One of America’s most popular television couples — Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame — are returning to television to launch a new TV network in partnership with cable programming giant Discovery.
‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”? What in the cuckoo Christmas blasphemy is this? Disney, continuing on its inexorable death march to add more war to soft and beautiful classic childhood stories, has plucked all the feathers from Tchaikovsky and Petipa’s holiday ballet and tossed a bunch of glitter and circus clowns at its quivering carcass. This is your warning that if you have any affinity for the ballet, avoid this at all costs.
What can’t Claire Foy do? She’s the Queen of England (on Netflix’s “The Crown”), Mrs. Neil Armstrong (in “First Man”) and for her next trick, she’s slipped into the cyber-goth trappings and jet black bowl cut of the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story.”
It’s difficult, at first, to get in the right mood for “Homecoming,” an artfully absorbing government-conspiracy drama starring Julia Roberts and directed by “Mr. Robot’s” visionary creator Sam Esmail, all 10 episodes of which are available on Amazon.
Although many of us have given up on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which has shed an average of 5 million or so viewers in the last year (fear not — it still draws more than 7 million each week, keeping it cable’s highest-rated drama by far), Sunday night’s episode offered a fitting opportunity to come back for an hour and witness the emotional exit of its lead character, Rick Grimes.
AMC is developing scripts for a possible series about the sitcom trope of the beautiful wife married to a goofy, less attractive husband, under the working title “Kevin Can (Expletive) Himself” — a direct reference to the Kevin James comedy “Kevin Can Wait,” which was filmed and set on Long Island.
“Modern Family” is one of the longest-running sitcoms currently on TV, now in its 10th season on ABC. The show has made Sofia Vergara a star — so much so that she is the highest-paid actress on TV, according to Forbes.
Bryan Shull and his son, Zane Singleton, of Trap Door Brewing are trailblazers. In 2015, they became the fifth or sixth craft brewery to open in Vancouver. They had the first food-cart pod in the county. Now, they are the first brewers in the state of Washington to use cannabis terpenes in their beer.
We all feel a little grinchy sometimes. When holiday cheer becomes particularly oppressive, when we feel lonely in a crowd, when we would rather rain on someone’s parade than admit defeat, Dr. Seuss gave us a way to describe that feeling with his classic holiday children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The universality of the emotion is why the tale endures, and why we’re now on our third film adaptation of the story. Benedict Cumberbatch steps into the role as the Grinch in “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” but fortunately for him, there’s no prosthetic makeup involved — this is all computer animation.
For many years now, Rosamund Pike has elevated nearly everything she’s in, often from the sidelines, whether as the beautiful, good-hearted Jane Bennet in “Pride & Prejudice” or the sublimely ditsy Helen in “An Education.” Her work is so specific, so subtly on point regardless of its placement, that it registers almost subliminally. It’s only in the fullness of time that the viewer realizes it was Pike — not the nominal star — who was the best thing about the movie they’ve seen her in.
UnderBar opened in June in downtown Vancouver in a basement space long used for AA classes for court-ordered offenders. UnderBar is Vancouver’s first speakeasy, which harkens back to Prohibition Days, when the term was used to describe an illicit liquor store or nightclub. The bar serves all manner of alcohol, accompanied by a small food menu.