Week of « Prev | Next »
Box Office Report: Ang Lee's 'Pi' Shows Unexpected Life
25 November 2012 11:10 AM, PST
Winner Of The Week: Life of Pi. It's not like anyone expected Ang Lee's star-free movie about a boy and a tiger trapped together in a lifeboat to defeat the Volturi or James Bond. The top three movies were the same as last week: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (plunging 70 percent from last weekend to an estimated $43.1 million and a total so far of $227.0 million), followed by Skyfall (down a minuscule 12 percent to an estimated $36.0 million, for a three-week total of $221.7 million) and Lincoln (playing in an additional 243 venues, »
'X Factor' Pares Down to Top Eight in Thanksgiving Massacre
23 November 2012 6:40 AM, PST
Thanks for nothing, X Factor. After an enjoyable day of stuffing our belly alongside family and friends, we came home to a total bummer of a double elimination on Thanksgiving night.
While Arin Ray's 10th-place departure from the show was expected – he's been circling the drain for a while – it was the tearful ouster of cutesy pie Beatrice Miller that made us wish we hadn't turned on the TV. (Adding insult to injury was that Paige Thomas got off scott free, somehow avoiding the bottom three despite a poor »
‘The Walking Dead': America's Favorite Gorefest
23 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST
The scene: a pack of undead creatures lurks in the night. You can practically smell the rotting brain matter. Nothing going on in their skulls – except appetite. They lurch onward, and all that's left of their emotions is the instinctive urge to gnaw at the innards of the living.
But enough about Fox News on election night. The Walking Dead almost hits the same level of creepy. The AMC zombie splatterfest gets gorier than ever in its third season, and – no coincidence – it's racking up monster ratings. Every episode keeps »
Chevy Chase Exits 'Community'
22 November 2012 6:41 AM, PST
Much of Community's fourth season has already been shot and will feature Chase as the crotchety, often offensive Pierce Hawthorne. A few episodes remain, however, and it is unclear whether Chase's departure will be written into the show. His exit is not expected to effect production.
Based on a November 12th Tweet from writer Megan Ganz that featured a picture of the cast and the note, "Day one of shooting the finale. »
Demi Lovato Tears Up During Emotional 'X Factor' Performances
22 November 2012 5:37 AM, PST
Issues, issues, pass the tissues – and the mic.
It was another weepy wonderland on The X Factor as the Top 10 contestants dedicated songs to people who have changed their lives during a Thanksgiving-themed performance episode. It's hard to believe they're not getting this family-oriented holiday week off, instead having to face another double elimination on Thanksgiving night. That's not traumatizing or anything.
It was pretty heavy fare, with several sob stories being downright depressing. Taking the cake was CeCe Frey's tale of her older sister who died at home on »
'American Horror Story: Asylum' Recap: Baby Needs Colostrum
21 November 2012 8:05 PM, PST
This week on Ahs: Asylum, Bloody Face a.k.a. Dr. Thredson finally gets to tell his side of the flesh-rending story to a cowering Lana. Like every serial killer since the beginning of time, he is one long-winded, rambling diva. Thredson starts with his isolating experience growing up in an orphanage, meanders through his time in med school and concludes with his realization that the best way to get over being abandoned by his mother is to take off ladies' skin and, I guess, wear it? We didn't »
Tolkien Estate Sues Warner Bros. Over 'Lord Of The Rings' Slot Machines
21 November 2012 8:35 AM, PST
The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is suing Warner Bros. over Lord Of The Rings-themed slot machines, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit seeks $80 million in damages, accusing Warner, its subsidiary New Line and Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit rightsholder Saul Zaentz of copyright infringement and breach of contract. Tolkien's estate cites a decades-old rights agreement that allows the studio to exclusively make "tangible" merchandise based on the books. The estate calls the "online slot machine" and other digital properties "highly offensive."
Tolkien's estate originally became aware of »
Judd Apatow 'Simpsons' Script Getting Made After 22 Years
21 November 2012 7:50 AM, PST
Judd Apatow stopped by Conan O'Brien's web series Serious Jibber-Jabber and revealed that The Simpsons will make an episode written by him. But it's not a fresh script - Apatow originally penned the spec as his first project as a comedy writer 22 years ago. The story involves Homer undergoing hypnosis to believe he's Bart's age, but he then becomes Bart's best friend. Though it never surfaced, Apatow says the Simpsons team caught wind of the script, and now they're making it into a proper episode next year. It's nice to know you've made it. »
'The Voice' Cuts Two, Christina Aguilera Shows Her Group 'Love'
21 November 2012 7:40 AM, PST
Gaming last night's elimination round entirely by amount of comments and shares on The Voice's Facebook page, it looked like pseudo-Xtina Sylvia Yacoub, crooner Bryan Keith and soulful foghorn Trevin Hunte were the most likely to go. After many long, dramatic pauses, Carson Daly announced that Yacoub was indeed headed back to Michigan with her incredibly loud and competent voice, and that America had also booted Keith. When he's not doing the Eighties dad-rock songbook on The Voice, Keith has fronted a metal band so perhaps he has that to go back to. »
Travers: Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Is a 3D Masterpiece
20 November 2012 11:55 AM, PST
This week's big flick is Ang Lee's film adaption of Life Of Pi, based on Yann Martel's 2001 fantasy novel about an Indian boy who survives on a shipwreck for 227 days along with a menacing Bengal tiger. It's an ambitious tale, packed with fantastical imagery and heartfelt storytelling, but does Ang Lee successfully pull off the translation in 3D?
'Hobbit' Producers Reject PETA Abuse Claims
20 November 2012 7:15 AM, PST
Peter Jackson and the producers of The Hobbit have released a statement denying allegations that up to 27 animals died due to poor conditions at the farm where they lived during filming of the highly-anticipated movie, Zap2it reports.
"The producers completely reject the accusations that 27 animals died due to mistreatment during the making of the films," reads the statement. "Extraordinary measures were taken to make sure that animals were not used during action sequences or any other sequence that might create undue stress for the animals involved."
The film and »
Cassadee Pope Captivates With 'Over You' on 'The Voice'
20 November 2012 6:55 AM, PST
With The Voice headed into a particularly cutthroat homestretch that thins two contestants from the pack of 10, people are just bringing it, and not just in the hyperbolic lip-service way that typifies those reality competition b-roll clips about leaving it all on the stage and how there are no second chances. It's hard to say who brought it the hardest this week: while Cody Belew's leather-daddy Beyoncé revue was a total Omfg, no one roped it in quite like Cassadee Pope. She began as emo cheesemonger and is transforming, week by week, »
Watch the 'SNL' Guy Fieri Sketch That Didn't Air on TV
19 November 2012 1:20 PM, PST
After the New York Times destroyed celebrity chef Guy Fieri's new restaurant in Times Square last week, Saturday Night Live cut this hilarious bit that rips into the bleached-blonde, spiky-haired, hot-tempered food hawker. Unfortunately, Bobby Moynihan might've nailed it a little too well, and the sketch didn't make it to TV.
According to the skit, the Times got it all wrong and Fieri's food is "best served through a cloud of weed smoke." Remember that the next time you bite into some Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders without knowing how »
'Homeland' Recap: Dark Shadows
19 November 2012 6:15 AM, PST
Episodes of Homeland shoot themselves in the foot with their final scenes so regularly you could set your watch to them by now. Even so, I've got to hand it to them: The end of this episode was sillier than I ever saw coming.
Sure, by the time you realize that Roya is dragging Nick to the middle of nowhere for a double secret meet-up, and factor in all that "something important's gonna happen soon!" handheld-camera jiggling in this ep, you could predict that final reveal with Nate Silver-level accuracy. »
'Walking Dead' Recap: Phone Calls From Beyond
18 November 2012 7:05 PM, PST
Where we left off: The Governor threw a big block party in Woodbury, with a grand finale featuring the compound's own version of the WWF. Daryl and his serape took Maggie on a run for baby formula to keep L’il Asskicker alive. Michonne set out on her own, leaving Andrea to make googly-boogly eyes at The Gov. Rick took out his rage over Lori’s death by rampaging through the prison, slashing zombies right and left. In a world with no electricity or power or any Wichita linemen, Rick answered a mysterious phone call. »
'Boardwalk Empire' Recap: Shvitz Happens
18 November 2012 7:05 PM, PST
The writing was on the wall when Charlie Cox showed up for his first U.S. talk-show interview last Monday night. He wasn't just promoting Boardwalk Empire – he was probably also looking to Jimmy Fallon for a little exposure now that he's out of a job. With two more episodes to go, we've arrived at the home stretch, and if last season's body count is any indication, there will be more names disappearing from the series' opening-credits sequence over the next couple of weeks.
Owen's murder impacts Nucky in the »