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The cast of Steve McQueen's acclaimed new drama "12 Years a Slave" is something of a wonder. Whether it's the remarkable work of Chiwetel Ejiofor as kidnapped freeman Solomon Northup or Michael Fassbender as the shockingly inhumane plantation owner Edwin Epps or Best Supporting Actress contender Lupita Nyong'o, the film features some of the most riveting performances of the year. What has gone slightly unheralded, however, are the fantastic smaller turns by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard. And, the always wonderful Ms. Sarah Paulson.
Now that David O. Russell has successfully revived his career and transformed himself into a "serious" Oscar-contender filmmaker, can we stop focusing only on the awards potential of his movies and get back to just enjoying what he does?
Admittedly, it is amazing that the guy who couldn't quite manage to finish the film "Nailed" has managed such a huge rebound. After all, there is no greater sin to the people who fund movies than wasting the budget of a film on something that never gets released and which has no way whatsoever to recoup the investment. For Russell, who already had a less-than-perfect reputation thanks to incidents around earlier films, including the infamous George Clooney scrap on the set of "Three Kings," to not just manage to recover from "Nailed," but manage to turn out a run of movies like "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook," and now "American Hustle," seems like perhaps the single greatest recovery we've seen a filmmaker pull off.
Nobody likes saying goodbye to their favorite shows. Even if they end perfectly, I suspect there's a part of most of us who would love for there to be more episodes, more stories, involving the characters we came to know and love.
Not many of us, though, have Jeffrey Katzenberg's kind of money, nor the audacity to offer $75 million to produce three additional episodes of "Breaking Bad."
NBC is remaking "Remington Steele" as a comedy
The '80s drama starring Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist will focus on Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens the Remington Steele Detective Agency.
Twitter will allow Comcast customers to watch a show by clicking a tweet
Comcast Xfinity customers will be able to click on a "See It" button to activate a show or change the channel from their mobile device.
Lee Thompson Young suffered from bipolar disorder
The "Rizzoli & Isles" star who committed suicide was found to have lithium and quetiapine fumarate in his system.
USA orders 3 drama pilots, including 1 from "Burn Notice" creator
Matt Nix's gritty medical drama "Complications" joins "Novice" and "Rush."
Lena Dunham caught milking a cow in the middle of Manhattan
The "Girls" star was filming a sketch for Funny or Die.
"The View" holding steady with the addition of Jenny McCarthy
Ratings have only dropped slightly since McCarthy joined the daytime gabfest.
Donald Glover’s rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, will release his new album, “Because The Internet,” this winter.
The video preview for track, “Yaphet Kotto,” features Gambino floating face down in a pool, aka William Holden in the opening of “Sunset Boulevard,” as we hear him rapping about the criticisms he’s received (“worst rapper to ever spit on an open mic”), while the "Community" star is busy bring in the dough and the ladies. It also name drops other artists including Obie Trice, Wiz Khalifa and Erykah Badu.
At the end of the 90-second clip appear the words “Because The Internet” and “Winter Break.”
Below is the 90-second video, as well as the full audio of “Yaphet Kotto.” No idea why the song is named after the actor, who is best known for starring on "Homicide: Life On The Street."
The album is Gambino’s first since 2011’s “Camp.” Glover is also working on his new series for FX, "Atlanta."
We've been teasing a new feature here at In Contention for a few months now and I'm happy that we can finally lift the veil on HitFix Oscar Picks!
Lorde’s reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues as “Royals” spends its second week at No. 1.
The New Zealander teenager also receives good news on the album front, as her debut, “Pure Heroine,” bows at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
“Royals” leads digital single sales at 309,000 downloads, moving the song past the 2 million mark.
Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Roar,” stays at No. 2, leading the chart in airplay. Perry, whose new album, “Prism,” arrives Oct. 22, is also on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Walking on Air,” which debuts at No. 34. Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” also a former No. 1, remains at No. 3, according to Billboard.
Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” jumps one spot to No. 4, trading places with Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, which drops to No. 5.
And yes, Ylvis’s “The Fox” continues to scoop up the chart, rising 8-6, largely on the strength of streaming and downloads, as airplay has yet to reach a significant level.
Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, slips 6-7, pushing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” down one to No. 8.
Lady Gaga’s “Applause” hangs on in the Top 10 at No. 9, as it continues to gain airplay, while Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais’s “Summertime Sadness” remains at No. 10.
For Britney Spears’ chart watchers: “Work B**ch” jumps 41-13, following its debut two weeks ago at No. 12. The rise can be attributed largely to streaming and excitement from the video’s release last week.
Jeffrey Katzenberg offered $75M for 3 more "Breaking Bad" episodes
One stipulation: They had to be online-only to create "the greatest pay-per-view (event) in scripted television ever." PLUS: Bryan Cranston tweets Britney Spears over her not liking the finale.
"The Daily Show" losing its showrunner
This will be Rory Albanese's last week as he's leaving to pursue a Hollywood career.
Anthony Anderson to star in ABC comedy pilot "Black-ish"
Laurence Fishburne is producing and may appear on the comedy about an upper-middle class black man struggling to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity.
AnnaLynne McCord joins "Dallas"
The "90210" alum will play Christopher's girlfriend.
"F--- Me, Ray Bradbury" YouTube star sells comedy to Showtime
Rachel Bloom, who became a viral sensation in 2010 with her ode to Bradbury, has sold "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" to the pay cable network.
Lauren Ambrose heading to Lifetime for a Nicolas Sparks drama
The "Six Feet Under" alum is joining "Deliverance Creek," playing a mother at the end of the Civil War.
"That '70s Show" cast reunites
Check out the photo Danny Masterson posted on Instagram.
Hayden Panettiere: I'm engaged to Wladimir Klitschko
The "Nashville" star showed off her engagement ring this morning on "Live!"