I know, I know, I link to Mark Harris a lot in these roundups. But he's always a pleasure to read, and rarely more on-point than in his impassioned piece about last weekend's Governors' Awards -- the separation of which from the Oscar telecast is an issue that still gets his goat, particularly in a year when the speeches of Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin would all have made good television for a relatively mainstream audience. "Of all the ways of nodding to the past, it is grotesque that the only one that has survived on the main telecast is the in memoriam roll call," he writes. "It’s pious sentiment, and also profound hypocrisy, to bow to Hollywood history by honoring those who are no longer around while shoving its living representatives off to November lest they ruin your TV show." Do you think he has a point? I do. [Grantland]
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So, many things happened on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" this week. We learned Yolanda "almost died" from Lyme disease, Lisa was more than thrilled to be voted off "Dancing with the Stars," and Brandi likes to dump guys before they can dump her. Really, that could have been enough to keep us more than mildly amused by our high strung, semi-crazy gals. But the true drama was reserved for a friendly, getting-to-know-you ladies' lunch at Carlton's. On the menu were catty comments, sly innuendoes and a liberal sprinkling of the C-word. Oh, and salad. You can't have a nice lady lunch in Beverly Hills without the salad.
LOS ANGELES - Can you imagine how hard it is to keep topping yourself on the red carpet when you're literally "the girl on fire"? Somehow Jennifer Lawrence managed to do it again as jaws dropped when she appeared in a gorgeous see-thru swimsuit-esque dress at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Monday night.
Two major soundtrack releases -- last week's "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" -- take two different tacks in regards to their tracks.
Like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Coen Brothers' latest film integrates its songs firmly into the story, shy of a musical, but without meaning if not for its songs. Justin Timberlake, the film's star Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and more topline the traditionals and golden Greenwich-era folk music.
"Catching Fire" is the latest in a string of major Hollywood flicks that assembled several previously unreleased songs from top-line artists like Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Christina Aguilera, some of whom composed and recorded specifically for the movie.
Thinking about high profile releases like these, HitFix staffers put our heads together to rank some of the best film soundtrack releases we could think of. There were fierce defenses of sole votes, and no shortage of those who claimed they wore their record/tape/CD down to ashes. It was also no surprise there were great mixes for terrible movies -- we'll leave it to you to determine which those are.
But for every "Shaft," "Judgement Night," "The Crow," "Menace II Society," "Stealing Beauty," "American Graffiti" and "Twilight" film soundtrack we couldn't include in the Top 20, there were no-brainer classics like "Purple Rain," "Pulp Fiction" and "Pretty in Pink" to keep the conversation calm.
Check out our ranked list of the 20 Best Soundtracks Of All Time below, and rank 5 of your own, too. And don't fuss too bad, we'll do a Best Soundtrack Score some other time, you "There Will Be Blood" fans.
If you're feeling extra-charged, check out our Top 20 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years.
"Sleepy Hollow" is officially on a roll. Two weeks in a row of first-rate episodes and everything's coming together. I'd say "Necromancer" is as close to a perfect episode as the show has delivered so far. (Though some may consider it a misstep that we now have a backstory for Headless... more on that in a bit.)
It's the semifinal! And Maksim Chmerkovskiy is back -- and sitting next to Len at the judges' table! This is so exciting. Do you think they'll elbow one another into a fist fight? Or maybe hug. Anything is possible with these two. Maybe they'll whack one another with paddles when they disagree on a score. Hey, don't rule it out!
Also, the couples have to perform two different dances to the same song tonight. I guess we ran out of money for the music budget? Just kidding. The song will be changed as well.
3 ABC sitcoms will help promote Target with a series of "pay it forward" ads
On Wednesday, "The Middle" will give a surprise present to "Back in the Game," which will then surprise a character from "Modern Family."
"Two and a Half Men" brings on Paula Marshall and Diane Farr
Marshall will guest as Jon Cryer's love interest, while Farr will play a woman with ties to Farr's character.
"South Park" visits George R.R. Martin's house
Watch a preview of another "Game of Thrones"-themed episode.
Anjelica Huston pitches herself for "Downton Abbey"
"I was raised in Ireland and England so I could pop into a part," she says.
More fraud charges filed against Teresa and Joe Giudice
The "Real Housewives" couple were hit today with two more charges for fraud.
NBC makes Tom Brady look like "Dexter"
See the promo for Sunday's unintentionally "Dexter"-looking "Manning-Brady XIV" matchup on "Sunday Night Football."
In defense of TV remaking old shows
Theater does remakes all the time, and nobody cares. Plus, without remakes, we wouldn't have Michael Scott from "The Office."
Gang member explains why shots were fired near "House of Lies" set
The gang member who calls himself "P" tells TMZ producers didn't reach out to the community before shooting on location. Which prompted to fire shots in the air.
Carrot Top tells Oprah Winfrey Network: "I'm sorry that I look good"
Watch the prop comic's appearance on "Oprah Where Are They Now."
Marla Sokoloff joins "The Fosters"
"The Practice" alum will romance Danny Nucci.
"Alias" alum Carl Lumbly nearly gave up acting after his wife died of cancer
Lumbly, who met Vonetta McGee on "Cagney & Lacey," recalls his wife's decade-long battle with cancer. She died in 2010.
Writers Guild claims reality TV writers are losing $40M a year in unpaid overtime
The WGA East singled out "Pawn Stars," "The First 48" and " “Doomsday Preppers" among the biggest violators.
"Chuck's" Bonita Friedericy is headed to Lifetime
She'll play a psychologist on "Unreal."
Check out "Sirens" from Denis Leary
The USA series goes into the world of EMTs.
"Dancing with the Stars" boss: Voting changes have been difficult
But Conrad Green says there's no better way to do the voting results when you're only one night a week.
Judy Greer shows her thong on the back cover of her memoir
The "Arrested Development" star is releasing "I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star" in April.
Michael K. Williams: I was determined not to make my "Boardwalk" character another Omar
"But the two guys obviously have their similarities," he says. "They both have a moral code that they live by. They both stand up for themselves. They both speak their minds. They both made the most of limited opportunities offered to them in their respective worlds. But my first goal was to make sure that people didn't see Chalky as Omar in a 1920s suit." PLUS: Gretchen Mol is "Boardwalk's" damaged secret weapon.
Why "Hello Ladies" deserves another season
Critics panning the Stephen Merchant comedy were wrong.
Viewers are fleeing "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Season 4 is down about 30% in the key demo.
"Sleepy Hollow": It's ridiculously good
After two months, Fox's initially "ridiculous"-looking drama has proved to be more than ridiculous.
Virgin's Richard Branson responds to Conan O'Brien's LinkedIn request
"Absolutely not Conan!" PLUS: Preview Conan's "Serious" interview with historian A. Scott Berg.
Susan Boyle: Meryl Streep may play me
The "Britain's Got Talent" sensation says Streep has been approached for Boyle's biopic.
What is the lesson of the "Eastbound & Down" finale?
Is Kenny Powers telling us that we can't have it all? PLUS: Recalling the best "Eastbound" moments.
"Sleepy Hollow" and "Almost Human": Fox's Monday shows are multiracial -- and serious about race
While "Sleepy Hollow" openly plays with race, says Willa Paskin, "Almost Human" deals with it an allegorical capacity.
Why is Martha Stewart tweeting nasty photos of food?
There has been such a backlash against Martha's food-tweeting that she had to respond.
Adam Devine answers questions on Reddit
How often does the "Workaholics" star get fan mail from dyslexic Maroon 5 fans? "Everyday," he says.
Listen to the "Almost Human" theme, composed by J.J. Abrams
Abrams is no stranger to making theme songs, having done the one for "Alias." PLUS: "Almost Human" creator wants to create a hopeful future on his show.
Lea Michele films her first music video
The "Glee" star tweeted pics from the set over the weekend.
TV One renews "R&B Divas Atlanta"
The reality show will be back for Season 3, without three cast members.
CNBC's "Money Honey" jumps to Fox Business Network
Maria Bartiromo had just celebrated her 20th anniversary with CNBC last month.
"Homeland" is back to its old self
Sunday's episode was a reminder of why we got hooked on this show in the first place. PLUS: Is the pregnancy storyline implausible?, Is there too much craziness?, and Charlie Rose interviews Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Last week's "How I Met Your Mother" was just good enough — or, at least, reminiscent enough of olde-time "HIMYM" — for me to delay my plan to step back from regular reviewing. "Mom and Dad," on the other hand, was pretty representative of season 9: lots of Farhampton Inn hijinks, lots of Marshall and Daphne in the car (albeit apparently bringing Daphne's time on the show to an end), lots of Barney being more sociopath than man. So I'll leave it to y'all to discuss the Beastie Boys homage, the Billy Zabka flashbacks, the Pineapple Incident callback and whatever else you'd like to about this one.
Next week: rhyming! Maybe I'll have more to say; but if not, there won't be hell to pay.
As for "Mom and Dad," what did everybody else think?
I honestly didn't know my iCal application could hold this many events. The reminder jingle on my phone is going off constantly, jogging my memory of this shindig or that Q&A. The circuit has, in no uncertain terms, become unhinged with phase one glut, and it seems like it's only getting worse...depending on how you look at it.
Why was I nervous?
The moment I went from thinking "Eastbound & Down" was fun to thinking it was sort of fiendishly brilliant was at the end of the first season, when the emotional climax of the entire run of episodes consisted of Kenny Powers putting someone's eye out with a baseball. It was played as a huge triumphant moment, complete with the best musical quote of the year, and it was so deeply unhinged that I couldn't believe anyone had convinced a network to air it.
This year, I've been writing about "Eastbound & Down" each week as it's been counting down to last night's final episode, and I found myself getting more and more anxious about the eventual fate of Kenny Powers. I should have relaxed, though, because this has been as confident a final season of television as "Breaking Bad" was, although far fewer people seem to have been caught up in the excitement of watching Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green (along with the other great writers and performers involved this year) pitch a perfect game. After the way the third season resolved, it felt like anything was possible this year, and there was no way to predict what the guys would do to tie things up.