I'm really, really hoping that Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" makes it to Telluride next month (that's right, next month). "Shame" made the journey from Venice to Colorado two years ago so it's possible, if Fox Searchlight/McQueen want to bow there, they could make it back in time. It is, for me, one of my most anticipated films of the year, as I'm sure it is for a great many of you who have been impressed by McQueen's work on "Hunger" and "Shame" in recent years.
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“Great art is birthed from great tension. That’s very much where we are,” says The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams in this behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the duo’s self-titled album, coming out Aug. 6.
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It's our last traditional Firewall & Iceberg Podcast — as in, recorded via Skype while we're 3000 miles away from each other — for a while. I'll be going to Comic-Con later this week, and the next podcast should be recorded in Dan's car on the way to the airport on Sunday night (Dan will then post it sometime Monday while I'm sleeping off a red-eye). Then I'll be back in California for press tour, and we'll be recording a few podcasts at irregular times in my hotel room.
This wound up being a hodge-podge of stuff, from the tragedy of Cory Monteith's death to the silliness of "Sharknado," plus discussion of FOX's new late-night animated comedies previews of the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con, and our look back at the pilot of "The X-Files." (Our next pilot, to be discussed at a podcast at some indeterminate point in the future: "My So-Called Life," which is actually on Hulu and not Netflix streaming at the moment.)
Mira Sorvino joins "Psych"
The Oscar winner will play a detective as part of a multi-episode arc.
Report: Alcohol and substances found in Cory Monteith's hotel room
E! reports there were "numerous amounts of alcohol" as well as unidentified substances in the "Glee" star's hotel room.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie signs on for a "Michael J. Fox Show" cameo
He'll play himself on an episode this fall.
Simon Cowell was left to judge "The X Factor" by himself over the weekend
Demi Lovato was sick, Kelly Rowland had to leave unexpectedly and Paulina had another prior commitment. "This is the show I've always wanted to have," Cowell said. "Now I will be the only person making decisions. God is good!"
"HIMYM" books Sherri Shepherd
"The View" star will sit next to Marshall on a cross-country flight.
One of the things that filmmakers would do well to take away from this year as an important lesson is that we have reached the point of apocalyptic overload as a collective audience.
It makes sense. One of the things that special effects crews have gotten very good at is destroying cities. At this point, it's such a familiar image that it almost doesn't register in terms of how horrifying it would be if it were real. Last night, my oldest son was in my office and a preview for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" came on before whatever movie I had put in the player. He hasn't seen the film, but he stopped to look at the trailer, and the big "money shot," if you will, is the total and immediate destruction of London. Looking at it out of context like that, as a thrown-away bit of mayhem designed to get you to buy a ticket, it struck me as really distasteful.
One of the biggest sticking points regarding "Man Of Steel" for many of you appears to be the way the chaos and destruction of the final battle with Zod escalates and the sheer scale of the destruction. As violent as that fight is, what I found upsetting in the film was the effect of the World Engine, the terraforming device that consists of two machines, one on either side of the planet. The destruction caused by that device is truly horrible to witness, and I don't think Zack Snyder downplayed that at all. You see cars and buildings and people sucked up into the gravity field and then slammed back to Earth with such brutality that you know nothing could survive it.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s Legends of the Summer tour kicks off in North American on Wednesday in Toronto. The two superstars gave fans a little taste of what to expect as they played two dates during Yahoo’s Wireless Festival in the U.K. over the weekend. For Timberlake’s July 12 solo set, Jay-Z joined him for “Suit & Tie,” then on Saturday night, Timberlake returned the favor by coming out for “Holy Grail.”
We knew it all had to come to blows sooner or later, didn't we? In this nightmare episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," the two Joes finally got into it, with Joe Gorga scrabbling across the floor like a feral monkey and Joe Giudice snarling like, well, Joe Giudice. Punches were thrown, Melissa somehow sandwiched herself in the middle of the ruckus -- and Teresa, the one who started it all, tottered away from the fight like a little kid who's been caught stealing cookies. I guess she was toddling off to ask someone to call 911, but really, that might be assuming too much of Teresa.
According to an Academy press release, 10 first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and one previous governor is returning to the board. This year's election increases the Academy's governing body from 43 to 48.
Cory Monteith's autopsy put on the fast track
The toxicology report has been expedited due to intense public interest a Vancouver police source tells E! Results should be expected in two to three days. PLUS: Details of Monteith's final night surface, "Glee" convention in England turns into a memorial, and Monteith's death alters "Glee's" landscape permanently and irrevocably.
"Scandal" will be syndicated on BET this fall
Starting this fall, Seasons 1, 2 and 3 will air on BET, with Season 3 episodes airing after they debut on ABC.
ABC Family cancels "The Lying Game"
Actress Alexandra Chando revealed the cancelation on Instagram.
"Veronica Mars" coming out with a book series
Rob Thomas has signed a two-book deal to release a mystery series about an adult Veronica. It'll come out in 2014.
PBS creates trailers for fake reality shows
Watch trailers for "Tanning Family," "Long Island Landscapers" and "Clam Kings."
Kris Jenner promoting her talk show by holding a baby
Not daughter Kim Kardashian's baby.
"The Wire's" David Simon tackled the George Zimmerman verdict on his blog, arguing with commenters
Simon has responded to most commenters in the Trayvon Martin case.
VH1 renews "Hit the Floor"
The series starring Dean Cain and Kimberly Elise will return for a 2nd season.
"Downton Abbey" adds a live-in governess for Tom Branson
Actress Daisy Lewis has joined next season's cast.
Some of "The Newsroom's" 13 paid media consultants helped promote the new season
Among Aaron Sorkin's consultants are Chris Matthews, S.E. Cupp and Jeff Greenfield.
"Breaking Bad" teases Walter White
Watch a 10-second promo for the final episodes.
Lifetime teams Alicia Silverstone with "Sex and the City" creator
She'll play a former human resources director in the Darren Star-directed "HR."
BET to air a special on "Fruitvale Station"
A half-hour special tonight will go behind the scenes of the movie, telling "The Story of Oscar Grant."
Travel Channel renews "Bizarre Foods America" plus 3 more, developing "Celebrity Layover"
The cable network also greenlighted motorcycle reality show "Sturgis: 24/7" while renewing "Bizarre Food America," "The Dead Files," "Toy Hunter" and "Trip Flip."
Jennifer Love Hewitt unveils her baby bump
She says of her baby: ""I'm really excited to see what he or she is going to look like!"
So, the rumors were true after all. Barbara Walters announced this morning that, after 17 appearances on ABC’s “The View” and eight as a guest co-host, Jenny McCarthy will join the talk show as a co-host this fall. The comedian/actress/host and best-selling author officially starts on Monday, September 9 to help kick-off to Season 17.