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First, TheBacklot posted a story about an interview actor Brendan Fehr gave with TooFab where he talked about some of his uncomfortable feelings with acting out some of the scenes with on-screen love interest Luke Macfarlane. on the NBC series, The Night Shift.
That story created a whole lot of buzz from our readers, so Fehr responded via Twitter, which we posted in a follow-up story.
So, what did the actor have to say when we caught up with him at the NBC Universal party during the current Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour? Plenty.
The actor owned up to not being too eloquent in his previous statements, talked about how he’s still learning about a community he is not a part of but is portraying on the show and he also joked »
- Jim Halterman
Hong Kong – “Jimmy Neutron” director John A. Davis is to helm “Smart,” a major U.S.-Chinese co-produced animation.
The film is to be a screwball, animated comedy about an emotional robot that forms an unlikely alliance with two abandoned pets to stop the plans of an evil toy manufacturer. Script is by S.D. Katz and David Freeman.
The project is structured as a co-production between Los Angeles-based Pelagius Entertainment and China’s Xing Xing Digital, with a production budget of $22 million. Pre-production begins this month in L.A., with the majority of animation production to take place in Xing Xing’s studios in China. The finished film is to be released in 2016.
The two companies say that the Chinese theatrical market has now grown to the point where big-budget indie animated movies make economic sense.
“Chinese audiences have selectively enjoyed Hollywood animated movies. We have learned from the failures »
- Patrick Frater
Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.
John A Davis will direct the film, which the parties claim is budgeted at $22m, from a screenplay by S D Katz and David Freeman.
Pre-production is scheduled to begin this month in Los Angeles. The bulk of animation production will be performed at Xing Xing’s studios in China in time for a 2016 international theatrical release.
Representatives described Smart as “a screwball, animated comedy about an emotional robot that forms an unlikely alliance with two abandoned pets to stop the nefarious plans of an evil toy manufacturer.”
“Chinese audiences have selectively enjoyed Hollywood animated movies,” said Xing Xing CEO Lifeng Wang. “We have learned from the failures and successes at the local box office and even without a North American release, the local box office can support appropriately priced animated movies that meet the high standards of international »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Tony Awards are less than a week away so the nail biting will amp up this week as we all wait for the envelopes to be opened and winners revealed.
One of the current Broadway shows with a slew of nominations is the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Lead Actor in a Musical nominee Neil Patrick Harris. With 8 nominations (second only to A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder), the show clearly has that ‘wow factor’ and is also up for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress (Lena Hall) and more for sound, lighting, costume and scenic design as well as a Best Direction of a Musical nod for Tony-winner Michael Mayer, who last won for Spring Awakening in 2007.
Mayer talked to TheBacklot last week to find out more about putting the show together with Harris as well as just how »
- Jim Halterman
“Don’t listen to her … listen through her.”
Stevie Nicks is the undisputed Goddess Of Rock, and has influenced a generation of female artists with her style, her music, and the fact that she’s a survivor.
For forty years, she’s seen firsthand the ups and downs of the rock star life, and she’s managed to emerge and thrive, and is more respected and beloved now more than ever.
Today is her 66th birthday, so let’s attempt the impossible. Let’s rank her 66 greatest songs, both solo and with Fleetwood Mac. If you don’t agree with the rankings, well, tomorrow they might be totally different, but this is a good place to start to begin your Essential Stevie Collection.
66. Crying In The Night – The opening track from Buckingham Nicks, it introduced The Goddess to the world.
65. Long Way To Go – Urgent rocker from The Other Side Of The Mirror, »
One of the worst kept secrets in the tech world, was that Amazon was developing their own home box top. While rumors persisted that it would be a gaming console (the leak of a game controller certainly made it seem that way), what we got was the Amazon Fire TV. It's a media device capable of playing some games, but it's real purpose is to change the way you watch shows and movies at home. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on the new device and am happy to share my thoughts on it.
The announcement of the Fire TV came at a very interesting (and fortuitous) time for me personally. Literally a couple days before Amazon announced the device I had "cut the cord" and gotten rid of my cable TV, switching to an all digital lifestyle. Needless to say, when Amazon offered me the chance to »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Warning: Castle fans, spoilers ahead.
“What’s a great story without obstacles to overcome?” Castle said in the middle of Monday night’s season finale, as he comforted his defeated bride-to-be. “Every fairy tale has them — terrible trials that only the worthy can transcend. But we can’t give up. That’s the deal — we want the happy ending, we can’t give up.”
Wise words from the crime-fighting novelist but, in a way, also eerie. Because, as fans know by now, the wedding day Castle and Beckett worked so hard to put together didn’t unravel as expected in the show’s season finale. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season finale of Revenge. Proceed with caution, West Coast!
Fans of ABC’s twisted Hamptons drama-fest Revenge learned earlier this week that the show would be returning for a fourth season, and thank the TV Gods for that. Because after tonight’s season finale, which featured multiple deaths and one Huge twist, we’re guessing there would have been a few not-so happy fans. “I was telling everyone, if we didn’t get picked up, that was going to be the ultimate act of revenge,” jokes exec producer Sunil Nayar, who called EW »
- Sandra Gonzalez
In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well. The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about. Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that. Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are »
- Daniel Fienberg
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Thursday night’s season finale of Vikings, “The Lord’s Prayer,” stop reading now and come back when you’ve done so. Those of you who already know what went down in the final hour of History’s epic series, come join me in your pain and sorrow…
What a ride. Those are the exact words I used when I spoke to creator and executive producer Michael Hirst, having had the opportunity to preview the finale ahead of time, but I think they ring true for all Vikings fans right now. The final »
- Andrea Towers
It's hard out there for a "Survivor: Cagayan" Beauty. For the third straight week, my "Survivor" exit interview is with a castaway who began the season as part of the Beauty tribe. Following in the footsteps of Morgan and Lj is Jeremiah Wood, who only revealed to his core alliance in this week's episode that he makes his living as a model. It wasn't like there was a Beauty alliance that is being picked off. Jeremiah wasn't especially close with either Lj or Morgan. Instead, he grew tight with former Brain Spencer and if you saw the combination of down-home Southern charmer and sometimes awkward mastermind and remembered the partnership with J.T. and Stephen? You're not the only one. Of course, this budding dynamic duo was thwarted after Kass flipped and then when Tony began his reign of terror, though they had brief hope this week when Jefra, the lone remaining Beauty, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Whether he’s on stage, television or film, Cheyenne Jackson is hard to ignore. Maybe it’s his tall, classically handsome looks or the fact that he’s just so damn comfortable in his own skin. Regardless, there’s an irresistible appeal to the man that has served him (and us) very well.
While his work in 30 Rock and Glee and films like Behind The Candelabra and United 93 brought him attention for his acting skills, his heart is and always will be with music. This weekend he brings his “Music Of The Mad Men Era” show with the La Philharmonic to downtown La’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’ll be joined by Jane Lynch, Rebecca Romijn and musical director Ben Toth for the one-night-only performance.
Earlier this week, TheBacklot sat down with Jackson at The Abbey in West Hollywood to talk about his career, being out, tattoos, how »
- Jim Halterman
Long before The Dick Van Dyke Show signed off in 1966, Carl Reiner knew he had a classic on his hands, so crafting the perfect finale was just as important as producing a series that would hold up over time.
Since this is the time of year when series prepare to sign off for good (and since we recently addressed finales in EW‘s April 11 issue titled “The Art of Saying Goodbye”), EW caught up with Reiner who’s currently promoting the DVD release of The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes. Reiner talked about finale dubbed “The Last Chapter, »
- Lynette Rice
Greetings readers! I don’t believe we’ve been formally introduced. I’m Dana Piccoli from AfterEllen and I’m stepping in for Heather Hogan for the rest of Glee’s Season Five recaps. I hope I can do her and all of you justice. Now on with the show.
There’s nothing like starting off a Glee episode with a WWII military style Std hygiene film. Frankly, I’m not sure why they haven’t gone this route before. Not unlike “punching Lady Liberty in the face” this opener sets us up for good times ahead. Stand up and clap, everyone. No, not that kind of clap. Well, we’ll get to that soon enough. Sam, Kurt, Blaine and Artie do look awful adorable in their sailor costumes as they run through the possible side effects of venereal diseases, like burning itches and jaunty hats.
The segue from syphilis »
- Dana Piccoli
Los Angeles, April 13: Actor Robert Downey Jr. has joined Twitter and managed to get almost one million followers in less than one day.
He opened his Twitter account on April 11. The "Iron Man" star posted his first tweet on April 11 afternoon and amassed almost one million followers in less than 24 hours, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The 49-year-old made his debut on the social networking site by sharing a photograph of himself wearing sunglasses and holding a sign bearing his new verified Twitter handle @RobertDowneyJr, captioned: "Talk to me, Twitter".
After encouraging his fans to get in touch, he admitted. »
- Ketali Mehta
Washington, April 13: Robert Downey, Jr. has finally joined the gleaming band of Twitteratis.
The 49-year-old actor started his account four tweets, Deadline reported.
"Talk to me, Twitter. pic," was Downey's Jr.'s first tweet.
"Loving all the love, folks. It's been a blast. Though can somebody please explain how anyone can keep their thoughts to 140 characters or le," Downey Jr. said.
"Hey tweeters, make room for Downey!" was his third tweet.
"Please be gentle...it's my first time. Testament to my trust in that guy who directed @ChefTheFilm," Downey added. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Talk to him. Or at least that's what Robert Downey Jr. encouraged the twitterverse to do this afternoon in his first-ever tweet today, which came with a photo of the Iron Man star holding a sign bearing his easy-to-remember, verified Twitter handle. "Talk to me, Twitter," he wrote after setting up his account with a self-assured bio reading, "You know who I am." And with that, let the epic wordplay begin! (Just so you know, Rdj, we're expecting a lot from you.) While The Avengers and two Iron Man sequels certainly didn't seem miss the boost from a star with a wider social media presence, Downey does have a new, somewhat smaller film coming out soon—and »
In the end, social media consumes us all. Oh sure, celebrities may fight it but they know they won't win. The latest star to send up the white flag in surrender is none other than Tony Stark. Oh sure, he might be using his alter ego of Robert Downey Jr. but really, we all know the truth, Marvel. You've been secretly engineering actual superheroes for decades, releasing them into the wild to grow up with human parents, and then 'casting' them as themselves in your films. What other explanation could their be for this kind of blurring between fantasy and reality? Just look at his first tweet. Talk to me, Twitter. pic.twitter.com/7skFm6Ffhn — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 11, 2014 Even his Twitter Bio is pure Tony Stark snark. You're reading it in his voice right now, aren't you? Welcome to the social media jungle, Tony. And don't worry, »
- Donna Dickens
Each week, through my Somewhere in Time column, I hop in my DeLorean Gif and travel back to a moment in our pop-culture past to reevaluate just what we as a nation thought was good. This time out, we use Kevin Costner’s Draft Day as an excuse to take a jaunt back to July 28, 1995 to survey the landscape circa the project that you and I both know was his creative peak. (Talk to me when you have your own stunt spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dances With Wolves.) Let's count down the top ten music videos of Waterworld premiere week, according to VH1. Why VH1? Because you just know Costner was a VH1 kind of guy.10. Blessid Union of Souls, “I Believe” I hate to start the countdown off this way, I really do. And it’s impossible to know what’s least palatable about this song: The eighth-grade-poetry-assignment »
- Dave Holmes
While Chris Evans is known for his work in front of the camera, in the near future we're going to be able to see what he can do behind the camera. Late last year, Evans directed his first movie, 1:30 Train, and he's currently in post-production finishing it up. The indie pic is about two people (played by Evans and Alice Eve) who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. The day after I spoke to Evans about Captain America: The Winter Solider (watch that interview here), I landed a bit of time to talk about his directorial debut. He talked about filming in New York City, where he's at in the editing process, test screenings, how he initially envisioned using only a soundtrack but changed his mind and decided to use a score, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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