We've officially reached the half-way mark of 2014. This time a year ago the only Oscar players on the table were Sundance debut "Before Midnight" and Cannes debuts "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," give or take a "Croods," "Great Gatsby," "Lone Ranger" or an "Iron Man 3" that would pick up support outside of the major categories. So what does the year have to show for itself so far this time around?
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Nicki Minaj took time out of her acceptance speech for best female hip-hop artist at Sunday night’s BET Awards to throw a little (okay, a really big) dis at Iggy Azalea.
Tonight’s BET Awards, held at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater, didn’t last forever, they just felt like they did.
At nearly four hours long, the Chris Rock-hosted show included a heartfelt Civil Rights Movement tribute and great performances by Usher and Yolanda Adams, among others, but viewers also had to sit through appearances that could have easily been shortened or cut entirely. Pharrell Williams and newcomer August Alsina were the evening’s big winners at the event, dubbed by Rock as “the black World Cup.”
Here are the night’s best and worst moments.
What were your best and worst of the evening?
There have been numerous interweaving and not so interweaving plots during this inaugural season of "Penny Dreadful," but there have been two constants. The first has been the search by Sir Malcom (Timothy Dalton) and Ms. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to save Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) from the clutches of a vampire demon. The second has been the systematic haunting of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway, Jr.) by his first creation (Rory Kinnear), a vindictive son who brutally demands a bride from his creator. If the series finale told us anything it's that creator John Logan had no intention of dragging these story lines out any more than necessary. More so, Logan appears to have a lot more in store for "Dreadful's" unexpected group of flawed "heroes."
Let's see... Where did we leave things?
Frankie was still one Head of Household.
Caleb had gone into the first challenge in Beast Mode and he was also Head of Household.
Julie Chen had explained the whole "challenge" thing and how a former Head of Household could potentially go up on the block, but I napped through it.
And already, the people who dedicate their lives to watching the feeds have a wealth of knowledge about why all 16 of these hamsters are bad, bad people. And I'll say it again: For purposes of these recaps -- and purposes of comments -- ONLY STUFF FROM TV IS CANNON.
Good times. On to the recap!
Zendaya drops out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, project put on hold
"We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” Lifetime said of the Disney Channel star, who was heavily criticized for not looking like the late R&B star.
BET Awards host Chris Rock asked white people about BET at a monster truck rally
One white person did know what BET stood for. Plus: Watch Rock’s opening monologue, and BET misspells “Lionel Ritchie.”
"Mad Men" throws a wrap party
The cast and crew celebrated the end of filming on Saturday night.
Report: “The View” is seeking a conservative and a Latina
“Good Day L.A.’s” Lauren Sanchez, a former “View” runner-up, could get the gig, and so could former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr.’s daughter, Abby. PLUS: Just give Whoopi her own show already.
“Orange is the New Black” was celebrated at NYC Pride Parade, with co-Grand Marshall Laverne Cox
Cast members took a ride on the Litchfield Correctional Facility float.
“Game of Thrones” meets “Frozen”
It’s the mashup that was bound to happen.
Louis CK: Jimmy Fallon has “totally changed the tempo and the feeling of latenight”
Louis CK says of all the late-night hosts, "Jimmy Fallon is the most different,” yet "he’s still the guy with the skyline, the desk and the band.”
"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut...
Despite all evidence to the contrary, “True Blood” would like to give you what you want from it. This is not a Brechtian experiment in raising awareness of the audience’s desire to have its feelings manipulated in the name of “entertainment” by frustrating and disappointing us at every turn; at its best, it’s a robust sexy horror comedy made by HBO pros. But it’s been having trouble being scary and funny—intentionally, anyway—because of creative exhaustion, or the contempt that’s bred by familiarity, or because Alan Ball has left the building. Or maybe its priorities are just screwed up. “I Found You” opens with a languorously paced scene in which Jason Stackhouse tracks down Eric, standing in front of a window with his shirt open, as if practicing his moodiness. “Why’d you come here, Jason?” asks Eric “I came because I knew you’d ask that f***ing question,” replies Jason, who accuses Eric of running away to escape their undeniable, unspoken passion for each other: “Ah cain’t get you out of mah head,” he drawls. “But you probably hear that a lot, don’t you?” The two end up in a fierce and shirtless lip lock.
Tomorrow, half of the year will officially be in the books. So far 2014 has been, well, sort of up and down — for me, anyway. There have been a few indie/specialty/prestige delights, though just as many have fallen short. The same disparity is evident in the on-going summer blockbuster landscape, where for every "Godzilla" or "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" there are the requisite stinkers keeping the year in perspective.
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
“Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor dies
Taylor, who also co-starred on “Dave’s World" and other TV shows, died Saturday of cancer. He was 67.
Report: "True Detective" Season 2 will have just 1 male lead
According to The Wrap, the first script shows only one male lead, while there are additional male and female co-stars.
“Girl Meets World” debuts to 5.2 million
The “Boy Meets World” spinoff ranked as the No. 1 series launch this year among kids and tweens.