After seven long years, the wait is finally over. This Sunday, Netflix will release new episodes of the classic, legendary, groundbreaking Arrested Development—the show that was meta before meta became a thing. So for you, the fans—those who may have already binge-watched all existing 53 episodes or those who may just need a little refresher—here are just a few of my picks for the best episodes, quotes, and running gags the show's produced thus far. Here's hoping more genius awaits us.
For the most part, I am excited to see new movies (save for those in the Twilight series or anything starring Julia Stiles). But the movie that I have anticipated the most this year is Star Trek into Darkness. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a household where my dad and I watched The Next Generation every Monday night. (The best was when Captain Picard and the Enterprise had to fight the Borg or deal with Q. The holodeck episodes? Not so much.) Or perhaps it was due to J. J. Abrams’ killer 2009 reboot that was perfectly cast and perfectly fun. Either way, I’m pleased to say that Darkness lived up to my anticipation.
Today, the fourth cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton) opens in theaters across the country. (Well, the fifth if you include the 2000 TV movie starring Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd. Which I don't.) Directed by Baz Luhrmann—the visionary behind Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, and Moulin Rouge!—this Gatsby is grandiose, sparkling, well-acted ... but surprisingly ho-hum in places. [My grade: B-] While still often entertaining (unlike the 1974 snooze-fest starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford), this Gatsby has quite a few changes from the book version. Some of them good; others, not so much.
Gwyneth, Gwyneth, Gwyneth. While we should be spending our precious time worrying about Amanda Bynes’ downward spiral—which, surprisingly, is concerning me more than is natural—we are back to fixating on Gwyneth. In movies, she’s amazing, sparkling, smart: In the new Iron Man 3, just like the previous two, she’s “girl Friday” to co-star Robert Downey, Jr. But then press junkets and magazine interviews and cookbook intros and GOOP happen; she opens her mouth and wham! She says something so pretentious, so self-important that a thousand online articles are born. Don’t believe me? Just type, “Gwyneth Paltrow is…” into Google and see for yourself. (Hell, even us here at Philly Post/Philly Mag can’t get enough of her: here, here, and here.
The first time I saw the ad I thought it was joke. Surely it was merely a composite photo — put together for some failed movie pitch — that accidentally got released somehow, right? After all, how could the insipidly titled The Big Weddingever attract Oscar-winners Robert De Niro or Susan Sarandon? Sure, Katherine Heigl is believable (she of the 27 Dresses debacle), but Diane Keaton? And Robin Williams playing a priest in a wedding movie, again? Come on! The poster's designers must have simply cut him out of a production photo for the 2007 travesty License to Wed and plopped him in this one. Right?
Joining the great pantheon of E! reality stars—a group that includes such luminaries as the Kardashians, Kevin Jonas, and Ice and Coco—is Ryan Lochte, thanks to E!'s latest project, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?. Yes, that Ryan Lochte: the swimmer who won seven medals at the 2012 Olympics. The man that continues to inflict the nonsensical word “jeah” on the world.
For every Will & Grace, there is a Karen & Jack. For a Buffy or Angel, there is a Xander or Cordelia. Often we tune into TV shows not for the title or lead characters, but for the sidekicks, the guest stars, and the supporting cast. Here are my picks for the best supporting characters on TV shows currently on air.
As I was reading through old reviews and writings of Roger Ebert last week, I stumbled across an interview he did for the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television. In it he talks about the importance of film criticism and his infamous disagreements with fellow critic and co-host of At the Movies, Gene Siskel. “As mad I was about him not liking Apocalypse Now, he couldn't believe I could find fault with Full Metal Jacket by Kubrick.”