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"The Killing" uncancled again: Netflix orders 6 final episodes
The Season 4 mini-season will wrap up the AMC series, with showrunner Veena Sud aboard. AMC originally canceled "The Killing" in 2012, then brought it back this year, only to cancel it again.
A nine-day court case that has lingered for almost exactly 50 years has finally come to a permanent, irrevocable end, and that is very good news indeed for fans of James Bond.
"Thunderball" is probably the most important Bond film ever made, although I doubt it's anyone's favorite. I would love to know what Ian Fleming was thinking when he tried to cheat Kevin McClory in the first place after they spent a few years working with him to try and turn the still relatively new James Bond character into a potential movie franchise. They started in 1958, and they worked up several treatments and screenplays together. They finally settled on "Thunderball," which was called "Longitude 78 West" at that point, and they started work on the film. That's when Fleming figured out that he was low man on the totem pole, financially speaking, and he started trying to kill the deal. He and Ivar Bryce, one of the other producers on the film, made some very shady moves to cut McClory out of the movie, and it killed the movie before they got out of pre-production. At that point, Fleming could have probably gone back to writing original Bond books and been fine, but for some reason, he turned the script they were going to shoot into the novel that was published as "Thunderball," and he published it in 1961 with absolutely no mention of either McClory or Jack Whittingham, the other writer who had been part of the development process.
"Scandal" shocker: An easy way out?
As Erin Strecker points out, "it was the 'nothing happened' aftermath that was most chilling" part of last night's big scene, adding: "In addition, it was extremely disturbing to watch." PLUS: How Bellamy Young reacted to reading that scene, can Lisa Kudrow save "Scandal"?, this was "Scandal's" first misstep of the season, it was disgusting and disturbing, and making sense of that scene.
Amber Tamblyn gets a "Two and a Half Men" love interest: Aly Michalka
The "Hellcats" and Disney Channel vet will guest on two episodes.
TBS' "Ground Floor" performs poorly
The Bill Lawrence comedy debuted to a lackluster 1.6 million viewers.
Fred Armisen books "Super Fun Night" appearance
The "Portlandia" star will play the head of HR where Rebel Wilson works.
"The Simpsons" deal is a huge boon for FXX, a loss for Hulu and Netflix
The deal with FXX should keep "The Simpsons" off the video on demand market for the rest of the decade.
Watch the trailer for Discovery's "Klondike"
The 1890s gold rush miniseries, premiering in January, stars "Game of Thrones'" Richard Madden and Abbie Cornish.
As Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" makes its way into limited release today, more reviews are hitting the wire, reflecting a movie that, while not an out-and-out critical knock-out like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave" or "Before Midnight," certainly has its champions. Naturally, star Bruce Dern is getting great notices, but co-star Will Forte is getting his fair share of solid ink, too, leading me to wonder if Paramount could have a serious Best Supporting Actor shot with the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member.
Here’s a tip: if you’re planning a star-studded disaster benefit, get Paul McCartney to say yes and then the other acts will fall in line.
That’s one of the key tidbits viewers will take away from the “12-12-12,” a documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev, that pulls back the curtain on the Madison Square Garden charity concert that took place Dec. 12, 20012 to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Joining McCartney were Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, Kanye West and many others.
The film, which opens today, is the tale of powerful people—Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, Clear Channel’s John Sykes, and MSG’s James Dolan— using their vast network of connections to bring together an amazing array of talent on incredibly short notice and the behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to pull off such a staggering feat six weeks after the disaster. While there is some incredible performance footage, it is not so much a concert film, as a film about how the sausage gets made.
To be sure, most of us when we watch these benefits don’t think about how difficult it is to set up an infrastructure to handle the millions of phone calls and online donations for only a few hours. As the producers note, if someone gets a busy signal or can’t log on, that’s lost money. The booking of the talent is almost the easy part compared to the back end logistics.
Michelle Trachtenberg joins "NCIS" for its holiday episode
She'll appear in a "very intense episode."
TLC to air "Buying Naked"
The two-hour special, which could become a series, follows a nudist couple as they shop for their dream homes.
Andrew Shue tweets update on "GMA" wife Amy Robach's double mastectomy
The "Melrose Place" alum wrote on Twitter, using his wife's handle, "on behalf of my brave girl. She came through surgery beautifully."
Parents TV Council not happy with "Family Guy's" rape, molestation jokes
The PTC is also accusing the Fox animated series of "sexualized use of food and perverse ‘internal defrosting’ of frozen hot dogs."
W. Kamau Bell: "The show was canceled. I'm not canceled"
Bell responded to his "Totally Biased" canceling by penning a piece titled, "So...That Happened." He wrote: "If I'm really lucky, what we did on Totally Biased will be remembered long after it stops airing. Heck, my mom is still mad that they canceled Frank’s Place. (Google it. It was great) …"
Chicago mayor sends Jon Stewart "deep dish with dead fish" pizza
See Mayor Rahm Emanuel's response to Stewart's anti-Chicago deep dish pizza rant.
"The Mentalist" promotes Emily Swallow before her 1st episode airs
Swallow was originally supposed to do a three-episode arc. Now she'll be a series regular.
"Grey's Anatomy" and "Parks and Rec" both tie their worst-ever ratings
Meanwhile, CW's "Reign" is growing.
"Big Bang's" Melissa Rauch poses for Maxim
The men's mag says Rauch has made "our nerd fantasies come true."
The American Society of Cinematographers has named the three cameramen who will be receiving honorary recognition at next year's ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 1. So, if Emmanuel Lubezki is as safe a bet as most seem to think in the feature film category, you can start composing the winners lineup already. Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings, Jr. will all be celebrated for their careers' work.
Rihanna is haunted by demons in the artfully shot video for “What Now.” The two-sided mirror she speaks of in the first verse seems to actually be her own emotional issues. The good side, in white, keeps getting taken over by her dark side.
It’s a compelling video and a testament to Rihanna’s star power that her face and performance are so mesmerizing that she keeps you glued to the screen. There are a few cutaways to animals and insects during the bridge when it appears that some sort of exorcism or emotional breakdown is happening (that and the shaky cam give it away), but this video relies almost solely on Rihanna’s charisma. And that’s saying something. She talks about making the video here.
Plus it shows how easy it is to change the narrative. This could have been a straight-ahead video about a complicated love story, but instead she turns it into something much more complicated and menacing.
The song is a intriguing ballad and deserved to be a single earlier in “Unapologetic’s” life, but her mega-ballad “Stay” probably kept that from happening.
FXX lands "The Simpsons" reruns in a $750M deal
"The Simpsons" is finally headed to cable syndication, and video streaming on demand, starting in 2014.
Jason Ritter will be back on "Parenthood"
He'll reprise his role as Lauren Graham's ex in an April episode.
Jeff Probst: "Survivor" will bring back the "Blood vs. Water" format
"We're experimenting now with some casting ideas of how we can do it again and what’s the next version of it," he says. "Do you need returning players, or could you bring fresh couples? So we're looking at all kinds of ideas." PLUS: "Blood vs. Water" is paying off as a twist.
Steven Moffat clarifies "Doctor Who" confusion
Where does John Hurt fit in?
Elmo visits San Quentin
"Sesame Street" sent Elmo for his first-ever prison visit as part of its Little Children, Big Challenges program.
HBO releases its 1st "Looking" trailer
Jonathan Groff is looking for love in the gay-themed, San Francisco-set series.
David Blaine blows the minds of "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
Check out a clip from Blaine's magic special, airing Tuesday.
Simon Cowell's UK "X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" get a 3-year extension
Both reality competitions will stick around ITV through 2016.
Watch Will Ferrell's "The Spoils of Babylon" trailer
The IFC spoof contains an all-star cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Tobey Magure, Jessica Alba, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen and Val Kilmer.
A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we sketch at the Uffizi...