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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78
The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »
Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades
This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.
The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).
Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »
- Seth Kelley
Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?
If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.
The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.
The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.
The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]
It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.
When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.
Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary
Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family
Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.
Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)
Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).
“Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed
“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”
On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »
Can Horror PR Man Josh Raffel Help Jared Kushner ‘Get Out’ of Trouble?
Josh Raffel’s experience with horror should serve him well as a PR man for Jared Kushner. Back in early April, Kushner surprised Hollywood by hiring Raffel, the former public relations head at horror-film goldmine Blumhouse Pictures, the home of “Get Out,” to join his team at the White House. The job became a little scarier on Friday, when the Washington Post reported that Kushner proposed in December to Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak that they set up a secret backchannel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin. Raffel’s job involves the Office of American Innovation, which Kushner has »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Churchill’ Review: WWII Drama Shows Legendary Leader Gripped by Fear
The wartime bio-drama “Churchill” ends with a sentence stating that its subject, two-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is usually considered “the greatest Briton of all time.” If you knew nothing of that small island’s looming lion of politics and war morale, however, you might be shocked at that assessment after watching “Churchill,” which stars Brian Cox in the title role. That’s because this snapshot of the man in the days before D-Day mostly portrays him as a doddering, foul-tempered, and fearful leader on the brink of losing it. Director Jonathan Teplitsky (“The Railway Man”) and screenwriter-historian Alex von Tunselmann have. »
- Robert Abele
Film Review: ‘Churchill’
In a historical biopic, nothing can shed light on a legendary figure — or, at least, knock him off his plaster-saint pedestal — quite like being depicted as a stooge, a bully, and a fool. In “Churchill,” a drama that unfolds during the 96 hours leading up to D-Day, Brian Cox plays Winston Churchill with roaring conviction, all fire and bluster and lion-of-Britain piss and vinegar. Yet for most of the film, he isn’t a valiant leader charting a course toward victory — he’s the one man standing in the way of it.
Churchill, the Prime Minister of Britain, is absolutely sure that the massive plan code-named Operation Overlord, which is set to kick off on June 6, 1944, with 250,000 Allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy, is a disaster in the making. He’s convinced that it will result not only in massive casualties, but in the Allied forces losing the war. “Churchill” is a small, »
- Owen Gleiberman
'Churchill': Film Review
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A robust star vehicle for Brian Cox, but otherwise underwhelming, Churchill dramatizes the agonizing private doubts that Britain’s wartime leader felt during the build-up to the D-Day landings in June 1944. As with his previous World War II-themed feature The Railway Man, Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky has fashioned a small-scale chamber drama from huge historical events, with a functional script and modest budget that fails to match the grand sweep of its story.
That said, Cox fans will enjoy seeing the veteran Scottish bruiser give a powerhouse, mischief-laced performance that feels too big for the flimsy production around him. Historians »
- Stephen Dalton
Denver Post Fires Writer ‘Uncomfortable’ With Japanese Indy 500 Winner
The Denver Post has fired writer Terry Frei after he tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.” After Takuma Sato won the Indy 500 on Sunday, writer Frei expressed his discomfort while clarifying that it was “nothing specifically personal.” A huge backlash ensued, as many people took the comment extremely personally. Frei deleted the tweet, apologized and said in a lengthy apology that his father, former University of Oregon coach Gerald L. “Jerry” Frei, had fought against the Japanese in World War II, flying 67 missions in all. Also Read: Frank Deford, »
- Tim Molloy
Frank Deford, Sportswriter Who Found Human Stories Behind Wins and Loss, Dies at 78
Frank Deford, the famed Sports Illustrated columnist and NPR commentator who turned stories about sports into stories about humanity, died Monday at age 78. For fifty years, Deford was one of the leading voices of Sports Illustrated and among the most beloved writers in all of sports. He joined NPR’s “Morning Edition” in 1980, retiring earlier this year. He also served served as a correspondent on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and received a Peabody Award for his work on the 1999 HBO documentary “Dare to Compete.” “Since 1980, Frank voiced sports commentary for NPR, leaving us 1,656 of his signature insights into the world. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Watch This ‘Jackie’ Actor Deliver JFK’s Lost, Never-Delivered Speech (Video)
The speech John F. Kennedy was to have given on the night Nov. 22, 1963, is listed in the archives of the JFK Library and Museum as “undelivered”: Kennedy never gave it because he was assassinated that day in Dallas, hours before he was scheduled to speak. Kennedy, who would have turned 100 today, planned to deliver a timeless and still timely message about the importance of “learning and reason,” in leadership — and a hope that Americans will not “listen to nonsense.” Because Kennedy never got to give the speech, Hollywood luminaries enlisted Danish actor Caspar Phillipson, who played Kennedy in last year’s “Jackie, »
- Tim Molloy
'Back to the Future' Fan Gets Speeding Ticket for Hitting 88 Mph in DeLorean
A Southern California man wanted to get his newly acquired DeLorean up to 88 mph, but all he got for his effort was a speeding ticket from the California Highway Patrol — and a great anecdote.
Spencer White did, in fact, hit the special Back to the Future number on Friday in his 1982 DeLorean while blazing down Highway 14, but he was not transported to the future nor the past. He just got a citation, according to The Signal, a Santa Clarita newspaper.
Still, White's achieved goal did put a smile on the face of the Chp officer who »
- Ryan Parker
5 JFK Conspiracy Theories on His 100th Birthday (Photos)
JFK conspiracy theories abound, and JFK’s 100th birthday has done nothing to diminish them. Sadly, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States will always be as remembered for the circumstances of his death as for his life. Here’s what we know: President John Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. The Warren Commission concluded in their investigation that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin, a ruling that was supported by the FBI, Secret Service and Dallas Police Department. But according to a Gallup poll, 61 percent of Americans believe there’s more to the story. Here are. »
- Ashley Boucher
Jimmy Kimmel Writer Bess Kalb Mocks ‘Snowflake’ Trump for Blocking Her on Twitter
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” and New Yorker writer Bess Kalb was one of the many who took shots at Donald Trump’s latest tweets. But she was shocked to discover the president of the United States blocked her Twitter account, apparently in response. “”Oh boy, honey. I’ve tried to lay off and let you be president like you said you would, but this is a new kind of simplistic rhetoric,” she said in the tweets that got her blocked. “I know you’re trying to pivot away from how embarrassing the big trip was for all of us to watch (Pushing! »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Dear White People’ Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as ‘Statement Piece’
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I’m a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they’re all over my office. I’m just completely geeked about digging for music.”
Her obsessiveness paid off for the Netflix series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and uses music to illuminate a broad spectrum of characters.
“The theme was to get each character their own playlist,” Rhodes (“Queen Sugar”) tells Variety. “Because the pervasive belief is that characters and their perspectives are nuanced and varied, just like their experiences. And so, in turn, their music should be.”
Creator Justin Simien, who wrote the 2014 feature, had already developed his own playlists for each character, Rhodes says, “and we just tried to flesh that out and make it more robust.”
- Tim Greiving
‘Twin Peaks’ revival recap: We debate the nightmarish mysteries of ‘The Return, Parts 3 & 4’ [Watch]
After all of the hype, mystery and excitement, the much anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is under way on Showtime. Gold Derby is presenting exclusive weekly video recaps with our staff of writers and editors to discuss each episode in detail. This week I am once again joined by contributing writers Charles Bright and Zach Laws (watch the slugfest above) to […] »
- Rob Licuria
8 Times Hypocrite Donald Trump Used the Kind of Anonymous Sources He Now Condemns (Photos)
On Sunday, hypocrite Donald Trump derided the use of anonymous sourcing in news stories. He also said in February that news outlets “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.” It’s strange he thinks that, because he’s used a lot of anonymous sources himself. Here are some examples. In one three day period in August 2012, Trump posted three separate tweets citing an anonymous source, as The Daily Beast’s Colin Jones noted. Trump said one of the sources “called my office.” In you didn’t trust the “many people” or the “reliable source” cited in the previous tweets, »
- Tim Molloy
18 Podcasts to Make Your Memorial Day Road Trip 300 Percent Less Boring, From ‘S-Town’ to ‘Good One’ (Photos)
Are you listening to “S-Town”? “Reply All”? “Good One”? Some people never listen to podcasts, because they sound complicated. But they aren’t, we promise. As we plot our return trips for Memorial Day, here are some solid podcast recommendations. This American Life One of the things that makes “This American Life” a great gateway to podcasts is that it isn’t a pure podcast, since it started 22 years ago as a public radio show: It has everything you like about radio (plus curse words that aren’t beeped), and you can pause and rewind whenever you want instead of »
- Phil Hornshaw and Tim Molloy
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