So, where did season 2 of Girls leave us? Hannah was on the brink of being sued by an e-book company for failing to deliver a novel – the pressure of writing under such a hard-and-fast deadline may have caused her OCD to rear its ugly head, but also brought about her reunion with Adam (yay?). Marnie and Charlie were also back together again (Marnie: "I wanna have your little brown babies, and I wanna watch you die"), Shoshonna and Ray had broken up, and Jessa…had disappeared off the face of the earth. Seriously, what happened to her?
With season 3 coming up on us fast (January 12, to be exact), what can we expect?
Marnie + Charlie Forever
Except, not. Even after their heart-wrenching (well, as heart-wrenching as anything containing Allison Williams could be) declarations of love, we know that Charlie is not long for the world of Girls: actor Christopher Abbott is leaving the show...so much for happy ever after, huh Marnie? I'm sensing some pretty severe break-up blues in the future (confirmed by the recent promo trailer). On a related note, I also predict we'll be hearing more misguided acoustic covers of rap songs.
Shoshanna + Ray Forever?
I honestly kind of love Ray. Maybe it's because I, as a fellow loser, recognize something of a kindred spirit in him. So, even though they broke up, I hope they'll reconcile. The way they first fell for each other – when she was running pantsless through the night high as a kite on coke – was plain kismet. According to the new promo, he's going to be busy managing his pizza/coffee shop hybrid, and she's going to be doing some sexual risk-taking, but I think they'll find their ways back to each other – and it'll be interesting to see how they work through their issues.
For all the s**t Lena Dunham gets (some of which is well warranted: how Danielle Brooks is the first African-American woman on the show in this day and age, I don't even know), she's certainly gotten her fair share of accolades for her realistic, and for the most part, non-comedic portrayal of OCD. Methinks getting back together with Adam isn't going to be the cure-all for Ms. Horvath. At least, not permanently.
Since the second episode of the first season of New Girl, we have been waiting patiently for the return of Coach. More of a "character" in his single half-hour onscreen than Winston has managed to be in two and a half seasons, the hypermasculine, stringently monikered meathead left a gaping hole in the show when he parted ways with the loft boys to head into Chicago for his stay on Happy Endings. And yes, Damon Wayans Jr. was immaculate as the dapper, effeminate Brad Williams on the short-lived ABC sitcom, but at the cost of New Girl's thematic symmetry. When Jess entered the lives of Nick, Schmidt, and Coach back in the pilot, she did so as a unique institution of strong, substantial womanhood. Each of the three represented the downfalls of their adherence to gender norm restrictions: Nick was insistently closed off to emotional growth. Schmidt was a diabolical "womanizer." And Coach represented the abrasive, athletically-obsessed alpha male bravado as Jess' ultimate foil. But then he left, transformed into Brad, lost that show, and returned. So how was it?
Was Damon Wayans Jr.'s performance Brad-caliber?Anyone who did tune into Happy Endings knows that this young comedian is far and away the funniest performer in his highly successful family. Although Happy Endings met a sour fate, I'm glad that Wayans spent his time on that show as opposed to on New Girl, as it gave him the chance to try out a more original character than what Coach was setting up to be, and one perfectly condusive to his talents for squeals and twirling. As Coach, Wayans is still funny... but he is inherently less funny spouting his bravado than he is eliciting tears of giddiness.
Is this the Coach we once knew?We barely got to know the character in the first place, but we got a taste of him with one defining scene in which he admitted to Jess that he doesn't "know how to talk to women." This abject standoffishness derived from his obsession with all things manly, thus leaving him clueless in the pursuit of female attention (which, really, is probably why he went all out in being so "manly" in the first place). Although he's still nowhere close to a gentleman, Coach seems to have adopted more of a Schmidt-like persona than we might have expected. He returns to the loft after a long, highly invested romantic relationship, he "schmoozes" strippers to ease his heartbreak. He's still a jackass, but a slightly different sort of jackass.
Will he be here to stay?Wayans doesn't have a regular gig since Happy Endings went off the air; additionally, Schmidt has moved across the hall to the vacant apartment (that was not too long ago occupied by 23-year-olds). So there's plenty of room for Wayans on New Girl. But will this be a regular ordeal, or just a one-time thing? The way the material's quality has been in decline lately, we wouldn't mind mixing up the formula with a new character.
Also, other stuff happened.Nick acted like a jag to impress Coach. Jess got mad. Nick got mad. Nick went to a strip club. Jess flirted with Taye Diggs. They made up. Jess and Nick, not Jess and Taye Diggs. Taye Diggs got punched in the face and placed in an elevator, naked, which was a little unsettling.
But that's it.Technically, Schmidt and Winston were in this episode.
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After an unconventional debut on Monday, Pete Holmes is finding his footing with his new TBS talk show. His approach has been enjoyably unconventional, opting to offer a more personal, short-form version of late night TV. The Pete Holmes Show is not yet seamless, but it is carving out a place for itself.
Tuesday night Holmes had his strongest opening monologue. The choice to veer away from a traditional approach is an effective way to ingratiate himself with new viewers. It's important for the audience to learn about Holmes without him trying to be Conan. He has a non-controversial yet confrontational approach to criticizing carnivals for being a "community of drifters." He's affably aggressive, a combination not seen enough in comedy. The downside to his personalized approach is that like all stand-up comedy, it won't always kill.
Sticking to his hyper-casual podcast approach to interviews, Holmes hit his stride with his guests mid-week. The interviews, though each very different in content, showcase Holmes' ability to have infectious fun with whatever he's doing. "Gabbing like gals" with Allison Williams features her and Holmes sitting in pajamas eating cereal. The Girls actress admits to being a fan of Holmes' You Made It Weird podcast, and the interview explodes with chemistry. If it went on any longer, my TV would've exploded.
Holmes had a number of successful sketches fitting for late night. The most enjoyable was the desk piece 'Sexy Costumes for Men.' The simple yet silly bit felt like a throwback to early Conan, while staying true to Holmes' voice. Instead of a one-note visual joke about scantily-clad males, he explores what's truly sexy. With the Confident Zombie, There-Wolf, And Mummy Who Always Replaces the Toilet Paper Roll, we are reminded what women are attracted to: most hilariously, a wolf who is always there for her.
Airing The Internet
The biggest issue of The Pete Holmes Show came at the beginning and end of the week. While the first episode recycled podcast premises, Thursday's episode aired two sketches that had been available online days prior to the episode. In fact, 'Batman Vs. Superman' has been on YouTube for 2 weeks already. Seeing that and 'Pete Holmes Stalked' air after originally viewing them as internet promos dilutes the sense of urgency to tune in. This leaves the audience shortchanged, even when the sketches are very funny.
On Wednesday Holmes joked about his new need to say "no one tells me what to do!" As he finds his voice this first week, Holmes is staying true to this mantra. We're still learning who he his, but it's refreshing that Holmes is resisting the pressure to try anyone else on. For this reason alone, it's exciting and entertaining to watch The Pete Holmes Show take shape.
The Pete Holmes Show airs on TBS Monday-Thursday at 12 AM ET.
YouTubeNine Inch Nails' "Closer," Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People," Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy" – all three are no-brainers when it comes to selecting the scariest music videos of all time. But given each artist's reputation, the disturbing imagery which defined them shouldn't have come as too much of a shock. Indeed, some of the most fearsome promos emerge when a less typically controversial act decides to catch the viewer off guard by giving into their previously hidden horror leanings. Here's a look at five which may have scared the bejeezus out of you when you were least expecting it.Robbie Williams – "Rock DJ"Swapping the ice rink of his previous video for the roller disco, Williams tries to catch the attention of the female DJ by stripping off both his clothes and then his actual skin in a bloody and surprisingly grotesque finale which led to accusations of Satanism. Azari & III – "Hungry For The Power"The Chicago house scene isn't exactly renowned for producing video nasties. But that didn't stop Azari & III from creating a blood-splattering cannibalistic take on American Psycho which subsequently received a ban from YouTube.Miike Snow – "Paddling Out"The team behind bubblegum pop hits from Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez continued to leave the day-job firmly behind with this video, which sees a dancing slob surgically altered by aliens to look like a warped version of '90s Trent Reznor. Follow-up "The Wave" was equally unsettling.MGMT – "Kids"Before they abandoned the concept of a tune, MGMT delivered one of the most joyous singles of 2008 with the prog-pop of "Kids." However, the video is the stuff of nightmares as a poor toddler is terrorised by everything from hoodied zombies to creepy sheepdogs in front of his wildly oblivious mother.Broken Social Scene – "Sweetest Kill"Even band member Andrew Whiteman was taken aback by the literal video treatment for the Canadian indie-rockers innocent tale of teens at a summer camp dance as Bijou Phillips murders her boyfriend before graphically hacking at his lifeless body.
Recently there was a magazine photo spread featuring reunions of various casts from bygone shows of the past decades, including one from Boy Meets World. There is, of course, the spin-off coming soon called Girl Meets World , though, seeing the cast all together like that made me wonder why ABC didn't just resurrect the original show and call it Boy Meets World: 10 Years Later.
While Hollywood always seems to love featuring new blood, it can't be denied that the original cast had the perfect chemistry. With other networks are bringing back veteran actors like Michael J Fox and Robin Williams, there wouldn't be much to lose bringing back this cast, especially with its simultaneous syndication on The Disney Channel and MTV2. These people are still in the public consciousness.
Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are reprising their old roles as Corey and Topanga, though they'll be parents now, and William Daniels is Mr. Feeny again (of course, because the show wouldn't be as awesome without him). There was talk of Will Friedle, Corey's brother Eric, and Rider Strong, who played Corey's friend Shawn, visiting the set of Girl Meets World but not being asked to join the show. That stinks, since the show could use the zaniness of Eric, playing an off-the-wall uncle to Corey and Topanga's children. Plus, Shawn could show them what life on the other side of the tracks is like. Heck, I'd even welcome a visit from Ethan Suplee's high school enforcer, Frankie.
ABC is doing us a disservice by not reuniting the whole cast, though I do hold out hope that once the show brings in a newer, younger audience, they'll slowly begin re-introducing the other former cast members. Otherwise, it'll turn into Girl Meets Harsh Reality Of Hollywood Business.
Meg Ryan, who has been semi-retired for a while, is coming to a network sitcom and the first question that springs to mind is: Can she regain her mojo? The next one is: Should we still care?
She was "America's Sweetheart" in the 1980s and '90s. Of course, we all remember the scene in When Harry Met Sally where she faked the orgasm in the diner. Then she was in such romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. There was City of Angels, with Nic Cage and then...fewer and fewer appearances. The roles she took were for movies that really didn't stand out or do well in the box office.
When she was one of the queens of Hollywood, ger biggest weapon in grabbing our hearts then was making a scrunched-face and her bubbly personality. She was so pixie-like and we couldn't stop going to see movies that she starred in. The thing is, she's been away for many years, aside from her recent appearances on Showtime's Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow (another '90s darling - hi!). In the entertainment business, if you spend more than a year out of the public consciousness, people tend to forget really fast.
Maybe Ryan is hoping that she can ride the wave that Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams recently began surfing and that our love for nostalgia will help make her popular again. She's going to have a lot of power and control of this sitcom, since she'll be executive producer. There's no title for it yet, but there's probably a good chance there will be some kind of wordplay on it. Maybe she's put in some calls to the agent of Hanks and Billy Crystal to see if they can make an appearance or two on it to grab some eyeballs.
Then our question will be: What time is this show on?
Talk about Oscar buzz! Critically-acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is getting ready to hit theatres at the end of the month and there’s plenty to get excited about. The trailer looks amazing and the movie received much hype as it made its way around the festival circuit; it even won The Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. If you don’t know how to mentally prepare yourself for what will surely be one of the biggest films of the year, we’re here to help. Here are a few reasons why there’s no other movie to see on October 31.
This film has something for everyone: Benedict Cumberbatch fans are going wild, and that’s only the beginning. Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael K. Williams of The Wire are all on board. 12 Years A Slave also stars the amazing Chiwetel Ojiofor (who may finally get his due as one of the best) as Solomon Northrup.
The True Story
We should all know the name of Solomon Northrup as well as we know the name of Frederick Douglass or Benjamin Franklin. His memoir 12 Years A Slave isn’t being taught in most grade schools yet, but maybe McQueen’s film can change that. A free-born black man from New York born before the Civil War, Northrup was offered a fake job, drugged, and sold into slavery. After 12 years he did the impossible and regained his freedom; such an amazing story of triumph and tragedy in America truly deserves to be told.
The Steve McQueen Factor
No offense to other directors who might have taken on such a story (like Steven Spielberg or Spike Lee), but really? Steve McQueen is probably the best guy for the job. His subtle, sweeping approach to powerful stories with compelling characters (as seen in his other films, Hunger and the unforgettable 2011 indie hit Shame), gives us all the faith in this production.
On Aug. 26, the U.S. Open began its first round of matches for the 2013 tournament. Tennis lovers from around the world flocked to Queens, New York to see athletes like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams participate in the renowned competition. Along with the fans, celebrities also made their way to the USTA National Tennis Center to see these athletes in action.
Movie stars like Matt Bomer, Kevin Spacey, and Blake Lively all showed up on the U.S. Open Instagram, while our very own sister site, Beyond the Row, caught Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour taking in a set or two. Nick Jonas kissed new girlfriend Olivia Culpo in the stands while Ben Stiller was caught chatting with tennis star Andy Murray.
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Actor Nathan Lane saw off competition from stars including Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal to land the top honour at the New York Drama League Awards on Friday (17May13). Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams, Edie Falco and Alan Cumming were also in the running for the Distinguished Performance prize, but it was Lane's turn in Douglas Carter Beane's burlesque drama The Nance which bagged him the prestigious accolade.
Cyndi Lauper added another award to her collection for Kinky Boots, which was named Distinguished Production of a Musical, while Distinguished Revival of a Musical went to Pippin.
Distinguished Play was bestowed upon Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? landed the Distinguished Revival of a Play honour.
Bernadette Peters walked away with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre trophy and Jerry Mitchell received the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing during the ceremony, which was held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The New York Drama League Awards celebrate the best in Broadway and Off Broadway and are voted for by the public.
Actors Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal have been nominated for the New York Drama League's prestigious Distinguished Performance award. Other hopefuls aiming to take home the coveted theatre prize include Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams and Edie Falco, as well as Alan Cumming, who has been recognised for his one-man Shakespeare show, Macbeth.
The Lucky Guy, The Whale, The Nance, The Assembled Parties, Old Hats, The Testament of Mary, I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will compete for the title of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, while Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots, Matilda: The Musical, Motown: The Musical, Dogfight, Here Lies Love, Murder Ballad and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 will fight it out for the title of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.
The nominated revivals include Annie, Pippin, As You Like It, and Golden Boy.
In addition, Bernadette Peters will be feted with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre trophy and Jerry Mitchell will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
The winners will be announced at the 79th annual ceremony on 17 May (13).