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Party Of Five: revisiting a 90s teen favourite

Carley Tauchert Aug 9, 2017

Now that Party Of Five is on Netflix UK in full, we revisit the 90s teen drama that followed in Thirtysomething's footsteps...

In each generation, there will be one. One of those shows that mixes drama, tragedy and humour. That can make you chuckle one minute and break your heart the next.

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Starting in the 80s with Thirtysomething, later in the 00s with Parenthood and now with the juggernaut that is This Is Us winning praise, it seems the genre is firmly here to stay, but there is another show that quietly made its way onto the screen in the 90s that not only built on the foundations laid by Thirtysomething, but has been a quiet and steadfast influence ever since.

When Party Of Five hit the airwaves in 1994, it was a bit of a filler show.
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May 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Brain Damage, The Void, Serial Mom

For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.

For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.

Brain Damage: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

It’S A Headache From Hell! From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker,
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Contest: Win Serial Mom Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

The "perfect" nuclear family gets a blood-stained twist as only John Waters can provide in Serial Mom, and Scream Factory is releasing the cult 1994 film on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray that would meet even Beverly Sutphin's high standards. To celebrate the new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Serial Mom.

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Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

On May 9th, Scream Factory is going to remind viewers why you don't dare cross Beverly Sutphin with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of John Waters' Serial Mom, and we have high-def clips and a trailer that tease what to expect from the new home media release.

Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Every woman wants to be wanted… just not for Murder One!

Director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) brings his twisted cinematic vision to the seemingly mundane world of suburbia in Serial Mom, an outrageous dark comedy starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Romancing The Stone).

Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly's fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of
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‘The Night Manager 2’ and other unnecessary sequels

Richard Roper is locked up. His evil arms business has been shut down and the dashing Night Manager of the title survived with his hair in place and good looks intact. The end of the acclaimed BBC miniseries, based on the book by John Le Carré, brought with it an enormous sense of satisfaction. The story began. It held us enthralled for a few weeks. Then sadly it finished.

Or did it? Director Susanne Bier recently announced that development has begun on a follow-up script. It seems the broadcaster is thinking in terms of a franchise, and I for one am anxious. The original tale was so well told, what good could come from elaborating on it? In this era of binge-watching, it isn’t always the best idea to give viewers a tele-visual trough to gorge from. Surely sometimes one rattling good yarn is enough.

As the BBC head
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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

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1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 111 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date , 2017 /

Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe, Butterfly McQueen.

Cinematography: Ernest Haller

Art Direction: Anton Grot

Film Editor: David Weisbart

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by: Ranald MacDougall from the novel by James M. Cain

Produced by: Jerry Wald, Jack L. Warner

Directed by Michael Curtiz

James M. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce offers a venal and self-destructive view of America not with a story of respectable bourgeois society, not the criminal underworld. A de-classed, suburb-dwelling nobody fights her way onto the social register by using men and by hard work… and then watches as her obsessive goals blow up in her face In Cain’s worldview it’s every woman for herself. He drags in an odd personal theme,
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Random Roles: D.B. Woodside on Lucifer, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and learning harsh lessons from 24

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: This year not only marks the 20th anniversary of D.B. Woodside’s first TV appearance (Steven Bochco’s Murder One) but also finds him with a starring role on a prime-time series. Over the course of the past two decades, Woodside has popped up in films as diverse as Romeo Must Die and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, but if his face looks familiar, it’s probably due to his regular or recurring roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Hellcats, Parenthood, Suits, and 24, not to mention a number of one-off appearances on other series. Currently, Woodside can be seen playing the big brother of the titular character on Fox’s Lucifer, now in its ...
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Metallica Releases Dynamic Music Videos for Each Song on Their New Album ‘Hardwired’ — Watch

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Metallica Releases Dynamic Music Videos for Each Song on Their New Album ‘Hardwired’ — Watch
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Metallica is going all out with its new album, ‘Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” out Friday, by releasing music videos for all 13 songs. The first video, for the track “Dream No More,” hit the web at noon on Wednesday. The band then released one more video every two hours. The video for “Dream No More,” directed by Tom Kirk, features live performance shots, computer-generated images and projected videos of the band.

Some of the directors that shot the videos include “Spun” filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund and renowned international fashion photographers Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen. All the videos can be found on Metallica’s YouTube page. Here’s the full list.

“Hard Wired” – Director: Colin Hakes & The Artist

“Atlas Rise – Director: Clark Eddy

“Moth Into Flame” – Director Tom Kirk

“Dream No More” – Director: Tom Kirk

“Confusion” – Director: Claire Marie Vogel

“ManUNkind” – Director:
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Metallica Pays Tribute to Lemmy With ‘Murder One’ Video

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Metallica Pays Tribute to Lemmy With ‘Murder One’ Video
Lemmy Kilmister is gone, but not forgotten. Least of all by Metallica, who pay tribute to the deceased Motorhead bassist in their new video “Murder One.” The animated video, directed by Robert Valley, follows Kilmister’s career trajectory, from getting his mind blown by Jimi Hendrix to his ouster from space-rock band Hawkwind to his quest to form a band that would be the “dirtiest in the world.” “I still hear your thunder/the man in black/born to lose, no excuse/till the end/been living to win,” the lyrics declare, before the video closes with an image of
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Michael Massee, Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee on Set of The Crow, Dies at 61

Michael Massee, Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee on Set of The Crow, Dies at 61
Michael Massee, the character actor sadly remembered for his role in the accidental death of Bruce Lee’s son, has died at the age of 61.

Massee’s death was reportedly first announced by actor Anthony Delon — who recently costarred with Massee on the French TV series Interventions — and later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. The details of his death were not disclosed.

While acting in just his second feature film, the cult-classic The Crow, Massee fired a faulty prop revolver at the film’s star, Brandon Lee, the son world-famous actor and martial artist Bruce Lee. Unbeknownst to Massee, the gun fired a live round,
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‘Murder in the First’ Cancelled at TNT

‘Murder in the First’ Cancelled at TNT
TNT drama “Murder in the First” has been canceled, Variety has confirmed.

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the series aired on TNT for three seasons. Set in San Francisco, it starred Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco homicide detectives. Each season focused on the solving of a different case. Bochco and Lodal served as executive producers alongside Thomas Schlamme, who directed the season-one pilot.

Murder in the First” drew from a premise reminiscent of Bochco’s earlier attempt at a serialized crime drama, “Murder One,” which aired on ABC from 1995 to 1997. Reviewing the pilot for Variety in 2014, Brian Lowry compared the two shows.

“The previewed hours establish the series as crisp and watchable, while perhaps shrewdly shifting and expanding the earlier show’s lens from defense attorneys to the detectives assigned the case,” he wrote.

The third season of “Murder in the First,” which ended Sept. 4, averaged
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Days of Our Lives Recast: Melrose Place Alum Takes Over Groundbreaking Role

Days of Our Lives Recast: Melrose Place Alum Takes Over Groundbreaking Role
Dr. Valerie Grant is — after a decades-long absence — back in.

NBC’s Days of Our Lives has cast Melrose Place and Soul Food actress Vanessa Williams as Dr. Grant, a role that originated in the 1970s and was controversial at the time, our sister site Deadline reports.

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In the late ’70s, Valerie (then played by Tina Andrews) and David Banning were daytime’s first interracial couple. They planned to marry, though that endeavor went south after he had an affair. Diane Sommerfield later took
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Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9

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
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Candyman Actress Vanessa Williams Joins The Cast Of The Flash Season 2

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
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‘The Flash’ Casts ‘Candyman’ Star as Iris West’s Mother

‘The Flash’ Casts ‘Candyman’ Star as Iris West’s Mother
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.”

As Variety first reported, fellow “Candyman” star Tony Todd was recently cast as the voice of “Flash” villain Zoom in the show’s sophomore season.

The show is expected to delve
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TV Review: ‘Murder in the First,’ Season 2

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,
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The Rise of the Slow Crime Procedural

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The Rise of the Slow Crime Procedural
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,
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'American Crime': Can a Single-Murder-Case Series Succeed on Network TV?

"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
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Doctor Who: Earth Conquest, CBB

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.

The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm

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,
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Gone Girl review David Fincher thrills with portrait of love gone wrong | Peter Bradshaw

Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck are todays Bergman and Boyer in a twisted tale of murder, misogyny and a warped marriage

Gone Girl star Ben Affleck: Usually the protagonist is full of shit - video interview

David Fincher on Gone Girl: Bad things happen in this film

The spirits of Highsmith and Hitchcock hover over this outrageous pulp suspense-thriller from David Fincher, episodically structured around twists and counter-twists, like an addictive boxset of a TV drama. The movie reminded me a little of Steven Bochcos small-screen classic Murder One, or indeed House of Cards, the series Fincher produced and partly directed, which is a domestic study in media-political homicide. Gillian Flynn has adapted her bestselling page-turner for the screen, and it is stuffed with mysteries, cliffhangers and very enjoyable performances, along with some sleeping-with-the-enemy provocations and nightmares of misogyny. Rosamund Pike delivers a fascinatingly poised performance as the
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