May 9, 2013 |
On Thursday NBC announced it was giving series orders to five pilots, including new shows from industry heavyweights J.J. Abrams, Jason Katims and James Burrows. In “The Family Guide,” J.K. Simmons stars as a blind dad going through a divorce from his eccentric wife, Parker Posey. A la “The Wonder Years,” Jason Bateman provides voice-over as the grown version of their son, and he's also attached as an executive producer. In “Sean Saves the World,” Sean Hayes will play a perfectionist and divorced gay father whose 14-year-old daughter moves in with him full time, throwing his life into upheaval.
April 22, 2006 |
"Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams is going from Cruise control to warp speed. A couple of weeks before the arrival of Tom Cruise and "M:I:III," Abrams has committed to produce the 11th "Star Trek" feature film and there are plans for him to direct as well, Paramount Pictures announced Friday.
May 14, 2013
Ricky Gervais wants you to learn guitar. But he's not going to teach you. You are! The comic behind the BBC version of "The Office" - which in turn inspired NBC's American adaptation that ended its run this season - is back as David Brent, the bumbling manager from the fictional Wernham Hogg paper company. "I'm not going to teach you," Brent says in the video, which is part of the upcoming YouTube Comedy Week. "What? You're going to teach you. " PHOTOS: Packing up 'The Office' for good As "Office" fans know, Brent was a frustrated musician who would sometimes inflict, er, play songs for his bored or uncomfortable coworkers.
May 17, 2013 |
“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $13.5 million during its first day in U.S. theaters Thursday, putting it on track to approach $100 million at the domestic box office by the end of this weekend, according to studio estimates. The take includes $3.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings and late-night IMAX shows on Wednesday. The movie, budgeted at an estimated $190 million, opened on 3,762 screens, 336 of them IMAX 3D. Paramount Pictures expects "Into Darkness" to surpass J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, particularly overseas, where the film franchise, which now totals 12 entries, has languished over the years.
May 18, 2013 |
It wouldn't be quite accurate to say that J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot boldly went where no man had gone before. After all, such familiar faces such as Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Uhura were along for the ride (though played by new actors), as was the venerable starship Enterprise (itself sporting a makeover). But thanks to some shrewd time-travel shenanigans, Abrams managed to branch off his own "Star Trek" timeline, allowing his version to draw on the franchise's mythos without having to carry all its baggage.
December 6, 2013 |
The event: The 23rd annual “Beat the Odds” awards dinner, benefiting the Children's Defense Fund-California and honoring five outstanding students who overcame near-overwhelming personal obstacles to achieve academic success. The scene: The star-studded A-list affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday included numerous long time CDF supporters, plus newcomers to the cause, such as Matt Damon, who said he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, were there for the first time at the invitation of friends and looking forward to the program.
May 13, 2013 |
Trekkies looking to translate the famous Klingon battle cry Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam ! -- or any other phrase from the fictional alien race's language -- will soon have a new tool at their disposal. Starting on Tuesday, Bing, Microsoft Corp. 's Internet search engine, will include Klingon in its web-based translation service. The move is part of a broad marketing partnership between the Redmond, Wash., software giant and Paramount Pictures, which will release the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness.
May 17, 2006 |
When ABC announced Tuesday that its fall slate would include three series created by star television writer-producer J.J. Abrams, Hollywood insiders suspected that there was a bit more behind Abrams' trifecta than the success of his hit show "Lost." For weeks, Abrams' representatives have been floating a proposal to ABC's corporate parent, Walt Disney Co., and to several other entertainment companies that have expressed a keen interest in being in the J.J. Abrams business. Even before Abrams' film directorial debut, "Mission: Impossible 3," opened in theaters May 5, his agent and lawyers had been offering studios the chance to bankroll a new "creative collective" -- a major stand-alone label that would employ many co-creators, story editors, staff writers and producers with whom Abrams has worked for many years.
June 21, 2013 |
Women who spend most of their time in dark rooms will come into the light on Saturday for a Los Angeles Film Festival panel titled "Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors. " The gathering will follow in the footsteps of last year's panel hatched by festival director Stephanie Allain, which celebrated female animators. This time around, Mary Sweeney, the editor behind such David Lynch films as "Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks" and currently a screenwriting professor at USC, will moderate a panel that includes Richard Linklater's editor, Sandra Adair ("Before Midnight," "Bernie")
November 29, 2013 |
When it comes to gift books, I find myself drawn to some unorthodox choices this year. At the head of my list is Joe Sacco's "The Great War" (W.W. Norton, boxed, $35): a single panoramic drawing - 24 feet long, and accordion-folded in a slipcase - that portrays, in graphic intensity, one of the bloodiest events of the 20th century, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. And yet, in its ingenuity, its beauty and (yes) its tactile engagement, it stirs us in a variety of dimensions: the book as objet d'art . This is the secret story of the digital era, that computer production has opened the possibilities of what books are and how we connect with them, not only on screen but also on the page.