Denis Leary

Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in DRAFT DAY

It’s NFL draft time, and the Cleveland Browns’ general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) is in a tight spot. The pressure is on from the public, the team’s owner (Frank Langella), the coach (Denis Leary) and the rest of the organization to build the best team possible. He manages the unthinkable early on and gets his team the first pick, but it was a panicked move that actually does more harm than good. Now he’s on the clock and running out of time — it’s the ninth inning, he’s in the end zone, and there’s blood on the ice —  oh, and his girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) just told him that she’s pregnant. This is the kind of crazy day that can only fully be captured with split screens. Lots and lots of split screens. Thankfully director Ivan Reitman is happy to oblige. It’s almost as if he just discovered the technology or is trying to win a contest. Draft Day is a poor man’s Moneyball in the sense that the screenwriters probably watched Moneyball at some point and thought to themselves “what if a rogue personality went against the grain to build their, wait for it, football team?” In addition to changing sports though they also swapped statistics and logic for gut instinct and contrivance, replaced character depth with daddy issues and removed any semblance of dramatic suspense by setting the story entirely on one day and off the field.

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Denis Leary in The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man can get ridiculous. By its very nature, there’s an inherent silliness to Marc Webb‘s reboot of the iconic character. There’s a giant talking lizard wearing a lab coat, and in terms of comic books movies, you can’t get much more cartoony than that. What stops The Amazing Spider-Man from playing as an all out cartoon is both the emotional grounding from Webb’s part and the comedic touches made with Captain Stacy, played by Denis Leary. Without ever making an obnoxious ironic smirk about that kid in unitard, Webb utilizes Leary as a way to pull the film back down to earth. In the 1990s, we saw Denis Leary in his fair share of commercial movies, and, as even he would admit to and poke fun at, not many of them were particularly good. As of late, while Leary’s schedule was packed with his Rescue Me duties, we saw a real lack of him appearing on the big screen. What does it take to get Leary in your movie now? The possibility of a good time is certainly a part of it. Denis Leary, who seemed to be enjoying himself during The Amazing Spider-Man‘s press day, sat down with us to discuss firing shotguns, when making a movie doesn’t “suck,” and the importance of knowing structure:

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The summer of 2012 will go down as one of the biggest movie-going seasons for comic-book superheroes, and it’s a feat that probably won’t be repeated anytime soon. Joss Whedon’s fantastically entertaining The Avengers opens tomorrow and Christopher Nolan closes out his epic Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises this July, but nestled in between those two guaranteed blockbusters is a web-slinging wildcard. Director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is fighting an uphill battle as it reboots Sam Raimi’s beloved trilogy that’s less than a decade old. It’s an origin story, of course, but Webb and friends insist that doesn’t mean we know the whole story… Check out the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man below.

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As we all know, our streets are riddled with crime. You can’t even go down a dark alleyway without getting mugged or attacked by a roving troop of Improv Everywhere participants. What we don’t all know is whether or not we can trust the red-masked menace who calls himself Spider-Man to be a force for good. Is he really fighting crime or is he committing it? Either way, he’s inspiring local street artists to tag for him – leaving giant spray paint spiders on concrete walls all over the city – and inspiring Captain George Stacy to set up a hotline where citizens can call and report sightings in an attempt to bring in the man for questioning. According to The Daily Bugle, the number to call is 1-877-651-8503, and the police have even set up a website for Spider-Man tips. Check out the interview with Stacy as he explains why Spider-Man is dangerous and suggests the news team over at The Daily Bugle spend some time with a dictionary.

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The new trailer for Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot has just hit the web… and it doesn’t look bad at all! The film stars Andrew Garfield as the titular and angst-filled hero and Emma Stone as the love interest alongside Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, C. Thomas Howell and Campbell Scott (and yes, probably Stan Lee). It claims to tell the “untold story” but appears to be an origin tale, so who knows what Webb and friends have up their sleeve. (Beside the web shooter I mean.) Check out the new trailer below.

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In 2004, Rescue Me premiered to an audience that just three years earlier has suffered one of the biggest tragedies of its lifetime. Since then, the show has gone on to be critically praised for its very real portrayal of life for those closest to (and sometimes far from) the tragedy of 9/11. From its dealings with PTSD in firefighters, the loss of relatives (both in blood and in spirit), and general themes about family, Rescue Me has never pulled any punches in the way it delivers its drama, and it all finally come to an end in the series finale.

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No one can deny that in the last ten years there has been a revolution in the world of basic cable television. The programs that air now are generations ahead of what the landscape used to be. And this summer we will see the end to one of the programs that ushered in that change, Rescue Me. Yes, sadly the boys of Ladder 62 will be hopping into the rig for the final time come the end of the season, but from what this reviewer has seen so far (seven of the nine episodes), the show has no plans in riding of quietly into the sunset.

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As 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb gets closer to putting Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) into Spidey’s spandex, casting of the smaller roles continues. We’ve already got the principles for Sony’s next Spider-Man reboot: Garfield as Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May. Now we get to add Denis Leary as George Stacy, the father of Gwen.

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It’s been two months since a saw blade fell on Damien’s head while the crew was trying to save Lou from a pile of coffins. And by the start of the opening credits his fate will be known. But that’s not enough for the all mighty Tommy Gavin as he is now juggling two family lives, trying to be a father, husband and a confidant to Shelia. Mike and Sean finally get the memorial they have been fighting for, for Pat Maoney. And Lou receives a final warning from his doctor, but remember it’s Lou, so don’t take anything he says to be truthful… At least not yet.

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Picking up right where last week left off, Mickey has shown up at the Gavin home after walking in on Tommy and Shelia. It isn’t long before Janet finds out and now Tommy must convince her that it’s over between him and Shelia. At the same time, Damien begins to seriously consider leaving the FDNY for good after a heart-to-heart with Mickey. To the point that he puts his papers in with Feinberg. Lou also gets some very depressing news about his health and his future as a fire fighter. And when the crew gets a call tonight, one of them won’t be making it back for the nightly ball busting session.

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It’s a new day for 62 truck. Thanks to Needles political know how (and some video trickery) the fire house has been reopened. Tommy and Janet make a final decision regarding the future of their relationship. The fate of Sean and Mike’s cancer ridden friend Pat Mahoney is revealed. Damien and Penny decide to take their relationship to the next level. Major developments: The fire house is re-opened. Damien hits a homer with Penny. Tommy and Janet begin a new. Tommy and Shelia end everything (supposedly). Pat Mahoney dies.

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Things take a turn for the worse for 62 Truck when the fire house is closed by the city. But that isn’t going to stop the FDNY boys from proving their worth to everyone. Tommy and Janet try to patch things up after learning the results of Tommy’s “unusual” methods on Colleen. Damien begins to question his loyalty to the job. Major developments: Colleen has been cured of her alcoholism. The fire house has been shut down.

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Upon arriving to a car crash, 62 truck comes upon the horrendous dead body of a young girl killed by a drunk driver. But this is no ordinary girl. This girl hits Tommy harder than any call ever before. Now Tommy will take it upon himself to cure Colleen before she meets the same fate. Animosity will also rise between Franco and Black Shawn, which will lead to a brutal end. Major developments: Actually, this episode is all set up. There are no major developments to speak of since we don’t know the outcomes of any of the actions taken yet. What worked: Two words, Holy Shit! That’s all I could think of when this episode was over. I mean, an alcohol baptism? How does someone in a writers room come up with something like that. It’s out there, even by Rescue Me standards. But that’s what made it so awesome. The execution of that scene was raw and emotional. Thank god that they didn’t give any humor (except The Godfather bit, but I’ll let that slide) to that scene at all. It was eerily perfect.

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After a night of pure binging, Tommy wakes up with zero recollection of what occurred the night before. But that is the least of his worries, because upon his waking, he learns that Colleen has disappeared after spending the night with him. Now it’s a race against the clock for 62 truck to find Colleen before the worst comes to fruition. On top of that, it turns out there is much more to Mickey and Teddy’s master plan for Tommy than anyone expected.

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After his heart attack, Lou is laid up in the hospital. Upon learning of this, The West Side Wild Men push up the date of their cook out. Now the crew has no choice but to bust Lou out of the hospital before all is lost. A man from Sean’s past attempts to break out of the hospital with the rest of the crew. Tommy tries to find guidance from Father Phil, in an attempt to save his marriage. Damien begins dating Penny from West Side, but the crew just isn’t going to stand for that. There may be more to Franco’s and Janet’s relationship than previously indicated. And the biggest question of all is answered… Who could pass for a doctor more, a black man or a Puerto Rican?

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Rescue Me

It’s his first day back on the job and Tommy is already starting to feel the stress. Not to mention that this is going to be the most eventful shift in the history of 62 Truck. Sean and Mike also try and find a way to give back to the community. Lou realizes that there is much more wrong with him than his gut, and it won’t end well for him.

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Rescue Me: Change

Episode: ‘Change’ (Season 6, Episode 2) Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm Episode synopsis: Tommy comes to terms with his dream and tries to do right by the people he has wronged. Major developments: Tommy finally admits to Lou the truth about what he saw when he died, unfortunately he also admits it inadvertently to the rest of the crew. But, no one is surprised by what he saw. Tommy also makes an attempt to tell Janet his true feelings for her, this too blows up in his face.

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Rescue Me: Legacy

Rescue Me returns for its sixth season finale as Tommy tries to come to grips with what he saw on “the other side,” while budget cuts threaten the fate of 62 truck.

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Denis Leary and Peter Tolan

It’s amazing after seven years (if you count the minisodes season due to the writers strike) that FX’s firefighter drama Rescue Me is still going strong. I had a chance to sit down with series co-creator/writer Peter Tolan and star Callie Thorne to talk about the upcoming season.

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Rescue Me: Season Six

Whether it be fear, loss or redemption, every season of Rescue Me has an underlying theme. Based on the first four episodes, I can say without a doubt that the theme of season six is going to be faith. The four episodes also tell me that this season, is going to be as good, if not better than ever. The writers are giving it all in these last two seasons and their push for excellence shows as bright as the muzzle flash from Teddy’s gun.

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