1-20 of 63 items « Prev | Next »
Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid leadership inspired millions around the world including songwriters, filmmakers and writers, died today at 95.
Mandela emerged after 27 years in prison (1963-1990) to become president of South Africa and is generally considered the father of his country. After his presidency, 1994-1999, he founded a global charitable organization. There have been many activists who have been mistreated and/or unjustly imprisoned, but Mandela’s story captured the imagination of the public — and artists — much more intensely than most.
Idris Elba plays him in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which was released in November. He has been portrayed in film and TV by a distinguished group of actors in such works as the 1997 “Mandela and de Klerk,” Sidney Poitier; 2007 “Goodbye Bafana,” Dennis Haysbert; 2009 “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman; 2010 “Mrs. Mandela,” David Harewood; 2011 “Winnie,” Terrence Howard.
He has also been given a dozen other depictions on TV and in film. And he »
- Tim Gray
‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘House of Cards’ Earn WGA Awards Noms in TV
The digitally distributed Netflix series were announced in July as eligible by the WGA. “Orange Is the New Black” earned noms for top comedy series and top new series as well as two in the episodic comedy category, for the pilot teleplay by Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan and a subsequent episode by Sian Heder.
Also nominated in the drama series category were “Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men.” In comedy series, the other nominees were “30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Veep.”
The three remaining nominations for top series were “The Americans,” “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan. »
- Jon Weisman
Lance Reddick Heading to American Horror Story
American Horror Story has cast Lance Reddick, of Fringe and The Wire fame, as Papa Legba, a "voodoo Satan," according to EW. He'll factor into the final four episodes of the season as someone important in Marie Laveau's (Angela Bassett) life. No offense to Reddick, but why does this show even bother casting men this season? Just let the witches do their thing, and once in a while have a background fella show up and get sexed to death by Taissa Farmiga. »
- Margaret Lyons
Bryan Singer announces 'X-Men: Apocalypse' will hit theaters in 2016
Fox wasn't kidding when they announced their plans to ramp up production on the various "X-Men" films. Right now, Bryan Singer is hard at work finishing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and even so, he took a moment to Tweet this morning that we can also look forward to "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016. Several sites are reporting a May 27, 2016 date for the film, although that wasn't part of Singer's Tweet. If that's true, then I'm curious what it means for James Mangold's "Wolverine" sequel. Would they try to get that done between the two "X-Men" movies, or will they »
- Drew McWeeny
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy headline Sundance sections
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Keri Russell on Home Burglary: 'The Police Were So Great'
Keri Russell has felicitations for the NYPD after thieves broke into her Brooklyn Heights home while she was sleeping Wednesday morning. "The break-in did happen," the actress's rep tells People. "Everyone is fine, and Keri sends her thanks to the police." A laptop, jewelry said to be earrings and a purse were taken around 3 a.m. Wednesday, reports the Associated Press. Although asleep at the time, Russell, 37, awoke to hear footsteps and voices in the apartment, then she called 911. While Russell never saw the intruders, police said afterwards that she found a window and front door open and her items missing. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Alejandro González Iñarrítu in Talks for Live-Action Jungle Book
Guys, we have a real Toby (meaning very similar movies, getting developed at the same time) on our hands. A month ago, we learned that Disney signed Jon Favreau up to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book, and now Deadline reports that 21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñarrítu is in early talks to adapt the Rudyard Kipling novel for Warner Bros. Not sure if two Jungle Book movies would be considered the bare necessities or mother nature's recipes, but at least your kids will shut up for three hours and you can forget about your worries and your strife. »
- Jesse David Fox
Ten Best Lists: EW Names '12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' and 'Before Midnight' in Top 10 of 2013 Preview
Update: Entertainment Weekly is teasing their critics' Top Ten Films of 2013 lists, with Owen Gleiberman and Chris Nashawaty previewing their top four picks (we'll update when the full Top Tens become available.) Check out their selections below. They've got pretty similar tastes.Owen Gleiberman: 1. 12 Years a Slave, Rated R –12 Years a Slave is a suspensefully unsparing vision, with a violence that scalds, yet the film balances despair and perseverance, pain and transcendence. Steve McQueen’s agonizing masterpiece is the first movie to dramatize the experience of slavery in all its fear, madness, and horror—that is, in the terrifying intimacy of its brutality. (In theaters)2. American Hustle, Rated R –It’s set in a late-’70s world of comb-overs, polyester lapels, and anything-goes amorality. Yet David O. Russell’s swirling, bravura tale of a con artist, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who gets lured into the equally slovenly FBI sting »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Debuts First Trailer
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated “Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The film brings back Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The sequel also stars Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Sally Field and Denis Leary also star.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ arrives in theaters May 2, 2014.
- Variety Staff
Ron Burgundy's 'SportsCenter' Appearance Postponed
Ron Burgundy won't be telling Bristol, Connecticut, to stay classy today – Will Ferrell's appearance as America's favorite anchorman on Espn's SportsCenter has been postponed due to a scheduled news conference regarding the sexual assault allegations leveled against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Ron Burgundy's scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney's press conference in Fla.," Espn's director of communications David Scott wrote on Twitter. Although Scott wrote yesterday that »
Behold, The Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game
Today is the 80th anniversary of the repealing of prohibition. Today is also the premiere of The NBC's Sound of Music Live!, starring that girl who won American Idol and Bill from True Blood. Coincidence? We think not. Thus we present the rules for E!'s Official Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game. Because if Carrie Underwood is going to play an Austrian nun, you're going to want to be at least a little liquored up. Remember: If you start to think your curtains look like a smart wardrobe choice, you're on your way! Keep drinking! Take A Sip: Every time someone yodels. Every time the Captain blows his whistle. Every time you see a »
Oprah Winfrey Says Goodbye to Nelson Mandela: ‘My Hero’ (Video)
Oprah Winfrey considered Nelson Mandela her friend, confidante and mentor. After the former South African president and activist died on Thursday at age 95, Winfrey expressed her feelings about the man later that day in a statement. “One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” she said. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. »
- Jethro Nededog
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Pick Out Their Family Christmas Tree
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are getting into the Christmas spirit. The engaged duo paid their annual visit to Mr. Greentrees in Beverly Hills Thursday, stopping by the holiday hot spot to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. After arriving in their Mercedes with Theroux behind the wheel, the couple drove on to the lot and was escorted by bodyguards to the inside of the tent, a source tells E! News. "They looked at several trees," the source continued. "Jennifer seemed excited about a big noble fir and Justin agreed with her. You could see she took her choice very seriously and made sure to pick out the perfect tree for their new house." "She was very nice and jovial, »
The Vampire Diaries' Hot Hookup, Scandal's Double Cliffhanger and More Omg TV Moments
Warning: We're about to run down the biggest TV moments from Thursday night. If you don't want to be spoiled on a particular show, skip to the next! The Vampire Diaries: C'mon, we all knew this was coming. After an episode-long battle to help Stefan get over his Ptsd (and rehashing old Elena wounds), Katherine moves in for the kill. Did we say kill? We mean kiss. Yes, Katherine and Stefan wound up passionately making out (and maybe more?) by episode's end. And guess who overheard all of it? Caroline. And she can't wait to tell Elena. And speaking of... Damon and Elena are finally reunited, except it's in Maxfield's torture chamber after the doc drugs and kidnaps Elena, so it's »
Man arrested for stealing evidence from Paul Walker wreckage
A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing wreckage from the Porsche Carrera Gt crash that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker last Saturday, and another suspect is being sought by the authorities.
The remains of the sports car were loaded onto the truck and hauled away around 10 p.m. that night, nearly seven hours after the fiery crash that took the lives of Walker, 40, and friend Roger Rodas, 38. The remains of the car were being taken to an impound lot for further investigation, but the driver reported being stalked by several vehicles as he left the scene, according »
- Anthony Breznican
'Scandal' Case Study: Guillermo Diaz on Huck's New Level of Crazy, Hope for Quinn
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "Yolo" episode of ABC's Scandal.] Will "Huckelberry Quinn" ever be the same again? During "Yolo" -- the penultimate Scandal episode of 2013 -- Quinn (Katie Lowes) learned first-hand what it means to be on Huck's (Guillermo Diaz) bad side. The upstart Gladiator with a penchant for drills betrayed Olivia Pope & Associates and wound up naked and bound with duct tape in her apartment as Huck tortured his former apprentice by pulling out a few of her teeth. And it would have been more had Olivia (Kerry Washington) not interrupted the process with
- Lesley Goldberg
Paul Walker Death: Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Part of Wrecked Porsche
A Tujunga, Calif., man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a part of the Porsche that “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker died in, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday. Jameson Witty, 18, was arrested after allegedly taking a red T-top roof panel from the car. According to the sheriff’s department, several vehicles followed the tow truck transporting the 2005 Porsche Carrera Gt from the accident scene. When the tow truck was stopped at a red light, a male exited one of the vehicles, took the part, and drove off. See video: Paul Walker Death: ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise »
- Tim Kenneally
Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord Trailer
Based on the HitRECord on TV trailer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new variety show appears to be a winning mix of puppets, animation, soft-shoe and Tony Danza. The show is an extension of Jgl's "open collaborative production company" hitRECord, meaning each episode will be a mix of segments created by different artists and musicians. The show premieres January 18 on Pivot (also home to Raising McCain), so if there was ever a time to prove your Joseph Gordon-Love, it would be now. Now being January 18. »
- Halle Kiefer
Paul Walker: Arrest Made in Theft of Parts from Porsche Wreckage
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing parts from the wreckage of the Porsche Carrera in which actor Paul Walker died after a fiery crash.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said late Thursday that it had arrested Jameson Witty at his home in Tujunga, Calif., and that the arrest of a second man is pending.
According to Santa Clarita detectives, Witty and the other man stole a roof panel off the back of the flat-bed tow truck carrying the wreckage of the Porsche Carrera Gt following the crash that killed “Fast and the Furious” star Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas.
According to the sheriff’s report, Witty took the part while the tow truck was stopped at a red light. A search warrant was served on a home in Canyon Country, near where the accident occurred in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, Calif.
- Cynthia Littleton
Golden Globes 2014 TV Contenders: Which shows are eying nominations?
As anybody attempting to cull a Top 10 list knows, this has been a rather spectacular year for scripted TV, both in terms of the upper echelon -- "Breaking Bad" delivered one of the best send-off seasons ever -- but also in terms of depth, as I could substitute a Top 10 list of *new* shows for my overall Top 10 and still be very happy. That means that next Thursday (December 12) morning's Golden Globes nomination announcement will be especially unpredictable, given the Hollywood Foreign Press' penchant for shiny and new things. Many of the big questions surround »
- Daniel Fienberg
1-20 of 63 items « Prev | Next »« Prev | Next »