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How many of you have seen David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster (1996)? With the exception of the stupidly maligned I ♥ Huckabees, it's his funniest film. One day it will surely be rediscovered given the attention his films regularly win now. The film centers on bickering spouses Mel & Nancy (Ben Stiller & Patricia Arquette) who are searching for Mel's birth parents. In the screwball chaotic final act, they end up sharing the guest rooms in the crowded home of drug-loving hippie conspiracy theorists (Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Glen Fitzgerald) with a neurotic adoption agency executive Tina (Tea Leoni) and federal agents partners Paul and Tony (Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin) who are also lovers. Eyes start to wander: Tina and Mel get flirtatious and Tony just can't stop coming on to Nancy.
While Mel enjoys a very uncomfortable dinner downstairs, upstairs tattooed and pierced Tony walks right »
- NATHANIEL R
Like reboots of most anything, be it the Star Trek film franchise or the Hannibal television series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (premiering Sunday, March 9 on Fox) does not require familiarity with its original incarnation to be appreciated and enjoyed. Yet comparing the two shows, and their first episodes, is instructive. The first Cosmos, broadcast on PBS in 1980, had a different subtitle: “A personal voyage.” The person implied was the viewer — all of humanity. It was also the creative intelligence behind the series, astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. His widely watched series explored all of creation, and expressed all of himself — his mind, »
- Jeff Jensen
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Seems like we've been away forever, right "Blacklist" fans? The show didn't exactly come back with a bang with "Madeline Pratt," but there were some fun moments and perhaps another piece to the Raymond Reddington puzzle.
Case of the Week
A past associate by the name of Madeline Pratt comes back into Red's life, thinking she's enlisting his help to steal a valuable statue -- valuable because of what's inside. Red takes the case to the FBI team and Lizzie goes undercover as a supposed accomplished thief, since she picked up a few tricks of the trade from her late father.
Pratt turns out to be double-crossing Red, but once he figures that out, he double-crosses her right back and in the end, gets the statue and its contents. Originally thought to be a list of Russian spies from during the Cold War, it turns out the statue actually contains »
At the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival there was a rescreening of the film And the Band Played On, a film based on a novel of the same name. The film (and book) goes into detail about the mysterious deaths of gay men during the time right before HIV and AIDS research had started. Starring Alan Alda and Mathew Modine as the film’s main characters, it was made during a time when the two viruses were still new to the public and difficult to understand.
In attendance at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month for the event were Tom Kalin, David France, and Doron Weber. The trio would join the film’s actor Mathew Modine as well as Ron Nyswaner (known for writing Philidelphia) after the film’s rescreening for a question and answer session discussing the role of science in discovering new cures for certain diseases, at most focus being HIV and AIDS. »
- Catherina Gioino
Answers will be revealed on the next episode, "Madeline Pratt," of The Blacklist. Or, at least answers might be revealed. We've been asking questions all season, but never seem to get closer to the truth.
Sure, we know the answer to the paternity question, if we can even believe Red, but there's still plenty we don't know. Why did Red approach Lizzie to begin with? What happened in his past and who is he looking for? What does Alan Alda have against him? Is Tom trustworthy? Will he and Lizzie make it and will they ever have that baby? NBC's The Blacklist loves to keep us guessing and has spent over half a season constantly reminding us of what we don't know, but it looks like we'll finally get some answers soon.
Zap2it has reached out to NBC for comment, so we'll let you know when we have any details. For now, let's speculate!
Do you think Wiest could be a member of Red's blacklist? Is she some evil criminal that the FBI takes out at Red's behest? Maybe.
You can probably rule out Red's family -- Wiest is too young to be his mother but too old to be his wife.
What is probably the most likely is that she's playing a government official. In fact, smart money says Wiest plays a friend or colleague of Fitch (Alda), which means she's probably »
On "The Blacklist" this week, it's one of the most disturbing cases we've seen thus far, plus Raymond Reddington kills the mole.
Case of the Week
Red puts Agent Keen and the Bureau on the trail of the Cyprus Adoption Agency, which specializes in providing children to parents who want to adopt based on the specific characteristics the parents ask for. Of course, the agency does so by growing made-to-order children in its creepy fertility farm, where women are abducted and held in medically-induced comas while they are forced to give birth over and over again.
Good. lord. The actual shot of Liz finding the room with dozens of women lying in bed in various states of pregnancy was so disturbing.
The Bureau takes them down with Red's help (though he's more absent than usual this episode) by tracking the sale of the powerful sleep aid that is what keeps the women in the comas. »
[This is a review of The Blacklist season 1, episode 12. There will be Spoilers.]
For all the pots The Blacklist has slowly simmering away, the show isn’t too concerned about throwing a few more on the stove, either as a way to keep things interesting or to delay looking into the larger mysteries regarding Red’s intentions with Liz, and, of course, his warnings to her about Tom. Since the series headed into the ‘Anslo Garrick‘ storyline and introduced Alan Alda’s Fitch, as well as the threat of a mole inside the FBI’s blacksite from which Red operates, those once-primary concerns have been pushed into the background, ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
As NBC and other networks have discovered, declaring something a hit prematurely in this day and age can fall squarely in counting-chickens-before-they’re-hatched territory. So after a promising start in the fall behind “The Voice,” “The Blacklist” returns for a January run without that generous lead-in, testing whether this James Spader vehicle is the real deal — or at the very least has established enough of a bond to stand alone on its TV-toddler legs.
It doesn’t help, strictly on an anecdotal basis, how many people appear to echo my sentiments — saying things like, “I started watching ‘The Blacklist,’ and a I kind of liked it, but….”
In this case, that’s a rather big “but” — referring, essentially, to everything in the show that isn’t Spader. Moreover, some people appear to be getting somewhat tired (again, a feeling harbored here) of the prolonged tease regarding Spader’s character, Red Reddington, »
- Brian Lowry
[This is a review of The Blacklist season 1, episode 11. There will be Spoilers.]
Television procedurals and those programs locked in a more episodic format generally follow a certain guideline as to how each and every episode is built. Most of the time, The Blacklist uses the criminals on Red’s titular list as the vehicle of the story, while the increasingly complicated matters involving Elizabeth’s past, Red’s intentions with her, and now the clandestine organization headed-up by Alan Alda’s Fitch slowly boils away in the background, providing question after question and basically avoiding any firm answers.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with that; the intrigue is likely enough to keep most people tuning in week after ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
A rare combination of character study, film noir and black comedy, the film is about an esteemed New York ophthalmologist (Martin Landau, Cleopatra) whose affair with a flight attendant (Anjelica Huston, The Grifters) puts the careful construct of his life in jeopardy.
As he contemplates a permanent solution to his problems, another story is weaved into the narrative, this one about another kind of moral crisis: a struggling documentary filmmaker (Allen) considers selling out by making a doc about a Hollywood jackass (Alan Alda, Tower Heist), with the situation further complicated by the appearance of an entrancing TV producer (Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby).
Highlighted by cinematography from the incomparable Sven Nykvist »
Since 1988, there have been 30 instances where the actor and supporting actor for the same film were nominated. This year, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are hoping to make it 31 films as both are in contention for Oscar nominations. With that, I decided to take a look at the past 25 years in Oscar to see what might bear out this year for these actors.
List of Films with Actor and Supporting Actor Nominations
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd
Oscar Fate: 9 nominations/4 wins (Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay and Makeup)
Oscar Fate: 10 nominations/2 wins (Art Direction, Costume Design)
Oscar Fate: 9 nominations/4 wins (Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, and Film Editing)
Oscar Fate: 6 nominations/1 win (Original Screenplay)
1993: Schindler’s List »
- Terence Johnson
13 items from 2014
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