Veteran Broadway, film and TV casting director Barry Moss has died at the age of 74. Moss passed away on 17 June (14) after suffering congestive heart failure at a New York hospital, his partner Bob Kale has confirmed.
He landed his first Broadway gig on Neil Simon's Chapter Two in 1977 and reunited with the playwright to find talent for his 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song and I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980.
As co-founder of the Hughes Moss Casting agency, he went on to work on nearly 90 Broadway shows, including a 1980 revival of West Side Story, My Fair Lady and 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which earned Matthew Broderick a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Moss also cast Lauren Bacall in the musical Woman of the Year, Raul Julia in Nine and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes.
He worked on hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show in the 1980s and helped to launch Adam Sandler's screen career after casting him as Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty, while his big screen credits included casting for horror movie Friday the 13th, the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple and Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 romantic drama Endless Love, which featured Tom Cruise in his film debut.
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It's important to acknowledge the fact that there at least 94 reasons to be in love with Seth Rogen. Picking just seven moments in his career to highlight is morally wrong on some level, so you'll have to forgive us and use this list as a jumping-off point for future YouTube perusals. Rogen's new movie Neighbors hits theaters this weekend and he and his co-star just made a great appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Rogen in drag doing the "Ew" skit was amazing, and here are seven other times we could not resist his charms.
1. The Esteemed Screenwriter of Star Whores
In the end, the Zack and Miri characters never got to make Star Whores. But hearing Rogen (as Zack) waxing poetic on the epic porn parody script to end all porn parody scripts was unforgettable. Plus, he and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) were just adorable. There's nothing cuter than falling in love with your porn co-star.
2. Dawson's Creek Heartthrob
Lest we forget the time he played Stoner Bob on Dawson's Creek! Rogen was sort of the older, hot guy here — note that he's described as "an outstanding lay." This isn't exactly the Rogen we've come to love, but it works!
3. He Gets That Marriage Can Be Awesome
In this interview, Rogen talks about putting an end to the "naggy wife" trope that has been perpetuated everywhere, even in his own films. He told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen that with a little help from his own wife, the script for Neighbors got some much-needed revisions. We also get to hear 13-year-old Rogen doing stand-up, which is amazing.
4. The Bieber Conundrum
Rogen keeps it real, a rarity among celebrities. And when he spoke out against Justin Bieber — planting an epic dog joke in this interview — it just made us love him more.
5. Greatest Music Video Parody Ever
There are no words for this moment in pop culture history. When Rogen and James Franco teamed up for this Bound 3 parody video of Kanye West's Bound 2, it was incredible. And we clearly need more Kim Kardashian impersonations from him as well.
6. These Are His Confessions
In which Rogen admits to wetting the bed, disliking ugly babies, and interesting choices for make-out partners.
7. The Dice Roll
There are so many great moments from Knocked Up, but when Rogen reminded us that sometimes the dice roll dance works (because, hey, he does get the girl in the end), we all learned a valuable lesson. You can find true love at the club. You just have to use the dance moves you have — however ridiculous they may be.
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Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof died after taking heroin, it was confirmed on Thursday (01May14).
In chilling echoes of her mother Paula Yates' death from a heroin overdose at home in 2000, Geldof was found slumped on a bed at her house while her baby son was in the property. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told officials how he had discovered his wife sprawled on a bed in the spare room of their mansion in Kent, England, with one foot on the floor.
He had gone to the home thinking his wife was asleep, but after finding her body and realising she was dead, he called to their 11-month-old son Phaedra and then asked his mother to phone the emergency services. A post mortem was inconclusive but the results of toxicology tests were revealed at an inquest on Thursday, where officials stated that traces of heroin were found in Geldof's blood at a level which meant it was "likely" to have contributed to her death.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham told the hearing in Gravesend, Kent, "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death." Geldof's body was found on 07 April (14) but her last known contact - with a friend via phone - was at 7.45pm the night before (06Apr14). Her pal has told investigators Geldof was her normal self during the conversation and had been planning a family outing the following weekend.
It also emerged at the hearing that Geldof's father, Live Aid hero Bob Geldof, had officially identified her body at a mortuary following the tragedy. North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch adjourned the inquest until 23 July (14). Geldof's family was not in court for the hearing.
Actor Kevin Spacey is preparing to swap American politics for the British parliament after signing on to star as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a new movie. The double Oscar winner will portray the U.K.'s great wartime leader in Captain of the Gate, an upcoming film which will document Churchill's rise to power, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spacey is no stranger to political projects - he currently plays scheming Democrat Francis Underwood in the U.S. version of drama series House of Cards.
Churchill, who was Britain's Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 - and again from 1951 to 1955, has previously been portrayed on screen by Richard Burton (Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years); Simon Ward (Young Winston); Timothy West (Churchill and the Generals); Robert Hardy (Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years); Bob Hoskins (World War II: When Lions Roared); Albert Finney (The Gathering Storm), and Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), while Timothy Spall played the Prime Minister in 2010's The King's Speech.
Can A Million Ways to Die in the West is easily the most anticipated comedy of the summer. It's a big budget, high-concept, R-rated exploit lining up a slew of actors whose comedic wiles we've enjoyed on the small screen. In short, it sounds a lot like this year's The Hangover. But will the Old West parody do for 2014 what the bachelor party laffer did back in 2009? Director, writer and star Seth MacFarlane sure has to be hoping so.
When MacFarlane's movie is released on May 30 — right at the beginning of the summer movie season — it will have much higher expectations than The Hangover did at the outset. Todd Phillips comedy of inspired debauchery had three leads (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms) with very little big screen success between them. The movie relied on a slick advertising campaign that set-up the premise along with positive word of mouth from reviewers and people that had seen preview screenings to post just under $45 million its opening weekend — way above expectations — and start a run that would end with it grossing over $467 million worldwide.
If A Million Ways to Die doesn’t open just as strongly, it will be seen as a disappointment. Thanks to Family Guy, MacFarlane has a built-in audience that knows his comedy style and he showed with Ted that he can translate that to big screen success. This might be MacFarlane's first starring role, but he's been in front of the camera just enough — most famously as host of the Academy Awards — that he's a familiar face.
But the question remains: are MacFarlane's fans just as willing to go along with him as an onscreen actor instead of just having his voice coming out of an animated character? Perhaps just as importantly, are they willing to do it in a Western comedy?
The last time a comedy set in the Old West was considered cutting edge was Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles… in 1974. MacFarlane's comedy borrows Saddles' zaniness, some of the plot from Bob Hope's The Paleface (or, since it's MacFarlane, maybe the Don Knotts remake The Shakiest Gun in the West), and mixes it with some Family Guy scatological touches to arrive at something new. In the trailer, there are plenty of people dying in various cartoonish ways, but there's also Sarah Silverman's saloon prostitute graphically detailing the odd request of her last client.
As a director, MacFarlane has surrounded himself with A-list talent. Charlize Theron is the mysterious woman that has to teach MacFarlane how to shoot a gun and be a man. Liam Neeson is the scary gunfighter he has to face off with. Amanda Seyfried plays MacFarlane's ex-girlfriend, with Neil Patrick Harris as the mustachioed man who stole her away. And then there's Silverman, with her sing-songy potty mouth and willingness to say anything for a laugh. There's an allure to watching big name actors say the sort of warped and profane dialogue that MacFarlane can dream up.
If audiences can get past the comedy's setting — which really is a big "if" — MacFarlane's second directing effort has all of the ingredients to be the comedy blockbuster of the summer… and quite possibly turn him into a bona fide movie star.
Stars including Sir Michael Caine, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Damian Lewis helped raise more than $2.2 million (£1.4 million) for U.K. charity Save The Children at a glitzy London benefit on Wednesday (12Mar13). The star-studded crowd donned colourful outfits for the reggae-themed bash at the Roundhouse venue in Camden, where 500 guests gathered for a charity auction.
Madness and Jimmy Cliff were among the night's performers, while Jamaican reggae singer Dawn Penn teamed up with UB40's Ali Campbell for a rendition of Sonny and Cher track I Got You Babe.
Other guests included Bonham Carter's Burton and Taylor co-star Dominic West and Lewis' wife, Harry Potter star Helen McCrory.
The donations were pulled in through ticket sales and the auctioning of prizes such as a huge portrait of Bob Marley and a vacation at the Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica, the one-time home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming.
Copious amounts of snow? Check. 1990-something automobile? Check. Old timey tunes blaring on the radio? Check. This definitely looks something like a Fargo series. And even though FX's upcoming adaptation is only loosely based on the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic, we're beyond excited. The trailer is pretty short, only giving us a few precious seconds of Billy Bob Thornton scraping midwestern flurries off of his windshield, before giving us an icy glare, but it has to be good enough for now. Hopefully the next trailer gives us a little bit of Martin Freeman's American accent, and at least a couple "you betcha"s (we'll even settle for a "don'tcha know"). Since Fargo is getting the small screen treatment, we wondered which other of the Coens' films would work on television, let's start at the top and work our way through the list.
Blood SimpleWould it work as a series?Yes. Texas-style neo-noir on a week-to-week basis. We all love True Detective, don't we?
Raising ArizonaWould it work as a series?No. Nicolas Cage's zany baby-stealing high jinks might be fun as a one-off, but 13 episodes of this shtick would be overkill.
Miller's CrossingWould it work as a series?Yes. With Boardwalk Empire ending, the TV landscape is in need of some good old-fashioned mobster moxie.
Barton FinkWould it work as a series?No. His writers block would make us all lose our minds after a few weeks.
The Hudsucker ProxyWould it work as a series?Yes. Who wouldn't want some more Coen-infused screwball hoopla? (Get it?!) We picture it as a much wackier version of Mad Men.
The Big LebowskiWould it work as a series?No. The Dude's story started and ended back in Gulf War-era Los Angeles, and shouldn't be tampered with.
O Brother, Where Art thouWould it work as a series?No. Look at how badly Prison Break fell apart.
The Man Who Wasn't ThereWould it work as a series?Maybe, but the Coens' mostly forgotten follow-up to O Brother probably wouldn't rustle up too many viewers.
Intolerable CrueltyWould it work as a series?Yes. Watching a savvy, debonair leading man play a ruthless divorce lawyer already sounds like something that should be a show. Tuesdays on TBS!
The LadykillersWould it work as a series?Yes. A weekly series where a southern dandy tries to charm his way into the high-stakes crime ring definitely could definitely be fun for some laughs.
No Country for Old MenWould it work as a series?No. There's only so much "floppy haired serial killer" we can take.
Burn After ReadingWould it work as a series?Yes. A workplace comedy about the U.S. government and a local gym, and the points at which they intersect, has the makings for great television.
A Serious ManWould it work as a series?No. Not even AMC could carry a series that depressing.
True GritWould it work as a series?No. Trying to understand Rooster Cogburn's old west grumble was hard enough in surround sound.
Inside Llewyn DavisWould it work as a series?Sure. A TV series about an unlikable main character trying to become a successful artist in New York? It could be like a 1960s version of Girls.
A musical adaptation of ROBERT ZEMECKIS's Back To The Future will debut in London's West End on the 30th anniversary of the film's release. The sci-fi adventure comedy, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a smash hit back in 1985, and now director Zemeckis is hoping to find the same luck with a stage show, set to open in 2015.
He has re-teamed with Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book, while the film's composer Alan Silvestri will team up with Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard will create the music and lyrics.
The musical will also feature familiar songs, including The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, Earth Angel and Mr. Sandman, all of which were part of the original movie.
The film spawned two sequels, Back to the Future Part II in 1989 and 1990's Back to the Future Part III.
In just about every one of Kevin Hart's scenes in Ride Along, there's a joke that is just aching to find its way out of the diminutive, rascally comic actor. Hart is a small-scale physical comedian — of the same ilk as Jack Black — who puts nuclear-degree energy into his facial contortions, anatomical outbursts, and the delivery of every gag in general. If only he had material that was crafted with the same energy.
Unfortunately, nothing else about Ride Along seems at all "hard at work." Not the script, which pads a lifeless story with lazy comedy, and certainly not his screen partner Ice Cube, whose only stage direction seems to be "frown, and be taller than Kevin Hart." So lifeless is Ice Cube that even his machismo-obsessed straight man bit doesn't really work. Instead of the virile and intimidating "bad cop," he comes off as a disapproving middle aged dad without much to show for his own life.
But the script pairs the wily, overzealous high school security guard and video game junkie Ben (Hart) with no-nonsense lawman James (Ice Cube) on the titular ride along, with the scrappy cop-wannabe hoping to prove to the force veteran that he's good enough to marry the latter's younger sister. In earnest, he's not. Ben never puts any respectable effort into learning the tools of the trade, insisting on employing his amateur style and controlling the radio despite his proclamations that he wants, and deserves, James' trust. And James is no saint either — he's irresponsible on crime scenes, violent with perps, and disgruntled to the point of being unable to work with anybody else on the force. These are not good police officers... of course, you'll say, this is a comedy. But where are the laughs, then?
They're not absent entirely, you just have to look for them. In a movie so focused with big, broad humor, it's the smaller comedy that actually lands best. Hart's background mutterings and fumblings, his emoticon-laden texts to girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, whose only stage direction seems to be "smile, and never wear a full outfit of clothing"), and a bizarre repetition of the word "weird" from supporting player John Leguizamo. All good for unexpected chuckles, while jokes like Hart facing off with a pre-teen or being blown backwards into a brick wall after firing a large gun are all lazy, familiar, and flat.
Structurally, the script is a mess. Ride Along spends far too much time on set up — we get it, Hart and his soon-to-be-brother-in-law Ice Cube don't get along — and far too much time on wrap-up — there's a gigantic, dramatic warehouse shootout that, in any other movie, would be the climax, but there's plenty more to go after that — without any cohesive middle to make the movie feel like... a movie.
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Hart, who leaps at every comic opportunity like a kangaroo (wallaby would be more appropriate), is suited just right for a buddy cop comedy, but he needs something fresh with which to work — a real character, an interesting story, actually funny jokes. Even just one of these would be fine!
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The incomparable Kevin Smith recently announced that Jesus Christ would be taking on mankind in his new movie Helena Handbag. A few days later the director had decided that the storyline would work better as a musical play. Many fans of Kevin Smith don't actually care what form this project takes. If Kevin Smith is making anything that has anything to do with religion and -- specifically Christianity -- then we're all in. And in case you forgot how awesome Smith is at marrying religious doctrine with comedy, here are five unforgettable scenes from his epic 1999 movie Dogma.
Salma Hayek, The Muse Turned Skripper
You know you're a Kevin Smith fan when you hear the song Candy Girl, and suddenly find yourself missing Jay and Silent Bob.
Jesus Christ Owes Chris Rock Money, Obviously
In which we meet Rufus, the 13th apostle who teaches us everything we need to know about Jesus. Lesson 1: never, ever lend Jesus money. Ever.
Bethany Meets The Metatron, Voice Of The One True God
Alan Rickman is everything. That is all.
Ben Affleck Might Need A Nap
In one of the less comedic scenes of the film, we see the anger and pain of the angels through Ben Affleck's rant against God. Say what you want about Affleck, but when Damon compares him to the Morning Star in this scene it total makes sense. He's terrifying!
What If God Was One Of Us/Alanis Morissette?
If you thought God was a white guy with a beard, or Morgan Freeman, or Kanye West you have been sadly mistaken. We all know that Alanis Morissette is God, and she'll blow your fricken head off. Then she'll put on a frilly white skirt with flip-flops and a fly-ass metallic jacket because she's God.