Yes, Elton John is filthy rich and Andy Cohen has defined Bravo’s success. But RuPaul is the only person who can be considered the first gay media mogul. RuPaul Charles has not only paved the way for drag queens, he has been a great representative of the black and gay communities on the whole. He has touched every aspect of media from television to movies to books to music. Plus, it’s tough to find anyone who has a better handle on brand synergy.
RuPaul has consistently stayed in the public eye since his dance track “Supermodel of the World” became an international dance hit. He started performing in a public access show produced by World of Wonder. They both have grown and taken over the Logo Network and created a legion of drag celebrities.
RuPaul is full of firsts. He’s not the first drag queen, but he is the first to turn his drag persona into a star. He is a fashion model, a pop singer, and a songwriter. He has notable television appearances and major blockbusters on his resume, and produced his own feature Starrbooty. He can conquer comedy and drama outside of drag as proven by his roles in But I’m a Cheerleader and Red Ribbon Blues, respectively. He has also used the success of Drag Race to bring drag culture to the masses and touch on major issues for the LGBT community like HIV and the distinction between being a transgendered woman and a drag queen.
RuPaul is media savvy. Besides his long list of television and movie credits he has made a name for himself as a celebrity. He hosted his own talk show on VH1 in the 1990s. He also was a major morning radio personality for New York City station WKTU (which was also one of Whoopi Goldberg’s post-Oscar/pre-View jobs). His appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show was major in opening up America’s eyes to drag queens, gay men, and the distinct difference. He released an autobiography Lettin It All Hang Out , which he timed with an appearance on All My Children. He has also been a spokesperson for major brands like Absolut Vodka and Mac Cosmetics.
RuPaul’s "shameless" self-promotion is a running joke on Drag Race , but he is smart. The bulk of the music on the show is his iTunes library of songs, remixes, and albums. He has spun-off RuPaul’s Drag Race into an All-Stars season, Untucked a half-hour reality drama-fest, and Drag U a show targeting the huge female fan demographic. He has partnered with brands to make a brand of cosmetics, a line of shoes, and he has released his own perfume Glamazon, which is also a song available on iTunes. His products and music are cross-promoted both on the suite of shows and by his drag nation’s various club performances.
RuPaul’s net worth was estimated at 4 million dollars in 2009 by various dubious websites. But given his licensing deals, residuals on his series and music, and the potential for other major projects it seems like major growth is on the horizon. Already, Drag Race alum Sharon Needles has conquered the iTunes music charts and Jinkx Monsoon has had a successful Broadway run. Watch out, Oprah, RuPaul is on your tail. And not tea no shade, but at least he has managed to create television shows that draw viewers to a network.
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Not only did Lupita Nyong'o win an Oscar, she won the Oscars, earning the hearts of the America people. Her gratitude, fashion sense, grace on the red carpet, and talent have made her the Queen of the 2014 Award Season. In the one ceremony, she danced with Pharrell, participated in the selfie that broke Twitter, and gave an acceptance speech that was truly inspirational. But what is next for the actress? If we have it our way, the X-Men character Storm.
Nyong’o doesn’t have any publicly listed projects in the pipeline. Internet forums and blogs are buzzing because Nyong’o finally presents a viable candidate to play the Marvel Comics mutant. Nyong’o is stunning, compelling, and (having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya) likely capable of doing a convincing African accent. Bloggers are also creating Storm fan art featuring Nyong’o’s red carpet photos.
So here's why we're on board...
Storm is one of the most compelling X-Men, and is also one of the most prominent people of color in comic books. In fact, her character has the makings of a stand-alone movie: Ororo Munroe is orphaned in an accident, going on to spend her youth as a thief in Cairo. She uses her weather-manipulating powers to become Queen of an African tribe before being drafted into the X-Men. In the 1980s, she gets a Mohawk and takes over the X-Men, and later becomes leader of a group of underground mutants, The Morlocks.
Nyong’o has the perfect blend of intensity, beauty, vulnerability, and unabashed sexiness to play Storm on film. Halle Berry is a great actress and a deserving Oscar winner, but was never right for Storm in the eyes of X-Men fans (who instead hoped for Iman or Angela Bassett). The evolution of the character was allegedly influenced by producers working around Berry's changing schedule; the actress' X-Men: Days of Future Past role had to be cut down due to pregnancy. Nyong’o can wash away the painful memories and give geeks everywhere the Storm they deserve.
There is a superstition that a Best Supporting Actress win is the kiss of death for an actress’ career. Oftentimes, they get trapped in dramas that try to pander for more awards. At the helm of her own action-packed major blockbuster, Nyong’o could continue her fast rise to superstardom. Even if the film isn't a critical masterpiece, a major superhero blockbuster could make a major payday for the studio, and as such for Nyong'o.
And we truly do need stronger female superhero characters. There hasn’t been a female-centric superhero movie in a while... and Elektra and Catwoman were forgettable (at best) endeavors. So it's not only that we want Lupita Nyong'o in an X-Men movie, we need her in one!
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We might never understand why some amazingly talented actors continuously make bad movies. Sure, actors need paychecks to buy gold-plated toilet seats or pay taxes. Things can happen with the script, edit, or production that can ruin the film. But that doesn't explain why some performers seem pathologically drawn to horrible roles.
Thurman has proven herself an amazing actress, bringing down the house in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill movies. Plus, despite the lack of commercial success, Gattaca was a decent watch for cleaning-your-apartment days. However, she has made some major duds. Batman & Robin single-handedly killed the pre-Nolan Batman franchise with bad puns. The remake of the hit 1960s series The Avengers was maligned by audiences and critics. My Super Ex-Girlfriend is like an amazing SNL sketch painfully stretched out for 90 minutes. And as for Prime? Let's just say that is one of the few movies that did not earn Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.
Pace showcased his acting abilities by playing real-life transgender activist Calpernia Addams in Showtime’s Soldier’s Girl. He also starred in the cult-classic television series Pushing Daisies. And yet, despite his leading man good looks, distinct voice, and acting chops, he hasn’t been able to get plumb roles. He starred in the painful romantic comedy When in Rome, the misguided remake of the newspaper comic Marmaduke, and joined the Twilight and Lord of the Rings franchises three movies too late.
Rossum is the star of the successful Showtime series Shameless. She also burst onto the scene in the film version of Phantom of the Opera. And yet, she hasn’t been able to star in a good film recently. It’s strange, because she has the looks and musical talent of Anne Hathaway without her polarizing "humility." And yet, she starred in the failed adaptation of the anime Dragonball: Evolution, the young adult novel Beautiful Creatures, and the remake of The Poseidon Adventure.
Brody, best remembered for winning an Oscar for The Pianist and subsequently making out with Halle Berry, seems to alternate between amazing performances and horrible movies. In the indie Detachment, he played a misanthropic substitute teacher trying to inspire his students. But he also starred in the obscenely horrific InAPPropriate Comedy, playing a character named Flirty Harry, and the equally regrettable High School. Sadly, his few forays into big-budget leading man roles — Predators, The Village, and King Kong — didn’t catapult him into superstardom or win over audiences.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker has made millions off playing Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. However, aside from the two films in the series and the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, she doesn’t have a lot of great films to speak for her talent. This is the girl from Footloose — she deserves better. She starred in the wildly unsuccessful movie remake of Strangers with Candy, the dismal Dudley Do-Right, and Mars Attacks!... not to mention New Year’s Eve, by far the worst celeb-filled holiday film. Despite finding fame playing a sex expert, her rom-coms Failure to Launch, If Lucy Fell, and Did You Hear About the Morgans have been flatter than a Jimmy Choo ballet slipper.
Eh, it's a living.
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If you’ve become exhausted by Auto-Tune remixes and cat videos, Honest Trailers is the future of YouTube entertainment. The entertainment website Screen Junkies has developed a new format that blends film footage with hilarious jokes and honest commentary. They skewer popular and unpopular movies alike, pointing out plotholes and cataloguing the lamest and most awesome parts of movies.
Here are the 10 Best Honest Trailers we've yet to see.
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyAptly titled The Hobbit: A Totally Expected Letdown, this trailer points out one obvious fact: This franchise is shamelessly stretching out one short novel into three insanely long movies. It also gives the best recap of the film so you can skip it to catch the much better looking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
9. Dragonball Evolution At best, the Dragonball movie is highly forgettable. It’s a horrible adaptation of a popular kid’s television series. The bizarre plot, bad acting, and worse special effects make you forget a pre-Shameless Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin starred in this flop. And yet, this trailer somewhat redeems it with a hilarious recap and calling Chow Yun-Fat "Crouching Tiger, Dead Career."
8. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace This trailer is so spot-on at both making fun of the film and making the trailer look 1980s cheesy. It points out the corniness of the plot, the horrible special effects, and the batty performance by Margot Kidder.
7. Prometheus Ridley Scott couldn't really decide if he wanted to make an Alien prequel or not with Prometheus. The film is wrought with frustrating plot-holes and unsympathetic characters.
6. The Matrix The Matrix is an amazing piece of film history... and yet, the sequels were horrifically bad. This trailer quantifies how bad the sequels are and has a hilarious AOL reference.
5. Star Trek J.J. Abrams did a decent job at rebooting the popular space franchise, but he really did leave us with a couple of major plot holes. The trailer also jabs that the film is pretty much Abrams’ reel for his upcoming Star Wars film.
4. Home Alone In the 20 years since this film came out, logic has become a major part of filmmaking. When rewatching the movie it’s a little hard to ignore the neglectful family members, torture porn moments, and the nostalgia of childhood in the 1980s and 1990s.
3. The Dark Knight Rises This movie has a ton of plot-holes, a confusing timeline, and not enough Batman. This trailer asks all the questions you wrestled with after watching and has a hilarious cast list including My Cocaine… er… Michael Caine.
2. Les Miserables This trailer pokes fun at the film having no dialogue by being entirely set to song. The best part is the trailer mimics the cast’s distinct singing voices to point out some of the craziest issues with the plot.
1. The Lord of the Rings This trailer is the best and most memorable by far. It points out all of the madness of Peter Jackson’s overwrought trilogy, the unpronounceable names, and the super low stakes. It also has the best cast list of any Honest Trailer so far.
I think we can all agree that the last two episodes of Lost Girl have been a little lackluster. A bird Fae and a weird French flashback are not the best adventures for our favorite supernatural crew. Luckily, this week marks a return to the funny, frisky, and Fae-tastic (not quite Buffy-ish) fantasy. There’s an appearance by Krampus, who is a blend of Tim Allen’s character in The Santa Clause and the Robot Santa on Futurama. He punishes the naughty with death but is still a sweet old man. But quite horny... literally, with two ram horns.
This episode begins with Bo channeling her inner sorority girl by washing her car in the most gratuitously sexual way. After all, nothing gets the grime like water freshly fallen off boobs. Check your car manual, it’s true. As per usual, Lauren and Dyson hope desperately to be her number one. They are really starting to bond. Given the sexual fluidity of the show, could they end up hooking up?
The gang is celebrating Yule. It’s like Fae Christmas, only they celebrate by getting utterly smashed and the only present is not getting killed. The gang seems to be overcompensating to show Bo they appreciate her. And yet, they ignore her.
Bo & Tamsin
Bo realizes she’s in a time loop because she keeps waking up in the car alone. At the party, a creepy Toad Fae with hallucinogenic sweat keeps hitting on her. She catches up with Bruce (Rob Archer), the best new character on the show by far. Tamsin plants a wet one on Bo and they realize they’re both Bill Murray in this scenario. They decide to enjoy a break from their usual brooding, until people start getting sucked into the 1970s wallpaper. It’s strange Bo isn’t defaulting to her instinct to run to Lauren, Dyson, or Kenzi. Instead she’s acting passive aggressive and wounded over the worry that they are ignoring her. This isn’t the self-assured, devil may care Bo we’ve grown to love. Tamsin gets sucked into a wall and Bo has to save her.
Kenzi & Hale
Meanwhile, Hale is taking advantage of time loop because he’s nervous about his first time with Kenzi. Hale needs it because he really has no game. He puts the dread in double entendre. Kenzi finds out he’s been taking advantage of the time loop but luckily he makes amends. This does not bode well. This relationship with Kenzi is softening the hard-ass we’ve seen in prior seasons. Is Hale losing his edge?
Lauren, Dyson, & Vex
Lauren shows Dyson a box she finds in the Dark Fae archives. It’s addressed to Bo and in her handwriting. They spend the entire party drunkenly fighting over who loves her the most to decide what to do with Bo’s box. Insert dirty jokes here. It is great to see Dyson and Lauren bonding because they love Bo but can’t really have a relationship with her. The only issue is this entire idea of their making decisions for Bo goes against her whole feminist superhero persona. It also seems like Bo would be super pissed to find out this debate even happened. All the same, drunk hijinks with Dyson, Lauren, and a corseted Vex are worth watching.
In Deep Krampus
With Tamsin in the clutches of Krampus, Bo and Hale are released from the time loop. Apparently, Krampus likes to trap yule fools in Groundhog Day to feed off their regrets. Who has more regrets than the now reformed Tamsin? Bo tracks down his lair, a candy factory in a gas station. Props to Krampus for taking advantage of rising gas prices. He is channeling Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka because he’s creepy, colorful, and very off-putting. Bo sacrifices herself to save Tamsin. She’s released when she embraces her fear about The Wanderer. Suddenly, the needy, co-dependent Bo makes sense. Tamsin confesses that she was part of Bo getting kidnapped and that The Wanderer is hardcore Bo gets home to find out she’s not allowed at a Light Fae party after midnight. This seems weird because it’s her apartment. She ends up alone with the mysterious box. Inside, it has the same dark smoke that kidnapped her.
Succu-Best Lines of the Night
"Bitch, I am the naughty list." –Bo’s free advertising.
"Enough, Stephenie Meyer!" –Kenzi’s response to Trick’s storytelling
"My Kenzi sense is tingling... it’s probably just gas.' –Kenzi’s idea of pillow talk
'She’s a sasquatch. She’s probably eaten like a thousand kittens." –Tamsin describing a party guest.
"Let’s figure out what to do with this package... and settle the enigma of the most boring threesome ever once and for all." –Vex’s take on Lauren and Dyson
"You’re my grandubbus. My succudaughter." –Drunk Trick
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The future can be scary, especially when all we have in the way of predictions are dystopian novels and movies. The genre creates worlds where issues like pollution, overpopulation, or crime are handled with some major human sacrifices. The upcoming film Divergent gives us a reality wherein a citizen must choose and nurture one defining aspect of his or her personality to define life (and wardrobe) from thereon out. As if being relegated to Power Rangers-inspired fashion choices isn’t bad enough, anyone with a slightly complex personality must be destroyed for the good of society.
Films have explored some fairly disturbing visions of the future. What makes them so scary is they often put a mirror up to an escalating human hardship. Here are just a few of the most disturbing and twisted dystopian futures. Check out the list!
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets here.
GALLERY: The Scariest Dystopias in Film
Gird your loins, drag lovers! RuPaul revealed on Watch What Happens Live that there will be a second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars. So who will be the lucky drag divas to get a second chance at the coveted crown? Last season featured a major twist — the girls play as teams. It’s entertaining but some fan faves get eliminated early while others get to ride the coattails of their more successful teammates. This new season should bring back girls who have major beef and let the fur fly. There is potential to have them work as teams or have to compete in similar challenges. Maybe they both have to make the same type of outfit or play the same role. It’s also a good opportunity to bring back girls who have shady television personas. Do they have a softer side?
Rebecca is the first queen accused of relying on her looks. She was a frontrunner of her season until she managed to alienate all of the remaining girls. She is infamous in Drag Race history and it would be nice to see her after all these years. The queens from Season 1 deserve a crack at the Drag Race that we have come to know and love. It also would be interesting to see how Rebecca does against other fishy queens.
Jade is one of the hottest queens in the show’s history, both in and out of drag. Her dance background makes her a contender for the music and talent challenges. Plus her body is amazing. She is sweet and well liked by the girls on her season. She also has a legendary beef with Rebecca that might make for some Real Housewives-level drama.
Tatianna is one of the fishiest queens of the entire franchise. There is a ton of friction between her and the other queens of her season. She is the first queen to be accused of relying on her looks and gets teased for her love of Britney Spears. She is a stunning performer. She won the first ever Snatch Game challenge and there is a ton of potential growth in the past few years. She also has the sex appeal, humor, and sharp tooth to be a major contender to win.
Morgan is often eclipsed by Raven the Susan Lucci of Drag Race. The two are best friends but Morgan is a majorly polished queen and a real contender to win. Certain missteps in her season kept her from showcasing her humor and amazing looks. She also did seem to be a bit cliquish and picked on queens like Mystique and Tatianna. However, her lip-synching performances off the show are legendary.
PhiPhi is like Helen of Troy. She’s beautiful and has the shade that launched a thousand ships. Her generally combative relationship with the other queens is a major reason behind her not winning her season. She has the distinction of assassinating her career on television. In her defense, she’s cute and young. She deserves a second chance to introduce America to a softer side. If not, she can provide some Omarosa-like tension to the season.
Not to blame PhiPhi for more things, but she is a little responsible for the harsh reply to Roxxxy Andrews. Roxxy has a bit of an edge. Her slightly combative relationship with future winner Jinkx Monsoon echoed the friction between PhiPhi and winner Sharon Needles. Roxxxy is really stunning and was an amazing performer. However, Season 5 did seem to be very performance based and allowed queens like Jinkx and Alaska to slide right into the finale. Roxxxy never had an issue with her outfits and is an accomplished. She is the only queen to take off her wig to reveal another wig! She deserves a chance at the crown without seeming like a bully.
It’s odd that Detox’s off-screen performances outshine her time on the show. She performs amazingly hilarious songs with Willam and Vicky Vox. She showed up to the reunion in black & white realness. She is the least outspoken member of Rulaskatox. Roxxxy is the most polished and Alaska is the funniest. And yet, Detox is the best of both worlds. She can be fabulous or funny.
Alaska has it all. She’s funny, uniquely beautiful, and the perfect blend of polished and punk rock. She has the reputation for auditioning for every season of Drag Race. If she returns to the show she can step out of Sharon Needles shadow and showcase her unique approach to drag. After all, she has her own bow-legged walk. She does have the makings of an all-star.
It’s unclear who will be open to return for All-Stars Season 2. Raven may return to try and get the crown. Ivy Winters is Ms. Congeniality of her season so she is bound to return. Here’s hoping Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards skip this season. Their on-again/off-again feud is like a 5-year-old after a day at Disneyland… tired. There is also a whole mess of season six queens who will make an appearance. These are our picks who do you think should be on the next season of All-Stars?
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Part of an actor's job is finding connections between himself and his character. Very few Hollywood actors can completely transform themselves; that’s why Meryl Streep wins all those Oscars. But even without Streep's legendary range, many actors have innately likable personalities, or fit snugly into specific types of characters perfectly. There’s an authenticity to playing a role that’s close to your personality, so we don't fault them. However, some actors seem to be phone it in, playing the same character in every movie, TV show, and even interview they do. There are a few big name stars who really need to step out of their comfort zones...
Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson is folksy, funny, and approachable. That’s why he’s seems to be in five movies each year. His IMDb page has enough titles to for him to market his own RedBox station. That being said, all his roles seem to be as the motherf***er you don’t want to mess with. His notorious use of profanity and overall bad mamma jamma status (he even played Shaft) have created a permanent place for him in Hollywood. No matter what his role, you wouldn’t be surprised if he broke out into a curse-filled rant. After all, he did record the audio for Go the F**k to Sleep.
Willis is known best for action movies, but unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, he can star in movies outside the genre. However, he has stuck pretty rigidly to the wise-talking hero with deadpan delivery and taglines galore. He always has some sort of law enforcement or military background, with few exceptions (notably as the star of The Sixth Sense, or as a bumbling alcoholic surgeon in Death Becomes Her). Can Willis play anything other than the serious hero with the occasional humorous line? Or will he be playing Detective John McClane at a nursing home in Die Hardly: Do Not Resuscitate? Check out his stone-faced delivery in these SNL Promos:
Heigl has created a niche for herself in romantic comedies. She’s also created a huge polarizing effect in Hollywood: you either love her or hate her. Part of that is her ability to be stunningly attractive yet laughingly smug. Any one of her characters will carry the veneer of good humor, but always with a dismissive attitude toward her love interest or the supporting characters. She tried to play working class screw-up in One for the Money , but didn't quite fit the bill — it seemed like 27 Dresses if the lead was an aspiring bail bondsman. Check out how her usual shtick takes squirrel form in this The Nut Job clip.
Everyone is familiar with how awkward Stewart is in interviews. However, why are all of her characters morose and uncomfortable, too? We accepted Bella Swan in Twilight an awkward teen, but then we got the same ordeal in Adventureland. And Snow White and the Huntsman. If Stewart were to play happy would a rift in the universe form and undo creation?
Deschanel has a stronghold on characters that know how to play the ukulele. Partly due to her big baby blues and distinct voice, Deschanel tends to play, to borrow from the SNL sketch, quirky girls. But is it too much to ask for her to play a character outside of her unique brand of hipster? It is a smart business plan for Deschanel to have a strong brand if she wants to sell '50s-style dresses, handcrafted ukuleles, or eye drops. But as an actor she seems to have painted herself into a corner. Could she ever play a high-powered criminal attorney on the run from mobsters? Or would the lawyer have to go undercover as a thrift store employee who plays the Theremin?
This week's episode of Lost Girl can be summed in two bizarre sentences:
Lauren helps Bo use a Kabbalah bracelet to hack into Dyson’s memories. They have to find a pair of Tom’s shoes that give you Wolverine claws.
No joke! That’s what happened. Luckily, as with most flashback episodes, it gives major origin and character development. Plus, Dyson hasn’t had as much screen time these past few weeks.
Last episode, Dyson was detained by the Una Mens. It seems like it was because he and Bo were sleeping together. The real reason is he allegedly murdered a bunch of humans and Fae. As stated earlier, Bo and Lauren try to find his alibi by entering his memories. But memory travel requires The Red String of Fate which bears a striking resemblance to Madonna’s favorite accessory. This episode brings back the hilarious Dark Fae oracle, Cassie (Vanessa Matsui). She was amazing in the episode “Dead Lucky” as a lollipop-sucking, twerking super Fae. And she did it before Miley.
In Dyson’s memories, Bo literally enters Dyson by reliving his experiences in his body. This opens up a world of double entendre. They go to 1899 France, which bears a striking resemblance to the Old West. Apparently, because Bo is merging with Dyson, their memories blur together and the cast play different roles in his past. Kenzi is a French bar maid, Vex is a bumbling French prince, and Trick is… Trick. Lauren is Dyson’s wood Fae love interest the creatively named Flora Bloom. Zoie Palmer showcases an amazing singing voice and some French vocal styling.
This episode has a lot of bizarre throuple vibes. Lauren and Dyson have seemed to embrace each other as family. Bo has sex with her version Lauren while in Dyson’s body. It makes for a metaphysical three-way. It seems like the writers are just guiding everyone towards television’s first polyamorous relationship. That scratching sound is One Million Moms trying to figure out how to sign a petition on America Online.
The plot of the episode is pretty formulaic. As expected, Bo gets stuck and Lauren saves her. In an interesting twist, Bo rescues Dyson and Kenzi. What’s really juicy is this episode fills in a lot of Dyson and Trick history. We’ve only seen Dyson as the loyal werewolf soldier who gets separated from his pack. He spent the rest of his time as a con-man and a philanderer. Trick even gets his nickname from Dyson sarcastically shrinking the name Fitzpatrick McCorrigan. It’s also revealed that Dyson helped Trick form the Fae community we know and love.
The episode ends with some pretty major questions. The Wander is still being referenced but no one can really place how or why they know his name. The Una Mens are super untrustworthy and are responsible for crimes Dyson was tried for. In their hunt for the Helskór, which are a pair of Tom’s shoes that turn you into a killing machine... unless you’re a worthy warrior. Bo and Kenzi point out that Trick has been shockingly unhelpful in The Wanderer and Una Mens drama. Could this be a clue? Here’s hoping the Wanderer isn’t Trick. Because that would mean that he slept with his daughter so Bo could be his all-powerful mate. Also, the Big Bad question remains: is it the Una Mens or The Wanderer?
SuccuBest Lines of the Episode
"Latin is a dead language!" –Kenzi in response to a monk dying
"Heartwarming. What’s next? Soy candles and a little Tegan and Sarah?" –Cassie the Oracle
"Imminent death, hair-frizzing humidity... yeah, what a snoozefest." –Kenzi
"It stinks here! Dear Period France. Wash!" –Cassie
"I always thought I’d go motel poolside. A twizzler in one hand and Liam Neeson in the other." –Kenzi’s ideal death
Television is really ripe for parody, and web series like Burning Love and Children's Hospital are rising up to satirize all of our network staples. Rob Corddry creates a hilarious send-up of medical drama that pokes fun at the likes of Grey's Anatomy, ER, Scrubs, and Patch Adams.
The doctors at Children's Hospital spend more time focused on their love lives and personal problems than on the juvenile patients in their care. Sound familiar? Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell), later replaced by Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Akerman), gives a Grey’s Anatomy-style narration that pokes fun at the pretension and self-absorption of medical drama leads. Corddry plays Dr. Blake Downs, a surgeon who only uses "the healing power of laughter." The best character is by far Megan Mullally as the Chief, whose crutches and walker parody Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) of ER.
Each episode is comprised of one or two "episodes" of the web series. They include a "Previously On" reel of random intercut scenes that escalate a lot of the soap operatic plotlines of these shows. For example, Dr. Black gets into a relationship with a child with advanced aging disease played by Nick Kroll.
Corddry proves his real genius by penning a series that blends parody but still has its own unique spin. Not only does it borrow heavily from the genre, but it also manages to incorporate a blend of irreverent humor, the occasional offensive joke, and a lot of physical gags. There also is a meta-fictional element, with the characters occasionally breaking out of the hospital reality to reveal themselves as actors on the series Children’s Hospital. Corddry, for example, gives interviews before and after episodes as actor Cutter Spindell, and even gets his own spin-off that subsequently fails in enough time for him to return to CH.
A bonus: there are tons of cameos on the series. Quite a few members of The State pop up on the show. Ken Marino and David Wain are regular cast members and Joe LoTruglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney have made cameos as well as other comic actors like Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera, and John Hamm.
Not only is the series funny and addictive, it's also short. You can get away with watching an episode or a few episodes when you have some time to kill. Luckily the first two seasons are available on Netflix.