Hollywood treats its audiences to so many love stories every year, but few quite like Bright Days Ahead: a movie, from French director Marion Vernoux, that touches on the enchanting pull of new love, but also those in a longtime marriage. Vernoux tackles the difficulties inherent in sustaining a relationship over a lifetime, bringing to light in her film just how much more valid a romance about a mature woman like her hero Caroline (played by Fanny Ardant) can be.
Speaking to Vernoux and Ardant, we tapped into what separates "authentic" love from that we often see in cinema and the true nature of love as it grows and changes over the course of one's life.
I can't remember the last time that I saw a movie that approached romance so honestly, in a way that actually felt like it would happen in real life. Was the specific intention to approach romance in a way that you don't often see in the movies?
Marion Vernoux: I didn’t deliberately set out to make this kind of different film. I wasn’t thinking of that as my approach. But I’m very glad you see it that way. For me, as Fanny has often said, too, I didn’t want a film that would have this layer of romanticism on top of it. I wanted it to seem believable that two people could get together and there could be this spark between them, but without having it be the usual overboard kind of reaction between them. To make it seem like it was something that could of actually happened.
Was there something specific about the character that really rang true?
Fanny Ardant: One part of the character of Caroline: she’s not easily bound. She likes her freedom. She’s not a conformist. I feel at ease with this character. It’s like a part of myself. The rest is cinema!
MV: For me, it was almost sort of an equation. I wanted to make a film that showed that when you fall in love, you don’t always fall in love the same way all the time. It’s not always the same. I wanted to show that how you fall in love and falling in love is something that can evolve. It evolves with you as a person based on your experience, based on your age, based on the life that you’ve lived. I have this fantasy that the older you get, the more experienced you get, the better you are at loving and being loved. That, for me, was what was important. That as you mature, you can progress in love.
That brings up something that I think is very interesting. I wonder why most romantic movies are about people in their 20s or their teens, not about mature women, who have had legitimate life experience. What do you think people in Hollywood are afraid of? And what value do movies about these women have that the usual products do not?
FA: If you look carefully at the literature — French, Russian, English — it was a long time ago that they started to speak about love affairs with older women. At that time, when you are 40, it is like now when you are 60. Because the population is becoming older and older. It was always in the humanity. Maybe cinema, because it is a picture, the director or the cinematographic industry thinks you [need] sex appeal. So they put a beautiful face, a beautiful body, and they forget the true feelings. As you said, you can be in love like Romeo and Juliet at 20 or 15, or at 80, like Henry Miller. I think because it’s a picture, the representation of love belongs to the beauty. The perfect body, perfect face. I think from the beginning of humanity, love affairs were always at every age.
MV: That's very true.
I agree! Were there any other specific films or pieces of literature, like you mention, that helped to shape your ideas about how real, legitimate love stories should be handled in art?
MV: One of the most important films for me was The Graduate. It is one of my favorite films because it shows things just how they should not be. What you have there, the older woman is shown as the predator, and she’s got him in her clutches. And he’s this young guy, he’s still a virgin, she deflowers him. It’s all these stereotypes. And even as a teenager — this is the kind of movie that made me want to live and made me want to make films — but it’s also to show you that Ms. Robinson is the exact antithesis of what Caroline is in the film. It’s also why I included a tiny little reference in the film, pulling out the stocking.
Yes! I noticed that.
FA: Do you remember this movie, an American movie, about a love affair with an older woman, Terms of Endearment? I remember this movie. That was no problem. Do you remember the lady? [Shirley MacLaine]. With Jack Nicholson. It was strong because you believed this love affair between them and in the middle of the drama —
MV: Who was the director? James L. Brooks?
FA: So maybe, for [those] reasons ... it succeeded. Sometimes you have that kind of movie. It's not all the rubbish things that pass. You had Romeo and Juliet once. But you try to do the same, it's very difficult.
With so many love stories in film, very few of them that I've seen are actually about marriage. Usually they're about people who meet and fall in love for the first time.
FA: We have this sentence in French: "Happy people have no story." It’s true. You are not going to speak about happiness.
MV: But it was important for me to speak about this marriage. I thought it was really important to show in a film, what do you do when you’ve lived together as a couple for such a long time? How do you survive those moments that are difficult? The times when you come out of sync with each other, and you’re just not on the same wavelength. But then manage to bring yourselves back into sync with each other. So I thought it was important to show that.
But do you both think there are so few movies about marriage because of that saying, "Happy people have no story"?
FA: No, because there's [also a saying], "A comedy finishing with a wedding is a tragedy starting."
FA: Excuse me. That is the French mentality.
Even though this movie is very authentic and grounded in reality, it's still a very enchanting movie, and delightful, romantic love story...
FA: When you are the spectator in the dark room, every time, a piece of life is caught. You never know. It’s not like the classic movie where part of the pleasure is knowing where it’s going to end. You never know. You are waiting for something, but you never know. [The viewers] don’t even know what they want. Because some people want that she stays with the lover, other people want her to go back to the husband. So, I think it's a movie made by that flash. You are in front of reality in real life. You have no time to think about reality. Reality, at the same time, for me, doesn’t exist. Reality is a vision that you have.
MV: I think it’s also Fanny's presence in the film that adds to that sensation you have of it being real but enchanting.
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Sean Pierce is not a happy camper. When we last saw our favorite Navy SEAL on Nikita, Division had just faked his death after Amanda (Melinda Clarke) framed him for the assassination of the head of the CIA, making him a true member of Division. That’s right, the reluctant volunteer agent is now stuck in the last place he ever wanted to be. Dillon Casey, the man behind the SEAL-turned-Division-agent, is quick to talk all about Sean’s plans for the near future, including his new penchant for drug use – and not wearing any underwear.
"Actually, in the next episode he gets into weed," Casey says. "He’s hanging out in his room hitting the bong and playing Nintendo. But that only lasts like a week." Let’s hope Division has plenty of Cheetos handy, because Sean’s munchies are about to get out of control.
All jokes aside, Casey couldn’t stress enough just how unhappy Sean is in his new situation as a full-time Division agent in tonight's all-new episode, "With Fire." "He doesn’t really have any choice. He’s a part of Division now whether he likes it or not," Casey says. "I guess he doesn’t have to fight for them. He can just walk around complaining and eating their food and leaving a mess if he wants, but I think he will go stir crazy after a while."
Thanks to Sean’s past as a Navy SEAL, he feels an obligation to do something, anything, even if that means joining an operation he never agreed with in the first place. "He’s a Navy SEAL. These guys are nonstop energy. If people are out on a mission in the field, he is going to go crazy not being a part of it," Casey says. "And he’s also got Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), he’s got to watch her back. So he needs to be involved in one way or another. Right now he’s sort of processing this extreme change that’s happening in his life and he’s trying to let go of any resentment he might have towards anyone who helped put him in this position and move forward and help out in a way that he can. While he’s here, he can make the best of a bad situation and put his skills to work."
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Trying to make the best out of a bad situation is also a good way to describe his relationship with conflicted girlfriend(ish) Alex, since this new situation is going to put more than a little strain on them. As if they didn’t have enough problems already, Alex and Sean are going to be facing their own personal struggles now that they’re both in Division full time. “Is Alex happy ever? The warmest scene we’ve had of [Alex and Sean] besides the sex one was the one that happened in ‘Black Badge,’ when they’re in bed together. And they’re even fighting a little bit there!” Casey says. “So Alex, as much as she has Sean around now that she’s got full access to the guy, feels a little bit guilty because she feels like if she had left Division a long time ago, back when he said she should have, then this wouldn’t have happened. Sean’s life wouldn’t have been thrown upside down.”
And it’s especially hard for Sean to adjust to life as a Division agent because he never truly belonged there. “Everyone who is a part of Division is there because they’ve made huge mistakes in their lives. They’re convicts, they’re kind of bad people who were given a second chance,” Casey says. “He is the most well-intentioned, and, for lack of a better word, the best person on the show. He’s a Navy SEAL, he doesn’t have a criminal history, he hasn’t really done anything treasonous. He was pulled into Division against his will and for that reason he harbors a lot of resentment for the place and everybody involved and that includes Alex as well. So between her guilt and his resentment they’re headed into another rough patch and they’re going to have to find a way to work it out.”
Another wrinkle coming up for Alex and Sean is... Owen (Devon Sawa)! While Owen and Alex may not have anything romantic going on, there is definitely reason enough for Sean to be jealous of Owen in tonight’s episode. “He just doesn’t like the guy. He knows who Owen is, this ex-cleaner, and Sean is just disgusted,” Casey says. “He dissolved bodies in acid, not a very honorable job, and despite the fact that Owen now walks around acting like he’s this good guy, I don’t think Sean really trusts him.”
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Of course, the fact that Alex is now partners with Owen doesn't help. “Now that Sean is injured and he can’t go out in the open because he’s supposed to be dead, Alex’s new partner becomes Owen, and Sean just doesn’t trust the guy. He’s like, ‘Who the hell is this guy who’s taking my spot?’” Casey says. “I guess it is a little bit jealousy because they’re both alpha males when it comes down to it. He works hard to keep Alex alive and have her back, and now all of a sudden he’s lost complete control of her and he has to give it up to this douchebag.”
All in all, Sean does not have much to be happy about when we begin tonight’s new episode. “He wakes up in Division and he’s going stir crazy,” Casey says. “When he was facing the charges of murder and treason, he was facing the death penalty or a life sentence in prison. Now he’s five hundred feet underground in this secret organization with a shoulder sling on and he can’t go out in the light of day. So he’s still basically in prison. Sean is going crazy, while Alex has to go out in the field with Owen, so it’s a whole new world for him. He would rather put his life at risk than be safe at home, if it means being able to protect Alex, so new tensions are arising.”
But one treat that fans can look forward to tonight? “I think he takes his pants off,” Casey teases. “He goes commando. These guys actually do go commando.”
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While the red carpet looks this season have wowed us and bored us, shocked us and given us enough fodder to chat for months, three celebrities have yet to really impress us with their red carpet dresses. While Girls star Lena Dunham, Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway, and Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain have raked in the wins, they've floundered on the red carpet this awards season. These struggling fashionistas need redemption, and what better way to prove their style know-how than to look bangin' on Oscar night? All they need to do is deliver one whopper of a dress at the Academy Awards ceremony or after party, and we'll forgive them for the following travesties.
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Lena Dunham at the Golden GlobesDunham is known for breaking the mold and flaunting her own style without offering apologies, and it usually works for her (hell, that's why we love her so much). But her eggplant Zac Posen gown came across almost brown on camera, looking very drab. The cut of the gown made it seem like she was wearing a size too big, and she was lost in the heavy, pleated fabric. While we don't expect to see Dunham at the Dolby Theatre (the rat-faced people of television, as Amy Poehler would say, aren't allowed at this ritzy affair), we hope she steps it up this Sunday and arrives at one of the after parties looking appropriately fly.
Anne Hathaway at the SAGsHathaway might have wowed audiences singing in Les Miserables, but her black Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown at the SAG awards was just plain miserable. The sheer overlay was like a ballet tutu gone bad, the length was just awkward, and when a dress makes a woman as thin as Hathaway look frumpy... you know it was a bad choice.
Jessica Chastain at the Golden GlobesThis radiant redhead is one of the most flawless beauties in Hollywood right now and, thanks to Zero Dark Thirty, she is one hot item. You'd think she would anticipate her many trips to the stage and up the ante in the fashion department, but she just can't seem to get her red carpet look down. Her biggest flop was her ill-fitting Golden Globes gown. Her sky blue Calvin Klein number succeeded in making her perfect figure look droopy and when you have skin as fair as Chastain's, it's best to stear clear of such light colors.
Let's hope these lovely ladies turn it around and bring their A-game to Oscar night this Sunday.
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And with that, Emily Owens, MD is no more. Cue the screaming.
No, really. I was screaming at my TV as the end credits rolled. I thought I knew what to expect, after news broke months ago that the Mamie Gummer series was going to be axed after only 13 episodes. So many stories would be left open-ended — so much would be left undiscovered and undeveloped. But then I thought — well, more like hoped — that they would still end the show on a good note. You know, try to tie up as many loose ends as possible. But since the episodes had already been shot and finished before the cancelation, this would not be the case.
Emily Owens, MD's last episode was treated as a midseason finale, which means that we were left with a major cliffhanger intended to lure the audience back after a long hiatus. Keep them wanting more! Well, congratulations, because we were left wanting quite a bit more. You see, the end of Tuesday night's episode found Emily and her best friend Will hooking up. Doing "the deed." Consummating their until-now unrequited love (on her end) with a roll in the hay. While this is a big deal in and of itself, it was made all the more shocking because Emily and her boss Micah finally gave in to their feelings (despite their professional relationship of boss and inferior) and decided to date. The will-they-won't-they love triangle of the entire season became a true, fully-fledged love triangle.
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And this is why Emily Owens, MD should not have been canceled. Forget all my previous arguments that were based on the quality and unique aspects of the show (which were all completely valid, by the way). Let's focus instead on the timing of the cancelation.
We were just getting to the good stuff! The meat! The substantial, quality drama! We finally got past the introduction stage, and could begin the real story. Emily had evolved from an insecure girl stuck in her high school days to a mature woman — standing up for herself, and being honest with those around her. She finally took risks that paid off: she was happy! And, of course, with her newfound strength and independence came the complications of having too much of a good thing: both Micah and Will made a play for her.
We should have been able to get the chance to see how Emily dealt with this new situation. She finally got what she wanted, and then some. How would she handle the consequences of her decision to sleep with her best friend while also dating her boss?
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And that's just Emily's storyline. Let's not forget about the vast array of supporting characters, all with their own compelling, intriguing stories. First off, Emily's other best friend Tyra finally decided to move out of her dad's home so she could become independent. Micah's mother agreed to do the clinical trial and try to fight off her terminal case of cancer, after Micah's sister lied and said that she was pregnant to convince their mom to fight. Dr. Bandari's old flame was back at the hospital, and he made it clear that he didn't care that she was married (they had had a fling a year before). Cassandra realized Will was in love with Emily and dumped him, the discovered that he had made a huge mistake with a patient that ended up killing the patient. Will then confessed his mistake to the patient's family and to the hospital. Yikes.
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Every character was evolving in their own way, for better or for worse. Even characters that we had previously viewed as villains (i.e., Dr. Bandari and Cassandra) were starting to show human traits. The way Cassandra offered to cover for Will after his mistake showed how much she cared for him and his career, even though they had already broken up. Dr. Bandari proved that she wasn't as perfect as she pretends to be when her affair came to light. She makes mistakes and feels emotions, guys! She was trapped in a broken marriage and didn't know how to get out — we were finally starting to care about the characters we never even wanted to care about.
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I feel as if a rug was pulled out from under me. As if the floor underneath my feet just became a little less stable. Like I was duped. Tricked into liking a show that would never give me the emotional payoff it promised. Why couldn't we just have the full season? It's such a tease, only giving us 13 episodes. It's as if those 13 hours of my life are ones that I'll never get back. Wasted.
But despite how bitter I may be now, I know that I'll be glad I stuck with Emily Owens, MD until the very end. It was a charming show — unique, intelligent, and cute. The stories were real, and the characters were relatable. I honestly can't think of any other show that's like it on the air. So why, CW, did you have to cancel this one?
Maybe the ratings weren't too hot, maybe other critics didn't share the same feelings that I have. Maybe we all took this show for granted. But after spewing out elitist society shows for the 1 percent like Gossip Girl for six seasons, you'd think a down-to-earth, sweet, real show would get more than just a half season. See, this is why we can't have nice things.
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We open with… SEX!!! Okay, so I know I’ve mentioned the Toby-Spencer-Fifty Shades connection a few times before, but Spencer’s latest sex dream is basically a scene from the porn novel of the decade. Low-slung jeans? A muscular shirtless male? Black gloves? Choking? E. L. James, what’s up! Spencer wakes up from her little nightmare and remembers that the A key is within reach. Spencer is really into some kinky things and/or she is absolutely terrified of her recent ex — I can’t judge because I live in a glass house. Too bad Toby is secret and evil/”evil.” What I liked most about this scene was that we didn’t get a single line of dialogue before the opening credits kicked in — it’s like the There Will Be Blood of television! Hannah drank everyone’s milkshake!
Emily locks her window. Aria slumps down near the fireplace. Melissa is back in the game as a suspect, due to the new knowledge acquired from Byron (even though she’s still enjoying her glamorous life in Philadelphia or whatever the writer’s room cooked up). A package arrives from Emily from… Nate’s family. Scary lighthouse flashbacks were bound to creep on up. Dead Nate! Nate-not-Nate! Nate was not his real name, but I will always remember him as Nat. (Do not) RIP. The package features old birthday cards Emily sent to Ali (Maya probably found them when she moved into Ali’s old house), along with Ali’s Biology notebook. Biology is fun! Also, Emily’s Mother delivered the package upstairs. Emily’s parents decide to switch off who is actually home without telling anyone of their plans, so the faint look of confusion that always creeps across Emily’s face is kind of understandable. Remember when Emily’s Mother cried in the tomato soup kitchen closet over her daughter’s lesbianism? I loved that scene. LOVED.
Checking in on my favorite Liar, Hannah’s PornStarMom is back! Hooray! Zero explanation, no mention of Grams taking over for a week, but what can I really expect? The money is in the lasagna box. I’ve watched roughly 10 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and I sometimes get weird feelings that Elena and Hannah live in the same home. Hannah is chatting with her boyfriend on the interwebs; PLL loves answering the weekly “why isn’t _______’s boyfriend in this episode” debacle by showing a quick AIM session. Totally convincing. PornStarMom knows every single thing that has been going on with Hanna, even though she has spent the past month in Porn Valley or Guatemala or Paris or Rome or Anywhere But Rosewood. PornStarMom (I’ll never stop call her that, I wish I was sorry) asks Hanna is Caleb “has been tangling with Mona,” and Hannah acts as if she’s never heard the word “tangling” before. Which has to be a lie, because Hannah definitely saw Tangled in theaters. Meddling high school mothers just lead to so much angst. Sigh.
Byron and Aria are best friends again — all of the evil lurking has been completely forgotten/forgiven. Byron reveals that Meredith “has a long history of… issues.” YOU DON’T SAY. Aria wants Meredith to seek treatment in Alaska, which is definitely a smart move. I told myself I would not make a Sarah Palin joke so I won’t. Out and about in Rosewood, Hanna is incorrectly pronouncing “Matterhorn” and Spencer isn’t correcting her. Uh oh. Something is wrong. PLL has kept the audience one step ahead on all of the Toby-Spencer drama, which is interesting. Don’t get me wrong, here. I love knowing more than the three other Liars in the mini-girl cult. It makes things really emotional and injects some necessary dramatic irony. It still feels like an odd structural swap. Spencer decides to skip the daily meeting at the Brew, where Hannah and Aria catch up with Emily. Emily does still seem to work at the coffee shop! Bands to make her dance!
Emily shares Ali’s old biology notebook (“Who cares how a cell divides… it just does.” –Hannah), and it looks like someone was passing secret notes with Ali. And by “secret notes,” I mean that Ali and someone were having a written conversation. Pre-AIM! Ali’s note-passing relationship looks very much like that between LC and Whitney on early seasons of The Hills: Whitney asks a lot of important questions without holding an actual conversation, LC gives a lot of juicy yet vague details about her personal life. This sequence dissolves into the most confusing conversation the Liars have ever attempted – everyone is suddenly a graphology master, such that I think these three could probably crack the Zodiac case if they went back to the original evidence and studied the handwriting. We’re looking at g’s, we’re looking at t’s, Hannah is referencing the way Grams writes. Ali is writing about Toby. Nothing spoken out loud makes sense; it almost feels like this scene was edited down from a 20-minute sequence. No one drinks coffee.
Aria decides to bounce from school to meet up with Ezra and explain Maggie Babygate, especially because Hannah says it’s a smart choice. You CANNOT just leave high school early to go visit your extremely old boyfriend. That is literally against all of the rules of all high schools ever. At my high school, leaving the campus to get Subway for lunch meant getting the same punishment as the kid dealing drugs out of his car in the senior parking lot. I wish I was joking. I might be joking. Hannah later overhears Paige on the phone, and learns that she is the leader of an undercover anti-Mona terrorist splinter cell with Caleb. Hannah is clearly concerned for her boyfriend. PUT A PIN IN THIS HANNA-PAIGE DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE IT BLOSSOMS INTO THE GREATEST PLL SEQUENCE. THE GREATEST.
I feel like Spencer should start abusing prescription meds, or at the very least caffeine pills à la Jessie “I’m So Excited” Spano. Spencer is cracking, and she’s having trouble remembering to condition her hair while in the shower. Spencer is probably crying a lot on the floor of her shower in the fetal position. Anyway, the Handwriting Sleuths uncovered a reference to Ali’s secret lover, “Beach Hottie.” He sounds hot! And intentionally creepy! Emily confronts Spencer in the bathroom about the mention of Toby in the Biology Notebook – Spencer freaks out. Spencer reads the notebook. The featured flashback sets up the Ali vs. Spencer beef, but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA TOBY IN A DO-RAG becomes the most distracting thing that has ever been featured in a television show. Toby has his shirt hanging open while chilling in his juvie cell and showing off the scar below his right eye – absolutely hilarious. Ali thinks that Toby is sending threatening A letters and confronts him about it. This literally feels like a SNL skit.
After this glamorous flashback, Spencer tells Emily the truth… that she broke up with Toby the night before. Better tell the whole truth soon, Spencer. After this exhausting bathroom get-together, Spencer gets antsy in her study session for The Crucible. Spencer explodes when she reads a text from Aria: “Ezra freaked. He broke up with me. Can you meet me in the park?” Spence sprints out of class, goes toe-to-toe with Aria’s Mother, and screams about how reading about people being betrayed doesn’t help with actually being betrayed by an evil cyber-stalker and maybe-dead ex-best frenemy. Spencer hates school now, which is making me a lot upset. How far we’ve fallen since the beginning rounds of the academic face-off a couple of weeks ago.
#FitzFindsOut — Spencer rolls into the park on her bike, slams it to the group, and begins ripping Ezra a new one. Spencer is saying 994 words a minute, and Ezra clearly has no idea what is happening. Slow down, crazy! The Maggie secret comes out of Spencer’s lips because she can catch up with herself, and everything crumbles. Oops. Spencer realizes that she was set up by A, and races from the park. Ezra is confused. This is hard. Real emotions are hard. Aria, wearing an ugly necklace that was also featured on this week’s Happy Endings, is startled when Ezra shows up in the cafeteria. Don’t these people go to school in Pennsylvania? How is everyone always hanging out in the open-air courtyard? Ezra can’t believe that Aria couldn’t be honest with him: “YOU are the person I am spending my life with. YOU are the person I’m supposed to trust.” I feel like this is the end. I was super invested in Ezria in the middle of Season 2, but now I find them slightly boring. They need something exciting. Maybe Ezra can start going Dexter on the citizens of Philly? Our good friend A texts Aria as soon as Ezra runs off, and Aria catches up quick. SO – how did A suddenly send a text masked as Aria’s number? I feel like A should be doing this all the time and tricking everyone forever and driving all of the Liars to check into mental institutions after they build a time machine in an attempt to travel to a time before cell phones. Hannah would probably try to travel to 1904. Too bad the Liars can’t appear on Fringe anymore.
Up at the police station, Emily’s Mom has been hired to… do something; PLL isn’t always great with occupational details. Detective Wilden is back in town after going on vacation for 19 years; if you’ll recall, Wilden is most notable for sleeping with PornStarMom and being as creepy as a detective can be. He’s also weirdly hot? I miss non-weirdly hot Hot British Doctor. I miss the days of great television detective like Veronica Mars, where detectives could live their lives without being undercover villains. Wilden admits to sharing a connection with Emily because he had to kill someone two weeks out of academy; it would be a nice pep talk if it felt genuine. Wilden is probably trying to sleep with Emily’s Mother — how long before he collects all of the mothers? My guess is Season 12, episode 5.
Emily finds a picture of Ali and CeCe at Cape May in the back of the notebook. CECE!!! CeCe is such a great dame; I still wish she were best friends with Jenna, so that the two of them could join together on a spin-off about besties traveling the country. It would play out like a non-“reality” The Simple Life! I am hoping the PLL showrunners can balance out four episodes in a row without Jenna by featuring four episodes that are solely about Jenna at the end of the season. CeCe explains that there were “so many hotties” at Cape May, so who knows which hottie was Ali’s exclusive hottie? I feel like Ali maybe never had an exclusive hottie, which is actually a little sad. CeCe remembers Ali admitting that she was “late” (the pregnant kind of late) while CeCe just wanted to enjoy a cold beer at a cheesy beach crab shack (I’m a huge fan of cheesy beach crab shacks, hailing from Maryland and all). This is horrifying because Ali was … 14? She certainly looks maximum 14 during this scene. CeCe has really great selective memory because she forgot to bring up that Ali might have been pregnant when she was killed. Yeah, not an issue at all. Whatever. Smart move, CeCe.
Spencer is at home, making a TV dinner in her cool stove. I miss Marie Callendar TV dinners. I used to think they were really expensive when I was little, but maybe they’re really cheap? I should look into this, someone please remind me before I head to the grocery store this week. Aria enters Spencer’s house THROUGH THE BACK DOOR (c’mon, set designers – please give one character a front door entry this season), and the two have an awkward standoff about the Ezra baby reveal. Spencer wields a pair of scissors like she is about to cut herself and/or chop everyone’s hair off, but she doesn’t use them for human violence. How un-Chekov of PLL. Spencer continues to crack into a million little pieces. Aria is a good friend. Spencer is going to have a repair a lot of her friendships soon. Spencer, please put the scissors down and eat your dinner.
Aria and Hannah have a quick phone chat to catch up, but Hannah has to run because she’s following Paige. Hannah loves following people, and this time she follows Paige right into… A LESBIAN BAR. Rosewood has a lesbian bar!!! I am sure it is hidden in the middle of the woods behind a fake rock pile that plays Indigo Girls disguised as bird chirps. This lesbian bar has a lot of lesbians (Emily needs to take herself out and find a new mama), and also features a disco ball and really great wood carving of a bear. Everyone should spend a night out at the Cubbyhole in the West Village if you’re in NY — it’s a great lesbian bar, rivaled only by this Rosewood joint. I once played Kelly Clarkson on the Cubbyhole jukebox and the place basically caught on fire. You’re welcome. THIS, RIGHT HERE, IS THE BEST PLL SCENE. HANNAH IN A LESBIAN BAR. I COULD WATCH A FULL SEASON OF THIS. I couldn’t stop laughing. A punky girl orders a “pink flirtini” in a giant glass, and everyone in this bar is so outrageously butch. I wonder what the casting call looked like for this episode, because I want to frame it on my wall and cherish it till I die. Paige is hanging out with a random girl, and Hannah needs to figure out what Paige is doing.
Back in civilization, Emily and Aria meet up. Emily shares the story about Ali’s potential pregnant death on Ari’s sweet porch. Looks like Emily researched pregnant corpses on WebMD, and now Emily is the master of that medical niche. Aria seems a little skeptical, probably because Aria has been watching a lot of Law & Order while being a boring homebody with her father and knows more than WedMD. Emily heads to the police station to hand over the notebook… where she finds a messy Hannah. Okay. The punky lesbian that bought the drink for Hannah corners our Liar for a dance… until punky lesbian’s punky girlfriend shows up and calls Hannah a “peroxide bitch.” All of these lesbians are exhausting. Hannah was offended (because we all know Hannah), and ended the night with a drink thrown all over her chest. Hot. She was carded after the fight, and then arrested for drinking some gin underage. Again, I’m so happy and I cannot stop laughing. I love Hannah. Hannah is perfect. Hannah in a teenage lesbian bar – I’ve dreamed this dream.
Hannah lies to Emily about her bar intentions, but Hannah doesn’t need to keep hiding her Paige stalking when the two notice a horrifying clue in the station: a picture of Creepy Detective hanging out at Cape May. Could Creepy Detective be Ali’s “Beach Hottie”? Thankfully, PornStarMom rescues Hannah; PornStarMom wonders if Hannah is trying to explore her sexuality, and wonders if the “pink drink” from the bar is “code for something gay.” I’m still laughing! I love PLL! I hope the target audience for this show remotely understands what’s going on! Hannah admits that she was looking for Caleb, but now needs to deal with what’s happening between Paige and this new girl. Interesting.
Spencer has a creepy-text meet-up, where tension builds while Spencer puts on her eye make-up for roughly 45 minutes. Spencer cries, reapplies the make-up, cries, reapplies the make-up, on repeat. Troian is a fantastic actress, as she’s really committing to all of the emotions in her betrayed-by-Toby arc. Spencer meets up with an old and weary bounty hunter/assassin. Spencer hires Boba Fett to find what the A key unlocks, knowing that Toby will eventually lead Boba to the location. Spencer looks great in her red dress, big make-up, messy hair, and sad face. I thought Spencer was turning into a high-end prostitute in the aftermath of Toby, and I’m really glad that she’s not meeting creepy old men in diners for sex. Spencer dramatically rips her picture with Toby in half before handing the image over to Boba, and my heart jumped a little. Bad bitch.
Our episode ends with another couple crumbling: Ezra and Aria. Ezra spoke with Maggie, and understands the choices Aria made… but things clearly aren’t completely okay. Ezra needs space. Aria will have to understand. This couple has seen better days! I hope Ezra still has a lot of his sock drawer cash saved up for his extended stay in the local motel. Ugh, I care about this couple again... While the credits roll, A starts lighting boobleheads of the Liars on fire with a blowtorch. OKAY, A, LET’S TAKE A DEEP BREATH. I’m enjoying the winter side of Season 3 so far, but I hope someone important dies soon and/or I hope this show features a damn flashback that presents a concrete development in the Ali murder. Please please please. That’s all for now – slurp down that pink flirtini or poisoned tea and re-join your Crucible study group.
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Back in 2008, Out magazine ran a cover with the headline "The Glass Closet" featuring models holding masks of Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster. It said, without a word, that we know both of these people are gay even though they won't acknowledge it publicly. It was famous. Or at least famous among the gays, like Margaret Cho. In the four years since that cover came out so have both of the subjects (though some would argue Foster was out by then). The funny thing is, Anderson did it definitely while Jodie did it, well, in her own unique way.
The acceptance speech Foster made at Sunday's Golden Globes when she received her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award was a bit of an odd ramble that hit on many topics: her love of film crews, her hatred of reality television, her appreciation of Marion Cotillard, and her strange friendship with Mel Gibson. But the thing that people are really going to be talking about is her big "coming out" moment in front of millions of people sitting at home watching her unravel. As a fellow member of the gay community, I'm supposed to support Jodie and tell her that coming out is great, that we all do it in our own time, and that there is no wrong way to do it. That's what I'm supposed to say. What I can't help but say, however, is that Jodie Foster came out all wrong.
It's not that she took so long to do it that was off-putting, but the words she chose and the tone in her voice that was the problem. It was as if coming out publicly is something to be mocked, something that is beneath her, something that is akin to being on Honey Boo Boo, a reality television program that most people – Jodie Foster included – find incredibly distasteful. (I would also venture to guess that Foster hasn't seen one second of TLC's popular show because she's too busy reading Proust or something.)
It started with the mocking lead in to her weird acknowledgement of her orientation. "So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now — Hi Jennifer. But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this. I'm single," she said. It was a bait and switch that would have been funny for someone like Ellen DeGeneres, who is already out, or someone like Hugh Jackman, who has been dogged by gay rumors for years. It could have been great for Jodie if she just stopped there.
Thanks to the glitch-filled Globes, the audio cut out for a second and Foster returned to say this, "[There will not] be a big coming out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime-time reality show. You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me. It never was and it never will be." It was the first coming out speech I ever heard that refused to admit it was a coming out speech.
This is what turned her initial joke about being single into a cruel jest. Jodie knew what we – especially her gay fans – were waiting for and it is something that she's saying she won't deliver because she finds it all to be tawdry and distasteful. I'm sorry, Jodie, but millions of gay people in this country have gotten up in front of audiences big and small and said that we are gay and, yes, we did it "loud and proud." There is nothing wrong with saying that you are gay and there is nothing wrong with doing it in public. Not everything needs to be a big declaration with glitter and rainbow flags and a banner headline on People magazine over Lance Bass' face that says, "I'm gay." Some of us do it in quiet ways all the time, by marrying our partners or kissing them in public, just like straight people would. Or, you know, by bringing them as dates to an awards show just like several of your colleagues did last night. (PS: Did you see how hot Victor Garber's partner of 13 years is?)
But, no, Jodie Foster doesn't want to hold a lady's hand while discussing who she's wearing on E! and trying not to laugh at Giuliana Rancic's hair. Jodie Foster is too good for coming out. She wants her privacy. But the stage of a nationally televised awards show isn't really the place to be calling for privacy. She said, "If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you’d had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else. Privacy." But that seems a bit disingenuous. If Jodie valued privacy above all else because of her early years in the spotlight, then she wouldn't be on this stage now. She would have gone to Yale, gotten a degree in business or nursing or political science or something else and then forged ahead on a career path that doesn't demand that she stand up in front of millions of people and talk about her personal life. She did not do that. She is a star; and part of the contract she signed when she decided to become a very famous actor involves giving up some privacy. Yes, she might not have had the choice as a child, but she does as an adult. She had a choice whether or not to accept this award at all (Maggie Smith gave up going to these things in the '80s), so don't give me this junk about privacy.
And Jodie Foster, as a closet case, has been given more privacy than most heterosexual stars her age. For decades, the press was complicit in covering up and not divulging the truth about her relationships while it focused on every coming and going of a male star with a female actress. But because Jodie would not go public with her orientation, they played along and let her private life be hidden. She was afforded a luxury that every actress from Jane Fonda to JLo was not. She can't be running around now harping about her privacy when the public and media were complicit in letting her have more than her fair share.
Not only that, but Foster's understanding of what the public wants is totally unfounded. We do not want all the details of her private life. We don't want to hear about what positions she enjoys with her lover(s) or how she like to have sex. We want to know about whom she's married to and whom she's dating. It's what we want to know about every movie star and these are things that movie stars have been talking about before there were even talkies. This is nothing new and there is nothing wrong with it. It is the price one must pay for fame. Instead, Jodie chose not to talk about her partner of many years so it looked like she was ashamed of her relationship, like being gay is something so shameful it needs to be hidden.
That is not the case, and coming out has never been easier or more low key. Just look at the celebrities large and small who have come out recently. Cooper, her partner in Out magazine crime, came out in a letter. Frank Ocean came out in a blog post. Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons came out in casual references in news articles. None of them have been dogged about details of their sex lives since their big revelations. Also, none of them got up at one of the biggest entertainment events of the year and made a big stink about it. If Foster really wanted her privacy, maybe she should have found a better way to relay the message. And maybe she shouldn't have turned up her nose at all the men and women who were brave enough to do just that, the people who were turned out of their homes, snubbed by loved ones, or fired from their jobs merely for having the strength to stand up and say the thing that Foster compares to a little girl rolling around in the mud for the public's amusement. (Also, Jodie might want to check out Honey Boo Boo before disparaging her because Honey Boo Boo would tell her that being true to herself is a blessing no matter what she may be.)
That is why I have a problem with the way Jodie Foster came out — because she basically told me that what I did was wrong. None of us (both in the media and on the board of the National Coalition of Proud Homosexuals) asked for this verbal rampage. Jodie thanked her ex-partner Cydney, just as she did at another awards show back in 2007 (which is what many consider her real coming out moment) and, really, that's all that we're asking for. We're asking for Jodie Foster to live her life in the public eye without being afraid. We're asking her to walk down that red carpet with her significant other in tow just like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or even George Clooney and (ugh) Stacy Keibler. What we're asking for is equality. Until we have it, a few people might have to sacrifice their privacy to get it. I don't think that's too much to ask. I also don't think that it's too much to ask to refrain from making coming out, a definitive moment in every gay person's life, sound like some horrible chore that is inflicted upon us. Last night, Jodie Foster's speech should have felt like she was blowing the closet door off the hinges. Instead, it felt like she was slamming it in all of our faces.
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January is a debaucherous month at Showtime. After all, it's when the network’s trio of serially addicted men — Frank (William H. Macy) on Shameless, Marty (Don Cheadle) on House of Lies, and Hank (David Duchovny) on Californication — all return to the pay-network to get back to the business of being bad. So it's quite fitting that Showtime is labeling Jan. 13, the date that all three shows begin their new seasons, “Sinful Sunday."
But while we’ve got a serial drinker in Frank, a career liar in Marty, and a compulsive fornicator in Hank, the characters are hardly just sinners. Fans of the three series would agree with President of Entertainment at Showtime, David Nevins, who notes Frank, Marty, and Hank are far more layered than your average bad boys. “We try to make sure that all of our characters have a real complexity to them, and that goes for both men and women,” he says.
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So while Macy, Cheadle, and Duchovny's roles are characters that could likely only exist on a network like Showtime, Sunday's well-rounded trio impossible to pigeonhole. “I think [Macy and Cheadle] are making full human beings,” Duchovny says. “Across the board, [these characters are] human.” That's likely what makes House of Lies the top performing comedy on Showtime, according to Nevins. It's also probably what brings fans of Hank Moody back season in and season out and keeps Shameless fans — a notoriously obsessive set — as rabid as ever for more Gallagher family hijinks. Of course, each of the series' leading men have their own ideas about what keeps the fans coming back for more.
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As the patriarch of Shameless’ Gallagher family, Frank isn’t exactly the poster child for father of the year. The perpetually drunk (or, at the very least, tipsy) South Side Chicago native is a man only his family (and Macy... and Shamelessfans everywhere) could love. Macy gets that, and it’s what makes his job so challenging. “This is my take on Frank,” he says. “He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s got a wicked sense of humor. He sees the irony of life and so he holds things somewhat lightly, but he’s very hard-working, entrepreneurial, and dogged. He never gives up.”
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Of course, that’s not exactly what most people would say about Frank, who ended last season asleep in the Chicago snow after punching his son Ian (Cameron Monaghan) over a case of Old Style beer. “I like the guy. [Laughs] But at the same time, he’s deplorable,” says Macy. “If I do my job right [the audience] will have enough forgiveness in them and the next week they’ll tune in again.”
So the audience may continue to come back for more, but what about the Gallaghers themselves? At the end of Season 2, they seemed to have had it with Frank. But all is not lost — Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and Co. may be a wild bunch, but when it comes down to it, they’re family. “I happen to know the family is not done with Frank, nor will they ever be done with Frank,” Macy says. “As perplexing as it is, even to me, there’s a part of it I find very moving. We say blood is thicker than water and that family trumps all, but the Gallagher family is living proof of that."
And heading into Season 3, Frank faces a few additional challenges beyond his own addictions. “At the end of this next season, he’s got some health issues … he bears his health problems stoically,” Macy says.
So it seems, even Frank can figure it out when the straights become dire. Macy’s not hoping Frank gets it allfigured out though. “I’ve got the role of a lifetime," he says. "At first [my scenes] are uncomfortable and icky, but if I just [bring] up [my] courage and throw [myself] into the scene as Frank would do, oh boy, I feel like the king of the world."
NEXT: Don Cheadle and David Duchovny spill what's next.
House of Lies and Marty, King Con of The Corporate World
Sinful Sunday's youngest member is the sophomore series House of Lies, produced by and starring Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a leader in the ruthless, opportunistic world of management consulting. Together with the rest of his pod — or team of consultants — he swindles his way into deals with major corporations, but such a ruthless existence has its consequences outside of the office.
But those consequences have led to success for the network and Nevins, who boasts House of Lies as the “strongest comedy on our schedule, ratings-wise.” “It just feels like this show is starting to happen,” Nevins says. Even Macy admits he’s a fan, albeit a jealous one: “Cheadle is just great, but he should pay themto do that role,” he says. Indeed, Cheadle is enjoying the freedom of starring on a Showtime series. “There’s definitely a style of writing that appears on cable that definitely doesn’t happen anywhere else … definitely not on network television and unfortunately, not any more really in the movies, a lot of times,” Cheadle says.
According to the critically beloved actor, his series steps outside the boundaries of most other cable and pay-cable series. “I don’t know a lot of shows that deal with cross-gender kids and deal with parents and how to talk about that, and I don’t see a lot of [Marty’s son] Roscoe and not a lot of black leads in anything, so I think we were just able to stretch out in ways that are a little different,” Cheadle says.
Season 2 is also going to allow the characters themselves to stretch, now that the ordeal of explaining the giant world of management consulting has been dealt with in Season 1. “We’re getting to know everyone a little better,” he says. “We’re getting deeper and more nuanced … bringing in elements of race. [And] one of our characters deals directly with the Occupy [Wall Street] issue."
Of course, social politics add dimension, but fans of the show are likely waiting in fitful anticipation to see what happens between Marty and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) after last season's finale, during which she broke up with her fiance and the narrative hinted that it had something to do with her hooking up with Marty. Cheadle says Season 2 will have some serious work to do in sussing out what it all means for their relationship after their implied moment: “Well, we’re definitely trying to figure out what happened between Marty and Jeannie. Is this the start of something?”
After all, that's a question that lingered throughout the show's first season. The duo has spent 12 episodes flipping back and forth between potential romance and potential mutual destruction. “I think they clearly had this love, this strange dynamic between them of partners, and friends, and adversaries," Cheadle says. Of course, the actor won't tell us exactly where Marty and Jeannie will find themselves once they broach the love subject, or whether or not that hint in the season finale was a giant tease. We’re not that lucky.
Hank Moody, The Californicat-or
Last, but not least, comes Duchovny’s seasoned Showtime vet Hank Moody, the champion fornicator of Los Angeles. Over the five years we’ve known Hank, we’ve followed him through his life as a writer in Los Angeles: He wrote a book, taught some college classes, stood trial for statutory rape, wrote a movie for Rza of the Wu Tang Clan, and now, in Season 6, he will take a stab at writing a musical. Clearly, nothing is off limits for Hank. But, of course, despite Hank's many talents, his main draw will be the series' original peg: his apparent sex addiction.
Of course, as he embarks on year six of Moody’s chronicles, Duchovny wants to make it known that Hank is more than a rapscallion. “I tend not to think of [Hank] with one flaw, but as flawed. And by flawed, I mean human,” he says.
Despite his seemingly unwieldy life, Hank is always brought back to earth by some circumstance or consequence for his actions. It’s a cycle that works for him... and for Duchovny, who’s not looking to morph Hank into something he’s not to keep the show “fresh.” "I think it’s a temptation over a long-running series to try to reinvent the character, when in fact the character is the essence of the show,” Duchovny says. “If you change the character and reinvent it, you’re actually making a different show. As fun as it may be for the actor, it’s kind of a dissolution of the bond you’ve made with your audience,” he adds.
And that’s why, time and again, Hank goes through his own form of “reinvention,” according to Duchovny. “The touchstone for Hank instead of reinvention is to come back to the original relationship [with Karen and Becca]… It’s a rediscovery of what’s most important to the characters.”
Heading into Season 6, that’s exactly where we’ll find Hank, who’s just survived his crazy girlfriend’s attempted double suicide. “This year picks up with him getting physically better in the first episode,” Duchovny says.
If we know anything about Hank, it’s that he seems to be able to survive anything. And his reward, this year, is a little time with guest star Marilyn Manson, who Duchovny says got on the show by emailing with the creator Tom Kapinos. “[Manson’s] a fan of Hank’s and Hank’s a fan of Manson,” he says of the rocker’s two-episode stint in which he plays himself.
And while Duchovny’s excited about the guest star, he’s mostly excited to be back. “If we weren’t brought back, then that would have been the end of the show — Hank would have been killed by his crazy lover,” he says.
Luckily for Duchovny, and for his fans, Hank Moody doesn’t go down that easily.
Sinful Sundays … And Beyond
Sundays are loaded up with plenty of laughs and drama starting in winter, and the success of shows like Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication will only lead to more off-the-wall content on the network, like the upcoming Showtime series Ray Donovan, about a professional “fixer” for wealthy families, and Masters of Sex, about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality, airing sometime in 2013. “I feel an enormous sense of freedom and opportunity right now [because] the best people in the business want to be making shows on television," Nevins says. "We’re reaping the benefits."
Lucky for audiences, we all share in that bounty, too.
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Welcome to the 21st century, Megan Fox! The 26-year-old This is 40 star, new mom, and practically perfect person, has decided to join the hundreds of millions of normal folk on Twitter. Fox, who describes herself as a "Lover. Healer. Mother." on the social media site, already has over 54,000 followers(and counting) — and her account has only been active for 18 hours.
Fox's first official tweet acknowledged her Twitter tardiness, saying, "I'm incredibly late to the party but I'm here nonetheless, so what now?" but failed to give us any clues as to what Fox will be like as a tweeter.
Her second tweet, however, was more revealing. "Hello twitter. How is everyones day going? 7:30am and we've watched 'A Bugs Life' twice...so mine has been action packed as per usual."
Hello twitter. How is everyones day going? 7:30am and we've watched 'A Bugs Life' twice...so mine has been action packed as per usual.— Megan Fox (@meganfox) January 4, 2013While the response to Fox's tweets have so far been overwhelmingly positive — her second tweet has 485 retweets, 411 favorites (and growing), and responses from followers such as, "Love youuuuuuu so much :)" and "please follow me you are my queen" — we're a little nervous. After only two tweets she's posting about her child-rearing and sleeping habits. Before things get too far gone, we've got some Twitter guidelines to help the new tweeter.
Do: Tweet photos. We all know the real reason why 59,000 (Jesus Christ the number keeps going up as I write this article) people are following Fox: They can't wait to see casual (dare we hope for bikini?) photos of the sexy starlet.
Don't: Post excessive photos of your baby. Fox's tweet about multiple watches of A Bug's Life have us concerned that her offspring will dominate her tweets. Please, Megan, keep your baby tweets to a minimum.
Do: Be self-deprecating. Fox's third tweet asks, "Is it cool or embarrassing to own a life size R2D2? It's cool right?...Right?!" along with a photo of said offending robot. We love that Fox can show a down-to-earth, even nerdy side of herself.
Don't: Be falsely modest. There's nothing worse than having gorgeous celebs tweet photos of "fat days" when they look skinnier than we'll ever be. Fishing for compliments is a major no-no.
Do: Tweet at your famous friends. There's nothing we love more than watching our favorite celebrities interact on Twitter. Fox starred in a movie with Paul Rudd; that means they're best friends now, right? Tweet it!
Don't: Stoop to Twitter feuds. Ugh. These are the worst. I don't think we have to explain why you should vow not to engage.
Do: Share details about your life. Girl, you famous. You do interesting things — like, go to awards shows, attend movie premieres, do photo shoots. We don't get to do those things, let us live vicariously through you.
Don't: Overshare your eating, sleeping, or exercise habits. This is boring, don't do it. And frankly, my dear, we don't give a damn how many carrot sticks you eat.
Do: Did we mention bikini photos? Kidding! Do show off your sense of humor. Fox proved to the world she was more than just a pretty face by showing her humorous side in Judd Apatow's This is 40. Keep it up, kid.
Don't: Retweet a zillion funny quotes. Remember this, Megan: Fans are following you because they want to hear from you. Don't go overboard with the retweets —especially ones of funny and inspirational quotes.
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After her break-up with Stefan, Elena ran straight into Damon's arms... and his bed for some hot, vampire sex that the show has been leading to for seasons. Delena fans everywhere let out a resounding cheer and almost immediately a cry of despair. You see, Caroline came up with the theory that the reason Elena wants Damon more than Stefan is because she is sired to Damon.
Siring is rare, but it can happen in TVD's world when a newbie vampire feels an unbreakable, grateful bond to the vampire who turned them and will obey their every command. This could undermine everything Elena has been going through post-transition, implying that her growing independence and strength, not to mention her feelings for Damon, is all thanks to a supernatural enslavement. The sire bond would change the entire direction of the series from here on out.
Whether or not this sire bond theory is true, and whether this will change TVD for good or bad, we can pinpoint the exact game changing moments in other shows that steered them in new directions. From the Sideways World reveal on Lost, to Michael's departure on The Office, to Carrie's impulsive reveal of Brody's confession tape on Homeland, we look back at more shows that had big "what now?" moments and how they handled them. Did their game changers make the show better or worse?
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On Nov. 16, Twilight fans around the world will say goodbye to their favorite saga as the epic finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hits theaters. Twilight fans – self-proclaimed Twihards – are some of the most passionate and driven fans any genre could ever hope to see. Before the final Twilight movie hits theaters with a worldwide event, Hollywood.com decided to get into the mindset of a Twihard by profiling one of Twilight’s biggest fans.
Meet Jamie. A 28-year-old NYC resident originally from Florida, Jamie is Hollywood.com's featured Twihard. We'll be getting to know her and learning all about what a day in the life of a Twihard is like over the next two weeks. We began by focusing on the first days of her life as a Twihard, and how she has met most of the cast. Now let's find out how she feels about each one of the books and movies and how she prepares for the movie premieres.
Every Twihard has his or her favorite book in the Twilight saga, and the answer is always different from fan to fan. Jamie’s favorite is the one that got her into the saga in the first place. “Twilight is my favorite book,” Jamie said. “I’ve read the entire book three times, but I’ll read parts of it over and over again. I think when I’m rereading Twilight the point I always go to is after they get over this fear of each other because they’re both afraid of each other, and they’re both just comfortable, right around that meadow scene. I always loved that in Twilight.”
While the first book is her go to in the series, her favorite movie is the second one. “I think I’ve seen New Moon like five or six times,” Jamie said. “I might have seen New Moon in theaters like two times and maybe watched it like three or four times at home. It is just my favorite. And I listen to the soundtrack sometimes at work.”
While Jamie loves all the movies in the saga, and the first book is her favorite, she felt the movie version had a couple growing pains. “I didn’t want to feel the way I felt because I cringed a little bit. It’s hard to say why,” Jamie said. “I felt the color was off. The tone, the cinematography, the way the words were delivered, I felt that everything was off. But I wasn’t going to give up because I knew that it was going to take off and I knew it was going to get better.” And in Jamie’s eyes, it did. “Absolutely, it got better. I mean, New Moon is my favorite movie!” Jamie said. “The music, the tone, the way all the lines were delivered. Twilight might have been my favorite book and New Moon was my favorite movie but I think the quality of the movies just got better. Definitely working in the makeup and TV industry you notice things like that, like the hair and the makeup and the wardrobe got so much better as the movies went on. I now watch Twilight and laugh. I love it, I hate it, it’s just mixed feelings about it.”
Looking back, what does Jamie think could have made the first movie better? "Midnight Sun [the unfinished manuscript telling Edward’s side of Twilight] had so many back stories from Edward’s side that I would have liked to see in the movie,” Jamie said, “and I feel like if they can ever go back and do anything over again maybe they could just make his version of Twilight and that could redeem the first movie. I just felt like learning his side of the story just meant so much more and unfortunately that book stopped halfway through." Waiting for what seemed like forever, Jamie's hopes for Midnight Sun never game to fruition. The project was eventually shelfed by Stephenie Meyer after early pages leaked on to the Internet. "It sucks for us, it sucks for her, and I feel bad but I thought that she wasn’t helping anybody by not finishing it. I thought it was a great idea for her to say, ‘Here it is online, read it.’ But it left so many of us with like, oh come on! And she was serious that she wasn’t going to bring it back and I was like, ‘Lady we need this. Do it for the fans!’”
The recent announcement from Meyer that there might be more Twilight universe books got Jamie thinking about what she’d like to see in future books. “At the end with the whole wolf pack, there were just so many unanswered questions,” Jamie said. “And there was one werewolf girl that ends up alone and I would like to see something happen to her. Leah Clearwater, I’d like to see Leah. It was just kind of sad. I mean, why didn’t her and Jacob imprint on each other? She ends up all by herself. I felt kind of bad for her. She really got the short end of the stick. But maybe [Meyer’s] writing a book about her.”
Every Twihard has a favorite when it comes to the main love triangle between Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), but Jamie has another, less-popular favorite. “I love Edward, but you gotta love Jessica [Anna Kendrick],” Jamie said. “It’s just humor. In the movies she’s not in it enough but I feel like out of all the characters in the book I’m Edward through and through.”
Now that the final movie is approaching, Jamie reminisced about her past experiences and traditions going to the premieres of each movie. “For the first movie we waited in line, we had our shirts on — my friend and I get a shirt every year — and we were so excited,” Jamie said. “I remember telling the audience, ‘I’ve waited for this! Everyone’s going to be quiet!’ Because you know there’s these obnoxious people who scream during the movie. I’ve seen all of them a few times in theaters, and for the second one my friend and her husband and I waited in line at midnight. And then the third one we waited in line again. And the last one I was working and we couldn’t see it at midnight so we actually went the next day.” Did Jamie notice any major differences between seeing the premiere at midnight and seeing it the next day? “It was actually more crowded on Friday than it was the night before,” Jamie said. “We waited again for two hours in line to watch the movie. We could have watched it two days later and it would have been just as good. But it’s all about getting there and seeing it first! It’s the hype. There are definitely movies I can wait for, but I need to see Twilight within the first 24 hours of it coming out.”
While some fans may camp out at the theater for days before the release, Jamie put a limit on how long she would wait in line. “Two hours is my limit,” Jamie said.
And as for those shirts she wears to each premiere, sometimes Jamie buys them, and sometimes she and her friends make them. “The first year I had one that said ‘Fanpire.’ The second year I bought one that had Alice [Ashley Greene] on her corvette driving through Italy. We got desperate for the third one so we bought Edward shirts. And then my friend and I made them last year for the movie.” What is Jamie planning on wearing for the premiere of Breaking Dawn – Part 2? “Unfortunately I haven’t had time to make one yet this year,” Jamie said. “I might have to do a repeat this year for the last one. I feel like because it’s Breaking Dawn - Part 2 I can just wear the same one I wore last year. It’s a fun little tradition. We go with our shirts and we take a picture in front of the posters.”
Along with all of her Twilight-themed shirts, Jamie has collected quite a good amount of Twilight swag over the years. “My best friend thinks it’s funny to buy me Twilight things,” Jamie said. “She bought me a lunch box once and for my birthday a few years ago she bought me a cardboard cutout of Edward. My handyman came in and thought he was a real person, so we had to hide him behind a bookcase! And my friends always buy me cards and magnets.” Her friends aren’t the only ones buying her merchandise though. Jamie also treats herself. “I went to Jamba Juice the other day and they had slap bracelets,” Jamie said. “I have a picture of me and Robert Pattinson behind my computer at work. I have a Twilight birthday card at work. I have all the books, they’re all on my bookshelf. There’s all kinds of Twilight stuff on my desk. I do also have a few signed books from them. I might try to get a signed one again this year. People are always like, ‘Why do you have two Eclipses?’ I’m like, ‘Because one of them is signed, why are you asking?!?’”
Jamie is no stranger to midnight premieres, but if there is one thing she could live without it’s the madness and insanity midnight releases bring. “I’ve done the midnight thing when all of these girls just ran in there and some girl pushed me,” Jamie said. “Some girl trampled me and I ended up pushing her back and I’m like, ‘I’m not getting into a fight with another teenager!’ There was an earthquake at the last one where we literally thought we were going to die, and a fight broke out. I was like, ‘I just can’t. I love these movies and I want to see them but I do not want to handle the drama of running into the theater.’ It’s psychotic. I can’t deal with it.”
Jamie knows what drives the fans to act so crazy at midnight premieres. “It’s the whole idea of ‘I have to get a good seat!’ I know that I’m that person that is just like, I have to get a good seat, but you have a very mixed group of demographics and they can’t behave themselves. I remember going to see Sex and the City and a fight broke out. Women cannot control themselves when they’re going to see a big movie. I get hyped up but I don’t get pushy and shovey, but if you push me I will push you back. And I mean, why do you need to scream every time someone takes their shirt off? He’s not going to scream back at you. It ruins the movie [because you can’t hear the dialogue]. And that’s why you have to go see it again, I think.” Jamie plans to avoid all that craziness this year and has tickets to see Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on Friday.
Read the first of this four part series here, the second part here, and stay tuned to read more about Hollywood.com's Twihard, Jamie Jamie, as A Day in the Life of a Twihard series concludes on Nov. 17.
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