8 items from 2009
The comedian has Bullock to thank for much of his success after she approached him in 2000 about creating and starring in his own TV sitcom.
But he feared the Miss Congeniality star would lose interest in him after he invited her to a show miles away from her home.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I got this huge movie star to drive an hour out of Los Angeles to sit and watch me perform on a Thursday night. She was interested in seeing some comedy and she followed me in her car, and the whole way I was saying, 'You know what, man, she's going to turn back. It's going to be too far. She's going to double back.' But she stayed. She watched the show... She's the one person I've met other than my wife who completely has the belief in my talent, that it could be something."
Lopez has previously branded the actress his "guardian angel" after she saved him from a downward spiral of depression by helping him launch his series George Lopez, which began in 2002. »
Today, fifteen years after I first saw it, I believe "Hoop Dreams" is the great American documentary. No other documentary has ever touched me more deeply. It was relevant then, and today, as inner city neighborhoods sink deeper into the despair of children murdering children, it is more relevant. It tells the stories of two 14-year-olds, Arthur Agee and William Gates, how they dreamed of stardom in the NBA, and how basketball changed their lives. Basketball, and this film.
Photo copyright by Roka Walsh. Used with permission
"Hoop Dreams" observed its 15th anniversary Wednesday night at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Agee and Gates were both there. Gates, now a minister, observed that in one period of time he buried 20 victims of gang violence, 16 of them under 16. Agee said when he looks at his friends in the film today, "ten of them are no longer with us." Yet there they sat, »
- Roger Ebert
We offer an inside look at the film as it simultaneously premieres in 17 cities around the world.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Stephen Lovekin/ Getty Images
New York — Tuesday night marked the worldwide premiere of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," as Sony Pictures simultaneously unveiled the documentary in 17 cities around the world. MTV News nabbed a seat at the New York screening, in the midst of Times Square, to take in the long-anticipated action.
(Spoilers, if you can call them that, abound below, so if you don't want to know anything about what you'll see up on the screen, turn back now.)
The film opens with scrolling text explaining the origins of the planned This Is It comeback shows and Jackson's decisions to launch them and to allow rehearsals to be filmed. Then we get Mj's dancers »
Jon Gosselin may have allegedly sketchy lawyers, dubious girlfriends and dreams of CBS reality TV shows dancing in his head currently, but everyone who gets it knows the burden of the Gosselins lies squarely with mum Kate. She's the one primarily holding the bag, tending to eight kids, while Jon "crafts his image." Sure, her image is a piece of work too, but she appears more rational and realisitic, as witnessed by her renewal of her nursing license, as reported by radaronline.com. She seems to know the love Tlc has for her completely hinges on ratings and their interest in furthering the franchise, now cut in half, or tenths if you count the heads. In interviews, Jon does »
- April MacIntyre
Finally! Community, the ensemble comedy starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase about a group of misfits who attend Greendale Community College and find each other in a Spanish study group, premieres tonight (NBC, 9:30 p.m. Et). This afternoon, we're getting to know Gillian Jacobs, the Juilliard grad with great taste in comedy, who plays Britta, the hard-to-get woman who inspires McHale's character Jeff, a lawyer sent back to college after it's revealed his law degree is fake, to start said study group. (Their Spanish professor, Señor Chang, is played by The Hangover's Ken Jeong, so they really do need each other.) • Yes, she was a fan of the The Soup before she met McHale, and their chemistry was instant. "He's so at ease that he puts you at ease. He's just like giving s-- to the casting director, throwing out lines. With those funny guys, you just got »
- Mandi Bierly
The "Getting Lost" series is about a Lost newbie's attempts to watch all five seasons of the show for the first time, just as the sixth (and final) one rolls along.
What I Watched in Week 2: Season 1, Episodes 7-12 ("The Moth", "Confidence Man", "Solitary", "Raised by Another", "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", "Whatever the Case May Be")
"You're moving too slow!" my friend, Alyssa, told me. She's the one who lent me the season 1 box set, and was checking up on my progress. »
Do you know who this 19 year-old (pictured left) is?
Well, he's the grandson of two Hollywood giants. I'm not sure which two exactly though the maternal line in the equation is clear. She's the one pimping posting the picture, the one they called "The Look"... You know how to whistle play Twister, don't you Steve...?Read my new Towleroad article to identify him. I also briefly bitch about Humpday's newly photoshopped DVD cover and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. (Well, not so much bitching about the latter. It has its moments) »
- NATHANIEL R
8 items from 2009
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