13 items from 2016
The actress made the announcement Monday on Twitter, confirming her exit, after reports surfaced last month.
“It is with bittersweet sentiment that I find myself making this statement 6 months too soon,” Lilley tweeted, explaining that her character will still be on the show for six months to come, and that her “storyline gets better.”
Giving reason for her departure, Lilley said she will be focusing on her family, charity and pursuing other career opportunities.
“I hate to dissatisfy our love for black and white explanations, but there’s no one to point your finger at here,” she wrote. “‘Days of Our Lives’ and I are parting company on the best of terms. It came down to time and the sacrifices required to keep Theresa on the front burner. Given the demanding production schedule a soap requires, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
On the heels of the news that Jen Lilley is leaving her Days of Our Lives role of scheme queen Theresa Donovan comes word that the also-exiting Kate Mansi has been recast as troubled ingénue Abigail Dimera: Marci Miller will make her debut as Chad’s bride this fall, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Though a soap rookie, the actress has appeared in a bunch of short films and stars in the upcoming Children of the Corn: Runaway and Death Race 2050, Roger Corman’s upgrade of his 1975 cult classic, »
Our series on big-screen remakes continues with a cult horror film that kickstarted the illustrious career of Steve McQueen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Blob (1958 vs. 1988). Come inside to see how these two films stack up.
The original version of The Blob was a low-budget monster film made for $110,000. The titular creature was originally supposed to be called The Molten Meteor Monster, which then was changed to The Mass, which turned into The Glob, and Finally The Blob. The film's tongue-in-cheek title song was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David, which became a hit. The movie was directed by Irvin Yeaworth who specialized in directing motivational educational and religious films, so this was a departure for him. The film was a moderate success, grossing over $4 million, although the critics weren’t overly kind. It has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite its cheesiness, its reputation has grown over »
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Mark, Aaron and Keith Enright give a look at D.A. Pennabaker’s documentary portrait of Bob Dylan in Dont Look Back (the no apostrophe is intentional). This was a pivotal period in the artist’s career, and both the film and the music were influential. We dig deep as to what type of persona Dylan revealed, the cinéma vérité filmmaking style that captured him in his element, and also his attitude towards the press and others who wanted to label him.
About the film:
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and »
- Aaron West
CBS is boosting its pilot slate, picking up a drama from Jason Katims, and a comedy based on the play “Superior Donuts,” Variety has learned. “Bunker Hill” hails from the “Parenthood” creator, and “Superior Donuts” comes from writers Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan.
“Bunker Hill” revolves around a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, new-school approach to medicine. Produced by Universal Television and CBS Television Studios, Katims will exec produce with his producing partner Michelle Lee.
For CBS, “Bunker Hill” is another take at a medical drama. This current TV season, the network debuted “Code Black,” but since former chairman Nina Tassler’s tenure, CBS has been wanting to find more shows in the medical genre.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
While Ahs has been renewed for another season, Hotel’s season finale could’ve easily worked as a series finale. The episode gave an overwhelming sense of everything we’ve been watching for the last five years has finally come full circle, culminating on the Devil’s Night. Characters both old and new paid a visit to the Hotel Cortez, some who now will never be able to leave.
Fans of House were treated as Billy Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) made her return to Ahs as she makes annual visits in order to make contact with John (Wes Bentley), now a spirit after being gunned down by the police outside the hotel. She is now a famous medium, exploiting her talents in attempts to capture ghost phenomena on camera. She eventually gets to have her sit down with John in 2022 on Devil’s Night where he lures her to a »
American Horror Story: Hotel concludes with a fitting ending that looks as gorgeous as ever, even if it won't be to everyone's tastes...
This review contains spoilers.
5.12 Be Our Guest
American Horror Story has been a spectacular showcase for female characters and the actors playing those roles. Jessica Lange was a revelation. Lily Rabe stole season two. Season three was an ensemble of female characters. Season four's most affecting parts were concerning the women of the Freak Show. And this season, the female character that deserves the most attention and praise just happens to be played by a man. There's glamour and grandeur, acid wit and tender compassion... Liz Taylor is possibly the best example of what American Horror Story can create for a female character, but it took an actor with the fearless skill of Denis O'Hare to pull it off, with a little help from the wonderful, »
Spoiler alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen episode 12 of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” titled “Be Our Guest.”
“American Horror Story” brings many words to mind: “violence,” “sex,” etc. “Emotional” is not usually one of those, but the “Hotel” finale is just that, thanks in large part to Denis O’Hare’s standout performance as Liz Taylor that should garner some Emmy attention. For arguably the darkest season of “Ahs” to cap off with a happy ending is hardly expected, but it’s welcomed, even as some of the most horrible characters are given warm sendoffs.
The episode starts with Liz getting her throat slashed, but her narration, which hangs above the entire episode, lets us know that we’re not necessarily seeing some terrible end. But to back up quite a bit, Liz and Iris (Kathy Bates) have renovated the Hotel Cortez. Everything looks great: The pair »
- Alex Stedman
American Horror Story's shared universe aspect comes into its own this week with the fun return of a Coven character...
This review contains spoilers.
1.11 Battle Royale
It took Ryan Murphy five seasons and a return to a familiar stomping ground to bring American Horror Story full circle. The recycling of Pepper last season was a nice touch, and the freak show or the asylum was a common destination for unfortunate microcephalics back in the dark days, so to have the character move from one to the other makes sense. However, there wasn't a lot of modern crossing-over, aside from using the same actors. That's changed with Hotel. Whether it's the La location or the modern setting, old familiar faces have been popping up (and usually dying horribly) within the confines of the Hotel Cortez.
Crossovers are nothing new to the world of Ahs as Freakshow had its connections to Asylum and early on Hotel, we had a small Easter egg for the diehard fans tied to Murder House. What I didn’t expect was the return of Queenie, my favorite character from Coven, beautifully played by Gabourey Sidibe. She is the latest guest at the hotel, mainly in town to be a guest on The Price Is Right, taking a slight vacation from New Orleans. Liz Taylor (Denis o’Hare) instantly recognizes her from CNN as our favorite witches from season three have made a name for themselves and their school for the gifted. Iris (Kathy Bates) has a look of concern, not sure why as a witch might be just what they need to kill off the Countess (Lady Gaga) as she managed to drag her damaged body away from near death. Queenie »
- Jovy Skol
American Horror Story: Hotel has been the strongest season of the anthology series so far, but this week’s episode has the challenge of trying to rebound from the weakest episode of the season that we saw last time. Let’s see how things progressed in “Battle Royale.” The episode opens with Iris and Liz Taylor loading guns in preparation to take out the Countess (as we saw at the end of the previous episode). Just as before, the two burst into the room with guns blazing and fire on the Countess. Donovan gets caught in the crossfire, much to his and
- Jasef Wisener
Ahs:Hotel returns with a vengeance. Liz and Iris take on a badass walk as they sashay through the halls, into the Countess’ room, and open fire. The Countess takes a few bullets, but Donovan throws himself in front of her, taking most of the heat. When Iris realizes what has happened, she stops and rushes…
- Alyse Wax
To say the very, very least, a lot happened in the penultimate episode of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” titled “Battle Royale,” a shoutout to Ramona Royale’s crucial role in this episode (along with Angela Bassett’s terrifying performance). The most important event, of course is that the many people looking for the Countess’ (Lady Gaga) head on a platter finally got their wish.
The Countess finally met her maker, but that wasn’t all. Continuing in “Ahs'” habit of bringing back fan favorites, the episode even saw the return of a certain “Coven” witch. But let’s break it all down:
Liz, Iris and Ramona
- Alex Stedman
13 items from 2016
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