In Star Trek Into Darkness, Captain Kirk and his team take on a new foe, travel to new planets, and generally do new, sequel-y stuff. Also: New girl Alice Eve (who plays Dr. Carol Marcus) is shown in her underwear. Many (or at least a few) viewers found the scene exceptional for the way that it undercut the character’s other abilities. If she’s a super-smart scientist, why is she stripping out of her clothes for no apparent reason? Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof touched on some of these concerns in a spoiler chat with MTV (warning: very spoiler-y).
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Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: If you’re looking for gritty realism, Glee is not the show for you. I understand that this is a musical comedy set in a high school and not Breaking Bad. But ever since Glee‘s fourth-season finale — which ended with middle-of-the-year Regionals as opposed to the typical ender of springtime Nationals (save for season one) — Glee‘s always funky timeline (remember when Blaine was older than Kurt!?) has gotten to some next level weird, and it’s time someone said something about it.
The first half of this season started off as normally as ever, with the show progressing in approximate real-time, with the new school year kicking off in September, and Thanksgiving happening just a week later than actual Thanksgiving. (We know Thanksgiving happened because of an unforgettable performance of “Turkey Lurkey Time.”) But around Christmas the timeline got crazier than Roz and Sue combined. The winter holidays came and went, but after that, it’s anyone’s guess what month it is. READ FULL STORY
Producer Brian Grazer, and his company Imagine Entertainment, would very much like to crowd-fund the long-rumored Friday Night Lights movie. (The series, itself adapted from a film, ran for five seasons on NBC, ending in 2011.) “We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series. I’m not sure such a thing has been done before,” Grazer told Deadline. Grazer is out of the country and unavailable for comment, though Imagine told us that while discussions are ongoing, there are no plans yet.
In Game of Thrones, Arya Stark is a middle daughter of a Northern noble family who (no spoilers) has kind of a terrible life. In America, “Arya” is the fastest-rising baby name for girls. According to a press release from the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name jumped from 711 in 2011 to 413 in 2012. That puts it far, far lower than any of the names in the Top 20 — your Emmas, Olivias, and Chloes — but presumably far, far higher than “Cersei.”
Why the leap? Are the expectant parents of the heartland all hoping their children grow up to be coup-hardened, bob-wearing, Needle-thrusting assassins? Alternately, “Arya” kind of sounds like a pretty bird.
Take a look at the list of 2012’s top baby names for boys and girls after the jump.
Normally, it’s a good thing when someone says your music is contagious. But Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong wasn’t being kind to Korean YouTube sensation PSY with a recent post on his personal Instragram. The rocker posted a photo of PSY, along with the caption, “This dude is the herpes of music. Once you think it’s gone, it comes back. #herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway.” (EW reached out to reps for both Armstrong and PSY, who didn’t return a request for comment.)
That’s a pretty cutting remark, but PSY’s (Gangnam) style is just to let it roll off his back. He told Fuse — after first trying to clarify what exactly herpes is — “I kinda like it, it’s cool…He said I’m like the herpes… that keeps coming back. I think it’s really cool. Thank you.”
Watch PSY’s genial response below: READ FULL STORY
[SPOILER ALERT: If you care about spoilers, don’t read if you’re not caught up with Scandal. We’re going as far as last week’s “A Woman Scorned.” Deal? Deal.]
It’s been almost three months since we saw David Rosen wake up next to a butchered blonde and we realized that something (else) was amiss in the Scandalverse. These kids can’t catch a break, can they? Since that moment and the President’s sabotaged hostage rescue attempt, the pieces of the White House Mole problem have been unravelling slowly, with promising leads, frustrating closed doors, and the death of an innocent man.
Scandal isn’t concerned with answering every question, but at least we know for sure that in tonight’s episode of ABC’s soapy, impossible-to-resist melodrama, we will find out who that pesky mole actually is. Let’s take a look at some of our lead suspects and make wild speculations about motives.
Netflix is bringing the Bluths back to television — and it’s taking the Bluths’ banana stand on tour.
You aren’t misreading that: In advance of Arrested Development‘s fourth season premiere, Netflix is launching the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour, in which the family’s fire-trap of a fruit-popsicle stand will pop-up in several iconic urban locals. There are several stops in London planned (today, plus May 9, 15, and 21) and a pond-crossing trip to various to cities such as New York and L.A. (Wee Britain?) to follow. The tour will also feature “special surprise appearances by the Bluth family and friends” while fans can track the stand’s location on Twitter by following @ArrestedDev.
Rapper Riff Raff appears on the latest episode of One Life to Live, which now lives on Hulu, playing an art dealer named Jamie Franko. For a quick backstory, Riff Raff thinks that James Franco basically got all his inspiration for his role of Alien in Spring Breakers from him, isn’t super happy about it. Franco wrote an essay about how Dangeruss was one of his main inspirations for the role, also says it was inspired by a lot of people. Somehow, Jamie Franko has become the bizarre next chapter of this story. READ FULL STORY
Stop, collaborate, and listen: Ice is back with a brand new reality show. It’s called Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, and it’s about — you guessed it — professional punchline Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. That’s My Boy star Rob Van Winkle) learning construction from an Amish community in Ohio.
This isn’t Ice’s first time at the reality rodeo, of course: He’s also currently starring in The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation series on the DIY network (which will air Amish as well.) And in the past, he’s appeared on the second season of trailblazing humiliation factory The Surreal Life, as well as competitions including Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Boxing, and The Surreal Life: Fame Games. (Vanilla Ice was also a judge on Canada Sings in 2011 — who knew!)
At this point, there’s really nothing left to do but giggle quietly, pause to reflect on our lost youth, and try to come up with some snarky captions for the photo above. I’ll get the ball rolling:
“Raise the barn? I’d rather raise the roof — go ninja, go ninja, go!“
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