Back To The Future stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd are set to reunite on the small screen. Lloyd, who played eccentric scientist Doc Emmett Brown in the movie franchise, is to make a guest appearance in Fox's new U.S. sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter Lloyd will play the zany high school principal at the school where Fox's TV wife, played by Betsy Brandt, teaches.
Brooke Shields and Sting have also booked guest spots on the show.
When a highly-anticipated and heavily advertised movie hits the theaters and bombs, it's got to create a truly unusual feeling for all involved. It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall for the reactions of Benedict Cumberbatch upon his learning that The Fifth Estate averaged $969 per theater over the opening weekend.
"Wow. That's marvelous. $969 thousand per theater? Excellent start!""... No, Benedict. That's dollars. Just dollars. $969. Nine-hundred sixty-nine." "I need to go for a walk. A very long walk."
Seeing that made me think of five other recent and historically bad openings:
Machete Kills (2013)
This was not a good year for openings. It's a bit of a surprise, since it's packed to the gills with stars and people seemed to love the first one. It pulled in $3.8 milllon, which was spread out over 2,500 theaters. This equals -- and please bear in mind, I was never good at math -- not a lot. I just hope Danny Trejo's Machete doesn't track down the people who didn't see this movie.
The subject matter was awesome: Steve Jobs! But people just couldn't get past the fact that it was Ashton Kutcher in the role. The other problem was that the movie only focused on a narrow slice of his life, and there was so much to his whole story. It opened to $6.8 million. That may have been lower than the amount Kutcher makes per episode on Two And A Half Men. Dude, you got Punk'd at the theater!
It's Pat (1994)
This movie, based around a person of ambigious sexuality played by Julia Sweeney on a series of Saturday Night Live skits, had a very limited theater run, and it's a good thing: It got terrible reviews and supposedly earned only around $60,000 TOTAL. It was unambiguously yanked out of the theaters very quickly.
Major League: Back To the Minors (1998)
Audience members sent this film back to the bush leagues, paying only a little over $2 million in its opening weekend. Of course, with no Charlie Sheen and Scott Bakula taking over the lead role, the lack of interest is understandable. Bakula probably said in his best Quantum Leap voice, "Ohhhh boy..." when he saw the numbers.
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventures (2012)
This was supposed to be from a popular kids' series, but a movie that looked like the Teletubbies on acid only raked in $443,000 in its opening weekend. I'm sure that cast members like Cary Elwes and Christopher Lloyd called Cumberbatch to tell them that it could have been a LOT worse.
Actor Billy Gardell suffered a setback in his battle to quit smoking for good on the set of Jersey Boys after director Clint Eastwood suggested his character should light up cigarettes. The Mike & Molly comedian landed a small role in the upcoming movie adaptation of the hit musical, but he soon found himself returning to his old bad habit for the summer (13) shoot because he couldn't say no to the legendary screen star.
Gardell says, "I haven't smoked in about four months, five months, and I was using them (sic) electric cigarettes to get off (nicotine) and he goes, 'I think you should smoke in this scene, how do you feel about that?' (I said), 'Yeah, Mr. Eastwood, whatever you think!' He was just so cool, he's just such a guy."
Christopher Walken leads the cast in the movie, which chronicles the career of boy band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The film also features Vincent Piazza and John Lloyd Young, who portrayed Valli in the Broadway stage musical that inspired the film.
A host of Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing and Rhea Perlman turned out to honour legendary TV director James Burrows on Monday night (07Oct13). The man who helmed huge U.S. hits including Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory was feted in front a star-studded crowd at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
Perlman, who played bolshy barmaid Carla under Burrows' direction in Cheers, took to the stage to say, "He's the greatest director there is. He makes you think that you're funny, but really, he made you funny."
Veteran star Bob Newhart also joined his pal onstage while clutching the Emmy Award he recently won for his turn in The Big Bang Theory, telling Burrows, "I never let it out of my sight. I take it in the shower with me."
Other actors who turned out to see Burrows' recognised for his stellar career included Perlman's husband Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Beau Bridges, Eric McCormack and writer Chuck Lorre.
There have been many, many great sit-com characters over the decades. Here are 10 that were the cream of the crop.
Sophia Petrillo: The Golden Girls
The show was an ensemble, but Petrillo and her sharp tongue and wit often stole the spotlight. She often told long-winded tales that began with "Picture it... " but behind her acerbic demeanor was a woman who fiercely loved her daughter, Dorothy. The interplay between the two often was the funniest part of the show. Shady Pines' loss was our gain.
Dr. Perry Cox: Scrubs
The man gave primers on how to give the best long-winded, angry rants that were simultanously hilarious. John C. McGinley was able to show this doctor who had the shortest fuse with anything that he perceived as incompetent as being capable of then turning around and espousing some wisdom that showed the way for people to figure things out. I am still mad though that they couldn't have a Cox-Dr. Gregory House face-off.
Louie DePalma: Taxi
The dimunitive Danny DeVito gave a heart and personality that was twice his size. In a show that featured such out-sized actors like Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufman, DeVito outshone them both.
Frasier Crane: Cheers/Frasier
Kelsey Grammer imbued humanity on someone who could have been viewed as merely pompous. Frasier was someone who often was unable to let his brain and his feelings reconcile while in the pursuit of romance. It didn't help that he had a neurotic brother who was in the middle of his own romantic crisis.
Cosmo Kramer: Seinfeld
Sure, Kramer was a nut, but Michael Richards added layers to the zaniness. The main lesson that I learned from him though is: Always lock your front door. I never understood why Seinfeld always had the door open. What is it with people who leave their front doors unlocked? Oops. I'm going off on a Seinfeld stand-up joke tangent...
Barney Stinson: How I Met Your Mother
Stinson may be a complete womanizer and near-sociopath, but he's also loyal to his friends at the very end. He may have been the archetype of hedonistic bachelorhood, but now we'll find out if he commits to a life with Robin? What makes Barney so great is that while he is a total self-centered buffoon, there's that little, tiny sliver of humanity in him too.
Archie Bunker: All in the Family
In this ultra PC world, I don't think Carroll O'Connor would have been allowed to even play the character, even with the depth that he displayed. Actually, he could, but it would have to be on a cable channel like FX. He's probably be another character on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Cliff Huxtable: The Cosby Show
Here's a man who gave a portrayal of a smart and very involved family man - who was black. That hadn't been seen that often on TV before and Cosby rightfully is hailed for doing so. This was the happy Cosby, not the grumpy one from that different Cosby show that aired years later on another network.
Ralph Kramden: The Honeymooners
One of the first sitcom archetypes -- the loud, blowhard husband. Jackie Gleason, made the character his own, though, and no one else could touch the part. Cedric, I'm looking at you. People might not like that "Bam, to the moon!" threat nowadays, but even back then, you just KNEW that if he had actually laid a hand on Alice, he would have wound up wearing his bus steering wheel around his neck.
Roseanne Connor: Roseanne
Sure, her character was supposedly the product of a writer's imagination, but she was a darn good mother and person on the show, despite her sassy mouth. Under that hard exterior beat a heart of gold. I always loved the back-and-forth with her and Jackie.
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The Sopranos actress Kathrine Narducci has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's adaptation of popular musical Jersey Boys, according to U.S. reports. She'll portray The Four Seasons founder and leader Frankie Valli's mother Mary Rinaldi in the film version of the Broadway hit.
Lou Volpe has been cast as the singer's dad, alongside Christopher Walken, Steve Schirripa and Vincent Piazza.
And Erica Piccininni will reprise her role of Lorraine from the stage version of Jersey Boys on the big screen, opposite John Lloyd Young who will be back as Valli.
Eastwood's movie began production last week (ends23Aug13).
Watch out, Clint Eastwood. It looks like there's going to be a new "Big Man in Town" on the Jersey Boys set. Deadline reports that Christopher Walken is officially set to play mobster Gyp DeCarlo in the movie adaptation of the hit musical.
Like the play, the Jersey Boys movie will follow the formation, success, and break-up of The Four Seasons. Walken's character Gyp DeCarlo is a mob boss who helps out the band when member Tommy DeVito racks up some serious debt. Clint Eastwood will direct the musical adaptation, and original Broadway cast member John Lloyd Young is rumored to reprise his role as Frankie Valli, alongside Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda.
Walken, who trained as a dancer in musical theatre productions before moving on to dramatic roles, will undoubtedly bring some name recognition to the project. Filming for Jersey Boys is scheduled to begin in September — oh what a film!
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Clint Eastwood has chosen acting legend Christopher Walken to lead the cast of his upcoming Jersey Boys movie. The actor/director is working on a big screen adaptation of the hit stage show about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and he has signed up the Oscar winner in a key role as a New Jersey mobster who helped the group build a music career.
Walken will play Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo in the film, according to Deadline.com, and previous reports suggest the director has chosen a young cast of rising stars to play Valli and his bandmates.
Broadway star John Lloyd Young, who played Valli in the New York show, is rumoured to be reprising his role for the film, and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza is also said to be among the cast.
The movie will go into production over the summer (13).
Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell have been shortlisted for a top honour at the 39th annual Humanitas Prize awards. The accolades, split into nine categories, celebrate the best in TV and film writing and both directors have earned nods in the Feature Film section for Tarantino's Django Unchained and Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. They will compete with Flight's John Gatins for the title.
Writer/filmmaker Jeff Nichols has landed a mention in the Sundance Feature Film category for his coming-of-age movie Mud, going up against Ryan Coogler for independent drama Fruitvale Station and Michael Starrbury for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.
Meanwhile, the 30 Minute TV group features Modern Family writers Danny Zuker and Christopher Lloyd, Nurse Jackie's Liz Brixius and The New Normal's Mike Scully, and the 60 Minute category will be a fight between Bones' Stephen Nathan (for the episode The Patriot in Purgatory), David Shore, Eli Attie and Peter Blake for the Everybody Dies episode of medical drama House, and Karen Struck and David E. Kelly for Monday Mornings' Truth or Consequences.
The winners will be announced during a special luncheon on 20 September (13) in Los Angeles.
Modern Family fans have been waiting for lovable gay couple Cameron and Mitchell to officially marry since...well, since the show's pilot premiered. Now, four seasons later, we may actually hear those long-awaited wedding bells.
After Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling officially struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd hinted that the decision may affect the show's fifth season. "It's a real possibility," Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly. "It's certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn't have in prior seasons."
Fan favorite characters Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett are committed partners and fathers to their adopted Vietnamese daughter Lily Tucker-Pritchett. Despite their successful relationship and family life, they have never been married, but that may change in the upcoming season. In his conversation with EW, Lloyd added, “As you can imagine in Cam and Mitchell’s life, they would be feeling that a door has opened that was closed to them. Wouldn’t it be pretty tempting to think about walking through it? We imagine a lot of gay couples today are deciding whether to get married now that it’s open to them. From our standpoint, that’s something to explore.”
At this point, we don't know for sure if Cameron and Mitchell finally tie the knot, but we can say that if they do, their wedding will make for one hell of an episode.
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