In case you missed it, Madonna pulled off a holiday surprise late Friday night and released six new singles from her upcoming album "Rebel Heart." This was in response to the entire album being leaked by hackers on Wednesday, Dec. 17. And, earlier in December, three other unfinished tracks found their way onto the net. In truth, those were unfinished demo tracks, but it forced Madonna and her label into action in what can only be described as a "partial Beyonce." No, the entire album with accompanying music videos wasn't released out of the blue, but six "finished" tracks were and, in some corners, the internet exploded.
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For only the third time since "Survivor" switched over to a Final 3, all three remaining castaways received votes at the Final Tribal Council.
So kudos to Missy Payne, even if her lone vote came from her daughter Baylor.
In retrospect, it's pretty impressive that Missy was even able to stand at the Final 3 at all. The owner of a Dallas-based cheerleading gym hurt her ankle in a late-season Reward Challenge and resisted Jeff Probst's insinuations that she might want to leave the game. Told by the "Survivor" medic that she could stick around if she could stand the pain, Missy refused to quit, even if it meant sitting out several of the season's most important challenges.
Perhaps that injury explains why the Jury took Missy so lightly, even though she tried to emphasize her importance in many key early votes.
In her exit interview, the season's third place finisher discusses her post-game diagnosis and the problems the injury caused for her.
Missy is also very frank about the challenges of playing the game with Baylor.
"[I]f I ever got to play again I would not play with Baylor," she says.
Click through to find out why and to read the full Q&A...
With 2014 winding down, HitFix has been dabbling in all corners of the "year-in-review" game. Hopefully you've enjoyed the trip down recent memory lane. Now it's time for a thorough assessment of the year in film performances, and for a 12-month stretch marked in some quarters as "weak," there sure was a lot of stand-out work in front of the camera.
Two months have passed in "The Comeback" time: Valerie has been nominated for an Emmy for "Seeing Red," Mickey has been undergoing radiation, Jane has been editing the documentary so her camera crews have been absent, and Valerie and Mark are living apart and in therapy.
There's a lot of weight in the penultimate episode of "The Comeback," and it builds to two rough scenes. In one, there's an incredibly tense moment when Valerie shows up at Mickey's apartment, since he hasn't shown up to do her hair, and it seems like she's going to discover his dead body.
Instead, he's there, drunk, passed out, and naked, as is his hookup, a guy who doesn't hesitate to advertise his hook-up web site. But Mickey waves all of this off; he doesn't seem to care if it'll be in the documentary or not.
One person does care: Mark, Valerie's now-estranged husband, who agrees to meet her despite their therapist's rules, and Valerie agrees to wear a mic so Jane's crews can film from outside the restaurant.
It is one of the few moments during "The Comeback"'s two seasons I've yelled at the TV: Don't do it!
The worst part is that Valerie initially says no for all the right reasons: "Absolutely not. This is private." Jane says, "I need this scene," and Valerie acknowledges that the footage has the potential to do damage. But Jane knows how to manipulate Valerie: "you're so close to having something special about you."
That's what Valerie so desperately wants, whether it's an Emmy or a critically acclaimed TV show or a documentary about her life. She needs external affirmation so much she's willing to sell everyone out.
Once again, "The Comeback" season two delivers this message with a heavy hand, though coming from Mark, it's justified. Once he finds out she's "wearing a wire"--she freaks out when he mentions his affair and her abortion, knowing that she's being recorded--he bails and then confronts her. "Is this even real? Is there any part of you that is real any more?" he eventually asks.
Of course, their confrontation/argument/airing of grievances provides Jane with better footage than she could have hoped for by shooting a dinner through a window. What's perhaps most shocking through all of this is how Valerie is aware that this could all go wrong again (Mark points out that she was "obliterated by that fucking Comeback disaster") but keeps going anyway.
During a junket interview in front of a bunch of bloggers who can barely look up from their laptops to ask a dumb or self-serving question, "The Comeback"'s not-so-subtle dig at the state of television criticism, Jane reveals that the documentary's working title is "The Assassination of Valerie Cherish."
That's what's definitely going to happen to her character once again, but this time, "The Comeback" seems to be arguing that Valerie is getting not only what she deserves, but what she wants. Even a televised character assassination is another way to be told that she matters, even if it's only enough to be mocked.
A review of "The Affair" season finale — and a few thoughts from co-creator Sarah Treem — coming up just as soon as I'm alone and need a kidney...
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as I want lasagna at 10 at night...
We haven't done one of these in a while, as the Oscar season has continued to take hold and staggered releases have made it a little difficult to suss out just how available some of these films might be to a wider audience. But obviously "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has been blasted out globally, and I imagine there are some opinions on it locked and loaded.
“SNL’s” Kim Jong-Un quickly retreats when a laser gun trained its sights on him
“I’m not Bobby Moynihan, I’m Seth Rogen,” said Moynihan, who played the North Korean leader. PLUS: Dr. Evil interrupts “SNL’s” cold open, and “SNL” goes after Serial podcast.
Kevin Hart will host “SNL’s” 1st episode of 2015
Hart hosts for the 2nd time on Jan. 17. He last hosted in March 2013.
Here’s a photo of “The Colbert Report’s” official guest list for the finale
A total of 100 “celebrities" were invited for Thursday’s send-off.
Chris Rock revealed to be Jimmy Fallon’s Hashtag the Panda
Watch Rock take over for Ben Stiller.
Last night, I posted my interview with the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" fifth place finisher, Baylor Wilson, who admitted that even though she voted for her mother at Final Tribal, she'd vote for Natalie now if she had the chance.
One Jury member who voted for Natalie, but who was a question-mark in my early guesses, was Keith Nale, a 53-year-old firefighter from Louisiana. Keith, who became something of an Immunity machine post-Merge, protecting himself from several possible vote-outs, knew that Natalie had spared him at at least one Tribal, but he also arrived at Final Tribal with some frustration at the remaining Twinie, accusing her of lying to him.
In the end, Keith explains that he just thought Natalie was more deserving than the other two finalists, which is a pretty legitimate reason to cast a vote, I suppose.
A fan favorite for his "Awww shucks" approach to the game, Keith also made one of the more glaring gaffes this season when he outed his secret alliance by telling a badgering Reed "Just stick to the plan" mid-Tribal.
In our exit interview, Keith talks about the "Just stick to the plan" moment, as well as his surprise at becoming such a challenge threat. It sounds like Keith, who wasn't a big "Survivor" fan coming is, has become a fan, but don't worry, he'll never become the sort of strategic threat Jeremy wanted him to be.
Check out the full Q&A below...
I’ve covered every episode of “Saturday Night Live” for HitFix for the past five seasons, and I can’t think of a more sustained level of quality than what the show has achieved during its Fall run. We’ve had two great episodes (Martin Freeman, Cameron Diaz), one interesting misfire (Chris Rock), and then six other episodes that have all had much more positive qualities than negative ones. The current cast doesn’t have a true alpha star, but that’s worked in its favor, as the ensemble measures favorably against any in the show’s history. This season’s focus on sketches that work regardless of the current pop-culture landscape has yielded segments that provide laughs now and will stand the test of time. It hasn’t been perfect, but “perfection” isn’t the point of “SNL.” The point is to constantly innovate within its established, successful framework, and this half-season has done that and then some. Will Amy Adams help continue that streak? Let’s find out.
Craig Ferguson uses famous TV twist endings to say goodbye to “Late Late Show"
Ferguson went back to his Mr. Wick character from “The Drew Carey Show” as the final episode paid homage to the endings of “Newhart,” “St. Elsewhere” and “The Sopranos.”
Watch Darlene Love’s final "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Letterman performance
Compare to her 1st Letterman performance from 1986.
What was Ken Jeong doing on the set of “Glee”?
The “Community” star was spotted on set with Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard welcome a 2nd daughter
Delta Bell joins older sister Lincoln.
As Will Gluck's new film version of "Annie" opens, an adorable red-haired moppet stands in front of her class reading a plucky book report. As she finishes, her teacher rolls his eyes and calls on the next student, Annie B. With that very post-modern move, things are handed over to Quvenzhane Wallis, who approaches her first scene the way she approaches literally every single second of the film: big smile in place, bouncing rather than dancing, and sing-talking her way through songs that demand a much better singer.
Harsh, perhaps, but from start to finish, "Annie" feels like a movie made by people who are deeply embarrassed to be working on a musical, and that's a problem. Wallis, who is an appealing young performer, simply doesn't have the chops for what has traditionally been one of the more demanding leads in a musical for a young performer, and Gluck, along with co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna, has built a film around Wallis that is constantly undercutting the songs, the choreography, and the entire idea of musicals. Jamie Foxx seems like he's the most comfortable out of all the cast members with the music, while Rose Byrne seems to have finally found something she's not awesome at, and Bobby Cannavale is either dubbed by another singer or has the single most "that is not what I would have expected" voice I've ever heard. Cameron Diaz growls her way though a couple of things, and between her singing and the way she plays Mrs. Hannigan, this might actually be cumulatively more uncomfortable than "Sex Tape," no easy feat.