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Fox has announced a winter premiere date for it new drama "Empire." The "epic family battle," as the press release states, begins, with limited commercial interruption, on Wednesday, January 7, from 9-10 Pm Et/Pt, following "American Idol Xiv." From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and producer Brian Grazer, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Jussie Smollett, Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
After tackling political drama and comedy with the likes of Recount, Game Change and The Campaign, director Jay Roach is heading further into the past for a historical drama called Trumbo. The title refers to screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a real Hollywood screenwriter who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee by refusing to testify regarding accusations of ties to communism. Trumbo ended up being blacklisted and sentenced to nearly a year in prison but never stopped writing movies, and now this first look photo shows the Oscar winner brought to life by "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. Here's the first image from Jay Roach's Trumbo from Entertainment Weekly: Trumbo is directed by Jay Roach and written by television writer John McNamara. The film tells the story of real-life screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the scribe of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday, who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox’s fall lineup, Gotham aside, has delivered a whole slew of disappointments, with heavily promoted reality series Utopia landing softly and new series like Gracepoint, Mulaney and Red Band Society proving dead on arrival. However, maybe midseason hip-hop drama Empire will turn things around for the network.
Featuring a star-studded cast led by Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and Courtney Love, the show is looking increasingly like a potential hit. Like ABC’s Nashville, which is currently in its third season, Empire aims to blend the soapy, scandalous drama of Dynasty (which show creator Lee Daniels, of The Butler and Precious fame, has cited as an inspiration) with toe-tapping music. And judging by the first trailer, which you can check out below, the series has been wholly successful in that endeavor.
Howard toplines as Lucious Lyon, the head of a hip-hop empire who rose up from a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Terrence Howard played a character having a hard time breaking into the world of hip hop in his breakthrough film "Hustle and Flow," but now the Oscar nominee is on top of the music industry in the upcoming Fox drama "Empire." Oscar nominee Lee Daniels is re-teaming with his “The Butler" writer Danny Strong (“Game Change") for the new drama about a family dynasty set in the positively Shakespearean world of hip hop, where family loyalties are tested by the temptations of greed and betrayal. A new promo for the series aired last night during the World Series, and it promises drama, sex, beats and more. Watch it here: The series also stars Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest") and "Precious" Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, and includes new music from legendary producer Timbaland. "Empire" is executive produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer ("24") Ilene Chaiken ("The L Word") and »
- Dave Lewis
Here's a look at the dynamic new promo out for the new drama “Empire.” From the looks of the trailer, there's going to be a lot of juicy drama as fame and family collide. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The Fox show is coming to you from producers Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind:), Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels‘ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Game Change”). The drama, set in the world of a hip-hop empire, follows family dynasty that functions within a world of glamour, danger, sex and power. The cast includes Terrence Howard (“Crash”) and Taraji P. Henson »
- Gina Hall
Between Still Alice and Maps to the Stars, both festival hits, Julianne Moore's having a big year—and it just got bigger: New York's Museum of the Moving Image announced Wednesday they'll be honoring Moore at their annual salute in January. "She is one of the most accomplished and talented actors working today and we are thrilled to be honoring her at our annual Salute," Herbert S. Schlosser, co-chairman of the museum's board of trustees, said in a statement. "She is a fearless and versatile performer who has created so many powerful performances in film and television." Moore has »
- Ariana Bacle
One of the most anticipated and ambitious series of 2015 is Fox's Empire. Created by Lee Daniels (The Butler) and Danny Strong (Game Change) and featuring original music by Timbaland, Empire is a soapy drama about a hip-hop mogul (The Best Man Holiday's Terrence Howard) who battles his estranged wife Cookie (No Good Deed's Taraji P. Henson) for control of their massively successful company. Watch the new teaser exclusively on EW: »
- Tim Stack
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »
- Zac Gille
The post-Barbara Walters version of The View made its premiere Monday on ABC, using Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" to greet the new panel: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate… I shake it off, shake it off." This seems like a rather defensive posture for a show starting its 18th season. But then again. Other than new host Rosie Perez talking about how she learned kung fu "just in case I had to kick some ass," the hour didn't go too well. It was stiff, polite and airless, like one of those Taiwanese parody cartoons that "dramatize" news scandals. »
- Tom Gliatto
After seven seasons, the battles between vampires and humans in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps came to an end with the series finale of True Blood. For many fans of the show, it’s been difficult to say goodbye, but a return to the vampiric community is possible with HBO’s upcoming release of True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to Blu-ray and DVD.
HBO will release both True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to home media on November 11th. The Complete Series Blu-ray box set can be purchased for $299.99, complete with 33 discs and all previously released bonus features from past seasons, including 40 audio commentaries.
The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray will include behind-the-scenes bonus features of the bittersweet last days during the show’s 10-episode final season. We have the official press »
- Derek Anderson
New 'The View' Hosts
Perez and Wallace will make their debuts as The View cohosts when the new season commences Sept. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join The View," Perez said in a statement, reported People magazine. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation's audience on a daily basis ... icing on the cake! Very happy."
A year ago this week it was announced that Jonathan Nolan will act as showrunner and writer alongside Lisa Joy on a new HBO series based on Michael Crichton’s book and cult classic film Westworld. Busiest man in the world J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub will also produce the new series. Variety reported that the HBO rendition of Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Something must have happened to Crichton at a theme park in his youth because Westworld is his first of two theme park disaster stories, the second being Jurassic Park. Westworld is the story of a Disney World-like park with multiple themed sections inhabited by lifelike androids that allow guests to act out their wildest fantasies. Of course there is a malfunction and the robots go rogue. »
- Max Molinaro
Check out the last five Emmy winners for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and you’ll notice a trend: Voters tend to gravitate toward long-standing movie actresses tackling small-screen roles.
Related Emmys 2014: What Should Win Outstanding TV Movie? Take Our Poll!
Indeed, the success of The Big C: Hereafter‘s Laura Linney, Game Change‘s Julianne Moore, Mildred Pierce‘s Kate Winslet, Temple Grandin‘s Claire Danes and Grey Gardens‘ Jessica Lange since 2009 could be good news for Burton and Taylor‘s Helena Bonham Carter, American Horror Story: Coven‘s Oscar-winning scene-stealer Lange or The Trip to Bountiful‘s Cicely Tyson. »
If history is any indicator, Emmy voters like a little, well, history in their Outstanding TV Movie winners.
The last four champs in the category — 2010’s Temple Grandin, 2009’s Grey Gardens and 2008’s Recount and 2007’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee — all had their roots in real-life characters and situations.
Related Emmy Poll 2014: What Should Win Best Miniseries?
Heck, even in the last three years — when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences merged Movies and Miniseries into one overarching division — two of the three victors (2012’s Game Change and 2013’s Behind the Candelabra) followed that trend.
Today in perfect casting: Ed Harris is set to play the "distillation of pure villainy" in HBO's "Westworld." The three-time Academy Award nominee has joined producer J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi series as the ominously-monikered Man in Black, joining previously-cast stars including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest") is set to executive produce and direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with fellow executive producer Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice"). Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series was inspired by "Jurassic Park" novelist Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi film of the same name. Crichton wrote and directed the film, which centered on a group of vacationers struggling to survive a deadly robot malfunction at a futuristic Western-themed adult amusement park. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ed Harris is heading to TV in a villainous role.
The “Apollo 13″ and “The Abyss” actor has signed on to join HBO’s “Westworld” in key evil role, Variety has confirmed. He joins an already-announced cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Shannon Woodward.
Harris will star as The Man in Black, described as the “distillation of pure villainy into one man.”
J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk are producing the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, which followed a robot malfunction that led to terror in a theme park. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan will produce and direct the Warner Bros. Television one-hour drama, and co-wrote the pilot with exec producer Lisa Joy. Kathy Lingg serves as co-executive producer, with Athena Wickham as a producer, David Coatsworth as co-executive producer and line producer and Susie Ekins as co-producer.
The role is a return to HBO for Harris. »
- Alex Stedman
The four-time Oscar nominee’s character is called The Man in Black, and is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” He joins previously cast star — and fellow series television newcomer—Anthony Hopkins, along with Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Shannon Woodward.
The Warner Bros.-produced sci-fi pilot produced by J.J Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk updates Michael Crichton’s 1973 classic film about a theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. »
- James Hibberd
Add one more to the growing population of “Westworld.” Veteran actor Ed Harris has joined the Warner Bros. Television/HBO production, TheWrap has learned. Harris will play the ultimate baddie, The Man in Black, who's described by project's producers as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” This is a return to HBO for Harris. Previously, he garnered a Golden Globe award and Emmy nomination for “Game Change.” The actor's many film credits include “Gravity,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Abyss” and “The Rock.” Harris will soon be seen in the upcoming feature film Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson and Joel. »
- Jethro Nededog
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