A month after attending the world premiere of Chris Rock's "Top Five" at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, I still can't get it out of my head. I have not laughed louder or more often in a theater this year. "Top Five" is also the one movie from Toronto I cannot wait to see again. It's simply the truth.
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An Ebola TV series is in the works
Producers Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott are developing a limited series for Fox TV studios based on the 1994 best-seller “The Hot Zone,” which covers the entire history of the disease. The series will also cover the current Ebola outbreak.
Maria Menounos: My car was attacked while leaving JFK airport
Someone smashed the E! host’s car window with a tire iron while she was merging onto the expressway, which at first she assumed was gunfire.
NBC is remaking “The IT Crowd" for 2nd time
Bill Lawrence is working on remaking the hit UK comedy for NBC, which remade “The It Crowd” in 2006 with Joel McHale. “The IT Crowd” is about a group of nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation.
Right away, "The Book Of Life" is appealing to me on a purely visual level. Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish. Using CG to create a tactile world and a style that feels like part puppet, part cartoon gives the characters an unusual quality.
It's kind of a lovely moment for family-audience movies right now. If you're in the right area this weekend, your options include "The Book Of Life," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," all of which are excellent exercises in voice. It's true that Pixar and Dreamworks have house styles, that there is a thread that runs through the way their films look and feel that unites them. And it's hard not to get used to it. Familiarity sometimes hurts the reception to these films because we're used to seeing them get it right. It's still an incredible accomplishment any time you make a good animated film, a monumental task of artistry and collaboration, and we sometimes take for granted that big companies make it look easy.
“Peter Pan Live!’s” poster unveiled
Christopher Walken’s giant menacing face looms over a soaring Allison Williams as Peter Pan in NBC’s official poster for the Dec. 4 event. PLUS: See a behind-the-scenes photo of Walken rehearsing.
Lena Dunham got Jimmy Kimmel to portray the voice of her vagina
Kimmel participated in last night’s Dunham book event in L.A.
CNN staffers were captured making light of the Ebola crisis
See the “New Day” photo that was tweeted out — and soon deleted.
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A lot has happened since we last talked to composer Steven Price. This little movie he scored called "Gravity" took off with critics, audiences and the Academy and he walked away with an Oscar for his troubles. Now he's on David Ayer's bold WWII film "Fury," and once again, he's bringing a non-traditional touch to genre.
Damien Rice found the most beautiful docks of all the docks and got sad on it.
"Change You" is danceably upbeat wild party ride of a firework, with lots of cheerful whistles and a rap verse.
Just kidding, it's a slow, mellow, bummed-out chugger, which we've grown to know and love about Rice. The video matches: all blue hues and wet wool, Rice is solitary as an oyster on his gorgeous Icelandic dock, with small jilts of movement and crawling motions to and from the water until that bridge (the song bridge, not a bridge-bridge) where he has himself a little Thom Yorke-ian freak-out which I could scarcely call a "dance."
"My Favourite Faded Fantasy" will be released on Nov. 10, almost exactly eight years after his last album "9" dropped.
Here are Damien Rice's North American tour dates, all of which are sold-out:
October 16 New York, NY The Box
October 17 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
October 18 New York, NY The Box
November 15 New York, NY Apollo Theater
November 21 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Oscar finally has a host, Neil Patrick Harris, but does she have a frontrunner yet? Not really.
This has been a curious awards season so far in terms of the Best Picture race. There are a number of potential contenders that could win it all, but even the films that have already screened such as "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Birdman" and "Boyhood" haven't really separated themselves from the pack (not yet, anyway). That will all change when Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" begins to screen for critics, pundits and the industry soon.
Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as "chief of secrecy"
Watch Colbert complain, over the phone, about his new title.
Joan Rivers’ official cause of death released
The coroner ruled that Rivers died due to lack of oxygen to the brain. She was sedated with Propofol when she during the botched procedure on her throat.
“South Park” releases full Lorde parody song, apparently sung by Sia
Internet sleuths figured out that the voice sounds like Sia. She was even represented on the show. Even Lorde herself says Sia was involved. PLUS: “South Park” takes on Silicon Valley’s transportation war.
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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
CBS and ABC tied in the Wednesday ratings among young adults — CBS with its usual lineup, ABC swapping in animated holiday specials for its 8'clock sitcoms — though CBS handily won the night overall among total viewers.
For the night, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, and 9.29 million viewers overall, while ABC did a 2.1 with 6.51 million viewers. NBC was third (1.5, 7.5 million), followed by FOX (1.1, 3.39 million) and the CW (0.6, 1.94 million).
8 p.m. -- "Survivor" (2.3, 9.32 million viewers) won the hour for CBS, with "Toy Story of TERROR!" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" combining to be down slightly (2.0, 6.28 million) from "The Middle" and "The Goldbergs." "The Mysteries of Laura" was third for NBC (1.3, 8.52 million), followed by "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX (1.2, 3.66 million) and "Arrow" on the CW (0.8, 2.25 million).
9 p.m. -- ABC won the hour thanks to "Modern Family" (3.3, 9.46 million) and "Black-ish" (2.5, 6.92 million), which was down from last week but steady from the week before. CBS was second with "Criminal Minds" (2.4, 10.75 million), followed by "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC (1.7, 7.27 million), "Red Band Society" on FOX (0.9, 3.11 million), and a "The Flash" repeat on the CW (0.5, 1.63 million), that roughly equaled the debut audience for "Jane the Virgin" two nights earlier.
10 p.m. -- "Stalker" put CBS back in first place (1.7, 7.8 million), ahead of "Chicago PD" on NBC (1.6, 6.71 million) and "Nashville" on ABC (1.3, 5.08 million).
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
“I'd made it this far and refused to give up, because all my life, I had always finished the race," wrote American World War II POW and Olympic long-distance runner Louis Zamperini in his autobiography "Devil at My Heels." It's a powerful line considering Zamperini's tragic life story, one the new trailer for "Unbroken" boils down the quote Sean Parker-style to its punchiest (and slightly nonsensical) bit: "All my life I had always finished the race." Sure, that sounds inspirational.
“Twin Peaks” book will reveal what happened over the past 25 years
Co-creator Mark Frost is behind "The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” which will offer a deeper look into the original series. It’s due out in late 2015. Frost said in a statement: “This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
"It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” beat most new shows last night in the demo
In fact, only four shows beat the 48-year-old rerun in demo numbers.
“Game of Thrones” confirms it’ll break its “no flashbacks” rule next season
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced the news this week in Spain: "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."
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Dane DeHaan. Molly Shannon. And the great John C. Reilly. All of them in a great deal of pain. All of them mourning the loss of Beth (Aubrey Plaza).
So why is it funny?
"Life After Beth" is on its way to home video on October 21st, and there will be some deleted scenes included among the extra features on the disc. Today, we've got one of those scenes for you, and it comes from early in the film. At this point, Beth has died, and her boyfriend (DeHaan) and her parents (Shannon and Reilly) are still in shock, still trying to process what's happened.