Paula Deen apologizes for using the N-word in "weird" video
"I beg for your forgiveness," she says in an unusually filmed video where she called her use of the N-word "totally unacceptable." As TMZ points out, there's "an edit after almost every sentence. It's as if some publicist is feeding her lines that she has trouble delivering." UPDATE: Paula Deen releases an unedited 2-minute video.
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Report: James Gandolfini had a "decadent final meal" that included 8 alcoholic drinks
A source tells the NY Post: "Gandolfini guzzled four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son — while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a “large portion” of foie gras."
Whoopi Goldberg to star in a Lifetime Terry McMillan movie
"A Day Late and a Dollar Short" will reunite Goldberg and Terry McMillan. Goldberg appeared in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" from the book by McMillan.
Chris Matthews didn't disclose that "The Newsroom" pays him while gushing about it on MSNBC
The MSNBC host was revealed this week to be a paid consultant to the Aaron Sorkin show, something he didn't mention during his interview with Jeff Daniels on "Hardball" yesterday.
"Project Runway" adding a past designer, giving Tim Gunn the chance to rescue a designer
Fans will get to choose the "Runway Redemption Contestant," and for the first time Gunn will watch the runway show with the judges.
How did James Wolk find out about Bob Benson's "Mad Men" secret?
Says Wolk: "What started to happen was I noticed there wasn’t continuity in everything he was saying. Once I started to sense that, Matt and I spoke and he let me in on it."
Fox buys a "B-Team" comedy from "New Girl's" Jake Johnson
Johnson and Henry Winkler's son, Max, are teaming up on the project about a group of underdogs who use their intelligence to fight for the powerless.
Claim: Charlie Sheen was attracted to Selma Blair after seeing "Cruel Intentions"
But, according to Radar Online, that attraction turned to hate when he learned that Blair was complaining about him behind his back.
Game 7 of NBA Finals was the 2nd highest-rated NBA game in ABC history
This year's NBA Finals were up 5% over last year.
More Comic-Con shows announced
Warner Bros. TV will be sending "The Big Bang Theory," The Vampire Diaries" and more to San Diego next month.
Matt Smith sends thank you video to "Doctor Who" crew and fans
Written on paper.
It only took three years, but Robyn's "U Should Know Better" featuring Snoop Dogg finally has a music video.
The "Body Talk Pt. 2" track sends the viewer into a bizarre weed warehouse, and the bedroom of a male child who strongly resembles Robyn herself. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg (before he made his conversion to Snoop Lion) is cast into a child's doll. Robyn stars as the world's hippest mom, and gender-bending and air-punching abounds. Y'know, typical.
I've already addressed my full-on Lady Crush on Robyn with the recent release of Lonely Island's "The Wack Album," further solidified by "Go Kindergarten," also below. It is for this reason stacked Timbs, Docs, platform and other manner of shoe will never die, even if I refuse to wear them.
Since scoring widespread acclaim (and an Oscar) for "Lost in Translation" a decade ago, Sofia Coppola has become a distinctly divisive figure in the auteur ranks: "Marie Antoinette" and "Somewhere" drew as much praise as criticism for their high-style studies of privileged ennui, and "The Bling Ring" has followed much the same pattern since its Cannes debut. I've never felt let down by a Coppola film, and am once more firmly in the pro camp on her latest, an outside-in take on her favored celebrity milieu that may be her chilliest, most formally structured film to date. After opening in New York and LA last week, it goes wide today, and with critical opinion all over the map, I'm curious to read your thoughts. Have your say in the comments, and vote in the poll after the jump.
Marc Forster's embattled production "World War Z," based (though not really) on the book by Max Brooks, finds its way to theaters today. Heavy rewrites and reshoots sent the production budget soaring and Paramount is hoping a whole bunch of "it's not THAT bad" reviews, as well as a Brad Pitt tour, will help get them closer to the black on it. I've been pretty hard on the film on Twitter, but let me start with something positive: Marco Beltrami's score is really awesome.
Now, despite some legitimately jarring moments and one sequence in particular that I thought was fantastic (on an airplane), I thought the film failed, limping its way through dubious set-up on the way to a weak climax. Wrote HitFix's Drew McWeeny, "A movie like 'World War Z' ends up being a passable way to spend a few hours, but forgettable, and to me, that's the greater sin." But why don't you be the judge and tell us what you thought when and if you see it in the comments section below. And as always, feel free to vote in our poll, too.
Autopsy confirms James Gandolfini died of a heart attack
A family friend said an autopsy showed "The Sopranos" star died of a "heart attack of natural causes" and "nothing else was found in his system."
Paula Deen blows off "Today" exclusive interview amid N-word controversy
Matt Lauer says the Food Network star told him Thursday she would be on this morning, but her rep called off the interview moments before it was scheduled. PLUS: John Oliver savages Deen.
David Cross developing a Showtime comedy
He'll play a travel writer who juggles two families that don't know about each other.
Jimmy Kimmel's "The Baby Bachelor" makes a final decision
Spoiler: The winner is related to a Kimmel band member. PLUS: Kimmel pranks dads, and watch Kimmel's "Sausage Party" music video.
Flooding in Calgary forces "Hell on Wheels" to evacuate
The AMC series was hit by an epic rainstorm.
"Covert Affairs" taps "Homeland's" Zuleikha Robinson
She'll guest star as a Washington D.C. power player in a multi-episode arc.
"Hannibal" creator explains the season finale
"It was something that I knew was going to happen, even before I started writing the pilot," says Bryan Fuller.
"Chicago PD" adds Jesse Lee Sofer
As part of his new gig, he'll get an arc on "Chicago Fire."
Next week brings a return to our film festival coverage: on Monday I'll be traveling to the in-progress Edinburgh Film Festival for four days, followed immediately by a five-day trip to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Both are obviously lower-key affairs than the exhausting whirlwind of Cannes or Sundance, and I'm looking forward to them: these are the festivals where I can either dig around for undiscovered gems or catch up with previous festival highlights at a civilized pace. In festival-going terms, I consider it my summer vacation before the heavy work starts up again at Venice in August, kicking off the fall festival season. And while Venice currently seems a safe distance away, those 10 weeks will go faster than you think.
Part 6 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.
Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).
Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.
As I mentioned last night about "Hannibal," this week got horribly away from me due to various unforeseen circumstances (James Gandolfini's shocking death chief among them). While this is the time when you would ordinarily be reading my review of "Deadwood" season 3, episode 4, "Full Faith and Credit," I haven't even been able to finish watching the episode yet, much less write about it. So we're taking the week off, and pushing "Full Faith and Credit" to next Friday.
Sorry. Couldn't be helped.
"Hannibal" just concluded an amazing first season of television. Last week, I spoke with the show's executive producer Bryan Fuller about the thought he and his tea put into finding a new take on Hannibal Lecter. I posted the first part of that interview yesterday, and I have the more spoiler-y portion (including some allusions to things from the various Lecter books and movies, so don't read on if you have no idea what's coming next for Lecter, Will Graham, or Jack Crawford) coming up just as soon as I draw you a clock...
A review of tonight's "Wilfred" season premiere coming up just as soon as I vaguely remember the Troglodytes...