A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I treat you like one of the boys...
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Considering the critical acclaim and cult following among cinefiles Wes Anderson has received over the past 13 years, it's surprising how little love Oscar has thrown his way. Anderson only has two nominations to his credit so far: the first for co-writing "The Royal Tenenbaums" with Owen Wilson and, second, as director of best animated feature nominee "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." You could argue that Anderson likely doesn't play the awards season game, but his producers and actors certainly have. Now, after releasing his last two films through Fox Searchlight (a mini-major that knows something about Oscar), Anderson is taking his new live action project, "Moonrise Kingdom," to Focus Features (another mini-major that knows something about Oscar).
And then there was another episode.
It’s hard to believe that there is so very little time left in the first (and likely last) season of “The Event.” This week’s installment, “Us of Them,” seems to consciously avoid any effort to build momentum or ramp up the action. Instead of watching our heroes perform the badass deeds we expect of an end game, we watch them develop an under-cooked love story. We watch them find the bad guy...but then not really. They quarantine an airplane...but then not really. What we really watch them do is kill time, and little else. I’m forced to assume that poor reception and terrible ratings have forced the writers to abort most of what they had planned for the inaugural season, because this simply cannot be all that they had planned, right?
I feel bad continuing to take potshots at a series that has clearly had everything possible go wrong for it, but at the same time no show, with this few episodes remaining, should be this much of a chore to sit through.
[Full recap of Monday’s (May 2) “The Event” after the break...]
'United States of Tara' - 'The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions': Building a better rat trap
At the start of this season of "United States of Tara," I said there would be some weeks where I might not have a review, even a short one, and simply put up a post for the rest of you to discuss the latest episode. This is going to be one of those weeks, in part because I'm way behind on work due to taking a chunk of last week off for a funeral, in part because this was largely a transition episode, focusing on Tara's work with Dr. Hatteras and how the alters are working within the confines of the arrangement.
So - after you've read Fienberg's interview with Eddie Izzard - have at it. What does everybody think of what went down between Neil and Mrs. Crane, with how Kate's doing on her new job, Marshall's movie plans, etc.?
In the interest of full disclosure, I had to thank Chris Hemsworth for something when I sat down to do our interview on Saturday, and it was the first time speaking to him, even though I visited the sets of the film in Manhattan Beach while it was shooting. He wasn't on set that day, so we only glimpsed him on-camera.
Recently, a mutual friend asked Hemsworth to sign a cardboard replica of Mjolnir, Thor's magic hammer, for my son Toshi, and that now resides in a very special part of the playroom, where Toshi can look at it but where it isn't being used as a toy. He knows it's special, and he loves the idea that Thor signed a hammer for him.
I made sure to thank Hemsworth for doing that as we were getting ready for the cameras to roll, and it occurred to me as we were talking that between "Star Trek," one of the first films Toshi fell head over heels in love with, and this movie, and next year's "The Avengers," there is a good chance that Toshi's going to imprint on this guy as one of his generation's movie stars, the way guys my age imprinted on Harrison Ford in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies.
Seems like a good plan to me.
A quick review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I apologize for dishonoring your shirt...
“2010 is the year of me,” M. Ward says, calling from his homebase in Portland, Ore. “Oh, man, it’s 2011, isn’t it? I mean 2011. This is my year.”
It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I look back over the about-to-end seasons of "Justified" and "Fringe" and answer a bunch of your questions - most of which somehow take us back to the subject of "Parks and Recreation." The run-down:
Welcome to The Morning Read.
I guess we can call this confirmed now? Maybe? CHUD actually first reported on Guy Pearce appearing in Ridley Scott's upcoming sorta-"Alien"-prequel film "Prometheus," but there was no official confirmation of any kind. I was reluctant to run a piece here about it because it seemed possible there was some sort of confusion from the original source. After all, Michael Fassbender, who is the same sort of angular leading-man type as Pearce, isn't exactly a household name yet, and we haven't seen his look in the film yet. I could see a casual observer making that mistake. The Playlist says they've got the story confirmed now, and while it's not an announcement from the studio, it sounds like Pearce may well show up in what sounds like one of the coolest ensembles in recent blockbuster memory.
Speaking of CHUD, "Andre Dellamorte" is saying goodbye to the site, and his exit is a great example of "classing up the joint."
And speaking of that cool "Prometheus" ensemble, I am thrilled to see Idris Elba getting all this work lately. I think I just don't care about the race of characters unless that's the point of the text, and while I understand that "Thor" is based on Norse mythology, I think the casting of Idris Elba is one of the film's coolest moves, and his performance more than delivers on what is required of the role. He's commanding, alien, and nails one of the film's best jokes with a perfectly-timed line reading. I'm sorry, but if you're still griping about Elba, you need to look past pre-conceptions to see the actual work. One day, I believe fans will get over the surface issues of skin color and realize that the more inclusive these fantasies are, the more people there are to share them with. To me, that's one of the major pleasures of fandom.