David Michod's "The Rover" opened in Los Angeles and New York today and the Aussie filmmaker has to be happy with the reception so far. It's scored positive reviews across the board including intriguing raves from the LA Times, Wall Street Journal and Village Voice. As Michod's follow up to his 2010 critically acclaimed drama "Animal Kingdom" "The Rover" would have been a must-see for any true movie fan, but the presence of Robert Pattinson and, to a lesser extent Guy Pearce, has brought even more attention.
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Yesterday was a long travel day for me, featuring an eleven-hour flight from London to Los Angeles, and the most memorable part of the day was when we touched down at LAX last night, turned on our phones, and saw that Nikki Finke had blown up the internet with a rumor about the schedule that Warner Bros. will be following for the next few years as they try to ramp up their own DC Films division with as many as seven films between now and 2017.
We'll know at Comic-Con if Nikki's report was right. Let's assume it is for the time being, and break down the plan that she laid out, film by film. It sounds extraordinarily ambitious by any standards, and I'm fascinated by the idea of three DC movies a year. Even Marvel must look at that and think, "Hey, slow your roll there, Warner."
As DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2" lands in theaters this weekend, shooting to the top of the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race, Focus Features and Laika Entertainment have a counter in the form of the first full-length trailer for their latter-year hopeful "The Boxtrolls."
President Obama to introduce another TV special, this one on the Star-Spangled Banner
The president has a taped piece before Saturday’s Smithsonian Channel documentary, "A Star-Spangled Story: Battle For America."
Watch Nick Offerman apologize for not bringing his mustache to the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner
The “Parks and Rec” star was this year’s featured speaker at the annual gathering, where he explained that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican — he'ss a member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party. (Watch Part 2 with Offerman's Bill of Rights Refresher Course)
Jennifer Grey joins Amazon’s “Red Oaks”
She’ll play Richard Kind’s wife in the comedy pilot set at a predominantly Jewish country club in New Jersey.
ESPN gets record ratings from the World Cup’s opening match, but fewer viewers than Univision
About 4.4 million watched the Brazil-Croatia match on ESPN, compared to 5.1 million on Univision.
Showtime releases “Ray Donovan’s” official Season 2 trailer
“You don’t want to know what really happened."
Jack White’s second solo album lands exactly where his first solo set did: atop the Billboard 200.
“Lazaretto” is set to sell up to 120,000 copies to bow at No. 1 on next week’s album chart. That’s twice as much as nearest competitor, Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum,” which came in at No. 1 this week. White’s tally is only slightly less than the 138,000 copies “Blunderbuss,” sold in its opening week in 2012.
Plus, White is also the only new act to enter the Top 10 next week, unless Passenger’s “Whispers” surges and pushes The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” out of the No. 10 slot.
Rounding out the top 10: The “Fault In Our Stars” soundtrack is at No. 3 (50,000), followed closely by the “Frozen” soundtrack at No. 4 (45,000). Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” continues to sell well, hanging in at No. 5 (40,000).
“Now That’s What I Call Music 50” and Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” are too close to call for No. 6 with each targeted to move between 30,000-35,000). At No. 8 will likely by “Now That’s What I Call Country 7” (27,000), while Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” will be No. 9 (23,000), according to Hits Daily Double.
“24: Live Another Day” is making a time jump so it could span 24 hours
Exec producer Howard Gordon wouldn’t say how the time jump will happen. Instead of having five hours left in Jack Bauer’s day, he’ll have 17 hours to go.
The Teletubbies are making a comeback
BBC digital channel CBeebies has ordered 60 new episodes of the children’s series starring Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, the first new episodes since 2001.
Which “Game of Thrones” cast members were submitted for Emmy consideration?
The usual major cast members were submitted, but not Aidan Gillen. Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn) and Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna) were submitted for best supporting actor. PLUS: “GoT” character names can also double as the names of metal bands.
Amazon orders Civil War drama pilot “Point of Honor” from Carlton Cuse
The “Lost” and “Bates Motel” honcho will co-write a drama about a Virginia family divided by the impending war.
In his war vs. Amazon, Stephen Colbert urges his fans to buy another book from his publisher
Just 6,400 copies of the book “California” were purchased from last week’s effort.
“SNL” alum Darrell Hammond is launching a stage show, “The Darrell Hammond Project"
Hammond’s stage show is based on his memoir, “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked,” which delved into his 14 years on “Saturday Night Live.”
Netflix orders “Dinotrux”
The robotic dinosaur cartoon from DreamWorks Animation debuts next year.
John Oliver to interview Stephen Hawking
The famed physicist will be Oliver’s guest Sunday on “Last Week Tonight."
There's a lot of high-quality fare hitting theaters today, but we know which film a certain sect of die-hard fangirls will be going to see. Quite what the young R.Pattz-fixated contingent will make of "The Rover," David Michod's dark, dystopian western, is another question altogether. Pattinson acquits himself well in this striking sophomore effort from the Australian director of "Animal Kingdom," and Guy Pearce is on particularly strong form as an ex-soldier out for revenge in a barren post-apocalyptic desertscape.
I'm generally a fan of director Gregg Araki's brand of neon-kitsch provocation, but his new film "White Bird in a Blizzard" disappointed me at Sundance. Based on Laura Kasischke's coming-of-age novel and starring ubiquitous ingenue Shailene Woodley as a high-schooler discovering her sexuality while being haunted by her femme fatale mother, it's material that provides ample scope for Araki's signature erotic fixations and camp detailing, but winds up feeling like his tamest effort to date.
Can Kathy Griffin save the Daytime Emmy Awards on the web?
Griffin has been tapped to host the June 22 ceremony. “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year,” she joked in a statement. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show."
Nobody’s leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
The entire cast will be back for Season 7.
Larry King slams TMZ, joins the call to take down the Tracy Morgan crash footage
“I've known Harvey Levin for years,” King says. “I don't think a great deal about TMZ. I think they prey on the bad things that happen to people — I'm not a favorite fan of theirs."
NBC’s “Undateable” is doing well vs. the NBA Finals
About 3.3 million watched last night’s first episode, up 7% from last week.
The principals involved with "22 Jump Street" have a lot of momentum coming into this project: Channing Tatum's leading-man career keeps going from strength to strength, while Jonah Hill is coming off his second Oscar nomination in three years. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, meanwhile, currently have the year's highest grosser in "The LEGO Movie" -- a film that hit theaters only four months ago. "21 Jump Street" pleasantly surprised critics and audiences two years ago, so has this team again surpassed expectations for the sequel? Have they ever.
Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.
Our next category:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
"Orange Is The New Black" is the grand mystery here, as with most of the comedy categories. It has never been eligible before and it's already ambiguous as a comedy, so voter response could be cold, tepid or rapturously positive. As it stands now, I have zero "Orange" co-stars making the nomination cut, but I could be massively and embarrassingly wrong if Emmy voters like "Orange" as much as I like "Orange." So I guess I hope I'm wrong.
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.