On screen, John Hawkes is something of a chameleon, looking completely at home on the dusty, swear-heavy roads of Deadwood, the raging seas of The Perfect Storm, the snowy fields of Winter's Bone, or the emotionally complicated modern world of Me You and Everyone We Know. His beginnings in a rural community, as he points out a couple of times in this interview, got him used to the certain kinds of classic films that were readily available to him, and later set him up for some memorable experiences with different kinds of art. His list has both, and he would like for it to be known that he could easily pick five completely different films if I were to return in five more minutes and ask again, which I would have happily done.
Richard Lewis dropped in for another bonus interview show this week. Grae Drake and Sarah Ricard interviewed the legendary comedian about his new DVD set Bundle of Nerves. Lewis talks about how this new DVD is truly a labor of love, and why the specific performances he included are so important to him. (Note to listeners: Sarah's audio drops out after a while, but we wanted to share this show with you anyway.)
This week, Christy breaks down the hilariously funny paranormal investigators in the re-release of Ghostbusters, and on DVD the blind date romcom Blended and the animated musical Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.
This week's show starts off with the critics' reactions to November Man, and Grae shares a quick interview with star Pierce Brosnan. Then the team covers As Above/So Below and the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of Ghostbusters. Ryan talks about new DVD/Blu-ray releases, and Sarah talks about what the critics have to say about Doctor Who and Intruders. After that, Grae shares a long interview with actor/director Joe Manganiello about his new documentary La Bare.
Mindy Kaling is a Jane of all trades. She began on the U.S. adaptation of The Office as a staff writer, but her character Kelly Kapoor was quickly fleshed out into a more prominent role. Currently she's writing, producing, and starring in her own show, The Mindy Project, set to begin its third season Sept. 16 at 9:30 pm on Fox.
This weekend, Pierce Brosnan rejoins the action-star ranks with The November Man, a new thriller from director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) about a retired CIA agent lured back into the game for one last mission. But if the sight of the former James Bond coolly wielding a pistol reminds you of Brosnan's past secret-agent glories, we're here to remind you that his filmography is about so much more than characters with a certain set of skills; in fact, he's been part of a long series of critically acclaimed -- and eclectic -- projects. How many of your favorites match up with the critics? Let's start the countdown and find out!
This week in TV news, David Chase stirs up a Sopranos storm, FX makes a clown of Zach Galifianakis, Netflix acquires The Blacklist, Showtime makes Ray Donovanchanges, and Breaking Bad brings back the Blu-ray barrel!