11 items from 2012
On TV this Wednesday: The WWE’s got The Soup against the ropes, Private Practice doubles up, Charlie Brown makes his annual pilgrim-age and a CSI‘s past is explored. All told, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Video | Reality Check: Awful Eliminations, Questionable Front-Runners Tarnish X Factor
8 pm A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) | Give thanks with Chuck & Co., then stick around for a bonus cartoon: This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.
8 pm Whitney (NBC) | When Alex and Whitney decide to share a checking account, she’s surprised that he doesn’t have much more money than she does. »
- Kimberly Roots
I know the horrors of gay Halloween. You're burdened with the potential to impress everyone, and since I consider the holiday a chance to exhibit wit and superiority, you're basically obligated to design a costume that says "grandeur." Well, look no further: Nothing delights a crowd like '90s nostalgia, and since nothing delights me more than unfeeling women of '90s TV and movies, I've decided to let you in on a secret. These are the best five options for Halloween costumes -- If you have the nerve and resourcefulness to pull it off. Let's take a hard look at some bad-ass women in order to save this holiday from muscle twinks and their un-creative Ryan Lochte "costumes."
1. Scorpina from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Scorpina is one of the most high-fashion arachnid-themed villains of the '90s. As the distaff member of Rita Repulsa's crew of goons, she »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way since his supporting actor days in childhood films like Beethoven and Angels in the Outfield – not to mention his breakout hit, alongside fellow Bat-franchise veteran, Heath Ledger, with 10 Things I Hate About You. After memorable roles in a variety of critically-acclaimed films like The Lookout, 500 Days of Summer, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, Levitt has carved out a robust and well-respected spot in Hollywood.
However, despite subtle comedic timing and sharp dramatic chops, the actor is set to test his charisma as an action lead in writer/director David Koepp’s bike messenger thriller Premium Rush. Koepp also has a robust filmography, with writing credits on Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man, but a mixed turnout when in the director’s chair (Stir of Echoes, Secret Window and Ghost ...
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- Ben Kendrick
CBS is developing a new medical drama for the 2013-14 television season. Island Practice is based on the book of the same name by Pam Belluck, which tells the true story of Timothy Lepore, a medic who has worked on the island of Nantucket since the 1980s. Amy Holden Jones (Beethoven, Mystic Pizza) will adapt Belluck's work for television, with Lepore himself serving as consultant. The planned CBS series will be loosely based on Lepore's life, focusing on an "eccentric maverick" who practices (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
CBS has put into development Island Practice, a drama from Mystic Pizza and Beethoven writer Amy Holden Jones. The project, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, Imagine TV and 3 Arts Entertainment, is based on the book Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures Of A Nantucket Doctor by Pam Belluck, which tells the true story of colorful, contrarian doctor Dr. Timothy Lepore who has worked in the upscale island retreat since the 1980s. The TV project, which has received a script commitment, will center on an eccentric maverick who practices medicine on an island off the coast of Seattle using tactics that are frequently as controversial as they are heroic. Jones will write and will executive produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo and 3 Arts’s Oly Obst. Lepore serves as consultant. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Janice Watson/Dagmar Pecková/Peter Auty/Peter Rose/London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra/Neeme Järvi Antonin Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Op. 58 (Lpo) Dvořák’s Stabat Mater was born out of personal tragedy; its inspiration, if that is really the right word in the circumstances, was the death of all three of the composer’s children. This beautiful, heartfelt masterpiece is not heard as frequently in concert as it should be, but has been very well served on recordings.
Before Järvi’s arrived, I had three: the classic 1976 Deutsche Grammophon recording by Rafael Kubelik, Giuseppe Sinopoli’s lush 2000 concert recording (also on Dg), and Telarc’s last recording of the choral conductor par excellence, Robert Shaw. All are superb, but Järvi offers such a different yet compelling take on the piece that this recording, from an October 9, 2010 concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall, can also be highly recommended.
One thing that sets it apart is that, »
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This week’s “Question of the Week” on Jeff Bayer’s “Movie B.S.” podcast is inspired by all summer movies, including those like Savages that feature scenes with beaches and stuff.
In honor of the movies that give a specific focus to the sweaty times we live in now, it’s time to take a look at the best film scenes set in the summertime. These are the moments that capture a certain essence of the season, while also being memorable on their own. This particular list features pies, riots, and a fond remembrance of that near-date rape scene in Beethoven’s 2nd.
Here are my Top 7 Favorite Summertime Movie Scenes …
7. Stand by Me (1986)
Summertime Scene: The pie eating contest, which turns into a melee of barfing. You remember this moment, even if you don’t want to.
Reason: Sure, this is a really gross scene. »
- Nick Allen
Today marks the 100th birthday of Universal Pictures and to celebrate the studio has released a list of 100 facts based on its first 100 years in existence. I have placed in bold some of the ones I found interesting as well as offered a selection of photo and video accompaniments here and there. 1. Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Company legend says Carl Laemmle was inspired to name his company Universal after seeing "Universal Pipe Fittings" written on a passing delivery wagon. 2. The only physical damage made during the filming of National Lampoon's Animal House was when John Belushi made a hole in the wall with a guitar. The actual Sigma Nu fraternity house (which subbed for the fictitious Delta House) never repaired it, and instead framed the hole in honor of the film. 3. The working title for Et: The Extra Terrestrial was "A Boy's Life. »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company's new movie "Bully," which is currently receiving lots of buzz not only for its frank look at the problem of bullying in this country but also because of the MPAA rating controversy, has released a series of public service announcements from various stars, talking about the bullying issue.
In the above video, "Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus, with his arm around son Mingus, says, "It can be very scary to stand up to bullies. Scary to everyone ... but when one person stands up, the odds are really good that others are gonna stand up too. So tell your teacher, your coach, your friends and your parents. It's time to take a stand."
Below, actor Charles Grodin, known for "The Heartbreak Kid" and "Beethoven," says, "I think the message that must get out there is that the people who are to be pitied are the bullies. The bullies are the cowards. »
London, Jan 12: A letter written by the legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven has been uncovered in Germany after being left in a will.
In the six-page document of Beethoven's scrawled corrections, he complains about his illness and lack of money.
Experts were already aware of the 1823 letter's existence, but say it is of historic value.
"We've always known it existed, therefore the information in it isn't new, but anything in its original form to do with Beethoven is hugely significant,". »
- Arun Pandit
The We Need To Talk About Kevin star was two years away from graduating from the Hudson School in Hoboken, New Jersey when he realised it was time to move on following a dream about the classical composer.
He tells New York Magazine, "(Beethoven) was crying, and he said, 'The four symphonies I've written are no good. They're just, like, not enough.' And I was like, 'You write five more! Keep going!'
"I woke up in a cold sweat and I was like, 'I need to drop out of school.' I think (the dream was) about how it's the responsibility of every artist to make sacrifices and seemingly irrational decisions in order to carve out their little pebble of work to put on the big, like, art kingdom that everyone's been building for so long." »
11 items from 2012
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