Well, we can pretty much check out for at least half of this episode, as we all know what's going to happen, don't we? Helen is the target, and no amount of wheedling or crying is likely to save her. Well, unless another hamster throws his or her sound pack or tries to drown McCranda in the bathtub. That sounds tempting, but alas, unlikely.
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I think I'm in, like, Russellville, Arkansas or something like that. Mid-trek cross-country. Checked into the hotel, grabbed a shower, settled in and…Holy Argo, Batman -- Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's still untitled "Man of Steel" sequel (tentatively being called "Batman vs. Superman").
So if you're keeping score at home, that puts last year's Best Picture winner in the weirdly rare air of having played Superman (2006's "Hollywoodland") AND Batman in his career. Oh, and Daredevil, too. But let's break this down...
The further I get away from the Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, along with adulation of critics -- the more I find myself thinking of Oscar Isaac's performance before I do the film surrounding him. That's no slight on "Davis," which is every bit as cool and acute and exquisitely crafted as the brothers' top-tier work, but it's Isaac who carries its soul, warming and roughing up its wintery reserve. I still have no idea what the film's profile will be this awards season -- it could as easily be the critics' cause as the distantly admired outsider -- but if it lands right with Academy voters, I hope Isaac lands with it.
"Breaking Bad" cuts ties with a cancer charity labeled one of "America's worst charities"
Until recently, the SaveWalterWhite.com website led to the National Cancer Coalition, which ranked No. 21 in the list of the worst charities.
Watch Screech enter the "Celebrity Big Brother" house
"Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond, now 36, is one of two Americans on this season of the UK reality show. The other being teen bride Courtney Stodden.
MTV's VMAs will seat Lady Gaga next to Katy Perry
Perry won't be seated next to boyfriend John Mayer.
Dear "Idol" bosses: You can fix the show without Randy Jackson
Viewers aren't clamoring for more "Yo, yo, yo's."
Apple is planning to release its own TV set, with content directly from networks and studios
That's right: Apple wants to release a full-fledged TV set and become something of a cable company itself, according to a report in the publication Quartz.
Could binge-viewing end up hurting Netflix?
According to Variety, "binge-viewing may lead to binge-spending at Netflix, which could eventually see the impact in its stock price.
"Cake Boss" joins New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign
Christie, at an event at the reality TV bakery, tapped Buddy Valastro to lead his "Small Business for Christie Coalition."
ESPN pulls out of joint NFL concussion investigation with PBS' "Frontline"
The sports network cited its lack of editorial control in deciding to end a 15-month relationship with the PBS show.
Check out the interior of the new "Real World: San Francisco" house
Here' a sneak peek at the Nob Hill home.
TCM is evolving into a "lifestyle brand"
The Turner Classic Movies cruise and TCM tour are part of an effort to "evolve from a linear network" into turning TCM fans into a community.
Kevin Spacey: Let TV viewers binge
Speaking at a lecture at the Edinburgh TV festival, Spacey said, "The audience wants control. They want freedom... If they want to binge then we should let them binge."
Why John Oliver is better at hosting "The Daily Show" than Jon Stewart
Oliver is the better actor, the better interviewer, plus he doesn't mutter like Stewart.
"Moesha's" little brother arrested for allegedly kicking his girlfriend in the stomach
Marcus T. Paulk turned himself into po this morning.
"Downton Abbey's" biggest challenge: Its popularity
To combat the growing paparazzi interest in the show, producers constructed fake storylines and photos.
"Game of Thrones" siblings Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey like to hula-hoop together
Check out images of them hula hooping in a bar.
"Community" stars play "Dick Hits!"
Watch Gillian Jacobs throw a water bottle at Donald Glover.
Kim Cattrall gave her blessing to the new Samantha Jones
"The key 2 her is her heart. She never judges those she loves. Have a blast!" Kattrall tweeted at new "Carrie Diaries" star Lindsey Gort.
Paramount Studios will hold a funeral service Friday for Lee Thompson Young
Paramount is where the late actor worked on "Rizzoli & Isles."
A "Modern Family" wedding?
Watch the first Season 5 promo.
Anthony Bourdain on Paula Deen: "It gives me no pleasure to see her torn apart..."
"It ain't pretty, either the charges or the reaction," he says of the Deen controversy. "I may have been an adversary or a critic of Miss Deen. It gives me no pleasure to see her torn apart by the people who were kissing her ass a week before."
13-year-old Nickelodeon star given 2 DisneyXD pilots
Will Jacob Bertrand become the next Disney sensation?
Jeff Probst jokes Rupert Boneham got a Groupon for a 4th "Survivor" appearance
"Rupert Again? isn't his 15 minutes up already?"
What TV homes would cost in real life
"The Big Bang Theory" apartment would likely rent for $1800 to $2200 a month.
Vince Gilligan addresses the "Breaking Bad" color theory
Says Gilligan says of the "Bad" color palette: "At the beginning of every series we would have a meeting in which I would discuss with the production designer and the costume designer about the specific palettes we would use for any given character throughout the course of the year." PLUS: Gilligan has a good feeling about the Saul Goodman spinoff, Mike Ehrmantraut was a "happy accident," why Mike's death was lame, Betsy Brandt's heart started beating really fast watching this week's episode, and Aaron Paul reacts to Belize's offer: "Ummmm...let's do this! #Bitch"
"HIMYM" will try to show a glimpse of the last 8 years from The Mother's perspective
Co-creator Carter Bays says don't rule out flash-forwards with the whole Mosby clan.
Linda Cardellini feared being hated on "Mad Men" like she was on "Boy Meets World"
Cardellini was the girl who came between Cory and Topanga.
How to fix April from "Grey's Anatomy"
April Kepner needs to go to "character rehab."
Peter Jackson offers to direct a "Doctor Who" episode -- in exchange for a Dalek
"That’s what he wants," says Steven Moffat. "We give him a Dalek and then he’ll direct an episode."
"The Practice's" LisaGay Hamilton joins AMC's "Line of Sight"
She'll play an NTSB investigator in the plane crash drama.
"Ghost Shark" is no "Sharknado"
Syfy's movie about a shark that's a ghost, premiering tonight, lacks the execution of "Sharknado."
Watch "The Vampire Diaries" Season 4 blooper reel
Here's footage of Ian Somerhalder forgetting his lines.
Aidy Bryant talks about how her life has changed since joining "SNL" last year
She never imagined she'd be singing karaoke with Mumford & Sons at an after-after party.
Happy 40th birthday, Kristen Wiig!
Here's ranking the former "SNL" star's 19 characters.
"Hollywood Game Night" pits "The Office" stars against each other
Watch Angela Kinsey battle Ellie Kemper. PLUS: Kinsey & Jenna Fischer try exercising together, and Brian Baumgartner to guest on "Mike & Molly."
"Treme's" cookbook is divided into the show's characters
Each section is told in the voice of one of the HBO show's characters.
How 1970s sitcom opening credits gave a skewed look at NYC
From "Diff'rent Strokes" to "All in the Family."
"One Tree Hill's" Robert Buckley heads to "Hart of Dixie"
He'll have a "chance encounter" with Jaime King.
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
My first contribution for "What If?" week here at HitFix asked a very simple question. That's an easy one because it's an either/or proposition, and honestly, it's something I've thought about so many times in the last 20 years that it seemed like the most immediate and obvious topic to cover.
There's another question that I've been turning over for a while now, and it's a little more complicated. Part of it is based on something that was a real possibility, and the other part is based on speculation on my part about how a chain of events could have played out. I'm not saying that this scenario was ever going to happen, but that's not the game, is it? When you play "What If?", everything is possible, and so I'm going to posit something here that could have changed not only the landscape of modern cinema, but my life and the choices I've made about my work. Based on some of the responses I've gotten from other filmmakers for my vacation articles that will be running next year, I'm not the only one who would have been heavily impacted, either, which makes me wonder…
It seems like a lack of concrete information on the development of "Star Wars Episode VII" is driving people berserk. Considering we're still two years away from release, it's a little scary to see how rabid people already are.
I reported not long ago that while the script is still being developed, several major action sequences in the film have already been shared with ILM so they can start working on the various things they'll need to pull off those scenes. I also reported that ILM is putting together a fairly substantial model department, something I enjoy hearing, but when I reported it, I noticed something about the responses. Many people acted as if this was a return to something that Lucas hadn't done at all since "Return Of The Jedi," and that's simply not the case.
The truth is, all three of the prequels used models and miniatures. What changed most substantially was the way those objects were composited into shots and the amount of CGI used to extend the physical builds in all sorts of different ways. When I hear people complain that everything in the prequels was CGI, it's a reminder that a lot of people don't really know what they're looking at in a film, and they dismiss things based on some vague understanding.
"What Not to Wear" is mixing it up on Friday (Aug. 23, 10:00 p.m. on TLC) with a first-time-ever behind the scenes episode. Given that the makeover candidate seems, at best, extremely reluctant to give up her all-camo wardrobe, this may have been an attempt to salvage a show that didn't end with a final reveal. It had to happen eventually, right?
Viewers will get a glimpse at what goes into taping an episode of this long-running series, and will see what the producers and crew are saying behind the camera. This makeover also promises to be dramatic. I forecast tears!
Watch the clip from this week's episode of "What Not to Wear" below.
I can hardly believe we're at that point in the year already, but it's less than a week until Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" opens the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday -- kicking off a long, busy, hype-filled run of fall festivals, and in turn, priming us for the even longer, even busier, even more hype-filled awards season that lies ahead. As usual, I'll be in attendance at Venice, and this year, we've heard your requests for a more detailed festival preview than usual. Time is too short for me to preview the 20 Competition titles individually, as in my Cannes Check series. Each day for the next few days, however, I'll be casting an eye over a mixed selection of five Golden Lion contenders -- beginning today with the latest from Stephen Frears, James Franco, Tsai Ming-Liang, Philippe Garrel and Merzak Allouache.
Ben Stiller is remaking "Reality Bites" as an NBC comedy
The Peacock hopes to tap into early '90s nostalgia by remaking the 1994 film directed by Stiller and starring Winona Rider and Ethan Hawke. Like the film, the TV show will be set in the pre-internet early '90s in Houston.
Ah, it's that time of year again. Do you feel it in the air? Pundits from coast to coast have been roughly awoken from their off-season slumber to groggily begin walking the long, tedious road to Oscar. There will be amazing moments of euphoria, oceans of tears, rivers of laughter, shocking upsets and devious betrayals, but eventually the Academy gods will come down from Mount Olympus (really, it's right around the corner from Hollywood) and proclaim who is truly worthy of their golden gifts.
That magical night is still a little less than, cough, seven, cough, months away. In the meantime, we have the first look at a consensus field from the ever prestigious…
As MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards approach, we’ll countdown to the Aug. 25 ceremony, which airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Bruno Mars, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Among the artists performing on the show are Lady Gaga, who will open the awards; Timberlake (with a rumored ‘N Sync reunion), Mars, and Cyrus.
We’ll look at a different category each day leading up to Aug. 25.
Best Hip Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Drake, "Started From The Bottom"
Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, "F--kin' Problems"
J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"
With its explorer theme, “Can’t Hold Us” is certainly the most ambitious of the five clips, and also the most uplifting. “Swimming Pools” is the most emotional. The gritty clip for “Power Trip” has a body count. “Started From The Bottom” is the funniest, and A$AP has the most booty, but is the least ambitious.
Who should win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Who will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. Ray Dalton,”Can’t Hold Us”
A second season of "Oddities: San Francisco" (Sat. at 9:00 p.m. on Science Channel) kicks off with two new episodes back-to-back, plus mechanical hands, dead skunks and all sorts of other awesome stuff. I mean, dead skunks, people. That's must-see TV, if you ask me.