6 items from 2014
After seven seasons of charting the booze-soaked escapades of writer-cum-lothario Hank Moody (David Duchovny in a role he was born to play), Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series “Californication” comes to its fruitful end, awash in the sunny promises of happily-ever-after and the power of the epistolary proclamation of love.
Hank and Karen are back together. Again. At least for now.
Surrounded by passengers on a plane bound for New York, as it readies for take-off, Hank declares his undying love for the beautiful and neurotic Karen (Natascha McElhone), his heart, his soul mate, the woman with whom he’s been enmeshed in an oft-maddening dance of ‘Will they? /Won’t they?’ since episode one.
“Our time in the sun has been a thing of absolute fucking beauty, »
- Malina Saval
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
TV icon Ralph Waite, best known for his portrayal of stalwart father figure John Walton on The Waltons, passed away in February at the age of 85. At the time of his passing, Waite was also a recurring cast member on CBS’s NCIS, where he played father to Mark Harmon’s Jackson Gibbs. Below, NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg opens up about crafting a proper send-off for the character in an EW Guest Column.
By: Gary Glasberg
- EW staff
Review Christine Horton 24 Mar 2014 - 12:00
Rosalee goes undercover at a Wesen circus and Adalind discovers her softer side in this week's Grimm...
This review contains spoilers.
3.16 The Show Must Go On
We get to visit the circus this week in Grimm, but as you may expect, it’s a circus with a difference. Carnival Metamorphosia features an ensemble cast of Wesen who transform into their bestial selves each night on stage to the wonderment of paying audiences.
The four performers – Damien the Last Dragon (a Dämonfeuer), Ivan the Strongman (a Siegbarste), Genvieve the Bearded Lady (a Fuchsbau) and Maxmillian the Wolfman (a Blutbad) – are controlled by Löwen ringmaster Hedig. (If you remember, season one’s Last Grimm Standing featured a Löwen named Leo Taymor who forced other Wesen to fight in secret cage death matches, so the ringmaster role is an appropriate one.)
However, the exploitation of Wesen isn »
A family reunion prompted by Mom's illness brings Hannah and her sisters together in a standalone mini-movie, and the gang aren't missed at all
Spoiler Alert: this blog is published after the Us transmission; the UK broadcasts the episodes a week later.
• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode eight blogpost
It was about time Hannah went home. Much like this episode, her previous visit in season one's The Return made Girls feel like a different show. To my mind this was a self-contained mini-movie with its own mood and tone. It's also refreshing to have a break from selfish 20-somethings for a while, even if they are replaced by selfish 50-somethings indulging in later-life narcissism. And that final twist was a genuine shock, much to the credit of June Squibb, who did a wonderful, scene-stealing job as Flo.
This was an explanation of Hannah and a warning for her, too: »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music
With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.
The Everly Brothers' breakthrough hit was Bye Bye Love (1957), still regarded as one of their most impressive creations. Up to that point, Don and Phil had been chipping away at the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, with limited success. Bye Bye Love topped the country charts, but more significantly soared to No 2 on the pop charts, just »
- Adam Sweeting
6 items from 2014
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