16 items from 2015
Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' is Very Well-Made, But to What End? "A Better Life" (Chris Weitz, 2011) Chris Weitz's 2011 drama is not set necessarily set on the U.S.-Mexican border -- it takes place in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California -- but it undoubtedly deals with the repercussions the setting has for immigrants living in America. Demián Bichir became an unexpected Best Actor Oscar nominee for his sensitive turn as Carlos Galindo, a gardener with American dreams to run his own landscaping business. Carlos' rocky relationship with his son, Luis, drives much of the story, as the latter ignores his educational responsibitlies in favor of a relationship with a girl and her ties to one of the suburbs' local gangs. Balancing his personal troubles with his professional aspirations, Carlos makes an ambitious move to earn some money for a better life, one that has life-changing consequences for all involved. »
He’ll play his part at John Stamos’ game. Will he give guest-starring a good name?
Apologies for the Bon Jovi lyric mangling, but we couldn’t resist, given that the band’s lead guitarist Richie Sambora has landed a guest-starring gig on Season 1 of Fox’s buzzy freshman sitcom Grandfathered.
Grandfathered follows Stamos’ bachelor restaurateur, whose life is upended »
We’re not sure if Empire‘s Lucious Lyon is a child of destiny — but his mother most certainly is.
TVLine has confirmed that sometimes Destiny’s Child diva and erstwhile X Factor judge Kelly Rowland will guest-star as the mother of Terrence Howard’s hard-charging label exec — in flashback, of course. E! Online first reported the news.
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“This is like a film that’s started shooting before the script’s finished,” exclaims one protagonist in “Hollywood Adventures.” He pretty much sums up this scattergun action-comedy helmed by Timothy Kendall, produced by Justin Lin, and made almost entirely with mainland Chinese coin. Following two disaster-courting Chinese tourists and their hardass tour guide on a roller-coaster ride through a series of “this could only happen in a movie” moments in Hollywood, the pic is slickly executed by a mostly American crew, but the action sometimes looks as if it’s been spliced in from outtakes of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. While the result won’t entice overseas viewers, and industry in-jokes may go over the heads of Chinese audiences, the fail-proof casting should help generate respectable if not massive local biz.
Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and Seven Stars Entertainment and Media Group, the film reps a further step in Sino-American co-productions, »
- Maggie Lee
As head of the company’s new TV department, Pope will work closely with Robinov as she builds and oversees Studio 8’s television business from the ground up.
The former Chernin television prez oversaw all development and production for the 20th Century Fox-based company, where she worked on Fox’s “New Girl.”
Previously, she spent a decade at NBC and NBC Universal Television Studios where she held the posts of network Evp and studio president, and developed series including “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “American Dreams.” She started her entertainment career in network news and CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries. She also was a writer and producer on “Behind the Music.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
RelatedCBS Fall Premiere Dates: Supergirl Gets Big October Launch
De La Garza will recur in the second season of CBS’ Scorpion, our sister site Deadline reports, playing the new Head of Homeland Security. Her character will work closely with Cabe, upon his return to Scorpion, though her motives for assisting the team will be called into question.
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Scorpion returns for Season 2 on Monday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c. »
The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.
Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.
Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.
This year’s Eiff will present »
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Li Na, who was ranked world number two in 2014, will serve as a consultant on the project, which is scheduled to start shooting in autumn 2015 for release in 2016.
Li Na is the only Asian tennis player in history to win two Glam Slam singles titles (at the French Open 2011 and Australian Open 2014). She retired from professional tennis following a knee injury at the end of 2014.
Chan plans to shoot the film in locations such as Germany, France and Australia, as well as Chinese cities including Wuhan, where Li Na grew up, and Beijing »
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Bowser. Ganondorf. Ridley. Nintendo’s history is full of villains almost as recognizable and iconic as the company’s heroes. Some, like Wario, are more empathetic or misunderstood (you try living in the shadow of Mario and Luigi!) Others are downright evil, like Mother Brain or Ganondorf. Many give us thrills and chills every time they recur, while others only needed to appear once to be permanently cemented in gamers’ minds, like Majora. Regardless of anything else, however, all of these characters are bad. But there is one boss who is the baddest of the bad, one sinister Nintendo villain who overshadows all others in his acts of cruelty and inhumanity. While their heinous crimes bring tears and instill fear, there is no exultation that matches overthrowing this wicked tyrant. Doing so is no trivial task, however, it requires patience, dedication, and the ability to stare evil in the face, »
- Tim Maison
It's over. Engaged for less than two months, Karina Smirnoff and her fiancé Jason Adelman have called it quits. The former Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, has scrapped her plans to marry the actor, also 37. The American Dreams alum proposed to Smirnoff in mid-January, but their bliss did not last long. A source close to the couple confirms to Us Weekly that the split is official, and adds that it is "such a complicated mess." "It's a very sticky situation," the insider says. "[Smirnoff] won't discuss the [...] »
Will Estes emanates such an all-American appeal that he’s been getting cast as the sweet boy next door since he was a kid. He was Will in The New Lassie and Jj on American Dreams. For the past five seasons he’s been Jamie Reagan, the youngest son in a family of cops on CBS’ Blue Bloods. His character walks a beat, though his dad and grandfather (Tom Selleck and Len Cariou) worked their way through the ranks to the top spot. One older brother was killed on the job, another (Donnie Wahlberg) is a detective, and his sister (Bridget Moynahan) … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
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Coppola first played Rand in the Season 2 episode “Little Angels,” in which the teenage daughter of a U.S. Navy Commander was kidnapped by what appeared to be a serial killer.
Her encore on the CBS drama will air sometime this spring.
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Anyone holding their breath for a From Justin to Kelly sequel (do those people exist?) should let out a giant exhale right about now.
Amid a press tour for her highly anticipated new album Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson just can't stop hating on her big screen debut. Turns out, she was very opposed to filming it in the first place.
Pics: Aww! Stars Share Pics of Their Cute Kids
Clarkson's tears weren't unfounded: the film, penned by Fuller's brother Kim, opened in 2003 to scathing reviews and only $2.7 million at the box office »
Eating One’s Way To Enlightenment: Gabbert Follows Gold Down A Rabbit-Hole Of Crucial Cultural Cuisine
Everyone in Los Angeles knows that Jonathan Gold is the man you look to for advice on where to score the tastiest tacos, slurp down the most flavorful pho or best bet to brave the culinary possibilities of the notoriously gelatinous hagfish. The man knows his way around the various indigenous subsets blooming from the borders of a city known to most by its obnoxious sprawl and Hollywood gleam, and with genuine regard for the melting pot of immigrant communities cultivating their native dishes throughout his hometown, he connects paying customers to those fine inborn cooks who woefully deserve their patronage. Paying tribute to the beloved L.A. Times’ food critic, Laura Gabbert’s unadorned documentary portrait, City of Gold, explores Jonathan’s unequaled ethos as a cultural writer with a decidedly reserved aesthetic »
- Jordan M. Smith
The cast of Full House seems to reunite on a bi-weekly basis at this point, yet we’re never any less excited when the gang decides to get back together.
The Tanners’ latest gathering came Saturday at a birthday party for show creator Jeff Franklin, with many of the original stars — John Stamos, Candace Cameron-Bure, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber — in attendance.
There was even a sing-along of the Full House theme song, which Barber was kind enough to Instagram:
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The Angela Bassett-directed film is as much about Bobby Brown’s fall from grace as it is about Houston’s rise to stardom, chronicling the former R&B king’s drug addiction, musical aspirations and sexual indiscretions in vivid detail.
Then again, it’s only appropriate, considering Brown essentially called the shots in Houston’s life — at least according to the film — from the moment they first clicked that fateful night at the Soul Train Awards. From that point on, »
16 items from 2015
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