Glenn Close

15 Feb 19
A Hick Watches Movies

I’m going to use a bit of an odd grading system here because of what I feel should be the focus of a superhero movie.  The grading will be in four parts: hero, villain, story, and overall.  Overall isn’t purely based on the other three parts as there are other elements that come into play […]

15 Feb 19
TODAY NEWS

ETIENNE CAPOUE ensured a happy birthday for team-mate Heurelho Gomes –…

15 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
ETIENNE CAPOUE ensured a happy birthday for team-mate Heurelho Gomes – and a miserable one for QPR stopper Joe Lumley. In a strange coincidence, BOTH goalkeepers were yesterday celebrating birthdays with Gomes turning 38 and Lumley 23. Etienne Capoue with the only goal of the game Etienne Capoue scored just before the break But only Watford’s Brazilian was in the mood to party thanks to Capoue’s matchwinner just before half-time. And with Premier League sides already dropping like flies in this year’s FA Cup, Gomes will be ever more hopeful of having some silverware to drink to come May. The peak of both these sides’ history in this famous old competition came in the early 80s. That was so long ago that Gomes was the only player in either matchday squad to have been alive back then! [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”6″ /] Watford are in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final Despair for QPR who go close to late equaliser QPR made their only FA Cup final in 1982 where they lost to Spurs in a replay settled by a Glenn Hoddle strike. Watford also finished runners-up two years later when a team including John Barnes lost 2-0 to Everton in what remains the Hornets’ solitary appearance in a major final. A warm minute’s applause to honour the life of Gordon Banks preceded kick-off. After a slow first 15, QPR ramped it up with the likes of Jordan Cousins never giving Watford a moment’s peace. While Luke Freeman looked the most talented player on the pitch, despite his Championship status. The playmaker has always had ability and was signed by Arsenal as a 15-year-old for £200,000. His career never hit the heights his potential suggested back then but in the first half here he was mesmerising, showing a deft touch, clever movement and picking out team-mates at will. QPR keeper Joe Lumley can’t believe another chance has gone begging Luke Freeman was excellent for QPR His plucking of the ball out the air on 24 minutes deserved a highlights reel of its own and it led to Jake Bidwell slinging in a cross which Matt Smith almost turned home. Battering-ram Smith was making a nuisance of himself and had to be bandaged up after an early clash of heads with Miguel Britos. A hardly recognisable Daryl Janmaat, who had shaven off his locks in the week, then offered Watford’s first attempt by prodding over. Freeman was causing problems with his delivery and when one of his corners was punched clear by Gomes, Massimo Luongo took it down brilliantly on the edge of the area and volleyed just wide. Javi Gracia’s side looked in danger of being overrun by their diligent opponents and that was literally the case when Freeman burst clear from his own half five minutes before the break. He eventually flicked the ball through to Nahki Wells, who had netted in the last round against Portsmouth, but the Bermudan’s first-time strike was pushed wide by Gomes. Matt Smith caused problems for Watford in the air QPR were on top but failed to capitalise on it – and in the dying moments of the first half they were punished for their wastefulness. Tom Cleverley mishit a shot from Jose Holebas’ cross and there was Capoue to stab home his third of the season. It was harsh on the hosts who had been the better side – as pitch-guest Bobby Zamora claimed at half-time. Zamora netted one of the most-loved QPR goals in recent times when he struck the winner of the 2014 Championship play-off final against Derby – then bossed by current Rangers’ chief Steve McClaren. Troy Deeney claimed a penalty when the ball bounced up and struck Grant Hall’s arm – but ref Michael Oliver correctly deemed the R’s defender to know nothing about it. Wells was gifted a great chance when Christian Kabasele passed straight to him, but the ex-Huddersfield striker curled a yard the wrong side of the post. Watford had the ball in the net for a second time with 18 minutes to go as Andre Gray turned home, only to be judged marginally offside as he raced onto Deeney’s pass. QPR missed a golden chance with three minutes to level. Darnell Furlong blasted across the six-yard box but somehow Toni Leistner fired wide at the far post – much to birthday boy Gomes’ relief. [bc_video video_id=”6002574270001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”FA Cup – Saturday fixtures – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, and latest odds for the FA Cup matches”]  
15 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
ETIENNE CAPOUE ensured a happy birthday for team-mate Heurelho Gomes – and a miserable one for QPR stopper Joe Lumley. In a strange coincidence, BOTH goalkeepers were yesterday celebrating birthdays with Gomes turning 38 and Lumley 23. Etienne Capoue with the only goal of the game Etienne Capoue scored just before the break But only Watford’s Brazilian was in the mood to party thanks to Capoue’s matchwinner just before half-time. And with Premier League sides already dropping like flies in this year’s FA Cup, Gomes will be ever more hopeful of having some silverware to drink to come May. The peak of both these sides’ history in this famous old competition came in the early 80s. That was so long ago that Gomes was the only player in either matchday squad to have been alive back then! [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”6″ /] Watford are in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final Despair for QPR who go close to late equaliser QPR made their only FA Cup final in 1982 where they lost to Spurs in a replay settled by a Glenn Hoddle strike. Watford also finished runners-up two years later when a team including John Barnes lost 2-0 to Everton in what remains the Hornets’ solitary appearance in a major final. A warm minute’s applause to honour the life of Gordon Banks preceded kick-off. After a slow first 15, QPR ramped it up with the likes of Jordan Cousins never giving Watford a moment’s peace. While Luke Freeman looked the most talented player on the pitch, despite his Championship status. The playmaker has always had ability and was signed by Arsenal as a 15-year-old for £200,000. His career never hit the heights his potential suggested back then but in the first half here he was mesmerising, showing a deft touch, clever movement and picking out team-mates at will. QPR keeper Joe Lumley can’t believe another chance has gone begging Luke Freeman was excellent for QPR His plucking of the ball out the air on 24 minutes deserved a highlights reel of its own and it led to Jake Bidwell slinging in a cross which Matt Smith almost turned home. Battering-ram Smith was making a nuisance of himself and had to be bandaged up after an early clash of heads with Miguel Britos. A hardly recognisable Daryl Janmaat, who had shaven off his locks in the week, then offered Watford’s first attempt by prodding over. Freeman was causing problems with his delivery and when one of his corners was punched clear by Gomes, Massimo Luongo took it down brilliantly on the edge of the area and volleyed just wide. Javi Gracia’s side looked in danger of being overrun by their diligent opponents and that was literally the case when Freeman burst clear from his own half five minutes before the break. He eventually flicked the ball through to Nahki Wells, who had netted in the last round against Portsmouth, but the Bermudan’s first-time strike was pushed wide by Gomes. Matt Smith caused problems for Watford in the air QPR were on top but failed to capitalise on it – and in the dying moments of the first half they were punished for their wastefulness. Tom Cleverley mishit a shot from Jose Holebas’ cross and there was Capoue to stab home his third of the season. It was harsh on the hosts who had been the better side – as pitch-guest Bobby Zamora claimed at half-time. Zamora netted one of the most-loved QPR goals in recent times when he struck the winner of the 2014 Championship play-off final against Derby – then bossed by current Rangers’ chief Steve McClaren. Troy Deeney claimed a penalty when the ball bounced up and struck Grant Hall’s arm – but ref Michael Oliver correctly deemed the R’s defender to know nothing about it. Wells was gifted a great chance when Christian Kabasele passed straight to him, but the ex-Huddersfield striker curled a yard the wrong side of the post. Watford had the ball in the net for a second time with 18 minutes to go as Andre Gray turned home, only to be judged marginally offside as he raced onto Deeney’s pass. QPR missed a golden chance with three minutes to level. Darnell Furlong blasted across the six-yard box but somehow Toni Leistner fired wide at the far post – much to birthday boy Gomes’ relief. [bc_video video_id=”6002574270001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”FA Cup – Saturday fixtures – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, and latest odds for the FA Cup matches”]  
15 Feb 19
The Sun
ETIENNE CAPOUE ensured a happy birthday for team-mate Heurelho Gomes – and a miserable one for QPR stopper Joe Lumley. In a strange coincidence, BOTH goalkeepers were yesterday celebrating birthdays with Gomes turning 38 and Lumley 23. Etienne Capoue with the only goal of the game Etienne Capoue scored just before the break But only Watford’s Brazilian was in the mood to party thanks to Capoue’s matchwinner just before half-time. And with Premier League sides already dropping like flies in this year’s FA Cup, Gomes will be ever more hopeful of having some silverware to drink to come May. The peak of both these sides’ history in this famous old competition came in the early 80s. That was so long ago that Gomes was the only player in either matchday squad to have been alive back then! [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”6″ /] Watford are in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final Despair for QPR who go close to late equaliser QPR made their only FA Cup final in 1982 where they lost to Spurs in a replay settled by a Glenn Hoddle strike. Watford also finished runners-up two years later when a team including John Barnes lost 2-0 to Everton in what remains the Hornets’ solitary appearance in a major final. A warm minute’s applause to honour the life of Gordon Banks preceded kick-off. After a slow first 15, QPR ramped it up with the likes of Jordan Cousins never giving Watford a moment’s peace. While Luke Freeman looked the most talented player on the pitch, despite his Championship status. The playmaker has always had ability and was signed by Arsenal as a 15-year-old for £200,000. His career never hit the heights his potential suggested back then but in the first half here he was mesmerising, showing a deft touch, clever movement and picking out team-mates at will. QPR keeper Joe Lumley can’t believe another chance has gone begging Luke Freeman was excellent for QPR His plucking of the ball out the air on 24 minutes deserved a highlights reel of its own and it led to Jake Bidwell slinging in a cross which Matt Smith almost turned home. Battering-ram Smith was making a nuisance of himself and had to be bandaged up after an early clash of heads with Miguel Britos. A hardly recognisable Daryl Janmaat, who had shaven off his locks in the week, then offered Watford’s first attempt by prodding over. Freeman was causing problems with his delivery and when one of his corners was punched clear by Gomes, Massimo Luongo took it down brilliantly on the edge of the area and volleyed just wide. Javi Gracia’s side looked in danger of being overrun by their diligent opponents and that was literally the case when Freeman burst clear from his own half five minutes before the break. He eventually flicked the ball through to Nahki Wells, who had netted in the last round against Portsmouth, but the Bermudan’s first-time strike was pushed wide by Gomes. Matt Smith caused problems for Watford in the air QPR were on top but failed to capitalise on it – and in the dying moments of the first half they were punished for their wastefulness. Tom Cleverley mishit a shot from Jose Holebas’ cross and there was Capoue to stab home his third of the season. It was harsh on the hosts who had been the better side – as pitch-guest Bobby Zamora claimed at half-time. Zamora netted one of the most-loved QPR goals in recent times when he struck the winner of the 2014 Championship play-off final against Derby – then bossed by current Rangers’ chief Steve McClaren. Troy Deeney claimed a penalty when the ball bounced up and struck Grant Hall’s arm – but ref Michael Oliver correctly deemed the R’s defender to know nothing about it. Wells was gifted a great chance when Christian Kabasele passed straight to him, but the ex-Huddersfield striker curled a yard the wrong side of the post. Watford had the ball in the net for a second time with 18 minutes to go as Andre Gray turned home, only to be judged marginally offside as he raced onto Deeney’s pass. QPR missed a golden chance with three minutes to level. Darnell Furlong blasted across the six-yard box but somehow Toni Leistner fired wide at the far post – much to birthday boy Gomes’ relief. [bc_video video_id=”6002574270001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”FA Cup – Saturday fixtures – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, and latest odds for the FA Cup matches”]  
15 Feb 19
Boston Herald
As Oscar night, Sunday February 24th, nears, what about those 20 Oscar nominated actors?  Check out these earlier performances to see why this year’s nominations are hardly accidental.  One magazine just did a look back at Sam Elliott – “A Star Is Born” Supporting Actor nominee – and skipped “Lifeguard”!  This is crazy because “Lifeguard” was not just his breakthru role, it set the template for Elliott’s career: The soft-spoken man’s man of few words who lives by an unbending code of honor. With Glenn Close, seven times a nominee now with “The Wife,” there are several key performances in a brilliant decades-spanning career.  Albert Nobbs, a woman living as a man in turn of the century Ireland, was her sixth Academy nomination.  “Dangerous Liaisons” (‘89) showcases a most evilly seductive Close.  And of course: nutty Alex, who will not be wronged and left as a one weekend stand, in easily her most famous, most celebrated role in “Fatal Attraction” (’87). LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: Actor Viggo Mortenson attends the AFI Director’s Screening of “Eastern Promises” at the ArcLight on December 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Viggo Mortensen, a Best Actor nominee for the third time with “Green Book,” has several exceptional showcases in a career that has been marked by selectivity.  Always serious and reflective, he won notice directed by Sean Penn in the 1991 “The Indian Runner” and then starred in two high-profile 1998 remakes: “A Perfect Murder” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas, reworking Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder,” and Gus van Sant’s color, shot-by-shot copy of Hitchcock’s “Psycho” opposite Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn.  It was being paged from New Zealand by Peter Jackson that made Mortensen a global star.  Jackson was several weeks into filming his gargantuan trilogy simultaneously when he decided to replace the actor initially cast as Aragorn in “Lord of the Rings.”  Looking as if he was born to ride wildly through pristine landscapes to save the world, Mortensen went from Middle Earth to his first Oscar nominated lead performance with David Cronenberg’s 2007 “Eastern Promises,” a London-set underworld story. A key sequence saw Mortensen’s heavily tattooed Russian gangster naked in a sauna, trying to survive an attack by knife-wielding hired assassins. Actors Amy Adams, and Patrick Dempsey pose together at the World Premiere of Disney’s “Enchanted” held Nov. 17,2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Amy Adams, a Best Supporting nominee for “Vice,” shares with Close the honor of being recognized six times now without a win. Key to Adams’ career are two must-see films.  First, the movie that made her — at 30 – into a star: “Junebug” (2005), an offbeat, low-budget dramedy with Adams as an upbeat pregnant woman who remains optimistic despite much evidence to the contrary. It’s the first of her Oscar nominated roles.  Then came her delightful, in every sense, Disney debut with the musical “Enchanted” (2007), a self-mocking rom-com that propelled her onto Hollywood’s A list.   AcornTV’s criminally-charged double whammy AcornTV has two new crime series this month.  The Dutch 12-episode “The Oldenheim Twelve” premieres Feb. 18, followed a week later on Feb. 25 with “London Kills: Series 1,” a procedural detective series revolving around an elite murder squad.  Holland’s “Oldenheim” is startlingly good (English subtitles!).  As it begins it echoes a now-familiar international murder mystery series premise: the gorgeous, lovely teenage girl who suddenly disappears and whose desperate search reveals all sorts of secrets of just about everyone.  The French version of this had a girl go missing at her 16th birthday celebration. It was powerful, contrived yet effective. “Oldenheim” however has an enviable “reality” with its bizarre, genuinely puzzling premise:  Yes, yet another beautiful young girl disappears – this time after a forbidden midnight swim with her boyfriend.  But that it turns out is just the start.  Soon others are disappearing – day by day — and in this small village there’s no clear connection among those suddenly gone.  Among the characters, most prominent are a young woman just returned from years away in the Middle East as a war-time photographer, her germaphobic realtor sister and their grumpy, morose, guilt-ridden artist father who can’t forgive himself for accidentally killing a 7 year old girl who a year ago had run out in the street before he could stop. There’s also the obsessive, hideously unpleasant dead girl’s father who has a shrine to his daughter in his cabin, his soon to be ex-wife who forgives the elderly driver who killed her little girl and an underground drug dealer.  Much of the town’s layered social order becomes apparent through the detective and his cop partner as they play catch-up to whomever is doing these disappearances. Wonderfully well scripted and acted, this is one series that truly casts a spell. In contrast “London Kills” rates as both familiar and intriguing. As a procedural that follows clues and leads in solving a crime, the pacing is stop and go.  Sharon Small, a familiar face from the Inspector Lynley Mysteries, is a bit frightening in her intensity as the detective who only thought she’d be running a homicide case when, surprise, her boss returns from leave.  He too is coping with the mysterious disappearance — of his wife!  While conventional wisdom says she is dead, Hugo Speer’s detective can’t accept that.  He is so off-putting, you kind of wish he’d go back home and be miserable by himself and let his murder squad go their own way.     NEW DVDs: LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Winner of the Leading Actor award for Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek poses in the press room during the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Critics had their own ideas about what the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, PG-13) should be.  They wanted to see the nitty gritty about the British band Queen’s many troubles, they wanted to wallow in the charismatic if closeted Mercury’s sex-soaked escapades.  Instead Bryan Singer fashioned an upbeat ode to the outsider who became with his band eternally beloved. A true original in his rock-star style flamboyance, Mercury is rendered with such fidelity and supercharged energy by Rami Malek that “Bohemian Rhapsody” becomes a story for the ages.  And the year’s most surprising smash hit, nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (but not Best Director since Singer was fired from the film just weeks before principal photography wrapped). The bonus here is the complete recreation of the Live Aid Queen performance and a behind the scenes “Recreating Live Aid.”   Has it really been 30 years since Disney scored by giving a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale a happy ending?  That would be “The Little Mermaid Anniversary Edition” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, Disney Blu-ray, G).  Ariel (voiced and sung by Jodi Benson) is the rebellious, 16 year old mermaid, an underwater Royal, who defies her father King Triton and bargains with a devilish sea witch, the octopus Ursula (Pat Carroll) in order to meet human Prince Eric on land.  The song “Under the Sea” won the Oscar as did the score.  The Blu-ray extras have composer Alan Menken with iconic Disney leading ladies sharing musical memories, a Sing-Along mode, an inside look at the cast recording sessions and “Stories from Walt’s Office: Gadgets and Gizmos.”    Before Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the announced American remake, the Danish thriller “The Guilty” (Blu-ray, Magnolia Home Entertainment, R) is the one to check out.  An imaginative tour de force, “Guilty” director and co-screenwriter Gustav Moller situates his story and troubled protagonist in one spot for the entire film: The police emergency desk.   What began as a routine night for this cop on desk duty becomes a life or death thriller once he’s contacted by a kidnapped woman who is in a car taking her only God knows where.  Soon it becomes obvious the clock is ticking, options are dwindling and his own “personal demons” may derail his best efforts.   LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: John C Reilly attends the UK Premiere of Disney’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet” at the Curzon Mayfair on November 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Disney) An Oscar nominee as Best Animated Feature Film “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, Disney Blu-ray, PG) is a 6 years later hit with Ralph (John C. Reilly, reprising his original role) taking petite pal Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) on a quest to find a part that will save her video game.  Inventive, dazzling in its scope, this “Ralph” speeds along parallel tracks.  There’s Ralph trying to find the part as Vanellope discovers a new side of life in this internet world and Ralph’s realization that at journey’s end he may actually lose the one friend, his only friend.  Bonus:  Deleted scenes, Easter “eggs” and a behind the scenes visit with Disney Animation as they created the wild and wooley internet we see.   Heavy duty iconic stars Robert De Niro and Bill Murray team up with Uma Thurman for 1993’s “Mad Dog and Glory” (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, R).  Is this a misogynistic tale?  When De Niro’s Chicago detective inadvertently saves the life of Murray’s mobster, how’s a guy to show his thanks except by sending, for one week only, a present in the shape of Thurman?  The screenplay is by Richard Price (“The Wanderers,” “Sea of Love” with Pacino) but the real auteur here is director John McNaughton (born 1950).  His no-budget 1986 “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” won the Chicago native critical devotees. In 1998 he triumphed with the now-classic sexteen noir classic “Wild Things” with Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Neve Campbell (it really demands to be seen at least once).  The “Mad Dog” Blu-ray, beyond archival interviews with producer Martin Scorsese, McNaughton, De Niro, Murray and Thurman, offers McNaughton’s audio commentary.   A woman’s story, produced and written by women, the 1994 “The Favor” (Blu-ray, KL Studio Classics, R) would be known today not for its feminist themes but having Brad Pitt, shirtless and skinny wearing glasses, as a commitment-wary hottie.  “Favor” is meant to be a quirky, Fellini-esque portrait of a housewife (Harley Jane Kozak) in midlife crisis.  With a devoted husband (Bill Pullman), 2 adorable kids and a house Nancy Myers could love, people might wonder: What’s her problem?  It seems she’s become fixated on The One That Got Away, namely a high school beau she knew at 16 and now wonders whatever happened to him.  So when her single and sexually liberated bestie (Elizabeth McGovern, garishly made up and trying to be low key) is off for a business trip to Denver, she implores her – as a FAVOR! – to look him up.  She not only looks (Ken Wahl, with his trademark mullet), she is conquered, so to speak, prompting further angst and fantasy daydreams in our heroine.  Kozak seems modeled on Diane Keaton, the film very tentatively aspiring to something the French often manage effortlessly.
15 Feb 19
PReport

  The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best movies of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony will be […]

15 Feb 19
BroBible

It’s the middle of February and you know what that means: The NASCAR season kicks off this weekend for the 61th running of the Daytona 500. It wouldn’t be Daytona weekend without motorsports icon Dale Earnhardt Jr around the track, these days covering the race for NBC Sports with a headset on instead of a […]

15 Feb 19

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth bookworms! Today I am going to share with you a list of books I recommend to read in the month of February in honor of Black History Month.   Actually, these books are recommended throughout the entire year, BUT especially in February…

15 Feb 19
PEOPLE.com

That card was the brain child of Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the directors of the Oscar-nominated Ginsburg documentary RBG

15 Feb 19
omnivorous cinephile

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve watched the Oscars. I remember Bob Hope hosting, the infamous broadcast when the Oscars ran short – one of the most painful times in the history of live TV – and David Niven’s perfect response to an on-stage streaker. Yes, there are times it feels like a marathon […]