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Good news for Star Wars fans – after shutting down production for several weeks in the wake of Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has now been announced the filming on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy has now resumed in the U.K.
Ford suffered a broken leg back in May during an accident on the Millennium Falcon set, forcing director J.J. Abrams to rejig the schedule for Episode VII, before taking a break throughout August. However, with Ford now seemingly fully recovered from his injury, it looks like the film is back on track to meet its December 2015 release date, much to the relief of fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?
The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.
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With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of Jill Soloway's (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") dark comedy "Transparent" on Friday, September 26 exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us and UK. Starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans - a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. »
On the Parks and Recreation set in Pasadena, Calif., Poehler was dressed up in a strapless purple gown. Scott, meanwhile, donned a crisp white shirt with a pair of dark dress pants. Both sporting sunglasses, Poehler walked about the set with a coffee in hand, while Scott was staying hydrated with water.
Poehler and Scott were filming scenes for a the latest Parks & Recreation wedding – which could be between Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe). Regardless, it looks like Leslie Knope (Poehler) will be one of the bridesmaids.
Poehler At the Emmys
For the past six years, Kurt Hugo Schneider has wowed YouTube audiences with his intricate cover song videos, which make use of his skills as a director, editor, arranger, and musician. Schneider is now set to show off those filmmaking talents with a feature film, and he's debuting it with a YouTube live stream. Schenider's film is called College Musical, and it began four years ago, when Schneider was a student at Yale University. He enlisted his close friend, frequent collaborator, and fellow Yalie Sam Tsui to star in a musical about a student who bonds with his tutor through the power of song. The film's cast also features Allison Williams; the Girls star was also a classmate of Schneider's. While he was still an undergrad, Schneider released a four-episode College Musical web series. That production saw some success, so Schneider decided to turn it into a 90-minute movie. Four years later, »
- Sam Gutelle
The red carpet at the Emmys was jam-packed with stars from our favorite shows, like Orange Is the New Black and Girls. We got a chance to catch up with Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, and Lena Dunham, who all had very touching stories to share. Who was your favorite celeb on the red carpet? On Allison- BCBGMaxAzria, courtesy of Rent the Runway On Lindsay- Sissae Quipao »
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
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- Variety Staff
If you think Lena Dunham's afraid of a few critical assessments of her colorful Emmys gown, think again. The Girls creator just released an excerpt from her upcoming memoir that recounts her battle with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and her many fears while growing up as a hypochondriac and germophobe. The 28-year-old's $3.5 million book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned, won't be available until September 30, but fans and critics can get a peek at the project in The New Yorker now. Dunham has shared a significant chunk of her deeply personal story with the periodical. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Lena Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff is used to the Girls star changing up her hair color and styles. So it's no wonder the singer is digging her new platinum blond bowl cut. "He's really supportive of all my weird hair whams," Dunham told me on the Emmys red carpet. "He's been very kind about it." But he's also been quite mischievous. "He kept doing weird tests to see if I've gotten stupider once my hair was blonde, like he was trying to get me to add quickly," Dunham said. "But I'm Ok because I could never do math to begin with." As for her pink and red tulle Emmy gown by Giambattista Valli that has caused lots of chatter, »
There's usually one at every awards show—a gown so ridiculous, over-the-top or ill-fitting that you make the immediate "worst dressed" call. Well, let 2014 be remembered as the year that there were two. Both Lena Dunham and Sarah Paulson caused us to do the wrong kind of double take. We're not surprised to see the Girls star in something so...out there, but the American Horror Story: Coven actress is having a Style 180! and Hot Mess Alert! moment at the exact same time. Unfortunately (or thank god), there can only be one "worst." Is the HBO darling in her pajama top and pink peacock bottom? The Giambattista Valli design boasts many elements of a poorly chosen dress: terrible fit, terrible »
After the show, it's the after-party ... and last night, there were quite a few of them around town!When the three hour Emmy telecast ended on Monday, stars divided and conquered a number of different celebrations around Los Angeles.Many winners made their first stop at the Governors Ball, which was held right next to the ceremony itself at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Guests at the swanky event included the cast of "Breaking Bad," Julianna Margulies, Stephen Colbert, Claire Danes, Mark Ruffalo and many more.Videos: The 6 Can't-Miss Moments from the Emmy AwardsBut the real action went down once the stars high-tailed it to the network bashes.Judging by the photos alone, the HBO soiree at the Pacific Design Center was the place to be. With boyfriend Joe Manganiello nowhere to be seen, Sofia Vergara was spotted getting down with Derek Hough on the dance floor -- and having »
- tooFab Staff
It was night of hits and misses! The 2014 Primetime Emmys brought out some equally amazing and terrible red carpet looks -- and there are definitely a few stars who need to look for new stylists, Asap. Photos: 2014 Emmy Awards -- Red Gowns Rule the Red Carpet!We're not sure what Sarah Paulson was thinking when she decided to go with this look. Not only does the material look cheap, we'd also like to bet it's pretty itchy. Maybe the "American Horror Story" star should stick to a more simple design next year. Once again, Lena Dunham made our worst dressed list. The "Girls" star looks like a walking piece of cotton candy in this ombre pink frilly skirt. Plus, we're not really sure what's going on with the awkward blouse pairing. Photos: 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- All the Red Carpet Fashion!And while Laura Prepon usually nails her red carpet looks, »
- tooFab Staff
Given the way HBO’s Veep wrapped its third season, Michael Ausiello had one burning question for star Anna Chlumsky when they chatted at this year’s Emmys red carpet: Might the series’ title change to reflect Selina Meyer’s new position as commander-in-chief?
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Sadly, you’d need to have a WikiLeaks-style operation to get info out of the actress, who protects spoilery tidbits about the series info as though they were state secrets. (Also, as she notes, the cast begins Season 4 rehearsals today, »
Like the lawyer she plays on TV, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski chose her words carefully when Michael Ausiello asked her about the CBS drama’s upcoming sixth season — specifically, whether her character actually will make the leap to Alicia and Cary’s new firm.
“It’s pretty funny to imagine Diane Lockhart with her fabulous outfits and her handbag and her whole thing going to that funky, loft-like space and feeling kinda comfortable with it,” the actress said with a coy smile.
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Harris left his run of the Tony award winning show, being replaced by Girls and The Book Of Mormon star Andrew Rannells. According to figures that were released from trading group Broadway League, the musical grossed $648,738 – which is still pretty good for a Broadway show, but it is far less than the $1,139,903 takings from Harris’ final bow the week before.
In other Broadway news two shows closed this weekend. The first being Woody Allen’s wonderful flop Bullets Over Broadway, which cost $14 million to make, closing just four months after its debut. The second, and the biggest Broadway surprise success of them all, was Disney’s Newsies (yes, a reboot of the movie musical that starred Christian Bale). The show ended on a high note, »
- Lucy Cave
NBC’s Monday-night airing of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards drew 15.6 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating (per finals), down 13 percent from last year’s NFL-boosted telecast on CBS.
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Compared to the most recent Emmycast to not have an NFL lead-in (ABC, 2012), NBC’s numbers were up 17 and 8 percent, scoring the event’s second-best audience in eight years and matching its second-best demo delivery in seven years.
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Facing off against the Emmys… »
Dancing to her own tunes! Katy Perry and Diplo attended Seth Meyers' Emmys afterparty at Hyde in L.A., where they were "super cute together," an observer tells Us Weekly. The two arrived together and "kept grabbing each other's hands and Diplo kept pulling Katy in," the observer recalls. When they weren't touchy-feely, the two let loose on the dance floor and chatted with pals like Girls' actress Allison Williams. DJ Sam Ronson, who was spinning at the star-studded bash, played Perry's smash hit, "Dark Horse," specifically for the pair — [...] »
Not That Kind of Girl, due out in September, recounts years of therapy and 'fear of life in general'
Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, reportedly netted its author a $3.5m (£2.1m) advance. Out in September, it comes garlanded with endorsements from the likes of Judy Blume ("Always funny, sometimes wrenching") and David Sedaris ("a fine, subversive book").
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- Alison Flood
Last night the 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced with "Breaking Bad" taking home top honors with five wings including Outstanding Drama Series, followed by "Modern Family" with three wins including Outstanding Comedy Series. FX programs "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Fargo" each took home two awards including an Outstanding Miniseries win for "Fargo". Meanwhile, new shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley" went home empty handed and for all the fanfare it received in its first season, including 12 Emmy nominations, "True Detective" only took home one win, that being for director Cary Joji Fukunaga". Personally, I don't give a lick about the Emmys, it's right there with the Grammys in terms of worthless awards shows for me. It's a show wherein people must nominate themselves and while most award shows are no better, this one is down there near the bottom for me. So, with that said, »
- Brad Brevet
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