Friday, December 19, 2014

POSTED: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 11:55 AM
Filed Under: Television
Kiefer Sutherland returns as maverick federal agent Jack Bauer in a revival of the popular FOX TV show “24.” Photo shows star Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays his old friend and fellow agent Chloe.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Bashing "liberal Hollywood" and out-of-touch celebrities has become a favorite target among conservatives. But those seeking to defend the Bush administration in light of the recent Torture Report -- and that's mostly conservatives -- could hardly have had a better ally than the images of torture in TV and movies showcasing the practice, particularly in the face of "ticking-bomb scenarios."

Fox's "24," naturally, comes to mind, and the movie "Zero Dark Thirty," which was criticized for its depiction of torture as a likely asset in locating Osama Bin Laden. Surprisingly, director Kathryn Bigelow seemed tongue-tied when Jon Stewart benignly asked her about the film during a recent appearance promoting another project in the wake the Torture Report's conclusions.

The practice has been employed in other series as well - such as "Sons of Anarchy," "Scandal" and "Homeland" - and countless movies, from the bad guys who use it (see various Quentin Tarantino films) to the ostensible good guys.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:59 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Musician Rick Springfield performs at Autism Speaks' Blue Jean Ball at Boulevard 3 on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Singer-songwriter and former "General Hospital" star Rick Springfield announced via Twitter that he has joined the cast of HBO's anthology series "True Detective." 

HBO wouldn't confirm any further details on his role on the series, which also stars Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:52 AM
Dominic Di-Natale. (Image via Fox News)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Veteran Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, who recently reported on the riots in Ferguson, Mo., has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

He was 43.

Officials discovered Di-Natale's body Wednesday in Jefferson County, Co., where the international reporter owned property. The coroner said that he took his own life.

POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1:23 PM
Steve Carell joined Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet Ragtime Gals to cover the Marvin Gaye classic, “Sexual Healing.” (via YouTube screenshot)

“Foxcatcher” star Steve Carell joined Jimmy Fallon last night to show just how versatile of a performer he can be.

Though he usually serves as the comedic relief, Carell took on a very serious role for the movie about embattled local wrestling coach John du Pont. His portrayal earned him a Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination. But never mind the dark character he becomes in the film—Carell joined Fallon’s barbershop quartet Ragtime Gals to cover the Marvin Gaye classic, “Sexual Healing,” on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night.

Fallon and his trio of harmonizing gents begin the tune—“Get up, get up, get up, get up”—when Carell leaps out of nowhere into the lead vocals and steals the spotlight. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.



POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:49 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg are at it again in this exclusive clip from the upcoming third season of A&E's "Wahlburgers." 

The show follows Paul, who is a chef, and his family and friends as they run the family burger restaurant, the aptly named Wahlburgers. 

Season three will see the Boston-based brothers back to their usual routine of gambling, bowling and burger-eating, all while competing for mother Alma McPeck's coveted "favorite child" title.



POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:42 PM
FX.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The second installment of FX's "Fargo" has found its first two cast members: Kirsten Dunst ("Spider-Man") and Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad").

Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is. Plemons plays her husband, Ed, a butcher's assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife's self-discovery, even if he doesn't quite understand it. 

Executive producers Noah Hawley (showrunner), Joel & Ethan Coehn, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron will all return for the second installment of "Fargo," which is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:46 PM
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: David Letterman speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - David Letterman will host his final "Late Show" on May 20, before departing the desk he's occupied for 22 years. 

"David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten," said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corp. "It's going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave's final broadcast in May." 

Stephen Colbert will take over for Letterman on an as-yet unspecified date in 2015, after airing his final episode of "The Colbert Report" on Dec. 18.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:19 AM
Image via the CW.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Flash" and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" have been operating on parallel tracks - not merely adjacent to each other on Tuesday nights, but each building toward and culminating with a "winter finale" that answered questions and resolved plots, while still leaving plenty dangling. 

Yet while both shows have their merits - reinforcing this as a "Best of times" for comic-book fans, even on TV, historically a source of wince-inducing corner-cutting and camp - the CW's new DC Comics drama is clearly exhibiting more power, while ABC-Marvel-Disney's sophomore hour has yet to completely escape the feeling that it's spinning its wheels.

In what was almost certainly the best episode of "The Flash" thus far (and SPOILER ALERT, for both shows, if you haven't watched), the series formally introduced the yellow-suited "Reverse Flash" (or Professor Zoom, if you prefer); pitted him in a rollicking fight with the Flash (Grant Gustin); had the Flash's alter ego, Barry Allen, finally profess his love for Iris (Candice Patton); and added one more layer of villainy to the mysterious Professor Wells (Tom Cavanagh).

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