I offered some early thoughts on the "Parenthood" season 3 premiere in yesterday's column. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the show's return, where the various storylines stand, what Adam should do, the state of Crosby/Jasmine, how quickly the coffee girl can file a restraining order, etc., etc.? And should Max have been able to discuss "Friday Night Lights" while being in a car with Alex?
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I offered my review of Sarah Michelle Gellar and "Ringer" yesterday. Now it's your turn. Were you just so happy to have Buffy back on the small screen that the rest didn't matter? Did you actually enjoy it? And how did the green screen work (particularly in the scene on the boat) look in the finished version, given that the screener the CW sent out months ago looked even more ridiculous than those scenes on "Justified" where Raylan is driving?
Though I'm usually a believer in giving shows at least a second episode before passing final judgment, there was almost nothing here that would inspire me to come back next week, other than professional courtesy. What say you?
It’s a marriage made in soft-rock heaven: Gavin DeGraw and “American Idol” season 7 champion David Cook will hit the road together in a co-headlining tour starting Oct. 9 at Penn State University, in State College, Pa.
The theater tour concludes Nov. 10 at Athen, Ga.’s Classic Center. Carolina Liar will open many of the dates.
U2 has been in the headlines over the last few days not only for their documentary "From the Sky Down," but for the frontman's announcement that a star-studded take on the band's 1991 album "Achtung Baby" is on the way. That set is getting a full boxed collection makeover this fall.
Then, Reeve Carney was formally announced as the lead in the as-yet-untitled Jeff Buckley biopic, which has the backing of Buckley's family and estate.
And, after overcoming months of mixed press and technical troubles, Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is in full, erm, swing, and perhaps facing an uptick as the premiere date for the next cinematic take on Spidey's story, "The Amazing Spider-Man." The Andrew Garfield-starring version arrives in July 2012.
Check out the clip: Carney's featured speaking on how he got picked up for the role in "Turn Off the Dark," his standing over Manhattan's skyline in the musical's single "Rise Above" and working with the music born from Bono and guitarist The Edge's collaboration on the project.
While you're at it, check out the music video in whole here, and read up on "rising" star Carney.
He's baaaack! Having ditched "American Idol" to spearhead the U.S. version of "X Factor" on Fox (series debut Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.), Simon Cowell (as usual) pulled no punches in a conference call with reporters. In comparing his "American Idol" partner in crime Paula Abdul to new judge Nicole Scherzinger, Cowell was merrily blunt, saying, "What was interesting was that Paula can be a bit wacky at times, but Nicole wasn't far behind in a fantastically self-centered way, which she wasn't aware of."
How wacky and self-centered? "Every city we went to, she changed her accent," Cowell continued. "In New York she had a Brooklyn thing, in Dallas she became a Southern belle. With Paula, within five minutes she has no awareness the camera is still on and she'll fight with you." Not that he minds. "That's what I like about her. It was like getting an old dog back from the rescue pound, grateful to see you and you're glad to have them back."
As to his other judge-mate, of L.A. Reid he said, "[He's] been a revelation. He's one of the most competitive people I've ever met." And while he "misses" Randy Jackson, he doesn't see a time when he'll lure him away from "American Idol." "He really is a good friend," Cowell said, noting that he hangs out with Jackson "all the time." "Maybe we'll get him a few front row seats and he can do his dog barking thing every week. But he's happy on 'Idol.'"
“Hello Hello, it’s only me, infecting everything you love.” If that’s not a great ominous line, we don’t know is... (or maybe it should have been the theme song to the movie "Contagion."
Evanescence’s Amy Lee delivers it with perfection in the new video for the hard-charging “What You Want,” the first single from the hard rock group’s first album in five years. The self-titled "Evanescence," the band's third studio set, comes out Oct. 11.
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You win some, you lose some... or sometimes you lose ALL of them, over and over and over again. At least that's the case for a fleet of stars when it came to their most recognizable roles and the Emmy Awards. While fan favorites like Tony winner Angela Lansbury may be best known (well, on TV, at least) for her role on "Murder, She Wrote," the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences always found someone it loved a little more when it came time to hand out those little gold statuettes -- twelve times. Here's a look at the stars who never made the cut (at least not when it came to their most memorable TV roles) in the lead actor and actress drama categories -- plus the people who whupped 'em.
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I'll admit it -- I've always liked Anderson Cooper. Maybe it's his ability to handle Kathy Griffin's potty-mouthed teasing during his New Year's Eve broadcasts, maybe it was his willingness to help (and yes, cast aside journalistic detachment, but come on, some kid got hit in the head with a brick) while covering the chaos in Haiti. I'm clearly not the only person with a lot of good will toward Cooper, as he's managed to land a daytime talk show gig, "Anderson," which debuted yesterday.
Before we could get to the topic at hand (Amy Winehouse's parents and boyfriends appeared on the show to discuss her death), Anderson has to introduce the show. While riding a bicycle. Without a helmet. In traffic. While talking to a camera. I would like to be optimistic about the show, but I'm concerned that Cooper is going to end up dead before he can film too many episodes. Maybe tomorrow he can text while driving or jog blindfolded down the middle of a busy Manhattan street.
Thankfully, he gets to the set intact, and some set it is. "The View" should be so lucky. The room is light and airy, there's a roomy, white couch and panoramic views of the city. Cooper quickly informs us that he's "not the most polished person," although I'd argue he definitely looks the part in his slim blue suit, but no matter. He loves people and he love stories, and he's going to bring them to us. More importantly, they will always be real. Cooper is big into real. So far, so good.
“We Owned The Night,” Lady Antebellum’s second single from third album, “Own The Night,” which is out today,” recalls a simpler time, when a trip to the penny candy store or a night of fireworks could make all right in the world.
Even though the video is set in current day, there’s a simplicity, care-free tone that de-stresses you just by watching it. It’s not the best video Lady A has made, by a longshot, but it gets the job done and captures a feeling that life seems to beat out of you as you get older--or maybe we’re just having a tough day.
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The buzz first started in Telluride, but now it's traveled across the border to Toronto: there is a leading candidate for best actor this year and his name is George Clooney.
As I said yesterday, judging a TV show based on its pilot episode is often a fool's errand, and that's even more true of a sitcom pilot than one for a drama. When you think back on the strong comedies of the last decade, how many of them were great starting with their very first episode? Very few. "Arrested Development" comes immediately to mind ("Modern Family," too), but "The Office" pilot is terrible, the "Parks and Recreation" pilot is very problematic (and most of its first season should be written off), "30 Rock" took about a half-season to find itself, etc. You may see seeds of what the show would become, but most sitcom pilots are works in progress at best, as writers figure out how to best exploit their premise (or whether to quickly ignore it) and the strengths and weaknesses of their actors. If you watch the "How I Met Your Mother" pilot, for instance, you can see that show's romantic side was already clicking, but Barney is dialed up several notches past the level the writers and Neil Patrick Harris would quickly find worked best.
So my dislike for most of this fall's comedy pilots doesn't automatically mean it's going to be a bad season for new comedies. But it does mean that I have to dig a little deeper for clues about what shows might start to work down the road, and how, starting with this season's first two new comedies: NBC's "Up All Night" and "Free Agents."