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  • You Know That 'Dexter' Finale You Hated? Producer Says It Was Showtime's Fault
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    Showtime Warning: The following article contains spoilers to that terrible, terrible Dexter finale. If you thought Dexter the friendly serial killer would receive some comeuppance for the eight seasons that he strolled around Miami Dade County, dealing out his own brand of vigilante justice, you thought wrong. Faithful Dexter fans were greeted to a series finale that saw our favorite bloodspatter expert sailing out into a hurricane, only to find new life as a grisly mountain man in a cabin. Many were disappointed with the rather toothless way the Dexter writers decided to end the character's story, but the producer is now throwing blame at the network. In a recent interview with Vulture, Dexter producer John Goldwyn said that Showtime had prohibited them from killing Dexter in the final episode. Goldwyn said, "They won't let us kill him… Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.' There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close. People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn't have the size and the ferocity of the fan base for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following." While of course the Dexter writers should have been given complete creative freedom with regards to how to handle the ending of the show and the fate of its its titular character, there must have been a better way to end the series while keeping Dexter alive than giving him a beard and throwing him into a forest. I mean, seriously. He's a lumberjack, and that's not okay. More:'Breaking Bad' Series Finale: The Perfect GoodbyeBad Green Screen in 'Dexter' Season Finale'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Season 5 Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino Brings 'Walking Stories' to Life as a Web Series
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    Ferragamo/Facebook Director Luca Guadagnino is preparing to dip his toes into something a little different. The acclaimed Italian filmmaker, whose last feature film I Am Love starred Tilda Swinton, has just launched the first segment of Walking Stories, an eight-part web series starring Kaya Scodelario, Lauren Hutton, and Tom Ellis. The first part in the ongoing series features the chance encounter of two long lost college friends who have obviously led very different lives after leaving school. Sarah looks like a Bohemian free spirit with a penchant for drawing on her body parts while her friend seems more focused on the upscale living and material things. The first episode ends on a cliffhanger after Sarah's friend asks her how exactly she ended up in Florence in the first place. Judging from the trailer and the first part of the series, Walking Stories seems like a light and funny romantic comedy with a European flair.  Watch the trailer and the first episode below: More:Bryan Cranston is Heading to BroadwayTom Hanks has DiabetesWhat Does 'Gravity' Say About American Audiences Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Did Tom Hanks' Acting Career Lead to Diabetes?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    FayesVision/WENN On last night's Late Show with David Letterman, America's best friend Tom Hanks revealed that he has been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. The always affable Hanks softened the blow by laughing off his condition, joking that after years of battling high blood sugar, he had "graduated" to the more serious condition. In a report from CBS, Dr. Holly Phillips suggested that Hanks' work as an actor might have contributed to his development of the disease. Hanks has had an illustrious career that has required him to transform his body for certain films. He had to lose dramatic amounts of weight for roles in Philadelphia and Cast Away while gaining weight for films like A League of Their Own and Catch Me If You Can. These extreme and sudden fluctuations in weight may have led to his development of the disease at an older age. Type 2 diabetes is a very manageable disease, and provided Hanks takes care of himself, he can live a perfectly normal life. Even amidst the news of his condition, it's comforting to see Hanks and his trademark charisma lighting up the room. The actor goes on to inform Letterman that his doctor told him that he could effectively reverse the condition by slimming down to his high school weight, to which Hanks replied, with the perfect dose of snark: "Well, then, I'm gonna have Type-2 Diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school... I weighed 96 pounds in high school." Only Hanks could tell us he has a disease and brighten our days in the same conversation. More:Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips' TrailerTom Hanks and Emma Thompson in 'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterBryan Cranston Headed to Broadway Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Hurry Up and Tweet!: Nielsen Is Ranking TV Shows Based on Twitter Activity
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 07, 2013
    Steve Garfield/flickr Being a television fan is a particular kind of struggle. When your favorite show gets canceled, most times, there's no closure or proper ending. Plot threads are left dangling, stories go unfinished, and character arcs go uncompleted. It's like you're in the middle of a book, and all of a sudden, all copies of that book immediatly burst into flames. leaving you to mull over the ashes. While it might feel helpless at times, using your Twitter account may just save your favorite shows from an untimely death. Twitter and Nielsen released their first rankings for their joint TV ranking list based on the amount of Twitter chatter gleaned by a television show. Unsurprisingly, the rankings look nothing like the official Nielsen rankings. 1. AMC, Breaking Bad, 9.28 million2. NBC, The Voice (Monday), 3.84 million3. ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live (Thursday), 3.40 million4. ABC, Dancing with the Stars, 3.20 million5. ESPN, SEC Storied, 2.93 million6. ABC, Grey's Anatomy, 2.84 million7. NBC, The Voice (Tuesday), 2.77 million8. Fox, Glee, 2.73 million9. CBS, How I Met Your Mother, 2.55 million10. Fox, The X Factor, 2.09 million The list shows a huge disparity between what Nielsen says people are watching, and what people are talking about on social media. Breaking Bad was the undisputed king of twitter last week, amassing 9.28 million conversations on Twitter. This is interesting because the finale didn't even break the top 20 shows on the official Nielsen ratings. In fact, the only shows to appear on both lists are Dancing With The Stars and The Voice.  Different shows lend themselves to social media conversations more than others. An event like the final episode of Breaking Bad would naturally light the Twittersphere on fire while an episode of NCIS would only have a tiny Twitter presence, even though the latest NCIS had twice the number of viewers as the Breaking Bad finale. Obviously, it would be a terrible idea to base TV viewership numbers solely on Twitter conversations, but the new ratings do give us an idea about the kind of buzz a show gets, and what kind of shows send people flocking to their Twitter accounts to read or create their own reactions.  Moreover, the Twitter ranking would finally give a voice to the millions of television watchers who are not counted in the Nielsen ratings. While Nielsen only takes a very tiny sample of television viewers and applies that to the larger television viewing audience, the new Twitter rankings would allow people to show their love for a TV show in a measurable way that the networks can actually view and appreciate. This is certainly an interesting development for critics of the Nielsen model of counting television viewership. So if your favorite show is in ratings trouble, hashtag like your life depended on it. It just might give it a second chance at life. More:Netflix is Eliminating 'Breaking Bad' Spoilers with New Twitter App'Breaking Bad' Finale Gets 10.3 Million ViewersOur Ten Favorite Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Analyzing Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Films of 2013
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 07, 2013
    Daniel Tanner/WENN The list of Quentin Tarantino’s top 10 films of the year is an annual delight that always manages to baffle. This year's list follows the trend of feeling sort of insane yet completely expected with it's gonzo mix of genre flicks, highly praised festival favorites, and some of the worst reviewed movies of the past 12 months. It surely doesn't resemble any sane person's list, but it does feel like the sort of crazy compilation that Tarantino would create. With this year's list, we’ve separated the films into five different categories of varying Tarantino-ness. Quintessential QuentinThe Lone RangerKick-Ass 2 These two films are classic Tarantino picks. One is an absurd, action-packed Western that bombed critically and commercially at the box office, while the other was a comic book superhero romp filled with almost Django-levels of bloodsplatter, and an arch villain named "The Motherf**ker." Yep, these definitely belong on a Tarantino list. Pretty Darn TarantinoThe ConjuringGravity We can definitely see the love Tarantino had for these two flicks. The inner film-luddite in him must have gushed at The Conjuring and its use of practical effect scares, while Gravity uses both practical and computer generated imagery to create a dazzling vision of space. Yeah, We Can See ThatThis Is The EndAfternoon Delight While our believability is beginning to stretch a bit, we can definitiely see why Tarantino loved these two films, as Afternoon Delight's quirky and somewhat depraved stripper-at-home premise, and This Is The End's apocalyptic-stoner brand of comedy are definitley his brand of raucous, perverse comedy. Not So TarantinoBefore MidnightDrinking Buddies Ok, now we're scratching our heads a bit. We wouldn't expect Quentin to go for these genre-subverting romances, as there's not much of that Tarantino zing in either film. But hey, the man likes what he likes. And we could see Ethan Hawke or Olivia Wilde headlining one of his wild epics. Are We Sure This Is the Guy Who Made Kill Bill?Frances HaBlue Jasmine Wait, what? We have no idea what falls in the middle part of the Venn diagram comparing Tarantino to these two projects. There isn't a Katana, a trunk shot, or copious amounts of gratuitous violence anywhere in these movies. Quentin apparently watches a ton of indie dramas when he's not making explosive revisionist Westerns. Who knew? More:The Top 5 Tarantino Cameos'Gravity' Review: An Unbelievable Emotional Experience'Django Unchained' Review Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Shirtless Aaron Eckhart Is What Passes for Monstrous in 'I, Frankenstein' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 04, 2013
    Lionsgate Maybe we're a bunch of crotchety old people, but the new trailer for I, Frankenstein, looks nothing like the 19th century gothic horror classic that we all pretended to read in high school. We certainly don’t remember Frankenstein's monster surfing on top subway trains (or maybe that Sparknotes summary had more holes than we thought).  At least there's a logical reason for these disparities: I, Frankenstein draws from the graphic novel that it's based on rather than Mary Shelley's original novel. Kevin Grevioux, the author of the graphic novel, also wrote the screenplay for the film. This continuation of the Frankenstein lore features a handsomely scarred Aaron Eckhart, stitched together with various parts of murdered Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue models, fighting off gargoyle monsters that explode into fiery tendrils.  He also found time, in between the monster vanquishing to go to the nearest Hot Topic and buy the perfect hoodie that symbolizes all of his immortal angst. One that he takes off quite frequently to show off that hot bod. More:The Evolution of the Monster Movie'Dracula' Ropes in 'Game of Thrones' and 'Les Mis' Stars'The Crow' Finds Leading Man In Very Brave 'Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Follow @Michael Arbeiter // | Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Nathan Fillion Pop-Pop-Pops Up in Season 5 of 'Community'
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 04, 2013
    WENN Greendale Community College is getting a visit from a familiar browncoat. According to Deadline, Castle and Firefly star Nathan Fillion is slated to guest star in the upcoming season of Community. Fillion will play Bob Waite, a politically savvy head custodian who battles Annie (Alison Brie) and Professor Hickey (fellow guest star Jonathan Banks) for Greendale supremacy. Community's brand of topsy turvy meta plots make for the perfect venue for Fillion's geeky IMDB profile. We never knew we wanted a Firefly-inspired paintball episode so completely until we heard that Mal Reynolds would be taking a couple extra-curriculars in his spare time. Fillion is actually a huge fan of the show. The actor visited the set last year and spent time hanging out with the cast. Fillion's guest role follows the news that Jonathan Banks (star of the recently wrapped up Breaking Bad), will be appearing as a guest star as well. Hopefully, these two actors attract the attention of their previous show's fan bases and increase Community's paltry ratings. More:'Parks and Rec' Recap: The Pawnee-Eagletown Tip-Off Classic'Community' is Where 'Breaking Bad' Characters Go to Die'Community' Reunion in 'Hot Tob Time Machine 2' Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Everyone Double-Crosses Everyone in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 04, 2013
    Airport novel racks across the globe are standing at half mast this week. Tom Clancy, the king of the American spy thriller, sadly passed away on Tuesday. But even after his death, his legacy in film lives on in movies like the newest Chris Pine actioner Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. In the new trailer, Pine takes over the role of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst working undercover for a sleazy billionaire with an even sleazier European accent (Kenneth Branagh, also the film's director). When Jack discovers a terrorist plot that threatens to dismantle the world's economy, he is forced out of his cozy office and must become a full-fledged field agent under the guidance of his handler (Kevin Costner). Keira Knightley also stars as Jack’s wife who finds herself pulled inexplicably into the depths of covert intrigue. Paramount Pictures The trailer is buzzing with tons of frenetic action and a lot of slick spy machinations. I’m expecting at least four double-crosses and at least three characters to reveal themselves to be double agents by the time the credits roll. More:Kevin Costner to Star in 'Midnight Delivery'Kevin Costner to Assemble Clancy Characters 'Avengers' StyleChris Pine is Being Cast in Everything Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Six places to get your 'Breaking Bad' Fix
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 03, 2013
    Univision Did you wake up this morning drenched in your own sweat and feeling a clawing need for both fantastic cable drama and Bryan Cranston's bald head. We sure did! Here at Hollywood.com, we've been suffering with an awful case of Breaking Bad withdrawal, and while locking Vince Gilligan in a basement and forcing him to write more episodes did flutter through our minds, that would be kinda illegal. Since we can’t have and more pure, uncut 96% purity Breaking Bad, letls look at other options to get our fix. RJ Mitte in Switched at BirthRJ Mitte will continue having breakfast, but this time on ABC Family's drama Switched at Birth. He will play Cambell, a med-student who is paralyzed by a snowboarding accident. MetástasisUnivision is creating a Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad. If you’re a fan of the original, you can already see some familiar scenes and situations from the show, only with slightly different accents. In the Univision version, Walter White is named Walter Blanco (clearly going for subtlety here) and Jesse Pinkman will be Jose Miguel Rosas. Bob Odenkirk in The Birthday BoysBetter Call Saul is still a long way off, but we can still enjoy everyone's favorite bus bench lawyer in Bob Odenkirk's new sketch-comedy show The Birthday Boy. You can check out the first episode in full before it premieres. Betsy Brandt in The Michael J. Fox ShowBetsy Brandt, who played our favorite slightly annoying spouse in Breaking Bad, plays a slightly annoying spouse on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show. Betsy's new gig has her playing opposite Micheal J. Fox, who plays a legendary news reporter that returns to work after battling Parkinsons and getting fed up with his wife's poor knowledge of geology. Dean Norris in The ConselorASAC Hank Shrader is appearing in the new Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. In the film, a lawyer played by Michael Fassbender gets in over his head when he gets involved in a drug-trafficking operation. Hopefully Dean Norris is playing an alternate version of Hank. Bryan Cranston as Lex Luther (maybe)When the rumor that Bryan Cranston had been cast as Lex Luther in the new Batman/Superman film popped up a few weeks ago, the internet exploded in excitement at the mere suggestion. The rumor has been since debunked but we're holding out hope that someone at WB finds the good sense to drive a truck full of money and a pair of hair clippers to Bryan Cranston's house. Cranston playing a bald genius egomaniac? It's literally perfect. More:The Post-'Breaking Bad' Survival Guide'Breaking Bad' Recap: FelinaFox Renews 'Sleepy Hollow' After 2 Episodes Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Season 4 of 'Wilfred' Will Be Its Last
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 03, 2013
    Prashant Gupta/FX FX's man-in-dog-suit comedy, Wilfred is coming to an end. After wrapping up its fourth season next year, the comedy-drama will be taken out to the barn and laid to rest Old Yeller-style, most likely due catching a particularly rabid case of "not enough people watching." The show's ratings in its third season were significantly lower than its series premiere which broke ratings records for the network, securing 2.55 million viewers. Wilfred is based on an Australian series of the same name and features actor Jason Gann reprising his role as the titular pot smoking and foul-mouthed canine alongside Elijah Wood. The show will wrap up with a final 10-episode season to close off lose ends, and finish the show with a definitive ending, a privilege many struggling programs don't get. The final season will air on FX's new comedy-focused channel FXX. While the news is sad for Wilfred fans, we do hear that all dogs go to heaven, or at least DVD aisles. More:'Bob's Burgers:Why the Belcher's are TV's Most Relatable Family.'American Psycho' Series Coming to FXWatch The New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Featurette Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)