It's been a decade since the last Robocop film — but is that a good thing?
More than 40 years before True Blood and Twilight made angst-ridden vampires the hot new thing, there was a wicked little afternoon soap called Dark Shadows. At its center was Barnabas Collins, a brooding bloodsucker played with equal parts torment and relish by Jonathan Frid, and if you were an offbeat kid in the late 1960s there's a good chance you raced home from school to watch it. Tim Burton, the acclaimed director, was one of those eager young fans. And now he's put his own spin on things. His movie version of Dark Shadows opens May 11 with a starry cast headed by Johnny Depp — yet another boyhood buff of the soap — as the reluctant, guilt-ridden and immortally sexy Barnabas.
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Question: I know that last week was packed with season finales, talk of cancellations, and predictions of the successes for next fall, but I hope The Good Wife might get some attention. I'm in no way a TV expert, but the gestalt of the last scene was surprising. From the editing to the acting to the music (so out of place for the show, but somehow appropriate at the same time), those few minutes just felt like what great TV is. In particular, the editing of the elevator ride made me feel as though I was watching a cabler. While on the page the plot was perhaps mundane or even cliché, the execution was impressive. — Erin
Human Target's Ilsa Pucci, the sharp-tongued billionaire and not-so-silent partner in Christopher Chance's personal-security agency. "I think anyone with money wants to know how their money is spent," says Varma. "I mean, look at producers!"
Cheers to Human Target for hitting the proverbial bull's-eye.
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Fox's sophomore sleeper may seem like a mindless action show on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you'll find one of network TV's best-written, produced and acted dramas. The ensemble, led by ...
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Nice save, Fox. Before the season started, it looked as if the network was hanging the appealing high-action sleeper Human Target out to dry on Fridays, where it was originally scheduled. But the early cancellation of Lone Star and a schedule shuffle opened up a slot on the show's former night (Wednesday) from last midseason. And all of a sudden we now have an hour of exhilarating midweek escapism to enjoy, reminding us how good a show like this can be (as opposed to the fizzle and fast fade of NBC's Undercovers in the same time period)...
On top of getting to perform breathless stunts and be the hero on a weekly basis, there's another reason Mark Valley relishes his starring role on Human Target. "It's nice to know that I'm playing a character that once saved Batman's a--," the actor jokes, referring to his character's comic book legacy.
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Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Goode are among those on board as The Watchmen in Zack Snyder's adaptation of the iconic comic book, Variety reports. Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, Wilson is Night Owl and Goode is Ozymandias, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley and Malin Akerman round out the cast as Comedian, Rorschach and Silk Spectre. The film will use a green-screen technique similar to what Snyder used for 300, and also reap similar greenbacks.