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Wentworth Miller comes out, declines invitation to Russian film fest

Wentworth Miller, best known for his role on Prison Break, came out as a gay man in an open letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. The fest invited him to attend, and although Miller cited ties to Russia and pleasant visits to the country in the past, he said no.

“As a gay man, I must decline,” Miller wrote in his letter. “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

He signed the letter by asserting his membership in GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and The ManKind Project. GLAAD reps supported Miller’s stance with their own statement:
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'Prison Break' alum Wentworth Miller's screenplay in development. It's a good week for brainy hotties.

wentworth-millerImage Credit: Chen He/ChinaFotoPress/Getty ImagesComing off the heels of James Franco’s turn as an artist, Wentworth Miller’s passion project Stoker has caught the eye of Fox Searchlight. Carey Mulligan is reportedly attached to the project, and Jodie Foster is in talks. (Mulligan’s rep didn’t respond to EW’s request for confirmation.)

Little known fact — for those of you who haven’t cyberstalked the actor since his Prison Break days — this is a project Miller has been chatting about for a while. Back in 2008, the Princeton grad spoke about the project in an interview, saying, “It’s kind of love story with a Hitchcock twist. …It’s not about vampires at least with the teeth and the desire to suck your blood, but it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent.”

Great news, I say! Not only because the story seems well thought out, but also because I love seeing bankable faces take a step behind the scenes — even if it means we get less of them. When an actor feels like they have something greater to contribute to the creative process (be it writing, directing, or otherwise), it shows substance, which is really one of the most attractive things of all. Agree?

Favorite flashback episode poll: Vote now!

flashbacks_320.jpg Image Credit: Mario Perez/ABC; Greg Gayne/Fox; NBCWhen we asked readers to name TV’s best flashback episode, we got more than 1,000 responses. After the jump, you’ll find a poll representing 45 of the most popular and/or passionately-pitched picks. Declare your favorite. Then visit our gallery of 25 Flashback Episodes You Love for a trip down memory lane. READ FULL STORY

Most pirated shows of 2009: Someone's still watching 'Heroes'

Torrentfreak has issued its annual list of the year’s most pirated TV shows, and, once again, it’s topped by Heroes (6.6 million downloads for a single episode). The Top 10:

1. Heroes
2. Lost
3. Prison Break
4. Dexter
5. House
6. 24
7. Desperate Housewives
8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
9. Grey’s Anatomy
10. True Blood

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Quote of the Day: Teen divas edition

“We got along, we got along, we got along until you did that/ Now all I want is just my stuff back/ Do you get that?/ Let me repeat that/ I want my stuff back.” –Aly & AJ, “Potential Breakup Song”

The five broadcast TV shows you're most 'emotionally attached to'

Brothersandsisters_lLast week, Media Life Magazine reported on a new study from Marketing Evaluations, The Q Scores Company, which measured and ranked viewers’ emotional attachment to broadcast TV shows during the ’07-’08 season. ("Emotional attachment" was defined as how committed you are to continuing to watch a show.) This list of the 20 series that garnered the greatest devotion (I’ve included it after the jump) definitely got EW’s TV department talking.

And that conversation got me thinking: Let’s do our own informal poll for the ’08-’09 season: Name the five broadcast TV shows you are most committed to watching this fall. (I know we all love our cable, so this may hurt a little.)

My list: 

1. Fox’s Bones (for those of you wondering where the PopWatch love has been, Abby West will be bringing it back starting this week)

2. ABC’s Brothers & Sisters (I would happily marry into the Walker clan, if only for the wine; pictured, David Annable and Emily VanCamp) (Also: Slezak is recapping later today in PopWatch, fear not)

3. ABC’s Desperate Housewives (for as long as Gale Harold is on, anyway; bonus pic of him with Teri Hatcher, after the jump!)

4. The CW’s Privileged (it’s like an ABC Family Channel original movie, only well-written!)

5. I was gonna say CBS’ Ghost Whisperer — I’ve got to see where they’re headed with David Conrad’s character — but really, it’s ABC’s Boston Legal. They know it’s their last season, which should give them plenty of time to plot an appropriately insane, verbose, and (above all) affectionate exit for Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader). In the season premiere, Alan took on Big Tobacco and Denny thought his penis had Alzheimer’s — very promising.

Your turn.

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Has 'Prison Break' gotten better?

Prisonbreak403_shutdown_lI had some major doubts about Prison Break after last season’s finale. Mahone in cahoots with James and Gretchen? Linc yukking it up down south with Sofia? Sucre in Sona? Michael (Wentworth Miller, pictued) driving off into the horizon with a yen for revenge? And for Pete’s sake, why Panama? It made me hot just to watch.

Then I was floored by the quality of last week’s premiere. Maybe it was Sarah Wayne Callies’ return (which felt a lot more natural than I’d anticipated) or Whistler’s head exploding. Or the excellent addition of Michael Rapaport as the lawman who assembled our guys to take down the Company. Everything simply worked. Now Prison Break is less of a heart-pounding escape drama than a highly-involved caper series. And that’s what good shows do: They change.

So I actually felt warm-and-fuzzy when I sat down to enjoy yesterday’s episode, knowing I’d get something good. My heart ached a little after Michael told Sarah not to worry, that they’d sail away together soon. And I’m still moved by the reconciliation between Linc and Alex. But what I want to know is whether or not you’re with me or if I’m alone: Is Prison Break on the mend? Is it soaring to new heights? Or am I just a fool with an unrequited crush on a very tired show?

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'Prison Break' recap: series finale

Prisonbreak313_lAnd then we came to an end. Or a season finale at least. So let’s be honest — who isn’t a little bit relieved? I for one, as a fan of Prison Break, began to see Monday nights as a burden. I watched out of loyalty to the show and duty to the job if nothing else. And maybe a mild crush on Chris Vance. But the last few weeks, let’s admit, have been right twaddle and though I don’t share in the belief that Fox should put us out of our misery and cancel the show, I do propose the following: Give us a few more episodes this summer to take Mike and Linc to a proper end.  And make them good. And I mean very good. Just keep Michael in Linc’s brown blazer. It’s smoking. 

That said, let’s recap with a head count:

1. McGrady. As we all figured, minus a little setback on the road,he basically made a clean break. But did he and pops really need tomake a pit stop to party with the family 20 miles before crossing theColombian border? Don’t you think the cops are going to be questioninggranny and the cousins soon?

2. Sucre. What an upstanding guy this one turned out to be: He’swilling to be buried alive rather than sell out Mike and Linc. Luckily— or not — he escaped that fate and now he’s back in Sona wherearchenemy T-Bag (the dude that sold him out) is king.   

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'Prison Break' recap: The chase begins!

Prisonbreak_lThey’re out! Even if the escape itself wasn’t so exciting — and little more than the boys commando-crawling under jeeps — the chase so far has been smashing. Just our luck that when the going gets good, the show goes on hiatus after next week’s winter finale. 

So apparently Michael’s whole "we have only thirty seconds to make it across no man’s land" warning was mumbo-jumbo. He made the whole thing up to trick Lechero, Bellick, and T-Bag into rushing out first, getting nabbed, and creating a diversion so the rest of the crew could make a clean getaway. Cheeky bastard. Luckily it worked, if only because not a single guard thought of looking under his car for the missing prisoners. I just wish the show’s producers had hired less of a ham to play the general hunting them down: every time he heard new information about the escape he’d make this angry, bug-eyed face that looked like he was in the middle of passing some painful gas.

So now we’ve got the group split in two, with Bellick, Lechero, T-Bag and Sucre still at Sona and Michael, Linc, Alex, Whistler, and McGrady on the run. I won’t spend too much time on McGrady: Nothing bad is gonna happen to that sweet boy and his faithful, good-in-a-pinch dad. I doubt they’ll make anything but a clean getaway. On the other hand, back at the prison, Lechero has been shot under the arm and is basically bleeding to death. Bellick is out of for the count, having been beaten practically to death by the prison guards even after giving away the location of Michael’s tunnel. T-bag has just implicated Sucre (who was practically in the clear) in the whole mess. It was a hateful move of course, but the guards were going to fillet his testes if he didn’t give them some info. And Sucre. Poor Sucre, I’d bet ten bucks he’s going to end up in Sona. Leave it to him to steal the identity of a man with a warrant out for his own arrest. 

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'Prison Break' recap: The (not so) Great Escape

Prisonbreak_lHey Fox, it’s not like I’ve memorized the dictionary or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s just plain wrong to advertise an episode as featuring “The Greatest Escape in Television History” and then to not show us a breakout. 

What we got instead was a lot of faffing. With Sammy out of the way, you’d think the preparations inside the prison would be smooth sailing, but now the guys have only 24 hours to re-dig the tunnel that took them three days to excavate the first time. Plus it’s raining. In Michael’s words, “Rain. Dirt. Tunnel. Problem.” Even with the proper support, the extra water weight could make the whole structure collapse. The solution? Move the escape up half a day before the ground gets too heavy. So now they have 12 hours to re-dig the tunnel that took them three… oh you get it.  And to make things worse, now they’ve got to breakout at night. Under any other circumstances this would be a good thing, but in Sona that means double the guards and double the jeep patrols. As Elbert Hubbard wrote, “Life is just one damn thing after another.”

So in place of a heart-pounding, mind-blowing prison break, we got a few A-team montages of the guys hurrying to build tunnel supports. We got some old-school Michael, with his plan to cut off the electricity and use honey and dirt to cover the escape hatch. We got some “heart-to-hearts” between Lechero and T-Bag, Bellick and Mahone, and Michael and Whistler. We got to see Sucre use his little gray cells and sabotage a patrol vehicle. We got to cringe and wiggle when Gretchen put out her henchman’s cigar on Sophia’s shoulder. And we got to cheer for Whistler when he actually came through for once and tore up the paper with the coordinates on it, refusing to give in to the Company. Then again, who knows what was on that paper. Could be “Dear Gretchen, clean me, love, your underwear,” for all we know. 

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