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The Shonda Rhimes drama pilot How to Get Away with Murder has signed Oscar nominee Viola Davis to its cast. Davis will play a law professor who teaches an entry level class called “How to Get Away with Murder” and, along with her students, get drawn into a murder plot.
Deadline reports that Upright Comedy Brigade member Drew Tarver has been picked for a key role in How I Met Your Dad, the How I Met Your Mother spin-off. Tarver will play Todd, the best friend of the lead character Sally, who is also married to her brother.
io9 got a copy of what they believe is a draft of the first episode of Gotham. Lets hope there are many more drafts before they film a script. I’m reminded of that terrible Birds of Prey where people kept explaining things.
Greg Grunberg is returning to TV according to TVLine. »
- Lyle Masaki
Framed by corner windows looking out on the skyscrapers of Rockefeller Center, Seth Meyers leans back on his new chair in an empty office, feet on desk, hands clasped behind head.
He plans to move into this space but not until he clears out of his job at "Saturday Night Live."
"I have to move everything down from [the 17th floor]; I never wanted it to seem like I was only half there," he tells Zap2it.
It's the last Monday in January, and Meyers is gearing up for his final show, after 12 1/2 years. "Late Night With Seth Meyers" premieres Monday, Feb. 24.
In the past year, Meyers turned 40, married and was selected as host of the talk show that technically starts in the morning, at 12:35 a.m. Et.
"But that seemed presumptuous," Meyers says, grinning.
And Meyers is not presumptuous. »
Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan has joined the ABC pilot Selfie. From Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, the series follows a woman obsessed with her fame on social media who gets the wrong kind of notoriety after a bad breakup turns into a viral video. From there, she has to rebuild her life and her reputation.
In disappointing news, Neve Campbell has quit the TNT pilot Guilt by Association. Deadline says Campbell had last-minute nerves about committing to a series. I was looking forward to seeing Neve Campbell return to TV.
Since putting “naked” in the title of a show worked so well for Discovery, VH1 is now developing a reality show with the working title Naked Dating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will see people going »
- Lyle Masaki
There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.
Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.
We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »
- Scott Hallam
Well, guess we know what President Obama will be doing this long weekend while hanging out in Rancho Mirage after meeting with the King of Jordan: binge-watching the new season of Netflix’s House Of Cards. “Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please,” tweeted Obama’s Twitter feed today of the 13 new episodes of the political drama set to premiere simultaneously at midnight tonight. Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 13, 2014 Now there was no “Bo” after the tweet, which is the indication it came from the Commander-In-Chief himself, but we know Obama is a fan of the DC-based drama and its ruthless soon-to-be VP Francis Underwood. “I’m just wondering if you brought advance copies of House Of Cards?” the President was heard asking Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings during a White House meeting in late December. After an offer from Hastings to do a cameo on the award-winning streaming series, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Who needs Christmas when you have Feb. 13? The blow of a crushing winter storm was softened significantly on Thursday, as The CW granted early renewals to several of our favorite shows.
Here’s some vampire news that doesn’t suck: The CW has officially confirmed that our favorite vamps from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will live to see another season. So, who else got renewed on this glorious day? Click below to find out!
CW Renews ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Originals’ & More
Congrats to newbies The Originals and Reign for officially being picked up for second seasons!
Nina Picks Damon Vs. Stefan
The freshman dramas will return for the 2014-2015 year along with Supernatural — which will be back for a whopping tenth season — The Vampire Diaries, which will debut its sixth, and Arrow, the network’s current highest-rated show, which will be on its third.
- Shaunna Murphy
Nominations for The Grandmaster included best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), best actress (Zhang Ziyi), best screenwriter and best cinemtographer (see full list below). Snowpiercer’s nominations included best film, best director, best screenwriter, best production designer and best costume designer.
Also nominated for best film are Chinese director Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land, which is screening at the Berlin film festival, The Great Passage from Japan, The Lunchbox from India and Taiwan’s Stray Dogs.
Multiple nominees also included No Man’s Land, Stray Dogs, Cold Eyes and Rigor Mortis which each picked up four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »
- Andre Soares
With Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, the English storyteller unleashed one of mankind's most memorable monsters. The reanimated corpse created by Victor Frankenstein made his film debut in 1910 in the 16-minute short "Frankenstein." Since then, this creature has appeared in a long list of feature films, portrayed by the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Peter Boyle, and Robert De Niro. Tomorrow, as I, Frankenstein hits theaters, the film's star Aaron Eckhart will join their ranks, and with a proud tradition of adding empathy to the tale of this misunderstood monster. Based on the graphic novel by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein follows the monster's journey from an 18th century cemetery to a contemporary dystopia where two immortal clans are engaged in a brutal war that will determine the future--or lack thereof--of the human race. Eckhart was tasked with the tricky role of giving »
Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
- Movie Geeks
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
When the kitschy musical about the record producer behind the Shirelles, Baby It’s You, showed up briefly on Broadway in 2011, that 1960s girl group’s No. 1 breakthrough hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” was conspicuously absent. Turns out withholding the song rights for the far superior Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was a prescient move. Following in the footsteps of crowd-pleasers like Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, this is entertaining boomer bait that elevates its by-the-numbers narrative with great songs. It’s also a tremendous showcase for the talented Jessie Mueller as she embodies King’s blossoming
- David Rooney
The CW premiered a whopping three brand-new shows this past fall (with two more heading your way this winter), and now the network has teamed up with Tvgn (TV Guide Network) to give fans the chance to catch up on them all in one place.
Over the course of three consecutive weekends this January, Tvgn will show back-to-back episodes of fan favorites The Tomorrow People (Saturday, Jan. 4 starting at 2:00 Pm, Et/Pt), The Originals (Saturday, Jan. 11 starting at 2:00 Pm, Et/Pt), and Reign (Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 2:00 Pm, Et/Pt). Each show will have their own all-day marathons.
I have to admit that this is a pretty innovative idea. We don’t usually see current series air on alternate networks until well after the show has established itself – or most often not until a show is no longer producing new episodes. You may remember back in the day (Ok, »
- Lindsay Sperling
My alienation from current pop is almost complete; the only 2013 Top 40 material I enjoyed enough to play repeatedly was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, from an album released in 2012. So I am officially a cranky old fart. But there are more and more of us, and maybe fellow COFs will find this list useful. By the way, crossing that border of alienation made me think more than ever that saying my lists are of the "best" albums is nearly absurd, hence the new headline.
1. Wire: Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
This is my favorite Wire of this century thanks to more emphasis on Colin Newman's brooding. When allied to their chugging motorik beats, it's irresistible to me. There are still some uptempo burners that recall their beginnings in punk, and some more whimsical though still musically solid songs, but it's Newman's dark musings that made me play this repeatedly.
2. Kitchens of »
14 items from 2014