Rapper Jay Z scored the most Grammy nominations this year with a grand total of nine. It is worth mentioning, however, that he efforts are not included in any of the big three categories. Record of the Year contenders are Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Those artists vying for Album of the Year are Sara Bareilles (The Blessed Unrest), Daft Punk (Random Access Memories), Kendrick Lamar (Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (The Heist), and Taylor Swift (Red). Bareilles’ “Brave” and Katy Perry’s similar sounding “Roar” are going head-to-head for Song of the Year; the rest of that category includes Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Speaking of the rising 15-year-old star, Lorde was snubbed and not included in the Best New Artist section which is occupied by nominees James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran. Click here for the full list of nominees.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs Sunday, January 26th at 8PM on CBS.
Sony Pictures has outed the first official trailer for Marc Webb’s Spidey sequel and boy does it impress. The visuals and slinging sequences are better than ever and the new lineup of villains including Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, and Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn. Of course Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker and so is his girlfriend Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 releases May 2, 2014.
Wonder Woman is finally making her way to the silver screen in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel featuring Henry Cavill’s Superman and an “older and wiser” Batman played by Ben Affleck. Sexy Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot, who has starred in three of the Fast and Furious installments, is set to play the Amazonian Princess.
Snyder commented on the exciting casting news: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
The still untitled Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman flick is slated to soar into theatres July 17, 2015.
Quick update on Netflix’s Daredevil: Drew Goddard (director of Cabin in the Woods; Cloverfield, World War Z, Buffy, Angel, Alias, Lost writer) has signed on to write and direct the first episode of the Netflix/Marvel live-action original series. He will also serve as series showrunner and executive producer across all 13 episodes that are set to debut on the streaming service in 2015.
Daredevil is one of four Marvel superhero series coming to Netflix (Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage are also on the way) and they will all culminate in an Avengers-style mini-series event dubbed The Defenders. Picking up Goddard is a great way to start this massive project; the writer/director/producer is widely accepted by fanboys and girls for his work on Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams classics.
Sherlock fans, here is your first major look into series 3. The minute long trailer opens with Martin Freeman’s John Watson defiantly asking Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes about his faked suicide fall from last season. “I don’t care how you faked it; I want to know why,” he says. There’s mystery, there’s intrigue, there’s humor–it’s one great tease. #SherlockLives January 19 on PBS Masterpiece.
Orphan Black returns April 19 on BBC America, and here’s your first look at the upcoming second season. Tatiana Maslany takes on Tatiana Maslany (what else is new?) in the shoes of series protagonist Sarah Manning and pro-clone Neolutionist Rachel Duncan. Seems like we’ll be picking up right where we left off.
In an interview with EW, creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson spill on season 2. “No one is just who they seem on Orphan Black. That’s the most important thing. Maybe things get set up as kind of a cliché or as one thing, but we’re always trying to bend it and find the layers to keep it fresh and original,” says Manson. “Even as a villain, Rachel is going to hold a lot of surprises for us. She’s been a really fun nemesis for Sarah,” adds Fawcett.
In addition to watching Sarah take on Rachel, season 2 will also explore Cosima’s mysterious illness. “It’s a genetic mystery. It’s a genetic biological mystery and it feeds into some of our body horror and it feeds into our science mystery,” says Manson.
Also, more clones are coming! Click over to EW the read the interview in full.
Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore check back into Bates Motel in March as the freaky mother and son duo we have come to adore. A&E hasn’t offered up a solidified premiere date yet, but the cable network has pushed out a cool poster (see above) and not one but two new teasers starring Norma and Norman respectively. Bed linen and taxidermy involved. Watch after the break. (Click here for more…)
Netflix’s Emmy award-winning series House of Cards returns for its second season on February 14. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return as the politically power-hungry Francis and Claire Underwood. Just like before, all 13 episodes will premiere the day the streaming service launches the new season. As you prepare your binge schedule today, check out the new season 2 synopsis:
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.
Jump after the break to watch a sizzling promo. (Click here for more…)
The Walking Dead went out with quite the bang last Sunday (respectively rest in peace and burn in hell to those we lost). The back-half of season 4 (or as we TV types like to call “4B”) premieres February 9 on AMC and you can preview what’s to come in the short yet tantalizing teaser embedded above.
[Spoilers!] During last week’s Talking Dead, creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman teased, “Not only have these people lost Hershel, they lost the prison, but they also lost each other. They’re out on their own, they’re in different groups. There’s going to be a lot going on with these different people as they try to survive in the next half of the season.”
Star Andrew Lincoln describes the next batch of eight episodes as “the boldest, bravest, and most exciting this show has ever attempted.
Here’s some exciting news: NBC has granted the wildly addicting and action-packed procedural The Blacklist for a 22-episode second season. After airing only two episodes the Peacock ordered a full season of the show and it didn’t take the network much longer to decide The Blacklist is a keeper. It’s a ratings machine; it ranks as the #1 drama in the coveted 18-49 demo averaging a 4.9 rating/13 share, plus it gains even more viewers after factoring in DVR usage.
“The success of The Blacklist demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I’m impressed on a daily basis by this creative team’s imagination and the extent to which they will go to capture this grand vision on film,” NBC head Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “With gratitude to both our partners at Sony Pictures Television and our NBC development executives who took a great script and shepherded it into a great series, I hope that Red Reddington never runs out of names to bring down on his list!”
The Blacklist aired its fall finale last Monday and it returns with new episodes January 13.
Elsewhere, The CW gave full season orders to its three new series The Originals, The Tomorrow People, and Reign.
Frank Darabont, the man who adapted The Walking Dead for television and ran it for two seasons, has a new series that debuted on TNT. Mob City, formally known as L.A. Noir and Lost Angels, is an adaptation of John Buntin’s novel L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City that tells the story of an epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster inflames set in 1940s Los Angeles. Darabont reached out to the Walking Dead dearly departed Jon Bernthal (Shane) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) to star in his new show. Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, Jeremy Luke, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia, Simon Pegg, and Alexa Davalos round out the cast.
The pilot, written and directed by Darabont, premiered Wednesday, December 4. The series’ first season is being called a “three week event” due to its unorthodox rollout; the season will play across three two-hour episodes airing from Dec. 4 to the 18th. Eye the masterful poster imagined by famed artist Drew Struzan above and tune into Mob City Wednesdays 9-11PM.
[Image via EW]
Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest One Direction last night. A rundown of my favorite sketches follows after the break. (Click here for more…)
Music video round-up: Bob Dylan & Pharrell Williams create fun, interactive clips; Kanye West gets parodied [Update: Eminem is a "Rap God"]
Forty-eight years after Bob Dylan released his 1965 hit “Like A Rolling Stone” the track gets its very own music video and a uniquely impressive one at that. Israeli director Vania Heymann partnered with interactive videomaker Interlude to imagine a music video experience that allows the viewer to flip through TV channel stations and inside each one TV personalities are lip-syncing Dylan’s song. There are 16 stations to flip through using your arrow key or mouse press; from Pawn Stars to The Price is Right to Marc Maron’s podcast, Dylan permeates through them all without missing a beat. Mash play in the TV box embedded above and see it to believe it.
Jump after the break to watch new music vids from Pharrell and Kanye West. (Click here for more…)
The Muppets return in a sequel to 2011′s The Muppets. In Muppets Most Wanted the fuzzy gang travel to Europe and Kermit gets mistaken for the “World’s Number One Criminal” Constantine the frog. Humans Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, and a wide net of celebrity cameos round out the impressive cast. James Bobin returns as director as does his Flight of the Conchords cohort Bret McKenzie whose music is featured once again. Watch the wildly entertaining trailer above and flails your arms like Kermit–The Muppets come back to the big screen March 21, 2014.
Black is back. Orphan Black, that is. The Tatiana Maslany Show returns April 19 on BBC America and even though this teaser doesn’t feature new footage in does not fail in ramping up anticipation for what’s to come, not in the slightest. The latest season 2 logline hints at more clone mysteries and some long-anticipated answers
Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone Rachel, dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?
Jump after the break to watch teasers for Sherlock and Girls. (Click here for more…)
Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Haim last night. A rundown of my favorite sketches follows after the break. (Click here for more…)
Exactly one week after Sony let loose PS4, Microsoft is replacing its aging console with Xbox One. And just like PS4′s release, gamers can expect a Day One patch to get the system working at full capacity and a brand new SmartGlass app for all your Xbox on-the-go and wireless slinging needs. Download the app today at iTunes and Google Play Store. Brush up on the hardware’s launch titles here.
The house that Bill Gates built is pimping their Xbox 360 successor to be the “one” stop destination for all your entertainment needs; for example, with its HDMI IN port you can run your cable box through the console and watch live TV while you’re gaming. It’s all exciting stuff but how will the new Xbox fare against the new PlayStation, a next-gen console that Sony built with hard-core gamers in mind first and entertainment needs later. Time, as they say, will tell.
So what are you waiting for? Jump ahead.
Update: Microsoft confirms that the Xbox One launch ”was the biggest launch in Xbox history, with more than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft.”
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Xbox. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
On Tuesday, November 26 the complete box set of Breaking Bad releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Except it doesn’t come in a box but inside a collectible replica money barrel! In addition to all five seasons of the hit AMC drama, the set is packed with over 55 hours of bonus material including a two-hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes and, yes, an alternate ending.
Said ending has already leaked onto the Internet and you can watch it now after the break. However, don’t freak out just yet; the inspired bit is just that–it’s a parody that involves Bryan Cranston waking up next to his Malcolm in the Middle wife played by Jane Kaczmarek having experienced a nightmare that pretty much sums up the bulk of Bad. Cranston steps into Hal’s shoes and Kaczmarek doesn’t miss a beat as his former TV wife Lois. Leading up to the series finale many Breaking Bad fans imagined Vince Gilligan’s show to be a prequel to Malcolm whereby Walter White gets put into witness protection and lands on his feet in that sitcom’s household; or it was all a dream, Newhart style. Though that never came to fruition, this fun and quite funny “alternate ending” should do just the trick for fans with such wild imaginations.
The Breaking Bad barrel, which also includes a 16 page booklet with a letter from Vince Gilligan, a commemorative challenge coin designed by Gilligan, and a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, is up for preorder today at Amazon for $201.29. Jump after the break to view the full list of special features. Fill the stockings with the blue stuff this holiday season and get your Heisenberg-obsessed loved one a money barrel brimming with the best of Bad.
Update: A couple more videos are now embedded after the break. Vince Gilligan sets up shop with a webcam to unbox the Breaking Bad barrel, and in another clip stars Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul get ready to read the series finale script for the first time. Also provided is a link to watch Cranston & Paul read the final moments of the last episode together for the first time at Cranston’s place; it’s all part of the aforementioned two-hour documentary included in the barrel. Enjoy! (Click here for more…)
Lady Gaga served as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. A rundown of my favorite sketches follows after the break. (Click here for more…)
The next generation of gaming has finally arrived. Sony launches PlayStation 4 today, November 15. Whether you preordered the sleek, black console months ago or if you’re waiting on line at a retailer, the PS4 is ready for action right out of the box. However, you should note that the system requires a Day 1 update that activates many features such as the ability to log into the PlayStation Network and play Blu-ray movies; so make sure your Internet connection is running smoothly! Also, don’t forget that Sony has pushed out a PlayStation App available for free in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store; it’s similar to Microsoft’s Xbox app in that it allows you to control the console’s menus, view your profile and trophies, and receive game notifications and invitations. One cool feature is that you can browse the PS Store on the go, download a full game and have it pushed to your PS4 so it’s ready to play when you get home.
A revealing video sits after the break. We’ve seen bits and pieces of PS4′s user interface, but now on launch day Sony is ready to dive in and show off some of the UI’s nooks and crannies. The nine minute clip previews the PlayStation Dynamic Menu (which replaces PS3′s Xross Media Bar) as well as a redesigned PlayStation Store.
So what are you waiting for? Greatness awaits.
Update: Two days after the PS4′s launch date, the company announced that it sold 1 million units during the first 24 hours after it became available on November 15 in the United States and Canada.
“PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO at Sony Computer Entertainment. “Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.” (Click here for more…)