January 22, 2017

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“Weeds” star Hunter Parrish is broadway bound

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been playing Mary-Louise Parker’s son Silas Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds for seven seasons now but Hunter Parrish is proving to be an in-demand star of major musicals as well.
The young actor, who also played the son of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell.
In a statement, the actor said: “I am elated to be joining the Godspell family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway. I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”
He made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim two years ago as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.
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Hollywood TV Review: ‘Weeds’ season six opener — smart, but slow

By Anthony D’Alessandro
HollywoodNews.com: The “Weeds” season six opener of “Thwack” unfortunately doesn’t live up to its pointed title, however, the good news is that creator Jenji Kohan is finally moving the Botwin family away from the Mexican border after they’ve overstayed the drama there for the last two seasons.
The episode, like many “Weeds” season openers, begins promptly after its finale’s riveting cliffhanger, but the pacing slows. Nancy gathers her chicks, err sons, after young teen Shane kills Pilar, the dastardly political consultant to her Mexican beau Esteban, with a croquet mallet. In season 5, Pilar was grooming Esteban as a candidate in the race for Mexico’s governor. She felt Nancy’s family was an unsavory part of his life. Thus, Pilar threatened to kill Shane and Silas. Feeling his mother’s luck was running out, Shane offed Pilar into the pool.
Fearing Esteban’s wrath over the murder, Nancy flees the scene of the crime at Pilar’s mansion and proceeds to collect her belongings at Esteban’s house. In need of a bigger car, specifically her brother-in-law Andy’s new mini-van, she heads over to his pad where he’s contending with problems of his own. Gayle, an anti-abortionist protester and crazed lover of Andy’s fiancé Audra, has tied her up with a crossbow pointed at her head. Andy looks like a schmuck having dashed out of the house. Nancy devises a save-face plan for Andy to re-enter and battle Gayle. Though Nancy and Andy restrain Gayle, Audra is offended that Andy failed to protect her initially. Furthermore, it is obvious he still has feelings for Nancy. Hence, Andy decides to go on the lamb with Nancy.
Kohan’s gift remains her ability to uniquely draw out dramatic scenes and heighten them like a playwright. However, this can work for and against the show’s longevity and in “Thwack” Kohan’s talents have their high and low points.
Rather than propelling the action promptly, the characters are reduced to bickering over minutiae before embarking on their next move. Nancy, Silas and Shane squabble as they pack the car. When Nancy arrives at Andy’s, he’s obsesses for some time about his failure to protect Audra before they devise a plan to nab Gayle. These chit-chats are a wonderful technique for painting personalities – but we’re already acquainted with the Botwin posse. […]

The cast of ‘Falling Skies’ to attend Comic-Con

HollywoodNews.com: The cast of TNT’s “Falling Skies” starring Noah Wyle (“ER”) and Moon Bloodgood (“Terminator Salvation”) will give fans a first look at the eagerly anticipated new series at Comic-Con. Co-executive producer and writer Mark Verheiden (“Heroes,” “Battlestar Galactica”) will also join them for a Q&A panel session.
The new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg is slated to premiere in summer 2011 and envisions a world where aliens have invaded, and the fate of humanity lies in the hands of a few survivors.
In “Falling Skies,” Wyle stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Bloodgood co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (“Lincoln Heights”) as Hal and Maxim Knight (“Brothers & Sisters”) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (“Weeds”) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (“Armageddon,” TNT’s “Into the West”) plays a fierce leader of the resistance.
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Alanis Morisette to return on new season of ‘Weeds’

HollywoodNews.com: The sixth season of “Weeds” will premiere on August 16th, which will be the last for Elizabeth Perkins who plays Celia Hodes. However, fans should rest a little easier knowing that there will be some returning characters.
Alanis Morissette will return for two episodes as Nancy’s baby doc and girlfriend to Abby, according to Entertainment Weekly. In addition, they report that Jennifer Jason Leigh will reprise her role as Nancy’s older sister in one episode.
It looks like this season will be full of guest stars.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: Will anyone remember these “Titans”?

If you measure Summer by big budget, effects-driven movies, then Summer has arrived. We have a Greek mythology remake that fits the bill and some counter-programming in the form of Hannah Montana-meets-Nicholas Sparks and a semi-annual offering from Tyler Perry. If you’re looking for something with good reviews, on the other hand, you’re best advised to stick with the art house.
Sam Worthington, hot off “Avatar,” stars as the demigod Perseus, stepping into the  familial squabbling involving Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2,” “The Incredible Hulk” reboot) directs from a script credited to Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi and Travis Beacham, based on the 1981 movie that starred Harry Hamlin and Laurence Olivier and developed a cult following over the years.
Even critics who find the movie moderately entertaining don’t agree on the visual appeal. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times saw it in 2D and thought it looked “terrific,” cautioning families to save the extra money it costs now to see it in 3D. Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly declares that “there isn’t a single good ‘Wow!’ of a 3D shot in the entire picture.” The majority of the reviewers were much less accommodating. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times writes that it matches the 1981 version as “goofily amusing” — but that’s not actually a compliment. The USA Today’s Claudia Puig labels it a “boring behemoth,” Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers calls it a “sham” and the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern says it is a “sad fiasco.” Dana Stevens of Slate suggests that Leterrier and company should have “steered straight into camp and stepped on the gas.”
Postponed a week so that it could be converted to 3D, “Titans” marches into spring break with a big action-movie push from Warner Bros. Sold as “300” with monsters, it should break $60 million for its first weekend — with WB hoping for something approaching the 2007 film’s $70.9M opening. With 3D quickly becoming the standard for big movies, it will be interesting to see if audiences discern between those actually shot in 3D (such as “Avatar”) and these so-called “conversions.”
The mega-selling novelist Sparks adds screenwriter to his resume (sharing credit with Jeff Van Wie) with this adaptation of his novel. Miley Cyrus gets her first non-Hannah live-action lead playing a teen who is sent off to spend some quality time with her […]

Avatar, Hurt Locker, Sherlock Holmes dominate ADG Awards

“Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Sherlock Holmes” dominated the Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. “Avatar” took home the prize for excellence in production design in a fantasy film; “The Hurt Locker” for contemporary film; and “Sherlock Holmes” for a period film.
Television awards were also handed out last night with “Mad Men,” “Weeds,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and “Grey Gardens” each taking home awards.

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Absolut Vodka took home the prize for the best commercial or music video.
Warren Beatty was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award and Malcom F, Brown, Bob Keene, and Ferdinando Scarfiotti were all inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.
Below are the full list of winners:
Period Film: “Sherlock Holmes”
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

Fantasy Film: “Avatar”
Production Designer: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg
Contemporary Film: “The Hurt Locker”
Production Designer: Karl Juliusson
Single-Camera Television Series: “Mad Men”
Episode: Souvenir
Production Designer: Dan Bishop
Television Movie or Mini-Series: “Grey Gardens”
Production Designer: Kalina Ivanov
Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series: “Weeds”
Episode: Ducks and Tigers
Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series: “Hell’s Kitchen”
Episode: 604
Production Designer: John Janavs
Awards, Music or Game Shows: 51st Annual Grammy Awards
Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet, Steve Bass
Absolut Anthem
Commercial: In An Absolut World
Production Designer: James Chinlund