House gets a raise

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

Hugh Laurie is getting a raise for his role as the grumpy diagnostician, Dr Gregory House. The ‘House’ star has had his salary bumped to US$400 000 (AU$503 000) per episode for the upcoming fifth season of the top-rating medical drama.

‘Wall-E’ immersive and one-of-a-kind

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

“Wall-E” was released in the States in June. So why have we had to wait almost three months for it to hit Australian cinemas? It’s an inexcusable delay for a film which is one of the finest - if not the finest - that the geniuses at Pixar have ever produced.

Interview with ‘Wild Child’ star Emma Roberts

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew, Aquamarine) stars in new comedy film ‘Wild Child’ as 16-year-old Poppy: a self-obsessed, incorrigible brat who lives a pampered life in her LA world. After an over-the-top prank pushes her father, Gerry (Aidan Quinn), over the edge of his patience, Poppy is shipped off to an English boarding school.

Colbert plans Christmas special

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

The Sunday-night special, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,” will feature the comedian performing duets with Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and John Legend. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will also exercise his vocal chords alongside “The Colbert Report” host. In addition, Toby Keith will be on hand to perform.

Can you spot the only male in this movie?

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

“The Women” isn’t a great movie, but how could it be? Too many characters and too much melodrama for that, and the comedy has to be somewhat muted to make the characters semi-believable. But as a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.

‘The Strip’ star lays it bare

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

It’s impossible to talk about The Strip without mentioning, well, ‘the strip’. The Gold Coast setting has such a strong presence in Nine’s new crime drama that it should almost get a character credit.

Foreign box office still sings for ‘Mia’

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Universal’s feel-good musical ‘Mamma Mia’ has totaled an eye-popping $307 million outside the United States, dwarfing its $139 million domestic take. And with back-to-back first-place finishes, it has kept overall foreign business decent at a time when moviegoing often lags.

‘John Adams’ tops Creative Emmys

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

HBO’s “John Adams” led the winners list Saturday at the Creative Arts ceremony with eight nods, including the trophies for longform cinematography, for Director of Photography Tak Fujimoto, and longform casting. The period mini-series led this year’s Emmy nomination brigade with 23 bids.

‘Burn After Reading’ plot goes around and around…

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

This is not a great Coen brothers’ film. Nor is it one of their bewildering excursions off the deep end. It’s funny, sometimes delightful, sometimes a little sad, with dialogue that sounds perfectly logical until you listen a little more carefully and realize all of these people are mad. The movie is only 96 minutes long. That’s long enough for a movie, but this time, I dunno, I thought the end felt like it arrived a little arbitrarily.

Stars scrubbed from series finale

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

For the show’s final send-off, ‘Scrubs’ creator Bill Lawrence got all of the major guest stars from the last eight years to return for one epic scene farewelling the series. Unfortunately, two actors currently working on NBC shows were prevented from taking part - ‘Chuck’s Sarah Lancaster and Masi Oka from ‘Heroes’.