Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin If you are of a certain age (like myself), you will remember that classic Friday night programming line-up on ABC: The Brady Bunch , The Partridge Family , Room 222 , The Odd Couple , and Love, American Style . It was “Must See TV” years before NBC established the theme. It was the originator, of sorts, of the ABC “TGIF” kids-driven programming brand. And, for a performer vying for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, it meant you had to face The Odd Couple’s Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison and Tony Randall as Felix Unger for five consecutive years. Klugman won twice, and Randall once. Debuting on September 24, 1970, and based on the 1968 film version of the Neil Simon stage play with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, today is a memorable day in TV history for The Odd Couple . It was on this date that Felix Unger’s wife kicked him out. More specifically... On November 13, Felix Unger … [Read more...] about TV Flashback: Happy ‘The Odd Couple Day’!
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Fabelmans reunites legendary director Steven Spielberg with acclaimed writer Tony Kushner, but it is the first time they have penned something together. The fictionalized version of the filmmaker's early and formative years is hotly tipped as a major player this award season. Dedicated to Spielberg's late parents, Arnold and Leah, The Fabelmans cast boasts Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch in a scene-stealing turn. I spoke to Kushner about where the journey into the past began, the wild ride that led them to places they never expected, and a monkey called Bernie. Simon Thompson: What were your immediate thoughts when this first came up as an idea? The Fabelmans is one of many times you have worked with Steven Spielberg on something grounded in reality. Tony Kushner: I have the four movies we've made together, but this is the first I have written with him. This was the only one … [Read more...] about Tony Kushner Talks Monkeying Around With Steven Spielberg’s Family Story In ‘The Fabelmans’
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In Devotion , director J.D. Dillard didn't want to sugarcoat the reality of groundbreaking airman Jesse Brown, the first African American to complete the U.S. Navy's basic flight training program. The biographical war drama tells the story of elite fighter pilots Brown and Tom Hudner. The pair were the most celebrated wingmen during the Korean War. On screen, they are embodied by Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell. I caught up with Dillard to talk about his connection with the movie's subject matter and the conversations he had to do justice to the legacy of a fallen American hero. Simon Thompson: Before you came across the book, were you aware of this story? I know about your father's military history, so I wondered if you were aware of it in relation to that. J.D. Dillard : I had heard Jesse's name, but I didn't know the depth and stranger than fiction myths around his story. It was like taking a name off a … [Read more...] about J.D. Dillard Talks Striving To Do Justice To An American Hero In ‘Devotion’
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning 2000 film, Almost Famous , might be the greatest music movie ever made. Featuring a perfect Oscar-winning script and a stunning cast, led by Philip Seymour Hoffman (arguably the greatest actor of his generation), Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson , Jason Lee and more, it has become an absolute cult classic. Crowe says more people talk to him now about Almost Famous than any of his other films, including the Tom Cruise smash Jerry Maguire . But would that translate to Broadway? Without the cast that came to define the roles. Crowe knew that for he and composer Tom Kitt to make the play work it would have to be about the sense of discovery. "Pound for pound, you're not gonna match up with that version of the story. But what you can attempt to recall, it's the feeling," Crowe says. "And the idea that you could drop into this world and feel the way it felt, the way it feels to … [Read more...] about Sunday Conversation: Cameron Crowe On ‘Almost Famous’ Broadway, Joni, Townshend, Skynyrd And More
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin There’s a lot to unpack from tonight’s extra-long series finale of The Walking Dead. AMC’s zombie drama sendoff had some truly great moments, some tantalizing cameos and yet it still left me feeling a little hollow and letdown. I suppose it’s only fitting that some of the show’s most irritating bad habit reared their ugly heads in the final episode, but it’s still a bit grating. I think one part of my disappointment here is simply that the final showdown felt rushed. I know they’ve been building toward this for many episodes now, but it still felt like the crumbling of the Commonwealth happened too quickly and that the stakes were never that high. Indeed, the outcome seemed pretty obvious from the get-go. The setup for tonight’s big showdown was badly fumbled one way or another. Pamela Milton’s retreat—abandoning thousands of her people to the zombie horde—was so sudden in last week’s episode, we never really got a … [Read more...] about ‘The Walking Dead’ Series Finale Review: Rest In Peace