In the mood for some scare-ification? Then we heartily, bloodily, and spookily recommend you check out the Tales From Beyond The Pale Season 2 box set, which is released today. A series of horror-themed audio plays, TFBTP is the brainchild of terror auteurs Larry Fessenden (Beneath) and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead) who, according to press release-legend, conceived the idea during “a fog-drenched car ride with nothing beyond the windshield but a horizon-less void.”
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Earth Day, the perfect occasion for you to kick up your feet, sit on the couch, and watch some movies. Okay, so this may not be the traditional way to celebrate the day, but it is something good to do after a day of volunteering — or a day of thinking about volunteering.
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and has been celebrated each April 22 since then. It’s a day to honor the Earth, to help the Earth, to think about the Earth. Lots of Earth. Now’s a tricky time for this lovely ol’ planet though, with global warming and pollution and all that fun stuff, and that means it’s a tricky time for people’s opinions of the planet. So we’ve compiled a movie or TV show for each kind of Earth Day celebrator, ranked from most to least depressing:
Before he was Tam Honks, he was Fahrst… Fahrst Gump. The Greenbow-born-and-bred witness to history may not have been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was all heart — and (once those braces fell away) legs. Based on Winston Groom’s fantastical novel, Robert Zemeckis’s decades-spanning movie touched on nearly ever major cultural milestone in the second half of the 20th century: Vietnam and the March on Washington, Watergate and “S— happens” shirts, Elvis and world-class ping pong, and on and on. Yet, it was solid as a rock while feeling light as a feather. It was also Baby Boomer bait that also introduced a new generation to America’s — and the world’s — mid-century struggles, as well as the songs that embodied them. Sure, it was more fantasy than fact-checking, but Forrest is just so darn charming.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the movie is grounded in performances that hit every note on the emotional spectrum. Robin Wright, then still known mostly as Princess Buttercup or Kelly Capwell Perkins Conrad, displayed range that we’ve since found anew in House of Cards. Gary Sinise used his theater roots to bring pathos to the surly Lieutenant Dan. Mykelti Williams’ Bubba is probably still listing shrimp preparations in the great bayou in the sky. Little Haley Joel Osment was just a few years away from booking The Sixth Sense. And Sally Fields’ Mama didn’t spare a single tear duct, whether she was exchanging favors to get little Forrest into school or bidding her boy a final goodbye.
At the center of it all: Tom Hanks. Forrest Gump couldn’t have been any different from Andrew Beckett, the AIDS-afflicted lawyer Hanks had portrayed all the way to the Oscar podium the year before. Perhaps, he had a childlike quality in common with Hanks’ first foray with Oscar, playing Big‘s Josh, but… similarities or not, it was a transcendent, transformative performance that made Hanks one of the very few actors to strike Academy Award gold two years in a row. Forrest was such a glorious anomaly, in fact, that Roger Ebert admitted in his review, “I’ve never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before. … Tom Hanks may be the only actor who could have played the role.”
But storytelling innovation and elegant acting were just a few of the ways in which Gump changed the cinematic landscape. More on that below as we continue EW’s Summer Blockbuster Month with a retro-tinged runaway success: Forrest Gump.
PopWatch Planner: 'Parks and Rec' finale, 'The Blacklist' big episode, 'John Oliver' premiere, and more
As some of your favorite shows wrap up, it’s also time for those summer shows to begin. This week alone has four premieres, as well as a few finales. And, of course, The Blacklist episode that cannot be missed. Well, not if you want to know who Tom Keen is.
Here’s what your pop culture week looks like: READ FULL STORY
Sure, the MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, but it’s not the only game in town: Over on HBO, the competition will be a brand-new episode of Game of Thrones. So how does host Conan O’Brien plan on combating the swords-and-sandals series? With both skin and spoilers, naturally.
“I’d like people to really see a lot of my body for the first time,” O’Brien tells EW of his plans as host. “What’s interesting is that the world has changed so much since when I first got into television; you have to be increasingly fearless. So, I want people to see parts of my body that no one should see.
“I’ve also gotten a hold of the Game of Thrones episode that’s on that night,” O’Brien continues. “So on the day before the awards, I’m going to get out as many spoilers as possible to kill the Game of Thrones experience for people. Then, out of either despair or rage, they’ll have to tune in to see the MTV Movie Awards.” READ FULL STORY
Kids amaze me. How is it that there’s no sound greater than a baby laughing, yet nothing creepier than a small child in a horror movie? Whether they’re reading some demented version of a children’s fable or just standing in the middle of a hallway, a scary child is the number one indicator that I will not be seeing a movie. But somehow, all I want to do outside of the movie theater is look at adorable pictures of Prince George and North West (preferably together). I don’t know what it is about babies, but I can tell you when my fear of horror movie kids started.
I’ll give you a hint: Redrum.
I can win over most of you with five words about this week: Game of Thrones is back. But if that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got a new Bill Murray film in theaters, a funny new read, and the start of the 25th season of MTV’s The Challenge. Let’s just say you’ve got a diverse and very interesting week of pop culture ahead of you. Here’s what your schedule looks like this week:
Movies and television make a lot of things look really romantic. When I was young and impressionable, pop culture taught me that kissing in the rain was about 100 times better than kissing in any other weather, and that you didn’t properly ride a Ferris wheel unless you were making out with somebody during it. Additional lessons included the appeal of the “up-against-a-wall” kiss and the shirt rip, all of which I enjoy watching and don’t have an issue with. However, there is one “romantic” gesture I’d like to address: The underwater kiss is not nearly as great as it is portrayed to be. READ FULL STORY
Joss Whedon warns the people of Seoul: 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' is going to mess up your city -- VIDEO
No one ever said saving the day was pretty.
In fact, protecting the world from megalomaniac villains can get downright destructive. So when Joss Whedon and the Avengers: Age of Ultron crew arrived in Seoul, South Korea, to begin filming the latest franchise installment, the director wanted to give residents a heads up that things were about to get very, very messy.
In the following video, Whedon apologizes in advance for street closures, traffic, and any other headaches his big-budget action sequences shot in the area will inevitably cause.
“We are going to mess it up a bit and inconvenience some people for a few days and I apologize for that,” he says. “I know what that’s like. I live in Los Angeles. It happens to me all the time and it’s not fun. I hope that it will be worth it.”
It’s a friendly gesture; bonus points for talking up how much he adores the city:
I’m a sucker for a good dance movie and/or a good movie about dance, and yes, they’re two different things. When I was growing up, Save the Last Dance was my most-watched movie, and in terms of how many times I’ve seen it, it’s probably still in my top five. But my second favorite dance movie is one I came across in my teen years: Stomp the Yard. (And before Gladiators start asking, that is Scandal‘s Harrison, and as much as I like Columbus Short in a good suit, he will always be DJ to me.)
I fell in love with this movie for a number of reasons: READ FULL STORY
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