One of the last films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival -- and consequently one I never got around to reviewing -- was "Jodorowsky's Dune." A straightforwardly constructed but vastly entertaining movie-lore documentary about cult Chilean-born auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky's elaborately failed quest to bring Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel "Dune" to the screen, it was one of the most audience-friendly breakouts of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, and has now been picked up for US distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.
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Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?
In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.
"Doctor Who" boss: Search for 12th Doctor is "terrifying"
Steven Moffat wouldn't comment on the "direction we're going. Sorry!" But he does feel the decision is "absolutely chilling. There's a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over." PLUS: Matt Smith almost signed on for 2 more seasons.
"Sons of Anarchy" releases its first Season 6 promo
They're coming out swinging! PLUS: Charlie Hunnam has a burglar problem.
"Camp" does okay
The NBC summer camp series kept about half of "America's Got Talent's" audience, premiering to 5.2 million.
Howard Stern's "poop doctor" auditions for "America's Got Talent"
The shock jock had to recuse himself when the doctor who had his hand up his ass auditioned for last night's show.
"The Walking Dead" releases pic of masked Daryl Dixon
What is going on here?
"Parenthood" bringing back Matt Lauria
He's expected to appear in about half of the Season 5 episodes.
Anna Camp: I auditioned to play Sookie Stackhouse
She says of her first "True Blood" audition: "We passed each other in the hallway, and I was like, 'Oh, Anna Paquin. She's totally going to get this.'"
Comedy Central trying the Louis CK model with $5 standup special downloads
The new offer applies 22 original specials.
Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' list of highest-earning comedians, Louis CK No. 5
Seinfeld makes $32 million a year, compared to $16 million for Louis CK and $11 million for Daniel Tosh.
Nickelodeon doubles "Sam & Cat's" order
The "iCarly"/"Victorious" spinoff will now have 40 episodes.
I never finished my attempt at an advance review of NBC's "Camp," in part because I ran out of synonyms for "pleasant" after a while. I didn't mind the three episodes that I watched, and even laughed in a spot or two, but nor did any of it stick with me for more than a few seconds after I finished. Though I liked Rachel Griffiths and many of her fellow Aussies-as-Americans, the show seems to be neither fish nor fowl: too much adult nookie to necessarily be a youth-appeal series, and too much sex talk overall for it to be an option for the family to watch together. 10 p.m. seems the right hour for it; I'm just not sure what the target audience is, and I don't think the show does a great job of explaining how family camp here works, as opposed to it just being an excuse to have grown-ups and kids together every now and then.
For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? Did you find the Australian-ness of it all distracting, or did you not notice? And are you going to watch again?
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
Airs:Fridays at 9:30
The Pitch:"Stripes" by way of Carl Hiaasen
Quick Response: Kevin Biegel's semi-autobiographical military comedy about three brothers in a Rear Detachment Unit in Florida doesn't deliver many laughs, but it does yield a ton of charm and when it comes to a comedy pilot, I often don't ask for much more than that. All I want is a reassurance that spending a 22 minutes per week in this world will be pleasant and jovial and, in this case, I'm reasonably convinced. The core trio is quite strong. Geoff Stults continues to prove that he's always been a sitcom star trapped in a soap opera leading man's body, which probably isn't working out so poorly for him. Chris Lowell delivers always-welcome sarcasm, even if I may need a bit more convincing he's right for the Bill Murray or Chevy Chase role in this '80s-flavored (but not set) pilot. The breakout, though, is almost certainly Parker Young, who doesn't just prove that Ryan Shay was a repeatable phenomenon, but he continues to show that his lunkheaded good nature relies heavily enough on the "good nature" that the less-than-optimal IQ side never feels like caricature. I think Lowell might be a slight outlier in the trio's chemistry, but that could just be because his character is the skeptic of the group. Or maybe you just can't craft flawless chemistry in a pilot and I should just be satisfied that it's already this solid. Keith David is the other key piece of the main cast and Keith David is rarely short of awesome. While the supporting ensemble is definitely a work-in-progress, several of them got chuckles from me in the pilot, so maybe I'll have learned their names by midseason. It's hard to get a feel for the show's weekly approach to plot based on the pilot, which is initially premise-driven -- Stults' super-soldier gets in trouble in Afghanistan and returns home -- but has to add a barely considered shaggy-dog subplot involving War Games against random Italians to get to the finish line. It's intentionally a goof so that you can concentrate on the fraternal bonding and also affirm the VERY clear respect for our military that Biegel wants to maintain. With tens of thousands of US soldiers deployed in conflict zones around the world, you can tell this show doesn't want anybody to think there's minimizing or mockery afoot and it does that without ever feeling jingoistic. Like so many of this season's better new comedies, the pieces are already here to be likable and fun. With any luck, that'll evolve into being funny as it develops.
Desire To Watch Again: I'll be happy to watch this one again, but I wonder where we'll be watching it. "Enlisted" doesn't premiere until November and by that time, if there's any justice, "Dads" will have already flamed out. FOX knows "Raising Hope" can do OK numbers in that Tuesday 8 p.m. slot, but that could leave "Enlisted" without a comedy companion. "Surviving Jack" would make a reasonably good pair, but would FOX want to do a double-dose of new comedies on Friday? That would be odd. So we'll all just wait for "Dads" to fail to see what happens!
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that this year's Oscar-nominated original scores and songs will be featured in a live concert on Thursday, February 27, three days before the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony.
Lately Bravo seems to have decided that the crappy, amateurish stuff we used to expect from public access programming has been overlooked too long. Who doesn't love talking heads nattering about nothing? Gosh, where have all the badly lit sets gone? The public wants an 80 year old woman dancing to Paul Anka songs in a bikini, dammit! Okay, Bravo hasn't snapped up that last one, but it's only a matter of time.
I'm torn between feeling respect for the Moving Company on the one hand and wanting to throw rocks at their heads on the other. That they've so easily taken control of the house, and no one except Candice (and her super duper snooper skills) has sussed it out is impressive, but ultimately depressing. Any time an alliance becomes this powerful this early, it makes for a boring show as we wait for the inevitable to come to pass. Unless the show producers interfere (which they shouldn't), I fear this season will just lope predictably to its finish, when the five guys stand together, snickering over their excellent game play.
What made Elisabeth Hasselbeck great on "The View" could hurt her on "Fox & Friends"
Hasselbeck was a major draw because she brought tension to the show by disagreeing with her "View" co-hosts, says Richard Lawson. But there won't be that kind of tension on "Fox & Friends." As Lawson puts it, "Her talent, if you can call it that, is being the oppressed one, not part of the dopey morning affirmation to the choir. She's going to lose all her potency, again if you can call it that, when everyone around her agrees with her." PLUS: Hasselbeck was a "vital ingredient" on "The View" over the past decade, and the Winners & Losers from Hasselbeck's exit, including "loser" Barbara Walters.
Paula Deen comic book will proceed, despite N-word controversy
Bluewater Productions, which has published biographical comic books on celebrities like Ellen, will release its Paula comic in October.
Jef Holm: The next "Bachelor"?
"The Bachelorette" winner is reportedly a frontrunner for next season.
Heisenberg's "Breaking Bad"-inspired hats will soon be for sale
The San Francisco hat maker that designed Walter White's original pork-pie hat is producing a limited set of new hats, which will make their debut at Comic-Con. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" finale will screen at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and NYC museum will have a "Breaking Bad" exhibit.
"Face Off" is bringing back 8 former contestants for Season 5
It'll be veterans vs. newbies.
Bravo is developing a drama series based on Charles Dickens' "Bleak House"
"Fortune" from playwright Theresa Rebeck and John Wells harkens back to the old Bravo.
Mark Burnett envisions his "Bible" sequel airing on NBC for many years
"It could run in the same way as 'Game of Thrones,' 12 hours year after year," he says. "I don't think for a minute that 'A.D.' lasts for just a season."
Bill Hader's new post-"SNL" gig: T-Mobile pitchman
Watch Hader's new ads for T-Mobile's "Jump" plan.
"Seinfeld's" inspiration for Kramer has become "Rev. Kramer"
Kenny Kramer is now offering to marry couples now that he's a fully licensed minister.
Meet the designer of Bill Cosby's iconic "Cosby Show" sweaters
Dutch designer Koos van der Akker says his Cosby sweaters didn't become a big deal until after the NBC sitcom ended.
Idris Elba: We're eyeing an origin story for a "Luther" movie
"It’s a long process," he says of making a film based on the BBC series.
Disney has become a TV company
Most Disney profits these days come from ABC and its cable networks.
What happened when a photographer attempted to debunk "Portlandia" stereotypes?
Turns out many of those stereotypes are true, as Kirk Crippens reveals in his "Portraitlandia" exhibit.
"Workaholics" star Adam Devine's advice: "Don't go to college, follow your dreams"
"Unless you're a doctor, then go to college," he says.
Paula Abdul: I stayed away from "STYCD" for so long because I needed "Idol" distance
This week, though, "I just felt it's time," she says. "When I was asked, I was like, 'You know what? It's time."
Rod Stewart would never do "The Voice"
"Over my dead body," he says. "I haven't the time and I’m sure they wouldn’t ask me. I'm not really into television."
"White Collar's" Marsha Thomason welcomes a girl
Thomason gave birth last month to Tallulah Anaïs.
Why is "Game of Thrones" working with big-name bands?
Members of Coldplay, Snow Patrol and the Hold Steady have been collaborating with the HBO series.
Check out the "It's Always Sunny" dressing room
For "Josh" Groban.
A "Professional TV Guest Star" writes his memoir
Fred Stoller's new book is titled, "Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star."
How "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" represents America
The Bravo reality show "perfectly encapsulates our recessionary obsession with and disgust for wealth."
Mae Whitman discovers her "Parenthood" mom's "Gilmore Girls" DVDs
They were found lying on the street.
Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" hits Hulu
The "Family Tree" star co-wrote and stars in the coming of age comedy about a 12-year-old boy in Ireland in the late '80s.
"Orange is the New Black" has a lot of fun with "Women in Prison" tropes
"Creator Jenji Kohan hasn't just given us an intriguingly compromised lead character," says Maureen Ryan, "she's also created an entire world, an alternately sly and sad pressure cooker that offers an enticing range of complicated relationships and unstable power dynamics." PLUS: One of TV's best female-female dynamics, the first four episodes are astounding, and Jenji Kohan talks "Orange."
NBC's "Camp" is mediocre and filled with cliches
The Rachel Griffiths drama pales in comparison to other fictional summer camps, like the one on "Wet Hot American Summer." PLUS: "Camp" is surprisingly smart, and there's lots of blandness.
"The Bridge" marks a milestone in FX drama history
It's not just a serial killer drama, says Matt Zoller Seitz. It's something bigger; it's a statement on How We Live Now. "The Bridge," he says, "is a grubby, oddly mournful tale of the relationship between haves and have-nots of the U.S. and Mexico: a sprawling yet low-key drama about how money, drugs, tourism, prostitution, and deep-seated historical resentments lock nations in a symbiotic relationship in which it's sometimes hard to tell who’s the parasite and who’s the host. Not everything in the series works." PLUS: This excellent drama could've gone wrong so many ways, it turns engrossing fast, its location helps sell the story, and "The Bridge" was modeled on "The Wire."
I think it's fair to go ahead and stand out here and say Cate Blanchett gives a tour de force performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." It's definitely the best thing she's done since "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" if not "The Aviator" or "Notes on a Scandal." She takes a shallow concept of a character, really, and injects it with so much withered spirit, flighty contempt and horrified dissatisfaction that you can't help but expect her name will be in the conversation for awards at the end of the year.