Wouldn't it be cool if all those viral videos that suck up your time had an educational purpose? That's the goal of "Outrageous Acts of Science" (returning for season 2 Sat. Feb. 15 at 10:00 p.m. on Science Channel). While they probably won't find an educational component to all those cat videos you watch, at least this week's episode will prepare you for the zombie apocalypse. You're welcome.
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The moment I got home from my screening of "Winter's Tale," written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, the first thing I did was download the novel to my Kindle so I could read it. I made it four chapters before I set it aside, satisfied that whatever my problems are with "Winter's Tale" have little or nothing to do with Mark Helprin or his book. Mr. Helprin, you are free to go.
This is one of those books that people don't just like… they love it. It is important to them. When you talk to a fan of the book, they get evangelical about the experience they had reading it. I get that. There are plenty of books that have done that to me, and there are a few of them that I have considered trying to adapt as screenplays. The hard part of that is realizing that sometimes the very thing that makes you fall in love with something on the page may not translate in any direct way to film, a far more visual media. There are things I have read in books over the years that positively devastated me, but I am well aware that the power of the reaction I had is due in no small part to the language used, the precision of the way words are deployed, and something that is piercing as a metaphor becomes somewhat dopey when you see it brought to life by actual people.
Lifetime cancels "Drop Dead Diva" for the 2nd time
The upcoming 6th season will be the drama's last, apparently for real this time. Lifetime first canceled "Drop Dead Diva" in January 2013 after Season 4, and then resurrected it three months later.
"Ted" is in talks to visit "Wahlburgers"
Mark Wahlberg, who's shooting "Ted 2," is trying to get Seth MacFarlane to lend his talking bear to the A&E reality show for one episode.
Seth Meyers: Stefon and I will reunite on "Late Night" -- "eventually"
"Bill (Hader) and I spoke during my last 'SNL,' and we do think he'll turn up eventually," Meyers said last night on "Watch What Happens Live." PLUS; Meyers' fave "SNL" moment was Amy Poehler's Sarah Palin rap.
Bob Costas: I expect to return before the Olympics are over
"I feel fine, which feels weird," Costas told Ryan Seacrest this morning, adding that he's been apprised of the "viral" nature of his illness. PLUS: Costas is out again tonight.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will air live the day after the Oscars
Ellen says it's rare for her to do a live show, saying she's done "maybe twice in 11 years."
Obama will spend this weekend binge-watching DVDs of "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones"
"Where is my 'True Detective' and 'Game of Thrones'?" the president asked HBO CEO Richard Pleper on Tuesday night, at the White House state dinner for France.
Conan pays tribute to Sid Caesar
Turns out Conan O'Brien was influenced as a child by the comedy legend.
Stephen Colbert concludes he's the First Lady of France
Colbert pointed out that he sat next to Michelle Obama at the White House's state dinner for France, a seat usually reserved for France's first lady. But France doesn't have a first lady. PLUS: Colbert is auctioning off the microwave he stole from Bill O'Reilly.
"Orange is the New Black's" Crazy Eyes has a figure skater past
"I figure skated for like 10 years when I was a kid," says Uzo Aduba.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars'" final season will be shown on Netflix
The streaming service announced that Season 6, plus all previous seasons, will be available. Season 6 debuts March 7.
An openly gay "Idol" contestant made the Top 30 for the 1st time
M.K. Nobilette, 20, said last night: "I'm very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America … who will definitely hate me, but I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that."
Watch the "Friday Night Lights"-"Parenthood" crossover
"Workaholics" star Adam Devine will lend his voice to "American Dad"
He'll play an announcer at a karate tournament pitting Steve vs. Snot.
"The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudice reveal their honeymoon pics
Check them out in Bora Bora.
Lance has returned to our lives, boys and girls, as the first part of "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," the digital crossover between "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights," was released this morning. One of several NBC web series designed to give fans a taste of shows that have been bumped for the Olympics (I wrote about all of them earlier this week), "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" connects the casts — and universes — of two different shows produced by Jason Katims. While keeping an eye on her cousin Max at the Luncheonette, Amber lets in a friend of a friend who happens to be everyone's favorite "FNL" serial killer, Landry Clarke and the members of his Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious.
After so many years away, it's nice to see Jesse Plemons slip so easily back into Landry's particular mix of geekiness and overconfidence, though I remain extremely afraid for the lives of both Amber and Max so long as they're in this guy's company.
Enjoy, and I'll let y'all argue about the continuity implications of Landry being on this show (and Amber wearing an East Dillon t-shirt) after so many other "FNL" alums have appeared in new roles (UPDATE: or, as HistoryOfMatt notes below, the absolute continuity nightmare of Amber being friends with Becky, given that they've both been in love with soldiers played by Matt Lauria).
UPDATE #2: The entire "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" video has been posted at NBC.com, and is embedded below the YouTube clip of part 1. Among the tidbits from later in the video are a brand-new description of Crucifictorious' sound, bassist Devon giving Max an unplanned birds-and-the-bees talk, an update on Billy Riggins' personal life, Amber suggesting an even deeper "FNL/"Parenthood" tie, and more. WARNING: the musical choice at the end may just make you cry.
Well, with Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel and U2 already set to perform at Oscars, this was surely a formality: it'd have been a bit tacky to leave just one Best Original Song nominee out of the show, particularly one as lovely as "The Moon Song." But here it is in black and white: Karen O will perform the whimsical love theme from "Her" at the ceremony on March 2.
The passing last year of Ray Dolby was surely never going to go unacknowledged by the Cinema Audio Society -- the man's name is so synonymous with sound at the cinema that most casual moviegoers might not realize it belonged to a person first. CAS, who presented the inventor with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989, will feature a special tribute to him at their awards ceremony on February 22.
And no, it has nothing to do with CNN "revealing" the "Wolf of Wall Street" star as the Best Actor winner a few days ago. (Seriously, how many stories on that non-event are people going to write?) Still, there does seem to be a general surge of sentiment for DiCaprio, as exemplified by this Marlow Stern piece in which he states that it's "absurd" that the actor is about to turn 40 and hasn't won an Oscar yet. (By Best Actor standards, of course, winning at 40 is positively precocious.) "It’s time to do the right thing and honor one of the finest actors of our generation with an Oscar while he’s still in his prime instead of some paunchy supporting role a decade later," he says. [Daily Beast]
Do you know who is the most excited about the new teaser trailer for "Tammy"? No, it's not the growing legion of Melissa McCarthy fans. No, it's not Warner Bros. who is hopeful they have a major mid-summer hit on their hands. It's Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, because the former hip-hop artist just scored bank.
Kevin Hart is a movie star. The box office will tell the tale this year, but I think it's inevitable. Hart is a carefully engineered show-biz missile at this point, racking up records and carefully cultivating an engaged social media audience that is devoted to him now. He has an everyman appeal that he maintains with a healthy amount of self-deprecation. He doesn't seem to take things seriously, but that's because he's been so very, very serious about defining who he is over the last decade.
"About Last Night" should serve double duty for him in terms of becoming a bankable reliable movie star. First, it gives him a chance to stretch in a supporting role, and he responds by running away with the movie hand-in-hand with Regina Hall, who plays his opposite number in the film, the other half of his ongoing scene-stealing. Second, it's coming hot on the heels of his "surprise" box-office hit "Ride Along," and the audience is ready. While I don't think things were carefully calculated in terms of timing up front, the end result is a very smart push for Hart at a moment when there is a fair amount of attention being paid to him.
Going into Wednesday night's 12th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, there was little doubt that "Gravity" would be walking away with the lion's share of the hardware. After all, it led the field with eight nominations and has asserted itself in the category as one of few no-brainer picks in the Oscar race this year (sorry all other nominees, it happens).