Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya."
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When we last left the gang at the end of Season One, everyone who wasn’t John Noble was having the worst day ever. Abbie Mills was trapped in a dollhouse with her twelve year old self — which is honestly more hell than Purgatory. Jenny Mills was unconscious in an overturned truck. Katrina Crane was being Princess Peach’d away by Headless and Ichabod had been buried alive.
We’ve all been waiting months to see how the Scooby gang is gonna get out of this mess. Because "This Is War."
I offered a brief review of "Forever" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you're one of the precious few who watched and remembers "New Amsterdam," did the similarities bother you, or did you enjoy Ioan Gruffudd's Sherlock Holmes impression enough to not care? Did you feel Gruffudd had chemistry with Alana de la Garza? Do you, like me, wonder how Henry keeps obtaining a new drivers license every time he dies and is resurrected without his clothes? Did you like the revelation about who Abe is? And will you watch again tomorrow night in its regular timeslot, and in the weeks to come?
Have at it.
I offered a brief review of "Scorpion" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did this show about geniuses seem smart or stupid? Did you buy Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest people alive? How do you feel about Katharine McPhee in a non-musical context? Are you with McPhee in being amazed what the ultimate solution to the problem involved? Were the two car chase sequences enough to carry you through, or did you just spend the whole hour wondering why they were wasting Ernie Hudson in such a nothing role? Did Robert Patrick's make-up in the opening scene freak you out? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
I posted my review of FOX's "Gotham" last week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Does the whole prequel structure seem to work for you, or are you not interested in spending years watching the rise of Gotham's super-criminals before Batman can ever show up to stop them? Did you like Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue? How'd you feel about the embryonic versions of Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler (and possibly one more, in Mario Pepper's daughter)? Did you like Jada Pinkett Smith and John Doman as the mob bosses? The '70s cop movie look of the piece? And will you watch again?
Have at it. As I've said, my plan is to cover the show regularly at least at the start of the season, at least until I figure out if the structure Bruno Heller has come up with is workable.
How much damage will “The Big Bang Theory” do on Monday nights?
“Big Bang’s” temporary new Monday home could have widespread consequences, not just with “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” but also Fox’s launch of “Gotham” and the return of “Sleepy Hollow.” The thing is “Big Bang” viewers like to watch their show live, so its competitors may end up on the DVR. PLUS: What to expect in Season 8.
“Fashion Police's" Joan Rivers tribute delivers its biggest audience ever
A record 1.1 million watched the 90-minute special on Friday night.
“The Walking Dead” unveils its official Season 5 trailer
“It’s not over till they’re all dead.”
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The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast.
“Police Academy” stars to reunite for Syfy’s lava-spewing tarantula film “Lavalantula"
Giant fire-breathing tarantulas will attack Los Angeles in a film starring “Police Academy” veterans Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and Leslie Easterbrook, plus Nia Peeples.
“SNL” calls report of Kenan Thompson leaving “inaccurate” because casting decisions won’t be made until the season's end
An "SNL" spokesperson didn't directly address TMZ's report that Thompson was planning to leave after last season, but is now intent on exiting after this, his 12th, season.
“Angry black woman” NY Times TV critic: “I feel bad” about readers’ misinterpretation of my praise for Shonda Rhimes
"In the review,” explains Alessandra Stanley, "I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took.” PLUS: 30 Shonda Rhimes stars responded to the NY Times article.
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If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television.
Report: Kenan Thompson to leave “SNL” after this, his 12th, season
Thompson, who joined the cast in 2003, planned to leave last season but Lorne Michaels convinced him to stay due to the high cast turnover, according to TMZ. After this season, Thompson will tie for the 3rd-longest "Saturday Night Live" tenure with Al Franken -- Seth Meyers is 2nd, Darrell Hammond is 1st.
Warner Bros. TV denies Charlie Sheen’s claim they are talking about a “Two and a Half Men” return
Sheen had told TV Guide, "I've reached out to them and they've reached back. We’re trying to figure out what makes the most sense.”
“Veronica Mars” is also celebrating a 10th anniversary today
“Veronica Mars” and “Lost” premiered on the same night, Sept. 22, 2004.
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Given the limited amount of time he's featured in the pilot for "Gotham," Cory Michael Smith is appearing in a lot of the FOX drama's publicity.
In fact, chances are good that if Smith were just playing any old character working in the Gotham Police Department, you'd merely think the guy was a little bit quirky, a little bit weird, a little bit mysterious. Dare I say you might call the character a bit of an...
No. Don't use the word "enigma."
AMPAS' Academy Originals series continues to be not just a dynamic peek behind the creative process for filmmakers and actors, but a nice look into what makes inspires some of the most gifted individuals working in the sphere, what makes them tick, and screenwriter Eric Roth is a great subject.