What a year it has been for Neil Patrick Harris. The actor said goodbye to Barney Stinson, a character he play for nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, won a Tony Award for bringing Hedwig, an East German transgender singer, to Broadway, and creeped out millions with his supporting role in Gone Girl, which recently debuted in theaters. It can be hard to shed a popular TV persona, but Harris, who had to do it two decades before with Doogie Howser, has put Barney to rest. Literally.
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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child, Nick Hogan becomes the celebrity phone hackers’ first male victim, and Lindsay Lohan wasn’t so bad in Speed the Plow. All that and more in First Dibs.
It’s been one remarkable year for actress Carrie Coon, who first wowed audiences on stage with her Tony-nominated performance as Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She followed that performance with the role of Nora Durst, a woman who lost her husband and two kids during the rapture in the hit HBO series The Leftovers. Now she can be seen in her first film as Margo Dunne, twin sister to Ben Affleck‘s character Nick, in the big screen adaptation of Gone Girl (Oct. 3).
This fall there is no shortage of book adaptations making their way to the big screen. Just like we saw over the summer, studios are turning to literary bestsellers in order to capture the same success on the big screen. In fact, at least 15 stories of all genres are getting the big budget treatment. While it remains to be seen just how well each film will fair at the box office, we know the source material is a hit.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County first premiered on MTV. What’s crazier to think about is that America’s Next Top Model has been on air for 21 cycles, The Real Housewives franchise has expanded from Orange County to six other cities in the U.S. alone, and New York no longer refers to the city or state. Over the past decade, these reality shows have produced a number of stars who have built a career around being on reality TV. Just look at Bethenny Frankel, who first got started on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart before becoming a household name on The Real Housewives of New York.
Rosamund Pike, the star of the highly anticipated film, Gone Girl, is about to get a lot of attention for her standout role as Amy Elliott Dunne, a disillusioned housewife who suddenly disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. The part is one intense (and showy) role, and will surely stick with audiences well after the end credits stop rolling.
With the premiere of Lost celebrating its 10th anniversary, it’s a stark reminder that no show has been able to truly capture that same frenzied passion. From the memorable characters to its unique style of storytelling, Lost gave TV viewers something fresh and interesting to watch week after week. And in its absence, Once Upon a Time is the best option to fill the void left by flight 815.
Gone Girl, one of the most anticipated films of 2014, is finally making its debut in theaters following what felt like years of hype. And thankfully, the movie about a woman who’s gone missing and the husband left to chase after her ghost lives up to every hyperbolic statement that has been said ahead of its release. Read more…
On Saturday, Sept. 19, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, returns for its 40th season with Chris Pratt hosting the series opener and a few new faces on the team. This year, Best Week Ever alum Michael Che and Pete Davidson are the two newest members to join the cast. At the age of 20, Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to appear on SNL behind some big names (Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr.)
Earlier this week HBO finally confirmed that both Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn had signed on for the second season of True Detective. And if sources are correct, both men will be joined by Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, who will round out the series’ four lead roles. The casting news is sure to draw excitement and ire among fans as debate unfolds about whether or not each actor is the right choice.
While it remains to be seen just how each actor does in the series, we rounded up their best roles that serve as a primer to the crime drama.