17 items from 2014
If the Shameless cast wants to do another musical holiday card like this 2011 R-rated Christmas carol, they have a major reinforcement in the singing department. Steve Kazee, a Tony winner for the Broadway production of Once, is joining the cast of the Showtime dramedy in a major recurring role. He will play a rock musician in an existing band who will interact with Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and her family at the new diner where she has found new employment. Kazee’s Broadway credits also include In the Shade and Spamalot. On TV, he co-starred in the ABC drama pilot Warriors this past season. Repped by Innovative and D2 Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Will Ferrell got his big break at "Saturday Night Live", so it's no surprise that he tends to totally kill it when he hits up a late night talk show. The funnyman is always full of surprises, wacky costumes, and silly stunts and last night's appearance on "The Tonight Show" was no exception.
Will once participated in the "mean tweets" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" while sitting on a toilet:
And last but not least, the time he "figure skated" to the "Downton Abbey" theme »
- Alana Altmann
What do you call a hundred Coldplay fans in a library? No, it's not the setup to a bad joke, just the start of the English rock band's globe-spanning scavenger hunt. To promote their upcoming album Ghost Stories, Coldplay has stashed copies of Chris Martin's lyrics in ghost story books around the globe, and they want fans to find them. The ghost stories will be hidden in libraries scattered around the world, with the band's official Twitter account providing hints along the way. We're not sure what state the books are in, but it's a good guess that they were all yellowed. »
- Nate Jones
The Internet has taken the Frozen craze to the next level. After countless covers of "Let It Go" and parody videos galore, we now have our favorite characters dancing to "Thriller" and "Gangnam Style." Some crafty animators have put together videos of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans doing the infamous dances for those two songs, plus singing "Everybody" by Backstreet Boys. Keep reading to see all of the crazy things the Arendelle residents are doing on YouTube, though, unfortunately, none include Olaf or Sven. Maybe they can tackle a Christmas carol next. Source: Disney »
- Alyse Whitney
For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).
As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »
- Marc Snetiker
Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »
- Louis Virtel
On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a reality series akin to “Project Runway” with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment that ends with a screen test (and tears). The contestants battle over hand-glue and sliced foam for a prize worth $100,000, which includes a job at Henson’s old shop.
The star of the series is Brian Henson, the company chairman, Jim’s oldest son and one of the judges. Brian started his career on the special effects team of 1984′s “Muppets Take Manhattan,” and his credits include 1986′s “Labyrinth,” 1990′s “The Witches” and the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” big-screen movie, where he acted as second-unit director. In the ’90s, he directed two chestnut Muppets classics, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island,” before Kermit and his Muppet pals were »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Showtime's “Shameless” will compete in the comedy categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, after three seasons of submitting in all drama categories. The network hopes the category switch will help the series finally score with Emmy voters. Though Joan Cusack has been nominated three times for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, the show has never won. Also read: ‘Shameless’ Cast Sings the Most Realistic Christmas Carol Ever (Video) The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has granted executive producer and showrunner John Wells’ request for the series to switch categories, Showtime said Tuesday. “Shameless,” which stars Academy Award nominee William. »
- Tim Molloy
The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz. 1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »
- Louis Virtel
My first real attempt at understanding the brilliance that was Stanley Kubrick came in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a research paper on 2001: A Space Odyssey for an English class. After all that work, I only received a B and found myself more confused than ever. But there it was – the spark that Stanley Kubrick’s work produces. Kubrick’s best films were experiences; it’s impossible to “half-watch” one of his many masterpieces. And that’s what the movies on this list do. They take you on an odyssey of visual wonder, psychological tremors, and expect you to do as much work as the people involved in the making of the films. Yet, in the end, Kubrick’s films didn’t feel like homework. They felt like vacations to a world where deep thought is a welcome respite.
20. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
What makes it Kubrickian? »
- Joshua Gaul
Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m.
1. “To kick off the season of the show back in December, I »
- Dan Snierson
It’s hard to make a comeback in Hollywood — unless you’re swine.
In which case, the industry may embrace you. Just ask Miss Piggy. Nearly 40 years after she made her showbiz debut, the diva has never been more in demand. She recently appeared on the final episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” singing a melancholy song with her Muppets pals; dished about her love life on “The Bachelor”; and sipped Lipton tea in an Oscars ad. The weekend of the ceremony, she popped up on an E! fashion segment, dressed in a frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, and attended a pre-Academy Awards QVC party, where she entered via cabana lifted by four shirtless hunks. Then the situation got a little sticky. According to tabloid reports, Piggy shoved Joan Rivers into a cake backstage, and Rivers emerged at the party with frosting in her hair.
Like any shrewd publicity-seeking celeb, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
If you’re of a certain age then you’ll really ‘get‘ The Muppets, they’re not just a crazy bunch of puppets, they entertained you through your childhood and The Muppets Christmas Carol is a family addiction for us.
I really enjoyed The Muppets comeback film but I’m looking forward to Muppets Most Wanted even more and this song does nothing to worry me, in fact, the song is even catchier! This clip and tune looks like it’s set literally at the end of the first movie, so just might well be an opening dance and credits scene with them laughing at themselves and being self-referential as always.
Muppets Most Wanted has a host of cameos and stars including those leading the film, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell. Back in the directors chair is James Bobin who also once again wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Bring it on »
- Dan Bullock
On Her Majesty's Secret Service might be the sixth instalment in Eon's James Bond series, but for a long time it had the feel of one of the franchise's rogue entries Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Two years after Sean Connery signed off his initial 007 run with You Only Live Twice, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman undertook an exhaustive casting search with director Peter Hunt to find a replacement. They believed, rightly, that the role of James Bond was bigger than anyone who played him, and in 1968 George Lazenby - an Australian model with no prior acting experience - was unveiled as the new James Bond at the Dorchester Hotel.
Lazenby, of course, would only play Bond once and Ohmss's failure to set the box office alight meant »
Richard Herring always talks about how Michael Caine's greatest ever performance is in The Muppets Christmas Carol, because not only is he acting really, really well, he's also doing it as the only human on set, accessing the deepest of Stanislavskian emotional memories, while surrounded by grown adults with their hands up a bunch of puppets' backsides.
It's no surprise then that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) - another phenomenal actor - can match the Muppets beat for acting beat. To promote his upcoming appearance on Sesame Street, Cumberbatch (or Counterbatch) made the below video with Count Von Count and his new arch-nemesis, the dastardly Murray-arty.
Thank God Cumberbatch figured it out in time. Apparently if he didn't, Murray-arty was going to shoot himself in the face live on children's TV. »
- Oliver Davis
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are writing a book! The Grammy-winning singer and her America's Got Talent host hubby are penning a children's Christmas book starring—drumroll please—their twins, Moroccan and Monroe (nicknamed Roc and Roe). The book will be titled Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas and will be released in fall 2014, Scholastic announced today. "The book follows Roc and Roe as they put their own unique spin on the Christmas carol," the publishing house said in a statement. "We are so excited to work with the Scholastic team on our Roc and Roe picture book and we can't wait until this holiday season," Carey and Cannon added. "It's »
After months of waiting and speculating, the long hiatus is finally over: "The Vampire Diaries" 100th episode airs on Thursday (Jan. 23).
The milestone episode is practically bursting with huge reveals, shocking twists, Omg moments and heartbreakingly nostalgic throwbacks, making it one of the best episodes of the series so far. It may not be a perfect episode, but with all the moments packed in for the fans, it comes pretty close.
After watching the episode, "500 Years of Solitude," we got to thinking ... if we had to pick our Top 10 favorite episodes of The CW's supernatural drama, which ones would make the list?
It was a tough undertaking, but we finally culled down our list of favorites to 10 (in chronological order of when they aired):
Season 1 episode 6 - "Lost Girls"
Every new series suffers through some growing pains as it finds its footing, and this was the episode that really »
17 items from 2014