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Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is set to star in her own reality TV .docu-series. for the E! network. E! has developed a pilot presentation for the project, which will follow the actress who famously was Jack Nicholson's girlfriend and starred in "Las vega," "Huff" and "The Practice". Boyle wed a Texan in 2006, and bounces back and forth between the Lone Star state and her home in Hollywood. »
- April MacIntyre
Weeds and The Big C are renewed for new seasons by Showtime On the heels of record-breaking premiere night ratings for both original series, Showtime has picked up new seasons of its hit comedies The Big C and Weeds. Season 2 of The Big C (from Sony Pictures Television) and Weeds (from Lionsgate) will premiere on the network in 2011.
The Big C took the country by storm last month as more than 6.5 million people viewed the premiere episode across various platforms, making it the network's highest-rated original series premiere in 8 years. The night kicked off with Weeds, which also garnered over 6 million viewers - a record premiere episode for the series.
"The unprecedented viewership for both The Big C and Weeds proves that audiences love these shows as much as we do," said Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins. "There are definitely more comedic adventures in store for these fascinating, complex women. »
Today sees the release of the fifth season of Criminal Minds, CBS’ hit series about FBI profilers investigating the worst of human nature. Here’s a look at what you can expect within that six-disc, 23-episode box set.
Criminal Minds is one of CBS’ most popular shows, following in the shadow of the CSI and Jag/NCIS franchises, and taking after them now that the network has greenlit a spinoff series (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior). The show’s survived a lot, be it the abrupt departure of its original lead actor or a controversy surrounding its female cast members. This season is the one that may be overshadowed by the announcement of the spinoff (the backdoor pilot for which is included here) or the breaking news of A.J. Cook’s release from the cast, but it’s still another workmanlike season for the show.
In all honesty, this »
- Brittany Frederick
Watch the Pilot episode of Showtime's latest show, The Big C, right now in the players below!
Emmy nominee Oliver Platt (Huff, Frost/Nixon) stars as her immature, yet well-meaning husband, and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) plays her precocious student. Weeds viewers, still stunned by the last year's season finale, will finally learn what will become of the Botwins after Shane (Alexander Gould) clubbed Pilar (Kate del Castillo) to death.
After being diagnosed with melanoma, Cathy decides to build a pool in her backyard, much to the chagrin of her older curmudgeonly neighbor, Marlene. Cathy's son, Adam, plays pranks on her while her husband Paul tries to get back in her good graces. After trying to reconnect with her willfully homeless brother Sean, Cathy devises a weight-loss plan for Andrea, one of her summer school students.
The honor roll for the supporting actress in a drama series category at the Emmy Awards is almost as varied as the one for actors. The first winner of the supporting actress in a drama series award in 1979 was Kristy McNichol ("Family"), who had also won a more expansive race that included telefilms two years earlier. Then Nancy Marchand ("Lou Grant") won three years in a row (1980-1982), adding to her win in the wider race in 1978. In the 27 races since then, there have been just three repeat winners for the same role: Bonnie Bartlett, "St. Elsewhere" (1986, 1987); Alison Janney, "The West Wing" (2000, 2001); and Blythe Danner, "Huff" (2005, 2006). »
A few years ago when Alpha Dog came out, not many people liked it. In fact, I was one of the few people who did. I haven’t seen the film since it originally came out but now that it’s on Blu-Ray I finally get to revisit it. Based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood, one of the youngest people to ever end up on the FBI Most Wanted List, the film offers a shocking and disturbing look at the kidnapping plot that Hollywood was involved in. The film stars some real talented, albeit young actors and offers a fairly interesting plot.
Although the film is based on a true story, the names have been changed. Instead of Jesse James Hollywood, the main character is named Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), a young drug dealer living in California under the protection of a rich family in a nice neighborhood. »
- Mathew Tyler
23 June 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lifetime is diving heavily into the crime drama genre, ordering three police procedural pilots from notable showrunners.
"With a strong foundation in scripted programming firmly established by 'Army Wives' and 'Drop Dead Diva,' Lifetime is aggressively expanding its drama series development plate with powerful programs from creative auspices who have strong pedigrees in producing stand-out programming," Lifetime Networks general manager and president Nancy Dubuc said. "These pilots developed by (executive vp entertainment) JoAnn (Alfano) and her team are the first steps we will take in bringing Lifetime's scripted strategy to the forefront."
- By James Hibberd
Lifetime is diving heavily into the crime drama genre, ordering three police procedural pilots from notable showrunners. The network has picked up shows from Josh Berman ("CSI," "Bones"), Annie Brunner ("Huff") and Jeffrey Bell ("V"). "With a strong foundation in scripted programming firmly established by 'Army Wives' and 'Drop Dead Diva,' Lifetime is aggressively expanding its drama series development plate with powerful programs from creative auspices who have strong pedigrees in producing stand-out programming," Lifetime Networks general manager and president Nancy Dubuc said. "These pilots developed by (executive vp entertainment) JoAnn (Alfano) and her team are the first steps we will take in bringing Lifetime's scripted strategy to the forefront.""Against the Wall," from Brunner, is about a policewoman who causes a riff with her cop brothers when she joins Internal Affairs. "Exit 19" is about a single mother raising kids while working as a New York City homicide detective. »
We have found some pretty cool concept art for Dorothy of Oz, an upcoming 3D animated musical feature based on the classic L. Frank Baum children’s novels. The voice cast is led by Glee’s Lea Michele as Dorothy Gale, with the likes of Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart supporting. I’ve always been a fan of early glimpses into the animation process: check out a comparison of the sketch of nine different characters and the actor who will bring them to life after the jump.
Here’s the official synopsis:
There is trouble in Oz and Dorothy is needed! With Glinda’s help, she and Toto return to Oz. Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion as well as exciting new characters, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the crafty Jester from using the power of »
- Brendan Bettinger
It seems like only yesterday that we were all busy lamenting the end of the Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man"-era, but as we know, Hollywood doesn't mourn for long! According to the La Times casting is in full swing on Marc Webb's Spidey-reboot and a few key names have started to stick out as front-runners.
One of those names is already pretty familiar to Webb, it's none other than "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson. The La Times reports that Johnson's name is on a growing -- though it cautions early -- list of Peter Parker would-bes.
The upcoming 3D animated film Dorothy of Oz has made a very smart casting decision by having Glee star Lea Michele provide the lead voice in their animated-musical family film. It’s not just smart because Michele is an amazing singer. It’s smart because Glee is one of the hottest shows on television right now and studios should be rushing to pick up any star from the show as fast as possible. The actor or actress won’t be able to open a movie on their own, but if paired with the right project and with a fairly talented ensemble, it could really help garner attention to a project.
The fairly talented ensemble backing up Michele includes Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart. The film is also launching an interactive teaser website at dorothyofoz.com. Hit the jump to check out the press release. And for »
- Matt Goldberg
Now, as a horror fan, I'm always a tad reticent about remakes, but this is what "Fright Night" has going for it:
Director: Craig Gillespie, who directed the fantastic "Lars and the Real Girl" is signed on to direct. This is a guy who knows his stuff and is true talent. Writer: Marti Noxon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Mad Men" fame can write some really quality television. Her work on Buffy also shows she can make something scary and still let the audience care about the overall story. Lead Actor: Anton Yelchin is probably known to most audiences from his role in "Star Trek," but I remember watching him on the Showtime series "Huff" and being extremely impresses with his prowess then, and that was a number of years ago. »
Showtime has released a trailer for its upcoming dark comedy The Big C, which stars Laura Linney (John Adams) and Oliver Platt (Huff) and features Precious' Gabourey Sidibe. In the thirteen-episode series created by Darlene Hunt, Linney will play a suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis forces her to reevaluate her life and take some chances, despite having to hold the hand of her immature but well-intentioned husband (Platt). Sidibe will play one of Linney's students in the series, which is expected to launch sometime this summer. The trailer for The Big C can be viewed below. The Big C will premiere this summer on Showtime.
Read the full article at Televisionary (http://www.televisionarytv.com).
Twin Peaks was a sensation from the moment it first aired… and still, 20 years later, the influence of David Lynch's groundbreaking series can be felt in TV drama, from The Sopranos through to Lost. Here we relive its surreal appeal and ask six veterans of the show for their memories
It's hard to recall now the excitement generated by David Lynch's Twin Peaks when it first aired on British television back in 1990. But it managed to make staying in seem urgent and exhilarating. There were Twin Peaks evenings, at which fans gathered in each other's houses to watch this revolutionary entertainment, a sort of surreal soap-cum-murder-mystery. Offices practically had to install water-coolers just so their staff could stand around them and speculate on who killed Laura Palmer. It was one of those moments when American popular culture reminded us just how cool it could be.
It also marked »
- Andrew Anthony
"Weeds" (Season 6) and "Penn & Teller: Bulls**t!" (Season 8) will also premiere.
Mark Monday, Aug. 16 on your calendars, Showtime fans. "Weeds" picks up after the cliffhanger at the end of last season at 10 p.m., and then premiere of buzzed-about "The Big C" follows right after at 10:30 p.m. Three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney stars as a wife, mother and teacher who receives the news that she has terminal cancer. Emmy nominee Oliver Platt ("Huff" and "Frost/Nixon") stars as her well-meaning husband and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") plays her precocious student.
But you won't have to wait until August to get your Showtime fix. "The Real L Word" has its series premiere on Sunday, June 20 at 10 p.m. The new reality show (inspired by »
If you're a Lost fanatic like me, you were likely as glued to the television screen as I was last Tuesday night when the final season of this magnificent sci-fi show premiered. Like many of you, I was scratching my head as to what the hell the writers are up to for this season, and was rabidly speculating theories with my friends.
Amidst the brain melting scrutinizing, however, I found the time to geek out over two guest stars I love: the always likable John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) and Japanese badass Hiroyuki Sanada (Ring, The Twilight Samurai, Sunshine).
Over the years, many recognizable actors have stopped by to do guest spots on the show, to compliment the already spectacular regular cast. While revisiting all five previous seasons of Lost in anticipation of the sixth and last season, I made a point to note all the known guest stars I spotted. »
- Arya Ponto
"Avatar" will make its way onto ad-supported cable in about 2 1/2 years, by which point you might be able to watch the movie in 3-D at home.
FX has bought the rights to James Cameron's blockbuster movie after several weeks of negotiations that reportedly included getting Cameron's Ok, the showbiz trade papers report. The movie is expected to debut on FX midway through 2012; HBO has secured pay-cable rights.
By that time, it may be possible -- at least for a few early adopters -- to watch the movie in 3-D. Manufacturers are touting 3-D television sets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and both Espn and Discovery plan to have 3-D channels on the air by 2011.
Other TV news:
- Showtime has picked up "The Big C," a half-hour series starring Laura Linney as a woman battling cancer.
The cable network describes the show as a dark comedy »
7 January 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The premium cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the series (formerly titled "The C-Word"), in which Linney plays a suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life.
"Laura Linney is the consummate actor and producer, and we're thrilled she has chosen to come to Showtime in this extraordinary series," Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said. "The character and her journey are complex, requiring layered nuances of comedy and drama which I believe no one else could do better than Laura. And she's surrounded by a gifted ensemble of actors who will bring this show vividly to life."
"Big C" will debut in the fall and is created by Darlene Hunt, who will executive produce with Linney, »
- By James Hibberd
New York (AP) - Sharon Stone will soon be fighting crime in a guest role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The Oscar-nominated actress will appear on the NBC cop drama in a four-episode story arc later this season, says Pam Golum, a spokeswoman for producer Dick Wolf. Stone, best known for her films "Basic Instinct" and "Casino," will play a cop turned prosecutor. In the past, she has guest-starred on the series "Huff" and "The Practice," for which she won an Emmy. Her casting was first reported Tuesday by Entertainment Weekly's Web site. Copyright (2010) Associated Press. All rights »
- AP Staff
• Reviewing the PGA nominations, Dave Karger wonders, "What if 'Avatar,' 'District 9' and 'Star Trek' all repeat and score Oscar nominations for Best Picture? Could 'Avatar,' which is widely considered to be the frontrunner at this point, actually be hurt by all the sci-fi love? It certainly seems logical that James Cameron’s opus would lose more votes to 'District' and 'Trek' than it would to, say, smaller indies like 'A Serious Man' or 'The Messenger.' In such a tight race as this year’s, something like that could make all the difference." Entertainment Weekly
• Dave's earlier Oscar predictions already have been the subject of much debate already in our forums. In particular, most posters are pleased with his prediction that Samantha Morton will land her third nod for her supporting work in "The Messenger." Gold Derby
• For Pete Hammond, the PGA nominations mean that »
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