9 items from 2014
“I have made a series of very bad decisions and I cannot make another one” was a line once spoken by Breaking Bad’s Walter White, but it couldn’t be less true of the actor who said it. The one and only Bryan Cranston — on an impeccable roll for the last few years — has just made his Broadway debut to ecstatic notices for his lived-in, charged Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way, and early pundits indicate he may be the man to beat at Tony time. (Though not so fast, he still has heavy-hitters like Denzel Washington, Michael C. Hall, »
- Jason Clark
The Academy paid tribute to Hollywood actors, writers, directors, producers, crew members and others associated with cinema who have passed away over the last 12 months.
Oscars 2014: Gravity takes 7 awards as 12 Years a Slave named Best Picture
Among those not mentioned in the on-air tribute were Glee actor Cory Monteith, Stepford Wives director Bryan Forbes, actress Jean Stapleton and author Tom Clancy, whose numerous bestselling novels inspired a number of blockbuster movies.
Gravity was the big winner at the 2014 Oscars, while 12 Years a Slave, »
Bette Midler graced the stage to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” as part of the Academy’s annual “In Memoriam” honoring those who Hollywood has lost this past year. Also read: Oscars: The Complete Winners List Although Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, the performance marked her first at the Oscars. While the song first surfaced in 1982, it was Midler’s version for the 1998 film “Beaches” that topped the charts and boosted the tune into national consciousness. See photos: Oscars: The Winners Midler was the only performer of the night who did not sing a song that was one of this year’s. »
- Greg Gilman
The annual "In Memoriam" segment honoring recently deceased talents had extra emotional punch at Sunday's 86th Academy Awards, for several reasons.
Introduced by Glenn Close, the tribute was bound to have impact through its spotlighting of unexpected deaths during the past year, such as those of "Capote" Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and "The Fast and the Furious" franchise star Paul Walker.
Presented without the audience applause that sometimes accompanies mentions of particularly beloved talents, the segment was set to John Barry's memorable theme music from "Somewhere in Time." That was an especially meaningful choice, since veteran fantasy writer Richard Matheson -- who died last June, and was included in the salute -- adapted that film's screenplay from his novel "Bid Time Return."
Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2014 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 3:30-4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, the last two years I've ended the night getting 19 out of 24 correct, I really want to at least get 20 this year. »
- Brad Brevet
Katherine Heigl, formerly of Grey’s Anatomy, formerly of Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen‘s good graces, formerly of a slew of successful romantic comedies and currently of a Nyquil commercial and some truly unfortunate casting choices, has a new film on the way. Called Jenny’s Wedding, Heigl stars as a lesbian who has been hiding her sexuality from her family for years, until she decides to take the next step in her relationship with her longtime girlfriend, Kitty, played by Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls, Mad Men). The news of Jenny’s impending nuptials is enough to tear her family apart, especially since they’re small-town conservatives who have believed up until this point that their daughter’s girlfriend is her roommate. Sounds like a cute little wedding flick that plays right into Heigl’s repertoire. Here’s the kicker. The film is up on Indiegogo to the tune of raising $150,000 to cover post-production costs. Despite »
- Samantha Wilson
“Jenny’s Wedding,” a film starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Wilkinson, has turned to Indiegogo to raise money for post-production costs. “Beaches” filmmaker Mary Agnes Donoghue finished production on the film last month, but she and her cohorts now want $150,000 for music, titles, color and sound. The movie does not have a domestic distributor yet, so one presumes it will use some of that money for film festivals as well. “Many wonderful indie movies disappear because the quality of work in post-production fails them,” the campaign avers. “Don’t fail us.” Also read: Indiegogo Founders on Their $40 Million Raise: ‘We Don’t Really. »
- Lucas Shaw
More Hollywood producers are starting to come around to the idea that crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help them get their independent projects made. On Wednesday, writer-director Mary Agnes Donoghue ("Beaches"), producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin are launching a new campaign on Indiegogo to raise post-production finishing funds for indie romantic comedy "Jenny's Wedding," starring Katherine Heigl, Grace Gummer and Alexis Bledel. Here's the link. The movie, which wrapped production in Cleveland, Ohio last November, is about what happens when Jenny (Heigl), the daughter of a close-knit family, finally decides to marry. Her old-fashioned parents (Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond) want her to settle down, but react badly when she announces that she is going to marry a woman. While the producers successfully financed the film via Merced Media Partners and PalmStar »
- Anne Thompson
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”
Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”
He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other »
- Dave McNary
9 items from 2014
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