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When Friends leaves the comfort of our U.S. airwaves, the resulting dubs can become pretty surreal, especially for the forever-quoting superfans. What does French Ross sound like? How about Japanese Phoebe? Or German Chandler? Can their jokes make it across the international chasm? Remember Joey’s failed attempts to speak French? Seems like (in France) he finally got the hang of it — with the added plus of a high vocal range. French Joey is pretty good, too: "Toi? ... et toi?" If you ever wanted to see a young Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) speaking Japanese with Rachel, you’re in luck. Weirdly, the dub makes him seem even more growly than the original. Chandler en Español kind of gets away with kissing Phoebe and Rachel after accidentally kissing Monica on the lips in front of them? Rachel’s 30th-birthday party is even more dramatic in Italian. And the way she rolls the R in Ross! »
2014 has been yet another fantastic year for television, one that continued the nichification of the medium, with highly specific and underrepresented voices breaking through in every genre. There was a comedy explosion, particularly on cable, with dozens of new series presenting confident first seasons and several returning shows reaching new heights. The dramas didn’t disappoint either, with visionary creators bringing new life to familiar settings and taking greater risks with their returning series, deepening their worlds. Throughout the year, directors and cinematographers brought lush visuals, composers pushed the auditory envelope, and an astonishing number of actors gave fantastic, memorable performances. More than a few shows delivered spectacle on a weekly basis, while others went small, deriving incredible power out of stillness and self-reflection. Some series swept the audience up, week in and week out, and others built subtly, only showing their hand in their season’s final episodes. There »
Much like several of my mates here on the ‘Mix, I hit the wall of inspiration. What fell off the top of that wall? Seasonally appropriate random thoughts! So, without further adieu, allow me to waste a bit of your time with all the things I’m thankful for this year!
The Unshaven Comics Fanbase
Ok, I know. Pander much, Fishface? Well, suck it, haters. At the top of my comic-centric list of things I’m thankful for are the group of folks who have chosen to flock to my li’l studio make every line I draw worth making. I’ve said it before, and Rao knows I’ll say it again: when a complete stranger is willing to stop and listen to your pitch and see your product and proclaim a positive retort as to the quality of the story and/or visuals, well then, there is little »
- Marc Alan Fishman
House has been off the air for a few years now, leaving Fox without one of its major hits, yet its legacy lives on in the form of binge watching forever, and the show will be making viewers laugh and cry for years to come. It’s hard to think of many TV characters as memorable as Dr. Gregory House, and over the years he had so many great lines that I thought it would be wise to compile some of his best ones here. He’s often hilarious, sometimes mean, and occasionally quite poignant, and succeeded as a combination of Hugh Laurie’s amazing talent and the rather good scripts written for him week to week. Here are some of Dr. House’s best quotes, though I would love to hear your favorites if there are any I’ve missed below. These are my favorite House quotes: – “There is not a thin line between… »
Loki vs Dr. House? Sounds fantastic to me. THR is reporting Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie will star in an upcoming six or eight-part miniseries for AMC. Called The Night Manager, the drama will be based on the 1993 John le Carré (A Most Wanted Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) novel of the same name. AMC is developing the miniseries with the BBC, and it'll be written by Hanna scribe David Farr. No word on what Hiddleston and Laurie's roles will be on the miniseries, but they will likely be »
- Jesse Giroux
'7th Heaven' Actress Dies
Goldberg passed away in her sleep at her family’s cabin in Wisconsin Sept. 27. "She went to sleep and didn't wake up," the actress’s mother Judy Goldberg told the Chicago Sun-Times. It is suspected that a heart ailment is to blame.
Goldberg got the acting bug while working as an extra during the wedding scene in 1997 Julia Roberts vehicle My Best Friends Wedding, which filmed near her family home in Chicago. Up until that point, Goldberg, who’d earned a microbiology degree from Amherst College, planned on becoming a doctor. After she was discovered, she ditched those plans to move to Hollywood, where she soon found success.
After a few small parts in TV and film, Goldberg landed a role on 7th Heaven as eldest son Barry’s love interest. »
This is not some True Detective-level casting rumor - Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are actually coming together on television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hiddleston and Laurie are set to star in a limited-series adaptation of John le Carre's 1993 espionage thriller, The Night Manager. BBC will air the series in the U.K. while Ink Factory will produce. While there is no U.S. network attached to the series yet, THR reports that networks are eyeing a straight-to-series pick-up. Hanna scribe David Farr will write the adaptation. The Night Manager centers on Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier turned »
- Teresa Jue
Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues. “At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy," says Carole Tomko, general »
- Jeff Labrecque
[This post contains details from the premiere of Scorpion, which aired Sept. 22]
Television isn’t lacking for genius protagonists, procedurals centered around the proliferation of modern technology, or even a combination of the two… particularly on CBS. From The Big Bang Theory to Person of Interest, to the network’s new CSI: Cyber, viewers might start to think every CBS producer has a brilliant best friend with a penchant for hacking but ineptitude for small talk.
So the debut of another new CBS drama, Scorpion, bears little in the way of surprise when it comes to its smart hackers who need help communicating. There’s an undercurrent of important social discussion that is underserved in the pilot. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Political debates in Russia and Britain on Monday saw two popular TV shows, House and Downton Abbey, get mentioned as examples for how things should or should not be. A senior Moscow government official called on the city's doctors to be like the fictional characters in the popular show House, using them as examples of efficiency. In Russia, the drama, starring Hugh Laurie, is known as House, M.D. "I especially love the show House M.D., where doctors' real work is shown," Leonid Pechatnikov, Moscow's deputy mayor in charge of social development issues, told local radio station Govorit Moskva.
- Vladimir Kozlov, Georg Szalai
A24 and Directv have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto. Shakman's best known for his directorial work on the series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," although he's also helmed episodes of "House M.D.," "Brothers & Sisters," "Psych" and "Fargo." "Cut Bank," written by Robert Patino ("Sons of Anarchy"), stars "Hunger Games" regular Liam Hemsworth as a high school athlete and auto mechanic who dreams of leaving his small Montana town along with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer). John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg and Oliver Platt also star. A24 and Directv plan a 2015 theatrical release for the film. This isn't the duo's first partnership--they teamed together on »
- Jacob Combs
“We now live in a time of endless possibility.”
The year 1900, in which The Knick is set, was indeed an exciting time for the medical community, as doctors made new revelations in their field. But the turn of the 20th century was also decidedly unglamorous for other reasons — among them racism, sexism and social class differences.
Some television characters just shouldn’t be together. I don’t care how much unresolved sexual tension there is or how funny the witty banter is or how much chemistry the two characters have. There are just some “will-they or won’t-they” couples who should absolutely won’t—because once you take away that conflict, the show and the two characters’ interactions become uninteresting. And this is no more truer than for Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), whose relationship I’m still not over. Not only was it unnecessary, it ruined House by becoming »
- Chancellor Agard
Sky McCole Bartusiak Dies
An official cause of death for Bartusiak has yet to be revealed. However, her mother, Helen McCole Bartusiak, has said she’d been suffering from epileptic seizures. "We lost our girl," her mother told CNN. "She was a kind and really beautiful girl."
“We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there,” her mother added. “[Paramedics] were working on her for 45 minutes and could not get a heartbeat. I’ve done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn’t work this time.”
In 2000’s The Patriot, Bartusiak played the youngest daughter of Mel Gibson’s character, Revolutionary War militia hero Benjamin Martin. She also appeared on the big screen in Don’t Say a Word, Riding in Cars with Boys, and Boogeyman. »
The cause of death is unknown but she reportedly died in her sleep at her Texas home.
Born in Texas, the actress most recently produced and starred in several short films.
- Variety Staff
Fred Durst: 43-year-old hat enthusiast, frontman of the rap-rock institution Limp Bizkit, George Michael cover artist, Young Money signee, and…eHarmony commercial director? Yup, it happened — please prepare to deal with it.
Readers' Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties: Limp Bizkit
Our first glimpse at Durst's special spin on the eHarmony brand (there will be three Durst-directed ads in all) features two adorable kids getting a little ahead of themselves in the romance department. Fortunately, eHarmony CEO Dr. Neil Clark Warren is there to get the youngsters »
VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3Gs. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!
If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, »
- Hillary Busis
"He's a sneakerhead with about 200 pairs of Air Jordans. They make up an extraordinarily colorful wall in our apartment," Wilde shared in the July issue (on stands June 17th).
As for Wilde's own odd obsession, the new mom revealed her petite fixation.literally. "Miniature objects, anything tiny: furniture, cameras, trees . all of which you'll find scattered around my home," Wilde said. "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is everything I could dream of in a film."
The House M.D. actress also opened up about the fashion staple she couldn't live without: blazers. "If you were to peek inside my closet, you'd think I was a newscaster or a politician.I have dozens of blazers," Wilde said. And while she loves to wear the tailored jackets, Wilde is guilty of having eyes bigger than her closet. »
At the moment, there does not appear to be much buzz surrounding AMC’s upcoming series Halt and Catch Fire, but perhaps there should be. The show has an intriguing cast which includes Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) and Kerry Bishé (Argo). But more intriguing is the premise: a dramatic thriller set in the early 1980s right in the midst of the PC revolution, where the series’ stars attempt to exploit aspects of Ibm’s PC design in order to create their own personal computer. AMC ordered 10 episodes for the first season and this week, the pilot was made available online.
Halt and Catch Fire was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and the pilot episode was directed by Juan José Campanella, a man who has plenty of television experience under his belt. Campanella has directed multiple episodes of House M.D., Law and Order: Svu, »
- Ken Guidry
For Dr. Jen Arnold, having the power to heal also comes with great responsibility. Speaking to the 2014 graduating class of West Coast University in Irvine, Calif., on Sunday, the star of TLC's The Little Couple shared her own experiences growing up with skeletal dysplasia and developing a strong bond with her own surgeon, as she had to have dozens of surgeries throughout the years. "Each of you graduates has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through your profession," she told a crowd of more than 4,000, including 650 graduates entering the healthcare field. "Now that you have the power to heal, »
- Alicia C. Dennis
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