For weeks now, the cast and crew of MTVs Teen Wolf have been warning audiences that a major character death would happen before the end of the third season. Although the show has never shied away from killing off characters — except for Jackson, who merely moved to London when Colton Haynes left the show — this one could be the last straw for fans.
In November, Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis hinted that a core character would die in the second half of the third season: “Prepare to lose someone,” he said. “We will possibly be changing our main title sequence, so not everyone’s going to make it out of this season alive.”
For those of us who are still reeling from the traumatic deaths of Erica (Gage Golightly) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls) in 3A, this was particularly harsh.
So who could it be? If Davis is telling the truth and it’s someone in the main title sequence, then it could be Scott, Allison, Stiles, Derek, or Lydia — all of whom have been on Teen Wolf since the very first episode. If Davis is lying (a highly likely possibility) the victim could be Isaac, Danny, or one of the adults: Melissa McCall, Chris Argent, or Sheriff Stilinski. Any of these would tear out our hearts.
Since Teen Wolf is character driven — they keep the show grounded in reality while their lives are inundated with the supernatural — it’s hard to imagine the series without any of these characters. Then there’s the worry that the death won’t be given its due. If Teen Wolf kills off one of the main characters and the show does a poor job of it (like Erica in 3A) that could make the death even more heartbreaking... and infuriating.
We don’t know about you, but we’re very, very wary of the third season finale.
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For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.
Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are leaving The Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman and his iconic group are celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2014 and at the end of this year, two of its members will part ways with the band.
Haynes and Trucks, who have been with the group for 25 and 15 years respectively, announced the news in a statement that reads: "We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavours and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band."
Haynes leads the group Gov't Mule, while Trucks fronts his Derek Trucks Band. He also plays in The Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.
A year never looked quite as good as 2014 in the new calendar from Reflect it Back, a project for social good. Tyler Posey and Colton Haynes rounded up some of their Teen Wolf buddies as well as some other young Hollywood stars in order to create MIRROR: A Calendar for Social Good. The calendar, shot by photographer Doug Inglish, features the abs of Posey and Haynes as well as their werewolf pals Tyler Hoechlin, Max Carver, and Charlie Carver. Parker Young of Suburgatory, Chris Zylka of Twisted, and Kendrick Sampson recently on The Vampire Diaries joined the Teen Wolf guys in posing for the calendar.
An information video on the Reflect it Back site features a few of the stars talking about the project — they wanted to use their talents to give something back to the world. Attractive and philanthropic? What more could you ask for in a dream guy (or guys)? There are also plenty of clips from behind the scenes of the photo shoot, which seems like it would have been a blast.
For those wondering, the calendar costs $24.99 (before shipping and taxes) and the proceeds will benefit several charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check out the hashtag #ReflectitBack to get in on the conversation and see some more behind the scenes photos of the calendar’s stars.
Bruno Mars is celebrating after clinching the the Mtv Europe Music Awards ceremony's first prize after his Locked Out Of Heaven hit earned him the Best Song trophy. The American pop star beat off competition from Daft Punk (Get Lucky), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Thrift Shop), Rihanna (Diamonds) and Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines) to take home the trophy, which was presented by Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes and Game Of Thrones star Candice van Houten.
Mars thanked his fans and manager in his acceptance speech and then revealed the win was extra special because his father had flown in to Amsterdam, Holland for the awards ceremony.
He said, "Listen y'all (you all) this song means so much to me... Thank you guys so much... I want to thank Atlantic records, I want to thank my manager. I got my pops here tonight, poppa Mars is in the building... Amsterdam thank you!"
Mars is also nominated for the Best Male award.
Other early winners include Katy Perry, who was named Best Female, Eminem (Best Hip Hop Award) and 30 Seconds to Mars (Best Alternative Act Award).
Miley Cyrus kicked off the ceremony with a space-themed performance of We Can't Stop, spanking a leather-clad little person and groping her breast, while Robin Thicke was joined by Iggy Azalea for a performance of his tracks Blurred Lines and Feel Good, and prizewinner Perry performed new track Unconditionally.
One of the best things about MTV’s Teen Wolf is the social media. They’ve been able to interact with the fans on a level that few other television shows have been able to achieve. The Teen Wolf Tumblr can talk about “feels” and “shipping” like any seasoned fan. It felt like love at first fanfiction. (Teen Wolf even held a fanfiction contest, proving that it's not like other shows, it's a cool show.) However, fans grow and change with the show and it seemed like Teen Wolf social media was stuck in the honeymoon stage.
As the first half of Teen Wolf’s third season aired, fans began to notice some major problems with the show. Teen Wolf was killing off a lot of ladies and people of color — but Colton Haynes, who left the show to join the CW’s Arrow, miraculously lived. A series that fans loved for being diverse and progressive was killing off all the characters that made it such.
Then Teen Wolf’s social media added salt to the wounds with their video attempt to persuade fans to vote for the show in TV Guide’s Fan Favorites contest. In the video, two actors from Teen Wolf threatened to kill Danny if the show doesn’t win. Not Danny! He’s the only LGBT character left! Fans were justifiably angry.
However, the leader of Teen Wolf’s social media team recently took to Tumblr to apologize for his crass joke about Danny, and the #KillDanny hashtag that accompanied it. Hopefully this will bring an end to the first fight of the relationship between Teen Wolf and its fans. (Seriously, we don’t like it when you guys fight.)
The Doors star Robby Krieger is to join rockers Gov't Mule for a Halloween tribute to his former band. Allman Brothers star Warren Haynes' band stage a tribute show to other artists annually, and this year they've chosen to honour Krieger's group - and the guitarist will join them onstage.
Gov't Mule and Krieger will perform at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on 30 October (13), and at the Fox Theater in Oakland the following night.
Krieger is also gearing up for another major Doors tribute show next year (14) - he and former bandmate John Densmore are planning to pay tribute to keyboard player Ray Manzarek, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year (13).
He recently told Ultimate Classic Rock, "It's going to be February 12th. I'm not sure where yet, but probably somewhere in L.A. February 12th is Ray's birthday, so that's what we're shooting for. We're talking with Live Nation, and we want to get some great guys to play. I want to get some great keyboard guys, some people that Ray looked up to - Keith Jarrett maybe or Herbie Hancock - some guys like that.
"Hopefully we'll be successful in getting something like that together, and that would be the first time that John and I would have played (together) for a long time."
Stars including Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole, Martina Mcbride and Don Was are set to salute veteran rocker Gregg Allman at a special tribute concert in Atlanta, Georgia next year (14). Train frontman Pat Monahan, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Eric Church, Widespread Panic and the 65-year-old star's own The Allman Brothers Band will also perform in his honour at the All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman event.
Don Was and Haynes will serve as co-musical directors of the Fox Theatre concert, which will feature unique collaborations and surprise guests for one night only on 10 January (14).
Show organiser and producer Keith Wortman says, "I am honoured and humbled to produce a multi-media event of this magnitude."
Al Jourgensen is set to be transformed into a superhero in his own comic book series. The Ministry rocker has teamed up with British artist Sam Shearon to launch Ministry: The Devil's Chord - The Chronicles of Alien F. Jourgensen.
The 13-issue series will follow title character Alien F. Jourgensen, a budding musician, and is expected to premiere at Comic-Con next summer (14).
A statement from Jourgensen, reads: "I've been wanting to step away from music for a bit, switch gears. I met Sam and then POOF (sic)! Sam turns me into a superhero. Ya (sic), I'll sign up for that!"
Each issue will be based on a Ministry album and Jourgensen is hoping to include his fellow musicians in the series.
He says, "I'd love to have people like Trent Reznor, Billy Gibbons and Billy Haynes be characters in the series. I mean, who doesn't want to be a superhero?"
Country music legend Willie Nelson has rejoined the bill of an upcoming music festival in Nashville, Tennessee after previously axing the date due to a shoulder injury. The veteran singer cancelled three shows, in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, after doctors ordered him to rest up, and he also pulled out of his slot at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville on Saturday (28Sep13).
However, the On the Road Again hitmaker has made a good recovery, and has now rejoined the festival's line-up, and he also invited musician Warren Haynes to play during the show.
A statement from organisers reads, "Late breaking news from the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival! Willie Nelson & Family have confirmed with Southern Ground Music & Food Festival organisers that they will in fact perform on Saturday, September 28th and have invited their friend Warren Haynes to sit-in on a couple songs."