This current season of Supernatural is centering on the animosity between the Winchester brothers, Jensen Ackles' Dean and Jared Padalecki's Sam. I'm going to try to sum this up in a way that even non-viewers of the show can understand it and not feel like they just read something while on a strong drug: Sam was dying after trying to complete some trials that would enable the brothers to close the Gates of Hell. Dean secretly tricked Sam into allowing an angel to take residence in his body. Once Sam found out, the foundation of their relationship collapsed. Now they only maintain a professional rapport - not even the ghost of one of their friends could convince Sam to forgive his brother again.
Got it? It just seems like the angst between these two has been going on for way too long through the run of the show. Yes, I know that there has to be some kind of drama that propels the plots along and that it would be absolutely mind-numbingly boring if everything was hunky-dory all the time. That said, there is such a thing as overkill.
The thing is, this whole issue of Dean keeping secrets from Sam has been played over and over. Every time that it's happened, Sam's been spitting mad, relinquishing their brotherly bonds. Then, after a while, he starts trusting Dean again. And then... well, you can see the direction that I'm going in here. Sam's obstinate behavior here is reaching supremely annoying levels. Dean's not off the hook by any means; he just keeps repeating mistake after mistake after mistake. There's also only so many times I can see Padalecki scrunch up his face after a foul up or Ackles just stare off into the distance, brooding. I'm just surprised Misha Collins' angel Castiel hasn't slapped him across the head into another dimension by now.
With such great world building, a spin-off (Supernatural: Tribes) on the way, and the fun inherent in the offing of demons, it's a shame that the series has adhered itself to constant close-up shots of the two sulking in silence. I'd rather be watching a standalone Ghostfacers adventure than rolling my eyes and saying, "C'mon... GET OVER IT ALREADY!"
I'll still watch it, of course, but I just don't want to think that it could have ended so very differently.
Despite her recent heartbreaking news that she has terminal brain cancer, Valerie Harper remains positive and upbeat – a truly inspirational way to handle her tough situation.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show star appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning to discuss her incurable diagnosis, as well as her motivating positive outlook. Despite her doctors' estimates that she has three to six months left to live, the 73-year-old TV star is planning on living her life as normally as possible for as long as she can.
"Everybody, don't go to the funeral until the day of the funeral,” Harper told co-anchor Robin Roberts. “Live this day. We're all terminal — and we have a lot of fear around death. I thought that maybe we can help somebody."
Harper has decided to use the time she has left to spread a positive message: carpe diem — seize the day no matter what. “Tony [Cacciotti, her husband] and I decided we would do this, because I want people to be less scared," Harper said. "I want them to know the new realm of cancer — that you can die with cancer but not of it."
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The TV veteran was recently diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and incurable form of cancer that occurs when cancer cells metastasize into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Since her diagnosis, the actress has gone on TV shows like The Doctors, The Today Show and now GMA to spread her unique view on not letting her diagnosis control the rest of her life.
She is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and won’t let that get in the way of any potential job opportunities. "I'm living very normally thanks to some stabilizing [medication]," Harper said. "Two pills only, morning and night. People have been offering me jobs — I think I can do them. Right now [I could work] if they were willing to take the chance."
Harper also made sure to thank her fans and former costars for all of their support during her diagnosis. "I want to tell them how supportive and loving and exciting it is to feel this in the here and now, and that's it," Harper said. "This is the joy of this. If I was gone you'd be having memorials. This way we can share back and forth."
We are truly inspired by Harper’s positive attitude in the face of a terrible diagnosis, and we send her all of our best wishes.
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Thursday morning was a whirlwind of Golden Globes news. First came the TV and movie nomination announcements, quickly followed by a roundup of TV and movies nomination snubs (natch). The nominated TV and movie stars have even started to react to the news of their success.
Now that the metaphorical dust has settled, we can start to analyze the nominations and predict who will walk away with both the golden statuette and bragging rights come Sunday, Jan. 13 when the Globes concludes its broadcast. Now, these theories are not based solely on our opinions. We have collected hard data, numbers, and figures to accurately predict who will be called up to the stage in front of all of Hollywood and the world to accept their award (and by hard data, numbers, and figures, we mean the overall score for each movie on Rotten Tomatoes). Science! Math! Let's get to it!
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Django Unchained 100%
Life of Pi 88%
Zero Dark Thirty 100%
This is the closest race of them all. The biggest takeaway is that not only did all of these dramas get high scores (all but Life of Pi scoring above a 90%), but two -- not one but two -- films scored a perfect 100%. We're having a hard time predicting what will walk away victorious between Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, but the consensus from all the Hollywood.com staff members who have seen both dramas is that ZDT will take the prize.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln 91%
Richard Gere, Arbitrage 85%
John Hawkes, The Sessions 93%
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master 85%
Denzel Washington, Flight 77%
While The Sessions as a whole scored the highest, Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in the historical drama Lincoln will nab him the Golden Globe. Day-Lewis completely transformed into the iconic role of the 16th president of the United States, complete with the accurate accent and mannerisms with which real-life Abraham Lincoln spoke.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty 100%
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone 82%
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock 67%
Naomi Watts, The Impossible 81%
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea 79%
Though Jessica Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty will win the Globe for best drama, based on reviews' discussions on the actress nominees, Marion Cotillard might be the winner for her work in Rust and Bone. The actress plays a woman whose life takes a sharp turn when a horrific accident leaves her a double amputee. Cotillard is also expected to earn an Oscar nod for the same role.
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 77%
Les Misérables 74%
Moonrise Kingdom 94%
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67%
Silver Linings Playbook 90%
Although Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom scored the highest out of all these contenders, it is the underdog Salmon Fishing in the Yemen that we think will win the Globe. This charming, intelligent romantic comedy is such a rare gem, and was the biggest pleasant surprise of the nominations.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie 92%
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook 90%
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables 74%
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67%
Bill Murray, Hyde Park 38%
Though Bradley Cooper is being (deservedly) applauded for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, Jack Black's greatest role of his career in Bernie will earn him the Globe. Black managed to make his alleged murderer adorable and loveable, which is no easy feat.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67%
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 77%
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook 90%
Maggie Smith, Quartet 92%
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs 73%
We're going with the scores on this one. Jennifer Lawrence will win thanks to her portrayal of a widow with issues to match Bradley Cooper's bipolar character.
Best Animated Feature Film
Hotel Transylvania 43%
Rise of the Guardians 73%
Wreck-It Ralph 87%
Based on the scores, the Globe will either go to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie or Wreck-It Ralph. Even though Frankenweenie beat Wreck-It Ralph by 2 percent, we think the nostalgia and star-studded cast behind the voices of the video-game based Wreck-It Ralph will push it to the front of the race.
Who do you think will win? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and tune in to the 70th annual Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 13 to see if our predictions came true!
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