16 items from 2011
Kim Wayans Actress Kim Wayans attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Wayans' movie credits are I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Talking About Sex, Critics and Other Freaks, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Wayans was also a regular on the television series In the House and In Living Color. »
- D. Zhea
Rapper and actor Heavy D, one of the defining voices of hip-hop's late-80s and early-90s golden age, has died. The 44-year-old was taken to hospital with breathing problems, just hours after he wrote to his followers on Twitter, "Be Inspired!"
Paramedics arrived at Heavy D's Beverly Hills condo at around noon on Tuesday, after receiving a 911 call from a neighbour. The rapper was conscious and talking, but had collapsed after returning home from a shopping trip. "There doesn't appear to be any foul play," police lieutenant Mark Rosen told the New York Daily News. "We believe it was medically related." According to La's Ktla News, Heavy was suffering from pneumonia after a recent trip from Europe. He was taken by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he died at about 1pm. »
- Sean Michaels
With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #87): “A Piano In The House” (airdate 2/16/62) The Plot: A theater critic by the name of Fitzgerald Fortune buys one of those creepy player pianos and soon discovers it plays more than music. It strums the ethereal chords of the human soul! The Goods: Fitzgerald Fortune (Barry Morse) is not a nice man. He’s a theater critic known for excoriating artists’ efforts with wit and derision, but it’s not a facet of his personality he saves only for his day job. Everyone from his wife Esther (Joan Hackett) to his housekeeper Marvin (Cyril Delevanti) have felt the sting of his words. Fitz buys a player piano for his wife since she’s spoken of »
- Rob Hunter
Ronan Bennett spent two years interviewing gang members in east London for his powerfully personal TV drama, Top Boy. Here he describes their hidden, hopeless world – and the lengths they'll go to escape from it
Nathan is 19. He's mixed race, tall, slim and fit. He has a No 1 haircut and is dressed in a T-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. He has a silver chain round his neck. His mobile rings. He speaks quickly: "Four on four, cuz, yeah… Wait a second." He asks how much longer we're going to be. Maybe another 30 minutes. We're sitting at a table outside a café on Mare Street, next to Hackney Town Hall. I sip my drink. "Thirty minutes," he says and ends the call. He looks at me, a slow look, unemphatic. "Customer." What's four on four, I ask. "He wants four 10-bags of dubs and four 10-bags of B." Dubs? B? "Dubs »
- Ronan Bennett
by Michael Sieber, MoreHorror.com
Pure exploitation trash with a veneer of style.
Catholic schoolgirls, Rebecca (Christina DeRosa) and the virginal Catherine (Cheryl Lyone) are selling bibles door to door to raise money for school when they knock on the door of the wrong house at the wrong time.
In the house is gang leader and pimp, Lobo, played by Peter Tahoe who has just shot and killed one of his ‘girls’ for stealing his drugs. Lobo and his gang kidnap the girls, and Rebecca is killed while being forced to play Russian roulette. Catherine is then taken out to the woods where she is raped and left for dead.
Naked, she eventually stumbles onto the highway where she is picked up by a passing motorist and taken to a hospital. Soon she recovers, and feels compelled to exact her revenge on her assailants.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, »
NBC has bought a pitch from Snoop and producer Don Reo ("My Wife and Kids"), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Snoop Dogg will star as the father of a group of unruly kids and also serve as a producer.
The premise sounds a little different than the idea we came up with when the project was first announced: A show called "What It Do, Nephew," in which he takes in his brother or sister's son. But that's Ok.
Snoop Dogg has a pretty sizable acting resume, including starring roles in "The Wash" and "Soul Plane" and several sitcom guest appearances, including two episodes of "Brothers" (which Reo executive produced) in the 2009-10 season. He also starred in the E! reality series "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, »
Good evening, and welcome to the Celebrity Big Brother launch night liveblog! Barely a year ago we tearfully waved Big Brother goodbye in an drawn-out fanfare of trumpets and nose-blowing, but now it's Back. On Channel 5. Presented by a very excitable Brian Dowling. And allegedly featuring both halves of Jedward. For Three Weeks.
Lord have mercy on our tortured, reality TV-diminished souls.
I'll be here from 9pm to give you all the lowdown on the new housemates – mainly this will involve me going "Um, Who?", then quickly chucking in a few random facts blagged from the internet. If I'm lucky, the lovely Ladyribenaberet might email me some useful insight from you guys in the comment box, thus making it a universal, crowd-sourced cry of "Who? Really? For The Love Of Davina, »
- Heidi Stephens
Actress Kimberly Elise welcomes 44. Born in Minneapolis, her boasting rights include appearances in Set It Off, In The House, Beloved, Bojangles, Bait, John Q, Girlfriends, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, The Great Debaters, Grey’s Anatomy and For Colored Girls.
Actress Lela Rochon turns 47 today. A native of California, she’s appeared in numerous films and tv shows including Breakin’, The Facts of Life, The Cosby Show, Amen, Harlem Nights, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boomerang, The Wayans Bros., Any Given Sunday, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Brooklyn’s Finest and Waiting To Exhale. Her most recent project was Blood Done Sign My Name.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen Of Soul turns 69 today. Her music has appeared on an extremely long list of film soundtracks that include The Big Chill, St. Elmo’s Fire, Platoon, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ali and The Last King Of Scotland. Ms. Franklin made her acting debut in The Blues Brothers.
Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton welcomes 47. The Julliard graduate has appeared in Homicide: Life On The Street, Krush Groove, Ally McBeal, Twelve Monkeys, Beloved, The Practice, Sex And The City, Jackie Brown and many more productions to numerous to name. Lately, you can find her on Men Of A Certain Age. The actress also directed the documentary film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks in 2003. The film is about pioneering black actress Beah Richards.
She’s also appeared in The Cosby Show, Clockers, In The House, The Practice, The Steve Harvey Show, Big Momma’s House 2, Disappearing Acts, K-Ville, Drop Dead Diva, House of Payne, Law & Order and Meet The Browns. Pheww! The girl has been working.
The next film project we can expect to see her in is the movie Bolden!, about the first Cornet King of New Orleans, alongside Anthony Mackie, Omari Hardwick, Wendell Pierce, Omar Gooding and Jackie Earle Haley.
Well it’s a new day and here is yet another montage, the second in two days. Lucky for us, it’s just as great. Yesterday we showed you A Brief History of Title Design. This time however, it’s the work of youtuber Hatinhand. He brings us a montage sequence of amazing movie ending spoilers. Overall there are 71 films in this 5 minute clip. The most astounding thing about this is that he claims it is his first attempt at editing a montage.
You can view a list of the films and music featured below the video. I suggest checking them before the video in case there are some films you don’t want spoiled for you.
Rope, American Psycho, The Usual Suspects, Psycho, The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects, American Psycho, The Maltese Falcon, L.A. Confidential, Unbreakable, The Prestige, The Third Man, Burn After Reading, The Descent, The Shining, »
- Yiannis Cove
In an op-ed today, Obama laments those killed since the Giffords shooting. But a new ruling-and Dick Cheney-could be a turning point in gun laws. Plus, Live Chat with Andrew Romano and Virginia Tech victim Colin Goddard on gun legislation on Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. Et.
On a snowy Wednesday evening in February, the main attraction on the marquee at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia, was True Grit, the Coen Brothers' bloody homage to the shoot-'em-up Westerns of Hollywood's Golden Age. But the movie playing inside had a very different message to send.
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Four years ago, on April 16, 2007, Colin Goddard was one of 49 people shot by Seung-Hui Cho in Virginia Tech's Norris Hall, a mere 1,000 yards from the Lyric Theatre-and one of only 17 who survived. Shortly after 9 a.m., Cho forced his way into Goddard's French class, »
- Andrew Romano & Pat Wingert
It’s an important question I’ve wrestled with for quite some time now: Is Guy Fieri terrible, or just, like, ok? In an attempt to provide some therapeutic closure for myself, I’ll present both halves of the argument in my head below — please leave your verdicts and further explanations in the comments. Point: Guy Fieri Is Not Terrible My friend Kevin summed up Guy Fieri’s existence pretty perfectly, saying, “You know how some novelty diners will have, like, an alligator in sunglasses inside a pink Cadillac that’s made to look like it’s crashed through the wall? Guy Fieri is that alligator come to life.” His existence is absurd, sure, but he’s generally harmless. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is one of my favorite standby “throw it on whenever” shows, and I’ve never minded Guy Fieri as the host. A number of my friends rip »
- Dan Hopper
Their friendship was more formal than in The King's Speech, but remarkable nevertheless
When we came home last Sunday from The King's Speech we began to talk about the House of Windsor and all we'd forgotten about it or never knew.
"So how many brothers did George VI actually have?"
"Well, there's Edward the Abdicator and there's the other one mentioned in the film – John, the one we never used to hear about, who had epilepsy and died young. And then there's a couple of dukes, Kent, the one who died in the air crash, and the other one – Norfolk?"
"You mean Gloucester," my wife said, and so I did. Norfolk is the Catholic duke who lives in Arundel; he has nothing to do with it. "But George VI had a sister, too. A total of five brothers and a sister is what I remember."
"No, I think Marina married Kent. »
- Ian Jack
As the new Congress starts its first week, Washington's got a new sheriff in Darrell Issa, a charismatic Mama Grizzly in Kristi Noem, and a rejuvenated Joe Lieberman. Samuel P. Jacobs on who to keep your eye on in the political year to come.
1. Rep Darrell Issa, California Republican
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Washington has a new sheriff. Issa will chair the House Oversight Committee, with the power to instigate investigations against the White House and anyone else who the runs afoul of the 57-year-old Californian. Issa promises a busy year: He's already announced that he'd like 280 hearings in 2011. During the first two years of the Obama administration, Issa fired off scores of letters to the Democrats, demanding investigations and asking questions about the White House's behavior. (He's called Obama, "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." ) "We'll get a lot »
- Samuel P. Jacobs
Actor Sameer Soni’s Bigg Boss journey has come to an end. He was bit disappointed for not making to the final but at the same time feels proud the way he conducted himself. In the house, he was close to Shweta Tiwari and he wants her to win the show. Soni says, “The journey has been fabulous. I had a great time and am proud of the way I conducted myself during the show. Having said that, it really sucks to be out of the show at this point where I could have made to the finals. It is no easy.” He adds, “I think the reason behind that could be the fact that people didn’t vote for me enough.” Talking about »
16 items from 2011
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