Movie Review: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Ben Schwartz Writer: Jonathan Tropper, based on his novel Director: Shawn Levy Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 19, 2014 There are some outstanding performances in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, which elevates the movie into something actually watchable, as opposed to a couple of good moments interspersed with scenes meant to be funnier or more affecting. The set-up is this: Mort Altman has died. His widow, the formidable therapist and best-selling author Hillary …Read On »

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Interview: Connie Britton on NASHVILLE Season 2 and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Connie Britton in NASHVILLE - Season 2 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

NASHVILLE, created by Callie Khouri, is now in its second season on ABC, Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The show follows the occasionally intertwined lives of two country music stars, veteran Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton, and rising newcomer Juliette Barnes, portrayed by Hayden Panettiere. Known for both television and film, Britton has been steadily employed as a series regular in 2006 when, following an arc on 24, she began her five-season stint as beloved high school football coach’s wife Tami Taylor on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, reprising her role from the 2004 feature. When FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ended, Britton …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sam Palladio on NASHVILLE Season 1 and beyond

Sam Palladio in NASHVILLE - Season 1 - "I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" | ©2013 ABC/Katherine Bomboy-Thornton

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, just renewed for a second season and currently airing Wednesdays at 10 PM, the main attraction is the rivalry between established country music superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) and up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). However, there are plenty of other singer/songwriter/musicians in the story crafted by series creator Callie Khouri. Sam Palladio plays young singer/songwriter Gunnar Scott, who makes beautiful music with girlfriend Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen), but has to deal with the fact that she has acquired a manager and he hasn’t. Furthermore, Gunnar is having more success passing off music by his dead brother as …Read On »

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Interview: NASHVILLE star Hayden Panettiere chats about singing her heart out

Hayden Panettiere stars in NASHVILLE | (c) 2013 ABC/Jon Lemay

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, which airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM, up-and-coming crossover country music star Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, is locked into a rivalry with more traditional and established country icon Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. Both actresses were nominated for Golden Globes for their work on the Callie Khouri-created series, still in its first season. Juliette represents something of a departure for Panettiere. Although the New York-born actress has been a thespian since her early childhood and has also cut an album as a singer/composer, she is usually known for playing kindly and selfless characters – …Read On »

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TV Review: NASHVILLE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Powers Boothe, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Robert Wisdom Writer: Callie Khouri, series created by Callie Khouri Director: R.J. Cutler Network: ABC, Wednesdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: October 10, 2012 The concept of a primetime soap set in and around the Nashville music scene conjures visions of over-the-top glitz and Southern-accented catfights. Well, shame on us (me, anyway) for anticipatory stereotyping, because NASHVILLE, while it certainly has its sudsy aspects, proves to be a well-grounded drama, with characters who behave like recognizable human beings and music that sounds like …Read On »

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News: Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere say NASHVILLE characters in new ABC series are not based on Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift – TCA 2012

Connie Britton in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The new ABC drama series NASHVILLE, which is set in the world of Nashville music features Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as country music artists – one who has been around for a long time and another climbing up the charts. While at ABC’s Summer 2012 Press Tour, Britton and Panettiere spoke about the similarities their characters may have to artists like Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift, but confirm that the characters of Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes are very different. “I ran into Reba McEntire on a plane and she said, ‘did you hear they said you were playing …Read On »

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News: ABC’s new series NASHVILLE will feature more than just country music – TCA 2012

Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

While speaking at ABC’s 2012 Summer Press Tour, Callie Khouri spoke about her new drama series NASHVILLE which uses the country music scene as its backdrop. The series stars Connie Britton as an aging country music star who finds the limelight threatened by Hayden Panettiere who is a new up and comer who is clearly not as talent as she is. “It was a the right time and with the great love of music in shows in the last few years, audience are really accepting and hungry for great music,” says Khouri. “It’s not just in the country world. It’s …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SAVAGES World Premiere

Taylor Kitsch at the World Premiere of SAVAGES | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures presented the World Premiere of SAVAGES at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood recently This star-studded cast brought out tons of fans and press. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir, Sandra Echeverria, Jake McLaughlin, Joel David Moore, Leonard Roberts, Antonio Jaramillo, Amber Dixon, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Trevor Donovan, Screenwriter/Director Oliver Stone and Composer Adam Peters. Joining them were guests, which included: Shaun Robinson, Vik Sahay, Mary-Louise Parker, John Paul DeJoria, Stefanie Sherk, Yuna, Nikki Blonsky, Cameron Deane …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BATTLESHIP American Premiere

Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson at the American Premiere of BATTLESHIP | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the American Premiere of BATTLESHIP recently at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The “sea blue” carpet had special sections for the fans around the carpet. As the stars of the film and the guests walked the carpet they stopped to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Adrian Bellani, Dante Jimenez, Michael Meldman, Jackie Johnson, Stephen Bishop, Leni Ito, Writers Eric Hoeber and Jon Hoeber. Joining them were …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY at The PaleyFest 2012

Dylan McDermott at The PaleyFest 2012 for Media Honors AMERICAN HORROR STORY | ©2012 Sue Schneider

This year The PaleyFest 2012 (The William S. Paley Television Festival) opened March 2nd with FX’s hit show AMERICAN HORROR STORY. AMERICAN HORROR STORY is about a family that moves from Boston to Los Angeles, but are unaware that when they moved into the restored mansion that the home was haunted! Each year The Paley Center for Media picks different television shows to showcase for the fans. Starting each evening with a screening of an episode and then an interactive panel with the stars of each show. It takes place at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills where it has …Read On »

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