It's interesting watching things shake out so relatively late in the season. First Sony Classics decided that, rather than push "Foxcatcher" out there at the end of the season, it would wait and allow further considerations time to breathe in the editing room. Now that company's parent, Sony Pictures, has shuffled George Clooney's "The Monuments Men," which has been test screening and had a scoring session booked in London yesterday, out of what is already a crazily crowded year.
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One of the things I always find interesting is when a show that is bound by budget and time to one geographic location is written as a globetrotting adventure, requiring them to convince us that they've gone around the world despite the evidence of our eyes. "Alias" is a great recent example of this, a show that turned Burbank into every corner of the world.
This week opens in Hong Kong, where Renshu Tseng, a street magician (played by Louis Ozawa Changchien from "Predators") is doing very basic tricks for a crowd. Only when he sees a particularly striking woman does he create real fire in the palm of his hand, freaking out the crowd. It seems to work, though. She is turned on enough by the trick to go home with him, and he talks to her about the difference between real magic and tricks. He seems nervous to show off the real thing up close, but he ends up giving in.
He tells her about how his gift started to manifest a few years ago, and her response seems like a rational one: she calls in backup to abduct him.
ABC may bring "Body of Proof" back from the dead
The Dana Delany drama, canceled in May after three seasons, may return for midseason. But first ABC has to make a decision and get the cast together.
"Entourage" movie salary standoff is resembling the "Sex and the City" movie standoff
Is Adrian Grenier the new Kim Cattrall?
Animal Planet calls "Kitten Bowl" a "copy cat" for knocking off "Puppy Bowl"
An Animal Planet spokesperson says: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's reps deny report they're making $4M each for Golden Globes
"The dollar figure that Radar has printed is grossly exaggerated," say their representatives.
ABC orders additional scripts for "Super Fun Night" and "Back in the Game"
The script orders appear to be a vote of confidence in the two freshman comedies.
"SVU" and "Scandal" are both doing Anthony Weiner-inspired stories this week
Both dramas will do their own take on the disgraced ex-congressman.
"Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary special will be shown in 3D in UK theaters
The theater release will come at the same time as the BBC broadcast.
China is cracking down on reality shows
Channels will have to get approval from the Chinese government to air reality TV.
"Glee" releases images from its Lady Gaga/Katy Perry episode
The costumes are kind of amazing in "A Katy or a Gaga."
Will "Homeland's" twist addiction turn off viewers?
As James Poniewozik notes, "Surprise twists are like a cheap drug for thriller dramas. They're a rush, they give you a quick fix–but over time, you develop a tolerance. If you occasionally pull the rug out from under your audience, in a way that’s clever and serves the story, that can be effective. But pull the rug out too often, and the audience loses its investment, because you're not telling a story anymore, just playing a game." PLUS: Martin Donovan on his new role, and why twist haters are clueless.
"Looper" kid to play Halle Berry's son on her CBS drama
Pierce Gagnon has joined the cast of "Extent."
Why didn't cable pick up Sarah's Silverman's rejected NBC pilot?
"Susan 313" could've worked in the vein of Louis CK's "Louie" or Marc Maron's "Maron."
"The Walking Dead" cast "sings" "The Monster Mash"
Watch a "Dead" take on the 1962 classic song.
Does "American Horror Story" have too much death?
There's been so much death that it's almost become the norm. To which exec producer Brad Falchuk says: "If they are desensitized, then we're not doing our job well enough that you want to care about the people that are alive." PLUS: How to make an "AHS"-themed haunted house, and the first two "Coven" episodes are in the Top 3 in FX history.
FCC releases 38 anti-"Simpsons" complaints, including one outraged over a naked Homer Simpson
GovernmentAttic.org obtained the complaints, which includes letters from viewers angry over Bart Simpson groin-kicking and Marge kissing another woman.
Why doesn't TV feature more female friendships?
On shows like "New Girl" and "Scandal," female characters have nobody to gossip with.
"Pretty Little Liars" spinoff "Ravenswood" seems uninspired
Where "PLL" is audacious, its spinoff feels warmed-over.
PBS tells the story of the African-American experience, starting from 1500
The six-part documentary "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" kicks off tonight by delving into the history of the slave trade.
Watch the "Boy Meets World" cast, reunited
The TGIF stars came together for a "GMA" appearance.
On Esquire channel, alcohol is the badge of belonging
The metrosexual channel is trying to be hip with its focus on craft beer, champagne, vodka, moonshine and even absinthe.
"Sleepy Hollow" adds a "Girlfriend"
Jill Marie Jones is joining the cast as Orlando Jones' wife.
In defense of "Hostages"
The CBS drama has delivered gripping, edge-of-your-coach storylines.
Ellen sends 2 of her staffers into a haunted house
Watch their reactions to a "Walking Dead"-themed horror.
"Secret Life of the American Teenager" star joins Lifetime's "Unreal"
Francis Raisa joins Shiri Appleby in the behind-the-scenes dating show drama.
Syfy orders "Opposite Worlds" -- contestants will live in the future and the past
The Syfy competition will put 14 contestants in a house, and split them up into a two different worlds -- one in the future, and one in the past.
CeeLo Green's legal troubles hurt "The Voice"?
The charge that he dropped ecstasy in a woman's drink ruins the show's summer camp spirit. PLUS:
A couple of weeks ago -- I don't recall the context -- a reader asked me who I thought deserved consideration for an Honorary Oscar in the near future. Among the names I threw into the hat was Mike Leigh. The 70-year-old British writer-director may still be very much an active talent, but over the course of seven nominations (two for Best Director, five for Best Original Screenplay) in 16 years, Leigh hasn't really come close to cracking the winner's circle: his films may just be too intimately English, and his workshop-heavy creative process too unconventional, for the larger Academy ever to "get" him. And that's a shame.
Of Monsters and Men may be from Iceland, but they sound like they could be residents of The Capitol on this song snippet from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack.
“Silhouettes” captures the Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir’s unique vocals, use of percussion and non-traditional rock instruments like the melodica that helped make them one of last year’s breakout artists with such songs as “Little Talks” and “Mountain Sound.”
The band used the sense of isolation that comes from being on the road to relate to Katniss’s struggles, the group’s Ragna Porhallsson told MTV News. “We had been traveling for a long time and away from our family and doing something we had never done before, so that was kind of how we related to the story,” he said.
Of Monsters and Men based the song on the overall feel of the book the sequel is based upon. “I think that’s stronger than...writing a song about one scene,” Porhallsson said.
"The Simpsons" to promote soccer with World Cup-themed episode and special merchandise
Homer will be recruited as a FIFA World Cup referee in the March 2014 episode. "The Simpsons" will also team with several soccer clubs, including FC Barcelona.
Adam Scott: "Parks and Rec" is not going on hiatus
An article reporting that "Parks and Recreation" is going on hiatus is misleading, says Scott on Twitter. Despite NBC delaying three episodes, he tweets, we'll "still air the same amount of episodes before Xmas as last year, & weren't scheduled to air new eps in Dec anyway ... and Parks will be back with Community in a regular time slot at the beginning of Jan." Last fall, "Parks and Rec" aired nine episodes and is scheduled to air nine this fall.
Here's your 1st look at Damon Wayans Jr. back on "New Girl"
All the guys will fight for Coach's friendship.
CBS to air 2 colorized "I Love Lucy" episodes
The grape-stomping episode and a rarely seen Christmas episode will be shown during the holidays.
Diddy's all-music cable channel Revolt launches
But only Time Warner and Comcast customers will be able to watch.
Jessica Lange: I'll wind down my acting career with 1 more season of "American Horror Story"
"I am coming to the end of acting," says the 64-year-old actress.
Kevin Connolly turns director for ESPN's "Big Shot" documentary
Tonight's "30 for 30" doc tells the story of the guy who came out of nowhere to own the New York Islanders.
VH1's "CrazySexyCool" scores big numbers
About 4.5 million watched the TLC biopic.
Showtime has renewed both of its current Sunday dramas, "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex."
One of the things that seems to be coming into focus about the three sequels James Cameron is currently preparing to shoot for "Avatar" is that death does not seem to be a permanent condition on Pandora.
For at least a year now, Sigourney Weaver has been talking about how she plans to return for the films as well, hinting that once you are part of Pandora, you are not conventionally "dead," and there's plenty of groundwork for that in the first movie. One of the major ideas that Cameron emphasized in the first film is that all energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back. All of Pandora is one giant network, storing memories and energy, and all of the Na'vi who have ever lived before are stored in that network, accessible by their descendants.
Today, word broke that Stephen Lang will be returning for a major role in all three of the sequels. Deadline quotes Cameron saying, "I'm not going to say exactly how we're bringing him back, but it's a science-fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga."
There’s more Art than Pop on the title track to Lady Gaga’s “ArtPop.”
After releasing the catchy, if somewhat generic pop/R&B track, “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly earlier this week, she returns with this esoteric 90-second snippet of “ArtPop.” It has real possibilities as a dance track if some smart remixers get their hands on it, but it’s too quirky for much else.
As she sings, “We could, we could, we could belong together. ArtPop, ArtPop,” she seems determined to convince us on this project that Art and Pop aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m not sure who she’s trying to persuade...
“ArtPop” comes out Nov. 11. Are you excited to hear the full album?
Report: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey will each make up to $4M each time they host the Golden Globes
"Tina and Amy decided to ask for the craziest package ever given to awards hosts," a source tells RadarOnline, adding: "They are each being paid more than any Oscar host in history with the exception of Billy Crystal."
Janeane Garofalo joins Bravo's "The Girlfriends Guide to Divorce"
She'll play Lisa Edelstein's friend in the Marti Noxon dramedy about a woman hiding her separation from her husband.
Kevin Connolly on "Entourage" movie: "There's nobody holding out"
Connolly was confronted about the "Entourage" holdout on Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin was told by the real Ari the movie is happening, and Rex Lee joins an ABC Family pilot.
Watch Lisa Kudrow's "Scandal" debut
The former "Friends" star makes her debut this week as a Democratic congresswoman.
Pauly D reveals he has a love child
"I'm proud I'm a father," says the former "Jersey Shore" star after a paternity test confirmed he's the father.
Mitch Hurwitz wants Ricky Gervais on "Arrested Development," reveals alternate casting ideas
Hurwitz last night said some of the original names thrown around for "Arrested Development" more than a decade ago included Robert De Niro, Josh Radnor and Aida Turturro. PLUS: Hurwitz wants an "Arrested" movie and a Season 5.
"Mom" and "Hostages" ratings improve for the 1st time
The Anna Faris comedy saw a boost thanks to a Monday airing of "The Big Bang Theory."
Cemetery removes an Iraq war veteran's "SpongeBob" tombstone
The family of Kimberly Walker, 28, put up a 7-foot tombstone in the likeness of her favorite cartoon. But cemetery officials found the tombstone inappropriate.
How "Scandal" beat "Homeland" at its own game
As Alyssa Rosenberg points out, "'Scandal' is full of rogues, and clear about the damage they do to each other and the country, and makes us enjoy it anyway. 'Homeland,' by contrast, keeps subverting its institutional critiques to personal relationships."
Melissa McCarthy sticks up for Elle
"What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat," she says of her controversial cover.
"Lost's" Cynthia Watros lands on MTV
She'll star in the drama "Finding Carter."
Married Katherine McPhee caught kissing her "Smash" director
McPhee, who has been married since 2008, was captured kissing Michael Morris, who is married to Mary McCormack.
"The Blacklist" added a record-breaking 6.5 million viewers from DVR users
That breaks the 5.7 million-viewing record from "The Big Bang Theory" premiere.