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If you're already feeling like a post-Thanksgiving lump on Friday, you may want to watch "Untold Stories of the ER" (Discovery Fit & Health, 10:00 p.m. ET). No, it won't help you digest that wad of food that's probably still sitting uncomfortably in your stomach, but you can at least comfort yourself in knowing that you aren't sitting in an ER where people like the guy in this exclusive clip might be running around.
A man is kidnapped and forced to spend 20 years in isolation, in captivity, controlled but not harmed. He is finally allowed to escape and then he is given a single question to answer: who kidnapped him, and why?
It's an almost irresistible set-up for a film, and when Chan-wook Park adapted it as the middle part of his "Vengeance" trilogy, it was a perfect match of filmmaker and material. There is a fury to the film that is still somewhat terrifying when you see it, and Park delivers each new twist to the narrative like he's holding a knife that's already buried deep between two ribs, like he is enjoying each twist, knowing exactly what damage he's doing. While much of Spike Lee's best work is driven by a simmering anger, it's a very different kind, and his new version of "Oldboy" feels like someone stranded by material rather than someone liberated by it.
The former Robin Hood will play an on-call doctor.
So, this year's list of nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. How did things shake out? Well, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the way with seven nominations, but Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" wasn't far behind with six.
The nominees for Best Feature were "All is Lost," "Frances Ha," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "12 Years a Slave." My first instinct was to cry foul that Richard Linklater's glorious "Before Midnight" didn't slip in and only managed nods for screenplay and female lead, but as someone put it to me on Twitter, perhaps that just goes to show the quality of work across the independent spectrum this year. There is only so much room.
The nominees for the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. Check out the full list below.
Winners will be revealed at the annual pre-Oscar Santa Monica ceremony on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" has held a steady course since a Cannes bow, and going into the awards season, it looks to be as strong as ever. One person who could be recognized for his work in the film is John Goodman as the actor gets a whole vignette of sorts to himself in the film. And he makes the most of it, as he always does.
Well, it's not every award where you'll find James Franco's oddball S&M diversion "Interior. Leather Bar." nominated alongside Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas' wildly experimental Cannes winner "Post Tenebras Lux." To be more precise, it's not any award but this one. The Cinema Eye Honors for documentary filmmaking -- onre of the biggest precursors on the non-fiction circuit -- announced their slate of nominees a couple of weeks ago, with "The Act of Killing" and "Cutie and the Boxer" leading the pack, but they added five nominees for their Heterodox Award yesterday.
"My personal feeling is that he got away," he tells GQ. "But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they're going to find this kid's fingerprints all over this lab and they're going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he's still on the hook for the murder of two federal agents." PLUS: A 135-minute documentary titled "No Half Measures" accompanies the "Breaking Bad" Complete Series DVD set.
The Christmas special will be called "The Time Of The Doctor."
Pablo Schreiber's' serial killer character returns on Jan. 8.
Grammer is working on "The Code" with "The Color Of Water" author James McBride.
Watch his holiday tribute for Jimmy Fallon.
Following the release of her best-of collection this week on RCA, Dido is officially out of her record contract and a free agent.
“I’m like an overexcited kid,” the British singer/songwriter tells HitFix. “I have so many ideas. ‘I can do this, I can do that.’ I’m like ‘take a breath’.”
More about what’s next for Dido a little later, but first she spent a few minutes looking back with us over her nearly 15-year career covered on “Greatest Hits,” a compilation of all her singles from her 1999 debut, “ No Angel,” on. Among the selections are “Here With Me,” “Thank You,” “White Flag,” “Life for Rent,” and Eminem’s “Stan,” which samples “Thank You,” and helped catapult Dido to stardom.
She listened to the album from start to finish while mastering the project. “It was this crazy, emotional 15-year diary in an hour,” she says. “When you write a song, you’re so clear about where you were and what you were feeling, even more so than when I see a picture. I have such clear memories.”
As often happens, the songs take different meaning and shapes as life progresses. “Everything to Lose,” originally featured on the 2010 “Sex and the City 2” soundtrack, “is probably more relevant now,” Dido says. “When you do finally really fall in love, having a kid, and having the fear” of losing it all.
Indeed, the birth of her son in 2011 has changed the prism through which she views life. “I’m a more emotional person since having Stanley. I was never the big cry person. Now I’ll be in the cinema and I start crying. I was crying at ‘Philomena’ 10 minutes in. My husband was like, ‘Are you alright?’ So any of these songs that are emotional, I feel it all bigger because of Stanley. It opens up a part of you.”
The collection includes a new track, “NYC.” Though written recently, it is about an era, pre-1999, when everything was still possible for her, including failure. “It’s about a time back at the very beginning when I came to New York City with the words of my brother ringing in my head: ‘This is probably not going to happen for you, but good luck’.”
Even after all her success —she’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and garnered an Oscar nod for “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”—the uncertainty remains. And she’s fine with that. “I’m still unsure of where the road ahead goes,” she says. “I’ll always be that person. I feel more comfortable not knowing. I crave those feelings. There’s room for magic to happen.”
While being without a record contract would strike fear in some, for Dido, it strikes a sense of possibility where music dictates every decision. “You can just put music out. For me that’s extremely exciting,” she says. “Sometimes [on a label] I feel like you make things and you have to wait for ages and you just play this big waiting game. Now, you can do this project here and that project there. It’s dictated by what you’re doing creatively.”
She’s coy about what’s next as she has material now that is taking her in two “extremely different ways,” and she hasn’t chosen which path to take yet. “It all becomes about the music and that’s the world I live in.”