Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" is currently entering its second week at the box office having riveted both critics and filmgoers. Much of the praise the film has received has focused on its exceptional realism. Much of that is courtesy of the film's director of photography, Barry Ackroyd, who spoke to HitFix earlier this week about his work bringing the saga to life.
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FOX has given "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" a full season order — and slotted it to air with "New Girl" after the Super Bowl in February.
NBC cancels "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family," announces "Community's" return
The 5th season of "Community" will launch on Jan. 2 with back-to-back episodes. NBC also announced that "Chicago PD" will debut on Jan. 8. PLUS: NBC orders 4 more "Sean Saves the World" scripts.
NBC just announced mid-season changes to the biggest trouble spots on its schedule, including the January return of "Community" to Thursdays at 8, the "Chicago Fire" spin-off "Chicago P.D." taking over the Wednesday at 10 timeslot in January, and "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family" being pulled from the schedule.
"America's Next Top Model" gets a 21st Cycle
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Adrian Grenier on "Entourage" movie feud: I want everybody to be paid equally
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ABC is updating Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character with "Castle" creators
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"Private Practice" alum Paul Adelstein joins the "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce"
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Maria Shriver returns to "Today" for the first time in 15 years
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CBS gives full seasons to "The Crazy Ones," "The Millers" and "Mom"
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We're all pretty much on the same page here at HitFix when it comes to Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." Greg was impressed at its Telluride premiere, and Kris immediately followed suit. Last week, Drew McWeeny added his approval with an "A+"-grade review. With the film still smoldering in my mind from this morning's London Film Festival screening, I wouldn't go quite as far as that, but it's an imposing, impassioned work from a truly vital filmmaker -- like McQueen's first two films, "Hunger" and "Shame," it's a sensually vivid exploration of physical extremities and endurance, here married to more expansive, even universal, story material. Performances are as every bit strong as you've heard they are: not just from the Oscar-buzzed principals, but such striking cameo players as Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye.
Anyway, with the film now on limited release -- yes, we realize not all of you have access to it -- it's time to turn the conversation over to you. Muse on the validity of its Oscar-frontrunner status if you wish, but it's also a film that offers up plenty for discussion and debate away from the awards race. Vote in the poll below, and have share your thoughts in the comments.
Justin Bieber doesn’t always feel like going on stage, alright people? In this clip from “Believe,” which is Bieber’s gift to the world on Christmas Day (Hey, God gave us Jesus, Bieber delivers his movie), he talks to some very sympathetic friends about how sometimes, it’s hard to gear up to perform in front of thousands of people who have paid their (or their parents’) hard-earned money to see you.
“I can be going through a big argument, ‘I’m about to go on stage right now, we’re young’,” he says, mimicking talking on the phone. “And then I got to go rise up on the toaster and it’s like I’m upset and I don’t want have to smile and put on a happy and be... sometimes you just gotta suck it up and that’s one of the things you have to deal with being in this world, in this industry,” he says. The toaster, by the way, is the springboard that catapults him onto stage. And it would appear that he may be talking about Selena Gomez in the clip.
While it’s tempting to play the world’s smallest violin for Bieber, I have always marveled that artists can be having the worst day and, if they’re professional, they have to suck it up and leave all of that off the stage and come out as if this is the moment they’ve wanted for all day and the only thing that matters. And Bieber has had to learn that at a younger age than most.
The John Chu-directed “Believe” opens Dec. 25.
Gay MSNBC host: Why I'm co-hosting Miss Universe in Moscow despite Russia's anti-gay laws
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Netflix planning DVD-style extras for "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black"
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Nicollette Sheridan can't revive her "Desperate Housewives" lawsuit
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"SNL's" diversity controversy: Lorne Michaels recruits from improv groups with very few minorities
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Has Jason Segel lost too much weight?
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Alec Baldwin: I do yoga with Lorne Michaels and Paul McCartney
The MSNBC host talks about his new show, his hopes of landing Obama for an interview and his yoga routine with the "SNL" honcho and the Beatles legend. "We call ourselves middle-aged white men yoga," he says.