13 items from 2015
For fans of 1972’s “Match of the Century,” the film is everything you’re hoping for. Zwick’s movie is flawless right down to the re-enactment of the 1971 interview with Dick Cavett.
Bobby Fischer first makes waves in the elite world of chess as a 6-year-old whiz-kid from Brooklyn famous for his laser-like concentration and ability to dominate all challengers. By his teens, the boy wonder has gone from chess savant to international grandmaster, but his meteoric rise is punctuated by unpredictable personal behavior and escalating demands that raise hackles in the conservative chess establishment.
- Michelle McCue
When Under The Dome season 3 ends next week, that'll be CBS' final ever visit to Chester's Mill as the show has been cancelled...
That means no more Big Jim and his menacingly tight shirt buttons, no more of Junior's bovine beauty, no more of Julia's bouncing, luxurious hair, and most of all, no more bonkers leaps of illogic that assume the show's viewers have fewer critical faculties than a toddler yet to understand that Teddy doesn't actually disappear when Daddy covers him with a blanket.
We jest. It's a show that, for all its faults, never stopped trying. You had to admire its moxie, if nothing else. And far be it from us to applaud when any work »
Welcome to the eighth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eighth episode, “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," coming up just as soon as I devote my energies to the dignity of Connie Francis... "Where's my arc?" -Christopher And here we come to the meta — before it was even 100% meta. "The Sopranos" quickly became a hit for HBO »
- Alan Sepinwall
Welcome to the seventh installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the seventh episode, “Down Neck," coming up just as soon as the clown gets arrested, too... "My son is doomed, right?" -Tony The morning after "The Sopranos" series finale aired, David Chase reluctantly got on the phone with me to talk about everything but his intentions for the final scene. »
- Alan Sepinwall
There are good Arnold movies. There are bad Arnold movies. Then there are the Arnold comedies. As a mild career revitalization, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a comedic lead in the '90s, headlining yuk fests of sorts like Twins, Jingle All the Way, Junior and Kindergarten Cop. As Hollywood has started making their way remaking, rebooting or sequelizing Arnold's past projects, it looks like the comedies are next in line, with a remake of Kindergarten Cop in the works. And maybe a TV series too. Unlike most of these reports, we do know whose on board to write and direct this new project. Don Michael Paul, an actor who also helmed hits like Half Past Dead, Who's Your Caddy and Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, will direct, and he works from a screenplay by American Pie writer David H. Steinberg. It should be noted this production comes from Universal's 1440 Entertainment, »
- Will Ashton
Stephen Mangan has recreated arguably the most iconic naked pregnant photoshoot of all time to promote his new TV drama.
The one-off drama sees Mangan as Ed, a 30-something bloke who is about to give birth at a London NHS maternity hospital.
Mangan also tweeted the photo, saying: "I'm very proud of [Birthday] and think it might surprise you."
Anna Maxwell Martin will also star in the drama as Ed's high-flying wife who is by his side as they await the birth of their daughter.
Speaking about the drama earlier this year, Mangan said: "Now, for the first time, viewers are able to get right into the delivery room to witness the spectacle of »
The Britain's Got Talent live shows are just around the corner, and we now know the 45 acts who'll be entertaining us this week! Read on for your complete guide to the lucky hopefuls who made it through...
The Golden Buzzers
Calum Scott - 26, Hull
Golden buzzer: Simon Cowell
Remind me: Calum had to take to the stage just after his sister Jade had been rejected by the judges, but his rendition of 'Dancing On My Own' won over the panel.
Boyband - Mike (18), Mikey (19), Dylan (18), Corey (18), Jaih (17) from London
Golden buzzer: Ant & Dec
Revelation Avenue - 20-30, London
Golden buzzer: Amanda Holden
Remind me: Revelation Avenue took to the stage just after a show choir who had not done well, »
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. At a certain point, you cannot think of one without the other. Action icons of the 80s, they are as synonymous with 80spop culture as the side ponytail, hair metal and New Coke. For action fans they are yin and yang, the flip sides of the same sweaty bicep. While they bear some superficial similarities, their star personas are actually quite different.
Stallone - The Underdog
Though he boasts a bulky physique comparable to the former Mr Universe, the essence of Stallone’s appeal is that he is inherently an underdog — this is why he is perfect for Rocky Balboa, and miscast in Cobra and Judge Dredd. »
Arnold Schwarzenegger's filmography is a strange beast – full of iconic science-fiction flicks (The Terminator), lightweight comedies (Kindergarten Cop) and superhero disasters (Batman & Robin). Watching a career montage is a surreal experience, and the actor made that happen during Tuesday's episode of The Late Late Show, joining host James Corden to re-enact some of his most famous – and infamous – scenes and lines.
Schwarzenegger opens the above clip by channeling his breakout role, the title adventurer in 1982's Conan the Barbarian, but the timeline turns nonlinear – moving from the always quotable »
With Maggie making its way into select theaters on May 8th, Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently on the press circuit and he just hit The Late Late Show with James Corden. Back in March, Corden kicked off a brand new bit with Tom Hanks where the two acted out Hanks’ filmography, and he just did another round with Schwarzenegger. The pair covered 17 films in six minutes including Conan the Barbarian, Pumping Iron, Kindergarten Cop, Terminator 2 and Junior, but it’s well worth keeping an eye out for their Expendables gag. Schwarzenegger asks, “One, two or three?” Corden replies, “What’s the difference?” And then Schwarzenegger jokes, “I don’t know, I never saw any of them.” Schwarzenegger’s Batman & Robin getup is also pretty priceless as is the part when Corden and Schwarzenegger clearly can’t handle reenacting Jamie Lee Curtis’ striptease scene from True Lies. You can catch Schwarzenegger and »
- Perri Nemiroff
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
13 items from 2015
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