9 items from 2015
Update 7/7: Several weeks after Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto and many other iconic characters on The Simpsons, announced his departure from the legacy show on Twitter, EW has learned he has now signed a deal and will return to the show for its 27th season.
Shearer has reportedly signed the same deal as his counterparts on the show. The show will remain on schedule ahead of Season 27’s September 27 premiere, as they’ve previously reserved seven episodes filmed during the previous season that do include Shearer’s voice work. Read the original story below, along with a round-up of Shearer’s best non-Simpsons moments.
The Simpsons recently got picked up for an additional two seasons, which will bring the show through its 28th season. But one cast member who has been with the show from the beginning, Harry Shearer, will not be joining it.
- Brian Welk
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition Jennifer Coolidge, the actress best known for her role as Stifler's mother in the "American Pie" franchise and her work with director Christopher Guest on his beloved improvised comedies "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," made a trip to the beachside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend to pick up the event's Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. The actress, who got her start as a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe alongside Will Ferrell, has worked non-stop since the late '80s in both TV and film. On top of the "American Pie" and Guest movies, Coolidge has memorably appeared on the small screen in "Seinfeld," "Sex and the City" and most recently "2 Broke Girls," and in the two "Legally Blonde" films as a daffy beautician who perfects the Bend and Snap to bag a man. »
- Nigel M Smith
Last month we got the first trailer for Irrational Man, the latest film from director Woody Allen, which stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman), and now following its Cannes premiere we’ve got a brand new poster, which we have for you here…
On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor (Phoenix) in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).
- Gary Collinson
Lively will join Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard) in the as-yet-untitled film, which is being produced by Allen’s usual team of Letty Arsonson, Edward Walson and Stephen Tenenbaum.
Allen’s latest film, Irrational Man, is set for its world premiere at next week’s Cannes Film Festival, and stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice), Emma Stone (Birdman) and Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind). Watch the trailer here.
The Age Of Adaline opens in UK cinemas today, and is on general release in the USA now.
- Scott J. Davis
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) stars as a university professor who becomes depressed and alcoholic in the face of an existential crisis, but is rejuvenated by a relationship with one of his students. Emma Stone (Birdman) plays the student in question, with Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind) and Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) co-starring.
Irrational Man is set for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, before opening in the Us on July 17th. No UK release date has yet been set.
- Scott J. Davis
The film, which debuts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman), with Phoenix playing Abe, a professor of psychology who becomes friends with one of his students (Stone), despite dealing with depression and alcoholism.
- Scott J. Davis
Allen's latest movie is based around a brilliant professor and philosopher (Phoenix) who begins a fling with a student (Emma Stone).
The professor's affair with his student re-ignites his passion for life and leads to a breakthrough on the philosophical questions that have haunted him.
This is Allen's second-straight collaboration with Stone, following last year's supernatural comedy Magic in the Moonlight.
Irrational Man opens on July 24 in the Us. A UK date has not yet been set. »
The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.
However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).
Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just »
- Frank Ochieng
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
9 items from 2015
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