The new Community trailer will give you glimpses of Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks and Justified’s Walton Goggins. It'll nod at the #sixseasonsandamovie campaign. It'll even joke about Donald Glover's impending series exit. But what it does most spectacularly is show that Dan "The Man" Harmon is back, and he's going to run this thing like Sauron. Get ready.
Led Zeppelin, one of the very last iconic bands to withhold their songs from streaming services, finally caved. Spotify added the first two albums today and will continue adding two releases per day until Sunday, when the rest of the catalogue will be added. Strange strategy, but terribly exciting for the 450 people who've been waiting their entire teenage lives to hear Led Zeppelin while wanting to do it chronologically, record by record, without paying any money, while also experiencing at least a little of the between-albums anticipation fans must have felt in real time. I guess. (Despite the rollout weirdness, it's great news. If you've got all the Zep records in your iTunes but use Spotify much more [hi!], this changes everything/some of your playlists.)
Love Actually is often hailed as the preeminent rom-com of our era. So why hasn't there been a sequel? It might look a little disjointed, but it could work, no? Real fans won't mind that Alan Rickman became a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and Andrew Lincoln became a postapocalyptic anti-zombie sheriff. True love lasts forever.
SNLbrought back their 1990s sketch about infamous salesman Bill Brasky over the weekend. Will Ferrell came back for the bit, but Tim Meadows — who participated four times from '96 to '98 — was nowhere to be seen. Meadows quickly detailed his feelings on the matter on his Facebook wall: "I guess it just dawned on me that I mean NOTHING to them ... I'm just being overly sensitive. It doesn't matter in the long run. I'm grateful for what they did for me." Later: "I will never watch SNL again" and "Fuck them." Even later: "I talked to a friend on the show who said it WAS a last minute sketch. I acted like a baby. I'm happy for all of my friends success and will always be grateful and proud to have been a part of SNL." Settled, then.
The future has not been written, except for the part where humanity ends up with a second Terminator TV show in six years. Following The Sarah Connor Chronicles — and completely breaking away from it — Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are working on a new series to launch in tandem with their 2015 franchise reboot. Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, cowriters on Thor and X-Men: First Class, as well as story editors on Sarah Connor Chronicles, will write and executive produce the show. It sounds a little rehash-y and blah until you read that the story "will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in surprising and dramatic ways." That sounds cool.
Who's greedy when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch? We would've accepted him reading his own name with various emphases, but the generous fellow instead headed to Kimmel to orate the lyrics of R. Kelly's new Black Panties track "Genius." It's gold.
In the wake of Paul Walker's death (revealed today to be "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries"), Fast & Furious 7is going on indefinite hold. The movie was facing a tight turnaround to follow up this year's successful sequel; the July 2014 release date will likely be rescheduled. A statement says NBCUniversal is "committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed." Meanwhile, a portion of Fast 6 DVD sales will be funneled into Walker's charity, Reach Out Worldwide, "a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts."
You missed a lot of great movies this year. There were plenty more you didn't even know existed. But now's the moment when your regret transmutes into sweet ecstasy, all while watching David Ehrlich and Film.com's ultra-sleek countdown of Ehrlich's favorite 25 films of the year. It's engrossing enough that it almost doesn't matter if you saw the movies in the first place. (And no, you're not going to be spoiiiiiled. Stop crying about spoilers! You're a grown-up!)
It appears Lindsay Lohan finds a similarity between herself and one or more blondes portrayed in Grand Theft Auto V. TMZ writes that LiLo is taking legal action over parts of the game that she feels appropriate her persona — quests like helping a starlet escape the paparazzi and photographing another starlet having sex at the Chateau Marmont. GTA V made $1 billion within its first three days in stores; I like to imagine that Lohan has a crack team of lawyers always watching out for opportunities like this.
Quentin Tarantino visited Jay Leno on Tuesday night and had a subtle announcement to share: He's not making a Django Unchained sequel, but he is doing another Western next. "The thing is, I had so much fun doing Django and I love Westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it's like, 'Well, OK, now let me make another one now I know what I'm doing.'" He also called Leno "mate" a couple times, though, so maybe this is all cover for QT's big Australia movie.
Less than 48 hours after Brian Griffin's demise and immediate replacement on Family Guy, a countdown site appeared. Promising "A Special Announcement from Brian" and underscored as "A Fox Production," the clock hinted at a major Griffin-related development in 10 days. Now the digits have zipped down to zero days and 18 hours, and Deadline has word from 20th Century Fox TV that the site is a hoax. We'll see about that, huh? Gawker did a little digging and found numerous hints that future episodes might involve Brian.
The Wolf of Wall Street will reportedly run at three hours, making it Scorsese's longest movie. Speaking of The Wolf of Wall Street, you're absolutely cheating yourself if you don't watch this It's a Wonderful Life mash-up. [h/t]
Jennifer Lawrence swung by The Daily Show on Thursday night. You'd think she'd be on autopilot at the end of a no doubt grueling press tour for Catching Fire, but that would require forgetting that she's Jennifer Lawrence. Being J-Law, she told Jonathan Stewart he's "so weird," then rubbed hand sanitizer all over his desk. You're now allowed to see Catching Fire twice this weekend free of shame.
Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" video starts with a sad single papa feeding his sons supper. It moves to bedtime, then all over the place, beautiful and melancholy throughout its black-and-white journey. Emily Kai Bock, who's worked with Grimes and Grizzly Bear, wrote and directed the clip.
Gravity SPOILERS herein, if you actually think the experience of watching the most immersive space movie ever can be ruined with a little plot point. So! The part where Sandra Bullock totally looks like a goner and finally gets someone on the radio, only to find the person doesn't speak English? That dude was Aningaaq, the fellow for whom this seven-minute short film is named! Written and directed by Jonás Cuarón — who cowrote Gravity with his auteur papa — Aningaaq could wind up with an Oscar nomination, which THR says would mark "the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year." Give the clip a shot — as gimmicky as it sounds, it's poignant and works well on its own.