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'Top Chef' headed to Boston for season 12

It's time for the Bravo cooking competition to pack its knives again

"Top Chef" will be cooking up a twelfth season for Bravo, this time taking the series to Boston, Massachusetts. The season will premiere in late 2014.

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Oprah: L.A. Clippers co-owner?

Oprah: L.A. Clippers co-owner?
ESPN reports that Oprah Winfrey is considering teaming up with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to buy the NBA team from the banned Donald Sterling.


HBO reviving “Project Greenlight” with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
The filmmaker reality show originally aired on HBO from 2001 to 2003 and starred a young Shia LeBeouf in its 2nd season, before moving to Bravo in 2005 for a horror-themed 3rd season.


Syfy has already ordered a 3rd “Sharknado” movie
No details have been revealed, but Syfy greenlit the 3rd film ahead of the “The Second One’s” broadcast.


Hulu renews Tyler Labine’s “Deadbeat,” announces the return of Seth Meyers’ “The Awesomes”
"The Hotwives of Orlando” will premiere on July 15, while “The Awesomes” returns Aug. 4.


Watch the extended “I Wanna Marry Harry” promo
How will the bachelorettes react to being duped?

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Jackson Browne

Interview: Jackson Browne: 'People want to see you stumble'

On his new tribute album and revisiting his past hits

Earlier this month, some of Jackson Browne’s friends, including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and many more, covered their favorite Browne tunes for  “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne.”

The set also included some newer singer/songwriters, like Griffin House and Bob Schneider, with whom he was not as familiar but now considers himself a fan.

The release comes at a time when Browne is working on a new album and so he was a little wary of revisiting some of his biggest hits, especially delivered in such an appealing way.

“It’s funny because you tend to compete with your younger self anyway. You tend to always try to do something worthy of what you’ve done already,” he said, when we interviewed him last week at the ASCAP Pop Awards. He was presenting the Founders Award to Tom Petty.  “[The tribute] comes at a time when I’m trying to make a new record and I didn’t really want to hear too much of that and it’s like ‘Damn, that’s good. That’s a great record.’ I’ve written a few songs, but who knew all this time that all these songs really needed was a singer.”

One of Browne’s new tunes already showed up on the internet, but, as he laughed about it in the video, it was hardly the version he wanted out there. It was during a performance when he “completely went blank” on the lyrics.  Though he’s fine with it now, he mused over the fact that, for better or worse, seeing him sing it badly, as opposed to all the nights he’s sung it perfectly, is what people want to see. “That’s what people want. They want to see you stumble.”

In the above interview, Browne also talks about artists he never misses when they come to town.  

 

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<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Set Visit: 'Get On Up' team promises a James Brown biopic done right

Tate Taylor and Aakomon Jones discuss capturing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. If you greet biopics with a certain amount of trepidation, "Get On Up" director Tate Taylor is right there with you.

"I’ve never been a big fan of biopics," the well-dressed helmer of "The Help" tells a pair of visiting reporters, pausing between shots in mid-December, more than eight months before the scheduled August 1, 2014 release date.

"The last one I really loved was 'Coal Miner’s Daughter.' I loved that," Taylor continues.

"Coal Miner's Daughter," which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, opened in 1980.

"For me I think what makes them successful is I approached this as, 'This is a movie about an amazing man. And, oh yeah, he’s James Brown.' That’s how I approached this, is who he was and what made him the man he was," Taylor explains. "And what I honed in on, what I thought was special is you can usually do a movie about someone’s drive to succeed and how they got there but what I think’s interesting about James Brown, is he didn’t want to go backwards. And that’s a fear, I think, I have and a lot of people relate to. Everybody can relate to that and that’s what made me think it would be accessible for audiences regardless of the music, is that fear of, 'Oh my gosh, what if this all goes away?' Not, 'Oh, I’ve done enough and I can coast.' Some people, they don’t want it to go away. And that’s what I really wanted to focus in on what it takes to keep it where you are and then reinvent yourself over and over and over."

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<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown on the 'Get On Up' set

How does the '42' star tap into his inner Godfather of Soul?

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. It's mid-December on the Mississippi set of "Get On Up" and it's possible that the hardest working man in show business is the young actor playing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

We're between shots in a scene recreating James Brown and The Famous Flames' iconic performance in the concert film "T.A.M.I. Show" and everything is resetting. 

For Chadwick Boseman, though, there's no such thing as a reset. The cameras may not be rolling, but Boseman's feet keep shuffling across the shiny green linoleum of the Natchez Auditorium stage, which is standing in for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. He only pauses to run over to the monitor to see how his footwork looks, but then he returns to the stage, dancing his way there and back.

Chadwick Boseman has become something of a perpetual motion machine, but if you watch old videos of James Brown, the rhythmic restlessness is one of the first things you'll notice about the Godfather of Soul as well. 

When I mention this to the movie's choreographer Aakomon Jones, also playing one of the Flames, he's instantly gratified.

"That's literally where I start," Jones smiles. "Because we got into the cool slides and all that footwork and the spins and all that. It's just this thing that James Brown does when he's like driving the beat, he's clicking both heels, one into the other -- right-left, right-left, right-left. I worked with Chad on that for hours, maybe two days straight before we ever started trying to add flashes. I knew that if he got that, he had 60 percent of what James Brown is as a performer as far as quantity, because he does that throughout his entire performance. He'll flash here, he'll slip off to the fight and dance-break and he'll hit a spin or a split, but 75 percent of the time? He's right-left with the heels. That's what keeps the band locked in."

And Boseman is certainly locked in as well. 

Director Tate Taylor, the man behind the Oscar-winning hit "The Help," is shooting James Brown's "T.A.M.I. Show" numbers as full, uninterrupted songs. [After editing, I highly doubt that's the approach Taylor will take, but I can assure you that at least in the moment, the performances are sustained.]

Boseman goes through the entirety of his "Out of Sight" performance, which includes spins, a split and ends with him on his knees as the crowd shrieks.

"Mr. Brown, would you like another?" Taylor asks. And every time, Boseman does, indeed, want another.. 

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<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling on Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling on Tuesday's "The Mindy Project"

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday, 'Supernatural' rises and 'Mindy' tops 'New Girl'

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is up, 'Glee' is down

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

With "NCIS" routing "The Voice" overall and closing the gap among young viewers to a minuscule 0.2 rating, CBS commandingly won Tuesday in total viewers and was able to eke out a victory in the key demo.

There were mixed returns all around on Tuesday night.

On the positive side, ABC got demo rises for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs," "Person of Interest" grew on CBS and NBC saw a bump for "Chicago Fire." The CW also got a good week for the nested "Supernatural" spinoff and also for "The Originals."

On the down side, NBC's "About a Boy" slipped and FOX's "Glee" hit a series low.

And on the neither-good-nor-bad-but-different front, FOX's "The Mindy Project" improved on its "New Girl" lead-in both overall and among young viewers.

On to the numbers.

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Alice Braga and Gael Garcia Bernal in "The Ardor."
Alice Braga and Gael Garcia Bernal in "The Ardor."
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Six films added to Cannes lineup, with Gael García Bernal and Catherine Deneuve on the bill

But the Competition remains fixed at 18 features

It's customary for a few films to be added to the Cannes Film Festival lineup in the weeks following the initial announcement, raising cinephiles' hopes for whatever big-name prospect was left out to begin with -- and usually dashing them. A further six films were added today, the highest-profile of which is another French title: André Téchiné's "In the Name of My Daughter," starring Guillaume Canet and Catherine Deneuve. None of them, however, will play in Competition, which remains fixed at 18 features -- currently the lowest number since the 1990 festival.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' will reach a 9th season

Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will reach a 9th season
Crackle has ordered four more seasons of the web series, on top of the unaired 4th and 5th season.


Tricia Helfer returning to Syfy to star in “Ascension” event series
The "Battlestar Galactica” alum will board a different starship playing the character of Viondra Denniger.


Syfy developing “Pax Romana” and “The Magicians"
They’re based on, respectively, the Jonathan Hickman graphic novels and Lev Grossman’s popular fantasy novels. PLUS: Syfy picks up adventure series “Killjoys."


Syfy teaming with “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman on “Clone”
The government conspiracy drama is based on the graphic novel.


Yvonne Strahovski to guest on “Louie”
The “Chuck” alum, who’s wrapping up filming “24: Live Another Day,” is shown in a promo driving Louis CK.


“Jeopardy!’s” Arthur Chu shed a lot of weight after being the butt of Twitter fat jokes
Check out his workout selfie.


Giancarlo Esposito receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Watch the “Breaking Bad” alum and “Revolution” star’s uplifting speech.


“Supernatural” spinoff: What a mess!
“Bloodlines” makes a mockery of the original show, while also maintaining its horrible treatment of women. PLUS: “Supernatural” gets a small boost from spinoff.


Seth Meyers appears in a White House PSA to curb sexual assaults
Vice President Biden also enlisted Dulé Hill, Steve Carell and Benicio Del Toro for the public service announcements. PLUS: Watch Meyers roast the Time 100.


TLC renews “My Five Wives”
The polygamy reality show will be back for at least eight more episodes.


See “Parks and Rec’s” Nick Offerman as a young man, dressed as a hula girl
“Ron Swanson” used to look totally different.


Diane Keaton plays wine pong with Jimmy Fallon
"Can I try mine first just to see," she asked about taking a swig of her wine. "I want to make sure I'm getting the red wine."

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<p>Michael Gill, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Michael Gill, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards."

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'House of Cards' season 2 in review: It gets weaker the more you watch

A ridiculous political potboiler that takes itself too seriously

The binge-viewing model that streaming video makes possible can work wonders with the right show. If you've never seen "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire" or "Boardwalk Empire" before and can plow through entire seasons in a weekend, the experience can in many ways be even better than if you had watched them weekly in real time when they first aired. Stories fit together more neatly, characters are easier to keep track of, themes and subtext become richer and more apparent.

Then there are the shows for which the binge is not their friend — where the more you watch of them in short order, the more glaring their flaws become and the less exciting their strengths seem. Ironically, one of those shows is the flagship creation of the leader in streaming video: Netflix's "House of Cards," where the more I've watched — and the closer together I've watched it — the lower my opinion of it has gone.

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Bob Hoskins in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Bob Hoskins in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins passes away at 71

The 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' star died in hospital of pneumonia

I'm hugely saddened to report that Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins -- the quintessential Cockney gent of latter-day cinema -- has passed away. Aged 71, he died in hospital following a bout of pneumonia.

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<p>When the primary image of your strongest female character looks like an outtake from a &#39;Penthouse&#39; photo spread, maybe it&#39;s time to have a chat about gender politics.</p>

When the primary image of your strongest female character looks like an outtake from a 'Penthouse' photo spread, maybe it's time to have a chat about gender politics.

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Gender politics and the casting of 'Star Wars'

As rumors break of more casting to come, online emotion runs high

Two weeks ago, I was at WonderCon, and I got to spend a bit of time with one of my favorite people. She's got a ten-year-old daughter who is a nascent geek, and we talked a bit about her very mixed feelings about the iconography that her daughter is dealing with as she finds her way through pop culture right now.

I was struck by one story in particular. Her daughter's favorite character right now is the Black Widow, and my friend wanted to buy some original art for her daughter. Every single image she found, though, was exactly the sort of over-the-top cheesecake shot that you'd expect. No matter what pose they had her in, the emphasis was firmly on both boobs and butt, and my friend ended up so irritated that she had to finally commission an artist to draw the character with her shirt completely buttoned up.

Even so, there was a photo she took at WonderCon of her daughter standing with a cosplayer dressed as Black Widow, and that sheer geek joy that I remember so vividly from my own younger years and that I see on the faces of my own kids is just radiating off of her daughter in the image. To her, Black Widow is a hero, pure and simple, and all of the larger conversations about representation and exploitation don't factor in for her. To that little girl, she looks at Black Widow, and she sees someone who stands side-by-side with Captain America, someone who is strong and funny and capable, and that is incredibly important for every young person. It is important that kids (and adults, for that matter) be able to look at pop culture and see some reflection of who they are and where they're from, and for them to see that there is a place in this larger world where they will fit, no matter what it is that they want to do.

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May 2014 TV Events We're Looking Forward To - Finales, Premieres & More

May 2014 TV Events We're Looking Forward To - Finales, Premieres & More

Which 15 May TV events are we most anticipating this month?

One of the questions we frequently get asked on Firewall & Iceberg is "Do Sweeps Periods Still Matter?" and the answer we always give is, "Kinda." They're not the almighty forces they once were, but they still matter.

Case-in-point? May Sweeps 2014! How many of your favorite shows have already ended for the season? "Community"! "Parks and Recreation"! "Scandal"! "Parenthood"! They're all done. 

However, May still marks the end of the Official Nielsen 2013-2014 Season and it marks the start of the summer programming season, so between May 1 and May 31, there's a lot of programming we're looking forward to, whether it's a TV milestone like Baba Wawa's retirement, a big plot point on a favorite show like Christina's departure from "Grey's Anatomy," an movie event like HBO's "Normal Heart" or NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" or a new series premiere like "Penny Dreadful" on cable or "Gang Related" on FOX.

Here are 15 things we're looking forward to watching on TV in May and our feeble rationales. You're probably looking forward to 15 totally different things. There's too much TV.

What are you looking forward to?

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