Writers Jeffrey Reiner, David Hudgins, Kerry Ehrin and Rolin Jones
From its giddily debauched opening club scene to its unexpectedly spiritual close, Paolo Sorrentino's frenzied, phantasmagoric “The Great Beauty” provided just as many moments of high-wire cinephilic bliss as “Gravity” (best picture winner in Variety's poll), all while keeping its feet firmly earthbound in the demi-monde of modern Rome. Considering its setting and its glamorously slimy cast of characters, the film couldn't help but draw comparisons to that other story of a fruitless quest for love and happiness, Fellini's “La dolce vita.” Yet rather than co-opting that classic's themes of artistic temperaments led astray, “Beauty” deepened them into subtly devastating social critiques.
Sorrentino's previous Italo film, “Il Divo,” was one of the darkest political satires in recent memory, though it required such a deep knowledge of contempo history that much of its subtext was rendered incomprehensible to outsiders.
In its own way, “Beauty” is an equally political work, yet instead of getting lost in translation, its most profound statements slip quietly into the psyche while one's eyes are distracted by more worldly spectacles — much like the characters themselves. From the film's first minute to the last, it's entirely possible to watch it as a procession of gorgeous images, and it's also possible to look just behind them to the fellaheen ennui described by historian Oswald Spengler that rots away behind every bright light and bedazzled costume.
— Andrew Barker
Harold Ramis got his start in film as the co-writer with Douglas Kenney of 1978's "Animal House." He honed his comedy chops in Chicago's Second City, and was a performer and head writer of "SCTV."
Ramis went on to write and direct "Caddyshack" in 1980. He also co-wrote the sequel.
Ramis appeared as Russell Ziskey in 1981's "Stripes" alongside frequent collaborator Bill Murray.
Ramis directed and made a brief appearance in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation."
The multi-hyphenate played Dr. Egon Spengler in "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II" and wrote both films with Dan Aykroyd.
Ramis directed 1986's "Club Paradise"
Ramis co-wrote, produced and and played Bill Murray's neurologist in "Groundhog Day."
Ramis wrote and directed "Analyze This" and its sequel "Analyze That."
Ramis directed 2005's "The Ice Harvest" starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack.
Ramis played Ben's dad in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" in 2007.
Harold Ramis wrote, directed and acted in 2009's "Year One" with Jack Black.
Meanwhile, nearly the entire cast and crew of the show have gone on to find success off the gridiron. Here's how to catch up with the crew from Dillon.
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NBC's "Parenthood" shares a lot of DNA with FNL, including showrunner Jason Katims and many crossover cameos from "Lights" alum. Katims, at left, debuts his new show, "About a Boy," with Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, David Walton and Al Madrigal. It's based on the Nick Hornby novel and the Hugh Grant movie, premieres Saturday on NBC after the Olympics.
After supporting turns in "Super 8," "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Spectacular Now" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," our beloved Coach Taylor AKA Kyle Chandler will return to TV… sorta. After winning the Emmy for the last season of FNL, Chandler received a ton of pilot offers. He has signed on to star in Netflix's 13-episode psychological thriller from "Damages" creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.
Connie Britton was quick to pick a project after FNL, starring in the inaugural season of Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story." She then segued to playing country music star Rayna Jaymes in ABC's "Nashville." Still trending on Twitter: Connie Britton's hair.
It's been a breakout year for FNL star QB Vince Howard. Michael B. Jordan's string of hits include "Chronicle," "That Awkward Moment" and of course, critical acclaim for his portrayal of Oscar Grant in "Fruitvale Station." He's also set to team with Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell in the reboot of "The Fantastic Four."
Exec producer Peter Berg directed FNL alum Taylor Kitsch for "Battleship," and again to more critical success with "Lone Survivor." In case you've forgotten, Berg also directed the original "Friday Night Lights" movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and appeared as Tami Taylor's ex-boyfriend on the show.
Tim Riggins may not have been much of an achiever, but Taylor Kitsch was probably tabbed to be Most Likely to Succeed among the young stars of FNL. He's had more spectacular misses ("John Carter," "Battleship") than hits ("Lone Survivor," "Savages"), but the future is bright for our favorite bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold. He will next star in Ryan Murphy's HBO production of "The Normal Heart."
Lance, er, Landry has kept busy post-Lights with an arc on awards favorite "Breaking Bad" and revived his role (and his band Crucifictorius) in a buzzed-about crossover webisode of "Parenthood." Plemons' next project is Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic. Although his role hasn't been confirmed, he bears a striking resemblance to Armstrong's teammate Floyd Landis. Plemons is also rumored to be in the running to play a lead in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars" pic.
Zach Gilford went from sweet artist-cum-quarterback Matt Saracen to playing doctors in two TV series since canceled, ABC's "Off the Map" and Fox's "The Mob Doctor." He stars in the horror film "Devil's Due" playing in theaters now and will star in "The Purge: Anarchy" releasing this summer.
Julie Taylor may have moved to Chicago with QB7, but Aimee Teegarden is ensconced in another teenage love story in CW's mid-season show "Star-Crossed," which also stars FNL alum Grey Damon.
Lyla Garrity left Dillon for Vanderbilt before the series ended, but Minka Kelly continued to work with Jason Katims with an arc on "Parenthood" as an Asperger's aide. She also starred in ABC's canceled "Charlie's Angels" reboot and played Jackie Kennedy in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Kelly now stars in Fox's "Almost Human."
Adrianne Palicki made waves post-Lights in 2011, being cast in David E. Kelley's "Wonder Woman" pilot. The costume and the photos were amazing but the pilot wasn't picked up. She's had better luck in another action role: as Lady Jaye in "G.I. Joe Retaliation." Palicki will also have a recurring role on Katims' "About a Boy" as a love interest for main character David Walton.
While we hope Jason Street is living large as sports agent/family man, Scott Porter joined "The Good Wife" in 2010 and is now starring on CW's "Hart of Dixie" with fellow FNL alum Cress Williams.
Matt Lauria and Jurnee Smollett-Bell both segued to Katims' show "Parenthood." Lauria is heading back to DirecTV (which aired the final seasons of FNL) in MMA drama "Navy St." opposite Frank Grillo.
Jeffrey Reiner's credits post-FNL include "The Event," "Awake" and "Do No Harm." David Hudgins also segued to "Parenthood," while Kerry Ehrin produced A&E's "Bates Motel." Rolin Jones segued to "United States of Tara," "Smash" and "Low Winter Sun."