Podcast, blog and book notes
A few bits of housekeeping and book pluggery while I ponder what Chuck Lorre might write in a vanity card about Angus T. Jones...
* As Dan and I warned you two weeks ago, this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast will be recorded and posted sometime tomorrow.
* As mentioned in last night's "Homeland" review, the final three episodes of season 2 won't be done in time for critics to see them in advance. I found out today that AMC also won't be making Sunday's "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale available for advance review. So here's the plan: 1)This week, because "TWD" airs an hour earlier, I'm going to watch that, write my review, go to sleep, and watch and write about "Homeland" on Monday morning. 2)The remaining two Sundays of the season (when there won't be any "TWD" — or "Boardwalk Empire," or "Tremé," for that matter), I'll endeavor to follow the "Mad Men" plan and stay up to cover those "Homeland" episodes, endurance-willing. If not, Monday morning.
* Lots of great stuff related to my book has started popping up around the web. The Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker both ran very positive reviews (and the book was discussed briefly at the end of a pre-Thanksgiving episode of NPR's "Pop Culture Happy Hour" podcast), and today Grantland ran an excerpt from the start of "The Revolution Was Televised" chapter about "Lost." I'll also be doing several podcast and radio interviews about the book this week, and will do another short post like this one to link to them when I have several collected. As always, if you have a question about the book, feel free to either post a comment here or email me.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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