How Joe Carnahan Survived Making The Grey

by Ethan Alter January 26, 2012 12:30 pm
How Joe Carnahan Survived Making <i>The Grey</i>

If you only know Joe Carnahan as the director of high-octane action movies like Smokin' Aces and The A-Team, his latest film The Grey, which opens in theaters on Friday, may come as a surprise. This spare, stripped-down survival tale follows a small band of men whose plane crashes deep in the Alaskan wilderness and are forced to battle the elements -- from the harsh weather to hungry wolves -- in order to make it back to civilization. Liam Neeson plays the crew's self-appointed leader, Ottway, who is still carrying the emotional scars caused by the recent passing of his beloved wife. More in the spirit of Grizzly Man than an uplifting man vs. nature story like Alive, The Grey was Carnahan's most challenging shoot, but it resulted in one of his most fully-realized movies. The director spoke with TWoP during a recent trip to New York.

Grey's Anatomy: Why It Suddenly Sucks Less Lately

by Angel Cohn October 23, 2009 12:26 pm
Grey's Anatomy: Why It Suddenly Sucks Less Lately

I've been really hard on Grey's Anatomy for the last couple seasons, but it was coming from a place of love as I adored this show when it started. I thought it was a good medical drama with a nice balance of the soapy dating stuff and some actual gory and intriguing medical scenes. But then it started slipping: the clever storytelling went out the window and it became a caricature of itself and basically it became a chore to watch. That said, lately, it's shown some signs of life again, and while I'd like to credit it to the reduced presence of Katherine Heigl, there are a lot of other contributing factors. (I do so love to blame her for everything. Oh well.)

Grey’s Anatomy: What The Hell Are They Thinking?

by Angel Cohn June 19, 2009 1:16 pm
<I>Grey’s Anatomy</I>: What The Hell Are They Thinking?

First, if you don't want to know who lived/died on that annoyingly sappy show Grey's Anatomy at the end of last season, stop reading this post now. If you couldn't care less and are bloodthirsty, like me, and were hoping that there'd be a mass explosion and only Cristina, Hunt and Bailey somehow survived... well, read on. The death toll isn't nearly that exciting, but I'll take what I can get.

HBO’s Grey Gardens Not-Remake is Surprisingly Awesome

by Mindy Monez April 17, 2009 3:37 pm
HBO’s <I>Grey Gardens</I> Not-Remake is Surprisingly Awesome It really is. If you've never seen the original documentary, you're totally not going to get it, but if you have, and particularly if you're one of the crazies like myself (and Drew Barrymore, clearly) who has seen it a million times and does your own Little Edie dances on a daily basis, you're going to love it. It was like watching a really well done, high budget version of a YouTube fan tribute to the original. Everything the fans will want to see is pretty much in here, and it's all hilarious -- Little Edie's legendary "best costume for the day" monologue, all the raccoons, the "Tea for Two" scene, even Big Edie's famous boiled corn was included! There were some minor diversions, but one of them was for the better: the "that cat's going to the bathroom behind your portrait, Edie" line was said by Jackie fricking O (played marvelously by the lovely Jeanne Tripplehorn) instead of one of the filmmakers, as it was in the original. That, my friends, is a fabulous upgrade. I died.

Why We’re Glad that Melissa George Is Leaving <I>Grey’s Anatomy</I>

Personally I've been over here humming the tune of "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead" in my head since I read the news that pseudo-lesbian Sadie was checking out of Seattle Grace after a very short stint on the show. That Ausiello knows how to make a girl happy. OK, well Melissa George probably isn't particularly happy about it (even if it was her choice), but I sure as heck am. I realize I've been biased against her character, long before Hahn's unceremonious ouster and long before she ever showed up looking for her pal "death," because I really don't like Melissa George as an actress. I've held a grudge against her ever since she and her annoying character basically ruined Alias for me. With that in mind, here are the four reasons we're glad that Ms. George chose (if you choose to believe that) to get the hell out of dodge.

Grey’s Exit: Bad Practice?

by Angel Cohn November 7, 2008 9:53 am
<I>Grey’s</I> Exit: Bad Practice?

So last night's episode marked the final appearance of Brooke Smith, aka Seattle Grace's Dr. Hahn. There's still speculation on if it was because her character was gay, or if they just didn't know how to deal with giving this ballbusting surgeon a romantic relationship, or if they just wanted a hotter, younger model. But whatever it was, I personally thought that the exit was abysmally handled. They should take a page from the ER handbook of how to write out characters, because when someone leaves this show, it's like bang and they are gone.

Grey’s Anatomy Ousts Gay Doc

by Angel Cohn November 4, 2008 1:43 pm
<I>Grey’s Anatomy</I> Ousts Gay Doc

In the infamous words of Law & Order's Serena Southerlyn, "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" Dr. Erica Hahn is getting summarily discharged from Seattle Grace only a week after she came out of the closet and saw the leaves through the trees or whatever. Rumors are that ABC didn't like her racy "south of the border" storyline with Callie. (Though Shonda Rimes insists in a statement that Smith wasn't fired because her character was a lesbian, and that they still have Callie, a lesbian, on the show). In her interview with EW's Ausiello, Brooke Smith says she was told they couldn't write for her character any more.

Grey’s Giveth and They Taketh Away

by Angel Cohn September 26, 2008 12:32 pm
<I>Grey’s</I> Giveth and They Taketh Away

I was just feeling warm fuzzy thoughts about Grey's Anatomy.They are bringing on the super, amazing, wonderful, awesome, fantastic, incredible, insanely-talented Mary McDonnell and that makes me so happy. They had a whole episode where people just basically called Meredith on her whining, blabbing, sucking shit. Izzie got a haircut that makes her look fat and kind of ugly. So all was well. I was kinda thinking I might even like this season. Shocking, I know. But then. Then they had to go and cast Melissa George as like a bi-curious intern or something terrible like that. (Scoop credit to my pal Ausiello, aka the bearer of bad news.) This is killing me. I will never be able to think of Melissa George as anything but the girl who took down Alias with her irritating performance as Lauren Reed. She ruined all that was good about that show with her presence alone. This is awful. Making a miserable rainy day even more awful. Mindy agrees [Editor's Note: "I'm a-fumin'!" -- Mindy], and she doesn't even care about Grey's Anatomy.

Grey’s Gets a Presidential Visit

by Angel Cohn September 24, 2008 2:10 pm
<i>Grey’s</I> Gets a Presidential Visit

My second favorite Mary on the planet (the first being Mary Tyler Moore -- there are few people I'd suffer through Lipstick Jungle for) is heading over to Grey's Anatomy for a three to five episode arc. Finally. Someone appreciates the brilliance of the amazing Mary McDonnell... even if those stupid old Emmy people don't see that Battlestar Galactica's madame president is one of the most talented actresses working today.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

by Ethan Alter August 27, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

That scene from Sons of Anarchy's fifth season sure set tongues wagging.

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