10 items from 2015
One episode in and I'm already sold. Daredevil episode 01 - 'Into the Ring' is the best superhero TV pilot of all-time. As a fan of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Agents of Shield and Constantine, each of those shows had serviceable pilots but none are as well-rounded as the first episode of our first Marvel-Netflix collaboration. The show excels on all fronts - casting, fight choreography, lighting, editing and VFX. While the show has yet to play all its cards, Daredevil has a maturity and sense of purpose that no other ongoing superhero drama possesses. Praise for Daredevil has to being with the stellar cast. While not initially sold on Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as Matt Murdock he has a charm and charisma reminiscent of the Murdock from the recent Daredevil comic book run from Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. Likewise, Elden Henson (The Mighty Ducks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
Elden Henson has experienced quite a bit over 30 plus year career, but his 5-year-old self could never have dreamed of what the past year would entail. Best known for his role as Fulton in "The Mighty Ducks" movies, Henson's last two projects were about as high profile as you can get: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2" and Netflix's new series "Marvel's Daredevil." The former is halfway out the door and the latter? Well, it's about to drop on Netflix this Friday to massive critical acclaim. Developed for television by Drew Goddard ("The Cabin in the Woods"), "Daredevil" is a dark, gritty and grounded adaptation of the classic Marvel comic book character. Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, aka the Man Without Fear, a legally blind lawyer by day and a masked vigilante out to protect the residents of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen from criminals by night. Henson plays Foggy Nelson, »
- Gregory Ellwood
If you're not a football fan, you probably missed the hullabaloo on Tuesday, which was the first day of NFL free agency. And the first day is full of two things: high-profile trades all across the league and rumors, rumors, rumors. Houston Texans star and awesome human being Jj Watt decided to have some fun with the insanity of all the NFL madness by "reporting" on some of the biggest and most shocking trades in the history of sports. Of course, these trades involved your favorite characters from the best sports movies from the '90s, which made us wish there was actually a national league for fictional athletes. We'd watch the s--t out of that. Characters from The Mighty Ducks, The »
Jussie Smollett is having a moment. The actor is one of the stars on Fox’s mega-smash Empire, and the songs he’s performed on the show are chart toppers. Even though his role as Jamal Lyon may be considered Jussie’s breakthrough role, he’s actually been acting since childhood; appearing projects including 1992’s The Mighty Ducks and recent parts on Revenge and The Mindy Project. The actor comes from a family of talented actors and even starred in a short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own with his siblings: Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jazz and Jurnee (who also had supporting roles on Full House, Friday … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Hip-hop drama Empire is Fox's latest hit, thanks in equal parts to the soapy storylines and the awesome cast of characters assembled by executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. But the true heart of the show is the foundation of Empire Entertainment's central focus: the music.
Watch: Everything You Need to Know About 'Empire,' TV’s Most Talked-About New Show!
"It was very important to Lee and to Danny and to our producers and to Fox that we had music that could stand alone," says Jussie Smollett, who plays singer-songwriter Jamal Lyons, the middle son of Terrence Howard’s entertainment mogul Lucious Lyon. "That, if Empire never existed, this music was legit and it could stand alone."
"It's the air we breathe, it's the atmosphere," Howard agrees. "We have to make sure that the music remains as fluid as possible."
To make sure that Empire's music would be able to stand on its own, Daniels »
We're already addicted to Fox's new hit music industry drama Empire – and its mesmerizing songs that stay with you for hours, often flawlessly sung by Jussie Smollett. (Remember him from The Mighty Ducks?!)
Video: Everything You Need to Know About 'Empire,' TV’s Most Talked-About New Show!
As the son of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the uber-talented actor/singer has brought great sensitivity to his role as Jamal, a gay artist struggling to find his way within the hip-hop community. Empire has deftly explored Jamal’s internal angst in dealing with his homophobic dad, all of which are reflected in his troubled lyrics.
While Empire's songs are overseen by Grammy-winning producer Timbaland, Smollett is a songwriter too, and tomorrow's episode will feature one of his original songs.
ETonline caught up with Smollett at the Universal Music Group's post-GRAMMYs party, where we talked about his music, what viewers can expect from the Empirefinale and his surprising pick for »
Feel free to take the rest of the week off because there's no topping it after you hear the nostalgia bombshell we're about to drop! Aside from Taraji P. Henson's superstar-making turn as Cookie on Fox's breakout hit Empire, the other actor's name on everyone's lips seems to be Jussie Smollett, who plays Cookie and Lucious' (Terrence Howard) gay son, Jamal. But watching the show, did you ever find yourself thinking that Smollett looked familiar, you know, when you're not drooling over his insane singing voice? Well, you're welcome because we finally figured it out. He was in The Mighty Ducks. We repeat: He. Was. In. The. Mighty. Ducks. In the »
Queen's "We Are the Champions" is as synonymous to winning the Super Bowl as "I'm going to Disney World." Following the New England Patriots' palpitating 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game, a special post-Super Bowl episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon unleashed an all-star a cappella version of the song.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Sean Combs, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Rosanna Arquette, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn | Written by Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Ivan Reitman
Ok, so it’s fair to say I’m not a sports guy. I hated playing sports in high school, I don’t watch sports on TV (well apart from the odd Superbowl on Channel 4 back when I was a teenager) and I certainly would never choose to watch sports over a movie. But what about sports movies? I’m a sucker for them! Of course it helped that I had a parent who loved the feel-good underdog stories that many a sports flick was essentially built around. Thanks to my mum I grew up watching sports movies such as Major League, Lucas, Field of Dreams, Hoosiers, The Mighty Ducks and many more…
But in recent years it »
- Phil Wheat
DreamWorks Animation has announced that it has appointed two veteran producers, Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, as co-presidents of feature animation. In their new roles, Arnold and Soria, respectively the lead producers behind the studio’s How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar franchises, will oversee creative development and production for DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical releases. Between them, they have produced eight films at DreamWorks that have grossed more than $3.5 billion globally. As part of this transition, chief creative officer Bill Damaschke will step down from his position.
“Mireille and Bonnie are two of the most accomplished and prolific filmmakers working in feature animation today,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg. “I am confident in their ability to marshal the extensive creative resources available at our studio and lead DreamWorks’s vast ranks of artists and filmmakers as they produce the highest quality entertainment.”
“As two of our most successful producers, »
- Michelle McCue
10 items from 2015
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