7 items from 2014
Forty-two years after its premiere, The Bob Newhart Show continues to matter. Based on Newhart’s buttoned-up comic sensibility — yes, before making Johnny Carson roar with laughter, Newhart had been an accountant — The Bob Newhart Show was the story of a Chicago psychologist, Bob Hartley; his lovely wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette); and the oddball characters that lived in their building and visited his office. With its simple, straightforward premise — low-concept, even — the show became the template for subsequent comic-driven sitcoms, good and bad.
For six seasons, The Bob Newhart Show ran as part of CBS’s juggernaut Saturday-night lineup, which »
- Jeff Labrecque
Empire reports that there are new writers on board the upcoming movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game, Assassin's Creed.
Michael Fassbender is still slated to produce and star in the film, however, it appears that the studio feels the need to bring in writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper to weave the tale of the freerunning assassin.
The duo has previously written Accepted and New York Minute (that one starred Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), and they got a story credit for Tower Heist. Not sounding so stellar, I know, but they have several higher profile, more prestigious films in the pipeline, including projects with Darren Aronofsky (The General) and Ridley Scott (Exodus). They’re also working on an adaptation of the novel Devil in the Grove, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Shake, and Luc Besson’s Transporter 4.
I am one who believes in the stigma associated with video games turned into movies. »
- Billy Fisher
Just over a year since Michael Lesslie's first draft, two new writers have been brought in to tackle the stealthy free-running of Assassin's Creed. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will be setting the latest scenes for producer and star Michael Fassbender.The pair previously wrote the comedy Accepted and, er, the Olsen Twins vehicle New York Minute, as well as scoring the story credit for Tower Heist. But Assassin's Creed marks another high-profile gig in their in-the-works binder, slotting in alongside Darren Aronofsky's George Washington drama The General and the Ridley Scott / Christian Bale Moses epic Exodus. They're also adapting Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil In The Grove for Lionsgate; crushing Jerry Bruckheimer's earthquake blockbuster Shake for Paramount; and delivering Transporter 4 for Luc Besson and EuropaCorp.Last we heard, there was talk of Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) in the director's chair, but there's »
After three seasons, it is clear that Girls works best when it follows its muse with a damn-the-consequences regard for convention or obligation: When it’s more like carefree and careless Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and less like pleasing, conformist Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet); when it can’t be so easily reduced — like the way I completely reduced Jessa and Shoshanna in my strained effort to embellish whatever idea I was going for there on the front half of that semicolon. It’s this quality that has given us only-about-Hannah (Lena Dunham) gems like “One Man’s Trash” and “Flo” and has »
- Jeff Jensen
Although their show has been off the air since this past May, costars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty will have a mini-"Smash" reunion on a comedy web show, with hints at their performances being musical.
In the announcement for "It Could Be Worse," McPhee and Hilty are shown in an Instagram video sight-reading the lyrics to Lorde's "Royals." Watch the ten-second clip of the two starlets below. Warning: prepare to beg for more.
It's not yet known when in Season 2 of "It Could Be Worse" McPhee and Hilty will make their appearance, or what roles they'll take. "It Could Be Worse" stars "Smash" alum Wesley Taylor (Bobby, Seasons 1 and 2) as Jacob, a Broadway wannabe looking to make it big in a New York minute. Although he was cast in his first big Broadway show, he's often stuck at home tending to a needy long-term boyfriend, or is held back by his overbearing parents. »
The couple had been dating for less than a year, reports contactmusic.com.
"He was a great guy and cute, but it didn't work out," Us Weekly quoted a source as saying.
Ashley gave up her acting career and focusing on her fashion business.
- Anita Agarwal
Most of the Reagans are in the family business, but that normally doesn't include one of the youngest.
Nicky (Sami Gayle) found herself in the thick of a police case in Friday's (Jan. 10) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods," "The Bogeyman." Attending a teen party, she responded to cries for help as most others evacuated the place, and found a passed-out girl as a couple of stragglers tried to conceal remaining drugs.
To no avail, Nicky warned them the drugs should be left as police evidence, then she grabbed a stray packet of the stuff and called 911 -- identifying herself only as "Jane Doe."
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Frank (Tom Selleck) also were concerned with drugs, specfiically a new and lethal type. Jailed informant Carmen (guest star Sasha Allen) told Danny of a narcotic rumored to be "pure heaven, for users of that kind of poison," while Frank worried about a »
7 items from 2014
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