Some people consider themselves true believers. And then, there are the snake handlers. Whether or not you think they're deeply devoted, nuts, or both, you can't say they don't have guts. In this exclusive clip from the new Nat Geo series, "Snake Salvation" (debuts tonight at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET), we get a first glimpse of what pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin consider a mission from God -- snake handling.
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While in Venice, I lost track somewhat of the submissions process for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar -- and at this stage, with the deadline for entries only a few weeks away, turning your back on the process for even a few days means you feel significantly behind. Last time I checked in, five films had been submitted; today, by my count, the number has gone up to 22. I've gathered them all on the category's Contenders page for your reference, and even done some preliminary ranking based on the entries so far; expect considerable movement there as new films join the race. As always, inside tips and insights from our international readers are most welcome, so don't be shy.
Twenty years ago tonight, FOX debuted a strange little show called "The X-Files." Its stars were virtually unknown — Gillian Anderson was only 24 when the pilot was filmed, and if you recognized David Duchovny at all, it was either as the cross-dressing FBI agent from "Twin Peaks" season 2 or as the man who read letters at the start of every episode of "Red Shoe Diaries" — and the format was an odd mash-up of science-fiction and police procedural, as FBI partners Mulder (the believer) and Scully (the skeptic) traveled the country investigating reports of paranormal activity.
Jimmy Kimmel was behind the twerking girl on fire viral video
Kimmel on last night's show revealed that he filmed the video --which has had nearly 10 million views on YouTube -- with a stuntwoman months ago. Watch the full unedited version with Kimmel.
Sigur Rós joins "Game of Thrones"
The Icelandic post-rock band will play some role in Season 4.
TORONTO - One of the more intense scenes in Denis Villeneuve well respected new thriller "Prisoners" features stars Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard and Paul Dano. And it's a visceral, cinematic moment you'll likely remember the rest of the year.
TORONTO - One of the reasons people often seem frustrated by horror films is because of how often certain tropes are trotted out and dressed up for new audiences, and at some point, it starts to feel like you've seen every variation, every interpretation, and it just becomes familiar and numbing. The truth, of course, is that good storytelling is good storytelling, and familiarity does not have to be a bad thing by definition. Mike Flanagan's "Oculus" is a strong example of how you can take something that sounds familiar and, by focusing on performance and the small details, create something that elevates formula.
Director Mike Flanagan, working from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, tells a pretty conventional haunted house story in an unconventional way, and it's so smartly built, so smoothly handled, that you may not realize that about 90% of the film takes place inside this one house. I've seen plenty of low-budget films that were restricted to that sort of space because of money, and they don't know how to keep it interesting, but Flanagan does an exceptional job of not just effectively managing the space, but also juggling chronology. The film begins with a dream involving a man, a gun, and two kids, and as it reaches the culmination, we cut to a psychiatrist's office, where Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites, who has the best haircut I've ever seen on a mental patient in a movie) is describing the dream to his therapist. Tim's just turned 21, and his doctor believes that he has been cured and is ready to be released to the world again.
TORONTO - Tracy Letts has had three of his plays adapted to film now, and I think based on the evidence of the latest, "August: Osage County," it is safe to say that William Friedkin has a far better handle on how to handle his scripts than John Wells does. Both "Bug" and "Killer Joe" are sweaty, upsetting movies that put us face to face with unsettling characters in dire circumstance, and both films have a jangling nervous energy to them that seems perfectly in sync with what Letts does on the page. Considering the stage version of "August: Osage County" won Letts a Pulitzer, it would not be outrageous to suggest that this arrives on movie screens with more expectations than the other two films, and that perhaps it is precisely because of those expectations that the end result feels like a disappointment.
In the film's opening moments, a beautifully cast Sam Shepard plays Bev Weston, the patriarch of a largely-absent family, and he talks about the truce he has made with his wife Violet (Meryl Streep). She takes pills, and he drinks, and the two of them leave each other alone about their vices. It seems like an uneasy peace, though, and as he talks more about his wife and her habits, we see that he's interviewing a Native American girl named Johnna (Misty Upham) about becoming their housekeeper.
Arcade Fire have finally lifted the veil on their new single "Reflektor" which -- if you're any fan of their more dance-happy, disco-laden songs like "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Half Light II (No Celebration)" from their last album "The Suburbs" -- will make you pretty happy.
It's more than seven minutes of what most definitely sounds like one of their collaborations with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who co-produced the new album. This title track additionally gets the enhancement of two new music videos, one standard directed by Anton Corbijn and one interactive through some geniuses at Google Chrome with director Vincent Morisset.
For the Chrome version of the video, some of the technology may interfere with your actual ability to view (browser, mobile tech and video cards), but you will get a good idea of what you're in store for by watching this featurette and exploring some of the images. In this version of the video, the user follows the protagonist/dancer Axelle "Ebony" Munezero through the streets in Haiti. Arcade Fire have spent recent years supporting non-profits and causes from the troubled country, where co-founder Régine Chassagne was born.
Visit justareflektor.com to see the interactive video in Chrome.
Corbijn's black-and-white version of the "Reflektor" experience has its own quirks, too, as the band dons oversized papier mache heads like puppet versions of themselves, hunting down the Disco Ball Man and putting the doll versions of themselves in a shiny coffin. As you do. It's actually a really lighthearted look, at times, at the Montreal-based band, who have made a mystery of themselves in promoting "Reflektor" up until this point. Win Butler and Chassgne put on a good show for this epic-length tune, which plays with the ideas of disillusion, self-reflection and reality, much like "The Suburbs" did.
Interestingling, those cartoony heads were a highlight from the "dance-activated" vid for "Sprawl II," which Morisset directed. There's a continuing theme here, if it's just that the band likes a challenge when playing their instruments.
"Reflektor" as a song just goes and goes, with multiple climaxes, points of entry, and would kill as a instrumental-only. Based on the dance moves in the Corbijn clip, they're having a good time playing it, too.
"Reflektor," the album, is out on Oct. 29. Happy Halloween, we know what you're dressing as.
Rainn Wilson: Check out my CBS detective pilot that hasn't been picked up
A four-minute "sizzle reel" of the former "Office" star's pilot "Backstrom" is now on YouTube. It also stars Dennis Haysbert and Mamie Gummer. "It's in pilot limbo-land but maybe it'll be on TV one day!" tweeted Wilson.
"Extra" adds a "Gossip Girl" segment
"Gossip Girl on Extra" will use the former CW show's brand, including GossipGirl.com, to report some gossip news.
"Breaking Bad" meets "Lost"
It's a Waaalt vs. Jaaack mashup.
Sharon Osbourne: I had a fling with Jay Leno when I was 25
Osbourne revealed on "The Talk" that before there was Ozzy, there was Jay.
"Boardwalk Empire" is an excellent show -- but why isn't it compelling?
With the exception of a few episodes that end each season, the HBO period drama isn't a must-see-now show like "Breaking Bad." PLUS: "Boardwalk" ratings decline.
"Big Bang" writer got his job by submitting scripts on masturbation and game theory
Which turned out to be a good fit for the CBS comedy.
Jesse Plemons: "Breaking Bad's" breakout star?
Plemons seems to have mastered the art of playing a rube, especially after "Friday Night Lights." PLUS: Todd is a reflection of other "BB" characters, "Bad" crystal meth lab toy sparks outrage, why last night's ending makes sense, and Dean Norris poses with cow brains.
D.B. Sweeney joins "Betrayal"
He'll recur on the ABC drama, starting with Episode 6.
CNN's new "Crossfire" seems to be copying ESPN's debate shows
Unlike the ESPN shows, "Crossfire" debated serious topics like Syria. PLUS: Banter felt scripted.
"Private Practice's" Paul Adelstein joins "Scandal"
The Shonda Rhimes alum will recur in a secret role.
"Boy Meets World" and "Saved by the Bell" are getting Complete DVD box set releases
Individual seasons of both shows are already available on DVD.
Jenny McCarthy offers "The View" the best of Hasselbeck and Behar
She has passionate opinions like Elisabeth, yet she is brassy and unfiltered like Joy.
"Bones" won't delay the Booth-Brennan wedding
It's coming sooner rather than later.
3 former "Doctor Who" Doctors protest outside the BBC
Was it real or a publicity stunt?
Yahoo unveils a bunch of new comedies
Including "Losing It with John Stamos."
Arsenio Hall, 57, returns tonight with a talk show that's a lot like his last one
The main difference? The internet took off after Hall's departure, but there will still be barking. "If I was a guy who had never done a talk show before, you could say, 'What's this show going to be?'" Hall says. "But this is going to look like Arsenio took a long hiatus — a long, long hiatus — but I came back, and redid the set." PLUS: Why the new "Arsenio" could be destined for failure.
Katie Couric gets a surprise visit from her fiance during her season premiere
John Molner greeted "Katie" with a bouquet of roses.
"Homeland" cast hits Washington
Check the cast out "back where it all started."
"Breaking Bad" fan sues Apple for offering the final season as 2 different seasons
An Ohio man's class-action lawsuit argues that last year's mini-season should be sold together with this year's mini-season.
Disney XD announces "Mighty Med," a show about a hospital for superheroes
The show follows two teens who work afterschool at the secret hospital.
"Big Brother" surpasses 500 episodes
An appreciation of Julie Chen & Co. after 13 years on the air.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's fiancee accused of battery on a paparazzo
A police report was filed against "The Client List's" Brian Hallisay, but no arrest has been made.
Check out "Mob City" key art
Frank Darabont has released a poster from his TNT series.
"The Newsroom" became good after it stopped taking itself so seriously
Nowadays, Aaron Sorkin has made the show more in line with "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" by focusing on the silly drama and relationships. PLUS: Watch Funny or Die's Message to Aaron Sorkin.
Can Ryan Seacrest's "Million Second Quiz" deliver eyeballs?
The game show will end 1 million seconds from tonight, or about 11 1/2 days.
"Spartacus" star joins "Tomorrow People"
Simon Merrells, who played Marcus Crassus on "War of the Damned," will recur during Season 1.
WEtv renews "L.A. Hair"
The stylist reality show will be back for Season 3.
Check out "The Bachelor Australia"
The Aussie version premiered last night.
What if Zack Morris lived in modern "Saved by the Bell"?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar tries to imagine what his character would be up to these days.
Ellie Goulding’s sweet cover of the Waterboys’ “How Long Will I Love You,” serves as the perfect backdrop for a video that promotes both the song and “About Time,” a British romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams.
The clip veers between Goulding, who just wrapped up opening for Bruno Mars on his North American tour, looking sincerely into the camera, her blonde hair gently blowing, and footage of McAdams looking, as always, beautifully adorable. The film clips move through McAdams’ character’s life with love interest Domhnall Gleeson. “About Time,” which opens Nov. 8, is from that new genre rom com sci fi... seriously. It’s about a young man who tries to change his past to alter his future for the better. Better yet, it’s from “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis.
Goulding’s version of “How Long Will I Love You” appears on the deluxe version of “Halcyon Days,” which was released Aug. 27. The set includes her 2012 album, “Halcyon,” as well as 10 new tracks, including “How Long Will I Love You.” Additionally, the song will be on the soundtrack for “About Time.”
Fish eye lens, backtracking, fake VHS stripes, hyper-contrast, oh my! Eminem's music video is kicking it old-school, and the rapper's brought a few friends along in the time machine.
Rick Rubin, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Em's Bad Meets Evil cohort Royce Da 5'9″ and Kid Rock all make cameos for the new-old clip, which Eminem previewed last night during one of the most awkward live television appearances ever.
If you weren't embracing the boombox retro style of the single before, Eminem is practically begging you too, now. All it's missing is Mike D and Ad-Rock hugging it out with Billy Squier. With this big love-in of contemporaries and protégés, I say "stroke it" indeed.