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Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky's contemplative, metaphysical films, more experienced than watched, are perhaps best described in the director's own words: sculptures in time.

In the post-apocalypse, a writer and scientist hire a "stalker" to guide them into The Zone, a mysterious and restricted wasteland with fabled, alien properties. Their journey, captured by Tarkovsky as a succession of incredible images, has, since, been read as political commentary, religious allegory, and Chernobyl prophesized.

Tarkovsky's visionary biography of the 15th-century icon painter is one of cinema's most majestic and solemn experiences. In some way, it will change you.

An adaptation of Stanis?aw Lem's novel of the same name, Tarkovsky's genre-less sci-fi film, which is set mostly aboard a space station hovering off a strange planet, tangles with issues of identity, death and reality in a way that will leave you agape, in the full meaning.

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Jimmy Kimmel Seeks Ballroom-Dancing Tranvestite!

By AmyLawrence

April 30th, 2003

Casting calls and news items in the film and TV community come in each day here to FilmJerk.com. Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today's call includes notices on "The West Wing," "The Wire, "The Dead Zone" and more!


The Bold and the Beautiful: Twin toddlers and a 5-year-old boy are the newest members of this cast.

Carnivale: Episode 108 has an evil carnival barker stealing away Lobster Boy. Brother Justin is locked up in a mental ward. I am still looking forward to this one. A lot.

Dead Like Me: George (Ellen Muth) has her first affair in the afterlife with a living schizophrenic whose disease allows him to see her. Remember, this is Showtime, there will be afterlife sex!

The Dead Zone: Johnny sees a storm but the locals don’t believe him. Beautiful Toni the meteorologist eventually sees the light-ning.

House Rules: A new show on TBS will have married couples remodeling a house over three months. At the end, America will choose which couple did the best job and they will win their home.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jimmy is seeking a ballroom dancing transvestite! And, beautiful girls with special talents like sword swallowing and baton twirling!

Lab Rats: Sci Fi Channel continues to court lawsuits with this new show where contestants participate in outrageous science experiments and product tests.

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: An epileptic woman is passing off her illness as clairvoyance and a wealthy woman is so convinced that she wants to gain that power at any cost. Santeria is invoked. I thought this show was classy?

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: In the episode “Tragedy,” David is living the dream, engaged to his rich boss’s daughter. But when his pregnant girlfriend appears, and then disappears, who disappeared her?

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man sees Monk investigating the death of the world’s oldest man.

One Life to Live: Wesley is Asa’s new proper British butler (Paul!) and Nigel is not happy about having a butler rival.

Peacemakers: USA is filming this detective show set in 1882. Star Katie is a reporter who works with Marshal Jared Stone and some Pinkerton detectives. Pinkerton is really fun to say.

Reno 911: Comedy Central is spoofing Cops with this improv sketch comedy show.

She Spies: Still filming and adding a new character. Mr. Cross is a James Bond type pulled from the field. He loves his girls, but is always one step ahead of them. And his name is...Charlie.

Strong Medicine: In episode 404 of this Lifetime show, a chef finds out she has leprosy, which ruins her career. I applaud this storyline for at least being original. I mean, when was the last time you heard about lepers!

The West Wing: Episode 22 will bring Judge Sharon Day, an African-American Judge and the Treasury Secretary. Another episode will show young Zoey at 4.

The Wire: Brother Mouzon is an educated black Muslim, never far from his holy books. He never uses street slang, even when he’s killing people. Brother’s a hitman.