The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange as the recipient of this year's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The honor will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, an event which serves as an annual fundraiser for SBIFF.
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"Hannibal" stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen couldn't make it to Comic-Con this year, but the bulk of the show's supporting cast — including Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, and surprise returnee Raul Esparza — were able to be in San Diego, and I got a chance to sit down with the four of them the morning after their lively Comic-Con panel. We talked about the unexpected reprieve for Esparza's Dr. Chilton, the "Hannibal" supporting player trap of being more in danger the more you're given to do, how the show will look with Price and Zeller as the only completely healthy good guy characters left, and a lot more.
James Brown biopic "Get On Up" with recent Hitfix interviewee Chadwick Boseman heads to theaters Friday. Tom Hiddleston and Ansel Elgort will play Hank Williams and Van Cliburn, respectively, soon. The N.W.A. flick has its cast. Andre 3000 already stepped up as Jimi Hendrix in "All Is By My Side," out just recently.
Biopics have been a draw for awards voters too, like for "Ray" and "Walk the Line," for their actors and the music.
So why wait? Might as well start planning ahead while our favorite artists are with us.
In the gallery below, I spitball some actors and the contemporary musicians they could play. Undoubtedly, Tilda Swinton could play quite a few, but which first? Who looks like Taylor Swift? Who could be a doppelganger for Alicia Keys or Drake? How does Miley Cyrus fit in? And why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Ruffalo on this list?
Add your own suggestions in the comments. I'd be particularly keen to see Mark Strong take on Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor -- "Come Back Stronger," what do you think?
Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s “Sharknado wave”
"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time,” the actor said with a laugh, in an interview with Mashable. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave.” PLUS: Ziering on Reddit gives a Steve Sanders update, and check out Ziering’s “Sharknado”-themed autograph.
Nickelodeon orders 26 episodes of “100 Things to Do Before High School”
The middle school comedy is from the creator of “Big Time Rush.”
“Game of Thrones’” Maisie Williams: “I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby…"
Asked about the Lady Stonehart controversy, Williams says of book readers: "They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, 'That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.' But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.” PLUS: Cersei’s daughter reacts to being recast via a Vine video, and George R.R. Martin is a rock star at Comic-Con.
It’s about time “The Bachelorette” talked about sex
Monday night’s “historic television moment” shouldn’t have been that big a deal. PLUS: Stop shaming Andi!, bachelor Nick preferred to have that conversation in public, Chris Harrison recalls Nick’s demeanor the past few months, and a character study of “Mumblecore Nick."
“Nathan For You” co-creator: How the show could’ve been different
Michael Koman, who hired Nathan Fielder as a writer on "Important Things with Demetri Martin,” says the initial concept of the show included written pieces.
Has John Oliver discovered late-night’s future with “Last Week Tonight”?
After three months, Oliver has set himself apart from “The Daily Show.” PLUS: Oliver’s long rants are a “master class” in how to make a downer subject entertaining.
Former “Lost” boss Carlton Cuse is now juggling 5 TV shows
Meanwhile, Damon Lindelof has “The Leftovers.”
"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” adds “Bakshi"
British actor Simon Kassianides will recur in Season 2 as a "confident right-hand man.”
"Downton Abbey’s Lily James may be up for “War and Peace”
She and Paul Dano are reportedly in negotiations for the six-part BBC adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic.
Jay R. Ferguson shaves off his “Mad Men” beard
“RIP Rizzo, it was a pleasure."
“Community’s” last-minute Yahoo renewal prompted Comic-Con panel scrambling
TV Guide Magazine’s tribute to “Community” had been in the works for months, but its rebirth on Yahoo made it all the more viable.
Billy Bob Thornton: I’d love to steal Penny away on “The Big Bang Theory”
Thornton, whose mom turned him on to “Big Bang,” says he’d also like to play Hodor’s cousin on “Game of Thrones.”
Why “Saved by the Bell” was terrible
The classic NBC teen comedy has influenced many awful Disney Channel sitcoms, says Drew Magary. "It's a show that holds a special place in the hearts of many people my age,” he notes. "I am not one of these people. Saved by the Bell was f*cking terrible. It wasn't funny. It wasn't well acted. It wasn't well written. It wasn't even well shot. It was a sh*tty placeholder sitcom designed to keep you in the TV room an extra hour before heading out to softball practice.”
Here is a reported breakdown of how much TLC paid the Gosselins for “Jon & Kate Plus 8”
The Gosselins went from making $2,000 an episode to $22,500 an episode, according to a new tell-all book.
“Girls” films at SUNY New Paltz
Can the State University of New York at New Paltz substitute for the University of Iowa?
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for its Oscar bait prestige dramas, major Hollywood studio releases, a focus (appropriately) on Canadian film and, to a lesser extent, its Midnight Madness program. One thing it doesn't have a strong reputation for is documentaries. That's why it's no surprise that only six of the initial 15 documentaries announced for the 2014 festival this morning are world premieres.
Mark Valley joins “CSI”
The “Fringe,” “Keen Eddie” and “Boston Legal” alum will recur next season as Elisabeth Shue’s new partner (and possible love interest).
Jim Gaffigan’s rejected CBS pilot "The Jim Gaffigan Show” picked up by TV Land
Gaffigan’s comedy, based on his life, also co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg.
Mindy Kaling replaces “bitches” with “haters” from her "Mindy Project" season premiere title
Season 3’s premiere will be called "We're a Couple Now, Haters!” because people could be offended by “bitches,” Kaling explains.
Check out Lea Michele in her frumpy “Sons of Anarchy” outfit
The “Glee” star has been guest-starring on the FX series this week.
“The Originals” alum Claire Holt to star in NBC’s “Aquarius”
She’ll play a police officer in the Charles Manson-themed drama.
“Frontline” details what went wrong in Iraq in “Losing Iraq”
Tonight’s documentary tells how everything was screwed up from the start.
If you want to see what chaos looks like, try shooting something with both sound and video on the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con.
Now add in the variables of answering questions you're not prepared to answer with people you know walking by and anxious security guards trying to move you and last-day anxiety from everyone around you and it gets to be pure madness, but the kind that can be an enormous amount of fun if you let it.
In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season.
TV Land cancels Kirstie Alley’s “Kirstie”
The ratings-challenged sitcom, also co-starring Michael Richards and Rhea Perlman, lasted one season.
Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” casts a woman in the Brad Pitt role
“Cosmopolis” star Emily Hampshire will take on the role Pitt played in the 1995 Terry Gilliam film.
CW to air The World Dog Awards
The inaugural and all-inclusive doggie awards show will be broadcast from Santa Monica's Barker Hanger in January.
“The League” gets a Season 6 premiere date
The FXX series returns Sept. 3.
CNN capitalizing on fugitive who was killed after appearing on John Walsh’s “The Hunt”
Charles Mozdir, who was profiled on July 20 of the “America’s Most Wanted” host’s new series, was killed in a shootout Monday. And ever since, CNN has been going all-out covering Mozdir and Walsh’s connection to the story.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” unveils its Season 2 poster
“Same Shift. Different Day.”
Charlie Hunnam gets naked in a video explaining his Comic-Con absence
Watch the “Sons of Anarchy” star get a massage.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is trying to woo “The Bachelor”
The City Council tonight will consider a request from Santa Fe’s tourism department to spend $50,000 to $100,000 to lure the ABC reality show. PLUS: "The Bachelorette" posts Nick's emotional letter to Andi Dorfman on Facebook.
“24” vet Louis Lombardi defends Kiefer Sutherland
Lombardi, who played Edgar Stiles on “24” Seasons 4 and 5, says of Freddie Prinze, Jr’s comments: "My experience with Kiefer was absolutely the opposite. He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with," Lombardi tells Us Weekly exclusively. "He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman.”
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sarah Drew is pregnant
Drew is expected to welcome her 2nd child in December.
James Garner died of a massive heart attack
“The Rockford Files” star’s death certificate sates that he died from acute myocardial infarction.
Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry join Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”
They’ll play, respectively, Jane Fonda’s daughter and Lily Tomlin’s son.
“The Blacklist” casts a “House of Cards” vet as James Spader’s new foe
Mozhan Marnò will play a former Mossad agent.
You can vote for “America’s Got Talent” via Google searches
Starting tonight, Google searches for “AGT” contestants will bring up ballots for the NBC reality show.
USA’s “Sirens” promotes “Cash"
Actor Bill Nunn will become a series regular in Season 2.
Ex-“Fargo” police chief headed to “Covert Affairs”
Shawn Doyle will recur as a Georgian diplomat.
"I just wanted to figure out how long I had to stay alive to shoot nine pictures."
I've done a lot of interviews at a lot of events over the years, and I have to give special credit to 20th Century Fox this year for staging one of the most orderly and relaxed afternoons I can remember. They had a place on top of the Hard Rock Cafe. Nothing major. A suite with a long balcony and a hot tub area. They had some tables set up on the balcony with food. They had some chairs. And they had an area where we were able to set up to talk to a group of people representing the slate they had that afternoon.
Samuel L. Jackson is an icon at this point. He has put his stamp on this era of cinema in a way few people ever could. The number of films he's been in, the range of films he's been in… it will be impossible to tell the story of mainstream filmmaking from 1990 - (let's hope ) 2030 or so without including Jackson and seeing his face constantly. That seems to delight him.