Earlier this month, as Kris reported, Cyndi Lauper got herself one Oscar away from joining the elite club of EGOT winners -- those over-achieving individuals who have managed to win competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards over the course of their careers. It is, needless to say, a pretty rare achievement: Scott Rudin became the most recent EGOTist with a Grammy win last year.
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FX greenlights Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence comedy
They'll play mismatched Chicago lawyers in a deal that's much like Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management." FX ordered 10 episodes, with an option of picking up 90.
Showtime teams with John Legend for a comedy about music managers
The project will be based on the experienced of Legend and his real-life manager.
Charlie Sheen vs. Dan Harmon
Who is TV's biggest ingrate?
"Homeland" will feature less Brody next season
As exec producer Alex Gansa explains, "He is the most wanted man on the planet. By definition, he’s going to be hiding somewhere. And if he's hiding, that limits what he can do."
"The Bachelor" creator launches a dating app with Chris Harrison
Will you get better results with "At First Sight" than producers have gotten in 26 seasons of "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette"?
"Nashville" loses its music guru
T Bone Burnett, who is married to creator Callie Khouri and oversaw more than 100 original recordings, has opted not to return for Season 2.
Cher wished there was a show like "The Voice" when she was young
"This is amazing," she says, "when you have actual people who have been in the business, been successful and want to help you. You can bypass a lot of trashy stuff."
Aaron Paul will mark the end of "Breaking Bad" in a cemetery
He's hosting a finale party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which hosts film screenings.
"America's Got Talent" ringer?: Country-singing carpenter already had a major record deal
Turns out Marty Brown, who performed on the season premiere, released three albums through MCA in the '90s. He also performed on the Grand Ole Opry.
Sienna Guillory out at "Believe"
The British actress is being written out of the NBC J.J. Abrams drama.
Jerry Seinfeld still insists those cars in "Comedians in Cars" aren't his
"We mostly borrow them from generous car clubs," he tweeted.
Chris Hardwick hosting a Comedy Central game show called "Midnight"
The comedian/podcaster's show is described as "a rapid-fire game show inspired by the darkest recesses of social media."
OWN announces summer premiere dates
"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" returns July 28.
"New Girl" star and "Parks and Rec" star couple up for music video
Watch Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza in Uptown Sound's "Rouse Yourself" video.
"Homeland's" David Harewood among "Doctor Who" possibilities
The 47-year-old British actor has seen his odds go up recently. PLUS: Julian Rhind-Tutt also tipped for "Who," and read a "Doctor Who" fan's obit.
Heather Locklear: There's a lot of Amanda Woodward in my new "Franklin & Bash" character
"The character was already pretty laid out for me, and I'm just adding what I would do on a daily basis in my acting," she says.
HBO rejects Michael Chabon's WWII pilot, but FX may pick it up
Darren Aronofsky was originally set to direct "Hobgoblin," in which magicians and conmen use deception to take down Hitler.
"Futurama" tonight kicks off its final episodes
After 14 years, the once-canceled show is humming along on Comedy Central. PLUS: Billy West considers "Futurama" his career high point, and David X. Cohen compares cancelations.
How "Mad Men's" Sally Draper coped with smoking
"I caught on," says 13-year-old Kiernan Shipka. "We did enough takes that by the end of it, I was like, 'Oh, I’m a pro at this now. I can do this.' Everyone was all, 'No, you’re not a pro at it quite yet.'" PLUS: Linda Cardellini says "Sally Draper" didn't witness what she witnessed.
"The Late Show" tries Vine
Watch Monday's Letterman show in six seconds.
Spike TV's new MMA reality show finds inspiration from "The Voice"
"Fight Master: Bellator MMA" will also use four judges/coaches in comfy chairs, but no blind auditions.
"Desperate" Doug Savant lands on "Rizzoli & Isles"
He'll pay a visit to the TNT series in Season 4.
There's a lot riding on Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" because it's Brand Building Season for the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana. As the first single from her next album, "We Can't Stop" arrived around the same time she was voted Sexiest Woman an Maxim, months after she led the hook on a new Snoop Dogg song, and is brandished as front-page tabloid fodder. Her success as a post-teen pop artist hinges on this, her first teen-ish single of this new Miley era.
"We Can't Stop" sets the table on that brand. I can't swallow everything that's served.
In the first frames, we see the singer putting a grill on her teeth and having sex with the air in skin-tight clothes. She's partying with friends in the pool, in the Hollywood hills, dorking around with lavishly silly party favors and then of course there's twerking. For 20 different shots of Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out, go no further than this video and if you're trying to create a meme from thin air, take some tips from the piñata, the grown man sucking his thumb, crotch smoke and the knit cap with the death veil on it.
Cyrus looks very beautiful. She isn't above trying on seriously daring (and somestupid) fashion, but I like the freedom she has with her body and dressing it up in some fun ways. The colors are ON and the extras are hot.
Then taking from the page that all young female singers apparently must: writhe needlessly, touch yourself, strip-tease and, hell, why not just make-out with a miniature mannequin version of yourself. For a song so carefree as "We Can't Stop," she and her directors seem to be trying too hard on the gif-ready male gaze front. This brand opportunity reveals little on who Miley Cyrus actually is. Not that the song does us any favors there, either.
Start "We Can't Stop" below.
When it was announced this week that Relativity has moved the release date of Scott Cooper's "Crazy Heart" follow-up "Out of the Furnace" from October 4 to November 27, I wondered what that might mean for the film's original film festival circuit plans. And indeed, as I hear it now, the plan is to skip that altogether and keep the mystery going until it hits screens in a post-Thanksgiving frame that has done well for recent Oscar players like "The King's Speech," "The Artist" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
Of course, all of those films built word of mouth at Toronto, and this is a star-studded film that therefore plays well to that environment. So things could change. Relativity, per president Robbie Brenner's quote, sees awards in this film's future and that's all certainly part of the box office strategy, too (as it always is). It'll be interesting to see how it navigates the always crowded waters of that late-November, early-December frame.
Emmys: Netflix's 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development' could destroy voters’ willful ignorance
By now it’s clear the Emmy voting process is standardized, and flawed. Shows submit key episodes on DVD to anyone with a ballot, meaning that if voters aren’t keeping up with a series, they have only this one disc to bring them up to speed. This presents obvious problems for heavily serialized shows, and might be why "The Wire" never received any Emmy love.
The trick, it seems, is to push a show that those voters are probably watching anyways, which might explain all the "Mad Men" and "Homeland" victories. Emmy voters seem to be willfully ignorant of shows they haven’t heard about 100,000 times, quality aside. They rally behind "Game of Thrones," but can’t even throw "Happy Endings" a bone.
But there’s a new player in the game. This year, Netflix released two series that have serious Emmy potential: "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey and directed/co-produced by David Fincher, and the long-awaited fourth season of "Arrested Development." There have been original shows on streaming sites in the past (Hulu’s "Battleground," anyone?), but these two are the first ones with serious production quality and a deafening buzz even noise-cancelling headphone-wearing Emmy voters can hear.
It seems only fitting that a TV show about a character who cheats death would itself come back to life after cancelation. That's exactly what happened to Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," which returns for a fifth season Sun. June 23 at 9:00 p.m. despite having been given the axe after last season wrapped -- and just as the show had tossed in a direction-changing twist. Needless to say, fans mourned first -- and started campaigning next.
HBO let Aaron Sorkin re-shoot "The Newsroom's" 1st two Season 2 episodes
Sorkin tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I doubt HBO's going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with Season Two... With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, 'Would it be all right if I started again? I know it's going to cost time and it's going to cost a lot of money.'"
"Veronica Mars" brings back Max Greenfield
The "New Girl" star will reprise his role as Deputy Leo.
"The Soup" to probe "The Bachelor" with spinoff "The Soup Investigates"
Joel McHale will be joined by a team of "reporters" in the spoof of investigative shows.
"Psych" adds Loretta Devine and Peggy Lipton
They'll appear in Season 8, starting with the 5th episode.
Howard Stern "grills" Matt Lauer
On his manhood, on his favorite "Today" co-anchor, but not Ann Curry.
Watch Heather Locklear & Jane Seymour kiss
From tonight's season premiere of "Franklin & Bash."
Will "Community" get a 6th season? Is Donald Glover's future in doubt?
Why did Sony bring back Dan Harmon? Because he was the best chance that the Sony had of extending the series beyond next season, thus increasing syndication profits, according to Josef Adalian. But "Community" may have a Donald Glover problem. Though he is signed on for Season 5, reports Adalian, Glover is "still making noises about not wanting to return for the full fifth season, even with Harmon back in the fold, so he has more time to pursue his Childish Gambino career."
NBC’s “Hannibal” concludes what’s been a fantastic first season tomorrow night at 10. What could have felt like a bad retread of — well, of all the other serial killer dramas and movies that have been ripping off the original Hannibal Lecter stories for the last few decades — turned out, under the guidance of producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”), to be a riveting, nightmarish story about the impacts and causes of violence, and the effect investigating the crimes of a man like Dr. Lecter (played in cool, hypnotic fashion by Mads Mikkelsen) would have on criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
Last week, I spoke with Fuller about how he chose to approach the material — the show spins out of a few passages in Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, “Red Dragon” — the casting of Mikkelsen, the care taken to creating Dr. Lecter’s disgusting and yet beautiful meals, and more. I'm splitting this interview into two parts: 1)This first one about Fuller's approach to the familiar source material(*), his philosophy about Dr. Lecter's meals, and other things that won't spoil the finale; and 2)A second interview that will be published after the finale airs, discussing the events of it and what may be coming down the road (including when or if the series might be adapting the main plots of "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs").
TORONTO - We're in China.
Well, technically, we're in Hong Kong by way of Toronto, standing on a soundstage that has been transformed into a city street that appears to have been wildly smashed to pieces, but when you're in the middle of it looking around, it's pretty convincing. We're in China, and the giant monsters were evidently here right before us.
It's March of 2012, and there is a small group of us who are visiting the set for Guillermo Del Toro's monsters vs. robots epic as the film nears the home stretch on what was, all things considered, a relatively quick shoot. Most of the stuff involving the Jaeger pilots was shot earlier in production because there is so much CGI that they're going to have to do to those scenes that they needed the lead time. On the day we visit, we're watching Charlie Day and Ron Perlman working together, which seems like a good deal to me.
The Pinewood Toronto Studios is a great facility, and it's funny that I'm running two set reports this week, one from each of the Pinewoods. We were met at the front door of the building where "Pacific Rim" had its production offices by Ian Gibson, Guillermo's badass assistant. And believe me… I've been in Los Angeles long enough to know when someone's assistant is of the particularly badass variety, and Gibson is one of those guys. The right match to Guillermo, and a great host for the first half of the day.
Seth MacFarlane to voice another talking dog, on "Futurama"
He'll voice the doggie Seymour, who was last seen in a 2002 episode.
"Big Brother" twists revealed: 1 housemate will become "MVP"
This season will also see three nominees each week, instead of two.
Miss Utah sings her fumbled answer on Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel interviewed Marissa Powell in a classroom setting.
Paula Deen admits to racism?
The TV chef reportedly admitted using the N-word in a taped deposition in the lawsuit her ex-employees have filed against her.
Danielle Bradbery excited by her "Voice" victory
Says the 16-year-old: "I definitely would love to have Blake included in everything. The music, I want to make my own song and… Oh man I'm just so excited for whatever comes." PLUS: "The Voice" has its best finale vs. NBA Finals.
Nickelodeon refuses to set nutritional standards for kids' ads
The cable channel won't follow Disney Channel's lead.
Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt yodel at each other
From building to building.
"Dancing" exes Karina & Maksim are reuniting on Broadway
Former engaged couple Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will perform together in "Forever Tango."
Men's Wearhouse fires its iconic TV pitchman who founded the company
George Zimmer was famous for saying, "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."
One film we're keeping half an eye on for the upcoming awards season is Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a starry thriller about fraternal loyalties tested to the limit, with a starry cast led by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. It's Cooper's first film since 2009's "Crazy Heart," which won two Oscars (including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), while producers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott.
Part 4 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.
Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).
Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and also embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.