"The Bachelorette" heads to beautiful downtown post-Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City! It seems a bit like the bachelors have been promised a black-and-white television if they attend a grueling pitch for time shares, but I'm sure ABC has found a way to make this jaunt seem just as fabulously romantic as the others. Yay!
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Later this week, I'll be publishing my set visit reports for "Kick-Ass 2," and I think you'll get a really great in-depth exclusive look behind the scenes at how Jeff Wadlow is following up Matthew Vaughn's first film. I had a few days on set by myself, and I was already familiar to the cast from the first film, so I think you'll get an uncommonly intimate look at the making of the movie.
It seems like Universal's really starting to push things into high gear for "Kick-Ass 2" this week. There's a new green band trailer for the movie, and while it's not overtly profane, they left enough of the edge in that it feels like they got away with something.
Fresh off his headlining gig at Bonnaroo, where he stepped in for Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson has announced a fall tour.
If he weren’t already the good guy after filling infor M&S, who dropped out due to Ted Dwane’s emergency surgery, Johnson will earn even more karma points with the tour because he is donating 100% of the profits to charity (as he has since 2008).
The outing, which is in support of his sixth studio album, “From Here To Now To You,” out Sept. 17, starts in Europe Sept. 5 and kicks off the U.S. portion Sept. 22 in Canton, Mass.
Proceeds from the tour will go to 75 community groups that focus on sustainable local food systems and plastic-free initiatives.
Johnson released the album’s first single, “I Got You,” a few weeks ago.
From Here To Now To You tour:
September 5 Cologne, Germany E-Werk
September 6 Munich, Germany Circus Krone
September 7 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall
September 8 London, UK Hyde Park - BBC Radio 2 in the Park
September 11 Manchester, UK Lowery Theatre
September 12 Birmingham , UK Symphony Hall
September 14 Paris, France Olympia
September 16 London, UK Roundhouse Theatre - iTunes Festival
September 22 Canton, MA Life is good Festival
September 25 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
September 26 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
September 28 Toronto, Canada Massey Hall **
September 29 Akron, OH EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
October 1 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
October 2 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
October 3 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
October 5 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
October 6 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre **
October 7 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
October 9 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
October 12 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
October 14 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
October 15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
October 16 Portland, OR The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 18 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
October 19 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
October 20 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre
John Hurt joins FX's "The Strain"
The Oscar-nominated actor will play a professor/Holocaust survivor in the thriller from "Lost's" Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro.
"Anger Management" producers are trying to patch things up between Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair
Amid Sheen's threats to fire Blair, producers have roughly 50 episodes of their 100-episode order to film.
"Veep" creator: We'll never allow Joe Biden on the show
"Well, how would that work?" Armando Iannucci asks when proposed the idea. "We already have a vice president. It would be like matter and anti-matter—a comedy explosion! So that could never happen and must be protected against at all costs."
Matthew Perry: I wish "Friends" never ended
"Why in the world did we stop?" he says. "We all decided, 'You know what? Let's stop.' I'd love to get in a time machine right now and go, 'Let's not stop.'"
"Community's" Dan Harmon feels bad about bashing Season 4
"I feel bad if I made anyone feel bad with my comments in harmontown," he tweeted. "It's a dirty, personal comedy podcast, not charismatic for quoting."
"Storage Wars" star Brandi Passante wins just $750 in fake porn video lawsuit
Passante was originally seeking $2.5 million.
Why "True Blood" ought to get rid of Sookie and Bill
They're the show's central characters, but boy have they been dull, says Richard Lawson. "Imagine the show without Sookie," he says. "Gone is the constant whining, the forever ham-fisted love triangle stuff, the dopey faerie mythology." PLUS: Meet "True Blood's" most naked character ever, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Deborah Ann Woll talk Season 6,
Tenacious D may get a web cartoon
Jack Black says he's working on several online comedy show projects through his production company.
"Mad Men" perfectly set up the season finale for Don Draper
Last night also got rid of the Bob Benson distraction. PLUS: "Mad Men" has a "Degrassi" moment.
Comedian Reggie Watts joins Comedy Central pilot
He'll star on a show based on the blog, "Bad Advice From My Brother."
Watch a supercut of Troy McClure
"The Simpsons" character was perhaps the funniest voiced by Phil Hartman, who died 15 years ago last month.
Carson Daly's "Voice" trailer has a deluxe bed and a fully stocked liquor cabinet
Plus, a 99-cent Blake Shelton calendar.
How Lifetime's "Anna Nicole" went from a B-cup to a DD
Agnes Bruckner used state-of-the-art prosthetics made of gel-filled silicone to appear bustier.
Showtime boss calls "Dexter" a "vital franchise," but will hold off on spinoff talk
David Nevins wants to "let the dust settle" until the series finale.
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne are living together again
Ozzy has moved back in with Sharon after sobering up.
Is that Louis CK riding a Citi Bike?
The FX star was spotted from behind biking today in NYC.
"Veronica Mars" creator is struggling with MPAA guidelines
Rob Thomas notes: "The term 'eye-f*cking' gets you an R-rating." PLUS: See Kristen Bell on the set of "Veronica."
Joan Rivers: Jimmy Fallon reminds me of Johnny Carson
"I think Jimmy Fallon—and I said it was from the first time I went on his show—he has got everything that Carson has," she says. "He is bright, he is smart, and he is...he is a fan."
Bill Nye: From "Science Guy" to science activist
Why did Nye decide to take on cable pundits on controversial issues like climate change and evolution?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: "Game of Thrones" uses 3 different prosthetic arms for me
One for each different kind of shot. PLUS: New "Thrones" beer coming out in fall, and the best "GoT" fan fiction.
Check out "Real Housewives of New York" staging a scene
Just like they do on scripted shows!
Mitch Hurwitz sought Howard Stern and Jerry Bruckheimer for "Arrested" cameos
Read excerpts from Hurwitz's Reddit AMA.
Lauren Conrad: "The World's Most Successful Reality-TV Defector"
The former "Hills" star has managed to become influential in books and in fashion, despite not appearing on reality TV in four years.
Watch TLC's "Letters to Jackie" trailer
The Steven Spielberg-produced documentary, featuring an all-star cast, showcases the letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband's assassination.
Is Betty White's "dirty old lady act" a bad thing?
Having the 91-year-old White tell dirty jokes is a condescending way to treat such a versatile actress, says Laura Bennett.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 187: 'Mad Men,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Devious Maids' & 'Crossing Lines'
After the last few record-breaking weeks, today's installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast clocked in at a relatively tidy 97-minute length, thanks to only two new premieres we both had time to watch, plus the usual "Mad Men" discussion, our latest pilot rewatch ("Veronica Mars"), and a couple of letters. (The "Game of Thrones" suggestion is cool, even though we agreed HBO would never do it.) Next week, two pilots: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
The trailer for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill among others, sent a shock wave last night when it finally dropped. Set to the pulse of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" (releasing tomorrow as part of the rapper's already-leaked sixth studio album, "Yeezus"), it announced a whole new shade for the filmmaker that has brought us delicious bite in a wide array of films, from "Taxi Driver" to "Goodfellas" to "The Departed."
Will this take on capitalism's great shame, coming at just the right time, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those classics? Time will tell. Will Marty dance with the awards season once more after nearly owning it two years ago with "Hugo?" Time will tell. But for now, the electric new tease raises a couple of questions, so three of HitFix's staffers take a stab at answering them in a new installment of our "3 on 3" feature. Check out the conversation below.
While much, if not all, of the focus on June 18 album releases has been on Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” fellow rapper J Cole is nipping at his heels like a eager, overly-confident puppy. Cole deliberately moved the release of his sophomore set, “Born Sinner,” up a week to compete directly with “Yeezus.”
“Yeezus” will win the sales battle, but Cole may win the war. “Born Sinner,” produced largely by Cole with some help from No I.D., Elite and others, solidifies Cole’s impressive wordplay and rap skills. While he may not have as much of import to say as he thinks he does, Cole certainly has a way with a story: here they often tie in with with biblical references, whether its original sin, the promised land, or crucifixion (though, thankfully, he doesn’t have quite the level of messianic complex as West).
His lyrics, as full of braggadocio as they can be, are also full of questions for which there are often no answers. “Born Sinners”’ tunes deal with conflict after conflict, whether it’s the war between genders (all too often, Cole resorts to denigrating women), race relations, his sudden rise in money and the accompanying power, or just the endless noise in his own head.
“Cole World: The Sideline Story,” Cole’s 2011 debut studio album (following a series of mixtapes) entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1. As the Jay-Z protege displayed, he had a keen sense of rhyming and delivery, if a bit deadpan, sort of like Drake.
Cole anchors “Born Sinner,” but there are plenty of guests that nicely counterpoint his flat vocals, such as Miguel on “Power Trip.” (Is there any song that Miguel doesn’t make better?)
On “Power Trip,” the woman keeps him up all night. Females continue to vex him throughout the album. On “Forbidden Fruit,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Cole raps about “apple juice falling from her lips,” in an extrapolation of Eve tempting Adam with an apple in the Garden of Eden. (In the song, he also addresses deciding to “jump out the same day at Kanye, and shouts out to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, even if he does mispronounce his last name).
The conflicted relationship with women continues: On “Crooked Smile,” which features TLC, he is all about empowering women, telling them to be happy with their natural beauty, before expanding “Crooked Smile” into a treatise about race. “If my skin pale, would I sell like Eminem or Adele,” he asks over a loping, easy-going melody.
That’s not the only place he takes on the white/black divide. “Chaining Day” has tough lyrics about the lessons he’s learned so far over a chant of “I need you to love me, love me, love,” while early in the song he questions the different reactions between blacks and whites and what constitutes enslavement.
On “Mo Money Trouble,” he raps over an ethereal, floating melody, “Money control ni**as, white men control money,” before the song gives way to a heavier beat base. He realizes that the money and supposed wealth he has accrued is illusory compared to the true magnates, almost all of whom are white.
When he’s not trying to figure out if women are saints or whores or tackling race relations, he alternately praising and slapping down his elders. In addition to taking on West, he sings about his heartache of realizing he let down one of his heroes, Nas, on “Let Nas Down.” “Long Live the idols, may they never be your rivals/Pac was like Jesus,” he sings in the beginning of the song over a jazzy saxophone bed. The song is a near literal telling of how much he admired Nas, and how devastated he is when he found out that Nas was let down by his music (particularly, a song called “Work Out”). He compares himself to Jesus, taking the fall. “For the greater good, I walk among the evil...I went to Hell and resurrected.”
Cole, like West, masterminds his own records from constructing most of the beats to writing the songs and there’s genuine talent there. There are germs of innovation that show he has plenty of room to grow as his inchoate talent continues to develop.
On “Born Sinner,” he’s smartly created an album that examines what happens when your dreams come true both money and fame wise and you’ve gotten yourself a little dirty in the process. Is redemption possible or even desirable or do you wait until you fall further. Stay tuned.
Why didn't E! break the news that Kim Kardashian gave birth?
E! didn't break into programming until an hour after several outlets reported the news.
Jeff Garlin won't face charges in vandalism incident
The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star can still be hit with damages from the woman whose Mercedes window he broke with his bare hand.
"House of Cards" serving BBQ to get Emmy votes
Academy members can get free food from the Rollin’ Rib BBQ food truck, displaying a giant picture of Frank Underwood.
"True Blood" returns down from last year
About 4.5 million watched, down 13% from last year.
Neil Patrick Harris will return to Broadway after "HIMYM"
He has signed on to play Hedwig in "Hedwig and The Angry Inch" next spring.
If you're waiting for Sony to give up the rights to "Spider-Man" so Marvel can reboot the character and drop him into the same continuity as "The Avengers," you may want to take up a time-consuming hobby, because it's going to be a while.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is set for release on May 2, 2014, but Sony must already be feeling fairly confident about what they're seeing, because they put out a press release today to announce that they are setting dates for two additional sequels. On June 10, 2016, they'll release the third film in the series, and on May 4, 2018, they'll release the fourth.
That means that, barring some unexpected massive failure, this version of the Spider-Man story is going to last at least one more film than Raimi's version did, which makes me sad. I wasn't crazy about the first film, and more than anything, I'm just frustrated by my reaction. I love the character, and I want to love movies about him.
Britney Spears has revealed more details about her eighth studio album, including her plans to enter the studio with William Orbit next week. Orbit is best known for his work with Madonna on “Ray of Light.”
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Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" was arguably the most contentious film at last month's Cannes Film Festival, prompting a broad spread of reactions ranging from outrage in the moral-police quarter to disappointment from genre-friendly "Drive" fans to the odd rave review. But it certainly left the festival slightly worse for wear, and when it came to the awards, no one even considered the possibility of it winning anything from Steven Spielberg's jury.