Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is set to be inducted into The Television Academy Hall of Fame. The Seinfeld star, who scored a Golden Globes nomination last week (ends13Dec13) for her role in TV comedy Veep, will be feted on 11 March, 2014 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in California, alongside writer/producer David E. Kelley, U.S. late night host Jay Leno, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, ABC Network executive Brandon Stoddard and American sound pioneer Ray Dolby, who will be inducted posthumously.
Bruce Rosenblum, The Television Academy's Chairman and CEO, says, "The six individuals being inducted into the Hall of Fame have all made a profound impact on the landscape of television, leaving their own mark within our industry and with audiences around the world.
"Their groundbreaking contributions will last for generations, making them true icons who could not be more deserving of the Television Academy's highest honour."
Past inductees include Ron Howard, Candice Bergen and William Shatner.
The Boston Red Sox, the nerds on Glee, a good movie actually winning Best Picture at the Oscars — yes, everyone loves an underdog which is why Troy, a rather annoying "swimsuit photographer" with an idiotic nickname and bad fashion sense is now my favorite on this show. I mean, look at this guy. He looks like the kind of guy who would wear those really disgusting shoes that have individual pockets for each toe. You know those nasty toe shoes that make your feet look like a Gorilla's? Troy would wear those. Troy is probably wearing them right now. Or Tevas. And I am rooting for this guy. It says a lot about the power of an underdog.
The reason I love Troy is that he was smart enough to see the ladies were going to kick him out and used his hidden immunity idol to stay in the game, sending his yokel friend Jay back home to eat crawdads and work on his abs. Smart, Troy, very smart. But now he's carrying a boulder down a Slip 'N' Slide (which is how Floridian's say "fighting an uphill battle") because not only do the women clearly want him out of the game, so do Leif and Tarzan. If those two yahoos are plotting against him, then he doesn't have a friend in the world. Yes, it's Troy against Candice Bergen and her tribe of evil Amazonians. And he's not taking it well.
At the start of the episode Troy knows that he has as much chance making it through the next tribal council as a cupcake has of lasting a week on Kirstie Alley's counter. Instead of taking it in stride, he starts lashing out at the women. It's super annoying, but the women don't make it any better. They let him know at every chance they get that they're going to vote him out, so they're not really helping. Everyone is being annoying. It's like being at someone else's birthday party at Chuck E Cheeze.
They go off to the reward challenge and we find out that it is my least favorite of all the regularly recurring challenges on Survivor. It's the auction. Oh god. The auction. I hate it so much. They each get $500 to spend on items that are usually food, a call from home, something to help in the next challenge, some sort of gag, and something that is meant to divide the tribe. It's so incredibly emotionally manipulative and people play it wrong every time. The contestants are just given all this money but they're hoarding it like there's a Chanel boutique lurking behind a palm tree somewhere. Use it all! Bet on everything! Bid until you are out of money and got as much crap as you can! Just do it. (Speaking of which, why don't they ever have clean shoes in the auction? I'd pay $500 for Nikes without sand in them.) Do it all. Instead they plot and plan and some people don't bid on anything and they just waste it. Then someone cries about missing home and someone plots to get the advantage and it's all just so stupid and predictable. It's the producers tugging all the strings they know to tug to make these poor starving castaways dance like that stupid goat marionette in Sound of Music.
Ugh, stupid auction.
Next we find ourselves at the immunity challenge, because that is how these things work. Like sunrise follows sunset, like ebb follows flow, like heartburn follows a night at Hooters eating too many buffalo wings, so is the rhythm of Survivor. We know it as well as we know our own heartbeats. Leif did show up wearing some sort of skull face paint looking like a Misfits T-shirt or some other ridiculous article of clothing out of a goth store, so at least that was a little surprising.
It is a three part challenge. First they have to untie a bunch of knots. The four who do it the fastest go onto another round where they have to bounce a coconut on a trampoline and hit three targets. The two who do that fastest have to knock out squares on a grid Tic-Tac-Toe style with a coconut slingshot. They're all challenges that we have seen previously this season and hopefully our yahoos have had time to master. Thanks to the auction, Troy gets to skip the first round and go right to the coconut bouncing. He's joined, improbably, by Tarzan, the geriatric plastic surgeon who has proved himself good only at braying like a stranded sea cow, mustache growing, and throwing shitty drawers into a pot. However, he's also a good knot untyer and coconut bouncer. Candice Bergen was in round two as well. Also someone else that I'm forgetting. Probably that blond whose name I can't remember.
In the final round it's Troy(zan) vs. Tarzan — the kings of the jungle. Now this is tension. I haven't watched a reality TV showdown this interesting since Tyra Banks made her girls on America's Next Top Model grapple with a foreign language. Seriously, though, unlike the auction, there are real stakes here. If Troy loses, then he goes home, the girls run the game, and that is that. He just needs this one win to be a major disruptive force. If he can pull this off, he can cause enough commotion that, even if he doesn't get a new alliance this week, the seeds of discord will be sown and he will gallop his way toward victory. Either that or Candice Bergen will cast an evil spell on him and he will turn into a discarded bikini growing mildew on the beach. Whichever.
Anyway, Troy wins and goes crazy screaming about how this is his island and giving Jeff fist bumps and generally behaving like an ass. Yes, it's annoying, but the girls are sore losers and tell him to shut up. Yeah, I get that he's annoying, but you need to just roll your eyes and get on with it ladies.
Troy goes back to camp and does exactly the right thing. He does exactly what I would have done if I were playing this game, so you know that means it's the right thing. He goes to the people who are obviously on the bottom: Tarzan, Leif, Christina, and Alycia, who I think is the missing member of En Vogue. Troy walks up to her and says, "Listen, we know you're on the bottom. You know you're on the bottom. You need to team up with me and the rest of the misfits and vote out Candice Bergen, or else these girls are going to dump you. If you stay with them, you will be sixth. If you stick with me, you can get to fifth." She replies, "You want my vote? You're never gonna get it, never gonna get it, Neeeever gonna get it, never gonna get it, never gonna get it, never get it, woo whooo hooo!"
We know Troy isn't going to make his alliance work because there is no squabbling or bargaining at camp. There are no final three deals or hushed negotiations in the woods. That means he is doomed. We know this because, like that gross film in your mouth after eating Cadbury Creme Eggs, we know the rhythms of this game. If anyone was serious about flipping they'd say, "OK, I want [fill in person's name here] out. Can we do that?" But no one says that. I don't think anyone even seriously considers it. Tarzan even says, "I should have won the immunity challenge, because then I'd be safe." Know how else you can be safe, Tarzan? By getting the numbers on your side. Make yourself safe. God, these contestants are possibly the dumbest ever. If he wanted to be safe, he would work with Troy to get an alliance of five together because everyone knows that the girls are running the world (GIRLS! WHO RUN THIS MOTHER!) and you are done unless you make a move. But does he make a move? No. He just helps Leif wash off his ridiculous face paint.
When we get to tribal, Troy lays out his plan again for everyone to hear, and Christina and Alycia (who is still wondering where her residuals are for En Vogue's last album) give his plan lip service, but you know that they're going to vote with the ladies. Troy and his little effort is doomed. The best thing about the interaction between Troy and Candice Bergen's coven was when this blond ghost piped up and said, "Even if you get everyone together and vote one of us off, we'll vote you off next week." Don't you get it, blond one? If Troy is successful, you won't have the numbers anymore. You won't be in power. Then telling Troy to shut up at the immunity challenge and treating him like he's the burned rice on the bottom of the pan is going to come back to haunt you. Remember that.
Anyway, everyone votes and the girls split the vote between Tarzan and Leif, in case there is an idol, and Leif and Troy vote for Candice Bergen. Leif is kicked off. Christian and Alycia staying with the girls I can understand. Even though Alycia left En Vogue before, she's not going to leave an alliance where she has just as good of a shot as she does with Troy and Co. Leif flipping totally makes sense, because he knew he needed to break things up, even though he was really a lousy and inconsequential player the whole time. What really doesn't make sense is Tarzan. Does he think these girls are going to work with him? Does he think he has any part in their alliance? Whose side is he on? Does he not understand that, as long as he has a vote, he has power? He can shift the game. No, the girls tell him to vote for Leif, and he's their backup plan. Why would you work with a group of people that is willing to sacrifice you if their first pick doesn't get ousted? What is he going to do next week? Why don't you make yourself safe Tarzan! Yes, we're rooting for Troyzan, but it's going to take Tarzan, Christina, and En Vogue's missing sister to wake up and get their heads in the game if he wants to win a million dollars and be the king of the jungle.
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Even the mighty rappers can take a tumble every so often. Kanye West fell down onstage Tuesday while performing the "All of the Lights" at the Bergen Calling festival in Norway. It must have been a long way to fall from the high horse the singer has put himself on, but he got right back up without seeming to miss a beat. Although with everything being so pre-recorded these days, I doubt it was done with much difficulty. Check out the spill around the 1:10 mark. If you listen really really closely, you can hear Taylor Swift laughing somewhere.
While he was still upright, the artist thanked the audience at the open-air Bergunhus Fortress for making his latest album a hit while adding, "I'm so thankful to have my voice back and I want to thank everyone. Watch the Throne is No. 1 in 23 countries with no press or promotion." This must not be including the self promotion he's doing right there. As usual, he stays up on his little soap box and states, "I hate the press. They try to take my s--t out of context. They try to demonize me, but it don't matter because my fans are always here." That's right Kanye -- your fans will always be here to catch you (on video) when you fall on your ass.
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Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) is a budding fashion designer living in New York City. She's dating the mayor's son Andrew Hemmings (Patrick Dempsey)--who with the help of a hairpiece looks a tad like JFK Jr.--from whom she receives the ultimate marriage proposal. (In case you haven't seen the trailer the scene involves a late-night proposal in Tiffany's with her choice of any ring.) She readily agrees but neglects to tell Andrew she already has an old man in her hometown of Pigeon Creek Alabama. A plane ride later Melanie is on her way home to deal with her divorce which hubby Jake (Josh Lucas) has been unwilling to give her for the past eight or so years. But once there Melanie realizes that her past is not so bad the folks are not that trashy and Jake isn't such a greaseball after all. She must now decide among many things which road to take. "I'm really happy in New York " she laments. "But then I come here and this fits too." Although the script for this romantic comedy is not the most original you have to appreciate the fact that scribes C. Jay Cox and Douglas Eboch make Melanie's decision challenging by never making either one of her beaus a jerk.
Witherspoon 's character Melanie is not as rambunctious as Legally Blonde's Elle Woods but the 26-year-old actress still manages to turn this movie into a delightful moviegoing experience. Witherspoon has a way of delivering her lines in quirky yet intelligent manner and--just like the reputation that proceeds her--is truly a joy to watch on screen. The film reunites Witherspoon with her American Psycho costar Lucas who more recently appeared in A Beautiful Mind. Lucas portrays Jake in a refreshing manner; he seems a little dopey at first because of his thick Southern accent but is actually a pretty sharp and witty guy who never puts up with Melanie's snotty flippant ways. In fact don't be surprised if you leave the theater longing to marry a Southerner who flies an amphibious plane with the words "Mo' Fishing" scrawled on the side. As the third player in the love triangle Dempsey does an adequate job as the blueblood aristocrat but the role is limited. All we really know about his character Andrew is that he's the mayor's son and has a terribly romantic side. Candice Bergen plays the tough mayor of New York City but not a very busy one it would appear. Bergen's character spends her time fussing over her son's love life and career while ordering her staff to dig up some dirt on Melanie.
In her press publicity for this film Witherspoon a native of Nashville Tenn. has accused Hollywood of often stereotyping Southerners as ignoramuses who talk funny but explains that this film offers a true representation of Southern values. I thought her comment was interesting considering director Andrew Tennant litters the film with clichés including a closeted gay man (Ethan Embry) who fears coming out to his rural peers and a woman who breastfeeds her baby in a bar. Despite its crudely identified characters Sweet Home Alabama is not a bad movie but nor is it great--and if you read the title you know how it will end. What makes this movie stand out more than the average romantic comedy is Witherspoon and Lucas: their characters are relatable and well written and both actors--especially Witherspoon--elevate the film to a higher standard. Tennant does however manage to convey a real essence of small towns. The movie could have done without eerie pro-confederacy messages like Melanie's father (Fred Ward) exclaiming "The South will rise again!"
"The Wedding Planner" marched down theater aisles this weekend, celebrating in first place with $14 million.
The PG-13-rated romantic comedy from Columbia Pictures and Intermedia Films easily captured the top spot on Super Bowl Weekend with a sexy ESTIMATED $14.0 million at 2,785 theaters ($5,027 per theater).
"Planner" had the highest per-theater average for any film playing in over 1,000 theaters last weekend.
"Great news for us this weekend," Sony Pictures Entertainment worldwide marketing & distribution president Jeff Blake said Sunday morning, noting that Sony had four of the top ten films ("Planner," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Finding Forrester" and "Snatch").
"$14 million is allowing for an over 50% drop on Sunday because we (should) do a little better than the rest of the world (against) the Super Bowl," Blake explained. "We got a real clear mix of an audience. It was almost evenly divided under-25 and over-25 and clearly a large part of the under-25 crowd was driven by Jennifer Lopez, who couldn't be hotter right now with both her album and now her No. 1 movie. I think, certainly, the attraction of the over-25 crowd was that this is also a very romantic movie and Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey make a very romantic couple. I think that will be a key as we go forward into February. I think we look like the romantic choice for the next couple of weeks through Valentine's Day."
Sony is very pleased, Blake noted, with the opening of "Planner," which is "a co-production between Columbia and Intermedia. Columbia has all domestic rights and Intermedia is selling the foreign territories. The negative cost is $28 million, so this is one we can really do well on."
Directed by Adam Shankman, "Planner" stars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.
Paramount's PG-13-rated teen appeal drama "Save the Last Dance" from MTV Films fell one slot to second place in its third week with an okay ESTIMATED $10.00 million (-35%) at 2,561 theaters (+22 theaters; $3,905 per theater). Its cume is approximately $59.5 million.
"I think it gets to around $80 million (in domestic theaters)," Paramount distribution president Wayne Lewellen said Sunday morning. "We're assuming like everyone else that we get a pretty good hit (from the Super Bowl) today, or at least we don't hold up as well.
"It basically hurts everything pretty well. But the female-oriented stuff seems to hold up a little better. And by that I mean, maybe we're down 50% to 60% over yesterday (Saturday), whereas the male-oriented stuff will be down 70%-80% over yesterday."
Directed by Thomas Carter, "Save the Last Dance" stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas.
20th Century Fox's PG-13-rated drama "Cast Away" slid one peg to third place in its sixth week, still holding well with an ESTIMATED $8.94 million (-20%) at 2,890 theaters (-171 theaters; $3,092 per theater). Its cume is approximately $194.1 million, heading for $215 million-plus in domestic theaters.
"We had a heck of a weekend," Fox distribution executive vice president, sales Rick Myerson said Sunday morning. "Off only 20%. It will probably go a little bit north of $215 million and you can't tell (yet) what happens with Academy Awards. That's sensational."
After winning the Golden Globe for best actor/drama, Tom Hanks is a likely best actor Oscar nominee for "Cast Away."
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, "Cast Away" stars Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt.
USA Films' R-rated Oscar contender drama "Traffic" dropped one rung to fourth place in its fifth week, still showing great legs with an ESTIMATED $6.49 million (-24%) at 1,580 theaters (+9 theaters; $4,105 per theater). Its cume is approximately $56.3 million.
"Traffic," which won Golden Globes for best screenplay (Stephen Gaghan) and best supporting actor (Benicio Del Toro), is considered a likely contender in the Oscar race. Its director, Steven Soderbergh, is a Directors Guild nominee for both "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich."
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic" stars Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
New Line's opening of its PG-13-rated youth appeal cheerleaders drama "Sugar & Spice" placed fifth with a not-so-spicy ESTIMATED $6.03 million at 2,150 theaters ($2,802 per theater).
Insiders had been anticipating a more exciting launch in the area of $8 million for "Spice," given word that it was flying higher on the Hollywood radar screen.
Directed by Francine McDougall, it stars Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George and Mena Suvari.
Sony Pictures Classics continued to expand its critically-acclaimed PG-13-rated action adventure "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which rose two slots to sixth place in its eighth week with a very encouraging ESTIMATED $5.1 million (-16%) at 869 theaters (+32 theaters; $5,846 per theater). Its cume is approximately $44.5 million.
"Tiger," which won Golden Globes for best director (Ang Lee) and best foreign language film, is considered a likely contender in the Oscar race. Lee is a DGA nominee.
Directed by Ang Lee, "Dragon" stars Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat.
Columbia Pictures' PG-13-rated drama "Finding Forrester," which was sixth last week, tied for seventh place in its sixth week, holding well considering the weekend's Super Bowl competition with an ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-28%) at 2,002 theaters (theater count unchanged; $2,398 per theater). Its cume is approximately $35.9 million.
"It continues to hang in there," Sony's Blake said Sunday morning. "I think we'll continue to be one of the top adult choices going forward."
Directed by Gus Van Sant, "Forrester" stars Sean Connery.
Sony's Screen Gems label's R-rated drama "Snatch," which was fourth last week, tied for seventh place in its second week with a less exciting ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-40%) at 1,444 theaters (theater count unchanged; $3,324 per theater). Its cume is approximately $15.8 million.
"Clearly, the picture's still got a good chance to get to, perhaps, $30 million and, certainly, $25-30 million and will be very profitable for us, especially with already being in profit out of the international markets," Sony's Blake said.
Written and directed by Guy Ritchie, "Snatch" stars Benicio Del Toro,Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Sherbedgia and Jason Statham.
Paramount's PG-13-rated romantic comedy "What Women Want" from Icon Productions slid four rungs to ninth place in its seventh week with a less sexy ESTIMATED $4.3 million (-37%) at 2,611 theaters (-414 theaters; $1,647 per theater). Its cume is approximately $169.5 million.
Directed by Nancy Meyers, "Women" stars Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.
Rounding out the Top Ten was Warner Bros. and Castle Rock Entertainment's PG-13-rated comedy "Miss Congeniality," down three slots in its sixth week with a still okay ESTIMATED $4.01 million (-36%) at 2,409 theaters (-194 theaters; $1,665 per theater). Its cume is approximately $93.1 million.
"We're (heading for) between $105-110 million," Warner Bros. Distribution's Jeff Goldstein said Sunday morning. "We're tracking very positively against 'Analyze This,' which came in at $106 million. Right now we're 12% ahead of that. I think we comfortably get to $105 million and we could get to $110 million, too."
Directed by Donald Petrie, "Congeniality" stars Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice Bergen
OTHER OPENINGS There were no other wide openings this weekend.
SNEAK PREVIEWS There were no national sneak previews this weekend.
EXPANSIONS On the expansion front, Warner Bros. and Franchise Pictures' R-rated thriller "The Pledge" went wider, placing 12th with a calm ESTIMATED $3.57 million (-38%) at 1,410 theaters (+135 theaters; $2,528 per theater). Its cume i approximately $11.0 million.
Directed by Sean Penn, "Pledge" stars Jack Nicholson.
Miramax's PG-13-rated romantic comedy drama "Chocolat," a likely contender for Oscar nominations, went wider in its seventh week, placing 13th with a still hopeful ESTIMATED $3.2 million at 1,203 theaters (+545 theaters; $2,660 per theater). Its cume is approximately $17.3 million.
"Obviously, our Sunday's going to be hurt from the Super Bowl, a little bit," Miramax senior vice president, marketing David Kaminow said Sunday morning. "But the holdover runs are doing great, even as we're expanding these markets. Whatever happens on the 13th (of February with Academy Award nominations), I think this is still a movie that's going to be a crowd pleaser and that's going to stick around for a while."
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, "Chocolat" stars Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench,Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.
Buena Vista/Touchstone went wider with its PG-13-rated dark comedy "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," placing 16th in its sixth week with an okay ESTIMATED $2.3 million at 547 theaters (+128 theaters; $4,205 per theater). Its cume is approximately $12.6 million.
Directed by Joel Coen and written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, it stars George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and John Goodman.
Lions Gate Films' R-rated drama "Shadow of the Vampire" went wider, placing 18th with a calm ESTIMATED $2.0 million at 513 theaters ($3,890 per theater). Its cume is approximately $2.6 million.
"We're going to hold at this level of screens for a few weeks and then we're going to expand once more on Feb. 16, the weekend after the Academy nominations, when we're expecting a couple to come our way," Lions Gate co-president Tom Ortenberg said Sunday morning.
Directed by E. Elias Merhige, "Vampire" stars John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
WEEKEND COMPARISONS Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the three days -- took in approximately $93.93 million, up about 55.13% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $60.55 million.
This weekend's key film gross was down about 13.06% from the previous weekend this year when key films grossed $108.04 million.
Last year, Destination Films' opening week of "Eye of the Beholder" was first with $5.96 million at 1,751 theaters ($3,403 per theater); and New Line's third week of "Next Friday" was second with $5.75 million at 1,335 theaters ($4,309 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $11.8 million. This year, the top two films grossed an ESTIMATED $24.0 million.