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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, spends its fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, only two weeks fewer than the duo’s debut single, “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz.
The rap pair has had a song in the top 10 for every week of 2013, matched only by Bruno Mars with “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man,” which falls 4-10 this week, according to Billboard.
Following “Can’t Hold Us,” the remaining top 3 remains the same as last week: Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess is No. 2 and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is No. 3.
Daft Punk, which has the top album on the Billboard 200, continues to enjoy its biggest success on the Hot 100 in the French duo’s history as “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, leaps 10-4. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” sails up one spot to 6-5.
Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” also rises one place 5-6, while Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX regains some traction, climbing 9-7. Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko falls 5-8 and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” slips 8-9.
The big news outside of the Top 10 is that “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech floats onto the chart at No. 28, based largely on digital sales. As you may have read, 18-year old Sobiech died last week after a four-year battle with cancer. As his disease progressed, he turned to writing and performing music to help him cope. The ballad became a viral sensation, especially after a number of celebrities, including Bryan Cranston and Sarah Silverman, expressed their support for Sobiech and the song.
I've finished watching all 15 episodes of the new "Arrested Development." As promised, I've written one big review of the whole thing. The bulk of it's not particularly spoiler-y, so if you haven't watched it all (or any of it) yet, you can safely read until I get to the bullet points. If you want to know nothing at all, don't read, but my thoughts are coming up just as soon as the glitter is shrapnel-grade...
John Fogerty turned Los Angeles’ stately, chandeliered El Rey Theater into a gritty roadhouse bar Tuesday night.
The 2-hour concert, which aired live on AXS TV, celebrated Fogerty’s 68th birthday and the release of his new album, “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” which features the Creedence Clearwater Revival rocker performing his greatest hits with artists ranging from the Foo Fighters to Miranda Lambert. As poster boards in the venue reminded patrons, May 28 also marked the 45th anniversary of the release of the first CCR album. (Read our review of "Wrote A Song For Everyone" here).
While it would have been totally understandable to expect a number of the guests on “Wrote A Song For Everyone” to show up for the album’s release party, other than Fogerty’s sons, who appear on “Lodi,” there were no such surprises. No one was stealing the show from the birthday boy. Early on, Fogerty explained that the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was celebrating his wife’s birthday as he launched into “Fortunate Son” and teased that Bob Seger might show up for “Who’ll Stop The Rain” before admitting that Seger was home in Detroit.
While it’s tempting to remark on Fogerty’s relentless energy for someone eligible for social security, the fact is his passion is laudable for an entertainer of any age. It’s clear he still relishes nothing more than ripping off a good guitar solo or going for an extended jam on such numbers as “Ramble Tamble,” a time-shifting, key-changing track from 1970’s “Cosmo’s Factory.” His many guitars got as good a work out as he did.
Fogerty front loaded the show with hits, including “Fortunate Son,” “Green River,” “Looking Out My Back Door” and “Born On The Bayou.” The middle section was devoted to swampy, long jams that were played with verve, but brought the energy level down from the opening, well-known tunes. Yes, he was the birthday boy and it was his party and his rules, but it sometimes felt like he was streamrolling through tunes such as “Somebody Help Me” and “Blue Moon Nights,” albeit with sterling accompaniment from the always reliable powerhouse Kenny Aronoff on drums.
The hit parade came back for the show’s latter portion with the non-stop roll of “Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Keep on Chooglin,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Centerfield,” “Old Man Down The Road” and then “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary” for encores. (The set list alone suggests that there could definitely be a “Wrote A Song For Everyone Vol. 2” given the number of hits left off the first edition).
“I love playing rock and roll for y’all and seeing the smiles on your faces,” Fogerty said to the audience toward the end. Perhaps that was the best birthday present of all.
De La Soul have now added visuals to their comeback single "Get Away (Feat. The Spirit of the Wu)," as the three originators can be found deeply embedded in a Rubik's Cube.
"The feel is definitely gritty, hard and sounds like a Wu record, so out of inspirational respect, we included featuring 'The Spirit of the Wu' in the song title," Posdnuos told Rolling Stone of the track "Get Away."
Check out the cool clip below: the song is the first to arrive from "You're Welcome," their new album due this fall. As previously reported, De La Soul's "You're Welcome" will be the hip-hop crew's first album featuring all its members since 2004.
Their last album was 2004's "The Grind Date," though Dave and Posdnuos also combined forces for last year's "First Serve."
"Two and a Half Men" adding Charlie Harper's long-lost daughter
The new female character joining the cast full-time next season will be in her late teens/early 20s.
"Big Brother: After Dark" moving to TVGN
The spinoff show will air live for two hours each night starting at midnight.
Courteney Cox finalizes divorce with David Arquette
Their marriage, which began in 1999, is officially over.
"Game of Thrones" adding 3 new major characters for Season 4
Three characters from "A Storm of Swords." PLUS: Check out HBO's "Thrones" cookies.
Charlie Brown inspires hip-hop song
MC ScienZe samples "Peanuts" in a new song.
Watch "Workaholics" star Anders Holm address college grads
The 2003 University of Wisconsin-Madison alum addressed his alma mater.
Here are the best "Inside the Actor's Studio" moments from Episodes 1-249
James Lipton tonight celebrates the 250th episode of his Bravo series.
"Community's" Yvette Nicole Brown returning to "The Soul Man"
She'll reprise her role as Cedric the Entertainer's neighbor.
"Next Top Model's" Lisa D'Amato is pregnant
D'Amato is expecting a boy, as her sonogram reveals.
Read the BBC memo calling "Fawlty Towers" as "dire as its title"
The 1974 memo from a "comedy script editor" was, of course, ignored.
CBS tonight launches "The American Baking Competition"
Can this food competition succeed on network TV?