Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival within the week. It might be a subversive addition to the race or, like some have been surmising, it might not be an awards season player at all. But who cares? The trailer just dropped and, uh, it looks awesome!
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One of my favorite parts of any filmmaking process, especially on big giant science-fiction or fantasy films, is the design process when illustrators work to figure out the visual signature of a film.
As Paramount gears up to release "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, they sent over a fistful of the artwork that was created to help pin down the look of the movie. Sure, it's a sequel, but there were so many things that had to be redesigned and so many new characters that had to be introduced that they had as much work to do here as they would have on any original film.
You'll see a lot of environmental stuff in these images as they worked to find the look of the Knight Ship and some of the inhabitants of that ship, and you'll see studies on several of the new Transformers. I like the concept art of the Bumble-Bee battle in the streets of downtown Hong Kong a lot.
Say what you will about Michael Bay, but it's clear looking at this art that this is a guy who pushes his design team to dream as big as possible.
"Transformers: Age Of Extinction" is in stores tomorrow.
Larry David: “I haven’t given up the hope” for another “Curb Your Enthusiasm” season
The crowd erupted Sunday night when David made that comment about “Curb” in a Q&A session with David Steinberg. "If I don't get that kind of feedback, honestly, I wouldn't have thought of (bringing it back) any more," he added. "I actually feel badly I don't have shows for them."
George Zimmerman’s family wanted to get him a reality show to “rebrand” his image
Zimmerman’s family felt the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin could have his image rehabilitated via reality television. "I learned a lot from watching 'Keeping up with the Kardashians,’” said his brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., in an interview with GQ.
Lena Dunham tweets she’ll compensate opening acts on her book tour
"Some good points were raised,” she says of a Gawker report pointing out how much she was making from her book tour, "and I've ensured that all opening acts will be compensated for their time, their labor and their talents.”
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Steve Aoki will celebrate the release of his new album "Neon Future I" tomorrow (Sept. 29), but has even more coming down the pike to get excited for
For the second time in his career, the star DJ and producer recently cracked the Hot 100 and the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs tally as lead artist, with "Delirious (Boneless)" with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink. You can check that out below.
Furthermore, his "Neon Future" will see its sequel in 2015, with all new club tracks and wall-to-wall bangers.
In Januaray, Aoki and his family story will be the spotlight of a new documentary premiering from David Gelb, ("Jiro Dreams of Sushi"), title to-be-announced, via Relativity. For two years, Aoki has kept his own cameraman in his employ, shooting night after night of sold out residencies, massive festival gigs, and, obviously, all of the cakings.
If you're confused about the latter, it's an Aoki gig trademark, where fans will suddenly find themselves covered in sheet cake, which the DJ himself throws into the crowds. It was introduced after Aoki had been literally riding an inflatable raft on top of his audiences.
"I needed something new," Aoki told me, of that shift in audience participation tactics.
The DJ spoke to HitFix and a small group of journalists from the set of the forthcoming "Point Break" remake earlier this month; he canceled a massive club gig to make his cameo in the film, which he said is representative of "the epicness of what 'Point Break' is to me."
Aoki also detailed why he didn't want to pass on this newest film gig: saying "no" had bit him in the butt before.
"In 2007, I got offered to play myself in a movie. [But] I had this gig, and it was paying me a lot of money at the time. The movie ended up being 'Tropic Thunder,'" he explained, saying it'd be for a scene when Tom Cruise's character Les Grossman hit "play" on his iPod, and the camera pans to an actual performer in his office. "I was supposed to be the slave DJ in the corner." Aoki, dejected, shook his head.
With all the cameramen that have actually been around lately, Aoki said "I feel pretty comfortable in front of a camera," that he's learned to "not get so stiff, just be myself." He said he's been inspired by what he's been seeing from teens at his own gigs, "You see these kids, going nuts, going ape-sh*t. Raging. That energy is so effective, you just want to always have that."
At some of his shows, he's seen other crowds or dissaffected club-goers "hanging, talking, socializing. At the festivals I'm playing now, these kids are so focused on the drop," he described, smiling. "This whole 'I don't give a f*ck about how I look, how I'm sweating, I just care about the music right now... I'm in my mid-30s, and I'm going nuts just like those little kids."
And, in case you were curious, Aoki has seen that Andy Samberg skit from "Saturday Night Live," the digital short "When Will The Bass Drop." And he loves it.
One of the reasons for the enduring appeal of "Star Wars" is that different people can take wildly different meanings from the films, depending on which character or characters they feel most drawn to. Case in point? David Fincher, currently promoting "Gone Girl," gave an interview in which he presented an interesting read on the first two films in the ongoing space opera saga.
I'm sure some fans are going to accuse Fincher of overthinking this, but I think he's got a valid point about the "Star Wars" universe, one that I've thought about a fair amount as I've gotten older and as I see the films from a fresh perspective. George Lucas spoke early on about how he considered R2-D2 and C-3PO to be the leads in the entire series, and I remember him saying they would be the only characters to show up in all of the movies. While I don't really like the way C-3PO's backstory is handled thanks to the prequels, I have an inordinate fondness for the two characters, and in particular, I remember how it felt as a kid when I first saw the film and realized that the droids were the ones having the adventure, with all the human characters coming together because of the actions of the droids. I've always considered them to be hugely important to the movies.
NBC’s 3-way crossover between “Chicago Fire,” “SVU,” “Chicago P.D.” is set for November
Things will kick off Nov. 11 with an incident on “Chicago Fire” that prompts “Chicago P.D.” and “SVU” investigators to join forces the following night.
Walmart is blaming Tracy Morgan for not wearing a seatbelt in turnpike crash
Walmart says that injuries to Morgan and his passengers "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device."
Naomi Campbell joins “Empire”
She’ll recur as a woman named Camilla who has an affair with Hakeem, the potential heir to his father's throne.
ABC Family cancels “Mystery Girls,” renews “Young & Hungry,” orders its 1st procedural
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth’s comedy has officially been canceled, while the Ashley Tisdale-produced “Young & Hungry” will get a 2nd season. Meanwhile, ABC Family has ordered its first procedural, “Stitchers,” about a young woman who joins a government agency where she is stitched to the memories of the recently deceased.
Bill Hader on “SNL” newbie Pete Davidson: "I told Lorne Michaels about him”
Davidson, the breakout star of "SNL's" season premiere, has a small part in Hader and Amy Schumer’s movie “Trainwreck” from director Judd Apatow. "I told Lorne Michaels about him, said he was really funny,” says Hader. "And then they auditioned him for a piece, and Lorne called me to say Pete got the show. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s wonderful!’” Then, Hader says Michaels surprised him with a question: “And then he said, “Uh, also, do you want to host?’ It was a total afterthought!” PLUS: See Davidson, Hader and Schumer together on the set of "Trainwreck."
“The Simpsons” paid a brief tribute to Joan Rivers
Rivers was a last-minute addition to the season premiere, appearing in a mythical “Jewish Heaven.” Says exec producer Al Jean: "About a week after she passed away, I thought that it wouldn't be hard for us to just put her in, because she had done the show and we had the design" for the character. PLUS: Jean calls the Don Hertzfeldt couch gag “great commentary — and it wasn't intended this way after the marathon — on the longevity of the show and it comes at a perfect time."
Demetri Martin joins “House of Lies”
The former Comedy Central star “Daily Show” contributor will play a maverick inventor and CEO. PLUS: “The Following’s” Valorie Curry is also joining “House of Lies."
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When is it slightly less disastrous for a Wednesday drama only to be doing a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49? When it's getting a 60+ percent DVR bump in today's TV landscape.
Or at least that's the narrative FOX is pushing this week, as "Red Band Society" got a 64 percent Live+3 DVR bump from last Wednesday's (September 24) episode, bringing its three-day total to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.
That's still not terrific. It ties "Red Band Society" with its Wednesday stablemate "Hell's Kitchen" and places it ahead of only "The Mindy Project" and "Utopia" among network Live+3 performances in the 18-49 demo for last week. However, a 1.8 key demo rating is still better than a 1.1 key demo rating and it means that Week 2 of "RBS" delivered the same Live+3 key demo rating as its premiere, despite the drop in Live+SD numbers.
Let's look at some other Live+3 numbers from Wednesday's premieres and finales and whatnot...
Whether you knew it or not, you've been listening to sound mixer David Macmillan's work for years. There's early stuff, like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Birdy" and "SpaceCamp" (yes!). There's recent stuff like "Twilight," "Hancock" and "The 40-Year-Old-Virgin." And there's the Oscar-winning stuff scattered throughout, like "The Right Stuff," "Speed" and "Apollo 13." The guy is a legend in the field, so of course he's a great fit for the Cinema Audio Society's (CAS) Career Achievement Award.
The Black Eyed Peas singer and Fergalicious rapper is back, with a new single "L.A. Love (La La)." Stream it below. She tapped DJ Mustard to co-produce and co-write the tune, which is a little swirl of "Rack City" with, I dunno, maybe The Fugees' "Ooh La La La," those "las" bopping in the high registers on the chorus.
Fergie's been all around the world, and whole world exists in Los Angeles, which means she's trying on an array of accents and "ratchet" inflections, many which will drive you up the damn wall. "Lohn-dohn" and "Switzerland" don't bang the same, my dear; that is how it go.
That is, I'm nervous for the music video. Proceed with caution, you wild multi-platinum pop artist.
"L.A. Love (La La)" is Fergie's first new tune since her contribution to last year's "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack, "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody." She is currently working on a follow-up to her 2006 solo album "The Dutchess."
The New York Film Festival has added David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to the equation and will do the same for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" in due time, but let me skip ahead a bit. The "Interstellar" onslaught, you see, has begun. New posters, interviews, a new trailer, TV spots during Sunday Night Football, more imagery, a reported (massive) running time, etc. Nolan's film is finished and has been shown here and there over the last week or so and, well, on a movie like this, it's hard to contain the trickle of buzz (even if everyone is probably signing NDAs). And the buzz is mostly great.
“Family Guy,” “The Simpsons" and “Once Upon a Time” return to bigger ratings
In fact, “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” ranked as the no. 1 program in the demo. Meanwhile, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” matched last year’s premiere while “Resurrection” was down 42%.
Jon Hamm's next TV role: A British “Black Mirror” Christmas special
The “Mad Men” star will join “Game of Thrones” alum Oona Chaplin in "three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia” for UK’s Channel 4.
“The Simpsons” had its most bizarre couch gag yet
Oscar-nominated independent animator Don Hertzfeldt tried to imagine what “The Simpsons” would look like in Season 800.
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