8 items from 2015
Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord – and many horror films to boot. Payback has always been a constant theme, whether it’s a sinister spirit avenging murder, or a maniacal parent repaying camp counselors for not watching her handicapped child. The meteoric rise in popularity of video games and personal computers at the turn of the 80’s, married with ancient evil, brought a modern edge to this shopworn trope. A sympathetic tale of comeuppance, Evilspeak (1981) serves up its revenge under the computer screen’s warm glow.
Released by Moreno Films, first in Japan in August of ’81 and February of ’82 in North America, Evilspeak nearly made back its 1,000,000 Us budget opening weekend stateside. A few good reviews trickled in, comparing it favorably to the high school horrorfest Carrie (1976). Regardless of comparisons, it stands as a unique antique of a burgeoning time in technology and a potent payback tale.
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- Scott Drebit
Read More: How 'Wet Hot American Summer' Creators David Wain and Michael Showalter Got the 'Camp' Back Together "Airplane!" (Jim Abraham, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)Office-set high jinks have long made for excellent television show fodder -- from "Night Court" to "Taxi," "The Office" to "Cheers," the landscape has always been vast and chockfull of possibilities -- and a fresh television take on "Airplane!" could easily take off using that kind of framework. The original Zaz feature film made generous use of flashbacks (including literally haunting disco melodies) and frequently alluded to pre-existing relationships, so while it may sound a little silly (fine, even surely silly) to claim that the film has a rich universe of information to pull from, the signs are there. Just imagine the possibilities: a Mash-like treatment of Ted Striker's time in the war, a goofy workplace sitcom about whatever the hell happens »
Longtime comedian Paul Raley, who served as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for Brett Butler sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” died Saturday in Los Angeles, after suffering declining health in recent years. He was 71.
In the 1960s he left a career in advertising to write for David Letterman’s three-month daytime show before the host led latenight at NBC. In 1978 Raley moved to Los Angeles, where he performed standup and eventually became head writer for “D.C. Follies,” was a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for “Grace Under Fire.” He also wrote a couple of episodes of “Night Court.”
Raley, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Duquesne University and started his career at Grey Advertising in New York City.
He is survived by his sister, Cathy Quinan.
- Mannie Holmes
Everyone loves binge-watching shows on Netflix. But the problem with watching an entire season of any show in a week or two is that the window for people to talk about that show comes and goes very quickly. For example, even though Netflix premiered the new Marvel Studios series Daredevil just last month, no one […]
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- Ethan Anderton
"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company. The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney. Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, »
- TMZ Staff
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
In the wake of the "Parks and Recreation" finale, a Twitter follower asked me if the period when NBC had "Parks," "Community," "The Office" and "30 Rock" on the same night was the best comedy bloc ever. I replied that at least two other very strong alternatives immediately came to mind: NBC Thursdays for a few seasons in the mid-'80s with "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Night Court" (a night that also had "Hill Street Blues," and is therefore frontrunner for Best Overall Night of Network Programming Ever), and CBS Saturdays in the 1973-74 season with "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show." Call it, friendos: is one of those the best of all time? Is there another bloc — and all four comedies have to be great, as opposed to what "NewsRadio" creator Paul Simms once dubbed »
- Alan Sepinwall
TNT’s The Librarians shot out of the gates, and how could it not, and the network has finally announced a renewal.
Considering the numbers, this isn’t exactly a surprise. According to their own statement, it was the #2 basic cable show of the year, so bringing it back probably isn’t anything that fans were worried about… except that it kept not happening.
It isn’t actually a long time since the first season ended, but by today’s standards, it has been a bit of an odd wait. The delay is perhaps a hint at some behind-the-scenes uncertainty over contracts and schedules, especially in the case of Noah Wyle, who both is and isn’t a regular feature of the show, and who has other shows to do.
At any rate, you can rest easy. And, look for your chance to catch the show, if you haven’t already, »
- Marc Eastman
8 items from 2015
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