As Huff’s second season opens, the title shrink (Hank Azaria) is lost in thought, not paying attention to his droning patient. Kind of how I felt watching this whiny, discordant and unfocused drama (Sundays at 10 pm/ET on Showtime), which whipsaws wildly and mostly unsuccessfully between raunchy dark comedy and existential family tragedy.
I kept watching my DVD time display, waiting (like the doctor) for each hour to be up. I got through seven of 13 new episodes before bailing, around the time Huff’s blabby conscience, which takes the form of a “Homeless Hungarian,” tells him to “wake up and smell the unspoken need.”
What I’m smelling is Showtime’s desperate need to launch a breakout drama that could attract the buzz of an FX or an HBO. Huff isn’t it.
Criminal Minds guest star Amber Heard previews CW network's best bet.
Sometimes my job gets spooky. Minutes after I Q&A'd Tara Lipinski (re: an upcoming Malcolm in the Middle), a TV Guide colleague asks if I want to chat up Amber Heard, an ingénue-on-the-rise who plays a big role on tonight's Criminal Minds (9 pm/ET on CBS) but more interestingly got the edgy film role Lipinski just told me she had to pass on. Alpha Dog (in theaters May 12), though, is but one of the many gigs Heard is about to hit you with. In fact, you may be looking at the fledgling CW network's first breakout star. You be the judge.
TVGuide.com: Get this: I just interviewed Tara Lipinski, who opted to pass on a role in Alpha Dog because of the, um, required nudity. That's the gig you wound up with, right?Amber Heard: I definitely think it is. Th
Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes has been cast as Mary in Nativity, a look at the Virgin Mary's life before the birth of Christ.... Universal has optioned the James Sallis novel Drive, about a stuntman by day/getaway-car driver by night, as a starring vehicle (no pun intended) for Hugh Jackman.... The Weinstein Co. has bought the domestic rights to Bobby, writer-director Emilio Estevez's drama about the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The film's cast includes Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne, Christian Slater, Helen Hunt and Martin Sheen.
Sharon Stone's 13-years-in-the-making Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction — oh, don't even pose, you know you want to see it — has shaken the NC-17 rating originally fanny-slapped on it, and is now "a hard R," a Sony rep tells the New York Daily News. To appease the MPAA, the director massaged an orgy scene where, apparently, you could catch a glimpse of Stone's AARP card.
Question: I remember in the '80s there was a remake of an old French movie about this man who keeps tormenting his wife and another woman. It was set in a castle or something, and the scene I remember most vividly is the one in which the wife runs into the bathroom and locks the door. She turns around and all of a sudden, he pops out of the tub full of water and his eyes are rolled back into his head. She screams. Please, oh please, tell me the title of this movie and something about it!
Answer: Although it was made earlier than you suggest, I think you're remembering Reflections of Murder (1974), a startlingly good made-for-TV remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique (1955), in which the sadistic headmaster of a cavernous boys' boarding schoo
Assuming she can still drive herself to the set, Lindsay Lohan will play wife to Elijah Wood in Bobby, an independent film about Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 assassination. Directed by Emilio Estevez, Bobby also stars Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone. "Lindsay, who you do not think of as an indie film actress, is an inspired choice," says producer Edward Bass, unaware that he didn't need that little "indie film" qualifier.