It's time for the top ten! I got a chance to visit the set of "So You Think You Can Dance" this week and talk to some of the dancers (and hear what Nigel, Mary and some choreographers had to say). I'll post a story soon, but before that happens, we have to say goodbye to two dancers. I really can't understand how Cat Deeley does this every week.
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Chris Columbus is, at this point, the movie studio equivalent of an explorer, the first guy to get somewhere, the one who plants the flag and moves on. When he made the first two films in the "Harry Potter" series, he made decisions that resonated through the entire seven movies, no matter how strong a voice anyone who followed him brought to the table.
On the first "Percy Jackson," he was obviously hired to give 20th Century Fox the same sort of franchise that Warner Bros. spun from all things Potter, and while it was nowhere near the same sort of cultural phenomenon, it did well enough, especially when international box-office was considered, and they did indeed end up springing for the sequel, which arrives in theaters tomorrow.
First, let me preface this by saying I can't believe you took the bait. That question was designed to get you to crap all over critics in response to their reaction to your movie, and you seem like you couldn't wait to answer the question. That's a shame.
Let's start with the premise that critics prejudged your movie.
I think it is presumptuous to assume that you know why critics reacted the way they did to "The Lone Ranger," other than the actual reasons stated in whatever bad reviews you're talking about. I can't tell you why anyone else didn't like it, but as a critic who really, really didn't like your movie, I feel compelled now to defend my review to you, if only to challenge your comments during a recent interview for the UK release of the film. Besides, if there's any movie this summer that gets to play the "critics just wanted to beat the crap out of us" victim card, it's "After Earth," not "The Lone Ranger."
And if that is how critics decide to beat things up, wouldn't "John Carter" have suffered the same fate last year? Because I think a lot of critics ended up being pleasantly surprised by that, and their buzz was way worse than yours ever was. I know I liked it.
As I said, I'm speaking here for no one but myself. I considered writing this as a short news item about the comments you made, but there are tons of those already, and the truth is, I was personally bothered by the comments. I'm not irritated in the abstract sense, but rather in the specific sense.
After all, I've had many encounters with you gentlemen over the years. When you were building up to the release of the second "Pirates" film, you reached out to me, and that began a series of conversations and encounters, and in the interest of clarity, I'm going to list those, and let's see if this reveals some hidden bias that has just been waiting for the perfect moment to spring it on you.
January seems a long way away, especially when American fans of "Downton Abbey" realize they'll have to wait until then to see season four. Luckily, PBS brought some of the stars -- Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt, (Anna Bates), Phyllis Logan, (Mrs. Hughes), Sophie McShera, (Daisy Mason) as well as executive producer Gareth Neame and series executive producer of "Masterpiece" Rebecca Eaton -- to talk to press tour attendees about the show and what fans might want to expect. I'll be live blogging the most likely very polite conversation.
I love the parties they have on "The Real Housewives" franchise. For the season finale of the Orange County installment, Vicki's house gets all decked out like a winter wonderland them (penguins in the pool!) so that, if there is blood splatter, it will really pop against all the white. It's little details like that that really set this series apart.
It’s a familiar situation in the film blogosphere: everyone’s mad at Harvey Weinstein, and it’s not even the Oscar season. A few hours have passed since the news broke that the business-savvy mogul, famously nicknamed “Harvey Scissorhands” in industry quarters, might be making some cuts to South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” – and already the inflamed (and inflammatory) headlines are circulating by the dozen. “Harvey thinks America is too stupid for ‘Snowpiercer,’” runs the general gist and, well, let's calm down a little.
I love how Sylvester Stallone has embraced the immediacy of the Internet over the last few years. When I was at Ain't It Cool, he first reached out to Harry and did a series of Q&A sessions there that were fascinating because you could see how little filter he appeared to have in discussing his work.
These days, he uses Twitter to update fans on his films as he moves through development, announcing things like casting and even talking about things he'd like to do that aren't set in stone yet. It really doesn't feel like there's a publicist orchestrating things, and I think that's the key for any celebrity using social media. The more "official" something feels, the less interesting it is. People want to see someone like Alec Baldwin lose his shit at someone on Twitter because, more than anything else, it humanizes them. With Stallone, the charm of his social media presence is just how clear it is that he's enjoying this latest act of his career enormously, and he is aware of how tenuous all of it can be.
Cote de Pablo talks about leaving "NCIS"
"It was not an easy decision, not one taken lightly," she tells Latina magazine.
Here's the 1st glimpse of "American Horror Story: Coven"
"There is a house in New Orleans."
Mitch Hurwitz wants Peter Serafinowicz for future "Arrested Development" episodes
Hurwitz previously worked with the British actor on "Running Wilde."
Watch Ricky Gervais as "Derek"
In the Netflix series, Gervais takes care of the elderly, though something doesn't seem right with his character.
"Supernatural" adds Tahmoh Penikett
The "Battlestar Galactica" alum will play a fallen angel.
It's been three months since "The Great Gatsby" and its successful soundtrack dropped... and only now it seemed appropriate to drop Fergie's flapper-themed "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" music video?
The Goonrock and Q-Tip-featuring track gets an appropriately gaudy clip with Fergie weaving her way through dancers to a cushy booth, where she remains for most of the vid. Why? The Black Eyed Peas singer has been pregnant since March, so while a little party has never killed nobody, mom-to-be certainly are allowed to get tired from them. Cue several versions of a couch dance.
It makes me sad that Brian De Palma films are not greeted as major events in the film world.
It shouldn't really be a surprise. Even when he was at his career peak, De Palma has always been a polarizing figure, and respect for his work has never been a uniform thing. When I was young, each new De Palma film would be greeted by a huge debate about his talent and the source of much of his visual language, and the thing that people often tried to hang on him was that he was "just" a guy who borrowed from Hitchcock.
The truth is that De Palma was always one of the most visually accomplished guys of his generation, and he was no more a "thief" than Steven Spielberg, who learned just as much from Hitchcock as De Palma ever did. De Palma was a remix artist before anyone fully understood that term, and his movies have aged incredibly well. If you look at "Blow Out" or "Dressed To Kill" or "The Fury" these days, they look great, and there is such a great dark sense of humor underlining his work that I have to believe there is an element of prankery to everything he's ever done.
PBS boss defends "Downton Abbey" delay
Season 4 will begin on Jan. 5, again months after the UK broadcast. The delay, says PBS chief Paula Kerger, has "actually benefited us." PLUS: Will "Sherlock" be delayed, too?, "The Bletchley Circle" will be back for Season 2.
PBS will have the first female co-anchor team
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff have been named co-anchors of "NewsHour."
CBS to air a 2-hour special on teachers
"Teach," airing Sept. 6, will follow four exceptional teachers through an entire school year.
Peyton & Eli Manning make a rap music video for DirecTV
Check out "Football on your Phone" to promote NFL Sunday Ticket.
"NCIS" books "24" alum Leslie Hope
Her one-episode guest appearance will have "tremendous importance in the NCIS world," says "NCIS'" boss.
HBO teams with Larry Wilmore and "Awkward Black Girl" web star
Wilmore will produce "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl's" Issa Rae will star in a comedy project about a modern-day black woman.
Adam Brody would like to see an "O.C." see reunion -- on stage
The 33-year-old last night said of the 10th anniversary: "It's very gratifying to be a part of something that seemed to mean something to a lot of people and be part of this story that everyone kind of invested in."
"Falling Skies" down in season finale
About 3.7 million tuned in Sunday.
"Justified" inspiration Elmore Leonard suffers a stroke
The 87-year-old author is recovering at a hospital.
Cookie Monster covers Icona Pop's "I Love It"
His version is, of course, all about cookies.