Speaking with Matthew McConaughey about his work in Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" last week, it was obvious -- as it was at Sundance when he was promoting "Mud" -- that the actor is savoring every step of his career's newfound upward trajectory. He's taken to the "McConnaissance" like a duck to water, and it's because he's clearly a guy who relishes an experience.
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A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I take a sewing class to work on my Halloween costume...
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Oscar contenders include George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks
Welcome to the most packed acting category of 2014: Best Supporting Actor. Though that's always the case, isn't it? Well into every season hope consistently springs eternal for potential players across the spectrum, particularly in ensemble pieces of which there tend to be plenty.
It's been obvious for some time that Michael Fassbender isn't all that fond of the publicity game -- particularly when it comes to awards season. He's currently among the Best Supporting Actor favorites for his brutal turn in "12 Years a Slave," but if/when he nets that overdue first nomination, it'll be without much campaigning on his end. Speaking to GQ, Fassbender says he'll be avoiding the awards circuit to focus on work: "That's just not going to happen, because I'll be in New Zealand ... You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again." Fair enough. Mo'Nique let her performance speak for her in 2009, and it didn't obstruct her path to the Oscar. Can Fassbender do the same? [GQ]
I suppose sooner or later there needed to be a "Sleepy Hollow" episode dealing with Ichabod feeling out of place in the 21st Century, but I'm not sure it needed to be quite as clumsy or underwhelming as "John Doe." Not that the hour was any kind of severe misstep, more like a minor stumble as the still-promising show continues to find its voice and build its narrative foundation.
"His daddy had been a scary man, and how that little boy had loved him."
- Stephen King, "Doctor Sleep"
There is something deeply broken at the heart of "Doctor Sleep," Stephen King's sequel to one of his single greatest works, "The Shining." In the early part of King's publishing career, there was a sort of white-hot intensity to it all, like he had to get it out of his head, onto the page, into the minds of his readers.
When I just recently spoke with Kimberly Peirce about her new adaptation of "Carrie," we talked about the voice of that book and the insistent, urgent nature of it. King seemed like these voices were pouring out of him, and when you read "The Shining" today, it is amazing how white-hot passionate it is. There are few books to ever deal more effectively with the way anger and addiction can rot away a marriage, and even without the involvement of the supernatural, "The Shining" would be a powerfully disturbing read.
I just recently reviewed "The Dirties," a film by Matthew Johnson, and I thought it was a smart and even-handed look at how easy it is, even in today's more aware environment, for the seriously broken and the deeply angry to plan and execute an attack on others. We love to tell ourselves that after 9/11 and Columbine and every other breach of our public safety in the last fifteen to twenty years that we have changed and we are safer and we are being more careful now. Nonsense, of course, and "The Dirties" was very good about showing the way people play into these breakdowns and the way bullying culture is allowed and even enabled.
To call him an unconventional choice to write "Encyclopedia Brown" is an understatement. I'm not actually sure what name recognition value there is in "Encyclopedia Brown" these days. My third grader reads a similar series assigned by his school called the "Jigsaw Jones" mysteries. Makes sense. Kids still do jigsaw puzzles, so the idea of a puzzle being something you have to piece together is a reference they'll get. An "encyclopedia," though, is pretty much an unknown idea to them. While I enjoyed the Donald Sobol books when I was young, I never really had any illusions about them being great stories or particularly character-driven.
"Why be a king when you could be a god?" Eminem asks at the end of six minutes of blazing fast-rap in new song "Rap God."
"What's a king to a god?" West asked in "No Church in the Wild," which has a killer hook and a loping verse trade-off.
They're both rhetorical question that touches on Kanye West's self-deification this year with "Yeezus" and his superstar collabo with Jay Z in Watch the Throne. So just what does Yeezy and Yeezus have to do with Eminem and "Rap God?"
Eminem's spent about 14 as hip-hop royalty, so it's curious he's only just now feeling those purple robes as a guilt god member. Using "lyrical acrobatic stunts," a renewed and self-aware double entredre of the term "faggot," a love letter to the rappers that made him and then hearkening his own song "We Made You," Marshall Mathers here is putting the leg in "legacy" so he has something to stand on when it comes to his place in rap heaven. While the maxi pad jokes remain unending -- seriously, and a Bill Clinton jab? -- his skills here are pristine and entertaining, even when he's poking fun at himself and rapping on hip-hop/pop tensions. After his flimsy hook, he goes: "I know the way to get [haters] motivated, I make elevating music / You make elevator music / 'Oh, he’s too mainstream,' well, that’s what they doing getting jealous, they confuse it / It’s not hip-hop, it’s pop, cause I found a hella way to fuse it / With rock, shock rap with Doc." It's like one big, glorious inside joke.
So what's the difference between a rap king and a rap god? Maybe it's someone who can make those jokes, and pull it off. "What's a rap god to a god?" may be the next question, hopefully answered in kind in the next Watch the Throne effort...
... or later on in Eminem's next album "Marshall Mathers LP 2," due on Nov. 5. Over the weekend Eminem also revealed the tracklist to "MMLP2," which features guest appearances from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, fun.'s Nate Ruess and Sklar Grey. There's also a song on it called "Asshole," two recently revealed songs "Berzerk" and "Survival" and (you guessed it!) a skit. Check out the full tracklist below "Rap God."
"Okay, I can't take you seriously right now because you're dancing with a robot."
The third episode of what is rapidly evolving into my favorite season of "Eastbound and Down" deals primarily with the relationship between Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) and his wife April (Katy Mixon). From the opening scene in the parking lot after last week's triumphant "Sports Sesh" appearance to the final moments with Kenny and April laying in the early morning sun in a hotel room, everything this week examines why these two people are together and why it works.
One of the things I love most about "Eastbound" is the way they pick the still for each week's opening title, and this week's was a complete winner. Katy Mixon's smile and her brilliantly dismissive "See you later, pumpkin!" in the midst of Steve Little's insane hand-shattering meltdown pretty much sums up right away how much deranged fun this season has been so far.
And if there's not a gallery of every one of those title card images, there should be. Get on that, Internet.
Discovery Channel's 1st scripted series will tackle the mob
"The Five Families," from the "Goodfellas" team of Irwin Winkler and Nicholas Pileggi, will tell the story of the founding families of the mafia.
"The Good Wife" cuts Kalinda's new love interest
Actress Juliet Rylance was supposed to play the part, but her scenes have been cut from Season 5.
"Dr. Oz" viewer loses lawsuit after burning himself wearing rice-filled microwaved socks
A judge found that the TV doctor wasn't legally responsible for the burning incident.
"New Girl" reveals how Damon Wayans Jr. will return
One of the roommates will move out, paving the way for Coach to return.
"America's Got Talent" makeup artist sues the show
Jude Alcala, who primarily worked on Sharon Osbourne, claims she broke her foot when she fell through a hole on stage.
HBO teases Sarah Silverman's new special
"We Are Miracles" premieres Nov. 23.
"Doctor Who" books violent movie director Ben Wheatley
The director of "Kill List" and "Sightseers" will helm the first two episodes of the season. PLUS: Steven Moffat explains "Who's" regeneration theory.
Check out Nickelodeon's new family superhero comedy "The Thundermans"
The Thunderman family features twins, one good and the other evil.
Camille Grammer has a hysterectomy following cancer diagnosis
The former "Real Housewives" star is expected to make a full recovery after her endometrial cancer diagnosis.
Pearl Jam returns with its tenth studio album, “Lighting Bolt,” on Oct. 15, and based on what we’ve already heard, Eddie Vedder and Co. are yielding nothing to the ravages of time. People who dislike Pearl Jam don’t like their sense of self-importance (even though that has definitely waned over the years). Fans like me love that Pearl Jam knows that music matters, that it can reach those places in us that nothing else can and has the power to save us.
Here is my highly subjective countdown of Pearl Jam’s 10 best songs. Fans will notice a lack of songs here from the middle period of Pearl Jam’s career. I don’t know if they lost the thread a little or I lost interest—probably a bit of both—but “Binaural” and “Riot Act” are albums I seldom revisit. My No. 1 choice won’t be a surprise because there’s no denying this song’s potency and place in the heart of most Pearl Jam fans.
Read HitFix's review of new album "Lightning Bolt" here.
Several months after “Beautiful,” her duet with Miguel, Mariah Carey will release a new single, “The Art of Letting Go,” on Nov. 11 via Facebook. There will be a listening party at 11 a.m. ET for the song. That is the same day the Lady Gaga's "ArtPop" arrives.
At one point earlier this year, that was the title of Carey’s album, but since it has been delayed again since its scheduled July release date, that may have also changed.
Monday, Carey announced the song’s arrival on Facebook, adding, “This song is so person to me and I’m very excited to share this experience with you in such an intimate way.” Hmmm, sharing a song with your 13 million Facebook friends is intimate?
The news comes on top of a letter Carey released to fans on Friday, Oct. 11, updating fans on the album and her health following her shoulder injury, which has proved to be quite the setback.
In the letter, she write, “Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it.”
She adds that the album, which has no new release date, is “one of the most important albums I’ve ever made in my life.”
Carey also recently announced that producer/longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri had joined her management team.
Here’s Carey’s letter in full:
I'm so happy to be able to catch up with everybody here on Facebook. The last three months of my life have not been easy. Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it. It's been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.
When people expected me to go "Here I am, I'm back and everything's great!", it didn't happen because my hand was still in tremendous pain and it took this long for it to heal. I've been working day and night, and it took a lot of rest (though I did sneak in to the studio a couple o' times!) but I can finally say that I am on my way to a full recovery.
There's a lot of excitement that I'm going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you're going to understand why but more than that, you're going to feel what I've been feeling for the past- not three months- but three years.
This is, to me, one of the most important albums I've ever made in my life. If you're a lamb, a fan, or just a human being that needs to feel good, happy, sad, miserable, joyous... "I gotcha" (said like Roc- you haven't heard how he says it yet but you will soon, it's a complete+total classic!)