Latest Blog Posts

Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Yeah, Tara, that's how we feel about 'Sons of Anarchy' this season too.

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's big decision in 'You Are My Sunshine'

Jax smooths over the Irish troubles but his personal life won't be so easy

As sprawling and convoluted and ludicrously overlong as this season of "Sons of Anarchy" has been, it basically boils down to two major storylines: Jax's attempt to extract SAMCRO from the business of gun running and longstanding connections with the IRA and Tara's attempt to extract her boys from the dangerous world Jax is trying to make safer.

Read Full Post
<p>Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his warmest, most vulnerable performances in 'Her,' and that's saying something.</p>

Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his warmest, most vulnerable performances in 'Her,' and that's saying something.

Credit: Warner Bros

The new trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her' perfectly captures this odd and lovely film

Truth in advertising is a wonderful thing

One of my few complaints about "Frozen," the latest animated musical from Disney, is that they played a pretty aggressive game of bait-and-switch with audiences with the film's marketing. Sure, it paid off in a record-breaking weekend for the company, and in the world of the movie business, that makes them right and me wrong, but I still feel like the campaign they ran was a disservice to both the movie and the audience.

Ultimately, sell the movie you made. When I see a trailer that I find really appealing or intriguing or provocative and then I see the movie, and it's nothing like that trailer, it is unfair of me to be upset because it's not the trailer, and yet it's almost impossible not to have that reaction. From a pragmatic business angle, I understand that a trailer is just a piece of marketing, and its only real purpose is to get someone to pay money to see something. But from the point of view of being a film fan, I consider a great trailer to be a promise, a taste of a meal that someone is going to serve, and when someone tells me they're serving sushi, I don't want to eat a hamburger.

Read Full Post

Report: 'Dancing with the Stars' wants an all-Oscar winners season, featuring Renee Zellwegger

Report: "Dancing with the Stars" wants an all-Oscar winners season, featuring Renee Zellwegger
A source tells Radar Online that Zellwegger would be the "lynchpin" of a season made up of Oscar winners. PLUS: Why it took so long for Mark Ballas to quit smoking.

Paul Rudd goes crazy for One Direction in "SNL" promos
"Saturday Night Live" has released a whopping 3-1/2 minutes of Rudd promos.

Another "Breaking Bad" alum joins Fox's "Broadchurch" remake
Kevin Rankin, who played the Nazi with the mustache on "Breaking Bad," will reunite with Anna Gunn on "Gracepoint."

History channel to tackle Jesus' "Lost Years"
"Hostel's" Eli Roth will produce a drama series examining Jesus Christ's undocumented years.

"Downton Abbey's" Christmas special will be set in Buckingham Palace
The two-hour event will feature a royal scandal.

"Jeopardy!" settles the GIF pronunciation debate
The Soft "G" was part of an answer on tonight's show.

Former MTV VJ Kennedy joins Fox Business Channel
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will host a primetime roundtable discussion show called "The Independents."

Albuquerque's Minor League Baseball team celebrates "Breaking Bad"

The Albuquerque Isotopes are selling two shirts in tribute to Walter White.

Watch Paul Walker's early TV roles: From "Charles in Charge" to "Highway to Heaven"
Walker often played a teen heartthrob when he was a teenager.

"Castle" bringing back James Brolin
He'll reprise his role as Rick's dad.

"Men at Work" gets cameos out of Ryan Phillippe, David Krumholtz, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Phillippe will play himself on the TBS comedy.

"The Wire's" David Simon pens a tribute to Michael B. Jordan
GQ asked Simon to write a piece in honor of Jordan's breakout performance in "Fruitvale Station."

"Saved by the Bell's" Screech regrets making a sex tape and badmouthing his former castmates
Dustin Diamond tells Oprah Winfrey Network: "Looking back, now, in my thirties, I realize that was really dumb."

Key & Peele do Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali
It's the latest Epic Rap Battle of History.

"Curb Appeal" star who was died in motorcycle accident encountered another accident in October
On Oct. 21, Bill Beckwith posted on Facebook that he assisted in helping the victims of a head-on collision and that it was "a solid reminder that our lives can change at an instant, and to be grateful for what I have right now."

"Arrow" releases a training video warning of the dangers of ninjas
"Ninjas are a real and serious threat."

Baltimore criminal who claims he inspired "The Wire" indicted on 21 federal drug and gun charges
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale was taken into custody last week.

Did "The Originals" model itself on "Angel"?

"The Vampire Diaries" spinoff has a lot in common with the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff.

Tim Tebow sparks a TV bidding war

The former QB is said to have interest from SEC Network, CBS Sports and Fox Sports.

Gillian Anderson poses with an eel wrapped around her naked body
"The X-Files" alum is trying to promote Fishlove, a campaign to highlight the collapsing fish stocks.

Charlie Brown: Bigger than Jesus?
Read an appreciation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Watch "SportsCenter's" Ron Burgundy interview Peyton Manning
The "Anchorman" star will guest co-host Thursday's 6 pm edition of the ESPN news show.

Christian Slater weds for the 2nd time

The "Mind Games" star married girlfriend Brittany Lopez on Monday.

"Facts of Life's" Kim Fields welcomes her 2nd child
Fields, 44, gave birth to her 2nd son on Tuesday.

Malin Akerman's estranged husband files for divorce
The "Trophy Wife" star has been married for six years. PLUS: Akerman says the Christmas episode will "blow your mind."

Read Full Post
<p>Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in their last collaboration, &quot;Manhattan Murder Mystery.&quot;</p>

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in their last collaboration, "Manhattan Murder Mystery."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Diane Keaton to be Woody Allen's Golden Globes proxy

The director's former partner in crime will accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award

Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved.

Read Full Post
<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Christmas'

Peralta guards Holt's body after the captain is issued a death threat

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I take an elfie selfie...

Read Full Post
<p>Bryan Cranston in &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; for which he received a PGA nod.</p>

Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad," for which he received a PGA nod.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' receive PGA nods, as 'Mad Men' misses

Film categories will follow on January 2

I never realized that the Producers' Guild of America announces their TV nominations separately from their film ones, but I suppose it makes sense -- the buzz around the feature film nominees sucks up a lot of oxygen, so this way, everyone gets to feel special for a time. (The PGA actually announced their documentary nominees last week, so they really are spreading the joy.)

Read Full Post
<p>Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg, episode 2:&nbsp;now with darker shirts!</p>

Firewall & Iceberg, episode 2: now with darker shirts!

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 2: 'Mob City,' 'Bonnie & Clyde' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'The Walking Dead,' Alec Baldwin and their dream '30 for 30'

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Welcome to the second installment of the new Firewall & Iceberg video show! This week, Dan and I are talking about a pair of '30s & '40s gangster dramas in the "Bonnie & Clyde" remake and TNT's "Mob City." Then it's off to a viewer mail segment — and, remember, please send questions (the more succinct they are, the better the chances of us answering them in the video show) to — that includes some spoiler discussion of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, followed by a look back at TV history that jumps us ahead to previewing "The Sound of Music Live!" 

Because you demanded it last week, here's a time breakdown of the segments: 

"Bonnie & Clyde": 0:30- 5:30

"Mob City": 5:30- 12:00
Viewer mail: Alec Baldwin: 12:00- 15:05
Viewer mail: "30 for 30": 15:05- 18:00
Viewer mail: "The Walking Dead" spoilers: 18:00- 22:05
This Day In TV History: 22:05- 27:00

There's a Stat Phoebe Tonkin cameo (sort of) and hopefully fewer technical glitches than last time. Hope you like, and hopefully back tomorrow with a new podcast.

Read Full Post
<p>Jane Foster is one of the few superhero movie romantic leads to actually generate any convincing heat with their onscreen love interest.</p>

Jane Foster is one of the few superhero movie romantic leads to actually generate any convincing heat with their onscreen love interest.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Natalie Portman spills some sweet details about the other 'Thor' post-credits scene

Chris Hemsworth continues campaign for Nicest Working Movie Star

As I work on a larger piece about Warner's ongoing DC "problem," I saw a story scroll past that made me smile. It's not news so much as a bit of backstory that makes a scene that we saw in a recent movie seem even sweeter.

We ran a story about one of the post-credit scenes in "Thor: The Dark World," the one that exists largely to drop a few narrative bread crumbs for next year's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," but that was just one of the two scenes that were hidden during the credits for the film.

In the other one, we see that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is still sitting at the breakfast table in her English apartment when there's the familiar sound of the Rainbow Bridge opening up and depositing Thor back on her balcony. She runs into his arms, they embrace, and some serious making out commences. It's a nice swoony punctuation mark at the end of the film, and it seemed appropriate since one of the signatures of the "Thor" films seems to be palpable sexual tension between Jane and Thor, something that not every superhero series is able to pull off.

Read Full Post
<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

NBC renews 'The Blacklist' for a second season

Already? Yes. Already. James Spader drama will be back in 2014-2015.
In advance of the holiday season, NBC is making its list and checking it twice and the network has decided that the freshman drama "The Blacklist" has been very, very nice.
Yes. That was really convoluted, but this is really uncommon.
NBC announced on Tuesday (December 3) afternoon that "The Blacklist" has already been renewed for a second season, making it the second new show of the 2013-2014 season to get that vote of confidence.
Read Full Post

NBC renews 'The Blacklist' for Season 2

NBC renews "The Blacklist" for Season 2
The James Spader drama has been the No. 1 network drama in the key 18-49 demo.

Read Full Post
<p>Miley Cyrus made the mix</p>

Miley Cyrus made the mix

Credit: AP Photo

DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2013 has arrived: Listen

Are your favorite songs included?

You know we’re approaching the end of the year when DJ Earworm’s “United State of Pop” annual mash-up arrives.

The 2013 edition showed up today and if you didn’t already know that we’d seen a return to slower-tempo, less rhythmic pop tunes, you certainly will after you watch and listen.

“The ballads seem to be a lot more present than they have been in many years,” DJ Earworm (aka Jordan Roseman) told Billboard. This is his seventh edition since launching the series in 2007.

Titled “Living the Fantasy,” the 2103 iteration is built around Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” with heavy doses of Lorde’s “Royals,” Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” thrown in.

While there are plenty of other songs inserted, including Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” some of the biggest tracks from 2013 are noticeably absent, at least aurally. There are plenty of shots from Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video and a few from Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” but no scant, if any, recognizable audio hook is heard from either song, same with Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Both “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” were featured prominently in his “SummerMash ’13,” as was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us.”

What do you think of "Living the Fantasy?" 

Read Full Post

'Revolution' gets Bret Michaels to play a version of himself

"Revolution" gets Bret Michaels to play a version of himself
During his guest appearance, Michaels is expected to play an acoustic version of Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

FX promoting Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain" without mentioning "The Strain"
Check out the cryptic rat-filled promo that aired during "The Walking Dead's" midseason finale. There's no mention of "The Strain," but The Hollywood Reporter says it is indeed a promo for the upcoming vampire drama.

BBC making a Laurel & Hardy biopic
The 90-minute film will examine the comedy duo's disastrous 1953 tour of the UK, in which Oliver Hardy suffered a heart attack and died shortly after the tour finished.

"Sherlock" will unveil a bonus mini-episode for Christmas
"Many Happy Returns" will be like a prequel to Season 3.

Constance Zimmer joins NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"
The "Entourage" and "Newsroom" alum will also guest on the USA pilot "Complications."

"Dish Nation" renewed

The syndicated celebrity gossip show will be back for a 3rd season.

Read Full Post