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All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
TCA 2015: Network picks up Lee Daniels’ hop hop soap opera after just two episodes
Fox has given “Empire,” its high-rated hip hop soap opera, a second season after just two episodes, Fox Television Group’s co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Created by Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), the show premiered to big numbers for the network. So far, averaging a 5.3 rating by Nielsen, the series has become the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow »
- Jethro Nededog
The Golden Globes are chosen by a small group of 80-odd full and part-time journalists in Los Angeles — how hard can they be to predict?
Pretty hard, sometimes. Where the tastes of the 6,000-plus Oscar voters tend to even out and make sense, there’s often something confounding about the priorities and agendas of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s motley assortment of voters. But knowing that they like big stars, they like to be on winning teams and they like to spread the wealth to keep everybody happy, TheWrap has taken a look at Sunday’s categories to offer our predictions. »
- Steve Pond and Jethro Nededog
As one music-centric TV show is about to go off the air, Fox is introducing a brand-new one that promises to be more gritty, dramatic and tense than Glee. The two shows are nothing alike, save for the fact that music is involved, but is it still good? That's what matters, after all, no matter what shows we may compare it to.
Empire, on paper, is quite impressive, considering all the big-names both in front of and behind the camera. For the latter, you have Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) and Danny Strong (The Butler, Game Change) who created the series. They're also executive producers, along with Brian Grazer (24, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). And the music is courtesy of Timbaland. »
“I need you to sing like you are going to die tomorrow. Like this is the last song you will ever sing,” music mogul Lucious Lyon instructs a songstress in the recording studio. But he might as well be talking about himself. With the intensity and intrigue of a Shakespearean history play, Fox’s new drama Empire (Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7 at 9pm Et/Pt) depicts a family’s power struggle for the Empire Entertainment throne. From creators Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Danny Strong (Game Change), Empire plays like a chess match with money, fame, love and power the ultimate prize. … Continue reading →
The post Inside the chess match of Fox’s “Empire” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
If you're curious about all the awards season fuss over Richard Linklater's epic project, here's your chance to catch it on Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of 12 years, "Boyhood" charts the life of a young Texas boy as he grows up -- it doesn't sound too exciting, but watching young Ellar Coltrane grow into adulthood is pretty trippy for everyone involved. Lorelei Linklater co-stars as his sister, alongside Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their estranged parents. Maybe next up we could get "Motherhood"? Get a taste of the award-worthy movie with an exclusive clip below.
- Jenni Miller
Every year, TV networks trot out a raft of new offerings to compete for viewers’ eyeballs — an increasingly difficult task, given the ever-growing number of options available to the public. But even in what some have dubbed the new Golden Age of Television, there are bound to be some shows that are less deserving of your time than others.
In 2015, the viewing public will be faced with choices that include, not one, but two new shows from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan; an update on iconic sitcom “The Odd Couple;” and a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte »
- Wrap TV Team
7 items from 2015
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