Didn't you enjoy the brawl between the two Joes this week? I can't condone violence, but I can laugh hysterically at the black stuff mystery. This dirty whodunnit was eventually solved when Joe Gorga admitted he SPRAY PAINTS HIS HAIR. Poor Melissa was fingered for the smudges when Teresa and Joe Giudice decided it was her stripperiffic make-up smearing all over the place. Of course, even when all evidence points elsewhere, they'd blame Melissa.
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"Bunheads" is on the verge of cancelation
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SAN DIEGO - Vin Diesel is one of those people who has cultivated a larger-than-life reputation for himself, either intentionally or accidentally, and as a result, I genuinely didn't know what to expect from our encounter during the San Diego Comic-Con this year.
Several weeks ago, Universal approached me about moderating their panel at Comic-Con, and they told me that they'd be bringing two films. "Kick-Ass 2" is a natural fit for Comic-Con, of course, but they faced some special challenges dealing with the language and the brutal nature of some of the violence in the film, since you always have to assume that there are going to be kids in Hall H when you make your presentation. And while I've been covering "Kick-Ass 2" for a while now, including my visit to the set in London, I have to confess that it was the other title they mentioned that made me smile the most, if only because I know what a long uphill battle it's been for David Twohy and Vin Diesel to make "Riddick."
We've got plenty more Comic-Con coverage today coming your way, as well as a review of one of this summer's biggest geek events, but before we get into any of that, I want to direct your attention to one of the best movies of 2013 for a few minutes.
"Short Term 12" was a film I almost skipped at this year's SXSW festival because when I glanced at the title on the schedule, I assumed it was a shorts program. No offense to anyone who makes short films, because I certainly think it's a valid form and an important training ground for people who want to make features, but when I'm at a festival, there is rarely time for me to cover shorts. It's just a matter of how to spend my time. It wasn't until the SXSW jury gave "Short Term 12" an award for its performances that I realized it was a feature, and when I read the description of it, I realized it sounded like something that I might like.
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Watch Bryan Cranston remove his Walter White mask at Comic-Con
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"Atlantis" coming to BBC America
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Happy Monday, boys and girls! With any luck, I've caught up on my sleep after taking a redeye home from Comic-Con. But before I got to lovely John Wayne Airport, Dan and I recorded our annual Comic-Con roadtrip podcast, discussing the highlights and lowlights of the last four-plus days in San Diego. No need for a rundown, as we largely just go through the notable events of each day, pause for a patented Dan rant or two, complain about traffic and noisy trucks, and somehow wrapped up before we crossed the Orange County line and launched into a horribly off-key duet of Phantom Planet's "California." Sorry. We have failed you. Don't know if we'll be resuming the pilot rewatch for the next podcast, which will be recorded at some point while we're together at press tour, starting on Wednesday for Dan and Thursday for me, but your homework remains "My So-Called Life,"
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So in 1991 talent manager Shep Gordon supposedly held Mike Myers over a barrel for a few weeks before filming on "Wayne's World" began regarding an Alice Cooper song that Myers wanted to use in the film. I assume that was "Feed My Frankenstein?" I dunno. Regardless, the two struck up a friendship that's still strong 22 years later, so much so that Myers will be making his directorial debut with a documentary of the legend.
Dennis Farina had lived a life.
Even if you didn't know that Farina — who died Monday at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung — had spent nearly 20 years as a cop in his native Chicago before director Michael Mann decided to cast him in his movie "Thief," it was clear from all Farina's performances that this was a man who had done things and seen things that your average character actor had not. He had enormous ease in front of the camera, and could be wildly funny and charming, but there was always something behind his eyes suggesting that the disarming smile could go away in an instant and be replaced by something very cold and hard and dangerous.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Dennis Farina dies at 69
Farina was the only "Law & Order" cast member to have served in law enforcement, having worked as a real-life Chicago cop. Farina, who also starred on HBO's "Luck," made his last TV appearance in April on "New Girl" as Nick's dad. "What a tremendous loss," tweeted Jake Johnson, who in January called Farina "one of my all time favorite actors" and shared this behind-the-scenes pic in May.
In a little over a month the fall festival season, and with it, the awards circuit, will officially be under way in the mountains of Colorado with the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival. It's the calm before the storm, a soothing handful of days over the Labor Day weekend to watch a few movies set to dominate the latter-year calendar, do a bit of Berlin and Cannes catch-up and even soak up some of the non-awards stuff that really helps round out the experience as a deep breath of fresh cinephile air. I can't wait.
I'm taking a few days off to recuperate between Comic-Con and press tour, but I wanted to acknowledge what was a pretty special episode of "The Killing" last night. Spoilers coming right up...