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The Congress, coming to cinemas August 15th, tells a postmodern story of Robin Wright, struggling as her acting career begins to decline. For a hefty sum of money, Wright agrees to sell her ‘digital image’ to Miramount studios and never act again. The studio uses a computer generated version of her to turn her into whatever they want, be that a cartoon character, an action hero or more.
It sounds good, doesn’t it, being able to become something else; to travel to another world and be an entirely ‘new’ person. And yet, there is something troubling about being a changeable product; to have a personal image controlled by a faceless studio. This film explores that tension, between a utopian idea and a dystopia result. A great concept but a disturbing outcome.
In anticipation of Ari Folman’s thought-provoking new release, we count down – in no particular order – the top »
- Jonathan Keeley
The Fallout games are – unsurprisingly – all video games. They don’t exist in the real world and they take a few liberties when it comes to that magical coveted quality gamers refer to as realism. Sometimes these unrealistic “gamey” elements can be a bit jarring, and other times it’s just fun to point out the “video game logic” at work when compared to real life. As a disclaimer, we should probably point out that these are in no way criticisms of the game itself. When you’re playing an RPG, more than a little imagination and suspension of disbelief is required.
There’s been a lot of talk – most of it hot air – on whether or not video games influence a person’s actions in the real world. If this were the case, you should feel sorry for that person, because taking life lessons from Fallout won’t get you anywhere fast. »
- Kenneth Cummings
What ever will we do without our beloved "The Bachelorette" on our TV screens every week? Now that Andi Dorfman has found her fairy tale ending it feels as though we won't be able to get the same reality romance fix.
But don't fret, #BachelorNation. There's a whole roster of similar programs that could easily fill the void and we've rounded them up just for you. Which shows should you take a chance on now that "The Bachelorette" is over? We're giving out roses to 9 perfectly good ones right here:
1. "The Bachelor Pad"
What's better than watching former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants all living together in a house? They're also competing for money this time, so there's extra drama! Things get wild and fighting ensues. Enjoy the ride...
2. "Dating Naked"
That title doesn't need much further explanation. The new Vh1 dating show documents people dating And they're also naked. »
- Alana Altmann
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Reality television has grown from a controversial experiment to a permanent fixture in pop culture, where regular people become larger than life figures such as Kim Kardashian and Snooki. And as reality television evolved, clothes seemed to disappear more and more, until one day Dating Naked was born. You can check that out Thursdays at 9/8C starting tonight, and go back in naked reality TV history here.MTV’s The Real World brought people from random backgrounds together to experience life outside of their comfort zones. And once they stopped being polite and started getting real, they also got naked.
Where would skinny-dipping fiend Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules be without Ruthie and Tek from Real World: Hawaii? Love and Hip Hop wouldn’t have its steamy Erica Mena and Cyn Santana hot tub session without the infamous Real World: Miami threesome (in the shower) and Real »
- Diane Cho
National Geographic Channel is about to follow up its in-depth look at the ’80s with The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, and it is going to be an amazing ride that no one should miss. Filled with every aspect of the life and culture of the ’90s, and bursting with new interviews with the people who helped make the decade everything it was, this is a three-night event that isn’t just for watching, it’s for reveling in.
In order to help you make that happen, I’ve got a great prize pack to host your viewing party, and help get you in the mood for ’90s nostalgia.
We’ll have more coverage of the show soon, but for now you can check out some clips, get a bit more info, and you can even watch the first hour of the show if you just can’t wait for the July 6th kickoff. »
- Marc Eastman
Related Boardwalk Empire Adds a Drifter in Season 5
HBO on Sunday aired this chilling first look at Season 5 — premiering in September — and if the uneasy cover of Three Dog Night’s “One (Is the Loneliest Number)” is any indication, Bucky won’t find himself with too many allies when the prohibition drama comes to a close.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? »
FX has just posted a behind-the-scenes video for its upcoming drama series, "The Strain." The show, developed by Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy"), Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse ("Lost"), premieres Sunday July 13 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. In the clip, del Toro explains that the show will depict a world that is a "particular make of lab, technical, driven sequences, with an almost gothic approach to science." As actor Corey Stoll ("House of Cards") analyses, it's "really epic, but starts off in the real world." The real world being one that will treat vampires as a "biological oddity." Simply put, "The Strain" thinks it will "find the Gothic in the now." Check it out for yourself below: »
- Oliver MacMahon
Close your eyes and imagine a simpler time. 20 years ago, when there were only 60 channels on cable TV and no such thing as an iPhone, or an iPad, or an iAnything. It's the Summer of 1994, emojis are an unknown entity, and Butterfinger BBs are plentiful. Sheryl Crow is spinning on your walkman, and life is good. Progress is important. Over the past 20 years, countless inventions and ideas have come to fruition and gone on to change our daily lives for the better. But there's also nothing wrong with indulging in a little nostalgia. Especially if the memory lane you're casually »
- Kelli Bender
Remember this guy?Jesse Camp shot to fame in 1998 when he auditioned for and won MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ," a reality competition where music lovers vied for a hosting gig on "Total Request Live."His fame was short-lived, however, as he was replaced by Season 2 winner Thalia DaCosta a year later ... and his runner-up, Dave Holmes, ended up being more popular with both fans and the network in the long run.He then fell into obscurity, popping up at a few random events through the years and at the big finale of "Trl" in 2008.But last night, the 34-year-old (yes, he's only 34) returned to the limelight as he hit the red carpet for a "Free the Nipple" fundraiser hosted by Russell Simmons.Sporting shoulder-length hair, a couple scarves, an all-black outfit and brown cowboy boots, he's definitely tamed his look a little ... but proved that he and his rocker style are still alive. »
- tooFab Staff
Tim Gunn has a dream: A shakeup at Project Runway. While discussing reality TV with other industry heavyweights during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Gunn said he wants to change up the long-running reality series. "I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12," Gunn said. The Voice's Carson Daly chimed in, "That's a great idea." Pawn Stars producer Brent Montgomery, The Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray Survivor host Jeff Probst and Duck Dynasty producer Deirdre Gurney also participated in the discussion. Gunn has been outspoken about models on the show vs. real-life women. "When I'm working in the real world with real women »
Outside of the cheaper pay-per-view prices and the access to WWE’s old library, one of the selling points of the WWE Network was the promise of fresh programming. At the forefront of that concept was Legends House—a show which would borrow the premise from The Real World and The Surreal Life of having a group of people live together while being filmed.
This was nothing new and original that television audiences haven’t seen before, but since the cast was made up entirely of wrestlers, it was an easy pitch to the WWE Universe that caught on.
Judging by its performance as one of the higher viewed shows on the network, it seems like Legends House has the potential to last for years. Even though this week saw the first season’s finale and it would be a perfect time to reminisce about the best moments that have already passed, »
- Anthony Mango
It was the 1990s, the early days of reality television, and legendary actor Marlon Brando had an idea. Perhaps he was inspired by MTV's “The Real World,” which premiered in 1992 and featured a house filled with cameras. Christopher Walken recalled the strange phone call he got from Brando during an appearance on “Late Show” Wednesday night. See video: Watch the Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene Apparently, Brando reached out to Walken because of “Pennies from Heaven,” a 1981 musical film that Walken starred in. He was looking to track down “Pennies from Heaven” choreographer Danny Daniels, whom Walken was still in. »
- Jason Hughes
It seems like Las Vegas has suddenly become a mecca for reality shows, but it’s been hosting productions for over a decade — there’s just more now than ever.
“The success of shows like ‘Pawn Stars,’ ‘Counting Cars’ and ‘American Restoration’ has definitely put us higher on the list of reality show locations,” says Eric Preiss, director of the Nevada Film Office. “But we’ve had a lot of reality, back to ‘The Real World’ (season 12) on MTV.”
Sunny skies, easy permitting and proximity to Los Angeles are big draws, but business-friendly regulations have also spurred production. Preiss says about 90 reality shows filmed episodes or entire seasons in Las Vegas in 2012. The number shot to 150 in 2013. “I think this year we’ll see an even bigger increase, »
- Paula Hendrickson
After 12 years, 18 seasons of The Bachelor, and nine seasons of The Bachelorette, I'm still following the franchise, with my DVR set to record the season 10 premiere of The Bachelorette this Monday. Since the franchise started in 2002, I've watched (almost) every season, taking only a handful of breaks when it was just . . . too much. Of course, the show has prompted its fair share of controversies over the years, and I've definitely had frustrations, asking myself more than once why I keep tuning in season after season. The answer? For one thing, it's just plain loyalty. I struggle to quit, well, anything - including my guiltiest pop-culture habits. If I start a book, I finish it, and if The Bachelor keeps chugging out seasons for years to come, I'm afraid it's very likely that I'll keep on keeping on. Here's why. 1. It Consistently Delivers The predictability of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Thrifty beauty! Where some stars only shop at designer boutiques, Jamie Chung isn't shy about her love of a good bargain. "My little secret is that I love to shop at T.J. Maxx. I can find designer pieces and the hottest trends without breaking the bank," Chung, 31, tells Us Weekly. Case in point: The Believe actress, who has partnered with the chain, wore a canary yellow cocktail dress to the Godzilla premiere in Los Angeles that she found at T.J. Maxx. The Real World: San Diego alum describes [...] »
American Idol hits a huge television milestone tonight with its 500th episode. Granted, there were some seasons earlier on when the Fox singing competition might have three episodes a week, but Idol now joins shows like The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, The Real World, and Saturday Night Live in the 500+ episode club for a non-daily show.
With season 13 wrapping up next week, we decided to take a deeper dive into the 500 episodes of American Idol by looking at some other numbers about the show. So which artist do you think has been performed the most? And just exactly how many judges have there been at this point? »
- Jake Perlman
What’s the strongest sign that pop culture has become too saturated by a specific movie genre? When that genre becomes the subject of unapologetically silly works of satire. Case in point: vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, a recent favorite from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The first trailer for the movie, seen above, doesn’t directly reference the glut of television and cinema catered toward the fanged bloodsuckers of legend, mind, but it’s hard not to watch without making assumptions about authorial intent.
The film comes to us courtesy of New Zealand talents Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Their names may be better-recognized in the States for their work on such TV projects as Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark, as well as their respective roles in movies ranging from Men in Black 3 to Click to continue reading ‘What We Do in the Shadows »
- Andy Crump
Frank Sweeney is volatile, sexy, a fierce competitor and– through one season of The Real World (San Diego, 2011) and three subsequent seasons of MTV’s The Challenge– he’s been absolutely riveting. Love him or hate him, he draws your attention.
Sweeney’s latest foray into reality TV, The Challenge: Free Agents, ended abruptly last week when he was kicked out of the game by host Tj Lavin because of viral pneumonia. Presumably, he posed a health threat to the other contestants.
Sweeney may or may not have been contagious, but he certainly posed a threat. A run of bad luck had him drawing successive “kill cards”, putting him into elimination challenges twice in a row. And yet he survived both matches. First besting Chet Cannon (who withdrew from their intense wrestling challenge after splitting his chin) and then, while very ill, pulling out a surprise wall-scaling win over Dustin Zito. »
- Dennis Ayers
We know, we know, you were way too busy to watch TV tonight due to your intense watching and re-watching of Mean Girls in celebration of its 10th anniversary. We get it, and we wish that we too could live the superbly grool and free-time-filled life you clearly lead, but alas, we here at TV Scoop have to live in the real world, the world where hooded vigilantes are forced to make sacrifices to save the ones they love and where Chicago is in such a crisis that it requires the help of two TV shows at the same time. Just kidding, The Real World is a show on MTV and we live in a universe populated by beautiful people having a lot of dramatic moments set to well-chosen popular music, but we're still jealous of all of »
Seth Meyers will host the Emmy Awards. I am expecting Venn Diagrams.
Looks like it’s time for Fox News to get mad with Fox Broadcasting. Again. Here’s the mailer the animated comedy is using to get Emmy voters’ to support.
MTV has ordered Slednecks, a reality series from the producer of Buckwild set in rural Alaska.
It’s looking likely CBS will cancel The Mentalist, as one of the few shows not renewed by the network. So the series’ studio is looking for another home for the show in case the axe does fall. One likely home is TNT which already plays repeats of The Mentalist.
Sam Trammell will star in Amazon’s next original series pilot. Cocked is about a man who is forced to reconnect »
- Lyle Masaki
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