It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed.
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Spike Jonze has been firing on all cylinders since his 1999 debut "Being John Malkovich." Every new film is cause for excitement, whether awards are in the picture or not. His is a vital voice and his latest, "Her," promises to deliver another fresh stroke in the filmmaker's feature career.
POZNAN, POLAND: When “Breaking Bad” returns Sunday (11) for its final eight episodes, composer Dave Porter’s haunting theme will usher fans into Walter White’s life for one last go-round. Porter was here in Poland to teach a master class at Jan Kaczmarek’s Transatlantyk Festival, but will be back in Los Angeles in time to have a few friends over to watch along with the rest of us on Sunday night.
Up next for Porter will be a new series, which he can’t announce yet, but having only finished scoring “Breaking Bad” two weeks ago, right now Porter is looking forward to some down time. “August is going to be me and my two-year old playing in the backyard," he says. "I have to see him and get some sleep.”
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Jay Leno gets an Obama boost
Last night's "Tonight Show" ratings were Leno's best since the last time the president visited his show.
Report: Paula Deen rejected "Dancing"
"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," a source close to the former Food Network star tells Us Weekly.
"Dexter" boss on the series finale: "There will be people who hate it"
Exec producer Sara Colleton is expecting a polarizing reaction, but says, "to us, it feels right for our show and how we feel about it."
Back at work, Lea Michele tweets a photo from the "Glee" set
"Feels so good to be home," she wrote.
"Girls" adds Felicity Jones from "Spiderman 2"
Also appearing in Season 3: UK actor Richard E. Grant.
"Downton Abbey" cast talk about the future, plus P. Diddy
"The P Diddy video was certainly quite popular on the 'Downton' set," says Joanna Froggatt.
Nick Offerman does your summer reading
The "Parks and Rec" star has become a late-night staple, this time with Jimmy Kimmel.
Watch James Franco make out with James Franco
For his Comedy Central roast.
Steve Martin reads Conan's Top 10 list
Martin was "unaware" it's a Letterman bit.
Stephen Colbert set his comedy to "stun" last night as he blasted MTV Networks last night on "The Colbert Report" for putting the kibosh on Daft Punk's "surprise" appearance on the comedy show.
Colbert showed little restraint revealing that the MTV VMAs had booked Daft Punk for its Video Music Awards, set for Aug. 25, and that MTV/Logo group president Van Toffler wanted to put a stop to the French dance duo's appearance on the comedian's annual "Colbchella" hour of programming.
As previously reported, Daft Punk were booked to play their Song of the Summer "Get Lucky" on last night's "Colbert" (Aug. 6). Daft Punk had not yet been announced as performers at the VMAs.
A quick, belated review of "The Killing" season finale coming up just as soon as you interrupt my family bowling night...
"You don't understand," Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller insists as she stares at a murdered child on the beach of the sleepy town she calls home. "I know that boy!"
Miller is one of the two heroes of "Broadchurch," a British crime series making its BBC America debut tonight at 10 p.m. Played by Olivia Colman, she's a Broadchurch lifer. She knows everyone in town, and assumes she knows everything around them; it's not possible that any of her friends or neighbors could be a killer. And yet as her partner and boss, new transplant Alec Hardy (David Tennant) keeps reminding her, anyone can become a killer, and the sandy corpse of young Danny Latimer is proof of that.
Looks like Eastern Europe is currently leading the way in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Last week, Romania was the first country to officially submit an entry, with Berlinale Golden Bear winner "Child's Pose." Today, Hungary joined them with another European festival champ: "The Notebook," which won the top prize at last month's Karlovy Vary fest.
MTV forces Daft Punk to cancel on Stephen Colbert for VMAs; Robin Thicke fills in
Colbert was so ticked off at MTV he spilled the beans that Daft Punk would perform at the Video Music Awards. PLUS: Watch Colbert's epic "Get Lucky" dance party with Jimmy Fallon, "Breaking Bad," Jon Stewart, Henry Kissinger, "America's Got Talent" and more.
Jason Priestley is writing his memoir
Priestley promises to share new details of his life on the "Beverly Hills 90210" set.
Jay Leno visits MSNBC to talk politics and his Obama interview
"He thinks the way I think," "The Tonight Show" host, in an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell, said of the president, though Leno said he's a fiscal conservative and social liberal. PLUS: Obama talked about all current news events in Leno interview.
"The Following" adds "Dexter" bad guy
Sam Underwood will become a series regular next season.
Check out "Doctor Who" fan art, created by a teenage Peter Capaldi
Capaldi was such a huge fan of "Who" growing up, he would write "numerous letters" inquiring about the show.
Justin Kirk joins FX's "Tyrant"
The "Weeds" alum will play an American diplomat in the Middle East.
Lindsay Lohan boosts "Chelsea Lately's" ratings
About 890,000 tuned in, up 57% from the previous episode with Lisa Kudrow.
Wil Wheaton slams Discovery for showing "Megalodon"
"There is nothing high quality or enlightening," he says, "about deliberately misleading your audience during what is historically an informative and awesome week of programming."
Honey Boo Boo's dad hospitalized for a mysterious brain disorder
The TLC stars have been gathered this week in Jacksonville in support of Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman are leaving "The Mentalist"
They'll exit the CBS series toward the end of the season.
Angus T. Jones sends Charlie Sheen a special birthday card
Sheen tweeted of his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star: "such a cute kid and quite the artist!"
"Breaking Bad" talk show's 1st guests: Vince Gilligan and Julie Bowen
"Talking Bad" will be hosted by Chris Hardwick. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" gets the "honest trailer" treatment.
It's time for the top ten! I got a chance to visit the set of "So You Think You Can Dance" this week and talk to some of the dancers (and hear what Nigel, Mary and some choreographers had to say). I'll post a story soon, but before that happens, we have to say goodbye to two dancers. I really can't understand how Cat Deeley does this every week.
Chris Columbus is, at this point, the movie studio equivalent of an explorer, the first guy to get somewhere, the one who plants the flag and moves on. When he made the first two films in the "Harry Potter" series, he made decisions that resonated through the entire seven movies, no matter how strong a voice anyone who followed him brought to the table.
On the first "Percy Jackson," he was obviously hired to give 20th Century Fox the same sort of franchise that Warner Bros. spun from all things Potter, and while it was nowhere near the same sort of cultural phenomenon, it did well enough, especially when international box-office was considered, and they did indeed end up springing for the sequel, which arrives in theaters tomorrow.
First, let me preface this by saying I can't believe you took the bait. That question was designed to get you to crap all over critics in response to their reaction to your movie, and you seem like you couldn't wait to answer the question. That's a shame.
Let's start with the premise that critics prejudged your movie.
I think it is presumptuous to assume that you know why critics reacted the way they did to "The Lone Ranger," other than the actual reasons stated in whatever bad reviews you're talking about. I can't tell you why anyone else didn't like it, but as a critic who really, really didn't like your movie, I feel compelled now to defend my review to you, if only to challenge your comments during a recent interview for the UK release of the film. Besides, if there's any movie this summer that gets to play the "critics just wanted to beat the crap out of us" victim card, it's "After Earth," not "The Lone Ranger."
And if that is how critics decide to beat things up, wouldn't "John Carter" have suffered the same fate last year? Because I think a lot of critics ended up being pleasantly surprised by that, and their buzz was way worse than yours ever was. I know I liked it.
As I said, I'm speaking here for no one but myself. I considered writing this as a short news item about the comments you made, but there are tons of those already, and the truth is, I was personally bothered by the comments. I'm not irritated in the abstract sense, but rather in the specific sense.
After all, I've had many encounters with you gentlemen over the years. When you were building up to the release of the second "Pirates" film, you reached out to me, and that began a series of conversations and encounters, and in the interest of clarity, I'm going to list those, and let's see if this reveals some hidden bias that has just been waiting for the perfect moment to spring it on you.