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I saw The Wrap's Jeff Sneider recently at a screening of "Star Trek Into Darkness," and as we were waiting to head into the auditorium, we were talking about the tenuous nature of James Bond director rumors.
Team EON is legendarily specific about what they do and how they approach the process of collaboration, and one of the things that has been interesting to watch over the course of the Daniel Craig era has been the evolution of their thinking about who to hire to direct the films. The Bond series has been steered by some workhorses, some modestly respectable industry journeymen, and some guys promoted from other departments on the series who were as close to a Home Team as possible. Until recently, though, they didn't reach out to the A-list with any sort of serious intent.
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One of last year’s top sellers was “Tuskegee,” a collection of Lionel Richie’s greatest hits newly recorded by the ex-Commodore with a passel of top country music artists, including Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Blake Shelton.
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"Mermaids" special sets an Animal Planet ratings record
"Mermaids: The New Evidence" scored 3.6 million viewers -- it topped the Puppy Bowl.
James Lipton recalls his past as a pimp
The "Actor's Studio" host admits he was a pimp in Paris in the '50s.
How the internet ruined "Arrested Development"
The internet created expectations so lofty that Mitch Hurwitz couldn't have met them. PLUS: In defense of "Arrested's" Netflix edition, and Season 4 ruined "Arrested" as a Communist utopia, "Arrested" episodes were pirated 100,000 times on the first day, and Netflix's stock drops after "Arrested' premiere.
"Mike & Molly's" tornado-delayed season finale will air Thursday
The season finale will be shown at 8:30 on Thursday.
Ex-Fox reality star to direct a reboot of the "Leprechaun" movie franchise
Zach Lipovsky was featured on the 2007 reality show "On the Lot" from Mark Burnett, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
Has Betty emerged as the "hero" of "Mad Men"?
As Darren Franich points out, "in a season that looks more and more like a pre-apocalyptic portrait of troubled human beings preparing to collapse in on themselves, Betty right now looks like the one character who has achieved a measure of contentment, even grace." PLUS: This has become the season of rooting against Don Draper, and why is everyone so unlikable this season?
Why do we binge-watch TV?
Is binge-watching changing our culture?
Meet "Dexter's" new neuropsychiatrist
Charlotte Rampling guest-stars this season as Dr. Evelyn Vogel.
"True Blood" music director prefers the vampire series to "Dexter"
Gary Calamar, who supervises the music of both shows, says: "It is probably my most rewarding show that I work on."
"The Glades" and "Longmire" return to bigger ratings
Both A&E series were up on last year's season premieres.
Done deal: LuAnn de Lesseps rejoins "Real Housewives"
She was the last remaining holdout from the NYC edition.
Kaley Cuoco: Travel Channel should cancel "Bizarre Foods"
The "Big Bang Theory" star tweeted: "I dnt thnk Bizarre Foods on travel,should b allowed on air.It's gross and involves animal cruelty. Dnt care if my tweet receives 'backlash'"
NBC will air "The Women's Concert for Change"," headlined by Beyonce
The London concert event will air June 2 with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine and others.
How are Israeli fans of "Prisoner of War" reacting to "Homeland"?
Gideon Raff, the creator of the Israeli series that inspired "Homeland," says: "The Israeli show is more of an emotional journey, a dramatic exploration of these characters." PLUS: Check out "Homeland" filming at the Charlotte Observer, and "This Week" profiles "Homeland."
Watch Mel Brooks' PBS documentary tribute
"Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" was part of the "American Masters" series.
Download Fred Armisen's "SNL" farewell song
"Ian Rubbish" recorded "It's a Lovely Day" in studio.
Mayim Bialik is officially divorced
"The Big Bang Theory" star and her husband since 2003 split houses in their settlement.
"Girls" star is struggling with her Kickstarter
Zosia Mamet is trying to fund a music video for her hipster folk band.
"Supernanny" Jo Frost returns tonight in "Family S.O.S."
The TLC reality show tries to expand on Frost's expertise.
Nine Inch Nails have signed with Columbia Records for the release of a new NIN album later this year.
While NIN founder Trent Reznor has often championed a D-I-Y aesthetic, the move isn’t that surprising given that his trio, How To Destroy Angels, which also includes his composing partner Atticus Ross and his wife Mariqueen Maandig, is on Columbia.
In a press release, Reznor admitted, “I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to to lately... for the last year, I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I’m happy to say is finishing and frankly f**king great.”
Actually, he hasn’t been that dishonest: Reznor hasn’t hidden that he was writing material for a potential NIN album to the press...Plus, with two-dozen upcoming dates including Lollapalooza in Chicago, as well as the Reading Festival and The Leeds Festival in the U.K., it’s not that surprising that new music is on the way.
The current line-up, following Eric Avery’s departure two weeks ago —is Reznor, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck and Ilan Rubin. The line-up will bow July 26 at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan, NIN’s first live show in almost four years. Reznor confirmed long-time, off-and-on again NINer Finck’s inclusion via Twitter earlier this month.
Reznor, who, with Ross, won an Academy Award for their score for “The Social Network,” said his film work has helped fuel his NIN resurgence: “My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”
The new album will be NIN’s first new collection since 2008’s “The Slip,” which the band made available for free download via its website.
In last night's episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," we got to spend some quality time with Tamra and her mom and a reported audience of a thousand people that really looked to be about 50. Tamra was giving an inspirational keynote speech at a women's expo in Los Angeles, which turned out to be more about Tamra barfing out the crappy details of her life than inspiring anyone, unless the inspiration was "You, too, can someday be a reality TV star with a wine club! And a gym which has yet to open! And maybe good hair!"
One has to imagine that the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the developing biopic "Rodham" is a bit of a coveted one for the industry's top actresses. The project is already fascinating from the outside, stemming from a 2012 Black List script penned by Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim spear-headed by "The Twilight Saga" producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen with indie filmmaker James Pondsoldt on board to direct. When the casting news finally does hit, it will be just one more level of intrigue.
Two years ago at the Kennedy Center Honors, the late Nora Ephron quipped of Meryl Streep's versatility (amid the flurry of the actress's Oscar-winning work as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady") that it was only a matter of time before she would play the former Secretary of State and First Lady. Although "Rodham" happens to be set during the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974 when the 27-year-old politician became the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Richard Nixon. The 63-year-old Streep would better compute for a modern-day yarn, but a quartet of Hollywood's younger stars are keen on the role, The Sunday Times revealed this weekend.
Look! A Kelly Clarkson video for “People Like Us” broke out in the middle of Nokia and BMW commercials! Seriously, I know that product placement in music videos is nothing new, but when it is as blatant as it is in this clip or in the new Jennifer Lopez video, it takes me right out of any story that the video is trying to tell.
And in this case, Clarkson is trying to tell a story, though I’m not really sure what it is. In a device straight out of “The Wizard of Oz” or “Pleasantville,” the clip takes place in both black & white and color. At the start, she is a scientist, presumably studying “People Like Us,” people who live in color, like those of us described in the song as “We are all misfits living in a world on fire.”
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"Behind the Candelabra" gives HBO its best original movie ratings since 2004
About 2.4 million viewers watched the Michael Douglas-Matt Damon film.
"Melissa & Joey" gets extra Season 3 episodes, plus a Season 4 renewal
ABC Family's renewal puts a total of 20 episodes for each season.
Last season's "Community" showrunners have exited: Is that why Dan Harmon was asked back?
Exec producers David Guarascio and Moses Port have reportedly opted to move on, while Harmon may return with one of his top writers.
Oprah declares "Kelly and Michael" the "reigning" queen and king of daytime
The former queen of daytime talk made a surprise appearance this morning on "Live!"
How "Arrested Development" Season 4 explains the housing crisis
Like previous seasons, the Netflix season has a political bent.
Katie Couric recalls having a crush on Matt Lauer
"I actually had a little crush on Matt when he was the local anchor at WNBC," she tells Howard Stern, "because I thought he was so funny and so quick."
LuAnn de Lesseps: I'm close to rejoining "Real Housewives"
"If I don’t do it, I’ll miss it," she says of ending her contract standoff.
Although I've been hoping for a TV movie revolving around Rob Lowe's "Behind the Candelabra" character Dr. Startz (wouldn't you watch that?), it seems "The West Wing" star has signed on for something that could be entertaining in its own right. National Geographic Channel today announced that the Emmy-winner has been cast in the iconic role of President John F. Kennedy in the upcoming two-hour original "Killing Kennedy." Ginnifer Goodwin will join Lowe in the White House as FLOTUS Jacqueline Kennedy, while Michelle Trachtenberg will take on her first Russian-speaking role as Marina Oswald. If you don't know who Marina Oswald is, please go to the back of the class.
Rob Lowe to play JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin signs on for Jackie role in "Killing Kennedy"
Both TV stars have signed on for the Nat Geo movie, based on the Bill O'Reilly book. PLUS: Michelle Trachtenberg will play Lee Harvey Oswald's Russian-born wife.
"The Bachelorette" has its worst-ever debut
Desiree Hartsock's season premiere was down 27% from last year.
Oops! "Smash" spells Anjelica Huston's name wrong
The series finale changed the "j" to a "g."
Why "Arrested Development" Season 4 is "a bust"
If you're disappointed by the Netflix season, here's all the changes from the Fox series that made for a show that felt different. PLUS: What happened to Portia de Rossi's face?, "Workaholics" star Adam Devine talks about his cameo, and Smithsonian tells the history of the Frozen Banana Stand.
Watch Joss Whedon tell college grads they're going to die
The Wesleyan alum returned to his alma mater to tell graduates: "What I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die."
It's official: NFL Draft moving to the middle of May sweeps
Instead of late April, next year's draft will be held two weeks later than this year's, from May 8-10, where it will compete with network sweeps programming, including season finales.
"Arrested Development" was the ultimate DVR show, but few had DVRs in 2003
To get into the jokes, you needed the ability to go back and rewatch either by DVR or DVD. Which begs the question: Would "Arrested" have thrived the DVR age?
How "Inside the Actor's Studio" snagged Dave Chappelle for its 250th episode
James Lipton has become "very close" to Chappelle, especially after the comedian interviewed him for the 200th episode.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard planning a reality TV comeback
The former "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York" star says she's shopping a reality pilot.
Morgan Spurlock's CNN series debuts June 23
The filmmaker's documentary series will delve into a particular aspect of American life.
A Sheldon Cooper mask is for sale
How scary is this "Big Bang"-inspired mask?
"Arrested Development" on Netflix: Hilarious, boring, bloated, masterful
Season 4 looks like "Arrested Development" but it's an entirely different series, says Todd VanDerWerff, "something more like Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of that earlier show got together to make a bunch of loosely intersecting short films about the characters from the earlier project, each with its own tone and point-of-view. It's an occasionally hilarious, sometimes boring, always bloated boondoggle of a project, and it’s the sort of thing that's at once staggering in its ambition and hard to approach with anything like real affection. It is, in places, masterful. It is also, in other places, at once weirdly pleased with itself and too ready to hold the audience’s hand where that hand needn't be held." PLUS: There's flashes of brilliance amid a lot of flab, "Arrested" is at worst doing a shaky imitation of itself, 5 of the 15 episodes deserved an "A" but many were uneven, Season 4 exceeds expectations, it took 7 episodes to get good, it was designed to be watched over and over, and why Season 4 is a total failure.
Dan Harmon mulling a return to "Community"
Harmon confirmed over the weekend that he had been asked to return, and he's reportedly exploring returning in some capacity.
Mariska Hargitay will be back for "SVU" Season 15
The actress shared the news on Twitter, though NBC has yet to confirm.
Barbara Eden, 78, wears her "I Dream of Jeannie" costume on stage with Bill Clinton
Both took part in the Life Ball in Vienna.
Melissa Leo joining M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines"
She'll play a nurse on the Fox event series.
"Revenge" star wasn't happy to be killed off
But according to Nick Wechsler, he took it "like a champ. I think on some level he was preparing himself for it because he knew he wasn't being used that much."
"The Office" stars weren't told Steve Carell would make a finale cameo
"It was a total surprise! I freaked out!" says Angela Kinsey.
Rob Lowe on his " Candelabra" character: "He looks almost like a transgendered Bee Gee"
Lowe spent 1 hour and 45 minutes a day transforming into his plastic surgeon character for the Liberace biopic.
Lena Dunham angers conservatives with Memorial Day tweet
"Happy Memorial Day! I've already peed in two different Starbucks bathrooms!" she tweeted Monday. PLUS: Dunham sings with "Fun.," and Dunham & Taylor Swift are becoming BFFs.
Blake Shelton's NBC tornado telethon adds Usher and Darius Rucker
They'll join Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan on the May 29 concert.
"Modern Family's" Ariel Winter goes blonde
The 15-year-old debuted her new look on Sunday.
"Smash" wanted to do a Hollywood movie musical for Season 3
The showrunner was on Episode 15 when he realized cancelation was going to happen. PLUS: "Smash" goes out with 2.4 million viewers.
"Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul weds
The 33-year-old got married in Malibu on Sunday to Lauren Parsekian.
Matthew Rhys tapped to play Mr. Darcy on BBC
"The Americans" star has signed on for the three-part "Death Comes To Pemberley."
Coming soon: Paula Deen, the museum
Albany, Georgia is getting an official museum devoted to the Food Network star.
Comedy Central renews "Inside Amy Schumer" for Season 2
Schumer herself announced the news on Twitter.
Brooke Burns to host a GSN game show
She'll star on "The Chase," a British-inspired game show.
New "True Blood" trailer features politics and nudity
Lots of politics.
"Fresh Prince" stars reunite on British TV
Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro came together on "The Graham Norton Show."
Johnny Caron's "Tonight Show" drummer dies
Ed Shaughnessy was part of Carson's "Tonight" band from 1963 until Carson's retirement in 1992.