Sunday, January 31, 2010
Torchwood star John Barrowman is joining TV’s Desperate Housewives for a handful of episodes later this season.
The oh-sooo-handsome actor will play the Big Bad at the center of the Angie (Drea de Matteo) mystery.
You can expect to see him for the first time on the show in early April.
Matthew McConaughey tuxed it up to hit the beach in Malibu for a Hugo Boss photo shoot earlier this week.
The DILF of two – his brand new baby girl, Vida, was born on Jan. 3 – sure makes dapper look easy, huh.
Friday, January 29, 2010
And I’m back with more reviews, just like that.
It’s been a while since I last posted a review…I’ve been absent in that regard, but here I are again, out of left field in a way, which is appropriate since that’s how Crazy Heart came out – no one was expecting it.
The Jeff Bridges vehicle was supposed to come out in the spring, I’m fairly certain, but it got rushed out late last year so it could qualify for some awards love.
Although I bet the company line is far less cynical than that.
A good thing, too, anyway, since Bridges is stunning in it, and, indeed, awards-worthy. He’s already gotten a bunch of critical kudos, as well as the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, and he’s a lock to receive an Oscar nomination next week.
The beloved actor plays Bad Blake, a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many women, and even more years of bad living, boozing and smoking and working the road. When we meet him he’s at a fork, y’ know. He hasn’t written a song in years, he’s over touring, and he’s teetering on the edge.
And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with all his might when he meets a reporter named Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
She’s interested in getting to know the man behind the legend – Bad, y’ see, used to be quite famous, but now he does two-bits gigs to which he drives himself, and is on the outs with a younger and fresher rising star played Colin Farrell.
Jean helps him rediscover the man he is. They genuinely fall for each other. She’s his inspiration, but he’s her worst nightmare (a single mother to an adorable boy, she’s weary of their relationship).
As Bad struggles down the long, oft-unforgiven road toward redemption, he learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.
This isn’t the bestest of movies – I know we’ve seen better-told stories on the silver screen before, although not quite so beautifully soundtracked (thanks to T-Bone Burnett’s original songs).
But Bridges is sooo good in Crazy Heart, so unglamorous, and, more importantly, so powerfully moving, it is easy to overlook any of the movie’s faults, which include, at times, a lack of engaging of the audience. (I caught a few zzzs during a couple of scenes there.)
But Bridges, man.... He’s the heart of Crazy Heart. And it’s a pleasure to see him beat.
My Rating ***
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
I’m guessing it involves Samantha, since the trailer kinda gave that away.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Mel Gibson, in theaters tomorrow, with Edge of Darkness, after almost eight years, is continuing on his quest for total silver screen renewed domination.
The actor, who has been working on Jodie Foster’s Beaver – uhh…that sounded kinda funny – is considering reteaming with Lethal Weapon screenwriter-turned-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black on Cold Warrior.
Black would direct the thriller about a retired Cold War spy who works with a younger agent to neutralize a terrorist threat from Russia.
Sounds kinda old school, no? But if anyone can make it work it’s Gibson.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
ABC has canceled Ugly Betty.
The struggling show, which is currently in its fourth season (and as good as ever, albeit not as popular as ever), will end this season. And it’ll have to do it in 20 eps now that the network cut its order by two.
Now for the good news, which, believe it or not, is not just something I’m sayin’: The creative powers that be will have enough time to come up with a resolution to the adventures of America Ferrera’s alter ego, Betty Suarez.
I guess it was only a matter of time until Betty hung up her Guadalajara poncho for goodsies….
I wonder who she’ll end up with: Matt? Henry? Daniel? Alone (and happy)?
Time will tell.
The fallen Heroes star was stopped in the wee hours after he reportedly was spotted driving super-fast on the 405 in L.A., “failing to maintain his lane.”
The officer who stopped him smelled alcohol – gasp! – and decided to give him a field sobriety test. The actor was then arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Oh man…. Pasdar, I wish you nothing but the best, but c’mon – you know you can’t drink and drive, boo.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Good news from the Sundance Film Festival is Ryan Reynolds is coming to a movie theater near you soon…in a box.
The actor is starring in Rodrigo Cortés’ Buried, as a contract driver in Iraq who’s buried alive in a coffin with no memory of how he got there:
Lionsgate has purchased the movie for just under $4 million after a bidding war, marking the first acquisition at the 2010 festival, so you should expect it later this year.
Monday, January 25, 2010
His first episode is slated to air in late February.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
It’s the end of a much-too-short era for Conan O’Brien (thanks, Jay Leno): The Tonight Show host is leaving NBC.
I’m sad to see him go (after only seven months), but glad to see him leave, with a reported cool $45 million, about $12 million of which will go to his staff of 200 in severance packages, no less.
Suck it, Peacock!
His last show is set for Jan. 22, with guests Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell.
“In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket,” said Gavin Polone, O’Brien’s manager. “Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.”
At least all this drama has given Coco lots of material – like a hilarious up-yours $1.5 million 60-second comedy bit last night – and allowed for the grand return of the Masturbating Bear:
Isn’t it ironic that all of this has provided so much of the funny, and turned viewers onto the ratings-challenged show?
O’Brien won’t be back on the air (perhaps on Fox, if the blogosphere is right) until, at least, next September per the parting agreement between him and the fourth-place network that has treated him so poorly.
In her GOOP newsletter today, Gwyneth Paltrow shared with us her most favoritest recipe for Vietnamese salad, a “healthy, quick salad [that] is crunchy and has lots of refreshing flavors”:
G.P. said she “wanted to learn how to do it because I could come home from work and make it in 15 minutes and have a gorgeous, fresh, healthy meal.” It’s not as fun as watching her handle a chicken, but it’s informative. (I wonder if FunnyOrDie.com will spoof this, too.)
I want to learn how to make it because she says I should.
Calista Flockhart can’t catch a break on TV’s Brothers & Sisters.
After dealing with a strained marriage (and flirting with an affair with that sexy guy from the late Eli Stone whose name I can’t remember for the life of me), and battling cancer, Flockhart’s on-screen husband, Rob Lowe, will forsake her later this season.
Lowe, who plays Sen. Robert McCallister, reportedly felt underused on the show, and asked to be released from his contract, a wish ABC was happy to grant.
The network, however, wants to keep in touch with the actor, and is supposedly offering him his own show.
There’s no word on how Lowe will exit the show yet, but I wouldn’t mind it one bit if this paves the way back for the guy from Eli Stone to come back and mingle with the Walker clan. He’s sooo handsome.
Update: The guy from Eli Stone is Matt Letscher.
The BAFTA nominations were announced today, and as it obviously would, the critically acclaimed British film An Education – the one that made a star out of pixie-haired Carey Mulligan, the one I failed to catch at the theater – dominated with eight nods.
Having said that, though, it tied with Avatar and The Hurt Locker, the two front-runners stateside.
Click here for the complete list of nominees.
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics.
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Saturday, January 09, 2010
The trailer for next summer’s sure-to-be-a-hit A-Team movie has dropped, and it looks goood (check out Bradley Cooper at the 0:56 mark – dang!):
The movie, just as the TV show upon which it’s based, follows the members of an elite military unit looking to clear their names in the eyes of the military, which suspects them of a crime they didn’t commit.
Liam Neeson, District 9’s Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Jessica Biel co-star.
A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.
The A-Team opens on June 11.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Prince William and Prince Harry have struck a pose.
The British royals’ first official double portrait was unveiled this week in London, showing them in all dashing and whatnot in their army uniforms from when they were fellow officers in the Household Cavalry.
“[This is] a behind-the-scenes glance at the human element of royal responsibility and to emphasize their brotherly relationship,” said artist Nicky Philipps.
Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, which commissioned the piece, added that the portrait captured the two princes “formally dressed, but informally posed.”
It’s funny, I know, but having grown up with these two, reading about them in my mom’s magazines, I find them compelling. They’re like these two constants, so it excites me to see where they are in their lives in a most genuine way.
Having said that…I want a portrait, too!
As fans of both Broadway and hot girls probably know, Scarlett Johansson is adding her name to the list of A-Listers who are turning and have turned to the Great White Way in the past decade or so.
The actress is making her debut later this month, alongside Broadway vet – and super-sexy man – Liev Schreiber, in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.
In the 1955 play, which focuses on a tightly knit Italian-American neighborhood in New York City, Tony winner Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman from Red Hook, Brooklyn, obsessed with his niece, Catherine (Johansson).
“I’ve just been really impressed with her composure,” he said of her. “Broadway is a pressurized situation and we’ve had a really short rehearsal period. It’s really amazing watching her handle it so beautifully. I’m blown away by her.”
Here’s to audiences will be, too.