Don’t be stressed by the oversized buffet of options. Here’s a helpful guide to the TV specials and marathons worth sampling over Thanksgiving weekend.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We’re going to eat too much and drink too much and ask relatives prying questions and shop like animals and most importantly sit in front of the TV for hours, nay, days on end and it’s not just acceptable, it’s expected.
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Yet distressingly, the buffet of TV viewing options offered over Thanksgiving weekend is as wide and varied as that of the grandest Thanksgiving feast, presenting an anxiety-inducing series of issues: What to watch? For how long? Where to find it? The myriad of options…it’s all too much.
The ’90s icon plays a leather-clad drug-moll in the new meth-head action film ‘Homefront,’ written by Sylvester Stallone.
Winona Ryder is whispering to me.
I have just stepped inside an anonymous suite on the 15th floor of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, which has been overtaken by the PR team for Homefront, the new meth-head action film written by Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham, who plays an undercover drug cop turned single dad trying to protect his daughter from drugland lowlifes, is doing his interviews in another room. So are Kate Bosworth (an angry addict) and James Franco (the dangerous local dealer). But it’s Winona I’m here to see. Winona forever.
The 42-year-old Minnesota native has had her ups and downs. The ups are legendary: Lucas, Beetlejuice, Heathers, Edward Scissorhands, Mermaids, Night on Earth, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Reality Bites. The list goes on.
Prince William proves he really is the ‘karaoke kid’ as he gets up on stage and sings the ‘80s classic ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’
Prince William channeled his inner frat boy last night, taking to the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift to deliver a rousing chorus to the New Jerseyman's rock classic, Livin' On A Prayer.
Few guests could have guessed what was about to happen as Jon Bon Jovi stood on the stage strumming his guitar, teasing William, saying, "Just maybe, the karaoke kid could come up and sing along [a reference to the fact that William sung Livin' On A Prayer at his cousin Zara's wedding?] ...You don't have to do it your Majesty, I understand, I can't fly helicopters or ride motorcycles like you do. That's cool, that's cool. A couple of words..."
To the amazement of the 600 guests, who included British rapper Tinie Tempah, singer-songwriter James Blunt and the actor Colin Firth, William was led up to the stage by singer Taylor Swift as Jon Bon kicked off an acoustic version of the college classic, telling william, "Take that long, long walk up here."
On the same day Alec Baldwin gets canned from MSNBC for anti-gay slurs, Lara Logan is placed on forced leave for ‘60 Minutes’s discredited story on Benghazi. Who’s next?
It was a bad day for television scofflaws as CBS News placed 60 Minutes star Lara Logan and her producer on a forced leave of absence and MSNBC fired the host of the six-week-old Friday night show Up Late with Alec Baldwin.
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Can MSNBC’s Martin Bashir be far behind?
Watch The New York Times Magazine's dazzling video series, ‘Making A Scene,’ starring Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, and more, in 11 short films.
Each year, The New York Times Magazine unveils their breathtaking video series “Making A Scene,” featuring a coterie of the year’s finest performers showing off their acting chops in a wildly diverse array of individual short films.
This year, the series was directed by Janusz Kaminski, the longtime cinematographer to Steven Spielberg who’s won Oscars for lensing Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. He also helmed one of the funnier Oscar night comedy sketches in recent memory, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. There are 11 short films in total, starring: Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adele Exarchopoulos, Greta Gerwig, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker, and last but certainly not least, Oprah Winfrey, saying lines written by everyone from Seth Rogen to Spike Jonze.
You can watch some of the short films below. For the rest, go here.
The celebrity chef—who famously divorced her magnate husband after he was seen grabbing her throat in the tabloids—has been accused of drug habits that left him ‘astonished.’
Nigella Lawson used cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills daily for more than a decade, a court in London heard Tuesday.
The TV chef filed for divorce from her husband Charles Saatchi, an art collector, earlier this year citing his unreasonable behavior after a photograph showing his hand around her throat was published by a British newspaper.
A west London court has now heard claims that the 53-year-old presenter of ABC TV cooking show The Taste had a voracious appetite for illicit drugs and prescription pills. In a witness statement, Saatchi said he was “completely astonished” by her alleged drug habit.
Should you buy a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Wii U? With three awesome machines fighting for gaming supremacy, a guide to which system is best.
The next generation console wars have begun. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U camps have entered their trenches, and for the next few years there will be a lot of people screaming about which is the best. So, how do the systems stack up?
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How do you teach a starlet to wield a bow and arrow like a pro? Bring in Khatuna Lorig, a five-time Olympian and archery phenom.
Khatuna Lorig has a cornucopia of accomplishments to be proud of: she’s mastered the sport of archery, competed in five Olympic Games, and won a silver and a bronze medal. But despite all of this, the achievement most likely to garner squeals of delight from strangers is the fact that she is responsible for teaching Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot a bow and arrow in The Hunger Games.
Lorig, an archer from Georgia (the country) who competed for three different countries at four different Olympic Games, was making the transition from medal winner to archery coach when she was asked to teach the then-21-year-old rising starlet the sport she’s spent her whole life perfecting. She jumped at the opportunity, as any coach would. The thing is: Lorig had no idea who the actress was, what The Hunger Games were, or that she was about to become part of one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena of the century.
For someone obsessed with fame and shock, la diva may have lost a bit of her talent at garnering those perks in her ‘Artpop’ campaign. Are we over her?
When Lady Gaga was exploding with her first album in 2009, jaded throngs were already buzzing that the woman was toast slathered with margarine. Overdone, overexposed, overcooked, and just plain over, virtually the second she’d whinnied her way out of the gate with her wig on straight! The whiplash-inducing quickness with which the knock-‘em-down crowd was anxious to push Gaga off her kitschy pedestal was staggering, and I had to promptly go to bat for the new star and nobly say, “Let’s give her a chance. At least another album, folks.” And I hate defending pop divas!
Lady Gaga, foreground, and R. Kelly perform at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (John Shearer/Invision, via AP)
Well, three albums and four years later, she’s been declared over again, and this time it’s a little more complicated. Her first album, The Fame, percolated up the charts as it developed an audience, but after that, Gaga’s work has depended on instant waves of mass response in order to continually cement her superstardom. That‘s the danger of winding your way to the top; one false move or distracted side step and you’re already branded a has-been, your glad rags not fit to scrub windows with.
Spike Lee’s new take exposes what’s wrong with the original Korean cult hit. Hollywood should have just stayed far away.
Eight years ago, New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane hoped for an American rendition of Oldboy, if only to reimagine the memorable sight of a man shoving an entire octopus into his mouth while the poor creature’s tentacles cling to his face, begging to crawl back out. “No cephalopods were chewed in the making of this film,” Lane wanted the advisory to read.
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That would have been the only reason to remake the film, and the moment doesn’t even feature in Spike Lee’s version. The scene from Park Chan-wook’s original shimmers with an appreciation for life, since the hungry man has just been released from 15 years of solitary imprisonment and can’t help but want to devour the world. But Lee’s product is lifeless and mirthless, and exposes the empty premise at the heart of the parent work. Hollywood should have stayed far away, and it is not the first time.
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Fans are outraged that Fox’s animated hit would gruesomely write off such a beloved character. But they shouldn’t be.
The gruesome, shocking, heart wrenching death of a beloved television character is par for the course on Sunday evenings, the night that airs The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey, and Dexter. Yet the most surprising, emotional TV death of the past month occurred on the last series anyone would expect: Family Guy.
Yes, Family Guy killed off the Griffin family dog, Brian, in last night’s episode. He was hit by a car as Stewie watches in horror from the front door of the house. His death scene was actually quite graphic—we see him spin through the car tires, eventually spit out to lay limp on the side of the street. The Griffins cry as they say goodbye to him. We cry, too. By the end of the half hour, the Griffins already have a new dog and Brian is just a fond, often crass memory.
Pals James Franco and Seth Rogen parodied the video of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2.’ Shot for shot. It is outrageous.
James Franco has stretched himself in order to portray some wild characters in his day, from a tattooed fugazi crime lord named Alien in Spring Breakers to a meth dealer named Gator in Homefront, in theaters Friday.
This may be the biggest stretch yet.
In a video posted to Seth Rogen’s Facebook page Monday morning, Franco and his longtime pal Seth Rogen made a hilarious parody of Kanye West’s recent music video for “Bound 2,” featuring Franco as West and (a hairy) Rogen as Kim Kardashian.
It's the fourth biggest opening ever.
Move over Bella, Edward, and Jacob—there's another love triangle in town. Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games, took in $307.7 million globally, and $161 million domestically, on its opening weekend, overtaking The Twilight Saga: New Moon to make it the top November opening of all time in North America. Overall, Catching Fire holds the spot for fourth-largest opening of all time, after The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and the last Harry Potter. The first installment hit a total of $691.2 million worldwide, but Catching Fire is expected to beat that.
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