This is coming a bit belatedly (I was traveling last week), but I have to say it. Elijah! Elijah, Elijah, Elijah! So, so glad to see him back. I didn't really think Marcel would keep him tucked away in the attack for very long, but it's always good to see him, sort of like a polite out-of-town guest who buys you dinner and washes the dishes. We also learned that stabbing and re-stabbing an Original too quickly is not effective in activating sleep mode. So, Originals are just like iPads, but more dangerous and much sexier!
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Why open on this purely circumstantial note? The situation is not of the film's making, after all – Hood's adaptation is even at pains to remove whatever evidence of the author's dubious personal beliefs had seeped onto the page. (Sure, it's just a coincidence that Card settled on the term “Buggers” for the alien race threatening to wipe out humanity.) Meanwhile, a boycott is the last thing “Ender's Game,” a carefully constructed, serious-minded commercial entertainment that treats its young audience with an unusual degree of intelligence, deserves.
You could hardly ask for a better illustration of the current equality in status between film and television that the fact that the arguable frontrunner for this year's Best Director Oscar is already developing a new project at HBO. Following in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh and Todd Haynes, among others, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen is collaborating with writer Matthew Michael Carnahan ("World War Z") and producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Oscar winners for "The King's Speech," they also worked on McQueen's first two features) on a drama series about a young African-American man entering New York high society. Could the British artist-turned-filmmaker get an Emmy to go with his possible Oscar? [Deadline]
Kerry Washington is pregnant
As Washington prepares to host "SNL" this week, Us Weekly is reporting that the "Scandal" star has been pregnant for four months. Will Washington's pregnancy impact Olivia Pope?
Jimmy Kimmel presents Dogs painted as "Sesame Street" and "The Simpsons"
For Halloween, Kimmel had on a creative groomer and her creations. PLUS: Conan reveals the "Cat-Piloted Decoy Chewbacca."
"Flight of the Conchords'" Bret McKenzie is developing a NASA-themed animated comedy for Fox
The cartoon will revolve around the employees at an almost-obsolete NASA space center in Boulder, Colorado.
"Sons of Anarchy's" graphic scenes, explained
The show's special effects supervisor, Chris Nelson, discusses last night's shocking moments.
Gymnast Nastia Liukin joins NBC's Winter Olympics team
The U.S. gold medalist was actually born in Moscow.
Kristin Cavallari is pregnant with her 2nd child
The former "Hills" star and Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler are expecting again.
How much does each TV show charge for a 30-second ad spot?
"Beauty and the Beast" charges $21,817, while "The Big Bang Theory" fetches $316,912.
NBC to air the "People Magazine Awards"
Dick Clark Productions will air the two-hour special late next year honoring the cultural forces of the year.
Josh Charles films an "Inside Amy Schumer" guest spot
He's apparently playing a fast food worker.
What if the "Glee" cast looked like Muppets?
Ryan Murphy shows off his "Glee" puppets.
Kitten Bowl: Behind the scenes
Here's your first glimpse of Hallmark Channel's answer to the Puppy Bowl.
By far, the most laid-back interview room I've walked into this year was Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson teamed up to talk about their new animated family comedy, "Free Birds."
Wilson plays Reggie, who is an oddball in the turkey world as the film opens. He lives on a turkey farm, and he is well aware of what the endgame is regarding their existence. He knows that they are served as food, and he knows that Thanksgiving is the great enemy. When he is picked to become the Presidentially Pardoned Turkey one year, he goes home with the President and his little girl and settles in for a life of comfort, learning to love delivery pizza and television.
That's when Jake (Harrelson) shows up, a big strong dumb turkey who has a plan and a crazy story to tell. His crazy story turns out to be right, though, and he and Reggie steal a time machine with one explicit purpose: go back in history and stop the Pilgrims from making turkey the centerpiece of the original Thanksgiving.
Kerry Washington gets "Scandal"-ous in "SNL" promos
Watch her refuse Taran Killam's advances.
We're into the second half of the season now and "Los Fantasmas" feels like an episode designed to put a lot of pieces into position for bigger plays to come. The school shooting returns in a major way, Gemma begins formulating her next steps in light of Tara's betrayal, Nero makes a big decision with unexpected consequences and Jax bares his soul to Tara in a would-be heart-wrenching moment that's arguably too little and unquestionably too late.
The Jonas Brothers may be the latest sibling act to implode, but they certainly aren't the first. Throughout rock's history, brother acts have been feuding and fighting, while they make beautiful music together.
Of course, not all brothers are bound to end up estranged, destined to sit at opposite ends of the table come holidays staring at each other in stony silence. For every Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks, there's a loving counterpart, like the three Hanson brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, who are going on 20 years without a public spat.
Here's a look at some brother acts, their biggest sibling rivalries and who still has some brotherly love.
It's time to open stretch our arms a little.
When HitFix brought In Contention into the family two years ago it was a sign that Awards Campaign, a blog I've been writing since the inception of the site almost five years ago, would soon take a back seat. Kris Tapley has turned In Contention into a top tier brand in regards to awards and prestige film coverage. My voice as a, cough, Oscar pundit was much better served posting in In Contention alongside Kris and the one and only Guy Lodge than separately in Awards Campaign. Where did that leave little old AC? Well, some things aren't meant to last.
The only way to approach the recent and ongoing excesses of Wall Street is through the filter of jet black comedy. Anything else would simply hurt too much at this point.
Thankfully, the new trailer for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," which is now set for Christmas Day as our own Kris Tapley noted earlier this afternoon, suggests that Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have taken the non-fiction book by Jordan Belfort, the loathsome stockbroker scumbag who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, and transformed it into something that feels like a "Dr. Strangelove" by way of "Goodfellas," a wicked spin on a bunch of characters who don't care who they have to eat to get fat.
Jonah Hill is emphasized much more in this new trailer than in the original "Black Skinhead" trailer from July, and it looks like a hell of a performance. I am mesmerized by every single shot of his teeth.
This year's Best Director race got thinned out a bit recently as such heavy hitters as Bennett Miller and George Clooney took their leave of the 2013 film awards season. But there's still a healthy crop of hopefuls, from debut filmmakers to veteran craftsmen. How will the final line-up shake down?