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"America's Next Top Model"

 "America's Next Top Model"

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Anthony Zuiker'

One model gets eliminated and another ends up in the hospital

So, we start out the show with a whole lot of nothing. The girls get care packages from home, yay! But Camille doesn't. She gets a box of bills. And you know why she gets a box of bills? Because she's OLDER than everyone else. She has RESPONSIBILITIES. Given that Camille reminds us no less than three times that she's older than the rest of the contestants on the show, I'm starting to think she may also have early onset Alzheimer's disease because she just can't let this go. Someone, get the girl a walker and a box of denture cleaner, fast!

Camille may be old, but at least she isn't on death's door. That seems to be the case with Kayla, who starts throwing up and hyperventilating for no apparent reason. An ambulance is called and the models proceed to mourn as if Kayla is a close personal friend and not someone they secretly hope is going home and staying home. The models all act tremendously relieved when Kayla returns from the hospital at 2:12 a.m., even though I'm sure at least one of them thought about packing her bags for her. In any case, Kayla isn't going to die, as she just had a cardiac arrhythmia. She reveals it could be stress related, so everyone keep an eye out for other all-stars sneaking up behind her and screaming "SPIDER!" or "BOO!"

Time for the first challenge! Jay Manuel tells the girls they will be auditioning for "CSI" and show creator Anthon Zuiker, who pops up. Literally. He was pretending to be a corpse and abruptly tosses off the white sheet to a cacophony of screams. Did someone keep an eye on Kayla? 

The all-stars have to memorize a scene in thirty minutes, and it's a scene full of words like gas chromatography mass spectrometer, hydrocodone and methamphetamine. Well, they should know that last one. Camille shakes like a leaf.  Angelea is sure she can nail it and she does, if nailing it means pronouncing the names without showing up. Bre also manages to get through the list. But Lisa, the self-proclaimed actress in the bunch, falls apart. But she has an excuse. Actually, a lot of excuses. She wasn't allowed to look at the script for an hour and a half, she was the last one to go, she was tired, blah blah blah. That and two bucks will get you a cup of bad coffee, Lisa.

The two finalists are Bre and Angelea, and the winner is Bre. Angelea is pissed because, after all, she nailed it! Angelea, please take your 716 back to the 716. It's not attractive, even if Jay tells you it is. 

Next, an Express photo shoot at a mansion in Beverly Hills. The models will be expected to play one of four characters: the girlfriend, the flirt, the cool chick or the socialite. And to spice things up, they get to interact with three hot male models: Josh, David and Sean. Not an exciting challenge, but I think Kayla's probably had all the excitement she can stand for the week.

Even though the challenge seems pretty straight-forward, a number of the models really struggle with it. Bianca wants to push the limit of flirt, but she's too pose-y and awkward. When Jay points this out, Bianca gives him attitude, pointing out she's the "real" model in the competition. What? Bianca, this is a good way to get sent home to be a "real" model somewhere else. Camille knows she needs to bring it because she's OLDER -- so she doesn't.  Lisa decides that the best way to show off Express clothing is to have weird, spastic jumping fits for the camera. Lisa says she isn't drinking on this season, which is admirable, but she might benefit from some Ritalin.  

Judging from what we see at the photo shoot, Camille is really in trouble (but not because she's OLDER -- she took terrible pictures) and Bianca's attitude could catch up to her. I wasn't a big fan of Shannon's shots, either. 

Soon it's time for judging. Crazy Tyra introduces the panel: Nigel Barket, Andre Leon Talley and Anthony Zuicker. I'm so glad Anthony Zuicker stuck around... because he will be able to tell us which model looks dead and which doesn't? I have no idea. But really, he picked Bre, he has his actress, he should just go home. 

Laura shows up in a ghastly Wanda Sue special, but her picture is adorable, and the judges agree. Anthony thinks Kayla's shot is stunning. Nigel thinks Dominque sells just the right amount of sexy and she creates an attractive S shape with her body. Bre's shot is not a hit, as it does look a little JC Penney. Alexandria's photo looks mannequin-like and matronly. Nigel thinks Allison's photo is relaxed, which is surprising given how awkward she is in real life. Camille, unfortunately, looks frozen. She tries to blame it on tripping. Oh, Camille, don't make excuses. The judges all give her a disdainful look and, thank God, she shuts up.

Andre thinks Lisa's photo is unhappy despite the smiling. I'm not sure where he gets unhappy, but it's not a great shot. Nigel thinks Lisa makes a lot of excuses. The male models were tired and hungry! She couldn't interact with tired, hungry hot guys! Tyra tells her it was up to her to get the male models to stop being cranky. Bianca's photo is so-so. Andre thinks Angelea looks like a Russian wife, and this is apparently a compliment. I think. Tyra says she looks like new money and she thinks it's fabulous. I think this is code for rich and trashy, but okay, the judges seem happy with it, though I doubt Express will be. Shannon's photo is a hit, surprisingly, because I think it's pretty awful. 

The juges send the models away to mull things over alone. Laura's photo is, of course, a hit. Allison is deemed an innocent doll who needs more control. Nigel loves Kayla's picture, but Anthony thinks she doesn't command his attention. Shut up, Anthony. Andre loves Dominique's shot. Nigel thinks Alexandria's photo skew 40-plus, which is sadly true. It's like a horrible St. John catalog shot. Nigel thinks Camille's photo is personality free. Andre is annoyed by Lisa's excuses, but Nigel points out that, hello, her clothes look awful in the shot and it's a shot for a clothing ad. Ouch. Bianca is boring but Andre likes her picture and Tyra thinks it's amateur. Ooh, dissent in the ranks! Nigel thinks Angelea is selling it. Tyra thinks she has great confidence. Shannon's horrible shot gets mixed reviews -- Nigel doesn't love it, Tyra wishes she'd pushed a little more and Andre likes it. Nigel doesn't like Bre's smile. Anthony wants a full face, not a half face. Although on his show, he probably prefers a half face, because that means the rest of the face has been blown off. Why are we listening to him? 

Tyra calls Angelea first, as she's the most fantastic trashy Russian wife out there! The runner-up is Dominique, who turned in the better picture if you ask me. Then we have Allison, Laura, Kayla, Shannon, Bre, Bianca, Alexandria. Tyra tells her Alexandria she's more talented than her shot implies, and Alexandria sighs with relief. Lisa and Oldie McOlderson Camille are in the bottom. 

Tyra informs us that Lisa and Camille have nothing in common -- except excuses. Lisa stays, Camille goes. I have to say, this was pretty obvious from the beginning. Camille psyched herself out with her "I'm OLDER" mantra, and the unfortunate result is you can see her fretting about whether or not she has a blossoming wrinkle in every shot. Honestly, if she hadn't said she was 33 over and over again, I wouldn't have guessed it. 

Camille is disappointed, but she ha to reinvent herself. She actually seems a little relieved to be getting the boot, and she gives herself a pat on the back for having done as well as she did. Maybe someone will give her an ad campaign for wrinkle cream or those peach-colored Depends they keep plugging. There's a market for older, Camille, never fear!

Do you think Camille deserved to go? Did you think Angelea's photo was the strongest? And what did you think of the promo for next week with the Kardashian sisters and LaToya Jackson?

 

It's down to ten and the Kardashian sisters and LaToya Jackson. 

 

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<p>Sure, little Kristi looks like a cute kid, but you haven't met her friend Toby yet from 'Paranormal Activity 3'</p>

Sure, little Kristi looks like a cute kid, but you haven't met her friend Toby yet from 'Paranormal Activity 3'

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Listen: The directors of 'Paranormal Activity 3' join the podcast from Austin

Plus 'Human Centipede 2,' Fantastic Fest wrap-up, and more calls from you

September was a blur.

By the end, I felt like I had stayed on a Tilt-A-Whirl too long and my equilibrium was shot, but I loved it all.  Toronto was great, and I published two big podcasts about Toronto just before I left town to head to Austin.  Now, I'm finally on the other side of the wonderful Fantastic Fest, and I've come back with one less interview than I expected.

I'll explain in the actual podcast, but the short version is my computer just plain didn't record something.  And as a result, it doesn't exist.  And so in this week's podcast, I discuss the interview that didn't record with Scott and try to relate some of the highlights as best I can.  It's a disappointment for me, but hopefully I convey some of the flavor of what it's like to chat with make-up legend Rick Baker for a half-hour.

We cover a fair amount of ground this week.  I've got FEARnet's lead critic Scott Weinberg on to discuss "The Human Centipede 2," I sit down with the directors and star of "Paranormal Activity 3," and we go through many of the highlights of Fantastic Fest this year.

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<p>Edna of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Edna of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Survivalism'

Brandon again dominates a sandbag-driven episode
Pre-credit sequence. Oh right. Team Ozzy voted Papa Bear out last week. I've pretty much forgotten everything this season that doesn't involve Crazy Russell's Crazy Nephew Brandon. And we aren't even starting on Redemption Island. Instead, we're over at Team Ozzy, where Ozzy and Elyse are cuddling on the hammock talking about Ozzy's tastes in literature, particularly his childhood love of "Robinson Crusoe." Their closeness is scaring Jim, who doesn't want Ozzy to become another Boston Rob, running the table with the help of a pliable female alliance, so he decides he has to target Ozzy's power base and boot Elyse out. Jim takes Cochran aside and proposes his desire to make a big move. "She's so freaking hot," Jim laments, though Cochran helpfully promises to don alluringly arranged seaweed. Cochran doesn't trust Jim and his perfectly white teeth, but he trusts the idea of his not going home next Tribal Council.
 
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<p>Bryan Cranston from &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad."

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HitFix First Look: Walt cleans up a mess on Sunday's 'Breaking Bad' finale

Watch the first minute of the season 4 finale

The "Breaking Badseason 4 finale airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. on AMC. Based on the 700+ comments on my review for the penultimate episode (a HitFix record, by a lot), and on my own advance viewing of what I think is an excellent finale, I imagine everyone will be eager to see and then discuss that episode on Sunday.

But while you're waiting, we have another sneak peek clip: literally the first minute or so of the episode, so you don't need to worry about seeing anything out of context. What you see if you click through(*) is exactly what you'll see as soon as the "Previously, on 'Breaking Bad'" clip ends Sunday night at 10:02-ish.

(*) As with the last time I saw this, I will remind you that if you don't want to see anything in advance, you do not have to watch it, and also that we are going to restrict any and all discussion of the scene to this post, and not in the comments of the most recent episode review. There's nothing that is going to alter people's perceptions of "End Times," or give away where the finale is going, but for the sake of purity, if you want to discuss this scene, do it here.

So enjoy, and I look forward to all the reaction on Sunday night around 11:08 p.m.

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<p>Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in "American Horror Story."

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'American Horror Story' - 'Pilot': Get out of the house!

What did everybody think of the new FX horror series?

Okay, I gave my review of FX's "American Horror Storyyesterday. Now it's your turn. Was it too crazy, not crazy enough or just right for your tastes? Do you enjoy Dylan McDermott's yelling more when he's naked, or less? How do you feel about Mrs. Coach being in the same room with a gimp suit? And how 'bout that font? 

I've seen three episodes and feel comfortable that this will never be a show I will enjoy, or likely write about again, but have at it. Is anyone setting the season pass? 

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How Steve Jobs and Apple changed the music industry and the world
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How Steve Jobs and Apple changed the music industry and the world

My time with the wizard

When Steve Jobs officially stepped down several weeks ago, one pundit compared him to Thomas Edison. Another compared him to Albert Einstein.

I’m not sure about either comparison. Edison is probably more accurate. But if by doing so they wanted to imply that Jobs, who died today at 56, was a visionary who radically and permanently changed the world (not just culture), that is inarguably correct.

Since I mainly cover music here at Hitfix, I’m going to concentrate solely on how he and Apple changed the music business by creating iTunes and take you back to when Apple first birthed the download service.

In addition to being a master of design, ingenuity and business, Jobs was also a master of timing.  In 2001, Napster and Kazaa were killing the music industry and Jobs rode in, on what looked like a gorgeous white horse at the time, to save the day. He began wooing labels and promising that if they would come along with him, he would guarantee that together, they could monetize digital downloads.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Steve Jobs unveils the new MacBook Air in 2008.</p>

Steve Jobs unveils the new MacBook Air in 2008.

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Steve Jobs changed the film industry forever

The Apple founder leaves a legacy unmatched

I literally posted that "Finding Nemo" item this afternoon just as the news hit that Steve Jobs had finally lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Spooky, that. Jobs backed Pixar early on, going back to 1986 when he bought the company (then called The Graphics Group) from LucasFilm. After failing to really catch a headwind as a high-end graphics hardware developer, the company partnered with Walt Disney Pictures and the rest was history.

But that's just how Jobs brought us one of the most critically and financially successful film studios of all time. His legacy and his influence on the film industry stretches far beyond that and will be felt for years to come through the countless innovations he made in the world of computing, going all the way back to the development of the world's first personal computer in 1984. The iMac, iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad (which Francis Ford Coppola was using to edit his experimental film "Twixt" in real time at Comic-Con), the impact of these devices on the film business is considerable to say the least.

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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn"
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn"
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Michelle Williams takes on Marilyn Monroe in the first trailer for 'My Week with Marilyn'

Is she lined up for an Oscar nomination?

Simon Curtis's "My Week with Marilyn" is set to play the New York Film Festival later this week. I've been hearing this and that from those who have gotten a look. Nothing earth-shattering to report. One person told me Michelle Williams's performance as Marilyn Monroe was "the kind of that gets nominated but never wins," but the first trailer for the film certainly makes a considerable case for her. We'll have to see if there's a strong enough film built around it. For now, check out the trailer at Yahoo! Movies or watch an embed after the jump.

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<p>Paula Abdul of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Paula Abdul of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Boot Camp #1' Live-Blog

What the heck is 'X Factor' Boot Camp? Let's find out!

What is Boot Camp? And how is it different from Hollywood Week on "American Idol"? 

I guess there's only one way to find out...

Click through for my live-blog of Wednesday (October 5) night's "The X Factor"...

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The long wait for Marlin and Dory's great animated adventure in HD appears to be over.
The long wait for Marlin and Dory's great animated adventure in HD appears to be over.
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' finally coming to Blu-ray

The film is the final Pixar title to make the HD transition

Yesterday Walt Disney Pictures announced the planned theatrical 3D release of a slew of their staples, including "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and Pixar's "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc." The knee-jerk from most was the cynical notion that the success of "The Lion King 3D" caused this gluttonous cash grab, but the truth is, it was a cash grab long before people began lining up to relive the Elton John magic. These conversions were ordered and in the pipeline already.

I'm particularly interested in "Finding Nemo" in this equation, because that film and "The Little Mermaid" are the two from the list that don't have Blu-ray releases yet. I feel like I've been waiting forever to see an HD release for "Finding Nemo," for my money the best Pixar film, one of the top 10 films of the decade and potentially the most beautifully animated film of the genre. But I'm hoping the planned September 14, 2012 release of the 3D version doesn't mean the disc will drop a few weeks later (much like "The Lion King" did yesterday after a two-week theatrical engagement).

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"Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

 "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

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Gene pops the question on 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' but the answer isn't so easy

We know they got hitched, but their problems may not be resolved

Before the premiere of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" (Tues. 9 p.m. on A&E), I was concerned that last season's emotional rollercoaster would amble to a dull, TV-friendly finish. We already know Simmons and longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed tied the knot on October 1, so it seemed pretty safe to assume that all of the problems that had plagued Tweed (Simmons' serial infidelity, his inability to communicate, his workaholism) have been neatly shoved under the rug, never to be addressed again.

But to Tweed's credit, Simmons didn't get off so easily on the show's season debut. He may have gotten a yes and she did, in fact, take the enormous engagement ring he offered her, but she wasn't letting him use marriage as a get out of jail free card. "Who'd want to marry an a------ like you?" Tweed asks, letting Simmons think he'll be flying home alone to pack his things before sobbing, "I would, I would." Clearly, this isn't going to be so easy. 

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<p>Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick are two of the stars of 'Tower Heist,' which will hit VOD&nbsp;in Atlanta and Portland three weeks after it is released in theaters.</p>

Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick are two of the stars of 'Tower Heist,' which will hit VOD in Atlanta and Portland three weeks after it is released in theaters.

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Universal tests VOD market with 'Tower Heist' home debut three weeks after release

Will Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy be the test that finally changes things?

The theatrical model I grew up with is dead.

Sure, theatrical release is still the first stop for studio films, for the most case, but the window between when something plays in a theater and when it arrives at home is shrinking rapidly, and today, Universal Pictures unveiled a startling plan to bring the big-budget comedy "Tower Heist" to VOD a mere three weeks after it hits theirs on November 4.

They're going to be testing the idea in Portland, OR and in Atlanta, GA, and it's got a steep ticket price.  $59.99 is more than any typical PPV movie charges, but it's not typical in any way.  If this does work, it could change the way studios handle big-ticket releases, and I would bet they'll telescope the release dates even more.  If they can get people to pay $60 a pop to sit at home and watch a big new release, why not do it on opening weekend?  Why not go ahead and start at day one?

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