While the Oscars were embarrassing themselves yesterday, we lost one of the great character actors of the last 30 years. Bill Paxton passed away yesterday after complications from heart surgery at the all-too-young age of 61. I am so tired of writing obituaries, so my new policy is that unless it’s someone with whom I have a special connection (Robin Williams or Mary Tyler Moore, for example), obituaries go on the Facebook page and the deceased’s career will be celebrated in the next Their 10 Best.
From the mid-1980’s through the end of the 1990’s, Bill Paxton was in some of the most memorable films of the era: The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13, and a host of others. Just recently, he turned in one of my favorite of his performances in Edge of Tomorrow, taking a role that literally does nothing but repeat a speech over and over and making it new each time. I have never watched Paxton’s successful HBO series, Big Love, but he was a brief part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the “Big Bad” in season one of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Like the also recently lost John Hurt, Paxton was seldom the leading man (the exception being what I think is his best performance in A Simple Plan), but he made ensembles great, and he’ll be sorely missed.
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The Netflix original series Marvel’s Iron Fist is the fourth of the epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage which are now streaming, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) to premiere only on Netflix. A fifth series, Marvel’s The Punisher, has also started filming and stars Jon Bernthal.
In Marvel’s Iron Fist, billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
The Marvel’s Iron Fist cast includes Finn Jones as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, with Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. Marvel’s Jessica Jones star Carrie-Anne Moss will also reprise her role of lawyer Jeri Hogarth alongside Netflix’s connector between the shows, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.
Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres with 13 episodes on Netflix on March 17, 2017 at 12:01am PT in all territories where Netflix is available.
Two years ago I wrote a monthly feature called “Latest vs. Greatest” where I would rate an actor, director, composer, etc.’s 10 latest films against their 10 greatest films as a sort of career barometer. I also threw in a feature-length biography to boot, and though they were some of the most-read posts I’ve written, I discontinued the feature because writing them was getting to be so time consuming and expensive that I just couldn’t keep up. I’ve been mulling over how to bring it back in some way in a simpler form, and that form will be a new, weekly column on Sundays called “Their 10 Best”.
It will be much simpler than “Latest vs. Greatest”. I will do a brief introduction of the subject, review their career honors, and then present a simple list of what I feel are the ten best films (or TV shows) in which they have been involved. Lists are fun; they’re great for starting movie nerd debates, and I think this better captures the spirit of what I originally wanted to do with the original column. I will also try to keep them dynamic and updated as new films in which subjects are released and new honors are bestowed. If a subject was previously featured in Latest vs. Greatest, I will link to that profile as well, and to make sure it’s liked, our first column will be Tom Hanks, who I DEFY you to dislike.
Note: The Latest vs. Greatest Columns will still be archived at the bottom of the Their 10 Best page since this is an evolution of that feature.
I don’t know how many more of these I can take. Celebrity deaths that impact you personally are rare. They’re performers, you enjoy their work, but they weren’t really a part of your life. That isn’t the case with Mary Tyler Moore. The actress, who passed away today at the age of 80 was part of two of (if not the two) greatest sitcoms of all-time in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As a kid growing up, I wasn’t terribly popular. I got beat up a lot, to be honest. But I noticed that the kids that made the other kids laugh usually got away with murder. So I decided to learn how to be funny (to the extent you think I am) by watching Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Cheers, MASH, and a host of others over and over until I apparently achieved enough success to stop getting curb-stomped. The two I watched the most, though, were Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Moore was a consummate comedienne and actress, and below is a wonderful tribute to her from the New York Times. But, to me, she’s one of the people who made me smile, and taught me how to make others smile when I could. That the world no longer has her smile, makes the entire planet gloomier for the loss. I doubt she’d want us to cry though. I think, like Mary RIchards in the classic “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of The MTM Show, she’d rather our tears turn to laughter at the memory of what she gave us. I’ll run that clip below before the Times outstanding obituary.
Continue reading R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore (1936 – 2017) *The World is Missing its Smile*
Sherlock Season 4 will premiere on the BBC January 1, 2017, with the first new episode since the 2015 Christmas Special. The season premiere, entitled “The Six Thatchers”, is almost certainly a play on the original Conan Doyle story “The Six Napoleons” and will find Dr. Watson and his wife preparing for the arrival of their first child (and undoubtedly Sherlock trying to find some way to cope with that). The fourth season will, as its predecessors, have three feature-length episodes, and will be available on Blu Ray January 24, 2017. It’s so long between visits, but it’s always worth catching up with Holmes and Watson again.