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Here’s a sentence I never wanted to write: Sex is becoming a turn-off. TV and movie sex, that is.
The sheer mention of sex seems to intrude into nearly every TV comedy or drama, at virtually any hour, leading viewers to wonder whether a wilder dalliance is a mere “Thrones” throw away.
Pay-cable drama in particular appears to have gone the way of Cinemax (“Skinemax” to the cognoscenti), and movies are certainly talking a raunchier game with the major box office success — particularly overseas — of R-rated films like “The Hangover” parts I and II (more than $1 billion worldwide combined) and “Ted” ($549 million). Miley Cyrus was simply following the zeitgeist in her routine at the MTV awards.
“The country supposedly is getting more conservative, but sex is incorporated into virtually all entertainment, and the audience isn’t exactly protesting,” observes Sheila Nevins, the savvy chief of HBO’s documentary division, »
- Peter Bart
Jennifer Hudson, one of the most successful performers ever to cross the "American Idol" stage, turns 32 on Thursday, Sept. 12. In honor of this special day, let's take a look back at some of Hudson's previous years. Hopefully, this happy birthday will bring one of the singer's best years yet!
Highs or lows, here are some of the big moments in Jennifer Hudson's life:
1981: Jennifer Kate Hudson was born in Chicago.
2002 (age 20): Hudson signed her first record deal with Chicago's Righteous Records. The label later released her from her contract so she could perform on "Idol."
2006 (ages 24-25): The singer made her film debut, playing Effie White in "Dreamgirls."
2007 (age 25): Thanks to her "Dreamgirls" role, Hudson won Best Supporting Actress Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Academy awards.
2008 (age 26): Hudson »
Helping a son prepare for his high school sports team is a proud moment for any father. But when Gilles Marini's teenage son decided to join the football team, there was just one problem: His father had "no clue" how the game was played. "I have no idea about [American] football, no clue!" Marini, 37, told People with a laugh while attending Wednesday's Los Angeles premiere of The World's End with son Georges. "For me, I'm like, 'I want to play 45 minutes straight like soccer,' but it doesn't work that way, and I'm learning a little bit more, but he would beat me, »
You’d think an episode of So You Think You Can Dance featuring a whole slew of my least favorite, most hyperbolic critiques — “One of the best Broadway routines ever!”; “You’re always one of my favorite dancers!”; “It really gets ya!” (as Mary dabs her tear-streaked face like a hysterical aunt at her godson’s trumpet recital) — would be boring and annoying. God, no. I hate putting cynicism aside, but dear lord, we were presented with six incredibly strong routines, zero mediocre performances in the entire lineup, and even some lovable teariness from Cat Deeley, who usually remains Seacrest-strong during work hours. Um, it was flawless? Basically, yeah. Hell, Alex Wong showed up and humped the air for our entertainment. Guest judge Kenny Ortega could’ve been a bit more technical with his fawning contributions, but I don’t super-care about that. This was pure entertainment, the stuff that »
- Louis Virtel
When you just can’t stomach another hot dog and the sun refuses to cooperate this Memorial Day weekend, TVLine has you covered. We’ve culled the best of the holiday weekend’s marathons and specials, including reality shows we can’t quit (I Found the Gown), a check-in with a teenage P.I. whose return can’t happen quickly enough and must-see catch-up sessions with Da Vinci and the Bluths. Enjoy!
Friday, May 24
4 – 11 pm Law & Order: Svu (USA Network) | Olivia’s fate may be up in the air, but one thing is certain: She’s still busting perps and radioing »
- Vlada Gelman
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Budgeted at $15 million, the film is an adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life and is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt.
Winnie Mandela stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls; Sex and the City) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow; Red Tails; Iron Man) and will be released in theaters Fall 2013. The film is presented by T.D. Jakes, and produced by Andre Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films). Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today's announcement, with the following statement.
"Both Jennifer Hudson (as Winnie) and Terrence Howard (as Nelson Mandela) deliver exceptional, solid performances. We are honored to distribute the film and give audiences the opportunity to see Winnie Mandela's powerful story. »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, Community and Scandal!
1 | Did Elementary waste an opportunity to wow with its ho-hum post-Super Bowl episode? Even taking into consideration that they probably didn’t want to alienate new viewers, wouldn’t any of the show’s previous standalone cases have been better than that one?
Related | Super Bowl 2013: Winners and Losers
2 | Isn’t it weird how crazy Downton Abbey’s Daisy is about Alfred when, really, he’s just a taller, »
- Team TVLine
Doug Ellin's long-rumoured movie is in line for low-expectation, plot-light success – but one foot wrong and we could have another Satc 2 on our hands
They said it'd never happen – partly because it was a bad idea and partly because the cast, crew and audience were visibly bored during its last few years – but Entourage is finally coming to the big screen. Almost 18 months since its final episode limped out to a deafening lack of interest, it has been announced that Warner Bros has greenlit the long-rumoured Entourage movie. Creator Doug Ellin has written the script and will direct the film in the coming months, ahead of what's likely to be a summer 2014 release.
It'll be so nice to see all our favourite characters back together. Vince, Drama, Ari, Ari's screeching bundle of offensive stereotypes, the one who looks like Super Mario, the Michael J Fox one, the women who existed only to be shrewish, »
- Stuart Heritage
After producing shows with vampires, witches and pretentious teens,
What's next for Colin Morgan now that Merlin is over? He's set to appear in an episode of the Gabriel Byrne BBC drama Quirke. Based on a book series, the show follows a morgue worker who investigates the death of people he encounters. Morgan will show up in the season finale.
Add zombies to list of upcoming Mythbusters theme episodes.
NPR's Morning Edition asks what happens to pop culture references now that audiences have been split into small niches. The story starts with the example of the Louie parody that was a part of Louis C.K.'s Saturday Night Live episode. »
The Lost Boys of Girls How HBO's hit reflects a strange new world of male-female relations. By Judy Batalion With admiration, contempt, or both, everyone talks about the girls of Girls, which returns for its second season on HBO this Sunday. But what about the boys? Girls explicitly calls back to Sex and the City early on. But unlike that show — unlike possibly anything written for TV about women, ever — Girls's gender dynamics aren't about "will he call" but "how do I get rid of him?" When will Marnie finally shake the attentions of clingy Charlie and hook up with the hot artist? How will Hannah literally push Adam away from her so she can get some sleep? These are not unable-to-commit guys, but super-attached ones, who idolize the women. A generation after Mr. Big, the guys of Girls are way too [...] »
- Judy Batalion
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