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A formidable actress, Laura Dern has been working in Hollywood since age 5. At 13 years old, the daughter of icons Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern became the youngest Miss Golden Globe and soon thereafter earned critical acclaim with her breakout role in Blue Velvet. The 1986 film also marked the first time Dern and director David Lynch would work together throughout her career, a pairing that continues with Twin Peaks’ celebrated return on Showtime.
Known for her highly emotive face, »
The only people, it seems, who enjoy endlessly going over the story of last November’s election more than the massively insecure President Of The United States, is, it seems Hollywood executive. We already know that the next season of “American Horror Story” will be election themed, the team behind “Recount” and “Game Change” are developing a miniseries based around the Clinton/Trump race last year, and Annapurna and “Hurt Locker” writer Mark Boal are developing a project as well.
Continue reading Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.
Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”
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- Tim Gray
For a man whose first claim to screen immortality came when an extraterrestrial freak of nature ripped a hole in his chest and screeched bloody murder in Alien, John Hurt was a hell of an actor. "The alien won the Oscar," a laughing Hurt told me nearly three decades later, referring to the Academy Award that Ridley Scott's 1979 film took home for H.R. Giger's visual effects. It might be the only time in his 55-year career that anyone, let alone a creature that looked like a penis with teeth, »
Park City — Danny Strong is a two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter who wrote “Game Change,” “Recount” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” He also co-created a little series you might have heard of called “Empire.” Tackling the life of one of America’s greatest literary voices might have been a bit much for his directorial debut. That’s the thought that starts to percolate through your mind as you sit through the J.D.
- Gregory Ellwood
Danny Strong is recognizable from numerous noteworthy projects: Jonathan on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Paris’ paramour Doyle on Gilmore Girls, Albert Fekus on Justified, and Danny Siegel, the guy who punched Roger Sterling in the crotch on Mad Men. But all that time on camera also motivated his prolific pursuit of screenwriting: “I just write things because I spent so many years as an actor trying to get any job I could get,” he explains. “Literally anything to pay my bills and to get my health insurance. So when I started writing, I made a decision really early on: ‘I’m just going to do things I think are cool.’” His writing resumé now possibly surpasses his acting one, including his Emmy-award-winning Sarah Palin campaign movie Game Change, the also politically themed Recount, and two Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies. He also co-created Lee Daniels’ Empire, where he’s scripted and »
- Gwen Ihnat
Ben is a two-time Golden Globe Award winner and three-time award nominee. Casey is a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee and up for Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea.” Leonardo DiCaprio, last year’s Best Actor winner for “The Revenant,” will also be presenting.
Other presenters added to Sunday’s show include: Kristen Bell, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain, Gal Gadot, Hugh Grant, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Felicity Jones, John Legend, Ryan Reynolds, Sting, Emma Stone, Carrie Underwood, Vince Vaughn, Carl Weathers, and Kristen Wiig.
Details on which awards they will be presenting have not yet been announced.
Barrymore is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries »
- Lawrence Yee
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