January 6, 2014 |
The Kickstarter-backed film version of the cult-favorite teen TV series "Veronica Mars" has taken another step on its journey to theaters with the release of its first trailer, which finds star Kristen Bell up to her old sleuthing tricks in the seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Though the mystery series, which ran for three seasons on UPN and the CW, never found mainstream success and was canceled in 2007, it did attract an ardent core of fans who have since clamored for a movie. They got the chance to show they were serious back in March, when Bell and series creator Rob Thomas reunited to launch a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $2 million to fund the film.
August 22, 2013 |
“Wonderfalls” (20th Century Fox DVD); “Bent” (Hulu). It will always be the case, and more often than not, that good television series are canceled before their time (and, as seems increasingly important in a serial world, their conclusion). Still, as we do with the real people of Earth, we can celebrate the life even as we mourn the death. Here are two shows cruelly cut down in their prime that nevertheless managed to tell what feel like complete stories, and both of which are still available for you to see. In stolen moments over the last couple of weeks I rewatched, in its 13-episode entirety, “Wonderfalls,” a sweetly cynical 2004 romantic fantasy whose creative team included Todd Holland, Bryan Fuller and Tim Minear, a television Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.
July 20, 2013
20 minutes. 24 pieces 12 hard-boiled eggs 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup capers; if salted, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton de la Vera), plus more for garnish 1. Carefully peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks to a medium work bowl, arranging the egg whites cut-side up on a plate. 2. Use a fork to mash the yolks as smooth as possible, then add the mayonnaise, capers, cumin and smoked paprika and beat together until smooth.
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May 30, 2013 |
"Now You See Me," which opens Friday, is a caper thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. The film is about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective on the hunt for a team of young illusionists who pull off elaborate bank heists during their performances and hand out the money to their audiences. The heist/caper genre has been popular since the silent era and has run the gamut from noirish thrillers such as John Huston's 1950 "The Asphalt Jungle" and Stanley Kubrick's 1956 "The Killing" to broad comedies like Stanley Kramer's 1963 hit "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
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May 30, 2013 |
There's little magic to be had from watching "Now You See Me," a splashy, noisy and frankly preposterous action caper about a quartet of illusionists with a Robin Hood complex. For all the talent up on the screen - and one can't fault the performances - the movie just doesn't deliver. This is partly due to the split focus of the script by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt (based on a story by Yakin & Ricourt) that rarely allows the viewer sufficient time to side with the good guys or the bad guys - or to even identify which is which.
April 5, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The Russian underworld calls him "Sportsman" for his physical strength and stamina. Police identify him as "High-Tech" because of his allegedly ingenious ways of stealing luxury cars. Now Igor Lovygin has captivated Russia for daring behavior this week apparently motivated by the accidental death of one of his young daughters, who drowned during a family vacation in Dubai. Lovygin, 36, the reputed leader of the country's most brazen car theft gang and a murder suspect wanted by authorities, accompanied his daughter's coffin to Russia, was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, and then escaped from officers Wednesday night after being transferred to St. Petersburg.