Latest Blog Posts

<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;is back in action on Sunday night.</p>

"The Walking Dead" is back in action on Sunday night.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' starts strong in season 3

But can the zombie drama break its pattern of mid-season struggles?
Through two seasons, AMC's "The Walking Dead" has been a show that's great at beginnings, quite good at endings, and really problematic when you get to the middle. With many returning shows, it would be reassuring to hear that the start of the new season (it debuts Sunday night at 9) is strong; with "The Walking Dead," it doesn't tell you anything you don't already know.
Read Full Post
<p>Ben Affleck talks to HitFix about &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck talks to HitFix about "Argo."

Q&A: Ben Affleck on going back to 1980, Jimmy Carter and the real people behind 'Argo'

An in depth video interview with the - yep - acclaimed filmmaker

BEVERLY HILLS - Ben Affleck is battling bronchitis. In fact, when he appears to introduce his acclaimed new film "Argo" at its official LA premiere a few days later, his cough and haggard voice will be even more pronounced.  This day though, it's slight enough to just seem like a simple cold.  Considering the love his new thriller has received since its sneak premiere at the Telluride Film Festival a month before, the momentary illness may be the toughest fight Affleck has to face at the box office or during "Argo's" expected awards season run.

Read Full Post
<p>Denise and Malcolm of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Denise and Malcolm of "Survivor: Philippines"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Create a Little Chaos'

Would a different tribe finally get to sit down with Jeff at Tribal Council?
Pre-credit sequence. The steadily dwindling Team Russell returns to camp, Angie-free. Why bother? It's cold. It's raining. And there's no Angie to cuddle with for warmth. Malcolm certainly looks miserable. His eyes are dull and sunken. He misses Angie, even if he won't say it. They have no fire. They have no Angie. And nobody's saying a word. This is "Survivor" being arty, isn't it? We're gonna play out the opening sequence without dialogue? That'd be fun. Bah. Finally, they break the silence. Malcolm wants to know what else the fates can pile on. "Everyone's scared and everyone's a little bit nervous, but one win is all it's gonna take to turn the mood around," Malcolm says. "With three, there's always one that's out," Denise says. But Malcolm is sure they can launch the greatest comeback. "Line it up. Let's go. And we'll let the chips fall where they may," Malcolm announces.
Read Full Post
<p>Connie Britton in &quot;Nashville.&quot;</p>

Connie Britton in "Nashville."

Credit: ABC

'Nashville' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC drama?

I posted my review of ABC's "Nashville" on Monday now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of it? If you're a country music fan, did you find the original songs good (and/or plausible as hits)? Did you think the odds were too stacked in Mrs. Coach's favor? Are you looking forward to Cy Tolliver vs. Bunny Colvin, or does the political angle feel like a distraction from the main story? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

Read Full Post
<p>Jesse Spencer in &quot;Chicago Fire.&quot;</p>

Jesse Spencer in "Chicago Fire."

Credit: NBC

'Chicago Fire' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "Chicago Firethis afternoon. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was the beefcake and cheesecake on display interesting enough? Did you find the characters compelling? Were the fires cool? How do you feel about Jesse Spencer playing American after eight years as Dr. Chase? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

Read Full Post
<p>Leonardo Di Caprio gets to indulge his sleazy side as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio gets to indulge his sleazy side as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'

Credit: The Weinstein Co.

New 'Django Unchained' trailer features fast funny word play and more DiCaprio

Yep... that's a Quentin Tarantino movie all right

It looks like The Weinstein Company and Columbia are on track for that Christmas Day opening for "Django Unchained" after all.

I would not have been shocked to learn that they were moving it until 2013.  After all, production ran much longer than expected, and Tarantino was constantly tweaking and adjusting the script during production.  I'm sure that's a good thing, and everything I've heard from people on the film is that it's coming together really well.  But sometimes it takes longer to get a film right than is originally planned, and this looked like one of those cases.

In addition, this is the first time Tarantino has made a film without his editor, Sally Menke, and she was a pretty important part of his process.  Fred Raskin, who is cutting the film, served under Menke on a few films, and he's been an assistant editor on a number of films like "Boogie Nights" and "Insomnia" and "Punch-Drunk Love."  He's also been sole editor on the last three "Fast and Furious" movies as well as Justin Lin's "Annapolis," and my guess is Tarantino wanted some sense of continuity, and Raskin was around during the "Kill Bill" films, so there's already a certain level of comfort.

Read Full Post
<p>The &quot;Arrow&quot;&nbsp;producers know what the CW audience wants to see from leading man Stephen Amell.</p>

The "Arrow" producers know what the CW audience wants to see from leading man Stephen Amell.

Credit: CW

'Arrow' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CW drama?

I posted my review of the CW's "Arrowyesterday. Now it's your turn. Whether or not you're a fan of the Green Arrow comics, what did you think of the show? Did Stephen Amell seem suitably superheroic for you? Does anyone want to try his workout regimen? Was the character too Batman-esque, or is that the best way to approach the character in live-action? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

Read Full Post
<p>This apparently happens on Wednesday's &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>

This apparently happens on Wednesday's "X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' - Boot Camp #3 and Judges' Homes #1

The judges pick the Top 24, choose sides and begin mentoring

Wednesday's (October 10) episode of "The X Factor" is a bit of a hodge-podge, as your local cable listings probably correctly note that it's half-Boot Camp and half-Judges' Homes.

I believe this means we're going to spend an hour cutting the field to 24 and then we're gonna hang out with L.A. Reid and Justin Bieber. 

Click through and let's get this live-blog started!

Read Full Post
<p>Jack White's &quot;I'm Shakin'&quot; poster</p>

Jack White's "I'm Shakin'" poster

Watch: 'I'm Shakin'' is a Jack White vs. Jack White battle of the bands

You got him noivus

Jack White found a break dancer laying around somewhere and hoisted him into his music video for "I'm Shakin'," the cover clip also featuring White performing in a battle against himself.

This complicated matter ends at that. It features all his new, favorite adoptive colors -- black and blue instead of his previously heralded red and white -- and styled his gifted backing band so that they're ready for a Quentin Tarantino fight scene. The Buzzards vs. the Peacocks, to be precise.

Read Full Post
<p>Shailene Woodley, seen here at the MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards this summer, may be joining the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'</p>

Shailene Woodley, seen here at the MTV Movie Awards this summer, may be joining the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Photo

Shailene Woodley reportedly in talks to play Mary Jane for 'Spider-Man' sequel

Will Electro be the bad guy this time?

Shailene Woodley's work in "The Descendants" was a revelation, and a major announcement for her as a talent to watch.  Since then, she has not been in overkill media hype mode, which is nice.  She went back to the TV show she stars in and she has, no doubt, been reading and meeting people and looking for the next thing she'd do.

Playing Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" sounds like a pretty good gig.

Variety is reporting that Woodley is in early talks to play the part, and she would be joining returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, no doubt complicating the easy chemistry they displayed in the first film.  Woodley seems much younger than Garfield, but I'm sure they've put them together at this point if they're getting close to hiring her, and returning director Marc Webb must be happy with what he's seen.

Read Full Post


Credit: AP Photo

Adele, One Direction and Taylor Swift all zoom onto the Billboard Hot 100

How high up does 'Skyfall' make it in its first week?

One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adele all zoom into the Billboard Hot 100 this week with new songs.

Before we get more into that, Maroon 5 does the nearly impossible by holding Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at bay one more week as “One More Night” chalks up its  fourth week at No. 1. “Style” boasts more streaming and sales than “Night,” but “Night’s” airplay kept it in the top spot. The Billboard Hot 100 tabulates airplay, streaming and digital downloads to determine a song’s position.

On to the newbies: One Direction’s “Live Like We’re Young” zooms onto the chart at No. 3, propelling largely by its 341,000 downloads. Swift’s “Red,” the third song previewed  from her upcoming album of the same name, comes in at No. 6.  (The previous two “Red” tunes, official first single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Begin Again,” peaked at No. 1 and No. 7, respectively).

Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” launches at No. 8, the singer’s highest debut yet, according to Billboard.

Filling in the rest of the Top 10: fun.’s “Some Nights” falls 3-4, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean slips one spot to  No. 7, Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” drops 5-9 and Alex Clare’s “Too Close” slides 9-10.

Read Full Post
<p>Taylor Kinney's torso is on display in &quot;Chicago Fire.&quot;</p>

Taylor Kinney's torso is on display in "Chicago Fire."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'Chicago Fire' fails to ignite

Lots of pretty firefighters and paramedics, but not many compelling characters
Practically since the dawn of television, there's been a Holy Trinity of acceptable professions: cops, doctors, and lawyers. (For a while, there were also cowboys, but most of them were essentially cops with bigger hats.) If your main characters have one of those three jobs, you will not lack for storylines, nor, most of the time, for interested viewers.
Read Full Post