Any announcement that involves Neil Marshall getting more work is a good thing.
It's exciting to hear that he's back on "Game Of Thrones" for next season. His work on "Blackwater" was epic, even by the amazing weekly standards of that show. I think he's been completely undervalued as a feature director, and a big part of it is simply because not enough people have seen his movies. "Centurion" happened at the exact wrong moment in the career arc of Michael Fassbender, and it would have been a much easier sell a year later. It's worth catching up with if you haven't seen it, and it's just one more example of how good Marshall is at staging large action sequences.
Marshall has a classic sense of action geography. He's smart about how he lays out his big set pieces, and he is excellent at conveying what's important in a scene and how everything connects. These days, that seems to be a more and more precious skill, especially when the aesthetic pushes more and more towards total incoherence and visual chaos. When you look at "Doomsday" or "The Descent" or "Dog Soldiers," you clearly see a guy who has action chops to spare, and yet it seems like he doesn't work nearly enough.
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Any announcement that involves Neil Marshall getting more work is a good thing.
Matthew Weiner rules out a "Mad Men" spinoff, says he was told of split season
"It's a strategy from the network and I was told about it," Weiner says of splitting the final season into two halves. "I found a way to work with it. That's all I can say. I think it's an opportunity." As for a spinoff, Weiner says, "There's no chance... when it's done, it's done."
Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night" will premiere with Episode 2
The pilot got some unfavorable reviews, so ABC is switching things up.
"Breaking Bad's" finale will be followed by a 1-hour "Talking Bad" with Jimmy Kimmel
"Talking Bad" will air immediately after the finale, and will feature many of the show's casts and alums. Kimmel will also be hosting a Q&A at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Aaron Paul is screening the finale. Also, AMC will air every "Breaking Bad" episode in a marathon starting next week.
Neil Patrick Harris hopes this year's Emmy In Memoriam segment is "not a competition"
This year's In Memoriam won't be "weird" with the audience applauding some of those who have died.
Fox puts soap in "Raising Hope's" mouth
See the promo for Season 4.
Bryan Singer teams with Syfy on a monster drama
"Creature At Bay" will focus on the modern-day "Kaiju" monster.
Happy 65th birthday, George R.R. Martin!
Here are 65 things the "Game of Thrones" honcho has to do.
Melora Hardin heads to "Killer Women"
"The Office" alum will guest as a long-suffering spouse.
Finally, we get a good, long(ish) peek at what we can expect from "American Horror Story: Coven." Yes, there's still plenty of spooky imagery, but in this teaser we get a sense of the plot, the setting and, most importantly, what we can expect from Jessica Lange this time around.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
HBO making a film on the Benghazi attack
Last year's 9/11 terrorist attack is set to become a film from Jerry Weintraub, based on the book "Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi."
"Fringe's" John Noble joins "Sleepy Hollow"
The casting reunites him with "Fringe's" co-creators.
Louis CK and Conan O'Brien remember the launch of "Late Night" in 1993
Check out a picture of the staff 20 years ago, featuring Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel. PLUS: Louis CK rants against smartphones.
See the items from the "Breaking Bad" prop auction
Up for bidding are Walt's underwear, Tuco's grill and "Leaves of Grass."
"Coupling's" Richard Coyle joins John Malkovich on NBC's "Crossbones"
He'll play an undercover assassin in the drama from the creator of "Luther."
TLC orders more "Honey Boo Boo"
Twelve addition episodes have been ordered, plus three specials.
ABC creates a "Modern Family" GIF
See the cast, animated.
Watch the new "American Horror Story" trailer
"Coven" presents "Burn."
Taylor Swift has been inviting fellow artists to join her on stage almost every night, including Jennifer Lopez, Cher Lloyd and Tegan & Sara in Los Angeles.
Last night, during the first of her three shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, fellow superstar Luke Bryan joined her for the most upbeat, aerobic performance of Bryan’s “Don’t Want This Night To End.”
It’s one of the better guest appearances on the tour as they both appear to be having a blast. Bryan, whose former charttopper, “Crash My Party,” is still in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, is known for his energetic shows, as is Swift and so the two together turn it up to 11. They seem to not want the duet to end as it goes on for more than six minutes, with a cute little riff by Bryan at the end.
Now that we know the rumor of Swift and J-Lo recording a duet together was just that, a rumor, how about Swift and Bryan recording a tune together?
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).
As we head into the home stretch, we're dealing with the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series, which includes two past winners in "30 Rock" and "Modern Family," two shows that expanded their nomination footprint this year in "Louie" and "Veep," plus the wildly popular "Big Bang Theory" and critically-adored "Girls."
National submissions continue to trickle in for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, with the tally currently sitting at 37 entries. That's a competitive number already, though when you consider that last year's longlist contained nearly double that number of films, you realize just how much more crowded things are going to get before the deadline for entries -- only 10 days away. Among the countries we're waiting to hear from are such previous nominees (some of them with heavyweight possibilities this year) as Denmark, Israel, Italy, Canada, Iran and China. So the list of predicted nominees to your right, strong as it is, could change a lot in the coming weeks.
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
On the docket today…
M.I.A. and the National Football League are embroiled in an ongoing legal battle 18 months after she flipped the bird during her half-time appearance with Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.
The NFL initially filed its a breach-of-contract suit against M.I.A. in March 2013, demanding she pay $1.5 million, which will go to charity. Last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the football league asked for a summary judgment requiring the English-Sri Lankan rapper to pay.
So now, M.I.A., who has certainly been known to take on her opponents before, has decided she will wage a one-woman campaign against the NFL. "She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to," her attorney Howard King told THR.
That is crazy and is one of the weakest red herrings we’ve ever seen tossed. So she wants the NFL, the NATIONAL Football League to take a stand on the atrocities going on in her home country. Hmmm. Not to make any light at all of the horrible things that are going on there and elsewhere, but I’m sure the NFL will get on that right after Commissioner Roger Goodell finishes his position paper on North Korea.
Furthermore, M.I.A. is calling the league’s bluff when it claims she has damaged its image. "Of course, the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious," King continues, "in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
Got to side with her on this one. But if M.I.A. found the NFL so repugnant, why did she agree to play with Madonna?
The fact that the NFL is trying to wring $1.5 million out of M.I.A., even if it is going to charity, for flipping the bird is insane, but M.I.A. taking the NFL on for its non-stand on international civil rights is equally ridiculous.
"Matangi," M.I.A.'s much-delayed new album (following her feud with her label, Interscope), comes out Nov. 5.
Hey, guess what? Swingers get jealous! Not about their significant others having sex with other people, of course, but about emotional commitments and flirting. Who knew? This week on the four-part series "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers" (Sat. Sept. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health), our Atlanta-based couples discover that there are actually some lines that shouldn't be crossed. In this exclusive clip from the "Wives Gone Wild" episode, odd couple Hali and Bryan discuss renegotiating their agreement. It goes over about as well as you might expect it to.