Archive for February 19, 2011
Earlier this month, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar announced that Viacom content from channels like Comedy Central and MTV were returning to Hulu’s library. But that wasn’t all he said. In a meandering manifesto, Kilar announced Hulu’s intentions of surpassing and eclipsing cable TV for the benefit of viewers, content creators and advertisers alike, implying that the current system was outdated and unmaintainable.
Speculation on why Kilar would make such statements on the Hulu blog and tempt the wrath of his bosses/partners at Disney, NBC Universal and Fox is rampant, but the most likely culprit is Viacom’s half-hearted re-entry into Hulu’s library. Popular shows like The Colbert Report will be delayed three weeks after airing, instead of the customary 24 hours that most shows use.
The move isn’t a surprising one from Viacom, whose forays into digital ...
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Come fall, you can expect to look anywhere on television and see any number of police procedurals that look nothing like the CSI or Law & Order programs we’ve come to know so well. Grimm won’t star a fictionalized version of a real person, like Edgar Allan Poe or Harry Houdini, but will still blend fairytale fiction with reality.
Recently, the network announced it had found the man who would be leading Grimm’s charge into the world of real-life fairy tales. David Giuntoli, an actor whose major credits include MTV’s The Real World (obvious jokes please form a queue in the response section) and small roles on shows like Nip/Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy, has landed the role of detective Nick Burckhardt – an investigator of crimes in a fantastical world filled with real-life versions of familiar ...
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No one’s quite as delightfully British as Colin Firth, and the 50-year-old star looks to at last snag an acting Oscar for his turn in The King’s Speech at this month’s Academy Awards ceremony. It comes as little surprise then that Sony reportedly wants him to headline its long in development remake of the classic musical, My Fair Lady.
Keira Knightley has previously been rumored to reunite with her Atonement and Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright for the project, but now it seems that Carey Mulligan will play the new incarnation of Miss Eliza Doolittle onscreen instead, under the guidance of John Madden (Shakespeare in Love).
The Daily Mail claims that Sony originally preferred Hugh Grant over Firth to play the misogynistic Professor Henry Higgins in a redo of My Fair ...
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The story owes much to Hitchcock and the look much to the first 'Bourne' film, but Jaume Collet-Serra’s latest film is a far more drab affair that's engaging at certain points but often for the wrong reasons.
The hiring of Liam Neeson as the lead in this Euro-set film has immediately drawn comparisons to "Taken". There however, Neeson's trademark serious protagonist was an anchor amidst all the energetic fist-flying and often silly plot shenanigans. "Unknown" is a far more serious-minded affair, which turns Neeson's often uninterested performance into something of a dead weight.
Neeson plays Martin Harris, a biotech doctor visiting Berlin for an important summit with his beautiful wife (January Jones), After being caught up in a car accident, he awakens to find another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity while his own memory is somewhat hazy.
It's a decent enough premise, the early scenes rush by though there is ultimately a reason for that. Admirable restraint is shown at first as the either angry or distraught Neeson tries to prove he is whom he says he is. Those around him sympathise at first, but ultimately disregard him as the evidence mounts against his claims.
As the film's scribes based this on a novel, there's a definite sense of more plot machinations and character depth that have been either excised or rushed through. By the last act it feels like they've lost the plot somewhat, Collet-Serra's track record of twisted lunacy taking over the proceedings though never hitting the sheer joyous insanity that was the big reveal of "Orphan".
Here the solution is more familiar albeit still implausible, and it is bluntly hammered home by Frank Langella's sinister yet polite routine which feels like he stepped straight off the set of "The Box". Other performances are all over the spectrum. January Jones is astonishingly flat, delivering lines in a way that literally seem as if Betty Draper on "Mad Men" is the only role she's capable of. Aidan Quinn is fine but hasn't much to do as the impostor Martin Harris.
On the flipside Bruno Ganz's world-weary ex-Stasi detective is a welcome respite and practically steals the whole movie. Diane Kruger does well as a hard-working waitress who becomes caught up in Neeson's situation, their scenes together in her little apartment are particularly real and well done.
Many of the smaller roles are local German actors who all handle their parts with ease. The film itself seems oddly adamant and sincere at times, and yet there are moments where it's unafraid of indulging in its absurdity - meaning it's never really satisfying on either front. The action beats, when they hit, are fine but in the end this is only a serviceable thriller - better than the fare that generally opens this time of year, but ultimately forgettable.
Pixar Animation Studios is the closest you can get to a sure thing in Hollywood. Since the company released Toy Story in 1995, it has put out nothing but hits, raking in loads of money and earning numerous Academy Award nominations in the process.
Critically speaking, the worst movie Pixar has put out over the last 16 years was Cars, and that was still a generally enjoyable and extremely well-made movie (not to mention one of the biggest box office successes the studio has put out).
Anyone familiar with Pixar knows that the studio’s success comes from its commitment to sound storytelling. How often in Hollywood do you find yourself actually debating whether or not the second or third film in a franchise is the best? Most of the time, sequels stink. And ...
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