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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that George Clooney will receive the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the Britannia Awards, an annual event held by BAFTA's Los Angeles division to celebrate unity between the British and US film industries. Today, two further honorees were confirmed for the November 9 ceremony: Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley.
We have a host. Studios have made their fall festival moves. Potential season players like "Captain Phillips" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Fifth Estate" and "Gravity," etc., have secured their big reveals. Telluride is on the horizon and with it, the season. You ready to do this?
I'm not. Not yet, anyway. We looked at the sidebar and figured it's been a month, let's refresh the predictions and typically, a column comes with that. But what's there to say? Okay, there is this and that…
Ryan Seacrest officlally named host of NBC's "Million Second Quiz"
He'll also executive produce the game show event, airing from Sept. 9 to 19.
Preview Oprah's grilling of Lindsay Lohan
"Are you an addict?"
"The Simpsons" coming to Legos
A special "Simpsons" family Lego set will debut worldwide in 2014.
Spike TV greenlights Adam Carolla's "Catch A Contractor"
Carolla will host the unscripted series in which the former carpenter as he calls out terrible contractors.
Keith Urban to kick off the NFL season on NBC
The "Idol" judge will perform during the pregame show on Sept. 5.
"Breaking Bad" gets the middle school musical treatment
Watch kids recreate the AMC series for the stage.
Band wanders down a dusty road. Band in a barn. Band in a boat. Band under old-timey lightbulbs. Band in matching outfits. Band metaphorically making out with itself. Band making out with itself.
With exception to the latter, the new music video for Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" makes fun of the folksy tropes of roots rock bands with the help of Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte starring as Mumford & Sons themselves.
What starts out as a normal, sun-spattered trip into a grassy field turns into literal chaos as two "Horrible Bosses" leads, Helms and Sudeikis' "Saturday Night Live" cohort Forte bang out comedy gold. Homoeroticism, unbearable melancholy, banjo solos, The Who-inspired breakage, dripping instruments, vaudeville and a singularly spectacular beard combine for this effective interpretation of the "Babel" track.
"The O.C." premiered 10 years ago today
Josh Schwartz looks back on the drama that became a Fox sensation when it premiered in the summer of 2003. PLUS: 10 ways "The O.C." helped shape today's TV, from making nerds cool to the "Real Housewives of Orange County."
Steven Moffat: Peter Capaldi's age wasn't a factor in "Doctor Who" casting, but...
Moffat says he couldn't go with another 20-something after Matt Smith hit it out of the park. "I think it's good that we’ve got a different age," he says, "just because I cannot imagine what somebody in their 20s would do with the Doctor after Matt showed us all how to be a 20s Doctor. I don’t know what you would do after that, because he was so perfect." PLUS: Some fans say 55-year-old Capaldi is too old to play the Doctor, and why Capaldi is perfect for the role.
CBS is expected to lose $400,000 a day from Time Warner blackout
That's the "minimal" assessment from one analyst.
Joss Whedon: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will stand alone from the movies
"We don't just want to be an Easter egg farm," he told critics. "We want people to come back because of these people and not because of some connection to the movie universe. This show has to work for people who aren't going to see those movies and haven't seen those movies."
Turns out "Sharknado's" midnight theater screenings were a disappointment
The film reportedly only made $200,000 from screenings in 200 theaters. PLUS: Ian Ziering to stop by "Shark After Dark," and Tara Reid takes back claim that Jedward will star in "Sharknado 2."
Gordon Ramsay made Fox more than $150 million last year
The British TV chef has become a powerhouse at Fox with his five shows.
Jeff Garlin takes on critics
The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star held a session on his new show "The Goldbergs" "hostage" at the TCAs on Sunday.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy may return to "Dancing"
"Maks is part of the family. He may well be back," ABC Entertainment boss Paul Lee told critics.
12-year-old "Kids' Jeopardy!" contestant: I was "cheated"
I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question. It was just a spelling error," 8th grader Thomas Hurley III said of his answer being ruled wrong because he added an extra "t" to emancipation proclamation.
As the war on vampirism deepens on "True Blood," it's becoming more and more obvious that non-vampires are going to have to pick sides and make sacrifices -- and none more so than Sookie.
Sitting across from Liam Hemsworth at the press day for "Paranoia," it struck me that the thing that he and his brother Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) have most in common physically are their eyes. Otherwise, they seem like very different types. I have a feeling those differences will serve them well in the long run because they seem to be different enough that they won't be undercutting each other in terms of the roles they want to play.
What the Hemsworths have in common beyond the eyes is a no-nonsense oversized masculinity. I've complained in the past about how most of our lead actors these days are boys, no matter how old they get, instead of men. It's a generational thing. People in my generation never really got tested in any significant way. Not like a Depression or a World War. And so there are a lot of actors who seem soft to me onscreen, even in action roles.
The Hemsworths, though, are just these two charming giants, Australian boys who obviously drank their milk. Liam's been working like a madman for the last few years, and I think it' s safe to say that at this point, the biggest thing he's ever booked was his role as Gale in "The Hunger Games." In that first film, it doesn't really seem like much of a break for an actor, and I asked him when we sat down to talk about "Paranoia" if it felt good to finally jump in for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
First off, let's all congratulate McCrae and Amanda on their 'Big Brother' (read: totally fake) engagement. So… the "Big Brother" house is kind of like Las Vegas? Does that apply to making racist comments? Because I think Aaryn, GinaMarie and a couple of other people would REALLY like to invoke that rule.
A few hours ago, ABC screened the pilot for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for critics for the first time. (At least, for those critics who weren't in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con a couple of weeks ago.) I'll obviously have much more to say about the show when it premieres on September 24 at 8 p.m., but I can say that it has the snappy Joss Whedon dialogue (with an assist from showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoe), Clark Gregg is fun, and it feels very much like a hybrid of Marvel Comics and "NCIS" (which will be its direct timeslot competitor). Maybe not a great pilot, but "Firefly" is the only Whedon show with a great pilot (not that FOX thought so, as they aired it last), and a lot of promising elements being put in place.
Whedon, Whedon, Tancharoen and the show's cast will be here at the Television Critics Association press tour in a few minutes, and I'll be live-blogging the panel. Two things to keep in mind: 1)I'll be typing quickly, so there may not be the right number of periods, if any, in the show's title or references to the spy organization; and 2)I will do my best to not give away any notable surprises from the pilot, but in the process, there may be some gaps in the live-blog, as I imagine there will be questions asked about things we just saw.
I've interviewed Harrison Ford several times now, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
The simple truth of it is that the first time you meet Harrison Ford, you can do everything possible to stay cool, but if you grew up with "Star Wars" and "Raiders" as major pop culture landmarks as I did, staying cool really isn't an option. I didn't wig out the first time we sat down, but internally, I remember basically just screaming "OHMYGOD!" the entire time we were talking. The second interview went a little bit better, and certainly Ford has always been professional in conversation. But it's hard not to get the feeling that you're annoying him, and I think that's just the way he is with press. It does not appear to be something he enjoys doing, and being aware of that, I am always hoping to make the brief moment we have to speak just a little less painful for him.