Strained marriages and friendships are put to the test as Showtime's satirical comedy "Episodes" delivers more of the narcissistic actors, crazy network heads and chaotic situations that dominate Hollywood's television industry. "Episodes," developed by "Friends" creator David Crane and partner Jeffrey Klarik, follows the journey of married British couple Sean and Beverly Lincoln, who come to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV show for a U.S. audience. But season one showed the couple battling the dysfunctional personalities running Hollywood's television industry, who change the show to a sitcom called "Pucks" starring "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc.
Philomena Lee takes the hullabaloo with good humor, knowing that the film she inspired - "Philomena" - not only has chances of winning awards but also helping women who, like her, had babies as teens and were forced to give them up. "And a lot of women like myself just could not tell the story because you were made to feel so bad about having a baby out of marriage." Directed by Britain's Stephen Frears and co-written by comedic actor Steve Coogan, "Philomena" is up for a Golden Globe on Sunday for best motion picture drama. Judi Dench, who plays Lee, is a front-runner to win best actress in a drama, while Coogan and Jeff Pope are competing for best adapted screenplay. "Philomena" also received four nominations this week for Britain's top film honors, the BAFTAs.
The 71st Golden Globes are Sunday and we're excited about the show for many reasons - namely, the fashion, the jokes, and watching the casts of our favorite films and shows possibly entertainingly-tipsy and ready to celebrate! Here are four things AccessHollywood.com is especially looking forward to come Sunday...
Fifteen films to check out before the February 1 Writers Guild Awards, with "American Hustle," "Blue Jasmine" and "Nebraska" joined by "Her" and "Dallas Buyers Club" in the Original Screenplay category. "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, was based on "A Captain's Duty" by Richard Phillips; "Lone Survivor," featuring Mark Wahlberg, took its material from the book by ex-Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell; Jordan Belfort's account of life as a Wall Street trader, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was also first a book before it was a film, this time with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
British cinema operator Cineworld Group will buy Poland-based Cinema City International's movie theatre business for just over 500 million pounds, doubling the number of its cinemas to create the second largest chain in Europe. Cineworld, the UK's only listed cinema chain, said the deal would create a chain of 201 cinemas with 1,852 screens, lagging only private equity-owned Odeon & UCI Group in Europe. The cash and share offer will leave Cinema City owning a quarter of Cineworld, which is financing the purchase through a mix of shares, debt and a 110 million pound rights issue. Investors welcomed the deal, pushing Cineworld shares up nearly 14 percent, making them one of the top gainers on the London Stock Exchange.
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Kellan Lutz is shedding the vampire teeth to don the breastplate of Greek demigod Hercules in his newest film, as he leaves the "Twilight" franchise behind to embrace the action genre. "The Legend of Hercules," in theaters on Friday, will see Lutz exploring the hero's origins. A second film, "Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, will focus on the hero later in life, after he completes the legendary 12 labors. Born to a mortal woman and Zeus, king of the Gods, Lutz's Hercules faces challenges early on in his life from his human father King Amphitryon, who never accepts him as a true son, and his half brother Iphicles, who is jealous of his super strength.
With seven nominations each, the two features dominate the film categories in the 71st Golden Globes Awards. Two very different movies, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" are in direct competition for four awards: best director, best screenplay, best supporting actress and best supporting actor. The rivalry ends there, however, as the Golden Globes offer separate "best motion picture" awards for drama and comedy features. The period drama "12 Years a Slave" is expected to earn this distinction in the drama category, besting fellow nominees "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Philomena" and "Rush." Last year, the best drama award went to "Argo."
The two actors have joined "Agent 47" and "The Best of Me," landing roles that were to be played by the late Paul Walker. British actor Rupert Friend, seen recently on "Homeland," has inherited the title role in "Agent 47," a new film adaptation of the stealth video game series "Hitman," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Played by Timothy Olymphant in a 2007 movie, Agent 47 is a professional killer whose troubling appearance and total baldness is the result of genetic modification. Aleksander Bach will direct the new adaptation for Fox.
Warren Allman (Dan Fogler) might have found the secret to enlightenment in "Don Peyote," but the film's first trailer leaves us unsure as to what's real-world solution and what's plain old delusion. The film has been on Dan's slate for a number of years, with the comic actor also on co-writing and co-directing duties -- back in 2010 he described it as an "existential Annie Hall."
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Sandra Bullock swept the 40th People's Choice awards on Wednesday with four wins, cementing her status as a favorite among the fan-selected winners, while singer Justin Timberlake dominated the music categories with three wins. Bullock, 49, picked up three awards for favorite movie actress, dramatic movie actress and comedy movie actress for her roles in existential space drama "Gravity" and in female buddy-comedy "The Heat." She also won favorite movie duo alongside her "Gravity" co-star George Clooney, while the film won favorite drama movie. I got to work with Melissa McCarthy on 'The Heat.' ... And on 'Gravity,' the nicest people in the world would string me up and leave me there, and I still had an amazing time," the Oscar-winning actress said. Bullock later joined McCarthy on stage to pick up the favorite comedy movie award for "The Heat." Singer Timberlake, 32, who returned to the musical spotlight in 2013 with the two-part release of "The 20/20 Experience" after more than five years away to focus on his acting, picked up three awards including favorite album.