If the supermarket tabloids are any indication, I've gotten a pretty strong hint about who Ben picks, but hey, you never know with these reality shows. In any case, I'm not overly sure I care too much. Ben has been a uniquely dull bachelor, and I have to think that whoever gets the proposal at the end of the show will wake up the next day, shake her head and say, oh my Lord, I just got engaged to the Geico caveman as voiced by Kermit the Frog.
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If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.
After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.
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Todd Rohal had an unnaturally long period of time pass between the production of his first film, "The Guatemalan Handshake," and his second, "The Catechism Cataclysm." Five years between movies can seem like a lifetime for a filmmaker, so it was nice to see that after "Catechism" played the festival circuit last year, just now arriving on home video, Rohal's already got a new film ready and it premiered here on Saturday afternoon. He has definitely picked up the pace, and I'm glad he's managed to shake that awful inertia that can be really tough on a filmmaker, so I feel kind of bad when I say that my main criticism for Rohal right now would be "please slow down."
Both of these recent films, "Catechism" and "Nature," are built on strong simple ideas that easily could have been used in a big-budget mainstream comedy. They're both driven by character-driven comedy and blatant absurdity, and there's definitely a consistent voice from film to film. I like his sensibilities and there are many things in both of the films that made me laugh. But both films also strike me as deeply undercooked in some essential way, like we're watching a rough assembly instead of a finished edit. They are shaggy to the point of sloppy, and I feel like one more pass at each of the scripts might have teased the great ideas into an actual great execution.
The battle rounds continue, and I can only hope there are some smarter decisions this week than last week. Not that all of the decisions were easy, mind you. I'm still wishing other judges could snap up whoever gets eliminated. Sort of like Go Fish, but with a much better payoff.
Being engaged to a model apparently does wonders for your confidence. John Legend vows he’ll be the best you’ve ever had in his new song from “Think Like A Man.”
Opening with what sounds like a sample of Moby’s “Porcelain,” “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” is one of Legend’s sexiest numbers. He vows he’s going to “kiss that” because he knows you’ve “missed that.”
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I'm starting to get a little confused about which festival I'm attending, because while everything I see in Austin this week says "SXSW," it's got a distinctly "Fantastic Fest" vibe going on.
I have a feeling part of that's just been the choices I made about what to see and when. I've been at most of the midnights, and so far, my days have been occupied largely with things other than movies, like yesterday's live-chat with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard or the panel I moderated for "Holliston," a crazy new sitcom for FEARnet starring Joe Lynch and Adam Green.
But it seems significant that "The Cabin In The Woods" was the opening night movie, and it seems right that the Secret Screening turned out to be Scott Derrickson's new film "Sinister," starring Ethan Hawke and not set for release until later this year. The film has local ties in the form of co-screenwriter C. Robert Cargill who worked at Ain't It Cool with me as "Massawyrm," and it almost felt like a cast and crew screening when the film played at midnight on Saturday, even with technical delays that had the film starting a full hour late.
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It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we talk a bit about the return of "Community," discuss Ashley Judd's new ABC drama "Missing" and catch up with recent episodes of "The Walking Dead," "Justified" and "Parenthood" (whose finale we would have discussed last week had we been less groggy).
While fans wait patiently for “Trespassing,” Adam Lambert’s second post- “Idol” set, they can get down to this electroclash version of first single “Better Than I Know Myself.”
The remix by Grammy-nominated producer/remixerDave Aude is one of several on an EP of “Better” remixes released today via Lambert’s website, AdamOfficial.com. It’s loud and in your face and has some very cool speaker tricks going on. The track is an Idolator exclusive that you can listen to here. We'll embed as soon as an embed code is available.
The original, which is a mid-tempo ballad, failed to ignite at Top 40 radio, peaking at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 24 on Adult Pop Songs (which may be one reason the album’s release was delayed-- to retool some songs).
As Glambert fans already know, two songs from his performance at a fashion show earlier this month showed up on line last week.
What do you think of the remix of “Better Than I Know Myself?”
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AUSTIN, Texas - Like the thugs who put the film’s plot into motion, “The Aggression Scale” is as shameless as it is stupid. The story of a family fighting back against a group of gun-toting hoods who come in search of their boss’s money, director Steven C. Miller’s South by Southwest debut is despicable, mean-spirited sleaze that survives only on the pretense that it could be interpreted as exploitation “fun.” Featuring performances by former Jason Voorhees Derek Mears, two “Twin Peaks” alumni and one of Harmony Korine’s “Gummo” collaborators, the film is thoughtless and trashy in all of the wrong ways.
Ray Wise (“Peaks,” “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”) plays Mr. Bellavance, a recently freed crime boss who sends his underlings to retrieve $500,000 in “getaway” money that some former employee stole while he was in prison. Led by Lloyd (Dana Ashbrook), the four-man team ruthlessly mows down a series of suspects before arriving at the freshly-bought home of Bill (Boyd Kestner) and his wife Maggie (Lisa Rotondi), newlyweds who are awkwardly trying to cajole his son Owen (Ryan Hartwig) and her daughter Lauren (Fabianne Therese) into calling one another siblings.
Will Farrell, don’t give up your day job. In this Funny or Die clip, Farrell--as his character in “Casa de mi Padre”-- laments that he knows nothing whether it is how birds fly, flowers grow or why men hate each other as he sings "Yo No Se."
As he sits around the campfire with his fellow rancheros and, conveniently enough, a trumpet, he realizes that the only thing he knows for certain is love.
We know that he’s a better comedian than singer (although his chops aren’t bad....). And his Spanish is pretty good. And that, as one of its founders, he can get a clip on Funny or Die anytime he wants to.
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The earlier conceptions of the South By Southwest Music Conference had more of a level playing field -- the emphasis was more on connecting breaking bands to industry, and industry to fans. Obviously, that idea has shifted SXSW getting bigger and bigger every year, catering not to just music wayfarers to audiences seeking many of the same trappings of any major music festival.
Hence the headliners -- or "headliners" -- that crop up every year, often directly before the conference takes place.
This year is no exception, with some enormous names gracing stages around Austin, Texas, and even a few more to-be-announced. Bruce Springsteen is keynote speaker, plus he's confirmed that he and his E Street band will be bopping around. Jay-Z is throwing a large-scale concert, but for SXSW Interactive Conference-goers. Jack White will be performing one of his first major public shows as a solo artist, Fiona Apple will be bowing new material and Tenacious D will be re-introducing themselves after a brief hiatus.
Keep checking in to SXSW's site and HitFix throughout the festival: there will undoubtedly be many big, last-minute additions and secret shows galore.
Check out a "headliner" rundown below.