‘The Flash’ Star Grant Gustin To Attend Silicon Valley Comic Con


The Flash star Grant Gustin and his co-star Tom Felton (he plays Doctor Alchemy on the series) have been added to the show lineup of the Silicon Valley Comic Con. Created by Steve Wozniak, SVCC is a pop culture and technology expo that takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Ca on the April 21-23 weekend.

Grant and Felton will appear together for a fan Q&A on Sunday, with Felton, who’s best known known for his work as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter flicks, also appearing at SVCC on April 22nd. Previously announced guests include John Cusack, Gina Torres (Suits, Firefly), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).

Along with his work on The Flash, Gustin has appeared on Arrow, Supergirl (which had him reunite with Glee castmate Melissa Benoist), and Legends of Tomorrow. Felton also starred in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Belle, and Risen.

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Taviani Brothers Retrospective Hits Ahrya Fine Arts Theater


Whether it’s Auguste and Louis Lumière or Joel and Ethan Coen, brothers making an impact on cinema isn’t anything new. At the top of this list is Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, filmmakers whose careers date back to the 1950s. Thanks to Cohen Media Group, three of their films (The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos, and Padre Padrone) are headed to the Ahyra Fine Arts theater. The Los Angeles based retrospective runs January 29-February 4.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Night of the Shooting Stars’ narrative is told in flashback, as an adult woman recounts her days living in the Tuscan village of San Martino. Though the film has its fable like elements, most of the storyline is grounded in drama, as the town’s inhabitants struggle to survive under Nazi occupation while hoping for an eventual end to World War II.

Released in 1984, Kaos is an adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s short stories and, filtered through the universe of the Taviani brothers, focuses on five different tales of Sicilian life. Like The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos combines a mixture of fable like storytelling and realism.

The Taviani brothers’ passion for neorealism (Paolo Taviani jumped into filmmaking after reportedly being inspired by Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan) is evident in much of their work (most recently in 2012’s Caesar Must Die), and that dedication to detail is brought to full effect with 1977’s Padre Padrone. Winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or, the story is based on the autobiography of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd whose early struggles for an education eventually led to a successful scholarly life.

For more information on the Taviani Brothers retrospective, check out the Laemmle’s official site.

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Joel McHale Dons His Producer’s Hat For A Comic Look At ‘The Comment Section’

comment-sectionContinuing tonight on E!, new series THE COMMENT SECTION is a half-hour comedy that explores the biggest stories of the week as it zooms into the outrageous, hilarious and, more often than not, ridiculous comments made about them on various social media sites.

Hosted by comedian MICHAEL KOSTA and executive produced by THE SOUP’s JOEL McHALE and K.P. ANDERSON, the show dives into the darkest corners of the internet to call out the haters and hail the heroes while inventing a new platform for culling pop culture comedy.

During last week’s TCA session to promote THE COMMENT SECTION, McHALE and KOSTA were having a hard time taking anything seriously, including a question about the genesis of the show.

Fresh Eps of THE SOUP and THE COMMENT SECTION air Friday nights on E!

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Hilary Swank & Duracell Shine A Light On Military Families

Duracell Squeeze Me Media Day with Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank, daughter of a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, hugs Mackenzie, 3, daughter of Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, at the premiere of Duracell's new "The Teddy Bear." (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)

In honor of Independence Day, Duracell, in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) launched a new film that spotlights children of military families. Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank, who’s father is a military vet, participated on a July 2nd event in New York City’s The TimesCenter to support the USO’s “Comfort Crew for Military Kids” program.

Since the war in Afghanistan commenced in 2001, over 2 million American children have had one one of their parents deployed, according to the “Military Children and Families” report by Princeton University/Brookings.

Swank, who received Oscars for her work in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, was seen last year in the Tommy Lee Jones directed Western The Homesman.

The Duracell “Teddy Bear” film is below:

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A TV Bomb Spawns A Possible Broadway ‘Bombshell’

bombshellWord hit earlier this week that BOMBSHELL, the Marilyn Monroe-inspired musical that served as an intricate plot point in the now defunct NBC series SMASH, is actually headed for Broadway. Produced for the stage by CRAIG ZADAN and NEIL MERON (who also produced the series) and featuring original songs by composers MARK SHAIMAN and SCOTT WHITTMAN, the show was recently performed as a one-night concert presentation to both critical and audience acclaim.

The press release issued by Universal Stage Productions indicated the show has not yet been cast and no time-line was given but the word is that the project definitely has a ‘green light’.

While this news seems to have surprised a lot of people, the fact is, rumors of BOMBSHELL heading to the great white way actually surfaced about three years ago. Just for giggles, we dug up the 2012 interview we did with SMASH stars KATHERINE McPHEE and MEGAN HILTY, where we asked directly what they thought about the rumors of the show-within-a-show going to Broadway. We’re not sure if they were out of the loop or just playing coy but, either way, they weren’t having it.

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PBS Brings ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ Back With Angela Lansbury And James Earl Jones

brink1Slated to air next month on PBS, ALFRED UHRY’S Pulitzer Prize-winning play DRIVING MISS DAISY stars five-time Tony Award winner ANGELA LANSBURY and two-time Tony Award-winner JAMES EARL JONES as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. In addition, four-time Tony Award winner BOYD GAINES reprises his Broadway role as Boolie Werthan.

Long considered one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century, the play is an iconic tale of pride, changing times and the ultimate power of friendship.

An extremely accomplished and multi-award winning actress who has captured the hearts of millions with performances on stage, screen and television, 89-year-old ANGELA LANSBURY continues to amaze with no signs of slowing down. We sat down with LANSBURY not too long ago and she explained what keeps her motivated at this stage in her career. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

DRIVING MISS DAISY airs Friday, July 17 on PBS.

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