Latest Blog Posts

Watch: Miranda Lambert tears up during  Oklahoma tornado relief concert

Watch: Miranda Lambert tears up during Oklahoma tornado relief concert

Singer overcome with emotion during Healing for the Heartland benefit

Miranda Lambert had a hard time getting through her beautiful "The House That Built Me" during Wednesday night's "Healing  in the Heartland" concert last night and you will too if you watch this video.

 

[More after the jump...]

 

Read Full Post
<p>Zack Snyder</p>

Zack Snyder

Credit: AP

Zack Snyder makes Superman his own on the 'Man of Steel' set

'300' and 'Watchmen' director discusses the pressure he feels now
Dave's Tavern on Central Avenue in Plano, Illinois remains entirely unscathed after the disaster that has hit the rest of the town's main drag. 
 
As discussed in its own story, production on "Man of Steel" has turned Plano into Smallville, Kansas and, in turn, Smallville, Kansas has been turned into Ground Zero in a clash-of-the-titans-style conflict between Superman (Henry Cavill) and an assortment of rival Kryptonians and other mystery adversaries. 
 
Outside, the air is thick with the smell of well-supervised pyrotechnics, to say nothing of the usual summer heat. Squib detonations, gunfire and swarming helicopters present their own cacophony.
 
Read Full Post
<p>Henry Cavill of &quot;Man of Steel&quot;</p>

Henry Cavill of "Man of Steel"

Credit: Warner Brothers

Henry Cavill channels Superman on the 'Man of Steel' set

'The Tudors' star chats with reporters about his DC Comics hero
When "Man of Steel" hits theaters on June 14, 2013, it's possible that Superman will make saving the world appear effortless, but on August 29, 2011, Earth's greatest superhero is sweating. 
 
That's not a criticism of the artist sometimes known as Clark Kent or Kal-El. Even the coolest of customers would wilt under the oppressive late-summer heat on the Plano, Illinois set of the DC Comics adaptation. And it's not like Superman is just sitting under an umbrella chilling and sipping a super-mojito. 
 
With background debris exploding into flame, Superman keeps trying to escape from a seemingly Kryptonian adversary, but every time he thinks he's gotten free, he gets dragged back in, possibly tearing up bits of the road as he goes. To create the illusion of a preternaturally strong tug of war, star Henry Cavill is attached to a harness and the harness is attached to a crane. Between the effort and the costume and the temperature, the scene might as well be taking place in an oven and between shots, an assistant rushes out to pat the Man of Steel down with a Mountain Dew-colored towel. It's an illusion-destroying act of charity. 
 
Initially, it looks like a simple shot and Cavill very politely declines hydration, but after enthusiastic director Zack Snyder requests more and more takes, the actor is soon cooling down with a bag of ice.
 
Read Full Post
<p>Henry Cavill of &quot;Man of Steel&quot;</p>

Henry Cavill of "Man of Steel"

Credit: Warner Brothers

'Man of Steel' Set Visit: Superman battles in Smallville streets

HitFix was in Illinois in 2011 on the set of Zack Snyder's film
It's late-August 2011 and a titanic struggle is underway on the main street of Smallville, Kansas.
 
It's hard to identify all of the featured combatants. 
 
Superman, of course, is easy enough to recognize, even if his garb is radically altered from when last he graced the big screen. 
 
Who is Superman fighting? 
 
That's a bit more complicated. His primary adversary currently appears to be a man in a motion capture suit with an attachment that suggests that he'll ultimately be far larger than what the naked eye can currently see. 
 
In the moment, it looks like Superman is not getting the best of this exchange. He's pinned back uncomfortably in a furrow in the concrete and he's being pummeled something fierce. Antje Traue's Kryptonian Fiora is also involved in the skirmish, but she's less tantalizing than the unknown MoCap man.
 
"This particular character we're not going to name for you, because we want it to be a surprise," teases "Man of Steel" producer Chuck Roven. 
 
That doesn't stop the journalists on the film's set from speculating, but I won't share any of those guesses, just in case we got it right. Over the course of a day of production, we may or may not have posited every single villain in the DC Comics universe and offered those suggestions to various producers, technicians, extras and interested locals without even a nod of confirmation or a shake of disagreement. The Superman universe is all about the hero's myriad powers, but on the set of "Man of Steel," enhanced strength, X-Ray vision and flight all pale in comparison to a higher power, that of producer Christopher Nolan. Although he's still in production on "The Dark Knight Rises" and isn't literally on the "Man of Steel" set, his secret-loving presence is felt and evoked at every turn in the form of The Nolan Clause, a gag order that seems only to have become more potent thanks to the Earth's sun and our gravity. 
 
Read Full Post

Buzz Aldrin is adapting his 1996 sci-fi book into a TV series


Buzz Aldrin is adapting his 1996 sci-fi book into a TV series
The famed astronaut says of his alien-themed TV project, based on his book "Encounter with Tiber": "I believe that it will be better than 'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars' because it is more realistic."


Nat Geo taps Alec Baldwin to host a "Night of Exploration" programming block

He'll narrate documentaries, including one about "Crossing the Ice" in Antarctica.


One of Desiree's "Bachelorette" suitors was once charged with making a bomb threat
Brandon Andreen was fined more than $1000 after posing as an FBI agent who placed a call to a GM plant saying there was a bomb.


Steven Soderbergh: "Breaking Bad's" last 2 episodes should be shown in theaters
"I thought it would be really cool to have the final two episodes of the show as a movie that aired the Friday after the penultimate episode," says the acclaimed movie director. "You'd sell that during the season – 'See the season finale in theatres!' – and just run it for a week, but I feel like you'd clean up. It's never been done before." PLUS: Vince Gilligan doesn't expect a "Better Call Saul" spinoff to be as good as "Breaking Bad."


Matthew Perry transforms his former Malibu home into "Perry House" for sober living
Perry House (see here) aims to create a sober living experience.


Connie Britton could've been on "Girls" next season
Scheduling conflicts prevented Britton from appearing in Season 3. But she is currently filming a movie with Adam Driver.


Amy's Baking Company may get a reality show

The notorious "Kitchen Nightmares" stars are said to be entertaining several offers.


Viewers tune in for NBC's "Healing in the Heartland" tornado relief concert

The one-hour live special was Wednesday's most-watched program with 8.6 million viewers.


Wrongful death lawsuit filed over Discovery Channel helicopter crash

Producers on a military-themed reality show are being sued over the death of a cameraman.


Austin is expected to rake in $50M from "Revolution" filming
The NBC series is shifting production from North Carolina to Texas.


This week's elimination proves "The Voice" isn't only about the voice
On "The Voice," other factors matter, too, just like any other reality show.


KaDee Strickland is pregnant in real life

The former "Private Practice" star and "Roswell" alum Jason Behr are expecting their first child.


See Aaron Paul's wedding photo
Paul's "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston was among the 250 guests at his Malibu wedding.


Watch a preview of NBC's "Camp"

Welcome to Little Otter Family Camp!

Read Full Post
<p>Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Killing' returns to AMC

A new case and a potential clean start for the promising but problematic cop drama

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But are viewers about to be fooled a third time by AMC's "The Killing"?

Read Full Post
<p>Will Smith seemed entertained to hear that there is a generation that considers his son the biggest movie star in the family when we sat down to talk about 'After Earth'</p>

Will Smith seemed entertained to hear that there is a generation that considers his son the biggest movie star in the family when we sat down to talk about 'After Earth'

Credit: HitFix

Will Smith plays the proud dad talking about Jaden Smith's work in 'After Earth'

What did I say to make the movie star laugh so hard?

Will Smith may finally be human.

For well over a decade, he has been the Bulletproof Movie Star, the one guy who maintained a real degree of stardom even in an age where they're starting to prove that movie stars aren't really what drives this industry anymore. These days, for the first time, it feels like he's working a little harder to sell each film because he realizes it's not enough anymore to just show up.

Smith, though, is in that same class of guy as Tom Cruise, guys who have avoided the curse of movie stardom by making strong choices and working with great collaborators, and even when I don't like the films he makes, he impresses me because of the way he manages things. Do I wish he'd starred in "Django Unchained"? Sort of. I loved Jamie Foxx in the film in the end, but there would be something wonderful about watching Smith subvert his own image in a film like that.

Read Full Post
Video: Oscar contenders coming out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Video: Oscar contenders coming out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Will Robert Redford land his first acting nomination in 40 years?

CANNES - Officially wrapping up our Cannes coverage today, it's time to really break down the Oscar prospects coming out of the 66th annual fest.

Read Full Post

Fox to air 4 episodes of Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' amid ratings decline


Fox to air 4 episodes of Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" amid ratings decline

Starting next Monday, Fox will air two new and two old episodes of the FX comedy, which has seen its ratings fall steadily since debuting to a whopping 5.74 million viewers.


Tyler Perry delivers record ratings to OWN

"The Have and Have Nots" debuted to 1.77 million viewers, the highest-rated series premiere in OWN history. PLUS: Online petition calls on Oprah to dump Perry over his racial stereotypes.


Why Netflix's model of releasing all episodes at once is terrible: It diminishes the TV watercooler
"The current Netflix strategy," says Richard Lawson, "eliminates watercooler chat, it saps the experience of speculation, of theorizing, of cautious optimism or nervous despair. The all-at-once release does a number on conversation, essentially, and conversation seems to be a large part of why many people watch television these days."


Katie Couric recalls going on dates with Jeff Probst and Bob Saget
Katie tells Howard Stern of her date with the "Survivor" host: "I think he had puka shells on, though, that was kind of a weird thing."


Smosh, YouTube's No. 1 channel, may jump to TV

Smosh recently crossed the 10 million-subscriber mark. Now it's exploring a possible cable TV home.


NBC recasting 2 roles on "Undateable"

One actress, Briga Heelan, already had another of her pilots picked up.


Mark Feuerstein makes a "Royal Pains" rap video to catch everybody up
"We're going back to the back to the beach y'all."


Why is TV sex so unsexy?

There's plenty of sex on television these days, but much of it lacks eroticism or desire.


"Ugly Americans" canceled

The creators of the Comedy Central series used a cartoon drawing on the show's Facebook page to announce that there won't a Season 3.


Why so much "Arrested Development" hate?

The Netflix season seems to have brought out the worst in everybody. PLUS: Netflix exec says "fans love the show" despite the critics, why few people are pirating "Arrested," the Netflix season is as good as any comedy on TV nowadays, and the Netflix "Arrested' is a lesson in less is more.


Late-night demos, examined: Men love Jay Leno

In fact, Leno's biggest audience comes from older men in Middle America.



"Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin's life becomes a comic book

Martin is the subject of a comic biography. PLUS: Martin is releasing a "Thrones" coffee table book.


Could "Mad Men's" Bob Benson be gay?
Matthew Weiner could be using Josh Wolk's character as a set-up for the Stonewall riots of 1969.


GQ gets Marc Maron to interview himself
"Why would you ask me that?"


"Nashville": TV's most feminist show?
Neither Rayna nor Juliette is a feminist, but the country music drama is surprisingly feminist.


College seniors recreate the "Friends" opening  credits

Check out the video from Elon University students.


Fox reality guru Mike Darnell was the Frankenstein of reality TV
The departing Fox exec made reality a permanent TV genre and was responsible for redefining the word celebrity.


"Vampire Diaries" star Candice Accola gets engaged
She plans on marrying Fray Guitarist Joe King.


Nickelodeon opens The Nick Shop

Nick's first-ever retail space has debuted inside a Toys"R"Us in Times Square.


ABC's "Dancing Fools" isn't as highbrow as "Dancing with the Stars"
The reality competition, premiering tonight, is "America's Funniest Home Videos" meets a dancing competition.

Read Full Post
Juan Pablo, Brooks and Bryden of "The Bachelorette"

 Juan Pablo, Brooks and Bryden of "The Bachelorette"

Credit: ABC

A look at the good, bad and sometimes weird men of "The Bachelorette"

Who has what it takes and who shouldn't unpack?

Judging from these handsome photos, you'd think Desiree has a wide and varied assortment of potential suitors on this season of "The Bachelorette." Of course, you'd only believe that if you didn't watch the first episode, in which more than a few guys felt comfortable waving their freak flags, dangling room keys and showing up without shirts (or with armor). Welcome to the weirdest season yet!

Read Full Post
<p>Brett Ratner</p>

Brett Ratner

Credit: AP Photo

Brett Ratner donates $1 million to Academy museum

Nearly two years removed from unfortunate gay slur debacle

We all know about Brett Ratner's unfortunate recent history with the Academy. I guess he's made amends and whatnot but certainly this will go a long way toward smoothing it all out.

The press release, in part:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $1 million gift from director Brett Ratner to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

"Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of supporters," said Bill Kramer, the museum's managing director of development...

"I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum. I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, which the Academy co-sponsored. I couldn't be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema's greatest work," said Ratner.

Read Full Post

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 184: 'The Killing,' 'Arrested Development' & 'Mad Men'

Dan and Alan also announce their summer podcast rewatch plans

The

Thanks to the holiday weekend and the release of "Arrested Development" on Netflix, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast was delayed until today — and then thanks to a bunch of wrinkles in my own schedule, it wound up being one of our shorter podcasts in a while, including a "Mad Men" segment we had to interrupt for several hours. Still, we had a whole lot to say about the new season of "Arrested Development," and we announced our plans for the summer rewatch.

The lineup:

"The Killing" (00:01:15 - 00:12:55)
"Arrested Development" (00:13:00 - 00:47:55)
"Mad Men" (00:48:00 - 01:09:25)
Summer Rewatch Announcement (01:09:30 - 01:14:05)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Read Full Post
BLOGS BY NAME