Unless you’ve been hiding out in a hobbit-hole or held captive by a cave troll, you’re undoubtedly aware that director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is opening next week. And you’re probably also aware that Jackson shot the film in a new format, 48 frames per second, which has kicked up a fair bit of fuss among early reviewers, not all of it positive. But what does 48 frames per second even mean? Is it actually a better way to experience the film? Here are five things you should know before buying your ticket. READ FULL STORY
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With a slew of extra-cheesy/gross jewelry commercials surely right around the corner, I thought it important to determine which have been 2012′s absolute worst — rough diamonds, if you will — so far. I’m ready to propose some. Are you ready to propose? WHY NOT? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, IT’S DECEMBER. Seriously what is wrong with you? READ FULL STORY
After its first season wrapped, Smash — a flashy Broadway spectacle that drew rapturous reviews for its first few episodes, then, um, less rapturous reviews as the show went on — was treated to some major revamping. (Cue Dreamgirls‘ “I Am Changing.”) Showrunner Theresa Rebeck was replaced by Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran; characters including Terrible Ellis and Once-Dreamy Dev were given the boot; there was talk of improved serialized storytelling and less emphasis on the dreary subplots that once dragged the show down.
Have all those alterations led to a Smash that’ll truly sizzle in season 2? It’s tough to tell from this super-sized, suspiciously scarfless preview — Katharine McPhee’s Karen still seems a little blank, and Megan Hilty’s confident Ivy has apparently been reduced to a moony-eyed, gape-mouthed second banana.
But at least we do know that every performer who can carry a tune seems to have found a home in Smash‘s extended ensemble. Jennifer Hudson! Sean Hayes! Jesse L. Martin! That cute guy from Newsies! And don’t forget Liza Minnelli, as if you could — she’ll stop by in February, though the preview makes it seem as though Ivy will be channeling Sally Bowles at some point as well. (As usual, all the music sounds phenomenal; maybe Smash should just become a concert series?)
Don’t take my word for it, Smashochists — fade in on the preview below.
[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL]
The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.
Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing is the dapper secret agent using a tarantula to freak the evil guys. Also, Judi Dench is just a few dirt smudges away from being the bird lady in Home Alone 2 and Albert Finney is totally giving Home Alone Old Man with the Shovel vibes. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a scene where Old Judes and Albie rode down the stairs in a sled.
I guess my big issue with this climax is that I love Bond movies for the gadgets and gizmos. I don’t really wanna see 007 being low-tech and running around with a sawed off shotgun—Bruce Willis’ John McClane can do that just fine.
What do you think, PopWatchers?
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What happens in Vegas…is binding regardless.
Janeane Garofalo was married to Rob Cohen for 20 years without knowing it, the actress and new divorcée announced this weekend at a reunion for The Ben Stiller Show, according to the NY Post.
The Larry Sanders Show alum shared that she and Ben Stiller Show writer Rob Cohen (who now produces Big Bang Theory) got married in Vegas as a joke. “We dated for a year, and we got married at a drive-through chapel in a cab,” she shared, per the Post. “ [We thought] you have to go down to the courthouse and sign papers and stuff, so who knew? We were married, and apparently now that [Rob] is getting married for real, his lawyer dug up something.”
Surprise! You’ve been legally wed for two decades. The one-time lovebirds seemed to laugh off the fact that just prior to the event they dissolved a marriage that lasted longer than current high-schoolers have been alive. Hey, maybe it’s better than being on a list of quickie divorces…right, Sinead O’Connor?
CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?
Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY
On Thursday, Ancestry.com revealed that George Clooney is related to our very own 16th president, one Abraham Lincoln (not the vampire hunter). Indeed, the silver fox (by which I refer to Lincoln, of course) is the half-first cousin five times removed of ER‘s most handsome doctor.
What does this mean in the grand scheme of things? Absolutely nothing, except you know Daniel Day-Lewis is jealous. (The Lincoln star embodies the 16th president in every way save for one — BLOOD.) But in honor of this revelation, we’ve assembled a list of seven other celebrities with famous ancestors so you can keep up with your VIP bloodlines. Check it out* below: READ FULL STORY
Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels may not have made the cut, but Oprah has just released her annual list of “Favorite Things” on her website, and, as expected, it’s a plethora of stuff that you simultaneously didn’t know existed and now desperately want.
Word to the wise: stock up now on the 48 products featured – if history is any indication, they’re about to be out of stock. The items are from the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, but will presumably be the same as the gifts featured in the two-hour primetime special, Oprah’s Favorite Things, airing Nov. 18 on OWN. READ FULL STORY
This is sure to be a little less controversial than Lena Dunham’s ad.
Ne-Yo, along with Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, and Natasha Bedingfield have released a song/campaign video for President Obama. Like Will.i.am’s 2008 video “Yes We Can,” “Forward” features a chorus with a simple message mixed with verses that also contain Obama soundbites from various events.
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Just call it The Adventures of FernGaga.
Lady Gaga is a well-known fan of monsters, but now even plants are getting involved with her army of music and social justice. Botanists at Duke University have honored the pop star by naming a new genus of ferns, and 19 species within the genus, after her, E! reports.
“We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression,” Kathleen Pryer, director of Duke’s herbarium and professor of biology, told E! READ FULL STORY
- Fox renews 'Mindy,' 'New Girl,' 2 more
- Scott Kalvert, video/film director, dies
- 'Mad Men' gets trippy new poster
- 'Sharknado 2' gets July premiere date
- 'Orphan Black' stream rights to Amazon
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- Miley calls out Katy Perry on kiss remark
- 'Archer' renewed for two more seasons