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Glenn here from Stale Popcorn here to discuss one of my favourite films from 2003, Patty Jenkins' Monster. Earlier this year when Courtney Hunt's Frozen River was released here in Australia I wrote in my review that It's a shame that Courtney Hunt's Frozen River is so good. It's unfortunate because now I will most likely be incredibly disappointed when this debut director falls between the cracks of the lead performance she helped create. I then went on to cite Boys Don't Cry's Kimberley Pierce (9 years between films) and Monster as examples.
Patty Jenkins has yet to make a second film after her Monster debut and there has never even been any word on her wanting to make another film. That is such a shame since she brought such fascinating sense of place to the Aileen Wuornos film and her twists on the idea of "American Gothic »
- Glenn Dunks
March may seem like a long ways off, but its closer than you think, and it's when NBC will finally roll out their new dramedy Parenthood which stars Craig T Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Lauren Graham, and funnyman Dax Shepherd, just to name a few. Below is an overview of Parenthood as well as some new promotional clips of the show.
"Parenthood" is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office comedy hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated NBC Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production introduces audiences to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.
- Bryan Jones
Oscar winner A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will write the score of Street Dancing with Golden Globe winner English musician David A. Stewart (Eurythmics), according to reports. Directed by Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop) and scripted by David B. Harris (American Dreams), this pop-cross-cultural movie around cutting-edge dance competitions of New York and Singapore will star Cindy Gomez (Tribulation Force). With funding from Singapore and Abu Dhabi, Ashok Amritraj (Raising Hel »
Nicole Richie may be headed back to your television screen, this time with a script in hand.
The former star of "The Simple Life" is attached to star in a comedy pilot at ABC. She would play a woman sorting out her professional life and a set of difficult relationships with her family, Variety reports.
Richie herself describes the show this way on her own site: "The story revolves around a young, modern and professional woman who must balance her business and family relationships. She must deal with, and navigate the many ideas of what a woman's role is: modern vs. traditional."
She conceived the idea for the show and will receive a producer credit on the pilot. Daisy Gardner, who's worked on "Californication" and "South Park," is writing the script, and Warren Bell ("Ellen," "According to Jim") and Jamie Tarses ("My Boys") will executive produce.
Richie has a handful »
Nicole Richie is preparing to launch an acting career as the star of a new TV sitcom.
The former Simple Life star is returning to the small screen for a half-hour show, which she pitched to bosses at U.S. network ABC.
The mum-of-two will produce the series, in which she'll star as a working woman juggling her family and love life, reports Daily Variety.
It's not the first time the 28 year old has tried her hand at acting - she's notched up guest appearances on TV hit Chuck, as well as 8 Simple Rules and American Dreams. »
Ever since NBC announced that it would be doing an American version of the English-accented Prime Suspect, I've known who should play Helen Mirren's part, and if you've ever tuned in to Friday Night Lights, so have you: Connie Britton. Hands down. No contest. End of discussion. Not only is she a one-woman home run, but since Fnl is wrapping production in May on what's likely to be its fifth and final season, the coach's wife will be available to tackle the leading lady role for which she's so long been ready. That said, if the Peacock's vision is »
- Michael Ausiello and Andy Patrick
Matt Davis is joining the cast of "Vampire Diaries" as sexy history teacher Alaric Saltzman -- and he knows more than he lets on about Mystic Falls' history of vampires!
According to TV Guide, the history teacher character is a fan favorite from the book series on which the TV show is based. Executive Producer Kevin Williamson tells the magazine that he had one thing in mind when casting the mysterious teacher -- he had to be "hot. »
The ladies of "The Vampire Diaries" can breathe easy -- their legal woes are behind them!
Actresses Nina Dobrev, 20, Candice Accola, 22, Kayla Ewell, 24 and Sara Canning, 22, (along with photographer Tyler Shields and extra Krystal Vayda) were arrested last month on charges of disorderly conduct, after drivers complained that the women were flashing motorists from a Georgia bridge on August 22.
The group was booked at Monroe County Sheriff's Department after the incident. Today, a Monroe County »
It was revealed Friday "The Vampire Diaries" hottie Nina Dobrev and three female co-stars were arrested last month on disorderly conduct charges after they allegedly flashed motorists during a photo shoot. That bites!
The actresses were arrested with two others on August 22 on a bridge about 60 miles from Atlanta.
According to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report, the starlets were being shot by photographer Tyler Shields. One pic showed a "female being held by her legs by the other females, »
Hollywood is bloodthirsty for vampires -- and they're getting their fill tonight with "The Vampire Diaries." The show revolves around a girl who is torn between handsome (and undead) brothers. "Extra" has some little-known facts about the hot, cold-blooded stars and the show!
Bloody Facts about 'Vampire Diaries'Blood BrothersPaul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder star as Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore, vampire brothers who are pining after the same girl, Elena.
Caught in the MiddleNina Dobrev stars as Elena Gilbert, »
For those of you that don't know, I'm a huge fan of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Imagine my utter delight when I got to interview Nina Dobrev who played Mia Jones in the Canadian television staple. More respectably, I was also a huge Everwood fan. Although he had a smaller part, Paul Wesley's Tommy Callahan still stole my heart when he stole Emily Van Camp's Amy Abbott away from protagonist Ephram Brown. And did you know that Paul was also in American Dreams? He played Tommy DeFelice. Remember? These two were hitting up my television favorites before I was old enough and wise enough to write about TV for a living. I made a point to catch up with them both at the Entertainment Weekly and SyFy Comic-Con party in San Diego earlier this year.
Sept. 6: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 72. Country singer David Allan Coe is 70. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 67. Singer-bassist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 66. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 65. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 62. Country singer Buddy Miller is 57. Country drummer Joe Smyth of Sawyer Brown is 52. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 51. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow ("Police Academy") is 51. Guitarist Pal Waaktaar of A-ha is 48. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 46. Actress Rosie Perez is 45. Singer Macy Gray is 42. Singer CeCe Peniston is 40. Singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 40. Singer Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) is 38. Actor Dylan Bruno ("Numb3ers") is 37. Actress Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls") is 37. Actor Justin Whalin ("Lois and Clark") is 35. Singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 35. Actress Naomie Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") is 33. Rapper Noreaga is 32. Rapper Foxy Brown is 31.Sept. 7: Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 79. Singer »
Spotted: Some serious fierceness on the Upper East Side. Sources confirm that Tyra Banks has signed on to appear on Gossip Girl this fall -- and she's not playing herself. The model-turned-media mogul will guest as an actress co-starring in a film with Hilary Duff's character. Banks is scheduled to show up in episode 4. Banks hasn't had a straight-up acting gig since 2004, when she guest-starred in an episode of American Dreams. Thoughts? »
- Michael Ausiello
All of David Lynch's work, writes Lee Siegel on the Daily Beast, seems to take as its starting point Norman Mailer's observation that the essence of America is the smell of gasoline and cheap perfume. For his latest project, the director of “bare-knuckle surrealist films” takes a 20,000 mile road trip to interview 121 Americans with hardscrabble lives in marginal places. The result, The Interview Project, is an elegiac and affecting web documentary that records the kind of lives that are “the elementary materials of his movies before they become fictions.” "His subjects are always people with what more »
Season two of the hit A&E original scripted drama series The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park, Amy Price-Francis and Esteban Powell premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10Pm Et/Pt. The second season will feature thirteen one-hour episodes.
In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis, The Cleaner averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime, becoming the number one original drama in A&E history.
Inspired by the true story of real life "extreme interventionist" Warren Boyd, who also co-executive produces the series, The Cleaner stars Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates Akani Cuesta (Park) and Arnie Swenton (Powell) employ an unconventional - and often by any means necessary - approach to getting »
Lesbian/bi visibility on primetime American television this summer is not much better than it is the rest of the year — which is to say, it's pretty slim pickings.
Among the shows premiering or returning in the next few weeks, there are a few with supporting lesbian/bi characters (Mental, The Closer); one with an out actress in a supporting role (Hawthorne); and a reality show featuring two out female contestants (Top Chef Master).
Here's a review of the pilot or first new episode(s) of all four series, and a short list of the premiere/air dates of other shows that may interest you.
Warning: some mild spoilers, but no major plot points revealed
Mental (Drama, Fox)
Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm Pst/Est, premiering May 26
Cast: Chris Vance (Prison Break), Annabella Sciorra (Queens Supreme, The L Word), Derek Webster (Stargate), Jacqueline McKenzie (4400), Marisa Ramirez (General Hospital), Nicholas Gonzalez (CSI: Miami »
Last weekend celebrities came out in style to attend the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's annual fundraiser An Evening with Women, and we have photos, photos, and more photos! (All photos are from Getty unless otherwise specified.)
Our L.A. Scene columnist Sarah Witness is going to cover it in more detail in her next column, but here's a quick rundown of the event.
Gina Gershon (Love Ranch, Bound) was scheduled to host, but had to back out at the last minute when her shooting schedule was changed, so Jennifer Coolidge (Nip/Tuck, Best in Show) gamely stepped in to Mc, entertaining the crowd with lines like, "a word about Mormons — what the f--k?" (pause) "I realize that was more than one word."
Jennifer Coolidge welcomes the crowd
Legendary musician (and organizer of the event) Linda Perry played piano and sang a new song she wrote called "Letter to God, »
Though Bravo has made a name for itself in the nonfiction TV game, NBC's sibling netlet is delving into a new genre: scripted series.
The network announced plans Tuesday for two new scripted shows during its upfront presentations:
Blueprint follows the lives of two best friends — one straight and one gay — who co-own a New York design firm. The dramedy comes from Laurence Andries (Six Feet Under, Alias) and executive producers Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy for Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl).
30 Under 30 centers on young, influential professionals (a sexy young chef, a gossip blogger, avant-garde artist) whose glamorous — and sometimes scandalous —lives intersect in New York City. Jonathan Prince (The Cleaner, Cane, American Dreams) and Alana Sanko (Murphy Brown) are behind the new show.
Other new reality/competition programming includes ...
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- Gina DiNunno
Based on the Alloy novels, Wbtv's "Vampire" centers on Elena (Dobrev), a tragic heroine who is the object of passion for two vampire brothers, Stefan (Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
Stefan is described as "gloriously, amazingly, epically beautiful young man" who is actually a 200-year-old vampire who has a strong connection with Elena.
He is repped by Icm and Thruline. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Peter Krause's latest role is neither dirty nor inherently sexy. Instead, he has been cast as Adam Braverman — aka what we are calling "the Steve Martin role" — in NBC's Parenthood pilot based on the 1989 movie. Sarah Ramos (American Dreams) will play Krause's TV daughter, who actually was a son on the big screen. Yeah, this project is sounding more and more like "inspired by" than "based on." Also on board for Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims' adaptation of the film is ER fave Maura Tierney ...
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- Matt Mitovich
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