Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn is set to get the big screen treatment yet again in an upcoming biopic. Independent film producers are developing a new film about the iconic actress based on author William J. Mann's book, Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn.
British director Clare Beavan has been tapped to helm the film, while the screenwriting team of Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen, who wrote Best Actress about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' rivalry, are set to adapt the book for film.
Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn will focus on her early years in movies and how she went from an outsider to becoming one of the most beloved stars of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Earlier this year (14), bosses at Reunion Pictures announced they are also in the process of developing a film centred around Hepburn and her 25-year love affair with Spencer Tracy.
There are three types of award show acceptance speeches: Ones that make you laugh, ones that make you cry, and ones that make you cringe and cover your eyes. The Oscars are a little heavier in the "cry" column, but the Golden Globes, everyone's favorite drunk uncle of award shows, typically has a nice mix of all three. True to form, the clips included in this list of the 10 best Golden Globes acceptance speeches will all make you feel something, whether happy, sad, or both.
When Sacha Baron Cohen accepted his 2007 award for Borat, did you expect anything less than an inappropriate, hilarious anecdote about his costar's testicles?
Bette Midler balked at telling the bawdy joke she'd planned when accepting her award for New Female Star, Motion Picture in 1980. "I have to be tasteful, they told me," she said before doing it anyway, complete with hand gesture: "I'll show you a pair of golden globes!"
Solving the age-old problem of acknowledging everyone who deserves to be recognized in a speech, Hugh Laurie wrote the names of all 172 people who deserved to be thanked for his 2006 House win on individual pieces of paper and pulled three at random from his pocket. Congratulations to his hair stylist, script supervisor, and agent!
Mary Louise Parker is a funny lady, as evidenced by her 2004 win for her role on Showtime's dark comedy Weeds. It's also evidenced in her acceptance speech, when she thanks her son for making her boobs look great in her dress. "Janel Maloney just told me she would pay me $1,000 if I thanked my newborn son for my boobs looking so good in this dress. So, get out your checkbook. William Atticus Parker, thank you so much from your mother," she joked.
If the sight of a gigantic, mustachioed man bawling doesn't make you cry immediately, you will when Ving Rhames calls up Jack Lemmon and dedicates his 1998 award to the acting great.
Perhaps it's the genuine shock on the actor's face, the true joy of his castmates and friends, or the emotional speech: Either way, Chris Colfer's 2011 win for his groundbreaking role on Glee will give you the chills every time you watch.
Although Mo'Nique is known for her comedy, winning for a movie as heavy and emotional as Precious meant a heavy and emotional acceptance speech in 2010. "I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys. I celebrate this award with every person who's ever been touched. It's now time to tell. And it's okay," she said.
Jamie Foxx's speech after his 2005 win for Ray was more joyful than anything, but the tears began to flow when he thanked his grandmother. "I used to think it was corny when people would say that people were looking down on you. I didn't believe it. But I got a feeling.''
Perhaps the most famous Golden Globes gaffe of all: Minutes passed by after Christine Lahti was announced as the winner of the 1998 TV Drama Actress award. When she finally made it to the stage, she revealed that she was late because she was in the bathroom when her name was called.
National treasure Meryl Streep started off her 2012 acceptance for Iron Lady with a joke directed at controversial host Ricky Gervais before launching a scatterbrained hodge podge of thank yous that included an s-bomb along with a very sweet tribute to her fellow female nominees.
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It's that special part of the day again: time for television tidbits! Tonight's savory television bits come from all over the world: from Briarcliff Manor to a kitchen in the United Kingdom, our small screen news knows no bounds. So let's dig in before it gets cold!
From Walking Dead to L.A. Noir: Former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont has gotten his period drama L.A. Noir picked up for a six episode run on TNT. It stars Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal as an ex-Marine working for the LAPD in an era run rampant with corruption of the police variety of the 1940s. The true story series will tell the tale of the conflict between the LAPD (under the helm of Police Chief William Parker, aka Justified‘s Neal McDonough), and the criminal ring run by Mickey Cohen, a former boxer-turned-top-banana-crime-boss. [TVLine]
Dylan McDermott Returns to the Horror Story: Current television king Ryan Murphy has taken to his favorite place of news-breaking (the almighty Twitter) to announce the guest star casting of Dylan McDermott on American Horror Story: Asylum. Though no one knows what his role will be (or how involved it will be in the story line this year), it seems certain that it will probably involve a lot of creepiness. Fingers crossed he takes his shirt off, too (naturally).
So thrilled to announce Dylan McDermott is returning to American Horror Story!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) October 17, 2012
Ahhhh! More Monsters: TNT has put Frankenstein into development—a drama series based on the novels of the same name by Dean Koontz, which have sold more than 20 million copies. It will be a modern-day retelling (of course! Aren't they all?) of the Frankenstein myth, set in New Orleans. Following Victor Helios (Frankenstein) and his creepy creation 200 years after they thought they killed each other (but had not!) in a battle in the Arctic, the two end up in the same city unbeknownst to them. Victor has created more monsters that heed his beck and call, and once the original creature learns Victor is alive, a big ol' battle ensues. [Deadline]
CBS Orders British Cooking Competition: CBS is getting into the cooking competition game, giving a series order to Bake Off, an adaption of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off. The series has been a breakout hit in the UK as well as Denmark and Sweden, and will feature amateur Americans taking part in several baking challenges, with one being crowned the winner. Tasty! [Hollywood Reporter]
Mad Men Gets Lei'd: Apparently the season 6 premiere of Mad Men will start up with a cool drink of the tropical sights of Hawaii! Apparently Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare are leaving on Sunday for a small trip to shoot on the multi-island state. A second honeymoon for the Drapers, perhaps? Looks like creator Matt Weiner is putting that substantially increased budget to use. [Dealine]
A Marriage on Modern Family?: Earlier today, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted a picture of himself and Eric Stonestreet underneath what looked like a marital arch. Could wedded bliss be in the air for the pair? Ferguson's not fessing up, but the image did come with the caption: "It's not what it looks like. Or is it? Guess you'll have to wait to find out!"
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They say there are three things you should never talk about: religion, money, and politics. But no one said you can't talk about politicians.
Thank goodness too — because after last night's vice presidential debate, there is much to talk about. And even more to laugh about. Here are the funniest Twitter jokes aimed at Congressman Paul Ryan and current VP, Joe Biden.
Hello 9 1 1? There s an old man beating a child on my tv— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 12, 2012
"Malarkey" was my favorite Mutant Ninja Turtle, by the way.#debate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 12, 2012
I feel like I'm watching a real housewife reunion as I watch the debate -— Caroline Manzo(@CarolineManzo) October 12, 2012
Biden and Ryan could never work together as synchronized swimmers.#VPDebate— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) October 12, 2012
This poor kid debating Biden!!! His flag pin is shiny though!— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) October 12, 2012
Ryan: Did you order the code red? Biden: You’re Goddamn right I did!!#VPdebate— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 12, 2012
Paul's Ryan hair looks like his mom smoothed it down with her wet palm.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 12, 2012
How great would it be if @joebiden had said "you're an idiot & have no idea what you're talking about" instead of saying malarkey?— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) October 12, 2012
Joe, you're killin' me!!!!!@saturdaynightlive is going to have a field day!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 12, 2012
BREAKING: Post debate results just in... Ryan now at 6% body fat, 94% water.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 12, 2012
whoever is using "My Friend" as the key word for the #DebateDrinkingGame should be DRIZZUNK right about now.— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) October 12, 2012
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A New York schoolteacher (Hunt) who is painfully self-aware that her biological clock is ticking LOUDLY finds herself thrust into a downward spiral. In quick succession her new husband (Matthew Broderick) of just a few months leaves her her loving adoptive mother (Lynn Cohen) dies and then out of the blue a brassy talk show host (Bette Midler) shows up announcing she is her actual birth mother. As she tries to deal with all these massive changes the opportunity for a new romance arises with the newly divorced father (Colin Firth) of one of her students. Both clearly have mending of broken hearts to do but the possibility that the chemistry is right-- even if the timing isn’t--is too good to pass up. Before taking matters into her own hands Hunt--who a decade ago won an Oscar for As Good As It Gets and four Emmys for Mad About You--seemed past her creative peak. But this quiet independent labor of love may be just the ticket she needs to get back into the big leagues. With cheeks appearing more gaunt than usual her shopworn appearance works well for a character in full crisis mode. Hunt very much convinces us she is resilient if only hanging on through a series of sudden setbacks. Plus it’s fortunate as the co-writer and director she clearly knows what Hunt the actress needs. The starry supporting cast is generally effective particularly Midler nicely underplaying the AWOL mother who shows up expectedly. Her scenes with Hunt have a sweet authenticity about them that could have been lost had Midler resorted to her usual theatrics. Broderick has a couple of decent scenes as the immature whiny hubby while Firth is always good--even here in an uneven role that seems a bit too convenient to ring true. Helen Hunt is the daughter of veteran director Gordon Hunt and her seeming confidence behind the camera (along with some prior TV experience directing a few episodes of Mad About You) must have been inherited. It’s obvious she has also spent time watching the techniques of previous directors she has worked with such as James L. Brooks and especially Woody Allen. Her feature debut has more than a few things in common with the Woodman’s work. Her screenplay (co-written with Alice Arden and Victor Levin) based on Elinor Lipman’s novel nicely captures the Jewish milieu so prevalent in the book and a source of pride in the movie as well. It’s no easy task playing the roles of writer director and star but like Allen does so often Hunt appears at ease and fully capable of getting just what she wants on screen. Downside is the mixture of comedy and drama requires a little more balance than is evident here but as a first attempt this modest tale of a school teacher searching for a personal rebirth deserves a solid “B.”