12 items from 2017
MaryAnn’s quick take… Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes… that don’t come free. Apparently they’re not making eighth graders read “The Monkey’s Paw” anymore. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Have you ever heard the phrase “Be careful what you wish for?” You haven’t? Then you are the only person besides Ohio high-schooler Clare, who acquires a magic box that grants seven wishes, and doesn’t seem to think there’s anything hinky going on even once way too many people around her are dying in freakish ways after she wishes to get rich — and does! — and wishes to be the most popular girl in school — and it happens! — and so on. I mean, one bizarre accident in your vicinity is weird, and two is a coincidence. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In hindsight, it seems crazy it took this long to get a Lonely Island movie, but Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was well worth the wait. After making their mark on SNL, helping to usher the show into the digital age, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer entered the feature film world in various combinations with movies like Hot Rod, MacGruber, and The Watch. But it wasn’t until Popstar that the three were granted the opportunity to create a feature film from the ground up, together, and make it whatever they wanted. Producer Judd Apatow helped shepherd the … »
- Adam Chitwood
Val Kilmer remembered “real gent” Adam West on Twitter today, shortly after news broke that the original on-screen Batman had died at age 88. “Ah dear Adam West,” Kilmer wrote. “He was always so kind when we met.” “Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front of the Batmobile,” he continued. “I got in.” Also Read: Ben Affleck Remembers Fellow Batman Adam West: He 'Exemplified Heroism' And Kilmer didn’t stop there. The “MacGruber” villain also got into the DC Comics superhero’s tights for the 1995 film “Batman Forever.” Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck have also played the. »
- Tony Maglio
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again after another beloved performer was lost this weekend. Powers Boothe, an Emmy-winning character actor with several diverse roles to his credit, passed away at the age of 68 on Sunday. The actor's death was first announced online in a tweet from actor Beau Bridges, and was later confirmed by his rep, Karen Samfilippo. The rep confirmed that he died in his sleep from apparent natural causes.
The Entertainment Weekly report doesn't reveal if there will be an autopsy performed or not. The actor was born June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, USA, the son of a sharecropper who spent his youth chopping cotton and became the first member of his family to attend a university, receiving a fellowship to Southern Methodist University to study acting, where he received a degree in Fine Arts. After performing in Oregon, Connecticut and Philadelphia, the actor arrived in New »
Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Actor Powers Boothe, best known for his roles in the hit television show Deadwood as well as successful films such as Sin City and The Avengers, died in his sleep from apparent natural causes on Sunday, his rep tells EW. He was 68.
News of Boothe’s death first broke online through longtime friend Beau Bridges. He tweeted, “It’s with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.”
- Stephanie Petit
Powers Boothe, the character actor known for playing villainous roles in films like Sin City and Tombstone and television series like Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68.
Boothe's representative confirmed the actor's death to The Hollywood Reporter, adding that Boothe died in his sleep from natural causes.
Viewers who stick around for the ads either during the April 8th or the April 15th broadcast of NBC’s late-night institution will glimpse a spot for Verizon written by “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost and featuring cast member Kenan Thompson. The bespoke pitch is part of an ongoing effort by NBC and executive producer Lorne Michaels’ hardworking crew of satirists to make the show more compelling to watch live, rather than via clips the next morning.
“Everyone is struggling now in a world where there is so much media,” Michaels told Variety in an interview. “We are all competing for sponsors, and everything is being reinvented. ‘SNL’ has been reinventing itself from season two.”
- Brian Steinberg
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In the first promo (which will first air tonight during Fox’s primetime line-up) released ahead of her “mysterious” midseason debut, the Bridesmaids actress can be seen exiting some sort of enclosed vault dressed in a garbage bag, protective goggles and a surgical mask — presumably in fear of catching the virus. Once she realizes she’s in the clear, Wiig strips down to patterned leggings and a bright silver vest »
“My Life as a Zucchini” is set to open in select theaters in the United States later this month, but before heading out to see the Oscar nominee, check out these exclusive behind-the-scene photos that show some of the details that went into making this adorable stop-motion animated film, produced in France.
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Originally titled in French “Ma vie de Courgette,” the Swiss film tells the story of a blue-haired 9-year-old boy who prefers to be called Courgette (French for zucchini) instead of his birth name of Icare. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first, Zucchini struggles to fit in this strange and even hostile environment, where other kids pick on him. But he quickly makes new friends, eventually learns to »
- Yoselin Acevedo
TVLine has learned exclusively that Forte’s former SNL colleague Kristen Wiig is headed to Fox’s The Last Man on Earth later this season in a top-secret recurring role. A Fox spokesperson declined to comment.
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Back in Season 1, Forte recruited ex-SNL peer Jason Sudeikis to play the recurring role of his onscreen brother Mike. And in Season 2, another SNL heavyweight, Will Ferrell, made a super-brief cameo as ill-fated survivor Gordon Vanderkruik. »
GKids has released the first official U.S. trailer for the stop-motion animated film “My Life as a Zucchini,” and it’s likely to melt your heart.
Originally titled in French “Ma vie de Courgette,” the Swiss film is about a blue-haired 9-year-old boy who prefers to be called “Courgette” (French for “zucchini”) instead of his birth name of Icare. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer named Raymond, who takes him to a foster home filled with other orphans his age.
At first, Zucchini struggles to find his place in this strange, at times even hostile environment, where other kids pick on him. But he quickly makes new friends, eventually learns to trust and may even fall in love.
This English-language version of the film stars Will Forte »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Claude Barras’ stop-motion animated film “My Life as a Zucchini” (alternatively titled “My Life as a Courgette” in France) premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The film follows the orphan Zucchini and his struggles in a new foster home after his mother’s sudden death. It is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film and was acquired by Gkids for U.S. distribution in August.
Soon, an English-language version of the film starring Will Forte (“MacGruber”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Amy Sedaris (“BoJack Horseman”) will premiere at Sundance in January. Ahead of that, watch an exclusive featurette with Aardman Animations’ co-founder Peter Lord praising the film.
Lord’s Aardman Animations is responsible for the internationally acclaimed “Wallace & Gromit” shorts and films, »
- Vikram Murthi
12 items from 2017