13 items from 2014
Elena Gilbert is going to get her body back from Katherine sooner rather than later, and when she does, there is going to be some major life cleanup needed.
How much? Executive producer Caroline Dries goes into more detail in this Q&A with EW, in which she teases Thursday night’s episode and all the Mystic Falls drama to come.
Entertainment Weekly: We have to start by talking about Elena. One of our gang now knows the secret, how quickly is the truth going to unravel?
Dries: Matt is really the only person who knows coming into this episode. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
"Vampire Academy" director Mark Waters is what you'd call a specialist at movies for and about adolescents. His resume includes the iconic high-school comedy "Mean Girls" as well as "Freaky Friday," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," and the upcoming film adaptation of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (the comic, not the TV show). To direct the adaptation of Richelle Mead's best-selling series (about teen vampires at boarding school), Waters -- who once again collaborated with his screenwriter brother Daniel Waters -- decided to stick with the fundamental truth about teens - they take romance and friendship as seriously as life and death. Here's what Waters had to say about vampires, Ya-based movies, and hot Russian actors.
Moviefone: What attracted you to direct "Vampire Academy"?
Mark Waters: It's funny, the whole genre of Ya books being adapted has this thing about them that made them all a little tedious to me; they »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
Creatively, Arrow’s second season has soared like an arrow shot from Oliver Queen’s quiver. And if star Stephen Amell is to believed (he is) the last batch of episodes in the show’s second season are only going to get better.
Amell took some time out of his busy schedule of filming, auditioning (hmm…), and doing push-ups to talk to EW about the rest of the season to come — and tell us everything he could about the highly anticipated Flash pilot. His answer regarding the latter might surprise you.
Entertainment Weekly: At the end of last week’s episode, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Can an animated series focusing on a gay white rapper make us laugh without offending us at the same time?
If you’ve seen the FX animated comedy Chozen (which premiered last week), the answer is not clearly yes or no since, as we previewed last month, the series will surely offend some people with it’s tone and sense of humor, but it is also rife with genuine laughs that don’t demonalize being gay.
The series begins with a quick prison montage, the titular character (voiced by Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan) serving ten years in prison for a crime for which he was wrongly accused. Chozen’s experiences in prison (and shower rape is a part of that montage) shape how he views the world and interacts with other people. When he’s finally released he has »
- Jim Halterman
If you’re a fan of Cinemax’s adrenaline-filled series Banshee, you know all about (and probably love) the character of Job. The seriously fierce transvestite played with gusto by actor Hoon Lee is just as comfortable posing in high fashion as he is holding his own in a bar fight. As we’ve seen since the show premiered last year, Job is who you want in your corner whenever things go awry, as they often do in the town of Banshee.
TheBacklot recently sat down with Lee’s co-star Antony Starr (Lucas Hood) and Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes to about the second season and the complex relationship between lead character Hood and the gender fluid Job. Unfortunately, bad weather kept Lee from making the trip out West (curse you polar vortex!), so Lee contributed for this interview via email.
First up…Lee answers »
- Jim Halterman
We feel for you, Nolan Ross.
Case in point, last week’s episode, where Patrick clunks Nolan over the head in order to steal something. In this Sunday’s episode, entitled “Hatred,” Patrick tries to make amends, but is Nolan in a forgiving mood?
TheBacklot was on the set for the shooting of Sunday’s “Hatred” episode and grabbed a few minutes with Gabriel Mann (Nolan) and Justin Hartley (Patrick) to break down what draws the men together and whether they’re really in love or just playing the Revenge game of manipulation.
TheBacklot: Talk to me about Nolan’s journey thus far. »
- Jim Halterman
Nobody but Tim Gunn can make a phrase like “Make It Work” stick in the pop culture lexicon. In many ways, that’s exactly what he’s done his entire career, from his influential work from 1982-2007 as Associate Dean and, later, Chair at Parsons: The New School Of Design to the show that made him a household name (and earned him an Emmy!), Project Runway.
Gunn has a brand new entry for his resume, headlining competition series Under The Gunn, which premieres tonight on Lifetime. Gunn watches over former PR contestants Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos as they mentor designers in teams that will compete against each other until the contestants are whittled down to one winning designer.
Gunn was present last week at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and sat down with TheBacklot to talk about how much he had to mentor the mentors (a lot! »
- Jim Halterman
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
BBC America’s Orphan Black seemed to come out of nowhere last year, with little fanfare or advance publicity, and yet it went on to build a rabid fanbase largely on word of mouth. The series, which returns for a second season this April, follows a woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who finds out she is part of a genetics project and soon crosses paths with many of her clones (all played brilliantly by Maslany). Of particular interest for Lgbt audiences is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix played by actor Jordan Gavaris. We caught up with Gavaris at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to ask him about the success of the show, working opposite Maslany and what we can expect for fan favorite Felix in Season 2.
Related: The Best (and Worst) of “Orphan Black”
TheBacklot: How has the show changed you and your life? Has it?
- Jim Halterman
Kanye allegedly got into a physical altercation with a teen, after he reportedly said derogatory things to Kim. HollywoodLife.com spoke to Kim’s rep, who tells us that Kim is ‘really upset’ because she claims the teen verbally assaulted her.
Kanye West could be facing some serious trouble. The singer punched a teenager inside a chiropractor’s office, in front of Kim Kardashian, according to TMZ. Kim was being swarmed by photographers as she was trying to walk into a building for an appointment. A stranger attempted to help Kim but was screaming the N word at photographers, and Kim politely asked him to stop using that word. That’s when things took a turn for the worst.
Kanye West Allegedly Beats Up Teenager In Doctor’s Office
“Kim was at a chiropractor appointment with Dr. Richard Hill,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively, and she told the teen »
- Chloe Melas
After parallel successes on stage and screen, the Londoner is being lauded as one of the greatest actors of his generation
However good they are, actors always need a defining role to transform them into a film star, and as the kidnap victim Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor has found his.
Always an impressive performer on screen – certainly since his breakthrough role as a refugee doctor opposite Audrey Tautou in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things – Ejiofor is now on the cusp of joining the global film-acting elite. He has already been the recipient of scores of year-end critics' awards for 12 Years a Slave, as well as Golden Globe and Bafta nominations – and the industry will view it a significant scandal if an Oscar nomination doesn't materialise on 16 January.
Northup is the central figure in McQueen's project to confront the Us with its slavery past. »
- Andrew Pulver
The 2014 Athena Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.
The New York Premiere of Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, screening on Thursday evening. Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be screened on Friday evening. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film, screening on Sunday evening.
The festival honors extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights. Artemis Rising Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Festival.
- Michelle McCue
13 items from 2014
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