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The second season of "Boardwalk Empire" was propelled by a plot against Nucky Thompson led by The Commodore and Jimmy Darmody, but the coup storyline had to be re-written on the fly when actor Dabney Coleman was diagnosed with throat cancer. The A.V. Club interviewed Coleman and "Boardwalk" creator Terrence Winter, who revealed that the Commodore's debilitating stroke was introduced as a way to compensate for Coleman's condition, which occasionally rendered him unable to speak.
Dabney, who is now cancer-free, suspected his character was written off the show completely because of his illness. His disappointment was understandable, as he had been excited to tackle the broadened role, telling Vulture after Season 1, "The role is going to be a little bigger and developed a bit more next year. They told me a story line, which I can’t reveal, that’s going to be a lot more interesting, and a lot of fun. »
- The Huffington Post
One of the major arcs of Boardwalk Empire's second season involved a conspiracy, led by Dabney Coleman's the Commodore, to overthrow Nucky Thompson. The way the story shook out, of course, was that [first of many spoilers] the Commodore quickly becomes incapacitated with illness, leaving his conspirators to fend for themselves. But during an interview for an upcoming Random Roles with Coleman, our contributor Will Harris learned something that wasn't exactly public knowledge until now: The plotline changed as a direct result of Dabney Coleman's real-life diagnosis with throat cancer, which occasionally affected his ability to »
Promising at least another season of people in tweed smashing things on each other's heads interrupted by the occasional topless showgirl, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fourth year. The show has seen a slight ratings decline since last season, down to an average of 7.2 million viewers from its 8.6 million average in the wake of losing Michael Pitt and, of course, Dabney Coleman, whose devoted legion of "Cole-miners" that we'll just assume must exist have been sitting out the show in protest. Nevertheless, it's continued to be a solid winner come Emmys »
Pour yourself a cup of ambition
Why we recommend it: Before Working Girl and Thelma and Louise, there was Dolly Parton and this tale of female liberation in the workplace. It was the movie that made Parton a movie star, and the theme song gave Dolly her biggest hit of the decade. It's almost guaranteed you'll be singing this song the next day at work. Plus what the three ladies do to their boss is the revenge you've only dreamt about.
Working Lunch? So the workday at Consolidated Companies is 9 to 5 (obviously), which is 8 hours. Does that mean employees get a paid lunch hour?
Where to watch it: Nine to Five is streaming on Netflix.
- Chris Ortiz
Last month we brought you the August Explosion of new titles on Netflix Instant Watch. But then they went and added another big batch of titles over the holiday weekend. Looks like many of them were old school Paramount titles, with a few other highlights tossed in. Here's a selection of 30 films we deem highly and instantly watchable... 9 to 5 -- Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda get dark 'n' silly in this 1980 work-time farce that has lots of laughs, plus Dabney Coleman as "a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" who is so much fun to hate. The African Queen -- Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in one of the coolest adventure classics of all time. Doubly recommended for young people who think they...
- Scott Weinberg
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Bernie is a 2011 tragicomedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. The film is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” that chronicles the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39-year-old, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
The movie deals with a young woman named Inga Dyson (Anne Bancroft, The Graduate), who takes an overdose of prescription pills and calls a crisis clinic for help. College volunteer Alan Newell (Sidney Poitier, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?) fields the call and tries to keep the suicidal woman on the line while asking the police to trace down the caller.
Boasting a supporting cast that includes Telly Savalas (TV’s Kojak), Ed Asner (JFK) and Dabney Coleman (TV’s Boardwealk Empire), The Slender Thread was written by Stirling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno) and based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. Additionally, the film features a rousing score by Quincy Jones »
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Wait a minute, is there enough story to justify splitting "Mockingjay" into two ... oh, never mind, we'll take as many "Hunger Games" movies as we can get! Mark your Thanksgiving calendars, as The Wrap reports that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" will hit theaters on Nov. 21, 2014, followed by "Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015.
Looking for some choice pop artwork to adorn your living room wall? Look no further than the slew of new movie posters unveiled just in time for Comic-Con. BuzzSugar gathers them all in one place to create the ultimate digital dorm room.
Wow ... Benedict Cumberbatch is playing who in the "Star Trek" sequel? Dr. McCoy himself, Karl Urban, let slip an interesting tidbit about what villain may be making things complicated for the crew of the Enterprise.
There's something so meta-amusing about Judd Nelson, »
- Bryan Enk
Speaking for myself, I've looked forward to The Newsroom for months. The trailer filled us with hopes for a fast-paced depiction of a cantenkerous Olbermann who sits at an anchor desk, dispenses angry soundbites, and would consider getting "Fourth" and "Estate" tattooed on his knuckles. He's Howard Beale with some of Rachel Maddow's composure and erudition. Yay, journalism personalities! I've missed them.
But after watching last night's premiere on HBO, I realize that The Newsroom disappointed in a few key areas. Though I believed the backstage drama of Jeff Daniels' character's Will McAvoy and his show News Night, I questioned how much of The Newsroom was truly revelatory and not just Aaron Sorkin's newest way of stuffing speedy, auctioneer elocution into professionals' mouths and expecting everyone to seem "awesome." Can The Newsroom's characters really be considered brilliant if they're all armed with the same freakishly well-spoken grit? »
Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in "the world's playground." Following the '20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season releases on Blu-ray with HBO Select ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on August 28, 2012. Blu-ray with HBO Select offers buyers the choice of three ways to watch in one set - Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Season one will also be available in the new format day and date with season two. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu or Amazon, as well as an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers.
Boardwalk Empire was the winner of eight 2011 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for »
Old sports writers (mainly Pardon the Interruption host and professional crank Tony Kornheiser) like to remind anybody listening that for most of the pre-World War II era, the biggest sports in America were baseball, boxing, and horse racing.
If you really want to get your 1930s on this weekend, you’ll have that chance: The baseball season is in full swing (Let’S Go Mets!), there’s a huge title fight in the boxing world between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, and on Saturday evening, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby begins.
The Kentucky Derby is an excellent excuse for a party, »
- Kyle Anderson
Back in 1983, Wargames was released and way ahead of its time. It starred a young Matthew Broderick as computer hacker David, a whizz kid who accidentally connects to a top secret network that controls the nuclear weapons of the USA. David believes he’s playing a game called Global Thermonuclear War and when he’s challenged to a war between America and Russia, he accepts. However, the Us Department of Defence believes it’s real and he unintentionally starts the countdown to World War 3. If you’ve not seen it, you should. Although you could say it indicates that computers are the work of evil, it really talks about the Cold War and the growing paranoia in the Us over nuclear war. I remember having the VHS – yes, video tape! –and I loved it but mainly because it was so futuristic…at the time…and watching it in the early 90s was a proper treat. »
- Dan Bullock
Earlier today, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted a screening of the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic (and a personal favorite), "WarGames." In front of a, sadly, less than packed house (or, happily, a more than empty house) the film was screened in its entirety, followed by a slightly disappointing panel discussion (I'll get to that) that included director John Badham and co-star Ally Sheedy. While in attendance, I learned a few things about "WarGames." Here are those 9 things that I learned.
1. The first scene is still frightening
I haven't seen "WarGames" from start to finish in quite some time. So long, in fact, that I forgot about the somewhat frightening opening scene featuring John Spencer as an Air Force officer who can't turn the key that will result in the launch of a nuclear warhead. The scene was a test (he didn't know that), but his failure to launch inspires the government »
- The Huffington Post
"...'Max Fielder' (Chase), a high-strung air traffic controller has a bad day that is about to get worse. His girlfriend (Patti D’Arbanville) moves out, his ex-wife falls in love with an old friend and a splashing truck full of toxic waste makes him glow a very odd green.
"But when Max discovers that the radioactive sludge also gives him the power of 'telekinesis', he sets his mind –and various other flying objects – to winning back his girlfriend and getting some wildly outrageous revenge..."
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- Michael Stevens
From Anchor Bay Entertainment, the comedy "Beverly Hillbillies '93", is being re-released on DVD, updating the characters from the classic CBS TV series with an all-new cast :
"...the ultimate culture clash makes for a truly hilarious rags-to-riches story when the 'Clampett' family strikes oil in the swamp behind their Ozark mountain shack.
"Inspired to relocate to Beverly Hills, the innocent, hard-working family is perfect bait for the swindlers, social climbers and gold diggers who await them..."
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- Michael Stevens
Have you ever read Jason Biggs' Twitter feed? For someone in the public eye -- you know, someone who has a publicist -- it's kind of insane.
In other words: Yep, that's Jason Bigs unfiltered. He may type out the "c-word" while watching an episode of "The Bachelor," or may start a Twitter feud with, well, just about anyone. Put it this way: you're not going to read any tweets from Biggs about what he ate for breakfast. Because people who do tweet about that can, as Biggs puts it, "Go f--- yourself. That's so boring." Yes, Jason Biggs likes to say what's on his mind, which makes my job as someone interviewing Biggs about his new movie, "American Reunion," that much easier. (Also, Jason Biggs likes to cuss.)
In "American Reunion," Biggs returns as the erstwhile Jim Levenstein. Thirteen years after the first film, Jim is married with a child, »
- The Huffington Post
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to 21 Jump Street, Jeff Who Lives at Home and The Kid With a Bike.
In theaters this Friday a star-studded comedy based on a TV drama will face off against an indie dramedy starring TV comedians, and a tender yet tough coming-of-age drama out of Cannes. But if this isn’t enough to satisfying your craving for cop capers, quirky comedy and touching foreign features, we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best titles Now Streaming.
Like your cops crass and comedic?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Be it for money, bargaining purposes, or strictly out of necessity, movie characters have been getting kidnapped since silent-era evildoers began the mini industry of tying women to train tracks.
Not all kidnappers are mustache-twirling villains, though. In fact, many of them have a darn good reason and are pretty nice folks once you're forced at gunpoint to get to know them. Amanda Seyfried could sure use some do's and dont's in the new kidnap thriller "Gone," but if you ever do get kidnapped in a film, we have a few rules to live by so you don't wind up on a milk carton … or in a wood chipper.
Follow the Kidnapper's Instructions
- Max Evry
Donna Douglas played Elly Mae Clampett on The Beverly Hillibillies for all nine seasons and 274 episodes of the very popular CBS sitcom. The show ran from 1962 until 1971 and was a top 20 show for eight seasons.
Douglas later appeared as Elly Mae in The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies, a mockumentary-style tribute that included in-character appearances by Buddy Ebsen, Max Baer Jr., Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert, Louis Nye, and Larry Pennell.
Douglas has returned to her signature just one more time, in a very »
Aleksa Palladino, Gretchen Mol Aleksa Palladino (Find Me Guilty, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and Gretchen Mol (3:10 to Yuma, Puccini for Beginners), both SAG Award winners as cast members of the television series Boardwalk Empire, on the red carpet at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards ceremony was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.) Among Palladino and Mol's Boardwalk Empire Best Ensemble Award co-winners were Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin O'Rourke, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Buscemi also won the SAG Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The Boardwalk Empire competitors were the ensembles of the following television drama series: Breaking Bad (Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn, »
- D. Zhea
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