Superman has a long and, frankly, completely barking insane history.
One of the amazing things about a character like Superman is that because of his longevity, you can read through his publishing history and trace the various ebbs and flows of the comic industry. You can see how storytelling developed, and you can see how DC managed their key players because no matter what, Superman is always involved.
"Man Of Steel" is just a few weeks away now, and it is officially time to start getting very, very excited. Right now, fans are still speculating about what sort of riffs the new film will play on the long-established conventions of the character and the world around him. Will we see Lex Luthor in the new film? Is he a reporter for the Daily Planet? How do they handle Krypton's fate? Why does General Zod want him and how much does Superman know about his true identity as Kal-El?
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Superman has a long and, frankly, completely barking insane history.
When you show a character onscreen doing something that is supposed to be genuine magic, the use of special effects and camera trickery is perfectly acceptable and even understood as a given. When you're showing a character onscreen who is performing stage magic, something meant to be an illusion performed for a live crowd, I find it far more problematic when I don't believe what I'm looking at. "Now You See Me" is energetic, well-cast, and very, very narratively busy, but it fails the most basic test for me: the magic is a bust, so nothing else matters.
I'm sure having David Copperfield consult and build things for you is a great anecdote for the press day, and they get the trappings of stage magic right, especially as it pertains to Las Vegas. But there's not a moment in this movie where it doesn't feel like a movie, like everything is heightened and slightly ridiculous and impossible, and for that reason, I find myself less able to engage with the genial caper film that uses magic more as set dressing than anything else.
NBC has renewed "Hannibal" for a second season.
"Hannibal" renewed for Season 2
NBC's final bubble show of last season got good news: It'll be back for a 13-episode 2nd season.
Nicki Minaj confirms she's leaving "American Idol," too
After Mariah Carey confirmed her exit, Minaj tweeted: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"
Robin Roberts: Daytime talk show host?
ABC is said to be considering Roberts for her own syndicated talk show that would be a spinoff from "GMA."
Oprah tells Harvard grads: "I have turned that network around"
After picking up an honorary doctorate, Oprah Winfrey told Harvard graduates that she worked hard to turn OWN around in time for her speech.
Animal rights activist Alec Baldwin explains why he's OK introducing bear-hunting documentary
Baldwin says he was told the Nat Geo doc "Mystery Bear of the Arctic" he's introducing involved a legal hunt.
Dr. Phil: My family members lost a house in the Oklahoma tornado
"I have family there whose entire house was wiped off this land," he said on his talk show.
Marine biologist: Animal Planet's "Mermaids" doc was irresponsible
The "fake documentaries" had plenty of people fooled.
"30 Rock"-inspired poster features all 204 hats worn by Frank
Check out the poster from designer Jon Skaggs.
Martin Short is writing his memoir
"Although I've never read a book all the way through, I'm sure excited to write one," Short said in a statement announcing his memoir from HarperCollins.
Topless women disrupt Heidi Klum's "Germany's Next Top Model" finale
Two topless women with anti-Heidi messages scrawled on their bodies stormed the stage.
"Arrested Development" on Netflix is something completely new: "dada televisual art"
"It's like the bastard comic progeny of 'Rashomon,' 'Memento, and 'The Dictionary of the Khazars.' On acid," says Christopher Orr. "As such, it all but demands to be watched in as compressed a schedule as one can manage without sacrificing health, employment, or custody of one's children." PLUS: Season 4 will ultimately be remembered for its greatness, and Lindsay Bluth's plastic surgery has been referenced many times.
Tyler Perry's "Love Thy Neighbor" debuts to strong ratings on OWN
About 1.65 million watched last night's debut of Perry's 2nd comedy for OWN. PLUS: Is Perry the Lena Dunham of black people?
Shonda Rhimes played a "Scandal" season finale prank on Joshua Malina
In one version of the script, David Rosen dies at the end.
BBC debuts a comedy about early 20th century suffragettes
Watch a preview of "Up with Women."
Mike Rowe offers "Alternative Catch" commentary to "Deadliest Catch"
What if Rowe decided to do his own commentary on the hit reality show?
Autumn Reeser is expecting her 2nd child
The former "O.C." and "Last Resort" star revealed the news on Twitter.
Behind the scenes of "The Mindy Project"
Spend a day in the life of Mindy & Co.
Check out the Sharon Tate photoshoot that inspired "Mad Men"
Esquire has posted its photos from the 1967 photo shoot.
How to achieve that natural "Nashville" look
"Nashville's" makeup artist shows how she makes Hayden Panettiere glow.
Bill Hader doubts we'll see Stefon again
The "SNL" character won't even likely appear in a movie.
"Big Bang Theory" vs. "Mary Tyler Moore"
Turns out "MTM" characters have "Big Bang" doubles.
Aussie writer: "The Americans" is "Felicity: The Next Generation"
Keri Russell is essentially reprising Felicity Porter in her new FX series, says Jenna Clarke, who adds: "The similarities between Elizabeth and Felicity aren't just superficial."
Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) and Miley Cyrus’s video for “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” pays homage to the ones who have left us.
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The reggae-inflected track from Snoop Lion’s new album, “Reincarnated,” is a loping number with an enigmatic video that takes place in a city with a spectral, track-suited Snoop dancing and smoking his way through some seeming conflict. He and Cyrus never appear together or in the main action of the video other than as projections on glass, puddles, etc.
I’m not sure if the “full up all the ashtrays” is just another way of saving “smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em,” but the rest of clip features some people in conflict, a little girl idyllically jumping rope, and an old man feeding the pigeons... all tableaux from the modern inner city, as Snoop and Cyrus remind us to “raise a glass to the memories,” and as his huffing and puffing shows, clearly also light one up for them as well.
Check out my interview with Snoop Lion about “Reincarnated” here
Mariah Carey confirms she's leaving 'Idol,' via retweet
Carey's official Twitter account retweeted a tweet by her PR firm that she is saying goodbye to "American Idol."
"The Voice" expanding to 2 hours for final performance shows
The June 10 and June 17 performance shows will each run two hours.
"House of Cards" adds Molly Parker and Sam Page
Details of their roles have yet to be revealed.
Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis designs Telluride Film Festival's 40th annual poster
With Cannes but a memory we look forward to the rest of the summer and, soon after, the dawn of the 2013-2014 film awards season. The starting gun will, as always, be the Venice and Telluride film festivals, followed by Toronto soon after, and we'll be well on our way.
This year Telluride will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in style with an extra day of screenings (though not an expanded slate, just more opportunity to see everything) as well as a new venue, "The Werner Herzog Theatre," named after the famed director who has made the annual trip to Colorado for decades. Before long there will be plenty of buzzing about what films could pop up there -- "Labor Day?" "Nebraska?" "Out of the Furnace?" -- but for now, things are just gearing up, and it all started today with the release of this year's poster art for the fest.
Jenna Elfman may replace Parker Posey on NBC's "Family Guide"
She's in talks to join the midseason comedy.
Netflix exec slams NY Times for its negative "Arrested Development" review
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said The Times' review was "like the equivalent of writing a review of the first 10 minutes of a movie, you’re probably not going to have a great experience."
Web show pits "Survivor" alums vs. "Big Brother" alums
The Kickstarter-funded "Reality Gamemaster" will have the reality vets competing in a game of Risk.
"Game of Thrones'" Dothraki language creator translates pop-culture phrases
"Breaking Bad's" Walter White would say: "Anha vekhikh fin mema."
Netflix plans to triple its spending on original programming
Currently, Netflix only spends less than 5% of its revenues on original shows.
Conan O'Brien: How "Breaking Bad" should end
Says Conan: "We all know that Gus Fring didn't die..."
"The League" star wants to use Kickstarter to become "super rich"
Watch Jon Lajoie's fake Kickstarter plea.
"SNL" tries UltraHD
Some of the pre-taped bits from the past few months were shot in a format with four times the data of HD.
Animal Planet renews "River Monsters"
"River Monsters" is Animal Planet's most-watched show.
Every season, there are a few reality TV show ideas that make me wonder if we are, in fact, done. After all, what's next? "Waiting in Line for Movie Tickets: The Fight to the Finish" or maybe "Stuck in Traffic without Music: The Will to Survive"? There are only so many jobs, so many situations and so many contests that have inherent dramatic value. By the way, don't be stealin' that movie tickets idea. I may pitch it to basic cable yet.
Alligators, men falling from the ceiling and going to church: just another day in the life of OneRepublic.
The pop-rock band is about to premiere the new music video to "Counting Stars" tomorrow (May 31) and gave HitFix the exclusive look behind-the-scenes of the shoot.
British director James Lees -- who's worked on vids with Bloc Party and Two Door Cinema Club -- helms the clip, which was shot in the basement of an old church in New Orleans. The Colorado band describes wanting to bring on a Brit for their use of color, but they actually appear to end up under the cloud-cover of dust. Literally.
Watch the video below for the cameo by Bruce Willis' stunt double, chatter from all five band members and a taste of Ryan Tedder's continually improving dance abilities.