Tag Archives: Stephen Fry

Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun

Finding this clip on YouTube was quite a treat, a special called Fry and Laurie Reunited (2010). At first, we get the two comedy stars’ background. Then these guys who’ve been best friends since the 1980s sit down to talk about their achievements in British television. Many laughs are shared, and it’s obvious how close Fry … Continue reading Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun

Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia, Author, Feminist Icon and Dog Lover

2016 just refuses to end on a high note. This has been a year where an unusual high amount of superstars have passed away well before their time, especially in the field of music. We barely had time to digest George Michael’s passing a few days ago when we learned today that Carrie Fisher didn’t … Continue reading Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia, Author, Feminist Icon and Dog Lover

The Man Who Knew Infinity

GREAT KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM THE HUMBLEST OF ORIGINS. After writing to famous mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in 1913 and sending him advanced formulas, the young Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who’s grown up in India without an education, is brought to Trinity College and urged to prove his work. This biography of the tragically short … Continue reading The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE DEFINING CHAPTER.  The dragon Smaug flies to Esgaroth to destroy the town, but greater challenges await in the shape of a coming battle for Lonely Mountain. The final part of this trilogy is the shortest film Peter Jackson ever made about the Middle-Earth, but maybe that’s because it is so completely dominated by that … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

How to Cure Phil Robertson

Yesterday came the final nail in the coffin known as A&E vs. the Robertson family. The cable channel announced that a little more than a week after suspending Phil Robertson from the popular reality show Duck Dynasty, he’d join the family again this spring when taping resumes. In other words, the suspension had no meaning … Continue reading How to Cure Phil Robertson

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

BEYOND DARKNESS… BEYOND DESOLATION… LIES THE GREATEST DANGER OF ALL.  On their journey to the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves enter a mysterious forest… and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) confronts a dark power. The second chapter in the Hobbit franchise is an improvement on the first, darker in tone, with several engaging adventures … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Mission: Embarrass Russia

My last blog entry was largely about civil rights, and this one continues in the same vein. The fact that Wentworth Miller is gay is not big news; this has been assumed for years. Several media outlets in the U.S. focused on that yesterday, but let’s talk about what’s important now. I couldn’t care less … Continue reading Mission: Embarrass Russia

Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith

This past week has lost two originals in showbiz. Neither was what you may call a star, but Dennis Farina and Mel Smith were entertainers of the first order.  No one could say “fuck” like Dennis Farina, as evidenced in the clip above. A former Chicago police officer, Farina was often cast as either a … Continue reading Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith

BAFTA This Sunday? Few Surprises

The British know how to put on a good show as well, and this Sunday we’ll have the BAFTA Awards handed out in London. The clip above shows the wonderful Stephen Fry opening last year’s ceremony (welcoming everyone from the greatest stars to “assorted media scum”), and he’ll repeat the feat this year. A few … Continue reading BAFTA This Sunday? Few Surprises

Hugh Laurie: From Prince of Wales to Blackbeard

Blackbeard lives! At least in the mind of Neil Cross, the creator of Luther (2011- ), who has agreed to deliver a TV series to NBC titled Crossbones, which is set in 1715 and will portray the famed British pirate who robbed people on the eastern coast of the American colonies. It has now been announced that … Continue reading Hugh Laurie: From Prince of Wales to Blackbeard

Black Adder: Hilarious History

At a time when Rowan Atkinson chooses to make another Johnny English, one certainly needs to be reminded of an era when he was actually funny. Those days were the 1980s and Atkinson’s pinnacle of achievement became the TV series Black Adder. Conceived by him and Richard Curtis while they were working on Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979-1982), … Continue reading Black Adder: Hilarious History

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

As Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) conspires to start a world war by pitting France and Germany against each other, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law) try to outwit him. The two stars are still fun to watch and they’re superbly aided by an appropriately creepy Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows