13 items from 2009
Back at the end of May, I intimated that Smallville was in danger of crossing that imaginary line in the sand, the one often referred to as "the point of no return." I argued that the series had become annoyingly illogical, straying from the essence of the core mythology as it mined the more obscure elements of the Superman narrative purely in the service of longevity.
Some agreed with me; a greater number did not, often citing the DC literature trope as an explanation for confused storytelling, convoluted plot points and a seemingly forgotten raison d'être.
From what I've seen of this ninth season, things haven't gotten much better. And now, it's jumped the zombie (more on that in a moment).
Supporting players and entropy
What's going on? The simple answer is that the show has been on the air too long. Most series can't sustain creative innovation and remain »
Chicago – You won’t find the kind of diversity that exists in HollywoodChicago.com’s Blu-Ray Round-Up too many places online. Where else can modern sci-fi mingle with quarter-century-old genre product and hang out with Oscar winners and slapstick comedies? Nowhere.
The Round-Up is our regular informational column about titles that may have slipped under your radar just because they haven’t been on the cover of Entertainment Weekly or in the point-of-purchase slot at your local Blu-Ray store. Today’s edition of the Round-Up is particularly impressive with a massive comedy hit from Adam Sandler, a sci-fi cult classic, a great new TV show, and the film that made Billy Bob Thornton a star.
“Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead” was released on July 28th, 2009.
“The Last Starfighter” will be released on August 18th, 2009.
“Doctor Who »
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Surviving Suburbia</i>" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />Monday's ratings recap:
Dancing with the Stars averaged 19.6 million total viewers over its 90-minute run, dipping 630K week-to-week. House placed second during the hour with 13 mil, gaining 830 thou. (Read our recap here; see why you-know-who left here.)
Chevy Chasing CBS comedy repeats, Chuck came in fourth with 6 mil, inching up 380K.
CBS' coverage of the Ncaa men's basketball championship game drew 16.3 million in its first two hours. That puts it on pace to net out lower than last year's Kansas-Memphis faceoff (final numbers for the final will be updated later).
ABC's Bob Saget-starring Surviving Suburbia debuted to a solid 12.16 mil, the best bow for a comedy series since October 2007, when Samantha Who? (14.9 mil) showed up in the same plum après-dwts time slot.
At 11 mil, 24 was down a hair from last week, while Heroes continued to redefine its all-time low »
- Matt Mitovich
Batman movie The Dark Knight is leading the way at the upcoming Saturn Awards - garnering a massive 11 nominations.
Christian Bale, the picture's star, also received a nod for best film actor along with Tom Cruise (Valkyrie), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Will Smith (Hancock).
The ceremony - held by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror - aims to recognise genre filmmaking and will take place on 25 June. »
(Unverified) rumors are starting to fly about 20th Century Fox (possibly) retooling and rebooting their Fantastic Four franchise.
The previous two Fantastic Four films earned a combined total of over half a billion dollars at the box office, but never really succeeded in connecting with critics or fanboys alike.
So, is critical praise and fanboy adoration really worth so much to Fox that they would re-launch the entire Fantastic Four franchise? As the Zen master said, “We shall see…”
Now, just so we’re clear on our Hollywood terminology: “retooling” and “rebooting” Fantastic Four would essentially mean getting rid of the previous cast and crew, and pretending 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer never, ever, happened (how many of us would like to forget that they did?).
- Kofi Outlaw
Zac Efron is being recognized by movie theater owners as the breakthrough performer of the year. This is a new award from ShoWest which bills itself as "the most prestigious and longest running convention and trade show for the cinema exhibition and distribution community." While Zac Efron first came to fame on TV's "High School Musical," he was featured in the big-screen third installment of this franchise last fall. And now Zac Efron is about to carry his first film with the time-traveling comedy "17 Again."
The trade fair has been handing out various kudos to stars since 1978 when it named Henry Winkler as male star of the year and Mark Hamill as the male star of tomorrow. While Winkler was a hot TV commodity as the Fonz on No. 1-rated "Happy Days," his film career failed to flourish. Neither "Heroes," a 1977 road movie with Sally Field, nor 1978's "The One and Only, »
The Taittinger was flowing inside the Shrine Auditorium as the excitement built throughout the star studded event. As expected, 30 Rock cleaned up leaving no Actor statue unclaimed, Slumdog Millionaire took home Best Movie and Kate Winslet scored herself Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Reader. The good news is that there were some unexpected wins last night at the 15th Annual SAG Awards. Meryl Streep was legitimately surprised by her win for Best Actress for her role in Doubt while Sean Penn got choked up accepting Best Male Actor for his role in Milk. It is open season for the Academy Awards and it's anyone's guess who will take home the coveted Oscar. We’ve got your red carpet highlights plus check out the complete list of winners to see if your favorite TV or movie star took home the SAG Award… The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild »
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Photo: Screen Actors Guild Awards® The winners at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced tonight and it is a mixed bag as not one single movie won more than one award and Kate Winslet continued on her path to her first Oscar win. Winslet took home the Actor for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Reader, but didn't go home double-fisting as Meryl Streep took home her second SAG award with a win for her great performance in Doubt. Heath Ledger once again won for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight and his award was accepted by his co-star Gary Oldman who gave a short but sweet speech. The other motion picture acting award went to Sean Penn for Milk as he topped Mickey Rourke who won at the Golden Globes as the plot thickens on the way to the Oscars. Like Rourke at the Globes, »
- Brad Brevet
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. If you're preparing your Oscar list, take note!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Frank Langella - "Frost/Nixon"
Photo: Screen Actors Guild Awards® Back again for a brand spanking new live blog and this time it is the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards edition! You have already predicted who you think is going to win and if you don't want to click over there to see how the results turned out here is a quick rundown: Actor - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler Actress - Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road (just edged out Meryl Streep) Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet, The Reader Ensemble Cast - Doubt No, we don't do TV predictions around here, but I will announce those as they happen too so don't worry. As I go along I will obviously be including winners in the blog and they will be highlighted in yellow as such, but you can also keep track of them right here. So, with that said, stay »
- Brad Brevet
"The Insider" has your list of winners (underlined below) as they are announced! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Richard Jenkins / Walter Vale - "The Visitor" (Overture Films) Frank Langella / Richard Nixon - "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures) Sean Penn / Harvey Milk - "Milk" (Focus Features) Brad Pitt / Benjamin Button - "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures) Mickey Rourke / Randy - "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Anne Hathaway / Kym - "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics) Angelina Jolie / Christine Collins - "Changeling" (Universal Pictures) Melissa Leo / Ray Eddy - "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures Classics) Meryl Streep / Sister Aloysius Beauvier - "Doubt" (Miramax Films) Kate Winslet / April Wheeler - "Revolutionary Road" (Paramount Vantage) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Josh Brolin / Dan White - "Milk" (Focus Features) Robert Downey, »
SAG offered one more endorsement to "Slumdog Millionaire" on Sunday night, handing it the prize for outstanding movie cast.
When it came to the two top acting film acting prizes, though, the 15th annual SAG Awards took a different route than the recent Golden Globe Awards, giving trophies to Sean Penn for playing a gay activist in "Milk" and Meryl Streep for her performance as a fiercely certain nun in "Doubt." As for the supporting roles, SAG joined the gathering consensus by remembering Heath Ledger for his villainous turn in "The Dark Knight" and Kate Winslet for her appearance as a German woman harboring secrets in "The Reader."
There was little surprise on the TV side.
Just like at the Gold Globes and the Emmys, it was a clean sweep for NBC's "30 Rock" and HBO's "John Adams" in the comedy series and longform categories, and AMC's "Mad Men" was named top drama series. »
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Taking a page from our friends at AfterElton.com, who have a weekly entertainment column called "Ask the Flying Monkey," we're introducing a weekly column to answer your entertainment-related questions.
Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Want to know if someone is openly gay? (We won't out anyone, but we'll let you know what they've said publicly.)
Send your questions to email@example.com — with your first name, city and country — and Karman Kregloe and I will try to hunt down the answers for you (we'll trade off writing this column each week). Not all questions will be answered, and it may take a few weeks to answer some of them, but we'll try to get to as many as we can.
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13 items from 2009
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