James Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson already got a nod of respect from the Producers' Guild of America last year, when "Skyfall" was one of the 10 films nominated for their top award. At the next PGA ceremony, on January 26, the duo will actually get to take something home: they've been named the winners of the PGA's David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, a prize previously presented to such named as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder and Roger Corman. In their statement, PGA chairs Michael DeLuca and Lori McCreary commended them for "[bringing] thrilling exploits and cinematic masterpieces to audiences worldwide." [PGA]
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Have you ever had any variation on the stress dream where you're going to do something that you're not prepared for in any way? Like you show up for a test, and not only do you realize that you're not ready for the test, but you've never been in the classroom before, it's in a language you don't speak, and you're naked?
Well, now imagine you're sitting across from Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas when it happens.
That was my Saturday morning in Las Vegas recently. Thanks to a profound miscommunication, there was no screening of the film for me when I got to Vegas. I saw "Bad Grandpa," which was also doing interviews in town at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino across the street from Aria, where the "Last Vegas" interviews were taking place, but not "Last Vegas," so it became clear that I'd have to do the interviews without knowing what we were discussing.
In the entire time I've been here at HitFix, I've never walked into an interview unprepared. There was nothing I could do about it. I had not seen the film, and so there was no way for me to ask specific questions to the cast or the crew. All I could do was try to have a little fun and not embarrass myself.
In June of 2005, during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan that would claim the lives of three of his fellow Navy SEALs, Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell broke his back. He broke his pelvis. He tore out his shoulder, bit his tongue in half and crushed his hand. He sustained facial bone damage, he was shot "through and through" his quads and his calves, his body was riddled with shrapnel from his ankles to his eyes…and he lived to tell the tale.
That tale was captured on the page in his 2007 memoir "Lone Survivor" and it has now been captured on the big screen by director Peter Berg with Mark Wahlberg in the starring role as Luttrell. A riveting depiction of the mission, called Operation Red Wings, the film eschews traditional structure and launches its players into the heart of darkness quickly before tearing through a 33-minute recreation of the firefight itself that recalls such nail-biting sequences as those captured by Steven Spielberg in "Saving Private Ryan" or Ridley Scott in "Black Hawk Down."
Oh, "Top Chef." I wish you wouldn't worry so much. I'm not breaking up with you. But when you try so hard to be new and fresh, it makes me aware that our relationship has gotten a little stale. It's true; I don't always see the reality TV competition show I fell in love with. I do appreciate all the effort, I do. But I hate to see you exhausting yourself (and the poor chefs on the show) for so little reward. Can't you just be yourself? And if you suddenly discover there's some side of you you haven't been able to explore, I'll support that. I will. But please, put down the tin foil before one of us gets hurt.
Here's a fact of which not all awards-watchers are entirely aware: Michael Haneke hasn't won an Oscar. Neither has Francois Truffaut, nor Luis Bunuel. Pedro Almodovar has one for writing, but that's it. Ang Lee has two for directing, but nothing for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” And Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa each won honorary Oscars, but no competitive ones between them.
At this point, some of you might be crying foul. You expressly remember Haneke accepting his Oscar only a few months ago. You've definitely seen Almodovar give two acceptance speeches. And you know your Oscar history: Fellini has four of the damn things. What gives?
I was having a conversation with one of my co-workers about "American Horror Story" the other day. He hadn't seen much of the series, but what he had seen he had hated with a white hot passion. At the other end of the spectrum, another one of my co-workers wouldn't miss an episode (well, not without setting her DVR). I can understand both of their perspectives. "American Horror Story" is an acquired taste, and it requires a willingness to jump on the crazy train and hang on tightly. Once you've made that commitment and squeeze your eyes shut to block out some of the leaps in logic, on-the-nose dialogue and just plain batcrap insanity, it's a really fun ride. Unfortunately, this season has required more of a blind eye than usual.
Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to protesters in front of his studio
"If I upset you, I'm very, very sorry. I did not mean to upset you," Kimmel said today in front of his Hollywood Blvd theater. Protesters carrying "Fire Jimmy Kimmel" signs are still upset over his airing of a kid saying "kill everyone in China" two weeks ago, even after ABC's apology.
Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst is developing a CW drama based on his rise to fame
"The Noise" will be Durst's 2nd attempt at making a TV show based on his life. Durst worked on "Douchebag" for CBS two years ago, about a rock star trying to juggle his family and wild side.
Peter Facinelli will play Whitey Bulger's enforcer in a Fox limited series
"Street Soldier" tells the story of Eddie MacKenzie, a boxer who served Bulger.
"American Idol" teases Season 13
Watch the promo from tonight's World Series game.
How MSNBC will cover the Nov. 22 JFK assassination 50th anniversary
There will be two hours of Chris Matthews, plus Al Sharpton's "50 Years of Guns" and Alec Baldwin will explore the mystery of Kennedy's death.
Fox creates printable Halloween masks from your favorite shows
Put on a Jess from "New Girl" mask, or one of "Family Guy's" Stewie.
Omarosa and Bethenny yell at each other
The two reality stars battled it out today on Bethenny Frankel's talk show, where Omarosa said: "It's different for you and I. I am an African-American woman. You get to walk around and be mediocre and you still get rewarded with things."
"Family Guy" unveils its own British royal family portrait
Featuring Prince George.
Tips for "Scandal": How other shows handled unexpected pregnancies
"How I Met Your Mother," "Sex and the City," "Mad Men" and "Grey's Anatomy" have been through this before. PLUS: Who should be the "Scandal" baby daddy?
Subway Sandwiches has seeped its way into many TV shows
From "Nashville" to "Chuck" to "Community," Subway has become a TV show product placement fixture over the past six years.
Jason Schwartzman calls "SNL's" Wes Anderson parody a career "definer"
"I loved it! It made me so happy," he says. "I can't express to you how much it meant to me."
"It's Always Sunny" tackles "Lethal Weapon 6"
The "Sunny" gang makes a sequel.
PBS will repeat its "American Masters" on Lou Reed
Check your local listings for airings over the next week.
Alexa Vega joins "The Tomorrow People"
The former "Spy Kid" will play Robbie Amell's rival.
Have supernatural shows made TV deaths boring when death isn't final?
On shows like "Ravenswood" and "The Vampire Diaries," death is temporary.
Denver Broncos get a special visit from "Tim Riggins"
Taylor Kitsch visited the team and showed them his new movie.
Scott Foley wouldn't have been able to handle "Felicity" fame in a Twitter world
Noel and Ben fans would've been "rabid" if Twitter existed when "Felicity" was on, he says. Back then, he says, he was "substantially more fragile... You know, now I just find them humorous, but I think back then I would have been devastated."
T-Bone Burnett on "Nashville": "It was a knockdown, bloody, drag-out fight, every episode"
The musician, whose wife created the ABC drama, had to quit because he didn't like the way his wife was treated.
Watch Amy Poehler & Will Ferrell making out as Conan sketch players 16 years ago
Ferrell was just beginning his "SNL" stint when he made an appearance on "Late Night" not as a guest, but as a sketch performer. The bit was written by Adam McKay, who would go on to collaborate with Ferrell on "Anchorman" and many of his other hits.
Was Meredith Vieira drunk tweeting?
It appears so, but Vieria insists she was not drunk.
"The Crazy Ones" casts Missi Pyle and Kurt Fuller
Pyle will play a Nancy Grace-type reporter.
How do the "How I Met Your Mother" creators plan to follow up a season misguidedly set entirely at Robin and Barney's wedding weekend? Reportedly, with a "HIMYM" spin-off.
According to Deadline, "HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are collaborating with Emily Spivey ("Up All Night" creator and "Parks and Rec" alum) for a spin-off that, if picked up, would be titled... wait for it... "How I Met Your Father."
Nick Kroll, the comedian and "Kroll Show" star, will host IFP's Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday, Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Women continue to rule on the Billboard Hot 100 again this week as Lorde’s “Royals” spends its fifth week at No. 1, Katy Perry’s “Roar” logs another week at No. 3 and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” holds at No. 3.
This marks the seventh straight week that the women have held the top 3 positions (in different permutations), according to Billboard.
Things remain static in the rest of the Top 5, as Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” remains at No. 4 and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan) hangs at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, while topping Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & R&B Songs for a fifth week.
The lower half of the top 10 gets some new blood as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” soars 15-8, perhaps bolstered by frontman Ryan Tedder’s appearance on “The Voice” as a guest mentor. And just in time for Halloween, Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” makes its move into the Top 10, gaining three spots to No. 9.
Rounding out the top 10 are Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake) at No. 6 and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” at No. 7: both titles rise two spots from last week’s positions, but have yet to surpass their peaks at No. 4. In other Gaga news, her duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” bows at No. 13.
Closing out the top 10 is Ylvis’s “The Fox,” which falls No. 6 to No. 10.