This week on "Silicon Valley" Richard and his motley Pied Piper clan edged closer to the inevitable face-off with Gavin Belson and his rip-off product Nucleus. While some of the humor was pointed, much was the usual sitcom stuff -- jealous husbands, a running out of toiler paper mishap, misinterpreted information, taking shots at the resident punching bag -- though the end result was a mostly palatable mishmash, depending on how you feel about one straight guy teasing another about being "gay" for his code.
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A hologram of Michael Jackson moondanced across the stage during a performance of "Slave To the Rhythm," a song featured on Jackson's new "Xscape" album, during the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in what is sure to be the show's water cooler moment.
So... That was actually a Non-Elimination "Amazing Race" finale, right?
They pretended they crowned a winner, but the reality is that they're going to do one more Leg next week and that Leg will be the one that actually determines which team wins the million dollars, right?
Because if that was actually the finale for an alleged "All-Stars" season of "The Amazing Race," I'm about as irked as I've ever been by this show and y'all know that "The Amazing Race" frequently ticks me off.
That was just horrible.
If there isn't another Leg next week, "The Amazing Race" just gave a million bucks to a team based on a Final Leg in which there were two Roadblocks that required absolutely no skill and an additional task that only required screwing in lightbulbs. There was no Detour, no cumulative memory-based challenge, nothing that made anybody exert themselves in any way.
I'm not going to waste much time recapping that finale, because the "Amazing Race" producers didn't put much effort into making that finale.
More after the break...
CANNES -- Last time I was here on the Croisette, David Cronenberg was here with "Cosmopolis," and his son Brandon Cronenberg was here with "Antiviral." It was interesting seeing Brandon make a film that felt like it came from the young and squishy heart of his father, while David made a movie that felt like a genuine explosion of anger without a clear target to land on.
It is easy to say that filmmakers lose steam as they work, that age and success mellow even the most genuinely furious artists, but I don't think that's the case with Cronenberg. After all, since the year 2000, he's made three films that I think are all very strong in their own way and very different than anything he'd done before. "Spider" is an upsetting glimpse into a damaged mind, one that traps us inside looking out rather than trying to explain or excuse. "A History Of Violence" did an exceptional job of digging into the secret faces that even the most intimate of married couples can hide from each other. "Eastern Promises" is just a lean, mean, solid crime thriller with a truly sordid side. And while I don't care for "A Dangerous Method" at all, at least I can understand why Cronenberg would want to tackle a story about the birth of the language we use to dissect modern sexual pathology.
CANNES -- David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth Of The American Sleepover" was a low-key, low-fi charmer that came out of nowhere a few years ago. The title struck me as perhaps a wee bit on the ambitious side, but the film wasn't out to make grand generational statements. It was just a well-observed film about the sort of night that is important to teenagers precisely because of how loose and free and dangerous it feels, and it marked Mitchell as a guy who had something to say, and a very particular way of saying it.
"It Follows" is his second feature, and it feels very much like it is a companion piece to "Myth." It takes place in the same sorts of neighborhoods, on the same sorts of streets, and many of the scenes play out in that same sort of dreamy loose manner, the way many real conversations play out for teenagers. The difference is that Mitchell's got a very different goal in mind this time, as "It Follows" is an unabashed horror film. There's something really compelling about watching what feels like his first film suddenly erupt into a supernatural nightmare, and it feels like Mitchell's just as much of a soft spot for Carpenter's Haddonfield as he does for Linklater's Austin.
Beyonce and Jay Z’s famous friends, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Blake Lively, Emily Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo Diaz, and others, star is what has to be the most elaborate promotional tour video ever created.
CANNES - Charged with devising a character name that immediately conveys staunch feminine pluck and perseverance, I'm not sure any writer could do much better than Mary Bee Cuddy -- the disarming heroine of Tommy Lee Jones' handsome, elegiac neo-western "The Homesman," until she rather unsettlingly isn't. Just listen to the way those pithy syllables roll (or march, rather) off the tongue: a Mary Bee Cuddy can only be as square and grounded and business-meaning as a pair of sensible shoes. As played by the eternally purposeful Hilary Swank, moreover, she's an anchor of sincerity in a film in a film that needs one, shifting as it often does from loutish comedy to sticky sentimentality in the turn of a wagon-wheel.
“SNL” host Andy Samberg was joined by 6 “SNL” alums on the season finale, as the 17 regular cast members took a back seat
That the “Saturday Night Live” season finale had to turn to alums Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and even Martin Short for Samberg’s first hosting stint doesn’t bode well for all the new featured players. As Dennis Perkins put it, "I’ve made the case that, with enough time, this cast can find its stride, but tonight’s episode does little more than show how unlikely they are to get that time. With Samberg’s return promising a bigger audience, Lorne and company brought in a team full of ringers and told the current cast, with few exceptions, to clear the stage. For some, they’ll never get back on.” PLUS: Watch highlights, including Andy Samberg’s rapid-fire impressions with Seth Meyers and Bill Hader plus Tatiana Maslany in a Digital Short, ranking every Weekend Update host (Meyers is No. 10), and grading the new cast members (Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser get a D-).
Barbara Walters’ “Her Story” tribute attracts 9.3 million
The two-hour special was the highest-rated show of Friday night.
Joel McHale explains how that photo with Les Moonves happened
They were at the same party, and Julie Chen wanted to take a photo. It was just a photo, not a job offer.
Will “Breaking Bad’s” The Cousins return for “Better Call Saul”?
Daniel Moncada, one of the actors who played The Cousins, was in Albuquerque on Saturday hanging with Vince Gilligan as he preps for the “Breaking Bad” spinoff.
Here’s a glimpse of “The Comeback” filming
Former “Scandal” star Dan Bucatinsky, “The Comeback’s” executive producer, tweeted a pic from the set on Saturday.
Once again, it was so close and yet so far for Leo & Jamal.
For the second straight season, the Afghanimals made the "Amazing Race" Top 4 and, for the second straight season, they fell just short of the finale.
Other than the consecutive fourth place finishes, though, this was a very different season for Leo & Jamal.
Last season, they were consistently marked men, targeted by other teams for their seemingly pointless little lies and manipulations, accusations that were probably overblown, but still detracted from the Afghanimal's consistent joy and enthusiasm at every turn.
This season, Leo & Jamal announced immediately that they didn't want to be viewed the same way and, indeed, they were more earnest and helpful throughout and, perhaps as a result, not only did their rivals not target them, but they were welcomed into alliances.
After going out last season following a frustrating Roadblock for Leo, this season's elimination was much simpler: They just got lost. They struggled going between the Leg's Roadblock and its Detour and they were unable to get back with the pack.
In their "Amazing Race" exit interview, Leo & Jamal discuss the very different ways that they finished fourth, including the misfortunes that sent them home, their tenuous ties to the Accidental Alliance and the advantages of racing two seasons in a row.
[Note: After the second question, Leo had to catch a plane and I completed the rest of the phone conversation just with Jamal. Leo answered a few questions via email and I've woven them into the transcript.]
Click through for the full Q&A...
So here’s the not so dirty secret about Andy Samberg: He wasn’t a particularly strong live performer during his time on “Saturday Night Live.” That didn’t particularly matter, since his contributions to the preproduced form under the “Digital Shorts” moniker represent the single most important part of the show during his tenure. That is nothing to sneeze at. But unless “SNL” goes all in all pretaped segments tonight (which, you know, maybe?), we’re going to get some live sketches in which Samberg is the featured player.
I know a lot of people do not have a fondness for Helena. I understand that completely, as she seemed more feral cat than human when we first met her. But when she "died" last season, I had to admit I missed her collection of murderous quirks and her devotion to Sarah (if not her birth mother). Now that she's back, she has become a loaded gun Sarah can turn on any of her enemies -- an asset not easily dismissed.
CANNES - Last year, Lionsgate held a party to celebrate "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on the beach here, only to have steady rain put a slight damper on the proceedings. This year, lady luck was on their side with sunny skies and every major cast member on hand as the upcoming "Mockingjay Part 1" was the theme of the night. The studio moved the extravaganza to a decadent private mansion 30 minutes outside of Cannes in Antibes. Needless to say, the Capitol City elite would have been proud.