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You read it here when we delivered the news that Williams would be headed to a guest role on the Modern Family set. Here it is at last; photographic proof!
In the Modern Family‘s New Year’s-themed episode, which hits your screens on Jan. 9, Ed O’Neill’s character, Jay Pritchett, winds up playing a hand of cards with the actor who is playing himself. This happens on vacation to Palm Springs, where the Pritchetts and Dunphys decide to spend the holiday. The episode is aptly titled “New Year’s Eve”.
As you can see in today’s photo, fresh from TV Line, there’s a lady at the table with the big boys. »
- Sasha Nova
10 years ago, a sweet little indie comedy about culture clash and the stresses of planning a wedding took the nation by storm. Made with love and a shoe-string budget of $5 million, it made over $368 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing independent film of all time. What made audiences connect so strongly with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and has Hollywood learned anything from the success of this semi-autobiographical romantic comedy?
Toula Portokalos' (Nia Vardalos) life is going nowhere. She works in her family's Greek restaurant and endures daily attempts by her well-meaning family to marry her off to a nice Greek boy. Secretly, she pours over college pamphlets and dreams of getting her degree, and when life gives her the chance, she grabs it full-force. As she gains confidence and independence from her family, she loses her Coke-bottle granny glasses and over-sized sweaters, and she meets Ian Miller (John Corbett »
- Rachel Kolb
It’s not a Jedi mind trick: Jay Pritchett is ringing in 2013 with Lando Calrissian.
Modern Family‘s New Year’s-themed episode on Jan. 9 finds Star Wars vet Billy Dee Williams (playing himself, natch) crossing paths with Ed O’Neill’s grumpy patriarch in Palm Springs, where the Pritchetts and Dunphys are spending the holidays.
As you can see via the following exclusive first look below, the pair come face-to-face during a (seemingly) friendly game of cards. Also spotted anteing up with the boys: My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Lainie Kazan! »
- Michael Ausiello
Before James Bond made his film debut in 1962′s Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, he made an appearance on a 1954 episode of the TV show, Climax! It was an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, with Bond portrayed as an American CIA agent played by Barry Nelson. This is, as of today, the only TV adaptation of one of Fleming’s novels- but could Bond ever make a reappearance on the small screen?
It wouldn’t be the first time a movie or film series became a TV show (Mash, The Odd Couple, My Big Fat Greek Wedding). There’s no plans to bring Bond to TV as of now, but this article will focus on some reasons why a James Bond TV show could be a good idea.
10. The ”Bond Formula” Would Work For a Weekly Series
While the Bond series has, throughout the years, »
- Andrew Edward Davies
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
We here at ScottFeinberg.com recently discussed the phenomena of TV shows becoming movies as well as TV series spinning off into other series, but we have yet to approach TV shows that spawned from movies — until now.
MTV’s new series Catfish: The TV Show, based on the 2010 documentary Catfish, follows people who form romantic relationships solely through online communication as they meet their significant others for the first time.
The most recent ratings for Catfish: The TV Show prove it’s clicking with audiences beyond the big screen: Among Monday night cable programs, the series came in third place, following Espn’s Monday Night Football and SportsCenter. Specifically, 2.743 million viewers tuned in to last week’s episode, resulting in a 1.7 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
Catfish: The TV Show is only a part of a recent string of shows adapted »
- Rachel Bennett
Chicago – It is with mixed emotions that one regards the tenth anniversary edition of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” On one hand, it evokes memories of the crowded theaters that guffawed in delight during the film’s year-long theatrical run. On the other hand, it serves as a bitter reminder of the failed career it had promised to launch.
It was through serendipitous circumstances that Nia Vardalos’s affectionate stage show about her quirky Greek family was transformed into one of the most financially successful indies of all time. On the film’s 2002 audio commentary (included on this disc), Vardalos said that it was the most difficult for her to play the sad scenes because she was so blissfully happy offscreen. Her giddy excitement proved to be infectious in the film, but in all of her subsequent screen efforts, the actress seemed to mistake a chipper demeanor for a performance. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This week on Blu-ray, Pixar’s latest comes to home video, one of the most popular sitcoms of all time finally gets an HD upgrade, and a visually arresting classic gets the Blu-ray treatment. Briefly: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure [Blu-ray] - $13.86 (31% off) Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $27.99 (44% off) Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD) - $19.99 (50% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (46% off) Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] - $64.96 (32% off) Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version) [Blu-ray] - $18.99 (30% off) My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (25% off) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 [Blu-ray] - $27.96 (30% off) Savages (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)- $19.99 (43% off) Vamps [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) The Watch [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (43% off) Hit the jump for all the details. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure [Blu-ray] As we patiently await news on the sequel, the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure hits Blu-ray for the first time. »
- Adam Chitwood
This week: Pixar churns out another animated blockbuster with "Brave," featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Waters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and many more.
Box Office: $236 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: Set in the Highlands of Scotland, Pixar's latest animated adventure follows a different kind of princess named Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald). The strong-willed archer defies a sacred custom of her people and unleashes chaos in the kingdom, forcing Merida to use all of her resources — including her triplet brothers — to undo a beastly curse and discover the true meaning of bravery.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray have two additional animated shorts. There is also a kingdom's worth of Blu-ray exclusives, »
- Robert DeSalvo
"Over the years, I've heard from everybody about what the sequel should be. People next to me at Starbucks would say, 'hey, let me tell you my idea' and I'd be like 'hey, I'm just trying to get a cup of coffee'," she said.
It's no wonder.
Released in 2002, Vardalos's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is the most profitable independent film of all time, earning almost $369 million -- or a return of over 61 times on investment, according to CNBC.com.
Now a special 10th Anniversary Edition is coming to Blu-Ray, slated for release Tuesday. The edition includes a DVD version and a Digital Copy of the movie and features deleted scenes as well as a 30-minute retrospective with Vardalos and co-star John Corbett. »
- The Huffington Post
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, former Spielberg assistant Marc Fusco is looking to bridge the gap between American and Armenian entertainment in latest directorial effort, My Uncle Rafael. Based on characters from the award-winning stage comedy “Rafael Keri Gandzere,” Fusco worked alongside creator and actor Vahik Pirhamzei to adapt them for the big screen.
Alongside Pirhamzei, the award-winning comedy also stars Missi Pyle (The Artist, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), John Michael Higgins (Yes Man), Anthony Clark ("Yes, Dear"), Joe Lo Truglio (Role Models), Rachel Blanchard (Road Trip), Carly Chaikin ("Suburgatory"), and Sage Ryan (Piranha).
The film opens in select theatres on November 2 but you can get a sneak peek with the exclusive clip after the cut! »
- Emma Badame
When cinema history is written, what gets highlighted most often are the films that made an indelible mark: films that were beloved by critics, represented a particular cultural moment, or become a popular phenomenon. The films that aren’t often written about are the outliers: films that don’t make much sense in their context, didn’t function as an index of a larger cultural moment or trend, or didn’t make for significant hits or misses. However, with hindsight, those strange films that don’t belong, films orphaned without a definite place in history that can be made sense of, can eventually reveal themselves to be the most interesting, be they good or bad. 2001 was a strange year for comedy. In the latter part of that year, it seemed we needed a laugh more than ever, but no single film really filled that void. Unlike Meet the Parents in 2000 or My Big Fat Greek Wedding in »
- Landon Palmer
• George Clooney: ”Hi, Hollywood. It’s George. Want to be in my next movie?” Hollywood: “Sure!” That’s not really an exaggeration. Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) are all in talks to star in The Monuments Men, for which Clooney will serve as star, co-writer, and director. (Cate Blanchett and The Artist’s Jean Dujardin entered negotiations to join the film earlier this month.) Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the story follows a troop of »
- Adam B. Vary
The project previously received a pilot order from CBS, but didn't move forward. [Source: TV Week]
Chloë Sevigny will play the female lead of newly appointed Boston P.D. homicide detective Catherine Jensen in A&E's drama pilot "Those Who Kill". Joe Carnahan is helming the pilot from a script by Glen Morgan.
Based on the books by Elsebeth Egholm, the series revolves around her character and a forensic profiler who both have a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. [Source: Deadline] »
- Garth Franklin
Happy birthday, Rita Wilson! The actress, producer, singer and Huff/Post50 editor-at-large turns 56 today.
In her own birthday well wishes to us here at Huff/Post50, Rita recalled a toast her dear friend Nora Ephron gave her on her 50th birthday: "I am here to tell you good things can happen after turning fifty." Rita is a living embodiment of that statement, showing a joyful fearlessness as she tackles new challenges with her trademark moxie and gusto.
Whether it's putting on a producer hat or stepping into a recording booth, Rita is living her 50s out loud and with no reservations. It's one of the many things we love about her. In fact, to honor our editor-at-large on her big day, here are 10 things we love about Rita Wilson:
1. She takes big risks. In 2006 when Wilson took on the role of Cook County Jail's most infamous murdress Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical "Chicago, »
- Anthonia Akitunde
Please welcome Nia Vardalos for a one-time celebrity blog!
Vardalos, currently starring in For a Good Time, Call, has also added author to her resume, with the upcoming April 2013 release of her new book, Instant Mom, in which she chronicles her journey of adopting a daughter in 2008 with only 14 hours notice.
You can find her on Facebook and @NiaVardalos on Twitter.
In an exclusive blog, Vardalos shares how »
Happy birthday to writer, director and funny girl, Nia Vardalos! Nia Vadalos – you first captured our hearts as an uber-stressed bride in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Ten years later, you still have us laughing. Happy birthday, Nia Vardalos! The smash success of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' put you on the Hollywood map almost overnight. Your Moon and cosmic directional (the North Node) in Leo says that performance is your destiny -- though, curiously, getting your love life straight is part and parcel of your past and future artistic achievements. This year, the stars are bringing you waves of opportunity from across the sky, encouraging you to dream up something as big and fat as your first hit! Click to read more at Astrology.com! -- Caitlin Miller »
- HL Intern
Ever hear the saying, "The man is the head, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head any way she wants"? (Thank you, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, for that one.) With that said, it's only fair that during these political conventions, we take a moment to steer our attention away from the presidential candidates (just for a second!) and take a moment to remember some of our first ladies. Or at least, actresses who have played them in film or TV (Hi, Katie Holmes, Emma Thompson and Maya Rudolph!). »
The highest grossing romantic comedy of all-time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding celebrates ten years of love and laughter with a special anniversary release from HBO Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as "heartfelt and hilarious" (Rolling Stone) and fueled by unprecedented word-of-mouth buzz, this delightful story about a woman's comic struggle to find her identity and one true love while dealing with her crazy Greek family became "a phenomenon" (The New York Times). My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition on Blu-ray with HBO Select* ($19.98) debuts November 13, 2012 with a new 30-minute retrospective and never-before-seen deleted scenes.
Based on the autobiographical one-woman show written by Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding features an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Vardalos, John Corbett (Sex And The City), Michael Constantine (The Juror), Lainie Kazan (Beaches), Andrea Martin (Wag the Dog) and Joey Fatone (Broadway's Rent). Filmed in 27 days on a budget of $5 million, »
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $19.98
For its 10th birthday, 2002 romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding has its high-definition debut in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, even with some new special features.
The PG film, which surprised Hollywood by stealing the hearts of viewers, was written by and stars Nia Vardalos (My Life in Ruins), shooting the relatively unknown, at the time, actress into stardom. Made on a reported $5 million production budget in 27 days, My Big Fat Greek Wedding grossed a whopping $241.4 million in the U.S. alone.
Vardalos plays Toula Portokalos, a Greek woman who disappears around her larger than life family. When she starts to break out with her own independence, she meets and falls in love with non-Greek Ian Miller (John Corbett, TV’s Parenthood). As their inevitable wedding day approaches (no spoiler — it is in the title), their families »
Will Ferrell’s new comedy The Campaign — about a slick, smarmy long-term congressman (Ferrell) who becomes enmeshed in an ugly campaign against a highly unlikely political newbie (Zach Galifianakis) — raises a few questions that would make any politician squirm. Like, to what extent would you be willing to sell out yourself and your values to win an election? Or how would you handle it if, in the middle of a heated campaign, in front of the entire press corps, you accidentally punched a baby in the face?
With the movie rolling out in theaters Aug. 10, we figured we’d hit »
- Josh Rottenberg
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