The story being told more and more often is that we live in a Golden Age of Television. Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey are now doing television work, unashamedly, and the level of writing and production being proposed on the small screen is unprecedented. You might think this means competition is tough and all those amazing shows battle to the death in a tight race, but it isn’t so. Like at the Oscars, which they love to mock while becoming exactly like them, consensus reigns at the Emmys. Breaking Bad won its second Outstanding Drama award, Bryan Cranston won his fourth Lead Actor award, so did Jim Parsons; Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third in a row and Julianna Margulies her second overall; and Modern Family won a baffling fifth consecutive Outstanding Comedy award. In some cases, this was absolutely deserved, in others perhaps less so. Let’s take a look at the other winners and think about what yesterday’s ceremony tells us about television.
Michael Bay is mostly ripped on for his gratious use of explosions in his films, which has led to many parodies online and off. My buddy Jeff sent me one a couple days ago and it’s pretty good, simply for the absurd contrast with the gleeful innocence of a Pixar film. The parody is titled What If Michael Bay Directed ‘Up’? and it pretty much explains itself. Check it out after the break.
Marvel’s Ant-Man has finally started filming after (literally) years of rewrites and hold backs. Filming began on Monday and will continue full steam ahead while Marvel still holds firm to the July 17th 2015 release date. Check out the first official photo and more after the jump.
Well this would certainly be a significant win for the Minnesota film industry. Yesterday, the Star Tribune picked up a Deadline report that HBO is currently in the early stages of development for a new dramatic series titled Stillwater, which is based on and will possibly be shot in the eastern Twin Cities metro suburb. The story centers around “a New York City cop’s life spirals out of control once he moves to small-town Minnesota.” Hit the jump for more.
It’s been pretty quiet for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, since the incredible third trailer left the internet in awe back in July. Luckily, nerds are a resourceful bunch, and scans of Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview have made their way online (via Nolan Fans), featuring a couple new shots of stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in action, along with some interesting tidbits about the production. Hit the jump!
In what could be the most heartbreaking loss to the film industry in a very long time, Robin Williams took his own life at the age of 63. While he continued his career in front of the camera, Robin had been battling a variety of issues including depression, and substance abuse before checking himself in to rehab. Regardless of how we lost him, how sudden and shocking the news is, we will remember him for the decades of laughter and talent. More after the jump.
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and have been a fan of the characters since childhood. I also had a relatively strong feeling this movie was going to be garbage. That said, I also want to iterate that I did give this movie a chance and enjoyed quite a bit of the beginning third. I wanted so desperately to enjoy this flick and be pleasantly surprised by what Producer Michael Bay and Director Jonathan Liebesman could bring to the table. But as a fan of the series, this film was an awful representation of the Ninja Turtles. As a critic, this film was a cut and paste, formulaic and cheesy action flick. It essentially turned out to be a Transformers movie with Ninja Turtles.
In a twist no one would have seen coming a year ago, Guardians of the Galaxy is establishing itself as the hit movie of the summer. The cosmic superhero team of ragtag criminals racked in a whopping $94 million on its opening weekend-making it the third highest grossing opening of the year and the biggest opening for an August film of all time. And you know what? This film deserves every last cent.
After Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first ever trip to Comic-Con last week to debut the third Interstellar trailer, Nolan mentioned that it “wouldn’t be available to all for a while.” Well, it seems like “a while” meant “Wednesday” as said third trailer unveiled itself on the film’s official website just minutes ago. Needless to say, it’s utterly stunning, and I think Interstellar has now asserted itself as this year’s Oscar front-runner. Hit the jump.