Brian Moylan
After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).
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    By: Brian Moylan May 06, 2013
    Mad Men has always been excellent at surprises. One minute everyone is just humming along having a great time and the next minute some British guy is getting his foot run over by a John Deere in the middle of the office. Those are the best moments of the show, when something totally shocking and life changing happens out of the blue and, for a moment, you get a wrenching in your gut and a lightness in your head when you realize that the action we inevitable. It's a one-two punch of shock and recognition all at the same time.  However, in last night's episode, as soon as Ted Chaough (ugh, the spelling!) ran into Don in that bar (their second such meeting this season) I knew that the firms would be merging. It just all made sense, considering what we've seen from both firms all season – and especially this episode – as SCDP hemorrhaged clients and Cutler, Gleason, Chaough was suffering because one of the partner's pancreatic cancer. It all very clearly made sense. But there was no sense of surprise, no bit of wonder about the events, it just all kind of clicked into place. I don't know if the foregone decision is a feat of the deft story telling that this show so often exhibits or if the lack of surprise is due to some sort of spark that this season has been missing, but, either way, this was the best of a so far lackluster Season 6. The entire episode was really about chance encounters and what effect they have on your life. Roger "runs into" a Chevy exec at the airport, Pete bumps into his father-in-law, Peggy stumbles upon Ted drunk in his office, and, of course, Ted walks into that hotel airport bar to find Don Draper nursing an Old Fashioned. Maybe this wasn't so much about chance as it was about opportunity and what you do when it presents itself. Don, as usual, was operating alone. At the awful dinner with the Jaguar executive and his puppy-obsessed wife, he decides to fire him on the spot when Herb says that he thinks someone else should look over Don's work. Don has always been the most American of archetypes: a pioneer. He's striking out on his own and wants to be stoic and self-reliant. When he loses Jaguar and Pete loses Vicks, he tells everyone, explosively, in the middle of the office that he'll save the firm, once again. Thank god for Joan, who hollers at him for being such selfish asshole. Like she says, she's sick of cheering for him from the sidelines, and so is everyone else. Don's problem is that he makes unilateral decisions that effect everyone and doesn't think of the consequences for anyone other than himself. While Pete, Bert, and Joan (looking lovely with her hair down, for a change) hammered out all the details for a public acquisition, which would have made them all millionaires, Don goes and makes a backroom deal with Ted Chaugh over cocktails which might saddle them all with a sagging agency. And how does that affect everyone's shares? I hope Joan isn't poor now! Don has never been a collaborator (even stealing credit for Peggy and Ginsberg's good ideas) so I can't imagine how he's going to do now that he's sharing the workload with Ted Chaough, who he openly hates. As for Joan, she was only on screen for about four minutes the entire episode (I kept track) but she got in one humdinger of a scene. What this makes her so upset is not only that she had to sleep with Herb to get where she is and then Don kicks Herb to the curb because he couldn't deal with him (as Joan pointed out, he never had to see the guy naked). No what upset her is that Joan prostituted herself so that another man would never call the shots in her life again. But now here she is with Don Draper making all the decisions for her and she has as little control over her fate as always. Just wait until she gets ahold of Peggy's press release (and just wait until she meets the CGC office manager!). The scene with Herb at dinner not only gave us insight into Don, but also about Megan. She's feeling very separate from Don and she and her mother both think it's because she's getting more famous. Marie says he must feel like everyone owns a piece of her now and he's not interested because he doesn't have her all to himself. That certainly seemed true when he came to watch her love scene, but the distance Megan is feeling is from Don's normal existential drift, not because of anything she's done. In classic Cosmo parlance, it's not her, it's him. Anyway, she dresses seductively to try to get Don connected to her again, and she thinks it works, because he comes home from the dinner and ravages her. It has nothing to do with her (amazing!) dress, and more to do with the intoxication of vanquishing a foe. Don is drunk on the power of firing Herb and celebrates by conquering his wife. Once again, this isn't a group decision, but one Don makes. He puts her up on the bar and fucks her with her mother in the next room, despite Megan's meager protests. Marie's entanglements with Arnold Rosen, the neighbor Don wants to become, and Roger Sterling were very interesting. First of all Arnold is clearly flirting with her and says that he mistook her for Megan, which is sort of like him saying he wants to sleep with Don's wife. That makes Don happy because this man that he wants to be desires his wife, which sort of excuses whatever meager guilt Don might feel about sleeping with Arnie's wife Sylvia. When Roger doesn't show up to dinner with Herb, Marie hangs up the phone on him repeatedly and hilariously. She seems more upset that she had to deal with that awful woman than the fact that Roger really left her behind. I swear, these two were made for each other. Speaking of Arnold, we see him again in the apartment elevator and he tells Don he quit his job because his hospital wouldn't let him perform a heart transplant. He was unsatisfied that they were keeping him from greatness so he made a personal decision so he could pursue it somewhere else. Who does that sound like? Don, full of the pioneer spirit once again, says, "I don't believe in fate. You make your own opportunities," which was clearly in his mind during his meeting with Ted. His choice to propose a merger could be influenced by Arnold's, as in Don's role model is showing him how to live and search for greatness. It could also be meant to best Arnold's, but instead of listening to the voices in authority (as Arnold had to when they said he couldn't operate), Don made the merger on his own. If Don can best Arnold and is sleeping with his wife, then perhaps Don can convince himself that he is, somehow the greater man. Pete Campbell, however, is not a great man. In fact, he is quite the louse. He tries to make things work with Trudy, but he seems motivated because she doesn't want him anymore. Maybe what happened with Martin Luther King really did change something about him and he realized how much his family matters. But it doesn't seem like it. But he really tried and Trudy once again shot him down. That's why I sort of felt bad for Pete when his father-in-law caught him in the whore house (with Slimy Bob, who tries to buy his hooker). Now his shot with Trudy is over. His interactions with both of them showed that Trudy's bond with her father was always stronger that Pete's was with Trudy. The irony, of course, is that Trudy was looking for someone like her father and ended up with him, but since she doesn't know what her father is really like, she can't handle the reality of her husband. Both Trudy and her father are so busy mythologizing each other that they don't know the truth. This is, of course, evident when Pete tells her that he saw her father with a "200-pound Negro hooker," which Trudy thinks Pete made up to hurt her. He didn't make it up, but he did say it to hurt her. He had to say that to press her into asking for a divorce. Even though his father-in-law told him to "do the right thing" and set her free, he is still too passive to do it. Trudy continues to make all the decisions. Of course Pete's personal life is falling apart, but he seemed to have it together at work. He worked out the IPO (he would fit right in with a tech company) and thought that he was going to find a way to make the firm even larger. That is until Don ruined it all. Maybe the culprit here isn't only Don's inability to work with others, but with everyone else's inability to trust him. Or maybe it's because "everyone hates him," as Ted points out, that no one told him about the IPO which would have given him the bigger firm he wanted without having to make the compromises to CGC. If only he could let Pete do it his way. Still, Pete managed to lose the firm a client not by his professional antics, but his personal ones. Just like Don he is adept in the office but not at life. However, it was Roger who was busy hitting the street, working his girl Daisy to happen into some contacts and schmooze their way into a car client. (I love the way music has been working lately. In this episode we got all the cues with the retro spy music while Roger was hatching his plot, but it turned to rock 'n' roll as they were walking into Chevy. It's a new form of music, full of confidence and swagger, for a new way of doing business.) We see Roger, who left behind his book and his dead friend's shoe shining kit, to get some of that old sparkle back. He's trying to beat death and his steady decline by proving, once again, what he is worth. What this all comes down to is that Roger and Don prefer an old way of doing business, of shady dealings and one-man mergers. They only know how play the advertising game one way, which seems like a relic from the past. Pete has a different way of dealing with clients and turned the agency around while Roger was feeling bad about himself. He tries an IPO, which is something foreign to the rest of them, but he is rebuffed when Don and Roger's whims put the entire firm in jeopardy. This whole season is about the old way versus the new way and, right now, the old way seems to be winning out. Speaking of the "old way," Peggy is the only one who flat out says that she doesn't like change and wants things to stay just the same. We know that, Peggy. We've seen your hairstyle. Peggy bought an apartment on the UWS with her boyfriend Abe but does not like stepping in the human poo piles that her awful neighbors are leaving behind. Oddly enough, Peggy is not a pioneer, at least not an urban one. She thought it would be a good idea to buy this place because Abe told her he thought about them having children. That's what convinced her to break away from her idea of the perfect life on the Upper East Side, the promise of a family, the most traditional unit in the world. Instead of her two-point-five kids and a white picket fence, Peggy got noisy neighbors, police sirens, and a neighborhood where she doesn't want to leave the house. Peggy's need for things to stay the same was what was behind her kiss with Ted in his office. Naturally he is a Don Draper stand-in for her. On Peggy's first day in the office, she came on to Don sexually and he rebuked her advances. He respected her for what she did, not because of who she was physically. The same is true of Ted (who never would have hired her if she's not good) but now he also admires her sexually, which makes Peggy want him. Now she can indulge in having sex with Don Draper through a surrogate. She is powerful not in the way that she has always been, through her work, but also in the way that Joan is, by making men want to sleep with her. But really this is about Peggy wanting things to be the way they have always been. Abe is offering her a life in the new world, with his crazy facial hair, life on the Upper West Side, and radical political views. Ted is offering her the stability of the old ways, well-worn ideals of success, and a patriarchal government that will take good care of her. She doesn't want the world to change and she wants her professional life to be stable as well. That is why she is rocked when she walks into Ted's office and Don is sitting there. Not only is the man that she is attracted to in there (she put on some extra foundation just for him) but there is the man she really desires, the man she is constantly trying to become. Notice that Peggy never actually accepts the job as copy chief at the new SCDP/CGG, she just says, "I just bought an apartment." She really has no other choice, and they expect her to be happy about it. Then the men dispatch her and she goes back to her desk to type out a memo, just like it was her first day back at the old Sterling Cooper. We see Peggy again, with much more responsibility, but still nothing more than Don Draper's secretary. She's chasing after the way things used to be rather than trying to forge her own future. But I think this merger, while probably detrimental to some of our favorite characters, is going to be the thing that this season really needs to get going. Finally we'll have some forward motion into dynamics that are new, exciting, and interesting. And it's a great way to bring Peggy back into the fold without jumping through all sorts of awful narrative hoops. Hurray for them, even if it hasn't been all that surprising. Follow Brian Moylan on Facebook and Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: 'Mad Men' Recap: Fathers, Sons, and Martin Luther King'Mad Men' Recap: Finally Some Time Alone with Joan'Mad Men' Recap: Don Draper Is a Whore From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Marvel Screwed Up By Not Making Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Iron Man 3' Their First Female Superhero
    By: Brian Moylan May 04, 2013
    Naturally, at the end of Iron Man 3 (and, yes, I'm talking about the end right off the bat, so maybe the spoiler-phobic should go look at Gwyneth Paltrow's ridiculous premiere dress instead), the bad guy gets beaned over the head by a super-powered being who just survived a 20-story drop and is pissed off at the baddie for blowing up everything in the known universe. No, that being is not Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, it is Gwyneth Paltrow as his silly assistant Pepper Potts. Thank god, the Marvel movie universe finally has a girl with powers!  Yes, one of the cooler things about this movie was seeing Paltrow with a super power other than her own conviction that she's living the best life in the whole world. In fact, her role might even make you not hate her. The world that Marvel studios has been creating with their movies based on The Avengers franchise has man things – aliens with magic hammers, a super soldier who was frozen in time, a green monstrosity you won't like when he's angry – but there is one thing it's short on: women. Sure, there is Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, but her only power seems to be not sweating that much while wearing a red wig. Now, finally, there is some real girl power (or girls with powers) in these movies.  But the problem is that Marvel took them all away. At the end of the movie, Tony Stark, Downey Jr's character, said that he would fix Pepper's power problem and she will presumably go back to being the CEO of Stark Enterprises. One of this great movie's few problems is we don't know how the Extremis chemical — which is what gave Gwynnie her ability to regenerate limbs, invulnerability, super strength, and possibly the ability to breathe fire — really works. The rules seem sketchy. It is fine in some people and not in others, and it is life threatening but only in certain vague circumstances that seem to serve the plot more than logic. Was this just so they could erase the traces of her powers like Britney Spears did with her bad Vegas wedding?  Marvel really missed a huge opportunity here to create a great character, and one that is native to the movies. While watching Pepper bash the bad guy, she looked just like She-Hulk from the comics (and if anyone on earth has a superhuman body, it's Gwyneth Paltrow!) and I thought about how cool that would be. Wouldn't she be a great Avenger — a reluctant hero who was trust into a position to do right in the world even though she'd rather be playing house with Tony Stark. That seems facinating. Also, these movies could use some women who do something other than get themselves in trouble and then kiss the hero when he saves the day. The Avengers comic books have more and more badass ladies among their ranks. While it's rumored that the Scarlet Witch will be joining Avengers 2, couldn't we bring Pepper Potts along for the ride? But no. Her powers were "fixed," so her saving the day isn't a matter of a equality, it's just a cheap novelty to wrap up a damsel in distress storyline in an interesting way. Yes, it's subversive to have the "girl" save the day once, but what would be really subversive would be having her kicking ass and taking names all the time. Sure, it would have been expensive to bring Gwyneth along for the rest of the movies, but Marvel really dropped the ball on this one. The only fix to a woman with powers is to create even more of them. Follow Brian Moylan on Facebook and Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: You Can't Hate Gwyneth Paltrow After 'Iron Man 3'Gwyneth Paltrow Wore An Absolutely Insane Dress to the 'Iron Man 3' PremiereBetween 'Iron Man 3' and 'Avengers 2' Should Newcomers Even Bother With Marvel Movies?
  • 'The Show with Vinny' Is MTV's Attempt to Turn 'Jersey Shore' Into 'Duck Dynasty'
    By: Brian Moylan May 03, 2013
      With A&E's Duck Dynasty clocking in nearly 10 million viewers, everyone on cable is trying to get into the "unscripted reality" game. The funny thing is, it's not working for most people. I think the same is true for former Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino on his new family-based MTV talk show The Show with Vinny, which premiered last night (and you can watch down below).  The hook for Vinny's talk show, and the most amusing aspect of it, is that it takes place at his parents' house in Staten Island and he gets the big stars to take the ferry out, eat his mom's Italian food, and be harassed by his often shirtless Uncle Nino (whose naked belly viewers of the Shore could never forget). It's the same formula that A&E uses, putting a camera in with an outrageous clan and watching them bring the funny. And it is pretty funny, watching Vinny's mom serve Lil Wayne sausage and peppers and then force him to take a doggie bag. But if that's the only joke this show has, I'm scared that it will wear very thin very quickly.  The biggest problem with the talk show is that Vinny doesn't quite have the talk show chops to really interview the guests. There are some funny moments when he goes skating with Lil Wayne or plays dress up with YouTube sensation Jenna Marbles, but there is nothing really revelatory about what either guest has to say. After years of playing to the camera in Seaside Heights, Vinny is a natural on screen but he could learn a thing or two about how to build a rapport with his guests without pandering to them or flirting with them (though the later is a bit amusing).  Still, this is a one-joke premise that seems more like a one-season show than something that will carry on for a long time. We'll have to see how it does in the ratings but after the mediocre success of The Paulie D Project,  Snooki and JWOWW, and this, there might be an official Jersey Shore spin-off curse.  Follow Brian Moylan on Facebook and Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: 'The Show with Vinny' Has a Secret Weapon: His MomVinny Guadagnino's Anti-Bullying PSA Is AmazingVinny Guadagnino Is Taking Improv Classes From Our Partners:Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough Bikini in Miami (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Between 'Iron Man 3' and 'Avengers 2,' Should Newcomers Even Bother with the Marvel Movies?
    By: Brian Moylan May 03, 2013
    There's a moment at the beginning of Iron Man 3, Marvel Studio's latest attempt at world domination, where Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark is suffering from some major PTSD akin to an Iraqi war veteran or a child who survived corporal punishment in Catholic school. What is causing him sleepless nights and panic attacks? We're given some vague answers about "what happened in New York" and a "wormhole," but never, once, does anyone utter what really happened to the character since the last time we've seen him: The Avengers. In that movie – which combined the comic-book-company-come-movie-studio's Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk, into one superteam – Tony Stark et al were faced with a bunch of aliens that flew in through a wormhole and attacked New York City. So even if viewers had seen the first two Iron Man movies, but not The Avengers, they would have no idea what the heck Tony Stark was whining about. Houston, we may have a problem here. When it launched its "Avengers Initiative," Marvel took a revolutionary approach to movie making. The company wasn't creating a franchise that was a litany of unrelated blockbusters (think the never-ending James Bond films). It consciously made the choice to make interrelated movies that would build up to a bigger whole. The result was last summer's geek holiday The Avengers, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the fastest to make it past the $1 billion mark at the box office. This strategy makes sense for a comic book studio because the business model totally apes the way that Comic-Con denizens have interacted with these characters for decades. Nearly every one of the Avengers has his own comic book (sadly, there aren't many "hers") and they all get together in several different titles about the team as a whole. The roster is constantly changing and evolving as the mythology and the characters get more and more complex. So far, taking this approach to Hollywood seems to be working in Marvel's favor. At least for now.  "I think one of the most interesting things about Marvel's foray into making their own films is there is this shared universe that fans are excited about and there is nothing like that in movies before," says Sean Howe the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. "I think it's really exciting to watch non-comic readers see what this huge fictional tapestry is." But what happens when viewers come late to that tapestry? They don't see a work of art, they see a bunch of jumbled pictures that don't seem to quite fit together or make sense on their own.  Non-comic readers aren't used to consuming their content in the same way as fans. The more complicated the interconnections between these movies get, the more difficult it is for new viewers to hop in and check out any old movie. "I'd be less likely to see a sequel if I knew that seeing the previous movies would drastically affect my enjoyment of the future movies," says Corey O'Connell, a 25-year-old, who lives in New York and hasn't seen any of Marvel's previous movies. "To me, a great adaptation appeals to both 'knowing' and 'unknowing' audiences who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the source material, and I'm turned off by the idea that I need to see previous films to enjoy a current one." Most of the dozen Avengers virgins I talked to said that they would be unlikely to see any of the future movies (Iron Man 3 is just the kick off to Marvel's phase 2 which includes Thor and Captain America sequels as well as new movies for Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, which culminates in Avengers 2 in 2015). Those who didn't care whether or not they had seen the previous movies were the ones who didn't seem to care about or connect to comic book fare in general. "I don't think there's anything that could make me actually want to see a Marvel movie, honestly," says Amanda Dye, a 27-year-old grad student in New York. "If I for some reason did decide to go to see one, I probably wouldn't care too much about not having seen the previous movies." But as the universe gets more and more complicated, the road to alienation could be pretty quick. "If I felt I had to see the previous movies – I don't know that I would see the current one simply due to time investment. If they could stand alone then I would be more interested," says Laura James, a 44-year-old corporate trainer from L.A. Many uninitiated Marvelites had faith that the producers and directors of the studio's fare wouldn't create a movie that would be too complicated for anyone to just jump on in like watching one episode of Law & Order: SVU during a day-long marathon. "I imagine the directors/producers would make a movie anyone can just jump into," says Parker McGuire, a 25-year-old musician in Nashville (the city, not the ABC show). "[If they didn't], it'd be a major letdown. I would basically be my mom watching any TV show/movie having to ask a million questions to whoever I saw it with. Also, I feel like it'd be 'giving them what they want' if I paid money to rent or order the first movie after seeing the sequel, therefore I wouldn't." Even Marvel expert Howe admits that, in the '90s, Marvel's comics got so convoluted that they became inaccessible to outsiders. "That's the trade off with such a rich narrative that just keeps going on and on, the trade off is that there is no simple way of summarizing that for new audiences," Howe says. If that were to happen to the movies, which have budgets as big as the Hulk's underwear, there's potential for the audience erosion, putting Marvel on a slow path to bankruptcy with no way to goose its numbers.  Is that the destiny of the movies, to get overly complicated? Some think it has already happened. Alex Erikson, a 25-year-old writer in New York admits to having fallen asleep during The Avengers. "I actually had seen all of the Iron Man movies at that point, and ended up seeing Captain America (which I enjoyed much more than The Avengers) after the fact. I hadn't seen the others, but was with some pretty devout nerds who had brought me up to speed as to the basic details I needed, or so I thought," he says, adding that the confusing nature of the plot was like taking an Ambien. "There was so much going on that wasn't explained, or you had to be super-familiar with the back stories to understand the nuance of, that I succumbed [and fell asleep]." By doubling down on continuing this interconnected universe, Marvel doesn't seem to care that much about attracting new fans (but with such a huge hit on their hands, they hardly need more people to be interested in their offerings). Howe, for one, is excited to see where all this leads because he thinks that getting audiences familiar with characters will breed better storylines and more audience involvement in the outcome. These days studios will reboot a franchise faster than Lindsay Lohan will change rehab facilities, so seeing a property continue on for the better part of a decade is new and fertile ground. But even that has its pitfalls; RDJ is almost too long in the tooth to play Iron Man and even Chris Hemsworth might need to be recast for Thor 6 in 2027.  Howe also makes a very good point that audiences these days are more accustomed to catching up on pop culture to stay with the times. "There are a lot of people who watch Game of Thrones every week. For 10 years people have gotten really accostumed to going all in for TV shows and to ask people to watch five other movies to find out what's going on wouldn't be too demanding," he says. Those who said that having to know all the movies would deter them from seeing Avengers 2 also said that there are other factors that might still lure them to the cineplex. In most instances they credited the writers and directors – like Joss Whedon and Kenneth Branagh, which Marvel already employs – as the big draw. "I make superhero exceptions for Batman because I grew up with the Tim Burton ones and I like Chris Nolan. So if Matthew Weiner [who created Mad Men] wanted to do a Superman with Jon Hamm I might check it out," says Abby Davis, a 28-year-old Manhattanite who works in high education. Taking all these things into consideration, no matter how big the Marvel Universe gets on screen, there will still be plenty of fans who are dying to spend even more time with there favorite characters in a dark theater. And if having to know the backstory of 27 different super powered aliens keeps hordes away from the theater, there is one sure-fire way to get the uninitiated to buy a ticket. Everyone I polled said they'd go see a movie if their significant other asked. Guess there is one thing more powerful than Thor — or knowing what is going on in a damn action movie. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan and Facebook More: Post 'Avengers': What's Next for Marvel's Heroes?Marvel Announces Guardians of the Galaxy Movie'Ant Man' to Hit Theaters in 2015 From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'Project Runway' and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Santino Rice is Shockingly Buff
    By: Brian Moylan May 02, 2013
    When we think of former Project Runway contestant Santino Rice, we think of a tall, gawky villain who was as creative as he was cruel on the show's second season. We do not think of a buffed, bronzed god with rippling abs and a lifetime of free tickets to the gun show. Check out Santino above and just tell me that is what you thought the RuPaul's Drag Race judge (yes, that is what he is doing now) would look like with his shirt off.  As our friends at Queerty pointed out, he has a handfull of pictures of himself in various states of undress on his Instagram account and, based on the other photos there, he got all that definition by eating nothing but vegetables and weird green smoothie shake things. I shouldn't make fun of it because in order to get my stomach that flat, well, I'd do just about anything! Santino's not the only guy who got suddenly hot. Just click on his abs below and check out 10 other famous guys who went for geek to Greek.  Follow Brian Moylan on Facebook and Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: 11 Star Who Became Suddenly Hot'RuPaul's Drag Race' Is the Best Reality Show on TVInside 'Project Runway' From Our Partners:Miley Strips Down in Raunchy Shoot (Celebuzz)Actresses Without Teeth Tumblr Is Creepy, Amazing (vh1)
  • 'Survivor' Recap: Double Elimination Means Twice the Fun
    By: Brian Moylan May 02, 2013
    Remember when Payless Shoe stores try to make BOGO a thing. It stood for "Buy One Get One." Well, that was stupid. But know what's awesome? The double elimination episode of Survivor. It was like we showed up for one and we got a bonus one just for being there. Always a rad feeling. They should make this a staple of the game, especially when we enter this especially boring section of the show's life cycle where there is one dominant alliance and you are sure that they're just going to send the stragglers from the defeated alliance home. Yawnsville. Who wants to spend a whole hour watching that? So this was smart we got see Reynold lose an immunity challenge and get booted out in 30 minutes and then we got another 30 minutes to watch Andrea get blindsided. Not only did the action never stop moving, neither did the surprises. Great job, Team Survivor. Great job. Basically this whole thing boiled down to what happened during the first immunity challenge, where they all had to stand on the top of Snoopy's dog house which was partially submerged in water (let's hope Woodstock is okay) and whoever stayed on the longest won. Of course it was also the classic "food temptation" challenge, where Jeff offers people treats so they'll jump down. Here's how what happened in that challenged affected the rest of the game. Reynold lost which, of course, means that he's going home. But he held on strong until the very end and almost beat Zombie Brenda and Andrea. Eddie, on the other hand, jumped off first to eat some donuts. Which I would normally call a boneheaded move but it was genius. I think it was unintended genius, because Eddie seems about as smart as Tara Reid on the sixth day of a two week bender in Cabo, but it showed that Eddie is not a threat. He is not a fighter and he'd risk going home for some sugary treats. (Man, the things I would do for donuts and I get three square meals a day). He looks like he's not playing the game. That's why they're willing to use him and keep him around while blindsiding each other. Reynold, on the other hand, is good at challenges and a schemer. That's why no one could get a blindside together when he was still in the game, because if he stayed everyone thought he would find a way to sneak into the finals. Eddie is about as threatening as a sleeping three legged chihuahua that has lost all its teeth. He's an easy toy to keep around.  Brenda and Andrea made the opposite mistake. They decided that, even though they were in an alliance, they were going to compete with each other and see who is the badder assed bitch. They're asses are so incredibly bad that they even made the challenge harder so that one of them would win. Ladies, there is no honor in being victorious over your friends. Just ask the cast of Mean Girls. This showed everyone that they're both threats physically and they're both such stern competitors that they don't trust each other to be safe when the other says they're safe. This was the beginning of the ending for them. The other great thing about this episode was that it showed how that challenge had an affect not just on who went home that round (it was Reynold, duh) but how it affected the following vote as well. Because we see them edited down into episodes, each cycle seems like it's own unit divorced from all the rest, but for the people out there it is continuous and the events of things that happened two rounds ago definitely have an impact on the outcome. Sometimes you get dumped before the third date for something you did on the first date, not something you did on the second, know what I mean? That's why both Andrea and Brenda were gunning for each other after their Mexican standoff. (Can I say that? Is that racist? Can I call it a Philippines standoff? That's where they are!) When neither of them had the immunity necklace and Reynold was gone, that's when it was time for the blindside. Cochran was right, it's all about timing, and he orchestrated Andrea's ouster perfectly. And it was easy to do because Andrea was running around talking to everyone about her big plans again. That coupled with her performance in the dog house challenge made her a giant target. Cochran just has to pick her off and make sure she felt safe enough that she wouldn't play her idol. Still, they split the vote just to be safe.  Andrea's problem was that she was all talk and no action. We saw this before when she wanted to get rid of Malcolm early and then backed off when she found out that they might vote for her. She was always hatching plans and thinking big, which is great, but she was far too vocal about it. Everyone knew she was playing hard and couldn't be trusted, especially because she could never make her plans come to fruition. How this will effect the rest of the game, I don't know. I think if Eddie pulls it together at the challenges and works himself as a swing vote he could make it to the end. Cochran is in a heap of trouble because he seems to have no clear alliance other than Dawn, who is a certifiable crazy person. Zombies Eric and Sheri are totally out of the game even though they think they're in the middle of it, but Eric stands a chance if he can keep pulling out challenge wins. I'm going to go with the wacko final three of Dawn, Brenda, and Eddie. Let's see how right I am. As for Andrea, she's going to be talking all about her blindside back at camp while running her fingers through Malcolm's silken mane and staring at Special Agent Philip Shepard's silly round spectacles, and trying not to giggle at Reynold's Snidely Whiplash mustache. Let's hope she doesn't have some sort of insane physical transformation herself. 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  • Daniel Radcliffe Adds 'Tokyo Vice' to His Busy Post-'Harry Potter' Schedule
    By: Brian Moylan May 01, 2013
      It might seem like Daniel Radcliffe, forever known as The Boy Who Lived, has just been diving through piles of Harry Potter money since the franchise ended. Well, he's not really Scrooge McDuck after all. We've seen him in The Woman in Black and the world is about to catch his amazing turn as Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance hit Kill Your Darlings. On top of this, he just added another movie to his slate: Tokyo Vice. Yes, you might it though its older sister, Miami. According to Deadline, Radcliffe is going to be playing an American journalist, Jake Adelstein, who is based in Japan, writing about the organized crime family the yakuza, as well as the personal cost he suffers because of it. But that's not all Radcliffe has on his plate: he's already wrapped two movies — Horns and The F Word — and is contracted to Frankenstein (Fox's new take on the old classic). Additionally, Radcliffe is going to spend a few months on stage in London in The Cripple of Inishmaan, which starts in June. Man, maybe he should change his name from The Boy Who Lived to The Boy Who Worked!  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan and Facebook More: Daniel Radcliffe Transforms into Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings'Is Anyone Shorter Than Daniel Radcliffe?'Frankenstein' Movies Are Being Developed By Everyone From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • HBO Renews 'Veep' for Season 3
    By: Brian Moylan May 01, 2013
      While West Wing fans are still considering staring a Kickstarter for the Jed Bartlet Presidential Library in some hell hole in New Hampshire, the rest of us are celebrating another TV show about the executive branch. Yes, HBO has ordered a third season of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy farm Veep, which has not only been improving in the ratings over the last few weeks (surely that Game of Thrones lead-in doesn't hurt), but has actually been getting funnier and funnier.  With half of the second season still left to air, the show that you watch on your boyfriend's step-father's HBO Go account on your iPad has been renewed for 10 more episodes that are scheduled to air sometime next year. We're sure even tart mouthed creator Armando Iannucci can't think of any insults today. Actually, he probably can, and can't wait to see what he puts in bumbling Vice President Selina Meyer's mouth next.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan and Facebook More: 'Veep' Season 2 Premiere: All the One-Liners'Veep' Trailers: Hail to the 'Seinfeld' Alums'Veep' Star Anna Chumsky Talks About 'My Girl' From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Kevin Spacey Can't Stop Doing Awesome Photobombs
    By: Brian Moylan May 01, 2013
    Kevin Spacey was in Boston for some very serious business, to meet with law enforcement officials and victims of the Boston bombing, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have some fun while there. While jogging in a park, he saw a girl about to get her photo taken, ran up behind her, shouted "Photobomb!" and then jogged off. The girl's friend told the world on Reddit.  Spacey used a similar tactic on Saturday night at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. The House of Cards star (who is currently in Baltimore filming season two of the Netflix hit) crept up behind Matthew Perry and Conan O'Brien and made a face that will make all the hair fall off your cat. Look below, this photo is NSFC (not safe for cats). Well, we're glad that this funny guy has found himself an awesome new hobby. They're both so great that they almost make up for K-PAX.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan and Facebook More: The Best Celebrity Photo BombsKevin Spacey Wins Webby Award10 Best and Worst Dressed Stars at the White House Correspondent's Dinner From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • John Oliver Takes Over for Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' on June 10
    By: Brian Moylan May 01, 2013
      When we learned the news that Jon Stewart would be taking two months off from filming The Daily Show , we didn't know how we would cope with our fake news without him. Well, it's sort of like that time when your sixth grade teacher went on maternity leave and you thought it was going to be awful until you found out there was a new fun substitute taking over in his absence. That sub is long-time Daily Show contributor John Oliver and he'll be taking over starting June 10.  Stewart will be off making Rosewater, the story of a BBC journalist's trip to Iran in 2009 to cover the country's elections. Yes, that sounds just like the light satire he usually dishes out on a daily basis. (That, folks, was sarcasm.) Oliver's first guest will be Seth Rogen, so they lined up someone nice and easy for him. Stewart returns to his desk on September 3. It could be like a Bananarama song (a cruel, cruel, cruel summer while he's gone) but we have a feeling Oliver will do just fine.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan and Facebook More: Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show' to Direct a MovieJohn Oliver Engaged to Iraq War VeteranJohn Oliver: The Internet Is Killing 'Community' From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)