Harvey Weinstein is busy as ever this festival season. After picking up "Tracks" during Telluride/Venice and "Can a Song Save Your Life?" at Toronto, he's landed two more distribution deals up north as the festival begins to draw to a close.
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"Sons of Anarchy" had planned last night's shocking ending for years
Says Kurt Sutter: The timing of it is somewhat controversial, but it is something I knew I wanted to do for a couple of years now, and I knew it would be a series of events that would have to (occur)… as we kind of slide towards the end of our mythology." PLUS: What was the point?, "Why delve into this anguished territory if the show's not going to do much with it?," it seems like a wasted opportunity, meet the young star of last night's episode, and parents were warned.
John Krasinski to become a dad
The former "Office" star is expecting his first child with wife Emily Blunt.
Emily Deschanel's real-life husband joins the "Bones" wedding episode
Actor/writer David Hornsby will play a priest, but it's not clear if he'll play the priest.
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake team up once again
Watch their take on the Evolution of End-Zone Dancing.
Kings of Leon, whose new album, “Mechanical Bull, comes out Sept. 24, covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” a new twist yesterday on BBC Radio 1.
The Followill family slowed the track down and bolstered it with a trembling, fuzzy guitar background to give it an emotional heft. It’s a little as if they crossed Roxy Music with the Swedish dance diva. There’s also something very cool about Caleb Followill’s gruff voice singing the line, “I’m not the girl you’re taking home.”
On BBC Radio 1, the group also previewed several new songs from the forthcoming album, including “Beautiful War” (embedded beneath the video), “Family Tree,” and “Wait For Me.”
What do you think of Kings of Leon’s cover? They are just the latest act to do so. Check out these other versions by Fleet Foxes, The Duke Spirit, and Cher Lloyd.
As everyone’s been swinging back and forth like a pinata awaiting Britney Spears’ Sept. 17 news (Will it be a new single? Finally confirmation of her Las Vegas residency? A Las Vegas pizzeria?), Spears decided to break the news herself.
On Sept. 16, Spears’ new single, “Work Bitch,” according to a Spears tweet, will premiere at 6 p.m. ET on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.com and at radio. The track will go live on iTunes for digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 17. So is that the news that the countdown clock on her website is moving toward?
Spears has already shot the video for “Work Bitch,” according to Rolling Stone, in the desert with director Ben Mor, with whom she worked on will.i.am’s “Scream And Shout” clip. As you recall, earlier this week, Spears sent into the world two photos of herself, including one in a bikini, from the video shoot, proving that the “Work Bitch” singer had definitely been working out.
There’s still no word on an album release date, though with the single dropping next week, it’s likely that Spears will put out the album this year in order to take advantage of the fourth quarter holiday shopping season. We predict a November release date. And if not, we know that Spears will be appearing on someone else's album coming out this year: yesterday, Miley Cyrus released the track list for her Oct. 8 release, "Bangerz," revealing the title of her collaboration with Spears is "SMS (Bangerz)."
TORONTO - For the last two days, every time I've mentioned to someone that I planned to see the film "Man Of Tai Chi," which marks the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, the reaction has been the same. Rolled eyes, some sort of joke, and a general attitude that there's no way they would end up joining me for the screening. At the screening tonight at the Ryerson, there was only one other journalist there that I recognized, despite this being the premiere with Reeves in attendance.
Shot in China, with a Chinese cast, and with the entire thing shot in Chinese with English subtitles, "Man Of Tai Chi" is a no-apologies martial arts film, a movie that features wall to wall fights that are shot and choreographed with such an obvious love for the genre and for the poetry of fighting that I was won over almost immediately. Chen Lin-Hu stars as Tiger Hu Chen, a modest student of Tai Chi master Yang (Yu Hai). Tiger works as a delivery guy for a Fed Ex-like company, and he trains for a tournament where he hopes to prove that Tai Chi is not just for exercise, but is a real martial art capable of defeating anything else. Even in the early training sequences, it's obvious that Tiger is impatient to learn, which is at direct odds with the teachings of his master. Even when they're in the midst of a practice fight, Tiger is always moving too fast, his master urging him to slow down, to find a meditative place within himself.
TORONTO - One of the things that makes the 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival so worthy of celebration is the number of careers that have been launched from that stage in the Ryerson. I've seen it happen several times over the last few years, and I'm fairly sure I saw it happen again on Monday night, when "Afflicted" was screened.
It's a safe bet that Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, who co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in the film, are big fans of the John Landis classic "An American Werewolf In London." I've seen a lot of people try to capture the particular alchemy that makes the Landis film such an intoxicating kick over the years, and I've seen most of those attempts fall completely flat. To their credit, "Afflicted" doesn't play like a film that has been specifically engineered to follow that model, but more like a movie made by people who have completely absorbed that film and who understand what they love about it. Like "Werewolf," the film "Afflicted" follows two young men who are traveling in Europe together, only to encounter trouble that leaves one of them dead and the other one in a severely altered state. Both films use humor and horror expertly, never undermining one in favor of the other. And both films build something fresh from one of the most basic of the horror tropes.
Oh… and did I mention it's a found footage movie?
TORONTO - This year's festival has certainly not been short on star power, but I've done fewer interviews this time around than any year I've been up here. That's good in a way because it means I've seen more films, but there were a few conversations I absolutely couldn't miss out on.
We'll be bringing you chats with Ron Howard, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde in support of the new film "Rush" very soon, but for tonight, I wanted to share just a bit of the conversation I had with Chris Hemsworth, who plays Formula 1 superstar James Hunt in the film.
When we first saw Hemsworth in "Star Trek" in 2009, he stole that film in just a few short minutes at the beginning, and it didn't remotely surprise me that Hollywood immediately started trying to figure out what else they could do with him."Cabin In The Woods" is a movie I like a lot, but it's not really a showcase for who Hemsworth is as a performer. Sure, he gets the special "Samuel L. Jackson in 'Deep Blue Sea' Award" for going out in style, but it's not his movie.
I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches -- to expect anything more than the "adrenalized soap opera" and "bloody pulp fiction" Kurt Sutter himself declared the show to be back in 2011. That worked fine for awhile. But now I'm worried that Sutter really needs us to take this show seriously again, and it could be too late to turn back.
So, tonight's the big night on "So You Think You Can Dance"! The finale is always a nice opportunity to take a second look at some of the more memorable dance routines of the season (and man, season 10 had a lot of them), but it's also a chance for us to be inundated with fluff and filler. Is there any chance we'll get a finale worthy of one of the stronger seasons in recent memory? Anything is possible!
Famed televised concert series "Austin City Limits" is preparing to launch into its 39th season, and Phoenix fits the bill for this new year of music performances.
The French dance-rock band Phoenix has its ACL premiere during the Oct. 12 episode to air of "ACL," and we got dibs on an early look at the performance, including this video of "Rome."
Staged at the ACL Live theater in Texas' capital, the Phoenix concert was packed into an hour-long show, which will be the second episode of the season. The first airing, on Oct. 5 on PBS, will feature Juanes and Mexican troupe Jesse & Joy. Vampire Weekend, fun., Emeli Sandé, Grizzly Bear, The Lumineers, Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell and others are also on tap for this first half of the new season, with the second half to be announced at a later date. Tune in to ACL's live-stream of fun.'s taping on Sept. 13.
After you listen to "Rome" -- culled from the band's 2010 breakout album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" -- give "Entertainment" a spin, too. Not a coincidence: Phoenix is co-headlining the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.
A full airing schedule of "ACL" is below the videos. According to a release, Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history.
October 5 Juanes | Jesse & Joy
October 12 Phoenix
October 19 The Lumineers | Shovels & Rope
October 26 Vampire Weekend | Grizzly Bear
November 2 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
November 9 Emeli Sandé | Michael Kiwanuka
November 16 fun. | Dawes
November 23 ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013
AMC cancels "The Killing," again
After reviving the mystery drama for a 3rd season after canceling it, AMC has opted not to order a 4th season.
"SYTYCD" renewed for Season 11
Nigel Lythgoe announced the news on tonight's show.
Despite renewal, "Last Call with Carson Daly's" future is up in the air
Staffers have been told to stay home as the Peacock mulls what to do with the 11-year-old talk show, which was renewed in April. Options may include canceling it, giving it a new host or having Carson Daly continue on in a new format.