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-Wednesday, April 3, 2013 The Montmorency County Trib0ne 1:5 New DVDs reviewed in this column will be released April 15, 2013 COUCH TH EATEF PREVIEWS PICKS OF THE WEEK "Django Unchained" fR) - Quentin Tarentino serves up another pithy revenge story, this time setting the carnage in the pre-war South. Django (Jamie Foxx) i's a slave who lost his wife to an especially cruel master (Leonardo DiCaprio.) Fate gives him another shot when he is bought, freed and then hired by a German-bom bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Together, they go from plantation to plantation, hunting fugitives and tracking down Django's lost love. While the bullets and witty rejoinders fly, "Django" keeps you involved despite its one- sidedness. Without the sense of real conflict, the story doesn't rise above revenge fantasy. It's not Tarentino's finest, probably not even top five, but undeniably fun. Viewers sensitive to shoot- outs and coarse language won't last five min- utes. This is DiCaprio's first time playing the villain, and he delivers. "Save the Date" (R) --Sarah (Lizzy Caplan), a sardonic, 30-ish bookstore manager, receives an unwelcome and comedically misfired pro- posal from her boyfriend. Embarrassed, she dumps him and moves on ... perhaps a little too fast. Sarah's sister Beth ("Mad Men's" Alison Brie) isoblivious to this mess as she is wrapped up in planning her own wedding. As the sisters realize their lives and relationships are all screwy, they run home to Mom and Dad for reassurance, only to find that their folks are just as lost. This is not a love- dovey romantic comedy, nor is it a thought-provoking indie-flick. "Save the Date" is in the weird in-between space, where the story is neither insightful nor comforting, just sort of there. Caplan and'Brie are positively sublime, but without a script to support them, their full abilities are left out of this film. "Spies of Warsaw" - Poland must have been a pretty tense place in 1937, with the Germans gearing up for an invasion and little that could be done to stop it. Too bad this British TV mini- series is pretty tame-- given the circumstances. Adapted from a novel byAmerican author David Furst, the high-budget production brings the historical fiction to lee. David Tennant (who made a fine Doctor on the sci-fi series "Doctor Who") plays French military officer Jean- Francois Mercier, a smooth operator who can convince well-to-do ladies to forget themselves for a bit. Jam& Foxx in "Django Unchained" "Future Weather" (R)- This environmentally conSciousindie-movie followsLauduree, aMid- westemteenwhose mother gave her only aweird name. When Lauduree's mother runs to LA to become a makeup artist, the teenage girl is left with her rather frigid grandma. Lauduree's is- sues are explored through her interest in the science of global climate change. Her fears for the future and concems about human responsi- bilities are discussed within the context of sci- ence. The environmental messages are overt, but the eal story is how they are used to explore the character. Diane Ladd, couldn't save the show. Q: Please tell me that TBS will con tinue to produce new episodes "Cougar Town" after this season. - DaRa by cindy elavsky w., Birmingham, Ala. One of my favorite character ac A : I am happy to report that TBS has tors is Michael O'Neill. Iespecially / ]krenewed Cougar Town" fora13- enjoyed him as Special Agent Butterfield episode fifth season. The new season - in "The West Wing," and as distraught widower Gary Clark in"Grey's Anatomy." What is he up to now? - Patrick G. in Con- necticut AjS Michael co-stars in the new undance Channel original drama called "Rectify," a six-episode series that begins April 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. He plays Sen. Roland Foulkes, who rose to great political heights on the heels of what turns out to be the wrongful prosecution and imprisonment of Daniel Holden for rape and murder, for which he is exonerated after serving 19 years on death row. When I spoke with Michael recently, he told me about his new role: "On the one hand, it's so delicious to play a guy who's Machiavellian, and you want to make him more evil, more manipulative. You just want to go down that rabbit hole. "But I don't think that's true (to his char- acter). I think he feels like he's been a public servant. He answers to the people. He felt the pulse of the town and what they wanted. Theywanted a retribution for the act, so he went about making sure that they were satisfied. And it didn't hurt -- clearly my character's a political animal. There's a certain hunger in him to be the top dog. At the end of the day, there's a certain self-serving that takes over." O: I love actress Laura Dem and her HBO series "Enlightened." Will it be [) ck for another season? -1erry U., via e-mail ad: HBO recently announced the "very ifficult decision" of deciding to cancel the struggling comedy series after two seasons. "Enlightened," which was created by Laura and co -star Mike White, was critically acclaimed but struggled with ratings. Even a Laura's Golden Globe win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as co-stars like Luke Wilson and which will continue to star Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins and Brian Van Holt, is expected to launch in 201& Michael O'Neill Q: Can you tell me if "Fairly Legal" will ever come back? - Elainel., via e-mail A The USA Network decided to ancel the lawyer senes after two seasons. Series star Sarah Shahi has since co-starred on "Chicago Fire" and had a guest appearance in February (which could turn into a recurring role) on" Person of Interest." Michael Trucco recently completed an explosive recur- ring role on "Revenge," and was cast to star alongside former "Battlestar Gallactica" co-star Tricia Helfer in her newABC pilot, "Killer Women." Write to Cindy at King Features Weelc Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at Ietters@cindyelavsky.com. 1. Who wrote and first released "All Along the Watch- tower"? 2. What was the title of Del Shannon's only No. I hit? What year was it? 3. Who sang the 1959 version of "Lonely Boy"? 4. Who released the worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" in 1982? 5. Name the song containing this lyric: "They ate up all my food. And I don't stand to search. Don't tell me it was a woman Cause a woman don't eat that much." Answers 1. Bob Dylan, in 1967 on his "John Wesley Harding" album. Those who've studied the lyrics think the story comes from the Bible, Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9. Six months later, Jimi Hendrix came out with his own version. 2. "Runaway," in 196!. After his death in 1990, The Traveling Wilburys recorded a version of "Runaway" to honor Shannon. 3. Paul Anka. He'd recorded his first single, "1 Confess," at age 14. 4. Toni Basil (born Antonia Basilotta in Philadelphia). The former high-school cheerleader has had a long career as a film director, choreographer and dancer, actress, singer- songwriter and filmmaker. 5. "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed" by funk-soul group 100 Proof (Aged in Soul). The song was a Grammy runner-up in 1971. 1. The Croods (PG) animated 2. Olympus Has Fallen (R) Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart 3. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) James Franco, Michelle Williams 4. The Call (R) Halle Berry, Evie Thompson 5. Admission (PG-13) Tina Fey, Paul Rudd 6. Spring Breakers (R) Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez 7. The Incredible Burt Wmderstone (PG- 13) Steve Carell, Luke Van k 8. Jack the Giant Slayer (IG-13) Nicholas Houit, Stanley Tucci 9. Identity Thief (R)Jason B teman, Melissa McCarthy 10. Snitch (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon "The Chronicles of Down- town Abbey: A New Era" By ]essica Fellowes & Matthew Strugis Reviewed by Larry Cox "Upstairs, Downstairs" was a British Recommended television series set in a London Reading townhouse in Belgravia during the earlyyears of the past century. The 68 behind-the-scenes glimpses of episodes depicted the lives of the ser- thedramaandotheraspectsthat rants, who lived downstairs in the make the program so popular. house, and the wealthy Bellamy faro- It is the authenticity to detail fly, who occfipied the upper floors, that makes this series so intrigu- The series covered the period from ing. There simply is not a single about 1903 until the beginning of the misstep as far as costuming and Great Depression of the 1930s, and it set designs are concerned. Even was must-viewing both in the U.K. themusicoccasionallyplayedon and America during the early 1970s. the family's old gramophone is Forty years later, a British TV series genuine. reminiscent of "Upstairs, Down- This gorgeous book is filled stairs" has become one ofthehottest with images in full color and programs on PBS. "Downton Abbey" otherpieces ofmemorabillathat also follows the day-to-day lives of place both the estate and its pe- servants and an aristocratic family in riod of history in context. Short elaborate detail. There are differ- chapters focus on each of the ences, of course. Instead of being set characters, examining their mo- in London, the story unfolds inthe tivations, actions and inspira- Yorkshire estate of Downton Abbey tions to provide new depth for and follows a slightly later time, start- viewers. ingin1912inthepost-Edwardianera. An evocative combination of A new book documents the first history, storyandcharacters, this three seasons of the series with hun- guide brings fans even closer to dreds of photographs, closer looks at Downton Abbey and the people many of the colorful characters and who inhabit the grand estate.