I am genuinely happy for Ken Jeong.
When I first saw him in "Knocked Up," I thought he was great, one of many scene-stealers in that movie. When I talked to Judd Apatow about him, he mentioned that Jeong was an actual doctor. At the time, I thought Judd meant that this was Ken's first time acting, that he was a doctor who they just met and thought was funny and then hired. Jeong was actually working in TV a full decade before that, though, while also having trained and worked as a doctor. He's a great example of a guy who kept his dream alive while also having this full-time professional life, and to see him find a niche where he's become a very in-demand comic character actor is just enjoyable. He deserves it.
After all, Ken Jeong will attack a role if you give him a chance. He doesn't phone it in. Say what you will about him as a performer, but that's a guy who will make gigantic choices and he'll throw himself into it, and there's no ego about things. Whatever's funny is funny. He doesn't care if he looks "cool." He cares about the laugh. He is merciless in his pursuit of it.
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I am genuinely happy for Ken Jeong.
UPDATED: I've been informed that a batch of set photos appeared online over a week ago, and this is from that set of images. Collider ran a piece, for example, and a lot of the gossip sites appear to have picked it up. I confess that I don't pay attention to unofficial images all the time, and I missed this. Gilliam is not the source of the image, but was merely passing it along. The "news" here, then, is his appearance in the film, giving us a chance to round up what we know about it so far. Some of what we've got to say about the film is not general knowledge so far.
As usual, if you're obsessive about seeing every detail of something, finding a specialized fan site is going to be the best from-the-tap stream of info you'll get.
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One of my favorite films from last year was "Cloud Atlas," and part of what I enjoyed about the film was seeing what happened when Andy and Lana Wachowski collided with Tom Tykwer. That's not a collaboration I would have ever demanded to see, but the results of it were very special, and I'm very glad it happened.
Today, Terry Gilliam posted a photo to his Facebook page showing two extras on the set of "Jupiter Ascending," the new science-fiction action film that the Wachowskis are filming, and he revealed that he'll be playing a bit part of some sort in the movie as well. While this isn't the same scale of collaboration as "Cloud Atlas," just knowing that Gilliam and the Wachowskis are in contact with one another makes me very happy.
Right now, "Jupiter Ascending" is an enigma for most people. The last two films by the Wachowskis have been large-scale experiments, and while I've enjoyed the films, I appreciate that they make very big movies that require very big budgets, and that doesn't happen forever if you can't make money for a studio. To some extent, it feels like "Jupiter Ascending" is a step back for them, a conscious decision to do something that is more like what people expect from them. Then again, I get the feeling after chatting with the Wachowskis last year that they are not terribly concerned about what people expect.
I want to take moment and note that the Lego Palace that is the venue for The-Dream's "IV Play" music video also features stairs that look straight outta the Comic Con convention center in San Diego.
The R&B singer throats the words every girl longs to hear: "I can give a f*ck about foreplay." So he can, doesn't mean he will. He then gently drapes his arm on the ass of a model as though it were a piece of furniture. Man knows his audience.
"IV Play" goes for longer than IV minutes, which may be longer than the IV minutes The-Dream can "straight sex" without IV Play.
"The Voice" is keeping all of its judges -- Shakira and Usher will return next spring
The fall's "Voice" season will reunite the original judges, while the spring edition will be made up of this spring's current lineup.
Lifetime's "Jodi Arias" movie will air next month
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Why was this the year viewers stopped caring about "American Idol"?
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"The Big Bang Theory's" quality has improved season by season
Season 6 has been its best season yet, says Ken Tucker, adding: "'The Big Bang Theory' is finishing up a season in which it remains both underrated and high-rated, a combo that currently looks like one new pop-culture model for long-term success." PLUS: Simon Helberg says we topped ourselves this year.
USA unveils drama pilot slate, including "Blanco County" from "Veronica Mars" creator
USA is also developing "Horizon" from the producer of "The Walking Dead."
Anderson Cooper will play a 75-year-old version of himself on "The Simpsons"
For his episode, the CNN star will travel to 2043.
Joshua Malina enjoys being hated by "Scandal" fans
After stints on "The West Wing" and "Sports Night," Malina is enjoying all the attention. PLUS: "Scandal" stars defend Malina's character, and Tony Goldwyn reads "Scandal" steamy fan fiction.
"Elementary" opted against ending the season on a cliffhanger
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Meet the linguist who created languages for "Game of Thrones" and "Defiance"
David Peterson is responsible for Valyrian and Dothraki on "Game of Thrones" and the "Defiance" alien languages Irathient and Castithan.
Obama gets the "Scandal" treatment
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Neil deGrasse Tyson to host "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" on Fox
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6 TV shows with puppets that failed miserably
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"The Vampire Diaries" graduates
In tonight's season finale, says exec producer Julie Plec, "we get the s--t hitting the fan behind the scenes, but we still get a great glimpse of that nostalgic milestone." PLUS: CW's Upfronts reunite Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder.
Why does CW have so many fantasy TV shows?
No network is betting on genre shows like the CW.
Tumblr blog celebrates "Jeopardy! Hotties"
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Jessica Capshaw talks about her "Grey's Anatomy" twist
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Katy Cipriano says last week's episode was "100% real."
Green Bay Packers fans are getting their own reality show on TBS
"Cheeseheads" will focus on the lives of Packers fans.
Happy 40th birthday, Tori Spelling!
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What will "Arrow" do in Season 2?
Three to four months will have gone by before next season.
Why "The Office" mattered: It adapted scripted TV to the reality TV era
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—What made "The Office" great is what ultimately killed it
—Jumping the shark: Key moments in "The Office's" decline
—Should "The Office" finale signal the end of the mockumentary sitcom?
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—The floppy evolution of Jim Halpert's hair // "Office" and "Mambo No. 5"
—"The Office" gets a "Six Feet Under"-style sendoff
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—Greg Daniels knew from the pilot that "The Office" would be special
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—Cast members reveal what they took home // Here's the real "Office" in Van Nuys
The soundtrack for “The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola’s film about Los Angeles privileged teens who rob celebrities’ homes, features tracks from Sleigh Bells, Azealia Banks, M.I.A, Kanye West, and, of course, Phoenix (Coppola’s married to Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars.
In Contention’s Guy Lodge saw the movie at Cannes and called it a “brisk, funny, unexpectedly substantial study of a tabloid diversion.” Read his full review here.
Daniel Lopatin, from Oneohtrix Point Never, scored the film. His composition, "Bling Ring Suite," written with the film's music supervisor, Brian Reitzell, appears on the soundtrack as well.
Def Jam will release the soundtrack June 11, while the movie opens in theaters June 14.
The Bling Ring Original Soundtrack Tracklist:?
01. Sleigh Bells – ” Crown On The Ground”?
02. Rick Ross [ft. Lil Wayne] – “9 Piece”?
03. Rye Rye [ft. M.I.A.] – “Sunshine”
04. Azealia Banks - ”212″
05. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Ouroboros”
06. 2 Chainz – “Money Machine”
07. M.I.A. - ”Bad Girls”
08. Kanye West - ”All of the Lights”
09. Ester Dean [ft. Chris Brown] – “Drop It Low”?
10. Reema Major - ”Gucci Bag”?
11. Can – “Halleluwah”?
12. Kanye West - ”Power”?
13. Klaus Schulze - ”Freeze”?
14. deadmau5 - ”FML”?
15. Brian Reitzell and Daniel Lopatin - ”Bling Ring Suite”?
16. Phoenix - ”Bankrupt!”?
17. Frank Ocean [ft. Earl Sweatshirt] - ”Super Rich Kids”
The Weinstein Company has announced today that production on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny" will begin in March of 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct after serving as a choreographer on the original film, which was directed by Ang Lee and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning four.
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HBO picks up Mike Judge's Silicon Valley comedy to series
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"Friday Night Lights" movie based on the TV series may turn to Kickstarter
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Kanye West is refusing to do any "SNL" skits this weekend
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"All My Children" and "One Life to Live" cut back to 2 episodes a week
The online editions started out at four episodes a week.
Jason Bateman and Will Arnett join in the "Arrested" banana stand fun
Watch them throw bananas in Times Square.