Curiously, the lineup for this week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour is the same as it ever was last time I was on the show: Host Linda Holmes was once again away living a life of intrigue and excitement, leaving her pal Stephen Thompson to moderate a panel that included regular bloviator Glen Weldon and guest-talkers Tanya Ballard Brown and me. Our topics: The remake of The Magnificent Seven, which I reviewed for NPR, and Fleabag, an Amazon series written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, an English actor of whom I was previously unaware. One of these two items is terrific! Continue reading
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Tagged Amazon TV, Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington, Easy Rawlins, Fleabag, Glen Weldon, NPR, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Tanya Ballard Brown, The Magnificent Seven, Walter Mosley, westerns
Wait, Michael Biehn starred in a short-lived Magnificent Seven series on CBS in the late 90s? I’ve always been bad at keeping up with what’s on TV, but this I should’ve known, given my long-term interest in the guy.
Anyway, here’s my NPR review of the new Magnificent Seven from Antoine Fuqua and Denzel with Chris Pratt mugging his way around, too. Random note: It’s funny that both The Magnificent Seven and Westworld, two long-dormant properties that starred Yul Brynner — most famous for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, “etcetera, etcetera” — as a black-clad cowboy, are both getting reimagined in 2016, isn’t it? I think it is.
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Tagged Akira Kurosawa, Antoine Fuqua, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, film reviews, John Sturges, NPR, remakes, Vincent D'Onofrio, westerns