By this point, it's common knowledge that the Academy's voting system for Best Foreign Language Film -- or Best Foreign Language Film Approved And Selected By A National Committee That Is Also Agreeable To The Widest Academy Demographic And Was Domestically Released Within The Eligibility Window -- is, to put it gently, somewhat flawed. Everyone has different ideas about how to fix it (including, to their credit, the Academy itself), but Toronto Film Festival director Cameron Bailey's are more sensible than most. I wholeheartedly echo his statement that the idea of this being a country-based competition in this era of global co-production is archaic. Also interesting: he argues that requiring contenders to have a US release date would encourage increased distribution of foreign fare. Good points all round. [Variety]
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The overstuffed nature of the title "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." says a lot about "The Avengers" TV spin-off (it debuts tonight at 8 on ABC) as a whole. It's a show serving multiple masters in ABC, Disney and Marvel — and, in turn, the throng of Marvel superhero films to which the show will be very loosely tied. It has a whole lot of producers, though the most famous and talented of them, Joss Whedon, is too busy making the "Avengers" sequel to be as hands-on as he was in his days with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly." The pilot episode introduces three different point of entry characters for the audience, on top of mysteriously bringing Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson back from his apparent "Avengers" death. There are many potentially fascinating shows lurking inside the "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot, but the primary agenda seems to be to make a superpower-flavored "NCIS" — which, conveniently, will be airing right against "SHIELD."
Ex-"Dexter" boss: How I would've ended the series
Clyde Phillips, who left after the Trinity Killer season, says he would've put Dexter Morgan on an execution table with those he killed glaring at him. PLUS: "Dexter" finale copped out in the worst way possible.
Conan goes all-in on "Breaking Bad": Watch his barrel opening
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"The Disappearer" from "Breaking Bad" says: "It came out of left field"
The surprise big-name actor from this week's episode says he got a call from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, the writer/director of "Granite State." "They said in their own private conversations they had used my name and asked if I was available," he says. "They could not have been nicer to me. What good guys." PLUS: Why the "Breaking Bad" finale will disappoint, how to escape from handcuffs using a paperclip, it's a Dean Norris vs. Derek Hough dance-off, writer/director Peter Gould talks about filming this week's episode, the vacuum repair number is real, Anna Gunn has dreamed about "Breaking Bad," Walter White watches Jeff Daniels win an Emmy8, "Lost's" Damon Lindelof compares Heisenberg to Batman, and "Breaking Bad" podcast reveals that part of the bar scene had to be reshot after a plane ran over the film after it was flown to L.A.
Apple refunds "Breaking Bad" fans who were charged separately for both halves of Season 5.
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Shonda Rhimes: I welcomed a new baby to my family, but didn't adopt
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus flips out for Jimmy Kimmel
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In defense of Jeff Daniels' Emmy upset victory
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Kaley Cuoco's sister earned a blind audition for "The Voice"
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Emmy In Memoriam controversy: Jonathan Winters over Larry Hagman?
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James Spader loves everything about his "Blacklist" character, "which was very little"
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John Slattery to appear in the "Arrested Development" movie
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Dylan McDermott was skeptical of "Hostages," too
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We got a good sense of exactly what kind of wackadoodle show "Sleepy Hollow" aspires to be from last week's surprisingly highly rated pilot, but now comes the real test. Did enough viewers like what they saw to tune in for week two, and will the events of the second episode keep them hooked?
On the many, many occasions when I've thought of what it must be like to be a celebrity contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (so, you know, like once or twice), I've always thought the suckiest thing would be going home first. It's like the world telling you that they're not even interested in seeing you mildly humiliated or as the focus of an inspirational journey of self-discovery. You're demoted from the C-list and, since Kathy Griffin has claimed the D-list, you may be somewhere below that. Like, F-list. That's not even a thing.
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"How I Met Your Mother" has begun its ninth and final season. A quick review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I want the Kennedy package...
At least three American awards hopefuls will have the chance to compete for some European festival hardware, as Spike Jonze's "Her," Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" and Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club" are among the first four Competition selections announced for November's Rome Film Festival. They'll be joined by the world premiere of Spanish director Isabel Coixet's "Another Me," along with several others yet to be announced.
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CBS planning another "NCIS" spinoff, set in New Orleans
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Brie Larson's character Grace in "Short Term 12" certainly fits her name, but it's far from glamorous. She spends most of the movie in frumpy clothes and flat hair, dealing with bodily fluids, emotional violence and the repetitious difficulties of supervising at-risk youths at a foster care facility. As Grace deals with her own demons, she's works daily with the demons of the kids who land in her care, arriving from the hands of deadbeat dads, abusive mothers, mental health institutions and other unfortunate homes of circumstance.
But to present Grace's character in any other fashion than frustrating, redemptive and harshly unsexy would cause the movie to fail, and fail it does not. Larson's portrayal of her emotional role helped subtly open up topics of psychological care and child services in America, for instance, without bashing away the film's beautiful character portraits.
"Short Term 12" is just one of the many varied roles the 23-year-old actress has picked up; her stints lately have been in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon," her stop on NBC's "Community," 2012's "21 Jump Street" and the forthcoming musical film "Basmati Blues."
Larson and I spoke by phone last week, on the eve of the release of "Short Term 12," out in theaters this past Friday. Below is our abridged interview, on shadowing at a foster care facility, to tapping in (and out) emotionally as an actress, letting go with cheesy pasta and women's roles.
In the movie, were there particular scenes or stories that resonated with you as a person in real life? Did your performance have any impression on it due to any feelings or personal experiences with some of the things that were happening in this movie?