In a little over a month the fall festival season, and with it, the awards circuit, will officially be under way in the mountains of Colorado with the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival. It's the calm before the storm, a soothing handful of days over the Labor Day weekend to watch a few movies set to dominate the latter-year calendar, do a bit of Berlin and Cannes catch-up and even soak up some of the non-awards stuff that really helps round out the experience as a deep breath of fresh cinephile air. I can't wait.
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I'm taking a few days off to recuperate between Comic-Con and press tour, but I wanted to acknowledge what was a pretty special episode of "The Killing" last night. Spoilers coming right up...
A couple of weeks ago, an early version of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" video was temporarily posted to the 'net, from what looked like a staging site of Def Jam.
West was miffed. That version of the video, he Tweeted, was not the final cut.
Today, the real, finished version of "Black Skinhead" went up on West's site, and is now dubbed "Blkkk Skkkn Head." And it looks pretty much the same, but has interactive capabilities.
Movements are a little more fluid from the Sim version of the rapper/producer, and at its large size its more detailed. A collaboration with Nick Knight, It's still a video tech experiment that only sort of works for the dynamic nature of this buzzy, angry tune. However, viewers of "Black Skinhead" can work within Instagram to "edit" the piece, plus a handle allows the user to slow down the track and vid to a creepy effect.
"Black Skinhead" is the track that was finally shipped to radio after West's latest "Yeezus" went up for sale. West up to that point had touted his effort to be one that succeeded on the charts without having a traditional radio single. However, as we previously reported, the "Yeezus" didn't do very well sales-wise after debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.
What do you think of the black and white video?
So Comic-Con is over but the little ripple repercussions will keep spreading this week, I imagine. One nugget that dropped over the weekend that immediately caught my eye this morning was the fact that "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk is working on a graphic novel sequel to the book that spawned David Fincher's 1999 consumerism-lynching film.
"Big Brother" hits another season high
It was the 2nd show in a row that "Big Brother" topped itself.
Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe sign on for more of "A Young Doctor's Notebook"
The miniseries will return later this year.
Bob Odenkirk: Reports of a "Breaking Bad" Saul Goodman spinoff are still premature
"It's still hypothetical," he says. "It is. Vince is thinking about it, but we’ll see what happens." PLUS: Watch Bryan Cranston hold a Walter White toy.
Washington Nationals introduce a "Sharknado" mascot
Watch the Sharknado take on the presidents of the United States. PLUS: "Sharknado" hits UK on Aug. 7.
Watch the "Cosmos" reboot trailer from Seth MacFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson
They've teamed up for a reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos."
PBS picks up more "Mr. Selfridge"
Jeremy Piven will be back for Season 2.
Russian TV getting its own "Hot in Cleveland"
The TV Land comedy will join other American shows like "Everybody Loves Raymond" that have had been remade for Russian audiences.
Watch Chord Overstreet's tribute to Cory Monteith
"This is for you, Cory," the "Glee" star said at a performance Saturday.
Johnny Carson is headed to iTunes
Clip and interview compilations are going on sale.
"Say Yes to the Dress" kicking off the season with Kristin Chenoweth
Her assistant is getting married.
Karen Gillan is now bald
The former "Doctor Who" star revealed her newly shaved head at Comic-Con.
There is a sacred covenant between Bruce Springsteen and his fans. As he says to a stadium crowd in the opening frames of “Springsteen & I,” a Ridley Scott-produced documentary screening in theaters across the U.S. (22), “We’re here for one reason. Because you’re here. And where we want to go, we can’t get there by ourselves. We need you.”
He's delivered that message with the fervor of a tent-revival preacher night after night for 40 years, leading fans to an exalted state through his three-hour plus shows. To be a Springsteen fan, and I am a massive one, is to believe in that trusting communion between performer and audience and in the healing power of music. It’s also to feel a sense of community, that you are part of a tribe of like-minded fans.
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"True Blood" star talks Sunday's shocker
"It wasn't a huge surprise. I've had to lie in a few press things so as not to spoil it for anybody."
Felicia Day is coming back to "Supernatural"
She'll reprise her role of Charlie in Season 9's 4th episode.
Bravo spinning off Brandi Glanville?
There's talk of the "Real Housewives" star getting her own show about her dating life.
"The Simpsons" to join forces with "Futurama"
A special crossover episode will air sometime in 2014.
Jennifer Carpenter weighs in on this week's "Dexter"
Has Deb hit rock bottom? PLUS: Michael C. Hall on this week's "Dexter."
How "The X Files'" 20th anniversary reunion at Comic-Con came together
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and his girlfriend Holly helped get the ball rolling at last year's Comic-Con.
Puck from "The Real World" arrested again
This time, David Rainey was charged with domestic violence.
Scotty McCreery: "Idol" producers tried and failed to get me to sing Lady Gaga
The "Idol" champ shared some "inside scoop" with fans on Twitter over the weekend.
SAN DIEGO - By far, the worst kept secret at this year's Comic-Con was the planned "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel, but I will give 20th Century Fox this much. While everyone was sure the film would be part of the panel, I don't think anyone knew quite how far Fox planned to take things, or how much of an emotional charge it would pack.
The "X-Men" films in general hold an odd space in the evolution of the genre. They are absolutely pivotal in terms of pushing the entire idea of superhero movies forward. The first film was a game of Russian Roulette as far as Fox was concerned. Even after they greenlit the movie and watched dailies as they came in, they panicked and cut the budget and forced the filmmakers to adapt on the fly. The studio made choices out of fear regarding costumes, marketing and even casting. They held their breath when they released "X-Men," sure they were about to get clobbered…
… and then people liked it. It wasn't massive, but it was a hit. And it was a big enough hit that they moved forward with a second film. And again, just as soon as they started into production, they started losing their nerve, and it turned into another corporate game of chicken with filmmakers pushing hard to do something cool and execs pushing hard to make sure it wasn't all too damn "comic book." It was a fascinating era, and as much as fans are sure they know the story of how the first three "X-Men" film got made and what the decisions behind those films were, they don't. Not really. There were battles about everything. There is a reason you still haven't seen the Sentinels in the movies, and that reason left the studio not too long ago. A comic book with decades of history was held hostage by any number of outside influences, and the results are movies that genuinely try to capture the spirit of a world, and they succeed in ways, and they fail in ways, and they are all covered in development battle scars that define the movies.
A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I Google "Alan Sepinwall hate"...
A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I'm majoring in beautiful...
The introduction of the “MVP” to this season of “Big Brother” seemed to negate the possibility of people simply floating through the season in hopes of not being noticed. Instead, making Elissa one of the contestants rendered the twist all but moot, and producers have already changed the MVP rules in order to break Elissa’s stranglehold over that position. The current House Of Household, Judd, took advantage of this oversight and has remained largely incognito thus far. But now that everyone will be looking to curry favor with him, will Judd have a strong, non-passive approach to the game? Or will putting him into the spotlight cause him to wilt?
That FX's "Sons of Anarchy" has now established a tradition of being the final entertainment panel of San Diego Comic-Con is one of the funniest developments in the recent history of this event.
But here we are again, celebrating SAMCRO and Kurt Sutter on Comic-Con Sunday and, once again, we'll doing it in Hall H.
Whee! Let's find out what's in store for Jax and company this fall!