‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Features A ‘Big Lebowski’ Reunion

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Although it clocks in at nearly two minutes, the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with its quick cutting and bevy of star-studded cameos, is much more of a tease than an actual explanation of things to come. That’s absolutely fantastic, however, as our appetites have already been whetted with the return of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), aka Eggsy’s (Taron Egerton) late mentor from the original film. Is Harry resurrected from the dead, or is Harry’s appearance simply a figment of Eggsy and Merlin’s (Mark Strong) imagination?

Channing Tatum and Halle Berry are among the A-list stars taking part in director Matthew Vaughn’s deliriously fun escapade, but The Big Lebowski fans are probably psyched to see Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in another film together (a sequel featuring the Dude and Maude needs to be made!).

Check out the trailer to Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which features the wonderful inclusion of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” below!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, co-starring Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), hits theaters September 22nd.

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Break on the TV Beat: America’s Got Talent, David O. Russell, Code Black + More

nup_172800_0462America’s Got Talent isn’t just for summer anymore. TVLine reports that the NBC summer staple is getting a special airing on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8PM on the peacock network. The two-hour special will feature fan favorite performers from previous seasons returning to the stage.

Ready for some big screen clout on the small screen? Deadline reports that director David O. Russell has signed on to direct and write a new mafia crime drama for Amazon that will star frequent Russell collaborator Robert DeNiro and Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore. The still-untitled series has a two-year commitment in place, with each season lasting eight episodes. The Weinstein Company are backing the series.

The doctor is in! Better Off Ted favorite Jay Harrington is ready to scrub in for a recurring role on CBS’ Season 2 medical drama Code Black. According to Deadline, Harrington has landed the role of Dr. Leo Fields, a respected neurosurgeon called upon to operate on one of the show’s major characters. In addition to Better Off Ted, Harrington starred in the criminally overlooked comedy Benched.

He caught his big break on the FOX TV series Glee, and now actor Darren Criss is digging deeper into the music scene with a new workplace comedy titled Royalties for FOX. EW.com reports that Criss will co-executive produce the series which centers on the daily lives of the producers and songwriters at a small publishing company as they attempt to revive the career of a one-hit wonder. If ordered to series, Criss would serve as co-executive producer with Rick Rollins. After starring as the apple of Kurt Hummel’s eye, Blaine Anderson, on Glee, Criss has been performing as the lead in the theatrical production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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Greta Gerwig On ‘Maggie’s Plan’ And Joys of Acting

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Now playing in New York and Los Angeles, Maggie’s Plan centers on Maggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig), a New Yorker who wants to have a child of her own. Though she has a sperm donor (Travis Fimmel) in place, her schedule takes a left turn after she falls in love with a married anthropology professor named John (Ethan Hawke). Bill Hader plays Maggie’s judgmental but supportive best friend, with Julianne Moore co-staring as John’s career driven spouse, whose life in academia has put a damper on their union.

Written and directed by Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee), Maggie’s Plan is a romantic comedy that should appeal to movie fans who dig Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach’s (Mistress America, Frances Ha) Big Apple driven movies.

“You can’t make a movie in New York about intellectuals and not have Woody somewhere peering over your shoulder,” said Miller. “When I was growing, I think the first real contact I had with Woody Allen was watching Annie Hall and I identified with Annie Hall so much at that time (laughs). So yeah, I loved that movie. For this film, I studied more 1940s sort of screwball romantic comedies (like) His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story and Preston Sturges’ films. That was a little bit more of what I was looking at in terms of models, but then again – I’m sure – he looked at those too.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Greta Gerwig talk about Maggie’s “inner truth” and “honesty” (Miller can be heard laughing at the end of the clip).







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Maggie’s Plan opens in wider release this Friday.

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‘Maggie’s Plan’ Actress Greta Gerwig Talks Directing Path

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Greta Gerwig stars in writer/director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, a New York set comedy that is a welcome change of pace from her  previous work (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Ballad of Jack and Rose). Though Miller’s dramas are arresting in their own right, it’s wonderful to see Miller bring a lighter touch with her latest effort.

Maggie (Gerwig) has a solid career in education and her ethical and focused manner has put her in good stead. Her main desire is to have a family, and her “plan” is to have a pickle business owner (Travis Fimmel) serve as her sperm donor. Complications arise when she falls in love with a self-absorbed anthropology professor (Ethan Hawke) who’s married to an ambitious and exacting academic (a scene stealing Julianne Moore).

The film, which subtly pays homage to Woody Allen’s own New York stories, opens in New York and Los Angeles May 20, and during this week’s press conference I asked Gerwig about her own intentions to direct (she’s writing and directing the feature Lady Bird).

“I knew that there were people who directed,” said Gerwig, who also co-directed the 2008 movie Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg and co-wrote the Noah Baumbauch directed Frances Ha and Mistress America. “I knew there were women who directed. It was not like I didn’t know that it existed. But I think in absence of any examples it’s very hard to imagine yourself doing it.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Gerwig talk about how Rebecca Miller has inspired her as a director.



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‘Maggie’s Plan’ Finds Greta Gerwig And Ethan Hawke In NYC Romance

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Finding a new twist in a romantic comedy is a rare thing, but judging from the trailer to Maggie’s Plan, director Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) and her fellow collaborators may have hit the nail on the head.

Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is a thirtysomething New Yorker with designs on having a child, but her “plan” is altered when she falls in love with John (Ethan Hawke), a struggling novelist who is drowning in a seemingly loveless marriage with an all too frank Danish academic (Julianne Moore, giving her most memorable accent since The Big Lebowski).

Gerwig’s previous work with director Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, Frances Ha, While We’re Young) prove she’s adept at relationship comedies, and as the Before Sunrise films and Boyhood suggests, Hawke is also a shoo-in for his respective role.

Maggie’s Plan opens in New York and Los Angeles May 20. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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