If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" DP Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the ASC and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years.
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“Enlisted” fans to Yahoo: Why not a “Community”/“Enlisted” double feature?
“Enlisted” fans are campaigning to get the Fox military sitcom rescued by Yahoo in the wake of Monday’s “Community” pickup.
Carol Kane headed to “Gotham"
She’ll play the mother of Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.
“Full House” stars reunited today for Dave Coulier’s wedding
The 54-year-old Coulier’s new wife, Melissa Bring, was about 4 years old when “Full House” premiered.
Disney princesses get a “Orange is the New Black” makeover
Graphic designer Maya Bayley also did an “OITNB” makeover for Prince Eric from “The Little Mermaid."
Did the New York Post help get “Seinfeld” canceled?
Jerry Seinfeld was reportedly upset by the Post’s plans in 1997 to run the results of an informal poll on whether the sitcom should be canceled. The poll ran 50-50. PLUS: Watch a 1-hour “Seinfeld” documentary on how it all began.
Monica Lewinsky sat down with Nat Geo because she thought it was a very respectful brand
Lewinsky also felt comfortable filming her "The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?” interview because she was working with a British production team.
WGN America will promote “Manhattan” on the 4th of July with a “Manhattan Project” special
“The Manhattan Project: Beyond the Bomb” will delve into the 1940s Los Alamos, New Mexico world the atomic bomb drama is set in hopes of making the show interesting to viewers who might be turned off.
The Weather Channel boasts that it preempts regular programming for storm coverage
As Dennis Mersereau points out, "The Weather Channel took 20 seconds out of every other commercial break yesterday to brag that they'd preempted programming to talk about the weather, because we live in a world where The Weather Channel has to use advertising time to tell its viewers that it's going to talk about the weather.”
CBS’ “Extant” was discovered last year thanks to a scriptwriting contest
Creator Mickey Fisher’s script’s journey to Steven Spielberg happened via the TrackingB TV Pilot Contest, where his script was a finalist.
Why adding a male to “The View” is a terrible idea
You can get the male opinion everywhere else, and adding a man to a woman’s show will only make the show all about gender politics.
Is a “Reading Rainbow” app a good idea?
The problem is there are already many reading apps out there, and they are all tough to evaluate.
Watch the “Blossom” cast, reunited
Here’s a preview of the cast reunion, 20 years later.
“Bachelorette” No. 1 Trista Sutter is jealous that current “Bachelorettes” get to travel the world
"They get to go on much better trips!” she says. "I went to Seattle and Cabo and Sedona. And now (they’re) going to Marseilles and Paris and Venice...They travel the world."
“Mulaney's" John Mulaney is getting married, but producer Lorne Michaels won't be in attendance
Former “SNL” writer and Fox sitcom star John Mulaney is getting married this weekend, with his co-stars expected to attend.
Edie Falco had mixed feelings about “Nurse Jackie’s” drug storyline
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College student paying $3,250 to hang with Robin Wright on the “House of Cards” set
Andi Benson, 23, won the set visit via a charity auction.
“Arrow” gets a Hong Kong handler
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Adult Swim is giving away a “China, IL” shower curtain
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Andy Cohen recalls the time Obama announced Osama bin Laden’s death just before “Watch What Happens Live”
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Larenz Tate fights crime in BET’s “Gun Hill”
Tonight’s BET original movie is a bit problematic.
“Breaking Bad’s” RJ Mitte honored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation
He’ll receive the inaugural Inspiration Award.
Yes, “Bet On Your Baby” is a real show
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Anna Faris looks just like her real mom
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Coming to Comic-Con: “Big Bang Theory," “Supernatural,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries”
The WBTV's contingent also includes “The Originals” and “The 100,” as well as “iZombie.”
Her breakthrough hit spend its sixth week at No. 1, passing Lil Kim’s 5 weeks at the top as part of the collective that remade “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 for “Moulin Rouge.” Given her comments at the BET Awards on Sunday night, we’re sure Nicki Minaj is gnashing her teeth over the news.
Magic’s “Rude” moves 3-2, which means Azalea’s other major hit, her feature on “Problems” by Ariana Grande, will likely be locked out of the top spot after spending five weeks at No. 2. Billboard predicts that “Rude” will likely topple “Fancy” from the top spot.
Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” moves to No. 4, while Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” stays at No. 5. (“Latch,” hIs song with Dispatch climbs to No. 11).
As for the bottom half of the Top 10, the song remains the same: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg at No. 6, John Legend’s “All of Me” at No. 7, Calvin Harris’ “Summer” at No. 8, DJ Snake and Lil John’s “Turn Down For What” at No. 9 and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at No. 10.
Short version: let's see Marvel add some different shades to the Marvel movie universe.
“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter ends with $6.4 million and a record 105,846 donors
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Sara Rue joins TV Land’s “Impaster”
The “Less than Perfect” alum will play the assistant to Michael Rosenbaum’s fake gay pastor in a new small town.
1960s “Batman” stars Adam West and Burt Ward will reunite at Comic-Con
West, 85, and the 68-year-old Ward -- along with “Catwoman” Julie Newmar -- will promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of their entire “Batman” series.
So, basically, it's "CSI: 666."
Makes sense. Jerry Bruckheimer doesn't really do horror films. When you look back at his long and storied career as a producer, you see several recurring things, but horror seems like it's never really been part of his cinematic diet. I guess you could argue that some of the "Pirates" movies have some creepy elements, but those films are ultimately family adventure movies with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in.
So what attracted him to the story of Detective Ralph Sarchie, a real-life NYC officer who gets involved in a case that subjects him to some insane supernatural attention? Hard to tell, but the finished film, directed by Scott Derrickson and adapted from Sarchie's non-fiction book by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman, plays like a police procedural first and foremost. It's a dark and grimy film, and while I think it's juggling a whole lot of cliches, there is something genuinely admirable about the way it tells this story and the way it handles the supernatural onscreen.
Ashanti has an A.M. booty call on her mind with her new single, “Early In The Morning,” and she tells us all about the “sexy vibe,” the video featuring French Montana will have. “It’s about how sometimes you wake up in that morning and you have that mmmm on your mind,” she coyly says. The track is from her recently released set, “Braveheart,” her first album on her own label.
The singer was in town for the BET Awards and had a few thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s alleged take down of Iggy Azalea in her acceptance speech: Ashanti felt was fairly typical hip hop behavior. “It’s tough in hip hop, but for females, you have to have a little bit of swag. You have to have that, I don’t want to say, ‘rivalry.’”
Azalea just matched Ashanti’s 12-year record for being the only female to have the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for multiple weeks. She praises Azalea’s success, but jokes, “Hey, I did it first!
She has plenty of other activity on her plate. She is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, an effort to fight childhood obesity. She contributed a new song, “Just Believe,” to the cause and serves as a spokeswoman.
Ashanti is also still on board to write the music for John Singleton’s Tupac biopic. “It’s still very early in the development stage,” she says. “They have to move forward to casting and music comes further into it.”
While that happens, she heads back to New York to start filming “Stuck,” with Amy Madigan, a movie that takes place in a subway car in New York City. “It’s a very relatable character. Kind of different for me,” says Ashanti, who has also appeared in such films as “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” and “John Tucker Must Die.” “Some of the stereotypes she had in her head were able to be changed.”
Warner Brothers Television announced its 2014 Comic-Con lineup on Wednesday (July 2) afternoon, a slate that includes a whopping 15 shows, including five new series premieres.
The WBTV Comic-Con lineup includes the studio's regular Wednesday Preview Night pilot screenings, the previously announced Saturday night event featuring "Gotham" and "The Flash," plus a panel with Mike Tyson.
Yes. Mike Tyson is coming to Comic-Con.
Nicki Minaj swore this morning via Twitter that she was not throwing shade at Iggy Azalea during her acceptance speech during Sunday night’s BET Awards, and then continued to dig herself into a deeper hole.
First, she takes the media to task for “putting words into her mouth,” and then starts stressing again that she respects women who write their own songs, like Lauren Hill and Missy Elliott. She brings up that she has congratulated Azalea on her success with fancy (which she totally has. Read about that here).
The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for 5 YEARS— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness.... Did she read minds?— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
It's the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she's a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
In the meantime, Azalea is having her music speak for her: “Fancy” spends its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, making it the longest that a song by a female rapper has spent at the summit.
Was Minaj smart to tweet about this or she should let it go now?
Katherine Heigl feels betrayed by her acting career
As she prepares to return to TV in “State of Affairs,” Heigl addresses the backlash against her, which included negative reaction to her stint on “Grey’s Anatomy.” "The thing that was my best friend for a long time (my career) suddenly turned on me. And I didn't expect it,” she tells Marie Claire UK. "I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me."
Pamela Adlon: Stop saying that was "rape" on “Louie”
Adlon is tired of “this recap culture,” which comes to conclusions before a season is over. Says Adlon: “The fact people were talking about, Did Louie try to rape Pamela? Was that a rape? Or calling it rape straight-out, which was nuts, because I never saw it like that, because they had this kind of over-the-edge connection and relationship. They do a push-me/pull-me thing.
HBO says internet rumors of Emilia Clarke leaving “Game of Thrones” are false
"She's absolutely back for Season 5,” says an HBO spokesperson, addressing the hoopla over a rumor planted via a fake news generator.
Here are your 4th of July TV marathons
This weekend’s marathons include History channel’s "America the Story of Us” and Syfy’s “The Twilight Zone."
John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is groundbreaking with segments lasting 15 to 20 minutes
This week, Oliver had a segment on anti-gay laws in Uganda that was as long or longer than a “60 Minutes” segment. With his in-depth segments, Oliver is shattering the comedy-TV news format.
MTV2’s "Wild ‘N Out” returns, pitting Nick Cannon vs. Rick Ross
Watch them trade insults in a game of “So Fly.”
Tim Howard saves “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones”
Fresh off his heroic effort, the internet has photoshopped the goalie for the United States' Men's World Cup team into key moments of “Game of Thrones” and the Netflix drama.
“Nathan For You’s” premiere included a crazy exorcism
Check out his “Ghost Realtor” segment.
“Downton Abbey’s” female stars pose for a "Downton Sisterhood” magazine cover
Check out the “Downton” ladies in Harper’s Bazaar.
Watch the trailer for Lifetime conspiracy thriller “The Lottery”
Set in 2025, “The Lottery” is set in a world where women stop bearing children.
Robin Thicke has turned to tiny tots to do his dirty work. And it was a smart move. His new video for ballad “Still Madly Crazy,” features little kids, probably around 8 or 9-years old, singing along to the song. Then they go through a marriage reception, including the obligatory toasts.
It’s altogether adorable, mainly because the kids bring an innocent sweetness to the spare tune. Thicke doesn't appear in the video.
It ends with a card simply reading, “For you.” By now, we all know that “you” is Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, who left him earlier this year and he’s been on a campaign to win her back.
This is his best move yet.
Thicke's new album, "Paula," came out yesterday. Read our review here.
Instead, Madge has graced us with sheet music from the piece on her Instagram, followed by a short video of an orchestra playing the sheet music with the caption, “Magic makes the people come together yaaaaaaaassssss #messiah.”
Didn’t she used to declare that it was music that made the people come together?
Madonna's last album, 2012's "MDNA," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.