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Returning to the same stage where he brought his acerbic sense of humor to Hollywood, Ricky Gervais has been named host of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, set for Jan. 10, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The three-hour ceremony serves as the official kick-off to awards season and will be aired live coast to coast from 8-11 p.m. Et on NBC. Here's what NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had to say in a statement.
"We're excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor - and send up - the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts."
Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for three consecutive years (2010-12) when the network registered ratings gains from the previous two telecasts. Over that 2010-12 span, the »
Why aren’t there more horror westerns? For two genres that have been around pretty much since the beginning of cinema, it’s surprising that more filmmakers haven’t taken the opportunity to combine horror films and westerns the same way they have horror and comedy or horror and sci-fi. Sure, there are a handful, but most of the prominent entries in this limited subgenre are horror films that are, at best, informed by the tropes and flavor of westerns without being westerns in the classical sense. It’s the rare horror movie that actually features horses and saloons and supernatural cowboys. Ghost Town is one such movie.
Not to be confused with the Ricky Gervais romantic comedy of the same name, 1988’s Ghost Town opens with the disappearance of a beautiful blonde woman (Catherine Hickland of Witchery) at the hands of some unseen force. A cop named Langley (Franc Luz »
- Patrick Bromley
The new action comedy "Mortdecai" stars Johnny Depp as the titular character, a financially distressed dealer of stolen art. Gwyneth Paltrow plays his wife Johanna, and Paul Bettany is Jock, his manservant and thug. They get involved in a globe trotting murder investigation after an art restorer is killed and a Goya painting she was working on is stolen. Mortdecai's antagonistic old chum, Inspector Martland, brings him in on the case, as his expertise in this particular area is much needed. They end up contending with terrorists, nymphomaniacs and other sundry characters in their race to solve the crime.
Depp plays Mortdecai as a sort of mincing fop, a character choice we've seen him use a lot recently. Jack Sparrow, the Mad Hatter and Charlie Mortdecai are all of a piece. The only thing distinguishing about this new character is that he possesses bad teeth and a mustache, as »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Your enjoyment of Mortdecai is likely going to be based on one thing: how much you can stand late period Johnny Depp. If you still find his faux-British sauntering thing endearing and enjoyable, you’ll probably have a good time. If however, like me, you’ve been growing tired of it since the second Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, you might find it a bit of a chore.
Based on author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s series of cult novels, Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, an cartoonish upper crust art dealer-slash-conman, with a mansion in Oxford and staring bankruptcy down the barrel. When a rare Goya painting is stolen, old acquaintance and MI5 agent Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) throws Mortdecai a bone – retrieve the painting and he’ll clear his tax debt. What follows is a half Bond, »
4 items from 2015
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