Imagine life without supermarkets. Or roads. Oh, and don't forget the cold (sometimes colder than 60 below) or the bears and wolves. Sounds like one heck of a reality TV show, doesn't it? Actually, it's how some people live in remote corners of Alaska, and they do it on purpose. Of course, that meant someone had to film it. So now we have "Life Below Zero" premiering Sun. May 19 at 10:00 p.m. on NatGeo.
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Here's some counter-programming for you. Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" is slipping into select theaters this year as "Star Trek Into Darkness" dominates the wide release conversation. I saw and was delighted by the film at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, and that's coming from someone not particularly in love with Baumbach's aesthetic. It's also one of our under-the-radar films for the 2013 summer movie season. Will we be talking about the screenplay and Greta Gerwig's performance come Oscar time? Can the film push out of the critics and indie awards circuits? Time will tell, but for now, those of you who get around to seeing it (or have caught it on the festival circuit the last few months), tell us what you thought in the comments section and by voting in our poll below.
“Take my hand, we can go all night” “It feels so good I don’t want to stop.” “Fingers in my hair and I’m letting go tonight.”
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Ummm....yes, these are lyrics for a song in a kids’ movie, Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La” for “The Smurfs 2,” to be exact...and we’re sure that your 6-year old won’t even think to ask you what any of those mean. Seriously.
Otherwise, it’s a sweet, slight, little love song about loving someone for their true blue self. For some reason that’s inexplicable, the song is really three songs in one:
The first segment is pure pop with a bit of electonica thrown in, a little Avril Lavigne-ish.
The second segment features Spears speak-singing, Ke$ha style, over an electro-clash beat that kids will either love or be scared by: “”Mommy, why does it sound like Britney is mad at us?”
The third, the acoustic-guitar-driven part is fluffy, retro pop that sounds like Madonna from her early-‘80s period. Nice and innocent and feather-light, in a good way.
Then rinse and repeat and wait for another wacky breakdown toward the end of the five-minute tune.
In other words, quite frankly, anyone could have done this song. There’s nothing particularly “Britney” about it, other than the fact that her vocals are autotuned within an inch of their life and are emotionally flat.
We wish the song, co-written by Katy Perry tunesmith Bonnie McKee, had just focused on the poppy third act, which is far and away the catchiest part. Speaking of Perry, she returns in her role as Smurfette in the film, which opens July 31.
Was she or wasn’t she? Mariah Carey has found herself in a bit of a Beyonce-like scandal following her medley of her hits on Thursday night’s “American Idol” finale.
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"American Idol": It was the definitive end of an era
As of this season, "Idol" is no longer the standard-bearer for TV singing competitions, says Jon Caramanica. "'The X Factor' is more modern, 'The Voice' is more narratively compelling,'" he says. "'Idol' is a legacy show now, a reminder of simpler times. And never has a season of 'Idol' felt more like a pure karaoke competition than this one." PLUS: Mariah Carey denies lip-synching, Randy Jackson explains why he quit, and Keith Urban says there is talk of his possible return.
Shonda Rhimes had the big "Scandal" finale reveal in mind since the start of the season
In fact, Joe Morton says, "I knew all along." PLUS: "Scandal's" season finale, says Ryan McGee, "didn't just put a period on this triumphant second season of the show. It put about a half-dozen exclamation points followed by a few dozen emojis on it."
Bill Hader: "SNL" went by so fast
"The nature of SNL is that it's so in-the-moment," he says of his eight-year stint. "I feel like I'm going to wake up in August and turn to my wife and say 'Was I really on SNL?' It went by so fast."
Will Arnett & Jason Bateman hold hands during a stroll through NYC
The "Arrested Development" co-stars went on a "love stroll" yesterday.
ABC puts the final "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" episodes online
The eight unaired episodes will be available through June 23.
Jimmy Kimmel sends "Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir to Abercrombie & Fitch
Can the plus-sized actor pull off wearing A&F clothing?
Kevin McKidd talks about the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale
"There's no big drama to it, in a strange way." PLUS: Jessica Capshaw on the season finale
"The Office" had the finale it needed
The series finale wasn't great TV, says Erik Adams, but it was great for right now.
"In the case of 'Finale,'" he explains, "I think the ultimate success or failure of the episode won’t be determined by how well it holds up years from now (probably not well), or how it stands up as a cohesive piece of TV comedy that brings itself to a halt while suggesting that life carries on for its characters (just barely). To me, the quality of this series finale is found in the way it functions right now, in the afterglow of a TV show to which many devoted more than 100 hours of their lives. Some aspects of the episode fall flat, but when it hits, it hits."
—The U.S. "Office" was bound to succumb to the sentimentality of American TV
—Steve Carell's cameo was just perfect
—The only flaw: The Pam & Jim story didn't seem to fit
—Finale proves Americans are huggers and criers, unlike the British
—"The Office's" final business lesson: Don't be anything like Dunder Mifflin
—Creed Bratton wrote his finale song
—Nobody cried on set // Cast members tweet their goodbyes
—NBC News produced "The Office" special
—"The Office": One of the greatest TV series about the American dream
It's here. Was the mystery box worth it? You tell us. Yes, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" is finally in theaters and I imagine many of you have either seen it already or will be making it out to see it this weekend. We've covered it about as much as we can. Drew's review was favorable. We charted the best and worst of the franchise to date. There are plenty of interviews to chew on at the site. (And stay tuned this weekend for some discussion on "Star Trek" at the Oscars.) But now it's your turn to tell us what you thought. Dug it? Didn't? Give us your take in the comments section, and as always, feel free to boldly vote in our poll below.
"Idol" has its lowest-rated season finale, down nearly 8 million from last year
About 13.61 million watched this year's finale compared to 21.5 million last year. This was the first "Idol" finale to be under 20 million viewers. PLUS: "The Office" finale delivers the show's best ratings in 16 months.
CANNES - For Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi, following up the near-unanimous acclaim of his Oscar-winning 2011 film "A Separation" with a similarly articulate dramatic study of, well, separation was either the most foolhardy thing he could do -- or the smartest. An intricately knotted, almost exhaustingly even-handed examination of tensions and untruths in a trio of marriages -- one past, one future and one stuck in a purgatorial present -- "The Past" further showcases Farhadi's dexterity as a dramatist of uncommon perspicacity and fairness.
"The Office" goes out with a mushy series finale
"The finale," says Willa Paskin, "demonstrated just how much the American 'Office' fundamentally does not care about the cringe. It was shamelessly softhearted: since when are Kevin and Dwight even friends?" She notes that the American "Office" was a disavowal of the original's premise -- "it was a burnishing of office life and drone work." PLUS: It was a tremendously satisfying conclusion.
"Scandal" stages an on-stage table read of the finale
Reading in front of an audience allowed the cast to use less profanity, joked Shonda Rhimes.
Amazon passes on "Zombieland"
"I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans," tweeted exec producer Rhett Reese. "You guys successfully hated it out of existence."
Jimmy Kimmel presents "The Baby Bachelor"
Starring Kimmel's nephew, Wesley.
"Warehouse 13" renewed for a 6-episode final season
Season 5 will be the Syfy drama's last.
Watch "SNL's" final promos of the season with Ben Affleck and Kanye West
Featuring possible departing cast member Fred Armisen.
Candice Glover wins "Idol" after being twice rejected
"I'm still trying to process the whole thing," she said after last night's finale. "It feels amazing, though." PLUS: "Idol" is not dead yet.
Adam Sandler to Jay Leno: Go to Fox
Sandler said on Thursday's show: "Don't you think he should just take it easy, enjoy, breathe, maybe go to Fox, do a show at 11:00 PM, maybe that kind of thing?"
Here's Adam Scott & Amy Poehler as "Hart to Hart"
"The Greatest Event in Television History" premieres on June 6 on Adult Swim.
USA promo lets "Modern Family" stars use profanity
Watch them throw around the F word.
Bumbledink Bandercoot. Butterscotch Humperdink. Bimblepimp Cummerbund. Once I start getting his name wrong, I find it very very hard to actually make myself say "Benedict Cumberbatch."
I'm guessing people are having less and less trouble with his name these days. He's gone from being a well-respected but still-lesser-known actor to being a guy who is being trusted to carry some serious weight in some very big movies. He's the bad guy in "Star Trek Into Darkness," opening this weekend, and much of the speculation about the film has focused on which role he's actually playing. Once the film's been out for a few days, we'll have a conversation here about the role he plays and how that fits into "Star Trek" history (or doesn't), but for now, I understand that not everyone knows, and they don't want to know until they see it in the film.
A review of "The Office" series finale coming up just as soon as I sell ceramic tile out of Newark...