Ever watch Harry's Law starring the stout lady who's Stephen King's biggest fan? Me neither. Except I knew last night's episode was going to be a special one, thanks to commercials (no really, thank you, NBC Creative). In it, a grade school sued to get its student Natalie expelled because of her fits resulting from her conversion disorder. The school argued that she was distracting and then the episode confirmed it.
With its ratings in the toilet and prime time roster trashed by the failed Jay Leno experiment, the upcoming television season is make-or-break for NBC. Based on the trailers for the shows it has coming up, is there any hope?
Derek Jeter turns 35 today. Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is turning 39. Patty Smyth is 52. Jason Schwartzman is turning 29. Music impresario Irv Gotti is 39. So is former music exec-turned-marketing honcho Steve Stoute. Joanna Molloy of the Daily News is 54. Art director George Lois is turning 78. Actor Sean Hayes is 39. Guitarist Mick Jones is turning 54. Chris Isaak turns 53. Chris O'Donnell is turning 39. Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington is 33. And scandal-plagued quarterback Michael Vick turns 29 today. Weekend birthdays below.
The ugly new trend in epic-length movie trailers continues today with the latest teaser for The Day the Earth Stood Still, the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic creatively recast with Keanu Reeves as a flat-voiced humanoid alien warning Earth's inhabitants of their impending doom. Quite a stretch, we know (and yes, he has made this one before), but from the looks of the accompanying clip, DTESS is a soaring upgrade from low-budget earnestness to a sort of glossy, glassy-eyed indignance; there is true, brow-furrowing peril in that stilted baritone suggesting his past "would only frighten you." If only we felt less endangered by the four minutes of line readings that follow from Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and even Jon Hamm, from whom we expected so much more than bromides about the history of mankind. Believe us, Jon — we know history, and this has all the symptoms of being exactly that. And not the good kind, either. [20th Century Fox]
Normally the opportunity to see celebs naked on film is worthy of spending whatever it takes to buy the DVD and add it to your dirty collection. Heather Graham in Boogie Nights comes to mind, as does Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. But when folks like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates are flashing their naughty bits in crystal clear HD, we tend to shut our eyes fast the way we do whenever a particularly gruesome scene from the Saw franchise comes on. Nevertheless, Paper Magazine compiled a totally excellent Top Ten list of the worst nude scenes they've ever seen and, while the images aren't pretty, they're still perfect for a good cry/laugh for a Friday afternoon. Some NSFW stills from his list we managed to wrangle after the jump, if you dare...
We've all seen those ads where eerily young-looking versions of actors interrupt their classic movie scenes to hawk Direct TV. But the above installment, in which Kathy Bates reprises her Oscar winning role from Misery, kicks off what we're imagining will be a brand new trend. Instead of interrupting just any old movie scene, Direct TV is gonna start interrupting the most disturbing movie scenes of all time.
Just picture it with us. Dustin Hoffman will tell us about how affordable it is to make the switch from cable while getting his teeth drilled in Marathon Man. Then, Michael Madsen will tell us how easy Direct TV is to set up while slicing off that cop's ear in Reservoir Dogs. But the ad we're most excited about will feature Jodie Foster in The Accused. Right in the middle of that infamous rape scene, Jodie will turn to the camera and say, "Just imagine how awesome this pinball machine would look in high definition!"