t’s been reported that iconic funny lady JOAN RIVERS has died from complications following throat surgery at the age of 81. Known as a ‘Jack of all trades’, RIVERS made her mark in show business as an actress, comedian, writer, producer, director and television host. Known for her caustic wit and taking on some of the biggest celebrities in the business, she also wasn’t afraid to pick on herself and her many cosmetic surgeries. Mentored by the late JOHNNY CARSON, their subsequent feud when she accepted an offer to host her own show made headlines and was never resolved. The author of 12 best-selling books, RIVERS also wrote comedy material for many comics in the 60’s.
Of late, she was the subject of a 2011 documentary feature JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, served on the E! channel’s Fashion Police, co-starred with daughter MELISSA RIVERS in the ‘reality’ series JOAN KNOWS BEST? and hosted an on-line weekly talk show IN BED WITH JOAN on YouTube. The world of comedy will not be the same without her.
During a promotional tour, we sat down with JOAN and MELISSA and she talked about doing stand-up and her early influences.
Before 1994, Jennifer Aniston was just a struggling young actress, hoping that one of her projects would finally draw the public’s interest. Well, you know what they say, right? Be careful what you wish for! Once Friends became an overnight success and launched her into the super-stardom stratosphere, her private life suddenly became public domain, with headlines splashed across every tabloid and celebrity gossip mag you can imagine.
As you can imagine, Aniston has a few words to say about the subject, and she’s adamant that, like Vegas, what happens in her private life should stay private.
Tonight, Stephen Colbert won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series and for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his nightly talk show, The Colbert Report. After winning the award, Colbert came back to the press room where all the talk was about him taking over the Late Show with David Letterman next year.
When he was asked what to expect after he takes over for Letterman, Colbert said to expect more of the same-but different- and goes on to say that it’s hard to concentrate on taking over The Late Show because he has four months of The Colbert Report still left to do and he loves watching David Letterman.
After starring in both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now Hobbit trilogy, Orlando Bloom is facing the end of the series with mixed emotions. With the premiere of the finale, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, just a few months away, he’s happy to have had the experience, but sad to know he’ll never visit the mythical land of Middle Earth again.
But as torn as Bloom is about it, he knows it will be even more difficult for Peter Jackson, who wrote, produced, and directed all six of the movies. In other words, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has been the primary focus of Jackson’s life for more than a decade. Bloom tells us that dedication on Jackson’s part is what made the movies so great, and why it will be so difficult to say goodbye.
he catchphrase is a staple of every action movie, so Vin Diesel is accustomed to playing roles with a catchphrase. But when it came to Guardians of the Galaxy, his catchphrase is more than just a catchphrase - it’s his only phrase! In playing Groot, a character who only knows how to say “I am Groot,” he found a role that was truly compelling to him on several levels.
Oscar-Winning Actor/Director Richard Attenborough: R.I.P.
Entertainment communities on both sides of the pond are mourning today’s passing of RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH. The actor/director/producer was 90 years old.
A veteran of almost 80 films, ATTENBOROUGH made his screen debut in NOEL COWARD’S 1942 war story IN WHICH WE SERVE. From there he went on to act in such familiar titles as I’M ALL RIGHT JACK, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, THE SAND PEBBLES, A BRIDGE TOO FAR and, of course, the JURASSIC PARK franchise (to name just a few). As a director and producer he won two Academy Awards for the 1983 biographical epic GHANDI and was nominated for several awards for his work on CHAPLIN, CRY FREEDOM and (the often derided) A CHORUS LINE. An enduring force in the world of entertainment, LORD
RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH will certainly be missed. During one of our many interview sessions, he talked about working both in front of and behind the camera and what it meant to him.
Soon to hit theaters, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is the big screen adaptation of one of the many titles in the series of best selling novels by LAWRENCE BLOCK featuring former-cop-turned-unlicensed-private eye Matthew Scudder. A recovering alcoholic who more often than not casts a blind eye to the finer points of the law, Scudder is BLOCK’S most popular creation and a bona fide action anti-hero.
Directed by SCOTT FRANK (from his own screenplay), the film stars LIAM NEESON as the iconic private eye and places him smack dab in the center of the action as Scudder searches for the kidnapped daughter of a notorious drug lord.
This isn’t NEESON’S first time as an action star and at the age of 62, he hopes it isn’t his last. In town this week to promote the new film, he talked about his action inspirations.
Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino Heads For The Dark Side In The New BBC America series ‘Intruders’
Now Airing on BBC America, INTRUDERS is a taut slice of supernatural storytelling that should have audiences on the edge of their seats. The answers come slowly (if at all) as an ex-cop investigates a secret society determined to achieve immortality by inhabiting the bodies of others.
Based on the novel by MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH and slated for an 8-episode run, the first four episodes are directed by EDURADO SANCHEZ (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), produced by GLEN MORGAN (THE X-FILES) and feature a cast that includes Academy Award-winner MIRA SORVINO, JOHN SIMM, DARYL SHUTTLEWORTH, JAMES FRAIN and ROBERT FORSTER.
Although she’s barely around in the pilot episode, Oscar-winner SORVINO assures us there’s a lot more of her to come. At a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, SORVINO talked about her reasons for taking on the role.
In theaters this week, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the sequel to the 2005 cult fave SIN CITY and succeeds in being an extremely stylized, high-concept film that is absolutely stunning in its reimagining of classic film noir tropes.
Directed by ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, the film’s all-star cast includes BRUCE WILLIS, MICKEY ROURKE, JESSICA ALBA, JOSH BROLIN, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, ROSARIO DAWSON and EVA GREEN (just to name just a few). Adapted for the screen by the legendary FRANK MILLER from his own graphic novels, SIN CITY manages to captivate as an inventive mash-up of past and future. With the graphic novel acting almost as a storyboard for the film, RODRIGUEZ tells us (on the red carpet at this year’s ComicCon) that he wasn’t actually ‘directing’ so much as he was ‘facilitating’.
Currently in theaters, IF I STAY is a romantic tale of life, love and loss that is almost guaranteed to have you reaching for your hankie. Directed by R. J. CUTLER (AMERICAN HIGH), the film’s cast includes CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, JAMIE BLACKLEY, MIREILLE ENOS, JOSHUA LEONARD and STACY KEACH.
Adapted for the screen by SHAUNA CROSS, IF I STAY is based on the best selling young adult novel by GAYLE FORMAN that has managed to capture the hearts and minds of millions of teen readers. Officially classified as a ‘Young Adult’ title, the book actually explores universal themes that have crossover appeal
to several demographics.
During an interview to promote the film, stars BLACKLEY and MORETZ discussed how the film should not just be thought of as a ‘teen movie’.