Sleepy Hollow continues to be a fantastic mix of creepy monster-evil and traditional family drama. Last week Crane discovered that he was a father, as Katrina had given birth to his son after putting him under the spell that forever linked him to the Headless Horseman. This week he began a dangerous search to uncover the truth about his son’s life and the things he discovered were pretty frightful.
Christmastime = Family Drama, Forever
The episode began the way any proper Christmas episode should, with a few good quips about egg nog. Lieutenant Mills tried to school Crane on the modern-day Yuletide goings-on and he was (as usual) none too impressed by the way things had changed since back in his day. He also had more on his mind than the coming of Santa Claus, having invited an old friend -- the Sin Eater -- over for a supernatural session. The Sin Eater (AKA Henry Parrish) was able to send Crane over to Katrina’s realm where he confronted her about their child. Katrina revealed that she had been targeted by her coven after what she did to save Crane and -- in her attempt to evade them -- she fled to Europe where she discovered she was pregnant. She ran back to her safe haven (the home we were introduced to last week) to give birth to their son, Jeremy. Jeremy’s story once again linked Crane and Mills, as Katrina revealed that she had given the baby to Grace Dixon and her husband in hopes of keeping him safe from her coven. She had also made for him the creepiest looking doll ever, as a protectant.
The Truth About Jeremy
Crane, Mills, and their new partner in crossing-over-into-other-realms Henry the Sin Eater went to a historical library in search of answers about Crane’s progeny. They uncovered some devastating news – first, that Jeremy’s half-witchy blood started wreaking havoc on his community, as the sounds of his cries actually started whole fires (that scene was very Looper-ish). One of those fires resulted in the death of Grace Dixon and her family. And, second, Jeremy ended up in an orphanage, where he was the target of physical abuse at the hands of a priest. That abuse inspired such pain and anger in Crane’s son that the blood from his wounds brought his protectant doll (AKA the Golem) to life. And because Crane was now living, his existence called the golem back to Sleepy Hollow. His first kill was the librarian, who was actually a witch attempting to keep Crane from discovering the truth.
Like many characters in Sleepy Hollow, the Golem wasn’t entirely evil and wasn’t entirely good. On the one hand he was built to protect Jeremy, but he was also a dangerous killer. And pretty scary. Crane had to be the one to destroy him in the end, but first he discovered from the witches (known as the Four That Speak As One) that they had buried Jeremy alive. And after achieving victory over the golem and the coven (for their death was linked to Crane's arrival), Crane was faced with a familiar horror: the Moloch. The Moloch tells him that his death is also imminent, along with that of the other witness. This was interesting because earlier in the episode Captain Frank had learned that the two witnesses in the Bible suffer the same fate. It looks like we can expect Crane and Mills to spend much of the season running from death, and as Frank now functions as an apostle of sorts, he’ll be running from a similar fate.
A Few Questions To Ponder Until Next Week:
Where in the world was Abbie’s sister Jenny? This week there was some borderline romantic friction between Frank and his ex, but we’re still rooting for Jenny and Frank to bring all their drama together and make sweet Sleepy Hollow love down by the fire ... or at least go out on a date.
How much creepier are these monsters going to get? Last week it was a live scarecrow, this week a live doll? Whatever. We love it.
Author J.K. Rowling was so heartbroken during a trip to a European orphanage she wanted to take a child home with her. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter books co-founded the Children's High Level Group charity in 2005 to help disadvantaged kids in eastern Europe.
She has been visiting Moldova, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Romania for several years to see the charity's work and was so overcome with emotion during one visit she contemplated lifting a child out of her cot and taking her back to the U.K.
Rowling tells Britain's Mail On Sunday newspaper, "I'm an emotional person. I struggle with that a lot in this kind of situation. There was one little baby, a girl, and I was standing at this cot and I just thought, 'I will take her'. It was utterly irrational but that is your human response. There was no earthly way I could take this baby home but that is your most powerful reaction. You think as a mother,'I will save this baby, this one baby'."
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish donated all their eldest son's presents to needy children at an orphanage after he was swamped with gifts during his first Christmas. The couple is parents to two sons, Zachary, two, and Elijah, nine months, and the Rocket Man limits the amount of gifts they receive in order to keep them grounded. He even asks friends to make donations to charity instead of buying toys for the boys.
The music legend has now revealed the idea came about during Zachary's first Christmas, when they were so overwhelmed with presents, they decided to give everything away to kids in a Ukrainian orphanage.
Sir Elton tells Britain's Event magazine, "The first Christmas we had Zachary, we walked into the sitting room and it was full, floor to ceiling, with presents... Two hours later we had barely scratched the surface and David just sat back and said, 'This is obscene. No child should have this.' We had bought him a swing for the garden. We kept that and everything else was sent to a Ukrainian orphanage. From then on, we tell friends not to give gifts, but donate money to a foundation we set up for Zachary to give other children, so he'll actually understand what it is to give.
"Of course, everywhere we go he is given presents, so he knows that word very well. But we limit them."
We were back in deposition mode this week, as we finally found out what happened to Maggie in Africa that left her emotionally traumatized and with a horrible haircut. Meanwhile, Jim dealt with the consequences of leaving the campaign bus and Shelly got in the way of the news team perusing a major lead on Genoa.
Nothing But Trouble
Maggie tells lawyer Rebecca Halliday the full story of her trip to Africa. Rebecca seems entirely unsympathetic, going on about $14 million apartments and how she hates the Dutch. She also hopes to use Maggie’s fragile mental state to help AWM’s case, despite Maggie denying being “messed up.” Six months after the Africa incident, Maggie and Jerry went to interview a general who is somehow connected to Genoa. Maggie says that the general never stated that Genoa actually happened, while Jerry claims that Maggie was in no position to say that. Given that Maggie’s not rocking back and forth on the floor in the fetal position, I’d say that Jerry is just trying to cover his own ass for getting everyone into this mess.
S o the big question is: what happened in Africa? Before she and Gary could go to Kampala, they had to get footage of soldiers building an addition onto an orphanage. While visiting the orphanage, Maggie sees a child named Daniel sitting by himself, clutching a book. She starts reading the book to him, and Daniel quickly becomes attached, asking her to read it over and over again. It’s cute, but also sad because you know that something bad is obviously going to happen to this kid.
Maggie and Gary have to stay at the orphanage overnight because they can’t drive on the roads in the dark. In the middle of the night, they are woken up by gunshots and men yelling in Lugisu, which no one understands. (Maggie later figures out that they were yelling “Give us the camera.”) They wake up the children and load them onto a school bus, but Daniel is missing. Maggie finds him under her bed but can’t reach him. Gary helps her unbolt the bed from the floor and forcibly drag Daniel out. Maggie carries Daniel on her back to the bus but turns around when Gary falls, and Daniel is shot in the back. He dies immediately, leaving Maggie distraught and wracked with guilt. Maggie and Gary have to go back to the US right away, and Maggie chops her hair off because Daniel had admired it.
Jim Finally Moves On
Jim’s speech may have convinced Hallie and Stillman to leave the bus with him, but now they have to face the fallout. They no longer get hotel reservations or email updates, and they have to follow the bus in a rental car. Jim asks Romney spokeswoman Taylor for a statement from the candidate that everyone else got by email, but she refuses. They get into an argument which leads to Taylor finally cracking and telling Jim to “Go f**k yourself.” Jim smiles, knowing he caught her in a compromising position, and she asks him what she can do to make him forget what she said. Me thinks 30 minutes with the candidate will do the trick.
But Jim actually gives away his precious interview time to Hallie, whose pig of a boss was giving her a hard time for leaving the bus. When Hallie finds out about this favor, she gets pissed off, but quickly gets over it and makes out with Jim by the hotel pool. She also proudly whispers “I’m the rebound, and I went to Vassar,” which is one of the more absurd things a woman has said on this show, and that’s saying something. Anyway, Mac makes Jim come back to New York after giving up the interview, so his campaign romance is short-lived.
Crisis of Confidence
Back at the newsroom, Jerry and the rest of the crew have to deal with someone who isn’t as obsessed with the news as they are. Plot device Shelly Wexler has an Occupy Wall Street buddy who might have information about Genoa, but won’t bring Jerry to meet him because Will embarrassed her on-air. Sure, Shelly is being difficult and stubborn as hell, but if I had to deal with the News Night team’s overinflated egos, I would probably act the same way. One by one, Neal, Sloan, and Don try to make it up to her, but they let their trademark smugness get in the way. Finally, Will goes to meet Shelly and apologizes to her, saying that he just wanted to bash Occupy Wall Street to make him look more like a moderate. He did this despite the fact that they already found who they were looking for: a guy who wrote a report stating that American troops used chemical weapons on civilians in Pakistan. The report seems to match up with what they already know about Genoa, further convincing Mac and Charlie that the story might be credible. Obviously they are missing a major piece of the puzzle that would prove the story false, but they won't find it until it's too late.
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Actress Rose Byrne is in talks to join Cameron Diaz in a revamped version of beloved movie musical Annie. The Bridesmaids star has been tapped to portray Grace in the role made famous by Anne Reinking in the classic 1982 film, according to Eonline.com.
If she signs on, it will be Byrne's debut in a big screen musical. She will appear alongside Diaz as cruel orphanage boss Miss Hannigan, Jamie Foxx as the rich Daddy Warbucks character, who will be renamed Benjamin Stacks, and child star Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role.
Will Smith and rap mogul Jay-Z are attached to produce the project, which is scheduled for release next Christmas (Dec14).
It'd take a real master of the acting craft to marshall up the ability to pretend not to like Quvenzhané Wallis. That's presumably why the role of Miss Hannigan, the cruel, child-hating orphanage matron from the classic Annie, has gone thus far uncast in the developing new film adaptation of the musical starring Wallis. Rumors had linked Sandra Bullock to the part, but she resisted. No doubt because one glance at that charming Hushpuppy evaporated any shred of the Oscar winning actress' confidence in her capability for good ol' cinamatic villainy. However, new reports from Deadline peg Cameron Diaz as the next name to try her hand at the impossible task.
Diaz has signed on as Miss Hannigan, working alongside Wallis as the titular Annie and Jamie Foxx as that old softy Daddy Warbucks. Hannigan's notable songs include "Little Girls" and "Easy Street," both of which are vindictive ditties about her aversion to humankind and her love for money (and alcohol). Although Diaz has handled nefarious characters in the past, she still seems somewhat the odd choice for this time-honored musical baddie... but as long as she can maintain a grimace in the face of Wallis' life-affirming smile, then she'll do.
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Cameron Diaz has been cast in the upcoming Hollywood remake of movie musical Annie after Sandra Bullock passed on the role. The bubbly blonde will have to channel her mean side to play cruel orphanage boss Miss Hannigan after the Speed star withdrew from talks.
According to Deadline.com, the There's Something About Mary actress will play Miss Hannigan alongside Jamie Foxx as the rich Daddy Warbucks character, who will be renamed Benjamin Stacks, and child star Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role.
Annie, which is being produced by Will Smith and rap mogul Jay-Z, is set to hit theatres in the U.S. on Christmas Day next year (25Dec14).
"I'm obsessed with old English pianos. My flat is full of them. People want to get rid of them and I take them in so I've become a piano orphanage. I have three in there right now. One of them is completely broken so I'm doing it up. I'm learning to tune them, too. I don't have any room - I can't even walk around. It's like a prison in there. I'll have to sleep on them." British singer Tom Odell takes pride in his pianos.
Disney star Bella Thorne took time out of her busy schedule this week (begs24Jun13) to visit a group of youngsters at an orphanage in South Africa. The 15-year-old singer/actress is in the country shooting upcoming movie Blended and she used a day off from filming to meet children at Sparrow Village, a centre for kids who have lost their parents and a hospice for those suffering with HIV/AIDS.
Thorne was overwhelmed by the visit and took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the trip.
In a post, she writes, "These children are my life. I can't even begin 2 (to) describe the pure joy that comes from their hearts."
Actress Sandra Bullock has passed on the chance to star in the Hollywood remake of movie musical Annie. The Blind Side star was in talks to portray mean orphanage boss Miss Hannigan alongside, young Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, but negotiations have fallen through, according to TheWrap.com.
It was Sony executives' second attempt to sign Bullock to the film - she also turned down the role in March (13).
They are now on the hunt for a suitable replacement to fill the role made famous by Carol Burnett in the beloved 1982 film, and more recently portrayed on Broadway by Glee star Jane Lynch.
Jamie Foxx has already been cast as billionaire Benjamin Stacks, a modern take on the musical's Daddy Warbucks character, in the project, which will be produced by Will Smith and rap mogul Jay-Z.
Smith's actress daughter Willow had previously been cast as Annie but she pulled out of the project earlier this year (13).