A centuries-spanning, deadly treasure hunt for a mysterious clock. A ragtag team of investigative reporters. The kidnapping of an innocent loved one. Nazis. Believe it or not, this isn't the synopsis of the latest Nicolas Cage movie, but the central plot of Zero Hour, the Anthony Edwards-starring mystery show that premieres this Thursday night on ABC.
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Edwards knew that he was taking a huge risk when he signed on to star in Zero Hour, his first TV outing since he stepped down from arguably the most famous medical procedural of all time, ER, in 2002. Mainly, because network television — the bastion of procedural drama — has not yet figured out how to create the perfect serialized mystery. But Edwards believe that his new show could change all that.
"We're going to solve this mystery this season," he says. "We did our 13 episodes, and what you have then is the core of us from the magazine being ready for another mystery. In a sense, you can think of the Zero Hour mystery just being the first one."
Creating a series that will solve a new mystery each season — like, say, Showtime's Dexter or what AMC's The Killing originally promised — would eliminate the problems that networks have faced with long-term mystery shows, like The Event, Flash Forward, and even Lost. Those shows also suffered the weight of long runs (22-24 episode season), while Zero Hour's mystery will be solved in 13 episodes. It makes things a bit easier in the writer's room.
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"We dive right in [to the conspiracy]," Edwards says. "If you know your ending, then you don't have to do the big delay. On Lost, they had to keep delaying — avoiding what was really going on. We don't have to do that. We take big steps every episode."
And while Edwards could't give too much away about the show's central mystery, which focuses on a world-shattering clock that a lot of really bad people really, really want (Edwards' character becomes involved when his wife unwittingly buys the clock, then is kidnapped), he did tell us that we can expect a ton of adventure... and a bit of comedy on the side.
"I get beat up by almost every old lady," he says. "Since I don't have any superpowers, when you take an everyman and put him into this international conspiracy world... he has a lot of learning to do. We're not doing a documentary, it's this fantasy, romantic journalism. We tell big stories, and visually go big. We can shoot in Queens, then go to a street in Uruguay and put the Andes in the background...television is changing. That's exciting in and of itself."
Zero Hour premieres Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8PM on ABC.
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Modern Family's stunning star, Sofia Vergara, nabbed the top spot on AskMen.com's list of the 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012. And it's no surprise to anyone who hasn't been living in a cave in the Andes for the past three years. The beauty is beloved by designers who love the way dresses hug her impossibly perfect curves, and with her advertising campaigns for both CoverGirl and Diet Pepsi, her face is everywhere these days. Just take one look at this photo to the left and tell me you don't think this woman is absolutely beautiful. Plus, she's famously down to earth. And did we mention she's hilarious? Who wouldn't want to spend a little time with the friendly actress? (Even if it's just to marvel at her awkwardly and contemplate how unfair it is that she looks like a Disney princess cartoon come to life.)
Just below Vergara on the list are Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, actress Rooney Mara, and new mom (and Victoria Secret model) Miranda Kerr at spots two, three and four. For the full list of 2012's Most Desirable Women, go to AskMen.com.
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We're continuing our one-year old tradition, which we so lovingly started last December, which is our way of making celebrities' New Year's resolutions for them. Sure, the first time Lindsay Lohan got into some trouble, our dastardly sides had a bit of fun digging up all the dirt we could find. And the second and third time, it was still pretty entertaining, but we've reached that point where it's not even interesting to hear that she has to spend 4 hours in jail or that she's suing someone else for mentioning her name in a fairly accurate hip-hop verse. We're over it. We cover it begrudgingly because that day Justin Bieber has yet to come out with a music video featuring Mariah Carey gyrating or because Johnny Depp hasn't compared paparazzi photos to an indescribably horrible act that is in no way similar.
Essentially, we do it because we have to, but it comes with a thick layer of cynicism instead of the glowing adoration of a post about say, Beyoncé's baby bump or Ryan Gosling's good Samaritan act. All we're saying is, we're going to write about you, celebs. It's a given. We're too obsessed. We'd just like it if our 2012 coverage didn't include these bad behaviors:
CELEBRITY BEHAVIOR AGREEMENT
THIS CONTRACT, entered into on this 1st day of JANUARY, 2012, by KELLY SCHREMPH, KELSEA STAHLER, and all members of CELEBRITY CULTURE is for the continuation of celebrity status and celebrity news coverage for the entirety of the year 2011. The undersigned celebrity reporters will continue to cover celebrity culture if the celebrities (both mentioned and unmentioned) adhere to the contract as follows:
We, the celeb writers of Hollywood.com, reserve the right to revoke celebrity status and all subsequent news coverage on their site in the case that these stipulations are breached.
1. YOU WILL NOT TWEET WITHOUT FIRST USING YOUR GOD-GIVEN BRAIN.
Thinking before exposing one's thoughts on an unguarded social networking site should be an easy requirement, but just ask Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted about the Penn State scandal before knowing that his precious Joe Paterno was fired for good reason. Or ask Roger Ebert, who tweeted "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," when Jackass star Ryan Dunn passed away tragically. Or ask Charlie Sheen, whose cell phone crashed when he absentmindedly tweeted his phone number to Justin Bieber in a public at-reply. Or ask Anthony Weiner, who had his own "DM fail" when he accidentally publicly sent that photo of his package. Thinking: it's what humans do.
2. CHARLIE SHEEN WILL TAKE 2012 OFF.
If you're not tired of hearing "winning" and "tiger blood" and any other warlock lingo, you must have spent 2011 hiking the Andes or helping build homes in a war-ravaged nation with no possible link to the interwebby world, because those phrases were ubiquitous - and they are officially over. Sheen and his crazy train need to pack it up starting at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1. When we can stop associating him with goddesses and porn families, he can come back. Until then, we don't want to hear a peep.
3. YOU WILL NOT GET TOO DRUNK TO LEGALLY RIDE IN A CAR.
Who cares about that time she forgot the lyrics to the National Anthem? Christina Aguilera later got arrested for public intoxication while riding in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car. The boyfriend got pulled over for drunk driving, but passenger Aguilera was carted away when police discovered that she'd clearly won the drinking contest. Let's all agree this is unacceptable.
4. AS A CELEB, YOU'VE GIVEN UP THE PRIVILEGE OF KEEPING NUDE PHOTOS SECRET. DON'T TAKE THEM, OR BE PREPARED FOR SOME PERV TO LEAK THEM TO EVERY WILLING BLOG.
While Blake Lively's little photo shoot is still unconfirmed (officially, though our eyes suggest otherwise), the damage is done. Even sweet, classy lady Emma Watson became the victim of a nude photo scandal, though her photos were actually proven to be fake. But then you have Scarlett Johansson, who actually admits to taking her nudie pics, so ardently in fact that she instigated a full FBI investigation to find the hackers who stole them.
4a. JUST BE HONEST ABOUT IT.
If your nude photos do leak, just admit it and launch an investigation to find the culprit. Then you can go on late night shows and look like the most mature person in Hollywood when you're able to joke about it.
4b. DRUGS ARE BAD TOO, MMK?
So, maybe you're not running around topless at the hot tub, but instead you're exercising your college-age need to experiement with things like cheap liquor and weed. If you can't be sure you can trust the revelers around you not to take pictures or video and post them to Twitter, either make them sign a contract or come to the mature conclusion that it's just not worth it.
5. IF YOU'RE MENTALLY UNSTABLE, AVOID HIGH PRESSURE SITUATIONS AND GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
Chris Brown went on GMA for what he thought was your average music-related interview when he fielded a few questions about his chequered past. He was agitated during the interview, but it was what happened off camera that had us all rolling our eyes and reluctantly talking about it. He shattered the glass in his dressing room and stormed out of the GMA offices sans his shirt. The undersigned reporters will like still write about such incidents, but we do not promise to be nice about it.
6. IF YOU DON'T LIKE HAVING SEX WITH SOMEONE, DON'T AGREE TO MARRY HIM OR HER.
Crystal Harris, unfortunately you will be forever known as the woman who dumped Hugh Hefner and then told Howard Stern what a terrible lover the Hef supposedly is. Instead of looking like a young girl who realized her mistake at the last minute, she painted herself as the harpy who dished dirt on the poor old 80-something year-old man she dumped. She made us feel sorry for Hefner, and that's practically the Mount Everest of celeb-facing sympathy.
7. YOU NEVER HAVE TO PEE THAT BADLY.
French actor Gerard Depardieu really had to go on his most publicized flight ever. When the flight attendant told him to be patient, and that the bathrooms were locked at the moment, Depardieu became so irate he peed in the aisle of the plane. While this incident did give birth to the giggle fit heard 'round the world, let's not let it happen again.
8. IF GEORGE CLOONEY SAYS HE'S NEVER GOING TO GET MARRIED, BELIEVE HIM.
Elisabetta Canalis was kicked to the curb by everyone's favorite silver fox a curiously short time after she talked about her "fairytale" and her "friends" released statements to the press about her hopes for her matrimonial future with the actor. She later stated that they had never discussed future plans like kids or marriage, so it seems on some level she knew it wasn't an option. Plus, if her nameless informant friends really heard her say those marriagey things, I'm guessing it was a Pinot Grigio secret situation and those ladies are going to girls' night hell for spilling the details to a gossip rag.
9. YOU CANNOT BE A ROLE MODEL AND PROFESS YOUR LOVE FOR THE "DRUNK DIET" AND USING "WHISKEY AND OTHER STUFF" AS ARTISTIC INSPIRATION
You cannot be a role model and profess your love for the "drunk diet" and admit you "drink whiskey and other stuff" when writing songs.
Lady Gaga acts as a role model to her little monsters, urging them to support LGBT issues and to be themselves, no matter how hard it can be, yet she publicly admits to living like a 70 year old mentally ravaged bar fly. You can't have both worlds, Gaga.
10. KIM KARDASHIAN MAY NOT GET MARRIED AGAIN, BUT IF SHE DOES, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COMPLETELY IGNORE THE REQUISITE TWO-DAY E! SPECIAL.
We're all too aware of the most famous Kardashian's incredibly short lived marriage to Kris Humphries. They met, three minutes later got married and in the blink of an eye got divorced. (You may want to check the official timeline on that, which shouldn't take that long since it all happened in the same year.) Naturally a command like this comes with a few other requirements:
10a. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Do not marry someone the same year you meet them.
10b. A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME, MINNESOTA IS.
Do not get married if you haven't decided on a general area of the country to live in.
10c. TRUE LOVE MEANS NEVER TELLING YOUR PARTNER THEY'LL SOON BE IRRELEVANT.
Don't marry someone who doesn't understand why you're famous. (To be fair, we're still trying to figure that out.)
10d. PAY FOR YOUR OWN WEDDING, MULTIMILLIONAIRES; AND DON'T RUB IT IN OUR FACES.
Don't televise your heavily sponsored wedding on national television.
10e. A TV WEDDING IS GROUNDS FOR NEVERENDING SKEPTICISM.
Don't complain about fans and reporters questioning the validity of the marriage if requirement D is not followed.
By signing this document you agree to these stipulations. If you are found in breach of these rules, you may find your celebrity status in low esteem and the number of headlines bearing your name will be significantly diminished. We will also accept a lack of signatures in exchange for your attempts to simply follow these rules. Just knock it off, okay guys?
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its commemorative poster for the 77th Academy Awards Wednesday--a design created by Brett Davidson, an unknown newcomer who has been on staff at the Academy for 10 years and currently serves as the organization's information systems support specialist.
Davidson's design was chosen through a blind selection process by Academy executives and members of its Board of Governors. "We looked at dozens of designs but there was something about Brett's image that we all were drawn to; it was a unanimous decision," the Academy's executive director Bruce Davis said in the press statement. "It was only after we had made the decision that we found out the designer was one of our own staff. It's great for Brett to have this opportunity."
"I was so excited when I found out my design had been chosen," said Davidson, who studied both film and graphic design at the University of Miami in Florida. "Graphic design has always been my passion, so it's unbelievably gratifying that my work will be used to promote such a prestigious event."
Meanwhile, Variety reports the Academy has picked the 12 finalists who will compete for a coveted nomination in the Best Documentary category, including Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, a searing look at the fast-food industry; Stacy Peralta's surfing opus Riding Giants; Mark Wexler's Tell Them Who You Are, a moving portrait of Wexler's father, director Haskell Wexler; and Kevin MacDonald's Touching the Void, a docu based on the book by Joe Simpson about his mountaineering adventures in the Peruvian Andes.
Other titles on the short list were Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born Into Brothels, about impoverished children of prostitutes in Calcutta and Jessica Yu's In the Realms of the Unreal, which follows the life of Henry Darger, a Chicago janitor who penned the 15,000-page children's fantasy novel of the same name.
Michael Moore, who won an Oscar for his previous effort Bowling for Columbine, took his controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 out of the running in the category, contending the move was aimed at opening up the docu race. The film is instead taking a stab at a Best Picture nod.
A handful of other documentaries that should have gotten noticed were disqualified due to having aired on television, either domestically or abroad, including Jehane Noujaim's Control Room, a look at the Al Jazeera's coverage on the Iraq war. Also missing was Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, the fascinating portrait of the '80s metal band, who became riddled with internal strife.
Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theatre and televised on ABC.