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After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
Jennifer Lopez doesn't get enough credit for her reinventions. Since the early 1990s, the former Fly Girl has tried on as many showbiz hats as Madonna: fashion icon, Latin ingenue, pop star, businesswoman, rom-com sweetheart, American Idol judge, been-there-done-that diva. Not all of those subsidiaries of Jennifer Lopez Inc. proved viable, but the Out of Sight star's willingness to keep trying new things has certainly ensured her career longevity. Now Lopez is poised for a comeback of sorts -- this time as a serious actress. Lopez will return to TV for the 2015-16 season as the lead in the NBC cop drama Shades of Blue. The Ryan Seacrest-produced show, which has already received a series order, will have Lopez playing Harlee McCord, "a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her character will be "compromised by her [FBI] colleagues. »
- Inkoo Kang
Jennifer Lopez is heading back into drama as the star of Shades of Blue, a new detective series from NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has just picked up 13 episodes of the show, which is set to premiere in the 2015-16 broadcast season.
Lopez will play Harlee McCord, a dirty cop working undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force. She's also a single mom conflicted by her assignment to expose the corruption of the colleagues who have been helping raise her child.
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The network has given a straight-to-series order to the drama Shades of Blue starring Lopez as a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force.
The 13-episode order is from writer Adi Hasak (3 Days to Kill), who executive produces with Lopez and her fellow Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest, along with Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina.
Her character, Harlee McCord, is further described as “part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, Harlee has become compromised »
- James Hibberd
NBC has handed a 13-episode order to “Shades of Blue,” a drama starring and exec produced by Jennifer Lopez.
“Blue” is billed as a complex cop series that centers on Harlee McCord — played by Lopez — a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Harlee has become compromised by her colleagues – all of whom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter – and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself.
The Peacock will lens the series next year, with an eye towards the 2015-16 TV season.
Feature scribe Adi Hasak will pen “Shades of Blue” and exec produce alongside Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. Universal TV, Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods., Ryan Seacrest Prods., Egtv and H’s Films will produce the drama. The project came together »
- AJ Marechal
Berenson, who has been president of production since May 2010, will serve as a producer on Ske’s romantic comedy “Sleeping with Other People” with Jason Sudeikis is set to star.
Berenson has been president of production at Principato-Young Entertainment and Carsey-Werner Films, where he produced “Let’s Go to Prison” and “The Brothers Solomon.” He also worked at Red Wagon Entertainment and Jersey Films with “Erin Brockovich” and “Out of Sight.”
- Dave McNary
Michael Keaton has only appeared in one sequel, reprising his role as Bruce Wayne in 1992's Batman Returns, which was also directed by Tim Burton (returning as Jackie Brown's Ray Nicolette in Out of Sight doesn't really count). Speaking with MTV, the actor claims that Betelgeuse is the one role he'd like to try again. And that he has had talks with Tim Burton. But nothing is set in stone just yet.
"I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently. I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed black-and-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In his living room, next to all the regal portraits, there is a snapshot of him and then-Sen. Barack Obama side by side at a 2006 Washington, D.C., press conference concerning the genocide in Darfur. The walls of George Clooney’s abode — once owned by Gable himself — speak volumes about the man who is at once a charismatic star craving legendary fame and someone who thinks beyond the borders of insular Hollywood.
Meet Citizen Clooney.
The 52-year-old actor-director-producer is among a small group of celebrities, including power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Oprah, and Bono, who can shine a global camera on significant »
- Ramin Setoodeh
George Clooney is currently filming Tomorrowland, but he managed to find time to answer questions at Reddit for the site's popular "Ask Me Anything" series. Here are some of the highlights. 1. George Clooney likes to make shoes.Q: What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about? A: I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes … [Asked if he or Daniel Day-Lewis is a better cobbler] When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes. He's spending all the time focused on the hat, and the pipe, and getting into character, and I remained focused - with the overalls and the hammer. »
- Alex Heigl
EXClUSIVE: Tony-nominated actress Tammy Blanchard has landed a series regular role on FX series Hoke, the darkly comedic drama series adapted by Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Out Of Sight) from Charles Willeford’s detective novels Sideswipe, New Hope For The Dead and The Way We Die Now. Paul Giamatti stars as Hoke Moseley, the hardboiled homicide detective hero of Willeford’s novels who investigates crimes while wrestling with his own mid-life crisis in 1980s Miami. Blanchard will play Loretta Hickey, the striking mother of a murdered drug addict whose case Hoke investigates and a key character in Willeford’s second Hoke Moseley book, New Hope For The Dead. Blanchard recently filmed the role of Florinda in Disney’s Into the Woods musical film adaptation. She’s repped by Soffer/Namoff and the Gersh Agency. Related: Paul Giamatti To Star In FX Pilot Based On Charles Willeford’s Novels »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
No one came to blows, suffered a heart attack or stormed out of the room: In other words, it was an unusually mellow year at the National Society of Film Critics’ annual voting meeting, where the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” rebounded from its WGA and PGA snubs to win four prizes including best film and director(s). You could chalk up the calm tenor, I suppose, to the fact that 2013 was such a good year for movies, or to the Herculean storm that kept some of the group’s more contentious members stranded out of town (or merely at home in front of the fire). Or maybe it’s just that film criticism has become something of a more gentlemanly pursuit (recent events at the New York Film Critics Circle dinner notwithstanding) ever since it became an even less viable profession than folk singing. To quote the Coens, “I »
- Scott Foundas
Lady Gaga got a hard lesson in how fickle the music industry can be after she was sidelined by hip surgery last year. Out of sight, out of mind, her career was quickly eclipsed, but her not profligate lifestyle or spending. With music sales in the tank and continuing to erode–digital downloads fell for the first time this year–little margin for error exists in the business these days, according to sources. [...] »
Warning: Spoilers for the Season 3 premiere of "Sherlock" are all over this post.
Except that this is not the whole story.
The premiere actually opens with an explanation for everything. Detective Inspector Lestrade is getting the story from his disgraced detective friend. It's presented as a crazy hypothesis -- but since the show doesn't offer any other explanation for awhile, we had to go with it at first.
Here's how Sherlock did it -- in the theory:
1. Mycroft's minions carry off Moriarty's body.
2. Out of sight, they put on a fancy Sherlock mask and other disguising items.
3. Sherlock leaps off the building, but he's attached to a bungee cord and doesn't die.
4. Down on the street, Watson is distracted »
15 items from 2014
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