Tonight, ABC enters some previously uncharted territory: the salacious, youth-skewing drama. They’ve made their mark in serialized drama with Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, but they’ve yet to dive head first into something primarily wicked and opulent like their new series, Revenge. The Hamptons drama premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and we’ve got a rundown of the new show just in time for the premiere.*
The series stars TV vet Emily VanCamp (Brothers and Sisters, Everwood) as our protagonist, as well as Joshua Bowman (Make It Or Break It) and Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl) as young Hamptons men from different sides of the tracks, and Madeleine Stowe as the evil matriarch at the center of the intrigue.
The Hamptons, also known as the summer getaway of choice for New York's elite.
A modern day take on the classic tale, The Count of Monte Cristo, Revenge takes place in the heralded East Coast summer escape, The Hamptons. We got a taste of the high society out on the far reaches of Long Island when Gossip Girl took a little foray to the New Yorker’s paradise a few seasons ago, but they barely scratched the surface. Revenge sets up camp right in the thick of the wealthiest of the wealthy, where our heroine begins executing her plan of…well…revenge.
Emily’s father was framed as a part of a conspiracy – the nature of which we’re not yet aware of – and it would seem that Victoria Grayson, or Queen Victoria, as she’s known to her faithful Hamptons minions, was the orchestrator of the whole thing. Being that Victoria hasn’t seen Emily since she was a child, Emily takes the opportunity to infiltrate the luxurious community in order to take down the people who framed her father, one by one.
So, does it work? The pilot episode moves quickly, delivering us from one step to the next, all the while giving us glimpses of both of our strong, opposing women as they plot out their separate intrigues. VanCamp is a great choice to lead the series as her role throughout the story is to feign ignorance and pretend to be the new girl; she’s got an innocent look about her, which makes it that much easier for her to play out her sneaky plan.
Madeline Stowe is appropriately regal as Queen Victoria, as are her faithful little minions, but the show garners some charm from the set of Long Island brothers whose father owns and operates a bar on the docks. Declan and Jack Porter (Gossip Girl’s Paolo with a Long Island accent and Nick Wechsler) aren’t members of the flighty, weathy set who comes in when the weather gets warm and escapes when the leaves turn. They’re from the Hamptons and they help to ground the series – and Emily, who seems to have a past connection with Jack. While Paolo isn’t a main character, it is rather fun to see him shed his Upper East Side style for some good ol’ Long Island boy antics.
The series is visually stunning, with sweeping shots of the ocean and the surrounding areas – not to mention the designer duds draped on all our well-to-do main characters. Much like Gossip Girl, the series will thrive on the fabulous clothes and illustrious location, but it’s got something GG doesn’t. While the CW hit succeeds when it comes to teen squabbles and ex-boyfriends, it’s never really been able to get a good grip on more adult intrigues. That’s where Revenge comes in. It’s got the melodramatic tone we know and love on Gossip Girl, but with a storyline whose outcome is just a little more urgent. The series cropped up at the perfect time to nab GG viewers who’ve grown tired of the let’s-see-how-many-more-people-Serena-can-make-fall-in-love-with-her and Chuck/Blair escapades over on the CW drama. Instead of dealing with the “my life sucks because I’m so rich and beautiful” side of the East Coast wealthy set, Revenge shows its ugly underbelly and the series may just be the palette cleanser that evening soap fans need.
*Hollywood.com received the Revenge pilot on a tablet device as part of a promotional gift package.
S2E1: Last season's finale of Hawaii Five-0 dropped some major bombshells, but they pale in comparison to one in Monday night's season 2 premiere.
Things started off conventionally and predictably enough: One week after the utter mayhem at the Governor Jameson's mansion, McGarrett is in jail for what appeared to be his role in the murder; Danny is an unemployed civilian; Kelly has been promoted to lieutenant; and Kono has been suspended.
We know McGarett will break out, but how? He answers that question in short order, but it takes a shanking -- and not the pulling-down-the-pants variety -- from a fellow inmate of whom he's not so fond (for good reason).
After he escapes the ensuing ambulance, Hawaii Five-0 temporarily becomes The Fugitive, followed by the entire now-defunct Five-0 task force trying to prove McGarett's innocence and Wo Fat's guilt. Eventually, in the form of a hidden-cam-footage tape, at least the former comes true, and the gang is back together at long last.
All seems well, and then ... the aforementioned bomb droppage: (SPOILER ALERT!) Wo Fat, posing a corrections officer, kills the prisoner who stabbed McGarrett earlier and who might've known critical information about his father. And who's waiting for Wo Fat in his getaway car? Jenna Kaye. Dun-dun-dun. Book THEM, Danno! If you can ...
TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM TONIGHT'S EPISODE
1. That ending!!
2. The montage that opens the show, featuring Lost alum Terry O'Quinn (playing John McGarrett's former Navy SEAL buddy, here to help!).
3. This quote from the guy mentioned above: "We served together. He saved my ass more times than Id like to remember. I'm here to return the favor."
4. Kono, locked in the trunk of a car after snapping highly classified photos, jumps out like Ken Jeong in The Hangover, but with a little more a little more badassery.
5. This quote from the always comic relief-y Dr. Bergman: "Actually, Yoda technically didnt have telepathic powers."
The actor appears alongside Carey Mulligan in the movie as a Hollywood stuntman who doubles as a getaway driver, and Gosling has revealed he took on the high-action job because he missed out on the chance to star as a real superhero.
He tells Fox News, "I really wanted to make a superhero film but all the good ones were taken so I thought I would have to make my own at this point... When I read this script I thought there was a way to do that with this stunt driver stuck in the mythology of movies, and that he had become so far removed and watched so many movies, that he started to see his life as one."
The Oscar-nominee plays a woman who falls in love with a Hollywood stunt performer moonlighting as a getaway driver, played by Ryan Gosling, in the upcoming movie.
Mulligan found herself homeless as shooting was about to start and she was rumoured to have taken up residence in a downmarket hotel following her split from boyfriend Shia LaBeouf, but she has now revealed Refn offered her a place to stay.
She tells BBC Breakfast, "I moved in with Nick because I didn't have anywhere to live in L.A... so when I wasn't working we hung out..."
Mulligan also revealed Drive was the first role she took after nearly a year without work - as she struggled to find any interesting projects to tackle.
She adds, "I hadn't worked in about a year. I was just looking for something to do that was exciting. I think a lot of the stuff I was reading was stuff that was similar to parts I had already played... I was looking for something I was a bit nervous about doing."
In the mesmerizing noir thriller Drive Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson Pusher) takes James Sallis’s eponymous pulp novel and lends it a stylish retro sheen harkening back to archetypal “lone wolf” films of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Ryan Gosling plays Driver (his real name is never given) a mechanic who moonlights as a wheelman performing stunts for Hollywood productions and driving getaway cars for thieves. Laconic and impassive he cuts a solitary figure his avuncular agent/manager/auto-shop boss Shannon (Bryan Cranston) the closest thing he has to a real friend. His lone distinguishing fashion accessory – a white satin jacket with an orange scorpion emblazoned on the back – foretells of darker aspects of his personality yet to emerge.
When Driver encounters Irene (Carey Mulligan) a waitress left to raise her child alone while her husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) is away in prison the attraction is immediate. All sweetness and vulnerability (with shades of melancholy to boot) she awakens both his romantic and protective instincts. Their relationship blossoms in glances and gestures captured in long languid shots and glossy dreamlike montages. The change in Driver is subtle but significant: His normally stoic face flashes a brief contented smile.
Alas it is to be short-lived. Standard returns home released early for good behavior bringing with him baggage from his criminal past. Soon a pair of goons arrive demanding he rob a pawn shop as recompense for protection money owed and threatening to harm Irene and their child if he refuses. Out of concern for them Driver agrees to aid in the heist. The job goes disastrously awry but Driver manages to escape with the money – and a target on his head.
The tone coarsens in the film’s sanguinary second half as Driver is pitted against two local crime bosses – Bernie (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman) – and their assorted minions. When would-be assassins come hunting for him Driver dispatches them with the same icy efficiency with which he drives killing without hesitation. (He is arguably a psychotic – albeit a heroic psychotic.) The violence meted out is savage gruesome and – to my eyes (and stomach) at least – excessive. A shotgun beheading a severed jugular a fork in the eye: Drive serves up one shocking kill scene after another with the relish of a trashy splatter film.
Drive favors mood and atmosphere over plot. An enchanting synth-pop soundtrack pulsates throughout. Dialogue is exceedingly spare. The film can afford such narrative economy in part because Gosling is so effective needing little in the way of words to convey the complexity of his character. Refn largely eschews the frantic camerawork and frenetic editing favored by today’s action-movie directors. Scenes unfold slowly in plaintive lighting and at unorthodox angles lulling us into a pleasant stupor before erupting in a burst of violence. In the film’s most memorable scene Driver steals a prolonged slow-motion kiss with Irene in an elevator before turning around and (literally) stomping a man’s face in. Pretentious? Perhaps. Self-indulgent? A tad. Disturbing? You bet. But exhilarating nonetheless.
The Sex and the City star admits she's growing tired of the negatives that come with fame, like the paparazzi and tabloid reporters, and she's craving a long holiday with her husband Matthew Broderick and their three kids.
She says, "(I'd like to get) as far away as possible, with my children (and) eat the strangest food, see things I could never imagine, smell things, hear things. That I have to do. I have terrible, wonderful, wanderlust."
And that break could come sooner rather than later - because she needs an extended holiday.
She tells ABC News, "I think the things that are more painful to me are not the intrusion of paparazzi, it's the lack of civility that I find more intimidating and far more painful an experience. It's the lack of critical thinking. It's the endless snarky, mean way we talk about each other, we approach each other. The anonymity of being cruel, the delight in tearing people down. The tabloid era that we find ourselves in is a cultural boneyard, and that is painful to me.
"Dealing with the streets of New York and going to the market myself and navigating being a public person, in physical ways, I am up to the challenge. It is the emotional scar tissue that is incredibly difficult for me."
The former Cheers star is selling her property in the exclusive community of Isleboro, a tiny town which is only accessible by ferry or air taxi.
The shoreside house boasts five bedrooms and four bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, a deck with an outdoor fireplace and a wooden dock leading to the water's edge.
Her Look Who's Talking co-star John Travolta also owns a home in secluded Isleboro, as do Chris O'Donnell and Honor Blackman.
Alley also owns homes in Los Angeles; Clearwater, Florida; and Wichita, Kansas; and Ashland, Oregon, according to the Real Estalker website.
S4E9: “I love you, both of you, and I’m asking you to love me back. Together.” - Sookie
So in this week's episode of True Blood, the conflict with Mantonia heightens further while... oh heck, who am I kidding. Let's talk about the three way! Not that it was much of one. If it's possible to call a three-way mundane, this one certainly was. There was more time spent on Sookie talking the boys into it than doing the actual deed, and then that was pretty straight-forward, emphasis on straight. Come on guys, we already know that Eric goes both ways (at least when it comes to complicated revenge schemes and Talbot), and that Bill likes "the water in Arkansas very hard", if you catch my drift. So why not let them have a little fun?
Because when you have fun, babies happen. And babies are the worst consequence of all, as Lafayette could tell you, after his brief interlude as historical ghost Mavis. While I'm not quite sure what that plot was doing there, it did result in the incompetent crime-fighting dream team of Jason, Pantsless Andy, Terry, and Arlene. Jesus, on the other hand, shows an impressive talent for hostage negotiation, talking Mavis down and getting to the bottom of her tragic backstory. I enjoyed the payoff of the season-long creepy baby arc, and Mavis’ accent into the afterlife was actually pretty cool, but I’m still not sure what it has to do with anything else. Though that’s proving to be an especially futile question to ask of True Blood.
“So when you guys role play, does Lafayette ever turn into a woman named Mavis?” - Jason, culturally sensitive as always.
Ep. 45 Clip - Jessica Unloads to Nan
I may not be giving the show enough credit, however, since Alcide and Debbie actually participated in the main plot tonight- the former rescuing Sookie and Tommy, the latter serving as hesitant getaway driver for Sookie. Tommy’s trip to talk to Marcus as Sam may have been well-intentioned, if not for the minor fact that Tommy’s a complete idiot who can’t go 30 seconds without insulting someone. (He must be a distant cousin of Nathan from Misfits.) Kudos to the director, as well, for juxtaposing Tommy’s beat-down with the very deed that he’s getting beat up for. Generally I’m against True Blood adding new characters, since their cast rivals the population of some small countries, but I’ll admit to liking Luna, and her adorable kid. What can I say, I’m a sucker for snark and bunnies.
However, I’m not entirely sure what’s up with Debbie. Sookie mindreads her and finds good intentions, but she seems to double cross Sookie at the Magic Box and offer her up to Marnie as a distraction. Had it not been for Tara actually being smart and using Sookie’s powers in a clever way, she probably would’ve been captured. So maybe Debbie just flakes under pressure, or maybe she was actually trying to get Sookie caught, but either way, I don’t trust her possessive, V-snorting ass any further than I could throw her. Maybe she and Crystal can start a psycho were-girlfriend club, and bedazzle some matching vests.
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“I wish I was dead, except that I am and it doesn’t even matter!” - Jessica
Hell, maybe they can make one for Mantonia, as well. Disappointed by the lackluster effects of her last spell, the ghost/witch decides to target the vampire Tolerance Festival over the objections of her Wiccan crew (except for henchman Roy, who is quickly becoming my new favorite character. So immoral! So stupid!) She takes the whole new flavor of Eric, Puppet Eric, along with her in order to lead the vampire guards away. With a rogue Necromancer on the loose, wouldn’t have been a better idea to stick with human guards? Oh well, I guess hindsight is 20-20. While I certainly don’t want Bill and Nan murdered on national television, I still think that True Blood shoots itself in the foot whenever they try to draw comparisons between the “vampire rights movement” and real life civil rights movements. Because, say what you will about cuddly vamps like Jessica, many vampires do survive by unapologetically eating people. Being afraid of vampires isn’t prejudiced, it’s a sign of a strong self-preservation instinct. One that Sookie especially seems to lack.
Sookie’s subconscious’s versions of Bill and Eric were adorable. And, it’s interesting to note that the Eric in her head is more like Normal Eric than Amnesiac Eric. Very interesting...
“I’m a multiple tent owner.”
I forgot to talk about Jessica and Jason, and their burgeoning relationship. I loved how Jason crossed out the “Monster” on the box that Hoyt filled with Jessica’s stuff. Jason is really just the sweetest character on the show.
“You got it, bitch” Lafayette manages to stay composed, even after being possessed by a crazy lady.
“I am from Louisiana, I do not share”
“These nature bunnies like to run away.”
Is this supposed to be one of the five stages of grief? Maybe it's the mythical sixth stage in the grieving process -- there's denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and now date a celebrity? A few weeks ago, America watched as poor Ben Flajnik got his heart broken on the finale of The Bachelorette when Ashley Hebert chose to get engaged to JP Rosenbaum over him. Ben lamented how he doesn't love easily, but he fell hard for Ashley making us think it would take a while for him to get over her and love again. But apparently, he didn't need much time.
Shortly after the finale, Jennifer Love Hewitt went on Twitter saying, "Omg! Ben f except [sic] my final rose !!! I love that ring." At first glance it would appear the actress was only kidding, but it turns out that Ben actually did get in contact with Hewitt. Sources are reporting that Jennifer flew to San Francisco this past weekend to have an intimate getaway with the 28-year-old winemaker. Additionally, the alleged couple were spotted "making out" at the Lion's Pub. Looks like heart-broken Ben got a taste of the fame bug and isn't quite ready to let it go yet. We'll have to wait and see if Ms. Hewitt can win his heart, but the actress may want to be careful -- he may say that he loves the Ghost Whisperer, but she might really just want to complete for tabloid headlines with Ashley and JP. It's like they say, every rose has its thorn.
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The former Friends star was spotted arriving with Theroux on a private jet on Monday (01Aug11), and they immediately got into the spirit of things by donning purple and white leis around their necks, reports X17online.com.
The holiday comes just three days after Aniston threw one last house party at her Beverly Hills mansion to celebrate selling the property as she prepares to move to New York.
It is not known how long the new couple will spend on vacation, although Theroux will mark his 40th birthday next week (10Aug11).