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He's made five movies this year alone and they're all bad, but this Christmas might bring his Alien Vs Predator moment
So let's ask ourselves, since his supposed "return to form" a year ago in David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook: how's Robert De Niro been doing? Was that movie the harbinger of some late-flowering, crepuscular blaze of glory, mirroring in old age the sunburst that was his rise to stardom in the 1970s? Or was it just another job for Bob that happened to find itself lodged, for once, within a pretty good movie?
It's not that De Niro doesn't deliver any more. He always delivers. He just does it in movies that don't deserve him, and he does it over and over again like a wall-eyed workaholic. Just this year, the man made five movies.
The reason everyone was so surprised by him in Slp? Well, look »
- John Patterson
No definite word yet where it could end up next year but last night was, without putting too fine a point on it, a happy ending for the third season of ABC’s Happy Endings. The 8 Pm (0.8/3) airing of the Windy City-based thirtysomethings comedy rocketed it up 33% from last week’s series low. The actual season finale at 8:30 Pm (0.7/3) rose 17% from its April 26 show, which had been even with the prior original two weeks before. So now the question for ABC’s ratings challenged but youngest skewing show is will the network bring Happy Endings back, will it die or is it heading over to USA Network? Otherwise, the rest of ABC’s night was a bit of a mix. While the highest rated show of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/5) fell 15% from last week. However, at 10 Pm, the “True Confessions” episode of 20/20 (1.6/5) repeated one of the Happy Endings »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Warning: The following will contain spoilers for the majority of the Adrian Mole books.
I don’t think it’s any kind of exaggeration to say that the Adrian Mole books shaped my adolescence. I discovered them aged thirteen after being set an essay on a book featuring a love story and being explicitly told by my English teacher that anything Star Wars-related was out of bounds. So venturing to the local library, I was handed a copy of the series’ second book The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole. I immediately fell in love with the series, raced through all the books that had been released at that time, and frequently reread the school library’s copies during my lunch breaks and free periods in the years that followed.
I identified strongly with a neurotic character like Adrian (especially since I was the same age as him when I »
- James T. Cornish
3 items from 2013
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