Trailer: A.D. — The Bible Continues

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

This Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015, A.D. The Bible Continues will premiere on NBC and continue on a 12-week journey through the rise of the Christian Church.  

Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett continues where there The Bible series left off.   With the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters as its foundation plus some artful use of history, A.D. The Bible Continues starts with the Crucifixion and The Resurrection.  The complicated birth of the early Church was a time filled with enormous faith, persecution, political intrigue, brutal Roman oppression and the Jewish revolt.

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This Week on Modern Family: An Entire Episode Told On a Computer Screen

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

This week’s episode of “Modern Family” will be entirely shown the way many of our family interactions increasingly occur — on a computer screen.  Claire (Julie Bowen) is about to get on a plane when she realizes she does not know where her oldest daughter, Haley (Sarah Hyland) is.  Past episodes have shown us the family using Skype to stay in touch but this is the first time that the entire episode will take place on a screen as the family members communicate via FaceTime as Claire checks email and websites.  The staff worked hard to re-create the look of online communication and social media.

The Wrap reports

The idea first came about after show creator and executive producer, Steven Levitan, was working on his computer and his daughters and wife popped up on his computer all at once.  “I realized that on that screen you could tell so much about my life,” Levitan said during a special screening of the episode, which TheWrapattended. “I thought wouldn’t it be cool to do a whole episode ?”

Levtian’s daughter had shown him a 17-minute award-winning student film called “Noah” that takes place on a teenager’s computer screen, a telling commentary on the ways that our ability to communicate obstruct as well as promote communication.

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Smile of the Week: Disney Shadows at the Mall

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

See what happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney Characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers with their “Disney Side.” Smooth moves, Mickey!

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Oscars 2015 — Highlights and Low Points, Plus All the Winners

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 12:19 am

It’s kind of unfair that Neil Patrick Harris is so good at so many things, but it sure does make him the ideal Oscar host. Showing the same grace, wit, charm, and star power he brought to the Tony and Emmy awards shows, NPH has made hosting an art form. Opening with a musical number that was almost magical, he appeared in scenes from great movies and not-great ones as well (“Clue?”). Anna Kendrick’s sweet soprano and Jack Black’s “School of Rock” voice-shred provided just the right mix of sugar and spice. As the show went on, he was occasionally out of synch with the mood of the moment, but overall, he did very well.

Best acceptance speeches: J.K. Simmons, for his tender appreciation of his family. He’s right — call home, everyone. And Graham Moore telling all the kids who feel weird that he felt weird, too. It’s always dicey to get political at the Oscars, but it was heartening to see Meryl Streep’s response to Patricia Arquette’s call for pay equity and to hear John Legend and Common on the continuing injustice of our society. Graham Moore’s emotional memory of attempting suicide as a teenager because he felt so isolated and weird was raw, real, and inspiring. Somewhere listening was a kid who feels weird today and will be accepting an Oscar ten years from now who needed to hear that.

Best use of pearls: the dresses of Lupita Nyong’o and Felicity Jones were exquisitely lovely

Best red carpet idea: #Askhermore

Best production number: “Everything is Awesome” lived up to its name. I liked the LEGO Oscars, too. The “Glory” re-creation of the march across the bridge was dignified and powerful.

Best comeback: John Travolta, who was gracious about being ribbed by Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel for the way he bumbled her name last year. “It’s not like it’s going to follow me the rest of my life,” she said. “Tell me about it,” he replied.

Best quote: “Artists are the radical voice of civilization.” Harry Belafonte, quoting Paul Robeson (in a pre-taped segment). Runner-up: “A single person is missing for you and the whole world is empty.” Meryl Streep quoting Joan Didion

Best “I Told You So” moment: Yes, Lady Gaga can sing. And wasn’t it wonderful to hear Julie Andrews say, “Dear Lady Gaga?”

Most touching moment: tears on the cheeks of David Oyelowo and Chris Pine after the very moving “Glory”

Didn’t need to hear about: Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar predictions and underwhelming reveal

Worst dress: Naomi Watts, especially from the back

Best reference to Michael Keaton’s tighty-whiteys: Alejandro González Iñárritu Worst: Neil Patrick Harris

Best Picture
“Birdman”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”

Best Documentary Feature
“CITIZENFOUR”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”

Best Film Editing
“Whiplash”

Best Original Song
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”

Best Sound Mixing
“Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects
“Interstellar”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated
“Feast”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

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Watch for#Askhermore Questions on the Red Carpet

Posted on February 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

The Representation Project, using the hashtag #askhermore, is urging reporters on the red carpet to ask women about more than their clothes, jewelry, and manicures. They’ll be live-tweeting tonight, and encourage everyone to tweet the questions we want to hear answers from about what women who make films do other than wear pretty clothes.

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