The Weinstein Company has announced it is celebrating "Mandela Day" (today is Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday and, happily, he seems to be getting a bit better after his recent health scare) by dropping a full-length trailer for Justin Chadwick's upcoming "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." It's a bigger slice than that teaser we got last weekend, which was purely about capitalizing on star Idris Elba's presence at the multiplexes with "Pacific Rim."
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Admittedly, any statistic in this business can be unique if you make it specific enough, but David Fincher's maiden Emmy nomination this morning -- Best Directing of a Drama Series for the pilot episode of Netflix's "House of Cards" -- brought him to a unique awards milestone. He's now the first person to have been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards... and the MTV Video Music Awards.
At the "Sherlock" panel at Comic-Con 2013, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis joined producer Sue Vertue to discuss last season's shocking cliffhanger (which won't be resolved until next year when the show returns to PBS), crack jokes and introduce a short video segment from season 3. Fans were perhaps most excited, though, to see a joint video greeting from stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.
"Two and a Half Men" removes Angus T. Jones from the opening credits
The new opening will feature just Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer.
"Psych: The Musical" gets 2-hour Dec. 15 air date
Meanwhile, fans voted for "Psych" to remake "A Nightmare on State Street."
Paul Walker, who majored in Marine Biology, to guest on "Shark Week"
The "Fast & Furious" star will appear in "Spawn of Jaws."
Paula Deen fans are mailing butter wrappers to the companies that dropped her
The group of fans has called themselves "Butter for Paula."
Benedict Cumberbatch: How "Sherlock" survived his fall
"F–k it," he tells EW, "I'm going to tell you how Sherlock survived … I know you guys like your spoilers and I feel so much better telling you. Freedom!" PLUS: Read about "Sherlock" at Comic-Con.
TVGN to air "Big Brother" reruns
Starting Friday, all three of the CBS episodes will air on the former TV Guide Network.
"Once Upon a Time's" Young Snow White joins "Trophy Wife"
Bailee Madison, 13, will play Malin Ackerman's stepdaughter.
Read an oral history of "Intervention"
The A&E reality show ends this week after eight years and 13 seasons.
Yes, the "Psych" fans were Psycho.
Sure, the "Sherlock" producers gave fans a lot to investigate.
But for thousands of people who lined up at San Diego Comic-Con's Ballroom 20 on Thursday (July 18), the big-ticket panel was the triumphant return of FOX's "The X-Files."
Follow along for as many highlights as my little fingers are able to transcribe.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake kicked off their Legends of the Summer tour last night (17) at Toronto’s Rogers Centre to a generally positive slate of reviews, especially praising the pair’s enthusiasm and integration of their material. Here’s a round-up of what the critics had to say:
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USA Today’s Celine Wong: "After opening the show together, the duo has found a new rhythm with one performing alone for a song or two and then handing it off to another. It keeps the beginning of the show moving at a frantic pace and is a testament to their deep catalog of hits."
Billboard's Karen Bliss: "As rehearsed and planned-out as the show no doubt is — how to integrate their material, when to perform solo and when to come together, all the while utilizing their crack 14-piece soul/rockband — the two-and-a-half-hour set was smooth and fun and playful and didn’t have that air of my-turn, your-turn. It just seemed natural, almost off the cuff in places, which can happen when a guy can rap and a guy can sing...Jay Z has always been a masterful rapper, but what Timberlake displayed throughout the night was just how musical he is. His past concerts have so many dancers bounding this way and that, and him joining them, that it’s distracting and takes away from his significant talents: his ability to deliver his soulful and grinding pop tunes as the frontman of an expert band and highlight his own musicianship, playing upright piano, keyboards and electric and acoustic guitar— which he did on some of his songs and some of Jay Z’s."
Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner: "It was an indisputably badass night out, regardless: mammoth hit after mammoth hit after mammoth hit delivered with deserved, cocksure swagger amidst insane production values.
Rather than engaging in the one-upmanship that might result from splitting the bill, Js “T” and “Z” opted — as Jay-Z did on his 2011 Watch the Throne tour with Kanye West — to present the night as a chummy back-and-forth that integrated and expanded upon the numerous, overlapping collaborations in their catalogues...The multi-tasking Timberlake also sat in on keyboards with the deft, 14-piece backing band arrayed up and down the four-tier, LED-blazed stage from time to time, even strapping on an acoustic guitar for “Like I Love You” and later an electric to drop the riff from Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” into a gargantuan assault on Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” Yngwie Malmsteen he ain’t, but if we were to view the night as a contest, it was probably his to take."
Exclaim.ca’s Stephen Carlick: “The medleys, of which there would be plenty, were novel at first, but they quickly wore thin; tracks that should have received full-track treatment felt rushed, while the transitions often felt clunky and ill-conceived...Problems with set list construction persisted throughout the show: Timberlake's epic "Lovestoned/I Think She Knows," of which fully half was cut in order to hurry to the next song, built up momentum by getting the entire floor area dancing only to be followed by a full-length iteration of the dragging "Until the End of Time"...It was Timberlake's show. Jay's trilogy of "99 Problems," "Public Service Announcement" and "Hard Knock Life" was the best song run of the night, but it was Timberlake's ability to control the crowd, and his animation onstage, that made him the clear crowd favourite, and his performances of songs like "Cry Me a River" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around" were head and shoulders above most of Jay's."
Idolator’s Adam Pyarali: "As opposed to performing two separate sets, Jay-Z and JT performed a combined list of 39 songs, similar to Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne Tour with Kanye West; the two stars took turns switching off amongst their own material and often duetting. The pair performed their new material but also hit iconic older cuts like Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” and “99 Problems,” and JT’s “Rock Your Body” and “Cry Me A River,” to appease both old and new fans. The show ended with an unexpected but touching tribute to Trayvon Martin, as the “legends” performed Jay-Z’s 2010 hit 'Young Forever.'"
SET LIST (h/t USA Today)
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
Rock Your Body
Excuse Me Miss
On to the Next One
Like I Love You
Jigga What Jigga Who (Originator '99)
U Don't Know
99 Problems / Walk This Way
Bonnie & Clyde
Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
Pusher Love Girl
Until the End of Time
Let the Groove Get In
Take Back the Night
Cry Me a River
What Goes Around … Comes Around
New York New York / Empire State of Mind
Run This Town
Suit & Tie
Forever Young / Young Forever
Happy Thursday, boys and girls! It's day 1 of Comic-Con, but the entertainment gods decided to mess with us by making it also be the morning that the Emmy nominations were announced. Since Dan and I were in the same city at the same time as the HitFix video team, we decided to sit down for a quick chat about today's nominations, including the quality glut that led to so many "snubs," exactly how good a day it was for Netflix, which nominations (and omissions) surprised us the most, and more.
As I've said, we should be recording our annual road trip podcast in the traditional audio form on Sunday night as Dan drives me to the airport. Look for that sometime Monday. In the meantime, here we are in bright technicolor from the couch in my hotel room. The glitz! The glamor! The t-shirts!
UPDATE: This is now the full 17-minute-plus version. Enjoy.
"The Simpsons" to visit "Family Guy"
In an episode titled "The Simpsons Guy," Peter Griffin and his family will go on a road trip that ends up in Springfield, where they'll meet the Simpsons, voiced by the actual "Simpsons" cast.
"Happy Endings" alum Adam Pally joins "The Mindy Project"
He'll play a new doctor as part of a multi-episode arc.
"Pee-wee's Playhouse" is being remastered
All 45 episodes will get a Blu-ray release next year.
Overabundance of Good TV? It's time for Emmys to expand to 10 nominations for major categories
As Tim Goodman notes, "The job of Emmy voters this year was nearly impossible (especially factoring in the notion that you can't overlook the achievements of broadcast television even though there's so many better options on the cable side, and Netflix, to boot). Even if Emmy voters were on their game about what’s current, what’s fading, what’s even out there -- which they clearly were not -- their job would have been impossible."
—These days, Emmy nominations get almost everything right
—"The Americans" dissed -- even the wigs deserved nominations
—"It’s a phenomenal feeling," says Emilia Clarke of her "Game of Thrones" nomination
—"Orphan Black's" Emmy snub may be the best publicity it has ever received
—Some more snubs: Jeff Probst, Julianna Margulies, Mads Mikkelsen
—Even more snubs: Jennifer Carpenter, the rest of the "Game of Thrones" cast
—Netflix exec: "We’re thrilled. We're a little giddy about it"
—Julia Louis-Dreyfus breaks Lucille Ball's Emmy nomination record
—Celeb reactions: Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Don Cheadle, Homer Simpson
—PBS down 34 nominations from last year -- what happened?
—Netflix creating quality shows has led to fewer outrageous Emmy noms
—Don't get excited about Nextlix's noms: It's basically being celebrated for 1 show
—Eric Stonestreet: "I don't feel snubbed, so please don't feel snubbed for me"
—Jon Cryer wasn't even nominated after winning last year
—Steven Soderbergh nominated 3 times, but only once under his real name
—Elisabeth Moss overwhelmed by her 2 noms -- 1 for "Mad Men," 1 for "Top of the Lake"
—"Big Bang Theory" and "Homeland" didn't deserve their nominations
—Bill Hader partied with Jon Hamm last night, not expecting his nomination
—Louis CK has 7 nominations and other Emmy tidbits
—Kerry Washington reacts to her Emmy nod
Jon Hamm may become the Susan Lucci of the primetime Emmys
The "Mad Men" star was nominated for the 6th time today, but he's not likely to win. PLUS: Did "Mad Men" deserve its Emmy nomination?
NBC bringing a Hologram James Spader to Comic-Con
Crowds will be able to interact with his "The Blacklist" character.
"Veep's" Anna Chlumsky celebrating her daughter's birth and her 1st Emmy nom
Chlumsky gave birth to daughter Penelope Joan So last Thursday.
Watch a Cory Monteith video shot 1 week before his death
The "Glee" star filmed the video for a flight attendant aboard a plane from Japan to Vancouver.
Kris Jenner lands an exclusive interview with daughter Kim Kardashian
Kim K will show off her post-baby body on her mom's talk show.
"Big Brother" racist Aaryn Gries getting PR help
Aaryn's mom has hired a PR firm to help redeem her daughter's reputation.
"Person of Interest" unveils a George Washington-themed Comic-Con poster
Says exec producer Jonathan Nolan: "In light of the news about PRISM, we felt this poster celebrated both our panic at America’s descent into an Orwellian nightmare and our excitement over all the free marketing we’re getting out of it.”
Power Rangers releasing a 98-disc DVD box set
It's the 20th anniversary of the children's series.
I had a moment of panic as I walked into the room with Famke Jannsen on the recent press day I attended for "The Wolverine" in New York. I have spent much of the past fifteen years referring to her in print as "The Dutch Treat," and as long as I am just a faceless person on the Internet, I can enjoy a silly way of acknowledging that she has always been a strikingly lovely and intriguing performer.
But I've had several moments recently where I had a conversation with someone and realized that they've read the site and that, more specifically, they've read things I've written about them. I am always pleased to hear that and happy to then dig into the conversation afterwards, but in Jansen's case, I had a sort of mini panic attack because I have no idea what she'd think about that nickname, and since she is seven feet tall when wearing big crazy high fashion heels, as she was that day, I was pretty sure she could kick my ass easily if she didn't like the joke.
Thankfully, Jannsen seemed to in a great mood. It helps sometimes when you're the last person scheduled for an interview that day, because you walk in and they're in this sudden great mood because someone just told them this is the last one. They get that one last blast of energy, but by that point, they're sort of punchy, and that can be the perfect condition to be in for an interview. It also might help that I was a bit punchy myself because of the travel I had just done.
Whatever the case, talking to her about this particular film should be a difficult thing because I don't want to give away too much of what she does in it, but I also wanted to really discuss it as a choice. If you don't want to know how she fits into the film, bookmark this page and then come back to it once the film is out next weekend. If you aren't afraid of a tiny bit of spoiling, then you might enjoy our conversation here.
When we talked about how this builds off of the ending of "X-Men: The Last Stand," it came through clearly that she was frustrated by that film and by the way it wrapped up a storyline in which she was the focal point. We talked a bit about how this film redeems some of that one, and it felt like things wrapped up very quickly. Once the cameras were off, we talked about the film's biggest surprise, and then they told her she was done for the day. Considering the last few films in the series, it was great to talk to her about the way the series seems to be rebounding now.
See for yourself when "The Wolverine" opens everywhere July 26, 2013.