A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I make a presidential joke...
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A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I make a presidential joke...
"Gravity" picked up another Best Picture prize on the critics circuit today as the Central Ohio Film Critics Association handed it the year's top honor. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for the film and Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography. Top acting honors went to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Adèle Exarchopoulos and James Franco was recognized for his work in "Spring Breakers." Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.
"Community" is somehow back for a fifth season, and with Dan Harmon restored as showrunner after his year away. I reviewed the start of the season in general on Monday, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I blame owls for how much I suck at analogies...
As you may have noticed earlier today, we are now firmly into the Guild stage of the season -- with the critics (bar a few groups, notably the august National Society) having largely had their say, it's time for the industry to pinpoint their favorites of the season. More often than not, Guild nominations usher in a wave of dull consensus: while you'd hope various groups of professional peers would single out different films for different reasons, they have a tendency to zero in on the same tightening circle of Oscar contenders, whether the films particularly excel in their department or not. (Remember when "Sumdog Millionaire" won everything from the SAG ensemble prize to the Costume Designers' Guild award a few years back?)
My father is more of a man than I will ever be.
When I say that, I am talking about a particular type of masculinity, the classic definition of it that I was aware of as a young man. Growing up, I felt put upon when asked to do anything that felt remotely like a chore, but looking back at it all now, I can see that he was simply trying to pass along the knowledge he had about doing various things because he thought that knowledge was important to have. As a parent now, I am acutely aware of just how much responsibility comes built into that relationship. Kids are sponges, and every word you say could be endlessly analyzed and considered and internalized by them, good or bad.
There is a Steve Martin joke that I've always loved that plays off that responsibility.
"I've got a great dirty trick you can play on a three-year-old. See, kids learn how to talk from listening to their parents, so whenever you're around them… talk wrong. So now it's like the first day of school and he raises his hand. 'May I mambo rhino dogface to the banana patch?'"
That same premise also serves as the springboard for the disturbing "Dogtooth," the film by Giorgos Lanthimos about three teenagers who have been raised in near-total isolation by their parents, who have intentionally taught them to fear anything outside their walls while intentionally teaching them completely insane language skills.
Rush Limbaugh: Conan O'Brien ripped me off
"We were the first to discover and document how the media, all of them, will use the same word or phrase in covering a story," said the conservative talk show host, in reaction to Conan's bits showing how newscasters repeat the same words.
"Duck Dynasty" stars' New Year's Eve interview boosts Fox News ratings
Willie and Kori Robertson didn't say anything newsworthy in their late-night interview.
Why did "Fresh Prince's" Uncle Phil feel so real?
James Avery's character, says Rembert Browne, "was the opposite of so many black fatherhood tales that were playing out in the media, on television, and in real life. Instead of abandoning a child, he took in an extra. It's hard to fully express how important it was to see a character like that growing up, but it mattered tremendously. It's why Philip Banks felt real. Mainly because you wanted him to be."
Mindy Kaling's "Mindy Project" character is on Tinder
Users of the matchmaking app have reported being matched with the fictional character, though it's unclear if Kaling is behind it all.
"Downton Abbey" gets the Lego treatment
A man spent 15 hours putting together the "Downton" castle and its people as a Christmas gift for his girlfriend.
Report: "Captain America's" Agent Carter is getting a TV spinoff
Hayley Atwell is set to take on the role after playing Peggy Carter in the movies.
Check out John Travolta on "Kirstie"
It's a "Look Who's Talking" reunion.
"The Big Bang Theory" is a hit in France
The CBS comedy has replaced "Desperate Housewives" as the most popular American comedy around the world. And according to Nico Case, who lived in France in 2011, "bazinga" could be heard more than "bon jour" on the streets of Paris. PLUS: "Big Bang" owes its success to classic TV.
TV Guide Network will air marathons of CW shows
"The Tomorrow People," "The Originals" and "Reign" will be marathoned on Jan. 4, 11 and 18, respectively.
"The Walking Dead" celebrates the New Year with "Apocalypse Resolutions"
The resolution cards include one showing Daryl, with the caption: "GET NEW CLOTHES."
"My Little Pony" does a "Mad Men" tribute
The "Friendship Is Magic" special is set in "Manehattan."
Super Bowl will be live-streamed for free for the 3rd year in a row
But you'll have to pay to watch the NFC Championship game.
How to avoid "Sherlock" spoilers
The British series aired in the UK on Jan. 1 -- 18 days before the U.S. airing.
"Full House" meets "Some Like It Hot"
Check out John Stamos and Bob Saget dressed as the iconic Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis characters.
"HIMYM" co-creator: I watched the "Cheers" finale for inspiration
"Cried as hard as I did in 1993," tweeted Craig Thomas.
"Top Chef's" Gail Simmons welcomes a daughter
Dahlia Rae Abrams is the first child for the "Top Chef" judge.
ABC kicks off 2014 with spy miniseries "The Assets"
The eight-part miniseries debuting tonight tells the story of double agent Aldrich Ames, who sold American secrets to Russia.
Patricia Richardson: There will never be a "Home Improvement" reunion show
"Earl died, we can't have one without Earl," she says.
Check out every "Futurama" character on a single poster
See one fan's tribute to the late sitcom.
Flavor Flav loses his mom
The former reality star's mother, Anna Drayton, passed away on New Year's Eve.
Joseph Ruskin, legendary "Star Trek" guest actor, dies at 89
Ruskin appeared in five "Trek" series.
With Dan Harmon's return, "Community" feels like it's grown up
In many ways, tonight's two-episode Season 5 comeback for Harmon presents a sadder, wiser and more subdued show -- one preferable to last season, says Alyssa Rosenberg. It "feels less elaborate and extravagant than the version of Community that Harmon used to run," she says. PLUS: "Community" feels like "Community" again, it's back to being weird and fun, Donald Glover's departure hangs over the first five episodes, Joel McHale calls "Community" "The Wire of comedy," Gillian Jacobs says the "repilot" is brilliant, NBC promotes "Greenville," and "Community" is planning a '70s disaster movie episode.
Does Jason Reitman have an authorial voice?
It's a fair question to ask at this point. After all, he's got a screenplay credit on four of the six feature films he's directed if you include "Men, Women & Children," which is in production now. When you look at the six films, though, I don't really see a common thread or see a common voice between them. Even "Juno" and "Young Adult," both written by Diablo Cody, have very different sensibilities. And "Thank You For Smoking" is about as far away from "Labor Day" in tone and content as possible.
Does he have to have a recognizable singular voice that we hear in each new project? Is that a requirement if we're going to treat him as a "serious" filmmaker? Or is the real mark of his talent his ability to bring a different voice to each story based on the story itself? After all, "Thank You For Smoking" started as a brutally satirical novel that is outrageous in a way that is totally at odds with the sort of wry sincerity of "Up In The Air" or the blistering anger that simmers just below the surface of "Young Adult." Reitman seems far more concerned with finding the best way to tell each story, and less concerned with making himself the main focus of things.
So, while Brits have already watched the entire fourth season of "Downton Abbey" (the eight episodes plus a Christmas special began way back on Sept. 22 across the pond), American fans are finally getting a chance to catch up -- the show returns stateside on Sun. Jan. 5 (9:00 p.m. on PBS). The real question is, of course, whether or not fans have been able to dodge the spoilers, which have been harder to avoid than zombies in "The Walking Dead."
It's enough of a challenge to capture a life like Nelson Mandela's in a 146-minute film, but how do you use music to reflect such an extraordinary man? That is the challenge that faced composer Alex Heffes on Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom," and his compositions have since earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.
The Best Picture Oscar nominees that failed to receive PGA nominations in the last four years — i.e. the relevant era — are "The Blind Side," "A Serious Man," "Winter's Bone," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Tree of Life" and "Amour." So there is hope yet for films like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Philomena" that absolutely have support within the Academy but missed out on recognition this morning. And also note, one of the films that missed with PGA over the last four years was a Coen brothers effort that manifested great passion within the Academy.
The films that made the PGA cut but missed with Oscar over that stretch are "Invictus," "Star Trek," "The Town," "Bridesmaids," "The Ides of March," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall." There are more misses because the PGA has stuck with 10 nominees over the last two years, when the Academy changed its rules slightly to allow for anywhere from five to 10 nominees (and have ended up with nine both years). So someone from today's announcement will absolutely be left off, but who?
Season five of "Community" is upon us (the show returns Thurs. Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC), and I got a chance to talk to stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs about the show's new season, the return of Dan Harmon and "nerd boners" for Nathan Fillion (who will be guesting this season).
In addition to all the stars who will be appearing on the show (including Robert Patrick and "Breaking Bad" star Jonathan Banks), they have a few suggestions for people they'd like to come play. Brad Pitt, clear your schedule!
The Producers Guild of America announced the 10 nominees for theatrical picture and animated picture categories today for the upcoming 25th PGA Awards and familiar names such as "American Hustle," "Gravity," "12 Years A Slave," "The Croods" and "Frozen" made the cut. Surprisingly, the Coen Bros' and Scott Rudin produced "Inside Llewyn Davis" and The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was snubbed from the 10 motion picture honorees.