Mixed reviews for Rainn Wilson's new drama.
Remember yesterday when we previewed Rainn Wilson's new cop-drama Backstrom? Well, now that it's premiered, the big-hitting critics have had their say, and, well, there's good and bad. Originally developed for CBS but now on Fox, the show is based on the book series for Leif G.W Persson and focuses on the alcoholic Portland detective Everett Backstrom (Wilson) and the Serious Crimes Unit.
Rainn Wilson kind of looks like a detective, no?
This is not particularly familiar territory for Wilson, best known for his comedic turn in The Office.
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Rainn Wilson could have a hit on his hand with 'Backstrom'
Rainn Wilson's run as an alcohol detective on Fox's Backstrom begins on Thursday (January 22) and the former Office man has been discussing his transformation from the classic TV comedy to something a little darker.
Rainn Wilson will play alcohol detective Backstrom on Fox's new show
Backstrom is based on the books by Swedish author Leif G.W Persson and follows a detective working for the Portland Police Bureau who lacks social skills but makes up for it with his brilliant police work.
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Steve Carell's return to The Office was a successful one, as the show said it's final goodbye
Steve Carell has come a long way since he first introduced himself to America as Michael Scott, the hapless boss of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch, but even after two years (and two seasons) away from the show it was almost as though he'd never left The Office. Thursday's (May 16) 75-minute final farewell to the cast brought to an end nine seasons - spread over eight years, since 2005 - worth of highs, lows, loves and losses, and Carell's return served as the perfect icing on top of what was already a excellently crafted cake.
The feature-length send-off featured a reunion of the Dunder Mifflin colleagues old and new, who came to celebrate the marriage of office manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and accountant Angela Martin (Angela Kingsley). And Carell's return as Scott was done in classic, cringe-worthy fashion, as the former manager re-entered the show to give his famous one-liner for a final time. Of course, where else other than a wedding is it more appropriate to enter a room saying; "That's what she said."
His insight into the wedding was equally as Scott-esque and best watched from behind a pillow, with the hapless character reflecting on the marriage when he told the camera, "It's like all my children grew up and they married each other."
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Holiday Reinhorn; Rainn Wilson 2nd Annual Sean Penn and Friends Help Haiti Home Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani - Arrivals Featuring: Holiday Reinhorn, Rainn Wilson Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 12 Jan 2013
Frank (Wilson) only has two moments in his life when he felt happy: first was his wedding to Sarah (Tyler) and second was when he helped a cop foil a crime.
So when Sarah leaves him for the charismatic criminal Jacques (Bacon), Frank turns to crimefighting, with a little inspiration from Libby (Page), who works in a comic book shop. Frank's super alter-ego is the Crimson Bolt, smacking criminals with a pipe-wrench. And when Libby figures it out, she becomes his sidekick Boltie, helping him launch an all-out offensive to free Sarah from Jacques' control.
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While planning for her wedding to local newsman Derek Dietl (voice of Paul Rudd), Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is hit by an enormous meteorite containing a mysterious alien element. It instantly causes her to grow in size to gigantic proportions. Naturally, this leads the government, under the director of General W. R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) to capture the gal and take her back to his top secret compound. There, he keeps other so-called "monsters" -- mad scientist turned bug Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), an aquatic fish man known as the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a blob like biological accident named B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), and Insectosaurus, a building-sized pest with an ear-shattering scream. As America's first line of defense against trouble, the team is put to the test when extraterrestrial tyrant Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) arrives, ready to take over Earth.
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The Office may not be the #1 show in the rankings -- it's not a reality show or prime time soap -- but it's TV's best show at the moment, and it shows no sign of lightening its cynical heart of darkness. The biggest reason, of course, is Steve Carell, the central actor/improviser (and occasional writer) whose portrayal of the clueless manager Michael Scott is as perfectly observed and funny as Carell's movie roles are tame and safe.
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Rainn Wilson, the talented comedian and actor made celebrity by the role of Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office, plays Robert Fishman, Fish to his friends. Back when leopard-print stockings on men seemed like a stroke of genius, Fish is the drummer for burgeoning hair metal outfit Vesuvius. When the band is offered a contract with Matchbook Records, they find that the only catch to the deal is that the label wants the son of one of its bigwigs to take Fish's place. Fish is out.
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So begins Robert Shaye's pleasant adventure The Last Mimzy, inspired by Lewis Padgett's short story Mimsy Were the Borogoves, which should do for sci-fi exploration what Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids franchise did for family espionage. The adults in Noah's life -- from his parents (Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton) to his science teacher (Rainn Wilson) -- are too caught up in their daily routine to notice that the boy is changing. It isn't until Mimzy causes a citywide blackout that the military -- personified by Michael Clarke Duncan -- comes snooping around. The movie, at this point, begins to mimic E.T. without actually becoming its emotional equivalent.
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Alone and deprived of sex, New Yorker Matt (Luke Wilson) begins dating nebbish Jenny (Uma Thurman) hoping to get some frenzied lovemaking and little else. He gets more than that. Not only does he get a girlfriend, she's the city's savior. When not riding the subway and working at an art gallery, Jenny is G-Girl, the 21st century answer to Supergirl.
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The auteur debut of gothic icon Rob Zombie (think Puff Daddy in metal and with talent), I wasn't really hoping for much with House of 1000 Corpses -- schlock horror was anticipated and would have even been enjoyed -- but this is just ridiculous. House of 1000 Corpses is perhaps the most un-scary "scary movie" I've ever seen. It's not funny. It's not even really that interesting to look at.
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A tongue-in-cheek action-adventure movie loosely basedon Clive Cussler's best-selling novel, this wild ride stars Matthew McConaugheyas maritime treasure-hunter Dirk Pitt, who follows rumors about a missingCivil War ironclad halfway around the world to the North African desert.
But on his way he becomes sidetracked by a higher senseof purpose when a willful, beautiful World Health Organization doctor (PenelopeCruz) enlists his help to sneak into a war-torn country, against orders,to track the industrial-waste source of an illness spreading through localvillages.
The picture's often over-the-top action sequences havean excess of boys-with-toys spirit. Especially fun are a guns-a-blazin'chase between a speedboat and paramilitary gunboat down a picturesque desertriver, and a scene in which McConaughey and his requisite wisecrackingcool-dork sidekick Steve Zahn (who has practically cornered the marketon such roles) fashion decades-old biplane wreckage into a land-sailingcatamaran after escaping from bad guys in a remote bank of sand dunes.
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"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," it's a clear labor of love, and so much the better for it.
"Sweetback" -- a "ghetto Western" about a slick, taciturn pimp who becomes a hunted man for killing a couple thug cops who beat a black militant -- scared the hell out of Hollywood, yet its success ($15 million in limited release in 1971) gave rise to scores of shallower imitators that became the blaxploitation genre of "Coffy" and "Shaft."
Getting the divisive, patently anti-establishment film made was a nightmare of financing and bounced checks ("Baadasssss!" implies that drug money was to be used before Bill Cosby stepped in), of casting (writer-director Melvin played the lead when he couldn't find the right actor), of union problems (the industry guilds were practically all-white at the time -- and expensive), of controversy (an X rating), and of distribution (only two privately-owned theaters would touch it at first).
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