Fox spent most of the day at the Television Critics Association tour yesterday explaining the details of Simon Cowell‘s exit from American Idol and the speculation about whether or not Conan O’Brien would jump ship from NBC to Fox.
Meanwhile, another of the net’s hit shows, Glee is quietly undergoing a transformation of its own.
FoxEntertainment ChairmanPeter Rice and Entertainment Prez, Kevin Reilly confirmed that they’re adding three new characters to the musical-comedy series…and that America would get a chance to offer their input on who they’d like to see join the cast. Glee Idol so to speak.
There was an open casting call when Glee was originally auditioning for the roles, Reilly recalls, and he believes letting viewers in on the process is a great way to see who clicks and who doesn’t. In other words…joy and disappointment on a national scale.
Rice points out how much it helped define Glee because during those auditions dynamic personalities emerged.
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Reilly and Rice‘s explanation of why the open auditions benefitted Glee.
The setting of The Hurt Locker is Iraq, where an elite bomb squad is forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse amid the backdrop of the war.
Special Features: Audio commentary with Director Kathryn Bigelow and WriterMark Boal, The Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes, image gallery (with the option of playing the London Q&A).
Halloween 2 is the sequel to the re-imagining of the John Carpenter classic Halloween. The blood is probably the only similarity to the Carpenter version – and even that is taken to ridiculous levels under the direction of Rob Zombie.
Special Features: Deleted and alternate scenes, audition footage, make-up test footage, blooper reel, Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures music videos, commentary with Writer/DirectorRob Zombie, Uncle Seymour Coffins’ stand-up routines.
Fame is the updated version of the 1980 musical of the same name, centering on the students attending New York’s Academy of Performing Arts.
Disc 1: Widescreen feature film theatrical version, widescreen feature film extended version, forced trailers: digital copy, Whip It, Post Grad, All About Steve, Glee, 15 deleted scenes, Fame national talent search content winner, music video.
Digital copy extended cut.
TV on DVD
Hard to imagine that The Simpson turned 20, but the animated series did and is still going strong. The Simpsons Twentieth Season is now on DVD on four jam-packed discs.
132 minutes, sex, pies and idiot scrapes, Lost Verizon, Double, Double, Boy in Trouble, Treehouse of Horror XIX, Dangerous Curves, Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words.
110 minutes, Mypods and Boomsticks, The Burns and the Bees, Lisa the Drama Queen, Take my Life, Please, How the Test Was Won.
110 minutes, No Loan Again, Naturally, Gone Maggie Gone, In the Name of the Grandfather, Wedding for Disaster, Eeny Teeny Maya Moe.
130 minutes, The Good, the Sad and the Drugly, Father Knows Worst, Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh, Four Great Women and a Manicure, Coming to Homerica.
Featurette – “The 20th Anniversary special sneak peek by Morgan Spurlock.”
Transformers Season 2, Volume 2, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the animated TV series in four discs following two opposing robots, who can shape change to fight a battle to save Earth.
Special Features: The Combiner: Forming The Transformers Animated Series, Rare PSAs, archival Hasbro toy commercials (remember those? Transformers…more than meets the eye), concept art.
ER Twelfth Season is the continuation of the hit series about a group of medical professionals in the emergency room of a busy hospital. This was the show that made George Clooney and a host of other actors stars.
Special Features: Outpatient outtakes: unaired scenes.
Robin Hood Season Three is yet another incarnation of the social justice warrior (our fancy term for thief) who robbed the rich to give it to the poor. The entire third season makes up the five disc box with a few interesting bonus elements.
Special Features: A Legend Reborn, A New Look (costume featurette), Trebuchet: creating chaos, character profiles, plus video diaries.
On this day in 1944, 20th CENTURY FOX celebrated the New York City premiere of the ALFRED HITCHCOCK classic, LIFEBOAT. With World War II as its backdrop, this morality play starred TALLULAH BANKHEAD, WILLIAM BENDIX, WALTER SLEZAK, JOHN HODIAK and HENRY HULL as survivors of a torpedoed ship. Amazing performances that hold up to this day.
On this day in 1971, the controversial comedy All in the Family debuted. The show, which was one of TV’s top hits for much of its 21-year run, starred Carroll O’Connor as ultra-conservative Archie Bunker; Jean Stapleton as his wife, Edith; and Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner as the couple’s liberal daughter and son-in-law. The show changed the course of television by portraying the harsh realities of bigotry and racism and dealing with controversial subjects like birth control, rape, and politics. The show changed its name to Archie Bunker’s Place in 1979, when the action shifted from the Bunkers’ living room to the bar Archie owned.
On this day in 1956, the Academy Award-winning film, I’LL CRY TOMORROW, was released in New York City and shocked audiences with SUSAN HAYWARD’s remarkable portrayal of singer LILLIAN ROTH. Considered by most to be one of HAYWARD’S greatest roles, the film remains impressive to this day.
Pictured: Hank Azaria stars in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
It’s down to seven in the makeup category for the Oscar race this year.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the films still in the running for an Academy Award nomination are:
District 9, Il Divo, The Imaginarium of Doctor Pernassus, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Road, Star Trek and The Young Victoria.
All the members of the Academy’s Makeup Branch will be invited to check out 10-minute excerpts from the seven remaining films still in consideration. The members will actually vote directly following the screenings to nominate three of those movies for Academy Award consideration.
The Oscar noms will be announced Tuesday, February 2nd – in the wee hours of the morning – 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Sam Goldwin Theater.
The Academy Awards will be presented March 7th, and broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre on ABC to over 200 countries.