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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
'American Gods': Everything You Need to Know About 2017's Trippiest TV Show
Get ready for some more Peak Weird TV.
American Gods, the unconventional new drama from Starz, is the latest mind-bending show to go all-in on off-the-wall. How so, you ask? For starters, the premiere episode features, among other things, Vikings, a towering Leprechaun, a ghostly white buffalo with flaming eyes, a massive tree with talons at the end of its branches and a vicious gang of faceless cyber thugs called the Children. Also, at one point, a man is swallowed whole by a woman's vagina.
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TV Ratings: ‘Little Big Shots’ Leads NBC to Demo Victory, CBS Wins Viewers
NBC was the number one network in the key adults 18-49 demographic thanks to top-rated show of the night “Little Big Shots.”
According to overnight Nielsen data, “Little Big Shots” drew a 1.2 rating and 8.2 million viewers. That was enough to elevate NBC to the top spot in the demo on Sunday night, though the network finished second in total viewers to CBS.
A repeat of “Little Big Shots” led into the new episode at 8 p.m. “Chicago Justice” (1.0, 5.6 million) followed at 9 p.m. “Shades of Blue” (0.7, 4.1 million) closed out the night steady from last week.
On CBS, “60 Minutes” (0.8, 9.6 million) was up in total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0, 9.4 million) was even, while “Madam Secretary” (0.7, 7.8 million) and “Elementary” (0.5, 4.6 million) both dipped slightly in the demo.
For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0, 4.8 million) was up significantly in the key demo compared to its last original episode. “Once Upon a Time” (0.8, 2.7 million) was even, while »
- Joe Otterson
Could Now Be the Right Time for a Waterworld Remake?
Today I was scrolling around the forums and comment sections of movie sites I enjoy. I came across this little gem on Reddit and I honestly couldn’t agree more. It was focused on the subject of the movie Waterworld deserving a remake. Here’s what the person said: I watched this movie couple of days ago , and I must admit there is something about 90’s movies . During that time makers kept things simple , focusing on screenplay but if it is made today , it’s all about CGI. I really think a remake of this film like Mad Max:Fury
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- Nat Berman
Bates Motel Series Finale Recap: So, Were You Crazy About How It Ended?
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the series finale of Bates Motel. Be sure to ask, “Mother, may I?” before proceeding.
None of us were really expecting a happy ending to Bates Motel, were we? And yet, in the craziest, most bittersweet of all possible ways, that was kind of what A&E’s superlative Psycho prequel gave not only us but also the fatally close mother/son duo of Norma and Norman. How did the show pull it off? Read on…
RelatedBates Motel EPs Detail Finale’s Killer Twist: ‘There Was No Other Option’
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Bates Motel Finale: Freddie Highmore Reacts to 'Romantic' Ending, Pitches Reunion Movie Set in [Spoiler]
The following story contains a crazy number of spoilers from this week’s Bates Motel series finale. You;d be nuts to proceed if you haven’t watched the episode.
For Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel‘s most horrifying death occurred after production wrapped on A&E’s Psycho drama. “Twelve hours after we were done [shooting] at the house, we were seeing the various bits of the house arrive back at the stage,” the actor recalls to TVLine. “They’d been slashed up. I remember the beautiful rose window that’s sort of the centerpiece of the house and seeing that »
‘Bates Motel’: Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on ‘Bittersweet’ Series Finale (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the series finale of “Bates Motel,” titled “The Cord.”
After five seasons of love, loss, and a few too many bodies, “Bates Motel” wrapped up its run with a heartbreaking finale. Mother and son were finally reunited — albeit tragically in death, when Dylan (Max Theriot) was forced to shoot Norman (Freddie Highmore) when he charged at him with a knife. At least Dylan got a happy ending, as we got a glimpse into a future where he, Emma (Olivia Cooke) and their daughter seemed to have put their painful past behind them.
This finale was five years in its planning, given that you were able to set your own end date for the series. How are you feeling about it now?
Cuse: It’s always bittersweet. I »
- Debra Birnbaum
‘Bates Motel’ Shuts Its Doors With Bloody Series Finale; Will Other Hitchcock Pics Find Their Way To TV?
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Bates Motel series finale. Tonight, A&E’s Bates Motel wrapped up its five-season run with the episode “The Cord,” and when you think about it that’s quite a feat considering how others have tried and failed to expand the universe of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. The movie’s sequels during the 1980s were met with a lukewarm response by audiences and critics, even though Psycho II featured Anthony Perkins… »
Freddie Highmore on ‘Bates Motel’ Series Finale: ‘It’s the Fitting End to a Love Story’
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the series finale of “Bates Motel,” titled “The Cord.”
He may have risen to fame as as a child actor, but Freddie Highmore proved his very adult acting chops on the final season of “Bates Motel” — as he was called on to play not just Norman Bates, but to also embody Norman-as-Norma, and even Norman-as-Norma-as-Norman. But Norman’s struggle with (in)sanity finally came to an end in the series finale, as he realized the fragile world he’d tried to construct with Mother’s mummified body couldn’t last — and he forced his brother, Dylan, to kill him.
Here, Highmore talks about ending the show he’d called home for the last five seasons as actor, writer and director, what it meant to have Dylan be the one who ended it all, and what he learned from the experience.
Were you happy with the finale?
- Debra Birnbaum
Bates Motel EPs Detail Finale's Killer Twist: 'There Was No Other Option'
The following story contains massive spoilers from this week’s Bates Motel series finale. Proceed at your own peril.
Reunited and it feels so… gosh darn heartbreaking.
In Bates Motel‘s series finale on Monday, Norman (with an assist from brother Dylan) took his own life and was promptly returned to Norma’s loving, heaven-sent arms (read full recap here). It was a fittingly tragic conclusion to the series’ wholly satisfying five-year run — but was it the ending executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse always envisioned? That was the first of many burning questions I threw out at them »
Better Call Saul Recap: Family Court
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Better Call Saul recap here.
Jimmy has a fool for a client this week on Better Call Saul, as he looks to represent himself in court after his brotherly tiff with Chuck.
Following last week’s ambush, he calls into the office and tells Francesca to push back all his appointments — since, you know, he’s expecting to be arrested any minute. He sits on the curb outside Chuck’s house, despondent, and Chuck comes out to tell him he’s pressing charges against Jimmy for his own good: “You won’t want to hear it, »
‘Bates Motel’ Finale Review: A Tragic Couple Gets Their Due in a Bloody, Beautiful Series Ender
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Bates Motel” series finale: Season 5, Episode 10, “The Cord.”]
A cold dose of reality didn’t sit well with Norman, so “Bates Motel” gave him the fantasy instead. Looking back on Season 5, it’s clear now that Norman (Freddie Highmore) was being forced to choose between the two all along: A world without Norma (Vera Farmiga), his mother, was not one he could continue living in without a major lifestyle change. He had to accept she was dead or be allowed to indulge his delusion that she was still alive.
When push came to shove — or, to be more accurate, knife came to gun — Norman chose the delusion. After suffering a beating at the hands of Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), Norman turned the tables on his captor and killed him with a heavy stone to the head. He passed out next to the barely covered corpse of his mother, and dreamt of when they first took over the Bates Motel. »
- Ben Travers
Guy Completes Super Mario Bros Run In the Most Boring Way Possible
To this day I love me a good video game run. It’s fun to watch people record just how quickly and successfully they can get through a video game. When it comes to old school games I’ll almost always tune in to see what people are up to. Today I came across a video of a guy who completely Super Mario Bros on the Nes. There’s nothing abnormal about that. However the way in which he beat the game was so boring that I had to share it with you. I respect his method of winning but I happen to
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- Nat Berman
‘Better Call Saul’ Review: The Details Matter Most in A Tale of Two Schemes
Last Week’S Review: Jimmy Is, Once Again, ‘A Little Bit Crooked’
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 3, Episode 3, “Sunk Costs.”]
While technically last week gave us our first glimpse of Gus Fring, here we really see the man in action in his first one-on-one scene with Mike. It’s just one scene, early in the episode, but the menace Giancarlo Esposito can bring to one relatively subdued encounter remains a thing of wonder. Not that Mike is any less scary. Consider the calm but firm way he makes it clear to Gus that he is not done with the Salamancas, and his methodical actions over the course of the episode that lead directly to Salamanca henchmen getting arrested at the border.
Meanwhile, the consequences for Jimmy’s outrage get unveiled in stark detail: Chuck is pressing charges, in a deliberate attempt to get Jimmy disbarred — which will very likely happen if Jimmy ends up with a felony on his record. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Aasif Mandvi Getting ‘Younger’; Robert Craighead Joins ‘Future Man’
Aasif Mandvi (The Brink) is set to recur on Season 4 of Younger, the TV Land comedy from Darren Star that stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Last season, her two lives became irreversibly intertwined as her longtime best friend, new friend and prickly boss — and everyone in between — become part of the same world. Mandvi will play Jay Mallick, an… »
Dancing With the Stars Week 6 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?
Dancing With the Stars might not be a scripted series, but it knows how to bring the drama — and just in time for May Sweeps!
Even though the Season 24 eliminations have been predictable thus far (Chris Kattan, we hardly knew you!), the ABC series closed out its sixth week with a doozy: After reuniting with her once-injured partner and landing the first perfect score of the season, Glee grad Heather Morris was sent home in a twist that earned massive boos from the crowd.
Sadly, our May Sweeps Scorecard doesn’t include unscripted shows — but if it did, we’d »
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Takes Over Bill O’Reilly’s Timeslot — and Delivers the Same Bombast (Column)
It would seem that nothing has changed.
With characteristic, disingenuous smarm, Tucker Carlson debuted “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at the 8 p.m. hour on Fox News, taking over from disgraced anchor Bill O’Reilly. Carlson began the hour with a statement about O’Reilly that lionized the former Fox News host: “I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well-prepared he was, how tough he was, and how crisply and directly he expressed his views. What O’Reilly did was not easy — he set a high bar — and I’m going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us.”
Carlson’s program then proceeded to follow a template of the exact same demonizing, disingenuous rhetoric that has characterized his style for years and Fox News’ strategy for decades. When O’Reilly was let go from the network, the Murdoch family stated that they were prioritizing a »
- Sonia Saraiya
The Voice Top 12 Performance Recap: That Don't Impress Me Much, Except...
Going into The Voice’s Top 12 performance night — with Shania Twain trying on for size a fifth chair — Team Alicia’s Chris Blue looked — and, more importantly, sounded — like a lock to win Season 12. (I can’t be the only one still playing his version of Riri’s “Love On the Brain” on a loop, right? If it was vinyl, I’d have worn out three needles on it by now.) Was the retro-soul showman able to bring down the house once again Monday? Or did his star fade just enough for him to be outshone by a less flashy singer? »
You Can Finally Watch Le’veon Bell Rap in an Abandoned Steel Factory
While I don’t think anyone can ever top the fictional rap video from Any Given Sunday featuring none other than Qb Willie Beamen, I’m not going to lie when I say that the rap debut of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’veon Bell isn’t half bad. No, seriously, it’s pretty decent. Bell is arguably the best running back in the NFL but it turns out he’s got some decent skills on the mic as well. Bell, who raps under the name Juice, may not be Kendrick Lamar, or even Damian Lillard, he doesn’t completely embarrass himself on “Machine.” Check out his
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- Nat Berman
Supergirl Recap: Has Lena Luthor Finally Reached Her Breaking Point?
Another week in National City, another former lover stirring up trouble.
This time, the spotlight was put on Lena Luthor, whose tech-genius ex-boyfriend Jack Spheer (iZombie’s Rahul Kohli) blew back into her life on Monday’s Supergirl like a tornado of nanobots — which, coincidentally or not, also served as this week’s villain. Readers, meet Jack:
Plot twist! It turns out the human trials for Spheerical’s groundbreaking miracle cure were all performed on Jack, which Lena was crushed to learn (via Kara) for a multitude of reasons, including that she »
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