Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover: Exclusive Photo
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He's remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I'm betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who've trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull's Robert D… Read
‘Glee’s Chris Colfer Inks New Five-Book Deal
EXCLUSIVE: As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children's fiction franchise he launched with 2012's The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title… Read
Conversations With Jeremy Gerard: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Elephant Man’
EXCLUSIVE: You would be hard-pressed to find two more unalike human beings, not to say heroes, than Chris Kyle--dubbed "Legend" by his fellow Navy SEALS--and Joseph Merrick, known throughout late 19th-century London as the Elephant Man: One, a slab of Texas masculinity groomed for the war machine as a sharpshooter in Iraq; the other a specimen of nature gone cruel in the face of a forgiving God, his tortured body a twisted mess of bone and hanging flesh concealing a mind… Read
Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report
Was NBC's 1980s regime aware of any inappropriate off-stage behavior by their biggest comedy star Bill Cosby? A 90-year-old former NBC employee, Frank Scotti, says he arranged meetings, cash payments, apartments and more with a string of models and other women on behalf of Cosby during The Cosby Show run on the network between 1984 to 1992. This is the first time NBC has been implicated in the ongoing controversy that has included a number of women coming forward… Read
Michael Che To Bill Cosby – “Pull YOUR Pants Up:” ‘SNL’
Last night's Cameron Diaz-hosted edition of Saturday Night Live scored points off the ever-expanding tribulations of Bill Cosby in a Weekend Update blast from co-anchor Michael Che.
“Hey Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up,” Che opened, before admitting, “I've always wanted to say that.”
It was a pointed reference to Cosby's frequent lecturing of African-American men on their responsibilities as husbands and fathers -- a harrumphing posture that's taken it on the chin… Read
‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings 'positive thinking' and 'self-help' to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld's actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box's Happy Valley and Kino Lorber's Monk With A Camera are among Friday's debuting documentaries.
Happy Valley, named… Read
Mike Nichols, Accidental Legend, Was “Stunned, Paralyzed” By ‘Virginia Woolf’
UPDATES with a few more quotes, below.
Mike Nichols, one of the funniest wiseacres ever to walk the planet, never planned to write an autobiography. So a few months ago he agreed to be interviewed--in a Broadway theater, of course, and before an invited audience--by fellow director Jack O'Brien. It was for an HBO documentary, just after the announcement that Nichols would direct Meryl Streep in an HBO film adaptation of Terrence McNally's play Master Class, about the… Read
Shailene Woodley On Cancer Survivors’ Reaction To #TFIOS: The Contenders
Star Shailene Woodley talks with Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video about how her film The Fault in Our Stars affects people she meets who have faced cancer or other deadly diseases. The romantic drama about teens with life-threatening conditions has unlocked emotions for many audience members that they may have suppressed for years, Woodley says.
She also discusses what helped the movie adaptation of John Green's novel, shot for an estimated $12 million, become a… Read
‘The River’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Hugh Jackman’s Flow
Hugh Jackman is 'The Man,” and every bit the giant star in The River, Jez Butterworth's absorbing conundrum of a new play. As I say in my video review above, every audience member is the better for it.
The play also stars Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly, in different iterations of “The Woman” character. It's directed by Ian Rickson.
If you're a theater type, you'll want to check out my review, and check out this play, though tickets for the small Broadway venue where it's… Read
Elaine Stritch Tribute: Broadway Elite Pack The House To Salute Icon
UPDATE Tuesday morning with a few more details and photos.
The roster of stars and other bold-face names who took the stage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Monday afternoon to remember Elaine Stritch was almost as brilliant as the audience that negotiated a chilly November rain to bid farewell to the stage legend, who died in July at age 89.
Johnnie Planco escorted Rosemary Harris. Barbara Barrie, Stritch's colleague from the original cast of Company, was with her… Read
Smoldering Hugh Jackman Adds Cabin Fever To Broadway’s Mysterious ‘The River': Review
UPDATE, Monday AM with Butterworth film credits.
What you want to know is this: Hugh Jackman is electrifying in The River, a concentrated, mysterious fish tale of a play. Seeing him onstage in one of Broadway's most intimate theaters confers a sense of privilege upon the audience something akin to having Mick Jagger show up at your cocktail party just to shoot the breeze. You may not believe your luck.
Forget the fact that he is too old by a decade or more to be playing a… Read
Woody Harrelson, ‘Matthew McConaughey’ Reunite To Talk ‘True Detective’ Season 2
OK, it's like shooting very large fish in a snug little barrel by now, this whole riffing on the much-celebrated duo of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey from True Detective during its now-concluded first season.
Nevertheless, with the real Harrelson guest hosting last night, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update segment set Taran Killam loose on a wild McConaughey riff that was deadly as both impression of the actor and parody of the role. Tell us what you think… Read