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Olympics propels "Today" to No. 1 over "GMA"
The last time the "Today" show beat "Good Morning America" was during the London Olympics.
Kal Penn joins CBS' "Battle Creek," reunites with "House" creator
The crime drama from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will be run by "House" creator David Shore.
"NCIS: New Orleans" casts Scott Bakula's character's wife
"Person of Interest" vet Paige Turco will star on the CBS drama.
Haley Joel Osment joins the "Entourage" movie
No word on what the former "Sixth Sense" star will be playing, but his role will be "supporting."
Jimmy Kimmel fills in as KABC sports anchor
Watch Kimmel deliver the entire sports report for ABC's L.A. affiliate.
"The Simpsons'" Lego-themed episode will be called "Brick Like Me"
The 550th episode will air on May 4.
A "Pushing Daisies" musical!?
Says creator Bryan Fuller: "I would love to do a musical and make it all about Kristin Chenoweth and her character, Olive Snook. I think it would be incredible!"
Jason Biggs becomes a dad
The "Orange is the New Black" star and his wife welcomed a son named Sid on Saturday.
PBS tonight tells of "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station"
"American Experience" looks at the New York City landmark that was demolished in 1963.
Lady Antebellum’s members wear their pop influences on their collective sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the band is closing its shows with a very cool mash-up of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect.”
Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will release her debut country album, “Road Between,” June 3.
After "Naked and Afraid" put the nude spin on "Survivor," we all knew it wasn't going to be long before every format added a naked element. To that end, VH1 has given the greenlight to “Naked Dating” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes. So, naked naked naked. But blurred out. Still, naked! The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. So, naked!
So did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? DID YOU? Because it was awesome. And, Team USA for the gold, people. That's never happened before. There was some other stuff, sure, but ice dancing! It wasn't just about Meryl Davis and Charlie White, either. Alex and Mia Shibutani ice danced to friggin' Michael Jackson. They also used some Michael Buble music, but we won't hold that against them.
5:00 p.m. ET - NBC - Alpine Skiing (Women's Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men's Halfpipe), Bobsled (Women's), Snowboarding (Men's Snowboard Cross)
Darn it, I'm getting excited.
Here's a case where I hope I enjoy the sequel more than the original, because I really, really like what we've been seeing so far from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Marc Webb's first film had a number of elements I wanted to like more, and it featured pretty much spot-on perfect casting for both Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, but I just couldn't get past what felt like a very pedestrian script.
Over the last few days, several new featurettes appear to have popped up online, and while I tried to resist looking, I finally broke down and watched two new ones, and here's the takeaway: Webb's cranked up the action and the Spider-based character comedy in this one, and in both cases, that's exactly what I want.
It now appears that the first scene with Paul Giamatti as The Rhino is the opening of the film, with Peter Parker swinging into action as Spider-Man to try and stop a truck chase through the city at the exact moment that he's supposed to be at his high school graduation, where Gwen Stacy sits waiting for him. It looks like they've shot a ton of this as actual practical stunt work, and it certainly pays off in something that looks and feels more tactile. I love the gag in both of these where he grabs the truck driving by and whips out-of-frame. That is straight out of the comics in terms of attitude, and looks great. It feels like Webb is getting more and more comfortable with the visual end of things.
"CSI" is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus
The planned "CSI" spinoff will be hatched via a backdoor pilot, focusing on the Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker will write the pilot, along with longtime executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.
It should be no surprise that a side project from fun.’s Jack Antonoff would be bouncy and upbeat musically. What is surprising is how Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” lifts so many elements from fun —deceptively deep lyrics, overly busy production, and changing tempos—and turns them into something completely different.
"Napoleon Dynamite's" Jon Heder joins Fox family comedy
He'll play an underachieving 30-something man who lives with his parents, played by Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott.
11.3 million watched Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut, topping Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch
Final numbers reveal that Fallon's "Tonight Show" premiere -- which premiered at midnight, instead of 11:35 -- topped Conan's debut in 2009 in total viewers, 11.31 million vs. 9.17 million.
A&E orders "Breaking Boston" from Mark Wahlberg
The reality show will follow a group of blue-collar women.
CBS shakes up "The NFL Today": Tony Gonzalez is in, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out
CBS had to do something because it was losing badly to "Fox NFL Sunday."
Adam Brody & Leighton Meester reportedly got secretly married
"The O.C." star and "Gossip Girls" star, both of whom starred on shows created by Josh Schwartz, had a "super-secret wedding," according to Us Weekly.
Jimmy Kimmel convinces pedestrians that President Franklin D. Roosevelt has just died
Last night's bit was a "brilliant social experiment," says Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Favreau, who adds: "As you watch this @jimmykimmel prank, think how much importance we attach to polling responses and focus groups."
"The Bob Newhart Show": The Complete series is coming to DVD
The classic sitcom will be released in a complete box set on May 27.
It was February 18, 1994. Kurt Cobain was still with us, but the grunge revolution had already begun to morph into something more palatable: "alternative." A generation labeled "X" was struggling to enter the work force amid a recession, that economic reality yielding "slackers" and "sell-outs" in equal measure — labels that would soon enough become little more than pop cultural shorthand.
Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites" had already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and an intense marketing campaign had the film aimed squarely at a target audience destined to deny it. It was an unassuming romantic comedy invested in its characters more than its setting, but it registered — rightly or wrongly — as an attempt to define a generation. Two decades on, it exists less as a snapshot of an era than an emotional Polaroid of what it's like to go out and make your way in the world.
On the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary, HitFix talked to 10 individuals involved with the production of the film: stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn; screenwriter Helen Childress; producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher; cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. What follows is their recollection of how it all came to be.
(Note: Ben Stiller declined requests to comment for this article. His quotes in this piece have therefore been taken from the 18th anniversary screening of "Reality Bites" at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.)