Wow. Okay. For a while now, I’ve been wondering what the show was going to do with Katherine. Dobrev can’t play two roles for seasons, and Katherine has left to be on the run more time than would feel high stakes or satisfying at this point. The plotline of Katherine taking over Elena’s body was brilliant, because it meant we got to spend some more time with Katherine, but it also felt like, if you were paying attention, this was the show’s way of letting us say good-bye.
Finally, an alternative for those nine people who find Chris Hardwick too edgy: Chad Softwick! It's actually just Will Ferrell doing a comedy bit, pretending to be the host of @midnight's spinoff @midday. He has the contestants play a rousing game of "Cute or Too Cute," in which they are shown an animal picture and have to determine just how cute it is (there are no wrong answers). If you were wondering whether it all culminates in a classic Ferrell freak-out, it does. It always does.
Every once in a while, what a person needs most is a good, swift, unapologetic kick in the butt. That’s what several members of the extended Braverman family got in this week’s episode of Parenthood, an hour grounded in what this show does best: depicting the relatable mini-dramas that arise on ordinary days, among moms, dads, kids, siblings, and friends trying their best to look out for each other.
The Best Reality Season Ever, Round 1: So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 vs. The Osbournes Season 1By Anne Helen Petersen
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-TV shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round one continues, Anne Helen Petersen pits So You Think You Can Dance's third season (featuring Danny and Sabra) against the Patient Zero of celebreality, the first season of The Osbournes.
Last week, Old Navy launched a new ad with Amy Poehler playing a lawyer interviewing a potential assistant, but instead of asking about law stuff, she only cares about pants. It's fun. But not as a fun as this new clip of Poehler just riffing as the lawyer. How wonderful it would be to show up to a job interview and see Amy Poehler sitting across the desk. Well, unless you seriously wanted the job, because then it probably would get tired pretty quick.
Orphan Black's second season is premiering in April, and thanks to some strategy by BBC America, the show's entire first season is streaming on Amazon Prime starting now. This totally convenient and helpful marketing strategy where networks make sure their shows stream just in time for upcoming seasons? It appears to be working. Keep up the good work, everyone!
Throughout True Detective, which wraps up its first season on Sunday, two tough-as-nails cops have worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of a gruesome, seemingly unsolvable murder. I’m speaking, of course, about Detectives Maynard Gilbough and Thomas Papania, the two dudes interrogating Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty (Woody Harrelson). We know precious little about Gilbough and Papania, save that they’re working on a case in 2012 eerily resembling the case Rust and Marty investigated back in 1995. They have a ton of screen-time — after all, the interrogations are the framing device for most of the show — but most of their acting is conducted via silent side-eye glances to one another. But now, at last, their secrets can be revealed! We talked to Michael Potts and Tory Kittles — who play Gilbough and Papania, respectively — and got all kinds of crazy behind-the-scenes info about True Detective: the scariness of on-set McConaughey, Papania and Gilbough’s reputation in the show’s universe, and what they’ve been scribbling in their notebooks this whole time.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Uma Thurman has joined American Ultra, an action-comedy from Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as a stoner and his girlfriend who are put in danger when Eisenberg's character becomes the target of a government operation. Thurman will play the woman in charge of a secret government program to create sleeper agents, who comes to defend her babies, when others within the government threaten to kill them. If she brings the ferocity she seemingly brings in that Nymphomaniac clip, those sleeper cells are probably chill.
It took 17 years for former Louisiana Criminal Investigations Division detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart to reach the brink of solving the case of their lives and put an end to its sprawling, infecting darkness. And it took just two short months and seven episodes for the growing legion of True Detective fanatics to get whipped into an obsessive frenzy to see where the many clues unearthed by Cohle and Hart take them. As we head toward Sunday night’s finale, let’s take a detailed look at the evidence to see which perpetrator or, more likely, perpetrators may still be waiting for Rust and Cohle at the end of their long road.
At the end of the House of Cards season-two finale, it finally happened. Frank Underwood, the most ruthlessly ambitious man in Washington, stood on the threshold of the Oval Office, which he was about to enter for the first time as President of the United States of America.
“Come on,” he said to his wife Claire, now the First Lady, just moments after kissing her and telling her he loved her. “We’ve earned this together.” She demurred. “Take a few moments for yourself first,” she advised softly.
I mean, they were invited and everything — but the audience didn't know, which produces a nice "Surprise Kanye!" moment around the 1:30 mark. (Or maybe that is just a" Look, Someone Other Than Big Sean!" moment. Discuss amongst yourselves.) Anyway, here are Rick Ross, 'Ye, and Big Sean performing "Sanctified," otherwise known as the "Rick Ross Will Make You a Grilled Cheese" song. Romantic.
This episode started off with one of my all-time favorite things: plot continuity! Sure, I know that’s not the most glamorous, edgiest thing to adore, but I’ve come to appreciate these little gestures that show the people making television will reward us for paying ridiculously close attention. So that binder Leslie turned in during her trip to Washington, the one she assumed would be lost among the stacks of nearly identical binders, a symbol of her disillusionment at our nation’s capital? It’s back! You know who read it? Grant Larson, director of the Midwest branch of the National Park Service. Now, he’s not the bad boy as that guy from the Department of the Interior, but he’s still a pretty big deal.
Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey's Anatomy, seven years after he was fired from the show for using gay slurs on set. Sandra Oh is leaving at the end of this season, so the return of Dr. Burke — the guy who ditched Cristina at the altar — is part of creator Shonda Rhimes's exit plan for the character. "It’s important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang," Rhimes said in a statement. Oh, man, Cristina and Burke had the best romance. She should ride off into the sunset with him.
Lindsay Lohan visited Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show last night to promote her "docuseries" (Girl, sorry, but it's a reality show!) airing on OWN this weekend. They chatted about having a direct line to Oprah (LiLo occasionally butt-dials her) and the possibility of a ten-year Mean Girls reunion (Tina Fey was hanging out backstage). Then Lohan became the first lady in Fallon history to ever participate in Water Wars (basically, where you throw water at each other) while wearing all white. That LiLo, she's up to her old tricks again.
This past Sunday, Jimmy Kimmel did his annual star-studded fake-movie-trailer thing. The theme was popular internet videos. Where most actors just showed up, read the lines, and mugged a little bit, Joseph Gordon-Levitt went method – for no reason. Last night, Kimmel played a side-by-side clip of Levitt performing "David After Dentist" with eerie accuracy. Kimmel stressed that the show didn't ask him to do it. It's a testament to the free time of those with personal assistants.
Okay, I’m going to acknowledge it: American Idol season 13 has gone off the rails a little bit. It’s not the judges: They have chemistry with one another, they’re smart, they make forceful and succinct points. It’s not the production itself: These results shows, once a gruesome time-suck of group numbers and Ford music videos, have become a zippy hour of smart bookings and occasional suspense. It’s not even Randy Jackson: He’s barely there. (It’s probably partially Randy Jackson.)
Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic styling is The Grand Budapest Hotel, an exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic. Anderson tells a story within a story within a story. (There might be one more story—I lost track.) First, a young girl pays tribute to the statue of a dead author; then said author (Tom Wilkinson) narrates a trip that his middle-aged self (Jude Law) took to a Mitteleuropäisch hotel, the Grand Budapest, faded but with remnants of its older opulence; and finally, the owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), recounts to the author his time between the world wars as a lowest-of-low lobby boy known as Zero (Tony Revolori) under the tutelage of the legendary concierge, Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Anderson’s inspiration comes from the late Stefan Zweig, who wrote with an abundance of detail, fearful the past would pass from memory and therefore cease to exist. Anderson materializes Zweig’s world as if answering a prayer. Not literally. The Grand Budapest Hotel has no pretense to realism: Its mode is whimsical impressionism. But the artists share a common loneliness, and their twin yearnings merge.
Oooooooh, boy. Mama Pope is back, and she’s working with Adnan Salif. Or is Adnan Salif working for her? And if she’s pulling the strings with Salif, does this mean that she had something to do with the mysterious Clearwater, or that Harrison once worked for her? Goddammit, Mama Pope, you always raise more questions than you answer! I’m glad she’s back, but if I see her mouth near anything that isn’t food, I’m OUT.
We would really love an excuse to talk about Elizabeth Hurley every week, and what better way to achieve our goals than having her play a character named Queen Helena on an upcoming E! drama? The Royals, the network's first ever venture into scripted programming, features Hurley as the matriarch of a family of British royals who must protect her loved ones from both the prying eyes of the media and their own penchant for getting drunk and naked and otherwise humiliating themselves at every turn. We're assuming.
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