LOS ANGELES — Focus Features is circling the wagons with the release of James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" imminent. Tuesday night's Los Angeles premiere was well-attended and response has the studio excited, while the film's stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, along with producer Lisa Bruce and screenwriter Anthony McCarten took part in a Wednesday afternoon luncheon in West Hollywood to bend the ear of select press.
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Cartoon Network censors its first gay kiss
A gay kiss between two animated characters on “Clarence” was instead replaced by the characters kissing on the cheek.
Kaley Cuoco’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star is next to her TV dad John Ritter’s star
"I think he's doing a little dance right now!” Cuoco says of her late “8 Simple Rules” co-star. "I’m definitely being looked after.”
ESPN2 is using its Disney connection to show a “Star Wars” special
“SportsNation’s” special on Thursday will feature all the main characters from the “Star Wars” franchise, plus Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“American Horror Story” bringing back Lily Rabe
She’ll reprise her “Asylum” role as nun Sister Mary Eunice for “Freak Show.”
Closing out the acting categories this week it's time for Team HitFix to turn our gaze to the supporting actresses, and like usual, it's pretty fluid here in the early stages. There aren't a ton of obvious contenders and further clouding matters is the fact that some campaigns aren't necessarily firmed up; some of these ladies could be positioned in lead or supporting, depending on the argument.
It is genuinely surprising to see "Terminator: Genisys" on the cover of this week's "Entertainment Weekly." After all, this represents the third attempt to start a new trilogy of "Terminator" films, and the last fumble was made by Warner Bros, whose parent company owns and publishes "Entertainment Weekly," while the new film is being released by Paramount, a competitor.
Then again, looking at the pictures they used on the cover, maybe "Entertainment Weekly" knew exactly what they were doing, because they are profoundly unflattering shots of the cast, including a grinning Terminator, a weird decision since everyone else has on their "this movie is really serious" faces. And the article inside has set off a massive recoil from fandom, which certainly wasn't how Paramount was hoping to kick off their next nine months of promoting the film before its release.
Richard Gere’s 1980 film “American Gigolo” is getting a TV remake
Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the original film that also co-starred Lauren Hutton, is behind the latest movie-to-television remake. Says Bruckheimer: “With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller…”
Jimmy Kimmel will appear via hologram on the CMA Awards stage
After the CMA Awards on Nov. 5, the company behind the Tupac hologram will also make it so Florida Georgia Line performs via hologram in Kimmel’s studio.
Metallica will “shake the rafters” for an entire week on Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show”
The legendary band will spend a weeklong residency the week of Nov. 10 to mark the 10th anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster.”
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VANCOUVER, BC. I didn't get to write about it, but The CW's "The 100" got off to a promising start last week.
I didn't especially like the post-apocalyptic drama when it launched last spring, but I've come to appreciate its regular doses of oddly edgy lunacy -- unpredictably deaths, unpredictably gory deaths, inappropriately timed sexual conquests, etc -- and also plotting so exhausting -- Grounders and Reapers and Mountain Men, Oh My -- that whenever I attempt to pay attention to what's happening, keeping up requires so much effort I almost have to set my quibbles aside.
In the premiere, we saw Eliza Taylor's Clarke begin to try to unravel the mysteries of Mount Weather, a seemingly civilized group of radiation avoiders she just knows are suspicious. We're also suspicious, because any group that has Raymond "Arlo Givens" Barry as its leader is up to no good. Plus, when was the last time a pack of starving people in a dystopia environment encountered a well-fed group with ample supplies of chocolate cake without something sketchy being afoot.
It’s unclear who dubbed Gale Anne Hurd the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” but it’s a title she owns with every fiber of her being. James Cameron's former confidante (and wife), Hurd started as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before producing such films as "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Tremors," "The Relic," "Armageddon," Ang Lee's "Hulk," "and "Aeon Flux.” Today, she’s more popular ever, the matriarch and hype woman of the highest rated cable television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” For her undeniable contributions to the world of blockbuster cinema, the Producers Guild of America has announced that it will bestow Hurd with its highest honor.
Say whatever you like about the first two films in the "Hunger Games" series, but it is clear from the final trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" that they are not just making the same film again this time.
It is true that the first two movies are very similar, and being built around the Games themselves, there's a sort of rigid handcuffed shape to the two movies. You have a pretty good idea how the second one's going to play after you see the first one.
Do you like Demi Lovato? Then you'll love Fifth Harmony's "Sledgehammer."
The former has spent her last Top 40 singles singing about matters of the heart -- literally. Her human heart has been the center of "Really Don't Care," "Neon Lights," "Heart Attack" and "Give Your Heart a Break." Really. Listen to the lyrics. Demi Lovato loves singing about hearts just as much as Mumford & Sons does.
Falling in love is basically a death sentence to the singer, but she couches it with huge, crowd-pleasing dance beats and liberally applying kindly '90s boy band synths and an occasional dash of acoustic or live instruments. Her vocals never fail nor cease to soar on choruses, which is precisely why you may or may not like Demi Lovato: her heart is bursting and she needs you to hear about it.
Singing quintet Fifth Harmony follows exactly this formula, only with five girls I guess? If the crew were to splinter right now, Camila Cabello would be the one to continue on, having the strongest and most character-heavy voice, and it sounds like she's the one who's all over this "Sledgehammer" ("slaydge-hamma") recording.
"Sledgehammer" is on Fifth Harmony's new album "Reflection," out on Dec. 16. The song is the follow-up single to "BO$$" which did its damndest to make an impact on radio this summer.
It’s official: Neil Patrick Harris joins 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' — along with his husband
It’s official: Neil Patrick Harris joins “American Horror Story: Freak Show” — along with his husband
Harris and hubby David Burtka — who both turned down a chance to be part of “American Horror Story” Season 1 — will appear at the end of this “Freak Show” season, according to TV Line. Harris will play a chameleon salesman in the final two episodes, while Burtka will appear in the season finale with Jessica Lange. Harris has been lobbying to appear on “American Horror Story,” admitting earlier this summer: “I wrote a letter to Ryan (Murphy) asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it.” To which Murphy replied on Twitter: "of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Fox orders Peter Pan-inspired drama “League of Pan”
The mystery drama from the exec producer of CW’s “The Secret Circle” will pick up with the Lost Boys 15 years after they left Neverland.
Fox News special will reveal the identity of "The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden”
The two-night special, airing Nov. 11 and 12, will feature an interview with the Navy SEAL who fired the fatal shots during the May 1, 2011 raid in Pakistan. The interview will also reveal the SEAL’s identity.
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VANCOUVER, BC. A familiar face and a familiar name will arrive in Starling City on Wednesday (October 29) night's episode of "Arrow."
As The CW has been heavily promoting, Katrina Law will be back as Nyssa Al Ghul, League of Assassins veteran and daughter to the famous Ra's Al Ghul. As we learned last season, Nyssa had a rather close relationship with the late Sara Lance, so her return is likely to be intense.
Wednesday morning, the International Documentary Association announced its nominees and select winners for the 2014 IDA Awards, an annual tribute to the best-of-the-best of non-fiction film and television. Pertinent to award season are the Best Feature contenders, including Lara Poitras’ recent hit “CITIZENFOUR” “Point and Shoot,” an American filmmaker’s look inside Libyan prisons,