Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Scale of Affection Is Fluid'
A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as my sister gives me her condoms... My local NBC station pre-empted a good chunk of "The Scale of Affection Is Fluid" last night to cover the press conference about the New York doctor with Ebola, which means I didn't get to watch it til this morning, and unfortunately don't have a lot of time to write about what was one of this season's stronger episodes. The hour not only tabled some of the season's more problematic storylines (this was Lauren Graham and Ray Romano's week off, for instance, so no Hank/Ruby drama), but found ways to liven up other ones that hadn't been entirely working. The show's weird blame game in the Joel/Julia separation has been a mess, for instance, but the question of how the kids and Joel would react to Chris' introduction »
- Alan Sepinwall
Why aren't there more serious movies about cheerleading?
When you Google "cheerleading movies," the top hits include the likes of Bring It On (and its four straight-to-dvd sequels), Sugar & Spice, Ninja Cheerleaders, and (no joke) Cheerleader Ninjas. When you Google "football movies," the top hits include Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday, The Blind Side, and Rudy, just to mention a few. Why does the entertainment business see cheerleading as a sport that lends itself to comedy, while the world of football's the idea place to set a drama? Does Hollywood believe that cheerleading isn't serious enough to sustain a movie that isn't tongue-in-cheek? A »
- Samantha Highfill
Top 10 most shocking Grammys snubs ever: Albums by Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Nirvana, ...
While Beyonce looks like a slam dunk to win Album of the Year at this year's Grammys for her self-titled disc, she may well find herself snubbed in this top race, as was Justin Timberlake last year for his top-selling "The 20/20 Experience." Indeed, these top music honors have a long history of not even nominating some of the best albums ever. Below, we catalog the top 10 most shocking omissions in the history of these kudos. Have you made your Grammy predictions yet? Who do you think will take home trophies in the four General Field categories of Album, Record, Song and New Artist? To make your early picks Click Here. Your predictions impact the notorious Gold Derby's official racetrack odds that give heart attacks to music execs and stars. How can you not join the fun? And don't fret, you can change your predix as often as you wish. Indeed, »
Warning: This Bones Video Will Make You Want to Throw Up—Watch at Your Own Risk!
Warning: do not eat while watching the video below. Seriously, we're not joking. Why? Because it features the cast of Bones wishing you a Happy Halloween the only way they know—bones, blood, guts and gore galore! And its so gruesome that Fox placed a "viewer discretion is advised" warning before it begins! In the exclusive clip, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and the rest of the Bones cast are celebrating the spooky holiday with the promise of "gross bodies," not candy, for its loyal fans. How sweet! Plus, Boreanaz pulls off a "triple salchow finish" that is just too adorable for words. The scariest part of the video for us? Realizing how comfortable the »
One Direction Releases "Steal My Girl" Music Video, Tells PETA No Animals Were Hurt During Filming
One Direction has released clips from the "Steal My Girl" music video since Sunday. The U.K. boy band released the full-length version Friday, but not before riling up PETA. Benjamin Turner and Gabe Turner directed the video, which features Danny DeVito. In an open letter addressed to Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, PETA told the pop stars Thursday that they are "concerned about reports that a chimpanzee, a lion and other wild and exotic animals were used in a new One Direction video." The animal rights organization told the quintet, "You may not know that animals used for entertainment productions, including music videos, endure horrific cruelty »
'Parenthood's' Lauren Graham Heads to CBS' 'Odd Couple'
With Parenthood's end in sight, Lauren Graham has lined up a new gig. The actress has been tapped for a guest role on CBS' upcoming The Odd Couple reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In the comedy based on Neil Simon's Broadway play, Graham will play Gaby, the ex-wife of Matthew Perry's Oscar Madison. Gaby and Oscar lived through a contentious marriage — and divorce — but beneath all the bickering, there remains a deep connection and affection between them. See more Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Signing Off in 2014-15 The casting is a case of art imitating
- Lesley Goldberg
Greg Garcia Sells Coming of Age Comedy to ABC (Exclusive)
Greg Garcia is making a case to be one of development season's biggest overachievers. The Millers creator has sold his fifth comedy this season and second to ABC, teaming with writer Chris Case for coming-of-age entry Mr. Chris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy, which received a script commitment from the network, centers on trust-funder Chris, who after he gets financially cut off by his fed-up father, temporarily moves in with a construction foreman and his family, where he has to learn the lessons that were never taught to him growing up. See
- Lesley Goldberg
TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Amid Sex Offender Scandal
There goes Honey Boo Boo. On Friday, TLC announced the network's decision to drop onetime ratings juggernaut Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after family matriarch June Shannon, 35, was linked to a convicted sex offender. "TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately," the network said in a statement to People. "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well being." On Thursday Shannon denied the report linking her to Mark McDaniel, who was convicted »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
NBC's ‘Constantine’ Boss Reveals Why Series Is Better Without Keanu Reeves and Lucy Griffiths
Keanu Reeves won't reprise his film role on NBC's “Constantine,” but showrunner and executive producer Daniel Cerone thinks the supernatural horror series may be better off without him. “Some people really enjoyed Keanu in the role,” Cerone told TheWrap. ”but we felt more of an obligation to stay true to the character. Movies are often driven by star talent and when you have someone like Keanu Reeves who wants to play the role, then you sort of morph the role around the actor.” See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? It's no slight against the marquee actor, »
- Travis Reilly
Ebola NYC Case Drives Media Into Overdrive With Bombastic Headlines, Exhaustive Cable News Coverage
The mere word Ebola stokes fear in many Americans. And some of the Friday headlines online and in print certainly might have the same effect. Also read: Ebola Spreads to New York: Cable News Networks Go Wall-to-Wall The Huffington Post went with a Batman theme while the Drudge Report took the animalistic angle. (see below sampling from around the internet) And on cable news this morning, all networks led with the big-city Ebola case. At 6a.m. “Fox & Friends” started with “eight million people live here, so how many are at risk?” See video: Ebola Nurse on ‘Today’ Show: ‘I'm Embarrassed for My. »
- Jordan Chariton
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Canceled at TLC Amid Controversy
There goes Honey Boo Boo... a statement a lot of people will likely be throwing around a lot on Friday. TLC has officially canceled its once hugely popular reality series about the former Toddlers and Tiaras personality (real name Alana Thompson) and her colorful family. The news comes just a day after TMZ posted a story that alleges series matriarch June Shannon is currently romantically linked with a man convicted of child molestation, prompting an immediate response from the network that it was "reassessing" the future of the franchise. Well, TLC has assessed. “TLC has canceled the series Here Comes
- Michael O'Connell
Former CNN, Fox News Anchor Terry Keenan Dies
Former CNN and Fox News anchor Terry Keenan died suddenly last night, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Details are still unclear, but it's believed she was 56. Keenan was most recently a Sunday business columnist for the New York Post. Her last column was posted online on Oct. 19. Keenan formerly worked as an anchor and business correspondent for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, hosting the Saturday investing program Cashin' In. She left Fox News in 2009, according to reports. She joined Fox News in 2002, according to TV Newser, from CNN, where she served as an anchor
- THR Staff
Watch Rarely Seen Footage from LeBron James's Early Days
The 2014-15 NBA season kicks off on Oct. 28, and two days later, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the New York Knicks. Because this is the first game that will see LeBron James rejoining the Cavs, now is the perfect time to check out these clips from the upcoming special Becoming, all about James's phenomenal career. Becoming, which airs Sunday, Oct. 26, on Disney Xd, then Friday, Nov. 7, on Espn, was filmed in James's hometown of Akron, Ohio, and includes rarely seen footage from the first stages of his career. This includes his time playing for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars in »
‘Constantine’ Review: Matt Ryan's Antihero Charms Overcome Standard Genre Trappings
There are no new ideas under the sun, and there are certainly very few new ideas on television. How many medical and legal dramas can you count that are on the air right now? So it should come as no surprise that NBC's latest supernatural thriller “Constantine” feels very familiar. In fact, you could say that it feels a lot like The CW's “Supernatural,” in more ways than one. It's not to say that NBC derived this new series from the decade-old story of the Winchester brothers. “Constantine” is based on “Hellblazer,” a comic that ran from 1988-2013, and John. »
- Jason Hughes
Recording Academy, CBS Shuffle Grammy Nominations Announcement Plan
The Recording Academy and CBS are shaking up the Grammy nominations process, returning to the traditional early morning unveiling of most categories — other than the top prize of album of the year — after announcing key categories as part of a primetime special for the past six years.
This year, album of the year nominees will be revealed during the Dec. 5 “A Very Grammy Christmas” hourlong special airing at 9 p.m. The nominees in the 82 other categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, set for Feb. 8, will be released that morning. Details on the morning announcement are still being hammered out but the news is not expected to be presented in a press conference setting as with the other major industry kudos and as the Grammys held in the past.
The Grammy nominations broke from kudocast protocol of the early ayem unveiling in 2008 when the Recording Academy and CBS opted to »
- Christopher Morris
Gutsy 'The Voice' prediction: 'Raw' Luke Wade will win this season with his 'pure emotion'
"Luke Wade seems poised to win this season with his mix of raw vocal ability and pure emotion," says Kevin Jacobsen, one of our best predictors of "The Voice." -Break- Known as Taloson in our forums, he adds, "He gave it his all in his Battles performance with "Maybe I'm Amazed," and I think America will be captivated by him in the weeks to come." Battle rounds have concluded after four nights over the past two weeks. We reached out to Taloson to get his reactions to the performers so far and their coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams. Levine and Shelton have strong support because they have won five of the past six seasons combined. While a newcomer to this NBC reality series, Williams has been a magnet for the best artists since he is the reigning Producer of the Year at the Grammys. Meantime, »
‘Ouija’ Fails to Scare Critics: 10 Takedowns That Should Make Audiences Fear Buying a Ticket
“Ouija,” the latest Hollywood production inspired by a board game, hits theaters this weekend, and like board game adaptation “Battleship,” critics hate it. The PG-13 horror movie from Universal Pictures and toy company Hasbro is being bashed by critics left and right, with only a 9 percent “rotten” approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Also read: How Universal Took ‘Ouija’ From Risky Blockbuster to Likely Low-Budget Hit Although TheWrap‘s Alonso Duralde considered “a handful of creepy scenes and at least one decent surprise” enough for its target teen audience to enjoy, the majority of film critics could not give it a pass for pandering to. »
- Greg Gilman
Jenni Konner on 'Girls' Think Pieces, Her Twitter "Rage Spirals" and Taking a Bullet for Lena Dunham
About all those think pieces and Twitter rants that are published after what feels like each Sunday evening episode of Girls — it turns out Jenni Konner reads them and loves them. All. "I love it — even when it's kind of terrible and angry, I tend to enjoy people really thinking about Girls," the co-showrunner and executive producer said during her New York Television Festival creative keynote conversation on Thursday evening. Though she can never predict what people will react to of the HBO series following twentysomethings in New York, she admitted that after the first season,
- Ashley Lee
‘Ouija’ Conjures Up $911,000 at Thursday Box Office
“Ouija” spirited away with $911,000 at 2,061 theaters on Thursday night. Universal's board game-based film is expected to bring in $20 million at the box office this weekend, according to analysts. It will likely unseat Brad Pitt‘s WWII action film “Fury” from the number one spot. Also read: 10 of Hollywood's Creepiest Demon Dolls (Photos) “John Wick” grossed an estimated $870,000 in over 2,000 locations on Thursday. Lionsgate's thriller is predicted to open just under $10 million and the Weinstein Company's “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy should score a similar take after a nationwide expansion into 2000 theaters. “Ouija” may win the weekend, but »
- Gina Hall
Sony Pictures Korea Expected to Close
Seoul — Sony Pictures is poised to end its direct theatrical distribution business in South Korea, according to sources in the Korean film industry.
Although a formal announcement has yet to be made, sources close to the company told Variety that Sony Pictures Korea will cease operations at the end of the year. Sony’s last Korean release is expected to be “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt, who is scheduled to visit the country to promote the film.
It is expected that Universal Pictures International will then take over distribution duties, according to sources.
Sony became the first Hollywood studio to handle its own distribution in Korea, when it set up a unit of Columbia Tristar in 1990. In 2006 it inked a joint venture with Disney, creating Sony Pictures Releasing Walt Disney Studios Korea, though that relationship has recently been dissolved.
Disney and Marvel films including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” are now being distributed by Disney alone. »
- Nemo Kim
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