February 9, 2014 |
The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan's Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization's annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday. The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That's Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and Amber Riley delivered a heartfelt “Who You Are.” Composer and pianist Brad Ellis accompanied the latter two performers, as he quietly does on the show.
January 6, 2014 |
Good news for Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson; they won't have to appear in drag anymore on "Saturday Night Live. " Or at least not as often. The show has finally added a black female to the cast. After auditioning actresses in cities across the country, Upright Citizens Brigade actress Sasheer Zamata has been added as a featured player. Zamata's first episode will be Jan. 18, the first new episode of 2014, with Drake as the host. According to Zamata's website, she appears regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York as part of the weekly variety show "School Night.
December 11, 2013 |
It looks like actor Dann Florek is following Richard Belzer out the door at the "Law & Order: SVU" station house. Florek, who plays tough but dedicated Capt. Cragen tweeted his departure from the series on Monday, writing , "Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek. It was a sweet send off! But he'll live on in syndication land 4 evah!" Cragen's departure from the series was not a surprise, as his impending retirement had been discussed earlier in the show's 15th season, when another long-running character on the show, Det. John Munch, played by Belzer, also retired.
November 26, 2013 |
The new drama "August: Osage County," based on the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning Tracy Letts play of the same name, tells the story of a dysfunctional family reuniting in Oklahoma over a fractious few days, during which dark secrets and old grudges are aired. In spite of the acrid atmosphere, it seems the cast got to feeling quite familial on set. At the Envelope Screening Series , cast members Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Julianne Nicholson talked about what it was like acting and living in close quarters.
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November 20, 2013 |
MTV has agreed to make changes to its controversial new reality series “Scrubbing In” after several nonprofit nursing organizations protested how the show depicts the profession. The remaining episodes will be edited to include more scenes that highlight nursing skills and the show was also been moved from 10 p.m. to midnight, where viewership will be decreased, Variety reported. MTV will also consult with the nonprofit The Truth About Nurses regarding any future nurse-related programming and promote a Web feature called “Day in the Life of a Nurse.” The show, which debuted Oct. 24, follows nine nurses from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life.
November 15, 2013 |
For the new fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor," which details a Navy SEAL mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan, leading man Mark Wahlberg had one very important resource to draw from: Marcus Luttrell, the soldier whose memoir of the same name inspired the film, and who was present for much of the cast's training and rehearsal. Luttrell's presence also impressed on Wahlberg that he had big shoes to fill. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Wahlberg and fellow cast member Emile Hirsch, who plays the fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz, discussed what it was like portraying real people, men they quickly came to see as heroes.