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“I’m trying to find moments that I can make memorable,” says Michael B. Jordan, who, at age 26, has already delivered several unforgettable examples. Acting since adolescence, Jordan fell in love with the craft while shooting a scene for “The Wire,” in which his character, an inner-city kid, starts sniffing cocaine. “That was the first time I let go and lost myself in a role,” he says.
Over the past decade, Jordan has cultivated an impressive fledgling career, from recurring turns in “All My Children,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” to notable performances in Hollywood ensembles “Chronicle” and “Red Tails,” culminating in his extraordinary first starring role in “Fruitvale Station,” as Oscar Grant, the young man shot by police at an Oakland subway stop in 2009.
“I really meditated a lot,” says Jordan, reflecting on his intense death scene. “I would talk to myself, and I would talk to Oscar, and that focused me. »
- Anthony Kaufman
One of this fall TV season’s most burning questions — “How will Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere?” — has been answered.
Poll | Is S.H.I.E.L.D. the Hero Series That TV Deserves, Or the One It Needs Right Now?
ABC’s follow-up to the Marvel movies by way of Joss Whedon on Tuesday night opened to (updated) 12.1 million total viewers while scoring a 4.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, per finals — aka this fall’s highest-rated drama debut to date, if not the most watched. It also stands as all of TV’s best drama launch in four years (since ABC’s own V).
In the demo, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel. Now that director Baz Luhrmann has breathed new life into the story with another big-screen adaptation, kids everywhere are flocking to their local five and dimes to get a hand on the original. Ok, that might not be true, but it is true that on-screen stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been friends for years after first meeting at the casting of the TV show Parenthood (1990 version).
Ah, but now friends will become enemies. That’s right, when Maguire and DiCaprio sit down to read this (because you know they will), it will likely mean the end of their friendship. »
- Jeff Bayer
Leonardo DiCaprio is a quadruple threat: Actor, producer, game show contestant and person who doesn't win things. The latter skill sets go as far back as 1990, as evident in this clip uploaded by VideoSurferYNX and surfaced by Buzzfeed. The then-15-year-old actor, at the time best know for his role on Parenthood but having also played "Kid Fighting Scout" in The Outsiders and "Darlene's Classmate" on Roseanne (his best work to date, playing Luke Brower on Growing Pains, was just around the corner), appeared on Fox's game show Fun House. The show was no Legends of the Hidden Temple, but did involve Leo dressing as Godzilla, getting hit with "schmutz bombs," »
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Gird your bits, ladies. It’s getting ugly out there.
Our old pal Representative Trent Franks (R-1387), for example, is trying to push a breathtakingly cruel, medically ignorant, exemption-free national abortion ban through Congress. (Where it has passed its all-male committee. Thanks, jerks!) In arguing against exemptions for rape, Franks helpfully explained that “the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”
In case you’re coming in late to this argument, a) Franks is utterly, completely wrong and b) What The Hell?! Is he seriously suggesting that there is an acceptable number of rape victims who should be forced to carry their pregnancies to term?
(Personal to Mr. Franks’ doctors: Should the Congressman need minor surgery at any point, I will Kickstarter up $10,000 for you to implant a bump in his abdomen while he’s out. »
- Ali Davis
The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel. Now that director Baz Luhrmann has breathed new life into the story with another big-screen adaptation, kids everywhere are flocking to their local five and dimes to get a hand on the original. Ok, that might not be true, but it is true that on-screen stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been friends for years after first meeting at the casting of the TV show Parenthood (1990 version). Ah, but now friends will become enemies. That's right, when Maguire and DiCaprio sit down to read this (because you know they will), it will likely mean the end of their friendship. I just wish I could say "It's not my fault," but clearly it is. They will both hate me for destroying their friendship, and I'll have to live...
- Jeff Bayer
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Leonardo DiCaprio's been breaking hearts and taking names since his days as young Garry Buckman on the old "Parenthood" TV series. Since then, he's become an international superstar, breaking box office records with mega-hits like "Titanic" and bedding supermodels like Gisele Bundchen and Bar Refaeli. Hey, it's a living — and Leo knows how to live it.
Check out our gallery of the star of "The Great Gatsby" looking hot in movies, at events and on the red carpet. »
- NextMovie Staff
Prepare for another rung of the rumor mill concerning the character of T’Challa, better known as Black Panther. Following a now deleted Twitter post, the internet was abuzz that perhaps Chestnut had been hired as Black Panther, and that he’d be involved in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2.
“It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!”
This was removed, and now Chestnut posted this update:
“Not final, #BlackPanther may be in #avengers2 first. Rt @jamaal91604133: @Morris_Chestnut Can’t wait to see this movie. #BlackPanther
What does this mean? Nothing, for now. But the idea that Black Panther may make his debut in Avengers 2 just got a little bit more likely. As for Morris Chestnut? It’d be a massive boon for the actor, but »
- Andy Greene
This week's gonzo teen nightmare Spring Breakers is trumpeting the fact that two of its leads - Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez - traditionally play "good girls". But the whole "teen idol gone bad" strategy is a longstanding Hollywood tradition aimed to help transition pigeonholed teen stars into "serious" actors.
Here are a few fellas who tried the tactic, to varying degrees of success.
The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"!
Jgl also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama.
Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis »
The CW hopes Cult won't just be a cult hit.
Thomas Lennon has joined the cast of Sean Hayes' comedy pilot. He'll play Hayes' temperamental boss. The script is written by Victor Fresco, who created Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Better Off Ted, so this only raises my high hopes for this one.
Joss Whedon says we should expect S.H.I.E.L.D. to be a "hopeful" show, telling TVLine, " It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that." If he can avoid the cynicism of today's superhero comics, I'll be interested.
The Following has gotten a lot of attention for its violent content, but is it really that different from other shows? The Av »
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