“[Inception] was a very well written, comprehensive script, but you really had to have Chris [Nolan] in person, to try to articulate some of the things that have been swirling around his head for the last eight years.”—Leonardo DiCaprio who Didn’t Understand Inception’s Screenplay | Vulture
I was not expecting this. A virtual death sentence. And it’s a real shame because Persons Unknown, while not perfect, is pretty good for summer TV and pretty good within the mystery, sci-fi genre it operates in. At least they’re not canning it completely, without resolution. That would truly terrible.
Much about the music industry has changed in recent years, but at least one thing remains the same: Eminem’s role as a chart-topping star. The rapper’s latest album, “Recovery” (Aftermath/Interscope), sold 741,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the most sales in a one week by any artist since AC/DC’s “Black Ice” moved 784,000 copies in October 2008.
We’re going to see a lot of records broken this weekend, so I’ve created the ‘Eclipse Record Watch.' First was Widest Opening (heh), now Midnight sales, next up biggest day.
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” sunk its fangs into multiplexes on Wednesday morning, selling a record-setting $30 million in tickets for 12:01 a.m. shows.
“Eclipse,” the third film in the phenomenally popular series, beat the industry’s previous midnight record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opened to $26.3 million in November. “Eclipse” also set an Imax record for midnight grosses, selling over $1 million and beating “Transformers 2,” according to Hollywood.com, which compiles ticketing data.
Ah, what some feared has come true. Sad day for the short lived comedy but at least we have the 20 brilliant episodes that we do. And I’m sure the actors and creators are all going to go on to other successful projects.
Lily Allen is writing some of the songs for the new Bridget Jones stage musical, which has staged its first workshop reading. I’m told this was a rough assembly of Helen Fielding’s script and some songs with the Billy Elliotcreative team — director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and associate director Julian Webber. Producer Working Title plans to bring the show to London’s West End next year. They’ll be crossing fingers Bridget Jones replicates the success of Billy Elliot, which has been seen by 4.5 million people worldwide and won 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the franchise, will open with the widest domestic release in box office history. The vampire flick has been booked in 4,416 theaters for its debut Wednesday, besting the previous record of 4,380 set by Iron Man 2 about two months ago.
Elijah Wood has signed on to headline Wilfred, a comedy pilot for FX, his first-ever TV show. The premise? Wood will play the owner of an anthropomorphic dog who’s “part Labrador Retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender.” Delightfully, the dog will be played a human actor wearing a dog suit — Jason Gann who created and starred in the same-named Australian series from which Wilfred is adapted. Some kind person has uploaded a montage of the original Wilfred's finest moments and, hey, this looks pretty great to us.
Earlier this evening, TV broadcasting legend Larry King dropped a bombshell: after 25 years of hosting the ‘Larry King Live’ show on CNN, his nightly show will end this fall. King made the surprising announcement via his Twitter account right before he taped this evening’s show. “Announcing tonight: I’m ending my nightly show this fall but continuing at CNN,” King wrote.
When Bobcat Goldthwait first announced plans to write and direct a musical based on the Kinks’ 1976 album,Schoolboys in Disgrace, it sounded too crazy to actually happen. But it will! Ray Davies is executive producing and the film will shoot in the U.K. Says Goldthwait: “It’s the story that any kid who has felt that they are not being treated fairly can relate to, all set to some of the greatest rock songs you’ll ever hear. It’s the genesis story of a super villain set to music. It’s the story of the world’s most charming criminal and a realistic high school musical for all the kids who hate sugary, sweet, unrealistic high-school musicals.” Suck it, Glee. [HR]
The creator of Glee has promised that the show’s second season will focus on the original cast members.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Murphy explained that guest stars such as Charice and John Stamos will develop the current cast’s plots.
"They’re really there to support the main characters’ stories," he said. "Like John Stamos is always going to be a part of Will’s story. The emphasis in the second season is on our original characters even though we’re adding a few smaller parts. You’re gonna get more backstory on all of these kids."
However, Murphy explained that he is planning to expand Heather Morris’s character Brittany because of the positive reaction from fans.
He revealed that Brittany will have her own episode, adding: “I feel an obligation to write more for people we already have that are great.”
Glee will return for its second season in the US in the autumn.
Hulu’s long-rumored paid service is now a reality as the online content hub has just launched Hulu Plus. A monthly fee of $9.99 allows subscribers to get season passes to more than 40 current series, including Glee, Modern Family, House, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and The Office, as well as access to over 120 previous episodes of current and old shows. The episodes can be delivered to iPhone, iPad and iPod, some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players and soon to PlayStation3 and Xbox. A free version of Hulu is still available but offers only recent episodes of ABC, NBC and Fox shows. In its initial launch phase, Hulu Plus is available by invitation only. You can get one here.
In the interest of journalistic integrity, I went on Chatroulette this morning to verify its obsolescence. Time it took for someone to show me his unit: 10 seconds. I clicked the “next” button. There, in extreme close-up, was a penis. I clicked “next” again. And there was no one there at all. Just vast, empty nothingness. All that’s left of a once great civilization is dead air and a bunch of guys sitting around with their pants off. It was a wild ride, a magical, you had to be there time in human history, when it seemed everyone in the world was as close as a mouse click. We’ll remember you as you once were, young and full of song. But the party is over. And you can’t build an empire on dicks.
Twentieth Television is finalizing separate deals for the cable rights to both hit shows made by 20th Century Fox TV with NBC Universal’s Oxygen and USA Network.
Glee will be heading to Oxygen, which we hear is paying mid-six figures per episode, plus airing a 2011 reality show to find the next Glee star. While Modern Family will land at USA Network which until now has been focused on hour long procedurals. We hear the deals were negotiated directly with the cable networks, both of whom are NBCU-owned and soon to be Comcast-owned.
That Glee reality show on Oxygen for next summer will feature contestants vying for a role on the musical dramedy. Co-creator Ryan Murphy had originally planned the contest to lead Glee’s 2nd season premiere on Fox this coming fall. But then he realized he was too busy. Additionally, we hear the Oxygen deal involves some additional Glee-related original programming. This syndication deal also will include a station component. As a source told us, “Twentieth TV sees the big picture of this show. It’s intent on building this brand that is Glee: a live touring business, music download business, soundtrack album business, DVD business, now syndication business.”
The one-timeTransformers star and one-time 90210 star, who have been dating on-and-off since 2004, were married late last week in Hawaii, TMZ is reporting. And with that, as suddenly as Fox’s career has disintegrated, the hopes and desires of the world’s teenage male population have been extinguished. [TMZ]
Should 'The Office' continue without Michael Scott?
I’d like to hear what everyone thinks of this issue. Steve Carell thinks it can, I’m more skeptical. Truth is, Michael Scott the backbone for a lot of the plot development and comedy on the show. To continue without him would make it a vague image of what it once was. They should take this opportunity and end the show right instead of it fizzling out into creative monotony (a la Scrubs). Then NBC can let Parks and Rec grow into The Office heir.