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When "Smokey and the Bandit" is your debut film as a director, you get a place in the pantheon, no matter what else you end up doing.
Hal Needham was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1931. He had an amazing run as a stuntman before he ever got behind the camera, and when you look at the full list of how many films and TV shows he worked on during his career over on IMDb, it is a stunning amount of work he did. It's hard to calculate where he had his greatest impact on the industry. I would argue safety is the thing that he should be known for first, because he was absolutely one of the guys who helped modernize the stunt craft in film. He was a big believer in mechanical devices, like a crazed Rube Goldberg with a taste for obvious jokes and giant car crashes, and he helped create and mainstream a number of inventions over the years.
Last year, Kristopher Tapley wrote a pretty great look at the evening where Needham was rewarded by the Academy at the Governors Awards. Quentin Tarantino was one of several people who helped present the award. It's a pretty big deal in terms of Academy politics because of how few times they've even acknowledged that stunts exist, one of the strangest blind spots that the Academy has. I'd never heard the story about Needham firing a missile by accident and burning down the soundstage where "Pennies From Heaven" was filming, but that's awesome.
Report: CNN may create a comedy show to challenge Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
CNN is eyeing ex-"Nightline" anchor Bill Weir, who recently left ABC for CNN, as the anchor of a comedic take on the news, according to Page Six, which also notes that CNN was interested in hiring Jon Oliver away from "The Daily Show."
Kurt Sutter: "Sons of Anarchy" could go beyond Season 7, but it's unlikely
Ending after Season 7 isn't set in stone, Sutter said at a TV Academy event honoring his show. "I think after seven seasons I don't know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we've done," he said, "and I wouldn’t want to extend it and have it become something that it's not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven."
"True Blood" promotes Adina Porter
She'll become a series regular after portraying Lettie Mae Thornton since Season 1.
MTV's "The Jon Stewart Show" turns 20
Jon Stewart's first talk show launched in half-hour format on Oct. 25, 1993. The next year, his show was syndicated, replacing Arsenio Hall and expanding to one hour. But in 1995, Stewart was canceled, with David Letterman as his final guest.
Watch Conan O'Brien call a horse race at Santa Anita Park
Conan says of preparing for the race: "I memorized all the colors on the sides of the horses..."
Katie Couric blames her low ratings on working women not watching
"I think women would enjoy watching some of these shows, but because of their schedules, it's very hard to do," she says.
Will Alex O'Loughlin leave "Hawaii Five-0"?
He's signed up for two more seasons, but O'Loughlin says he wants to do other projects "sooner rather than later."
"Treme" star claims racial profiling at Macy's
Rob Brown was arrested, he says, for simply trying to buy his mom a watch.
"2 Broke Girls" brings on Mary Lynn Rajskub and Gilles Marini
Marini will recur as the "master baker," while Rajskub will potentially recur as a pastry chef.
"Grey's Anatomy" bloodies up Meredith Grey for Halloween
Check out "A Night-Mer on Elm Street."
The revolving door at the top of the Billboard 200 continues to turn as Katy Perry’s “Prism” pushes Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” out of No. 1.
Perry’s fourth studio album will move up to 300,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, a hefty tally above the 192,000 unit her last release, 2010’s “Teenage Dream” sold.
Following “Prism” strong launch, three titles-- all veterans in the top 10-- vie for No. 2. Likely to sell between 40,000-45,000 are Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz,” Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” and “Lorde’s “Pure Heroine.” It’s too soon to tell how the No. 2-4 spots will shake out.
This week’s chart topper, “Lightning Bolt” will crash down to No. 5 (35,000-40,000).
The next two slots belong to newcomers: Girl group Fifth Harmony will bow at No. 6 with its “Better Together” EP (30,000-35,000), while hardcore rock band AFI will come on the char at No. 7 with “Burials” (25,000-30,000).
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” hangs on to a Top 10 spot at No. 8 (24,000-27,000) as does Luke Bryan’s “Crash This Party” at No. 9 (22,000-25,000).
The fourth newcomer in the Top 10 belongs to DJ Khaled, who comes in at No. 10 (22,000-25,000) with “Suffering From Success.”
Seems fitting that there were two different cuts of the "Anchorman 2" trailer this week, since Paramount is considering something genuinely unprecedented when they release the film in theaters in December.
We recently spoke to McKay along with a group of people when we spent some time in the editing room with him, and while what we saw and most of what we discussed is sill under embargo, thanks to Empire in the UK, we can now discuss one of the things that McKay brought up with us.
If you haven't noticed, we've been doing a lot more in-studio video here at HitFix recently, and that's because we are finally in an office suite as a group. For the last five years, we've all been working out of our homes, and that's been great, but we have a big enough team now that it seems like we need to be in one place, all of us working together.
Part of that is a heavier emphasis on taking news like this and dealing with it on video, especially when we have something like this worth talking about.
Tonight, NBC unveiled its very strange take on "Dracula," with Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Drac wreaking havoc in Victorian London while posing as an American alternate energy mogul named Alexander Grayson. I'm not saying the Dracula mythology should be immune from any sort of tweaking, but if you're going to make such a radical change, it ought to be more interesting than the original, and this is the exact opposite — which Fienberg explained at much greater length in his review. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Was this the spin on the Vlad the Impaler story you've been waiting for? Is Rhys Meyers hunky and/or charismatic enough that you don't care what accent he's speaking in? Would you prefer Renfield to be his familiar cockroach-eating self, or do you prefer this more refined, Ducksauce-flavored version played by Nonso Anozie? Did you find any of the supporting players interesting at all? Did the lightbulb demonstration just make you want to watch David Bowie's scenes as Tesla in "The Prestige"? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Marc Webb's first outing as director of a "Spider-Man" film seems to have been largely embraced by audiences, and in particular, the chemistry between his leads has proven to be the most winning ingredient in the reboot of the series.
It seems like things have been quiet on the "Amazing Spider-Man 2" front lately, but honestly, why keep beating that publicity drum when all the winter movies are just about to come out and there are other movies in the spring aimed at that audience as well. Why not wait until it makes sense to really start hitting audiences hard, and until then, just buckle down and focus on finishing the film?
If you saw the video I ran this summer after Comic-Con, Andrew Garfield and I were very careful to talk our way around a pretty big spoiler for the film. I mentioned it to him before the interview, and he seemed pretty relieved that I didn't spring it on him when we were actually rolling tape. The thing we did not discuss is not the thing that we're going to talk about today, but it was related. In short, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is going to have a ton of villains in it.
For every woman who grew up dreaming of a handsome, charming prince to sweep her off her feet, "Secret Princes" (TLC, premieres Fri. Oct. 25 at 10:00 p.m.) should fix that right quick. A reality TV show following four royals from different nations looking for love in Austin, Texas without benefit of their impressive resumes, this show suggests that at least some of these princes are neither charming nor handsome and may really want to call the royal matchmaker when they get back home. In this clip, the royals fight over who gets the better bedroom. The way these guys go at it, you'd think the losers had to sleep in a pup tent in the backyard.
Report: "Entourage" movie is almost a done deal
According to TMZ, Warner Bros. has resolved the pay dispute by promising back-end pay. So a deal could be finished as early as today.
NBC hasn't officially announced "Celebrity Apprentice's" return, but it's "on track" to be made
The Peacock's reality boss sent out this cryptic statement about "Celebrity Apprentice's" future: "We are on track to produce The Celebrity Apprentice as always planned, coordinating among New York City weather conditions, sponsor needs, and celebrities’ schedules."
It's official: "Dads" gets picked up for a full season
The sitcom critics absolutely hated will run at least through May.
Lifetime renews "Drop Dead Diva"
A 13-episode 6th season has been ordered for next year.
"Catfish" gets a 3rd season
MTV has renewed the reality hit.
Rose McGowan's reaction to "Charmed" reboot: "lame lame lame lamertons"
"They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood," the former "Charmed" star tweeted. Meanwhile, Alyssa Milano had no reaction.
Craig Robinson to guest on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
"The Office" alum will play a small-time criminal who helps out Andy Samberg.
ABC: High-profile "Scandal" blogger is an ex-roommate of one of our employees
The network conducted an "exhaustive" investigation to determine that a sales director wasn't responsible for blogging as "Scandal411."
Carrie Fisher will appear in Bravo's "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce" pilot
She'll make a cameo as Lisa Edelstein's book editor.
Why "Scandal's" love affair is tantamount to emotional abuse
Here are all the ways Olivia Pope's relationship with President Fitz is dangerous. PLUS: Watch "Scandal" cartoon summaries, Scott Foley talks Olivia and Jake, Katie Lowes likes to drop F-bombs, Tony Goldwyn is a binge-watcher, and Bellamy Young talks playing First Lady Mellie Grant.
"Once Up on a Time in Wonderland" casts "Force of Nature"
Aussie Peta Sargent will recur on the ABC spinoff.
Piers Morgan and Sarah Palin are feuding on Twitter
Palin isn't interested in Morgan's invitation to appear on "your shambolic show."
How "The Good Wife" became better than ever
The network model allowed writers the room to experiment, which resulted in the civil war story. PLUS: "Good Wife" boss talks "Hitting the Fan," and TV doesn't get better than Sunday's episode.
USA's "Modern Family" reruns getting writer commentary
Fans who sync the show with their computers will be able to get several extra features.
"SVU" vs. "Scandal"
Which show had the better Anthony Weiner storyline?
Why "Masterchef Junior" is TV's best reality competition show
As Willa Paskin notes, "Like the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 'MasterChef Junior' is a celebration of talent, precocity, merit, obsession, and, above all, losing."
Jon Cryer's ex-wife is demanding $88,000 a month for child support
The "Two and a Half Men" star's ex wants the child support payment for their 13-year-old son raised from $8,000 a month so he can compete with his peers.
A&E's "The Governor's Wife" essentially recycles dirt
The reality show, premiering Sunday, follows Louisiana's ex-con ex-governor, age 84, and his 30-something wife.
Fred Armisen on "SNL": "It's great not to be there"
Now working on "Portlandia" in Oregon, Armisen says, it's "been nice watching 'SNL,' and watching it grow, and become something else. That's how much I love that show. I still feel a responsibility towards it. It's great to not be there. And it's great to watch it, and it's great to be here. So, as hippie as it sounds, I'm like in perfect happiness."
Examining Bisexuality on TV
Shows like "Revenge" and "The Good Wife" have been creating quality portrayals of bisexuals.
"Gold Rush" is back
Season 4 begins tonight in Guyana.
For sale: "Golden Girls" Legos
An Etsy user has created Lego versions of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia.
"The Amazing Race": Which teams were the most amazing?
Here's a countdown of the Top 25.
"Eastbound & Down" is having a brilliant final season
Season 4 has brought everything back home again.
NBC's "Dracula" is bloody fun
The limited series beginning tonight makes good use of Jonathan Rhys Meyers' acting ability. PLUS: It's a rather drab show, Rhys Meyers' off-putting, snaky, dirty, louche vibe works in this setting, and how producers made this dracula more mainstream.
Have you ever put a bug in someone's ear? Literally? Probably not, but it turns out bugs can get in there, and the pain is so intense you might end up writhing and bucking so hard people think you're having convulsions. Learn something new every day! In this exclusive clip from "Untold Stories of the ER" (airs Sun. Oct. 27 at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health, then repeats Sat. Nov. 2 at 9:00 p.m.), see what a bug in your ear really looks like. Consider this your warning. Also, don't watch this right before you eat.