Happy almost Thanksgiving TV Lovers! While many people have been stuffing the turkey, baking pies and preparing for an awkward weekend of bumping into your old high school friends—“Oh hey… you! Wow. You’re still working at Target? That’s nice…”—I’ve been busy whipping up a healthy heaping of spoilers for you! And they smell delicious! (Oh honey, please stop sniffing your computer. I was just kidding and someone, somewhere is silently judging you right now.) In this week’s home-cooked edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List, I got all the American Horror Story: Asylum answers you’ve been craving from Zachary Quinto and convinced Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter to dish on what’s next for Deb’s love life. I sautéed up some scoop on the upcoming CSI/CSI: NY crossover special and I’ve got all the delicious details on what’s coming up for Glee, The Mindy Project, and Ben and Kate! Pull up a chair and put on your stretchy pants because y’all are about to be stuffed with some calorie-free spoilers. Dig in!
1. American Horror Story: Asylum: Heroes v. Horror
Last week’s reveal of Bloody Face was a terrifying and jaw-dropping shock for everyone. The fact that my beloved Zachary Quinto (as Dr. Thresdon of course) could commit such horrifying acts was a hard thing for me to handle as I peeped at the screen through my fingertips. Luckily I was able to chat with Quinto last week via a conference call and his sweet voice and thoughtful answers were almost enough to make me forget the terrors that wont leave my brain. Almost. This week’s episode, “The Origins of Monstrosity,” will give us a deeper and darker look into the patient’s pasts of Briarcliff as well as shed some light on Thresdon’s serial killer tendencies. While I can’t fully reveal his motives, let’s just say that Dr. Freud would hit the nail on the head when suggesting that Mommy issues are to blame. Quinto explains, “I think part of being a psychopath is an ability to dissociate from one reality and create another one completely. I think he does that expertly… He could have made a more significantly positive contribution had he only rechanneled his traumas, his energy.”
Many TV lovers like myself know that Quinto is no stranger to playing the evil one. For years on Heroes he was the baddest of bads when playing Gabriel Gray, but Quinto says that he prefers AHS’s unique character development that all takes place neatly in one little season. “[American Horror Story] is just more rooted in character and relationship, and less rooted in the sort of peripheral elements like superpowers. I liked that this was grounded and real. It’s something that I’m always drawn to is that kind of direction… it’s not a six-year commitment as it could be with another show.” A few other nuggets about tonight’s episode: We finally learn the fate of our horrified honeymooners (RIP one of them…) and there’s a new killer introduced. Let’s just say that when this new psychopath isn’t murdering people, she really enjoys playing dress up and having a tea party with her dolls. Creepy!
2. Dexter: A New Love for Deb?
Holy crap Dexter! You know just how to tug on our heartstrings while simultaneously making us cringe with incesty vibes, don’t’cha? Sundays episode was flawless when Deb dropped her “I’m in love with you!” bomb to her serial killing brother and everyone is asking the important/obvious question: Now what?! To get you the goods, I recently sent one of my spoiler fairies out to New York to catch up with Jennifer Carpenter at the premiere of her new movie, Ex-Girlfriends. (I had a date with my DVR and it would’ve been oh-so rude of if I ditched Stevie my TV at the last minute.) Carpenter says that Deb’s emotional turmoil and confusion over her feelings for Dexter (Michael C. Hall) have greatly evolved. When talking about last season’s first inkling to loving her brother, Carpenter said, “She never actually said that she’s in love with Dexter. She thought that she was and she wanted to know as much [as she could.] and I think that was also a tool that writer’s use to sort of pace her piecing the puzzle together of what it is that he does.” Now that Deb has actually confessed those powerful three little words to Dexter, Carpenter warns that this knowledge will dramatically shift the dynamics for the rest of this season. “I think that the new information sort of trumps those feelings that she was having. Not sort of. They absolutely do.”
Since Deb has opened the Pandora’s box of awkward secrets, we pressed Carpenter to see if she thinks that Deb can ever move past this sibling super crush and find a new (less murder-y) person to love. The actress smiled, “For once, I mean this is all just me speculating, but I think that now that she is claiming her life as her own, if she is ever going to meet love, it will happen now.” Squee! Fingers crossed that she wil have a happy ending. But speaking of endings, Carpenter recently revealed that she would be a-okay if Deb were to die at the end of this final season. “I don’t want this life [for her].” She stressed. Well that’s completely understandable, who would? But the biggest question is would she rather Deb’s death be at the hands of her brother? Carpenter was quick with her answer, firmly saying: ”Hell no.”
3. Ben and Kate: Smile for the Camera!
To me this show has it all. It’s funny, quirky, cute, and it has one of the only child actors—the lovely Maggie Elizabeth Jones—that I don’t want to ship off to a far away foreign land. (Yes, Modern Family’s demon-spawn Lily I’m looking at you!) I love the fact that Ben (Nat Faxon) and my TV bestie BJ (Lucy Punch) don’t coddle Maddie. They’re brutally honest with the their pint-sized pal and it makes for a refreshing and hilarious sitcom dynamic. So you can imagine my extreme delight when I snagged the following scoop: Maddie and BJ have a squee-worthy storyline together in an upcoming episode—12 to be exact—called “Bake-off.”
While Kate (Dakota Johnson) is off getting her flirt on, a casting agent in a restaurant mistakes BJ and Maddie for a mother-daughter duo and encourages them to audition for an upcoming commercial. Genius. One thing leads to another and the two attempt to dazzle the director at a casting call, but of course in true Ben and Kate fashion, the audition doesn’t go as planed and hilarity ensues. Let’s just say that Maddie’s catwalk skills may not be quite up to par. Not to worry Maddie, I’ll still love you! (FYI: If Ben ever enters Maddie in a Toddler and Tiaras type competition, I’m pretty sure my heart will explode from excitement. I'm not kidding.)
4. CSI: Crossovers and Corks
There’s something oh-so special and exciting when a long-standing show like CSI decides to shake things up a bit. This February fans can prepare to feel the love because CSI and CSI: NY are staging a special 2-part crossover. Plus there’s even more exciting news for shippers of the New York series! It looks like things between Mac and Christine are going to get even sweeter as the season continues. In the episode entitled, “In Vino Veritas” Mac (Gary Sinise) will head out to Las Vegas for a little romantic get-away with his lady Christine (Meghan Dodds) but his love-filled weekend is quickly destroyed when he realizes that not only is she missing—she’s been kidnapped. So Mac enlists D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and the rest of Las Vegas CSI team to find her.
The drama continues in the second episode when D.B. heads back with Mac to the big apple to help track down the kidnappers and determine whether or not Christine is alive. (Side-Note: Please TV Gods let Christine be okay! Mac can’t handle another heartbreak like this!) Somehow tied into it all, fans will also watch the team crack the case of the murder of a Mr. Davari. The deceased was a wine-dealing delinquent who used to auction off counterfeit cases for millions of dollars. But who did it? The prostitute? The waiter? Or the guy who got conned out of a small fortune for some high-priced grape juice? One thing I do know for sure is that I take wine very seriously, so I can’t say that I’m going to be particularly heart-broken knowing that this fictitious criminal will be laid to rest.
5. The Mindy Project: Hey There Neighbor!
Would you like to meet the newest lady of The Mindy Project? Of course you would! We’re soon going to meet Maggie, Mindy’s friend from college who also happens to live in her same apartment building. What a coinkidink! Maggie is the typical overachiever: She graduated from Princeton and moved straight onto the Teach For America program to lend her skills as an educator. How noble! I already like her very very much.
On her first assignment in the P.E. department, Maggie discovered that her tomboyish qualities had plenty of room to shine, so she decided to become a full time gym teacher. Unlike Mindy, Maggie is wildly confident, totally comfortable in her own skin and completely fine with the fact that most people assume that she is a lesbian because of her job. Damn stereotypes. In reality she’s quite the man-eater! Maggie has plenty of handsome suitors knocking at her door and hopefully she’ll be able to share some of her dating secrets with our leading lady.
6. Glee: Spandex and Sweater Vests
Remember a few episodes back when Blaine (Darren Criss) went club crazy and signed up for pretty much everything extra curricular? Well get excited glee-bees because this week’s all new episode give us a more in depth look in to the coolest club of all: The Secret Society of Superhero’s! “Dynamic Duets” features some of the funniest (and sexiest) super hero costumes I’ve ever seen. My top 3 would definitely have to be Tina’s Asian Persuasion, Brittany’s Human Brain and Kitty’s Femme Fatale. Girl power! Despite being socially immersed in all things McKinley, Blaine still feels lost without Kurt (Chris Colfer), and the lure of perfectly stitched Warbler blazer is tempting our former bow-tie lover into another potential school switcheroo. Klaine fans will also get some answers surrounding Blaine’s heartbreaking indiscretion with this mysterious Eli that we heard all about in “The Break Up.”
Fun-Fact: When I first saw Finn (Cory Monteith) in this episode I seriously had to do a double-take! I understand that Finn has taken over for Mr. Schue while he’s gone, but it looks like he also decided to raid his closet too. If Santana (Naya Rivera) saw him in these sweater vest and plaid shirt combos, she would most likely pass out from snark-overload and then—upon regaining consciousness—she would go off on a 20-minute verbal attack. Of course it would all be in good fun because we know that Santana and Finn are clearly buds after she came to save the day in Glease. (Side-Note: But seriously fingers crossed that something like this happens down the line because I truly miss our lovely Latina’s word-induced whiplash.) After fumbling at first, Finn quickly finds his footing (via spandex) and we get to witness some truly delightful duets. Kitty and Marley FTW!
Bonus Scoop! Looking ahead, the powers-that-be at Glee are currently searching for a new leading man named Paul. (Not the cutest of names, but I guess I can look past it…) Paul is a fella in his mid-twenties and is described as being “handsome, confident and extremely charming.” The new mystery man is set to appear in episode 11 and it’s safe to say he’ll become a familiar face on our TV screens. But just who will this new beau be charming? It seems like Rachel (Lea Michele) has her hands full right now with teacher’s pet Brody, so the next logical assumption would be that this is a new potential love-interest for Kurt. I personally don’t want that to happen so this is my counter speculation: give him to Quinn (Dianna Agron)!!!
What do you think is going to happen on Dexter now that Deb has spilled her steamy secret? Excited for the hilarity that’s coming up on The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate? Who do you think this “Paul” should be romancing on Glee? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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—Additional reporting by Lindsey DiMattina
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S4:E13 As I sit down to write this recap, I realize this season of Gossip Girl sucks. It sucks! It’s so boring. Lily has become some kind of mean-spirited woman, Serena is a trusty steed of honesty, and Blair and Dan are friends. This is not a good show anymore. I actually cringe when I have switch from The Bachelor to Gossip Girl now. Gone are the days of replacing the sequins on somebody’s blazer with pills and then employing the person wearing the coat as a drug mule! Now they’re getting internships at W and searching through their mother’s safety deposit box for affidavits? Please. Gossip Girl is about the GOSSIP that’s exchanged by people at their laser hair removal appointments, not getting people out of prison like they work for the fucking Innocence Project.
Wow, Ithaca’s supposed to be beautiful. But are you sure? – Serena
SEE WHAT I MEAN? SERENA IS SAYING ITHACA IS BEAUTIFUL! Ithaca is decidedly NOT BEAUTIFUL. It isn’t even BIUTIFUL! No, Serena would never say that. This is exactly my point. This season, she’s become a do-gooder who hasn’t even enrolled in an internship because she’s too busy trying to make things right with the teacher her mother sent to prison for three years. THAT IS BORING. She should be posing as a hooker and trying put a stop to the non-problem of prostitution, and then her family should start to worry about the likelihood she’ll really adopt that lifestyle for realz! OR REJECTING HER WEALTH AND TYING HERSELF TO A PARKING METER ON A HUNGER STRIKE! That’s what should be happening here. But instead, Ben is having coffee with the daughter of a woman who put him in prison with falsified evidence and talking about moving to Ithaca so he can work on a garden or something. This is Gossip Girl, you shits! Are they going to start scientifically engineering blue raisins next?! When Serena went home later that day, she found out her mother had sent $30,000 to Ben to try and convince him to stay away from the family. But Ben sent back the money because it had diamond dust all over it and his rapist fingers preferred the sweat of non-consenting babes. Serena suddenly realized that Ben was looking to go to Ithaca to stay away from her, even though she was really starting to like him. So to keep him here, she asked Rufus to let Ben stay in his old loft in Brooklyn.
Also wrong with this season is the development of a friendship between the people we’ve watched hate each other since day one. Over the break, Blair and Dan have been appreciating the city’s artwork and films and such because Serena is doing her own thing WITH THE TEACHER WHO WOULDN’T FUCK HER. Anyway, they’ve both gotten internships but neither one will tell the other where they’ll be working, and so it’s no surprise that they’ve both landed spots at W Magazine. But their friendship quickly starts to die when they engage in a competition to bring a celebrated author to a W-sponsored party that night to impress their supervisor. They agreed not to sabotage each other, but Dan took Blair’s guest off of the guest list because he assumed she was going to do the same thing to his guest. Once Blair realized what Dan did, they fought on the floor of the party and were dismissed from the internship. OFF TO BE BESTIES ONCE AGAIN! But no, the inflatable ducky's been punctured. Blair told Dan that this wasn’t just any internship for her and that unlike what has happened in the past, her mother didn’t get her this spot. She informed him that she got the job herself by faxing her resume to all 332 fax machines in the building, and that she must have been stupid to think that the two of them were actually becoming friends and that he wouldn’t do something to hurt her behind her back. So little Dan put on his car salesman scarf, called the internship supervisor, and got Blair a spot in the office again. But this time, with Dan as an enemy again.
At the tender age of 12 Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) was splashed in the eyes with radioactive waste and lost his sight--but his other four senses developed with superhuman sharpness. He grew up to become a bleeding-heart lawyer running a law practice with his best friend Foggy Nelson (Jon Favreau) and chasing beautiful women including the bright and fearless Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner). By night he is the masked vigilante Daredevil using his incredible senses and abilities to defend the downtrodden in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil the movie stays true to all the elements that are pervasive in the Marvel Universe: drama love action violence revenge a spiteful police department and best of all the probing reporter on a quest for the truth. Here moviegoers will become familiar with events that become catalysts in Daredevil's crime-fighting career including the death of his father (David Keith) at the hands of the mob and the victimization of those close to him. The villainous underworld figure Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his hired hand the psychotic killer Bullseye (Colin Farrell) are also introduced as Daredevil's foes--and the battle between good and evil is born in this gritty urban borough.
Daredevil's appeal is that he does not possess any superpowers which made Affleck (Sum of All Fears) a good choice to portray this rather vulnerable crime fighter. While he beefed up for the role Affleck still retains that guy-next-door quality that makes both Murdock and Daredevil so relatable. His love interest in the film Elektra is played by Garner better known as Sydney Bristow on ABC's Alias. Elecktra is as brawny as she is brainy and Garner is the perfect fit for the character: she's gorgeous in a non-Hollywood kind of way and convincing as skilled fighter. Playing Murdock's lifelong friend and partner Foggy Favreau's (Made) role here is the most low-key of the bunch but he delivers some comic relief with some really funny lines. As far as villains go no one could be better suited for the role of Kingpin than the larger-than-life Duncan (The Scorpion King). This massively muscled character had to be played by someone with a powerful presence and sophisticated intellect making Duncan the ideal candidate. Rounding out the malefactors is Farrell (The Recruit) who churns out a powerful performance as the psychotic killer Bullseye complete with the nervous twitches and shifty eyes.
The decision to place Mark Steven Johnson at the helm of Daredevil was a little surprising. His 1998 directorial debut Simon Birch and his screenwriting credits Grumpy Old Men and the astoundingly bad Jack Frost hardly seemed on a par with an action adventure feature like this. The fact that Johnson hasn't worked extensively with digital effects becomes apparent in some of the film's action sequences that include a CGI Daredevil running upside walls and taking giant leaps from rooftop to rooftop. The completely animated version of Daredevil doesn't behave naturally and lacks details such as muscles texture highlights and shadows. But Daredevil didn't have a huge budget (compared to Spider-Man at least) and what it lacked in f/x it made up for with a gripping and gritty story line. Daredevil's mission is to rid Hell's Kitchen--not the universe--of as much crime as he can and his vendettas are personal--and grotesquely violent. More importantly Johnson's screenplay stays true to the comic book characters and their attributes. Fans of the comic book will appreciate his truthful touches such Bullseye's maniacal talents which include being able to turn a paperclip into a deadly weapon and Kingpin's ritualistic removal of his blazer before pounding the snot out of adversaries.
Actress Halle Berry is being investigated by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in connection with a hit-and-run accident last week.
Halle Berry The felony occurred at North Doheny and Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood in the early-morning hours of Feb. 23, according to the sheriff's headquarters bureau. Berry, 31, was in the car, a rented Chevrolet Blazer, but it was not clear if she was driving or a passenger.
She received minor injuries and sought medical treatment, while the driver of the other car, a female adult, suffered a broken right arm and was treated at a hospital. Berry's rented vehicle was impounded pending further investigation, said Deputy Carlos Lopez, but no arrests have been made. Calls to Berry's spokesman were not returned.
Berry won a Golden Globe last month for the HBO movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," in which she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. She is engaged to R&B singer Eric Benét.
AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS: The Oscars are less than a month away, but some nominees dusted up their acceptance speeches Saturday.
The American Cinema Editors' 50th Annual ACE Eddie Awards gave top honors to "Being John Malkovich" and "The Matrix." The two films won editing honors in the dramatic and comedy categories, respectively. Meanwhile, "Sleepy Hollow" was lauded at the Art Directors Guild's 4th Annual Production Design Awards.
The American Cinema Foundation, which honors film and television for their positive social values, will give "October Sky" its E Pluribus Unum prize Thursday. Eric Roth and Michael Mann will pick up the Writers Guild of America's Paul Selvin Award for "The Insider" on Sunday, and finally, Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer will each receive a lifetime achievement award from the Producers Guild of America on Thursday.
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This time it's about their pet Rottweiler. A woman is suing the couple, saying the dog bit her during a visit to the couple's hilltop home near Malibu, Calif., in 1997.
"This dog had a vicious nature, disposition and propensity, which was known or should have been known to the defendants," the lawsuit said. And yes, we're sure she wasn't talking about Tommy.
QUICK TAKES: There's bubble-gum pop, and then there's just bubble gum. Teen popster Britney Spears is merging both with Britney Spears CD Bubble Gum, a promotional component to her upcoming tour. The gum, made by Famous Fixins, will give part of its proceeds to The Giving Back Fund, a nonprofit organization that encourages athletes and entertainers to raise money for charitable causes. ...
... John Stamos is putting some of his things on the auction site eBay, including the underwear of his supermodel wife, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Stamos, 36, recently made the announcement on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," adding, "I told her I wanted to sell her eggs, but she didn't like that idea." ...
... Ads for Julia Roberts' upcoming film "Erin Brokovich" reveal more than early-early Oscar buzz. Roberts, who plays a single mother-turned-legal-crusader, sports some newly um, enhanced -- décolletage. But not to worry, she swears it's the miracle of Wonderbras. "I'd gone 30 years without cleavage and suddenly, pow!" Roberts said of her new look. The look was dramatic enough that when she sent boyfriend Benjamin Bratt some snapshots, he replied, "You can't go out like that."
THE RUMOR ROUNDUP: The New York Post reports that rocker Lenny Kravitz, 35, has been snuggling with Kate Hudson, 20, the actress daughter of Goldie Hawn. Spies say they've been spending time together in Malibu, Calif., "snogging and acting cuddly." People "in the know" say the two are "definitely a couple," but a rep for Hudson says they are "just friends." ...
... He may be 55, but Michael Douglas still knows how to party. According to the New York Daily News, he and pregnant fiancée Catherine Zeta-Jones had a double date recently with his deejay son, Cameron, and his girlfriend, at a New York club. While Cameron spun the discs, dad and Zeta-Jones danced in the deejay booth before leaving at 1:45 a.m. At this rate, Douglas will have no trouble staying up all night to change those diapers.