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As “The Simpsons’ ” gruff barkeep Moe Szyslak — and several other Springfieldians — Hank Azaria has been a part of the longest-running American TV show almost since its inception. He’s now wrapping a run in quite a different role, as the overly ambitious head of the L.A. division of the FBI on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” In fact, it was a part as an FBI agent in the 1988 TV film “Nitti: The Story of Frank Nitti, the Enforcer” that landed him his first Variety credit.
What do you recall of the movie?
I remember being tremendously excited that I was going to be on television. I think it was actually the second job I ever got, but it was the first thing to actually air.
Do you remember the first time you did see your name in Variety?
I definitely remember the first time I was like a story. The »
- Whitney Friedlander
Most recently, the actor has caused a stir by telling Variety, “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man.” So is it time to tearfully hurl our Officially Licensed Iron Man Movie Arc Reactor Prop Replica into the sea?
The thing to remember is that the Marvel Studios movie schedule is a closely held game of cards, and speculation has run rampant about their upcoming slate ever »
- Anthony Breznican
Remember how everyone revolted over the series finale of How I Met Your Mother because we finally met the mother only to see the mother die in our arms? Yes, well, the writers heard your vitriolic cries and promised a "Plan B" on the series box set, set to drop later this month, on the 23rd. But it seems that the alternate ending has already leaked online. CBS hasn't yet confirmed that the leaked version is the official one, but it sure looks it. We just have happy tears with this one. Watch the full episode with the amended ending below: »
- E. Alex Jung
This October the London Film Festival brings a wonderful, eclectic mix of films, shorts and events to the capital once again. Firmly establishing itself as a people’s festival (it being the best of the other festivals, Clare Stewart and her team acknowledging they can’t compete on world premieres), it will look to build on last year’s impressive new direction.
From the opening night fun with The Imitation Game to the final push of Brad Pitt’s Fury there will be a number of essential films to catch. The HeyUGuys team have chosen their favourites from among the hundreds playing.
You can find everything you need to book tickets and find out more information right here.
Here are the films you need to see next month.
There is nothing more exciting than a filmmaker attempting to push the boundaries; to shatter audiences expectations of what is »
- Jon Lyus
Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle Of Nowhere), Selma is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B -- the producers of the Academy Award-winning Twelve Years A Slave, and Cloud Eight Films’ Academy Award-winning Christian Colson (127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire). Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sega just unleashed a new trailer for its upcoming sci-fi/survival horror game, Alien: Isolation. The trailer, entitled Improvise, displays how the game is paying homage to classic survival horror by returning it to its roots.
Original survival horror games were all about scant resources. It puts extra pressure on any action you take, as you wonder if the bullet you just spent has saved your life or doomed you to failure.
Alien: Isolation's new trailer shows that in the game you will not be armed to the teeth. You must “improvise” weapons and devices and think quickly as you use the elements around you, all while fleeing in terror from a murderous alien. This game appears to take place after Plan A has failed and Plan B is all you’ve got left.
Alien: Isolation will be available October 7th for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. For »
- Scott Dell
As negotiations evolved (the basics of the pact were announced in April), it’s clear that the strategy here is more ambitious, the content more diverse, the numbers more exotic (potentially involving as much as $1 billion) — and a filmmaker, not a banker, will be calling the shots. That filmmaker, Brett Ratner, is off to China this week to expand the venture’s involvement in that skyrocketing territory, but before he left, we sat down to discuss the deal’s particulars.
At a time when the flow of Hollywood product is not only shrinking but also suffering from creative atrophy, RatPac clearly deserves scrutiny. It envisions not only co-funding studio features, but also backing midbudget films, documentaries and high-end television miniseries. »
- Peter Bart
After selling rights to his first novel, "The Returned" to Brad Pitt's Plan B production company 2 years ago, which was then adapted for the small screen into the ABC series called "Resurrection" (starring Omar Epps), author Jason Mott has sold his second novel, this time to Lionsgate Entertainment studios, titled "The Wonder of All Things." Scheduled to hit book stores in September, "The Wonder of All Things" is described as a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles. The synopsis reads: On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Earlier this year, Tom Petty started telling interviewers, including HitFix, that “Hypnotic Eye,” out Tuesday (29), would be a rock record that harkened back to the early days of the Heartbreakers. He stayed true to his word. There’s a rawness to “Eye’s” 11 tracks that captures rock and roll’s primal nature. It’s a blast to listen to and it sure sounds like it was fun to make. The Heartbreakers, bolstered by guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, are one of the finest, tightest bands in the history of rock. Not only is the musicianship and camaraderie almost unmatched, the Heartbreakers have never remotely felt the need to chase fads or trends. They are straight up, unapologetic rock and roll and on their 13th album as a well-oiled unit, they sound reliably cohesive. Not only does the album herald back to old Heartbreakers, it recalls the ‘60s and »
- Melinda Newman
Mystery Creative has been working professionally in film, TV and videogames for 30 years. He's seen a million faces and rocked at least 25% of them. He's been attending Sdcc almost as long as he's been working in the entertainment biz. This is a love/hate diary of his adventures in the belly of the beast, circa 2014. Do not expect panel reports, Hall H exclusives, or any of that shit. This is what it's like to be a working professional at Sdcc. Drunken warts and all. Behind the pleasant interview quotes. Behind the facade and pretense. Expect profanity ahead...He's part of the #MysteriousHollywood posse, and his twitter feed can be found at @mysterycr8tve on the Twitter where he swears even more.
Friday July 25th
What the absolute fuck am I doing up at 7am. Bed.
I'm up really I am.
Writing partner texts to »
- El Mayimbe
It’s a match that has been rumored for months now, but wasn’t discussed by WWE in public because they wanted to keep Lesnar’s return a surprise. In Raw’s opening segment on Monday, Triple H said that he guaran-damn-teed a new WWE Champion at SummerSlam. We didn’t know who the challenger would be, but we found out in the main event. It appeared as if Hunter’s first choice was Randy Orton. However, Roman Reigns attacked him and they brawled to the backstage area likely to set up a SummerSlam match between these two. That’s when Paul Heyman showed up to tell Triple H that Plan A (Randy Orton) wasn’t working »
- John Canton
The rumor has existed for months and it is now confirmed: Brock Lesnar is in Miami for tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw. The news has been confirmed by PWInsider and backs up the previous news items about Brock Lesnar challenging John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam on August 17 in Los Angeles.
While Lesnar is expected to be on Raw with Paul Heyman by his side, John Cena wont be there. As we reported last week, Cena is headed to New York City to film scenes for the Judd Apatow film Trainwreck in New York City. Cena apparently flew from Tampa (site of last night’s Battleground event) to New York City this morning. Even without Cena in the building, they can still have Lesnar challenge him for the WWE Title or have Triple H name him as the challenger and then build »
- John Canton
This may be a Plan B project, but it sounds like a grade-a idea to us. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to reunite on the big screen for the first time since 2004's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, this time costarring in the character-driven drama By the Sea, Universal Pictures announced Friday. Jolie wrote the script and will direct the film, to be produced by Pitt. No word on whether there are parts for the kids to make it a full-on family affair, but mom and dad are good for starters. "I am very happy to continue my relationship with [Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea, " Jolie said in a »
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In terms of big-money signings, the Gunners have not had much to whet their appetite with in recent seasons. With every transfer window that slams shut, praying to God that their newly-acquired 21 year old striker from Guinea hits the ground running, while their posh city rivals welcome the biggest and best from around Europe, an air of jealousy was apparent. Having to fund a new stadium can take its toll on a club’s forthrightness in the transfer market, and that in turn, will have a knockdown effect on the amount of trophies they acquire. With the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and even Thierry Henry plucked from thin air, with everything to prove to the gruelling English media, Wenger has been labelled ‘reluctant’ to dip his toes in what can be an unforgiving transfer market.
Last summer, there was a new wave of optimism circling the Emirates. »
- Michael Ramsay
Monday Night Raw teased the idea that Brock Lesnar could be a factor at this Sunday’s Battleground. The show also told the story that Seth Rollins injured his knee in the Raw main event. According to Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Radio, that was just storyline, Rollins wasn’t injured.
In putting the Lesnar tease and the kayfabe Rollins injury together, could this be an angle to give Brock Lesnar a shock return at Battleground? Earlier on Raw the commentators referenced that Paul Heyman had been missing from the show all night, he hadn’t been around to mentor Cesaro in his match. Later that night, Triple H finally found Heyman. The manager then told Hunter that he had been biding his time, saying that he had a “Plan C” if the Authority required it.
This was an interesting exchange and an obvious foreshadowing of Brock Lesnar. »
- Grahame Herbert
Having started as a businessman in Glasgow, and then moving to L.A, Motherwell born Gianni Capaldi has forged himself a career as an actor and producer and has been working steadily for the last few years, mixing it with a plethora of big name stars.
Coming on August 4th is Puncture Wounds (also known as A Certain Justice) the third of three films which sees Capaldi starring opposite Dolph Lundgren and Vinnie Jones. The previous two, Hard Rush and Blood Of Redemption came out last year.
Puncture Wounds sees former Ufc fighter Cung Le as a former soldier suffering from Ptsd, who intervenes when gang members are assaulting a woman. This brings him to the attention of the gang leader, played by Dolph Lundgren and carnage ensues.
Gianni took time out »
- Gary Collinson
WWE fans were sent into a frenzy last week when an image of the Summerslam 2014 DVD cover leaked online featuring Brock Lesnar and the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. While a Cena victory at Money In The Bank seemed inevitable, the poster killed any dream booking scenarios which involved someone besides Cena pulling down the two championship titles. The groundwork for the summer feud between the conqueror of the streak and the now 15-time World Champion was set on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
The Authority gave Cena two options if they were going to support him as champion: the easy way, or the hard way. Since Cena is a fighting champion and seems to overcome the odds each night, he took the hard way and now there is a fatal-four-way match for the championship at Battleground.
Cena will defend against Randy Orton, »
- Anthony Ruggiero
When Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced earlier this month that "Selma," Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King, Jr. film would be released on Christmas Day, they set award prognosticating tongues wagging. Without a doubt, the prime release date means that Plan B, Oprah Winfrey and Cloud Eight-produced film will be making a push for awards love for the director and David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), who will star as the civil rights legend. And there's supporting talent to contend for other awards, from Tom Wilkinson to Carmen Ejogo to the film's financier, Oprah Winfrey. Mlk's history-making march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery in March 1965 paved the road for President Lyndon Baines Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the release of "Selma" (limited on Christmas Day and expanding to wide on January 9, 2015) will mark the 50th anniversary of the march. DuVernay is best known for her 2012 Sundance. »
- Jacob Combs
Zane Lowe has revealed that Chase & Status told the most "shocking" story on his upcoming MTV show.
Soundchain will see Lowe speak to a different artist each week, discussing their careers and backgrounds, alongside special performances.
He said: "I had spoken to Ben about Chase & Status [and he had implied that] 'we have a working relationship that's successful' but he gave off this vibe that it's not without its challenges.
"So I raised it with [Chase & Status] and said, 'I've got the feeling that you guys have this interesting relationship' and they told the most amazing story.
"The extremity of that story is just crazy. It was made out of pure love and admiration but it's a good example of a high intensity disagreeing moment."
Lowe also explained that he finds it difficult bringing »
The 10 pics championed by variety critics selected to screen at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival next month are an eclectic mix of the year’s best-reviewed Euro-backed features. Representing a wide sample of different genres, countries and languages (and yet still managing to include two films with “Blind” in the title), the choices range from French indie “Insecure” (fresh from Cannes) to Fantastic Fest favorite “Grand Piano” (an ultra-tense Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood), pictured above.
The sidebar is presented in conjunction with European Film Promotion.
A lithe, quicksilver portrait of a woman whose loss of sight only serves to sharpen her creative imagination, this standout debut feature for screenwriter Eskil Vogt retains many of the literate, self-reflexive touches Vogt brought to his collaborations with helmer Joachim Trier while finding its own alternately droll, sexy, heartbreaking rhythms.
About the director: Though Vogt graduated from the directing »
- Peter Debruge
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