‘American Idol’ Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At 32
Singer/songwriter Joanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol and made it to the Top 12 of that season's female finalists, died Saturday after a yearlong battle with endometrial cancer. She was 32. Her run on American Idol wasn't the first brush with reality TV fame for the Long Island, NY native. Borgella competed on and won the first season of Oxygen's Mo'Nique's Fat Chance. She went on to sign with Wilhelmina Models and embarked on a modeling… Read
Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From LA Film Critics
Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the LA Film Critics Association's Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that's spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen.
Rowlands' films… Read
‘Mulaney’ Order Trimmed To 13 Episodes
Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14.
The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox… Read
‘Terminator’s James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd: Hasta La Vista To “Fear-Based” Studio Filmmaking
It's been 30 years since James Cameron made his name with a futuristic sci-fi actioner starring ex-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, inspired by his own nightmare vision of a murderous mecha-skeleton. Shot for $5.6 million in 1984, The Terminator changed everything for Cameron and his fellow Roger Corman disciple and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The two have since carved their own influential paths – Cameron with Aliens, Titanic, and his $2.7 billion Avatar franchise, Hurd… Read
Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes For More Women, Tells Newcomers ‘Fill The Gap’
Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios' exuberant EVP of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.”
“I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It's better when… Read
Bill Maher Thanks Texas For Ebola Scare, Florida For Fan-gate On HBO’s ‘Real Time': VIDEO
Bill Maher ranted about Ebola and “Fan-gate” on his HBO show Real Time last night:
“The bad news is that it's made the sexy nurse costume for Halloween totally obsolete… I am really pissed about how badly this was handled. One patient came here, we could have quashed it right away. Have you read about what was going on in that hospital down in Dallas — thank you Texas!.. What is that, leaving the [nurse's] neck exposed when you're dealing with Ebola? It's like wearing a… Read
‘Amazing Race’ Ratings Surge, ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Falls, ‘Cristela’ Steady In Week 2 As ABC Wins Night In Demo Again
Four full weeks into the fall season, there were no premieres on primetime on Friday - though that'll change when Constantine hits NBC next week. What there was last night was more of the same, a number of shows remaining steady and ABC winning the adults 18-49 demo for the fourth week in a row with a 1.4/5 rating. CBS was once again No. #1 in viewers with 8.72 million watching.
The exception to the “shows remain the same” mantra was The Amazing Race (1.4/6). The veteran… Read
Pedro Almodovar Feted As Thierry Frémaux’s Lumière Fest Nears Close
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it's not just art-house either — tonight's program includes… Read
AMC Network Narrows Field Of Drama Pilot Contenders With Producer Meetings
With a renewed focus on original dramas as AMC just exited the unscripted space, the network is ramping up development. It had been an AMC tradition to hold annual script showcases, called by the network producer meetings, where the writers/producers of scripts that had been identified by network brass as top pilot contenders, lay out their vision for the shows beyond the pilot. Those producer meetings, which continue to be referred to as “bakeoff” in agency jargon, have… Read
‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ Review: Dominic Patten Laments HBO & Dave Grohl’s Bad Note
I know it's only rock'n'roll but when it comes to HBO's new Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, I just don't like it. Watch my video review above of the show, a sequel of a sort to frontman Dave Grohl's 2013 feature directorial debut Sound City, the eight-part series debuting tonight takes the band to eight iconic music cities across America.
In the process of making the new FF album, out in November, the band hit Chicago, Grohl's hometown of Washington D.C., LA, Nashville… Read
‘Good Kill’ Drone Movie Lands At IFC Films
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Niccol's Good Kill, which premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival to a mix of boos and cheers owing to its hot-button subject matter. Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and Jake Abel stars.
The timely pic, which Niccol wrote and directed, centers on an Air Force drone pilot (Hawke) who spends eight hours each day fighting the War on Terror by remote control and the remaining time at his suburban… Read
Misty Upham Found Dead: Family Of ‘Frozen River’ Actress Says Police Uncooperative In Search – Update
UPDATE, FRIDAY, 4:40 PM: The King County Medical Examiner in Washington state has positively identified Misty Upham's body, which was discovered the day before by a family-led search party at the bottom of a ravine near her apartment in Auburn, WA. Upham died on October 5, the state coroner said, according… Read