It’s a familiar situation in the film blogosphere: everyone’s mad at Harvey Weinstein, and it’s not even the Oscar season. A few hours have passed since the news broke that the business-savvy mogul, famously nicknamed “Harvey Scissorhands” in industry quarters, might be making some cuts to South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” – and already the inflamed (and inflammatory) headlines are circulating by the dozen. “Harvey thinks America is too stupid for ‘Snowpiercer,’” runs the general gist and, well, let's calm down a little.
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I love how Sylvester Stallone has embraced the immediacy of the Internet over the last few years. When I was at Ain't It Cool, he first reached out to Harry and did a series of Q&A sessions there that were fascinating because you could see how little filter he appeared to have in discussing his work.
These days, he uses Twitter to update fans on his films as he moves through development, announcing things like casting and even talking about things he'd like to do that aren't set in stone yet. It really doesn't feel like there's a publicist orchestrating things, and I think that's the key for any celebrity using social media. The more "official" something feels, the less interesting it is. People want to see someone like Alec Baldwin lose his shit at someone on Twitter because, more than anything else, it humanizes them. With Stallone, the charm of his social media presence is just how clear it is that he's enjoying this latest act of his career enormously, and he is aware of how tenuous all of it can be.
Cote de Pablo talks about leaving "NCIS"
"It was not an easy decision, not one taken lightly," she tells Latina magazine.
Here's the 1st glimpse of "American Horror Story: Coven"
"There is a house in New Orleans."
Mitch Hurwitz wants Peter Serafinowicz for future "Arrested Development" episodes
Hurwitz previously worked with the British actor on "Running Wilde."
Watch Ricky Gervais as "Derek"
In the Netflix series, Gervais takes care of the elderly, though something doesn't seem right with his character.
"Supernatural" adds Tahmoh Penikett
The "Battlestar Galactica" alum will play a fallen angel.
It's been three months since "The Great Gatsby" and its successful soundtrack dropped... and only now it seemed appropriate to drop Fergie's flapper-themed "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" music video?
The Goonrock and Q-Tip-featuring track gets an appropriately gaudy clip with Fergie weaving her way through dancers to a cushy booth, where she remains for most of the vid. Why? The Black Eyed Peas singer has been pregnant since March, so while a little party has never killed nobody, mom-to-be certainly are allowed to get tired from them. Cue several versions of a couch dance.
It makes me sad that Brian De Palma films are not greeted as major events in the film world.
It shouldn't really be a surprise. Even when he was at his career peak, De Palma has always been a polarizing figure, and respect for his work has never been a uniform thing. When I was young, each new De Palma film would be greeted by a huge debate about his talent and the source of much of his visual language, and the thing that people often tried to hang on him was that he was "just" a guy who borrowed from Hitchcock.
The truth is that De Palma was always one of the most visually accomplished guys of his generation, and he was no more a "thief" than Steven Spielberg, who learned just as much from Hitchcock as De Palma ever did. De Palma was a remix artist before anyone fully understood that term, and his movies have aged incredibly well. If you look at "Blow Out" or "Dressed To Kill" or "The Fury" these days, they look great, and there is such a great dark sense of humor underlining his work that I have to believe there is an element of prankery to everything he's ever done.
PBS boss defends "Downton Abbey" delay
Season 4 will begin on Jan. 5, again months after the UK broadcast. The delay, says PBS chief Paula Kerger, has "actually benefited us." PLUS: Will "Sherlock" be delayed, too?, "The Bletchley Circle" will be back for Season 2.
PBS will have the first female co-anchor team
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff have been named co-anchors of "NewsHour."
CBS to air a 2-hour special on teachers
"Teach," airing Sept. 6, will follow four exceptional teachers through an entire school year.
Peyton & Eli Manning make a rap music video for DirecTV
Check out "Football on your Phone" to promote NFL Sunday Ticket.
"NCIS" books "24" alum Leslie Hope
Her one-episode guest appearance will have "tremendous importance in the NCIS world," says "NCIS'" boss.
HBO teams with Larry Wilmore and "Awkward Black Girl" web star
Wilmore will produce "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl's" Issa Rae will star in a comedy project about a modern-day black woman.
Adam Brody would like to see an "O.C." see reunion -- on stage
The 33-year-old last night said of the 10th anniversary: "It's very gratifying to be a part of something that seemed to mean something to a lot of people and be part of this story that everyone kind of invested in."
"Falling Skies" down in season finale
About 3.7 million tuned in Sunday.
"Justified" inspiration Elmore Leonard suffers a stroke
The 87-year-old author is recovering at a hospital.
Cookie Monster covers Icona Pop's "I Love It"
His version is, of course, all about cookies.
Sigur Ros is starting to evolve.
The icelandic band has launched a unique interactive project in place of a traditional video for the track "Stormur."
The "ever-evolving" video piece, called "your #stormur," is made up of Instagram photos and videos submitted by artistically-minded fans.
The result pairs the typically haunting and atmospheric tune, from their new album "Kveikur," with a feast of user-generated, mostly melancholy visuals -- so far heavy on themes of nature and nostalgia -- from fans like "Edna," "Beth" and "Brian Wilson" (probably not that Brian Wilson).
It's being continually updated as fans enter their additions. You can join in the fun by simply tagging your Instagram photo or video with #stormur.
Watch the video evolve here.
It's been a while since I giggled through a trailer like this. But then, of course, the sadness that hits when you think of James Gandolfini, gone. Sigh…
Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" is set for a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month and looks to be a light romp for Fox Searchlight to play with this season. Globe potential? Maybe more? We'll see how it lands, but the trailer establishes it as something fun to take the edge off as the "serious" months knock on our door.
It’s really a shame that the Civil Wars are unlikely to tour off of their second, self-titled album, because the duo spends at least half of the 12-track set right in the pocket. Blistering vocal moments outweigh any whimpering; Joy Williams and John Paul White relish in “The Civil Wars’” emotional heights, making it all the more enthralling and heartbreaking for the listener who mourns the Grammy Award winners' grave status as a band.
FX grabs Donald Glover for a music-themed comedy pilot -- "Atlanta"
The "Community" star will write, produce and star in a comedy about Atlanta's music scene. Glover grew up in Atlanta.
Kings of Leon have now introduced two songs from their new album "Mechanical Bull." "Supersoaker" was the first single, swooning over sentimental girls. This new track "Wait for Me," has the band slowing their gait to mid-tempo.
For the latter, it kicks off like a slower version of "Twilight Zone" -- no, not the theme song to the show, but the Golden Earring mega-hit from 1982. While we're jumping decades, it pounces all over late-'90s mainstream rockers, with lyrics earnestly, timelessly generic. This is a harmless, safe passage toward radio, but doesn't pop like "Use Somebody" or "Crawl" did previously. Then again, I thought "Radioactive" should have blown up bigger than it did, so it depends on what temperature rock dials are feeling now at the end of this summer.
Al Roker overslept for the 1st time, and missed "Wake Up with Al"
But Roker was able to make it on time for "Today."
"Doctor Who" writer: At least 1 black actor has turned down the Doctor role
Neil Gaiman wouldn't, however, divulge which black actor was offered the part.
Shark Week boss defends airing "Megalodon" documentary
"It's one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? It’s Ultimate Shark Week fantasy," says exec producer Michael Sorensen.
Oprah comments on the Paula Deen N-word controversy
"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," she tells "ET." "In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad."
Lindsay Lohan did okay filling in on "Chelsea Lately"
Watch highlights of Lohan mocking her peers, including Kristen Stewart.
Bravo orders a "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" drama from Marti Noxon
The former "Buffy" producer wrote the pilot based on the "Girlfriends’ Guide…" series of books.