Yes, another trek to the Great White North is upon us. After a good eight months of battling their fellow fall festivals for the best possible slate, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is ready to let the world see what's behind the curtain.
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TV On The Radio is feeling a little moody. A little distraught, a little post-grunge sad. "Happy Idiot," the rock band's first single off their new album "Seeds" is super-pop, and yet bumming out in the corner of the party.
Tunde Adebimpe sings about becoming that happy idiot in a blaze of teenaged feelings -- banging his head against the wall to feel nothing at all, et cetera -- as the band bounds underneath him at a health BPM. I'm particularly keen on those drums and the tamborine, and the tight adherence to the melody.
But it's simple. There's a restraint like a Nirvana verse that never quite pays off. Will the rest of "Seeds" be equally resistant to The Big Chorus?
"Seeds" is due Nov. 18 via Harvest. Fans may want to pre-order the album, giving them pre-sale access to the few fall tour dates the Brooklyn crew's announced so far. The "Happy Idiot" lyric video precedes the dates.
Here are TV On The Radio's tour dates:
Oct 17: Santa Barbara, CA @ The Santa Barbara Bowl*
Oct 18: Big Sur, CA @ The Henry Miller Library*
Oct 19: San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival*
Oct 22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Oct 24: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Oct 25: Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival*
Nov 12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Nov 13: Montreal, QC @ Corona
Nov 14: Boston, MA @ Paradise
Nov 16: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Nov 17: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 18: New York, NY @ Apollo
Nov 21: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 22: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* indicates no presale tickets available
“CHiPs” movie is in the works starring Dax Shepard as Baker and Michael Pena as Ponch
“Parenthood” star Shepard has been tapped to write, direct and star in the Warner Bros. film, while “Gracepoint’s” Pena has been attached to play the Erik Estrada role of Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
Netflix buys the streaming rights to “Gotham” before its Fox premiere
For about $1.75 million an episode, Netflix will stream the Fox series, starting with Season 1 in September 2015.
NFL players union joins 2 other unions in denouncing NFL’s pay-for-play Super Bowl halftime proposal
“No one should ever pay to work. No organization should ever get a kickback from a worker they employ,” said a statement from the The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees.
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“Sleepy Hollow” marketer apologizes for sending out a “National Beheading Day” promos
A marketer for the Fox show sent out eCards celebrating #headlessday hours after it was reported that journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS.
I didn't even realize there was a problem.
And, believe me, I understand that as problems go, this is not a life-threatening one or a world-altering one… but it's something that finally caught my attention as I realized how we were starting to instill some bad habits in the boys. Rather, they were starting to pick up some bad habits, and I was allowing them to take root. And based on the last column I published in this series, it's definitely something I've encouraged.
I love that my kids have a fairly broad palette in terms of what they will or won't watch with me. One of my proudest moments as a film nerd dad was when Toshi had a friend over and I heard him trying to convince his buddy to watch a Charlie Chaplin film. Black and white has never been a problem for them. Abbot and Costello, the Three Stooges… these are every bit as new to them as "Guardians Of The Galaxy." They were not only willing to watch "To Kill A Mockingbird" with me, they got positively lost in it.
Netflix renews “Hemlock Grove” for a 3rd and final season
Eli Roth’s horror series will return for one final 10-episode season.
TBS canceled CeeLo Green’s TBS reality show before his Twitter rape comments controversy
A petition was started to pressure TBS into canceling “The Good Life" in the wake of CeeLo's controversial tweets, but Variety reports that TBS quietly canceled the reality show after Season 1 was completed.
“Unauthorized Saved by the Bell” reels in a disappointing 1.6 million viewers
About 1.6 million watched the Labor Day airing, which is less than half of the viewership of Lifetime films like “Flowers in the Attic” and Lindsay Lohan’s “Liz & Dick."
HBO sent Patton Oswalt a “True Detective” special edition DVD in a Louisiana evidence box
Is this the most disturbing DVD packaging ever? PLUS: Oswalt explains why he quit Twitter -- and why he's back.
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VENICE - My goodness, but "Olive Kitteridge" makes creating great TV look as simple as following a recipe. Let's say you want to create a truly wonderful miniseries. A good place to start would be picking great source material that nevertheless comes without too much cultural baggage or a mouthy fandom. An excellent and recent Pulitzer winning novel by Elizabeth Strout would seem to fit the bill. You want great performances? Easy, let's employ some great leads. Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan should do for starters. Oh, you want great support too? Fine, simply round out the cast with the likes of Peter Mullan, John Gallagher Jr. and Brady Corbet. Of course you'll need a director. Apparently Lisa Cholodenko of "The Kids Are All Right" fame is free. Perfect. Jeffrey M. Werner, the editor Cholodenko worked with on that self same film, is available too. And for your cinematographer, a huge coup: Frederick Elmes, who has shot a ton of David Lynch, Ang Lee and Jim Jarmusch pictures is on board. The cherry on top is Carter Burwell as composer.
John Stamos has a drama and a comedy series lined up — in addition to his “Full House” reboot
Stamos is joining ABC’s midseason drama series “Members Only,” playing Natalie Zea’s billionaire husband. Stamos is also set to star in a comedy playing a version of himself with a nerdy and awkward grown son.
PBS to air "Robin Williams Remembered”
The "Pioneers of Television Special,” airing Sep. 9, will feature Williams’ ""last full-length television interview,” plus a new interview with his “Mork & Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber.
Adam Levine is developing a '90s NBC family comedy based on his teen years
“The Voice” star "Kids In America” will follow a teen in the ‘90s with dreams of becoming a rock star.
Fast National ratings for Monday, September 1, 2014.
Labor Day Monday took a small bite out of primetime numbers, though "Under the Dome," "MasterChef" and "American Ninja Warrior" helped CBS, FOX and NBC claim shares of the primetime crown.
Since last week's numbers were slightly impacted by NBC's Emmy Awards telecast, there were only small week-to-week drops for most shows, with some adding viewers even if they dropped in the key demo. The biggest week-to-week dropper was CBS' "Under the Dome," but even that was only off by 0.2 in the key demo, while NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" took a big episode-to-episode drop.
On to the numbers...
Is "The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story” the worst TV movie ever?
"Or is it secretly genius, and we were too tired from our Labor Day barbecues to notice?” wonders Kevin Fallon. "We’ve been left with little recourse, after spending two hours of our lives watching it, but to believe that 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell’ is really an avant-garde meta examination of Saved By the Bell. That it is a dramatic deconstruction of the worst elements of the hit ’90s children’s series. That the bad acting, wooden dialogue, elementary plotting, and impotent dramatic tension are actually an artistic wink at those very elements in the original series. Or maybe, just maybe, 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell' is just plain atrocious.” PLUS: This was Dustin Diamond’s Crybaby Tour of the ’90s, Lark Voorhies tweets "I did not watch , and will not watch,” and Mario Lopez used the occasion to promote his new book.
Joan Rivers remains on life support, her daughter confirms
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received. At this time she does remain on life support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. Meanwhile, this week’s taping of “Fashion Police” has been canceled.
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