Dallas: Looks like a new Southern "Bell" is coming to — well, Dallas, obviously. Emma Bell — who you may know as a former member of The Walking Dead's Grimes Gang (she was Andrea's little sister, Amy) — will play Emma Brown, a new regular on the series. Emma will be an innocent, sheltered gal when she first checks in, but something tells us it won't be long before she gets sucked in to the dirty Dallas game. [Deadline]
Sons of Anarchy: Congratulations are in order for Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam, and the rest of Charming's boys in black. Tuesday's explosive 90-minute SoA premiere brought in 5.37 million viewers — the highest-rated telecast in the show's history. [TVLine]
Cougar Town: This news merits a celebration with Big Joe Big Carl Big Lou: The cul-de-sac crew will be back on their new network, TBS, on Tuesday, Jan. 8. To celebrate, Josh Hopkins and the gang created a music video that just so happens to feature the show's biggest fan (and most talented extra) — Community's Abed Nadir. [Deadline]
Switched At Birth: Gilles Marini, the sexy Dancing With The Stars alum with an accent and coif to die for, has been promoted to full-time regular on ABC Family's Switched at Birth. He recurred last season as Bay's bio-dad, Angelo. [Deadline]
Glades: A&E's flagship drama series will get another go! This will be the fourth season for the Matt Passmore-led series. [Deadline]
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.