Talk is cheap, but Frances McDormand may have just changed the game in Hollywood with two simple words at last night’s Oscars ceremony. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the actress wrapped up her memorable speech with two words: “Inclusion rider.” Read on for how that Frances McDormand inclusion rider comment could spark actual, measurable change in Hollywood in the years to come. What is a Rider? A rider is an attachment or an amendment to a contract that adds an additional aspect to the document. You may have heard of the famous rider that rock band Van Halen added to their contract in 1982 which demanded that all brown M&Ms be removed from the samples in their dressing rooms. Such detailed riders like this can often appear to be absurd (and sometimes they are), but there’s a safety component at play as well: if the band noticed a brown M&M, that meant the venue … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand May Have Changed The Game With Two Words at the Oscars
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Amazon Studios found its new leader, who in turn must now find a direction for the streamer; Netflix found another $300 million to throw at a content creator; Apple continues to be in the game but red flags persist; and Hulu looks sane and stable — and now I will have to put an asterisk by comments like that every time I write them. The Big Four streamers never seem to be shy of news, so let's toss some analysis at recent events: 1. Netflix just gave $300 million to Ryan Murphy in the pitched insanity known as The Great Talent Wars. This after Netflix locked up Shonda Rhimes for a $100 million prior (and it's probably only half of a coincidence that both of these people would have been contributing content to Disney's 2019 streaming service if things had turned out differently). The Murphy money is akin to a top free agent quarterback coming on the market right when the salary cap explodes and four teams have a shit ton of rolled-over money at the ready. So, good for him. No, … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: Who Is Winning the Streaming Wars?
Everyone's talking about it: This year's two female acting categories are, at this admittedly early date, looking extremely thin. In the lead actress category, of what has already been screened, the one and only slam-dunk contender is Reese Witherspoon (Wild). Of what is still to come, Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) could get in, Amy Adams (Big Eyes) is always a possibility and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) has a plum part — but really, who knows? This possible opening has been recognized by the teams behind the two most serious best supporting actress contenders, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), both of which are now weighing whether or not it makes sense to give up a relatively sure-fire nom and possible win in the less prestigious of the two acting categories in order to vie for a nom in the other one. (Rounding out the field of potential supporting actress candidates is Keira Knightley for her turn in The Imitation Game.) I mention all of … [Read more...] about Toronto: Why Julianne Moore Could Win the Best Actress Oscar for ‘Still Alice’
The Cullen Brothers are relying on Back in the Game co-star James Caan to channel their "horrifying" father. Robb and Mark Cullen's latest ABC comedy will center on Maggie Lawson’s Terry Gannon Jr., a former all-star softball player turned single mom who has moved in with her estranged father (Caan) and is now coaching her son’s below average Little League team. PHOTOS: ABC's 2013-14 Season: Marvel's 'SHIELD,' 'Once Upon a Time' Spinoff and 'Trophy Wife' Here are six things that the executive producers and actors suggested during there are six things in store during their turn before . 1. Life Imitates Art Both the show’s co-creators Robb and Mark Cullen (Las Vegas, Work It) and Caan have experience as baseball coaches. The Cullen brothers coached Mark’s sons nearly year-round for five years, and the series is inspired by "real parents, real kids and real situations" from that experience, says Robb Cullen. As for Caan, the actor … [Read more...] about Cullen Brothers, James Caan Preview ABC’s ‘Back in the Game’
No one seemed to be having more fun at Sunday night's Super Bowl than Bradley Cooper.The actor is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, his hometown team, and even played an Eagles fan in Silver Linings Playbook, which earned him an Oscar nom in 2013.Watching his team play the New England Patriots on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Cooper was caught by NBC's cameras several times celebrating the Eagles' big plays. Philadelphia — the underdogs headed into the Super Bowl — went on to win the game by a score of 41-33.Several Twitter users captured his reactions watching the game. See them below. … [Read more...] about Super Bowl: Eagles Fan Bradley Cooper’s Best Reactions From the Game