<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:02:54 -0400 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:02:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Meyers Reveals New "Fredex" Package]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:00:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fredex-Sassy-Mother.png For his segment "Fredex," Seth Meyers explains that "Late Night" sent a box of props to Fred For his segment "Fredex," Seth Meyers explains that "Late Night" sent a box of props to Fred Armisen who is in Portland filming the next season of "Portlandia." Meyers reveals a video of Armisen improvising a new character out of the random assortment of objects. This time, Armisen becomes a sassy mother.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Pell Dishes on Her New Movie Starring "SNL" Alums]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:00:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452992536.jpg Writer Paula Pell talks about a movie she wrote that is set to feature Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and more.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Hashtags: #MyDumbFight]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:57:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/187890887.jpg Jimmy Fallon reveals Twitter responses to #MyDumbFight on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Pell Talks "Saturday Night Live" Sketches]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:04:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452992540.jpg Writer Paula Pell talks about some of the sketches she wrote on “Saturday Night Live” including “Debbie Downer,” and Justin Timberlake’s recurring bit “Bring it on Down to Omeletteville.”]]> <![CDATA[Roberts, Fallon Throw Balls at Each Other's Faces]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:31:23 -0400 > at Rockefeller Center on July 31, 2014 in New York City.]]> > at Rockefeller Center on July 31, 2014 in New York City.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452985998.jpg

On Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Julia Roberts and Jimmy Fallon played a game where they threw large, clear balls at each other's face, then watched it back in super HD slow motion.

But first, Fallon showed Roberts a video that trended on Reddit of a dog that is apparently afraid of the “The Normal Heart” star’s face.

“If that dog is watching, you could say something nice to him and he’ll be your friend,” Fallon suggested.

Then, Roberts looked into the camera and growled. Fallon began laughing hysterically.

Finally, the two played a game called “Face Balls.” The pair threw giant balls forcefully at each other’s faces.

"This is like the comedy version of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" Roberts said.

Watch the intense action in the video above.



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<![CDATA[Fallon: "Face Balls" With Julia Roberts]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:55:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452985996.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Julia Roberts, face-off in a game where they throw clear balls at each other's face, then watch it back in super HD slow motion.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Klum, Fallon Roll Out on "Tonight"]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:29:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roll-out-klum-main.png

Heidi Klum and Jimmy Fallon showed the audience how they roll on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Klum and Fallon talked about their Emmy nominations. Klum received a nod for “Project Runway” along with co-host Tim Gunn, while Fallon has been nominated for an episode of “Saturday Night Live” he hosted last year.

Klum explained that when she won an Emmy last year, she mistakenly drank too much before receiving the award.

“They said Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, and I was like ‘Oh no’,” the television host said, explaining that Gunn had to do all the talking. “I could walk, I just couldn’t talk.”

Finally, Klum and Fallon grabbed each other's ankles and rolled across the stage for a segment titled "This Is How We Roll." They also showed the audience the German way of rolling out.

Fallon also rolled out with actress Halle Berry earlier this month.

Watch Klum and Fallon roll across the stage in the video above or here if viewing on mobile.



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<![CDATA[Meyers: Pratt Talks Flashing His "Parks & Recreation" Co-Stars]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452946614.jpg On "Late Night," Chris Pratt explains how he filmed an episode of "Parks & Recreation" that required him to flash his co-stars. ]]> <![CDATA[Klum, Fallon Roll Out on "The Tonight Show"]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roll-out-klum.jpg Heidi Klum and Jimmy Fallon form a human wheel and roll through the Tonight Show studio before trying it German style.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Birbiglia Wants Credit for Not Being Creepy]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452942996.jpg Mike Birbiglia, star of the new film "Sleepwalk with Me" tells Jimmy Fallon about the time he apologized on behalf of a creepy man who gawked at a woman on a city bus.]]> <![CDATA[Getting James Brown]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Boseman+James+Brown+Get+On+Up.jpg

The tricky business of making movies about real-life musicians tends to best succeed in flicks about great performers or composers who died far too young.

It's the same old arc, even if it's not the same old song: struggle followed by fame, which is followed by varying degrees of turmoil before tragedy strikes, the fans mourn and the music lives on. The stories have played out in life – and on film, from "Rhapsody in Blue" (George Gershwin) to "The Glenn Miller Story" to "The Buddy Holly Story" to "Amadeus" (Mozart) to "Sweet Dreams" (Patsy Cline) to "La Bamba" (Ritchie Valens) to "Selena."

Far more rare are memorable movies about musicians still among us (as with the rollicking Jerry Lee Lewis chronicle, "Great Balls of Fire") or deceased performers who made it past retirement age, even if they never stopped touring (think Jamie Foxx's great turn as Ray Charles in "Ray"). 

Now, “Get On Up,” a movie depicting the 73-year groove of James Brown, the hardest working man in show business, hits theaters Friday in a bid to crack one of the hardest genres in show business. Still, the film arrives with hopes of opening up a brand new bag for musician biopics.

That's because there’s never been a superstar quite like James Brown. 

Rightfully crowned the Godfather of Soul, Brown’s kingdom – and vast influence – extends to funk, R&B, rock and hip-hop. The most explosive performer of his time made fans see, hear and feel his music – a bass-driven exercise in exhilaration, always tightly played by his top-notch band, but designed to get us loose and moving. 

Recordings of the songs – "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Please, Please, Please," "Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag," "Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud" – are intertwined in the pop cultural consciousness with footage of Brown's swivels and splits.

Those lucky enough to have seen Brown perform in his 1960s hey-day hold a memory that will help keep them forever young. The rest of us are left with images and albums, including 1963’s classic "Live at the Apollo," recorded at the storied Harlem theater where thousands of us waited on freezing lines to bid Brown farewell after his death on Christmas Day 2006.

Replicating musical magic on the big screen is a huge challenge. So is packing an at-times wild ride into two hours, 18 minutes.

Brown’s life, which started in the hardscrabble Jim Crow South in 1933, spans major cultural and social shifts. His five-decade career as a groundbreaking musical force also spans media eras from TV to MTV to the Internet Age, with videos of Brown ingrained in us, from his performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to "The Blues Brothers" to "Rocky IV." Even "James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party" – Eddie Murphy’s satirical homage on "Saturday Night Live" – has become part of the iconography.

That all poses tests for the team behind "Get On Up." As the film’s initially reluctant star, Chadwick Boseman told Matt Lauer on "Today" Tuesday, "There's been a lot of parody and jokes that have been made and I didn't know how you could find the real man and get away from what people already thought about him."

If anyone can pull off playing Brown, it’s Boseman, whose understated performance as Jackie Robinson buoyed "42." Mick Jagger, a producer of "Get On Up," is a Brown peer and acolyte – and one of the few performers who can even begin to understand his journey.

The movie, perhaps most importantly, is filled with Brown’s music, which is enough to make us feel good. Check out the trailer

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/490292021.jpg

A woman believed to be the half-sister of Hollywood actress and producer Drew Barrymore was found dead outside San Diego.

Jessica Barrymore, 47, was found in her car parked along Hoover Avenue in National City just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29.

Resident Andres Alonzo was inside his home when he heard a car pull up outside. He saw that a female driver had parked strangely and said he wanted to step in to help but his grandmother warned him not to touch the car.

“Something was wrong with her when she parked right here,” Alonzo told NBC 7 Wednesday.

Several neighbors also noticed the car and someone called police to report it.

Officials have not released the cause of death.

The county medical examiner's report states that firefighters confirmed her death without medical intervention.

In a statement provided to NBC 7 from E! Entertainment, Drew Barrymore said, “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible and I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

On the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s report, Jessica Barrymore's birthday is listed as July 31, 1966.

The Barrymore family tree is extensive with Jessica's father, John Drew Barrymore, Jr. having four children from several marriages.

His marriage with Jaid Barrymore lasted 13 years and produced Drew Barrymore.

Jessica’s mother, actress Nina Wayne, had several minor television roles in the 1960s.



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Diesel Says "I Am Groot" in Different Languages]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:57:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452901950.jpg Jimmy Fallon speaks to Vin Diesel about his character Groot in his new movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," and the talk show host tests Vin's bilingual skills.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Monologue: Siberia, Bomb Maker as Mayor]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Mono1.png Seth Meyers talks about giant holes in Siberia and a new smartshoe during his monologue from Tuesday, July 30 (Part 2).]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Monologue: Obama, Sterling]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:03:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Mono-2.png Seth Meyers talks President Barack Obama's suspicious mail and Donald Sterling's legal battles during his monologue from Tuesday, July 29 (Part 1).]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Talks Brother's Costume at Last Year's Comic-Con]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:57:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452758248.jpg Seth Meyers explains that his brother, Josh Meyers, went the extra mile to make fun of him last year at Comic-Con.]]> <![CDATA[Festival Drops R. Kelly From Lineup After Protests]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:04:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/R.Kelly_pitchfork.jpg

A music and fashion festival in Columbus, Ohio, has dumped R. Kelly from its lineup following protests of the controversial Chicago native by locals and artists. 

"[Fashion Meets Music Festival] and R. Kelly have decided to part ways," organizers of the inaugural festival said in a statement Monday. "We appreciate the ongoing support of our Festival partners and look forward to kicking things off next month."

Kelly was supposed to perform on the first day of the three-day Labor Day weekend event, but fans took to the Fashion Meets Music Festival's social media accounts to show their distaste for his legal history, citing child pornography charges that haunted him for years.

Kelly, accused in 2002 of filming sex with a girl believed to be 13 years old, was acquitted in Chicago of the charges in 2008. Despite the acquittal, the music community in Columbus questioned the message Kelly's presence sends.

"Why would one attend or sponsor this event when a Google search of performer R Kelly indicates exploits of children from as far back as 2002?" one person wrote on the festival's Facebook page.

"The inclusion of R. Kelly in this festival is a shame - by promoting him as part of your event, you are condoning his horrifying behavior. Columbus deserves better than this, and I ask you to reconsider," another person wrote.

A statement from Kelly's publicist apologized for disappointing fans and noted the singer "looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."

Kelly headlined the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2013 and was featured in Lady Gaga's single, "Do What U Want" last year.



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<![CDATA[Daly Talks About His Many Gigs on “Late Night"]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452864412.jpg Seth Meyers asks Carson Daly how he has time for himself when he works on so many programs.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Fallon, Franco Play "5-Second Summaries"]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Express.png

James Franco and Jimmy Fallon played a hilariously difficult game called “5-Second Summaries” on Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But before the game, Franco explained that after performances of his broadway show “Of Mice and Men,” many theatergoers take selfies with the actor—but they don’t always turn out great.

The “Tonight” audience burst out laughing when Franco and Fallon demonstrated the kinds of bad photos people have taken with the actor.

Finally, the pair tried their best to summarize movie plots in 5 seconds in order to get each other to guess the title.

Although the two have been in various films, Franco and Fallon found that giving rapid summaries of movie plots without saying their titles is easier said than done.

Watch the two try their best to explain movies in the videos above and below.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Daly Talks New Judges on "The Voice" ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:51:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452864418.jpg Carson Daly talks to Seth Meyers about the new judges on the upcoming season of "The Voice."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Talks Outrageous Costumes at Comic-Con ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452755792.jpg Seth Meyers talks about seeing many people dressed as superheroes at San Diego Comic-Con. He also explains that a stranger criticized his brother for eating beef jerky.]]> <![CDATA[Franco Gives Fallon a Fan Selfie Tutorial]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:07:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/452859802.jpg Jimmy Fallon gets tips from James Franco about the dos and don'ts of selfie taking with fans the "Of Mice and Men" star learned during his 12-week Broadway run.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "5-Second Summaries" With Franco (Part 1)]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:39:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Word-Franco.png James Franco and Jimmy Fallon get a few seconds to summarize movie plots to get each other to guess the title. Part 1 of 2.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "5-Second Summaries" With Franco (Part 2)]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:33:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Franco-Tonight.png James Franco and Jimmy Fallon get a few seconds to summarize movie plots to get each other to guess the title. Part 2 of 2.]]> <![CDATA["Sharknado": Back for a Second Bite]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:50:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shark2Effect2.jpg

The cheekily named "Sharknado 2: The Second One" flies onto televisions Wednesday before landing in theaters for one night only Aug. 21, which provides plenty of time to mine Twitter for one-liners to hurl at the big screen.

The followup to last year's surprise comic cult TV movie hit with the says-it-all-title (sharks + tornadoes = campy fun) offers the prospect for more "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-like audience participation, with wisecracks bouncing from living room couches to the Web to theaters.

But "Sharknado 2" arrives bearing another gift on its pointy teeth: In a cinematic summer of rising apes and lowdown purgers, Syfy's sequel to silliness marks a welcome opportunity to laugh at the apocalypse.

Like its titular stars, the original "Sharknado" came out of nowhere last July, mixing over-the-top carnage with an underlying sense of the absurd. The ratings grew with each of the first three showings, buoyed by Twitter, which reported the movie’s debut last July 11 and generated up to 5,000 tweets a minute.

Who couldn’t help but react to this California-set, airborne circus, which featured hurtling fish, a memorable chain saw-propelled climax and Tara Reid’s comeback. Mashable compiled some of the funniest tweets, including this gem from former “Office” star B.J. Novak: “I'm afraid that now when we have a real sharknado everyone's going to treat it like a joke.”

Some 36 years after "Jaws 2" suggested it wasn’t safe to go back into the water, it’s not all that welcoming in theaters this summer for those looking for a good joke. “22 Jump Street” proved a popular hoot, and the sci-fi adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due out Friday, is massing favorable buzz, thanks, in large part, to its humor-filled trailer. But the likes of “Godzilla,” “The Purge: Anarchy" and the brilliant “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” aren’t exactly laugh riots.

“Sharnado 2” offers the hope of comic relief as the action moves to New York, the site of more than its share of Hollywood-wrought destruction, from “King Kong” to the original “Planet of the Apes.” Recent years haven’t been kind to the city, either, as evidenced by “The Day After Tomorrow and “I Am Legend,” among other films.

It’s a good bet, though, that in “Sharknado 2” New York will live up to its reputation as a metropolis where the people bite back. Check out a preview, in which we learn that even flying sharks ride the subway:

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA["Mad Max: Fury Road" Trailer Roars In ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:23:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FRD-DS-00564.JPG

The trailer for the latest "Mad Max" update roared into Comic-Con over the weekend. 

It's been 35 years since George Miller introduced us to the post-apocalyptic world of loner Max (originally played by Mel Gibson in the first three films of the franchise), and the director now returns to the dystopian setting with "Mad Max: Fury Road." It's neither a sequel nor prequel but a new story featuring a new cast including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Nicholas Hoult.

Hardy stands in for Gibson as Max Rockatansky and Theron plays new character Imperator Furiosa.

Miller told fans at the Comic-Con Warner Bros. panel on Saturday that the latest installment lies closer in spirit to the second film of the trilogy, and described "Fury Road" as "a Western on wheels. Even if it's in the future, we have gone back the more elemental behaviors. More medieval. The setting is very spare and clear."

"Mad Max: Fury Road" hits theaters May 15, 2015.

 

 

 



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<![CDATA["Mockingjay" Trailer Released Online]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mockingjay.jpg

After making its debut on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, the minute-long trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series has hit the web.

The trailer opens with a hovership landing and a meeting between leaders of the rebellion, where Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a gray-haired Julianne Moore discuss Katniss Everdeen's role. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) declares the Mockingjay symbol illegal.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is shown entering the underground bunker where refugees of Panem are hiding, and she agrees to take up their cause.

Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown.

Being the first to see the trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" was only part of the Capitol Gallery experience, which occupied a portion of the Hard Rock Hotel. In an all-white setting inspired by President Snow's Capitol color scheme, visitors could enjoy treats from Peeta's bakery, witness colorful Capitol fashions, design souvenir T-shirts and have their photo taken with the holographic characters.

Even the trailer-viewing experience seemed designed by the Capitol: In an all-white room, fans were offered all-white candies and snacks before being shown into pod-like chairs, where they watched the trailer on personal Samsung tablets.

The trailer was also available on Samsung devices at Best Buy stores Saturday ahead of its release.



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<![CDATA[Kevin Bacon Brings His "Six Degrees" to Comic-Con]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:13:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kevin+bacon6.jpg

Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con.

During a Sunday panel for his Fox show "The Following," a fan brought up the pop culture game known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," whose premise is anyone in Hollywood can be linked to the actor. She wondered if by talking to him she could then be a part of his universe.

Bacon said that technically you need to be in a movie with him to be connected in the "Six Degrees" world.

The actor then stood up and took a video of the crowd in the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500-seat Hall H.

He also got laughs when a young girl told him she loved him in the 2011 movie "Crazy Stupid Love."

"Thank you for loving me for such a long time, I guarantee you that I have socks that are older than you, but time is relative," Bacon said.

In "The Following," Bacon plays an FBI agent who hunts down killers. He spent the first two seasons tracking a psychotic murderer, played by James Purefoy, who manipulated others to follow his lead.

Show creator Kevin Williamson said at the panel that he was looking at season 3 as a reset.

To do that, the show needed "a bigger, badder, more complicated villain," show runner Jennifer Johnson teased. "It will take a few episodes before you start to understand what that means. We're going to throw the title of the show on its head."

The audience also got to see an alternate ending of the season 2 finale, where Purefoy's character is shot. In the version that aired, he was arrested.



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: The "Sharknado" Effect]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:14:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sharknado2Effect1.jpg As "Sharknado 2: The Second One" splashes onto screens, take a sneak peek at scenes from this highly-anticipated sequel and check out the stars at Comic-Con.

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<![CDATA["Constantine" a Supernatural Hit at Comic Con]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:48:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/constantine0726.jpg

Another comic-book staple is taking over primetime this fall – chock full of demons, exorcisms and blood.

While devoted fans may think they’re getting simply a visual telling of longtime DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” producers Daniel Cerone and David Goyer said Saturday they’re taking a multidimensional approach to “Constantine.”

“We really wanted to present the reality in the show,” Cerone said “We really just want this to be as compelling and real as possible.”

The pilot is set to premiere Oct. 24 on NBC. It follows John Constantine, a man with supernatural powers who’s reluctantly brought into the role of defending people against dark forces. Fans got a screening of the pilot at “Constantine’s” Comic-Con International panel, followed by a brief Q and A session with the producers and stars.

For a show that hasn’t even aired yet, it’s received quite the response at Comic Con. Promotion of “Constantine” outside the San Diego Convention Center was big, with an interactive display greeting incomers to Gaslamp Square.

On Saturday afternoon, a long line of fans poured into the panel, filling most of the seats.  And following the screening, applause rang out.

Comic-book fans were apparently thrilled to hear when Goyer said in the panel that they planned to stay consistent to “Hellblazer” writing, eliciting cheers.

“The best writers have been writing ‘Constantine’ for the past 25 years,” he said. “We’re going ‘old school.’”

But, the producers said, they plan to explore the ambiguity of the characters and delve into the human element of the story line. For instance, is Constantine good or bad? That’s something to be explore.

Not a big comic-book fan before taking the role, Matt Ryan, who plays the lead role of John Constantine, said a good friend coached him on how to portray the enigmatic Constantine.

“He’s my own personal critic,” Ryan said of his comic fan friend. “Once I got the job, I kind of delved into the comics.”

So how is “Constantine” different than other comic books-turned-TV shows?

“To us, it’s most relatable,” said Angelica Celaya, who plays Zed Martin, referring to the exploration of moral good and bad elements. “Constantine is Constantine.”

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con Artist Draws With Mouth]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:12:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SDCC-Artist-0726.jpg

Comic-Con brings some of the most recognized comic book artists to San Diego. This year, a truly jaw-dropping artist and writer is Larime Taylor, who uses his mouth instead of his hands to create his masterpieces.

“I was born with Arthrogryposis,” Taylor, of Top Cow Productions, explained. “It basically affects the development of the joints in utero, meaning your arms and legs don’t develop properly. So I draw with my mouth.”

Taylor has been drawing with his mouth since he was a child. He says he discovered his talent when he used to draw for fun as a kid, just like everyone else.

From the start, his unique ability has never failed to bring in a crowd of enthusiastic spectators, which Taylor said helped inspire him to pursue art as a career.

“People generally tend to be surprised,” Taylor noted. “If I draw here at the booth, a crowd will form and people will start to watch and I like that. But it does seem to catch people off guard.”

Refusing to let his disability limit his talent and his passion, Taylor perfected his craft amidst the challenges. He said that because of his disability, he did not have the luxury of learning in conventional ways.

Unlike most artists, Taylor could not look at a model standing in front of him while simultaneously drawing, which posed great challenges in his art education.

“When I draw my face is two inches from the paper,” Taylor said. “I learned by basically reading ‘How to Draw’ books.”

But Taylor embraced the challenge. He found ways to produce quality work, eventually creating his own comic book series, “A Voice in the Dark.”

For a while, Taylor became the master of pen and paper. He reached artistic abilities paralleling those of many other comic book artists, but this was no easy task. Taylor was forced to draw in uncomfortable, hunched positions while he continually shifted the paper and switched pens.

Five years ago, he was given a Wacom Cintiq tablet. With the tablet, Taylor has moved into the digital age and he is able to now draw with much greater ease. He said the technology changed his work, his career and his life.

“It’s digital, so I draw directly on the computer screen now,” he explained. “That tablet made it possible for me to do what I want to do.”

Taylor works with Top Cow Productions, a company that publishes his comic book series. Taylor’s publisher, Matt Hawkins, believes that Taylor’s addition to Top Cow has only been a benefit to the company and that his disability has in no way limited his abilities.

“We never really factored that negatively,” Hawkins said. “If anything, it was just a triumph of spirit. It was almost encouraging. It was a plus for us because the work was good and the story was great.”

Taylor’s employment means more to him than a successful contract and a rewarding paycheck.

“I can be self-sufficient—I have a possible career,” Taylor said. “I have something that I can do in life that will help me pay the bills and get somewhere. I may have a future.”

But Taylor hopes that his story of success touches the lives of more than those he works with. He shares his journey in hopes that others with disabilities will see potential to rise above their challenges.

“If me having done this makes it easier for them because I’ve opened some doors, great,” Taylor said. “Do whatever you can. Whatever your skill is, figure out a way to do it in a way that helps you. Don’t shy away from that.”

To view Larime Taylor’s work, visit his personal website or you can search for his comic on the Top Cow website.
 



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