ABC has cast When We Rise – an event limited series that ‘chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. ‘
Guy Pearce (LGBT activist Cleve Jones), Mary-Louise Parker (as women’s rights leader Roma Guy) and Rachel Griffiths (as her wife, social justice activist Diane) have been cast in leading roles in the series. For further details, follow the jump.
Continue reading ABC Casts Event Series When We Rise!
R.I.P.D., with its monstrous dead guys and unique weaponry – not to mention its old veteran/rookie dynamic and tightly wound boss (who had a thing with the veteran years ago) – might be based on a comic from Dark Horse, but it takes a lot of its cues from the Men In Black movie series. That’s not a bad thing because, thanks to a wicked awesome cast, it does stand on its own.
Continue reading R.I.P.D. – The Supernatural Men In Black!
Loosely based on a grim graphic novel by Warren Ellis, RED was both critically acclaimed and popular. The second trailer for the sequel – imaginatively entitled RED 2 – suggests the movie will be considerably more fun than its title.
Check it out following the jump. RED 2 will be in theaters on July 19th.
Continue reading Trailer: RED 2–Still Retired: Extremely Dangerous!
Remember Knight & Day? Probably not – it was a less than memorable film that mixed action, espionage and romance in ways that were awkward and unsatisfying – it was a bit of a box office disaster.
RED, on the other hand, takes all of those elements and throws in an element of “over the hill gang” whimsy in a manner that is both extraordinarily clever and, ultimately, gratifyingly silly.
Continue reading RED – Ridiculously Entertaining Diversion!
After a lacklustre fourth season in which the world’s most selfish mother wound up pregnant by a Mexican drug lord to keep herself alive, Weeds’ [Showtime, Mondays, 10/9C] Nancy Botwin [Mary-Louise Parker] finds herself, once more, in potentially fatal circumstances – while her former best friend, Celia [Elizabeth Perkins], discovers that everyone hates her, a lot!
Weeds’ fifth season premiere finds Nancy having to undergo another, witnessed, sonogram to convince Esteban [Demian Bichir] that she’s really pregnant – and getting a bodyguard to keep her company until he decides whether to kill her after the baby is born. Meanwhile, hijinx ensue when Andy [Justin Kirk], Silas [Hunter Parrish] and Doug [Kevin Nealon] decide to use San Diego County’s Cleveland National Forest as a place to set up a worry-free pot farm – and Quinn [Haley Hudson] has a conniption fit when she learns that no one wants to pay her mother’s ransom.
In Wonderful, Wonderful, series creator Jenji Kohan has crafted an episode that eclipses much of the fourth season in its wit and dark, twisted plotting. Scott Ellis brings out the best in his cast and returns the show to a deftness of performance and pacing that produce more genuine humor and drama than almost any part of last season.
There are many ironies that are almost playful in set up and yet, almost poignant in their unexpectedness. Celia is at the center of one of the best examples of this and Perkins is up to playing every note with an almost harrowing truthfulness. There are so many examples of why this one episode is so much better than anything in season four, but to say much of anything about them – beyond what I’ve already said – would be to ruin the surprises.
Weeds is back, baby! ‘bout time, too!
Final Grade: B+
Eclipse Review by Sheldon Wiebe
Posted June 7, 2009
In this age of bowdlerized fairytales and Political Correctness, it would seem that most venues for storytelling are more concerned with not offending someone than actually telling a story. The writers of the five volumes of The Spiderwick Chronicles created their stories with a refreshingly dark edge – something that kids of all ages immediately gravitated toward. It is my great pleasure to tell you that the makers of the film adaptation have not watered the books down. Any changes [and there are a few] are solely to bring the books’ dark enchantment to the big screen.
Continue reading The Spiderwick Chronicles Enchants – And Scares… A Little!