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‘This is me asking Hollywood to begin giving Kelvin Yu the roles his face deserves. Enough with the stereotypical bit parts’
About five minutes into the second episode of the new Netflix sitcom, Master Of None, a tall drink of water called Brian appeared on screen. I’m using old-timey speak only because these were old-timey attributes in front of me: handsome in that clean, classic way, a lovely deep voice, and thick black hair, styled into submission in a low side parting. I had to find out more.
A quick internet scour gave me a sketchy bio: his name is Kelvin Yu, he’s Taiwanese American, and he’s been in Hollywood a long time (and not just because he’s actually from Los Angeles). How could I have missed him? It turned out I’d seen him before: there he is in two brief scenes in Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip »
- Bim Adewunmi
Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer are joining Li Bingbing in the 3D creature feature Nest, in which they battle giant killer spiders in an ancient labyrinth. The project from Arclight Films genre label Darclight has begun pre-production in Australia. Lutz’s resume includes The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 and Expendables 3. Grammer’s work, in addition to his iconic roles on TV’s Boss, Frasier and Cheers, includes features Transformers: Age Of Extinction and The Expendab… »
Melman has directed and produced some recent episodes of “Finding Carter,” which is close to wrapping the second half of its second season.
“Finding Carter,” created by Emily Silver, follows Carter (Kathryn Prescott), a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life until the police tell her she was abducted as a toddler and the woman she believes is her biological mother is actually her kidnapper. The drama revolves around her new life, as she returns to her real family who thought they had lost her, and navigates brand-new parents, a twin sister, high school and boys.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Thank you for the tee! @abort73 A photo posted by Kayte and Kelsey Grammer (@kayte_kelsey) on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:19pm Pdt A picture’s worth a thousand words. Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Kayte, showed off newly gifted, matching anti-abortion T-shirts via Instagram earlier this week, making it clear where their political beliefs lie. In a photo the couple posted on Wednesday, Oct. 7, the former Frasier star dons a gray shirt with an illustration of a gun on it and the words, “Would it bother us more if [...] »
Having first graced the big screen as mop-headed slacker Ted Theodore Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Keanu Reeves has since become one of Hollywood’s ‘go to’ actors when explosive action is the order of the day, starring in numerous edge-of-your-seat thrillers including Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. His most recent film, John Wick, which sees Reeves play a former hitman hell-bent on revenge as he returns to the criminal world he left behind in out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
With a career spanning over three decades, Reeves is rarely far from his next on-screen adventure, but what about some of those action heroes we haven’t heard from in a while? We decided to track down a few of our favourites.
Modern Family star Ed O'Neill has already said he's game for the Married...With Children Spinoff, which will revolve around David Faustino's http://movieweb.com/married-with-children-reboot-bud-bundy/Bud Bundy. But we don't have to wonder what Al Bundy might look like in anticipation of the sitcom finally hitting the small screen. Ed O'Neill agreed to participate in a Modern Family photo shoot that sees him reviving the iconic shoe salesman. And the results are quite glorious!
Ed O'Neill was joined by his Modern Family TV wife and co-star Sofía Vergara in recreating Al and Peggy Bundy for The Hollywood Reporter's photo shoot celebrating Hollywood's 100 Favorite TV Shows. This was the first time Ed O'Neill had revived the character since the debut of David Faustino's Crackle series Star-ving in 2009. He last played the character in 1997 when Married with Children officially went off the air after eleven seasons. Ed O'Neill »
The heat is on — literally. As the stars arrive today at the Microsoft Theater, the pressure is on not only to crown the best in television in one of the most competitive years in recent memory, they’ll also have to contend with a sweltering red carpet, as the thermostat flirts with the high 90s in downtown Los Angeles.
The 67th Emmy Awards kicks off at 5 p.m. Pt tonight on Fox, with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg set to host. We can surely expect an appearance by his Lonely Island crew — especially given the great response they got at the Oscars for their “Everything is Awesome” performance — and given the election season, it’s simply a question not if, but how many Donald Trump jokes we’ll hear from the stage.
The #AskHerMore campaign — urging red-carpet reporters to ask female celebrities more than “Who are you wearing?” — will be back in force, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Our Star Trek lookbacks return, and someone is making advances towards Commander Riker...
This review contains spoilers.
4.15 First Contact
We open in the hospital on the planet Malcor III, as several alien medical staff rush an incoming patient in for treatment, only to discover that his organs aren’t in the right place, and that he has fingers, and also that it’s Commander Riker. Only they don’t know that because he’s been surgically altered to look like an alien.
When he awakes, Riker dutifully dispenses his cover story about how his abnormalities are a genetic condition, but the staff of the hospital are immediately suspicious that he might be an alien attracted by their world’s increasing forays into spaceflight.
Elsewhere, the Malcorian Chancellor Durken, his minister for security (Krola) and his chief scientist (Yale) discuss this very topic, with Durken arguing that spaceflight goes against their species’ cultural nature, »
TV shows have found many different ways over the years to work around the pregnancy of their actresses. Sometimes, they do lots of episodes where their characters are always sitting behind a desk, or holding a giant purse, or (in a memorable "Cheers" episode when Shelley Long was pregnant) trapped in an air conditioning duct. "The X-Files" had Scully get abducted, while "Frasier" simply suggested that Daphne had just put on a lot of weight. "New Girl" is taking a multi-pronged approach for its next season. The first five episodes were filmed at the end of production for last season, and to allow the show to resume production while Zoey Deschanel is on maternity leave, Jess will be sequestered on jury duty for a few episodes. And on top of that, the loft will temporarily get a new roommate, played by... ... Megan Fox? Per the press release, "Fox will play 'Reagan, »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Modern Family" has the chance to make Emmy history this weekend, when the show could score its sixth straight statuette for Best Comedy -- a new record, breaking its current tie with "Frasier" for most-ever consecutive wins in that category. To celebrate that potential milestone, the cast posed as some other famous TV ensembles, and the results are hilarious -- and also kind of perfect.
The Hollywood Reporter arranged the shoot, which featured "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Cheers," "Breaking Bad," "I Dream of Jeannie," and yes, "Frasier." (Shout-out to the Pritchett family dog, Stella, who makes a cameo as Frasier's dad's pooch, Eddie.) And THR even convinced Ed O'Neill to recreate his Al Bundy character in a "Married... With Children" photo, complete with a giant bouffant-sporting Sofia Vergara standing in as Peg.
"I love dressing up like Ed's first TV wife," Vergara told THR. "I'm starting to think »
- Katie Roberts
Jonathan Banks has received a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on two different shows, “Breaking Bad” and spinoff “Better Call Saul,” but the actor hopes that’s where the character’s journey stops. Kelsey Grammer holds the record for nominations as the same character on three different shows — Frasier Crane on “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Wings” — and Banks has no aspirations to compete with his friend. “I hope I don’t play the same character on three different shows!” the actor said, laughing. “Kelsey’s wonderful, Kelsey’s a friend and more power to him.” Also Read: »
- Linda Ge
This could be a record year for Emmy records.
The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.
That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.
“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.
- Geoff Berkshire
Sir Patrick Stewart has made a career of playing sharp, smart men who issue orders, inspire masses and sometimes save the universe.
His latest character, Walter Blunt of Starz’s new comedy Blunt Talk, is… something entirely different.
A British war vet with a nightly show on an American cable news channel, Walter wants to exude the gravitas of a trusted anchor but frequently finds himself too drunk to stand, too high to focus and occasionally — as is the case in Saturday’s series premiere (9/8c) — pursued by the police while nuzzling a transsexual hooker’s chest.
Video Patrick Stewart Is a Boorish, »
Department of Homeland Security, meet your newest recruit: Peri Gilpin.
The Frasier vet has landed a recurring role on Scorpion‘s second season as Deputy Director of Homeland Security Katherine Cooper, according to TVInsider. Gilpin’s character will first appear in Episode 4 and will take the reins from Alana De La Garza’s Deputy Director Adriana Molina. (De La Garza, as previously reported, has been cast in the forthcoming Criminal Minds spinoff, Beyond Borders.)
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For five years running, the Emmys have kept the best comedy series race all in the family.
The quintet of consecutive wins for “Modern Family” already put ABC’s breakout laffer in the TV Academy’s record books: It’s tied with “Frasier” for the most ever wins in the top comedy category. One more victory and it would hold the record solo.
He says it would be “thrilling” if “Modern Family” broke the tie but doesn’t feel like it’s a competition. Rather it would mean recognition of how hard the show’s cast and crew continue to push themselves after six seasons and over 140 episodes.
“We aren’t writing for validation on ‘Modern Family,’ but we did set out »
- Geoff Berkshire
Watching countless hours of telly can make you feel like you know the settings of your favourite shows like the back of your hand.
Have you ever wanted to redesign your house or flat to make it look as close to Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends or Sherlock's bachelor pad as possible? Well, these amazing floorplans might be a start.
Click on each picture to see a full-size version.
1. Friends: Monica, Rachel, Joey and Chandler's apartments
Considering Monica's apartment was a "frigging steal", this shows just how amazing her New York pad is. It's certainly more spacious than Joey's across the hall, but when you've got comfy armchairs and foosball, who cares? Plus, we all know it's Monica's mess that fills up the ? room.
2. The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon, Leonard and Penny's apartments
As expected, everything is neatly organised to fit Sheldon's standards, and there is plenty »
“I hope your ears are 18, because they’re about to get sound-banged!”
So ends the first episode of Mr. Robinson, NBC’s new comedy starring Office alum Craig Robinson. If you find the joke funny, you likely enjoyed the half-hour that preceded it, which introduces Robinson as a struggling Chicago musician who occasionally works as a substitute public school teacher.
If you don’t, well… we’ll want to hear about that in a moment. First, a brief recap:
The series kicks off at a lounge gig for The Nasty Delicious, the band Craig (played »
We can learn many things about TV trends just by looking at the shows chosen for this year’s Emmy nominations in the three categories of casting: drama, comedy, and limited series.
First, broadcast is challenged. Just two network series (PBS aside) were nominated and both were from ABC.
Second, the traditional Hollywood casting couch is on the outs — most nominations source out of New York, the U.K. or both.
Third, it’s a small world after all, with multiple nominees gracing multiple categories.
Then there’s the fourth: Just try asking casting directors what they’re looking for when deciding if a show’s casting is “outstanding.” They can be a little, well, vague.
- Randee Dawn
Mr. Robinson isn’t a show for everyone, which is largely a function of the fact that Welcome Back, Kotter wasn’t for everyone, and owed a lot of the success it had to limited alternatives.
Don’t get me wrong, Welcome Back, Kotter was not only a great show, but it managed a surprising amount of influence on the landscape of television for decades… it just wasn’t for everyone.
Mr. Robinson stars Craig Robinson as a part-time substitute/part-time singer who runs into an old flame and hopes to rekindle things. When he learns that she now teaches at their old High School, he takes the first chance he gets to substitute there.
Mr. Robinson is laid-back almost to a fault… well, probably to a fault. He quickly hints that he wasn’t very serious about school, and hasn’t been very serious about anything since, but he »
- Marc Eastman
NBC sent out all six episodes of “Mr. Robinson,” which is puzzling, because it’s one of those shows that can be assessed after roughly 10 minutes. Craig Robinson (“The Office”) plays Craig Robinson, the lead singer-keyboardist for a funk band called Nasty Delicious, who croons suggestive tunes to excessively appreciative extras in a small-club setting, and — in a demographically desirable plot twist — teaches music to high school kids. The resulting sitcom doesn’t live up (or down) to either half of the band’s name, and seems destined to test how fast people can operate the remote after “America’s Got Talent.”
Although performing is his first love, Craig can use extra cash, and settles on the idea of substitute-teaching mostly because he has run into an old crush (Meagan Good, already signed on for this fall’s “Minority Report”) with whom he’d like to reconnect. She teaches at their old high school, »
- Brian Lowry
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