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The television landscape is better than its ever been and narrowing down all the amazing individual episodes of 2013 to a handful of favorites a tough job -- but Zap2it is doing it. Check out other staff members' picks here, here and here.
'Downton Abbey' - Season 3, episode 5
This PBS period drama had a lot of strong offerings in Season 3 -- a nice bounce-back from an uneven Season 2 -- but the death of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) was perhaps the highest-caliber television this show has ever done. There was much arguing over Sybil needing to go to the hospital and in the end, Dr. Clarkson was right. She has eclampsia and died »
"Psych" is about to launch a two-hour singing and dancing extravaganza musical episode and let us tell you, it's amazing. It rivals the best musical episodes TV has seen so far. It airs Sunday (Dec. 15) at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on USA.
But this is not "Psych's" first foray into a special, outside-the-box episode. In fact, wildly creative themed episodes are kind of what the popular detective comedy is known for.
Here are our picks for the Top 10 theme episodes -- vote for your favorites at the bottom. You can even write in your own nominee if we failed to include your favorite.
No. 10: Season 4, "The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Episode"
Logo is serving up a super-sized portion of holiday programming in a “Happy Friendsgiving Weekend” stunt that will make the perfect side dish to any Friendsgiving celebration. Hosted by “Sparkle Turkey” (yes, it’s a giant turkey covered in glitter) and his friends, Logo’s Friendsgiving programming features a heavy helping of Thanksgiving episodes of Roseanne and Will & Grace, airings of the classic movie Clue, starring the legendary Madeline Kahn and episodes of the Golden Girls to prove that good friends are just like family. Later for dessert, take a bite out of family time in Addams Family Values assuring you there’s no need to fret your crazy relatives when Morticia, Gomez and Uncle Fester live next door. Logo’s Friendsgiving has arrived and runs from Wednesday, November 27th thru Sunday, December 1st.
The post Happy Friendsgiving this Holiday Weekend appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
The Spoof, or Parody, movie has long been a mainstay of the comedy genre. Though it offers writers and directors the chance to transcend the formula they are imitating there is a very fine line between success and failure. An understanding of the form is as important as a healthy disregard for it, and many of the examples below do push the genres they spoof to ridiculous extremes. As we usher in the release of The Starving Games on DVD and VOD this week we wanted to look back at past efforts of this enduring genre.
There’s a case to be made that some of the films gathered under the umbrella of the Parody Movie are so successful they become notable examples of the genre they spoofing. Edgar Wright’s films in particular are loving tributes to a their particular genre but in each case they become far more than a mockery. »
- Jon Lyus
Does it still matter if a film's lead character is gay? And do movie-makers need to spell it out to audiences in advance?
In Italy, attitudes towards homosexuality are still pretty conservative, so the Italian distributor of Stranger By the Lake – a French thriller about a killer at large in an idyllic gay-cruising area – had to be careful about its publicity. Careful, that is, to ramp up the gay angle. Where the picture's international trailer opens with a cryptic conversation about a fish before showing glimpses of male nudity and a bit of groping in the bushes, the Italian trailer drops the fish, adds some flesh and shows two men passionately getting it on.
This wasn't an act of politically motivated provocation; quite the opposite, in fact. "In Italy, we have a lot of problems with censorship for homosexual films," says Dario de Lorenzo of Teodora Film, the distributor in question. »
- Ben Walters
Happy 75th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!
The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.
Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."
In honor of his 75th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.
1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.
2. He stands an impressive 6'1."
3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »
- Sharon Knolle
Review Rachael Kates 23 Sep 2013 - 07:08
Haven lets down viewers with its portrayal of mental illness in this week's episode. Here's Rachael's review of Survivors...
This review contains spoilers.
Haven is still a disaster. Jennifer Mason gets to meet the Teagues and, wonder of wonders, learn a little bit about the back story of Duke and Nathan. Eee! Duke and Nathan - my boys, they are taking care of each other. Well, no, Duke is taking care of Nathan who is about as self-reliant as a goldfish. Honestly sweetie, you are just big ole bucket of fail right now, you poor sad panda. The only person on TV at the moment who seem to be as mournful as Nathan is maybe Derek Hale over on Teen Wolf but at least Nathan doesn’t feel it when things happen like getting lit on fire from the inside. Yeah. Thats our trouble for this week. »
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
Unlike communism, this is not a red herring: There’s an amazing new “oral history” (with some narration) of Clue, the endearing board-game movie mystery that I refuse to stop talking about.
Buzzfeed got the scoop, and it gives us plenty of fresh interviews with director and screenwriter Jonathan Lynn, co-writer and creator John Landis (of “Thriller,” yes), and cast members Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Colleen Camp, and our girl Lesley Ann Warren. I personally found it upsetting that I learned anything from this article, because I’d like to believe I already know everything about this damn movie. Nonetheless, these were six important revelations
“I’ll never forget it,” says Landis. “I got a letter from [Stoppard], literally a year later, on this beautiful onion-skin paper, very elegant stationery, basically saying, ‘I give up!’ And he enclosed a check for the entire amount he was paid! »
- Louis Virtel
Back to the '80s Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker Ti West introducing Jonathan Lynn's cult classic 'Clue,' starring Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd and Eileen Brennan. Before "Battleship" there was another movie based on a board game, and this one came with multiple endings, introducing the interactivity that has now become commonplace on the web after being pioneered in barely released features like "Goodbye Cruel World." Director Jonathan Lynn’s debut feature was not especially popular but it foreshadowed his run of popular 1990s comedies including "My Cousin Vinnie." »
- Trailers From Hell
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 20 Aug 2013 - 06:55
Zoinks! Aliya provides a rundown of 10 enjoyable Scooby-Doo animated movies. Scrappy isn't invited...
For a Great Dane, Scooby-Doo has had an impressive innings. He’s now 44 years old, and has been through a number of mediums: TV series, videogames, stage plays, and many movies. In all that time the Us version of Scooby has been voiced by only five actors (the original actor, Don Messick, played him from 1969 to 1994), and there remains something so familiar and reassuring about Scooby, even as the storylines and the entanglements of the Scooby gang change around him. Nowadays in Mystery Incorporated Velma may be on/off dating Shaggy, and Fred and Daphne may be having problems with their relationship, but Scooby remains as cowardly and hungry as ever.
Now that banks have reopened following the death of Eileen Brennan and I’ve reluctantly reopened my curtains, we can get down to real mourning. Ugggggggh. Our girl Eileen — the superfly Mrs. Peacock of Clue fame, the grizzled Billie from The Sting, the nutty Tess Skeffington of Murder By Death – died at the ripe old age of character actress and now the world is deprived of her unflinching, husky-voiced command. In her lifetime Ms. Brennan only earned a single Oscar nomination, a Best Supporting Actress nod for Private Benjamin, and wouldn’t you know it, captain?: Private Benjamin is a perfect addition to the Best Movie Ever? anthology, a comedy about basic training in self-possession. It’s the rugged flipside to 1980′s other funny feminist jam, 9 to 5.
Private Benjamin is about a spoiled woman named Judy Benjamin (Hawn) who, following the death of her hilariously selfish new husband Yale »
- Louis Virtel
Actor who made her name in comedy films as an acid-tongued, gravel-voiced tyrant
Eileen Brennan, who has died aged 80, had been a stage actor since the late 1950s, but it was as a largely comic presence in Us cinema of the 1970s and early 1980s that she was most widely admired. As the pitiless Captain Doreen Lewis, putting a dippy new recruit – Goldie Hawn – through her paces in the hit military comedy Private Benjamin (1980), she wore her trademark look: a solid frizz of red hair, a clenched, sneering smile and an expression of withering incredulity. Then there was the gravelly voice: a heard-it-all whine to match that seen-it-all face. It sounded like bourbon on the rocks. Actual rocks, that is.
Captain Lewis epitomised the sort of role Brennan was best at – and which she was still playing as late as 2001, when she made the first in a run of appearances »
- Ryan Gilbey
Eileen Brennan as Captain Doreen Lewis in Warner Bros film Private Benjamin Photo: Warner Bros Actress Eileen Brennan has died, aged 80. The star, who was Oscar nominated for her role as the sadistic Captain Doreen Lewis in Goldie Hawn's 1980 comedy Private Benjamin, passed away at her home in Burbank, Los Angeles, after suffering from bladder cancer.
Brennan had a long and varied career in film and on stage, with her film roles also including the BAFTA-nominated worn-down waitress Genevieve in The Last Picture Show, brothel madam Billie in The Sting and as Mrs Peacock in murder spoof Clue.
Following a serious accident in 1982, when she was hit by a car, she became addicted to painkillers and went into rehab at the Betty Ford clinic in 1984. But she bounced back with Clue and went on »
- Amber Wilkinson
Eileen Brennan has died at the age of 80.
The American actress Brennan died at home in Burbank, California, after a battle with bladder cancer, said her managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato.
Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in 'Private Benjamin', rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs Peacock from 'Clue' or blasting an immortal monster with a shotgun as a crazy cat lady in 'Jeepers Creepers', she injected perfectly timed comedy into each of her roles.
- The Huffington Post UK/PA
Eileen Brennan has died at the age of 80.
She passed away at her home in Burbank, Los Angeles after a battle with bladder cancer, her managers confirmed.
Brennan was known for her distinct, husky voice and sharp presence on screen.
Hawn said in a statement: "Our world has lost a rare human. Eileen was a brilliant comedian, a powerful dramatic actress and had the voice of an angel."
Brennan was nominated for a 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar for her role as Us Army Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin.
She later reprised the role in the TV version of the film from 1981 to 1983, winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work.
Earlier in her career, Brennan received a BAFTA nomination for playing waitress Genevieve in The Last Picture Show.
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- NATHANIEL R
Eileen Brennan has died. She was 80. Brennan's managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, told the press she died Sunday at home in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer. "Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen," her family said in a statement. "She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten." Brennan was a veteran of the stage, television and in movies, notably for her role as Army Capt. Doreen Lewis in 1980's "Private Benjamin," aloof Mrs. Peacock in 1985's "Clue" and mean orphanage superintendent Miss Bannister in 1988's "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." "I love meanies, and this goes »
- April Neale
Eileen Brennan, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, died of bladder cancer July 28 at the age of 80.
Eileen Brennan Dead At 80
She also starred on the TV version of Private Benjamin from 1981 to 1983. Her work on the show earned her a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy.
She had an extensive career in both television and film. She is often primarily known for her role as the kind waitress Genevieve in the 1971 classic, The Last Picture Show. She appeared alongside Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning 1973 film, The Sting. She also starred in the film adaptation of the classic game Clue as Mrs. »
- Avery Thompson
Eileen Brennan, who played Mrs. Peacock in the 1985 film "Clue," died from bladder cancer on Sunday in Burbank.She was 80.The actress is known for her Oscar-nominated role as captain Doreen Lewis opposite Goldie Hawn in "Private Benjamin," and won an Emmy playing the same role in the television series that followed.Brennan also had memorable parts in "The Last Picture Show," "The Sting," played Miss Bannister in "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" and appeared on "Will & Grace," "7th Heaven" and "Off the Rack."According to The Hollywood Reporter, she is survived by her sons Sam and Patrick (who starred on "The Black Donnellys" and appeared in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2"), sister Kate and grandchildren Liam and Maggie.To find out what happened to the rest of the cast of "Clue," click the gallery above. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
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