The only thing more hilariously lame than the first 55 minutes of last Thursday's "Big Brother" was the way Julie Chen concluded it in the final seconds. Paraphrased: "Did you like last week's mundane episodes of 'Big Brother'? Well, HERE COMES THAT VERY MUNDANITY AGAIN. Next week we're bringing you the same boring challenges, the same boring final five, and for some reason we're adding more episodes. Cheers! It's like I always say: Expect the unexpected. Unless you expected something insufferable. Then go ahead and expect that."
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Traveling back from the Toronto Film Festival meant spending a fair amount of time in airports, and in each of those airports, the same revolving barrage of news went by, including discussions of new drone missions over Syria.
It made it very unsettling as I had "Good Kill" still bouncing about inside me, one of the last movies I saw at the fest this year, and as timely a film as I could imagine seeing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film is a close-up character portrait of Tommy Egan, a former fighter jet pilot who has been relocated to a Las Vegas suburban neighborhood. Every day, he reports to a local base where he and his crew file into a small trailer and then spend their shift watching and occasionally killing people on the other side of the world.
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I do pelvic exams with a miner's lamp stuck to my forehead...
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I rob Peter to pay Paul...
Luke Perry is joining “CSI: Cyber”
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star will play a former FBI agent-turned-“futurist” who knows about Patricia Arquette’s character’s past.
“Hell on Wheels” shocker, explained
Showrunner John Wirth says of last night’s episode: “I got to say it wasn’t the easiest thing for me to do."
Lea Michele reveals she’ll sing the “Frozen” song on “Glee”
Michele on Friday tweeted out the lyrics to “Let it Go.”
Lauren Conrad weds
“The Hills” star tired the knot Saturday with boyfriend William Tell.
"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love.
One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, possessed of an Irish brogue that could be poured like whiskey, he finally started to really move front and center in the second half of the decade. Like anyone trying to build a resume in the '80s, he made a memorable appearance on "Miami Vice," then played major roles in "Suspect," "The Good Mother," the underrated "A Prayer For The Dying," the Dirty Harry film "The Dead Pool," and even the odd Neil Jordan romantic-comedy-wtih-ghosts film "High Spirits."
After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award.
We're a month into Peter Capaldi's reign on "Doctor Who." Donna Dickens has been doing a fine job covering the show for us weekly — here's her take on "Listen" — but the latest episode was both excellent and a good opportunity for me to check in on the state of the Doctor, Clara and everything else TARDIS-related, coming up just as soon as I admire the way I look from behind...
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
At the end of last week’s episode, Claire left us with a brick wall cliffhanger. Would she out Dougal for his terrible wibbly-wobbly definition of “guest” or would she lie to the British platoon to avoid a shootout? Either way, this seems like a no-win scenario. Sort of a six of one, half dozen of a the other when it comes to an undercurrent of sexual violence.
Regardless of her choice, tonight we meet “The Garrison Commander.”
Last week saw Twelve and Clara in a stand-alone episode. “The Robot of Sherwood” had some great dialogue and character insights wrapped in a candy coating of absurdity. I don’t know about you guys, but I was along for the ride right up until the last ten minutes. A leap of faith via suspension of disbelief is acceptable…even expected…but the “golden arrow” might be the new “jumping the shark.” Can this week’s episode “Listen”, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, right the ship?
Benjamin McKenzie suffered a “Gotham” head injury on his birthday
"Happy Birthday to me,” the actor wrote on Instagram. "Fight sequence gone awry. Don't ram your head into concrete pillars kids. #gotham.” McKenzie is expected to be back at work on Monday.
“Orange is the New Black” writer left her husband for an actress on the show
Lauren Morelli, who joined the Netflix series as a writer soon after her marriage, realized through the writing process that she’s a lesbian. And now she’s dating Samira Wiley, AKA Poussey.
“Barney Miller” co-creator dies
Theodore J. Flicker wrote the pilot "The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller,” which ABC aired in 1974. The pilot paved the way for the hit series, which ran from 1975 to 1982.