If you haven't seen this week's How I Met Your Mother episode "Vesuvius," turn back now... the ep, and as such this post, contains what is likely the biggest spoiler in How I Met Your Mother history (which places it somewhere around the area of Kristin shot J.R./The hospital is in a snowglobe/The numbers meant nothing).
A quick summary...
By the time we hit 2030 and meet a long-winded Future Ted recounting his youthful forays to two closed-mouth Mosbiettes, the woman we spent eight years waiting to meet and one season getting to know will be dead. This was all but confirmed outright in this week's episode "Vesuvius," in which the usual framing device shifts to a matted-haired Josh Radnor chatting with Cristin Milioti at the Northampton hotel where they met many years prior.
The reveal — which, we might note, was suggested by series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, who insisted that the series finale would be "heartbreaking" — is peppered gradually throughout the episode, hinted at when The Mother insists that she doesn't want Ted to "live in his stories," and emboldened when Ted breaks into tears over the thought of a mother not being around for her daughter's wedding day. By the end of the episode, it was terrifically clear that Milioti's character would not be long for this world. That Ted spent more time chasing the woman of his dreams than he might end up getting to spend with her.
Reactions took the form of rage, sorrow, and your series-appropriate skepticism. Each side is at once differently valid and uniquely psychotic, and we wouldn't be a complete fan base were not for all components. So here's what sprung from the id-heavy minds of the HIMYM loving (and hate-watching) community last night.
Anger"She's dead?! The mother is dead?!? What the f**k?!?"
Nine seasons spent waiting to finally meet this lady, to watch her yank Ted out of his lifelong melancholy for an ultimately happy and loving life. To institute the idea that true love is not something that makes you feel sick and lonely (re: Ted's feelings for Robin) but whole. We waded through the Scherbatsky-induced misery, holding fast to the idea that one day Ted would meet someone who puts this whole ordeal to shame, who exhibits his relationship with (or, more accurately, "at") Robin for what it is — toxic, immature, and not the best that he can do.
And now, all that has gone to s**t. Mother dies. Ted's alone again, nursing his wounds with meaningless distractions like stories and his children.
But wait, brief hope: does this mean he can end up with Robin? That after the death of Milioti, Ted rekindles things with Ms. Scherbatsky (free of Barney for some inevitable reason) and spends his life with the love that he always knew to be his one and only? ... No, that's dumb and ridiculous. He's probably going to be alone. Or, as foreshadowed by Miloti's own brush with loss, forced to trek out again to find happiness once more.
On the side of this troupe is Alan Sepinwall, all but retired from HIMYM recaps, who felt it necessary to take to the web to pronounce his impassioned distaste for this choice. A great husk of Twitter echoed his sentiments. After investing so much time in a comedy series that, while impressive in its subversion of "traditional love" in the past few weeks still promised a "happy ending," we get this. Nothing shy of betrayal.
Sadness"She's... she's dead? The m-mother is... dead? Oh... my God..."
We hadn't seen this coming, despite warnings from Bays and Thomas. We didn't want to believe it. We wanted Ted to be... happy. This isn't quite what we had expected.
But, in earnest, it's a touch of beauty. It's hurtful, jarring, and mean. But it sure is doing its job: making us well up.
See, it actually kind of makes sense. Ted's whole story is about putting one love behind him to find another. To find someone who can make him happy now, in real life and real time, rather than relying on fantasies and memories... and stories, as Milioti puts it ever so warmly. His quest to overcome Robin is really just a precursor to his quest circa 2030, to overcome the loss of The Mother and again set out to find happiness, and bring this happiness to his children.
It might be tough, but it works. And it's going to drum up some tears... but that's what a good series finale does.
Skepticism"Psh. She's not dead."
We've seen this before, How I Met Your Mother. You make it REALLY OBVIOUS that something is going to happen, and then BAM. The other thing happens. Well, not this time. She ain't dyin'. There's no way you'd be crazy enough to end your CBS comedy series on such a bleak note. Maybe she's sick now, but gets better. Maybe the vague hints at death were in reference to someone else (hey, maybe Robin's dead, or something ... somehow, that doesn't bum us out as much, and we like Robin!). There are plenty of possibilities here. But The Mother dying ain't one of 'em.
So which camp do you lie in?
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Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley has brushed off rumours of a feud with Steve Mcqueen after he appeared to snub the movie's director during his acceptance speech. The two men were sitting rows apart at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday (02Mar14) when Ridley claimed the prize for Adapted Screenplay for his script from the memoir of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup.
However, the co-workers did not interact as Ridley made his way to the stage to collect the honour, and he failed to mention the filmmaker's name during his acceptance speech.
McQueen seemed to do the same to Ridley at the end of Hollywood's biggest night, when he was feted for Best Picture, fuelling rumours of a fall out between the pair.
Reports suggest their relationship turned sour after Ridley rejected McQueen's request for a shared screenwriting credit on 12 Years A Slave, but the writer has played down the claims, insisting the omission of the director's name in his Oscars speech was simply an oversight.
Speaking at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, he told the New York Post's Page Six column, "I had less than two minutes to thank everybody, and I was so caught up in the emotion of the moment when I was onstage."
He added, "Listen, without Steve McQueen I wouldn't have this Oscar tonight. I owe a lot to the genius of Steve McQueen, and I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with him...
"It was Steve's wife who found Solomon Northup's book (which inspired the film). It was a great honour (to work on the movie), but also a challenge because I wanted to be true to him, to turn Solomon's eloquent words into a screenplay."
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Both Anna Kendrick and Lea Michele began their careers as child stars on Broadway, each earning acclaim for their stage work before they hit puberty. Kendrick originally found success on film in movies like the Twilight saga before wowing audiences with her voice in Pitch Perfect. Michele won fame on television as the uber-ambitious Rachel Berry on Glee. Kendrick was nominated for an Academy Award for Up in the Air. Michele has a mantel full of People's Choice awards and has been nominated for an Emmy. Kendrick had a Top 10 hit with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from Pitch Perfect. Michele just released her first solo album and has made numerous chart appearances thanks to the various Glee soundtracks.
Recently, it was announced that Kendrick has been cast as the lead in the film adaption of Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years, on the heels of playing Cinderella in the movie version of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and reprising her character in Pitch Perfect 2. Michele, on the other hand, is still hard at work on Glee, promoting her album and fending off rumors that — in a storyline straight out of her TV show — she'll appear on Broadway in a revival of Funny Girl. If you were casting a musical, however, and had to choose one or the other, which would you pick?
The Case for Anna KendrickMost performers spend a career trying to build a resume as accomplished as the one that Kendrick has already compiled at 28. Trying to find someone that doesn't like Kendrick is next to impossible and she's proven that she can play sweet or snarky equally well. Her voice caught moviegoers off guard in Pitch Perfect, but now that everyone knows about it, she's got an audience eager for more. Sondheim fans might cringe at the thought of Johnny Depp as the Wolf or Meryl Streep as the Witch in Into the Woods, but Kendrick's casting was met with sighs of relief. There was a genuine buzz among musical lovers when Kendrick signed on to The Last Five Years, with people eager to see what she'll do with the Off-Broadway story of a novelist and actresses' failed relationship. Perhaps just as importantly, Kendrick comes across as someone that you would want to be friends with… not a bad thing with audiences or the people that have to work with her.
The Case for Lea MicheleSince the beginning of Glee, one of the dangers for Michele has been audiences associating her too closely with her on-screen alter ego, Rachel, who can belt with the best of them, but can also come across as demanding, needy and annoying. Part of the reason that Michele, 27, does so well with the role is that there are similarities between real life and fiction. Michele really does idolize Barbra Streisand, and it wouldn't be a stretch to see Rachel in a production of Les Miserables, just as Michele was as a youngster. What sets Michele apart is that she doesn't appear to have an issue with not being liked. She doesn't shy away from being a diva and doesn't seem to care who has an issue with it. There are a lot of roles that require that kind of chutzpah, particularly in musicals and especially when you have a voice as big as Michele's.
VerdictThere's a reason why Kendrick is the hot name for movie musicals right now and that status is completely deserved. Her presence alone would make a mediocre musical at least watchable. If you want someone that's going to be brassy and in-your-face, however, that's more Michele's forte. Perhaps audiences will get lucky and the two will pair up — as Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel did on stage — in a film version of Wicked. There's a movie we'd pay to see.
Fans turned on singer/actress Lea Michele when she went on holiday in January (14) because they felt she should still be mourning boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died last year (Jul13). The Glee star was dating Monteith when he died of a drug overdose, and after a difficult second half of 2013, she opted to take a break and treated herself to a relaxing holiday with her best friend Jonathan Groff.
She now admits that online remarks about her planned break left her saddened and hurt.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "People were posting the most horrendous things. Things like, 'You're cheating on Cory'. But a lot of my fans are young and they can't understand. People are going to have to get that I am 27 years old and that I have my whole life ahead of me."
"I'm a skinny guy naturally. My body wants to be about 170-180 pounds, so to get to 200 pounds, I have to eat a lot... just eating, eating eating. It sounds pleasant, but it's not pizza and doughnuts, it's just bland chicken... You always feel bloated and uncomfortable." Chris Evans hates gaining weight to become superhero Captain America.
Veteran British actress Prunella Scales is suffering from a form of Alzheimer's disease. The Fawlty Towers star, 81, has opened up about her condition in a new documentary which she has filmed with her actor husband Timothy West.
In the film, which documents the couple's passion for travelling by boat on Britain's canals, West reveals, "Pru has this condition. It's sort of Alzheimer's but it isn't; it's quite mild... She can't remember things very well...
"When you think back over the long period and you think this person that I loved and enjoyed this and that and the other with doesn't really exist any more, it's another person... that's quite painful. But you mustn't think like that, you must take it from day to day. You notice how much she's able to do and how much she enjoys life.... Her sense of humour is still there, and things still make her laugh. We have a lot of fun."
Scales brands her condition a "nuisance", adding, "We're determined to make the most of it (life) while we still can."
The couple has been married for more than 50 years. Their documentary, Grand Canal Journeys, airs in the U.K. on 10 March (14).
Tim Medvetz isn't a Hollywood guy. The former Hell's Angel turned activist doesn't have a head shot or an agent, and refuses to get caught up in celebrity culture. “I'm happiest when my iPhone and Internet don't work,” Medvetz tells Hollywood.com exclusively.
But when Nat Geo WILD approached Medvetz about hosting an adventure series for the network, they made an offer he couldn't refuse. The series, Going Wild, which premieres on Monday, allows Medvetz to inspire and make a difference in people's lives — something he's been doing since he founded The Heroes Project in 2009.
In Going Wild, Medvetz takes ordinary people living miserable, monotonous lives and drops them into some of the most dangerous regions of the United States including Mount St. Helens in Washington, the Owyhee Canyon lands on the border of Oregon, Nevada and Idaho, and the Moab Desert in Utah, forcing them to embark on mental, physical, and emotional journeys. “Society's gotten weak,” Medvetz says, “and the human body and spirit are a lot more capable than people think.” Medvetz pushes his guests to the limit and hopes that by the end of each episode they face their greatest fears and realize their strength.
Unlike the majority of reality television, Medvetz insists that Going Wild is unscripted. In fact, during filming, he refused the same perks the production team enjoyed. “While the crew was sleeping in hotels and ordering Subway, my guests and I were literally living off the land and drinking water from the creek,” Medvetz tells us. This grounds Going Wild in a level of excitement and authenticity that is missing from most television.
Despite the show's adventurous spirit, however, Medvetz believes that viewers will relate to the guests whose lives are stuck in a rut. “It's not about a day in my life. We're more interested in the ordinary people who are desperate for a change. Viewers will get that feeling and will want to better their lives,” Medvetz says.
You can watch the three episodes of Going Wild beginning on Monday, March 3 at 8 PM ET/PT.
Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil is recovering after secretly undergoing surgery for throat cancer - 15 years after he last battled the disease. The My Heart Will Go On hitmaker has been juggling her Las Vegas concert residency with nursing her manager beau back to full health since 23 December (13), when the 72 year old had the tumour successfully removed.
In a statement released to People.com, Dion says, "I don't want Rene to stress out with work-related issues. I want him to focus on getting back to 100 per cent. I've been doing my shows at the Colosseum (in Las Vegas) and everything's under control.
"At home we've been spending a lot of quality time with the family. We feel very fortunate that we've been able to get the best care possible and we thank God every day for helping us get through this ordeal."
Dion, 45, and Angelil are parents to three children - 13-year-old son Rene-Charles and four-year-old twin boys Eddy and Nelson.
Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson is convinced his late co-star Paul Walker would not have wanted their blockbuster franchise to end on the account of his death. The 40-year-old actor was in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7 when he tragically died in a car crash last year (Nov13), but studios bosses decided to carry on with the movie, despite losing one of its main stars.
Gibson defended the move during a U.S. TV interview with Queen Latifah on Monday (03Mar14), insisting his friend was such a big fan of the films, he would not have wanted his tragedy to bring the series to an abrupt end.
He explained, "We (the cast) just want y'all to know that Paul was so passionate about Fast & the Furious. There's no way he would want the (Fast & the Furious) franchise to shut down because the movie is successful for a reason.
"If you all could just show up and look at somebody in the movie that you identify with... the global impact of the movie must continue on behalf of the franchise."
Gibson also showed his gratitude for all the well wishes and condolences fans have sent Walker's family and friends.
He added, "Thank you all for all your prayers and energy that you all sent towards the family as well as us (the cast). A lot of times we take people praying for us for granted. But we have been able to find our smile again and kind of have our spirits come up after losing someone that we all adored. We adored Paul Walker. He was just a great guy."
Filming for the seventh instalment of the racing franchise was put on indefinite hiatus after Walker's death, but bosses have confirmed production will continue in April (14), with a release date set for April, 2015.
A man who once shared a home with tragic Nirvana star Kurt Cobain is selling off the singer/songwriter's belongings on Craigslist.com. The unnamed former pal has offered up a set of skis and a telephone Cobain once reportedly owned for less than $100 (£62.50) each, and he is keen to sell more of the rocker's stuff from their time as housemates in Washington before he was famous.
The ex-housemate writes, "I used to live with Kurt Cobain back in the 90s and I have been holding on to a bunch of his stuff that he left in a box when he moved out. He owed us rent and said he would get the box when he came back and gave us money but he never came back, then when he was famous he never really talked to any of us again...
"i also have a lot more stuff of kurts, like magazine and clothes that i will be selling off soon."
The online sale comes just weeks before the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death in April, 1994.
After a global search, sixteen finalists are brought to Hollywood, divided into four teams and will engage in elimination-style competitions to produce a short film. Each week the short films will be critiqued by a studio executive, film critic and guest judge with the viewers voting on their favorite. The final winner gets a meeting with Spielberg, an office at Dreamworks and $1 million to fund their next project.