9 items from 2013
Emma Thompson stars in the new (and very favorably reviewed) Saving Mr. Banks, in which she plays Mary Poppins‘ protective author P.L. Travers. And thank God, because she nails the damn role. In fact, Thompson is so consistent onscreen and such a legend of cinema that it’s hard to believe we’ve only been watching her for 25 years. Hell, unless you saw Henry V, you were almost certainly introduced to her in the ’90s. For a legend, she’s moved quickly.
And today, I suggest another layer to her legacy: Gay Icon. Here are five reasons the marvelous double Oscar-winner should be sanctified in the name of gay adoration.
1. Every gay man has a favorite Emma Thompson role.
- Louis Virtel
Last week’s column didn’t happen because I received a phone call at about 10 A.M. last Sunday from my mom. My dad was having another “episode,” his third. Meaning his brain was short-circuiting once more. It’s called “complex partial seizure disorder,” for the medically less-literate out there. No one really knows why this is happening to him; before this started last Christmas Eve, he was in remarkable health for a man of 90. The only drug he took on a regular basis was one of the statins –anti-cholesterol drugs – and that was on a preventative basis. His blood pressure runs about 110/70, his heart rate about 65; his only major medical problem has been the deterioration of his eyesight because of macular degeneration and he was responding remarkably well to the treatment. Yes, he had had prostate cancer, but that was 30 years ago, and when his Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level rose, »
- Mindy Newell
Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.
- Emily Rome
The studio quietly launched WB Archive Instant. According to the website, it enables subscribers who pay $9.99 a month opportunities to watch what the company calls “rare and hard-to-find” content. The moldy oldie movies include The Americanization Of Emily, A Face In The Crowd, Freebie And The Bean, and Black Legion. TV shows include The Adventures Of Superman, 77 Sunset Strip, and Cheyenne. New users can try the Warner Bros service two weeks for free. But for now it’s just available on PCs and Macs — no mobile devices — and televisions connected to a Roku box. Only the Roku can handle HD streams. »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Fifty years after its release (on March 28, 1963), we can't stop talking about Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." We're still terrified by it, perhaps because Hitchcock wisely avoided providing any explanation for the avian attacks on Bodega Bay. We're still fascinated by how it was made, especially because, at 83, star Tippi Hedren continues to hold forth on the pleasures and horrors of working with Hitchcock. Much of the story has been retold, in books (notably, Patrick McGilligan's "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light") and in last year's HBO movie "The Girl." Still, as familiar as we think we are with the scary masterpiece, there's still plenty that remains a mystery -- how did Hitchcock wrangle all those birds? How did he mix live ones with pretend birds so seamlessly? And what really went on between him and Hedren? Read on to learn some of the secrets of "The Birds. »
- Gary Susman
Feature Simon Brew 20 Mar 2013 - 06:28
"It has very intellectual hip humor in it; it has very sophomoric broad slapstick comedy; it has elements of a road picture; it has more romance than any film that I have ever done; it has action; it has big stunts; it has a very dark sensibility... It's a film that needs to be experienced more than explained..." - Bruce Willis on Hudson Hawk.
One of the complaints levelled by director Peter Farrelly at the reception ot 2013's Movie 43, was that it wasn't the film its critics were expecting. And, to paraphrase Farrelly, when they got something different, they slaughtered it.
Oxygen kicks off its modeling competition The Face tonight,
to keep things simple, it's airing on the same night and time as Face Off.
G4 will soon be gone from your cable line-up, replaced by The Esquire Network which aims to be "an upscale Bravo for men." The new channel's first show will be Knife Fight a cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, who absolutely no one was demanding to see on TV again. The network will also heavily feature Adam Scott with reruns of Parks & Recreation and Party Down. I have little interest in any show that brings back anyone from that awful second season of Top Chef (because I watched it once and Never Again), but I can suport putting plenty of Adam Scott on TV.
Fox's comedy pilot about a New York police prescient just picked its police captain casting Andre Braugher »
Will the changes to it more or less watchable?
NBC has found a star for its Ironside remake, adding Blair Underwood to the cast. I have to admit that makes me a lot more interested in Ironside.
MTV has ordered a semi-scripted comedy pilot about a Kardashian-style family, according to Deadline. I have a feeling this purchase was heavily influenced by the success of another partially-improvised reality TV parody, The Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In what sounds like a nightmarish combination, CBS has ordered a pilot starring Robin Williams created by David E. Kelley. Crazy Ones would follow a father/daughter advertising team. It's got crazy in the title, so you know this will feature Williams and Kelley at their least restrained.
Unsurprisingly, Thailand's culture minister is upset with Saturday Night Live for a fake ad making fun of the country's sex tourism.
Buzzfeed's list of why you should »
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Happy New Year, AfterEllen-ers, and happy return of our favorite dead-in-the-water yet-we-still-love-watching show, Emily Owens, M.D. Indeed, after what felt like an eternity of holiday madness and dearth of good TV, the return of uber-nerd Emily and still-so-hot Bandari and flippant-but-loyal Tyra unexpectedly filled me with warm fuzzies, like I was returning to a gang I just started to realize I really liked, even though I knew they’d be gone soon. Sort of like making good friends at the tail-end of your senior year before everyone goes off to college. It’s strange, but you’re still glad it happened.
And the pacing of this episode was so good, full of palpable suspense, peppered with just the right amount of Emily neuroses. We begin by looking at a whole spread of crazy X-rays, all of which look bad and scary. »
9 items from 2013
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