A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I invoke the Three-Second Rule...
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A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I invoke the Three-Second Rule...
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
At the turn of the millennium things were looking up for actor Dougray Scott. He had been hand selected by Tom Cruise to be the villain in the anxiously awaited sequel to the megastar's 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible" and he was all set to follow that up with what might have been a breakout role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's big screen adaptation of the X-Men comic book series. But when the production schedule of "Mission: Impossible II" went long, Singer had to make a snap decision and settled on an unknown by the name of Hugh Jackman.
What if Dougray Scott had played Wolverine in "X-Men" and not Hugh Jackman?
This article first appeared in part at InContention.com in 2010. In light of recent news, It seemed like a good time to re-purpose it for new readers here at HitFix, with a few updates.
It's an announcement that we weren't wondering about so much as waiting for: this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, French-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche's epic-length romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America -- meaning, of course, that no children under 17 will be permitted to see the sexually explicit film in theaters, with or without a guardian.
"SVU" is combining the Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin controversies in 1 episode
Cybill Shepherd plays a celebrity chef who kills an unarmed black teenager.
Justin Bieber's manager in talks for "Idol's" 3rd judging chair
Scooter Braun, who also represents The Wanted, Psy and Carly Rae Jepsen, is said to be the preferred choice of Jennifer Lopez.
Jerry Springer defends Dr Phil's drunk girl tweet
"I don't see what the problem is," he said on CNN, adding that the tweet was "appropriate."
"Sherlock" won't survive without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Says Steven Moffat: "That show could not continue without Benedict and Martin. It's absolutely them."
NBC will re-air "Meet the Press" with Martin Luther King Jr. from 50 years ago
The interview from three days before his "I have a dream" speech will be shown on Aug 25, the 50th anniversary of its original broadcast.
Tina Fey: I'm currently a "human napkin" for my kids
The former "30 Rock" star spends her time these days at home and out of it.
FX buys animated "Bigfoot" comedy from Seth Rogen
The series would be based on the Bigfoot graphic novel.
Aziz Ansari pitches Shonda Rhimes on a "Scandal"-"Parks and Rec" crossover
Tom and Harrison could be college roommates.
Jerry Seinfeld may never return to TV, says he has "a sad feeling" about late-night TV
Talk shows these days have become "setup talk shows," says Seinfeld, almost entirely driven by promotion. "I'm gonna ask you this, then you say that."
"Chuck's" Joshua Gomez heads to "Castle"
He'll play a murder suspect who claims to have traveled back in time to prevent the grisly events from unfolding.
Damian Lewis: "We'll get to Brody, and when we do, it'll be devastating"
The "Homeland" star answers the question, "Where's Brody?"
Kevin Rahm wants "Mad Men" to do a Ted-Pete L.A. spinoff
"'The Odd Couple' in L.A. but they're both dirty," he says. "Two Felixes."
Foul play ruled out in death of Lisa Robin Kelly
The coroner will now investigate the death of the "That '70s Show" star.
"Star-Crossed" books Tahmoh Penikett
The "Battlestar Galactica" will guest on a 2nd CW show, after guest-starring on "Supernatural."
"Glee" production assistant says she was bullied by her half-sister, Julia Roberts
Nancy Motes is speaking about being taunted by Roberts for being overweight, even though it was her famous half-sister who got her a job on "Glee."
Robin Williams: I'm a big fan of the Khaleesi
Not only does he watch "Game of Thrones," but Williams is a big fan of "Defiance."
Joel McHale on "The Soup's" Episode 500: "We have a 50-year plan"
"This is Phase One, complete," he says. "Phase Two, the next 10 years." PLUS: Ranking the hosts of E!'s "Talk Soup" and "The Soup."
"Suburgatory" casts Geoff Pierson
He'll play Jane Levy's grandfather.
TCM to devote a day to Maggie Smith
A 24-hour tribute kicks off at 6 am ET Thursday.
"The Vampire Diaries" adds Shaun Sipos
The CW vet will bond with Elena.
"Today's" Jenna Wolfe welcomes a baby girl with her NBC News partner
She and and Stephanie Gosk have named their child Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk.
A&E's "Modern Dads" is the anti-"Real Housewives"
The reality show about four dads in Texas is, unlike the "Housewives," very realistic.
"Cold Case's" Kathryn Morris welcomes twins
The twin boys are the first kids for Morris and her actor husband.
While Aaryn may be HoH this week, let's face it: the house belongs to McCranda. Actually, let's be honest. The house belongs to Amanda, who apparently has all the hamsters under her sway like the Evil Queen on "Once Upon A Time." If this were a fairy tale, of course, Amanda would end up bursting into flames or having her heart ripped out. Alas, it isn't going to happen. But that would be killer ratings, CBS, so don't rule it out!
One of the things that seems to be part of being a lifelong film nerd is the making of lists. Obviously, I publish a list each year of what I consider the best films I've seen during the preceding 12 months, but I've also published lists that have to do with specific genres or that deal with something like my favorite films in a decade or even of all time.
In an interview I did with Edgar Wright yesterday, he talked about how as a kid he kept lists of all sorts of things. Films he wanted to see, films he'd seen already. I did the same thing, and I've known many film geeks over the years who have had their own lists at the ready. Quentin Tarantino was a hardcore film fan before anyone knew his name as a filmmaker, and one of the things that was clear going to see his various film festivals in Austin or Los Angeles over the years is that he is a omnivorous film consumer. He'll watch anything, hoping for a gem or a discovery, and he's shown me many movies that I never would have otherwise seen, some of which have become favorites of mine now as well.
As MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards approach, we’ll countdown to the Aug. 25 ceremony, which airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Bruno Mars, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Among the artists performing on the show are Lady Gaga, who will open the awards; Timberlake (with a rumored ‘N Sync reunion), Mars, and Cyrus.
We’ll look at a different category each day leading up to Aug. 25.
Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Fun., "Carry On"
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"
This is a race between Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” and given that it’s a fan-voted award, Cyrus’s fans will probably be the more active voters. “Mirrors” is the most artistic of the group, Cyrus’s is the weirdest. Fun.’s “Carry On” does a great job of setting the inspirational mood of the song and blends performance and story, but the band’s voters probably won’t come out en masse. Bruno Mars captures just the right energy for the retro “Locked Out Of Heaven.” Selena Gomez is the dark horse here- her fan base could coalesce to push “Come and Get It” to the top spot. It’s a beautifully shot clip with lush fields and lots of fashion changes.
Who Should Win: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Who Will Win: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
You know what sucks? Pregnancy. You know what sucks more? Being pregnant AND in prison. Just seven miles outside of downtown Chicago sits one of the country’s largest detention facilities; Cook County Jail is home to nearly 10,000 inmates awaiting trial, a growing segment of which is expectant mothers. In this all-new two-part series, Discovery Fit & Health explores how much it sucks to be "Pregnant Behind Bars." The show premieres Thurs. Aug. 22 at 10:00 p.m. Below, a clip!
"Prison Break's" Wentworth Miler: I'm gay
The 41-year-old Miller revealed his sexuality in declining an invitation to visit a Russian film festival over the country's new anti-gay laws.
Jane Lynch: "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute is the "most beautiful thing"
That's Lynch's take after reading the script. Before reading the script, Lynch told E that filming the episode is "gonna be awful."
Syfy developing a costume designer reality show
"Camera Ready" will have 10 "visionary costume designers" competing to create technologically interesting costumes for TV, movies and music videos.
OWN doubles "Love Thy Neighbor's" season order to 52 episodes
"The Haves And The Have Nots" has also been expanded to 36 episodes.
Melissa George is pregnant
The alum of "Alias," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Hunted" who will appear next season on "The Good Wife" announced she is expecting her first child.
"Parks and Recreation" is about to be attacked by a clone: "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany will be guest-starring in two episodes in the upcoming sixth season.
Maslany, who went from obscure Canadian actress to sensation playing multiple roles on the BBC America sci-fi series, will be playing a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford, whom "Parks" co-creator Mike Schur describes as "generally out of his league."
Schur added that he is "extraordinarily gaga bonkers psyched" about the casting, and said he was "tempted to have her play eleven individual characters, but it's probably best for reality to keep it at just the one."
Maslany will be one of many high-profile guests in the new "Parks" season (which debuts September 26 at 8, with an hour-long episode filmed on location in London), including Kristen Bell, Sam Elliott, Heidi Klum, Henry Winkler and more of Lucy Lawless. The series will also be saying goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe midway through the season.
It's the role that, according to theatrical cliché, every actress dreams of playing at least once in her life: Lady Macbeth. The conniving, persuasive, power-hungry -- and, finally, guilt-plagued -- wife of the stage's favorite tyrannical Scot has been played by everyone from Judi Dench to Simone Signoret to Vivien Leigh. But Natalie Portman -- for now, at least -- will not be joining that esteemed club, as Justin Kurzel's upcoming new screen version of "Macbeth" has swapped one Oscar-winner for another. Marion Cotillard will now be crying "Out, damned spot!" opposite Michael Fassbender's Mac. And, as far as I'm concerned, one of 2014's most exciting projects just got a little more so.
"Parks and Rec" gets Tatiana Maslany to romance Aziz Ansari
The "Orphan Black" star will appear in two episodes as a romantic interest for Tom Haverford.
"SVU" is doing a Trayvon Martin episode, with Cybill Shepherd in "George Zimmerman" role
Shepherd will play a vigilante charged in the shooting death of a black teen, with Jeffrey Tambor playing her lawyer.
Kim Kardashian's baby will be revealed on Kris Jenner's talk show
An "exclusive" photo will be shown on Friday's episode.
"The A-Team's" Omari Hardwick cast in lead of 50 Cent's "Power" drama
He'll play a NYC nightclub owner who lives a double life as a drug kingpin.
CW teaming with Debbie Allen for a new "Fame"-like drama
Unlike the TV series that aired in the '80s, this one will be set in Los Angeles.