They gave the Best Actress trophy to Emma Stone, who cemented her place as the Oscar front-runner.And even Stone, whose movie doesn’t carry a weighty message about what life is like for marginalized people in America, felt compelled to mention contemporary politics in her SAG speech. From the speeches made by many of the winners, it’s apparent that much of Hollywood is worked up over POTUS’ actions, particularly his travel ban. There’s still a lot that can happen between now and February 13, the day Academy members receive their final ballots. Over the years, the SAGs have had a success rate above 70 percent for picking individual acting winners at the Oscars. Three of the four SAG acting winners were African-Americans (Mahershala Ali of “Moonlight” and Viola Davis and Denzel Washington of “Fences”). Academy voters could grant the frothy musical romance a sweep in its nominated categories, and they still might not be able to avoid having the winners complain about politics.Will that make a difference to Oscar voters? And Ali and Davis were already the oddsmakers’ favorites for Supporting Acting Oscars.With Washington’s surprise victory over Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) for the SAG Best Actor prize, the SAGs have now made the Academy’s Best Actor slot a real competition, the toughest call among the major categories.But the Oscars are unlikely to echo the SAG preference for “Hidden Figures.” For one thing, the SAG membership goes for female-driven ensembles a lot more often than the Academy does; for instance, they picked “Little Miss Sunshine” over eventual Oscar-winner “The Departed” and “The Help” over “The Artist.” (For all the talk about racial parity among this year’s Academy Award nominees, few have mentioned that Best Picture and most behind-the-camera categories remain overwhelmingly male-dominated.)Don’t count “La La Land” out for Best Picture — it still won all the other important precursor awards. The evening’s top prize, Best Ensemble (the SAG equivalent of Best Picture), was an upset victory for the predominantly African-American cast of historical drama “Hidden Figures,” while Oscar front-runner “La La Land” wasn’t even nominated (guess the actors didn’t consider the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone vehicle an ensemble piece).It’s true, there’s some overlap between the Guild membership and the Academy, where actors make up the largest voting branch. Even if such sentiments don’t directly influence the way Academy members vote, there are sure to be similar fiery speeches throughout Oscar night, no matter who wins.If Academy voters followed the example of the Screen Actors Guild members, not just with their speechmaking but also with their awards picks, we might have a very different race from the one pundits are predicting. Posted February 2, 2017 by Gary SusmanRemember this column’s hope, expressed last week, that the sheer excellence of this year’s nominees might keep the Oscar race from getting ugly and political? Over the weekend, it won the Producers Guild prize, which, like the Oscars, uses a preferential ballot, and which has correctly predicted the eventual Best Picture trophy winner more than two-thirds of the time.”La La Land” also won the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for Best Edited Comedy or Musical. This week alone, guilds representing the directors, cinematographers, animators, and visual effects artists will hand out their prizes. (Like the Golden Globes, the ACE Eddies have separate categories for comedy/musical and drama; the drama prize went to Best Picture Oscar nominee “Arrival”). By the way, Oscar pool pickers, the cartoon feature prize at both the PGA and ACE awards went to tolerance parable “Zootopia,” so pencil that one in for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.Even SAG voters weren’t immune from “La La” mania. Still, the inevitability of political speeches from the Dolby Theatre podium could free up Academy members to decide they don’t have to make political statements with their votes, since the winners will make them no matter who they are.Maybe we’re still being naive, but couldn’t that mean that voters will be free to pick favorites based on merit alone? Well, that was awfully naive.After watching Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, it’s clear that there’s no keeping politics out of this year’s Oscars.
Lee, who previously worked on The Best Man films and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” The cast also includes Mike Colter, Kofi Siriboe, and Larenz Tate.”Girls Trip” is due out on July 21. That means zip-ling across Bourbon Street balconies, getting “white-girl wasted,” and surrounding themselves in the scent of “Hennessy and booty sweat.”We’ll get to see more in the coming months, but in the meantime, check out the first look below.The comedy is directed by Malcom D. After not spending enough time together for five years, they’re ready to make up for lost time. Posted February 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongBuckle up: Four friends are not messing around when the hit the Big Easy in “Girls Trip.”Universal Pictures has unveiled an announcement video, and the first look shows off stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Hall as they rediscover their wild sides on a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival.
Posted February 1, 2017 by Kelly WooWho should be the next star of “Doctor Who”? Also, “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall is taking over showrunning duties on “Doctor Who” next year. She would be the first woman to play the Doctor, but fan support has grown for the Time Lord to be a Time Lady. No wonder British bookmakers have put the best odds on Colman.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. “If you have the right people telling the right stories then it’s absolutely a possibility.”Colman recently won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in AMC’s “The Night Manager.” She’s also won three BAFTA Awards and has received two Emmy nominations. Leave it to a former Doctor to know the perfect candidate.David Tennant, who played the time traveler from 2005-2010, told BBC Radio that his “Broadchurch” co-star Olivia Colman should be considered to replace Peter Capaldi, who recently announced he’s departing the series.”Olivia would clearly be a magnificent choice,” he said.
What did that mean to you to be able to tell that story? No matter where he was, he ate on South African time. And we also have a responsibility to try and figure out how to deal with it, how to deal with it in a civilized way. First of all, I was excited and I was honored to be asked. You go, “Oh sh*t, what am I getting myself into?” I realize that I could trust myself after a while, if I was just honest, and I did my best, and was humbled with it.But it’s a huge thing, because there are very few personages, there’s a handful of personages like this in history. Tell me what this project brought to you that was new about him.Laurence Fishburne: So many things. Humility is one of the most important qualities for any human being to have, and to develop, and to nurture. Orlando said in another interview, he was institutionalized. The whole timing of things — I never stop to think about those kind of things. I was still reeling from the election results, frankly, when I got the call from Kenya [Barris] that he wanted to do something special about it. I imagine putting it together must have been a very special experience. You can actually give voice to your feelings. tour. We have a history in this business together. Then you get a little scared. So we have the opportunity to tell the story in six hours, which nobody has done, which means we have the opportunity to really, really open the thing up and start bringing up more information, and introducing more characters.He was really concerned that people understood that it wasn’t just him. Why do you think the time was right for this particular angle?I think the time has always been right, it’s just — it’s taken somebody a long time to develop it and really get the opportunity to do it. Really interesting, unknown things, from the years that he worked in the rock quarry on Robben Island, they forbid the prisoners to wear shades while they were working. That if the ANC was the spear that broke apartheid he was the tip of the spear. But now they really all come front and center. 1) on BET. We’re all capable of greatness, but we’re also susceptible to being complete fools.When you treat your fellow human beings with dignity and respect, and you do it with a certain kind of humility that is born of your common humanity, then there’s room for your differences, and there’s also room for cooperation, and for really meeting each other with the best that you have.This election episode of “Black-ish” was so well-received. I’m loving it. I’m not worried about the timing of itTo have the opportunity as an actor to bring your own skills to one of the great inspiring speakers of history — tell me about figuring that out that element of the equation.That’s huge. I’m too invested in trying to just get my little part right. That humility. Where I’m at is a beautiful place, and the other good thing is, the other really sweet thing is, particularly this season, it’s like I’m seeing all these other young actors who are coming up and doing this great work. Posted February 1, 2017 by Scott HuverJust when you get used to seeing Laurence Fishburne in splashy, fun popcorn projects, like playing “Black-ish’s” curmudgeonly Pops Johnson on TV or as Daily Planet newsman Perry White in the DC Comics superhero films, he reminds you that he’s also an Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated actor of considerable power.The latest reminder comes in the form of “Madiba,” the ambitious six-hour BET miniseries chronicling the epic life of Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned over decades for his attempts to combat South Africa’s racist rule of apartheid but eventually became the country’s president. There’s Gandhi. And he told me about it, and I thought, “Oh, that’s cool.”So for me, I think it was smart to do with Junior and Pops, to sort of create a generational link, contextualize it that way for that generation of people. Little things like that.Versions of his story have been told before. And he always ate at the same time. He lived in jail for a long time. That’s huge. All the guys from “Moonlight,” these guys that are in this New Edition [telepic] — all these guys are now like, they’re having their moment, too, and getting to watch them, and be like, “Go, boys!” So that’s cool, too.The first installment of “Madiba” premieres tonight (Feb. A longtime admirer of Mandela, Fishburne immersed himself in research in preparation for playing one of the preeminent leaders of the 20th century, discovering unexpected grace notes along the way, as he reveals to Moviefone.Moviefone: You were very familiar with Nelson Mandela prior to your involvement with “Madiba” — you saw him speak in Atlanta during his U.S. So there was a lot of safety in that for me. So yeah, it’s cool.At this stage in your career, to be able to do a dramatic historic piece like this, to be able do a thoughtful sitcom, to do a big blockbuster where you play an icon from comic books — you’ve got to be living an actor’s dream.Sure, it’s fun. Some people are happy, and some people are upset.We live in a great country, in that you can actually be upset. So it’s daunting, but again, I had a lot of help. There’s Christ. Never. I’m very trustful to be in his hands.For you, personally, what’s the abiding lesson to take away from Madiba, the man?The man? So as a result of that, when he was released from prison and began an earnest to travel the world as a statesman, he never changed time zones on his watch. Because people are upset. [Director] Kevin Hooks and I have known each other for over 40 years. So it damaged his tear ducts, and he was unable to cry. And yeah, the fact is, there was more to the speech than what we’ve become accustomed to. It’s really good.Is there something good about the timing of the film, with the current political climate?I don’t know. Dude, I’m so happy! There’s a few kings, a few emperors, some queens, you know what I mean? So it was nice to give that piece of information, have that piece of information out there. You get to learn more about Sisulu, and Tambo, and Ruth First, and Joe Slovo, and Kathrada, and all these people that have been on the periphery of the story in different tellings of it. Little things like that are just fascinating.He had a very interesting relationship with food. But there are other parts to the spear, and you get to meet those other individuals in this in a real way.
Hinton’s exit is not much of a surprise since she was cast in a major role in Alan Ball’s upcoming untitled HBO drama. Posted February 1, 2017 by Kelly WooDr. Like us on Facebook. There is a possibility the actress can still make some guest starring appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy.”Hinton nearly left last year, too, when she cast as the lead in the Shondaland pilot “Toast,” though there was talk that she could participate in both shows with a reduction in time on the hospital drama.Ball’s new drama is described as “a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today. Hinton has played the bright, talented intern since 2012. Stephanie Edwards won’t be scrubbing in on “Grey’s Anatomy” after this season.TV Line reports that cast member Jerrika Hinton will not return as a series regular next fall for season 14. The show focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family.” Hinton is set to play the adopted child of socially conscious idealists.Want more stuff like this?
Every character came to a little junction in their lives. It’s exciting. Brace yourselves for Is Jon Snow Really Dead Part II!Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) has become the official spokesperson for the show, and she teased Season 7 to Time Out London:”It’s just kind of tumbling now. “A huge cliffhanger,” she laughs.The last time GoT ended on what one could consider “a huge cliffhanger,” Kit Harington and his hair were stalked for nearly a year so fans could rest assured that Jon Snow was not really that dead. If I do make it to Season 8 I will get it. We’ve come to the climax and it’s rolling down to the end. “‘We’re all waiting to see if we do make it. We are on standby for the first official trailer…Want more stuff like this? Apparently those seven episodes will leave us hanging on the edge of our seats. Posted February 1, 2017 by Gina CarboneWe all love huge cliffhangers, right? I really felt like at the end of last season everything was set up for how it was going to end. (Shut up, “Walking Dead” fans.) “Game of Thrones” only has two seasons left, with Season 7’s seven episodes arriving this summer. I was lucky enough to be in Season 1, even the pilot episode. The show probably has a different cliffhanger in mind this time, but we won’t be shocked if Jon is involved again.GoT Season 7 is meant to keep filming through February; the final Season 8 hasn’t even been announced yet, because HBO said they are waiting for a final episode count from the showrunners. Now we’re all going to crash down together to however this show ends.”What else can we expect? We’re still expecting it to be six, or thereabouts, in keeping with the two final seasons being shorter-than-usual.Maisie Williams said she and her fellow castmates don’t know anything about the series end game, but she did confirm that if Arya makes it to Season 8 she is going to join the others who get matching tattoos. Like us on Facebook. It would be rude not to!””Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres this summer on HBO.
10, and the third film, “Fifty Shades Freed,” is currently scheduled for February 2018.Want more stuff like this? You know?”
“I’ve heard that before.”Mad Libs Theater is a regular segment on Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” forcing guests to give him adjectives, nouns, body parts, etc., and then folding them into a scenario they play out live in front of the studio audience.Watch how the “Fifty Shades Darker” Mad Libs scene played out:Everybody do the Hairless Sausage dance!Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) seem to be having a good time promoting the second movie in the “Fifty Shades” franchise. Like us on Facebook. Posted February 1, 2017 by Gina CarboneDakota Johnson deserves credit for keeping a straight face through “Fifty Shades of Grey” and — out February 10 — “Fifty Shades Darker.” But she couldn’t hold it together through her hilarious Mad Lib Theater segment on “The Tonight Show.” For once, Jimmy Fallon was not the one cracking up through a scene … Yesterday, Jamie Dornan spoofed “Fifty Shades Darker” on “Ellen,” and then he talked to Jimmy Kimmel about his newly shaved head.”Fifty Shades Darker” is out next Friday, Feb. or at least not as much as the actual star. To be fair, though, it’s hard to stay deadpan with lines like this:
“When I’m around you I feel like a Zamboni driver at a funeral.
It’s very akin to Ahab and the whale,” Jackson explained. If the island’s monsters don’t get Weaver, Packard will. So a big thing was sort of trying to design creatures that felt realistic and could exist in an ecosystem that feels sort of wild and out there, and then also design things that simultaneously felt beautiful and horrifying at the same time.”Secondary to the creatures’ environmental authenticity was their originality, as Vogt-Roberts expressed: “My biggest qualm with a lot of movies that I watch is, I feel like I’ve seen it before. Or he’ll try, maybe.”Brie, to me, is a photojournalistic Jane Fonda,” Jackson grumbled. That’s the interesting thing about this movie. He’s made friends — or, at the very least, has a positive relationship — with Skull Island’s natives, which has clearly helped him survive for as long as he has. Who dies?Probably a lot of people. It’s a Landsat expedition officially, but John Goodman, who plays the guy from Monarch [Bill Randa], is sort of pulling the strings in the background. Let’s move on.2. And, as it progresses, I have to get a little bit more hands on.”From the perspective of Packard, Jackson’s character, Weaver is a threat. So, who does Samuel L. Watch the trailer.Clear enough? Does anyone make it off Skull Island?Who knows?! This thing’s not the line in the sand — we are. We come to realize, obviously, that they knew much more than they let on, initially.”Oscar-winner Brie Larson also forces her way onto the trip, and, as Garcia pointed out, she’s got a motive all her own.”Brie Larson plays a photographer who sort of convinces her way onto the expedition because she believes that there’s something else going on,” he revealed. One of the film’s producers, Alex Garcia, keyed in on this specific image, and used it to paint a vivid picture of the film’s opening sequence.”We open on the aftermath of a World War II dogfight,” he revealed. “A team of people come together to go and survey this island. You know, two mortal enemies going to kill each other until they’re interrupted by this seemingly impossible much larger force that literally — they’re on a cliff face here — that literally plants his hands down and comes up and everything of their world — the warring factions, the whole war, all of that — is instantly nullified by this guy. (Although, nowadays, you could say the gargantuan gorilla flick is “formerly shrouded in mystery,” since our eyes have since been exposed to a number of jaw-dropping trailers and TV spots.)Still, thanks to the ample access we were granted to the movie’s stars and filmmakers on the set of “Kong: Skull Island,” we were able to compile more than a few revealing details about the simeon spectacle that have, until now, remained under lock and key.In quick, convenient asked-and-answered style, here are 14 very important questions we got answered on the set of “Kong: Skull Island.”1. How big of a deal is Tom Hiddleston’s Character?As mentioned above, Hiddleston plays Captain James Conrad, a S.A.S. “A photographer who ends up joining this cast of characters. “She’s sort of responsible for the image that goes back home that causes people to have specific reactions to those soldiers, so [she’s] not so favorable with me.”11. It’s a group of misfits that are all coming from different angles looking at the same thing. “I think that’s where, suddenly, Conrad’s been kind of spiritually asleep or sleepwalking. This is the thing that’s standing between us and these other things that are a threat to humanity. She has no suspicion that it’s what it actually ends up becoming, but when she hears there’s an expedition going with military support she weasels her way onto it in order to get a story — and gets the story of a lifetime, obviously.”Let’s hope she — and her camera — survive the trip.6. It’s the first time we ever did that, and, in that mapping, they discover a previously uncharted island that is surrounded by weather patterns, storm systems — it’s incredibly difficult to reach, and incredibly difficult to even ascertain its existence because of the storm systems and weather abnormalities and all of that.”Sound like the perfect setting (and set-up) for a monster movie.4. The crazy weather patterns surrounding Skull Island and the destructive nature of its inhabitants aren’t exactly conducive to survival.15. Oh, also monsters — but we didn’t see any of those.14. Remember how you wished they’d never made it back to New York and the whole movie was spent on that island? He’s also a survivalist and a tracker.As Hiddleston put it, “he’s the guy you send in to find missing persons if a plane or a helicopter has crashed in the jungle because he has a special tracking ability.”Conrad is also a man in search of a mission. When Goodman’s character comes along and offers Conrad a job, he can’t resist, as Hiddleston explained: “Bill Randa, who works for Monarch, comes to find him in a back alley somewhere, and he says ‘We need you on this mission.’ [Conrad] says, ‘What’s the mission?’ [Randa] says, ‘Well, you know, we’re making a map of an island in the South Pacific and we need someone with survival skills. [Special Air Service], who’s brought in by … The filmmakers were tight-lipped about the larger role Monarch plays in “Skull Island,” and even tighter-lipped about how the events of the story are tied to other Monarch-entrenched movies.Garcia did go as far to say the filmmakers ensured that the events of “Skull Island” in no way “conflict or directly negate” anything in 2014’s “Godzilla,” in which Monarch plays a heavy role.13. a team of Monarch operatives, which is the organization in ‘Godzilla,’ who are kind of a shadowy presence in the movie, who sort of jumpstart this expedition. The only clue we have is that producer Garcia isn’t ruling out a sequel.”If we pull off this island feeling like a really distinct and unique place, absolutely it could be revisited later in the timeline, for sure.”To find out who makes it off the island (if anyone), “Kong: Skull Island” hits theaters March 10th. How does “Skull Island” start?While on the set, we were shown some stunning concept art, one of which featured Kong, larger than life (naturally), looming over two WWII soldiers standing on a cliff. “They start the survey, they’re coming over the island — very quickly — and they’re dropping these seismic survey instruments that function almost like charges. In addition to the previously mentioned Hiddleston, Larson, Jackson, Goodman, and Reilly, the movie also stars Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, and Thomas Mann, many of whom we saw either roaming around the set or filming. While we popped our peepers on concept art for a number of creatures (some far more dangerous than Kong), director Vogt-Roberts and producer Garcia only spoke about a few (hey, they’ve gotta leave some surprises), but what both emphasized was the importance of each creature feeling native to the environment rather than simply being scary or awe-inspiring.”If Kong is the god of this island, we wanted each of the creatures to feel like individual gods of their own domain,” Vogt-Roberts explained. Where is “Skull Island” set?Well, the answer to this one is in the name of the movie: the “previously uncharted” Skull Island, which is located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean — seemingly somewhere in Southeast Asia, but maybe not. Jackson plays Lt. Once they reach the island, however, all hell breaks loose (in this case, hell’s name is “Kong,” and he puts the smackdown on their helicopters), and the team’s mission of exploration turns into one of “we need to get off of this island before it kills us.” Need more clarity? The movie essentially becomes, thematically, about the collision of the modern world and myth. Remember how the only part of the movie you really remember is the time they spent on the island finding Kong, encountering all types of dangerous, awesome creatures? We cut out of that and come into the ’70s.”Hooked? We will discover, through the course of the movie, that some of them may have had more knowledge than others. It’s the plane he’s been fighting with. She has conspiratorial notions of it. When is “Skull Island” set?As previously mentioned, the film is set in 1972, during the Vietnam War, and there’s a very specific, rather ingenious reason as to why they set the movie during this very tumultuous time. Well, they heard you, and they made a movie for you.More specifically, “Skull Island” is about a team of scientists, soldiers, and assorted explorer types who seek to survey an uncharted Pacific island in 1972. What is “Kong: Skull Island” about?Remember Peter Jackson’s 2005 “King Kong”? What role does Monarch play?Goodman’s Randa, as we mentioned, is the driving force behind the expedition. “[Hayao] Miyazaki’s ‘Princess Mononoke’ was actually a big reference in the way that the spirit creatures sort of have their own domains and fit within that. Who else is in the cast?”Kong: Skull Island” boasts a very strong ensemble cast. Science is now debunking all myth, but what if some myth actually was true?”For those worried that “Skull Island” is going to be mired by long sequences of exposition and scientific explanations, Garcia says you have nothing to worry about: “It’s an adventure movie at its core, about this group of people who are confronted with the seemingly impossible on this island and have to survive it.”5. Conrad is a tracker out of the war — British tracker, S.A.S. They land, and rumble, and create waves that they then measure, and they disturb the peace, quite frankly. “He’s there kinda skeptical, and he takes the money and then they get to the island and there’s a huge prehistoric ape on the island,” Hiddleston continued. And Brie Larson, what’s her character’s deal?Brie Larson plays Weaver (just Weaver), a photojournalist with an activist streak.”I play a journalist,” Larson told us. The guys inadvertently start chopping their legs, and the spiders start attacking, and there’s a big gunfight with them.”8. So I come in as kind of a background person, one who’s just there to take photos. Jackson play?Samuel L. Producer Garcia delivered this insightful bit of backstory:”[Director] Jordan [Vogt-Roberts] came in with this idea of setting the movie in the early 1970s, at the dawn of the Landsat program,” he revealed. Yeah, that’s the point.3. Why do they go to Skull Island?On the face of it, the team is going to “survey the island,” but there wouldn’t be much of a movie if that were true. So we just really wanted to go out of our way to, especially with the other creatures, design things that felt sort of unique to our movie and can exist on the island.”A great example of what Vogt-Roberts was going for was delivered by Garcia, who described a sequence in the movie (briefly revealed in the trailer), in which the explorers accidentally incite a battle with some of the island’s longest-legged residents: “It’s a bamboo forest they go through, and we’re with them in the bamboo and they’re hacking their way through it — and then we discover that, actually, in and amongst the bamboo, are these giant daddy long leg-like spiders whose legs look like bamboo and they are hiding in it, camouflaged. Reilly’s character?John C. “A pilot crash lands on this island. I have my own sort of motive as to why I’m here. pilot, you know, crawling, stands up, sees another plane crash. We need someone with your ability.’ And he’s like, ‘That sounds sufficiently shady.'”Money is money, so Conrad comes onboard. “The Landsat program is a real program that was formed to start utilizing satellites to map the surface of the Earth. Colonel Packard, who, Garcia said, “is the colonel who leads the helicopter squadron, which is one of the most illustrious squadrons out of the war. Each person on the team is venturing to the island for different reasons — some well-intentioned, some nefarious. “At a certain point, you gotta stand up to this thing that has done so much destruction to you and your people, and he has this idea that this thing is not what’s going to save humanity, ’cause that’s what everybody else’s idea is. Also, as producer Garcia revealed to us, he ended up befriending his Japanese foe, Gunpei, who, by the time the survey team arrives, has already “killed by another creature on the island.”12. A U.S. They get into a death duel running through the jungle. If us in our infinite, advanced technology, and mental state can’t stop a mindless, gigantic ape — then our evolution has been for naught.”In summary, Jackson is playing the movie’s chief (human) antagonist.9. He wakes up and, suddenly, his very unique and special skill kicks in and he becomes indispensable to the team.”If you want to see Tom Hiddleston play an action hero, “Kong: Skull Island” is for you.10. A Japanese pilot starts running at him. We’ve evolved to the point that we’re the line in the sand. Reilly plays Marlow, the American soldier seen in the aforementioned opening to the movie (he didn’t want to go to the island; he’s stranded there). As Garcia explained, Skull Island isn’t just uncharted, it’s a world unto itself — one with the kinds of flora and fauna scientists have only dreamed about.”It’s an entirely unique ecosystem,” he told us. Are there monsters/creatures other than Kong on Skull Island?Um, hell yes.As you’ve likely seen them in the trailers and TV spots; Kong is not alone on Skull Island. They may have actually understood that something was there, even if they didn’t know exactly what. Operative who trained with American forces in Cambodia. What about John C. How much Kong are we going to get in “Skull Island”?From what we gathered, a lot — both in terms of size and screen time.”Unlike Godzilla, we meet Kong pretty quickly in our movie,” producer Garcia divulged. Posted February 1, 2017 by Tim HayneFor a movie so shrouded in mystery, the cast of “Kong: Skull Island” sure was chatty.That’s what we learned when Moviefone, along with a small group of reporters, was invited to the Hawaii set of “Skull Island” back in December 2015. The sheriff of the island, Kong, rises up and has a whole confrontation with the choppers.”Essentially, Kong is the giant, destructive gorilla equivalent of your 80-year old neighbor yelling “Get off my lawn!”7. “She thinks it’s some military thing related to, probably, the war. Pretty much every member of the team has a different reason for going — some noble, some not.Garcia commented briefly on the mixed makeup of the team: “This group is led by Conrad, who’s played by Tom Hiddleston. He’s never lost a man, which is why, when Kong bangs down those choppers, to him it’s soul-crushing.”It isn’t long before Packard makes destroying Kong his life’s mission, which Jackson likened to a very familiar literary character:”It’s a drive.
Posted February 1, 2017 by Gina CarboneWar has been declared at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13.Episode 13, “It Only Gets Much Worse,” — airing Thursday, Feb. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.). Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Dr. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Dr. And Dr. ABC’s synopsis also suggests we’ll follow Dr. Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) as she attempts to push out Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) in her “new role at the hospital.”ABC shared some photos for Episode 13, and they focus on Eliza, her love interest Dr. For whatever reason, there are no photos of April, never mind Dr. Edwards. 16 — appears to follow the progress of Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), and a young patient and his family. TVLine confirmed that Hinton will not be a series regular in Season 14, but they did not have details on what would happen to the character of Stephanie, or if she’ll still be back for guest appearances.”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. 2) Episode 11, “Jukebox Hero,” follows Meredith’s attempt to track down Alex. Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer), Dr. Then we have Episode 12, “None of Your Business,” which will introduce Maggie’s mom and drag Stephanie into Owen and Amelia’s drama.Speaking of Stephanie, after it was announced that actress Jerrika Hinton was joining Alan Ball’s new HBO drama, we assumed that meant bye-bye for Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), or Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton), Dr. Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), who are not mentioned in the synopsis at all. Meanwhile, April has a challenging first day in her new role at the hospital.Here are more of the promo photos, beyond the one above of Eliza and Arizona:This Thursday’s (Feb. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) still appears to be missing. (Poor Owen.)Here’s the official synopsis for “It Only Gets Much Worse”:The residents are excited for Eliza’s next phase of teaching, but they spend the day caught between the warring attendings. Like us on Facebook. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), Dr.
Sounds like it pays to be Johnny Depp’s friend, if he’s that generous. Thompson out of a custom-made cannon in Aspen, Colorado.Tens of millions on “a massive and extremely expensive art collection,” including “world class jewelry,” about 70 collectible guitars and over 200 works by artists such as Warhol, Klimt, Basquiat, and Modigliani.Millions on collectibles and memorabilia involving icons such as Marilyn Monroe, John Dillinger and Marlon Brando. The collection is so extensive it fills “12 storage facilities” and cost over $1 million just to archive.$300,000 per month on 40 full-time employees.$150,000 per month on full-time security guards that protect him and his family “24/7, 365 days a year” wherever they go.$200,000 per month on private planes.$10 million over the years on supporting various friends and family, including $4 million invested into a failed music label run by a friend. Depp’s income as their own,” lending money to others without Depp’s authorization; paying itself $28 million in fees without his consent; and failing to pay Depp’s taxes on time, leading to $5.6 million in fees and penalties. There are always at least two sides to every story, and Depp’s lawsuit alleges that “TMG treated Mr. TMG countered that it “filed each and every tax return timely” and “always maintained state-of-the-art accounting records.”The woes of the 1 percent, eh? Or, as TMG put it in the cross-complaint, Depp lived an “ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.”So now TMG is airing Depp’s dirty laundry, at least the money side of it, with People magazine posting this list of expenditures, via the legal complaint now on file:Over $75 million on 14 residences, including a 45-acre chateau in the South of France, a chain of islands in the Bahamas, multiple houses in Hollywood, several penthouse lofts in downtown Los Angeles and a horse farm in Kentucky.$18 million to “acquire and renovate a 150 foot luxury yacht.”Millions more buying and maintaining 45 luxury vehicles.$30,000 per month on expensive wines flown from all over the world.$3 million to blast the ashes of Hunter S. Depp sued his former business team The Management Group (TMG) for $25 million, arguing “gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud,” but they just fired back with their own lawsuit, asking Depp to pay up for unpaid commissions and fees, and arguing that if Depp is hard up for cash it’s his own fault. Posted February 1, 2017 by Gina CarboneThis might explain why the rum is always gone.Johnny Depp has had a rough year all around — ugly divorce, flops at the box office, and now money problems. And considering Depp still picks up massive paychecks — despite being Hollywood’s most overpaid star two years in a row — all he has to do is wait for his “Fantastic Beasts” checks to clear, and money from the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie to come in, and he’ll be back up on top.[via People]Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
Here’s what he told Vice a while back about the negative reaction to Jar Jar and the prequels at large:”It didn’t happen until the New York press junkets. Growing up in New York you know which papers give you the news and which papers give you the gossip and the Post was definitely heavier on the gossip side than anything else. But really beyond ‘I didn’t like it.’ ‘You ruined my childhood!’ I’m still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. But I was really surprised that everyone picked up on that afterwards.It’s a very American thing to take somebody down when they’re at the top and a lot if it had to with that; people really wanted to see George crash and burn. Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue.”Poor kid. Although it hurt me emotionally and it was hard to take at the time, it wasn’t debilitating for me. Unfortunately, this character was so new, so experimental; he became a lightning rod for all that. Like us on Facebook. He’s now 27 and “retired” from acting. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) owes his whole career to Star Wars, and he empathizes with Jake Lloyd. I wasn’t eight years-old like Jake, who I think took it worse. The fandom, media, and classmates basically bullied him out of it, and that’s on all of us.[via Screen Rant, Vice]Want more stuff like this? He was even nominated for a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, which they should never have done to someone so young. I just put my shoes on and went back to work. Ahmed Best ended up in the same boat, although he was already an adult by the time he took on the role of Jar Jar Binks. The first of the prequels was so disappointing to so many fans, and they took their frustrations out on the lead actor, Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin Skywalker.Much has been said in the ensuing years about the harsh reactions to Episodes I-III, and the treatment of the fresh stars who had hoped to use the Star Wars films to start long, thriving careers.It’s now 2017, with a new trilogy entering theaters and — so far — a much happier fan base. He was only 10 years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George [Lucas] wanted him to do. It was me, and it was Jake Lloyd who took a lot of the heat for the movie. But Jake had a difficult time.”Jake Lloyd was born in 1989 so he was 10 when “The Phantom Menace” came out, but younger when they filmed it. The first person who kind of gave me an idea of where it was going was a writer from The New York Post. There but for the grace of a better story go he…Here’s what Hamill told Vulture at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival:”I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know? Posted February 1, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe dark side of The Force was strong with fans after “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace” was released. Jake had it far worse than me. Fortunately, I was in my 20s. I didn’t really think much about it because I always felt like the The New York Post was a paper that fed off of that type of energy, that type of negativity. I’m a 20-year-old from from the Bronx; I’ve seen and I’ve done things that were a lot harder than criticism in that newspaper.
We know a Join Us To Fight Negan pitch will be made to Hilltop leader Gregory, but Hilltop is not a new community to anyone at this point.Whatever happens, it will be supersized again, beyond the usual hour timeframe. Maybe Tara’s Oceanside as well? Catch up before #TWD returns February 12. The stars have already been plugging that episode, but Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) said the back eight episodes are “magnificent” with a very different tone than the first half.”The Walking Dead” returns Sunday, Feb. Check out the AMC schedule for the rundown.There are 16 episodes to “The Walking Dead” Season 7, so the big finale should be on Sunday, April 2. Like us on Facebook. to accommodate.In the meantime, AMC is doing its usual “Walking Dead” marathon, which always starts on Super Bowl weekend (counterprogramming!) and picks up the next weekend as a lead-in for the launch of the second half of the season. Posted January 31, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Walking Dead” Season 7 has had a rocky road thus far, and the Feb. Both? on AMC.Here’s a recap of what Rick’s group is so mad about. 12 midseason premiere title is following suit.According to AMC, the title of Season 7, Episode 9 is “Rock in the Road,” with this very brief synopsis: “Rick is introduced to a new community.”Will that community be the Kingdom, which we’ve already seen, or perhaps the new group teased in the AMC photo above? 12 at 9 p.m. pic.twitter.com/US1KDhJ5Xx
— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) January 16, 2017Want more stuff like this? Episode 9 is scheduled to be 1 hour and 13 minutes, with “Talking Dead” getting a later start at 10:13 p.m.
My king. Like us on Facebook. even if it is unlikely that he’ll win. But Aragorn has faced tougher odds before!Want more stuff like this? Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) just got nominated for an Academy Award for “Captain Fantastic,” and he joined his young castmates at the SAG Awards, where they were nominated as an ensemble. This LOTR reunion would be even sweeter if Sean Astin (Sam), Sean Bean (Boromir), Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and John Rhys-Davis (Gimli) were around, but we’ll take what we can get.Since Viggo is our captain and king as well, we’ll be rooting for him to pick up his first Oscar at the 2017 Academy Awards … Posted January 31, 2017 by Gina CarboneDon’t stick a fork in the Fellowship, they are far from done! CAPTAIN FANTASTIC 2: MIDDLE-EARTH#LOTR#LORDOFCAPTAINFANTASTICpic.twitter.com/o2sN7uyowM
— Nicholas Hamilton (@Nic_Hamilton) January 31, 2017Living for a Fantastic/LOTR crossover, but it probably won’t happen. Around the same time, Viggo was joined by fellow LOTR alumni Elijah Wood (Frodo), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) for a pub-set reunion captured on Instagram and Twitter:My captain. @theoneringnet @electrice @boydbilly @orlandobloom @empiremagazine #squadgoalsA photo posted by Dominic Monaghan (@dom_monaghan_) on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:15pm PSTwhen we reunite in a pub and someone says ‘they have a cave troll’ …#squadgoals #lotr #viggomortensen #elijahwood @dom_monaghan_ @boydbillyA photo posted by orlandobloom (@orlandobloom) on Jan 31, 2017 at 2:31pm PST#CaptainFantastic sequel announced… The stars of “The Lord of the Rings” didn’t really bring a cave troll to their recent mini reunion, but they did bring some sharp-looking cutlery, and their middle fingers, and the cast of “Captain Fantastic.”The first film in the LOTR trilogy, “Fellowship of the Ring,” celebrated its 15th anniversary back in December. @theoneringnet @empiremagazineA photo posted by Dominic Monaghan (@dom_monaghan_) on Jan 30, 2017 at 8:06pm PSTThey have a cave troll. @theoneringnet @empiremagazineA photo posted by Dominic Monaghan (@dom_monaghan_) on Jan 30, 2017 at 8:05pm PSTDoffing the off the shoulder band look with aplomb @boydbilly @billyboydactor making @electrice and I look like onions.
Posted January 31, 2017 by Gina CarboneRihanna’s Marion Crane will not find love in the hopeless place of “Bates Motel” Season 5, but fans will find a new version of the famous “Psycho” character in the A&E drama’s final season.”Bates Motel” launches Season 5 on February 20, catching the story up to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 horror film. Like us on Facebook. Rihanna was cast as Marion Crane, the shower victim originally played by Janet Leigh, and Entertainment Weekly just shared the first two photos of Rihanna’s Marion with Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates, plus a promo for the new season:Executive producer Kerry Ehrin told EW that TV viewers will see a more fleshed-out version of Marion Crane than in Hitchcock’s fillm. 20 at 10 p.m. “We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” Ehrin said. on A&E.Want more stuff like this? Season 5 picks up about 18 months after the death of Norman’s mother, Norma Bates (Vera Fermiga), and since a boy’s best friend is his mother, we know this is going to put Norman in an especially delicate mental state.The final season premieres Feb.