Four festivals that play out over just seven weeks. Hundreds of films. Some with distribution, some without. Some that are highly anticipated, others that will become surprise gems. It's fall festival time and that just doesn't mean the beginning of awards season. It means new films that will be fought over by competing distributors for acquisition and other movies that may end up going direct to VOD (if they are lucky).
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We're down to the top six, and you know what that means -- no more saves from the judges! I'm conflicted about this, as the judges do tend to save the best dancers and not the favorite dancers (mostly) while America votes for who's cutest or has the best story (mostly). But, as we know from years of having it drummed in our heads, this is about who America likes, not necessarily who's best.
David Morrissey sticking with "The Walking Dead" as he films an AMC pilot
He'll film both "Walking Dead" and "Line of Sight" simultaneously, since they're both shot in Atlanta.
"I am the one who knocks" voted the best "Breaking Bad" line
No. 2: "Tread lightly." PLUS: Walt gives Hank the wrong CD.
Could "Breaking Bad" have survived in an Obamacare world?
The AMC series is fully dependent on our broken healthcare system.
Watch the "Glee" Season 5 trailer
See Lea Michele act normally after Cory Monteith's death in the season premiere's Beatles-themed episode.
NBC remaking "Outbreak" as a TV series
John Wells will produce the project based on the 1995 film.
Obama: "Oprah, my girl, she can act"
"She's just a wonderful actress," the president says of Oprah's "Butler" performance.
Twitter account helps San Franciscans avoid "The Real World"
Filming is already underway on the streets of San Francisco.
Chinese state website mistakes "Battlestar Galactica" for an aircraft carrier
A graphic of the "Galactica" spacecraft was used in an article with the headline "Four Major Trends in Aircraft Carrier Development."
Tony Hale reveals his acting process
Watch the "Veep" star's exclusive video for Funny or Die.
Daryl Hannah is set for a "Hawaii Five-0"
She's guesting as a realtor.
"The Glades" and "Longmire" end on season highs, but no word on renewal
They finished their 4th and 2nd seasons, respectively.
Kerry Washington recalls her fave "Scandal" episode from last season
The dialogue-less scene from "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" is what Washington will remember most from last season. PLUS: "Scandal" from A to Z.
"Ravenswood" releases its first official trailer
Check out the "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff.
How "House of Cards" creates its own Washington, D.C. in Baltimore
Location manager Patrick Burn is constantly asked whee Freddy’s BBQ is located in D.C., when it's a location in Baltimore.
Tyra Banks dons a mustache
She wanted "to celebrate all my fiiiine male models" on "America's Next Top Model."
Allison Williams: "Girls" Season 3 is very "lighthearted"
"I think it’s a very funny season," she says.
Go behind the scenes with Stephen Merchant on "Hello Ladies"
The HBO comedy debuts Sept. 29.
PBS tonight tells the story of The March on Washington
It was, says the film, "the event that changed American politics forever."
It turns out any job really can be the basis of a reality TV show. Bravo's "Below Deck" scored its highest rated episode with the season finale, which lured in 1.8 million total viewers. This was up 12 percent and five percent, respectively, from the prior week’s episode. This marks the highest-rated episode of the series among all key demos. Based on the success of the first season, which averaged 1.4 million total viewers, the network renewed the series for second season.
"American Horror Story" returns Oct. 9
"Coven" will have "a feminist theme."
"NTSF:SD:SUV::" brings on Eliza Dushku, Jayma Mays and Santigold
Check them out as Time Angels.
"HIMYM" releases pics from the final season
See images from the season premiere "The Locket."
NASCAR fans have filed 18,359 complaints to the FCC in the last 3 years
They include many complaints for GoDaddy and erectile dysfunction ads.
What happened with Kanye West's HBO "Curb"-like pilot?
Those involved in shooting the 2007 pilot -- including "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" JB Smoove, Larry Charles, Jeff Garlin -- explain what happened.
"Revolution" nabs Zeljko Ivanek
He'll play a scientist named Dr. Calvin Horn.
Bravo renews "Below Deck"
The yacht crew reality show will return for a 2nd season.
See what "The Simpsons" theme park looks like in the flesh
Universal Studios' Springfield is now open for business.
NPR posts old interviews with Letterman, Leno and Conan
Listen to "Fresh Air's" Terry Gross interview Letterman in 1981 before "Late Night" and Conan in 2003. Plus, Leno in 1996.
"Mad Men" creator and other showrunners express their appreciation for "Breaking Bad"
Matthew Weiner, "Dexter's" Scott Buck, "Walking Dead's" Glen Mazzara and "Lost's" Carlton Cuse are true admirers of Vince Gilligan's work.
Nine Inch Nails’ “Hesitation Marks” isn’t out until next Tuesday (Sept. 3), but fans can stream NIN's album in its entirety now via iTunes.
The album comes in standard and deluxe versions (and with four covers), with the latter featuring three bonus tracks: "Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)," "All Time Low (Todd Rundgren remix)" and "While I'm Still Here (Breyer P-Orridge 'Howler' Remix)" ( OK, how cool is a Todd Rundgren remix? )
First single, “Came Back Haunted,” has reached Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio, while the poppy (by NIN standards) second single, “Everything” is also doing well.
Recorded by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder, “Hesitation Marks” is Nine Inch Nails’ first album in five years and features Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Crimson’s Adrian Belew (who was in NIN for a hot minute), and bassist Pino Palladino.
And if you’re not busy on Sept. 3, Nine Inch Nails will be playing a record release show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. The full arena tour starts Sept. 28
Fresh off his 15-minute performance at Sunday night’s Video Music Awards (giving the only appearance people are talking about other than Miley Cyrus’s twerkfest), Justin Timberlake has posted a trailer for his “The 20/20 Experience —2 of 2.” The set comes out Sept. 30.
The combined albums—"The 20/20 Experience" came out in March and is the biggest selling album of 2013 —took 20 days to record in the studio and Timberlake just couldn’t stop as the songs came tumbling out.
Timberlake also posted an open letter on his website, noting that he wrote the songs for the two sets “over a year ago, it’s been so hard to wait this long to release them. I can’t wait for you to hear The 20/20 Experience in full.”
He also promises more action to come: “Catch your breath, TN kids,” he write, alluding to the pet name he’s given his band for this project. “We’ve still got the 3rd and 4th quarter to go.” In other words, we’re just coming up on halftime. Timberlake, who just completed a stadium tour with Jay Z, has his own arena tour coming up for the rest of the year.
He concludes the letter with “This is too much fun.”
The video shows Timberlake and producer Timbaland goofing around in the studio as Timberlake talks about the speed with which the projects came together. “We usually take our time,” he says, and I felt like it would drive the creativity in a different way to feel like we had to spring every day and it would hyper-focus us.” He also says he felt like he "owed" it to himself to exploit this "sense of desperation" to make music.
We've had our eyes on this one for over a year now. With Matthew McConaughey in full swing of a career revival -- the McConaissance, as he calls it -- the actor seemed poised to leap to the front of the Best Actor race with Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" on paper. The new trailer for the film only adds fuel to the assumption.
"Justified's" Walton Goggins developing Mexican drug cartel drama "Gringo" for Fox
Goggins co-wrote the script about an American cop who gets caught up in the middle of the cartel wars after moving to Mexico with his Mexican wife. It's unclear if Goggins will star.
Demi Lovato will romance Naya Rivera on "Glee"
"She's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about it," says Rivera.
"Breaking Bad's" Walter White: An abuser
Abuser. That's precisely the word to describe Bryan Cranston's character, says Laura Hudson. She adds: "We know he is a grade-A emotional manipulator, yes, but what has become increasingly evident over the last several seasons is that he’s something far more dangerous and terrible, all the more so when we haven’t known exactly what to what to call him. Abuse, at its core, is about dominance; it's about control, which has always been the watchword of Heisenberg." PLUS: Dean Norris spoils everything else, and Bob Odenkirk on how a Saul Goodman spinoff can succeed.
Patrick Dempsey on his "Grey's Anatomy" future: "It would be a shame to end this"
Dempsey says Shonda Rhimes has been supportive about his outside projects, but his future contract is still up in the air.
Alec Baldwin in another paparazzi street scuffle
Both parties decided to walk away after pushing each other, thanks to the NYPD.
Sarah Jane Morris to "Criminal Minds"
The "Brothers & Sisters" alum will guest on the season's 6th episode.
Breckin Meyer sells NBC a "Thursdays" comedy
"Men At Work" creator is developing a comedy about a group of guys who have dinner every Thursday.
"Grey's Anatomy" alum Justin Bruening joins "Ravenswood"
He'll recur as a teacher on the "Pretty Little Liars"spinoff.
"Celebrity Big Brother" housemates ask Courtney Stodden to stop flashing her breasts
They think the teen bride is using her fake breasts to help her win.
As awards season finally drags itself kicking and screaming back to Hollywood after a long well deserved vacation, there are two momentous events that officially signify its return. First, this pundit begins speaking in third person once again (oh, you know you love it) and, second, we present 10 predictions for the upcoming season. In August. In very early, er, late August.
Over the years this writer has been very right (calling "Precious" and "Inception" Best Picture nods) and he's been so, so wrong (yikes, I guess that nomination for Steve Martin's "Shopgirl" screenplay didn't happen did it?). Of course, putting yourself out there this early is part of the game and the equivalent of Miley Cyrus showing up at a Parents Television Council meeting anytime soon. But, we'd expect nothing less. If awards season is anything it's the most political, back-biting and euphoric yearly campaign west of our nation's capital. Whether you're trying to convince someone the Hollywood Film Awards has more legitimacy than the presiding regime in Syria or a member of the media dealing with feedback from your beloved fanbase.
That being said, we'll know a lot more after many of this year's contenders begin screening at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals this week and the Toronto Film Festival the week following. In the meantime, are you ready to take a step into the future? This prognosticator is sure your knives are sharpening as you get ready to scroll down the page…
Is "The Monuments Men" an awards movie? That's still the question on everyone's lips after the film started to appear more commercial than the subject matter might have had us believe -- not that that's a bad thing. "Argo" was pretty darn commercial.
George Clooney is playing things cool on the movie. Maybe he doesn't want to deal with the awards press whirlwind. Maybe he's being smart by not showing too much of his hand. Who knows? It's true there isn't an awards consultant (yes, those are a thing) on board, though reports that Sony won't be aiming for Oscars with the film are probably a bit of a stretch. Whatever the case, I loved the trailer and can't wait to see the movie. That's all I know for now as we gear up for the big fall festival push later this week.
A poster for the film has finally been released. It's handsome enough. All the dudes are present (sorry, Cate Blanchett). It's interesting that Matt Damon is featured out front. Does that mean he's the lead of the film? I've been wondering how his and Clooney's roles would shake out on that score. Anyway, check out the poster below and tell us what you think.