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Letterman walks out on Joan Rivers

Letterman walks out on Joan Rivers
Dave did to Joan what she did to CNN.

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Watching Fifth Harmony's 'BO$$' video with the sound off

Watching Fifth Harmony's 'BO$$' video with the sound off

A too-close reading: Grab a drink, sit down

Literally the first shot of this video sets you into a state of confusion: are those doctors jackets or blazers? And where are their pants?

The first phrases emblazoned across the screen is "Think Like A Boss... Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do... Find Yourself And Be That." These are in two different fonts: the first phrase is in Impact and the other font and words make me want to buy organic bath stuffs.

So far, the outfits are quite literally binary: white or black. Each seems to lay claim to different choreography schemes with white denoting unity and black meaning individuality. Each require complex arm movements denoting bossness.

Boss means strutting on a catwalk and extreme arm movement. If I didn't know that the most-used phrase in this song was "Michelle Obama," I wouldn't be doing the dog-headtilt thing here.

Holding up signs that look like enlarged Scrabble letters, I am told the quintet is "confident." Now, pretend legs are butterfly wings and that explains what their preceding floor move is.

Confident women air-hump chairs.

Seconds later, they kick those chairs, with heels on. But I thought they liked the chairs?

Boys and girls approach a small table and they don't like each other. There's a fight, or at least some aggressive smack talk. It may be political.

A girl and a guy face off, because this is a battle of the sexes. There's an ingredient in this drink, I wish I knew what it was because it tastes so obvious.

Based on physical strength, everybody here knows she would lose this match. Everybody. If this is a battle for symbolic bossness, then of course she won because that is the name of the song. If this was a battle of the sexes -- and we've established that this is -- can it not end in a draw? Must there always be a superiority and establishment class? I'm alarmed at this symbolic arm wrestling match. Must boss equal female?

Mystery solved: there is a catwalk in this music video because there is a [camera] product placement. The product has its own flash on it, yet we continue to see bursts of those old-timey flash bulbs. I dare to dream it is another symbol in this symbol-rich music video:  the old timey camera flashes are the male establishment and the new petite flashes on the [camera] are representative female and because Fifth Harmony were paid to host a brand in the video, they (and by proxy females) are boss, despite the aesthetic advantages of a male flashbulb state.

The women salute a flag that says "Boss / Fifth Harmony," delivering on another unsolved mystery: they are in the military, and more specifically, privates in the sexy nurses branch. They pledge allegiance to themselves.

Returning to the arm wrestling match, we have another face-off. Finding herself immediately outmatched, our female snatches the ballcap from her rival's head and puts it on her head, an assertion of flirtation, sexual dominance, gender reversal and "wiles." Wiles are looked down upon by the male troupe, who deem wiles irresistible and, thus, unjust. She solidifies the victory by using two hands instead of one, a slight breach in traditional arm wrestling etiquette. Considering the pre-established military state of Fifth Harmony, one can only conclude that the tussle between the sexes here is over the female recruit physical requirements for the integration into Marine ground combat units. A hot topic! It is political.

He takes off his shirt, a momentary inverse on the male gaze, her spoils of winning the war.

The [camera] is turned on the male photographers, who are revealed to be the ladies' arm wrestling rivals. Like an explorer photographing a newly exposed native peoples, she reveals she has captured their souls with her flashy boxy thingie.

Since bossness, and superiority in arm strength and arm movement is confirmed, the women now are ready for marriage, which could be the sole and only explanation for their virginal,  lace- and satin-dominated floor length white gowns. The camera, the gaze and conservative value is reclaimed. Marital availability becomes an indicator light for bossness. The First Lady iterations become inextricable interwoven with Annie Leibovitz retro.

I can't anymore. This song and its video is playful but pedantic. Fifth Harmony's "BO$$" went on sale yesterday, and will be included on "The X Factor" ensemble's first full-length album, out in the fall.

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<p>Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale in &quot;Exodus: Gods and Kings&quot;</p>

Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale in "Exodus: Gods and Kings"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer finds Ridley Scott back in 'Gladiator' territory

Plus: Check out the new posters and photos from the film

Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is coming this winter, another spin on the Moses story and…I don't know, why can't I get excited about this? Part of it might be the fact that the last Scott film that really lit my fire was "Matchstick Men," though I did quite like "American Gangster" and the director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven," and I have a ton of below-the-line respect for "Prometheus." But it also just feels, I don't know, passé? This is Scott back in "Gladiator" territory, and "Gladiator" was 14 years ago, by the way.

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Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line drop the bro-country for new single, 'Dirt': Listen

First single from new album is a gentle ballad

Florida Georgia Line’s new single, “Dirt,” veers the duo far from the bro-country they embraced with such songs as “Cruise" and "This Is How We Roll."

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<p>&quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

"The Strain"

Credit: FX

Snapshots from FX’s ’The Strain' set - Headless corpses, Chili-eating vampires and more

Stories and photos from the set of Guillermo del Toro's vampire drama

TORONTO, ON. The set is neat and tidy, a two-level suburban home ready for guests. 

On the ground floor, there's an orderly living room and an adjacent kitchen. The rugs are flat and properly placed, the chairs and tables laid out to encourage openness, the couch looks comfortable. The pictures on the walls and in leaning frames are spic-and-span. You could practically eat off the floors, were it not for the unfortunately mutilated body.

The corpse looks almost restful. And when I say "almost restful," I mean "as restful as a decapitated corpse could possibly look." It's just there. On its back. Without a head.

There are no signs of struggle. And for good reason. The corpse has nothing to do with the scene that will next be shot in this house on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain." Or at least that's what the group of reporters wandering around the "Strain" stages is told. Normally, you'd be suspicious of such a contention, but the chances of an idling, unaffiliated cadaver is distinctly more possible on the set of "The Strain" than on most shows.

This is a set where squirt-bottles marked "Sweat/Piss Stains" are often nearby for giving costumes that weathered "apocalyptic" look you'll surely be seeing at Abercrombie by August.

This is a set where the Creature Shop allegedly should have a box full of rubbery genitals, but nobody can locate the box.

This is a set where the decrepit titan of industry -- Jonathan Hyde's Eldritch Palmer -- has a wall dedicated to proper display of the bottled organs his body has processed or rejected over the years.

So if there's a stiff taking up space in the wrong house on this particular afternoon, that's as logical a place as any for it. If somebody hasn't died in this house, it's just a matter of "when," rather than "if," because as readers of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire trilogy know, nobody is safe and the locations that seem the most benign and domestic are the ones most likely to be marred by carnage. 

I was on the Toronto set of "The Strain" back in March and, over two days, we sat in small groups with most of the show's stars, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and David Bradley, as well as showrunner Carlton Cuse. 

Over the next few days, I'll be running highlights from those interviews as we get closer to the July 13 premiere of "The Strain."

In addition to speaking with the core "Strain" participants, we got to wander around many of the elaborate sets. In some, we were encouraged to take pictures and you'll see that gallery at the bottom of the story. In some, we're probably not allowed to mention where we are or which actors were filming. We see the filming of one major stunt and several minor conversations and nothing in this article will be especially spoiler-y, unless you want to know nothing at all about "The Strain." But why are you reading this blog post in the first place if that's the case?

What follows in this post are a few literary snapshots of places and moments experienced on the "Strain" set. Some will be only a couple sentences. Some will be a bit longer. 


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NatGeo orders 9/11 special '9/10: The Final Hours,' plus Kal Penn’s 'Mapology'

NatGeo orders 9/11 special “9/10: The Final Hours,” plus Kal Penn’s “Mapology”
“9/10,” airing on Sept. 7, will look at life the day before the Sept. 11 attacks, including what the terrorists did that day. “Mapology” will look at the world through cartography and statistics, with the help of Penn.

“Unforgettable” and “Reckless” will swap Sunday timeslots
Starting this weekend, “Unforgettable” will air at 9 and “Reckless” will be shown at 10 pm.

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Would Roger Ebert have loved Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby?'

Would Roger Ebert have loved Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby?'

Chaz Ebert talks about her husband and 'Life Itself'

One of America's greatest film critics received a welcome honor this past weekend. "Life Itself," the documentary chronicling the career of Roger Ebert, opened in limited release grossing $131,411 in 23 theaters. That might not seem substantial, except when you realize the doc debuted simultaneously on VOD, a modern day necessity for small films that the technologically forward thinking Ebert may have been more than OK with (or not).

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Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande

Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Magic!: Why are so many brand new acts in the Top 5?

We ask the experts

When Ariana Grande is the most established act in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, it’s time to wonder what’s going on with the singles chart.

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Sean Hayes joins 'The Millers'

Sean Hayes joins “The Millers"
He’ll play Margo Martindale’s new best friend in Season 2.

Ellen DeGeneres launching a lifestyle brand: “E.D.”
The brand name, despite the periods, will be called “Ed.” “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine,” says Ellen.

“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure will star in new Hallmark franchise from “True Blood” author
She’ll play librarian and crime buff Aurora Teagarden in the adaptation of Charlaine Harris' eight-book series.

Syfy interviews Buzz Aldrin for "Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed”
The two-hour special, airing on the moon landing’s 45th anniversary on July 20, will interview moon-landing astronauts Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell about their "belief in the existence of UFOs from first hand experiences.”

Discovery Fit & Health Channel is getting a new name
Starting in January, it will be called “Discovery Life.”

"Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Apollo Nida sentenced to 8 years in prison
The husband of Phaedra Parks got a quarter of the maximum sentence for his involvement in a massive tax fraud scheme.

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Press Tour: Daniel Radcliffe hasn't read the new Harry Potter story (and is on an Ovation show)
Credit: Ovation

Press Tour: Daniel Radcliffe hasn't read the new Harry Potter story (and is on an Ovation show)

'A Young Doctor's Notebook' returns in August/September

The July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour kicked off on Tuesday (July 8) morning with a panel for Nielsen Media that nobody could understand because of sawing and hammering associated with hotel construction. 

Pity, that.

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Usher teams with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell on sizzling new track, 'She Came To Give It To You'

Michael Jackson-influenced tune will get you on the dance floor fast

Summer may be half over, but Usher has just released one of summer’s best jams: a Michael Jackson-inspired track that tops anything on Jackson’s posthumous “Xscape.”

“She Came To Give It To You,” produced by Pharrell and featuring Nicki Minaj is a “Thriller”-era throwback with Usher channeling his greatest influence.

Minaj comes in a little after the 2-minute market for a fun rap—the kind that she can do pretty much do in her sleep—although she does bring this memorable line to the party, “Don’t be like OJ and forget the glove.” Hint: she’s not talking about the kind you wear on your hand.

The uptempo dance track about a girl who rules the club comes complete with a “Billie Jean” beat and Jackson-like whoops and hollers from Usher. When he sings the line, “Just be cool and enjoy the ride,” it takes you right back to  doesn’t take you back to the “So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice (don’t think twice, don’t think twice),” from “Billie Jean.”

The track will be on Usher’s forthcoming fifth studio album, which we know is coming this year, but for which no release date has been announced. Usher earlier released the flirty, auto tuned “Good Kisser.”

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Courtney Love joins 'Sons of Anarchy'

Courtney Love joins “Sons of Anarchy”
The Hole rocker will play Jax’s eldest son's "straight-talking" preschool teacher in her dramatic TV acting debut.

The Situation’s reality show gets an extra episode to address his arrest and fight with his brother
TV Guide Network’s “The Sorrentinos” had just wrapped and didn’t capture the fight on camera, but the extra episode will be used for the show’s stars to explain what happened.

“Lost’s” Elizabeth Mitchell will be part of “Once Upon a Time’s” “Frozen”-themed storyline
She might be playing a villainous character.

“Gone Girl” author Gilian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” is headed to TV
Flynn’s debut novel will be made into a TV series with the help of Marti Noxon and Jason Blum.

DIY and HGTV’s new shows include ”Tiny House Builders”, “Amish RENOgades,” ”Half Price Paradise”
DIY’s Amish reality show will feature the stars of “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.”

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