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There's a moment early on in "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" where we find Frank Miller seated in the bar where Nancy (Jessica Alba) is dancing, looking very much like the sort of creep who you'd expect to see populating a Frank Miller universe at this point, and when I spotted him, time and space folded in on one another and reality collapsed.
Well, okay, maybe not, but it is a wink in a movie that is already one long, drunken, woman-hating wink, and more than anything, I sat through the film questioning those years when I actually considered Frank Miller an exciting voice in comics. At this point, "Sin City" is threadbare parody piled on top of suffocatingly stylish homage, and the result is almost unbearable.
“Glee” bringing back Max Adler
Former bully Dave Karofsky could end up romancing Blaine in a four-episode arc.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” casts Absorbing Man
“Teen Wolf’s” Brian Patrick Wade will play new supervillain Carl “Crusher” Creel next season.
HBO boss on “True Detective” Season 2: "It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride”
"It's still dark,” added HBO’s Mike Lombardo, speaking at a television festival in Scotland. "Nic (Pizzolatto) explores the darkness in people's souls."
ABC’s new promo proclaims “Thank God It’s Thursday”
The “TGIT” promo’s message: “I (heart) Shonda Rhimes."
“Scandal” alum Columbus Short arrested
Short finally showed up to court this morning after a judge issued an arrest warrant when he failed to show up last month.
“Dating Naked” star sues after producers failed to blur her private parts
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” says Jessie Nizewitz, who was brought to tears after the July 31 episode showed her actually naked. She’s seeking $10 million.
Michigan town dumps military vehicle that John Oliver mocked
The sheriff of Saginaw, Michigan insists the decision to dump a 19-ton MRAP that was given to the department for free was made before it was mocked on “Last Week Tonight.” But the decision wasn’t announced until this week.
CBS boss Les Moonves takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates wife Julie Chen to do the same live on “Big Brother”
Moonves also challenged the cast of “NCIS." PLUS: Damon Lindelof takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Seth Meyers says “Late Night” will return with a revamped set, explains why a Weekend Update-like feature was scrapped
The blue curtain will be gone when Meyers returns to work in two weeks. Meyers also explains in an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons that he opted not to do a Weekend Update like desk because they couldn’t distinguish it enough from “SNL.” After six months of hosting a talk show, Meyers also tells of the difference between his new and old jobs, specifically how loose you have to be as a talk show host. Meyers also admits: “We are not a very viral show thus far."
“SVU” books Hoda Kotb as herself, brings back Ron Rifkin
An episode titled “Producer’s Backend” will also feature “Smash’s” Brian D’Arcy James and more guest-stars.
“Parks and Rec” unveils its Season 6 gag reel
“This Gag Reel is incredibly profane. Please don’t watch it.”
“Mad Men” creator is the latest TV showrunner with a disappointing follow-up
Matthew Weiner’s movie directorial debut has been getting negative reviews. “The Sopranos’” David Chase, “The Wire’s” David Simon, “Deadwood’s” David Milch and even Joss Whedon also struggled in their follow-ups to their hit shows. PLUS: Weiner asked himself as “Mad Men” was ending, “Why am I so angry?”
“Downton Abbey” bans water bottles and designer underwear from the set
In fact, all things contemporary have been banned in wake of the water bottle fiasco.
“Doctor Who” getting a 10-minute behind-the-scenes spinoff
"Doctor Who Extra” will be shown online.
Watch tipsy “Revenge” stars in their blooper reel
Gabriel Mann is particularly good at chugging champagne.
Check out HBO’s “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” trailer
Dave Grohl’s music documentary series debuts Oct. 17.
As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes."
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.
In a show of apparent elation that the festival could track down Bill Murray and slate his new film, "St. Vincent," as a showcase presentation, the Toronto Film Festival has gone all out and set aside an entire day of programming centered on the actor. Friday, Sept. 5 has officially been declared "Bill Murray Day."
I find myself wondering about James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything." I'm excited for the film on one hand, as a handling of the life of Stephen Hawking is long past due (and James Marsh is an interesting choice to bring it forth). But the geek in me wants the focus (no pun intended) on his contributions to physics and cosmology. The marketing from Focus Features, however, is making it very clear that this is a love story first and foremost. The trailer set that construct up a few weeks ago and today it's made all the more obvious as Hawking's theorems and whatnot literally play in the background of a romantic encounter with his wife Jane on the film's official poster.
“The View” unveils a new logo, reveals plans to have hosts interact with viewers in real time
The new “View,” which is taking over Katie Couric’s talk show studios, will feature an on-camera social media station.
Joel McHale interviews Chelsea Handler on “Chelsea Lately”
She tells him, “you should get the f*ck out of here, too.” PLUS: Chuy doesn’t know if he’ll join Chelsea on Netflix, and Miley Cyrus will sing on Chelsea's E! finale.
Watch Bob Barker’s “Happy Gilmore” homage on “The Bold and the Beautiful”
The former “Price is Right” host punched somebody else.
“Garfunkel and Oates” paid tribute to “Saved by the Bell’s” 25th anniversary
Watch the IFC stars remake the famous “Jessie’s Song” episode.
George R.R. Martin says he’s reached a point where he has "a lot more flexibility for killing people”
The “Game of Thrones” honcho said he had been limited in who he could kill.
CBS remaking Britain’s “Friday Night Dinner”
The comedy about a Jewish family’s weekly dinner aims to be in the vein of “Modern Family.”
Judi Dench joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC's "Richard III”
She’ll play Duchess of York alongside the “Sherlock” star.
Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson spoof “Couples Therapy”
Watch their Funny or Die video with Mark Duplass.
Carson Daly welcomes a daughter
“The Voice” host now has 3 kids.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
"Big Brother" ranked as Wednesday's top show among young viewers and helped CBS win the night in that measure, while "America's Got Talent" led NBC to an overall victory.
CBS' double-dose of "Extant" was roughly consistent with recent airings and beat "Taxi Brooklyn" overall in the 10 p.m. hour.
Among other notables, FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" slipped again, while The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" rose again, though both variations were relatively miniscule.
On to the numbers...
It's official: Julianne Hough joins "Dancing with the Stars" as 4th judge
"My role is to encourage and be supportive, and to also be candid and honest and try not to beat around the bush, to be too politically correct," says Hough, whose duties will include judging her brother, Derek. "I want to give critiques so they can improve. I'm not there to be harsh or cause a controversy. I won't be mean or malicious. That's not who I am. That's not my role at all."
I thought about it. Then I thought about it again. Turns out I'm not exaggerating or brainwashed (like Zingbot, our precious gyrating robot pal who visited the houseguests this week) regarding this week's episode. It really was fantastic, from the stupid Team America challenge to the POV game to the climactic final moment. Best episode of the season? Could be. Here are five reasons why.
1. Donny is innocent but loves being scary as hell.
For whatever reason, Donny has ended up outside the game's major alliance and there doesn't seem to be much of a way in. Our poor bearded chickadee. Sigh. But you have to give Donny "props" (quoth Zingbot) for using one of the few tools left in his arsenal: manipulation of the most impressionable person in the house, Zach. The little speech Donny gave Zach that planted necessary paranoia in his head about getting backdoored? Flawless. And also terrifying. Because Donny is terrifying. Here is the whole speech paraphrased:
"I do hope you win the veto, Zach. I had a special meeting with my alliance -- just me and a couple of napkins and a penny -- and we all agreed that you better win that veto. I don't really know nothing. Nothing at all, really. Truth is I just tied an old mitten to a weather vane, spun it around, and saw that it was pointing at -- well -- your demise, Zach. If you don't win, all I know is I got my mouth organ and a ditch down by the crossroads, and I'm prepared to give you a proper burial. Right proper with the sun shining and the vultures hovering and my cousin Myrna screamin' at God. You better win that veto, Zach. Or else the devil will exact his ultimate Zach Attack right up in this prairie barn."
And then Zach ended up on the block with Cody. Thanks for the tip, angelic/Satanic Donny!
2. Kathy Griffin is both a superstar and a superfan.
Rare is it that outsiders get a chance to visit the "Big Brother" house during an active season and bask in the fluorescent glow of the gigantic Les Moonves ceiling portrait that only the houseguests can see. But Kathy Griffin is no ordinary outsider. The peerless comic visited the houseguests with our old pal Zingbot to prove that she is, in fact, the true Zing Queen (or in Russian: Czingrina). Griffin actually visited "The Talk" last year to discuss her feelings on BB15. "I don't care who wins," she said. "But I want to see a show about that jury house!" A sophisticated opinion from a true viewer, y'all. Sometimes I wonder if Amanda sat in that jury house vacillating between fingerpainting and punching herself in the face. She was not OK.
And it was awesome seeing Frankie react to Kathy's entrance. He clearly loved her. He also clearly thinks he's funny like her, which is a shame. I think Frankie would be bearable if he didn't insist on attempting humor ever. Every one of his confessionals amounts to, "WELL, NOW I'M USING A SILLY VOICE! ISN'T THAT SOMETHING? HMMMM?!" Unfortunately I stopped finding that technique funny at around the time my mom removed the "Sesame Street" mobile from my crib.
3. Zach's childish reaction to Kathy's zing could not have been gone better.
How cool was it that we got a round of zings from Kathy and the rehabilitated Zingbot? Double your rancor, double your fun. There were a couple of fantastic jokes in the mix, but the best of all was when Kathy asked Frankie, "Hey, what do you call someone who's not afraid to cry, wears pink, and cuddles with men? Zach!"
This is such an important part of the episode. First of all, Zach had no time to prepare himself for the zing, and God knows Zach can't handle a joke without 48 hours notice. While the other houseguests laughed it up, he scowled like the sensitive kid at the first grade lunch table who left his sandwich at home. Naturally Kathy decided to nuke his ass by walking over, leaning in, and hissing, "Zing, motherf*cker!" He laughed for a second, but it was a rough second. I don't have a problem with egomaniacs like Zach, but it is always, always, always funny to mock someone who refuses to laugh at himself. Thanks, Kathy, for approaching him like the bad colonel in "Cool Hand Luke" and needling him like the parking meter-clipping delinquent he is.
4. I don't think Victoria realized her robe was stolen.
Secretly the greatest part of this episode was not when Cody roamed the house shirtless searching for his disgusting hat or when Christine realized her marriage was in shambles because of Zingbot's wisdom; nope, it was when Caleb discovered the stolen Team America items in the recycling bin, began handing them back out to the houseguests, and Victoria realized for the first time that her damn robe was missing. At the top of the episode, Derrick -- who stole it -- said, "She wears this every day. She'll definitely notice it." But Derrick: Victoria hasn't even noticed that she's on "Big Brother." She thinks she's at a Barbizon modeling school graduation, and she's here to show us that she perfected her stare-and-pivot. Man, she is so effortlessly useless. How does she do it? She's giving the ultimate second-place performance, and you have to love her for it. Did I say love her? I meant try to remember her name.
5. Like it or not, Frankie's kiss-off to Zach was great.
For whatever reason, Frankie used the Power of Veto (after a tough puzzle challenge involving electrical tubing and Zingbot's malfunctioning personality) to save Caleb and screw over Zach, his biggest ally in the game. I'm not sure who that move impresses, but I'll tell you one thing: Frankie's rhyming rationale for why he picked Zach was righteous as hell. It wasn't quite a rap, but his flow was sick in a gay poetry slam way. His damning ode ended "So Zach, my friend, go and have a seat / It's time for you and Julie Chen to finally meet." Yow! Electric! Is it possible for Zach to worm his way out of this? If the power of rhyme is any indication, the answer is: Zach Attack ain't comin' back.