Let’s get to the good stuff first. The funniest part of Sunday’s premiere of Life’s Too Short on HBO occurred at the end when Liam Neeson (playing himself) forced comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (also the show’s creators, writers, and directors) to teach him how to do stand-up. If seeing an imposing Irish actor who’s known for heavy dramas and dark actioners try his hand at improv by saying “I’ve got full-blown AIDS” sounds risible to you, then you were in for a super treat. But if you’re a diehard Ricky and Steve fan because of The Office and Extras, or even just a TV buff who’s watched television comedy flourish over the past decade mostly thanks to them, then you might have felt that they were feeding you stale cake. READ FULL STORY »
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I imagine if given any choice, Sam would happily tango with evil clowns instead of Lucifer and his mind games. Unfortunately, Sammy was given no such opportunity, and this week found himself once again grappling with his visions of His Evilness (Mark Pellegrino) as the brothers worked a pretty twisted case.
In seven seasons, there have been less than a handful of times when the Winchesters have worked a case that turned out to have a troubling human element. The first such instance was in “The Benders” from season one, when the cause of a string of missing people turned out to have nothing to do with lore and everything to do with a crazy family of hillbillies. (Why’s it always the hillbillies?) READ FULL STORY »
Ideally I would have a more eloquent headline, but in the heat of the moment, it’s all I could think of to accurately sum up the twists and turns in tonight’s How I Met Your Mother. [If you haven't seen tonight's episode, don't read on. I repeat, for the love of all that is twisty, don't read on if you haven't see the episode. Watch it for yourself!]
Season seven of Supernatural started off on anything but a light note. But that’s to be expected. Every season kicks off with a few intense episodes that launch us into the theme of the season and introduce the new threats facing the Winchester brothers.
What was unexpected was how somber the episodes that followed have been. Now, 14 episodes in, I think this is the first episode that has made me laugh out loud multiple times.
That’s not to say many episodes haven’t had great lines or the signature dark (and sometimes dirty) humor. But those moments have been a rarity this season more than ever. As I pointed out last week, this season has been about loss and shown that heroes pay big prices. But as a result of these darker themes, it’s been harder to find a laugh. (For me, any way.)
So this week’s episode came as such a welcomed escape from the depressing world we’d been watching the brothers live in. In it, childhood fears were coming to life and killing adults, and it all stemmed from crazy events taking place at a Chuck-E-Cheese-type place called Plucky Pennywhistle’s. READ FULL STORY »
It was all about the red wine in the Real Housewives of Orange County‘s season 7 opener. You see, the memory of Tamra lobbing a glass of wine in former Housewife Jeana’s face still hung heavy in the air, and no one — not even Tamra — would let the incident go quietly into that good night. As such, there were many, many shots of the Housewives setting out red wine glasses in advance of a much-hyped party that we won’t even see until week 2. So what did we see? In short: An unexpected alliance between enemies, the first glimpses of new girl Heather (she’s an actress, in case you didn’t know), Vicki’s psychotic fluffing of throw pillows, and Alexis hoisting her pelvis to the sky for the sake of “journalism,” to name a few highlights. Read all about it below…
In the season 3 premiere of Who Do You Think You Are?, Martin Sheen proves once and for all that his son Charlie’s anti-authoritarian streak is genetic. For the Lisa Kudrow-produced docuseries, Martin traced both sides of his family back as far as five generations to see if his activist spirit (that same penchant for trend bucking that got Charlie in hot water throughout 2011) was indeed a legacy. The journey took Martin from his home in California to Dublin and back to his great-great-great-great grandfather’s home town of La Coruña, Spain. So who were the rebels of the Sheen/Estevez families of yore, and were they also #winning? READ FULL STORY »
If emotional baggage was bacon cheeseburgers, Dean Winchester’s life would be a lot sweeter. Heck, it’d be downright awesome.
Sadly, it’s not. And as it turns out, his one-time comfort — non-committal sex with attractive women — doesn’t even provide solace any more. In fact, it’s downright dangerous. No, this week’s episode wasn’t about VD (they’ve gotta save something, should there be a season 8). This week, Dean’s escapades (with Vampire Diaries alum Sara Canning) produced a trouble neither brother had encountered before: a monster love child! (The woman Dean slept with was a succubus and they, apparently, go through the entire baby growing process in about 36 hours. Terrifying.) There could have been a lot of humor in this predicament, but a grim air has been hanging over Sam and Dean all season. So even the most outlandish of predicaments and cases hold a deeper meaning. This case certainly did.
As you might recall, earlier this season, Sam tried to give an old monster friend of his, Amy, the benefit of the doubt and let her get away after killing someone, believing she could change. He almost succeeded in giving Amy the second chance she wanted, but then Dean caught up with her and killed her. This week, Dean finally understood Sam’s moral quandary. After all, Dean was tasked with killing something that was, technically, a part of himself. In that moment, as he stood before his three-day-old teenage daughter (only on Supernatural…), contemplating the act he had to do, he hesitated a bit. When Sam entered and saw Dean’s position, he did it for him. I didn’t consider her death a loss as big as some of the others they’ve both suffered this season, but from Dean’s perspective, I’m sure it didn’t help his already broken spirit. READ FULL STORY »
'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere query: Is Sharon Needles the most 'sickening' contestant ever?
Logo’s reality indulgence RuPaul’s Drag Race has enjoyed its fair share of intriguing contestants in previous seasons: Glittery gals from BeBe Zahara Benet to Pandora Boxx to Shangela — who reappeared on screen last night, albeit briefly, as a semi-annoying gag — are memorable queens who’ve been of high interest in the past. But apparently the best queen was to come, and she appeared last night in the show’s season 4 premiere: Sharon Needles.
Yes, you read that right: Sharon Needles. Read that name again. And again. Linger over it. And now say it out loud… a little bit faster. Let it wash over you. It’s genius, right?
And just look at Needles here: Have you ever seen a drag queen like her before? She was — in a word — simply divine. For the way she described herself: “Beautiful, spooky, and stupid,” she said in her first interview. For how she whirled onto the show: “I look spooky, but I’m really nice… at least for now,” she promised the other queens while arriving in the workroom wearing a hat fit for the Wicked Witch of the West. For how she reacted when the guest judge was announced: Sharon Needles went into near-hysterics when told that fellow spook-master Elvira would appear on the judging panel alongside RuPaul, Santino Rice, and Michelle Visage.
Now, I wish that the photo here — this is just her standard gallery shot, unfortunately — reflected the gal’s ghastly runway look last night, but never before have I seen a drag queen look so dead. Deliciously dead? Dumpily dead? Disgustingly dead? Honestly, all of the above — pleaseandthankyou. I’m clearly not the only one who felt this way, considering that — SPOILER ALERT — the macabre-focused queen took home the glory last night by winning the RuPocalypse-themed challenge on the main stage.
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