I've gushed about DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" plenty at this point, I think. For me, it fits comfortably on top of the studio's long list of output over the past 20 years or so, and not only does it deserve to spear-head this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar race, it deserves to be in the Best Picture discussion, too. Whether that happens or not, though, I simply adore it's scope and wonder, and I hope you do, too.
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Matt Lauer signs on for more “Today”
NBC wouldn’t disclose the details of Lauer’s new deal, but it’s for more than two years.
Gov. Chris Christie joins Jimmy Fallon in “The Evolution of Dad Dancing”
Fallon and Christie put aside their differences over BridgeGate, with Fallon awkwardly apologizing to Christie for telling jokes about his bridge scandal.
“Duck Dynasty’s” ratings fall further in Season 6 return
Wednesday’s premiere was down 45% from January’s Season 5 premiere.
“Orange is the New Black” promotes Dascha Polanco
She’ll become a series regular in Season 3.
Hodor visits “Family Feud”
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see what happens when the “Game of Thrones” characters tries to answer survey questions. PLUS: Kit Harrington lies to “Game of Thrones” fans to throw them off.
“American Idol” will hold auditions at a fairground for the 1st time
All eligible visitors to the San Diego State Fair can audition this weekend.
Chris Rock scares Seth Meyers by crashing his “Late Night” monologue
"You're funny, man."
J.Lo denies dating Maksim
"No I'm not. #rumors #nottrue” she responded to a report she was dating "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
LOS ANGELES - After premiering in Cannes and screening in Sydney, David Michod's critically acclaimed thriller "The Rover" finally made it to U.S. shores Thursday night. A24 Films hosted a classy premiere in Westwood where fan favorite Robert Pattinson spent enough time on the red carpet to make the fans and the paparazzi happy.
Shonda Rhimes will host President Obama for a fundraiser at her home
President Obama will be part of a $32,400-per-person reception and dinner at the “Scandal” creator’s house next month. The president had previously appointed Rimes to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.
O.J. Simpson murder case turns 20: How it influenced TV
Besides the reality TV aspect, the O.J. Simpson arrest and trial inspired “Seinfeld’s” Jackie Chiles and Jay Leno’s “Dancing Itos.”
“SNL’s” Lorne Michaels: “It was a hard season,” and there definitely will be changes
"We’re still in the middle of rebuilding,” Michaels says, also pointing out that his work load was rough this year in having to launch Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” Seth Meyer’s “Late Night” while adding eight new cast members. On “SNL,” he says, "we put a lot of pressure, a lot of new people."
Ben & Jerry’s to create 2 more “SNL” flavors, possibly more
To celebrate “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary, Ben & Jerry’s will announce two new flavors based on iconic sketches — but they won’t have anything to do with “Coneheads,” “More Cowbell” or “Chippendales.” Ben & Jerry’s already created a Schweddy Balls flavor.
Mike Judge: “Silicon Valley” will deal with Peter Gregory’s fate in a comedic way
"We're trying to figure out season two,” he says, adding that he’s consulted Christopher Evan Welch’s family with several suggestions, and they laughed at each one. "I think we have to deal with it in a comedic way, there's no way around it,” he says.
A female ex-con finds everything wrong with “Orange is the New Black”
"This kitchen is f*cking Fantasy Island!” she says of watching the Netflix series "There are a lot of things that drive me crazy about the show, but the kitchen is killing me.” PLUS: The many books on “OITNB,” see the “Crazy Pies” food truck, and see Norma as a ‘70s rocker and ‘80s pop star.
“The Walking Dead” already has Season 12 planned out
“We know where season 11 and 12… we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there,” says producer David Alpert.
Paul Reiser lands an Amazon role
He’ll be part of the pilot for the 1985-set “Red Oaks” Jewish country club comedy from Steven Soderbergh.
Tim Gunn: I’d like “Project Runway” to have a season of all plus-sized models
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12,” he says in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable.
Facebook combed through 6 years of posts about “True Blood”
And the data it collected will be used as part of HBO’s “True Blood” full season marathon, which will feature a marathon a night starting June 16.
Meet the guy who’s never watched “Game of Thrones”
College Humor sends up somebody we all know. PLUS: NBA gets “GoT” treatment, 7 amazing facts about “GoT,” 10 shows that paved the way for “GoT” and George R.R. Martin has been sneaking in famous names in his books for years.
Dan Harmon is “pessimistic” the entire “Community” gang could be brought back together
First off, Harmon says he won’t do the show without writing partner Chris McKenna.
Letterman scolds Regis Philbin for hitchhiking in NYC
Reege could’ve been killed!
Will Dave Chappelle ever return to TV?
Chappelle is making the media rounds this week (Letterman on Tuesday, Fallon on Friday), which begs the question: Could he return to Comedy Central?
“Fargo” composer uses the Prague Philharmonic: I was told to write something that sounded “cold and lonesome and stark”
“Eastern European orchestras have a very distinctive sound,” explains composer Jeff Russo, who also co-founded the rock band Tonic. “I listened to a lot of different orchestras before choosing Prague. And I really felt like the emotional feeling I got from listening to the orchestra was what I wanted to convey in the score.”
Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman discuss each other’s “Fargo” roles
"I didn't notice until I started watching the show that Lester and Malvo share many of the same qualities,” says Thornton. Freeman adds: "It’d be boring just to play evil. There's something very likable about Malvo, which makes him 10 times more dangerous."
Chris Pratt’s evolution: From troubled “Everwood” teen to “The O.C.” to “Parks and Rec”
Let’s not forget what Pratt, in his mid-20s, looked like as a teenager on “Everwood."
Fox developing "Answer Me 1999,” a musical time-jump series based on a Korean drama
The "Step Up 3D” writers are behind the project that follows a group of friends as high school students in 1999 and in their present day working life.
“The View” responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s diss
Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy had requested that Kimmel send them something in response to a gift from Jimmy Fallon.
Seth Rogen recalls going to high school with “Nathan For You's” Nathan Fielder
They were part of the same student improv-comedy troupe. “He had this deadpan, dry delivery; he was very precise,” Rogen says of the Comedy Central star. “He wouldn’t say anything, then he’d come in at the end with a line that killed — a joke that changed the whole scene or escalated it.”
“The Cosby Show’s” The Huxtables are America’s favorite TV family
How do they compare to the average U.S. family?
“The Americans’” Noah Emmerich compares TV vs. movie acting
"In television, you have no idea where you are really going,” he explains.
“Faking It” creator: "I am telling the story that I’ve been wanting to tell, which is a girl discovery of her own sexual identity”
“And,” says Carter Covington, "I feel like that’s not a one season story.”
“Halt and Catch Fire” characters each have their own Spotify playlist
Each list is representative of character studies done by a writers’ assistant on the AMC series.
Watch TV’s comedy actors and actresses each talk shop for an hour
Here are the actors and the actresses from The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmy roundtable.
“Hannibal” vs. “Fargo”
Which drama’s greatness is more improbable?
Ben McKenzie got “Gotham” thanks to CBS rejecting his lawyer pilot last year
McKenzie made “The Advocates” pilot last year with Mandy Moore and creator Bruno Heller, and Heller had McKenzie in mind when he wrote the “Gotham” script.
Dennis Miller looks back at his Weekend Update-hosting past
Among his fave moments was the time Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey joined him in forming the three Dennis Millers.
Here are 18 TV roles the cast of “Friends” had before they were friends
From “Misfits of Science” to “Ferris Bueller” to “Red Shoe Diaries.”
Check out El Rey Network’s extended “Matador” trailer
Tony Bravo plays a DEA agent who investigates a soccer team on the series, premiering July 15.
Named for one of Williams' best known songs, "I Saw the Light" will see the British actor trying on a deep South accent and tackling tunes from the Williams songbook.
The British actor has risen to fame in recent years for his delicious turn as Loki in the "Thor" films, for dancing on command, and co-starring as a storied and tortured musician in one of 2014's best films "Only Lovers Left Alive."
Williams, on the other hand, rose to fame in his teens and died at 29 of complications due to his raging alcoholism and drug abuse, leave behind a rep of at least three dozen country, blues and gospel originals and renditions one could easily qualify as stone-cold classics. The singer/songwriter's fabled death alone could fill volumes (or at least a 90-minute film and a spin-off).
Looks like "Only Lovers Left Alive" may have been a good training ground after all.
"I Saw the Light" will be directed by Marc Abraham ("Flash of Genius") from his screenplay based on Colin Escott’s non-fiction title "Hank Williams: The Biography." Bret Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Aaron L. Gilbert's Bron Studios lead, with other producer credits going to G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer is executive producing.
And don't be daunted with the possibility of an estate catalog-block, a la Jimi Hendrix and "All Is By My Side": the rights for tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” have already been cleared.
Which leads us to Hiddleston, who'll be singin' them. But who knew Loki could sing? OK, to be fair, we did. Below are just a mere smattering of times Tom Hiddleston has sang on camera.
The Hank Williams story has been approached before, like in 1964's so-so "Your Cheatin' Heart," and 2012's "The Last Ride." With big names like RatPac and Hiddleston batting, hopefully "I Saw the Light" will be more of a holler.
Report: Cameron Crowe teaming with J.J. Abrams for Showtime's “Roadies”
The “Say Anything” director and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” writer is set to tackle television with an ensemble comedy set during a U.S. rock tour.
Korean Deli where “Seinfeld” was conceived is shutting down
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were walking the aisles of Lee’s Deli when they hit upon the idea for a show about nothing.
Rep: Tracy Morgan "continues to show signs of improvement”
Morgan’s rep released a statement this afternoon, saying: "While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement," the statement read. "His medical team remains optimistic that his recovery is progressing.” PLUS: Morgan’s ex-wife joins in asking TMZ to remove accident video.
St. Louis Cardinals will celebrate “Jon Hamm Night” by handing out a bobblehead of the “Mad Men” star
Fans can get the bobblehead on Aug. 18.
Fox to begin airing the American Country Countdown Awards
The live concert, broadcasting from Nashville in December, comes out of the long-running radio show “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”
“Girls” star Andrew Rannells to replace Neal Patrick Harris on "Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Harris will exit the Broadway role in August.
Sarah Paulson will play conjoined twins on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Paulson tweeted a pic of her new characters, Bette and Dot.
Viewers’ rejection of “I Wanna Marry Harry” restores your faith humanity
"When Fox premiered the dating-deception show 'I Wanna Marry Harry' last month,” says James Poniewozik, "it raised the question of whether there was yet a reality-show concept so insulting, cynical, sexist and shameless that TV viewers would refuse to watch. There was, and they did.”
Watch J.Lo and Pitbull kick off the FIFA World Cup 2014
They performed their song “We Are One” at the opening ceremony in Brazil.
Why did “House of Cards” change the theme from Season 1 to Season 2?
Season 1 has “sweeping violins,” while Season 2 has a “full cello assault.”
Katie Couric tapes her final “Katie” episode
Couric’s talk show was canceled after two seasons.
"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars” gets a premiere date
The crossover episode is set for July 26.
Check out a preview of Leah Remini’s TLC reality show
"Leah Remini: It’s All Relative” references her ordeal with Scientology in the opening episode, which premieres July 10.
ABC Family orders hidden-camera prank show “Freak Out”
The reality show from “Jersey Shore’s” creator will use elaborate special effects to freak people out.
The Grammy Awards governing body, the Recording Academy, has never been one to make rash decisions when it comes to modifying the awards procedure, so here, in 2014, they have made a major decision regarding sampling: Starting with the Feb. 8, 2015 Grammy Awards, songs that include samples or interpolations of previously written songs will be allowed in all songwriting categories, including the coveted Song of the Year.
Is this a good decision? I’m not so sure. In some ways, the Grammys are so cautious in making changes that they miss the cultural significance of that musical moment (and that is partially the Grammys’ point: they aren’t meant to bow to trends or fads).
On the plus side, this is simply an acknowledgement that a new, creative work that stands on its own that uses a sample to add some zing or to salute an influence, shouldn’t be exempt because of the sample. That’s throwing the baby out with the bath water to automatically exclude such a song.
On the other hand, some songs use the sample as the entire basis for the tune and the rest is built out from the sample. I’m not so sure those songs should eligible. If I were on the Board of Trustees, I would have voted to allow sampling and interpolations, but I would have put a cap on the percentage of the song that can be the sample at no more than 15% (or something like that). Songwriting is too precious and too valuable an art to not reward the songwriters who are still practicing it each year with no outside assistance. On the other hand, the nice thing is that should a song based on a sample win a songwriting Grammy, the writers of that sample who contributed to the success of the new song that will also be recognized for their contribution.
Previously, samples or interpolations were allowed in only Best Rep Song since that genre is so reliant on samples. Now, the permission extends to Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, Best Country Song, Best Gospel Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, Best American Roots Song, and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Among the other changes:
*Best American Roots Performance category has been added
*The Dance/Electronica field and category have been renamed Dance/Electronic
*Best Pop Instrumental Album has been renamed Best Pop Contemporary Instrumental Album
*Best Classical Vocal Solo (album or tracks) becomes the album-only Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
*The guideline for Best Alternative Music Album has been refined as “recordings that take as a starting point any existing musical genre or combination of genres and expand and redefine the boundaries of those genres.” Here’s another place where I disagree with the Academy. I would have totally renamed this category. The word “Alternative” is too closely associated with the alternative radio format, when, if you look at the nominees from past years, that is not what this category is about. Calling the Grammy category “Alternative” only causes unnecessary confusion, especially given, as the Grammy guidelines state, “though there may be considerable overlap with the Alternative radio format, this category is not intended to mirror it.” This was their chance and they didn’t take it…
I would have also made a significant change in the Best New Artist category: To be eligible now, an artist must have released at least one, but not more than three, albums. In the age of mix tapes and long lasting singles, it seems unwise that the rule hasn’t been switched to eliminate the album criteria. For example, Bruno Mars didn’t qualify for Best New Artist in 2010 (the awards were presented in February 2011) because his first album, “Doo Wop and Hooligans,” came out after the Sept. 30, 2010 cut off, despite his already blowing up at radio from his appearance on B.o.B.’s “Beautiful Girls” and his own hit, “Just The Way You Are,” and showing signs of developing into the tremendous talent he’s become. By the next year, it was too late to nominate him for Best New Artist because he’d won for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just The Way You Are.” When people look back at the Best New Artist nominees and see he didn’t make it (Lady Gaga was also never eligible for a technicality that has sense been amended), the Grammys will look foolish. Time to made another amendment.
After several weeks of epically low ratings, FOX has pulled the Tuesday offerings "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,'" replacing them with a quartet of comedy repeats.
In the short-term, all remaining episodes of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" will be made available on Fox.com, FOX OnDemand, FOX NOW and Hulu starting on Friday (June 13) afternoon. There are no current plans along those lines for "Riot," though FOX says that the network is "currently discussing an appropriate place on our schedule for the unaired episodes."
Seth Rogen's career has been on something of an upswing over the past year.
Fox yanks “I Wanna Marry Harry,” plus Steve Carell’s “Riot”
Both unscripted summer series have been performing poorly. “I Wanna Marry Harry’s” unaired episodes will be put online.
Many expected Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" to compete at last month's Cannes Film Festival, where three of the Mexican director's previous four features have premiered -- but it wasn't to be. The initial assumption when it didn't show up was that the film wasn't ready, but Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said otherwise: apparently it was distributor Fox Searchlight that declined to submit the film to the festival. (Hey, their decision to hold "12 Years a Slave" until the fall festival circuit certainly paid off.)