Could Clint Eastwood work his Oscar magic again this summer? The first trailer for “Jersey Boys” is unveiled from the four-time Academy Award winner. The Warner Bros. film is an adaptation of the Tony-winning Best Musical of 2005 about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It stars John Lloyd Young as the lead singer and Oscar winner Christopher Walken. Some of their most famous songs were “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “December 1963,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Working My Way Back to You.” The movie opens on June 20. The Wrap.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hangs on to first place at the U.S. box office for the third straight week. The superhero film starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought in $26.6 million. The animated sequel “Rio 2” is in the second spot with $22.5 million. Just barely missing out for second place with $21.5 million is the debut of the religious film “Heaven is for Real” starring Greg Kinnear. Johnny Depp bombs again with the release of “Transcendence,” which finishes with just $11.1 million. Thompson on Hollywood.
Betsy Sharkey reports there was “much to love” on Saturday when many stars did a live stage reading of Quentin Tarantino‘s screenplay “Hateful Eight.” Presented by Film Independent, the event was held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Actors on stage included Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, and Amber Tamblyn. L.A. Times.
“Saturday Night Live” will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a live three-hour special on February 15, 2015. Past and present cast members as well as many guest hosts and musical stars will unite in the famous Rockefeller Center studio. The show has won 40 Emmy Awards, the most of any program in television history. The original 1975 cast was Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. Bill Murray joined the following year, and they were all followed by such famous names as Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Amy Poehler, Adam Sandler, and Kristen Wiig. TV by the Numbers.
The first full trailer for HBO’s “The Normal Heart” features “powerful” moments from Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and Matt Bomer. Adapted by Larry Kramer from his Tony-winning play, the TV movie is set during the 1980s AIDS epidemic in New York City. It is expected to be a major player for this year’s Emmy Awards. Variety.
No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani is in talks to join “The Voice” as a coach/judge next fall. Original coach Christina Aguilera was scheduled to return but is now pregnant. Reigning Grammy producer of the year Pharrell Williams has already been announced as a replacement for Cee Lo Green. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are expected to be back for the seventh season. Stefani has been in talks for a judge position on the new ABC show “Rising Star” and has been a mentor in the past on “American Idol.” Deadline.
Scott Feinberg exclusively interviews actor Richard Dreyfuss during the TCM Classic Film Festival. The trip back to Hollywood was just temporary because he says “movies are no longer his main focus” due to his charitable foundation. He explains why he turned down acting in sequels to “American Graffiti” and “Jaws” in the 1970s. He also reveals that his Oscar-winning work in “The Goodbye Girl” was “one of the happiest working experiences of his career.” Hollywood Reporter.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the most in-demand guest star during this spring TV season. She will appear on the season finale of “Parks and Recreation” on April 24. She follows on the May 7 episode of “Nashville,” which features Rayna (Connie Britton) organizing a charity concert at Fort Campbell. TV Guide.