April 23, 2013 10:26am EST
Is Revolution a) a show full of potential still trying to find its footing or b) a boring show that will disappointingly never live up to its cool premise? More than half a season in now, it's still sort of hard to tell. Allusions to a world outside the Monroe Republic made at PaleyFest and in the first new 2013 episode suggested a show that was about to expand in scope, really explore the many ways people live without power. But if our trip to Atlanta last night is any indication? Minus a few visual keys and some stray lines of dialogue — we're still getting more of the same. And that's a real bummer for a show with this much talent involved.
Okay, okay — "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" wasn't bad, per se. There was sword fighting, as you might expect, and Elizabeth Mitchell got to do some decent acting as she wrestled with thoughts of her son's death. But in failing once again to really explore the effects of the Blackout and instead zeroing in on reunions with characters we probably/definitely won't see again, Revolution demonstrated that it's maybe got less on its mind than producers have time and again suggested.
Miles and Charlie (and Nora, but come on) made their way…however many miles, in the span of however long, to ATLANTA — home of steam engines, and a rumored trading partner to Europe. Some people in crowd scenes were even wearing suits. Fancy! But the gang wasn't there to sip mint juleps — they traveled as far as they did to disarm a rumored nuclear bomb, one of Monroe's plays to win the feuding (former) United States with advanced weaponry. And it would have been so easy, too, if it weren't for the return of someone from Miles' past.
…Oh shoot, I realize I wrote that like he's someone we'd seen before and were invested in. LOL no way! In scattered flashbacks we met Alec, one of Miles' top guys in the Monroe Militia. He was a keen soldier who clearly thought the world of Miles, his mentor. But then — betrayal. After some bungled military operation left the Texas faction POed, Miles basically sold him out. "This is about the job," said Miles. "I hate you, dad!" cried Alec, traded off to Texas. So when they met x number of years later in Atlanta, with the latter on nuclear bomb duty — well, it didn't go great. Or let me clarify that to say it didn't go great for Alec, who Miles eventually (regrettably) put down. Miles seemed upset, perhaps, to have lost this Militia member who was once like a son to him. But on the other hand, nuclear annihilation averted? And Atlanta's "President," who clearly had some sort of romantic past with Miles, took the thwarted attack as a sign to prepare her territory for war with Monroe. With no other Han Solo-ish characters in sight, she asked Miles if he'd be like to be general.
At some unspecified location far, far away Rachel and Aaron found an old doctor friend of Rachel's, Jane — someone who could theoretically get power up and running again at the mysterious Tower. One problem: the same Blackout that sent "nannites" screaming into the atmosphere also somehow controls the terminal cancer afflicting Jane's girlfriend. Turn on the power…and turn off this human being, permanently. Luckily that human being turned out to be the most altruistic person in the world. After overhearing Rachel and Jane's argument about heading for the Tower, girlfriend told Jane she'd kill herself if the doctor didn't help Rachel find and understand the Tower. So despite some teeth-gnashing and name-calling, everything worked out.
I don't mean to rag on this show. It's clearly trying, and hey — any one of the last four episodes was better than all ten of the fall's entries, minus the pilot. But when you consider how potentially rich a story tapestry Revolution could unfold and explore, the number of different perspectives and experiences they could include in any given 42 minutes…you just want to take these characters by the lapels and shake them until something new and unexpected happens. You can be so much better!
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April 23, 2013 8:40am EST
It's never easy to cope with the after effects of an embarrassing stunt that you pulled while drunk. Avoiding the topic and keeping to yourself is probably the best thing that you can do to let the heat of the mistake cool down — and that's exactly what it seems like Reese Witherspoon is trying to do now, following her arrest on Friday.
Witherspoon has been opting out of appearances following last week's bust. According to E!, Witherspoon — who was arrested for disorderly conduct after she allegedly got into a shouting match with a police officer — canceled her Good Morning America appearance. She was reportedly scheduled to film a segment for Wednesday's episode on Monday, but was a no show. Next, the "sorry" actress reportedly bailed on a Tuesday night appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Witherspoon was supposed to be promoting her new film Mud, but it seems like she is just too embarrassed by Friday's arrest, even after she has offered an apology for going off on the cop. For those of you who don't know what happened, Witherspoon's husband Jim Toth was pulled over for wreckless driving and Witherspoon reportedly hasseled the arresting officer. She reportedly said to him, 'Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news.'"
While Witherspoon did show up to the New York premiere for her film Sunday night, do you think the actress made the right decision to cancel these other appearances? Or should she have bucked up and shown how "deeply embarassed" she truly is?
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April 22, 2013 10:00pm EST
If for nothing more than the theme song alone (wherein we experienced all of the guffaws), The Mindy Project's surprisingly named new web series, The Morgan Project, is a delight. How is it that Dr. Mindy Lahiri has a whole television series about her unending quest for love with such a paramour professional so close by? We had no idea sweet, sweet murse (that's male nurse) Morgan Tookers had all the right moves when it comes to wining and dining the ladies. Well, if you replace "all the right moves" with "every single wrong idea about dating, maybe ever."
The Fox sitcom's cuddly comedic darling has gotten his own web series, and, well — it's actually sort of charming! At least after episode one (which premiered today on TVLine). The quickie video has everything you dig about the relationships on The Mindy Project: quippy banter, conversations that bounce between offended and intruiged, Betsy saying weird stuff, the perma-confused but perma-handsome face of Ed Weeks (Dr. Reed), and that seemingly human-esque puppy, Ike Barinholtz— also known as our title character.
Will Morgan ever find love? Can Beverly go five seconds without saying something offensive? Are Betsy and Morgan actually a secretly-perfect match-made-in-kookyheaven? (Our thought: maybe yes.) Check out the first episode, below.
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April 22, 2013 9:12pm EST
"It was like a nature vacation camping out on the Mississippi River. And we enjoyed it. The kids learned a lot about nature actually on this film." Actor Matthew Mcconaughey's children had fun playing with his Mud co-star Reese Witherspoon's youngsters while they were on location in Arkansas in late 2011.
April 22, 2013 8:47pm EST
Reese Witherspoon has scrapped an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's U.S. talk show in light of her arrest for disorderly conduct on Friday (19Apr13). The Legally Blonde actress was arrested and charged after becoming engaged in an argument with a traffic cop who had pulled over the car her husband Jim Toth had been driving in Atlanta, Georgia. The talent agent was also booked for driving while intoxicated.
The actress honoured a commitment to promote her new movie Mud at its premiere in New York on Sunday night (21Apr13), but has since decided to axe a planned interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (23Apr13).
She also pulled out of shooting a pre-taped segment for breakfast show Good Morning America on Monday (22Apr13), which would have aired in the U.S. on Wednesday (24Apr13).
Meanwhile, a hearing into Witherspoon's disorderly conduct charge was postponed from Monday until 22 May (13).
April 22, 2013 5:28pm EST
I know I may get some flack for saying this, but Daenerys Targaryen has never been my favorite character on Game of Thrones. Double that for A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series that spawned the show, where she spends roughly two entire novels aimlessly crossing through the desert. While her story arc in Season 1 was terrific — I too loved seeing her grow into her womanhood and become the mother of dragons — her character struggled under the burden of Season 2's clunky Qarth plot line, especially when the script turned Daenerys into a bit of a petulant brat. (For a great example, rewatch that scene in front of Qarth's gates where she tries to use the Reese Witherspoon defense to gain entry.) Basically, for an entire year, while the nation reveled in Dany's countless fruitless pursuits, I just simply did not get it. This was not the person I wanted sitting on my ideal Iron Throne.
Thankfully, last night changed all that. Of the many powerful, graphic images that were burned into my skull during Sunday night's Game of Thrones — the massacre at Craster's Cabin, Jaime's hand dangling from his neck, Theon's moment of agony — the one that sticks out the most is the almost comically Die Hard-esque shot where Dany looks stoically into the camera, her dragons' flames raging behind her. I was half expecting some sort of explosion that Dany would, of course, walk away from unharmed. Like a boss.
The reason Dany's expert manipulation (and subsequent murder) of the slave trader was so great was because it was the first true act of power that Dany created all by herself. Yes she got her dragons back in Season 2 and grew into a woman back in Season 1, but last night was the first time that Dany played the role of brutal, competent leader. Without the help of the two men who serve as her trusted counselors, she managed to solve her biggest problem (not having an army) without losing her dragons or her soul. She concocted a scheme to obtain said army by earning their loyalty and admiration — loyalty and admiration that came from her killing the slavers (well, putting out the order to kill the slavers) then freeing all of the slaves. Meanwhile, Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy stood beside her, completely aghast.
This show of brute force and expert gameplay marked the first time I became convinced that Dany actually could (and might) win and sit on the Iron Throne of Westeros. Yes, she's had dragons. Yes, she has the name. But the Dany of Seasons 1 and 2 could not have competed with women as dangerous and cunning as Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister. As Varys would say, she just didn't have the stomach for it — she was no Sansa, but she wasn't exactly a Littlefinger, either. To succeed in Westeros you have to be able to be both vicious with your enemies and loyal to your supporters, and Dany demonstrated both last night, with aplomb. Compare that to Cersei, who inspires no love from the people, or Margaery, who is brilliant, but only in the arts of flattery and manipulation. She can make any man do whatever she wants, but a military leader she is not.
I know that I can be harsh on Dany, but it's only because her character has so much potential to be truly great. And when given a solid story arc, she flourishes — becoming one of the most engaging characters on the show. When she's wandering willy-nilly through the desert trying not to starve, she becomes somewhat of a pain to watch. A strong Dany is a lovable Dany, and the only kind of Dany I'll root for (over such personal favorites like Margaery and Arya Stark) to sit on that damn throne everyone cares about so much.
Oh, and yes — I fully realize that I'm only naming female characters when it comes down to the battle for the Throne. Because even though we're in the midst of the War of the Five Kings — Joffrey (my fave), Robb Stark, Renly (RIP), Stannis, and the typically absent Balon Greyjoy — I believe that Westeros is a woman's world to win. Between Margaery and Cersei and Dany and even Sansa (who is extremely adaptable and great at not getting killed), both Martin's books and the TV series have set up a remarkable string of strong (in various ways) female characters, who stand by planning their own takeover while the men run around killing each other.
But of those women, Dany is now the one with an army of thousands upon thousands of expertly trained soldiers who will stand by her side through thick and thin. The one most capable of making extremely tough decisions all on her own, and then completely standing by them. The one who doesn't want or need a marriage to help her political standing. What she'll do with all of this newfound power is up to her (and Martin) — and there's always the chance that we'll be stuck with another year of indecisive desert roaming and general inaction. But at least now, on this day, we have someone great to root for. Our Khaleesi is finally back.
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April 22, 2013 4:38pm EST
Over the weekend Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon simply could not believe that a police officer did not know How Do You Know star Reese Witherspoon.
Reese Witherspoon (I keep repeating her name, lest I ever dare forget it) was arrested on Friday night, alongside her husband Jim Toth, who was pulled over for reckless driving. When Witherspoon, the passenger in this incident, refused to stay seated in the car, she antagonized the arresting officer by saying things like, "Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news."
Well, as obnoxious as those intoxicated statements are, she wasn't exactly wrong about that last part, as this story continues to make headlines. Not that celebrities behaving as though they are above the rest of us or the law is news. Don't you know who these stars who ask heathens who dared to question them, "Don't you know who I am?" Yep, we definitely know who you are now: jerks.
In addition to Reese Witherspoon and pre-arrest rant (she has since apologized), here are some other celebs that can't believe you didn't know/care who they were:
Miley 'It's Miley!' Cyrus
Back in 2009 the always-accurate New York Post claimed that the singer-actress snapped at a Pop Burger employee who had the gall to ask for her name with her order. The star allegedly told the cashier, "Are you serious? You don't recognize me? I'm Miley Cyrus!" C'mon Miley, that's nothing to get upset about. Getting no pickles when you specifically asked for pickles is something to get upset about.
Alec 'I'll Play Words With Friends Wherever I Damn Well Please' Baldwin
FAA rules and regulations be damned, Alec Baldwin is Alec Baldwin and he should be allowed to stay on his cell phone when he damn well feels like it. The 30 Rock actor was kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2009 after refusing to stop playing Words With Friends on the plane, even though he's... you know, famous.
Allen 'I Can't Believe You Don't Know Who I Am' Iverson
Wait, Allen Iverson is obnoxious and pompous? Who knew? Oh right, everyone. Especially the police that pulled him over back in 2011. According to CNN, the police report said that the basketball star told the officers, "Take the vehicle, I have 10 more. Police don't have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me...Do you know who I am?"
Dina 'Don't You Know Who I Loh-am' Lohan
US Weekly reported back in 2009 that Mother of the Century Dina Lohan yelled at a bouncer for not letting her and her young daughters Lindsay Lohan and Ali Lohan into a nightclub. Lohan allegedly pulled the old "Do you know who I am?” and then quoted Pretty Woman by adding, "You’re making a huge mistake. Huge!”
Tara 'Read All About It, I'm Famous' Reid
The New York Post, who seems to break all the 'Don't you know who I am?!' news, also got the scoop on Tara Reid allegedly flipping out that her fame didn't get her a discount at a store in Los Angeles. She was so upset by not getting the Famous Person Frequent Shopper discount that she made a scene and had to be escorted out.
Piers 'Don't You Know You Can Find This in the Discount Bin at Barnes & Noble' Morgan
We'd like to think this is a tongue-in-cheek riff on celebrity culture with a book title like Don't You Know Who I Am?... but this is the high-and-mighty Piers Morgan we're talking about here.
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April 22, 2013 3:09pm EST
Actress Reese Witherspoon's court hearing on Monday (22Apr13) has been rescheduled following her arrest in Atlanta, Georgia last week (19Apr13). The Legally Blonde star is facing a charge of disorderly conduct after becoming involved in an argument with a cop on Friday (19Apr13) when after her talent agent husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over and booked for driving while intoxicated.
Witherspoon was expected to face a judge on Monday, but the date has now been postponed until 22 May (13), according to the Associated Press. It is not yet known why the hearing was pushed back.
The actress, who is currently in the middle of a promotional tour for her new movie Mud, has since spoken out to apologise for the incident, insisting, "I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said... I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
April 22, 2013 9:19am EST
Monday mornings are the traditional time of week to rue all of the misguided, often alcohol-imbued antics in which we partook over the past few nights. And, if said antics just so happened to have caught a few innocent victims in their hellfire, it is also the time for heartfelt apologies. Reese Witherspoon joined the ranks of the regretfully hung-over community on Monday, following the spat she had with an Atlanta police officer who arrested her husband and manager Jim Toth for driving under the influence.
On Friday night, Toth was pulled over for reckless driving and was ordered to perform a sobriety test. Witherspoon, a passenger in the automobile, got out of the car and began antagonizing the arresting police officer with comments like, "Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news."
But in the cold light of day, Witherspoon has seen the error in her ways. The Mud star has released an apology for her aforementioned conduct, chalking her flinch-inducing comments up to that all-too-familiar liquid demon:
"Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
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April 21, 2013 10:26pm EST
Reese Witherspoon has spoken out following her arrest in Georgia on Friday (19Apr13), insisting she feels "deeply embarrassed" and "very sorry" about her bad behaviour. The Legally Blonde star and her husband Jim Toth were held in Atlanta after cops pulled over their car and an altercation ensued. Toth was charged with driving while intoxicated, while Witherspoon was booked for disorderly conduct after getting into an argument with the arresting officer.
The pair was briefly jailed before being released on bond, and now Witherspoon has apologised for her "disrespectful" behaviour towards the police.
In a statement, she says, "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
The mum-of-three refused to allow the incident stop her from appearing in public - she stepped back into the spotlight at the New York premiere of her film Mud on Sunday night (21Apr13).
The actress walked the red carpet and posed for pictures with her co-star Matthew McConaughey, but refused to answer questions from reporters.
Witherspoon's mugshot has since surfaced online, showing the newly brunette star sporting a wry smile with her eyes shut.
A hearing into the case is scheduled to take place in Atlanta on Monday (22Apr13).