The season finale of "Shahs of Sunset" was surprising for a lot of reasons, mostly because of what it wasn't. It wasn't a non-stop shrieking argument. It wasn't bubbling over with jealousy, resentment, hurt feelings or snarky judgment. While ostensibly the show was about Reza celebrating his 40th birthday with a blow-out celebration in Palm Springs, it wasn't much of a blow-out and everyone mostly behaved themselves -- even GG. Yes, I said GG. Would it be weird to call this episode sort of poignant? Maybe that's taking it too far. But let's just say everyone, not just Reza, is feeling the weight of the advancing years -- even if that just means furiously ignoring them.
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Greta Gerwig lands the lead in "How I Met Your Dad"
Gerwig will play the female version of "How I Met Your Mother's" Ted Mosby, a woman named Sally, who is described as a "female Peter Pan."
It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.
Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.
"When I saw how slimy the human brain was, I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."
Genre parody is a very tricky business.
In general, laughter and scares seem like the perfect combination, and when people get it right, it can make for a very appealing rollercoaster ride. One of the things that I love about the collaborations between Carl Reiner and Steve Martin is that they seemed determined not to repeat themselves. In some ways, they strike me as not unlike Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, guys with fairly different comic sensibilities who came together and created a group of movies that are unlike anything either of them did on their own. I can't imagine "Blazing Saddles" or "The Producers" without Wilder, and I can't imagine he would have had the same luck with any other director that he did with Brooks on "Young Frankenstein." Martin and Reiner's "The Jerk" seemed to be drawn largely from the persona Martin had already created, but "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" was a great, strange movie experiment that Reiner had to nail in terms of every single visual detail if the joke was going to work at all.
I can't remember the last time there was this much active campaigning for the Best Original Song Oscar -- perhaps this is what happens when the music branch actually thinks to nominate a handful of decent songs. (And "Alone Yet Not Alone," but perhaps studios are capitalizing on the attention that scandal directed to the category in the first place.)
A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as you've seen a girl who looks like me but with chaos in her eyes...
They may never win the award itself, but independent animation distributors GKIDS have really settled into their role as the regular giant-slayers of the Best Animated Feature Oscar race: many pundits fail to give them due consideration when handicapping the category at nominations stage, yet their foreign titles have now repeatedly shown up at the expense of a studio heavyweight. They may have missed with a few shots on goal last year, but came back fighting this year, snaring a nod for French critics' pet "Ernest and Celestine" as Pixar's "Monsters University" failed to make the grade.
Eric Church has had great success presenting himself as a modern-day outlaw, someone who operates outside of Nashville’s mainstream. This is despite the fact that he records for a major label, regularly charts on the radio, and is a mainstay on the awards show circuit.
"White Collar" is in limbo
Filming on Season 6 is supposed to begin in March, but USA's talks with the studio have stalled, leaving "White Collar" with an uncertain future.
White House's state dinner honoring France features Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Tonight's state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande is also featuring J.J. Abrams and CNN boss Jeff Zucker. PLUS: See Kaling's outfit, Louis-Dreyfus sat next to the real "Veep" Joe Biden, and Colbert sat at the head table next to Michelle Obama.
Matt Lauer says of Bob Costas: "He looked a little like the loser in a prize fight"
"I'm Matt Lauer, in for Bob Costas tonight," said Laure at the top of Tuesday's Sochi coverage. "If you've been following along the last several days you know Bob’s been battling – and that's an understatement — an eye infection that's traveled a little bit." PLUS: NBC Sports' Michele Tafoya tweets: "Sources close to Bob Costas tell me his eye problems are due to a virus, not an infection."
Without NBC, the IOC couldn't afford to run the Olympics
The Peacock's $775 million payment to the International Olympic Committee represents 62% of the IOC's broadcast revenue for this year's games. In fact, as The Washington Post notes, NBC is responsible for funding a fifth of all Olympic games. PLUS: Why is snowboarding coverage so terrible?... and sexist?, and why can't NBC's Olympics website avoid spoilers?
Original '90s Flash will guest on CW's "The Flash"
John Wesley Shipp will have a "mysterious role" on the CW series.
"Melissa & Joey" sets up another "Sabrina" reunion
Melissa Joan Hart will be reunited with Beth Broderick, her "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" aunt.
"HIMYM's" The Mother has yet to learn her name
Says Cristin Milioti: "I don't know if it’s because they think I’m a terrible liar, but no, I have not been told that. It's very much on lockdown."
Kurt Sutter: A "Sons of Anarchy" video game is "definitely" happening
"and it's pretty f*cking awesome," Sutter wrote on Twitter.
BBC America asks: What if Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham were the same person?
That's the premise of "Nottingham," from the creator of "Dracula."
Dave Chappelle said "I'm Rick James, bitch" 10 years ago today
It was Feb. 11, 2004 that "Chappelle Show" aired the famous "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" episode.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine": TV's most quietly pro-gay show
Unlike other shows, the Andy Samberg comedy manages to address gay rights issues thoughtfully with little fanfare.
Ken Burns: I wouldn't want a narrator for a documentary on Ken Burns
Burns answered questions on Reddit, saying of a potential Burns documentary: "I'd want it to be a silent film. Wouldn't that be good."
"Bones" releases a Happy Valentine's Day video
Watch a cute compilation of Booth and Brennan.
Will "Supernatural's" spinoff get a much-needed female lead?
The "Supernatural" females haven't come off well, with them falling into the category of lover, mother, daughter or bitch.
"Grey's Anatomy" gets a new surgeon
"Big Love" alum Patrick Fabian will recur as a pediatric surgeon.
Look back at Fred Armisen's pre-"SNL" music career
Armisen was part of the hardcore punk group Trenchmouth and later played drums for Blue Man Group. PLUS: Meet some of Armisen's band members, and Jimmy Fallon wants to be part of Armisen's band.
Will Simon Cowell ever return to American TV?
Cowell has been an American TV staple since 2002, except for the 16 months off that he took to launch "The X Factor."
Garry Trudeau is putting his comic strip "Doonesbury" on hold for "Alpha House"
The Amazon series is keeping Trudeau busy all summer.
Betty White goes crazy on "WWE Monday Night Raw"
The 92-year-old White last night showed no signs of slowing down.
Timothy Olyphant can't think of anything he wants to see Raylan accomplish on "Justified"
"I reserve the right to change my mind here," he says, "but I don't think there's anything I really want to see him accomplish. I just hope that we take our time and are thoughtful about the way he goes about accomplishing things." PLUS: Joelle Carter talks Ava and Raylan, and Olyphant originally wanted "Justified" to be called "Killtucky."
Check out Freddie Prinze Jr.'s "Star Wars Rebels" Cowboy Jedi character
Prinze says he always wanted to play a Jedi.
Tim Gunn: Larry King thought "Project Runway" was about an airport
Gunn offers advice and recollections in his Reddit Ask Me Anything.
"SNL's" Vanessa Bayer recalls her "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" internship
Bayer also recalls how she was too ugly for a peanut commercial. PLUS: Conan's YouTube channel surpasses 500 million views.
Ex-"Baywatch" babe Donna D'Errico files for bankruptcy
The ex-wife of Nikki Sixx claims she only has $20 to her name.
Lifetime orders dystopian-future drama "The Lottery"
In the 10-episode series, women stop having children, "threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates."
PBS tonight tells the true story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
It's part o the latest installment of "American Experience."
See more "House of Cards" teasers
Netflix has three more trailers in advance of Season 2's release this weekend.
Tom Brokaw announces he has cancer: "I am very optimistic"
The 74-year-old former "NBC Nightly News" anchor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, at the Mayo Clinic in August, according to NBC News, which adds that "doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving."