(Warning, comrades: The following classified document contains spoilers for the series finale of The Americans.) After six seasons and 75 episodes, one of the best spy thrillers in TV history aired its last chapter – not with one last eruption of violence, but with an ending more muted and melancholy. Back in 2013, FX’s The Americans opened its story at the dawn of the Reagan era, following a pair of undercover KGB agents, masquerading as married D.C. yuppies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. The series closed with the rise of Gorbachev and a thaw in the Cold War that its anti-heroes had been waging for decades. In between, head writers Joe Weisberg and and Joel Fields plugged fans back into the culture of the Eighties, with all its apocalyptic anxiety, bad hairdos and many, many catchy Peter Gabriel songs. The finale, puckishly named “START” (after the treaty that eased tensions between the U.S. and the USSR), didn’t lack for edge-of-the-seat drama. Philip, … [Read more...] about ‘The Americans’ Exit Interview: Cast, Creators on Series Finale
Wheres joel in extra camp
In the not too distant past — November 24th, 1988, A.D. — a moderately successful stand-up comedian named Joel Hodgson slipped on a jumpsuit. He then spent a few hours on a Minneapolis UHF station making fun of the terrible movies Invaders from the Deep and Revenge of the Mysterions from Mars, alongside a couple of handmade robot puppets. Only a handful of lucky Minnesotans were watching KTMA that Thanksgiving night, exactly 30 years ago. They all saw the birth of a pop culture phenomenon: a charmingly cheap-looking show that, no joke, changed television. In the three decades since Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted, its popularity has waxed and waned. It’s been an underground sensation, passed around from fan to fan via old VHS tapes. For a time it was a TV tentpole, filling up hours of airtime every day on the fledgling version of Comedy Central. And then it spent about 15 years as a lost classic, exiled from the small screen, while its former writers and actors … [Read more...] about ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ at 30: How a Cult TV Show Changed Pop Culture
We have an exclusive clip from Saban's forthcoming Danger Close. The movie stars Travis Fimmel and Luke Bracey. Directed by Kriv Stenders, the movie is the first Australian project to take on the Vietnam War in 40 years, following 1979's The Odd Angry Shot. The movie hits select theaters this week and will also be On Demand. From the looks of things, Stenders let the acting take over the movie and kept the CGI to a minimum, giving it a bare bones and realistic feel. In Danger Close, Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his company of 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives in the 1966 Battle of Long Tan. With 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong soldiers closing in, their ammunition running out and casualties mounting, each man searches for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. The clip shows just how intense the battle was and how quickly things can go wrong. Development on Danger Close goes … [Read more...] about Danger Close Clip Throws Luke Bracey Into War [Exclusive]
Rating: 2.5/5 Star Cast: Karan Deol, Sahher Bambba, Simone Singh, Mannu Sandhu, Sachin Khedekar Director: Sunny Deol Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Movie Review: Karan Deol | Sahher Bamba | Sunny Deol | FilmiBeat A scene in 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas' has an interviewee asking a hot-shot politician about her son being favoured over other party members to contest the elections because of nepotism. To this, the lady immediately points out as to how everyone deserves one fair chance to prove themselves. It is almost as if director Sunny Deol wants to take a dig at the controversy around the infamous N-word associated with star kids. Especially since 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas' marks the debut of his son, Karan Deol. Orphaned at a young age, Karan Sehgal (Karan Deol) owns an elite trekking club called 'Camp Ujhi' in Manali, which is quite popular among tourists and celebrities. Meanwhile, Saher Sethi (Sahher Bambba), a top vlogger takes up an assignment to review 'Camp Ujhi' in order to escape from a family … [Read more...] about Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Movie Review: Karan Deol’s Film Struggles To Stay Close To The Heart!
A change of outfit can do wonders for one’s outlook on life. Just ask Robert Ellis. Never one to be bashful about the pleasures of a good suit — witness his specially made space cowboy threads from recent years — he wears that flair firmly on the sleeve of his new LP, Texas Piano Man. Donning a sharp white tuxedo that gleams like a blank slate against the blue skies and rolling hills of Marfa, Texas, it’s a turn that Ellis comes by honestly. “This idea of the ‘Texas Piano Man,’ it has all these parallels [with] what people fancy themselves as as Texans,” says Ellis, who lives in Austin, over the phone from Florida, where he’s spending a day off before Texas Piano Man‘s Valentine’s Day release. “We’re all pretty independent and loud, ‘Everything is Bigger in Texas.’ We see ourselves as these quirky, individual people. There’s a crossover with the classic piano man — larger than life and … [Read more...] about Why Robert Ellis Looked to Liberace for New Album ‘Texas Piano Man’