Susan Wloszczyna asks if Shailene Woodley has “the right stuff” to be a movie star. As the heroine in the hit film franchise “Divergent,” she is being called the “saving grace” of the movie, which has a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Will she be the next Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games“) or Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”)? Director Alexander Payne, who cast her in the Oscar-winning “The Descendants” in 2011, refers to her as a modern day Debra Winger (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Terms of Endearment”) because she is “vulnerable and fiery.” Thompson on Hollywood.
Michael Ausiello offers an exclusive interview with Josh Charles (“The Good Wife“). SPOILERS AHEAD. His final episode of “The Good Wife” aired Sunday night in one of “the most outta-nowhere deaths in TV history.” His character, attorney Will Gardner, was shot to death in the middle of a courtroom by an unhinged client (Hunter Parrish). He said, “Creatively, I was just ready to move on to the next chapter.” He made the decision to leave after last season and did not look back even though he won a People’s Choice Award and received a Golden Globe nomination this year. TV Line.
Thom Geier reviews the new stage revival of “Les Miserables” on Broadway with an A- grade. He says the production benefits from the recent film version directed by Tom Hooper because of its stripped down sets and “gritty” street scenes. As the character Jean Valjean, he calls mostly unknown actor Ramin Karimloo‘s performance “the best sung, best acted Valjean I’ve ever seen” (with apologies to Hugh Jackman). Also praised are Will Swenson (as Inspector Javert) and Caissie Levy (as Fantine). Entertainment Weekly.
With the third season finale of “Girls” airing Sunday night, writer Lauren Duca believes it should have served as an overall series ender. SPOILERS AHEAD. In the episode, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has an Iowa acceptance letter and ponders the possibility of life outside of New York. In her review, she says, “The potential of Iowa presented an escape from those failings, but beyond the hope of a fresh start start, there was a palpable feeling of relief in Hannah’s ability to admit that she didn’t necessarily have to make it in New York.” Huffington Post.
Fans can now vote for two ACM Awards categories to be presented on April 6. Entertainer of the Year nominees are Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Taylor Swift. New Artist of the Year nominees are Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore. Vote by clicking the following link now through the start of the ceremony on CBS. Vote ACM.
Tess Lynch declares that the possible comeback of Lisa Kudrow‘s “The Comeback” to HBO might be “more relevant than ever.” She reminds that the one and only season in 2005 was called “the saddest comedy on television” and a “punishing experience.” At that time, her fall from stardom and attempts to return were much more unknown to audiences. With so many reality programs exploting those sorts of celebrities now, the comedy of her situation would be more admirable and fun to watch. Grantland.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards on April 12. Currently a judge on “American Idol,” she is also being recognized for producing the ABC Family series “The Fosters.” Previous recipients include Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Elizabeth Taylor. Hollywood Reporter.
Director and actor Rob Reiner is slated to receive the Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street“) will present the award at the 41st annual event will be held on April 28. Other presenters will include Billy Crystal (“When Harry Met Sally”), Michael Douglas (“The American President”), Michael McKean (“This is Spinal Tap”), and Robin Wright (“The Princess Bride”). Broadway World.