Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria and Lil Wayne have offered their thoughts and prayers to those injured after two mysterious explosions rocked the Boston Marathon route in Massachusetts on Monday (15Apr13). Hours after Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo won the men and women's race, runners were still crossing the finish line when two blasts sent debris into the air and flattened a stand full of spectators, injuring 28 people and leaving at least two dead.
As news footage took over TV networks across America, worried Lohan took to Twitter.com to share her thoughts, writing in a post, "Sending prayers to everyone who was/is at the #bostonmarathon."
Rapper Lil Wayne was also watching the news unfold and tweeted: "Prayers for Boston," while actress Chloe Moretz added, "Boston marathon, absolutely terrifying I hope everyone is okay... Horrific things happening in the world today. God bless those who have died and are injured."
Longoria was shocked by the news reports, too. She tweeted: "God Bless everyone in Boston... God be with the injured people!" Others offering their thoughts and prayers include Kelly Osbourne, Josh Duhamel and British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, who is on tour in America.
Meanwhile, New Kids on the Black star Joey McIntyre has revealed he was caught up in the chaos following the blasts, after crossing the finish line minutes before the incident.
The Boston native tweets, "There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished - I'm ok but I'm sure there are many hurt."
McIntyre included a self-taken photo of himself finishing the race.
FOB Heads to 90210: Fall Out Boy – who recently announced a comeback album/tour after a three year break – is set to perform on 90210 for an episode slated for April 29. The performance will be a part of a big concert event on the CW drama. The band will perform their new single, "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)," off their sixth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, which hits stores worldwide on May 6, 2013. [E!]
Pilot Castings Galore: The CW cast Arrow's Stephen Amell's cousin Robbie Amell as the lead in The Tomorrow People, the drama pilot from Arrow boss Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec based on the 1970s UK series. [TVLine] Nicole Beharie landed the lead in Sleepy Hollow, Fox's drama pilot. The modern-day supernatural thriller is based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Daniel Stern has been cast in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In a Coma as the father of the titular woman who wakes up from a coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter (Miranda Cosgrove). [Deadline] Joey McIntyre and Jessica Chaffin have been cast in CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Directed by Fred Savage, the comedy revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. The CW is bringing back another member from the original cast of The Selection. Australian actress Peta Sergeant has been added to the retooled pilot, reprising her role as Gaia, a rebel leader who is working to overthrow the monarchy. Sean Patrick Thomas is also reprising his role. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the royal prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. [Deadline] Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen has signed on to CBS’ Bad Teacher, the single-camera comedy based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. Hansen will play Joel, the shorts-sporting athletic coach at Nixon Middle School. [TVLine] Mira Sorvino landed a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sorvino’s Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. [Deadline]
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Dwight Gets a Nemesis: Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has been cast as a nemesis for The Office’s Dwight. He will play Sensei Billy, the karate instructor who's about ready to commit hara-kiri over Dwight’s inimitable "presence" in his dojo. Imperioli’s episode is slated to air in the spring. [TVLine]
Entourage Lady Heads to The Newsroom: Entourage’s Constance Zimmer has just been cast to recur on Aaron Sorkin's drama The Newsroom. On the upcoming Season 2, which reflects on the recent presidential campaign, Zimmer will play Taylor, a press spokesperson for the Mitt Romney campaign. [Deadline]
VH1 Picks Up 3 New Shows, Renews 1: VH1 has ordered three news shows for spring 2013: The Gossip Game, which follows ambitious women covering the urban entertainment beat; I’m Married To A…, a documentary series that examines some unusual couples in love; and 100 Sexiest Artists, a five-part countdown special. The network has also has picked up a third season of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, featuring rapper T.I. "Tip" Harris, his wife, entrepreneur and singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and their six children. [Deadline]
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Spend the HOLLAday Season with Honey Boo Boo: A dollar isn't the only thing that makes her holler: so do the holidays! TLC has released the new schedule for their self-described "HOLLAday" episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, slated to premiere in January. Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving will all be spotlighted over 4 episodes of the new season starting January 6th. And the phenomenon continues. [The Huffington Post]
Gillian Anderson is Returning to TV, Clarice: Brace yourselves, sci-fi nerds: your resident queen, X-Files alumna Gillian Andersonis making her return to television with Hannibal, it was announced today, after a 10 year absence from the small screen. The hotly-anticipated new show (with an incredibly cast list to boot) will see Anderson play the role of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier in a multiple-episode arc. For those unaware, Dr. Du Maurier isn't just any psychiatrist: in fact, she's a murderous psychiatrist AND, coincidentally, the therapist of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. "Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television..." explained creator/producer Bryan Fuller in a statement. [EW]
The CW Gets Real..ity: Perennial young adult favorite The CW is broadening its horizons in the world of reality television by picking up orders for two new reality series: The Hunt and Perfect Score. According to a press release from the net, The Hunt is "an intense wilderness competition" between 12 teams of two, trying to outrun, outwit, outlast (hmm, why does that sound so familiar?) each other under seemingly-insane conditions (they get no food, water, or shelter) to win a "huge cash prize." If this didn't already sound like a walk in the park to you, the teams must also rely on their own physicality, hunting, and survival skills to endure the elements and avoid capture. So like, The Hunger Games? Less terrifying-sounding than that is Perfect Score, which is a dating competition that gives players a chance at true love! to win a date, but also the opportunity to win cash if they can successfully identify whole their perfect match is (based on a compatibility test they all took ahead of time). Game, set, match.
FX is Keeping it in The Family: Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her work on Justified, is joining the network's new drama The Americans in a recurring role. The Cold War-set show stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian spies living in the U.S. Martindale's character will also be a KGB spy living outside of Washington, D.C. [The Hollywood Reporter]
ABC Believes in John Leguizamo: A few days after the network decided not to go forward with his comedy pilot, The Kings of Van Nuys, the same network has commissioned another starring vehicle for the actor, based on his own life. The as-yet-untitled project features Leguizamo as a "husband, father, and fish out of water on the Upper West Side of New York." He'll co-write the comedy. [Deadline]
Is The Killing Losing Characters?: The show might have gotten a new lease on life at AMC (via Netflix), but at least one of the previously canceled drama's stars won't be back for Season 3. Billy Campbell, who played mayoral candidate Darren Richmond on the Seattle-set series, will not return. Neither will Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes, who played the parents of the girl who was murdered in the pilot, will also not return. However, series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will be back as Detectives Linden and Holder. [Variety]
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Update: New panels announced for San Deigo Comic-Con! Exciting additions include Wednesday night previews of upcoming pilots, and an advance screening of the latest Torchwood episode. SDCC 2011 looks to continue the Comic-Con legacy as the pop-cultural smorgasbord of the year.
Earlier: Comic-Con promises, as always, a variety of worthwhile material. Some of the attendees this year are listed below, with many others yet to be confirmed.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
UPDATE Special sneak-peak pilot screenings includes some interesting new programming:
J.J. Abram's new series Alcatraz, about the infamous prison; Person of Interest, a crime drama from Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan; an anime adaptation of long-running CW show Supernatural, and supernatural romance drama The Secret Circle
THURSDAY, JULY 21
A screening of Awake: Following a car accident, a policeman and his son deal with the death of his wife … in a different reality, that same police and his wife deal with the death of their son. We have no idea which one is real, if either. Somebody really liked the last season of LOST.
Mike Judge's revival of his Beavis and Butthead series
Game of Thrones’ panel will include author George R. R. Martin, showrunner David Benioff, writer D.B. Weiss, and actors Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa, and Nikloaj Coster-Waldau.
Napoleon Dynamite the Animated Series (with a cast identical to that of the movie—minus Kip) will screen a preview.
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie
UPDATE: Advance screening of the third episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day
FRIDAY, JULY 22
UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory panel plus Q&A with cast
Bob’s Burgers will offer a preview of season 2, as well as a Q&A with writers and voice-actors, including H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal.
Bones/The Finder Panel discussion with writer Hart Hanson, producer Stephen Nathan, and actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
UPDATE: Children's Hospital screening of new episode, Q&A with cast including Rob Corddry and Malin Ackerman,
Falling Skies The new series that has nothing new to say about aliens
UPDATE: Green Lantern: The Animated Series video screening and Q&A
UPDATE: Locke and Key pilot screening, discussion featuring Joe Hill, Rodriguez, writer/producer JoshFriedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Reign of the Dinosaurs Erik Nelson, David Krentz, Ricardo Delgado
Spartacus: Vengeance The unveiling of Liam McIntyre. Panelists include writer Steven DeKnight and actors Dustin Calre, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law and Xena herself.
UPDATE: World premiere of=""> Thundercats, the remake of the 80's cartoon. Episode screening and Q&A with cast.
Torchwood: Miracle Day The cast and crew will attend
True Blood The cast and crew host a panel in the show's fourth appearance at Comic-Con
SATURDAY, JULY 23
American Dad A season-7 preview featuring a guest appearance by Cee Lo Green. Panel discussion features the cast and crew, with conspicuous absence by Seth MacFarlene.
Family Guy Sneak preview of Stewie Goes for a Drive. Cast and crew on panel, again no MacFarlane.
UPDATE: Fringe panel, ="">Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman appear to answer questions about the intriguing past season.
Futurama The nerdiest show at the nerdiest event in nerddom. A sneak preview will feature the show manifested as Japanese anime, for probably no reason (the best reason of all). Bill Morrison moderates a panel including creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen join a panel of voice actors Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche.
UPDATE: Nikita panel and Q&A
Power Rangers Samurai
The Simpsons Matt Groening again appears on panel (and Seth couldn’t even do one), with Al Jean, Rob Lazebnik, Matt Warburton, Mike Anderson and Tom Gammill.
MTV’s Teen Wolf
Screening of the pilot for Terra Nova: a family from a hundred years in the future is transported to prehistory. Attendees include Stephen Lang, Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga.
UPDATE: Vampire Diaries screening and Q&A with cast.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
The Cleveland Show will host a Q&A with cast and crew members following the show's Die-Hard
Allen Gregory (Jonah Hill's new animated series) Hill, David Goodman, Andrew Goodman, Jarrad Paul and voice cast will offer a sneak preview
Glee Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will show never-before-seen footage (there's probably singing)
UPDATE: Supernatural Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles return with additional cast to discuss the seventh season.
UPDATE: Young Justice producers and creative team Q&A.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, Bleeding Cool
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Nearly 60 million people across the United States watched Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to the heroes and the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, The Associated Press reports.
America: A Tribute to Heroes aired Friday night on more than 30 networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN and the WB and was seen in about 210 countries.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the 59.3 million viewers who tuned in to the commercial-free two-hour broadcast compares to the 80 million who watched the Super Bowl or news coverage on the night of the attacks.
Nielsen also estimated that about 89 million people watched at least part of the telethon.
Organizers will not know how much money was raised until Monday. Sources say that around 300,000 calls were logged in the first 15 minutes of the telecast.
A long list of stars made appearances at the telethon. Musical acts included Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Mariah Carey, U2, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Limp Bizkit, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty.
Meg Ryan, Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Field and Reba McEntyre manned the phones, while others like Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts made appeals for donations.
Roberts, who lives in New York, also donated $1 million to the telethon, in addition to the $1 million she donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.