Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Defense Rests'
A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I guess how tall you are in eggrolls... Because the "Brooklyn" cast is so good and so deep, for the most part I find myself preferring episodes just focusing on the ensemble rather than ones built around guest stars. Sometimes, you get someone like Craig Robinson who can spar so wonderfully with both Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz, but more often than not I would rather the prominent guest star had been left behind so we could get more time with Boyle or Santiago or even Scully and Hitchcock. All three of this week's stories featured notable guests — most of them having appeared on the show before — but only the A-story seemed actually built around them. Eva Longoria fit in just fine during her brief stint on the show, and Chris Parnell is always fun — I particularly »
- Alan Sepinwall
Real Housewives of Atlanta New Couple Alert?! Find Out If Claudia Jordan Is Really Into Porsha Williams' Ex-Husband
Well, we weren't expecting this in Hotlanta! Sunday's all-new Real Housewives of Atlanta had a lot more flirting than fighting as some cast members celebrated the official grand opening of Bar One Charlotte. While supporting close friend Cynthia Bailey, Claudia Jordan just so happened to run into Kordell Stewart at the new sports bar. Lo and behold, the two had an obvious connection after little to no introduction. "I've actually known him for years," Jordan explained to the cameras. "Kordell has always been the same nice, classy guy." Oh, here comes the flirting. There's just one little problem. Stewart is the ex-husband of Porsha Williams who happens to be »
Why Larry David the Schmuck Was the Best Thing to Happen to Larry David the Mensch
Larry David regarded a brown leather messenger bag on the floor of a studio above West 42nd Street and announced, to no one in particular: “I never had a purse before in my life. Now all of a sudden I have a purse.” “It’s not really a purse,” his co-star Rita Wilson assured him. “It’s a satchel.” “No,” David insisted, “it’s a purse. There’s stuff in there that’s purse-y.” “It has a long strap,” Wilson countered. “How far do you ever really have to carry it?” Anna Shapiro, the director, asked. “It would be a purse if you ever had to carry it to a car.”Not finished with the subject of personal carriers, David moved on to discussing the backpack on wheels he now takes with him when he travels and his policy of always checking bags on airplanes, so he won’t have »
- Benjamin Wallace
Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons Win SAG Awards for Supporting Film Roles in ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Whiplash’
Both won Golden Globes this year for their performances, and are nominated for Oscars
Arquette beat Keira Knightley, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Naomi Watts to claim the SAG trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, while Simmons bested Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo in the supporting male category.
See photos: SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet Arrivals
Their victories follow Golden Globe wins for »
- Greg Gilman
Sundance 2015: Peter Travers Talks to Cast of 'Z for Zachariah'
The snow-covered streets of Park City, Utah, would hardly give a radioactive postapocalyptic landscape a run for its money. But when the stars of the hit Sundance film Z for Zachariah — Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie — show up to Off the Cuff's outdoor set to talk to Peter Travers about adapting the 1974 cult sci-fi novel, none of them can handle the cold. A toxic environment? No problem. A temperature below 30 degrees? It's time to move things inside.
Like the book, the film takes place in a ruined future »
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello Set the SAG Awards Carpet on Fire
The red carpet turned red hot as Sofia Vergara and fiancé Joe Manganiello stepped onto it Sunday, causing a fan frenzy as they headed toward the Shrine Auditorium arm-in-arm. Vergara, 42, and Manganiello, 38, made their red-carpet debut as an engaged couple after celebrating a holiday engagement, and the actress proudly showed off her stunning ring. During E!'s pre-show, the couple got the thumbs-up from Vergara's Modern Family costars Ariel Winter and Rico Rodriguez, both 16. According to Rodriguez, he and Manganiello actually bro'd down when the former True Blood star visited the Modern Family set before he and Vergara started dating. »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Marco Mueller Appointed To Beijing Festival
Marco Mueller, the former artistic chief at the Rome, Venice and Locarno festivals, has been appointed chief adviser to the Beijing Film Festival.
Mueller will “offer guidance for Beijing International Film Festival’s internationalization, professionalization and high-end orientation by making full use of his broad festival-hosting experiences and professional capabilities,” the fest said in a statement.
Mueller is a fluent Mandarin speaker and co-hosted a series of seminars at the first edition in 2011.
The next edition of the Bjiff will be held April 16-23.
“He will bring about substantial reforms to the film festival, especially in respect of its comprehensive integration with the world, in invitation of the global film premieres and international excellent films, the internationalized courtesy for nominated films and staff, and dissemination and promotion of key films,” the statement said.
Until now the Beijing festival has boasted plenty of cash and support from the city authorities in »
- Patrick Frater
Mark Ruffalo Wins the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mark Ruffalo won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries on Sunday for his performance in HBO's The Normal Heart. Ruffalo was up against Adrien Brody (Houdini, History), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS), Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge, HBO) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo, FX). The award was presented by Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Ruffalo - also a nominee for his supporting performance in the film Foxcatcher - was not at the ceremony. After Leto and Nyong'o accepted the award on his behalf, »
- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating
Why Does William H. Macy Call His Wife, Felicity Huffman, Flicka?
No, William H. Macy isn't referring to his wife in any equine way! Anyone who watched the Shameless star, 64, take home his first SAG Awards trophy on Sunday, for male actor in a comedy series, was probably puzzled when he gave a shout-out to his wife, actress Felicity Huffman - aka "Flicka." Was that a reference to the 1943 film My Friend Flicka, about a boy and his horse named, well, Flicka? No, actually - it's much better than that. Backstage, the actor told reporters that she was nicknamed after a saint. The moniker has been there since childhood! "You have »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Worst Dressed Stars at the 2015 SAG Awards—Sarah Hyland, Laverne Cox & More!
Well, everyone can't be a red carpet winner! And the 2015 SAG Awards red carpet gave us—unfortunately—more than enough lackluster looks to choose from. Sarah Hyland took to the red carpet in a custom Vera Wang confection that left us a little cold. Why, you ask? While we love the jewel-embellished bodice, the bottom of the gown is where it all went wrong: The tulle overlay isn't flattering, and the fit could be a bit more snug on the Modern Family star's trim figure. Meanwhile, Lorelei Linklater's look was, er, nun-meets-punk gone wrong. The billowing sleeves and bright-blue pony tail did little to help that odd fit of the gown. Lo Bosworth's nude midi wasn't the most flattering »
J.K. Simmons Wins the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role on Sunday for his performance in Whiplash. "I feel like all of actors are supporting actors," Simmons said while accepting the award. "Each of us is essential, completely crucial to the story." Reese Witherspoon presented the award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and experienced some brief technical difficulties. "What was that noise?" the Wild star asked after a strange sound interrupted her presentation. "It wasn't me." Simmons was selected by his peers to take home the award over »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Uzo Aduba Brought to Tears During Emotional SAG Awards Speech
Congrats, Uzo Aduba! The gorgeous Orange Is the New Black star took home the first award of the night during Sunday's show, winning for Female Actor in a Comedy Series. Aduba's speech was full of so much emotion she was even brought to tears while thanking her family, friends and co-stars. "Oh my god. I really, truly do not know what to say," she said, choking back tears. "I just wanna say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor. I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this and putting something like this on television, not just for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way. " "I want to say a huge, »
Bryan Cranston's New Moustache Almost Stole the Show From Uzo Aduba
Bryan Cranston kicked off the SAG Awards with the first awards presentation, but it was his interesting facial hair that ended up turning heads. The actor took the stage to announce the nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and simultaneously debuted a brand new moustache design. Think of it as part Fu Manchu, part soul patch. Cranston was one of the many men who jumped on the heavy beard bandwagon at this month's Golden Globes, and it appears he quickly tired of the scruffy look. Perhaps he's feeling a little nostalgic for the late, great Walter White? And, it appears we aren't the only ones who noticed the funky change—tons of viewers took to Twitter to »
William H. Macy Wins SAG Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, Delivers Hilarious Acceptance Speech
Ain't no shame in William H. Macy's acceptance speech game! The Shameless star pulled off an upset win at the 2015 SAG Awards, taking home the Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the Showtime comedy. And man, did he have an epic and hilarious speech prepared. "I've written so many great acceptance speeches that I never got to give…but not tonight," the nine-time nominee began, before going on to acknowledge his fellow nominees (Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell, Louie's Louis C.K., and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons). Well, sort of. To my fellow nominees...forget it, you lost," he joked. And Macy's »
Patricia Arquette Wins the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role on Sunday for her performance in Boyhood, beating the likes of other talented actors. Arquette stepped up to stage and tearfully told her peers, "I can't tell you what this means to me. I'm a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century through feast or famine." Arquette also thanked her Boyhood family: "Ethan Hawke, for your fierce commitment, Ellar Coltrane for your purity, Lorelei Linklater for your strength and vulnerability [and director] Richard Linklater for showing »
- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating
Sundance: ‘Stockholm, Pennsylvania’ Cast Says Abduction Drama ‘Is Not Really About Kidnapping’ (Video)
Cynthia Nixon says “Even though most of us have not undergone anything like that, you start reflecting on your own life”
“Stockholm, Pennsylvania” tells the story of a little girl who is kidnapped for 18 years before resurfacing again.
Castmates Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, David Warshofsky, Hana Hayes and director Nikole Beckwith sat down film critic Steve Pond at TheWrap Interview Studio at the Sundance Indiegogo Lounge to talk about making the abduction drama.
“I feel like the play has a very particular and devastating story, »
- Wrap Staff
Wow! Jennifer Aniston Shows Off Plenty of Cleavage After Assuring Fans She Didn't Work Out for Months
Jennifer Aniston's Critics' Choice Awards tuxedo is soooo yesterday! Now, it's all about the cleavage. While walking the red carpet at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards with fiancé Justin Theroux, the actress turned heads in her revealing Vintage Galliano gown. "I kind of just dropped dead for [it]," Aniston revealed to E! News before crediting her fantastic tan to that recent vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Muchas gracias indeed! What's even more impressive is the fact that Aniston's sexy figure comes after the Friends alumna admitted to staying far away from the gym for "a couple of months" while filming her most recent role. "It kind of helped with »
Sundance Film Review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’
Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” goes in fully expecting to cry. It’s sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter: the near-constant stream of wise, insightful jokes that make it so easy to cozy up to characters dealing with a tough emotional situation. The story of a high school senior forced to befriend a classmate who has just diagnosed with leukemia, and the sincere, nonsexual connection that forms as a result (sorry, “The Fault in Our Stars,” but there’s no nookie here), this rousing adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel is destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but to endure as a touchstone for its generation.
- Peter Debruge
William H. Macy Wins Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy took home the SAG award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series - beating out some of the funniest men on television. "I have written so many great acceptance speech that I never got to five, but not tonight!" Macy, 64, joked while accepting his award at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. "To my fellow nominees ... nah, forget it, you lost." Also nominated were Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Louis C.K. for Louis, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory and Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family. The award was presented by Claire Danes. »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Orange Is the New Black Wins Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The hilarious cast of Orange Is the New Black came away with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Uzo Aduba - who won her own award just minutes before for her supporting role in the Netflix dramedy - accepted the award on behalf of the squealing cast, who flocked to the stage. (Star Taylor Schilling could not attend the ceremony because she is currently starring in a New York City stage production of A Month in the Country with fellow SAG nominee Peter Dinklage.) "We want to say a big, »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
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