What did Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' final reunion show teach us? Apparently what they say is true: all you need to do is say "I'm sorry." Yawn.
Most of the arguing centered around Lisa and Brandi. Brandi, your husband is remarried and yes, Scheana works for Lisa. Get over it or get off the show. We felt bad for you in the beginning, but now we’re tired of your tears. And sure, they can't fire Scheana for sleeping with Eddie years ago, but they don’t have to invite her to the same parties as Brandi so she can show off her new engagement ring. We see right through your British accent, Lisa — money doesn’t buy class, try and get some. Either way, she apologized, said that seeing Brandi sad made her sad, and we're sure the two will be friends again next season (as long as Lisa doesn't go dress shopping with Scheana).
Lisa also saw the power of "I'm sorry" with Kyle because after going back and forth about whether bringing up the tabloids was right or wrong for about 15 minutes (and the whole season), the whole situation was seemingly rectified by an apology. Lisa, you can say you were bringing up the cheating rumors to "diminish it" over and over again but every time we watch you tell Ken that you can't be 100% sure of anything so they could be true, we see bad intentions and a bad friend.
The highlight of the show: Giggy. We love you, Giggy and your pilgrim outfit. As for you, Ken... we couldn’t care less. You can apologize, say you like Brandi, claim that didn’t mean what you said after seeing her cry, but you’re just as boring as the rest of the crew. Call the girls stupid, call them pretty, as long as you keep bringing Jiggy, we’ll allow you to continue on the show.
Who will continue on to the next season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Well, we don’t know that yet, but we're betting that all the girls, minus one witch of L.A., will grace the screen with their presence...
We open with a montage of the girls' exercise routines throughout the series. We have to hear Joyce say, again, that she doesn’t exercise frequently and eats whatever she wants. We wonder why her plate has always been full of food?
The first question for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion show comes from Santa Monica and involves plastic surgery. The girls seem to answer honestly. Until the host calls Brandi out for having bigger cheeks every time he sees her, which she bashfully denies. We’d like to know why she sounded as though her wisdom teeth had been removed throughout the entire series? Dental surgery gone wrong?
Carlton has apparently used witchcraft her entire life. Light, dark, fun, not so fun. We revisit the Bee murder; was it really Kyle who killed it? Yes, was there ever a question? No. But is Kyle a hypocrite? Hmmm...
Kim and Lisa finally have it out. As much as we don’t want to, we somewhat favor Kim. Brandi and Joyce go head to head. As much as we don’t want to, we favor Joyce. Yolanda continues to take Brandi’s side and upsell her perfect model daughter. Gag.
The reunion has more excitement and drama than all the episodes combined. Ditch Carlton next season, add a little more of Jiggy, improve our opinion of Lisa, and cut Joyce’s hair, than we’ll be happy.
It’s hard to end such a complicated series, or so we thought. Apparently, the most conflicted show on television can be summed up in one sentence, "There is only one story, light vs darkness."
Marty and Rust find one of the killers and unmask the pedophile ring to the mass media. In the process Rust gets stabbed by Errol, the man with the face scars, and Marty gets an ax in the chest. Yet, they persevere. Rust shoots Errol in the head, which is the biggest surprise of all. We expected a torture scene or at least an unfair fight. But we got nothing. Just a couple of injuries, a few tears from each detective, and zero explanation about anything.
We could say that the show was wrapped up quite nicely, the bad guy is dead, the good guys prevail. Just as Rust says when looking at the stars he believes that light is winning against darkness. But we don’t see how that’s possible. There’s still a ring of pedophiles who weren’t caught, a slew of dead children, and honestly, the night sky seems darker than ever.
It was a nice attempt at an end, but we don’t feel wrapped up. Maybe the show should’ve lasted another hour, or maybe that would’ve prolonged the inevitably disappointing ending. Guess we’ll never know.
We’d like to say this week's episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills packs as much punch as last week's, but unfortunately, this is not the case. It seems the girls, even with the alienation of Lisa, can’t give us what we need.
Lisa and Ken leave Puerto Rico before the start of the next day, making another argument out of the question. The remainder of the girls get along fabulously, in the way they always do after they collectively decide one of them has been a lying b**ch.
Vacation can’t last forever, no matter how rich or famous you are. Kim and Yolanda go to opposite sides of the country to drop their daughters off at college. Yolanda heads to New York and Kim drives down to San Diego.
But where is Carlton? We hear your cries, fellow fans! Carlton has been helping Lisa feel less abandoned with her advice on mean girls, as well as continuing the ritual of picking her children up from school every day. When we woke up from our boredom-induced sleep we realized the episode was almost over.
The highlight? Brandi’s average looking parents met Yolanda and her husband David. And what did Brandi do for her father on his birthday? Other than tell the entire country how intimated and insecure being around wealth makes him. She bought them a new car.
Predictions-Kyle’s daughter loses her first big girl earring.-Lisa buys Kyle’s daughter a beautiful real diamond earring.-Kim buys an apartment and moves to San Diego.-Carlton casts a spell on the entire cast of Housewives. They become nice girls who don’t wear make up or high heeled shoes and volunteer for the Peace Corps.
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With Divergent's debut just around the corner, we’d be remiss not to bring up the butt-kicking prowess of Shailene Woodley's Tris Prior. In what looks like to be the best super woman movie to release this year, we tip our hats to Tris and say thank you for facing your fears and standing up for your imperiled society. That being said, we’ve decided to go one step further. We’ve created a list of a few of the women who have done the same for their societies. The super women of the big screen.
The AvengersBlack Widow. Yes, she was hot, but more than hot she was seriously badass. When we first encounter her in The Avengers, she is midway through an interrogated by a few Russian men. Her hands are bound behind her back, and all seems lost. But we quickly learn that she's had the upper hand the whole time, and before you know it she’s beaten everyone to a pulp and is out the door.
Kick AssHit-Girl. She’s young, like really young, but don’t let this fool you. When that 11-year-old girl puts on her purple wig she transforms from a child to one of the most kickass women we’ve ever seen on the big screen. She’s good with a gun, a knife, a crossbow, and sometimes at her best when she’s unarmed. Two thumbs up to Hit-Girl, who only uses her powers against the evilest of evil men.
HannaHanna Heller. This little kook is another badass young girl we can't let slip the cracks in this list. She’s been trained since the ago of two in the art of combat. She can fend off even the most daunting resistance with her bare hands, and she does so every chance she gets.
Who is your favorite female action hero?
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
True Detective doesn’t skip a beat. Marty and Rust begin the show in the bar where they left off. Turns out Rust was in Alaska until 2010, when he returned to Louisiana to pay his ‘debt.’ He asks for Marty for help, to which Marty replies, ‘If you were drowning, I’d throw you a barbell.’ In the end, Marty goes to Rust’s storage space. What he finds out shocks not only him, but us as well.
We knew Rust had information that would prove the Tuttle’s to be guilty, we weren’t shocked over the photos, the info, not even the video he played for Marty. What shocked us what Marty’s outright indignation over the contents of the video. He truly is a moral man. Sure, we’re seen him cheat on his wife, drink himself under the table, and lie to the police, we also see his outright disgust over child abuse. It was a little surprising.
As the writers of True Detective gear us up for the final episode we see the pieces begin to fall together. Marty is finally willing to assist Rust in his investigation, he has all the proof he needs to be in this with his whole heart. Marty visits his wife to say his informal goodbye and she visits Rust to ask that he doesn’t let Marty get hurt. His response is no, he will no longer lie to her about her ex-husband.
After meeting with another Ledoux and the Tuttle’s housekeeper, they see one common thread in this story. The consistent is a large man with scars all over his face, once described as a ‘spaghetti monster.’ They know he is the man they’re looking for.
Another blast from the past, Steve, a previous detective in their unit. He’s currently the Sheriff in Iberia so they know he won’t be getting into any trouble any time soon- like ever. The plan, torture Steve into telling what he knows. Or so we think. Our fingers are crossed that the next episode starts where this one ends. Was that a man with scars on his face our modern day detectives asked for directions? What is Steve going to admit in the back of the boat with Rust’s gun pointed at his head? Are they going to tie up the Yellow King, will there be justice for the mass disappearances of women and children? Fingers crossed that True Detective ends with answers, not more questions.
Here we go again. What’s on the ticket for this episode? A trip to Puerto Rico, fun, sunshine, and NO drama. Oh, and no pity party for Joyce either. Remember that! No pity party! Her dad just died. No pity party!
Joyce fits right in, explaining the noises in the wild and the cheese in the eggs. The complete opposite of Lisa: Jiggy's dog's bathroom is bigger than the bathroom she and her husband Ken have to share on this trip. She basically says she didn’t come on vacation to watch Ken s**t.
Before the first night is even over, the drama unfolds. It’s the prettiest drama we’ve seen yet. The Puerto Rican beaches are absolutely stunning, white sand and blue water. A perfect backdrop to a not so perfect debate between Yolanda, and Lisa, and Brandi. And then Kim. And surprise surprise, Kyle joins in.
All of a sudden, in one fell swoop, all of the girls have turned their backs on Lisa. She has been wronging them, strategically, through out this entire season. On the bus to dinner, Lisa asks Brandi what’s going on and instead of answering in an intelligent adult manner, she says, "Ask Scheanna."
The dinner plays out the same that every dinner has since been. It starts friendly, somewhat, and ends in yelling. But for the first time in Housewives history, it’s Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken who get bullied and pushed away from the table. And for another first, we see Princess Lisa so stressed she cries and smokes cigarettes.
But what about Joyce? How did she avoid all the drama? Fortunately for her she was left out of this argument, having spent the entire day with her very average looking mother. Our hearts soften as we watch Joyce pet her mother’s head and beg her to move in with her. It’s hard to see Joyce as the annoying hair-flipping girl that we know her to be when she’s in such a vulnerable state.
Turns out Brandi was lying about Lisa and the tabloids. Brandi is blacklisted from Hollywood.
Jiggy and Kim pack each other in a suitcase and get shipped back to Puerto Rico, where they enjoy a stress- and drama-free vacation together. #Jiggy&Kim
Kyle's husband is accused of cheating again. Don't worry, Mauricio, she doesn't listen to them this time either!
Hello, 2002 Louisiana. It’s nice to finally get to know you. This episode of True Detective opens with a flashback to the fateful year, with a gradually balding Marty Hart getting ready to beat the s**t out of the two 18-year-olds who slept with his high school aged daughter. And beat the s**t out of him he does. Clearly, Marty has not changed much since 1995. Think back on what he did when Lisa, the first woman we saw him cheat on his wife with, took home another man. He beat down her door and threatened the man with violence. He’s "protecting his manhood" by way of tearing down the men who take what he sees as his women.
We follow Marty to The Fox and Hound pub, carrying tampons he bought presumably for his wife and daughters. Enter Beth (Lili Simmons), and our memories are stretched to the second episode when Marty and Rust Cohle visited the whorehouse that housed underaged girls. In 2002, Beth is legal and smoking hot to boot. And what does Marty do? He buys her drinks, goes to her house, and returns to his adulterous form.
While Marty is sleeping with a younger version of his wife, Rust continues his investigation into the Dora Lange case. Rust finds more cases of missing children along the coast, cases that weren’t seen as criminal. He pays a visit to the old revival tent preacher, Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham), and finds out the man quit the trade because he stumbled across child pornography in the church's possession. When Joel brought up the photos to local religious institution kingpin Billy Lee Tuttle (Jay O. Sanders), he sidestepped the issue and tried to blame the photos on the preacher.
Rust visits Kelly Rita (December Ensminger), the young woman he and Marty rescued from Reggie LeDoux’s drug compound when she was just a girl. She comes out of her catatonic state to scream about the face of the man who held her captive. Again in this episode we see a juxtaposition between the two detectives. On the one hand, Marty is sleeping with the girl who was a child prostitute — does anyone remember how disgusted he was by the child prostitution ring? On the other, the child Rust visits is weak and fragile, without the benefits of Beth's veneer of strength. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t both equally vulnerable and equally in need of some serious therapy.
Back to 2012: the present detectives bring in Maggie, now divorced from Marty. This is the first time we see the story from her perspective. In 2002, she finds a nearly naked photo of Beth in her husband's phone, and reacts quite interestingly. She calmly goes downstairs, watches her children with a look of pride as their obvious dislike of their father is apparent, and remains calm with him. The detectives ask her about Rust, and all she has are positive things to say about him.
Rust visits the famous Tuttle. He beats around the bush through their interview; at the end of their chat, Rust admits he’s working on a case about dead children and women, but earns no information. They part ways congenially, and it’s not until Rust returns to the station and is suspended without pay that we hear how unhappy Tuttle was about the interview.
We’ve now followed Maggie to a bar where she orders the same drink as Beth — a dirty vodka martini — and approach a younger man. But the next time we see Maggie, she's at Rust's front door, bottle of wine in hand. She lets herself in and says she knows Marty is cheating again, and asks Rust if he knew as well. He denies it, but we can't imagine that the master sleuth Rust really had no idea.
And then what we’ve been anticipating this entire season finally happens. But it isn’t some deep love affair between the two. Maggie seduces Rust, but the sex is almost impossible to watch. We know why, Rust knows why, and she admits why. Marty will never forgive her for sleeping with his partner. She needed this way out.
The show ends the way it began, with Marty fighting for his honor. He and Rust really go at it outside the station house, the fight ending with Rust quitting the job and terminating his partnership with Marty.
One last time, we return to 2012. Marty has finally walked out of the interview. If Rust is what the detectives are insinuating him to be, a cold-hearted killer, the newly stoic Marty won’t hear any of it, and won’t help them in their quest for the truth.
Sex, lies, fights, betrayal. We are finally seeing True Detective take form. We watch as everything begins to make sense, while there is still so much to learn. This episode closes with 2012 Marty driving away from the station house and a truck honking wildly behind him. He pulls to the side of the road and waits for his old partner Rust to approach the car, asking him to follow him to the bar for a long overdue conversation.
Dammit, this is going to be the longest week ever.
Continuing on with the witchcraft theme, this week's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills shows Carlton shopping around at a Wiccan store and talking about how she keeps a crystal in her bra to bounce off her negativity. Yolanda meets Carlton at the store where she learns about candles that tell the future.
Kyle and Joyce sip tea together while Kyle fills Joyce in on the dramatic dinner party with Carlton. Kyle is convinced that Carlton put a spell on her computer because the desktop randomly switched from family photos to negative words like "bigot" and "larva." The two decide to exclude Carlton from their trip to Puerto Rico, even though everyone else is going.
Yolanda visits her ex-husband Mohamed’s house to help with the going away party. Mohamed questions Yolanda’s outfit while her husband David says she looks "cute" which is why he and Yolanda are still married.
Brandi begins to suspect something that we pray isn’t true: Did Lisa know that Scheana was sleeping with Brandi’s husband when Brandi was pregnant? We really hope not, we love Lisa, but all that love would disappear in one second if that were true.
Carlton makes an active decision to ignore Kyle, even when they almost have to sit together at dinner. Luckily her husband is there to take the seat! Gigi gives a heartfelt speech, followed by one from Yolanda. Everyone cries... or are those just tears of boredom?
Yolanda asks Brandi why Carlton isn’t involved in the Puerto Rican trip and Brandi says because of the drama she started with Kyle. For the first time in Housewives history, Brandi sides with Kyle.
Kyle asks Brandi to give Carlton the matching ring to the necklace Kyle previously gave to Carlton as a peace offering. Lisa and Brandi attempt to give the ring as another peace offering, but Carlton won’t accept it, saying that it means nothing if Kyle can’t give it to her herself. "If anybody gets anybody to do their dirty work, that would be Kyle," says Carlton.
Kyle and Lisa go shopping for Puerto Rico. We find out that Joyce wasn’t at the party because her dad died. Yolanda and Brandi question cancelling the trip, but Joyce demands the trip go on. Now Kyle just needs a bikini.
This season, The CW introduces a new series: Star Crossed, a human/alien romance that might affect more than just the two parties involved. Titus Makin Jr., one of the show's stars, talks about the upcoming program and playing an Earthling surrounded by extraterrestrials, and the show's "funny guy."
What can you tell us about your character on the CW’s new show Star Crossed?
I play the character of Lukas Parnell. He's a human in this new alien-filled world and best friend of Emery, played by Aimee Teegarden. Lukas plays the role of the tech-savvy, charismatic comedic relief of the very intense dramatic scenarios that arise during the season. He does have his share of drama, but really tries to focus on the positive things within this world of new struggles and obstacles.
Do you relate to him in any way?
I relate to Lukas in many ways. I love that he and I are both very optimistic and joyful people. He also has a very keen sense of fashion. I love being someone who really appreciates male fashion. We are different in the sense of our technology knowledge. There are words and phrases that I had to learn as Lukas that I had never heard of before, but it helped me grow as a person and actor through the process.
What is it like on set?
The set is amazing, the cast and crew are so kind and it makes for such a smooth filming process. Pranks are pulled constantly, we like to print out funny pictures of one another and hang them on each other's dressing room doors.
How is it working with actors like Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, and Grey Damon, to name a few?
It's amazing working with them, they are all extremely talented actors who have been in the business much longer than myself, so I'm constantly learning from them and growing as a new family member of "young Hollywood"
Does everyone get along well? Any stories you can share about the cast/crew?
Everybody genuinely gets along wonderfully. It's great that there is no drama on the set and everyone is mature and handles any situation with respect towards the other person. We are constantly in mass text chains with each other while we’re not filming.
The basis of the show is teen romance, but it is obvious just by the trailer that there is a deeper meaning underneath the show. Differences between people can cause huge rifts in community and relationships. How does it feel to be a part of a show with a deeper meaning, one that could be considered controversial?
I think it's great to be part of a potentially controversial project because it really makes people listen and focus on how we can change for the better as a whole. The story takes place in the future but there is not only a lot of action, but it deals with some serious things that relate to modern-day time, such as racism and acceptance in many facets.
What’s next for Titus Makin Jr.?
I've been able to take the time to get back into my music this New Year, which is extremely exciting for me. I've been able to sit down and do some writing, in expectance for an acoustic set I'm performing this upcoming month at The House of Blues in Hollywood on Feb. 12. I'm also hoping and praying that the shows ratings are great and people are tuning in so we could be cleared for a second season!