12 items from 2015
It’s always fascinating to see Hollywood tippy-toeing around the subject of religion, particularly during the golden age, when the urge to avoid offense trumped any kind of dramatic sense. Alien beings—and Scotsmen such as I—would have to presume from the state of the nation’s movie product that the dominant religion in the country, and certainly among studio heads, was Catholicism, so celebrated is it in nearly every picture with a religious subject.Douglas Sirk’s The First Legion (1951), playing in the Film Society of Lincoln Center's retrospective on the director, chooses, via its title, a military metaphor for the Jesuits who are its main protagonists, anticipating the later Battle Hymn (1957) in its blend of the martial and the spiritual. A shame this promising idea wasn’t carried further, so that the various ranks of priest might have been presented in the manner of their equivalents in, »
- David Cairns
Has the storm over the Church of England’s prayer advert revealed flaws in the way film advertising is managed in the UK? Or is the church benefiting from a PR sting?
The row over the “ban” of a Church of England cinema advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer continues to rumble on, with an early day motion put down in the House of Commons urging that the decision by media agency Dcm (Digital Cinema Media) be “reconsidered and overturned”.
The move by Jim Shannon, Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford, followed a Monday-morning front-page assault by the Daily Mail – (“Hypocrisy of the cinemas”) – and interventions from everyone from David Cameron to Richard Dawkins.
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- Andrew Pulver
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, which means he’s smarter than we are.
He’s also a darling of late-night talk shows — thanks to his affable manner and gift for translating science into normalspeak — which means he’s way cooler than we are.
So naturally, we leapt at the chance to talk with him in his office at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he is director of the Hayden Planetarium. Our excuse? The return of his Emmy-nominated, science-by-way-of-comedy National Geographic Channel series StarTalk, which kicks off Season 2 on Saturday (11/10c).
Below are some highlights from the conversation, »
You’d better watch out, you’d better beware … in message, lyrics or narrative there are many songs waiting to be nominated for this week’s topic
“History is a vast early warning system,” said American liberal writer and peace campaigner Norman Cousins. If so, it is a system constantly ignored, as the human race, like the masked robber who knocked himself on the bank’s front door, stumbles like an amnesiac into tragedy, farce, conflict, or voting in the same useless government yet again.
Evolution has also given us a physical early warning system - pain. This was originally pointed out by Charles Darwin, and later Richard Dawkins, who said the the simple message is: “If you burn yourself, you’re never going to pick up a live coal again.” Unfortunately we often do, as the many recipients of the so-called Darwin awards illustrate, including, for example, the Australian »
- Peter Kimpton
For an astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson is certainly having his media moment, and then some. Beyond being the go-to guy for space talk in venues like “The Daily Show,” he’s become the host of the revived “Cosmos,” and this week not only narrates a National Geographic Channel special about the Hubble telescope but adds a weekly talkshow, “StarTalk,” to his media menu. Yet the series, at least, represents a case of stretching the Tyson experience a dimension too far, as well as demonstrating the limits of transforming something as static as a radio show/podcast into television.
Tyson amiably hosts the festivities out of his perch as director of the Hayden Planetarium, promising a discussion “where science and pop culture collide.” Given the initial guest roster — “Star Trek’s” George Takei and director Christopher Nolan, fresh off the space-and-time-bending “Interstellar” — so far, so good.
Still, what emerges is a disjointed affair, »
- Brian Lowry
Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to boldly go where no latenight host has gone before.
When the astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host takes to the National Geographic Channel on Monday night to launch TV’s latest ’round-midnight entry, “StarTalk,” he will do so without a monologue or a set of humorous skits poised to go viral across the digisphere. All he will have at his disposal is his vast store of knowledge about the realm of science, his inner geek, a few guests and a tie festooned with the trappings of distant galaxies.
NBC has Jimmy Fallon. ABC has Jimmy Kimmel. CBS will soon have Stephen Colbert. Starting Monday at 11 p.m., National Geographic will, for 10 episodes, have Tyson, who could bring with him a new wrinkle to TV’s latenight wars.
No one pretends the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium will draw the numbers of »
- Brian Steinberg
At SXSW last night, National Geographic Channel presented a sneak peek of its first-ever late-night talk series "StarTalk," as show host and prominent astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - joining via Skype - answered fan questions and revealed that the series premiere date is set for Monday, April 20, at 11 p.m. Et/10 p.m. Ct (with encores each Friday at 7 p.m. Et/6 p.m. Ct). World-renowned cultural luminaries across science, entertainment and politics, like President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Chris Hadfield,Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan, George Takei and others, were announced as guests. Based on Dr. Tyson’s prominent »
- Tambay A. Obenson
At SXSW last night, National Geographic Channel presented a sneak peek of its first-ever late-night talk series "StarTalk," as show host and prominent astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - joining via Skype - answered fan questions and revealed that the series premiere date is set for Monday, April 20, at 11 p.m. Et/10 p.m. Ct (with encores each Friday at 7 p.m. Et/6 p.m. Ct). World-renowned cultural luminaries across science, entertainment and politics, like President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Chris Hadfield,Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan, George Takei and others, were announced as guests. Based on Dr. Tyson’s prominent podcast of the same name, the hour-long, weekly series will infuse pop culture with science, while bringing together comedians and celebrities to delve into a wide range of topics. Each week, in a private interview, Dr. Tyson explores all the ways that science and technology have influenced the life and. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, biologist Richard Dawkins, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, producer Norman Lear, film director Christopher Nolan and “Star Trek” actor George Takei were announced as guests. Bill Nye the Science Guy is slated to make weekly appearances.
The hourlong weekly series is based on Tyson’s podcast of the same name. The host is expected to explore the many ways science and technology have influenced the life of his guests. After conducting the private one-on-one interview with the main guest, Tyson and a group of panelists, which will include a comedian co-host and various “influencers,” will sit before a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City and chew over the topic of the week. »
- Brian Steinberg
It doesn’t require a “spoiler alert” warning to say that almost nothing happens on this week’s installment of The Good Wife.
And yet, if the seeds randomly scattered over the course of the hour take root, it could be the start of everything that’s to come in the complicated, mixed-up, ethically murky life of Alicia Florrick — political candidate, power spouse, occasional trial attorney and most certainly a woman in denial about her mourning over the tragic death of her lover Will Gardner.
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It’ll only take me a paragraph to recap »
Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 14 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Mind's Eye," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty dramatic and interesting stuff go down as Alicia preps for a very important interview while Louis tries to pressure Alicia's firm to a settlement for his wrongful eviction case against the firm, and more. In the new, 14th episode press release: Alicia will prepare for an interview that could impact the outcome of the race for State's Attorney. Press release number 2: Alicia is going to prepare for a key interview which could impact the outcome of the race for State's Attorney. Also, Louis Canning will pressure Florrick/Agos/Lockhart to agree on a settlement in his wrongful eviction case against the firm. Michael J. Fox reprises his role of Louis Canning. David Hyde Pierce returns as Frank Prady. »
Larry Wilmore may not be the only African American host in late night television. Neil deGrasse Tyson, noted astrophysicist and the Internet’s favorite person ever behind Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Stewart, is reportedly moving his hit podcast Star Talk to the National Geographic Channel, Deadline reports.
The show is inspired by NPR’s Car Talk and features Tyson speaking with celebrities about everything from science to pop culture to comedy. “It will be National Geographic’s very first talk show so we look forward to how this plays out,” Tyson said to a group of journalists at the Winter TV Press Tour 2015.
Tyson previously hosted Fox’s remake of the documentary series Cosmos, and we previously reported that he has an awful lot of thoughts about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. He recently also attracted some unwanted attention from religious types after tweeting that Isaac Newton shared a birthday with Jesus Christ. »
- Brian Welk
12 items from 2015
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