Okay, I'm just going to put this out there: I would really, really like Hans Zimmer to get an Oscar nomination for his tremendous score to "The Lone Ranger." The film may already be a punchline in industry circles -- undeservedly so, I think -- and the film's makers haven't done themselves any favors with their silly complaints of critical conspiracy. But it's one of the most remarkable crafts showcases Hollywood has produced this year (yes, the production budget is ludicrous, but at least it's evident), and Zimmer's elaborate orchestrations are among its foremost virtues.
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Oxygen is hoping to make the case that men of God aren't necessarily stuffy (and, in some cases, can be kinda sexy) with its new show, "Preachers of L.A." (premiering Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET). Promising to give viewers a "candid and revealing look at six boldly different, world-renowned mega-pastors in Southern California," the show has given HitFix a first look at the stars' virtual trading cards. Fun facts: one of the guys is music icon Grace Jones' brother. Also in the batch are former drug addicts, a retired pro skateboarder, and one guy who designs his own clothes. Collect 'em!
Will you be watching?
Peter Berg created the new "Monday Night Football" intro
Debuting Sept. 9, the new intro will incorporate 44 years of history in 90 seconds.
Twitter is testing a "TV Trending" feature
At the top of some users' timelines are a promo for a show, plus tweets about it.
Google Maps allows you to tour a TARDIS on a London street
Clicking on the Google Maps streetview will take you inside the "Doctor Who" prop. PLUS: Bill Nighy says he turned down "Doctor Who" nearly a decade ago.
Rhys Ifans is joining Philip Seymour Hoffman's Showtime pilot
He'll play Hoffman's boss on "Trending Down."
ABC orders "Fresh Off the Boat" pilot from the creator of "Don't Trust The B—"
Nahnatchka Khan's next comedy project revolves around a Chinese immigrant family that moves to Orlando.
Cate Blanchett to star in an HBO film written by Julie Delpy
They're working together on "Cancer Vixen: A True Story."
Jack McBrayer plays a "Breaking Bad" drug lord
Watch his sketch for "Conan."
There are people I interview every year or so who seem to be basically the same people every time we talk. They may change their haircuts or make some superficial change to their appearance, but they don't really change.
With Chloe Grace-Moretz, though, every time we check in, I am struck by how much she's grown, both in terms of height (she's got to be at least a foot and a half taller now than when we first met) and in terms of maturity. She has become a very poised and confident young woman these days, and each new film she makes seems to expand both her ability and her ambition.
Since the first time we spoke, she has worked with with Martin Scorsese, Kimberly Pierce, and Tim Burton. She has gone toe-to-toe with Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock" to hilarious effect, and she has tackled difficult emotional material in films like "Let Me In" and "Hick." Even so, she is still a teenager, and what I find most encouraging about our chats every so often is that even as she puts together this impressive resume and turns in smart, sensitive performances, she still sometimes seems like a goofy, silly teenage girl, and that's got to be a healthy thing.
We're down to the top ten, and this season is getting much, much harder to read due to the level of talent this season. Usually there are a few dancers squeaking through on great backstories and arresting person style (mohawk, cough, cough, ear plugs, cough). This season, even the remaining tap dancer and hip hop dancer are strong in other styles. Of course, having too many favorites is a problem I can handle.
How "Grey's Anatomy" will handle Sandra Oh's exit
"It won't be until the end of the season," says Shonda Rhimes. "The minute Sandra and I started talking about this, we have a story that we want to tell and we want to tell it really well, and that story isn't about her leaving the show as much as it is Cristina Yang's growth as a person and as a surgeon. Cristina Yang is not going to magically decide she wants babies, no."
Ex-"Bachelor" star Gia Allemand is in critical condition
Allemand was taken to a New Orleans hospital last night after a "serious emergency medical event."
NBC buys a comedy project from Tina Fey and her "30 Rock" partner
Fey and "30 Rock" exec producer Robert Carlock have sold NBC another female-centered workplace comedy.
"The Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks is turning his attention to TV
Sparks has signed a deal to create the two-hour movie "Deliverance Creek," which could become a series.
"The Good Wife" adds Talia Balsam
The "Mad Men" actress will play a political reporter.
Here are possible "SNL" replacements
John Mulaney? Maria Bamford?
Is Will Arnett dating Katie Lee?
According to E!, the "Arrested Development" star and the former "Top Chef" host are an item.
"Orange is the New Black" creator: "Piper was my Trojan Horse"
Says Jenji Kohan: "You're not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories."
E! to air a Steve Jobs documentary
"Pop Innovators: Steve Jobs" airs Thursday at 10.
Heidi Klum reveals her goth girl past?
Check out a nearly unrecognizable photo of the "America's Got Talent" judge at age 9.
It's starting to look like 2013 is the year of Ron Burgundy.
It's hard to believe it has been a decade since the making of "Anchorman," and it was flat-out surreal when I was on the set of the sequel not long ago. If you saw me talk to Harrison Ford about his time on the set, he lit up at the mention of the film, and the same was true when I talked to Steve Carrell recently about "Despicable Me 2."
I know that Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are the best-known public spokesmen for Burgundy, but it appears that he's going to be speaking for himself later this year when Crown Archetype publishes "Let Me Off At The Top! My Classy Life And Other Musings," a memoir, on November 19th. That's about a month before the new movie hits theaters, giving audiences a chance to learn more about the real man before we see another film about him.
It had to happen eventually, didn't it? After the upcoming tenth season of "Grey's Anatomy," Sandra Oh (who plays the frequently crotchety Dr. Cristina Yang) will be signing off from the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As Oh explained, "It's such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go." Me, too.
Jeff Nichols' "Mud" may be fresh in everyone's mind this summer, but the film -- which premiered at Cannes almost a year before its eventual release -- is old news for its eager writer-director, who's already at work on his fourth feature.
And if you thought the Southern-fried coming-of-age tale found the maker of "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter" embracing a slightly brighter shade of indie, you'll note that his flirtation with the mainstream has become a commitment: backed by Warner Bros., the supernatural adventure "Midnight Special" will be his first studio production.
“The Greatest Thing,” the duet between Lady Gaga and Cher that Momma Monster has disavowed, surfaced today.
As you recall, in June Cher replied to a fan on Twitter that Lady Gaga “doesn’t like it, or want it to come out. She’s an artist, it’s up to her. I’m disappointed 2.”
Now, in addition to being disappointed, Cher is also pissed. Apparently, the RedOne-produced version that leaked today is the “wrong version,” she tweeted. Her full tweet: “Disappointed (I’ve sat on fkng song 4 over a yr) NOW SOME ASSHOLE LEAKS WRONG VERSION! GaGa’S SINGLE IS GREAT, & THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS).” What a nice little plug for “Applause," which also leaked, forcing Lady Gaga to release it a week early, yesterday.
So the song is a sweet, uplifting slice of self-esteem in which Cher (LG comes in later and in a relatively minor capacity) apologizes that someone her hurt her boo, but declares that this person is The Greatest Thing and she spends the bulk of the song trying to convince the person, even resorting to spelling out G-R-E-A-T. It’s a slight and treacly sweet, melodic, retro dance track. They sing the chorus together and then Lady Gaga takes the third verse. “When you feel you aren’t enough/I’ll give you wings and lift you up. I hope you can see that you’re the greatest thing to me,” Cher sings. And while some of the words change, that’s the message that you need to take with you. (Listen quickly, various versions are being taken down.... )
I know from Cher’s tweet that if a version was going to leak, this wasn’t the one she wanted out there, but this one isn’t bad, it just needs a little more oomph. In fact, with a stronger remix, I could see this being a club smash.
No word on if it makes the cut for Cher’s album (although it sounds in July like it would not), “Closer To The Truth,” which comes out Sept. 24. Maybe the leak changed that decision.
What do you think of “The Greatest?”
Yoko Ono roped in the surviving members of the Beastie Boys for some "additional beats, programming, and other curve balls” on a remix of "Bad Dancer," marking the first time we've heard from them 'Boys since the passing of Adam Yauch.
"Bad Dancer" and another new song "Tabetai," both below, appear on a new album by Plastic Ono Band, "Take Me to the Land of Hell." The latter song features some bottle sounds and vocals from tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and basically sounds like many phrases from "Pootie Tang." Yoko sings behind the beat on the former in her typically quirky Yoko Ono way, and it definitely has a Beasties Brand on the new beats by Mike D and Ad-Rock.