Screen Junkies » hugh laurie http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:32:39 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Dr. House To Travel The U.S., Singing The Blues http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dr-house-to-travel-the-u-s-singing-the-blues/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dr-house-to-travel-the-u-s-singing-the-blues/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:20:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256219 He's got the gimp-leg blues!

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Do you miss the FOX medical drama House? Me neither, but if you have a fondness for Hugh Laurie, or heavily marketed blues-rock tours, this might be up your alley.

As demonstrated several times over the course of House‘s run, Hugh Laurie has a penchant for piano and guitar. Which, celebrity code dictates, means that he must be in a generic blues-rock band with some overly-quaint name.

Not one to break from tradition, Hugh Laurie has assembled the Copper Bottom Band and will terrorize middle America and middle Canada with Dr. John covers in their respective regional theaters.

To see if your city is one of the unlucky ones, click here.

Spoiler alert: It’s going to be either sarcoidosis, lupus, or Wilson’s Disease.

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Hugh Laurie To Be The Bad Guy In ‘Robocop’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:09:29 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249228 Will he be able to diagnose Robocop's medical problem in time to save him?

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Hugh Laurie is most famous to American audiences for playing the lovably cranky medical genius Dr. House on House. But now it looks like he’s going to dial down the lovability and dial up the villainy as “the CEO of Omni Corp” in the upcoming reboot of the Robocop franchise – MGM has entered negotiations with Laurie to get him into the movie.

For those of you who haven’t committed the original Robocop to memory – first of all, what’s wrong with you? But also, the CEO of Omni Corp (the evil corporation of the movie) would appear to be an analogue to Ronny Cox’s character in the original movie. And if the remake goes in a similar direction, you can expect Laurie to be just one of many scoundrels who Robocop gets to blast into oblivion.

Assuming that Laurie and MGM reach an agreement, he’ll be joining a pretty impressive cast that includes Joel Kinnaman as Robocop, Abbie Cornish as Robocop’s wife, Samuel L. Jackson as some kind of media figure (media satire is a big part of the original movie), and Gary Oldman as the scientist who brings Robocop to life. (The AV Club)

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Odette Annable To Up ‘House’s’ Hot Chick Quotient http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/odette-annable-to-up-houses-hot-chick-quotient/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/odette-annable-to-up-houses-hot-chick-quotient/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:33:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222053 Something for the fellas.

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6 photosOdette Annable

With Lisa Edelstein and Amber Tamblyn making their exeunts and Olivia Wilde busy somewhere being the sexiest woman alive and practicing all the duties that entails, House is at risk of offering nothing to the fellows. That’s where Odette Annable comes in. The Cloverfield actress is joining the medical drama as a series regular — the first regular addition to the cast since Season 4.

It is reported that Annable will meet Hugh Laurie‘s title character in prison (where all the best friendships are made), and that he will recruit her to join the team at Princeton-Plainsboro. Fans of Annable’s other Fox series, Breaking In, have no reason to worry. Should the network decide to pick up the mid-season comedy for a sophomore year, there is time in Annable’s schedule to shoot both. Breaking In star Christian Slater will remain restricted to one series. (Deadline)

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Fox Renews ‘House’ For 8th Season In Brilliant, Yet Possibly Unethical Move http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-renews-house-for-8th-season-in-brilliant-yet-possibly-unethical-move/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-renews-house-for-8th-season-in-brilliant-yet-possibly-unethical-move/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 02:03:36 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211500 You know who's in the house? Dr. Gregory House. That guy... is totally in the house.

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You know who’s in the house? Dr. Gregory House. That guy… the one whose last name is “House”… is totally in the house. It’s because Fox renewed the medical drama for an 8th season.

House” stars Hugh Laurie as a kooky, abrasive, but also genius doctor who plays by his own rules, even when people’s lives are at stake. Or rather, especially when people’s lives are at stake. A recent episode attracted 7.8 million total viewers, with 2.9 million in the 18-49 demographic. What that means is “House” ain’t performing like she used to, but it’s not time to pull the plug yet.

The renewal is in anticipation of the network upfronts, where Fox will reveal its 2011-2012 schedule to advertisers. (TheWrap)

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Hugh Laurie Is ‘Mr. Pip’, Whatever That Means http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-is-mr-pip-whatever-that-means/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-is-mr-pip-whatever-that-means/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:52:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206887 This Laurie cat is a pip!

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In today’s breaking news about the star of “House,” Hugh Laurie, Hugh Laurie had a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat, with Swiss cheese and sprouts. Also, he’s been cast in Mr. Pip, by director Andrew Adamson, adapted by Adamson from the novel by Lloyd Jones. It’s not, as I had previously thought, about the man behind Gladys Night’s band in the 50s.

“Mr. Watts [is] the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville. Asked to open a school there, he reads the kids his favorite novel, Great Expectations. He bonds with the children over the book, which sheds some perspective on their own difficult lives.”

I’ve often said that I would watch Hugh Laurie read the phone book, so I guess him reading Great Expectations would be an upgrade from that. (Deadline)

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Review: House ‘The Dig’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-house-the-dig/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-house-the-dig/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:33:28 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205715 This is it, folks. The “House” episode Thirteen fans have been waiting for.

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This is it, folks. The “House” episode Thirteen fans have been waiting for. I’ll be vague so I don’t spoil it but you know from the TV spots that Thirteen is back and House finds her getting out of prison. I’m loving the bangs Olivia Wilde is rocking now.

House takes Thirteen on a road trip while the rest of the team solves a case at the hospital. Honestly, they could have taken one episode off from the medical formula for a dramatic plot of the magnitude of Thirteen’s return, but they still do both. If you’re wondering about House’s new wife, she’s mentioned in an offhanded remark, so that might not be such a permanent fixture.

It turns out an entire year has gone by since Thirteen left, and it would be House’s one year anniversary of dating Cuddy. TV time usually slows down but in this case September to April in our time actually accelerates us into the future of “House” time. Unless the season began six months in the past in which case we’re caught up to the present.

What I’m getting at is there’s a whole year of Thirteen’s story to catch up. House fills in the year and even addresses her willingness to be named a number. Thirteen creates new secrets while they’re on the road, so there’s a lot to uncover. You might wish for a little more humor in their banter. It’s just Thirteen protests and House presses, but look at it this way: they’re not sugar coating it.

House recaps his relationship with Cuddy to fill Thirteen in too. It is a real testament to the show that we love the characters so much that it’s compelling to see them go over information we already know. House’s hobby gives them something to bond over on the road, and introduces another fun House quirk and a funny western spoof.

Without House, the medical case has to compensate to keep it interesting. They throw everything at this case to try to sell it. Even with environmental factors, secrets and emotion, it’s still a medical case without House. He calls in a few times but it’s really the team on their own.

A large part of the team’s story deals with Taub and Foreman. Foreman gets really jealous of Taub’s game with the ladies. It’s funny, if a bit surprising how much focus it gets. Cuddy and Wilson are not in the episode at all.

The last thing I’ll say about “The Dig” which I think “House” fans will appreciate is this: in both of the stories, on the road with Thirteen and in the hospital with the patient, the first thing they think it is, is not what it turns out to be. Sorry for the spoiler, but it turns out the first theory is not correct and they have to revise their theory as new information comes out.

“House” is back Monday, April 11.

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‘Arthur Christmas’ Teaser for Santa Conspiracy Theorists http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/arthur-christmas-teaser-for-santa-conpiracy-theorists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/arthur-christmas-teaser-for-santa-conpiracy-theorists/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:12:33 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=11552 Sony has dropped the teaser for Arthur Christmas, and it's going to have Santa believers buzzin' like they're fly like a bee.

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Sony has dropped the teaser for Arthur Christmas, and it’s going to have Santa believersbuzzin‘ like they’re fly like a bee. It starts off with a Morgan Freeman impersonator (or maybe Freeman himself?) taking us through the frigid landscape of the North Pole like some penguins are going to pop out. Then an elf bombards the camera, trying to get us to look away, but we won’t, damnit. We see a tall lanky dude in the background, who the tweaking elf totally gives away as Santa’s son, and then a red sleigh that looks like an alien spacecraft. I’m freakin’ out, man! Quit messing with my traditional perception of Christmas!

James McAvoy plays Santa’s misfit son, Arthur, who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get a present that Santa missed half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning. It’s a little disconcerting that Santa is just forgetting to drop presents off, but I’m glad someone is picking up the slack. I hope this film doesn’t take an awkward turn to examine Mr. Kringle’s battle with Alzheimer’s. That would not make for a very jolly tale at all.

Arthur Christmas crashes into theaters November 23, 2011.

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Amber Tamblyn Butts Heads With ‘House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amber-tamblyn-talks-butting-heads-with-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amber-tamblyn-talks-butting-heads-with-house/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 22:44:06 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=7254 I got to see the next two episodes of “House” with guest star Amber Tamblyn as new hire Martha M. Masters. She’s a foil to House’s (Hugh Laurie) abrasive antics because she believes in pure honesty and ethics. Tamblyn revealed in a conference call the other day that there really is a Martha M. Masters.

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I got to see the next two episodes of “House” with guest star Amber Tamblyn as new hire Martha M. Masters. She’s a foil to House’s (Hugh Laurie) abrasive antics because she believes in pure honesty and ethics. Tamblyn revealed in a conference call the other day that there really is a Martha M. Masters.

“She’s sort of an homage to my very, very good friend Martha in real life,” Tamblyn said. “I’ve known her my entire life for 25 years since we were babies. I think I know her so well I can put a lot into that. She is a med student and she’s very much like this character. I’m not saying anything out of turn or mean, she’s very brilliant but can be socially awkward. I think that David Shore has still not met the real Martha M. Masters but has written this character so well.”

Masters will have some outrageous tactics of her own. It won’t come from a confident, manipulative place like House, but it sounds like good television. “When [Shore] writes in Martha using her period as a metaphor to get someone to donate a kidney to her sister, the fact that Martha does that, she doesn’t know what is socially acceptable or not. To not look like such a dork, she hasn’t learned that yet. She’s too much in her intellectual brain. She’s not socially grown yet so I think that’ll be a great thing to watch her learn how to do. I love the fact that she is so filled with non sequiturs. That to me is fun, to try to act the fact that when Martha is not talking about scientific or medical things, when she’s just trying to talk to somebody about their life or her life that it just comes out in non sequitur sentences and really bad, poorly judged metaphors. I love her awkwardness, how incredible awkward she is. It just gives the character so much potential to grow.”

TV’s Masters doesn’t like breaking into patient’s houses or lying to them to protect the most effective treatment. That’s a great conflict for House, but Tamblyn is actually on the good doctor’s side.

“I probably would go the House route. I’d probably try to make whatever the best outcome is happen, regardless of the true things. I think truth is objective and I agree that everybody lies.”

Cuddy made House hire Masters to get a woman on the team since 13 left. Maybe there’s a little more to it too. “I think you’re going to see someone who has been so much in the world of academia and knowledge and accumulating knowledge that she really never progresses or matured in a social sense. So you’re going to see someone that has a hard time communicating on the most basic levels, which I think is common for people who are highly intelligent people. I think Martha may even have Asperger’s which we’ve talked about. I know House definitely does. It’s like a young version of him but she believes so strongly in the ethics of truth telling to a point. Just in the same way that he believes that lying can help you find the truth to a fault. So the two of them have really distinctive ideas to get to the same things. You’re going to see her try to come into the real world for the first time. It’s going to be pretty intense for her.”

Perhaps there’s more of a connection between Masters and Cuddy than we realize at first. “I do think she is sort of a young Cuddy, an extremist version of Cuddy in a certain way which is probably why Cuddy brought her on. I think House says that I remind her of herself but Lisa [Edelstein]’s amazing. She’s great. She’s very funny. She’s very health oriented. I’m learning a lot of health things from her. She’s a very interesting woman and incredibly gorgeous. She’s gorgeous on screen but in real life she’s the real deal. Her skin is insanely flawless.”

Most importantly, Masters will continue to annoy House. I can’t wait to see how House retaliates. “It was absolutely delicious. I annoy him and I fascinate him. The two characters both annoy and fascinate each other and I think House probably even sees a little bit of himself in her, except the opposite. He’s usually mean and she’s overly nice. Both make for funny television.”

“House” returns with new episodes Monday, Nov. 8.

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Review: ‘House’ Nov 8th Episode ‘Office Politics’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-house-nov-8th-episode-office-politics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-house-nov-8th-episode-office-politics/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 There’s no new “House” while Fox has baseball to run, but I got the next two new episodes in advance. I get my “House” fix and I can satisfy you with a little tease too, but I promise no spoilers beyond what you’d find in TV Guide. The patient in “Office Politics” is a political campaign advisor (Jack Coleman). It’s HRG from “Heroes” playing another manipulative politician. His reaction to House’s tactics is refreshingly simpatico. It’s interesting to see a patient who agrees with House’s methods, not that it makes the diagnosis any easier. More after the jump...

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There’s no new “House” while Fox has baseball to run, but I got the next two new episodes in advance. I get my “House” fix and I can satisfy you with a little tease too, but I promise no spoilers beyond what you’d find in TV Guide.

The patient in “Office Politics” is a political campaign advisor (Jack Coleman). It’s HRG from “Heroes” playing another manipulative politician. His reaction to House’s tactics is refreshingly simpatico. It’s interesting to see a patient who agrees with House’s methods, not that it makes the diagnosis any easier.

More after the jump…

The major guest star though is Amber Tamblyn as Martha M. Masters, the medical student who Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) wants House to hire. In the first of several appearances that have been reported, Tamblyn is adorable as a shy, nervous newbie. Of course House tests her right away by having two simultaneous conversations, as they tend to do.

Masters fuels two parallel storylines in this episode. In one, she has moral issues with House’s tactics, from breaking and entering to lying to patients. This has come up before, so it may be familiar, but Masters is a good new character to engage in the constant push/pull with House. His ongoing acceptance/rejection/acceptance of her is the classic “House” rhythm.

The other storyline is the team’s reaction to Masters. Taub (Peter Jacobson) doesn’t like her, and Foreman (Omar Epps) gets in on messing with Taub over it. The Foreman vs. Taub subplot gets pretty awesome.

This episode represents a new thread for the season. It’s off of House and Cuddy’s relationship for a while, although that does color his treatment of her new hire. The ongoing challenge of Masters’ morals versus House’s experience will be interesting to watch play out.

Follow me on Twitter @FredTopel to discuss “House,” especially after this episode airs Nov. 8 and you have all the details. I’ll have a review of Nov. 15’s episode as soon as this one airs, and follow @ScreenJunkies for a heads up on all our “House” news.
 

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Review: ‘House’ Season 7 Premiere http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-house-season-7-premiere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-house-season-7-premiere/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I’m not spoiling anything for “House” fans by saying that House and Cuddy got together at the end of last season. That’s what we’ve been waiting six years for and spent all summer thinking about. I’ll discuss it vaguely, so skip this if you don’t want to know ANYTHING. I love the way they came back, I love the way they handled it, I love the character moments it offered for both actors. There, is that too spoiler-y? Oh, can I say it’s hot too? Something that happens in this episode is hot. But I won’t ruin the dirty details, I'll just give you the skinny. More after the jump...

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I’m not spoiling anything for “House” fans by saying that House and Cuddy got together at the end of last season. That’s what we’ve been waiting six years for and spent all summer thinking about.

I’ll discuss it vaguely, so skip this if you don’t want to know ANYTHING. I love the way they came back, I love the way they handled it, I love the character moments it offered for both actors. There, is that too spoiler-y? Oh, can I say it’s hot too? Something that happens in this episode is hot. But I won’t ruin the dirty details, I’ll just give you the skinny.

More after the jump…

The opening delivers the drama we want. After the credits, House is back to his witty, irreverent self. House and Cuddy are really good together when they’re on the same team. It shows there’s just as much drama and humor when two people connect as when they butt heads. Things happen throughout the episode that play with our emotions and expectations. It’s sweet in a “House” kind of way that rewards the viewers for keeping up and doesn’t do any of that cheesy stuff.

The rest we’ll have to talk about after you see it yourself. Seriously though, I need someone to talk to about it. So Monday at 9:01 hit me up on Twitter @fredtopel. I can’t keep this in any longer.

There’s hospital business and the team at work. The 13 situation develops too. All this brings with it mini-diagnostics. They have to solve administrative problems, and some people involved have medical conditions.

Luckily the studio also sent the second episode so I got a little bit of a sense of how this season will proceed after the emotional powerhouse of a premiere. Of course it’s more of a standard “House” case where something happens before the credits and they spend the rest of the episode solving it. It’s not the first thing they think it is, but House figures it out by applying a personal conversation to the diagnosis.

Those said personal scenes do continue the conflicts set up in of the season premiere. So that’s good. They don’t leave you hanging, they deal with things but they don’t make it overbearing. House is perfect mouthing off to those situations, and he uses it for good riffs in the diagnosis scenes. Cuddy is great, Wilson and the team’s reactions are great. Everyone acts like their well-defined characters would and it hints at human philosophy and ethical issues. It’s no closure. It just opens up more juicy possibilities.

God, I want to talk about this. You guys are gonna love it though. Seven years and they still find cool ways to twist the formula, relevant issues to deal with and humor that has more answers than any “serious” talk.

“House” returns September 20 at 8/7C on Fox.
 

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Exclusive: Sacha Baron Cohen Visits ‘The Simpsons’ Plus Season Finale Spoilers http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/exclusive-sacha-baron-cohen-visits-the-simpsons-plus-season-finale-spoilers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/exclusive-sacha-baron-cohen-visits-the-simpsons-plus-season-finale-spoilers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Simpsons just aired their 450th episode to celebrate 20 years of avoiding the network ax, but there’s still plenty more exciting things to come in Springfield. Al Jean, showrunner for 18 of the 20 years of The Simpsons (he only left to run The Critic for two short-lived seasons), told us about some exciting Simpsons events and guest stars coming up.“January 31st we have an episode where one of our fans created a character,” Jean said over drinks at the Fox party during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “So that character debuts in that episode. Coming up we have Sarah Silverman in an episode. We have Sacha Baron Cohen playing an Israeli tour guide. We just recorded Jon Hamm today [Jan. 11] for an episode that airs in December.”More about the season finale after the jump.

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The Simpsons just aired their 450th episode to celebrate 20 years of avoiding the network ax, but there’s still plenty more exciting things to come in Springfield. Al Jean, showrunner for 18 of the 20 years of The Simpsons (he only left to run The Critic for two short-lived seasons), told us about some exciting Simpsons events and guest stars coming up.

“January 31st we have an episode where one of our fans created a character,” Jean said over drinks at the Fox party during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “So that character debuts in that episode. Coming up we have Sarah Silverman in an episode. We have Sacha Baron Cohen playing an Israeli tour guide. We just recorded Jon Hamm today [Jan. 11] for an episode that airs in December.”

More about the season finale after the jump.

The season finale boasts five superstar guests, and still gives Simpsons regulars something to do. “The Simpsons have a dog, they make him ugly and enter him in an ugly dog contest,” Jean said. “The judge is Krusty and he drops out, so Moe becomes this great judge like Simon Cowell. So they give him a shot on American Idol and we’ve got all the judges. We got Simon, Ellen, Randy, Kara and Ryan Seacrest are all in the episode.”

The Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes are a staple of The Simpsons we always look forward to. This October’s boasts another A-list guest star. “We recorded Hugh Laurie for a segment where Homer and Marge are taking a cruise together on a sailboat and they find him as a castaway and he completely disrupts their romance. It is like Dead Calm.”

Season 20 just came out on DVD and Blu Ray, to take advantage of the show’s entrance into HDTV. DVD fans can still look forward to the show’s 13th season release on old school DVD, and even it has a behind the scenes guest star.
 
“Stan Lee did a DVD commentary for season 13, the episode he appeared in. He’s a legend, man. It was such a thrill. A wonderful guy and a real hero to people like me. I asked him things in the commentary like, ‘Why did the Watcher in Fantastic Four say he was never supposed to interfere when all he did was interfere with people?’ He laughed. He said, ‘You got me.’”

The Simpsons remains a staple Sunday nights at 8 on Fox.

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