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James Roday is best known for his role as Shawn Spencer in the television series “Psych.” The show ran from 2006 to 2014. This was the role that gave him a break in his acting career. Numerous fan clubs arose during his time on the show. Early in his career he appeared in “A Respectable Wedding,” “Twelfth Night” and “The Three Sisters” which were theatrical productions. He also appeared in several films including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Rolling Kansas” and “Don’t Come Knocking”prior to his success in the popular series. Fans are wondering whatever happened to him after “Psych” We
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- Nat Berman
So far in this column, the default setting for TV horror has been the supernatural; usually ghosts (vengeful division), and a cult or two (whether it be Satan or crops). However, I would be remiss if I didn’t tend to any unusual domestic activities on a more human scale. This brings us to The Babysitter (1980), Peter Medak’s chilling tale of live-in help with some serious boundary issues. She doesn’t do windows, but she will do away with you and your family.
Originally airing on Friday, November 28th, 1980 as part of the ABC Friday Night Movie, The Babysitter as well as NBC’s Friday Night at the Movies would get trounced by CBS’ top rated shows The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas, but those were number two and one in the land, so nobody was breaking through that block, not even the nanny from Hell.
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- Scott Drebit
Neil Berkeley scored a big subject for his second documentary, but it was pure luck that made it happen. Shortly after completing his second documentary, 2014’s “Harmontown,” Berkeley casually mentioned to a friend that he was interested in making a film about legendary comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried. Unbeknownst to Berkeley, his friend happened to be close with Gottfried’s wife.
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“Gilbert” will have its world premiere Thursday at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, but the surprisingly poignant documentary could very well have never been made. Berkeley never asked Gottfried’s agent or manager for permission to shoot the documentary, and was only invited to the 62-year-old comedian’s home by his wife Dara.
“She said, ‘Why don’t you just come out here by yourself and keep it »
- Graham Winfrey
Like peanut butter and jelly, car chases and movies are two things that just go together perfectly. A chase is inherently interesting to watch - someone is trying their best to get away by any means possible, while the other party is trying to stop them from doing so. The danger involved, the threat of violence, and even the thrill of the hunt are all part of why we often can’t look away. A car chase is the next level of chase. They are fast - an embodiment of man and machine together. They are also dangerous - the stakes are incredibly high, and not just for the people involved in the chase.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
We critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer — apart from the fact that it isn’t exactly hard labor — is that even a lot of middling Hollywood product has moments of baseline entertainment value. The average Adam Sandler comedy is funnier than the worst Adam Sandler comedy; most mediocre superhero movies are better than “Suicide Squad.” And when it comes to the brain-dead action comedy that “ironically” reboots a piece-of-crap television series from the ’70s or ’80s, “Starsky & Hutch” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” were flat-out masterpieces compared to “Chips,” an ultra-violent and ultra flavorless buddy movie that’s so dedicated to hitting the generic sweet spot of “what the audience wants” that it actually had to go and capitalize the “i” in the title, as if that quirky lower-case digit from the TV show was just too threateningly odd.
“Chips” was »
- Owen Gleiberman
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
By Diane A. Rodgers
A wonderfully understated comedy-drama, The Electric Horseman follows the story of Sonny Steele (Robert Redford), a five-time champion rodeo cowboy now turned brand spokesman for AMPco, a giant corporate firm selling 'Ranch' breakfast cereal. Steele's life has become essentially a series of advertising appearances, at which he is required to brandish a box of cereal with his face adorning it whilst wearing a garish cowboy outfit festooned with electric fairy lights. The forced smiles, autographs and constant touring are starting to crack Steele; when we meet him, he is a disillusioned, unreliable drunk, stumbling from one engagement to the next.
The film centres around a big Las Vegas convention where Steele is booked for a ride-on appearance with AMPco's prize mascot, a 12-million-dollar racehorse. Horse and rider are strapped up in purple paisley silk and electric lights, the ridiculous spectacle of which, in the capital of sensational fakery and money-worship, »
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When you're Jessica Simpson, short shorts are always in season.
In celebration of a warm day in March, the mother of two snapped a photo of herself wearing cut-off shorts, a sweater over a tight white top, sky-high heels and heart-shaped sunglasses. "Hello sunshine," she captioned the pic on Instagram.
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The outfit is sure to give fans flashbacks to when Simpson portrayed Daisy Duke in the 2005 movie The Dukes of Hazzard, but this certainly isn't the first time we've seen the 36-year-old fashion mogul in her cut-offs.
She also has an ad out for her clothing brand, where she's posing in a pair of skimpy shorts. "Look back at it," the ad reads.
Last March, Simpson really channeled her Daisy Duke character by pairing tiny shorts with a bikini top and a straw cowboy hat while vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico.
As anyone with even a mild knowledge of fashion history could likely tell you, we owe the entire Daisy Duke style and its widespread popularity to actress Catherine Bach who made that specific denim look synonymous with her character’s name on the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. Since then, however, the short-shorts have come to be inextricably linked to another famous name, Jessica Simpson, who reprised Bach’s role in the 2005 film remake. And on Thursday, the former pop star demonstrated once again why she’s the perfect candidate to carry on this hot pants legacy.
- Emily Kirkpatrick
Hot damn alert! Now more than a decade after Jessica Simpson first rocked Daisy Duke's denim short-shorts in The Dukes of Hazzard, she's back in the eponymous style for a photo shoot unveiling the latest additions to her clothing collection. The 36-year-old mother of two looks fit and fabulous in the cheeky cut-offs, which she paired with strappy wedges and a distressed denim jacket. For the sexy spread, Jessica wore her famous blond locks in a low ponytail and accessorized the ensemble with gold bangles and statement earrings. The singer-turned-mogul shot the denim-centric collection in Los Angeles with celeb photographer James Macari. Alongside mom Tina »
Author: Jon Lyus
We live in an age of reheated TV dinners on the big screen. We’re months away from hitting the beach with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as the 80s TV series Baywatch, and a new TV series based on David Hasslehoff’s other 80s hit Knight Rider. We’ve seen Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes Of Hazzard up on the big screen and now Warner Bros. have delivered the first look at CHiPS – the movie…
Some of us are old enough to remember the weekly tales of the California Highway Patrol. The show initially ran in the late 70s and starred Erik Estrada as Officer “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as “Jon” Andrew Baker. Estrada in particular was a breakout star of the series, and is still well remembered as a pop culture figure. The pair also tried to resurrect the series themselves with CHiPs ’99.
- Jon Lyus
11 items from 2017
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