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Death was plentiful in the Reagans' cases on Friday's INov. 8) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods," as signaled by the title of the story: "Drawing Dead," written by Ian Biederman, one of the show's executive producers.
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) looked into the murder of a "Wall Street guy" in Tribeca, with no struggle and no theft indicated. Subsequent interrogation revealed the victim had argued with his partners over wanting to bring in an art dealer, someone inexperienced in stockbroking.
Meanwhile, Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) responded to a call of shots being fired, leading to a street pursuit of three suspects. As the cops captured two, Jamie heard another shot fired and ran to its location -- where he found Officer James Montero (Elliot Villar) kneeling over a wounded teen, with an angry mob yelling accusations on the order of, 'That cop shot him in the back! »
A left-leaning photographer (Elwes) is attacked in his Manhattan loft apartment by a trio of Christian white neo-Nazis seeking to avenge their leader (Brian Cox), assassinated ten years earlier. The victim's burn-scarred widow (Andie MacDowell), her brutal son (Matt Dallas) and a fellow loon (Frank Whaley) get down to business, trying to force a confession. A grim tale of long-simmering vengeance. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
The upcoming fifth season will follow Raylan taking on another backwoods crime family (ala Season 2's Bennetts). This time though, it's run by a patriarch - a charismatic and ruthless man named Dale. [Source: TV Line]
The film revolves around a shoe repairer who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs. [Source: THR]
Mike and Molly
- Garth Franklin
Billie Joe Armstrong has already been seen on the Broadway stage, but now the Green Day frontman is about to make his first serious foray into acting. Armstrong will star in Like Sunday, Like Rain, an indie drama directed by Ray Donovan and Pulp Fiction actor Frank Whaley. The film will tell the story of a struggling musician, played by Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, who somehow becomes the guardian of a young musical prodigy. Armstrong will play Meester’s boyfriend, while Debra Messing will play the mother of the boy. The movie is currently filming in New York. Armstrong »
After eleven albums, a Broadway show, an onstage meltdown, rehab, and a cameo as himself in This Is 40, Billie Joe Armstrong will get to realize his lifelong dream of acting in an indie drama written and directed by the guy who got killed after receiving the "does he Look like a Bitch!!" speech in Pulp Fiction. The movie is Like Sunday, Like Rain; Armstrong will play boyfriend to Leighton Meester's struggling musician character. It's the fourth film from Frank Whaley, who previously made Joe The King, The Jimmy Show, and New York City Serenade. Emotional performance of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" at the wrap party: all but guaranteed. »
- Zach Dionne
Director Frank Whaley has cast a trio of actors for his upcoming indie drama Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Like Sunday, Like Rain will follow Meester in the lead role as a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a music prodigy, Deadline reports.
Armstrong will play the on-screen boyfriend of Meester with Messing set to play the 12-year-old prodigy's mother.
Newcomer Julian Shatkin and J Smith Cameron (Rectify) will also star.
Filming is currently said to be underway in New York. »
The indie drama Like Sunday Like Rain has cast Leighton Meester, Debra Messing and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong in the film written and directed by Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan), reports Deadline. The story follows Meester's struggling musician character who becomes the guardian of a music prodigy for a summer. Armstrong plays Meester's boyfriend in the film while Messing is in as the boy's (played by Julian Shatkin) mother. This one's being shot in New York, with filming currently underway. Tagline Pictures' Danny Sherman and Josh Kesselman are producing alongside Fabio Golombek. »
Review Michael Noble 21 Aug 2013 - 16:50
Ray Donovan continues its upwards trend, delivering another strong episode. Here's Michael's review of Housewarming...
This review contains spoilers.
It’s fair to say that Ray Donovan has been a troubled TV show, often full of promise, but too frequently let down by the execution. However, last week’s episode, Golem, was the strongest of the series so far and could well be the turning point for the season, and even the show itself.
We're now at the half-way stage, and several of the problems of the first half of the season have already been sloughed off. A central plot thread has emerged, sought dominance and is now fending off the distractions of the extraneous side stories pretty well. There's still some way to go, but there's enough here to suggest that Ray Donovan isn't quite the write-off it so nearly could have been. »
M&C has added production stills from the ninth episode of Showtime's new series Ray Donovan - which airs Sundays. Steven Bauer as Avi and James Woods as Sully in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: Eddy Chen/Showtime Steven Bauer as Avi and James Woods as Sully in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: Eddy Chen/Showtime Katherine Moennig as Lena in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime Frank Whaley as Van Miller in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan, Pooch Hall as Daryll, Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan and Dash Mihok as Bunchy Donovan in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: »
- Patrick Luce
Each week we look at the best films and TV available on the various streaming and VOD services available. Here are our picks for this week.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Available on Now TV.
The weird quick turnaround time-lapse between hyperbole and backlash that we have seen plague our blockbusters this summer can be traced back to this film. As a follow-up to The Dark Knight, it is a disappointment but it’s still a fitting finale and is definitely on a par with Batman Begins. A lot of the problems this film had on release have to do with it coming so soon after The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises is epic filmmaking and has many breath-taking sequences in its own right; it just doesn’t have four superheroes fighting aliens. Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle »
- Chris Holt
"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go." — Mel Gibson, 'Mad Max'
Greetings from the apocalypse! Hopefully this isn't the end, but I have to depart the sandblasted pages of this column for a brief sojourn across the wasteland. With a little luck, a lot of gasoline and the aid of a gangly autogyro pilot I should find my way back in a few months time, but until then enjoy this last weekend column … for now.
Friday, August 2
Pow! In Theaters
As I wrote earlier this week for Film.com, "2 Guns" will without a doubt take its place among the pantheon of extremely forgettable Denzel Washington action movies. Hell, the trailer could have been one of those parodies from the beginning of "Tropic Thunder. »
- Max Evry
Review Michael Noble 31 Jul 2013 - 07:15
Is Ray Donovan simply better at the deep stuff than the shallow? Here's Michael's review of Twerk...
This review contains spoilers.
So this guy walks into a mutual support group…
Tough crowd Mickey, tough crowd. Telling rape jokes is pretty poor form at the best of times; when your audience consists of sexual abuse survivors it smacks of deliberateness. Why not try watching online twerk videos at the public library instead? Whatever you think about Mickey, he’s determined to make himself noticed, even if it means stamping about L.A. with the subtlety of an ignored toddler. Jon Voight is having a ball as the elderly troublemaker who does for Ray Donovan what The Joker did for The Dark Knight, namely rocking up every couple of scenes and gleefully messing up everything our hero has struggled to keep in place.
However, his »
Chicago – “I like you. You say what you mean.” Showtime’s brilliant new show, “Ray Donovan,” is titled after a straightshooter in a town where no one is honest; a problem solver in a place built on mountains of problems. Ann Biderman’s stunning drama (directed and produced by “Sopranos” vet Allen Coulter) is the kind of dense patchwork quilt of character and theme that separate great shows from merely good ones. Think “Deadwood,” “The Wire,” or “The Sopranos” — shows to which this could eventually merit comparison. As Biderman proved with “Southland,” she has incredible skill at developing ensemble and this is one of the best on TV, toplined by a surprisingly subtle turn from Liev Schreiber in the lead but filled out by great actors throughout.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – “I like you. You say what you mean.” Showtime’s brilliant new show, “Ray Donovan,” is titled after a straightshooter in a town where no one is honest; a problem solver in a place built on mountains of problems. Ann Biderman’s stunning drama (directed and produced by “Sopranos” vet Allen Coulter) is the kind of dense patchwork quilt of character and theme that separate great shows from merely good ones.
Think “Deadwood,” “The Wire,” or “The Sopranos” — shows to which this could eventually merit comparison. As Biderman proved with “Southland,” she has incredible skill at developing ensemble and this is one of the best on TV, toplined by a surprisingly subtle turn from Liev Schreiber in the lead but filled out by great actors throughout.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Showtime’s new drama “Ray Donovan” blends gloss with grit — and plenty of inside-showbiz references.
Liev Schreiber plays the titular Hollywood fixer, an operative who handles dirty work for Hollywood’s elite while managing his own troubled family. The show embraces Los Angeles as a supporting character, with settings ranging from the Paramount gate to the lush campus of a tony L.A. private school.
“Donovan,” which bows June 30, was the byproduct of creator Ann Biderman’s interest in the sordid side of Hollywood history, from the days of silent stars through the recent criminal prosecution of P.I- to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano. The milieu is a natural extension of Biderman’s previous TV series, the raw police drama “Southland.”
“Ray isn’t based on any particular person, but this character has existed as long as the movies have existed,” Biderman explained. “When you can’t call the cops, who do »
- AJ Marechal
Set entirely in one room, the story follows a down-on-her-luck woman forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. [Source: Deadline]
Rob the Mob
Whaley will play a private detective who investigates a couple (Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda) who brazenly steal from mob-run social clubs in New York City until they stumble upon a coveted list of every mafioso in town. [Source: Variety]
My So-Called Father
- Garth Franklin
The movie, currently in production, is produced by Bill Teitler, whose credits include “What Maisie Knew” and “Jumanji.” The Exchange is selling international markets at Cannes.
Whaley will portray a private detective who investigates a couple — portrayed by Pitt and Arianda — who brazenly steal from mob-run social clubs in New York City until they stumble upon a coveted list of every mafioso in town. Andy Garcia and Ray Romano also star.
Whaley is represented by Apa and Thruline Entertainment. »
- Dave McNary
So, ComicMix readers, as per my previous column, Awesome Con DC happened April 20 and 21…and, I say this unironically, it was awesome. I had a blast. I spent time with good friends; I met new friends; I walked the con floor and met comics legends (great chat, Larry Hama!) and witty and charming award-winning artists (hello, Ben Templesmith!); and was delighted with the strong turnout of talented local comics folks. I went to a couple of panels (amazing, for me, since I usually plan to go to tons and then don’t go to…any); and wore my Girl Jayne Firefly costume. And yes, naturally, I bought some stuff (surprise!). I also pretended to be Nick Galifianakis for awhile (don’t tell!) and did three fantaaaastic interviews: with Nick, and with the amazingly talented Phil Lamarr and Billy West. (More convention pictures here, and oh by the way, next year »
- Emily S. Whitten
The "Wanted" alum will play opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers' titular character. THR reports that in NBC's take on the Dracula legend, Kretschmann's Abraham Van Helsing is a professor whose secret obsession with power could pose a danger not only to Dracula, but to Londoners at large.
NBC's upcoming series is set in London, where Dracula is pretending to be American entrepreneur Alan Grayson and secretly hopes to get revenge on those who ruined his life centuries earlier. When he sees Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife, he falls for her and things could change.
In more casting »
- Jaimie Etkin
20 items from 2013
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