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The small screen just picked up two Oscar winners!
The series, which has yet to find a home on a network or streaming service, is based on Liane Moriarty's No. 1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name. The novel "centers on three mothers to kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to a murder-mystery that takes place during a disastrous parents' night at an elementary school fundraiser."
Photos: Stars On Set!
THR reports that this past August, both ladies' production companies, Kidman's Blossom Films and Witherspoon's Pacific Standard, optioned the rights to the book as a potential feature film. Now they'll both be executive producing the series alongside Kelley.
Neither Kidman nor Witherspoon is new to bringing novels to life. Witherspoon's production »
The good ole ‘limited series’ is in the middle of its heyday, delivering succinct chunks of prime television programming without the unnecessary fluff needed for your typical 22-episode run. Nope, the limited series, that’s basically a fancy new term for miniseries, looks set to continue dominating small screens well into 2015 with the arrival of Big Little Lies.
The script is currently being penned by Ally McBeal‘s David E. Kelley, and A-listers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have now signed on to star. An adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s New York Times best-seller, the show will revolve around a group of parents who attend a seemingly-innocent fundraiser at a primary school that turns into a murder-mystery.
The lure of the book appealed to Kidman and Witherspoon back in August when the two actresses optioned the rights to the novel, in the hopes of transforming it into a full-length feature. »
- Gem Seddon
Limited series – or, as we tend to call them in the UK, miniseries – have become something of a hot trend across the pond, spurred, no doubt, by the success of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective’s first season. So the chance to dip into a short run on TV is clearly appealing to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who are attached to star in and produce Big Little Lies.David E. Kelley, a man with no little TV experience (he created The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences among others) has signed on to adapt Liane Moriarty’s bestselling dark comedy tome.Big Little Lies follows three very different suburban mothers whose lives are at a crossroads. Madeline is the alpha-mom dealing with her ex-husband and his new wife moving into her beachside community. Then there’s her beautiful friend Celeste, who »
I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.
Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.
Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)
Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.
Actor-writer Dan Futterman called in to Sirius Xm radio on Thursday to remember his Birdcage director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday night. Futterman, who's gone on to write films like Bennett Miller's Capote and Foxcatcher, played the son of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane's characters in the 1996 movie, which Nichols directed. He was one of several relatively unknown actors to star in the film, along with a pre-Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria and Nathan Lane, whom Futterman said hadn't really played a part like his role in The Birdcage before. Futterman recalled that Nichols seemed to
- Hilary Lewis
Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run »
- Jen Yamato
The portrayal of the Lgbt community on TV has come a long way since 1963, when NBC’s “Espionage” became the first drama series to use the word homosexual in a script.
On Wednesday night, the Paley Center’s L.A. Benefit Gala offered a look back at the last 50 years of programming and gathered small screen stars including Portia de Rossi, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet to celebrate TV’s impact on Lgbt equality. The fundraising event, held at the Skirball Cultural Center and sponsored by Honey Maid, chronicled the history of Lgbt images in television, from dramas and comedies to TV movies, miniseries and sports.
De Rossi, who was accompanied on the red carpet by her mother-in-law Betty DeGeneres, discussed her own personal struggles and growth as an actress and member of the Lgbt community.
“Ellen just texted me before we came out tonight and she reminded me »
- Andrea Seikaly
Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Sean Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Mike Kovac, Fred Keating, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside | Written and Directed by The Vicious Brothers
The Vicious Brothers, writer/directors of the two popular Grave Encounters found-footage flicks, turn their hands to a more traditional narrative movie, mixing traditional filming methods with their penchant for Pov shaky-cam, with Extraterrestrial.
Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. »
- Phil Wheat
Some will say they knew all along, and some are still scraping their jaws off the floor A big surprise, a Big surprise.
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Deciding to come clean with her boyfriend Danny, Clara begins to bear all to him over the phone, only to have the call, and his life, cut short as Danny is struck fatally by a passing car. Clara passes through the five stages of grief off camera, and advances to step six – Plan To Get Him Back. She attempts to threaten The Doctor into saving him, but learns quickly that it’s not necessary. As they arrive in a bizarre mausoleum, Danny awakens on the other side of the equation, in the same office where we’ve seen several people arrive, having it explained to him that he’s dead. The Doctor and Clara are told a wild »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Rachel Talalay's directorial career has taken her in lots of different directions. She's helmed features such as Tank Girl, Ghost In The Machine and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. She's directed TV shows as varied as Ally McBeal, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Supernatural and Flash Gordon.
And this weekend? The long-time Doctor Who fan has the small job of rounding off Peter Capaldi's maiden series as the Time Lord. Talalay has directed both Dark Water and Death In Heaven and - without spoilers- she spared us some time to talk about the challenge...
Please note: this article does not contains spoilers, and we've used the most spoiler-free promo pics we can find to illustrate it.
I wrote a spoiler-free review of your episode this morning, and I've got to say, »
“Full Circle” has a pretty full cast for its upcoming second season. The DirecTV anthology series has added a slew of actors for its sophomore run, including Stacy Keach, “Lost” alum Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”), “Ally McBeal” veteran Calista Flockhart, Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous”), David Koechner and “Perception” actor Eric McCormack. Also read: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Tom Felton: DirecTV's ‘Full Circle’ Was ‘a Challenge’ The first season of the series featured cast members including “Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton, “Friday Night Lights” star Minka Kelly and “Private Practice” alum Kate Walsh. O'Quinn will play Chicago cop Jimmy Parerra, »
- Tim Kenneally
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is set to return to the big screen — as a character in Captain America 3. Just a week after the highest paid actor in Hollywood revealed there were no plans for an Iron Man 4 movie, sources have confirmed to Us Weekly that Downey Jr. is in talks to bring his fan-favorite superhero back to the big screen, as part of the forthcoming Captain America 3. "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4," the Ally McBeal alum told David Letterman on [...] »
“Dolphin Tale 2” lead Nathan Gamble will guest star on CBS's “CSI: Cyber,” TheWrap has learned. The young actor will play Aaron Sifte, the 16-year-old son of Deputy Director Simon Sifte (played by “Ally McBeal” alum Peter MacNicol). He is a participant in online cyber bullying and has to deal with his father's reprimand. Also read: Luke Perry Signs on for CBS's ‘CSI: Cyber’ He's slated to appear on the fifth episode of “CSI: Cyber,” which is the upcoming “CSI” spin-off that revolves around the FBI's Cyber Crime Division. In addition to starring in both “Dolphin Tale” films, Gamble starred in “Marley & Me” and “The. »
- Travis Reilly and Jethro Nededog
Sunday night marked many firsts on The Good Wife: the start of Taye Diggs's guest arc; the introduction of Gunter, a hairy gentleman prone to bathing in the Florrick, Agos restroom; and the long-anticipated acting debut of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama's senior advisor. But most notably, The Good Wife somehow staged the most suspenseful bail hearing in TV and movie history. (Take that, Hitchcock!) The episode was also jam-packed with great dialogue. Let's run through the best lines: "It's the first time we've done this, isn't it?"Newly free Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) utters this line »
- Henry Goldblatt, @henrygoldblatt
Aaron Sorkin didn’t know how “The Newsroom” would end when he began writing the final season "For most of the time, I didn’t know how the show was going to end,” he says. "I would have small images of what I wanted to see. But the closer I got to the end of the season in terms of writing, the more I was able to see the end of the season finale. Once we got there, it happened more easily than I thought it was going to.” “Godzilla” movie has a “Breaking Bad” easter egg For a split second in the opening credits, you can see Walter White’s name. Plus: Retired 84-year-olds take a “Breaking Bad” tour. “Glee” bringing back NeNe Leakes for the final season Coach Roz Washington will return to McKinley High. Click Read Full Post For More Nat Faxon goes from "Married" to “Marry Me »
- Norman Weiss
Make way! Political powerhouse Portia de Rossi is coming through. The Arrested Development and Ally McBeal veteran is set to guest star in a top-secret arc during season four of Scandal and we've got your first look of her in character. De Rossi was spotted filming in L.A. on the street with a mystery man who looks an awfully lot like Mistresses and Teen Wolf star Matthew Del Negro. Details on her role are being kept under wraps—as are most things Scandal. Last season featured Lisa Kudrow in an extended arc as a presidential candidate with whom Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) works with. More: Scoop from Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis De Rossi's role was announced on Twitter by »
By Anjelica Oswald
Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to box office smashes; The success of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and The Avengers has proven Downey’s ability to dominate the world of Hollywood blockbusters. Downey takes a step towards a more serious role than he’s had the past few years with this fall’s family drama, The Judge.
Since opening the 39th Toronto International Film Festival Thursday evening,the film hasn’t been hailed as the next best picture nominee to come out of Toronto, but that doesn’t mean it won’t score any nominations.
Both Oscar winner Robert Duvall and two-time Oscar nominee Downey, have been garnering high praise for their roles as father and son, which could lead to potential nominations for the 87th Academy Awards. Duvall has a long awards history, but Downey also has his fair share of praise. Here are »
- Anjelica Oswald
If ever there was an argument against nominative determinism, it’s the acting career of Jon Hamm. As philandering ad executive Don Draper on Mad Men he’s brought one of the most intense and believable performances in the current TV renaissance of “mysterious, angry white dudes), a quality he’s since brought to other film and television roles. We assume he was similarly impressive when he played Winnie The Pooh in the first grade – possibly using some clever ad-speak to convince Rabbit to give him some Honey – and Judas in Godspell at age 16. Surprisingly, for the guy who’s the current toast of Hollywood, he didn’t take acting at all seriously at first. In fact, save for those two juvenile attempts at it, he’d basically abandoned acting as a viable career.
Luckily for all of us, he reconsidered after moving home to complete his college degree, »
- Tom Baker
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
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