Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Still, want to see an awesome tiebreaker? There was an absolutely incredible performance by both teams on this one in the finals -- name the 14 shows to win the Emmy for Best Drama since 1982. That's how you ask a finals-worthy question.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Anyway, you know the drill, use the comments to add your favorites.
Does it seem to anybody else that HBO is trying to resurrect this aspect of the studio system? It's almost like HBO shows are shot in a small village populated entirely by character actors willing to drop everything and put on a show. To wit:
- Dayton Callie delivered goods on the frontier (Charlie Utter, Deadwood) and drugs and beatdowns in Imperial Beach (Steady Freddie, John from Cincinnati);
- Paula Malcomson slung hash in IB (JFC) and slung something else in Deadwood (Trixie, Deadwood);
- Branka Katic proposed sex for financing to Vinnie Chase (Nika, Entourage) and pie for a date with a polygamist (Ana, Big Love);
- Paul Ben-Victor ran a studio (Alan, Entourage), a cargo-smuggling enterprise (Vondos, The Wire), and drugs (Palaka, JFC);
- Jim Beaver married for a woman's honor (Ellsworth, Deadwood), shopped his gambling machines to warring polygamists (Reese, Big Love), and struggled with Vietnam guilt (Vietnam Joe, JFC);
- Garret Dillahunt killed Wild Bill (Jack McCall, Deadwood),
got killed in a case of mistaken identity (Slippery Dan -- or maybe Bummer Dan; I can see the problem -- Deadwood),came back as a self-deprecatingly psychopathic Hearst advance man (Wolcott, Deadwood), and gave up his medical practice because of a miracle (Dr. Smith, JFC);
- Willie Garson had man troubles (Stanford Blatch, Sex and the City) and woman troubles (Dickstein, JFC);
- Luis Guzman tended a shithole (Ramon, JFC) and possibly was incarcerated in one (El Cid, Oz*);
- Austin Nichols started shit (Morgan Earp, Deadwood) and ended it (John, JFC);
- Matt Winston won the lotto (Barry, JFC) and also did something* (Terry, Six Feet Under) and something else* (Jeremy, Arlis$)
- Edie Falco investigated crimes* (Detective Whittlesey, Oz) and looked the other way (Carmela, Sopranos);
- Lance Reddick kicked ass in a usually but not always politically-sensitive way (Lt. Daniels, The Wire) and had somethign to do with a prison* (Desmond, Oz);
- Luke Perry wore the collar (Rev. Jeremiah, Oz) and wore a collarless leather jacket (Linc, JFC);
- Malin Ackerman went topless a lot (Juna - The Comeback) and had a threesome with E (Tori, Entourage) (along with nympho hillbilly in Harold & Kumar, typecast much?)
Granted, a lot of this is just David Milch, Tom Fontana, and David Simon sharing a stable of actors, but I suppose that's exactly what I'm talking about. Plus, I kind of like this. It permits a sort of interim emotional connection to the characters until the new characters seem real.
*Note: did not watch this show, so I don't know exactly what the actor did.
- Studio 60--5 nominations (casting, cinematography, Direction ("Pilot"), and guest actor for Eli Wallach and John Goodman), Friday Night Lights--a mere 2 (casting and Direction ("Pilot")
- SYTYCD fans will be glad to see Wade Robson and Mia Michaels both nominated for choreography.
- Unexpectedly competitive category? Original song, which pits "D**k in a Box" against "Everything Comes Down To Poo" and "Guy Love" (and for the first time in many moons, no nomination for The Simpsons there).
- Favorites from around here nominated? Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Laurie, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Kyra Sedgwick, Felicity Huffman, Tina Fey, Mary Louise Parker, Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson, Michael Emerson, Terry O'Quinn, Masi Oka, Jenna Fischer.
- Grey's gets 4 regular acting nods (Heigl, Wilson, Oh, and Knight), and 2 guest nods (Kate Burton and Elizabeth Reaser as "Jane Doe"), plus numerous nods across the board. Congrats, Shonda!
- Best Comedy? Entourage, Office, 2.5 Men, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty. Best Drama? Boston Legal, Grey's, House, Heroes, The Sopranos.
- Top Chef in, Survivor out for "Reality/Competition."
- Zero love for anything on the CW--nothing for Gilmore or Veronica.
I'm sure there's much more out there--analyze away.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
That said, if you do end up reading it, and want to complain (or speculate) about its contents, we're here.
via Pop Candy
No spoilers regarding the actual contents of the book will be tolerated.
I never thought of the ramifications of Gary Gygax on the Priesthood, but if my friend doesn't use a sermon to someday explain the fact that Satan is the source of all Lawful Evil in the world, I'll be mighty disappointed.
"Yes. A deacon is considered a Cleric. That means I can use the title 'Rev.' and that I can no longer used edged weapons."
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Afterwards, he had sex with his wife . . . Morgan Fairchild . . .
Also, Milch seems to be taking the "how many clowns can fit in a Volkswagen?" approach to casting this infernal show.
A warning--Deathly Hallows spoilers are in circulation in other parts of the Interweb, and they will not be tolerated until the Deathly Hallows spoiler thread is opened later this week (and then only in that thread). Failure to abide by the spoiler policy may result in you being subjected to the Avada Kevadra Curse.
Upload a remix and George Lucas, and only Lucas, is free to include it on his Web site or in his next movie, with no compensation to the creator. You are not even permitted to post it on YouTube. Upload a particularly good image as part of your remix, and Lucas is free to use it commercially with no compensation to the creator. The remixer is allowed to work, but the product of his work is not his. Put in terms appropriately (for Hollywood) over the top: The remixer becomes the sharecropper of the digital age.From WaPo.
Monday, July 16, 2007
- Josh Schwartz's Chuck (which they've certainly been promoting heavily over the summer) replaces Deal or No Deal in the lead-off slot on Mondays (against HIMYM), making Monday an all sci-fi affair for NBC.
- The Biggest Loser gets extended to 90 minutes on Tuesdays and The Singing Bee follows, filling the original Chuck slot.
- Isaiah Washington to have a recurring role as a government agent on Bionic Woman.
- Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas swap places on Friday nights (FNL moves to 9 EST), and get Deal Or No Deal as a lead-in.
Smart moves by NBC, especially moving Chuck out of a nasty timeslot (against Dancing With The Stars, House, and the generally well-buzzed Reaper) into something a little lighter, though I'm not sure about NBC's decision to apparently just put up its hands on Tuesdays at 8.
So who's the actress who's been chosen to lead this charge, this laserlike focus on strong women, this quest to make casting decisions so as not just to appeal to guys?
Um, Alicia Witt.
(full story in The Hollywood Reporter)
To me, there is no doubt that the best show on HBO right now is Flight of the Conchords. Yes, I find it annoying that so much of the material comes straight from the duo's stand-up, but the deeper they get into the season -- and the further from being able to sketch literally around the songs -- the better the show becomes, I think. I find myself repeatedly chuckling at the exaggerated cultural differences (the Americans mistaking "dead" for "did" and "Brett" for "Britt"; the Heger-like awe and hatred of Australians), the reversal of the characters' expected roles (lumbering band-leader Jemaine, who looks like what you'd get if you spliced together the genes of Mick Jagger and Eric Bogosian, is flighty and passive-aggressive; frail Brett is sensible and aloof), and just the dumb exchanges between the leads and the supporting cast (especially Mal, or perhaps Mel, the band's lone fan). The show is not brilliant, but it's consistently amusing and it may be the only reason not to cancel HBO until Curb returns.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
By my math, he's had three great performances (as opposed to great roles -- a longer list) in his thirty-year career: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, about which I don't need to say anything; Gov. Jack Stanton in Primary Colors, in which he goes beyond mere impersonation to channeling both the charisma and the weaknesses of a certain Southern governor; and as Sean Archer/Castor Troy in the awesome popcorn movie Face/Off, where his bad-guy-with-the-good-guy's-face performance is a wonderfully over-the-top hoot. It's not a long list, but it's a list, alright.