It's been nine years, 200 episodes, 512 suspects and 738 head slaps for "NCIS," which was the subject of a celebratory panel at CBS' press day. While Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette and the rest of the cast talked about feeling the love and their sense of gratitude, what they didn't talk about was seeing an end date to the show (ranked #1 in scripted programs) or what we might expect in future episodes. Luckily, executive producer Gary Glasberg showed a piece of raw footage to wrap up the panel -- and give the audience an inkling of what they can expect from the 200th episode.
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If you want a job done properly... well, don't get the public to do it for you. That's the lesson, at least, that BAFTA has learned today: in handing the public the task of electing their five Rising Star Award nominees, instead of leaving it to an industry jury as in years past, they've wound up with a slate that rivals last week's awards longlists in the embarrassment stakes.
That's not to rag on the nominees themselves -- a bright, promising bunch of young actors, most of whom fit the 'rising star' profile rather neatly. I've already sung the praises of Chris Hemsworth and Chris O'Dowd, two of 2011's most appealing breakthrough performers, in my First-Half FYC columns -- the latter's performance in "Bridesmaids" still ranks in my personal Best Supporting Actor ballot for 2011. Tom Hiddleston, meanwhile, has amply proven his worth in an exciting range of mainstream and arthouse projects, from "Thor" to "Midnight in Paris" to "The Deep Blue Sea." Kudos all round.
There were far more than thousands of New Yorkers upset by the fact they couldn't nab a ticket to LCD Soundsystem's epic finale at Madison Square Garden last year. Millions of fans would have liked to see Regine from Arcade Fire do that little glove dance or Reggie Watts guest during the "45:33" zone-out run. With a show so very much final, a concert film was almost certainly in order.
A first glimpse of that film, "Shut Up and Play the Hits," will be at the Sundance Film Festival this month, where directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace will premiere it.
The documentary chronicles the lead-up, the day-of and the day-after of that April 2, 2011 New York concert; it was produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Bensk (Blur's doc "No Distance Left to Run") and by LCD frontman James Murphy, who may just spend half the film hugging people and heavily sighing.
The trailer has debuted, below, featuring just those kind of moments, to the tune of "All My Friends."
Rihanna’s “We Found Love” finds its way back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it pushes LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” out of the top spot.
“Sexy” slips back to No. 2, flanked by Rihanna and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” which rises to No. 3. Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” zooms 8-4, making it her third top 5 hit from “21,” which remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” stays at No. 5.
Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” falls 3-6, asking the question if the song is prophetically titled: Will it be the song that keeps her from achieving an unprecedented sixth Hot100 No. 1 from “Teenage Dream?” The song increases in radio airplay, but falls in digital sales, according to Billboard. https://www.billboard.com/#/news/rihanna-renews-love-affair-atop-hot-100-1005842352.story
After the morning's contentious panel for "2 Broke Girls" at CBS' press day, maybe it shouldn't be surprising that the expected hot potato "Rob," which the Washington Post said would leave viewers "horrified and nauseated" and which the Daily Beast decried as "racist and unfunny," received a surprisingly friendly response from the assembled critics.
Each time I sit down with Sam Worthington, I am struck by just how resolutely unpolished he is, and how refreshing that can be.
No matter how many press junkets and interviews he does, I get the feeling no one is sanding any rough edges off of Sam Worthington any time soon. He doesn't have that filter that is so carefully trained into most movie stars, and he doesn't seem terribly political in terms of what he will or won't say.
As a result, I've always enjoyed talking to him. If you do get a reaction out of him, it's genuine. If you want to talk '80s metal bands with him, you'll get him to talk all afternoon, and you'll see what passion looks like. But he'll be equally frank and critical if you want to talk about his own movies.
For example, as we sat down last week to discuss his new film "Man On A Ledge," I wanted to ask him about returning to play a character in a sequel, something he just did for the first time, and something that he's going to do soon (relatively speaking, considering the "Avatar" sequels aren't going to arrive until at least 2016) when he returns to Pandora for James Cameron.
The upcoming SAG Awards have lined up a formidable array of stars to act as presenters at the televised 18th Annual event. Natalie Portman, Ed Helms, Julianna Margulies, Armie Hammer and Regina King will hand out trophies to the winners.
SAG President Ken Howard will also act as a presenter.
Portman received The Actor last year for her mesmerizing turn in Darren Aronofsky's “Black Swan, and has recently appeared in "No Strings Attached” and “Thor." Portman may be re-teaming with her "V For Vendetta" producers The Wachowskis for the upcoming "Jupiter Ascending." She'll also be among the presenters at this coming Sunday's Golden Globe Awards show,.
Hammer is nominated this year for his supporting performance in “J. Edgar” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and was nominated last year as a member of “The Social Network” ensemble. He'll soon be seen in the Snow White riff “Mirror Mirror,” opposite Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.
SAG award winner Helms is nominated again this year as part of the ensemble of NBC's "The Office.” He was also recently seen in "The Hangover Part II," and will appear opposite Jason Segel in the upcoming comedy "Jeff Who Lives at Home."
As an eight-time winner (and sixteen-time nominee), Margulies holds the SAG Awards’ record for the most awards received. She's taken home awards both for her current show "The Good Wife,” and for her work on NBC's long-running “ER.”
Regina King currently stars in TNT’s “Southland” and serves as the SAG Awards social network ambassador. She was nominated as a cast member of “Ray,” alongside Jamie Foxx.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on TNT and TBS Sunday, January 29 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
See the complete list of nominees here.
Alright, you know the drill. Rifle off your need-to-knows and we'll try to address a few in the podcast. We'll surely be previewing the Golden Globes and talking about DGA, ASC, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and other news items from the week as it is, so steer away from that and give us something fresh to chew on.
Drake has returned to where he rightfully belongs: the video for Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong.”
The first video released for the tune featured Blige, some background dancers and a largely unused stripper’s pole, lamenting the joys and sorrows of loving a man who makes it hurt so good in all the wrong ways. However, Drake was nowhere to be found.
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Jason Mraz will release his fourth studio album on May 8.
There’s a pent-up demand for Mraz’s music, apparently: first single the sweet “I Won’t Give Up,” debuted on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart at No. 1, selling 229,000 copies in week one, after Mraz released a lyric video of the song on his website on Jan. 3.
As the door closes on phase one of the Oscar season and nomination ballots are finalized, Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret” takes the stage in the final moments. Screeners of the film were finally sent out to all voting members of the Academy recently, and now, supporters of the film wait to see if said members may have responded to the material.
The actress at the center of the story, Anna Paquin, delivered her performance six years ago, when she was 23. And yet the experience still seems fresh and vivid in her mind, as if she were leaving the set after a day of emotional Olympics on “Margaret” rather than an evening of stunt-heavy work on Alan Ball’s southern-fried vamp camp phenomenon “True Blood.”
What the intermittent years have done is give her a sense of perspective akin to the kind of enriched self-understanding only attained with the passage of time. But then the actress already had the benefit of chronological distance from her character, Lisa Cohen, when production began, providing the space necessary for her to find what was lovable in a girl who she concedes is so often eristic in the film.