One film we're keeping half an eye on for the upcoming awards season is Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a starry thriller about fraternal loyalties tested to the limit, with a starry cast led by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. It's Cooper's first film since 2009's "Crazy Heart," which won two Oscars (including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), while producers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott.
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Part 4 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.
Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).
Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and also embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.
It's time for the season finale of "The Big Brain Theory," which finds astronaut and guest judge Buzz Aldrin joining host Kal Penn to see if the final two contestants are up for the toughest challenge yet: creating a portable bridge that can be deployed from the bed of a truck. You mean that doesn't come included?
We now have our "So You Think You Can Dance" top 20, and the good news is that it seems like a talented bunch. In past seasons, there have definitely been some people who squeaked through on personality and an impressive core competency (cough, Cyrus, cough), and while that will might be true this season as well there's still a lot to like. Finding any dance who can sashay seamlessly through hip hop to ballroom and Sonya Tayeh routines is sort of like finding a diamond in your sofa cushions. Not impossible, but pretty rare.
Finally… an "Anchorman 2" trailer that features some actual footage from the film.
What amazes me is that they've got footage in there from the last day of shooting, which was only two weeks ago. I would imagine they've been cutting as they've been shooting because they're going to be in theaters in December, and knowing the way Adam McKay works, they probably shot about a bazillion feet of footage to give themselves plenty of options for each scene.
When I was at the "Despicable Me 2" press day last week, I wrapped up my interview with Steve Carrell and, as I stood up to leave, mentioned that I had visited the very end of the shoot, and Carrell just lit up. He told me that he thinks it's going to be completely insane this time, and even trying to describe his reaction to what they shot, he had a hard time keeping himself from laughing.
It's time to walk the green mile, dancers! This is the point at which the show finally starts getting interesting. Not that the auditions aren't interesting, but it's impossible to get invested in anyone when there are so many people (and so many of them go home). This is really the first time we get to see the chosen few with customized choreography, actual costumes (and not sweats) and the benefit of some rehearsal on a few hours of sleep. While Vegas Week seems to exist to test exactly how much crap they can put up with and still perform in a relatively good mood, we're now at the part of the series where we can see what everyone's got, without the "Survivor" element at play.
If you simply can't wait to see the final 20, go ahead and click here for our photo gallery.
One of the things that has always impressed me about Pete and Bob Farrelly is how no matter how big their films got or how much hype there was around them at a given moment, they still seemed to be two guys running a small family business, surrounded by friends and unconcerned with much beyond their personal work.
When you look at the credits for their films, you see a lot of the same names each time, and that's because they really do create a sense of community with their casts and crews. They take care of the people who help them make their films, and I have always gotten a sense of enormous loyalty from the people around them. When the guys say they want to do something, they stick with it, too. "The Three Stooges" is a movie they wanted to make for at least a decade, and the gradual process of chipping away until they figured out how to do it was all part of what they eventually made. "The Heartbreak Kid" was a pet project for years, a film that had inspired them profoundly that they really wanted to put a personal stamp on. Whatever you think of those films, they were things that mattered to the guys, things they fought for over time.
Report: Charlie Sheen called Selma Blair the C-word in text message firing her
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that Blair's role won't be recast, but a new actress is being sought. She adds: "I also hear that Blair was not the only member of the show's cast and crew that was frustrated by Sheen’s work habits as I hear they would often sit and wait for hours for him to show up for work. Though it was Blair voicing her concerns that got Sheen to flip out and get her sacked."
Jimmy Kimmel releases "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" music video
Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, along with other celebs, star in a video based on their post-Oscars "Jimmy Kimmel Live" skit.
"The Simpsons" coming out with a new toy line featuring its celebrity guest-stars
The "Simpson"-ized versions of Hugh Hefner, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock and James Brown will be among those getting the "Simpsons" toy treatment.
Betty White posts a handwritten letter addressed to the Internet
"Dear Internet," she writes, please watch Wednesday's live "Hot in Cleveland."
In Norway, viewers love slow-moving reality shows
18 hours of swimming salmon? A 30-hour nonstop interview? Turns out viewers in the Scandinavian country will watch anything that consumes a lot of time.
"Mad Men" Season 6 has been a horror-filled year
With its horrific setting in 1968, Matthew Weiner has filled this season with images and reminders of horror. So much so that Season 6 has played out like a scary movie, says James Poniewozik. "Maybe someone will die in Sunday’s Mad Men, but I don’t think that’s the kind of horror movie we're watching," he says. "In the one that we’re watching, the horrible thing is that you survive. And you worry. And you wait." PLUS: Was Dick Whitman raped?, Can AA help Don Draper?, Vincent Kartheiser doesn't think Pete is gay, meet the writer behind '80s Don Draper, and Jon Hamm appreciates the anti-Mets dig.
MTV trying to appeal to 14- to 17-year-olds
The cable network once again is shifting its programming strategy to appeal to a younger demographic.
Ed Hardy blames Jon Gosselin for his brand's demise
When he was famous, the "Jon & Kate" star was always photographed wearing Ed Hardy clothes. "That Jon Gosselin thing was the nail in the coffin," says Ed Hardy. "That’s what tanked it."
Watch a preview of Disney Channel's new "Mickey Mouse" cartoons
The new shortform series debuts June 28.
Why doesn't TV have more househusbands?
Stay-at-home dads are truly underrepresented on TV shows.
Oxygen orders "Secret Celebrity," starring celebs in disguise
The Wendy Williams-produced show will feature such celebs as Ice-T and Coco and Nick Lachey.
Why "Revenge" is interested in its own clothing line
The show's costume designer, Jill Ohannesson, thinks there's interest in people dressing like Victoria and Emily, and even Nolan.
Discovery's "Blood & Oil" feels contrived
The family oil reality show, premiering tonight, has a lot of fake-sounding dialogue.
Check out "Game of Thrones" stars in previous roles
Here's a chart showing each character next to a past role.
Does a "Law & Order" appearance lead to an Emmy?
Nearly half of the drama supporting actor and actress trophies since 1990 have gone to "L&O" alums.
Disney Channel orders "I Didn't Do It"
The comedy pilot stars Olivia Holt and Austin North as fraternal twins.
Introducing the Periodic Table of Muppets
Each muppet/puppeteer gets an element.
I am inordinately fond of Kristen Wiig.
When I saw an early, slightly shaggier cut of "Knocked Up," one of the first things I said afterwards to Apatow is that whoever the network lady at E! was, she was fascinating. Every moment she's on screen in that film, she's the only one I'm watching. The choices she made, the way she twisted every line… just fascinating.
That was right around the time she was starting to blow up on "Saturday Night Live," and over the course of her years on the show, she really carved out a spot for herself as a singular talent. Her approach to character entertains me because she never does what one would expect. I feel like she's a throwback to the early days of the show, when Anne Beatts and Marilyn Miller wrote pieces for Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman that were gentle and smart and utterly unlike anything that the boys on the show were doing.
Selma Blair out at "Anger Management"
After Charlie Sheen threatened to quit if Selma Blair wasn't fired, Lionsgate, the studio behind the FX show, has announced that Blair won't return to the FX series. "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to 'Anger Management' and we wish her the very best," the studio said in a statement.
On “Talk A Good Game,” Kelly Rowland has a lot more than talking on her mind. The ex-Destiny’s Child member focuses on her R&B side on the new set, her first since 2011’s “Here I Am.” The songs range from salutes to sex to her admission that she is jealous of her buddy/ Destiny’s Child mate Beyonce in a strikingly confessional tune. Though a few of the songs sound too similar, overall, it’s a striking showcase for Rowland’s voice.
We take you track-by-track through “Talk,” which is out today.
1. “Freak”: Rowland gets her freak on with this hand-clapping, synthetic track celebrating the fact that “everybody’s somebody’s freak.” She wants to be yours. Is someone seriously going to say no? The song, produced by Nate “Danja” Hills, is as sexy as a robotic track can be.
2. “Kisses Down Low”: The seksi time continues with this ode to oral sex. It’s graphic enough that she’s giving instruction (“a little more to the left”). Produced by Mike Will Make It, the song is bolstered by a very deep-voiced man echoing some of the lyrics. The sexually explicit will either turn you on or be just too much.
3. “Gone” featuring Wiz Khalifa: Built around Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” this sassy, break-up song is Rowland’s version of “Irreplaceable.” She gave him her heart, but he let it slip through his fingers and he’s going to be sorry in this mid-tempo, Harmony Samuels-produced track that has attitude to spare. Wiz Khalifa plays the boy who thinks she only wants to break up to make up. It’s a nice counterpoint and his giggle is infectious.
4. “Talk A Good Game” featuring Kevin Cossom: The title track is a mid-tempo shuffler, produced by T-Minus, lamenting why love has to be so hard. A gun-shy Rowland doesn’t think she can “take another broken promise,” so before she gives her heart away again (remember, she’s getting over the heartbreak from the dude in “Gone”), she needs to know her next boy can be honest.
5. “Down On Love”: She’s working a theme here as “Gone,” “Talk” and “Down” all deal with men who had disappointed her. The sleek, well-produced tune set to a military beat show’s off Rowland’s vulnerable vocals as she professes she’s been down on love lately after another 5 a.m. call from her loser boyfriend has left her brokenhearted. The song subtly samples The Whispers’ “Rock Steady.”
6. “Dirty Laudry”: The track that everyone is talking about from “Talk.” In The-Dream-produced slow dirge-like jam, Rowland confesses to her jealousy of Beyonce post- Destiny’s Child, but that’s not the only revelation. She tells of an abusive relationship in a world-weary tone. And it sounds like Beyonce came to the rescue. “When my sister was on stage killing it like a mother/I was enraged.... Bitter/Sweet, I was up/she was down....Meanwhile this snake putting his hands on me...” It’s compelling and exhausting to listen to at the same time. There’s nothing else on the album that matches the vulnerable admissions here.
7. “You Changed” “Ladies, y’all want to do it again?” Beyonce asks in a sultry tone on this track that reunites Bey, Rowland and Michel’le Williams. The layered, mid-tempo groove is another “I’ve left you behind” tune, telling a guy to scram. It’s Beyonce’s song and the two others merely provide adornment, but’s nice to hear the three of them together again.
8. “I Remember”: This mid-tempo shuffler, propelled by a thumping beat, cries out for a dance remix, by her buddy David Guetta if not someone else. In the track that showcases her voice to the best effect, she looks back at a relationship gone bad. With its layered vocals and sly, relentless beat, it’s one of the album’s strongest tunes.
9. “Red Wine”: Another groove-driven track that relies more on atmospheric production and feel than a strong song. Rowland’s vocals float above the ethereal beats.
10. “This Is Love”: A slow-downed gauzy dance track, prefaced by an organ, finds Rowland finally giving in to love again “Don’t wake me/I must be dreaming,” she sings in the stutter beat song. The album’s most unreservedly romantic tune.
11. “Street Life” featuring Pusha T: Pharrell-produced tune, reminiscent of “In da Club” and Destiny Child’s “ Jumpin’, Jumpin”,” the track has an urban, swaying feel and an edge provided by Pusha T’s rap about a dope dealer. Sounds unlike anything else on the album.
12. “Stand In Front Of Me”: Another slow jam about keeping your man satisfied. This one’s sweeter than it is explicit, but Rowland and Pharrell, who produced the track, hit all the right notes. She could be talking about a proposal when she sings about “getting down on bended knee.”