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  • NBC Sidelines 'Parks and Recreation' for Most of the Rest of the Year
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 21, 2013
    NBC It’s a sad day for the people of Pawnee. In a seriously Eagleton-like move, NBC has sidelined Parks and Recreation until November 14, and will replace the upcoming episodes with a repeat of The Voice on October 24, an SNL clip show on Halloween, and finally, a live episode of The Voice on November 7. When the show does return in November, it will air back-to back episodes for two weeks before disappearing again all the way until January 9.  NBC is burning through its new shows like a historical Indiana fire and the network is scrambling to save what has been a disastrous TV season. Two of its new shows, Welcome to the Family and Ironside, have already been cancelled, while Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show continue to underperform. In the desperation to save face and ratings, Parks and Recreation has gotten lost in the shuffle.  NBC knows that the audience for Parks and Rec has grown as big as it ever will, and is banking that ratings juggernauts like The Voice will help attract viewers to the fledgling Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox Show. While this move makes good business sense, it is a bit of a disservice to fans that have been consistently tuning in to what has become one of NBC’s highest rated comedies. NBC knows that Park and Rec's small yet reliable audience will follow the show to whatever date or time slot it's dropped into, so it's not worried about delaying it for the rest of the year. It's unfortunate that the network is willing to play keep-away with one of its most critically acclaimed shows in order to save new programs which are, at this point, pretty much dead in the water. NBC should do whatever it can to protect its shows, but not at the expense of the show that has carried the network's Thursday night lineup on its back for the past couple seasons. It's like Li'l Sebastion has died all over again. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'Boy Meets World' Stars Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong Got Married This Weekend!
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 21, 2013
    ABC/Getty Hey Boy Meets World fans, Topanga and Shawn got married over the weekend! ... Except not in the way you were hoping. In a cute coincidence, Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel both happened to get married to different people over the same weekend. Strong married long-time girlfriend Alexandra Barreto in a camp-themed ceremony in Oregon. The weekend wedding included festivities like a talent show and a rope course while guest accommodations included bunk beds. Fishel, on the other hand, married Tim Belusko in a more scaled-back event in Los Angeles that the actress' rep told People was "short and sweet." Unfortunately, this isn't some alternate version of the '90s sitcom where Cory falls in a ditch to never be seen again, and years of repressed feelings lead to love between Shawn and Topanga. Some Boy Meets World fan fiction sites got really excited for a minute there. The big question is: whose wedding did Ben Savage attend?  Fishel and Savage will reprise their roles in the Boy Meets World Spin-off, Girl Meets World, which will follow the adventures of Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley Matthews. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • How Has Technology Made The Spy Game Easier?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 18, 2013
    DreamWorks Julian Assange brought the world of espionage to its knees with a new brand of spying. Whereas in the early days of James Bond you needed a truckload of fancy gadgets, now the cloud is the ultimate tool of the spy trade. Assange only needs a few taps on a keyboard to do more work than 007 could do in a week with any fast car or silenced pistol. This all means that being a spy is probably loads easier nowadays thanks to all the cool technology we have lying around. You don't even have to go anywhere, or do any of that tough secret agent stuff like fighting other spies or sneaking around in vents. So what fictional spies' jobs would be easier if they took place in 2013? Get SmartMaxwell Smart, the bungling secret agent behind the original Get Smart television series, used to use the incredibly unwieldy communication device known as the shoe phone in order to communicate secret messages. But it's a long time since the swinging '60s and these days, an agent probably has about 12 different micro-communication devices hidden all across his person, none of which involve lifting their shoe to your their to use. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyIn Tinker, Talor, Soldier, Spy, George Smiley is tasked with finding a double agent buried deep within the senior management of MI6. While this took forever back in George Smiley's era, nowadays, whoever the mole turned out to be would have definitely slipped up and posted some sort of incriminating evidence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, or any other one of the innumerable social networks we use to blast our secrets across the World Wide Web. The Lives of OthersIn 1980s East Germany, Gerd Wiesler is tasked with spying on a playwright and his wife, so he bugs his apartment with numerous microphones and other surveillance equipment before hiding away in an attic to observe their lives. But if the Berlin Wall never fell, and this story happened today, there would be no need to bug the apartment because everyone is completely surrounded by cameras at every waking moment. Our cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets make government spying amazingly easy. Mr. and Mrs. SmithBrad and Angelina would have figured out each other’s secret lives as secret agents a lot quicker if Facebook was widely used back in 2005. Think of how many relationships were destroyed thanks to Mark Zuckerberg's social media network. That movie would have ended a lot sooner. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Lydia from 'Breaking Bad' Is Coming to ABC in 'The Black Box'
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 18, 2013
    Ursula Coyote/AMC Breaking Bad has a number of great villains swirling around the Albuquerque desert, but few were as entertaining as the tea-sipping Lydia. She is pure evil in a grey pantsuit, and would easily have her enemies dispatched while taking in a soothing slurp of herbal tea (sweetened with Stevia of course). Now, the actress behind the character, Laura Fraser, has joined ABC’s upcoming series The Black Box, TV Line reports. We're excited to see an actor as talented as Fraser continue to find work in this post-Breaking Bad world we now inhabit, but we're also hoping, in the irrational parts of our brains, that she might make some kind of appearance in the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.  Breaking Bad  creator Vince Gilligan said he would like to have Breaking Bad stars make cameos in the new show so lets keep hope alive. Let's also push down nagging questions like "Does that make sense chronologically?" deep into our guts where they can't interfere with our reckless TV wishes. The Black Box is a limited series that focuses on Elizabeth Black (Kelly Reilly), a gifted Neuroscientist who struggles with mental illness. We’re hoping that Fraser brings her own version of 100 percent naturally sweetened evil to ABC's upcoming drama. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'Short Term 12' Breakout Star Brie Larson in Talks for 'The Gambler'
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 18, 2013
    Didier Messens/Getty According to Deadline, Brie Larson is in negotiations to star in the upcoming remake of The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg. The original 1974 flick was based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and tells the story of a literary professor that suffers from a crippling gambling addiction. The original film garnered James Caan a Golden Globe nod for his performance. Brie Larson has been a surefire bet for Hollywood as of late, starring in a number of projects that display her versatility as an actress. She received raves for her role as a social worker in Short Term 12, and has appeared in comedies like 21 Jump street and Don Jon. She even visited Greendale Community College for a season 4 episode of Community. Along with Larson, Jessica Lange is also being considered for a role in the film. Lange is already doling out a weekly dose of scares on her FX drama series American Horror Story. The legendary actress will help add even more acting prowess to a film that seems to be culling performers from all over the cinematic landscape. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, and Others Join Guillermo del Toro's Animated Comedy
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 17, 2013
    WENN According to The Hollywood Reporter, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Christina Applegate will star in Book of Life, an animated feature from the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro. Jorge Gutierrez is directing Book of Life, which centers around Manolo, a young man who embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must brave his biggest fears. The cast also includes Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman (duh!), and a bevy of actors including Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, and Ana de la Reguera. Given the cast and the information released about the film, it seems that the feature is going to have a rich Latin flair. It is also being reported that the film will offer a fresh take on current pop songs. Del Toro is known for his ability to create impressive and imaginative visuals with gothic undertones. We’re excited to see what a visionary director can do with a full-length animated movie, especially after watching his creepy Simpsons opener that still has us checking under the couch for monsters. Even though del Toro is only producing, we're positive that his vision and influence will spill into all aspects of production. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Review: 'Escape Plan' Is Mildly Entertaining But Trapped in the Past
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 17, 2013
    Summit Escape Plan is the newest film that tries to turn up the '80s nostalgia. It brings together Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone for a prison escape movie that manages to be a mildly entertaining call-back to the fun actioners of a bygone era, but it never manages to achieve anything beyond that. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a man who specializes in breaking out of the country's toughest prisons, always seeming to have a thick deck of Deus ex Machinas on hand whenever he needs to devise an escape attempt. Ray is approached for one last job, to break out of a secret, high tech facility called "The Tomb," which has been deemed impossible to escape from. Even though everything about the offer feels as shady as can be, Breslin agrees but quickly finds that someone is interested in keeping him locked up for good. He then enlists fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help him plan the impossible escape. Stallone is a serviceable lead but he's surrounded by a cast that seems to be having a lot more fun than he is, including Schwarzenegger, who plays inmate Rottmayer with fun sense of sarcasm and the glut of the film's best one-liners. Jim Caviezel also impresses as warden Hobbs, a quirkily evil man in a finely crafted suit. He possesses the menacing charm of a man who has all aspects of his life under expertly tailored control. This is his castle and he dares you to break out of it. Stallone's seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of every single fact in existence leads to an escape attempt that is somehow preposterous and predictable at the same time. Months of planning lead up to an escape attempt that you could have thought of in about five minutes, but that you wouldn't ever try it because you'd get caught right away. We've definitely seen it before, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing. The film still manages to be entertaining thanks to the cast. Escape Plan manages to outdo other films like The Expendables by keeping its focus small. It centers around two main characters, and feels less contrived and manufactured than The Expendables, which just gathered up as many aging action stars and wrote the thin wisps of a plot to hold itself together in a bloated mess of adrenaline. Escape Plan feels more like a movie than a publicity stunt and it actually emulates a decent blood-soaked product of the Reagan era… for better or worse. Summit But Escape Plan could never be great movie because its ambitions are aimed too low. It simply wants to emulate the great 80’s action movies and do nothing more. While it feels like a somewhat close recreation, cinema has moved on a long time ago. The film doesn’t try to turn the genre on its head, or do anything other than copy what came before it. There are moments where the film excites and thrills, but those moments are mostly callbacks to older and better movies, where the actors were younger, and could carry off the action more convincingly. This also begs the question of just how old are we supposed to think the two leads are? Everyone’s age is showing, and with each cinematic romp through 80’s action clichés, it becomes a little less believable that these guys could perform the kinds of action scenes were supposed to believe they’re preforming. Stallone’s gait looks stiff and ragged, and it is at times impossible to believe that Arnold is a prison tough guy that can dispatch dozens of muscle-bound criminals without breaking a sweat. The suspension of disbelief is stretched paper-thin; instead of feeling like a triumphant return to the past, which it only manages to be at points, Escape Plan feels like a showcase of actors well past their prime struggling to hold on to the poses and personas that made them famous as their bodies slowly betray them. The best aspect of Escape Plan is that it's a horrendously stupid movie that knows just how horrendously stupid it is, and it revels in that fact. It follows every tenet of dumb action movie logic to a T, but it does so with confidence and cheek. Even as you're sitting three steps ahead of the movie, you're waiting for it to catch up with a slight nostalgic smile, rather than sitting there bored. The problem is that it never becomes anything more than a traced copy of what came before it. The two aging leads bring everything they have to the table, but everything they have is looking weathered and starting to fray at the edges. 2.5/5 Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • C-3PO Himself Hints at a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role — Why Do We Love the Droids So Much?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 16, 2013
    20th Century Fox As if we needed any confirmation: Mr. Tall, Gold, and Shiny himself, C-3PO, will apparently be involved in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. At New York Comic Con, Anthony Daniels, the actor that has played the droid in every Star Wars movie to date, let slip some clandestine knowledge about the upcoming sequel. When asked about how important it is to be the only actor to appear in all six films, Daniels replied, "Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel… six whatever." Daniel’s betraying tongue gives us enough info to suggest that C-3PO will most likely be in the new film, and if C-3PO is there then you can bet your blaster that R2-D2 will be in tow. You can't ever separate the dynamic droid duo. But why is it important that these two characters remain such a big part of the franchise? In a galaxy far, far away, even as the debris of Alderaan washes across space, and as the mighty empire buckles under the weight of the rebel forces, C-3PO and R2-D2 have remained the steady constants in an ever-changing Star Wars universe. The two droids simultaneously remain a part of the ongoing plot of the series, but also function as outsiders looking in. They do participate in a lot of the action, but they also have fewer, or at least removed, stakes in the series. Star Wars has always been the Skywalkers' story — Anakin's, then Luke's (chronologically) — so when those stories come to their natural conclusions, the two droids can still serve as the link that chains together every era of the series. Even as the faces of Star Wars age and change, R2-D2 and C-3PO will always be symbols that automatically trigger thoughts of lightsabers, X-Wings, and John Williams' sweeping score in the minds of fans. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Zac Efron Mixes Raunch and Sentiment in 'That Awkward Moment' Red-Band Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 16, 2013
    We’re not falling for it, Zac. We’re smarter than that. You can’t take Nicholas Sparks novel, drench it in a vat of testosterone, and call it a raunchy comedy for guys. It’s just doesn’t work that way. That's exactly what Zac Efron and director and writer Tom Gormican are attempting with his new comedy That Awkward Moment. The film stars Efron, Michael B. Jordan, (who is clearly trying to win points for the Oscar race here), and Miles Teller, three dude-bros that swear off love after one of them is dumped. Single life is totes sweet and full of hijinks until all three of them fall into relationships that threaten to break their promise to each other. Efron and company are trying pull the wool over our eyes with a genre-bending ruse. The trailer absolutely screams raunchy comedy but it also whispers the sweet nothings of romance into our ears. Stealthily running under the surface of all the sex jokes and naked Viagra gags, there's a sentimental love story begging us to believe in love again, ... but we refuse to believe in love, not again. Yahoo Movies/YouTube It seems that Zac and company are trying to make a romantic film that they think will appeal to men, or maybe even a romantic raunch-fest that they think both men and women would enjoy together. With this movie, it seems like the filmmakers are trying to break out of limiting categories that seperate supposed "guy movies" and "girl movies," and mashing them together into something else entirely, a feat that a film like Judd Apatow's Knocked Up managed succesfully. We’re getting equal parts romance and shirtless Zac Efron for the ladies, and an extended “rock out with your cock out” joke so the guys can laugh at the two hallmarks male-targeted humor, simple rhyming and penises. But really, who says guys can't enjoy a little romance too. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd Up for 'Ant-Man' — Who's Your Pick?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 15, 2013
    Universal/Warner Bros Ant-Man is easily one of the most interesting super hero flicks on the cinematic horizon, and we're eagerly awaiting to see Edgar Wright's energetic vision of the super hero epic. Now that some early casting rumors have bubbled up, our excitement has nearly quadrupled in size. Variety is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are the two clear front runners to play the role of Hank Pym and his spandexed alter-ego Ant-Man. Pym is an enigma in the Marvel Universe. He is simultaneously a genius scientist and one of the most troubled and controversial heroes in the Marvel's version of New York. He has a checkered history and unstable personality. This depth of character makes him a fan favorite in comic book circles, and for these reasons, the perfect actor needs to be cast to portray the hero. Both these actors would be great in the role, but who would really shrink themselves into the perfect embodiment of Ant-Man? First up is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. JGL has a rakish and youthful charm that enlivens any scene he's in. He has a great sense of comedic timing and the idea of Gordon-Levitt and Edgar Wright working together just feels like an event that should have happened years ago. While JGL might make a great Hank Pym, he wouldn't make the greatest Hank Pym. He has almost all the requirements but he's just a little too young for the part. He's also a little overexposed in the supergero genre, having already played Robin in the The Dark Knight Rises and been mentioned as a contestant for so many possible Marvel characters. All of these contribute to the simple fact that... Paul Rudd is perfect for the part. He's almost like an older version of JGL anyway, so it works out in a kind of time travel comic book plot contrivance sort of way. Rudd has quite a few more years under his belt which a portrayal of Hank Pym needs. He's a character that has been through a lot, and he needs to look like he's seen some serious stuff in his lifetime. But Rudd still has a youthfulness about him even as he approaches his mid 40s, and he still has a good amount of weathering to make his character more believable. Rudd also has an everyman sensibility to him that can help him stand out as a foil next to the dashingly handsome and super powered lineup that dots the other fims in the Marvel canon. Paul Rudd is both the Ant-Man we need and the one we deserve. Who's your pick for Pym? Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //