Last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy resulted in the shocking resignation of five of Seattle Grace’s finest — Cristina, Meredith, Derek, Arizona, and Callie, to be exact — as part of their big plan to buy the hospital themselves and restore it to its former glory. (Piece of cake, right?) Well, "This Is Why We Fight" centered on the repercussions of that bold decision and showcased just what our dear doctors are up to now that they are unemployed millionaires (at least for the time being). Meanwhile, the rest of the staff (interns included) found themselves contemplating resignations of their own as they discovered just how dire the hospital’s money situation really is. And then there’s Avery, who received quite the shock of his own… Let’s dig in, shall we!
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Word has spread fast about Seattle Grace’s possible closing, which made the staff (or, rather, what’s left of the staff) extremely nervous. Bailey even prepared to go on job interviews, but quickly reconsidered once Owen buttered her up and called her the "Heart of the Hospital." But she wasn’t the only one who had been contemplating greener pastures. Avery’s mother tried persuading him to relocate to Boston with the promise of getting pretty much the carte blanche treatment. Intern Stephanie’s reaction was pretty much the same as mine: NOOO!!! Don’t take those beautiful eyes away! (Okay, so maybe only one of us screamed that out loud.) But the point is that she didn’t want him to go anywhere, and if he did, she was more than willing to follow. (Stage two clinger alert!)
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Jo was also having a hard time coping with the idea of leaving since it would mean seeing much less of Alex , who’s become not only her good friend, but an excellent role model for her as well. (That’s right, Alex is now role model material. Who knew?!) After watching him perform an amazing surgery in which he removed a tumor (named Phil) from a young boy, she broke down crying and confessed, "I don’t want to never see you again," which is just a confusing way of saying that she’d really miss him. Somehow a kiss still doesn’t happen. I’m upset.
Slicing and Dicing: Alana told Owen that she managed to convince Pegasus to follow through on buying the hospital by 8 a.m. the next day. However, she failed to mention that they’re now only interested in buying it for scrap and basically liquidating what remains of Seattle Grace. (B***h move, lady!) Luckily, Intern Heather accidentally overheard Alana discussing the plan to a board member and proceeded to tell everyone about it. Furious at being lied to yet again by another woman he trusted, Owen walked out of surgery to confront Alana. (Side note: I hope real doctors don’t make a habit of walking out of surgeries because that is not cool… or safe, for that matter)
Buy or Bye: Finally we got to the unemployed millionaires (Cristina, Meredith, Derek, Arizona, and Callie), who I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for. Don’t get me wrong — finding yourself jobless is THE WORST. But when you just nicely inherited a whopping $15 million each from a settlement deal, it’s hard to wrestle up much sympathy. If only we could all face such hardships, aimirite? But I digress…
The five docs were busy looking for potential investors to help cover the remaining costs needed to buy Seattle Grace. It wasn’t too much — just an extra $175 million. One buyer — a gazillionaire — was extremely interested, but quickly backtracked after discovering they wanted to run the hospital themselves. And since none of them have much administrative experience, I can kinda see his point. But you know who does have quite a bit of experience — ex-Chief of Surgery, Richard Webber!
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So while Meredith went to recruit Richard, Cristina paid Owen a much-needed visit to explain their plan. He immediately got on board with the idea and even got the board of directors to postpone the sale to Pegasus for one more day, claiming that there was another interested buyer. But alas, it was all for naught. Even after meeting Richard, the potential investor just wasn’t “feeling it” and decided to opt out of the deal, leaving them all back to square one.
Mama Knows Best: But there was still one card yet to be played and I’m surprised no one thought of it right away. After being rejected by the gazillionaire, Richard filled Avery’s mother, Catherine, in on their failed attempt to save Seattle Grace. As soon as she asked, “How much money did you need?” you knew what the solution would be. And sure enough, the next morning Catherine called everyone into an emergency meeting and announced that the Harper Avery Foundation would be happy to invest in Seattle Grace. Their one condition was that they get to choose one seat on the board…. which she declared would be filled by none other than her son, Jackson Avery. "Give your mama a kiss, Jackson. She just bought you a hospital." Oh dear…
So what did you think of this week’s episode? Did you predict Catherine would save the day? Were you surprised about Avery’s promotion? Do you think he deserves to be in charge? Will this become an issue for his fellow docs? Sound off on your dissections and opinions in the comments below!
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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is a loving, informed tribute to all things video games. It practically breathes pixels and speaks in long streams of wistful 8-bit code. It deeply draws from the well of recognizable digital characters of gaming past and comfortably references their function as well as their form. In other words, we don’t just see Sonic the Hedgehog; we see him lose rings when he’s struck by a moving object in our periphery. So why is it that this movie doesn’t just play to the geek seats?
Like all great animated films, or great films of any genre really, Wreck-It Ralph goes beyond the playful visuals, wacky characters, and knowing nods to operate on a higher level…thematically speaking. Ralph’s physical journey may take him through electrical wires and various game cabinet conduits, but his figurative journey harkens back to one of the oldest archetypes in American cinema. So let’s pop another quarter into Wreck-It Ralph, replay it, and see how high it scores metaphorically.
Ralph is a bad guy. He resides in a game in which a tiny handyman with a hammer must rapidly undo the damage to an apartment building inflicted by Ralph. The game, Fix-It Felix Jr., has been in operation for thirty years, and Ralph is tiring of his antagonistic position and desires more out of life. After being cast as the villain and disliked by all the other characters in his game as a result, he begins to see the other titles in the arcade as attractive real estate. That is, the grass begins to look greener on the other side of the screen.
This may be a broad-stroke thematic foundation, but that is precisely why Wreck-It Ralph reaches such a wide audience: much as in the first moments of Breakout, the wall is infinitely easier to hit. Ralph’s situation, his objectives, artfully unifies us as a society. What Ralph is really out to wreck is the unfavorable reductive station in life to which he has been assigned and that he cannot accept. It is, to a certain extent, a take on the Horatio Alger myth: the concept that anyone, no matter their origins, can reach the fullness of their potential with hard work. Ralph is a reflection of the idea of a self-made man, a blue-collar champion fiercely pursuing happiness that extends beyond what his status will afford him.
It is not a to-the-letter expression of this concept. In Alger’s myth, the hero desires riches as much as self-satisfaction, the quaint notion of rags to riches. The primary motivation is therefore to escape poverty; symptomatic of the era in which his books were penned. However, at the core, what his character construct speaks to is the refusal to accept the circumstances into which one is born, or programmed in Ralph’s case. Ralph’s aim is far more valuable — though there is a gold medal involved.
We’ve seen this subject probed time and time again through the history of film. Most of the classic Warner Bros. gangster movies (e.g. 1939's The Roaring Twenties , 1946's The Big Sleep) are predicated upon a young man’s desire to make something of himself. His morals are eventually superseded by a lust for money and power in what turns out to be a cautionary corruption of the American Dream. In some ways, one could view Wreck-It Ralph as a Warner gangster film moving in the opposite direction: Ralph striving to shift from bad to good. Perhaps in that way Tony Stark would be a more appropriate model. He is a selfish, self-indulgent arms dealer whom fate imbues with an inclination toward super-heroic altruism. So yes, Ralph is Iron Man and James Cagney simultaneously.
But the search for cinematic characters exemplifying the idea of the self-possessed, blue-collar hero working his way up the ladder of success and status doesn’t even have to venture outside of the Disney spectrum. Just this year we saw Disney's Brave, about a woman intensely opposed to the gender classifications of ancient Scottish society. Pinocchio wants to be a real boy and The Sword and the Stone’s Wart dreams of being a great knight while everyone around him makes policy of reminding him he’s a lowly squire. Aladdin and Cinderella speak more to Alger’s tenet of rags to riches, though their success is largely attributable to the intervention of outside supernatural forces, which makes them a bit too passive for apt comparison.
The classic gaming trappings may provide suitable enticement for the nostalgic geek, but the themes zipping through Wreck-It Ralph’s underlying narrative circuit boards are what give extra life to these electric characters. And whether Ralph ultimately takes up residence in another game or back in his own, what matters are the respect and honor he earns and how they fundamentally alter his social station. His resilience and determination yield a personal success story that actually challenges the absolutism of being labeled a bad guy.
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As the premiere of the all-new American Idol approaches, we bid adieu to those “mean” audition practices that push the crazies through to the final rounds just so we can hear Simon tell them how awful they are as the other judges giggle and try to sugar coat the big, bad wolf’s real talk. But come on, most of these people are totally aware that they’re putting themselves in that situation – I said most! – they’re just looking for a reason to get on TV. Now, the voice of reason has gone on to greener pastures and left us a panel of music biz vets who are determined to be “uplifting” and “nice” – whatever that is. Just because Idol is kinder and gentler doesn’t mean we have to be kind or gentle. Since everything’s going to be all peachy keen once the show starts, why don’t you get your Idol crazies fix by imagining a few hopefuls attempting to woo the judges with these tunes. They aren't bad songs (well a few of them are); they're a selection of some of the worst choices if you actually plan on getting a ticket to Hollywood, but man would they make things a little more interesting for the folks at home.
"Party All the Time" – Eddie Murphy
Auditioner Category: Clueless Frat Boy
This is the guy who would probably have a decent or okay singing voice, but the fact that he most certainly “pre-gamed” during his entire 14 hour wait to audition ensures that all he’ll show us is his ability to recreate that awkward side-to-side dance that reminds us of the Super Bowl shuffle. Good effort, dude, but you're like, not going to make it to Hollywood.
"The Piano Has Been Drinking" – Tom Waits
Auditioner Category: The Delusional Immitator
This guy or girl thinks A: that they can be just as awesome as Tom Waits and B: that Idol is some sort of contest to see who can imitate their favorite successful musician the best. They will almost always insist that they are above the competition itself and they may exit their audition like this guy. He or she probably also considered doing Bruce Springsteen's “Nebraska” or Neil Young's “Hey Hey, My My” but decided those weren’t challenging enough.
"Loving You" – Minnie Ripperton
Auditioner Category: The Delusional Wannabe Prodigy
This girl would pick an iconic song that almost no one can successfully recreate. She’s probably been told by her great aunt and her mother that she’s the next Mariah Carey, but when it comes time to audition if those plastic Coca-cola cups could be shattered, the judges' table would be covered in little glass slivers. Even the best Christina Aguilera-style arm gyrations can't save you from that (you know, the ones that look like she’s trying to sing while wearing a blindfold and pop a slew of invisible bubbles).
"Shoop" – Salt N Pepa
Auditioner Category: The Angry Girl Who Thinks She’s Above the Show’s Premise
This girl swears she’s the best person the judges will see all day, but she’s failed to realize that it’s a singing competition, not a swagger competition. She’s probably still stuck in the 90s, rocking overalls and an unbuttoned plaid shirt or some other outfit seemingly inspired by Brittany Murphy’s character in Clueless pre-Chertastic makeover. “Rollin’ with the homies” isn’t going to get you a ticket to Hollywood, darlin’.
"Fernando" – ABBA
Auditioner Category: The Housewife Who Somehow Sneaks Past the 28 Year Age Limit
This very nice lady, sporting her mom jeans and dragging along her very bored teenage son and daughter, somehow managed to make it past the age limit and is determined to show the judges just how great of a singer she is. She’s probably not a terrible singer, but her awkward swaying movements, Lawrence Welk style vocals, and homemade “I Love Idol” sweatshirt probably aren’t going to make the cut.
"Die Another Day" – Madonna
Auditioner Category: The Hardcore Madonna Fan
He or she will come into the audition with far too much seriousness and a little drama. They may or may not be donning their favorite Madonna concert tee – probably a colorful one from the “Music” era – and their blind love for the Material Girl has caused them not to notice that this is by far one of the worst songs ever. In his or her head, they’ll sound like the spacey auto-tuned Madonna, but the rest of us will just hear some awful sing-talking and have the urge to run out and rent a James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry after hearing the title repeated a million times. Weird.
"Aqualung" – Jethro Tull
Auditioner Category: The Kid Who Loves Classic Rock Songs But Doesn’t Realize What They’re About
This kid thinks he can prove to his friends that auditioning for Idol isn’t something to be embarrassed about, so he picks one of his favorite classic rock songs. Too bad he’s never been that good at deciphering the meanings of lyrics. Even if he rocks the vocals, the fact that he failed to ask (well, anyone really) what the song is about will condemn him to the status as a creepy, laughable, YouTube-worthy audition.
"Cat Scratch Fever" – Ted Nugent
Auditioner Category: The Spastic Set Destroyer
This guy is the reason the producers of the show have to take out insurance on the set equipment. He’s like totally pumped to be auditioning for Idol and he’s totally psyched to be performing like one of his favorite songs OF ALL TIME, EVER. Too bad he’ll get way too excited, run into the judges table and knock over a few set lights before he even gets to the bridge. Randy will probably need a week off to recover due to “psychological damage” as a result of the event.
"Highly Suspicious" – My Morning Jacket
Auditioner Category: The Obnoxious New Arrangement Guy
This person has just discovered the concept of rearranging songs. Now that they don’t have to do an exact replica, they think they can re-imagine something like “Highly Suspicious” as a classy, jazzy tune and wow the judges with how unique they are. They think of themselves as a genius, the rest of us will just think they’re a douchebag. PS: Knowing how to arrange music doesn’t mean you can actually sing.
"Short People" – Randy Newman
Auditioner Category: The 15 Year Old Girl Whose Dad Chose Her Song
In her dad’s defense, he thought the “cute” irony of a short girl singing “Short People” would put her ahead of the game. The actual result is two uncomfortable minutes of a little girl singing a song that she probably doesn’t understand with a vacant expression, a pageant smile and her hands on her hips. Creepy much?
The Avatar moviemaker toured the oil sands in Alberta this week (begs 27Sep10) and spoke out during his trip to call on officials in Canada to manage their "great gift" with care.
The sands contain the world's second largest reserves of crude, and Cameron has warned it could become a "curse" if it's not properly managed.
He says, "It can also be a great gift to Canada and to Alberta if it is managed properly... It is impossible to imagine a refining process that did not have negative environmental impacts. It would have to be some kind of Immaculate Conception... Personally I believe that this is an incredible resource and I certainly understand why everybody is stampeding toward it with this desire to exploit it as rapidly as possible because it's the single largest reserve of potential crude oil next to Saudi Arabia.
"And in an energy starved future, that's going to... put Canada in a different position. The world is looking at what you here in Alberta do, and the decisions that are made here are really going to shape the energy policy of the future. The world is going to look to Canada for leadership."
Based on a series of six Marvel Comics created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1962 The Hulk revolves around a scientist named Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) who following a laboratory snafu absorbs a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation. Bruce thinks he has escaped unscathed--until he gets mad ... real mad which causes him to turn into a huge rampaging green monster known as the Hulk. In order to make this 40-year-old gamma theory somewhat more believable for today's science-savvy moviegoers screenwriter James Schamus and his team decided to arm the script with a somewhat more convincing scientific rationale. The story follows Bruce's father David Banner (Nick Nolte) who as a young scientist conducted prohibited genetic experiments on himself thus changing his son's life before he was even out of the womb. While modernizing the scientific reasoning behind Bruce's transformation makes sense it's a pity it had to be done in such a heavy-handed way. By adding such an elaborate layer to the story The Hulk becomes more about Bruce and David's tormented past and any semblance of a plot is buried in melodramatic dialogue between the characters. The result is a comic book adaptation that is much too serious for its own genre.
Despite the theatrical discourse don't expect complex characters to emerge from The Hulk. Although Bana (Black Hawk Down) is a good choice for the lead of the nerdy scientist and reluctant hero his character is so busy pretending he doesn't have any problems that the audience never gets to see his emotional side. Bana's character grimaces convincingly as he represses his anger for example but he fails ever to open up on a personal level to his love interest in the film his co-worker Betty played by Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind). Betty is Bruce's old flame but the two are obviously still in love: she is obsessed with fixing whatever is broken about him. As the Hulk Bruce need only look at Betty once for his anger to subside and allow him to morph back into human form. They have weighty discussions about the significance of their dreams and Bruce's past yet they never seem to connect on any level. One of the film's best performances comes from Nolte (The Good Thief) in the role of Bruce's mad scientist father David. Almost Shakespearean at times Nolte--scraggly hair and all-- completely immerses himself in the role. The cast's performances however are muted by the general heaviness of this would-be actioner. Look for quick cameo appearances by Lou Ferrigno (from the 1970s TV series The Incredible Hulk) and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
For his follow-up to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Ang Lee has turned to bigger greener matters. The Hulk the director's visual effects-intense picture (with a little help from Industrial Light & Magic) is stunning and startlingly well done. The green beast's computer generated movements from his heaving chest to the single leaps that spring him well into a different zip code are convincingly real. Not only does the ground shake when this goliath lands but his momentum even throws him off balance at times sending his lumbering arms flailing. But while the CGI Hulk has been meticulously honed Lee's homage to the world of print comic books--using multiple screens to present concurrent storylines and alternate angles of the same scene--is off-putting: Rival researcher Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) suspiciously walks out of the lab Betty reacts in one panel Bruce sits back in another. The simultaneous screens don't necessarily show anything pertinent going on making the far and wide close and medium shots of the character's reactions a distraction rather than a helpful storytelling technique. But the most disconcerting thing about the film is that in its leap from the four-color paneled pages to the big screen it lost its wit.
A group of real-life barbers from the National Association of Cosmetologists, led by Chief Executive James Stern, are asking the Rev. Jesse Jackson to apologize for demanding an apology from the filmmakers of Barbershop. Jackson made it known last month that he and several black leaders were offended by some of the off-color jokes made by a character (played by Cedric the Entertainer) about civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and asked for an apology, which the filmmakers provided. After viewing the film themselves and finding nothing offensive about it, Stern told Reuters he and his group feel Jackson's remarks have hurt the creativity of black filmmakers, as well as their own businesses. "Reverend Jackson did not consider the future of black filmmakers," Stern said to Reuters. He also said that if Jackson did not apologize himself, his group would sue for defamation of character.
The late George Harrison will be honored by the British Independent Film Awards for his work as an independent producer. The former Beatle, who died last year at 58, financed a string of low-budget hits including Time Bandits and Withnail and I. The awards will be handed out in London Oct. 30.
Actor Scott Plank, known for his roles on several TV series including Baywatch Hawaii, Melrose Place and Walker, Texas Ranger, died of apparent natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 42. An autopsy is pending.
Killer Films, the New York-based production company known for such edgy releases such as Boys Don't Cry and One Hour Photo, will tackle children's literature in its next project. Killer Films, under the new banner of Sunshine Films, is developing an adaptation of All-of-a-Kind Family, based on a series of young-adult novels by Sydney Taylor that follows a family of five sisters growing up in an Orthodox Jewish household at the turn of the century.
Actors Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama of the TV series That '70s Show have signed lucrative deals with Fox which will keep them groovin' on the show through May 2005. The other two key members of the '70s ensemble--Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher--are negotiating separate deals with the studios, Variety reports.
A veteran writer for the WB sitcom Reba has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the network. Gary H. Miller, 54, whose past credits include Laverne & Shirley, Bosom Buddies and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, says he was passed up for a promotion and eventually fired because he was told the network was looking for "greener writers," Reuters reports.
Oh boy! Get ready for round two of The Anna Nicole Show as E! Entertainment Television announced they are renewing the reality series for a second season. The current season--which follows the exploits of the former Playboy Playmate and her lawyer, Howard K. Stern; teenage son, Daniel; assistant, Kim; and her dog, Sugarpie--wraps up Nov. 3.
Latin sensation Shakira topped the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards for Latin America Thursday, taking home the prize for female artist, pop artist, artist from the north region, video and artist of the year. Juanes picked up male artist honors and La Ley won for group or duo and rock artist, while Pink won for international pop artist and Red Hot Chili Peppers won for international rock artist. The show aired live on MTV2 and will be rebroadcast on MTV.