“I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," McGraw said. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run.”
McGraw is married to fellow country singer Faith Hill and has three daughters, who range in age from 15 to 11.
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The singer said he stopped drinking five years ago and started a demanding new exercise routine that included lifting weights.
“Working out is a great way to go out on stage," the country star said. "When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready.”
McGraw is the son of Tug McGraw, a baseball player who played for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies and was a member of the World Series-winning 1980 team. According to an interview McGraw did with Larry King, the singer got his start after McGraw gave a copy of his demo single to his father and an acquaintance of music executives at Curb Records heard the music in Tug's car. The man told the staff at Curb Records that they should talk with McGraw.
The singer has since released 11 albums, not counting compilations, and his most recent, titled “Two Lanes of Freedom,” will come out Feb. 5.
McGraw has also acted in films, including the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie “The Blind Side,” in which he played fast food franchise owner Sean Tuohy. Actress Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for Best Actress for playing Sean’s wife Leigh Ann Tuohy. The singer also acted in the 2004 film version of “Friday Night Lights,” the 2006 movie “Flicka,” for which he performed a song titled “My Little Girl,” and the 2010 movie “Country Strong,” in which he played manager James Canter, husband of country star Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow).
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As portrayed by the Google Doodle, baseball player Jackie Robinson would have turned 94 today, but the biopic coming out in April about his life and his struggle to survive as he played in the baseball major leagues will take its title from a different number – “42,” Robinson’s famous jersey numeral.
“42” stars “The Express” actor Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, an executive in major league baseball who was responsible for bringing Robinson onto the Brooklyn Dodgers. John C. McGinley of the TV show “Scrubs” will play broadcaster Walter “Red” Barber, “Law and Order: SVU” actor Christopher Meloni will portray Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and actress Nicole Beharie (also of “The Express”) will play Robinson’s wife Rachel Isum.
The best-known adaptation of Robinson’s life before now was the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story,” in which Robinson played himself in the story of how he broke the color barrier in baseball. The second baseman (though he started his time on the Dodgers on first base) starred as himself eight years after the film about Lou Gehrig’s life, “The Pride of the Yankees,” featured New York Yankees Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Mark Koenig, and Bob Meusel playing themselves.
“The Express,” the 2008 film in which Boseman and Beharie both acted, was also a sports film, telling the story of African-American Ernie Davis, who played for Syracuse University and was the first black player to win the Heisman trophy. Boseman portrayed Floyd Little, a running back for Syracuse, while Beharie played Sarah Ward, a fictionalized version of Davis’s girlfriend.
“42” will open on April 12, three days before the date Robinson first played for the Dodgers. (April 12 is a Friday this year, a traditional movie-opening day, which may explain the slight difference.)
Boseman said that he met Rachel Isum Robinson early on once he had been cast as the famous baseball player.
“The first thing she said was basically, 'Who are you, and why do you get to play my husband?’” Boseman told the Los Angeles Times. “We were sitting in her office down on [New York's] Varick Street, and she was talking to me and showing me photo albums, and she told me she was a little nervous about me playing him.”
Robinson later told him that her fears were allayed, he said, but Boseman himself still feels the pressure of portraying a legend.
“It's intimidating because everybody has their interest in who he is," he said. "He's a lot of different things to a lot of different people."
There was an excellent scene in season 2 of Homeland where the characters played by Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham reminisced briefly about what the intelligence game was like during the Cold War. There was a wistful glint in their eyes as they almost fondly remembered their adversaries and the art of brinkmanship that both the United States and the Soviets engaged in time and again.
In essence, the pair romanticized a period filled with a different kind of paranoia and anxiety than exists today. In FX’s newest drama The Americans, the basic premise takes the audience back to the Cold War with a storyline focusing on two KGB spies who are posing as an average American married couple with kids in early-1980s Washington, D.C. And although this particular milieu is dripping with the same kind of us versus them gamesmanship that Patinkin and Abraham’s characters were remembering, this superlative and exciting pilot is far from a simple trip down memory lane.
Like any good pilot, the episode diligently sets up the series’ framework – which is comprised of several elements that make cable television so popular and successful right now. First and foremost, The Americans has the benefit of being a period drama (still a plus by most networks’ standards), but this series, unlike many period drams, is driven by more than simply having the right attire and casually making mention of events happening at the time. Instead, with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys playing Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, respectively, the plot deftly splits its time between the couple’s increasingly dangerous spy games and their otherwise prosaic existence as a family in the suburbs.
In that sense, The Americans has added elements of other great dramas like The Sopranos (nefarious stuff going on in the suburbs) and Homeland (government paranoia and fear that people aren’t who they seem to be) to its bag of tricks, but there’s also a whiff of AMC-fare like Breaking Bad, too. Still – in the pilot anyway – the series manages to take its conceit and make it successful by offering plenty of surprises and a decent amount of character building in the first episode.
Much of the pilot is devoted to an ex-KGB colonel who has defected to the United States and is now the kidnapping target of Elizabeth and Phillip (along with another deep cover operative named Rob). In a stirring opening sequence, Phillip and Elizabeth get their man, but at the cost of Rob and, to an extent, the successful completion of their mission. After the botched operation, the couple has no choice but to keep the defector stowed away in the trunk of an Oldsmobile in their garage. The situation intensifies when it becomes clear the U.S. government is aware of the kidnapping, and then things get worse after it’s revealed the colonel was responsible for a heinous crime committed against Elizabeth when she was still a teenager in Russia.
All of this is compelling stuff. The pilot manages to wring sufficient tension out of a car sitting in a seemingly innocuous couple’s garage, but where the pilot really excels is in its depiction of Phillip and Elizabeth. For one thing, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are superb in their roles, which is so incredibly important since the real drama ultimately hinges on the actors’ interactions in a staged domestic setting and how that works against the show’s larger backdrop of historical fact (and the sometimes-overwrought spy game elements).
These moments at home manage to break The Americans down to a more intimate examination of two people compelled to act on behalf of a country they haven’t stepped foot in for nearly two decades. Phillip is the affable one; he is engaging with new people, interacts with his children on a deep, fatherly level and, as we quickly come to understand, is a big fan of his life in the U.S. – a fact that has him pondering the feasibility of defecting and living without Soviet entanglements. Elizabeth, meanwhile, is more detached; she bristles when her daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) mentions a social studies assignment about how the Russians “cheat on arms control” and later vows to teach them how to be socialists. Whether her disengagement is due to her steadfast devotion to her mission or the possibility that this life can (and probably will) come crashing down on them at any minute is not yet certain, but it does add an extra dimension to her character and the family dynamic as a whole.
Still, as much as they initially adhere to one side of the coin, the characters are capable of surprise – even when aspects of the plot are more reliant on convenience. (But as long as the characters can convincingly sell it, those elements remain trivial objections.) Phillip has a protective streak in him that emerges in moments of deadly violence, and despite her cool exterior, Elizabeth’s emotions aren’t nearly as fortified as they may appear. This balancing act between two people playing roles they were thrown into is clearly the series’ strongest element so far.
As much as The Americans plays at the drama of family interaction and spy novel intrigue, there’s also a situational comedy element to the series that keeps the storyline from becoming too rigidly reliant on its ability to ramp up the pressure for Phillip and Elizabeth. The arrival of their new neighbor and FBI counter-intelligence agent, Stan Beeman (played by the always welcome Noah Emmerich from the season 2 finale of The Walking Dead), supplies a great deal of the humor (nervous as it is) with his gut instinct that something’s not quite right with Phil. Normally, something like this would be a hackneyed storyline component, but here it comes off as something darkly comical and quite useful – an already tense situation made potentially disastrous by the worst possible circumstance.
That’s a lot of elements at play, but somehow, despite occasionally taking the easy way out, everything manages to fall into place.
It can be difficult for shows that rely this much on tension to maintain it for an extended length of time, and that may prove to be the undoing of The Americans down the line. But if this pilot is any indication, the series isn’t at a loss as to the direction it wants to pursue, which should certainly ease any early concern for the narrative’s future. At any rate, that self-assurance should give the audience some sense of comfort and encourage them to come back for more. Considering how entertaining this pilot episode is, most viewers won’t need much coaxing.
- The pilot was directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and counts Justified creator Graham Yost among its executive producers. That’s not bad by any standard.
- There was no more enjoyable depiction of Phillip’s love for the United States than his dancing in front of a mirror in a pair of cowboy boots while at the mall with his daughter.
- Between Fleetwood Mac and the very brave use of Phil Collins’ seminal ’80s hit ‘In the Air Tonight,’ The Americans seems to have a pretty good understanding of when and where to place their musical elements.
Kevin Yeoman blogs at Screen Rant.
Disney Channel’s anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World, is a series about the funny experiences and heartstring-tugging tribulations endured by now-married couple Cory and Topanga Matthews’ (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) 13-year old daughter, Riley, as well as her brother Elliott and best friend Maya.
Children of the ’90s are waiting to learn which other endearing BMW characters are returning in the new show. However, executive producer Michael Jacobs (the co-creator of BMW) isn’t banking on nostalgia to carry this ship out to sea. Indeed, Fishel and her former costar Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter) have emphasized that GMW is foremost a standalone series about a new generation coming of age (and not a glorified reunion special, as some might be anticipating).
EW is reporting that 11-year old Rowan Blanchard has been cast as young Riley, following in her onscreen father’s footsteps by serving as the emotional fulcrum on a family-friendly sit-com. The young actress might be recognizable to some for her appearance in The Back-Up Plan and leading performance in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World; otherwise, she’s as much an unknown talent as Savage was when he appeared in Boy Meets World twenty years ago. (How time flies, right?)
Here’s Jacobs statement on the casting:
“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews. Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
As for the Riley character, here is a description:
13 years old, indelible personality, an adorable girl on the cusp of whatever comes next in life, and wanting to rush into it head first. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, and spends most of her time juggling the obstacles that life throws her way… there is no obstacle in this girl’s world that can dampen her bright spirit and eternal optimism.
Girl Meets World catches up with Cory and Topanga in real time, as the former has followed in the footsteps of his mentor and grandfather figure George Feeny (William Daniels) by becoming a junior high school science teacher. There is room for BMW star Will Friedle to pop up as Riley’s uncle Eric, as well as Betsy Randle and William Russ to appear as her grandparents. However, the non-Matthews clan members from BMW are more of a long shot (at least, beyond an episodic stint).
As to whether GMW will catch on like its predecessor, well, that’s anyone guess. It will be geared more towards family audiences, but the tone may (or may not) fall closer to 21st-century Disney Channel series Hanna Montana and That’s So Raven than some might prefer. Ultimately, though, it’s the current generation that GMW aims to resonate with, not older viewers; hopefully, it does so in a thoughtful and touching manner that feels like an appropriate reflection of our modern times.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.
The diner, Oliver Hermann, said in an interview with the newspaper Bild that when he tried to pay his check, the waiter told him Clooney had already taken care of his 100 Euros ($135) bill.
According to the waiter, said Hermann, Clooney had been afraid that he and his party had been too loud and paid for his fellow restaurant patron’s bill as a way to apologize.
But Hermann said that wasn’t the case at all.
“That's not true at all,” he said about Clooney and his party’s supposed loudness. “They had behaved in a very cultivated manner. I was stunned.”
He said he left his business card at the restaurant in the hope that he could pick up the tab for the actor sometime in the future. But he hadn't recognized Clooney, said Hermann.
Clooney paid for the extra bill at the restaurant the Grill Royal. The actor is in Germany to film the movie “The Monuments Men,” which will be filmed in Potsdam, according to The Local, a German online news outlet. “Monuments” follows a group of people in the art world trying to save well-known works of art that were looted by the Nazis. Other actors that have been rumored to be involved with the project include Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Daniel Craig.
Clooney is also involved in a movie titled “1952,” a film that will be directed by Brad Bird and written by “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof and writer Jeff Jensen. It’s a Disney project, which may explain the recent reveal of its other title: “Tomorrowland,” which is also the name of the futuristic section of the Magic Kingdom at the Disney parks. “1952” is slated for a 2014 release.
“Downton Abbey” fans were shocked by the death of a main character in the newest installment of the British show, which aired its fifth episode on Jan. 27.
Youngest daughter Sybil Crawley Branson (Jessica Brown Findlay) suffered complications from childbirth, and died after giving birth to her daughter. The family had been paralyzed by indecision over what to do about suspicious symptoms that Sybil exhibited during her labor, with the family doctor, Dr. Clarkson, recommending that she be moved to a hospital. However, Sybil’s father Robert, who had lost faith in Clarkson, brought in another expert. The new physician, obstetrician Sir Philip Tapsell, said a public hospital wouldn’t be a safe area to perform an operation and that Sybil shouldn’t be moved.
After lots of blustering, Robert agreed to let Sybil’s husband Tom make the decision. Eventually, Tom chose to keep her at home, even though Dr. Clarkson warned that he may not be able to save her life. Clarkson was proven right when Sybil woke in the middle of the night, suffering from seizures, and died.
“Downton” creator Julian Fellowes mentioned Brown Findlay’s departure from the show while discussing the exit of another character (we won’t spoil it for you).
“We would have loved to keep Jessica [Brown Findlay] too,” he told the Daily Telegraph. (Spoilers in the linked story.)
“Downton” fans took to Twitter to express their sadness over the twist.
“Last night had me in tears!” Twitter user Ruth Kaiser tweeted.
Twitter user Kelly Murphy was similarly bereft.
“I'm 100% still not over what happened on Downton Abbey last night,” she wrote. “Not at all.”
Others had similarly strong reactions, with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer titling its recap of the episode "How Downton Abbey Broke Our Hearts." Meanwhile, Hollywood Life writer Bonnie Fuller had some harsh words for Sybil's father Robert.
"Cora Crawley is beyond right to blame her dolt of a husband, Robert, for the unnecessary death of Downton’s most beloved character," Fuller wrote.
Fairy tales are still hot commodities in Hollywood, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons behind a new film starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." In the new spin on the story, Hansel and Gretel are all grown up and harboring a grudge against witches like the one who took them captive and was planning to eat them (seriously, fairy tales are way more grim than you remember).
The two siblings are protected from witches' curses, making them uniquely qualified to take on those who are causing problems. They work as bounty hunters who take care of witchy problems, and in this particular story, Hansel and Gretel take on a group of them led by lead witch Muriel (Famke Janssen).
"Hansel" has experienced a somewhat troubled production history, with its release date originally scheduled for March of last year. It was then moved up to earlier this month, Jan. 11, and then switched again to Jan. 25. A statement from the movie’s studio, Paramount, suggested that the second change took place to enable the movie to be released in IMAX.
“The Imax experience continues to be the most immersive and entertaining way to see films and we are thrilled to be releasing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D now in late January so moviegoers have an opportunity to see the film in this way,” Paramount president of domestic marketing and distribution Megan Colligan told the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie was not screened for critics before its official release, and so far, the reviews that have been posted have been lukewarm.
David Voigt of Examiner.com said the movie has its entertaining moments but falls flat at other times.
"Hardly a movie that will ever run the risk of being taken with a completely straight face, this... is a film that has some fun gonzo moments appropriate with the genre, but ones that are also fairly restrained and doesn't do nearly far enough," Voigt wrote. "Heavy on the effects and the set pieces, it moves along at a fair enough pace but there are longs stretches where the film feels re-written and often drab."
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Farber said the movie should bring in the crowds who know they'll enjoy a campy action movie but that others won't find much to like.
"Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture," he wrote. "All that’s missing is a genuine sense of wit... Despite its few wry jokes, the script is awfully thin."
Other critics were even less complimentary.
"High-concept pitch or no, the movie doesn’t really work," Roger Moore of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service wrote in a review that appeared in the Seattle Times. "Writer-director Tommy Wirkola focuses on the fights and flings all manner of viscera at the 3D camera as limbs are whacked off and heads and torsos explode. Less attention was paid to the story and the dialogue."
"[The movie is] a squashed-together mess that tries to cram too many different types of movies into one... The best thing one can say about the resulting film is that it's 88 minutes long and that its stars, Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") and Gemma Arterton ("Tamara Drewe"), have done and will again do far better work," she wrote.
Despite its reviews, box office pundits are predicting that "Hansel" may have a good opening weekend because of the lack of competition. Box Office Mojo writer Ray Subers predicted the film would take the number-one slot.
"The main factor here is whether or not audiences are intrigued by the premise," he wrote, citing a $15.1 million opener for the similarly-themed film "The Brothers Grimm" and $16.3 million for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Rolling right through its rocking second season, SUBURGATORY is deftly and comedically handling the issues of birth parents, adoptive parents and the confusion teenagers feel in the midst of such big life issues. When Tessa Altman moved to the suburbs with her dad George, little did they suspect that life would be so colorful, rich and heartily adventuresome as it is in SUBURGATORY. In a recent press interview, star Jane Levy candidly talked about her role and her secret celebrity crushes that she would love to have on the show.
So what traits that are most like you that you share with Tessa?
JANE: Most like me, my character and I, I guess I don’t know. It’s a hard question. It’s like they become – you know, especially for TV — you play this character for so long that things just start to bleed and you don’t know anymore.
Can you talk a bit about your character? What’s going on with Tessa in this new season?
JANE: Sure. Yeah, Tessa is a Chatswinian now. She’s no longer trying to get out. She has embraced this as her new home. And I think the biggest thing that goes with Tessa, especially at the beginning of season two, is she has this new interest in her mother in a way that she never did before. She spent the summer in New York City, and she found some of her things and she’s just starting to wonder who is this person. It was just huge. And she meets her mom this season, and that was really a pleasure to discover, that relationship with Malin Akerman, who’s a really great actress.
What’s Tessa’s relationship like with her mom?
JANE: Well, I think the story is still sort of open in a way that we haven’t finished shooting the season. I don’t even know what’s coming up next. But there’s been two main episodes where Tessa reunites with her mother. And it’s sort of heartbreaking in a way. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a huge moment, meeting a parent that you never met before, and it doesn’t mean that everything’s falling apart or everything’s coming together. It’s almost so big that Tessa doesn’t even know how to comprehend it yet. But what’s interesting about the way that it’s written is her mom turns out to be this person, from the audience perspective, that you like, but you understand that she’s not necessarily the best person. You like her, but you want to hate her. And there’s something tragic in the way where she seems like a really cool older sister but someone who had a kid and just decided to leave it but now wants to be like a groovy mom in a way. And what’s great about it is Tessa is so mature that she’s able to see that and it hurts a little bit, but she realizes that this isn’t like her dad who’s been with her whole life; this is somebody who left her, but she doesn’t resent her. I guess it brings her and George closer together. But I don’t really know where it’s going to go from here. We’ve left off Christmas episode that aired last week where Tessa says, “Thanks for having me, but I’m going to go back to my dad.”
What about fashion trends? Is there like a particular look that maybe your character has that you also have adopted?
JANE: Not so much. Tessa kind of dresses like a weirdo. I mean, that’s what’s great about her. She’s her own person and she has her own style and she doesn’t feel the need to dress like anyone else. But I’m so much more comfortable in mine than Dalia who has to wear crazy 6-inch heels. Is there such a thing as 6-inch heels?
If you could pick a love interest for Tessa, who would you choose?
JANE: Well, because they have to be young, obviously. But if you ask me, my celebrity crushes, it’s like, grossly, older men. I guess that would be fun. They’re so weird. I’m, like, embarrassed to admit them. Okay. So one of the only TV shows that I really love is TWIN PEAKS. Kyle McLachlan plays Agent Dale Cooper, and I love Dale Cooper, so I’m in love with Kyle McLachlan. He could be my dad, so it’s really weird. But I don’t know. My other celebrity crushes are just... they’re just bizarre. And one, Michael Shannon, because he’s just, like, so tall and powerful. Who else? Viggo Mortensen. I mean, they’re old enough to be my dad. It’s weird.
Have you met any of them?
JANE: Yeah, I met Kyle McLachlan. And I couldn’t put words together.
Can you just talk about that you made a horror film, “Evil Dead”? Can you talk a little about your experience? Are you a horror fan? Did you watch the first movies?
JANE: I’m not necessarily a horror fan. I just never really watched them that much. I thought the script was really well written, and it was so different than what I’ve been doing on SUBURGATORY for six months that I thought it would be an awesome learning experience and a stretch for me as an actor. And it was a really tough shoot. My character gets tortured a whole bunch, so that’s how I was feeling. But I’m going to see it next week, and I hope it’s good. It was filmed in New Zealand and it’s a very violent film.
More and more people are watching seasons of TV one home video/DVD. Have you ever done that with a show and do you understand that appeal?
JANE: Yeah, I love it. I know plenty people and I’ve done it myself where you lock yourself inside for four days and you a watch a whole series. It’s like watching a never-ending movie. It’s great not to have to wait for the next season or the next week. I just love SEX AND THE CITY so I can watch SEX AND THE CITY until the cows come home.
You were named on Forbes list of 30 stars under 30 reinventing the world. Is that crazy to you? How does that feel?
JANE: Yeah. I don’t know. It’s crazy. I don’t know. Flattering.
What can you share about SUBURGATORY’s homage to HOMELAND?
JANE: Emily, our creator, is pretty in love with it. So she’s not making fun of it. I don’t know if you saw an episode this season early on where at the end of the episode, Dalia goes to the garage and opens the Torah praying. I don’t know what that has to do with HOMELAND, but there’s going to be a couple of those things this season, if you’re a fan of both.
Tiffany Vogt blogs at The TV Addict.
Is the Fox freshman comedy “Ben and Kate” gone for good?
The network announced that it’s taking “Ben” off its schedule for Tuesday nights and will be subbing in repeat episodes of another Fox comedy, “Raising Hope,” in the slot formerly occupied by “Ben.”
There are six episodes that were filmed of the show’s first season that haven’t aired yet, and Fox reportedly said the remaining episodes will find airtime at some point.
“Ben and Kate” starred Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson as a relaxed brother and more practical sister who move in together so Ben can help take care of Kate’s young daughter.
Like another new Fox comedy on Tuesdays, “The Mindy Project,” “Ben” has struggled in the ratings all year. ABC took its Tuesday comedy “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,” which had similar problems with ratings, off its schedule yesterday. As with “Ben,” ABC didn’t say “Trust” was officially canceled – this year, networks have often simply taken a show off its schedule, but not said outright that the comedy or drama is done.
As Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd pointed out, the time slot was a good one and Fox gave the comedy all possible support.
“Given Ben and Kate‘s ratings, the move wasn’t a surprise (if anything, some were shocked the show received an order for additional episodes last fall),” Hibberd wrote. “This isn’t one of those decisions where you say, ‘The network didn’t give it a chance.’”
Tuesday’s comedy lineup across the networks is looking shaky, said New York Times writer Bill Carter.
“Comedy on Tuesday appears to be nearing complete rejection,” he wrote. “NBC’s two new series, ‘Go On’ and ‘The New Normal,’ both sank to new lows this week, even though Tuesday’s strongest network, CBS, was offering only repeats all night. Both new NBC comedies have had their ratings plunge since they were separated from the powerful lead-in of ‘The Voice.’ Their once-secure status as shows set to survive the season could now be threatened.”
While not all of these shows have publicly gotten the axe, new shows that debuted this fall that have either been officially canceled or been taken off their network’s schedule include “666 Park Avenue,” “Last Resort,” “Partners,” “Made in Jersey,” “The Mob Doctor,” “Animal Practice,” and “Emily Owens, M.D.” (The fall season was especially hard on medical shows.)
Academy Award-nominated thespian Leonardo DiCaprio, who most recently appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film “Django Unchained,” told a German newspaper that he’s planning on taking “a long, long break” from acting.
“I am a bit drained," DiCaprio told German newspaper Bild. "I'm now going to take a long, long break. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out.”
The actor said he wanted to concentrate on his activism in environmental causes.
“I would like to improve the world a bit,” he said. “I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”
DiCaprio was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for “Django,” in which he played venomous plantation owner Calvin Candie. He is slated to appear as the title character in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” which is scheduled for a May 10 release this year, and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” directed by his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, which is rumored to be scheduled for release near the end of 2013.
DiCaprio has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, for the films "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Aviator," and "Blood Diamond," respectively.