"It's pretty much exactly what you think it is."
Go ahead and put that on the poster, CBS Films. If you've seen the trailer for this movie and it looks like something you might enjoy, I think it's a safe bet that you will enjoy it. "Last Vegas" is told with enough charm and energy that it should please audiences heartily. The cast, including Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen, makes it all seem very simple and natural and loose, and Jon Turtletaub keeps the focus on the people, not the high-concept idea of old guys on the loose in Las Vegas with a bunch of boner pills. This is much closer to the comic identity of "Cocoon" than it is to "The Hangover," and that seems to be the point.
The script by Dan Fogelman, who also wrote last year's "Crazy Stupid Love," is in the same vein as that film, nakedly sentimental but also determined to land every joke, and it's a pretty simple affair. Billy (Douglas), Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) have been friends since they were kids in Flatbush, and over the years, they've always stayed in touch.
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"It's pretty much exactly what you think it is."
I have no clue how this is going to work. FOX has scheduled Tuesday (October 29) night's special "X Factor" for a hair over two hours and, in that time, the show has to make it through four Boys, four Girls, four Geriatrics and four Groups, plus commentary from four judges/mentors for all 16 acts, presumably.
It's also possible that we'll be sending four acts home tonight, though I can't begin to imagine where the time is for all of that.
Since this is the start of the live performances and since it's not like there's a World Series game to watch, I might as well live-blog, so follow along at home!
Were you fretting over the release date of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street?" Well, you didn't really have to do that. We told you on Sept. 23 it was going to move off its Nov. 15 release date but that the goal was to release on Christmas Day. I Tweeted on Oct. 15 that the film was going to make that date. And today, after a few weeks of other outlets tripping over themselves to "exclusively" report that very simple information, you can "officially" rest easy, as Paramount has gone ahead and confirmed the Christmas release.
Arcade Fire is still preaching, it's just from a more brightly lit mount. It's intentional to say that the Montreal-based band has allowed itself to make much for colorful, dance-embracing songs on new album "Reflektor," in that they've shown so much restraint to keep their personalities closely tied to their comfortable rock sound on their previous three sets.
On last album "The Suburbs," its standout "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" succeeded in its lively retro sound, combining Regine Chassagne and Win Butler's strengths as vocalists and manic, holy messengers. On "Reflektor" -- both the first single and the album on the whole -- they took some of the same neon colors (no, not a Neon Bible) and flashing lights and applied it liberally, like an energy... and let LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy produce some, and David Bowie sing some.
Below is a track-by-track look at what makes "Reflektor" a solid, long and cerebral set, shy of the strings that was a signifier of the band before and bursting with a rejuvenated (if not downright young-artist) vibe of their future.
Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album, the excellent “Lightning Bolt” is atop the Billboard 200 right now, but if you weren’t one of the people who bought it upon release last Tuesday, here’s your chance to win it for free on vinyl.
But wait, that’s not all! In addition to the album, you will win a prize pack full of other Pearl Jam goodies:
Prize pack Includes:
- Limited edition vinyl copy of 'Lightning Bolt'
- Limited edition Pearl Jam Blue Wrigley Stadium T-shirt (Size L)
- Lightning Bolt poster (Not featured in image)
- Lightning Bolt window decal (Not featured in image)
- Lighting Bolt sticker, Forestry Sticker, Handshake Sticker, and Wolf Sticker
- Don Pendleton 'Lighting Bolt' songs postcard set
Here’s how you enter:
*Retweet the below tweet about the contest AND follow me @HitfixMelinda
*Win an amazing Pearl Jam prize pack including their new album 'LightningBolt' on Vinyl. RT and Follow to enter http://t.co/z0stBmKHwV*— Melinda Newman (@HitfixMelinda) October 30, 2013
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"Homeland" hits a season high after the big plot twist
About two million watched Sunday's episode.
Andrew Dice Clay and Justin Kirk are guesting on "The Blacklist"
Clay will play a plastic surgeon named Dr. Maltz. Meanwhile, William Sadler is also guest-starring.
Dina Manzo is returning to "The Real Housewives"
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star was gone for 3 1/2 seasons.
Jordana Spiro is going to "The Good Wife"
The "My Boys" alum will play a police detective in a potentially recurring role.
Love is a battlefield, as Pat Benatar sang. Or in the case of Justin Timberlake, it’s a boxing match...even if you never step into the ring.
In the new video for “TKO,” Timberlake and his lady, played by Riley Keough (in case you don’t know, the actress is Elvis Presley’s granddaughter) have what one might call a turbulent relationship...or so we're supposed to ascertain.
She mainly walks around their modern, gorgeous apartment in one of his shirts, pouting unless they’re having make-up sex on their kitchen island. He just stares off into the distance as an arty representation of his deep, existential unhappiness brought on by her borrowing his shirts without asking (or whatever, we don't really know).
The make-up sex clearly doesn’t solve their issues because next thing we know, she’s clocking him with a cast-iron skillet and somehow, he finds himself being dragged behind her pick up truck for miles and miles. He’s still able to sing in the laughably bad clip and doesn’t seem to be in any particular pain. The video doesn’t come to a good end for him, but, hey, his shirt and hair are perfect even when he’s getting towed behind the truck like a small boat.
I know we’re supposed to look at the clip as revenge fantasy and it’s all fun and games, but can you imagine the uproar if it were a man dragging his girlfriend behind the truck or if he slammed her with the pan? This is a misguided look at domestic violence and there’s really no way you can make it work unless you take a much more obviously cartoon-y look than they do here (they already pull all their punches- the sex is pretty antiseptic, no blood after the skillet hit, he almost seems to be enjoyed being dragged) or you really commit and go all out (and run a link to a domestic violence hotline afterwards). Actually, on second thought, you can't make it work at all. They should have just played off the "TKO" theme and done a fun remake of the Barbra Streisand/Ryan O'Neal movie "The Main Event" or gone darker but not had the domestic violence. The song doesn’t have the serious edge of Eminem/Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie,” which took a very dramatic look at an abusive relationship and it worked. You felt the horror. This is just a well-shot fashion shoot that goes awry.
Have we met Lady Gaga’s new alter ego —move over Jo Calderone—or is Momma Monster just declaring her love of weed in the new snippet for “Mary Jane Holland,” a track from Nov. 11’s "ArtPop."
In the 2-minute preview, Lady Gaga singing in an exaggerated mannered tone, extols the virtue of Mary Jane, hanging in Amsterdam, and generally looks at the fame game. It’s a driving, throbbing track that includes call-outs and psychedelic turns. In other words, it’s more like a bad acid trip than a mellow high.
“I know at the moment they think I’m a mess/but its alright because I’m rich as piss,” she grandly sings during a bridge as she prepares to light one up, making it clear that this whole track is Lady Gaga taking a look at fame and art and artifice. That doesn’t make it particularly catchy, though, does it?
As you might recall from HitFix's Telluride Film Festival coverage, Jonás Cuarón's short film "Aningaaq" is a companion piece to Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." It depicts the other side of an SOS radio conversation between that film's main character, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), and an Inuit fisherman named Aningaaq (Orto Ignatiussen) on the icy mass of Greenland. The short works both in tandem with the feature and separately as an emotional sliver of the greater work's themes. It could also join "Gravity" in the Oscar discussion later this season as Warner Bros. has submitted it for consideration in the Best Live Action Short category.
It seems like it should be a fun idea -- a car/boat! Alas, it's not so fun if you have to drive the hunk of junk, or at least that's what Rutledge discovers on "Top Gear" (Tues. Oct. 29 at 9:00 p.m. on History).
When it comes to the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, there's no particularly reliable precursor -- that branch of the Academy has a history of doing things their own way, after all. But the Independent Documentary Association (IDA) Award is among the most prestigious documentary prizes on the trail. Last year, they (along with pretty much everyone else) foreshadowed the Oscar win for "Searching for Sugar Man," and also pre-empted the Academy's nomination for "The Invisible War"; the year before, the Academy nominated none of their five chosen features. "Independent" is the operative word, then.
AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a fifth season, in a move so obvious that AMC's president Charlie Collier called it "one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever."