Pre-credit sequence. When we left off, Drew had just masterfully organized a conspiracy against himself and flawlessly executed his own elimination from the game. "Tribal was freakin' insane," says a perplexed Jon, vowing to do damage control. He goes to everybody and apologizes and says he'd have voted with them if they'd told him. The "You're either with me or against me" rant that the editors teased last week was actually Jon quoting Drew. Jeremy is pleased to be in the middle.
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Fox reimagining “Frankenstein”
Fox’s version of the Mary Shelley mythology revolves around a corrupt FBI agent who is brought back from the dead as a younger and stronger man by an antisocial billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. It’s from “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon” and “Crisis” and “Life” creator Rand Ravich.
Fox and Will Smith are remaking “Hitch” as a sitcom
Smith will serve as a producer on a comedy based on the 2005 rom-com he made with Kevin James.
HBO bringing back Michael Kenneth Williams with “Crime”
The “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” vet will play a NYC gangster in the eight-hour miniseries that James Gandolfini was originally set to star in.
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My first impression of the new "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" trailer is that Joss Whedon appears to have taken some of the criticisms of his shooting style on the first film to heart. Even as the film became one of the biggest hits of all time, I read plenty of comments about how Whedon's eye still seemed more suited to the small screen than to movie theaters.
That does not appear to be a problem on "Age Of Ultron."
"I'm going to show you something beautiful…"
VANCOUVER, BC. It may not have happened the way comics fans initially expected, but Canary is coming. Or is she?
[Stop reading here if you fear all spoilers from the DC Comics Universe and you've been able to avoid those spoilers on TV's "Arrow." And stop reading if you haven't watched the third season's first two episodes of "Arrow."]
VANCOUVER, BC. For most of the season's first two "Arrow" episodes, a pretty big question lingered: Where the heck are Thea Queen and her newly-revealed pop Malcolm Merlyn?
Viewers got at least a partial answer at the very end of last week's episode when we were whisked off to Corto Maltese -- a land most famous from Vicki Vale's award-winning series of photos -- and discovered that Thea has apparently been undergoing some intense martial arts training courtesy of dad and his minions.
The abrupt departure from Starling City was part of Thea's attempt to redefine herself after a grief-and-danger-filled season, but it remains to be seen who Thea will be when we see her next. It's doubtful that she'll just return to being Oliver Queen's club-operating sister, but is she on the path to be the latest incarnation of the classic Green Arrow sidekick known as Speedy?
Rest-assured that nobody involved wants to give any definitive answers, but on the Vancouver set of "Arrow" last week, stars Willa Holland and John Barrowman teased what we can expect from this week's episode, which focuses heavily on Thea and Malcolm, or at least on Oliver's quest to get Thea back.
Sia has contributed a new version of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" to the forthcoming film redux of "Annie" and, boy, is it bonkers. It's mastered to the max, it's got new, original fillings (just like your teeth!), it's got Sia still working out whatever accent Sia does, and it's trashy as hell. I kind of love it.
If the film is anything like the accompanying music video to this "Never Fully Dressed," then prepare for divine and obnoxious child actors forcing your mouth into a twisted dumb grin for its duration. A patent corporate smarm will act as a thin layer of wax on the "Annie" of old and transition it into a viral video-binging, non-stop comic, New York-worshipping, anti-cynical pill to swallow.
And maybe it's best this way, because I am going to watch this movie so hard. One reason is because "Annie" was one of a couple of Broadway musicals that got top spin in my family growing up. "Empty belly life / rotten smelly life / ...it's a hard-knock life" was my refrain when I had to do chores, with a swarthy arm-sweeping motion. (We also loved "A Chorus Line." The 7-year-old version me will remain in hypersleep until a version of "Dance 10, Looks 3" is remixed, and sung by Beyonce, to wake me.)
Sia and Greg Kurstin combined to re-arrange and executive produce the old songs and create new ones including "Opportunity," "Who Am I," and "Moonquake Lake" featuring Beck. Sia collaborated with Stargate for "The City's Yours." All some pretty big names, all creative for Overbrook (Will Smith), Roc Nation (Jay Z), RCA and Sony's Madison Gate.
So far it looks like this "Annie" may be saccharine, and it sounds overexposed, and it will make me drink all of the Coke and eat all of the Junior Mints. Still scratching my head at the Cameron Diaz casting, but at least now she knows we're all looking at her. Quvenzhane Wallis wowed everyone with "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and here she looks like an excited Disney princess, just shy a couple years. I'm so excited. Now, when's the Jay Z cameo?
The "Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" album will be out on Nov. 17, and the movie -- starring Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne -- heads to theaters right before Christmas, on Dec. 19.
Here is the tracklist for "Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack":
1. Overture - Cast
2. Maybe - Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya
3. It's The Hard-Knock Life - Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya
4. Tomorrow - Quvenzhané Wallis
5. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (2014 Film Version) - Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne and Stephanie Kurtzuba
6. You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile (2014 Film Version) - Sia
7. Moonquake Lake - Sia and Beck
8. Little Girls (2014 Film Version) - Cameron Diaz
9. The City's Yours - Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
10. Opportunity - Quvenzhané Wallis
11. Easy Street (2014 Film Version) - Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale
12. Who Am I? - Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
13. I Don't Need Anything But You (2014 Film Version) - Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Rose Byrne
14. Tomorrow (Reprise) - Cast
15. Opportunity (Sia Version) - Sia [Version does not appear in film]
NBC’s “Bewitched” sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter
The new series will revolve around single 20-something Daphne, Tabitha’s daughter and Samantha’s granddaughter, who can conjure up everything except for real love.
Christina Ricci to reprise her “Lizzie Borden” role for a 6-episode Lifetime series
The "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” movie star will return with "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” which will also feature the return of Clea DuVall.
“Supernatural” may try making another backdoor spinoff, but over multiple episodes
Instead of using one hour to introduce the spinoff’s new characters, they may be introduced over the course of several episodes.
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Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines.
Legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky was tasked with outfitting Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, "Birdman." But perhaps the film's most stand-out piece of wardrobe ended up landing in a different industry realm: special effects.
Oscar nominated writer and TV favorite Steve Coogan will be the new lead in Showtime's darkly comedic half-hour "Happyish."
The new pilot for "Happyish" will shoot in New York City this December, with Ken Kwapis directing from a script by Shalom Auslander.
Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman on Showtime’s “Happyish"
When Hoffman died in February, he had already filmed the pilot for “Happyish” and Showtime had just picked up the series, a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness, for 10 episodes. Showtime will now reshoot the pilot with the British actor.
Morena Baccarin lands on “Gotham”
The “Homeland” alum will play the iconic DC Comics role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins.
ABC orders “Shark Tank” spinoff “Beyond the Tank”
The companion series will follow-up on the “Shark Tank” participants.
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