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As discussed in yesterday's Best Picture Contenders gallery, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is already a long shot for Oscar recognition, but it'll become a longer one still if some enterprising publicist doesn't save director Abdellatif Kechiche from himself. It's no secret by now that there was bad blood behind the scenes of the French erotic drama, and Lea Seydoux has already been candid about her disdain for the Algerian-born filmmaker. Now Kechiche has fired back, claiming he considered replacing Seydoux on set, and arguing that the fallout has "soiled" the film to such a degree that it shouldn't even be released. If this is some kind of warped publicity campaign, I'd rethink it. The film is done. It's great. Maybe just let some things go? [The Playlist]
Right now, Andy Samberg and Terry Crews seem to be joined at the hip, and honestly? It suits them.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of the few shows this year that I was willing to add to my rotation based on the pilot, and I like the extended ensemble they put together for the show. Samberg is one of those guys who is at his best when he's not straining, and the best way to make him comfortable is to surround him with equally funny co-stars. Crews has long been an asset to any comedy that hires him, but when you look at him, the first impression is that this is a guy who should be making giant action films.
Sitting down with the two of them to discuss "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2," in which Crews steps in for Mr. T to voice security-guard-and-overprotective-dad Earl Devereaux, it was obvious that they have a very real and relaxed chemistry. Samberg worked on the first one and is returning to the role of Brent McHale here, a strange man-baby who was the mascot of Baby Brent Sardines for most of his life. They are both outrageous roles, but Samberg and Crews still have to find something identifiable and human about them to play, and we discussed that process.
The Oscar season is howling to life in the wake of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. NYFF is right around the corner and very soon it'll be October, "Gravity" (with "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave" right behind it) and we'll pretty much be off to the races. It's time, then, for our annual early plunge into this year's contenders, which we'll bring to you on a category-by-category basis over the next few weeks. We begin today with, what else? Best Picture.
Tina Fey's "SNL" promos promise no more wardrobe malfunctions
"It's under control," she says. "It's not going to happen again."
Dottie from "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" auditions for "The Voice"
E.G. Daly, AKA Elizabeth Daly, AKA Buttercup from "The Powerpuff Girls" and Tommy Pickles from "Rugrats," wasn't immediately recognized. That's why she went on a reality show to perform as herself.
"Breaking Bad" theme composer had been "biding his time" to use the eerie music during the show
"In the first season," says Dave Porter, "the theme may have seemed a little darker and bolder than the show actually was. But the point was to have that little taste of where the show was going. Fast forward six years, and we’re close to the end. I’ve been biding my time, looking for a moment where I could introduce the theme into the story itself."
The problem with trying to keep a show like "Sons of Anarchy" interesting after six seasons is that viewers start to feel like they've seen it all before. A crooked cop who's no better than the MC? A mother who'll do anything to get her kid(s) back? A member of the MC facing almost certain death right before the credits roll? We've been down these roads before.
Fox orders "Gotham," a Commissioner Gordon origin series
The proposed series will follow Gordon before his first encounter with Batman.
Dr. Drew reveals he's recovered from a 2-year battle with prostate cancer
"I'm cancer-free," says Drew Pinsky, who secretly underwent surgery 14 months ago.
"South Park" targets the NSA in its season premiere
Season 17's debut episode is titled "Let Go, Let Gov."
What was Francis Ford Coppola doing on "The Young and the Restless" set?
The acclaimed director wanted to learn more about current TV filming.
Tyrion Lannister was No. 1 among "Game of Thrones" characters in screentime in Season 3
Daenerys Targaryen was No. 2, followed by Robb Stark, Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister.
"NCIS: LA" premiere: What to expect
Season 5 picks up where Season 4 left off.
Is "Breaking Bad's" Heisenberg dead?
Or is Heisenberg still a part of Walter White that can never truly die? These questions imply different views on morality, psychology and human nature. PLUS: Why use the "Breaking Bad" theme music in the bar scene?, "The Shield's" Vic Mackey meets Hank Schrader, "Breaking Bad"-ize any web page, Jesse Plemons is a singer/songwriter in a band called Cowboy and Indian, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" director isn't upset with this week's episode, what does "Breaking Bad" actually mean?, RJ Mitte's big moment was meeting Saul, see fake posters for "Breaking Bad's" best episodes.
Jay Pharoah can impersonate almost the entire cast of "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta"
Watch the "SNL" impersonator unleash his VH1-inspired impressions.
"Girls" star Allison Williams recalls Tina Fey's advice: "Wear a bra, don't smoke"
Williams once worked as Fey's assistant on "30 Rock."
Esquire Network: Does it live up to its "Man at his Best" tagline?
Yes, it does, including no T-and-A or reality shows that would appeal to Spike TV viewers. PLUS: Esquire has a shallow idea of modern manhood.
2 out at "Real Housewives of Orange County"
Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino are not expected to return for Season 9.
Another Mulder & Scully 20th-anniversary "X Files" reunion will take place next month
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reunite at a Paley Center event in October.
"HIMYM" unveils "Bangity Bang" song sung by Sam "Soul Man" Moore
"Bangity Bang" has been a tongue-and-cheek staple on the show for years.
"The Price is Right" stays relevant with a "secret formula" of wins-per-minute
"It's a beautifully conceived game show in that every act has so many things that happen in it," says exec producer Mike Richards. "There's a chance for three wins in a four-minute act -- which is unlike any other game show."
"Homeland's" Zuleikha Robinson to play Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" wife
She'll recur as an "intelligence officer missing from duty."
Watch Kris Humphries play himself on "The Mindy Project"
The Kim Kardashian ex was part of Mindy's "Getting Over It Gang."
"American Dad" recruits Kim Kardashian ... to play an alien
She'll lend her voice to a furry alien whose spaceship crash-lands in Langley Falls.
From The Onion: "New Netflix Gas Lets Users Inhale Multiple Seasons Of TV Shows"
Says a company spokesperson: "“With Netflix Gas, we’re really hoping to tap into a demographic that’s a little more fast-paced, a little more on-the-go, and that just wants to sit down whenever they have the chance and breathe in three or four seasons of, say, 'Fringe' in less than 10 seconds."
Will "Trophy Wife" suffer the same burden as "Cougar Town"?
The ABC comedy starring Malin Ackerman has a title that is very much at odds with its focus on female relationships. PLUS: "Trophy Wife" is funny but kind of overwhelming.
Watch the official "Ravenswood" trailer
The "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff debuts Oct. 22.
John Stamos is not a TV junkie
"I watch 'The Daily Show,' Letterman," he says. "I'm not into shows like 'Boardwalk Empire' or 'Breaking Bad.'"
"Heroes" alum Jack Coleman joins "Scandal"
He'll recur as a "charming Southerner." Meanwhile, "Warehouse 13's" Joanne Kelly is joining "Hostages." PLUS: Richard Kind joins USC comedy.
Joss Whedon mastery of TV is put to best use on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Despite an awkward and irritating title, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is perfectly suited for television, thanks to Whedon's past on "Buffy" and "Angel." As Mary McNamara notess, "Though there's CG aplenty, the pilot is nowhere near as in-your-face as one might expect. Whedon understands that though television can do many things, it cannot out-blockbuster a blockbuster." PLUS: Whedon is too cautious in explaining everything, and it's sort of a middle ground between "The Avengers" and "Buffy."
"Lucky 7" feels too much like failed ABC shows "Six Degrees" and "The Nine"
It's another show about disparate people brought together by fate. PLUS: Its traits and twists are so tired.
"Person of Interest" Season 3: "What is The Machine up to?"
What to expect as Season 3 kicks off tonight.
ABC has something special with "The Goldbergs"
The Jeff Garlin sitcom is like a modern and more "Jewish Wonder Years," with many of the same elements that made "Modern Family popular. PLUS: Enough with '80s nostalgia!
It's been a time of mixed fortunes for Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood super-producer ("Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun," "Black Hawk Down") whose surname is as distinctive a cinematic brand as that of any auteur. Not long after his overly expensive western "The Lone Ranger" took a beating (undeservedly so, in my opinion) from critics and ticket-buyers alike, it was announced that he and Walt Disney Pictures would be ending their once-lucrative deal. As Greg noted when reporting the news last week, it wasn't his first such flop -- is there still room for studio mega-producers in this day and age?
It's evening round-up time, with brief thoughts on tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm tried as an adult Highlander...
I published my review of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you haven't memorized all the different Marvel movies, could you follow this? If you're a devout fan of Marvel comics and/or movies, how do you feel the world of SHIELD was adapted for TV? Did Clark Gregg work as the lead? Did you like the younger actors, or did you find yourself wishing J. August Richards was taking one of their places? Did the superhero police procedural format work for you, or did it feel too similar to non-super shows like "NCIS" or "Bones" (some of which already have pretty high-tech gadgets)? Did the whole thing feel like a Joss Whedon show, or like Whedon (and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) as guns for hire for a larger entity? And will you watch again?
I'll keep watching, but the plan right now is for someone else at HitFix — most likely Drew McWeeny, who has written extensively about all of Marvel's film projects at various phases of development at his Motion Captured blog — to do weekly coverage. If I have specific thoughts on specific episodes, I'm more than free to write them here; this is just a matter of time management.
Just in case you were thinking being a little person was only a hassle when you need to get the peanut butter on the top shelf, this might be the right clip for you to watch. On this week's episode of "Little Couple" (Tues. Sept. 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC) Will has to undergo surgery, and poor Jen and Bill can't do much more than sit on the sidelines. Being a parent is hard; being the parent to a little person is that much harder.
In this clip, Jen and Bill deal with what it's like to feel powerless to help the little guy who's just getting to know them. No one will tell if you tear up a little.
Will you be watching?