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The end of the first half of Supernatural’s impressive ninth season ended with a shocker that sent fans of the series into a state of shock — the death of beloved nerdy prophet Kevin Tran (Osric Chau).
With the mid-season break now in full swing (the show returns Jan. 14), we spoke with executive producer Jeremy Carver about Tran’s sad departure and his plans for the second half of the season for a recent edition of Spoiler Room in Entertainment Weekly. Below is our full chat, presented as a special edition of the online column:
Entertainment Weekly: So, is Kevin’s death going to stick? »
- Sandra Gonzalez
A young man comes out to less-than-accepting circumstances and is rejected by his family. We’ve heard coming out stories like this before, but they never lose their emotional impact.
Take Jonathan Allen, for example.
Allen came out to his conservative parents and was kicked out of their home but, thankfully for us, he’s since persevered with one of his natural gifts intact – his voice. Allen was a semi-finalist this past summer on NBC’s competition series America’s Got Talent where he shared his story and blew away the judges – Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel – with not only his commanding voice but also his self-effacing wit and natural charm.
As Allen now embarks on a solo singing career, TheBacklot caught up with him to talk about his journey thus far, his Los Angeles show this week and, most importantly, if he’s »
- Jim Halterman
Tonight, the mystery was finally solved. [Do not read on if you do not want to know who shot Emily Thorne.]
The person behind the pistol? Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman), Emily’s new husband.
In the chat below, star Emily VanCamp shares with us her reaction to the twist and previews what’s to come. (One word hint: Amnesia!)
Entertainment Weekly: What was your reaction when they told you who the shooter was?
Emily Vancamp: I certainly wasn’t expecting it, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
She would be, having won an Oscar in the title role of the 1964 Disney classic "Mary Poppins." Also the star of the big-screen "The Sound of Music" -- which gets its annual ABC holiday showing Sunday, Dec. 22 -- Andrews is familiar with the strained relations between entertainment titan Walt Disney and "Poppins" author P.L. Travers, played by fellow Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the new "Banks" film opening in limited release Friday (Dec. 13) and then nationally on Dec. 20.
"I know it took Disney forever to woo P.L. Travers," Andrews tells Zap2it. "She and I did meet, and we corresponded to a certain degree during the making of 'Mary Poppins.' She's wonderfully portrayed by Emma Thompson, who gives a very brave performance, »
Warning: The following contains major spoilers from this Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Hearts were broken on Thursday’s fall finale of The Vampire Diaries as Damon and Elena confronted his monstrous past.
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While it seems like Elena’s discovery of the terrible things her boyfriend did would put an end to their romance, she actually chooses to stick by his side — even as he yells, “I’m bad for you.”
As such, Damon is left to do the breaking up. “I’m choosing to let you go,” he declares. »
- Vlada Gelman
Kasi Lemmons, actress, writer and director of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity as well as Talk to Me, Eve's Bayou and The Caveman's Valentine will receive a 2014 Athena Film Festival Award in a festival ceremony this February. Other award honorees include philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, who will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, and Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville. "The women we are »
- Jai Tiggett
Sherry Lansing will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, the festival announced today, along with the names of the other recipients of The Athena Film Festival Awards. The awards honor extraordinary female actors, directors, and producers for their leadership and creative accomplishments within the film industry.The other award recipients include Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute; Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter and creator of the series "Nashville;" and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of "Black Nativity," as well as "Talk to Me," "Eve's Bayou" and "The Caveman's Valentine." As former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, Lansing has been involved with the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films.The Festival has also announced the newly created Athena List which will highlight between 3-5 »
- James Hiler
TV fans may already know Laura Benanti from roles on Go On, The Playboy Club, Law and Order:svu, and many others. And of course theater lovers have long been fans of the Tony-winning Broadway performer. On Thursday night, the two worlds merged when Benanti stole the show as Elsa in NBC’s ratings smash Sound of Music Live!, leading more than a few viewers to hope that Captain von Trapp might end up with her as opposed to Maria.
While nothing so sacrilegious happened, Benanti is enjoying increased attention since the broadcast. EW talked with the actress Friday afternoon about her day-of prep, »
- Erin Strecker
Kasi Lemmons’s 1997 directorial debut Eve’s Bayou, an intensely atmospheric coming-of-age tale that mixed family drama, sexual frankness, and even some supernatural elements, instantly pegged her as one of the more unique voices in American film. Since then, she has continued to create an odd, arresting body of work, including the offbeat mystery-drama-fantasy The Caveman’s Valentine and the radio D.J. biopic Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Now Lemmons has arrived with her boldest work to date: a film version of Langston Hughes's play The Black Nativity, incorporating the Christ tale, a contemporary coming-of-age story, shout-outs to the Harlem Renaissance and Martin Luther King Jr., and musical numbers that run the gamut of styles, from Gospel to hip-hop. She spoke to us about why it took so long to get the film made, the challenges of making a musical, and her approach to adapting this offbeat material. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve's Bayou and Talk to Me, chose a play by poet Langston Hughes as the basis for her new movie. Black Nativity is first and foremost a musical, featuring original pieces of music as well as new arrangements of familiar hymns and carols. Lemmons even co-wrote some of the songs, with Raphael Saadiq producing the music (he shares the "Music by" credit with composer Laura Karpman).
The music is the best thing about Black Nativity. Without the songs it would likely be a far more disappointing movie, as you can see plot lines coming from a mile away. There are a couple times when a character says something that punches you in the gut with its earnestness, but otherwise the story is as ridiculous as it is predictable.
Langston, a fatherless kid from Baltimore played by young Jacob Latimore, is sent to live with grandparents he's never met. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Screenwriter/director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me) expands on Langston Hughes’ beloved song-play based on the Gospel of St. Luke with Harlem locations and additional melodrama involving a young mother about to be evicted from her Baltimore home (Jennifer Hudson), her rebellious teenage son (Jacob Latimore), her estranged New York City parents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) and her son’s absentee father. From the very first scene, it’s clear that Lemmons plans to expand Hughes’ stage play (Note: Black Nativity was originally titled Wasn’t It a Mighty Day) into something more than an African American version of the birth of Christ. Unfortunately, the storytelling additions lean on the side of soap opera and remove some of the luster from Hughes’ libretto. »
Writer-director Kasi Lemmons certainly didn’t invent black domestic melodrama, a genre that covers everything from the stalwart “A Raisin in the Sun” to Charles Burnett’s pioneering, masterful “Killer of Sheep” and “To Sleep With Anger.” But the woman behind “Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me” puts an inventive modern spin on Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes’ 1961 play, one that’s still performed to music at Christmastime in churches all over the country. “Black Nativity” updates the 50-year-old stage piece with a stirring score that deftly blends the traditional with up-to-the-minute pop. The music is great, the update necessary: By current standards, »
- Ella Taylor
It’s been two years since I’ve been home to New York for Christmas, and I’ll be in London for the holidays this year, so this will probably make me homesick.
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you have yet to watch Sunday’s Season 4 finale of Boardwalk Empire, hit the nearest exit. Everyone else, read on…
Well, that was a total bummer.
Boardwalk Empire whacked arguably its most beloved character — Jack Huston’s Richard Harrow — in Sunday’s Season 4 climax, and series creator Terence Winter is here to explain why the legendary sharpshooter’s time was up.
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It’s one of several burning finale questions Winter tackles in the following post mortem, which, as luck would have it, also includes »
- Michael Ausiello
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in “Black Nativity,” a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes’ popular musical to life onscreen. You have to admire the earnest, nakedly emotional approach taken by writer-director Kasi Lemmons as she seeks a free-form cinematic equivalent of Hughes’ stage show-cum-worship service — a rousing fusion of pageantry, gospel music and 19th-century folk spirituals that has been a holiday perennial since its first Off Broadway production in 1961. But the film miscalculates by planting this African-American interpretation of the nativity story at the center of an angsty troubled-teen melodrama that, from mean-streets prologue to Christmas Eve climax, simply fails to inspire belief.
Compared with the season’s more attention-grabbing yuletide offerings aimed at black audiences, from Universal’s current hit “The Best Man Holiday” to Lionsgate’s upcoming “A Madea Christmas,” this Fox »
- Justin Chang
For your chance to receive a pair of the thirty (30) complimentary passes we have to see the film at the AMC Star Southfield in Southfield, Michigan on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00Pm, just scroll down to the “Black Nativity Advance Screening” box further down on this page.
There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won. But hurry, because the contest ends at noon on Wednesday, November 20th!
About The Film
No one has a career quite like James Franco. There are his big screen star turns in films like Milk, Howl or 127 Hours, but he’s just as likely to pop up on television in everything from The Mindy Project to General Hospital. Then there’s his own writing and directing projects such as Interior. Leather Bar. Franco always manages to compel us and keep us interested in what he’s up to, including his latest project.
He may have directed the film Sal a few years ago but it’s only been his busy schedule that has kept it from reaching theaters (and VOD) until now. The film, written by Stacey Miller, chronicles the final day in the life of Sal Mineo, the twice-Academy Award-nominated actor (for Rebel Without A Cause and Exodus) who came out in the 1960s and, »
- Jim Halterman
A role like Solomon Northup is long overdue for an actor like Chiwetel Ejiofor. He’s been quietly building up an impressive résumé of supporting roles for the past decade or so, but having the opportunity to take on such a challenging lead role in 12 Years a Slave, and the almost certain Oscar nomination that will come with it, is sure to make him a known lead player, at long last.
His work in 12 Years is absolutely outstanding, and since it’s a movie that’s so dependent on solid performances that make this dark world an immediate one for us, he bears the weight of its success on his shoulders, and carries it the entire way. More people are going to know his name by the time awards season rolls around, and for those that already do, they’ll likely finally learn how to pronounce it (“Chew-wi-tell Edge-ee-ah-for,” I »
- Darren Ruecker
Supernatural dropped a bomb on fans in last week’s season premiere by dropping an angel in Sam.
If you missed the episode, you can read our recap here. But if you’re interested in what comes next, you’re in the right place.
Below, executive producer Jeremy Carver talks — as much as he can — about the next steps for the boys and previews moments both “hilarious” and “heartbreaking.”
Entertainment Weekly: First off, what can you say about the rules of angel possession here? Can Ezekiel come in and out of Sam whenever he wants? How does that affect Sam’s memory? »
- Sandra Gonzalez
NCIS fans can all take a breather now that the tear-jerking farewell of Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) is behind us, but just as we can’t quite shake the memory of the beloved character, we’ll see our NCIS team react in much the same way in this evening’s episode, “Under The Radar.”
Executive Producer and showrunner Gary Glasberg explained to me yesterday how they went about crafting the first episode minus Ziva, what emotionally might be coming for Gibbs and he supplied some intel on the just-announced NCIS spinoff that will be set in New Orleans.
TV Fanatic: Were there also challenges with "Under the Radar" because it’s the first Ziva-less episode? How much do you focus on it, how much you don’t? She’s still very present in the episode.
Gary Glasberg: Well, she continues to be, I guess, present is a good way of putting it. »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
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