16 items from 2013
Read enough interviews with Hollywood film stars and two themes keep cropping up. Theme one is that the star in question is working on a screenplay. Theme two is that they hope to become a director. Perhaps we can all take some comfort from the knowledge that, however much power and influence these stars may have, the vast majority never finish that screenplay or direct that film.
A few stars do get around to directing when they've passed their acting peak (Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Dustin Hoffman). A few manage the transition once they've established themselves as A-listers (George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes). And some (Ben Affleck) turn to directing in desperation, following several years of lurching »
Richard Hammond plays God for laughs, Downton gets down and dirty – and Gareth fills the nation's heart with song (again)
Richard Hammond Builds a Planet (BBC1) | iPlayer
Downton Abbey (ITV) | ITVPlayer
The Choir: Sing While You Work (BBC2) | iPlayer
Autism: Challenging Behaviour (BBC4) | iPlayer
You wouldn't mind having Richard Hammond round to change a flat tyre, but how much does he know about astrophysics? Not enough to fill an hour, it turned out. Sunday's shamelessly whiz-bang Richard Hammond Builds a Planet – a title to make the cheeriest heart sink – was provocative television, though only in the sense that it made you want to throw a shoe at it.
"The Earth. Third rock from the sun. And it's unique. It has life." I might as well just stop there, though Hammond's cloth-eared sentence-chopping held a horrifying fascination of sorts, as well as being a help to slower learners. There followed some routine histrionic time-wasting, »
- Phil Hogan
TVLIne has learned exclusively that the comedienne/actress/talk show cohost will guest-voice Mrs. Rabbit in the freshman ABC drama’s eighth episode, in both the current storyline and a flashback to the furry-footed fella’s past.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
On TV this Thursday: Glee says goodbye to a fallen friend, Once Upon a Time takes a trip to Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy celebrate its 200th episode, The Big Bang Theory gets a mother of a visit and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Loses His Temper, Chris (Literally) Toots His Own Horn
- Misha Solomon
This week sees the release of Don Jon, a movie Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in. It's also a movie that received some great notices out of Sundance, including one from our own Erik Davis, who reviewed it in character with a New Jersey accent (listen here). He says it's hilarious and heartfelt, and while I haven't yet seen it I wondered how Gordon-Levitt's performance here weighs against those of his entire career. Yes, he's only 32, but he's been acting professionally since age four and in all that time he has played some distinctly varied roles. Most people recall him first as the alien in a teen boy's body on Third Rock from the Sun, where his ever-precocious personality was (intentionally?) turned into a long-running joke...
- Christopher Campbell
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is famous for many things, from the long-haired kid on Third Rock From The Sun to the teen detective of Brick to the revealed at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. But as he eases into his 30s the former child star is getting ready to change his image in two very dramatic ways: playing the tank-top wearing greaseball at the center of the new film Don Jon, and directing himself in the role. You've probably heard about Don Jon by now, from either its Sundance premiere (back when it was called Don Jon's Addiction) or its SXSW appearance, or even the constant buzz around the performances from the likes of Tony Danza and Scarlett Johnasson, both of whom put in performances remarkably different from what we've seen from them. Many of you will have to wait until Don Jon opens on September 27 to check it out »
The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a futuristic tale from the Fringe team and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
The Show | ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thursdays at 8/7c; premieres Oct. 10)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
If there is absolutely one thing that you cannot fault director Christopher Nolan for, it’s his ability to assemble truly stellar A-list casts for his movies. His latest, Interstellar, is shaping up to be no exception, with news that two more great thespians have been added to the already ridiculously talented cast.
As well as boasting the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin and Casey Affleck, it has been announced that Ellen Burstyn has signed on to the film, while The Wrap reports that former Dexter villain and Third Rock From The Sun star, John Lithgow, has also jumped on board. They are two of four new additions to the project, with the others being young upstarts Timothee Chalamet (of Homeland fame) and Mackenzie Foy (the young star who played Renesmee, the immortal offspring of Bella and Edward, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2).
Naturally of course, »
- Nick Savvides
Here she is ... 2012's hottest woman in the Known Universe -- at least according to the Miss Universe beauty pageant -- and unless there are some really hot aliens out there, we have to agree.Representing the Third Rock from the Sun in a sexy mixed-pattern bikini, 21-year-old Olivia Culpo stripped down on a beach in Corona del Mar over the weekend.Well done. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Two hot properties are coming to ABC this fall, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the characters of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in action.
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The Once spin-off Wonderland – which will air Thursdays at 8/7c — stars Sophie Lowe as Alice, a young girl who finds herself in a strange land on the other side of a rabbit hole. But as you can see in the following photos, not everyone back in Victorian England believes her tale, leading doctors to try to cure her. »
- Vlada Gelman
ABC has picked up "Once Upon A Time In Wonderland," the spin-off of the network's popular fairy tale drama, currently wrapping up its second season.
The network describes the series, designed to air as a limited-run standalone series to bridge the gap between the original show's fall and spring runs, as such: In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe, "Beautiful Kate") tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love »
ABC is officially heading down the rabbit hole with Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, a spin-off of its popular sophomore drama.
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The set-up for the offshoot, which has been envisioned as a limited-run standalone series to bridge the original show’s winter hiatus: In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (played by Sophie Lowe, Beautiful Kate) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Matt Damon has received the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal. Although the 42-year-old actor dropped out of the prestigious university to pursue his Hollywood ambitions, Matt received the accolade on Thursday (25.04.13) for his work with the arts. 'Third Rock From The Sun' actor John Lithgow - who also attended Harvard - presided over the ceremony, where he spoke about Matt's time at the educational institution. Previous winners of the Harvard Arts Medal include Tommy Lee Jones, Jack Lemmon, and Yo-Yo Ma. Matt Damon and his wife Luciana - who raise four daughters, Alexia, 14, Isabella, six, Gia, four, and two-year-old Stella, together - recently listed their seven-bedroom property for $20 million, $9.7 million more than they paid »
Between his booming film career and production company HitRECord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's a busy guy ... with just enough time for his own variety show.
On Wednesday, the actor announced that he was partnering with Pivot, Participant Media's new cable TV network, for "Hit RECord on TV!" via Twitter.
Big News!We're gonna make a @hitrecord TV show!I made a video about it: youtu.be/u6fqJt3mm6I Come work on it with us!
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) March 27, 2013
Gordon-Levitt will serve as a host on HitRECord's Pivot show, which will feature short films, live conversations and performances.
Because HitRECord is a collaborative productive company, as Gordon-Levitt explains in the video above, anyone can pitch in and artists will be paid if their work is used.
"These guys actually get it," he said with Participant Media President Evan Shapiro at an upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday. "They're not »
- Leigh Weingus
This weekend brings the first of three live (or shot live in high definition) National Theatre of London productions to a theatre near you. Recorded just weeks ago “The Magistrate” is a new adaptation of a classic Victorian era farce performed by an energetic cast of British stage actors headed by American John Lithgow in the lead role. The action is fast and frenetic and returns Lithgow to the type of comedy he perfected during his multi-year run as the star of NBC’s “Third Rock From the Sun”. The crazy goings on emanate from a single white lie when a young widow shaves a few years off her age when she meets and marries said court officer (so her son becomes 14 instead of 19, naturally). Original songs performed by a clown-like Greek chorus make the transitions from drawing-room to French hotel suite to court chambers. The sets are constructed in »
- Jim Batts
16 items from 2013
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