September 30, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad," the sweet little show that captured the hearts of approximately one-fortieth of a nation (more like one-thirtieth, if we reckon by the finale), sent itself into history Sunday with a well-balanced episode that stayed on mission, touching themes present since its first season and consonant even with what we might characterize as the series' faults. (Quirks might be a better word.) I found it intellectually and aesthetically satisfying without being particularly moved by it -- most of these characters stopped being real to me some time ago -- and send congratulations to all concerned from my corner of casual investment.
September 12, 2013 |
The regular season is almost over and Carl Crawford is still healthy. "I'm just grateful," Crawford said. This time last year, Crawford was recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery. "Just to be able play baseball again, to be able to do what I've done all my life, not having to worry about getting hurt," Crawford said. Crawford played in his 106th game Thursday. He played in only 31 last season for the Boston Red Sox, who traded him to the Dodgers days after his operation.
June 13, 2013 |
Jenna Fischer, who for nine seasons played warm-hearted office drone Pam Beesly-turned-Halpert on NBC's "The Office," joined us for a video chat Thursday morning to reminisce about the comedy as it anticipates whether its final-hurrah season gets recognition this awards season. "The Office" ended its run in May. The comedy, which seemed doomed in its beginning, would go on to become the pillar of NBC's Thursday night prime time. Seated in her sublet apartment in NYC - squeezing in time before taking the stage on Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Happy" - Fischer reflected on life after bidding the Dunder Mifflin offices adieu (yes, she's still texting her co-stars)
July 14, 2012 |
Before the “Breaking Bad” panel began on Friday evening, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston gleefully dug into a box of costumes and props shipped directly to San Diego from the show's New Mexico set. The two actors removed gas masks and bright yellow hazmat suits and put them on with all the practice of their characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, New Mexico's best meth dealers. The gritty AMC show is premiering the opening episode of its final season at Comic-Con, and Paul doesn't see anything wrong with showing it at a place that's usually about escapist fantasy.
December 1, 2012
If you've been wondering how Carrie Underwood looks in a nun's habit, you'll find out soon enough: The "American Idol" winner, Grammy winner and country superstar has been cast as Maria von Trapp in NBC's upcoming live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," the network announced. "Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a news release. For young ones unfamiliar with the Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews or the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on which it was based, "The Sound of Music" tells the tale of Maria, a young woman in pre-World War II Austria who leaves a convent to work as a governess for the family of a stern widower.