7 items from 2015
Elaine May has signed on to helm a PBS documentary about Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of "The Graduate" and her old comedy partner. May will revisit Nichols' career -- which also includes directing credits for the films "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Silkwood," "Working Girl," "The Birdcage" and "Closer" -- in the first episode of "American Masters'" 30th season, to air on January 29, 2016. Nichols was also a celebrated theater director and won his ninth directing Tony in 2012 for a revival of "Death of a Salesman" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. He died last fall at age 83. The prolific director first became famous in the '50s as one half of the comedy team Nichols & May, which released three albums, the first of which won a Grammy. May's last directing credit is 1985's "Ishtar." She has also helmed the features "A New Leaf,"...
- Inkoo Kang
Over the course of The Simpsons' lengthy run, one of the long-running jokes is Waylon Smithers' undying love for his boss, Montgomery Burns, characters who are both voiced by Harry Shearer. While Smithers' sexual orientation has never been explicitly stated on the show, it has been inferred since the first season that Smithers is gay. The Simpsons showrunner and executive producer Al Jean has revealed in an interview with TV Line that Smithers will finally reveal to Mr. Burns that he's a homosexual in Season 27.
"In Springfield now, most people know he's gay, but obviously Burns doesn't. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options."
Ironically, the long-running animated series lost Mr. Burns and Smithers voice actor Harry Shearer, after a contract dispute in May, but he eventually »
Read More: Critic's Notebook: How Robin Williams' Snuck His Genius Into Movies During his career as an actor, Robin Williams created some of the screen's most unforgettable characters and worked with a long list of acclaimed directors, including Mike Nichols and Steven Spielberg. Below you'll find links to some of his best performances in films from these greats and others -- and you can now watch (or re-watch) them all on Netflix. The films are listed below in alphabetical order. Synopses provided by Netflix. "The Big Wedding" (Justin Zackham, 2013)A long-divorced couple feigns years of wedded bliss to please a special guest at their son's nuptials: his birth mother. Williams co-stars opposite Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katharine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried in this romantic comedy. "The Birdcage" (Mike Nichols, 1966)Longtime gay lovers Armand (Williams) and Albert (Nathan Lane) feel compelled to pass themselves off as a. »
- Zack Sharf
The event served as a warm-up for Corden’s project, “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which debuts March 23 on CBS. Corden moderated “The Good Wife” panel discussion with husband and wife co-creators and executive producers Michelle and Robert King, and the show’s actors, Matt Czuchry (who plays Cary Agos), Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart) and Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick) — all of whom he lovingly embraced.
The evening kicked off with a sneak peek screening of the show’s upcoming episode “Mind’s Eye,” which officially airs March 8. About 90% of the episode takes place inside Florrick’s mind as she preps for an important interview that could potentially make or break her chances of being elected state’s attorney. Robert King »
- Seth Kelley
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Emmanuel Lubezki might not be a household name the way Brad Pitt, George Clooney, or Ben Affleck are, but he’s worked with all those A-listers and countless others during the course of his impressive 30-year career behind the camera. A multi-award winner with such films as “The Tree of Life,” “Ali,” “Children of Men,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” and “The Birdcage” under his belt, he is one of the best cinematographers working today. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his talents yet again this year, though this time in historic fashion; he became only the fifth ever cinematographer to win back-to-back Oscars (for “Birdman” and “Gravity”). The man’s work is just amazing. In a mere four and a half minutes, one Vimeo user, has paid gorgeous tribute to Lubezki. Combining snippets from the above films, as well as “Great Expectations,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Burn After Reading, »
- Zach Hollwedel
ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.
Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014
The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.
News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?
The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.
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7 items from 2015
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