UPDATE: It looks like Seinfeld fans were right to get excited after all. Jerry Seinfeld stopped by the WFAN Boomer & Carlton radio show on Thursday, presumably to talk about football and this weekend's big Super Bowl, but that's nothing compared to what the comedian actually revealed.
The hosts asked Seinfeld about the now-famous photo of him and former co-star Jason Alexander outside of Tom's Restaurant, and Seinfeld confirmed that the outing was part of a "secret project," that's "short-ish," but that the pair was not reuiniting for a commercial spot or an episode of his webseries, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee — meaning there actually is a Seinfeld reunion of some sort in the works. Seinfeld also revealed that there were several other alumni of the show present, including Larry David, although he won't be appearing on camera, and that they filmed at a few different locations in Manhattan. So... all signs point to reunion episode. Or some infinitely more clever concept that Seinfeld would do in place of a reunion episode (you know, like it already did on Curb Your Enthusiasm).
Fans hoping for a recurring series shouldn't get too excited, as Seinfeld has confirmed that the reunion would be a one-time only event. On the bright side, though, he did promise that the project will be properly unveiled "very, very soon."
EARLIER: Is that Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander on the set of a Seinfeld reunion?
Seinfeld fans have been busy untangling a web of clues and hints surrounding what Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David are working on, and if it is indeed a Seinfeld reunion. Last week, Seinfeld stopped by Reddit for an AMA, the website's version of a Q&A session for its millions of users. In the thread, which racked up over 10,000 comments, Seinfeld mentioned that he was working on a secret project with Seinfeld co-creator David. Seinfeld says, "We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can't reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it's big, huge, gigantic. Even bigger than that Amazon package."
If that didn't already send expectations over the moon, the quick eyes at The Gothamist caught a glimpse of Seinfeld and Alexander, a.k.a. George Costanza, taking a stroll in front of Tom's Restaurant, the legendary Manhattan eatery that served as the exterior location for the Seinfeld restaurant, Monk's Cafe (or "the coffee shop"). Even more suspicious is the fact that Alexander is seen wearing some particularly Costanza-like clothing in the picture. Hmm... could this really be some sort of Seinfeld project?
The answer to this question is a deafening probably not. Adding another wrinkle to the whole situation, Roger Freidman of Showbiz 411, who spoke with Larry David recently, said Seinfeld and David are working on a play for Broadway, and that this was most likely the gigantic project that Jerry teased on Reddit. Even more dream-squashing is the fact that the shot of Seinfeld and Alexander outside of Tom's Restaurant is most likely the duo filming an episode of Seinfeld's web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. While it's a little disheartening to see all these hopeful threads come to possibly disappointing ends, the prospect of a Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld Broadway production is still pretty exciting, even if it's not the reunion we've spent the past few days dreaming about.
It seems like only vampires or zombies make it onto television these days. Cable network FX has just ordered 13 episodes of The Strain, yet another vampire series based on the best-selling book from visionary director Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. Carlton Cuse of Lost fame will serve as showrunner while del Toro himself will direct the pilot episode. While we've nearly reached our breaking point due the massive amounts of vampire and zombie properties that have flooded all forms of entertainment media as of late, maybe this series will add a second life (get it?) to the typical vampire yarn.
The series will star Corey Stoll, who made an impressive stint on the Netflix drama House of Cards, as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Sean Astin, Mia Maestro, and Kevin Durand are also set to star in this vampire thriller.
“Guillermo’s epic, cinematic pilot for The Strain starts a chilling and compelling story that will upend everything you thought you knew about vampires,” said Cuse about the show. FX has quietly amassed a quality stable of dramas including The Americans, Justified, and Sons of Anarchy. Hopefully, The Strain continues their winning run of hits. The series will premiere in July 2014.
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.
While the evolution of Tumblr has helped spread GIF culture across the globe, the snippet of animated glory has been around for quite sometime. 25 years in fact — today! Compuserve originally introduced the GIF back in 1987 as an alternative to the sizable JPG. Now, it's taken on a whole new purpose (and not just to fill Geocities-built Pokemon fan pages with dancing Pikachus). To help understand the world of GIFs, we consulted Amanda Brennan, Internet Librarian at KnowYourMeme.com:
"With high-speed internet and social media they've become something that's easy to consume. Why respond with a text comment when you have the perfect reaction GIF from your favorite TV show or movie? Also who doesn't want to watch a kitten roll around or a puppy try to walk up stairs? In a world where we might not have time to sit and watch a whole video, a GIF is the best way to share that moment and the feeling it evokes."
A picture says a thousand words. An animated GIF multiplies it. To pay homage to the wonders of GIF culture, we took a look back at some of the greatest pop culture-inspired GIFs of all time. Prepare to lose yourself in a Möbius strip of awesomeness:
There are many great GIFs, but this Ron Swanson GIF is the only one you will ever need.
Feeling a little insane? These two are crazier.
Drive home the point of Internet's favorite phrase, "Deal with It," courtesy of David Caruso.
Nicolas Cage movies are made for GIFs. Exhibit A: This Wicker Man one, in which he removes a bear-costume mask and delivers a right-hook TKO to a woman who’s guilty of standing.
What's better than watching Carlton perform the Carlton Dance in an outrageous sweater? The answer is simple: nothing!
Some GIFs are like movies of themselves. Wouldn't Lord of the Rings been a thousand times better with this scene?
Some GIFs have deeper meanings. Stare at this for awhile and reach the higher plane of thinking that was always there in front of your eyes, every time you watched Golden Girls.
Talk about the GIF that keeps on GIF-ing. Here's a moment we don't recall that well from The Daily Show:
Because Andrew Garfield is a Muppet. And Muppet is the highest compliment ever.
Pauly D reveals his superpower.
Good lord I just love how the Sherri Shepherd says HAM!Queen of Jordan spin-off, please.
All 25 of these could have been Paul Rudd dancing. We're kind of sorry they're not now.
We're not done yet!