NBC may be down four shows (I mean, they weren't very good ones, so no major love lost there) but they're gaining even more. After yesterday's annoucement that new series from the likes of J.J. Abrams and the small screen adaptation of About a Boy would be heading to the peacock network, there's been the annoucement that they have ordered even more shows for the 2013-2014 lineup. Check it out:
-Blair Underwood, whose TV credits include L.A. Law, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Sex and the City, will join the NBC family as his star vehicle, the reboot of the 1960s series Ironside, has been picked up. The drama stars Underwood as a police detective who is bound to a wheelchair after a shooting, but continues to work.
-Bill Lawrence, who brought the likes of Scrubs and Cougar Town to ABC, will now bring his new comedy Undateable to NBC. The show has a familiar, if not usually successful sitcom M.O.: a group of twentysomething friends trying to navigate their love lives.
- Loved Chicago Fire? You're in luck, because NBC has ordered a series spin-off called Chicago PD.
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The Sex and the City star married her fiancee Christine Marinoni in May (12), not long after she shaved her head to play a cancer patient in Broadway play Wit.
Nixon has now revealed her dramatic new look caused tensions as she prepared for her big day.
She tells America's Elle magazine, "I'd shaved my head to play a professor with ovarian cancer in Wit and my hair had just started to grow back. My wife was worried that my being bald was all anybody would want to talk about. My mother kept making suggestions like, 'Look at this cunning beaded cap Whitney Houston wore to her wedding, isn't it great?'"
The actress turned to her wedding dress designer, Herve Pierre, creative director at Carolina Herrera, for help.
She adds, "I considered wearing a veil but luckily Herve Pierre came up with something better, just a little bit of silver and white ribbon wrapped twice around my head, to which we affixed some small Fred Leighton diamond love birds.
"It made me feel like Tatiana from A Midsummer Night's Dream and you want to have that kind of magical feel on your wedding day."
The Dances with Wolves star shunned all requests to comment on Houston's passing following her sudden death in February (12), because he didn't feel the time or the "forum" was right to open up about his close friendship with the I Will Always Love You hitmaker.
But Costner ultimately mustered up the courage to put his feelings into words for the tragic superstar's funeral service after her cousin Dionne Warwick called in a favour.
And now the 57 year old has opened up about his struggles to find the right words for the emotional speech, admitting he was forced to pull over on his way to the ceremony to wrap up his tribute at a local park.
He tells People magazine, "I was nervous. I wrote it up to the last hour before going into church. I didn't realise so many people felt the need to hear from me. I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to say.
"My wife (Christine Baumgartner) and I pulled off to the side of the road and went to a park to finish it."
Some of my favorite crappy reality TV shows are on in the summer. (Where art thou, Big Brother?) Now it's time to get ready for my newest summer reality TV obsession. Well, except it's not a reality show and it's not on television. Burning Love is a new web series that Yahoo! is trotting out June 4 on it's own website and, based on the trailer, I'm already hooked. Good thing it's free!
The show is directed by and stars (a surprisingly buff) Ken Marino, the funnyman from The State (remember that on MTV back in the day?) who has been a ham in Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and Wanderlust. He plays a sort-of-stupid firefighter named Mark Orlando who finds himself the object of desire for a house full of crazy women on a Bachelor-esque reality show. Since Ben Stiller produced it, look for a ton of top-notch talent including Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, Michael Ian Black, Malin Akerman (as a homeless contestant, obvs), and Stiller himself along with his wife Christine Taylor (remember Hey Dude?/man I am old.. Oh, and don't forget former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, who is a joke onto himself.
I'm really excited for there to be a high quality web series to get us through the summer. The future of television isn't even going to be on your television, people. It will be on the internet featuring movie stars making fun of television. Burning Love is the future! The snake eats its own tail. We all get roses. Welcome to the future.
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After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
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Gucci perfume. Louis Vuitton bags. First class. Paris. International. Ah the life of a high-class flight attendant is a luxurious one--and Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) wants it almost as much as she wants to get out of the trailer park. It's her destiny. She finally gets her wish when she becomes a flight attendant with Sierra Airlines (motto: "Big hair short skirts and service with a smile"). But Donna knows there's even more out there and she and her friend Christine (Christina Applegate) find their ticket in a Royalty Airlines' flight attendant training program led by John Whitney (Mike Myers) who explains the finer points of oxygen masks disgruntled passengers and airline procedures. Soon "the world's best flight attendant " Sally Weston (Candice Bergen) takes Donna under her wing (as it were) and helps her achieve her dream: First class. International. Paris. Despite all her success in the sky however Donna yearns for the guy she left behind Ted (Mark Ruffalo) and she'll eventually have to choose whether she'll reach for the skies--or keep her feet on the ground (yes folks it's really that cheesy).
Cast against type from the outset as ambitious trailer park sweetie Paltrow is so much more believable as the high-end flight attendant she eventually becomes that I swear the audience collectively released the breath it had been holding for the first 67 minutes of the movie. Myers as cross-eyed flight-attendant instructor John Whitney plays Dr. Evil half the time and although the movie's funny moments are his on the whole they don't work with the earnest courtship scenes between Ruffalo and Paltrow. Producers say that the Whitney role was a small one until Myers expressed interest and they expanded the part--to the detriment of the film. There's too much focus on Myers' character for the sake of a few laughs when he's really not all that important in the grand scheme of things. Bergen tosses out her lines in typical throwaway fashion--and her hair is insanely large which is somewhat entertaining--but Applegate just isn't funny anymore and her catfight scene with Paltrow towards the end is downright scary--it's like art imitating life in a bizarre statement about those who succeed (Paltrow) and those who fail (Applegate).
On the whole View From the Top is a surreally spotty movie. Is this a sincere romantic comedy? Earnest exchanges between Paltrow and Ruffalo would indicate that it is. Is it a spoof? Myers sure makes it seem like one. Since director Bruno Barreto can't seem to decide View From the Top spends its 87 minutes doing much the same thing its main character does--trying to find itself. But while Paltrow's trailer park girl makes good the movie never does. With a soundtrack from the '80s (Cyndi Lauper Bon Jovi) costumes from the '60s (micro micro-minis frosty lipstick and very large hair) and sets from the '70s (think A Clockwork Orange) it's difficult for the audience to establish something as simple as what time period we're in let alone what we're supposed to make of what's happening plot-wise.