The New York Film Festival scored a real coup in nabbing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice," for a Centerpiece slot at the upcoming 52nd annual event. The film has been an early favorite among awards prognosticators as Anderson has found recent luck in the season, even when the odds seemed stacked against him (such as when "The Master" appeared to be a bit of a lost cause with the actors before going on to score three Oscar nominations). But the way I hear it, "Inherent Vice" is a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience altogether. It is apparently a very faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, which offers a zany blend of humor that could — I stress could — prove a tough sell to Academy types.
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SAN DIEGO — The latest young adult novel to head to the big screen, "The Giver," showed its wares at Comic-Con 2014 on Thursday. Oscar winner and movie legend Jeff Bridges was on hand, but none other than original author Lois Lowry stole the show.
Another Thursday (July 24), another elimination in the “Big Brother” house. The outcome of tonight’s vote certainly seems all but assured, but in a world where Victoria managed to take herself off the block, anything’s possible.
Let’s get into Stealth Cowboy Mode and spy in on the housemates….
If nothing else, Sony's moderator was positively regal today.
In what I would consider a harbinger of things to come, this is the first time I've moderated a panel for a major studio in any room other than Hall H here at Comic-Con. Right now, TV just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and certain shows won't fit anywhere but Hall H. As a result, we were set for the Indigo Ballroom, where we had two films to discuss, and a very special guest to drive the event.
After all, when you've got Jack Black onstage, what else do you need?
I've had several people ask me now if I think "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the best of the Marvel movies so far. That's a hard question to answer, because I think there are many different things that I look for in a film, and none of the Marvel movies scratch the exact same itch.
What's safe to say is that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the most charming Marvel movie so far. The primary ensemble (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) is perhaps the most winning group of characters they've introduced in any of these movies so far, and while it's hard to figure out their dynamic when you just read their names together or even in clips, by the end of the film, this is a family that I would happily follow through any number of movies. I'm not sure I've ever seen a film in which every major character steals every scene from every other major character, but that's exactly what happens here. As my oldest son said as we were driving home from the film and he was trying to list all of his favorite parts of the movie, "It's like they're all good parts!"
Indeed. It is a movie of all good parts.
“Hannibal” will try the split-season approach for Season 3
Bryan Fuller says Season 3 will combine two seasons. “Two separate stories that’ll have two finales and so you get two seasons for the price of one,” he says. PLUS: Eddie Izzard will return via flashback, Clarice is part of a two-year plan, and watch the blooper reel.
Chris Carter: “There certainly have been conversations” about reviving “The X-Files"
Carter notes that he’s “very friendly” with Fox’s new bosses.
“Project Runway” is a lesson in today’s fashion world, despite failing to launch a true fashion star
Sure, Christian Siriano has found success. But he is the outlier, says Robin Givhan. She notes that “Project Runway” has "offered a nuanced tale about what success means in today’s fashion industry, why it is so difficult and why it mostly has nothing to do with having one’s name up in lights — or on the New York Stock Exchange.”
Jimmy Kimmel cracked Obama jokes on the night the president was supposed to visit
“He’s here in town to go to fundraisers, where he will spend the evening pretending to care about what celebrities think,” Kimmel said at the top of his monologue last night. “I feel like the president only comes to LA for money. He’s like a college student who comes home to do laundry and steal food from the refrigerator.”
Craig Ferguson: I’d be willing to do another talk show, but not right away
“I would do another one. I just don’t want to do this one anymore,” the “Late Late” host tells Larry King.
“Sleepy Hollow” unveils an Oculus Rift experience at Comic-Con
Experience the CW series in 3D.
“The View” media attention hasn’t done anything for the ratings
The ABC daytime talk show is actually down this July compared to last year.
“True Blood’s” Nelsan Ellis blasts Luke Grimes for quitting over gay role
“You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part? You make a big statement when you go, ‘I don’t want to play this part because it’s gay,” Ellis says. “You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects.”
Check out “The Walking Dead’s” Comic-Con booth
“Glenn go to terminus."
A “Sharknado 2” app will change the lighting in your room while you’re watching
The audio cue track translates on-screen action into ambient lighting effects. PLUS: Tara Reid really believes a “Sharknado” could happen in real life.
The Venezuelan “world’s tallest slum” used on “Homeland” last season has begun evicting squatters
The Torre David skyscraper was used in Season 3 to torture Nicolas Brody.
Watch Tatiana Maslany fight zombies as “Shaun of the Dead”
The “Orphan Black” star once went to a convention to meet the cast of “Shaun of the Dead."
Eric Stonestreet: I refused to take a picture with Rick Santorum
The “Modern Family” star didn’t like the conservative politician’s stance on gays.
Comedy Central unveils "The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail”
The standup showcase hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani gets the post “@midnight” slot.
Former Kate Gosselin nanny details the eavesdropping, plus the strict rulebook
"When Jon called the kids on the phone, Kate said to us nannies, ‘You are Kate, so always listen in on the phone calls,’” says the anonymous nanny.
Ricky Martin joins “The Voice” in Mexico
He was previously a coach on “The Voice Australia."
CBS signs a deal with author James Patterson
The long-term deal comes as a CBS is adapting his “Zoo” book.
It's been a long day in Ballroom 20.
And I watched thousands of young women squeal over Dylan O'Brien.
Now it's time to cap off Comic-Con Thursday with Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." While Eva Green is absent -- Too busy to kick off her 2015 Emmy campaign here? -- we have many of the "Penny Dreadful" men, including creator John Logan, Reeve "Dorian Gray" Carney, Harry "Frankenstein" Treadaway and Josh "Werewolf Guy" Harnett.
Aisha Tyler is moderating. Click through and follow along...
I don't know if you noticed but DC Comics (kind of arbitrarily) declared yesterday "Batman Day." There's nothing really noteworthy about July 23, but it was the opening day of Comic-Con in the year of Batman's 75th anniversary, so they went for it. And today, as part of the overall celebration, a new image of Ben Affleck from Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has been revealed.
SAN DIEGO — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November.
Based on traditional ratings alone, NBC's "Hannibal" is among the least-watched shows on the traditional broadcast networks. But its reputation among the sorts of fans who come to Comic-Con has grown with each passing year. Two summers ago, it was just one half of a Bryan Fuller-focused panel (which also focused on his attempt to reboot "The Munsters" as "Mockingbird Lane") in a very small room. Last summer, it moved to a slightly bigger room to accommodate Fuller and Hugh Dancy. This year, even without Dancy or Mads Mikkelsen or Laurence Fishburne, "Hannibal" has graduated to the big time, taking over the Convention Center's mammoth Ballroom 20 for a panel subtitled "Embrace the Madness," featuring Fuller, director David Slade, writer/producer Steven Lightfoot, longtime Hannibal Lecter producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and supporting players Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams, and moderated by Jonathan Ross.
“Community” will stay the same on Yahoo, but it won’t return before Christmas
“My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries make themselves felt,” Dan Harmon said at Comic-Con. ” I don’t want to take the wheels off so much that people think, ‘This is a new show.’” PLUS: Episodes won't be binge-released -- they'll be put out weekly.
“Teen Wolf” renewed for a super-sized Season 5
The MTV drama will be back with 20 episodes next year.
NBC to burn off the final 2 “Crossbones” episodes next week on a Saturday
Following this week’s regularly scheduled episode, the final two “Crossbones” episodes will air on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Melissa Gilbert is headed to “Secrets & Lies”
The "Little House on the Prairie” will return to ABC in a recurring role.
It's been a busy day already in Comic-Con's Ballroom 20.
We watched "Scorpion," a.k.a. "Katherine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler," which was surprisingly well-received by the crowd.
Now, after some quality time with Adelaide Kane and "Reign," it's time for the panel most of the crowd has been waiting to see...
"Community" is back...