The start of production on "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass" isn't the only Tim Burton news happening. Additionally, newly released are the first two images (below) from the Burton-directed "Big Eyes."
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Is 18 about to replace 13 as Taylor Swift’s favorite number? Today, Swift posted a video on Instagram with the words, “So, here’s your first clue…”
The video shows a finger, perhaps Swift’s, pushing the number 18 in an elevator, patiently at first and then more adamantly.
Swift has been working on a new album for the last year so it’s likely a reference to her newest set. She has been remarkably reliable in terms of dropping new albums every two years in the fourth quarter. Her self-titled debut came out in October 2006, “Fearless” in November 2008; “Speak Now” in October 2010, and “Red” in October 2012.
Chances are we'll hear new music live by Swift when she performs at MTV's Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. E News! reports that her performance will be "explosive," and that she is appearing alone, not as part of a collaboration.
And for sure she'll be singing new material when she appears at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which takes place in Las Vegas Sept. 19-20. iHeartRadio DJ Kristin Cruz promised as much when she posted a photo with Swift and tweeted a few weeks ago that the singer would debut "new songs" at the event.
After Sia’s “Chandelier,” Ed Sheeran’s new video for “Don’t,” may deliver the best dancing in a video this year.
Life is a whirlwind for the stars of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."
When they aren't journeying to Los Angeles to accept awards for the prison dramedy's first season which premiered in July 2013, they're still doing publicity for the second season which premiered in June 2014 and then, of course, there's the third "Orange Is The New Black" season, now in production.
That meant there was a lot of ground to cover when I talked to Uzo Aduba last week, starting with thanking her for dropping by the TCA Awards ceremony in July (she joked on Twitter that she, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew and Danielle Brooks were furloughed).
We talked about the Emmy process, which sees her going up against Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, including the selection of "Lesbian Request Denied" as her submission episode.
And we discussed Aduba's journey in the second "Orange" season, including her attempts to balance the line between Suzanne and Crazy Eyes.
The Emmy voting deadline is Wednesday, August 6, if such things matter to you. The Creative Arts Awards, the show which includes the Guest Actor categories, will be held on August 16. The second season of "Orange Is The New Black" is available in its entirety on Netflix. And Season 3 will premiere next spring/summer at some point.
Check out the full interview...
Report: Vince Vaughn in talks for “True Detective” Season 2
According to TV Line, Vaughn is in “preliminary” negotiations to play one of three leads in the 2nd season of the HBO series. Previous reports from last month had Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch in negotiations for “True Detective."
Natalie Zea to star in ABC’s “Members Only”
The “Justified” and “Dirty Sexy Money” alum is set to return to ABC in an upstairs/downstairs Connecticut country club drama from RJ Cutler.
“Warehouse 13’s” Eddie McClintock joins “Backstrom”
He’ll play a police lieutenant who grew up with Rainn Wilson’s Det. Backstrom character, and stole from him.
The three-day event ran over Aug. 1-3 in Grant Park, with a few hours spent in the "rain" portion of the "rain or shine" policy.
Still, Nas, Grouplove, Cage The Elephant, Bleacher, Jhene Aiko, Lykke Li, John Butler Trio, White Denim, The Bombay Motorcycle Club, Glen Hansard, Jungle, The Head and the Heart and The Avett Brothers were caught doing their thing on camera.
Check out photos from the intrepid shooters at Associated Press below. Which are your favorite pics?
“Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville to visit “Galavant”
He’s set to guest-star as Peter the Pillager.
Cedric the Entertainer’s “The Soul Man” renewed
The TV Land spinoff from “Hot in Cleveland” will return next year for a 12-episode 4th season.
Reminder: “Conan” tonight hosts the “Orange is the New Black” cast
Tonight's guests include Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Biggs, marking the 4th time Conan has hosted a TV show cast.
David Spade to make fake IDs for “The Goldbergs”
He’ll guest as a photo store employee.
Comedy Central announces premiere dates for “South Park,” “Key & Peele,” “Tosh.0," "Adam Devine's House Party"
“South Park’s” 18th season kicks off Sept. 24 followed by “Key & Peele," “Tosh” returns Aug. 26 and "Adam Devine’s House Party” returns Sept. 9.
“Sharknado 2” to hit theaters for 1 night only
Following the success of the original “Sharknado” in theaters last year, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” will be screened on Aug. 21.
Spike TV and NFL vet Ray Lewis team for “Coaching Bad”
The hourlong reality show will feature nine coaches from different sports receiving instruction from the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and an anger management specialist.
“Idol” finalist from last season: "I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever”
It took months for Dexter Roberts to learn about the ailment that forced him off of this year’s tour.
Fast National ratings for August 3, 2014.
The NFL Hall of Fame Game, the pro football preseason opener, helped NBC dominated Sunday night among young viewers and also hold off "Big Brother" and CBS for an overall win.
The Giants-Bills tilt took a small bite out of CBS's numbers (impacted very slightly by golf overrun), but mostly left things steady.
All numbers are subject to change, but this year's Hall of Fame Game appears to be down a comfortable margin from last year's preseason opener, which featured the Cowboys.
On to the numbers...
The TV presence at Comic-Con has expanded to the point where shows that only vaguely fit the Con's mission (say, "Sons of Anarchy") have become popular fixtures. Hulu's "The Awesomes," which returned for a second season today (you can see the first two new episodes here, along with all 10 episodes from season 1), though, fits several overlapping core Comic-Con constituencies. It's a show about a team of super-heroes — albeit misfit super heroes whose great powers are undercut by stupidity, or deep-seated mommy issues, or various physical and emotional ailments that make the team's most powerful member, Seth Meyers' Prock (who can stop time) a guy who rarely does anything useful with his gifts — made by people (including Meyers, his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker, and writer Dan Mintz, whom you might recognize as the voice of Tina Belcher on "Bob's Burgers") with clear love and knowledge of many eras of comic book-dom. (One of the supers is Gadget Girl, a de-aged '40s heroine played by Paula Pell, who'd fitjust fine into old Justice Society stories with only the smallest of tweaks.) And the cast includes a bunch of "SNL" and "SNL"-adjacent actors, including Meyers, Taran Killam (as the dim-witted speedster Frantic), Keenan Thompson (as the fashion-conscious, mother-obsessed Impresario) and, this season, Amy Poehler (as a barracuda of a lawyer who may be a love interest for Prock) and Will Forte (as the accountant son of season 1's chief villain). And while it mainly exists as a comedy, it's not really a satire; The Awesomes have actual adventures (even if they bungle their way into solutions), there are big character and story arcs to each season, etc.
At Comic-Con, I had a few minutes to speak with Meyers, Shoemaker, Killam, Mintz and Meyers' brother Josh (who plays the insufferable, aptly-named hero Perfectman) about the show, about which members of the cast and crew are actually into comics — and what it's like for the very nerdy Killam to be married to SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (aka Cobie Smulders) — and more.
Report: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will each be paid $90M in new "Big Bang Theory" deals
The trio have agreed to return for Seasons 8 through 10 for $1 million per episode, with the door open for a Season 11, according to Deadline. The new deals will not only triple their $350,000 per episode salary, but will also give them a bigger piece of the backend. Still, negotiations aren’t completed. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still working on their deals to return.
Nickelodeon is making a “School of Rock” TV series
Director Richard Linklater will be on board to produce the TV remake of the 2003 Jack Black film, which has secured a 13-episode straight-to-series pickup.
Meredith Baxter joins “The Young and the Restless”
CBS says the "Family Ties" alum will play Maureen, a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had."
How did “Idol” alum Michael Johns die of a blood clot?
A doctor explains what may have happened to the Season 8 finalist.
“The Wire’s” Anwan Glover, AKA Slim Charles, stabbed and beaten at a Washington D.C. nightclub
"I am recovering and will be back soon,” Glover wrote in an Instagram post Sunday night. “My flesh may be stabbed, but my spirit is unbreakable."
Has Brian Williams been damaged by Jimmy Fallon?
As he’s become a viral “Tonight Show” sensation, the NBC Nightly Newsman’s ratings have tumbled in the key demo.
Mischa Barton facing foreclosure on the home she bought while on “The O.C.”
The 1.2-acre home that she purchased for $4.2 million in 2005 has been on sale for more than $8.5 million.
Discovery orders “America’s Smartest” reality show
In each episode, five contestants will be challenged to come up with solutions to everyday problems.
Michael Strahan acknowledged "TV wife" Kelly Ripa in his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech
Watch the “Live” hosts late-night speech. Strahan was one of seven to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. PLUS: Strahan was said to be blindsided that his breakup became public on the eve of his Hall of Fame ceremony, and how Strahan’s gapped teeth were made part of his Hall of Fame bust.
Anna Paquin explains to Larry King that she’s still bisexual, despite being married to Stephen Moyer
“Well, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing,” Paquin explained to King. “Are you still straight if you are with somebody?… If you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.”
Conan O’Brien will perform “The Monorail Song” when “The Simpsons” hit the Hollywood Bowl
Conan will join cast members for their three-day live performance next month.
See “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington with short hair
His new film “Testament of Youth” shows “Jon Snow” with an early 20th century look.
Kirstie Alley tweets a strange message amid feud with ex-“Dancing” partner Maksim
"Dear Sir..after you have ass raped me there is really no reason to include 'I wish you the best'.. It's rhetorical,” she wrote.
“Halt and Catch Fire” ends its flawed 1st season telling a very big truth about tech
"Dramatically, the episode was a mess,” Farhad Manjoo says of the season finale. "And yet as I look back on the finale and on the whole season, it’s clear that despite its many flaws, 'Halt and Catch Fire' managed to hit on a profound idea about the tech industry, one that is often glossed over in most analyses of the business.” PLUS: Don’t expect AMC to pick up a 2nd season, why "Halt" mattered, and “Halt” seemed like a kind a fantasy about capitalism.