There’s a lot you can learn from ABC’s Revenge and the drama therein; how to fake your own death, how to fake an entire relationship, how to blackmail, frame, or ruin anyone’s reputation in the Hamptons. But you can also learn how to look fabulous while doing all of these very shady things (or while doing nothing shady at all, depending on what you’re into). Here’s what we’ve learned about fashion from some of our favorite characters on Revenge.
When attempting to take down high society in the Hamptons, keep a reservoir of fly little dresses at all times. Red, white, black, indigo — all colors are necessary for a summer of revenge on the water.
Upgrade the hell outta your pixie cut with some side-swept bangs. Also, try to be French like Margaux. If you can’t be French work on your faux French accent while fixing your side-swept bangs in the mirror.
Let’s be real—for bad bitches everywhere there’s pretty much only one color: red. All-red everything. Granted, Victoria has worn other colors, but she’s never more terrifying, more Victoria Grayson-like, than when she’s rocking a red dress and giving everyone the steely-eye.
Nautical wear is not just for the nautically-inclined, says our favorite faux sailor.
Jack Porter, Daniel Grayson, and Aiden Mathis
If you have the abs, try to be shirtless as much as possible. If you have the abs and a newborn baby (hi Jack), try to be shirtless as much as possible while holding the baby. Kthnxbye.
Spy games are a family affair in the new international trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Chris Pine and Keira Knightley's marriage gets wrapped up in a complex web of international spy intrigue, and spy intrigue in Hollywood means a lot of stuff getting shot at and blown up.
CIA analyst and desk jockey Jack Ryan (Pine) must go operational to stop the nefarious plans of Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh), whose Russian accent tells you he's the bad guy behind all of the global corporate evil going on. Kevin Costner plays Jack's steely CIA handler.
While this new international trailer treads similar ground to the last trailer from a few weeks ago, there are a couple new scenes to chew on, including some post-mission sheet wrestling between Pine and Knightly, more of Branagh's thick Russian accent, and more clues of Jack's wife's role in the film. It seems like she will be getting kidnapped a lot, but there are worse things in the world than having Chris Pine come to your rescue.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens Christmas Day.
Being an aging actress in Hollywood is tough. But Karen Black had it more difficult than most. This past March, with her money from her '70s golden age starring in films like Easy Rider and The Great Gatsby all spent, she took to Kickstarter to fund her treatment for ampullary cancer. She almost doubled her goal of $32,000 before she stopped accepting donations in June. But late Thursday afternoon, word broke that Black had died of her disease. She was 74.
Black starred in some of the greatest films of the '60s and '70s. In her memory, here are clips from five of her greatest performances.
Easy Rider (1969)
Black played a prostitute named Karen in Dennis Hopper's counterculture road movie. Even in a relatively small part you couldn't take your eyes off her.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Her best known role may be as Rayette Dipesto in Bob Rafelson's study of Boomer individualism. The whole movie is a showcase for Jack Nicholson's "me me me" scenery chewing, but Black's quiet presence is striking. If Jack is like the wild tetherball, flailing about in all directions, she's like the pole, grounded and steady.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Isla Fisher opted for a more comical take on Tom Buchanan's lover Myrtle in Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby flick. Almost 40 years earlier, Black played Myrtle as a deluded dreamer with a crazed look in her eyes. She really is kind of terrifying in this scene.
As doomed country singer Connie White, Black showed how imprisoning fame can be in Robert Altman's masterpiece. There's no video available online showing just her work in Nashville, but she discusses the film in the above interview.
Family Plot (1976)
In Alfred Hitchcock's last film, Black donned a platinum blonde wig for a largely mute role as a jewel thief. She exudes steely malice, especially when tangling with Bruce Dern, who'd previously played Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.
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The first Santa Clause had a somewhat clever premise on how an ordinary guy can become Santa Claus just by putting on the red suit while the second Clause was about finding a Mrs. Claus. What’s the third clause? The Escape Clause which allows anyone who is Santa the option to give it all up and become a mortal man again. Of course Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) aka the current Santa has no intentions of leaving the job. But his lovely wife Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell) is expecting their first child and missing home a great deal so Scott has to juggle having his in-laws (Alan Arkin and Ann-Margaret) come to the North Pole--which he has to disguise as Canada to keep the “Secret of Santa” alive--with getting ready for Christmas. It’s kind of hectic. And throwing a huge wrench in the whole deal is the envious Jack Frost (Martin Short). Relegated as the “opening act” to Christmas Frost wants his own gig and sabotages Scott at every turn in order to steal the job away from him. There’s no nipping at your nose with this guy; it’s all-out war. Allen makes no apologies for his career. Why should he? He’s been moderately successful playing everyday dads in Disney comedies displaying the right mix of milquetoast-iness and humor. Plus as Scott/Santa he also gets to be sentimental. I just wonder if he still wouldn’t like to do something more cutting edge? Short on the other hand never could find the right kind of starring vehicle for himself but instead has created some hilarious supporting characters (if you don’t believe me rent The Big Picture). Jack Frost is another one to add to the list. The comedian has way too much fun playing the nasty ice man with steely blue eyes a smart--if frosty--three-piece suit and who gets to say lines like “I invented ‘Chill!’” Mitchell (TV’s Lost) reprises her role as the sweet-as-pie Mrs. Claus and has some nice moments with Scott. And what a surprise to see Alan Arkin and Ann-Margaret in this! They are perfect as the meddling in-laws especially Arkin who finds everything wrong with Scott and his “toy factory.” Buena Vista didn’t feel it was necessary to pre-screen Santa Clause 3 for critics. They probably believe the audiences for this franchise is already built in and they don’t need jaded critics slamming the film for being silly and meaningless. Smart. But as much as it pains me to say it Santa Clause 3 directed by Michael Lembeck (who did Santa Clause 2) really isn’t that awful. Yes it’s all terribly predictable with the schmaltz so thick you could cut it with a knife. But there’s also something surprisingly endearing about these movies. They have always provided a sort of warm family-friendly feel without too much forced circumstances—and most importantly they are legitimate Christmas movies--even its being released just as we are putting away the Halloween decorations. Honestly I’d take a Santa Clause 3 over a Christmas with the Kranks (sorry Tim Allen) any day.
Darren (Jason Biggs) Wayne (Steve Zahn) and J.D. (Jack Black) grow up as best friends spending their days spraying beer and playing in their Neil Diamond cover band Diamonds in the Rough. Darren thinks he’ll never meet another girl like high school crush Sandy (Amanda Detmer) until he gets swept off his feet by the beautiful but controlling Judith (Amanda Peet). When she keeps him away from his buddies J.D. and Wayne do their best to break them up. The first half starts off so promisingly (more footage of the “band” would have been helpful) until after the hilarious attempts at kidnapping Judith and setting Silverman up with Sandy before she takes her final vows to be a nun (yes you read right). Then it meanders dwindles … and begins its rapid slide downhill.
There’s not much you can do than shake your head and think “what a waste.” Biggs is the straight man whose best scenes are pre-Judith. Black so hysterically cutting in “High Fidelity ” and Zahn so hysterical in well almost everything are a well-matched pair but really deserve better material to work with. Detmer (“Final Destination”) had a more colorful role in last year’s terrible Freddie Prinze Jr. film “Boys and Girls” (also starring Biggs); here she just smiles sweetly or looks perplexed (going out to lunch in her nun’s habit elicits very little laughs). And Peet with her steely eyes and sharp facial structure is well-cast as the ice queen. Neil Diamond makes a cameo but couldn’t he perform a more recognizable tune than “Holly Holy”?
“Saving Silverman” would’ve been better served by staying in the clever lane instead of veering into the gross-out bits it ultimately turns to. Dennis Dugan veteran of ushering “Saturday Night Live” alumni Adam Sandler and Chris Farley to film careers depends too much on his actors to carry the laughs into the next scene. But while Sandler and Farley could just dumb-schtick their way through Zahn and Black demand a (slightly) higher intellect. As a result edits are awkward and the audience is left drumming their fingers going “What’s next?”