The beginning of August brings blood-stained tears to our eyes. Yes, it's a bummer that summer's coming to a close way too soon, but we're mostly saddened that the end of True Blood is near. Can you believe we're only two episodes away from the sixth season finale? This season flew by almost as fast as it took Bill to behead Governor Burrell.
But we don't have to bid farewell to this season of True Blood quite yet! We still have a hell of a lot of drama going down in Bon Temps! So, let's clear up some of the gory and bloody bits that this week's episode bombarded us with.
Feisty FellowsThe episode starts off with Eric and Bill in a fight because Bill's all like, "Let's go save our kind!" And Eric's like, "Dude, chill, my sister just died, give me a hot sec." So then the two verbally bash each other. And can I just say that I do love watching two hot gentlemen get all worked up?
Even Werewolves Have A HeartAlcide's pack is PISSED – and I mean pissed, hence the caps – since Alcide lied about Nicole and her pals' deaths, which causes Rikki to challenge Alcide to take over a pack-master, but Alcide's ripped as anything so he obviously kicks her ass…
Sam against Alcide's orders comes back to Bon Temp to mourn over Terry's loss, but since Alcide's not so chill with his pack right now to say the least, he tells Sam its quite alright to be in town… Alcide even returns Nicole and her momma to Sam, and the two bond as the throw back some shots. Aw! We missed Alcide's sweet side, glad to have the handsome hunk's heart back in the game. Oh, and to add to the shifter/werewolf drama-mill, we find out that Nicole's preggers… yet, she has no effing clue. But hey, I guess Sam's superb sense of smell is good for something, eh?
Arlene In The KnowBack at Arlene's pity-party in memory of Terry, Lafayette (who rocks a killer headscarf, might I add) shares with Arlene that thanks to life insurance, Arlene's entitled to two million dollas. After finding out that Terry purchased insurance only a few short days before he got shot and killed, Arlene melts down as she realizes that it was his choice to exit from the world for good. Ugh, that poor ginger!
Go Out In StyleSarah Newlin, whose been busy lying her ass off about Governor Burrell's death, gets a surprise visit from a True Blood rep Ms. Suzuki, who threatens to call the FDA on Newlin's ass for contaminating True Blood, which elicits quite the cat fight to go down and Sarah ends up beating Suzuki to death with a stiletto heel. If you're going to go out, might as well go out in style, eh? P.S. Can we talk about just how bats**t crazy Sarah is?
Adelyn's all grown up and not only is she making out with Holly's son but also attracting Eric, well kind of, the vamper just needs some fairy blood pumping through his veins. But it's downright hilarious when Eric glamours Holly's son scrapping memories from his mind, including the image of Adelyn's naked. I don't think Eric feels guilty for sinking his fangs into Adelyn, but at least he feels a bit of remorse for seizing the memory of her rack!
Here Comes The SunSteve Newlin squeals to Sarah that it was James, who clued him in about the contaminated True Bloods, Sarah threatens to squish all the vampers refusing to drink their True Blood rations into the dreaded circular room along with Steve and James into…. and yeah, this room looks like the one from Bill's vision! Oh snap!
And after Violet and Pam get into a tiff over Violet hogging Jason, the guards realize their refusing to drink the True Bloods as well. So the two gutsy gals along with Tara, Jessica, and Willa get pushed into this room. At least Jessica is kind enough to warn her vampire friends they are destined to meet the sun. But let's be real, a warning that you're about to fry up and die isn't going to worry you any less about frying up and dying. But thanks for trying Jess! Major kudos.
Fairy-Vampire Bride to BeBack in fairy world, Sookie tries to convince Warlow to offer up his super powered blood to save the vampire race, but he's only down to become a donor if Sookie will be his one and only forever and always. Sookie's hesitant to become Warlow's "fairy-vampire bride." But after a visit to her parent's grave where she gives them a final "F**k you," she reveals how she'd rather roam the world as a corpse than die and rot by her parents' side.
Sooke gets all glammed up for her lover boy Warlow, but by the time she arrives to fairyland with Bill, Warlow's not in good enough shape to walk down the aisle. The endearing fairy-vamp suffered a nasty attack from Eric. And I was just picking out my dress to wear to the wedding… Damn!
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It is really hard to care about a movie when it seems like everyone involved doesn't seem to particularly care about it either. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to kids' movies relying on peeing-in-the-pool jokes and exaggerated facial expressions to try and coax a chuckle out of its audience.
The third movie based on the popular books by Jeff Kinney is a series of vaguely related vignettes that chronicle the misadventures of Greg Heffley (Zach Gordon) the eponymous wimpy kid. Whether or not the disjointed nature of the script is because it is based on two of Kinney's books — The Last Straw and Dog Days according to his website — is beside the point; the fact remains that it's a mess and perhaps one last cash grab at the series before its stars age out of their roles.
Greg's main problems are that his crush Holly (Peyton List) didn't get a chance to leave her entire number in his yearbook before she was whisked away and that his dad Frank (Steve Zahn) wants him to do something other than play video games all day. His solution is to tag along with his friend Rowley (Robert Capron) to the fancy country club where Holly teaches tennis lessons to kids. As a bonus Greg tells his dad he's got a job there too. However he's kind of a putz so his problems are really his fault and caused by him lying and generally acting like a jerk to people like Rowley. Rowley is of course dorky and chubby and feels terrible when he lies and is generally a good kid; he's supposed to be a comic foil or a sidekick but it's really hard to rustle up any sympathy for such a poorly written and acted character. The role itself is thankless; the round-faced nerd with the bowl cut who really loves his parents (albeit to an uncomfortable degree) and is a loyal friend is never going to be the real hero of the story.
The most pressing issue is that Greg is not a very compelling character. He's not really "wimpy" or unpopular or anything that would show he's as put-upon by the world as the title indicates; that would have at least opened up the opportunity for a discussion about bullying or something of that nature. He's not beleaguered he's exasperating. In fact pretty much all of the characters are. This is not drama that will lend itself to some grand epiphany but the father/son arc is so weak it's difficult to believe that they're having significant problems or that it means anything when they finally see eye to eye.
There is a small but insidious mean streak in the movie as well. An early scene shows Greg hunting for his little brother in the men's locker room at the local pool and his discomfort at the scenes around him — Men with hairy backs! Men clipping their gross yellowed toenails! — illustrates a squeamishness that sets off a few alarm bells. Yes it's scary and weird to see the bodies of naked strangers especially when your own body is about to be going all crazy growing hair and zits and weird stuff but the way it's played for laughs is downright icky. Later Greg's brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) pretends to be drowning to get the attention of his crush and ends up getting CPR from an older man a gesture that leaves Rodrick practically gagging. The idea that it's weak and therefore unmanly to have love for one's parents and value honesty (as per Rowley) or engage in selflessness (as per the CPR-giver) isn't really disproved by the end. Greg makes amends with Rowley and Greg realizes that his dad isn't perfect either and that it really is better to be honest and loving towards your friends and family but it's all as hollow as a Hallmark movie that wraps everything up in time for the commercial break.
The acting is about as good as you'd expect. Gordon reacts to almost everything with a sort of wizened/constipated look that may call to mind Woody Allen or some other menschy type but it doesn't fly. Zahn has an occasionally funny moment that some adults will pick up on but that's about it. Bostick reprises his role as Greg's older brother Rodrick who is a sort of mall punk desperate to impress Holly's horrible older sister Heather (Melissa Roxburgh). Bostick is sort of funny although this seems like the role that will probably embarrass him in years to come especially his performance in one of the very few entertaining scenes in the whole movie. (It involves pyrotechnics prissy sixteen-year-olds and a bug-eyed version of "Baby.") The talented Rachael Harris is saddled with the thankless job of playing the matriarch of this brood; she spends her scant time onscreen with a toddler on her hip imploring her husband and/or son to communicate and so forth.
It's hard to not be cynical about kids' movies and studios looking to make a quick summer buck and Dog Days is a great example why. There are plenty of other interesting things for you and your family to enjoy in theaters this summer; really you would actually be better off staying home and playing video games with your kids than seeing Dog Days.
Using the formula so many unsuccessful romantic comedies have employed before it (looking at you Valentine's Day) What to Expect When You're Expecting wrangles a cast of big name stars but drops them in roles perfectly aligned with their sensibilities. Paired with a relatable central concept — one way or another we've all seen a side of pregnancy — director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) pulls off a comedy that's sweet poignant and most importantly funny. The experience of having a baby presented in the film isn't glorified or glamorized nor is it a one-person job resting on the women's shoulders making What to Expect a blockbuster comedy that delivers a little something for everyone.
Taking place primarily in Atlanta What to Expect bounces back and forth between a handful of couples with babies on the brain: Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) and Gary (Ben Falcone) are desperately trying to get pregnant while Gary's NASCAR legend father Ramsey (Dennis Quaid) is (frustratingly) having no problem with his trophy wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker); Weight loss TV personality Jules (Cameron Diaz) takes home the top prize at a celeb dance-off at the same time she discovers she's carrying her dance partner Evan's (Matthew Morrison) child; Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) are finally ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption but the actual process turns out to be an uphill battle; and Rosie (Anna Kendrick) a food truck owner has a wild night out with her competition (and former flame) Marco (Chace Crawford) that puts them both in a difficult situation. If you guessed she's pregnant you'd be correct.
What to Expect's DNA is a closer to match Woody Allen's Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask than anything out of the generic rom-com playbook. The screenplay from Heather Hach and Shauna Crossm is sharp with even the silliest and most expected gags landing thanks to the comedic talents of Banks Diaz Kendrick and the wicked rapport of the "Dude's Group " sporting Chris Rock Thomas Lennon Rob Huebel Amir Talai and Joe Manganiello. Even Decker who outshines her costars in Battleship holds her own taking the bubbly blonde to a whole other level
The movie makes a bold move to mix the less shiny moments of pregnancy in with the broad comedy and the results are mixed. Rosie and Marco's struggle with their accidental pregnancy takes a dramatic turn that doesn't feel earned in the grand scheme of things. Kendrick handles it with grace but pregnancy in its darkest moments require breathing room and with so many stories to juggle What to Expect can't afford it. Jennifer Lopez is the movie's biggest weakness a thread that never digs deep (or illicit laughs) from the roller coaster ride of adoption. The couple's predicament forces J.Lo to stick mostly to pouting and is completely overshadowed by the movie's highlights.
Thankfully those highlights are plentiful. Whether Diaz is spoofing Biggest Loser with her satirical take on TV personalities Banks is having a meltdown during her keynote at a baby expo or Rock is delivering a profanity-laden soliloquy on why dads need to man up What to Expect keeps laughs coming. Hollywood rarely gives birth to a comedy that's both hilarious and honest. What to Expect hits both chords defying expectations.
Hefner, 84, proposed to 24 year old Crystal Harris on Christmas Day (25Dec10), prompting an upset Madison to demand a face-to-face meeting with her ex, which she plans to air on her reality TV show Holly's World at the end of January (11).
She initially insisted on keeping her comments about the shock engagement to herself until the TV show aired, but now she's talking to U.S. publication Life & Style.
Madison says, "I’d like to see Hef settle down. I just want it to be with the right person, and I feel like he’s making a hasty decision. I’m not sure Crystal is the best thing for him.
"I’m not jealous that he’d marry someone else. I just don’t want it to be a girl who’s using him to start her career. Basically, I think he could do better than Crystal."
Harris moved into the Playboy Mansion in January 2009 shorty after Hefner and Madison broke up, and the former Playboy Playmate moved out to begin a new life in Las Vegas.
Madison adds, "Crystal hasn’t been around very long. She’s a mysterious character. No one knows much about her. Plus, she’s very young, probably too young to settle down. I’ve seen a lot of girls try to date Hef, and some have ulterior motives. I don’t think it would be a bad idea for him to get to know her a little better.
"I think it’s possible Crystal could break Hef’s heart. They could end up divorcing, and she could take half his money.
"I wish them the best and that Crystal had better not do him wrong or else I’ll kick her butt."
The former Playboy Playmate was heartbroken when Hef tweeted the happy news after 24-year-old model Crystal Harris agreed to be his wife - because she split from the 84 year old in 2008 when he refused to wed her.
But Madison, who was once rumoured to be pregnant with Hefner's baby, has refused to let her emotions get the better of her in a premature statement, insisting on a televised sit-down with her ex instead.
The publisher agreed, and the two former lovers' summit at the Playboy Mansion has now been filmed for Madison's TV show Holly's World.
She tells People.com, "After I heard about it, I wanted to save my feelings for the show. I wanted to confront Hef and just get all my feelings out there rather than make a statement."
The episode will air on U.S. cable network E! later this month (Jan11).
Madison adds, "It was definitely awkward, but good. A lot of people congratulated him on Twitter, but for me, it was such a personal thing. I wanted to go there."
The Pushing Daisies star peels off her clothes and reclines on a couch for her role as Holly Golightly in the theatre version of the classic Oscar-winning movie.
The nude scenes were kept a tightly-guarded secret during rehearsals for the show, and the audience for the preview performance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End last week (begs14Sep09) was stunned at Friel's bravery.
One onlooker tells the News of the World, "The guys in the front row couldn't believe it, their eyes were on stalks. It looked like they were about to pass out."
Earlier this year (09), Friel hinted she would push the boundaries as Golightly, a role made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film.
She said, "Holly's a heroine for a lot of females because she doesn't follow the rules. My Holly will have a lot more rough edges than Audrey's."
Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) doesn’t know how lucky she has it. She’s smart beautiful and married to Gerry (Gerald Butler) a passionate funny and impetuous Irishman who loves her with every breath in his body. But when that breath runs out--Gerry dies unexpectedly from an illness--Holly’s luck runs out. Barely coping her salvation arrives in the form of letters from Gerry that come to Holly in unexpected ways--letters he wrote to her before he died to help her get through the pain and move on with her life and letters that always end with “P.S. I Love You.” A saint huh? Holly’s mother (Kathy Bates) and best friends Sharon (Gina Gershon) and Denise (Lisa Kudrow) begin to worry Gerry’s letters are keeping Holly tied to the past but in fact each letter pushes Holly on a journey of rediscovery and to show her how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into new beginning for life. Tissues please! Swank will be damned if she pigeonholes herself into always playing serious women who don’t wear makeup. P.S. I Love You is her stab at romantic dramedy and while the genre may not suit her best the Oscar-winning actress still has fun playing a spirited woman who wears designer clothes cute hats and gets to make out with a strapping Irish hunk. Actually Swank gets to bed TWO strapping Irish hunks in P.S. I Love You: The first is the yummy Butler of course and the other is Gerry’s old bandmate William played by American Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who’ll be seen in the upcoming romantic comedy The Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman). Lucky girl. Butler however is the one the ladies will sigh over the most. Having already given a powerhouse performance this year as the Spartan king in 300 the Scottish actor turns the tables to show his soft underbelly as the adorably romantic and fun-lovin’ Gerry. The abs still rock though. One can easily see why Holly is such a mess after he dies. Gershon and Kudrow add some genuineness as Holly’s friends (someone please find a Kudrow a TV show) as does Bates as Holly’s hardened mother. Harry Connick Jr. however seems out of place as Holly’s would-be suitor. She just needs to stick with the Irish guys. Hilary Swank teams up with her Freedom Writers director Richard LaGravenese once again for P.S. I Love You and it’s clear they have a symbiotic relationship. Swank probably likes the way LaGravenese accentuates her best features turning her into a glam leading lady while LaGravenese obviously enjoys gazing at her through his camera lens. Unfortunately the two really haven’t found the best material. Freedom Writers is the mother of all teacher-gets-students-motivated retreads while P.S. I Love You--based on a novel by Cecelia Ahern and adapted by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers--is just pure fluff with very little substance behind it. Not that the film won't inspire some romantic feelings or work up tears but its only real strengths are: 1) the players who somehow rise about the triteness of it all especially Butler and 2) the gorgeous landscapes of Ireland which should send any woman in her right mind straight to the Emerald Isles to find her perfect man. Seriously ladies book your trips NOW.
Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole arrives in Las Vegas and wriggles her way into Holly's life.
Episode 2. The Way We Weren't
(AIR DATE 01/30/2011)
Josh finally agrees to find a therapist, and Holly confronts Hugh Hefner about his engagement.
Episode 3. On a Claire Day
(AIR DATE 02/13/2011)
Holly welcomes a new friend in Claire Sinclair, and she wastes no time in giving the aspiring performer advice on handlign the pressure of Vegas.
Episode 4. The Trouble With Angel
(AIR DATE 02/20/2011)
Holly decides it's time to make a big change when Angel lets too many things slip through the cracks. Meanwhile, Laura befriends Holly's frenemy, Jayde. And Josh has an emotional breakthrough with his therapist.
Episode 5. A Hard Night's Day
(AIR DATE 02/21/2011)
Laura's loyalty to Holly is called into question when she assists Jayde on a photo shoot. Meanwhile, Holly helps Josh record a new song for his album.
Episode 6. Whatever Happened To Baby Jayde
(AIR DATE 03/06/2011)
With help from Holly, Angel lands a modeling gig that Jayde is also working on. And when the two of them get together, trouble ensues.
Episode 7. A Separate Piece
(AIR DATE 03/13/2011)
Nicole threatens to harm Holly's reputation, and Angel deals with the fallout from her fight with Jayde.
Episode 8. Parent Trip
(AIR DATE 03/20/2011)
Holly and Laura give a makeover to internet sensation Nichole337. Meanwhile, Josh and Angel travel to South Carolina for more information on Josh's birth parents.
Episode 9. Mothers and Other Strangers
(AIR DATE 03/27/2011)
Holly shows off her new physique at a magazine photo shoot, while Josh is reunited with his birth mother.
Episode 10. Absinthe of Malice
(AIR DATE 04/03/2011)
Holly and her friends get together to celebrate the premiere of Josh's new song.