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Pacino Kills as Dr. Kevorkian in 'You Don't Know Jack'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 26th 2010 11:33AM
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's headline-grabbing crusade against medical law and procedures was bound to become a movie sooner or later. It's got all the elements that make for great viewing, whether it's on the larger-than-life screen of your local cineplex or the soft, warm glow of your living room television.


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'Treme's' True Star Isn't an Actor, It's a City

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 12th 2010 8:06PM
The new HBO drama
The danger with producing a show like 'Treme' isn't the political controversies that are sure to arise from it or the never-ending "blame game" that almost destroyed one of America's biggest and most colorful cities.

The devil, as they say, is in the details.

New Orleans natives, like me, know when their city is being taken for a joyride. Some movies and TV shows that are set in New Orleans have taken more liberties with its setting than a fleet of Navy seamen on Tijuana shore leave. I can't tell you how many times I've laughed my huge head off when a character who is supposed to be from "N'Awalins" hops on a streetcar from a Kenner subdivision or talks with an accent that sounds like he just flew in from Mobile, Alabama.

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'Big Love' - 'Under One Roof' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 9:01AM

(S04E06) "I think I can understand how difficult this must be, keeping a secret." - Bill on discovering that Dale has been having an affair with Alby
"You can't imagine." - Dale


Some of the season's most interesting plot lines came to a screeching halt this week and by screeching, I mean literally just that. The stench of burning rubber won't come out of my couch no matter how well it's been Scotchguarded.

Of course, just because some problems have come to an end doesn't represent their means to an end. They only serve to create new and bigger ones.

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Funny or Die Presents premieres next month

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2010 9:00AM
The comedy website that made the Internet its bitch aims to do the same to HBO.

Next month marks the premiere of Funny or Die Presents, an HBO sketch show from the creators of the revolutionary video comedy website created and founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The trailer below isn't technically safe for work, so if your boss catches you watching it on the job, just threaten to stick the nearest sharp object right in his eye. That always works for me. Plus, the great thing is they've got two, so technically they won't go completely blind if they call your bluff.

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Review: Big Love - Strange Bedfellows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 11:01AM

(S04E03)
"Dear Heavenly Father, I tested your calling and now you're testing me, but if this is what your plan is for me, you've got to help me out." - Bill

Last week, The Onion's AV Club did a supportive review of the episode but a scathing review of the characters. In fact, the reviewer flat out called Bill Henrickson "dumb."

It sounds like a gross simplification of a very complex man. After all, here's a guy who is not only guided by his faith and the directions that it points him in, but also in his undying devotion to his family, the influences of his business and even his politics.

But to be honest, dumb isn't far off. In fact, it doesn't go far enough. The whole Henrickson clan is dumber than a pile of unpolished doorknobs in a sack marked "hammers."

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Do you have any love for Big Love's new opening credit sequence?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 11:30AM
The new season of HBO's Big Love also brought with it a new opening sequence for the first time in its history and not everyone is in love with it.

Some readers of my review of the show's season four premiere made some well reasoned arguments both for and against the new sequence, something I didn't do because it wasn't included in the screener review HBO sent out before the show hit the airwaves last Sunday. It not only has a much different look and feel but it also has a new theme song, "Home" by the Engineers replacing "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys.

It's still early in the season, but I like the new sequence just as much as the old one. As for the song, well at least they didn't go with Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'."

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Ricky Gervais' podcast coming to HBO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2009 7:31PM
Remember The Ricky Gervais Show? That hilarious podcast that featured the genius of Karl Pilkington and was the most downloaded thing in the history of the universe of everything? It's coming to HBO.

The world's most successful podcast is getting the television treatment next year starting on February 13.

So how do you turn a podcast into a TV show? That's simple. You animate it. Episodes of the podcast featuring Gervais, Stephen Merchant and the aforementioned Pilkington will be turned into cartoon creatures for the TV version. I came to the podcast very late in life and am sure that will count against me at my karma hearing in the afterlife, but this should more than make up for it.

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Has Flight of the Conchords flown the coop?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:05PM
Flight of the ConchordsSome more sad TV news that thankfully doesn't involve Kirstie Alley: Flight of the Conchords might not be returning to television.

Jermaine Clement, one of the show's stars, told the Reuters News Service that their hilarious show might not return to television for a third season because the amount of work that it requires.

This isn't his or anyone else's final decision on the matter. Clement and his costar Bret McKenzie will discuss the possibility of a third season with directors and producers and should come to a decision by the end of the month. So all of you fans with Flight of the Conchords prayer alert hidden in your closet might want to a light an extra candle before you go to bed tonight.

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Is The Wire the biggest Emmy snub of all time, forever and ever, amen?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 20th 2009 10:01AM
The Emmy nomination process is clearly more flawed than a line of Dora the Explorer lawn darts.

The system is outdated and always in need of a revamping, as technology and the proliferation of programming increases every year. Some contenders are just going to get a big, ugly, high school prom date snub.

That doesn't mean the process is without its no-brainers. I'm referring, of course, to the shows that deserve special recognition for changing the course of the medium and showing the world its possibilities and not to the people actually doing the nominating. The last season of The Wire will go down as one of the biggest no-brainers of all time.

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