7 items from 2011
DVD Playhouse—November 2011
By Allen Gardner
Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »
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The soon-to-be show, The Firm, is continuing to roll out info, and the latest is that Molly Parker will join the show as Abby McDeere, wife of the (I suppose) main attraction, Mitchell McDeere, played by Josh Lucas. While not all that much is known about the show, except that it is somehow the continuing story, ten years later, we know that we're aiming at some pretty cool names - see below - including Juliette Lewis.
With the addition of Molly Parker, the show instantly changes into something I'm going to have to watch. Star of some of the best, and weirdest, indie films around, Parker is a stunning actress, in every possible sense.
I know there are a lot of people excited for the show, but I know there are many others who have already dismissed it. It's time to rethink our positions. »
- Marc Eastman
NBC, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Television Networks and Global Television announced today that Molly Parker (Deadwood, Swingtown) has signed to star as Abby McDeere in the network's new legal drama series The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.
Ten years ago, Abby helped her husband Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas, The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama) bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob. Her life was never the same. Abby's a true partner to Mitch -- a smart, resourceful woman who after a tumultuous decade is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C., as a school teacher.
Parker joins a previously announced cast including Lucas as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film); Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear) as Tammy, Mitch's feisty, sexy receptionist »
NBC’s mid-season drama The Firm, continuing the story from the 1993 film based on the John Grisham novel, has added talent on both sides of the camera. Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) and Callum Keith Rennie (The Killing) have joined the cast, while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit veteran Helen Shaver will tackle production and directing duties.
The Firm was ordered by the network earlier this year, with perennial that guy Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer, Poseidon) tapped to play Mitchell McDeere – the role that Tom Cruise played almost twenty years ago. Lewis will play Tammy, Mitch’s “feisty” receptionist. Her personality clashed with the button-down world of high-stakes litigation – think Abby on NCIS.
She’s in an ever-shifting relationship ...
- Michael Crider
If there was one thing you could count on about Lt. Columbo, it was that he would never leave a room without immediately entering it again, to clear up "Just one more thing..." Which remembrance adds either sadness and poignancy or a typical note of Peter Falk-style humour to the news that he has departed the department for the last time. At the time of writing, no direct cause of death has been attributed to the demise of the Columbo actor in Los Angeles at the age of 83, but Falk had been battling Alzheimer's Disease for some years.
You can read in a lot of places a rote history of his career, the famous "For that money, I could get an actor with two eyes!" story, and accounts of the sad familial wrangling that put a small shadow on a shining career at the end. But I don't really want to rewrite that stuff, »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the third of a five part feature... read parts one and two.
When he was approached by Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who wanted to revise his signature role of Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1961), Martin Scorsese was skeptical about the project. “I had a lot of reservations about it,” admitted the filmmaker of the planned cinematic adaptation of The Color of Money (1986) by novelist Walter Tevis. “I felt it was a literal sequel. There were even a few minutes of film inserted in it from the first picture. It had its own merits, but it certainly wasn’t the kind of thing I wanted to do.” A meeting was held in New York between the acting legend and the director where the decision was made to keep the name of the book but »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.
“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver  were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled »
7 items from 2011
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