Even though the 2013-2014 upfronts took place a couple of weeks ago, the fate of NBC’s Hannibal remained in the dark. It was the only scripted show still on the bubble. Despite low ratings, some controversy over its violent nature, and being pulled in Utah, the peacock network ordered a second helping of the Bryan Fuller drama. 13 episodes will most likely air midseason next year.
“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “There are many great stories still to be told.”
With only 4.7 million weekly average viewers including DVR usage, the show is most likely the lowest-rated drama to get renewed on the major broadcast networks (The CW not included). I’m sure the fact the show is well-reviewed and has an upscale viewership in $100K+ homes helped in getting another season. Are you watching Hannibal? Excited for a second season? Sound off below.
For the first time since 2008, a boy won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 86th annual competition began on Tuesday with 281 contenders. By Thursday’s semifinals, the number of “spellebrities” was down to 42.
After placing third the past two years, 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali finally came out on top. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe he’s the sixth consecutive Indian American to win. What was his Achilles heel in previous years- a German word- turned out to be his blessing in 2013. The Queens, New York native walks away with $30,000 cash, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond from Merriam-Webster, $2,000 worth of reference works from Encyclopedia Britannica and a fancy trophy which he held above his head for cameras.
True Blood is around the corner and you know what that means. Time for HBO to parade Joe Manganiello shirtless to entice viewers to tune in for the premiere. Truthfully, I don’t know what I’m more excited for, the actual show or Manganiello whoring himself out to various magazines.
The 36-year-old actor graces the cover of Men’s Health June 2013 issue. Photographer Patrik Giardino snaps him as he rock climbs. I’m not sure what’s more chiseled, the rock formations he’s scaling or his ripped body. Perhaps the reason his muscles pop so much in the editorial is due to advice given by his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“We had a photoshoot for the movie [Ten] poster. I was wearing a sleeveless top, crossing my arms and flexing,” he recalls. “Arnold came in and said, ‘I see you’re flexing your biceps. Don’t do that. Keep it loose and [with crossed arms] put the other hand back to push [the muscle forward]—you’ll get an extra three inches.’”
Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo aka Icona Pop are still riding high with “I Love It” in the United States, but the Swedish duo just premiered a new international single on a Dutch radio station for their European fans. After all, “I Love It” has been kicking around for over a year now across the pond.
With their meteoric rise in North America now in full effect, I’m glad the group decided to record a brand new song as their follow up instead of picking a track from their self-titled international debut album. No disrespect to those songs, but “Girlfriend” is so much better. It’s no wonder the group is recording a bunch of new tracks for their US debut effort.
“Girlfriend” which serves as a re-affirmation of friendship, is in the same vein as their breakout hit with their signature shouts and chants, but less frenetic. They definitely sound less angry. Plus it samples “Me & My Girlfriend” by 2Pac which Beyonce and Jay-Z also used in their “Bonnie & Clyde” collaboration. Check it out below.
I can honestly say, ALL my friends fall into at least one of the categories if not more. Believe it or not, there are a few douchey hipsters *cough* Nic *cough* ;) Doesn’t really say a lot about the company I keep, does it? Depending on the day (and amount of alcohol), I’m also guilty of these clichés.
Mikey Bolts and Josh Leyva (the sexy shirtless one) filmed a brilliant video describing the five archetypes of guys on Instagram. According to him, they are: the douchebags; hipsters; fitness guys; deep inspirational guys and wannabe gangsters. As all encompassing as his list is, he forgot the type that loves to photograph the meals they eat. You know what I’m talking about. Guilty as charged. Check out the clip below.
Thanks to Ellie Goulding, I now know the awesomeness that is Alt-J. The 26-year-old English singer surprised her fans win an unexpected cover of “Tessellate” from the British alternative indie pop quartet comprised of Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Thom Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards). The track is from Alt-J’s 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave.
With the help of producer Xaphoon Jones, Ellie’s cover of “Tessellate” gives it a sexy new edge with her ethereal vocals. It’s more acoustic and stripped down than the band’s electronic original. With that being said, Alt-J’s version is sexy in its own right. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s completely mesmerizing. I couldn’t tear my eyes away. Check out Goulding’s version below, along with the Alt-J’s music video.
As if there was any contest. No disrespect to Jean-Luc Bilodeau or Tahj Mowry, but Derek Theler is in a league of his own. This guy is going to blow up huge one day. Mark my words. I maybe a little biased since I featured Theler as a Man Crush last year.
In honor of Baby Daddy‘s second season premiere on Wednesday night, the cast of the ABC Family show , including the women, had a contest to see who could get the most followers during the show. In the end, the 26-year-old actor won. I’m sure his titillating campaign promise helped his cause.
He enticed #teamderek followers with the following promise, “Ok people, post workout selfie if I win this…… tell your friends!” With that kind of incentive, it’s no wonder he won. Check out his Instagram reward to his fans below. Just in case you can’t get enough of Derek like myself, I’ve posted a few other photos of the stud. Enjoy.
The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable discussions are everything. They’re a little long, but I love playing them in the background while multitasking. The publication handpicks a distinguished group of people in the same field to sit around and discuss everything career-related. Since their new one features my current female crush (Kerry Washington), I simply had to watch it and write a post.
During Oscar awards seasons, two THR roundtables included Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Helen Hunt and Marion Cotillard chatting amongst themselves while Alan Arkin, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, John Hawkes, Matt Damon, and Richard Gere kicked back and talked about their experiences in another clip. Directors and writers also had their separate discussions.
With Emmy nominations just around the corner, the publication unveiled their new cover featuring six actresses hoping to get a nod in the drama acting category. Connie Britton, 46 (ABC’s Nashville), Anna Gunn, 44 (AMC’s Breaking Bad), Kate Mara, 30 (Netflix’s House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss, 30 (AMC’s Mad Men, Sundance’s Top of the Lake), Monica Potter, 41 (NBC’s Parenthood), and Kerry Washington, 36 (ABC’s Scandal) gathered to talk on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Between trading war stories about terrible jobs, wearing Spanx to auditions, their confusion over social media and everything in between, these ladies launched the magazine’s 2013 Emmy Roundtable Series. Check out the clip below.