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Just a few hours later, he’s on the phone with TVLine. Doing press on minimal shut-eye isn’t fighting fiery hellbeasts, but it can’t be the most fun he’s ever had, either.
“I’ve just woken up,” the actor says good-naturedly, his Welsh accented voice sounding a little rougher than usual during a chat about his new NBC drama. “I’ve put my eggs on the stove, »
Sitcoms have given us so much - laughs, convoluted misunderstandings and even life lessons. But on occasion, they also broke from the typical formula and gave us a few scares. Sometimes they did it to celebrate Halloween. Sometimes they just did it to freak out children in the audience who might not be in on the joke. Here, then, are a handful of the oddball episodes of classic sitcoms that you can watch right now online - and that you might not believe actually aired until you see them for yourself. The Facts of Life, "The Seven Little Indians" Aired: »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
While Kirk Cameron is known more for making socio-politically charged headlines these days, the actor and filmmaker did star on one of the greatest 1980s-era family sitcoms, playing one of the most memorable benign-bad-boy teens on TV. During a sit-down with Hallmark Channel's Home & Family, the 44-year-old donned a wig (why Mike Seaver, we never realized how out there your hair was!) and gave a 60-second crash course on the ins and outs of Growing Pains, which ran on ABC from 1985 until 1992. "It's been a while, but I'm amazed at how many people still remember Growing Pains," said Cameron when asked how he deals with "Seaver fever" when he's out and »
The Wonder Years stars Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano reunited on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts on Monday morning to celebrate the release of the series on DVD. See more Watch Kirk Cameron Summarize Seven Seasons of 'Growing Pains' in 60 Seconds The three actors noted how McKellar's Winnie Cooper started out as just a guest role in the pilot, recalled their Emmy moment and caught viewers up on what they're doing now. See more '80s Action Stars: Where Are They Now? "I'm the only degenerate who stayed in show business!" joked Savage, who has helmed Modern Family. "The
- Ashley Lee
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
Jesse Lawrence of TiqIQ tell us that it looks like everybody wants to get into New York Comic Con, and that there is a pretty robust secondary market and a totally sold out primary market. Jesse writes: “Our database goes back 5 years, and this is by far the most amount of secondary activity we’ve seen for the show in NYC… there is a major premium every day, with Sunday having the highest at premium at over 300% above face price.”
With ticket sales stated to be over 150,000 people, the convention looks to officially surpass San Diego as the nation’s biggest convention. The 7 subway station across the street from the Javits Convention Center can’t open soon enough.
Sunday activity is perhaps surprising, as that’s usually considered the slower day at conventions. It’s quite possible, however, that people are bringing kids to the show on that day, thereby spiking demand. »
- Glenn Hauman
Growing Pains: Armstrong’s Re-hash of Christian Agenda Hardly Rapturous
The end of times is here again with Left Behind, heralded by the presence of Nicolas Cage as a faithless pilot, sputtering about in the continued Humpty Dumpty phase of his grimacing career. For those who don’t know, this is the first chapter in a series of books by Timothy Lahaye, the evangelical Christian author, and was initially made into a cheapie film back in 2000 starring scion of all things ‘common sensical,’ Kirk Cameron. Time and greater talents were unable to aid the material in any discernable sense, however. This latest attempt was helmed by Vic Armstrong (a stunt man whose last notable directorial feature was the 1993 Dolph Lundren film, Army of One), and it seems this type of ideological fantasy is unable to divorce itself from floundering in skimpy productions that compromise technical integrity in favor of its belabored, »
- Nicholas Bell
Some comedies attempt to launch their second season with some grandiose celebrity cameo or high-concept hook, but that’s not the Mo of The Goldbergs, which returned for a sophomore cycle in its cushy new Wednesday time slot. To be completely fair, EW’s fall TV preview suggests that the show will still have its grabby zeitgeisty episodes this season, and on the celebrity cameo front, David Spade does guest star in a throwaway role in the premiere, but that’s far from the reason why Wednesday’s premiere marked a triumphant return for the ’80s-set sitcom.
The premiere of »
- Marc Snetiker
If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Alright everyone, here is the trailer you were all waiting for. The first Christmas movie of the year has unveiled a trailer! It is Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas! Okay, so maybe you weren't waiting for this one with bated breath, but this trailer is certain to stir some conversation. Cameron, the former teen star of Growing Pains and the Left Behind films, has made a recent career out of religious-based documentaries exploring Christianity in modern America. Whether you agree with the »
- Alex Maidy
Drip, drip. After a series of exits at the Wme-owned Img sports talent and marketing agency, word now comes that yet another senior executive is exiting. George Pyne, president of Img Sports and Entertainment, will be leaving the agency in the near future, and is out raising money to launch an independent venture, according to multiple executives with knowledge of his plans. Also read: Another Exec Leaves Ari Emanuel's Img: Growing Pains or a ‘Slow-Motion Car Crash'? A Wme-img executive said that Pyne will remain a senior adviser to Img co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, and that the time of his. »
- Sharon Waxman
A total of 36 shorts from filmmakers representing 29 countries will screen in five curated programmes.
“Some of the best filmmaking in the industry is happening in the short form and the introduction of this programme allows the festival to identify talented filmmakers and connect them to the rest of the world as well as the highly engaged audience present here in Toronto,” said Tiff director of special projects Shane Smith.
“From politically and socially provocative narratives, to aesthetically compelling animation and profoundly moving documentaries, the works in Short Cuts International are vigorous and vital films showcasing unique, yet universal, stories about the human condition.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In the HBO series "The Leftovers," 2% of the world's population vanishes one day, leaving those left behind to ponder what happened. Is the rapture upon us? Is this a supernatural event? An elaborate game of hide and go seek? In the forthcoming feature "Left Behind," the same scenario goes down, except for one key difference: Nicolas Cage. Yep, the actor leads "Left Behind," based on the apocalyptic novel beloved of evangelical Christians like Kirk Cameron, who starred in a much lower budget, lower profile 2003 rendition. This version? More money, more Cage, and less "Growing Pains" dude. The below trailer nonetheless suggests a badly acted disaster movie more than it does a thoughtful HBO program. Think of the opening of the pilot episode of Damon Lindelof's show "Lost" stretched to blockbuster proportions, with those "left behind" dealing with the immediate consequences of millions of humans suddenly vanished »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I was rather upset at the news that DC would be killing off Damian Wayne. I really didn’t see why they should off the character just when he was hitting his prime. Everybody knows that nobody stays dead in comic books so it was just a matter of time before he popped up again somehow. That somehow was Andy Kubert’s “What If?”-styled limited series Damian: Son of Batman.
The graphic novel edition simply entitled Damian: Son of Batman Deluxe Edition collects the four issue series combined with Batman #666 and #700. The book explores the idea of Damian Wayne surviving his run-in with Leviathan. He’s now living with the pain and grief that his father was taken from him. He dons a personalized Batman costume and hunts down criminals in Gotham City every night with one goal on his mind. He doesn’t get the police or the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Chris Liddell joined Wme | Img as Chief Financial Officer Wednesday, filling the void created by the departure of Peter Klein, whose departure TheWrap reported in early July. Liddell has more than 30 years of experience as a financial executive, having served as CFO of General Motors from 2010 to 2011 and CFO of Microsoft for four years before that. “Chris is a seasoned professional with a great track record and we're excited to welcome him to the team,” Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel, co-CEOs of Wme | Img, said in a statement. Also read: Another Exec Leaves Ari Emanuel's Img: Growing Pains or. »
- Travis Reilly and Lucas Shaw
Growing Pains: Lund’s Debut a Gem of Behavioral Regression
The long hard road to growing up and accepting responsibility takes the center stage in Martin Lund’s simply and astutely observed tale about one thirty five year-old man’s coming of age episode, The Almost Man. While certainly not unfamiliar in scope, Lund delivers a charmingly realistic portrait of the dogged, insistent clamp many of us try to retain on those carefree days of young adulthood with a film unhampered by requisite hypersexualization and stylized vulgar antics to meet the entertainment quota of the lowest common denominator.
Goofy, playful, and seemingly never serious, Henrik (Henrik Rafelson) currently enjoys a carefree life alongside his live-in girlfriend, Tone (Janne Heltberg Haarseth). They have just moved into a new apartment meant to foster the next, more adult chapter of their life together, and Henrik has landed a new marketing position. While everything seems peachy, »
- Nicholas Bell
The tip comes on the heels of the news that Thicke is selling the house the two share – or rather don’t. Since the two separated in February, the singer has been focused on recording his new album, Paula, and going on the road in a very sap-heavy promotional tour. (The album tanked upon release, becoming one of the worst flops of all time.) Meanwhile, Patton has been on set filming the upcoming film adaptation of the Warcraft video game series.
The couple first separated earlier this year following »
This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all in high definition for the first time ever.
The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »
- Heather Wixson
For the week of June 24th, there are a handful of cult classic releases that are finally getting their due on DVD and Blu-ray, including the long-lost Monsters from Beyond the Sun by Francis Ford Coppola. Other releases this week include Wolf Creek 2, The Jungle from writer/director Andrew Traucki (The Reef, The ABC’s of Death) and season 4 of Lost Girl. We’re also seeing the home release of Enemy, the latest collaboration between Dennis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal, several indie horror thrillers and the UK is bringing Bloody Birthday to hi-def this week as well.
Bloody Birthday- UK Release (Import, Blu-ray)
Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing killer kids movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, »
- Heather Wixson
Let’s be honest: While it’s great to win an Emmy — any Emmy — almost every actor would prefer a leading role to a supporting one.
That said, some of today’s top movie stars got their start in a supporting TV role. Woody Harrelson first came to fame playing the dim but sweet Woody on “Cheers,” a role for which he was nominated for six Emmys and won once (Harrelson also was nominated in 2012 for playing Steve Schmidt in HBO’s “Game Change”). Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was once Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) best friend on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias.” And even Leonardo DiCaprio got his start playing foster child Luke Brower on “Growing Pains.”
So it’s not all bad playing second fiddle. After all, Lupita Nyong’o made quite a splash as the stylish newcomer and ultimately Oscar’s supporting actress.
Still, it can be hard »
- Paige Albiniak
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