Netflix announced on Wednesday it has picked up U.S. and international rights to “Dumplin,” a comedic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and “Patti Cakes$” star Danielle Macdonald. The film, directed by Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal,” “27 Dresses”), is about the plus-size, teenage daughter (Macdonald) of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The script was written by Kristin Hahn, adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by author Julie Murphy.
Let’s face it, they do pretty well money-wise in their day jobs on the big and small screen. But for these stars, hocking a product proved really lucrative.
Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston in ‘Mother’s Day’ (Ron Batzdorff /Open Road Films via AP) To say that some of the reviews for Mother’s Day are negative is like saying Game of Thrones contains mildly suggestive material: It is an understatement of the highest order. The latest Garry Marshall-directed ensemble rom-com that centers around a universally celebrated, secular holiday has been completely annihilated by critics. Here’s a sampling of some of the harshest things that have been written so far about a movie in which Julia Roberts is inexplicably forced to adopt a hair style worse than the Saturday Night Live’s Target Lady’s. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter: “Even if you haven’t seen Garry Marshall’s last two holiday-pegged efforts — Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, with their generous smattering of stars, sub-sitcom one-liners and shameless heartstring yanking — it won’t take long to figure out what kind of movie Mother’s Day is. Mother’s Day is bad from the start, and it doesn’t get better.” David Ehrlich, Indiewire: “Lifeless, ugly, and vaguely evil in its gross attempt to offer something for everyone, Mother’s Day doesn’t feel like a movie so much as it does a cinematic adaptation of Walmart.” Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: “Motherhood, let no one disagree, is hard work.
NBC has released a trailer for the 'All-Star Tribute to James Burrows’, the reason that the Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Matt Le Blanc and Jennifer Aniston, are back together. Sadly, though, there will be no trademark Chandler Bing sarcasm – Matthew Perry is tethered to the play he’s written and is starring in in the West End, 'The End of Longing’.
Actors love transforming themselves for movie roles and 2015 was no different. Be it with dramatic weight changes, face-distorting prosthetics, or even just heavy make-up, some of our biggest stars did their best to disappear on screen this year. Can you guess who they were?
- What Happened To The Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks? - What Happened To Jennifer From Back To The Future? Ellen DeGeneres Almost Played Phoebe Now a celebrated talk show host, gay rights advocate and US entertainment maven, DeGeneres was highly-regarded by the network, even though the producers felt Lisa Kudrow had nailed the part in her audition. In fact, Ellen was snared by ABC to star in her self-titled sitcom, which premiered the same year as ‘Friends’ and broke new TV ground when DeGeneres’s character came out as a lesbian during an episode.