15 items from 2017
Peter Brook is best known for his work in theatre, but his 1963 screen adaptation of William Golding’s English Lit classic is no quaint repertory effort. Made relatively cheaply (the opening plane crash is literally a photograph of a plane spinning around) with non-professionals in the roles of the children, it’s a remarkably raw and brutal telling of a fable which may be as relevant now as ever before.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, this wartime story concerns a group of evacuating public schoolboys who are stranded on a remote island after their plane crashes. At first it’s all fun and frolics as the kids look forward to their freedom. They nominate a leader, Ralph (James Aubrey). Alpha male Jack (Tom Chapin) isn’t happy about this, and he »
- Rupert Harvey
“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert called President Trump a “jerk” on Friday night for his behavior with world leaders at the Nato summit in Brussels, including pushing aside a prime minister and engaging the president of France in an intense handshake. The now-viral video of the shove shows Trump putting his hand on Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, pushing him aside and stepping around him before adjusting his jacket. “Out of my way… Alpha male coming through,” Colbert joked,”I don’t think that kind of shoving is appropriate for an International Summit. That’s the kind of shoving that belongs at the buffet. »
- Brian Flood
How do you screw this up? You've got three leading actresses – Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning – who are usually worth watching in anything. But 3 Generations is pushing it. Even nurturing talent can't breathe life into a script that is completely D.O.A.
In fact, the movie has been lying dormant on a Weinstein Company shelf since it debuted at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, under the title About Ray. Clearly, director and co-writer Gaby Dellal's film has been much fiddled with in the interim – and not for the good. »
Congratulations, Bob Morley! The star of The 100 has officially defeated two-time winner Sam Heughan to become the 2017 Alpha Male in one of our most exciting competitions ever, all thanks to you guys! Morley, with help from his adorable dog, sends his thanks in the adorable video above. "Thank you for making me the E! Online Alpha Male for 2017," he says, holding the cutest puppy you've ever seen. "I think the win is more of a testament to the passion of The 100 fans, so this one's for you. ... It's an honor. Don't know how much of an Alpha I am. I can't even get this one to sit." Morley also acknowledged his win on Twitter, thanking fans »
And then there were two. It's the final round of Alpha Male Madness and it's time to determine a winner. Will Outlander's Sam Heughan take the title for a third year in a row, or will The 100's Bob Morley be victorious? We have no doubt that it's going to be a supremely tough final round as you figure it out, and we do not envy the choice ahead. Luckily, we're neutral in this battle, so we don't have to choose, but we're happy to sit back and watch while you vote like crazy over the next four days! Just in case you need a refresher, Outlander's Jamie Fraser is currently without his wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) after he sent her back to the 1940s, thinking »
We're so close to declaring a winner for Alpha Male Madness 2017! Just four actors remain in the competition after a brutal round of (mostly) costar against costar, and whatever happens, it'll be a brand new fight to the finish. Two-time winner and Outlander star Sam Heughan is still in the game, but he's facing off against Supernatural's Misha Collins, Shameless' Noel Fisher, and The 100's Bob Morley. Heughan, Fisher, and Morley have all been in the lead since round one, but Collins is somewhat of an unexpected contender in this round, since his costar Jensen Ackles received more votes in every round except for the one where it counted. But that's in the past now, and we're »
32 down, 32 to go. Round 2 of Alpha Male Madness has officially begun, and it's time for your favorite TV guys to face off against each other in one-on-one battles. Only 16 actors can survive this round, and it's up to you to find out which actors those are. In this round, we've got Outlander's Jamie Frasier facing off against Prison Break's Michael Scofield while Once Upon a Time's Captain Hook takes on the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, Klaus Mikaelson of The Originals. We also have vampires up against pirate captains and one comeback vs. comeback that could get really interesting. All you have to do is vote, and you can do it as many times as you want for as »
64 actors enter, only one can leave. Alpha Male Madness 2017 has officially begun, meaning you can now help determine the most loved TV actor of 2017! Round one begins today, with 64 men competing for your votes. Only the top 32 will make it to the second tournament-style round, so vote as many times as you can for as many actors as you want. Will Outlander's Sam Heughan win for a third year in a row, or could Stephen Amell or Colin O'Donoghue, his runners-up, overtake him this year? Or, will a newbie take the crown in 2017? It's all up to you, so get to voting! This round will close Wednesday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Pt. »
March Madness may have passed us by, but Alpha Male Madness is only just beginning. It's time to launch our annual tournament of guys to determine which actor is most loved (and has the most passionate fanbase) in 2017, and we need your nominations! You have until Sunday, April 9 at 5 p.m. Pt to send us your nominations. You can nominate as many actors as you want, as long as they identify as either male or nonbinary, and they were on TV in 2016 or 2017. Those are pretty much the only rules! The tournament will begin on Monday with 64 contestants, and we'll slowly keep eliminating the group by half until just one actor wins it all. Could Outlander's Sam »
Not so fast Savant — with the help of correspondent input, DVD Savant presents more information on David Swift’s adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — correcting and modifying some assumptions in my first review. Don’t worry — it’s good reading.
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This is an odd circumstance. I routinely update, modify, correct and de-stupidify DVD Savant reviews, but this time I’m taking a more radical step. In my March 25 coverage of Twilight Time’s Blu-ray of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I made a big point of the fact that David Swift’s film adaptation had not made many changes. Several songs were dropped, but that would seem the right thing to do considering that the movie wasn’t planned as a Road Show — it’s only 121 minutes in duration and has no break for an intermission. The much missed »
- Glenn Erickson
Also, while the team may be worried about Reid, they do have to travel to Philadelphia to work a case involving an UnSub throwing acid in his victims' faces. And just like in "Collision Course," this case shows painful ramifications of rejection.
Spencer Reid’s dire circumstance is having a dramatic effect on the Bau.
On Wednesday’s episode of Criminal Minds, titled “Alpha Male,” the team struggles to adapt to their new reality after Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), who allegedly murdered a doctor in Mexico, opted not to take a plea deal, and only Et has the exclusive first look.
In the sneak peek, J.J. Jareau (A.J. Cook), Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) and Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton) try to make sense of Reid’s options after he is alsodenied bail. At the moment, things aren’t looking so great. Then Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) proposes a thoughtful way to make sure their pal is taken care of behind bars.
“We’re going to send him letters every day. We’re going to put money in his commissary account. We are »
Of all the characters to have filtered through Bau, Dr. Spencer Reid heading into a prison cell is the most likely.
Perhaps that's what makes this exclusive look at Criminal Minds Season 12 Episode 15 so effective.
As Reid filters into his new "home" with all the other convicted and potentially guilty or innocent men he'll be spending his foreseeable future with, it hits home how easily anybody can find themselves in that situation.
Memory loss, an unbelievable tale of innocence or the lack of any other potential suspects could all be viable reasons you become the target of an intensive investigation.
Would your background be squeaky clean enough to keep you out of the hot seat?
I would have thought Reid's, if anybody's, would have given him a get out of jail free pass.
On "Alpha Male," he'll find himself in new and unsteady surroundings trying to survive.
But before he »
- Carissa Pavlica
Region B Blu-ray
Vlm Media (Finland)
1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 68 74 min. / Street Date November 25, 2016 / Available from Cdon.Com / €19.95
Cinematography, Editing: Erik Blomberg
Costume, Wardrobe, Makeup: Mirjami Kuosmanen
Original Music: Einar Englund
Produced by: Aame Tarkas
Directed by Erik Blomberg
A few years back the pioneering disc boutique Mondo Macabro imported a number of exotic Eastern horror films, such as Purana Mandir from India. The movies seemed a real cultural curiosity, an imitation of our genre filmmaking with local touches added. Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Horror reference book whetted my appetite for scores of amazing-sounding foreign horror pictures, that I thought I’d never see. Many have been made available in the digital age, although not always in this Region. A friend loaned me this exotic picture, »
- Glenn Erickson
Those of us who hadn't read the books couldn't fully comprehend the importance of Elena Gilbert's opening words on The Vampire Diaries Season 1.
Nor did we understand just how much we'd come to love the witty banter, thought provoking monologues, and snappy one-liners we would encounter over the course of eight seasons.
Now that The Vampire Diaries Season 8 is in the final stretch, we thought it was time to take a walk down memory lane to relive some of the best quotes* from The Vampire Diaries. Because there are so many awesome quotes from the show's run, we're breaking this down into two installments.
Up first, The Vampire Diaries Seaons 1 through 3. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
*Editor's note: I chose these quotes myself. So they're my best quotes. Feel free to add yours in the comments!
- Miranda Wicker
15 items from 2017
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