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"I love this city… and I see it going to hell."
I don't get it.
It feels like they really want to make a Batman show, but they can't make a Batman show because the feature film division has dibs. So here we are with another prequel that I can't imagine is going to tell us anything we actually need to know about these characters except that… sigh… they are all connected.
I wasn't actively rolling my eyes until they got to the big finish and started showing Catwoman, The Riddler, Batman, Poison Ivy, and Penguin, and at that point, I just found it irritating. When I was hanging out with a number of genre-loving friends lately, they were talking about how it feels like the geeks have won pop culture and right now we're all taking our victory lap. Looking at "Gotham" or "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," I'm not sure I feel like a winner. I feel like an aggressively targeted demographic, certainly, but I don't want two hour movies that are simply there to sell me more two hour trailers a few years from now, and I don't want a prequel to every single story I like.
Simply by existing, "Million Dollar Arm" serves as both mythmaking and infomercial in equal measure. Based on the true story of how Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel became professional American baseball players, the film is more than competent in the way it builds a wish fulfillment fairy tale out of a last-ditch effort to save his business by J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent, and why wouldn't it be? Craig Gillespie directs from a screenplay by Thomas McCarthy. That's a rock-solid pedigree, and Jon Hamm plays Bernstein with his Don Draper turned up loud. It's a feel-good story that raises cultural questions that the film doesn't seem terribly interested in answering, and it feels like an easy triple in the grand Disney tradition.
First, dealing with it simply as a film, it's fairly direct and there is an easy charm to it. The agency that J.B. opened is faltering, and when he misses out on signing an NFL star they've been courting for a year, it looks like they're going to have to close the doors. J.B. has one last big idea, though, after a late-night of watching cricket on cable, and decides to create a reality show/contest that will take place in India. They're going to reach out to cricket players and see if they can find someone who they groom to become a baseball player. It's a big jump to make, since cricket really doesn't have much to do with baseball. Even the mechanics that are similar mean very different things to the two different games. But J.B. hopes that he can make it work and end up with a star that his agency can own, lock, stock, and barrel.
Watch the 1st trailer for Batman prequel “Gotham”
See the younger versions of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman.
Spike Lee’s 1st movie “She’s Gotta Have It” is set to become a Showtime series
Lee will produce a contemporary adaptation of the 1986 film about three women and her lovers.
“New Girl” promotes Damon Wayans Jr. to series regular
Coach will be back full-time in Season 4.
In defense of Leslie Jones' controversial “SNL” Weekend Update slavery monologue
Jones made a very good point about being black and beautiful, says Roxane Gay, who adds: "I have watched the clip several times now. Beyond the surface of the joke, I see pain. I see rage. I see a woman speaking her truth.” PLUS: Jones is guilty of not being funny, Jones' skit could’ve been brilliant, and the problem is it feels like the skit panders to a white audience at the expense of black people.
Ex-“Idol” champ Scott McCreery was the victim of a home invasion robbery
Police say three gunmen broke into McCreery’s home early this morning new North Carolina State University, where he is a student.
Mindy Kaling interviews Billy Crystal
What happened "When Harry met Mindy"?
Canadian newspaper advice columnist fooled by a “Breaking Bad”-inspired letter
A letter to columnist Miss Lonelyhearts began: "I’ve been happily married to my husband for 15 years; however, he was recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer..."
“Seinfeld” gets a Junior Mints Game, with a theme song from Vampire Weekend singer
The folks at @Seinfeld2000 got Ezra Koenig to sing “Seinfeld’s” famous bass line.
Luke Perry: "I think reality TV sucks for the most part”
"It's put so many writers out of business and put so many actors out of work that it's changed the face of entertainment,” says the former “Beverly Hills 90210” star. "As a guy who has grown up making his living making primetime television – get that reality s––– out of here and give more writers and actors a chance to make shows that people will watch."
Brands use Twitter to tie themselves to hit shows like “Game of Thrones”
Bud Light has name-dropped Arya, while Tim Hortons has unveiled “GoT”-themed dragon egg donuts.
Don’t expect Seth Meyers to host “SNL” anytime soon
“I would like to put that a little bit farther in the future, mostly because I don’t think I’d be very good at it,” says Meyers of possibly hosting “Saturday Night Live." “It would be a thing I wouldn’t be able to say no to. Like (Andy) Samberg will be great when he does it for the season finale — that’s a no-brainer. It’s a some-brainer for me.” PLUS: Donald Trump slams Meyers’ “stumbling & mumbling” interviewing skills.
“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter’s mom reaches agreement in guardianship case
The 16-year-old actress will continue to live with her sister.
How this week’s “Game of Thrones” debunked accusations of rampant misogyny
Last night’s episode flipped the misogynist comments on its head. PLUS: Last night was an ode to the women of Westeros, and “Hodor” recounts his big scene.
Mike Judge says shooting last night’s “Silicon Valley” was "awful and tragic. A bummer on many levels”
Judge says following the death of Christopher Evan Welch, he and his writers decided not to replace him. Instead, they wrote around him. "There are scenes that he would have been in where there are now allusions to his being elsewhere,” says co-exec producer Alec Berg.
“The Tomorrow People” optimistic about a Season 2
Exec producer Phil Klemmer talks about tonight’s finale and what to expect if the CW series is renewed.
CW orders web series “Park Rangers” and “Whose Line is it Minis”
“Park Rangers” follows two aspiring park rangers in Griffith Park, while “Minis” condenses “Whose Line is it Anyway?” episodes down to two minutes.
“Saved by the Bell’s” Lark Voorhies looks very different
Did she have a makeup malfunction?
Tom Bergeron has maintained his friendship with Brooke Burke-Charvet
In fact, the “Dancing with the Stars” host is having dinner with his former co-host this week.
Why “The Big Bang Theory” is TV’s No. 1 show
Its use of an apartment setting, real chains and Chuck Lorre are among the reasons why so many people flock to CBS on Thursdays at 8. PLUS: Jim Parsons says “Big Bang” is so successful because nobody changes.
New PBS Digital shows include “Frankenstein M.D.” and “Pancake Mountain”
PBS has also ordered “Bongo Bongo” and “Food Buzz” as web series.
“Mad Men” vs. “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Last night’s episode contained many allusions to the Stanley Kubrick film.
“America’s Got Talent” stars wear suits for their first trailer of the season
NBC is promising the “most mind-blowing season."
MTV teases the return of “Catfish”
Watch a preview of the Season 3 premiere.
Jimmy Kimmel has his own wine
Check out the “Kimmel Wine” bottle that was sent to Howard Stern.
Stephen King: “The Americans,” “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” have put the movies to shame
King tweeted over the weekend: "After watching THE AMERICANS, SOA, and BREAKING BAD, I have to say most movies are starting to look old-fashioned and way behind the curve.”
“Don’t Trust the B” star Dreama Walker joins Amazon pilot “Cocked”
She’ll play Sam Trammell’s illegitimate daughter. PLUS: “Masters of Sex” adds Jocko Sims.
“Homeland” next season will be "mostly a Carrie story”
Showrunner Alex Gansa says, though: “Saul figures into the narrative in a very, very important way.”
Check out The WB’’s unaired 2001 pilot “Electra-Woman and Dyna Girl”
The remake of the 1970s superhero show starring Markie Posdt came amid “Buffy” mania.
Rick Grimes & Walter White stage an “Epic Rap Battle”
Watch the two AMC anti-heroes have a hip-hop face-off.
“Full House” gets the horror trailer treatment
Watch the creepy Danny Tanner.
“Louie” feels amazingly confident in Season 4
“Every line and shot and cut keenly judged,” says Matt Zoller Seitz, "every segment exactly the right length, every shift in tone expertly navigated. A lot of its surety might come from its creator realizing that he's been doing this for several years now and it's not new to us anymore. He doesn't have to hold our hands and ease us into anything. He can just do it.” PLUS: Did “Girls” inspire one of tonight’s episodes?, “Louie” isn’t a sitcom, drama or dramedy, and FX was smart to air 2 shows a week this season.
“24” hasn’t changed much, for better or worse
Sure, there is a new setting, half its normal 24 episodes and a new storyline involving drones and anti-surveillance groups. But everything else is the same: "If you want a 24 very much like the show that went off the air in 2010,” says James Poniewozik, "it will please you; if you’ve forgotten much about the show in the intervening four years, it might surprise you. Otherwise, 24 is very much 24, even if this one only adds up to 12.” PLUS: “Live Another Day” does a good job of trying to figure out where Jack Bauer belongs in this political era, it’s always good to see an old friend, 24 questions answered, Mary Lynn Rajskub on Chloe’s new role, and “24” now resembles its copycats like “Hostages” and “The Following.”
After the conclusion of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" last night, Andy Cohen sat down with Porsha Williams to discuss the big boo-boo that got her sent home early from the reunion -- her hair-pulling beat down of former beauty queen Kenya Moore. While Williams seemed self-possessed (certainly more so than the last time we saw her, screaming and kicking her high heels against the floor like a furious three-year-old), she wasn't entirely apologetic about what happened.
Fox greenlights Batman prequel “Gotham”
“Gotham” starring Ben McKenzie as James Gordon will be on next season’s Fox schedule. Fox describes the series as “an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”
Is a new album from Adele on the way? The British singer hinted that it might be via a Tweet this morning.
Could that mean that, like her previous two sets, titled “19,” and “21,” a third album, titled “25” is coming in 2014? She included a photo of herself in bed offering a thumbs up.
Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x pic.twitter.com/HEmY14El5s— Adele (@OfficialAdele) May 4, 2014
The album would be her first since 2011’s Grammy-winning “21,” which included such hits as “Rolling In The Deep,” “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You.”
Adele has been taking time off since the birth of her first child, but has worked sporadically on the new album, including writing with Diane Warren (as we exclusively reported) and Phil Collins.
Wouldn't it be great if every major news break for the entire duration of principal photography for "Star Wars: Episode VII" was handled in the form of a selfie?
As the entire planet is now aware thanks to last week's news cycle, "Star Wars Episode VII" is now up and running in the UK, and in addition to the table reads of the script, there are final decisions being made now about wardrobe and the on-screen appearance of the characters. That means screen tests. That means fitting sessions.
And, evidently, that means Bob Iger gets to hang out with Chewbacca, according to the official Instagram account for the film.
“The Comeback” is officially coming back for 6 episodes
HBO announced a “limited series” of six episodes starring Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish 10 years after the first series left off.
CW announces “Veronica Mars” spinoff web series, starring Ryan Hansen
“Play It Again, Dick” will be shown on CW Seed and will be co-written by “Veronica” creator Rob Thomas.
WGN America renews “Salem”
The witch drama will be back for Season 2.
Jay Leno now a protester
The former “Tonight Show” host spent this morning protesting the Sultan of Brunei in front of the Beverly Hilton over his harsh Islamic laws. “What year is this? 1814? It’s 2014,” said Leno.
As we previously announced, Jennifer Lopez’s 10th album will come out June 17. But now we have a title, "A.K.A.," and a list of the guest stars on her first album for Capitol Records. Lopez collaborates with French Montana, Rick Ross, TI, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal, Kirby, Chris Brown, and producers Max Martin and Savan, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony, Pop and Oak and Cory Rooney.