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By Søren Hough
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Television has apexed once again. If the Emmys have proven anything over the past few years, it is that we live in what celebrated filmmaker Steven Soderbergh refers to as “a second golden age of television.” The networks — cable and streaming, more than broadcast — are investing more than ever in smart, original and ambitious shows, and are consequently producing more high-quality material than ever before. So successful have these networks become that major figures in the film industry have begun to make the once-unthinkable jump from the big screen to the small screen. Indeed, everyone from Steven Spielberg to Kevin Spacey seems to be hopping on the bandwagon.
But at what cost? Has this shift in production value brought with it narrative strength? Maybe not.
Along with this resurgence in television has come a recurring and potentially sinister theme: the abrupt excision of the protagonist. Consider the Emmy-winning fantasy series, »
- Søren Hough
Plus, Alex gets a shocking surprise!
The holiday break brought fresh drama to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. The Dec. 5 episode of Grey’s Anatomy featured a surprising kiss, April’s (Sarah Drew) hilarious bridal shower, and Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) continuing struggle to maintain control of her life.
Lights, Camera, Scalpel!
Cristina (Sandra Oh) was planning a surgery using a conduit from Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) printer. Apparently, this was a Huge deal. Doctors everywhere wanted a chance to view this groundbreaking surgery. However, the parents of the patient didn’t want cameras in the room. Funny thing is, Cristina didn’t even know about it and wasn’t happy about all the attention.
Owen (Kevin McKidd) convinced her to allow cameras inside the Or. So, Cristina’s surgery got the royal treatment. When the patient started to crash, she asked the cameras to be turned off. In the morning, »
- Avery Thompson
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of James Purefoy. He’s a great actor, and the sort of chap every Englishman should aspire to be.
Earlier this year (way back in March to be more precise) – I spoke to Purefoy while he was on a press tour to promote his TV show, The Following. The interview has been under wraps since then, but finally, with the show hitting DVD next week, it’s live.
During the conversation we not only spoke about researching serial killers, and having a pint with Ted Bundy, we also discussed missing playing Mark Anthony in Rome, and how he and Kevin McKidd are too bitter about Game of Thrones “stealing their show” for us to ever see them marauding around Westeros.
Also, on a side note, I now have a Bacon Factor of two.
The Following is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 2nd December, »
- Ben Mortimer
£7m tourism promotion deal would have been better spent backing local economy and film-makers, producer tells MSPs
• News: Disney retreats from 'glammed-up' Brave character redesign
A deal which saw £7m in public funding set aside to promote the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animation Brave may have hindered rather than helped Scotland's film industry, it has been claimed.
Scottish politicians heard yesterday that the cash might have been better used to boost infrastructure and local film-makers. Producer Gillian Berrie told MSPs the decision to plough money into a Hollywood movie had been a tough blow.
"Sadly, there is no film policy for Scotland at the moment, and there is such limited funding that the amount of projects and talent that can be developed is extremely limited as well," she told the Scotsman in an interview which followed her appearance at Holyrood.
"The Brave money was spent by »
- Ben Child
Plus, everyone is getting really concerned about Bailey — and they should be.
The Nov. 21 episode of Grey’s Anatomy gave the doctors some things to be thankful for, and some things not to be thankful for. Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) continued to make progress, while Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) weird behavior got worse — and two doctors shared an unexpected kiss!
Invitations & ‘Services’
April (Sarah Drew) started sending out wedding invitations for her wedding to Matthew (Justin Bruening) and she extended an early invitation to Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton). She told Stephanie that she could bring Jackson (Jesse Williams). Wait, why doesn’t April just invite Jackson? They are much closer than her and Stephanie. Well, it turns out that April didn’t want to put Jackson on the list because his name would be first and it would always be the first name she saw. It’s a weird excuse, »
- Avery Thompson
Star of TV’s hottest drama, “Scandal,” Kerry Washington on her breakout role, life as a newlywed, and what she considers “Fearless Living.” Then, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” handsome Kevin McKidd on his dedication to fatherhood and the audition that changed his life. Plus, Chef Anne Burrell teaches Queen how to design a sensational sandwich and Naughty by Nature performs. Please find advance clips and stills of Kerry Washington and Naughty By Nature on The Queen Latifah Show - Thursday, November 21. Naughty by Nature’s Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee reunited with longtime friend and mentor Queen Latifah as they performed a “Throwback Thursday” remix medley of “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray”. Kerry Washington talks about her role on "Scandal": »
- April Neale
We were big fans of Anthony Burns’ debut film, the visually strong coming-of-ager sans pretension and a nod to the Dazed and Confused sorts with just the right character set. Skateland deserved a little more fanfare than the one it got back in 2011, but Burns round two North of Hell, should receive a lot more fanfare with its cast alone. Pitting Patrick Wilson, Jordana Brewster, Kevin McKidd with Katherine Heigl, this dramedy began shooting in March-ish of this year…so we’re banking on this being already prepped for festival season.
Gist: Based on a story by Carlo Allen, Ted Elrick and Tom Lavagnino, and scripted by Anthony Burns, this is about a seductive and scheming new hire causes dangerous problems for a businessman who is married to a bi-polar, obsessive-compulsive woman.
- Eric Lavallee
Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me. And if you are Cristina on Grey's Anatomy, let's talk about all the sex you're not having. Catchy tune, right? In this exclusive sneak peek at Thursday's episode, Cristina (Sandra Oh) gets sex advice from an unlikely source. For those of you who were hoping she would talk to Owen (Kevin McKidd) and that one thing would lead to another…sorry. Cristina is chatting about doing the deed with none other than Karev (Justin Chambers). Not doing it with him; they're talking about Owen doing it with his new girlfriend. "I'm glad he's getting laid," Cristina remarks bitterly. "I should be getting laid! My work suffers »
Tune in alert for Kerry Washington, Chef Anne Burrell, and “Grey’s Anatomy” Star Kevin McKidd. Plus, Naughty By Nature Performs. Star of TV’s hottest drama, “Scandal,” Kerry Washington on her breakout role, life as a newlywed, and what she considers “Fearless Living.” Then, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” handsome Kevin McKidd on his dedication to fatherhood and the audition that changed his life. Plus, Chef Anne Burrell teaches Queen how to design a sensational sandwich and Naughty by Nature performs. Please find advance clips and stills of Kerry Washington and Naughty By Nature on The Queen Latifah Show - Thursday, November 21. Naughty by Nature’s Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee reunited with longtime friend and mentor Queen Latifah as they »
- April Neale
Scream Factory made not one, but two surprise title announcements this weekend at the Halloween: 35 Years of Terror convention. Both 2002′s Dog Soldiers and 2000′s Ginger Snaps will be coming to Blu-ray in 2014. A specific release date has not been announced, as a deal was just signed, but they said to expect them in the Summer of 2014.
Both titles will be released under Scream Factory’s “Collector’s Edition” series, so expect extensive extras, including new bonus features. We’ll have more details on both titles in the coming months. Until then, here are the plot descriptions and trailers for both movies:
Ginger Snaps: “The Fitzgerald sisters Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), fascinated by the macabre, have sworn an oath: “Out by sixteen, or dead in the scene, but together forever”. Outsiders at school, their only friends being each other, they live in a querulous world of their own. »
- Jonathan James
Just when you thought ‘Calzona’ has suffered enough, Sara says more drama is on the way!
The Nov. 14 episode of Grey’s Anatomy was a torturous hour for Callie (Sara Ramirez) — along with her harrowing court trial, we also saw a flashback her and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) dealing with the aftermath of their miscarriage — but sadly, her suffering is far from over.
Sara recently paid a visit to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site TVLine, and she revealed there’s some intense drama ahead for the erstwhile “Calzona,” including Callie’s eventual discovery of Arizona’s relationship — if you can even call it that — with Leah (Tessa Ferrer).
“It’s sort of how she finds out … that triggers a reaction of sorts,” Sara teased. “That’s what I can say about that.”
As for Callie moving on to someone new, Sara acknowledged that while it’ll probably happen eventually, Callie’s »
- Andy Swift
Plus, Meredith & Cristina’s friendship hits a new low! Can it ever recover?
Some of our favorite doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial started to lose their cool on the Nov. 7 episode of Grey’s Anatomy: Ben (Jason George) began to notice that Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is not Ok, and Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) friendship reached an all-time low.
What’s Happening To Bailey?
Granted, Bailey has been through a lot in the past few weeks, but after tonight’s episode, I am very worried. Ben found her frantically searching Tuck’s room to find some smell. It just wasn’t normal Bailey behavior.
At the hospital, her behavior got weirder. She was picky about her O.R., and was still worried about the smell in Tuck’s room. During surgery, she became light-headed and snapped at Jo (Camilla Luddington). She even blacked out for a few seconds! »
- Avery Thompson
What was your first time like? Relax, I’ll go first to make things easier. I was eleven and staying over at a friend’s house for the night. That was the night I enjoyed my first horror movie – Salem’s Lot.
My buddy and I were worried the noise from the television might get too loud and bring his mom into the room and that would have ended our entertainment for the evening. So we had the volume on very low, which meant we had to get very close to the TV.
We tucked our legs underneath the cart the TV was sitting on and leaned in to watch David Soul and company get very suspicious of the newcomer that had come to town with our backs leaning against the bed. We both played it tough when the vampire action started up. Granted, the floating Danny Glick tapping on »
- Steven Gahm
Last night Hollywood stars joined Elliott Erwitt and The Macallan to raise a dram to the Us Launch of The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition at Leica Gallery Los Angeles. Celeb attendees included Matthew McConaughey, his wife Camila Alves, Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd, Amy Smart, Carter Oosterhouse and more. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves enjoyed The Macallan 12 neat and greeted Elliottt Erwitt on the outdoor patio as Amy Smart and hubby Carter Oosterhouse took in the gallery exhibition and talked about Carter’s love of Scotch. Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd, star of last year’s Masters of Photography project, stopped by to raise a dram of The Macallan to Elliott Erwitt and this year’s edition along with »
- April Neale
Plus: Meredith had her say with Cristina, and Arizona found herself in a(nother) awkward situation!
The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial just continue to pile on the drama! On the Oct. 24 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Alex (Justin Chambers) finally braved his daddy issues, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) continued down their rocky path, and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) started to move on with her life!
After passing their exams, most of the interns got lab coats with their names embroidered on them, but their happy moment was interrupted when they discovered a lab coat for the late Heather (Tina Majorino) — and Shane (Gaius Charles) didn’t seem to have one at all!
A Whole Lot Of Feelings
We already knew that Leah (Tessa Ferrer) and Arizona had that girls night of grilled cheese and dancing, but now it seemed like Leah was starting to really like Arizona. »
- Avery Thompson
It's bring your girlfriend to work day at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital! Alternative title? It's have an awkward conversation with your ex day! Either title is appropriate for Grey's Anatomy's Oct. 24 episode "Map of You," which finds Owen (Kevin McKidd) inviting his new girlfriend Emma Marling (Marguerite Moreau), an attending at Seattle Presbyterian, to the hospital to observe a surgery. One problem: His ex Cristina (Sandra Oh) works there! Yep, things could definitely get awkward. We've got an exclusive sneak peek from Thursday's all-new episode of Grey's to share with you, which features Cristina and Owen having a little chat about his new girlfriend hanging around the hospital. »
Sandra Oh, who plays the brainy, acerbic Dr. Cristina Yang, will be departing Grey’s Anatomy at the end of this tenth season, but not before the show rips open one of its central relationships: the friendship between Cristina and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo.) From the sound of it, the conflict will be as messy and difficult as any of the show’s toughest surgeries.“A beautiful storyline is coming up about the friendship between Cristina and Meredith, and I love it,” says Oh. “I love it because it’s challenging and it’s like a real growing pain that they go through. »
- Henry Goldblatt
Be careful what you wish for!
Cristina (Sandra Oh) learned that the hard way during Grey's Anatomy's 200th episode, when, after she pushed Owen (Kevin McKidd) to move on, he did — with fellow doctor Emma (Shameless' Marguerite Moreau). With Oh's exit the series at the end of the season, does this really spell the beginning of the end for Cristina and Owen? TVGuide.com caught up with McKidd to get the scoop:
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- Natalie Abrams
Can you believe 200 episodes have passed since we were first introduced to Meredith Grey and her merry band of doctors? It’s been a wonderful ride, so let’s delve right into this week’s monumental episode!
Finally, our doctors were given a fancy event to them get out of those silly scrubs! The doctors were all decked out in elegant gowns and sexy tuxedos, and hit up the hospital’s fundraising gala on the Oct. 10 episode of Grey’s Anatomy; I feel like this show hasn’t had an event like this since that famous season two finale — and what an episode that was.
Incredible acrobats, a red carpet and flowing drinks welcomed the partygoers, though Jackson (Jesse Williams) wasn’t a fan of the whole spectacle. He wanted it to be a small, simple affair. This party was anything but that.
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), being the best person ever, »
- Avery Thompson
This Thursday at 9/8c, the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” — as in the title of the ABC drama’s 200th episode.
The milestone hour features drama high and low, mixing the medical with a fun fundraiser where Grey+Sloan Memorial aims to bolster its coffers until its superstorm insurance check comes in.
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“We’re trying really hard to sort of have fun this season,” series creator Shonda Rhimes shared with us at an event marking the special outing. “And a lot »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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