Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds on behalf of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this week, which premiered in Los Angeles last night. And again, we'll be talking about that performance quite a bit over the next few months, but when I got her on the phone recently to discuss the film, I also took a few choice moments at the end to talk about two other projects that have me intrigued.
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I've been trying to figure out how Warner Bros. may or may not handle Telluride in 2013. Last year they took "Argo" there as a sneak preview and it blew the roof off the Chuck Jones Cinema. Then, as we all know, it went on to be a dominant force in the awards season and pick up the Oscar for Best Picture. The year before, however, they dodged it, taking "Contagion" to Venice, "J. Edgar" to AFI Fest and banking on latter-year release "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." So you never can tell.
This year the studio has already set Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" as the Venice opening night selection. The film is then going on to Toronto alongside Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (which could end up being an unexpected awards play), so there's a small chance one or the other could go to Telluride. There's no word yet on the roll-out for Spike Jonze's "Her," though the recently wrapped "The Good Lie" from "Monsieur Lazhar" director Philippe Falardeau and starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll (with shades of "The Blind Side") could go to Telluride and end up figuring into the race.
It wasn't the warm and devoted audience they'd met at Comic-Con, but "Doctor Who" stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman (joined with producer Marcus Wilson) still happily fielded questions about the show at press tour. As expected, many questions were about Smith's looming exit from the show, some were about his current buzz cut, and there was also talk about an aubergine tweed jacket and "Home Alone."
Oprah Winfrey will return to Letterman after 8 years
Oprah, whose last appearance in December 2005 attracted headlines because of their "feud," will make a return visit with Dave on Aug. 1. Before her 2005 appearance, Oprah last appeared on Letterman's show in 1989.
Sex researcher Viriginia Johnson dies 2 months before the premiere of "Masters of Sex," the Showtime series about her life
Johnson, 88, was an orgasm expert who wrote two books on sexuality and was famous for her partnership with fellow sex researcher William Masters. Lizzy Caplan is portraying her on the Showtime series.
Paula Deen's ex-cook: She used racial slurs, ordered another cook to dress as Aunt Jemima
Dora Charles also tells the NY Times that Deen wanted her to ring a dinner bell, which she found to be offensive. Deen's camp, however, is denying Charles' allegations.
Larry David's HBO movie gets premiere date
"Clear History" debuts on August 10.
OWN unveils "Oprah's Next Chapter" dates: Lindsay Lohan interview airs August 18
Hugh Jackman, Tina Turner and Gloria Estefan will be among those interviewed this season.
Deion Sanders getting a new reality show on OWN
"It's Prime's Time" will focus on the life of the former NFL and MLB player known as "Prime Time."
Merritt Wever is coming back to "New Girl"
She'll appear in two episodes this fall.
Watch the 1st trailer for VH1's "Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story"
Chilli and T-Boz are consultants on the biopic.
Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" segment will be revived on ESPN2
"People seemed to like that one," Olbermann told critics of his segment, which will be retitled to "Worst Person in the Sports World."
Here's the full slate of ESPN's fall "30 for 30" documentaries
They include "Big Shot" directed by "Entourage's" Kevin Connolly and "No Mas."
"Charles in Charge's" Josie Davis books a "Mentalist" guest spot
She'll play a waitress on the CBS drama.
See James Franco on "The Mindy Project" set
With Mindy Kaling wearing a wig.
A few weeks ago, producer Diplo mentioned that Beyonce’s record, her follow-up to 2011’s “4,” has been scrapped. He then quickly clarified that he didn’t mean the entire album, he only meant two songs that he had worked on with Queen Bey. However, it’s looking increasingly likely that the initial interpretation was correct.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Beyonce is going back to the drawing board after rejecting more than 50 songs. Among the top-notch songwriters who may be “affected,” according to THR, as Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren, and Ne-Yo. Columbia Records, who did not comment for THR’s story, never announced a release date for the album, but expectations— and not unrealistic ones— were that her Super Bowl appearance would signal a new single and that February’s HBO documentary would also be part of the promotional plan for a new album that would drop sometime in the Spring. Then, the thinking was that the album would come out before she started her world tour in the April. So far, fans have gotten new songs, such as “Grown Woman” and “Standing In The Sun,” but they have been first introduced via commercials for Pepsi and H&M and then not gone on to be promoted as official radio singles.
With Beyonce on the road with The Miss Carter Show World Tour through December (the last date is Boston on Dec.20), it’s not likely an album will be released this year.
So is this any cause for concern? No. Accountants like to think that albums can be turned out like widgets to meet quarterly projections, but that’s not how it works. Beyonce, who now manages herself, may just need to find some time to really think about what she wants to say and that’s hard when you’re going 100 miles per house. Is she spooked after “4”, while critically acclaimed, only sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Maybe, but it’s more likely that she’s a perfectionist and she’s not found the magic mix of songs she’s looking for.
Speaking of Boston, Beyonce played the T.D. Garden there Tuesday night and met with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. This follows her appearance at a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” vigil in New York over the weekend.
On a lighter note, Beyonce reminded us why she’s cooler than the rest of us recently when she managed to continue singing “Halo” after her hair got caught in a fan.
By the time you read this, I should be en route to Beverly Hills for the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, known by some as TCA, by others as press tour, and by others as "that horrible time of year where everyone I follow on Twitter makes the same jokes for two weeks in a row."
Jimmy Fallon's daughter is named Winnie Rose
"I'm emotionally drained," Fallon said at the top of his monologue, adding that he was a bit jealous of the Royal Baby.
Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul arrived at the "Breaking Bad" premiere in an RV
The final season premiere last night featured Anna Gunn in a black leather dress, plus the Cousins and Skinny Pete.
Every year, the announcement of the first wave of Toronto Film Festival inclusions takes some of the guesswork out of the Venice Film Festival lineup announcement a few days later. And so it was this year: thanks to those telltale "North American premiere" tags, we knew that such films as Stephen Frears's "Philomena," Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," David Gordon Green's "Joe," Peter Landesman's "Parkland" and John Curran's "Tracks" would be having their world premieres on the Lido -- all of those titles, as it turns out, in competition for the Golden Lion.
SAN DIEGO - I've liked Katee Sackhoff since watching the first season of "Battlestar Galactica," but over the span of two days at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, I've come to think much more highly of her.
First, she's a great spokesman for "Riddick," the latest chapter in the space opera serial that David Twohy and Vin Diesel have made, and she seems excited to be joining the series. On the panel in Hall H and then again when we spoke later in the day, she seems thrilled to be in the film and to have been given the character to play. Dahl is a bounty hunter who shows up as part of a team that has been tracking Riddick because of something that happened in "Pitch Black," and she manages to find all sorts of grace notes in what could easily have been a very thin stereotype. David Twohy writes genuine no-apologies pulp movies, and I think actors have to be willing to dig in and find something real to play in a situation like this.
I'm taking a few days off before heading to press tour, but wanted to offer a forum for people to discuss the latest episode of "The Bridge." In particular, I'm curious where everybody stands on the mysterious Steven Linder after his conversation with the cops, and whether you side with Sonya or Marco on the question of whether he's their guy. But there's lots to talk about with "Rio," including Frye's visit to Juarez, the return of Sonya's one-night stand, all the business with Charlotte's horse (and whether you're at all interested in that story at this stage of things) and more. So have at it: what's everyone feeling about "The Bridge" so far?
After watching the first nineteen minutes of the debut episode of "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" at Comic-Con, I was expecting stars Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot to be on the feisty side. In the show, Lowe (as Alice in Wonderland) and Gadiot (as a genie in a bottle named Cyrus) fall in love and bond through fighting pirates. In one scene, Lowe actually snaps a man's neck with her legs.
Jason Sudeikis' exit leaves "SNL" with a casting crisis
Three top-notch male performers are gone, and Seth Meyers will exit later this year. As Andrew Wallenstein points out, "Even if all the new entries turn out to be the next Will Ferrells, it's a lot of new blood to take in at once. Few new cast members ever have an instant impact on “SNL”; it can take years for rookies to really grow into their own skin." PLUS: Sudeikis' best "SNL" characters.
Is the Royal Baby named after "Seinfeld"?
George Alexander Louis has a lot of Costanza connections: 1) The name George, 2) Costanza is played by Jason Alexander, and 3) Louis is Costanza's middle name.
Freddie Prinze Jr. joining "Bones"
Starting with the season premiere, Prinze will get to act with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Buffy" beau David Boreanaz.
How will NBC's Winter Olympic coverage handle Russia's anti-gay laws?
The network can't avoid the new laws during the Sochi games.
How "Orphan Black" films multiple Tatiana Maslanys
The BBC America show uses a double and digital trickery. PLUS: Maslany jokes about the "so many butts on our show."
Kids star in "Duck Dynasty's" Season 4 promo
Watch elementary school kids as mini-Robertsons.
Meet Arsenio Hall's new posse
Arsenio's new talk show will come with a brand-new house band.
J.K. Rowling: I got 2 TV offers for the detective novel I wrote under a man's name
She received the offers before she was outed as Robert Galbraith, the author of "The Cuckoo’s Calling."
Paula Deen's son will compete on "Iron Chef"
Jamie Deen tweeted that his brother Bobby will appear on the Food Network competition series.
Facebook fan credited with reviving "The Game" sues BET
Stacey Mattocks' Facebook page for "The Game" has resulted in a legal war.
Paul Giamatti got his Spider-Man role thanks to "Conan"
Director Marc Webb was watching "Conan" two years ago when Giamatti expressed his desire to play The Rhino.
Could diversity save "Big Brother" from its racism problem?
The CBS reality show has never reflected America's diversity. As Willa Paskin notes, "The series can disavow the behavior of its contestants, but it continues to cast the show like white people are the ones who have the right to be there."
Aubrey Plaza is "Daria"
Watch the "Parks and Rec" star in the new "Daria" trailer, from College Humor.
Keith Olbermann has a greater appreciation of ESPN after experiencing other networks
Current TV, for instance, is like radio to ESPN's color TV.
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding are getting the ESPN documentary treatment
"Tonya and Nancy" will air two months before the 20th anniversary of the infamous knee-whacking.
"Franklin & Bash": The perfect punchline?
Why it's fun to mock the TNT series.
When will TV shows get realistic about apartment sizes?
The "Friends" problem has persisted recently with "2 Broke Girls" and "Happy Endings."
Noah Wyle can still recite his 1st "ER" medical monologue from memory
Watch him recite the lines nearly 20 years later.
"Bunheads": An appreciation
Amy Sherman-Palladino's ABC Family series was plain fun to watch.
Rainn Wilson played Walter White in a live reading of the "Breaking Bad" pilot
Last night's live reading featured very detailed and funny stage directions and scene descriptions written by Vince Gilligan.
Check out "Robot Chicken" creators' new stop-motion web series
Titled "Friendship All-Stars of Friendship."
Would Dan Harmon do another network comedy after "Community"?
Harmon says the "constraints" of working in network TV are "the same as iambic pentameter, as haiku – a different way to reach an audience."
Shirley Jones tells all in new book, detailing her threesome
"The Partridge Family" star also recalls David Cassidy's endowment in her new memoir.
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch": Where are they now?
The cat has written for "Two and a Half Men."
"Revolution" creator details his complaints with Season 1
Eric Kripke promises Season 2 will be much improved.
Is Jon Hamm too sexy to win an Emmy?
The "Mad Men" star may be a victim of "Slap the Stud Syndrome."
Chuck Norris' "Walker, Texas Ranger" home is for sale
The Dallas home can be had for $1.2 million.