This bit of casting news might be taking place over in the United Kingdom, but it is far too fascinating for those of us here in America to ignore. Two of Great Britain's most formidable contributions to the craft of film and television, Sean Connery and Ricky Gervais, are teaming up in a comedy pilot called Derek. Gervais will be filming the pilot, which stars Connery as an aged man confined to an old folks' home. In addition to directing, Gervais himself will be starring alongside Connery in the pilot. So, this is just about the most enthralling news I've ever heard. -TV Over Mind
Parks & Recreation's Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) sunny and saccharine nature has brought her a great deal of success, and earned her a wide assortment of friends and allies. However, in the game of politics, you're always going to be up against someone. As Leslie delves further into her race for public office, we will be meeting a few of her opposing players. The first guest star to strike up an enmity with Knope will be in the form of Kathryn Hahn, who will play an operative employed by one of Knope's rival candidates. Hahn, with a good deal of comedy roles on her resume, will add her sharp flavor to Parks & Rec when her team faces off against Leslie and Co. I can't imagine it's any easy feat to keep up with the comic abilities of the show's stellar cast, but Hahn is hardly an amateur. She'll be paying a visit to Pawnee in early 2012. Parks & Recreation airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -TVLine
One actor is hopping from one period drama to another. Darren Pettie is known for his small but prominent recurring role on Mad Men, playing the secretly gay Lee Garner, Jr. Now, he'll be stepping over to ABC's Pan Am to take on the role of a regally admired airline pilot. Vince Broyles, Pettie's Pan Am character, will be a WWII vet who is embraced as an American hero and a skilled pilot, though he harbors a secret dark side. Pan Am airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -EW
Nick Jonas is a paragon of innocence, wholesomeness and not being an estranged babydaddy. Or so we thought. If you've been watching ABC's new sitcom Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, then you already know about the as-of-yet unseen character Ryan, the father of Kristen's (Alexandra Krosney) baby who left her to care for the child on her own. Kristen is the oldest daughter of Allen's character, Mike Baxter; it goes without saying that he's not too fond of this Ryan individual. But Ryan will have a chance to win us over on the Christmas episode, and the very non-Ryan Nick Jonas will be the actor portraying him. Last Man Standing airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Jessie J is back—and not sitting-down-in-the-middle-of-a-stage-while-other-people-dance-around-her back. I mean back back. The British artist will be making her way overseas to deliver a special appearance on America's newest musical talent competition series, The X-Factor. Jessie J will make her appearance on this week's results show, airing Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. - THR
Franklin & Bash is pretty much just a gift to any young adult who suffers from pop culture nostalgia. The two stars are Breckin Meyer and Zack Morris, palling around as fun-loving lawyers. Adding to our yearnings for the days of cinema past is new guest star Sean Astin, who will appear on a Season 2 episode when the series returns to TNT. Astin is the star of old favorites The Goonies, Encino Man and Rudy (I know he has the Lord of the Rings movies under his belt now, but I prefer to remember him scowering the sewers for the treasure of One-Eyed Willy.) On Franklin & Bash, he will play a security guard who takes on a "superhero" persona after hours and fights crime, cape and all. The stars come to his defense when he is accused of murder. -TVLine
There's an interesting project on the horizons that will team Sean Penn and Robert De Niro with Kristen Wiig, in what I expect to be America's "Who saw that coming?" moment in terms of the actress' dramatic abilities. As we heard back in June, Penn is directing The Comedian, a tale about an aging, acerbic standup comic named Jackie Burke (played by De Niro), who is clinging desperately to any remnants of his once prominent fame. After a violent incident at a nightclub, Burke is sentenced to community service, where he meets his femme fatale/Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Harmony, played by Wiig.
Bridesmaids made everybody realize what a comic sensation Wiig is. Maybe it will be Penn's The Comedian that publicizes awareness of her dramatic talents as well. Plus, getting back into thick, gritty character pieces is just what De Niro needs to turn his career back around. And Penn...well, he's doing fine. But this will probably be a pleasant experience for him as well.
Penn has not directed a feature since 2007's Into the Wild. As a director, he is known for his large gaps between projects, possibly due to a careful deliberation regarding which films to work on. The Comedian seems like something Penn's artistic, erratic sensibilities will suit well. The same applies to the central role in terms of De Niro. And as for Wiig? Well, we may not have seen her do hard drama just yet. But mark my words: once you get a glimpse of what she is capable of, you'll be wiiggin' out.
After attempting to promote Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene on Twitter but missing the mark a bit after misspelling her name, Alec Baldwin got the urge to go down to Zuccotti Park and interact with some of the people at Occupy Wall Street. He tweeted at around midnight EST that he was headed downtown, and then tweeted two hours later to thank an Andrew from Brooklyn and a Sean from Winnipeg for helping him get acclimated to the environment down there.
But even after he left the event, Baldwin’s night wasn’t over. The gathering must have left him feeling rather charged because he spent another hour on Twitter expressing his views and interacting with his followers regarding the protests. He first wrote, “OWS needs to coalesce around some legislative policy. The “occupy” strategy may be an effective one. But what can each entity agree on?” Then he added, “Campaign finance reform remains the linchpin of our democracy’s many problems.” And when one of his followers insinuated he would have stayed longer if he wasn't a famous actor, Baldwin responded with, “Your ill-considered class baiting is a very real part of the problem.” Then we learned he donated the money he earned from being in that Capital One commercial to arts charities, and he finally closed the night with stressing the importance of “a healthy banking system” and “strong capital markets.” Man, let the countdown to Jack Donaghy teaming up with Beeper King Dennis Duffy officially begin.
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When women are not falling in his shower and dislocating their elbows, Sean Penn is very vocal about politics. All throughout President Bush's two terms, Penn was extremely critical of his policies and he even went as far as to pay $56,000 in 2002 so he could write an open letter to Bush in the Washington Post that attacked his administration for its "simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil" and specifically called Bush, Cheney and Condoleeza Rice "villainously and criminally obscene people."
But now that Bush is out of office Penn has turned his attention towards the Tea Party and on Friday's episode of Piers Morgan Tonight, accused party members of racism and of being a "distraction" from the upcoming 2012 election. He said, "Yet there's another problem. You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party. This kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction." Penn clarified he believes the Tea Party is only around because they hate that America's President is African American, and maintained the members of the party don't truly know anything about the issues that make up American politics today. You can watch the full video of Morgan's interview with Penn below.
Anyone care for a rebuttal?
Sources: THR, Snopes, CNN
Destiny's Child was one of the best girl groups of the late 90s and early 00s. The trio sold over 40 million records worldwide and went on to become one of the best-selling recording artists in the United States. Billboard magazine ranked them as the ninth most successful band of the 2000s, and placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008. But even after splitting up in 2006, these ladies continue to dominate the music industry. Beyoncé is off making music videos even while rocking a baby bump, and now Kelly Rowland is kicking it up a notch in her latest video for her new song, Lay It On Me, featuring Big Sean.
And lay it on us she does, especially in the sex appeal department. But given the fact that she looks amazing and is surrounded by equally attractive (and shirtless) men, we're certainly not complaining. Everything about the video reeks of promiscuity, so much so that you almost forget to pay attention to the actual lyrics, but it's never done to a tacky extent. This singer clearly has enough talent to stand (and sing) on her own two feet in order to remain a prominent figure in this rather competitive industry. Check out the music video below and see just why this child was destined to fly solo:
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It always seems like a lot of celebrities don't want their children to follow in their footsteps and start a career in the entertainment industry. They usually want them to become a doctor or teacher or some other admirable profession, perhaps to try and shield them from the negative effects of the media. But lucky for us, Britney Spears shares no such philosophy and completely believes (and supports) the idea that her children will become Hollywood stars. I suppose they could possibly be immune to negative press at this point in their lives. But I wonder what K-Fed thinks about all this...
Hoping to keep the talent going in the family, Spears thinks her sons will "definitely" be performers when they are older. The pop singer takes her kids on the road quite often and says her boys, Sean Preston, 6, and Jayden James, 5, already love to show off what they have learned from her dancers. Britney states, "When I'm on the road they come with me and they love being on the road. When I was younger I was always on the road and it's always exciting." Apparently they've already caught the performing bug. Spears adds that, "They are in awe, they come home and copy the dancers and the dancers' moves and try to get on their heads and do spins and do all these things. They'll definitely, probably be, in the entertainment businesses." The real question is....is the world ready for them?
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Hold up! Big Sean just came out with a music video for his song, Marvin & Chardonnay, and it features Kanye West. Does it look a little familiar? If you enjoyed Kanye's Gold Digger video, but thought Big Sean should replace Jamie Foxx, then this is the video for you. This song is off of his album, Finally Famous (we'll see about that), and was directed by Hype Williams. The video provides what all good quality rap videos can't go without: rapping (duh), serious bling, and half-naked women bending and flexing in various promiscuous positions. Although it tries to reach the caliber of its twin predecessor, it just doesn't quite succeed and I'm not overly impressed. So sorry Kanye, I’m really happy for you and I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé still has one of the best videos of all time. Check out the video below:
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Source: NY Mag
It's going to be a Bieberlicious Christmas! Don't worry about trying to stay out of the cold this holiday season because this holiday season is going to be filled with Bieber Fever. News has circulated that Justin Bieber will be recording a charity Christmas album this year, and the album will be comprised of original songs. How do we know about this? How you find out about anything important these days...we looked to Twitter. His manager, Scotter Braun, tweeted about the news last night, saying "This christmas album is amazing. might be the best album yet. all originals...soon 2 b classics. every1 i play it 4 is blown away."
If you're like me, you were initially shocked and then highly intrigued. I didn't know the Biebster had it in him. This is quite the endeavor he's taken upon his teen shoulders. I mean, I honestly can’t think of any major Christmas albums. Various artist and producer tweets indicate that Bieber recently co-wrote and recorded a song with Taylor Swift, and another with Sean Kingston, so if these are set to be in the upcoming Christmas album then it's a safe bet that it won't be a total flop.
One could say this is an opportunity that could either make or break his ever-growing career, but if I'm being honest I'd say he's going to be just as popular, regardless of album sales. Tweens and adults alike can't get enough of this guy, so a less-than-popular Christmas album attempt isn't going to stop them from going gaga every time he flashes a smile in their direction. Granted, if he succeeded he'd be more respected in the music industry for accomplishing such a feat, but the people are going to love him either way. Bieber Fever is sweeping the nation and there doesn't seem to be any cure. In the meantime, let's think of fun titles for the album. How about -- Jingle Bieber?
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Though ostensibly successful 2009’s The Final Destination represented to many a horror franchise on its last hackneyed legs. Rote uninspired and humorless it scored a (modest) hit only by virtue of the novelty -- and added ticket price -- of its 3D transfer. Two years later Final Destination 5 arrives with a slightly tweaked formula a beefed-up storyline actors you might actually recognize and genuine honest-to-goodness 3D. It’s still schlock mind you -- but artful schlock and a marked improvement over the preceding entry.
The story begins in familiar fashion with a cursory introduction to the characters followed by a grisly premonition that sees them perish wholesale. An assortment of cubicle-dwellers at a paper factory are being bused to a corporate retreat when one of them Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto perpetually bug-eyed) dreams of a massive bridge collapse in which he and his co-workers are impaled beheaded bisected crushed by cars singed by tar -- however many ways a suspension bridge can kill a person the film’s opening set-piece explores it gruesome detail. Sam awakens duly horrified and demands the bus be evacuated. Seconds later the employees watch in horror from the sidelines as Sam’s vision comes to fruition.
You know what happens next. One-by-one death stalks the survivors who meet their fate in a series of elaborately-staged incidents. Some are relatively straightforward; others involve fiendish head-fakes and red herrings. The range of victims is older and more colorful than in previous Final Destination films in which death preyed exclusively on attractive nubile teenagers but the end result is invariably the same. (Not to give anything away but those considering acupuncture or laser eye surgery would be wise to avoid the film entirely.) As death’s scheme becomes achingly evident Sam his lachrymose girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) and his increasingly unhinged buddy Peter (Miles Fisher) become increasingly desperate. Enter the ever-ominous Tony Todd returning to the franchise after (wisely) taking the previous film off offering a potential way out. But is it genuine or just another of death’s cruel tricks?
Director Steven Quale a James Cameron protege hired principally for his 3D expertise takes full advantage of the added dimension delivering some of the most vivid and immersive 3D sequences in recent memory. Unlike The Final Destination which seemed little more than a amalgam of crude one-liners Final Destination 5 feels like a real movie one with a discernible plot an element of suspense and a handful characters who are more than just punchlines. Most of the actors are surprisingly competent save for Fisher a credible doppelganger for Tom Cruise (he parodied him 2008’s Superhero Movie) who imbues every line with couch-jumping intensity.
Final Destination 5 ends with a twist that while genuinely unexpected feels like a Hail Mary for a franchise that can’t forestall its inexorable descent into stale irrelevance despite the best of efforts from Quale. Its trademark formula has simply lost its potency -- a problem no amount of cosmetic upgrades however welcome can fix. That the film is bracketed by two pointless and time-consuming montages -- the first an animated sequence that hurtles various hazardous objects at the audience the second a greatest hits compilation of memorable kills from previous Final Destination films -- is a telltale sign that the saga’s creativity is on life support. Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug.