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I hope this is the last trailer that Warner Bros. cuts for "The Conjuring," and I hope the TV spots don't reveal anything more than this.
James Wan made his name with the first "Saw," and in many ways, he's spent the rest of his career since then trying to establish that he is more than just that one movie. I am quite fond of "Insidious," his haunted house movie from a few years ago, and that film helped him finally shake the idea that "Saw" was all he had to offer. I think once "The Conjuring" hits theaters this summer, he will finally put that behind him completely, and this will be the film that everyone knows now.
One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was spending some time with Lorraine Warren, who appeared on the Warner Bros. panel that I moderated for "The Conjuring," along with James Wan and Andrea and Cindy Perron, two of the girls who lived through the events that inspired this film. Lorraine is definitely old now, and there's a fragility to her that is a little deceptive. When we spoke, I got the sense that she's still all there, still sharp, and that the events we see in this film remain fresh to her.
Last week, I listed Steve McQueen's much-anticipated third feature "Twelve Years a Slave" among the films I was most hoping would appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, which will be announced later this month. But it seems we Croisette-bound journos will have to wait until the fall to see the star-studded slavery drama: according to the Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock, the film simply won't be finished in time for the May fest.
In the music video for "High School," Nicki Minaj plays the lady-friend of a Latino crime boss, and Lil Wayne shows up as a dude who does business with him. The Young Money imprint founder is soon tussling around a bed with the Young Money signee. I assume they're playing Parcheesi, and both are winning.
So naturally Minaj spends the video in bandages masquerading as dresses and strings serving as swimsuits. Dress code for at the palace for men (well, Wayne, as per usual) is jeans-casual. Toward the end, director Benny Boom attempts to integrate a plot; but judging from Twitter, all anybody really wants is a Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sex tape.
Like in several Weezy music videos, Minaj and Wayne resolve into a "this is just a video shoot" posture, bringing the fantasy of mudflap girl poses and swinging slow-motion dreadlocks to a close. Wayne even brought a couple of other extra girls along for this steamy ride, because he has just that much love to give.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the honor.
Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minelli have been tapped for performances.
HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.
Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.
The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.
On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake!
Drake pays homage to his hometown with his new clip for “5AM in Toronto." As he tweeted this morning about the video: “Doing it for the city this time around. Well, every time, but this time especially.”
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Midway through the "Mad Men" sixth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC), Don Draper and Pete Campbell have a conversation that is not only like every conversation they've ever had, but about every conversation they've ever had, and how they are all the same. The show has been on for so long that everyone — Don, Pete, "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, the viewers at home — knows exactly how it works.
During the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kyle was my favorite, hands down. She seemed far more grounded than, say, Camille (who sneered at poseurs who only had two or three houses and no islands or gold encrusted toilets in Aspen). She came across as fun, bubbly and, yes, concerned about her sister Kim, who seemed flakier than a lard-based pie crust.
I am rarely happy to be dead wrong about something.
When the third season of "Eastbound and Down" was on the air, I would have sworn that it was the end of the series. That wasn't just empty guesswork, either. Everyone involved with the show saw that third season as an endgame of sorts, and at the end of the final episode, it certainly felt like it was over.
However, now that they are officially gearing up for a fourth season, I am delighted. When I was at WonderCon this weekend, I spoke to a number of the cast members, and Danny McBride was last up. I knew I wanted to talk to him about how crazy things get in "This Is The End," but more importantly, I wanted to see how he was feeling as they get ready to start working on this new season.
What I love about the idea they have is that it felt unnatural to let Kenny Powers have a happy ending. I don't dislike the character, but he doesn't really seem like the sort of character who would really be happy out of the limelight, away from the life he'd built for himself. Katy Mixon wasn't in nearly enough of season three, and I'm excited to see what happens with Kenny as both husband and father.
"This Is The End" looks crazy.
This is another of those moments where I sort of can't believe what studios are willing to greenlight, and I thank god someone's a big enough lunatic to make the films I want to see.
I know "Your Highness" didn't do big money at the box-office, and I couldn't care any less. I got to see it, and if no one else dug it, I still got to see it. I am delighted that Universal was willing to spend their money on a film that seems so ridiculous when you describe it that it sounds like an April Fool's Day joke that got out of hand, with no one willing to admit that they were kidding all the way through the day of release.
"This Is The End" has had a long strange path to get to the screen, starting life as a short film that was a student project. The film, for those who still don't have it on their radar, deals with the end of the world as experienced by a group of soft Hollywood actors who hole up in James Franco's house to try and survive. The cast is all playing themselves, but exaggerated versions of themselves, and you get a real sense of that in the opening half of the new trailer for the film that just came out today.