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.
November 13, 2013 |
Shirley Mitchell, a veteran film and TV actress who was believed to be the last surviving adult cast member of TV's legendary sitcom "I Love Lucy," has died at 94. Mitchell, who played Lucy's friend Marion during the 1953-54 season, died of heart failure at her home in Westwood on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was the widow of Oscar-winning songwriter Jay Livingston, who cowrote classic tunes including "Que Sera Sera" and "Mona Lisa. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Lucille Ball, who played the title role in "I Love Lucy," died in 1989, the last survivor of the four principals (the others were her husband, Desi Arnaz Sr., along with Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz)
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October 24, 2013 |
When "Scrubbing In," MTV's new reality series about nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip. In short, it will have to top its own trailer. All the general public has seen of the 10-episode series, which follows nine nurses from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life, is a short montage and a few clips on MTV.com, the Daily Pilot reported . But those snippets have already ignited a war of words online, with some nurses lobbying to have the show taken off the air while the defenders of the show praise it as a noble effort to spotlight a heroic profession.
October 19, 2013 |
The state of Louisiana - with its manicured plantations, moss-draped sycamores and creeping kudzu vines - serves almost as a character itself in "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's historical drama based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was drugged, kidnapped and enslaved in the antebellum South for a dozen years. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Northup, and Alfre Woodard, who plays a former slave married to a plantation owner, discussed how the film's powerful sense of place helped them get into character.