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Television that Home Video Forgot: New Amsterdam (2008)

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New Amsterdam

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Created by Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor

Produced by Sarabande Productions, Scarlet Fire Productions, Regency Television, Fox Television Studios

Aired on Fox for 1 season (8 episodes) from March 4 – April 14, 2008


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as John Amsterdam

Zuleikha Robinson as Eva Marquez

Alexie Gilmore as Dr. Sarah Millay Dillane

Stephen Henderson as Omar York

Susan Misner as Detective Sergeant Callie Burnett

Show Premise

John Amsterdam has been around for a long time…a very long time. He’s an immortal man who was blessed with the gift after saving a Native American woman during his tenure as a Dutch soldier in the year 1624. The prophecy of the spell foretold that he would be immortal until the day he meets his one true love, who will make him whole again and ready for mortality. In modern day, Amsterdam passes the time as an NYPD detective, using his centuries of knowledge to solve cases. »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 64: “The Distance”

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As Felix Vasquez wrote in his review, “though “The Distance” might be another episode where some might declare that really nothing happens, this isn’t quite the case, as much occurs within the time span of the episode.” This week we invite our managing editor Deepayan Sengupta to discuss the episode at length. Among the many topics is the gay kiss, the nighttime getaway and sloppy writing.


Roky Erickson – “I Walk With A Zombie”

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- Ricky

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Director Talya Lavie talks ‘Zero Motivation’

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I spoke with Zero Motivation director Talya Lavie about mixing genres and surrealism in her debut feature film

Neal Dhand: Did you always consider this a comedy? There are some rather dark moments – sexual violence and suicide – that could easily move this into darker territory. Were they always in the script?

Talya Lavie: The film is defined as a “dark comedy”, but while writing the script, I didn’t want to constrain myself in a specific genre. I put a large scale of emotions in it and the scenes you mentioned were there from the first draft of the script. I was actually interested in mixing different spirits in this film: humor, sadness, nonsense and tragedy.

Nd: Do you consider those scenes mentioned above to be unique to a female-military perspective?

Tl: Since the main characters of the film are women and I’m a female director, I »

- Neal Dhand

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Arrow Ep. 3.15 “Nanda Parbat” benefits from the presence of truth

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Arrow Season 3, Episode 15 “Nanda Parbat”

Written by Wendy Mericle (story), Erik Oleson (teleplay), and Ben Sokolowski (story & teleplay)

Directed by Gregory Smith

Airs Wednesdays at 8pm Et on The CW

Stepping back and viewing “Nanda Parbat” as a whole is kind of a bad idea. On a broad scale, Arrow is a bit of a hot mess right now, juggling multiple story lines and integrating wildly different character arcs with each other, all to varying degrees of success – and in some cases, coherency. A lot of what’s going on this season still isn’t clear; and the decisions made in the last fifteen minutes of this episode by the writers only complicate these matters further, in not-so-fun ways. Despite that, there’s one thing “Nanda Parbat” has going for it that too many episodes this season have lacked: truth, something many characters have avoided speaking up until this point. »

- Randy Dankievitch

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What time is it? ‘Adventure Time’ being made into a movie

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Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward’s kids show turned Cartoon Network cult sensation, is being turned into a big screen, animated movie by Warner Bros., Deadline reported Friday. Mathematical!

Chris McKay and Roy Lee, both of whom were producers on The Lego Movie, and McKay of Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken, will produce the Adventure Time movie.

The show involves a boy named Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog as they protect the citizens of the Land of Ooo from foes of various shapes and sizes, including Evil Guy (voiced by Mark Hamill) and Marceline the Vampire Queen (Cloris Leachman).

No details just yet on a director, plot or when to expect the film, as this is breaking news, but will update as more comes in.

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- Brian Welk

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‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ getting a spin-off show

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The Flash and Arrow

If you, like most TV junkies, can’t get enough superhero shows, then you’re in luck. The CW has recently unveiled one of their most ambitious projects yet: a spin-off show of both Arrow and The Flash by creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.

The yet-unnamed show would combine characters from both Star and Central City that viewers of the show have come to know over the last few seasons of Arrow and this premier season of The Flash. So far The Flash’s Victor Garber and Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold/Leonard Snart) have been confirmed along with Arrow’s Brandon Routh (the Atom/Ray Palmer) and Caity Lotz.

Oliver Queen and Barry Allen

Interestingly enough (Arrow spoiler alert) Lotz, who played Sara Lance/Black Canary, was killed off and replaced with Katie Cassidy who took over as the new Canary. Perhaps the »

- Caitlin Marceau

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Watch the trailer for Lone Scherfig’s ‘The Riot Club’

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Oscar-nominated Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, has a new trailer for its anticipated March 27 Us release. Scherfig is a Dogme 95-er and Oscar-nominated for her film An Education (2009). Although most of Scherfig’s eight films are romantic comedies, The Riot Club is darker material. In the film, young Oxford University students join a “Riot Club” and exercise their darkest thoughts about “poor people”; probably murder ensues. The cast is a chorus of rising Britons led by Game of ThronesNatalie DormerDownton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay, as well as Sam Claflin, Max Irons, and Douglas Booth. The film is an adaptation by Laura Wade of her own West End play, Posh.   

Behind the camera Scherfig has been a creative and detailed director since her breakthrough film Italian for Beginners (2000), which won the Silver Berlin Bear in 2001. Watch the new trailer for The Riot Club below:

The »

- Max Wood

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How To Get Away With Murder, Ep. 1.14 and 1.15: “The Night Lila Died” and “It’s All My Fault” stick the landing

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How To Get Away With Murder, Season 1, Episodes 14 & 15: “The Night Lila Died” and “It’s All My Fault”

Directed by Laura Innes and Bill D’Elia

Written by Michael Foley and Peter Norwalk

Airs Thursdays at 9 Pm and 10 Pm on ABC

How To Get Away With Murder wraps up its season with a two-hour finale that solves the central mystery while leaving some questions unanswered. Some of the episode is a slog, padded out by yet another snoozy case of the week, but the last 10 minutes are as suspenseful as anything on television. If Peter Norwalk and the writers can figure out how to drop the procedural element of the show and more fully explore the actions of the regular characters, some of whom are not much more fleshed out than when the series began, the show will be much improved in season 2.

But that final sequence is fantastic, »

- Bryan Rucker

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Week in Review: Spend the night at the Godzilla Hotel in Japan

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Anyone who has ever watched the Godzilla films knows that he isn’t a monster at all. More of a protector really. So this hotel room opening in Tokyo, really is quite soothing to know you have someone looking over you. Not scary at all, honestly.

For just $334 a night on weekdays, you can have Godzilla’s hand looming over you as you sleep and a statue of the kaiju peacefully guarding your doorway. You can even get a room that looks directly out at a Godzilla head mounted on the roof of the hotel.

Ah the Japanese; so like us.

We all know Michael Keaton should’ve won an Oscar last Sunday. In fact, he probably thought so too. Take a look at this Vine, in which it kind of looks like he’s putting a piece of paper, maybe an acceptance speech back into his jacket pocket right »

- Brian Welk

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Gff 2015: ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ is droll but despairing

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Written and directed by Roy Andersson

Sweden/Germany/Norway/France, 2014

The final part in Roy Andersson’s “trilogy about a being a human being”, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a droll but despairing inquiry into the human condition. Its thirty-nine distinct vignettes, each infused with recurring characters and repeated jokes, consolidate into a rumination on the absurdity of life and potential consequences of human dispassion. The eponymous pigeon, the least impressive exhibit in a dreary museum, appears in the opening scene, studied by a man whose wife is waiting resignedly in the corner. Like all the characters in the film, they are in stasis, trapped by their inexplicable attachments, habits and routines, mere artifacts in the wunderkammer that is life.

Each scene is meticulously composed, always shot with a fixed camera positioned at a slight angle. »

- Rob Dickie

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Rip Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy, the star of the original Star Trek series as Spock, has died at the age of 83. The New York Times reported the news early Friday morning after having been hospitalized two days earlier this week. He was 83.

Nimoy most recently reprised his role as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness, and has been such a beloved and iconic figure as Spock in countless Star Trek adaptations and versions that he wrote two autobiographies, I Am Not Spock in 1975 and I Am Spock 20 years later.

The Boston born actor has also had a storied career on film and stage following his work on Star Trek, having been an active actor for voice work, guest starred in several episodes of The Simpsons and having been active on Twitter. His last tweet shortly before entering the hospital is a beautiful message of poetry and can be seen below:

A life is like a garden. »

- Brian Welk

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Watch the trailer for Sundance ’15 Audience Award winner ‘Dark Horse’

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Everyone loves an underdog story. Mostly Americans, but a British story will do. The winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Sundance film festival, Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a quaint documentary about the horse Dream Alliance, bought and raised to be a racehorse by British commoners with no experience and little money compared to the elites and most posh in the sport. The thoroughbred won the Welsh National in 2009 but failed to finish the Grand National in 2010, providing the drama for how its owners fought to keep the horse alive.

On this side of the pond, that underdog horse was California Chrome, coming from another humble background but found itself the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before losing the Belmont Stakes. And now I’m going to stop pretending I know anything about horse racing.

Dark Horse »

- Brian Welk

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‘Blade Runner 2′ a go with Harrison Ford confirmed, Denis Villenueve to direct

27 February 2015 8:23 AM, PST

Ridley Scott nostalgia is having an awful good week. Back in November there were talks that a sequel to Blade Runner, Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, was in the works, but that Scott would be unable to direct due to schedule conflicts with Prometheus 2.

Now however, a replacement has been found in Denis Villeneuve, Oscar winning director of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. Variety reports that the French-Canadian director is currently in talks, but that Harrison Ford, after calling the script, “the best thing he’s ever read“, is officially on board.

Ford of course is returning to the Star Wars franchise while Villeneuve, whose crime drama Sicario is set to arrive later this year, is an unusual choice for such a franchise as he’s never really directed sci-fi, or for that matter action.

Scott however is set to produce the film with Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. »

- Brian Welk

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‘Bonde Ice’ is an irritably misguided attempt at putting a femme fatale front and center

27 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Blonde Ice

Written by Kenneth Gamet

Directed by Jack Bernhard

U.S.A., 1948

A wedding day is a joyous occasion to celebrate the unison between two people deeply in love with one another, ready and willing to spend the remainder of their lives together until death do them part. Claire Cummings’ (Leslie Brooks) understanding of what a wedding represents renounces most of those delightful thoughts, only retaining and applying the part about death. Claire is a vixen, a conniving, duplicitous witch who spends her energy on marrying wealthy, important people, only to concoct their demise shortly thereafter, reaping the benefits of fanciful wills in the process. Her matrimonial reunion to a powerful businessman in the film’s opening scene irks polite, clean-cut Les Burns (Robert Paige), with whom Claire to used to work at a newspaper. Deep down he loves Claire, naively unaware of her true intentions. When her hubby »

- Edgar Chaput

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Rotterdam 2015: ‘The Man in the Wall’ is an excellently paced psychological drama

27 February 2015 6:50 AM, PST

The Man in the Wall

Written by Evgeny Ruman

Directed by Evgeny Ruman

Israel, 2015

Presented in the Bright Future Premieres programme section of Iffr 2015 as one of the nominees for the Fipresci prize of the festival, The Man in the Wall is a tense, excellently paced psychological drama with fleshed out characters that seem pulled on-screen directly from life itself. Although purportedly not (auto)biographical, the story nonetheless feels very personal.

Ancient Greek playwrights would likely commend Ruman’s water-tight script for its temporal, spatial and dramatic unity. The Man in the Wall is set during one rainy night in an apartment in Tel Aviv, never distracted for a minute from its central plot complication or straying into sub-plots. Rami, Shir’s husband (played by Gilad Kahana) suddenly disappears from the flat after taking the dog for a walk, leaving his wife to question his whereabouts through an uneasy night. »

- Tina Poglajen

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‘The Phantom Menace’ and the goodness of Star Wars nostalgia

27 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST

A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing the first Star Wars movie in 16 years. Yes, it was difficult to fathom, but the legion of Star Wars fans the world over had waited over a decade for a new film. Not since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, which concluded what is today commonly known as the ‘Original Trilogy’, had they rejoiced in a new cinematic adventure. This new endeavor was to not to be a sequel, but rather a backstory that would relate how Anakin Skywalker, once a proud Jedi Knight and defender of justice, was encouraged to renounce his altruistic ways, embrace the dark side of the Force, and become Darth Vader, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows

26 February 2015 11:42 PM, PST

Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch MovieStar Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).

In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »

- Frank Ochieng

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‘The Salvation’ delivers an all too rare successful Western

26 February 2015 9:01 PM, PST

The Salvation

Written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Kristian Levring

Directed by Kristian Levring

Denmark, 2015

Westerns have never recovered from the oversaturation of the genre that killed off viewer interest decades ago, but every now and then a gem pops up. Recent successes like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma and the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit all did well because they tweaked the genre slightly, but director Kristian Levring goes with an old school approach. A faithful recreation of those revenge Westerns made so popular in the 1970s, The Salvation envelopes many elements of previous Clint Eastwood classics and wraps it into a tidy package.

The Salvation starts in on the central dilemma, joining Jon (Hannibal‘s Mad Mikkelsen) at the train station where he awaits the arrival of his wife and son. Jon and his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt »

- Colin Biggs

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The surprising ‘Focus’ is slick, clever fun

26 February 2015 4:57 PM, PST


Written & Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa

USA, 2015

The best con artists let the rube have fun while they’re being hustled. The wonderful new scam-fest, Focus, has learned this lesson well. Of course, none of the scams hold up to later scrutiny, but they’re fun as hell when you’re in the thick of it. Like a simplified Mamet thriller hopped up on Out of Sight juice, Focus breezes by on the confident charm of Will Smith and a clever script that pays off each slight-of-hand with a masterful reveal. So far, this is easily the most entertaining Hollywood film of 2015.

Nicky (Will Smith) is one cool customer. He’s a lifelong grifter who knows that emotion is the enemy of precision. “Love will get you killed in this game,” he tells his insanely gorgeous new protégé Jess (Margot Robbie). That sounds good in theory, but matters of the heart are unpredictable, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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‘The Lazarus Effect’ resurrects nothing but boredom

26 February 2015 4:56 PM, PST

The Lazarus Effect

Written by Luke Dawson & Jeremy Slater

Directed by David Gelb

USA, 2015

It’s easy to be disillusioned by bland, scare-free horror films like The Lazarus Effect. Of course, not every horror film makes Ouija look like The Exorcist, but perhaps we can use this as a learning exercise. Rather than cursing the darkness, let’s light a little candle and look at “Three Things We Can Learn from The Lazarus Effect.”

1.) Bringing things back from the dead is no big thing.

Most horror films exist in the ‘real world’ for the express purpose of scaring us with supernatural or unusual phenomena. Since dealing with serial killers or zombies isn’t an everyday occurrence for most folks, the prospect of suddenly facing one is disconcerting. Apparently, this shock factor doesn’t extend to the realm of resurrection, however.

The Lazarus Effect treats re-animation like a walk in the park. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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