Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story
Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original
The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »
- Carli Velocci
How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017
Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.
The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »
- Kate Erbland
Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in. In an era of overstuffed, taped-together blockbusters, it was supremely funny, exciting, and well-made — a rock ‘n’ roll space opera, spectacular yet lithe, without a stray shot or sequence out of place, and with a wildly caustic yet devotional interplay among its motley crew of renegades that recalled the original 1977 “Star Wars” (obviously its chief influence). The film wielded the machinery of big-budget franchise filmmaking and trumped it at the same time. So the question of what “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” can do for an encore isn’t really, “Can it top the first film?” It’s more like, »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Boy Bands vs Girl Groups Night Breaks More Hearts
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”) Former “Bachelor” Nick Viall survived dressing up as Pinocchio and performing a very wooden dance on last week’s “Dancing With the Stars” — but would he get past Week Six’s Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups night after being in jeopardy two weeks in a row? The short answer is yes, shockingly. Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestants Get Teary-Eyed Recalling Their 'Most Memorable Year' In fact, after getting a perfect score on Monday, it was “Glee »
- Debbie Emery
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Takes Over Bill O’Reilly’s Timeslot — and Delivers the Same Bombast (Column)
It would seem that nothing has changed.
With characteristic, disingenuous smarm, Tucker Carlson debuted “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at the 8 p.m. hour on Fox News, taking over from disgraced anchor Bill O’Reilly. Carlson began the hour with a statement about O’Reilly that lionized the former Fox News host: “I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well-prepared he was, how tough he was, and how crisply and directly he expressed his views. What O’Reilly did was not easy — he set a high bar — and I’m going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us.”
Carlson’s program then proceeded to follow a template of the exact same demonizing, disingenuous rhetoric that has characterized his style for years and Fox News’ strategy for decades. When O’Reilly was let go from the network, the Murdoch family stated that they were prioritizing a »
- Sonia Saraiya
Dick Contino, Famed Accordionist and Star of 'Daddy-o,' Dies at 87
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Contino died Wednesday in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
Popular with the kids back in the day, Contino lost a drag race to Sandra Giles and portrayed a singer and truck driver in Daddy-o (1958) — which was scored by John Williams in his feature debut — and then appeared in The Beat Generation (1959), Girls Town (1959) and The Big Night (1960).
- Mike Barnes
Advertisers Return to Fox News’ 8 P.M. Slot As Tucker Carlson Starts New Run
Madison Avenue has rediscovered Fox News Channel’s 8 p.m. hour.
Mercedes-Benz, one of the first advertisers to announce it was yanking commercials from Fox News Channel’s flagship program, “The O’Reilly Factor” in the midst of a recent controversy surrounding its host, has returned to that program’s timeslot now that a new offering is in its place. The automaker joined other former O’Reilly advertisers like Jenny Craig and custom-shirt maker Untuckit.com in support of the ousted anchor’s successor, Tucker Carlson.
Fox News’ inaugural broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 8 p.m. carried what appeared to be 18 national spots from marketers including Honda, ExxonMobil, Choice Hotels, Bp and Infiniti. In contrast, some of Fox News’ more recent airings of “The O’Reilly Factor,” with and without Bill O’Reilly at the helm, carried as few as ten ads, many of them from direct-response marketers and lesser-known brands. O »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Flip or Flop’ Couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa to Reunite for Supersized Season Despite Split
“Flip or Flop” will return for its seventh season with Tarek and Christina El Moussa continuing their run together, despite the end of their marriage four months ago, Hgtv announced Monday. The two house-flipping real estate agents have already filmed five episodes, with filming for the remaining episodes continuing through the fall. The couple made their split official back in December, though they had been apart since last May, when Christina called police after Tarek left their house and walked into the woods near their home with a gun after an argument. Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa. »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘The Leftovers’ episode 3 preview: ‘Crazy Whitefella Thinking’ focuses on Scott Glenn’s Kevin Sr. [Watch]
Next Sunday’s third episode of “The Leftovers” will shine a spotlight on Scott Glenn‘s Kevin Garvey Sr., who popped up in Australia at the end of this week’s hour. The father of Justin Theroux‘s character, Kevin Sr. is the former Mapleton Chief of Police who at one point was committed to a mental institution. Glenn appeared as […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Emmys: Allison Janney Goes Lead for ‘Mom’ as Campaigns Jockey for Position
After three-straight supporting actress Emmy nominations, including back-to-back wins, “Mom” star Allison Janney will be submitted in the lead actress comedy category for the show’s fourth season, Variety has learned.
Janney’s camp — spurred by press reaction suggesting lead consideration — felt the show had evolved to a place where it was more of a two-hander between Janney and co-star Anna Faris. And after all, changing categories didn’t hurt the 11-time nominee when she did it over a decade ago; Janney won twice in supporting for “The West Wing” and then twice again when she went lead.
These kinds of maneuvers often reflect an organic progression, but they can also be a reaction to the competitive environment. Changing to a thinner category could pave an easier path to recognition, etc. But Janney isn’t exactly moving into a weaker stream. Indeed, the comedy categories on the whole are as competitive as ever. Top »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Flip or Flop’ Stars Returning for 20 More Episodes of Hgtv Show Amid Divorce
The announcement of the hosts’ — and former couple — return to the home improvement series comes amid a highly-publicized divorce that followed a domestic altercation last spring. When the duo announced their separation after seven years of marriage this past December, the future of the Hgtv series was unclear and reports surfaced that the seventh season would be shortened.
Hgtv has ordered a whopping 20 episodes for the seventh season — more episodes than any season in the past of the home improvement show. Season 7 is slated to debut in December 2017.
According to Hgtv’s website, their cameras for Season 7 “captured the ups and downs of Tarek and Christina’s house flipping business as well as their family life. While the couple has separated, each one has turned the page to a new life that includes a continued commitment »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘American Assassin’ Top Social Media Buzz
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opens May 5 amid massive expectations, generated more than 65,000 new conversations last week in the wake of the April 17 announcement of the return of director James Gunn for the third film.
The tentpole, which has generated a total of 830,000 cumulative new conversations, announced a cameo role for Miley Cyrus. And Nathan Fillion released photos on April 20 of his Simon Williams character, which has been cut from the film.
Lionsgate’s “American Assassin” generated 53,000 new conversations last week following release of the film’s first trailer on April 18. The footage introduces Dylan O’Brien in the Mitch Rapp role, first seen on the beach and in the water at an idyllic tropical resort, proposing to his fiancee, »
- Dave McNary
Faye Dunaway on Oscars Flub: ‘I Was Very Guilty’ (Video)
Faye Dunaway has broken her silence about the Oscars Best Picture flub in an interview with Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” on Monday. “I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?” Dunaway said, adding that she feels “very guilty” about the mix-up. Dunaway, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner over “Moonlight” alongside co-presenter Warren Beatty, also walked through what was going through her head on stage. “ took the card out, and he didn’t say anything,” she said. “He paused. He looked over me, »
- Reid Nakamura
Bill O’Reilly: ‘I Was Very Surprised How It All Turned Out’
Bill O’Reilly spoke out for the first time Monday about his abrupt departure from Fox News, saying he was “surprised” to be out of a job but believes “the truth will come out.” “I am sad that I’m not on television anymore,” the former king of cable news said on his “No Spin News” podcast. “I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot, because there’s much stuff going on right now.” “But I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, »
- Itay Hod
Robert M Pirsig, ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Author, Dies at 88
Robert M. Pirsig, the author of philosophical novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” has died. He was 88. Pirsig passed away at his home in South Berwick, Maine, on Monday, The New York Times reported. His publisher, William Morrow, confirmed his death, saying the writer’s health had been failing. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pirsig was a college writing instructor and freelance technical writer when he penned his first book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” in 1974. Also Read: Erin Moran, Star of 'Happy Days' and 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' Dies »
- Debbie Emery
Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
New Photos Show Pwc Accountant Tweeting, Mixing Envelopes Backstage at Oscars (Exclusive)
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- JD Knapp
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