Fargo and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the TV world at Thursday night's (19Jun14) Critics' Choice Television Awards, scooping three prizes each.
The small screen revamp of the Oscar-winning crime film won the prize for Best Mini-Series, while its stars Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman were named Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, respectively.
Netflix's hit women's prison series was named Best Comedy Series at the ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, and Uzo Aduba earned the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series award, while her co-star Kate Mulgrew, tied for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Mom's Allison Janney.
Janney also picked up Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Masters of Sex. Upon receiving the trophy for Mom, Janney quipped, "Well this is the climax of my career. This is extraordinary. This has been an amazing year for me."
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons was named Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed Best Actress in a Comedy Series, while Andre Braugher took the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for police programme Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
In the drama categories, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series for a second consecutive year, and Aaron Paul picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role in the popular show. Also earning a back-to-back Best Actress win was Tatiana Maslany, who repeated her 2013 triumph for her multiple clone roles in sci-fi show Orphan Black.
Adding to his Oscar win earlier this year (14), Matthew McConaughey went home with the Best Actor honour for True Detective, while Bellamy Young earned Best Supporting Actress as the scheming First Lady on Scandal.
It was also a big night for TV titan Ryan Murphy, whose thriller American Horror Story: Coven earned Jessica Lange the Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series accolade, while his AIDS drama The Normal Heart won two prizes, including Best Movie or Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for Matt Bomer.
In addition, Jim Parsons presented his The Normal Heart director with the Louis XIII Genius Award in recognition of his contribution to television. Upon accepting the honour, Murphy recalled the slew of online criticism he received following the announcement of the award, and admitted he tried to back out as a result. He also shared a piece of advice, telling the audience, "The one genius rule I have made in my career is to surround yourself by people more talented than you and then take all the credit. The last part is actually not true."
The awards show was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and presenters included Colin Hanks, Angie Harmon, Diane Kruger, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate and Christian Slater.
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Once upon a time, in a very far-away land, there existed a place called the hangout, where friends gathered once a week to vent, good-naturedly bitch, and work out real-life problems (see love, death, paternity, and yes, even murder) over a beer, coffee or cup of soup at a table or booth that was always conveniently empty whenever they came in. Here are some of the best TV hangouts we wish were in our own neighborhood.
Saved by The Bell practically started the hip hangout. Kelly, Screech, Zach and Slater (and the other ones) met up after school at probably the most innocent of all hangouts, The Max. Come on, what high school student is allowed to spend that much time away from home?!
Beverly Hills 90210 (the original) began its days with the almost equally innocent Peach Pit, until Steve Sanders opened The Peach Pit After Dark (enter Tiffiani Amber Thesan). Many dramatic nights ensued in the nightclub: fighting, crying, spousal abuse, dancing, even od’ing. Then there was that time the Flaming Lips played there. That was weird.
Life doesn’t get much cooler than the basement of Ted’s apartment in How I Met Your Mother. He lives above MacLaren's, a bar where Lily, Marshall, Barney and Robin meet almost every day to...well, Barney goes there to get laid.
Living above a bar might be hip, but what about living in the bar? Revenge’s Stowaway Tavern does more than host a litany of dramatic scenes between the rich and poverty stricken; it also houses the sometimes object of Emily Throne's affection, the Revenge-hungry and grief stricken Jack Porter.
The Simpsons’ Moe’s Tavern, where television’s most loved and hated cartoons join to grab a beer. Though it's rumored to never have been cleaned, it’s curious that every beer glass is always crystal clear.
Before the days of cell phones, Seinfeld’s Jerry, Eileen, George or Kramer could always find solace in a friend at their booth at Monk’s Café, no matter how weird things got...and they got weird. Fun fact: the real New York City landmark that the show used as the outside establishing shot of Monk's was a diner called Tom's, the same place Suzanne Vega wrote her hit "Tom's Diner" in.
And probably the most famous of all...I’ll give you one guess. Cheers. It’s all too true, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.
The Sin City star is the latest celebrity to fall victim to the morbid trend of online hoaxes which claim that a star has died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
After the rumours hit the web, Rourke's agent David Unger had to tell a string of panicked callers that the actor was in fact very much alive.
He tells New York gossip column Page Six that the star is "very touched by the outpouring of concern, and is alive and well in Beverly Hills".
Unger adds, "I have been getting condolence calls from all over the world. But I can confirm Mickey is very alive."
Jim Carrey, Jeff Goldblum, Christian Slater and Sylvester Stallone have all been targets of sick hoaxes in recent years.
When I saw the headline in The Hollywood Reporter that Bravo was going to remake '80s cult classic movie Heathers, I involuntarily made the same choking, wretching, gasping sound that Heather Chandler made when Veronica gave her a Drain-O Smoothie. Why does Hollywood have to mess with everything that is sacred and amazing? And why do they keep calling it "original" programming when everything is based on an old movie, a canceled show, a long-forgotten novel, or a repurposed reality program? That doesn't sound very original.
But, yes, this Heathers remake is going to happen. Andy Cohen and his tree full of magical cookie-baking elves over there at Bravo are trying to get into the scripted TV business and have greenlit (greenlighted?) this show by The Big C and Sex and the City scribe Jenny Bicks. It also has four other dramedies in the works. That's a lot of cookies in that there tree! As for Heathers, it takes place 20 years after Christian Slater tried to blow up the school and Veronica returns to Sherwood with a daughter of her own. Now Veronica's daughter has to deal with The Ashleys, a power clique in their own right who are the daughters of the Heathers who didn't die at Veronica's hand.
I'm sorry, but I am naturally skeptical, especially when TV execs are messing around with one of the beloved gems from my formative years. (And also, how are they going to have so many fake suicides for seasons of this show?) I'm also skeptical because this sounds pretty much like every other ABC Family show that is already on the air. It's not that there's anything necessarily wrong with ABC Family, it's just that the Real Housewives and Top Chef fans out there, like myself, don't necessarily want to watch ABC Family.
Here are some things that Bravo can do to keep their brand identity and create a show that I'll actually want to watch:
Creative Casting: OK, Winona Ryder has to be in this. What else is she doing? It's not like she's turning down scrips left and right or anything. She doesn't even have a reality show. (OH! A reality TV tie in just like a real life Comeback. Yes, please.) The only way that Veronica will be the same Veronica is if we get the same Veronica. Also, I think Bravo owes it to Real Housewife of Beverly Hills and former Disney star Kim Richards to cast her as one of the old Heathers. Sure, she's a little dodgy these days and definitely seen better days like back in the '80s when she was gorgeous and popular. If that doesn't sound like an arc for TV, then what is?
Add a Gay: I know a boy named Ashley. A mean gay boy named Ashley, nonetheless. It wouldn't be Bravo without at least one homosexual.
Catfights Galore: In the movie there was some shade throwing and a few murders, but there weren't really any good fights. A war of words is what defines the different episodes of each Real Housewives franchise. Without them, we'd be lost. Think more Dynasty.
The Wardrobe Department: These girls better be wearing some clothes! Sherwood is out in the middle of the suburbs, but these girls have Net-A-Porter, they can order some cutting-edge fashion. They better be dressed better than the girls who gossip, or I am going to be seriously pissed.
Sex Appeal: There is going to have to be a hot, shirtless guy in every episode. Maybe Veronica has a gorgeous nudist neighbor who is always popping by to give sage advice and flex his muscles. Maybe there is a comely gym teacher who doesn't like to wear a tank top. Who knows, make it happen.
Forget It: Sure, there is nothing new under the sun, but do we really have to mess with Heathers, something that was already perfect? Why not just make up a new high school drama? Maybe Bravo should just can the Heathers name and go with something else. Maybe that's just best.
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The end of director Tony Scott's life (the filmmaker committed suicide late Sunday, August 19) was both sudden and tragic. A renowned presence in Hollywood, Scott spent over forty years working in the business, carving out a career as both a director and producer. He wasn't slowing down either — at the time of his death, Scott was developing a handful of projects, including a long-gestating sequel to his 1986 film Top Gun. While his passing is unfortunate to fans and colleagues alike, Scott's many contributions to the world of movies will forever remain profound and thrilling. At the age of 68, Scott continued to push the action genre in new directions, and the ripple effect of his contributions is easily identifiable in today's big budget blockbusters.
Taking a look back at Scott's impressive career, here are a few of the standout films that solidify the late director as one of contemporary Hollywood's most important names:
Arguably Scott's best known film, the Tom Cruise-starring jet fighter action picture swept up audiences back in the '80s and continues to wow with its stunning aerial photography. The movie was a huge success around the globe, grossing more than $350 worldwide. But on an artistic level, it was an explosive beginning to Scott's exploration between man and machine that fueled his career.
Days of Thunder
Like Top Gun, Scott's Days of Thunder plays to two of Scott's major sensibilities: his love for raw adrenaline and of immersive worlds that exist behind the curtain of reality. Stock car racing is a fun sport to watch, but in the hands of Scott, it's a visceral rush with a vibrant, dramatic underbelly.
Backtracking to 1983, Scott's The Hunger is a wonderfully bizarre gem that the director always longed to revisit, with a short-lived TV adaptation and a self-helmed remake always at the front of his mind. Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon star in the steamy vampire drama, a film that shows off a completely different side of Scott.
Beverly Hill Cop 2
Taking over a franchise is no easy task, but Scott managed to build upon the original Beverly Hill Cop with heightened action and, perhaps even more importantly, even wilder humor. Known for his kinetic filmmaking, Scott always had a sense of humor ground his films, making the larger-than-life action easy to digest.
The Last Boy Scout
Scott's team-up with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans may be the best example of that sense of humor. Filled to the brim with explosions, crazed shootouts, and one of the greatest on-screen kills of all time (the big bad is hit by a football, knocked off a ledge, shot a couple times, then sliced up by a helicopter blade), The Last Boy Scout is off-the-wall, pure '90s action cinema. But Scott knew his talent too — he utilized Willis spot-on timing for one of the movie's best, small scale scenes:
Working from a script by Tarantino, Scott crafted another wild adventure that rarely relied on "action" to keep audience mesmerized and on their toes. Scott feels restrained in True Romance in the best of ways, letting the actors doing the talking. Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and the rest of the cast light up the screen in True Romance. Walken's standoff with Dennis Hopper is one of the great dialogue moments in movie history:
Scott found the perfect match in Denzel Washington, an actor who can bring intensity to the largest set piece or most intimate spat of words. In Crimson Tide, Scott and Washington built momentum in the pressure cooker confines of a submarine. You feel the heat in this movie, even in a 65 degree movie theater.
Scott's bravado for moviemaking attracted many of Hollywood's A-Listers over the years, but he hit pure thespian gold when he paired Robert Redford with his spiritual successor Brad Pitt in Spy Game. Underseen by audiences and a little murky in the logic department, Spy Game shines thanks to the brilliant casting, and to Scott finding perfect ways to let the duo spar.
Man on Fire
Late in his career, Scott continued to experiment with camera fluidity, color schemes, and action geography in his movies. "Stylistic" is an understatement when it comes to Man on Fire, a movie where tension builds from everywhere. The script, the action… heck, even the subtitles are rousing!
Scott had a number of film's in the works, but his last big screen endeavor is 2010's Unstoppable, a movie that took a simple premise (we can't stop this train!) and embraced it wholeheartedly. Rarely does Unstoppable feel cheap — a surprise based on the logline. That's all thanks to the pairing of Washington and Chris Pine, and Scott's precision for depicting the real life technical aspects that went into solving this shocking incident (the movie is based on true events). This is a Hollywood action movie. Everything is going to be all right in the end. But with Scott in the driver's seat (and this is true for all of his films), there are still unexpected thrills around every corner. It's why we, and Hollywood, love his movies.
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After guerilla warfare robs an entire Latin American town of all of its men, the subjugated female population steps up to bring the society back to (and beyond) its former level of prosperity. As hinted at in the trailer, which borders heavily on being NSFW, this leads to shifting gender identities and new relationships between the women. Eva Longoria leads the cast with Christian Slater in tow as a man desperate to locate this all-female society.
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The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star was competing in the Toyota Celebrity/Pro Race, and he saw off competition from Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater and Adrien Brody to take the title.
Singer/songwriter Jesse McCartney and skateboarding star Tony Hawk finished the race early after they were involved in minor crashes on the track, but both emerged unscathed from the accidents.
Green's on/off girlfriend Megan Fox watched the action from the crowd, and was seen cheering on her man and embracing him after he crossed the finish line.
And after the race, Green was full of praise for his supportive partner, telling E! Online, "Megan is here, I love you. It's awesome."
He adds, "I gotta say, I got to give it up to Adrien Brody, we've been battling it out the past few days, and he is really a hell of a driver."
The True Romance star plays people tracker Alex Donovan in The Forgotten and admits the show has had a big impact on viewers.
And he insists it's all down to a public service announcement which accompanies the show on U.S. TV - and encourages fans to do their own investigations about missing loved ones.
He says, "We actually have the opportunity to solve some real cases."
Slater read out one email he had received about a closed case during an appearance on late-night show Lopez Tonight! on Thursday (04Feb10).
He read, "In 1987, Paula Beverly Davis went missing from Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009, Davis' sister, Stephanie Clack, was watching an episode of The Forgotten and saw the Nameless PSA and website.
"She went to Nameless.gov and searched the unidentified persons site with information she had about her sister's case. After looking at a number of records, on December 11, 2009 Paula Davis was positively identified.
"Stephanie says if she had not seen the Nameless PSA on The Forgotten she would never have found her sister."
Slater admitted the email made his realise just how important his TV show is: "To get the opportunity to do something on TV... that actually can make a real, significant difference in people's lives and genuinely give them closure is huge."
Actress Winona Ryder will reprise her most iconic role in a sequel to Heathers -- and co-star Christian Slater is also on board.
The duo starred in the cult 1989 comedy about four girls who form a clique at a suburban high school, and rumors of a follow-up film have been circulating for months.
Now Ryder has confirmed she will be revisiting Westerberg High once more, although the project is so secret, even she's struggling to find out more details.
She tells Empire magazine, "Whatever you hear, there is a sequel in the works, I swear to God.
"But for some reason the writer, Dan Waters, and director, Michael Lehman, don't want to talk about it. I've been wanting to do a sequel forever. There is a story, and Christian has agreed to come back."
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Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney was toasted by a host of fellow stars when he received the 2006 American Cinematheque Award in Beverly Hills on Friday.
The lavish event, which was held to raise money for filmmaking charity American Cinematique, was attended by director Oliver Stone and actors Julia Roberts, Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, Geoffrey Rush and Lindsay Lohan.
They paid tribute to the 45-year-old, whose film credits include Good Night, And Good Luck, Syriana and Ocean's Eleven.
Slater said, "There's no man probably more worthy of getting some awards.
"He's a great artist, great director, and a phenomenal humanitarian. I think he serves as a great example to other actors, myself included."
Clooney said of the event: "Basically, what it is, really, is a bunch of your friends who are gonna roast the hell out of you.
"But when it's done, you're raising money to help American Cinematheque, which actually does some great things."
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