Now, I'm not in the habit of watching The View, seeing as I work during the day when it comes on to torture viewers with Elisabeth Hasselbeck's voice, but Christina Hendricks stopped by this morning, so they've got my attention. The Mad Men star and all-around babe told the ladies at The View that despite those nasty rumors flying around during the tense period when the show's fate was undetermined, no one is going to be cut from the show. She also attempts to assuage our fears about waiting too long for the show's return. Soon, guys! Soon. Whatever that means.
Now, I know her voice is comforting and all, but I'm sure she can't guarantee that no one will ever be cut from the show, so don't take this as the definite word. And if your second-cousin-twice-removed told your whole family she'd be famous because she filmed a scene where she hands Don Draper a cup of coffee, don't get all up in a tizzy when she doesn't make it to Season 6. Hendricks may be gorgeous, but she's not clairvoyant, okay?
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When you start out on a really popular television show, it's great. You have regular work, people start to know your name, you get recognized as your character everywhere you go. But what about when the show ends? Then what happens?
Those stars are remembered as their former characters for almost the rest of their lives. Hell, even Neil Patrick Harris, who's grown his stardom and made a name as a completely new character on How I Met Your Mother, still has to endure being referred to as Doogie Howser. Jenny Garth will always be Kelly Taylor. Alfonso Ribeiro will always be known as Carlton and he'll probably always have to deal with people teasing him about that fantastic Tom Jones dance. But how do you continue a career after you've charmed the masses as a single character for so long? Well, for some folks, hopping right back into television is the answer, and if the slate of new shows from the major networks and a few of the cable ones is any indication, that's the name of the game for the summer and fall television seasons.
It's a great time to be a comeback kid, so we've put together a list of our top ten not-so-new television faces that you'll soon find on the boob tube. Is it just us, or are a lot of these comebacks just grown-up versions of these actors' original roles?
10. Eddie Cibrian
Known for: Third Watch, CSI: Miami, CHEATING ON HIS WIFE WITH LEANN RIMES.
Characteristics: CHEATED ON HIS WIFE.
New role: Playboy Club key-holder, and Don-Draper-wannabe Nick Dalton (NBC's The Playboy Club).
New Characteristics: Nick's not married, but come on, he's a Don Draper-esque character in a club full of scantily-clad women. He would totally CHEAT ON HIS WIFE -- if he had one.
9. Wilmer Valderrama
Known for: Playing Fez on That 70's Show, dating Lindsay Lohan for three seconds.
Characteristics: Fez was generally desperate and pervy, his real-life relationship with LiLo didn't help dispel the theory that he wasn't acting
New role: Detective Efram Vega (NBC's Awake).
New Characteristics: Details are few and far between at the moment, but it's a drama that looks pretty fantastic. We're guessing there's little room for Fezzian shenanigans -- though there is room for the signature Fez look of confusion -- so we might see some serious acting from the former campy comedy star. I still hope he sneaks in one "Goodday."
8. Katharine McPhee
Known for: Losing to Taylor Hicks on Season 5 of American Idol.
Characteristics: Aesthetically pleasing, decent singing voice, accused of making it to top two for her looks.
New role: The underdog, a Broadway actress who miraculously scores the lead in a musical about Marilyn Monroe (NBC's Smash)
New Characteristics: Aesthetically pleasing, decent singing voice, is propositioned by the director because of her looks.
7. Laura Prepon
Known for: Playing (Hot) Donna on That 70's Show.
Characteristics: Spunky redhead, tomboy, outspoken, understated babe.
New role: Reincarnation of Chelsea Handler...also named Chelsea (NBC's Are You There, Vodka?)
New Characteristics: Spunky blonde, semi-tomboy, outspoken, understated babe, alcoholic.
6. Rachel Bilson
Known for: Playing Summer on The OC.
Characteristics: Bratty, spoiled, prissy, headstrong, obsessed with her long-term, super-nerdy boyfriend, but somehow ultimately lovable.
New role: Zoe Hart, headstrong, big-city doctor plopped into a small town (CW's Hart of Dixie).
New Characteristics: A little spoiled from big-city living, headstrong, lovably outspoken with a hint of bratty, surrounded by cute men.
5. Debra Messing
Known for: Playing Grace on Will and Grace.
Characteristics: Talented, artistic, perpetually single middle-aged New York woman surrounded by talented, successful gay men and Karen.
New role: Julia, a lyricist writing a Marilyn Monroe musical (NBC's Smash).
New Characteristics: Talented, artistic, middle-aged New York woman working with her talented, successful, gay song-writing partner, Tom.
4. Tim Allen
Known for: Playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on Home Improvement (and of course playing Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies, but we're not focusing on that on that right now).
Characteristics: Grunts often, doesn't understand women, doesn't actually know how to use the tools he hosts a show about, has a wife and kids who love him anyway.
New role: A marketing director for big ol' sporting good store (ABC's Last Man Standing).
New Characteristics: Complains often, doesn't understand women, actually knows a thing or two about sporting goods (maybe a little too much), has a wife and kids who love him anyway.
3. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Known for: Kicking vampire ass as Buffy on...Buffy.
Characteristics: Dark, brooding sexpot with a killer instinct, a troubled past, and lots of trouble in her future.
New role: One of two twins who steals her deceased sister's life in order to escape her own demons (CW's Ringer).
New Characteristics: Dark, brooding sexpot with a killer instinct, a troubled past, and lots of trouble in her future (minus the vampires, ghosts, hellmouths and actual demons).
2. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Known for: Stealing teen hearts as Zack Morris on Saved By The Bell, and continuing to be known as Zack Morris because his name is so hard to remember.
Characteristics: Charming, cocky, girl-crazy, very proud of his stupidly large cell phone.
New role: One half of a lawyer duo who refuses to play by "the rules" (TNT's Franklin and Bash).
New Characteristics: Charming, cocky, girl-crazy, thankfully has a very normal-sized cell phone.
1. James Van Der Beek
Known for: Crying incessantly on Dawson's Creek, abnormally large forehead, having little ability to translate Dawson fame to future career.
Characteristics: Whiny, sad, artistic (but overly confident about it), whiny, sad, whiny, SAD.
New role: A hyper-stylized, dickish version of himself (ABC's Apartment 23) .
New characteristics: Snarky, funny, not completely deplorable and not the reason I'll stop watching after Pacey and Joey break up.
So, this is something to look forward to as long as Fox doesn't screw it up. The network is hosting the Emmys broadcast this year, but they need someone wonderful to host the actual show and if everything moves along smoothly, that someone will be Jane Lynch; hopefully with more than just her Sue Sylvester schtick.
Of course, as other networks have done in the past (ahem, CBS Emmys hosted by How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris), Fox aims to use one of the comedic talents from their list of programming to take the hosting torch. They've also considered Seth MacFarlane, who (duh) created Family Guy and does quite a few of the voices, and Ryan Seacrest is always a viable backup because he's done it before and he's pretty much willing to host anything. However, their top choice -- and the best choice -- is Lynch and word has it, she's close to inking a deal.
She's hosted Fox's upfronts for the past two years as her Sue Sylvester character from Glee, and while she does it fantastically, I really hope that only gets a few measly minutes or airtime when it comes time for the actual ceremony. Lynch has more talent than just her knack for dastardly humor, let's hope that when she inevitably signs on (because why wouldn't she?) they let her break loose a little. Could you imagine if NBC forced Jimmy Fallon to host the Emmys as Barry Gibb the whole time? Or as the obnoxious teenage Red Sox fan? It would have been awful. Instead we got a great show with an awesome opening number to the Boss' "Born to Run." Much better. Make sure you're paying attention, Fox.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Neil Patrick Harris is a fantastic awards show host. Just ask the TV Land Awards, the Spike Video Game Awards, and the 2009 Tony Awards -- the guy sure has some serious range. Now, he's been asked to the Tonys this year and provide some of his infectious awesomeness to that stage.
As great as he is, I'm not sure that's the only reason CBS chose the actor as their host. Harris is also known as Barney Stinson to fans of CBS' How I Met Your Mother, which, if ratings are any indication, include a huge chunk of the country. Even so, we know he's going to give us a good show. Here's a look at what he gave us a few years ago in addition to his biting Broadway digs.
So we knew that this season of How I Met Your Mother would end with a wedding. We weren't sure whose wedding it would be and we were all wondering if the mother would finally make an appearance at said wedding. Well, the answer folks, is no. We will not see the mother.
But why? We'll see the wedding and she's supposed to be there! Well, it's because the wedding is actually happening one year from the show's present time. Also, we'll only see a small clip of the wedding. The scene will be prep for the impending nuptials and we'll find out who makes up one half of the future married couple. That's all we'll get.
All this does is set us up for the next season, or two, of events leading up to this wedding. The good thing is that we'll find out one small fraction of the whole mystery so we can fret about it all summer. Exciting, right?
The season finale airs May 16 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
With the clusterfuck of issues surrounding the return of Mad Men sometime in 2012, it’s very easy for many of us television lovers to start playing the blame game and looking for a face to anchor all of our ire and frustration. Well, that anchor, for many folks is the show’s creator, producer, and writer Matthew Weiner. Reports have been swirling that while AMC is coming down on Weiner with casting cuts and shorter episodes, he’s being offered a cushy $30 million compensation for his work on the show. A number like that in the face of claims that six actors must be cut from the show certainly raises some questions. Why does Weiner need that much money? Can’t some of that money go into making up the costs AMC is attempting to cut? If he was really passionate about making great television wouldn’t he just ask for lower wages in order to finance the show? I mean come on, right?
Well, it’s not that simple. Though Wiener is supposed to be relaxing on vacation with his family, the media overload regarding his creation yesterday prompted him to give an interview to Mad Men fan blog, Basket of Kisses, in order to clear up a few things. First off, he aimed to clear his name, saying that the delay is by no means his fault. He told the blog, “I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans.”
Up until three weeks ago, Weiner wasn’t even sure about whether or not he was a part of the show’s future as his contract is expired. As for the giant salary AMC supposedly offered, Weiner says the “published” number is false and that he has, in fact, offered to take lower wages in order to save the cast, but “the harder that I’ve fought for the show, the more money that they’ve offered me.” I understand that they want to keep the man whose vision created the show that’s almost single-handedly brought them into the original programming game in a big way, but if he’s willing to stay for less in order to keep some actors, why the hell wouldn’t AMC say yes?
As for the requested cast cuts, yesterday we heard that it was two and later that it was a whopping six actors. Weiner cleared this up, offering that it was an obligation to cut two actors per season for the next three seasons. This is a little less alarming, but still creatively binding, something that Weiner can’t bring himself to acquiesce to. It’s not that the story definitely won’t allow for cast cuts down the road, but Weiner has done it in the past to serve creativity, not just the fiscal bottom line. He told Basket of Kisses, “Even though people have left the show, none of that has ever been about money…I’ve brought the show in on budget. I’ve been a good producer.”
For the time being, all we know is that the show is set to return sometime in 2012, but it’s still not certain whether or not Weiner will be back as the driving force. My guess is that if he doesn’t cave to AMC’s (seemingly ridiculous) demands, they’ll move on without him, but it’s at that point that I wonder how much support the cable network will see from their actors. They’ve got a few big names on their hands – folks who don’t really need the show anymore to see success in the industry – and they could drop like flies if AMC significantly downgrades the quality of the show. It seems to me that AMC is playing hardball, but it’s like they have no idea what the consequences are. Without Mad Men, they would be nowhere and without Weiner’s Mad Men in the future, AMC could be rolling into dismal territory. They were different. They were the ones who favored quality over mega profits, but this could be the tipping point that lets them become just like everyone else and it could spell trouble in the long run.
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You saw him teaching Humpilates after the Oscars to Hollywood hotties like Scarlett Johansson and Emily Blunt, but last night, Jimmy K premiered another piece to add to that fitness puzzle: The Hottie Body Jim-Miracle Diet, so you can be a HoBo too! I personally find the second installment funnier than the first, more humperific version and it seems that celebs did too (because there's a whole hell of a lot of them). Watch as Jimmy K miraculously eats FOUR FIFTHS of the calories in meals prepped for Zoe Saldana, Kristen Bell, Anna Faris, Amanda Seyfried and other successful HoBos. Oh, and there may or may not be a word from your favorite "I'm not a doctor but I play one on TV" spokesperson: Neil Patrick Harris. (Minus the "or may not" part.)
Those poor kids. It looks like they'll be listening to their dad's incredibly long-winded story of how he met their mother. (Seriously, how long does it take to tell the story?) One of the show's stars, Neil Patrick Harris, tweeted that How I Met Your Mother has finally gotten the go-ahead for two more seasons which probably means it will be a long, long time before we find out who the mother is, but hey, we get to see more Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan's antics, so yay!
And just because everything's more fun when NPH says it, here's what he said, "HIMYM picked up for 2 more years! Yahoo! With so much job security, I should buy something extravagant. Like a pony. Or some gold teeth!" Aww.
Because we clearly don't have enough shows about cops and doctors on television, CBS is now adding Patrick Wilson to their upcoming medical drama. In addition to adding the Broadway babe, the show includes a supernatural element. Spooky.
After fielding three television offers this pick-up season, Wilson elected to star as the competitive surgeon who ends up being visited by his dead wife's ghost. This is of course life-changing and the basis of the show. Wilson's had his fare share of big screen time in addition to all his experience on Broadway, but up until this he's only ever dabbled in TV with HBO's Angels in America (and as we all know, it's not TV, it's HBO so that doesn't really count).
I'm a little medical showed out at this point, but I may just make an exception to see Wilson play doctor for a bit.