20 items from 2009
While I never gave any serious consideration to placing it in my Top 31, I think that a quick tip-of-the-hat is owed to "Malcolm in the Middle," which premiered on Fox in January of 2000. Although it wasn't the first show to attempt to translate the aesthetic and comic rhythms of an animated series to live action, "Malcolm in the Middle" was perhaps the decade's most successful variation on that theme, running on Fox for a whopping 151 episodes. In substance and structure, "Malcolm in the Middle" was a traditional family sitcom, but its pacing, zany excess and the characters' »
- Daniel Fienberg
Following some first official images, Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for The Karate Kid (formerly titled The Kung Fu Kid), the remake of the classic ’80s movie. The film stars Jaden Smith (son of megastar, Will Smith) as Dre Parker who, because of work pressure for his single mother, moves to China and soon thereafter comes up against a bully. His misfortune catches the eye of Mr. Han (read: this new version’s Mr. Myagi), played by Jackie Chan. Mr. Han then teaches young Dre karate, presumably in order to defend himself.
There’s been much negative fan reaction to this Karate Kid remake, some people citing Jaden Smith playing the lead role as their problem, others just generally hating the idea of remaking such a classic movie that a lot of people hold dearly from their childhoods (myself included). This trailer starts out alright, but the further it gets into it, »
- Ross Miller
Professional wrestling fans of Twitter-Wood turned out today with good vibes for former WWE star Umaga, who was reported to be in serious condition for unknown reasons at a Houston hospital today. Jeff Katz was among them, and I echo his sentiments.
Elsewhere in the Twitterverse, Edgar Wright finished up his director's cut of "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." Jason Reitman thanked him for not competing with "Up in the Air," and writer Bryan Lee O'Malley congratulated him on the milestone. Director Kyle Newman was somewhat less congratulatory, meanwhile, in his tweet-outs to England looking ahead to the World Cup. Check out those tweets after the jump along with Kat Dennings' nevernude diagnosis of the "New Moon" werewolves, an "Eclipse" actor hanging out with David Caruso and much more in the Twitter-Wood report for December 4, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
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-BooBoo Stewart, »
- Brian Warmoth
He's wearing a box-fresh stripy shirt, sharp trousers, highly polished shoes. He has a decent head of hair. Leaning back into a leather armchair, this 53-year-old is clearly at ease with the world around him. His teenage daughter, tucked in the corner of an adjacent sofa and plugged into her iPod, smiles sweetly. Rarely has an actor been less like his on-screen persona. Is this what is was like meeting a charming Jack Nicholson just after he'd finished The Shining?
Here's Bryan Cranston in central London, relaxed, healthy, confident, his west coast voice booming through an invisible loudspeaker when he's excited. It's easy enough to recognise him as Hal, the wayward dad from the long-running American series Malcolm In The Middle »
The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor will guest-star in a January episode as Artie, the father of Ray Romano's Joe. When Artie retires from running his hardware store, he spends all his time at home alone recovering from angioplasty. Joe takes it upon himself to bring back his dad's former spark.
Loggia, 79, made his big-screen debut in the 1957 Paul Newman boxing film Somebody Up There Likes Me and earned an Oscar nod for his work as Glenn Close's foul-mouthed investigator in the legal thriller Jagged Edge. Loggia also earned Emmy nominations for his work on Malcolm in the Middle and Mancuso, F.B.I. Loggia's other credits include ...
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- Adam Bryant
If the rights to the balloon boy story haven't been swiped up yet, they may have a buyer in "Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly. He tweeted his questionable interest today even as balloon boy mania continued to occupy posts all over Twitter-Wood. Someone has apparently even started up a fake @BoyInTheBalloon account, which reached out to Andy Milonakis.
In other tweetage, Frankie Muniz survived a run-in with a dangerous snake, which may have come closer to killing him than any race he's driven in. Read all of those tweets along with pics from a couple "Twilight" actors, Fred Durst's anti-Facebook stance and the film that even Jesus apparently supports. They're all after the jump in the Twitter-Wood report for October 16, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@AriGoldFilms Jesus joined our street team last night on the Sunset Strip! http://bit.ly/3ydHv3
-Ari Gold, Writer/Actor/Director ("Adventures of Power, »
- Brian Warmoth
Chicago – Just as Kelsey Grammer returns to familiarly snobby territory with “Hank,” his “Back to You” co-star Patricia Heaton returns to the life of the harried matriarch with “The Middle,” but the results are vastly different. Where “Hank” feels like a relic, “The Middle” updates the working mother for a new generation and mostly delivers.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Not as daring as “Modern Family” but nearly as funny, “The Middle” works because of the fearlessness of its cast, primarily Heaton, who proves that she was just as essential an element to the success of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, or Peter Boyle. But, as “Hank” proves, one talented lead does not a sitcom make and “The Middle” has potential because of its interesting and diverse supporting cast and its often-clever writing.
Photo credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Sometimes playing like ABC’s version of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Scary month (October) is almost here and ramp up for Camera Obscura is in full swing. Today we received some exclusive photos from the set along with the teaser trailer of Mwg's first delve into horror. We recently caught up with director Drew Daywalt last month to fill us in on what his paranormal thriller is all about. For more on this one, be sure to read our overview: The series follows Clara, an orphan brought up by her alcoholic, absent grandfather. After he dies, she finds a camera that belonged to him, and discovers that it can capture demons. She also discovers that her grandfather’s work was not done, and it falls on her shoulders to complete his task. It’s a nice little family story with a whole lotta’ scary going on. The cast features familiar faces such as Reagan Dale Neis (Malcolm in the Middle) as “Clara, »
- Marc Hustvedt
Tina Fey's NBC series "30 Rock" took home its third trophy for best comedy, but the star/writer/executive producer said that having more nominees in the category this year made for "a more surprising and exciting night." She also refused to believe the Web chatter that her show was the front-runner: "The Internet is always wrong." Meanwhile, she said her dream guest star is Meryl Streep, who could play a love interest for Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy. Remembering that the two are doing just that in the upcoming film "It's Complicated," Fey changed her mind, saying Streep maybe could play Grizz Chapman's love interest. But Fey added: "We've been lucky to have so many guest stars, but this year we're really trying to focus on the (regular group of) characters."
- By Lesley Goldberg and Kimberly Nordyke
Remember when Fox was awesome? When it was just that company on Channel 11 (at least in Los Angeles) that showed all those really cool shows like The Simpsons and Married with Children and Malcolm in the Middle and Family Guy? When it was that studio that released great movies like Die Hard and Home Alone. When they didn.t run the country.s most ridiculous, almost caricature-like, news channel. Those were the days. Now Fox is that lame company that pulls a bunch of fan-hating stunts in an attempt to make up for their loss in ticket sales. Well, at least one dude isn.t taking it anymore (him and a bunch of people he got to jump onboard). ChicagoNow reports that Victor Lozano is filing a class-action lawsuit against FoxStore for sending him unauthorized text messages regarding their movie related products. The texts contained such spammy, unwanted content as »
The projects, both with script commitments, are based on Beck's real-life experiences.
Extended Family centers on a blue-collar mom in charge of foster kids. It is inspired by Beck's childhood, when his mother took in foster children to live with them.
"It's like Roseanne meets Malcolm in the Middle, " Hart said.
Many Wives of Jon revolves around a young couple and how their lives change when the wife's family moves in with them. It is based on a period in Beck's life when his wife's mother, sister and 5-year-old niece came to live with them. »
At Fox, the pair has "Extended Family"; at TV Land, they have "Many Wives of Jon."
The projects, both with script commitments, are based on Beck's real-life experiences.
"Family," from Sony TV and Apostle, centers on a blue-collar mom in charge of foster kids. It is inspired by Beck's childhood, when his mother took in foster children to live with them.
"It's like 'Roseanne' meets 'Malcolm in the Middle,' " Hart said.
"Wives" revolves around a young couple and how their lives change when the wife's family moves in with them. It is based on a period in Beck's life when his wife's mother, sister and 5-year-old »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Love it or hate it, Family Guy displays an uncanny knack of boiling something down to its essence for the sake of a 30 second pop culture gag that have become the show’s staple. So when they condensed bland teen drama One Tree Hill, now in its seventh season as an anchor of the CW Network, into the following exchange: “I’ve got so many problems.” / “Hey, nothing that can’t be fixed by staring at a lake.” You can pretty much fill out the rest yourself. It’s the kind of show that you can break from to spend three months backpacking through Asia, and still manage to get caught up in half an hour upon your return. It’s about decent middle-class Americans in the sleepy town of Tree Hill North Carolina and their daily battle against the worst possible soap opera conventions.
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- Neil Pedley
Michael Welch, who plays Mike Newton in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has just turned twenty-two today. Welch, a rather impressive career actor, has definitely made a name for himself among the Twilight fan community. One of the biggest reasons for that, aside from his spot-on performance as Newton in the first film, is his geniality and openness with the fans. Welch has been a source of great new information, updates, and interviews for many months. Welch began his acting career in 1998, starting with television series such as Frasier, Veronica's Closet, Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place, before tackling the role of Artim in Star Trek: Insurrection. Over the past decade, you might have seen him on shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, 7th Heaven, Norm, The Pretender, The Drew Carey Show, Malcolm In The Middle, The X-Files, Touched By An Angel, Judging Amy, The District, »
After the couple ended its 16-year marriage earlier this year, it was reported the 53-year-old actress wanted their three children to live with her full time.
The gossip prompted Kaczmarek to speak out and insist the break-up was amicable and custody will be split 50-50.
Her lawyer tells Us Weekly magazine, "We're gearing towards a 50-50 time share with the children. I don't anticipate any fighting." »
Former West Wing star Bradley Whitford and his actress wife Jane Kaczmarek have filed for divorce. The actor, who played Josh Lyman in the political drama, has been married to Kaczmarek for 16 years. She is most known for her role as mum Lois in Malcolm In The Middle. Speaking to People, a representative for the star said: "He hopes the media will respect their wish for privacy as (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Whitford and Kaczmarek, who appeared in Malcolm In The Middle as neurotic mother Lois, applied for legal separation in Los Angeles on Friday.
The pair married in August 1992 and have three children; Frances Genevieve, 12, nine year old George Edward, and Mary Louisa, six.
A spokesperson for Whitford tells People.com, "He hopes the media will respect their wish for privacy as they focus on their children." »
Nick at Nite has bought the cable rights to all seven seasons of Twentieth Television's "Malcolm in the Middle," which ran on Fox from 2000-06.
Beginning July 5, the series will air Sunday nights on Nick at Nite in the 8 p.m. time slot, effectively pushing the network's official starting time back an hour. The shift will eliminate confusion over Nick at Nite's prime time schedule, which began 60 minutes later than the rest of ad-supported TV's nightly lineup.
The move also will facilitate family viewing, said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon and Mtvn Kids and Family Group. "We have conducted a great deal of research with kids and families, and two things that we hear continuously are that they want to spend more time together and that watching television is one of their favorite ways of making that happen," Zarghami said, by way of announcing the acquisition.
"By starting Nick at Nite at 8 p. »
- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek
The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle," "Raising the Bar") and Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe.
You can bid on the poster @ www.ClothesOffOurBack.org and help support a good cause! »
Susan Sarandon is reportedly slipping into her scrubs to star alongside George Clooney when he returns to medical drama ER for the show's final series. Clooney starred as Dr. Doug Ross from 1994 to 1999 in the long-running series before leaving to pursue his movie career.
To celebrate the show which catapulted him into the A-List, the actor agreed to return to the role for the final few episodes before the series comes to an end after 15 seasons.
And he isn't the only Hollywood bigshot who will walk the wards - Sarandon is believed to have filmed scenes alongside the actor last week (begs19Jan09), according to E! Online.
20 items from 2009
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