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Interview © and Conducted by Edward Gross Spend half an hour with Ming-Na Wen, a woman who obviously loves to laugh and is more than willing to embrace the geekier side of life, and you find yourself pondering how she is able to pull off the role of the seemingly emotionally detached Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. week after week. The answer? It’s called acting for a reason. Prior to kicking ass to maintain our freedom (that’s right, May is kicking ass for you!), Ming-Na Wen was best known on television for her roles in such shows as ER, Stargate Universe and Eureka. It is, as we discovered, with S.H.I.E.L.D., however, that she has perhaps made her strongest connection with geekdom, simultaneously serving as a role model of sorts for girls seeking a hero to look up to. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. »
In this stunning ten-minute compilation of Steadicam shots from the likes of "Kill Bill: Vol. I," "Eyes Wide Shut," and "ER," created by the folks at Refocused Media, characters scale stairs, dance, walk and talk, or drift in and out of the frame—a reminder that the Steadicam, invented by cinematographer Garrett Brown in the 1970s, is one of the most influential developments in film technology of the past 50 years. Allowing for fluid movement without the distinctive shake of handheld photography, the Steadicam, as the video shows, is responsible for more than a few iconic images—Rocky on top of the world at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for example—from such master filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, and many more. ["The Art of Steadicam" video via One Perfect Shot.] »
- Matt Brennan
“There’ve been so many incarnations of the film, and a lot of fairytales have been turned into live-action films lately. I thought, ‘Is the world ready for another one’? Then I read the ‘Pan’ script and it was so fun and different,” Hedlund, 31, told Variety at the film’s U.S. premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday afternoon. “It also affected me emotionally. I laughed, I cried and I knew why the movie was being made. Because of [director] Joe Wright’s unique vision, the movie is very ambitious, has lot of action, and [is] wonderfully colorful. I hope people will like the movie as much as I do.”
Hedlund may not have to worry. He and his costars Hugh Jackman, »
- Paul Chi
In case you couldn’t tell from the above photo, CBS’ new medical drama Code Black is all about controlled chaos. Angels Memorial Hospital is frantic, intense and overwhelming.
With an influx of patients so great, there often aren’t enough resources to treat them — a situation known as “code black” — there’s no time for hooking up in the on-call room. An attending even tells two bickering docs, “If nobody’s taking their clothes off, I need you both on the floor now.”
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Two decades after an unproduced emergency room-set screenplay by Michael Crichton became the biggest show on television, NBC’s ER, another unproduced medical drama screenplay by the bestselling author and Harvard-educated MD is headed to television. CBS has given a put pilot commitment to Genes, from ER producer Warner Bros. TV. Written by Rick Eid based on a screenplay by the late Crichton, Genes, from Wbtv and CrichtonSun LLC, is described as a high-concept medical soap… »
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As far as major networks go, CBS isn’t exactly known for its devotion to innovation. From its laugh-track-heavy, half-hour comedies (The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly) to its brand-name procedurals (NCIS and its spinoffs, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber), the channel has a business model that, conventional and conservative as it may be, runs reliably as a decade-old, well-maintained Toyota Corolla.
Code Black, a “new” medical drama only distinguished from the rest of the pack by its pervasive gloom, is CBS’ answer to Grey’s Anatomy, a ham-fisted attempt to snatch up the same audiences that have propelled ER-set procedurals to the threshold of being TV clichés. It’s traditional and damnably easy to swallow, in a very CBS way.
- Isaac Feldberg
Before she signed onto Showtime's "The Affair," Maura Tierney had done practically everything it's possible for an actor to do in television. Her first regular series role (on "The Van Dyke Show") was opposite no less than Dick Van Dyke; her second ("704 Hauser") was working for Norman Lear, on the same set where "All in the Family" took place. She's been the leading woman on a classic (if underappreciated in its time) sitcom in "NewsRadio," helped carry an enormous hit drama ("ER") as it transitioned away from its original cast, been the lead on a legal procedural ("The Whole Truth"), and was one of the original stars of "Parenthood" before a bout with breast cancer forced her to drop out of the role of Sarah Braverman. She had done all of those things on one broadcast network or another, which is why she agreed to play Helen Solloway, the wife »
- Alan Sepinwall
Rob Lowe’s newest character, Dean Sanderson, is the living embodiment of the “I’m not a lawyer, but I play one on TV” joke. And while that’s terrible news for his licensed attorney brother Stewart (Fred Savage), it’s one of myriad amusements to be found in Fox’s new comedy The Grinder.
Dean, you see, is a big-time TV actor whose starring turn as “The Grinder” has just concluded after nine successful seasons — and now he’s back visiting his family in Idaho and »
In the penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead’s first season, both Travis and Daniel hatched plans to retrieve Nick and Griselda from the Army’s clutches. Travis’ involved asking d-bag extraordinaire Moyers to help. Daniel’s involved going all Sweeney Todd on Reynolds. Wanna guess whose plan worked out better? Read on, and I’ll confirm what you’re already thinking.
Snitch Blade | Early on in “Cobalt,” Ofelia — believing that her father wanted to trade Reynolds for Nick and Griselda — lured the soldier into a trap. »
Strictly Come Dancing's live shows kicked off with a bang last night, but there are still nine celebrities nervously waiting to perform. Who'll show that they're one to watch... and who'll be one that we can't bear to watch?
We're excited to find out, so join us from 6.15pm when the show begins as we bring you all the action from the Strictly ballroom.
19:43But that's it for this weekend of Strictly action! Thanks for joining us - and remember to leave your comments so we know what you make of the celebs so far... Bye!
19:43But of course that leaderboard could change next week, as these scores will be added to those scores - and then someone will go home. Cripes!
19:42Right, so top of the leaderboard at the moment is Peter with 30, followed by Helen at 29. But Carol is at the bottom with 16. We Love You, »
28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters. The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic. Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd. • 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. • 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2. • 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast was Mandy Patinkin. • 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC. • 1980: Led Zeppelin »
- Emily Rome
The Shondaland empire continues to expand with another sale to ABC (it's only a matter of time before that network's entire primetime lineup - Monday through Friday - comprises of Shondaland series). This time it's a Baghdad-set military drama that hails from Zoanne Clack and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland banner. Per her resume, Zoanne Clack (photo above), prior to exploring her creative interests in television, attended medical school at Ut Southwestern before doing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University. She has a Masters of Public Health (Mph) in Behavioral Sciences and was a Center for Disease Control (Cdc) employee in international emergency medicine. Her most notable TV work has fittingly been on the Shondaland medical drama series "Grey's Anatomy," in which she has served as executive story editor, producer, and writer. She also served as medical supervisor on "ER," and writer on "Presidio Med." The currently-untitled...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Ask anyone — when did you fall in love with your favorite show — and you’ll likely get a quick response. George Clooney rescuing a drowning kid on ER, that raucous debate from Community‘s first season, the shotgun-toting Betty of Mad Men‘s early days. But Netflix is pretty sure the moment you got hooked wasn’t during a pilot episode. In an examination of more than 20 shows across 16 global markets, Netflix found that pilot episodes rarely, if ever, snare viewers for the… »
Jill Soloway’s Emmys win tonight for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series marks three years in a row that a woman has won the award. Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”) picked up the statuette for the award the previous two years. And before that, it had been 20 years since a woman won the comedy directing award — when Betty Thomas was honored for her work on “Dream On.” Soloway won for directing Amazon series “Transparent,” which she also showruns. Its star, Jeffrey Tambor, was presented with the acting award right after Soloway’s turn on the stage. As for the Emmy for directing a drama — that still has yet to be awarded tonight. For people keeping track of the behind-the-camera ladies’ place in the Emmys, the last time a woman got that award was in 1995, when Mimi Leder won for “ER.” One woman is nominated in the drama directing category tonight: Lesli Linka Glatter, »
- Emily Rome
Anthony Edwards is scrubbing in for a new TV role, this time on CBS’ Blue Bloods.
The ER vet will guest-star on a Season 6 episode of the cop drama, Yahoo! TV reports.
RelatedEsai Morales Cops Blue Bloods Role
Blue Bloods returns Friday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c; Edwards’ episode will air sometime in November. »
While there are several new series premiering this fall on Mondays (check out Deepayan Sengupta’s roundup here) and Tuesdays (check out my roundup here), there are only a handful of new Wednesday and Thursday offerings. Here’s what to look out for, and what to avoid, this fall on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Created by Todd Harthan
Premieres Wednesday, September 23rd at 8pm (Et) on Fox
Private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut) is a popular guy, with everyone but Det. Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), the decorated police officer who’s recently returned to her hometown of Miami. Rosewood—Rosie to his friends—is a brilliant pathologist who runs a state-of-the-art lab with his sister Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis) and her fiancée, Tara Milly Izikoff (Anna Konkle). With his keen eye for detail and winning personality, Rosie is an asset Det. Villa can’t afford to waste, despite »
- Kate Kulzick
Like the best country songs, Charles Esten‘s theory on why Nashville‘s Rayna-Deacon love story has endured is both simple and sweet.
“She was the one, and she was always the one,” Deke’s alter ego says in this exclusive clip from an upcoming special about the ABC series. (Does he know the path to Nashies’ hearts or what?)
PhotosFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 44 Returning Favorites, Including Nashville!
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