9 items from 2014
These stories never get old… It was the sixth inning at Nationals Park and the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper took a lead off first base, hoping to steal second. However, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo threw back to first, forcing Harper back onto the bag. Or Harper tried to make it back on the bag. Here's where it gets awkward. Harper makes it nowhere near first base and everyone feels uncomfortable about it. His slide is reminiscent of Major League's character Willie Mays Hayes, except Harper maybe handles it a little more gracefully. Twitter was quick to keep comparing Harper to the Major League character. In possibly our favorite part of the whole »
Few media figures have felt more conspicuously ahead of their time than George Plimpton, who brought a mix of journalism, hucksterism and showmanship together in one aristocratic package — like Anderson Cooper, Morgan Spurlock and Johnny Knoxville all rolled into one. PBS does the man justice with “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself,” a 90-minute “American Masters” documentary devoted to the perpetual amateur who popularized the term “participatory journalism,” and seemed to cram several lives into one. Interesting on its own terms, the doc echoes more loudly, considering how perfectly suited to today Plimpton’s style feels.
After a few obligatory biographical tidbits (his father, for example, being a rather disapproving jerk, based on Plimpton’s narration), George essentially stumbled into his job at the Paris Review. Quickly, he embarked on a string of participatory stories designed to establish him as a surrogate for the reader — providing an idea of what »
- Brian Lowry
Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies.
In fact, I'm not a big fan of sports in general, except maybe baseball. But put Kevin Costner in a movie about one of America's many pastimes and my story changes. After all, this is the guy who starred in two of the best baseball movies of all time: "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." I even liked the third part of his unofficial "baseball trilogy," "For the Love of the Game."
Now, the actor is tackling (pun intended) football in "Draft Day" as the general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, the man in the unenviable position of making the team's first-round draft pick. He's also dealing with a girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) who's got some big news, a coach (Denis Leary) who wants his job, and an owner (Frank Langella) who wants his hide. Hell, even his mother (Ellen Burstyn) kicks him around. »
- Don Kaye
Calle 13 rapper René Pérez Joglar is leading the charge against conspicuous consumption in the hip hop world -- he just beat his own Maserati to pieces and drove it off a cliff ... all to prove the point that money is killing music.René pulled off the stunt for his new music video "Adentro" -- and if that wasn't cool enough ... baseball legend Willie Mays actually hands him the bat.Rene tells us, "I bought »
- TMZ Staff
With "American Idol" struggling against "Big Bang Theory" and even "The Millers" and with "Rake" struggling against competitive test patterns and out-of-season Yule Logs, Fox has made some key mid-spring swaps. The network announced on Monday (March 3) afternoon that the Season 12 premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" has been pushed up to Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. That night, "American Idol" will push back an hour to 9 p.m. It's a good news/bad news situation for Gordon Ramsay. While "Hell's Kitchen" has been moved up to a more prominent slot, "Kitchen Nightmares" has been held back to a Tbd premiere. Instead, "Rake" will move to Fridayys in the 8 p.m. hour, where it will then lead into episodes of "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope." This shift won't help "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" in any particular way. "Bones" repeats on Friday and recent Thursday airings of "Rake" have been doing very similar numbers. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator behind the classic holiday special classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the “Jackson Five” cartoon series and dozens of other productions, died Thursday at his home in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. He was 89.
Rankin’s death was reported by Bermuda’s Royal Gazette.
With his partner Jules Bass, Rankin ran the prosperous Rankin/Bass production banner that was behind a slew of specials and cartoon series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s.
The company was a pioneer in the use of stop-motion animation, which gave a distinctive look to its 1964 “Rudolph” special (pictured). Rankin/Bass also made a point of recruiting notable actors for its vocal talent, including Burl Ives for the Sam the Snowman role in “Rudolph.”
A native of New York to parents who were actors, »
- Variety Staff
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
9 items from 2014
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