Oh, Paula, how we've missed you.
At long last, the good news: Fox announced its midseason lineup on Thursday, including the date for American Idol’s season 8 premiere (finally!): Jan. 13, just one night after 24’s two-night, four-hour premiere wraps up. Translation: You are officially booked from Jan. 11-13 -- at least during primetime hours -- but you can venture off the couch thereafter. As previously (and rather controversially) announced, this season’s Idol will be just a tad different: Singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi has been added to the talent show as a fourth judge, alongside incumbents Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. And reportedly, less time will be spent on the bad auditions and more time on the Hollywood tryouts. Among other interesting tidbits to emerge on Thursday was news that House will be moving to Monday nights (instead of Tuesdays) starting Jan. 19, airing just before 24’s regular timeslot -- thus packing the strongest one-two ratings punch since, well, Idol and House aired back-to-back on Tuesdays last season. And Dollhouse, the highly anticipated drama series from Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon, will debut precisely one month after Idol mania commences, on Feb. 13. MORE NEWS: Will Smith and Steven Spielberg to Collab?
Spaced is here! The situational comedy directed by Edgar Wright and starring the show’s creators Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes is now available on DVD in the U.S. after going off the British airwaves seven years ago.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fans are sure to flock to the series about two twentysomethings named Tim (Pegg) and Daisy (Hynes) who move in together as a pseudo couple in order to get a good deal on their London flat.
Hollywood.com tracked down the trio at this year’s Comic Con to find out the five reasons fans should check out the new DVD.
Reason #1: The commentaries will be plentiful and not the least bit boring.
Edgar Wright: There are 14 new commentaries on top of the 14, so 28 commentaries in total. We did commentaries with some of our various geeky celebrity fans. It was sort of a geek nexus of me, Simon, Jess, Quentin Tarantino, Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Bill Hader…Diablo Cody. That’s good isn’t it? Simon Pegg: A lot of it was nice because they were people who had inspired us in the first place, particularly in the instances of Quentin and Kevin Smith. To do commentary of the scene the Pulp Fiction reference we do in episode one series two. Having Quentin in the commentary booth was quite bizarre, sort of a moment of circularity that I think anyone rarely experiences. It was great. Kevin Smith just wanted to talk about other things didn’t he …
Jessica Hynes: Yeah, breast feeding…we talk about lots of different things. I think that’s the thing about DVDs commentary is that you go completely tangential. It becomes a lot more interesting because you get the strange ramblings and actually that sometimes if you are too literal can be boring.
Reason #2: This is the U.S. version of the show, so don’t expect a remake.
Edgar Wright: It was quite an upsetting experience for all of us [when they tried to remake the show in the U.S.] really because you know we were in a situation where we didn’t have the rights to the show. We were in our mid twenties when we made that so we were lucky to get the show made, but we didn’t have the muscle to control the rights so we were in a situation where the show could get made never having to consult us and they didn’t. The sad thing is they didn’t respect us enough as artists enough to get in touch, but still saw it fit to use our names in trade articles about the show so that’s why we were really furious about it. It just started off on the completely wrong foot and I personally didn’t want a remake to happen anyway because the show is very personal and it should be left as it was.
Reason #3: The show and the extras are a direct result of the fans:
Edgar Wright: The first series and the second series have a lot of re-watchability factor because there are lots of little details, jokes and things to pick up on a second watch. I think that came from knowing how much people were scrutinizing it on the internet. As soon as it was shown on TV the fans would pour through every single extra on the DVD and list all the commentary and get all the references like the Homage-O-Meter and all the trivia stuff and I think that influenced the second series and everything we’ve done since.
Reason #4: They went the extra mile to keep all the original music
Edgar Wright: There were a few music licensing issues we had to iron out for North American and we wanted to make sure that the DVD that was released in North America was the same as the one released in the UK. That took a little while, but we are very pleased.
Reason #5: American fans will see a show that was a commentary on pop culture, before the creators joined the pop culture landscape themselves.
Simon Pegg: It is quite like the snake eating itself. I think when we started making references to Spaced in Shaun of the Dead that’s was the most crystal moment of self indulgence ever. In Spaced there is a line where Tim says something about every odd number Star Trek movie being shit which is a huge irony considering I’m starring in Star Trek 11. So it is funny how those things come back to haunt you. Obviously the rule doesn’t apply anymore [laughs].
Spaced is now available on DVD
Nicolas Cage is "extremely pleased" to have won a libel lawsuit against Kathleen Turner after she accused the actor of drunk driving and theft in her new autobiography.
Cage began libel proceedings against his Peggy Sue Got Married co-star at London's High Court in February after claiming Send Yourself Roses was full of false claims about him.
In the book--which was serialized in British newspaper The Daily Mail--Turner alleged Cage deliberately disobeyed his director uncle Francis Ford Coppola on the set of their 1986 movie, adding he also found himself in trouble with police while filming.
And the Romancing the Stone star was subsequently forced to apologize to Cage. The newspaper was ordered to make a substantial donation to charity, publish an apology and remove the offending article from its Web site.
Turner has also agreed to insert a correction and apology into copies of her book.
Cage's U.K. lawyer Simon Smith insists the star is delighted with the verdict.
He says, "(Cage is) extremely pleased, since he has never been arrested for drunk driving, dog theft or anything else.
"As an actor who stars in many family-friendly films and who has a young child and teenager of his own, Mr. Cage was understandably upset at having been wrongly depicted as condoning that sort of reckless, dangerous and criminal behavior."
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David Rice (Hayden Christensen) was once just like every other angst-ridden parent-hating teenager--that is until he discovered his gift the greatest imaginable pastime/escape ever: teleporting. Since then David has been on the er run and living the ultimate dream. On any given day for instance David could have coffee in Paris and attend the NBA Finals in New Orleans all before lunchtime--which is precisely what tickles his whimsy in the beginning of Jumper. But teleporting like every other superhuman feat is not without its consequences. First he has to keep his special power a secret from his girlfriend Millie (Rachel Bilson); second he has competition from other Jumpers around the globe namely the cynical Griffin (Jamie Bell); and third there is a group called the Paladins currently led by Agent Roland (Samuel L. Jackson) that has been at war with the Jumpers for thousands of years and sworn to kill ‘em all. Suddenly what David thought was complete freedom puts his and Millie’s life at risk. Amongst other areas like writing and direction (see below) Jumper is a victim of its own miscasting. Star Wars veterans Christensen and Jackson lead the way in that department. Christensen has yet to prove that he can do much beyond his tense dramatic turn in Shattered Glass but unfortunately keeps trying. As Jumper’s heroic protagonist the only quality he can pull off is looking younger during flashbacks; otherwise he is stiff too intense and simply no fun in a role that calls for it. Jackson meanwhile stars in so many movies that he’s bound to misfire here and there (OK maybe more frequently than that). If you’re able to get past his ridiculous white hair enough to digest the acting you’ll see that his badass persona doesn’t jibe with a character who’s something of a villainous ghost buster. Resurging actor Bell (Billy Elliot) out-energizes everyone in his supporting role and seems to understand better than Christensen what was wanted from his character while former O.C.-er Bilson is hardly even noticeable. Michael Rooker (Cliffhanger) and Diane Lane are barely around as David’s parents with the latter ostensibly cast in the tragic event a sequel should arise. Uh no. For director Doug Liman sci-fi is really the only genre he is yet to conquer or try to conquer and was thus a logical next step in a successful career. He’s done dramedy (Swingers) action (The Bourne Identity) and crime-comedy (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) all with nice results. Well apparently he’s found his kryptonite: sci-fi (if this movie can truly be classified as such). Jumper based on Steven Gould’s novel of the same name is all about the snappiness that has become Liman’s signature but it’s actually far too quick and light on details in an age where Lost and Heroes fanboys and girls demand much more than special effects. The movie is itself something of a Jumper quick to use its premise as an escape route when things could potentially get intriguing. Surprisingly the empty story can be attributed partly to two contemporary masters of genre screenwriting David S. Goyer (Batman Begins The Dark Knight) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith X-Men: The Last Stand) as well as Jim Uhls (Fight Club). But ultimately the hollow look and feel of Jumper--including its second-rate special effects--falls on Liman who completely blows an opportunity to adapt a concept loaded with big-screen potential.
Unlike a certain star/co-writer/producer’s namesake sitcom Bee Movie is not about nothing. When we first meet Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) he is about to graduate to a full-blown honey-making bumblebee—class of 9:15! But he soon learns that the nectar of bees’ labor isn’t doing all the good he’d always imagined. For his first venture out of the hive Barry hitches a ride with the “pollen jocks” to do some work on a sunflower. Entranced by what he thinks is a flower Barry buzzes his way down and grabs hold—only to discover that it is a tennis ball to which he is now stuck. After being catapulted to freedom from the ball’s fuzz and ricocheting throughout all of Manhattan he winds up in an apartment belonging to Vanessa (voice of Renee Zellweger) and her boyfriend Ken (voice of Patrick Warburton). Vanessa saves Barry from Ken’s wrath which leads to a long-lasting friendship between them even though Barry committed the sin of talking to a human. However Barry’s eyes become wide open to her fellow humans’ frivolous extraction and usage of honey and vows to sue humankind—and he wins. But the victory becomes bittersweet and a hard-learned lesson for Barry on how honey in a way makes the world go ‘round. Man this Seinfeld guy really has some friends in high places! Seemingly his whole Hollywood Rolodex laid down some vocals for Bee Movie even though you’ll only recognize the ones who "play" themselves—and of course Chris Rock. The comic and Seinfeld crony whose high voice and energy are perfect for animation is probably the best of the bunch playing a mosquito in peril named Mooseblood. But the A-list voices don’t end there: Matthew Broderick Oprah Larry Miller Megan Mullally Rip Torn and Michael Richards are among the heard but not seen while Sting Ray Liotta and Larry King hilariously poke fun at their flesh-and-blood selves. Seinfeld himself however is often hit-or-miss as the animated protagonist. He’s funniest when going on a somewhat tangential rant as Barry tends to do but delivering straight lines and tangibility his target audience can relate to are a bit of a stretch. Zellweger’s acting style while great in live action is even less fit for animation. As Barry’s friend with hints of bee-human romance she is rather bland and even seems out of sync at times with her character’s expressions. Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled by the Ratatouilles of the animated-film world but Bee Movie has nothing on the field’s leaders. You’d expect a little something more from Seinfeld who co-wrote (with Spike Feresten Barry Marder and Andy Robin) produced and altogether shepherded Bee—maybe a “What’s the deal with…?” nod to his stand-up faithful or more making-a-fuss-over-nothing rants or just overall edgier comedy—but he goes straight for the tyke demographic and his style doesn’t quite seem to be on children’s wavelength. It’s often funny with occasionally sharp jibes on the animal kingdom (is there any other kind of premise for an animated movie these days?) but rarely witty. And when the movie takes a Happy Feet-like preachy twist towards the end it’ll be too sappy-sweet for even the ones in your lap. Visually directors Steve Hickner and Simon Smith’s movie doesn’t really approach Pixar’s work but they make up for it with fun rollercoaster routes through the skies and skyscrapers of Manhattan. All in all Bee Movie’s large team of writers and directors scrape together enough for kids to enjoy but kids these days have come to expect more than just “enough” from their animated movies.
A billionaire TV producer (Robert Mammone) has a great idea for a reality show that he wants to put on the Internet and his goal is to beat the 40 million Super Bowl audience. He has compiled a crack team of young hip and immoral tech geeks directed by Goldman (Rick Hoffman) and puts cameras throughout a remote island where former prisoners are going to kill each other while audiences watch after shelling out the pay-per-view fee. The location is done on a remote secret island and the death row prisoners are bought from prisons around the world with the promise that the survivor gets to walk free. Among the contestants are a rogue Aussie named McStarley (Vinnie Jones) a martial arts expert (Masa Yamaguchi) a husband-and-wife team (Manu Bennett and Dasi Ruz) a monstrous killer who doesn't do much more than grunt (Nathan Jones) and others known only as The Italian The German and other monikers quickly forgotten. Enter the sole American Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) who's in a South American prison for some obscure reason and is recognized on TV by his wife (Madeleine West) who tries to save him. However it looks like Conrad is pretty good at helping himself. Don't expect the acting to be much more evolved than what could be seen among the World Wrestling Entertainment superstars especially since many of them were plucked from the ring to star in this morality tale. But Austin (who had in a strong cameo in Adam Sandler's Longest Yard) proves he has a sense of humor as well as strength. Vinnie Jones is ridiculously over-the-top as the Aussie who's the hand-picked winner of this game shown setting up alliances Survivor style only to turn on them later. The supporting cast are refreshingly entertaining but one-note caricatures both in the contest and running the contest. It's obvious that they aren't going to be around long but the actors do milk their tiny roles for every bit of attention they can get. Rick Hoffman as the brilliant camera mastermind of the project is both whiny sniveling and mean-spirited so when he joins some of the rest of the crew and suddenly develops a backbone and a conscience he ends up stealing the movie with his acerbic humor. But it's the understated American hero Conrad who holds a mirror up to the people who like to watch this stuff. Director Scott Wiper who co-wrote this story has also acted in similar movies like this (A Better Way to Die). It’s obvious he knows what he’s doing with The Condemned and develops a sense of voyeuristic angst like those of us who can't keep our eyes off a train wreck. Like the darkly subversive Belgian film Man Bites Dog the camera crew remains safely distant and remote until the reality directly involves them. Then the crew wonders "What the hell are we doing?" while the audience might be thinking "What the hell are we watching?" Much like Series 7: The Contenders Rollerball and other movies which show a dark and bloody near future this kind of reality doesn't seem too far away and maybe proves that movies which provide this type of gladiator spectacle target a certain segment of the human population who need to blow off steam.
Brad Pitt and girlfriend Angelina Jolie had such a good time filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith they are considering reprising their roles in a sequel.
The celebrity couple struck up a real-life romance after filming the hit movie in 2005 and they now have three young children together.
According to MTV News, the sequel is one movie project the pair are considering doing together.
Just after the film's release, Pitt pitched an idea to studio executives that would feature their spy characters suddenly becoming parents.
Earlier this week, ABC announced that Mr. and Mrs. Smith will be turned into a new TV show which will reunite director Doug Liman and writer Simon Kinberg.
The TV series will not feature Pitt and Jolie and will pick up six months after the film ended.
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Ray Liotta's new crime drama Smith has been cancelled by CBS after only three episodes.
The Goodfellas actor starred alongside Sideways actress Virginia Madsen, Jonny Lee Miller, Amy Smart and Simon Baker on the show, which focuses on the lives of a gang of professional criminals.
CBS has confirmed it is pulling Smith from their Tuesday night schedule after only attracting 8.5 million viewers, and will fill the slot with reruns of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds.
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Kate Hudson has won a massive payout from the British edition of the National Enquirer after the publication falsely accused the naturally thin actress of having an eating disorder.
Hudson was described as "painfully thin" by the magazine last year, which also reported that her mother Goldie Hawn had begged her to eat more.
However, after a successful libel case the star was today awarded undisclosed damages for any distress the article may have caused, and granted an apology.
Simon Smith, lawyer for Hudson, told the High Court in London his client refuted all claims in the article, saying, "Ms. Hawn has explained to me that she never had any concerns about her daughter's appearance whatsoever."
He also noted discrepancies regarding Hudson's figure in other issues of the National Enquirer, which described her as "looking great" and "stunning" at the same weight.
A relieved Hudson said after the judgment, "The allegations that I sued over were blatantly false--I could not stand by while such lies were being perpetrated about me."
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Nicole Kidman is set to challenge her Mission: Impossible-starring ex-husband Tom Cruise on the big screen after signing on to play an action woman in a new espionage thriller.
The actress will also produce the untitled project, which is described by insiders as a female-led The Bourne Identity.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith screenwriter Simon Kinberg is reportedly writing the script for the film. Ironically, Kidman was originally attached to star alongside Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but dropped out to allow Angelina Jolie to take her place.
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