November 1, 2009 |
Nostalgia was a driving force behind Betty Thomas' desire to direct the family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," opening Christmas Day. Thomas has fond memories of the Chipmunks album, "Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks." "I'm pretty sure it was my first album," says the 61-year-old Emmy-winning Thomas, who also directed "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "Private Parts." "I thought it was the coolest thing. It was my entry into the music world. That is one reason I would have wanted to do this movie."
February 4, 2008 |
No one can say "Strange Wilderness" writer-producer Peter Gaulke and writer-director Fred Wolf ducked responsibility for the gross-out comedy misfire. The "Saturday Night Live" alums not only kept their names on the movie, which opened Friday without advance screenings, but they also lent their monikers to the main characters.
March 27, 2012
This Morning Gary Ross; Jason Aldean. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Lionel Richie performs with Little Big Town; Rachel Maddow. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Kate Winslet; Brianna DeJesus and Katie Yeager; Jackie Sorkin. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Christian Slater. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly Ryan Reynolds; Jane Lynch; Sammi Giancola and Deena Cortese; co-host Jerry O'Connell. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Eric McCormack; Annie Potts. 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Fran Drescher; Jackie Warner.
June 25, 2007 |
When director Len Wiseman received the script for "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, he suddenly felt like the 15-year-old he'd been when he saw the original in 1988. "I was obsessed with 'Die Hard' in high school," says Wiseman ("Underworld," "Underworld: Evolution"). "The action was amazing, and the relationship between the good guys was like nothing else I had seen before."
January 27, 2012 |
Stars bundled up. Studio execs forked over cash. Everyone got headaches from altitude (and hangovers). The Sundance Film Festival's opening weekend has come and gone again, leaving a trail of exhausted but excited independent filmmakers and happier, swag-laden celebs. Here's a guide to who partied where in Park City, Utah. Bing Bar: With deep leather couches and three floors of open bars, the Claimjumper Hotel was transformed by search engine Bing to house film junkets, cocktail parties and a performance series that included stand-up from Aziz Ansari and concerts from Cobra Starship, the Civil Wars and the biggest party draw — a 45-minute set from rapper Drake.
January 19, 2012
SERIES The Big Bang Theory: Could Leonard and Penny (Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco) be rekindling their romance? Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg also star in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock: Liz (Tina Fey) scrambles to do damage control after a cellphone video of Tracy (Tracy Morgan) on an offensive rant hits the Internet, and Kenneth and Jenna (Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski) seek Kelsey Grammer's (guest starring as himself) help in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: Hopefuls perform for the judges in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. Fox)
September 2, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday: KISS star Gene Simmons is finally tying the knot with Shannon Tweed, his girlfriend of 28 years. ( Los Angeles Times ) Chaz Bono has spoken out about the controversy his casting on "Dancing With the Stars" has stirred. ( ABCNews.com ) "The Walking Dead" will get a 90-minute Season 2 premiere. AMC also greenlighted a Kevin Smith reality show set in his comics shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. ( Los Angeles Times )
May 2, 2010 |
It's a crisp, breezy day in Long Beach, and Charlie Day is diving, over and over again, into the cold and not exactly crystal-clear water of the marina for a scene on the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Day may be an executive producer on the series, which he and costars-cowriters Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton developed from a modest video in 2005. But today he's doing what's been described as "Charlie work." That's "Charlie," as in his character, Charlie Kelly — the intellectually challenged, chemically impaired, lovably loser-ish co-owner of the bar Paddy's in the City of Brotherly Love, who always seems to draw the short straw — rather than Charlie Day, the Rhode Island-reared actor who's making his way from TV into movies with a role the romantic comedy "Going the Distance."
August 17, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian let it rip Friday on Instagram, mincing no hashtags in her slam of Katie Couric, whom she deemed a "fake media friend. " It all started out pleasantly enough, it seems, with Couric sending Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West a baby gift with a note congratulating both of them and saying (as a fellow "K"?) "may I humbly suggest you continue the K tradition" in naming the baby girl. It was signed, "Fondly, Katie Couric. " So that's all well and good, right? Until Couric, in an interview with InTouch that was posted Thursday, declared that she just didn't get the Kardashian phenomenon.