Archive | November, 2012

ATLwood: Woody Harrelson visits the Clermont

Sightings

- Apparently Joe Manganiello was working out at the LA Fitness on Spring St. last week and looking good doing it (as if there would be any question). He’s here filming Ten with Arnold Schwarzenegger and whole lotta other people. (Thanks Ed!)

- Actors Tom IrwinBrett Cullen and Grant Show, three of the main cast members in the new Lifetime show, “Devious Maids” (currently filming, see below) dined at Cucina Asellina on Monday, and were overheard musing on what they should go do and see in town (they should ask Owen Wilson - “all the things!”)

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SONS OF ANARCHY Episode Recap: “Darthy”

It’s been an emotional season for Sons of Anarchy, but the feelings in “Darthy” were some of the deepest and most difficult yet.  Though the season has put us through some horrendous deaths and near-deaths, to see the club and its members at such a crossroads, breaking apart more and more after each incident rather than rallying together, has been unsettling.  This has been especially true as members are picked off one by one, and the morally grey lines become increasingly blurry for every character, even those who have traditionally been on the side of right (at least, as right as any SAMCRO member can be).  Hit the jump for why Opie was right: the gavel does corrupt … READ MORE

DOWNTON ABBEY Creator Julian Fellowes To Create New Period Drama, THE GILDED AGE, for NBC

Looking to class up their schedule, it seems that NBC has ordered a new series from Downton Abbeycreator Julian Fellowes.  Since the formerly ignored Edwardian period has found a TV and filmic renaissance of late, (which Downton Abbey has been largely responsible for), the new series will move back in time slightly to the vastly more chronicled Victorian Era, specifically the American Gilded Age.

The series, called — wait for it — The Gilded Age, will center around the wealthy titans of industry in 1880s New York.  For more on the series and what Fellowes has said about that historical era, hit the jump … READ MORE

Check Out New Character Profile Images for David Fincher’s HOUSE OF CARDS Netflix Series

Netflix, the ever-evolving DVD and streaming service, has really raised the bar on web series and online original content recently, both with the news of its resurrection of the beloved Arrested Development and its upcoming David Fincher adaptation of Michael Dobbs‘ House of Cards series.

In anticipation of House of Cards‘ release, Netflix has created character profiles that say something about each, while also revealing their true nature.  Hit the jump for the pics and the trailer.  The show stars Kevin SpaceyRobin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey.  All 13 episode of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013 … READ MORE

Imagination To Release FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Party Game; Mayan Predictions Gather Legitimacy

Get out your tinfoil hats, another sign of the apocalypse is upon us.  Australian-based game company Imagination has created a Fifty Shades of Grey party game based upon the frighteningly popular erotic book series, which will be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia December 10th.  The game has been approved by the series’ author E. L. James (which is like multiplying by zero) and is set for an international release in time for Valentine’s Day.  “Oh jeez,” indeed.  Hit the jump to release your Inner Goddess (and possibly the contents of your last meal) … READ MORE

‘The Good Wife,’ Season 4, Episode 9 Recap

“The Good Wife” trimmed the fat (mostly) for “A Defense of Marriage,” and focused almost entirely on Alicia both in and out of the courtroom. It’s of little wonder though when this series’ named is paired with an episode title and theme like this one. Marriage was on trial for everyone this week, from the micro to the macro, and while some may criticize the show not taking a stand one way or another on, well, anything, I think it was actually a perfect way to illustrate the ambiguity of its subject.

The best “Good Wife” episodes usually deal with politics, and “A Defense of Marriage” was no exception. The other key part is having a relevant and related Case of the Week, which also played out nicely with Alicia’s family politics. The idea of what a marriage is or can be defined as (or can it really, when one comes down to the nitty gritty) was the main thrust in both the politics of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) as well as both Alicia’s and her mother’s person lives … READ MORE

HOMELAND Recap: “Two Hats”

The middle part of this second season of Homeland has helped me remove my rose-colored glasses, and stopped me rather blindly and emphatically praising the show’s every move.  I’m still not used to really criticizing the show’s choices though, and “Two Hats” left me confused.  It was a greatly entertaining hour, with a ton of twists.  But in many ways felt like a completely different show from last week’s “I’ll Fly Away.”  It reminded us what is supposed to be important (that Carrie’s main target is Abu Nazir, not Brody, and that Brody’s loyalties are always questionable), and opened up a few new plots that seemed to come out of nowhere.  Was this genius or a desperate move?  Hit the jump for the many sides of “Two Hats.” … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Two Impostors”

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  The chief complaint about this odd season of Boardwalk Empirehas been its wandering.  The journey has been uncertain both for the series and the characters within.  There have been some absolutely fantastic small moments throughout, but on the whole, the series has had trouble defining itself this year.  Making the choice it did to end the second season — putting Nucky in the position of going Full Gangster — has been difficult on viewers who appreciated the parts of the show that were more than a shoot-em-up.  But “Two Impostors” handled the balance exceptionally well, culling down other stories to focus back on Nucky. Whether or not it’s too late remains to be seen.  Hit the jump for why, with all due respect Mr. Custer, this ain’t no time for a last stand … READ MORE

‘Vegas’ Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

“Vegas” continues to get better and better, not only starting to find its rhythm narratively but also by doubling back and building on stories it’s already established. The Case of the Week plots aren’t always throwaways – the Milwaukee crew from a few weeks back that Savino had killed is found (Pro Tip: never bury your bodies on farm land!), which heralds the return of Jones, full (or real) name unknown. What is known is that he’s a cold-blooded killer and very smart about his trade.

This is where my praise dims slightly. Jones is a fantastic character, and him coming after Savino could have given a least another week of narrative tension, but Ralph is able to disarm him and arrest him pretty easily in his typical Ralph Wins All The Things ways … READ MORE

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “To Thine Own Self”

The fifth season of Sons of Anarchy has been pretty uniformly decent, tying together story lines from the last few seasons and bringing them (some of them) to their conclusions or to important turning points.  It hasn’t been easy — Season Five has taken plenty of side streets to get where we are now, and made some strange detours along the way.  But “To Thine Own Self” brought together all of the best elements of the series (the relationships, the machinations and most of all the humor) and seems so far to be the best hour yet offered this season.  It was visceral, it was fun, it was strange, and it was ominous.  Hit the jump for why “I am rapturous!” … READ MORE