7 items from 2015
Depraved convicts ! Crazy Manhattan gin parties! Society dames poaching other women's husbands! A flimflam artist scamming the uptown sophisticates! All these forbidden attractions are here and more -- including Bette Davis's epochal seduction line about impulsive kissing versus good hair care. It's a 9th collection of racy pre-Code wonders. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9 Big City Blues, Hell's Highway, The Cabin in the Cotton, When Ladies Meet, I Sell Anything DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1932-1934 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 63, 62, 78, 85, 70 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 40.99 Starring Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Humphrey Bogart; Richard Dix, Tom Brown; Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan, Berton Churchill; Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Alice Brady, Frank Morgan; Pat O' Brien, Ann Dvorak, Claire Dodd, Roscoe Karns. Cinematography James Van Trees; Edward Cronjager; Barney McGill; Ray June Written by Lillie Hayward, Ward Morehouse, from his play; Samuel Ornitz, Robert Tasker, Rowland Brown »
- Glenn Erickson
The Flash season 2 has found its Mama West. According to Variety, Vanessa Williams (Melrose Place, Soul Food, Murder One, Candyman) has joined the cast of the CW series as Iris West’s (Candice Patton) mother and Joe West’s (Jesse L. Martin) wife. All details relating to her character - including which episode she'll debut in - are being kept under wraps for now, but DC Comic history might provide some clues as to her exact identity. Though her name on the show isn't specified, Mrs. West could turn out to be one of two characters: Nadine West, or Fran Russel - who was the biological mother of Iris from the thirteenth century. Hey, now that time travel and alternate realities have been introduced, anything's possible! We've had no hints about why Iris' mother might have been out of the picture thus far, but don't expect it to be something »
“The Flash” has found Mama West. Variety has confirmed that “Candyman” and “Melrose Place” actress Vanessa Williams — not to be confused with the “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives” star of the same name — has been cast as Iris West’s (Candice Patton) mother and Joe West’s (Jesse L. Martin) wife in season two of The CW drama.
Williams’ debut episode is being kept under wraps, as are any other details about the previously absent matriarch.
To confuse matters further, Williams also starred in the TV series adaptation of “Soul Food” — based on the 1997 movie starring the other Vanessa Williams — in the role originated by Vivica A. Fox. Her previous small screen appearances include “Chicago Hope” and “Murder One.”
The show is expected to delve »
- Laura Prudom
How time flies. “Murder One,” which followed a single trial over an entire season, felt enormously ambitious when Steven Bochco introduced the series 20 years ago. Now the show plucked from its rib, “Murder in the First,” returns to TNT for a second season as a solidly crafted if mostly undemanding piece of summer entertainment, shifting to a new high-profile case with a ripped-from-the-headlines quality. Fast-paced and tense, the serialized construct isn’t a bad viewing option, even if it’s unlikely to rank first on many must-watch lists.
Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson are back as intrepid Bay Area detectives English and Mulligan, who almost immediately stumble upon a stop-the-presses case: Two teenagers shoot up a school bus, with one taking flight and triggering a massive manhunt, as questions of what motivated the pair slowly come into focus.
Morbid echoes of Columbine notwithstanding, there are new twists to the search, »
- Brian Lowry
Television used to come in one type of package: episodic. Cops arrived at a murder scene, interviewed eccentric cameo players, bantered with regulars, and somehow figured that the highest-paid guest star did it. But if the lead actors were likable you half-watched the shows anyway, because in the pre-cable, pre-internet era, TV was more appliance than medium. One-offs occasionally found ways to spice up this bland recipe. The best was Columbo, which started by showing who did it and how, then fixated on duets between the rumpled prole hero and the guest murderers foolish enough to believe they could outsmart him. Every now and then you’d see a structural variation on the formula: a multipart adaptation of Fatal Vision, say, or Twin Peaks, or the barely remembered but influential Murder One (1995–97), which spent whole seasons on a single case. Those latter variations have belatedly become the model for the latest, »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
"American Crime," premiering March 5 on ABC, is being touted as an innovative series for spending an entire season focusing on a single murder case, taking a wide-ranging look at the victims, the accused, and their extended families as a way of taking a broader look at the dynamics of a whole community. Of course, this isn't the first time it's been tried, but it could mark the first time that the approach actually works on network TV.
"American Crime" has secured a high-powered cast, including Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman. Nonetheless, after this season is over, the show will move on to a new case next year, with a new cast -- should the show prove a success and earn a renewal.
If that sounds a lot like HBO's "True Detective," that's not an accident. As the old joke goes, imitation is the sincerest form of television. In fact, series »
- Gary Susman
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest - The World Tour: BBC Three, 7pm
Previously only available as a DVD bonus feature, BBC Three is giving this charming hour-long documentary charting last year's Doctor Who world tour an airing tonight.
Part celebration of the sci-fi series, part exploration of fan culture, there's much to enjoy here - though the clear highlight is the sight of Steven Moffat in a fez.
Colin Salmon (Arrow) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits) are guest stars in tonight's episode - when his daughter Samara (Thomas) is kidnapped, exiled Spanish general Tariq (Salmon) requests the help of the Musketeers.
In return, Tariq plans to trade an advanced war weapon stolen from his home country - but will the rescue operation go according to plan?
Celebrity Big Brother: Channel 5, 9pm
There's never a dull moment in the CBB house - after Jeremy and Ken were both ejected, »
7 items from 2015
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