Ever since Angela Bassett announced she would direct a Lifetime film on beloved singer Whitney Houston, diehard fans—and most of the Internet—have speculated on nearly every aspect of the film. Who would play Houston, with her prodigious voice and winning smile? Would her daughter Bobbi Kristina appear in the movie? Would her family be involved? How would her ex-husband, singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, be depicted? And what of Houston’s death in 2012—would that make it to the small screen? READ FULL STORY
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You might know her better as a blonde gymnast from ABC Family’s Make It or Break It, but after Thursday’s premiere of Sharknado, this newly brunette tomboy has even more plans after the Syfy monster flick made waves on social media. Sharknado may just be the beginning for the leading lady. Called the “next Lara Croft” by numerous Twitter admirers and “Lovely Lady of the Day” by Sports Illustrated, her action chick performance as Nova has fans waiting to see where she ends up next. Cassie chatted with EW about the original movie title we didn’t know about, carrying shotguns on the 405, and a possible sequel for the shark attack shlock. READ FULL STORY
So, what’s left to say about Anna Nicole Smith? Not a whole lot, according to this new trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming biopic. But if you like seeing a fresh-faced, down-home Texas gal descend into stripping, drug addiction, and dressing up like a Juggalette for some reason, you may as well watch it anyway.
At least the casting’s on point. The movie stars Agnes Bruckner, whom you may remember from Private Practice or Lifetime’s own Craigslist Killer movie, as Anna Nicole (née Vickie Lynn Hogan). Against all odds, its ensemble also includes one Oscar winner (84-year-old Martin Landau as Smith’s tycoon husband J. Howard Marshall), one Oscar nominee (Virginia Madsen as Smith’s mother Virgie), and one Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes as E. Pierce Marshall, who took Smith to court after his megarich father died). Also, Adam Goldberg’s in it.
Reasons the BBC’s upcoming TV movie about one of Hollywood’s most famous couples will be different from Lifetime’s infamous 2012 film based on the very same pair:
1. This one is called Burton and Taylor, not Liz & Dick. (Surnames are classier.)
2. It stars The Wire‘s Dominic West and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter in the title roles — rather than New Zealand-born actor Grant Bowler and certified train wreck Lindsay Lohan.
Jennifer Lawrence will be the first SNL host of 2013.
The Hunger Games actress will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on the Jan. 19 installment of the show. She will be joined by musical guest the Lumineers.
The announcement comes just days after Lawrence, currently in Silver Linings Playbook, earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. She is also considered a top contender for the Academy Awards, which will announce their nominees on Jan. 10.
Though we’re still not sure whether Liz & Dick is a triumph or a train wreck, this salacious teaser trailer for Lifetime’s anticipated Elizabeth Taylor biopic — starring Lindsay Lohan and New Zealand-born TV vet Grant Bowler — demonstrates how the network is hoping to use Lohan’s tabloid appeal to drum up interest. When the actress appears onscreen next to words like “infamous,” “scandalous,” and “dangerous,” the parallel being drawn between the off-screen drama of Liz and Linds is pretty obvious.
If you thrill to the sound of lines clearly softened for a basic cable audience (“You’re screwing that witch?”) or the image of a drunk woman dramatically throwing a bottle at her lover, this is the trailer for you. Get a preview of “this year’s most controversial, provocative, scandal love affairs diamonds paparazzi, biggest television event” — and yes, that’s a direct quote — below:
Big Time Rush sings the Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' in Nickelodeon's 'Big Time Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Back in November, we told you that Nickelodeon-crafted boy band would be covering four Beatles classics in their first TV movie, Big Time Movie, which they shot in Vancouver last fall. Now, we’re delivering you a little bit of that Big Time Rush-on-Beatles realness. Behold: A clip from the movie — which airs this Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon — is below. The best part: The clip features the boys singing “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Big Time Movie finds the foursome — Kendall Schmidt, 20; Logan Henderson, 22; James Maslow, 21; and Carlos Pena, 22– landing in London to kick off their world tour just as they get caught up in a James Bond-style mission to save the world. Their bags are switched at the airport and the boys are stuck with a device that could end civilization, if it got into the wrong hands. The movie — just like the series — is full of action and even includes a special agent named Penny Lane, in a nod to the Beatles. “We’re calling this A Hard Day’s Night meets Austin Powers,” Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s president of original programming, told EW while the movie was filming last fall. “We’re doing cool and comedy and making it into a Big Time Rush caper.”
Big Time Rush will also sing the Beatles “Revolution,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “Help!” in the movie. But for now, enjoy a scene featuring their version of “A Hard Day’s Night” here:
The release of the famed West Memphis Three earlier this year captivated even those who just tangentially knew about the case, i.e. the three then-teenagers who were convicted in 1994 — wrongly, in the view of many — of murdering three boys in West Memphis, Ark. One of the central engines of their release was the Paradise Lost documentaries by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who had just finished their third film on the case, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, two days before Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols stepped out of a Jonesboro, Ark., courthouse as free men.
After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, the filmmakers amended their film with footage from the remarkable conclusion to this nearly two-decade long ordeal, which then played at the New York Film Festival. The documentary will have its exclusive public debut on HBO on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the exclusive trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert says his revamped version of At the Movies is in danger of going off the air. The syndicated program Ebert Presents At The Movies needs more investor funding to survive, the critic writes.
“Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season,” Ebert wrote this weekend, noting the ratings for the show have been strong. “There. I’ve said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We’ll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can’t afford to finance it any longer.”
Ebert co-hosted the original At the Movies for decades until he was stricken by thyroid cancer. The new review program is produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert and debuted in January. Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of the Chicago Reader co-host the show.
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