14 items from 2014
Exclusive: As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children’s fiction franchise he launched with 2012’s The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title set to hit shelves next year. Colfer’s new pact includes the fifth and final book in the Land Of Stories series and a boxed set with new companion volumes Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty and The Mother Goose Diaries, to be released in fall 2015. Colfer is also penning a pair of spin-off picture books inspired by Land lore and aimed at younger readers: The Curvy Tree, illustrated by Brandon Dorman for release next fall, »
- Jen Yamato
Maris Curran’s directorial debut might be a longshot for Sundance….at least for the 2015 edition. The drama which has its character set wrestle with isolation, grief and loss went into production late summer in the titular north-eastern state with a cast comprised of Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez and career-year actor David Oyelowo toplining with a supporting players in the shape of Teyonah Parris, Stephen Henderson and Hani Furstenberg (seek her out in Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet). Five Nights in Maine has found early supporters from the likes of San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant, Cinereach and found some tender loving care from Kickstarter back in 2011. If the project is sprinter speed force in the post-production phase then we might not have to wait until 2016.
Gist: This follows Sherwin (Oyelowo), a man reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to »
- Eric Lavallee
Rogers will portray a young man who — after his best friends die in a tragic accident — finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
Rogers is repped by Apa, Management 360, and Stone Meyer Genow Smelkinson and Binder Llp. »
- Dave McNary
The Flash: Sky1, 8pm
James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor star in this new high-emotion thriller, which explores the fallout from the kidnapping of a young boy - five-year-old Oliver, son of Tony (Nesbitt) and Emily Hughes (O'Connor).
CSI: Channel 5, 9pm
This Us TV procedural brings its 14th season to a close with a very personal episode for Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), who must make »
Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »
- Andre Soares
In light of Supernatural’s traumatic season 9 finale, which [spoiler alert] saw the death — and demon-izing — of Dean Winchester, EW staffers Sandra Gonzalez and Samantha Highfill ranked the Winchester brothers’ top 10 deaths.
Yes, the boys have died a lot.
Sandra: I honestly didn’t remember this as a “death” until you brought it up, and I think it’s because it was played for laughs.
Sam: I know. I forgot about it until I googled deaths. I don’t even remember how he “came back to life.” Clearly it didn’t impact me.
- EW staff
The film, which has the working title Noel, follows the early life and career of the famous playwright who penned such classics as Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit and Easy Virtue. Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are currently in talks to join the project too.
The project is written by playwright and screenwriter Martin Sherman, known for his plays Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents...while newcomer Joe Stephenson is set to direct. It looks like the film is already gaining interest to the bigwigs at Cannes Film Festival, so we can only hope it will be on our screens soon!
While Colfer has made a huge name for himself as one of the stars of Fox’s hit TV show Glee, »
- Lucy Cave
Written by Chris Colfer
Directed by Bradley Buecker
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox
Chris Colfer, the actor responsible for everyone’s favorite countertenor Kurt Hummel, makes his television writing debut with Glee‘s second to last episode of the season, “Old Dog, New Tricks”. While Colfer is new to writing TV scripts, he’s not new to writing. The actor turned author is responsible for two New York Time’s bestselling children’s novels and an screenplay for the award-winning film Struck By Lightning.
In honor of his debut, Colfer convinced a number of acting legends to guest star. The star-studded cast of geriatric performers includes Tim Conway, famous for his work with Carol Burnett; Broadway, film, and television’s June Squibb; and Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams. These additions add an additional layer of authenticity to the Lexington Home »
- Rachel Brandt
Chris Colfer says he was only given two instructions when he walked into the Glee writers' room this spring to try his hand at an episode: He couldn’t break up Kurt and Blaine, and he couldn’t kill off any characters. Other than that, Colfer had free reign in the season’s penultimate episode, “Old Dog, New Tricks,” which airs tonight on Fox. While he has varied writing credits under his belt — including the 2012 indie film Struck by Lightning and the New York Times best-selling Land of Stories novels — scripting Glee was Colfer’s first TV writers’ room experience, and his first musical as well. We caught up with the Golden Globe winner to discuss his writing process, giving Kurt his own story line, and why the hyperpassionate Klaine fans should not send him mean tweets.Can you describe the process of taking on the writing of a Glee episode? »
- Rae Votta
Colfer is currently writing an upcoming episode of Glee that will air later this season. Though it’s the first time Colfer will write for the hit Fox show, fans know that he is already an accomplished writer with the movie Struck By Lightning and the New York Times best-selling children’s novel series The Land of Stories. Now, after five seasons in front of the camera, »
- Jake Perlman
Colfer, who has won numerous awards for playing Kurt Hummel on the show, was approached by the show’s creator Ryan Murphy and asked if he would like to write an episode. It’s not clear what the episode is about just yet, but Colfer has already been meeting up with staff writers to discuss his episode.
Of course this isn’t Colfer’s first time up to the writing stand, he penned and starred in the 2012 coming of age movie Struck By Lightning alongside Allison Janney and Christina Hendricks, but he is also a published author too. All this at 23 years old? Blimey Chris Colfer, you’re showing us up!
Glee season five is currently airing on Fox in the Us and Sky1 in the UK. »
- Lucy Cave
Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer (Fox’s “Glee,” Struck By Lightning) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Tangled) will lend their voices to Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film, Robodog, to be directed by Oscar nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little, Gnomeo & Juliet), it was announced today by Marza’s CEO, Masanao Maeda.
Written by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’S Beginning) and William Schneider, Robodog is produced by Paul Wang (Astro Boy) and will be edited by studio veteran Tom Finan (DreamWorks’ upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman).
Currently in pre-production with voiceover work set to start on February 1st, UK-based Timeless Films is handling international rights to the project, and will present it to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Robodog is a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn’t be more different. »
- Michelle McCue
Timeless Films is handling international rights and will present “Robodog” to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Colfer’s voicing an energetic but overzealous robotic dog and Perlman is supplying the voice to a curmudgeonly real dog, set in his ways with little patience for anything new.
- Dave McNary
It marks the first original 3D CG animated film from Marza, a Tokyo and Us-based production company owned by Sega Sammy.
Colfer is best known for his role in the Fox TV series Glee and also wrote and starred in Brian Dannelly’s Struck By Lightning. Perlman has voiced characters in Tangled and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and also starred in Hellboy and Pacific Rim.
The family »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
14 items from 2014