6 items from 2016
Murder and the courtroom dramas that surround it are as American, in movies, as pie, and it is now the turn of that old-school cool hero of action films, Keanu Reeves, to take a turn at the tried and true genre. In the upcoming whodunit The Whole Truth, which has Agatha Christie aspirations it does not achieve, he plays the sufficiently cynical defense counsel Richard Ramsay tasked with defending teenager Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), on trial for the murder of his father Boone (played by a growling Jim Belushi).
The overwrought premise of the first third of the film is that the trial has begun even though Mike, the client, has not spoken a word since the day of the murder, not even to Ramsay, his attorney. After each witness testifies forcefully for the prosecution, Ramsay intentionally fumbles the cross-examination in order to comically remind Mike that “this is what »
- J Don Birnam
Arizona Robbins finally made an appearance on Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 3, but she found herself stuck between her roommate and her protégé.
Elsewhere during the hour, Meredith continued to allow her bizarre "love" triangle to keep breathing, while a patient actually stopped breathing...and then came back to life!
Join TV Fanatics Jenn, Jasmine, Tiffany, and Elizabeth as they discuss Arizona's return, Meredith's screwed up love life, the odd medical case of the week and which characters aren't getting enough love these days.
Should Arizona pick a side between Alex and Andrew? Or should she try to remain as neutral as possible?
Jenn: Arizona should just stay neutral. I think she did a good job scolding Alex and embracing Andrew. I don't think either was picking sides. She can talk to Alex in a way that he still knows she cares. Andrew just needed someone to actually give him a hug, »
- Amanda Steinmetz
There are plenty of reasons to love Uzo Aduba. She gives the best pep talks, makes inspiring award show speeches, and slays season after season as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Orange Is the New Black. On top of all that, Uzo's cover story in Essence's September issue is chock-full of quotes that will make you want to punch your fist in the air. The Emmy winner touches on everything from perseverance in a difficult industry to how she maintains her self-esteem, all of which we can add to her long list of encouraging quotes: On the time she almost quit acting: "There have been times in my life where I have doubted, questioned, felt tired, but I had never quit before in my core. My heart never quit. And that was the first time I felt my heart give out on me." On her elated reaction to hearing she'd »
- Quinn Keaney
Nathaniel, back from the Nashville Film Festival where I juried on the "New Directors" competition. More on that once our awards are announced. Until then, I'm under hush order. But let's catch up on all sorts of movie & entertainment news that happened over the past handful of days that we didn't cover here.
• Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer for his Broadway smash Hamilton and, giddy squeal, The New Yorker's television goddess Emily Nussbaum won the Pulitzer for criticism. If you haven't read her, you must. She's just wonderful.
• The Golden Globes have clarified their rules for what drama and comedy mean in a probably futile attempt to get campaigns to stop trying to game the system.
• I forgot to mention that teen superhero duo Cloak and Dagger are getting their own TV show (yay! always loved them in the comic books) but Kate Beaton has two words for you "tit »
- NATHANIEL R
As a reality-competition junkie and the father of 5-year-old twins, I’ve already formalized my speech if one of my boys thinks he’s flying to Los Angeles and auditioning for, well, anything before he graduates from college.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I look at artistic dreams as if they’re silverfish dashing across the kitchen floor, just begging to be squished. But in the words of the poet Casey Kasem, one must keep one »
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I am pro-Jennifer Lopez, despite what the next couple hundred words may make you think. I think she’s a good, occasionally great actress who gets saddled with subpar material so commonly that it seems comical. She can rise to the occasion and make otherwise pedestrian movies pop (Enough, Maid in Manhattan, and yeah, I’ll admit it, The Boy Next Door), but such a task is far beyond the hands of a mere mortal in regards to NBC’s new back-alley crime drama Shades of Blue. Even a mortal from the block.
This time Lopez plays a feisty NYPD detective, Harlee Santos, a cog in a very dirty branch of the city’s police department, headed up by lieutenant Bill Wozniak (Ray Liotta). They’re dirty, but the good kind of dirty – planting evidence and taking bribes all in the name »
- Mitchel Broussard
6 items from 2016
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