Warning: Major Justified spoilers lie ahead!
We're in the fifth season of Justified, and this is possibly the darkest that we've seen Raylan Givens descend. The most recent episode saw him get slugged by Art Mullen, his own Chief Marshal, for his implicitness in the death of Nicky Augustine (Mike O'Malley). He's really been walking the line of lawlessness and hiding behind his shield. On top of that, he's been a terrible father to his recently born daughter, not even going to visit her in person, instead relying on video chat with his ex-wife Winona to see the baby on camera.
It's a terribly complicated situation (of course, "complicated" is the word that people often use to describe him), made worse by the fact that Raylan seems to also live by a code of drawing a gun first and asking questions later. I think that's what we call a dichotomy, folks.
The problem is that Givens has authority issues that stem from the fact that his own father, the late and unlamented Arlo Givens (Raymond J. Barry), was a real rat bastard. He was a conniving man who would have probably sold his own son into slavery if he could have. Now, the only anchor of any kind for Givens is Mullen, who is this close to retiring. In TV or movieland, mention of retirement from the field of law enforcement is pretty much foreshadowing for possible impending and grisly death. If Mullen were to die, Givens, who is not the most tethered man to begin with, might just completely become unmoored. Add the fact that Givens has been thinking about dying in Harlan for a long time... think way back to the second season when he was at his stepmother Helen's funeral and he saw his own gravestone on the family plot of land. He's seemingly resigned to the fact that he'll "never leave Harlan alive."
The whole abuse of authority is really coming a head this season. Raylan was in a showdown with Hot Rod Dunham (Mickey Jones), a Dixie Mafia head and he said that he'd shoot him and his cronies... and then to cement his threat, he held up his Marshals Star and said, "This will make it all legal." The deputy marshal has been making his own rules for a very long time, from the first day that we met him in Miami in the first episode of the first season. Remember that? He sat across from Tommy Bucks, a drug cartel runner and a man whom Givens had given 24 hours to vacate the city, in an outdoor cafe. Obviously, Bucks had chosen to ignore that edict (and Givens made him pay... mortally) right then and there in the cafe. The Marshals office has given him as much leeway as possible, but how much rope can the man get around his neck before he actually starts gagging and choking?
Raylan hasn't been lucky at all in the love department, having seen his wife leave him not once but twice. She also called him "the angriest man I've ever seen." Add this to the fact that Ava Crowder is now engaged to his frenemy Boyd, and that another potential romantic partnerwound up being a grifter who stole a lot of his money. Now, Raylan is in a somewhat shaky relationship with a social worker named Alison Brander (Amy Smart), who has a penchant for pot and could be another case of trouble for Givens. The funny thing is that Brander is the one who summed up Givens quite well:
"You're the bravest person I know. You'd go running into a burning building to save someone. I also think you're the one setting the building on fire."
We're waiting to see how right she is.
Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy has died, aged 67. A member of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand house band, the multi-instrumentalist hit the road as a touring members of groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Little Richard and Otis Redding.
He hit it big in the mid-1960s after signing a deal with Atlantic Records as half of the duo Jon and Ray.
Kennedy and partner Jon Misland worked with producers like Phil Spector and Arif Mardin, but failed to release an album.
The singer went solo after working with Group Therapy on two late 1960s albums, and found success as a songwriter, working with the likes of the Beach Boys (Sail On, Sailor).
He also co-founded KGB with Barry Goldberg and Michael Bloomfield.
Kennedy spent the 1980s as a solo artist and session musician, contributing to the music for the 1988 Olympics and touring with Aerosmith and the Michael Schenker Group.
He also worked with Englebert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton and Mick Fleetwood - he co-wrote These Strange Times for Fleetwood Mac.
Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in the process of turning the cult TV series into a musical. The acclaimed supernatural comedy-drama, starring Anna Friel, Lee Pace and Kristin Chenoweth, ran in the U.S. for just two seasons, but avid fans are still hoping to resurrect the series.
Fuller has now revealed he is planning to make devotees' wishes come true with plans to create a stage version of the show.
He says, "I've had conversations very recently with (executive producer/director) Barry Sonnenfeld about financing a film, and with Kristin Chenoweth and Warner Brothers about developing a stage musical."
Fuller previously stated in a different interview, "We're working on something that is definitely a Pushing Daisies revival, and the idea would be to have as many cast as we can to participate in it."
In its short tenure, the series received 17 Emmy nominations and seven wins, including Broadway veteran Chenoweth's Outstanding Supporting Actress prize in 2009.
John Travolta is secretly courting the role of the villain in the next James Bond movie. During a taped theatre interview with British TV personality Barry Norman on Sunday (16Feb14), the Pulp Fiction star revealed he and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli have discussed the possibility of him playing 007's foe in the untitled 24th Bond film.
Travolta said, "I would love to be a villain in the next James Bond film."
The movie is set to go before cameras later this year (14) with a release planned for 2015.
John Travolta has credited his faith and fellow members of the Church of Scientology for helping him recover from the death of his teenage son Jett in 2009. The 16 year old died from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas, and, in a new live onstage interview with British TV personality Barry Norman in London, the movie star called the tragedy "the worst thing that's ever happened in my life".
He added, "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.
"I will forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting me for two years solid, I mean Monday through Sunday. They didn't take a day off, working through different angles of the techniques to get through grief and loss, and to make me feel that finally I could get through a day."
During the 90-minute chat at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Travolta also discussed his career highs and lows, explaining that, "It got a little complicated for a few years," when he failed to land decent roles prior to his rebirth in Pulp Fiction.
He said, "A lot of things added up to a five-year period that wasn't so good for me... There were people who were much hotter than me who wanted the role, but Quentin (Tarantino) put his career on the line and refused to make the movie without me in it."
During Sunday's (16Feb14) A Conversation with John Travolta, which came just two days before the actor's 60th birthday, he also showed off his impression of Sir Sean Connery and gave dancing lessons to a handful of lucky fans in the audience.
The celebrity pilot's West End debut ended with the presentation of an airplane-shaped cake.
The parents of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, have marked the first anniversary of her death by announcing plans to launch a foundation in her memory. The South African athlete stands accused of fatally shooting the blonde beauty on St. Valentine's Day last year (14Feb13), after allegedly mistaking her for an intruder at his home in Pretoria.
The disgraced Paralympian's murder trial is due to begin next month (Mar14) and Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry, are hoping the upcoming court proceedings will help them find "closure".
They have also revealed plans to bring their daughter's dreams of helping victims of domestic abuse to life by starting their own charity.
In a joint statement, they write: "Reeva, who held such a passion for women's abuse issues and frequently spoke out against domestic violence, intended to one day open an establishment where abused women would be cared for. Once the trial is over, we intend to start a foundation honoring Reeva's passions, which included helping the poor and abused."
Pistorius' trial will be broadcast on South African TV 24 hours a day as part of a MultiChoice network deal that will keep locals updated on developments and commentary.
Actor John Wesley Shipp, who played the original Barry Allen in the 1990s U.S. TV series The Flash, has been cast in a mystery role in the reboot of the DC Comics-inspired show of the same name. The former Dawson's Creek actor joins previously announced cast members Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh and Glee star Grant Gustin, who will play the titular role of The Flash.
British TV director Christopher Barry has died, aged 88. Barry passed away earlier this month (Feb14) following a fall at his home in Oxfordshire, England.
He was best known for his work on the hit TV show Doctor Who. Barry also directed several other beloved British TV shows, including Z Cars and All Creatures Great and Small.
Johnny Depp is back on board to portray notorious crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger in a new biopic. The Edward Scissorhands star was originally cast in Black Mass last February (13), but dropped out in May (13) after he was reportedly asked to take a $10 million (£6.25 million) pay cut due to budget constraints.
Last month (Jan14), it was reported the actor was back in talks and now he has officially signed on to play the Boston, Massachusetts gangster, who spent almost two decades evading capture after he was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation 's (FBI) Most Wanted List, according to Deadline.com.
Rain Man director Barry Levinson was initially attached to direct the film, but Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper has taken over the project.
In addition to Depp's casting, The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy is reportedly in talks to star as former FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger who served time in prison for racketeering and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with him.
Production is expected to begin in May (14).
Black Mass isn't the only film based on Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is working on a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
Written and directed by Rob Pearlstein, this hilarious romantic comedy follows a trio of childhood friends scheming to find a wife for their socially inappropriate pal Barry. Their plan completely backfires when his new girlfriend Melanie turns out to be just like him. The raunchy comedy stars Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr. and Lucy Punch. In honor of it's theatrical release, we're doing a giveaway!
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