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Major Crimes‘ Alice Herrera mystery has taken a soapy twist.
The Young and the Restless‘ Greg Rikaart is joining the TNT drama for a multi-episode arc in the role of Bobby G. Monroe, a confident young lawyer and anti-death penalty activist who is currently defending Slider (Garrett Coffey), the young man awaiting trial for the murder of Alice Herrera.
RelatedMajor Crimes Season 4 Expanded to Series’ Longest Run Ever
Rikkart, who will juggle his Major Crimes stint with his ongoing Y&R duties, will first appear during the second half of the show’s recently-expanded fourth season (which resumes November 2).
Vince Vaughn may finally get his career back on track later this month, as he takes one of the lead roles in True Detective season 2. It'll hopefully end a chapter that's seen him head to comedy movie jail with Adam Sandler. In Vaughn's case, his box office has dwindled at a faster rate.
With his latest movie, Unfinished Business, attracting some of the stinkiest reviews of the year, it seems that the message has got through to Vaughn. After all, he's a man not without talent, and chatting to GQ he's admitted that he's been making "assembly-line" comedies.
"I'm not blaming anyone else but myself here", he told the magazine. "The machine can make you idle. You read a script and then you agree to a role, »
In the noughties, Vince Vaughn and buddies including Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell could do no wrong, with megahits such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball. But the laughs have dried and the audience withered. What went wrong?
Vince Vaughn used to be funny. Or, more accurately, a surprisingly wide international audience used to find Vince Vaughn funny. The rambunctious persona premiered in Swingers – pure id in a party-hard alpha-male – then recycled in hit films such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball, made him a reliably lucrative booking. But last weekend saw his latest comedy – Unfinished Business, a farce about a work trip which gets out of hand – become the biggest flop of his career so far, with toxic reviews and audience apathy.
- Benjamin Lee
Internationally renowned musician and composer A.R. Rahman will embark on his 2015 North America tour this spring. Jbl Presents “A.R. Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour” will kick off in May and come to Newark, New Jersey and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on May 27th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 6th. VIP tickets go on sale March 4th. Fans who purchase VIP packages will receive premium tickets along with a meet & greet and photo with A.R. Rahman.
“I’ve been wanting to return to North America to perform for a while now, and I’m excited to be coming back for a series of concerts this spring,” said A.R. Rahman. “These are going to be very special performances and I’m grateful to have the chance to share them with you.”
Rahman’s upcoming concert will feature a range of material from his illustrious career, »
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Unfinished Business, the latest gross-out comedy from Vince Vaughn, was not press screened for critics in fear that poor reviews would deter people from going to see it. Well, it looks like that didn’t matter all that much.
The movie only managed to pull in a pathetic $4.8 million domestically, and an even worse $2.6 million overseas. With a budget of around $35 million, this is only disappointing news for 20th Century Fox.
This is now the lowest opening of a Vince Vaughn-led comedy movie and yet another disappointing box office performance from the actor following Delivery Man and The Watch. The Internship, with co-star Owen Wilson, did marginally better with $17.3 million, but its far removed from the likes of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($30 million), Wedding Crashers ($33.9 million), Couples Retreat ($34.2 million) and The Break-Up ($39.1 million).
- Luke Owen
The U.S. box office is as glum this weekend as the dystopian future depicted in one of the new releases.
Although off to a soft start, Neill Blomkamp’s robot thriller “Chappie” is No. 1 at the box office, aiming for a lower-than-expected $13 million to $13.5 million this weekend, while the comedy “Unfinished Business” is giving star Vince Vaughn the worst opening weekend of his career.
Sony’s “Chappie” launched to $4.5 million on Friday in the U.S. Blomkamp’s third film is far behind his previous two (dystopian thrillers as well): “District 9,” which opened to $37.4 million in 2009, and “Elysium,” which launched to $29.8 million in 2013.
Made on a modest $49 million budget (financed partly by Mrc and LStar Capital) and shot in South Africa, much like the low-budget hit “District 9,” the Johannesburg-set film could do better business overseas as it opens simultaneously in 53 markets, including the U.K., Germany, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Vaughn’s R-rated comedy “Unfinished Business,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, is projected to see a dismal $5 million opening from 2,777 locations. The actor’s previous career-low was earned by 2013’s “Delivery Man,” which opened to $7 million domestically.
In the No. 1 position, “Chappie” will finish the weekend with an estimated $15 million, ahead of Fox Searchlight’s “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Warner Bros.’ second weekend of Will Smith’s “Focus,” which will battle for second with about $10 million each.
The two-week slump in the U.S. box office came after a 10% surge in moviegoing this year, with the industry hoping that Disney’s “Cinderella” can reignite business next weekend.
- Dave McNary
Do Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have Jason Bateman to thank for their happiness? It seems Bell's Couples Retreat costar gave Shepard, 40, the push he needed to propose. "Jason was first to go, 'Stop f---ing around and marry Kristen," Shepard told People at Baby Buggy's Inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch at The Palm in Beverly Hills Wednesday. The event raised money and awareness for the organization's Fatherhood Initiative, which helps provide meaningful father-child experiences and runs programs including financial literacy workshops. Shepard also credits Bateman for encouraging him to become a dad - after pushing the marriage talk. "You immediately transitioned into 'Get her pregnant, »
- Abby Stern, @abbystern
Do Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have Jason Bateman to thank for their happiness? It seems Bell's Couples Retreat costar gave Shepard, 40, the push he needed to propose. "Jason was first to go, 'Stop f---ing around and marry Kristen," Shepard told People at Baby Buggy's Inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch at The Palm in Beverly Hills Wednesday. The event raised money and awareness for the organization's Fatherhood Initiative, which helps provide meaningful father-child experiences and runs programs including financial literacy workshops. Shepard also credited Bateman for encouraging him to become a dad. "And then you immediately transitioned into 'Get her pregnant, »
- Abby Stern, @abbystern
A dirty secret around The Playlist parts: we love Vince Vaughn. Or rather, a few of us really like Vince Vaughn when he is in R-Rated comedies like “Wedding Crashers” or…. well, maybe mostly “Wedding Crashers.” The last few years have been more than unkind to almost all of his comedy choices and the comedy projects that he and his team develop, from "Fred Claus," "Four Christmases," "Couples Retreat," The Dilemma," "The Watch" to more recent fare like “Delivery Man.” In short, Vaughn hasn’t starred in a worthwhile comedy since “The Break-Up” in 2006 which itself is still uneven (but much more grown-up than you’d expect). And so he’s got another comedy in the works, “Unfinished Business,” which once again taps Ken Scott, the French Canadian director of “Delivery Man” (which is a remake of Scott’s own “Starbuck” -- Hollywood came knocking and he answered). The movie »
- Edward Davis
"Empire" is one of the hottest things on TV right now, and Tasha Smith is more than happy to be a part of the phenomenon.
Throughout her successful career, Smith has appeared in films like "Couples Retreat" and starred in shows like "Boston Common," and now you can catch her as Cookie's (Taraji P. Henson) sister Carol Hardaway on the hit Fox series.
The actress -- who will also return to her lead role on "For Better or Worse" this March -- dished to Moviefone about what it's like to work on such a huge TV sensation, what's in store for Cookie and company, and how her character Carol will spice things up for the empire. According to her, we're in for some surprising, "down and dirty" drama.
Moviefone: First of all, how does it feel to be involved in such a massive success like "Empire?" We haven't seen anything »
- Alana Altmann
Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has signed on to star in the upcoming New Line romantic comedy How to Be Single, along with other new casting additions Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann. Community star Alison Brie is also in final negotiations to join the cast. We first reported on the project back in February, when Lily Collins was in talks to come on board, but it isn't known if she is still involved, since she wasn't mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter's new report.
The story is adapted from Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel of the same name, which will be an ensemble comedy featuring intersecting stories, in the same vein as Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into You. The plot focuses on the lifestyle of being single, from both the male and female perspectives, suggesting that it is our time out of relationships, not in them, »
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
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