The characters on ABC's Scandal are so compelling, it's difficult to pick a favorite. Are you Team Fitz or Team Jake? All of the Gladiators are awesome (but Huck is probably your favorite). And then there's Olivia Pope -- she's in a class by herself, but even the great Kerry Washington has been upstaged on occassion. Mellie Grant (played by Bellamy Young) is fantastic, and this season Papa Pope (Joe Morton) has stolen the show in a few episodes. But Cyrus Beene? Now he is truly incomparable. And if you're a dedicated Scandal fan, there's a chance that he's your favorite character on the show. If not, allow us to persuade you.
He Has The Best Monologues Ever
There was that time when he went off on President Fitz about how his life would end up if he resigned from office. That time when he went off on Olivia and compared the electoral process to the magic fairytale that is Christmas. That time he went off about what an amazing President he would have been. I mean, we could go on. Cyrus goes off a lot, and every time it is pure gold.
He Is The Worst Husband Ever ... But Still Kinda Sweet
When Cyrus refers to himself as an "animal" (not just a political animal, but an animal proper), he means that he's the type of guy to order a hit out on his own husband when that husband threatens to expose him to the world for tampering with a presidential election. True story. But he's also the kind of guy to call that hit off at the last minute because, deep down, he really loves his hubby.
He Is Employee Of The Month, Every Month
You don't know work ethic until you see Cyrus Beene making phone calls from an ambulance, minutes after suffering from a heart attack. When he found out that Reston and Billy Chambers had been working together and plotting against his beloved President Fitz his heart lit'rally gave out. And he still couldn't stop working because he is the definition of Employee of the Month, every month. Beyoncé herself looks like the second-hardest working person in the world next to this guy. And for that, we love him.
Scandal is one of the most talked about series on television. If you aren't watching it, you probably still say things like “Oh no she didn’t!” and use MySpace. Whether it’s the sex, the fashion, or the WTF moments, this political drama is the toast of the water cooler and the Twittersphere. With Breaking Bad done, now is the perfect time to get addicted to this hit series.
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is the premier fixer in Washington, D.C. Whether it’s a kidnapping, sex scandal, or PR nightmare, her team of "gladiators" use their unique skill-set to manage crises. Harrison (Columbus Short) is the resident lawyer, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) the investigator, Huck (Guillermo Diaz) the hacker and "cleaner," and new staff member Quinn (Katie Lowes) has a secret. I should probably also mention that Olivia is having an on-again/off-again tryst with the President (Tony Goldwyn) much to the dismay of the First Lady (Bellamy Young) and Chief of Staff (Jeff Perry).
Shonda Rhimes has finally created a series with the same fervid fan base as Grey’s Anatomy. Washington and Young play characters with the best lines on television today. The sex scenes between Goldwyn and Washington are also not to be trifled with. There’s a scene where he literally turned her around and...well, you'll find out. This role turned Goldwyn from "that dude from Ghost" into an A-list celebrity.
Scandal creates a fictional Washington, D.C. with some of the same headlines as today but the intrigue has taken steroids…then more steroids. Nothing is off limits: secret government agencies, murders and conspiracies will shock you into watching episode after episode. Anything can happen on the show. No one’s virtue is safe.
Olivia Pope is a character that is changing television. She’s an African-American woman and a major player in Washington. It’s also notable that this series marks one of the few times in television history that an African American woman has been the lead on a primetime drama. Washington also created buzz when she was nominated for an Emmy for the series. Pope’s cutting-edge clothing and penchant for the color white has made an impact in the fashion world. Some people tweet strictly about her outfits.
This series is the perfect binge watch. It will keep you at the edge of your seat. Netflix has the 13-episode first season and the full-length second season. There’s just enough time to catch up and start watching the series so you can be one of the cool kids.
Robert Zemeckis is a blockbuster director at heart. Action has never been an issue for the man behind Back to the Future. When he puts aside the high concept adventures for emotional human stories — think Forrest Gump or Cast Away — he still goes big. His latest Flight continues the trend revolving the story of one man's fight with alcoholism around a terrifying plane crash. Zemeckis expertly crafts his roaring centerpiece and while he finds an agile performer in Denzel Washington the hour-and-a-half of Flight after the shocking moment can't sustain the power. The "big" works. The intimate drowns.
Washington stars as Whip Whitaker a reckless airline pilot who balances his days flying jumbo jets with picking up women snorting lines of cocaine and drinking himself to sleep. Although drunk for the flight that will change his life forever that's not the reason the plane goes down — in fact it may be the reason he thinks up his savvy landing solution in the first place. Writer John Gatins follows Whitaker into the aftermath madness: an investigation of what really happened during the flight Whitaker's battle to cap his addictions and budding relationships that if nurtured could save his life.
Zemeckis tops his own plane crash in Cast Away with the heart-pounding tailspin sequence (if you've ever been scared of flying before Flight will push into phobia territory). In the few scenes after the literal destruction Washington is able to convey an equal amount of power in the moments of mental destruction. Whitaker is obviously crushed by the events the bottle silently calling for him in every down moment. Flight strives for that level of introspection throughout eventually pairing Washington with equally distraught junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly). Their relationship is barely fleshed out with the script time and time again resorting to obvious over-the-top depictions of substance abuse (a la Nic Cage's Leaving Las Vegas) and the bickering that follows. Washington's Whitaker hits is lowest point early sitting there until the climax of the film.
Sharing screentime with the intimate tale is the surprisingly comical attempt by the pilot's airline union buddy (Bruce Greenwood) and the company lawyer (Don Cheadle) to get Whitaker into shape. Prepping him for inquisitions looking into evidence from the wreckage and calling upon Whitaker's dealer Harling (John Goodman) to jump start their "hero" when the time is right the two men do everything they can to keep any blame being placed upon Whitaker by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The thread doesn't feel relevant to Whitaker's plight and in turn feels like unnecessary baggage that pads the runtime.
Everything in Fight shoots for the skies — and on purpose. The music is constantly swelling the photography glossy and unnatural and rarely do we breach Washington's wild exterior for a sense of what Whitaker's really grappling with. For Zemeckis Flight is still a spectacle film with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly he once again goes big. Too big.
Well they're certainly walking a hard line with this one, aren't they? The Hollywood Reporter has details on the up-and-coming new comedy from screenwriter Jeff Tetreault titled Johnson. This will be the seminal film for the writer, and according to Tetreault, "it’s semi-autobiographical." Sounds like he'll really be exposing himself.
The film tells the story of Rich Johnson (played by Cam Gigandet), a working stiff and sexual blow-hard whose excessive lady-bedding causes him to get shafted by his own overworked junk. His genitals take on human form and are played quite erectly by the comedian Nick Thune.
According to Tetreault, there was slight worry if Thune could really pull it off: "Nick is only 6’4, though. Shaq would be more of an accurate physical representation" of the lost member in question. Looks like Tetreault will just have to suck it up, though, as filming gets underway in Chicago next week.
The film's over-the-top sense of humor wasn't too gag-inducing, though. Huck Botko, the recent director of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's The Virginity Hit has signed on to helm the flick. At least he doesn't have to hang around those two nuts all day.
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