Weekend To-Do List: Unsolved Mysteries Edition

161441__bleakhouse_l-If you move the Miss America Pageant from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, from September to January, and from network TV to basic cable, and you hire as an emcee a guy best known for playing a plumber, is it still the Miss America Pageant? James Denton hosts. (CMT, Saturday, 8 p.m.)

-Did Dennis Miller become more earnest and less funny when he became conservative, or is that just liberal sour grapes talking? See for yourself on Smirky McSmirkster’s new HBO stand-up special, Dennis Miller: All In (Saturday, 10 p.m.)

-Is Gillian Anderson (left) really a time-traveler from the 19th century? After her triumph a few years ago in The House of Mirth, Scully travels back even further to star in Dickens’ Bleak House, in which she looks eerily perfect for the role of Lady Dedlock, a porcelain-skinned woman of mystery. (PBS, Sunday, 9 p.m.)

-What’s in the 15 minutes Terrence Malick cut from The New World between its Oscar-qualifying run last month and its nationwide release today? Is his epic tale of Pocahontas and John Smith substantially different? Is it better? The reclusive director is remaining characteristically silent about the changes, but EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum prefers the newer, leaner version.

-Nirvana aside, was the Seattle scene of 15-20 years ago really all that and a bag of coffee beans? EW’s David Browne says it was, at least as documented on the anthology CD Sleepless in Seattle: The Birth of Grunge.

-Speaking of Nirvana, what was it like to be Kurt Cobain’s mother-in-law, not to mention Courtney Love’s mom and novelist Paula Fox’s daughter? Find out by reading Linda Carroll’s memoir Her Mother’s Daughter.

-The best thing about the new Black Eyed Peas video for ”Like That” is its cool guest stars, but does appearing in a Black Eyed Peas video rob them of their cool? Watch it here.

-Lots of questions about the fine but confusing political thriller The Constant Gardener, now out on DVD: How did Rachel Weisz parlay a performance in which her character is killed in the movie’s first few minutes into a Golden Globe trophy? And who, exactly, did her in? And when Ralph Fiennes finally puts it all together, why does he just sit there and… well, you should just see it and figure it out for yourself.


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  • mike

    Dennis Miller hasn’t been the same since he tried to keep his HBO weekly show during the off-season of Monday Night Football. He was working continuosly for two and half years and since he was dropped from both he seems burned-out and bitter. I used to be a huge fan. His recent stint as host on the critics choice awards was painful to watch.

  • Ned

    Dennis Miller was never particularly liberal, some of his Clinton material is classic. Nor was he a conservative, he was mostly down the middle and took a common sense approach to his topical comedy. But now, he’s still not conservative in his beliefs, but he shills for the Bush administration like he’s on their payroll. If I wanted to hear that, I’d listen to Rush Limbaugh, and I would rather listen to bullhorns blaring for hours on end than listen to Limbaugh, so there you go.

  • Joe

    Hwy, Thanks in advance for the spoiler warning about Rachel’s character being killed off early in the movie Constant Gardener. Cos everyone’s probably already seen it anyway since it was such a huge hit at the box office.

  • Joe

    Thanks in advance for the spoiler warning about Rachel’s character being killed off early in the movie Constant Gardener. Cos everyone’s probably already seen it anyway since it was such a huge hit at the box office.

  • Miles

    i’m glad Gillian Anderson is playing classic role again. Her performance is The House of Mirth was one of the most over looked in the last ten years. She was not only deserving of an oscar nomination, but she should have won hands down.

  • Web

    Hey Joe — Relax a little. I’m not a big fan of stuff getting spoiled, either. But I’ve seen “The Constant Gardener” (and I’d vote for it for Best Picture, even), and considering Rachel’s character gets killed at the very beginning of the film, I don’t think anything really got spoiled. Her death is what spurs the entire plot. Although, intriguingly, it’s not the chronological beginning of the story; the film is told via a complex weave of flashbacks and more traditional forward-moving narrative.

  • Ed

    Folks, the death of Tessa (Weisz) is literally the first scene in the movie — not a spoiler.

  • dma

    Do people STILL watch the Miss America pageant? This needs to be put out to pasture.

  • L

    Anyone who watched the preview for Constant Gardener knew that her character dies. Move on.

  • Nic

    I quite like that Black Eyed Peas video, reminds me of the BEP of yore. I forgot that they used to be kind of cool.

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