Alaska is not the easiest place in which to live. Actually, it's a pretty damn hard place in which to live, at least if you go by what you see on "LIfe Below Zero: Long Road Home" (Tues. Dec. 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo). In this exclusive clip, we see why it's really, really important for Sue to get fuel to run her company. As the only emergency airport for 100 miles, fliers are grounded and worse, can't fly in -- and she hasn't gotten a shipment for a week.
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David O. Russell's "American Hustle" was crowned the best film of 2013 today by the New York Film Critics Circle, capping off a nearly five-hour vote and marking the first critics awards announcement of the year. The film also received wins for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Screenplay.
From NY Mag's Vulture blog, this is worth noting:
"According to our critic David Edelstein, who is one of the NYFCC's members, the final vote for Best Picture resulted in a rare tie-breaker. NYFCC by-laws prevent the actual numbers from being released, but Edelstein said there was a strong American Hustle camp and a strong 12 Years a Slave camp (reflected in McQueen's best director win), and that the vote was remarkably close, with some members expressing 'visible dismay' when the final number was tallied."
Interesting. Also, Lou Lumenick has a breakdown of the balloting which I guess you can use to suss out runners-up and whatnot.
Check out a running commentary of the wins below and offer up your thoughts, whatever they may be, in the comments section below.
After two years of running the Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica will take 2014 off from the two-day fest to tour Europe instead. It is unclear if the festival will return in 2015, according to Billboard.
The metal group started launched the multi-artist/multi-genre festival in 2012 in Atlantic City, N.J. and then held the 2013 edition in Detroit. The fests featured acts from all different formats of music hand picked by the band members, as well as attractions that focused on each of their personalities, including car shows, horror film tents, etc.
Back in September, Metallica lead singer James Hetfield told Billboard that he was pleased with how the second iteration went: “We loved it. I think it went smoother than the previous one.”
Even so, he added that the band and promoter, C3 Presents, weren’t sure if they were ready to commit to further festivals. "It's the money part, man, at the end of the day... We know that festivals don't make money right away, for sure. It's not that we're out to make money; we're at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It's an expensive barbecue at this point."
With more dates to be added, Metallica has already announced six shows for its Spring/Summer European tour.
HGTV "Curb Appeal" star dies after a car crashes into his motorcycle
Bill Beckwith, who co-hosts the HGTV series, was riding his motorcycle last night in San Francisco when a car struck and killed. Beckwith was 38.
All original "Glee" stars were invited for Episode 100
Ryan Murphy tweeted: "ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow."
Steve Buscemi pays a teary tribute to James Gandolfini
Watch the "Boardwalk Empire" star's salute to his former "Sopranos" co-star from last night's Gotham Film Awards. PLUS: Gandolfini's widow is still "expecting him to come through the door, come home."
Another death to hit "Nashville"
That'll be three deaths in less than a year.
"South Park's" 3-episode "Game of Thrones" trilogy ends this week
Wednesday's episode is titled "T*tties and Dragons." PLUS: "Game of Thrones" stars pose with their action figures.
Jay Leno lost control of the same model Porsche that Paul Walker died in
Leno spun out in 2005 while driving a Porsche Carrera GT at 182 miles per hour.
Watch the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Season 9 trailer
It includes Kanye's baseball park proposal to Kim.
"The Good Wife" adds British actor Matthew Goode
He'll recur as a prosecutor who befriends Alicia.
The Academy has narrowed the field of 147 documentary feature contenders to 15, and the key omissions appear to be Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's "After Tiller" and and Errol Morris' "The Unknown Known," among others.
However, Gibney can take heart that his other 2013 project, "The Armstrong Lie," was on the list. And most of the year's critical hits of the form — "The Act of Killing," "Blackfish," "Stories We Tell" — survived the slaughter.
Remember the old Snooki? The drunken, sloppy, dancing-on-tables Snooki? Well, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is thin, fit and sober these days. She's doing things like appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and taking care of her baby boy. But she's still funny, as we can see in this exclusive clip form "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Sun. Dec. 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on OWN). And she has awesome biceps. So there!
John Ridley's adaptation of the trials and tribulations of former slave Solomon Northup, Peter Morgan's account of James Hunt and Niki Lauda's Formula One racing rivalry and Ryan Coogler's testament to the tragically short life of Bay Area father Oscar Grant are just a handful of screenplays that won't be eligible for nominations from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) this year, HitFix has learned.
Louis CK signs exclusive deal to develop new shows for FX
Under the deal, Louis CK will create new shows via his Pig Newton production company.
Showtime's "Inside Comedy" will feature Jimmy Fallon, Bette Midler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Season 3 will also include interviews with Jonah Hill, Zach Galifianakas, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Arkin and Richard Belzer.
"The Blacklist" ends the fall with its highest ratings since the finale
This week's episode was up 12% over last week.
"Inside Amy Schumer" returns in April, "Kroll Show" is back in January
Paul Giamatti and Questlove will be among the guests on Season 2 of Amy Schumer's comedy show, which returns April 1. Nick Kroll, meanwhile, will be back on Jan. 14.
Showtime teases "House of Lies"
Here's a glimpse of Season 3.
Will CNN remake itself to look like Discovery, History, A&E and Nat Geo?
CNN boss Jeff Zucker wants to shake up the news network to have "attitude" and to appeal to viewers of those cable networks. "The goal for the next six months, is that we need more shows and less newscasts," he says, noting that the No. 1 show on CNN is Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown."
Netflix is breaking away from the binge-watching model with "Turbo Fast"
The first five episodes of the Dreamworks Animation kids show will be released on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the episodes will be spread out in 2014.
"The Real World: Ex-Plosion": Watch the 1st trailer
Here's a glimpse of the game-changing season. PLUS: Inside the house.
"Sesame Street" visits "Watch What Happens Live"
Andy Cohen today is filming "Watch Yuck Happen Live" with Oscar the Grouch.
Listen to "The Sound of Music Live" soundtrack
The songs from the Dec. 5 musical starring Carrie Underwood are now streaming.
It was 10 Decembers ago that a French composer named Alexandre Desplat burst on to the Hollywood movie scene with his gorgeous score for "Girl With a Pearl Earring." He earned his first Golden Globe nomination for that work, and after continual quality achievements on films like "Birth," "Syriana" and "The Painted Veil," he earned his first Oscar nomination seven years ago for "The Queen." It has been nothing but up since then, as he has now earned five Oscar nominations and worked with directors ranging from Roman Polanski to Stephen Frears, Wes Anderson to Stephen Daldry, Terrence Malick to Tom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow to George Clooney and David Fincher – and that’s just in the English language.
His latest score is for the newly released and highly regarded "Philomena." The chance to catch up recently was particularly meaningful for me, given that we first spoke the year Desplat earned his nomination for "The Queen," which was both his first Oscar nomination and the first year of In Contention's Tech Support column.
This weekend the revival of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" finally becomes a reality. The hard work Jamieson McGonigle has put into this thing behind the scenes is something to behold and notice has been taken across the net, his mission statement even making it into a New York Times Business section piece a few weeks back. I've been honored to have a hand in it all and look forward to hopping a plane later this week to share in the spirit out in Queens Saturday night.
In the run-up to that event, a number of outlets — Ain't It Cool News, Film.com, Film School Rejects, The Film Stage and HitFix — will be offering up appreciations of various elements from the film. As you might have expected, it's on me to look back on Roger Deakins' next-level photography, and the pleasure is all mine.