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Prepare to meet the people who gave life to Girls‘ Shoshanna.
Girls returns for Season 4 on Jan. 11.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Comedienne Sarah Silverman will star in a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO, our sister site Deadline reports. Written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a mid-life crisis.
There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.
A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...
Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »
With the nation still reeling from Trixie’s shock departure, the five remaining contestants performed two dances each. Who made it through to the grand final?
So that’s it from me until the Grand Final, thank you as ever for joining in and being entirely brilliant in the comment box.
Join me from 6.30pm next Saturday for the first part of the final – we’ll hang some streamers down below and make it a party.
So that means we have our four final couples – Mark and Karen, Caroline and Pasha, Frankie and Kevin and Simon and Kristina. Caroline is looking like the favourite to win, but that’s by no means a done deal – it’s going to be a cracking final, I reckon.
So it’s goodbye to Jake the Snake and his amazing shimmying hips. Am not surprised, but would have »
- Heidi Stephens
My friends, we truly are living in a golden age of television. Programming these days is often better than anything playing in cinemas. Once considered almost the end—or truly just the beginning—of a Hollywood heavyweight’s career, any negative stigma that might have once existed about slumming it in television is gone. Long gone. A-List celebs routinely devote years of their lives to headlining weekly shows. Many cross mediums, appearing both in television and film in the same year. And we have some exciting news on leading men poised to return to the small screen. George Clooney, who rose to national-stardom as Dr. Doug Ross in NBC’s long lived primetime hospital drama, “ER,” hopes to return with an hour-long comedy-drama about the movie business, seen from the eyes of executives managing it in the 1990s. Though the show hasn’t yet been picked up yet, it has some solid players involved. »
- Zach Hollwedel
The ’90s were a special time for George Clooney. That was when he broke through on TV with ER, and then transitioned into movies with projects like From Dusk Til Dawn. Now he’s set to return to television, and to that decade, with a brand-new show about ’90s showbiz. Clooney is teaming with Rescue Me […]
- Angie Han
The actress has been recruited to play a corpse-inhabiting evil spirit in the upcoming back half of Sleepy Hollow‘s second season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Murray will portray a vetala, or ghostly being from Hindu lore. She’ll appear in Episode 14, which is titled “Kali Yuga.”
On Big Morning Buzz Live, Jaleel White revealed that he balled with George Clooney in the `90s. He told Nick Lachey about playing basketball with the former ER star, and the suave actor’s best moves on the court.
“I had a basketball hoop for years in the alley right next to [Family Matters’] stage and ER shot right next door to us.” said White. “And one day a teamster came out to us and said, ‘Hey, do you mind if we take your basket and take it out in the middle so that both shows can play.’” White agreed, but then no one realized he had the hoop first. “Within a week, people were like, ‘Aw man, you should come play on George Clooney’s basket!’”
White wasn’t fazed and gave Clooney props. “George is a very good Horse player. I’m sure he’s tired of me talking about it. »
- Rahsheeda Ali
George Clooney did plenty of work in the world of television before breaking out in a big way with NBC’s ER in the mid 1990s, and now it appears that he’s keen on spearheading a TV series of his own. Vulture reports that Clooney has teamed up with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan to develop a one-hour comedic drama series that will “explore the movie business of the early 1990s.” That is one hell of a creative trio behind-the-scenes, and the early 1990s is a fruitful period to explore. It marked a turning point for the film business, as the studio-driven commercial projects of the late 1980s were threatened by the booming independent film movement with folks like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh leading the charge. More after the jump. Per Vulture, the currently untitled TV project is described as a dark comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
Kirsten Dunst is going from the big to the small screen.
The 32-year-old actress has just booked a starring role on FX’s Fargo, the network announced Wednesday. She’ll be joined by Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad alum Jesse Plemons in the lead roles for the 10-episode second installment, which starts filming next month up north in chilly Calgary, Canada.
News: Fargo Renewed for Season 2—Find Out if Your Favorite Actors Will Return!
The pair will play a married couple who aren’t exactly on the same page. Dunst takes on the role of Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants as she struggles with others’ expectations. Plemons portrays Ed, a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery even if he doesn’t quite understand it.
Dunst, who appeared on ER in the '90s and »
After having one of the best seasons of any show, new or returning, in 2014, Fargo is starting to lay the groundwork for its second season with the casting of two new actors. It was announced today that Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are set to star in Fargo Season 2, which is slated to premiere next fall. In the FX drama’s second season, Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, “a beautician with dreams of the big city. She’s trying to figure out who she is and what she really wants out of life.” Plemons, meanwhile will play Ed, Peggy’s husband, “a butcher’s assistant who is supportive of her quest, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.” Dunst hasn’t appearned much on television since the 1990s, when she had a recurring role on ER; however, she just recently guest starred in an episode of IFC’s Portlandia. »
- Chris King
Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
Chicago – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” awards with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. Sweeping Best Actor, Director and Feature Film was the Collin Schiffli-directed “Animals,” starring and written by David Dastmalchian.
Photo credit: Jason Brown (jbrownweddingphoto.com) for MidwestFilm.com
The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and featured appearances by television stars Jon Seda and Laroyce Hawkins of “Chicago Pd”; Christian Stolte and Charlie Barnett of “Chicago Fire”; Kelly O’Sullivan and Maura Kidwell of “Sirens”; Screenwriter Irvine Walsh (“Trainspotting”); and Betsy Steinberg, the Director of the Illinois Film Office.
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.
The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.
Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.
The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is
currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:
Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.
Galligan's notable film roles following the success »
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Monday's Castle. Read at your own risk.]
Castle's midseason finale may have been a Christmas episode, but there wasn't a lot of holiday cheer.
After an ER doctor is shot on the street by a man in a Santa suit, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) quickly realize the victim may have been a doctor for the mob. During the twisty tale, Castle (somewhat against his will) becomes a blood brother with mob boss Dino Scarpella (Paul Ben-Victor), who urges (threatens?) Castle to help prove the innocence of the key suspect, Christopher Carlucci (Vincent Spano).
The Castle Wedding: How did Castle and Beckett say "I do"?
Fortunately for Castle, he and Beckett eventually...
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- Adam Bryant
Carefree East Coast partiers are hunted by a sadistic serial killer, a graveyard shift janitor learns the disturbing truth about a legendary locker, a deadly prehistoric creature is awakened from its slumber… these stories and more are explored in a diverse collection of horror movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we’ve been provided with to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray/DVD prize pack.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Blu-ray/DVD Prize Pack Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 13th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Jersey Shore Massacre
“A typical weekend »
- Derek Anderson
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") gets the best odds to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards according to our racetrack odds. It would be her third win for "The Good Wife" and her ninth win overall. That would put her back on top as SAG's most honored performer. -Break- Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: Matt Czuchry gives arresting 'Good Wife' performance Her eight wins are still the most of any actress at the event, but in 2012 Alec Baldwin tied her record. The "30 Rock" star was unstoppable for years in the Best TV Comedy Actor race, and that year he won his seventh straight prize for the NBC sitcom. Baldwin also won Best TV Comedy Ensemble with the "30 Rock" cast in 2008. But with "30 Rock" off the air, Margulies has a chance to reclaim the throne just for herself. Margulies has won TV Drama Actress four times overall: twice for »
In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to drive cars. In Chicago, women aren’t allowed to drive trucks—at least not on movie sets. That’s according to a lawsuit filed against Chicago Teamsters Local 727 that claims no woman has been hired to drive a truck on a union film or TV show shot in the Windy City in the local’s 75-year history. That’s tens of thousands of jobs, hundreds of thousands of days worked.
In 2010, Maura Anne Stuart made history by becoming the first female admitted Local 727’s Movie/Trade Show division. Three years later, she filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the union claiming she had been shut out of breaking into its Movie/Trade Show Division for several years. The suit was thrown out by a U.S. District Court judge but was recently reinstated by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The trial could begin sometime next year. »
- David Robb
George Clooney isn't afraid to put his stems on display. On Thursday, the actor filmed scenes for Hail, Caesar! that required him to don a revealing Roman soldier costume. George was a good sport about the whole thing, busting out in laughter while chatting up the crew. With his hair styled like Mark Antony (you know, the Roman general, not the modern-day singer), it's impossible not to look at the pictures and think about his early ER days. George has been hard at work following his picture-perfect wedding to Amal Alamuddin. Most recently, George hit the Downton Abbey set to film a special cameo. Keep reading to see George's new pictures, and stay tuned for more set pictures of the Coen brothers's upcoming project as production continues! »
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Castle" episode 10 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Bad Santa," and it turns out that we're going to see Castle and Beckett deal with a new case that involves the Mafia when one of their doctors gets shot dead in the street, and more! In the new, 10th episode press release: When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle and Beckett are going to soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie will reach a defining moment in their relationship. Guest stars feature: Carole Gutierrez as Dr. Deb Lander, Larry Poindexter as Det. McBride, Vincent Spano as Christopher Carlucci, Mo Gallini as Rocco Carducci, Paul Ben-Victor as Dino Scarpella and Alex Frnka as Jane Scarpella. »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Supernatural, Marry Me, Red Band Society and Criminal Minds!
1 | If Will doesn’t win America’s Next Top Model, will you join our protest?
2 | We’re all for drumming up election campaign drama, but would The Good Wife have us believe that Grace — regardless of intent/context — would disseminate such a potentially inflammatory note written by her mom? And since we didn’t see his final response, do you think Cary may have »
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