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?
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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!
O.J. Simpson to "Anger Management"?
If O.J. gets out of prison early, there's a chance he may join Charlie Sheen on his FX comedy. The NY Post reports that O.J.'s promoter pitched the idea to FX "and was met with a resounding thumbs-up." The promoter believes O.J. will bring in big ratings.
Bryan Cranston went to Comic-Con disguised as Walter White, and made out with him
Cranston wore a Walter White mask to "Breaking Bad's" panel. PLUS: Chris Hardwick will host "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Talking Bad," Saul Goodman covers The New Republic (watch the video), and watch the "Breaking Bad" countdown mashup.
"American Dad" books Mariah Carey, Zooey Deschanel, Alison Brie
They'll lend their voices to the final Fox season.
Dan Harmon calls Donald Glover's "Community" limited involvement "heart-wrenching"
But, says Harmon, Glover "has my full support." PLUS: Harmon tells Comic-Con: "I'm going to do everything I can to get us the sixth season."
Statistician Nate Silver may join ABC's Oscar coverage
The New York Times statistics guru, who has been snatched up by ESPN, will reportedly also get an on-air role to talk about statistics and the Academy Awards.
"Doctor Who's" 50th special will feature banter between Matt Smith and David Tennant
A trailer showing them comparing sonic screwdrivers was shown at Comic-Con. PLUS: Matt Smith walked the floor in a Bart Simpson mask.
TV critic: Kris Jenner tried to bribe me after I gave her a scathing review
Hours after her negative review was published, the NY Post's Linda Stasi received a dozen Magnolia cupcakes and a $325 sterling silver Tiffany pen.
Stephen Collins joins "Revolution"
The "7th Heaven" alum will play Rachel's dad.
Nigella Lawson considers telling all to Oprah
The TV chef is weighing an offer to talk about her troubled marriage.
"True Blood" previews the rest of the season
Watch the HBO drama's Comic-Con trailer.
"Downton Abbey" doctor's wife dies in train accident
David Robb's wife, Briony McRoberts, was hit by a tube train yesterday.
Watch the trailer for Michael Bay's "The Last Ship"
The TNT pandemic drama debuts next summer.
This is an odd one. In terms of pure ratings, CBS' "Under the Dome" is certainly one of the most watched TV shows to hit Comic-Con this year. And yet here it is, squished into a mid-sized ballroom on the last afternoon of Comic-Con when everybody is either scurrying around on the floor looking for bargains or else celebrating the return of Dan Harmon to "Community" over in Hall H.
Let's see if there's any enthusiasm at all from the Comic-Con faithful for CBS' summer smash.
It's taken the Comic-Con organizers a while to catch on to just how beloved "Community" is by the Con crowd, but the series finally gets a promotion to the big stage in Hall H, and for a panel that should be very interesting due to the return of creator Dan Harmon, who'll be appearing alongside returning producer Chris McKenna and stars Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. (Joel McHale is busy filming a movie, Donald Glover is reportedly cutting back his involvement with the show, and Chevy Chase is... gone.) The crowd was enthusiastic enough last year in Ballroom 20 with replacement producers Moses Port and David Guarascio, but they adore Harmon. And Harmon has been blunt to a fault at times about his opinion of the one Port/Guarascio season. Will he be able to contain that impulse today, or will the sight of 6000 screaming fans bring out his exhibitionist impulses? Will he say what the plan is for dealing with the events of the Harmon-less season? How much, if anything, will they say about Glover's status? And what will the energy of the panel be like without McHale as the usual ringleader?
Sunday tends to be the lightest day of Comic-Con. The movie studios go home, and so do many fans who bought 3-day passes and fly out in the morning. But a "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley (star of "An Adventure in Space and Time," an upcoming film about the origins of the franchise) made today's line for Hall H one of the longest and craziest of the Con. It should be a packed, delirious house for the Doctor, Clara and company. It's Matt Smith's farewell Con as the Doctor, as he'll be leaving after the Christmas special. The question is whether Moffat will announce his replacement in front of these 6000 American fans, or if he'll wait til he can announce it via a UK outlet.
As long as the wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
Time for the final day of Comic-Con, and the final Comic-Con appearance of "Breaking Bad." The AMC drama was a big hit last year in Ballroom 20, despite not being an overtly Con-friendly series, and the farewell panel has been updated to the convention center's enormous Hall H. On hand will be stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk, plus creator Vince Gilligan. Assuming the ballroom wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
SAN DIEGO - I was here for the first-time presentations that Marvel made for both "Thor" and "Captain America," and I thought they were both very confident panels that did a good job of conveying (A) the casting and (B) the general tone of each of the movies. They were good. Solid. Did the trick.
Today's presentation for "Guardians Of The Galaxy" was easily better than both of those combined. I am going out on a limb here, but I think this looks like one of the most genuinely fun things Marvel has ever made. I find something about the entire notion of Marvel just suddenly doing space fantasy ballsy and weird in the first place, but this particular property, done this particular way, by this particular filmmaker? That's just insane. It's an insane proposition on paper. I have no doubt there are execs at other studios just waiting to see this one stumble, and I also have no doubt those same people are going to be dumbfounded when they see what it actually is.
1. Jay-Z: He lands his 13th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. We get the feeling he doesn’t have an unlucky number.
.2 Clear Channel: In three years, it has turned IHeartRadio from a vanity project to a viable, tremendously successful two-day festival. Let’s face it, if you were an artist dependent on radio play, would you tell them no?
3. Marc Anthony: After idiots on Twitter criticized someone “foreign born” being selected to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star game, he quietly and elegantly reminded people that he was born in New York. Wake up, people. It’s not 1950.
4. Rush: The power trio gets their own Canadian stamp. Isn’t it a shame audio doesn’t come with it?
5. Thom Yorke: He and Nigel Godrich take on Spotify by removing Atoms For Peace’s music and griping that the service doesn’t help new artists. Yeah, that’ll hurt them.
6. Bruce Springsteen: While touring in Europe, he dedicated “41 Shots” to Trayvon Martin because, sadly, misplaced brutality never goes out of style.
7. Stevie Wonder: The singer takes a stand on Stand Your Ground, declaring that he will not play any states who have passed the law. Does he know that immediately takes 22 states off his tour route?
8. Nine Inch Nails: The Trent Reznor-led band releases four different covers for different configurations for “Hesitation Marks.” Will die-hard fans feel compelled to collect the full set?
9. Anna Kendrick: As “Cups” continues to gain radio play, she becomes only the second person to have landed a Top 10 single, and nominations for both an Academy Award and a Tony. The other? Barbra Streisand. #notanegot
10. Kanye West: The rapper takes his frustrations out on a paparazzo at LAX, allegedly resulting in the photographer being hurt and planning to press charges. Hey, you’re a daddy now, ‘Ye. Chill.
SAN DIEGO - At this point, Saturday has become the big day for fan-gasms in Hall H, the day the studios all compete to see who can make the biggest noise, and for the last several years, Marvel has walked away victorious.
This year, their panel started with moderator Chris Hardwick taking the stage for the second time that day, still dressed as Booker DeWitt, and he immediately brought out Kevin Feige, all-around head poobah of Marvel Studios.
Kevin walked out, sat down, and as he was in the middle of his introductory banter with Chris, said one word about "Thor: The Dark World," only to be cut off mid-sentence as the entire Hall H plunged into darkness.
"Humanity," a suspiciously familiar voice said over the Hall H speakers. "Look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the sweltering heat for hours. Huddled together in the darkness. I am Loki of Asgard… and I am burdened with glorious purpose."
The first episode of "The Tomorrow People" (debuts Oct. 9 at 9:00 p.m.) is a re-imagining of the 1973 series, though it could also be argued that it's really more of a re-imagining of a host of other CW series. There are hot guys, hot girls, really cool super powers, moody lighting and lots of angst. Sound familiar?
SAN DIEGO - "The To-Do List" linked up with HitFix for a party at Comic-Con this year, but before we could put our party pants on, the film's stars Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat and I needed to hack our way through the 1990s.
The flick centers on Plaza's enterprising high-schooler Brandy Klark, whose sexual experiences become goals on a to-do list in much the same way she'd study for a test. Shawkat plays one of her best friends Fiona, and they are featured in all manner of 1993: from Caboodles to Gin Blossoms and -- God help us -- overalls (on men and women).
I know for this writer it brought back some pretty keen memories of the age and the era.
"I remember going like, 'Oh shit we're playing teenagers.' After we shot the first day I was like, I really need to check in with playing an actual teenager and not just a precocious know-it-all," Shawkat said in our interview. "So i kinda hung out with teens... got stoned with them. Y'know just for research..."
The two actresses dropped a couple of names and music notes from the '90s like New Kids on the Block and Devon Sawa and "90210." But "The To-Do List" was actually originally titled "The Handjob," so the actresses felt there was some other prep work and research to do.
"We all gave each other handjobs, to get into the characters," Plaza said.
"We introduced ourselves while two hand simultaneously..." said Shawkat.
"The director forced us to it."
We talked about the occurrence of the female orgasm on film especially since titles like "American Pie" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" had their own first-timers theme (but with men). Plaza described what it was like to act out her O-face in front of the "To-Do" crew.
"Breathing is a private thing. You don't want a bunch of grown crew members watching you breath heavily," Plaza explained.
"And they were not shy about their boners. They were popping up all over the place."
"'I can't even get to my mark there's so many boners.'"
Boop! Check out the rest of our discussion of Kriss Kross, oral sex with Donald Glover, getting drunk at breakfast and all other manner of plain-speaking the word "penis."
"The To-Do List" heads to theaters on July 26.