This year, BET's Being Mary Jane totally nailed it: creator Mara Brock Akil had the number one original series debut on cable for the 2013-14 television season. Five million viewers tuned into the season premiere, and with good reason. The protagonist, Mary Jane Parker (played by Gabrielle Union) is fascinating and complex, the love triangles (and quadrangles... or squares... or trapezoids) are intense, and the music offers a fantastic soundtrack for all of that drama. But we're here to celebrate the one extra-special reason folks are tuning in: the crazy-hot sex scenes that just won't quit. Mary Jane has had a quite a busy season thus far, and we've all been enjoying it immensely. So join us as we reminisce about some of the unforgettably steamy NSFW moments from Being Mary Jane.
The Only Shower Scene That Matters
From this point on, we shall no longer think of Norman Bates dressed up as his mama and wielding a knife when someone makes reference to a shower scene. Now, the only shower scene that matters is this one, in which Mary Jane runs into the one guy she'd been avoiding at the gym promises to place you firmly on Team Andre. Firmly. Until...
That Awkward Moment When You Find Yourself on #TeamAvery
For the most part, viewers are rooting for Union's character to make it work with Omari Hardwick's Andre, mainly because... well... did you see the shower scene? Those two are hot! But in a recent episode, Andre got into a heated argument with his wife, which resulted in some insanely steamy make-up loving. Although the Avery/Andre reunion didn't last very long, it was an unforgettable scene and for a moment, a few of us found ourselves on Team Avery.
David's First Hello
If you're not watching the show you missed that first episode where — SPOILER ALERT — Mary Jane may or may not have stolen this guy's sperm. But before the stolen babymakers comes the love-makin', and when David showed up with a bag of chips and asked if she'd be "down for some consensual sex," the two of them were actually pretty good together. It also helps that Union's body is the definition of flawless, so pretty much every scene where she's rocking a t-shirt and panties (because it's all about the t-shirt and panties) is hot.
Self Love Is The Best Love
We're not gonna lie. That scene? Where Mary Jane — how do you put this delicately? — provided herself with self love? At work?! Kind of a big deal. She opened up about preparing for the experience in a recent interview. Not only was the scene hot, but it was both humorous and progressive, and sort of made us feel like there should be more women masturbating on television. Ya know. For feminism.
So now you're feeling some combination of completely entertained and shamefully dirty. Watch Being Mary Jane to keep that feeling going.
While everyone is gearing up for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” a battle rages between the fans of the television series and it revolves around one simple question: who is the best Doctor? Since the show was rebooted in 2005, there have been three doctors: Nine, Ten, and Eleven. But there is no consensus as to which regeneration of the iconic British character is the best, and that’s okay because, to us, they’re all fantastic.
Christopher Eccleston as Nine
Although he was only in Doctor Who for a single season, Eccleston shined as the Doctor. However, many people skip Nine and go straight to Ten because Ten is extremely popular. (Don’t skip Nine, skipping Nine is for squares.)
David Tennant as Ten
When most people talk about the newer version of Doctor Who, most associate the show with Tennant’s regeneration as the Tenth Doctor. He stuck around the show from 2005 all the way through 2010. He is the favored Doctor and fans all around the globe — us included — are happy he’s back in his striped suit for the anniversary special.
Matt Smith as Eleven
The newest and youngest version of the Doctor is also a fan favorite. From his love of bowties and fezzes (bowties are cool!) to his description of himself as a madman with a box, what’s not to love about Eleven? We’ll be sad to see him go when the Doctor regenerates once again in the Christmas special this year, but we’re happy to welcome Peter Capaldi to the Doctor Who family.
Actress Marcia Wallace has died, aged 70. The TV veteran, who voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died on Friday night (25Oct13), according to reports.
As well as her animated role on The Simpsons, Wallace was a regular game show panellist on programmes such as Hollywood Squares and the Match Game, and she also starred on The Bob Newhart Show and appeared on ALF and Murphy Brown.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Wallace had been unable to work on The Simpsons for several weeks due to health issues, but producers were still planning a major storyline for her teacher character, for which she won an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy Award in 1992.
Reports suggest she died from complications related to breast cancer. Paying tribute to her, The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean says, "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.
"You fall in love with these people when you see them as characters on television, but when met Marcia you loved her even more. She was sweet, funny, not at all pretentious."
You can officially check off the "pop star" and "childhood classic" squares of your YA Novel Film Adaptation bingo card: Taylor Swift is reportedly set to join the cast of The Giver, which is based on Lowis Lowry's highly acclaimed book. She was reportedly offered a supporting role by producer Harvey Weinstein after she and the film's star, Brandon Thwaites, hit it off at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Giver's story follows Jonas, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a dystopian society where life is strictly regulated and emotions are suppressed. Things change, though, when he is given the job of Receiver of Memories and his training with the Giver starts to open his eyes to the dark realities of his community and of life itself.
The decision to cast Swift is a surprise primarily because her acting experience and talents lie in more comedic roles, like 2010's Valentine's Day or her Season 2 guest spot on New Girl. The Giver would be a much darker and more serious project than she has previously undertaken, and it's frankly hard to imagine what kind of role she will play in the film, or if she will be able to pull off the kind of performance the heavy material requires. However, Swift has dabbled in drama before, when she appeared in a 2009 episode of CSI, so there's a chance that she could surprise everyone and turn out a solid performance.
The real issue with The Giver, however, is not Swift's casting, but rather the fact that it is being made into a film at all. The story is a highly emotional one, and most of the things Jonas learns from the Giver are communicated through memories. Finding a way to effectively communicate them and what they represent for Jonas and the Giver will not be an easy task. Even more difficult, then, will be finding a way to visualize the emotions that Jonas discovers during his training, as the significant changes in his perspective come from actually feeling things for the first time. It's hard for us to picture any way in which the heavily internal nature of the novel will be able to translate itself onto the screen without losing impact — whichever director decides to take on this project will definitley have their work cut out for them.
On top of all of that, Jonas is supposed to be 12, and Thwaites is most certainly not. Although characters are often aged up in film adaptations, the character's age is important to the plot and message of the novel, and so Thwaites being in his early 20s causes a problem there. There is one thing, though, that we take no issue with: casting Jeff Bridges in the title role. The Dude can do no wrong.
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Look at that face. Is that the face of a 41-year-old? No. Chris Hardwick is clearly 17. But take a look at his IMDB page and you'll see that he's been hosting shows since 1993. 20 years ago. So that means he must be aging backwards. Regardless of how his face is aging, you've probably seen it all over the place throughout the years. Let's journey together through a retrospective of Chris Hardwick's career.
Hardwick broke onto the scene and shot into young girls' hearts as co-host of MTV's wildly popular dating show Singled Out in 1995. His dynamic with Jenny McCarthy as the nerdy funny guy and the hot chick who can throw down was a winning combination, so much so that he caught the attention of Aussie model and The Real World: London cast member Jacinda Barrett, whom he was engaged to but never married.
Since Singled Out, he's accumulated a laundry list of steady hosting gigs and acting roles. In 1998, he starred on UPN's comedy Guys Like Us, and appeared in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses in 2003 and Halloween II in 2009. From 2007 to 2011, he voiced Otis the Cow for Nickelodeon's Back at the Barnyard, and is currently the voice of Craig on Sanjay and Craig. And those are just a few of his acting gigs.
Perhaps the most prolific host, talking-head personality, and cameo-maker of the last 20 years, Hardwick has appeared on everything from MTV Spring Break to Hollywood Squares to Boy Meets World. Some regular gigs he's had where he just shows up and is himself include The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Concurrent with Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Fallon, he hosts Talking Dead and Talking Bad, companion shows to the two AMC giants, Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Where does he have the time to do all this?
Besides his many TV appearances and acting roles, he is the co-president of Legendary Films' digital division, which incorporated his former media network, Nerdist. And as if that weren't enough, starting this fall, Hardwick will host a half-hour comedic panel show called @Midnight four nights a week literally at midnight. All of this raises the question: when does Hardwick sleep? And how does he age so well without getting any shut-eye? Could he be a living, breathing key to the fountain of youth? Maybe, maybe not, but he certainly is a hard-working and entertaining guy.
Actor Frank Bank has died just one day after celebrating his 71st birthday. Bank, who is best known for his role of Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford in beloved U.S. sitcom Leave It To Beaver, passed away on Saturday (13Apr13).
Bank's character bullied the show's star, Theodore 'The Beaver' Cleaver, throughout the duration of the six-season series, which became the most memorable coming-of-age TV shows of the late 1950s.
Bank was born in a Los Angeles hospital corridor during an air raid drill in 1942 and became an actor at an early age - in one of his first roles he played actor Will Rogers in the 1952 biopic The Story of Will Rogers.
In addition to his role in the Beaver series from 1957 to 1963, Bank reprised his role as the dim-witted bully for 1983 TV movie Still the Beaver and also the revival The New Leave It To Beaver series from 1983 to 1989. He also had a cameo in the 1997 movie, Leave It to Beaver.
After Beaver ended, Bank became a bond broker but appeared on American panel show Hollywood Squares and game show Family Feud in the 1980s.
Jerry Mathers, who played Cleaver on TV, has taken to his official Facebook.com page to pay tribute to his former co-star, writing, "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver. He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family."
Veteran actor and comedian Jonathan Winters has died at the age of 87. He passed away of natural causes in Montecito, California on Thursday (11Apr13).
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Winters served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before enrolling at Kenyon College, where he landed a job as a radio DJ and perfected his stand-up routine.
Winters went on to record a number of comedy albums and became a regular on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. He also hosted his own TV variety show in the late 1960s.
He is perhaps best known for his role as Mearth in the hit TV series Mork & Mindy, but his other small screen credits include Hee Haw, David Rules, Hot Dog, The Hollywood Squares, The Dean Martin Show and The Twilight Zone.
In 2008 he was presented with the TV Land Award from Robin Williams, who previously called Winters one of his idols.
On the big screen, Winters appeared in over 40 films, including It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming and The Flintstones. He also provided the voice of Papa Smurf in the animated 2011 Smurfs movie and he reprised his role for the sequel, which is due to be released this summer (13).
Jonathan Winters, a comedian known for his stand-up, impressions, and guest starring roles on tons of movies and TV shows (including the final season of Mork & Mindy) died of natural causes on Thursday at his home, the New York Times reports.
Winters got his start in the '50s performing comedy routines and his many voices on radio stations in the midwest. He soon moved on to live performances, best-selling comedy albums, and The Tonight Show , which made his character Maude Frickert, a mean old lady, quite famous. He played small roles in scores of movies and was a regular panelist on the original Hollywood Squares. He also did a stint on the long-running Hee-Haw in the '80s.
Later in life, Winters had a second career using his incredibly versatile voice in cartoons. He did a guest spot on Scooby-Doo as himself and later did voices for The Smurfs, Pound Puppies, and Animaniacs. Winters was famously institutionalized in the '50s and urban legend had it that he couldn't distinguish himself from his many characters. In reality he was diagnosed as bipolar.
Today we try not to think of that and remember, instead, his hilarious and versatile skills as a comedian.
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In the days of yore, the celebrity game show reigned supreme in the realm of small screen entertainment. The Match Game and Hollywood Squares channeled the comic talents of their arsenal of big name players to thrill viewers week after week. Somewhere along the line, we stopped thinking this stuff was funny, instead turning our attention to deplorable nobodies running amok through seaside neighborhoods and Southern California valleys. But NBC is vying for the golden era with Hollywood Game Night, a Jane Lynch-hosted game show that is lining up an endless supply of notable showbiz figures. Deadline reports that the roster thus far includes:
Amy PoehlerMaya RudolphJason BatemanKristen BellDax ShephardMatthew PerryFred ArmisenEllie KemperMax GreenfieldKal PennMinnie DriverMartin ShortCheryl HinesMolly ShannonKristin Chenoweth
The series, which has received an eight-episode order, will pit two focal stars against one another in competition set in a "cocktail party" atmosphere, with one ultimately being deemed the victor after a night of intended humor and high jinks. How exactly the winner will be determined is at this point nebulous, but we can imagine, judging from (at least part of) the list of acquired guests, that some degree of comic talent will be called upon to win these high stakes games.
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After pleading "no contest" on Monday to her misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and lying to the authorities, Lindsay Lohan was told she must submit to booking at the Santa Monica Police Department within seven days. Lohan complied, with days to spare. She was ready for her close up — sporting a full face of makeup and a sultry pout — when she arrived at the station on Tuesday.
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This is Lohan's sixth mug shot. That's a lot of mug shots for someone under the age of... well, for someone. You might even call it a whole... bunch.
...A whole Brady Bunch! With enough photos now to fill six of the famous Brady Bunch squares — and two left over for her parents, Dina and Michael Lohan — we present to you: The Lohan Lot, America's favorite family! (click image for larger version). Lohan's most recent mug shot is in the bottom right corner.
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An elaborate game of tic-tac-toe that involves two players and nine celebrity guests (each occupying one square on a large board). A celebrity, chosen by a player, is asked a question. The player agrees or disagrees with the celebrity's answer.
A correct guess wins that player the square; an incorrect guess awards the square to the opponent. The first player to acquire three squares in a row -- up, down, or diagonally -- is the winner. A cash prize of $200 is awarded per game and players can compete until they reach the maximum prize of $2,000.