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Last week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. teased us with clues regarding Coulson's mysterious resurrection. After a half season of dropped hints (and about a month on hiatus), we were finally promised a concrete answer. Unfortunately, "The Magical Place" didn't quite deliver; it ended up asking more questions than it actually answered, leaving us as befuddled as ever.
"Seeds" did something similar with Skye's origin story. It wasn't quite as big of a disappointment-riddled tease as "The Magical Place" was, but we're still itching for more. We have some knowledge now: it turns out that S.H.I.E.L.D. got wind of an 0-8-4 (or, "an object of unknown origin") in a small village of China – they went after it, only to find that the whole village had been massacred in attempt to save what turned out to be a baby. A baby Skye, to be exact. Agent Linda Avery, the SHIELD agent who recovered her (and every agent involved, sans one) was also killed – but not before ensuring that Skye would bounce around the foster system until reaching adulthood; a necessary evil to make sure she was never found.
It all raises the question, what exactly made Skye an 0-8-4? The obvious answer is that she has powers of some kind, though we've yet to see any hint of them thus far. We've seen the origin stories of Graviton (remember the guy from "The Asset"?) and Blizzard – could this all be the origin story of Skye, Insert Superhero Name Here? She could also be from some other planet or universe – or maybe she's some kind of key, a la Dawn Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.
Anyways, it looks like all we can do is wait. The teaser warned us that the next episode (which doesn't air until February, argh) will contain an "astonishing series-changing final act." Who knows what that means – ideally, we'll be finding out more about Skye and her 0-8-4 status (or more about Coulson), but we know better by now than to get our hopes up.
Ah well. At least the whole Coulson-is-her-secret-dad/May-is-her-secret-mom theories are pretty effectively busted now.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 has finally been officially released after being leaked online ages ago. The new trailer has everyone gagging over the amazing celebrity guest judges, the higher production value, and the amazing queen moments. A queen does a death drop when she first walks into the studio! The caliber and expectations of the queens are definitely getting higher. RuPaul may have trouble picking America's Next Drag Superstar.
Judging from the trailer Khloe Kardashian, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be judges. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka also appear in matching outfits and may be performing as one judge. NewNowNext reports that other judges include Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, The Exorcist star Linda Blair, Leah Remini, Jaime Pressly, Community’s Gillian Jacobs, Chaz Bono and Cher’s mom, Georgia Holt.
It looks like the acting challenge may be a horror challenge since the girls are covered in blood and Ms. Blair is present. There also has to be a Cher challenge. RuPaul is a die-hard Cher fan and since Cher’s son and mother will be there as judges it seems to make sense. There will be the requisite sitcom challenge that will probably be judged by Remini and Jacobs. There also may be another musical challenge since Abdul and Ralph are judges. If there wasn't so much time to wait we wouldn't have to speculate, Ru!
This looks like it’s bound to be an amazing season.
Here are some amazing quotes from the trailer alone:
We’re drag queens in a f***ing competition; the only thing worse is prison. -Bianca del Rio
I appeared on American Idol. I looked like a lesbian Jonas brother. - Adore Delano (Danny Noriega)
Basic Bitches not wanted. - Khloe Kardashian
This is the motherf***ing Olympics! - RuPaul
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Poor Jordyn Wieber. There was perhaps no sadder moment surrounding the 2012 London Olympics than watching Ryan Seacrest ask the gymnastics team about Justin Bieber the World Champion sobbing after getting knocked out of the All-Around Finals — just feet away from qualifying teammate Aly Raisman's televised victory interview.
But Wieber should perk up as high as her ponytail — not only will she get a chance to Kerri Strug her way into winning her team Gold (hopefully sans ankle injury), but she could also boast a lucrative career in Hollywood. Doing what, you ask? Why, if horror movies have taught us anything, it's that there's a market for flexible possessed women.
Ever Linda Blair crab-walked her way down a set of stairs in a scene that was added for The Exorcist's 2000 theatrical re-release, the industry has realized nothing there's nothing more horrifying more than watching a girl bend her body in ways not seemingly possible. (You saw Raisman's parents watching her uneven bar routine last night, didn't you?) So how would scary movies' most notable bendy ladies fare in the Olympics? Let's see who would make the team — and who possessed us enough to pick up the Gold.
Finalist: Psychiatric Ward Crawler, The Exorcist III (1990) Name: UnknownBest Event: Defying GravityHobbies: Singing the full track to WickedStrength: Helping you remember the existence of The Exorcist IIIWeakness: Appearing in The Exorcist IIIFinal Score: 55.32. Talk about a one-trick pony. Finalist: Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) Name: Emily RoseBest Event: RingsHobbies: Excessive work-out sessions, crying over Lundy. Oh wait, that's Deb Morgan.Strength: Season 4Weakness: Season 5Final Score: 60.03. Julia Stiles' terribleness really throws you off your game. Bronze Medal: Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), The Last Exorcism (2010) Name: Nell SweetzerBest Event: Floor ExerciseHobbies: Laundry.Strength: Scaring the hell out of everyone but herself.Weakness: Hygiene.Final Score: 61.78. Could a scrunchie-less gymnast perform any higher? Silver Medal: Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), The Exorcist (1973) Name: Regan MacNeilBest Event: Uneven BarsHobbies: Board games.Strength: Avoiding Home Alone-style paint cans.Weakness: A warm bowl of pea soup.Final Score: 62.5. Like Wieber, a heavy favorite who still failed to turn her head and notice the competition. Gold Medal: Rosalita (Bonnie Morgan), The Devil Inside (2012) Name: RosalitaBest Event: Unbalanced BeamHobbies: Yoga. Duh.Strength: Making Brendan Fraser-clap hands.Weakness: Fashion sense. Capris? What is this, 2000?Final Score: 63.00. Really, anyone else taking the title would be a stretch. (Har.) Of course, these rankings are based on a biased judge who enjoys footage that can keep her up at night. So now, it's your turn: Which possessed lady would get your gold medal? &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6428037/"&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Which possessed girl would you give the gold?&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More: Olympics Round-Up: World Record for Dana Vollmer, Hugs for Michelle Obama Olympic Round-Up: Lochte Beats Phelps, Archers Take Aim at Silver 7 Queen of England Memes (From the Olympics Opening Ceremony)
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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Which word or words come to mind upon hearing “summer movies”? Blockbuster? Superheroes? Michael Bay? Explosions? Even if you don’t immediately think of that last word, it’s at least a common thread between the first three, and most true-blue “summer movies” out there — i.e., those hoping to become a blockbuster, featuring a superhero, or directed by Bay — offer at least one explosion scene. (Simply go watch the trailers for some of this summer’s most highly anticipated movies!) With THE season officially under way, we took a look back at the best summer-movie explosions of all time. Read on to see what we picked, and note that some of the accompanying clips are graphic. You've been warned!
Ghostbusters: Stay Puft on Fire!
“I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us … Mr. Stay Puft.” Not long after that line from Dan Aykroyd, and one of the most enduring images from many an ‘80s childhood, the Ghostbusters turn the marshmallow giant into the ultimate s’more, sans graham cracker and chocolate.
NEXT: Terrible Movie, Cool Explosion
Swordfish: Hostage C4 Explosion
Swordfish is best known for two things: Halle Berry’s right boob and left boob (and the $250,000 she reportedly received for baring each of them). That, and how laughably bad it — and John Travolta’s facial hair, and Hugh Jackman’s earring — was. But one scene, in which a female hostage is blown up in visually stunning/disturbing slow motion, was actually memorable … for intended reasons.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: Death Star No. 2 Destruction
Sweet nostalgia: The more time that passes by, the more dated this sequence looks — and the more we like it! You may argue that the first Death Star explosion trumps this one, and you’d have a valid argument, but the escape, and the narrow route thereof, that follows this one gives it a slight edge for us.
NEXT: The Sarah Connor Nightmare
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Nuclear Explosion/Nightmare Linda Hamilton
You could blindly pause James Cameron’s then-technologically advanced CGI masterpiece at almost any scene and happen upon a cool explosion. Our favorite? The one in which Linda Hamilton is torched to skeletal shreds by a nuke. Along with an entire city. It’s just a nightmare, Ms. Connor. Or is it? Dun-dun-dun. (Belated warning/reminder: We’re talking about one of the more disturbing scenes maybe ever. Hit ‘play’ above with caution!)
NEXT: White House Boom
Independence Day: White House Explodes
Will Smith can save the world in this alien-invasion uber-summer blockbuster, but he can’t save the White House (don’t worry, President Pullman was already out). By far ID4’s shining moment, the scene was impressively pulled off thanks to an exact miniature replica of the president’s home office. Amazing when you think about it; less amazing, but still cool to watch, when you see the finished product.
NEXT: So Long, Brach's
The Dark Knight: Joker Blows Up Hospital
We’ve all seen the unadulterated civilian footage of this one; the old Brach’s Candy building (standing in for Gotham General Hospital) in Chicago was actually destroyed during it. The Dark Knight translation: precisely one shot for every single thing to come together without a hitch, from the explosion to Heath Ledger’s Joker-y reaction to it all.
NEXT: Terrible Movie, Cool Explosion: Part II
Stealth: Hangar Blast
Stealth is one of those financial cautionary tales that Hollywood execs tell their kids at night (“ …and $60 million of that was never recouped. The end. Now go to sleep, Sweetie.”), but Columbia Pictures can at least take refuge in the one thing that worked: a positively incredible explosion, certainly one of the biggest ever executed, that results when terrible casting choice Josh Lucas shoots his way out of a hangar using a rocket.
NEXT: Obligatory Michael Bay Entry
The Rock: Alcatraz Explosion Sends Nic Cage Flying
That’s right — Michael Bay’s only mention on this list is for a movie that isn’t Transformers. Or Armageddon. Or Pearl Harbor. Those are all fine and good-ish and explosive and even released during summertime (thus eligible for inclusion), but for our money, nothing beats The Rock’s climax, featuring some bomb-droppage on Alacatraz, complete with an amazing shot of fighter jets flying away from the fireball they created and, of course, Nic Cage being blasted into the water.
NEXT: The Blast That Begat a Classic Line
Apocalypse Now: Napalm Drop
You know the famous Robert Duvall line “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”? Yeah, we couldn’t not include the fiery scene that begat it, even if the explosion wasn’t exactly Michael Bay-ian.
NEXT: Slow-Mo Explo
The Hurt Locker: Slow-Motion Explosion
Scenes don’t get much tenser than this — and we’re just talking about the build-up. Once the explosion — whose shockwaves claim Guy Pearce — hits, it’s a slow-mo, details-oriented sight to behold, in a not-so-popcorn-movie kinda way.
NEXT: An Explosion of Comedic Proportions
Tropic Thunder: Danny McBride Accidentally Blows Up Jungle
The lone hilarious explosion on this list — or maybe ever? — comes from one of the few actors capable of pulling off such a feat and in one of the few movies in which it could make sense. We previously mentioned The Dark Knight’s hospital scene; the mishap in Tropic Thunder essentially satirizes the danger of such a grand-scale one-take explosion. Oopsies.
NEXT: "What the Hell Are You?"
Predator: Arnold Defeats the Beast ... Defeats Itself
What the Hell Are You? Predator— MOVIECLIPS.com
So many Ah-nold explosions to choose from — and so many classic lines to accompany them (“Dah. Breedge. Iz. Aut!!!!” from True Lies comes to mind) — but the one from the original Predator, while it may lack the Schwarzenegger-dialogue magic (since “Do eet! Do eet now! Kill Meh!!!” comes earlier in the movie), is our favorite, admittedly due in part to the creepiest laugh ever, which precedes the Predator’s self-destruction.
For this week’s The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence not only transformed herself mentally to play a teenaged survivalist but also physically, in order to accurately portray the masterful hunter and archer that Katniss Everdeen has become. It’s something of a tribute to female roles that are genuinely kickass, physically demanding and heroic, not faux-empowering, exploitative or merely tough-looking. Here are other movies with such qualities from their leading ladies.
Before Michelle Rodriguez became a big star (and a bit of a troublemaker), she broke out in this little indie. With virtually no budget and thus scant room for stunt doubles and nifty effects, Rodriguez was forced to become a real female boxer, and the result was a very credible performance – and countless Best Newcomer-type awards.
Million Dollar Baby
Another boxing movie, another actress who went the extra mile to authenticate her performance and character. Hilary Swank’s training was “two and a half hours of boxing and approximately an hour and a half to two hours lifting weights every day, six days a week.” It showed – and paid off: She won a Best Actress Oscar for the second time in her career.
Though Demi Moore’s performance wasn’t exactly Oscar-worthy (it was Razzie-worthy, though: She won Worst Actress in 1997), there’s no denying that her portrayal of the first woman to undergo Navy SEAL training was physically demanding – and that Moore met those demands head-on. And, uh, hair-off!
Uma Thurman was put through the ringer – mentally, emotionally AND physically (how she was not nominated for an Oscar is beyond us) – in Quentin Tarantino’s two-“volume” martial arts/revenge opus, and while Tarantino and master choreographer Yuen Woo-ping deserve a lot of credit for the memorable fight sequences, Thurman was at the center of them all. Which is impressive even if her stunt double was heavily involved.
While we’re on the subject of Tarantino and his borderline fetishism of female empowerment, we must mention Death Proof – in which real-life stuntwoman Zoe Bell plays a stuntwoman on the run (along with Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms) from Kurt Russell’s deranged Stuntman Mike. And she, naturally, performs her own stunts, including riding on the hood of a car at breakneck speeds, sans CGI. If that wasn’t physically demanding, then what is?
So … yeah, we cheated a bit. But how could we not include a TV show – really the only one of its kind, save perhaps for series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the original Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels, to a much lesser degree – that features a female lead (Jennifer Garner) performing crazy action sequences on a weekly basis? Well, we couldn’t!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Be it the original trilogy adaptation, featuring Noomi Rapace, or David Fincher’s recent Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara, playing antiheroine Lisbeth Salander is clearly not for the dainty actresses out there – or any actresses afraid of physicality, whether it’s uglifying one’s appearance drastically or filming sexually abusive scenes.
Even if Linda Hamilton didn’t perform all her stunts in the first two Terminator movies – and it’s safe to assume that she didn’t – it is abundantly clear that she put in a ton of time at the gym to not only be ready for said stuntwork, if necessary, but also create a ripped Sarah Connor who doesn’t look silly handling various guns.
Multiple Angelina Jolie Movies
These days, Jolie looks a little, er, fragile to pass as a believable ass-kicking action heroine, but in all of her action movies (including the Tomb Raiders, Wanted, Salt and even Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Jolie has insisted on doing as many of her own stunts as possible. Which for insurance reasons might not translate to that many, but stil, she’s clearly game for physically demanding roles.
As inane and half-baked as Grandma's Boy is it does have some redeeming qualities. The film revolves around Alex (Allen Covert) a 35 year-old former accountant and current pothead who is following his dream of designing his own video game. His day job is testing video games for a gaming company filled with boys barely shaving (I can just hear the guys in the audience now: “Man how can I get THAT job?”). When he gets evicted from his apartment however he’s forced to move in with his sweet and adoring grandmother (Doris Roberts) and her two roommates (Shirley Jones and Shirley Knight). The rest of the plot is superfluous something to do with a new hotshot gaming exec (Linda Cardellini) brought in to whip a new game into shape before it hits the streets the ultra-nerdy genius (Joel David Moore) who created it and the game he ends up stealing from Alex. Whatever just light another one up and turn on the Xbox dude. The film features all of producer Adam Sandler’s cronies sans Sandler. Covert (i.e. Ten Second Tom in 50 First Dates) is the mastermind behind Grandma's Boy having also co-written and produced it so he naturally fits the part well. Good for him to finally get out of Sandler’s shadow. The rest of the geeks and freaks do what they do but you kind of have to wonder what Roberts Knight and Jones (who really looks fabulous by the way) were thinking when they signed on. The Everybody Loves Raymond alum is lovable enough as Alex’s doting grandma. But Jones’ character Grace is a been-there done-that floozy who beds a twentysomething and Knight is dazed for most of the film making happy faces out of the buffet of pills she takes in. A little embarrassing yes but they all looked like they had a grand time so why not? Have you ever noticed how Adam Sandler produces crude R-rated crap through his Happy Madison banner (Deuce Bigalow et. al.) but never actually stars in it? He saves all the safe PG-13 stuff for himself keeping his reputation in check. On the other hand Covert obviously just wanted to make a dumb fun comedy in the same vein as the National Lampoon series and hired Nicholaus Goossen--who had been making short films for the Happy Madison website--to helm. The film isn’t great by any standards. In fact as it starts off you’re really hoping it isn’t going to any more painful than say Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. But then something surprising happens--it sort of grows on you. The whole video-gaming and stoner aspects lend themselves to a myriad of amusing situations as does the scenario with the old ladies. Sure the film is clearly aimed for a particular demographic but it isn’t a total waste of time for the rest of us.