Tom Petty received the Founders Award Wednesday night from performing rights organization ASCAP for the contributions he’s made to songwriting, but when Petty talked with HitFix, he was much more interested in talking about his songs to come rather than the ones in his past, especially the tunes on his forthcoming album, “Hypnotic Eye,” tentatively scheduled for release this summer.
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My favorite moment during the Saturday afternoon panel I moderated for Universal's upcoming movie "Lucy" was when an audience member asked director Luc Besson if he'd be interested in directing a Marvel Studios movie about "Black Widow" starring Scarlett Johansson.
"I am afraid of spiders," he answered, and then just looked at me, ready to move on to the next question.
If you've seen the first trailer for the movie, you get the general idea. Besson says he started noodling with the idea a decade ago, the first time he heard someone mention that "we only use 10% of our brains" idea. "I know it is wrong," he said, "but I liked the idea and I just wanted to start there. What happens if we take a character from that 10% to 100%?"
Pre-credit sequence. Jefra is still trying to piece together what went down at the last Tribal. This could take a while. She asks Tony for his reasons. "You guys wouldn't understand where I'm coming from," Tony says. This works for Trish, who insists she isn't mad about being totally in the dark. "I still trust Tony and he still trusts me," Trish insists. Spencer knows that Tony is unpredictable and that he may not be useful for long. "The sooner we make a move against Tony, the better," Spencer says.
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I wake up up to clean the fridge...
We're down to six on "American Idol" and the singers are doing double-duty on Wednesday (April 23) night.
Alex, Jena, Caleb, CJ, Jessica and Sam will each sing one song dubbed "Country" and another song deemed "Rock."
Two quick thoughts:
1) Dexter Roberts picked the wrong week to go home. If ever a theme would have helped ease Dexter along in his "Idol" genre, this would have been it.
2) For all of the Judges' Save thing, this week's theme seems to doom Sam Woolf, doesn't it? I continue to suspect that Jena, Caleb and Alex are in their own voting class. And of the remaining three singers, who can pretty much go home in any order as far as I'm concerned, two of them can be comfortably classed in a country-rock niche and the other one is Sam Woolf. Either we're about to see some impressive theme cheating from Sam, or else he's doomed before he begins.
Or is he?
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Did Tori Spelling fake a cheating scandal to land her “True Tori” reality show?
As Jezebel notes, "the entire first episode rang so incredibly false that many are now questioning whether there was ever a cheating scandal to begin with, or if this was all a machination by the financially-strapped couple to land a new TV show after their long-running Oxygen series was canceled.” PLUS: “True Tori” debuts to 1.2 million.
“The Big Bang Theory’s” current plan is to end after Season 10
"The mindset is it's going to be the 10 and then we'll see what happens after that,” says showrunner Steve Molaro of the three-season pickup. He adds that Season 7 will end with a cliffhanger. PLUS: Kaley Cuoco really does chop off her hair.
HBO’s Amazon plan will hook millennials who were too young for “The Sopranos” and “The Wire”
As Alex Fitzpatrick, who was 11 when “The Sopranos” premiered, points out, ""They’re going right after me and my friends, millennials aged 18-25, because we’re vaguely aware 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' were pretty great shows, but we were way too young to catch ‘em on their first go.” PLUS: Where’s “John From Cincinnati”?
Lifetime orders "The Sisterhood,” a Catholic Convent reality show
From the producers of “Breaking Amish” comes a reality show that follows five young women as they decide whether to become nuns.
“The Bachelorette” reacts to contestant Eric Hill’s tragic paragliding death
"We're all extremely saddened by this news. We enjoyed our time with Eric on the show,” says Chris Harrison "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. He will be missed." PLUS: Hill was Andi Dorfman's 1st one-on-one date.
Why the controversial “Game of Thrones” rape scene was more upsetting than the Red Wedding
This was a moment the show invented on its own, and it was really, really gratuitous and out of character. PLUS: Maybe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were carelessly trying to ramp up the sex and violence.
Elmo puppeteer cleared in 3 sexual abuse cases
Kevin Clash is still facing legal action by his first accuser.
“SVU” stars will combat domestic violence and sexual assault via a USA "SVU" marathon
The "No More Excuses” marathon will be fronted by Mariska Hargitay and her fellow castmates Ice-T, Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish.
Howard Stern: I don't think Stephen Colbert is making the right decision in moving to CBS
“CBS is lucky to get him,” says the shock jock and 30-year Letterman guest. But he adds: "Why would he want to leave that to just go interview an actress about her latest movie?”
VH1 sets a “Dating Naked” premiere date for this summer
VH1 is promising "no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you” for the July 17 premiere.
Watch “The Simpsons’” Lego promo
“Kiss my flat, plastic butt,” says Homer.
“The Vampire Diaries” author is using fan fiction to reclaim her book series
L.J. Smith was fired three years ago and replaced with a ghostwriter. Now she’s writing “Vampire Diaries” fan fiction” and uploading them to Amazon.
Why “Fargo” used sign language in Episode 2
“It just seemed Coen-esque to have these very sort of lethal characters who have these completely private exchanges in front of other people,” says exec producer Noah Hawley. PLUS: “Fargo” easter eggs revealed, Keith Carradine on “Fargo” vs. “Deadwood,” and Allison Tolman says, "I did everything I could to not be cast in a show."
“Parks and Rec” boss talks about having multiple pregnancies this season
Leslie Knope’s pregnancy won’t mirror Ann’s — and April will definitely not get pregnant. PLUS: See a clip of “Parks and Rec” in San Francisco.
“Nashville” has found a way to invigorate the clip show
Tonight’s episode is an “On the Record Music Special.
Mindy Kaling met Chris Messina via her “Office” pal John Krasinski
Krasinski and Messina were in the film “Away We Go.”
Aussie actress talks about going topless for “Modern Family’s” teenage boys
Marissa Wynne bares all in tonight’s Australia episode. PLUS: Sarah Hyland poses as a doll for a photo shoot.
Watch a music video tribute to "Pee-Wee’s Playhouse"
The band tUnE-yArDs has released its own spin on the classic kids’ show.
Andy Samberg returns to NBC Thursday to host an “SNL” special
The two-hour special will be devoted to Samberg’s specialty, digital shorts.
Bryan Cranston: “Breaking Bad’s” bed death scene was really personal for me
At the Tribeca Film Festival, Cranston says he saw his daughter in Krysten Ritter’s eyes.
Toni Morrison geeks out over Omar from “The Wire”
The first person the legendary author wanted to meet at a party was Michael Kenneth Williams.
An “Alpha House” alum is headed to “Royal Pains”
Willa Fitzgerald will recur on the USA series.
Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis welcome a baby boy
"Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I'm the building),” tweeted the former “House” star.
“Happy” remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week, making Pharrell Williams one of only six solo male artists to spend a cumulative half year at No. 1, according to Billboard.
This week's "Ask Drew" covered some ground, which is exactly how we want to do it. You guys hit the video team with a ton of questions, and every single one got read by someone.
I was worried that after the first episode, this was going to turn into some sort of oddball game of "Truth Or Dare" each time. I should have trusted the awesome video team here, though. They selected the questions, and I saw them for the first time as we began recording the episode.
You gave us some great valuable feedback last time, and we've made some small adjustments to the format and the staging this time. No more sealed envelopes. We let things run a little longer.
Avril Lavigne has been all over the press the past two days for all the wrong reasons. Her tone-deaf video for new single, “Hello Kitty,” is already a leading contender for worst video of the year… so bad that YouTube yanked it (although it is still up on Lavigne’s website; you can watch it here while you chuck cupcakes and roll around in your underwear.
The nearly unlistenable EDM track is meant for Hello Kitty aficionados only (Lavigne, herself, being one), and the video features Lavigne awkwardly lip-syncing through the song backed by robot-like, expressionless Asian women. Didn’t she learn from Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls experience that even if you mean their inclusion as an homage (perhaps in this case, to Lavigne’s massive Asian following), it’s going to backfire?
The truth is that Lavigne has been on a bit of a downward slope even before “Hello Kitty.” She’s a global superstar, having sold more than 35 million albums and having won eight Juno Awards, but she’s struggled at radio lately. Her last top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Girlfriend” in 2007, which went all the way to No. 1. So far, the highest a single from current album has risen is No. 20 for first single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”
Here are five steps she needs to take to get her career back on track:
1. Decide if she wants to make music anymore. On her latest self-titled album, it feels like Lavigne is calling it in from some very remote location. First single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” which recalled her brat punk past, wasn’t a good fit for anyone over 21. “Rock n Roll” was better, but it felt empty instead of fun, and it peaked at No. 91. The best track, “Let Me Go,” a lovely ballad with her husband, Chad Kroeger, didn’t get the attention it deserved, and current single, “Hello Kitty,” is a misfire in every way. The album felt like it was made by someone with one foot out the door.
2. Stop being in her own videos: It’s not just the “Hello Kitty” video that is horrific. (And if you want to read a piece that really doesn’t pull any punches about the clip, check this one out). Lavigne has never seemed comfortable in her videos. That’s OK, some artists just aren’t. In fact, most of the time, she looks distinctly unhappy to be there and like she can’t wait for it to be over. The exception seem to be the ballads, such as the video for “Wish You Were Here,” from 2011’s “Goodbye Lullaby” album or the aforementioned “Let Me Go” clip. But some of her other clips are cringeworthy in that her reluctance is palpable.
3. Figure out who she is as an artist and what she wants to say: When she first burst on the scene in 2002, through songs like “Complicated,” “Sk8ter Boi” and “I’m With You,” we instantly understood who she was: a snot-nosed teenage kid with both attitude and heart. She was a toasty marshmallow: crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside. Over the years, she’s thrown us, veering in different directions and taking long breaks. She needs to find a producer who can take her vision and where she is now — as a married, 29-year old— and capture that instead of leaving her and us dangling and a little confused, like the last few albums have done.
4. Sell herself on the road: Lavigne hits the concert trail this summer with the Backstreet Boys. It seems like an odd pairing to me: the only thing they have in common is that they were having hits at approximately the same time. Regardless, it’s Lavigne’s opportunity to show her fans and BSB’s fans that she still wants to be in the game, that getting before an audience and performing these songs that many of them grew up on is enjoyable to her and that she lives to be on that stage and wants to keep doing it.
5. Find a way to communicate more effectively: Lavigne now has a perception problem. I interviewed her a few months ago and she was lovely and friendly. I was struck by the difference in my perception of her as a somewhat remote artist versus the warmth she displayed in the interview, especially when she talked about her fans and what they mean to her and how much she loves being on stage. Somehow, the fact that she may actually enjoy what she does has gotten lost. She needs to find a way, either through more interviews, TV appearances, some other method, to get that across.
Here's the thing: whatever the next "Star Trek" film is, it needs to be special since it will be released (most likely) during the 50th anniversary of the original series first making its television premiere.
I'm not a Trekkie who believes that the series has to be done one particular way or it's wrong, but I think it's an important overall property for the studio, and I would like to see it treated with a certain degree of respect. I am an unabashed fan of the 2009 film, and the more I've seen it, the more convinced I am that it's pretty close to a perfect way to kick off a brand-new version of a very familiar property. They nod to the original series in a nice way, they reinvent familiar characters, and they made something that had a new flavor that was all its own.
Meg Ryan will play the narrator on “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff
She’ll be the female Bob Saget on "How I Met Your Dad," playing the future Sally to Greta Gerwig's present Sally.
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” season finale will revolve around a possible terrorist attack
Check out images from the Season 10 finale. PLUS: Sandra Oh is cleaning out her trailer.
HBO is developing “Pharaoh” drama with Ridley Scott
The drama, from “Do Not Harm” creator David Schulner, will offer an alternate explanation for the ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire.
What was up with Stephen Colbert’s glasses on Letterman?
Colbert opted to go on “The Late Show” with thicker glasses.
Seth Meyers talks to “Fresh Air” about his uneven “Late Night” desk
Seth’s original desk was modified so you don’t see his feet. Says Meyers: "The thing I like about the desk is that the right-hand side of the desk that leans toward the guest is smaller than the left-hand side which leans away from it."
Sony trying to get “Community” renewed with a Troy-“Cast Away” spoof poster
Check out the latest installment in Sony’s “Six Seasons and a Movie” campaign.
VH1 cancels “Best Week Ever” for the 2nd time
The comedic commentary show was first canceled in 2010, then revived in 2012.
Bravo developing “All the Pretty Faces” with producer Jennifer Garner
The dramedy would revolve around two feuding families who come together in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Jerry Seinfeld to “Louie”: “Can you not curse?”
Watch Jerry give career advice in the latest “Louie” promo.
Jodie Foster marries her “L Word” girlfriend
Foster tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who played Dylan Moreland on Showtime’s “The L Word."
Comedy Central picks up "This Is Not Happening”
The comedy follows comics telling stories at a strip club called Cheetahs.