HBO's "True Detective" still has three episodes to go in its first season, which will end the story of Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart. Though the show is drawing glowing reviews and big ratings (recent episodes have drawn a cumulative rating of 11 million viewers per week), it has yet to be renewed for a second season, mainly because of the unusual nature of the series. It's an anthology show, like FX's "American Horror Story," and a second season would feature an entirely new group of characters, and likely an entirely new group of actors — though I can imagine HBO is doing whatever it can to get McConaughey and Harrelson to return, even in a reduced capacity. There will surely be another season; the announcement will just wait until HBO has found a satisfactory cast (preferably with a lead as famous and talented as McConaughey).
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It has been, as pretty much everyone has noted, a lengthy Oscar season, made additionally trying by certain squabbles and controversies along the way. As Brooks Barnes writes, however, it's not just insiders that are feeling the apathy, but the moviegoing public too. Noting that there's been less of a post-nomination commercial bump than usual for a lot of the nominees, he wonders if the expanded Best Picture field is partly responsible. He quotes PR expert Joe Quenqua: “That led to a lot more noise, and it potentially diluted the specialness ... You wonder at what point the average consumer becomes confused and tunes it all out.” [New York Times]
Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach are apparently collaborating on the former's next album "Ultraviolence," while the latter has some explaining to do.
The recent "Once Upon a Dream" cover artist Tweeted a photo of her and the Black Keys frontman together, with her arms around his neck, each appropriately stoic. "Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence," she posted, which Auerbach retweeted. Del Rey had announced the "Ultraviolence" title when she premiered her "Tropico" video last month, with a May 1 release date.
With what little one could cull from the statement, the pairing sounds to be more than just a duet or some guitarwork: the guitarist and singer could likely be producing the set. That scenery in black and white could be the Akron Analog studio near Auerbach's Ohio hometown or at his Easy
Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence pic.twitter.com/aRAZYscwYd— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 20, 2014
Oh, to be a fly on the wall during the conversations that led this to be. The Black Keys have never held back their opinion on pop music -- or music tech, label politics, and so on -- and back in 2012, Auerbach had some strong feelings about the "Lana Del Reys" of the world. This was right around the time after "Video Games" blew up, "Born to Die" was about to hit shelves and Del Rey hit "Saturday Night Live" with a foal-on-ice effect.
"On some level, we've seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started. All of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals and we're like, 'Wait, how did they get that?' We've been here for two, three, four, five years and we're still working our way up. But then they're gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear," Auerbach told MTV in early January 2012.
Maybe Auerbach sees something in Del Rey - beyond Interscope's backing -- that's worth keeping from "disappering." And maybe it's something he'd like to see in himself: as a producer, he's primarily worked with artists in a rock and heritage rock framework. If "Tropico," "Born to Die" and Del Rey's other pop, singer-songwriter and genre amalgams are any indication, the Black Keysman may want to stretch out this time.
Oh my god, it's really happening. I had written this off completely, but now it's really happening.
On February 28, Paramount will be re-releasing "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" but in what they're calling the "Super-Sized R-Rated Version" with 763 new jokes.
We wrote about this earlier, and in the editing room for the film, Adam McKay was just starting to get excited about the possibility of putting out a totally different version of the film. One of the reasons they couldn't do it at the same time as they had the other version in theaters is because the MPAA has a rule that you can't have two different ratings of the same film in theaters at the same time. You can pull the film, get the new rating, then put the new one out. But they don't want any confusion in terms of people buying tickets.
Michelle Obama takes part in "Ew!" sketch with Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell
Ferrell and Fallon dressed as girls for their "Tonight Show" bit featuring the first lady. PLUS: Ferrell figure skates to "Downton Abbey."
TV Academy separates TV movie and miniseries categories, splits reality TV category
The changes, including a separate Outstanding Structured Reality Program (like "MythBusters") and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program (like "Duck Dynasty" categories, take effect this year.
Jimmy Kimmel's Sochi Olympics Wolf hoax was filmed in Los Angeles
Kimmel's team built a replica of the hall outside U.S. luger Kate Hansen's hotel room. Hansen then allowed Kimmel's people to take over her Twitter account and post the video to YouTube. UPDATE: Watch Kimmel reveal his prank.
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!
"Homeland's" Morena Baccerin lands on ABC's "Warriors"
In the military medical drama pilot, she'll play a military psychiatrist who has PTSD after returning from Afghanistan.
Krysten Ritter to star in a 1962-set "Mission Control" astronaut comedy
The "Anchorman"-like project from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay has Ritter playing a strong woman who butts heads with a macho astronaut during the '60s space race.
NBC's secret Olympics Starbucks goes on lockdown after it's revealed
NBC security guards have forbidden NBC staffers from going out in public with their Starbucks coffee due to the fact that the coffee company isn't an official sponsor.
Does "True Detective's" poster offer a big clue on the Yellow King?
The HBO series poster does highlight a crown. PLUS: Twitter goes wild casting Season 2, Woody Harrelson said the same thing in "Kingpin," and "Community" stars recreate "True Detective" in 1995 and in 2012.
Why is NBC's primetime figure skating broadcast team so terrible?
Not only are they bad at explaining the sport, but they've been outshined by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski. PLUS: Can NBC keep Weir & Lipinski on TV after the Olympics?
"The Colbert Report" should employ more correspondents, like "Buddy Cole"
Scott Thompson's correspondent character has been a revelation during these Winter Games.
Keri Russell recounts to Letterman her home break-in
A friend told her afterwards, "you know you're not a real Russian spy, right?"
Ryan Seacrest films "How Not to Promote a TV Show" to promote "Mixology"
Watch Seacrest bring a giant arrow to Wilshire Blvd.
"How I Met Your Mother" shot the final scene on Thursday
Still, the CBS comedy has three days of filming to go.
Kid Cudi joins "Entourage" movie as Ari Gold's new assistant
The rapper is the new Lloyd.
Lisa Kudrow testifies about her "Friends'" earnings in a trial vs. her ex-manager
Her former manager claims he's owed 5% of her earnings since the two parted ways in 2007.
"Revenge's" Barry Sloane and "Heroes'" Milo Ventimiglia are set to meet "The Visitors"
They'll co-star in the ABC drama pilot about alien visitors.
Watch Conan hand Olympian Sage Kotsenburg a medal made of bacon
It's made of quality bacon.
Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night": Why was it so bad?
The ABC sitcom went wrong by making fun of its characters instead of embracing them.
"Being Mary Jane" promotes Stephen Bishop
He'll become a regular on the BET series.
"Idol's" Justin Guarini: Yes, I dated Kelly Clarkson
The romance was sparked on the set of "From Justin to Kelly." PLUS: Which Season 13 contestants have disappeared?, and an "Idol" finalist nearly drops Ryan Seacrest.
Check out Mariska Hargitay directing "SVU"
Hargitay spent today directing her first-ever episode of the NBC series.
See Disney Princesses as "Game of Thrones" characters
It's The Wonderful World of Westeros.
Karen Gillan tweets the 1st-ever "Doctor Who" photo of her and Matt Smith in costume
From exactly four years ago.
Perhaps the least interesting thing about the "Fantastic Four" casting is the issue of race, so why are so many fanboys so hung up on it today?
It's officially time to stop using the excuse that comics are a visual medium, therefore characters have to look the same when they are translated to film. I get it… you've seen a character a certain way. But even within the world of comics, there have been so many different ways these characters have been presented that it seems like an excuse, not a valid reason. There are things that define us as characters that go well beyond how much melatonin we have in our skin, and yet that refrain comes up any time we see anyone cast a comic book in a way that challenges the norm.
Greg Ellwood and I ended up chatting today on-camera about the casting and about the overall approach that it seems Fox is taking on the film. I say "seems" because I have no idea what the script is going to entail. We can deduce certain things based on the casting and the age range of the actors and the involvement of Mark Millar, but it's all still speculation. I only know what's been said in public so far, and that's not much.
Josh Trank strikes me as a guy who really, really, really wants to get "Fantastic Four" right. When he first came onboard the film, back when Jeremy Slater was the sole screenwriter on it, everything I heard gave the impression that this was something that they took very seriously. While Fox has done the typical studio round-robin on screenwriters, Trank has been the constant here, and he remains fiercely protective of whatever it is they're cooking up. I'm certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt based on "Chronicle," and as I said yesterday when we posted our first piece about the casting… I have my fingers crossed. I want this to work, and I'm going to be Captain Optimism for as long as I can be.
"Fantastic Four" arrives in theaters June 19, 2015.
Are you ready for the weird era at Marvel?
It's exciting to think that we're getting ready to kick off the strangest run of movies they've made so far, because it feels like that's the only way they're going to be able to continue to grow and evolve as a studio. While Warner and DC struggle to catch up to the game that Marvel's been playing so well for the last five years, Marvel is getting ready to shake up the formula completely.
While the final fate of the film won't be written until August of this year, it's safe to say Marvel has to be feeling good about the reaction to the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" trailer this week. Considering how people have been naysaying the film since it was first announced, it feels like they turned a pretty major corner in terms of public perception, and now they've made a solid start that they can build off of for the next five months or so.
Some teen heart throbs don't age well, and then there's Robby Benson. In this exclusive clip from this Friday's season finale of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Feb. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on OWN), check in with Benson, who seems to be doing just fine since leaving the spotlight and has become an undeniable silver fox. See? Not every child star becomes a complete mess or stars in a bad reality TV series!