Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow was recently picked up for a second season, and much of the show’s success must be attributed to its lead actress Nicole Beharie. As Lieutenant Grace Abigail "Abbie" Mills, Beharie plays a detective with a fairly tough exterior, but she’s got an armory of secrets that comes into play when strange goings on start occurring in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Although Tom Mison plays the legendary Ichabod Crane, many folks are tuning in to the show for Abbie's storyline. We’re expecting big things from Sleepy Hollow as the season progresses, and big things from Nicole Beharie in the future. Here are a few fun facts about the rising star.
Michael Fassbender Was Her Boo Back In The Day
And by ‘back in the day,’ we mean 2012. Fassy and Beharie dated each other for a while, after having starred in Steve McQueen’s 2011 film Shame. If you think Beharie was the lucky one in this situation, then you should probably go ahead and do a Google Image search for Nicole Beharie.
Her Performance In The Jackie Robinson Biopic Was Pretty Dope
This year’s highly-anticipated Jackie Robinson biopic 42 told the powerful story of a man who changed history and went on to become a legend. Beharie played his wife, Rachel Robinson, and although the role was somewhat small, her performance was crucial to the personal aspects of the film.
She Digs Nina Simone AKA Has Excellent Taste In Music
Although her Sleepy Hollow fans (whom she lovingly refers to as ‘Sleepyheads’) wouldn’t know it, Beharie is also a singer/songwriter (for proof check out her performance in the indie romantic comedy My Last Day Without You). She loves music, and tweeted the above video of Nina Simone singing "Ain't Got No/I Got Life" live.
She’s One Of Those People Who Wake Up Pretty
Yes, this constitutes a fact. Although Beharie has some pretty hot photo shoots, she’s also got a few gorgeous selfies on Twitter, proving that she doesn’t need a glam squad to look amazing.
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Happy Mother's Day! Today everyone will be celebrating the nice ladies who toiled for hours in labor to give birth to them. We'll also be celebrating the wonderful women who give us an idealized version of what motherhood is like from their portrayals on the old tube of boobs. But for every June Cleaver and Clair Huxtable, there are more and more absolutely horrible specimens of parenting. Here are some of the absolute abominations that Dr. Spock (no, not the one from Star Trek) could teach a thing or two.
Betty Draper: Mad Men's resident ice princess has done all sorts of awful and selfish things in her day, but nothing is worse than the casual way with which she ignores her children, especially young Sally who is often crying for help. This season she's left them at home with her battle axe mother-in-law while trotting off with her new husband. Even when she is around, most of her discipline can be boiled down to a terse, "Go to your room." And there was all that smoking while pregnant stuff.
Nancy Botwin: Selling drugs isn't the worst of this mom-sters worries. We've seen her go from a woman trying to sell pot to make ends meet to becoming an actual sociopath with a son who is a murderer and another one who hates her but wants to join the family business. What will Weeds do next? Have her actually kill one of them?
Susan Mayer: Thankfully, Desperate Housewives ends on this Mother's Day and takes Teri Hatcher's awful mothering with it. She spent so much time whining about her troubles to her teenage daughter that Julie fled Wisteria Lane. Then, when she had a second kid, she couldn't keep him from being kidnapped by a vengeful murderer. It got so bad we had to stop watching.
NEXT: Money can't buy you class.
Victoria Grayson: I'm shocked that Victoria's children Daniel and Charlotte haven't tried to get vengeance on their mother on Revenge. When she's not cold and calculating, she's smothering and manipulative. And that's when she's not lying to them about who their real fathers are.
Nurse Jackie: Sure, having a drug addiction, cheating on your husband, and living a double life is one thing, but not being able to stop when your children (including one with severe mental problems) are in danger is another. She can't even take a tap class with her daughter without it ending in a nasty mess.
Cersei Lannister: You might say the queen mother of Westeros was a good mother and knows how to play the Game of Thrones, but when you look at her evil offspring (sired by her own brother), you'll see that she's only been looking out for herself all along.
NEXT: Horror Stories
Lily van der Woodsen: This society dame may be at the center of Gossip Girl's world, but she was absent for many years of raising her children while she was off marrying Klaus and Claus. Even when they live with her they're partying, drugging, and letting guys die of overdoses in strange hotel rooms. Then Eric, her suicidal gay son, just drops off the face of the earth and she doesn't even wonder about him. You think with all that money she'd buy a nanny... or a clue.
Regina Mills: Once Upon a Time she poisoned her own step-daughter with a poisoned apple. Now, after an evil curse, she has an adopted son that she neglects so often that he's just running around town with his biological mother and sneaking out of her house in the middle of the night.
Everyone on American Horror Story: If you thought that Vivien Harmon was a bad mom for not noticing for a few months that her depressed daughter was dead, just wait until you meet Constance, who killed one of her sons because he was ugly, forced the other one to spend her time in a mirrored closet, and had a complicated relationship with another son who was a psychotic mass murderer. Oh, and now she's raising the child of demons. Thank god neither of them are back next season.
NEXT: Bad, bad Breaking Bad Mom.
Jenna Maroney: You don't really think of the 30 Rock ditzy diva as having children, but when she gets together a reunion of her egg donor babies, she completely shuns the one who isn't blond and pretty. That's no laughing matter. (Okay, it totally is.)
Lori Grimes: Lori, you live in a world full of zombies. How do you never know where your kid is?
Skyler White: First of all she was so stupid that she didn't know her husband was a meth cooker on Breaking Bad. Then, after she found out, she was so stupid to go spending all of his money and get him in trouble with gangsters. God, Skyler, get a clue. And let Walter Jr have his cool car already.
Gillian Darmody: There are a lot of awful parents on this list, but this Boardwalk Empire mess takes the Mother's Day brunch. Not only did she raise her son in front of showgirls and prostitutes, but when he was older she actually slept with him! The only person who is possibly worse than that is... well, no one!
TV and Movies to Avoid With Your Mom This Mother's Day
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
The majesty of the Emerald Isle is on full display in Leap Year an opposites attract romantic comedy starring Amy Adams (Julie & Julia Enchanted) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man Watchmen). Director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl Hilary and Jackie) shooting entirely on location in Ireland takes us on a whirlwind tour of the country’s breathtaking landscape reveling in its fabled fairy-tale charm.
Pity then that such a magnificent setting is so mercilessly defaced by Leap Year’s unrelenting mediocrity. The film’s dubious premise testing the already loose limits of rom-com believability casts Adams as Anna a type-A career girl who flies to Ireland intending to pop the question to her feet-dragging boyfriend on February 29th aka Leap Day. Why Leap Day? Because according to some idiotic old Irish tradition that’s when women are allowed to do such things. (Click here to watch Adams herself try to explain the plot.)
Unfortunately for Anna weather problems force her plane to land far away from Dublin and her would-be fiance. Trapped in a tiny coastal town with no reliable transportation at her disposal she enlists the help of a scruffy abrasive barkeep named Declan (Goode) to drive her cross-country so she can reach her destination by the 29th. And thus begins the traditional rom-com mating ritual of sexually-charged bickering followed by moments of abrupt awkward intimacy.
While watching Leap Year I swear I could hear the Irish countryside quietly weeping as it witnessed Goode and Adams slog through the film's succession of trite misadventures the talented actors straining in vain to manufacture some semblance of romantic chemistry as an assortment of jolly Waking Ned Devine types futilely spurred them on. Oh if only Greenpeace could have intervened and put a halt to such wanton environmental desecration. It's the worst thing to come out of Ireland since The Cranberries.
Bill Maher, host of ABC's late-night show Politically Incorrect, apologized Wednesday for criticizing the U.S. military on his show. According to E online, Maher is quoted as saying, "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly." As a result of this comment, several advertisers, including Sears Roebuck and Fed Ex, pulled their commercials. Maher claims his critique was aimed at politicians who "have not allowed our military to do the job they are obviously ready, willing and able to do."
The American Italian Defense Association (AIDA) was unsuccessful in their lawsuit against HBO's show The Sopranos. While AIDA claimed the program "violated a dignity clause" protecting people from "communications that incite hostility based on religion, race, or other affiliation," Judge Richard Siebel dismissed the suit based on constitutional rights in The Sopranos favor, Reuters reports.
The recent terrorist attacks have affected even off-stage Broadway workers. Unions who protect them allowed for a 25 percent pay cut due to the dramatic drop in show revenues, Variety reports. In an effort to keep Broadway alive, Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) president Thomas Short explained this decision and the importance of working together "in this time of crisis."
Comedian/actor/director Keenan Ivory Wayans may be directing a remake of the film Bellboy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original 1960 film starred Jerry Lewis; the new version is scheduled to feature Jackie Chan.
The DVD release of Citizen Kane will be celebrated with a unique red-carpet event tonight at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. The DVD premiere will re-create the classic film's May 9, 1941, opening night as celebrities like Dennis Hopper, Donna Mills and others arrive in antique cars and walk the red carpet.
In London, police are investigating whether or not a contestant cheated on TV game show Who wants to be a Millionare? Reuters reports that a coughing audience member may have assisted Army Major Charles Ingram, winner of the $1.47 million jackpot.