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Those who went to see Bad Teacher in theaters thinking it was the second coming of Bridesmaids were sorely mistaken. Instead of a hilarious female-centric comedy with heart and compelling characters, Bad Teacher was just more mindlessly raunchy humor. It was not well received to say the least, which is why a TV adaptation had us puzzled. But, after the premiere last week, we’re enjoying the Bad Teacher TV comedy much more than the movie.
Within the very first episode, the show creates a more balanced character in Meredith Davis (the bad teacher played by Ari Graynor). Although she’s still a bit of a gold digger, she has some heart, too — she helped boost the confidence of some less popular girls at her the high school where she works.
While the movie only really scratched the surface of its main character — Elizabeth Halsey played by Cameron Diaz (who is helping to produce the show along with its star) — the TV series will have much more time to delve into the main character. Twelve more episodes in fact.
Similarly, the movie focused entirely on Elizabeth’s quest to land her ideal man, Scott Delacorte (played by everyone’s ideal man, Justin Timberlake). However the first episode of the show gave as much time to how Meredith became a teacher and fit into the school as her ploy to shop for hot dads through a career day event. Although the golddigging aspect of the main character can be funny, the moments where the show focused on their bad teacher’s non-romantic plights were more entertaining.
Although the television show may not paint Meredith as bad as Elizabeth — there certainly was no scene of Meredith smoking marijuana in her car outside of the school — they have the potential to create a more dynamic and likable character. The fish out of water aspect, in which Meredith finds herself as a teacher with absolutely no qualifications except that she graduated from high school, is the most interesting aspect of Bad Teacher. If the TV series continues to explore that side of the show, they’ll create a much funnier and more entertaining comedy than the film turned out to be.
Teen Wolf fans might still be reeling from the penultimate season three episode that was impactful enough to keep the #RIPAllison hashtag trending on Twitter for more than 12 hours. Now that the finale has aired, it might be time to take a look at the major problem the show has when it comes to character death — specifically, which characters die and which only come close to knocking on death’s door.
Let’s play a little game (akin to those played on Wolf Watch)! Peter Hale, Deucalion, Gerard Argent, Isaac Lahey, Jackson Whittemore, and Ethan; what do these characters have in common? They’re all male, they’re all white, and they’re all still alive — despite some of them contracting life-threatening diseases or actually dying.
Next group! Victoria Argent, Allison Argent, Jennifer Blake, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, and Kali; what do these characters have in common? They’re either not male or not white and they’re all dead!
For many fans, the most recent death of Allison has been a serious point of contention and, for a few, the last straw. On a show that has always been proud of its female heroes — the next generation of Buffy Summers — killing Allison seemed like a slap in the face to the Teen Wolf’s female fans. (Yes, we know Crystal Reed decided to leave the show, but so did Colton Haynes and his character wasn’t killed.)
The cast of characters on Teen Wolf is seriously skewed in favor of men, which works for eye candy, but offers little in the way of female representation for the majority of the show’s fans. If the reaction from fans is any indication, they did not take kindly to losing one of their beloved female heroes.
However, perhaps the writers are taking note of the representation problem on the show. The Teen Wolf season three finale may have attempted to right the wrong: Kate Argent was resurrected from the grave (seriously, did she dig herself out, or what body did the Argents bury in season two?) and Aiden fell at the hand of an Oni.
It may not be a complete reversal of the male and female character scales on Teen Wolf, but the finale showcased a step in the right direction. Maybe the fans that have taken issue with the character deaths will be able to look past the politics and simply enjoy the show again. Here’s hoping!
By now, we know what we're getting ourselves into when we sign on for a new buddy cop movie: One's a hardnosed, by-the-book professional with a no nonsense attitude and a suffering personal life. The other's a fun-loving renegade who uses alternative methods to get the job done, but incurs the wrath of all those trying to uphold protocol. Oh, and they're both dudes. We don't know why that is part of the regimen, but it is an element that has been rigidly maintained through the Lethal Weapons, the Rush Hours, the 48 Hrs, and good ol' Starsky and Hutch. But Paul Feig's The Heat lays waste to this arbitrary pattern, casting Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a pair of officers who do wonders with the age old trope.
Vexingly, a great deal of cinematic traditions are dominated by male actors and characters. When you think of mob movies, of crime thrillers, of screwball comedies, of science-fiction and fantasy, or of animated adventures, you're bound to think immediately of the vast number of men who have brought these stories to life on screen. But scattered throughout an industry that seems to opt for old hat over new and inventive are the outlying gems that prove that women can deliver these sorts of films with the same majesty and entertainment as their male counterparts.
The Silence Of The LambsGenre: ThrillerHeroine: Clarice Starling, played by Jodie FosterThe theme of gender provide quite a hurdle for Clarice Starling. But in and beyond her universe, she trounces these barriers, becomingperhaps the most memorable FBI agent in cinema history.
The Quick and the DeadGenre: WesternHeroine: Ellen, played by Sharon StoneThe Western is likely more male-dominated than any other genre, which is why Sharon Stone's turn at the head of the 1995 film proves all the more riveting,
AlienGenre: Sci-fiHeroine: Ripley, played by Sigourney WeaverSurrounded by male officers, secret cyborgs, and homicidal aliens, Sigourney Weaver is still the most gripping aspect of Ridley Scott's classic Alien, her strength and nobility never waning as she treads into the most dangerous and horrifying territories imaginable.
Thelma and LouiseGenre: Outlaw movieHeroines: The titular characters, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena DavisEarning audience yehaws no lower in volume than those conjured by Butch and Sundance, heroes Thelma and Louise make for one of the most cherished outlaw films in recent history, not to mention the most moving.
FargoGenre: Crime dramaHeroine: Marge Gunderson, played by Frances McDormandWe love William H. Macy, ya, and that Steve Buscemi is a hoot, dontchaknow. But Fargo is far and away Frances McDormand's movie.
Kill BillGenre: Assassin/martial arts movieHeroine: Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo, played by Uma ThurmanQuentin Tarantino's female characters have always been impressive, with his sword-wielding Beatrix topping the lot in her martial arts adventure. The character exhibits an all-powerful love for her daughter, which drives her through countless bloody missions in the modern classic two-parter.
UnderworldGenre: Vampire movieHeroine: Selene, played by Kate BeckinsaleTrue, there were female heroines in the vampire genre before Beckinsale (yes, we want to give Buffy her rightful nod). But the first true and traditionally dark vamp flick with a badass lady at the center was indeed the Underworld series.
HaywireGenre: ActionHeroine: Mallory Kane, played by Gina CaranoFilled with nonstop action, thrills, gasps, bone snaps, and run-for-your-life moments, Steven Soderbergh's Haywire allows Gina Carano a platform to kick the crap out of every man with whom she crosses paths... which she could very well have done, just as easily, in real life.
BridesmaidsGenre: Screwball comedyHeroines: The lead ensemble, played by Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Rose ByrneFinally, another from Feig, and a fan favorite at that. Launching McCarthy's career and giving Wiig her first turn as a movie star, Bridesmaids re-opened the discussion of whether women could handle all sorts of comedy as well as men can. Anyone still on the fence has got to watch this movie again, and fast.
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Good news! Against all odds, the casting director geniuses at The CW have found someone with the same balance of attractiveness, charisma, and menacing terror as Joseph Morgan. The potential Vampire Diaries spinoff, "The Originals," which should unquestionably earn a spot on the network's fall lineup, introduced us to our newest TV crush: Charles Michael Davis.
The actor plays Marcel, the HVIC (head vampire in charge) of New Orleans, whose dimples are just as adorable as JoMo's. A long, long time ago, the Mikaelsons (mostly Klaus) helped found the gorgeous, electric city of New Orleans. Marcel is Klaus' onetime protege who now runs the city — and who is every bit the ruthless killer as his former mentor. I'd like imagine Klaus picked him up from the gutter, Fagin-style, made him adopt a charming British accent, and turned Marcel into the Oliver Twist of his merry band of vampire thugs.
For all we know, that could have happened. But what we do know is that at some point, Klaus and his bros peaced out, while Marcel stayed and turned the city into his own little kingdom. He drove the werewolves away, terrorized the witches so they wouldn't practice magic within city limits, and made New Orleans a vampire's paradise.
Naturally, this means the New Orleans witches aren't happy. Enter Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), who'd spent a few weeks drinking at various bars around the city while she searched for clues about her family history. A pair of witch sisters noticed something different about her and cast a spell to determine whether their hunch was correct. It was.
A bunch of other stuff happened, Elijah made his way to town (and was super hot and badass in the process, like always), blah blah blah, HAYLEY IS PREGNANT WITH KLAUS' BABY. The Nawlins witches want Klaus' help to take down Marcel, and they're holding Hayley (and Klaus' unborn child) hostage until he helps them out.
Unfortunately, Klaus didn't actually care about his baby or his one night stand, so he not-so-politely declined their offer. Enter Elijah, the voice of reason, who appealed to Klaus' narcissism and mades his brother realize that an heir is exactly what their family needs. Maybe this thing is gonna work out after all!
Here's the thing about the pregnancy — the loophole the writers created to allow Klaus the ability to impregnate someone, that werewolves can procreate even though vampires can't, is totally believable. It's got that WTF?! element of most of TVD's best plot twists, and adds an urgent, emotional layer to the storyline. Although kids make everything complicated, this is a fascinating complication that I have no doubt the talented TVD/Originals writing team can make even more complicated and interesting (in the best way possible).
The other new character of note, Camille (Leah Pipes) — or Cami, as she'd prefer to be known— seems a worthy, gorgeous love interest for Klaus. But even though there's crazy romance potential there, it was comforting to see the hybrid call his Mystic Falls object of affection, Caroline, instead of engaging this new girl. He was standing in a city he loved and he wanted to be with the girl he loves (even if that love isn't exactly reciprocated).
Back in Mystic Falls, Rebekah remained resolute that she would not help Klaus. Seems like she'll eventually come around, though, considering she's supposed to be a series regular on the new show. Also, Stefan and Damon are desiccating Elena until she gets weak enough to scare some humanity into her. This was the only Mystic Falls-related revelation we learned all night. And guess what? I hardly noticed.
"The Originals" felt darker and more mature than TVD — as advertised — but the most striking thing about the episode is how it felt like a natural evolution of the vampire drama we love so much. It also felt like a natural extension of the story. This was no forced spinoff. The characters belong in the world of New Orleans, and there's plenty of story to be told. If The CW doesn't announce in the next two days that it's already picked up 22 episodes of the new show for its fall schedule, then they're more oblivious than Bonnie Bennett.
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Last night on The Vampire Diaries, our favorite residents of Mystic Falls (plus that b**chy dress thief Elena) attended their senior prom, so it's only natural that they needed a couple of weeks off to recover from all that body-hopping, betrayal, witchcraft, and teen drinking. So for next Thursday's episode, they've handed over the reins to everybody's favorite Original vampire threesome — Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah — for a wild romp through New Orleans, which is Klaus' former stomping (and biting) grounds.
If next week goes well ratings and reception-wise, The Originals could very well be a weekly staple on The CW's lineup next season. And this "backdoor pilot" was set up perfectly last night, with Katherine sending a note to Klaus (The Originals' star, Joseph Morgan), claiming that a group of witches were mobilizing against him down in Nola.
In the trailer below, we see that Klaus has enlisted his siblings (Claire Holt and Daniel Gillies) for his latest adventure in the town where "the living are easily lost, and the dead stick around to play." But it's not all fun and games for Klaus, who realizes that his former protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is now ruling the city, living the life full of family, friends, and power that Klaus has always wanted. This naturally won't sit well with Klaus, who ends the promo saying "I want to be king."
Definitely looks like some strong stuff, and we're excited to see what TVD overlord Julie Plec has come up with. We don't see much of the witches who have rallied against Klaus, but if you don't blink you'll see Phoebe Tonkin's Hayley creeping about. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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Immediately following Wednesday morning's news that Buckwild had been canceled by MTV in the wake of cast member Shain Gandee's death, his cast mates took to Twitter to rally support for the show's second season. Buckwild was midway through production when Gandee died in an off-roading car accident on April 1, and MTV immediately suspended production until the final verdict was released this morning.
The decision to cancel the show, which often featured its cast partaking in dangerous activities like off-roading, seems like a good one. Half of Season 2 would have featured Gandee — a fan-favorite — happily doing the very thing that killed him. It's not exactly the stuff reality dreams are made of. But in a bizarre twist, producer J. P. Williams slammed MTV in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that the whole thing "smells of s**t," and that he would do anything in his power to keep the show going. And now, his cast members have rallied on Twitter to #KeepBuckwildForShain.
Yea people #buckwild is actually canceled & Shain would be fucking pissed. Tweet @mtv & tell them to keep it going.
— MTVsAshley (@MTVsAshleyWhitt) April 10, 2013
Even if @mtv won't #KeepBuckwildForShain I promise the cast of Buckwild will find our own way to see this through for him.
— Cara Parrish (@CaraFnParrish) April 10, 2013
Get #KeepBuckwildForShain trending. Tweet it to @mtv because we all know this is bullshit.
— Anna Davis (@MTV_Anna) April 10, 2013
No matter what the #buckfam will keep fighting for our angel and stick up for what he would want
— Shae Bradley (@mtvshae) April 10, 2013
Knowing from personal experience, the last month of Shain's life was wild and amazing. You're gonna wanna see it. @mtv
— katie (@MTVs_Katie) April 10, 2013
William also took the opportunity to bash MTV's hit Teen Mom — a timely diss, given that one of the show's stars just shot a porno. "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy," Williams says. "They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show?”
One of Teen Mom's most troubled stars, Jenelle Evans, fired back on Twitter saying "wow I can't believe u just called all of the Teen Moms out like that. How rude, no matter what "show" u r on we r a family." To which Buckwild's Katie Saria replied:
Yeah jenelle, literally no one asked you.
— katie (@MTVs_Katie) April 10, 2013
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You never know who could be "one of them." It could be your weird younger sibling. It could be the mega-hot bar waitress you never thought you had a chance with. It could be the detective investigating your brother's mysterious disappearance. Or in Cult's case — The CW "show within a show" mystery thriller that premieres on Tuesday — it could be all of the above.
The "basic" premise is this: Jeff (The Vampire Diaries' dearly departed Matthew Davis) begins to investigate his brother's disappearance, after said brother leaves an ominous message about the TV show Cult (to keep things as simple as possible, Cult the show-within-a-show will not be italicized).
(Coincidentally, the show-within-a-show airs on the Cult universe's version of The CW. Only in this version of The CW, Cult airs after Arrow instead of Hart of Dixie. Also, in this universe, Emily Owens, MD was never canceled. This universe sucks.)
He's joined by a foxy, extremely well-dressed for her salary research assistant (Jessica Lucas), and the pair discover a whole bunch of mysterious crimes/deaths that seemingly connect to the show. Got that? It's a lot to take in.
You'll like it if: You always thought that The Ring and Fox's new show The Following should have a baby. A really twisted, convoluted little baby.
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Top 5 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: Because Matthew Davis is compelling in everything he's in, ever. Because the pilot is confusing as f***, but you're so frustrated to know the truth that it leaves you wanting more. Because, if you love Degrassi, Stacey Farber AKA "Ellie the cutter" will recur this season. Because you like the cult elements of The Following, but you hate reading, so you'd rather "follow" a TV cult than a literature-based one. Because you're my colleague Sydney Bucksbaum and you watch everything that's on The CW and love it, even if it's Emily Owens, MD.
5 Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch: Because you're a die-hard Supernatural or TVD fan and feel personally attacked by the show's depiction of rabid fan-bases. Because you're a die-hard SPN fan and you hate Cult (and Cult) star Alona Tal, because you hate every female that has ever appeared on the show except for Kevin's mom. Because you're boycotting Alaric's death on The Vampire Diaries. Because you realize how ridiculous it is that someone with a research assistant's salary could afford so many leather jackets. Because you're not CW-fanatic Sydney Bucksbaum.
Love it, or Leave it?: Love it if you're easily hooked in to mysteries (and don't mind multiple confusing layers), leave it if you're a recent cult survivor. And if you're Sydney Bucksbaum, you're likely watching already.
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Time to Join the Cult: Sorry, Emily Owens: You're being ousted by a group of psychos. The CW announced today that the Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries) drama Cult — which focuses on, you know, a cult — will debut in Owens' old Tuesday night time slot on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m.
Felicity Joins the KGB: Thankfully, Cult won't be competing with FX's awesome-sounding drama The Americans, which will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10pm. The hour-long period drama stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two KGB spies during Reagan-era Cold War America. The couple have two children from their arranged marriage, and have to adjust to life in suburban D.C. in the midst of Cold War conflicts. Too bad Nick Brody is too young to offer up some advice...
Jamie Foxx Takes a Hit: TNT has put in development Hit, a drama from the mind of big screen star Jamie Foxx. Hit will focus on two former high school football teammates and best friends, who join the Miami P.D. and are assigned to the HIT (High Impact Team). Foxx co-wrote the script and will executive produce alongside Robert Port. [Deadline]
Bravo Takes a Break From Reality: Watch your back, housewives! The little network that could has officially ordered its first scripted pilots — dramas called The Joneses and Rita. The Joneses comes from the mind of Nashville's Liz Tigelaar, and focuses on a fake family of actors who are put together to do stealth marketing amongst their wealthy neighbors. Rita follows Rita — "an acerbic, outspoken private school teacher" with three teenage children. Well, we look forward to watching what happens — live! [Deadline]
Sean Bean Might Not Die: Interesting development! The TNT pilot Legends — which was supposed to star Brendon Fraser, who backed out last month — has picked up Sean Bean, that dude who died in Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and basically everything else. Legends will be executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, so we have high hopes for this one. [Deadline]
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Forget that the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's sweeping romance novel comes from the man who brought us the slick-but-stuffy Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Every frame of director Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold overflowing with visual spectacle and roaring performances. Keira Knightley Jude Law Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the rest of the cast fit perfectly in the high drama epic but it's really Wright's playground. Following Hanna an artful spin on the action movie Wright returns to the period drama but injects it with dazzling daring choices. A book like Anna Karenina could once fit in reality but its larger-than-life legacy precedes it. Wright acknowledges that from frame one approaching the film like a grand ballet or opera where grand gestures broad emotions and overt theatrics are commonplace. That vision clicks transforming Anna Karenina into an exhilarating moviegoing experience.
The storyline of Anna Karenina isn't far off from a daytime soap: It's 1874 and Anna (Knightley) is floating through existence as the wife of influential government player Karenin (Law). But when her brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) summons her to Moscow to save his marriage Anna's entire world is shaken up. She meets Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson) a cavalry hunk who finds himself smitten with the taken lady. She's in the same boat: The two strike up a flirtatious relationship that evolves into one of sexual passion. A scandalous affair would incite trouble in the preset day but in the 19th century it's the ultimate crime. Quickly Anna's life comes crumbling down.
The intertwining melodrama of Anna Karenina earned the novel its classic status but Wright uses the material as a launching pad for imagination rather than a tome to translate to screen. Many of the scenes are staged in a theater creating an instant awareness of the production. Sets shift and are reconstructed into new rooms; actors costume change in the span of single shots; action sequences like a thrilling horse race are conducted on stage with special effects you might see on Broadway. Wright works this sort of stylization in the other direction too; a character could walk an empty stage open a door and suddenly be on a snow-covered hill. Anna Karenina isn't the first film to use the effect but in Wright's hands it's exhilarating.
The movie is Wright's third collaboration with Knightley and easily their most successful. Knightley never struggles to stay on the same page as the heightened material whether she's nailing a dance sequence or breaking down in a flood of tears. Casting an ensemble around Knightley is no easy task but Taylor-Johnson gives his best work yet as the debonair love interest and Macfadyen steals the show with moments of physical comedy.
We have expectations of the texture and structure of period romances. Anna Karenina defies them. Masterpiece Theater it is not.
There are some big things brewing in the Disney vat, comic book fans. Ever since that little movie called The Avengers came along, the whole industry has been wondering what Marvel's next step will be — and Disney CEO Bob Iger may have just revealed it.
Yesterday, Iger announced the news that the film's director Joss Whedon (of Firefly and Buffy fame) would return to write and direct The Avengers 2. On top of that glorious announcement, Iger also revealed another interesting tidbit of information: that, as part of the deal, Whedon would help develop a new live-action television series for ABC, featuring Marvel characters. What's that? A Whedon-esque return to television, with superheroes!? Why don't I just hand over all my empty DVR space now!?
Of course, now that we know that TV is in Disney/Marvel's lens, the question becomes: what will this show be about? Or, perhaps more importantly, who will it be about? There are hundreds of characters in the Marvel repertoire, some (like Iron Man) more prolific than others (say, Squirrel Girl or Doorman). Since there are so many to choose from, I tapped into my limited comic book knowledge to dredge up some potential characters who may be swell candidates to lead an Avengers-themed TV show — and just for the hell of it, I cast it, too.
The Attractive Leading Man: Nate Richards (Iron Lad)
Played by: Logan Marshall-Green
One obvious choice for a TV-ready leading man is Nate Richards — strapping, handsome, and with a killer twist: he grows up to become Kang the Conqueror! Talk about interior conflict.
***The Best Friend: Eli Bradley (Patriot) Played by: Michael Jordan In order to fill the best friend slot, Bradley would have to be demoted from the leader of the Young Avengers (a group that itself would make for an excellent primetime program). But Iron Lad and Patriot would be the perfect television echoes to Iron Man and Captain America's cinematic sparring.
The Love Interest: Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) Played by: Laura Osnes You know what they say: when you can't get the rights to Spider-Man, you get the next best thing... Spider-Woman. Who would blame you for getting Broadway belle Laura Osnes into a form-fitting suit?
***The Hunky Mentor: Piotr Rasputin (Colossus) Played by: Joe Manganiello The network would have to drop Piotr's heavy Russian-ness in favor of something more American-casual. Like Pete.
*** The Sensitive One: William Kaplan (Wiccan) Played by: Aaron Tveit Kaplan could easily act as the real heart of the show — a young superhero struggling to come to terms with mutant villains and his sexuality.
*** The Sassy Chick: Emma Frost Played by: Margot Robbie True, Frost can be villainous, but sometimes cold-hearted bitches can be the most fun. Screw that — they're always the most fun.
*** The Precocious Child: Franklin Richards Played by: Chandler Riggs Only because Kiernan Shipka wasn't available.
*** The Celebrity Villain: Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) Played by: Terry O'Quinn Who's the first season's Big Bad? None other than crime boss Kingpin, as played by the cueballed O'Quinn. This, of course, is brilliant casting.
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