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20 items from 2015


Kristin Chenoweth Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

24 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

These days, Kristin Chenoweth is everywhere — on film and TV, in concert and on the Broadway stage for eight shows a week as the Tony-nominated romantic lead Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “On the Twentieth Century.”

“This is a commitment, what I’m doing and (what) all of my fellow Broadway artists (are doing),” says the petite Oklahoman (she’s all of 4 feet, 11 inches tall) of her role as the ugly duckling piano accompanist who transforms into a swan movie star. “It’s a marathon, like being an Olympic athlete. It’s also a gift.”

And Chenoweth’s fans know it. The second she appears onstage, the audience thunderously applauds. And then comes that unmistakable voice: bigger than she is — perfect in pitch, tone and breath — from ballad to belt.

“Kristin is enormously bright and kind,” says Matthew Broderick, who starred opposite Chenoweth in »

- Thelma Adams

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Fright At Home – July 14th Brings Werewolves, Vampires, Lamps and It Follows!!

14 July 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Another week, another Fright At Home. This week (July 14th) brings three films from Scream Factory, two titles from Artsploitation, some Kino Lorber lover and a big one, The DVD/Bluray release of the sleeper horror hit of the year, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows.  Some of the titles, such as The Howling II (review) and Ex MacHina are getting their own reviews, so the coverage will be smaller than the rest in this Fright At Home entry, but we’ve got the lowdown on some of the stand out releases of the week!

The Howling II, The Outing/The Godsend (Scream Factory)

Having already tackled the Great release that is The Howling II (review), the focus on this week’s Scream Factory coverage is devoted to the double feature Bluray of ’80s horror gems The Outing (aka The Lamp) and The Godsend. Two very different films, both in tone and subgenre, »

- Jerry Smith

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Fictional Frights: Garet Payne’s Signature Of Evil

5 July 2015 8:06 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Hello fright fanatics! Now that that 4th of July hangover has faded into a memory and the fireworks are all over and done with, this July 5th Fictional Frights story comes at you, right from our most recent submission, courtesy of Garet Payne.

A story of child actors, fanatic fans and something that may or may not be even more sinister, this short story is called, “Signature of Evil“, and for good reason. Read on! -Jerry

Sarah slept soundly as the footsteps of her cousin, Easton, who was a few years older than her, crept up to her room. He stood over her and watched her angelic face as she continued to sleep a deep slumber. Her angelic face smiled as she dreamt angelic dreams. Easton was disgusted to see such happiness. A bitter hatred consumed him as he was eager to destroy the little girl. Her expression was to »

- Jerry Smith

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Sci-Fi-London 2015: Closer To God Review

7 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Billy Senese.

Cast: Jeremy Childs, Shelean Newman, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, Isaac Disney.

Certificate: N/A

Running Time: 81 minutes

Synopsis: After a press conference announces the arrival of the world’s first ever clone, the baby becomes a talking point over ethics and morals, while her creator must tread lightly through a sea of controversy.

Science-fiction certainly has a good stock of simple ideas that it can plunder and transform into TV series, films, or whatever else it wants. This year we’ve seen an abundance of warnings concerning artificial intelligence, but the other hot topic when it comes to science is cloning. Having grown up through the age of cloning, where we all marveled at Dolly the sheep, I have to say that Closer To God is the most thought provoking film on the matter. Not to mention a genuinely terrifying and balanced film of incredible quality.

Immediately »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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PBS Presents Film Adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's Stage Drama on Los Angeles Riots After Rodney King Verdict

20 May 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

When Anna Deavere Smith's drama "Twilight: Los Angeles" at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater by exploring the riots from multiple points of view. Now, on the 23rd anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, PBS' "Great Performances" series presents a special broadcast of Marc LevinFriday, June 12 at 9 p.m. Et (check local listings). Prior to the screening, Smith will provide a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS Presents Film Adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's Stage Drama on Los Angeles Riots After Rodney King Verdict

20 May 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Anna Deavere Smith's drama "Twilight: Los Angeles" at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater by exploring the riots from multiple points of view. Now, on the 23rd anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, PBS' "Great Performances" series presents a special broadcast of Marc LevinFriday, June 12 at 9 p.m. Et (check local listings). Prior to the screening, Smith will provide a new introduction to her landmark piece as its themes continue to reverberate powerfully within the context of today's current events. In her acclaimed one-woman show, later directed by George C. Wolfe on Broadway, Smith gives voice to 40 real-life "characters," from a Korean...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Wnet And PBS Agreement Keeps ‘Pov,’ ‘Independent Lens’ in Primetime

23 April 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Public television executives have agreed to keep two long running documentary film programs — Pov and Independent Lens — in primetime and to substantially increase marketing support for the shows, PBS announced Thursday.

The public television network said it would continue to transmit the two programs at 10 p.m. Mondays and that affiliates, including Wnet Channel 13 in New York, would broadcast them at that time. That reverses an earlier proposal by Wnet that film advocates worried would spread to stations throughout the PBS system, effectively moving the programs out of primetime.

PBS said the new agreement would not only keep “Pov”  and “Independent Lens” in their Monday night slot and promote the shows, and documentaries in general, in a number of ways — releasing the films on a streaming platform, expanding theatrical releases, creating a new college curriculum and establishing “programming events” that package docs with  “thematically-related programming.”

Producers of the two TV »

- James Rainey

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Game Of Thrones season 5 episode 1 review: The Wars To Come

13 April 2015 12:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The big players of Westeros are scrambling for position in a vacuum of power. Here's our review of Game Of Thrones' season 5 opener...

This review contains spoilers. Read our spoiler-free review of the episode, here.

5.1 The Wars To Come

One of the things that is most interesting about Game Of Thrones is just how consistently the show has stuck to its time line. There's never been a flashback or a flash-forward or any other flash, aside from flashes of genitals from time to time. However, with every show, things must change, and one of the big changes for Game Of Thrones is a break from that flashback-free status. Of course, it helps that the first flashback we get involves a very young Cersei Lannister, who is instantly recognizable as herself even when played by Nell Williams instead of Lena Headey. Little Cersei drags a friend to go see a »

- louisamellor

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At 85, Christopher Plummer Finds New Life in Older Roles

26 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher plummer is having “terrible nightmares” about his upcoming hand and footprint ceremony.

“How am I going to walk away?” he quips of the March 27 honor taking place at Tcl Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood as part of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. (John Huston’s 1975 “The Man Who Would Be King,” in which Plummer plays opposite Michael Caine and Sean Connery, is also screening.) “Is there a plastic surgeon available to replace my hands and feet? I dream at night that they get stuck in the cement. But it’s a terrific honor and I hope it doesn’t mean that once I’m buried, that’s it.”

The odds that the legendary Canadian-born actor, witty and distinguished and prone to jocular self-doubt, will vanish from the public eye at this point in time are, of course, nil. To the contrary, Plummer, who earned fame as the stoic patriarch »

- Malina Saval

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Boyhood and Eddie Redmayne win at BAFTAs 2015: Twitter reacts

8 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Twitter offered a range of reactions after the winners of the 68th British Academy Film Awards were announced.

The ceremony took place in London's Royal Opera House and was presented by Stephen Fry. We provide a wrap-up on Twitter's reaction below:

1. Twitter wasn't entirely impressed with Boyhood's Best Film win:

Boyhood was grueling to sit through. No wonder it's in the Oscar race.

— Mark Chaney (@markcfilm) February 8, 2015

Boyhood- amazing concept but it didn't blow me away. Great performances though.

— The Small Cochrane (@lucyboo27) February 8, 2015

Disappointed in the #BAFTAs. Predictable, safe, boring choices all around. Why do so many people fall for #Boyhood's gimmick?

— Melissa (@BombayTalkies) February 8, 2015

Every time Boyhood wins an award, a really talented film-maker dies.

— Gareth Ellis (@ellishaha) February 8, 2015

Had no idea Boyhood was this long. Geesh! Nice performances & all but what was with all the hype? 12 years of watching folks grow, I guess

— C. Wilson (@10pagesaday) February »

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Grammys: Beyonce outshines performances by Katy Perry, Madonna, Sia, Sam Smith

8 February 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Given the amount of uptempo pop music that dominates the charts these days, the Grammys were unusually moody this year, both in terms of their winners and their performances. If you followed the social media response like I did, perhaps you also saw the word "boring" pop up more than once (in-between 101 "Grand Budapest Pharrell" jokes). But I'm not sure I agree with that assessment. -Break- Beck pulls off Grammys shocker for Album of the Year, Sam Smith also wins big I tend to think a musical performance improves in inverse proportion to how much bombast there is in it. That's why I much preferred Bruno Mars's showstopping 2014 Super Bowl performance to Katy Perry's parade of giant tigers, costume sharks, and shooting stars. Great performances can be enhanced by grand spectacle, but grand spectacle by itself doesn't make a great performance, so a nicely stripped down collection of »

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Annie Lennox Addresses 'Strange Fruit' Criticism

20 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Annie Lennox during the ‘Great Performances Annie Lennox: Nostalgia in Concert’ performance and panel discussion at the PBS Network portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, January 19, 2015 in Pasadena (Getty)

Annie Lennox was criticized online last fall for not mentioning on Tavis Smiley's show the connection between the lyrics of "Strange Fruit" and lynching.

On Monday night, at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour in Pasadena, Calif., where Lennox made an appearance to promote "Great Performances: Annie Lennox 'Nostalgia' in Concert" on PBS, she had a chance to address the criticisms that came ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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PBS & BBC Ink Multi-Title Co-Production Deal

19 January 2015 11:34 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and BBC have inked a multititle co-production deal also involving BBC Worldwide, PBS president-ceo Paula A. Kerger announced at Monday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour.

The pact will create eight to 10 new programming specials across roughly 20 hours per year, both one-offs and multipart series, to air on PBS nationwide. The specials, which may be part of PBS’ schedule or featured in ongoing PBS series, including “Nature” and “Great Performances,” will cover a full range of genres — natural history, history, science, religion and the arts.

“PBS and the BBC share similar public service missions and the same commitment to producing entertaining and educational programming of the highest quality,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS’ chief programming executive and general manager. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership bringing the best from both organizations to the table.”

Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide exec VP for TV sales and co-productions, added, “Our »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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PBS Inks Co-Production Deal With BBC; Greenlights Civil War Drama From Ridley Scott

19 January 2015 10:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons

PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.

Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »

- Jethro Nededog

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