As usual, Woody Allen shows no signs of slowing down. He's prolific as ever and with "Magic in the Moonlight" right around the corner this summer, he's already lining up his next. And today brings news of the first casting decision: Joaquin Phoenix.
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It's interesting when you can tell from a press release that the studio is being very careful about what they say.
"[Matt] Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor," is how they phrased it in the announcement today, "alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun Lee."
To be fair, they're being very careful about everything involving this film and the cast. They've revealed some basic information. We know that Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor. We know that Jason Clarke is John Connor. We know that Jai Courtney is Kyle Reese. And we know that Dayo Okeniyi is playing Danny Dyson, the son of Miles Dyson, the man credited with creating Skynet in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".
I'm sure one young couple we meet in this week's episode of "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (Sat. May 3 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC) had seen some television show or movie that shower sex seem easy. I suspect they did not take into consideration the idea that shower sex on television and in film usually takes place in these big, palatial showers that are larger than some living rooms. Trying it in a small box the way these two do is sort of like filling a coffin with water, standing it upright, and adding water hazards like soap dishes to the mix. So, duh, it doesn't end well in this clip from the show.
2 "Alaska State Troopers” stars were killed in the line of duty
Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel Rich, who were featured on the Nat Geo reality show, were shot and killed Thursday after being called out to a remote village to provide backup for a standoff. UPDATE: Nat Geo pulls repeats of episodes featuring the two troopers.
Matthew Weiner feels like 14 episodes isn’t enough for the final “Mad Men” season
The structure of this season forced Weiner to come up with two season premieres and two season finales, which "allowed for less digression” into other characters, he tells Fresh Air. “This just made us really concentrate on the main characters,” he says, adding of the episode count: “It actually didn’t seem like enough episodes for what we had to do.” PLUS: Jared Harris returning to “Mad Men” — as a director.
“The Good Wife” would love to spin off Carrie Preston’s character, but…
"We've discussed it internally,” co-creator Robert King tells E!. "It always comes down to where you can put your energy. Our worry is that—we're not the kind of showrunners, unfortunately, who can take our eyes off this and do two things at once. I wish we could because there's no one more fun to work with and better comedian than Carrie Preston. There's such a cool show there."
“Game of Thrones” director was “blown away” by this week’s episode
Michelle MacLaren, who directed this week’s and next week’s episode, says with a laugh: "I had thought they ate the babies – isn't that horrible?” PLUS: Feast on The Khaleesi Burger.
Arsenio Hall launches a crowdfunding campaign to buy the L.A. Clippers
“Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson says sorry for using the N-word during taping of his show
Clarkson says he’s "begging for forgiveness” after unaired footage shoed him saying the N-word while reciting the children's nursery rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe."
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the youngest director in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."
Ray Romano joins HBO’s rock drama from Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese
He’ll play the right-hand man of Bobby Cannavale’s head of promotions character in the ‘70s-set drama about the music industry.
Oregon ad agency: "Yes, John Oliver, We Are Stupid F*cking Idiots”
The Oregon ad agency North has responded to Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” slam of its healthcare exchange ad campaign.
Chinese censors did edit down “Game of Thrones” fighting and nudity
The pilot episode shown on state-owned China Central Television was about 11 minutes shorter than the original, and dubbed in Mandarin.
“SVU” taps “Scandal’s” Joshua Malina to play a Terry Richardson-esque photographer
Malina will play “a well-regarded photographer with a secret life.”
Kevin Spacey channels Frank Underwood in new “Call of Duty” ad
Spacey sounds just like his “House of Cards” character.
Watch The Weather Channel’s “GMA” reunion
Josh Elliott made his debut on an NBC property this morning, reuniting with Sam Champion.
The sum of the parts are definitely greater than the whole on “Love Never Felt So Good,” a new Michael Jackson track featuring Justin Timberlake, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of fun to be had listening to the breezy track.
The tune debuted during the IHeartRadio Awards May 1 in Los Angeles, with Jackson acolyte Usher dancing to the track. Written in 1983 by Jackson, Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield, the dance-oriented pop track sounds delightfully retro (even for 1983) with its synth disco beat and easy rhythms. With the right remixes, it could be club smash.
Jackson is the star of the Frankenstein track, with Timberlake singing the second verse, adding a more contemporary breakdown that brings it into the new millennium and several “Let me see you move” call outs. It’s a slight track and Jackson’s performance is fine, but certainly not exceptional. However, there’s an undeniable sweetness to hearing Jackson sing again.
“Love Never Felt So Good” is one of eight tracks on “Xscape,” a posthumous Jackson album out May 13 that includes songs finished following his 2006 death. Upon the announcement of the new album in March, Epic Records states that the songs would be “contemporized” versions of tunes.
“Contemporized,” according to a press release, meant that Epic CEO/chairman “L.A” Reid and various producers, including Timbaland, Stargate, and Rodney Jerkins, “retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackon’s essence and integrity. In other words, my guess is they had to create the finished tracks from the various stages in which they found Jackson’s vocals. Although the release stresses that a deluxe version of "Xscape" includes all the "sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form," it does not explain how fully realized the recordings were.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to hear this coming out of the car speakers on your way to the beach?
Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 1, 2014.
"The Big Bang Theory" had enough 8 p.m. juice to help CBS dominated Thursday night in all measures, even with big drops for "The Millers," "Two and a Half Men" and, particularly, "Bad Teacher."
The drops weren't limited to CBS on Thursday, though.
"American Idol" took an ugly drop to a number below "Hell's Kitchen" in the key demo, though maybe FOX should be paying attention to the stability "Surviving Jack" has been delivering despite the regular "Idol" slide.
Almost falling on Thursday was ABC's "Black Box," which failed to capitalize on a big weekly bump for "Grey's Anatomy."
And if you were wondering why on Earth NBC would have ended its low-rated comedies early, the fabricated IHeartRadio Music Awards did, relatively speaking, pretty huge numbers for NBC. [OK, entirely "relatively speaking" on the hugeness, but still very respectable numbers.]
On to the numbers...
“Girl Meets World” gets a premiere date — and a full trailer
The Disney Channel series will debut on Friday, June 27, after the movie “Zapped” starring Zendaya.
“Scandal” President Fitz visits the real Oval Office
“What’s wrong with this picture?” tweeted Tony Goldwyn, who’s in Washington, D.C., to attend Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Not everybody was happy to see Isaiah Washington return to “Grey’s Anatomy”
Burke's return after seven years sharply divided “Grey’s” fans. PLUS: Last night’s “Grey’s” was up 13%.
Sandra Oh: I’m only allowed to keep 1 souvenir from the “Grey’s Anatomy” set
Oh tells Jimmy Kimmel that she wants to take home a whole bunch of stuff.
Family of “Tosh.0” production assistant who was killed by sheriff’s deputies seeking $25 million
John Winkler filed the claim this week, blaming the sheriff’s department for her son’s death.
Kevin Connolly splits from Patty Hearst’s daughter
The “Entourage” and “Friends with Better Lives” star had been dating Lydia Hearst for a year.
Amy Poehler went on a shopping spree with Seth Meyers’ credit card
The former Weekend Update pals accidentally mixed up their credit cards after dining out recently. PLUS: Chris Kattan reunites with Meyers, playing a “Legendary Chris Kattan impersonator."
Jimmy Kimmel upset with Matt Damon’s plan to buy the L.A. Clippers
“Look who decided to throw his stupid hat in the ring.”
Midnight movies can be a mixed bag at the Cannes Film Festival -- some are curios that go on to become genuine cult items, some simply sneak back to the place from whence they came and are never heard from again. The star factor alone of "The Salvation," selected for this year's festival, suggests it won't entirely disappear on us, but it does look to be a somewhat unusual hybrid: a 19th-century Old West revenge yarn with a distinct European slant, not least in the casting of Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and, uh, Eric Cantona.
Back in March, Comedy Central stunned me in a very good way with "Review" (aka "Review with Forrest MacNeil"), starring Andy Daly as a milquetoast "reviewer of life" who will try any experience his audience requests, from drug addiction to becoming a racist. It was both a superb showcase for the incredibly game Daly, but dark and brilliant and hilarious in the ways in which each stunt and episode built on what had come before, so that it became clear this was about a man whose job was destroying his life. The fourth episode, which opens with Forrest being asked to eat 15 pancakes in one sitting, remains the single funniest half hour on television so far this year, and I remain skeptical that anything anywhere will be able to beat it. (It's embedded below.)
The finale aired last night, and I have a few thoughts on it, the first season as a whole, and what if anything the future might bring for poor Forrest, coming up just as soon as I invent a time-locked muzzle to keep overweight people from snacking...
Now that Craig Ferguson is the latest host to be leaving late night, having announced his plans to "consciously uncouple" from his CBS show, a lot of names are already being bandied about to replace him. Oddly enough, not many of them are women -- a phenomenon we most recently saw when David Letterman announced his retirement last month.