In large part thanks to his role in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley, Kumail Nanjiani has established himself as one of the funniest up-and-coming talents working in the industry. That fantastic sense of humor is very much present in his big screen breakout, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick, but far more significant is its sweetness and drama. Nanjiani co-wrote the script with his wife, Emily Gordon, basing it on their own romance, and it's a beautiful story built on a full ensemble of fantastic performances.
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CLOSE Frances McDormand stars as a crusading mom determined to find justice for her daughter in the darkly comic 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.' Fox Searchlight
Ned (Jacob Batalon, left) and Peter (Tom Holland) nerd out in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'(Photo: Chuck Zlotnick)
This year, cinema gave us the good (The Post), the bad (yet another Transformers disaster) and the ugly (the complete waste that was The Dark Tower). After sitting in a darkened theater — and booting up the trusty Apple TV — throughout 2017, here’s a countdown of the films that not only were of the highest quality but also stuck in the soul.
10. Spider-Man: HomecomingThis slot came down to Hugh Jackman’s Western-tinged Wolverine swan song Logan and Tom Holland’s web-swinging, John Hughes-y delight, but the super-kid won out by being real: Most of us can't relate to having claws popping out of our hands but have freaked out over a high-school date. The best stuff is when teen Spidey..
So scary. Several celebrity families and thousands more were forced to evacuate their homes on Dec. 16 after the terrible Thomas fire made its way to Montecito.Oprah, Katy Perry, and Ellen DeGeneres‘ loved ones were among thousands of residents in the wealthy Santa Barbara area who were forced to immediately evacuate their homes as the dreadful Thomas fire swept through Montecito. Rob Lowe also packed up his belongings as the flames closed in. The devastating fire which is larger than New York City, has reached 267, 500 acres and is currently 40 percent contained, according to the Daily Mail. The deadly blaze has already killed two firefighters and its strength has caused the rest of the helpful local firefighters to stand down from the front lines. In addition to people having to leave their homes, the nearby zoo was getting ready to protect the animals by putting them into crates and getting ready to flee. See photos of other recent fires in the area here.
As the wind picked up and t..
James FrancoThe Sexual Misconduct Allegations Aren't True, But ... 1/10/2018 6:04 AM PST [embedded content]
James Franco had some hand-wringing moments with Stephen Colbert as he tried to address accusations on social media that he sexually assaulted and harassed women.
'The Late Show' almost felt like "Dr. Phil" as the actor took issue with several women making claims, including one who wrote on Twitter, "Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?"
He says he's perplexed by actress Ally Sheedy, who cryptically posted a comment after watching Franco win Best Actor at the Golden Globes ..."Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much."
But then James seems to waffle a bit, saying, "If there is restitution to be made I will make it."
Watch the clip ... super interesting.
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Mark WahlbergGunning to Direct Caron Butler Biopic 12/29/2017 12:30 AM PST Exclusive Details
He's already producing and acting in the movie -- but now Mark Wahlberg is making a play to DIRECT his upcoming movie about the life of NBA star Caron Butler.
We broke the story ... Wahlberg has been targeting huge names like Spike Lee, Peter Berg and Barry Jenkins to direct the flick about Butler's journey from dealing drugs to becoming an NBA all-star.
Our sources say Wahlberg is very passionate about the project -- and thinks it could be the perfect movie to make his directorial debut.
Wahlberg gave a clue during an interview with Collider, saying he has "one specific project" he'd love to direct ... teasing "it takes place in Wisconsin. It's a true story."
And guess where Caron Butler grew up? WISCONSIN!!!
One problem (that's not really a problem) -- Wahlberg says he thinks Peter Berg is REALLLY going to want the project ... jokingly saying, "I made the mis..
UFC's Tim KennedySpoil 'Star Wars' ...And 'I Will F'ing Gut You' 12/16/2017 12:07 AM PST EXCLUSIVE
"I will f**king gut you! I will make you bleed. Pain. Pain. A lot of pain."
That's Tim Kennedy -- UFC and U.S. Army Special Forces vet -- telling all the internet trolls what he's gonna do to them for spoiling "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
Tim's a HUGE Sci-Fi guy ... but says he still hasn't seen the movie 'cause he's too busy being a badass in the desert.
Kennedy tells TMZ Sports he's pissed 'cause he can't touch social media -- "there's a bunch of a**holes out there trying to ruin it for people like me!"
So, if you spoil the party -- like UFC contender Colby Covington did on Thursday -- Tim says he's literally gonna cut you open and let you bleed out.
Yeah ... the force is strong in this one.
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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' MomStore was Ready to Bust Her... 'Cause She Allegedly Shoplifted Before 12/29/2017 12:50 AM PST EXCLUSIVE
Lainie Kazan had a whole shoplifting routine down before she was caught red-handed, which is why the store was ready at the exit as she allegedly tried to shoplift on Xmas Eve ... sources at the store tell TMZ.
We're told the mom from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" came into the same Gelson's supermarket where she was arrested for petty theft on Christmas Eve at least a couple times before and stole stuff ... before she eventually got busted.
Gelson's employees told us they saw a pattern with Kazan -- she would fill up her basket and pretend to walk toward the checkout line, but would then make a quick exit out the door as another group of customers was leaving. We're told security footage backs this up.
Workers were ready for her the last time she came in, and notified the folks in loss prevention ... who were waiting to b..
Ronan FarrowKeep It Up, Accusers ...America Needs This Wake-Up Call 12/14/2017 1:59 PM PST EXCLUSIVE
Ronan Farrow's whistleblowing article on Harvey Weinsteinopened the floodgates of sexual harassment allegations in and out of Hollywood -- and he says it's exactly what America needed.
We got Ronan catching a flight out of LAX Thursday and asked him about alleged sexual abusers starting to fight back. As we reported, PBS host Tavis Smiley believes he was railroaded by a "sloppy" investigation.
Ronan says even if some of the accused are pissed off, it's worth it because victims have had to be silent for decades -- and conversations about sexual misconduct are long overdue.
He's hopeful the convos are gonna create boundaries for men in power, including his own estranged dad, Woody Allen and Morgan Spurlock, who confessed to sexual assault.
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Lindsay LohanHappy 94th, Grams!Now, About 'Batgirl' ... 1/12/2018 7:48 AM PST EXCLUSIVE
It was a timeline of Lohans Thursday night in NYC as three generations -- Lindsay Lohan, her mother Dina, and her grandma -- all filed out of a birthday dinner.
The Lo ladies were celebrating grandma's 94th birthday at Sant Ambroeus. Lindsay's bro, Dakota, and sister Ali were also there, but we gotta say ... grandma Sullivan is the star here. She's a spry 94!
Btw, LiLo's lobbying hard for the title role in the upcoming "Batgirl" film, and seemed optimistic when we asked her about it, despite some less than positive reactions on Twitter.
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