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King Of Christmas Lights: Grace Dent's TV Od

16 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4's King Of Christmas Lights dings many more merry seasonal dongs than you'd expect from a documentary about house decoration

In Wells, south-west England, Paul is arranging festive polar bears, six foot tall snowmen, seals in Santa hats and 60,000 other twinkling lights around the front of his mother's bungalow. Paul loves Christmas. Paul loves fake snow lawns, arcs of twinkling lights, pulsating 100-watt stars of Bethlehem, vulcanised rubber magi scenes and the yuletide honk of a thousand car horns passing by, their drivers gawping and muttering, "Jesus, it that a Ferris Wheel?" Paul is one of the stars of King Of Christmas Lights (Mon, 9pm, Channel 4), a Cutting Edge documentary so joyous and funny, it should be replayed year after year just like Margo cancelling Christmas on The Good Life or Bill Murray being thwacked by a toaster in Scrooged.

The show makes me bristle with pride »

- Grace Dent

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CSI Newcomer Elisabeth Shue Spills on Joining the Show

3 December 2011 4:29 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Elisabeth Shue is ready to get to work. As you may have heard, the Leaving Las Vegas Oscar nominee is succeeding Marg Helgenberger later this season on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Shue tells me she's been pitched—and turned down—many television projects in the past, but... The chance to analyze corpses and bullet casings came along at the perfect time. "For many years, I decided not to do television because I have three children, but now my youngest is finally old enough to be in kindergarten," Shue exclusively told me this week at the Children's Defense Fund-California's Beat the Odds Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "So I'm not feeling that kind of »

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Movie Review - Justice (2011)

21 November 2011 2:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Justice (a.k.a. Seeking Justice), 2011.

Directed by Roger Donaldson.

Staring Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Jennifer Carpenter, Guy Pearce, IronE Singleton, Xander Berkeley and Harold Perrineau.

Synopsis:

A husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him get revenge when his wife is assualted.

Season Of The Witch. A new low.

Drive Angry. Pitiful.

Trespass. A travesty of talent gone to waste.

And now comes the fourth film from Nicolas Cage this year, Justice. The good news is that it’s the best of his four films this year. The bad news is, it’s still sub-standard and a long way off of anything resembling what Nicolas Cage is worthy of.

The plot is simple; Cage plays Will Gerard, a man whose wife (January Jones) is raped and beaten and seeks the justice of the film’s title via a ‘secret organisation’ of vigilantes headed by Guy Pearce. »

- flickeringmyth

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Shue Back In Las Vegas For CSI

20 November 2011 6:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Leaving Las Vegas star Elisabeth Shue is heading back to Sin City as the latest addition to Las Vegas-based crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1995 movie, is joining the cast of the hit TV show and will make her first appearance in the series in February.

Shue comes into the show as longtime star Marg Helgenberger is preparing to leave after playing Catherine Willows for 11 seasons.

Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says, "While it's difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue." »

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Elisabeth Shue to See Whole New Las Vegas as 'CSI's' Newest Cast Member

19 November 2011 12:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a long and varied film and television career, Elisabeth Shue has played a stripper with a heart of gold, a babysitter lost in the big city and Marty McFly's love interest. But she's never nailed a serial killer using DNA evidence while the Who blared on the soundtrack -- until now. Cue up "Who Are You," the Oscar nominee is joining the cast of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS announced Friday.  The "Leaving Las Vegas" star replaces Marg Helgenberger, who is exiting the show after playing a blood splatter analyst for 12 »

- Brent Lang

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Elizabeth Shue joins CSI

19 November 2011 9:35 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Elizabeth Shue is joining the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, coming in to fill the void by the upcoming departure of Marg Helgenberger's CSI, Catherine Willows. Shue's new character gets introduced in the episode airing on February 15, 2012.

Season 12 of CBS' long-running crime show has already seen major change. Laurence Fishburne decided not to renew his contract on CSI so the show's producers had to exit his character at the conclusion of season 11 and then introduce the new manager of the Las Vegas CSI night shift, D.B. Russell (played by Ted Danson.) When she gets introduced next year, the CSI writing staff will connect Elizabeth Shue's new CSI character to Danson.

"Elisabeth's character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson's character (D.B. Russell)," said executive producer Don McGill. "The first time things didn't go so well between the two of them. Maybe the second time's the charm, »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Elizabeth Shue to Take Over on CSI

19 November 2011 8:10 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

It will soon be back to Las Vegas for Elizabeth Shue.

The long-time movie star, whose role in the movie Leaving Las Vegas earned her an Oscar nomination, will debut as a series regular on CSI in February.

Shue will essentially take over for Marg Helgenberger, who is leaving the drama after 11 seasons as Catherine Willows.

Look for Shue's agent to have a history with Ted Danson's D.B. Russell and to have recently completed an anger management course.

"While it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in a statement. "The new CSI also struggles with 'brutal honesty issues' and suffers no fools." »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Elisabeth Shue Joins the Cast of CSI

18 November 2011 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Elisabeth Shue is going back to Las Vegas. The award-winning actress, who was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her role in Leaving Las Vegas, is joining the cast of the Vegas-based CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS announced Friday. Her character's first appearance will be in the Feb. 15, 2012 episode. Shue, 48, also known for her roles in 1980s flicks including Adventures in Babysitting and The Karate Kid, will be a series regular. She's coming on board just as longtime cast member Marg Helgenberger, who played CSI Catherine Willows for 11 seasons, prepares to leave the show. Shue's character will be the team's »

- Sara Hammel

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Elisabeth Shue Joins CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

18 November 2011 3:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue will join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as a series regular, on the CBS Television Network. Her character will be introduced in the episode scheduled to air on Feb. 15, 2012.

Shue will play the newest CSI, fresh off an anger management course, amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle.

"While it's difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue," said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "The new CSI also struggles with 'brutal honesty issues' and suffers no fools."

"Elisabeth's character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson's character (D.B. Russell)," said executive producer Don McGill. "The first time things didn't go so well between the two of them. Maybe the second time's the charm, »

- MovieWeb

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Elisabeth Shue Replaces Marg Helgenberger on CBS’s CSI

18 November 2011 2:19 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is about to get a new face: Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas). The original show that spawned a franchise has been on TV since 2000 and has seen its share of character turnover: Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) was killed off in the eighth season’s finale, Gil Grissom (William Petersen) has been replaced by new characters portrayed by Laurence Fishburne and, current starrer, Ted Danson. Marg Helgenberger, an original leading cast member, will now exit her recurring role to make way for Shue, but is expected to reprise her role as Catherine Willows in future guest appearances. Helgenberger will depart in January and Shue will debut during the episode that airs on February 15th. For more on Shue’s expected role on CSI, hit the jump. Deadline is reporting that Shue will play the newest addition to the CSI team who has just completed an anger management course. »

- Dave Trumbore

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CSI Casts Elisabeth Shue to Succeed Marg Helgenberger

18 November 2011 2:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We'd heard that CSI was courting a "name" to fill Marg Helgenberger's very big shoes when she leaves the hit CBS drama later this season. And now we know that name: Elisabeth Shue, she of Adventures in Babysitting and Karate Kid glory, (and oh yeah, that Oscar nomination for Leaving Las Vegas) has joined the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a series regular. So when will she strap on her latex gloves and start solving crimes? Shue's character will first appear in the Feb. 15 episode, right around the time that Marg Helgenberger is set to exit the show. Shue will be introduced as the newest CSI on the team after completing an anger-management course. And rumor has it that her »

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'CSI': Elisabeth Shue Joins as Series Regular

18 November 2011 1:39 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lesley Goldberg

Elisabeth Shue is joining CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a series regular. The Academy Award nominee for Leaving Las Vegas will replace the departing Marg Helgenberger and first appear on the procedural on Feb. 15 as the newest CSI, fresh off an anger management course, amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle. The casting comes months after CSI: Crime Scene Investigation executive producer Carol Mendelsohn told critics at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that original cast member Helgenberger would follow in Laurence Fishburne's footsteps and depart the series

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Breaking: Elisabeth Shue joins 'CSI'

18 November 2011 1:35 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Marg Helgenberger may be leaving CSI in January but the veteran procedural found a pretty cool way to make up for the loss: The network announced today that Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) will join the show as a series regular.

She’ll play a CSI who just completed anger management training. Her character will be introduced in the episode airing Feb. 15.

“While it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue,” said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn in a statement. »

- Lynette Rice

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‘CSI’s New Leading Lady: Elisabeth Shue To Replace Marg Helgenberger On CBS Series

18 November 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

This is a pretty big get for CBS, which has been trying to lure Elisabeth Shue for years. The actress, an Oscar nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, is joining the cast of CBS’ veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as the new female lead opposite Ted Danson. Shue will play the newest CSI, fresh off an anger management course, amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle. She will succeed Marg Helgenberger, who is departing her full-time gig on CSI in January but is expected to return for occasional guest sports, reprising her role as Catherine Willows. Shue, who will make her first appearance in the Feb. 15 episode, will be a new regular on CSI, her first major series role since she co-starred on the short-lived 1984 ABC drama Call Of Duty, produced by Paramount Television, the predecessor to CSI producer CBS TV Studios. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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10 of the best films set in Las Vegas

16 November 2011 2:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vegas was made for the movies. What a backdrop … and what a cast: everyone from Elvis to Sinatra, James Bond to Hunter S Thompson have starred in Sin City films, writes John Patterson

• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide

Ocean's Eleven, Directed by Lewis Milestone, 1960

"One for all – and all for Kicks!" The original Rat Pack movie: Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and their finger-poppin', all-drinking, all-smoking coconspirators are present and politically incorrect, alongside a Dames' auxiliary comprised, swooningly, of Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson. Eleven former paratroopers assemble to rob five Vegas casinos in a single night, carrying the loot away in garbage trucks. The cast filmed all day and schticked it up onstage at the Sands hotel nightly, so the movie has a tired, hungover feel to it, but the vanished Vegas of 1960 – the old Sahara and Riviera Hotels, and Bugsy Siegel's own Flamingo – shines forever on celluloid. »

- John Patterson

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Justice review

11 November 2011 4:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nicolas Cage returns in Roger Donaldson’s rather disappointing revenge thriller, Justice. Here’s Ryan’s review...

The hungry rabbit jumps.” That’s the pivotal phrase in this Nic Cage thriller, which also served as the film’s title until some sharp-eared executive pointed out how odd it sounded. Disappointingly, that same sharp-eared executive decided to name it Justice instead - Seeking Justice in the Us - a bland title for what turns out to be a largely forgettable film.

Nic Cage plays Will Gerard, a New Orleans English teacher who dances badly in night clubs while wearing a glittery mask, and plays chess with his best friend, who happens to be Michael out of Lost (Harold Perrineau).

Will’s also lucky enough to be married to picturesque professional cellist Laura, played by January Jones. (On a side note, it’s notable that, as Cage gets older, the love interests »

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Mike Figgis Back in the Director’s Chair With Neil Labute Adaptation

8 November 2011 3:10 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Fans of Neil Labute may be pleased to learn that filmmaker Mike Figgis will be breaking his eight year absence from the big screen with Seconds of Pleasure, an adaptation of Labute’s book of short stories which the playwright/director has penned for the long Awol British director.

What’s more, the Leaving Las Vegas helmer has assembled an interesting line up, with the likes of Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks signing up for the tale of six different couples whose separate stories are intertwined in one drama.

It’s a welcome return for the director, and it’s interesting to note that both Figgis and Labute have a previous connection of sorts, as in the past, they’ve managed to bring out the very best and very worse of actor Nicolas Cage (in the aforementioned Oscar-winning tale of an alcoholic’s »

- Adam Lowes

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'Mad Men's Christina Hendricks to star in 'Seconds of Pleasure'

7 November 2011 8:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christina Hendricks, Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser and Kristin Scott Thomas will star in the independent drama Seconds of Pleasure. Oscar-nominated Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis will helm the movie, which will be based on Neil Labute's book of short stories from 2004. Labute, whose credits include In the Company of Men and the Wicker Man remake, will also pen the script, says The Hollywood Reporter. Seconds of Pleasure brings together separate stories revolving around six (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Mike Figgis to Direct Neil Labute-Scripted ‘Seconds of Pleasure’

7 November 2011 5:10 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Neil Labute (In the Company of Men; most recently, Death at a Funeral) published a short-story compilation back in 2004 entitled Seconds of Pleasure. (Check it out over at Amazon by clicking here.) And since the publication, he’s been hard at work adapting the collection into a film, because Mike Figgis (Oscar-nominated for Leaving Las Vegas) has been brought on to direct the “ensemble drama,” which will star Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas (Sarah’s Key), and Christina Hendricks (Drive). [THR]

Myriad Pictures has attained the global rights, excluding the U.K, to the film. Labute‘s screenplay is said to “weave together several separate but intertwined stories about six different couples,” and has been described by various contributors to the film’s construction — namely Stv Productions’ Margaret Enefer and Myriad Pictures CEO Kirk D’Amico — as “incredibly candid,” “blazingly witty,” and “razor-sharp.”

Though Labute is certainly capable of such work, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Mike Figgis to Direct ‘Seconds of Pleasure’

6 November 2011 9:03 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Stv Productions announced director Mike Figgis will direct the drama “Seconds of Pleasure” during the American Film Market event this weekend. In addition, Myriad Pictures acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film outside of the United Kingdom. Figgis’ directorial filmography included films such as “Cold Creek Manor,” “Timecode,” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” The screenplay will be written by Neil Labute, which was based on a book of short stories published under the same title. The cast will include actors Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendrix. The film is about the intertwined stories of six different couples. “We immediately responded to Neil’s script, which is razor-sharp, so insightful and honest, about the real challenges and temptations of people face every day,” said Myriad Pictures CEO Kirk D’Amico to THR. “Mike Figgis is the perfect director to bring this script to life, especially with this extraordinary cast. »

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