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Scott Cooper’s "Out of the Furnace" received its close-up at AFI Fest Saturday night as the mystery around Relativity Media's late-breaking entry finally dissipated. The director’s "Crazy Heart" follow-up brought an array of reactions, and "shell-shocked," as The Wrap’s Steve Pond put it, may be as apt a description as you'll find. The film seemed to linger at the Roosevelt Hotel after-party with more than a few willing to admit they weren’t entirely sure what to make of it immediately after the credits rolled.
In the middle of the second break of the thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live,” we here at HitFix have some homework for the cast before they return to live TV on November 16th. With the show still struggling to find its identity, we’ve paired up each current cast member with a past one. Why? So those still on the show can watch footage of former Not Ready For Prime Time Players in order to glean inspiration, hone existing skills, and potentially develop new approaches. There’s something to be learned from almost everyone that’s ever performed in Studio 8H (both good and bad), but here are some pairings that we think would improve not only the individuals but also "Saturday Night Live" as a whole.
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Lady Gaga's newest album, "Artpop," comes out Monday. While an album from Momma Monster is always cause for excitement (and it looks like this one will have a strong opening of 450,000 copies or so), there are several signs that look like Lady Gaga has lost her way a bit.
Even before news broke this week of her split with longtime manager Troy Carter, several of us at HitFix felt like her career was a little unsteady, whether it was the feeling that the songs leaking from "Artpop" weren't as compelling as past material or her grab to propel fans to buy multiple copies of "Applause" to juice it up the charts or even just the fact that she doesn't seem to be having much fun anymore, here's a look at a few ways Lady Gaga seems to have lost her path a little. Here's hoping the missteps are only temporary.
HOLLYWOOD — AFI organizers expected some star power on their red carpet when they booked "August: Osage County" for the film festival's prime Friday night gala, but they probably didn't expect it to be from the movie's producer. With Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep officially "unavailable" (the two-time Oscar winner was in London shooting "Into the Woods"), George Clooney was the biggest name at "August's" LA premiere and - like the pro's pro he is - he graciously charmed the press on hand with the soundbites and smiles they so desperately wanted.
LOS ANGELES — In the new drama "Out of the Furnace," premiering tonight at the 2013 AFI Fest in Hollywood, Scott Cooper has finally delivered a follow-up to his 2009 debut "Crazy Heart." That film, which won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Song, came about as a vessel through which the Virginia-born director could, in some way, tell the story of singer Waylon Jennings (something he could not do directly due to legalities surrounding the country crooner's life). Indeed, Jennings' Nashville smack-down "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" made it onto the soundtrack, part of the DNA of a film that aimed to strip away the flashy rhinestones and fancy bolos and tell a straightforward story of a musician's life on the road, no place for the weary kind.
Given how entrenched that film was in its musical identity, it's only natural that one might be curious about the musical pulse of his latest, an account of life and death and the thin line between in the mountains of Pennsylvania Appalachia. And make no mistake, there is a musical soul to "Out of the Furnace," perhaps one even deeper than that of "Crazy Heart."
Well, in the heated war of words between the director and stars of "Blue is the Warmest Color," the European Film Awards have (albeit probably not intentionally) taken a side. In this afternoon's nominations announcement, Abdellatif Kechiche came away with two nods for Best Film and Best Director, but Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were both left out of the Best Actress category -- a shock for a film that's so performance-driven. (Still, it's something of a surprise to see the film nominated at all, given that it wasn't on the initial longlist of eligible titles announced in September.)
Eminem’s new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” will come in at No. 1 next week, handily outselling its nearest competitor 10 to 1.
The rapper’s seventh album to bow at No. 1 will sell up to 750,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Coming in second will be Celine Dion’s “Loved Me Back To Life,” moving 80,000 units. Eminem's tally will give him the second biggest opening week of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which sold 958,000.
Also bowing in the Top 10 is Avril Lavigne’s self-titled set at No. 6 (45,000).
Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Prism,” is tied for No. 3, with sales of up to 65,000, with the Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls.” The Robertsons are better known as the family behind “Duck Dynasty.” Another holiday title, Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” lands at No. 5.
Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” and this week’s chart topper, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” are too close to call for the No. 7 spot, with each targeted to sell between 30,000-35,000.
Rounding out the top 10 will be Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” (28,000-32,000).
Seth MacFarlane's "Bordertown" cartoon coming to Fox
Set in Texas near the border with Mexico, "Bordertown" will revolve around a white border patrol agent and the Mexican immigrant familiy next door. Fox has given the series a 13-episode order for the 2014-15 season.