7 items from 2010
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Attendees of this year's Baltimore Comic Con are privy to a pair of treats like no other. First off, Mark Wheatley and Robert Tinnell's pulpy masterpiece, Lone Justice, will be on sale, with a special exclusive cover and signature plate for the con. Mark, Robert, and editor Mike Gold will be on hand to lend their John Hancock's to the fifty limited edition copies that will be on hand. Make sure you're one of the lucky ones to get a hold of this special book!
For those of you who know Lone Justice, know it's prequel of course, Ez Street. But did you know Ez Street was itself a Harvey nominated Graphic Novel? Speaking of the Harveys (how's that for a segue, ma!), this years award ballots are due Saturday, August 7th. The Harvey Awards will be unveiled Saturday, August 28th, at a banquet at the Baltimore Comic Con. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Rescue Me’s sixth season (we’ve been allotted the first four episodes) kicks off as any fan of the show would expect it to – with Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) lying on the barroom floor where we last saw him. Bleeding out from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by his Uncle Teddy (Lenny Clarke). I don’t think I’m really ruining anything here by giving up this piece of information – Tommy doesn’t die. Or at least, he doesn’t stay dead. Within the opening moments of the show, Tommy goes to an otherworldly place that may be heaven, or more likely, somewhere else, and is soon brought back. It’s what he sees and feels during his flatlining moments that fuel much of these opening episodes. More after the jump:
In what will inevitably be compared to Tony Soprano’s Purgatory-esque experience in the “Join the Club” episode of The Sopranos, »
- Gil Kellerman
Denis Leary-led series Rescue Me is set to kick off its penultimate run tonight, when a terrifying vision of the afterlife shakes its flawed hero Tommy (Leary) to the core, leading him to reconnect with his friends and family back on the outside. The situation is not less optimistic for the other firefighters, with the department cutting costs and putting their future in jeopardy.
Says Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, that it's so close to the end made t easier to plan things plot-wise. "You're much more careful because you're like, this is it. There's not going to be anything after this, so this better be goddamn great," he said.
That pretty much sums it up, right? Promo after the jump:
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 (top); Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (middle); Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried in Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet (bottom) Final figures for both Paramount’s Iron Man 2 and Universal’s Robin Hood were off by $1m each. Unsurprisingly, both movies ended up grossing less than their studios had predicted, according to Box Office Mojo. But $1m is surely quite an improvement when compared to Paramount’s $5.5m overestimation for Iron Man 2 a week ago. After losing more than two-thirds of its gross on Friday — when compared to the previous week — Iron Man 2 performed better on Saturday before losing steam again [...] »
- Michelle Hutton
If you're a Lost fanatic like me, you were likely as glued to the television screen as I was last Tuesday night when the final season of this magnificent sci-fi show premiered. Like many of you, I was scratching my head as to what the hell the writers are up to for this season, and was rabidly speculating theories with my friends.
Amidst the brain melting scrutinizing, however, I found the time to geek out over two guest stars I love: the always likable John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) and Japanese badass Hiroyuki Sanada (Ring, The Twilight Samurai, Sunshine).
Over the years, many recognizable actors have stopped by to do guest spots on the show, to compliment the already spectacular regular cast. While revisiting all five previous seasons of Lost in anticipation of the sixth and last season, I made a point to note all the known guest stars I spotted. »
- Arya Ponto
Scripted by the "Coen-sisters", Jill and Karen Sprecher (sister and creative partner), The Convincer will feature a trio of vet indie actors in Billy Crudup, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin (who was also featured in Sprecher's 13 Convos...) in a story about a desperate insurance salesman who devises a plot to obtain a rare violin. - 13 Conversations About One Thing has the distinction of being a rare "Matthew McConaughey film" that I've actually cared about (Lone Star and Dazed and Confused are the other two), but Jill Sprecher's sophomore film also happens to have been a Top 20 film of mine back in 2002. The pic received a long theatrical run from the Spc folks, was shown at Venice, Tiff and Sundance, but apart from producing about a dozen shows of Big Love, the film didn't culminate into full fledged filmmaking career for Sprecher. That inactivity is officially finished with as of now. »
7 items from 2010
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