August: Osage County director John Wells is to be honoured with the American Society of Cinematographers' (ASC) Board of Governors Award. The writer/director/producer will receive the accolade during the 28th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on 1 February (14).
The Board of Governors Award is given to "an individual who has made extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking".
Wells joins the ranks of Julia Roberts, the star of his acclaimed film August: Osage County, as well as Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg, who are all past recipients of the prize.
In addition to his work on the big screen, Wells has enjoyed an illustrious career in television, serving as the executive producer on Emmy-winning medical drama ER, The West Wing, Southland and the U.S. version of Shameless, starring William H. Macy.
"This year my character's experimenting... with coke and ecstasy and so I had to watch a lot of videos to see what that looked like and I just ended up, like, drinking 10 Red Bulls and spinning in a circle and then trying to say my lines, so that was kinda my approach." Actress Emmy Rossum on perfecting her junkie character in TV drama Shameless.
We pick up just where we left off last week – Frank and Carl bonding over bodily functions, Debs dating an older man, Fiona getting her feet wet in her new job and new relationship, Lip getting his ass handed to him at college, and Kev and V experiencing pregnancy drama. We'll check in with Kev and V first.
Things are looking uncharacteristically good: Kev inherits the Alibi Room from Stan in a hilarious/horrifying (a combination that Shameless has always done to a T) scene involving Stan's last will and testament and Stan's "sniveling fagotty fag of a fagorama daughter" (Stan's words not ours, we promise). Kev feels so guilty for inheriting over Stan's son that he agrees to pay him $500/month for the next 2 years. Doable, right? Wrong. It turns out the Alibi Room brings in very little profit – and things get even worse when V realizes she's carrying triplets: add that to Carol's baby, and that makes four. What will they do? V seems dead serious when she says she wants Carol to get an abortion, but she has Carol and Kev against her on that one.
As for Fiona and her boss boyfriend? I smell trouble. There are already trust issues brewing – he's bent out of shape because the night before, she said she would call and didn't. She does her best to joke and flirt her way out of it, but he's determined to talk things out – and things only get worse when a bout of road rage prompts an angry (and crazy) driver to take a baseball bat to her cherry company car's windshield. Instead of telling the truth, she blithely tells Mike it must have been a fallen tree branch. Unfortunately, she's already gone viral, and he catches her red-handed. Sure, honesty is important, but honesty in terms of your boyfriend and your boss are very different things, right? This episode we get a peek of what a dangerous line it is she toes between her personal and professional life. He's really falling for her, and as such, he might just be the kind of ex-boyfriend/current boss to really make her life hell.
Debs is also experiencing some boy trouble – her boyfriend (remember him from last week?) invites her over to his place, and after a quick look in his wallet she quickly discovers two horrifying facts: one, he's carrying around a condom, and two, he's twenty. Twenty. She panics and tells him she's only thirteen, but if he's fazed he barely shows it – their date continues, as they hold hands on the couch. We don't know what happens after that, but we do know that Debs stomps straight to her room after their date ... uh oh.
Lip's not doing so great either: his grades are still dismal, he gets almost no traction with the ladies (one exception – a shy-looking girl at the party who turns out to be decidedly not shy in the sack), his roommate's girlfriend still shoots him dirty looks, and even his friends from his work in the cafeteria have families to get home to at the end of the day. Will he pull out of the nosedive, or are we going to see him crash and burn?
And speaking of crashing and burning: Carl and Frank continue to toe the line between sweet and disgusting ("he smells like a monkey cage" – again, Shameless in a nutshell). Frank's liver failure has gotten even more dire (watching him squirt booze into his eyes this week is almost as horrifying as it was watching him retching and butt-chugging last week), so Carl makes it his mission to get him a new liver. A surprisingly patient nurse (another of Shameless' great guest stars) explains how the donor list works, and gives him at-home blood tests to see if any of the 18-and-up family members are a match. Lip's a no-go, but Fiona? O positive, just like Frank. Needless to say, she refuses without batting an eye. Frank responds in kind, cool as a cucumber, as he informs them he'll be asking his oldest daughter, Elizabeth. Mic drop. No but, seriously? What? Is it just me or does a long-lost daughter seem a little soapy for Shameless? I suppose if anyone would have secret, estranged children, it would be Frank, but still. The episode cliffhangs us, so I guess we'll just have to wait until next week to see just who this Elizabeth is.
When you think of the Gallagher family on Showtime's Shameless, one person keeps them together: Fiona (Emmy Rossum). Fiona could have been great. Her model looks, spunky attitude and tenacity for hard work could have led to an acting gig. Or college success. Or an athletic career — Fiona runs surprisingly well. Instead, she has to take care of a big family. While still in her twenties, the responsibility of watching after two teenagers, two elementary-aged kids and a toddler fell on her. Fiona became the de facto matriarch.
Oh, and she also had to manage a drunk father.
Despite all these obstacles, Fiona somehow gets food and money to care for her family. She works odd jobs and her personal happiness always takes a back seat. Kudos to Rossum for playing this role in a daring, sexy manner. What's that, sexy, you ask? Yes, the mother role and constant problems seem to overwhelm Fiona, but she still looks hot. Life obviously doesn't get her down too much. Guys everywhere on Shameless find Fiona ridiculously attractive. Fiona is never low on suitors, whether it's a cop, man with a double life or in the case of season four, her boss. At the snap of a finger, her life could be vindicated with these men. A life of steadiness and putting her talents to use awaits.
But she will never abandon her family. The Gallaghers are her life so she will continue to provide and maintain incredible looks whether, it's in a business suit, short skirt or T-shirt and jeans. You are a kind soul, Fiona.
Actress Emmy Rossum has a con-cat for a pet after the creature duped her into thinking he had cancer when she found him on the streets of Chicago, Illinois. The Phantom of the Opera star came across the forlorn creature while she was shooting TV series Shameless and took him to a vet, who told the actress the cat was close to death.
She says, "I kind of felt sorry for it. It kind of made a home in my trailer. I don't really like cats, so (I thought) I'll just take it around and see if it belongs to anyone. The local vet came in and looked at it and it was like, 'It's a sweet cat but it has cancer; just let it die.' I was like, 'No, I can't do that.'"
Instead, Rossum bought the cat a first class plane ticket and took it back to Los Angeles with her, only to discover when she got there that the animal had made a miraculous recovery.
She adds, "I wanted to give it a good life on it's way out... When we got back to the vet in L.A... he was like, 'Oh, this is a beautiful cat,' and I was like, 'Too bad about the cancer!' He's like, 'What cancer...? The hernia? I can remove that when I neuter her!'
"(Apparently) it's gonna live 25 years. I was like, 'Noooo! Now I have a cat!'"
So, where did we leave off? Somewhere as chaotic as usual, no doubt. We pick up with everyone going in opposite directions: two Gallaghers have officially entered adolescence (it's a bitch), one has secretly joined the army, one went to University of Chicago, one has a steady job for the first time, and one is bed-ridden, liver damaged, and still the über-alcoholic we know and love (?).
Debbie has officially become a teenager and she has all the attitude (and poorly-deployed eyeshadow) to go with it. She sasses big sister Fiona, she loads up on the fruity lipgloss, she wobbles down the sidewalk in snakeskin stilettos – oh, and she's auctioning her virginity online for a million dollars: you know, normal teenager stuff. She also happens to meet a cute yet older boy (he can drive, she's still in middle school). He seems sweet so far, but time will tell if he's a creep – and judging by the Gallagher's track record, he's going to be more trouble than he looks.
Fiona also has a new boyfriend (her supervisor at work), as well as a cherry new job; and things are starting to get more serious in both avenues. She realizes she gets insurance, benefits, and a 401k, and she finally sleeps with Mike. It's a little awkward; they certainly don't have the same physical chemistry as she did with Jimmy (who is still mysteriously gone, by the way – is he dead?), but maybe it's time for a change of pace. We'll see – like with Debbie's boyfriend, at this point, he's still something of a wild card.
And poor, poor, Lip. Sexiled (and snubbed) by his bumbling roommate's girlfriend, given a D by an officious TA, and looked down upon by everyone for his work-study job in the dining hall, he's definitely experiencing the flipside of big-fish-little-pond syndrome. This isn't to say he doesn't deserve getting knocked down a peg, but anyone who's gone to college can probably feel his pain in at least one of his misfortunes. (Even if you always got impeccable grades and didn't need workstudy, chances are you had at least one truly horrible roommate).
Oh, and speaking of Lip, it looks like Mandy Milkovich still carries a torch; in fact, both the Milkoviches are pining for their respective Gallaghers – Mickey does his best to inconspicuously ask after Ian throughout the episode, and in a surprisingly touching scene, he tries to jack off to a portrait of Ian, but becomes so upset that he punches a crater into the bathroom mirror (it was much more moving than it sounds, okay?). Who'd have thunk we'd be feeling this bad for psychopathic Mickey, of all people?
Meanwhile, Veronica and Carl are getting picked dry by Veronica's mother, Carol, who happens to be carrying their future child. She needs money for all the pregnancy staples: ultrasounds, doctor's appointments, and most importantly, chic maternity wear from Nordstrom's. Which would be fine and well, except for the fact that Veronica realizes that she, too is pregnant. How will they handle two kids when they can barely afford one? Veronica frets over how she'll tell Kevin, but the moment presents itself perfectly: when he returns home, saddened by the death of his boss, she comforts him with some much-needed good news.
And Frank has sunk possibly lower than we've ever seen – like Mickey, it's amazing the depth of sympathy we feel for him even after the breadth of damage he's done. Tony (Fiona's cop old flame) finds him in a crackhouse, near-dead, next to a very telling syringe, spoon, and rubber tubing. Fiona's all for dumping him on a park bench "far, far away" but Carl insists on keeping him. Carl's always been his dad's biggest supporter, and it's painfully hard to watch as Frank cajoles him into helping him butt-chug (ew) some Franzia (double-ew). And perhaps it's his way of thanking his son, but Frank proceeds to give 12-year-old Carl the lowdown on masturbation ("Hold it like an egg," and "If you don't use lubrication, you'll get blisters" are only a couple of his gems of wisdom). Somehow, their scenes together manage to be as sweet as they are horrifying.
The button on the episode? Carl returning home with a Costco-sized tub of Vaseline.
And we're back! All the late night talk shows have returned, fresh from their holiday break. Let's take a look at what the shows had to offer to start 2014, which includes Sofia Vergara and Jimmy Kimmel venturing deep into the dark recesses of the Internet's comments section.
Remember you can catch all the late night highlights every week right here on Hollywood.com.
Ugly CommentaryThere sure are a few people who don't appreciate Sofia Vergara's Latin beauty or Jimmy Kimmel's double chin, as the two of them read what people have written about them in internet comments sections.
Scarlett in BlueScarlett Johansson was talking about her new movie Her on Late Show with David Letterman, and she sure looked stunning in that lovely blue dress.
The People's Late Night HostThe people have spoken and they chose Stephen Colbert as their favorite late night talk show. Watch Colbert thank everyone who made it possible, beginning with Aaron A. Aardvark.
Cold ComfortWhile the entire country was experiencing the "polar vortex," Los Angeles was enjoying warm and sunny beach weather. Jimmy Kimmel's Cousin Sal put a stop to that when he dumped ice and snow on local beachgoers.
A Brush with GreatnessConan O'Brien didn't want to miss the sweet mooment when Two Broke Girls' Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs accidentally got to second base with each other.
Drinking GamesIt was like a frat party on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when Matthew McConaughey and Gisele Bundchen played a round of "flip cup" on Monday night.
Making Sense of NonsenseJimmy Kimmel breaks down Dennis Rodman's epic rant on CNN by reading a word-for-word transcription. Spoilers: It really didn't make any sense.
A Bunch of Know-NothingsJay Leno proved once again that most American know more about the less important stuff, such as who was naked on a wrecking ball, than who's Vice President of the United States.
The Jersey WarLocal New Jersey Correspondent Jon Stewart shamefully explains Gov. Chris Christie's involvement in "Bridge-gate."
McCain on 2016Want to know which of the lesser of two evils you'll vote for in 2016? Sen. John McCain laid down his picks of Presidential candidates on The Tonight Show.
Among the miscreants, losers, outcasts and troubled youths on Shameless, one person stands out. Lip Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) isn't just a lowlife skipping school.
He ditches because he's bored. Lip is smarter and better at anything academic so smoking and hooking up with girls makes more sense than wasting time in school.
The Gallagher family invites trouble with their unruly behavior and then it's up to Lip to make some money, fix something or figure out a plan to get them out of out hot water. Without the family (or the entire troubled neighborhood), Lip could excel at anything. Heck, he could take over the world with the right motivation.
Lip's brother, Ian, wouldn't like this. Ian desperately wants to go to West Point and has been in the Army ROTC at school for years. With his intellect, any military unit could groom Lip into a brilliant leader. No country could counter Lip's military intelligence. He could make his way to four-star general, and maybe later on in life, a spot as President of the United States.
Figuring out coding and hacking wouldn't be a problem for someone as smart as Lip. Slowing the Internet or holding it hostage would definitely be a possibility. For what purpose? Whatever purpose Lip deems necessary.
Lip isn't an evil person. But he has loose morals. He's a Gallagher. Running drugs for big profit (we're talking multi-millionaire or billionaire) isn't out of the question. After all, nobody figured Walter White on Breaking Bad for a boss.
Put Lip in an unorganized country or communist territory and he might very well lead them. If anybody could figure it out, Lip would.
Dear Frank Gallagher,
You are a horrible father, disgusting drunk and an even worse human being.
But you knew that already.
Frank (William H. Macy), give up the charade that you care about your children. You are a burden on everything they do and always hold them back. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) are the kids who could have the most success, yet they hate you the most.
Actually, Ian hates you pretty good too.
What scheme will you devise to rob your kids of the little money that they make? Even worse, you get them involved so deep that when you mess up — and you will mess up — they have to bail you out, sometimes literally.
And for what? Your real love, booze.
You aren't picky about what you drink as long as there are numerous rounds to consume. How many nights have you spent somewhere strange? How the hell have you not gone blind? Your body is starting to shut down, so that's justice. Still, you have plenty of drunken days and nights, was it worth it? Your smell must resemble an animal that hasn't cleaned itself in weeks.
Yet somehow, you've fathered kids and continue to get sex.
Speaking of hygiene, your look can best be described as a hoboish. Shave. Wash up. Stop drinking! Don't you get throbbing headaches from being so damn dirty all the time? Bums won't even give you money.
Frank, you give the Gallagher family a bad reputation. Their name is already tarnished, thanks to you (the rest of the family has earned their hate, though), they don't need you making things worse.
Go to work or go to hell.
The new year brings with it new changes, new resolutions, and new epsiodes of our favorite television shows. There's so many major premieres heading our way in the coming months, promising the resolutions to some insane cliffhangers, highly-anticipated follow-ups to beloved plotlines, and one significant attempt to recover after a terrible previous season. We've gathered together all of the most exciting winter premieres into one handy guide, plus all quick recaps of all of the most gasp-indcing cliffhangers and what to expect from the upcoming seasons. (Spoilers below, obviously.)
Community - January 2After the firing and then re-hiring of show creator Dan Harmon and a widely panned fourth season, Community fans have been waiting desperately to see what the new season will bring. So far, we know that Jeff and the gang will be back at Greendale, along with more guest stars than we could possibly hope to remember, and that Donald Glover will only appear in six episodes. What we don’t know? How or why he’ll leave, and if the show can possibly hope to return to its glory days. The new season has a lot to live up to, but we're hoping it manages to recapture some of that early Community magic.
Downton Abbey - January 5After a season that included births, deaths, and secret affairs, it's hard to imagine what the residents of Downton Abbey will have to endure next. This year, there's been a huge cast overhaul, including a few new love interests for Lady Mary, a shake-up in the household staff, and a visit from Cora's brother, played by Paul Giamatti. Meanwhile, there's still plenty of drama headed for Bates and Anna, including a new storyline that caused a great deal of outrage when it aired earlier in the UK. For a show about an inhertance dispute, there's always something insane going on, so there's no telling what to expect when we return to the estate.
Parks and Recreation - January 9It may not have ended on a cliffhanger, but there's still plenty about the midseason finale of Parks and Rec for us to look forward to. It's the last hundred days of Leslie's term on city council, and she still has some grand plans for the city. Ann and Chris are not only getting ready to welcome a new baby, but also to move away from Pawnee for good. Ron's also about to become a father, and Andy's hopefully heading home from London soon. After the weird way that NBC decided to air the most recent episodes, we're really looking forward to finding out what's happening next in Pawnee, hopefully on a steadier schedule.
Shameless - January 12When last we left the Gallagher clan, Jimmy had disappeared onto a boat with the Brazilian mob, Fiona still had no idea he was in any kind of trouble, Ian stole his brother’s identity and enlisted in the army, Lip was starting college, V is pregnant… and V’s mom is a lot more pregnant than she let on. Oh, and Frank has to stop drinking and doing drugs cold turkey or else he’ll die. Even though the producers have revealed the answer to Season 3’s biggest cliffhanger, there’s still no telling what could happen next with the Gallaghers. And since anything goes with this show, we'll be glued to our televisions to find out.
Sherlock - January 19The world’s most famous consulting detective, BBC edition, returns to the small screens after a two-year hiatus in which we were all left with one very important question: How did Sherlock manage to fake his own death? Season 3 promises to answer this question, as well as focusing on the resulting tension between Sherlock and John, a surprise wedding, and a brand new bad guy. Plus, we’ll finally learn what possessed Anderson to both dye his hair and grow a beard, when he knew full well that they would both look terrible on him. (Don’t even get us started on John’s grief-induced moustache.)
Hannibal - February 28When last we left the team at Quantico, Will had been arrested under suspicion of being the copycat killer, although he has finally started to understand that Hannibal Lecter is not as friendly as he had appeared. Meanwhile, Jack and Alanna are trying to deal with the fact that their good friend might be a serial killer, and Bella's only getting sicker. This season, we'll find out whether anyone will be able to prove Will's innocence - or if anyone even wants to - and how much more Hannibal will be able to get away with before people start getting suspicious.
Orphan Black - April 19When it comes to cliffhangers, no season finale did it better than the end of Orphan Black. There were surprise deaths, new clones, and possible betrayals, all in one compact hour. We're not quite sure what to expect from the new season just yet, as they've only just wrapped filming, but we're sure that for every question they'll actually answer, they'll raise at least three more. However, the clones are finally starting to fight back against their makers, and Sarah is still fighting to get Kira back, so there's bound to be plenty of drama, action, and surprises come April.
Fiona starts to find herself attracted to Steve, a young man who helped try to stop a mugger from stealing Veronica's bag. Lip discovers pornography that leads him to believe Ian is gay and decides to change that with Karen's help.
Episode 2. Episode
After returning home and headbutting his son for asking about a t-shirt, Frank disappears and suddenly ends up in France. Fiona gets angry that Steve was the one who left him in France. A body washes up in the canal.
Episode 3. Episode
Veronica and Kev find their relationship tested when Kev accidentally proposes to Veronica. They start to plan their wedding, despite the fact Kev is secretly already married.
Episode 4. Episode
Debbie steals a baby from a party she is attending, prompting the parents to think their baby has been kidnapped by a pervert preying on children. Karen starts to seduce Frank.
Episode 5. Episode
Frank refuses to go to his own children's school for a meeting, but goes instead for Karen. But after their meeting, Frank and Karen are found out by Steve while having sex in the school bathroom. Ian's relationship with his boss is exposed.
Episode 6. Episode
Frank tries to hide from baliffs who want a large sum of money he borrowed. The children's mother returns home with her new lesbian lover and Fiona tells her that she needs to take responsibility for raising the children.
Episode 7. Episode
The family has a hard time dealing with their mother being home, especially when their mother's girlfriend kills a pet rat. Frank has to fake his own death so that he can avoid creditors.
The dysfunctional families of Chatsworth Estates in Manchester live out their lives with sex, violence, drugs, scams, and a touch of love. At the center of the estates is the Gallagher family, headed by horrible father Frank Gallagher and his six children.