Latest Blog Posts
Eminem’s new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” will come in at No. 1 next week, handily outselling its nearest competitor 10 to 1.
The rapper’s seventh album to bow at No. 1 will sell up to 750,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Coming in second will be Celine Dion’s “Loved Me Back To Life,” moving 80,000 units. Eminem's tally will give him the second biggest opening week of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which sold 958,000.
Also bowing in the Top 10 is Avril Lavigne’s self-titled set at No. 6 (45,000).
Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Prism,” is tied for No. 3, with sales of up to 65,000, with the Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls.” The Robertsons are better known as the family behind “Duck Dynasty.” Another holiday title, Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” lands at No. 5.
Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” and this week’s chart topper, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” are too close to call for the No. 7 spot, with each targeted to sell between 30,000-35,000.
Rounding out the top 10 will be Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” (28,000-32,000).
Seth MacFarlane's "Bordertown" cartoon coming to Fox
Set in Texas near the border with Mexico, "Bordertown" will revolve around a white border patrol agent and the Mexican immigrant familiy next door. Fox has given the series a 13-episode order for the 2014-15 season.
In just a few minutes of screentime, Adam Driver positively crushes it playing a small role in "Inside Llewyn Davis," and I can't wait to see the film again in no small part because I want to see that sequence again. Driver's been a busy man lately, and I suspect that it's just a matter of time until most audiences have seen him in at least one thing.
"Girls" may be a big hit in terms of coverage, but it has been written about far more than it has actually been watched. More than anything, I'm guessing "Girls" has helped put him on the radar of other filmmakers, and now we're going to start seeing much more of him. He's one of the stars of "This Is Where I Leave You," the ensemble comedy by Shawn Levy adapting Jonathan Tropper's novel, and he was in both "The F Word" and "Tracks" at this year's Toronto Film Festival. He was also seen recently in both "Lincoln" and "Frances Ha," all of which indicates that both major commercial filmmakers and respected indie voices are paying attention to Driver's work.
Get ready for the JFK 50th-anniversary TV onslaught!
"There are documentaries, reenactments, investigations, period dramas — more than you could ever watch and more than you'd possibly want to," says Hank Stuever, who consumed much of the anniversary programming. "My days just get Zaprudier and Zaprudier."
"Sean Saves the World" gets 5 more episodes
That brings the Season 1 total to 18 episodes.
Alan Alda is headed to "The Blacklist"
He'll play a man from Red's past.
"Homeland" has become a "social media piñata"
Is the instant Twitter scrutiny of "Homeland" unfair? Mary McNamara thinks so: "Instant Responders give new meaning to the term 'my show'; they don't so much watch as obsessively hover. Like ambivalent lovers, they continually re-evaluate their relationship with a series, offer a running commentary that celebrates that which pleases them and denounces, with varying degrees of umbrage, what does not."
"Hatfields & McCoys" star sues over injuries suffered after being thrown off a horse
Thomas McKay, who played Jim McCoy on the History miniseries, claims the horse handlers were incompetent.
Cynthia Nixon is unfamiliar with "The Carrie Diaries"
AnnaSophia Robb ran into the "Sex and the City" alum in a bathroom, and Nixon said she had no idea there was a "Sex" spinoff.
Retta answers "Parks and Rec" questions on Reddit: She's closest to "dirty-joke telling" Jim O'Heir
"We became series regulars at the same time," she says of O'Heir. "We share a trailer. And we both gossip like a Brooklyn Jewish mom." She also thinks that Chris Pratt has the cast's best butt. PLUS: Leon Trotsky = Jean-Ralphio?
Dan Rather will host a JFK special for AXS TV -- "My Days in Dallas"
Rather will recall being a young reporter for CBS in Dallas the day the president was killed.
ABC is remaking British comedy "Bad Education" with popular UK standup Jack Whitehall
In "An American Education," Jack Whitehall will play a British teacher who ends up teaching in San Diego. PLUS: Watch "Bad Education."
Shonda Rhimes recalls how ABC's "older guys" didn't like the complicated females on "Grey's Anatomy"
"A bunch of older guys told me that nobody was going to watch a show about a woman who had casual sex and threw a guy out the night before her first day of work—that that was completely unrealistic and that nobody wanted to know that woman," Rhimes says in an interview with NPR.
Mariska Hargitay gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
The "SVU" star's Walk of Fame star is located next to her late mom, Jayne Mansfield.
Stephen Colbert: We have 3 kinds of scripts -- hopper, pantry and raw ideas
Colbert took fans behind the scenes at the New York Comedy Festival:"Pantry means the script is done, it's written, it's ready to go, sitting there like a loaf of bread. Loaded with preservatives. Hopper is an idea that we know we like that we'd like to launch, or maybe even a draft that’s not working yet but can. And then there’s always raw pitches and ideas." PLUS: Dogs know when Colbert is in character.
"The Mindy Project" is bringing back Maria Menounos
She'll steal Adam Pally's heart.
"Girls" star Adam Driver is shocked he's so popular in the fashion world
"I don't totally get it," says the Marine turned Vogue model. "I mean, when I read for 'Girls,' I was, like, the script says 'Handsome Carpenter,' so someone else is going to get the part. They'll have someone handsome, not me. I mean, I’m not in any danger of getting leading-man parts."
Adrienne Maloof injured while filming on a CBS lot
The "Real Housewives" star was shooting an entertainment show when the sprinklers went off, resulting in her falling and injuring her knee.
Songwriter Paul Williams will guest on "Community"
Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted a pic of herself with The Muppets' "Rainbow Connection" composer.
Rob Lowe: Seeing myself as JFK was "very emotional for me"
The "Killing Kennedy" star said he tried to do his version of Kennedy differently than past actors: "Because so many people have done JFK, I wanted to find that part of him that is no different than any other man -- father, brother, big job, pressure, expectations, failure, flaws. I have that in me, as many men do." PLUS: What was it like to play Lee Harvey Oswald?
Maybe "SNL" doesn't know what to do with black women
As The Atlantic notes, "The roles it offers to them fall in line with much of the rest of popular media: stereotypical, demeaning, and scarce." PLUS: "SNL" improv feeders are trying to diversify.
"Farscape" alum to host "Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge"
Gigi Edgley, who starred on the Jim Henson Company-produced "Farscape," will be at the helm of the Syfy reality competition.
Why "MasterChef Junior" works so well
It's improved upon the original with no backbiting or strategic maneuvering -- just kids being kids. PLUS: "Junior" has become a Friday success.
"Breaking Bad's" RJ Mitte recalls being bullied
"I went through the wringer," says Mitte, the keynote speaker for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. "I had my hand broken. I got choked out … (A bully) grabbed the back of my hoodie and pulled and threw me on the ground. That's just some of it."
Ryan Murphy talks "Coven" and next season of "American Horror Story"
Murphy says he has two strong ideas for Season 4.
David Simon: "'Treme' is a better executed, more careful project than 'The Wire'"
"It was very hard following 'The Wire’ with anything," says Simon. "I love these ('Treme') characters. They're the most complex human beings I've been able to write. To me, they are absolutely recognizable as people you’d see walking down the street in New Orleans." PLUS: Check out "The Wire" poster project.
Everybody keeps mispelling Kenan Thompson's name
The "SNL" star is Kenan, not Keenan.
"SNL's" Cecily Strong: "I have crazy, socially awkward anxieties"
The Weekend Update anchor is shy in real life, she says, "but somehow I love to play people who are really confident. It's my opposite." PLUS: Kate McKinnon stars in a fake rom-com trailer with Zach Levi.
Behind the scenes of "Maury"
How is 74-year-old Maury Povich holding up in his 16th season?
Tom Bergeron disrupts "Sesame Street"
Watch the "Dancing with the Stars" host play "Gotcha!"
Epix tells "The Bob Guccione Story"
The "Filthy Gorgeous" film, premiering tonight, tells the story of the Italian founder of Penthouse.
Inside Tim Gunn's NYC pad
Is the "Project Runway" star's $1.5 million home as stylish as he is?
Bruno Mars' sisters make their WEtv reality debut
Introducing "The Lylas."
It could be argued, and argued well, that we don't need another movie about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Of course, Hollywood has decided otherwise, so there. In time for the fiftieth anniversary of this dark day in history, we're awash in new documentaries, specials, and fictionalized accounts. "Killing Kennedy" (premieres Sun. Nov. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Nat Geo) is adapted from the successful book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, so it was likely unavoidable that we'd get this admirably concise movie.
20th Century Fox's "The Book Thief" opens in limited release today and it's landed with something of a thud. Reviews are very mixed (and that might be kind) and there's little pre-release buzz about the film. That being said, this was always a tough sell for Fox. The film's biggest names are Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, the movie did not make a splash at any of the major fall festivals (it debuted at Mill Valley) and feels more like an Oscar bait movie than it probably should, being based on a popular novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during WWII. That period is almost the definition of an Oscar bait movie these days.
The Palm Springs Film Festival calls it the Desert Palm Achievement Award -- but that's really just code for Star Sure To Get An Oscar Nomination Award. Every year, they tap an actor and an actress hot on the awards trail for the honor: recent recipients include Naomi Watts for "The Impossible," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn" and Brad Pitt for "Moneyball." (In 2010, they neatly foreshadowed the eventual Oscar champs, picking Colin Firth and Natalie Portman. Indeed, of the last 10 recipients, the only one who failed to secure an Oscar nod afterwards was Marion Cotillard. (R.I.P. "Nine.") Who is this year's first buzz-heavy recipient, then? Matthew McConaughey.
We waited until the last minute to fire up the podcast-making magic machine this week (otherwise known as GarageBand), but we're squeaking in under the wire. If you're thinking about seeing "Thor" but aren't a comic book fan you might want to hear what Melinda and I had to say about the movie (though if you are a comic book fan, there are many, many other reviews you'll find more relevant). We talked about a lot of other stuff, though, like Eminem, Lady Gaga, "Killing Kennedy" and "Scandal." This week we didn't have a guest and we hardly knew what to do with ourselves, but we had fun. We hope you will, too. Keep reading for the rundown:
Though I'm not terribly invested in the Marvel universe, and am definitely feeling the effects of superhero fatigue, I found myself looking forward to "Thor: The Dark World." I was unexpectedly charmed by the literate sweep and dippy comedy of Kenneth Branagh's franchise-starter two years ago, and a London set visit last year got me intrigued by the promised expansion of its story world. So I was disappointed to find the follow-up a more turgid, less cohesive offering, with the much-vaunted "darkness" translating mostly to digital murk, with less room for the cast to play -- and Tom Hiddleston's invaluable Loki confined to a box for far too long.
But that's me. Others have been far more tickled, while Drew McWeeny was guardedly favorable. So, over to you: it's been out internationally for over a week now, and hit US screens today, so share your thoughts if/when you've seen it, and be sure to vote in the poll below.
Even from a continent's distance, the American Film Market, which began on Wednesday and continues until next Friday, tends to make me aware of a number of films that I previously had no idea were even at the germination stage, much less wrapped and ready to go. One such film is "Mojave," the second directorial effort from William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Departed."
It's not often that an actor has three different films to support in the Oscar race, and in three different capacities to boot -- but Forest Whitaker is a busy guy. The 52-year-old actor, an Oscar winner seven years ago for "The Last King of Scotland," is chasing a second Best Actor nod for his quiet turn in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Meanwhile, as a producer of "Fruitvale Station," he's chasing a less likely nomination in the Best Picture category. And now he has a horse -- or, to be more accurate, a bear -- in the Best Animated Feature race, as he leads the English-language voice cast of GKIDS' delightful art house hopeful "Ernest and Celestine."