Saturday, October 18, 2014

PopSugar Amy

Amy Sedaris is ready to break some new ground (for an entertainment and lifestyle website).

See, the funny lady will be headlining Seriously Distracted, PopSugar’s first scripted series, as the narcissistic head of a New York City public relations firm.

And she will be doing so as early as next week.

Seriously Distracted – co-starring Greta Lee (HBO’s Girls) – will debut on Oct. 21, not only on but on as well.


Friday, October 17, 2014

R.I.P. Misty Upham

The saga of Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actress Misty Upham is over.

Upham (Frozen River, August: Osage County) reportedly went missing on Oct. 5. She was found dead yesterday, in a wooded area near Forest Ridge Drive in Auburn, Wash., by a search party led by her family and friends.

The actress’ disappearance was originally believed to be related to her reported bipolar disorder. Her family doesn’t believe the cause of her death could be suicide, though, and that the only reason she was in the woods in the first place was to hide from police.

Her old co-stars Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo both have expressed their sorrow over Upham’s passing, while Juliette Lewis – who has echoed the sentiment – has shared that the actress may have been in fear for her life, “Bcuz she was vocal” about some quote-unquote injustices within the Native American community.

Upham was a member of the Blackfoot Tribe. She was 32.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Whale of a Story

Guess what Ron Howard did earlier today.


Alright...I shall tell ya. He tweet-shared the first teaser for his Chris Hemsworth-led adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, the story of the real-life 1819 harrowing ordeal of the Essex whale ship that went on to inspire Moby Dick.

Such a giver that Howard....

The big-screen In the Heart of the Sea is due out next spring.


Up for a Squad

And speaking of the Marvelfication of the DC Comicsverse...Will Smith wants in on the fun.

So does Tom Hardy. Ditto Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Well, maybe.

Yes, all three are said to be considering parts in a proposed David Ayer-helmed Suicide Squad movie (which, if you watch Arrow on TV, then you know would be about a group of villains essentially obligated to run high-risk ops for the government).

Smith and Hardy, at least, are understood to be thisclose to singing on, yo.


Big-screen Flash Found

It’s a most natural transition: that of the indie actor who becomes a blockbuster poster child.

Which is why Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is turning superhero.

And, yes, you can totally say that it’ll all start happening for him a flash. Because he is going to be playing The Flash.

Miller – the Tilda Swinton of young male up-and-comers – has been announced as one of the key components of the Marvelfication of the DC Comicsverse for the big screen, and will be headlining The Flash in 2018.

Needless to say to say, the powers that be will have to work extra-hard to differentiate Miller’s Flash from the one that Grant Gustins portraying on the hit freshman CW show that quite literally just debuted this fall.


Ready for the Cabaret

Shia LaBeouf better stay away.

Cause clearly, obviously, Emma Stone is ready to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

The Birdman star will take over for Michelle Williams on Nov. 11, and she will stay with the show through next February.


The Voice First Lady Shall Be Back

Gwen Stefani musta been told not to get too comfortable on TV’s The Voice, huh.

I say this because Christina Aguilera will be back.

That’s right: NBC has announced that the two-time mama fully intends on returning to her hit reality competition as full-time coach during the show’s eighth season, which will debut next year, probably in the spring.

Aguilera will share her coaching duties with the show’s emeritus-status coaches (her founding buds), Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, while Pharrell will stick around for a second go at things.


Ben and Matt at It Again

Ben and Matt are getting back together.


Indeed, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon – who earlier this year announced their plans to revive their Project Greenlight at its original home, HBO – are teaming up to work together once more, on a new drama for Syfy called Incorporated.

The potential new show is a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world in which big-time corporations are all but untouchable, for they seem to have all the power around (until one lone man decides it is time to buck the system).

How very Elysium-esque....


R.I.P. Señorita Peña


Actress Elizabeth Peña (Free Willy) has passed away.

Peña, a veteran Latina big- (La BambaJacob’s LadderLone Star, Tortilla Soup) and small-screen (Numb3rsModern Family) character actress of the first order, died on Oct. 14, at age 55.

A cause of death was not shared by her family with the media. She died of natural causes following a brief illness.

ICYAW, Peña can still next be seen on El Rey’s upcoming new series, Matador.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NPH Is an Oscar Guy Now

Emmy and Tony are gon’ be jelly and mad....

Neil Patrick Harris is finally graduating to the hard stuff: the Academy Awards.

Oh yeah...NPH is hosting the next Oscars ceremony.

The buena nueva was announced earlier today, so look for Harris to play host with the most on Hollywood’s biggest night come Feb. 22, 2015.


No! Not Kalinda!

This. Is the Ever.

Archie Panjabi is leaving TV’s The Good Wife. Which means that Kalinda is leaving the good wife.

See, the Emmy winner has gone and signed a development/holding deal with Fox – good for her! – to work on a new drama pilot that she will star in for a potential fall 2015 berth. So that means that her ass-kicking character on CBS will be leaving Chicago by the end of this season.

Aw, man.

I sort of can be A-OK with this...just as long as they don’t go and kill her, too.


Gisele’s the One That Chanel Needed

Chanel can breathe now: Gisele is here.

Indeed, Gisele Bündchen is officially the new face of Chanel No. 5 now that that her campaign for the perfume – which includes a dramatic short film co-starring hot Dutch Michiel Huisman that was directed by Baz Luhrmann and is soundtrack by a Lo-Fang cover of “The One That I Need – has been unveiled.

Check it out:

Now, that is how you hawk Chanel No. 5, Brad Pitt.

Might You Call Gillian?

Y’all have heard, right?

How there’s definitely not going to be a third Ghostbusters movie, but how – surprise, surprise! – there is going to be an all-hilarious women Ghostbusters reboot?

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is directing.

And now comes word that Gillian Anderson wants to star in the project.

Yes, Ms. X-Files herself is lobbying hard for a part in the movie, saying during a recent Reddit AMA that she is, “free and funny, goddamnit!

Fanboys everywhere be like....


Sexy Penélope!

So, just #ICYMI earlier this week, Penélope Cruz is the 2014 Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire.

That is all.

Because like, what else is there to say, right?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Messenger

Here he comes.

Jamie Bamber – who needs to get cast in a Marvel tentpole like, last year – is getting ready for the television midseason.

The erstwhile Battlestar Galactica player (remember his towel dance?) has been tapped for a role on the upcoming CW show The Messengers, the story of five strangers reeling from the effects of a mysterious object that’s come and hit Earth (all five live through the incident and come out the other side with these new powers that no one can explain, natch).

The show also will have a Rapture element to it (how current!), which they may be causing...or which they alone may be in a position of preventing.

For now, Bamber is only expected to recur on The Messengers.


Daniel Cleaver May Be Done

If they ever do make a third Bridget Jones movie (Helen Fielding has written a third book about the character, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy), you may not be seeing Hugh Grant in it.

In fact, the actor has gone on the record and said that you won’t, for he has “decided not to do [the movie].

He gave no reason for choosing his choice.

In Fielding’s third tome about the zaftig diary keeper that Renée Zellweger made famous on the silver screen, her husband, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), bites it, and so it behooves Grant’s Daniel Cleaver, her former paramour, to help her raise her and Mark’s children.

Alas, Grant’s character may not even be a part of the story.

“I think they’re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – [at least] the script as I last saw it a few years ago,” the actor recently said.

In case you are wondering, a third Bridget Jones movie has been rumored to be in the works since like, 2009.


A Pirate By Another Name?

Javier Bardem may not have gotten to play Blackbeard in the forthcoming Pan (the role ended up going to Hugh Jackman), but that don’t mean the Oscar winner has given up on playing a pirate on the big screen.

No, no, señor.... He still just might.

Bardem is, evidently, circling the role of the villain in the fifthquel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He would play a ghost pirate who has a boner for Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow, whom he blames for the death of his brother.

Depp, of course, will be back for another adventure, as will Geoffrey Rush and, maybe, Orlando Bloom.

Perhaps, then, Penélope Cruz will be back for another go, too, and she and Bardem can make it a family affair on set, no?


Taylor Swift Is Out...with Another Hit

Taylor Swift really doesn’t know how to make songs that aren’t hits, huh.

I mean, just listen to “Out of the Woods,” the latest single of her upcoming 1989 album.

Yeah, it’s a little Sia-esque...a little Ellie Goulding-ish – but, so what...who cares. It’s some good stuff (and, ooh, the song just may be about her old flame, Harry Styles (y’ know, the JT of One Direction).


Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Alternative

A former television Clark Kent is about to turn into a super-heartthrob.

Tom Welling – who, it must be said, is aging quite nicely – has landed a plum part in the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Spark novel, The Choice.

The movie, which is set to star Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer as a couple of star-crossed lovers, will see Welling play the boyfriend of Palmer’s character.

So he’ll be playing the complication of the story.

Oh well. Someone’s gotta do it.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shondaland’s Main Man

This week, Scott Foley became Shonda Rhimes’ new go-to guy.

The Scandal actor has partnered with his boss’s Shondaland production company to work on a script for a new comedy for ABC that will team him up again – behind the scenes, at least – with his old Felicity bud, Greg Grunberg.

Written by Foley himself, To Max & Paige will center on the toasts given by family and friends at the rehearsal dinner for the wedding of, of course, Max and Paige, while a series of flashbacks takes a look at the pair’s road to marriage (revealing, natch, that the stories that the toasts tell didn’t quite happen the way people remember them).

Sounds complicated and somewhat unsustainable. So let’s see how this outside-the-box plays out.


Riding to That World...

Charming already has made a little room for a girl from Lima, Ohio (hey, Lea Michele, hey), and, now, it is making some more for a girl from Sunnydale.

Charisma Carpenter has landed a guesting role on the ongoing final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

C2 will play a conservative (but hot!) medical facility administrative director on an ep scheduled for later this season.

I have got to finish catching up with this show....