It's really hard to hide the disdain this pundit has for the Hollywood Film Awards. There may be no less authentic awards ceremony during awards season. Honestly, it's pretty much pointless and just an exercise for potential nominees to practice their speeches and red carpet talking points. Damn you Kanye West for giving the event any sort of relevancy.
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The glitch resulted in no one being eliminated this week.
Sarah Silverman posts her failed 2012 NBC pilot on YouTube
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Alec Baldwin & Jimmy Fallon create their own '80s cop show
Check out "Point Pleasant Police Department."
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West get engaged at San Francisco Giants stadium
Kanye hired a 50-piece orchestra to play Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" and Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and West's 'Knock You Down."
Ex-"Bachelorette" Melissa Rycroft is pregnant again
Rycroft announced she's expecting her second child.
The winners of the Academy's annual Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting rarely get too much attention, gien that these new writers and their scripts are completely unknown quantities. Still, it's worth keeping these names in mind, since every now and then, a Nicholls winner makes it to the screen with some success. One of 2010's choices, for example, was Destin Daniel Cretton's much-beloved indie "Short Term 12"; 1992 winner Susannah Grant went on to write the Oscar-nominated script for "Erin Brockovich." Perhaps similar things await the writers of this year's five winners: "Legion," "Joe Banks," "Jersey City Story," "Queen of Hearts" and "Sugar in My Veins." [AMPAS]
If you have not see Paramount's upcoming "Bad Grandpa," and you're interested it in seeing it, then might I recommend that you not watch the new red-band trailer for the film?
Here's my thinking: part of the thrill of seeing the film, as with every film in the "Jackass" series, comes from the surprise of how the gags unfold. Some of the set-ups are obvious, but what really makes the film work is seeing how the jokes play out and seeing how they play variations on the gag.
Running this sort of red-band R-rated trailer gives you a good idea of just how far the film is willing to go for a joke. The vending machine joke that opens the trailer is far more visually upsetting than this lets on, and there's a sequence they show a bit of that comes later in the film that is absolutely insane.
Fox delays "Almost Human" premiere to give it an NFL boost
The J.J. Abrams robot cop drama, originally slated to premiere on Nov. 4, will debut as part of a two-night event, starting Sunday Nov. 17 after Fox's NFL game. That means "Bones" will stay in its Monday timeslot the next few weeks.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator teams with Henry Winkler for an ABC sitcom pilot
The project will be a family affair, with Winkler's son producing and his wife playing his on-screen wife.
Don't call what "Homeland" did a twist: "It's cheating. It's hackery"
"You can't use the camera to both deceive and to lie outright to the viewer," says Tim Goodman of this week's episode. PLUS: Dick Cheney feared a real-life "Homeland" scenario in 2007.
"Orange is the New Black" will soon become Netflix's most-watched original series
The prison series is expected to surpass "House of Cards" by the end of the year. PLUS: Netflix will double spending on original series next year.
"Revenge" appears to be back on track
Season 3 is correcting the wrongs of Season 2.
"The Middle's" Neil Flynn will reunite with former "Scrubs" boss Bill Lawrence
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"Girl Meets World" may reveal what happened to Mr. Turner from "Boy Meets World"
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Canadian authorities drug bust nets 40 pounds of blue meth
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"SNL's" Vanessa Bayer was a "Late Night" intern for Conan O'Brien
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Padma Lakshmi gains 15 pounds every "Top Chef" cycle
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"The Blacklist's" potential problem: Finding enough compelling bad guys
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"The Good Wife" is getting shaken up
Next week's episode changes everything.
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Aziz Ansari: Broadway bound?
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VH1's "CrazySexyCool" is more of a checklist of TLC's accomplishments
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Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have more in common than you might think.
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A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I convince you to call me The Convincer...
From the list of film critics' first world problems, "party exhaustion" must be among the most supremely dickish, so let me just say that the London Film Festival came to a close with a very full final weekend -- in addition to her bold programming and tight organization, Clare Stewart (now in her second year as director of the LFF) has made an already enjoyable festival more convivial and night-owl-oriented than ever before. And indeed, they had much to celebrate this year -- not least the world premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks," a grand coup for a fest that usually cedes such major debuts to the likes of Toronto and New York. Last night's closing bash, decked out in "Mary Poppins"-themed umbrellas and cherry trees, was suitably boastful.
I think I've been fairly vocal about my issues with the ongoing creative collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Sure, my favorite film of Burton's career stars Depp, but they've settled into a overly familiar rhythm to things, and it feels like the law of diminishing returns has kicked on.
On the other hand, the idea of Tim Burton making a new movie with Michael Keaton starring is exciting on many levels, and might honestly be some of my favorite news of the year. While I have many issues with the 1989 "Batman," I think overall, these two guys had a great rapport and they each push the other's sensibilities in important ways. I don't think Keaton is Burton's lost soul mate the way Depp seems to be, and that's a good thing. Keaton has a fast and strange comedy brain, and he made "Beetlejuice" feel dangerous in ways that Burton couldn't have pulled off with someone else in the role.
Did CBS spike a "Good Wife" storyline to appease the NFL?
"The Good Wife" creators hinted earlier this month that they might have been steered off of an NFL storyline, which wouldn't surprising considering the NFL's history with ESPN's "Playmakers."
"Falling Skies" books Mira Sorvino
She'll join forces with John Pope.
CeeLo Green could end up in prison after being charged with giving a woman ecstasy
"The Voice" star's felony charge would face four years in prison, if convicted.
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" to host a "Lost" reunion
Sayid and Ilana reunited: Zuleikha Robinson will appear in Naveen Andrews‘ special episode.
Betty White recreates Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video
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There's no way I tip my hand about what film places where on my end of the year list, especially not as early as October, but it would have to be a spectacular, defining year of cinema for me not to find a place for "Before Midnight" somewhere on that list.
Richard Linklater's series about Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) is thrilling to me on several levels. First, I can't believe the films even exist. The first movie is such a smart, sweet, self-contained gem that it would have been very easy for everyone involved to decide that any sequel they attempted would ruin things. "Before Sunrise" is very slight, at least on the surface, and not the sort of thing that Hollywood falls all over itself to turn into a franchise. "Before Sunset" was amazing to me because it managed to beautifully update the first film without being an imitation of it. And now, with this latest film, Linklater, Hawke and Delpy all seem to be determined to capture these characters' lives in a constantly evolving and beautiful series of films that feel completely real.
One thing that really stands out this time is the way Linklater and cinematographer Christos Voudouris capture Greece as a location, and the best way for you to enjoy that work at home would be on the upcoming Blu-ray.