How strange, and yet right, that the defining event of week 1 of the network-TV season happened on cable. Last Sunday, we bid Breaking Bad farewell after six years and 62 episodes of some of the best television ever made. Like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and other cable series that have defined the new golden age of TV drama, Breaking Bad distinguished itself with a large, grand arc of moral complexity and a protagonist inside of whom a man and a monster were at war. We were riveted, and so were the people who program network shows. They were also annoyed (about the media attention), envious (of the awards), and curious (about how to get in on the action). READ FULL STORY
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Network execs are making a halfhearted effort to cast more diverse characters — but too often those characters are exactly like the white ones. When will minorities get not just a presence but a voice?
Lena Dunham’s excellent HBO series Girls is only three weeks old, but the acutely observed tragicomedy about four overeducated, underachieving white women in their early 20s has already come under fire from its small but devoutly ambivalent audience. The charge: lack of diversity. Girls feels like an odd target for that complaint: Why not, for example, Game of Thrones, where, except for the random dude on horseback, “swarthy” is about as ethnic as things get? I assume that extensive historical research has shown that very few people of color resided in Fake Magical Dragonia (or, apparently, in the neighboring fantasylands of Grimm, American Horror Story, and Once Upon a Time). Then again, since the entire target audience for Girls is TV critics, high-volume tweeters, and people who like to argue about stuff like diversity, it’s not surprising that this has come up. And although Girls is getting a bad rap, that shouldn’t overshadow the issue’s importance. READ FULL STORY
It isn’t hyperbole to say that this summer will witness the release of the two biggest superhero movies ever made. This Friday, Marvel Studios will finally bring its madcap five-year plan to fruition with the release of The Avengers, a mega-sequel action bonanza. But, as my colleague Adam B. Vary points out, moviegoers who see The Avengers this weekend will be treated to a preview for a very different comic book film: The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan’s bleak epoch-defining Batman trilogy. It’s not just that The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises offer different perspectives on the superhero genre. The two movies are diametrically opposed down to the microscopic level. READ FULL STORY
For better or worse, Buckyballs are having a moment. The shape-shifting desk accessories have been growing in popularity over the last several years, but they became headline news when an Oregon toddler nearly died after swallowing 37 of the magnetic silver balls. In real-person terms, this is a crisis thankfully averted. In Hollywood producer terms, this is a flash of genius. (I wish I were being cynical when I say that.) READ FULL STORY
A funny thing happened yesterday while I was chatting with The River‘s executive producers Michael Green and Zack Estrin. I was going on about how I hate them for reinforcing my fear of dolls, when they brought up something that I had previously only given passing thought to: What scares have more lasting impact: Real or mystical?
“Personally, I think that SVU is scarier than us. I gotta be honest,” Estrin told me. “You know, someone could do that [stuff]. You open up the newspaper today, and you’re reading about a guy that brought his kids into his house and lit them on fire and hacked them. To me, that s–t is scary. That is real.”
Again, I say, I had never deep dived into the subject until he put it into that interesting perspective. I make no secret of the fact that I love scary movies because I love the thrill. But when I tally it up, have my SVU marathons been responsible for more nightmares than, say, The Woman in Black? The answer is absolutely. READ FULL STORY
We may never know why pharaoh bitch goddess M.I.A. gave us the middle finger while performing Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” during the Super Bowl half-time show. It’s probably Gisele Bundchen’s fault. But we’ve got to get to the bottom of this. If you don’t agree with our educated guesses, tell us your own theories in the comments. READ FULL STORY
Like many, I was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black this weekend. 1) I like scary movies. 2) The reviews were promising. And, most importantly, 3) I was excited to see post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe on the big screen.
I was not among those lucky enough to check out Radcliffe on Broadway, but had heard enough good things to go into the film with confidence that I could believe him in another role — see him as something other than a wand-wielding boy of magic. And, to my pleasure, that’s exactly what happened — with one small issue: I didn’t think he was old enough to play a father.
Now, I’ll address one fact immediately: Yes, I know Radcliffe is 22 years old, an age at which many people are already parents. (In the film, his son is four years old.) But perhaps as a result of his youthful Potter image, I couldn’t bring myself to see him in such a light. READ FULL STORY
All is not well in Triple Town. The much buzzed-about puzzle game, which successfully launched on Facebook and Google+ in October and on iOS and Android in January, is engaged in a fierce legal battle with a rival company accused of ripping it off.
Triple Town co-creator David Edery confirmed on his blog last Sunday that the development studio filed a copyright infringement suit against competing studio 6waves Lolapps (also known as 6L) in response to Yeti Town, a virtually identical game released two months after Triple Town, which one review called “the exact same game, only this time with snow.” Edery alleged that, among other offenses, 6L entered into a nondisclosure agreement with Spry Fox, only to abruptly end negotiations when Yeti Town was released. Today Rex Ng, the CEO of 6L, fired back, telling Venturebeat, “This accusation is unjustified and plainly not true. We have not broken the NDA signed between 6L and Spry Fox.” 6L also released this statement to EW: READ FULL STORY
There’s currently a war of words going on between the popular talent competition shows American Idol and The Voice. But, as is so often the case with most disagreements, both parties could actually have more to learn from each other then they’d think.
While The Voice‘s Adam Levine may have disagreed with American Idol‘s Randy Jackson’s diss of his show, regarding first-season winner Javier Colon (“[He] was an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract… That show was almost ‘second chance people,’” Jackson had said), there are certain things Levine and his Voice cohorts Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton can learn from the more polished Idol as their second season kicks off this Sunday on NBC after the Super Bowl. Of course, there’s plenty Idol can learn from fresh-faced newcomer The Voice, too. Whether or not the shows will call a truce is still up in the air, but in the meantime, here’s what these shows can take away from each other:
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