Fun fact: it's 10 years ago to the day that Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" went on limited release in Los Angeles, mere days after doing the Venice-Telluride-Toronto stretch that was a rarer feat for prestige films then than it is now. In some respects, it does feel that long since we first laid eyes on Coppola's woozy Tokyo kinda-love story, which is not to say it doesn't hold up rather beautifully. The director's three subsequent films, albeit variations on a consistent theme, exhibit an arc of wearied, cooled maturity, while indie film festivals are still awash with atmospheric imitators that may or may not know the source of Coppola's own cribbing.
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Or hates me.
Yesterday, I blogged the Season 3 premiere of FOX's "The X Factor" and left the fate of future recaps in the hands of one of three possibilities. Well, the show wasn't especially awesome, but it also wasn't worse and in the last 20 minutes, we got Alex & Sierra and Rion Paige, who were pretty nifty. And traffic for the recap wasn't outrageously good, but it certainly wasn't bad. And, finally, the consensus from readers wasn't a consensus at all. Some of you said that without having my recaps to accompany the show, there wouldn't be a point. Some of you said that you'd prefer I not torture myself. And the vast majority of you probably couldn't care less.
That counts as a wash.
Then I saw that Thursday's (September 12) episode was a full two hours and that temporarily pushed me into the, "No thanks" camp.
But FOX cut me off on the exit ramp and posted Thursday's full episode online, thereby cutting out commercial time and letting me do "X Factor" on my own schedule.
That explains the strange time-stamps in this live-blog. They relate to time in the episode and not to air-time.
And that also explains why I'm recapping tonight's episode.
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It's going to be one of those years, a season where so much is at stake that the back-biting begins very, very early. In fact, too early. We saw signs of these behind-the-scenes shenanigans last season when "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Misérables" lost their legit Best Picture-contending statuses in pressure-filled PR takedowns. It's only September and competing consultants and publicists already appear to be trying to influence the media to do their bidding. A few disparaging quotes heard across Toronto…
Those entering the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 at the 86th annual Academy Awards will pass under the marquee named after a man who changed the art and science of movies, a man whose thumbprint is on the very form itself, a man who passed away earlier today at the age of 80.
CW developing a transgender teen drama
"ZM" would revolve around a female-to-male teen and his family.
Carson Daly doesn't want to think about possibly replacing Matt Lauer on "Today"
"Oh God I wouldn't go that far," Daly says of the possibility of replacing Lauer, who is likely to exit when his contract ends in late 2014. Daly is expected to end up in a "bakeoff" with "Today's" 3rd-hour host, Willie Geist.
"X Factor" contestant has had Top 10 hits on U.S. dance charts
Lillie McCloud, AKA Nicole McCloud, has had hit songs in the '80s, '90s and '00s.
"Orange is the New Black's" distributor has no idea how popular it is
That has posed a problem for Lionsgate in its effort to sell the Netflix series to overseas markets.
Sara Gilbert learned she was gay while dating Johnny Galecki
She says her former "Roseanne" co-star helped her come to terms with her sexuality. "I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him," she says. "And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed."
"Dexter" releases a video incorporating 96 episodes
One moment from each episode.
Maxim may launch a TV channel
The men's magazine has been sold with plans to launch a men's lifestyle cable channel.
"The Good Wife" books Stockard Channing, Dreama Walker, "The Office's" Zach Woods
Channing and Walker are reprising previous roles.
Why is "Million Second Quiz" so confusing?
NBC's Ryan Seacrest-hosted game show begs the question: "Who the hell thought this was a good idea?"
"Honey Boo Boo" attracts its biggest audience ever
Mama June's wedding brought in 3.2 million viewers.
How "Better Call Saul" should proceed
Here are five lessons previous shows that tried spinoffs.
"The Nine Lives of Chloe King" movie script will be put online on Friday
The canceled ABC Family series' "Salvation" script will be available tomorrow morning.
Jimmy Kimmel pranks Fashion Week
Fresh off his twerking prank, Kimmel fooled New York Fashion Week attendees by asking them about designers named "George Castanza" and "Joe Isuzu."
Jon Gosselin: A waiter?
The former TLC star was caught waiting tables, but he claims he was doing it for charity.
TruTV renews "Container Wars"
The reality show will be back for a 13-episode 2nd season.
High school football team takes a "Duck Dynasty"-inspired senior class photo
"The Dynasty Begins Now, Jack!" PLUS: Sadie Robertson hits the runway.
Nickelodeon renews "Sanjay and Craig"
The animated series starring Chris Hardwick and Maulik Pancholy will be back for a 20-episode 2nd season.
Behind the scenes of "Easbound and Down"
Pay a visit to the Season 4 set.
Fox promoting "Dads" with "offensive" reviews
In a new 30-second ad, critics call the comedy "offensive," "reprehensible" and "morally wrong."
Bravo picks up a show featuring regular people watching and talking about TV
"The People's Couch" is based on the British show "Gogglebox."
CBS renews "Big Brother"
Julie Chen will be back for Season 16.
Lifetime picks up a personal shoppers reality show
"Million Dollar Shoppers" will follow a group of personal shoppers as they buy stuff for their rich employers.
Fox sends "Enlisted" to midseason
The army comedy has been delayed two months, from November to January.
MTV orders 2 dramas: "Eye Candy" and "Finding Carter"
"Twilight's" Catherine Hardwicke is behind the thriller "Eye Candy," while "Finding Carter" is a family drama.
With “Tie It Up” doing well at country radio, Kelly Clarkson finally confirmed that she is doing what we all suspected: recording an entire country album.Not only that, she’s almost done with it!
She told Albany, N.Y. radio station WGNA, “We’ve almost made a whole record.” In fact, being on tour with Maroon 5 this summer is the only thing between Clarkson and the finished album.
Clarkson, who also has a holiday album, “Wrapped In Red,” coming in A few weeks, says she expects to pivot back and forth between country and pop. “With Jewel and Sheryl Crow, they kinda quit pop and came over the country,” she said. “I love both. I don’t necessarily know if I have one foot it it and one foot in the other.” Well, actually, Kels, that sounds exactly like what you have. The "American Idol" winner has already won the Academy of Country Music Awards covered Vocal Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” her No. 1 duet with Jason Aldean.
FOX has decided to hold the premiere of its new military comedy "Enlisted" from November until January, hoping that one of their most promising new shows — albeit not one of its flashiest or simplest to market — will do better if it debuts after a lot of promotion during the football playoffs.
Lady Gaga has been on the cover of magazines, led performances at the MTV VMAs and "Good Morning America" and is all over radio with her new single "Applause" these days. And, frankly, she was all over the place during Andy Cohen's Bravo show "Watch What Happens Live" and the after-show this week, partially due to that magic white wine she was drinking.
I'll admit, I'm very entertained by the performer here, getting a sniff of realness and fun. But -- as I do all things -- I think of Cyndi Lauper, high priestess, in instances like these, where in even the most laid back, unsober, unscripted circumstances, I'd expect her to maintain control and earn her audience. Gaga kinda loses it at times, as she's dressed in her mermaid/siren gear with shell-cup bra and wave-wrought wig.
Still, some good new (or at least interesting) facts learned. Play along, and watch the clips below plus all the others on "WWHL's" website. Gaga's new album "ARTPOP" is due Nov. 11.
Here are 10 things we learned from Lady Gaga's Watch What Happens Live interview:
Just three features into her career, Andrea Arnold has established herself as the kind of filmmaker I'll invest in (with faith if not finance) on pretty much any project she chooses to pursue. "Red Road" and "Fish Tank" were both richly sensual portrayals of modern working-class Britain that defied the Ken Loach-patented model of British social realism; both deservedly earned her Jury Prize wins at Cannes. (Both, moreover, built on the already lofty expectations set by her 2003 short "Wasp," another work of spiky grace amid the tower blocks. It won her an Oscar, in case you've forgotten.)
When Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger got the call that superstar DJ/producer Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) wanted to meet with him, he admits he wasn’t sure why. “I wasn’t too familiar with Tim’s world, and, also, specifically with Tim’s music. I knew the song ‘Levels,’ and I knew him as an electronic music producer, but I didn’t know how that would work with what I do.”
The answer, it turns out, is fabulously. The two co-wrote “Wake Me Up,” the first single from Avicii’s “True,” out Sept. 17. With its foot-stomping, hand-clapping, acoustic appeal (anchored by a fierce beat), “Wake Me Up” has soared to No. 1 in more than 22 countries and has become Bergling’s first Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
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