September 19, 2012 |
With a ninth-season renewal still up in the air, the coming eighth season of "How I Met Your Mother" is being laid out as if it's the last. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas spoke to reporters Tuesday. CBS, 20th Century Fox TV (the show's producer) and the cast, whose contracts are up at the end of the season, are currently in talks about a ninth season. "We're in an odd conundrum of not knowing whether this season is the last or not," Thomas said. "We're writing this season like it's the end. We'll have a sort of Plan A, Plan B going, and we're approaching the moment where those plans diverge.
April 30, 2012 |
Four new films hit theaters this past weekend, but moviegoers still had"Think Like a Man"on their minds. In a surprise win, the ensemble relationship comedy topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend, collecting $18 million and bringing its 10-day domestic total to $60.9 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Based on a relationship book by comedian Steve Harvey, the movie has a predominantly African American cast and has already outgrossed a number of successful movies aimed at black audiences, including all but two of Tyler Perry's films.
March 1, 2012
A little bit of the European theater world is coming to the skid row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Inner-City Arts is teaming up with the British-German theater company Gob Squad and L.A.'s Center Theatre Group to launch a two-year stage project. The initiative will involve a handful of Inner-City Arts students participating in a theater production about the process of aging. The British Council, a nongovernment cultural organization, is investing $10,000 in the project.
September 22, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies How I Met Your Mother Robin and Barney (Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris) make a startling discovery about a family matter as they head to Long Island for their wedding. Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor also star in the two-episode season premiere. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS The Voice The singing competition returns for a new season.
March 20, 2014 |
The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent. Throw Tina Fey into a gulag, force Ricky Gervais to play second fiddle to a nefarious frog, stick Ray Liotta in a chorus line and you have a sense of the zany extremes to be found in "Muppets Most Wanted. " After the magically nostalgic return of the fuzzy-wuzzies to the big screen in 2011's "The Muppets," it's natural to think of "Most Wanted" as a sequel. Don't.
September 5, 2013 |
When casting news for the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" broke over the long weekend, reactions were muddled with expressions running from "Finally!" to "Seriously?!" The announcements came Monday via James' Twitter account. Focus Features cast "Sons of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim" star Charlie Hunnam, 33, as mysterious billionaire Christian Grey , who shows a penchant for S&M and dominant-submissive sex practices, and courts college grad Anastasia Steele.
April 28, 2012 |
A hostess escorted Emily Blunt to a private room in the commissary on the Universal Pictures lot, where a lone table had been set for a meal. The actress glanced around at the empty, window-less space and asked, "Might we be able to go out into the main dining room? I feel a bit cooped up in here. " As a team of handlers scurried to grant her request, one publicist whispered admiringly, "Wow, I've never had a star ask for less privacy. She's so cool, right?" Blunt, 29, seems to inspire this breathless sort of praise.
December 19, 2011 |
Turns out writing a Muppet script is no easy task. Star Jason Segel and his "The Muppets" screenwriting partner Nicholas Stoller, who previously collaborated on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," spent four years writing a script that both honored the Jim Henson Muppet movies of the past and remained relevant today, they told an audience at the Envelope Screening Series. That required learning the specific rules of each Muppet and simplifying a very complicated initial premise. Learn more about a rather complex writing process -- one that may have involved adult-size Muppet costumes -- ¿in the video clip below.
March 16, 2012 |
The addled but amiable comedy of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" messes around with the "out of the mouths of babes" idea of wisdom coming from innocents. The babe in this case is a 30-year-old pothead/man-child named Jeff, played by the also amiable Jason Segel, who seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating. Jeff does indeed still live at home, in his mom's basement, drawing most of his murky understanding of the ways of the world from M. Night Shyamalan's spooky film "Signs.
December 8, 2011 |
Bret McKenzie is the music supervisor and primary songwriter for "The Muppets," and his biggest competition for award consideration may just be himself. He has at least three compositions from the film being touted by those who track such things: gleeful production number "Life's a Happy Song," disco anthem "Me Party" and existential '80s-ish power ballad "Man or Muppet. " Sporting a comfy-looking green hoodie and unruly hair and beard — exacerbated by early-morning dad duties — the affable "Flight of the Conchords" musical comic discussed marrying his adult and meta sensibility with the Muppets via video chat from his home in New Zealand.