Latest Blog Posts

Bérénice Bejo in "The Past."
Bérénice Bejo in "The Past."
Credit: Memento Films

Cannes Review: 'The Past' is an intimate but exacting breakdown of several separations

Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to Oscar-winning 'A Separation' plays to his strengths

CANNES - For Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi, following up the near-unanimous acclaim of his Oscar-winning 2011 film "A Separation" with a similarly articulate dramatic study of, well, separation was either the most foolhardy thing he could do -- or the smartest. An intricately knotted, almost exhaustingly even-handed examination of tensions and untruths in a trio of marriages -- one past, one future and one stuck in a purgatorial present -- "The Past" further showcases Farhadi's dexterity as a dramatist of uncommon perspicacity and fairness.

Read Full Post

'The Office' goes out with a mushy series finale

"The Office" goes out with a mushy series finale

"The finale," says Willa Paskin, "demonstrated just how much the American 'Office' fundamentally does not care about the cringe. It was shamelessly softhearted: since when are Kevin and Dwight even friends?" She notes that the American "Office" was a disavowal of the original's premise -- "it was a burnishing of office life and drone work." PLUS: It was a tremendously satisfying conclusion.

"Scandal" stages an on-stage table read of the finale
Reading in front of an audience allowed the cast to use less profanity, joked Shonda Rhimes.

Amazon passes on "Zombieland"
"I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans," tweeted exec producer Rhett Reese. "You guys successfully hated it out of existence."

Jimmy Kimmel presents "The Baby Bachelor"
Starring Kimmel's nephew, Wesley.

"Warehouse 13" renewed for a 6-episode final season
Season 5 will be the Syfy drama's last.

Watch "SNL's" final promos of the season with Ben Affleck and Kanye West
Featuring possible departing cast member Fred Armisen.

Candice Glover wins "Idol" after being twice rejected
"I'm still trying to process the whole thing," she said after last night's finale. "It feels amazing, though." PLUS: "Idol" is not dead yet.

Adam Sandler to Jay Leno: Go to Fox

Sandler said on Thursday's show: "Don't you think he should just take it easy, enjoy, breathe, maybe go to Fox, do a show at 11:00 PM, maybe that kind of thing?"

Here's Adam Scott & Amy Poehler as "Hart to Hart"

"The Greatest Event in Television History" premieres on June 6 on Adult Swim.

USA promo lets "Modern Family" stars use profanity
Watch them throw around the F word.

Read Full Post
<p>I'm shocked that they managed to keep it a secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the 'Mirror Mirror' universe version of Data in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

I'm shocked that they managed to keep it a secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the 'Mirror Mirror' universe version of Data in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Credit: HitFix

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about being bad in a spoiler-filled 'Star Trek' interview

This is one you'll want to watch as soon as you've seen the movie

Bumbledink Bandercoot. Butterscotch Humperdink. Bimblepimp Cummerbund. Once I start getting his name wrong, I find it very very hard to actually make myself say "Benedict Cumberbatch."

I'm guessing people are having less and less trouble with his name these days. He's gone from being a well-respected but still-lesser-known actor to being a guy who is being trusted to carry some serious weight in some very big movies. He's the bad guy in "Star Trek Into Darkness," opening this weekend, and much of the speculation about the film has focused on which role he's actually playing. Once the film's been out for a few days, we'll have a conversation here about the role he plays and how that fits into "Star Trek" history (or doesn't), but for now, I understand that not everyone knows, and they don't want to know until they see it in the film.

Read Full Post
<p>Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski in &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski in "The Office" series finale.

Credit: NBC

Series finale review: 'The Office' - 'Finale'

Dwight gets married and the staff revisits the documentary in a lovely farewell

A review of "The Office" series finale coming up just as soon as I sell ceramic tile out of Newark...

Read Full Post


Credit: ABC

'Scandal' recap: 'White Hat's Back On' for Olivia, but what of the gladiators?

Did you expect the cliffhanger?

I may need to lie down. The season finale of "Scandal" was so packed with ups and downs and twists and turns I may be a little sick to my stomach. Some story lines were tied up with a neat little bow, while others were clearly left in a big, knotted mess for next season. Of course, spoilers galore. I'm just hoping I can keep track of them all.

Read Full Post
Ranking 30 years of 'Star Trek' at the movies

Ranking 30 years of 'Star Trek' at the movies

Where will 'Star Trek Into Darkness' fit in?

A new Starfleet adventure hits theaters this weekend in the form of "Star Trek Into Darkness." It will enter a long legacy of films capturing the spirit of Gene Roddenberry, including, of course, the 2009 reboot that paved the way for a sequel.

The crew's first celluloid excursion, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," was released back in 1979. There was a new "Star Trek" film at least every three or four years until the 30th anniversary brought J.J. Abrams' re-imagining. Going into this weekend's release, that's 11 films, three Enterprise captains and a lot of canon to play with.

The HitFix staff put our heads together to crank out a ranked list of those films. But how will "Star Trek Into Darkness" fit into that legacy? Audiences will find out this weekend, but for now, click through the gallery below for the best and worst of the franchise to date. You can rate the films as you go. And feel free to vote on your favorite "Star Trek" film in the poll as well.

Read Full Post
<p>Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Fromage'

Lecter becomes interested in a local killer, and Will begins hearing things

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Hannibal" — and other recent developments on the show — coming up just as soon as I take a hammer to my chimney...

Read Full Post
<p>Marine Vacth in Francois Ozon's &quot;Jeune &amp;&nbsp;Jolie.&quot;</p>

Marine Vacth in Francois Ozon's "Jeune & Jolie."

Cannes Review: 'Jeune & Jolie' proclaims once a whore always a whore

Francois Ozon's latest isn't as titillating as it wants to be

CANNES - Director Francois Ozon has made a career of exploring sexuality and sexual awakenings on the big screen, but his latest, "Jeune & Jolie" (Young and Beautiful), sadly falls short of his previous efforts.

Read Full Post
"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries' recap: The gang survives 'Graduation' but for how long?

What did you think of Damon's big moment?

I was going to say that this finale did an excellent job of keeping the focus on the bloody, beating heart of the series. Yes, there was some nail-biting drama, but mostly it was about big emotional moments. Klaroline. Delena. To a lesser extent, Stelena. Jeremy and Bonnie (they probably have a cute nickname, which you're welcome to mention in the comments). It all felt like (as befit a graduation-themed episode) a sweet and often poignant summing up, moving on and coming together. 

Read Full Post
<p>Kree and Candice of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Kree and Candice of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Finale Results - The Winner Is...

Kree or Candice? Join as as we wade through over two hours of filler.

It's finale night on "American Idol." 

We're at the end. 

In a little over two hours, we'll know the winner between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover. 

Yup. 2:07. That's how long we're gonna have to wait. 

That's a lot of filler, so you might as well join the conversation below!

Read Full Post
Exclusive: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Credit: HBO

Exclusive: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Watch the Foo Fighters' hilarious speech now before it airs on HBO

This is how you do an induction speech... Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month and their speech, which was the highlight of the evening, was hilarious, profane, and genuine all at the same time.

After lots and lots of lobbying by the power trio's fans, Rush finally made it into the Rock Hall and no one was more surprised (or delighted) by Grohl and Hawkins, who recall their first exposure to the group as young boys. They basically geek out and let their fan boy selves run wild.

In this clip exclusive to Hitfix, watch Grohl and Hawkins totally bust on Rush, while they manage to praise them as well.

The R&R Hall of Fame ceremony was taped April 18 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The 2013  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame airs May 18 on HBO. In addition to Rush, the other inductees are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.   A 24-hour marathon will start immediately on HBO Signature.

Read Full Post
<p>If this man ever offers to 'shimmy' for you, my advice is that you should run.</p>

If this man ever offers to 'shimmy' for you, my advice is that you should run.

Credit: HitFix

Ken Jeong gets serious talking about ending it all in 'The Hangover Part III'

Plus we look back at a more spirited encounter with the comic actor

I am genuinely happy for Ken Jeong.

When I first saw him in "Knocked Up," I thought he was great, one of many scene-stealers in that movie. When I talked to Judd Apatow about him, he mentioned that Jeong was an actual doctor. At the time, I thought Judd meant that this was Ken's first time acting, that he was a doctor who they just met and thought was funny and then hired. Jeong was actually working in TV a full decade before that, though, while also having trained and worked as a doctor. He's a great example of a guy who kept his dream alive while also having this full-time professional life, and to see him find a niche where he's become a very in-demand comic character actor is just enjoyable. He deserves it.

After all, Ken Jeong will attack a role if you give him a chance. He doesn't phone it in. Say what you will about him as a performer, but that's a guy who will make gigantic choices and he'll throw himself into it, and there's no ego about things. Whatever's funny is funny. He doesn't care if he looks "cool." He cares about the laugh. He is merciless in his pursuit of it.

Read Full Post