5 items from 2015
Comedic singer Rachel Bloom has been a familiar face on the internet for a number of years, garnering a reputation for unexpectedly oddball songs that work in both a comedic and musical context. Fans of Bloom were glad to learn that she’d gotten a television show deal with Showtime, an excitement that was first crushed by the news that Showtime had formally passed on the series, then raised again with the announcement that The CW had expressed interest, and then given it a series order.
Moving from a half-hour format to an hour-long series, the show is titled Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and stars Bloom in the lead role. Bloom co-created the series with The Devil Wears Prada and Morning Glory screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, who is returning to tv for the first time since 1995. With the series set to make its debut later tonight, one of the songs from the show, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It has been sixty three years since Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland starred in Henry Koster’s cinematic adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s 1951 novel, My Cousin Rachel. The classic noir mystery is now set for modernisation, however, with Sam Claflin and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz taking the redefined lead roles, under the oversight of writer-director Roger Michell (Morning Glory, Hyde Park On The Hudson).
The story follows a young man’s descent into paranoia and confusion as he is stricken with grief at the loss of a beloved relative. When the widow, Rachel, arrives, he is torn between his growing love for her, and the belief that she could be a gold-digging femme fatale.
“Philip Ashley’s older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to the Ambrose’s beautiful English estate, is crushed that the »
- Sarah Myles
So not fetch. Rachel McAdams reflected on her career in a new cover story interview with Marie Claire, and revealed why Mean Girls inspired her to press pause on her film career. The Morning Glory actress, 36, skyrocketed to fame in the early 2000s with the April 2004 release of Mean Girls, followed just months later by The Notebook that June, and Wedding Crashers the following July. McAdams went from being an aspiring star with parts in TV movies to a household name, and the shift made [...] »
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Bad Robot and Paramount’s first-look partnership began in 2006. Since then, Bad Robot’s films for Paramount have included 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” 2011’s “Super 8,” 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
“Ghost Protocol” was the top performer among the Bad Robot titles with nearly $700 million in global box office.
Bad Robot is currently shooting “Mission: Impossible V,” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and Tom Cruise returning in his starring role. Cruise is also producing the franchise film, co-financed by Skydance Productions and set for a July 31 release.
Paramount decided last month to move “Mission: Impossible V” forward from Christmas — thus avoiding a clash with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which Abrams directed. The seventh Star Wars movie opens Dec. »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2015
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