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On TV this Thursday: Election Day on Parenthood, Thanksgiving on Grey’s, Michael J. Fox Show and Big Bang Theory, the Indianapolis Colts visit Parks & Rec, Covert Affairs spies a finale and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm Parks & Recreation (NBC) | In back-to-back episodes, Leslie tries to complete some of her city council goals (before she gets ousted from office, sad face), including hosting an event with the Indianapolis Colts, and then »
- Misha Solomon
What do Beethoven, Capote and Auden have in common? Seb Emina discovers the strange daily rituals of our artistic heroes
During the late 1940s, John Cheever worked to an unconventional routine. In the morning he would put on his business suit, leave his apartment, and catch the lift downstairs with any commuters. Then, when they reached the ground floor, he would keep going, down to the basement, where he'd walk to his favourite storage room, strip down to his boxer shorts and spend the morning writing. At noon he put his suit back on and headed back upstairs. Lunch followed, then a leisurely afternoon.
It worked for him. Or rather, it worked for his work. Despite their drudging reputation, fixed routines have proved an indispensable tool to artists of all kinds, from George Sand (who wrote through the night supported by chocolate and tobacco) to David Lynch (who no longer »
Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge
One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented with never working for more than three hours at a stretch.
This was all in an effort to adopt the rituals of some great artists and thinkers: the rising-at-dawn bit came from Ernest Hemingway, who was up at around 5.30am, even if he'd been drinking the night before; the strong coffee was borrowed from Beethoven, »
- Oliver Burkeman
Elaine May's comedy Ishtar is remembered more for its tremendous financial failings than its actual content. Even causal cinephiles know the name Ishtar simply because of its infamous reputation as the crowning champ of box office defeat. It's a damn shame though, because it's a worthy comedy that is bizarrely unique and sorta ahead of its time. The dry, peculiar humor of the film may resonate better with a modern audience and with the new barebones Blu-ray release from Sony, hopefully people give the film another shot. More of our review of the Ishtar "director's cut" Blu-ray after the jump. Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman star as struggling NYC songwriters Lyle Rogers and Chuck "the Hawk" Clarke. Despite their naive enthusiasm for each others' lyricism, the fact of the matter is that they're really not that good. That doesn't stop them from landing an agent who suggests that they »
- Patrick Cooper
This Friday the 13th, we are proud to bring you a new column called The Thirteen! The Thirteen will be a Top 13 list of a topic that we choose and the column will run every 13th of the month! The Thirteen is a collaborative column where we all decide on entries that fit said topic.
The topic this month: regular songs that have now taken on a haunting feel thanks to a film that used it in a unorthodox way. Now, every time we hear the song, we not only think of the film it was featured in but also get the heebie jeebies from it as well. It was inspired by Tiny Tim’s song Tiptoe Through the Tulips which was used in the film Insidious. With Insidious: Chapter 2 in theaters now, what better way to introduce this topic.
We had a lot of great songs to choose »
- Andy Triefenbach
If you weren’t already interested enough in Michael J. Fox’s return to television, this might help: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin have been cast to play his parents on NBC’s upcoming The Michael J. Fox Show, EW has confirmed.
Bergen, of course, is famous for her turns in Murphy Brown and, more recently, Boston Legal and House; Grodin starred as the father in the Beethoven movies and guest-starred on Law & Order: Svu last year. The pair will join Fox on the show in a guest/recurring-role capacity. »
- Ray Rahman
Michael J. Fox has landed himself another set of standout TV parents.
Murphy Brown vet Candice Bergen and Beethoven patriarch Charles Grodin have boarded NBC’s new fall comedy The Michael J. Fox, Deadline reports. They’ll guest-star (and potentially recur) as the titular character’s mom and dad, respectively.
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Inspired by the leading man’s real life, The Michael J. Fox Show centers on a New York-based »
- Megan Masters
A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. Thats it. Why mess with perfection and add a convuluted plot?
This is the 80’s remember, when the slasher movie was king and all you needed to make a film was a bunch of nubile girls willing to strip off on camera, some ok-ish special effects, and someone to play the killer… No need forany real motivation, no need for any back story, just as long as there’s gore-a-plenty!
- Phil Wheat
• Chris Evans may be best known for playing the straitlaced Captain America, but that doesn’t mean he’s content to just rest on his superhero laurels. The Avengers star will make his feature directorial debut with the romance 1:30 Train, which he’ll also star in and produce alongside McG. The story, penned by Ronald Bass (Stepmom), is disarmingly similar to the idea behind Before Sunrise, and follows two strangers who meet in New York and spend the night together. Evans plans to shoot the movie before he begins work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Generally, screenwriting is reserved for a thankless group of nerds who spend most of their waking hours making "Star Wars" references and lamenting their low position on the Hollywood totem pole.
But once in a while, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scripts end up becoming household name ... or move on from other successful careers to take a stab at screenwriting. And whether it's to make a buck, help out a buddy or take on a new challenge, these scribes sometimes end up scoring some pretty unexpected gigs.
So, upon the revelation that titan of twist M. Night Shyamalan was allegedly though perhaps wasn't after all involved in writing "She's All That" (1999), a movie about how beautiful women become even more beautiful when they take off their glasses and wear their hair down, we've assembled a list of some other well-known writers whose names are attached to some surprising projects. »
- Adam D'Arpino
We were extremely curious to find out what kind of content YouTube’s new talent-driven channel Jash would produce with the combined brilliance of Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts. Even though a Michael Cera-directed short film adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman’s 1966 story Brazzaville Teen-ager seems a bit out of the box, we’re kind of delighted that Jash is pushing the boundaries of what a comedy channel can be. It’s not just parodies and sketches.
Cera’s 19-minute treatment of the classic short tells the story of Gunther, a young man hoping to connect with his sick father. »
- Lindsey Bahr
My week has largely been dominated by basketball. The coming of the Ncaa Men's Basketball Tournament is one of my favorite times of year and I have been making the most of it. That said, my week wasn't entirely void of movie watching. On Monday I did see Olympus Has Fallen (read my review here) and before Matt posted his excellent piece on The Black Cat (read it here) I made sure to watch it so I knew what images would best fit the piece and I loved putting together the lead montage image of photos. Matt said more than enough about the movie already and hopefully you've already read it, but I will say that as I was watching I paused it just to make sure there was mention of the playing of Beethoven's 7th... of course, there was. Finally, last night, I watched a little of A Few Good Men on AMC, »
- Brad Brevet
The Oscar-nominated actor has admitted he does not enjoy working on CGI and 3D films, despite starring in the new 3D movie Jack the Giant Slayer
I know him. Isn't he that guy from that thing? Yes. He's Stanley Tucci.
Stanley Whocci? You know, the actor. Bald, charming, does a good job in a supporting role in 43% of American movies.
You're exaggerating for comic effect, right? Of course I am. The true percentage has not yet been calculated. So far he has done Prizzi's Honor, Road to Perdition, Lucky Number Slevin, The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, Captain America, Beethoven, The Hunger Games, The Terminal, Burlesque, It Could Happen to You, Julie and Julia, Space Chimps, Robots, The Pelican Brief, Space Chimps 2 …
Ludwig van Beethoven's later works were mysterious when they premiered and remain mystical today. Late in his life, the towering genius, bereft of the ability to hear the world around him, began to experiment with tone and form in ways that still strike our modern ears as innovative, even after the revolution of modern, experimental music that took place in the 20th century. Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor (that's Opus 131, if you're keeping track) is both the centerpiece and the backdrop of Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. The unusual composition is separated into seven movements that roam from key to key, and the performers are instructed to perform each section of the piece attacca—that is, without pause, in one marathon 40-minute sitting. In Zilberman's film, the music acts as a metaphor: the piece, which allows its. »
- Jacob Combs
John Hughes, the iconic writer-director who defined 1980s teendom with movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink and 16 Candles, left an unproduced comedy script behind when he died. Jim Hecht, who wrote Ice Age: Meltdown and a couple episodes of "The Fairly Oddparents", has been hired by Paramount to rewrite Hughes' The Grisgbys Go Broke, which is about a greedy family who go from a life of having it all to a move to Mulletville -- and they have to sell all their possessions. The family then must start all over with nothing. The rewrites are no offense to the late great Hughes, nearly every produced script goes through at least one cycle of rewrites with a different screenwriter. John Hughes also wrote the Home Alone, Beethoven and Vacation movies as well as Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and many others!).
Source: Deadline »
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16 items from 2013
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