It seems the fallout continues from the racist, homophobic and generally offensive comments made inside the "Big Brother" house this season. Now we know that not only have finalists Spencer and GinaMarie lost their jobs for the slurs they made (jury member Aaryn was also canned from her modeling agency), but so has the inoffensive Andy. Yes, Andy [warning: spoilers ahead].
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I'm not entirely sure how I managed to broach the subject of porn during a conversation with Scarlett Johansson without the authorities becoming involved, but it all seems to have worked out in the end.
I hate the term "romantic comedy," because nine times out of ten, the films described with that term are neither romantic nor particularly funny. I have written before about how I feel like most studio "romantic" films sell a disturbing idea of adult relationships, and many of the characters in these films seem to have been dropped onto the Earth from somewhere else, completely untaught in the ways normal human beings behave.
"Don Jon," which was both written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, seems inordinately wise about human behavior, and in particular, I was struck by the way the film draws a direct parallel between the porn that Jon (Gordon-Levitt) watches non-stop and the romantic comedies that Barbara (Johansson) invests in so fully. In both cases, the film argues, the person who watches is giving themselves unrealistic expectations, and they use the entertainment in place of real life instead of working to find something genuine that will fulfill them.
The last film I saw at this year's Toronto Film Festival is also set to play Fantastic Fest in Austin, with the first screening set for this coming Sunday night. While a festival like Toronto is packed with so many giant titles that are given full publicity pushes by the studios releasing them, frequently drowning out anything anyone might write about smaller films, Fantastic Fest seems devoted to finding and showcasing the small gems. I expect "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" will do very well there, and I hope a canny distributor picks up this smart, brutal neo-noir, because it deserves an audience.
Written by Dutch Southern and directed by Simon and Zeke Hawkins, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" tells a very familiar story in terms of the broad strokes. Sue (Mackenzie Davis) and B.J. (Logan Huffman) are a couple, which puts Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) in a tough spot. He's best friends with B.J., but he is madly in love with Sue. They all live in a very small Texas town, which means there's not a lot they can do to entertain themselves, leaving plenty of time for bad ideas. Both Bobby and Sue plan to leave for college just as soon as they can, and B.J. is starting to realize he's going to get left behind. One weekend, just for kicks, B.J. steals a fat stack of cash from the safe of Giff (Mark Pellegrino), the guy he and Bobby work for, and that sets off a chain of events that could destroy the fragile peace that they've all been working so hard to maintain.
It's been four months since I saw Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" at Cannes -- whereupon it became, as it did for an awful lot of people, my favorite film of the festival. (Steven Spielberg's jury, of course, agreed.) The film's been burning pretty brightly in my mind ever since, but this expertly constructed US trailer brought that much more of it flooding back. Sundance Selects are taking a smart approach here, selling the film on evocative fragments of sound and image, and allowing viewers to find its raw emotional and physicals details for themselves.
Proving that positive reviews continue to have relevance in art house and limited releases, "Enough Said" debuted on four screens Wednesday to a strong $27,734 and $6,934 average. That midweek opening has to be very encouraging news for Fox Searchlight. The studio pushed up the release of the dramedy to September in hopes of taking advantage of a dearth in new prestige fare before a slew of awards season contenders hit theaters in October. While director Nicole Holofcener certainly has her fans, it's the rave reviews from outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Village Voice that will help drive a higher than expected five-day take. And, sadly, interest in seeing one of the last performances of the late, great James Gandolfini.
Who will play Johnny Carson -- Steve Carell, Kevin Spacey or John Slattery?
"The Late Shift" author Bill Carter says those are some of the early names for the NBC miniseries, along with James Marsden, Greg Kinnear and David Hyde Pierce.
"Community" celebrates "0 Emmy Nominations"
Check out the banner outside "Community's" Paramount Studios soundstage.
"Game of Thrones" visits "Sesame Street"
Watch Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey with the "Sesame" puppets.
TNT orders Steven Bochco's "Murder in the First" starring Taye Diggs
Diggs will play a San Francisco homicide detective in a series that follows one case over 10 episodes.
Fox buys hip-hop drama from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" team
Daniels and his "Butler" writer, Danny Strong, are behind the project, along with Brian Grazer.
Watch "The Good Wife's" Season 5 promo
"Leverage's" Beth Riesgraf lands on "Killer Women"
She'll guest star on the ABC drama's 2nd episode.
Los Angeles has a shockingly bad track record when it comes to protecting its own history, especially when it comes to the grand movie palaces that were built to worship the movies that drive everything else in the city. You would think that if there is anyplace on Earth where theaters would be treated as important historical landmarks, it would be LA, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Even since I moved here in 1990, I've seen major changes, and few of them have been for the better. The Avco Theater in Westwood was used for years as a proof-of-concept house for pretty much every major breakthrough that Dolby made, so it was the first house anywhere with Dolby Stereo, the first house anywhere with Dolby surround, the first house anywhere to use Dolby Digital. Seeing "Jurassic Park" there in 1993, it was definitely the best sound out of any of the big LA engagements, and for some reason, not long after that, Avco cut the giant historic downstairs auditorium in half, creating two smaller theaters that both tilt towards what used to be the center of a giant curved screens. It was so wrong headed that it didn't surprise me when the theater finally closed completely. The National is gone now, despite that being a great house that could have used some renovation instead of just shuttering the place completely.
One more tease of our upcoming interview with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón before we dive deep on the four-year journey of making that film. We've asked about his friend Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" and the lessons he learned on the embattled production of 1998's "Great Expectations," but today, I was curious about his collaboration with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, or "Chivo," as he's known to his friends and colleagues.
"Mike & Molly" lands Susan Sarandon
The Oscar winner will guest as Molly's idol.
BBC America cancels "Copper"
The cable channel's first original series lasted two seasons.
Joy Behar recalls the time she was fired from "The View"
Barbara Walters fired her seven years ago when she revealed that Rosie O'Donnell was joining the show. Of course, the firing was later rescinded. PLUS: Behar grills Leno about his fling with Sharon Osbourne.
There will be no "60 Minutes" before the Emmys
CBS opted to preempt "60 Minutes" because of concerns over NFL overruns. CBS has the late game on Sunday, which will air just before the Emmys.
NFL demanding $1.5M from M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger
The NFL has been waging a "secret war" to get the rapper to pay up over the February 2012 incident, but she won't budge.
Jerry Seinfeld filmed "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on Louis CK's boat
Seinfeld talked about Louis CK and Keith Hernandez on "Seinfeld" when he called a Mets game earlier this week.
"Enlisted" recruits Stacy Keach, Barry Bostwick, Dean Stockwell
They'll play Army veterans on the Fox comedy.
"Real World: New Orleans'" Danny claims he had a romance with a straight "Real World" alum
Danny Roberts wouldn't reveal who the "Real World"-er was when he made the revelation on "Watch What Happens Live."
"The Talk" has its most-watched premiere week ever
Revealing all those secrets paid off for the CBS talk show.
Discovery Channel to air "NFL In Season"
The NFL-produced two-part documentary will follow several teams as they hit the road.
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).
Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama lead actor categories. The former has a pair of two-time winners for their nominated roles, plus Jason Bateman's return to a category for which he was last nominated in 2005. The latter pits last year's winner Damian Lewis against three-timer Bryan Cranston, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and the Emmy-less Jon Hamm, among others.
NBC making a Johnny Carson miniseries
Based on the upcoming book "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" by Bill Zehme, NBC's Carson miniseries will touch on everything from his childhood to his 30-year run on "The Tonight Show" to "his often secluded off-camera life," NBC says.
"Survivor" wins the night, despite its lowest-rated fall debut
Meanwhile, "America's Got Talent" ended up from last year.
E! cancels "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"
The Olympian's reality show lasted one season.
Dancer beats a comedian on "America's Got Talent"
Watch Kenichi Ebina's amazing dance routine.
"Big Brother" winner: "I don't think I did anything to merit me losing my job"
Andy Herren talks about the controversy in the house and his plans for the $500. PLUS: The finalists react and say sorry for the racism controversy.
Spike TV developing a King Tut event series
The six-part series will use recently discovered DNA evidence as part of its miniseries story.
Seth Meyers' "The Awesomes" renewed by Hulu
The animated series will be back for a 2nd season.
Behind the scenes of "Sherlock" Season 3
BBC has released pictures from the set.
"The Simpsons" puts Homer and Marge in bed with Kristen Wiig
Watch a clip from the season premiere.