Screen Junkies » General http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Eight Made-for-TV Films Worse Than the Aaliyah Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/eight-made-for-tv-films-worse-than-the-aaliyah-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/eight-made-for-tv-films-worse-than-the-aaliyah-movie/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:53 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267436 The Aaliyah movie was a flaming turdfest. But it gets worse.

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Before Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B even aired on Lifetime earlier this month, the film caught boatloads of vitriol for so many different reasons, ranging from terrible casting to the complete absence of Aaliyah music to the sympathetic portrayal of child predator R. Kelly to the lack of approval from the late singer’s family.

As if all that wasn’t bad enough, the film itself was atrocious. It was the cinematic equivalent of having a catheter full of army ants jammed in your urethra with no prep. But everyone knew Lifetime would make a beloved 90s R&B star’s first posthumous film a total train wreck, because that’s kinda what Lifetime does. 

The film got me thinking about all the terrible made-for-television movies I’ve watched over the years. Mind you, Netflix, HBO Go and the like has made it so I don’t have to bother with such lowbrow entertainment, but when I was a teenager in the 1990s, these films were par for any television-watching course. Many of them feature an actor or actress trying to collect a quick check for whatever reason (often because they couldn’t cut it on the big screen), and their production values are — more often than not — so risible that it’s hard not to chuckle in an era when high-quality material like Game of Thrones dominates the small screen.

The list of bad television movies is interminable, but I’ve dug up eight that are even worse than the fast-forward-worthy Aaliyah film. A couple of them came out this year, if you can believe it.  

1. Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear (1998) – Not entirely sure how the title of this film got past USA execs without everyone breaking down in fits of laughter. Maybe it didn’t, and they released it anyway. The conceit behind this entire thing involves a married woman hiring a gorgeous young thing (Melrose Place babe Josie Bissett, before her fall into utter obscurity) as a nanny who eventually starts banging — and gets pregnant by — the husband. The pissed-off wife enlists the help of hitmen to kill the babysitter and take her own damn kid hostage. Needless to say, the whole thing ends even worse than Josie Bissett’s career.

2. Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004) – Aaliyah’s unauthorized biopic actually has a precedent with this completely atrocious King of Pop “biopic” from a decade ago starring Flex Alexander, whose last great role was from Neveruary 31. It’s a hell of a thing to make a film about one of the most beloved, highest-selling music artists of all time without any of his music whatsoever. But it’s even nuttier to watch Flex as MJ, a decision that makes even less sense now than it did 10 years ago.

3. The Brittany Murphy Story (2014) – Now, I don’t wanna throw salt on the dearly departed, but let’s keep it real: What did Brittany Murphy accomplish in her career outside of dying that merited a Lifetime biopic? Her starring roles were straight-to-video worthy, and she was best known for a few memorable supporting roles and a supporting voice role in King of the Hill. Lifetime would have you believe Murphy was “One of Hollywood’s brightest stars,” but that’s only in the way that, say, Ruben Studdard was “the recording industry’s hottest artist.” They had the nerve to cast a woman in the lead role who is nowhere near as attractive as Murphy was and is likely an even less charismatic actress than she was. Murphy’s father justifiably tried to put the kibosh on the film. Someone at Lifetime needs to be neutered for green-lighting this monstrosity.

4. No One Would Tell (1996) – This is based on the true story of a teenager who murdered his young girlfriend following escalating abuse. The most ridiculous aspect of this movie is Fred “The Wonder Years” Savage playing the abusive jock Bobby. Because the movie came out three years after the conclusion of the television show that made him famous, watching him stalk about as a predatorial character is laughable. Look for the scene of Savage “ominously” bench pressing, like, 95 pounds. Fool, please.

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Screen Junkies Show: Marvel Superfan Gets Big Surprise! – Prank It FWD http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-marvel-superfan-gets-big-surprise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-marvel-superfan-gets-big-surprise/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:11:12 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267558 As part of Break's Prank It Forward series, we traveled to Texas to meet our biggest fan...and deliver a mind-blowing Marvel surprise.

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Tywin Lannister Thinks There Will Be A ‘Game Of Thrones’ Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/tywin-lannister-thinks-there-will-be-a-game-of-thrones-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/tywin-lannister-thinks-there-will-be-a-game-of-thrones-movie/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:32:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267514 I really can't think of why there WOULDN'T be a 'Game of Thrones' movie.

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The sprawling world and popularity of Game of Thrones is a franchisor’s wet dream. There is no end to the amount of DVD’s, posters, dragon Trapper Keepers, and SkyMall swords that can be slapped with the show’s name, and all of a sudden, they’re legit.

And with George R.R. Martin taking his sweet-ass time on the books, and new episodes appearing only every ten months or so, there’s a lot of unmet Game of Thrones demand from America. So it should come as little surprise that the empire may expand to conquer movie theaters so that it may squash their heads until those theater heads explode.

Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister, said to Daily Beast in promoting his upcoming film The Imitation Game, “There’s talk of eventually trying to do a feature film, but I don’t know which of the storylines. There’s so much to cram into a film.”

Yes, Charles. There IS a lot to cram in a film. But there’s even more material to NOT cram into a film, right? What? Yes. Considering no less than Martin himself said this was a possibility earlier, I think we should start to get a little excited about this.

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M. Night Shyamalan Shot a “Secret” Movie and WHY ARE WE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS?!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/m-night-shyamalan-shot-a-secret-movie-and-why-are-we-so-excited-about-this/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/m-night-shyamalan-shot-a-secret-movie-and-why-are-we-so-excited-about-this/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:48:31 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267388 Could a Shyamalanaissance be on the horizon?

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By Jared Jones

There is perhaps no director in recent memory who was ruined by success more than M. Night Shayamalamalan. The stylistic shift he underwent over a decade — from the restrained, cerebral nature of his early works to the overblown CGI-fests of his most recent — while not being uncommon for directors who hit it “big”, was one of the more overt (not to mention unfortunate).

But one doesn’t simply lose their talent, right? Despite everything that the career of your favorite band has taught you, it’s not as if creativity is just this mental well that inevitably dries up and leaves those formerly blessed with it as empty husks of hack and schtick, right? I mean, Adam Sandler has been asleep at the wheel for almost a decade and even his new movie doesn’t look like a *total* piece of crap. What I’m getting at is, Shyamalan still has a comeback in him, and given how poorly After Earth was received both critically and commercially, he pretty much has no option at this point other than going back to what made him a success in the first place.

Thankfully, that’s exactly what he appears to be doing with The Visit, a low-budget thriller he recently shot on the hush-hush which has already been picked up by Universal Pictures. Deadline reports:

He wanted to get back to his roots and make a film outside the studio system, and he self-financed and shot this in and around his home in Pennsylvania. He then partnered with Blumhouse, which has a first-look deal at Universal and specializes in low-budget genre fare like Ouija, its latest effort that topped the weekend box office two straight weeks.

For the love of God, Deadline, you need not remind me of the fact that a movie about a haunted cardboard game made nearly ten times its budget back.

As for the story, The Visit “focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.”

The Visit won’t hit theaters until September of 2015. Call me crazy, but I’m hopeful about this thing. It’s a kind of hope I haven’t felt regarding the movie industry in years, really — like little cracks are finally starting to be exposed in the almighty studio system. The success of lower budget, original efforts like Nightcrawler  and hopefully, Birdman (which opens wide today, go see it), seem to hint that maybe, just maybe, we all might be growing stale of sequels, comic book movies, and sequels to comic book movies after all…


via The A.V Club

Nah, we’re still f*cked.

But what do you guys think? Could a Shyamalanaissance (no tougher to spell than the current McConaissance) be on the horizon?

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17 Channing Tatum Reaction GIFs for All Occasions http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/17-channing-tatum-reaction-gifs-for-all-occasions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/17-channing-tatum-reaction-gifs-for-all-occasions/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:59:20 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267336 We expect this post to receive no less than 4 billion hits.

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By Jared Jones

There are perhaps no two things held in higher regard on the Internet than Reaction Gifs and Channing Tatum. No, not even porn.

Like a good reaction gif, Channing Tatum can say more with a look, pelvic thrust, or tongue waggle than words can or ever will be able to express. So to celebrate his dramatic turn in Foxcatcher, which receives a limited theatrical release on Friday, we’ve combined the Internet’s two favorite things into the Internet’s third favorite thing: A list! I expect this post to receive no less than 4 billion hits.

When you’re attempting to woo a member of the opposite sex:

When you realize that someone ate your last Oreo:

When you’re in need of a confidence boost:

When you be stalking that girl you met on Tinder:

When your friend just said something really, really, really funny:

When you’re listening to Taylor Swift’s latest breakup song:

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Dreamworks Animation Looking To Merge With Hasbro To Give Us The Toy Films We Deserve http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/dreamworks-animation-looking-to-merge-with-hasbro-to-give-us-the-toy-films-we-deserve/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/dreamworks-animation-looking-to-merge-with-hasbro-to-give-us-the-toy-films-we-deserve/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:31:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267326 How did you get to be like that, Mr. Potato Head?

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Over the course of the day, the market valuation of Dreamworks Animation has jumped $300 million following news that it’s looking to partner up with Hasbro to create not just a film studio, but an entertainment juggernaut. If you’re groaning right now, that’s understandable. Juggernauts rarely create awesome movies. But then again, giant animation studios rarely create awesome movies (except for Pixar), so we’re likely no worse off than we were before.

HOWEVER, Hasbro is a deep well to draw from, as it doesn’t just have toys like G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and all that jazz, but also Parker Bros., Milton Bradley and Nerf.

To be clear, this is just the animation division, so you don’t have to worry about a re-release of Saving Private Ryan with Pogo Balls or anything.

The merger would also likely lead to three new cable channels geared towards kids and moms. Yowser. This would be a pretty big deal. So far, parties are staying mum, but Deadline has a pretty good scoop on the goings-on if you’d like to see what this means across all avenues.

 

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The 10 Greatest Film Scores Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-10-greatest-film-scores-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-10-greatest-film-scores-ever/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:30:18 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266888 Crank up your surround sound and prepare for goosebumps.

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Christopher Nolan’s space opera Interstellar came out this weekend to good-but-not-stellar reviews. I thought the movie was somewhat mediocre on first viewing, and I’ve no plans to sit through the nearly three-hour film again. But there were several elements of the film that really stuck the landing, including Hans Zimmer‘s score, which is best experienced in IMAX.

The right film score leaves an indelible mark on the viewer: it makes certain scenes resonate with us even more than they would with no background music and, dare I say, can deceive the audience at times to believe that a terrible movie is better than it is. Since I’m one of those people for whom movie scores hold the same amount of importance in an iPod as a Taylor Swift album does for a 14-year-old girl, I always run from a movie with a great score straight to iTunes or Amazon to get a copy.

Since I appreciate so many scores, this is by no means an exhaustive list. For the uninitiated, however, this list of the best film scores is a good place to start. Note that these are in no particular order of favorites.

Alexander (2004) – I always thought this film got something less than a fair shake, and that Oliver Stone’s “remix” didn’t really make it any better. That said, I can remember very little about it, and unlike other sweeping period epics in its class (Braveheart, Gladiator), I have no burning desire to re-watch it. Greek composer Vangelis, however, did put together a score that made Colin Farrell seem like a man of prestige and not the douche nozzle he probably is in real life.

Gladiator (1998) - Hans Zimmer is a god among men when it comes to deep, rolling orchestra scores, and Gladiator might just be his magnum opus. The movie itself was the best of the year, and it was only bolstered by Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s haunting orchestral direction. The concluding three tracks — “Elysium,” “Honor Him” and “Now We Are Free” — should always be played together and still give me goosebumps. No soundtrack on this list comes more recommended.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – If Hans Zimmer is the king of scores, Thomas Newman is the crown prince. The Shawshank Redemption remains my single favorite film of all time, and its score is indelible. As with all great film scores, there’s often a piece of existing music tucked in; in this case, it’s the “Marriage of Figaro” Sull’Aria, played when Andy Dufresne locked himself in the room with the record player. It’s just as important a part of the soundtrack as Zimmer’s score.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) – Of course, no list containing the best scores is complete without mention of The Holy Trilogy. John Williams is a legendary movie composer, and it almost does him a disservice to pick from the best of his work. But my personal favorite is the sequence in which Darth Vader threatens Princess Leia and Luke goes wild-turkey-wing crazy on him. Completely epic, and required listening if you have a surround sound system.

Braveheart (1995) – The trick here, as is the case with the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max series, is to divorce your character opinions of Mel “I hope you get raped by a pack of n*****s” Gibson from the great work he’s done in movies over the years. He deserved every one of the Oscars he received for this classic film, but the score by James Horner and the London Symphony Orchestra deserve absolute props for the goosebump-inducing score. If Paramount decides to give the film the 20th anniversary re-release treatment next year, I’ll get my ticket just to hear that score in proper surround sound once again.

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Sony Is Considering A ‘Spider-Man’ Aunt May Spinoff…This Has To Stop http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sony-is-considering-a-spider-man-aunt-may-spinoff-this-has-to-stop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sony-is-considering-a-spider-man-aunt-may-spinoff-this-has-to-stop/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:50:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267232 Raise your hand if you require more Aunt May backstory.

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In what can only be a commentary on the absurdity of the comic book “universe” phenomenon, Sony is reportedly weighing the pros and cons of doing an Aunt May standalone movie. I will say that the real strength of a franchise is only exhibited when an elderly, tertiary character can get her own spinoff film that documents her watching Wheel of Fortune and complaining about her gums. We’ll see if Spider-Man holds up to that litmus test.

Of course, this rumor comes from Latino Review, which often gets a little “excited” about rumor, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong here. Apparently, Marvel has worked on developing Aunt May’s character before in a series called Trouble. In case you’re interested in getting dirty with that backstory, just click here.

The rumored plot of the spinoff would see Aunt May as a spy in the 60′s or something, and would entirely occur before Peter Parker’s birth. Which begs the question…does this really need to exist in the Marvel canon?

I mean, people have made period spy pieces before, and while they’re normally insanely boring, they’re nothing to be ashamed of. But, it would be remiss to ignore the benefits of the Marvel tag during the opening credits, even for something this far removed.

We did this to ourselves. Don’t forget this.

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Keira Knightley Posed Topless to Protest…Something…We Can’t Remember What [NSFW] http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/keira-knightley-posed-topless-to-protest-something-we-cant-remember-what-nsfw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/keira-knightley-posed-topless-to-protest-something-we-cant-remember-what-nsfw/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:55:56 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267089 The results were real and they were spectacular.

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By Jared Jones

If you happen to be a red-blooded male with two working eyes, you might notice a slight…discrepancy between the actual photo of Keira Knightley (seen on the left) and the one used to promote King Arthur when it was released back in 2004 (seen on the not-left).

Not only has a swarm of arrows, a giant red cape, and a pair of clashing armies been digitally placed in the background, but Ms. Knightley’s chest appears to have dramatically increased in size — as if the ad agency behind King Arthur was able to find some magical correlation between female sexuality in advertising and increased sales. I’m not sure what it could be yet, but I do know that looking at those two photos makes me feel like I’m flipping through a “Spot the Difference” puzzle book at the dentist’s office. So yeah.

It’s crazy to think that someone as attractive as Knightley would require a run through the Photoshop machine to entice us into watching her movies, but the Internet has created nothing if not an army of like-minded virgins who will relentlessly ridicule any imperfection a woman may have. Clearly fed up with this system of manipulation, Knightley recently posed topless for Interview magazine and “insisted that her breasts not be photoshopped or retouched.”

The results were real and they were spectacular.

In an interview with The Times, Knightley explained her decision, which has already been dubbed “a feminist movement I can get finally behind” by men’s rights organizations worldwide:

I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters,” Knightley said. “That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”

She also added, “I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame. Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.

Power to you, Ms. Knightley. May your bravery on this day forever be remem-hnnnnnnggg. (*dies*)

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Rob Zombie Will Be Crowdsourcing His Next Horror Film, ’31′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/rob-zombie-will-be-crowdsourcing-his-next-horror-film-31/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/rob-zombie-will-be-crowdsourcing-his-next-horror-film-31/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:09:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266854 I don't think it's about Baskin Robbins.

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Hoping to exploit the overlapping fan bases of “people with money to crowdsource films” and ‘people who love to be traumatically disturbed,” Rob Zombie will be turning to the masses to fund his next film, set on Halloween, 31.

Deadline is saying the film “involves five carnival workers kidnapped the night before Halloween and challenged to survive a deadly game called 31.” That…that sounds like a Rob Zombie film all right.

Rather than use a more general crowdsourcing platform, Mr. Zombie will be using AFM, the American Film Market, which, as the name suggests, is specific to film.

No word on how much he’s trying to raise, but there are enough disturbed people out there that love this guy that he might

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‘Hello Ladies’ Will Return From Its HBO Grave For A Movie Finale http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hello-ladies-will-return-from-its-hbo-grave-for-a-movie-finale/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hello-ladies-will-return-from-its-hbo-grave-for-a-movie-finale/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:58:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266849 An announcement as awkward as the show.

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Not sure where the groundswell of support came from for this, but HBO has decided that, even though Hello Ladies had terrible ratings during its latter episodes, they wanted to give it a proper sendoff. So on November 22nd, we’re getting a Hello Ladies movie, to say goodbye to the Stephen Merchant character we never really enjoyed watching in the first place.

What’s most odd about this news is that it just broke last night, the same time I saw a billboard for the movie. Was the billboard in West Los Angeles their press release? Is the marketing push behind this being coordinated by apes?

There are many questions, most of which will go unanswered because we really don’t like Hello Ladies that much. Well, we did, but it was just a LOT of awkwardness to take. So, yeah, the movie might be overkill.

 

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Sons of Anarchy Recap: “The Separation of Crows” (Season 7 / Episode 8) http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-recap-a-separation-of-crows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-recap-a-separation-of-crows/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:48:32 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266705 Ugh. The show draaags and draaaaaags on. We're pretty frustrated with the final season so far.

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At this juncture, I’ve accepted that the final season of Sons of Anarchy is hamstrung by its own hour-and-a-half-per-episode ambitions. All of the soliloquies and long camera pans over Jax as he contemplates his actions and their consequences are things Kurt Sutter and co. think are positives for the show, but in reality, they’re dragging it down into Lunesta levels of television viewing.

Week after week, the show repeats the same tired tropes over and over. Jax decides to make bad decisions. Jax gets advised against these decisions by a father figure-esque member of SAMCRO. Jax executes bad decision anyway. Jax learns decision was bad after all. Jax gets counseled by father figure-esque member of SAMCRO in long, indulgent dialogue. Rinse, wash, repeat.

We don’t need the extra minutes, unless they plan to do something meaningful with them. In contrast, The Walking Dead is still an hour-long program and has had an excellent, compelling beginning to its fifth season. Unfortunately, the most exciting thing about “A Separation of Crows” was the teaser for the upcoming final season of Justified. Here’s hoping that show doesn’t screw the pooch as well.

Stop being dumb, Jax – The show’s opening sequence with Jax and Chibs on the roof, on top of being obnoxious for aforementioned reasons, reached new levels of incredulity when Jax admitted that he underestimated Marks. This is only a problem because no one actually watching the show underestimated Marks. He’s arguably more of a threat than his predecessor Damon Pope and is probably the entire series’ best Big Bad. That he’s made so much noise despite not having been seen for several episodes is a testament to this. None of us are surprised that a SAMCRO member’s life is now in jeopardy, because someone like Marks is going to systematically pick your whole crew apart. Plus, he has Black Ops on deck, which hopefully the show doesn’t attempt to convince us are inferior to a bunch of hillbilly bikers. Tyler and the Niners are toast his vocalization of concern for playing double agent was foreshadowing if I’ve ever seen it. If I glean any excitement from the show anymore, it’s wondering what Marks will do next.

Bobby’s a straight-up G - Having watched schlubby actor Mark Boone Junior take all kinds of punishment like a chump in early-career bit parts in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Batman Begins, it’s cool to see him taking all kinds of punishment at the hands of Marks’ guys — and not folding from it. He lost an eye and knows full well that he’ll lose other body parts in the near future. He also knows that the likelihood that SAMCRO will swoop in like knights on shining Harleys is incredibly low. But he still stands tall and doesn’t give up the location of the freaky preacher‘s body that threatens to unseat Marks. At this point, I hope Bobby makes it to the end of the series as an eyeless, limbless torso.

“You became the poison” – The showdown between Jax and Jury might be my favorite scene of the season to date. I’ve been complaining about how the show seemingly dropped the whole angry-Jury storyline, so I’m glad it redeemed itself. After weathering a hail of automatic gunfire, the club finds out that the young dude they gunned down was, indeed, Jury’s once-estranged son, leading them to believe that he was Lin’s snitch. Jury said he wasn’t the snitch, and I believe him. But Jax is so consumed with whatever keeps him killing people in every episode that he guns down Jury and lies to his club about Jury’s “confession.” I don’t know if all the stuff Jury mentioned about John Teller will resurface before the series finale, but it’s now clear that the Sons’ Nevada chapter is a new chess piece on the board to come after Jax’s king.

Bye bye, birdies – Someone — presumably Marks’ crew — broke into Gemma’s home, slaughtered her birds, and put them under her bedsheets, Godfather-style. I say great: the less things Gemma has to disabuse herself to, the better. The assailant(s) also scrawls “No Son is Safe” on the nursery wall, a double-threat toward Jax’s crew and his kids. Gemma breaks down in tears again, proving that she’s so much more enjoyable on screen when she’s being a heinous bitch (as she did with Courtney Love‘s daycare head). Nero uses the event to continue droning about his pipe dream of leaving everything behind and running off to a farm, with Jax’s boys. Pfffft. Do any of us believe that’s gonna happen in this universe?

And the rest…

- Chibs’ Scottish accent seriously makes him so less threatening. “Poot oo’ goon down!” Sure, Scottie. Whatever you say.

- Courtney Love really doesn’t look or sound like herself anymore. I wouldn’t have known that was her if the credits didn’t tell me. I might have figured it out sooner if she went, y’know, a little Courtney Love on Gemma in that daycare.

- Unser is the smartest character on the show, apparently. He put Juice’s foolery together when everyone else paid to do so could not. He’s the dark horse sitting in the corner. Watch for him.

- I was somewhat intimidated by the Black Ops dude keeping Bobby hostage. Until I realized he’s the same dude that played Dexter’s partner in Six Feet Under. He’s less scary now.

See you guys next week, I guess.

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You Have Until November 1st To Watch The Following Movies On Netflix http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/you-have-until-november-1st-to-watch-the-following-movies-on-netflix/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/you-have-until-november-1st-to-watch-the-following-movies-on-netflix/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:23:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266735 (to couch) "Hello, old friend."

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It’s culling time again for Netflix, and on November 1st, some licenses expire, which means if you want to see any of the following films, you better get to watchin’ by November 1st. Or cross your fingers that they come back one day. This sort of thing happens all the time, but there are some pretty iconic films on this list, so this could be just the kick in the ass you need to watch the REALLY long version of Apocalypse Now or The Great Outdoors.

101 Dalmatians (1996)
American Psycho (2000)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
Balibo (2009)
The Big Chill (1983)
Blown Away (1992)
Bob the Builder (1999-2012)
Breezy (1973)
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
Broadcast News (1987)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Bullet Proof Monk (2003)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Candyman (1992)
Caveman (1981)
Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
The Dogs of War (1980)
Elvis ’56 (1987)
The Escape Artist (1982) Footloose (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Fire in Babylon (2010)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Hammett (1982)
Hannibal (2001)
He Said, She Said (1991)
Heat Wave (2011)
Iceman (1984)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)/Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)
La Bamba (1987)
Land Girls (2009-2011)
Les Miserables (1998)
The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
The Odessa File (1974)
One from the Heart (1982)
Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)
The Prince of Tides (1991)
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Red State (2011) Say Anything (1989)
Serenity (2005)
Silent Running (1971)
Single White Female (1992)
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (2011)
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
Starman (1984)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Stephen Fry in America (2008)
Tetro (2009)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Thomas & Friends (2005-2012)
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Trees Lounge (1996)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Up at the Villa (2000)
Vigilante Force (1976)

So get going. Tortilla Soup isn’t going to watch itself.

(Vulture)

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Here’s Your Guide To Marvel Movie Releases For The Next Five Years http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/heres-your-guide-to-marvel-movie-releases-for-the-next-five-years/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/heres-your-guide-to-marvel-movie-releases-for-the-next-five-years/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:39:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266679 I know, I know. It's only for five years. We're still woefully ignorant of what our children's children will watch, Marvel-wise.

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Since it’s become clear in the past years that comic-book films are the only movies worth our attention, we figured we all could stand to memorize the following release schedule for Marvel so we don’t schedule any weddings or funerals that might conflict with the opening night of any Marvel films.

Without further ado, here’s how the next five years are shaping up in terms of Marvel releases. Please note that this list may grow, but definitely won’t shrink:

Marvel Release Dates Through 2019:

Captain America 3: Civil War – May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange – Nov. 6, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2018

Black Panther – Nov. 3, 2017

The Avengers 3 – Infinity War: Part 1 – May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018

Inhumans – Nov. 2, 2018

The Avengers 3 – Infinity War: Part 2 – 2019

You can compare that roster to DC/Warner’s slate right here.

(Variety)

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Host A Weekly Variety Show On NBC http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/neil-patrick-harris-will-host-a-weekly-variety-show-on-nbc/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/neil-patrick-harris-will-host-a-weekly-variety-show-on-nbc/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:12:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266622 It's what he was born to do.

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Neil Patrick Harris, our nation’s sweetheart, seems to be comfortably settling into his role as a really, really likable and entertaining host for things. Sure, maybe his breezy turn in the lighthearted romp Gone Girl had something to do with it, but more likely, he arrived at that decision before, having hosted the Tonys, signed on for the Oscars, and now this.

The show will be an adaptation (of course) of the British variety show Saturday Night Takeaway. However, it will not be on on Saturdays, and will not have that title.

It will have singing, dancing and all that other stuff people who read this website don’t watch. But it also will have Neil Patrick Harris, who everyone LOVES.

(Vulture)

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Spanish Casting Call Gets 86,000 Applicants For 600 Extra Spots http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/game-of-thrones-spanish-casting-call-gets-86000-applicants-for-600-extra-spots/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/game-of-thrones-spanish-casting-call-gets-86000-applicants-for-600-extra-spots/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:48:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266535 In related news, one guy accidentally stumbled into a casting call for 'Bad Judge', but only in search of a restroom.

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The fervor and extremely high interest in a Game of Thrones casting call for 600 extras in Osuna, Spain indicates: a) the Spanish really, really, really like Game of Thrones, b) the Spanish have hugely high unemployment and will take most any job they’re offered, or c) both.

I’m going with “c.”

The extras are applying to be in a huge battle scene, and with Spain standing in for the digs of Houses Martell and Dorne, perhaps there is some spoiler abound. But considering I can’t keep up with what happened five minutes ago on Game of Thrones, I’m not about to speculate regarding future events.

Anyway, with this level of interest, I think it’s safe to say that the producers of the show can simply use Spanish extras for most every need they see. They could stack Spaniards to form the wall, they could tape three together to be The Mountain…lots of problems solved with this story.

(EW)

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Hold Up, Christian Bale WILL Be Playing Steve Jobs In That Danny Boyle Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hold-up-christian-bale-will-be-playing-steve-jobs-in-that-danny-boyle-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hold-up-christian-bale-will-be-playing-steve-jobs-in-that-danny-boyle-biopic/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:11:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266270 Written by Aaron "Walk and Talk" Sorkin.

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Seeing what that Kutcher dude made of the part, Christian Bale is circling playing Apple founder and tech icon Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic from Danny Boyle. The film is based on Walter Issacson’s biography Steve Jobs.

The movie has an interesting slant for a biopic. The entire film will be comprised of three scenes, set at different times in Jobs’ life, backstage before giving one of his famed presentations. Sounds more interesting than just covering childhood to death. The first scene will come before the unveiling of the Mac, the second one, NeXt, while Jobs was away from Apple, and the third being the launch of the iPod.

Ok. Even though the life of Steve Jobs is pretty well-worn territory, this sounds like an amazing team tackling his life in a new way.

INTERESTED.

(Variety)

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Networks Continue To Adapt Bizarre Films With ‘The Illusionist’ And ‘In Good Company’ Remakes Coming Our Way http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/networks-continue-to-adapt-bizarre-films-with-the-illusionist-and-in-good-company-remakes-coming-our-way/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/networks-continue-to-adapt-bizarre-films-with-the-illusionist-and-in-good-company-remakes-coming-our-way/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:19:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266185 When will it end?

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What started off as a curious trend now seems to be a borderline epidemic. Broadcast networks, unable to match the high-quality fare offered by cable channels, have started heavily leaning on remakes and adaptations, hoping that audiences will flock to the familiar, rather than going to cable networks for good, original shows. It doesn’t appear likely, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying.

Today, we’re getting news that the CW is adapting the Edward Norton magic period piece The Illusionist into a series. You may know The Illusionist as “The Magic Film That Wasn’t The Prestige.”  Ok. No real opinion there, other than it’s a very odd choice. I don’t think there are many The Illusionist fans out there, but what do I know?

Then it was announced that CBS is picking up an adaptation of In Good Company, a dramedy from the Wetiz Brothers that had Dennis Quaid working for a much younger man, who was also courting his daughter. Whatever. This is getting out of hand.

How out of hand? Here’s a list of the remake/adaptations we’ve reported on in the past month or two. Remember that this doesn’t account of existing remakes, and there are probably a few that we’re missing:

  • Uncle Buck
  • Full House
  • Shooter
  • Say Anything (killed)
  • Rush Hour
  • Problem Child
  • Scream
  • Minority Report

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Sons of Anarchy Recap: “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” (Season 7 / Episode 6) http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-recap-smoke-em-if-you-got-em/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-recap-smoke-em-if-you-got-em/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:57:55 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266156 Lots of big moves made this episode. How will the events of 'Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em" influence the remaining half of the season?

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So that was an…interesting episode of Sons of Anarchy. Not as good as last week’s episode, but also not exactly the cinematic version of Ambien. “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” is noteworthy in that it’s when Jax makes his biggest moves against August Marks. The other story lines were alright, but I’m especially frustrated at everything that seems to be going on with Juice. Let’s jump right in.

What the f&$% with Juice releasing Gemma? Juice believes SAMCRO has voted “Mayhem” on him, meaning his life will come to an end if they catch up to him. Everything he’s done on the run, from killing the Asian dude last episode to clocking the convenience store cashier to rob the register in this episode, has been to avoid Mayhem. Having Gemma as a hostage would have been the very best leverage he had to get to Mexico and out of the grasp of the club. But no…he bitched up and let her go, opting instead to go to the…Mayans?!?!? An APB out on your tattooed noggin and you run to former SAMCRO enemies who aren’t even really enemies anymore (which you already know) for help?? Look, Juice had all the opportunity in the world not to ever have to face Jax and the club ever again, and he winds up doing it anyway. Son’s mind is as dull as a pair of garden shears that have been sitting in a pool of vinegar for years. I’m also somewhat annoyed that the show ended with that awesome cliffhanger, only for the clips for next week’s episode to show Juice alive and well, and seemingly accepting his cut back from Jax. Way to ruin the tension, guys.

Big power moves in effect: Jax is now dangling quite a few threads that connect just about every single ally and enemy — past and present — in the show’s history. The distilled version: Jax lost the kilos of heroin he promised the Aryan Brotherhood last episode during his failed “revenge” on Lin, so now he has to answer to Tully and his boys for it (which partly resulted in a cool hayseed gang rumble in the dirt). So Jax needs to make right by giving the AB part of the Mayan’s drug territory, and he wants to accomplish that by giving Alvarez, along with the One-Niners, Marks’ territory after they take him down. Once that all goes down, Jax will convince the Irish to give the Mayans the gun trade. And to let loose the dogs of war, SAMCRO and the Grim Bastards slaughtered a bunch of Marks’ East Dubs, using them as leverage to get in the good graces of the AB (a van full of dead black men will do that) before piling them all up on one of Marks’ construction sites. Got all that? Good…you’ll be fine going forward.

Gemma’s starting to get annoying Simply put, Sons would not be Sons without Gemma. For the duration of the show, she’s managed to strike just the right balance of manipulativeness and maternal vulnerability. Murdering Tara, however, seems to have her down in a hole that is more aggravating than compelling. The talking-to-herself bit was an ill-conceived addition to her character and makes me roll my eyes every time she gets going. The whole bonding experience with Flo at the diner was pure filler, and I’ll bet anything we never see that character again. She broke down when Nero was thisclose to putting the puzzle pieces together on Tara’s murder, revealing not only that Katey Sagal is not a good crying actor, but also that Gemma is probably not headstrong enough to keep the secret herself; it will be an absolute shocker to me if Juice dimes her out to Jax, but we all know Jax will eventually find out. Also, it had to be hard for her to compromise everything she believes in to drop a fake dime on Lin to the cops.

Trapping Juice and Nero together This was one of my favorite scenes of the episode. Nero being Nero, I knew he wasn’t going to try to take Juice’s head off over murdering that girl from last season, but I was sure for a moment that Juice would spill the beans to Nero about Gemma’s murder of Tara. Because why not, right? What’s he got to lose at this point, considering he’s sure death awaits him when he’s finally let out of the closet? Alas, he didn’t, and the narrative is to slow-burn for a bit longer as Nero starts to peel that onion. Juice believes he deserves death because he’s a coward, but I think all of us watching have a much different perspective on it. I’m interested to see if Nero comes to Juice’s aid next episode.

And the rest…

- Marilyn Manson was truly enjoyable to watch for the first time this episode. He delivered an awesome line about protecting the brand when Jax challenged him on his true racial motivations.

- Gemma’s pissed off at Unser for suggesting she hang Lin by talking to the cops and pinning Tara’s murder on him. But the idea was so genius that even Jax backed it. Gemma should never, ever lose Unser as a corner man…she’s upright today because of him.

-Ever notice that no matter how many times Jax gets punched in the face, he never walks away with so much as a swollen lip? Must be nice to be the pretty-boy show lead.

-Bobby Elvis is the official totally-ineffective-angel-on-Jax’s-shoulder. I’d love to go back and count how many times he said something to the effect of “You sure you wanna do this, brother?” and Jax responds, “Of course I wanna do this bro, what’s the problem?” Maybe Nero needs Bobby’s job.

Until next week!

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Denzel Washington’s Ten Greatest Movie Performances http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/denzel-washingtons-ten-greatest-movie-performances/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/denzel-washingtons-ten-greatest-movie-performances/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:03:18 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265533 Denzel Washington is one of the greatest actors of all time. He done so much worth watching, but these are his 10 best roles.

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Denzel Washington is arguably the best actor alive. He’s been killing it on the silver screen for four decades (well, really killing it for about three) and even longer on the small screen. No longtime actor’s record is without flaw, but he’s managed to become a living legend without truly spoiling it in the way that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro did by taking numerous embarrassing movie roles late in their careers.

Last week saw the release of his latest film The Equalizer, a film adaptation of the 1980s television show that isn’t too far off from his other Denzel-on-violent-killing-spree-in-the-name-of-a-young-girl film, 2004′s Man on Fire. He’s pushing 60 now, and I’m interested to see what he will do as he crosses into that Robert Redford/Michael Douglas/Marlon Brando era of his career when his famous good looks start to fade and he moves the box office based solely on name recognition and on-screen presence.

It’s hard for me not to recommend just about every film he’s ever done just to see him in action — even that one he did that you’d have to take my mother hostage to force me to watch again. But these are, in no particular order, 10 of his must-sees…the ones that might actually convince me to leave on TNT if they’re being aired, commercials and all.

1. Glory (1989) - Poor Matthew Broderick. He got upstaged by everyone in this Civil War drama, but especially by Denzel Pvt. Trip, a headstrong Union soldier. Undoubtedly he earned his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the scene in which he takes a beating like a G, his stare fixed on Broderick’s Col. Shaw’s, letting out only a single tear. Shivers. 

 2. Ricochet (1991) – No Denzel fan (or movie buff, for that matter) worth a damn has only Oscar darlings on their list of his favorite movies. Ricochet is, by all accounts, a B-movie, complete with honey-baked ham-style acting from antagonist John Lithgow and a very healthy serving of “Cop Killer”-era Ice-T. Denzel’s overacting as Assistant District Attorney Nick Styles when he’s trying to convince people he was set up for the fall was never going to earn him any Oscar props, but it sure is fun to watch.

3. Malcolm X (1992) – If Black Twitter existed in 1993, it would have likely exploded over the fact that Al Pacino won the Best Actor Oscar for the most overwrought performance of his career over Denzel’s portrayal of Malcolm Little/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He got lost in the role and put his own patina on Brother Malcolm while managing to respect the respect the legacy of the man. Unlike most Spike Lee films, this one still stands tall after more than two decades; it also remains the director’s best, most impactful film.

4. He Got Game (1998) - Not a Denzel film that typically falls on critics’ “best of” lists, but a personal favorite because the film deals with a lot of father-son dynamics that tug at my cold, hard heartstrings. Denzel is masterful as a humbled convict looking to get back in good graces with his estranged children and out of prison while he’s at it. However, contrary to a few clearly idiotic opinions, Denzel’s movie son, NBA player Ray Allen, proved that he couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag. Like most pro athletes. Say what you will about his filmmaking, but Spike Lee always brought the best out of Denzel.

5. The Hurricane (1999) – Like He Got Game, this is another Denzel vehicle in which the movie surrounding his tremendous performance is decent but ultimately unmemorable. Playing the real-life Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a boxer wrongly convicted of a murder of which was exonerated after 20 years in the pen, Denzel packed on more muscle than he did for any other movie of his career and delivered a quiet, measured performance that should’ve netted him a Best Actor Oscar before Training Day. There was a boatload of controversy regarding the veracity of the film’s events, but how many of you actually believe everything you see in biopics anyway?

On the next page: Denzel plays a trumpet player, a dirty detective, a drunk pilot, a lawyer, and a football coach — and kills ‘em all.

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Eight Lessons We Learned From ‘The Cosby Show’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/eight-lessons-we-learned-from-the-cosby-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/eight-lessons-we-learned-from-the-cosby-show/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:57:36 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265334 America's most beloved sitcom has one heck of a back story. Thirty years later, here are a few of the things we took away.

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This month marks 30 years since the first episode of The Cosby Show aired, on September 20th, 1984. Based in part on Bill Cosby‘s early stand-up routines that focused on his parenting experiences, The Cosby Show remains inimitable; ask anyone who was alive and of television-watching age in the mid-1980s which show mattered the most at the time and you’ll no doubt get the same answer from nearly everyone.

Before he became better known as Mr. Get-Off-My-Lawn, there were quite a few lessons that Cosby wanted us to learn…and a few that he probably didn’t intend for us to. Here are few in both categories:

1. Genetics don’t matter much – Heathcliff and Claire Huxtable had five biological kids, each of whom look like they are products of a sperm donor of some sort. Both parents were chocolate complected, but for some reason their two oldest, Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf) and Denise (Lisa Bonet), are yellower than a slice of angel food cake; the former actress is of Creole descent and the latter is half-Jewish. What, did Cosby have a hard time finding black actresses that made genetic sense? I know two siblings of the same two parents can come out different shades, but damn, son.  

2. Neither do age and continuity, for that matter – Earle Hyman, who played Cliff’s father Russell, is only 10 years older than Cosby in real life, and LaBoeuf is 10 years older than Phylicia Rashad in real life. Sondra was brought in the middle of the first season as the fifth child who’s been away at college, even though Claire and Cliff had a conversation in the pilot explicitly stating that they only had four children. You got some ‘splainin’ to do, Heathcliff.

3. Your parents don’t owe you s*** – The best scenes from The Cosby Show involve teenaged Theo’s (Malcolm Jamal-Warner) interactions with his dad. The character of Theo, and many of their conversations, were based on those Cosby had with his real-life son Ennis, who was murdered in 1997 at age 27. The “regular people” discussion (posted above) is arguably among the best scenes in all of sitcom history, and is certainly still relevant three decades later. 

4. You can be successful by ignoring hairy topics – Yes, this is a controversial one. But it’s been argued that part of the reason for the success of the show in the mainstream is related to Cosby’s disregard for portraying African-American sociocultural issues. (Theo may have learned lessons on what it means to be a worthwhile adult, but never about being a black man in America). Whether it was is necessary for Cosby to breach these topics is debatable, but his lack of attention to these issues on his show make perfect sense when taken in context with his future antics.

5. Raven-Symone can get whatever the hell she wants – I mean seriously…would you just look at cute, sassy little Olivia?!? Cosby was on to something when he didn’t hire Raven-Symone following her audition for the 1989 multiple award-winning Oscar darling Ghost Dad, but instead for the show as Denise’s precocious stepdaughter. It jump-started a long and successful television and recording career for the actress, who became one of the highest-paid black entertainers ever, all while successfully avoiding (at least publicly) the familiar trappings of child celebrities. Girl’s got skills.

6. Family dance routines can break out anywhere – Perhaps more unrealistic than the tendency for the Huxtable family to just be chummy with famous black figures like Lena Horne and Dizzy Gillespie is its propensity to break out into carefully choreographed family dance routines. It started with season 1′s “Jitterbug Break,” but it certainly wasn’t the last time music and dance combined for the sake of a fun sequence. This kind of entertainment worked in the 1980s and at the buttcrack dawn of the 1990s, but everyone would roll their eyes in 2014 — part of the reason The Cosby Show hasn’t aged very well.

7. Pissing off the Cos = Bad Idea – It was well-known that Cosby ran a tight ship on his show, making sure his characters were portrayed in a positive light, even if the kids are a bit confused about the way of things. Lisa Bonet wasn’t having it: Though she was one of the show’s most popular characters early on, rumors abound that she was a pain in the ass on the set, arguing with show runners and showing up late. This was apparently what led Cosby to drop her off in the spinoff A Different World. When Bonet and Lenny Kravitz got pregnant with doppelganger/future hottie Zoe, Cosby wasn’t having a pregnant Denise on either show, so her character was sent away to Africa. Also, Carl Anthony Payne II’s Cockroach got the heave-ho after one season, reportedly because he wanted to grow out his hair and Cosby wanted any friend of Theo’s to be clean cut. Way to drive that slave ship, Billy-Boy.

8. Teenagers are atrociously annoying – When we were kids, it was entertaining watching the Cosby kids and all their zip-zany antics. But getting older is to realize just how grating those kids truly were. Rudy was too young and adorable to be obnoxious, and Sondra was too grown and frequently indisposed, but those middle three? Sheesh. Tempestt Bledsoe’s Vanessa takes the cake for having the most punchable Cosby face by a country mile.

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Screen Junkies Show: Game of Thrones Kids’ Books With Bran Stark! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-game-of-thrones-kids-books-with-bran-stark/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-game-of-thrones-kids-books-with-bran-stark/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:50:23 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=265501 Westeros needs bedtime stories too, so we recruited Isaac Hempstead Wright to help us come up with some Game of Thrones-themed kids' books in honor of Isaac's role in The Boxtrolls!

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Westeros needs bedtime stories too, so we recruited Bran Stark himself, Isaac Hempstead Wright, to help us come up with some Game of Thrones-themed kids’ books in honor of Isaac’s role in The Boxtrolls!! Plus, actress/comedian Milana Vayntrub is in the house!

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Andre 3000 Would Like To See Leo DiCaprio Play Him In An Outkast Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/andre-3000-would-like-to-see-leo-dicaprio-play-him-in-an-outkast-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/andre-3000-would-like-to-see-leo-dicaprio-play-him-in-an-outkast-biopic/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:46:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265488 That makes two of us.

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I’m not sure if there’s a big need or demand for an Outkast movie, but that hasn’t stopped Andre 3000 from thinking about one. It’s probably because he just wrapped a Jimi Hendrix biopic, and is thinking about his legacy. Or maybe he was just bored waiting for a flight at the airport, and thinking about casting his own biopic, as we all so often do.

Andre was spot-on in saying that Kevin Hart should play Big Boi, since they’re both about 4’11″, but the choice to play himself is far more…inspired. Dre said to Rolling Stone, the role should go to ”somebody stupid—like Leonardo DiCaprio.”

I’m not sure the way to recruit an actor is by calling him stupid, but I think that Dre was calling the idea stupid more than the actor.

In any event, we’ll be the first to report it if Leo takes the gig. Which should happen when hell freezes over.

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If You Attend The University Of Baltimore, You Can Take A Class On Marvel Comics http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/if-you-attend-the-university-of-baltimore-you-can-take-a-class-on-marvel-comics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/if-you-attend-the-university-of-baltimore-you-can-take-a-class-on-marvel-comics/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:49:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265410 Crabcakes, football, and fanboy bullsh*t. That's what Maryland does.

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It’s probably too late to register, seeing as how classes started a few weeks ago, but for those reading who are attending the University of Baltimore, you can take a class on the Marvel universe. Why? Because it’s a robust, complicated universe that takes many classic literary tropes, and adapts them myriad different ways.

Also, it’s got f*ckin’ Spider-Man, and that guy’s sweet.

The film will focus on Marvel’s approach to heroism, which is fine, but some other, non-comic book authors did some good work on that subject, too. Oh well. Maybe next semester.

The elephant in the room is that Baltimore isn’t doing a class based on The Wire, which offers far more literary conflict and plot, along with Stringer Bell. They could even tie that one into a class on the Economics of Drug Dealing entitled “The Game is the Game” or “Spider Bags: 2 Gets Ya 3.”

Lots of options for U of Baltimore.

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10 Television Spin-offs, Ranked From Worst to Best http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/10-television-spin-offs-ranked-from-worst-to-best/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/10-television-spin-offs-ranked-from-worst-to-best/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:37:05 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264984 Which spin-off TV shows actually trumped their predecessors, and which deserve to stay buried in the graveyard forever?

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Last week, news dropped that the groundbreaking Fox sitcom Married…With Children has a spin-off in the works. The Sony Pictures Television production, which is rumored to center around David Faustino’s Bud Bundy, is not the only beloved 80s-to-90s sitcom in the works: a Full House reboot with much of the original cast, may also be on its way.

Between those, Girl Meets World and the crap-tastic Saved By the Bell movieit’s an exciting time for us post-Generation Xers who experienced those shows in their first run during our formative years and reflect on them fondly. Because Married…With Children aged remarkably well and set a standard that revolutionized sitcoms (unfortunately resulting in several off-brand imitators), I’m not excited about a reboot in a post-Twitter, PC world where the edgy humor that made Married… and other 90s sitcoms tick won’t fly so well now.

There have been many sitcom reboots throughout the years that have worked like gangbusters, and many that have fallen flat — so many that it would probably take someone paid to know such things to recite them all. (I had no idea there were *two* Three’s Company spinoffs). Here are just ten of them, in order from worst to best:

10. Joey – It’s well-documented that I think Friends is one of the wackest shows ever. So it would stand to reason that one of the wackest characters on one of the wackest shows ever getting his own spin-off couldn’t possibly result in quality television. Matt LeBlanc‘s Joey Tribbiani worked well as a dunce when surrounded by four slightly less dunce-y people, but giving him his own show was almost as bad an idea as giving the Geico Cavemen their own show, and for the same damn reasons. Seeing sexy Drea De Matteo back on screen after being whacked in The Sopranos was fun, but she couldn’t help the show last more than two seasons.

9. Baywatch Nights - Here’s a novel idea: Take one of the world’s most popular hours on television, take away the things that made it the most watchable show on television  (gorgeous breast-implanted women wearing regulation high-cut one-piece swimsuits), add even more Hasselhoff and try to leech off the popularity of The X-Files, and you have Baywatch Nights. Not sure how a show featuring Angie Harmon battling human-fish hybrids made it two seasons before being put out of its misery.

8. The Golden Palace - The Golden Girls was an unqualified success as a show that followed four women living together in the twilight of their lives. Considering the relative finality of this venture, it was a bit strange to see three of the four women segue into becoming hoteliers in Miami. Disregarding the inanity of the concept of three old biddies taking on the lion’s share of responsibility in a hotel in one of the world’s most popular destinations (never mind the money it would require to invest in such a venture), the show wasn’t that great, and it was axed after a single season. Bonus points, however, for putting the talented Don Cheadle in a regular role in 1992 before anyone cared who he was.

7. Buddies - Good news: ABC recognized the star quality of Dave Chappelle after a single guest appearance on Home Improvement and gave him his own show. Bad news: It was too soon. Buddies is a cautionary tale for trying to put talent that has yet to be cultivated into the front seat without proper driving lessons. The 1996 series’ ratings were so abysmal, only five of the 13 episodes shot ever aired. It didn’t help that Chappelle’s “buddy” Jim Breuer (aka Brian from Half Baked) was recast, killing the comedic chemistry. Chappelle completists need not fret, though: Copies of the DVD are still out there.

6. Melrose PlaceMelrose Place was Beverly Hills 90210 for folks a little too grown to follow the lives of high-school kids, and a soap opera for those who couldn’t imagine getting into their mom’s Ambien-esque fare. No show was more utterly 1990s and featured a cast of more preternaturally attractive human beings. Depending on who you talk to, Aaron Spelling’s masterpiece might have trumped 90210 in terms of pure campy goodness. Heather Locklear was the true magic of the show, whose cast listing reads like a Who’s Who of really hot people from the 1990s who are at least in their 40s and have virtually no career anymore.

On the next page: The five most legendary TV spin-offs of all time.

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Sons of Anarchy Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: “Toil and Till” http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-season-7-episode-2-recap-toil-and-till/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/sons-of-anarchy-season-7-episode-2-recap-toil-and-till/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:58:51 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265166 With the long-awaited final season of Sons of Anarchy now airing on FX, fans are waiting with bated breath to see which main characters will get the pink slip by way of a bloody, gruesome death that tests the limits of what can be shown on basic cable.

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With the long-awaited final season of Sons of Anarchy now airing on FX, fans are waiting with bated breath to see which main characters will get the pink slip by way of a bloody, gruesome death that tests the limits of what can be gotten away with on basic cable.

We’re two episodes in, and so far no one within spitting distance of the show’s main credits has gone to that big gun trade in the sky. Just wait for it, though, good people – patience is a kingly virtue.

A few observations from last night’s episode, “Toil and Till” (MAD SPOILERS BELOW, YO):

Too long and too quiet – The seventh season of a successful hour-long drama has earned the right to have episodes that extend past the typical runtime; “Toil and Till” clocked in at about an hour and 15 minutes, and last week’s season opener “The Black Widower” was an hour and a half.

While this is all good for all of us who appreciate a little extra helping of SAMCRO with a cherry on top, longer episodes are resulting in a number of overly long scenes and quiet exposition that might be grating for people looking to see the story move along. Dramatic pauses are aplenty, and sometimes the motivation to throw an empty beer can at the television and yell, “CMOOONN!!” is strong.

Fortunately, the characters don’t suck, and listening to their stories isn’t so bad all the time: Wendy and Nero trading abuse stories was interesting, especially because Jimmy Smits is one of the show’s best late additions. Here’s hoping he makes it to episode 8.

 

Jax has taken leave of his damn mind – Screw everything you thought was going on with Jackson Teller. Screw the letters from his dad, who served as the conscience on his right shoulder. Screw all the plans to turn the club straight. That’s all gone now.

Many of us might abandon our faculty of reason in the face of discovering the woman we love dead with a carving fork jammed in her skull. But Jax was already an outlaw before that, which simply exacerbated matters. Now, his eyes empty and his soul damaged, he’s driven by one imperative: revenge, the engine which will likely drive this entire season. His explanation of what he plans to do with Lin, the man he feels is responsible for Tara’s death, stands in diametric opposition to everything he had in mind for SAMCRO prior to this season.

And not for nothing, but isn’t this whole killing-for-revenge-in-the-wrong-direction storyline reminiscent of season 6 of Sons’ spiritual predecessor, The Shield, when Vic Mackey was slaughtering in the name of finding Lem’s killer?

Maybe Gemma isn’t a total rhymes-with-witch – The show’s dark matriarch, Gemma has proven time and again she’s willing to go the distance to protect herself and her family. Following this mode of thinking, it seems like she would be concocting ways to put down the two people that currently present the biggest threat to her: Juice, the only witness of her murdering Tara; and Unser, who she discovered is working with the local authorities on Tara’s murder.

She literally caught both men sleeping and chose not to polish them both off, which would’ve been easy in both cases (Juice is on the run, and Unser has been dying of the same illness for, like, six seasons). She even sent Juice off to her dead dad’s crib with a few grand. Either she has a bigger heart than she lets on, or she’s keeping those eventual murders close to the vest in the name of driving the narrative.

Enough with the show-ending music montages – Sons of Anarchy still suffers from relying on almost anachronistic episode-ending music montages. That’s not necessarily a horrible thing, but the show’s choice of music is.

The season premiere finished with an absolutely atrocious remake of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and last night’s concluded with some random Yelawolf song with a shi**y hook that almost undermined the gravity of what’s going on onscreen. If the show must continue with these montages, why not use the original music and not these godawful versions that are no better than something you’d hear from a live performer in a Potbelly’s? Let us not forget how perfectly The Rolling Stones’ “Thru and Thru” fit with the final minutes of The Sopranos’ banner second season.

 

Betraying Jury will come back on Jax  Icing the two seemingly okay guys who helped the club out with the Triad hit — aside from being cold-blooded (seriously, hasn’t Jax killed more people in the past two episodes than the past two seasons combined?!?) — turned out to be meaningful to Uncle Jury, president of the Indian Hills Nevada chapter of Sons of Anarchy and the dude who sent Jax the boys to begin with. We aren’t told what Jury’s relationship is with one of the boys he found dead, but don’t be surprised if it’s his son, and he will put two and two together and go see about Jax.

Tig and Ratboy  The scene with them in the car is the season’s best levity so far. Good to know Tig is reliable as ever as a sick bastard.

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The Film Cult Presents: Contact http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-contact/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-contact/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:34:22 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264986 Based on the Carl Sagan SciFi classic of the same name, and directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame, Contact is the tale of Ellie Arroway, a scientist who has devoted her life to finding evidence of alien life.

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Remember when Jodie Foster was relevant? When her acting was pure and everyone related to her onscreen struggles? She used to show such range, such acting genius. And yes, I’m talking about Freaky Friday. Jokes aside, there was a time when Jodie Foster wasn’t the unofficially lesbian, ironic friend of Mel Gibson, when her craft was the gold standard. And yes, of course, as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs, she was truly magnificent. In all honesty, however, I think she was better in this week’s Film Cult pick: Contact.

Based on the Carl Sagan SciFi classic of the same name, and directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame, Contact is the tale of Ellie Arroway, a scientist who has devoted her life to finding evidence of alien life. Not unlike Clarice Starling, Ellie is a bit of an outsider, the genius girl ready for her chance to shine. Well, Ellie gets it, damn the consequence. Not only does she find strong evidence of alien life, but said evidence is actually a blue print for a time space transporter she gets the privilege of using. When her pod falls through the building-sized, spinning three rings—man, only 2001: A Space Odyssey compares to the depiction of deep space on film.

Also thrown into the film, for spiritual conflict and terrible sexual chemistry, is the character Palmer Josh, played by none other than Mr. “all right, all right, alright” himself, Matthew McConaughey. This was when McConaughey was his most beautiful. His character is so conservative, so laced up. It’s hard not to imagine him naked. That said, Jodie’s real life sexuality seeps through the surface of her character, because their sexual tension is about as strong as mine is with my landlady’s dog. In fact, I’m more intimate with my—I’ll stop there.

This film has been the punch line of many jokes, never really getting the respect it deserves. It definitely hasn’t been canonized, and yet when talking to my nerd friends, each of them has something kind to say about this movie, how they loved it, and how they wish it was better known. I couldn’t agree more.

Ellie is facing an uphill battle. Anyone who spends their time waiting for Aliens to make a house call has to be a strong person. These people searching and searching are just another brand of outsider. Facing almost as much ridicule as Bigfoot hunters, Alien hunters rarely get any respect. They are persevered as silly, crazy folk. Yes, there’s the possibility that the green people are out there (I WANT TO BELIEVE) but no one, especially an over-educated, PhD should spend their lives waiting, listening to static out in the New Mexico desert. That said, Ellie, we get it. To chase something that may not be there, to yearn for the fantastic, is a calling. It’s a an answer to a question that only other people ask. To the person, to the devoted, there is no other option. There was never a question.

Yes, Contact, can read a little cheesy at times, but I’m alright with that. In the climax montage of Ellie’s journey through space, she sees a radio-transmission site on Vega, almost loses her compass, and falls (nauseatingly, I might add) through a few wormholes. And when she finally sees the “celestial event” about which she says they should have sent a poet, the camera zeroes in on her left eye, which to me is the most important statement of the movie.

I love how this movie takes the SciFi model and uses it as an entryway into the mind, into the self. Yes, Ellie must travel across the universe (literally) to see inside herself, to face her dead father, to come to terms with what happened to her. It’s a beautiful statement on the idea that once things become so big, they become exceptionally tiny, and vice versa. The universe contains our mind, and our mind, the universe. Through the wormhole, it’s all the same.

Trippy, pseudo-philosophies aside, Contact is a fun movie for SciFi nerds, movie buffs, or just fans of interesting storylines. Check it out if you haven’t seen it in awhile, and if you have never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Also, check out a pretty fierce Angela Bassett as Rachel Constantine, the White House Chief of Staff.

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When Good Stars Go Bad: Eight Actors and Their Most Villainous Film Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/when-good-stars-go-bad-eight-actors-and-their-most-villainous-film-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/when-good-stars-go-bad-eight-actors-and-their-most-villainous-film-roles/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:42:28 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264813 These actors are known for playing the good guy (or gal), but they all broke bad at one point in their career!

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Idris Elba is taking on his first big-screen baddie role as a sociopathic home invader in this Friday’s No Good Deed. While it’s not his first-ever role as a bad guy — that would be his star-making turn as Russell “Stringer” Bell in HBO’s G.O.A.T. show The Wire — he’s definitely going against type. Since Hollywood realized that Elba makes women of all ethnicities go googly-eyed, he’s committed to a lot of roles that don’t really do much to mess with that image. So Elba’s Colin Evans, who terrorizes Taraji P. Henson’s character along with her son in No Good Deed, is a bold step.

Elba is not the first actor to do what I like to call the “Anti-Will Smith“: Step outside of their comfort zone and tackle a challenging, against-type antagonist role. Of course, these efforts often have mixed results, even for the best actors. Below are just a few, high-profile examples of good stars gone bad.

Robin Williams (InsomniaOne Hour Photo, and Death to Smoochy, all 2002) – After spending a quarter century playing the funny guy on television and the big screen, Williams decided to go full dark twice in one year — as a killer opposite Al Pacino in the underrated Insomnia and as a creepy photo technician in One Hour Photo — and comedically dark in Death to Smoochy. So much has been said about Williams in the wake of his death a month ago that I risk redundancy, but his 2002 run showed that he possessed the range, and courage, not to box himself in professionally.

Tom Cruise (Collateral, 2004) – Cruise has been kicking all types of ass as the hero protagonist for several decades, so what better way to make a sharp left turn than a gritty Michael Mann film? I’ve yet to meet a soul who doesn’t think this movie is at least entertaining, and Cruise does the slow-burn contract killer bit marvelously. Less couch jumping and stupid religions, more bad guys, please.

Denzel Washington (Training Day, 2001) – The role that finally netted Washington a Best Actor Oscar when he did 861,482,176,253 movies that deserved it before. It’s hard to say that he dug more into this role than others, but it was very obvious he enjoyed every inch of Alonzo Harris. He out-acted Ethan Hawke in so much of the film that Hawke should’ve just been credited as “Random White Cop.” Washington has played morally fuzzy anti-heroes since, but nothing as explosive as here.

Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man, 2014) – It took this and this to solidify my resolve to never sit through all of ASM2. They also confirmed that playing a cornball super villain is not a good look for Foxx and his Best Actor Oscar. He’s proven time and again that he has range, so I’d like to see him in a real-world bad guy role that flexes the acting skills we all know he has.

Kathy Bates (Misery, 1990) – Misery is arguably the best Stephen King movie adaptation of all time, not because of a bedridden Sonny Corleone, but because Bates’ Annie Wilkes gave everybody nightmares when the movie came out. An unimpressive film and television career transformed to starring roles and A-list goodness for Bates after the role; she wouldn’t play a baddie again until FX’s American Horror Story: Coven in 2013.

Macaulay Culkin (The Good Son, 1993) – Gotta give it up to the Mac: After becoming America’s Moppet Sweetheart thanks to My Girl and the Home Alone films, dude decided to tackle a role as a sinister child killer. The movie wasn’t great, but as an adolescent, even I was a little creeped out waiting for little Kevin to pop up around the corner and kill Elijah Wood. Now, I’m sure I’d just laugh my ass off at the whole thing. Speaking of Elijah Wood…

Elijah Wood (Sin City, 2oo5) – Though he didn’t speak a word in the role, seeing Wood as the psychopathic cannibal Kevin was enough to make you forget that you’re dealing with friggin’ Frodo. Going heads-up with Mickey Rourke’s Marv is a battle that didn’t bode well for him, but even his (SPOILER!) decapitated head with that perpetual grin was freaky. Wood went bad again in 2012′s Maniac. 

Harrison Ford (What Lies Beneath, 2000) – Ford locked down the handsome, brooding swashbuckler bit in the 1970s and 80s, which is why it was probably smart that he waited until he was pushing 60 to play his first bad guy. The hook here is that Ford’s good Dr. Norman Spencer doesn’t become bad until (SPOILER!) the final act twist reveals he’s the killer and his current wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, must escape with her life. While we didn’t get a whole film of Bad Han Solo, Ford played those final minutes with an appropriate amount of menace.

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Ten Actors Who Followed in Their Famous Parents’ Footsteps: The Good, The Bad & The Wackness http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/ten-actors-who-followed-in-their-famous-parents-footsteps-the-good-the-bad-the-wackness/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/ten-actors-who-followed-in-their-famous-parents-footsteps-the-good-the-bad-the-wackness/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:16:20 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264719 Nepotism has lead to Hollywood careers for many children of acting royalty. But how do they stack up?

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Ask nearly the entire damn cast of HBO’s Girls: There’s no nepotism quite like Hollywood nepotism. It’s why we see too many weak-sauce children of respected Hollywood celebs fumble and bumble their way through careers in attempts to grab the respect of their established parents.

Sometimes it works; in rare cases, the scion is even better at it than the parent. All too often though, Hollywood heirs are the equivalent of that pain-in-the-ass 21 year old who’s running the produce section of his dad’s grocery store into the ground just because he can. Here are 10 descendants of actors who have their own acting careers — with very mixed results.

1. Eva Amurri

Parent: Susan Sarandon

The smokin’ hot daughter of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses hasn’t done a whole lot in her adult acting career that doesn’t involve, well, being snokin’ hot. My personal favorite role of Amurri’s — for completely legitimate reasons not involving her naked tatters is the stripper student vying for Hank Moody’s affections in season 3 of Showtime’s Californication. Her Wikipedia filmography has her credited in a couple dozen projects; if you can name more than three of them without looking, I’d be surprised. Verdict: Pretty wack, all things considered

2. Colin Hanks

Parent: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks’ oldest son, who Tom had in his very early 20s, has earned decent indie cred starting with 2002′s Orange County. But he’s never managed to nab any other leading roles like his old man; perhaps his most noteworthy role was as the season 6 big baddie in the by-then-declining Showtime show Dexter, though he also handled himself well earlier this year as a meek police officer trying to take down Billy Bob Thornton in FX’s Fargo. There’s nothing outwardly offensive or untalented about Colin, but he’ll always be the Michael Jordan Jr. to his dad. Verdict: Not too shabby

3. Jamie Lee Curtis

Parent: Janet Leigh

I’ll try not to write with too much bias, considering Curtis was one of my earliest film crushes and is the protagonist in my favorite horror film of all time (1978′s Halloween). Objectively speaking, however, Curtis is a very average actress at first following in the Scream Queen footsteps of her Psycho alumna mother before branching off into beloved ’80s fare, including 1983′s Trading Places (her first topless scene) and 1988′s A Fish Called Wanda, which earned her her first Golden Globe nomination (she brought the award home for 1994′s True Lies). All said, I’m sure Marion Crane would be proud of Laurie Strode. Verdict: Decent…and wouldja just LOOK AT THAT BOD?!?!?

4. Kate Hudson

Parent: Goldie Hawn

Kate Hudson had precisely one memorable film role: Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe‘s 2000 semi-autobiographical Almost Famous. Everything after that has been has been a clusterf*** of romantic comedies whose plots are all interchangeable and a few episodes of Glee. She’s not an insufferable actress to watch per se, but no one on Earth will ever say, “Wow, that Kate Hudson performance was truly memorable!” She’s known more these days for being in a bikini than being a meaningful actress. In other words, she’s a chip off the ol’ block. Verdict: Meh

5. Kiefer Sutherland

Parents: Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas

Ol’ Kiefer is easily one of the scariest actors of all time: When I was a child, he put the fear of Black Jesus in my heart as Ace Merrill in 1987′s Stand By Me and again in the following year’s horror fantasy classic The Lost Boys. He’s had a robust career over the past three decades, often playing the brooding bad guy or the brooding good guy or the brooding unseen narrator, that gravelly timbre getting under your skin. It wasn’t until 24 that he became synonymous with Jack Bauer and going whole days without taking a piss. Before 24, Kiefer was on the verge of becoming like Papa Donald: one of those old actors everyone knows but sorta forgets about until someone brings them up. Verdict: Bauerlicious 

Follow us to the next page for five actors who completely outshined their famous parents — although we can’t really explain why.

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The Walking Dead: Which Did it Better, The Comic or the TV Show? http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:32:02 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264604 The comic book is awesome. The show is awesome. But which is better? We take a look at seven major differences between them and break it down for all you zombie lovers. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

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The Walking Dead is justifiably one of basic cable’s most popular shows ever, and the most successful show in AMC’s history by a wide margin. It wasn’t until the success of the show that the ongoing Image Comics book on which it’s based caught fire as well.

The fantastic black-and-white title’s first issue predates the show’s first episode by four years, and the show follows the narrative of the book — albeit loosely at times. If you’re a stalwart fan of the show, which returns to the screen for Season 5 on October 12th, there’s very little excuse not to catch up with the 132 issues (at press time) of the book, which which can be easily consumed via tomes; for those of you Game of Thrones fans who don’t like to actually read, The Walking Dead has pictures!

In my opinion, the book is generally superior to the show, as is often the case with literature translated to screen. It explores the zombie apocalypse with a hard-R approach inaccessible to basic cable, so writer/creator Robert Kirkman (who also executive produces the show) has far more leeway and less meddling opinions to impede him from doing what he pleases.

Though there are numerous things big and small that the book did better with the same narrative, several of the show’s deviations — including characters and story lines — have been rock-solid and serve to make up for some aspects of the book that could never make it to the show for various reasons (e.g. the too-heinous-for-television death of Lori and her baby; the fact that Rick lost his right hand to the Governor years ago).

Here, we compare the show with the book to see which does better in what department. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD…



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The Governor vs. Michonne: Sure, David Morrissey’s Governor has some rape-y vibes, evident in how he dealt with Maggie after her capture in season 3. But the comic’s Governor, a mixture of a young Danny Trejo and Nick Fury, is a flat-out sadistic rapist. He captures Michonne, ties her up by her arms, tears off her clothes, beats her, and…well, you know the rest. Michonne later metes out her revenge, I Spit On Your Grave-style, taking way more than just the eye she took on the show. The whole thing is too much for basic cable, and even sensitive readers might have to turn away from it.

Winner: Book

 

2. Andrea: Andrea’s treatment in the show is likely the most annoying deviation from the book. Laurie Holden did just fine by the character, but her arc was ridiculous. Shacking up with the Governor and being taken in by his deception, leading to her own demise? F*** outta here, son. The book’s Andrea is a still-living badass with a scar on her face whose sniper skills are the reason a bunch of characters are still alive. As Rick’s right-hand partner inside and outside of the bedroom, the two serve as the guardians of the flock in the comic, living by the mantra “We don’t die.” For incontrovertible proof of how much more awesome comic Andrea is than show Andrea, look no further than issue 113, in which she engages in a fist-knife fight with one of Negan’s cronies and comes out on top.

WINNER: Book

3. “Days Gone Bye”: The pilot episode and the book’s first collection are likely closer in narrative than at any other point. They also remain one of the very best story lines of both. Rick waking up in the hospital, encountering the cafeteria full of zombies and stumbling out into a world that’s very different than before he was shot in the line of duty will likely remain one of the best zombie apocalypse intro stories. Frank Darabont, the man behind the greatest movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, directed that first episode with a beautifully haunting quietude; Rick’s encounter with Morgan and his son, his eventual ride into downtown Atlanta and the spectacular, nail-biting pilot-ending encounter with an unmanageable sea of city walkers established the show instant must-watch television. The book’s story arc is concurrent with Season 1′s successive episodes, including the death of Andrea’s sister Amy and the Shane-Rick-Lori triangle. The book arc, however, ended with Shane’s death at the hands of Carl, which happened much later and a bit cooler — on the show.

WINNER: Tie

4. Carl: For reasons I have been unable to properly comprehend (which means they probably aren’t that good), people have big problems with Lori on the show. But Carl is my least favorite character on the show by miles. All pre-pubescent, adolescent boys are obnoxious by nature, but Carl kinda takes it to the next level. The Season 4 episode “After,” in which he castigated his unconscious, ailing dad and wished for his death before sneaking off and running through bullets like they were rice in China made me want to dunk him in that tub of chocolate pudding, seal the top and ship him off to Abu Dhabi. He’s more centered and humble in the book, which might have something to do with the fact that he got half his head blown off and is missing an eye.

WINNER: Book

5. Daryl Dixon: The show’s shining beacon, Norman Reedus‘ Daryl Dixon doesn’t exist at all in the comic, and is perhaps the best deviation from the book. Daryl went from being a morally muddy racist to the show’s dark hero, winning the hearts and loins of women everywhere while maintaining his cool factor for the rest of us. One of my favorite scenes to date is Season 3′s reunion with and forced showdown between Daryl and his more polarizing (and even more racist) older brother Merle. Problem is, Daryl’s so beloved that the show runners are sort of locked into him; to off him would be to court fan ire. I would love to see the powers that be not go out like a bunch of scared chumps (a la The Sopranos) and kill off Daryl regardless of the fans. That alone would give the show legendary status.

WINNER: Show

6. Willingness to Off Little Girls: The comic, much like the show, is beloved for its shameless disregard for the lives of its main characters (many of the stars still alive in the show, for example, are long perished in the book). But the way the show relishes in knocking off small children is really f&$@ing awesome. The show arguably hit its stride when, after everyone spent the first half of season 2 searching for Carol’s daughter Sophia, she came hobbling out of the barn full of zombies as an undead herself, only to be put down by Rick. But the show’s most speechless moment came in season 4, when a battle-hardened Carol — unencumbered by that petty empathy that gets people killed in the zombie apocalypse — laid Lizzie down like the broken dog she was (a result of Lizzie killing her young sister Mika). “The Grove” remains one of the most controversial episodes of the series, and the last truly great one as of this writing. It’s the best reminder of the harrowing, unflinching world in which the characters exist.

WINNER: Show

7. Negan’s Reign of Terror: Though sadistic overlord Negan will allegedly show his face in the upcoming season 5 (Ed. Note – Don’t click the previous link if you don’t want a big book spoiler and potential show spoiler!), I’m going to preemptively state, sight unseen, that there’s no way he can be better on the show than the comic. The best part of Negan is the freewheeling insouciance Kirkman applies to the character’s, ahem, “colorful” language. (Perhaps no comic character has so gleefully utilized the F-bomb in every other word). I’ve been a comic reader since I was a sprout in the mid-1980s, and I’ve never encountered an easier-to-hate character so ripe for the fall. I think the show ultimately dropped the ball with the Governor, so I’m not expecting a lot from a character who basic cable simply cannot contain.

PREEMPTIVE WINNER: Book

Buy ‘The Walking Dead Compendium One and Two’ on Amazon to catch up on the first 96 issues.

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