Everyone was pretty certain that Thursday night's Final 3 results would play out a certain way. But no! A real humdinger of a shocker came bouncing through the Idoldome, briefly reinvigorating a tiresome season. Well played, American Idol.
Your favorite public broadcasting network is looking for someone to record their "this... is NPR" voiceovers. You could be that person! Although, come to think of it, the following people have voices made of gold, so they might deserve the job.
Perhaps Gus Van Sant is out of luck, reports today indicate that Joe Wright, the director of Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina, may be the guy who is going to undertake the film version of mommy-porn phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey. And he might be perfect.
Yesterday the filmmakers behind a new documentary called Kickstarted, all about Kickstarter and the so-called crowdfunding movement, released a clip of actor/writer/director Zach Braff explaining the motivations behind his successful but somewhat troublesome Kickstarter campaign.
It's summer blockbuster time, which means we're starting to see trailers from some of the fall's most intriguing offerings, one of which is definitely Alfonso Cuarón's long awaited Gravity. Sure, Warner Bros. delayed the film almost a year, but this minute-and-a-half of Space Shuttle action might actually take your breath away. And that's before 3D — but with Clooney.
Stewart had some interesting ways to describe Grace and the perverse joy she seems to get from tawdry crime stories like the Jodi Arias trial: "That's not rouge on her cheeks," he said. "She draws youth and vitality from human tragedy."
Today in viral videos: sometimes Russian dash cams (and Russians) will make you feel better about life, Kristen Wiig is prepping her SNL comeback, and the forbidden love between an owl and a dog.
As exciting as Almost Human and Believe sound right now, we'll have to wait to see his two new shows at NBC and Fox's upfront presentations on Monday. And it's true: not everything Abrams touches, at least on the small screen, turns into automatic gold.
The most eligible bachelor in the solar system, has arrived in the United States — fully clothed this time, unfortunately. Yes, the ginger Windsor started a week-long American tour in DC on Thursday afternoon. To level the playing field for everyone, here are some universal tips on how to get to Harry while he's on his grand Yankee bride hunt.
In a weird turn of events, the first animated Marvel film from Disney seems to be not just an obvious cash grab but also — and tellingly — part of a plan to continue evolving the artistry of a legendary studio. And there's something nostalgic about the way Big Hero 6 is being embraced. Take a first look.
The annual Top 3 of American Idol is always such a big episode, crowded as it is with the home visits and the producers' choice song and, of course, that ever-present feeling of the season being almost over. It's a good episode, and a lot of the singing last night was quite good, too, if you can believe. Let's discuss.
While a number of questions about next fall's primetime lineup still remain, Fox has jumped the gun on next week's upfronts with the shows it is (and isn't) pushing next season, and NBC has already shot down hopes and dreams of eager executive producers, so there's early word on faces taking up your TV screen later in 2013.
Let's just go ahead and call Meg Wolitzer's fantastic The Interestings the book of the moment, the novel you should really read, if you haven't already. At a cafe in Manhattan recently, I spoke to the author about the need to "radicalize your work," why a novel is like an accordion, and how getting a bad review is like having your head shaved in public, to name just a few things.
Baz Luhrmann's Jay-Z and Prada-infused The Great Gatsby (in 3D) is here this weekend, for better or for worse, and Luhrmann is already dreaming up his next project. Luhrmann said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he is interested in directing Leonardo DiCaprio in an adaptation of Hamlet.
Today in viral videos: John Krasinski proves there is life beyond The Office, a Thai pile driver, and all the grammar mistakes you've ever made.
Here's the trailer for the Paul Greengrass-directed, Hanks-starring take on the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. See how he stacks up against the real captain — and the made-for-the-movies original story.
A Yale biologist has managed to prove that players like Nate Robinson are "on fire" for a reason. But do actual sports teams really care about the phenomenon of heating up for a few games? The MLB and the NHL would say no — and so would Derrick Rose.
Since the video for "The Next Day" debuted overnight, reports have emerged that YouTube has pulled the clip because it "violated YouTube's Terms of Service." There's been no official word, but many are assuming Bowie took things a little too far with his playing on religious symbolism this time around.
Would you count Edward Norton, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis and the Lonely Island guys among your favorite people? It's your lucky day! Because the Lonely Island troupe just premiered a new video and song inside a "Between Two Ferns" sketch that also stars James Franco.
In Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr. (a.k.a. Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man) may have defeated the Mandarin, saved the president, and reunited with Pepper Potts, but perhaps his upcoming battle—the one that will lead to future adventures—will be the most interesting. Yes, Downey is facing off with executives from Marvel.
The trailer for Lee Daniels' The Butler confirms that Oprah Winfrey is returning to the big screen (in non-cameo, non-voiceover form) for the first time since starring opposite of Danny Glover in 1998's Beloved. The trailer also features some of the strangest casting of U.S. presidents in recent memory.
On last night's Daily Show, Stewart wondered about all the reports that said that Christie underwent lap-band surgery just to run for president. "Can't a guy get healthy, without the prognosticators?" Stewart wondered. But Stewart requires some other skills in a 2016 candidate.
Here's your first extended look at the blockbuster adaptation of the classic Y.A. sci-fi book. And while some are wondering whether the trailer is actually too revealing — spoiler-y even — you have to have a pretty good knowledge of the book for the offending scenes to make a big difference. Plus: aliens!
He created the special effects for films like 1963's Jason and the Argonauts, drawing inspiration from King Kong in a prophetic career long before the dawn of CGI — and it's obvious that his influence runs deep through the rise of digital cinema.
Affleck's next film will be an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime epic Live By Night. Production is now set to start at the end of the summer. That's a pretty quick turnaround time since Argo's golden glow, but it's a pretty smart move, too.
Daft Punk, the world's most beloved DJs behind the most anticipated dance album of the year, aren't exactly anticipating that you fall in love with their new record, Random Access Memories. It doesn't sound like other Daft Punk records, which was deliberate, they say, because everything in electronic music sounds like knock-off Daft Punk right now
If you were at the Met Gala last night, you were treated to Kanye performing new music in a studded mask. If you weren't — which, let's face it, you probably weren't, and you've been stuck looking at red carpet photos all morning — you can hear scream-y snippets of that music via Twitter Vine clips taken by several glamorous, somewhat punk-y guests.
So it turns out Kurtz wasn't exactly fired by The Daily Beast just for his egregious Jason Collins story: Brown had been "putting together a file" of excuses to fire him, and the big gay cover-up heard 'round the media world let her dump Kurtz and his quarter-million-dollar contract, quickly and affordably.
Today in viral videos: evidence from the streets of London that the Dame can do no wrong, a dog that will never give up, and the seven-month-old water skier who reminds us that the world is in good hands.
The Vogue editor is at the center of the "nutty confluence" that is Monday night's punk-themed fashion gala at the Met, and even better than the New York cover with a nose ring is the "Annarchy" of Wintour, photoshopped and hanging out with some real-life punks.
You've heard of the book. You've heard of the major motion picture. But what's in a name, when the name is Gatsby? An investigation into the popularization of a word that is only sort of a word.
Two of early summer's mega-blockbusters include major revelations, but the Marvel folks behind Iron Man 3 managed to keep theirs quiet, while the Star Trek Into Darkness crew has been flailing. Here's a free lesson from the fans: Misdirection works better than secrecy.
One scene last night represented maybe the biggest change from page to screen that we've had so far, in this third season full of misdirection from the most exciting stretch of the books to the unpredictable adaptation by HBO. Or at least the oddest.
The old British curmudgeons in Led Zeppelin were asked to reunite for last year's star-studded Hurricane Sandy benefit concert — by former President Bill Clinton, no less — and they said no. Here's how the Zep-for-Stones swap went down.
So today came chatter about how British superstar novelist Martin Amis is apparently growing tired of Brooklyn. But Brooklyn is a lot bigger than you seem to realize, and it is for damn sure a lot more interesting.
The New York Times introduced us to Vinny Bruzzese, a "chain-smoking former statistics professor," who is purportedly "the reigning mad scientist of Hollywood" predicting which scripts will succeed and fail based on mathematical analysis. But reporter Brooks Barnes doesn't give us a glimpse at the numbers supposedly backing up his rules (no bowling scenes!) for hit movies.
The first round of movie reviews have arrived for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — and they are decidedly mediocre. Let's just say these one-liners won't exactly get blurbed on posters, trailers, or any marketing material whatsoever ahead of Friday's release.
Last night's Mad Men is being called the comeback episode. There was Joan calling out the Don Draper-man's world, Megan's mother Marie giving sex tips and drinking straight from a bottle of wine, and Peggy fantasizing about her boss. Oh, and a twist, too.
Justin Bieber seems to get into trouble when he goes overseas. At his concert Sunday in Dubai, a fan was able to bum rush the stage and briefly attack the spritely Canadian singer.
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