Former Ally Mcbeal star Calista Flockhart is heading back to the small screen in the upcoming TV series Supergirl.
The actress has been tapped to play the title character's boss. Flockhart joins the previously announced cast, which includes Glee's Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, True Blood alum Mehcad Brooks, who takes on the role of photojournalist Jimmy Olsen, and Nashville regular Laura Benanti. The series will mark a broadcast TV return for Golden Globe-winning Flockhart - she most recently appeared in episodes of Lisa Kudrow's comedy Web Therapy and drama Full Circle. She was a series regular on family drama Brothers & Sisters for five seasons following her breakout role on Ally McBeal.
Mad Men is not long for this world. To add insult to injury, it will be an entire year before you get to see the end of the final season. But if you're a fan of the mega-hit about 1960s advertisers, you are bound to have seen promos for AMC’s new series Halt and Catch Fire. This recent addition to the network seems like the perfect fit to fill the void. It follows the bad boys of the early 1980s computer industry. It offers the same blend of businessmen with mysterious motives, dark self-destructive tendencies, and nostalgia, all without feeling like a cheap carbon copy. Plus, the cast is pretty awesome.
Lee Pace: The New Don Draper
Pace plays Joe MacMillan, a former IBM employee with a secret. He comes to Texas with a mission and a bunch of ideas. He’s the driving force behind a plan to reverse engineer an IBM computer. Pace was memorable as the lovable pie-maker in Pushing Daisies. He’s also been a part of quite a few recent franchises including Twilight, The Hobbit films, as well as the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. His enigmatic character is sexy, smart, and has that same dark Draper vibe.
More Depressed than Pete Campbell
Scoot McNairy plays Gordon Clarke, a family man whose wife is doing better in the computing game than he is. The couple is licking their wounds after trying to build their own machine. Like Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, Gordon is struggling to make his mark in the industry while providing for his family. However, the 1980s brings the added pressure of having a wife as a potential competitor. He's an ambitious idealist and a depressive pushover. McNairy is nearly unrecognizable with his geek makeover. He's recently starred in Non-Stop and Argo.
Post-Modern Punky Peggy Olsen
Mackenzie Davis plays androgynous engineering prodigy Cameron Howe. She and Joe have a will they/won’t they chemistry. Like Peggy, she butts heads with Joe and challenges his authority, and in true punk style, all authority. She’s a fish out of water at the Cardiff Electric but she is everyone’s only hope. She also seamlessly enters the "boy's club." She played Chelsea, Miles Teller's love interest in That Awkward Moment.
The nice thing about the series is it isn’t just a re-skinned version of Mad Men. It definitely has the potential to provide the same tune-in appeal with a completely new take on the pretty dry world of computers. And yet, given its impact on our society the computer was a major source of contention, innovation, and success. The series also has elements of the heist film genre. Joe is either a major mastermind or completely insane. He seems to have elaborate plans or no sense of self-preservation. There is also a lot of elements inherent to the 1980s that can be explored over the course of the series, including the hardcore push of capitalism, the rise in cocaine use, and the rampant bed-hopping before the AIDS crisis. Either way, the show looks primed to deliver something very special. You can catch the first episode early on the AMC Tumblr Page.
The first episode of the final season for AMC's Mad Men airs this Sunday (finally!) and we all know what that means: more Peggy Olson. Now, some folks are calling her "the new Don Draper," and while that's all fine and good, we're quite content knowing that she's just plain Peggy. Plain, old, copy-writing, ass-kicking, forward-thinking, marijuana-smoking (occasionally), brilliant, amazing, everything-that-Don-Draper-could-never-be Peggy Olson. And the actor who portrays her, Elisabeth Moss, is just as awesome for that matter. Here are seven times (of many) when Peggy Olson — the only employee at Sterling Cooper & Partners who can legitimately work and drink at the same time — totally stole the show.
Basket of Genius
When Peggy hit Freddy Rumsen with the "basket of kisses" line that went on to become the Belles Jolie ad, we knew she was something special. She stood out in a room full of women trying on lipstick because — like the men behind the glass — she was more interested in observing than anything else (you can see this at the 4:02 mark). Unlike the men, though, she was attentive to nearly every detail of the experience. As a result, she was able to come up with the brilliant copy that would mark the beginning of her career.
Bye Bye Peggy
We all remember the episode that opened with the clip of Ann-Margret belting out Bye Bye Birdie. But just as memorable was the moment when Peggy — a solitary girl in her dark apartment — sang the song in her mirror while no one listened.
Peggy Olson Meets Mary Jane
She knows who she is, and knows what she wants. "I'm Peggy Olsen. And I want to smoke some marijuana." This is still one of the most important lines of the series. Not because marijuana was so important (although it does function as this strange sort of guest character), but because it was one of the first times when she firmly asserted herself. It was the beginning of a new era of Peggy who wasn't just going to speak up about "brassieres and body odor and make-up."
The Nudist Experiment
"I can work like this. Let's get liberated." Another hugely important line in Mad Men history. When Peggy stripped down in front of Stan Rizzo and totally called his bluff, it was nothing short of epic. After hours of babbling about wanting to be free and nude, he couldn't handle a little Peggy O sans threads. And let's face it, neither can we. You can see a clip from the scene at the 2:45 mark of this video.
Truthfully, Joan and Peggy are a perfect team here, but it is important to note that this is a rare moment when someone calls the incomparable Joan Holloway on her "bulls**t" and even Joan can't argue back. She, like Peggy, is guilty of loving her job way too much.
That Moment We Realized What Peggy Olson Really Means to Don
If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes than you are either a) someone who has never watched Mad Men and has no understanding of the significance of Peggy quitting, or b) a humanoid robot, devoid of feeling and emotion.
Every Moment Compiled in This Montage
Even when she was apologizing all over the place and super-mousy, you couldn't help but want to know more about her. And when she yelled at her secretary for more coffee? Man, we love everything you do, Peggy.
Sidenote: Nobody has seen fit to make a video or GIF of the moment from the Season 6 finale, when Peggy walked in wearing that teeny, tiny black dress with the pink bow. And Chanel No. 5. Obviously. This needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
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They're making a Gilligan's Island movie. Josh Gad is in it. This is the news we find ourselves facing today.
Gilligan's Island purists (there's a purist for everything) are probably hollering over the news of Gad at the center of this production. "The Book of Mormon kid as Gilligan? That's conflicts with my purism!" But as of yet, we're not entirely sure who Gad is set to play. The assumption: Gilligan. The official word: TBA. So, really, there are seven possible ways this movie can go...
Josh Gad as GilliganThe most straightforward adaptation of the sitcom, with Gad playing the bumbling title character who consistently thwarts his friends' attempts at escaping the confines of their desert island prison. Sight gags, goofy repartee, wacky laughs, and a simplistic message about believing in yourself and the people you love. Maybe Gad's Gilligan has a romantic flight with hometown gal Mary Ann? That'd sell. We mean, foster artistic merit. Directed by Shawn Levy.
Also starringThe Skipper... Kevin JamesThe Millionaire... Jason BatemanHis Wife... Allison JanneyThe Movie Star... Sofia VergaraThe Professor... Jon Hamm (in glasses!)Mary Ann... Ellie Kemper
Josh Gad as The SkipperYou know, for kids! If Gad takes on the role of the Skipper, a maritime man who has quite a few years on the rest of the characters, we might be seeing something in the vein of a Disney Channel vacation flick. Gad and his nephew "Gil" operate an ocean excursion for privileged youths and wind up on a crazy island adventure! Gad must wrangle these preteens (and teach them a few lessons about growing up) in this family-friendly 90-minute TV movie (with commercials). Rally the the small nation of people that wrote and directed the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies.
Also starringGilligan... Rico RodriguezThe Millionaire... One of the Sprouse twins (maybe not the one with the naked pictures scandal, just to be safe)His "Wife"... iCarlyThe Movie Star... Somebody named ZendayaThe Professor... The kid from Iron Man 3Mary Ann... My cousin Kylee recommended Bridget Mendler, but, admittedly, Kylee doesn't know what Gilligan's Island is
Josh Gad as The Millionaire The quirky indie! We've seen a lot of stylistic liberties taken with old television programs and books, with an extra dose of contemporary eccentricity injected into properties like Dark Shadows or Fantastic Mr. Fox. Casting Gad as the (Internet) millionaire would kick off this new Gilligan with that dry, satirical flavor we find in so many offbeat indie flicks, rendering the entire island adventure a venue for deadpan non sequiturs and (quite appropriately) ukulele solos. Is Noah Baumbach available? No? Damn.
Also starringGilligan... Jason SchwartzmanThe Skipper... Mark Ruffalo (is he still doing this stuff, or is he all Hulk now?)His Wife... Charlyne YiThe Professor... Mark DuplassThe Movie Star... Zoe Kazan, or a Zoe Kazan equivalentMary Ann... Greta Gerwig, obviously
Josh Gad as His WifeThe broader-than-broad cross-dressing comedy! The kind of humor you find on the cutting room floor of Yogi Bear. If there's time to work in a plot between instances of human (and animal) flatulence, so be it. Overweight Gad playing the butt of every joke as Thurston Howell III's hilariously unattractive wife? That's not just comedy, it's America! Brett Ratner is already signed on for a three-picture deal.
Also starringGilligan, The Skipper, The Millionaire, The Movie Star, and The Professor... Eddie MurphyMary Ann... An actual woman that they rope in for some semblance of a romantic arc
Josh Gad as The Movie Star The classy Oscar candidate! Occasionally, a TV adaptation (i.e., The Fugitive) will reach far and beyond the constraints of its source material and actually churn out awards-caliber material. Casting Gad as a subversion of what we view as the epitome of traditional "celebrity" already lends itself to a more poignant and pensive Gilligan's Island than any of us might have anticipated. We're talking Sophia Coppola territory here. A drama that really says something about what it means for a septet of disparate humans to fend for themselves on a desert island.
Also starringGilligan... Michael B. JordanThe Skipper... Christian Bale (he'll gain the weight)The Millionaire... Jean DujardinHis Wife... Marion CotillardThe Professor... Sean Penn — is he still allowed to make movies?Mary Ann... Rooney Mara
Josh Gad as The Professor The sci-fi adventure! Gilligan's Island, less a few anthropomorphic monkeys and some liberties taken with coconut-based technology, was rooted in the laws of our universe. But you can say the same for Scooby Doo and The Brady Bunch, and they went on to face real monsters and impending asteroids in their film incarnations. Sometimes, the step toward the big screen warrants an inclusion of fantasy. Maybe the island isn't just uncharted, but cursed! Or the home of an undiscovered breed of monsters! Or a space-and-time-jumping beacon of electromagnetic energy that stands as an extended metaphor for the plight of the human soul! We can see the Bad Robot logo now...
His Costars:Gilligan... Dave FrancoThe Skipper... Dwayne JohnsonThe Millionaire... Idris Elba — now you're on boardHis Wife... Gina CaranoThe Movie Star... Zoe SaldanaMary Ann... Elizabeth Olsen
Josh Gad as Mary Ann Have you ever seen Head? The strange, cerebral, explosively meta deconstruction of the 1960s musical sitcom The Monkees? Well, we're thinking that the Gilligan's Island form would slink perfectly into these margins. It's surreal, it's ripe for analysis, it even has been suggested to represent the Seven Deadly Sins with each of its characters. Gad's casting as Mary Ann already raises an eyebrow, but a progressive and artful director might well give us something worthy of some deep dives. Charlie Kaufman, make Gilligan's Island about US.
His Costars:Gilligan... Jared LetoThe Skipper... Meat LoafThe Millionaire... Denis LavantHis Wife... Catherine KeenerThe Movie Star... Chloe SevignyThe Professor... Joaquin Phoenix
So which version are you rooting for?
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Gabriel Olsen/GettyFrom the latest festive release from Brandon Flowers and company to a moving dedication to the late Paul Walker, here's a look at five of the best songs to have been unveiled over the past seven days.Clean Bandit – "Rather Be"Combining the soulful vocals of Jess Glynne with their typically inventive fusion of classical music and classic house, British quartet Clean Bandit also continue their inspired run of videos with the story of a Japanese fan whose daily life is dominated by hallucinations of the band.The Killers – "Christmas In L.A."Once again embracing the holiday spirit with their eighth Christmas single in eight years, the Las Vegas outfit team up with folk-rock outfit Dawes for a melancholic tale of a struggling Hollywood actor forced to spend the big day thousands of miles away from his loved ones.Blood Red Shoes – "The Perfect Mess"The first taster from the duo's fourth album sees lead vocalist Laura-Mary Carter deliver a furious parting shot to a man who's used up all his nine lives on a ferocious slice of garage rock which suggests she's not a woman to be messed with.RZA – "Destiny Bends"Teaming up with soul singer Will Wells, the Wu-Tang Clan star pays a heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Walker with this touching ballad about the times they shared together on the upcoming remake of Luc Besson's District 13.Haim – "Forever (Giorgio Moroder Remix)"Following on from his guest appearance on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder now stamps his mark on Haim's debut single with an anthemic blend of thumping Italo disco beats, throbbing synths and the odd flashes of his signature vocoder.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been confirmed to play the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The Silent House star has been linked to the role for months and now Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel franchise, has told The Wall Street Journal that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's sister will be on-set when the sequel starts shooting next year (14).
He tells the publication, "I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. (Elizabeth) Olsen, but I don't know what she's doing, if she's on the inside or the outside. I haven't seen a script."
The film is set for release in 2015 and also features returning Avengers castmates Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
Casting rumors have swirled ever since Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight in the announced Batman vs. Superman movie. While it’s obvious which superheroes will make an appearance in the movie, there’s still no word about who the titanic heroes will battle in this hopefully epic blockbuster. But who would be better than Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, to challenge both the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in his glorious return to the silver screen?Before Warner Bros. kills the fun and announces whom they picked as Luthor (assuming he will appear in Batman vs. Superman), let’s indulge our inner fanboy and pick our own dream castings.
Bryan CranstonThe internet’s been ablaze about Bryan Cranston being cast as Lex Luthor (an impressive fan trailer for Man of Steel 2 makes a strong case for both Cranston and Affleck). Who can blame the comic fanboys, especially when Cranston shows the evil behind his eyes in Breaking Bad. He even looks good bald too. Cranston could be a bit too old for the part though, and it’s in question whether he’ll want to play a similar role by taking on Lex Luthor so soon after the finale of Breaking Bad.
Jason IsaacsZack Snyder cast a British actor when he chose Henry Cavill to play Superman. So why not look across the pond again to play his arch-nemesis? One British candidate would be Jason Isaacs, whom you may know as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies, so moviegoers have already seen him capably play a movie villain. But for fanboys who insist that the movie characters stick as close to their comic book counterparts, don’t worry: Isaacs looks even more villainous with a shaved head.
Bradley CooperThis casting would probably be as divisive as Ben Affleck. Some would say Bradley Cooper is too young or doesn’t have the talent to play Lex Luthor. First, as Matt Damon would say, Lex Luthor is not King Lear and should be a fairly easy role for the Academy Award-nominated actor. And remember the uproar that erupted when Christopher Nolan chose Heath Ledger to play the Joker. Cooper could infuse a much needed new spin on Lex Luthor. But for a villain who has evaded both the authorities and Superman for years, Cooper is an excellent choice to play a man with sinister intentions underlying all that infinite charm and innocence.
Mark StrongWhen it comes to physical resemblance to Lex Luthor, it’s tough beat out English actor Mark Strong. But beyond his facial physicality, Strong has shown he can be the perfect villainous foil to an iconic character. He played Lord Blackwood in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, a man who was capable of fabricating an elaborate scheme to rule England by pulling all the right strings. Just substitute England for the world, and that could’ve been Lex Luthor right there!
Idris ElbaZack Snyder cast Laurence Fishburne as the Daily Planet’s Editor-in-Chief Perry White and turned Jimmy Olsen to Jenny Olsen. So would he be open to casting outside the racial box for Lex Luthor? If he were, Idris Elba would be a prime candidate for the iconic villain. Anyone who watched him as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire could certainly see him as a CEO businessman by day, kingpin of an underground criminal organization by night.
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John Stamos was surrounded by his TV family as he turned 50 on Monday (26Aug13) when the cast of Full House turned out to join in his birthday celebrations. The actor threw a huge Rat Pack-themed bash to mark the milestone at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles.
His former co-stars Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure and Ashley Olsen were all out in force at the party, where Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to sing It's Not Unusual to the birthday boy.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "Had the party of a lifetime Monday night - everyone that is so important in my life was there."
Other stars at the event included members of the Beach Boys and Glee star Darren Criss, who also performed.
Grunge rockers Mudhoney reached new heights on Thursday (11Jul13) after performing atop the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington to mark their record label's 25th anniversary. The group played a 10-song set on a cramped stage assembled above the tower's observation deck, which overlooks the city and Elliott Bay, in honour of Sup Pop Records' Silver Jubilee.
Musicians Sera Cahoone and Grant Olsen also performed at the landmark event, which was documented by label bosses on their official Twitter.com page.
In a series of posts, they wrote, "Sera Cahoone performing on top of the SpaceNeedle to blue skies, blue seas, and a live audience... Close quarters on the SpaceNeedle roof for Grant Olsen from Gold Leaves... Mudhoney make sonic history on the SpaceNeedle."
Photos of the celebration were posted on the company's social networking account.