The CW broke new ground in random rebooting with The Tomorrow People. The original was a British neo-futuristic series from the 1970s. It follows the next stage of human evolution as they toy with telepathy and time travel. In 1992, the series was given an update with British teenagers, including Naomie Harris (Skyfall), teleporting around town trying to stop would-be criminals.
The latest version of the series is an interesting blend of Alias and Charmed. Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) develops super powers and finds out he’s one of The Tomorrow People. (Just like that?) He gets drafted into a secret government agency by his uncle, Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino) and must play both sides to protect his species from extinction.
The show has a great blend of action, suspense and super powers. Hear that, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? However, it features a cast of sexy robots. Amell’s blue eyes and abs do not compensate for his cold robotic acting. Peyton List plays the group's resident telepath, Cara Coburn. In “Girl, Interrupted” we find out that Cara was deaf before her powers manifested. Despite the big developments of her character, List spent the whole episode giving sultry looks to the camera. Luke Mitchell and Madeline Mantock are also breathtakingly attractive but completely flat. I can’t help but wonder if the show could be recreated using an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue and some really elaborate special effects. The one test of any actor is being able to say the title of the series and not sound like a total dork.
Robotic casting aside, the show’s saving grace is that it’s well written and really subverts your expectations. You think you know what will happen but the show keeps surprising you. Also, the show has the right level of special effects. The super powers are seamlessly choreographed into fighting and action sequences and open up possibilities for plot twists and surprises.
There are some great characters on the show. Aaron Yoo brings some humor and badass fighting moments in the character of Russell Kwon. The group’s supercomputer TIM (Dan Stevens) also has some witty repartee and pop culture references for an artifically intelligent piece of equipment. Entertainment Weekly reports that Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring is set to join the cast. Here's hoping he brings some Logan Echols snark to the cast.
Hopefully, the series can reprogram their robotic supermodel cast members' acting hard drives because this show is well written, action packed and a great addition to The CW’s line-up. In the meantime, enjoy this Brit-tastically awesome clip from the original series.
Bosses at American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch have halted production of a T-shirt poking fun at Taylor Swift following backlash from the pop star's fans. The Love Story hitmaker has been endlessly teased about her relationship issues in the media following a string of failed romances with the likes of John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas and Harry Styles, and, in a reference to her busy dating life, designers at the clothing chain created a top featuring the phrase, "more boyfriends than t.s.".
The singer's outraged followers jumped to Swift's defence and launched a petition on Change.org, insisting the shirt's message was inappropriate, and now A&F bosses have pulled the item from their stores.
A post on the brand's Twitter.com account reads, "Hey swifties, we no longer sell the tshirt. We... (love) Taylor's music and think she's awesome!"
Oh baby! Did you hear the news? ABC Family's hit comedy Baby Daddy returns tonight with a smile-inducing, side-splitting, hilarious all-new episode — and we’ve got all the details on the Wheeler family shenanigans coming up this summer. Hollywood.com recently caught up with the cast and, after nearly crying from laughter, we’ve gathered the top 5 reasons why you need to tune into Season 2 of Baby Daddy starting tonight.
1. A TWISTED LOVE TRIANGLEOkay you ready for this? Danny likes Riley, but Riley likes Ben, and now Ben is starting to like Riley, but Riley has found a new fella played by the wonderful Matt Dallas. Are you confused yet? Chelsea Kane teases that girls everywhere will fall for Dallas’ character Fitch Douglas. "Matt Dallas comes on and he plays a saint. No really, he’s perfect. He’s saving children, he’s a great dancer, he’s pretty wonderful." Kane complains with a sarcastic smile that having three handsome guys vying for her affection can be draining on set. "It was a really hard season. They’re all just so unattractive and they have no personality and they’re all awful." Yes, that definitely sounds like the worst job ever!
2. THE TRUTH IS REVEALEDLast season, we all screamed at our TV screens when an oblivious Riley never realized that Danny, a handsome, Greek god of a hockey player, was head over heels for her. However, this season, one of the characters — either Riley or Ben — finally learns of Danny’s true feelings. (We’re just not telling you who!) Derek Theler reveals that things are about to get even more complicated in Season 2 after a voicemail from hell. "It’s always evolving, the whole relationship with Riley and Danny," He says. "Ben is in the picture a little bit more now and he's developing feelings for Riley and it's tough. It's tough for Danny because she has the big crush on my brother, and Danny keeps missing that opportunity to get in there."
3. THE NOT-SO MEAN GIRLThere’s a new girl joining the cast this season and we have a pretty good feeling that she enjoys toaster strudels, the word "fetch," and white gold hoop earrings. That's right, the one and only Lacey Chabert is returning to TV and it's looking like Danny is the lucky fella who gets to court the Mean Girls star. "Oh my God, Lacey was our favorite this whole season!" Jean-Luc Bilodeau exclaims. "She was only slotted to do three episodes in the beginning but they ended up hiring her for like six because she was so awesome and everyone loved working with her." Hmm, we wonder if she still wears pink on Wednesdays...
4. TUCKER'S OLD FLAMERemember Vanessa? She was Tucker's ex-girlfriend that we always heard about but never saw. Well, now we're finally going to meet this mystery woman when she comes back into Tucker's life. Tahj Mowry explains, "Vanessa comes back in Season 2 and creates some havoc again. Tucker has a blind eye to women and sees nothing but boobs, so he's totally down for whatever." Mowry adds with a laugh, "Yes, Tucker is still a very deeply emotional and sensitive character." Unfortunately, not everyone is going to be thrilled with Vanessa's abrupt return and this will cause some serious problems between Ben and Tucker. Yikes!
5. A MORE MATURE BENWe all fell in love with Ben last season as he struggled with the challenges of being a brand-new single father, and now we're going to watch him grow even more. "Along with discovering who he is as a father, Ben is growing and maturing. He's also figuring out this whole side of his life, his love life that he hasn't really experienced before with anybody," Bilodeau says. "I think that eventually you're going to see a different side of Ben and I think that'll be more compatible with Riley." Who do you think Riley belongs with? Cast your vote in the comments below!
Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of Baby Daddy Wednesday on 8:30 PM on ABC Family!
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Maybe the most ridiculous part of the ridiculousness is Turistas' lack of subtlety with which everything kicks off. Immediately after the opening scene in which we meet the clear-cut tourists--Alex (Josh Duhamel) Bea (Olivia Wilde) Amy (Beau Garrett) Finn (Desmond Askew) and Liam (Max Brown)--their bus crashes and falls off a cliff in Brazil. They meet fellow foreigner Pru (Melissa George) who is fluent in Portuguese. The survivors stumble upon a hedonistically idyllic beach where they’re free to skinny dip drink and flirt (and more) with each other and the locals. Paradise ends when they wake up the next morning broke and barefoot. With the aid of a local Kiko (Agles Steib) they wander around trying to find help and transportation. But all they find is trouble at every turn before Kiko finally takes them to the house of someone he knows. It’s okay he’s a doctor! Oh the prettiness of this cast! Prettiest of them all is Duhamel aka Tad Hamilton/Fergie’s boyfriend. For female viewers it’s simply not going to matter that Turistas isn’t a shining moment for the TV's Las Vegas star--his on-off shirt ratio is all they’ll see. But it should be noted that if Duhamel didn’t look as though he just sprinted over from a special exotic edition of an Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot his performance unexpressive and lacking urgency in the right spots would be a failure to everyone. There’s plenty to make the guys happy too as Wilde (The O.C.) Garrett and the uncredited local Brazilian women are happy to ditch their clothes. George (The Amityville Horror) is the prude of the group only stripping down to her g-string! She’s also the movie’s only real talent but it’ll be wasted on the sex-and-gore thirsty who willingly go see Turistas. No guts no glory--which is to say it seems that if no guts (read: organs) are shown a horror movie by today’s standards just can’t measure up. By that criterion Turistas succeeds; everywhere else it fails which as we’ve seen doesn’t mean audiences won’t eat it up. In fact director John Stockwell(crazy/beautiful Into the Blue...must we go on?) makes the audience think just seldom enough that people might just fall victim for this crassness. Stockwell seems to mimic Eli Roth’s Hostel template in every way possible down to the story that’s merely set in a different locale--but he winds up elevating Roth’s hugely successful gore-fest even more than when it was released and revered. Where Roth’s movie unapologetically basks in its (bloody) glow and appeals to true horror fans Stockwell’s seems confused as though it wants to do the same and win over say those who made I Know What You Did Last Summer a hit. The cinematography clearly trying to set up screams with near pitch-blackness is actually too dark often rendering the movie literally unwatchable--aside from being qualitatively unwatchable. And the script from first-timer Michael Ross is also shaky though not as much so as the hands it was placed into.
Courtroom dramas generally make for good entertainment. One of the most popular and satisfying scenarios is the underdog who triumphs over the big bad corporate honchos and no one paints this better than lawyer-turned-pop novelist John Grisham. In Runaway Jury the latest Grisham adaptation the stage is set in New Orleans when a young widow brings a civil suit against a powerful gun manufacturing corporation that she holds responsible for the death of her husband who was shot during a madman's killing spree. Representing her is Wendall Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) a do-gooder if there ever was one who believes wholeheartedly in his cause. But the film's title says it all. Rohr's arch-nemesis isn't the defending lawyer it's Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) a brilliant but ruthless jury consultant hired by the corporation whose motto is "Trials are too important to be left up to juries." He works with a technologically advanced surveillance team to gather information on potential jurors and manipulate them to be on his client's side. What Fitch doesn't count on however is wild card Nick Easter (John Cusack) a suave juror with his own agenda. He and his partner on the outside Marlee (Rachel Weisz) assure Fitch and Rohr that they can sway the jury in favor of whoever pays them the highest price. Fitch and Rohr are dubious but as the case is argued in court Marlee and Nick prove they not only have the tools but the talent to outsmart the big guns.
Hoffman and Hackman go way back having bunked together in New York in the '60s while scrambling for acting jobs--and in all the countless movies each have made Runaway Jury is the first time the two have actually worked together. They tried once when Hackman (only seven years older than Hoffman) was cast to play Elaine's father in the 1967 Hoffman classic The Graduate. Unfortunately Hackman was fired shortly thereafter but went on to make his name in Bonnie and Clyde that same year. Now as Oscar-winning veterans the two finally get to square off as rivals Fitch and Rohr. Even though Hackman never misses a beat as the amoral Fitch it's clear the role isn't that challenging--but he still makes the most of it. Hoffman on the other hand loves to overdo it slamming his fist down in indignation every chance he gets as the righteous Rohr. Hoffman should pay a little more attention to his old friend's more subtle methods. Needless to say the two relish their final pivotal showdown. As the other half of the cast Cusack and Weisz compliment the proceedings nicely as the charismatic Nick and the sharp-as-nails Marlee. At first they seem just as greedy and sneaky as the others watching them play their dangerous cat and mouse game but once their true intentions are brought to light it makes that courtroom drama scenario about the underdog's fight for what is right all the more satisfying.
Runaway Jury has a few things going for it. First of all not since The Firm has a John Grisham story been so topical and full of interesting twists and comeuppances. Although the book goes after the tobacco companies in this age of high school shootings and sniper attacks gun manufacturing companies make even better villains and making them culpable will speak to many. Secondly not since the 1957 film 12 Angry Men has a movie about serving on a jury also been so compelling. At the beginning it's easy to see how Runaway Jury could fall into a standard courtroom milieu. Director Gary Fleder (Don't Say a Word) gives it a claustrophobic feel by concentrating on the small enclosed spaces such as the steamy deliberation room and mahogany courtroom. As the good and bad guys prepare to do battle while engaged in the twist of buying and selling jury votes the movie grabs your attention and holds on. Does this kind of corruption in the justice system really happen? You might be shocked by your own naiveté.