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Emmy episode analysis: Ted Danson (‘The Good Place’) becomes a real boy in ‘Whenever You’re Ready’

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Ted Danson is nominated at the Emmys once again for his performance as Michael in “The Good Place.” It is his 18th overall bid and record 14th one in Best Comedy Actor from the TV academy, which gave him two Emmys for another NBC comedy, “Cheers,” in the early ’90s. This is his third comedy actor nomination in a row for “The Good Place,” which concluded its fourth and final season in January. Danson is submitting the series finale, “Whenever You’re Ready,” for consideration.

The series finale opens with Michael trying in vain to learn how to play the guitar. He has an air of melancholy throughout the episode as each of his friends makes the decision at various points in time to leave the Good Place. Eventually, Michael becomes jealous and tries to exit through the existence-ending door to no avail; only former humans can do so, while supernatural beings like Michael cannot. To make Michael happy, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) makes a plan with the Judge (Maya Rudolph) to have Michael fulfill his wildest dream: to be a human. They transport Michael to Earth, and he is visibly content with the knowledge that he doesn’t know what is to come in the afterlife, just like a human being. We see a cameo from Danson’s real-life wife, Mary Steenburgen, who teaches him guitar, and he has a series of good and bad days while clearly living life to the fullest. The episode, and by extension, the series, ends with Michael meaningfully telling a neighbor to “take it sleazy.”

Will the third time be the charm for Danson? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

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PROS

Danson is a TV veteran who can now add another iconic character to his resume. “The Good Place” gave the actor the ability to be weird, zany and heartfelt all at the same time. This final episode is a testament to his genius as an actor, especially in his attempts to walk through the door; he makes the moment simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. He also gets to be the focus of the show’s final minutes as ordinary interactions become extraordinary for a guy who finally gets to be human.

This is also the perfect opportunity for voters to reward “The Good Place” if they are not voting for it in Best Comedy Series. Danson was one of the show’s first nominations in 2018 even before it broke through in comedy series, so they’ve clearly had an extended love for this character. Voters may be most impressed by Danson compared to the other two presumed front-runners, Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”), who are decidedly more subtle in their performances.

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CONS

“The Good Place” has never won an Emmy and despite growing in nominations every year, voters might not feel that they owe it an award in any category. For as understated as Levy and Youssef are, one could easily imagine the former getting swept in with a major embrace of “Schitt’s Creek” or the latter riding the wave of his Golden Globe win in January. Neither actor has won an Emmy for acting while Danson already has two.

While “Whenever You’re Ready” gives Danson plenty of strong scenes that display his full range of comedic and dramatic ability, the focus is split with concluding the stories of five other characters, so voters might not be as wowed as they would be if he dominated the episode.

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Blood & Treasure Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Plot And Every Latest Update Here !!!

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Blood & Treasure is an American action-adventure play television series which is shown on CBS. The series is inspired by 2 other shows of the exact same genre- Indiana Jones and National Treasure. It provides a new action-packed, thrilling experience to its audiences in its 38-83 minute running time.

The show centers around two distinct characters – it’s a brilliant antiquities expert, and the other is a cute art thief. They combine together to catch a devastating terrorist who funds his attacks through treasure that was stolen. They travel around the globe to hunt down their goal, but little did they know that they are stepping down deep into the epicentre of a two-hundred-year-old struggle for civilization’s cradle.

The show was valued for its globe-trotting adventure with the captivating mix of action, humour, and drama. The series is written by Federman and Scaia and can be distributed by CBS Television distribution. Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, and many others take part in the creation of the show.

When it’s release?

The season 2 release  date for its new run of this suspense series has not yet been shown. Also, if the coronavirus outbreak does not affect the creation, it does not start. In the event the new season confronts a distraction, at the point, it will affect its arrival, and we want additional seats for it. At the time of the series announcement, it had been made clear that the next few seasons could be sent this season, and should it face any delays, it would likely reach enthusiasts in 2021 at the time.

Cast?

This series’s fans are anticipating seeing these stars in the upcoming season of the suspense series: Matt Brar as Danny McNamara.

  • Sophia Pernas as Lexie Wazir
  • Michael James Shaw as Aiden Shaw
  • Katya Winter as Gwen Carlson
  • James Kallis as Simon Hardwick
  • Dr. Alicia Coppola as Ana Castillo

What’s Blood & Treasure Season 2 Plot?

The direct cast team of this series provides the action and romantic interest to the sequence. We behold Sofia Pernas from the series, who’s a Moroccan-Spanish actress. Her other notable roles have been featured in the Young and the Restless,” Jane the Virgin,’ and’The Brave.’ She steps into the role of Lexi Vaziri in the present show.

Matt Barr plays the role of Danny McNamara from the series. He’s an American actor and features ‘Commander in Chief,”’One Tree Hill,’ and Hellenes.’ Other members of this cast crew include Katia Winter as Gwen, Michael James Shaw as’Shaw,’ and Anna Silk as’Roanoke.’

 

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John Boyega & Gavin Hood Team for The Test Adaptation

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John Boyega & Gavin Hood team for The Test adaptation

As we await to see his turns in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and Naked Singularity, John Boyega has found his next project in the form of an adaptation of Silvain Neuvel’s The Test, which is set to be directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky), according to Deadline.

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Published in February 2019, the story is set in an authoritarian near-future and centers on a soft-spoken immigrant as he takes a citizen evaluation test while a brilliant young behavioral psychologist supervising the test must confront a terrorist group led by a far-right fanatic.

The Attack the Block star has signed on to portray the young psychologist while Payman Maadi, best known for his roles in HBO’s The Night Of and the Oscar-nominated A Separation, is set to star as the soft-spoken immigrant.

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In an official statement, Hood described the film as “a heart-pounding psychological thriller, set in an authoritarian near-future that grabbed me by the throat and left me reeling.

The script for the project was adapted by Hood, known best for his Oscar-winning crime drama Tsotsi, while Erwin Stoff is attached to produce and Zev Foreman and Ilda Diffley are overseeing the film for Entertainment One.

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After breaking out in his feature debut Attack the Block, Boyega went on to further stardom upon joining the Star Wars franchise as Stormtrooper-turned-rebel fighter Finn, appearing across all three films in the sequel trilogy as well as reprising the role in two episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. When he wasn’t busy soaring through space, he also found acclaim with his appearances in the biographical drama Detroit as well as offering turns in Pacific Rim: UprisingThe Circle and Netflix’s CG-animated adaptation of Watership Down.

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The Quarantine Stream: ‘Bringing Out the Dead’ is One of Martin Scorsese’s Best Movies

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Bringing Out the Dead

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: Insomniac paramedic Nicolas Cage is at the end of his rope as he navigates around a hellish New York City, trying to save the sick and dying.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The words “underrated” and “Scorsese” don’t really go together. For almost his entire career, Martin Scorsese has garnered high praise – and rightfully so. He’s one of our best living directors, if not the best. But if there is such a thing as an underrated Scorsese movie, it might just be Bringing Out the Dead, a fantastic film that flopped at the box office and currently only has 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. Which is a damn sham since this is one of Scorsese’s best films.

Bringing Out the Dead is like the spiritual successor to Taxi Driver. Not only does it take Martin Scorsese back to the dark, dirty streets of NYC, it also reunites him with Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader. Like so many Schrader-scripted films, this is a portrait of a man in crisis. That man is Frank Pierce, a paramedic who looks like he hasn’t slept in a year. Pierce is played by Nicolas Cage, and anytime someone wants to joke that Cage is a bad actor, show them this movie – he’s great, using that manic energy of his to perfectly reflect Frank’s inner turmoil.

Frank patrols the streets of New York in his ambulance with a rotating group of partners (John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore), and all the while, he’s haunted by the ghosts of people he’s failed to save – primarily a teenage girl named Rose. Meanwhile, Frank is also drawn to a recovering addict (Patricia Arquette, who was married to Cage at the time), the daughter of one of Frank’s patients.

With this set up, Scorsese takes us through a season in hell as Frank has one wild night after another. Cinematographer Robert Richardson blows out the lighting here, with streetlamps burning the way they do when you’re low on sleep. Everything and everyone looks damned, like we’ve been dropped into some circle of hell that looks like New York in the ’90s.

And through it all, Scorsese goes nuts, cranking up the speed of the film, layering over punk rock music, and working with constant editor Thelma Schoonmaker to create Frank’s fractured, sleep-deprived world. And if there’s a light at the end of this long, dark, hellish tunnel, it’s the promise of a good night’s rest. Frank, haunted by his failures, has to learn to forgive himself long enough to shut his eyes for a few hours. And then it’s back out into the night, looking for more bloody bodies to save.

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