Rob Huebel To Star In IFC's American Storage
In a move anyone familiar with his oeuvre can get behind, Childrens Hospital's Rob Huebel has joined American Storage as an "eccentric man" living in a storage unit. Newbie John Karna will play the storage facility employee who discovers Huebel's makeshift pad. How has this never actually happened on Storage Wars? Has it? The premise of this show might be the most satisfying and logical extension of American television today. »
- Halle Kiefer
Tech Support: John Williams, Arcade Fire and Hans Zimmer (x2) duke it out for Best Original Score
Earlier today the list of eligible original score Oscar contenders was revealed by the Academy, so consider it great timing as we focus on the category today in our final craft category analysis of the season. Best Original Score is one of the best known crafts categories, and for good reason. When done well, film music can become iconic, transcendent, even. Such scores are frequently rewarded in this category, in fact. Having memorable themes, lots of instrumentation and being, for lack of a better term, noticeable in the feature are all characteristics of work that is often recognized by the branch. »
- Gerard Kennedy
China’s Hippo Munches up Pair of Australian Animation Deals
Hong Kong – Shanghai Hippo Animation, a leading Chinese cartoon producer, has struck two feature film production deals with Australian firms. It will also launch a $50 million production fund.
The deals with Vue Group and with Zac Films were announced by the West Australia Culture and Arts Minister John Day and by the state’s industry support agency ScreenWest.
“An elite team of 25 Australian creative animators will be employed, trained and developed at the Vue Group offices, which is located in Bunbury [near Perth, West Australia]. At full capacity this group will grow to 50 people making Bunbury a creative center for animation able to compete on an international level,” said Day in a statement.
The deal with Vue will see Vue and Hippo co-produce a slate of films including “The Adventures of Marco Polo,” “The Rabbit 2,” and “Farm House 81: Perfect Friends.” All three productions will be in English and then sub titled in Chinese »
- Patrick Frater
Interview: Amy & Jason talk 'The Amazing Race'
The "Amazing Race" exit interview season concludes, naturally, with our winners, Team Rhode Island, dating couple Jason & Amy. Through much of the season, as the Leg victories were going to quickly eliminated teams like Chester & Ephraim and Brandon & Adam, as well as eventual finalists Tim & Marie and Travis & Nicole, it seemed like Jason & Amy were destined to go down as the greatest second place team in "Amazing Race" history. By the last Leg, Jason & Amy had six second place finishes, meaning they spent half of the Race in second. But Jason & »
- Daniel Fienberg
Surprise: Beyoncé's new self-titled album just dropped on iTunes
Beyoncé's self-titled fifth album is unexpectedly out -- as of about an hour ago, officially on Friday, Dec. 13 (Est) and exclusively on iTunes. Check out a video Bey just posted to her Facebook page and the tracklist below. The album contains 14 songs and 17 videos with guests including Jay Z ("Drunk in Love"), Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"). "Xo" is rumored to be the album's first single. Her ode to daughter Blue Ivy, "God Made You Beautiful," didn't make the cut, nor did the Timbaland-produced "Grown Woman" or Sia-penned "Standing on the Sun," both of which were featured »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Surprise! Beyonce Releases New Album on iTunes
Just minutes before midnight Est Friday (Dec. 13) morning, Beyonce released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes. Details are still emerging on confirmed producers, but guests credited on the "exclusive visual album" are Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and daughter Blue Ivy. Beyonce's self-titled album -- her fifth studio effort, and first since 2011's 4 -- arrived on Thursday night (Dec. 12) without prior warning and was announced on the singer's official Facebook page and Instagram account. The 14-song collection features "Drunk In Love," a new collaboration with husband Jay Z; "Mine," featuring Drake;
- Jason Lipshutz, Andrew Hampp, Billboard
Beyoncé Just Dropped an Album With No Warning
Of course. Of course Beyoncé just dropped a new "exclusive visual album" with 14 songs and 17 videos and absolutely no promotion – and yes, that includes a video for every song. Of course Jay Z and Blue Ivy are on the album. Oh, and the title? Beyoncé. The name of Beyoncé's fifth solo album is Beyoncé. "I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it," Beyoncé explained in a press release. "I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans." Do you prefer just a little promotion before you shell »
- Halle Kiefer,Margaret Hartmann
'X Factor' Recap: And Then There Were Three
Thursday night's The X Factor results show was full of anticipation as the singing competition narrowed the final four contenders to the top 3 finals round. All four judges were dressed up for the special evening and seemed in good spirits before host Mario Lopez started reading the results. The finalists opened the show with a subdued performance of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" Demi Lovato was hesitant to give her bets since she didn't have any team members left in the game. Simon Cowell said he was confident and nervous about his mentees' prospects of staying
- Cortney Wills
Beyonce Drops Unannounced Self-Titled ‘Visual Album’ on iTunes
Beyonce released a self-titled “visual” album exclusively on iTunes Thursday night, to the surprise of essentially everyone not named “Carter.” The studio album, Beyonce’s fifth, contains a combination of traditional audio tracks with accompanying video versions. Fans can now buy the virtually unannounced 32 “track” offering — 14 songs and 17 videos — for $15.99, or wait a week to purchase songs individually. Manufacturing of physical albums begins today, and the double disc CD/DVD will be available at retail in time for the holidays. “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” Beyonce said in a press release, »
- Tony Maglio
Beyoncé Surprises Fans by Secretly Dropping a New Album on iTunes
Just like that, huh Beyoncé?! While many artists usually spend months promoting their upcoming releases in hopes that album sales skyrocket, Queen B decided to go against the grain and just drop her fifth studio album exclusively on iTunes without anyone having the slightest idea that it was coming. The self-titled album features a whopping 31 tracks, 14 of which are new songs, including collaborations with big name artists like hubby Jay Z, gal-pals Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and her baby girl Blue Ivy—just to name a few. As for the other 17 tracks...In an effort to make this event an even more Omg-worthy moment, Bey decided to »
News Update: Golden Globes salute 'Orphan Black,' snub 'Homeland' and more
We've had a whirlwind two mornings of awards news on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild announced a pretty dull slate of nominees on the TV side, a boring field that I discussed with HitFix's Greg Ellwood. Fortunately, the Golden Globes made things interesting on Thursday, with a field that was loaded with pleasant surprises -- Monica Potter! Tatiana Maslany! Taylor Schilling! -- and variably shocking snubs -- Jon Hamm! Claire Danes! That gave me and Greg plenty to talk about on Thursday morning when we chatted in the HitFix video studio. Check out my »
- Daniel Fienberg
Megyn Kelly’s ‘Santa Claus is White’ Line: Crazy Like a Fox
The funniest part of Megyn Kelly’s reassurance to children who might be watching “The Kelly File” that Santa Claus is, indeed, white wasn’t her statement with absolute conviction regarding a fictional character. Although granted, that did sound pretty amusing.
No, the funniest thing is the Fox News Channel host felt compelled during her program Wednesday to address children at all when, in all likelihood, virtually none were watching, unless it was their turn to keep an eye on grandpa for a few minutes.
Not surprisingly, liberal outlets pounced on Kelly’s pronouncement, issued in response to a Slate column that suggested the image of Santa as a jolly old white guy with a beard could be made more inclusive.
Kelly’s comments turned the host into a day-long punchline. Presumably someone at Mediamatters.org had an orgasm, or something close to it, at just how ridiculous the quote »
- Brian Lowry
Sarah Michelle Gellar Talks Hubby Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Hot Body: "I'm Not Gonna Complain!"
It's never bad idea to take another look at Freddie Prinze Jr.'s hot body. And who better to gush over his muscled physique than his very lucky wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar. "He's a good looking man," Smg told me at the TrevorLive benefit for The Trevor Project, a nationwide suicide prevention hotline for Lgbt youth. "I'm not gonna complain!" We certainly wouldn't either. Lifetime had fans in a tizzy when they released a still of Prinze Jr. from his then-upcoming appearance on the show Witches of East End. The 37-year-old dad stands shirtless, showing off his six-pack abs and buff chest and arms. Gellar said it was her Crazy One castmates »
Kellan Lutz Lets It Whip In Hercules Trailer
It's nice to see John Lutz's grandnephew doing so well for himself. Maybe it's some kind of emotional holdover from Thor: The Dark World. Maybe it's the battle skirts. Hell, maybe it's the lightning whip, but we think The Legend of Hercules trailer looks downright fun. It's definitely not a great sign that the movie opens January 10, but still. There's a lightning whip. »
- Halle Kiefer
Studio Ghibli sets ‘Marnie’ as First Post-Miyazaki Movie
Tokyo – “When Marnie Was There,” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi has been set as the first feature to emerge from Japan’s powerhouse animation studio Studio Ghibli in the new post Hayao Miyazaki era.
Details of the film were unveiled by distributor Toho on Thursday.
Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio and has been responsible for most of its hit movies, announced his retirement in September.
“Marnie” is an adaptation of a children’s book by British author Joan G. Robinson and is scheduled for release in summer 2014.
Yonebayashi previously directed 2010 hit “The Secret World of Arrietty” which grossed $89 million and is Ghibli’s top non-Miyazaki title.
Miyazaki will not serve as scriptwriter or supervisor on the film, in contrast to “Arrietty” and other previous Ghibli pics that benefitted from his name on the credits in non-directing capacities.
- Mark Schilling
‘What’s the Deal?’ With the Golden Globes Drama and Comedy Confusion? (Video)
The duo weigh in with their thoughts on the day’s surprises and snubs, which included a shutout for the Weinstein Company’s dramas “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Both Sneider and Shaw were delighted that Spike Jonze’s “Her” made the Best Picture cut, despite the fact that it’s neither a comedy or a musical. TheWrap’s Complete Golden Globes Coverage Watch the videos to see which nominees piqued their interest. Best Supporting Actor and Actress Races: Best Actor and Actress Races: Best Director, Best Score Races: »
- Wrap Staff
Kellan Lutz's naked torso does all the talking in new 'Legend of Hercules' trailer
Kellan Lutz is here to be objectified. The "Twilight" studmuffin does lots of running around with his shirt off and very little actual talking in the second official trailer for "The Legend of Hercules," the forthcoming fantasy/action film that's set to beat Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" to theaters by more than six months. This one comes from director Renny Harlin, the man responsible for such solid '90s actioners as "Die Hard 2," "Cliffhanger," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Deep Blue Sea." Well hey, a career is a career. Check out the trailer below, then let us know what you »
- Chris Eggertsen
'Scandal' Case Study: Kerry Washington on the Midseason Finale Shocker and What's Next
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Scandal's winter finale, "A Door Marked Exit."] ABC's Scandal ended its fall run in grand fashion Thursday with a midseason finale that answered several questions and set the stage for its spring return. During the jam-packed hour, Sally (Kate Burton) leans on the devil himself -- Cyrus (Jeff Perry) -- to cover up her role in Daniel's slaying, but the entire conversation was caught on tape and lands in the hands of David Rosen (Joshua Malina). As for James (Dan Bucatinksy) and Cyrus, the out-of-work journalist makes a deal with his husband to
- Lesley Goldberg
Vampire Diaries' Heartbreaking Split, Scandal's Exit, Grey's' Wedding Shocker and More Omg TV Moments
Warning: We're about to run down the biggest TV moments from Thursday night. If you don't want to be spoiled on a particular show, skip to the next! Scandal: So long, Jake! Noooo! The former B613 agent bowed out of the race for Olivia's heart in the winter finale, telling her, "Whatever happens next, I want you to know that I loved you. I love you" But he didn't go that far as he has now replaced her father Rowan as the head of B613. Say whaaa?! And guess who was behind his promotion: Fitz! But Jake wasn't the only person to "exit" Olivia's life as Huck banished Quinn (the artist formerly known as Baby Huck) from Opa. After removing her teeth last week. Way harsh, »
Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney Have a My Best Friend's Wedding Reunion at August: Osage County Premiere
Suddenly, it's 1997 again and we're slightly (and by slightly, we mean super) overjoyed that Cameron Diaz isn't standing inbetween these two meant-to-be lovers. Yes, meant to be. That ending was just unfair. Julia Roberts confessed that she "rarely" does red carpet appearances now, but we're so thankful she decided for it this time around, because it was the perfect opportunity to give us a flashback of the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. The A-list star posed alongside her former (and now, once again) costar Dermot Mulroney during the New York premiere of their film August: Osage County. The pair were all smiles as Mulroney looked dapper in a suit and longer hair, while Roberts »
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