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15 items from 2012


California Solo | Review

28 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

California Dreamin’: Lewy Taps Carlyle for Understated Character Study

For his sophomore feature, director Marshall Lewy brings Robert Carlyle back to the big screen for his best film role in years with California Solo, a compelling character study goaded along as an immigration tale. An aging British rock star from the early 90s, with a distant child and a predilection for alcohol, recalls elements of other recent releases this year like Flight or This Must Be the Place even, and though it’s a slight, minimal take on themes explored by many far wiser than he, Lewy manages to make a melancholy portrait of a man forced to face significant demons from his past, imbued by the simple, sad, solo that is Carlyle’s affecting performance.

Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) has been living out a self imposed exile for the past decade and a half, working as a farm »

- Nicholas Bell

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California Solo trailer and new poster starring Robert Carlyle

17 October 2012 6:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer and see the latest poster for Marshall Lewy's California Solo drama from Strand Releasing. The drama starring Robert Carlyle opens on November 15th, with other cast names like Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny Masterson in the mix. Helmer Lewy also scripts the film seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival from Cherry Sky Films in association with Syncopated Films. Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) is former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef »

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California Solo trailer and new poster starring Robert Carlyle

17 October 2012 6:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer and see the latest poster for Marshall Lewy's California Solo drama from Strand Releasing. The drama starring Robert Carlyle opens on November 15th, with other cast names like Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny Masterson in the mix. Helmer Lewy also scripts the film seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival from Cherry Sky Films in association with Syncopated Films. Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) is former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef »

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NCIS Round Table: "Phoenix"

11 October 2012 12:29 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Our NCIS review broke down "Phoenix," Tuesday night's episode of TV's #1 show, in detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from this week's Ducky-centric installment.

Join in as we analyze the medical examiner's surprising role in the case and much more:

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1. Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three, or four).

Steve: Lighter, lots of laughs.

Matt: Good, but not the best.

Eric: Different, and terrific.

2. Best quotes or scenes from "Phoenix"?

Steve: A few stand out: 1. David McCallum's face lighting up when Ducky got the green light to take the lead. 2. Tony and Tim being partnered together (and the latter getting his chops busted over the Life Recorder). 3. The "kids" ganging up on Palmer at the crime scene. 4. The eccentric, somewhat unexpected perpetrator.

Matt: It was Ducky's week for sure. »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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NCIS, Ep. 10.03, “Phoenix”: A satisfying return to form

10 October 2012 9:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

NCIS, Season 10, Episode 3: “Phoenix”

Written by Steven D. Binder

Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Airs Tuesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

For a show that largely prides itself on its character-driven storylines, NCIS has recently produced fewer episodes whose strength results from the focused analysis of a central character, missing the mark of perfection by omitting natural human interaction, floundering with uncharacteristic writing, and needlessly revisiting disposable characters. Fortunately, with “Phoenix”, the show returns to its roots and delivers a highly-entertaining episode brimming with favorable antics and enjoyable guest appearances.

Leading the investigation-of-the-week is Doctor Mallard, who starts off the hour ominously ordering the exhumation of a corpse from a 12-year-old cold case. Unlike in “Recovery”, where his inability to occupy himself while on medical leave made for his unwelcome presence both in autopsy and on screen in general, David McCallum’s insightful doctor is genuinely enjoyable here, fumbling »

- Amanda Williams

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NCIS Review: Are You Ready to Rock!?

9 October 2012 8:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

NCIS was a rocking good time tonight, and not just because of an eccentric '80s one-hit wonder or a faux lunar sample.

"Phoenix" featured an unorthodox case with an unexpected team member running point. None other than Dr. Mallard got to run the show this week after Gibbs evoked Rule #38 (see Gibbs rules): Your case, your lead. 

How did Ducky end up in such an unfamiliar position, and how did the recovering M.E. handle it?

Inspired by an obituary, he exhumed the body of Commander Roberts, who died 12 years ago after what Ducky no longer believed was an accident. Coincidentally, his cold case quickly tied into the team's latest victim.

Rather than relieve him because he wasn't cleared to work in a medical capacity on a current case, Gibbs let the team's elder statesman run the investigation. A class move, and the old man didn't let him down. »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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NCIS Promo & Photo Gallery: Back in the Saddle

3 October 2012 12:05 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

After a strong and at times emotional episode last night (see our NCIS review of "Recovery"), the team is right back at it next Tuesday, with Ducky taking a lead role in the week's case despite being on medical leave.

In "Phoenix," Dr. Mallard orders the exhumation of a Navy commander’s body from a case closed 12 years ago, while the rest of the NCIS team members investigate the recent death of a U.S. Marine.

As both cases unfold, the team begins to question whether the two are somehow connected. Rocker Michael Des Barres guest stars as an ... aging rocker. Take a look at CBS' promo right now ...

 NCIS 'Phoenix' Promo

We've posted photos from the episode below as well, including one in particular that should prompt speculation. After claiming in the premiere that he needs a bigger basement, here we see Gibbs building ... something!

Finally, if you haven't heard, »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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'NCIS' Episode 10.3 Photos: 'Phoenix'

2 October 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

While on medical leave, Ducky orders the exhumation of a Navy commander?s body from a case closed 12 years ago. As a result, Gibbs tasks Ducky with a slightly different role on the investigation. Meanwhile, the team investigates the recent death of a Marine. As both cases unfold, the team begins to question whether the two are somehow connected, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Michael Des Barres guest stars as an aging rocker in the episode that will also feature his song "Forgive Me" from his band?s album "Carnaby Street." »

- editor@buddytv.com

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TVLine Items: NCIS Lands Star Wars Alum, Jodie Foster Brings Mob Drama to Showtime and More!

13 August 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Billy Dee Williams is coming to NCIS this fall as — Leroy Jethro?!

The Star Wars vet will appear in an October episode of the CBS procedural as the man Mark Harmon’s lead character — Leroy Jethro Gibbs — was named after, TV Guide Magazine reports.

Speaking with TVLine at the network’s summer press tour soiree, NCIS boss Gary Glasberg described Williams’ character as “someone who plays a significant role in relationship to Gibbs’ father.”

Related | Exclusive: NCIS Rocks With Michael Des Barres

NCIS kicks off Season 10 on Sept. 25 at 8/7c.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

Jodie Foster »

- Megan Masters

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NCIS Rocks You With Michael Des Berres

9 August 2012 8:24 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

A little rock and roll never hurt anyone, yet for some reason or another crime procedurals inevitably put together an episode featuring a weathered rock star, although I can only think of a handful of shows that buckled down and actually made him/her the perpetrator. Even Fringe, with all its sci-fi craziness, has done aged rocker story and did so using Christopher Lloyd. Now it’s NCIS’s turn to tackle this particular branch of crime fiction. How will it be any different from the others? Well, in all likelihood it won’t be, but that won’t necessarily stop it from being entertaining. It just needs a good rocker, and they couldn’t have picked a better one.

According to TVLine, actual rock star-turned-actor Michael Des Barres, formerly the front man of the 1970s band Detective, has been tapped to play NCIS’s one-hit wonder. The show has »

- Brody Gibson

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'NCIS' casts 'MacGyver' actor Michael Des Barres

8 August 2012 1:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Des Barres has been cast in a guest starring role on NCIS. The British rock star-turned-actor will play a one-hit wonder from the 1970s who spent all his earnings and has been skirting creditors ever since, reports TVLine. The MacGyver star will make his debut on the third episode of season ten, which will premiere on Tuesday, September 25 on CBS. NCIS showrunner Greg Glasberg shared: "This is a very fun episode and Michael Des Barres brings (more) »

- By Kristina Bustos

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Michael Des Barres Ready to Rock on NCIS

8 August 2012 12:32 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Michael Des Barres will bring some real-life rock star chops to NCIS this fall.

The former frontman for the '70s band Detective, Des Barres will portray an aging one-hit wonder from that era who lived the high life, then blew all his money as his fame dimmed and has been dodging creditors ever since.

The British rocker-actor will appear on the third episode of NCIS Season 10.

“This is a very fun episode and Michael Des Barres brings tremendous humor and idiosyncrasy to a character he knows oh-too-well,” Ep Gary Glasberg said. “We really lucked out having him join us.”

Des Barres has also appeared on Suits and Bones in recent years. »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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Exclusive: NCIS Rocks With Michael Des Barres

8 August 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Michael Des Barres, onetime front man for the 1970s band Detective, will once again channel his inner real-life rock star for a TV role — this time on CBS’ NCIS.

Related | NCIS Family Reunion Scoop: Tony’s Father, Abby’s Brother to Return

TVLine has learned exclusively that Des Barres has been tapped to play the colorful bloke we first told you about in Ask Ausiello — that of an aging has-been one-hit wonder from the late 1970s who lived hard, blew his earnings in the ’80s and has been skirting creditors ever since. The Brit musician-turned-actor is slated to appear in »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Don’t Knock the Rock returns for 2012!

23 July 2012 11:26 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The music documentary festival returns for another summer at Los Angeles’ Cinefamily.

Heads up, Los Angeles. Don’t Knock The Rock 2012 is nearly upon us. The excellent programming series/festival/celebration of rock and roll on film gets started next Thursday, July 26, and carries on through August at The Cinefamily.

Co-founded by filmmaker Allison Anders, and with live music curated by co-founder Tiffany Anders, Don’t Knock The Rock is a high-energy fest dedicated to the love, lust and mania of all pop, rock and roots film and music; its films contain quintessential music performances and vintage footage of important artists in their prime. Every night is hosted by returning Mc Michael Des Barres, and is packed with entertainment, whether it’s with live performances on the Cinefamily stage by the very subjects of the films, DJs spinning at intermission, or Q&As with virtually all the filmmakers!

The month-long »

- Danny

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Strand Releasing Buys Sundance Drama 'California Solo' Starring Robert Carlyle

28 March 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Strand Releasing has acquired all Us rights to Marshall Lewy's "California Solo," which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. "California Solo" stars Robert Carlyle as a former Britpop rocker-turned-southern California farm worker who faces deportation after a DUI.  The film was written and directed by Lewy and also stars Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny MastersonMynette Louie produced the film. "California Solo" is co-produced by Ross Girard, an in-house producer for Michel Gondry's Partizan, and is executive produced by Carlyle, Joan Huang of Cherry Sky Films, and Rick Rosenthal and Nick Morton of Whitewater Films. Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing negotiated the deal with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films. Strand plans for a fall theatrical release. Lewy previously wrote and directed "Blue State" starring Anna Paquin. He's adapting »

- Indiewire

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