Ed Martin proclaims Sunday’s episode of “The Good Wife” as “the most exciting hour of drama” seen on broadcast television this season. He calls it the best episode in the show’s five-year history and even compares it to the acclaimed “Whitecaps” season four finale of “The Sopranos.” Titled “Hitting the Fan,” the plot involves a long build-up over several segments where some members of the Lockhart/Gardner law firm (including Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) have been secretly starting their own firm. Huffington Post.
The character of Edna Krabappel, the chain-smoking fourth grade teacher on “The Simpsons,” will be retired following the Friday death of actress Marcia Wallace. Executive producer Al Jean said that “she was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.” She won an Emmy for Best Voiceover Performance in 1992. Wallace was also known for her six-year role as secretary Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show.” The Wrap.
Jon Dolan remembers “massively influential” rock star Lou Reed, who died Sunday on Long Island. He founded the band Velvet Underground, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and had an acclaimed solo career as well. The 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side” was his biggest hit. Rolling Stone.
Which music stars will have the hottest releases for the final two months of 2013? The eight most anticipated are Chris Brown (“X”), Celine Dion (“Loved Me Back to Life”), Eminem (“The Marshall Mathers LP 2”), Lady Gaga (“Artpop”), R. Kelly (“Black Panties”), M.I.A. (“Matingi”), One Direction (“Midnight Memories”), and Britney Spears (“Britney Jean”). USA Today.
While this year’s Oscars were deemed a success, the new online voting system was not. AMPAS tried to migrate its 6,000 members to online balloting, but many found it “cumbersome,” and “complaints flooded into the academy.” Now, two months before nomination voting starts, they are urging members to re-register for a revised website “they promise will be easier to navigate.” L.A. Times.
Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack Clement are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. On Sunday, the three men were inducted into the Nashville institution with performances and tributes by Garth Brooks, Barry Gibb, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and Darius Rucker. Associated Press.
The Johnny Knoxville movie “Bad Grandpa” finally knocked “Gravity” out of the top spot at the box office. The raunchy comedy earned $32 million, while the Sandra Bullock film slipped to second place with $20 million. Tom Hanks‘ Oscar contender “Captain Phillips” finished in third with over $11 million. The new Ridley Scott film “The Counselor” starring Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz had a weak debut with $8 million. Cinema Blend.
John Fithian, president and CEO of NATO, has fighting words for Netflix. The streaming website’s content officer Ted Sarandos recently advocated for theatrical films to also become available online the same day as they hit theaters. Fithian counters that “subscription movie servies and cheap rentals killed the DVD business, and now Sarandos wants to kill the cinema as well.” Deadline.