Adam Driver really lives up to his last name. An occasional theatre performer and singer in his suburban Indiana high school, the intense but directionless Driver signed up for the Marines shortly aft...
You can stop re-reading Lena Dunham's book and obsessing over her Instagram posts with Taylor Swift now. Girls is back! The show's fourth season premieres today (January 11) on HBO. While we love watching Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna generally make a mess out of their lives, there are certain things we want to see happen this season. And because we sometimes take our cues from the always-unsatisfied Hannah, we're going to whine about it.
1. Hannah to stop dreaming about her writing career and, you know, actually WRITE.
It made us so mad when she dissed a perfectly respectable job at GQ last season. She was good at the job and they had free snacks. Hello?
2. Adam gets more screen time.
Mainly because Girls needs to make the most Adam Driver before he leaves the show to become a huge star. He has a role in the new Stars Wars movie, so it could happen.
3. Shoshanna and Ray to realize they belong together.
They weirdly made sense as a couple.
4. Jessa to fall in love.
'Cause wouldn't it be fun to see her feel actual emotions?
5. Marnie to be less annoying.
That includes maybe giving up her singing aspirations. Because while Allison Williams is good, Marnie is not.
6. More scenes where all the girls are together.
The show's title is plural after all. We want more scenes that show why these four gals are actually friends.
7. Meeting Shoshanna's parents.
We know this is actually coming true (Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards have been cast), and we cannot wait! We've met all the other girls' parents by this point, and we have a feeling Shosh's parents are going to be the best ones yet.
8. More Andrew Rannells.
Because everything needs more Andrew Rannells.
9. More scenes between Shoshanna and Adam.
Their characters are so wildly different that it makes every scene between them hilarious.
10. A cameo by Taylor Swift or Jack Antonoff.
Lena's bestie and her boyfriend. We'd love to see how Lena would work them into the show - even if it was just a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance.
11. A crossover with the Broad City ladies.
Don't you think Hannah could be besties with Abbi and Ilana? Think of all the shenanigans they could get into together. Hey, a girl can dream.
12. More poor life decisions.
Because no matter how much they make us want to scream at the TV sometimes, we realize that if Hannah and Co. had their sh*t together, there would be no reason to watch!
What do YOU want to see happen this season on Girls? Tell us on Twitter!
Another season of Girls is fast approaching, and if you're anything like me a lot of thoughts are going through your head. Last season left off with so many characters going in so many different directions. I mean, Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets accepted to school in a completely different state! Where will things go from here?
1. Will we have anymore cringe-inducing Marnie performances? Because we can't handle anymore.
2. Will Hanna and Adam be able to work things out?
3. Will Shoshanna go down a sad, depressing spiral like Marnie?
4. Are we going to have another awesome drugged-fueled party scene this season? Hey, it's not bad if it only happens once a season right?
5. Will Hanna just quit grad school like she does with most things and come back to New York?
6. Will Adam continue to pursue acting?
7. Will these two get back together?
8. Will Marnie be able to keep that poor little kitten alive? (Please say yes!)
9. Will we get anymore craziness from Booth Jonathan?
10. Will Jemima be able to hold down a job?
11. Will Elijah be right about Marnie's crush on her guitar player?
12. Will we get anymore choreographed dances from the group?
So many important questions! Let us know what you want answered in this season of Girls by tweeting the Twitter handles below!
Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano is set to replace Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorsese's Silence after scheduling issues forced the Godzilla star to drop out of the film. Asano will join Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver in the adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel.
As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
Glen A. Larson, the creator of hit TV shows including Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I., has died, aged 77. Larson passed away at a hospital in Los Angeles on Friday (14Nov14) following a battle with cancer of the oesophagus.
He began his career as a singer in 1950s pop group The Four Preps and later moved into composing theme songs for TV shows.
Larson went on to work behind the scenes in TV and is best known for creating a string of popular series including with Alias Smith and Jones in the 1970s, sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica, and murder mystery Quincy, M.E., which ran for seven years until 1983.
His most successful creations including Magnum, P.I. starring Tom Selleck, Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff, The Fall Guy, about a stunt driver-turned-bounty hunter, and The Six Million Dollar Man TV movies, which later spawned the action series.
Hasselhoff paid tribute to Larson on Twitter.com, writing, "Condolences to Glen Larsons (sic) family. Friend/creator of Knight Rider. Had 7 TV series at one time! Without him there'd be no KITT & Michael."
Edward James Olmos, who starred as Admiral Adam in the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot series, adds, "Glen Larson, we thank you for the ride, you are battlestar, we will miss you. See you on the other side. #Sosayweall Admiral Adama."
Actor Adam Driver is hosting a special reading of a play to benefit the Armed Forces in honour of America's Veterans Day (11Nov14). The Girls star is the co-founder of Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), an organisation which stages performances for military personnel.
Ahead of the national holiday, Driver is hosting and co-producing a live reading of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis' dark comedy Our Lady of 121st Street on Monday night (10Nov14).
Sam Gold, a Broadway stalwart who helmed the current production of The Real Thing featuring Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is directing the reading, with actors including Justin Long, Amy Ryan and Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley included in the cast.
Driver tells Entertainment Weekly the cause is extremely close to his heart because he turned to the arts following a medical discharge from the Marines - a career move that changed his life forever.
He says, "Having been exposed to theatre in my post-military life, I know what a powerful tool for self-expression it can be. In my platoon, I often saw how violence came from those who couldn't express themselves and regretted that the people I served with weren't made aware that language can be as valuable a tool as the rifle on their shoulder. If people take nothing else from Monday's event other than that, I'll consider it a huge success."
Proceeds from the event will go towards the AITAF's upcoming holiday tour to U.S. bases in Asia in December (14).
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal performed a poetry reading at a charity event in New York on Wednesday (01Oct14) to raise money for members of the U.S. military. The Donnie Darko star performed You Will Be Destroyed in Your Own Way, written by veteran Derrick Brown, at the Words of War benefit, which raised funds for military healthcare organisation The Headstrong Project.
Good Night, And Good Luck star David Strathairn, ER actor Anthony Edwards and Mystic Pizza's Lili Taylor performed a scene from the Japanese play Fujito which details the grief of war.
Gyllenhaal, who read at the inaugural gala last year (13), told the audience it was an "honour and a privilege" to attend the event, where guests also included Girls star Adam Driver and U.S. talk show host Seth Meyers.
The dinner raised $400,000 (£250,000) for the charity, which helps fund treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Naomi Watts rang in her 46th birthday with the While We're Young cast following the film's premiere in New York on Sunday (28Sep14).
The actress celebrated with co-stars Ben Stiller and Adam Driver, and writer-director Noah Baumbach at an afterparty following the screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival. The group presented the King Kong star with a cake and sang Happy Birthday to her during the bash at Manhattan's Shun Lee Cafe, according to the New York Post's gossip column PageSix.
"It took all four of us to wreck that poor guy's toilet. At one point we came back on-set and he had taped it over. 'Please stop using!'" Tina Fey is embarrassed to have wrecked the bathroom at the Long Island, New York home where she and her This Is Where I Leave You co-stars Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver filmed the new comedy.
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This Is Where I Leave You doesn’t get a lot right about grief, marriage, love, relationships, parenthood, infidelity, masculinity, depression, alcoholism, human reproduction, homosexuality, Oedipal complexes, Judaism, sibling rivalry, marijuana use, brain injuries, ice skating, or how human beings speak to one another. But, you know, it’s cute.
Though they’re given little more to do than alternate weepy existential soliloquys with jokes about masturbation (there are a lot of jokes about masturbation in this movie, or at least a lot more jokes about masturbation than most movies targeted to my mother’s demographic seem to have), the Altman siblings are hardly a chore to watch as they banter and bicker their way through a weeklong mourning ritual (and neatly packaged “side problems”) following the death of their father.
As Judd (wife cheated on him) Jason Bateman is essentially fine. As lone sister Wendy (husband’s a douche/old lover right across the street), Tina Fey is more than not inviting. As youngest brother Phillip (can’t get his act together), Adam Driver is a cast standout. Corey Stoll, you might have heard, is also in this movie as oldest child Paul (can’t conceive a child). But just barely, showing up every so often for the sole purpose of reminding everyone just how little these would-be siblings look like each other.
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A few sweet moments are managed — more often than not involving the dynamic Driver and one of his disapproving elders — though never impressively, settling predominantly for Vanilla Sky-inspired maxims and scenes of contemplative driving. A few good jokes land — again, usually via Driver — though never uproariously. And with takeaway messages peaking at innocuous, there’s really nothing to be gained from a viewing of Shawn Levy’s dramedy adaptation.
But, somehow — thanks to the good graces of Fey’s aptitude for sisterly sardonicism and Driver’s animalistic likability — it manages a competent dose of cute. Sweet. Nice. This Is Where I Leave You has nothing — or close to it — to offer, but it’s hardly a joyless ride.
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Began acting in NYC following his graduation from Juilliard
Landed minor role in the HBO biopic "You Don't Know Jack," starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian
Joined the U.S. Marine Corps a few months after the 9/11 attacks
Made TV debut on the ABC series "The Unusuals"
Appeared in "Frances Ha"
Portrayed a telegraph operator in "Lincoln"
Cast in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar"
Played the boyfriend of series creator Lena Dunham’s character on "Girls" (HBO)
Adam Driver really lives up to his last name. An occasional theatre performer and singer in his suburban Indiana high school, the intense but directionless Driver signed up for the Marines shortly after 9/11 and spent nearly three years training for overseas combat before being honorably discharged. After graduating from the famed Juilliard School, Driver brought his darkly magnetic presence to a string of minor TV appearances and landed small roles in HBO's Dr. Kevorkian biopic "You Don't Know Jack" (2010) and the lumbering "J. Edgar" (2011). But it was his performance on the buzzy, bruising "Girls" (HBO, 2012- ) as Adam, Lena Dunham's emotionally complicated boyfriend, that brought him into the spotlight; follow-up roles in the high-profile "Lincoln" (2012) and the indie hit "Frances Ha" (2012) ensured he stayed there. In between films, Driver, along with rumored girlfriend Joanne Tucker, founded Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit organization that stages theatrical and musical performances for members of the military. Driver has a lot to say, and all we need to do is sit back and listen.
The Juilliard School
Joined the Marines shortly after 9/11 but served only two years before being medically discharged
Founded the non-profit group Arts in the Armed Forces as a way to connect military audiences with the performing arts communities
"You have to be so disciplined. That was such great training for me, to make a goal and meet it. Not everyone has to go to the Marine Corps to do that, but it’s what it took for me." - from Theater.NYTimes.com, Feb. 11, 2011
"Acting, to me, has been many things: It’s a business, and it’s a craft, and it’s a political act—it’s whatever adjective is most applicable. But I also consider it a deep service, and combining those two worlds seemed to be a way I could continue my military service and not do something as self-indulgent as acting can be." - from Vogue.com, Jan. 17, 2013
Applied to Juilliard on a whim to see if he cold get in; he graduated in 2009