Today: Get ready to see all your old favorites hoofing it once more, Alexander Payne plots his next move, and we find the catchphrase of the summer.
Today in show business news: Jennifer Hudson might become an American Idol judge, Jon Stewart finds a leading man for his risky directing debut, and Tom Cruise walks away from a movie.
Sacre blech! Reformed celebrity shamer Perez Hilton has tracked down some really grainy footage — someone filmed something off of a computer — that appears to be an early trailer for the Hugh Jackman/Russell Crowe/Anne Hathaway movie version of the big, bombastic musical Les Misérables.
Last night was the big season finale of Smash, wherein America found out, finally, who was going to play Marilyn in the big Marilyn Musical and probably other things happened like intrigue and romance and, who knows, maybe Debra Messing took her shirt off again. The point is: We didn't watch. Why? Because we were watching the motherfreakin' Bachelorette instead. Yes, it's back.
This is arguably the biggest week of the network TV year, as the big five hold upfront presentations in New York, showing off their new schedules and series for advertisers. What's in, what's out, and what looks good? Let's take a look! First up are NBC and Fox.
Last night two veteran series reached their ends, one for just the season, the other forever.
It has come to our attention that some people are getting bored with this season's Mad Men. Everyone's a critic, right? But it's in our power to make television whatever we want it to be. Here's our bids for some new directions.
Word comes in today that TBS, already the noble shelter of NBC-banished Conan O'Brien, has decided to pick up the ailing cult-favorite comedy Cougar Town from ABC for a fourth season, which will air next year. "Hooray!" fans of wine comedy the nation over exclaim. In fact this is cause for celebration for everybody who watches TV, not solely Cougarheads.
Before the Real Housewives came along, America's gay cousin Andy Cohen was merely a Bravo television executive with a mildewing degree in broadcast journalism (from Boston University). Now he is Andy Cohen the TV personality.
The series finale of ABC's she-business show Desperate Housewives airs on Sunday, and so the days leading up to it are filled with sweet, poignant stories about the cast and crew saying goodbye to one another after eight long years. Well most of it is sweet and poignant (not actually, but in theory at least, or thematically). One story is instead mean and hilarious!
In his much-noted Meet the Press appearance Joe Biden praised Will & Grace for furthering the gay rights cause and NBC has picked up a show about gay men having a baby called The New Normal, so that means it's time for some sort of glancing trend piece about how gay people are on TV now and no one's fussing about it and isn't progress wonderful. Sigh.
The New York Times reports today that AMC Theatres, America's second-biggest movie theater chain, may soon be purchased by a Chinese company, the Wanda Group, which, as one of the biggest theater operators in China, is no stranger to the Chinese government's longstanding practice of censoring American movies. So what happens if they come to own such a large part of the American movie market?
Last night was New York's most fabulous social event, the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit. It's a chance for numerous celebrities to don daring, avant garde looks and show off to their friends. Let's take a look at some of the red carpet highlights!
As NBC gets ready to debut its new lineup at its upfront presentation next week, word is trickling in that an order for the final season of 30 Rock is imminent, but that it will likely be a truncated season of only thirteen or fourteen episodes instead of the standard twenty or so.
When we watched the first couple of episodes 2 Broke Girls, that sitcom all about Brooklyn living in the Great Recession that, back in the fall, we thought it got a lot of things wrong. In some ways it's satisfying to report, after its one-hour season finale, the show has gotten even worse.
Amid the heaping vat of Girls-related blog outrage stew, show creator/star/writer Lena Dunham has remained relatively mum regarding her show's much criticized/discussed treatment of race.
If you find yourself, in the midst of all the summer movie season noise and effects, in dire need of something quieter, more human, but no less awe-inspiring, perhaps find the time to check out the new documentary First Position.
Last night's American Tune Bag was a strangely dark episode, one full of angry songs and pained singing, a blast from the turbulent past that overcame our brave, noble tributes and reduced them to the small quivering children that they are at heart. Well, mostly. There was some good singing! But it all felt tinged with a bit of madness, didn't it?
Ashton Kutcher's new ad campaign for Pop Chips does a pretty unfunny caricature of an Indian guy, and has thus, understandably, riled up some folks.
Last night Warner Bros. released a third trailer for the gut-twistingly anticipated summertime movie The Dark Knight Rises, and it is good. Like, "this is definitely the movie of the summer, right?" good.
A new extended international trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien sorta prequel Prometheus (it seems to take place far enough in the past that it's, like, a paleo prequel?) has been released.
As we noted this morning, the new romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, which was produced by comedy impresario Judd Apatow, didn't do well at the ol' box office over the weekend. In fact it did pretty badly, placing a meager fifth in a weekend it should have easily won.
As the days grow longer and the weather (for the most part) warmer, there is one terrible thing happening. Yes, network seasons are wrapping up. For example, The Good Wife, smart sudsy show that it is, ended its third season last night. We're gonna miss it!
Today we review two contrasting films, The Raven and The Five-Year Engagement.
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