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Fox has called on “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen to play Pink Lady Frenchy on its upcoming “Grease: Live” TV special. The network has also cast Kether Donohue (“You’re The Worst”) as her friend Jan, and David Del Rio (“Spare Parts”) as T-Bird Putzie. Plus, pop singer Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of “Grease (Is the Word).” Choreographer Zach Woodlee (“Glee”) has joined executive producer Marc Platt‘s creative team. Also Read: 'Grease - The Live Event,' ABC's 'Wicked City' Qualify for California Tax Credits »
- Tony Maglio
Julianne Hough's definitely found a keeper! The "Dancing With the Stars" alum took to her blog on Thursday to share some new photos of her giant engagement ring and her sweet engagement story. In one photo, Hough poses with the pricey piece on display as she sips from a cup of coffee. And in a second shot (below), the blonde beauty simply showcases her bling. In the post, titled "Our Engagement Story," Julianne also reveals that she knew that her now-fiance Brooks Laich was "the one" from the start! "Although I knew Brooks was the one the day I met him, I had no idea what to expect as far as when and how he’d pop the question," she begins the blog. "Well… let me tell you guys, it was magical and sweet." "We were at home, romantic and relaxed, which is perfectly very 'us.' We stood on the deck, »
- tooFab Staff
What a rock! Newly-engaged "Dancing with the Stars" alum Julianne Hough went public with her engagement ring on Wednesday night, giving us our best glimpse at the giant sparkler since boyfriend Brooke Laich popped the question last week. While the dancer did her best to avoid showing off her new accessory by covering it with her other hand or keeping it in her pockets around photographers at last night's Taylor Swift show, one of her friends blew her cover with the photo above. Hough's hairstylist Riawna Capri shared a group shot from the gang's Uber ride to the Staples Center, where Julianne's ring is right up front. Sure, it's a little blurry -- but it gives us a much better idea of the size of the rock, and man is it impressive. Laich reportedly proposed with a 5-plus-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring. "We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement »
- tooFab Staff
Julianne Hough’s engagement ring from Brooks Laich does not disappoint. The NHL hockey player popped the question to the Safe Haven actress with a custom Lorraine Schwartz-designed oval-cut diamond ring that’s more than six carats, a source confirms to Us Weekly. “It’s such a beautiful stone,” the insider tells Us of Hough’s giant new rock. And the story behind it is even more precious. “Brooks started working with Lorraine about eight months ago and it was really important to find the perfect stone that reflected Julianne's classically [...] »
Julianne Hough is getting hitched! The "Dancing With the Stars" judge took to Instagram to announce that's she engaged to boyfriend Brooks Laich. "We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiancé #love," she captioned the pic, where she's seen gazing at her new ring as she wraps her legs around her hunky hubby-to-be. Photos: Wait'll You See Julianne's Fiance Without a Shirt! Hopefully, we get a closer look at that sparkler soon! The "Safe Haven" actress and her Washington Capitals beau started dating in 2014 after being set up by their mutual friend, Teddy Sears. Before Laich, Hough and Ryan Seacrest were a couple for nearly three years until their relationship ended in March 2013. Julianne opened up about her very public split from the "American Idol" host earlier this year, admitting that the breakup took its toll on her heart ... and her hair! »
- tooFab Staff
Happiness for this Hough! Actress and dancing pro Julianne Hough is engaged to her NHL boyfriend Brooks Laich, she announced via Instagram on Tuesday, Aug. 18. "We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement!" the Safe Haven actress, 27, wrote, alongside a gorgeous snap of herself staring at her ring and embracing her future husband, taken apparently moments after he proposed. "#fiancé #love." A photo posted by Julianne Hough (@juleshough) on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:47am Pdt Hockey star Laich also shared the [...] »
Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe
For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, Unexpected, an indie Sundance premiered drama treading the expected tropes of unplanned pregnancy. Its set-up initially poses a provocative juxtaposition, a tale of two surprise pregnancies dealt to two very different women in one of the Midwest’s most progressive cities, Chicago. Told from the perspective of its white, high functioning and hopelessly granola lead, whose life intersects with a black, socioeconomically compromised student in a similar situation promises to be an invigorating examination of taken-for-grantedness. Except, at every possible opportunity, Swanberg’s screenplay (co-written by actress Megan Mercier) backs away from controversial points, instead reinforcing the frustrating obliviousness of its lead character. And that’s not even addressing the narrative’s conservative reinforcement of teen mothers giving birth »
- Nicholas Bell
For once, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book appears to be populated by relatively realistic approximations of human beings dealing with relationship conflict in realistic ways. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Nicholas Sparks
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think this might be the first movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel that I haven’t hated. Oh, sure, it’s set in an American South — specifically, North Carolina — where there are, impossibly, no black people (see also: Safe Haven), and where it only ever rains as an expression of manly sadness that cannot be articulated in any other way. It uses a motif similar to The Notebook’s, in which romantic handwritten documents of a relationship — in this case, love letters — allow for flashbacks to the 1940s, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are variables in the chemistry of a Nicholas Sparks film, but the basic formula has seldom changed through films like The Notebook, Dear John and The Lucky One. Even the posters for these movies often look indistinguishable from one another, except for the two actors pictured. The Longest Ride is the tenth Sparks adaptation to hit the big screen and though it sticks to what you'll know if you've seen more than one of the others, it's not necessarily a formula that's in need of fixing.
Stop us if this sounds like we've done a find and replace on some other plot summary, but this time we follow Sophia, (Britt Robertson) who's about to start a prestigious internship at a gallery in New York, just as »
The third in a series of Sea Breeze books, While It Lasts is set in in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI. His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks. Eva's long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.
Red Rock Pictures' Gary O.Toole will produce and write the screenplay, Glines has agreed to serve as associate producer and Aussie actor Addam Bramich will co-produce. Bramich, whose credits include Blinder, The Slap and several short films, »
- Don Groves
A group of unnamed lenders behind Relativity Media has agreed to extend a May 31 deadline to allow the Hollywood mini-studio to postpone a critical debt payment, the company said Monday.
The agreement comes after long-simmering reports of financial strains at the company burst into public view late last month, when Relativity accused one of its financial backers of unfairly criticizing its economic stability.
The agreement with its lenders gives Relativity an unspecified amount of time to make the payment that was due at the end of May. The film company had previously said that a new financial arrangements had already been made and that the deadline was not of concern. But “the complexity of the transaction required additional time for us to close it, which this agreement provides,” said a source close to the company.
“Today the company and its lenders have entered into a formal agreement that allows Relativity »
- James Rainey
While Channing Tatum may be one of the most in-demand actors around at the moment, he’s continuing to further his efforts behind the camera. Last fall, he signed on to make his directorial debut on the drama Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and now Variety reports he’s aiming to produce and possibly star in an adaptation of the Matthew Logelin memoir Two Kisses for Maddy. The film is a father-daughter drama that revolves around Logelin’s marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gives birth, and his experience of raising his daughter as a single parent. The book adaptation was previously set up as a Lifetime movie in 2012, but it did not move forward. Now, Tatum—a new father himself—has snapped up the property to produce through his Free Association banner for Sony’s TriStar and Temple Hill Entertainment. Safe Haven and City of Angels screenwriter »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum is set to produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation of Matthew Logelin's 2011 memoir "Two Kisses for Maddy" at Sony Pictures.
The story follows high school sweethearts Matt and Liz Logelin who, after years of long-distance dating, finally settled together in Los Angeles and had it all - a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way.
Just twenty-seven hours after giving birth though, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt chose to keep moving forward and make a life for Maddy.
Source: The Tracking Board & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Channing Tatum has set up the tear-jerker memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy” at Sony’s TriStar label to produce and possibly star through his Free Association production company and Temple Hill Entertainment.
The father-daughter drama is based on Matthew Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love,” which centers on his marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter and his experiences of raising his daughter as a single parent.
“Two Kisses,” which took its title from the kisses Logelin gave his daughter each night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2011.
The project was set up in 2012 as a Lifetime movie with Marta Kaufman and Denise Dinovi as exec producers but did not go forward.
- Dave McNary
Long-simmering reports of financial strains at Relativity Media broke into the open Friday when the company accused one of its backers of privately badmouthing its economic condition in an attempt to take control of the mini-studio.
Relativity said in a statement that New York-based Colbeck Capital had engaged in a “play…to try to seize control of Relativity by trying to spread false rumors about the state of the company.” Relativity chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh remains “fully in control,” the statement said.
The film and television company also said that Colbeck’s two members on the Relativity board “will be removed from the board next week.”
The New York Post reported early Friday that Kavanaugh needed to raise $200 million by the end of the month and risked losing control of his company. Relativity denied that, issuing a statement that said: “Under Ryan Kavanaugh’s leadership, Relativity has successfully recapitalized its »
- James Rainey
Julianne Hough showed off a little more than she meant to after the "Dancing With the Stars" finale! The dancing pro inadvertently exposed her nipple as she was leaving a party with boyfriend Brooks Laich at Beso in Hollywood on Tuesday night. It looks like the material on her sheer velvet dress shifted up -- proving that she wasn't wearing anything underneath the revealing mini! Despite having one of the most enviable bods in Hollywood, the "Safe Haven" star admits that she isn't completely confident with her figure. "I still have not mastered feeling 100 percent confident in my body," she says in a new interview with Yahoo Style. "I still have days where I look in the mirror and say, ‘Thanks, Grandma, for giving me my thighs!’ But at the same time, it’s all in your head." "If you love your body, then your body is going to love you back. »
- tooFab Staff
Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »
- Adam Chitwood
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
Counting with Dad Posted by Josh Duhamel on Thursday, April 30, 2015 Josh Duhamel looks like he's a really hands-on dad! The actor shared a new video with his son Axl Jack via Facebook on Thursday. In the cute clip, the "Safe Haven" star and his adorable little boy are both lying down next to each other counting off numbers. Looks like he may need some more practice ... Josh and Fergie -- who welcomed their blonde cutie in 2013 -- still make sure they're both equally involved in their son's life. "My husband and I made a two-week rule," she said of how long they spend apart in the January issue of Allure magazine. "We’ve already talked about how we’re going to have to trade off. He’s going to have to come on tour with Axl for a while, and then there’ll be a break. He’ll take a »
- tooFab Staff
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