EXCLUSIVE : The hot project du jour is Let Her Speak , a Mario Correa script that just got Sandra Bullock attached, subject to landing a director she likes. Bullock will play Democratic Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis , who on June 25, 2013, hit the national spotlight when, against extraordinary odds, she singlehandedly staged a 13-hour filibuster. Her stamina not only thwarted GOP leaders’ plans to enact one of the country’s most restrictive anti-choice laws, but resulted in the most far-reaching Supreme Court victory for reproductive rights in a generation. Let Her Speak covers that historic day and how a onetime teen mom who became a Harvard-trained lawyer showed the courage to change her own life, along with the lives of American women. The film is being produced by Todd Black , Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch for Escape Artists, Jonathan Shukat for ShowKat Productions, and Bullock. They will quickly secure a director and lock in the distributor. … [Read more...] about Sandra Bullock Attached To Play Filibustering Texas Pol Wendy Davis In ‘Let Her Speak’
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Getty Brett Maher can't catch a break ... even the governor of Texas jumped in to pile on the Dallas Cowboys kicker after he missed yet another PAT on Sunday night. Greg Abbott 's trolling came just minutes after Maher had his second quarter point after attempt blocked in Dallas' playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. I swear, I can kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 23, 2023 @GregAbbott_TX "I swear," Abbott tweeted. "I can kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker." Of course, Abbott is paralyzed from the waist down ... after he sustained significant injuries when an oak tree fell on him during a morning jog in 1984. Getty The missed PAT was Maher's fifth in his last two games -- remember, the 33-year-old whiffed on four extra point attempts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Cowboys' Wild Card Round win. To his credit, Maher did come back to make two field goals … [Read more...] about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Trolls Cowboys’ Brett Maher Over Kicking Woes
Robbie Knievel , son of superstar ’70s motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel and an accomplished showman in his own right, died in hospice care after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 60. Like his father, Kneivel was adroit at leveraging his abilities on a motorcycle into a media spectacle. Over the course of his career, he had eight live television specials centered around his feats. He soared over the fountains at Caesars Palace 22 years after his father famously crashed in a similar attempt. In a pay-per-view jump-off with British motorcycle stuntman Eddie Kidd, the duo jumped for distance in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In 1998, Knievel attempted a record-breaking jump of 231 feet over 30 limousines at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas . His father was there to support him. In 1999, Knievel executed a building-to-building jump between two 13-story towers at the Jockey Club in Las Vegas. He made a jump over a moving train in Texas … [Read more...] about Robbie Knievel Dies: Daredevil Motorcycle Showman & Son Of Evel Knievel Was 60
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale spoke a real truth about the money-making Hollywood awards machine as he opened the proceedings for Friday’s annual AFI Awards honoring the year’s best in movies in television as chosen by a distinguished jury. “This is the only event of its kind where you are informed of your honor and then not asked to pay to attend,” he said. The Top 10 films AFI selected this year include Avatar: The Way of Water, Elvis , Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans , Nope , She Said, T á r, Top Gun: Maverick , The Woman King and Women Talking , with an AFI Special Award for The Banshees of Inisherin. On AFI’s top 10 TV list are The Bear , Mo , Pachink o, Severance , Somebody Somewhere, Abbott Elementary, Hacks , Reservation Dogs , Better Call Saul and anthology series The White Lotus. Stars, creatives and executives connected … [Read more...] about AFI Awards Bring Out The Best In The Season; ‘The Whale’ Rising?; Oscar’s Longshots Hoping For A Miracle – Notes On The Season
A new Miss Universe was crowned in New Orleans, Louisiana from the 84 beauty queens that entered the pageant. Harnaaz Sandhu, the representative from India and the titleholder from the previous year, crowned R’Bonney Gabriel of USA as the new Miss Universe. The second runner-up went to Andreina Martinez Founier of the Dominican Republic and the first runner-up was Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela. Gabriel is a fashion designer, model and sewing instructor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Gabriel is also the CEO of her own sustainable clothing line. The beauty queen is the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA and according to her official bio , her “mission is for women and young girls to see themselves in her, and feel inspired to conquer their goals by owning who they are.” The night started off with the Top 16 contestants being revealed following a preliminary competition. Top 16 : … [Read more...] about Miss Universe Winner: USA Representative R’Bonney Gabriel Takes Crown
Jen Shah 's going to get her head checked once she finishes her stint in the big house ... and it's all Uncle Sam's idea. It's a few years in her future, but the "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star has a couple special conditions for her eventual prison release -- and, according to new docs we obtained, chief among them is a requirement to participate in a mental health treatment program. NBC Remember ... Jen was recently sentenced to 6.5 years behind bars in her wire fraud case, and she's supposed to surrender to authorities on February 17 to start serving her sentence at a federal penitentiary in Texas. TMZ.com Once Jen serves her time, she's going to be under 5 years of supervised release ... during which she's got to do her mental health treatments. Elizabeth Williams At her sentencing, Jen got emotional as she apologized ... saying, "With the proper medication I can now see what happened." The docs … [Read more...] about ‘RHOSLC’ Jen Shah Must Enter Mental Health Program After Prison Release
With the lively, fun and star-packed Critics Choice Awards on Sunday night at the Fairmont Century Plaza ballroom (and accompanying viewing party upstairs that elegantly handled the 300 members and guests who lost the organization’s ticket lottery and couldn’t get a seat) now history, there is really nothing between it and the January 24 announcement of Oscar nominations. With the nationally televised show airing 48 hours before Oscar balloting closes (Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT) though, its influence could be strong, especially for moving speeches from the likes of Brendan Fraser ; an impressive sweep of top categories Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan becoming the runaway train of acting winners thus far this season) for Everything Everywhere All At Once ; and among other memorable moments, the great Guillermo del Toro looking to continue sweeping up every animated trophy in sight. But as a group of critics spread across the … [Read more...] about Critics Choice Awards Go Big For ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’, But What Does It Mean For Oscar?
EXCLUSIVE : C. Thomas Howell ( The Outsiders ), Annabeth Gish ( The Haunting of Hill House ) and Forrie J. Smith ( Yellowstone ) are set to play a small-town Texas family of bull riders in crime pic Ride . Writer-actor Jake Allyn’s directorial debut, which was written by Josh Plasse and Allyn ( No Man’s Land ), has a North American theatrical and home entertainment distribution deal with Well Go USA. Set amid amateur rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, a fading town known as the “Cowboy Capital,” the film takes a look at heartland America, the modern cowboy and eight-second miracles. Desperate to raise money for his daughter’s cancer treatment and met with a faceless hospital system that asks for insurance before medical records, former bull rider John Hawkins (Howell) must partner with his estranged son and rising bull rider Peter (Allyn) on a money heist. They get it done in cowboy fashion but are left murderers, with only the eldest retired bull rider in the family, Al … [Read more...] about C. Thomas Howell, Annabeth Gish & Forrie J. Smith To Lead Rodeo Crime Pic ‘Ride’
Gallery Launch Gallery Universal Pictures Austin, Texas native and actor Ryan Lee was 15 years old when he was cast as the mini Tom Petty lookalike Joseph -- the school's cyberbully who goes face-to-face with a pushy pregnant mom -- in the comedy film "This Is 40" back in 2012. Lee shared the big screen with Hollywood greats including Leslie Mann as the mom who is anxious to turn the big 4-0, Debbie, Paul Rudd as the father and record label owner, Pete ... and Maude Apatow as the 13-year-old daughter who doesn't make the hot list, Sadie. Ryan was also in the show "Trophy Wife" as well as David Guetta 's music video for "Titanium." Guess what he looks like now! … [Read more...] about Joseph The Bully In ‘This Is 40’ ‘Memba Him?!
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of Sunday’s premiere episode of HBO ’s The Last Of Us . The Last of Us , HBO’s poignant adaption of the beloved 2013 survival horror game, is anything but dead on arrival. Like the game, widely praised for its emotional storytelling and rich characterization, the highly anticipated live-action series follows the harrowing post-apocalyptic journey of Joel Miller ( Pedro Pascal ), a rugged survivor who lost his sense of humanity after suffering the loss of his daughter, and Ellie Williams ( Bella Ramsey ) an orphaned teenager who potentially holds the key to curing the world from infection, as they travel across the dangerous terrain of the United States looking for any semblance of safety. The first episode, “When You’re Lost in the Darkness,” directed by series showrunner Craig Mazin , who garnered critical acclaim for HBO’s haunting limited series Chernobyl , and written by the game’s writer/director Neil … [Read more...] about ‘The Last Of Us’ Recap: Everything That Happened In First Episode Of HBO’s Videogame Adaptation