6 items from 2010
First off, I’d like to thank snicks for keeping the Memes up while I was slaving away in retail over the Black Friday holiday. I’m completely exhausted, but I’m going to try to dazzle you!
Also, so many of you have emailed, Facebooked, Pm’d and tweeted me birthday wishes, I couldn’t possibly thank you all individually, but please know I do appreciate it.
On to the news, such that it is on a holiday weekend. I’m not really sure that I appreciate the tone over at TV Guide where they are wondering why Glee has become “the St. Kurt show.” Seriously, we all endured a full season of that Puck/Finn/Quinn/Terri baby drama that had nothing to do with the glee club, and you want to whine about three Kurt episodes that are literally “ripped from the headlines?”
Speaking of Glee, they »
- Ed Kennedy
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Lars von Trier
Released by Criterion Collection
From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)
"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Released by Hen's Tooth Video
Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British »
- Stephen Saito
BBC Proms | Odd One In | Metalocalypse | Sherlock | Mad Men | Must Be the Music and more
Saturday 7 August
Match Of The Day Live
Yes, we hear that grizzly sigh from the football-averse: the season is upon us again. But answer this: would soap fans tolerate a four-week summer break in Corrie or EastEnders? Newly promoted Leeds United face Derby County in an early test that also reminds us how far both teams have fallen since the halcyon era depicted in The Damned United. Tomorrow, Sheffield United visit Cardiff City (live on Sky Sports 1), who'll be looking to shrug off the disappointment of not getting through the play-offs. Football Focus is also back at 12.15pm.
BBC Proms 2010
One of the motifs of the 2010 Proms is a commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahler; the composer isn't here to enjoy it, but he'd have approved of tonight's programme. His »
- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Ali Catterall, Will Hodgkinson, Jonathan Wright, Will Dean, John Robinson
Pilot season is a wonderful time in TV Land; countless fledgling writers and would-be stars compete for the few slots available on the fall network lineup, where the survival rate of new shows making it to a second season is 31%! Recently, both The Live Feed and Deadline put together a report on the series that have risen through the ranks and stand a good chance of making it to air.
After the jump, you’ll find a breakdown of the hottest pilots at Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC, including projects from producers J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner as well as stars Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, and William Shatner.
Thanks to The Futon Critic for all the plot synopses and cast information.
Fox: Looking for 3-5 dramas and 3 comedies
Plot: “Drama about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as Us marshals.”
Cast/Crew: created by Nick Santora »
- Brendan Bettinger
"I need you out here," Russ Meyer told me on the phone in 1977. It was 6 a.m. He could not conceive that I might still be asleep. "Have you ever heard of the Sex Pistols?"
"No," I said.
"They're a rock band from England. They got a lot of publicity for saying 'fuck' on TV. Now they have some money and want me to direct their movie."
"The Sex Pistols?" I said.
"Their manager is a guy named Malcolm McLaren. He called me from London. He said their singers were big fans of 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.' They go to see it every weekend they're in London. It's playing at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road."
No director except possibly for Stanley Kubrick was better informed than Russ about where his movies were playing. Kubrick used to call specific theaters to complain about light intensity. Russ used »
- Roger Ebert
The bruising sport of high-speed, competitive rollerskating goes back to the 1920s and roller derbies have waxed and waned in popularity ever since. The last occasion I can recall a movie on the subject was in 1972 when Raquel Welch produced Kansas City Bomber, an exposé of the professional business in which she also starred as a roller derby champion torn between love (ruthless manager Kevin McCarthy, the brother of novelist Mary), family (admiring daughter Jodie Foster) and professional integrity.
Drew Barrymore wasn't even born then and Whip It is altogether less judgmental. A warm-hearted, teenage rite-of-passage flick, it stars the attractive Ellen Page (of Juno fame) as Bliss Cavendar, a bright, 17-year-old, high school kid from a Texas small town who comes across »
- Philip French
6 items from 2010
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