on PBS. »
- HitFix Staff
Will Ferrell Hits the Dan Patrick Show: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Ron Burgundy
Following his appearance on a North Dakota TV newscast, Ron Burgundy ventured over to radio. Will Ferrell went full on anchorman when he made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, reprising his role as the faux San Diego TV news anchor to promote the upcoming Anchorman 2. The funnyman was supposed to also make an appearance on Sportscenter Thursday, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, that was cancelled because of a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon (that later revealed Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston would not be charged with rape). So far, Ferrell's Sportscenter appearance hasn't been rescheduled. But, he was a riot when he appeared on »
Inside Adam Sandler's Star-Studded Holiday Party With Demi Moore, Julianne Hough and More!
Adam Sandler throws one heck of a holiday party. The Hollywood funnyman held his annual bash at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, Calif., on Wednesday evening. And considering the lengthy guest list, the evening affair was a regular who's who of Tinsletown! E! News has learned that Demi Moore, Julianne Hough, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Chord Overstreet, Marilyn Manson and Vanilla Ice all made appearances at Sandler's party. But wait! There's more! Bella Thorne, Miles Teller, Brett Ratner, Joey Fatone, Slash, David Spade and the actor's longtime pal Rob Schneider were also there. Now if that's not a motley crew, we don't know what is… A source »
Espn to Air More of Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy Chat With Peyton Manning
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy didn't host SportsCenter as planned on Thursday, but viewers will be seeing more of the Anchorman 2 character on Espn. The network will air unseen portions from Burgundy's interview with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning prior to the release of the Paramount sequel on Dec. 18. "There will be additional elements from Ron Burgundy’s Peyton Manning interview, conducted for Espn The Magazine, in the coming days across platforms," an Espn spokesperson stated to The Hollywood Reporter. Story: How 'Anchorman 2' Is Being Pushed Overseas The Espn The Magazine interview was teased as a prelude to Ferrell's fictional
- Erik Hayden
Nelson Mandela's Death: Bono Writes, 'He Could Charm the Birds Off the Trees'
"As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager." Bono's essay on Nelson Mandela, published by Time mere minutes after news of the South African leader's death on Thursday, is filled with reason upon reason why the U2 frontman has spent the better part of 34 years as a follower. In the 1051-word piece, titled "The Man Who Could Not Cry," Bono calls Mandela a "forceful presence" in his life since 1979, when he says U2 made its first stand against apartheid, a system of de facto
- Marc Schneider, Billboard
Amanda Seyfried to Star in Universal Comedy 'He's F-ing Perfect'
Amanda Seyfried has signed a deal to star in He’s F---ing Perfect, a comedy being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and their Gary Sanchez Productions banner alongside Good Universe. Jake Szymanski, who has helmed many Funny or Die skits, is attached to direct. Perfect is the story of one woman, pessimistic in love, who regularly uses the Internet to research the men her friends are dating, acting as a vetting device for them to weed out losers. Things take a turn when she gets a friend to dump a new guy in order to steal the
- Borys Kit
Martin Scorsese to Be Feted by Art Directors Guild
Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 8, the org announced on Thursday.
The kudofest, set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by standup comedian Owen Benjamin.
Scorsese took home a long-awaited Oscar in 2006 for helming “The Departed” in 2006; his additional eight nominations from the Academy include those for “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and, most recently, “Hugo.” His latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” bows in theaters Dec. 25.
In addition to the contributions Scorsese has made through his films, he will be celebrated for founding the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the Cinematic Imagery Award have included the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, »
- Allegra Tepper
Ja Rule & Wife Deny Split Rumors by Posting a Kiss Photo and Flipping the Bird—Take a Look!
This is one way to spread some holiday cheer. Rapper Ja Rule and his wife Aisha Atkins wanted to set the record straight (and get a little festive) after some media reports claiming the pair had split hit the Internet. Not only that, the stories also stated Ja Rule left his lady to be with his prison cell mate. Regardless, the musician made it very clear that the rumors weren't true, by writing, "Sorry to disappoint all the haters who want the rumors to be true so bad lol.Merry Xmas stupid love Mick&Mal.Lmao," with a photo of the duo (with Ja wearing a Santa hat) kissing and flipping the bird to the camera. No mistletoe needed. After spending nearly 23 months in two separate »
‘Sound of Music Live’: Sing Along with Twitter
NBC’s staging of “The Sound of Music Live” is generating a steady stream of Twitter commentary, ranging from snark to swooning over the classic tunes featured in the beloved musical about a nun-turned-governess who helps an Austrian family learn to sing and escape the Nazis.
Studios are banking on a big turnout for the tuner starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer to serve as a platform for pic ads. Disney had a big plug for “Saving Mr. Banks” (make that three) and a spot for “Inside Llewyn Davis” ran in the the first hour. Blurbs for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Frozen” popped up in the second hour.
Online there’s been plenty of chatter about the lighting leaving scenes looking a little dark and the orchestra being too high in the mix. But for the most part, NBC and the “Sound of Music” troupers are garnering kudos for ambition and audaciousness. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Amanda Seyfried to Star in Will Ferrell-Produced Comedy ‘He’s F-ing Perfect’
After “Les Miserables” and Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Universal is sticking with Amanda Seyfried, who just closed a deal to star in “He’s F-ing Perfect,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing through their Gary Sanchez banner along with Kevin Messick. Jake Szymanski is directing from a script by McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn, who originally sold the project as a seven-figure spec to Fox 2000. Good Universe will also produce. Also Read: Amanda Seyfried to Join Russell Crowe in Voltage »
- Jeff Sneider
In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and More
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star in this weekend's opening of Out of the Furnace. The crime thriller sees Bale as a blue-collar worker in Pennsylvania who must rescue his brother (played by Affleck), a war veteran who has returned from Iraq and gets caught up in a ruthless crime ring. The duo are joined by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. Photos: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Sends Santa Monica Back to the Folk Era Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected
- Stephanie Chan
Six predictions for Dec. 6's Grammy Nominations
The Grammy nominations for the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards will be announced Friday (6) during the enthusiastically titled CBS television special, “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” In addition to announcing the nominees in a smattering of the 80 or so categories, the hour-long program, which will air Live!! at 10 p.m., will feature performances from Lorde, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke with Earth Wind & Fire and Keith Urban with Miguel. Here are six predictions for tomorrow night: *Justin Timberlake will come away with nominations in three of the big four: album, »
Walden, Afg Restructures, Elevates Frank Smith to COO
Walden Media and Anschutz Film Group has promoted general counsel Frank Smith to the position of COO as part of a broader corporate restructuring, the “Chronicles of Narnia” producer said Thursday. Smith will oversee day-to-day operations as the company behind “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Bridge to Terabithia” expands into television and animation. Afg CEO David Weil is stepping down at the end of the year, so Smith will run the show with the help of Walden co-founder and President Micheal Flaherty, publishing chief Chip Flaherty, CFO Ryan Jones and Naja Cucukov, VP of production and development. »
- Lucas Shaw
Attention Fanboys and Fangirls: X-Men: Apocalypse Gets a Release Date (Yes, Already!)
Grab a pen and paper now because there's some big news coming your way! Despite the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past not even being out in theaters yet (and it won't be on the big screen until May 23, 2014), director Bryan Singer has already revealed the release date for the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse! So when can we expect to see it?! "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!" Singer tweeted. But to help you out on your future planning, 20th Century Fox confirms to E! News that the exact wide release date will be May 27, 2016. You're welcome. Now plan accordingly. There haven't been any other announcements regarding the flick, including whether or not Singer will direct »
Watch NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’ Teaser Airing During ‘Sound of Music Live’ (Exclusive Video)
NBC is bringing back “The Sing-Off.” And while it has made a few changes, it’s also going back to it roots. Season 4 of the acapella competition brings on “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett and his team. Additionally, singer-songwriter Jewel has joined the show’s judging panel with returning judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. Also read: ‘The Voice’ Top 6 Results: The Better Musician Gets America’s Save (Video) Nick Lachey also returns as its host. And it revisits its original format from Season 1 when it was a limited Holiday event rather than a full-out fall series. “The Sing-Off” premieres its first of seven. »
- Jethro Nededog
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