After the introduction of the Men of Letters last week on Supernatural, we knew that Sam and Dean would make their way to the bunker that held all of their research, scrolls, artifacts, and other assorted tools, and that this place would become the brothers’ home base. What we didn’t realize was just how much Sam and Dean have been craving that place of stability.
All their lives, Sam and Dean have been on the road. The only real home they’ve ever had was the Impala, and living in a car is not so glamorous or comforting. Sure, they temporarily found relief in Bobby’s house, and Rufus’s cabin, but that was Bobby’s house, and Rufus’s cabin. Sam and Dean have never had a place all their own; somewhere safe, comfortable, and permanent.
You could see the glee on their faces when they first stepped into the bunker. And how could they not feel that way: the place is beautiful! Filled to the brim with information, research, and artifacts, Sam was geeking out. And Dean? He was content to be able to take a hot shower, put on a “dead guy’s” bathrobe and slippers, and sip on some whiskey. In classy crystal glasses, no less!
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The brothers were instantly hooked. When Dean left briefly to check in on Kevin and Garth, Sam found a case in his research, and it was obvious that Dean didn’t want to leave so soon, whining, “I just got back!” Don’t worry, Dean, you’ll be back soon enough! This bunker is going to serve as Sam and Dean’s home base for the rest of the season, if not the series.
While we could spend time discussing the great comedic qualities the case of the week brought us (Nazi necromancers and a Jewish guy who didn’t know how to control his giant Golem, a man made out of clay, that his grandfather left him), I’d rather spend some time acknowledging the amazingness that was Dean getting hit on by a guy. Sure, the guy was just faking it to see why Dean was looking in to his grandfather’s death, but still. That was glorious. I think I rewound that scene about five times. I think I might re-watch it right now. And the hilarity of Sam not quite understanding what Dean meant by “my gay thing” made the situation all the better. Gay guys need to hit on Dean more. Please!
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Thanks in large part to their happiness at finding a home at last, Sam and Dean were back to their usual brotherly love this week. While they still have yet to really deal with their issues, they were having fun with each other finally. They even reverted back to some of their old codes. While talking on the phone, Sam told Dean, “I think I have something stuck to my shoe,” which meant, “I’m being followed,” and Dean immediately knew what to do. The fierce protective way Dean jumped into action to save his brother was reminiscent of Season 1 or 2, when Sam and Dean would move the sun and moon to save each other.
All in all, this week was a fun break from the intense tablet/angel/demon drama that has been plaguing the Winchesters all season. It was nice to see Sam and Dean truly happy and comfortable. That toast at the end of the episode filled me with such pride at how far the brothers have come, and I truly hope they have good times ahead for them. They are finally home! Finally happy! With their surroundings, situation, and each other! This is good.
But, this is Supernatural, and we know Sam and Dean will always be screwed when it comes to forces outside their control. So let them have this moment, because a storm is brewing. Promos for next week show that Kevin has figured out a way to shut the doors of Hell forever, so Sam and Dean need to get back to work.
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And now, the best quotes from “Everybody Hates Hitler” (there were a lot!):
Dean: The water pressure in the letter shower room is marvelous!
Sam: I still can’t even figure out how we have water… or electricity.
Dean: Yeah, well, I am putting that under the ain’t broke column.
Sam: Are you going to take off the dead guy robe?
Dean: He was my gay thing.
Dean: Ahhhh! My spleeeen!
Aaron, explaining what a Golem is: Shaped from clay, and brought to life by rabbis to protect the Jewish people in times of, I don’t know, general crappiness.
Aaron: What, do you two just break in wherever you go?
Dean: Well our dad wanted us to have a solid career to fall back on just in case this hunting thing didn’t work out.
Aaron, watching Sam and Dean warm their hands on the burning corpse of a Nazi necromancer: Oh my god. These guys are psychopaths.
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[UPDATE: Tonight's season finale, "New York, I Love You XOXO," will reveal the identity of Gossip Girl! Check back to Hollywood.com tonight at 10 PM EST after the East Coast airing to find out who it is!]
Last night, Gossip Girl dropped the first hint of the identity behind the titular blogger, and with only two episodes left of the series, it’s about time we started getting clues! Hollywood.com already knows the secret to end all secrets, but if you are looking for any inside information, we’re sorry to disappoint you: this is one reveal that we are keeping under wraps (it’s for your own good!).
But that doesn’t mean we can’t allow some wild speculation! We won’t reveal the name behind all the drama of the Upper East Side, but we can reveal that Gossip Girl is indeed one of the major recurring cast members. This blogger will appear in the season finale (we won’t say how much, though!). And you will be shocked to find out the truth.
Could Gossip Girl be Blair?
The Queen B certainly has gained a lot from others’ misfortunes being broadcast on the gossip website. She’s even sent in a few blasts of her own. But let’s not forget how many times she has burned by GG, especially on her wedding day to Louis. Would she destroy her reputation over and over again, just for the sake of throwing off suspicion?
Could Gossip Girl be Serena?
Gossip Girl’s popularity took off when Serena returned from her year at boarding school. Maybe she was trying to come back with a bang, and reassert her popularity by having an anonymous blogger obsess over her reasons for leaving the UES. However, since the real reason she left was because a guy OD’ed in her presence, she probably didn’t want a lot of attention focused on her.
Could Gossip Girl be Nate?
We know he has a taste for publishing gossip, especially now that he runs The Spectator. But he also was making a big effort to discover who GG is. Could that have been a ruse to throw his friends off his scent?
Could Gossip Girl be Dan?
Lonely Boy sure gained a lot the same time GG made his/her first appearance, and we know that he has a real passion for publishing his friends’ secrets. Hell, his serial even went after his own dad in a harsh, unapologetic light! And at the beginning of this season, both he and GG had the same opinion of Serena: she was dead to them. However, after Blair runs away from Louis with Dan after her wedding, GG outs their location. Would he betray the girl he loved and was trying to get with at the time, all for the sake of publishing the truth?
Could Gossip Girl be Chuck?
He’s never been shy about his life. His only secrets are that he is always trying to take down his father, Bart. But the secret about his mother’s identity was published on GG before he even knew about it. Is he just a really good actor?
Could Gossip Girl be Jenny?
Little J has made no effort to conceal both her adoration and disdain for the UES crowd. But since she’s been gone for so long from NYC, has she been able to keep up with all the drama?
Could Gossip Girl be Eric?
His boyfriend, Jonathan, was accused of being GG. Was he taking the fall for Eric, the real mastermind? However, Eric was hospitalized at the beginning of the series for trying to take his own life... we think that takes precedence over gossip.
Could Gossip Girl be Lily?
Serena got her scandalous gene from her mother. Lily is on her fifth husband and is at the heart of as many scandals as the teens running around the Upper East Side. But is she in touch with the young drama?
Could Gossip Girl be Rufus?
Nestled out in Brooklyn, Rufus certainly hates all things about the Upper East Side but like Lily, he might be too old to really get in the middle of teen affairs.
Could Gossip Girl be Bart?
Bart is way too old to read Gossip Girl, let alone write it, plus, he was presumed dead for a couple years. Kind of hard to be monitoring a gossip site when you aren’t technically alive.
Could Gossip Girl be Ivy?
This UES poser loves her secrets. Not only was she involved with Dan’s father, she is currently shacking up with Serena’s father! But she didn’t make her debut into UES society until only recently. Did she inherit the GG moniker from someone else?
Could Gossip Girl be Dorota?
Blair’s maid is close enough to all the action without being involved in any scandals herself. She knows how to be seen and not heard. But she also cares about the well-being of her charge, Blair. Would she betray her employer and family for a shot at infamy?
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So who is Gossip Girl? That's one secret we'll never tell...
Well, until the series finale of GG airs, so check back here Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. ET to find out if you were right!
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In a brilliant moment of metanarrative, a character in David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas describes both a musical composition he is working on and the novel itself as "a sextet for overlapping soloists." "Piano, clarinet, cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor: in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order," Mitchell writes.
The novel is a palindrome of stories. In the first half, we are introduced to six sets of characters who grapple with large concepts such as freedom, oppression, truth, and love, in six distinct time periods and settings — from a 19th century trade ship to post-apocalyptic Hawaii. Each section ends in a cliffhanger, and we must wait, in some cases hundreds of pages, until we are treated to each story's resolution. By bisecting the stories and separating them, Mitchell allows room for discovery. Each segment provides insight to one or more of the others, and in doing so, enriches our understanding of the characters, stories, and, well, the course of history, in each section before we return to them again.
In Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski's film adaptation, the novel's symmetrical structure is replaced with overlapping, interrupting cuts. We frequently jump from one story to the next — and back again — and in doing so, the film gains a catapulting momentum. The stories unfold simultaneously, rather than chronologically, heightening each story's sense of immediacy. By chopping up and re-piecing together Mitchell's already fragmented sections, Tykwer and the Wachowskis are able to unify Mitchell's story in a way that works for the screen. While Mitchell's novel is a slide — you diligently climb a ladder to the apex and then enjoy sliding down the other side, a gigantic grin on your face — Tykwer and the Wachowskis' film is a freight train. It steadily plows ahead, albeit while making stops and jumps along the way, until you reach your destination. Tykwer and the Wachowski's have successfully molded Mitchell's novel into a form that works for cinema, but in changing the structure they have fundamentally altered the themes.
In Mitchell's novel, the structure is the theme. Just as the descriptions in the text refer to the novel as a whole, the text constantly refers back to the fact that it is a text, that it is itself a story. The novel is not interested in leading the reader to believe that the stories or characters it depicts are real — in fact, it seeks to do the opposite. Each section consciously calls into question the veracity of another section. After reading the first 50-odd pages of Adam Ewing's journal, we jump ahead and find a young Rufus Sixsmith also reading the journal, which he believes to be a work of fiction. We ride along with Luisa Rey as she seeks to unravel the dark mystery behind a California nuclear power plant, and then we find British publisher Timothy Cavendish reading Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery. We watch Timothy Cavendish get locked in an old folks home against his will, and then later watch it happen again on Sonmi's Sony — as a Hollywood movie. And the list goes on. It doesn't matter whether these stories are real or made-up, Mitchell tells us, just that they have been recorded for posterity.
For, you see, in each segment of the novel, someone is seeking to elicit great social change. In each segment, someone is looking to free the oppressed, to create a better future for the next generation to inherit. What is important, therefore, is not the who/what/where/when of it all, just that these ideas are preserved and passed on. By deliberately casting a shadow of doubt on each individual narrative, Mitchell gives power to the greater thematic agenda.
In the film, these small ambiguities are missing. We therefore take the events as truth and, as a result, are left with a very different bigger picture. While Mitchell seeks to examine how tales make the transition from personal experience to historical legacy and the effect this has on civilization's conscience, Tykwer and the Wachowskis are more interested in exploring the unity of the human spirit. The film's creators take every opportunity they can, from casting the same actors in multiple roles to splicing together parallel scenes from different sections, to remind us that we are all one. Yes, like the novel, the film shows us how humanity has always struggled (and seemingly always will struggle) with the idea of freedom and oppression, but it is more interested in the individual's role in this grand scheme. The film values consciousness, while the novel looks at conscience.
Mitchell's novel, structured by moving ahead chronologically and then backtracking through time in the reverse order, seems to be saying, "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." The film, meanwhile, cuts back and forth through time in a way that says, "History is a construct; we are all connected." The distinction is subtle, but it ultimately leaves the audience with a different gut feeling. Readers of Mitchell's book are spurred to examine the pitfalls of the society in which we live. Viewers of the film, alternatively, will be motivated by a feeling of empathy for fellow humans. Both of these ideas are honorable and important, but they are, at root, different. And it is curious that three filmmakers who claim to have such a deep respect and appreciation for the novel have chosen to leave out this part of Mitchell's message.
Mitchell and the filmmakers both chose to punctuate their respective pieces of art with the same quotation. "Your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean," Adam Ewing's father in law tells him. Ewing in turn responds, "Yet what is an ocean but a multitude of drops?" But Mitchell's novel adds a final, cheeky aside to this inspiring quotation. The sentence ends with a footnote, which reads, "Here my father's handwriting slips into spasmodic illegibility." While Tykwer and the Wachowki's film shifts from Ewing's proclamation of human connectivity to one final look at a future civilization before the credits roll, Mitchell uses his final words to draw the powerful quote into question. The words are almost illegible and undoubtedly hard to read, Mitchell says, but they have somehow survived. It is the text that will help propel humanity forward, in addition to the people themselves.
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S4:E7 Who’s ready for some more miscommunications between young people!? I am! Because telling my banker I wanted to enroll in direct deposit and then still waiting to receive my paychecks in the mail wasn’t enough for me, so I can’t imagine it was enough for you!
We pick up with Serena getting to know Professor Colin more over coffee and those brown chairs people put in their offices that never get comfortable, no matter how many people sit in them. They are still continuing to wait until the semester is over before they date or have sex, and it was clear their academic brains were slowly becoming more and more vulnerable to their human instincts.
Serena and Nate hired a stenographer and brought Chuck and Blair together in hopes of ending the Waldorf/Bass war. Pupils of private schools, everyone: unafraid to pool their resources and deprive some appointed official their trusted stenographer for an hour to create a treaty for their quarrelsome friends that results in an “excommunication” (or loss of the entire group’s friendship) if broken.
While Blair was preparing for her birthday party that night, Dan and Eric started planning a gathering in honor of Lily and Rufus’ special occasion because the newlyweds decided they didn’t want to celebrate without Jenny in town, who was apparently back in Hudson and studying for a test she was to take on a Saturday. Dan and Eric decided to ask Chuck to help in getting Jenny back in the city so the happy couple could celebrate their first anniversary properly, and with everyone in attendance. They were going to give Chuck a reason to be angry and break the treaty so he'd want to get revenge on Blair by bringing Jenny back to New York to drive Blair insane AND help Lily and Rufus celebrate their anniversary.
Juliet used Gossip Girl to find out what route Serena would be taking on her way to class so she could casually catch her bringing a first edition book to Colin’s office in hopes of getting Serena to talk about who it’s for. Per her routine, Juliet promised not to tell anyone of Serena’s crush, and per Serena’s routine, she idiotically blurted her plans to the person who is working day and night to make sure a future Law and Order: SVU episode is about her. Juliet “innocently” asked the question of if Colin was as willing as Serena was to put the physical stuff on hold for a few more weeks, which was meant to send Serena’s head spinning with worries that he’s not so inclined to hold off his urges. And just as Serena arrived at Colin’s house to give her gift to him, she saw him escorting some other woman out of a cab and up to his apartment. But it turned out to be his housekeeper who’s having some hard luck with her modeling career, so Colin always pays her cab fare when she comes to his house.
When Dan went over to Nate and Chuck’s apartment and tried to implement his plan of having Chuck bring Jenny back to the city, he found Chuck and Blair getting along after they added an amendment to the treaty that said it would never be broken or whatever. Blair then invited both Dan and Chuck to her birthday party that night, which apparently isn’t a violation of the treaty. I guess the section meant for event attendance went to like nut saltage, or something.
Serena called Juliet and told her that Colin was, in fact, waiting like he said he was, and that Juliet was wrong in insinuating that he wasn’t. Then she asked Juliet if she would be her “buffer” at Blair’s party because she didn’t trust herself alone with Colin, especially in front of the Dean (who has nothing better to do than attend a girl’s 20th birthday party, naturally). But later, Serena ran into Nate, who offered to be her “buffer” instead of Juliet because he didn’t want to run into her since they’d broken up.
Now that Juliet was no longer needed by Serena, she got Colin (Serena’s professor, you’ll recall) to get her in to Blair’s party. Nate saw the two of them just before they went their separate ways inside, and once Serena noticed Colin was finally present, she told Nate to help distract her. Once he passed off his duties to Lily and Rufus, Nate followed Blair into the kitchen for some good alcohol and the two of them saw Colin and Juliet talking about how Juliet had been going to see Ben in prison (that apparently was not part of the plan that they cheers-ed to over a check last episode). Nate thought Colin was Ben, the guy Juliet left him for, but Blair recognized him for who he really was – Serena’s boyfriend. Are you confused? Yeah. Someone explain to me the specifics of achieving the color scheme in the newest Rihanna video. I think it’d be easier.
Nate went up to Juliet and confronted her about who that guy was that she arrived with, she told him Colin was her cousin and they didn’t want anyone to know because he’s a professor and she’s a student. (But that’s not why! Even though Colin really is her cousin, they don’t want anyone to know about their relation because they are both plotting Serena’s downfall and stardom in the gutter of a waffle house somewhere!) Nate said he knew Colin was also Serena’s boyfriend. Juliet left in a tizzy and went out into the dining room to find some girl playing a video of Blair singing karaoke, drunk, in Stolkholm. Blair confronted the girl who showed the clip and she said some guy called her and asked her to bring something embarrassing Blair did because it was actually a roast, and not a birthday party. Blair assumed Chuck placed the call and went to yell at him. Chuck told Blair he had nothing to do with the video, but she didn’t believe him. Then Dan came up from behind them and said Chuck and Blair deserved what they got because they made Jenny so afraid of coming back into the city.
After everyone left Blair’s house, she found Chuck downstairs and he told her that he still hated her and that the treaty was off. Then they had sex on the piano. Which, incidentally, proves treaties are useless and it’s better to just have sex with your enemy if you really want to get anywhere. If anyone cared enough to read more about Thomas Jefferson's private life and less about his clear writing strengths, I'm sure we'd find he'd been a supporter of that tactic a long time ago. Jefferson could have told us that.