It's been a long wait (or at least felt like one), but "Orphan Black" is back for season two and Sarah is right where we left her. That's not to imply stasis, however. She's desperately running through the streets, looking for Kira and Mrs S and answers as to why they may have been taken -- if they have, in fact, been taken.
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A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I explain the distinction between pirates and smugglers...
"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing."
By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel.
Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated.
Tarantino explained at the start of the evening that he is still working on the script, and both Bob and Harvey Weinstein were in the audience for last night's event, listening carefully to the audience's reactions, I'm sure. He is currently writing the third draft, and it sounds to me like he plans to make the movie. He promised that the final chapter of the first draft will be reworked completely, making last night's live read the only time an audience will see that version of the ending. That's encouraging, because that wrap-up was by far the weakest part of the experience. It's also encouraging because so much of the rest of the script is already a treat.
Discovery Channel cancels “Everest Jump Live” in wake of avalanche tragedy
Discovery released a statement Sunday saying: “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”
ANAHEIM - First thing's first. The new "Fantastic Four" movie is definitely happening. No delays, no recasting. Josh Trank's vision is going to come to fruition. That's the word from the movie's screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg who was on the Baton Rouge, LA set two days ago and reveals that production begins in earnest in two weeks.
ANAHEIM - Simon Kinberg had an unexpected trip to WonderCon on Saturday. The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" screenwriter and producer stepped in for director Bryan Singer who finds himself in the middle of a publicity nightmare surrounding abuse allegations that took place almost 14 years ago. It's a rare moment in the spotlight for Kinberg who, in many ways, has become the key man on 20th Century Fox's superhero movies.
Well, at least things worked out better for Jessica Hoel and John Erck in their second run on "The Amazing Race." A little better, at least.
In their first season, John & Jessica won the season's opening Leg and earned an Express Pass. Then, just a couple episodes later, they were eliminated with the Express Pass still in their back pocket after refusing to play the powerful Pass in a challenge where they remained convinced there were teams behind them long after they'd fallen into last place.
It was one of the more notorious pieces of self-immolation in "Amazing Race" history and that was probably what earned John & Jessica a second chance on "The Amazing Race: All-Stars."
This second run lacked the highs of that season-opening Leg victory, but they also lasted deeper into the Race and, when they went out, they were theoretically able to point the blame away from themselves. After all, they were in first place after completing the Gladiator Detour in Rome, but they got a cabbie who wasn't able to decipher the Route Marker and took them on an unplanned Roman Holiday.
When I talked to John & Jessica after the Express Pass fiasco, they were very invested in trying to explain the logic of their mistake and to deemphasize the blunder. This time around, while they put some of the responsibility on the cabbie, they're both quick to admit the things they should have done differently both on their Italian Voyage, but also subsequently at the Spanish Steps Roadblock, a tough task that led to a footrace to the Pit Stop.
In this exit interview, John & Jessica discuss their regrets at how they handled the cab situation and they explain the logistics behind a close sprint to the mat. They're both chatty and, as with my first exit interview, I got in fewer questions than I often do in these interviews. That's OK. Their perspectives are still plenty interesting.
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“Frozen’s” hold on the Billboard 200 has yet to thaw. In fact, it seems to be gathering strength.
Next week will mark the Disney soundtrack’s 11th week atop the Billboard 200, as it sells more than 200,000, its biggest week yet. The reason for the jump? Starbucks is now selling the title, according to Hits Daily Double. Next week will also mark the week that “Frozen” surpasses “The Lion King” for the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated feature.
Targeted to move up to 250,000 copies, “Frozen” will sell almost 200,000 copies more than the No. 2 title, hip-hop artist August Alsina’s “Testimony” (65,000). Alsina has the highest debut but he’s far from the only newcomer coming on strong next week: Needtobreathe’s “Rivers in the Wasteland” and Ingrid Michaelson’s “Light’s Out”are both poised to sell up to 45,000 copies as they duke it out for third place. Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”bows at No. 6 (35,000).
As for the Top 10 remainders, Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L”drops three spots to No. 5 (40,000); “Now 49” leaps six spaces to No. 7 (22,000). Boy band 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” falls to No. 8 (21,000), Shakira’s self-titled set holds at No. 9 and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” slips 8-10 (20,000).
Fast National ratings for Friday, April 18, 2014.
New episodes of "Shark Tank" and "20/20" helped ABC cruise to an easy Friday win among young viewers, while CBS rode a new "Unforgettable" and a "Blue Bloods" repeat to an overall win.
Beyond that, Friday featured only minor variations. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was down in its second week, while "Hannibal" took advantage of a "Dateline" lead-in to get a small bump. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" and "Whose Line" both shed viewers as well.
[CBS notes that its scheduled was delayed a local telethon for 9 percent of the country. Take that as you will.]
On to the numbers...
LJ McKanas has been a marked man from the start of this "Survivor: Cagayan" season.
As the Old Man of the Beauty tribe -- He's 34 -- LJ was selected as his tribe's leader within minutes and he wore that target on his chest for his entire time on a tribe he wouldn't have selected for himself (he self-identified as "Brawn" before the season, but showed his Brains in finding a hidden Idol).
After the Tribal shuffle, LJ's "Survivor" time seemed even shorter, as it appeared that the Brawn majority in his new clan would burn through the remaining Beauty outsiders. In a shocker, though, LJ aligned with Trish and took advantage of her anti-Cliff paranoia to remain in the game.
And even after the Merge, LJ's alliance looked like it might be in jeopardy, but Kass' flip made LJ and Tony the two Alpha Males suddenly at the head of a majority destined for Top 6.
After outlasting those deficits, LJ was ready to coast, but antsy Tony feared that if he didn't boot the Boston-area horse-trainer, LJ would turn on him. Tony didn't build consensus on his decision. Instead, he lied and told Woo that LJ was targeting him and that was all it took to send LJ home in yet another "Cagayan" blindside.
[Interesting LJ fact that didn't come up on "Survivor": He's a Northeastern University Hall of Famer as a football player. In his senior year, he rushed for over 1700 yards and 14 TDs. He left the school as Northeastern's all-time leading rusher and he's now second on the school's all-time rushing list.]
In this week's exit interview, LJ discusses Tony's skillful lying, Woo's weak gameplay and why Trish disappointed him. He also talks about being placed on the Beauty tribe and how that impacted his game.
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A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I prefer sins of omission to outright lies...
There are many striking things about Salem (premieres Sun. April 20 at 10:00 p.m. on WGN). There is a surplus of gross and gory stuff, plenty of Puritans, and some of the most anachronistic dialogue I've ever heard in a period drama. Apparently the writers decided that the best way to capture the olde time speake of the 17th century is in cliches like "you can't keep a good man down," "he's a chip off the old block," "he fights like a girl" and my favorite, "I call bullshit!" Yes, someone really says "I call bullshit," I kid thee not.