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How does a mobster say “Aloha”?
The actor will appear in at least two episodes as a reformed criminal, originally from Staten Island, who has a passion for surfing. Now, he owns an Oahu-based barbershop and acts as a confidential informant.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Blessing: There’s a new teaser for the second season of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful! Curse: Still no word on the premiere date!
* Forget to get someone a gift this holiday? There »
Satin Dolls -- the New Jersey strip club that doubled as the Bada Bing on "The Sopranos" -- was hit by armed robbers early Sunday morning ... who made off with $30,000 in cash.Police in Lodi, NJ say two guys armed with shotguns stormed into the clubs and made off with the cash. They released no other details, except to say the investigation was ongoing.Don't worry ... Paulie and Sil were unharmed, though they incredibly uncooperative »
- TMZ Staff
A review of "The Affair" season finale — and a few thoughts from co-creator Sarah Treem — coming up just as soon as I'm alone and need a kidney... When I spoke with Sarah Treem before this season began, she said of the show's split-pov device, and the way details would change from one account to the other, "And the memory is tricky — that you remember things through your own prism." That, for the most part, is how I've chosen to look at the way "The Affair" depicts the two halves of the story. Noah remembers Alison being in a pristine white dress when he and Helen come to fetch Whitney, because she's his angelic savior from the life he no longer wants, while Alison remembers a less striking outfit (albeit one where the skirt was still white). And the business with the pregnancy test in the trash can last week isn't »
- Alan Sepinwall
Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
One of the more intriguing movies of the upcoming 2015 Sundance Film Festival features Ewan McGregor as Jesus… and Satan. It’s called “Last Days In The Desert,” and it’s directed by eclectic filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia who cut his teeth working in prestige television (“The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “In Treatment”) and then went on to show diversity with the thriller “Passengers,” and dramas like “Mother and Child,” and “Albert Nobbs.” Doubly intriguing, the picture was also shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of “Gravity” and the about-to-be-awarded Dp of “Birdman,” so we’ll assume he has another visual treat up his sleeve. Here’s the official synopsis. Ewan McGregor is Jesus — and the Devil — in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, »
- Edward Davis
The third season of HBO’s Girls is very much one of renewal and reinvention. Characters who find themselves at highs or in happy situations at the end of the previous season are quickly brought low, while others are finally free to soar as the season goes on. Coming off of the high of season two’s over-the-top (but nonetheless touching) finale, season three has the thankless job of bringing everyone back to reality. Charlie and Marnie are broken up, Ray and Shoshanna are broken up, and Hannah and Adam are seeing that their reconcilliation may be more short-lived than they imagined. Meanwhile, Jessa has finally reached the bottom of the barrel and is no longer free to live her indulgent and presumptuous lifestyle.
Life has a way of complicating things and so do the people in our lives, and further still, so do we, ourselves. What has always »
Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
Let many of us, we’re sure you’re in the full swing of all things Christmas…wait, you’re not and you’re still struggling for those extra ideas? Well, we’ve been scouring the web and High Street for the finest film present ideas that’ll either be something a little different or just right for that TV or film fan you know. So you’ve come to the perfect place as Thn are offering up a tantalising array of inspirational gifts ideas!
We should start with the ultimate in modern awesomeness, HBO box-sets with some stunning television that’s changed the way we look at the small screen in the last year or two – with something for everyone’s stocking. We’ve put together a selection from every genre, whether it’s for a fan of comedy, crime, action dramas or classic TV series, there’s sure »
- Dan Bullock
Black Friday may be over, but today comes that other big shopping day of the year and this one exclusively online - Cyber Monday.
Today marks the last day of bargains and sales on Amazon.com until after Christmas, along with some of the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer in these categories.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs. We only do this type of sale once a year so if you do grab something today - thank you, it's really appreciated.
Recommendations: "The Best of Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection" normally retails at $600 and is available today for just under $200. The set includes both the Blu-ray »
- Garth Franklin
Watch Bill Cosby say "I don’t talk about it” when confronted about the numerous rape allegations The Associated Press today released footage from a Nov. 6 interview in which the comedian was asked about Hannibal Buress standup comments. “There’s no response,” Cosby said. “There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.” After the interview was filmed, Cosby requested that “none of that will be shown.” Plus: Raven Symoné blasts rumors she was raped by Cosby, Janice Dickinson told Howard Stern in 2006 that her publisher wouldn’t let her write about Cosby, and Cosby’s new lawyer is reportedly trying to discredit Dickinson. Jerry Seinfeld clarifies: "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum” After some backlash over his comments to Brian Williams, Seinfeld tells “Access Hollywood”: "I just »
- Norman Weiss
It’s been seven years since the lights went out on the story of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his extended family. Since that time there’s been a kind of renaissance on the small screen, a series of shows with the complexity and cinematic style of its bigscreen cousins. Despite all the attention paid to the show at the time, it’s still in some ways an underappreciated show, seen by some as a mere tale of gangsters and criminals.
At its core, “The Sopranos” is an operatic drama, far more about character interaction and beautiful storytelling than it is about any vicarious fun seeing bad guys be bad.
As the series is finally coming home in High Definition, HBO Canada graciously flew Cineplex down to stay in New York city to do a tour of some of the famed locations from the show. As we boarded the bus on a Saturday morning, »
- Jason Gorber
Last year saw the tragic loss of one of the greatest, most versatile and humanistic performers working in Hollywood. James Gandolfini often played thuggish, violent characters, owing to his New Jersey heritage and large stature: in reality, the actor was an avowed pacifist who had reservations about the malicious conduct of his best-known character Tony Soprano, and produced two documentaries about post-traumatic stress and life-changing injuries suffered by war veterans.
Gandolfini was an interesting guy. Refusing to be typecast despite being known to most audiences as a remorseless – if complicated – mobster, he managed to get through a great deal of diverse and interesting roles before suddenly dying of a heart attack, aged 51, during a vacation in Rome. He made his on-screen debut relatively late and all, with an uncredited part in 1991’s The Last Boy Scout, before breaking through on The Sopranos some eight years later.
An interesting guy and, »
- Tom Baker
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact," sang Bruce Springsteen in the song "Atlantic City." "But maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
The Boss might have been singing about this week's happenings in the world of television, events that proved once again that TV is a rest home where nothing ever truly dies and everything can someday return to life (with only a minimum of zombie-creepiness). In the world of television (which includes streaming online video, where everything from last night's Jimmy Fallon shenanigans to the most ancient and obscure TV arcane is just a click away), there is a galaxy of possibilities cobbled together from pop culture jetsam; there are alternate universes where amazing shows by unlikely auteurs exist, or where those shows debut when we want them to instead of years too late; and there are realms where the inability of anything to become permanently lost in the »
- Gary Susman
Jamie-Lynn Sigler's beloved eldest brother has died. Adam Sigler passed away Wednesday after slipping into a coma following a massive brain hemorrhage, according to a report. "Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are by the sudden loss of Adam Sigler," a rep for the actress said in a statement. "He brought love and joy to everyone around him especially his family, who were by his side when he passed. Adam will continue to be a source of strength and inspiration. We ask that the family's privacy be respected during this time." Adam was reportedly engaged and in good »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
John Oliver took over “The Daily Show” again to help promote Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” “I’ll take another spin in the non-premium host chair,” Oliver said as he interviewed all the key “Rosewater” people, including “The Daily Show” staffers who helped inspire the film, Jason Jones and producer Tim Greenberg, plus Maziar Bahari and Gael Garcia Bernal. Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to “Fox & Friends,” reveals cancer scare The former “View” co-host says she had a tumor removed from her abdomen a month ago. “The Big Bang Theory” pays tribute to Carol Ann Susi A brief message for the “Mrs. Wolowitz” actress ended last night’s episode with the message: “Every time you spoke we laughed. You’re in our hearts forever.” Click Read Full Post For More What if Jon Stewart's movie is a hit and he leaves “The Daily Show”? Comedy Central should be feeling nervous about the performance of Stewart’s "Rosewater, »
- Norman Weiss
The Sopranos and Entourage alum Jamie-Lynn Sigler and her family are mourning the death of her brother, Adam Sigler, who passed away suddenly this week at age 41. Adam was eight years older than the actress and lived in New York, where he and his siblings grew up. The cause of his death was not revealed. Jamie-Lynn and her family have not commented. A friend of the actress told E! News that Adam was in a coma when he died. "This came out of nowhere. It's a shock," the friend said on Thursday. Former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass, another friend of Jamie-Lynn, had posted on Twitter this past weekend, "Please send your prayers and positive »
Spoiler alert: Tuesday night's episode of Sons of Anarchy ended with Jax telling Abel that Wendy was his "first mommy"—and Abel later telling Jax that Gemma killed Tara. While we wait to see what Jax does with that information, and what role Wendy plays in his investigation, EW spoke with Drea de Matteo about Wendy's emotion in that moment, her feelings for Jax, the backstory de Matteo created for her, and her relationship with Gemma (and Nero). EW: I saw you tweet that you don't know what's happening next because you don't read the scripts. But you go to table reads, »
- Mandi Bierly
Kurt Sutter and the Sons of Anarchy cast did not disappoint during their Nov. 11 appearance on Conan. Here are nine moments you'll want to watch (again). Best group moment: The guys almost get into a brawl over who came up with the suggestion for a Sons of Anarchy Christmas special. Most emotional moment: Charlie Hunnam explains how he said goodbye to Jax the day after the show wrapped by returning to the set. Most outrageous fan story, Charlie edition: He recalls stopping at a red light recently on his Harley early in the morning and hearing someone yell, "Jax, I want to f-kin' rape you. »
- Mandi Bierly
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II. A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles. And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine.
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.
The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »
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