The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first 71 selections for the 2013 edition of the annual awards-season kick-off this morning and there is plenty to choose from and send any festival-goer's schedule into a tizzy. New films from Bill Condon ("The Fifth Estate"), Ron Howard ("Rush"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Jason Reitman ("Labor Day") will be at the top of most people's lists, while others from the likes of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), Atom Egoyan ("Devil's Knot") and Ralph Fiennes ("The Invisible Woman") sit primed to be potential discoveries. I'm not sure a program could be much more stuffed than this, but I look forward to taste-testing whatever early gets we see at the Telluride fest a week before Toronto takes off.
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I've already expressed how over the moon I am for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and particularly Cate Blanchett's performance therein. I spoke with Blanchett this morning and specifically asked if it was an actor's dream to work for Allen. More like greatest fear, she noted, as the bar has been set so high.
Comic-Con 2013 wasn't so kind to "The Originals" for some reason. The panel for the show was booked immediately after "How I Met Your Mother" and far from the location for "The Vampire Diaries," which meant that fans had to make a difficult decision -- wait in line for "TVD" or see what's going on with the New Orleans-based spinoff. The bad news is that seating was readily available for "The Originals" panel -- but for fans of Klaus (played by Joseph Morgan), that was very good news indeed. Next year, it's doubtful that seats will be so easy to come by.
One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” is now the best video ever, at least by the numbers.
In its first 24 hours on Vevo, the clip drew 10.9 million views, besting Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” which topped Justin Bieber’s previous record last month. “We Can’t Stop” tallied 10.7 million views, while Bieber’s “Beauty & The Beat” garnered 10.6 million.
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Terrence Howard joins Fox's "Wayward Pines"
He'll play a sheriff in M. Night Shyamalan's limited event series.
British soap opera "EastEnders" to acknowledge the Royal Baby on today's episode
A special scene will be inserted to celebrate the baby boy.
Here's your 1st look at Samantha Jones on "The Carrie Diaries"
Does Lindsey Gort look like Kim Cattrall?
ABC News to produce "The Assets," a scripted CIA Cold War miniseries
Airing next year, the limited series is based on the book, "Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed."
The Kanye West HBO pilot is said to be "incredible"
"The Daily Show's" Wyatt Cenac, who had a role on the pilot, shared it an exclusive screening and, says Sam Biddle, it was terrific television.
Jack McBrayer is bringing his "Kenneth" persona to Disney Channel
He's lending his voice to "Wander Over Yonder."
The Sunset Strip's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" statue has been removed
The 20-foot statue near the Chateau Marmont had stood for 52 years but had a crack that was too expensive to repair.
Check out the "Breaking Bad" "Heisenberg" Hat & Box set
The pork pie hat is the official one made by the Goorin Bros. hat shop.
Matthew Perry's "Piers Morgan Live" guest-hosting gig delayed till Friday
His interviews with Lisa Kudrow and Lauren Graham was bumped for Royal Baby coverage.
IFC renews "Maron"
Marc Maron will be back for a 2nd season of his comedy series.
Investors unimpressed by Netflix's "Arrested Development" subscriber growth
Analysts were expecting "Arrested" to result in 900,000 new subscribers last quarter. Instead, Netflix reported 630,000, which is about the same as last year.
"Duck Dynasty" returns Aug. 14
A&E will "Release the Quackin'" on Season 4 in a few weeks.
New Jersey town tries to ban Snooki
Her response: ""Grow up, get over yourself and move on."
ABC buys "Lawless" from Shonda Rhimes
The legal drama is based on a real-life trucker turned lawyer who went back to her hometown.
On Selena Gomez’s new album, “Stars Dance,” the goal, to quote Marty from “Spinal Tap,” is to have a good time all the time.
There’s nothing wrong at all with crafting an album of primarily upbeat tunes that celebrate nothing more than being young and in love (or out, as the case is here on a few tunes) and all that entails. But there is a problem when the whole album, her first solo set after three albums with her former group The Scene, is an exercise in cookie-cutter EDM beats and generic lyrics that tell us nothing about Gomez.
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'The Fifth Estate,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County' and more set for 2013 Toronto Film Festival
It was revealed today that Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks found Julian Assange, will be the opening night film of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 5. The closing night film will be Daniel Schecter's "Life of Crime" with John Hawkes, Mos Def and Jennifer Aniston.
Has it really been nine years since "Shaun Of The Dead"?
In some ways, it feels like that just happened, but when I consider how much ground Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have covered in those nine years, it's sort of amazing. After all, when "Shaun" went into production, they were best known for a small cult English television show, and they were working completely independently, off the radar. That film's release was a gamble for Focus/Rogue, at least in part because of just how very English the humor is, and it paid off for them. "Hot Fuzz" in 2007 was equally local in its sensibility, and it also showed that Pegg and Frost weren't interested in just playing the same characters in different situations.
One of the hardest things about the position that Wright finds himself in now is the simple difference between surprising people with a small movie and then delivering on a decade's worth of expectations, and I suspect that no matter what, "The World's End" will frustrate some viewers. It's not a movie designed to simply punch the pleasure button and comfort fans by repeating what they've done before. In fact, it may be a direct refutation of that idea, by design, and in some ways, it feels like it's going to be a bitter pill for some people to swallow.
So much happens in "The Men Tell All" episode of "The Bachelorette," though much of that is filler. Here's Des talking to other Bachelorettes about what she thinks might happen on the show! Here's Des and J.P. from last season visiting random groups of fans who are supposed to be surprised but probably aren't, as they needed to let an ABC film crew into their residence to get the reaction shot! Here are many, many montages of things you saw in past episodes! Here's a blooper reel! It's not really "The Men Tell All" as much as it is "The Men Tell Some Between Commercial Breaks and Other Stuff."
Kris Humphries to visit "The Mindy Project"
Kim Kardashian's ex-husband will play himself in an upcoming episode.
ABC News is devoting a 1-hour special to the Royal Baby on Tuesday
"The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne" is the name of Tuesday's "20/20." Meanwhile, CBS has no Royal Baby plans.
"New Girl's" Jake Johnson releases a statement on TV dad Dennis Farina
"I feel very honored to have had the chance to meet, talk the Chicago Bears, and act with Dennis Farina," he said in the statement.
Syfy is giving "The Wizard of Oz" an apocalyptic twist
The director of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is helming a miniseries in which a warrior from the present is sent to the future, where he meets up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless and Coward.
Netflix expanding into standup comedy specials, original documentaries
"Netflix has become a big destination for fans of these much loved and often under-distributed genres," says the company.
"The Office's" David Denman is joining "Parenthood"
Will he come between Joel and Julia?
Amy Poehler, Oprah, Kal Penn to help promote Obamacare
Also, the president has enlisted the help of Funny or Die to spread the word and the new healthcare coverage.
It hasn't been decided if Nate Silver will appear on "Olbermann" and Oscar coverage
If the famed statistician is added to Oscar coverage, it should be noted he's terrible at making Oscar predictions.
"HIMYM" books Roger Bart
He'll work at the hotel where Barney and Robin tie the knot.
See John Oliver before "The Daily Show"
Back in 2005, he was a panelist on the UK's "Mock the Week."
What the Royal Baby can learn from "Game of Thrones"
Here are 10 lessons for Will & Kate's first child.
Roseanne Barr & Tom Arnold get in a Twitter fight
It was just like old times the past few days.
Check out the top of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's wedding cake
"Top of the world. Top of the cake!"
Why do I have the feeling that "Drive" is going to turn out to be the rare semi-commercial hiccup in the larger filmography of Nicolas Winding Refn?
Refn's identity as a filmmaker has been coming into gradual focus for the past seventeen years, but when you read pretty much anything written about his new film, "Only God Forgives," it seems to exist only in contrast to "Drive" and nothing else in Refn's entire career. The truth is that from "Pusher" on, Refn is a guy who is driven by some very particular and identifiable fetishes, a guy who has alway seemed to have a strong aesthetic voice but a marked disinterest in narrative. He paints with violence, and he does not seem particularly interested in over-explanation or in traditional ideas of character. "Drive" struck a nerve with many audiences, people who may not have seen any of the "Pusher" films or "Bleeder" or "Valhalla Rising" or "Bronson," people who have no sense of the almost relentless nature of the brutality of those films. "Only God Forgives" fits neatly into a list of the things he's made. "Drive" is the anomaly, not the standard by which to judge the rest of his work.