The main question that the fourth episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine raises is why it took so long to give Andre Braugher a starring role on a comedy series. With an impeccable deadpan delivery and brilliant timing, Braugher easily stole the show, and made Holt the show's funniest character. The running joke of "M.E. Time" is that Holt is impossible to read, which is frustrating to all of the officers in the precinct. When they think he's had a rough weekend, he's ecstactic, and when he appears happy, he turns out to be devastated. It's a testament to Braugher's skill that he manages to not only deliver "I spent the weekend in Barbados with my husband" and "There was a small fire in my house" in the exact same manner, but that he also makes the joke funnier each time it's repeated.
Santiago (Melissa Fumero) is still on a quest to make Holt her mentor, and so she desperately tries to impress him by recruiting Sgt. Jeffords (Terry Crews) to fill in for the sketch artist so she can turn in her reports early. When that fails to do the trick, she gets him to paint a portrait of Holt for him to hang in his office. Santiago and Jeffords are an unexpected pairing, but her quiet desperation perfectly matches his frustrated outbursts, and the two make the best odd couple this side of Holt and Peralta. It would be nice, though, to see Santiago doing something other than simply following around the captain, and hopefully his approval of her hard work and growing number of closed cases will lead to new plotlines for the character. Jeffords, meanwhile, is once again played magnificently by Crews, and if Braugher hadn't had such a strong week, would have definitely been the highlight the second he ordered that Scully bring him his oils.
Peralta (Andy Samberg), meanwhile, is freed from the watchful eye of Holt this week, but is assigned to be the secondary on Boyle's (Joe Lo Truglio) case. The only problem is that he's the worst secondary in the world, and spends most of his time at the crime scene making fat jokes about the extremely overweight victim and walking all over Boyle. As if that weren't enough, he starts sleeping with the medical examiner (Mary Elizabeth Ellis), which essentially causes the investigation to grind to a halt due to the two playing "sexy coroner" instead of performing a crucial autopsy. Ellis and Samberg have wonderful chemistry, and their scenes together are the perfect blend of goofy and uncomfortable — him lying on the bedroom floor while she tries to determine a "cause of death" was a particular highlight — but Peralta's jerky behavior outweighed the charm that the character usually has.
On the other hand, it was wonderful to watch Boyle grow in confidence throughout the episode, and his quick and competent solving of the case was needed to save him from being a complete caricature. It would be nice to see some of that competence from Peralta, whose ego and manic energy is starting to overwhelm the character. Perhaps he just needs a more serious character like Holt to reign him in, but without an immovable object to ground his unstoppable force, Peralta is one of the show's weaker elements.
Overall, "M.E. Time" was the strongest episode thus far, and helps prove that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is well on its way to being a great sitcom. It seems as if Mike Schur and Dan Goor, the show's creators, have learned a lot from the uneven nature of the first season of Parks and Recreation, and once some of the kinks have been worked out, Brooklyn Nine-Nine will hopefully join it as one of the funniest shows around.
Episode Highlights- Holt, to Scully: "Scully, you can just write 'I didn't close any' on a piece of paper." Scully is essentially the Jerry Gergich of the precinct. - In a flashback, Peralta "backseat interrogates" Santiago's witness, getting so worked up he breaks the glass. - Boyle sings and acts out the score from Oliver in the car on the way to the crime scene. - Jeffords, before starting to sketch a suspect: "Let's start with the eyes. Were they desperate? Lonely? Did they betray heartache?" "They were brown." - Holt believes that the only people who hang baroque oil paintings of themselves are North Korean dictators. (He's probably not wrong.)- After the victim's wife describes her late husband as "a real Don Juan," Peralta asks permission to make a fat joke, and then comes out with, "Are you sure you don't mean Don Flan?"
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Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is hoping to land her dad a role in a new Mary Queen of Scots biopic - as her character's executioner. Father and daughter have appeared onscreen together twice - in Irish TV drama The Clinic and new movie How I Live Now - and they've killed each other in both projects.
Now the Hanna star is hoping her dad, Paul, will be on-set for her royal death scene in her latest project.
She says, "It's his turn. He could do it for Mary Queen Of Scots.
"They needed a man to almost knock me down in a car (in The Clinic) (and) clearly they thought my dad would be a good choice. So that seems to be the relationship we always have on screen. One of us is always killing the other one."
Ronan, 19, has been cast as Queen Mary in the upcoming historical drama. The royal was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I, imprisoned for 18 years and executed.
Movie executive and theatre producer Henry Guettel has died at the age of 85. He passed away in Southampton, New York on Monday (07Oct13) after a battle with pneumonia.
Guettel began his career in the theatre and was a stage manager for a 1950 Broadway production of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
He went on to co-produce other Big Apple shows, including Sugar Babies and Romulus, and was in charge of touring stints for Broadway's The Sound of Music, Camelot and The Best Man.
Guettel later became the vice president of 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures film studios, before heading up the Theatre Development Fund, a non-profit performing arts organisation, from 1982.
He is survived by his wife Mary, the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, and their children, including musician Adam Guettel.
Cancer-stricken actress Valerie Harper has been voted off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The former The Mary Tyler Moore Show star performed the Viennese waltz with her professional partner Tristan MacManus on Monday night (07Oct13), but she missed a few of the dance steps and scored a lowly 18 points out of a possible 30. She becomes the third celebrity to exit the competition.
After the result was announced on Monday's live show, she said, "It has been absolutely wonderful, completely unique, like nothing else in the world."
Harper, who was convinced to sign up to Dancing With the Stars by her husband Tony Cacciotti, has since confessed that she didn't expect to last until the third week of the programme.
During an exit interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (08Oct13), she said, "I was so happy I didn't fall opening night and break something!"
And the 74 year old, who was told she only had three to six months to live after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year (13), is adamant she has no regrets about hitting the dancefloor.
She added, "I am not in pain... Now when you have cancer and they say you have three months (to live) in January, and it's October, you gotta feel good about that and the drugs I'm taking... are working right now, so we'll see what goes, and everyone should live like that, one day at a time."
Actor James Nesbitt has split from his wife after 19 years of marriage. The Cold Feet star and his partner Sonia Forbes-Adam have been living apart for "some time" but remain friends.
A spokesman says, "James and Sonia are living separately and have been for some time. They are on the best of terms and ask that the family's privacy be respected."
The split comes after Nesbitt was primarily located in New Zealand for two years while filming the role of Bofur on The Hobbit trilogy.
The couple met in 1989 and went on to wed in 1994. They have two daughters, Peggy, 16, and 11-year-old Mary.
Maybe we're a bunch of crotchety old people, but the new trailer for I, Frankenstein, looks nothing like the 19th century gothic horror classic that we all pretended to read in high school. We certainly don’t remember Frankenstein's monster surfing on top subway trains (or maybe that Sparknotes summary had more holes than we thought).
At least there's a logical reason for these disparities: I, Frankenstein draws from the graphic novel that it's based on rather than Mary Shelley's original novel. Kevin Grevioux, the author of the graphic novel, also wrote the screenplay for the film.
This continuation of the Frankenstein lore features a handsomely scarred Aaron Eckhart, stitched together with various parts of murdered Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue models, fighting off gargoyle monsters that explode into fiery tendrils. He also found time, in between the monster vanquishing to go to the nearest Hot Topic and buy the perfect hoodie that symbolizes all of his immortal angst. One that he takes off quite frequently to show off that hot bod.
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Actors Kim Raver and William Devane are set to reprise their roles for 24: Live Another Day. The stars were last seen in the 24 season six finale when Keifer Sutherland's anti-terrorism expert character Jack Bauer bid farewell to Raver's catatonic character Audrey Raines, the daughter of the show's U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Heller (Devane).
Mary Lynn Rajskub will also return as Chloe O'Brian in the 2014 12-part series, which will be shot on location in London.
Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been confirmed to play the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The Silent House star has been linked to the role for months and now Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel franchise, has told The Wall Street Journal that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's sister will be on-set when the sequel starts shooting next year (14).
He tells the publication, "I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. (Elizabeth) Olsen, but I don't know what she's doing, if she's on the inside or the outside. I haven't seen a script."
The film is set for release in 2015 and also features returning Avengers castmates Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
Actor-turned-musician Hugh Laurie's gig onboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California is to be released as a concert movie. The House star and his Copper Bottom Band performed on the ship earlier this year (13) in a bid to recreate a concert staged by Laurie's hero Professor Longhair at a Paul McCartney party in 1975.
The gig was filmed and now footage has been edited for the actor's first concert to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Laurie tells WENN, "The Queen Mary has been moored at Long Beach since 1967. She crossed the Atlantic a thousand or so times before retiring to serve out her days as a hotel. But there is a bigger reason for its holiness.
"It was on the Queen Mary, at a party hosted by Sir Paul McCartney (then a humble mister), that the great Professor Longhair recorded the album that changed my life - Professor Longhair Live on the Queen Mary didn't need no fancy title. It is what it is, and changes who it changes."
Miley Cyrus seriously considered taking a step back from the spotlight to enrol in university after her show Hannah Montana came to an end, so she could pursue her love of photography. The pop superstar quit the hit Disney show in 2011 after five years as the title character and reveals she started looking into college courses at New York University and in Savannah, Georgia to help further her movie dreams.
She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "Once I ended (Hannah Montana), I thought I might go to NYU or something and study photography. Or to Savannah - they've got a really good school in Savannah. I love photography. I have a Canon 5D. I want to co-direct something soon. When they're saying, 'Change this lens to this millimeter,' I want to know what they're talking about."
Cyrus, 20, admits one of her reasons for researching courses at NYU related to twin billionaires Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who both briefly attended the school.
She says, "I'm never going to be able to go to school and have the normal life (because of her fame). I kind of like the way Mary-Kate and Ashley did it. They were bajillionaires (sic) from being these kid stars, and they decided that that wasn't the future that they wanted. So they did fashion, and they kind of blended in at NYU. I don't think people bug them. I think in New York, it's not cool to care."
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker eventually decided against heading back to school and instead focused on her music comeback.
She has continued to work on her photography in her spare time and recently listed her old Nikon N80 35mm SLR camera on auction website eBay.com.