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Alicia Lutes
Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.
  • Jaden Smith Goes Apes**t in 2 New 'After Earth' Clips
    By: Alicia Lutes May 20, 2013
      Life on earth is really killer. Just ask Will and Jaden Smith — the father/son acting duo have returned to Earth after a 1,000 year human hiatus and this little blue marble we call home has had a change of ownership. And in two new clips from the latest M. Night Shyamalan science fiction action thriller After Earth, the most basic of insticts are proven to be the most vital to survival. Jaden plays Kitai Raige, a recruit of the Ranger Corps (led by his father General Cypher a.k.a. Will Smith) on a mission back to earth that goes wildly awry. There are evolved animals, unfamiliar terrain, a crash landing with mortal consequences, and an escaped alien. And, given that it's a Shyamalan film, probably a big twist at the end. Check out the clips, below. After Earth lands in theaters June 7, 2013. Follow Alicia on Twitter @Alicialutes | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More: Jaden Smith Has Tiny Baby Legs At 'After Earth' PremiereJust Kidding: Jaden Smith is Totally Not Getting EmancipatedJaden Smith Wants an Emancipation from Parents Will Smith and Jada Pinket-Smith From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)
  • ABC's 'Sing Your Face Off' is Officially the Most Random Competition Show on TV
    By: Alicia Lutes May 20, 2013
    Congratulations, ABC! You've won the award for Most Random Competition Show on Television for your new series, Sing Your Face Off. So what are you going to do now? Fill it with the most random and motley crew of celebrities we've ever seen, of course. And before you go on assuming that it's American Idol meets the 1997 Nicholas Cage/John Travolta epic Face/Off (lord, we wish), let us show you in all of the ways it decidedly is not. According to EW, ABC has signed several celebrities to judge, host, and star in this new and totally confounding series. Least weird is the signing of '80s pop star Debbie Gibson (sorry: Deborah! She's an adult now) to tackle judging duties alongside Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live fame. Really. To host, actor John Barrowman (of Torchwood/Doctor Who and Arrow fame) has been tapped, which isn't as bizarre as it sounds because he's tackled presenter and hosting duties on several shows (quite successfully) across the pond. But here's where things get strange: The series follows five celebrity contestants as they perform week after week under the assumed identity of a pre-selected music icon. In homage, one would assume. And those folks include heavy metal singer/former inhabitant of Stars Hollow, Conn. Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz, Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, Disney star China Anne McClain, and Lisa Rinna. Because it isn't a truly spectacular reality television program until Lisa Rinna gets involved. Scratching your head as much as we are? Confused? Intruiged? Scared? Sing Your Face Off debuts this summer, so we'll just have to wait to figure out what to make of this cacophony of reality television decision-making. Follow Alicia on Twitter @Alicialutes | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More: 'The Sing-Off' is Back! Thanks 'Pitch Perfect'Yo, Yo, Yo: Randy Jackson Leaving 'American Idol' Is Not Dope'The Voice': Shakira, Usher, Cee-Lo, Christina All Set to Spin in Seasons 5 & 6 From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Down and The Dirty (Season 3, Episode 8)
    By: Alicia Lutes May 19, 2013
    Things took a turn for the dirty on Game of Thrones this week, did they not? I mean, we've always known that Game of Thrones was a dirty show — but look how that multi-faceted definition suits it so. After last week's foray into bears, maidens fair, and those that must put up with what they've been given, this week's episode focused on the doers of Westeros. The real go-getters who aren't afraid to play others in the name of playing the game. Namely: Dany, Stannis/Melisandre, and Tyrion. S**t got dirty — and I don't just mean because of the sex. Which got us thinking: this is a really, really dirty mother of a show. With all the  sex, politics, and actual filth, living in the Realm means you're living in a time that showers forgot. So pay attention class, because we're trying something new. What's So Dirty About: Arya’s hands?We started out the episode with a grim look at the grungy talons Arya Stark calls fingernails. Well, I mean, did you see those claws? Is washing hands in Westeros a crime? Poor Arya has been snatched up by The Hound and while he sleeps, she contemplates his murder. Because of course she does! She's Arya! Arya loves death. It's her only god and seemingly the only thing she ever thinks about ever. To the point that she's forgotten to wash her hands. Hopefully when she gets to her destination with The Hound (The Twins a.k.a. the seat of House Frey) — The Hound declaring that they "might just make it there before the wedding [of Edmure Tully, a.k.a. the infamous Red Wedding]," which, lord I hope not! — someone teaches her the benefits of personal hygiene. What's So Dirty About: Dany’s politics?Well, Dany spent her time playing each and every man she encountered like a fiddle. Playing into the men's perception of feminine weakness, she attempted to ply the Second Brothers to fight for her side by pulling the comically meek "I’m just a little girl! routine. The Second Sons — a.k.a. your merry band of neighborhood bastards — well: I haven't quite figured them out yet. But!  What's So Dirty About: The Second Sons?I mean, if their leader is any sort of indication, what isn't dirty about these dirty bastards (literally and figuratively)? They fancy crude salad toss jokes, the sniffing of vaginas, and the biting of prostitute asses. All of the sexual harassment belongs to them! Just don't lose your head about it, guys. Oh wait. What's So Dirty About Dirty Deed: Melisandre’s religion?As far as religious dieties go, it sort of seems like Melisandre's Lord of Light is one dirty motherf**ker. Melisandre uses her sex to tantalize poor Gendry into submission, only to tease some light bondage before taking a bunch of leeches to his body in order to kill Stannis' perceived usurpers Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and Joffrey Baratheon. (You think there was a part of him that was still sort of hopeful she was going to let him put it in again after that?) Plus, casting spells with leeches just sounds like a guaranteed bacterial infection. What's So Dirty About: Gendry's d**k leech?Everything. Everything about poor Gendry's d**k leech is dirty, awful, terrible, and the worst. It's a blood-sucking parasitic animal placed on a penis in the name of religious fervor and power. Melisandre's cold, man. I don't even have a penis and I'm cringing in empathic horror. Dirty Deed: The Cersei and Margaery Comedy Hour.Minutes before the beginning of the world's most loveless marriage (well, except for maybe Cersei's impending nuptials), Margaery Tyrell bounds over to Queen B**chface aka Cersei and says, "We'll be sisters, you and I, we should be friends!" Which, GIRL. C'mon now. Are you new? Jon Snow might know nothing but you really haven't learned anything since you've been here, have you, Ms. Tyrell? Never try and pull one over on Cersei Lannister because she knows what bulls**t smells like. She's made an entire life of it. These two are in a dance of dual deception, but it's Cersei's curt and wonderful line "If you ever call me sister again I'll have you strangled in your sleep" that finally (we hope) told Margaery what's up. It's so deliciously dirty, these political and family dramas. What's So Dirty About: Joffrey's delight?Is there anything more awful than your ex-boyfriend bounding gleefully towards you on your wedding day, announcing that he, as the "father of the Realm" will give you away? And then try to humiliate your intended by exploiting his short stature? How about when he threatens that he's going to give you the wedding gift of honeymoon rape? Not that I needed to convince anyone, but everything Joffrey does is the worst. What's So Dirty About: Tyrion?Somebody's afraid to give into the wedded bliss! Ha ha just kidding, poor Tyrion. Married off in the most loveless of fashions, only to be made a fool of by your idiot king nephew and told to nut up or shut up by your dad. When he threatened Joffrey's manhood with a knife and the words "then you’ll be f**king your own bride with a wooden c**k," though, I think the entire viewing audience of Game of Thrones stood up and cheered. Tyrion's threat is dirty, but in the absolute best (and most deserved) cut-down (pun intended). What's So Dirty About: Daario Naharis?Well, his buddies didn't appreciate aesthetics as much as he did, so it was off with their heads — but not before bringing them as a gift to Daenerys. He's a regular ol' Queen of Hearts, isn't he? But seriously, though: giving up the members of your mercenary group with such aplomb after knowing a pretty blonde girl for all of 5 minutes? Daario plays dirty, y'all. "I'm the simplest man you'll ever meet ... My sword is yours, my life is yours, my heart is yours," he said at one point. And by sword you mean...what exactly? Just don't let him get his talons into you, Dany, or else I'm afraid this dude may be your downfall. What's So Dirty About: The way Shae woke up poor hungover Tyrion?It wasn't dirty, per se, but it was bitter and angry — only made better by the adorable way they both reacted to Tyrion's not having bedded Sansa. Aww, these two crazy kids. They're so in love! Which probably means Shae's days are super-numbered. Sigh. Also, Shae should teach a class on the proper ways to throw shade in any situation. I'd sign up. What's So Dirty About: Samwell and Gilly?These two will never make it to the sexy-dirty part of life because they're as pure as the virgin snow on the ground. But physical dirt? They have that s**t in spades. The two found solace in a run-down shack around somebody's heart tree (the ones with the faces on 'em) in the center of a godswood north of the Wall. And even though they managed With all the grease in their hair, they shouldn't have had such a hard time fueling any sort of fire. I mean, I know they’re on the run north of the Wall where it's freezing (winter being on its way and all that), but hey, you know. Baths. Baths are nice. Unfortunately our next episode isn't for two weeks. Two weeks? You're doin' us dirty, HBO. Follow Alicia on Twitter @Alicialutes | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More: 'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Bear and Maiden Fair'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Climb'Game of Thrones' Recap: Kissed By Fire From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Tackles Coming of Age for 'Picture Day'
    By: Alicia Lutes May 19, 2013
    Tatiana Maslany is a character. And not in the way where she will sometimes enjoys ending sentences with sounds rather than words (though that did happen), but rather as an actress. Maslany's talent comes from her ability to create and embody characters in a way that feels uniquely whole and all her own. And for fans who've come to know her from her work as an ass-kicking, name-taking set of clones on BBC America's Orphan Black, it may be a surprise to see her play someone without a bunch of other lookalikes defining her existence. But relationships play just as vital — if not moreso — a part in the life misguided youth Claire from the new film, Picture Day. Picture Day is the directorial debut effort of Kate Melville and has already received numerous accolades and wins at several international film festivals. It's a quiet, narrative-focused film that provides very little instruction to the viewer as to how they should feel (as so many modern films do). Instead, your personal experience and relation to the characters provides a unique viewing to each person that watches it. Which in turn mirrors the relationships these characters have to each other, and to Claire — everyone sees a different side to her. There's Jim the dreamy musician-boyfriend, and Henry, a kid-no-longer that she used to babysit. Repeating her senior year of high school, she is pulled in two very different directions by these two men, with her mother the cautionary tale foil for the life you could see Claire easily falling into. For Maslany, Picture Day is very much "about the way these characters bump up against each other. The way that these dynamics shift and are tested. And that's what I loved about it … It's a story where you don't have to follow a plot. It's about the interactions, and those are my favorite kinds of films." It's an intimate look at that awkward time in life when teens are often unsure of who to be, or what potential they might have. Often the hardest struggle is deciding to merely fall into the expectations set before you, or buck against what you know. But choosing, ultimately, is the most important part. We see that in the way Claire surrounds herself with music. Discussing a scene where Claire's walking through the streets of the city, she explains: "She’s there, but she’s not engaged in her surroundings. She’s just a bit removed and I think that kind of epitomizes her and her life. She’s in it, but she’s not." In a film that focuses almost entirely on Claire and how those outside forces inform her life and her choices, it's easiest to empathize in those lingering adolescent moments where Claire just attempts to muddle through her days. Her relationship to the outside world and those around her are wholly created in their intimacy. These pre-existing views on Claire's personality cause an internal battle that plays out wonderfully. At one point in the film, Henry yells at Claire "they all think you're sad," referring to their peers. Claire, of course, denies this — as any good, young, mixed-up kid who thinks she's got it right will do — but it's that sadness so poignantly on display during the recount of a particular story she presents as "funny." The faces of Jim's band members (real-life Canadian band The Elastocitizens) prove that it is decidedly not. But it's the intimacy of human relations where Maslany understands her character best, and where her acting really soars. Claire's story is a rumination on how teens and young adults deal with the fact that one day, everything great about being young will go away. Suddenly life catches up and "what you imagine for your life is suddenly very different," Maslany explained. Those moments of insecurity are often when people reach out to others most, "and that’s what Kate [Melville, the director] really wanted to explore. How image affects relationships and about how growing up affects relationships." But don't expect this to be a love story. Because life is nowhere near that cut and dry, and — as Maslany puts it — Henry and Claire's is a relationship that's "way more important and way more intimate and way more vital then some immediate romantic doo-da-lee-doo." And yes, she really did end her sentence with a doo-da-lee-doo. Picture Day opens in theaters on May 21, 2013. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com More:Tatiana Maslany from 'Orphan Black' is Our New ObsessionClone Drama 'Orphan Black' is Worth a Double Take'Orphan Black' Gets a 2nd Season: We Told You It Was Good! From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Thank The Time Lords: 'Doctor Who' Will Return for Season 8
    By: Alicia Lutes May 19, 2013
    Even the Daleks are at least relieved about this development: the Time Lord know as the Doctor will continue to flit about the universe in his TARDIS for an 8th season (or series, if you're British), the BBC confirmed Saturday evening. Doctor Who is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary on the very date of its original broadcast with a spectacle special involving the story developments in its season finale, "The Name of the Doctor." The iconic and beloved sci-fi stalwart has been traveling through time and space, saving the universe since November 23, 1963. Matt Smith, the 11th and current regeneration of the Doctor also recently confirmed his continued involvement in the series season during an interview with UK-based TV Magazine. The wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey lord of time and his companions will "come back and shoot the Christmas special over the summer, then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014." Previous commentary from Smith had fans worried that the 50th anniversary would be the last days of our bowtie-wearing, fez-loving iteration. Also set to return is current showrunner, Steven Moffat, who has helmed the series since the fifth season — following the departure of Russell T. Davies and the tenth (and arguably one of the best) Doctor, David Tennant. Moffat told fans at the BAFTAs that he'd already begun crafting the travels of the upcoming and that "series eight is absolutely, definitely confirmed. It is real and it's happening – it's [taking up] most of my time at the moment." Also returning is current companion/Impossible Girl Clara (a.k.a. Jenna-Louise Coleman), who announced her return during an interview with Radio 5. Put away your sonic screwdrives, guys — all is well in the Whoniverse. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More:'Doctor Who' Finale Recap: The Name of the Doctor'Doctor Who' Recap: Nightmare in Silver'Doctor Who' Recap: The Crimson Horror From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Even Drake's Getting in On the 'Anchorman 2' Cameo Action — PHOTO
    By: Alicia Lutes May 19, 2013
    Either he's going to be in the Anchorman sequel, or he's hiding from Amanda Bynes. And while the latter would be hilarious, the former seems far more likely. Toronto's most famous rapping export will soon be urging our neighbors to the north to stay classy now that he's had a taste of the Ron Burgundy life. Indeed, that mess of hair attached to a face is Drake on set of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The former Degrassi: The Next Generation star and Grammy-winning recording artist was spotted in New York City on Saturday. Sporting a leather "Members Only" jacket, some sweet jeans, and some serious sideburns to match his epic afro — it seems safe to say that the 1970s are alive and well. Between the wash and the cut of those jeans, it's a wonder he wasn't jumped by every extra on set. But Drake isn't the only rapper making a scene in the Anchorman sequel. Kanye West was spotted earlier in Atlanta causing a ruckus of his very own. West and Drake are only two of the approximately 857 billion celebrities filming scenes for the hotly-anticipated follow-up film. But we're going to go out on a limb and assume that nobody else is going to have quite as much panache as Drizzy over here. Can you dig it, baby? We're not sure who "The Big Cat" is whose seat is to the right of Drake (is it Will Ferrell? Please let Will Ferrell's on-set nickname be Big Cat for my own amusement if nothing else), but it really could be anyone, considering the crazy-insane and seemingly unending list of guest stars and cameos set to take place this go-around. Something tells us many a news team would be hard-pressed to beat Drake's impressive follicle fête. Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20, 2013. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com More:Kanye West is Filming a Cameo in 'Anchorman 2'Every Celebrity Ever is Making a Cameo in 'Anchorman 2'Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Beat the Hell Out of Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Anchorman 2' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'Saturday Night Live' Finale Recap: Ben Affleck Tried, Bill Hader & Fred Armisen Goodbye'd
    By: Alicia Lutes May 19, 2013
    Have you ever heard of hirudotherapy? It was this thing old medical practitioners used to do with leeches. Bloodletting. Anyway, tonight might've been Saturday Night Live's way of getting some old blood out of the way in favor of the new. Not that it was bad blood, just blood that needed to move on. The series often goes through periods of quality-level fluxuation, and necessary change has been a long time coming. Saturday night's finale episode of SNL marked the changing of the guard. Many of the show's current stalwarts are taking their final bows in 8H — Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (we're fairly certain) Jason Sudeikis — and to top it off, Seth Meyers is set to leave mid-season 39 for the Late Night desk. Times, they are a-changing. The 39th season sounds sure to bring many changes to the NBC sketch show. Host Ben Affleck joined the Five Timers' Club with far less pomp and circumstance than recent inductee Justin Timberlake, and spent the majority of his monologue making a terrible joke about how marriages are hard. Har har har, right, wife/actress Jennifer Garner? The banter between the two winced its way to the finish line and mostly just made me feel like I should start calling him Grandpa Ben. Because, man, grandpa humor was the name of the game tonight for a majority of the sketches. There were several sketches surrounding gay people (with varying levels of success as far as comedy goes). A video sketch "Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings" was a laugh, but Grandpa Ben was in full, cringeworthy glory during the "New Beginnings" camp sketch. Sure, we got that the point was admirable and a good premise for the ha-has (Look at how ridiculous those people who think you can convert gay people are!), but ultimately it fell flat with how one dimensionally (read: unfunnily) it played out. Its redeeming qualities were in short supply. We'll tell you someone who's cup had runneth over Saturday: the mustache budget. Seriously: 'staches were in high demand for nearly any sketch Affleck seemed to be in. Slap on a bit o' them face hairs, Sally, and watch the funny fly! "Weekend Update" proved to be a comedic sure thing of the night, even if it was a bit tired overall. Which was surprising, considering the show had to bid farewell to Stefon (Stefooooooooooon! Noooooooooo!) AND had the pleasure of Amy Poehler's company. Lord, I love a two-person "Update" desk. I do. I actually clapped and yelled "yay!" aloud in my room when I saw Amy — one of my favorite funny heroines — return to the desk that made me fall in like with her. And while the "Really?!?! With Seth and Amy" bit was not at all as punchy as once was (Again with these stale jokes! So many jokes tasted like communion wafers and those things are the worst), it ultimately didn't matter because Amy stayed for the rest of the segment! Hooray! Any time I can bask her hilarious glow, I'm game. And without her, Seth might not have run after Stefon, resulting in the pay-off to what was perhaps the worst Stefon bit, ever. (I really wanted to like it, too! But it really just wasn't that funny.) It didn't matter though, because what came next was magical Stefon left "Weekend Update" to marry Anderson Cooper. And Seth, realizing that he loved Stefon, ran after him. Risking life and limb to the infamous AC360-spinkick? That love is true, y'all. It was the perfect way to honor and send-off a character. At the nuptials there were dozens of Stefon's club friends (DJ Baby Bok Choy to the rescue!), past characters from Stefon segments, and Affleck himself (who appeared in the original Stefon sketch as his brother)! Ultimately, Stefon ran off into the sunset of studio 8H with Seth, where the happy couple were cheered on by several recurring "Weekend Update" characters. It was really quite lovely. I'll suffocate you in the folds of one of the Furkels. ...That's Fat Urkels. And you know what they say about those guys: "After you’ve been with one of those guys, you’ll ask yourself 'Did I do thaaaat?'" The real clunkers of the night were the painful Funeral of Greg Pulino, and the Engagement Picnic sketch, which I will spare you the trouble of having to endure in printed word. Kate McKinnon once again proved that her physical comedy prowess is the thing to beat during her scene-saving moments during "Primadonna." The sketch was fine, I got what they were going for. But the highlight sketch-wise was the return of the former pornstar/current aspiring salesgals duo that is Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong in the Hermés Handbags bit. Yeah, I know the sketch is a tad formulaic, but it's a damn good formula that makes me laugh every time. It surprises me how strong the recurring sketch is, but I'm into it: let them sell all of the things! Kanye West debuted some new songs, and some very aggressive staging for two of his new songs: the pithily-named "Black Skinhead" and "New "Slaves." Well, Ye, tell us how you're really feeling these days, eh? That said, the production on the songs is amazing, but I kept wanting to apologize to Kanye for making him mad? Please don't yell at me, Kanye! I want to watch your little performance piece. Look, I even caught the Lou Reed stuff! But honestly, production value aside, I can't imagine any radio station's going to have an easy time playing these tunes. No wonder his new album is going to be titled Yeezus — you'd have to be. Rounding out the evening was a performance by Ian Rubbish (a.k.a. Fred Armisen)'s band "The Bizarros," featuring all the leaving lads, and Taran Killam. A bevy of performers showed up, including Fred's Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann, Steve Jones: basically, it was impressive. And that's just the people I could name on sight! Adios, dear Fred. It was thoughtful and clearly meaningful to him — and a nice way of officially confirming his own departure. The tears at the end of the episode were hard-won for these three men who've spent so many years with Lorne Michaels' merry band of comedy misfits. The show will be very much changed without them. Now, someone get me Lorne's number because someone needs to tell him to put SNL writer John Mulaney on that Weekend Update desk, stat! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More:Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis Leaving 'SNL' — REPORTBill Hader is Leaving 'Saturday Night Live''SNL' Star Seth Meyers to Replace Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Doctor Who' Finale Recap: The Doctor's Turn & The Start of Something Big
    By: Alicia Lutes May 18, 2013
    Now I'm the one feeling like I don't know where I am. Wow. Now that is how you finale a beloved television show about to come upon its 50th anniversary. Steven Moffat, I knew you'd pull through with the finale of Doctor Who, but that ending? I am positively walloped. And could not possibly be more annoyed that November 23, 2013 is so far away. At long last, season seven's finale episode "The Name of the Doctor" answered some of the major questions fans faced this season. And yet, so many more were raised. But rather than being frustrating (as certain fans across the Interwebs have felt this year), the whole thing was truly (to steal a phrase from Nine) fantastic. "The Name of the Doctor" is far and away the standout episode of season seven. You went and saved the best for last, didn't you, Doctor? First of all: I told you! I told you, I told you, I told you: always have faith in Steven Moffat, you guys. Always. This man has been planning this storyline since — very likely — the beginning of his tenure on Who. Naysayers worried about classic Who are welcome to shut the s**t up from now on. And then, of course, there's our Impossible Girl. Turns out Clara was born to save the Doctor (which makes sense, considering how often she's saved the day in her episodes) in his every iteration. A theory so simple, it was perfect and ensured the human aspect of the Doctor's travels remained intact. The episode opened with a bang: Clara, falling through the Doctor's timeline, splintering off into an infinite number of pieces to ensure any life-ending decisions were avoided. We are zoomed through Clara's many lives: from Gallifrey (how cool was that, by the by?), to the earth, the TARDIS, and beyond: she may have never known him and he may have never known her, but she always did her duty. She blew into our world on a leaf (the leaf is back!). But: where did that leaf come from? Wasn't it destroyed by Grandfather in "The Rings of Ahkaten"? What makes this leaf so special? As is often the case on this show, by merely answering one question you create several others. But since we know Clara's back for the 50th anniversary special, we're hopeful that those others will get their explanation in due time. The other important woman in the Doctor's life — River Song (played by the delightful Alex Kingston) — has finally made her return. But this is not just any River Song: Professor Song is coming to us straight from The Library! (And those of you who have been reading along since I began recapping Who know that I'm a total nutter for "The Library"). And in this instance of River, we saw a return to form — less snarky, super cheeky, holding secrets, but still full of the vim and verve we expect from the Doctor's wife (well, the one that isn't the TARDIS, natch).  The episode really began when River and Clara were summoned by Vastra and Jenny, (alongside Strax — love anytime the Paternoster Gang gets together) to a dream-state conference call. The Doctor is in trouble, and the Whisper Men have arrived. Vastra assumed that River Song and Clara had not yet met, but (at least to me) it seemed fairly obvious that River has 100% met Clara before (spoilers, sweetie!), especially considering her statement at the end that their mental link was still alive and well. That, naturally, didn't stop her "goodbye" from being one of the most heartfelt and lovely of the series, even if I still don't understand how the Doctor could see her but no one else could. Many a Whovian had some rain on their face at that point. Let's talk about those creepy Whisper Men, though, eh? Our merry, motely crew were stolen up by the truly unsettling new baddies and brought to Trenzalore: the burial place of the Doctor. Moffat has done gangbusters to create what I'm considering to be an extension of the Great Intelligence — or at least the henchmen that do its bidding. And what made them so unsettling? The fact that they were nothing at all: merely hollow, whitewashed shells in a humanoid shape, with some seriously killer dagger teeth. While they didn't do much outside of get manipulated into the image of Dr. Walter Simeon when needed, something tells us their power is quite impressive. There's still much to learn about these creepy, creepy dudes. And then the time came: the name of the Doctor, the key to opening his grave. Some of the more cynical fans out there were worried that the lore and magic of the series would end the moment the Doctor's name was revealed, but in a stroke of ingenuity, it turns out to be Echo River that says it. And all without us hearing a peep! Good. Returning to our Impossible Clara, her journey through time encapsulated thousands of lifetimes. River Song's echo tried to convince her otherwise — telling her she would die, claiming that it wouldn't be her saving the Doctor, just copies of her — but Clara knows that a copy is enough — after all, "The soufflé isn't the soufflé: the soufflé is the recipe." Clara is a recipe crafted to be perfect. The Doctor's perfect companion: a soufflé made just for him. And those last four minutes (a.k.a. the reason your almighty recapper didn't have her review finished until after the episode aired, as they were removed from press screeners)? Wow. Doctors dashing to and fro, a confused Clara caught in their midsts, that damn leaf, and: John Hurt... the Doctor?! S**t, you guys. You guys! Here I thought this show had gone as dark and devious as it could, but now we have two Doctors at once — and this dude seems hardly the good cop to Eleven's bad cop. Cue the ominous and vague: Hurt's Doctor "what he did without choice" in the name of "peace and sanity," but not in the name of the Doctor. So he is, but he isn't? TWIST, y'all. 50th Theories (a.k.a. My Favorite Part) So, we know that John Hurt is the Doctor in another iteration. As I've thought for a few episodes now, I still believe him to be the Valeyard. Why? Well, because he was mentioned in this episode (by Dr. Gideon) when he mentioned the three iterations of the Doctor — The Storm, The Beast, and The Valeyard — and there have been allusions to him all season: including talk of a "mad man" who created the laws of physics during "The Rings of Ahkaten," (The Valeyard would've, essentially by existing, created his own alternate timeline and universe — often known as the Dark Matrix), and Madame Vastra's talk of killing Jack the Ripper — an alias assumed by the Valeyard — in "A Good Man Goes to War." So that would mean we still have The Beast and The Storm to deal with. We have heard mention of the Doctor being known as "The Oncoming Storm" (and Alfie Owens fancied himself Stormageddon as you might recall from "Closing Time" — P.S. I'm convinced these two are coming back thanks to James Corden a.k.a. Craig Owens — mayhaps he be someone to help the Doctor in the 50th?), and we know that David Tennant is coming back (though as 10 or 10.5 we can't be sure) — but that could make him The Beast. There's a big gash that we saw in "Nightmare in Silver," between Ten and Eleven is probably exactly where John Hurt's character is situated. True, in the history of Who, they explain that he is created "sometime between the twelfth and thirteenth iterations" — but, if he happened between Ten and Eleven, that would make him eleven, Matt Smith is then bumped up to Twelve, and in turn still hold up the idea that the Valeyard was created after the twelfth regeneration. But then it would be HIS fall, (the Valeyard/John Hurt/whatever his name is) that ends the Silence and the myth. Another interesting coincidence is from the episode of "The Crimson Horror" we saw two weeks ago. There, we encountered Mr. Sweet, a creepy-crawly parasitic entity that was never named (but Vastra knew well) and had some mind control over Ms. Gillyflower. What if Mr. Sweet was actually an Es'Cartrss of the Tactires (a cranial parasite from Callufrax Minor)? Interesting to note is that the Es'Cartrss actually called itself the Valeyard and in a comic called "The Forgotten," he battled Ten. Chances are slight, obviously, but it certainly is interesting. Either way, there is so much good coming our way. I just wish I had a TARDIS that could take me to November 23 right now. For those of us dying for even a taste of what's to come will be happy to see two fan favorite Doctors together at last in this special behind-the-scenes video from the 50th of Ten and Eleven (a.k.a David Tennant and Matt Smith) talking shop:  Other Stuff:- OBSESSED WITH: The visible seething River Song attempted to hide when Clara said she never "realized Professor Song was a woman."- If this is the end of River Song (or at least, her end in her time — but not necessarily the last time the Doctor sees her?), that kiss and goodbye were lovely, but I still don't understand how he was able to see her if Vastra/Strax/Jenny couldn't!- Loved when Clara said to the first Doctor as to which TARDIS to steal: "The navigation's knackered, but you'll have much more fun." Ooh, has every journey in the Doctor's life been pre-destined thanks to Clara, to bring him to the point in the 50th?- What's up with the Doctor's seemingly special interest in Jenny? First the kiss in "The Crimson Horror," and then when he only said hello to her in tonight's episode: what's the deal there?- Also: does anyone else think that maybe River Song has something to do with Clara's actual creation? I mean, I have a feeling it also has something to do with UNIT (she was wearing the UNIT necklace during earlier episodes), but I can't help but feel like there's a possibility that the remnants of River's echo iteration is what ends up on that leaf.- The crack in the TARDIS window: looks a heck of a lot like the crack in Amy's bedroom wall and the general crack in time, eh? - I'm glad that it was River who said the Doctor's name. But no one really thought we'd find out his name, right? - On the discovery that the dead Doctor is merely a tunnel of time travel scar tissue, states: "What were you expecting, a body? Bodies are boring, I've had loads of them."- At one point, we hear the Whisper Men say "the trap will be set" when his friends travel to "where the Doctor ends." Was this all just a trap?? [Time] Lord, sometimes I wish he didn't lie so much.- "He's the one who broke the promise." Ooh girl, what's that promise? - Do you think that the Doctor saw the Valeyard in his room in the hotel of "The God Complex"? Because I'm betting so!   Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com  More:'Doctor Who' Recap: Nightmare in Silver'Doctor Who' Recap: The Crimson Horror'Doctor Who' Recap: Journey to the Center of the TARDIS  From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Hey, Fat Face! The New 'Anchorman 2' Trailer is Here — TEASER
    By: Alicia Lutes May 18, 2013
    Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the highly-anticipated sequel to Will Ferrell's 2004 film of the nearly-identical name (Anchorman) has the Internet wrapped around its little finger. Seriously: it seems as though every day there is a new photo released, a cameo uncovered, a secret spilled, or — as is the case of today — a trailer turned out. Well, OK, so this is the first trailer for the film in about a year, but still: Anchorman obsessives are on high alert. And if you forgot why, this new teaser should remind you. Star Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell, the trailer below falls in the same vein as the last one: playing out much the same way, with similar success. Personally, I'm hoping some of the 8 billion other stars involved in this project (including Christina Applegate, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kanye West, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Nicole Kidman... just to name a few) get their own moment in the trailer sun. Now, do the classy thing and watch the new trailer: Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20, 2013. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com More:Kanye West is Filming a Cameo in 'Anchorman 2'Every Celebrity Ever is Making a Cameo in 'Anchorman 2'Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Beat the Hell Out of Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Anchorman 2' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Kanye West Debuts Song 'New Slaves' with Giant Projections of His Face — VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes May 18, 2013
    Well, that's one way to launch a new album. Kanye West is just an entity all his own: never one to go the traditional route, the multi-platinum rapper and musical guest for Saturday Night Live's finale wanted to stand-out and make a statement to promote his new single, "New Slaves." And, well, he sure did just that on Friday night, projecting his face across 66 multi-storied buildings around the world. Because, you know! Why not, right? I mean, I just. This guy. West announced the stunt via Twitter, and hundreds of fans gathered at each location to see just what the future father to baby Kimye had in store for us. NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013 The video was projected at multiple times throughout the night on 66 buildings across several major worldwide cities, including New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Paris, and Berlin. In certain instances — like in West's hometown of Chicago — the rapper's face made its way onto some pretty notable buildings: including Wrigley Field and New York's 5th Avenue Prada store. "New Slaves" is a dark and brooding tune, brimming with intense emotions about the state of society through West's eyes. There's also a moment where he demands more privacy for his future family with girlfriend/mother of his child, Kim Kardashian (because what else are you supposed to do with a building-sized image of your face utilized to stir up attention?), which is surely going to guarantee him a lifetime of just that. Uh huh. Yep, totally. Check out the stunt below (language may be NSFW).  Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutesFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com More:Watch Kanye West Run Face-First Into a Street SignKanye West Rants Angrily About 'SNL,' Insists He's Not a CelebrityKanye Serenades Kim at the Met Gala: 'You're So Awesome' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)