MIAMI - Let it never be said that the Miami Film Festival doesn't know its competition. I'm not talking about South By Southwest, running concurrently in Texas at a pace so comparatively frantic that they scarcely seem like equivalent events, but the glorious spring sunshine, currently bathing the city's Art Deco-staggered skyline in honey-clear warmth too delicious to ditch for even the comfiest movie theater. Fully aware of this, Miami is the festival that comes out at night, concentrating its screenings in the evenings and following them up with parties that shoot for Cannes levels of razzle -- all without the shadow of a 7am wake-up call. If there's a more coolly considerate festival on the circuit, I haven't been to it.
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WEtv picks up “Sex Box”
The British reality format -- featuring couples having sex in a box in front of a studio audience, before discussing their sex problems with sex experts -- is coming to America.
Amazon picks up 4 of its pilots, including 1 from “The X-Files” creator
Chris Carter’s “The After” will join Jason Schwartzman’s comedy “Mozart in the Jungle” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” and cop drama “Bosch” starring Titus Welliver.
Judd Apatow: Everything I’ve done is in reaction to NBC canceling “Freaks and Geeks”
“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said Monday in a speech at the Paley Center for Media. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that.”
Regina Hall getting “Married” on FX
She’s joining the couples comedy starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple.
Adam Carolla’s “Catch a Contractor” was Spike TV’s best debut in 3 years
About 1.2 million watched the construction reality show.
Kristen Bell, like Anna Kendrick, has a more substantial background in singing than many audiences know, so it should come as no great shock that when she was finally given the chance to do a full-blown musical, she rocked it.
When we sat down to talk about her return to the character that first brought her to my attention, "Veronica Mars," I couldn't resist asking her whether or not Disney has already broached the subject of making a "Frozen 2." After all, the first one has become a full-blown phenomenon. I may not cover box-office stories, but it would be hard to miss just how big this film is at this point. It's been in the top ten longer than "Avatar" was, and it seems like fans can't get enough of it. Of course they're going to do a stage version of it, but for the first time, Disney may have no choice but to develop a theatrical sequel to one of the princess films, and as long as they keep the core creative team together, there's no reason they can't figure this one out.
Hey, who's ready to talk about the next awards season? No, me neither. But the Screen Actors' Guild is -- at least notionally -- as they've followed other guilds by announcing their 2014/15 awards dates. Mark your diaries, if you're so inclined.
President Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis has been in the works since last summer
Funny or Die proposed the "Between the Ferns" idea as part of the White House’s attempt to work with Hollywood to promote the Affordable Care Act. PLUS: Obama proves to be the first “cringe-humor president."
Anna Camp lands on “Damaged Goods”
The “True Blood” alum will play the boyfriend of “Smallville‘s" Justin Hartley on the ABC comedy pilot from the creator of “Awkward." PLUS: “SNL” alum Nora Dunn joins “iZombie,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins “Exposed,” and Starz’s “Flesh and Bone” adds Ben Daniels from “House of Cards."
Report: Juan Pablo is now done with “The Bachelor” — he’s not doing any day-after press
"Juan Pablo is over the show just as much as the show is over him,” a source tells E!. "He fulfilled his contractual obligations and now he wants to be left alone.” PLUS: Why creepy Juan Pablo was right not to say “I love you,” Barbara Walters backs Juan Pablo, Juan Pablo allegedly told Clare, "I love f---ing you but I don't know you."
Hodor from “Game of Thrones” comes out
Kristian Nairn was asked by a “Game of Thrones” fan website about his LGBT fans. His response: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community."
George R.R. Martin told “Game of Thrones” creators the “broad strokes” of how the books will end
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss met with Martin last year and went through each character. As a result, they're thinking of ending the series after Season 7 or 8.
Linda Hamilton signs on for Syfy film “Bermuda Tentacles”
She’ll join Trevor Donovan, Mya Harrison, and Jamie Kennedy in a movie about Air Force One going down in the Bermuda Triangle.
NBC halts plans to remake “The Money Pit”
The network had trouble casting the remake of the 1986 movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long.
“The Simpsons” may replace Mrs. Krabappel with guest actors as substitute teachers
The Mrs. Kabrappel character is being retired due to Marcia Wallace’s death. And for next season, exec producer Al Jean says, it’s "possible both given the way the show works and the state of public schools there won’t be a permanent teacher. We can get some great guest stars here and there before we settle on somebody. We’re looking at it from different angles.”
Check out “True Detective’s” real Carcosa
Sunday’s season finale was shot at Fort Macomb, a 19th-century brick fortress near New Orleans.
VH1 accused of stealing “Love & Hip Hop”
Two female producers are suing claiming they pitched a show called “Hip Hop Wives.”
Mom dresses her baby girl as Walter White, Khaleesi and other TV characters
Check out Baby Olive also dressed as characters from “House of Cards,” “The Walking Dead” and “True Detective."
At 37, Luke Bryan is old enough to be the young dad of kids heading to Spring Break and, yet, for the past several years, he’s reverted back to his 18-year-old self and released a Spring Break EP each March: the mini-albums contain six or so tunes that serve as an aural scrapbook for anyone hitting the beach for sun, surf, girls and beer.
“Believe” has a solid debut
The J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron drama premiered to 10.7 million viewers, and topped last year’s debut of “Hannibal.”
Les Moonves: We may try out “The Big Bang Theory” on Mondays during CBS' NFL Thursdays
The CBS boss acknowledged his Monday lineup was “slightly disappointing, and that he would “not be surprised” to see “The Big Bang Theory” on Mondays while NFL games air on Thursdays.
CBS sets summer premiere dates for 4 scripted dramas, early “Big Brother”
“Big Brother” will once again launch in June, instead of after July 4th, premiering on June 25. “Under the Dome” returns June 30, while “Extant” has been pushed back a week to July 9.
“Game of Thrones” gets Vanity Fair cover story: Yes, President Obama gets episodes early
"One perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tell Vanity Fair for their cover story, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz.
See “The Flash” in full body costume
CW has unveiled the first image of Grant Gustin in full costume.
Jimmy Kimmel agrees to appear on Mayor Rob Ford’s YouTube show, via Skype
Kimmel has agreed to appear on “Ford Nation” according to his brother Doug Ford.
Tom Bergeron leaving “America’s Funniest Home Videos” after 15 seasons
"I'm embracing change this month,” says the “Dancing with the Stars” co-host, who adds on Twitter that he’s pitching ABC on a live spinoff.
David Copperfield gave Andy Samberg a “D*ck in the Box” as a wedding gift
“He was either using magic to make it float, or he’s hung like a rhinoceros,” Samberg told Seth Meyers, in an interview in which they also recalled getting Nicolas Cage to mock himself on “SNL.”
Bill Cosby: No plans for a “Cosby Show” reunion
"No! Because to look at them and see that there really is no more to what we did,” he tells E! "We laid out eight years of trying to our best and we did a great job because the people came in numbers of saying the following, 'I want my house back.’” PLUS: Cosby joins Instagram.
Chelsea Handler to Piers Morgan on CNN: “You’re a terrible interviewer”
“You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds,” she said on “Piers Morgan Live,” adding: "Maybe that’s why you’re job is coming to and end."
Lauren Graham visits “Sesame Street”
The “Parenthood” star talks authors with Grover.
Lena Dunham may quit acting after “Girls” is over
"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to,” she tells Glamour magazine.
Just a few housekeeping notes before I head to California for a few days:
Juan Pablo has “The Bachelor’s” most-awkward finale yet
Juan Pablo refused to play by “The Bachelor” rules, frustrating producers. As Emily Yahr notes, "While the final episode was wildly uncomfortable to watch, it was also one of the most riveting hours of reality television in recent memory. The reason? It exposed the fascinating disconnect between veteran show producers stubbornly anchored in tradition and a star who doesn’t follow — and frankly, couldn’t care less about — the rules of the franchise.” PLUS: Juan Pablo seals his fate as the most-depised “Bachelor,” and it’s official: Andi Dorfman is the new “Bachelorette”
President Obama to appear on Zach Galifiankis’ Funny or Die talk show
The 6 1/2-minute “Between Two Ferns” interview was taped two weeks ago. UPDATE: Watch Obama on "Between Two Ferns."
Jimmy Kimmel & Seth Rogen star in “True Detective 2”
Check out the newest HBO “bromance."
Kerry Washington approves of “SNL's" spoof of “Scandal”
"SO FUN! SUCH AN HONOR! Thank u @lenadunham & @nbcsnl family!” she tweeted.
Disney Channel is not ready for a “High School Musical” reunion
At least not now, a spokesperson says, responding to Zac Efron’s interest in a reunion.
Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm photobomb tourists on the top of 30 Rock
It was the “Mad Men” star’s 2nd cameo on an NBC late-night show in as many days.
Alex Trebek gets revenge on Conan
The “Jeopardy!” host put a stop to “Conan” mocking him.
Miles Teller and Jai Courtney are no strangers to the Hollywood movie making machine. Miles has won critical acclaim for roles in films such as "The Spectacular Now" and the upcoming Sundance hit "Whiplash" as well as candidly charm audiences in mainstream fare like "Footloose" and January's "That Awkward Moment." Courtney is an Aussie TV veteran who was "showcased" alongside Bruce Willis in "A Good Day to Die Hard" and had supporting roles in "Jack Reacher" and "I, Frankenstein." Both men will be seen next in Neil Burger's "Divergent," but it goes without saying that most movie fans are interested in their next big projects.
So, Bravo must have thought they'd have yet another humdinger of a season finale this year. The setting was perfect (the pool by the Beverly Hilton, which is a lot smaller than it looked on the show). The ladies were all in attendance, most of them with a grudge and tears at the ready. The problem was that everyone's anger was aimed at Lisa (and to a lesser extent her husband Ken) Vanderpump. Guess what? Yeah, didn't work out quite as planned.
So far, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been fairly restrained when it comes to tapping into the goodwill from Marvel's hit theatrical franchises.
Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill topped up in the pilot and hasn't been seen since. Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the tag of one episode as Nick Fury, but he hasn't been seen since. A November episode featured a tie-in to "Thor: The Dark World" and I honestly don't remember if the threads introduced in that episode have rippled forward.
The latest movie-to-TV crossover occurs on Tuesday's (March 11) episode, as Jaimie Alexander brings Lady Sif to ABC for an episode that also features Lorelei, a seductive Asgardian with a complicated relationship with both Thor and Loki.
Lorelei, played by "Magic City" veteran Elena Satine, was introduced at the end of last week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." using her amorous wiles to charm a ride from the desert towards civilization, presumably with nefarious intent.
Will it be up to Lady Sif to stop Lorelei? Let's just say that Jaimie Alexander wasn't offering many hints when we talked last week. In lieu of spoilers, though, she discussed the difference in pace and scale of playing Lady Sif for TV and talked about the excitement of working on a set with so many strong actresses and strong female characters.
Click through for the full Q&A, with its few teases...