File this under "retirement announcements we hope are short-lived," as Kristin Scott Thomas claims that she's ending her screen career: " I cannot cope with another film. I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping." Partly motivating this, she says, is the limited array of roles available to women her age: "I'm sort of, as the French would say, 'stuck between two chairs', because I'm no longer 40 and sort of a seductress, and I'm not yet a granny ... When I go to the movies, I'd rather watch people who've lived, who have gone through the mill, who've had their heart broken a million times and are still looking for love." [The Guardian]
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Last week's "How I Met Your Mother" was at once a treat and a reminder of missed opportunities with the Mother, this year and in seasons past. "Sunrise," meanwhile, was entirely Mother-less, and another episode largely devoted to Ted struggling to let go of his feelings for Robin, with his speech to Jeanette — if he could actually take everyone's advice and let her go, "That wouldn't be love. That would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for." — feeling very much like Bays and Thomas(*) rebutting the complaints about the show revisiting this territory over and over.
(*) Who, in their younger years, bore at least a passing resemblance to the actors playing Barney's two proteges. Coincidence, or design?
The question is, did you buy it? Did Ted's speech convince you, or did you roll your eyes yet again at this material, or at Ted again bickering with old flames (if not eternal ones like The Bangles song that played over the end)? Did you enjoy Marshall's ghost arguments, and did you believe the resolution of the real thing? And were you pleased or annoyed at the gift Barney gave the two young guys before he left their side?
Have at it.
"New Girl" lending Max Greenfield to "The Mindy Project"
He'll guest as a guy at a bar named Lee who is up to "no good."
TV Land renews "The Exes"
The comedy starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight and David Alan Basche will return for a 4th season.
"Big Bang" is bringing back Bob Newhart
He'll reprise his role as Professor Proton.
"NCIS: New Orleans" adds CCH Pounder and "JAG" alum
Pounder will play the show's medical examiner, while Zoe McLellan will play a special agent.
"Dancing with the Stars" dumps its longtime band leader
The 28-member Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers is out after being with the show since Season 1. The American Federation of Musicians claims the show will begin using pre-recorded music, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that a new live band will be chosen.
"Bored to Death" cast reunites
Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis appeared together over the weekend at SF Sketchfest.
Disney Channel renews "Dog with a Blog"
The comedy will be back for a 3rd season.
I'm not sure I've ever had a more purely enjoyable festival experience than I did at last year's Miami International Film Festival. The location alone obviously takes some beating, but the convivial, celebratory atmosphere of proceedings, coupled with some imaginative programming (particularly of Latin American fare unlikely to be seen elsewhere), made it rather special. Cannes may have its attractions, but a relaxed press brunch with Darlene Love, for example, is not among them.
A day later and I'm realizing I still haven't fully absorbed the unfortunate, untimely passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. A house full of people yesterday for a boring football game and the usual work-related stuff this morning has kept it a bit at bay ever since the news struck yesterday.
I will say I'm annoyed at the predictability of high-horse riding judgment from those who clearly have no idea what addiction entails. But that kind of finger-wagging, which we can always spot as little more than frustration on behalf of others — children, loved one, etc. — left in the wake of such a tragedy, is to be expected. It can be timed like the tides. And it's always another level of sadness over these things.
Anyway, the point is, I'm still processing. We lost a genius, and one in his prime. These were the years of amazing Phil Hoffman performances. We were in the middle of it, you see? We just left the movie an hour in, so to speak, right in the meat of the second act build. But I'm grateful for the perspective of filmmakers like Cameron Crowe, who wrote a brief, poignant remembrance of Hoffman's work on a key scene from his 2000 film "Almost Famous."
"Orange is the New Black" creator: Laura Prepon will be back for "most" of Season 2
It had been reported that Prepon would return for just four episodes. But creator Jenji Kohan tells Us Weekly: "Yes, yes, she is coming back. Not the whole season, but...you'll see her for most of it."
Bruno Mars saw an immediate bump in sales following his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday (2) night.
The sales chart closes each Sunday at midnight for the week, but it would appear that enough folks liked what they heard during his energetic set to purchase his current album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” immediately. Billboard predicts that it will sell up to 40,000 copies, up 164% from last week’s 15,000. His show featured special guests Red Hot Chili Peppers on a robust "Give It Away."
It's been a while since Melinda and I have done a podcast, but we're back and (if you can get past the remnants of my cold) had a chance to talk to Scheana from "Vanderpump Rules." Even if Stassi and Kristen give her a hard time, we found her to be lots of fun, a dry wit and she even gave us some hints about what we can expect on the season finale tonight ("Vanderpump Rules" airs Mon. at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bravo). In short -- expect the unexpected, and there are even more changes in store on the reunion show. Those crazy kids!
Last night's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history
Updated ratings show that 111.5 million viewers watched the boring blowout that was Super Bowl XLVIII, up from the 111.3 million who saw the previous record-holder, the 2012 Super Bowl. PLUS: "Downton Abbey" was the night's runner-up for the 3rd year.
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