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Veteran television actor Edward Herrmann has died, aged 71.
Herrmann passed away in a New York hospital today (December 31) following a battle with brain cancer, reports TMZ.
He is survived by his second wife Star Hayner and three children.
The actor earlier earned a pair of Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in two television films in the 1970s.
He won a coveted Emmy Award in 1999 for a guest role in The Practice.
Herrmann served as a narrator for PBS science series Nova as well. »
Push those post-holiday blues aside — there is great television to be watched in the coming months, and Variety has your ultimate guide to all of 2015’s most anticipated midseason premieres. Between the debut of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” next week and the return of “Outlander” in April, not to mention new seasons of “House of Cards” and “Downton Abbey” and the final runs of “Justified,” “Cougar Town” and “Glee,” 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for the small screen.
Here’s a timeline of upcoming midseason premieres and notable primetime returns, to be updated as more dates are announced.
Thursday, Jan. 1
“Bad Judge” (9 p.m., NBC)
“A to Z” (9:30 p.m., NBC)
“Ridiculousness” (10:30 p.m., MTV)
Friday, Jan. 2
“Undercover Boss” (8 p.m., CBS)
“Hawaii Five-o” (9 p.m., CBS)
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (10 p.m. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Sony Pictures has confirmed that starting at 10am Pacific time today, you will be able to rent James Franco and Seth Rogen's comedy The Interview on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox for only $5.99. You will also have the option to buy it for $14.99 which is pretty much the cost of admission for seeing a movie here in Los Angeles. There's also an official website that has been set up for anyone who may not have access to those services. There have been talks of the film being made available on Netflix in the next few days as well, but there's no confirmation of that yet. It's good to see that Sony didn't let the hackers win. Enjoy the movie! Hopefully it was worth all the insanity.
If you would rather watch the movie in theaters, below you'll find a full list of where the movie will be playing on »
- Joey Paur
Update: According to CNN's Brian Stelter and confirmed by Sony (via Huffington Post), audiences choosing to stay home over the holiday will be able to rent ($6) or buy ($15) the film from various online streaming outlets starting at 1:00 Pm Et today, as in December 24, via SeeTheInterview.com.
Sony Confirms: "The Interview" will be available for rental through YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video, etc. Today. At 1pm Et.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 24, 2014 The original post follows... In the wake of controversy and fallout, which culminated in scrapping the Christmas Day release of its high profile Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview, Sony announced its revised release plans for the film yesterday. As a Christmas gift of sorts to fans clamoring to see the controversial film, Sony is releasing The Interview into some 300 theaters starting tomorrow morning. In addition, CNN Money reports Google will stream the film as an »
- Jordan Benesh
When Sony Pictures reversed their plans to cancel their theatrical release of The Interview earlier today, the decision sent indie theaters across the country into a frenzy to book the comedy in time for Christmas Day on Thursday. Deadline reports that Sony has implemented a 6 Pm Pst deadline for theaters to book the film, so the studio can send out hard drives containing the movie in time for these screenings. So far, a number of venues across the country have been confirmed, with several more likely to come as we get closer to the studio's deadline. Here's a statement from one source familiar with Sony's situation.
"Sony has had so many bookings coming in it is now focused on areas where a theater can guarantee a two-week run, or longer. They're so inundated with bookings they are being more careful about where they are booking [The Interview] in all the different markets. »
After pulling “The Interview’s” Christmas Day release, Sony has reversed its decision and set a limited theatrical release in the U.S. for Dec. 25.
Sony has also announced plans to stream “The Interview” on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox video and its own website beginning Dec. 24.
Here is a list of theaters screening “The Interview,” to be updated as more venues are confirmed.
Andalusia – Clark Theatre 3
Birmingham – Edge 12
Boaz – Boaz Cinema 9
Enterprise – Clark Cinema 1 & 2
Fort Payne – Fort Payne Cinemas 6
Greenville – Edge Cinema 8
Huntsville – Madison Square Stadium 8
Troy – Continental Cinema 6
Lake Havasu – Lake Havasu Cinema 10
Maricopa – Ak-Chin 12
Payson – Sawmill Theatres
Phoenix – Harkins Theatres
Scottsdale – Ultraluxe Scottsdale Pavillions 11
Show Low – Wme Theatre
Sierra Vista – Uptown 3 Theatre
Tempe – Harkins Valley Art
Tucson – Loft Cinema
Cabot – Silver Screen Cinemas 8
El Dorado – Stars Cinema 6
Hot Springs – Behind The Mall Cinema 5
Searcy – Cinema 8
Little Rock – Riverdale 10
Agoura Hill – Agoura Hills Stadium »
- Variety Staff
Refresh for latest… Here’s a list of theaters confirmed to be showing Sony’s The Interview on Christmas Day after the studio worked with indie chains on a release plan finalized this morning. The venues have a deadline of 6 Pm Pt today to decide whether to run the movie on December 25, as Sony must send theaters the movie hard drives in time to make Christmas Day screenings. Some theaters are booking the film for later in the month or into January, so that deadline isn’t looming as large. As of 4 Pm, more than 200 theaters had signed on.
This is all happening fast so this list will continue to grow. We’re hearing that there are still internal discussions among art houses about whether to add the pic to their schedules, with security and previous commitments among the concerns. Some of the theaters had planned to be dark on Christmas Day, »
- Nellie Andreeva and Patrick Hipes
After Sony announced Tuesday that it would reverse its decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," dozens of independent theaters across the country made plans to show the flick.
Various media outlets have been reporting the locations that are said to be screening the film, and we're compiling them here. Below is the list so far, which we'll update as more information rolls in.
All locations are showing the movie beginning December 25, unless otherwise noted.
Where To See "The Interview" (via the movie's Facebook page):
Al Andalusia - Clark Theatre 3
Al Birmingham - Edge 12
Al Boaz - Boaz Cinema 9
Al Enterprise - Clark Cinema 1 & 2
Al Fort Payne - Fort Payne Cinemas 6
Al Greenville - Edge Cinema 8
Al Huntsville - Madison Square Stadium 8
Al Troy - Continental Cinema 6
Ar Cabot - Silver Screen Cinemas 8
Ar El Dorado - Stars Cinema 6
Ar Hot Springs - Behind The Mall »
- Katie Roberts
Michael Jackson as Star-Lord. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Drax the Destroyer. Grace Jones as Nebula. Vanity as Gamora. Christopher Lambert as Ronan the Accusser. Carl Weathers as Rocket and Andy Warhol as The Collector. Plus, it's a liitle hard to read the fine print but Frank Welker as Groot and Steve Martin as Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey. Also notice that the screenplay is written by George Lucas and Rusty Lemorande. Let this awesomeness permeate through your body and know that in some alternate reality, maybe...just maybe, this movie exists. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is now available for purchase on digital on-demand, blu-ray and dvd. »
With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Stephane Ceretti about supervising the visual effects work required to bring the cinematic vision of James Gunn and Marvel to the big screen…
“Before we met, James had written a 15 page document of references and visual things he had in his mind,” recalls Stephane Ceretti who was called upon to produce the visual effects for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) under the direction of filmmaker James Gunn (Slither). “He always wanted to do things where you had a mixture of beautiful and ugly within the same frame. We talked about Forbidden Planet  and all of these classic Sci-Fi movies that were colourful and vibrant. The emphasis was on the characters all of the time, and getting Rocket and Groot to look good and be animated in the right way.” Music plays »
- Trevor Hogg
DC Collectibles New 52 Figures
We have four brand new DC New 52 figures for your enjoyment. They include Roller Derby Harley Quinn, Jon Stewart as the Green Lantern, Poison Ivy, and a brand new Joker in a stylish trench coat. Each of these items is listed at $21.99.
Other New Pre-orders
Super Mario Nendoroid Figure - Mario
The new Nendoroid version of Mario comes with a wide variety of parts including expressions, a Buzzy Beetle, a Boo, a Super Mushroom and much more. This figure is listed at $49.99.
Acid Rain Bucks Team Members
Bob and Steel have joined the Acid Rain team. Each of these 1:18 scale figures »
- Matt MacNabb
• Steve Rogers enlists Spider-Man and Nova for an impossible fight. • The new Sorceress Supreme comes for revenge on Doom. • Iron Man vs Daredevil for the fate of an infected San Francisco. • The X-Men claim a new home. • The Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes of the Marvel Universe! Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 Written by Rick Remender Pencils by Terry Dodson Cover by Jim Cheung »
Just in time for the election, EW has teamed with research firm Experian Marketing Services to present the favorite TV shows of Republicans and Democrats. Below are dozens of series whose audiences tend to skew heavily toward one political party or the other. To some extent, the results confirm partisan stereotypes: Dem favorites include snarky comedies like NBC's Community, Saturday Night Live, and IFC's Portlandia, liberal-messaging shows such as Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom; plus there's a dash of science-based programming like Fox's Cosmos miniseries and PBS' Nova. »
- James Hibberd
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at director James Gunn’s tease of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) finally being confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond, Ray Fisher getting his own Cyborg DC solo movie, and James Cameron’s thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his famous role in Terminator: Genisys!
Fmtv will be back on Monday with our Top 5 Wrestlers in Films and again on Wednesday with our breakdown video of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live.
See below for more information on the films discussed…
Guardians of the Galaxy 2…
…the first film saw Gunn directing a cast that included Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, »
- Oliver Davis
Splintered and alienated, the forces of Avengers and X-Men stand on opposing sides. The Red Skull has been released from his holding cell in Avengers Tower. Someone aided him. Someone who was present on Genosha. But whom? And why are the heroes and villains acting so strangely? Narrowly escaping with their lives, Spider-Man and Nova are enlisted by Steve Rogers for a daring mission that could determine the fate of us all. The new Sorceress Supreme finally gains her revenge against the benevolent Doctor Doom. The Superior Iron Man battles Daredevil for the fate of an Extremis infected San Francisco. And in the name of survival of the fittest, the X-Men claim their new home. The tide is rising, and the Axis of Evil will spread. And the world will tremble in fear. Don’t miss Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 on sale in November! Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 Written by Rick Remender »
White Collar star Tim DeKay has signed on for a pivotal guest-starring role in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing Senator Maynard Ward, the abusive older brother of Hydra operative Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
The character will debut in the sixth Season 2 episode, entitled "A Fractured Rose", who may be the "Senator with deep pockets" that General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) referred to in last night's episode, "Heavy Is the Head". Maynard was also referenced during Season 1, when Grant told Skye (Chloe Bennet) stories about how his older brother would beat him up, including an incident where Maynard pushed Grant into a well.
Their contentious sibling relationship will also help explain how Grant became loyal to Hydra in the first place. Zap2It reports that Grant burned down his parents' home while Maynard was still inside. Maynard survived and pressed charges, which lead to Grant being sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, »
The Swinburne Award for emerging Australian filmmaker went to Ben Briand for Blood Pulls a Gun, a short which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood follows a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in front of the cameras. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, the Universal film previews this weekend and next weekend before its September 4 launch.
Jalanan looks at three charismatic buskers . Boni, Ho and Titi . over a five-year period as they navigate the economic, »
- Don Groves
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
Wouldn't you sleep a little easier if you knew that Glenn Close was in charge of keeping the universe safe? That's the job she's tasked with in the James Gunn–directed Guardians of the Galaxy, and while Chris Pratt's Star-Lord handles a whole lot of the outer-space heroics alongside his titular band of misfits, he ultimately has to answer to Close's Nova Prime, an important, intimidating peacekeeper with one swirly head of hair. Close is currently gearing up for a Broadway stint alongside John Lithgow in A Delicate Balance, but she called Vulture to discuss her Guardians wig, her favorite moment in the film, and why she thinks it's become such a big hit.The movie broke a lot of box-office records this weekend, and it got great reviews, too. What do you think it is that people are responding to?Ultimately, I think it’s the heart, I really do. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Obviously, post-credit spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy…
With the rights to the character back at Marvel, it’s unclear as to whether we’ll get another movie featuring Howard the Duck, but Gunn was open to talk about him during an interview with ComingSoon. “I’m glad you saw him. I’ve done a few interviews now where they’ve come in and said, ‘I heard Howard the Duck is in the movie but I didn’t see him’”.
Howard the Duck first debuted in 1973 and was noticed by Disney when he got his own book in 1976 and accused him of being too similar to their own Donald Duck. In a bizarre legal agreement, it was decided that Howard could continue being a fixture in the Marvel Universe, »
- Luke Owen
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