Do you ever think, gee, I just can't get enough of the hackneyed tropes and predictable plot twists I remember from cheesy romcoms? Probably not, but fingers crossed "Marry Me" isn't the vehicle to deliver them in any case. This trailer hits just about every annoying romantic comedy cliche you can imagine short of a Kate Hudson cameo, but you can't fault the talent involved -- Casey Wilson of “Happy Endings” plays Annie and Ken Marino of “Eastbound & Down” is Jake, the couple who just can't get this engagement thing right. Still, there was much to learn from this first trailer. What a wacky sitcom couple!
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I'm not sure I really needed to see Kenya and NeNe discuss why Kenya's a size queen and how NeNe likes her tenderoni, but that wasn't the real reason to watch the "Secrets Revealed" episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion. No, that would be the very special episode of "Watch What Happens Live" that aired after it, which had Kenya sitting down with Andy for a one-on-one. Really, you could have skipped the "Secrets Revealed" episode altogether, as there weren't really secrets or revelations unless you really wanted to watch NeNe's face while stuck in a car with Phaedra and Chuck. If she ends up in Hell for any reason, I suspect it will be similar.
While last week's episode of "Silicon Valley" smacked of tired sitcom tropes and predictable outcomes, this week the show manages to put the TV writing 101 textbook away and let character dictate both the humor and the direction of the plot. Crazy, right? Most importantly, Gilfoyle and Dinesh are able to do something other than lob semi-funny co-worker jokes at one another. Note to the writers' room: Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr are two of your greatest assets. Use them wisely. This episode was a step in the right direction, if only a step.
Lest you think I actually prefer to grumble about "The Amazing Race" and can't enjoy a simple, clear and well-constructed Leg?
I give you Sunday (May 11) night's installment, "Hei Ho Heidi Ho."
Was it perhaps just a bit too dependent on seemingly arbitrary and minor travel misadventures? Well, yes. Both first place and last place for the Leg were determined by very tiny errors of direction. And although there were skill-based elements to the Roadblock, the Detour and a Route Marker task, the advantages gained or time lost ended up being deceptively minor.
But the tasks were fun, regionally specific and they were all designed to showcase the personalities of the contestants and I found myself really liking a few teams for the first time in weeks. These are the things I like in an "Amazing Race" episode, so I have to make sure I underline them whenever they occur.
Also, for the first time in weeks on "The Amazing Race," the competing teams treated the Leg like they were in a race for a million dollars. Nobody helped anybody else. Nobody got into pointless snits about perceived slights that were actually just part of the game.
I enjoyed it.
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Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the lineup's second Palme d'Or-winning British stalwart: Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall."
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Try as I might, I can't feel like NBC's miniseries version of "Rosemary's Baby" is a disgrace.
I know that I should.
Roman Polanski's 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin's tightly-written suspense potboiler is a masterpiece on every level. It's disturbing and scary, which is why people remember it as a horror classic. But in certain places, it's also absolutely hilarious with a vein of dark humor that qualifies confidently as camp, but never jeopardizes the visceral tension. And that balance is perfectly captured through every performance, from Mia Farrow in the lead role, to John Cassavetes, Sidney Blackmer and the incomparable Ruth Gordon.
And every way in which Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" works, Agnieszka Holland's NBC adaptation falls short.
A review that says "NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' is bad because Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' is good" accomplishes nothing, even if it's both true and a tremendously efficient piece of criticism.
Despite all of the failings of the new "Rosemary's Baby," it's possible that I just have stricter standards for what constitutes a disgrace.
A disgrace is something that lingers around you forever.
It'll be a long time before Jonathan Rhys Meyers can do anything without me mentioning his trust-busting bloodsucker. Because NBC's "Dracula" was a disgrace.
Disgraces don't necessarily hold you back, because you can own a disgrace. George Clooney owns "Batman & Robin." Ben Affleck owns a solid decade of his resume. The punchlines haven't vanished, but it's all OK.
And when it comes to NBC's "Rosemary's Baby," I don't think anybody has been permanently tarnished.
Zoe Saldana is neither good nor bad in "Rosemary's Baby," but five years from now nobody will even remember it was a thing that she did.
Agnieszka Holland's resume is a mixture of very good TV -- "Treme," "The Wire" -- and an mixed bag of features, but "Rosemary's Baby" will just go down as something that she tried, even if it didn't work.
Patrick J. Adams, Carole Bouquet and Jason Isaacs? They all acquit themselves decently in "Rosemary's Baby" and I associate them all so strongly with other things -- even if, in Adams' case, it's just a really random SAG Award nomination -- that I can accept that they wanted to work in Paris for a few months, which isn't a crime.
I'm not holding "Rosemary's Baby" against anybody, even if it took up three hours of viewing time and yielded little more than a pleasant reminder that Paris is a lovely city.
No, it doesn't add to the legacy of the story, but Ira Levin did much more damage to that legacy with 1997's profoundly silly "Son of Rosemary" than anything writers James Wong and Scott Abbott could think to do here.
In fact, that's where NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" falls flat: It doesn't really think to do much of anything to Levin's book and Polanski's film. It's a missed opportunity on every intellectual level, while not approaching the technical proficiency of the first movie. So it's just nothing. The writing, direction and performances aren't laughable in any way, they're just bland and directionless.
I think curiosity might get some viewers tuning in for the first part of "Rosemary's Baby" on Sunday (May 11) night, but it just so happens that the very worst part of the entire miniseries is its structuring and so little happens in those first two hours, the only reason to tune back in for the conclusion on Thursday is to validate those first two hours. As a critic, I often watch the second half of things that aren't good just so that I can have closure on the experience. Viewers don't work the same way.
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As you've already seen by now, NBC announced its 2014-15 schedule on Sunday morning.
The highlights include a lone hour of comedies on Thursday -- "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" -- two comedies on Tuesday after "The Voice" -- led by "Marry Me" -- and "Constantine" becoming the latest drama to try to hold onto the "Grimm" audience on Fridays at 10 p.m.
NBC also announced that "State of Affairs," featuring Katherine Heigl's return to primetime, will air after "The Voice" starting in November, with "The Blacklist" shifting to Thursdays after a post-Super Bowl airing in February.
You can read all about the schedule here.
But now, check out pictures from ABC's new fall shows (and one image from "Allegiance," airing in the spring).
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