Every summer has a dominant blockbuster, but it’s not every year that the season’s biggest movie inspires a legitimate mania. Ghostbusters, which surrounded some of the funniest guys on the planet with expensive — though slightly cheesy — special effects, was a certifiable phenomenon. In 1984, your classmates, your teacher, your pen-pal in Nairobi, even your half-deaf grandmother knew the emphatic, enthusiastic chanted response to the winking question, “Who you gonna call?” Thirty years later, everyone still knows the answer. READ FULL STORY
It’s been a year since I said goodbye to the members of Southland‘s incredibly attractive, incredibly damaged LAPD, and I still can’t let them go. You can blame it on the fact that we left John Cooper lying on the ground bleeding, or you can blame it on the fact that the finale was one of the show’s greatest episodes to date, but honestly, I think it’s simpler than all that. I blame it on the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that some people think a show that good didn’t deserve a future.
For five seasons, Southland had delivered rich stories, complex characters, and mesmerizing performances. And personally, I felt like season 5 was the culmination of all that. I don’t think I’ve ever been more captivated (and scarred) by an hour of television than I was by season 5, episode 9 titled “Chaos.” And just one week later, before I’d even recovered, we were saying goodbye.
At the time, the only thing holding me together was a rumor of a Southland movie, and even though that never came to be, I recently spoke with EP Christopher Chulack, as well as stars Michael Cudlitz, Ben McKenzie, and Shawn Hatosy about the idea, and everyone is still on board.
For the women of Orphan Black, the world is an open prison, and self-determination is a tenuous contract with The Powers That Be, who view them only as property. Some take this raw deal to survive. Prim, panicky Alison sells out for security in the suburbs with a schlubby hubby who is secretly her jailer. Brainy Cosima bargains with a Faustian devil for a gilded cage — her own super lab — where she and her ladylove can pursue a cure for the disease that’s killing her. But woe to the one who refuses to settle: Sarah and her daughter are on the run from men who wish to exploit their bodies and all of Clonekind. Did I not mention the clone thing? Sorry. All these women are clones! Does that make a difference? READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 3 finale of Scandal, stop reading now (or Rowan might kill you)!
Last night’s Scandal finale was packed full of twists: Fitz found out about Mellie’s rape, Rowan murdered Fitz’s son, Rowan is Command again, Harrison might be dead, Huck found his family, Fitz is President for four more years, and Olivia and Jake are currently headed out of the country to start a new life … to name a few.
And overall, I thought it was a good finale. It set up a lot of stories that I’m intrigued to watch play out. Is Fitz going to hit rock bottom? What is David going to do with the B613 files? And what is going to happen to OPA?
That being said, I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed at the end of the hour. Maybe it was my fault for mentally preparing for something huge, but I honestly expected to walk away from it with Sally or Andrew dead, or at the very least, some sort of gasp-worthy “I can’t believe _____ was a traitor” situation. I mean, the bomb didn’t even kill anybody. READ FULL STORY
The Daily Show just got major props from the White House.
Obama press secretary Jay Carney told the audience at a George Washington University forum on Thursday that Jon Stewart was the president’s “toughest” interviewer during the 2012 campaign. He offered the compliment despite admitting that the Obama team wasn’t sure that the president should appear on Comedy Central in the first place.
“I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about, well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others,” Carney recalled. “And the answer was yes, again, because young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows. READ FULL STORY
If you made a mean joke about Kim Novak’s changing face on Oscar night, she wants you to know you really hurt her feelings.
The Vertigo star — whose current appearance became one of the buzzier moments of the Oscar ceremony this year — told the Associated Press that the cruel comments really surprised her. “It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard,” she explained. “I thought, ‘Perhaps Hollywood is ready to receive me in a different way’…I was just not prepared for such a negative reaction and it just caught me off guard.”
On Thursday, Novak wrote an open letter regarding the Oscars, where she explained, “I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift…In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”
Read the full letter — where she addresses “the elephant in the room” — below: READ FULL STORY
All I can say is that I’m very happy that I live in the 21st Century, and that my future husband will likely not own a castle with some sort of lock tower. And let’s be honest: Even if he did, he’d never have the power to lock me away in it (because, you know, equality and stuff).
That being said, I’m not totally mad at Francis right now. Is he looking out for France? Of course. Is he looking out for Mary? Yes. Is he still a teenager with a ridiculous amount of responsibility? Always. Let’s dig in!
Another sad chapter in the saga of Lindsay Lohan went down when the actress stopped by Watch What Happens Live Thursday night.
Ostensibly there to promote Lindsay, which concludes its run this Sunday, Andy Cohen wasted no time playing one of the show’s most popular games with the actress — Plead the Fifth, where the guest is asked three dish-y questions and allowed to “plead the fifth” on only one. And naturally, Cohen used this opportunity to ask Lohan about the alleged “sex list” that’s been making the rounds in the tabloids. His exact question for her: “Recently, an alleged list of your alleged former conquests was leaked or published. A few of the names on the list were Ashton Kutcher, Orlando Bloom, Zac Efron, James Franco, and Justin Timberlake. Will you confirm that two of those names are [accurate]?” READ FULL STORY
Cue up “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Last month, there was a live reading of the 1996 Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes “masterpiece” Space Jam, featuring Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll and many more. Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t available online — but Funny or Die has released a 10-minute highlight reel, which clearly proves that the comedians showed up ready to (space) jam. Sadly, there is no surprise Bill Murray appearance.
Led by Blake Griffin as Jordan, the footage from the reading is intercut with interviews in which the cast explains their memories of the movie; Kroll’s fondest memories are the nine minutes of Space Jam he watched on YouTube recently, as he’d never seen the film. Imagine going through life never seeing his Royal Airness help out Daffy Duck! Luckily, the lack of research doesn’t seem to hurt his performance.
Watch below — and get excited for DeAndre Jordan as Charles Barkley: READ FULL STORY
Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes doesn’t want her political drama to be something you can watch while folding the laundry — she wants it to have your full attention. And Thursday’s surprise-packed season finale ensured that it would.
After the episode aired, Jimmy Kimmel turned Live! into Behind the Scandalabra – a special featuring Rhimes, who discussed the finale and gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Among the highlights: a blooper reel that reveals Bellamy Young’s go-to word when she messes up a line is “fart,” and that Josh Malina was once pied by a crew member while filming a scene.
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