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Driver's Father Dies

24 December 2009 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Minnie Driver is mourning the loss of her beloved father, who has died at the age of 87.

The Riches star's dad, Ronnie, passed away in London last week (beg14Dec09) after suffering a heart attack.

Driver, who has been filming a movie in Scotland, put the production on hold to fly to the British capital when he fell ill.

The star turned out with her family on Wednesday for the London funeral and broke down in tears as she read the eulogy during the service.

Driver also took the opportunity to explain her decision to wear a bright red dress to the funeral, telling mourners: "I am not being disrespectful. I am wearing red because my father always used to tell me that I was the kind of girl who would a wear a red dress to a funeral. So I wouldn't want to disappoint you, Dad."

Ronnie is survived by the actress and her elder sister, Kate, and their mother, Gaynor Millington, as well as his widow Misty, and two more children. »

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Eddie Izzard on his role in TV remake of The Day of the Triffids

21 December 2009 3:54 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Among the stars of the BBC's upcoming remake of The Day of the Triffids is the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.

Izzard, now 47, made a relatively late screen debut in Damien Hirst's 1996 short film Hanging Around and is the first to admit he hasn't received any formal acting training.

He considers his starring role on the American TV series The Riches as his "drama school". The Hollywood writers' strike in 2007 and 2008 halted filming and despite the series' success, it was never picked up again once the strike ended so Izzard is hoping to do a film version instead.

Although he made his name in stand-up, Izzard says he prefers "really gritty, interesting dramas" and if good film roles don't arise, he'll do TV roles instead.

And that's why he agreed to appear as the "charismatic sociopath" Torrence in two-part futuristic drama The Day of the Triffids, to be screened »

- David Bentley

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Channel Surfing: Minnie Driver to "Modern Family," Jeffrey Tambor Opposite David Tennant in "Rex," ABC Circling "Charlie's Angels," and More

13 November 2009 7:13 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Minnie Driver (The Riches) has landed a plum guest role on ABC comedy Modern Family, where she will play "a friend and former co-worker of Claire’s (Julie Bowen). The two reconnect after years of being out of touch and things are not exactly how they remembered." Driver's episode is slated to air in January. (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files) Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) will star opposite David Tennant in NBC's legal dramedy Rex is Not Your Lawyer, where he will play the psychiatrist of the panic attack-prone titular lawyer (Tennant) who is described as "a specialist in anxiety disorders who himself suffers from them and who also becomes romantically involved with Rex's mother." David Semel will direct the pilot, written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson. (Hollywood Reporter) ABC is said to be close to handing »

- Jace

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Minnie Driver to Guest Star on Modern Family

12 November 2009 12:37 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

After starring in the critically acclaimed, albeit poorly rated, The Riches for a season, Minnie Driver is returning to television.

The actress will guest star on a January episode of Modern Family; aka The Funniest Show in the History of Television... or close to it, at least.

Driver will portray a former friend that reconnects with Julie Bowen's Claire.

Next week, Elizabeth Banks appears on the sitcom as a woman from Mitchell and Cam's hilarious past. »

- matt@iscribelimited.com (M.L. House)

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Eddie Izzard: 'I'm still a transvestite'

9 November 2009 7:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eddie Izzard has maintained that he is still a transvestite, despite being in "boy mode" for a number of years. The stand-up told the South Wales Echo that he has stuck to male clothing in recent times to help his continuing acting career. Izzard said: "I believed that if I had turned up for the auditions for [HBO show] The Riches or Valkyrie in makeup and a dress, I would not get the roles. "I tell everyone I'm a transvestite over and over again. I insist and I beg people to believe it on TV - and I never thought that I would be on TV begging people to believe I'm a transvestite. "But I am being strategic about this. I've been in boy mode (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Izzard Unrecognised As Transvestite In U.S.

9 November 2009 12:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British funnyman Eddie Izzard struggles to convince Americans he's a transvestite after toning down his cross-dressing while concentrating on his acting career.

Izzard's prominence has increased in the U.S. after roles in TV series The Riches and 2008 thriller Valkyrie - but he admits the country has yet to acknowledge him as a transvestite.

However, he will soon break out of "boy mode" and show Americans his more colourful side.

Izzard explains, "I tell everyone I'm a transvestite over and over again. I never thought that I would be on TV begging people to believe I'm a transvestite. But I am being strategic about this. I've been in 'boy mode' for the past few years but I know I can be in 'girl mode' if I want to.

"I would know what to do. It's all still there. It's in my toolbox. I am a card-carrying transvestite. Always have been, always will be." »

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Todd Stashwick Joins Heroes

13 October 2009 6:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Todd Stashwick (The Riches) will be having a recurring role on NBC's Heroes.

The actor will play Eli "who is a part of this season's traveling carnival storyline and has close ties to the carnival's evil ringleader Samuel (Robert Knepper)."

Stashwick can currently be seen on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. He plays the role of Sandy Goodman, the NBC executive who is helping put together the Seinfeld reunion.


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'The Riches' actor lands on 'Heroes'

13 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"The Riches" alum Todd Stashwick has landed a recurring role on NBC's "Heroes."

He will play Eli who is a part of this season's traveling carnival storyline and has close ties to the carnival's evil ringleader Samuel (Robert Knepper).

Stashwick is recurring on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where he plays Sandy Goodman, the NBC executive who shepherds the "Seinfeld" reunion.

He is repped by Apa and manager Meghan Schumacher. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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TV Reviews: The Vampire Diaries 1.04 & 1.05: “Family Ties” and “You’re Undead to Me”

9 October 2009 5:30 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If I have to watch Nina Dobrev make that I’m-so-confused-because-i-found-out-something-weird-and-can’t-quite-figure-out-what-to-do-with-it-but-it’s-probably-bad look one more time, I might not be able to stop myself from throwing something at my television. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I hate The Vampire Diaries. In fact, I rather enjoy ogling Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), and sometimes Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), on a weekly basis. But as the weeks wear on (and God help me, last week was only the fifth week of the series’ planned 22 episode season), I can’t decide if The Vampire Diaries is a cheesy soap plagued by mediocre acting (queue Nina Dobrev and Katerina Graham) or a teen-focused drama that just happens to star a number of well-known soap opera actors (The Bold And The Beautiful’s Kayla Ewell, One Life To Live and As The World TurnsZach Roerig, and The Young And The RestlessSusan Walters, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Paige MacGregor)

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Fall Frights: Trailer Park Of Terror (Film Review)

1 October 2009 1:45 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

In the spirit of Halloween '09, we're breaking out reviews (some new, some old) of some Fall Frights you may want to work into your monthly viewing.

Originally Published in February, 2008:

I have to be honest: I wasn’t looking forward to seeing this film, despite the buzz at the Slamdance Film Festival, where I caught its premiere last week. At the fest’s headquarters at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, the place was awash with half-drunk weirdos pumped to catch the late-night screening. I hid my press badge, hoping to avoid any conversation about what was sure to be a stinker—how could it not be with a title like Trailer Park Of Terror? Settling into my uncomfortable seat in the makeshift theater, I sighed and waited for the war between sleep and cinematic schlock to begin. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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- no-reply@fangoria.com (Sarah Walker)

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Take The Shortcut with This New DVD Trailer

3 September 2009 11:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Do you have the guts to take The Shortcut? From Scary Madison productions, an off-shoot of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison company, comes this terrifying new tale from director Nicholaus Goosen, which arrives on DVD September 29th. If you'd rather take the long way home, then its best that you don't watch the brand new trailer for The Shortcut in the clip below:

Just behind the grammar school and past the 'No Trespassing' sign is Shortcut through the woods that nobody dares to take: People in town still whisper about the creepy old guy who lives back there and the kids that disappeared near his home a long time ago. Now a group of high school seniors has decided to find out just what the shovel-wielding weirdo may be hiding. But even if they can uncover his shocking secret, will they survive what happens when the truth is finally unleashed? »

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Adam Sandler Produced Horror Film The Shortcut Coming To DVD September 29th!

10 August 2009 5:04 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

From Scary Madison Productions And Anchor Bay Entertainment Comes An Unforgettable Suspense Thriller 'The Shortcut', Premiering on DVD September 29th.

Beverly Hills, CA – Scary Madison Productions, a new division of the wildly successful Happy Madison Productions, has joined forces with Anchor Bay Entertainment, the undisputed leader in cult and horror titles, to bring you The Shortcut, a terrifying tale of teenage terror, making its DVD debut on September 29, 2009. Srp is $26.97.

Rated a family-friendly PG-13, The Shortcut includes such hot, up-and-coming young talent as Emmy Award® nominee Drew Seeley (Another Cinderella Story, High School Musical: The Concert, Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway), Shannon Woodward (The Haunting of Molly Hartley, “The Riches”), Josh Emerson (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Katrina Bowden (Sex Drive, the Emmy Award®-winning “30 Rock”), Dave Franco (“Greek,” “Privileged,” brother of Golden Globe Award® winner James Franco) and Nicholas Elia (Speed Racer, White Noise, »

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Motherhood Movie Poster

2 August 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

John Wells Productions recently released this brand new movie poster from the upcoming comedy “Motherhood” by director Katherine Dieckmann (Diggers, A Good Baby) and starring Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, The Accidental Husband), Anthony Edwards (ER, Zodiac, The Forgotten), Minnie Driver (The Riches, Ripple Effect, Grosse Pointe Blank), Samantha Bee (The Love Guru, Date Night), Jake M. Smith (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Jackie Stewart (Law & Order). Synopsis: In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter’s sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she’s about to face in order to pull off the event. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and posters from [...] »

- Brian Corder

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'Christmas' plans at CBS

21 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hallmark Hall of Fame has started production on its next presentation for CBS, "A Dog Named Christmas."

Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek"), Noel Fisher ("The Riches") and Linda Emond ("Julie & Julia") are set to star in the holiday movie based on Greg Kincaid's novel.

"Christmas" centers on Todd (Fisher), a developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need. He sets out to convince his parents (Greenwood, Emond) and their rural community to participate in a local shelter's Adopt a Dog for Christmas program, which entails caring for a dog during Christmas week, with the option of keeping the dog for good.

Todd eventually brings home a yellow Labrador he names "Christmas" and bonds with immediately.

Peter Werner ("Front of the Class") is directing "Christmas" from a script by Jenny Wingfield ("The Man in the Moon"). Brent Shields ("The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler") is executive producing the telefilm, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Sdcc '09: Wednesday Horror

19 July 2009 1:37 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The 2009 Edition of Comic-Con get's underway this week at the San Diego Convention Center, promising the biggest pop-culture event of the year.

Fangoria will be there reporting on the action live from the show floor, with constant updates on all the genre panels, announcements, and more - bringing all the latest Sdcc '09 Horror News direct to you right here on Fangoria.com

For those of you planning to attend the 100% Sold-out show, here's a look at what to expect for genre programming on preview night - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009.


Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly present exclusive pilot premiere screenings of some of the most buzzed-about new TV series of the 2009–2010 season— V and The Vampire Diaries —as well as an exclusive preview trailer for additional upcoming shows. Already one of the most talked-about new shows of the upcoming season, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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2009 Comic-Con Schedule for Wed July 22 - Thurs July 23

11 July 2009 6:53 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Comic-Con is coming at us and everyone is wondering who and what will be where and when.

The good folks at the Comic-Con 2009 website have started to release schedules for the big 4-day event. The weekend for some will actually start on the night of Wednesday, July 22nd, for the pre-registered 4-day attendees with a Special Preview Night Programming.

The schedule is a bit fluid, but at press time, this was as it stood for the Wednesday & Thursday schedules.  Of course, the entire has been edited down to what Screen Rant covers. Check it out:


Wednesday, July 22

6:00-9:00 in Ballroom 20

Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings of exclusive pilot premiere screenings of the new TV series of the 2009–2010 season - Human Target, V, and The Vampire Diaries, plus some preview trailers for other upcoming new shows.

Human Target is based upon the DC Comics title starring Mark Valley (Fringe »

- Bruce Simmons

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San Diego Comic Con 2009 - Horrifying Wednesday and Thursday Schedules

10 July 2009 7:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Undoubtedly, the best is yet to come from this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but we've got the scoop on all the horrific delights you can look forward to during Preview Night and the first full day of the event.

Wednesday – July 22

6:00-9:00 Pm: Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings - Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly present exclusive pilot premiere screenings of some of the most buzzed-about new TV series of the 2009–2010 season—Human Target, V, and The Vampire Diaries—as well as an exclusive preview trailer for additional upcoming shows.

The Vampire Diaries

Writer/producer Kevin Williamson (the Scream movies) is back with The Vampire Diaries, an edgy and romantic new drama in which two vampire brothers—one good, one evil—are at war for the soul of one girl. Based on the best-selling book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, the show stars Nina Dobrev »

- Masked Slasher

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TV Review: HBO’s ‘Hung’ With Thomas Jane is Surprisingly Limp

26 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Pardon the obvious metaphors, but when you name a show “Hung” and feature a motivational speech about the lead character finding “his tool,” it’s damn-near impossible not to fall into the same pattern. Despite a clever set-up and talented cast, the new HBO comedy starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, and Anne Heche is missing that spark, that chemistry that elevates an experience from being just another TV one-night stand.

Television Rating: 3.0/5.0 “Hung” uses male sexuality to comment on the state of the economy today. What is the one thing they can’t take away from the unemployed, divorced, miserable modern man? His enormous pecker.

Thomas Jane.

Photo credit: Chuck Hodes/HBO

The funnier-than-you-think (don’t forget his amazing guest role on “Arrested Development”) Thomas Jane stars as the former high school sports legend turned middle-aged loser Ray Drecker, a Detroit high school basketball coach struck by a string of bad luck. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Warner Brothers Television Releases Comic-Con 2009 Schedule!

25 June 2009 10:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. Television Group (Wbtvg) returns to Comic-Con International: San Diego in 2009 with a star-studded lineup featuring a Studio-record 11 series that will be showcased in panel sessions, screenings, media appearances and autograph signings throughout the convention. For continuing info on the Studio's plans at Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter. Wbtvg will also be launching a Con-related website at TheWB.com/ComicCon, coming in July.

Series and selected stars and creators (*) scheduled to attend include:

The Big Bang Theory: Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), executive producer Chuck

Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and more

Chuck: Zachary Levi (upcoming Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming I Love You Too), executive producer Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and more

Eastwick: Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle), Jaime Ray Newman (Veronica Mars) and more

Fringe: Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson »

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Dreamers and Schemers: An Advance Review of the First Four Episodes of HBO's "Hung"

25 June 2009 9:11 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

"There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" With the economy tanking and pink slips becoming an ubiquitous confetti in cities across America, it's no surprise that many creators are mining the potential death of the American dream for dramatic potential. Throughout his career, writer/executive producer Dmitry Lipkin has succeeded at showing the dark side of that dream. In his short-lived (albeit much missed) FX series The Riches, Lipkin used a family of Travelers, the ultimate modern society outsiders, as a means for exploring just what materialism and suburban trappings meant to the psychic landscape. In Hung, the new HBO series Lipkin co-created with Colette Burstein, the subject of the American dream looms large. This time, the focus is on Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), a down-on-his-luck Michigan basketball coach/high school history teacher whose life is literally falling down around him. »

- Jace

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