Darby Stanchfield describes working on Scandal as ”one of those life-changing experiences”. Chatting at a recent cocktail party at the Television Critics Association Conference in Pasadena, the 42-year-old Alaskan-born actress says she is loving playing crisis management investigator Abby Whelan on the hit US political drama
The mentors on The Voice may be superstars, but the consensus is it’s not on them that the singing competition show has failed to find big stars such as themselves. Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and the show’s host and producer Carson Daly addressed journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
LONG WAY DOWN Tom O’Dell (Sony) The BRIT’s critics choice winner, who spent a year of his childhood in New Zealand, is the best kind of everyman songwriter. Somewhere in between the soaring and earthy vocals, where a song such a Hold Me, has Beatlesque influences and throbbing piano flourishes O’Dell shows he has the touch of a classic tunesmith about him on a debut album which is unfashionably accessible, self-aware and confident.
Veteran director Geoff Murphy is hoping to get some revenge on film critics when a remastered version of his classic 1983 movie Utu premieres in Wellington. New Zealand critics savaged the film at the time.
Dan Brown literary efforts have annoyed a lot of people over the years – historians, Catholics, academics, book critics, conspiracy theorists, the list is endless. So you’d expect his latest novel, Inferno, to come in for a fair amount of flak, especially in light of the threatening legal non-disclosure agreements the critics had to sign before they were allowed to read it
Roger Ebert, one of the United States’ most influential film critics who used newspapers, television and social media to take readers into theatres and even into his own life, was laid to rest Monday (local time) with praise from political leaders, family and people he’d never met but who chose movies based on the direction of his thumb. “He didn’t just dominate his profession, he defined it,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a brief eulogy to hundreds of mourners who gathered at Holy Name Cathedral just blocks from where Ebert spent more than 40 years as the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times
The numbers say Thor won the weekend, again taking moviegoers to that Norse altar in the sky and winning the North American box office with $34.5 million, according to early studio estimates, for its second week at the top of the heap. But the snickering Bridesmaids led by Kristen Wiig may have the last laugh.
Fast food chains are notoriously cagey about telling consumers how their food gets from the field to the feedlot to the drive-thru window. Hope Jahren, a researcher at the University of Hawaii, believes consumers have a right to know how their food is made
Nearly a year after the presidential election, the excitement of Barack Obama’s campaign has faded into the reality of an Obama White House.
Parents may have fond memories of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” But if their social-networking postings are any indication, some are not pleased with the movie. “It was joyless