After making a smashing English-language debut in 2001 with "The Others," Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar hasn't been quite as busy in Hollywood as one might have hoped. He returned to Spain for his follow-up, the euthanasia-themed biopic "The Sea Inside," and picked up the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his efforts. In 2009, he returned to international filmmaking with the Rachel Weisz-starring historical drama "Agora," an ambitious but rather turgid affair that didn't find much of an audience.
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Disney launching “Lion King” spinoff “The Lying Guard”
Kion, the second-born son of Simba and Nala, will star in this new franchise, which will debut with a TV movie in late 2015 and a regular series in early 2016.
Watch Louis CK tell the true story of “Into the Woods”
Last night’s “Louie” traveled back to 1981 when Louis CK was 13 years old. PLUS: “Into the Woods” was the darkest episode ever of "Freaks and Geeks,” it was an "anti-disconnection narrative,” Louis CK keeps re-using actors, and watch a 20-year-old Louis CK doing standup six years after the events of last night's episode.
Why “The Arsenio Hall Show” was canceled
Turns out Arsenio didn’t have a regular showrunner, he struggled to book big-name guests (other than Prince), he dropped 60% in the 18-49 demo and he was losing the 11-midnight timeslot across the country.
NBC and CNN will mark this week’s 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder case
Tonight CNN presents “O.J.’s Wild Ride: 20 Years After the Chase,” while NBC News airs the “Dateline” special “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard” on Wednesday.
Watch model Cara Delevingne’s TV acting debut
The 21-year-old is becoming a “model slash actress” with her role in the Sky Arts drama Playhouse Presents: Timeless.
Steve Buscemi reacts to the “Buscemi Eyes” Disney characters meme
“It makes those characters a little bit hotter,” he tells Seth Meyers.
Fast National ratings for Monday, June 9, 2014.
Jack Bauer for President? FOX's "24: Live another Day" beat ABC's "Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer" and carried FOX to primetime wins in most measures.
Of course, by that standard, Jack Bauer would lose the presidency to the stars of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," which was Monday's top show among young viewers.
Among other Monday notables, "MasterChef," "Mistresses" and "Beauty and the Beast" were all down week-to-week.
On to the numbers...
The re-birthing of Nicki Minaj as a class act—as opposed to the multi-colored cartoon mess we first met a few years ago — is complete with the video for “Pills N Potions,” released today.
There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You'd have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont's "Speed," which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it's a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses.
When director Jan de Bont set about casting the various faces and secondary characters that populated bus #2525 in his 1994 actioner "Speed," it was very important to him that they reflect the multicultural identity of Los Angeles. Not only that, but he wanted there to be a heavy dose of realism in his choices, actors who seemed to be people you could look over on a morning commute and see reading the paper, sipping coffee, gazing out the window and starting their day.
George R.R. Martin joins Twitter, but won’t tweet much
The “Game of Thrones” honcho’s 1st tweet on Monday said: "I don't tweet all that much, please check out my live journal page. ;) #myfirstTweet."
“Powers” comic book is becoming a TV series, thanks to Sony PlayStation
“Powers,” which was once a failed pilot starring Jason Patric and Lucy Punch, is getting the Playstation treatment in December.
Jerry Seinfeld tells Letterman each “Comedians in Cars” episode costs $100,000 to produce — and he’s trying to get Woody Allen
Seinfeld has never heard back from Allen. “I don’t like to bother people,” he said at the Paley Center, answering why he didn’t follow up with the famous director.
Watch Lena Dunham's special artistic performance helping Sia on “Late Night”
Wearing a blonde wig, the “Girls” star delivered a special performance for Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs are still promoting “Community” despite its cancelation
They’re both spending this week talking "Community" at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. "You can cancel us all you want but we'll never stop promoting Community,” Jacobs wrote on Instagram.
HBO’s “Bessie” biopic adds Charles S. Dutton and Mike Epps
Dutton will play Ma Rainey's husband and partner, while romance Bessie Smith.
New York City Council to examine reality TV working conditions
A council committee will examine reality working conditions amid efforts by the Writers Guild of America, East, to unionize reality workers.
Jimmy Fallon has a “Tight Pants” battle with J.Lo
Watch Jennifer Lopez and Fallon dance it out in their tight pants.
Since breaking onto the cinema scene with 1985's "Blood Simple," Joel and Ethan Coen have made movies with Miramax, Focus Features, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, the long-gone Gramercy Pictures, Universal Pictures and CBS Films. Recently, the duo have partnered with uber-producer Scott Rudin on three straight movies, but now they are taking a break from their "True Grit" collaborator and reuniting with longtime buddies Working Title for "Hail, Caesar!" And, in something of a surprise, news broke today that the film will be released by Universal Pictures instead of the company's mini-major and previous Coens home, Focus Features. Could the Clooney factor be the reason?
It's the stuff that people find in common with Slate's character Donna -- whether its drinking wine to excess to tend a wounded heart, pants-off dance-offs or pregnancy scares -- that gives the movie its charge. And it's the comedy in every circumstance, even when Donna opts for an abortion, that gives "Obvious Child" its spark.
Calling the Robespierre-directed film an "abortion comedy" is reductive. "Rom-com" isn't quite right either. Its New York setting and Donna's arrested development has caused a lot of critics to lump it in with "Frances Ha," "Broad City" and "Girls"; those assessments just go to show there's not a lot of solid, hilarious coming-of-agers in film or TV that lend humanity and hard-edged wisdom to 20-something independent women.
Ampilified more, then, is the fact that "Obvious Child" was written by women, directed by a woman, led and carried by women. In our conversation this week about the film, Robespierre doesn't dig the term "Women in film," just as Slate isn't a "Woman in comedy." They're the people who know uniquely how to illustrate a POV, what it's like to bomb on stage, dance in their skivvies, fear the moral wrath of their mothers and make drunk fart jokes like everyone else.
Watch our whole interview above. Read more about "SNL" alum Slate and our review of "Obvious Child" here. The film is in theaters now.
A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I fart for science...
A quick review of tonight's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as I put you out into the field...
Report: Fox will never air “Us & Them,” the “Gavin and Stacey” remake starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel
The Fox remake of the hit British comedy was picked up a year ago at the Fox Upfronts, and was screened at last year’s New York Television Festival. But Fox was unhappy with the quality of the scripts and canceled the show last October after filming six episodes, which it planned to burn off at some point. According to TV Line, those six episodes will never be shown on TV.
President Obama called Ryan Murphy to say he liked “The Normal Heart”
Murphy, who hosted a major fundraiser at his house for Obama, had no idea the president had seen his HBO film.
Showtime’s “The Wire” reunion: John Doman to play Dominic West’s father-in-law on “The Affair"
Doman, who played McNulty's boss on “The Wire,” will reunite with West playing the father of Maura Tierney, who is married to West in the series about a marriage damaged by an extramarital affair.
Andy Cohen: I’m NOT producing “I Slept With a Celebrity”
Despite reports to the contrary, Cohen tweeted: "All the jokes have been v funny but I am actually NOT producing this show everybody! #IDidntSleepWithACeleb"
“Game of Thrones” creators: This is our best finale yet
“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said in a statement. “The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new (music) cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it.” PLUS: “Game of Thrones’” viewership fell slightly with wall battle, George R.R. Martin e-mailed the director last night saying he approved, “GoT” has had a tradition of epic penultimate episodes, check out this “GoT” infographic, wall battle gets a Bon Jovi mashup, more on the books vs. TV, this is "Arya's" baby pic, and this is Maisie Williams’ American accent for her new movie.
President Obama jokingly addressed “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn as “Mr. President”
"He asked me why I didn’t look as stressed as he does,” Goldwyn recalls of their meeting at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Anna Gunn hasn’t seen Bryan Cranston’s play, says Tony red carpet is “slightly” more glamorous than Emmy red carpet
The former “Breaking Bad” star has been too busy working on “Gracepoint” to see her former TV husband on stage.
Tatiana Maslany and her hair team helped come up with “Orphan Black” surprise
Says co-creator Graeme Manson: "We knew it's a challenge and that it can be a bit of a minefield, but we just wanted to approach it from the proper place and the process of discovering that character was very honest and collaborative with myself and John and Tat and her hair and makeup team and the writers."
“Orange is the New Black” star talks about how Season 2 ended
Says the actress: "That’s an open-ended question still. Isn’t that a scary proposition?” PLUS: 13 things learned from Season 2, Wendy Williams asks Laverne Cox “stupid trans questions," and where have you seen Lorraine Toussaint before?
Kelsey Grammer met a British woman with a “Frasier” tattoo
The 30-year-old woman put Grammer’s face on her arm.
Aaron Rodgers visits “The Newsroom” set to make out with Olivia Munn
Paparazzi have apparently confirmed that the Green Bay Packers QB is dating the HBO star.
“Breaking Bad’s” Spanish-language remake premiered Sunday: What happened?
You can catch “Metastasis” on Univision, but there are differences from the original series. PLUS: A non-Spanish speaker tries to understand what’s going on, and watch the new trailer for “Metastasis."
Starz’s “Power” debuts to 2 million over the entire weekend
However, only 462,000 tuned in for the initial airing on Saturday night.
Watch Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in their “Married” trailer
FX has released a “red band trailer” for the upcoming comedy.
Halle Berry ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support
The court also ordered the “Extant” star to pay ex Gabriel Aubry $115,000 in retroactive support.
Butlers are in demand thanks to "Downton Abbey”
"Thirty-five years ago, there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad,” according to what GQ calls “Downton Abbey” syndrome.
Why “Veep” won’t change
As long as she has to deal with Jonah Ryan, the HBO series won’t be transformed by a plot twist. PLUS: What are the options for next season?, and watch some deleted scenes from the finale.
Hugh Jackman should’ve been charming on the Tonys, but he wasn’t
What was up with that bizarre jumping opening number? PLUS: The Tonys broadcast was lazy and dull and weird.
“The Sopranos” vs. “Game of Thrones”
Which HBO show would triumph in a death match?
“Pretty Little Liars” boss previews Season 5 on Reddit
"This season, characters on the show will learn A's identity and give a huge clue to the audience,” says Marlene King.
Does this New York Yankees draft pick look like Kenny Powers?
Here are six times Sean Carley resembled the “Eastbound & Down” character?
“Drop Dead Diva’s” Jackson Hurst weds
Hurst and his wife walked down the aisle to "Indiana Jones’" "Raiders March."
Why “Revenge” brought back Dave Clarke
"It's hard to introduce new characters who don't have a past history with Emily, but will make her invest as much in their character,” explained exec producer Aaron Harberts at “Revenge’s" ATX Television Festival panel.
Steven Bochco’s “Murder in the First” would’ve looked innovative 20 years ago
The TNT cop drama starring Taye Diggs, which follows a case over a season, doesn’t look so great following up on “True Detective” and “Fargo.” PLUS: It’s like comfort food, “Murder” mines a ripe period in San Francisco history, and it’s well paced and compelling.