Led by Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood, the movie industry is buzzing over Tom Cruise's first film for the newly relaunched United Artists, Lions for Lambs, a political thriller coming out in November. Starring Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford, and directed by Redford, the movie — about the Stateside debate caused by the wounding of two Army Rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan — certainly has pedigree and brains to spare. So why did Cruise and UA's publicity machine debut the film's teaser on Entertainment Tonight, where the full ET synthesizer-and-voice-over treatment makes it seem totally stupid?
“Poetry is what gets lost in translation,” wrote Robert Frost. We think Frost would adore the plot synopses on Time Warner Digital Cable's listings pages. In the spirit of TimesCouplets, we present CableVerse, the found poetry of the cable listings.
Today, blunt environmental micropoetry, from June 22's listings on channel 65, the National Geographic Channel.
As axed contestant (good-bye, Faina) after axed contestant (so long, Jimmy) proclaims how memorable, how life-changing, how important his short time on So You Think You Can Dance has been, you start to wonder how much of the canned responses are scripted in advance.
Kyra Sedgwick's hit police drama returned to television this week for a third season, easily cajoling its way its way up to number one in its time slot. That's no new achievement for the show, which has consistently drawn raves from audiences and reviewers alike
HBO has a secretive new project in the works called HBOVoyeur, and we have to admit that we're fascinated. A little light online investigation unearthed the project's purposefully vague Website, which in turn yielded the "trailer" above.
He may not have too many films lined up at present, but Zach Braff is keeping busy: The Garden State star headed back to his hometown yesterday to direct irascible model Naomi Campbell in a TV commercial for Dunkin' Donuts.
The second episode of David Milch’s John From Cincinnati continues to announce the show's deep ambitions — and alienate plot-hungry 24 fans everywhere. Disregarding anything like suspense, John creates an eerie, foreboding air that's more like DeLillo’s “Airborne Toxic Event” from White Noise than 24's season-five threat.
Hey, Entourage: Back so soon? Just two weeks after wrapping up season three, the show rushes back to fill the post-Sopranos vacuum. We rejoin the gang in the jungles of Colombia, where they and director/irritant extraordinaire Billy Walsh are finally, finally filming Medellin.
The Tony is Dead contingent has reason to rejoice, because it seems the answer to The Sopranos finale lies in the mob boss's diet — and it has nothing to do with those onion rings. The (our?) theory, which is also bouncing around the comments sections of TV gossip sites, goes something like this.