7 items from 2013
‘Tis the season to end the TV season. A time of apocalyptic cliffhangers, teary eyed goodbyes, and of course, angry runaway wedding-crashing badgers. Speaking of spoilers: There will be a lot of them in our critical assessment of the year’s most notable finales so far, from The Office to Nashville to one not-so-happy Happy Endings. If your DVR cue is clogged with deferred climaxes… well, you should get that checked out, because it sounds painful. You should also not read everything that follows this colon:
There’s an old rule that suspense works best when the audience »
- Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz
Notorious for playing characters with positions of power, his deep edgy voice has helped him scoop several prestigious awards in his lifetime before landing him the new role.
Although we have to wait months to find out what's behind the Doctor, in the meantime, we've bunched up ten juicy facts about the star.
1. John Vincent Hurt was born on January 22, 1940 in Chesterfield. His father Arnould Herbert Hurt was a Vicar and mother Phyllis was an amateur actress and engineer. He is the youngest of three children. Hurt's older brother Br. Anselm (christened Michael) was a Roman Catholic convert who became a monk. His sister Monica was adopted by his parents and is now living in Australia.
2. The British actor has had a strict upbringing. »
Cannes — Scottish helmer Michael Caton-Jones is set to make his bigscreen comeback with London-set sexy romance “The Amazing Mr. Jones.”
Deal was announced Monday by uMedia’s founder and CEO, Adrian Politowski.
Penned by Robert Payne, “Jones” turns on a passionate, yet complicated affair between a beautiful woman married to a wealthy politician and a younger ex-serviceman from a very different background.
“It’s often said that there are no good roles for women these days. ‘The Amazing Mr. Jones’ well and truly blows that idea out the water with its achingly accurate portrayal of one woman’s journey through the modern minefield of life,” said Caton-Jones.
Politowski said, “Michael is a powerful voice in cinema and the »
- Elsa Keslassy
Washington — Conan O’Brien headlines this year’s White House Correspondents Assn. dinner on Saturday, which is probably fitting because his brand of sometimes off-the-wall humor reflects the occasional tone of the weekend in Washington itself.
The Whca dinner and the events surrounding it are often a surreal mixture of the superficial and the serious, where the chances are great that the Kardashians will meet Donald Rumsfeld (in show biz phrasing). As he has in the previous four years of his presidency, President Obama also will appear with riffs, with his comedic remarks carried live on CNN and C-Span.
The reason that many stars are here is that many of them are invited, as media outlets compete to fill their tables with A-listers, cabinet secretaries and tabloid figures. It is a tradition that extends at least to the late-1980s, when journalist Michael Kelly invited Iran-Contra figure Fawn Hall to »
- Ted Johnson
Whew. That title is a mouthful. I know you already know what I mean though, you golden fiends. This very impromptu post is brought to you by a recent Tribeca revival screening of Martin Scorsese's indelible King of Comedy (1983) and this Movie Line interview with Sandra Bernhard herself -- to whom I'm dedicating the list -- who couldn't make it but definitely helped make the movie what it is. My one and only back and forth conversation with Sandra -- over Twitter, the sometimes leveler -- involved how freaking robbed she was for an Oscar nomination for that movie. I couldn't believe I was talking to her but I was not the least bit in doubt that she'd agree with me.
10 Best Non-Nominated Supporting Actress Performances of the 1980s
Honorable Mentions: I think Rosanna Arquette's "Surrender Dorothy" bit in After Hours was quite memorable though the rest of »
- NATHANIEL R
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Scandal, drugs, sex and champagne are just some of the lavish excesses that feature in The Look of Love; but behind all the glitz one questions whether there is anything there at all behind the surface. The Look of Love marks the fourth collaboration between Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan after the masterpiece 24 Hour Party People and the irreverently meta Cock and Bull Story and The Trip.
This new feature is more stylistically related to their debut collaboration but never reaches the highs of the Mad-Chester opus. The Look of Love is an entertaining romp but the talent involved and subject matter begs greatness. It never surpasses mediocrity. Winterbottom assembles a terrific cast and taps into the naughty spirit of Raymond. The audience is along for the ride and is dazzled by the lavish and excess but is left with emptiness much like its complicated hero. »
- Gearoid Gillett
Alcatraz was a J. J. Abrams series that didn’t quite take flight. It may have aired on Fox, but today’s casting news features an Alcatraz reunion taking place on the set of a new CBS pilot called The Ordained.
One half of the Alcatraz mini-reunion is a Kiwi (from New Zealand). The other half is a giant? We’re talking about Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia. Garcia has been appearing on ABC’s Once Upon a Time as, well, the Giant.
In the CBS drama pilot, The Ordained, Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox, who also played an unsavory Duke early on in Downtown Abbey, will star as the son of a “Kennedy-esque” family who chooses to leave the priesthood to become a lawyer. Why? His sister is a politician and the target of some sort of assassination plot. I’m not sure how one thing prevents the other, »
- Sasha Nova
7 items from 2013
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