Ever hear about a mass murder and think, huh, I wonder if a yeti did it? Okay, probably not your first conclusion. Or second. Or fifty-fifth. But that was the one explorer Mike Libecki found himself drawn to in investigating the cold case of the Dyatlov Incident, a journey documented in "Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives" (a two-hour special premiering on Discovery Sun. June 1 at 9:00 p.m.). Crazy, right? Well, hold on a minute.
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Miguel just wants someone to smoke with and lie down with, as well as enjoy a disdain for spaces between words, in his new video for “Simplethings.” In the strikingly shot black-and-white clip, he not only finds his match, but, apparently, he and his new love have the same spirit animals. What are the odds?
All I could picture as the closing credits began for "Maleficent," the big-budget fantasy picture that Walt Disney Studios is releasing on Friday, was a whole generation of women explaining how deeply and permanently broken their view of men was by Angelina Jolie when they were just princess-crazy little girls.
It is safe to say I will not be taking my kids to see "Maleficent," a film that is so swollen with psycho-sexual subtext that I felt like I was watching a true hijacking of the mainstream. But… by who? Robert Stromberg, who directed the film, is a production designer who has been involved in creating some of the richest, most detailed fantasy worlds on film over the last decade, and who worked in visual effects for 20 years before that, and he certainly brings that skill set to bear on how he establishes a sense of time and place in "Maleficent." This is a world divided into the half that is run by men and the half that is protected by a much older magic, filled with powerful creatures, and it is lush, almost every frame packed with something new to see.
While most of us think of Marilyn Manson as a goth rock icon with an impressive contact lens collection, he's also known for other stuff, like writing and painting and being an impressively clear-headed talking head on hot topics like gun control. He also pops up in acting roles, sometimes unrecognizably (see his shot on "Eastbound & Down"). Now he has a new role to add to his resume -- he'll be joining the cast of the FX show "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role.
Jennifer Lopez’s stunning new black-and-white video, “First Love,” features her in the desert with Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy, who is hotter than the Mojave and also seems around the same age as Lopez. Though she lives in a shack, she has her love to give her everything she needs. The Max Martin-produced track is the new single from JLo's June 17 release, "A.K.A."
In the midst of an ambitious plan to reinvent the way the broadcast networks operate, FOX entertainment chief Kevin Reilly ran into a very traditional problem: not enough hits. So the man who wanted to cancel pilot season and seasonal scheduling has instead resigned from the network, effective immediately.
Here's something I keep forgetting about the upcoming "Annie" remake: Emma Thompson (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Sense and Sensibility," lest we forget) is one of its three credited writers. I'm not sure at what stage Thompson worked on the project -- early, I'm guessing, unless she's tighter with producer Jay-Z than I'd previously imagined -- but from everything we've seen of the project thus far, it doesn't bear much trace of the Englishwoman's involvement. Anyway, that's an aside: the second trailer for "Annie" has landed, and it looks, if anything, even brasher than the much-maligned first glimpse suggested.
“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo is headed to “Couples Therapy”
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell will get counseling on the 5th season of the VH1 reality show.
Fox boss Kevin Reilly is stepping down after a disappointing season
The Fox Entertainment chairman is exiting after Fox placed 4th in total viewers and 2nd in the key 18-49 demo. Reilly put shows like "The Mindy Project" and "New Girl" on the air. Before Fox, he was NBC Entertainment president, responsible for shows like "The Office," "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights" and "Heroes."
How will ABC’s “Rising Star” use real-time voting when the U.S. has 4 time zones?
It looks like the vast majority of the country, from the Mountain Time Zone to the Eastern Time Zone will get the show live. But what about the Pacific Time Zone?
Julia Collins predicted she'd become a “Jeopardy!” champion in her 8th grade yearbook
Collins, though, predicted she’d become the "'Ten Time Jeopardy Champion,’ winning each tournament twice.”
“Hell on Wheels” gets a Season 4 premiere date
The AMC Western returns Aug. 2.
“Covert Affairs” hires a new spy
Max Martini will guest in Season 5.
“Hannibal” debuts an 8-minute gag reel
This gag reel may make you actually gag.
British singer-songwriter Foxes will guest on “Doctor Who”
She’ll also perform a song on the BBC series.
Maggie Smith gets a “Downton Abbey” made
Actress Sue Johnston is joining the ITV series.
Marilyn Manson joins “Sons of Anarchy”
The goth rocker will play a white supremacist prison power player associated with Jax Teller in the final season.
Edward Snowden interview brings in just 5.9 million viewers
The NBC News exclusive special tied for 2nd in the ratings, while the premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” was first.
"Millionaire Matchmaker” star facing federal felony extortion charges
Adam Winters, 25, who appeared on the Bravo series in February and claimed to be worth more than $1 million, was arrested and could not afford to pay for his own attorney.
“American Idol” winner takes runner-up to her prom
Jena Irene Asciutto asked Caleb Johnson to escort her to prom at her Michigan high school.
Elisabeth Moss’ 1st post-“Mad Men” gig: “The Heidi Chronicles” on Broadway?
Moss is wrapping up filming of “Mad Men” and is in negotiations to star in the beloved Wendy Wasserstein play.
Man who punched Brad Pitt is on probation for crashing the Grammys stage last year
Vitalii Sediuk surprised Jennifer Lopez last year when he crashed the Grammys stage before Adele’s speech.
Louis CK buys Babe Ruth’s summer Hamptons beach house for $2.5M
After bombing in the Hamptons in the season premiere of “Louie,” Louis CK is set to own the house that the Yankees legend used to spend his summers at.
"Blood Lake: Attack Of The Killer Lampreys” a ratings dud
Animal Planet’s first original B-horror film didn’t come close to the cable channel’s other offering that night, "Mermaids: The New Evidence."
Why Edward Snowden should’ve liked “The Wire” Season 2
Season 2 of the HBO series critiques the war on terror. And as Vox points out, “The Wire’s” critique "closely resembles ones Snowden himself has made.”
Vimeo announces its 1st original TV series
The video-sharing website is getting into original programming with cannabis dealer series "High Maintenance.” The web series has already been shown on Vimeo, but Vimeo has ordered six more episodes.
I had more compassion for the 13-year-old version of myself after watching the movie "We Are The Best!"
The Swedish film centers on middle school-aged girls who, even after the punk era has seemingly crested in the early '80s, decide to start a punk band. Their bedrooms are lined with posters of the records and bands they like, they disappear into records when their parents annoy them or let them down. They lust after the boys featured in music mags (even though they scarcely know what lust even is) as much as they'd like to compete with them on stage.
"We Are the Best!" is a merciful and subtly celebratory portrait of the goof-toothed age of girls, when friendships start forming around the things you can't stand as much as the things you love, when your personality is defined by group view and your own rebellion within that crew... and by your hair, and makeup and your independence to wield all of the above like weapons.
In the exclusive clip above, the problem for these Stockholm kids Bobo and Klara -- as it is for so many budding bands -- is that they can't play anything. They don't own instruments, they have no songs. The guitar-wielding bro-dudes at the rec center just took the wind out of their sails by mocking the girls' looks, the mohawked, socially awkward "prettiest girls in town."
They take the power back by using good old-fashioned bureaucracy: they reserved the rehearsal room out from under their hecklers. As the latter files out of the room, the girls suppress laughter, and then they get to work making noise.
Overall, the flick is recommended watching for everyone in need of some good, hearty racket, tweens and beyond. "We Are the Best!" -- directed by Lukas Moodysson and starring the phenomenal Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv Lemoyne -- opens Friday (May 30).
“Wonder Years” cast reunites to announce that the DVD is coming soon
Check out Kevin Arnold with his family, plus Winnie Cooper and Paul Pfeiffer.
Time puts “Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox on its cover
She talks to Time about the transgender movement in this week’s cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point."
Neil Patrick Harris will perform at the Tonys, along with Idina Menzel, Sting, Patti LaBelle
Also performing: Fantasia, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster.
LeVar Burton posts video of him tearing up over his “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
“It is our first day. I am overwhelmed, thank you so much, this is going to enable us to really, really, really do a lot of good,” he said.
Edward Snowden has been watching “The Wire,” but says Season 2 is “not so great”
Snowden told Brian Williams “I’m really enjoying” the HBO series about surveillance, but PLUS: Why Snowden is wrong about Season 2, and “Wire” creator David Simon is not a Snowden fan.
Why Hulu should not bring back “Community”
A 6th season would be nothing but pandering to fans, especially since the canceled NBC comedy exhausted all its storylines.
“SNL’s” Jay Pharoah makes another rap parody music video
“Problems” is a follow-up to last year’s “I Am a Dog.”
Anna Gunn’s ex-husband is reportedly seeking her “Breaking Bad” money
Alastair Duncan, the actor father of Gunn’s two daughters, stopped seeking child support after their divorce in 2009. But according to TMZ, he wants “a piece of” her earnings, including the $1 million she made from “Breaking Bad” last year.
Lena Dunham’s dog bites her in the butt
The “Girls” star posted a blood-stained photo, taken by co-star Jemima Kirke, of the aftermath of yesterday’s incident.
Cartoon Network’s "DreamWorks Dragons” is jumping to Netflix
The animated series will debut on Netflix early next year.
I interviewed "Undateable" executive producer Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel at a noisy bar in Pasadena shortly before a press conference in mid-April.
Going back and transcribing the 35-minute interview is bittersweet.
At the time, Lawrence had two shows in limbo -- TBS' "Cougar Town" and FOX's newly premiered "Surviving Jack," which he EPed along with creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. While Lawrence wasn't directly involved with "Enlisted," he has a close relationship with "Enlisted" and "Cougar Town" creator Kevin Biegel, whose comedy was newly shelved.
Since that time, "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" were both cancelled. "Cougar Town" was renewed for a final season on TBS.
At the time, Lawrence also wasn't feeling especially confident about "Undateable." The multi-cam sitcom, which features Chris D'Elia as seemingly cocksure ladies man Danny, who mentors the less confident Justin (Brent Morin) and his group of allegedly "undateable" friends.
"Undateable" had been announced for NBC's 2013-2014 slate at the May 2013 upfronts and went without a premiere date until spring. And when a premiere date was slated, NBC gave "Undateable" a launch on May 29, after the conclusion of the season. The network also announced plans to double-pump the comedy, airing two episodes per week.
Normally, that would be a sign of pessimism, but just because Lawrence wasn't confident doesn't mean he lacked confidence. A network veteran who burst onto the scene as a wunderkind on "Spin City," had a huge hit with "Scrubs" and has most recently been shepherding a series of protégées including Biegel, Halpern and Sztykiel, Lawrence has watched the TV business shift and watched the business of TV comedy shift and he's never been shy when it comes to holding court on Small Screen State of Affairs.
In this wide-ranging interview, Lawrence and Sztykiel talk about why they're not discouraged about "Undateable," why they think the show is special and why they think the cast is special. They also talk about TV ratings, the eternal battle between multi-cam and single-cam comedy and other industry shifts.
It's a huge interview -- 6200 words of transcribing -- but I think it's a good one... [And remember the timing of the interview as it relates to "Cougar Town," "Surviving Jack" and "Enlisted." Lawrence was hopeful on all three shows. Oh well...]