Like a number of films from 2013, many of them nominated in one or both of the Academy's sound categories — "All is Lost," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" — what the audience hears is crucial to the overall experience of the film. And that was never more the case this year than with Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But when your goal is authenticity in orbit, how do you come at the problem laid out by the tagline for Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film "Alien": "In space, no one can hear you scream," or do anything, really.
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Jason Alexander: "Seinfeld" reunion may not be a "reunion"
Alexander weighed in on the reunion this morning via Twitter: "not sure if when all is said and done, you will all think of it as a "reunion" but we hope you enjoy. I'm sure you'll let us know. :)"
NBC orders 2 more "Chicago P.D." episodes
The "Chicago Fire" spinoff's 1st season total now stands at 15 episodes.
Sam Champion's new Weather Channel show will be called "AMHQ"
It's short for "America's Morning Headquarters."
Behind the scenes of "House of Cards" Season 2, with director Jodie Foster
The NY Times Magazine has a big profile of the 2nd season, including a side-by-side comparison of Frank Underwood vs. Jed Bartlet.
Kaley Cuoco was excited to see her new name on "The Big Bang Theory"
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"Sharknado" to be shown in movie theaters in France
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See the poster for ABC's "Resurrection"
The sci-fi series debuts March 9.
I’m convinced that one reason for One Direction’s continued success is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They are, of course, not the Beatles— though they inspire the same type of crazed devotion from they young fans — but they have tapped into the fun spirit that the early Beatles adopted for “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Miley Cyrus had some advice for Justin Bieber on how to stay out of trouble when she appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night. Justin, are you listening?
"How I Met Your Dad" characters revealed: Sally is the new Ted
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Damian Lewis' next TV role: Playing King Henry VIII?
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John Stamos: We might be working on a "Full House" sequel
The "Full House" guys continued their tour last night on "Watch What Happens Live," where Stamos said: "We're sort of working on a twist on a sequel, but we don't know if it’s going to happen yet or not."
"Big Bang" crushes "Idol," "Rake" drops again
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"Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Pitt is joining "Hannibal"
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"Parks and Rec" should've saved last night's great ending for its series finale
That final shot, says James Poniewozik, "was the killer for me ... The whole idea of Parks, I guess, is that a community of people coming together can make a town into something magical." PLUS: Ann Perkins will be sorely missed, and why the show will be better off without Ann and Chris.
Watch the "Bones" Super Bowl promo
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See Seth Meyers' in his best non-Weekend Update "SNL" bits
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Study: Italians rank No. 2 in TV-watching, after the United States
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Tony Hale to guest on "About a Boy"
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Mackenzie Crook to star in a metal detector BBC sitcom
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Alison Brie gives a dramatic reading of Craigslist missed connections
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Donnie Wahlberg tonight makes his "Blue Bloods" directing debut
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Cats star in a "Downton Abbey" remake
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Historian Alex von Tunzelmann considers this year's fact-based Oscar contenders, and argues there's more to effective cinema than mere historical accuracy: "There is extraordinary power in the moving image. Many of us will know that 'Braveheart' (1995) is tosh when we watch it, but years later bits of it may have taken root in our imaginations – and we don't always remember that they emanated from that great steaming heap of lies." She also evaluates seven of this year's Oscar nominees: "12 Years a Slave" passes with flying colors as both history and cinema, but she argues that the factual fidelity of "The Wolf of Wall Street" "undermines its own claim to be satire." [The Guardian]
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Michelle Obama: I binge-watched "Scandal"
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Could Simon Cowell exit "The X Factor"?
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"Cooter" from "Dukes of Hazzard" slams CMT's "Party Down South"
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Lawsuit accuses "Dr. Phil" of sending a girl to a "private prison"
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Starz's "Black Sails" and Captain Morgan are pointing cannons at each other, via billboards
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"American Horror Story: Coven" was problematic from the start
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Watch "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening in a 1969 home movie shot by his dad, Homer
The six-minute film also features Groening's sisters Maggie and Lisa.
Dianne Weist to visit "The Blacklist"
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New Yorkers mock Fox Sports' Joe Buck
Watch the Super Bowl announcer's Funny or Die video.
Check out the "Entourage" movie table read
Adrian Grenier tweeted an image from Thursday.
Bill Maher plans to use "Real Time" to unseat a member of Congress
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"Reign" star tells fans: Stop boycotting our show!
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"E! News" accused of stealing a bit from MTV's "Nikki & Sara Live"
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Guy Fieri launches his own coffee line
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"Franklin & Bash" hires a new, attractive attorney
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are starring in a USA PSA
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"Psych's" Timothy Omundson will play a King on an ABC comedy pilot
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Dax Shepard writes an anti-paparazzi essay
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"SNL's" Bobby Moynihan will play a stripper cop on USA
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PARK CITY - Before the Friday night premiere of "They Came Together" at the Eccles Center in Park City, John Cooper talked about the reaction the programming team had back in 2001 when they saw "Wet Hot American Summer" for the first time.
"We had to ask ourselves if it was okay to show a comedy at Sundance," he said. "So thank you to David Wain and Michael Showalter for showing us that, yes, it is okay to show a comedy at Sundance." That seemed like an unintentional middle finger to Kevin Smith whose "Clerks" had played Sundance prior to 2001, but perhaps Cooper just got his timeline confused a bit. The point was obviously more to praise Wain and Showalter for making movies that have one very pointed goal: to make you laugh. A pet peeve of mine is that moment in almost ever mainstream comedy where the laughs stop and the plot kicks in. There should be a name for that moment, because almost every single time that happens, it kills a good film dead in its tracks. Comedies that manage to make the actual mechanics of the plot part of the comedy and part of the entertainment should be praised and singled out because it is a very difficult skill set to acquire, evidently.