When Stephen Colbert was named as David Letterman’s successor earlier this month, there were some suggestions that “Daily Show” alum John Oliver must be kicking himself for jumping to HBO a few months earlier, when he would have been a lock to succeed Colbert weeknights at 11:30 on Comedy Central.
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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have chemistry that seems almost absurd. Marc Webb has gotten better at staging comic-book action and seems to have a real feel for why Spider-Man is a great and enduring character. From scene to scene, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the most Spider-Man movie that Spider-Man has ever been in.
So why doesn't it feel like a movie?
In some ways, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the perfect modern franchise film. I'm sure that any executive in town who sees it is going to walk away raving, and it won't matter if they like it or not. It is an exercise in franchise management, and it hits every single entry on the checklist perfectly. By the end of this film, they've done a very good job of setting up the next three or four films in the series, but at the expense of this film telling any sort of cohesive story.
Mary Lambert’s new video for her poignant, powerful “Body Love” truly celebrates all shapes and sizes.
“Gay rights and body acceptance are two things I feel very passionately about,” the “Same Love” singer told us on the red carpet at the ASCAP Awards, April 23. She felt so strongly about making sure the message was correct that she co-directed the “Body Love” clip herself with Jon Jon Augustavo (who helmed the “Same Love” music video). “There was an element that I absolutely needed to have and that was the mother/daughter aspect. That a lot of what we encounter and how we view our bodies is generational. A lot of times you watch your mother self-deprecate in front of you and you internalize that.”
Lambert is now bitten with the director bug, but “songwriting and music is my core right now and what I want to focus on, but I have a lot of aspirations.”
She still gets a smile out of the fact that the camera caught Keith Urban shedding a tear during the emotional same sex and opposite sex mass wedding that took place at this year's Grammys, as she and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed “Same Love.” The song continues to touch people and Lambert continues to hear stories about how the song has affected them. Here she recounts a touching story about someone’s coming out journey.
Lambert also talks about her new album, coming out this summer. She wants to increase her commercial appeal. “I want to hear these songs on the radio. I want people to sing them, but still put a positive energy out in the world.”
Lambert released an EP, “Welcome to the Age of My Body” in December.
NBC is sticking with network tradition and looking to the 12:30 late-night hour to find a host for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The network announced on Thursday (April 24) evening that "Late Night with Seth Meyers" star Seth Meyers will host the 66th Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25, 2014. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre and will air live coast-to-coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Seth Meyers to host the Emmy Awards
The "Late Night" host not only was named one of Time's 100 most influential people, NBC has tapped him to host this year's Emmys. Meyers becomes the 4th-straight "Late Night" host to helm the primetime Emmys on NBC (Jimmy Fallon did it in 2010, Conan O'Brien hosted in 2002 and 2006.) “Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at ‘SNL,’ as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on ‘SNL’ and ‘Late Night,’ makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, Meyers' late-night boss who's also in charge of alternative programming for NBC.
This week's episode of "The Vampire Diaries" was a rough one to watch, even with the fabulous 1960 flashbacks. I love it when we get not only greaser-chic Damon but early "Mad Men" hair, cars and wardrobe. It almost made up for the part I didn't really want to see (no spoilers in the opening paragraph, don't worry).
"Parks and Recreation" just concluded its sixth season in memorable fashion (here's my review), with the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert, a trip to San Francisco, big cameos and then a very crazy idea at the very end of the finale which could give us a very different show in season 7.
As usual when "Parks" wraps up a season, I emailed co-creator Mike Schur some questions about what went down, and why. It goes without saying that big big spoilers are coming, immediately.
It's Judgement Night on "American Idol" and, once again, my feelings are simple:
If Jessica, CJ or Sam goes home? Business as usual.
If Caleb, Jena or Alex goes home? We burn this thing to the ground.
And if Grumpy Cat returns for the second straight show? Well, that's just gravy!
Zack Snyder is already hard at work on the "Man Of Steel" sequel that will also feature the introductions of a number of other heroes from the DC Universe, and word comes today that the character Cyborg will now play a part in the film.
Ray Fisher's name has been in play for the last month or so as one of the many names being considered for a key role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," and while I'd never accuse Warner Bros. of intentionally hiring him just so Disney and Lucasfilm can't, it would seem that casting him as Cyborg would make it hard for him to also show up a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
So far, Fisher's got nothing we can point to on film as a calling card, but he's well-known as a theater performer, with his performance as Muhammad Ali in "Fetch Clay, Make Man" winning him a good deal of acclaim. It's always interesting to me when someone goes from being essentially unknown to suddenly being a hot commodity, before they've even had a film released. In this case, it seems like whoever represents FIsher has been getting him into rooms and that he's been impressing the people he's met.
John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st “Last Week Tonight” interview
It’ll be Gen. Keith Alexander’s first interview since his retirement.
"Girls" will use Brooklyn to portray Iowa
The Midwestern-looking Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park was being used today to film what looks like a frat house scene.
BET to air “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” plus “The Book of Negroes” miniseries
The six-part “Book of Nergoes” will be BET’s first miniseries, while Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold will star in “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” BET has also ordered reality shows “Gone Gospel” and “Got Game.”
“Bones” and “Big Bang Theory” are having to share the same actress
Sweets and Raj are in a "love triangle" with Laura Spencer.
BET renews “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
They’ll be back for a respective 8th, 2nd and 3rd season.
“Dancing with the Stars” names a new boss
“X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” vet Rob Wade worked on “Dancing” for its first four seasons.
Neil Patrick Harris tells Letterman why he liked the “HIMYM” finale
“I was a big proponent of it, big fan of it,” he says of the controversial series finale.
Discovery sets Mt. Everest avalanche documentary for May 4
"Everest Avalanche Tragedy” will feature all-new footage over the course of 90 minutes.
1995 dating show Jon Hamm was rejected by an actress who treated it like a casting audition
"I think I had, like, five different accents and 20 different facial expressions in that clip. I was a dork,” says Mary Sandler of that viral clip. In an interview with LA Weekly, Sandler describes the aftermath of becoming a sudden media sensation — her brother died 5 days after the clip went viral — and how it has affected her life.
“Family Guy’s” Emmy campaign mocks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter Griffin says in the Fox comedy’s Emmy mailer.
USA’s “Rush” promotes Larenz Tate
He’ll become a series regular on the “medical fixer” drama.
Why “Parks and Rec” should wrap it up next season
"Go out on top!” says Margaret Lyons. “'Parks' hasn't gotten less funny, but it is running out of narrative steam a little bit. Just ask Councilman Jamm, Mona-Lisa, or Dr. Saperstein — funny-ish each in (very) small doses, but nowhere near deserving of the amount of screentime they've had. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe might have left for budgetary reasons, but their story lines were fully exhausted.” PLUS: Why “Parks and Rec” should end tonight, and Billy Eichner hopes “Parks and Rec” promotes him to series regular
An appreciation of “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Cristina Yang
“Yang,” says Brittany Volk, "is a tricky character; her cocky and overly confident demeanor can be a turn-off for some. At first, it seems she’s just a cold, stubborn, know-it-all doctor. But of course, that’s not really the case, and that’s what I love about her. She practices tough love and tough medicine — on her patients and herself.” PLUS: Shonda Rhimes recalls when an unknown Taylor Swift stopped by the “Grey’s” set.
See the 1st images from “Downton Abbey” Season 5
Filming has already begun this week.
In defense of watching HBO sex scenes with your mom
Kate Hakala recalls being a teenager watching “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under” with her mom. She explains: “Something about those HBO nights with my mom, the feeling of illicitness, intimacy, and vulnerability paved the way for unscientific and honest post-show sex talks. Sure, of course I was a little humiliated, but looking back, I would have missed out on something if I had just stolen away to my room with an HBO Go password.”
VH1 releases an "I Will Survive” anti-bullying ad
Does the 1-minute PSA work or fall flat?
Read a fake “alternate” script of the controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
What if the scene was more talkative? PLUS: Australian football releases a “Game of Footy” trailer, and "Arya" and "Sansa" make funny faces over FaceTime.
"Salem" adds a Marilyn Manson song to its opening credits
Manson’s new song “Cupid Carries a Gun” will be part of Sunday’s opening.
“Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba recalls her audition — not for Crazy Eyes
Aduba also reveals that she also got a job on “Blue Bloods” at the same time. PLUS: Pablo Schreiber on his pornstache.
Presenting TV’s weirdest musician cameos
From Devo on “Square Pegs” to The Flaming Lips on “Beverly Hills 90210."
USA announces “Suits After Hours”
“Suits” is getting its first early-morning fan-centric marathon.
Is there a books-to-TV miniseries trend?
JK Rowling bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to HBO and BBC may be part of a new trend to bring books to the small screen.
Monica Potter: How I got through “Parenthood’s” most emotional scenes
Potter looks back at Kristina Braverman's Top 10 most emotional moments.
CBS’ “Bad Teacher” doesn’t have enough story to merit a series
"The real challenge of the show,” says Karen Valby, "will be to give it an actual surprising arc. In three episodes, the narrative is the same. Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.” PLUS: It’s a well-played ephemeral farce, it’s a pretty amusing sitcom, it’s a flavorless, sanitized and timid retread, how CBS wooed Ari Graynor, and Graynor looks back at her TV career.
ABC’s “Black Box” combines the annoying aspect of “Homeland” with the formulaic parts of “House”
“We need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new 'Black Box,” ... a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things,” says Alan Sepinwall, who adds: "Describing the show makes it sound like the sort of thing Jack Donaghy might have scheduled on the '30 Rock' version of NBC.” PLUS: “Black Box” is ridiculously bad, it suffers from "prime-time multiple-personality disorder,” and it’s one of the most resonant pilots in years.
“The Mentalist” is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS
Warner Bros. has been shopping a 7th season to both broadcast and cable networks in case. Meanwhile, the season finale is being written to work as a series finale and to set up a 7th season. “It will be a very pleasing and satisfying series finale if that’s what happens and if not it's a very pleasing and satisfying precursor to a new season,” says creator Bruno Heller.
MTV renews “The Real World” and “Snooki & JWoww”; new “Buckwild” will be called “Slednecks”
The cable network also ordered more “Girl Code,” while announcing the reality shows “One Bad Choice” and “Beyond Dance.” PLUS: MTV unveils summer schedule — “Teen Wolf” returns June 23.