Welcome to our weekly recap of Outlander. Like Game of Thrones, this Starz drama is based on a series of best-selling novels that many viewers have yet to read. We therefore ask that book fans refrain from posting comments that might spoil upcoming plotlines for anyone sampling this show without having checked out Diana Gabaldon’s books yet — and to be civil toward them as well. Thank you for understanding. And now, on to the recap.
There aren’t GIF-able shots of Channing Tatum bashing his head into a mirror in the latest trailer for Cannes darling Foxcatcher, but something else is maybe creepier. The teaser focuses almost entirely on the odd, violent, and deranged John du Pont (played by Steve Carell), the wealthy benefactor of Mark Schultz (Tatum), which means it’s kind of like a minute-long For Your Consideration ad. After all, it’s never to late to think about Oscars. Watch the clip below:
Star-Lord is single-handedly rescuing a lackluster summer box office. The funny-kid cousin of the Marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy took the Labor Day weekend box office with a $16.3 million haul thus far, making it the top grossing film of 2014 with over $274 million (over Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which brought in $259 million), and the first movie projected to cross the $300 million threshold. Another movie with surprisingly long legs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought in $11.7 million over its fourth weekend, giving it $162 million overall. The Chloe Moretz YA tearjerker If I Stay came in third with $9.2 million, and the horror flick As Above/So Below debuted at $8.3 million, edging out Let’s Be Cops, at $8.2 million. Pierce Brosnan’s thriller The November Man did poorly in its debut, bringing in just $7.6 million. Overall, the summer box office is down over 20 percent from last year, making it one of the weakest years in the past decade. We’ll probably just remember this as the summer of Chris Pratt.
Katy Perry wasn't always a walking neon dreamsicle, giving serious side eye with her new bestie Sam Smith and wearing all-denim homages to 2001-era Britney Spears at the VMAs. In 2001, she was a 16-year-old Christian singer-songwriter who was repeating the ninth grade for the second time, and she wore un-ironic denim jackets. Videographer Jim Standridge discovered footage he shot of Perry during her first tour in 2001, when she was doing a show in Portland, Oregon, to celebrate signing with Red Hill Records, with whom she would release her first album, Katy Hudson.
Legendary funny lady Joan Rivers has been in a medically induced coma since Thursday, when she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor's office. Now, TMZ reports that she has been put on life support as her family keeps vigil at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital. In a statement on Thursday, daughter Melissa Rivers said that her mother is "resting comfortably" and asked that people keep her in their thoughts and prayers. The most recent statement released through Mount Sinai on Sunday afternoon also had no update on her condition. In it, however, Melissa said, “We are keeping our fingers crossed.” So are we.
After 50 years of Dalek stories, it cannot be easy coming up with something that hasn’t been done before — something that can also be realized on the TV screen. Having exhausted our view of the Daleks from the outside, the show takes viewers inside of one, in an episode that is less about Daleks and more about soldiers and what the cost is for being one; pretty weighty fare by Doctor Who standards, to be sure, though the episode never takes it quite as far as it could’ve.
Taylor Swift will appear on the seventh season of The Voice as an adviser (and to remind everyone that she has an album out). NBC is undoubtedly hoping to use her star power as a way to boost the show's flagging ratings: Viewership of the singing competition's last finale was down 25 percent from the prior cycle. Like Coldplay's Chris Martin on the last cycle, Swift will be doling out advice to all of the performers. She'll join judge-specific guest advisers including Stevie Nicks for Adam Levine, Alicia Keys for Pharrell, Little Big Town for Blake Shelton, and Gavin Rossdale, who will be helping out his wife Gwen Stefani. This isn't the first time T. Swizzle has appeared on the show; she made a surprise appearance for Usher's singer Michelle Chamuel when she was rehearsing Swift's song "Trouble." Chairs will spin on September 22.
ITV ran the trailer for season five of Downton Abbey before the premiere of X-Factor (which brought back Simon Cowell), and it's a much longer glimpse than the teaser we got a couple of months back. The trailer confirms a lot of what we already knew, like the entrance of guest stars Richard Grant and Anna Chancellor, but also piques our curiosity about a whole lot else. We'll let the trailer speak for itself, but we will tell you that there is much more Dame Maggie Smith this go-around. For Brits, the series returns Sunday, September 21, whereas us Americans will have to either patiently wait until its PBS premiere January 4, 2015, or get our search engines ready to go.
It's been a whole ten years since Pixar released The Incredibles (makes you feel old now, doesn't it?), so it's an appropriate time for the original trailer to get a makeover. Here's a YouTube clip of the trailer of the movie as though it went through a Christopher Nolan à la Dark Knight transformation. It's darker, broodier, and means that Syndrome takes center stage. (For obvious reasons, Edna becomes an unfortunate casualty in this edit.) So until we finally get Incredibles 2, you can sate yourself with this.
Roald Dahl originally had 15 children getting the golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's super-secret chocolate factory before settling on the now familiar five in his children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This means that, in earlier drafts, there were a lot more rooms and a lot more temptation: As you'll remember, each room was a test of a child's self-control, and each time, some hapless child would succumb to their candy-obsessed (or squirrel-obsessed) selves and get lost. In this previously unseen chapter published by the Guardian, the factory tour, now down to eight kids, makes a stop at the Vanilla Fudge Room. The Guardian says the text was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children almost 50 years ago."
Champion of nerds Wil Wheaton announced on his blog yesterday that his Syfy talk show, The Wil Wheaton Project, has been canceled. He got the call while he was hanging out on the beach with his wife, and says that he immediately knew it was bad news. He writes that the New York executives never seemed "to really understand what kind of show we were doing, who I was and why I was hosting it, and how to engage with and promote to the audience who would like it," which led to the show's demise. Generally, though, he's pretty zen about it, and also writes an post-script asking to let the cancellation be what it is.
Snubbed for an Emmy for her work on Fargo, Allison Tolman will guest-star on The Mindy Project for two episodes as romance novelist Abby Berman. She'll be going on a blind date with manic man-child gynecologist Peter Prentice (Happy Endings alum Adam Pally), who promises to be a terrible companion. In addition to Tolman, the third season's packed guest list includes Shonda Rhimes (as herself, naturally) and Cheers' Rhea Perlman as Danny Castellano's mom. The season premieres on Tuesday, September 16.
It’s a quiet Friday and you’ve got the whole holiday weekend ahead of you, so why not start the proceedings on a light and airy musical note? We’ve got just the thing for that: an exclusive three-minute musical sequence from the new movie God Help the Girl (out September 5), written and directed by Belle and Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch and spun through with songs from his 2009 album of the same name.
With a couple of major (major) exceptions, film adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels rarely succeed. The breezy menace of his stories, the carefree, sneaky suspense of his plotting, the dim-bulb charm of his characters … it’s all booby-trapped for film. Go in one direction and it’s too bubbly, go in another and it’s all too generic, shorn of what made it special in the first place. If Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight work so well, it’s partly because those filmmakers themselves share the perverse, wildly varying tonal impulses at play in Leonard’s work. Their movies are like beautiful toy guns that somehow manage to go off.
There were many questions raised when Miley Cyrus sent Jesse Helt onstage for her at the VMAs to talk about youth homelessness. Not all of them good, especially for Helt himself. Tuesday the word came out that Helt was wanted by the Oregon police for violating his probation in 2011, stemming from criminal mischief and criminal trespass charges. Last night, Helt turned himself into the Polk County Jail and proceeded to post the $2,500 bail. Cyrus had given Helt money to return to Oregon and Helt's mother says Cyrus offered to pay for his legal fees. She also offered to bust him out, as she still has that wrecking ball lying around.
Kevin Kline is almost too good a fit for the aging Errol Flynn in the story of Flynn’s final affair — with a 15-year-old girl — in The Last of Robin Hood. Kline became a star onstage as the swashbuckling pirate king in The Pirates of Penzance and played Douglas Fairbanks in Chaplin, and here he seems ready to hang once more from the mizzenmast and declare his dominion over the high seas. Kline has the right faux Brit accent (Flynn was born in Australia) and debonair quiver of the head, and his lies fall so charmingly from his mouth that they scarcely seem like lies: The seduction is all. But if Flynn had much of an inner life, the movie doesn’t show it: This is a man for whom the mask has supplanted the face. It’s certainly understandable that he could lust after the dewy blonde Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning). But why he falls in love — true love — seems outside the film’s purview.
This year's summer movie season can be summed up with one long, worryingly elongated word: Yiiiiiiiiikes. Not a whole lot worked this summer, and even the films that were meant to be big mostly came in well under studio expectations. It was the kind of season that could prompt some soul-searching from Hollywood executives, though we're not likely to see the results of that course correction for quite a while, since summer movies can take so many years to make (and these days, studios have their schedules plotted out until the year 2020). Still, if they're willing to listen, here are four things we learned this summer that Hollywood executives would be wise to take heed of.
On Wednesday, we asked our readers to craft haikus about The Wonder Years for a chance to win a tricked-out DVD set of the 1988-93 TV show, due to be released in October. We received nearly 100 submissions, both in the comments section and on Facebook, many of which played off the hoary, Josh Saviano–denying rumor that the actor who played Paul went on to become Marilyn Manson. Others involved turns of phrase like “sweet Winnie smooches” and “boner,” while a few entries were used to scoff at the very notion of DVDs in this day and age. (Does your newfangled illegal torrent download itself into a metal locker and come with a replica yearbook and Wonder Years magnets, smart guy?) But there could be only one winner.
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a list of some that you might be interested in. Some of these may have been added halfway through or near the end of August, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway since you might have missed them. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.
If someone poops in a shoe during a hurricane, does it make a sound?
Aside from an Inception-style dream sequence at the beginning (Jeremy dreaming of Abbi dreaming of Ilana dreaming it all, at work, at 5 p.m.), this is our bottle episode, taking place entirely in Abbi’s apartment during a Category 4 hurricane. The whole gang is there, and while the central conflict is, in fact, a double-arc about feces, there’s a world of relationship struggles happening in the tiny space.