There is no weirder trend right now than the sudden resurgence of the Biblical epic.
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" sounds like one of the weirdest movies of all time. The script was fascinating, a hybrid of a moral tale and a monster movie,and Ridley Scott is evidently gearing up to make a Moses movie with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul called "Exodus."
I'm not sure I understand the sudden urge. If the idea is to try to reach out to traditional conservative Christian groups, I'm not sure hiring the directors of "Wanted," "Requiem For A Dream," and "Black Hawk Down" is the way to do that. At least with Aronofsky and Scott, they've demonstrated some range as filmmakers in the past. Bekmembatov, on the other hand, is a sensation junkie ADD lunatic. That's not necessarily a negative judgment, just an observation. There are very few people who would have ever approached something like "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" with the straight-faced utter lack of humor that he did, and the idea of him shooting something like a new souped-up version of the chariot race from "Ben-Hur" is so decadent that I almost can't contain my glee.
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There is no weirder trend right now than the sudden resurgence of the Biblical epic.
A pair of movies are hitting theaters this weekend that mark a distinct transition from summer entertainments to fall adult drama programming. One is "Rush." The other is Denis Villenueve's "Prisoners," a tense piece of work that I called a "tense bow of tension drawn impossibly tight" out of Telluride. I don't see it as awards caliber material, though Hugh Jackman gives a terrific performance, it makes some brave choices for a studio thriller and I have respect for Villeneuve's craft. This site seemed to find that piece bewildering in its vacillation, and really, that's kind of this movie in a nutshell to me. So it fits. (And yes, Virginia, that's a site dedicated to reviewing reviews.) So with that, let's just turn it over to you. When and if you get around to "Prisoners" this weekend, tell us your thoughts in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll below.
The season debut of "Shark Tank" (tonight at 9:00 p.m. on ABC) is poised to chew up the competition (last season it was the top Friday night network show among adults aged 18 - 49), and that's just fine with the tough cookies who tear apart the fledgling business owners who come begging. Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Leary have no problem telling entrepreneurs what they really think. I had a chance to talk to Mr. Wonderful during press tour, and he revealed the three things that make him interested in investing, the companies that have disappointed, and why everyone should want to invest with a shark... if they can.
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).
It's time for our final category: Outstanding Drama Series, which includes reigning winner "Homeland," four-time champ "Mad Men," former winner (in the miniseries category) "Downton Abbey"), two shows that seem to be riding a wave of buzz in "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones," plus "House of Cards," which may get points both for all the movie people involved (Emmy voters are impressed by movie people) and for the newness of the Netflix model.
Vince Gilligan: Watch "Breaking Bad" over Emmys, final episodes won't run exactly 75 minutes
The "Breaking Bad" creator says the last two episodes will actually run about six to seven minutes past the hour. PLUS: Hank Schrader rises.
"Lost" created a secret document tricking ABC into thinking it was a self-contained series
Four "Lost" writers were enlisted during the pilot to create the document, which promised that the show wouldn't be as mysterious as it ended up being with a less-serialized structure, and that characters would live in a "primitive 'Melrose Place.'" Co-creator Damon Lindelof says the document was created to ensure "Lost's" renewal.
Kelly McGilis is going Amish again for a TV movie
The "Witness" star will play an Amish aunt in "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio."
NBC Entertainment boss' contract extended throught2017
The Peacock has been making a comeback under Bob Greenblatt's leadership, especially since it just came out that NBC was No. 2 in the 18-49 demo last season.
Jon Hamm is sporting a bushy salt and pepper beard these days
Check out the "Mad Men" star in a photo taken on Thursday.
Taylor Armstrong officially out of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
But she will appear in a few scenes next season.
"The Bachelor" host not dating a former bachelorette
Chris Harrison was spotted in a bar with Season 17's Selma Alameri, but she insists they are just good friends.
"Castle" books "Justified's" Joelle Carter
She'll guest as the girlfriend of a death row inmate.
Jimmy Fallon gives "Wheel of Fortune" contestant who missed out on $1M a 2nd chance
Watch the contestant get redemption.
Oliver Stone's "JFK" is a masterpiece. I say that unequivocally. It's masterful filmmaking of a degree few could ever hope to reach, but it's been consistently plagued and overshadowed by the whiff of conspiracy fatigue ever since its 1991 release.
This has always been strange to me. Nothing presented in the film is all that far-fetched, and depending on your opinion of Dallas journalist Jim Marrs, it was all perfectly well-reported before Stone and screenwriter Zachary Sklar came along. Meanwhile, there has been a curiously strong push lately, it seems, to ensure once-and-for-all acceptance of the lone gunman theory, which, I'm sorry, if you've ever stood in the book depository and seen that vantage point (relative, as the actual window itself is blocked off), then you know the shot was pretty tough to pull off. And "back and to the left" seems pretty significant to me.
Fans who answered “yes” to Drake’s “Would You Like A Tour” forthcoming concert outing will have to wait a little longer to see the Canadian rapper live.
Citing “an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements,” Drake announced that the outing, which was supposed to start Sept. 25 in Portland, Ore. will now start Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh.
The 16 dates affected by the shift have now been tacked on to the end of Drake's tour, according to Pitchfork.
Now that he’s pushed back the tour, Drake found time to go on “The Ellen Show” yesterday and awkwardly answer her “Who Has Drake Dated” questions and plug his new album, “Nothing Was The Same,” which comes out Sept. 24. He clammed up a little about Rihanna, but was more forthcoming about Nicki Minaj.
09-25 Portland, OR - Rose Garden *
09-26 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome *
09-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena *
09-29 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome *
09-30 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place *
10-02 Saskatoon, Sascatchewan - Credit Union Centre *
10-03 Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre *
10-05 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
10-06 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
10-08 St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center *
10-09 Chicago, IL - United Center *
10-11 Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
10-12 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10-13 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena *
10-15 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center *
10-16 Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center *
10-18 Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center *
10-19 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center *
10-21 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre *
10-22 Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre *
10-24 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre *
10-26 Hartford, CT - XL Center *
10-27 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center *
10-28 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center *
10-30 Boston, MA - TD Garden *
10-31 Washington, DC - Verizon Center *
11-02 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena *
11-03 Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena *
11-05 Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena *
11-06 Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum *
11-07 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena *
11-09 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena *
11-10 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center *
11-12 San Antonio, TX - AT & T Center *
11-13 Houston, TX - Toyota Center *
11-16 Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center *
11-18 Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena *
11-19 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena *
11-21 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center *
11-22 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Hotel *
11-24 San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena *
11-25 Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center *
11-28 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena *
11-30 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome *
12-01 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place *
12-03 Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena *
12-04 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome *
12-07 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
12-08 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
12-09 Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
12-11 Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center *
12-12 Chicago, IL - United Center *
12-13 Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena *
12-15 Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center *
12-16 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
* with Miguel and Future
There's no way I can be objective or dispassionate about a film like "The Dirties." As I was watching it, the part of me that is a film critic, constantly analyzing and contextualizing, simply shut down. My experiences, my influences, my history… it makes it impossible for me for me to try to explain this in any terms except personal ones. That happens with films all the time for people, and it is an occupational hazard. I've had moments like that so many times over the years, and each and every time, I feel like this is why I am as fascinated today by the strange emotional magic trick of a movie as I was in 1977 when I first fell in love.
My teenage years were the John Hughes years, the '80s, full-flush, and I went from a chubby nerdy ten year old kid in 1980 to a chubby nerdy twenty year old who couldn't wait another day and moved to Los Angeles. The mid-point of that decade was the moment that made all the difference in the world, the moment where my family moved to Florida and I ended up enrolled in the same high school as Scott Swan, a kid who had just moved to the area from Pittsburgh, a kid who was exactly as movie crazy as I was.
Any announcement that involves Neil Marshall getting more work is a good thing.
It's exciting to hear that he's back on "Game Of Thrones" for next season. His work on "Blackwater" was epic, even by the amazing weekly standards of that show. I think he's been completely undervalued as a feature director, and a big part of it is simply because not enough people have seen his movies. "Centurion" happened at the exact wrong moment in the career arc of Michael Fassbender, and it would have been a much easier sell a year later. It's worth catching up with if you haven't seen it, and it's just one more example of how good Marshall is at staging large action sequences.
Marshall has a classic sense of action geography. He's smart about how he lays out his big set pieces, and he is excellent at conveying what's important in a scene and how everything connects. These days, that seems to be a more and more precious skill, especially when the aesthetic pushes more and more towards total incoherence and visual chaos. When you look at "Doomsday" or "The Descent" or "Dog Soldiers," you clearly see a guy who has action chops to spare, and yet it seems like he doesn't work nearly enough.
Matthew Weiner rules out a "Mad Men" spinoff, says he was told of split season
"It's a strategy from the network and I was told about it," Weiner says of splitting the final season into two halves. "I found a way to work with it. That's all I can say. I think it's an opportunity." As for a spinoff, Weiner says, "There's no chance... when it's done, it's done."
Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night" will premiere with Episode 2
The pilot got some unfavorable reviews, so ABC is switching things up.
"Breaking Bad's" finale will be followed by a 1-hour "Talking Bad" with Jimmy Kimmel
"Talking Bad" will air immediately after the finale, and will feature many of the show's casts and alums. Kimmel will also be hosting a Q&A at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Aaron Paul is screening the finale. Also, AMC will air every "Breaking Bad" episode in a marathon starting next week.
Neil Patrick Harris hopes this year's Emmy In Memoriam segment is "not a competition"
This year's In Memoriam won't be "weird" with the audience applauding some of those who have died.
Fox puts soap in "Raising Hope's" mouth
See the promo for Season 4.
Bryan Singer teams with Syfy on a monster drama
"Creature At Bay" will focus on the modern-day "Kaiju" monster.
Happy 65th birthday, George R.R. Martin!
Here are 65 things the "Game of Thrones" honcho has to do.
Melora Hardin heads to "Killer Women"
"The Office" alum will guest as a long-suffering spouse.
Finally, we get a good, long(ish) peek at what we can expect from "American Horror Story: Coven." Yes, there's still plenty of spooky imagery, but in this teaser we get a sense of the plot, the setting and, most importantly, what we can expect from Jessica Lange this time around.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.