TELLURIDE, Colo. - The Telluride Film Festival programmers saved Jonathan Glazer's new film "Under the Skin" for the last debut of opening day and at first glance it was a tad perplexing. The 11:45 PM screening time guaranteed that only the most hardcore of cinephiles would be in the audience. Considering that Glazer delivered the most high profile art film since "Holy Motors" that was a very smart move
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Telluride dedicates The Werner Herzog Theater with a gorgeous presentation of 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God'
TELLURIDE, Colo. - In 1975, filmmaker Werner Herzog had films such as "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser," "Even Dwarfs Started Small" and "Signs of Life" under his belt. Tom Luddy went to his fellow Telluride Film Festival co-founders Bill and Stella Pence with the idea to honor him with one of the festival's tributes at the second annual edition. And so the stage was set for a long-lasting relationship.
Since 1975, Herzog has returned almost every year with one, sometimes two new films to show. He says he's stopped counting over the years but it must be over 30 presentations he's offered here. So it was a no brainer when the festival directors finally made headway on establishing a new venue for the annual festival: it would be called the Werner Herzog Theater.
After the North American premiere of J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" earlier today, the 650-seat theater -- which has been built inside a hockey rink and will be taken back down again after the festival -- played host to a bit of an appreciation for Herzog and a screening of the film he brought with him way back in 1975, "Aguirre, the Wrath of God." A new HD scan of the original negative, the film was a natural pick to dedicate the space and Herzog was quite touched as he waxed on about what Telluride has meant to him these last four decades.
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
Show:"Lucky 7" (ABC)
Airs: Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
The Pitch: Remember "Windfall" on NBC? That's right. Nobody else does either. This is totally fresh and new, then! Lottery winners! Sometimes it's not so easy for them!
Quick Response: Watch "Lucky 7" after watching most of the season's other new network dramas. That's my best recommendation. I certainly don't think that "Lucky 7" is great drama, but relative to most of the season's pilots, it's populated with semi-likable characters played by actors who aren't predictable Central Casting retreads and, most importantly, the pilot moves like lightning. For the latter attribute, I give an awful lot of credit to pilot director Paul McGuigan, who did the BBC "Sherlock," as well as the pilots for "Scandal" and "Devious Maids." I don't think McGuigan always directs "well" and he's prone to over-directing, but in overcompensating he gives momentum to situations that sometimes could use a shot of adrenaline. And this is absolutely one of those instances. David Zabel's script is a VAST improvement over his work on "Betrayal" -- this is an example of in medias res time shifting that at least somewhat rewards the viewer -- but it's also pretty generic stuff. [That Zabel also has the worst paced pilot I've ever watched premiering this fall makes me even more inclined to hold McGuigan responsible for what works here.] He's crafted broadly amiable characters, but I'd guess that 90 percent of what I like about those characters comes from the well-assembled cast. There are really solid and immediately inhabited performances from Anastasia Phillips, Louis Antonio Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Summer Bishil and, particularly, Lorraine Bruce. Kudos to Bruce, who played the same role in the British original "The Syndicate," but I never would have even considered that she originally hails from Manchester. Matt Long is positioned as the reassuringly Caucasian and bland leading man and he acquits himself reasonably. Thanks to McGuigan, "Lucky 7" zips along stylishly and, in 43 minutes, introduces its characters, introduces basic needs and desires for each of the characters and weaves around through time smoothly enough to impose a dash of mystery and a dash of ethical unrest. That's something!
Desire To Watch Again: I would say that that's enough to make "Lucky 7" one of my three or four favorite new network dramas of the fall, but that's such a low bar. Watched amidst a slew of total duds and misfires, this was a pleasant surprise. That doesn't mean I have any anxiousness to see additional episodes, even in a time slot where it's going up against a pair of shows -- "Person of Interest" and "Chicago Fire" -- that I watch regularly, but only occasionally genuinely enjoy. It's possible that I like "Lucky 7" just enough that I'll be willing to defend it when other people criticize it with needless harshness, but not enough that I'm going to be driven to watch it every week. But we'll see. I'll watch a second episode and adapt. This is the capper to ABC's all-new Tuesday and, really, it makes almost no sense. It isn't compatible with the other Tuesday shows on ABC and it's really "soft" for a 10 p.m. show. Dunno.
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show'
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I'll be honest -- I usually find Julie Chen's interviews with the hamsters pretty tedious. Lots of puffball questions, lots of useless fluff. Of course, this season of "Big Brother" has lent itself to more serious discussion, but that didn't mean I ever expected Julie to call anyone on the carpet. But, as we know, expect the unexpected on "Big Brother."
TELLURIDE, Colo. - You may have met many a someone in your life whose passion for being in love is almost addictive. Someone who loves the intimacy so much it blinds them to the reality around them. Someone for whom there is no middle ground in a relationship. Either they are 110% in or they are out. That, in a nutshell, is the character of Adele, played by Kate Winslet, in Jason Reitman's new drama "Labor Day." It's also the crux of a storyline that will reward viewers who are willing to take a big jump.
It seems Germany had to think a little before selecting their candidate for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, as two contrasting candidates made compelling cases for submission. Earlier this year, it was widely predicted that they'd end up going with "Oh Boy," a touching but street-smart comedy of twentysomething hipster ennui that played well on the international festival circuit, was a huge hit at home, and wound up dominating the German Academy Awards back in the spring.
"NTSF:SD:SUV::" airs late-night on Thursdays at 12:15 a.m.
With even the grumpiest critics starting to warm up to "Duck Dynasty" (the 11.8 million people who tuned in for the season premiere can't be wrong), it's enough to make a person want to start flipping around the dial in search of other off-the-beaten path gold. While it's close to impossible to narrow down the list (entire days can be lost just to watching marathons of ghost hunter shows, fish tank building shows, or dangerous commercial fishing shows), here are a few (15, in fact) reality TV shows that you may have missed. Some are weird, some are awesome, but all of them are a little bit of both.
Bill Murray celebrates Letterman's 20th "Late Show" anniversary dressed like Liberace
Watch his dazzling entrance from tonight's show.
Report: Fox would "Ideally" like to have a black judge fill the 3rd "Idol" spot
But "American Idol" is having trouble attracting judging talent, which is why they're apparently going back to J.Lo and Keith Urban. Still, will.i.am may get another call from producers.
Ryan Seacrest's "Million-Second Quiz" will be broadcast from a former Mercedes lot
An audience of 400 will sit in the outdoors near the Hudson River in New York for the special 10-night NBC broadcast.
James Franco roast will be livestreamed on the web
The Comedy Central roast can also be seen via the cable channel's mobile app and Xbox 360 app. PLUS: Watch a preview of Aziz Ansari and Nick Kroll roasting Franco.
Chris Hardwick to host a pre- and post-finale show for the "Futurama" series finale
Both shows will be streamed live on the web.
Watch "Scandal's" Season 3 promo
"America's biggest obsession is back."
Anna Camp replaces Ellie Kemper on "HIMYM"
Camp will play a wedding guest from hell.
Seth Meyers: "SNL" will stay top-notch thanks in part to Cecily Strong
Meyers says of last year's rookie: "For her to have the kind of season she had the year after (Kristen) Wiig left is that thing that makes you confident going into this next season of transition that there's always someone who shows up and does things you’ve never seen anyone on the show do." PLUS: Jay Pharoah mocks Kanye with "I Am A Dog," who should host "SNL" next season?
Simon Cowell may return to "The X Factor" UK
The British reality show's ratings have tumbled since Cowell left two years ago.
Josh Groban to guest on "The Crazy Ones"
Unlike Kelly Clarkson, who played herself on the CBS comedy, Groban will play a "nerdy guy."
Clint Eastwood and wife split 1 year after her E! reality show
Us Weekly reports that Eastwood and his wife, Dina, were actually split up when "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" aired last year.
Without ESPN partnership, "Frontline" concussion documentary will air 1 night only
The PBS documentary was originally scheduled for two nights, airing over two weeks. PLUS: Did Disney's general counsel push ESPN to drop out of the documentary?
"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham asks fans to buy her gifts on Amazon
Check out her Amazon wishlist asking for $11,000 worth of goods.
Krysten Ritter and "CSI" alum Liz Vassey sell a bowling comedy to NBC
It's like "Friends" at a bowling alley.
Bethany Joy Lenz joins "CSI's" 300th episode
The "Supernatural" alum is fresh off a stint on "Dexter."
Emmy giving Lifetime achievement Award to "Rocky and Bullwinkle's" June Foray
Foray, considered the Queen of Cartoon Voices, is the voice behind Rocket J. Squirrel and Natasha.
Telluride: 'Labor Day' with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin marks a fresh and mature departure for Jason Reitman
TELLURIDE, Colo. - My immediate takeaway from Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," which kicks off the Telluride Film Festival this afternoon at the annual patrons screening, was that it was an unexpected mature step for the filmmaker who has offered up such self-aware films as "Thank You For Smoking," "Juno," "Up in the Air" and "Young Adult." There isn't a whiff of that tone here whatsoever. The edge that has defined Reitman's work has been set aside while a more refined, lived-in aesthetic has taken hold.
Jay Z’s intense video for “Holy Grail,” Justin Timberlake, bowed today on Facebook.
The top 10 track, which extrapolates Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” is a study on fame and how corrosive and addictive it can be.
The best scene of the video is Justin TImberlake’s interlude, which features him walking among sheet-covered furniture composed of moving dancers.
While it’s a little hard for us common folks to sympathize with Jay Z’s complaints about fame (and even he tells himself to get off his “high horse”), the Anthony Mandler-directed clip is a visual feast that ends in upsetting crash, symbolic of the fickleness of fame.