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Bill Paxton’s acting resume includes a host of fearless characters, including his multi-Golden Globe-nominated turn as a polygamous Mormon patriarch in HBO’s “Big Love,” astronaut Fred Haise in “Apollo 13” and Texas hero Sam Houston in the upcoming History Channel miniseries “Texas Rising.” His first time in Variety also involved some daring — a fearless trek to Morocco in 1974 when he was the teenaged star of a very indie film, “Taking Tiger Mountain.”
“Taking Tiger Mountain” doesn’t sound like a movie as much as it does a rite of passage.
I was 19, and the writer-director Kent Smith was 31. We had the idea to make a kind of Albert Camus-inspired film in Tangiers. So we leased a bunch of Arriflex Techniscope equipment. First, it was all lost at de Gaulle Airport. Then we drove to the bottom of Spain, and all the roads were clogged with tourists. We took the ferry across. »
- Steven Gaydos
In 2004, she made her film debut in the teen comedy "Mean Girls", with subsequent supporting roles in independent films, including "Nine Lives" (2005), the crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2006) and a recurring role in the Upn TV drama "Veronica Mars" (2004–2006). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO drama series "Big Love" and appeared in the 2008 musical feature film "Mamma Mia!".
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- Michael Stevens
Kevin Bacon would like to make the following announcement: He’s really grateful to the fans of “The Following.” The actor took to Twitter on Friday, after news that the Fox drama had been canceled after three seasons, to offer his profuse thanks to the show’s viewers. “Big love to all of our loyal fans,” Bacon wrote. “It’s been an honor to work for you. Sweat,tears, and lots of Blood! Enjoy the final four #Thefollowing” See photos: First Look at New TV Shows From the 2015-2016 Season The actor went on to thank the show’s “heroic crew, »
- Tim Kenneally
With Fox's The Following getting ready to close out its third season, Fox announced today that the series has been canceled. There are just four episodes left in The Following Season 3, with two airing on May 11 and the two-hour season/series finale debuting on May 18. It isn't known if series creator Kevin Williamson and the rest of the producers will try to shop The Following around to different networks.
debuted quite strong in 2013, with just over 10 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere, and the show averaging a healthy 8 million viewers and a 2.6 million rating in the 18-49 demographic throughout the first season. The Following Season 2 suffered a sharp decline, averaging 5.2 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, although it still received an early renewal. The Season 3 premiere drew in 4.8 million, but the most recent episode attracted just over 3 million viewers with a 1.1 rating, making it the lowest-rated non-cw program that Monday. »
Within the next two weeks Pixar will officially debut its latest animated feature, "Inside Out," at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It's the Disney division's first new movie since "Monster's University" which hit theaters almost two years ago. Pixar will make up for the long absence by also releasing a second picture, "The Good Dinosaur," in November. While Pixar steps back into the spotlight its sister division, Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking 2015 off after an incredible run of back to back animated Oscar winners, "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6." Walt Disney Animation Studio's next film is "Zootopia" which doesn't hit theaters until March, 2016. Today, they finally revealed who will be voicing the move's main characters. According to Disney, "Zootopia" is set in a "modern mammal Metropolis" (sounds like an animal version of "Monster's Inc.") and will keep it in the corporate family with "Once Upon A Time's" Ginnifer Goodwin voicing bunny Judy Hopps, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Do you know the writers behind your favorite TV programs? Just like actors, many great playwrights split their time between theater and television. Here are eight well-known contemporary playwrights and the hit TV shows on which they’ve worked! Roberto Aguirre-SacasaThis famous playwright, screenwriter, and comic book author wrote the book for the “American Psycho” musical and co-wrote Broadway’s “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark,” along with plays “Based on a Totally True Story” and “Good Boys and True.” Aguirre-Sacasa also worked on HBO’s “Big Love” before joining Fox’s “Glee” as a co-producer and writer in 2011, and is now back at HBO as co-executive producer and writer on “Looking.” Jon Robin BaitzThis prominent playwright, producer, and screenwriter got his start with 1988’s Drama Desk-nominated “The Film Society” before penning several other highly successful works including “The Substance of Fire,” “Three Hotels” (1993 Drama Desk Nomination), “A Fair Country »
Mick Hucknall has admitted the next Simply Red album ''may be the last''. The band will release their 11th studio album 'Big Love' next month to celebrate three decades since their first record, but the band's frontman has admitted it could be the final music anyone hears from the band because he wants to enjoy being ''happy'' with his family. He confessed: ''I do have the feeling I've reached a sort of end point. I'm very happy in my life, my focus is my family and actually enjoying what I have. I never thought I'd get to this place. I never thought I'd actually ever get to be happy.'' The 54-year-old musician believes the latest LP with the group is a ''very personal collection of songs,'' which has been inspired by his marriage to long-term girlfriend Gabriella Wesberry in 2010, their daughter Romy, and his late father, »
Simply Red will release their first album in eight years in June. The band has announced a new album 'Big Love' to coincide with their world tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary, which they announced last autumn. Frontman Mick Hucknall has revealed the album - which will be the first to feature only original songs since 1995's 'Life' - came about after he started to wonder how the band were going to sound on tour. After getting a concept for Simply Red's live sound in his head he then got inspired to start writing and then he couldn't stop penning tracks. The 'Holding Back the Years' singer said: ''Once I began wondering how Simply Red were going to sound, I started writing songs.'' While he hasn't worked with Steve Lewinson, Kenju Suuki, Kevin Robinson, Dave Clayton and Ronnie Roth for eight years, the break has meant that »
Created by Jack Kenny
Aired on NBC for 1 season (8 episodes, 4 unaired) from January 6, 2006 – January 20, 2006
Susanna Thompson as Judith Webster
Alison Pill as Grace
Ellen Burstyn as Bishop Beatrice Congreve
Episcopalian Christian minister Daniel Webster has a special relationship with Jesus Christ, in that he can literally see and talk to him. Daniel’s life is difficult and not even visitations from the son of God are enough to assuage his pain, which has him addicted to narcotic painkillers. The series begins a year after one of his twin sons has departed from suffering from leukemia. This event may’ve been the cause of Daniel’s drug intake and also why his wife is a functioning alcoholic. They have »
- Jean Pierre Diez
When you are anxiously awaiting a movie as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron, you want to hear that it's great! Not just pretty good. But that seems to be the overall consensus coming out of the first press screening held last night at Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The movie sounds like it is a lot more serious and dark than the original, though there are quite a few good jokes and plenty of awesome Marvel cameos (none of which were revealed to avoid possible spoilers).
Disney knows it has a hit on its hands, so they allowed the critics to tweet their responses to the movie afterwards. Most of the reactions are very positive. The movie is without a doubt 'good' by their standards, which means the general populace will probably love it. It was overheard many times that the movie lacks the euphoric nature of the first, »
After years of anticipation, Avengers: Age Of Ultron finally went live in the form of critics screenings this evening. It.ll still be weeks before members of the general public are able to consume it, but to everyone.s delight, the movie is apparently awesome, at least if you can rely on the word of the first batch of paid movie experts! The praise has been almost constant since the first screening was let out. Everyone is embargoed from writing reviews for quite a bit yet, but social media is fair game, and they all can't stop talking, apparently because Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the company of superheroes do not disappoint. Here's what Cinemablend's own Eric Eisenberg had to say after seeing Avengers 2... Big love for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tons of fun, awesome action, and fantastic performances from all. Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) April 10, 2015 Check out »
Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer tweeted a pic tonight of him and the gang hanging out like a bunch of fun friends. Well, except for Jared Leto, who plays the Joker and hopefully has Fomo and fully green hair by now. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and others gathered for a script run-through before the beginning of production. The photo also revealed new cast additions Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) and Adam Beach (Big Love). Fun! Probably a good idea to follow Ayer on Twitter for similar types of teasers before the movie comes out next summer — maybe he'll be the new Bryan Singer of social.. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
It’s Bates’ Hotel.
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Kathy Bates is running the Hotel. #AHSSeason5
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 8, 2015
Bates joins a cast that includes pop star Lady Gaga, Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love), Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Cheyenne Jackson (Glee) — but not Murphy muse Jessica Lange, who recently confirmed that she will not return for the series’ fifth season.
This is Bates’ third Ahs stint, following turns in »
More fresh-ish faces are jumping onboard with Chloe Sevigny for American Horror Story: Hotel. She is the latest star to become attache after the big shake up with casting was announced a week or so ago. Chloe who is known as the bad wife on Big Love did play a nymphomaniac on their American Horror Story: Asylum season. Like most of her co-stars, not much has been addressed about how or where they will fit in on the show yet. We expect we will find out more in the late summer of this year.
I am glad that Chloe is returning back to TV. It will be different seeing her in this role as I am used to her Big Love style character. However, it is good to see her expand her wings and remind the world that she can play someone other than that trademark character. After all, we »
- Sarah Peel
After a gruesome turn as incarcerated nymphomaniac Shelley in American Horror Story‘s second season, Asylum, actor Chloë Sevigny (Kids, Big Love) will return to the series as a regular on the upcoming, Hotel. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy wrote today via Twitter, “Very excited to announce that Chloe Sevigny returns to the Ahs family as a series regular on ‘Ahs: Hotel.'”…
- Samuel Zimmerman
The Big Love alum, who played a nymphomaniac in Asylum, will be a series regular on the upcoming season, Murphy tweeted on Tuesday.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2015
There are no »
Another American Horror Story alum has checked in to the Hotel. Chloe Sevigny, who had a recurring role in American Horror Story: Asylum, has signed on to the anthology series’ upcoming fifth season as a series regular. The news was announced by Ryan Murphy himself on Twitter earlier today. Sevigny joins an already impressive cast that includes Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, and fellow Horror Story vets Matt Bomer and Wes Bentley (who both appeared in last year’s Freak Show). There are no details yet on Sevigny’s character, but back in Season 2 of American Horror Story, she played Shelley, a nymphomaniac who was a patient at Briarcliff and was tortured by and experimented on by James Cromwell’s Dr. Arden. Sevigny’s other TV credits include Big Love, The Mindy Project, Hit & Miss, and, most recently, Netflix’s new drama series, Bloodline. As we get closer and closer to »
- Chris King
Ryan Murphy is firming up the cast for American Horror Story: Hotel with Chloe Sevigny. The American Horror Story: Asylum veteran will be a series regular in the upcoming fifth season of Ahs, Murphy announced. "Very excited to announce that Chloe Sevigny returns to the Ahs family as a series regular on Ahs: Hotel," he said on Twitter. The Big Love veteran joins Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley and Cheyenne Jackson in the cast so far. Longtime American Horror Story player Jessica Lange recently revealed she won't be returning to the fold for the fifth season. "Yes, I'm done," Lange told the audience at PaleyFest. "We've had a great run here. I have absolutely loved »
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Based on Rebecca Serle’s novel of the same name — of which Thorne reportedly is a superfan — Famous in Love follows a girl who is plucked from obscurity to star in the film-franchise adaptation of a popular book (so meta!), and then finds herself in love triangles both on and off screen.
The project, »
Angelina, yes. J-Law, no. Chloë Sevigny has weighed in on some A-list movie stars, and the indie actress certainly has her preferences. "I love when a movie star is a great movie star," Sevigny, 40, tells V Magazine. "I think Angelina Jolie is a great movie star. I don't think I can be that, or just be an actor. I don't think I have the charisma. Which is probably why I never reached another level. I like Emma Stone. Whenever she's herself, she's really cute." But Jennifer Lawrence? Sure, everyone loves her - but not Sevigny. "Jennifer Lawrence I find annoying, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
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