British funnyman Ricky Gervais has expressed his sympathy for Justin Bieber in the aftermath of his racism scandal, insisting the troubled pop star is a victim of childhood stardom. Bieber, 20, who shot to fame as a child star, has been under fire this week (beg02Jun14) following the publication of two videos which show him telling a vile racist joke and singing about joining hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
The footage was shot several years ago, when Bieber was a teenager, and Gervais is adamant the star's problems stem from growing up in the spotlight.
Speaking during a question-and-answer session at the Paley Center for Media in New York, Gervais told the crowd, "Honestly, if I am grounded, it's because I became famous when I was 40. I feel sorry for kids like Bieber, really I do, because he doesn't have a chance to not be like that... I think we forget he's a kid, not so much now, but he was a kid and he's going to make all his mistakes in public... We all do stupid things when we're teenagers and they're gone now... but for this generation, they're not gone, they're there forever."
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The FX original limited series Fargo started its 1o-episode run this week, dontcha know? We caught up with stars Colin Hanks, Keith Carradine, Martin Freeman, and Billy Bob Thornton, plus showrunner Noah Hawley on the red carpet of the show's preview panel at the Paley Center New York. Here's what they had to say about successfully adapting a beloved cinematic masterpiece, the "golden age" of TV, and the show's frigid Calgary set.
Hanks on the allure of the limited series:"I think now, with the way some shows are being made now, you have this luxury of not necessarily having to make a TV show that will last for 100 episodes. Now it's really more about letting the story dictate how many you do."
Hawley on what attracted him to the project:"I wasn't being asked to copy something, I was being asked to create an homage really, which then forced me to say, 'Well, what made that movie that movie and how do I tell a story that feels the same, but doesn't play the same?'"
Carradine on how the pilot script turned skepticism into enthusiasm:"I said, 'Oh my gosh, how are they gonna do that?' And then I got the script and I said, 'Oh, okay. That's how they're gonna do it.' It's brilliant. It takes where [the Coen Brothers] started, and it kind of ramps off from there. And it takes into account where we as an audience have come in the last 18 years since that film was made. There's no other film like it, and yet, in those 18 years, the audience has become more sophisticated and, I think that what we're doing here reflects that."
Hanks on the show's pitch-black humor:"Violence isn't necessarily played for laughs, but maybe what happens just prior to it or just after it, in its aftermath, is sort of a way of releasing that tension that violence brings to the plot."
Hawley on the show's heavyweight cast:"The network and I really wanted to cast it like a movie, and aim for a sort of caliber of actor. Knowing that it was only a 10-episode commitment, why settle?"
Carradine on the cultural landscape of TV:"If you really want to do incisive, progressive storytelling, television seems to be the place now. It's kind of a new golden age."
Freeman on how the location helped him find his character:Freeman: "If we're pretending to be in a very cold, snowy place, it helps if we're in one. And Calgary was white on the ground for the entire four months that we were there."Us: "Well, it was here in New York too. You could've filmed here."Freeman: "Oh, don't tell me that!"
Thornton on another Coen Brothers film that'd make a great miniseries:"Blood Simple. Let's do it."
Director Judd Apatow is still upset about the abrupt cancellation of his cult TV series Freaks And Geeks, and his subsequent Hollywood success is just "revenge" for the TV bosses who pulled the plug on the show. On Monday (10Mar14), the filmmaker was honoured with the 2014 Icon Award by bosses of the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, a prize which recognises individual creative achievements in television.
During his acceptance speech, Apatow was eager to talk about Freaks and Geeks, the U.S. series he executive produced that was cancelled by bosses at America's NBC network after just 12 episodes in 2000.
The show launched the careers of then-unknown actors James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, and Apatow confesses he still habours resentment towards the executives behind the cancellation.
He says, "Even to this day, I think I didn't want to admit that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled. Everything I've done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. It's really demented, but it's just like, 'You were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.' And I really should get over that."
Apatow, who frequently works with the same cast and crew from Freaks and Geeks, has gone on to find success primarily in film, working on hits such as Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Bridesmaids. He also serves as an executive producer on the Golden Globe-winning series Girls.
Judd Apatow was honoured with an Icon Award by bosses of the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on Monday (10Mar14). The Knocked Up director and producer was joined by his actress wife Leslie Mann and their daughter Iris to receive the award.
The cast of Lost will celebrate the cult show's 10th anniversary with a reunion at The Paley Center for Media's 31st annual television festival in Los Angeles this spring (14). The two-week event will kick off with a Veronica Mars reunion on 13 March (14).
Somebody call Emma Pillsbury, because Gleeks may soon need some counseling: Glee's sixth season will indeed be its last. Creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the news at the Paley Center event on Wednesday night, when he talked about the impact that the death of Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson had on the show, saying "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him." Murphy and the show's writers are currently trying to figure out how to rework the show around Monteith's absence.
Fans of Finn and Rachel will be pleased to know that they were always meant to be together in the end, and Murphy has promised that the new ending will "honor" Monteith. He's apparently planning to present his new plan to the network next week. Rumors that the show might be coming to an end started appearing around August, when Fox president Kevin Reilly said that they weren't thinking about the show past its sixth season. However, with the death of Monteith looming large over the show and the show's slow decline in popularity and quality, Glee's departure has started to seem inevitable.
With Finn no longer in the picture, fans have been speculating about the new direction the show will be forced to take. A popular theory is that the new ending will center around Kurt Hummel and his on new fiancé Blaine. Since Murphy has previously stated his affection for both characters, this seems like a probable ending. Rachel will most likely end up a big star, and without Finn to return to Lima for, we wouldn't be surprised if her final storyline centered on her career. Hopefully, some of the show's original cast can return again, and the audience can finally get some closure about Mercedes' singing career, Quinn's success at Yale, and what Brittany could possibly be getting up to at MIT. After all, does anyone actually care about the new group of glee club kids? And, in a perfect world, Tina would finally be able to get a plot where she can be successful without everyone around her tearing her down.
No matter what happens, we're sure Miss Pillsbury has some pamphlets that will help Gleeks through this tough time. Maybe something along the lines of "Moving On After Your Favorite TV Show Ends?"
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Hit TV show Glee is to end next year (14) after six seasons. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the news during a Paley Center event honouring America's FX Networks in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (16Oct13), explaining that the recent death of Cory Monteith has altered his plans for the finale.
Monteith died from a drug overdose in July (13) and was memorialised during a special episode which aired in the U.S. last week (ends11Oct13).
Murphy said, "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was - he was in it. I knew what the last line was - she said it to him.
"So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now."
But he revealed he does have "a good idea" for the finale, adding, "I'm going to tell the studio and the network how, after Cory's unfortunate passing, we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honour, which I love."
It was a good weekend to be an X-Files fan. The stars of the now 20-year-old sci-fi series spent the weekend reminiscing about the past and drumming up support for a third film. And from their Reddit AMA to their Paley Center Q&A to their panel at New York Comic Con, one common thread was clear: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson know that we all think they're secretly together and they really love messing with us about it.
Blind items and rumors about have two have been flying for months — some say that they live together, some that they might even be secretly married. And with the fervor that Mulder and Scully's ten-year slow burn relationship inspired, a real life coupling is almost too much for diehard fans to handle. But if that's what gets 20th Century Fox to greenlight The X-Files 3, we can stand a little teasing.
It all started on Saturday when the duo started their AMA by posting this photo. When a Redditor asked if their increasing hotness was "a secret alien power," Duchovny commented that Anderson is "every bit as hot, and hotter." At the Paley Center panel, he gushed some more, this time about her performance. Anderson answered a fan question about what role she could play on Californication by suggesting "a Scully-impersonating stripper." The banter continued at their Comic Con panel, where David told the audience that he sometimes signs his emails to Gillian as "Mulder." And fans screamed when he gallantly draped his jacket over the chilly Anderson's shoulders and left it there for the rest of the panel. Every glance, touch, and saucy comment was punctuated by wry smiles that tell us that these two know what they're doing. Whether the rumors are true or not, we're pretty sure fans would be happy if the third movie were just a 90-minute version of this PG-13 Mulder/Scully conversation they improvised for the Comic Con audience.
Actress Kerry Washington has criticised the U.S. Congress over the government shutdown, saying politicians should be more co-operative and work together for the greater good. The U.S. government went into shutdown on Tuesday (01Oct13) after the Senate and Congress failed to agree on a budget, leaving 800,000 civic employees on forced unpaid leave.
Taking part in a panel discussion at New York's Paley Centre for Media on Wednesday (02Oct13), the Scandal actress offered her support to President Barack Obama and urged Congress to co-operate to find a solution.
She tells E! News, "I think our president is doing an extraordinary job and I think it's really unfortunate that so many people are without work right now at a time where a lot of people can't afford it, and I wish that Congress... (could) be more co-operative."
Robin Williams was honoured in Los Angeles on Thursday night (19Sep13) as he prepares to return to TV with new comedy The Crazy Ones. The funnyman made his first-ever visit to The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills for a gala tribute evening, which was moderated by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who served as Williams' best man at his 2011 wedding.
The Police Academy star told the audience, "I threw him a bachelor party where a lovely performer named Lady Monster showed up and lit different parts of her anatomy on fire. It's the least I could do for Robin, who has always offered a shoulder for me to cry on when things were bad. We've had a nice run as best pals."