Will someone please find the great Harrison Ford something new to do? Yes, it was fun to see him leathered up again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we can’t wait to find out what he and Steven Spielberg have up their sleeves for the 2019 Indiana Jones reboot they announced this week. But not since 2013’s splendid 42, in which he played baseball legend Branch Rickey, has Ford really been called upon to stretch himself.
Many know him as Walter White - the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad - but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie.
Of all the awards season events, the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon stands out because it is a comparatively relaxed, familial affair; plus, it's not televised. In fact, it has become a welcome respite for the anointed ones, a place where they can bond as a class while out of sight of the viewing audience (though it certainly could make an irresistible show.)
If you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg's E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong, or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott's Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi.
TNT's "Falling Skies" is getting fan and critical applause for its upgrade of the alien beings seen on the Steven Spielberg-produced show -- among the improvements made thanks to the budgetary increases in the wake of Season 1's success. I asked star Noah Wyle his feelings about those earth-invading beings. "You have to pay homage to the man you're working for. You don't show the shark 'til the third act," he said with a laugh, referencing Spielberg's "Jaws."
Our long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you've been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, "Wait a minute-we've been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?"
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