A week shy of the Bones premiere, executive producer Stephen Nathan and creator and showrunner Hart Hanson got on the phone with reporters to discuss the rather disjointed Season 7 run.
And despite Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly initially saying the season would only be 13 episodes at August’s Television Critics Association press tour, the duo behind the show say it’s now looking more like 17.
“Booth and Brennan have always had a relationship for six years. They’ve spent more time with each other than anybody else. And that becomes the primary relationship. Whatever it’s called, whatever the outside world says it is, that has become…they’re the closest to each other as they are to anybody else. And that’s now codified because of this baby. So the two of them have to figure out a way with all of their differences — without compromising their characters, keeping the same characteristics they’ve always had — how do they now form a life together around this upcoming baby?”—Stephen Nathan - Bones executive producer about season 7
“I couldn’t quite believe I was in the same room or city as Meryl Streep. I was quite grateful that she was covered in prosthetics so she didn’t quite look like her, otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to function at all.”
“She’s got nothing to prove so there’s no ego, she was lovely to be around.”—Olivia Colman (plays Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady)
Following in the footsteps of this year’s honoree Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine has been tapped by the American Film Institute as the 40th recipient of its Life Achievement award.
And it’s an achievement that is well deserved.
Not only has MacLaine sustained a viable career in Hollywood for decades, but the 77-year-old thesp is also an Oscar winner (among many other things).
"Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades," Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI’s board of trustees, said in announcing her selection. “From ingénue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents.”
• Never one to simply accept a compliment, Brennan instead argues that what Booth sees in her pregnant beauty is merely “the manifestation of your own virility.” Which is probably partially true.
• You need wait no longer than B&B’s first scene together to get a playful kiss.
In all, I counted four or five such smooches (if you count the one he places on her [spoiler!]), pluswhat was poised to blossom into a full-on make-out session… had it not been, well, interrupted.
• The embarrassing pics Booth has been snapping with his cell phone of emotional Bones, as seen in the assorted promos? For those who thought him cruel, know that the photos will never see the light of day. See, it turns out that Temp has a compromising photo of Seeley in her possession — it involves a breakfast food and no clothes, and one of their team mates is most curious to see it.
• Brennan’s aforementioned overly emotional state, it is revealed, is not just due to her out-of-whack hormones. No, the second cause stems from something she’s holding back from Booth. Later in the episode, we in turn learn that Booth is also carrying around some heavy baggage as he faces fatherhood.
• Angela’s fancy-ass computers apparently are also great for cuing up home videos of Hodgins and baby!
• Brennan is determined to let the Iroquois Indians determine where she and Booth (and baby) will live. (Get Googling…)
• As with last season’s “The Doctor in the Photo,” the victim in the premiere draws some parallels with Bones, namely her struggle to “start fresh and begin a new life.” Awww.
"Today at 2pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes."
"The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews."
Exiting news! The November issue of Vanity Fair features a pictorial by Brigitte Lacombe on the shooting of “The Iron Lady”. It’ll be on newsstands in New York and L.A. on October 4, and nationally and on the iPad October 11.
“It’s criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American.”—Matt Damon