SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After premiering at Cannes and bringing the film (and a jam session) to Telluride, not to mention a big concert event in New York ahead of a NYFF bow, it was time to bring the "Inside Llewyn Davis" party to Los Angeles Wednesday night as CBS Films, producer Scott Rudin and music maestro T Bone Burnett turned out quite the crowd at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica. A number of talented young acts hit the stage to offer up a pair of folk music sets for the largely industry crowd, and they even had a celebrity surprise up their sleeve.
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HOLLYWOOD — Unfortunately for Spike Jonze, the pivotal role of "Samantha" in his new sci-fi tinged romantic drama "Her" had to be recast after the film was already in the can. Luckily for Spike Jonze, "Samantha" is actually a computer operating system - i.e. she's never actually seen on-screen.
CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with a 2-hour special
The Feb. 9 special will air 50 years to the day of the band's famous performance.
James Gandolfini's hometown is naming a street after him
Park Ridge in New Jersey will formally change the name a portion of Park Avenue in a ceremony on Dec. 1.
When will Fox pull the plug on Simon Cowell's "X Factor"?
As The Guardian notes, ratings are now "too atrocious to ignore", having plunged 28% from last year. PLUS: "X Factor" has slight rebound from last week's series low.
"Murphy Brown" premiered 25 years ago today
Candice Bergen is "thrilled" her classic sitcom is finally airing on cable, premiering Dec. 2 on Encore Classic.
"The Mindy Project" books JoAnna Garcia
JoAnna Garcia Swisher will guest as Adam Pally's sister.
How will W. Kamau Bell say farewell tonight?
The "Totally Biased" star plans to talk about his cancelation on tonight's final episode.
Oprah Winfrey Network orders 2 more Wanda Sykes comedy specials
The "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious" specials will air in January, featuring Jeff Ross, Wayne Brady, Jackee harry, Lance Reddick, Cheryl Hines, Tichina Arnold, Jeff Probst and Tichina Arnold.
Nick Offerman celebrates the midpoint of Movember with "Stachedance"
Watch Offerman's "What a Feeling" tribute to his mustache.
"South Park" takes on "Game of Thrones"
"I've started watching 'Game of Thrones,'" Butters tells Cartman on last night's episode. "Well, it's pretty good, I guess. But have you ever noticed that almost every time they show a guy's wiener, that guy's character is gay?"
Watch TNT's "Mob City" trailer
Frank Darabont's adaptation of the book "L.A. Noir" premiers Dec. 4.
"Doctor Who" teases the 50th anniversary special with a webisode
Watch the prequel to "The Night of the Doctor."
"Dexter" props are up for auction
Proceeds will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Maksim returning to "Dancing" as a guest judge
Maksim Chmerkovskiy will help judge next week's semi-final round.
Jack Black & Tim Robbins to star in HBO comedy pilot "The Brink"
Robbins will play the U.S. secretary of state and Black will play a foreign service officer in the Jerry Weintraub comedy about a geopolitical crisis.
Alec Baldwin's stalker found guilty
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months for harassing Baldwin.
Key & Peele help out Jon Stewart
The Comedy Central duo, in addition to being last night's guests, helped decide "The Daily Show's" "Racist or Not Racist?" panel.
Ryan Murphy describes Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
In Episode 10, Nicks will appear as "part of Fiona's ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive," says Murphy.
Jennifer Hudson gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Hudson become the first "Idol" contestant to get a star on the Walk of Fame.
Here's your 1st look at Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic"
The TV movie update stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and "Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka.
New website streams Nickelodeon shows from the '90s and early '00s
Watch live shows now at NickReboot.com.
"Treme" star files a class action lawsuit against Macy's
Rob Brown is accusing the department store of having a "shopping while black" policy.
"Duck Dynasty" star films a political ad
Watch Willie Robertson promote a GOP businessman who is trying to get elected to Congress.
PBS renews "Tavis Smiley"
The nightly talk show will air two more years.
When people think of Gary Trudeau, they probably think of the politically-themed comic strip "Doonesbury." What they don't think of is a sitcom about Republicans. During a recent press day for Trudeau's new Amazon series "Alpha House" (premieres Nov. 15), I talked to stars John Goodman and Matt Malloy about why they wanted to get involved and what they thought of their oddball characters.
While people may not associate Amazon with original programming, "Alpha House" and the new series "Betas" hopes to change all that. The shows feature recognizable talent and clearly aim to horn in on the prestige audience Netflix has built.
The best vaguely Oscar-related feature online today is Variety's "Directors on Directors" gallery, in which notable filmmakers comment on other directors' work that most stood out to them this year. Obviously, it's one big back-patting session, but it's the occasionally surprising combinations that make it interesting. It's not hard to see why Peter Bogdanovich would be so keen on Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," or Michael Mann on "Captain Phillips," but I wouldn't necessarily have expected Ben Affleck to single out Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said." "Her direction is void of spectacle, distraction or maudlin sentiment," he says. "She directs with the humanist, realist sensibility of Renoir." Also cool: Ryan Fleck on Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," and plenty more. [Variety]
Good call, Universal.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are two of the funniest people on television right now, and their sketch show "Key & Peele" is brutally funny, week after week, bit after bit. Peele seems to be the guy who disappears into his characters, while Key is just plain hilarious, as outrageous and oversized a comic presence as Daffy Duck. As long as these guys are given room to follow their own voice as a team, they represent pretty much unfettered potential.
It was just a matter of time before someone got them to make a movie as a team. So far, I think Keegan-Michael Key has had better opportunities in movies. Whatever you think of the film as a whole, it's pretty hard to deny that he is in amazing form in "Hell Baby," where he plays a character named F'resnell who is basically Bugs Bunny. He's that character who can step in from the edge of the frame, make any joke, do anything, and then skate away with no consequence. It's the sort of role that a comic must love just as an exercise in pure unbridled energy. I liked him a lot when he guested on "The League," too, as a character named Carmenjello. The moment Key starts speaking, in pretty much anything I've seen him in, I'm laughing. He has that sort of energy as a comic performer. He is innately funny, and seems to have an endless appetite for pushing things to strange and hilarious places.
Andy Kaufman is alive.
Ultimately, it is irrelevant if he actually still occupies a body and is actively participating in things, because it is obvious just from reading reactions to Monday night's amazing events at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards that he is still creating conversation and speculation, which seems to have been his lasting legacy.
I've read anything i could find today about the incident, and I'm still not sure what to think. I do know that I wish I'd been in the room, and I am hoping someone got this on tape so that we can actually see it at some point. For now, here's what we know. Every year, there is a talent competition to help foster new comedy voices, and it comes down to a performance/awards show where they pick the winner. This was the ninth annual event, and as part of the ceremony each year, they have a special guest come to speak.
Even though this has been a fairly boring season of "Top Chef," we do get a mild surprise at the beginning of this week's episode: Nick is sick! I should say Nicholas has strep, but that doesn't rhyme. In any case, he must recover from strep throat in one day or risk being eliminated from the challenge. I didn't think this was humanly possible, so I'm wondering if part of this episode will feature a wonder drug or a maybe some real New Orleans voodoo, which would really spice things up!
"American Horror Story," you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso. Still, that's a minor quibble. I am hoping, though, that you can stop with the extreme low angle shots. I don't need to see so many feet, and it's less spooky than annoying. There are so many other ways for you to trigger nausea. But, again, the loopy cinematography just means you're trying as hard as you can to bring the shock and awe. Don't think I don't appreciate it.