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Since its Cannes premiere, Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" has more or less divided critics into two camps: those who accept it as a wry but essentially loving study of small-town manners and mores in the director's home state, and those who see it as something rather more patronizing and misanthropic than that. (I'm in the latter camp.) Steven Zeitchik goes to Norfolk, Nebraska -- where much of the film was shot -- and finds residents there similarly mixed on its merits. Many are approving: one enthuses that "now the world will get to see" the divisions that exist in their society. Another, however, voices reservations about what he sees as the film's use of unfavourable stereotypes. Payne's response? "People want to say it's condescending? Let them say that. This is my love letter to the state of Nebraska." [LA Times]
A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I press the farting button...
This week on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," we saw several things I never expected to see. One, Peter gave Apollo advice, and it didn't suck. Two, NeNe gave Cynthia parenting advice, and it also didn't suck. And finally three, fiercely independent Kandi turned into a puddle of spineless goo when confronted with a difficult situation, which did, in fact, suck. But hey, if everyone insisted on behaving themselves with such exceptional reserve, this was going to turn into a Very Special Episode of "Downton Abbey" or something.
"HIMYM's" 200th episode will be told from The Mother's perspective
Cristin Milioti will be featured prominently in the episode titled "How Your Mother Met Me."
"The Walking Dead's" midseason finale: It's about time
Finally, something big happened on the AMC series. PLUS: Showrunner Scott Gimple always had this ending in mind, what it's like learning you're expendable, this episode was all over the map, and "Walking Dead" returns Feb. 9.
"Mob City" will tweet out Episode's 1 script, except the ending
Starting Monday morning up until its Wednesday premiere, the TNT series will tweet out the script of the first episode in hopes of building interest in the Frank Darabont series.
Sharon Osbourne calls MTV's "The Osbournes" "the biggest mistake I ever did"
Osbourne said on the BBC's "Graham Norton Show, "It was the biggest mistake I ever did, but would I have wanted to live a lesser life? You make the most of what you have."
Roseanne goes on Twitter rant: "I'm never going to work in television again"
Roseanne Barr complained on Twitter Saturday that TV has treated her like garbage, especially in the past year. "I feel as if I've been insulted/assaulted for over a year," Roseanne explained. "Actually, for many years — from my first reality show to my second and two failed development details. Don't call me-I won't call you. I'm gone." PLUS: Mindy Kaling & Roseanne have lunch.
UK baby names are being influenced by "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Breaking Bad"
The most popular baby names of 2013 in Britain include Skyler, Brody and Arya.
Watch a 14-year-old Paul Walker on an '80s kids game show with his sister
"The Fast and the Furious" star, who died Saturday at age 40, appeared on TV numerous times before he became a movie star, including a guest appearance on "Who's the Boss?"
"The Good Wife" 100th-episode shocker, explained
Says co-creator Robert King: "It's meant to be comic and worrisome at the same time."
Google has begun its Festivus celebration
The "Seinfeld" holiday includes a traditional aluminum pole in Google search results.
Lady Gaga's Muppets Thanksgiving special draws few viewers
"Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" was especially down from her previous holiday special from two years ago, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving."
"Girls" unveils its Season 3 poster
"Happily Whatever After."
"Cheers" reunion: Kirstie Alley hooks up "Carla" and "Norm"
Here's a preview of George Wendt's guest appearance on "Kirstie," as Rhea Perlman's old flame.
CNN's Erin Burnett welcomes a baby boy
The anchor gave birth to her first child on Friday.
Maria Bello reveals she has a girlfriend
The former "ER" and "Prime Suspect" star discussed her long-term relationship with her best female friend in a NY Times column.
"The Honeymooners'" other Trixie dies
Jane Kean, 90, played Trixie in the '60s revival of the classic sitcom.
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as they open a new Woolworth's at Pompeii...
A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as we make plans to celebrate our anniversary...
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I offer you a stick of my lucky gum...
It's back to Neverland, and we seem close to wrapping up and heading back to Storybrooke. It can't be soon enough, if you ask me, as Neverland has been a dark and depressing place where story lines became clunky, Pan's motivations bent awkwardly in the service of forwarding Emma, Regina, Snow and Charming's stories and it all felt a little more claustrophobic than I imagined it would. But I'm not giving up hope yet, mind you. Anything is possible in Neverland, right?
It's been quite the somber season in some ways: slavery and racial tension, piracy and health care, dementia-addled fathers and embittered folk crooners. Even the year's biggest spectacle achievement, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," ultimately takes its weightless heroine to weighty moments of emotion and catharsis (not that we're complaining). It almost feels like what the 2013 film awards season needs is a nice prestige-level dose of the outrageous, something bonkers, something to take the edge off. And Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is here to answer the call.
The film isn't set to screen for the press at large for another week, but this weekend it began making its way through guild screenings, where plus ones and crossover memberships with critics and the film commentariat are just unavoidable. So it was Saturday afternoon that I made my way to the first of two SAG screenings of this absolutely unrepentant entry (hopefully that caveat saves the studio some disgruntled phone calls — over 100 people were turned away from the two screenings, which were filled to the brim). Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Cristina Milioti, Jon Favreau, P.J. Byrne and Kenneth Choi were on hand to discuss working with a master filmmaker and the life and times of a man, Jordan Belfort, who by anyone's measure should probably be dead by now.