Even as a high school thespian, Michael Shannon conveyed gravitas. "I would always play the old guy; I guess I had a good old-guy voice," he says. Over the telephone, his gravelly timbre does make him seem older than his baby-faced 36 years.
As Nelson Van Alden on HBO's Boardwalk Empire -- a gritty confection of organized crime in 1920s Atlantic City created by The Sopranos' Terence Winter and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese -- that deep voice serves Shannon well. He plays a federal agent tasked with enforcing Prohibition, the so-called "good guy" whose personal faith and unrelenting drive for justice...
Martin Lawrence - "Black Knight" Premiere - 2001
Martin Lawrence married his longtime girlfriend over the weekend, People reports.
The 45-year-old Bad Boys actor and Shamicka Gibbs, 35, were wed on Saturday at...
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Cate Blanchett is in talks to fill a starring role in the fourth Indiana Jones film. If she plays her cards right, she could be the next Alison Doody, I think.... French horror helmer Alexandre Aja (2006's The Hills Have Eyes) has signed on to write-direct a remake of 1978's Piranha, which he recalls as "the ultimate popcorn movie that pits beer-soaked, sunburned spring breakers against killer, bloodthirsty animals." OK, when you put it like that.... Raven-Symone and Martin Lawrence are a daughter and her overprotective policeman father touring potential universities in College Road Trip.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Anna Faris will play a girl from the future in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a sci-fi comedy in which three social outcasts mess with the time continuum.... Amy Smart and Patrick Wilson are a couple whose idyllic life is upended in Life in Flight.... Per Variety, Martin Lawrence is The Better Man in a dramedy about a single dad and outrageous talk-show host who begins to question his path in life.... Freaks & Geeks reunion alert! (Thanks, Lisa.) James Franco and Seth Rogen are tokers who get caught up with a drug gang in The Pineapple Express.
Matthew Perry, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Question: Is there a point to having Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Tina Fey's 30 Rock on the same network? Studio 60 looks more interesting, although the ad campaign seems to focus on the Network rip-off — I mean, homage — than on Sorkin. 30 Rock seems much more based on real life, with Tracy Morgan basically playing himself. However, it seems baffling that we have two shows about a fictional Saturday Night Live debuting at the same time. What are their long-term prospects?
Answer: These are excellent questions, and ones we've asked ourselves (and NBC during the press tour) repeatedly. The only way we're going to get a real answer is to see how the public responds. The dilemma facing both shows is that the track record isn't exactly great for TV shows set in the world of TV (not even Sorkin's brilliant Sports Night, whose pilot I enjoyed more than Studio 60). To their credit, the shows don't feel remotely like each other. 30 Rock is a straight-out comedy/satire,
Mel Gibson's Apocalypto has had its release date moved from late summer to Dec. 8, the heart of the holiday and Oscar seasons, says Variety.... William H. Macy has joined the cast of Wild Hogs, starring John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence as middle-aged biker wannabes.