When it comes to "Foxcatcher," Sony Pictures Classics have certainly been playing the long game. Bennett Miller's third film was originally set to premiere on the opening night of AFI Fest in LA on November 6 last year, priming it for a 2013 awards run, before being abruptly pulled from the release schedule -- the reason given that it wasn't ready in time..
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Stephen Colbert turned down a Letterman internship in 1986
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A “Peeps” TV show?
The classic marshmallow candies have been optioned for a “Lego”-esque movie and a possible TV series.
“Last Comic Standing’s” editors’ strike is over
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This week's episode opened strong with a sequence that established Marcus Daniels. I like scenes that are staged primarily to introduce someone's superpowers, and I thought this one was pretty simple and effective. Daniels is sort of a generic off-the-shelf bad guy who can absorb energy, and his only real purpose in the episode is to give Coulson and his team a reason to reconnect with the Cellist who was mentioned in "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers."
This is also the first time since we've learned that Agent Ward is such a piece of garbage that we've seen him spend an entire episode interacting with his team. Honestly, the reveal has made him more interesting than he's been the entire time the show's been on the air. One of you in our comments section made the comparison to David Boreanaz once he got to play Angelus on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," and it's spot on in this case. Being garbage suits him, and it becomes fun to watch him play his team when he's been such a drag so far.
We see at the start of the episode that Coulson knows what's going on but only through Ward's account. They know, for example, that the entire population of The Fridge have been released, and Coulson wants to go after them. As Agent Koenig, Patton Oswalt's having a ball so far. He's perfect as this kind of cheerily bureaucratic agent who is in charge of all the secrets, and he's got every right to treat the entire team with suspicion at this point.
Really, this should be an episode ripped from a Travel Channel show. Everyone's having fabulous parties with amazing food and there's even fireworks in the offing, but all of the women are too busy screaming at one another (or watching other women screaming at one another) to notice how great they have it. If anything, we all probably need a glass of Ramona pinot just to get through it.
CALGARY - If actors aren't monitoring when there shows are celebrating their 10th anniversaries, I've taken it upon myself to inform them.
Like in January, Method Man didn't know that the 10th anniversary of "Method & Red" is coming up this summer, but I told him. And now he knows! Assuming he remembers. Which he probably doesn't.
And in March, on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo," I told Keith Carradine about the 10th anniversary of "Deadwood." He hadn't known, but he's more likely than Method Man to remember.
And yes, I place the 10th anniversaries of "Method & Red" and "Deadwood" on the same plane.
Playing Lou Solverson, father of Allison Tolman's Molly Solverson, Carradine is part of the soulful core of "Fargo." Yes, there's a spiraling assortment of increasingly violent crimes, but there's also the relationship between a father, a former cop now living a safer life behind the counter of a diner, and the daughter who followed in her dad's footsteps, much to his chagrin.
It's a bond that hits home for Carradine, son of acting legend John Carradine, brother of Dave and Robert, father of Martha Plimpton. He knows what it's like to be part of a semi-reluctant professional lineage.
In our interview, he talks about that personal tie to the material, as well as his relationship with relative newcomer Tolman. Carradine speculates on the point at which an actor becomes venerable and discusses his theory on the passing of time vis a vis the "Deadwood" anniversary.
It's a great chat.
Watch "Fargo" tonight on FX and check out the full Q&A below...
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I find a human foot in a toaster oven...
LOS ANGELES - Neon Trees' new album "Pop Psychology" drops today, and just a month ago, frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay. According to Glenn, fans are going to hear a lot of intersection of the latter in the former.
Speaking to me from the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards this month, Glenn said that a lot of lyrics from "Pop Psychology" came from "therapy sessions... it feels very cathartic."
His advice to those who are closeted is that "it's OK to be scared" though "it's the best thing I've done in a long time."
"I know how it feels," Glenn continued. "Tweet me if you need a friend."
Watch the rest of the video above for Glenn's tips on keeping your voice and watching out for those hard-partying nights.
“Arrested Development” creator signs deal to create new series for Netflix
Mitch Hurwitz’s deal allows him to also work with other TV show creators on their projects while also consulting with Netflix on future comedy series.
As Oliver on "The Originals," Chase Coleman is the real deal. Okay, not a werewolf, but an honest-to-goodness Southern boy born in Alabama and raised in Louisiana. As the scheming little brother to Jackson (Nathan Parsons), Oliver's intentions aren't entirely clear yet, but we're betting they will be soon. Coleman didn't give away much in my conversation with him, but he did talk about making a deal with the devil, loyalty, and what happens when you're dead (on "The Originals," of course).
Aw, shucks. It's been a tough season for Bill and Jen on "The Little Couple," one that's been complicated with chemo treatments and visits to the doctor. This week, the TLC show (Tues. at 10:00 p.m.) takes a lighter, happier tone with chocolates and tea parties. It's well-deserved and, yes, totally adorbs.
There's no real urgency to running the news-ish information revealed by Alan Horn during his appearance at the Bloomberg and Tribeca Film Festival Business Of Entertainment Breakfast (or the BTFFBOEB, as the kids call it), because it's basically all information that's already been released or that can be inferred.
He confirmed that the recent shoot in Abu Dhabi was a second-unit for "Star Wars: Episode VII," which JJ Abrams is directing. Horn said that casting is almost complete, but it's obvious that he's learning that anything he says about "Star Wars" at all is going to become headline news around the world. Even if he says nothing, that becomes a story. "If I say 'there are no skateboards in Star Wars,' that gets headlines."
Whenever they do decide to make their full casting announcement, it's going to be a nuclear-scale event on film blogs everywhere. I'm curious to see if they go into any character detail at all at that point. Whatever they announce will be parsed completely, picked apart and micro-analyzed for hints about where they're heading.
Natalie Dormer: Lena Headey had "mixed feelings" about shooting that controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
"I remember talking to her in the makeup trailer the day before she had to shoot that, she had mixed feelings about it for obvious reasons,” says Dormer. "But as an actor, those scenes are the ones you really get to sink your teeth into, so there's sort of a perverse enjoyment in exploring those really dramatic moments as well.”
Jay Leno to deliver the commencement address at his college alma mater
Leno will speak at Emerson College on May 11, where he graduated with a speech therapy degree in 1973.