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Fringe Season Two Review

Posted by television On October - 20 - 2010

Fringe Season Two
J.J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Bryan Burk (Executive Producers)
Warner Brother, 2009-2010.

By Miles Baker

A year ago, I reviewed the first season of Fringe. I got a review copy, and it’s polite to post them as quickly as possible, I burned through the first season in a few days, watching it whenever I could cram it in my schedule. It’s an intense but fun way to watch a show. And while I liked it, I’d concluded that Fringe was a well-executed show with no spark of creativity. When I broke it down into individual pieces the show was good, but something wasn’t coming together. With the second season of Fringe, the show remains well executed while finding the spark it was missing in the first season.

Part of that spark is the show’s mythology building rapidly and becoming more important episode-to-episode. There are still a lot of done-in-one mysteries in this season, but there are threads that keep the main narrative going. They find the right mix of episodic and epic, and it makes the show much more enjoyable. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Bang Theory S3 Reviewed

Posted by television On September - 28 - 2010

The Big Bang Theory Season Three
Directed by Mark Cendrowski
Warner Brothers, 2009-2010

By Miles Baker

As a comic book nerd, as a computer nerd, as fantasy nerd, as a pop culture nerd and as a Nerd with a capitol “N,” I should love The Big Bang Theory.  It’s probably the only show on network television that regularly references the works of Stan Lee and doesn’t snicker at them. Well, it doesn’t usually snicker at them. It does present some meganerds as heroes — but that isn’t enough for me. I like the show, it gets a few chuckles out of me but that’s about all I can say.

In third season, the meganerds once again have a series of misadventures where they learn nothing. Well, nothing really. I mean, if they learned anything they wouldn’t have the problems that will spark the next episode. The biggest plot development is that Leonard and Penny begin to date steadily. This will serve as a springboard for a lot of the plots this season. And, usually, it turns out that Leonard is actually a bigger dick than Sheldon, the character who doesn’t have empathy. So, that’s maybe a problem? Read the rest of this entry »

In Memory of At the Movies

Posted by film On April - 2 - 2010

By Sean Kelly

The end of an era is coming as At the Movies, the review show originally known as Siskel and Ebert, will be going off the air at the end of the current season in August. I have never been a regular watcher of the show, and the program has certainly had its bumps in the last few years, but you have to give them full credit; in its 24 years on the air, the show, and the phrase “two thumbs up,” have become engraved in pop culture.

One of the reasons given for the cancellation is that the format of two critics giving their opinions on a film is considered outdated. The last decade or so saw the rise of aggregate sites such as Rotten Tomatoes. These sites pool together reviews from many sources and give a rating based on how many of the reviews were positive. Sites like these have made it easier for people to find a knowledgeable opinion about movies and there’s seen to be no more room for a television show about two guys and their thumbs.

The news of the show’s cancellation comes at a time when I felt the show was getting back on its feet. The show has had a tough few years and I have to argue that the beginning of the end for the show began when Roger Ebert was forced to leave the show in 2006 due to his battle with thyroid cancer, which has since left him unable to speak. Co-host Richard Roeper, who became the permanent replacement for the late Gene Siskel in 2000, continued on with a series of guest hosts, most frequently A.O. Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth reviewed

Posted by television On October - 30 - 2009

reddwarf_coverRed Dwarf: Return to Earth
Directed by Doug Naylor
BBC Video

By Miles Baker

As a movie…

Red Dwarf: Return to Earth will not thrill Red Dwarf fans.

As a DVD set…

Red Dwarf: Return to Earth will thrill Red Dwarf fans

As a newcomer to the series…

Start somewhere else.

I’m a causal fan of the Red Dwarf series. I’ve only watched a couple seasons but I can tell you that this isn’t the best the series has to offer. It’s not terrible by any means, and there are some extremely clever moments. The best parts of the show are when it enters the realm of the post-post-post modern, including jokes that involve the physical box art.

The story picks up a few years after the last series. Dave Lister, the last human in the universe, is stuck on the enormous mining ship, Red Dwarf, with his evolved cat, annoying hologram superior, and overly helpful and neurotic robot. In the tradition of the series, a low-budget romp ensues that mixes standard science fiction concepts with humour — a genre I love. Read the rest of this entry »

Fringe Season One Review

Posted by television On September - 21 - 2009

fringeFringe Season One
Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Warner Brothers.

By Miles Baker

Never judge a show based on seeing five minutes of it. I did that with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ended up regretting it eight years later. The same thing happened with Friday Night Lights, but the time period was shorter. With Fringe, I watched half a scene when the first episode aired thought, “well, that seems contrived” and left it that. After watching all 21 episodes of season one, I actually wasn’t all that wrong, but there is a lot of merit to this show.

When I break it down into individual elements, this is a good show: I like the genre, I like how it handles the genre, I like the characters, I like the gender mix, I like the use of humour. But when I add it all up there’s something missing — inspiration, or some spark of originality. Fringe is a competently executed show, but it has nothing you haven’t seen somewhere else, particularly X-Files. Read the rest of this entry »

Torchwood: Children of Earth Reviewed

Posted by television On August - 10 - 2009

US_Torch_S3_2dTorchwood: Children of Earth
Directed by Euros Lyn

By Miles Baker

If you were looking for a place to get into the Doctor Who revival this is the place. I had been looking for such a place for the last two years — I grew up in a house where Who was worshiped, even naming a cat after one of the Doctor’s assistants — without wanting to jump into what I heard were rocky starts for Who and Torchwood. Well, I sat down to watch an hour of this five-hour mini-series/season and ended up watching all five in a row. It’s a mesmerizing piece of television that’s accessible for Who fans and non-Who fans alike. Everyone I’ve talked to about it has been on board: it’s awesome, and you should watch it if you haven’t already.

This is science fiction with scope and bravery. It’s a huge, interesting, scary problem that leads to a tale of ghastly moral compromises — and there’s no way to look away from it. Read the rest of this entry »

Pushing Daises Season Two Review

Posted by television On August - 4 - 2009

1000094245BRDFLTBy Miles Baker

The facts were these: Miles Andrew Baker was 27 years, 1 month, 23 days old when he watched Pushing Daises for the first time. His parents had bought him the DVD box set for his birthday even though he had never seen the show before. Shortly after popping the present into the DVD player, young Miles exclaimed that his heart hurt. The DVD watcher was in love.

Eighteen weeks, three days later the DVD set of the second season arrived on his doorstep, a present from the good people at Warner Brothers, and Miles did a little dance.

An unbiased review was impossible; Miles knew this too well. So instead he tried to steal the voice of narrator Jim Dale into a review which became harder and harder with every sentence until he stopped at this very moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I love Elvis Costello: <em>Spectacle</em> reviewed

Posted by MUSIC_Jake On May - 1 - 2009

By Jake Shenker

I’m a TV nut. I watch just about everything, I devour seasons on DVD, and the list of scheduled recordings on my PVR is longer than the lines at Disneyland. The thing cialis canadian pharmacy is, I’m also a music nut, and these two obsessions rarely, if ever, intersect. And that’s why Elvis Costello’s new musical performance/talk show is like my own personal smorgasbord.

spectacle_320x240Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is a different kind of TV show, and it’s a different kind of concert series. The show — which is produced by Elton John and airs Friday nights on CTV — is hosted by quirky singer/songwriter Elvis Costello and features some jaw-dropping musical acts: The Police, James Taylor, Lou Reed, and Smokey Robinson to name just a few. But what separates this show from others is that Costello is not just a well-informed interviewer: he’s a peer to most of his guests. His style is casual—more of a two-way shoot-the-shit than a barrage of questions—and Costello spends as much time answering questions as he does asking them. Rather than the simple exchange of information of most talk shows, watching Spectacle is like spying on an informal chat between musical legends: you can witness Costello and The Police trading stories about playing reggae music in the 70s, learn what it was like for both host and guest John Mellencamp to work with producer T-Bone Burnett, and find out that Elvis Costello reads Roseanne Cash’s blog and that this interaction led to a songwriting session with the duo and the legendary Kris Kristofferson. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Music OverlookedWhat’s more amazing, though, is the music. It’s always a treat to watch some of the best musicians in recent history do their thing, but the magic of seeing Elvis Costello request a particular song from his guest, and participate in its performance, is totally unreal. When he interviewed The Police, Elvis explained how he changed all the chords to his song “Alison” but maintained the vocal melody, and then pulled out a guitar and sang it. Two weeks ago, when Costello welcomed Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, and John Mellencamp to his show, the quintet, each armed with an acoustic guitar, performed a mind-blowing rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Big River.” That alone should make any music fan freak out and run home to set their TiVo.

In fact, getting to know Elvis Costello through this show has made me a huge fan. I’ve always liked his music, but I never had more than a passing familiarity with his hit singles. But the more I watch his show and experience his quirky charisma and eccentric singing, the more I want to delve into his discography. And now I’m worried about paying rent, because I’m spending all my money on Costello back catalogue.

Tonight, Elvis yields the floor to guest-host (and executive producer) Elton John, and welcomes his wife, Canadian jazz musician Diana Krall, to the stage. Next week: former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his saxophone. Like I said, greatest TV show ever. Do I need to repeat myself again?

(For more information on the show, and for details about future musical guests, visit CTV’s website)

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Seasonal Retrospective:True Blood, Season One

Posted by television On February - 24 - 2009
Love at first... Bite. Yeah, we went there. The Southern Emo Pair get down to business in True Blood. Image courtesy of HBO.

Love at first... Bite. Yeah, we went there. The Southern Emo Pair get down to business in True Blood. Image courtesy of HBO.

By Jayvibha Vaidya 

*Spoiler alert — Anna Paquin is called cute once more. Bits and pieces of show revealed, too.*

She’s a cute blonde and he’s a dark mysterious stranger that happens to be a vampire. No, it’s not that ass-kicking vampire slayer this time around. She’s hung up her stake and cheerleading outfit in Sunnydale, California. Our current Adorable Miss is a resident of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a resident waitress, loyal granddaughter, and conveniently, an attractive mind-reader. Burdened by the unwanted thoughts of others, she finds relief in a mysterious stranger who’s the strong, silent type. Literally. She can’t hear his thoughts.

From Alan Ball, the creator of critically acclaimed Six Feet Under and based on the books by author Charlaine Harris, True Blood follows the moment when Sookie Stackhouse, (Golden Globe-winner Paquin, The Piano, X-Men) meets Bill Compton, (Brit Stephen Moyer, Lilies, The Starter Wife) an outed vampire who arrives in Bon Temps just as the small Louisiana town is plagued with a wave of suspicious murders.

Surrounding this ill-fated couple is an amazing smorgasbord of character profiles. They’re all deeply damaged, holding on to their secrets and insecurities for dear life. Sookie’s elder brother Jason (Austrailian Ryan Kwanten, Home and Away, Summerland) is a classic all-around fuck-up, and the first to be implicated in the series of murders, with evidence that he has coincidentally slept with each victim previous to their deaths. His quest for carnal satisfaction mixed with homoerotic undertones makes for a complex and ambiguous character that is a pleasure to  watch.

Another intriguing character is Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell, Going to California, Judging Amy), a bar-owner and all-around decent guy who is deeply in love with Sookie. But like most mortals, this poor bastard is no match for a vampire. Tara (Rutina Wesley, How She Move, Numb3rs), Sookie’s foul-mouthed, prickly best friend, juggles her drunken mother and perpetual loneliness while watching out for Sookie, the only person she trusts. Lafayette, played brilliantly by Nelsan Ellis (The Inside, Veronica Mars, The Soloist), is the openly gay, openly awesome cook at the restaurant who seems to know what everyone’s vice happens to be.

You might ask who our adorable Sookie can trust with so many of her Louisianian friends and family being in their own dumps? Enter Grandmother Adele (Lois Smith, ER, Hollywoodland). Strong, stable, and wiser than anyone in Bon Temps. That is of course until poor Sookie comes home one day to find the bloodied body splayed on the kitchen floor.

Like all conventional vampire stories, this show deals with death, life, sex, and power, and includes the appropriate amount of humour, violence, and romance. This is all the while poking fun at the legends of vampires and the damsel in distress, shifting perceptions and setting aside convention. Through the use of traditional mythology, this show comments on social injustices, sexuality, power, and human (or vampire) rights while retaining, you know, the entertaining factor.

The sweltering heat, the twang of Southern dialect, the strong code of respect and hospitality all give life to a world you can taste and smell. It draws you in then surprises you, while forcing you to ask questions about love — not just about who you love, but how you love.

True Blood returns for its second season to HBO, summer 2009.

Sweet Sugary Junk – Flight of the Conchords, Season 2 (Highlights)

Posted by television On January - 30 - 2009
Hiding said lumps: Bret McKenzie + Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords

Hiding said lumps: Bret McKenzie + Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords

Boys and girls with exquisite taste that includes freakishly huge lips and Kiwi accents, your quest is an end. Season Two of Flight of the Conchords is so on. If you haven’t yet taken the time, please turn your attention to something I think we can all appreciate, a song from Episode 2, Sugar Lumps:

Video courtesy of HBO via YouTube (2009)

Dick in a Box appropriately had its day, and Milkshake, while brilliantly produced, took itself too seriously. The only song that comes close (though unfortunately, not at all a parody) was Riskay’s 2007 track Smell Yo Dick.

This stark resemblance lies primarily in the sense that if these tracks were pounding in some godawful Richmond Street locale, the patrons wouldn’t notice the difference. They’d still bump and grind like Fergie herself was the MC.

I wonder if they get Fergie stand-ins at parties in the UK. You know, like they did with Paris Hilton? Understandably, careers are beset with highs and lows, but I think once an individual’s reached that point, it’s time to spare the common man and take up night school.

MONDOFilm’s Greatest Disappointments of 2008

Posted by film On January - 16 - 2009

By Leo K. Moncel and Shane McNeil

In this thrilling reversal of year-end-list-glee, Shane McNeil and I sound off on movies we wanted to like, but couldn’t, good stuff that was supposed to happen, but didn’t, and general dickery in the film world. It’s gripetime.

Leo K. Moncel’s Three Biggest Disappointments of 2008

1. Passchendaele (Dir: Paul Gross)

Mud is the real star of WWI.

Mud: the real star of WWI.

Paul Gross did a fine job directing. He even pulled off playing (less than?) half his age surprisingly convincingly. The dialogue edged on trite but respected the voice of the times. So why was this my first great disappointment of 2008? Because I was expecting to see a war movie.

Understand, I don’t think I have ever complained that a movie I was watching was not war-y enough. It’s just that this picture was packaged and presented as a war movie and not a prairie romance set against the First World War. But even putting my expectations aside, I found that the prairie romance component of the story (1 hr 20 or so of the 2 hr running time) was not as well executed as the war part. The romance plot sags at times, and the lead female character’s greatest challenge is overcome with a montage sequence.

I suspect Gross was thinking that with a split prairie romance/brutal war flick, he’d have a larger potential audience and thus stand a better chance recovering his (unprecedented in Canuck cinema) 20 million dollar budget, the lion’s share of which went into staging the war. Since he has a good sense of the aesthetics for it, somebody should give Paul Gross 50 million bucks to do a war-only flick. Oh yeah, and tell him to write a climax he really believes while he’s at it.

2. Quantum of Solace (Dir: Marc Forster)

Should’ve been more. It should’ve been more like Casino Royale than Casino Royale was: simple, dark, and grounded in physical reality. Remember the scene in Royale where the two bodyguards are right outside Bond’s hotel room door with assault rifles? That was an incredibly simple set-up, but it was expertly handled, and it was almost as heart-pounding as the stake-outs in No Country for Old Men. Compare that with any action sequence in Quantum, and tell me Quantum didn’t taste stale.

Complicated is not the same as complex, and a movie is not superior because it includes more locations.

3. Synecdoche, New York (Dir: Charlie Kaufman)

George: We watch people reading. Jerry: We watch people <i>reading?</i>

George: We watch people reading. Jerry: We watch people <em>reading?</em>

I love Charlie Kaufman. He’s one of my all-time favourite creative people (there’s a list, it only has five names on it.) But this film confirmed what I have suspected for some time – Kaufman’s brilliance lies in his creative freedom, and he functions best with a firm hand to rein in his impulses and give shape to the brilliant material he produces.

Charlie Kaufman as a director is directionless. The sum of my complaint against Synecdoche is that it has nowhere to go after the first 40 minutes. The story runs dry of events to play out, and the cast are left stranded pedaling stationary bicycles – moving but not progressing. Philip Seymour Hoffman is trying his damnedest to make this interesting, but his character is missing the very first thing actors demand – a motivation.

Shane McNeil’s Three Biggest Disappointments of 2008

1. Steve Carrell

OK, Mr. Scott. We get it. You’re on one of the most watched and funniest TV shows on the air right now, and, unlike when you did Little Miss Sunshine (probably your best turn on the big screen), you no longer need the money from the film industry. If that’s the case, please stop inundating us with your terrible role choices.

Seriously, this has gone on too long. The 40 Year Old Virgin did give you some license to cash in but not so much that we should have been made to sit through the horror-show that was Get Smart. Especially after you inflicted Evan Almighty and Dan in Real Life on us last year.

You’re capable of so much better, and we’ve done nothing to deserve this.

2. Where’s Harry?

Harry Potter and the Greedy Studio Execs

Harry Potter and the Greedy Studio Execs

We were left without the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series this year, despite all reports having dictated that it was ready to go. The blame for this one goes almost exclusively on the shoulders of Warner Bros. Entertainment Weekly even had to re-jig fall preview issues after the studio wussed on us.

The reasoning behind the move, by all accounts, was to boost its opening box office take by launching it on what’s now the prime release date: the May long weekend. Really? Really, Warner? The millions and millions of our dollars you grossed from The Dark Knight wasn’t enough this year? You had to move something a lot of kids and adults were looking forward to just so you could push The Half Blood Prince’s box office totals from a puny $300-400 million into the $500-million stratosphere? You cut us real deep on this one, and you know what the worst part of it is?

Your strategy is going to work perfectly, and HP6 will be 2009’s top grosser.

3. The TIFF backlash

So, remember when TIFF opened this year, and the papers called it the ‘festival of the elite‘ and wrote all these smear campaigns about how it was irrelevant? The local and national media came out, guns a-blazin’, and railed on the festival for no longer being audience friendly, for being too expensive, and for having a weak crop of films.

The year's best... documentary?!

The year's best... documentary?!

Let’s dissect this one for a minute, shall we? Yeah, the $40 Visa Screening Room charge kinda blew, but did you really miss anything that special by not going? Burn After Reading, Blindness, and Che all disappointed and bombed upon getting released, anyway. The way I see it, the only people this hurt were the ones who were only going to see Brad Pitt. Let the fest milk them a bit, I think it’s their right.

Most of the films that screened at the Visa Room also got screenings the Ryerson Theatre or some other small one, and the stars often showed up at those, too. I’ll grant that the whole AMC procedure was a pain, but once you got inside, weren’t you glad you weren’t in the Cumberland? I was.

Oh, and as for the crop of weak films? Look at your Oscar predictions and the year-end Top 10’s. Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Rachel Getting Married, Waltz with Bashir, JCVD, Happy Go-Lucky. What do they all have in common? You know the answer, and so do I.

The Golden Globes: Stars Gone Wild

Posted by film On January - 16 - 2009

By Rachel West

The foreign press is in the house!

The foreign press is in the house!

Do the Golden Globes really matter?

That was the question that bobbed in and out of my consciousness as I sat back and watched the live telecast on January 11th. There were the stars themselves, so busy drinking and chatting with one another that presenter Ricky Gervais, beer in hand, felt moved to chastise them from stage, ”How rude are you lot? Just because you’re film stars? Shusssh!” So, let’s take a cue from the boisterous stars of film and television, and treat Globes as a party leading up to the more serious Academy Awards in February.

The evening provided a blending of film and TV stars who knocked back glasses of Moet champagne (recession, anyone?) through the three-hour ceremony with smiles plastered on their faces. As proved by countless DUI mug shots, stars and booze don’t always mix, which can be the only explanation for some of the night’s biggest flops and rambling speeches. In the end, while the Golden Globes may not much affect the outcome of the Academy Awards or bring as much heft as the Emmys do in the realm of television, they certainly can be entertaining.

With some tough competition in most categories, there was a good mix of predictable winners and genuine surprises.

The evening’s top highlights:

Slumdog Millionaire’s Four Category Sweep

Director Danny Boyle wants to be a millionaire.

Director Danny Boyle wants to be a millionaire!

Going 4 for 4 for the little picture that could is a true Hollywood rags to riches story in the film that almost became a direct-to-DVD release. It proved that Toronto audiences know a good thing when they see it, having voted Slumdog the People’s Choice Award winner at TIFF. Outshining big name contenders like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Best Picture-Drama, winning Best Score and Best Screenplay, and with Danny Boyle taking home the gold for directing, Slumdog is heading for the Oscars full speed ahead.

Tracey Morgan is “The Face of Post-Racial America”

30 Rock was the big winner when it comes to TV, with stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin picking up the acting trophies, and the show winning top honours in the Musical or Comedy categories. But it was Tracey Morgan’s hilarious acceptance speech as part of the series win that provided another of the evening’s highlights. ”Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on,” Morgan declared, ”I’m the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!” Cate Blanchett and the rest of us can definitely deal with it if the show continues to be that funny.

Kate Winslet’s Double Win

Winslet quashes rumours she neglected to shave her armpits.

Winslet quashes rumours she neglected to shave her armpits.

Sure, she’s one of the greatest actresses of our time and has the award nominations to prove it, but she faced stiff competition in the Supporting Actress category. Penelope Cruz looked like the clear rival to Winslet, as she has won much acclaim for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Winslet’s win was a nice reward as she appeared genuinely surprised and honoured to take home the gold. Her win in the Supporting category almost seemed to instantly open the door for Anne Hathaway or the formidable Meryl Streep to best her in the lead Actress-Drama category. Lo and behold, at the end of the night, Winslet emerged triumphant again as she emotionally accepted her second award. Perhaps she’s finally through with being the Oscars’ perennial bridesmaid.

Ricky Gervais – Are You Havin’ a Quaff?

Not only did he tell everyone to be quiet, he also did it with a half-consumed glass of beer in hand. It must have been some good beer since he helped himself to another gulp in the midst of his presentation for Best Film- Musical or Comedy nominee Happy-Go-Lucky. After cracking a few of the night’s funnier quips, he proved why it’s best to leave the jokes to the professionals.

Of course, you can’t have highlights without a few low points.

Unfunny Funny Guys

Both Seth Rogen and Sasha Baron Cohen took the stage as awards presenters and instead of delivering what could have been some top comedy, they both delivered cringe-worthy one-liners. Rogen’s attempt to make a joke at the expense of the night’s Best Actor- Drama winner Mickey Rourke received a forced smile from Rourke’s Wrestler co-star Marisa Tomei who looked like she’d rather be anywhere else. As for Cohen, an outdated Madonna joke pretty much fell flat, receiving only a few polite laughs from the crowd…with the exception of Drew Barrymore who could be seen laughing hysterically in the background.

Colin Farrell Fairly Incoherent

Either he's bored or he's nuts.

Either he's bored or he's nuts.

From his strange award presentation to his rambling acceptance speech for Best Actor- Musical or Comedy, Farrell made many bewildering comments. After sniffling through the presentation for Best Foreign Film, Farrell had the urge to share, “I still have a cold…It’s not the other thing it used to be…” Talk about too much information. Farrell was back onstage later to accept his acting trophy and was visibly shocked to have won for his role in the darkly comic In Bruges. Obviously unprepared for the win, he rambled aimlessly as the audience was left to follow him through his stream-of-conscious thought process where he mentioned everything from irregular vote counting in Florida to his Bono-inspired words of wisdom “‘Curiosity is love; it’s ignorance’s nemesis.” Next time a heartfelt “Thank You” will suffice.

David Duchovny Makes it a Little Awkward

It hasn’t been a good year for David Duchovny. After going through a much publicized stint in rehab for sex addiction and rumours of his and wife Tea Leoni’s infidelity running rampant in the tabloids, he then loses the Golden Globe for Best Actor- Musical or Comedy to Alec Baldwin. But he’s not mad. And he wants you to know that. He also wants you to know that he has a very happy and normal family life with his wife and children. Thoroughly making co-presenter Jane Krakowski uncomfortable with his awkward small talk, he pointedly informed viewers of a text message he received from his wife. With lame jokes this lame, it’s no wonder he lost the award.

Steven Spielberg Drones on With Joy

The guy may have built a critically and commercially successful career for himself as a director, writer, and producer, but man, is he boring. Spielberg’s acceptance speech was like watching paint dry. Friend and fellow director Martin Scorsese presented the award to Spielberg, and you’d think that two cinematic geniuses could come up with something a little more interesting. At least they didn’t have E.T. present the award.

List of Winners:

Penelope Cruz glancing (sexy) back.

Penelope Cruz glancing (sexy) back.


-Picture, Drama: Slumdog Millionaire
-Picture, Musical or Comedy: Vicky Christina Barcelona
-Actor, Drama: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
-Actress, Drama: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
-Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
-Actor, Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, In Bruges
-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
-Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
-Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
-Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir
-Animated Film: Wall-E
-Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
-Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
-Original Song: “The Wrestler” (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler


-Series, Drama: Mad Men
-Actor, Drama: Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
-Actress, Drama: Anna Paquin, True Blood
-Series, Musical or Comedy: 30 Rock

Fey accepts the Everyone's Favourite Person award.

Fey accepts the Everyone's Favourite Person award.

-Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
-Miniseries or Movie: John Adams
-Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, John Adams
-Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Giammatti, John Adams
-Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Dern, Recount
-Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
-Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg.



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