Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" is plainly one of the best films of the year. It's the best work the director has offered to date and it features a detailed, ultimately emotional performance from Tom Hanks that is sure to draw kudos. But the big surprise is that Hanks might not even give the best performance of the film.
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VENICE - For several years now, the Venice Film Festival has overlapped with not one but two rival North American fests. The "Toronto effect" has been felt since the two festivals started sharing a few days of September calendar space: the exodus of journalists from the Lido in the last couple of days is all too noticeable, though Venice organizers have to accept it, obligingly front-loading their schedule with their highest-profile premieres to as to allow sufficient room for the first wave of buzz and publicity (not to mention reasonable travel time for talent) before the next one at Toronto.
I wish I could say I was surprised to hear that the coming season of "True Blood" will be the show's last, but I can't. I don't think too many fans of the show can, either. After a disappointing sixth season, one that plowed through storylines willy-nilly and made little effort to wrap them up in a way that was either satisfying or logical (do I need to say more than Warlow, people?), it seems that it may really be time to hang it up. But, just in case we find ourselves struggling with Sookie's exit from our lives (or mourning the loss of out weekly dose of Alexander Skarsgård), it may help to remind ourselves why it's time for "True Blood" to get staked.
"Grey's Anatomy" unveils Season 10 promo
"The storm isn't over yet."
Hank's "Breaking Bad" partner "Gomie" jokes: "It's hard to be a Mexican on 'Breaking Bad'"
Steven Michael Quezada -- an actor/standup comedian/talk show host/Albuquerque school board member -- says of his character: "Gomez is the verbally abused wife. He takes everything with a grain of salt, though. When Hank has something racially colorful to say, I don't think he says it to anybody else but Gomez, you know what I mean?" PLUS: New Mexico clinic to offer "Breaking Bad" rehab scholarships.
"Big Brother" Aaryn's black prom date comes forward
Mike Miller, who took the racist "Big Brother" star to the prom in 2009, says she's not "prejudiced or hateful."
X-Men won't ever be part of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Rights issues will prevent the show from even using the word "mutant."
Dr. Oz goes undercover -- as a woman
The TV doctor dressed in drag at a shoe store to convince women to choose comfort over fashion.
Jack Osbourne's wife suffers a miscarriage
Osbourne got the news as he's preparing to go on "Dancing with the Stars."
Moscow mayoral candidate's campaign is inspired by "The Wire"
Alexei Navalny, the leading opposition candidate, admits copying many of his ideas from the HBO series. PLUS: Isiah Whitlock Jr. hasn't stopped saying "sheeeeeeeeeit."
"White Collar" recruits Zeljko Ivanek
He'll guest star in one episode.
"The X Factor" gets new sponsors
Pepsi and Chevrolet are out, Honda and Procter are in.
One Direction’s new album, “Midnight Memories,” will be released Nov. 25. The British boy band spilled the news this morning with a 6-second video that shows band member Harry Styles rearranging pieces of paper with letters on them to spell out “Midnight,” and then you can kind of guess the rest... or another forthcoming video will do that for you, undoubtedly.
“Midnight Memories” follows “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home." Fans can pre-order the album starting Monday, Sept. 9. First single from the album was “Best Song Ever,” which set a Vevo record for the most views in a 24-hour period: 12.3 million.
The news comes while One Direction’s Morgan Spurlock-directed concert film, “One Direction: This Is Us,” continues to do well in theaters. The 3D movie opened in second place in the U.S., grossing $18.4 million in its opening weekend last week.
Next year already looks to be a big year for One Direction, as the five lads will kick off their Where We Are stadium tour in South America. The worldwide tour already includes eight sold out nights in the U.K. and Ireland.
Kanye West will kick off his first solo tour in five years Oct. 19 at Seattle’s Key Arena.
The Yeezus Tour, presented by AEG Live, will hit 23 cities before closing Dec. 7 in Houston at the Toyota Center. Kendrick Lamar will be the opening act.
The Yeezus Tour, in support of West’s current album, “Yeezus,” marks West’s first return to the road since the Watch The Throne tour with Jay Z in 2011. His last solo tour was 2008’s “Glow In the Dark” tour.
West released "Yeezus" on June 18, 2013. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 327,000.
Date City Venue
19 Seattle, WA KeyArena
20 Vancouver, B.C. Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
22 San Jose, CA SAP Center
23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
26 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
1 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
3 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
7 Chicago, IL United Center
10 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
12 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre
14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre
16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
17 Boston, MA TD Garden
19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
21 Washington, DC Verizon Center
23 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
29 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
30 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
6 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
7 Houston, TX Toyota Center
It's Heidi's sweatshop! Well, not really, but this week we were treated to the challenge we see every season, in which one "lucky" designer gets to hand over their work for Heidi's New Balance active wear collection. What a great prize! It's not money or anything, and the designer's name isn't on the label, but he or she will sleep warm and happy knowing that the design is being worn by lots of people who don't have a clue who made it. Huzzah!
TORONTO - The strongest, clearest expression of an idea in all of "The Fifth Estate" happens under the opening credits, as we watch the evolution of journalism from Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses to the death of print and the rise of the Internet, and while it's a compelling expression of the idea that how we share important news has changed over time, it also captures one of my issues with the film itself. I don't concur that print is dead and the Internet has replaced it, and I think it will take the perspective of time before we truly digest what is happening right now to news media.
Telling the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks is premature, I believe. After all, Bradley Manning was just sentenced last month, and Assange is still holed up in an embassy in London, and the full ramifications of everything that leaked by the website are still being digested right now. In time, we'll be able to get a full sense of who Assange is, of what Wikileaks really did, and of the impact of their actions, but at the moment, it all still feels like it is unfolding. Ultimately, it seems that this is not the story of Assange and his website, but rather the story of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, whose book "Inside Wikileaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website" is one of the two primary source for the movie. This is the story of how a young computer hacker fell under Assange's sway, helped him turn Wikileaks into an international presence, and ultimately ended up disillusioned and frustrated by Assange's agenda.
It's the 500th episode of "Big Brother," and a double eviction episode. You know, as many times as Spencer has been on the block (a record-breaking seven!), I'm almost rooting for him to win the whole thing, just for kicks. Or at least "Big Brother" should give him a complimentary chair. Really, I'm amazed he's survived this long as a pawn.
The owner of the best name in show business, Benedict Cumberbatch has been a ubiquitous presence this year. Hell, he's a pretty ubiquitous presence simply at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens with his turn as Julian Assange in "The Fifth Estate" tonight. He'll also be at the fest with supporting roles in two very different awards hopefuls: "12 Years a Slave" and "August: Osage County."
Ryan Seacrest booed as part of NFL Kickoff Game coverage
To the surprise of NFL fans, Seacrest was part of the NFL kickoff festivities, thanks to his association with NBC.
TORONTO - One of the things I've noticed when you're at a film festival is that, more often than not, when you ask someone what they're going to see, they will tell you by using the name of the director. "I'm seeing the Jason Reitman film." "I'm seeing the Cronenberg movie." "I'm seeing the Fincher." I think the reason for that is it's easier to remember whose film you're seeing instead of the title when you're going through roughly 300 titles or more. Many times, the reason I pick a film at a festival comes down to the director or the writer or the actors in it, and so that becomes what I remember about it as I'm looking at the schedule. Once I've seen a film, it becomes easier to talk about the movie, but you have to make a ton of choices at any festival, and that particular trick is the easiest way to keep the movies straight.
That's my long-winded way of saying I kicked off this year's Toronto International Film Festival with the new Jarmusch.