Festival programming can be a competitive business to begin with, but when you have three major international fests in close proximity, things are bound to get a little bit heated. So it is with Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the latter two of which actually overlap with the first -- the whole marathon playing out over a condensed three-week period in late August and early September. And where Cannes gets to luxuriate in having May all to itself, there's no such comfort for the autumn trio: given that they mark the unofficial start of awards season, getting first dibs on heavyweight titles (and the media coverage that comes with them) is of increasing importance to festival directors.
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Every studio must sit down near the start of the year to discuss which films they think would be an appropriate fit for them to cut a special commercial to air during the Super Bowl.
There are some movies that seem like perfect fits, and it seems like any movie that is a visual spectacle is a good fit. If you've got a trailer that ends with massive eye-popping special effects, then you want that conversation that's going to result from you showing off some of that eye candy.
Even so, I'd love to have heard the conversations that went on before Paramount decided to advertise "Noah" during the game on Sunday. Internally, Paramount's been wrestling with how to sell this movie, and it's hard to blame them. Aronofsky's script is earnest and unusual and filled with some strange digressions that will throw people who expect a standard-issue Bible movie, and while there is a huge audience out there ready to support Christian-themed movies, they might not know what to make of his vision for this story.
James Franco will play Rob Riggle in a Super Bowl ad
Riggle will play himself for the first 30 seconds of a Ford commercial, and Franco will play Riggle for the next 90 seconds.
Mark Wahlberg has never been in a G-rated movie, so why is he hosting the Kids' Choice Awards?
In fact, Wahlberg has only appeared in one PG-rated movie, which makes the 42-year-old actor a very odd pick for the Kids' Choice Awards.
Amazon eyeing Whit Stillman's "Cosmopolitan" and Shaun Cassidy's "Hysteria"
"Metropolitan" director Stillman is working on a show about young expats in Paris, while Cassidy's drama focuses on an technology-causing epidemic among high school girls.
Why won't HBO's "Looking" show an erect penis?
"This is inexcusable," says Justin Moyer, pointing out that an erect penis is "the essence of (gay) male sexuality."
CBS orders Tom Papa comedy pilot from producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
The former "Marriage Ref" host will star in the family comedy "More Time With Family," about a dad who spends more time with his family.
Watch the trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "Cosmos"
"Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" debuts on Fox on March 9.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" gets a pep talk from Fred Armisen and Joe Theismann
A pep talk before the Super Bowl episode.
Sasheer Zamata "just freaked out" when she heard her name on "SNL" for the 1st time
"I was like jumping up screaming and crying," she says of hearing Don Pardo announce her name during the dress rehearsal.
"American Horror Story: Coven" ends one mess of a season
"Coven" wasn't messy in a good way, yet expect the season to end on a high note. PLUS: 5 things we learned from "Coven," and ""American Horror Story" production designer was rejected by "Game of Thrones."
Why can't HBO find a broad comedy hit?
"Veep" and "Girls" do okay for the pay cable network, but they don't have the appeal of "Sex and the City" and "Entourage."
What The Queen can learn from "Downton Abbey"
Queen Elizabeth II has had to tighten her belt, much like the Crawleys.
Norwegians remake Barney's "HIMYM" suits song
Check out this "Nothing suits me like a suit" parody.
Here's Adam Brody on "New Girl"
In tribute to "The O.C.," Brody plays a hipster named Berkeley on next Tuesday's episode.
"The Real World's" Coral Smith becomes a mom
Coral revealed this week she gave birth to a girl in June.
PBS tonight tell the story of Stephen Hawking
"Hawking" is unusual in that it delves into Hawking's personal life.
BBC America dramatizes the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming
Dominic Cooper stars in "Fleming," a four-part miniseries that makes the writer "seem pretty damn swashbuckling."
"Full House" guys hit up Reddit
John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget today answered burning questions about Uncle Jesse's mullet as part of their Super Bowl ad tour.
Just when I think I'm out of Utah, they pull me back in.
After a week in Park City covering the Sundance Film Festival (and still doing my "Idol" recaps), I'm back in Los Angeles, but naturally this week's Wednesday (January 29) audition episode comes to us from... Salt Lake City.
Bless Justin Bieber and the peach fuzz on his upper lip. In his new video for “Confident,” featuring Chance the Rapper, he dances in those ridiculous baggy jeans that sag to his knees, and wears a necklace that, instead of looking like cool bling, looks like he stole it from his grandma’s jewelry box when she wasn’t looking. And her sweater too.
CW picks up "Veronica Mars" creator's "iZombie," plus "Supernatural" spinoff
"Supernatural: Tribes" will explore the clashing hunter and monster cultures of Chicago. Meanwhile, Rob Thomas' "iZombie" is a DC Comics supernatural crime procedural.
Kendrick Lamar has responded to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Macklemore about the duo’s “The Heist” nabbing the Grammy for Best Rap Album over Lamar’s heavily favored “”Good Kid, M.A.A.D City." His basic message: No sweat.
As you may recall, after snagging four Grammys, including Best New Artist, on Sunday night, Macklemore instagrammed a text that he’d sent to Lamar, telling Lamar that he had been robbed, and that “Good Kid” should have won best rap album over “The Heist.”
In subsequent days, Macklemore has been applauded for calling it as he saw it, while others have been less charitable, saying he should give back the award if he doesn’t feel he and Ryan Lewis (who’s been silent on the whole thing) deserve it or he shouldn’t have spoken up at all since the duo won the award fair and square.
XXL asked Lamar about the matter in New York Tuesday and Lamar had nothing but good things to say about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s victory in three out of the four rap categories: “It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man,” Lamar said. “He went out there and hustled and grinder. Everything happens for a reason the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”
Lamar’s comments also seem open to interpretation. Is he saying the Macklemore worked hard and, therefore, he was worthy of the award or is he implying the Macklemore simply lobbied harder to win and this was the result?
Fox renews "Bones" for Season 10, and moving it back to Mondays
Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly says in a statement: "Over the course of nine seasons, 'Bones' has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our lineup that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can."
Tea Leoni is "Madam Secretary"
She'll play the U.S. Secretary of State in the CBS drama pilot from "Joan of Arcadia" creator Barbara Hall and Morgan Freeman.
Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn will be back for more "Flowers in the Attic"
They'll reprise their roles in the Lifetime sequel, but the kids are expected to be recast since it takes place 10 years later.
"ER's" Goran Visnjic joins "Extant" as Halle Berry's husband
He'll be a series regular on the CBS drama.
Billy Bob Thornton is poised to join the "Entourage" movie
He's in talks to play a billionaire cowboy who invests in the Dracula film starring Vincent Chase.
CW orders "Jane the Virgin"
"Jane the Virgin" is based on the Venezuelan telenovela "Juana La Virgen" about a young Latina woman who is suddenly pregnant.
"Orange is the New Black" casts Lori Petty
The "Point Break" star will guest in Season 2.
"Workaholics" stars "audition" for "Game of Thrones"
Check out the audition reel they made for Conan.
Did you know that over the past seven years, six films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival have been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars? Or, that last year "Beasts of the Southern Wild's" Benh Zeitlin became only the third Sundance helmer after Peter Cattaneo ("The Fully Monty") and Lee Daniels ("Precious") to earn a Best Director nod? Were you aware of the impressive number of nominated actors whose performances first played Park City, including Melissa Leo ("Frozen River"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone"), Mo'Nique ("Precious"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow"), Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine"), Carey Mulligan ("An Education") and Laura Linney ("The Savages")?
Sure, there have been some off years, but in general, Sundance has been a major player in the awards season ever since "Little Miss Sunshine" shook the annual indie conclave in 2006. And its influence appeared to be on the upswing. Emphasis on "appeared."
When it comes to the long list of Super Bowl entertainers, Mars is definitely punching above his weight: most acts, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Who, U2, or Prince, had far more than two albums under their belts before they took that halftime stage. What Mars has going for him, however, is an already strong list of hits and he has already proven to be a nimble, engaging live performer..
Oh, and if you're going to be at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it looks like the weather is going to be a decent 44 degrees at kick off.
Here's a look at whom the editors at Hitfix believe deserve a spot in the Super Bowl Halftime Hall of Fame: