CBS's long-running series Criminal Minds has been renewed for a ninth season, the network confirmed via Twitter on Thursday.
Following a down-to-the-wire contract negotiation period with the show's top talent, the future of the series was slightly uncertain. Ratings for Season 8 were down from previously years slightly (nothing terribly unheard of in a show with this long of a run, though), but still continues to do well for the network, averaging about 12.5 million viewers episode-to-episode.
#CBS welcomes back #CriminalMinds for its 9th season.Series renewed for 2013/14 broadcast season.
— CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) May 9, 2013
The entire cast of the FBI-centric drama is set to return, including stars Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The series, about the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU for short), will come back with its entire cast in tact, no doubt a welcome decision to Criminal Minds fans, who have already dealt with several cast shake-ups during throughout the series' lifespan.
Seems that the cast is also over-the-moon about the news, with Moore tweeting up a veritable storm of excitement (and emojis, not pictured) with the help of one seemingly malfunctioning caps lock key. "CRIMINAL MINDS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN PICKED UP FOR SEASON 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... THANK YOU FANS FOR SCREAMING LOUD ENOUGH FOR CBS TO HEAR YOU!"
With words that loud, how could they not be heard? Congratulations on having a job for at least one more season, Moore and Co. Here's to many more.
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Each week Criminal Minds presents audiences with a weekly psychological thriller complete with crazy twists, turns, and quirky yet relatable characters. However this week’s episode, “The Lesson,” will bring us something that we’ve never seen before.
To get all the gory details on the all-new action-packed hour, we chatted with star Matthew Gray Gubler—who also directed tonight’s episode—to discuss his Spencer Reid’s love life, and how he’s spreading holiday cheer through Criminal Minds. “I don’t know how quite to explain it it’s a little bit of a surprise but I dare say it’s going to be one of the more unusual episodes we’ve ever done.” Gubler tells Hollywood.com. “I’m very proud of it. They gave me a lot of liberty to be strange and what we put together will hopefully be something memorable—in a good way.” Well it wouldn’t be Criminal Minds unless there was a little bit of strange, right?
So let’s get straight to it! What atrocity is the BAU investigating this week? “I don’t want to give too much away but there is a strange man doing strange things that you have not seen on our show before.” Basically, there is a psychopath on the lose and out team is discovering a series of male bodies that have been oddly disposed of. Gubler continues, “It’s a little bit of a surprise mid-way through you realize what this deranged gentleman is doing, but I’m very proud of it.”
Luckily for you we love details, so we pressed Gubler to give us a few more specifics on just where these bodies will be found. The actor explains, “You’ll be seeing these bodies all throughout. It takes place in Winslow Arizona and they’ll be in some boxes, tight-fitting boxes kind of strewn around town with maybe some fingernails painted, maybe some hair done in a particular way, and there may be some tissue paper involved.” Does anyone else think that these sounds like the worst possible holiday gifts ever? Gubler laughs, “Yeah! That’s a good way of looking at it, I consider this my horribly wonderful Christmas gift to TV.”
Fans of crime-solving smartypants Spencer Reid will be intrigued to know that his love lift is about to get a serious boost. “Reid has fallen in love with a woman that he has never met: a brilliant geneticist who he has struck up a sort of pen-pal ship with which then turned into a phone call romance.” Gubler continues, “She is sort of in hiding, she was stalked for about a year by a very dangerous person and she finally wants to meet face-to-face in this episode.” Aww! How sweet, and a bit bizarre.
Unfortunately, if you are expecting love at first sight, think again. We first need Reid to agree to actually met up his dream girl. The actor/director says, “Reid is sort of hesitant, he loves her mind so much and on the off-chance that she doesn’t like him, he’s a little bit worried.” Wait. Why on earth would she not like him? We looked to Gubler for a peek inside the special agent’s brain, ”Well, like me he has very little self-esteem, very little confidence in anything besides solving crimes.“ Well, We have a feeling this girl is going to fall head over heels for Reid’s brain and Gubler’s good looks.
You can check out Criminal Minds tonight on CBS at 9 PM.
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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third film in the series celebrating the classic cartoon characters Alvin, Simon and Theodore, comes to theaters this Friday. To prepare you, we’ve assembled a collection of clips from the movie, which strands the chipmunks and their female counterparts the Chipettes on an uncharted island, and sets their hapless adopted father Dave (Jason Lee) off on a quest to find them.
The movie stars Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon and Jesse McCartney as Theodore, and Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes. Enjoy the clip compilation below, and catch Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked in theaters this Friday, Dec. 16
Dave gets frustrated while trying to board a cruise ship with the rowdy, musically-compelled Chipmunks. Of course, Alvin knows how to double-talk.
The Ghostbusters star will feature in upcoming U.S. TV show Born to Explore to scour for fossils in Alberta and help excavate a new species of dinosaur, the hadrosaur, which was discovered in September (11).
Programme host Richard Wiese says, "The natural beauty of Alberta took our crew's breath away. Filming in the dinosaur bone bed was a rare opportunity and to discover a new dinosaur species was sensational."
Wayne's World actress Donna Dixon and Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler will also join Aykroyd at the site.
The celebrity dig, which will air on 5 November (11), will also help raise funds for the creation of the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.
I suppose if I was a tiny, anthropomorphic (and musically inclined) chipmunk, I, too, would send asunder my adoptive father's cruise vacation. Who among you cannot say the same? But the degree to which Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), Theodore (Jesse McCartney) and their female counterparts (Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler) perform this task is inequivocal. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked takes our tamian heroes and tosses them from a luxurious getaway onto an uncharted island filled with dangers, prompting Dave (Jason Lee) to set out to rescue them. Of course, Alvin seems to undergo a few personal changes along the way, realizing just how much trouble he causes his family, and perhaps turns over a new leaf.
As with the last trailer, this one culminates with a Lady Gaga songsation that's...a little bit of a force to power through.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will chip its way into our hearts on December 16. And check the videos below the trailer to experience the Alvin and the Chipmunks of generations past.
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After seemingly endless months of speculation, the long-awaited (and possibly ill-advised) revival of Ghostbusters could finally be in the offing. Dan Aykroyd appeared on Dennis Miller's radio show to announce that Ghostbusters 3 has "an excellent script" and is looking to start shooting in 2012, possibly as early as spring. As far as story details are concerned, Aykroyd indicated that "the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood, because my because my character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the Cadillac. He’s got a bad knee and can’t pick up the pack ... We need young blood, and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation."
When it comes to who might portray the new blood. Aykroyd indicated he's got an eye on Matthew Gray Gubler of Criminal Minds, but casting is still a ways off. He stopped short of promising a Bill Murray return, offering the diplomatic qualifier, "What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is kind of bigger than any one component." It's hard to imagine Murray having much interest in a Ghostbusters: The Next Generation storyline, but after the Garfield films, anything is possible.
Source: Dennis Miller Radio
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Tom is a hip twentysomething greeting-card writer whose dreary cubicle-dwelling existence is unalterably changed with the arrival of Summer his boss’s perky new assistant. Immediately intrigued by the bright-eyed Midwestern transplant lovelorn Tom is easy prey for Summer’s beguiling combination of beauty wit and approachability and soon finds himself wholly smitten. The feeling at least a portion of it is mutual and when sparks fly between them at an office karaoke party the two begin dating — much to Tom’s delight. Beyond the physical attraction he and Summer share a surprising amount of things in common and would appear to be a perfect match save for one crucial detail: Tom is an inveterate romantic who clings stubbornly to the notion of two people joined by destiny while Summer coldly eschews such old-fashioned notions of love and romance. Thus the stage is set for a battle of dueling philosophies played out over the course of their topsy-turvy 18-month relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra The Lookout) happily returns to his comedic roots in the role of the cynical yet sensitive hipster Tom while the always adorable Zooey Deschanel (Elf Yes Man) sparkles as his mystifying paramour. (500) Days of Summer background players include Geoffrey Arend (TV’s Trust Me) Matthew Gray Gubler (TV’s Criminal Minds) Clark Gregg (Iron Man Choke) and Chloe Moretz who is particularly enjoyable as Tom’s unusually wise kid sister/quasi-therapist Rachel.
Smart witty and quirky but never in a pretentious or self-satisfied way (500) Days of Summer is simply a well-crafted romantic comedy lent added resonance by strong performances on the part of its two lead actors Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt. The only potentially gimmicky aspects of the film are its non-linear structure which bounces around to different key dates in the couples’ 500-day relationship and the wry commentary provided by the comically hubristic narrator. I found neither to be especially irksome.
The only time when (500) Days of Summer veers toward cliche is when Tom interacts with his pals McKenzie and Paul who too often resemble the quintessential buffoonish sidekicks we’ve seen dispense bad advice in so many romantic comedies before.
After his first night spent with Summer Tom wakes up ebullient and celebrates with a triumphant elaborately-choreographed dance routine to the tune of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams.” He’s soon joined by a chorus of passers-by a marching band and even some Disney-fied animated birds. Few times have the joys of a newly-consummated relationship been so expertly — and hilariously — portrayed.
If you’re sick of the standard bombastic summer fare (500) Days of Summer is the perfect antidote.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Although The Great Buck Howard is not the literal story of the once popular (in the '60s and '70s) entertainer known as the Amazing Kreskin the film makes it known this is a pretty thinly disguised tribute to the man who made 88 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show before fading into obscurity on the dinner theater circuit. Writer/director Sean McGinly who worked briefly as Kreskin’s assistant has reinvented him essentially as Buck Howard a “mentalist extraordinaire ” who once strode in the limelight with numerous TV and Vegas appearances but now plays faded community centers and hasn’t filled a theater in decades. As his new assistant law-school dropout Troy Gable quickly learns it isn’t easy working for Buck who still sees himself as a big star but when a quirk of fate intervenes and he really does get a second chance at the national spotlight neither one is quite prepared for what comes next.
WHO’S IN IT?
John Malkovich is a fine actor but he isn’t exactly known for comedy. As Buck Howard however he has the role of a lifetime and he’s simply amazing wryly funny as the has-been mentalist who would never admit he isn’t still every bit the top celebrity he used to be. Although Malkovich plays him somewhat pompously he’s ultimately quite touching as a celeb who once commanded great attention and still craves it on his own terms. As his new unwitting assistant Colin Hanks drolly underplays most of his scenes with Buck and effortlessly shows the quiet desperation of a wannabe writer who’s not exactly sure what he should be doing with his life. Emily Blunt is lovely as a publicist who helps engineer Buck’s surprising comeback; and there are also small but fun bits with Steve Zahn Griffin Dunne and even Colin’s real-life dad Tom Hanks whose company bankrolled the movie.
In the same sweet but low-key vein of My Favorite Year McGinly paints a portrait of the less glamorous aspect of showbiz when an outsized personality starts traveling on the downside of the entertainment world. Clearly his days with Kreskin gave him an entree into this life and his film is nicely observant and respectful. But still very funny.
The film plays it all a little too safe. It doesn’t seem to want to be anything more than a snapshot of life after huge success has faded; adding a little more complexity might have offered an even richer role for Malkovich. It’s pleasant but there’s not a whole lot of depth.
Buck hypnotizes a large crowd of volunteers but gets sidetracked and neglects to snap them out of it. It’s pricelessly funny and captures the ego of the guy perfectly in the expert hands of Malkovich.