I'm still getting used to the fact that Brad Pitt is now an Oscar-winning producer -- one wonders whether, like Michael Douglas before him, the acting award will come later, Either way, the man's no slouch in the off-screen department: aside from "12 Years a Slave," the man's production credits range from "The Departed" to "Kick-Ass" to "The Tree of Life" to the (likely Cannes-bound) HBO feature "The Normal Heart." And now "The Operators," to which Pitt is also attached to star as US military general Stanley McChrystal.
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Did you know the Osmonds were discovered by Walt Disney? No? Well, that's part of the explanation for why Donny Osmond is guest judging tonight's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Oh, and he was Captain Shang in "Mulan." And he was Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast." Look, I don't think we need to justify Donny showing up. He won "Dancing with the Stars," remember? He's going to be a better guest judge than a lot of these random stars who just like watching the show. So let's get to it!
There's a cover version of "She" that Elvis Costello recorded for "Notting Hill" that positively floors me every time I hear it. I think Costello has one of the great male signing voices of the last 40 years, and that song is positively perfect for him, full of longing and regret and that particular blend of joy and pain that distinguishes the best love stories. It's not a song he wrote, though. It was first recorded by Charles Aznavour in the '70s, and he did versions in several different languages.
I've always wanted to use the Costello version in a particular film. I've had it in my head since I wrote a scene in a script at least a decade ago, and since then, I've hoped that no one would use it, that it would pretty much completely fade away. And now David Fincher's gone and ruined that for me, and even worse, I can't be mad about it because he did it so damn well.
Richard Butler, the lead singer of the Psychedelic Furs, is the performer of the version that's in the "Gone Girl" trailer, and while I don't think his version is remotely as effective, it's perfect for the trailer, and the rushed, almost off-key vocals capture some of the weird, off-center anxiety that is so obviously part of Fincher's adaptation of the massive best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn.
While Harrison Ford is one of the few guys working right now who I could indisputably call "iconic," I find myself ambivalent about his persona when he's giving interviews. I've had some good chats with him, and some that were more difficult, and it completely seems to be up to his mood at the moment we sit down.
The same can be said about his appearances on talk shows. He's done it well at times, and there are other interviews where it looks like he wants to crawl out of his skin, and for an actor, he seems to have no interest in disguising his feelings at all. He seems perfectly happy to snarl at someone if he thinks they ask him something stupid or obvious, which makes it extra-surprising that he was willing to do a Reddit AMA to help promote the new documentary series "Years Of Living Dangerously."
Ah, father-son bonding! On "Chrisley Knows Best" (new episode airing Tues. April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA), Todd and Chase team up to prank call Grandma, who apparently thinks the worst of her grandson. While you wouldn't think it would be all that fun to find out your granny thinks you'll sleep with anything in a skirt, Chase doesn't mind one bit. In fact, he lays it on extra thick by telling Grandma he was in a hit-and-run. Watch the clip to get in on the joke.
Robert Pattinson has re-teamed with his "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg, and you can get your first look at the result now.
Anything that puts Hayley Atwell on my TV once a week is a good thing.
It's that time of the year, where we hear all sorts of rumors about what might or might not be happening. This morning, one of the bigger stories concerns another ABC Marvel series, one that would run concurrently with "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", which is well on its way to a second season pick-up.
While I haven't seen anything specific about the approach they're taking to the proposed series "Agent Carter," it would obviously hinge on Hayley Atwell's character from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," one of the most interesting female leads they've had in any of the Marvel movies. It sounds like it would essentially serve as a prequel to the series they already have on the air, but is that enough of a change to make this worth the greenlight?
I love that Tommy Lee Jones is carrying a torch for the western genre. He gave us "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" nearly a decade ago and 10 years prior, his directorial debut was the TV movie "The Good Old Boys." Now he's saddling back up (so to speak) with "The Homesman," and like "Three Burials," we can probably expect it to debut at Cannes next month.
“Game of Thrones” shocker draws 6.3 million
That’s slightly down from the 6.6 million who watched the season premiere, but 48% up on last year’s 2nd episode of the season.
TV Land picks up “Younger,” starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff
The comedy from “Sex and the City” and “Beverly Hills 90210” honcho Darren Star is about a 40-year-old (Foster) who tries to pass herself off as age 26 has received a 12-episode order. It’ll also co-star Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor.
Jimmy Kimmel threatens “Scandal’s” Shonda Rhimes with a drill
Watch the teaser for Kimmel’s “Behind the Scandalabra” teaser. PLUS: Watch a preview of the “Scandal” season finale.
“Glee” is bringing back Heather Morris
She’ll appear in the season finale, based in NYC.
WGN America adapting Native American reservation-set “Scalped” from DC Comics
The “crime noir” drama is set in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
“The Daily Show’s” Aasif Mandvi expands his role on HBO’s “The Brink”
In addition to starring in the geopolitical crisis comedy, he’ll also serve as a writer and producer.
See the full trailer for “Rosemary’s Baby”
The NBC miniseries debuts May 11.
If you haven't seen the trailer for "Gone Girl" yet, check it out over at Motion/Captured. I'm anticipating the film, particularly because it's interesting to me that Ben Affleck is sticking with the acting for a while, working with masters like Fincher and Malick rather than diving full force into directing only. It'll only help him moving forward behind the camera, and I think he's taking note of how buddy Matt Damon has been doing the same before saddling up to his first directorial effort.
There's also word today that Fincher is off of the Aaron Sorkin/Steve Jobs project at Sony, which, if true, is a bit of a relief. He's an amazing director and nearly always nails the material, but I'm growing a touch weary of the prestige baiting and long for the old Fincher middle finger days of "Fight Club" and "Se7en," when the style and the substance were both going all the way to 11. Here's hoping whatever his next project is, it's something in line with the earlier days, because I'm sure there's still a lot of punk rock in him (not that I'm saying he's sold out as of late at all, because he hasn't — this is just what I'd like to see).
Anyway, we have our first glimpse of the poster this afternoon. I dig it. Check that out below. The film hits theaters Oct. 3.
There’s a lot of Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams in the new video for “It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and not so much Spidey.
CALGARY - As pages go, Warren Littlefield is slightly overqualified.
The Brandon Tartikoff protege spent 20 years as an executive at NBC, cultivating in a '90s run as NBC Entertainment President a gig that was, at times, rather wildly successful.
On this March day in Calgary, though, Littlefield is serving as a tour-guide for a group of reporters visiting the set of his FX limited series "Fargo." Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Calgary, we've left the urban center behind and we're at a facility that is doubling for the Bemidji Police Department, as well as several other rural Minnesota hubs. Depending on which way you wander, there are interrogation rooms, a main squad area, portions of a local hospital and a middle school cafeteria, in which we're conducting most of our interviews next to a fine piece of juvenile art that has nothing to do with "Fargo," but I'm including it anyway.