HOLLYWOOD — "Unbroken" is Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort to date, but she bit off a whole lot more than she expected to chew. The production became a huge undertaking, particularly at the script stage when a number of various elements could have been included from the epic life of Louis Zamperini. So it was as important as ever to do a lot of heavy lifting on the page.
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“Girls” casts Anthony Edwards and Ana Gasteyer as Shoshanna’s parents
The “ER” alum and “SNL” veteran are the latest big-name stars to join Season 4 of the HBO series.
At least 2 sponsors pull out of VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” following backlash
Hallmark and Carmex announced they would pull their ads over a backlash from Twitter users over the black sorority reality show from the creator of “Love & Hip Hop." Meanwhile, a petition denouncing the show has gathered more than 68,000 signatures. PLUS: Former sorority sister/"Community" alum Yvette Nicole Brown is "saddened by what I saw on this show."
Sony scraps all TV advertising for “The Interview”
With the major movie chains opting not to show the film in the wake of terrorist threats, Sony has decided not to spend any more money to promote the film. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel slams movie theaters pulling the film for “an un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."
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HBO to stop issuing overnight ratings
HBO hopes to send a message by emphasizing the “Live Plus 7” day DVR ratings, starting next year.
FXX reviving Fox’s ADHD
The late-night cartoon block will debut on FXX with a one-hour block starting Jan. 22 at midnight, featuring "Lucas Bros. Moving Co." and "Stone Quackers."
Stephen Colbert’s 1st head writer recalls him saying: “I’m gonna work you like a borrowed mule"
Allison Silverman, who went from co-head writer to executive producer during her 2005-09 stint on the show, says: "The days at 'The Colbert Report' were long, and sometimes every minute was stressful. It was a tough, tough job. I remember when I first accepted the position, Stephen said, 'I’m gonna work you like a borrowed mule,' but at the time we were eating hot wings and drinking milkshakes, so I didn’t quite take it in. The show is more written than a lot of other shows. When it started, we had a ton of energy and adrenaline, and we built a show that required all of it. As time went on, we had to figure out a way to make it more manageable and sustainable."
Why L.A. is the perfect choice for “The Walking Dead” spinoff
"A 'Walking Dead' companion series is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of the city’s trademark postapocalyptic feel,” says Mark Lisanti, "the forbidding, provincial disconnectedness of its many beautiful neighborhoods, and its perpetually abandoned sidewalks — nobody shuffles anywhere, the old saw holds. And could there be a better temporary bulwark against the collapse of society than the walls of a studio lot? No, there could not.” PLUS: All the details on the prequel so far.
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The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category.
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.)
Yeah, the Austin Film Critics Association naturally dug the Austin-set "Boyhood," and yeah, they showed a lot of love for "Nightcrawler." But the single coolest thing they did Wednesday in their awards announcement was single out "Joe" star Gary Poulter, a homeless local non-actor who tragically died after completing work on the David Gordon Green film but who delivered one of the most startling performances of the year. He belongs on any supporting actor ballot, in my humble opinion.
My first impression of Katherine Waterston in person was surprise at just how tall she is.
I stand 6'2", and when we were introduced, we were eye-to-eye. It was the night of the New York Film Festival premiere of "Inherent Vice," and we were at the after-party at Tavern On The Green. My review had gone up already, and by the time I made it to the party, several of the people involved in the film had seen the review. That included Waterston, who seemed excited to finally be able to discuss the movie with people, and thrilled that people seemed to like it.
While we spoke, I was also introduced to her father, the iconic character actor Sam Waterston, and he couldn't have seemed more proud of her work in the film. Since that night, I've spoken with her two more times about the film. The first was a long chat on a recent afternoon, and the second was on-camera at the recent Los Angeles press day for the movie. I wasn't expecting to talk to her that last time, so it's probably the more informal of the two.
“Mythbusters” to take on “The Simpsons”
The Discovery Channel series will kick off its 13th season by seeking to prove “Simpsons”-inspired myths, including whether Homer putting his body between himself and a wrecking ball will prevent a house from being destroyed.
Charlie Sheen to reprise his bad-boy “Ferris Bueller” role on “The Goldbergs”
Sheen will pay homage to his “Boy in the Police Station” character from the 1986 film.
“7th Heaven’s” Stephen Collins confesses to molesting 3 underage girls
Collins wrote an essay for People saying he molested girls 20, 32 and 40 years ago, but "I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” since.
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SHEPPERTON STUDIOS, MIDDLESEX - Joss Whedon looked tired.
And not just a little tired, either. He looked weary, deep down in his bones tired. He looked like he was ready to just fall down where he was and sleep for a week. I've seen a number of other directors in this state and it's always when they're near the end of production on one of these mega-movies. The pressure that's on these guys in enormous, and for Whedon, following up one of the biggest films of all time can't be easy.
We sat in a small group facing Whedon in the Tony Stark lab, part of the Avengers Tower set, and asked him what his primary goal was walking into the sequel.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
The latest season finale was, predictably, far below last December's finale and a hair below last May's finale among young viewers, but still helped NBC rule Tuesday in the key demo. "NCIS," however, dominated its hour overall and helped CBS comfortably win in total viewers.
CBS' overall win was boosted by a weak performance from NBC's "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" special, but hindered by relatively low numbers for "NCIS: New Orleans" an "Person of Interest."
The season finale for "MasterChef Junior" was up a bit week-to-week.
On to the numbers...
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
During her Gotham Awards tribute speech, Tilda Swinton name-checked one unexpected collaborator just before exiting stage: Chris Lyons, the man behind Fangs FX. A prosthetic effects company specializing in dental wonders, Swinton personally rang Lyons for four films that played in 2014: "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Zero Theorem," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Snowpiercer." For Swinton, the makeover is part of the job. If she can use special effects makeup to inch just a little closer to her vision of the character, she’ll leap at the chance. A new behind-the-scenes video gives those who bow at the Swinton altar a chance to see her undergo this metamorphosis, going from "Snowpiercer" makeup chair to on-set rehearsal with director Bong Joon-ho.