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Since its premiere at Venice earlier this year, Black Mass has been labelled Johnny Depp’s “comeback” picture, although I’m not so sure he ever went quite as far away as everyone thinks. A career as prolific as his is bound to have some dry spells. At any rate, Depp carries this big, brash and horribly watchable true-life crime drama, written by Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk and directed by Scott Cooper, and the movie has valid insights into the political roots of gangsterism.
Depp plays south Boston wiseguy James “Whitey” Bulger, whose heyday was the 70s and 80s. With his bald head and weird blue eyes, Depp’s Bulger is a fully paidup sociopath with a groany-deep voice like Ray Liotta in GoodFellas. His brother, Massachusetts State Senator Billy Bulger, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Here’s a mathematical head-scratcher for ya! Eleven contestants remain on The Voice. If one contestant is slated for elimination this Tuesday, and one more will go home on Dec. 1, how the heck are we only three weeks (and one day) away from the Season 9 finale?
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Yep, in case you missed the news last week, a five-contestant bloodbath is in the works for the Dec. 8 results show — and whoever winds up inheriting Sawyer Fredericks’ crown has only four more performance episodes left to make their case to voters.
Never one to settle for being one thing, hostess Jennifer Lopez also kicked off the 2015 American Music Awards on Sunday with a high-energy performance of some of her other people’s biggest hits.
The Shades of Blue star opened with a surprisingly stunning, slowed-down rendition of “Waiting for Tonight” — yes, Cookie, she can sing! — before dancing along to a medley of some of today’s biggest hits, including Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda. »
Michael Ealy is a ‘good creep’ in this familiar tale of the sexy stranger who turns out to have a screw loose
The “sexy stranger who turns out to be a psychotic stalker” narrative is a well-rehearsed genre staple, from Ray Liotta’s creepy cop in 1992’s Unlawful Entry to Ryan Guzman’s creepy neighbour in this year’s The Boy Next Door. This latest retelling of a familiar tale sticks to the rule book as it serves up Michael Ealy’s creepy It specialist (“my job is to make people feel safe”) who first woos and then terrorises Sanaa Lathan’s recently single career woman. Ealy gives good creep, seeing off unwelcome barflies, sucking up to Mom and Dad (Charles S Dutton lending a touch of class) and exuding oleaginous untrustworthiness from his hairstyle to his teeth. The B-movie riffs are efficiently executed, but the biggest mystery is why »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
NBC’s The Player cashed out on Thursday night, wrapping its truncated nine-episode run with an hour that left the House down a man, while adding a new twist to the Ginny mystery.
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The final episode of the one-half-and-done action-drama largely followed two stories: Alex’s search for Fuller, a former U.S. Marshal-turned-forger who helps criminals evade law enforcement and is believed to have had a role in Ginny’s vanishing, and Cassandra’s abduction/interrogation by Special Agent Nolan’s team.
Mr. Johnson, meanwhile, met with Miles Drentell, »
You can’t help but see a little irony in The Blacklist’s fall finale.
After months of living on the run, hopscotching from underground bunker to empty apartment and back again, it wasn’t The Cabal that finally got the best of Liz and Red. It wasn’t some demented blacklister that Red had his eye on for years, and it wasn’t even the FBI task force. (Well, it sort of was, but more on that later.)
Rather, the people who got the upper hand over Red and Liz were a ragtag bunch called Kings of the Highway, »
You couldn’t really blame Ellen DeGeneres if her enthusiasm flagged a tiny bit after 13 years of hosting her eponymous talk show.
RelatedStephen Colbert Addresses Paris Attacks: From Hashtags to Ratatouille, Every Sign of Support ‘Is Positive’
Bully for her! Seeing how DeGeneres devoted the first half of the episode (along with an additional end-of-the-hour performance from the Warner Bros. lot) to the quartet and its new CD Made in the A. »
Jennifer Lopez is coming to NBC this January — and she’s bringing backup.
The cop drama, premiering Jan. 7 at 10/9c, follows a single mother and NYPD detective (Lopez’s Harlee Santos) pressured to cross the line when she’s made aware of her fellow officers’ corruption. »
NBC’s Chicago Med showed strong vitals in its debut, drawing 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating (per finals), leading all of Tuesday’s scripted series in the demo (in a tie with NCIS).
TVLine readers gave the ChiFi offshoot an average grade of “B+.”
Bookending the freshman drama, The Voice (11.1 mil/2.6) and Chicago Fire (8 mil/1.9) each were down a tenth.
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Elsewhere in the ratings….
CBS | NCIS (16.6 mil/2.2) and Limitless (7.6 mil/1.4) each dipped one tenth, while New Orleans (12.9 mil/1.7) was steady. »
In tonight’s tense hour of Law & Order: Svu — really, when is this show not tense? — the past will come back to haunt Lt. Benson, and we’ve got your first look at the harrowing installment.
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The episode (NBC, 9/8c) revisits a case from the drama’s 14th season, when Benson finally solved a child abduction that had tormented her for more than 10 years. In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek, she once again comes face-to-face with the perp, Lewis Hodda (returning guest star Tom Sizemore »
Be that as it may, the How to Get Away With Murder star was almost sure her historic moment had gone south.
Talking with Seth Meyers on Tuesday’s Late Night, the Tgit all-star admitted that she couldn’t get a sense of the reaction on stage, and thus feared she was “dying a quick death” as the first African-American to bring home »
The first character viewers meet in Chicago Med‘s series premiere on Tuesday night is Arrow alum Colin Donnell’s Dr. Connor Rhodes, and he makes quite an impression — and not just because he stitches himself up while shirtless. (Though that scene definitely goes into The Reasons to Tune In column.)
RelatedChicago Med Preview: Meet the New Doctors, Nurses and More — Plus: How Many Spinoffs Is Too Many?
From the start, we know Connor cares about helping people as he goes into doctor mode after his commuter train is involved in an accident. Upon arriving at the hospital — where »
RelatedThe Voice Top 12 Performance Recap: This Is It! (Make No Mistakes or Get Gone)
Ok, I’m being melodramatic, but the same could be said for the new elimination schedule NBC is planning for Season 9 of its Emmy-winning reality singing competition.
This week — as well as Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 — there’ll only be one hopeful sent to the guillotine, leaving nine vocalists to face off during the Dec. »
NBC’s upcoming series “Shades of Blue” attracted more than a million engagements this week after the trailer, which features Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta as members of the NYPD, racked up more than a million and a half YouTube views.
The trailer, which has been live for just over a week, already outperforms “The Player’s” initial trailer, the NBC freshman series that “Shades of Blue” is slotted to replace in January. All of this buzz surrounding the upcoming procedural pushed this series to top off the Trending leaderboard and to seventh place on this week’s Broadcast leaderboard.
Now just one week from its release, “Jessica Jones” made a splash among Cable/Streaming programs, after Netflix released the program’s second trailer. While YouTube drove activity, contributing nearly 2 million engagements, the upcoming series also tracked a 78% increase in organic search traffic, alongside a 65% increase in Facebook engagement.
- Jason Klein
Although she’s been on television for the past few years as an American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez will soon be back to actual acting, as the premiere for her new NBC cop drama, Shades of Blue, is less than two months away. And with the debut of Lopez’s new series getting so close, NBC released the first full-length trailer for the Shades of Blue last night during Sunday Night Football, and you can now watch the entire two and half minute-plus video online. In addition to Lopez, Shades of Blue also stars Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea de Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, and Sarah Jeffery. Jack Orman and Adi Hasak are writing and executive producing the series, with Lopez, Barry Levinson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, and Nina Wass also serving as executive producers. Shades of Blue premieres Thursday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. on NBC. »
- Chris King
Despite reports that he has been cast, actor Garret Dillahunt has revealed that he's only lobbying for the role of iconic comic villain Negan in AMC's "The Walking Dead". In a series of tweets, Dillahunt says:
"It's true, I am a @WalkingDead_AMC fan. I want #Negan. They are looking at some great actors and will make the best choice for the show. So surprised and grateful for all the support my public lobbying has received. Thank you. If not #Negan then something else someday! #Wd" [Source: Twitter]
Two cable TV series have scored renewals. First up, IFC has announced that they will continue to be the TV home for comedian Marc Maron and have commissioned a thirteen-episode fourth season of his semi-autobiographical comedy. The new season premieres late 2016.
Meanwhile Syfy has renewed its zombie drama "Z Nation" for a third season. The channel has ordered fifteen new »
- Garth Franklin
Jennifer Lopez is a bad cop, or maybe she's a good cop, because good cops don't mess with crime scenes, right? In the trailer for her new TV series Shades of Blue, which the multihyphenate shared on Facebook earlier today, things are very confusing. Her character appears to be working as an FBI informant in the midst of a group of bad cops led by Ray Liotta — but maybe she's more renegade than she looks? We'll just have to wait until the series premieres on NBC on January 14 to get the answers.Until then, there are other questions to ponder: For instance, will Shades of Blue share an extended universe with The Fosters (which J.Lo also produces)? Has she kept that “first edition” of The Iliad her character got in The Boy Next Door? And, most importantly, which shades of blue are most evil? Cerulean sounds pretty villainous. Periwinkle »
- Jackson McHenry
Jennifer Lopez is a bad cop with a hot bod in a new trailer for her upcoming NBC series “Shades of Blue.” She plays a dirty detective. But is she really good? Maybe a little of both. She not only has the goods, she also gets the goods. Santos has learned the tricks of the trade from her boss Lt. Bill Wozniak, played by tough-guy actor Ray Liotta. Dayo Okeniyi also stars. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
The lines between good cop and bad cop are blurred in the first look at Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” which Lopez debuted on her Facebook page Sunday ahead of the show’s January premiere.
The show stars Lopez as Harlee Santos, an FBI agent who’s been assigned to an anti-corruption task force. The footage shows Lopez being questioned as to whether she’s an FBI informant or not and further complications as she tries to do her job and be a single mother to her daughter. Ray Liotta co-stars.
“A Rat!,” Liotta yells at one point. “An FBI informant on my team!”
- Alex Stedman
Jennifer Lopez took to Facebook today to premiere the first full trailer for Shades of Blue, the star’s crime drama bowing January 7 on NBC. Lopez plays Harlee Santos, an FBI agent (and single mom) assigned to an anti-corruption task force. The series, created by Adi Hasak, costars Ray Liotta. The clip opens with Lopez’s Santos appearing to shoot her partner, though obviously appearances are deceiving. The trailer does establish what likely will be the central conflict of… »
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