You can hear the Oscar gurgles percolating as studios have been showing films in hushed theaters looking for feedback and shuffling their schedules to find the right release dates for this and that. Soon the fall festival season will reveal what's what and it'll be a race to the finish among the players.
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HBO filming James Gandolfini's funeral for his family
The cable network is reportedly paying for today's funeral, but its footage won't be shown on TV. PLUS: "You were a good boy," David Chase says at Gandolfini's funeral.
Target is the latest company to dump Paula Deen
Says the retailer in a statement: ""We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com. Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory." PLUS: Home Depot also drops Deen, Martha Stewart feels sorry for Paula Deen, and a diabetes drug company drops Paula.
"The Daily Show" celebrates gay marriage
Jason Jones and Al Madrigal got "hitched."
"Big Brother" ties its lowest-rated premiere
About 6.3 million tuned in last night, matching the 2008 edition.
Scott Speedman joins Ryan Murphy's "Open" human sexuality drama pilot
The "Felicity" alum will play a sports marketing executive.
Discovery promoting "Shark Week" with the "death" of "Snuffy the Seal"
Is this ad offensive?
CW developing "Jane the Virgin," based on the Venezuelan telenovela
"Jane the Virgin," or "Juana La Virgen," revolves around a religious girl who's accidentally artificially inseminated.
"The Bible" surpasses 1 million in video sales
The History channel 10-parter has become the top selling miniseries ever.
Check out the poster for AMC's "Low Winter Sun"
The Detroit cop drama debuts with "Breaking Bad" on Aug. 11.
Leighton Meester & Adam Brody make their official debut as a couple
"The O.C."-"Gossip Girl" couple last night walked the red carpet at Brody's "Some Girl(s)" premiere.
Ovation picks up "Smash" reruns
The arts-themed channel will begin airing the failed NBC series on July 19.
As the clock ticks down on June, so it does on the first half of 2013. It's funny how fast those first six months zip by. The Oscar season bleeds into the year, March rolls around and soon enough, the summer movie season arrives. Then Cannes and before you know it, the mid-way point.
How has the year stacked up so far? Personally, I've been consistently pleased, and I'm even somewhat satisfied with the blockbuster offerings of the hot months. Could anything we've seen so far show up on the Oscar radar at the end of the year? Time will tell, but I think there are some strong possibilities.
Over the years, it's given me no end of amusement to witness how often two different networks will develop what seems at first to be the exact same show in the exact same season, whether it's hospital dramas in Chicago ("ER" and "Chicago Hope" in 1994), adults traveling back in time to teenage years ("That Was Then..." and "Do Over" in 2002) or slackers with super powers ("Chuck" and "Reaper" in 2007). Even though many of these doppelgangers turn out to be fairly different in execution, something always seems fishy about the claims that the one show didn't know at first that the other existed, and that "there was just something in the air" that led to them both existing at the same time.
After recent events in my own life, I may have to start taking these claims at face value. As most of you know, I published a book last fall called "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," about the transformation in television that happened as a result of groundbreaking new dramas like "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood." Very late in the process of writing it, I learned that another book about this same era, and many of these same shows, was in the works: "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad," by magazine journalist and author Brett Martin.
EDINBURGH - This year's trip to the Edinburgh Film Festival has been a brief, last-minute one. After three days of attempting to distil the highlights of artistic director Chris Fujiwara's defiantly independent-minded programming -- ranging from "The Conjuring" to "Leviathan" --, I'm heading home this evening, my festival experience over before it's even begun. (Tomorrow: off to Karlovy Vary.) Still, I'll be sharing the standouts with you in a couple of paired review pieces. First up: "This Is Martin Bonner," which begins its staggered release tomorrow, and "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" -- which, it was announced yesterday, will be released in Los Angeles on September 13.
James Gandolfini's widow, ex-wife gather at his wake
The invitation-only wake is being held this evening.
Diddy could end up making a real "Downton Abbey" cameo
Julian Fellowes says he's considering a cameo role for Diddy after seeing "Downton Diddy." PLUS: Sip some "Downton" wine.
Here's the first official "Veronica Mars" movie photo
From behind the scenes.
Watch outtakes from "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum"
Channing Tatum tells Jimmy Kimmel he can't get his song out of his head.
Ken Marino joins "Eastbound & Down"
He'll play a middle-aged athlete in eight episodes next season.
Accused murderer may have used "Breaking Bad" for inspiration
After police found the body of a dead woman in the suspect's acid-filled bathtub, they found a "Breaking Bad" episode in the DVD player with a similar scene. PLUS: Aaron Paul talks "Breaking Bad."
Amazon's 1st drama pilot is from "Treme's" co-creator
Eric Overmyer, who co-created "Treme" with David Simon, is working on "Bosch" based on Michael Connelly's LAPD homicide detective.
Horatio Sanz is helping put together the Mexican version of "SNL"
Sanz is serving as a consultant on "SNL Mexico," which is under development.
Whitney Cummings recalls figuring out "Whitney" was finished
She knew her sitcom's fate when she saw "The Voice" promos take over her show.
Eric Winter joins "Witches of East End"
He'll co-star with Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the Lifetime series.
NBC extends the option of John Stamos and 4 of his "I Am Victor" co-stars
The Peacock will likely reshoot the pilot in August.
Fox aiming to redo the pilot for Brittany Snow's "The Assistants"
The network has extended the options for Snow, Stephen Root and Catherine O'Hara.
Brazilian artist creates a "Gilmore Girls" town out of paper
Check out Bruna Salvador Conforto's take on Stars Hollow.
Watch Chris Rock on the Disney Channel
Rock makes a cameo on Friday's episode of "A.N.T. Farm."
A "Simpsons" bus is for sale for $1200
From "Springfield Elementary School."
"Pretty Little Liars'" Lucy Hale dating a "Revolution" star
"He is such a sweetheart," she says of Graham Rogers.
Lena Dunham reveals her fave Criterion movies
They include "The War Room" and "Broadcast News."
"Rizzoli & Isles" returns as cable's top summer series
The Season 4 premiere was up 20% over last year.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - My kids love that the movie "Kick-Ass" exists.
They're not allowed to see the film, and that won't change for many, many years, but they know it exists, and they positively adore saying the title of the film because it's one of the few times they won't get in trouble for using the word "ass." They find ways to work it into every conversation they can, and they can barely restrain themselves from smiling every single time.
They were thrilled when I got the word I'd be going to visit the set. They got to ask me endless questions about it before I left and even more once I got back, and one of the main ones they loved to ask was, 'When you went to watch them make 'Kick-Ass,' did you get to talk to 'Kick-Ass'?" Twice in one sentence? Heaven.
TORONTO - There is something very, very wrong with Charlie Day's eye.
His left eye appears to be filled with blood after every capillary in it burst, and it makes it hard to sit across from him on the set of "Pacific Rim," amidst the smashed and ruined remains of a street in downtown Hong Kong. From where we sit, we can see a hole in the street that was created by a rampaging kaiju that was searching for Dr. Newt Geiszler. Why? Well, it might have something to do with that eye.
"Every time we do something, I go back and look it in the monitors. It's very cinematic in nature and you add that to his imagination… I mean, technically he's a really, really good director. So then you take his love for his creations and the amazing art departments and all that, and it usually makes for something that's visually just stunning."
The 39th annual Saturn Awards were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films tonight in Burbank, Calif. Top prizes for film went to "The Avengers," "Life of Pi," "The Cabin in the Woods" and "Skyfall," while "Revolution," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead" triumphed in the television categories.
Julie Chen and her shoulders welcome us to a drama-packed season of "Big Brother," which she says will be the biggest ever. Biggest people? Biggest house? Biggest jerks? Who knows! Oh, wait, we get to have a major impact on the game, so that might be the big part. So… this is like "Glass House"? Kidding! Don't sue me, CBS!