16 items from 2015
Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell had never met before landing the title roles on “Mike & Molly.” Five years later they’re thick as thieves. Variety’s Geoff Berkshire asked the stars to reflect on their journey together on the occasion of the show’s 100th episode (which McCarthy directed).
On Meeting For The First Time …
Melissa McCarthy: We had a great beginning, I felt like it was meant to be. The second we read (together) I think I audibly went, “Oh!”
Billy Gardell: I did the same thing. I walked out of there thinking, “If I have any shot, it’s because I read with her.”
McCarthy: Even when we did the pilot we felt like we were three years in, in a good way.
Gardell: We just trusted each other, I think that was the key. I don’t know why or how, maybe it’s a Midwest thing, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Occupying the corner table of a near-empty cafe off Sunset Boulevard, Alfred Molina eats porridge as he mulls the implications of ageing in Hollywood. “I’m getting older now. Certain roles are beyond me. If someone says we’ve got a great part for you but you’ll need to lose 30lb, I say, well, get a thinner actor.”
He pats his stomach and gives an affable shrug. “Same thing if I was asked to gain 30lb to play Orson Welles. I’ve done physical transformations in the past, but not any more. You notice that it’s mostly young actors who do it.” He pauses. “I’ll be 62 this year. »
- Rory Carroll
If you stand in front of a moving car, you're gonna get hit -- which is Justin Bieber's defense in a lawsuit filed by a photog he mowed down.Bieber was sued last year by Walter Lee, who claims Biebs struck him in 2013 as he left a comedy club on Sunset Boulevard. Bieber claims Lee deliberately stood in front of the moving vehicle so Ts.Bieber also doubts Lee was actually hurt. As TMZ first reported, »
- TMZ Staff
Jenni Olson begins The Royal Road, her latest emotional excavation of Hollywood nostalgia via Benning-esque 16mm landscape portraiture, by self-referentially quoting Michel Chion on the shadowy pretext of off screen voiceover after reflecting in her own dryly articulated voiceover on the monologue that opens Billy Wilder’s classic allegory of broken La dreams, Sunset Boulevard. Though Olson’s film revolves around another stretch of California highway, the 600-mile El Camino Real strip, the cinematic reference leads us down a winding poetic path on which Hollywood history, the neglected record of the Mexican American War and Olson’s own unrequited romantic pursuits come together with the same sort of mannered meditation that won her San Francisco Film Critics Circle’s Marlon Riggs Award for The Joy of Life back in 2005.
Pitting rigorously composed images of modern day Los Angeles and San Francisco against her own gender dysphoric voice, she explicates an »
- Jordan M. Smith
Much like her 2005 debut, “The Joy of Life,” Jenni Olson’s sophomore feature, “The Royal Road,” is a poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics — all historical, whether first-person romantic, exploring California’s Spanish colonial past, or referencing Hollywood’s cinematic back pages. Experimental in its docu/narrative hybrid yet emotionally accessible, this beguiling meditation is a marginal commercial proposition that should nonetheless win over more adventurous viewers and programmers. Showcases for gay and avant-garde filmmakers should be prominent supporters as pic travels the fest circuit.
The title refers to the tangle of local roads, now supplanted by freeway, that once constituted the primary route between Northern and Southern California. El Camino Real was the territory’s first and most important thoroughfare, stretching from San Diego to Sonoma missions as Spain laid claim to more and more Western terrain »
- Dennis Harvey
Look, the news of "Supergirl" and the new trailer for the Tina Fey-produced Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has got me riled. I've got to cope with these exciting developments by watching movies and TV featuring awesome, powerful, hilarious, and/or weird women. Here are five options for riiiiiight now. Go Netflix them! Go on! "The Fall": Gillian Anderson is patron saint of no-nonsense "The Fall" is a captivating British serial about a calculating, dead-eyed serial killer (Jamie Dornan, who is currently skulking about the dungeon in "Fifty Shades of Grey") and the detective in Northern Ireland named Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) who's onto him. Dornan's moody machinations are entrancing, but Anderson's understated authority propels this whole show. It's always creepy and occasionally very dark, but Stella is a feminist protagonist who is as comfortable theorizing about a woman-hating psychopath as she is exploring her own sexuality. "30 Rock": Lemon In. »
- Louis Virtel
Are we looking at Hollywood's latest dynamic duo? Chris Evans and Lindsey McKeon had lunch together yesterday and no sooner had they exited El Compadre on Sunset Boulevard did the Internet start wondering whether these two were...on a date. Squee! Reps for both have remained silent regarding the romance speculation. Moreover, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, McKeon got married last year (wearing Vera Wang, and at a vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley!)—and that sure looks like a wedding band on her finger in this photo. So Chris and Lindsey could easily just be reunited old pals, the two having both been on the short-lived series Opposite Sex together back in »
In September 1999, an American television news broadcast featured a human interest story on Nigel McGuinness, one of many young athletes attempting to make a name for themselves on the burgeoning scene of independent pro wrestling. McGuinness had left his native England for the United States, spurred on by his childhood dream of becoming a pro wrestler. His final goal was the then-wwf — but the bingo halls he was wrestling in during his early days in the ring were a far cry from the pomp and ceremony of the big leagues.
Ten years later, much had changed for all the involved parties. McGuinness had gone on to be part of a talented generation of independent wrestlers who forged an industry of their own. Ring of Honor was the focal point of this movement, the jewel in the crown of independent wrestling in America. The Philadelphia-based promotion was a proving ground for future stars like Cm Punk, »
- Brad Jones
Writing for V Magazine, the actor said that the pair had previously discussed potential film plots.
Franco wrote: "She has this idea for a film. I want to do it because it's a little like Sunset Boulevard. A woman is alone in a big house in La. She doesn't want to go out. She starts to go crazy, and becomes paranoid because she feels like people are watching her. Even in her own house.
"It's like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana's head. It's about her, and it's not about her. Just like her music."
Franco also explained that he has trouble persuading the star to sit down with him and talk about her ideas.
He said: "I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, 'Just write around me, »
We support this fully: a romance between the indecipherable James Franco and the equally indecipherable Lana Del Rey. They're perfect for each other and he seems to know it, penning an essay (that's bordering on a poem?) about the mysterious singer in V Magazine (in stores only). You know what would be perfect? If they made a movie together ...She has this idea for a film. I want to do it because it’s a little like Sunset Boulevard. A woman is alone in a big house in L.A. She doesn’t want to go out. She starts to go crazy, and becomes paranoid because she feels like people are watching her. Even in her own house. It’s like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana’s head. It’s about her, and it’s not about her. Just like her music. Oh yeah, you guys should definitely ... do that. »
- Lindsey Weber
Watch Golden Globes 2015 online - Red Carpet arrivals and awards ceremony George Clooney will be present at the Golden Globes 2015 ceremony to pick up his Cecil B. DeMille Award. Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sink or swim – or both, alternately? Well, the Golden Globes 2015 ceremony will begin shortly. Would you like to watch it online? Here are a few possibilities. First of all, when it comes to the Golden Globes 2015 Red Carpet arrivals, depending on where you are in the world you can watch them right now on the NBC website or here or here or on the Golden Globes website itself. According to various online sources – and, in all honesty, I can't vouch for their accuracy – you can watch the Golden Globes 2015 live streaming online here. That's supposed to be the actual ceremony, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt. So, will Selma and Into the Woods really win, »
- Steve Montgomery
Steve Tisch talking Super Bowl contenders on the balcony… Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon huddled in the hallway as a two-woman tag team …“Captain America” Chris Evans facing down “Superman” Henry Cavill … Cara Delevingne taking polaroid selfies … Roger Friedman acknowledging his buzzy Phylicia Rashad “Cosby” defense interview … Miles Teller and Robert Duvall having an inter-generational chat by the fireplace … and some actual firemen searching the penthouse (cue the “this party was hot” pun disaster) were just some of W Magazine’s Best Performances from its party at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday night.
Also read: Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win, »
- Mikey Glazer
- Sasha Stone
Hollywood is weird. It’s a mythical, nightmarish, absurd place, and has long been portrayed as such onscreen in the likes of Sunset Boulevard, The Player and Mulholland Drive. Might we be entering a new phase of specifically pointed Hollywood and Los Angeles-based horror and satire? As Starry Eyes finds itself on many Best of 2014…
The post Trailer: Cronenberg’s Satirical Hollywood Thriller Maps to the Stars appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Hilton suffered an apparent stroke and heart attack on Monday evening while she was with her fiance Michael Natsis, according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. Natsis and arriving paramedics performed CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital.
See Photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014
“As Francesca’s publicist and one of her best friends I am shocked. We were on the phone minutes before she died. We were discussing »
- Travis Reilly
30. Apollo 13 (1995)
Lost to: Braveheart
In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.
29. L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lost to: Titanic
- Joshua Gaul
16 items from 2015
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