5 items from 2014
Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice! Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events? Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the »
- Drew Mackie
All season long, I've been likening CBS's freshman sleeper Mom to gritty sitcom foremothers like Roseanne and Grace Under Fire (shows on which executive producer Chuck Lorre famously spent time before his current CBS heyday). That comparison rings especially true in the first-season finale (Monday, 9:30/8:30c), as third-generation mom-too-soon Violet (Sadie Calvano) gives birth while her own imperfect mother, Christy (Anna Faris), and caustic grandma Bonnie (Allison Janney) look on with emotional empathy.
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- Matt Roush
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
“Modern Family” executive producer Danny Zuker has signed a new three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the terms of the agreement, Zuker will continue to exec produce the ABC hit comedy. He will also develop new television projects for network and cable. Zuker earned producer and executive producer credits on “Grace Under Fire” and “Just Shoot Me!,” respectively. He also worked on “Coupling” and “Watching Ellie.” Also read: Fox Renews ‘Bones’ for Season 10, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Season 6 “Danny is someone every showrunner and network wants to work with,” said Gary Newman, chairman and chief executive officer, 20th Century Fox TV. »
- Tony Maglio
[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 11. There will be Spoilers.]
Happy New Year Castle fans! The winter solstice break is over, which means it’s time for Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) to head back to work with the rest of us. And the episode wastes no time setting the pace and keeping the tension high until right at the very end.
You know it’s gonna be a bumpy ride when the words “12 hours later” appear halfway through the opening scene right after a frantic and very pregnant Jenny (Juliana Dever) calls Kate to ask about her husband. The flaming building behind Kate is something of a bad omen, too.
‘Under Fire’ explores a few different things as the ...
- Heather Donmoyer
5 items from 2014
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