Molly Freeman
  • Can ‘Vampire Academy’ Make Vampires Cool Again?
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 07, 2014
    The Weinstein Company Although we’ve seriously moved on from all things vampire, we think Vampire Academy might be able to make them cool again. In recent years, zombies, witches, and werewolves have surpassed vampires in the high school hierarchy, but that could all change when Vampire Academy hits theaters on Feb. 14. Vampire Academy is based on the widely popular book series by Richelle Mead that first came out in 2007. The film adaptation combines two heavy-hitters in teen Hollywood movies. It’s directed by Mark Waters, who also brought us Mean Girls, while the script was co-written by Daniel Waters, who wrote the cult-classic Heathers (which some have described as the ‘80s version of Mean Girls.) With such great people on board, how could Vampire Academy not be a hit? After watching the trailer, fans of the series will notice that many of the best scenes from the book have made it into the film — it seems very little has been changed in the adapting process. An exclusive clip released by MTV gave us a longer look at one of those scenes. The fast paced dialogue is on par with many of the best teen dramas and the characterization of the main players seems to be spot on. From what we can tell, Vampire Academy doesn’t just look like a really cool vampire movie — although it does, even though we hate ourselves for saying it — it looks like it’s going to be a really cool teen movie. (We’re not saying it’s as good as Mean Girls and Heathers just yet, but it could be.) Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Now that ‘Nikita’ is Over, Let’s Look at What’s Next For the Stars
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 07, 2014
    Summit Entertainment The CW’s spy show Nikita closed up shop on its final season recently and although we miss it, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the stars aren’t going too far. Many of the main cast members have moved on to other projects that will soon be able to fill the void left by Nikita. (However, while we wait for all these TV shows and movies to premiere, you can always re-watch Nikita, it’s only four seasons — that’s barely a weekend’s worth of binge-watching.) Maggie Q (Nikita) The star of Nikita will be moving to the big screen in the upcoming film, Divergent. Q will play Tori, a member of the Dauntless faction. She’ll play a bigger part in the sequels to Divergent, which are due to come out in 2015 and 2016. Shane West (Michael) Our favorite ‘90s heartthrob-turned-spy will star alongside Rachel Leigh Cook, Bill Pullman, and Cam Gigandet in Red Sky. The film follows a disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot who must lead a rogue squad to recover a weapon of mass destruction. Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex) You can always catch Fonseca as Ted’s daughter on How I Met Your Mother (even though she filmed that stock footage about 10 years ago.) She’s currently filming for Moments of Clarity due to debut in December. She’ll star alongside fellow Nikita alum Xander Berkeley (who played Percy). Lyndie Greenwood (Sonya) Greenwood’s character was noticeably absent from the finale episode of Nikita, probably because she was working on her new show: Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Greenwood plays Jenny Mills, the sister of deputy Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie.)  Noah Bean (Ryan) After his violent departure from Nikita, we’d love to see Bean land somewhere safer on TV. However, our wish isn’t going to come true: Bean has landed a part on Gang Related, which will premiere this summer on Fox. Dillon Casey (Sean) Okay, okay, Casey may not have been in the final season of Nikita (we’re still not over his character’s death in season three,) but he’s technically one of the show’s stars. He moved to The CW’s Internet channel, The CW Seed, and starred in Backpackers. He’s also set to star in the Canadian series Remedy this year. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Will ‘Mixology’ Be the New ‘Happy Endings’?
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 04, 2014
    ABC In December, the Twitter account for ABC’s cancelled show, Happy Endings, began promoting the network’s new comedy series Mixology. The account, formerly @HappyEndingsABC, requested fans to follow the new show’s Twitter as part of a Follow Friday promotion.  It's #FF & we have the perfect show for our #HappyEndings fans that we know you'll love! Follow @MixologyABC to learn more! #FollowFriday — Happy Endings (@HappyEndingsVH1) December 27, 2013 However, fans of the fallen Happy Endings were not pleased with the social media promotion for another series — especially one that doesn’t look very promising.  Sure, someone could argue that Happy Endings and Mixology have something in common. Both shows are about single people trying to find love in a city. However, the entire first season of Mixology is set to take place over the course of one night. Think: Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day but in a television show. Given the slow trek that has been this season of How I Met Your Mother — which is a slowed down timeline to follow the wedding weekend of Barney and Robin — it’s safe to say TV fans are a little dubious of a whole series pulling this kind of stunt. But we suppose we should give Mixology and chance before we completely knock it (if we have to.) Still, it will never fill the void left by Happy Endings because nothing ever will. For fans of Happy Endings, there is some good in all this: VH1 has picked up old seasons of the series and will be playing them every Wednesday night on the network. They even had a New Year’s Day marathon — sorry if you missed it!  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • The Final Season of ‘Nikita’ Ended, But How Was It?
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 03, 2014
    The CW While we were all celebrating the holidays, travelling to see the relatives, and enjoying festive food and drinks, The CW aired the final episode of its spy drama Nikita. When fans of the series heard the final season would only consist of six measly episodes, it was like a swift kick to the gut by the show’s star.  Before the season began, we speculated that the writers behind Nikita would be able to pull off the mini-season. Now that it’s over, we can confirm that they were certainly able to wrap up all the loose ends left by season three. Each of the six episodes was used to its full potential in order to give the fans a fast-paced, exciting, and satisfying finale. While there wasn’t really a final battle in the last episode as many suspected, we got some serious spy work — Nikita and her friends finally outwitted Amanda, and it was awesome. Of course, the final season wasn’t all fun and games (is Nikita ever?) We lost one of the main players and it was an emotional scene. (We’ll refrain from spoiling you, because you should definitely watch!) The final scenes of the last episode also reveal what happens to the characters after they beat Amanda and The Group. It’s hard not to draw comparison to Burn Notice (about another rogue spy) who closes the finale relaxing on a couch with his family. While the gang may spend some time relaxing, they can never totally get out of the spy game, which is part of the reason why we love them. The only complaint we have — and it’s tiny, we promise — is that we wish the season had been a little bit longer. Actually we would have preferred a couple more seasons, but that’s not exactly possible. Still, we’re sad to see Nikita go, even if it was a good finale. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • 5 Questions We Have About Paul Rudd and Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 02, 2014
    Marvel/Walt Disney When news broke that Paul Rudd would be starring in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as part of the Marvel franchise, some fans were dismayed. But that’s not the only aspect of the film we’re questioning.  How will Paul Rudd fare alone? We love Rudd, everyone loves Rudd, but when was the last time he starred in a movie on his own? Rudd is fantastic at comedy — especially comedy duos — but he hasn’t starred in his own film in a long time. Rudd usually has a partner, either male or female, to bounce his wit off of and we’re wondering what that means for Ant-Man. Will the Wasp make an appearance? On the note of whether Rudd will helm Ant-Man alone, we’re wondering if Wright might decide to bring in the superhero’s crime-fighting partner from the comics: the Wasp. The Marvel films are a little lacking in female superheroes, and it could be a good way to appeal to female fans.  How will Ant-Man tie in to the Marvel franchise? Wright’s Ant-Man will lead off phase three of the Marvel film franchise. It’s set to premiere in 2015 following The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which ends phase two. In past years Marvel has led each phase with an Iron Man film (Iron Man in 2008 and Iron Man 3 in 2013) so what does it mean that Ant-Man will be the start of Marvel’s next phase? Will Ant-Man fit into the Marvel canon? As we discussed before about whether Rudd is right for Ant-Man, Wright’s film seems to be leaning more toward comedy than action, which doesn’t really fit in with the other Marvel films. Sure, Tony Stark’s wit and Captain America’s fish-out-of-water jokes lighten up the other films, but they’re primarily action movies. Ant-Man could potentially feel misplaced among the other Marvel films.  Will Ant-Man have a relationship with The Avengers? In the comics, Ant-Man is one of the original members of The Avengers — obviously the films haven’t followed that storyline, but we’re wondering if Nick Fury will make an appearance in a post-credits Ant-Man scene. Or if there will be any other indications that the film takes place in the same universe as the other Marvel films (such as: Stark Industries, S.H.I.E.L.D., etc.) Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Best Writing Teams in Hollywood Right Now
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 02, 2014
    Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection Two is better than one — or so the old saying goes. It’s been said about love; it’s been said about burritos. Now, it can be applied to movie and television writers. Though writing teams have always been successful in Hollywood, the recent mega-success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (in four short years, they’re already a comedy force to be reckoned with) has proved teams of two might really be better than one. Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass Though you might recognize the Duplass brothers from The Mindy Project (they play the midwives who work in the same building as Mindy) they also have careers behind the camera. The first short film they wrote together was The New Brad in 2002 and they’ve been making films together ever since: The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus andJeff Who Lives at Home. Currently the Duplass brothers are working on a TV series called Togetherness, which Mark will star in.  Phil Lord & Chris Miller Easily the team to watch out for, Phil Lord and Chris Miller established themselves more recently in Hollywood with their films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. Though they weren’t as involved with the Cloudy sequel, 2014 is going to be a great year for Lord and Miller. Their movies 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie are sure to be huge hits among comedy and family film fans.  Joel Coen & Ethan Coen As far as Hollywood goes, the Coen brothers can do no wrong. Their most recent film, Inside Llewyn Davis, was a hit among music fans. The Coen brothers have worked hard to reach the top, they’ve been writing partners since the ‘80s churning out huge hits like Raising Arizona, Fargo, and of course The Big Lebowski. Their next film, Unbroken, is due to hit theaters in December 2015. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • “Leo: The Movie” Supercut Might Finally Win Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 01, 2014
    Paramount via Everett Collection A new supercut from Official Comedy on YouTube celebrates Leonardo DiCaprio in honor of his new film, The Wolf of Wall Street. The video splices together DiCaprio’s scenes from all of his biggest movies — Growing Pains was excluded, unfortunately — in order to look like a long trailer for a really strange film.  Included in the supercut are What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, Blood Diamond, The Departed and The Great Gatsby among many others. Since the video includes all of his best performances, some of which DiCaprio was even nominated for an Oscar, we think that if “Leonardo DiCaprio: The Movie” were a real film, it would definitely win him an Academy Award. Seriously, the fans are so bitter DiCaprio hasn’t won an Oscar yet that it’s become a meme. Watching the supercut of his best performances just makes us all wonder even more why he hasn’t received an Oscar. Sure he’s been up against some huge competition (like Jamie Foxx in Ray) and it doesn’t make him any less of an actor to not have won an Academy Award, but it would still be nice to see DiCaprio take home a golden statue.  Via Take three minutes out of your day to look back at DiCaprio’s best roles. The only complaint we have is that three minutes is not enough DiCaprio time — guess we’ll have to see The Wolf of Wall Street again! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • ‘The Other Woman’ Is Basically ‘John Tucker Must Die’ For Adults
    By: Molly Freeman Jan 01, 2014
    Fresh Movie Trailers/YouTube For fans of romantic comedies — or comedies in general — the trailer for The Other Woman is a must-watch. It’s hilarious. The new romcom is due to hit theaters in April 2014. Cameron Diaz stars in the film as Carly Wittan, a woman who discovers her boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is already married to Kate (Leslie Mann). The women form an unlikely friendship, and then find out Mark has another mistress, played by Kate Upton. Together, the three friends hatch a plan to get revenge on their man.  Hold on a second! That story sounds a little similar to the 2009 teen comedy John Tucker Must Die. But that’s not where the similarities end. One of the most iconic moments in John Tucker Must Die is when Jesse Metcalfe as John gets emotional about his tender chest — since one of the girls had been slipping him estrogen.  From what we’ve seen in the trailer, it seems Kate will be slipping Mark enough hormones for a “pre-op transsexual,” which leads to plenty of jokes on his behalf — though they’re a little more explicit than what we saw in John Tucker Must Die. The main difference between the movies is that instead of taking place in high school, The Other Woman is about adults, which makes it especially hilarious. It opens the doors for raunchier jokes (Diaz proved she can pull off raunch inBad Teacher). What’s going to hold this movie together is the friendship between Diaz, Mann, and Upton’s characters. If they can pull of something between John Tucker Must Die and Bridesmaids, The Other Woman could potentially be the comedy of the year. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Was Matt Smith’s ‘Doctor Who’ Regeneration the Saddest?
    By: Molly Freeman Dec 31, 2013
     BBC Whether or not it added to the story (and depending on which fans you ask, it really could go either way), Matt Smith’s final episode of Doctor Who referenced many of his best moments as the Doctor. Although the fez didn’t return in “The Time of the Doctor,” we did see Smith’s now-famous drunk giraffe dance as well as one last appearance by Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Via During his last scene, Smith’s Doctor gave a speech about change to Clara and all the fans. “When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.” But his final words were the ones that hurt the most: “I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” As Smith spoke those final words he broke the fourth wall and looked out of every TV screen into the eyes of the fans. Then he took off his bowtie for the last time.  Via It’s hard not to compare Smith’s final moments and final words to those of his fellow Doctors — David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston. The final words of Eccleston’s Doctor were spoken to Rose, a fan-favorite companion, “Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!” Tennant was alone during his regeneration — aside from the viewers of course — and he simply said, “I don’t want to go.” (We didn’t want you to go either!) So who had the saddest regeneration? It has to be a three-way tie. We’re tearing up just from thinking about all these departures. If it were up to us, Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith would never have to leave Doctor Who. Via Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • TV-Related New Year's Resolutions Everyone Should Make
    By: Molly Freeman Dec 31, 2013
    AMC We don’t know about you, but we’re getting a little sick of all the weight loss resolutions — sure it’s nice to have the good intention, but how many of us actually follow through on it? We all know we’re going to spend a good portion of 2014 binge-watching new series or re-watching our old favorites (we have to watch Veronica Mars again before the movie comes out!) But there are some television related resolutions we should all make in order to have a happier 2014 — we promise, these might be hard, but we have your best interests at heart.  Get over Breaking Bad. We know the finale was rough — if the tears streaming down everyone’s faces were any indication — but it’s over. Everyone has had three months to go through the five stages of grief. AMC even replayed the entire series between Christmas and New Year's so that you could watch it again. And you know what? You’ll always be able to re-watch Breaking Bad. It’s going to be okay. Accept the cancellation of Happy Endings. Another series we’re all holding on to a little too tightly is Happy Endings. Sure it was cancelled long before its time (at least five years too early), but now it’s done and there’s nothing we can do. Well, we can always hope Netflix will decide to pick the series up again seven years later, but that’s a long shot.  Stop hate-watching. It’s not good for you; it’s the most toxic of all TV habits. If you don’t like Girls, don’t keep watching it just so you have something to talk about at work. There are so many TV shows that you don’t have the time to waste on hate-watching; you’re better than that. (True Blood is the only exception because it’s in its last season anyway.) Clean up your Netflix queue. Either watch what you want to watch or delete it. If you put The Killing on your queue because one of your friends recommended it, but you’re never going to watch it, then just delete it. Be honest with yourself and clear up some of that digital clutter. Try watching something new.  Even if you think you won’t like Game of Thrones or Sherlock or Mad Men, give it a shot. There’s probably a reason these series are so well liked. Or pick something on Netflix at random. Don’t be so closed-minded this year, you might find your new favorite show. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //