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  • 'Bend It Like Beckham' Is the Perfect World Cup Kick-Off Movie
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 12, 2014
    20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection Every four years, the world comes together for an international celebration of patriotism, skill and sport in the World Cup. The 2014 tournament kicks off Thursday afternoon in Brazil with an elaborate opening ceremony and an exciting match between the home country and Croatia. But if you’re looking to start the celebrations early – or you’re looking for something a little less intense for your first venture into watching the beautiful game – there are plenty of great soccer movies to tide you over until the game begins. However, there is one in particular that we’d recommend above all others, a film with heart, humor and an underdog story for the ages: Bend it Like Beckham. It’s easy to write off Bend it Like Beckham as another cheesy teen movie. The references from 2002 are now completely dated, the film relies on a lot of common films tropes, and things can get a little too sentimental at times. You’ve probably seen a million films about a teenage girl who pursues her dreams despite her family’s disapproval, and even though the story of Jess (Parminder Nagra) attempting to balance her love of soccer with her Punjabi Shikh parents’ expectations of her doesn’t break any new ground, it does result in a film that is both relatable and entertaining. It’s clear that writer/director Gurinder Chadha loves her characters, and that they, in turn, all love each other. Jess’ conflict isn’t about escaping from neglectful or abusive parents, it’s about finding a way to go after he dreams without hurting them in the process. Her relationship with her best friend Jules (Keria Knightley) is able to overcome any obstacle because they understand and care about each other, and they’re willing to stick by each other through everything. They don’t just become friends because of soccer, they genuinely love each other and have fun together, just like real best friends. Thanks to Nagra’s performance, Jess is complex, interesting and honest. She’s not just struggling with her place in the world and dealing with the pressures that her family and culture have placed on her. She’s goofy and sarcastic with her friends, she’s there for her sister and her team when they need her. Jess is exactly the kind of person you’d want to be friends with – in fact, you probably already have a good friend just like her. But for all its similarities to a typical teen movie, with Jess’ struggle to balance both aspects of her life, Bend it Like Beckham is fundamentally about soccer. It’s got everything a great sports movie requires: a compelling underdog story, characters overcoming obstacles, both internal and external, a coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe) who pushes the lead to be the best she can be, a team coming together to triumph, and friendship. It deals with cultural identity, it looks at the bond between teammates, it has a message about sports bringing people together and helping them overcome their differences. Bend it Like Beckham is also a female-fronted sports movie, which is all too rare in Hollywood. There are montages of the team training, in which the focus in on how strong and skilled these women are, and there are discussions about the way society perceives women who are focused on their sport, rather than shopping and dating. The first soccer scene in the film shows Jess handily beating the neighborhood boys at a game in the park, effortlessly out-running and out-maneuvering them. It’s part of our introduction to who she is and the passion she has for the game, but it’s also an important moment outside of the film, if only because it’s so rare to see onscreen, especially with the way the boys admire her talent. Just like the movie doesn’t shy away from looking at the way Jess and Jules have to contend with traditional gender roles and societal expectations, it’s also not afraid to deal with cultural issues and prejudices as well. An opponent calls Jess a slur during a match, her parents feel that girls shouldn’t play soccer because it’s inappropriate and immodest, and there are scenes that showcase Indian customs and traditions, but don’t treat them as something exotic or unusual. All of those various elements come together, like they do in all great sports movies, thanks to one climatic final game. Jess leaves her sister’s wedding, and helps her team win, having found a way to support both her family and her team. It’s a local tournament, but it’s as tense as a World Cup final because you’ve grown to care about these characters, so when they triumph, you feel their joy. Bend it Like Beckham isn’t the most hardcore or heart wrenching of sports movies, nor does it have the highest stakes. It is, however, responsible for helping a generation of American teenagers discover the game of soccer and to see David Beckham as more than just “Posh Spice’s husband.” More importantly, it’s also a funny, touching, relatable film about friends, family and football. And that makes it the perfect way to celebrate the World Cup – or to get to know the basics about the sport everyone will spend the next few weeks talking about. Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • How Is Kristen Wiig the First Woman From 'SNL' to Direct a Movie?
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 12, 2014
    Universal Pictures via Everett Collection Get your fresh-squeezed pink lemonade and don’t forget to take a puppy on the way out: the follow-up to Bridesmaids is on its way. Kristen Wiig and co-writer and creative partner Annie Mumolo revealed Wednesday to the New York Times that they’re beginning work on a new film, which will see the pair play best friends who “find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” The film, which as of right now has neither a title nor a tentative release date, will also center around a town called Vista Del Mar, and is slated to become Wiig’s directorial debut. In a statement about the project, Wiig revealed that she has been interested in stepping behind the camera for some time now, and felt that this project is the perfect opportunity for her first go. But this film wouldn’t just mark Wiig’s directorial debut; it would also mark the first time that a female cast member on Saturday Night Live has helmed a feature film.  Though former featured player Laura Kightlinger directed the 2003 documentary 60 Spins Around the Sun, a picture about the career of comedian Randy Credico, none of the women from the historic series has managed to make the jump over to narrative film directing in the last 40 years. However, many male regulars have moved behind the camera – everyone from Bill Murray to Harry Shearer to Chris Rock to Ben Stiller has directed movies, many of which are critically-acclaimed. While directors in general tend to be overwhelmingly male, it’s most surprising that SNL, a show which has a reputation for producing multi-hyphenate artists who are adept at a number of skills and genres, still has yet to produce a female director from among its ranks of repertory players. After all, plenty of those actors are household names by the time that they leave the show. They spend most of their time on SNL heavily involved in the creative process, developing and writing their own material week in and week out, and often help make decisions about costuming, staging, and performance choices. All of those experiences and talents would lend themselves to directing. We'd expect many performers and writers with experiences in these fields to gravitate behind the camera at some point. So, why, then have so few of SNL’s female performers made the jump? Despite the success of female-fronted and written films like Bridesmaids, it’s still much harder for women in Hollywood to get projects greenlit by studios than it is for men. Studios still assume that male audiences don’t want to see films about or for women, even though many female-fronted comedies over the last few years have gone on to become some of the most successful films of all time. Bridesmaids is the seventh highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever made, and yet the industry still treats its success as an anomaly that won’t be repeated. Considering how difficult it has been for many of the women on SNL to break into film as performers, it makes sense that they’d struggle even more to get a directing project financed. Still, there is some hope that things will get better soon. Tri-Star Entertainment trusting Wiig to direct her follow-up to Bridesmaids – a film that is under a great deal of pressure, since Wiig and Mumolo rightly refused to make a unnecessary sequel – is a major sign of confidence not only in Wiig, but in women-fronted films in general. It may only be possible because of her first project’s massive success, but it’s still a major step forward, especially since studios have begun to trust other women-centric comedies to female directors, like Elizabeth Banks and Pitch Perfect 2. There are also a few SNL alums making their directorial debuts on TV shows, like Amy Poehler, who has helmed episodes of Parks and Recreation and Broad City, and that experience will help convince studios to hire more women on their projects. Not to mention plenty of women who, like Wiig, have often-stated an interest in directing (both Poehler and Tina Fey have expressed the desire to tackle a film soon), and more big-name performers stepping behind the scenes will help open the door for women who might not be as instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, though, studios still see female-fronted and -directed films as a risk, which makes it difficult for women to break into different roles. It’s depressing that Wiig, despite becoming a household name thanks to her time on Saturday Night Live, is the first female cast member to make the jump to directing. The show produces plenty of multi-talented women, and between the clout and name-recognition that SNL gives them, their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and situations, and the way audiences are begging for more female-centric films, hiring more of those women to follow in Wiig’s footsteps would be a risk worth taking.   Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Celebrate the World Cup with David Beckham and More Highlights
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 11, 2014
    WENN Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com Bare it like Beckham!Celebrate the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12 with the only reason you started paying attention to soccer in the first place: shirtless David Beckham. Celebuzz has a gallery of all of Becks' best semi-dressed moments.  Your newest guilty pleasure TV show awaits... Once you've run through the new season of Orange is the New Black, you'll need something a little lighter and a lot campier to recover from your marathon, and ABC Family is just the place to take the edge off. Flavorwire runs down the hidden gems of the network, and the best shows you'll never admit to watching.  "My conductor don't want none unless you've got trombones, hon." Sure, Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" is a one of the best songs of the '90s, but you know what would make it even better? A full symphony orchestra on backup. VH1 has video of the rapper pefroming the updated classic, along with other great covers you might have missed.  Queen Bey Vs. Kim K: Who Reigns Supreme? Is Beyonce's picture day ponytail cuter than Kim Kardashian's fancy white bow? Just in time for #ThrowbackThursday, Hollywood.com grades the biggest stars on Instagram to see who has the more fabulous flashback photos.  Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Modern Scientific Questions for the 'Magic School Bus' Reboot to Answer
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 11, 2014
    Scholastic Entertainment/PBS Kids Seatbelts everyone! In an attempt to rescue everyone from the drudgery of normal field trips, Netflix has acquired a new series based on the Magic School Bus books, which will be available for streaming by 2016. According to the New York Times, the new show, Magic School Bus 360° will feature a modernized Ms. Frizzle – though we assume the glowing earrings will stick around – and will tackle scientific questions and topics that affect modern students. The show will also incorporate the advancements in technology that have occurred since the show went off the air in 1997, featuring robotics like Carlos’ “Smart Suit,” which “determines his body’s vital signs instantly” – which is likely less about modern technology than it is the result of someone suing Ms. Frizzle for going inside their digestive system without permission. But while robots and smart suits are a good place to start, there are a lot more scientific questions that affect us every day. After all, things are a lot different now than they were in the mid-to-late ‘90s, and so the new series should reflect those changes, which is why we've come up with some ideas of our own for important scientific questions that Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the Magic School Bus can answer. You're welcome, Netflix.  What does “eating clean” even mean? Arnold’s lunch keeps giving him a stomach ache, and Phoebe thinks that all of the junk food he’s eating might be making him sick, and recommends that he start “eating clean” like they did at her old school. Arnold is skeptical, so Ms. Frizzle takes the class inside both his and Phoebe’s digestive systems so he can see the difference for himself. Gwyneth Paltrow guest stars. Where can I get the best WiFi connection? Ralphie got a new smart phone for his birthday, and won’t go anywhere that doesn’t have a WiFi connection. When he refuses to go outside for recess because the playground’s connection is patchy, Ms. Frizzle decides to teach Ralphie about the way wireless internet travels, though everyone is frustrated by the fact that the bus only has dial-up. Is stress going to kill me? The school has a big standardized test coming up, and Dorothy Ann is freaking out about it. Ms. Frizzle, worried about D.A.’s spontaneous crying jags and the way she’s mainlining coffee, decides to take the class into her brain to study the effects that stress can have on the nervous system, and to teach them how to manage their hectic nine-year-old lives. What makes something go viral? Carlos is obsessed with dumb viral videos, but when he tries filming one of his own, he’s disappointed ot find that he’s not getting as many views as he wants. He asks Ms. Frizzle for her advice, and together, the class analyzes Internet trends and viewing patterns in order to help Carlos get the online fame he so desperately craves. How can we prove that fossils are real? Arnold’s annoying cousin Janet comes to visit on the day that the class is studying dinosaurs. When she reveals that she doesn’t believe fossils are real, but rather placed there by the Devil to trick the 24-hour media cycle into believing his lies, Ms. Frizzle teaches the class about carbon dating and takes them on a journey through time to watch the fossils form. When will global warming wipe out humanity? Tim and Wanda are tasked with coming up with arguments for and against global warming before their debate tournament, but the rest of the class gets caught up in their preparations, and soon everyone is taking different sides. To settle the argument so Tim and Wanda don’t miss the bus, Ms. Frizzle takes them through different parts of the ecosystem to learn whether global warming is the real deal or just a myth. What’s the best way to take a flattering selfie? Keesha’s become obsessed with documenting her life on Instagram – what she had for lunch, what she wore that day, what insane adventure they’re going on – but she’s still having trouble figuring out her angles, and her selfies never come out the way she wants them to. Ms. Frizzle teaches the class about the effects that lighting and composition can have on a picture, so they can take the perfect selfie. The episode ends with the class recreating Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscars picture. How many television episodes is it healthy to binge-watch in one sitting? Ms. Frizzle notices that the class seems more sluggish lately, and when they reveal that they’ve all been staying up late to catch up on the new season of Yellow Is the New Bus, she decides to teach them about the importance of moderation with a trip into the brain to visit the pleasure center and see the effects of binge-watching first-hand. How do we make our crystal meth better than everyone else’s? After she receives a shocking cancer diagnosis, Ms. Frizzle decides to turn to the drug trade to pay her medical bills so that she doesn’t have to sell the bus. She teaches the class basic chemistry and economics as they work together to create a new kind of meth and soon they become the most notorious drug kingpins in the country.   Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Comparing the Two Different 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Cartoons from 1993
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 11, 2014
    Sega It seems that Hollywood’s recent penchant for nostalgia has finally paid off for video game fans. Sony and Marza Animation Planet announced on Tuesday that a Sonic the Hedgehog feature film will be racing into theaters sometime soon. According to Entertainment Weekly, a live action/CGI hybrid film – think The Smurfs, but without Neil Patrick Harris – is in the works, and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux have been tasked with writing the script.  Since the project is still in its earliest stages, not much is known about what the plot will entail or what kind of tone the film will have, although it has been revealed that Dr. Robotnik/Eggman will be the villain of the piece, naturally. Between the numerous video games, comic books, and animated series, Susser and Robichaux will have plenty of sources to draw on, but the best place to look for inspiration would be Sonic’s two iconic cartoons: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog. However, though both shows have attracted a cult following, they’re drastically different in tone and substance. So, which one will make the best feature film? We’ve weighed the options: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Premise: The shows follows Sonic and his good friend Tails on their madcap adventures as they attempt to stop Dr. Robotnik and his robot minions Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts from taking over the island of Mobius.   Tone: Goofy, weird, lacking in anything like continuity and filled with catch-phrases and random gags. Basically, it’s everything you’d expect from a typical Saturday morning cartoon. Theme Song: It’s fun and up-beat, and even a little catchy, but the lack of lyrics definitely hurt it. Best Part: It’s really funny. Sure, there are strange jokes about chili dogs and an overabundance of catchphrases, but the zany humor of the show holds up, even if you’re no longer watching it in your pajamas with a bowl of cereal. Never underestimate the power of a well-timed sight gag or a transparent disguise that none of the characters can see through. Plus, Sonic is voiced by Jaleel White.Worst Part: It makes no sense whatsoever. The jokes are bizarre and sometimes completely nonsensical, and there’s an entire episode that warns against hiding in dryers. It was a show clearly designed to appeal to the short attentions spans of children, and so it attempts to pack as much insanity into every moment at the expense of things like logic.   How This Would Work As a Movie: The madcap humor and goofy nature of the show would definitely appeal to children, and even though it’s usually pretty bizarre, the humor should help keep parents entertained as well. However, Susser and Robichaux would need to give the plots a lot more substance in order to keep the film from feeling like an extended series of unrelated jokes. The adventures are fun, but they’re all goofy and unrelated, so the writers would need to find a way to raise the stakes for a film as well. Sonic the Hedgehog a.k.a Sonic SatAM Premise: After Dr. Robotnik and his assistant Snively have taken over the planet Mobius in the 33rd century with an army of robot soldiers, Sonic and his gang of Freedom Fighters band together to fight back against Robotnik’s enslavement of the planet and attempt to rescue his uncle, Sir Charles Hedgehog. Tone: It’s a serious, dark show that does away with the wacky adventures of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in favor of a long-running plot. Basically, it’s the kind of exciting adventure show that you would have watched every day after school. Theme Song: It’s catchy and exciting, but ultimately doesn’t stand up to the great cartoon theme songs of the day. Best Part: The plot. Centering a children’s cartoon – which aired amid the candy-colored, madcap insanity of Saturday morning cartoons – on a post-apocalyptic fight against a dictator who has enslaved a planet is ambitious. It was such an intricately-plotted show that it impacted almost every part of the Sonic universe, and inspired a decades-long run of comic books. Also, Sonic is again voiced by Jaleel White. Worst Part: It’s dense. While the plot gives the adventures some high stakes and keeps things exciting, the detailed universe can be difficult for smaller kids to follow, and it leaves less room for jokes and weirdness. How This Would Work As A Movie: Thanks to its long-lasting legacy, the Freedom Fighters would be the perfect subject matter for a full-length film, and it would provide plenty of blockbuster action and adventure to attract both children and adults. However, a lot of the elements could get pretty dark when translated to the big screen, which could keep smaller kids and their families away from the theater, and so Susser and Robichaux would need to add a bit more humor to this version of Mobius in order to add some levity and keep things from getting too complicated. Winner: Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic SatAM Though the plot is a lot darker and more intense than you'd expect from a Saturday morning cartoon, the fact that it has a plot means there's a lot more for Susser and Robichaux to draw from, which should make for a better movie. As long as they throw a few jokes in there to keep things from getting too heavy, it should all work out - and we happen to know just the show for an endless supply of Sonic the Hedgehog jokes.  Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Ranking the Many Movie Beards of Hugh Jackman
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 10, 2014
    It takes a lot of effort for Hugh Jackman to look anything less than handsome at all times. Sure, there’s the occasional awkward running picture or a bad haircut for a period film, but for the most part, his dashing good looks prevail. However, nothing tests that theory quite like a dramatic new look, like the bald-head-with-full-beard that he’s currently rocking for his role as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s upcoming film Pan. Jackman unveiled a picture of himself and his newly shorn head on Tuesday morning, and while we’re still torn on his new haircut, there’s no doubt that Jackman can pull off a pirate beard like very few others could. After all, Jackman has a lot more experience with film-required facial hair than almost anyone in Hollywood. So, the real question here isn't whether Jackman still looks good with his new look - of course he does! - but whether this beard is better than all of the other movie beards that the triple-threat has grown over the years. Sure, it belongs to a legendary pirate, but is it better than the iconic Wolverine mutton chops? How about his scraggly convict look from Les Miserables? In order to prove, once and for all, which Jackman beard reigns supreme, we've ranked the actor's many movie beards.  WENN 7. Mountain Man Logan in The Wolverine You'd think it would be impossible to make Wolverine, one of the hottest superheroes of all time, unattractive, but it turns out that all it takes is the combination of a scraggly, unruly beard and some limp, greasy hair extensions.  Palace Films 6. Wace in Erkinsville Kings While Jackman's doing his best to make that patchy goatee work, it's just too uneven and awkwardly grown to properly highlight those cheekbones. Plus, it makes him look old and haggard, which are two words that should never be used to describe him.  Universal Pictures via Everett Collection 5. Jean Valjean in Les Miserables If you consider that the prison Valjean spent 15 years locked away in mot likely didn't have things like razors, running water or the concept of basic grooming, the resulting beard isn't actually that bad.  Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection 4. Keller Dover in Prisoners It's not the best movie beard that Jackman has ever worn, but do you really want to be the one to tell that guy to shave it off? He'll probably strangle you if you even think anything bad about his facial hair.  Instagram/thehughjackman 3. Blackbeard in Pan Not since Johnny Depp put gold fronts on his teeth to play Jack Sparrow has an actor gone from "regular guy" to "full-blown pirate" so quickly. And Jackman didn't even need any extensions.  20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection 2. Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men films It might seem blasphemous to deny Jackman's most iconic character the top spot, but when you really stop and think about it, that mutton chop/chin beard hybrid is pretty stupid-looking. It's a testament to Jackman's good looks that he manages to pull it off so well.  20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection 1. Drover in Australia Australia might not be a very good movie, but it did give the world the gift of Jackman as a rugged, scruffy cowboy, and for that, we will be eternally grateful - although not grateful enough to stop making jokes about it.  Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Discover the Anatomy of a Villain in This 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Exclusive Clip
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 10, 2014
      // Every hero needs a good villain. John McClane had Hans Gruber, Sarah Conner had the Terminator, and Chris Pine's Jack Ryan has Viktor Cherevin, the terrifying Russian tycoon played by Kenneth Branagh. But great villains aren't just born; they're carefully crafted, a combination of several fine-tuned elements that come together to create the perfect evil-doer.  Paramount Pictures via Everett Collection In this exclusive featurette clip from the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Blu-ray takes a look at everything that went into transforming Branagh from director into the perfect blockbuster villain. For Cherevin, it takes a delicate balance of the dignity that comes from an experienced Shakespearian actor, the authority that comes from directing prestige pictures and blockbuster fare alike, a rich history of British spy films from which to draw inspiration, and a very shiny suit. How else will people be able to tell that you're the bad guy if your clothes don't telegraph your nefarious intentions?  You can check out the decisions that went into creating Cherevin in the clip above, and pick up Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Blu-ray on June 10. And if you think you've got what it takes to take on a villain like Cherevin, you can click here to try the Shadow Recruit training for yourself, and see what kind of action hero you'd make.  Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • We're Worried About the Future of 'Game of Thrones'
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 10, 2014
    HBO This post contains spoilers for season 4 of Game of Thrones, as well as the books A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons.  With the fourth season of Game of Thrones coming to an end on Sunday, there’s still one big question looming over the Seven Kingdoms. No, not the fate of Tyrion Lannister or whether Jon Snow will be able to hold off the second Wildling invasion. It’s the issue of whether or not the show will be able to maintain its current momentum as it runs out of source material to draw from. It’s a topic that both the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin have discussed many times in the past, but the fifth season is when the question becomes less hypothetical and much more real. Thus far, Martin has published five out of the seven planned novels in the series, with Book 4 – A Feast For Crows  – and Book 5 – A Dance with Dragons – covering the same period of time from different characters’ perspectives. The show, meanwhile, has just finished adapting the third book, having split the content of A Storm of Swords  into two seasons. At the moment, the plan is for Benioff and Weiss to adapt books four and five together, so that the storylines run concurrently on screen. However, while they can easily get two or three more seasons out of those novels, the writers are still faced with the issue of pacing, seeing as they’ve already run through the source material for several characters already. Over the course of the last season, Sansa Stark has managed to escape from King’s Landing, been taken by Petyr Baelish to her aunt in the Vale, dealt with her aunt’s jealousy, witnessed her murder, helped cover up that murder, and is now fully disguised as Alayne Stone and set to accompany her cousin Robin and Lord Baelish on a tour of the Eyrie. While it’s been exciting to watch the way her character has changed and adapted over the course of the year, there’s one glaring issue with where the show left off with her: there’s no more plot to draw from the books for her. Sansa’s story in A Storm of Swords ends with Lysa Arryn being sent through the moon door, but because the show moved that event to the middle of the fourth season, the writers needed to draw on A Feast For Crows  in order to find enough material to resolve her plot. Most of her storyline in that novel covers the time after Lysa’s death and the reveal of Lord Baelish's plan to disguise her as Alayne Stone until she can claim Winterfell and ally her home with the Vale. While the events of Season 4 diverge slightly from the text, it still leaves us at the same place that we are now, with Sansa willing to play along in order to get back to Winterfell. Season 5 gives the writers the option to take Sansa’s story in any direction they wish, now that they’ve covered almost all of her source material. Though Benioff and Weiss have revealed that Martin has told them where the books are headed so that they can all write towards the same ending, they are free to interpret the major plot events however they choose. Using up all of Sansa’s material in A Feast For Crows  early means that they now have to decide how closely her story on the show will align with the events of the novels. HBO It’s not just Sansa who is affected by the differing paces that the writers are taking with the various storylines; almost all of the main characters are at different points in the novels. There’s still a great deal left of Tyrion’s story from A Storm of Swords  which hasn’t been covered yet, and depending on how much the writers decide to pack into the finale, they could soon find themselves at the end of his plot as well. It’s going to be difficult for the show to drag out Daenerys’ storyline into two seasons, let alone three, as A Dance with Dragons focuses on her rule of Mereen. Meanwhile, Bran’s still journeying to find the Three-Eyed Crow, and considering how infrequently he’s appeared in Season 4, the writers are going to have their work cut out for them attempting to get three seasons worth of material from his plot. And if the show is working towards on particular twist, as Lena Headey’s Instagram account has been hinting, they’re going to need to hurry Brienne along in her quest, because she’s still nowhere near where she needs to be in order for everything to fall into place. Though this past season has seen the show diverge significantly from the novels, it’s really the fifth season that marks a significant turning point for Game of Thrones. With so many storylines matching up with various markers in the novels, Benioff and Weiss have more freedom to put their mark on Westeros than they ever have before, which means that even fans who have read the books may soon have no idea what’s coming for their favorite characters. The choices that they make in Season 5 will determine how closely the show will hew to the book for its last few years, or whether they will throw out the novels altogether, and create a universe of their own. Until we see the finale on Sunday, it’s hard to predict which direction Denioff and Weiss will take, but there are a few things we can guess about the next few years of Game of Thrones. For one thing, there’s still tons of material for Stannis, Davos and Melisandre left to cover, and so we'll probably spend a lot more time with the King of Dragonstone next year. The Greyjoys are in a similar position, as is Ramsay Bolton and there’s an important journey for Arya to go on. All of those stories are likely going to play a major role in the next season or two in order for Benioff and Weiss to set the characters up for the sixth and seventh novels. Though the long period of time that Martin takes in between each novel has become a joke among fans, it’s going to have a major impact on the show very soon. The end of the fourth season will leave the writers with several important decisions to make, which will affect the show for the rest of its run, and while Sunday’s episode will no doubt end with a cliffhanger of some sort, next season will have to answer a lot more questions than one episode could possibly raise. Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • Slightly Less Dickish Alternatives for Ygritte's Catchphrase 'You Know Nothing, Jon Snow'
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 09, 2014
    HBO This post contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. Just as we were recovering from the death of Oberyn Martell, another fan favorite met her untimely end on this week’s Game of Thrones. The Wildlings finally mounted their attack on Castle Black, and Ygritte finally found Jon Snow, intent on murdering him as revenge for breaking her heart, betraying her and the rest of the Wildlings and defecting back to the Night’s Watch. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned all too recently, plots of vengeance rarely go well in Westeros, and Ygritte’s hesitance to kill Jon resulted in her getting an arrow through the heart. During her time on Game of Thrones, Ygritte was known for three things: her red hair, her fearless attitude, and her constant need to remind Jon that he knows nothing. She even used her final words to drive the point home with one last “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” But while they may have been fitting last words for Ygritte, they had to be harsh for Jon to hear as his love died in his arms. It’s not the first time that Ygritte’s used that phrase at the wrong time, and she’s often used it to bluntly make a point, when other words would have been just as effective, and not nearly as rude. So what should she have said instead? We have a few ideas: The First Time – Season 2, Episode 7 Context: After Ygritte is captured by Jon Snow after a raid, she lectures him about why the Free Folk are better than the rest of Westeros, and taunts him about his inexperience with women. What She Says: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What She Should Have Said: “You think that you can take me prisoner just because you’re a Crow, but that doesn’t give you the right to do whatever you want. Our society functions a lot better than yours does, but because you have a king and a Wall you think you’re superior. Also, I’m really upset that you’ve taken me hostage, but I’m starting to feel like there might be something between us, and I feel we should explore that possibility.” The Second Time – Season 3, Episode 5 Context: Jon and Ygritte hide out in a cave so they can be alone, and she attempts to convince him to prove that he’s no longer a “Crow” by breaking his vow of chastity. What She Says: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What She Should Have Said: “Apparently, you know a few things, Jon Snow, and I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions just because you’re inexperienced and spend all of your time in a giant castle with nothing but other men and snow. Also, there is definitely something between us, and we should definitely continue to explore it further.” The Third Time – Season 3, Episode 7 Context: After the Wildlings scale the Wall, they prepare to make their attack on Castle Black. As they wait, Jon attempts to dissuade Ygritte from attacking, telling her that Mance’s army will fail just as every Wildling army before them did. What She Said: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What She Should Have Said: “You know, everyone thinks you’re still not on our side and when you say things like that, it makes me question you as well. You might know the North, but you don’t know us and what we’re capable of and we’re going to win and then you and I can live in your castle together as Free Folk. Just trust me on this.” The Fourth Time – Season 3, Episode 10 Context: After it’s revealed that Jon is still loyal to the Night’s Watch, Ygritte confronts him over his betrayal. He admits that he loves her, but that he is ultimately loyal to his Brothers and needs to go back to them, so she shoots him with three arrows. What She Says: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What She Should Have Said: “I don’t care what your reasons are, you lied to me and your betrayed me and you broke my heart. I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to forgive you, so please stop acting like we can just move past this and everything will be okay, even though you’re going to sell out my friends and family. I sincerely hope one of these arrows pierces your heart. Good day, sir.” The Fifth Time – Season 4, Episode 9 Context: Jon and Ygritte’s reunion is interrupted by Olly shooting her with an arrow, and as she lays dying in his arms, they reminisce about the cave. Jon promises that they’ll get back there one day. What She Says: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What She Should Have Said: “I’ve very clearly about to die here, and while I appreciate your attempts to comfort me in my final moments, we both know that what you’re saying is garbage, so how about I just bleed out in peace while you brood over my lifeless body. I’m going to miss you, Jon Snow.”   Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //
  • The Weirdest Moments from the 2014 Tony Awards
    By: Julia Emmanuele Jun 09, 2014
    Getty Images When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird. From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...  Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice. Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled. Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that. Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified. Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song  Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones. Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out. Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory. Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe. Follow @hollywood_com // Follow @julesemm //