It happens to even the best shows on television. A character arrives and he or she is so blatantly obnoxious/useless/whiny/pretentious/uninteresting, that we deem them Lord of the Eyeroll, or less formally: the worst. Luckily, the writers of each show have the power to reverse this unfortunate title with the power of their words and in 2012 eight very special and fortunate characters' fates were changed forever. And guess what? They're not so bad after all. 1. Carl (Chandler Riggs) on The Walking Dead “Where’s Carl?” That’s all this little tyke was good for in Season 2 of The Walking Dead. He finally got some decent screen time and it was all about him getting lost, taunting zombies, and being generally silent and creepy. This season, Carl is still creepy, but he’s holding his own. And in some cases, he’s doing the manly thing when many of the grown men in the survivor party won’t. Michonne’s about to be eaten alive by walkers and Rick’s still hesitating? Have no fear, Carl’s all over that – and with precise aim too. Now, if only we could make peace with how easy it was for him to shoot Lori in the face. 2. Adam (Adam Driver) on Girls Adam’s shift was an interesting one in that he didn’t change. It was our perception of him, through the often wonky lens that is Hannah Horvath, that changed as the season progressed. We learned that he wasn’t just some weirdo asshole. He was an asshole who just wanted Hannah to love him, and who (shocker of all shockers) loved her back.
3. Nellie (Catherine Tate) on The Office She started out as the bitch trying to steal Andy’s job, by any means. Then we found out why she was so crazy (left by her fiancé, fear of dying alone), but she was still messing with our Andy. Yet, by Season 8, she’s calmed down, she’s making nice with the unlikeliest of characters (Dwight), she’s palling around with Pam, dressing up as Toby for Halloween, and even getting in on office pranks. Suddenly, she’s one of the gang – well, as much as your average Dunder Mifflin employee can be. 4. Skylar (Anna Gunn) on Breaking Bad Alright, so Skylar hasn’t exactly changed. It’s her environment that’s made her more sympathetic to a fan base that rallied against her for so many seasons. Despite having a husband who lied to her, cooked meth, and worked with gangsters, Mrs. White was always what she feared becoming: the bitch who keeps Walter Jr. from his father. The woman who wouldn’t accept a delicious pizza dinner (we all know it’s her fault that pie suffered on that hot New Mexico roof). But as Walt continues to go down the rabbit hole, far beyond places we could have ever fathomed, it’s starting to feel like we’ve given Skylar the shaft. After all, how would you react if your husband was the meth king of New Mexico? 5. Jamie Lannister (Nicolas Caster Waldau) on Games of Thrones Jamie Lannister certainly didn’t become a hero in Season 2 of Game of Thrones. He did, however, become a human. Because of his witty, almost friendly interactions with Brienne of Tarth, he transformed from that loser who had sex with sister (more times than we’d like to imagine) and who tried to kill young Bran Stark at the outset of the series. I probably wouldn’t let him dog-sit (or Direwolf-sit, rather), but he’d be good for a conversation or two and I certainly don’t feel like pushing the guy out a window… anymore. 6. Winston (Lamorne Morris) on New Girl Winston was the absolute worst throughout Season 1 of New Girl. He waltzed into that house, attempting to replace the dashing and hilarious Damon Wayans Jr., who played Coach but dropped the character to return to Happy Endings. Luckily, in Season 2, the writers have realized their mistake. And instead of letting Winston continue to silently suck the air out of every room, they’ve turned him into a joke about how horrible he is. Woody Allen impression? Sounds more like Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory. Fun, goofy prank on a friend? Sends him to the hospital. So Winston is still the worst, but at least now, we all get to be in the joke. 7. Camille Grammer on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Camille was the one to hate (how many times can we listen to one woman praise her majesty in one season?). But once she became free (and more importantly, single) she started getting real, speaking her mind (and saying what we were all thinking). Just like that, Camille went from sinner to saint. 8. The Dean (Jim Rash) on Community Disclaimer: This video doesn't depict the Dean's redepmtion, but we definitely started to appreciate moments like these when he was replaced by the Dean-elganger. The Dean was always a mode of exposition. He would pop into a scene, make a Dean-errific pun and introduce the week's occasion for nonsense. He'd pop in and out of scenes, and make occasional passes at Jeff, but for the most part, he was there to get on everyone's nerves. He was great at it (kudos, Mr. Rash), but he was always relegated to being the worst. Of course, unlike the other folks on this list, the Dean was supposed to make us roll our eyes. But he was born anew at the end of Season 3, when the study group finds a Dean-elgänger (or a Doppel-Deaner?) running Greendale. They then set out on a mission to find their true Dean and in the end, realize just how much they need him. It's what you might call a re-Dean-tion. (I must give credit to my fellow Hollywood.com writer Michael Arbeiter, who came up with that Dean-tastic pun.) Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: AMC] More: Crackcidents, Toddlers, and Terrorists: The Superlative Moments from 2012 Best (and Worst) TV of 2012 2012: Remembering the Year that Was in Pop Culture Via Our Favorite Stories
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Knowledge of Tony Scott’s passing has undoubtedly sent a shockwave through Hollywood. The famed director was responsible for some of the biggest, most crowd-pleasing action flicks out there. From Enemy of the State to Man on Fire and Days of Thunder, Scott delivered some of the more memorable audience-favorite films of the last three-decades. Of course, if you were to say the name Tony Scott to me at any point in my life, his name would only signal one thing: Top Gun.
Top Gun was the film that made my hometown and my dad, uncles, aunt cool (I had a lot of family in the Navy, alright?). Anyone who is in the same branch of the military as Maverick, motorcycle and bomber jacket or not, is automatically James Dean-level. But it wasn’t just Tom Cruise and his need, his need for speed that gave the film its gusto. It was Scott’s unmistakable mark on the tone and feel of this bad-boy pilot fairy tale.
Some may take offense to the somewhat hyperbolic, over-indulgent homage to the awesomeness of flying navy fighter jets throughout Top Gun, but that over-indulgence is what makes the film great. It’s the reason that the “Top Gun Anthem” plays in my head every time my homeward bound flight lands at sunset in San Diego. It’s the reason “Highway to the Danger Zone” weasels its way into my brain when we drive past Miramar — the site of the actual, original Top Gun — on the way to my mother’s house.
Top Gun brought these everyday Navy pilots, whose lives are actually filled to capacity with school, pressure, and impossible expectations, to a level of absolute, irrefutable greatness. It did so by making use of their world. Sure, the scene in which the pilots attend class in the hangar is absolutely inaccurate (think dingy, windowless classroom instead) and yes, San Diego is probably one of the most beautiful “real world” settings available. Still, Scott captured the essence and the spirit of the city, which was and still is a Navy town. He took us from the picturesque roads where Maverick rode his manly motorcycle into the grimy, sailor-filled dive bars without terrifying us. That ability to capture a side of San Diego while telling a grandiose story is what elevates the over-the-top film from its status as just a schlocky movie with heavy, shiny equipment and good-looking guys. It was a heroic, fantastical depiction of something that was a daily reality for the Southern California city. Scott’s films may not have been critically-acclaimed, and some of them may even be forgettable, but this film has significant staying power (so much so, that a sequel was in the works over 20 years after its original release). Top Gun is in every way, a big budget, shiny action movie. But it’s also a film that’s truly memorable, and for some of us, even meaningful. And that is a legacy worth remembering. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler. [Photo Credit: Paramount] More: Remembering Tony Scott and His Cinematic Legacy — VIDEOS How Do You Feel About The Release of ‘Top Gun’ In 3-D 'Top Gun' Director Had Inoperable Brain Cancer
Have you ever wanted to see Mickey Rourke race down the street with a shoulder bag strapped to his chest weaving in and out of traffic? Well, if you have had that fantasy, please seek help. But keep the dream alive because you were this close to having it fulfilled. Mickey Rourke will be in a movie about couriers (strangely enough, it is titled ‘The Courier’) but he won’t actually be delivering the packages.
Instead, that honor goes to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who made us all chuckle as the Comedian in Watchmen. The plot goes a little something like this: Morgan, the courier, gets to deliver a package. The recipient of said package is a crime boss and Morgan becomes the prey in a chase because of what he is trying to deliver. Man it must suck being an unknowing drug mule.
Anyway, with Rourke and Morgan in the cast we get two rough and tumbly men together at last. I think my mom has already lined up for this movie. Also how much of the production budget has gone to whiskey, cigars, and money for gambling? Grrr, tough guys make the movie. I bet this would be the manliest set since, well, ever. It's really late in the day, I want a chicken sandwich, and I'm going to think as far back for an example as I can, so yeah, this is the most manly movie that will ever be made.
Source: The Wrap