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Mission BriefingCoulson's team has been sent off the grid, but they're not out for the count yet. The team decides to track down Garrett and Ward through Cybertek, a technology company that has repeadedly appeared in the team's dealings with The Clairvoyant and HYDRA. Meanwhile, we get flashbacks to Ward's past, detailing his history with Garrett and his initation into HYDRA.
Mission FalloutAfter a drug kingpin with known ties to HYDRA is murdered by Deathlok, the team wonders what the connection is to Garrett and HYDRA. Coulson discovers that all of their run-ins with Deathlok, Ian Quinn, John Garrett, and the Centipede project all route back to one central point: Cybertek, the tech company that built Deathlok. Luckily, Cybertek has a public office in sunny Palo Alto, so the team decides to infiltrate the office posing as former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists on a job interview. Tripp unveils an old suitcase full of vintage WWII-era spy gear that the team can use on their mission.
The present day action is intercut with flashbacks to Ward's past with Garrett. Fifteen years ago, Ward was a troubled teenager serving a stint in juvie for burning down his old house and nearly killing his older brother, which may or may not have been his intention. A younger agent Garrett shows up and offers him an ultimatum: train and become an agent of a secret organization, or spend the rest of his life in jail. Ward takes Garrett up on his offer, and the two break out of the facility. Garrett takes Ward to a secluded forest and leaves him there, seeing if Ward has the mettle to become an agent of Hydra.
Back in the present, May and Coulson go undercover inside Cybertek. They manage to sneak into Cybertek's mainframe, but discover that the company only uses hard copies of files. Coulson and May find files on the Deathlok project, which reveal that Garrett was the original Deathlok. His body was partially rebuilt after an explosion fatally injures him. Coulson jettisons the files out of a window, and the team escapes the facility. The file reveals that Garrett needs the GH-325 serum to repair his body since it's starting to reject the aging cybernetic implants, and help bolster his centipede soldiers.
On the captured bus, Raina begins synthesizing a new batch of GH-235 from the information stolen off of Skye's hard drive. Garrett suddenly becomes ill, and reveals that he only he only has a month left to live unless Raina can successfully recreate the serum. The team manages to track down Garrett and Ward in Cuba, and specifically, to a barber shop that has quite a suspicious amount of electronic activity radiating from its basement. Elsewhere, Fitz and Simmons track down the bus but are captured by Ward. Once on the plane, Fitz gravely injures Garrett with one of Tripp's gadgets, and Garrett tells Ward to kill the two agents before he dies. Ward finds Fitz and Simmons, who have locked themselves into a containment room on the plane. Fitz pleads with Ward to help them, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. Ward jettisons the containment room out of the plane and into the ocean. There's no turning back for Ward now. In a last ditch effort to save Garrett, Rayna injects Garrett with an early version of the GH-235 serum, which appears to heal him. While scoping out the basement of the barbershop, Coulson and the other agents run into centipede soldiers armed with stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponry.
Most Valuable Agent AwardThis weeks MVA award goes to Tripplet for dusting off all of his Grandad's Howling Commando stuff. It all sure came in handy during the mission, but it also gave Coulson a chance to let his geek flag fly.
Mission Highlights- "Get ready for a large file transfer."- "I want my plane back."- Ward: "Give me one reason not to blow your head off." / Garrett: "I brought Tacos?" - Next week is the long-awaited season finale. Hopefully, we finally get some answers about Skye's parentage.
Comedian Cedric The Entertainer has become the latest U.S. TV host to step down after announcing he'll be departing game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire after just one season. The funnyman replaced former presenter Meredith Vieira on the show in September (13), but now he insists he is too busy to stay on as host.
Making the announcement in a statement on Wednesday (30Apr14), he said, "It has truly been a fantastic ride hosting Millionaire this year - a really great time! Thanks so much to all the fans, contestants, crew, and everyone involved for making it such a fun and gratifying experience."
Cedric's other projects include two TV series, his own podcast, and multiple films, such as an upcoming movie starring Chris Rock, and a potential Barbershop sequel.
The news comes just a two days after Craig Ferguson announced his intention to step down as the host of America's The Late Late Show.
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The final Hobbit film has a brand new name. On his Facebook page, Peter Jackson revealed that the final leg of Bilbo's Journey, originally titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, has been changed to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A week ago, there were rumors that the third film in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy might be retitled to Into the Fire, a title that in some ways felt apt, Smaug being a fire-breathing dragon and all, but also felt like one of those generic catch-all subtitles that could be sewed on to any film and fit seamlessly.
Battle of the Five Armies doesn't have the same nostalgic ring to it as There and Back Again, which is the actual subtitle to the original novel, but it does fit better than Into the Fire. J.R.R. Tolkien's novel does consist of a battle between five armies. In celebration of The Hobbit sequel's new title, We've decided to create a list of the most commonly used words in sequel titles equipped with a colon.
"Fire" Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Planes: Fire & Rescue
"Back"Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Major League: Back to the Minors, Police Academy 3: Back in Trainin, Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back
"Revenge"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Jaws: The Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
"First"X-Men: First Class, Star Trek: First Contact, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Police Story 4: First Strike
"Last"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, X-Men: The Last Stand, Road House 2: Last Call, The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
"Final" Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
"Next" The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation
"Rise" 300: Rise of an Empire, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj
"Return"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Cocoon: The Return, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Universal Soldier: The Return, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers
"Dark" Thor: The Dark World, Star Trek Into Darkness,Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
"Game" Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Highlander: Endgame, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Delta Force 3: The Killing Game
"World"Thor: The Dark World (twofer!), The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, You Got Served: Beat the World, The Cheetah Girls: One World, In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds, Air Bud: World Pup
Ashley Tisdale and George Wendt have been tapped to co-star in a new sitcom created by the team behind Will & Grace. The High School Musical star and former Cheers actor have been cast in David Kohan and Max Mutchnick's untitled workplace comedy, according to Deadline.com.
The show centres around a group of kids who were in different cliques in high school but all work together in a barbershop as adults.
If the pilot is picked up, it will mark Tisdale's first series role since the cheerleading comedy Hellcats was cancelled after just one season in 2011.
Wendt has been guest starring in various U.S. TV roles since Cheers ended in 1993, most recently reuniting with his former co-star Kirstie Alley on her new self-titled sitcom in February (14).
Rapper/actor Ice Cube is set to revisit his role in the blockbuster film franchise Barbershop for a third instalment of the popular comedy. A decade after the sequel, Barbershop 2: Back In Business, hit cinemas, Ice Cube is back in talks with bosses at MGM Studios to pick up the clippers once again, according to Deadline.
He is reportedly negotiating a seven-figure deal to reprise his starring role as neighbourhood Barbershop owner Calvin Palmer, Jr.
Editors at Deadline also report that Cube's co-stars Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah are also being courted to return for the third film.
The first Barbershop film raked in $77 million (£46.4 million) at the worldwide box office in 2002, while Barbershop 2: Back in Business earn $66 million (£39.8 million) in 2002.
Latifah also scored her own spin-off, Beauty Shop, in 2005.
Country singer Dwight Yoakam has been cast in a recurring role on U.S. TV drama Under The Dome. The musician is heading back to the small screen this summer (14) in the popular thriller, which is based on author Stephen King's novel of the same name.
Yoakam is set to play a barbershop owner who has a complicated relationship with lead character Big Jim, portrayed by former Breaking Bad star Dean Norris.
The Grammy winner has starred in over 35 films including Panic Room and Sling Blade, and, on television, he most recently had a recurring role in Elijah Wood's TV series Wilfred.
Long-running medical comedy Scrubs may be getting a new life soon — this time on stage. Creator Bill Lawrence is working on developing the show into a musical. We're absolutely on board, especially if The World's Most Giant Doctor is involved. Here's why:
1. Theater nerds are in charge.
Lawrence and star Zach Braff — who will most likely be somehow involved creatively — are self-professed drama dorks. Braff, in fact, is about to start his own Broadway run in the musical version of the Woody Allen backstage comedy Bullets Over Broadway. Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly that he's in the process of choosing the show's composer, and "looking at everything from the singer-songwriter hip version that you can say they did with Spring Awakening to the type of sardonic Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson-type stuff." See? He knows shows! Good ones!
2. The structure is perfect.
What are Broadway musical numbers if not miniature fantasy sequences? And those fantasy and flashback sequences are the guts of Scrubs. J.D.'s inner monologue is just begging to be converted into a series of flashy production numbers. There are also plenty of "real life" musical moments to mine — how about a Greek chorus role for Ted's barbershop quartet?
3. They're going to cast the hell out of it.
Lawrence also confirmed for EW that we won't be seeing Braff, Donald Faison, or Sarah Chalke taking their Sacred Heart characters to the stage. He wants to cast "Broadway musical stars" instead. We love the original team to pieces, but that's no excuse not to stack the Broadway ensemble with some serious belters. "The reason that I cast Skylar Astin in Ground Floor was to have him close to me," Lawrence said. If Braff will be succeeded by the Pitch Perfect star (and Broadway vet), we're fine with it.
4. It already has!
In its sixth season, Scrubs produced a musical episode with songs by the Tony-winning composers of Avenue Q. We love them all, but there's just something about a guy love between two guys.
First of all, Vinny the dog has replaced Brian in the opening credits. Weak.
A buzzing bee startles Quagmire and Peter causing them to shriek like a couple of scared girls. They notice that their shrieks sound kind of good, like maybe they could be singers. It actually sounds like one half of a barbershop quartet, but Family Guy couldn't do an episode like that, then they'd be blatantly ripping off a Simpsons episode.
Vinny is in his second episode. He's no Brian. Get rid of him, Family Guy.
Quagmire and Peter buy paper at Mort's store, prompting the tightwad owner to explain how he had experience managing Earth, Wind, Fire & Pollen back in the day. The duo decides to take Mort on as their manager.
Griffin & Quagmire's first performance is at a library. Their first song is about not being able to poop in public. After their performance, Mort books Griffin & Quagmire at the New England music festival. This time, their song is about putting butter on a Pop-Tart.
After the performance, a shady guy in a leather jacket promises he will pump up the careers of Griffin & Quagmire.
Peter abandons his family hoping to find great success on a road trip. He slowly develops a diva attitude, belittling Quagmire and worse, farting in a recording booth.
Meanwhile, the song lyrics continue to get more random. One talks about how a "waitress is prettier than my wife" and after that he will "kill his family with a knife." Another subject points out that you should never look at your mom and dad's private parts. Good advice.
During a live performance on Conan, Peter's guitar pick gets stuck. Of course, he screws around trying to find it rather than continuing the performance. This foolishness pisses off Quagmire, forcing a fallout between the duo. At the end of the episode, Peter goes back home and he even makes amends with Quagmire. Peter mentions that life after fame is always better. He goes back in the tour bus to grab his stuff. Instead, he apparently shoots himself in the face. We know Peter will be back in future episodes, hopefully the same can be said about Brian.
If you don't know what to watch after finishing Orange is the New Black, or just spend hours deciding between films on Netflix each night, here are 10 of the more obscure instant streaming documentaries to make your decision a little bit harder:
Her Master’s VoiceDidn’t know there was a a Puppet Graveyard? This docu/mockumentary follows ventriloquist Nina Conti on her soul-searching journey to say good-bye to her mentor’s creatures at the Vent Haven Museum in Kentucky. (If ventriloquism is your thing, make it a puppet-themed night and watch Dumbstruck right after.)Life 2.0 Escaping life via the wonderful world wide web is not a strange notion in 2013 but Life 2.0 takes a look at those who take it one step further. Just how skewed can one’s perception of reality become when making a second identity for themselves?Heart of the KingElvis will never leave the building, according to these four die-hard fans and impersonators. What started as a mockumentary turned into a passionate tale of rock-n-roll and the men who will never let The King die. Otaku Some people really love anime, and many of them are Japanese males. This 1994 documentary explores an industry that was just emerging in their culture but has since become a world-wide phenomenon. 10th District CourtChronicling three months in a French court room resided over by a female judge, 10th District Court deals with small trials and misdemeanors that are both telling of the human character and a look into society. OC87The door to discussion on mental illness is thrown wide open as Buddy Clayman documents the long journey he faced to become a filmmaker while struggling with both OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome. Lunarcy!The moon is pretty pivotal in our everyday lives but there are some people who it means more to then just wave schedules. (A former ventriloquist is also featured in this movie, who knew it was so huge an industry?)Super, Girls! China’s former singing contest was a way for girls to find grand fame in their country. Yi Jian follows ten of the contestants through their hopeful journey to stardom during the second, and final, season of “Super Girls Singing Contest.”American Harmony High-name salons may be on the rise, but barbershops aren’t going anywhere and neither are their singers — there’s even an International Championship of Barbershop Singing and the fight to the crown isn’t as quick of a cut as you’d think.NoBody’s PerfectDirector Niko von Glasow was born disabled as a result of his mother taking thalidomide's during pregnancy. His search for those suffering the same consequences, missing limbs and handicapped, is riddled with both humor and compassion.
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Actor/director John Turturro has credited his barber with helping him land Woody Allen as a co-star in his new film Fading Gigolo. The Transformers star was thrilled when he was able to sign the Hollywood legend up for his movie, and he has now revealed Allen was brought on board by barbershop gossip.
He explains to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "We have the same barber, Anthony Silvestri. I was getting my hair cut, telling Anthony about this crazy idea for a movie. He told Woody about it."