6 items from 2014
When Quentin Tarantino's brilliant, groundbreaking Pulp Fiction was released twenty years ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the 13-year-old star of the Disney sports comedy Angels in the Outfield. Last night, he starred in a live reading of Pulp Fiction as Vincent Vega (John Travolta's character), effectively getting a do-over on 1994.
The Film Independent at Lacma Live Read, now in its third season of unrehearsed public performances of classic screenplays with new actors, was founded by Jason Reitman, who has stepped aside in recent months in favor of a sequence of guest directors. »
The Miami International Film Festival unveiled its 2014 lineup, which will include the North American premiere of the Shirley MacLaine-Christopher Plummer pairing Elsa & Fred. Directed by Michael Radford, the film is a remake of the 2008 Argentine/Spanish film of the same name. Also in the cast are Marcia Gay Harden, George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios. The 10-day event, which runs March 7-16, also will include the world premiere of Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia. De Felitta and Garcia previously collaborated on 2010's City Island, which also premiered at Miff. Rob the Mob also stars Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Aida Turturro, Yul Vazquez and Nina Arianda. In total, 92 feature
- Tatiana Siegel
Directed by Dan Lerner
Airs Mondays at 10pm Et on NBC
When the new shows for fall 2013 were being announced, it seemed all but guaranteed that The Blacklist would the standout from the bunch. It had a great lead in the form of James Spader and a solid episodic premise that just might border on intrigue, but instead, The Blacklist proved to be consistent at one thing among others: disappointment. That was true for the first half of the season, at least. Could this new year mean a better, more improved show? It doesn’t seem likely.
Following the attack on the FBI safehouse and Red’s (James Spader) ensuing abduction and escape, the FBI are simultaneously searching for Red, who has gone Mia, and attempting to identify the mole inside the FBI that helped Anslo Garrick kidnap him. »
- Drew Koenig
Remember those episodes of The X-Files, the ones where they pretty much forgot about the mythology arc and instead focused on an individual "monster/murderer-of-the-week" case? The ones that made you think, Sure, there's a huge global conspiracy afoot, with millions of lives in danger when the aliens finally invade, and people have been kidnapped and there are bees involved and you can't trust anyone at work, but go ahead and take the time to investigate a murder in Ohio, Mulder?NBC's The Blacklist is sort of like that. I don't know about you, but I want to see more of the agent stuff. Red and the international intrigue and the assassins and the secret headquarters. You know, the blacklist? Instead we get episodes with creepy, Criminal Minds–ish killers who kidnap and torture people in gruesome ways. Sometimes I wonder what show I signed up to watch. Tonight's episode »
- Bob Sassone
Raymond Reddington is no longer working with Lizzie and the FBI on "The Blacklist" (at least for right now) but that doesn't mean he's not still around.
Reddington is bent on figuring out who was behind his kidnapping and torture in the fall finale. He first takes out everyone remotely connected to it, then in order to find the big fish behind the incident, he does what one should always do in situations like these -- he follows the money.
Aram, the nice programmer we met last fall, appears to be the FBI mole at first, but it's a frame-up. Red actually discovers that the person behind the kidnapping is Newton Phillips (Charles Baker).
You won't remember Newton Phillips by that name. He's been referred to as "Grey" and seen acting as a sort of butler-like person to Red. Most notably, Grey was the man who interviewed Liz's »
Written by Jonathan Fernandez, the film is led by Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt in the true story of a young hood and his beautiful female partner Rosie (Nina Arianda) who come up with a dangerous plot to steal from the social clubs of the organised crime syndicates of New York City. However, it’s not long before they’re the target of the mob, with the FBI also wanting a piece of what they know about the gangsters and their dealings.
- Craig Hunter
6 items from 2014
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