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Wait, what? Bill Murray is heading to the small screen? According to Deadline, Murray has joined the cast of HBO's Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small New England town (with an Old England title).
The miniseries, adapted by Jane Anderson and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), will follow the tough and moral titular Olive (Frances McDormand) and "a seemingly placid New England town fraught with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy." Murray is set to play Jack Kinnison, a widower and member of the town whom Olive befriends.
Other cast members include the likes of Richard Jenkins (Olive's husband), the recently added Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Cory Michael Smith. And to add even more names to the list, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producing with McDormand and Anderson.
The casting news comes as a pleasant suprise considering that Murray already has a full plate of upcoming projects. (The usually elusive actor is starring in Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and Cameron Crowe's untitled film.) By the looks of it, Murray has dived head first back into his acting career, and we're definitely not complaining. In fact, we're hoping that he'll swim over to a little project called Ghostbusters III. We all know Dan Aykroyd would jump up and down in excitement (as would we).
Season two, episode nine of The Mindy Project picked up where last week's left off. "Mindy Lahiri is a Racist" was directed by The Office creator Greg Daniels, Mindy Kaling's former boss, who expertly executed this complicated episode. The story starts with Morgan (played by Ike Barinholtz, who also co-wrote the episode) making amends for all the sexting from Mindy's phone last week. This acknowledges that Mindy's relationship with Clint the lawyer (Glenn Howerton, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) may be explored later, while allowing a completely different and unexpected plot to emerge. Schulman and Associates receives a positive internet review, but unfortunately it's on a White Power mommy blog.
Morgan is trying to clear the air, party boy Dr. Peter Prentice (Adam Pally) wants to get taken seriously, and everyone else is making a case that they aren't racist. The blog comes up innocently, sneaking up beneath jokes about Danny's feminine reading glasses. This made the reveal more surprising and funny, while subversively introducing the sensitive subject of race. It also shifts the narrative away from Mindy's romantic misadventures. Meanwhile Peter is asking Mindy to take him seriously, as she responds "I don't have time for your Borat impression."
Arriving at the issue of racism in a way that is so absurd allows The Mindy Project to address something delicate, and not deviate from the show's silly brand of chaos. This particular episode is packed with celebrity guest stars like Jenna Elfman. As a publicist, Elfman offers a lot as a straight-man and a sex partner for Danny. The racist mom blog even sparks a protest, led by a reappearance from the Duplass Brothers as the midwives who are the practice's competitors. When Mindy and Tamara are called on to make a statement, Mindy criticizes Tamara's boyfriend Ray-Ron (Josh Peck), causing a rift between the two.
Tamara joins forces with the midwives, but because Mindy is condescending, not racist. This calls back to the issue with Peter not being taken seriously. Danny then attempts to "change the conversation" only to mention his four black friends. Peter is set up to be the savior when Congressional candidate Tracy Whitfield, played by Larenz Tate, arrives. Peter claims to know the African-American politician, but after approaching he immediately retreats confusing him with another black guy. "Ok. That was very racist," Mindy concludes.
Mindy takes to addressing the crowd in one final attempt to defend the practice, calling on Peter's previously proposed mobile health clinic for women in need. This offers an olive branch to Whitfield while making Peter the expected hero in an unexpected way. In this effective episode, Mindy did what she does best: addressed a character flaw (she's condescending) while solving a broader problem. This allowed for both Peter and Tamara to show more depth and shot down criticism that Mindy only dates white guys. After all, she did go to second base with "Korean Justin."
Bill Murray is to star in HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge in a rare TV appearance. Based on the award-winning book by Elizabeth Stout, the series centres on a town in New England where tragedy and scandal are rife. Frances McDormand will play the title character and Murray will take the role of her widower friend Jack Dennison.
Actress Drew Barrymore decided to reveal her pregnancy news when speculation she is to become a mum again reached fever pitch. A representative for the Never Been Kissed star confirmed to People.com on Monday (04Nov13) that Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman are expecting their second child.
Rumours first began when the star appeared to be hiding her stomach in loose-fitting clothing as she attended a Los Angeles County Museum of Art gala over the weekend (02-03Nov13), and the actress decided to confirm the news to avoid a firestorm of publicity.
Barrymore, who became a first-time mum to daughter Olive last year (12), tells People.com, "Last time I never commented on it and people just stalked me the entire time... So yes, it's happening, it's true. I tried to keep it a secret for as long as possible...
"When I found out I was overjoyed. It always feels so surreal, it's incredible... (I'm feeling) incredible, that sort of here we go again feeling. And blessed. Blessed!"
Actress Drew Barrymore is pregnant with her second child. The Charlie's Angels star and her husband Will Kopelman became first-time parents to daughter Olive last year (12), and her representative has confirmed to People.com that they are set to expand their family.
Editors at UsMagazine.com first broke the news on Monday (04Nov13), after Barrymore appeared to be hiding her stomach in loose-fitting clothing as she stepped out over the weekend (02-03Nov13) at a Los Angeles County Museum of Art gala, where she posed for photos wearing a long, flowing dress.
Barrymore has made no secret of her desire to have more children - last month (Oct13), she told U.S. talk show host Jay Leno she "very much" wanted another baby, joking she wanted to get pregnant "right away".
The pregnancy news emerges just days after Barrymore and art consultant Kopelman managed to offload their marital home in Montecito, California. The six-bedroom property, where the couple wed in June, 2012, was reportedly sold for $6.35 million (£4.23 million) last Wednesday (30Oct13), $1.15 million (£766,670) below their asking price.
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks has revealed Prince was interested in turning their relationship romantic while she helped him record his legendary song, Purple Rain. The soul superstar recruited the Landslide hitmaker to give expert advice on his now-iconic song, but Nicks insists that behind the sombre lyrics of the track, Prince was keen on taking their friendship to the next level.
In an interview with Mojo magazine, Nicks admits, "I've still got it (the demo cassette) - with the whole instrumental track and a little bit of Prince singing, 'Can't get over that feeling', or something. I told him, 'Prince, I've listened to this a hundred times but I wouldn't know where to start. It's a movie, it's epic.
"The olive branch of him giving me that cassette was huge, but I think he would have liked a romance with me, too."
While Nicks, who previously admitted that she turned down the singer's request to pen the lyrics for the 10-minute track, graciously declined his advances, they continued to spend time together, including a night when Prince offered to pick her up after a Fleetwood Mac concert to drive her back to his home.
She reveals, "We get into his purple Camaro and bomb out onto the freeway at 100mph (miles per hour). I'm terrified, but kind of excited, too... (Later) I get on the plane and the rest of the band are like (drum fingers, rolls eyes). I'm like, ''What? Nothing happened.'"
What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? In The Hunger Games that world is Panem, the nation which rose out of the ashes of current day North America. Panem is split up into 12 districts (we don’t talk about District 13) and a glittering and wealthy capital city.
Taking a page from The Colbert Report, this ongoing “Better Know a District” series will take a look at the districts that make up the brutal Hunger Games world.
Welcome To District 12: The Hungry Coal Miners!
Location: District 12 is most likely located somewhere around the Appalachia.
Industry: District 12 is known for its coal mining.
Classes: District 12 is notable for containing two classes of people: the miners and the merchants. Despite providing the district with its main export, the mining class tends to be much poorer (and in much worse health) than the merchant class.
Notable Residents: Most of the main characters in The Hunger Games trilogy hail from District 12. This includes heroine Katniss Everdeen, her sister Prim, her best friend Gale, and fellow competitor Peeta. Their mentor is the boozy Haymitch Abernathy, one of the few former winners of the Games from District 12.
The Seam: The Seam is where the poorest residents of District 12 live, right near the forest that borders the district. This forest is where Katniss and Gale go to hunt in order to keep their families from starving. Unlike the blonde haired and blue-eyed merchant class, the residents of The Seam tend to have dark hair, gray eyes, and olive skin.
The Hob: The Hob is the black market in District 12, where Katniss and Gale often bring their hunting hauls to make some extra money or trade for needed supplies.
Hunger Games Prospects: Before Katniss and Peeta shocked all of Panem with their win, the tributes from District 12 tended to do very poorly in The Hunger Games. This is probably because of the relative poverty of the district and the lack of Games training.
When it was first announced that Oscar-nominated star Jennifer Lawrence would take on the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, the internet was all abuzz with complaints. Were these complaints about how the very white Lawrence was wrong to play the olive-skinned Katniss? Nope, they were all about how she was too big to play the starving District 12 warrior.
For some reason, Jennifer Lawrence cannot seem to escape public scrutiny about her weight, despite the fact that is is demonstrably no one’s business. Worse still, Jennifer Lawrence is not remotely fat. This gives the impression that no matter how healthy you are, there’s always a pressure to lose more weight.
Recently Lawrence sat down with Harpers Bazaar UK to chat about her career and the topic of her much-criticized weight came up. Apparently the internet isn’t the only place taking crazy pills when it comes to policing how Jennifer Lawrence should look. She admitted she was warned she would need to start losing weight or risk losing her job instead.
"Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight," Lawrence said. "They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet."
It’s impossible to believe that Lawrence’s weight is still a topic being discussed, especially after two trips to the Oscars and her stint headlining one of the biggest franchises starring a female character ever. Yet she can’t seem to escape people trying to body-police her, like her perceived attractiveness and not her actual accomplishments are the only topic of conversation.
Of course, Jennifer Lawrence has become everyone’s imaginary best friend for a reason. She’s absolutely upfront about her love of food and refuses to listen to the comments about her body. At award shows, she’s always mentioning how hungry she is or how excited she is to finally eat. No one is telling Jennifer Lawrence to starve herself.
When asked by the interviewer how she responds to these crazy dieting demands, she continues her streak of being the greatest by replying, "If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f**k yourself."
A perfect response for a perfectly stupid non-issue. Now let’s all stop talking about Jennifer Lawrence’s weight and keep talking about how much we want her to be our best friend.
What do you think? Are you even more in love with Jennifer Lawrence now? Sound off in the comments!
The economist who inspired 1992 movie Lorenzo's Oil has died, aged 80. Augusto Odone rejected medical opinion and created an oil to save his son Lorenzo after he was diagnosed with neurological disease adrenoleukodystrophy and given two years to live.
Odone studied medicine and biochemistry, and concocted a mixture of acids from olive and rapeseed oils that helped prolong his son's life - Lorenzo died at the age of 30.
Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon played Odone and his wife in the film.
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Where does Jesse Pinkman go after he's Breaking Bad days are over? He becomes a gifted street racer, of course. In the first trailer for Need For Speed, Aaron Paul races his heart out as Tobey Marshall, a small-time mechanic who is wrongfully imprisoned by his business partner Dino Brewster, (Dominic Cooper), seeking revenge by participating in a New York-to-L.A. cross-country race.
The trailer zooms by in a symphony of crunching metal and orange sparks with operatic music swelling in the background. It's all very pretty and thrilling, but perhaps a bit too heavy on the drama. This is a movie about cars going really fast and crashing into each other (and it's based on a video game). There's no reason to overdo the gravitas. There's even a silly voiceover with Aaron Paul spouting lines like:
"I do not fear, for you are with me.""All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced.""Those who wage war on me will perish."
These lines sound less like a scorned street racer in an action movie and more like a certain methamphetamine kingpin. Lines like "Those who wage war on me will perish" sound like the kinds of things Walter White would scream before running over a couple of drug dealers, or yelling about how much you should stay out of his territory. If you close your eyes and listen, you can almost see Walter White careening down a twisty mountain highway in his olive green Aztec, throwing baggies of blue meth at the other racers Mario Kart style.
We'd like to think that this new Need For Speed film takes place after Breaking Bad in some alternate reality where Jesse Pinkman gets his identity changed, and becomes a street racer who learned all of his insults from his high school chemistry teacher. But what we're really in for is probably just a melodramatic car crash movie.
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