"Sleepy Hollow," a re-imagining of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," will ring familiar to audiences who've gotten used to creative tweaking. This time around, Ichabod Crane is a hot guy (Tom Mison) instead of a geek, the Revolutionary War wasn't just about expats fighting the Brits for freedom, and there are witches and curses and Biblical horsemen of the Apocalypse in addition to the Headless Horseman. The debut episode also surprises with an unexpected murder, which co-executive producer Len Wiseman explained, "We wanted to keep you off balance a little bit. We wanted to make sure you were never sure which characters were gonna get it."
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It was a mixed-to-negative season for FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly.
Yes, he developed and launched "The Following," which was one of the year's biggest drama hits.
However, he also watched as "The X Factor" continued to struggle, "American Idol" became increasing mortal and both reality shows continued to hemorrhage judges. He was forced to continue to renew struggling comedies and pretend they were successes. And after giving a surprising two-season renewal to "Glee" last spring, Reilly and FOX now face the challenge of promoting a show coping with a very real tragedy.
Click through to follow Reilly's Thursday (August 1) morning executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour.
With a healthy but still humble $7,743,294 gross so far in the US, Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" isn't exactly an art house blockbuster, but it's one of the summer's strongest survivors. Ten weeks after it first went into limited release back in May, the critics' favorite isn't just hanging around in theaters -- it's expanding once more. Sony Pictures Classics is tripling the film's screen count this weekend to 226 theaters, a move that should see the season's artiest franchise entry comfortably through to the fall.
That's good news for the film commercially, of course -- it's already out-grossed "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," and its performance so far proves the validity of releasing well-chosen prestige films as summer counter-programming. (Particularly one that evokes summer as naturally as "Midnight" does.)
The latest I've heard on J.C. Chandor's one-man-show "All is Lost" starring Robert Redford is that we can expect to see the film at Telluride. That's a little bit surprising, given the Sundance connection, though in the same breath I have to wonder whether Redford could be up for a medallion tribute, or if the Sundance Institute itself could be recognized with a Special Medallion, like we've seen with the likes of Janus Films and Sight & Sound in the past. There's certainly little argument against the man or the organization deserving it. (More Telluride spitballing here.)
In any case, the film seems to have Redford all set up for an awards season run. How much work the 76-year-old actor would be willing to put into the grueling circuit is yet to be seen, but the built-in narrative of a 40 year gap since the legend's last nomination for acting sure will get a lot of mileage this year. "It is a classic Oscar bait movie," HitFix's Gregory Ellwood said in sizing up Oscar potential coming out of Cannes back in May. "This is the perfect opportunity to nominate him."
The 51st annual New York Film Festival already lined up a splashy opening night premiere in the form of Paul Greengrass' Tom Hanks-starrer "Captain Phillips." Today it's been announced that Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will be the festival's centerpiece gala.
Drake posted another new song to his OVO website overnight, and despite its title "All Me," he gets a big bump from its guests: Big Sean, 2 Chainz and a bit from Aziz Ansari.
The latter appears only in a sampled quote from the comedian's "Funny People," as rap-inspired Randy, the stand-up with a DJ. "These bitches gotta start paying me for this, can't get no more free Randy," is the line. It's something simultaneously so quotable and yet obviously satire.
There's an element to Drake (and, at times, his cohorts) that toys with the absurdity, of the Lifestyle, the brags, the bravado and, of course, the money. Drake's last album "Take Care" cast Good Drake and Bad Drake together, often in the same verse, and like an alter-ego gabbing all over his most vulnerable self. Or is it vice-versa?
On "All Me" -- which moves smoothly over church bells, clanks, a music box, video game bomb noises, the constant brrr of bass and a dark, dirging voice -- there's a continuation of Drake at his most divisive, and correspondingly, his most absurd. Big Sean and 2 Chainz follow suit. The result are some good, bad and funny lines, check them out below.
Fox announces Chloe's return for "24: Live Another Day"
"I'm going to start sharpening my computer skills now!" Mary Lynn Rajskub said in a statement.
Bryan Cranston hopes to direct his 1st movie now that "Breaking Bad" is over
"I hope to, in the latter part of next year, I hope to be directing a screenplay that I wrote," he says. "It's a murder mystery… It’s a very dark subject, very Breaking Bad in tone, with some sick humor connected to it." PLUS: Warren Buffett praises Walter White.
Simon Cowell is accused of adultery in friend's divorce papers
Lauren Silverman's husband has listed "The X Factor" judge as a co-respondent. PLUS: Socialite allegedly targeted Simon for a "paternity payday."
Why Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones were the best choices for "Parks and Rec' to write off
Chris Traeger never really found his place in Pawnee, says Alan Sepinwall, while Ann Perkins became redundant with Ben Wyatt's arrival. PLUS: Aubrey Plaza has a girl crush on Amy Poehler.
Sarah Michelle Gellar: I'd be up for a "Buffy" movie
"Joss and I always talk about (a movie)," Gellar tells E!. "But the thing with 'Buffy' is that 'Buffy' was a movie, and it ultimately didn't work as a film."
Syfy renews "Continuum"
The Rachel Nichols drama will be back for Season 3.
"Modern Seinfeld" Twitter account creator lands a job on a sitcom
Jack Moore's @seinfeldtoday has earned him a job on the writing staff of Fox's "Us & Them."
"Shark After Dark" books Tara Reid, Mark Cuban, Dominic Monaghan
They'll appear on the Shark Week late-night talk show.
Jimmy Kimmel lets Johnny Knoxville spoon his staff
"I'm a stage five spooner," says the "Jackass" star.
"America's Got Talent" has its audience rehearse how to clap
"We rehearsed clapping politely," Kevin Fallon writes of his experience at Wednesday's show. "Then we rehearsed clapping enthusiastically. We rehearsed giving a standing ovation. We rehearsed giving a gradual standing ovation—you stood up first if your birthday was between January and March, a few seconds later if April through August, and last if September through December. No one really got it right."
"Drop Dead Diva" books Trevor Donovan
The "90210" alum will play the worst "best man" ever.
Well, if it's good enough for New York, it's good enough for London. On Monday, Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller "Captain Phillips" was announced as the curtain-raiser for next month's New York Film Festival, where it'll have its world premiere. And nearly two weeks later, it'll have its European premiere as the Opening Film for the BFI London Film Festival, which runs from October 9 to 20.
Over the weekend, I found myself on the road again, and one of the movies I took with me was the latest offering from DC Animation, "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox." While I don't think every single one of the DC Animated films have been great, I admire the risks they've taken, and I am impressed by the way they seem willing to experiment with what audiences expect.
Directed by Jay Oliva, who has been very busy for the studio lately, "JL: TFP" is a Flash-centric film that tells a story set largely in an alternate reality. Based on a graphic novel by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, the script was adapted by Jim Krieg, and it's a surprisingly grim affair at times. At the start of the film, we get a glimpse of the Justice League in action when they step in to help Barry Allen, who is cornered by several of his deadliest enemies at once. It's just a glimpse, but enough to establish what Superman, Batman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Green Lantern all look like in this timeline. When The Flash wakes up the next day, the world has changed dramatically, and at first, Barry has every reason to celebrate. After all, his mother Nora is still alive in this timeline, so even though Barry is suddenly no longer The Flash, he doesn't mind at all.
A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I pay for your Ju Jitsu classes...
After giving you a video podcast earlier in the week (which you can still listen to in the car and at the gym by simply not looking at the video), the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back in its more traditional audio-only form. (For all I know, it's even in mono.) After a morning of Hulu panels, Dan and I adjourned to my hotel room here at press tour to discuss the latest doings at TCA, to review Larry David's HBO movie "Clear History" (which doesn't air for a week and a half, but next week's show will be busy) and to continue our summer pilot rewatch with "My So-Called Life," (The next pilot rewatch, for a date TBD: "The Wonder Years," fake music and all.) We're not sure when the next podcast will be, and whether we'll be doing both audio and video ones before I leave LA next week, but stay tuned to the blog, Twitter, etc. for the usual updates. The rundown:
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
Rashida Jones was one of the very first members of the "Parks and Recreation" cast. Rob Lowe was one of the last two regulars added to the cast at the end of the second season. And now both will be leaving together midway through the new season.