Whatever happened to "the formidable Olivia Pope"? DC's savviest fixer has spent the majority of the last few Scandal episodes in varying stages of cry-face. The show has always moved at a breakneck pace, but, up until recently, she was handling its pressures with grace and confidence. She was in motion too, always staying one step ahead of the "scandal of the week" and doing what had to be done before anyone else even got their bearings. But season three is happening to Olivia. Nowadays, we can't make it through an episode without at least one scene where Kerry Washington, all teary eyes and trembling lips, stands and takes yet another booming, subtle-as-a-ton-of-bricks monologue from one of the men in her life.
In early days, Fitz was painted as Olivia's only weakness. Their dangerous pull towards each other was the one arena where Olivia's usual pragmatism failed to make an appearance. The cycle is this: 1) Fitz demands her presence or her devotion or her body, but usually all three, 2) Olivia announces that he doesn't own her, 3) she gives in anyway, 4) they have a censor-testing love scene, 5) Fitz does something underhanded, and 6) repeat, on and on, forever. There are only so many times a viewer can watch this circle of toxic dependency go down without yelling, "Just get out of there, you idiot!" at the TV.
And now it seems like Fitz is just one of Olivia's pressure points. Or maybe it's their affair that's worn Olivia down. But with the integration of Olivia's parents and their complex backstories, one of fictional DC's most powerful women looks more and more like the little, lost girl. Even her own employees are handling her with kid gloves at this point. Meanwhile, Mellie Grant has withstood enough trauma to make Olivia recede completely into her bouclé car coat and is still standing tall.
It's time for Olivia to resolve her existential crisis and get back to saving the world. Either that, or get out of dodge and move out to Vermont herself.
Well this is certainly outrageous. Director John M. Chu, best known for helming G.I. Joe Retaliation and the Step Up films, is teaming up with Scooter Braun and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Blum to create a live-action film version of the cult 80's classic Jem and the Holograms. If that wasn't crazy enough, the trio is asking the internet to help make the film.
The original Jem television show was created by Christy Marx, and was developed alongside a line of toys from Hasbro. The show followed the adventures of Jerrica Benton, who transformed into Jem thanks to a mini holographic computer that could change her appearance on the fly. In a video uploaded today, the filmmakers are asking the most gifted members of the Tumblrverse to show their talents, and possibly earn a spot in the upcoming movie. Jem fans have taken to twitter to celebrate, and some have even given suggestions as to who they want to see as their favorite characters. They also want to hear any suggestions, casting or otherwise, in regards to the film. We decided to round up some of these casting ideas...
Jerrica "Jem" BentonJem is the enigmatic lead singer of the rock band Jem and the Holograms. By day, Jerrica Benton is the owner and manager of Starlight Music, but by night she becomes Jem, the lead singer of the all-girl rock group "Jem and the Holograms." Jerrica becomes Jem thanks to a holographic computer system named Synergy that is located in her earrings.
Twitter's Picks for Jem: Diana Argon, Jaimie Alexander
@jonmchu Also, casting wise - @DiannaAgron for Jem #JemTheMovie gets my vote.
— Darren (@DazzaField) March 20, 2014
@JaimieAlexander can you please play #jem in #JemTheMovie? I believe you and your knife collection would be #trulyoutrageous
— Tyler & Ross (@superheropod) March 20, 2014
PizzazzPhyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor is the lead singer and guitarist of The Misfits and often serves as an antagonist to Jem. Throughout the series, she frequently tries to upstage her rival. Pizzazz is spoiled by her father who neglects her emotionally. She dreams of becoming famous one day.
Twitter's Picks for Pizzazz: Lupita Nyong'o, Kesha, Miley Cyrus
Campaign for Lupita Nyong'o to play Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Arya (@artboiled) March 20, 2014
If @KeshaRose doesn't play Pizzazz in #JemTheMovie I'm going to be livid. @scooterbraun @jonmchu
— Jesus Maroney (@JesusMaroney) March 20, 2014
My suggestion: Give Miley Cyrus a fright wig and cast her as Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Terry Estep (@terry_estep) March 20, 2014
StormerStormer is the songwriter for The Misfits. She's the most kind-hearted of The Misfits, and often feels bad about her band's attempts to sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
Twitter's Pick: Lindsey Lohan
Also, a few years ago, Lindsay Lohan would have been a PERFECT Misfit.
— jennifer abella (@nextjen) March 20, 2014
Eric RaymondSly and manipulative, Eric Raymond is the central villain of the series. He is a ruthless music executive that continually tries to sabotage Jem and her band.
Twitter's Pick: Jon Hamm
@JoyDanielle61 @MisfitsTamara @reelsistas @ReelTalker Have we discussed who will play Eric Raymond? I'm thinking Jon Hamm for some reason
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 20, 2014
RioRio is Jem's childhood friend and boyfriend. He serves as a manager for the Holograms but doesn't know Jem's true identity. He develops a crush on Jem which, as you can imagine, makes things a bit awkward.
Twitter's Pick: Justin Bieber
@jonmchu @itsRyanButler justin bieber is talented at singing, dancing, and acting so.. @justinbieber #JemTheMovie
— FOLLOW ME AUSTIN (@XNASHBROWNX) March 20, 2014
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A Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame executive has defended museum bosses' decision only to induct the original members of Kiss, insisting they created the iconic characters that perform onstage. Founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley recently turned down the chance to perform at the big ceremony next month (Apr14) after learning that longtime bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer had not been invited to play.
Simmons complained that founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had only been in the band for the first seven years, Singer and Thayer, who are part of the current line-up, have played with KISS for 20 years.
Attempting to explain the decision, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman tells Billboard.com the band is being honoured for what it accomplished in the 1970s with the original line-up, and that Singer and Thayer have simply adopted the personas created by Frehley and Criss.
He says, "With Kiss there wasn't one person here who didn't agree that the reason Kiss was nominated and is being inducted was because of what was established in the 70s with Ace (Frehley), with Peter (Criss), with Paul and Gene.
"That's what put them on that map... It's not like they (Singer and Thayer) created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter."
Casting is one of the most important and mysterious parts of filmmaking. Not only are actors selected based on their chemistry, skill, and buzz, there is also a whole mess of behind-the-scenes coordination. Actors have missed out on major career-defining roles for all sorts of reasons. Iconic roles like Indiana Jones, Wolverine, and Marty McFly all had different original actors. Careers, film history, and even a major celebrity marriage have all been forever altered by casting changes. Some actors have missed out on A-list careers. Here are a few of the most shocking movie casting changes.
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Fans of football, Americana, and quality TV in general were rewarded for their good taste when Friday Night Lights and Parenthood crossed over in a very special web series, Friday Night at the Luncheonette. Dillon meets Berkeley when Amber (Mae Whitman) opens the studio one night to the best band in Christian speed metal, the Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) -fronted Crucifictorious, and an accompanying rager led by perpetual maker of bad decisions, Billy Riggins (Derek Phillips). Parenthood creator Jason Katims has found plenty of work around the Braverman clan for his FNL actors, casting Minka Kelly, Michael B. Jordan, and Phillips (whose wedding guest character must have been an identical cousin of Billy) in the family drama. But this is the first time the two tear-jerking shows have been confirmed to exist within the same universe. And that means that crossover can happen again! Obviously, we want more. Here are a few suggestions on how these characters can cross paths in the future.
1. Crucifictorius rolls through town again.
And Landry takes Amber on a date. Those two totally worked!
2. Kristina attends a special education conference out east.
She makes friends with a smart and warm Texan principal named Tami Taylor and they share a couple of bottles of wine in the hotel bar.
3. Matt and Julie open a gallery next door to Hank's studio.
And Sarah's photos are shown in their very first exhibit.
4. Eric goes out to visit Matt and Julie and is confused by the Berkeley-ness of it all.
"What do you mean these people don't care about football? Where can I get a damn steak?"
5. Tyra comes to UC Berkeley for her first year of teaching.
Drew falls madly in love with her.
6. Tim Riggins.
Whenever, wherever. Zero reasons needed.
Kiss star Gene Simmons has revealed that he and Paul Stanley turned their backs on the chance to perform at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony after learning museum bosses only wanted to honour the original members of the group. The bass player tells Entertainment Weekly Radio that he and Stanley spoke to former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after learning they had been inducted at last, and the foursome had agreed that they would all accept the honour, but the current KISS line-up, featuring Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, would perform at the Barclays Center ceremony in New York on 10 April (14).
But then Hall of Fame officials made it clear they only wanted the original line-up onstage.
Simmons says, "Paul and I got on the phone and called Ace and Peter: 'Hey, congratulations. It was an honour to stand alongside you then and we’ll be proud to stand alongside of you at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to accept the award'. And they were gracious and happy... and we went off our separate ways (sic).
"And then we found out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will only be honouring the original line-up, with Ace, Peter, Paul and myself, and we said, ‘Oh, OK then, we won’t be playing there. We’ll just accept the award. Thank you very much'. And they go, 'What are you talking about?’ and I said, ‘Well, you have a group like the Eagles, who continue to be our contemporaries... and every member that has even been in the Eagles has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but you’re only gonna honour the first line-up that was together for seven years? We’ve been around 40 years!'
"Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You’re going to slap them in the face and we’re supposed to get... get up onstage and do it? No, that’s not going to happen."
He adds, "Imagine you’re being invited to be inducted at an award ceremony and you get to bring only the first person you ever went out with in your life. The one, your beloved right now? She can’t come, or he can’t come. They get to stay home, they don’t get honoured'... That’s not going to fly."
KISS will be inducted alongside Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, among the Class of 2014.
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Nashville, the brainchild of Academy Award-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), started off with a ton of promise. The pilot was heavily promoted and the audience that tuned in was treated to an inside look at the clashing generations within the country music industry... a real life storyline that has been repeating ever since the advent of rock-and-roll. Connie Britton seemed to take her Friday Night Lights character and make her a successful music icon along the lines of Reba McEntire, while Hayden Panettiere schemed convincingly as the up-and-coming singer who's part Taylor Swift, part ice princess.
Early on, the show focused on the yin and the yang of Britton and Panettiere's relationship, with the former's Rayna Jaymes stuck in a career rut and Panettiere's Juliette Barnes more interested in kicking the established Queen of Country while she's down than helping her get back up. Throw in Charles Esten's caught-in-the-middle guitarist and there was plenty of drama to go around. Certainly, there were some soap opera elements — the parentage of Rayna's older daughter and the political machinations of her husband and powerful father among them — but as long as Britton and Panettiere were at the center the show stayed fairly even keel.
Then came the back half of the first season and things started to go off track. After initially steering clear of cameos, despite shooting on-location in Nashville, suddenly every member of the Grand Ole Opry started popping up to squeeze in a line or two. Juliette's mother appeared and brought a little too much crazy, while Rayna's husband became the mayor and left her for Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Season 2 became even more scattered as the focus shifted to ancillary characters like Clare Bowen's Scarlett and Sam Palladio's Gunnar. Next thing you know, there are assassination plots and a murder-suicide, Juliette is ostracized for questioning the existence of God, and Rayna finds her Tim McGraw in Will Chase's Luke.
Enough! While it's fine that the show has some soap opera elements — so do Scandal and Grey's Anatomy — Nashville has gone so far off-course that some fans have already abandoned it. It's not completely a lost cause, though. With the second season winding down, there are still ways to fix it.
For starters, keep the cameos to a minimum. Just because Rascal Flatts or some NASCAR driver is available doesn't mean that you need to put them on the show. Once and a while is fine, but not every episode... and not when there really isn't any purpose to their being around. Next, lose the political intrigue. No offense to Eric Close, but we don't really care about Mayor Teddy.
Most importantly, put the focus back on Rayna and Juliette. Britton and Panettiere aren't just capable actresses, at their best they are both mesmerizing. Preventing them from engaging with each other — whether in conflict or in country congeniality — is like moving Scandal's Olivia Pope out of D.C.; the whole reason for the show would be lost. Keeping Juliette down too long is a mistake, just as it would be to tone down her ego or her conniving. We don't need her in a happy relationship with Jonathan Jackson's Avery... we need her using all of her assets to get back to the top.
Similarly, Britton needs a good, juicy storyline to sink her teeth into. Having a happy and contented Rayna is not in the best interest of the show. She should be scraping and clawing to maintain her career, not chit-chatting with other country music royalty about her fledgling record label.
The show is teetering on the brink of oblivion — or, worse, irrelevance — and needs to act fast to bring back into focus the stories that drew us in at first. Otherwise, it will be a tough sell to get viewers to come back for season three… if there even is one.
It is no rare practice for television shows, mostly comedies, to take on a new genre for an episode or two. Community does it on a pretty regular basis. Scrubs has been known to dabble. How I Met Your Mother tried it (unsuccessfully – #HowIMetYour Racism much?). And Pretty Little Liars was the most recent show to pick up the fan-pleasing gauntlet of genre-hopping. So, who's done it best? Let's see:
5. Pretty Little Liars - "Shadow Play"
Ah, Pretty Little Liars: the manna of the pre-teen generation (and surreptitious guilty pleasure for everyone else). They turned out a noir-homage episode that managed to marry the black and white glamour and dry wit of noir with their own brands of popular fashion and one-liners (a union which, awesomely enough, produced Mona in a gold lamé dress saying, "That was the last carrot stick").
4. Community - "Epidemiology"
"Epidemiology" is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Community – in fact, all of the Halloween episodes are great for the costumes alone. Britta's T-Rex outfit is iconic (and Troy and Abed's heavily constructed Aliens cosplay ain't half bad either). This zombie homage is just the right mix of hilarious (Zombie Jeff pretending to be cool) and absurd (the zombie disease stems from food bought at a steep discount from an army surplus store), with just enough suspense to make it genuinely scary.
3. Scrubs - "My Musical"
Come on, this is the episode that brought us the pure, unfiltered joy that is "Guy Love" (Zach Braff and Donald Faison's more recent collaboration, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was a nice call back for fans). I'd love it even if only for the unforgettable lyric, "We can figure out what's wrong with you/By looking at your poo."
2. Community, again - The Paintball Trilogy
The three paintball episodes of Community have it all – "Modern Warfare" riffs on action movie tropes like jumping on/and or away from grenades, "A Fistful of Paintballs" gives us the Sergio Leone tribute we never knew we needed, complete with a kick-ass opening titles, and "For a Few Paintballs More" got Star Wars to a T, right down to an Abed-as-Han and Annie-as-Leia kiss. The show has a lot of great tribute episodes, but the paintball trio might just be the most fun.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Once More, with Feeling"
Buffy may win in terms of set up: it's no Adderall-induced fantasy (PLL), nor is it a brain tumor (Scrubs), or even government experiment food (Community) – nope, it's a good old demon who makes people spontaneously combust through song and dance! The musical numbers (all in different styles – rockabilly, ballad, pop, Fred and Ginger – even Disney princess!) are delightful, but it's not all fluff: the songs also act as something of a truth serum, and it's in "Once More, with Feeling" that the Scooby gang finally finds out that Buffy was resurrected from heaven. It's a huge emotional turning point in the season, and it's revealed through song and dance. TV at its best, people.
So what are your favorite genre-benders? Share in the comments!
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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From the looks of her Instagram, everyone's favorite grandma Sofia Vergara seems like such a fun person. The Modern Family actress is always smiling, laughing, showing off how much she really loves her job. Almost all of her pictures depict Vergara goofing around and having a good time with her cast members. Get in on the joy, and check out the best of Vergara's super bubbly, and very sexy, Instagram selfies.
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