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'Birdman,' 'Fargo,' Top Golden Globes Nominations, See The Full List Of Nominees

12/11/2014 12:19pm EST
Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton all helped the Hollywood Foreign Press with the announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning.

"Birdman," which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor seeking a comeback with a Broadway play, leads the nominations in the movies category, including nods for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (Keaton).

Keatons' co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton are also up for Golden Globes in their respective supporting actress and actor categories. Alejandro Gonza...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Finale Recap: Ray Magically Fixes All Of Life's Problems

9/29/2014 10:13am EDT
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Tensions are running high in "The Captain," "Ray Donovan's" second season finale. And for one reason above all: this season has so many concurrent storylines running all at once that it would take a minor miracle (or act of God) to be able to close them all out in a single hour.

Less, really, when you consider "Ray Donovan" usually wraps things up by the 45-minute mark.

But here are the many things "The Captain" has to take care of:

The fallout from the botched weed robbery.

Steve Knight being a creeper.

Cookie menacing the Donovans.

Ed Cochran menacing different Donov...

'Ray Donovan,' Season 2 Episode 11 Recap: Night of the Two Dozen Cliffhangers

9/22/2014 10:21am EDT
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You've got to hand it to "Ray Donovan"- the show's got some serious chutzpah. Or, moxie, spunk, cojones- whatever the appropriate Hollywood underworld slang might be.

Because every penultimate episode of every TV season ends on a cliffhanger. But "Ray Donovan," and "Rodef," it's own second-to-last ep, is not satisfied with a single cliffhanger.

"Rodef" wants every cliffhanger, ever, all smushed into a single TV episode like a "to be continued" buffet.

So at the end of "Rodef," we're left with the following questions:

Will Abby kill Cookie Brown?

Will Ray kill Cookie Brown?

Will R...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper

9/15/2014 10:34am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper
Listen, it's no secret that the peanut gallery of "Ray Donovan" are not pleasant people. They're in a crime drama- thus, they must be criminals. Or those complacent to the actions of criminals.

So for the most part (other than Shorty- sweet, beautiful Shorty), we're looking at a group of "bad" people.

But "bad" doesn't necessarily mean "mentally unhinged." At least, it didn't until last night's episode of "Ray Donovan," entitled "Volcheck."

The hour had a very distinct structure. "Here is the cast of 'Ray Donovan,'" the episode explained to us. "Now watch as each one of them slowly loses...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: To Squeal, Or Not To Squeal?

9/8/2014 10:42am EDT
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As a parent, would you encourage your child to do the right thing in a difficult moral situation?

Yeah, probably (if you answered "no," you've got issues that a TV recap is incapable of curing). But what if "doing the right thing" and "being ripped apart in a hail of 9mm bullets" were a package deal?

That's what last night's "Ray Donovan," entitled "Snowflake" (appropriately, Cookie Brown's nickname for Bridget) mulls over.

After witnessing the unfortunate de-braining of her boyfriend Marvin and his manager/dad/guardian Re-Kon, Bridget has two options ahead of her.

1. Tell the truth, im...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid off of 'Ray Donovan'- And Also a Character or Two

9/1/2014 10:25am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid of
Why, "Ray Donovan?" Why? Why do you do this to us?

Why do you trudge through seven episodes of ineffectual sludge, only for now- in "Sunny," the eighth episode of the season- to actually give us an undeniably terrific villain.

It's the same thing the show did last year. There was a bunch of jibber-jabber that didn't amount to much, and then in the latter half of the season- whoooooosh. Here's James Woods, to swoop in and terrorize the last couple episodes; a Big Bad that appeared out of nowhere and suffered greatly for the lack of introduction.

Now, Cookie Brown is doing the same. Had Co...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: It's My Party, and I'll Cry/Scream/Destroy a Car if I Want to

8/25/2014 9:18am EDT
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Week in and week out we've seen Conor talk on Skype (or whatever non-branded Skype clone Showtime has created) with movie star Tommy Wheeler. And week in and week out, we've wondered- is there a point to this?

Will Conor and Wheeler's friendship (a friendship that, like many between a grown man and a fourteen year-old boy, causes an unintentional full-body shiver every time it's mentioned) actually lead to a plot point or something of any real significance?

Well, with "Walk This Way," Tommy Wheeler's head appearing on a laptop finally means something. Ray overhears his voice blaring out o...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Moguls, Molestation And Mickey Donovan: The Movie

8/18/2014 9:34am EDT
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It's no secret that a great gulf exists in "Ray Donovan." On one side you have the stuff that, frankly, is dullsville- some generic crime elements here, some waaaaaah, Ray's not a particularly capable father/husband/business partner there.

And on the other side are the talking dolphins, porn kidnapping schemes, and nearly every morsel of dialogue coming out of Jon Voight's mouth (here's a fun quote from last night: "Well, they say write about what you know. I know about two things: robbing banks and f@#king black chicks").

Normally, that gulf tends to favor the doldrums, even if it alwa...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Ray Weaves A Tangled Web... But Why?

8/11/2014 9:17am EDT
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Sometimes, in watching "Ray Donovan," a peculiar feeling sets in. A glaze.

It's a sense of "I understand, more or less, why these people are committing various deeds, but is it all leading somewhere?"

And in "Irish Spring," the fifth episode of "Ray Donovan's" second season, the answer to that great glazed question is: we have no idea. This season's main event- that of Single Female Journalist vs FBI Chief Ed Cochran in a battle to uncover/re-cover the truth, respectively, has basically been wrapped up in the course of five episodes.

Five episodes of death threats and shootings and the...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: Fear Of A Fat Man Falling

8/4/2014 10:56am EDT
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Before we get to anything else about the charmingly named "S U C K," let's take a moment to celebrate. Grab a drink, grab a loved one, and let's toast to the mystical talking dolphin that continues to be a bigger influence on Mickey Donovan than any of his friends or family.

However, just because "Ray Donovan" made our lives worth living by re-introducing Ghost Dolphin doesn't mean it gets to slack off on crafting a tense and uniquely exciting hour of TV. Because for the most part, "S U C K" was not tense or uniquely exciting.

Just the stuff with Tiny, really (and the dolphin- duh).


'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornography

7/28/2014 8:32am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornograp
There is an established pecking order on "Ray Donovan." Family-based dramaticisms come first; then, Mickey and his kooky shenanigans; then, time permitting, Ray patching up the careers of various Hollywood types.

"Gem and Loan" does away with this entirely. That's a wonderful thing, because "Gem and Loan" is easily the strongest episode so far this season.

Here, the family schtick and the celebrity cover-up schtick are lumped into the same category. Bridget is a bright student, so much so that she's eligible for a powerfully ritzy private school. Unfortunately for her, it's also the priva...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger Cover Band

7/21/2014 9:38am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger C
Last week on "Ray Donovan," we learned everything there is to know about what already happened on last season of "Ray Donovan." This week, we're in for a treat- a fairly substantial nudge into this brave new world called Season Two.

And like last week foretold, Season Two is heading in more or less the same direction as Season One. But at least now we know what the differentiating factors are going to be.

There's still going to be a family-sized portion of Ray/Mickey daddy drama, but now the drama has a new twist! Parole! Which has already given us a new location in Mickey's brand new th...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Like Season One, But With More Talking Dolphins

7/14/2014 10:30am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Like Season One, But With
Hey, did you know you can show gratuitous sex and naked people on Showtime? Showtime does. And that's why last night's season premiere of "Ray Donovan," entitled "Yo Soy Capitan," opened with the series' two leads (that would be Ray Donovan and his dad, Mickey), in various stages of doin' it.

Also, both Ray, played by Liev Schrieber, and Mickey, played by Jon Voight, start off the premiere with their own individual dream sequences. And as is completely typical of "Ray Donovan," Ray gets the less interesting, slightly generic one, while Mickey gets the one that is completely nutso and thus ...

‘Ray Donovan’ Star Eddie Marsan Talks About What Happened In Season 1 And Hopes For Season 2

6/12/2014 12:05pm EDT
‘Ray Donovan’ Star Eddie Marsan Talks About What Happened In Sea
Showtime's Ray Donovan broke ratings records when it aired last year; now the titular South Boston fixer and his dysfunctional family are headed to Blu-Ray and DVD. We recently spoke with one of the series' stars, prolific English actor Eddie Marsan (who plays Ray's brother Terry) about the tumultuous first season and what he's hoping happens when season two starts next month.

"I've never done an American TV show before," he reflected. "As soon as I did the pilot, I was told the history of the family and the way it was all going to be revealed. It was fascinating, because [the cast] did a ...

'Ray Donovan' Season 1 Finale: The Beginning Of Redemption

9/24/2013 1:09pm EDT
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An altogether fine and satisfying season 1 finale of Ray Donovan last night, wrapping up lots of loose ends in this strange, twisted, compellingly human yarn.

Ray finally confronts Mickey about what we guessed before and knew for a fact last week:  Ray was molested by Fr. O'Connor, and his rage at Mickey derived from Mickey's beating Ray when Ray the 10-year old told Mickey, and received a beating in response.  That plus Mickey doing nothing when O'Connor did the same to Bunch.   That sort of anger could not be assuaged even when Mickey spent years in prison.  It all made sense.

But neith...

'Ray Donovan' Season 1 Episode 10: Poetry And Death

9/11/2013 9:50am EDT
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Ray Donovan has definitely hit its stride in the past few episodes, putting up easily the best episode so far with 1.10 this past Sunday.

The theme is the coming to a head of Ray's hiring of Sully to kill Ray's father Mickey.  Although the logic of television went against the removal of Jon Voight and his inspired performance as Mickey, the build-up to how Sully was a gunshot away from killing Mickey, and how Mickey managed to dodge that, was both harrowing and brilliant.

It was also poetic.  Roseanna Arquette's Linda was spooked in the previous episode, when the ever wanting to be helpfu...

'Ray Donovan' 1.7 and Whitey Bulger

8/13/2013 8:52pm EDT
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Just as Showtime's Ray Donovan is really picking up steam, the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston comes to a head with a verdict.   Showtime must be delighted with the coincidence - it almost makes up for the Showtime (Viacom-CBS) dispute with Time Warner which has deprived New York City viewers of Ray Donovan, Dexter, and much more.  On that issue, I say a pox on both your houses - Viacom and Time Warner, you both are worth billions, give the viewers a break, one or both of you accept a little less, and get on with it.  (See my comments on this in The Christian Science Monitor.)  But I digress-...