4 items from 2013
Feature Simon Brew 26 Jun 2013 - 06:34
One of the key achievements of Ronald D Moore's Battlestar Galactica TV reboot, not withstanding the fact that it came in for something of a bumpy landing in its final season, was its willingness to not swerve big issues. At its peak, it was mixing in religion, politics and science, and trying to do so intelligently, with a lot of success. The balance arguably overtipped by the end in favour of the former, but Battlestar Galactica always had courage engrained throughout it.
As does Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Carl Sagan's novel, Contact. Contact arrived in the summer of 1997, otherwise known as a blockbuster graveyard smeared with some of cinema's most notorious failures and disappointments. »
Birthday shoutouts go to Sean Maher (above), who is 38, Ellen Barkin is 59, and Dusty Springfield would have been 74. Jeremy Irons: "I Wish I'd Buttoned My Lip." Ian McKellen on Margaret Thatcher. In ratings news, Defiance was Syfy's most watched series debut since Eureka in 2006. Darren plays pocket pool at Coachella.
David and Neil attend the 2013 Point Honors Gala in NYC.
Introducing our new feature - The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we're going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We'll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT to ... Will Young. After winning the first Pop Idol, Will continued his music career, but also branched out into acting, »
Odd List Simon Brew 26 Mar 2013 - 06:44
A superb character actor James Woods has turned in some remarkable performances. Here are a few of his underappreciated roles...
If you're looking for an actor who's far more interested in being a character than a hero, then surely James Woods is your man. He's built up a body of work over several decades that has rightly brought him a degree of acclaim - Videodrome, the brilliant Cop, Ghosts Of Mississippi, Contact, Salvador, and his growing collection of excellent TV roles - but in the 80s and 90s, he popped up in lots of films that are rarely talked about now.
There are so many seemingly lost great James Woods roles, that it seemed long overdue we try and right that particular wrong. So here's a collection of perhaps the lower profile, yet brilliant, performances from his career. And this is just a few of them. »
"It's not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing. It's closer to Gladiator than flying horses," he said.
The filmmaker added of the potential rivalry between the two Hercules projects: "I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character.
"Obviously, Hercules has been portrayed in many different films, such as the Disney animated movie. »
4 items from 2013
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