11 items from 2009
Actress Valerie Harper is set to play Hollywood screen icon Tallulah Bankhead in a Broadway play titled Looped. The play, which previews on February 19, tells the story of Bankhead, whose fame is enduring. She was an internationally-known actress who was called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record via 'loop' a line of dialogue in her last film, Die, Die My Darling. 'Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today's celebrity bad girls. And given her inebriated state - and inability to loop the line perfectly - what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight and conservative sound editor, »
- Philippa Bourke
DVD Playhouse—November 2009
Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
By Josef Adalian
Tlc Tuesday announced that it was revamping "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," dramatically cutting back Jon Gosselin's involvement in what will now be known as "Kate Plus Eight." Gosselin won't disappear completely from the show, but he'll no longer be a key figure. This is not necessarily a bad thing for J Gos - »
- Lew Harris
An open discussion thread for each of Streep's nominations. The nominees for 1979 were...
Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. KramerBarbara Barrie, Breaking AwayCandice Bergen, Starting Over
Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan
Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer...and Meryl won. The first of her two (only two. sigh) Oscar wins. As a little kid I was really into Breaking Away because my sister was in love with it... and I worshipped everything my big sister loved. Barrie was quite an endearing presence as the cycling nut's mom. Hemingway and Streep are my favorite among the nominees these days. The Golden Globe lineup went 3/5 with Oscar, trading out Mariel and Barbara for Valerie Harper in Chapter Two and Kathleen Beller in Promises in the Dark... yes that Kathleen Beller, "Kirby Colby" from Dynasty for your 80s nostalgia freaks! I personally still wonder if Oscar ought to have thrown a nomination towards crazy-eyed, long-legged, codependent dancing freak »
- NATHANIEL R
After she was cheated out of an Oscar nomination in 2006 for "House of Wax," can 2009 finally be Paris Hilton's big year for showbiz awards? She swept the Razzies in February (three victories!) and now she's among the nominees at the Webby Awards for her most popular Internet video ever — well, at least one in which she's wearing clothes. Her FunnyOrDie.com retort to John McCain's campaign ad is up for best comedy: individual short or episode at the Webby Awards, which will be bestowed on June 8 at a ceremony in New York hosted by Seth Myers ("Saturday Night Live"). Other notable nominees in that same category include "Prop 8: The Musical" (video below) featuring Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris in a satiric blast at California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and "Children's Hospital," starring Megan Mullaly and Michael Cera in one of a series of webisodes spoofing TV medical dramas. »
Here's one more reason to be ticked off about the recent changes in Emmy rules. Poor Zac Efron wasn't nominated for TV's top award when the first two "High School Musical" installments aired on the Disney Channel. Then he couldn't be nominated for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" because it was a feature film unspooled first in movie theaters. Last night, he did an inspired riff on his "High School Musical" persona on "Saturday Night Live" that would've been eligible in past years for the Emmy Award bestowed for best individual performance in a variety show. But that race just got nixed, which also means, by the way, that Tina Fey can't be nominated for her appearances on "Saturday Night Live" as Sarah Palin. Read more about all this Emmy nonsense here. Video Recaps | Full Episodes | Webisodes Related Posts Emmy rule change snubs Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Jon Stewart »
Are you among the viewers who felt, like some TV critics, that the pilot episode of "Parks and Recreation" didn't live up to its promise? Relax. Give these proven geniuses a break. "Parks and Recreation" is by the same wizards who gave us "The Office" (Greg Daniels and Mike Schur) and "Saturday Night Live" (the white-hot Amy Poehler) — who need a little time to tinker with the gears of their Porsche. TV series with this potential payoff don't come around very often. It's worth hanging in there to see where this baby goes — and how fast it takes off. I have a hunch it will. Let's assume it does and then let's assume Amy Poehler gets nominated for best comedy actress this year at the Emmys. There's a very good chance that could happen considering that the contenders will be chosen by a popular ballot and the number of nominees »
Jeff Favreproduction: A Beautiful View, Son of Semele Theatre; Robots vs. Fake Robots, Powerhouse Theatre; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Geffen Playhouse.Playwriting: David Largman Murray, Robots vs. Fake Robots.Direction: Don Boughton, A Beautiful View; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Tiger Reel, Cartoon, Art/Works Theatre; Elise Robertson, The Women, Circus Theatricals.Music Direction: Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Scenic Design: Simon Higlett, The School of Night, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum; Christine Jones, Spring Awakening, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre.Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa, The School of Night; Richard Jones, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Costume Design: Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady.Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Perfomance In A (Primarily) Straight Play:Gregory Itzin, »
DVD Playhouse—March 2009
Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Poltergeist. It's my favorite movie. Since the time I first watched those cathode-ray dwelling specters snatch little Carol-Anne when I was kid to this very day it remains one of the films I can watch over and over and over again. I've double-dipped on the DVD, and I'd triple-dip if only MGM would give us a special edition really worth buying. There's something about that movie, be it the family dynamic, or the special effects, or great directing and storytelling that make it hold up nearly 26 years after it came out. Sometimes you can't explain why a movie captivates you. All I know is that if you had 114 minutes to spare I could perform the entire movie for you verbatim.
In The Spotlight — Emmerdale
This week we bid a fond farewell to Emmerdale’s Paul Lambert (out actor Matthew Bose) and Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve), by taking a look back at their relationship as they exit the series for a new life in Australia – oh, yeah, and to give their troubled marriage a second (or is it third?) chance. It’s been a long hard road for this couple that found their love tested time and again.
During Paul’s years living in Emmerdale, he endured a series of unsuccessful relationships and tumultuous events including the night he rescued his neighbor Grayson Sinclair (Christopher Villiers) during an assault (and somehow managing to learn of Grayson’s bisexuality in the process0. Grayson’s wife, Perdy (who is aware of her husband’s bisexuality) instantly concluded Paul and Grayson were secretly lovers, but once Paul convinced »
11 items from 2009
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