PARK CITY - David Cross has never seemed to me like someone who is completely comfortable with his own role in pop culture.
There are a number of things Cross should be proud of, with "Mr. Show" holding a deserved spot at the epicenter of '90s alternative comedy in Los Angeles. One of the reasons that show was so endlessly great was because Cross and his creative partner Bob Odenkirk both knew tons of wildly funny people who they could call on to come and play when they had their show. When Cross and Odenkirk made the "Mr. Show" movie, "Run Ronnie Run," it was not an easy or satisfying experience for either one of them, and while I think there are things to like about it, they never quite managed to figure out how to make a film feel as free and inventive as the show did from week to week. I think they were both frustrated by choices that were made that they couldn't really challenge or change since they weren't the directors, and Odenkirk made the jump to directing films for himself a while ago. It certainly wasn't a foregone conclusion that Cross would also end up directing, but it's a natural progression.
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PARK CITY - David Cross has never seemed to me like someone who is completely comfortable with his own role in pop culture.
“Wait. I’ve already seen this movie and I know how it ends…and it almost always ends badly.”
That’s what I thought this morning when I read about Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami for driving under the influence and drag racing. Though anyone who has paid any attention to Bieber over the past year could have seen this coming—in fact, the only shock is that it took so long. However, just because someone is on an obvious collision course, that doesn't make the ensuing wreck any less sad.
Bieber has been under a relentless spotlight for more than four years. He’s gone from a 15-year old with a tragically bad haircut and a seemingly preternatural maturity level to a punk who’s acting out every chance he gets.
For the last year or so, very few Bieber headlines have been about his music. Instead, they’ve been about his and his friends’ behavior: speeding through his gated community, egging a neighbor’s house, urinating in a bucket, spitting on his fans, getting caught with pot on his tour bus, sending photos of his penis to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez…really, there’s no shortage of incidents. None are so major individually as to elicit too much concern, but collectively they are a massive red flag that he is in trouble.
Five steps Justin Bieber needs to take to get his career—and life— back under control before he becomes another fame casualty:
*He needs to go to rehab: After the egging incident and assorted other hijinks, Bieber contested that he was simply being 19. No, he’s simply being 12....or he's being a 19-year old with substantial abuse issues. He needs to realize he has a problem—whether it’s with pot, alcohol, lean, or whatever else is being alleged—and get some help, not only with the physical addiction but with learning what it means to be an adult and to take responsibility for his actions.
*He has to clean house: Bieber has way too many enablers circling him feeding off his fame. According to reports, his entourage blocked off a residential street in Miami last night so he could drag race. Really? No one thought to tell him this might not be a bad idea? Whether it was Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson or a host of other gone-before-their-time superstars, surrounding yourself with people who are paid by you to do your bidding (and, therefore, will never tell you no) is a one-way ticket to disaster. He may need to clean all the way to the top, including manager Scooter Braun— or Braun may be the one person who can still talk sense into his young charge. The usually chatty Braun has been silent on Twitter since Biebs' arrest.
*He needs to disappear for awhile: Bieber hasn’t really had a break since he broke through four years ago: he’s either been on tour or making music. Yes, with teen idols, there is the need to strike while the iron is hot because of the built-in short shelf life, but he has been in the news almost every week. He needs to quit Twitter (his 49 million followers will somehow survive if they don’t know his every thought) and he needs to go to an undisclosed location…perhaps a bunker… and concentrate on being a 19-year old instead of a worldwide superstar.
*He needs to concentrate on the music: Last fall, Bieber released one song each Monday for several weeks before they were collectively available. The #musicmonday series was also meant to build excitement for his new theatrical documentary, “Believe.” The music gained no traction whatsoever and the movie tanked. The problem with the music wasn’t the delivery system, it was that none of the songs were compelling enough to warrant repeat listens. So after a nice, long, healing hiatus, he needs to focus on the music and figure out what works for him because the recent flight of songs didn’t.
*He needs to spend some time with Brad Pitt: Pitt and his partner, Angelina Jolie—our generation’s Richard Burton and Liz Taylor— seem to navigate fame in a way that enables them to shine light on the causes and projects they want to promote. They have cameras in their faces all the time and they never fuss or complain. Yesterday, Bieber posted a picture of what it was like for him at the beach in Miami, and it showed him being stalked by three photographers. It is horrible that he is so mercilessly trailed, but he has to find a way to come to terms with his fame and the paparazzi and no one has done that better than Brad Pitt.
"Duck Dynasty's" ratings continue falling
Last night's episode was watched by 6.65 million, down from the 8.5 million who watched the season premiere. That's the lowest viewership since December 2012.
Fox picks up reality show "Utopia"
"Utopia" from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol puts 15 people together to create their own small society.
"Hot in Cleveland" is getting animated
The stars of the TV Land comedy will travel the world as cartoon characters in a special animated episode.
"HIMYM" reveals new mom-centric opening credits for Episode 200
Shot from The Mother's perspective.
U2 will debut a new song during a Super Bowl ad
The commercial in partnership with (RED) and Bank of America will help raise money to fight AIDS.
Lindsay Vonn could join NBC's Olympics coverage
NBC is trying to figure something out since the injured skier can't travel to Sochi.
Get to know "SNL's" new Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost
He's written for Nickelodeon, he writes for the New Yorker and he began dating Rashida Jones after meeting her at Seth Meyers' wedding. PLUS: See some of Jost's standup.
Stephen Colbert promotes his pistachio Super Bowl ad
Watch as Colbert gets crackin'.
Mindy Kaling & B.J. Novak speak French in the trailer for his new book
See the former "Office" castmates in an ad for Novak's "One More Thing."
"Tori & Dean's "Dean McDermott checks into rehab
Dean is rehabbing amid reports he cheated on his wife.
Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey sign on for 2 more years of "Grey's Anatomy"
Their new contracts will keep them on the ABC hit through Season 12.
HBO cancels "Family Tree" and "Hello Ladies," while "Getting On" is poised for renewal
The Stephen Merchant and Chris O'Dowd comedies are not going forward.
"About a Boy" books Adrianne Palicki
She'll play David Walton's love interest in a reunion with Jason Katims, who also produced "Friday Night Lights."
Lauren Graham's CW dramedy project will be called "Unfamous"
"Unfamous" is based on Graham's debut novel, "Someday, Someday Maybe."
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As we get closer to the Sunday’s Grammy Awards, we’re making our predictions in the Big Four categories: Record, album, song of the year and best new artist.
Monday, we tackled Record of the Year. Tuesday, we looked at Album of the Year. Yesterday, it was Song of the Year. Today, we make our pick for Best New Artist.
The nominees for Best New Artist are:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
You could hear gasps in the press room when Lorde and Imagine Dragons weren’t included in this category given that they were two of the biggest success stories of the year. Having said that, it’s hard to argue with this bumper crop —with one exception. The one act who shouldn’t have been nominated is Ed Sheeran. Given that he received a song-of-the-year nomination last year for his break-through hit, “The A Team,” last year would have been the time to nominate him for this award. It used to be that if you had been nominated for a Grammy, you couldn’t be eligible for Best New Artist subsequently, but that rule changed a few years ago.
I would say that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a lock on this award, but the Grammy voters are notoriously hard to predict here, for example, picking Bon Iver, who had already had enough success that he shouldn’t have been eligible in 2012, or jazz darling Esperanza Spalding in 2011. If the Nashville contingency all votes for Kacey Musgraves, she could take it, just as Zac Brown Band did in 2010. And I’d never rule out Blake somehow nabbing it.
Should win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
CNN schedules a Justin Bieber special in wake of his arrest
"Bieber's Troubles" is scheduled for Friday at 10 pm.
Judge Judy's "Hot Bench" to air in the fall
The Judy Sheindlin-created judge show will feature a panel of three judges hearing a case, and arguing it out before rendering a verdict.
TNT acquires "Transporter" TV series
TNT will air "Transporter The Series," based on the movie franchise, starting this fall.
"Idol's" ratings may be down, but it's still beating the competition
With 13.2 million viewers, "Idol" was tops on Wednesday.
Bill O'Reilly will once again interview President Obama before the Super Bowl
Fox will air the interview live during the Super Bowl pregame show.
Syfy swaps Monday timeslots
"Bitten" will move to 8, while "Lost Girl" will be back in its old 10 pm timeslot.
Where did "Sean Saves the World" go wrong?
Sean Hayes' NBC sitcom comeback has been wholly disappointing.
Charlie Sheen is Jay Leno's most-canceled guest
On last night's "Tonight Show," Sheen recalled the time he staged a car accident to avoid sitting on Leno's couch.
Benedict Cumberbatch accepts a UK TV award while wearing board shorts
The "Sherlock" star beat out Idris Elba as TV's best detective at the National TV Awards.
A sleeping Sofia Vergara photobombed by her "Modern Family" co-stars
Vergara fell asleep while shooting scenes in Las Vegas.
"Parks and Rec's" Andy Dwyer pays a musical tribute to Jean Claude Van Damme
Watch this deleted musical moment.
"Mom" casts Nick Zano to romance Anna Faris
He'll appear on two episodes starting on Feb. 3.
"Love" was all around at Sundance this week, as Radius-TWC gave some love to the Sundance entry "The One I Love," while Sony Pictures Classics fell for "Love is Strange."
"SNL" names new "Weekend Update" co-anchor: head writer Colin Jost
Jost, the former president of the Harvard Lampoon who has been head writer at "SNL" since 2012, will replace Seth Meyers starting March 1. He has been with "Saturday Night Live" since 2005, joining the show at age 22 straight out of Harvard.. PLUS: Watch Jost performing standup on Fallon, and Jost is dating Rashida Jones.
"The Crazy Ones" will host a "Mork & Mindy" reunion when Pam Dawber visits
Dawber will reunite with her former TV husband Robin Williams.
What will CNN do with "Piers Morgan Live"?
Piers Morgan's 9 pm show has been underperforming in its timeslot.
"The Americans" stars Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys get sexy for GQ
The TV couple posed for racy pics amid rumors that they're in a real-life relationship.
Jake Johnson recalls working with Prince on "New Girl"
Prince only watches two shows, the news and "New Girl." PLUS: Watch Prince's "New Girl" promo.
AMC to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with the "Zombie Bowl"
Every episode from Seasons 1 and 2 will be shown on Feb. 2.
Constance Zimmer boards "Entourage" movie
She'll reprise her role as film exec Dana Gordon.
"Teen Mom 2" returns with Jenelle Evans' abortion
Turns out Jenelle got pregnant twice between Seasons 4 and 5.
NBC: Harry Connick Jr. turned us down for "America's Got Talent"
"We always had our eye out for him as a judge on 'America's Got Talent,'" says NBC's reality boss.
Neil Patrick Harris named Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year
He's the 2nd "HIMYM" star to receive the honor, after Jason Segel.
Happy 50th birthday, Mariska Hargitay!
The "SVU" star is celebrating the Big 5-0 today.