8 items from 2012
The new HBO comedy Veep, about a woman who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about, was hailed as "hysterical" (TV Guide) and "sophisticated" (People Magazine). Created by Armando Iannucci (Academy Award nominee for co-writing In the Loop), the series was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards winning one for its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series). Veep: The Complete First Season releases on Blu-ray with HBO Select* ($49.99), DVD ($39.98) and Digital Download on March 26, 2013.
Former senator Selina Meyer was a rising star in her party, a charismatic leader who seemed to have unlimited potential. Some pundits thought she might even occupy the White House someday. Then she became vice president. Veep follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, »
Hartford, Conn. (AP) — Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.
Brubeck died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd. Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.
Brubeck had a career that spanned almost all American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine – on Nov. 8, 1954 – and he helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and `60s club jazz.
The seminal album "Time Out," released by the quartet in 1959, was the first ever million-selling jazz LP, and is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time. It opens with "Blue »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
A renegade Usaf general takes over an Icbm silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War III in the 1977 thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming, directed by the late great Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly).
Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) stars as Lawrence Dell, a highly decorated Us Air Force Colonel who escapes from a military prison and with the help of three other convicts (Paul Winfield, Burt Young and William Smith, who’s best remembered as Rich Man Poor Man‘s bad-ass Falconetti), takes over a nuclear base and hold America hostage. Dell demands that the President reveal details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the former President’s advisors, »
First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to read my writings on the "There's That Guy" series. I hope you found it enjoyable. Today's article is covering one more guy out there that I seemed to have missed. How I'll never know, but now we will take a look at... William Smith Who the hell is William Smith? Well, if you don't know who WIlliam Smith is, you should have your skull smashed by his hands which are con… »
These days, after "Lord of the Rings" and "Game Of Thrones," fantasy isn't just big business, but a genre that's spawned critically acclaimed awards favorites, and picked up Oscars and Emmys by the handful. As such, it's easy to forget that prior to the 1980s, the genre barely existed on screen, with animated takes on Tolkein's works the only really significant blip on the radar. But in 1977, "Star Wars," a film that owed as much to high fantasy as to science-fiction, became the biggest hit in history, and that opened the door to all kinds of new fantasy worlds.
The 1980s would see many, many examples of the genre, from "Labyrinth" and "Legend" to "Krull" and "Ladyhawke," but the film that started it all -- and was probably the finest of that decade's wave in the genre, was 1982's "Conan The Barbarian." Written and directed by gonzo, gun-loving genius John Milius »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Namco Bandai adds a little Big Willy style to their latest Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer.
That's Mr. William Smith, if you didn't detect the former Fresh Prince's distinct flow in this new hype trailer which calls out some of the new modes from the sequel while also giving you a look at some of the actual gameplay. Confirmed: you can tag in your teammate to wreck your opponents. So we've got that one checked off.
The November release is another case where I'm putting my hopes in the team at Namco Bandai to think about and elaborate on what works for the Tekken series after the lackluster release of 6 a couple of years back. We know that they know what we want from the series, but do they know what gamers might not know they need as the next evolutionary step here? Maybe the Tag game isn't the best place »
- Charles Webb
John Milius’ films have long been about rugged men surviving against the odds, usually with a gun in their hands, and full of fabulous, terse dialogue. Remember Quint’s monologue about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in Jaws? That was his, in part. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” from Apocalypse Now? Milius wrote that line in an early draft. “Do I feel lucky” from Dirty Harry? Milius’ uncredited words.
Milius followed up his directorial debut Conan The Barbarian with Red Dawn, probably the jewel in his career so far; it’s full of fabulously ripe dialogue, hundreds of guns and many more deaths. It’s simultaneously very funny and extraordinary bleak.
In an alternate version of the 1980s, a politically isolated United States stands alone against communism. Along »
1985 Canada 88min
Director: Paul Donovan, et al
1988 USA 86min
Review by J Astro
Two cinematic blasts from Hollywood’s not-too-distant Cold War-inspired past are re-packaged together as a post-apocalyptic tag team on this two-for-one offering, which was made available by the folks at Image Entertainment just a few weeks ago (release date December 13, 2011). Each feature on this single-sided disc comes with its own title screen, scene selections, and a theatrical trailer. The DVD itself plays a few other vintage trailers (C.H.U.D., anyone?) before the main film selection menu. Otherwise, it’s all a pretty bare bones affair. But with mega-blockbusters like these, »
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