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1. Drake: “Nothing Was The Same” sells 658,000 in its first week, the second-highest opening week tally of the year. Plus, Drake lands a staggering 12 cuts on the Billboard Hot 100. Who’s the biggest star, Kanye?
2. Badfinger: “Breaking Bad” exposes a whole new generation to “Baby Blue” and to the band, as the song’s sales soar 3,000% on iTunes. Will “Baby Blue” becomes the new “Don’t Stop Believing?”
Miley Cyrus is the host and musical guest for tonight’s episode of “Saturday Night Live”. And I’m here with a bold prediction: This will be terrible…unless it’s incredible…unless it’s pretty much as tepid as most episodes. Of this, we can be sure!
It seems particularly fitting that there is a "Benjamin Button" joke in Ben Stiller's film version of James Thurber's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," since "Mitty" is the only film I can think of that's been in active development longer than "Button," at least since I moved to Los Angeles in 1990. Both were based on short stories, both offered intriguing challenges to a long line of filmmakers, and both seem to have gone through all sorts of various versions before finally ending up in front of the camera.
The greatest challenge facing any writer trying to turn Thurber's three page story into a feature film is that there's no real plot to it, and Steve Conrad's final on-screen credit is screenplay by and screen story by, which seems fair. What Conrad carried over from the story is Walter Mitty's tendency to get lost in fantasy as he views the world around him, and his deeply-seated desire to live a life of adventure, but he's had to create everything else. In the film, Mitty works in the negative department of "Life" magazine, and he has a particularly close relationship with photojournalist Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn), and in the midst of getting the news that the magazine is closing down, Mitty is informed that a particular photo of O'Connell's is going to be the magazine's final cover. Unfortunately, that single image appears to have never been sent to the magazine, and Walter has to figure out how to track down this globe-trotting figure of mystery to retrieve the negative in an effort to keep himself from being fired by the guy who was brought in to handle the transition, played by Adam Scott.
After three film festivals and weeks of buzz, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" has finally arrived in theaters in the U.S. The film has been an awards season player for some time, but the universal acclaim has likely surprised even Warner Bros., who produced and is distributing the film.
Fall's biggest new shows have 1 thing in common: An even bigger show airing right before it
Does this mean that timeslots are more important than buzz?
"The Americans" will have more subtitled Russian-speaking scenes next season
Turns out fans of the FX series enjoy reading the subtitles. "Hey, maybe next season we should do a whole episode in Russian," jokes creator Joe Weisberg.
"The Millers" creator: "We're not the farting show that some have made us out to be"
"I'd like to say it's not starting to bother me," says Greg Garcia, "but it's starting to annoy the hell out of me. There's a minute of farting — not even farting — fart jokes in the pilot. It's a minute of a 21-minute pilot... and then it becomes every headline."
Why "Mad Men" won't explode in ratings in its final episodes like "Breaking Bad" did
The stakes just aren't high enough in the "Mad Men" world.
Amber Tamblyn is network TV's 1st lesbian womanizer
Can "Two and a Half Men" change the perception of lesbians?
Adam Scott: I don't want to see a "Party Down" movie
"I don’t know if it's a great idea to make movies from television shows, personally," he says, adding: "Has there ever been a good one?"
Guillermo del Toro explains his "Simpsons" opening
"I really wanted to land the connections between the (show's) set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies, and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy," he says. PLUS: Here are all the references in the "Treehouse of Horror" opening.
"Breaking Bad" finale had so many different, contradictory reactions
As Matt Zoller Seitz, "It's amazing that any episode of TV could feel so rock-solid yet be so fluid in its possible meanings. It’s happy. It’s sad. It’s neat. It’s messy. Walt won. Walt lost. Walt won and yet he lost." PLUS: Debunking the "Dream" theory with Vince Gilligan's own words, "Felina" was just not emotionally satisfying, and how will we remember Skyler White?
Phil Robertson accuses "Duck Dynasty" editors of faking profanity
There is no cursing under the beeps, he says.
Why was "Beverly Hills Cop" rejected?
Executive producer Shawn Ryan has a theory: "Our show was about a very modern, wisecracking 25-year-old black kid who kind of sticks it to the rich man in Beverly Hills. And ultimately, the people who decided our fate were more like the people getting taken down than they were like the main character ... And so I think sincerely, it wasn’t the show for them."
Louis CK: Some "Louie" Season 4 stories are "gonna piss you off"
The comedian also says "I have a stomach ache about" one particular storyline.
Take a look at HBO's gay-themed "Looking"
The show's director of photography has posted a series of pics on Instagram showing the pilot's progress.
How the worst new shows could quickly fix themselves
Is there any saving "Dads"?
Why "NCIS" didn't kill off Ziva
"I thought that Ziva deserved better than that," says exec producer Gary Glassberg.
Roseanne accuses Ashton Kutcher and Chuck Lorre of joke-stealing
"I wish I'd NEVER hired Chuck Lorre," she ranted on Twitter.
Larenz Tate will butt heads with "Mindy"
He'll guest as a politician on "The Mindy Project."
"Gil Thorp" comic strip hopes to benefit from a "Modern Family" spinoff
"Gil Thorp" has been around since 1958, while Gil Thorpe on "Modern Family" is only a few years old. But the show says the two names are a complete coincidence.
How has "Hell on Wheels" thrived on Saturday night?
The AMC series and its 3rd season having found success in TV's graveyard.
Retta from "Parks and Rec" to guest on "Sons of Anarchy's" talk show
"Anarchy Afterward's" 2nd episode will also feature Theo Rossi and Tommy Flanagan.
Lifetime's "House of Versace" avoids being a trainwreck
The Gina Gershon film rises/lowers itself to the occasion.
Tom Hanks toasts at his "Bosom Buddy's" wedding
"Girls" actor Peter Scolari got married this week.
"Witches of East End" is welcome relief from all the other TV witches
The Lifetime drama starring Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan Tatum has a refreshing comic sensibility.
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” handily bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, but with much less fanfare than the first edition. In March, “The 20/20 Experience” bowed with sales of more than 950,000 units, the highest opening-week tally for 2013. Part two will have a very nice launch of up to 370,000.
Harry Connick Jr. to star in a Fox musical sitcom pilot from David Letterman
The "American Idol" judge will play a single dad in a comedy from "Late Show" writers Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel.
Peter Fonda headed to Lifetime
He's joining Alicia Silverstone's drama pilot "HR."
Brad Garrett's "When the Balls Drop" autobiography could become a sitcom
ABC has signed a deal to develop Garrett's memoir as a potential starring vehicle for the former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star.
Fox picks up a teen drama pilot from Diablo Cody and "The O.C." creator
"Prodigy" will follow a 16-year-old home-schooled teen who decided to get a taste of high school.
NBC making a sitcom out of the Tom Hanks movie "The Money Pit"
The 1986 film is being remade by producer Steven Spielberg.
I think Melinda and I are both agreed that, as much as we love all of our guests, Steve Silverman has a special place in our hearts. So yes, he's back for a record third time to talk about his Web series "The Inn"'s third season (debuts Monday, people! Do not miss!), the fall TV season, his new favorite show, his impending nuptials and twerking. It makes total sense, I promise. Here's the rundown: