Posts by Richard Rushfield
- rrush at Yahoo TV7 days ago
When thinking about who is best fit to rule the Seven Kingdoms of "Game of Thrones," its important to keep a bit of context in mind. Westeros is not a 21st-century constitutional system with a tradition of checks and balances, judicial oversight, term limits, and product safety regulations. The big questions for Westeros are not how to improve the social safety net and provide equal access to services for all, not how to build a quick-loading website that lets citizens enroll in the latest government program, but how to keep a legion of undead wraiths from turning every living thing into a pile of ashes, while keeping a lid on its own people, who stand an inch away from cutting each other's throats at any moment.
In that political climate, one does not need a healer in chief, but a ruler who can keep the demons away from the doors. And who, in the end, is more likely to scare the heck out of demons than a lunatic boy king?
- rrush at Yahoo TV12 days ago
The secret weapon of any "Sound of Music" show is always a truckload of adorable von Trapp children, and last week's NBC production was no exception. Especially show-stealing were Ariane Rinehart, the Barnard junior who took on the role of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" Liesl, and 15-year-old Joe West, who hit the night's highest of high notes playing Kurt. We spoke to both of the young stars by phone as they recovered from their big night.
What have you been doing today to celebrate?
ARIANE: Well, I slept in. That was one mode of celebration. Mostly I've just been talking to people. I wish I could say I did something really fun, but I did not. A lot of contacting friends and family and catching up with everything that happened in the eight hours I was offline yesterday.
How was working with Carrie and Stephen Moyer?
- rrush at Yahoo TV14 days ago
There may have been haters out there, but in the end, love conquered all. Last night's live telecast of NBC's production of the "The Sound of Music" climbed virtually every household in America, garnering an astounding 18.5 million viewers, marking the network's biggest Thursday night since "Frasier" went off the air in 2004, and its biggest night in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic since the "ER" finale.
And at the center of the night, Broadway veteran Laura Benanti's name lit up Twitter for her turn in what is generally the least sympathetic role in musical theater: that of Maria's romantic rival, the Baroness Elsa Schrader.
In his partnership with Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant created a new genre of painfully real and painfully awkward contemporary comedy. Going solo and stepping in front of the camera with "Hello Ladies," Merchant has pushed the drama into more explicitly romantic territory in the role of Stuart Pritchard, a British nerd come to Hollywood in a perpetually doomed search for love under the spotlights.
Sunday night, the show's first season concludes on HBO. We spoke to Merchant by phone from London about lonely guys and looking for romance in Hollywood.
"Hello Ladies" is a very different vision of the glamorous Los Angeles that we're typically presented. What shaped that?
Some sort of wanting access to that and not being able to get access to it. And that changed a lot with my experience growing up and being in a small town in England and fantasizing and thinking what the bright lights, big city would offer. And that was also the jumping off point really.
It's kind of the opposite of "Entourage."
A veteran of improv and comedic acting, Steve Little has created one of the most memorable characters on television as the fawning, much abused but always devoted sidekick Stevie on HBO's "Eastbound and Down." As the show winds towards its finale in just a few short weeks, we spoke with Little by phone, and asked him to look back on this painfully real character and the journey they've taken together.
Your characters on "Eastbound" are so well-drawn and painfully real, do people have more time separating you from your characters? Yeah. I think so because I feel like "Eastbound" is one of the first big things people have seen me in so they have trouble because that ' s where they know me from mostly. And then I think also when I went out for this, there were so many hot dudes playing nerds like they have the gorgeous girl with glasses and she’s a nerd and then at the end of the movie she takes [them] off and she’s pretty. Do you know what I mean? So I'm like a fully-committed character, where hopefully you don’t know who Steve Little is. You don’t look at Steve and say, "Oh, that's an actor playing and wears cool jeans."
When the current incarnation of "The Price Is Right" debuted on Sept. 4, 1972, the Watergate cover-up was just getting rolling, men were still landing on the moon, Jane Fonda was crossing over into enemy territory in North Vietnam, and not a single U.S. household was wired for cable. Bobby Fischer became world chess champion the week that "Price" first appeared on the public airwaves, and 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage at the Olympic Games in Munich the day after its debut.
Everything in the world has changed since, but 7,901 episodes later, "The Price Is Right" is still on the air for one full hour every single weekday, still beckoning audience members to "come on down," still handing out new cars to ecstatic contestants, and still as popular and beloved as it was during the Nixon era.
"The Price Is Right" may well be one of the most successful shows in television history.
- rrush at Fall TV2 mths ago
Since bursting into stardom at age 19, in 1985's runaway arthouse hit "A Room With a View," Helena Bonham Carter has reigned as queen of the costume picture, donning bustles and many layers of clothing for parts from "Alice in Wonderland" to "Sweeney Todd."
Bonham Carter in "A Room With a View":
This week, she takes on another period part, but one decidedly different from the disheveled-women-on-the-verge roles she generally finds herself in: She portrays perhaps the most composed woman of Hollywood history, Elizabeth Taylor, in "Burton and Taylor," which airs tonight on BBC America. Playing opposite Dominic West as Richard Burton, Bonham Carter recaptures the '80s-era Liz when the most famous couple in Hollywood history — now twice divorced — reunited for a theatrical production of the play "Private Lives."
- rrush at Yahoo! TV2 mths ago
For all the beloved works the late author Tom Clancy leaves behind, there is one that will forever be a question mark for his fans. In an interview published yesterday by Yahoo TV, former "Magnum P.I." star Tom Selleck revealed that the spy auteur was such a fan of the show, he attempted to set up and lead a big-screen adaptation back in the 1990s.
Q: Will we ever see another "Magnum"?
- rrush at Fall TV2 mths ago
There are few television stars to whom the word "iconic" applies as comfortably as it does to Tom Selleck. Since dominating the prime-time airwaves throughout the 1980s as the title character of "Magnum, P.I.," Selleck has appeared in a host of beloved roles — from his show-stealing part on "Friends" to his ongoing portrayal of the hard-driving Frank Reagan in "Blue Bloods."
Since 2005, he has been involved in one of the most interesting detective roles in television, appearing as author Robert Parker's troubled New England cop Jesse Stone in eight full-length films. We spoke to Selleck by phone about the release of the complete "Jesse Stone" collection on DVD, a life spent fighting crime, the Magnum legacy, and of course, the ever-present weight of bearing what is perhaps the world's most famous mustache.
1. Let's start with the inevitable question for the world's leading expert: What makes a great mustache?
- rrush at Yahoo! TV2 mths ago
Amid all the wonderful creepiness of NBC's "Hannibal," perhaps no character is more wonderfully disturbing than the relentless, amoral crime blogger played by Lara Jean Chorostecki. On break from the show, the first season of which is out on DVD this week, Chorostecki checked in with us by phone from Vancouver to talk about her pop culture obesessions road to Dr. Lecter's couch.
1. What was the first movie you saw? "Bambi"
2. What movie makes you cry? "Life Is Beautiful." Ironically, not "Bambi." My mother thought I was heartless because I didn't cry at age 6. But right at the very end of "Life Is Beautiful," when the kid sees his mom and goes, "Mama!" that's when I sob right through the credits.
3. What movie character do you wish you could be? Princess Buttercup from "The Princess Bride." It's a female character, but I get to be around castles and pirates.
4. What do you eat or drink while watching a movie in the theater? Nothing — I have too many allergies. I drink water.