Dynamic actor from the Broadway stage who entered film in 1929 and parlayed his success as the antic, fast-talking Hildy Johnson in the 1930 theatrical production of "The Front Page" into a number of...
The star has been engaged to musician Ben Jorgensen for a year, but she admits planning for their nuptials fell behind on her list of priorities as she focused on filming the seventh and final season of TV comedy 30 Rock.
She says, "It's just crazy. I didn't know anything about weddings, and now I'm starting to learn everything and it's just kind of nuts. There's a lot that goes into it. I don't have a planner, so I'm doing it myself.
"(The biggest challenge) is just figuring out when you need to do everything. Picking a day is really difficult, too. People book things years in advance. I think everything about it is difficult. We don't have a date set, we need the timing to be right, we need our family to be able to go."
Filming on 30 Rock officially wrapped in December (12), freeing up Bowden to work on her next project, her wedding - and now she's no longer stressing about the whole event, she's starting to enjoy the planning process.
She tells People.com, "It's hard when you're working, but now that I'm not working, I have a little more time. It's exciting. It's fun."
But Bowden reveals there's one aspect of the reception she already has sorted, thanks to a 30 Rock co-star: "Tracy Morgan has told me he'd like to sing at the wedding at some point. I was like, 'If you do, I will love you forever.'"
The Breakfast Club star's debut, Except... Sometimes, will be released in April (13).
The daughter of jazz pianist Bob Ringwald, the star's upcoming release will feature her renditions of songs like I Get Along Without You Very Well and I'll Take Romance, and she also takes on Madonna's Dick Tracy tune Sooner or Later.
At her Tuesday night (15Jan13) New York concert debut at the 54 Below club, Ringwald ended her set with a jazz version of Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me), which served as the theme for The Breakfast Club.
Gangster Squad the new movie from genre-blending filmmaker Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has a tone problem. The scatterbrained approach to the vigilante tale is summed up in one particular sequence: the "Squad " cops given permission to take down the goons of Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) by any means possible bust a dope smuggling operation at an airport in Burbank. Instead of tailing the criminals making off with the drugs they engage them in a car chase full of gunfire explosions and hyper-stylized CG-assisted camera work. When they finally do capture Cohen's men the squad leader Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) interrogates them then shoots the cowering thugs in the back of the legs before rolling them down a hill. Within seconds the movie jumps from outlandish comic book roller coaster ride to gritty crime fiction exploring the moral complexity of defeating crime lords. The two mix onscreen like water and oil.
Fleischer packs it all into Gangster Squad and rarely does any of the material shine. Brolin works as the hard-nosed policeman dedicated to justice physically perfect with beady eyes and a square chin. But that's all his character has to offer with his squadron offering even less. Ryan Gosling appears as the whippersnapper cop on the verge of corruption expressing his doubts with the whiniest '40s accent ever to grace the screen. Anthony Mackie Michael Pena Giovanni Ribisi and Robert Patrick fill out the group — after sleek Ocean's 11-style introductions — bringing identifiable traits that open the door for one or two oh-right-that's-why-you're-here moments throughout the film. They feel barely existent in Gangster Squad's zippy script convinced to work outside the law all too easily and following O'Mara into suicidal missions that likely have sounder alternatives. For O'Mara whatever takedown creates the biggest mess — be it the aforementioned chase or setting a Cohen-owned club aflame — is top priority.
The saving grace is Penn playing Cohen like a long lost castmember of Warren Beaty's Dick Tracy. Every moment he's on screen Penn is scarfing down scenery and spitting it in our faces going over the top and sticking to it. He loves money he loves women he loves fudge sundaes. Penn makes a choice one the movie desperately needs. Surprisingly Emma Stone can't keep up as his arm candy Grace Faraday who falls head over heels for Gosling because it's an old fashioned noir throwback and well you certainly can't have one without hammy dialogue and paper thin romance.
The nods to Hollywood's golden era upgraded with flashy costumes and special effects would work if Gangster Squad didn't insist on bringing reality into the picture. Too often the movie resorts to moments of shocking violence much of it intensified by the slow motion shots of a tommy gun. The violence is raw while the film surrounding it is cartoonish. The choice raises questions Gangster Squad never answers: is O'Mara in the right when he takes the law into his own hands? Ribisi's techie character — a WWII vet like O'Mara and someone deeply changed by his war experiences — asks these questions challenging his boss' choices. Briefly. O'Mara and the film brush off the debate any time it comes up making room for more slick scenes of action.
Muddled in some of the most heinous digital photography in recent memory (no exaggeration: half the movie is motion blur) Gangster Squad is an experiment in modernization gone wrong. As Brolin and Penn trudge their way with entertaining choices Fleischer's film goes rogue around them. In this case entertaining outside the law doesn't work.
The reality TV star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, and she is already focusing on her health by teaming up with Anderson to devise a safe workout routine.
In a post on her blog, Kardashian writes, "Tracy Anderson is keeping me in shape! She is helping me make the adjustments necessary to keep me feeling happy, healthy and most importantly create a workout plan that is safe for the baby.
"It's really important for me to have a fitness routine that works for my body and my schedule and I'm really happy with the workout plan Tracy is working with me on."
West revealed their baby news in front of hundreds of concertgoers during a show in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday (30Dec12).
The Shakespeare in Love star has credited the exercise expert with helping her shed the stubborn baby weight she gained while pregnant with son Moses.
But the Oscar winner admits she was taken aback by Anderson's no-nonsense methods after she made her new client bare all.
Paltrow recalls, "With my daughter it had been easier (to lose weight), but this time, no matter what I did, I felt stuck. I couldn't shift the weight. But I met Tracy and she was this force from the second I met her.
"She pulled my pants off. I'll never forget it. She was like, 'Oh, my God, wow, I just am so surprised, because you look so good in clothes. I wasn't expecting this.'"
However, Paltrow insists Anderson's regimen put the spark back into her marriage to rocker Chris Martin, telling Redbook magazine, "It did such wonders for my life, my confidence, my sex life, everything."
Sitcoms, like Thanksgiving, have their own set of special little traditions. Much like how you'll spend your Turkey Day eating your standard dishes to excess, sitcoms will inevitably have one or more of their characters ruin the meal, fight with a loved one, or wear clothing only acceptable for a holiday. Okay, so sitcoms are exactly like real life in that sense.
As time goes on and the holidays get more stressful, we learn that sometimes certain traditions aren't worth keeping. The same should be true for TV around the holidays. During this week's Thanksgiving episode of New Girl, titled "Parents," Jess and the gang fill up on just about every sitcom tradition and cliche in the book. When Jess invites her divorced parents (played by the great Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner) over for Thanksgiving dinner in an attempt to get them back together, things go completely awry. Meanwhile, Schmidt has his own family drama to deal with when his cousin, also named Schmidt (go-to sitcom guest star, funny man Rob Riggle), had a competition to see who is the manliest Schmidt of them all. Wackiness ensues at every corner.
Rather than our traditional weekly recap (don't worry, like New Year's resolutions, we'll go back to normal in two weeks) let's look at all the sitcom traditions New Girl abides by this and decide which ones should stay and which one should go by the way of your yearly eggnog binges. (Seriously, stop doing that.) Let us give thanks for great shows like New Girl, which is bountiful in laughs and character development for everyone but Winston. Here now, traditions that should stay or go.
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The Divorced Parents That Can't Be In The Same Room: Louis C.K. has joked that divorce is always a good thing. That no two people who no longer wantto be married to each other should stay married. Apparently, the same cannot be said for sitcom parents, who typically can't stand to even be in the same room as each other, no matter how long they've been divorced. During one episode of Friends, Rachel had to throw two different birthday parties in order to keep her sparring parents apart. During a recent episode of Parks and Recreation, Ben did his best to avoid having his bitterly divorced parents interact at all during his engagement party. Jess does the opposite during this week's New Girl when she "accidentally" invites her split parents to Thanksgiving. The parents inevitably come to a head and/or get along and have a brief hint at a the possibility reunion (in the case of Jess' parents, it's to make out in the bathroom.)
Verdict: Divorced parents with an ax to grind is most certainly better sitcom fodder than, say, a pair who see each other on major holidays and can tolerate each other just fine. Plus, most families are pretty damn dysfunctional, especially during parties and around the holidays. Who wants to watch a normal, happy family anyway? Keep.
Guest Stars: New Girl has three guest stars this week, including Hollywood royalty Reiner and Curtis. Curtis fits the bill perfectly as Jess' chipper, perky, huggy mom while the "dark" dad Reiner played well against fellow curmudgeon Nick. Guest appearances, especially as parents, is something of a double-edged sword. While the cameos are likely to earn the guest stars Emmy nominations (my money would be on Reiner here) and you're more likely to remember the characters well, you're also stuck with the celebrity connotations. From here on out, all fans will think of when they think of Jess' mom and dad are Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.
Verdict: Use sparingly. So long as New Girl continues to use character actors and refreshingly unexpected choices like Curtis and Reiner and doesn't dive headfirst into Will & Grace guest star overload territory, they should be fine.
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Movie Plots Used As Sitcom Devices: When Jess plots and schemes to get her parents back together through a series of misadventures, including giving her mom a makeover to catch her father's eye and make him jealous, Nick (who, lest we completely ignore the fact is completely like Jess' dad, thus reigniting the theory that we all fall for someone like our parents in the end) warned against the perils of a "makeshift Parent Trap." It's hardly the first time a show has called upon a movie plot as their own plot device. On 30 Rock, Jenna and Tracy had to "Elm Street Kenneth" when he was haunting their dreams while Brad loved "Indecent Proposal-ing" with his wife Jane (that's rolling around on their bed of money, for the record) on Happy Endings.
Verdict: Maybe I'm just a sucker for great pop culture references, but this one is most certainly a keeper. Even if Jess' scheme isn't, as Nick points out, exactly a Parent Trap scenario, the episode makes good use of movie references. In addition to learning that Jess used to watch Rocky 4 a lot and that her fallback plan for old age is to "Grey Gardens the crap out of Miami," Nick discovers that he has basically written the zombie version of Twilight.
Turkey Shenanigans: Friends set the standard for Thanksgiving sitcoms when their Turkey Day outings made for must-see TV traditions. That gang did everything from getting locked out of their apartment while their savory food was stuck inside to getting actual turkeys stuck on their heads, but it still somehow worked. Last year on New Girl, the gang put their frozen turkey in the dryer; this time around Jess, having a full-blown temper tantrum about the fact that her parents won't get back together (Zooey Deschanel's character has some growing up to do, in case you hadn't noticed), tries to put the whole turkey down the garbage disposal.
Verdict: Jeez, what did turkeys ever do to you? It's bad enough we eat a lot of them on Thanksgiving, but then we torture them on television too? This sitcom bird is officially cooked.
Hey Dude: Schmidt and Schmidt spent the entire episode attempting to one-up each other in the manliness department, doing everything from exercise routines to cooking competitions. But the whole thing was really to amuse Cece and Winston (hey, they needed some reason to be there) and break out the old gender stereotypes and use kissing a guy as the comic device to prove their masculinity. (When you're using a similar plot line to American Pie 2, you're in trouble. Don't use that movie plot as a movie device.)
Verdict: Give it a rest, dude.
What did you think of this week's New Girl? Do you think the should keep their Thanksgiving episodes a tradition? I'm game if they continue to keep Nick as their Charlie Brown and keep taking away his metaphorical life football. ("I got something bad inside of me. I ruin things.") Happy Thanksgiving!
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The Tony Award winner is keen to recreate the role of Martha in the tense Edward Albee play, and she'd like Douglas to play her character's professor husband George onstage.
She tells InStyle magazine, "Michael and I often talk about doing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? onstage. Wouldn't that be great? Really ragging on each other. Loud. Rip each other apart. No one wants to see us in something romantic. That would be corny. But to see us in something vicious? Something ugly? Definitely!"
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Confessions. Some of them are appropriate to relay to the masses. Others, well, just aren't. Monday night was confession night for some of those topics that are better left unsaid. Jennifer Lawrence visited Jay Leno and shared a disturbing experience about an old stripper going just a little bit too far during a lap dance. And Jessica Biel found it necessary on Letterman to describe an unforgettable scene when two large, elderly men dropped their pants in a spa. Did they go too far with these confessions? You be the judge.
Here's what you missed last night on late night TV:
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Zooey Deschanel talked about getting nominated for her first Grammy (Best Song Written For Visual Media) and the start of her song-writing career. "The first song I ever wrote was a very complex song," she said. "It was called, 'My Name Is Zooey Deschanel.' The lyrics were, 'My name is Zooey Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel.'" Very complicated. She also talked about the special New Girl Thanksgiving special episode. "We have an amazing group of people for [the] Thanksgiving episode," she said. She revealed that Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis will but guest-starring, playing her parents. And, Rob Riggle will be playing Schmidt's cousin.
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Eric Stonestreet admitted that he wasn't drunk at the American Music Awards this year. He also talked about how he prepared to play the role of his gay character, Cameron, on Modern Family. "I spent a few nights in West Hollywood," he said. "Jesse took me out. We went to all the clubs."
Late Show With David Letterman
Jessica Biel had a terrifying experience recently while at a spa. She got stuck between two "older, husky" guys. "They are butt naked," she said. "I look over and I realize, 'Oh my god. Yes. It's confirmed. There are balls on wood.' Not just naked, but balls on wood. That's not okay." Her friend had to rescue her from the uncomfortable scene.
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Paul Rudd also presented a top 10 list of the thoughts that went running through his head when audience member at a performance of his play, Grace, barfed all over the crowdfrom the balcony above.
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Honey Boo Boo caused Jennifer Lawrence to get in a fender bender recently. "I was driving home from work and I thought I saw Honey Boo Boo," she said. "It was a breast cancer parade and people were wearing... now I know it said boobs on the thing [sash], but I thought it was saying Boo Boo. Then I saw a little girl and I was like, 'That's Honey Boo Boo.'" Lawrence then rear-ended the person in front of her. Oops! But that's not the only oops that Lawrence had to deal with in Georgia. Lawrence recently went to a strip club with "senior citizen strippers." "I got a lap dance from Little Bo Peep," she said. "She goes, 'I'm going to bend over and don't you touch me.' I was like, 'Don't you worry 'bout it.' And then she inserted her breast into my mouth. I almost took a bath in hydrogen peroxide." Yikes!
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The Nutty Professor funnyman was the guest of honour at Spike TV's Eddie Murphy: One Night Only special, which was kicked off by his Dreamgirls co-star Foxx.
He declared, "Not one comedian can tell you that they didn't look at Eddie Murphy and want to be like him."
Tracy Morgan then stepped out wearing Murphy's signature red leather suit from his 1983 special Delirious, before joking, "I'll tell you what Eddie's real legacy is - he made comedy sexy.
"Before Eddie, young men like me had to choose between being sexy and being funny. But when Eddie came out in his fine-a** leather suit in Delirious, that's when I realised, 'Eddie! I can be sexy and funny at the same time!' I don't have to choose anymore."
Sandler also referenced the stand-up TV show, telling guests, "I'm here to talk about one of the most legendary comedy specials of all time, Eddie Murphy's Delirious. As I watched, I said to my father, 'I want to be that guy when I grow up.' My father said, 'You can't, you're not black.' My mother said to my father, 'As far as you know.'"
Jackson also showed off his funny side in his tribute, adding, "Eddie Murphy is the man that changed the course of American film history, and I don't exaggerate when I say that. He did it in 1987 when he gave me, Sam Jackson, my first big role in a major film (Eddie Murphy Raw), and thereby launched my career. If it weren't for Eddie, the world would not have all the wonderful films I have made."
Russell Brand, Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence also made appearances, but the highlight of the evening came when Stevie Wonder - who Murphy famously spoofed on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live - gave a surprise performance.
The star sang My Cherie Amour before Murphy joined him onstage to perform Higher Ground, leaving the crowd cheering and giving a standing ovation.
Opening up about the TV honour, Murphy says, "When you get an honour like this, you feel like an old person. I am a very, very bitter man. I don't get touched easily, and I am really touched."
The show is set to air in the U.S. on 14 November (12).
Robert Zemeckis is a blockbuster director at heart. Action has never been an issue for the man behind Back to the Future. When he puts aside the high concept adventures for emotional human stories — think Forrest Gump or Cast Away — he still goes big. His latest Flight continues the trend revolving the story of one man's fight with alcoholism around a terrifying plane crash. Zemeckis expertly crafts his roaring centerpiece and while he finds an agile performer in Denzel Washington the hour-and-a-half of Flight after the shocking moment can't sustain the power. The "big" works. The intimate drowns.
Washington stars as Whip Whitaker a reckless airline pilot who balances his days flying jumbo jets with picking up women snorting lines of cocaine and drinking himself to sleep. Although drunk for the flight that will change his life forever that's not the reason the plane goes down — in fact it may be the reason he thinks up his savvy landing solution in the first place. Writer John Gatins follows Whitaker into the aftermath madness: an investigation of what really happened during the flight Whitaker's battle to cap his addictions and budding relationships that if nurtured could save his life.
Zemeckis tops his own plane crash in Cast Away with the heart-pounding tailspin sequence (if you've ever been scared of flying before Flight will push into phobia territory). In the few scenes after the literal destruction Washington is able to convey an equal amount of power in the moments of mental destruction. Whitaker is obviously crushed by the events the bottle silently calling for him in every down moment. Flight strives for that level of introspection throughout eventually pairing Washington with equally distraught junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly). Their relationship is barely fleshed out with the script time and time again resorting to obvious over-the-top depictions of substance abuse (a la Nic Cage's Leaving Las Vegas) and the bickering that follows. Washington's Whitaker hits is lowest point early sitting there until the climax of the film.
Sharing screentime with the intimate tale is the surprisingly comical attempt by the pilot's airline union buddy (Bruce Greenwood) and the company lawyer (Don Cheadle) to get Whitaker into shape. Prepping him for inquisitions looking into evidence from the wreckage and calling upon Whitaker's dealer Harling (John Goodman) to jump start their "hero" when the time is right the two men do everything they can to keep any blame being placed upon Whitaker by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The thread doesn't feel relevant to Whitaker's plight and in turn feels like unnecessary baggage that pads the runtime.
Everything in Fight shoots for the skies — and on purpose. The music is constantly swelling the photography glossy and unnatural and rarely do we breach Washington's wild exterior for a sense of what Whitaker's really grappling with. For Zemeckis Flight is still a spectacle film with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly he once again goes big. Too big.
On stage with stock companies for five years and road companies for two years
Dynamic actor from the Broadway stage who entered film in 1929 and parlayed his success as the antic, fast-talking Hildy Johnson in the 1930 theatrical production of "The Front Page" into a number of screen roles as a hyperactive reporter. Noted for his staccato, nasal delivery, Tracy played a host of commanding leads and supporting roles through the 1940s and won an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1964 drama, "The Best Man". He also starred in the TV series "Martin Kane--Private Eye" (1952-53) and, again as a reporter, on "New York Confidential" (1958-59).