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Coco Chanel Makes the Debut of a Lifetime

Shirley MacLaine courtesy Lifetime

New Yorks Fashion Week may be coming to a close but Lifetime television is just getting started Chanel style The networks three-hour original movie event Coco Chanel tells the rags-to-riches story of one of fashions biggest icons Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine stars in the title role alongside Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell [Chanels] personality was a very broad canvas says MacLaine It really inspired me to use all the things I hadnt used since playing Aurora Greenway [in Terms of Endearment] The movie begins in 1954 where Gabrielle Coco Chanel MacLaine suffers crisis in both her personal and professional life Told in flashbacks Coco recalls a time when her younger more humble self played by Barbora Bobulova went through similar suffering between the abandonment of her father and an endless rut of doomed relationships But despite the hardships nothing could stop the tireless designer from achieving her couture-giant status Cha read more

Interview with a Zombie: An Inside Look at the New Halloween

Rob Zombie with Tyler Mane as Michael Myers, Halloween

Michael Myers was a very, very bad boy. That point is made frightfully clear in Rob Zombie's Halloween, a new take on John Carpenter's original and seminal 1978 shrieker, hitting theaters Friday. After screening the much-anticipated flick, TVGuide.com welcomed the chance to sit down with the edgy auteur to discuss how he gave shape to "the Shape." TVGuide.com: Halloween was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I remember coming out of the theater, in broad daylight, and looking over my shoulder the entire walk to the car.Rob Zombie: I totally understand that. I remember going to see Jaws as a kid, 1975, and afterwards we went to Denny's and I was literally in the bathroom freaked out thinking that a shark is going to crash through the w read more

"Jerry Was a Man"

“Jerry Was a Man” is the slickest and most handsomely produced of the three episodes shown by ABC so far, and it’s based on a short story by probably the most influential of 20th-century American science-fiction writers, Robert A. Heinlein; 2007 is the centennial of his birth. He wasn't the best American sf writer of the century (though many would give him that, too), but the most influential in part because he demonstrated the ease with which one could sketch in details to give a sense of otherness in fiction — but an otherness in which the characters were entirely at home (unless there was some reason they shouldn’t be). And ingenuity, both in sociological speculation and in story construction, was often his strong suit, particularly in the work he published in the first decade or so of his sf-writing career, beginning with a story in John Campbell’s magazine Astounding Science Fiction in 1939. This story was first published in a competing magazine, S... read more

ABC's Science Fiction Series Finally Materializes

Anne Heche and Russell Porter by Bob Akester/ABC

ABC's Masters of Science Fiction anthology series, announced what seems like light-years ago, will finally hit the airwaves during the dog days of August. The lineup — slashed from six installments to four — is as follows:August 4: "A Clean Escape," based on Nebula Award-winning author John Kessel's short story about a postapocalyptic psychiatrist (Judy Davis) determined to solve a man's (Sam Waterston) apparent memory lapse.August 11: "The Awakening," based on a short story by Howard Fast, starring Terry O'Quinn, Elisabeth Rohm and William B. Davis, and concerning Baghdad-based soldiers' discovery of a "mysterious casualty."August 18: "Jerry Was a Man," based on the Robert Heinlein story about an affluent couple (Anne Heche and Malcolm McDowell) who acquire an anthropoid.August 25: "The Discarded," based on the short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner, and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison, directed by Jonathan Frakes,... read more

Shocking Heroes Preview: The Final Countdown!

Malcolm McDowell and Ali Larter, Heroes

Welcome back to Monday Night Smackdown. When the last new Heroes episode ended seven weeks ago, Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) was telekinetically pinned to the ceiling like a piñata while Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) was having his head sliced open by the brain-snatching Sylar (Zachary Quinto). This epic battle between good and evil culminates when the show finally returns April 23. And it's not even the epic battle. "We've positioned Peter and Sylar as the two mythic superpowers of the show, so this is merely Round 1," promises creator Tim Kring. "It's not their ultimate showdown — it's more like the trailer for things to come." Still, it's a doozy. Though the entire sequence read more

March 5, 2007: A Life of Meaning

New characters are coming into play faster than I can keep track. But I don't mind having Candice (Missy Peregrym) on board, because she has an edge that competes with Jessica's. She certainly welcomed herself with a set of eyes so devilish, I'm beginning to think she might even trump J's badass vibe. And her power is ridiculously brilliant. Seeing her disguised as Simone was a great way to introduce her "special" quality. But as far as we've seen, she definitely has no remorse or emotion at all. Isaac was out of sorts, naturally, but at least Simone's death produced another one of his paintings — someone had to save him from the cops or Linderman (Malcolm McDowell) wouldn't be able to collect the valuable comic canvases. I'm not sure what the latest painting was, though. It wasn't as clear as some of the previous drawings.My favorite story is still Claire, who, according to Thompson is just "an assignment." He made it pretty clear that HRG is not the one who will go after Clai... read more

Who was Eric Roberts playing ...

Question: Who was Eric Roberts playing on Monday's Heroes? I thought at first he might be the elusive Linderman, but then the previews for next week's episode hinted that Linderman is a man with white hair. What's the deal?


Answer: The deal, as I've told you guys a million times, is that Linderman is being played by Malcolm McDowell — hence the frosty locks. Eric Roberts' character is just one of HRG's many associates.

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I think Anthony Stewart Head ...

Question: I think Anthony Stewart Head would make a fantastic Linderman on Heroes.


Answer: Don't tell that to Malcolm McDowell, 'cause I'm pretty sure he just landed the part.

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December 5, 2006: Proud Flesh

While it was good to see some Goren and Eames after a couple weeks of the Logan/Wheeler team — even if it was in a repeat — this episode left me kind of cold. A pair of whimpering, greedy sons concerned more with losing their radio-magnate daddy’s trust money and saving face than trifling matters like human life and ethics? We’ve seen those characters too many times before — on this show, and on a million others. That said, Malcolm McDowell — who pretty much earned a career-long free pass with his brilliantly deranged turn in the late, great Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange — was in fine form here. The slow revealing of his character’s heartless, steely core was well-executed, taking his complicity in the murder of his alcoholic son from out-of-the-question at first blush to perfectly logical by the closing trial debacle.The understated humor and bizarre plot points also kept this one interesting, even when its story line didn... read more

I am wondering what you think ...

Jerry Ferrara and Domenick Lombardozzi, Entourage

Question: I am wondering what you think of the addition of the new character of Dom on Entourage? Personally, I couldn't stand the guy from the moment the boys arrived home and Drama shrieked as he smelled his food being cooked. I think it may have a lot to do with the actor they hired. He would be better suited for The Sopranos. If they want conflict, have Turtle and Drama fight over the same girl, or have the fantastic Malcolm McDowell return as Sloane's father. And where's Sloane? I would certainly rather look at her for 25 minutes than at Dom. I have this bad feeling we are stuck with Dom for the duration of Season 3, in what's already seemed a very uneven year. Right now, last season seems to far outweigh the first three episodes this year. Answer: Give it time, my knee-jerk-response friend. (You weren't the only one writing in to gripe prematurely about Dom.) And are we watching the same show? In terms of pure story, these opening episodes dealing with Vince's leap to the top of ... read more

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