Latest Blog Posts

Watch Ben Affleck's 'SNL' promos, with Bill Hader

Watch Ben Affleck's "SNL" promos, with Bill Hader

These are among the final batch of promos for the season.

"New Girl" creator previews Season 3, reflects on Season 2
Liz Meriwether talks about the Nick and Jess season finale. PLUS: How Nick & Jess helped enhance Season 2, and Zooey Deschanel looks back at this season.

Melissa Joan Hart pulls the plug on her Kickstarter after raising $51,000 out of $2 million
The ABC Family star tried to get her fans to fund her movie project "Darci's Walk of Shame."

Harry Hamlin recalls the very secretive "Mad Men" process
Matthew Weiner approached his agent about working for two details, but wouldn't give any details, not even a script. PLUS: Hamlin would've been fired if he shared his role with wife Lisa Rinna.

"Once Upon a Time" promotes Michael Raymond-James
He'll become a series regular in Season 3. PLUS: "Once" and "Wonderland" will crossover.

Fox posts "The Goodwin Games" pilot early online
The Fox comedy will officially air on May 20.

The "NCIS" season finale, explained

Executive producer Gary Glasberg answers burning questions about what just happened.

Here are the 5 most "Whedony" things about Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer

Scrappy nerds? Check. Ass-kicking female? Check.

"The Office" cast members say goodbye

Watch cast members' emotional farewell video. PLUS: Watch the Dunder Mifflin ad that will run during the finale.

Craig Ferguson selling his L.A. house
The home that "The Late Late Show" host bought in 1997 for $569,000 is for sale for $1.74 million.

Read Full Post
<p>Workers put the finishing touches on a banner in front of the Cannes Festival Palace on Monday, May 14.</p>

Workers put the finishing touches on a banner in front of the Cannes Festival Palace on Monday, May 14.

Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

Confessions of a Cannes Virgin

Look who finally made it to the Croisette

Don't hate me cause I'm going to Cannes. This is work people. Seriously, hard, hard work.

In the south of France.

Read Full Post
<p>Mathieu Amalric in &quot;Venus in Fur.&quot;</p>

Mathieu Amalric in "Venus in Fur."

Credit: R.P. Productions

Cannes Check 2013: Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at this month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Roman Polanski with "Venus in Fur.")

Read Full Post
<p>Dawn and Sherri of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Dawn and Sherri of "Survivor: Caramoan"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The losing finalists discuss their lack of Jury respect
In my recap of the "Survivor: Caramoan" finale, I pretended that Dawn Meehan had finished second, beating Sherri Biethman.
That wasn't really true, of course. Dawn and Sherri received the same number of votes, which was "zero" as John Cochran rolled to a commanding victory.
The result was easy to predict after one of the most lopsided Final Tribal Councils in the show's history. Dawn was forced to defend being both strategically tough, but also emotional. Sherri was forced to defend her mere presence in the Top 3. And Cochran was asked what animal his game most resembled. It was rather strange.
I've said this all along: In my own opinion, Dawn deciding to split off from best-bud Corinne and expose that burgeoning sub-alliance was the biggest single move in the game. You may disagree. I also think that Sherri's ability to wrangle Shamar for exactly long enough to pick off Allie and Hope destabilized the Fans alliance with the greatest potential strength and reshaped everything that followed. You may disagree. 
In Dawn & Sherri's joint exit interview, they discuss why it was so hard for them to convince the Jury of their value and how long it took them to become Zen about not winning. We also talked more about the impact of gender and age in the "Survivor" endgame and I think some of the perspectives, particularly Dawn's answers, are quite interesting.
Click through for the full conversation...
Read Full Post


Credit: ABC

See James Cromwell and Stuart Townsend in the first trailer for 'Betrayal'

The ABC drama adds twists and turns to infidelity
At first, this trailer for "Betrayal" looks like a bad Lifetime movie. It isn't until close to the end when the schmaltzy affair between photographer Sara (Hannah Ware) and attorney Jack (Stuart Townsend) takes an unexpected twist.
Read Full Post


Credit: ABC

See the first trailer from ABC's 'Mixology' from 'The Hangover''s writers

The first season is set to take place in one night in a single location
This sounds claustrophobic, and the trailer is perhaps too barf-centric, but the writers of "The Hangover" might deliver on this idea: One bar. One night. Ten single people. And that's it for the entire season for this midseason ABC show. Oh, and Ryan Seacrest is an executive producer. 
Read Full Post


Credit: ABC

Watch the first trailer from ABC's mysterious 'Resurrection'

Dead people come back to life after decades

The drama "Resurrection" won't be coming to ABC until midseason, probably after another one-hour has expired, but this show suggests people (if not shows) can come back to life. Think "Ghost Whisperer," but with undead dead people. But not zombies. Just watch the clip. 

Read Full Post
<p>Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.</p>

Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.

Credit: HitFix

Karl Urban and Simon Pegg talk about bringing some light to 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Plus how devoted do you have to be to be called a 'Trekkkie'?

Karl Urban and Simon Pegg are both valuable parts of the chemistry that drives the new "Star Trek" series.

Pegg was someone I already knew I liked enormously before "Star Trek" arrived, and it's interesting to see how JJ Abrams has turned Pegg into comic relief in two different franchises. The Scotty from these movies is a very different person than the Scotty we saw Doohan play for all those years. I have trouble imagining Doohan sprinting around a hangar trying to figure out how to open a door or getting sucked through a water pipe system. Pegg, though, is down for pretty much anything they throw at him, and he works his ass off to entertain in the new film.

Urban, on the other hand, is a guy who hadn't really come into focus for me until "Star Trek." I didn't dislike him or his work, but he didn't make the strongest impression as an actor, and I had trouble figuring out if he had much of a personality. Whoever first thought to have him read for Bones deserves a bonus, though, because he is perfect in the role. So far, I'd argue he's the greatest underutilized asset that the series has, and if they continue with more movies, I pray they give Urban more to do. He deserves it.

Read Full Post
"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The talent's hot in Hollywood

The auditions for the 10th season are tough and the bar is high

"So You Think You Can Dance" returns for a tenth season, and aren't you glad? Apparently producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe is still stumping for a separate results episode each week, but for now I'm just happy to see some really great dancing back on television. Yes, thanks to Zendaya and Kellie Pickler we've definitely gotten some of that on "Dancing with the Stars," but "So You Think You Can Dance" raises the bar to a completely different level. Even better, that bar seems to be extraordinarily high this year. Judging from these Hollywood auditions, this might be a season in which anyone could be deserving of the win -- yes, that makes it harder for us to decide for whom to vote, but it should be a lot of fun to watch.

Read Full Post
<p>It was the &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;kiss between Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;that spared season 2's creative surge.</p>

It was the "New Girl" kiss between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) that spared season 2's creative surge.

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' creator Liz Meriwether on Nick and Jess, Schmidt's choice, and the fun of season 2

Has the show solved Winston yet? What stories would she redo?

"New Girl" was one of my favorite comedies on TV in 2012 (as I've said, if I had to make my top 10 list even a week later, it would've made the cut). It was actually even better in 2013, as a romance that I once was dreading when the show began hinting at it instead became the magnetic center of a series that had been satisfying but often uneven. I reviewed the season finale here, and I spoke with "New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether about how the show really found itself thanks to the Jess/Nick relationship, whether she feels they've solved Winston yet, what she'd like to do in season 3, and more, all coming up just as soon as the plan is to drop a badger on a priest...

Read Full Post
<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

Season finale review: 'New Girl' - 'Elaine's Big Day'

A badger gets loose at Cece's wedding, and Nick and Jess ponder their future

"New Girl" just concluded what's been a terrific second season. I spoke to creator Liz Meriwether about the finale, and about some big decisions along the way, and I have a quick review of the finale coming up just as soon as we make some pasta and really listen to my Coldplay bootleg from Rotterdam...

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;I am... alone&quot;</p>

"I am... alone"

Credit: Columbia

Natalie Maines and new solo album 'Mother': Dixie Chick with a man's 'voice'

Watch the video to her cover of Eddie Vedder's 'Without You'

Natalie Maines released a new album today called "Mother," a mix of rock 'n' roll downers and uppers and some covers. "Without You," originally by Eddie Vedder, has Maines' voice at its core, laying bare some of those emotions that we haven't really tended to in the six years since the Dixie Chicks went on hiatus.

The video, out today too, is even more tame than the take, with a performance shots, some studio goofs, some hugs and fans and a few fashion shots that highlight her beautiful new 'do and her self-aware isolation.

(Watch the video exclusively at EW.)

OK, so let's unpackage the latter a little bit: this is Maines' first solo rodeo, which makes an exceptional job of highlighting her vocals. Even before the 'Chicks, Maines leaned rock and R&B, even as she performed in other country groups. Her choices on "Mother" -- including selections from Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd and her album producer Ben Harper -- here reflect an appreciation for range and drama, and yet the collection is mostly harmless.

Harmless, which is a word that many would never apply to Natalie Maines. It was 10 years ago that Maines criticized the then-president George W. Bush and protested the Iraq war; in the years that followed, she and her cohorts Emily Robison and Martie Maguire as the Dixie Chicks wore those political leaning and rejecting the rejectors with documentary "Shut Up and Sing." Maines refused to "back down" with acclaimed "Taking the Long Way" with its prominent 2006 single "Not Ready to Make Nice."

"It's a sad sad story when a mother will teach her daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger," reads the lyrics to that song, which then points its way back to Maines and her new "Mother." The title and Pink Floyd's "The Wall" cover weren't selected out of total coincidence: in a way, it's yet another political statement. The Roger Waters tune is ultimately 1) about a rock star and his (single) mom 2) about overprotection and isolation and 3) exercises a skepticism on government and the governing majority.

These are all things Maines knows too well. What I find more interesting is that Maines sings "Mother" as a mother (of two) and a rock star, giving it a woman's sense of ownership and ideal. Single mothers in the '70s and Maines as a country singer with a liberal bent share difficulties as pariahs -- and also happen to be alienated females with a fast-tracked coming-of-age.

As the backlash of the Dixie Chicks continued throughout the 2000s, I had no doubt that some of it was fueled by their gender in the country marketplace. "Dixie Sluts" and "Ditzy Chicks" became choice insults from the era, for example, and they shielded attacks on their abilities as mothers and wives. Country killed Maines' country career, but on her new album Maines herself has scrapped country for rock, notably on songs penned by mostly men (though Maines co-writes, a Patty Griffin song is included and Maguire and Robison collaborate momentarily), in a male-dominated genre. Even though some songs can be interpreted mostly genderless, Maines again finds herself in a platform position not in spite of her gender, but because of it.

I find her voice and her "voice" powerful, even though "Mother" on the whole isn't a terribly strong record. Just like when she and the Dixie Chicks stirred up country homogeneity, I'm just glad she's there. 

The Dixie Chicks have been on hiatus from the studio for six years and from the road for three. Maguire and Robison continue to record under Court Yard Hounds and plan a new release this summer.

Read Full Post