Personal responsibility seldom seems to be the focus (or lesson) of romantic comedies, much less relationship dramas, which may be why “Kelly & Cal” feels so fresh and different.
Directed by Jen McGowan from a script by Amy Lowe Starbin, the film takes a familiar scenario — two uncomfortable people find comfort from each other — and renders it in sensitive, human dimensions. And with the help of terrific performances by Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), “Kelly & Cal” never fails to recognize that the solutions to life's problems are usually as unglamorous as the circumstances that make them necessary.
Lewis plays Kelly, a new mom struggling with the challenges of taking care of a baby, a task made all the more difficult due to the grinding work schedule of her husband Josh (Josh Hopkins of TV's “Cougar Town”). After trying and failing to make friends with some of the other moms in her neighborhood, Kelly crosses paths with wheelchair-bound teenage neighbor Cal (Weston), who's feeling his own sense of constraint.
The two oddballs strike up an unusual camaraderie; Cal provides her with a reminder of her younger, wilder days, and Kellay offers him with much-needed, unsentimental companionship. As they grow closer, however, Kelly begins to realize that her flirtation with youthful irresponsibility actually has consequences, and she soon finds herself juggling the responsibilities of a fragile marriage she wants to preserve and a tenuous romance she wants to revert to a friendship.
The idea of new parenthood is hardly a novel subject for a movie, nor is the disillusionment of adulthood, although typically these challenges are foisted on poor young husbands rather than their mostly-capable, put-together wives. First-timers McGowan and Starbin literally flip the script, making Kelly a female manchild, nostalgic for her reckless, “fun” adolescence, emotionally unprepared for parenthood and completely lost amidst the mundane duties of child rearing.
Lewis is ideally cast in the role, bringing her own eclectic history as an actress along with the substantive loneliness she gives the character, an island of rock & roll cool in an ocean of suburban affluence. The evolution of her attraction to Cal — mostly platonic but, starved for attention from her husband, occasionally flirtatious — never overshadows the truth that she is married and wants to stay that way.
As Cal, meanwhile, Weston skillfully avoids sentimentality, even amidst the laundry list of his achievements prior to the accident that cost him the use of his legs. A kid just smart enough to get himself into trouble and just desperate enough to interpret Kelly's friendship as something more, Weston makes Cal a fully dimensional counterpart, especially once he starts choosing inappropriate ways to express his interest in his lonely neighbor.
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At precisely the moment when the audience might be asking why Kelly can't just talk to Josh, she thankfully starts wondering that too. McGowan and Starbin never let either of them skate past their problems with an easy turn of phrase or superficial solution, which is ultimately why “Kelly & Cal” ranks among the more honest films about adulthood, much less parenthood, made in recent years.
It's a film that takes its characters and their crises seriously, allowing them to fully explore their situation before providing them (and the audience) a genuine roadmap for finding their way through.
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Talent agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have left Resolution, an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap.
Kanter did not respond to TheWrap's request for comment and denied he was leaving the agency earlier this week.
Former ICM chairman Jeff Berg launched Resolution in January 2013, and Kanter and Spencer were two of his highest-profile hires after the duo left CAA. At the time, Berg said that the duo would play ”a key role in the development of our new agency.”
It is not immediately clear what led to Kanter and Spencer's exits or what their future plans are, but one studio executive described the agents as two of Resolution's top dealmakers. It also remains unclear whether any of the duo's clients will leave Resolution with them.
Kanter is a well-respected agent whose exit had been heavily rumored over the past week. He represents filmmakers such as Malcolm D. Lee, Stephen Sommers and Joe Johnston.
Spencer represents J. Michael Straczynski, Stuart Beattie and Mark Steven Johnson. He also represents Simon West along with Kanter.
Resolution recently received a sizable investment from Beijing-based financial company Bison Capital Holdings.
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Jason Bateman is tired of being the straight man. After playing the yuppie family guy in “The Change-Up,” “Identity Thief” and TV's “Arrested Development,” Bateman thrusts both middle fingers into the air — one at his nice-guy image and the other at good taste — in “Bad Words,” his abrasive directorial debut.
As a dark comedy that leans more on shock than actual humor to produce laughs, this tale of a miserable sonovabitch (Bateman) hell-bent on destroying a kids’ spelling bee shares with the tonally similar “Horrible Bosses” a misanthropic verve that exhilarates in the first act and grates by the third.
Shorn of his white-collar good looks with an unflattering buzzcut, Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, an eighth-grade dropout who exploits a loophole in the spelling-bee rules to enter a national competition. Guy's an arrogant competitor and a sore winner, advising the parents in the audience at a regional contest to pick up some rubber pillowcases for the night: “[The] little pricks are going to be counting tears, not sheep.”
Despite his juvenile antics, Guy is obviously whip-smart (he's later revealed to have a genius IQ and a photographic memory), so there's clearly something else making him act like an a-hole.
The mystery of his motivation isn't revealed until much, much later, when it reaches the “too little, too late” mark, though it's telegraphed steadily beforehand. Until then, quirky characters are what happens to movie protagonists while they're busy making other plans, so Guy soon has his plate full between frumpy blogger Jenny (Kathryn Hahn), who orders him not to look at her while they do the naked grunt, and fellow competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), a preteen with a gapped-smile, too-short pants, and no parental supervision who pathetically trails Guy like a three-legged puppy.
Allison Janney's death glares and Philip Baker Hall's walrus-eyed gravitas are also put to good use in those character actors’ side roles as incensed spelling-bee officiators.
The formula-hewing friendship between Guy and Chaitanya largely sidesteps sentimentality because the older man is too shameless to ever feel regret. One night, the two pals go on a giddy meanness spree: they prank a random driver into thinking he's run Chaitanya over, leave a live lobster in a men's room toilet (yes, the worst does happen), and buy the ten-year-old a private peep show with a prostitute. Expertly cut and timed, the sequence is the film's absolute highlight.
Clearly, and admirably, “Bad Words” strives to keep the hugging and learning to a minimum. Too many a film comedian has been chewed up and spit out by the redemptive-arc machine, which produces soft and indistinguishable lumps of meat in polo shirts whose personalities are subsumed by apologies. Bateman knows this, which is why he smartly employs a light touch in making his character more sufferable.
And yet it's that same unrepentance that makes “Bad Words” an occasionally hostile experience. Guy punches often and always low, and because Bateman never gets enough distance from his character, he asks his audience to go along with his character's deeply sexist and racist jokes. He has a cover: Guy's insults are probably more competitive trash talk, albeit on the extreme end, than reflective of personal biases.
Either way, it still means sitting through the character elaborately comparing a woman's vagina to an old sweat sock for a solid minute and listening to him call Chaitanya “Slumdog,” a Thai prostitute, a terrorist, and sundry other brown-skin-specific slurs throughout the film, none of which are remotely funny. Sure, the boy eventually stands up for himself, but watching Guy offend women, non-white and fat kids (the vast majority of his targets) is simply dispiriting in its lack of imagination about what “edgy comedy” can mean.
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Leah McGrath Goodman, author of the controversial Newsweek Bitcoin cover story, hit back at former Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown, who savored the schadenfreude of the magazine's dilemma.
“I find her comments not to be very friendly to Newsweek,” Goodman contended. “I have a problem with the way she spoke about it.”
Earlier on Friday, Brown laughed about Newsweek's predicament with the story and said it would be “rough” if her old publication's cover story about Bitcoin turned out to be wrong..
“All I can think of is I'm so glad I'm not the editor!” Brown cackled.
“There's a a back story to that and she knows there is one,” Goodman responded.
Bloomberg TV's Tom Keene questioned why Goodman was so sure she had found the right Dorian Nakamoto in her reporting.
“His whole background according to those closest to him was that which would inform the sort of coding that would be required for Bitcoin,” Goodman explained.
“There are 10,000 people that are described by what you said,” Keene pressed. “What are the attributes he displayed that lead you to connect the dots that he invented Bitcoin?”
“His career history,” Goodman argued. “If 10,000 people fit all the attributes we looked at, I'd like to talk to those people because I did not find there were 10,000.”
Watch the video:
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In an earlier preview here of the just-released Taiwanese baseball film titled “KANO,” this reporter explained that when a high school baseball team from Taiwan was invited to the Japan in 1931 to play in an annual high school tournament, it surprised everyone by reaching the finals — and almost winning.
Okay, they came in second, but the story still resonates today in both Taiwan and Japan, and a new movie by first-time director Umin Boya has lit up the scoreboard.
Producer Te-sheng Wei, the director of earlier Taiwanese blockbusters “Cape No. 7″ and “Seediq Bale,” also about the influence of Japanese culture on Taiwan over the past 100 years, had the baseball project in mind for about 10 years, he said in an interview last year. So he wrote a script, asked actor and rookie director Umin Boya to helm the movie and hired a cast of unknown Taiwanese actors and local extras.
The movie was released Feb. 27 in Taiwan and will be screened in Japan as well.
After seeing “KANO,” a three-hour emotional rollercoast with lush, superb cinematography and English subtitles, I want to tell readers here and around the world: this movie is the. Best. Baseball. Movie. Ever.
Not just the best Asian baseball movie ever, but the best baseball movie ever in the world! It's that good.
The movie tells the story of a high school baseball team comprised of three ethnic groups — Japanese, Han Chinese and native Aboriginal boys — and one tough Japanese coach, played by the actor Masatoshi Nagase in a stellar performance.
The “Chiayi No-rin Gakko” team took a boat from Keelung to Japan in the summer of 1931 and turned a lot of heads in Kobe. Now in 2014, the movie is turning heads in Taiwan and Japan and when it hits movie theaters in North America and Europe, baseball flicks will never be seen in quite the same way again.
For one reviewer in Taiwan, a Westerner who goes by the handle of “Hansioux” on an online film forum, “KANO” rocks.
“‘KANO’ is about baseball, people who love the game of baseball, and how sports can transform a person, a group, a city and even a nation,” he writes. “As a baseball movie, it's a great one, and as a rabid baseball fan, I've seen a lot of baseball movies.”
In most sports movies, there's a “building the team by finding all the right pieces” sequence, Hansioux writes, adding: “It's not restricted to sports movies, think ‘Oceans 11', when George Clooney and Brad Pitt are picking and recruiting the team. It is usually done with a snappy tempo, being humorous while showing the audience what these people can do, and why they belong on the team. 'KANO’ tries to have such a sequence, but the tempo is a bit choppy and also doesn't clearly show the audience that the Japanese colonial coach went to each of the Taiwanese players one by one and asked if they want to join.”
Another thing most sports movies must have is some douchebag trying to dissolve, unfund the team, like the owner of that Charlie Sheen “Wild Thing” movie trying to sell the team, or the parents in the original “Bad News Bears” wanting their kids to quit, Hansioux notes.
While the movie starts off in colonial Taiwan, the film moves north to the national high school baseball championships in Japan in 1931 and it's here where “KANO” hits paydirt.
“The Japanese portion of the story was what made this movie one of the best baseball movies ever,” Hansioux wrote. “The character stories and acting are top-notch. The atmosphere and the scenery of the stadium is breathtaking. More importantly, the level of baseball skills displayed on the screen is real. I mean this is not Tim Robbins as Nuke Laloosh in ‘Bull Durham’ or Thomas Ian Nicholas in that ‘Rookie Rocket’ movie. There are no quick edits to hide the awkwardness of the actors, and there are no gimmicks. I seriously felt like I was watching a baseball game. I got pretty nervous and felt the pain of the players, clenching my fists when things got tough even though I knew the story pretty well.”
Before going into his summary, Hansioux adds: “Before you non-baseball lovers mock that feeling like a real baseball game must mean the tempo was slow and sleep inducing, the tempo was just right. It was fast and snappy when the plays were going on, and just slow enough when it came to developing the characters. I don't think I ever had as intense of an experience watching other baseball movies.”
His conclusion: “There's a theme of not giving up, setting a high goal for oneself, don't expect to win, just give your darnedest not to lose even if the odds are stacked against you. If there's anything else in this movie other than the game of baseball, it's producer and writer Wei and director Umin Boya wanting to remind audiences what the ‘Taiwanese spirit’ means.”
So let this Hollyblogger repeat: “KANO” is “The. Best. Baseball. Movie. Ever.”
With the news that Friday's episode of NBC's “Grimm” would heavily feature Reggie Lee's character, Sgt. Wu, fans of the actor wondered if the character was going to meet his end.
Lee said that there's no truth to the speculation.
“No, I'm not leaving ‘Grimm,'” Lee told TheWrap. “I know some people wondered that. There's this one person whose Twitter account is @TeamSgtWu and she was like, ‘Should I be nervous about this upcoming episode?’ I said, ‘No, don't worry.'”
In fact, fans can take comfort in the fact that Wu is currently shooting Episode 20 of the series in Portland.
What is true is that Friday's episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” places Wu in direct danger as it explores folklore from the character's (and Lee's own) Filipino heritage: a monster called the “Aswang.” The storyline will stay with Wu for quite some time.
“This is going to be a lingering affect on him,” Lee said. “There's no way after my character goes through this experience that it won't be at the forefront of his consciousness.”
Written by Brenna Kouf and directed by Norberto Barba, “Mommy Dearest” features an Aswang, which creeps into Portland with its sight set on a young expectant couple who are close friends of Wu. The officer will become a big help to Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) as they try to figure out what this dangerous new threat really is.
Aside from placing his heritage front and center in his role on the NBC thriller, Lee was integral to developing the storyline. “Grimm” producers approached him to see if he knew of any Filipino folklore that lent itself to being adapted on the series.
“I gave them a list of three and they chose the Aswang,” he recalled. “And by the time I had heard which one they picked, unbeknownst to me, they had already started a story outline. According to the creators, this is the creepiest monster they've had yet and they've called it one of their best episodes yet, which is a credit to the crew and cast.”
He continued, “I didn't want to see the rendering of the monster until I actually got to that part of my preparation — that sort of came at the end. But when they showed it to me, I was like ‘Holy s–t. This sucker is badass.’ It's definitely one of their creepiest monsters yet. And not to mention, one of their most invasive monsters yet.”
Lee will be throwing a viewing party for the episode on Friday, complete with Filipino food. For an actor who has played all kinds of ethnicities from Korean on “Prison Break” to Chinese on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, he's very proud to finally showcase his actual cultural background on “Grimm.”
“I love finally representing in that way,” he said. “There are not a lot of Filipino stories told in Hollywood — probably just one, this one. So, it's kind of cool to facilitate that even in some small way.”
“Grimm” airs Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.
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Video sharing app Vine has revised its content policy to ban “explicit sexual content,” following a video that went viral of a teenager performing lewd acts with a Hot Pocket.
“As we've watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we've found that there's a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community,” the social networking company wrote in a blog post.
“So we're making an update to our Rules and Terms of Service to prohibit explicit sexual content.”
Vine, which is owned by Twitter, did not say whether the change in terms was prompted by a video that went viral last week of an 18-year-old man having sex with a Hot Pocket.
The teen, who goes by the handle @VERSACEPOPTARTS, made the six-second video after challenging followers on Twitter to retweet a post 420 times.
Vine said explicit content was not overly common on the micro-video sharing network, but it changed its terms of service to eliminate it altogether.
“For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything,” the Vine blog continued.
“For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet — we just prefer not to be the source of it.”
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Barbara Walters has no sympathy for former Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl.
The veteran ABC news correspondent took to “The View” Thursday to address the RT anchor's recent on-air resignation, in protest of the Russian government's pro-Putin propaganda on the network.
“She is working for a Russian network!” Walters exclaimed. “Therefore, she is protesting the Russians!”
Walters went on to say that while she can understand Wahl's “personal choice”, she urges not to “make her a hero for protesting. She is working for the government.”
Not all of Walters’ colleagues on “The View” agreed with her. Panelist Sherri Shepherd actually stood up for Wahl.
“Even though she was working for [the government], it was Russian, but she's saying ‘it's still every day I've got to do this, I'm not feeling good inside,'” Shepherd argued. “‘It's violating what I'm feeling, so it's okay.'”
Watch more of Walter's segment below:
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South by Southwest stands apart from other film festivals like Toronto and Cannes in that it is three festivals at once — music, interactive and film. Its lineup reflects that diverse background, as Austin plays home to more horror movies and music documentaries than most, in addition to standard narrative and documentary films. This year South By branches out into two new territories — TV and sports. Here are 15 projects you need to see.
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President Barack Obama lost a little respect — or, “rspect” — from the Internet community, when he misspelled the title/chorus of classic Aretha Franklin song during a White House “Women of Soul” event on Thursday.
“When Aretha first told us what ‘R-S-P-E-C-T’ meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans and women,” Obama read, stumbling over the spelling and omitting vowel No. 1.
The crowd erupted in laughter at the mistake; Obama did not react at all. The President continued his remarks before introducing Patti LaBelle.
Also performing in the East Room on Thursday night: Ariana Grande, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae and Jill Scott.
Watch the flub, which happens around the 3-minute, 25-second mark:
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Sheila MacRae, who played Alice Kramden in the later years of the pioneering television comedy “The Honeymooners,” has died. She was believed to be 93.
An employee at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey confirmed MacRae's death.
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The London-born actress played Ralph Kramden's long-suffering wife on the “Honeymooners” episodes of “The Jackie Gleason Show” from 1966 to 1970. She was one of multiple actresses to play the role, including Audrey Meadows, Pert Kelton and Sue Ane Langdon.
MacRae's other television roles included Madelyn Richmond on the soap opera “General Hospital.”
The actress had four children husband Gordon MacRae, to whom she was married from 1941 until the pair divorced in 1967. In addition to sons William Gordon MacRae and Robert Bruce MacRae (deceased), the couple had two daughters, both actresses. Heather MacRae appeared on series including “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” while Meredith MacRae (also deceased) starred as Billie Jo Bradley on “Petticoat Junction.”
MacRae's theater credits include “Guys and Dolls” and “The Bells Are Ringing.”
On this week's episode of “Helix”, S gets R.
Syfy's new hit series journeys outside the confines of “Helix's” disease-ridden Antarctic lab on Friday, in the hopes of getting one step closer to finding a cure for the worst virus ever.
In an exclusive clip made available to TheWrap, Dr. Farragut (Billy Campbell) and his ex-wife, Dr. Walker (Kyra Zagorsky), venture to an abandoned research station in search of Dr. Adrian (guest star Julian Casey) and his stolen vials that may hold a key to destroying the deadly virus that plagues the series.
Their search could lead to revelations about not just what the always-shady Hatake is really up to at the facility, but also a link to a potential cure for cancer. (Clutch the pearls!)
Also read: Syfy's ‘Being Human’ to End in April
The new episode, “Fushigi”, airs Friday on Syfy at 10/9c.
Watch the clip above. Or else.
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“The Basketball Diaries” director Scott Kalvert has been found dead at age 49, TheWrap has confirmed.
Kalvert was found at his home and pronounced dead on the scene in Woodland Hills on Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. His death is currently being investigated as a suspected suicide.
Kalvert was a well-respected music video director, who worked with artists such as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (“Good Vibrations”), DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith (“Parents Just Don't Understand”), LL Cool J (“I'm That Type of Guy”), Salt ‘N Pepa (“Shoop”) and Cyndi Lauper (“I Drove All Night”).
After working with Mark Wahlberg on the “Good Vibrations” shoot, Kalvert took a risk and cast the hip-hop star as a hot-headed hoops player alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 drama, “The Basketball Diaries.” Kalvert went on to direct the 2002 Stephen Dorff crime movie “Deuces Wild.”
Kalvert most recently served as an executive producer on Nick Cannon's 2009 film “School Gyrls,” in which Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy appeared as themselves.
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Fox has picked up “New Girl,” “Mindy Project,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Following” for the 2014-2015 season.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in its inaugural season. Star Andy Samberg also took home the Globe for lead actor.
“These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Kevin Reilly, chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, chief operating officer, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we're really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season.”
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Next year will be the second season for “Brooklyn,” the third for “Mindy” and “The Following,” and the fourth for “New Girl.”
As previously announced, “Glee” has been renewed for its sixth season, “Bones” was picked up for its tenth, and “Sleepy Hollow” will return for a second season.
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Robert Buckley has been cast on The CW pilot “iZombie” from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas’ production company and Warner Bros. Television.
The project follows Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner's office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse's memories.
With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
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Buckley will play Major, the former fiancé of Liv, who has yet to be cast. Major is trying to make the transition to friend — despite still being in love with her. A former college football player-turned-environmental engineer, Major is perfect in an awe-inspiring, non-annoying way.
He joins Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney and David Anders on the supernatural drama project.
Best known for playing Clayton Evans on The WB/CW drama “One Tree Hill,” Buckley's television credits also include NBC's “Lipstick Jungle,” ABC's “666 Park Avenue” and guest roles on The CW's “Hart of Dixie” and “Privileged.”
“iZombie” is based on the comic book characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.
The project is executive-produced and written by Thomas and Diane Ruggiero with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge also serving as executive producers.
WME, Interlink Management and firm McKuin Frankel Whitehead represent Buckley.
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Oracle co-founder and chief executive Larry Ellison will be the guest of honor at this year's “Rebels With a Cause” gala, an event to benefit cancer research at USC, the studio announced Friday.
The second annual gala, being held March 20 at Paramount Pictures Studios, will be emceed by Jimmy Kimmel and feature guest performances by Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams.
Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and wife Cassandra, along with Keck School of Medicine dean Carmen Puliafito, are honorary co-chairs of the event. Proceeds benefit the research of David Agus, director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.
“Larry has been a champion of our Center's work from day one when his Ellison Medical Foundation announced funding for the initiation of our cancer research at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine,” Agus said. “His generous support through the years is allowing us to explore unique approaches to medical oncology that will help us better control a disease which impacts millions worldwide.”
Sixteen-time Grammy winner David Foster will serve as musical director, while Don Mischer will produce.
“Cassandra and I are honored to be co-hosting this event,” Brad Grey said. “Dr. Agus and his team's tireless and most innovative efforts towards fighting cancer is what propelled us to support this incredibly worthy cause.”
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Will Ferrell appeared on Comedy Central's hit late night show “@midnight” Thursday to debut the new, warm fuzzy spinoff “@midday,” not actually coming to the Oprah Winfrey Network soon.
Ferrell also debuted the new, warm fuzzy version of “@midnight” host Chris Hardwick — Chad Softwick, who has been tweeting adorable baby animal pictures from @Softwick since Wednesday.
So, naturally, the first game of the night was easily the most adorable one that's ever been featured on the @midnight stage: “Cute or Too Cute?”
“We don't want to offend anyone, and everything we do will have an inspirational message!” Softwick said, which is pretty much in line with Oprah's overall agenda.
But Softwick soon revealed a darker side to working for the Queen of All Media.
“Do you know what it's like working for OWN, the OWN Network!?” Softwick asked.
“Oprah's one tough son of a bitch!”
Ferrell's Funny or Die produces “@midnight” for Comedy Central. We just hope Oprah is in on the joke.
Watch the segment here:
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John Oliver, “The Most Relied Upon Name in News,” released a flashy promo filled with empty promises on Friday for his upcoming HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.”
“We live in turbulent times — you need a show that moves at the speed of news,” says the clip's opening voiceover. “A show whose schedule reflects our fast-paced world.”
“A show that airs once a week, on Sunday nights at 11,” the former “Daily Show” correspondent and fill-in summer host clarifies.
The bickering over the immediacy of the once-weekly pay-tv comedy news program's schedule continued between the V.O. and the host. Eventually, they move on to debate his slogan; the voiceover artist pretty much just wants to steal CNN's tagline for the new HBO property.
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” will break news on a weekly basis beginning April 27.
According to a recent Q Scores study performed for TheWrap, Oliver ranks as the second most-liked late night TV host among adults.
Watch the promo:
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Ken Baker will translate more than two decades of entertainment journalism experience into a series of novels to be published by Perseus Books Group's Running Press, TheWrap has learned.
Set to begin publishing in late-2015, the E! correspondent will write the celebrity journalism thrillers about a teenage celebrity blogger who faces a high-stakes deadline, uncovers headline-grabbing Hollywood mysteries, conspiracies and scandals. Meanwhile, the young journalist tries to lead a normal teenage life in a modern Southern California suburb.
“Given what I've spent the last couple decades doing, I certainly have no shortage of inspiration for a series like this,” Baker told TheWrap in a statement. “The novels will reveal the ‘story behind the story’ that often is as interesting – or more – as the story itself.”
The book series deal was brokered by Baker's agent, Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, and was acquired by Running Press editor Lisa Cheng.
Baker has also published three non-fiction books with Running Press, including “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body,” which is being made into the film “The Late Bloomer” starring Elijah Wood.
Baker is currently the senior correspondent at E!. He joined the cable channel in 2008 from Us Weekly where he most recently served as the editorial director for the magazine's web site. He has also worked at People Magazine and ABC News in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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“Joe” looks to be one of Nicolas Cage's best movies in years, but it's also starting to look like the unofficial sequel to “Mud.”
Much like the critically-acclaimed 2013 drama — starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive with a checkered past who bonds with a poor, young southern boy — Tye Sheridan stars in “Joe” as a poor, young southern boy who bonds with an older man (Cage), who also happens to have a checkered past.
Joe isn't a fugitive, though. He's an ex-con.
A new clip (above) from the David Gordon Green film reveals another slithering similarity: Snakes.
The reptile played a major role in Jeff Nichol's redemption tale, and they appear to have a major presence in this one, too.
“You see those fangs?” Cage asks Sheridan. “You get bit by those, you gonna die. You gonna want to die.”
“Joe” has received generally positive reviews, so far, and hits theaters on April 11.
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