Ava DuVernay's "Selma" is going to come around at a particularly noteworthy time. Yes, it's been 50 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and yes, it's been 49 years since the passing of the voter rights act. But as we look around today, it's perfectly clear: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger
The confidential settlement ending the NFL's $16.6 million lawsuit comes after the league levied a $12,000 fine on Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel for flashing his middle finger during a “Monday Night Football” preseason game this week.
Oprah Winfrey Network sends Iyanla Vanzant to help Ferguson heal
Tuesday’s episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will bring together Iyanla, Ferguson’s police chief and Michael Brown’s uncle.
Mindy gets a new “Mindy Project” rival: Niecy Nash
The "Reno 911!" alum will play the new hospital chief who happens to be a lesbian.
Could “SNL” replace Don Pardo with Darrell Hammond, his impressionist?
Hammond pretended to be Pardo when he filled in for him several times on "Saturday Night Live," and says he would be “honored and thrilled” to carry on his announcing duties.
Twitter will debut a zip-line camera above the Emmy red carpet
The live zip-line footage will be shown on NBC’s Twitter account and on “Access Hollywood.”
State Farm reviving classic “SNL” characters Hans & Franz and Rob Schneider’s “Richmeister”
As part of “SNL’s” 40th-season celebration, Lorne Michaels is teaming with State Farm for the ad campaign, launching during the VMAs and featuring Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as well as Schneider’s “Making Copies” guy, which you can watch right here.
All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season.
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.
“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for “Parks and Rec’s” final season
She’ll play the nanny to Leslie and Ben’s triplets in a one-episode role that could be expanded.
We're down to the Final 4 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown and we have to admit...
We didn't see this coming.
Sure, we knew that "Jericho" fans were well-trained when it comes to mobilizing to send nuts, but like many of you, we just assumed that when it comes to mobilizing to skew online polls, nobody could top Joss Whedon fans in general and Browncoats in specific.
Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted”
The military comedy has no other potential suitors, so it is not coming back.
The clip features Chris Martin and a female in inflatable suits, which are mean to represent their being overweight. They get shunned wherever they go. For example, Martin tries to get on the bus to go to a baseball game, but gets turned away because of his size. His employer kicks him in the ass for no apparent reason.The girl gets spurned when she tries out at an audition and people in her row look visibly dismayed when she goes to the ballet (and, of course, gets stuck in her seat).
But despite their puffy bodies, they have great dreams, including their love of ballet and their desire to be on stage, so after a performance, Martin’s character dances as he sweeps the stage and the girl, finally able to spring herself from her seat, take the stage and put on a performance to a full audience. As the video comes to an end, the tag, “Anything is possible” appears.
I’m sure it’s supposed to be the opposite of fat shaming, but it still feels a little tone deaf and a little odd. We’re supposed to be happy for them because they found each other, but wouldn’t it be nicer if the rest of the world accepted them for who they are from the start instead of seeing them as outcasts for their size?
“True Love” is the third single from the group’s current album, “Ghost Stories.”
Every new piece of footage or marketing for "Nightcrawler" has me champing at the bit at this point. First Open Road Films offered up a brief viral tease of the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ethically unbound freelance crime journalist in Los Angeles, ahead of its announcement as a Toronto Film Festival world premiere. Then came the first teaser trailer, which proved to me that cinematographer Robert Elswit was bringing the goods here. And that pulp-inspired poster was awesome. Now, a full trailer, laying out all the ethical implications at the heart of the film.
“The Blacklist” lands Paul Reubens
The “Pee-wee Herman” star will appear in two episodes as Mr. Vargas, "a dapper, finicky ‘muscle' who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld.”
“SVU” stars take the Ice Bucket Challenge, but Ice-T declines to participate in the “STUNT"
Ice-T tweeted: "I don’t do things because “EVERYBODY ELSE” is doing it. I do what ‘I’ want to do ONLY because ‘I’ want to do it..” PLUS: Benedict Cumberbatch gets it on his motorcycle, Maisie Williams does it on the side of a building, Danny DeVito is joined by his Trollfoot, Chelsea Handler does it in flippers, Tara Reid gets revenge on Joan Rivers, and Mitt Romney nominates Jason Sudeikis, his “SNL” impersonator.
VH1 orders "Weave Trip,” a spinoff of "T.I.& Tiny: The Family Hustle”
The reality show will follow the mobile hair salon adventures of T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and her hairdresser friend, Shekinah Jo.
Study: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have a lot of white male guests
Chloe Angyal says of her research: "In short, Colbert and, to a lesser extent Stewart, are sending the message that the most credible, interesting and relevant people out there – the people viewers should hear from and know about – are almost all white and male.”
Emmys announce the final group of presenters, including Mindy Kaling, Chris Hardwick and Kate Walsh
John Mulaney, Uzo Aduba, Ricky Gervais and Allison Williams will also be presenting Monday.
BET news special tonight will examine the events in Ferguson with rappers Nelly and Ali
Nelly is a former resident of the Missouri town that has been the site of widespread protest the past two weeks.
Lori Petty will return to “Orange is the New Black”
She’ll reprise her brief role from the Season 2 premiere.
Damon Lindelof’s “Lost”-themed "Phineas and Ferb” featuring Terry O’Quinn gets a premiere date
The Sept. 29 episode will also feature Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow.
BBC’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” to star Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden
“The Borgias” and “Game of Thrones” alums will play, respectively, the title role and gamekeeper Oliver Mellor from the 1928 Italian romance novel by D.H. Lawrence.
Something to bear in mind: the awards are voted by the fans, which means acts with younger fans with itchy and eager texting fingers can get the nod over artists with more passive fans. This is much more of a popularity contest than it is a referendum on the actual best video in each category.
As I noted earlier this week, it is a tremendously female-dominated field this year, so look for the ladies to rule.
Here are my predictions for the main categories.