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We can't say exactly how much we were "supposed to" be laughing at Transformers: Age of Extinction, but we managed a few chuckles just the same. Michael Bay's latest blockbuster has no shortage of ridiculous moments, lines, scenes, and overarching themes. Here are the 10 most absurd elements in the film:
10) "MY FACE IS MY WARRANT."When asked to produce a warrant before trespassing on Yaeger property, Lost's Man in Black responds with the above proclamation... which is just a little less menacing than it is ridiculous.
9) THE KIDNAPPING OF TESSA YAEGERNicola Peltz's character serves no distinct purpose other than to be yelled about. Her overprotective dad (Mark Wahlberg) yells about her dating her thick-headed boyfriend (Jack Reynor), who yells right back. Then, the two of them get to yell about her being kidnapped by a robot spaceship. But here's the kicker: she isn't really meant to be kidnapped. She just happens to be inside a car that is a little too close to Optimus Prime when they kidnap him. Her attempts to bust open the car windshield (a suggestion that is, of course, yelled to her by her dad) are half-hearted and futile. But the kicker of the kicker: the futuristic, space-traveling robot monsters use a rope net to do the kidnapping.
8) OPTIMUS PRIME'S CLOSING MONOLOGUELittered with idioms like, "There are questions we were never meant to know the answers to, but who we are and where we came from is not one of them," and "When you look to the stars, pretend that one of them is the soul I've spent this movie trying to prove to everyone I probably have, even though I'm a robot," Optimus' final speech to close out the film is as cheesy and vacant as something out of a teen soap with a religious slant.
7) "I WENT THROUGH THE SAME THING WITH BUMBLEBEE."Optimus Prime can empathize with Cade Yaeger's fatherhood headaches. Apparently he's been dealing with his own surrogate child's teenage rebellion and sexual exploration.
6) "ALGORITHMS! MATH!"Stanley Tucci, playing a brilliant scientist, yells this at one point. You've got to imagine that Michael Bay was using these words as script placeholders until he could wrangle a technologically adroit consultant to fill in the gaps... but then just forgot about it in the wake of designing his nineteenth explosion.
5) THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE"Some things shouldn't be invented." So... Transformers is anti-science, then?
4) DRINK BUD LIGHT, EVERYBODY!Struggling to control a wayward spaceship, Wahlberg careens down into the middle of Chicago's rush hour, crashing onto a civilian vehicle and a Bud Light truck. The spill results in a flood of Bud Light bottles and cans, one of which Wahlberg cracks open on a vehicle door as a tacit threat to an angry resident of the Windy City.
3) MARK WAHLBERG'S NAME IS CADE YAEGERThat is a silly name.
2) DON'T MESS WITH TEXASWhen Mark Wahlberg meets his daughter's Irish boyfriend, he calls him "Lucky Charms" and jabs that he doesn't sound like he's from Texas. This coming from a guy who, just a few minutes earlier, exclaimed, "I think we fownd a Transfawmah!"
1) ISN'T IT ROMANTIC?In Transformers: Age of Extinction, Peltz plays 17-year-old high school senior Tessa Yaeger. Reynor plays her boyfriend, the 20-year-old Shane Dyson. Tessa's father Cade presumes such a partnership to be in conflict with statutory law, but is put in his place when Shane produces a laminated newspaper article detailing the Romeo and Juliet Laws, passed in Texas in 2011 (in real life), that allow for the maintenance of any romantic union that began when both parties were minors, even if one breaches the 18-year mark before the other. Got that? The dude carries around a copy of an article that proves he is legally cool to have sex with an underage woman. This is a several-minute-long scene in a Transformers movie devoted to excusing, or presenting a world in which excuses are readily available for, what would otherwise be deemed statutory rape. Weird as all hell.
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The premiere of Penny Dreadful was a little all over the place, but this week's episode has enough "Oh s**t!" moments to match wits with Sunday must-see shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men. This episode introduces Doctor Who alum Billie Piper as Brona Croft. She’s like Lora Croft: Tomb Raider, if her powers included a thick Irish accent and consumption. Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), of the classic Oscar Wilde story, also joins the mix. The show is also establishing characters better and creating the right blend of mystery and the occult, though there still is a little too much pageantry when they introduce a literary figure
The Cold (Literally) Opening
This episode begins with a woman alone in a park in the freezing cold. She may or may not be a prostitute, and one with a taste for apples that have been wrapped with the front pages of newspapers. We catch glimpse of a headline about Jack the Ripper. Then, boom — she gets killed. It looks like each episode might begin with a murder. It also looks like Jack the Ripper may be supernatural and part of the show.
“I Never f**ked a Dying Creature Before…”
Brona Croft meets a drunken Ethan Chandler at the bar. He’s drunk because he just witnessed the fact that there’s an entire world of man-eating creatures that exist. She lives above the bar and charms him with her anti-industrial take on the world. After he buys her breakfast, she leaves in search of money. Where does that take her? She heads right into the lair of Dorian Gray. He’s taking photos of her for no clear reason. But he does have an affliction of a portrait that keeps him young and beautiful but is his only weakness. He seduces Brona out of her clothes and then they have sex…but he finds out she has consumption. Then he says, “I never f**ked a dying creature before…” Classy! Brona resumes being bosom buddies with Ethan Chandler and they seem to be becoming fast friends. Meanwhile, Ethan gets a letter from a mysterious father. So he must be rich and in Penny Dreadful, England to escape something major that happened in the States.
What Did She Just Séance?
Sir Malcolm Murray and Vanessa Ives are still trying to solve the mystery of his missing daughter Mina and what the hell is the creature they killed last episode. Sir Malcolm stops by to help the police with a set of brutal murders but only secures a chance to peek at the next crime scene. Sir Malcolm and Vanessa attend a séance held by their friend Ferdinand Lyle, the Egyptian expert who looks like he belongs in The Hunger Games. Vanessa and Dorian Gray strike up a conversation and he flashes his love of rings. The medium Madame Kali (Helen McRory) bears a striking resemblance to Narcissa Malfoy. She doesn’t seem too connected to the spirit realm but really does connect with a spirit. And then, that spirit seems to possess Vanessa. She starts spilling major secrets about Sir Malcolm. It’s unclear if its Mina or if Malcolm lost another child. She also drops the C-word a good seven or eight times. Then she runs from the party and uses the strangest pick up line ever. She rubs blood on a guy's face and they have sex. Stranger things have worked, and lets face it, she’s Eva Green. Ferdinand does make some headway in the hieroglyphs and realizes that this creature is an undead creature that feeds on others and it may be after Vanessa.
Of Mice and Reanimated Men
Victor Frankenstein and his new reanimated friend start bonding. He is teaching him how to live again and even helps him pick a name. They scroll through Shakespeare classics and choose Proteus. It’s really sweet watching them bond and its unclear whether Victor reanimated him to be his lover, friend, or if he’s part of his family. Over the course of the episode Proteus starts singing and resembling a real person. A really scarred person. Their relationship is really sweet and so Victor takes him out. They happen upon Ethan and Brona. They arrive home and really connect in their friendship…until a hand rips through Proteus. Is it because he used undead parts? Nope. The huge reveal is Victor Frankenstein’s first monster is back and he’s pissed.
Things are getting juicy. What is Ethan hiding and will he date Brona? What’s Dorian Gray’s role in this story? What happened to Frankenstein's first monster? What the hell is Vanessa Ives?
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It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since Charlie Sheen's Ricky Vaughn emerged from the bullpen to the strains of "Wild Thing" to help the Cleveland Indians win a division title. Coming out during an era of more high minded baseball movies like Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, Major League was pure goofy fun… more interested in laughs than in the game's potential life lessons.
For many baseball fans, an annual viewing of Major League is as much a part of spring as Opening Day. As with Caddyshack, there are fans that can quote the movie's best lines from memory. Even if you have your own home shrine to voodoo god Jobu, here are some fun facts about the movie that you might not know:
1. Although the movie is set in Cleveland, the scenes inside the ballpark were shot at Milwaukee's old County Stadium. Bob Uecker, who played announcer Harry Doyle, has really worked in Milwaukee since 1971 as the play-by-play man for the hometown Brewers... a fact that writer-director David S. Ward didn't know when he cast him. He had based the casting strictly on Uecker's work on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere and in a series of Miller Lite commercials (if you look closely, that's the beer that Doyle is drinking in the movie).
2. Sheen really was a pitcher in high school for Santa Monica High. He now claims that he took steroids prior to doing the movie so that his fastball would be more realistic. Dennis Haysbert, who later became famous as President David Palmer on 24 and played Cuban slugger Pedro Cerrano, was a football and basketball player in high school before switching to fencing at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
3. Haysbert's hitting as Cerrano looked real because it was. Even though he didn't play baseball past Little League, Haysbert actually cleared the fences multiple times during filming.
4. Despite playing a speedy outfielder in the movie, Wesley Snipes was so slow that they ended up showing him running in slow motion in the film to provide the illusion of speed.
5. The original ending featured the scheming owner played by Margaret Whitton — the widow of the beloved former owner — as secretly being behind the team's winning, with her devious threats meant to bring the boys together. When test audiences hated it, they reshot it to keep her as the bad guy.
6. Entourage's Jeremy Piven shot multiple scenes for the movie, playing a bench player who likes to heckle the opposing team. When they started editing, they realized that the scenes didn't work, so they completely cut his character from the film.
7. Prior to making her film debut as Lynn Wells, the ex-girlfriend of Tom Berenger's character, Rene Russo was known primarily as one of the top models of the '70s. A Los Angeles native, one of Russo's classmates growing up was sitcom-star-turned-director Ron Howard.
6. Pete Vuckovich, who plays evil Yankees first baseman Clu Haywood, was actually a star Major League pitcher who won the American League Cy Young Award in 1982. Playing largely in games with a designated hitter, Vuckovich only rarely batted during his career.
7. According to Ward, during the celebration scene at the end where Corbin Bernsen's third baseman Roger Dorn punches Sheen for sleeping with his wife, Bernsen actually connected with the shot, leaving a welt on Sheen's face.
8. Neil Flynn, who went on to bigger roles on television as the Janitor in Scrubs and a suburban father in The Middle, plays one of the long-suffering Cleveland fans complaining about the state of the team.
9. Flynn and Stacy Carroll, who plays Dorn's wife who has revenge sex with Ricky, both also appeared in a short-lived TV show called Sable, which starred Russo as the girlfriend of a children's book writer who transforms into a superhero at night.
10. The song that plays at the beginning of the movie is "Burn On" by Randy Newman. Written in 1972, it is an ode to an incident in 1969 when the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught on fire due to an oil slick and other debris floating in the polluted water.
There are times where directorial hiring feels like a good fit, but others where they feel like planetary alignment. After being considered for the position a couple of months back, Drew Goddard is in negotiations to both write and direct Sony's upcoming Amazing Spider-Man spin-off, Sinister Six. The titular group is a collective of Spider-Man's fiercest foes that team up after repeated attempts to foil the superhero by themselves prove futile. Goddard is an inspired choice for the director's chair. The filmmaker has made a career out of shaping and creating tons of memorable villains. His work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Lost has added texture and depth to those shows' bad guys, while his 2012 feature with fellow superhero helmer Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods, brought a cornucopia of awful monsters to theaters. Here's a list of some of the best villains Goddard had a hand in creating.
The Cloverfield Monster (Cloverfield)A seriously strange and unnerving creation, this freaky giant monster wrought terror on the streets of New York in Cloverfield. It gave the found footage film a terrifying legitimacy that it has seldom been able to attain since.
Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)This quickwitted vengeance demon would rip out the heart of a unfaithful lover while talking his ear off. Like many of the Buffyverse's best villains, she becomes an official member of the Scoobies, but Anya was at her most enjoyable when she was the parton saint of bloody revenge. Goddard penned one of her best episodes, Season 7's "Selfless."
The First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)By Season 7, Buffy had pretty much run out of supernatural baddies to face off against, so the big bad in the show's final season was The First Evil, an ancient being comprised of all the evil in the world.
Caleb (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Both charming and devilish, Caleb added some corporeal might to the First Evil's campaign to end the world. Nathan Fillion, always the jag.
Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Spike was a swaggering, punk rock, bad boy vampire that spent the early seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a recurring antagonist. Even though Spike does become a mostly good guy in the end, the Spike/Drusilla tag team from Seasons 2 and 3 is still the most terrifying duo in television history.
Dana the Vampire Slayer (Angel)In a Goddard-penned episode of Angel, a newly powered vampire slayer kills several people at a hospital before escaping. Dana probably blurs the line between victim and villain, considering she was tortured as a child and is mentally unstable, but great villains usually do.
Ben Linus (Lost)The sly and manipulative Ben Linus served as the primary antagonist in Lost for several seasons. His unerring devotion to the Island drove him to commit many cold-blooded actions across the show's run, but the character redeems himself (somewhat) towards the end. Goddard wrote Ben's first flashback episode, "The Man Behind the Curtain."
The Smoke Monster (Lost)This enigmatic plume of deadly black smoke that served as a constant threat to many of the survivors of Oceanic 815. It was later revealed to be the mystical Man in Black, a force of evil on the island.
Merman (The Cabin in the Woods)While mermaids are usually elegant redheaded beauties that sing show tunes and befriend high-strung Jamaican crabs, Mermen are horrid, disfigured creatures of the deep that murder with reckless abandon.
Angry Molesting Tree (The Cabin in the Woods)Probably the first living thing in history to be both and endangered plant species and a registered sex offender. This homage to a creature in the Evil Dead series is both silly and disturbing.
Zombie Redneck Torture Family (The Cabin in the Woods)The primary monster of Cabin in the Woods before the film flips the script into an all out monster bash, these creatures are suitably terrifying. Regular zombies are bad enough, but add on top of that a layer of backwoods ignorance and you've got yourself one doozy of a monster.
Unicorn (The Cabin in the Woods)So the horn on a unicorn's head is used to impale innocents. Makes sense, really.
Those Guys with Doll Masks (The Cabin in the Woods)These doll-faced humanoid creatures that pop out of an elevator don't have any claws, fangs, or any of the other standard horror movie staples, but they are probably the scariest monsters in the film.
Murdering Clown (The Cabin in the Woods)Our debilitating fear of clowns and bright colors were vindicated by the stab happy circus performer in Cabin in the Woods.
The Doctors (The Cabin in the Woods)Feeding off the fear that medical doctors are really sadistic maniacs with bone saws and slightly cold hands, 'The Doctors' from The Cabin in the Woods are the reason some of us haven't had a checkup since 2012. I'd rather just let this broken bone just sort itself out thank you very much.
Hell Lord (The Cabin in the Woods)With half a dozen buzz saw blades sticking out of his head, the Hell Lord is some serious nightmare fuel.
Klu Klux Klan (The Cabin in the Woods)Fictional monsters sure are terrible but really, racism is the real evil facing the world today.
The Killer Robot (The Cabin in the Woods)We'd like to think that the reason the show Robot Wars was canceled was because this mechanized monster became sentient and killed its creators.
The Office Drones (The Cabin in the Woods)With all their claws, tendrils, and unicorn horns, the creatures featured in The Cabin In The Woods are all deathly frightening, but the true monsters of the film are definitely the coffee-swilling desk jockeys that subject the unsuspecting teens to the deadly horror movie ritual. I hope giving up their souls were worth the sweet 401k plan.
Sigourney Weaver (The Cabin in the Woods)Shudder...
R&B star Cee Lo Green must return to court in Los Angeles on 28 April (14) for a preliminary hearing in relation to a drug possession charge. The singer, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, stands accused of giving an ex-girlfriend ecstasy before having sex with her in 2012. He has pleaded not guilty to the allegation.
Kenya Moore chose scenic Mexico in the hopes of declaring a détente amongst the ladies... or to stir up more drama. Ether way, this trip is becoming one huge burrito of trouble filled with meaty fights and cheesy lines. It seems like the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta is primed to oblige, but the combatants are not who you expect.
As much as Kenya would have you believe that she is clearing the air with Apollo Nida, she is definitely crossing the line. Their flirtation seems pretty obvious. Kenya’s relationship with Phaedra Parks is amusingly hostile at best. Phaedra shows up but rather than make a fool of herself by starting trouble she leaves the situation (progress!) Phaedra just might be the smartest housewife of them all. She knows her appeal is her hilarious soundbites and bizarre life choices.
Porsha Stewart and NeNe Leakes deserve a medal for hypocrisy. They are quick to run up to Apollo and tell him that he shouldn’t have been talking to Kenya. But aren’t they both talking to a man when his wife isn’t present? Aren’t they both getting involved in someone else’s marriage? Apollo tries to make peace with Phaedra’s angry battle form, Bulbasaur #Pokemonreference, with mixed metaphors, bad impersonations, and a flower ripped off a tree. But it seems like their soon-to-be-swan song can’t be avoided with misguided romantic gestures.
The coup de grace of Apollo’s failed efforts to get Phaedra’s forgiveness is an early birthday party. Is this a pre-divorce shower? He gives her a piñata filled with condoms. It is nice to see everyone actually having fun on vacation. Although, Kandi Burruss is continuously making hilariously uncomfortable faces. The group also does vacation things. Kenya, NeNe and Cynthia Bailey bond by having a twerk contest in the pool. Oh those tender moments before everything turns to madness.
Kenya has something special planned for the last night of the trip. She decides to rehash NeNe’s Pajama Drama Jam. To quote Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, Kenya, “You in danger, girl!” This isn’t going to end well. But the fighters in this Andy Cohen video game Marital Kombat are vastly different than you’d expect. Like NeNe’s party, Kenya has provided some sexually suggestive and anger inspiring questions set to start trouble.
Porsha gets asked how she likes sex and drops the word “old.” NeNe is asked who annoys her the most and she says Porsha because of her ignorance. Not her ignorance about the Underground Railroad but her description of the sex lives of “old people.” Then she brings Kandi in the fray for asking if NeNe still gets her period. Todd Tucker brings a cogent and diplomatic response to NeNe’s attention and she rebuffs him. It seems pretty clear that when NeNe wants to have a fight she will have one and attack indiscriminately. However, she uses “better judgment” and “being real” as arguments when she really is managing her persona and her storyline. She also seems to be coaching people on certain things... like hating Marlo Hampton and insulting Peter Thomas.
Kenya dismisses the men and things get heated. She confronts Phaedra who confesses that she has no interest in friendship and scolds Kenya for the umpteenth time. Meanwhile, Peter and Gregg Leakes get into a fight over things Peter said to NeNe in another episode. That quickly spirals out of control. We get it, Peter gets involved with the drama. But that’s because everyone involved knows Cynthia is a snooze. A dynamic, stunningly beautiful snooze who brings nothing particularly dramatic to the show. Either way, the episode ends with NeNe calling Peter a b**ch. It was a slap heard all around the world. Teresa Giudice heard it in her lawyer’s office. Aviva Drescher heard at her favorite place to get a three-legged manicure. And finally, everyone in Mexico heard it and that is the basis for the next episode. Looks like that burrito of trouble comes with sides.
Best Lines of the Night
"Once again this old wilted up hoe Kenya Poor-Whore is trying to refresh this mess with Apollo. She is like Black Single Female. I wish she could find a shaman who could magically invent her a man and a life." – Phaedra
"Kenya and Apollo have Angelina and Brad’s chemistry. And last night it really showed, then out of the blue comes Jennifer Aniston." – Miss Lawrence
"Peter, if you’re going to stick your nose into our business you need to have a pair of breasts. And since you don’t you need to stay out of our business." – Kenya
"It’s been years since you’ve been putting your panties in people’s faces. Nobody cares about what’s goes on in them." – Kandi on NeNe’s life chocies
"Yes, Phaedra! You definitely have your fighting nails on and you are scratching that heifer in her face. But watch out for those contacts." – Porsha
"It’s not often I try to do something nice for you because you’re so mean all the time. We’re going to have a good night tonight." – Apollo at his most honest
"I don’t have to sweeten my delivery to please Todd. I mean, who is Todd?" – NeNe being mature and above it all
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We might never understand why some amazingly talented actors continuously make bad movies. Sure, actors need paychecks to buy gold-plated toilet seats or pay taxes. Things can happen with the script, edit, or production that can ruin the film. But that doesn't explain why some performers seem pathologically drawn to horrible roles.
Thurman has proven herself an amazing actress, bringing down the house in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill movies. Plus, despite the lack of commercial success, Gattaca was a decent watch for cleaning-your-apartment days. However, she has made some major duds. Batman & Robin single-handedly killed the pre-Nolan Batman franchise with bad puns. The remake of the hit 1960s series The Avengers was maligned by audiences and critics. My Super Ex-Girlfriend is like an amazing SNL sketch painfully stretched out for 90 minutes. And as for Prime? Let's just say that is one of the few movies that did not earn Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.
Pace showcased his acting abilities by playing real-life transgender activist Calpernia Addams in Showtime’s Soldier’s Girl. He also starred in the cult-classic television series Pushing Daisies. And yet, despite his leading man good looks, distinct voice, and acting chops, he hasn’t been able to get plumb roles. He starred in the painful romantic comedy When in Rome, the misguided remake of the newspaper comic Marmaduke, and joined the Twilight and Lord of the Rings franchises three movies too late.
Rossum is the star of the successful Showtime series Shameless. She also burst onto the scene in the film version of Phantom of the Opera. And yet, she hasn’t been able to star in a good film recently. It’s strange, because she has the looks and musical talent of Anne Hathaway without her polarizing "humility." And yet, she starred in the failed adaptation of the anime Dragonball: Evolution, the young adult novel Beautiful Creatures, and the remake of The Poseidon Adventure.
Brody, best remembered for winning an Oscar for The Pianist and subsequently making out with Halle Berry, seems to alternate between amazing performances and horrible movies. In the indie Detachment, he played a misanthropic substitute teacher trying to inspire his students. But he also starred in the obscenely horrific InAPPropriate Comedy, playing a character named Flirty Harry, and the equally regrettable High School. Sadly, his few forays into big-budget leading man roles — Predators, The Village, and King Kong — didn’t catapult him into superstardom or win over audiences.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker has made millions off playing Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. However, aside from the two films in the series and the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, she doesn’t have a lot of great films to speak for her talent. This is the girl from Footloose — she deserves better. She starred in the wildly unsuccessful movie remake of Strangers with Candy, the dismal Dudley Do-Right, and Mars Attacks!... not to mention New Year’s Eve, by far the worst celeb-filled holiday film. Despite finding fame playing a sex expert, her rom-coms Failure to Launch, If Lucy Fell, and Did You Hear About the Morgans have been flatter than a Jimmy Choo ballet slipper.
Eh, it's a living.
The Carrie Diaries is a fun retro series about a young girl finding her footing in big city Manhattan in the 1980s. The girl in question … Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame. The only issue with the series is that it’s a new take on wildly popular characters we have come to know in six seasons and two films. Since we’ve known these characters for more than 10 years, can a series really justify making changes?
The series follows Candace Bushnell’s Carrie Bradshaw’s life more closely than the version we know from television and films. However, this Carrie does call into question our perspective about the unlucky in love fashionista. Can a girl with such fabulous teen years be so relatable?
1. Carrie's Daddy Issues
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) didn’t have a dad in the HBO series. In the episode “A ‘Vogue’ Idea” she confesses that her dad abandoned her family. This explains why she was consistently drawn to older men like Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov). However, in the CW teen series, Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) has lost her mother. Her father Tom Bradshaw (Matt Letscher) is doting, attentive, and pretty respectful. The shift does work to change the way we'd analyze the behavior of adult Carrie, just a bit.
2. How They Met
In the Sex and the City 2, Carrie describes how she met all of her friends: first Charlotte (Kristen Davis), then Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), then finally Samantha (Kim Cattrall). However, on the Carrie Diaries, young Carrie meets a young Samantha (Lindsey Gort), who is cousins with Carrie’s sex-obsessed school rival Donna LeDonna (Chloe Bridges). From a narrative perspective, it makes sense. Young Carrie has a friend like Charlotte in overachieving Mouse (Ellen Wong) and snarky Maggie Landers (Katie Findlay). Also, Samantha is a fan favorite. But it calls into question why the show would alter the canon if it would so readily pander to fans of the HBO series.
3. Carrie's Lost Virginity
Older Carrie confesses she lost her virginity in a Sean Bateman’s rec room on a ping pong table (something more or less... relatable). In The Carrie Diaries, rather than losing her virginity to her boyfriend Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler) she loses it to a young playwright Adam Weaver (Chris Wood). This is symptomatic of the need to paint a young Carrie Bradshaw of having fabulous teenage years. If she grows up to be a “the last single girl” at 40 years old who makes poor choices with men, money, and her life the series seems more like a tragedy.
4. The Escapades of Samantha
Gort’s portrayal of Samantha is the right blend of a wink and a nod to Catrall’s unique cadence and over the top behavior with a fresh take on the character. Catrall’s Samantha represented successful women with more traditionally "masculine" attitudes on sex. Echoing adult Samantha's business savvy, Gort’s Samantha can scam her way into something fabulous. She isn’t as sex-obsessed as Catrall’s Samantha, but she does have sex pretty indiscriminately in the 1980s with AIDS on the rise. The prospect of Samantha having a ton of sex for 30 years is a little excessive if you stop to think about it.
5. Carrie Doesn’t Struggle at All
Adult Carrie is always struggling but handles it with grace. She can’t pay her bills but can use her cache in Manhattan nightlife to still live fabulously. However, young Carrie has no real problems. She’s upper-middle class, is able to accept an internship at Interview magazine during with her school schedule, and she has rich boy after rich boy interested in her. The series is lighthearted and doesn’t really offer Bradshaw any character building struggles. So why is the woman we meet in her adult years so harried?
Here's a video that shows all the similarities of the two series.
With Christmas behind us (see you next year, Love Actually) and Valentine's Day around the corner, it's officially open season for romantic comedies. And who loves romantic comedies more than Mindy Kaling/Mindy Lahiri, creator of the best romantic comedy on TV/lovable OBGYN? Both Kaling and her fictional counterpart are confessed Nora Ephron fanatics – but the real question is, which one is their favorite?
It's a question that many of us, in one point in our lives, will face: You've Got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle? Some argue that YGM is a weak imitation of SIS, while others find that the digital rom-com is actually more romantic – after all, it's filled with that witty banter that's been a genre mainstay since before the days of The Taming of the Shrew... a factor that Sleepless misses out on. The Washington-set romance, on the other hand, has that magical (dare I say fantasy-like?) notion of love at first sight. It's a tough battle for sure (and that's not even factoring When Harry Met Sally into the mix).
There are many Ephron references sprinkled like Easter eggs throughout the series – there's the fact that Mindy takes personal offense that Danny refers to When Harry Met Sally as "When Doofus Met Dummy." There's even an episode laden with mistaken identity, technology-propelled flirting entitled "You've Got Sext."
But her definitive favorite is revealed in "Harry and Mindy," the second part of a two-episode arc where Mindy is forced to play the role of side character to B.J. Novak and Eva Amurri's blossoming romance. Despite (or perhaps in support of) the obvious When Harry Met Sally parallels, the cold open finds Mindy in the lobby of the Empire State Building: it turns out she likes to hang out there in hopes of locking eyes with that special someone across the room, a la "the second best romantic comedy Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks ever made, Sleepless in Seattle." So unless she really has a thing for Joe vs. the Volcano, it looks like You've Got Mail is the winner.
It's a sentiment that creator/star/namesake Mindy Kaling would agree with – after all, she once named You've Got Mail as "the most soul matey of soul mate movies," and it doesn't get much more soul matey than that.
Now that we know the Mindys' favorite Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks helmed flick, it's time to turn the question over to you: Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail?
Oh, and don't forget: Chris Messina played a small role in You've Got Mail. (But don't let that sway your answer).
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Valentine’s Day can be grating when you’re single. Restaurants jack up prices, people fail to pull off the color red, and everyone is fixated on love. It’s time to reclaim February 14 and celebrate Single’s Awareness Day. The fact that it bears the acronym S.A.D. is purely coincidental. If you’re looking for a day free from romance, Valentine, and reminders of your partner-less existence, why not get cozy with these movies? They have been selected for their distinct level of awesome and lack of amour.
The Avengers It may be more than a year before The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits theaters. Why not re-watch this epic superhero film, or catch it for the first time? There aren’t any cheesy romantic subplots. There are a couple fleeting moments of people in relationship,s but the action, snark, and dead Chitauri make up for it. It helps that the cast is chock full of lookers, including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, who also deliver in butt-kicking action.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersThis is the movie you might never have an occasion to watch but you won’t want to miss. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play a fresh take on the storybook brother and sister. Slightly anachronistic and chock full of witch wounding weaponry, this movie is a future cult movie that blends horror, action, and the right level of cheese. The other bright side: there’s no love story. Just some heartwarming sibling companionship.
This Is the EndIf you’ve been told you wouldn’t be considered as a mate even if you were the last person on Earth, this is the movie for you. This apocalyptic comedy finds James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and their friends trying to navigate the post-Rapture Hell on Earth. This comedy features bizarre cameos by almost everyone in Hollywood (mostly really just Judd Apatow’s Rolodex, though), and offers nothing close to romance except the special relationship between a man and his co-dependent friends.
Identity ThiefLaugh the pain away with this hilarious buddy comedy. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy have bizarre chemistry and best of all it’s in no way relationship-based. This was one of the most popular movies of 2013. If you haven’t seen it you may want to look into real estate that isn’t under a rock. Why eat an entire chocolate cake while crying when you can binge on the laughter of McCarthy, the soon-to-be-crowned Queen of Comedy?
ClueThis cult classic deserves an annual watching, so why not make it Single’s Awareness Day? This film adaptation of the popular board game came ages before Hollywood decided to make a movie out of everything (lest we forget Battleship). This comedy is full of murder, mystery, and Tim Curry. It’s highly quotable and deviously hilarious.
The Cabin in the WoodsA horror movie on V-Day might be a little cliché. This revisionist take on the genre is hard to pass up. It’s also a little hard to classify since so much changes. Why not opt for something to engage your adrenaline and your mind. Plus, it’s from the genius mind of Joss Whedon. What more could you ask for?
PathologyIf sex and violence are you bag, enjoy this dark thriller about a bunch of forensic students that get addicted to performing the perfect murder. It stars the sexy Milo Ventimiglia, Alyssa Milano, and Lauren Lee Smith. It's super angsty and emo, so feel free to let out your inner-Goth kid and enjoy this twisted psychological drama.
Kill Bill - Vol. 1 & 2If you’re feeling super resentful, annoyed, or just plain pissed off, why not watch both of these classic Quentin Tarantino films? Uma Thurman gets tons of vengeance so let her dispose of your ex…in your head at least. Plus, there’s nothing more relaxing than the dulcet tones of a Hatori Hanzo setting a score. The entire movie is set on killing the worst possible ex so why not get it out of your system.
Adult magazine special that spotlights the techniques by which men and women explore their sexuality. Highlights include: a Los Angeles penis skills workshop that teaches women essential oral and manual techniques for pleasing their men; a group of African-American women in Oakland whose weekly poetry slams focus exclusively on the female genitalia, or "punany"; a San Francisco woman whose video company makes X-rated films for foot fetishists; and an English magazine that throws a bash for "sploshers," or "fans of wet and messy fun."