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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 14th 2008 10:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Kimmel... James Kimmel takes on Bond... James Bond - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2008 6:07PM
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, opens in theaters tomorrow. And tonight, Jimmy Kimmel will welcome stars Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko to his talk show. Kimmel is going to open the show with a spoof of 007, with himself as the secret agent. After the jump is a sneak peek at the scene.

Kimmel does all of the usual Bondian things in the clip, including bedding a beautiful woman, dodging assassins, skiing, and also flying away to escape the bad guys. It's not on a jet pack though, it's via a bottle of soda. In fact, the entire skit seems to be sponsored by Coca-Cola. No shaken or stirred martinis for this spy.

Uncle Frank, Veatrice, and Guillermo also make appearances in the short film, of course. This isn't the first time that Jimmy Kimmel Live has spoofed a big-screen spy. They did a video take-off on the Bourne films too, which even featured a cameo by Matt Damon himself (long before Sarah Silverman was f***ing him).

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My Own Worst Enemy: Breakdown (series premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 14th 2008 9:05AM
Christian Slater(S01E01) Watching My Own Worst Enemy is like deja vu. You feel like you've seen something like this before. Was it The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Minority Report, Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Or maybe it was something on TV, like that failed Ray Liotta series Smith or Jennifer Garner's Alias or The Bionic Woman or The Six Million Dollar Man or something else...

See, that's the problem with My Own Worst Enemy. It's familiar but not in a cool way. Rather it's derivative and not very compelling. NBC is already doing a double life, super secret spy thing much better in the ratings-challenged Chuck.

The obvious appeal of My Own Worst Enemy is two-fold: lots of action including cool gadgets, cars (thank you, GM), guns, blood and the mystery, combined with the charm and complexity of Christian Slater. Slater's a fun actor, a sort of Jack Nicholson only younger. I remember when he first started on Ryan's Hope! He's got something.

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Right Now on Cinematical

by TV Squad Editors, posted Oct 10th 2008 2:38PM
Cinematical logoThe folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Jeffrey Donovan talks about Burn Notice

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 12th 2008 1:35PM
Lead-Jeffrey DonovanPart James Bond, part Jason Bourne, all Jeffrey Donovan. That's the recipe for the coolest spy on TV today, Michael Westen on Burn Notice. Meeting Jeffrey Donovan recently, I was impressed with not only his charm, good looks and dedication to his craft, but also his determination to shoulder the responsibility and reward of his very own primetime series.

Nobody's handed anything to Jeffrey Donovan. He's been at it for a while, doing notable turns in CSI: Miami and Monk, playing recurring characters in The Pretender and Touching Evil, and practically stealing Hitch from Kevin James and Will Smith by playing a nasty S.O.B.

Like his alter ego, Jeffrey Donovan is a very cool customer. He never lets you see him sweat, even when he's got ever right to in the glare of the spotlight, the heat of the Miami sun, and the hardball questions of the media roundtable he was facing. Okay, we weren't all throwing hardballs, but as this Q&A shows, Jeffrey D. can handle himself in any and all situations.

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Jonny Lee Miller: In the Limelight

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 21st 2008 2:43PM
Jonny Lee MillerWhen I first saw the commercials for ABC's Eli Stone, I didn't recognize Jonny Lee Miller. Then, after watching the first episode and liking him, I decided to find out who he was. Imagine my surprise when I learned that I had seen him, multiple times, in a variety of roles. And he was British! I was duly impressed and intrigued. Jonny Lee Miller was a helluva an actor, a chameleon who could be as convincing as a junkie named Sick Boy in Trainspotting as he was a San Francisco lawyer named Eli.

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The Saint is coming back to TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 1:01PM
Roger MooreHello! The Saint is rising again. The venerable character, who was created by writer Leslie Chareris in novels in the 1920's, will be back on television in a contemporary setting, and actor James Purefoy (Rome) has been in talks to play Simon Templar, the suave, British "good guy" thief. Aside from Purefoy, the Hollywood Reporter writes that the production team includes first class talent: Homicide's Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Oz), writer Jorge Zamacona, Bill Macdonald, and the original TV Saint himself, Roger Moore, and his son Geoffrey Moore.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Complete Series - DVD review - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 19th 2007 2:03PM

Man From U.N.C.L.E. DVD set

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was one of the more successful spy shows/movies inspired by the James Bond craze of the 1960s. It was a fun show (with a great theme song!), and the complete series has just been released on DVD.

Some people might see the show as a "spoof," and one could take it that way, but it holds up really well as a straightforward spy drama too. Personally, I prefer I Spy, but The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is right up there too. And this set should make fans of the show (you are probably in your 30s at least, maybe older) very happy.

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TV Obits: Evans, Maxwell, Manulis, Humbard, Fein

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2007 8:21PM

Lois Maxwell, Sean ConneryA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Lois Maxwell: She is probably best known for playing Miss Moneypenny in all the James Bond movies up until Roger Moore's last (A View To A Kill), but she also appeared in several TV shows, including The Avengers, UFO, The Saint, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (80s version), Zero One, Danger Man, One Step Beyond, and Adventures in Rainbow Country. She died of cancer at age 80 in Australia.

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Barry Nelson, first James Bond, dead at 89

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2007 6:01PM

Barry NelsonA lot of people don't realize that the first James Bond wasn't Sean Connery on the big screen, it was Barry Nelson on television, on a 1954 episode of the CBS series Climax. Nelson played 007 in an adaptation of Casino Royale.

Nelson died in Buck's County, PA on April 7 while traveling. He was 89.

Besides the classic role of Bond, Nelson was a regular on the 50s series My Favorite Husband, and guest starred on several other shows, including The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., Dallas, The Love Boat, Thriller, Cannon, Longstreet, The F.B.I., The Philco Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. On the big screen he was in several films, including The Shining, Airport, and Pete N' Tillie, and starred on stage in several productions.

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Gordon Ramsay the most admired man in the UK

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2007 3:29PM

Gordon RamsayThis poll in the UK edition of Esquire isn't too much of a surprise I guess. I can understand why chef and TV host Gordon Ramsay is the most admired guy, especially in a popular, "of the moment" sort of way. But what I find funny is that he beat scientist and author Stephen Hawking, a man that has literally changed the way we look at space, time, and the universe.

Other people on the list after Ramsay (17%) and Hawking (14%) are Ray Mears (a TV survival expert - probably unknown to many of us here in the U.S.), who got 11% of the vote, new James Bond Daniel Craig, who also got 11%, and comedian/writer Ricky Gervais, who somehow only got 9% of the vote.

The new season of Hell's Kitchen, the U.S. show that Ramsay hosts, starts on FOX, June 4 at 9pm.

[via TV Tattle]

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Is Remington Steele coming to TV Land?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 23rd 2007 5:16PM

Remington Steele castHmmm...a mystery over at TV Land.com.

In the video section, there is a listing for "Remington Steel clips." Now, besides the fact that they didn't spell Remington Steele correctly, I don't remember the show being on TV Land (or Nick at Nite for that matter). The show is not even listed on their show list. So I clicked on the link to see what clips of the show the site had and I found out that there are also clips for Lost in Space and The Time Tunnel! Is this a promotion for the DVDs you can buy (there are links to buy them) and nothing more, or is it a little preview of shows TV Land has added to the lineup.

But this would be a good show for the network to pick up (I'm talking about Remington Steele, not Lost in Space or The Time Tunnel). I remember a cable network (I think it was A&E) ran the show every afternoon a few years back, and I really got into the show again.

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What's on tonight: Christmas movies, Cops, 007, Little People, Big World

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2006 5:37PM
  • Al RokerAt 8, FOX has a new Cops, followed by a repeat episode and a new America's Most Wanted.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Dateline at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • ABC Family has Eloise at Christmastime at 8.
  • AMC has Patton at 8.
  • Diamonds Are Forever airs on Spike at 8.
  • Hallmark is showing Christmas movies all night.
  • At 9, Food Network has Al Roker's Christmas in New York.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead 2.
  • At 10, TLC has a new Trading Spaces.
  • At 10:30, TBS has National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, followed by The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Casino Royale: The TV Version

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2006 1:46PM

Casino RoyaleIf you haven't seen the new James Bond film Casino Royale, go now. Seriously, don't even finish reading this story. Shut off your computer, grab your coat, and rush out to your local cineplex. It's that good.

But it's not the first version of Casino Royale. And I'm not talking about the lame comedy version in the 60s starring Peter Sellers, which pretty much everyone agrees is an atrocity and not an official 007 film. I'm talking about the 1954 TV version, starring My Favorite Husband lead Barry Nelson as James Bond. Or, more precisely, "Jimmy" Bond, in an attempt to Americanize the character from the Ian Fleming novel. It was an episode of the CBS anthology series Climax and aired live on October 21, 1954. Peter Lorre played Le Chiffre. The show was pretty much forgotten and not seen that much until the 80s, and in the late 90s a nice collector's edition video was released, with the entire show intact.

Oh, and the urban legend that a dead Lorre got up at the end of the show and walked offstage on live television isn't true. That didn't happen. Though it did happen on another episode of Climax.

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What's on Thanksgiving Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 9:08PM

Macy's ParadeSure, you'll be busy cooking and/or running around to various homes tomorrow, but you might want to turn on the TV too. There's a lot more on than just football.

  • At 9am, CBS has The Thanksgiving Day Parade. Not exactly sure what this is, but it's from NYC, so maybe it's the Macy's parade but they can't call it that for legal reasons?
  • NBC has The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9.
  • The History Channel has American Eats at 9, followed by More American Eats.
  • TLC has a Take Home Chef marathon starting at 9.
  • There's a marathon of The Closer at 9 on TNT.
  • FX has two Thanksgiving episodes of Spin City at 9.
  • Discovery has a marathon of I Shouldn't Be Alive, also at 9.
  • Food Network has Thanksgiving episodes all day long, starting at 9:30.
  • Lifetime has a Thanksgiving episode of Frasier at 10.
  • Spike has a James Bond marathon starting at 10.
  • A Project Runway marathon airs on Bravo at 10.
  • Another marathon: Sci-Fi has several eps of Eureka, also at 10.
  • Shortly after 10, IFC has Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes as a woman who cooks her first Thanksgiving dinner.
  • At noon, CBS has the Dolphins vs. the Lions, while NBC has The National Dog Show.
  • TBS has a Home Improvement marathon starting at noon with a Thanksgiving ep.
  • Yup, another marathon: ESPN has The Contender at noon.
  • ABC will have its regular soap lineup starting at 1pm: All My Children, One Life To Live, and General Hospital.
  • The Family Channel has a Thanksgiving Full House at 3, followed by Turkey Day eps of other shows, including 7th Heaven.
  • At 3:30, FOX has the Bucs vs. the Cowboys.
  • At 6, TLC has the Thanksgiving ep of Little People, Big World.

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