With the announcement of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards nominees this afternoon, all of the various industry guilds and societies have had their say on the season. And it's just under the wire, too, as we're all preparing for the Oscar nominations announcement tomorrow morning. So how did the various contenders fare?
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This promises to be an interesting addition to the annual awards trail, which could always use new below-the-line honors. Previously, the American Society of Cinematographers has only given out one award for feature film work -- the nominees for which were announced last week. This year, however, they're introducing a second: the Spotlight Award, which will recognize outstanding cinematography in lower-profile films that have either premiered at festivals or opened in limited release.
We are fifteen days into 2014, and I have already had at least three conversations with people about the possibility of a home video release of the "Batman" television series from the '60s, and until a half-hour ago, I would have said that the odds were slim to none that we would ever get it, much less that we would get it this year.
However, according to Conan O'Brien's announcement (which is being confirmed by home video sites including TVShowsOnDVD and which incorporated a pretty great Adam West joke), Warner Bros Home Entertainment has officially slated the series for a release this year, ending what has got to be one of the longest and most contentious legal rights tussles I've ever seen.
You would think this would have been a no-brainer for all involved years ago when everyone was putting out box sets of every TV show, but there's been a brutal legal battle going on between Warner and Fox over who had the specific rights to put the show out. Character rights, licensing rights regarding the Batmobile, actor likeness rights… everything complicated the process, and as a result, the show has been largely out of circulation even as the DVD sales market peaked and started to ebb.
Ever since he launched onto the scene with 2002's "Bloody Sunday," the work of director Paul Greengrass has been marked by intensity on the editorial side. Films like "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum" (which won the Oscar for Best Film Editing), "United 93" and this year's "Captain Phillips" have really stood out for their assemblage, wrangling intense amounts of footage into narratives that reflect a docudrama style, putting you right in the action. Naturally, then, he's a fantastic choice for the American Cinema Editors' annual Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award.
If it's January that means Sundance is once again upon us and the Park City institution appears ready to make some noise in what has become a very busy month for entertainment fans. Before the festival begins, much of the publicity and hype usually centers on the star-driven films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and Premieres categories, but by the time Saturday rolls around it's a jaw-dropping documentary or unexpected surprise ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Little Miss Sunshine") that really have people talking and have film lovers wondering when these titles will find their way to a theater in their hometown. It's a recurring scenario that has made Sundance America's premiere and, arguably, most important film festival.
"HIMYM" co-creators are "deeply sorry" for "yellowface" on Monday's episode
Carter Bays (along with Craig Thomas) responded to the "#HowIMetYourRacism" hashtag on Twitter, saying: "With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it."
If you loved the late, great "Veronica Mars" (which went off the air in 2007), it might be time to rejoice. During press tour, the CW revealed that the beloved Kristen Bell-vehicle is getting a spin-off -- online.
"American Horror Story" Season 4 will be set in 1950
"It's a period piece," says Ryan Murphy.
"Duck Dynasty" returns tonight: Expect big ratings
The A&E series should get a big boost from last month's controversy, as James Poniewozik points out: "At least for the premiere, I'm betting they'll be more than made up for by people watching the show for the first time (as a statement or not), longtime fans making sure to catch the first airing to Stand With Phil, and casual viewers who don't care so much about the controversy one way or the other but, who have spent a solid month being reminded that 'Duck Dynasty' exists."
CW orders a "Veronica Mars" spinoff digital series
Rob Thomas will be behind the digital series, which will be shown on CW Seed, the network's digital home.
HBO renews "Real Time with Bill Maher"
The long-running talk show will be back for a 13th season.
CW orders Cedric the Entertainer's "Barber Battle" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"
In "Barber Battle," barbers will compete to be named the creator of the best "crowns" in town.
"The Good Wife" promises an improved Kalinda storyline, may bring back Michael J. Fox
"Kalinda was a little bit adrift in the first half of the year," exec producer Robert King admitted today at TCAs. PLUS: Eric Bogosian will guest-star, why the next "Good Wife" episode is scheduled for March 9, and Julianna Margulies' apartment was flooded after an Architectural Digest shoot.
"Downton Abbey" vet Jessica Brown-Findlay to star in CW's "Labyrinth" miniseries
She'll play a character named Alaïs in an event series that follows two women who are separated by centuries in their pursuit of the Holy Grail.
This week's "NCIS" was inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings
Exec producer Gary Glasberg says he wanted "to show someone who comes from a government background involved in something tragic like this and manages to persevere."
"Intelligence" creator on ratings plunge: "That sucked"
"We're all human and want to win," says Michael Seitzman. "Yesterday morning we woke up, and the ratings were not what they had been. That sucked. But it was great for five days having the network tout you as the No. 1 new show on TV. We had that and they can't take it away from us," he says jokingly. PLUS: Michael Trucco and Peter Coyote will guest on "Intelligence."
"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox is penning her memoir
The book, due in 2015, will delve into Cox's experience growing up transgender.
"Elementary" taps Jane Alexander to play Sherlock's pen pal
They will meet after trading erotic letters for years.
Paul Rudd joins the final "Greatest Event in Television History"
Check out Rudd and Adam Scott with their new hairstyles.
Thomas Dekker will join Rainn Wilson on "Backstrom"
The former "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" star is returning to Fox as Detective Backstrom's connection to the underworld.
No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz.
On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins.
Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably.
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Pitbull and Ke$ha remain in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with “Timber.” The song is also No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs.
Four of the top five stay in place, as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” is No. 2, Eminem and Rihanna’s “Monster” is No. 3, and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” is No. 5.
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, rides into the top 5, rising 6-4. Its rise is propelled by the song’s move into No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, her tenth Digital Songs chart topper.
Passenger’s “Let Her Go” inches 7-6, Lorde’s “Royals” slips 4-7, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” holds at No. 8
Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” scoots 10-9, while One Direction’s “Story of My Life” re-enters the Top 10, moving 12-10.
Nominations have been announced for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' (MPSE) 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, and it was "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" that led the way with three nominations each.
Katy Perry will roar back onto stage June 22, when she kicks off the Prismatic World Tour in Raleigh, N.C.
Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will serve as support acts.
The 46-city outing, presented by AEG’s Goldenvoice, will last four months, ending at Houston’s Toyota Center on Oct. 10.
Perry’s current album, “Prism,” has landed Perry a number of hits, including first single, “Roar,” and current Top 10 tune, “Dark Horse.”
And here’s a term we don’t remember seeing before: Cover Girl is the “official cosmetic partner” of the Prismatic tour. I guess that leaves room for an official car sponsor, clothing sponsor, etc. Citi has already grabbed official credit card of the tour...
Citi members will have first crack at tickets starting Jan. 21, followed by a Facebook pre-sale starting Jan. 23. The general on-sale date will be announced shortly.
Perry will appear on the Grammy Awards, Jan. 26.
6/22/14 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena *
6/24/14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
6/27/14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
6/28/14 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena *
6/30/14 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum *
7/2/14 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center *
7/3/14 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena *
7/9/14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
7/11/14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center *
7/15/14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre *
7/16/14 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre *
7/18/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre *
7/22/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
7/24/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
8/1/14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden *
8/4/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
8/7/14 – Chicago, IL – United Center *
8/10/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena ^
8/11/14 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
8/13/14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena ^
8/14/14 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena ^
8/16/14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center ^
8/17/14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ^
8/19/14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ^
8/20/14 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
8/22/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center ^
8/23/14 – Fargo, ND – FARGODOME ^
8/26/14 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre ^
8/28/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre ^
8/29/14 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome ^
8/31/14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place ^
9/9/14 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
9/12/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center #
9/13/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome #
9/16/14 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center #
9/19/14 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center #
9/22/14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center #
9/25/14 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena #
9/26/14 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena #
9/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena #
9/30/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center #
10/2/14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center #
10/5/14 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum #
10/6/14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center #
10/8/14 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena #
10/10/14 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center ~
*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara