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Simon Brew Oct 7, 2016
One for the studio, one for yourself? That’s sometimes been the case when it comes to making movies, and we suspect – under the surface – it happens more than we’re ever told. However, every now and then, it becomes clear that someone has signed up for a movie, with getting the film they really, really want to make as the hidden reason. Such as in these cases…
The late, great Nigel Hawthorne wasn't much of a fan of the much-liked Sylvester Stallone-Wesley Snipes showdown, Demolition Man. In his autobiography Straight Face, Hawthorne called the experience of making the film "miserable", and wasn't impressed with the time lost on set waiting around for Stallone and Snipes.
Harry Connick Jr. had two very lovely ladies on his arm while attending the Bridget Jones's Baby premiere in NYC on Monday night: his wife, Jill, and oldest daughter, Georgia! The actor clearly took a page out of Patrick Dempsey's book by making the event a family affair. The trio smiled for photographers as they made their way down the red carpet, and although Harry and Jill's other two daughters, Charlotte and Sarah, didn't attend, Georgia, 20, looked more grown up than ever. The Connick family's appearance comes hot on the heels of the premiere of Harry's new daytime talk show, Harry, where he recently interviewed Hope Floats costar Sandra Bullock about her children. Hopefully this means we'll be seeing a lot more of Harry and his lovely family soon! »
- Quinn Keaney
Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. made fans cry with their heartbreaking yet beautiful love story in Hope Floats back in 1998, and as it turns out, the former costars are still close friends. Sandra, who is dating photographer Bryan Randall, stopped by the actor's new daytime talk show Harry as his first guest on Monday's premiere episode, and the two started catching up as if nobody else was in the room. After Harry asked how Sandra's two children, Louis, 6, and Laila, 4, are doing, she said, "Babies are so good! So loud. I have the loudest children on the planet. I don't know if it's the acoustics, but they're amazing. They're just good, funny souls." Sandra and Harry also shared a sweet moment together at the start of their interview when he told her that she's "just as stunning" as the first day they met. Considering the fact that she regularly lights up the room, »
- Caitlin Hacker
Harry Connick Jr. is about to enter the daytime talk show arena, and he’ll be joined by a big name for the premiere of “Harry” on Monday, Sept. 12: Sandra Bullock, who’ll be the former “American Idol” judge’s first guest. Connick and Bullock co-starred in the 1998 romantic drama “Hope Floats”, and the pair share an on-screen […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The brothers — head writers for “The Late Show” for 17 years — knew that Connick was money as a guest. He was a favorite of Letterman’s because he was funny, fearless, and fast on his feet. The New Orleans native proved a natural raconteur who could effortlessly roll with whatever Letterman tossed at him over 21 appearances between 1993 and 2014.
Starting Sept. 12, those qualities will get a workout from the other side of the desk when Connick debuts as host of “Harry,” a syndicated daytime series that he promises will be unlike any other hour on television. The Stangel brothers developed the show with Connick, and the three share executive producer credit.
In the estimation of one who knows what it takes to last as a TV host, connick »
- Cynthia Littleton
Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.
1. “Footloose” (available September 1)
If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure, »
- Kate Erbland
Margot Robbie is no ice queen, but she's about to play one. Deadline reported Monday that the actress has signed on to play figure skater Tonya Harding in the upcoming movie I, Tonya. Robbie, who is also producing the biopic through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, is said to be taking it upon herself to find the film's director. I, Tonya's script hails from Steven Rogers, who wrote Love the Coopers, P.S. I Love You, Kate & Leopold and Hope Floats. Robbie, meanwhile, next appears in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad. Harding has yet to publicly comment on I, Tonya. Robbie is not the first person to play Harding onscreen, of course. Both Melanie Hutsell and Amy Poehler parodied her on »
7 items from 2016
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