In this week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List, I decided to shake things up a bit. On Monday, I asked you — the lovely readers of the Internet—to vote for the five shows that you wanted to be featured this week. After thousands of votes I’ve discovered a few things: The first is that the Glee fans will automatically dominate any type of competition or poll. And secondly, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that your votes allowed me to write about five of my all-time favorite shows! Basically I felt like this when I saw the results.
To thank you for your good taste and participation, I’ve packed this week’s list with as many spoilers as I could. I chatted with Andrew Rannells to get the goods on Girls, laughed with Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas about his charming new family, and chatted with Glee’s very own Ryan Murphy to bring you your weekly shipper update. I’ve also gathered scoop from the stars of New Girl and Arrow to get you all caught up on the craziness that it coming to your TV screens. Read on for all the scoop from the shows you picked!
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1. Girls: The Best Performance We Never Saw!
In last Sunday’s painfully awkward — and just plain painful to watch — episode of Girls, fans witnessed Marnie’s first attempt to showcase her newly declared dream of being a singer. In case you missed the most horrifyingly realistic performance to ever creep across your television screens, you can watch it here. Was anyone else peeping from between their fingers?
Hopefully Marnie’s singing skills will improve, because as I recently revealed, The New Normal star Andrew Rannells is returning to Girls in Season 3! We all know that Rannells has a flawless voice and amazing stage presence — but does Elijah share these same skills?
To find out the answer, I caught up with the unbelievably handsome Rannells at PaleyFest’s red carpet to honor The New Normal last week. After gushing over the brilliance of Matt Bomer — again — I asked if we could expect to see a Marnie/Elijah duet sext season. Rannells smiled and revealed, “Well you know what’s a bummer is we did one!”
Did you hear that, Book of Mormon fans?! Rannells sang on the HBO hit earlier this season, and somehow it ended up on the cutting room floor. Gasp! “In Season 2 — the first episode back — Allison and I sang a song together,” Rannells said. “We sang a karaoke version of The Wreckers, which is Michelle Branch’s country group. We did a duet.” Apparently this alcohol-induced performance happened only a few minutes before their “two-and-a-half pumps" that took place on the couch.
Is anyone else experiencing a strong case of FOMO right now?! (Psst! That means “fear of missing out” Mom.) Thankfully, the multi-talented actor assures Girls fans that he’s currently campaigning for another duet next season. “Hopefully we’ll get to do something else. If nothing else Allison and I will just get drunk and sing somewhere,” Rannells says with a laugh. Umm, that sounds absolutely amazing! Can we come too?
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2. Arrow: New Island Ally
Believe it or not, we’re about to hit the home stretch, Arrow fans: starting on March 20, we’re going to get 7 amazing, action-packed, jaw-dropping episodes in a row, all the way to the season finale! And if you think the freshman CW drama can’t get any more epic than it already has, then we’re clearly not watching the same show.
When we caught up with the Arrow cast and producers at their PaleyFest event last week, we could barely contain our fangirling long enough to ask questions about the next chapter of the show. Thankfully, star Stephen Amell was as eager as we were to talk about what Oliver does next, especially now that his island self has started to toughen up.
“I’ve become a big sucker for the island," he says. "When we began on the island, I was just laying around in the cave like an idiot, like, ‘Aww I need some fooood.' But I always knew that eventually my spine would begin to form. We’re going to see in coming episodes that things are actually pretty good for Oliver — relatively speaking [on the island], so that means something bad is about to happen.”
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim agreed that the island story is a crucial part of Arrow's mythology, and the addition of Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson was a success. “We love writing Oliver and Slade together," Guggenheim says. "They are the proto Butch and Sundance. But something will complicate that relationship soon, adding a third element to that.”
Spoiler Alert! That third element is Yao Fei’s daughter, Shado, who we briefly got a glimpse of during “The Odyssey” — when we learned that Fyers was holding her hostage in exchange for Yao Fei’s obedience. Shado is a lawyer (as well as an expert martial artist and archer... hmm, that sounds like another certain lady friend in Ollie's past... cough, Laurel cough…) fighting to free her father from being banished to the island by the Chinese government.
Expect to see the dynamic duo of Slade and Ollie add one more to their alliance when she teams up with them to rescue her father and escape the island But most mysteriously of all, she has the same tattoo of a tiger on the back of her shoulder that post-island Ollie has… Could there be something more between them? Something romantical, perhaps?
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3. Once Upon a Time: A Baby Maybe?
Being forced to save your baby girl by passing her through a magical wardrobe into another realm and then missing out on her first 28-years of existence — followed by a year of not remembering her at all — is not an ideal parenting situation.
In ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time, Prince Charming and Snow White have spent the past 16 episodes trying to make up lost time with their darling magic-inclined daughter Emma, and it’s been just lovely. However, many fans — myself included — are campaigning for the stork to visit Storybrooke.
So I caught up with Prince Charming himself, Josh Dallas, last week at PaleyFest, and asked if a new baby is something he’d like to see for his on-screen alter ego. “God, that would be nice wouldn’t it?" Dallas says. “I think that would be a really nice happy ending for them. There are [currently] no talks, but I think it would be a cool way to go.”
That’s not quite true, Josh! In the PaleyFest panel, creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz briefly mentioned that a Charming baby is most likely in the works for sometime next season. All together now: Squee!
Until the Charmings get another royal bun in the oven, their main priority for the next few episodes is looking after Henry. Luckily Neil/Bae’s presence should help take away some of that babysitting burden. Dallas admits that Charming is genuinely happy that Henry has been reunited with his father. “I think on one hand he’s going to be really relieved that there’s going to be a puzzle piece from Henry’s past placed back in there," he says. "So he’s going to sit back and just see what Neil is all about.” Would you like to see Snow and Charming with a baby prince, or princess? Cast your vote in the comments below!
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4. New Girl: Love in The Loft
Nick/Jess shippers, let it be known that something major goes down during next week's episode, “Quick Hardening Caulk.” Jess, hopped up on pain pills, confesses her true feelings to Nick. But how will he react? I’m not telling ...but let Nick himself, Jake Johnson, share how this admission will affect the group's dynamics: "It throws a wrinkle into the mix a little bit, and it kind of takes it to another level."
But while Nick and Jess could potentially heat up, another beloved non-couple (not anymore, at least), cools down. In “Quick Hardening Caulk,” we'll see Schmidt desperately trying to let go of his feelings for Cece now that his ex is engaged. "In a way, there is a cathartic experience that Schmidt goes through involving a fish — that he may think is Cece — and he’s starting to try to come to terms with it," Max Greenfield says.
Schmidt will get back out in the field as a way to get over the one that got away, and "ends up reconnecting with an old girlfriend from college, played by Merritt Wever, who is just the best," Greenfield says. That will last for at least a few episodes, and inspires the gang's virginity-losing flashback episode the cast and producers teased during the show's PaleyFest panel Monday night.
Not to worry, Winston fans! He certainly won't be left out on the relationship front — he's still dating Daisy, although the state of their relationship is up in the air. "His relationship is very patchy," Lamorne Morris says. "His girlfriend is always on a plane somewhere so he doesn’t really have time to see her. It’s more of a convenient relationship [for Daisy] — it’s like I’m in town, and none of my other dudes have picked up their phones, so I’m going to call Winston. That’s what I feel like Daisy’s doing. I don’t even care."
Their relationship should last for a while, though — or at least until the end of the season. "The only reason I say that is because Brenda Song got a new TV show, so she won't be back next season," Morris says. "Hopefully her TV show will last a million years. She's the greatest." Fingers crossed New Girl lasts a million years too!
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5. Glee: Ryan Murphy Tells All
It’s no secret that Glee fans are, without a doubt, an extremely and sometimes overly passionate group — but that’s what makes them so great! According to Glee creator Ryan Murphy, that is. (Bee tee dubs: I totally agree, but you already knew that of course.) When I caught up with the Murphy a few weeks ago, I made sure to ask the showrunner extraordinaire if he ever lets some of the — Hmm, how should I put this? — intense fans influence his creative choices for the show.
“They’re all so intense, are you kidding?” Murphy says with a smile. “I don’t look at is as pressure, I just look at it as passion. I’ll be honest — when I first started [using] Twitter, I was a little unnerved. But [now] I just treat it as a fandom that has a love of things that I’ve created, so why would I think differently?”
And as far as the “original” shipper fandoms go — we’re talking Klaine, Wemma, Brittana etc. — Murphy reminds fans that all couples go through their natural ups and downs in a relationship and there is always an opportunity for reconciliation. However, when it comes to progression in upcoming episodes, Murphy revealed that Finn and Rachel fans should remain optimistic. “Always have hope, I’ve said that from the beginning," he says. "Always."
Bonus Scoop! Here are some other Gleeful goodies we can look forward to: Finn is finally going to find his dreams — and he’s going to discover this inner amazingness in the hallowed halls of college! That’s right, Mr. Hudson is headed to higher education. While I’m not allowed to reveal what his major will be, I can tell you that we will be meeting his roomie very soon!
Also — we’re getting a flashback! In the upcoming episode “Sweet Dreams,” fans will not only be reunited with the lovely Shelby Cocoran — aka Rachel’s momma — but we’ll also get to see 5-year-old Rachel! Fingers crossed they make Reindeer sweaters for little ones. Also, one member of the New Directions will take their crack at songwriting — and I anticipate it to be very Taylor Swift-y. (Pssst! Meaning it’ll be about boys…)
Are you excited for the upcoming episodes of Glee? Think Snow and Charming should have a royal new addition to the family? Wanna get drunk and sing karaoke with Andrew Rannels and Allison Williams on Girls? Sing out in the comments!
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—Additional reporting by Sydney Bucksbaum and Jean Bentley
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Of course 21 isn’t just about blackjack. It’s more about Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) a shy but brilliant M.I.T. student who--needing to pay Harvard medical school tuition--finds the answers in the cards so to speak. After dazzling his unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) with some mathematical prowess Ben is quickly indoctrinated into Rosa’s group of “gifted” students who head to Las Vegas every weekend with the know-how to count cards and beat the casino at the blackjack tables. And win big they do. Ben is soon seduced by the allure of this luxurious lifestyle including his sexy teammate Jill (Kate Bosworth) but begins rebelling against the well-oiled machine Rosa has built. Apparently you don’t want to cross this particular math professor--nor the old-school casino security consultant (Laurence Fishburne) who has set his sights on Ben as a master card counter. It’s not illegal to do that but the casinos don’t much like it when they catch you doing it. Hey what happens in Vegas…oh you know the rest. The most well-rounded performance comes from the British Sturgess best known for singing Beatles’ songs in Across the Universe. His Ben starts out as a naive math whiz/nerd whose biggest thrill is designing the perfect science project for an M.I.T. contest but then becomes the smooth Vegas dude with the nice clothes and hot girlfriend and finally turns into the guy who eventually loses it all. It’s not hard to see just how much Ben is going to change once he gets involved in the moneymaking scheme but Sturgess handles the transition with aplomb. The stiff Bosworth isn’t nearly as effective as his love interest but she has her moments. Also good for comic relief is Aaron Yoo (Disturbia) as one of the blackjack players who oddly enough is also a kleptomaniac. The performance drawbacks in 21 come from the more veteran players. Spacey and Fishburne seem to be going through the motions utilizing techniques they’ve used many times before. Spacey can whither whoever it is with that look of his while Fishburne postures as he always does. It’s too bad they couldn’t have put in more effort. As with any movie in which the action is inherently stagnant (i.e. sitting at a blackjack table) the question is how to keep things visually stimulating. That’s where director Robert Luketic--who up to this point has only done broad comedies such as Legally Blonde and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton--comes in. Luketic does a fine job maneuvering the camera around the tables creating slo-mo close-ups of the cards and incorporating a cool soundtrack. A good montage or four usually can also work well in a situation like this and Luketic fully utilizes that technique--from the kids winning to them spending their money in gloriously obscene ways. Based on the book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions 21 has the extra advantage of being a somewhat true story as well. But the script from Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb basically copies from other sources and never really distinguishes itself.
Based on the bestseller by Nicolas Sparks the film begins with Duke (James Garner) and Allie (Gena Rowlands) an inseparable couple living in a nursing home. While Duke remembers their life together Allie who suffers from progressive dementia does not. Their only bond is a faded notebook from which Duke reads to Allie every day telling her the same story over and over. It's a sweeping tale of two South Carolina teens country boy Noah (Ryan Gosling) and city gal Allie (Rachel McAdams) who spend one glorious summer in the early 1940s falling madly in love. Unfortunately the couple is soon separated first by her disapproving parents and then by World War II but after seven years apart after taking different paths they are passionately reunited. There's a catch though; Allie is now faced to choose between the man she once loved and the successful businessman (James Marsden) she is engaged to. It's really no surprise who the young Allie chooses in the end--but for Duke the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that every day somehow through the power of this story the mentally impaired Allie miraculously remembers their love if only for a very brief moment before slipping back into oblivion. Tears being jerked from your eyes yet?
The talented cast certainly elevates The Notebook's romantic drudgery. McAdams takes a departure from all the Mean Girls she's played lately (including The Hot Chick) and easily wins you over as the spirited young Allie while the usually intense Gosling also tackles something lighter so to speak than his previous darker roles such as his Jewish-turned-American Nazi leader in The Believer. While infusing a certain sense of brooding and melancholy into Noah especially in the years he spends pining for Allie Gosling manages to exude Noah's genuine warmth and sensitivity as well. And between the two of them real sparks fly as the actors paint a fresh and inviting picture of young love that stands the test of time. Marsden is completely wasted however as Allie's fiancé Lon a upstanding Southern gentleman Allie's parents expect her to marry who offers little as to why Allie should stay with him. As the older contingency veterans Garner and Rowlands who take the sappiest material and turn it into something meaningful inspire some truly heart-ripping moments as the aging couple holding onto their love as tight as they can. In the supporting cast Joan Allen has some shining moments as Allie's uptight mother with a secret of her own.
In bringing the popular novel about enduring love to life director Nick Cassavetes (Unhook the Stars) may have used his own experiences having seen his parents--the late John Cassavetes and his lady love and muse Gena Rowlands--play out their own real-life love affair. Cassavettes gets to the heart of the material right away and permeates the screen with the beautiful surroundings of South Carolina where The Notebook was filmed. We glide through lush moss-filled swamps and sleepy Southern towns marvel at languid shots of the South Carolina coastline. It's very clear Cassavetes has a way with actors much like his father did gently coaxing realistic performances from his young somewhat untested leads while allowing old guards like Garner and Rowlands to simply work their magic (imagine telling your Oscar-nominated mother how to act. Right). The problem is the story itself which not only offers nothing new to the romance genre but also isn't very compelling. There are no great tragedies (save perhaps for the whole dementia thing) no real villainous presence to keep the lovers apart no peril at all. It's boy-meets-girl boy-loses-girl boy-wins-girl-back--ho-hum. Where's the sudsy soap opera when you need it?
In the late 19th century Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) a misunderstood monster hunter is summoned to Transylvania to ferret out Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) and kill him once and for all. When Van Helsing gets to the small village where the vampire was last spotted he discovers he also must contend with Dracula's three seriously twisted vampire brides Dracula's angry henchman/werewolf--and a lovely gypsy princess named Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) who is hell-bent on eradicating Dracula and his bloodsucking kind for slaughtering her entire family. Oh and let's not forget Frankenstein's Monster (Shuler Hensley) who holds the key to Dracula's evil master plan--something about releasing his minions of unborn bat-like children from their goo-filled cocoons so they can wreck havoc on the world. Yuck. Sounds like our resident monster stomper and his sword-swinging gal pal have their work cut out for them. If Van Helsing does manage to kill all his monster foes does that mean he's out of a job?
Jackman has the whole antihero thing down pat. He adequately embodies the younger more virile Van Helsing dishing out as much pain and torture as he can on the undead--but the Aussie actor isn't given nearly as much meat to chew on as he did say delving into the complicated Wolverine in X-Men. Instead the monster hunter is relegated to carrying big weapons wearing a big hat and muttering something about having bad dreams to a past he can't remember. Same goes for Beckinsale. The British actress was oh-so-cool on the other side of the fence playing the chic vampire Selene in Underworld cutting her way through a myriad of werewolves. As Van Helsing's heavily accented female counterpart Anna however she just runs around with her sword blurting out such pathetic dialogue such as "Dracula took everything away from me and now I'm alone in the world" while Roxburgh's Dracula--who can't hold a candle to other far more charismatic Draculas before him--wails about being so very alone as his luscious brides hang upside down in front of him. Give me a break. At least Australian actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) provides much-needed comic relief as Van Helsing's sidekick Carl a Catholic friar who doesn't much like playing hero.
With the requisite dark mood and tone action sequences and snazzy CGI-creations including the winged vampire brides and formidable werewolves you can see exactly where writer/director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) spent Van Helsing's nearly $150 million budget. But even all the bells and whistles can't tie together the film's vacuous nonsensical mumbo jumbo as Sommers attempts to bring classic movie monsters together in the same movie. Maybe in a tongue-in-cheek Abbott and Costello movie it could work but as a serious action-packed thriller clearly Dracula Frankenstein and the Wolf Man do not need to meet. On top of that Sommers steals from other movies as well such as recent films Underworld (the whole vampire vs. werewolf conflict) and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (Van Helsing defeats a rather familiar-looking Mr. Hyde at one point). Whatever originality there is in the film leaves you either scratching your head--Dracula has kids?--or rolling your eyes--Anna needs to kill Dracula so her nine-generations of family can reunite in Heaven? Please.