Screen Junkies » TV http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:39:49 +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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Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Lip-Sync Battle’ To Be A Stand-Alone Show on Spike TV http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jimmy-fallons-lip-sync-battle-to-be-a-stand-alone-show-on-spike-tv/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jimmy-fallons-lip-sync-battle-to-be-a-stand-alone-show-on-spike-tv/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:46:31 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267618 It will be produced by Fallon, John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant.

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Jimmy Fallon has made a name for himself with a number of recurring skits, exclusive to his show. But soon, perhaps his most famous musical bit the Lip Sync Battle will be heading over to Spike TV. It’s unclear if the show will feature celebrities, laypeople, or both, but it’s likely that no matter what, it will erode some of the charm of Fallon’s version, should he decide to continue it.

A host hasn’t been announced yet, but a premiere date has. April 2, 2015. So if you thought this was some sort of HILARIOUS April Fool’s joke, you’re a day off. This couldn’t be more real. Ever.

Here’s Stephen Merchant taking a brea from being the world’s worst person on Hello Ladies to do some fake singing:

 

 

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NBC and Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Tossed Over To Netflix Before It Even Premiered http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-and-tina-feys-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tossed-over-to-netflix-before-it-even-premiered/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-and-tina-feys-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tossed-over-to-netflix-before-it-even-premiered/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:21:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267608 Looks like NBC's loss is Netflix' gain.

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While Netflix has rescued a network show or two in the past, this is a first. The Tina Fey-produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was set to roll out on NBC, but was just sent over to Netflix where it got a two-year commitment. Why? Maybe it’s because Netflix doesn’t mind shows with terrible names.

Rather than premiering in March on NBC, the Ellie Kemper-starring series about a woman who defects from a cult to move to NYC will debut on Netflix at the same time.

This sounds like a pretty promising premise from a great team, so let’s hope that a move to Netflix means the show will prove to be a more resilient than the fickle networks and that poor Kimmy Schmidt can find her way in the Big Apple.

That city will eat you alive. I’ve seen it happen a million times.

(Deadline)

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‘Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets’ Will Never Not Be Funny http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/celebrities-reading-mean-tweets-will-never-not-be-funny/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/celebrities-reading-mean-tweets-will-never-not-be-funny/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:48:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267602 I hope it doesn't affect their self-esteem.

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We love celebrities. If only because we get to talk shit about them without feeling guilty because, basically, we made them stars. So when Jimmy Kimmel does his periodic “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” it’s pretty awesome. And rarely redundant. Because who would ever get sick of having Lena Dunham have to face what people REALLY think about her breasts?

Not me. Not anyone.

This installment features Gerard Butler, Gwyneth Platrow, Chris Pratt (!), Chloe Moretz, and Britney, bitch. Take a look, and enjoy the meanness knowing that if they couldn’t take it, they never should have gotten famous in the first place.

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Conan Will Come To Primetime On TBS December 18th http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-will-come-to-primetime-on-tbs-december-18th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-will-come-to-primetime-on-tbs-december-18th/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:13:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267564 Can you show a masturbating bear during primetime? I'm going to assume you can.

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If you like that Conan O’Brien fella, but just can’t keep your eyes open past 10 PM, we have some good news. TBS and the ginger funnyman are going to meet you halfway with a primetime special on December 18th. It will be called Conan To Go, and it is likely slotted to recapture some of the rogue viewers who will be left to wander the late-night landscape after Stephen Colbert‘s departure in December. Like so many master-less samurai.

Ronin, if you will.

Conan To Go will be a compilation of bits and highlights from his first four years on TBS. However, if you’re looking for NBC era highlights, you can go straight to hell you are out of luck.

So tune in at 10/9C on the 18th, and prepare to have your funnybones shattered with jokes.

(THR)

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Hugh Laurie Guest-Starring On ‘Veep’, Possibly As The… http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hugh-laurie-guest-starring-on-veep-possibly-as-the/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hugh-laurie-guest-starring-on-veep-possibly-as-the/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:25:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267560 We'll keep the sorta-spoiler tucked away in the body of the article.

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We’ve got some Veep spoilers for you, if you’re the type of person who a) watches Veep and b) feels Veep can be spoiled by plot points. So just read something else if you’re on the fence. If you’re not, keep reading and enjoy some knowledge.

Hugh Laurie has been seen bombing around the Veep sets in D.C. in an acting capacity. It’s not known what role he’s playing, but the money is on him being the new veep, seeing as how Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ Selina Meyer was made president this past season.

Laurie, despite his turn on the procedural drama House, is a comic actor by trade from the school of Blackadder, so he should fit right in with the rest of the impeccable comic cast.

(TV Line)

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‘The Graduate’ Director Mike Nichols Passes Away at 83 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-graduate-director-mike-nichols-passes-away-at-83/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-graduate-director-mike-nichols-passes-away-at-83/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:35:46 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267524 "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime."

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By Jared Jones

Academy Award-winning director and nine time Tony winner Mike Nichols has passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 83, ABC News reports.

Perhaps best known as the man behind such films as The Graduate and The Birdcage, Nichols actually broke into the mainstream as a comic when he and partner Elaine May scored the “Best Comedy Album” Grammy in 1961. It would be the first of many awards for Nichols, who aside from receiving the “Best Director” Oscar for The Graduate, earned a Golden Globe Award (also for The Graduate), an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, and a tribute at the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors. At the age of 81, Nichols was also awarded the Tony for “Best Direction of a Play” for his revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which starred the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. That’s right, Nichols was an EGOTer.

Nichols began his directorial career with the 1966 adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which scored 5 Academy Awards and grossed 14.5 million dollars. It would be the first of many successes for Nichols, whose body of work would also include such massive hits as Wormwood, Working Girl, and Charlie Wilson’s War, his final picture.

After Wilson’s War, Nichols’ returned to Broadway — where it was announced that he was to direct Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in a Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal — and eventually, to television. Having won Emmys for his direction of both Wit and Angels in America in 2001 and 2004, respectively, he was set to reunite with Silkwood star Meryl Streep for an upcoming HBO miniseries called Master Class.

Anyone who’s ever taken a film studies class has likely written a few words about The Graduate, whose satirical takedown of American society (and iconic soundtrack from Simon & Garfunkel) made it an instant hit among critics and fans alike and helped kickstart the “Hollywood Revival” between the mid-60′s and 70′s. The film also holds the honor of containing the 42nd most iconic movie quote in film history, “Plastics,” according to AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes countdown.

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement. “No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”

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Studios Are Looking To Adapt ‘Serial’ Podcast For Both TV And Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/studios-are-looking-to-adapt-serial-podcast-for-both-tv-and-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/studios-are-looking-to-adapt-serial-podcast-for-both-tv-and-film/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:34:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267547 That 'Serial' is so hot right now...

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Even those who aren’t up on their podcast comings and goings have likely heard of Serial. It follows one real-life murder case (that’s been resolved) with interviews and commentary. The new smash-hit podcast from This American Life is getting 1.3 million people listening to it every week, so naturally, studios and producers have come flocking wondering how they convert those ears into cold, hard cash.

This American Life ran for two seasons on Showtime with little fanfare, but it’s likely that Serial would be more of an event. It could go the True Detective route with its reboots every “season” or it could be a film, not unlike Gone Girl. Either way, it’s already an established franchise just a few weeks into its existence.

However, those behind the show say they’re not entertaining discussions until after the last episode has been released of this season, so we have some time to run around and speculate.

(THR)

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CNN Anchor Discusses Penis-Biting With Cosby Rape Accuser, Somehow Gets In Trouble http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cnn-anchor-somehow-in-trouble-after-talking-to-cosby-rape-accuser-about-biting-penises-in-self-defense/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cnn-anchor-somehow-in-trouble-after-talking-to-cosby-rape-accuser-about-biting-penises-in-self-defense/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:51:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267518 The bounds of both journalism and good taste have been jackhammered to dust.

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It’s no surprise that the cable news networks have jumped all over this Cosby sexual assault scandal that’s simmering. However, with very little to actually discuss, it seems that CNN, as it has often been doing, is just cutting loose anchors to talk about the issue at hand with no real direction or point.

In this instance, it was anchor Don Lemon interviewing Cosby assault accuser Joan Tarshis. He helpfully brought up, decades later, that Tarshis could have taken steps to not get (allegedly) raped.

HOW, YOU ASK?

I’ll just post an excerpt courtesy of Deadline:

“Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Lemon persisted, for viewers at home.

“Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –” Tarshis began.

“As a weapon,” Lemon continued.

“I didn’t even think of it,” Tarshis reiterated.

“Biting,” Lemon explained, for good measure.

Cable news, everyone.

Man, Lemon really wanted to drive that fun piece of info home. I’m sure if the accuser had just bitten Dr. Huxtable’s wang, then he would have seen the error of his ways, and let her go, not mad at her at all, and probably apologized. (Don Lemon also suggested something “supernatural” may have caused the disappearance of Malaysian flight 370, so you know he’s a professional.)

Don Lemon has since sort-of apologized for offending just about everyone in the world with his comments and tact, saying, “If my question to her struck ANYONE as insensitive I am sorry as that certainly was not my intention.”

He didn’t mean to be insensitive when he talked to the alleged rape victim about biting penises that have been forced in their mouth.

Really enjoying the next evolution of cable news. This is going really well for all involved.

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Netflix Is Delaying The Release Of The Bill Cosby Special Due To Recent “Unpleasantness” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-is-delaying-the-release-of-the-bill-cosby-special-due-to-recent-unpleasantness/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-is-delaying-the-release-of-the-bill-cosby-special-due-to-recent-unpleasantness/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:38:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267506 "Unpleasantness" = a torrent of sexual allegations.

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Despite a slew of allegations regarding sexual misconduct over the past 2-3 decades, it’s just now that Bill Cosby is starting to feel some blowback. First, his NBC family sitcom got shelved, and now Netflix is following suit with its postponement/cancellation of his stand-up special Bill Cosby 77.

The man we once knew for gibberish utterances, pudding, and garish sweaters is now a lot more nefarious in the eyes of the public, so it’s an unfortunate time to release most any project with his name attached. His refusal to acknowledge the charges or discuss them definitely hangs in the air around him as well.

It would probably be pretty dark and misguided to accompany this news with the Cosby XXX porn trailer to create a moment of levity, but let’s just say that I acknowledge that conundrum, yet wish to do so anyway.

Cosby (porn impersonator) in a simpler time.

(THR)

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Alec Baldwin Drags Couples Into Cabs To Give Them Advice In ‘Love Ride’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/alec-baldwin-drags-couples-into-cabs-to-give-them-advice-in-love-ride/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/alec-baldwin-drags-couples-into-cabs-to-give-them-advice-in-love-ride/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:01:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267503 Is he really not using Uber?

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I’m no Alec Baldwin expert, but I wasn’t aware that he was in a position to give people relationship advice. I mean, I’m sure he does great with the ladies, but that doesn’t mean he’s an expert. That means he’s a rich actor. And I know he’s got one very bitter divorce under his belt, which is a strike against him.

But, again, he’s a famous actor, so he gets a web series doing pretty much anything he wants. And what he wants is Love Ride, a show in which he grabs couples and throws them in a car (you know, like a kidnapper would), then pries into their lives to give them advice.

This is the first episodes, there’s one more out, and they will be released weekly until everyone’s relationship is fixed or until Alec Baldwin dies. Whatever happens first.

(THR)

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Sons of Anarchy Recap: “Suits of Woe” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/sons-of-anarchy-recap-suits-of-woe/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/sons-of-anarchy-recap-suits-of-woe/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:51:10 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267484 The big secret is out, and the show begins it's slow throttle toward the end.

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Now that we’re finally done with all that business concerning August Marks and the dead freaky preacher and his drugged-out wife and Dexter’s boyfriend from Six Feet Under, we’re down to the real business of the final season of Sons of Anarchy: Jax’s inevitable discovery of his wife’s killer.

“Suits of Woe” stood out from just about every other episode this season, in that it wasn’t all about juggling various club business but instead the singular focus of Jax piecing together of the truth of Tara’s murder, which was put in motion at the cliffhanger end of last week’s (excellent) episode. Every fan was waiting for the arc we all knew was coming — how will Jax react immediately when he finds out? Can he forgive her? Can he even hear her out? Is Gemma a dead woman walking? The answer is not yet clear, but then, we have two more episodes to go…

Gemma and Juice talking to themselves. Again. – Stupid plot device. No more, please.  

Unser, the wild card – When considering Wayne Unser’s role in this whole mess, it’s important to remember two things: He’s the smartest character on the show by a wide margin, and he loves Gemma unrequited. He was among the more significant pieces on the chess board this episode, being the first to reveal to Jax that the poor Lin hit man that Jax murdered for Tara’s death wasn’t even in the same state the night she died, then organizing the meet between Jax and Juice on the inside. When Jax asked Unser to track down Gemma, Unser told him that the favor mill was cut off before antagonizing him to the point where Jax slugged the old bastard. Unser used this event to put out an APB on Jax. I believe that Unser, despite his long, plaintive stares into space, knows that Gemma is directly connected to Tara’s murder, and that he orchestrated everything — including his own assault — to protect her. I believe he feels Gemma is all he has to live for now. If he’s gonna die, he’s gonna die for her.

Goodnight, Sweet Lin – First off, if you didn’t realize half a season ago that Charles Barosky was playing against SAMCRO, you haven’t been paying attention. I mentioned it in this space weeks ago. Juice finally gets his long-gestating shot at putting down Henry Lin, who’s hanging like a jerk chicken in a boiler room, waiting for the shiv. Juice coaxed the confession from Lin that Barosky was the money-grubbing betrayer, promising he wouldn’t kill him for telling the truth…before killing him anyway. Lin was one of the more compelling villains in the show’s history, so he’ll be missed. Meanwhile, Jax has to figure out how to get revenge on Barosky without stirring up too much s**t in Stockton — an issue for another episode, apparently.

“I’ll make sure it’s quick.” - Certainly the most compelling scene of the season — and a contender for the most compelling of the series — is Jax pleading with Juice to explain why Gemma was compelled to help him out. Watching as both men were moved to tears, waiting to see what Juice would say was an ass-edged-seat moment to end all ass-edged-seat moments. My prediction that Juice would die with the secret was all off: he sang like a canary in hopes that his renewed loyalty would earn him good graces. “Jax, I did everything you wanted.” The saddest moment was at the end, when Jax thanked Juice for his honesty and promised to make his pending death a quick one. Juice’s face as he realized that there’s absolutely nothing he can do to get back in the good graces of SAMCRO? Heartbreaking.

Grandma on the run – If nothing else, Gemma has always demonstrated that she’s all about self-preservation. She’s been operating on DEFCON 3 all season. When she found out from Unser that Jax was on his way to speak to Juice, she went to DEFCON 2. When Juice called Gemma and admitted he confessed, she moved to DEFCON 1 and got the eff out of Dodge. She did it with the help of Chucky, who took a slug to the grill to protect her (how Gemma manages to get all these dudes to put themselves in harm’s way without even a shot at getting some booty from her is some real player s***). But because she actually does love her grandbabies, she had what we all know are last encounters with Thomas and Abel, the latter whom she visited while he was at school and was thus forced to encounter Zombie Courtney Love. When Abel says “Bye, grandma” in that wooden, horrible-kid-actor way, we know it’s all over for their relationship.

The only thing that bothered me about the whole set of affairs with Gemma was Nero’s response. He protects her from Jax before even finding out what the hell is going on, and she allows Jax to tell him in what might have been the most compelling scene involving a one-sided flip-phone conversation in television history. Nero just asked if it’s true, to which she nodded and he sent her on her way. Two people who apparently love each other don’t have a real conversation about what happened. Nero, the most inquisitive mofo on the show, is apparently not even interested in her side of the story before letting her go forever. Okay. He can take his kid and his farm and beat it.

And the rest…

- Juice is resigned by the end of the episode, giving a big middle finger to Jarry and Unser when they come inquiring about Tara. Though Jax has apparently signed his death warrant, I believe he’ll make it to the end of the series.

- The car chase homage to Bullitt set to Jazz music was fantastic. Love how Jax just happened upon a Dodge Charger to jack…probably the most egregious product placement I’ve ever seen on the show. 

- The highlights for the next episode show Jax copping to murdering Jury to representatives from other branches of the M.C. I wonder how this will play out, as there’s no way in hell Kurt Sutter is gonna let his hero die at the hands of a bunch of random bikers who we don’t even know.

We have a two-week break until the penultimate episode. Have a great Turkey Day, and see y’all in December! 

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Tom Hardy Is Starring In FX Series ‘Taboo’ That He And His Dad Wrote http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tom-hardy-is-starring-in-fx-series-taboo-that-he-and-his-dad-wrote/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tom-hardy-is-starring-in-fx-series-taboo-that-he-and-his-dad-wrote/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:21:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267479 His dad's name is "Chips" which is an awesome name.

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Tom Hardy is taking a step down from the silver screen, and getting in the TV game with Taboo. Of course, it’s his own TV show, so it’s not like he’s doing it cause he needs the cash. Taboo is a joint production between FX and BBC, and was written by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips.

The series is a period piece set in 1813 about a rogue adventurer. I don’t see what’s so taboo about that, but whatever. He then seeks vengeance on the East India Trading Company.

Ok then. That’s the series. It’s starting as an eight-episode run, though I think we could expect more if this thing overachieves, which it’s likely to do on FX. However, we won’t know until the series premieres in 2016.

(Vulture)

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HBO Released This Frustrating Vine To Let Us Know They Picked Up Westwood http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hbo-released-this-frustrating-vine-to-let-us-know-they-picked-up-westwood/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hbo-released-this-frustrating-vine-to-let-us-know-they-picked-up-westwood/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:56:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267462 "'Westworld' was picked up" would have been sufficient.

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A few months back, we had announced that Westworld, a film by Michael Crichton in 1973, was being reworked as a show on HBO. Well, HBO must have been pretty happy with the progress, because they have taken the thing to series, meaning we’ll be getting a season at least of the show.

You can read here for more of a description of the show, but suffice it to say that Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Nolan, and some other folks are now either robots in the old west, or fighting robots in the old west. It’s about time.

All we know about the show is that it’s airing some time in 2015. It’s been filming for a while, so probably not too far into 2015, though. Brace yourself for COWBOY ROBOTS.

(EW)

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Fox Hires Rob Riggle To Scream At Us In An Adaptation Of An Austrian TV Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-hires-rob-riggle-to-scream-at-us-in-an-adaptation-of-an-austrian-tv-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-hires-rob-riggle-to-scream-at-us-in-an-adaptation-of-an-austrian-tv-series/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:44:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267459 If this thing's in German, his yelling will take on a whole new level.

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TV execs, for one reason or another, have been really hurting themselves since The Hangover to get Rob Riggle his own show. He doesn’t seem to be a very strong candidate in that he’s not particularly likable, and his schtick, screaming at people, might get old after about 100 episodes.

Nonetheless, Fox is taking another crack at it with a take on Austria’s Braunschlag.

The show will follow a small town and its mayor (Riggle) as the town becomes insolvent and he attempts to save the town. It comes from Steve Hely, an alum of 30 Rock and The Office, so that’s promising.

They couldn’t have gotten Tracy Morgan to be the mayor? And every other character? That would be something I’d watch.

Anyway, the new show doesn’t have a name, but it’s a safe bet they’ll steer away from Braunschlag.

(Deadline)

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Netflix ‘Marco Polo’ Trailer Has Literally Nothing To Do With The Swimming Pool Game http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/netflix-marco-polo-trailer-has-literally-nothing-to-do-with-the-swimming-pool-game/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/netflix-marco-polo-trailer-has-literally-nothing-to-do-with-the-swimming-pool-game/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267447 However, if we're drawing parallels, I guess his father, who gave him away as a slave, would be his "fish out of water."

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In about a month, the new Netflix historical drama/actioner Marco Polo will take you off your couch and into the magical age of discovery. Sounds pretty awesome, eh? Well, you can judge for yourself now that the first full-length trailer is out.

While Netflix has offered original series in the past, and will continue to do so, this show, a partnership with The Weinstein Company, seems to exist on a bigger scale than the others.

So is Netflix ready to go against the likes of Game of Thrones?

Dammit. That’s the second rhetorical question you’ve asked me. Just watch the video.

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The Resurgence Of Bill Cosby Rape Allegations May Sorta Hurt His Upcoming NBC Family Sitcom http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-resurgence-of-bill-cosby-rape-allegations-may-sorta-hurt-his-upcoming-nbc-family-sitcom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-resurgence-of-bill-cosby-rape-allegations-may-sorta-hurt-his-upcoming-nbc-family-sitcom/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:49:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267441 As in, "They might not want to make it at all."

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After Hannibal Buress called out Bill Cosby for the hypocrisy of acting as a shepherd to the black community while having endured more than a dozen rape allegations, Bull Cosby has been a topic of conversation for past acts, both previously reported and possibly a new one.

And it’s likely going to affect his upcoming NBC sitcom.

Here’s why: Networks don’t normally like to base flagship sitcoms around people who have been formally accused of sexual assault more than like, I don’t know, two times. After that, some red flags start to go up.

Well, those flags are up, and while no new legal action has been started,  Cosby has refused to address the allegations at all. And while that might be a sound legal strategy, it likely won’t endear him to the American public, certainly not enough to make him a likable TV personality.

No word from Cosby or NBC yet, but I would bet this situation gets worse for Cosby before it gets better, and NBC eventually jumps ship to bring us like a semi-autobiographical series on Dan Cortese or something.

(Deadline)

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Chris Pratt Will Be Staying Skinny, In Case You Missed Fat Andy Dwyer http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chris-pratt-will-be-staying-skinny-in-case-you-missed-fat-andy-dwyer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chris-pratt-will-be-staying-skinny-in-case-you-missed-fat-andy-dwyer/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:35:41 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267437 You'd be missing Fat Andy Dwyer anyway since 'Parks and Rec is ending'.

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Chris Pratt shared an unpleasant truth with GQ during a long-form interview. It seems that he has no plans to return to his schlubby adorable body type made famous on Parks and Recreation. Rather, he’ll be staying skinny thanks to a regimen of fitness and the prohibition of awesome things like starches and booze.

In fact, he’s been maintaining this outlook since the summer, so there’s probably no change of heart now.

What he said directly to GQ, via Vulture is:

“I’m done with that,” he says. The week after we meet, he’ll be hosting the season premiere of SNL, so he’s on a no-starch (BOO) and no-booze (BOOOOO) diet. “I just feel like, if I drink, I want to drink a case of beer and not two beers. Two beers doesn’t do anything for me.” Attaboy. When I tell him I had pancakes for breakfast this morning, I see the ghost of Fat Pratt. “That sounds so goddamn good.”

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to show the world what it means to be truly free by eating flapjacks covered in Brandy.

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The Curse Of Will Arnett Continues With Cancellation Of ‘The Millers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-curse-of-will-arnett-continues-with-cancellation-of-the-millers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-curse-of-will-arnett-continues-with-cancellation-of-the-millers/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:44:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267432 COME ON!

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CBS has cancelled The Millers due to low ratings. Considering the reason, it’s likely you’re not familiar with the show. That’s ok, though, because it’s cancelled now. See how convenient circular logic can be sometimes?

Anyway, the show will be putting actors Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, and Sean Hayes on the street. Or looking for new acting jobs, if they’re motivated.

This should clear some space in Arnett’s schedule that will let him really focus on the 49 minutes per year he spends doing voiceover work as the star of BoJack Horseman, which will never get cancelled due to low ratings, if only because Netflix doesn’t concern themselves with such hogwash.

Netflix is about the art. And subscription fee revenue. But mostly the art.

(Deadline)

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The Parents Television Council Think That Risque Cable Channels Should Be Premium Channels http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-parents-television-council-think-that-risque-cable-channels-should-be-premium-channels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-parents-television-council-think-that-risque-cable-channels-should-be-premium-channels/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:35:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267429 Thanks, PTC!

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God forbid something I don’t agree with is on the TV package I purchased! Fortunately, the Parents Television Council has a solution. Only package the shows THEY agree with, then make everyone else pay extra for the shows that the PTC doesn’t like or agree with.

It merits noting that they reiterated this stance after last week’s Sons of Anarchy. Because my impressionable children are always hijacking my remote without my knowledge and using it to watch violent biker programming. My kids are the worst. BUT I CAN’T CONTROL THEIR VIEWING!!!

So rather than put the onus of monitoring their children’s activities on parents, the PTC would like people to pay extra for depraved devil networks like FX and probably every other channel you watch.

Of course, we’re only getting attention to the group’s sideways crusade to be offended by whatever’s in front of them, so to counteract that lift, let’s offer up a criticism.

Nobody cares what the PTC thinks, because it is a group of lonely, purposeless people.

(THR)

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Walt Can’t Get Jesse To Play In ‘Do You Want To Build A Meth Lab?’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walt-cant-get-jesse-to-play-in-do-you-want-to-build-a-meth-lab/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walt-cant-get-jesse-to-play-in-do-you-want-to-build-a-meth-lab/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:12:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267424 Poor, lonely Walter. All that time that he was the one who was knocking, it was in search of a friend.

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It’s difficult to imagine a pre-Frozen world, but it’s already been nearly a year since the kiddy crack was released in theaters. It’s also been about eight minutes since another Frozen mash-up was released online. As this Breaking Bad-themed video proves, there’s still gas left in that tank.

Poor, lonely Walter. All that time that he was the one who was knocking, it was in search of a friend.

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Get a Taste of ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ the New Eugene Levy Comedy About a Poorly-Named Town http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/get-a-taste-of-schitts-creek-the-new-eugene-levy-comedy-about-a-poorly-named-town/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/get-a-taste-of-schitts-creek-the-new-eugene-levy-comedy-about-a-poorly-named-town/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:38:54 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267419 Whether you know him from the American Pie movies or the Christopher Guest movies, it's hard not to be a fan of Eugene Levy.

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Whether you know him from the American Pie movies or the Christopher Guest movies, it’s hard not to be a fan of Eugene Levy. The veteran comic actor will return to the small screen this January in the POP series Schitt’s Creek, about a wealthy couple who lose all their money and have to move to “an arm pit of a town they once bought as a joke.” Levy stars alongside his longtime collaborator Catherine O’Hara, as well as legendary oddball Chris Elliott and Dan Levy (Eugene’s son, who co-created the series with his father).

We don’t have much to show you yet, though these two clips introduce you to the world of Schitt’s Creek pretty well. Yes, it’s a funny name, and we expect hilarity to ensue.

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Nick Offerman Did A Fake Infomercial For Handcrafted Emojis On Conan http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nick-offerman-did-a-fake-infomercial-for-handcrafted-emojis-on-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nick-offerman-did-a-fake-infomercial-for-handcrafted-emojis-on-conan/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:02:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267415 ...and it's hilarious.

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While Jimmies Fallon and Kimmel may make the more obvious plays for viral video clips, Conan, at least recently, has been making the funniest ones. Take, for instance, THIS VIDEO in which Nick Offerman jumps on the emoji bandwagon by offering a program in which you carve your own in real time.

It’s ridiculous, dumb, and, because it’s Nick Offerman, terrific.

There isn’t much else to say about a gag/skit that’s this silly. So just watch it, and enjoy Nick Offerman holding a big wooden turd that he probably built himself.

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Rainn Wilson Plays The Ole’ ‘Quirky, Misanthropic Savant’ In Fox’s ‘Backstrom’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rainn-wilson-plays-the-ole-quirky-misanthropic-savant-in-foxs-backstrom-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rainn-wilson-plays-the-ole-quirky-misanthropic-savant-in-foxs-backstrom-trailer/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:02:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267412 It's about time someone played that sort of character.

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Rainn Wilson has been more or less quiet since walking away from the role of Dwight, killing all those spinoff rumors. But now he’s back. And, thanks to the braintrust behind Bones, he’s playing a pretty cliche character in Backstrom. Yay!

He’s genius detective who drinks, smokes, and plays by his own rules! Just like every other detective on TV these days. However, this is Rainn Wilson, and Rainn Wilson is funnier than most of the other actors on TV, so hopefully, this can outperform what it is on paper and really do him some justice.

But, judging by the trailer…maybe not?

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Sony Jumping On The Streaming Bandwagon With ‘Sony Vue’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sony-jumping-on-the-streaming-bandwagon-with-sony-vue/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sony-jumping-on-the-streaming-bandwagon-with-sony-vue/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:01:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267408 Looking forward to 'Twisted Metal Mysteries' on Thursdays at 8PM.

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Realizing that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo all fall woefully short of giving us the streaming services we demand, juggernaut Sony has jumped in the dogpile with Vue, a service that will run over Internet and through its Playstation device(s).

At launch, Vue will offer up to 75 channels, but of course they all won’t be original programming. And while this will clearly be done to drive more users to Playstations, it will also be a revenue stream, but no word on pricing or even the content offerings, just yet.

The channels will offer both a ton of live programming and on-demand, which, over 75 channels and more in the future, could mean that this thing is poised to become a monster.

A monster of entertainment.

(They could use that as their slogan. If they pay me.)

(Deadline)

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Nick Cannon And NBC To Revive ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nick-cannon-and-nbc-to-revive-lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nick-cannon-and-nbc-to-revive-lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:54:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267319 America needs more bathtubs filled with champagne right now. To heal.

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There’s a lot of strife and anger in this country right now, but that’s all going to go away when Nick Cannon, NBC, and lots of celebrities team up to give us a new Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Finally, a place we can go to get away from police shooting, net neutrality, and Monsanto to just kick back in a media room or enjoy a montage of luxury cars.

The original was hosted by Robin Leach, who was known for little else, but Cannon has something of a pedigree behind him as an MTV host, and the somewhat ubiquitous husband of Mariah Carey. Due to that fact, the producers have said that the show will “focus heavily on Cannon’s point of view.”

That’s actually probably good news, since the original was stuck in “Whoa! Look at this”-mode. After having been through Cribs, The Fabulous Life of…, and It’s Good to Be, we’re a little jaded. Unless someone has a cocaine room in their house or is actually having sex WHILE giving the tour, it’s old hat to us. Don’t try to impress us. We’ve seen Big Boi’s shark.

(THR)

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Musical Is Heading To Vegas, Where It Belongs http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/duck-dynasty-musical-is-heading-to-vegas-where-it-belongs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/duck-dynasty-musical-is-heading-to-vegas-where-it-belongs/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:02:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267315 Ah, the wonders of theater!

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The funny thing about the world of musicals and theater is they’re directed, written, performed, choreographed, and produced by gay people, more so than other industries are. So it’s pretty interesting that the Duck Dynasty guys are throwing some elbows and entering that world as they continue their takeover of redneck America. And the natural capital of redneck America is, of course, Las Vegas.

The Robertson family will be getting their tale told with all sorts of jukin’ and jivin’ with The Duck Commander Family Musical at the Rio. And one of the producers, according to Vulture, isn’t too pleased with his co-workers after their remarks last year. But, Broadway veteran Michael David is a pro, so he’s grinning and bearing the family and their baggage in the spirit of “the show must go on.”

No word on when the musical premieres, but not soon enough, amiright?

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Hear Bryan Cranston Narrate ‘You Have To F*cking Eat’ From The Writers Of ‘Go The F*ck To Sleep’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hear-bryan-cranston-narrate-you-have-to-fcking-eat-from-the-writers-of-go-the-fck-to-sleep/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hear-bryan-cranston-narrate-you-have-to-fcking-eat-from-the-writers-of-go-the-fck-to-sleep/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:14:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267291 F*ck.

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Bryan Cranston is done playing the bad guys. Now he’s playing a surrogate parent to your child, reminding your child that f*ck, man, eat your food. The book and audiobook from author Adam Mansbach, is now being read aloud by Bryan Cranston, after the initial installment was written by none other than the king of f*ck, Sam Jackson. So, your child can listen to Cranston’s soothing voice while being reminded You Have to Fucking Eat.

Of course, this guy is really writing books for angry, embittered parents who resent their kids for not behaving like adults. But embittered adults (that is to say, all adults) LOVE Bryan Cranston, who played a pretty embittered adult in a TV show once.

So if you don’t eat your food, Heisenberg is coming for you. And he’s the danger.

Maybe we can get Michael Shannon to read, Wipe Your Own Ass, Child next.

 

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Sons of Anarchy Recap: “Faith And Despondency” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/sons-of-anarchy-recap-faith-and-despondency/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/sons-of-anarchy-recap-faith-and-despondency/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:03:18 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267250 Best episode of the season! Three episodes left...can the show stick the landing?

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Well, in the estimable words of romantic-trash-comedy-go-to-cum-Oscar-sweetheart Matthew David McConaughey: Awright, awright, awright!

“Faith and Despondency” is easily the best Sons of Anarchy episode this season. Like, by a country-ass mile. It had every single element that fans appreciate about the show, and much less of the long, boring expositions; when the characters did talk, it mattered for the most part (I still don’t care about Nero’s pending departure. Go, fool.).

It also had tear-jerking emotional resonance, elite-level basic cable kills, more than a couple moments that made you turn away from the television (that opening montage…sheesh!), and a WTF cliffhanger at the very end of the show, complete with a promise of fireworks to come in the next episode. This was the type of episode I’ve been waiting for all season and it made me wonder where the hell the writers of this episode have been the past nine episodes. 

So much to chew on. Let’s jump in.

F*****g away the pain – So yeah, the opening montage. I literally screamed at the television. Ask my wife. One of SAMCRO’s own, Bobby Elvis, met a nasty end last episode, so what better way to deal with the trauma of his departure than busting a nut or three? Sex scenes are nothing new for the show, but I envisioned series creator Kurt Sutter chuckling in his venti Veranda Blend when he cooked up a scene depicting almost all the main characters in something resembling coital bliss. Nero and Gemma having lifeless, portent-of-doom sex (complete with Jimmy Smits’ ass): Ew. Marilyn Manson’s Tully schtupping poor Juice in a nice bout of prison rape: Eeek! Tig and Venus Van Dam having what essentially equates to gay male sex on screen: Aaaaaiiiigh!!! I wasn’t ready for it all, which is exactly the feeling the show should’ve been evoking all damn season.

Tig and Venus – The relationship between Ratboy and Brooke has been useless. Chibs and Jarry’s has been narratively functional but otherwise uninteresting. Tig and Venus, however, is the show’s most compelling “couple” that hasn’t gotten nearly enough screen time until now. The scene in which a creeped-out Tig, brought face-to-face with a non-made-up Walton Goggins, departs hastily only for Venus to catch a reflection of herself and understand why was particularly poignant. Her acknowledgment near the episode’s end that she’s trapped in love unrequited evoked genuine sympathy for a character played by an actor famous for portraying buttholes. Tig clearly has genuine feelings for her — as is evinced by his cock-shooting of the Aryan Brotherhood member who insulted him over the relationship (how did he know??) — so here’s hoping the two can end the series on a loving note.

Good lord, Abel – I never expected great things from the Abel storyline, but it hit a satisfying apex in this episode. Little dude is clearly out to get his grandma, as we can see by his willingness to rake a fork…through…his…arm in order to get the authorities looking in her direction. Master of manipulation, this guy. I’m sure show runners would have us believe that Jax’s confession to Abel that Wendy is his real mom (a great scene, by the way) will forever quell his obvious emotional instability — something I’m sure any mental health specialist rolled their eyes and did an air-jerk to. Then he dropped the hydrogen bomb at the very end of the episode by telling Jax that Gemma killed Tara. Since he’d just falsely accused Gemma of attacking him, it’s not certain whether this will hold much water with Jax, but the highlights from next week’s episode reveal that the layers of the Tara onion will start to come unpeeled. I, for one, am very excited about the show’s last three episodes.

Tyler is a G – Tyler’s nightmares finally came true this episode when Moses cornered him and forced him to reveal the cabin in which SAMCRO is hiding the preacher‘s wife and his son. Tyler fingers Grim Bastards leader T.O., and is forced to help snatch him up, along with Ratboy. T.O. and Ratboy wind up in the same room where Bobby Elvis was tortured, and they take a few lumps before T.O. cops to the location of the wife so as to save his eye from being snatched out. When Moses and his crew bounce to the “cabin,” Tyler lets us know he’s still loyal to SAMCRO by icing the one guy left behind to watch after T.O. and Ratboy before freeing the two.

When we see that Moses goes to the same crib where we met the “reasonable” AB member Otis, we know the fit’s about to hit the shan. Indeed, more black dudes die than the movie Rosewood, and Moses gets his just deserts by way of a snatched-out eye, cut-off fingers and a bullet to the head. It would’ve been cool to make Moses suffer with a dangling eye and a jacked-up hand for a little longer, but I suppose ain’t nobody got time for that. The whole thing was an elaborate setup, and Ratboy just got caught in the middle of it. He earned his stripes, though (go Rat!). I’m gonna assume that this episode marks the end of the August Marks storyline, since Marks is in jail about to be sent up for murder and his whole crew appears to be dead.

Unser, also, is a G – Leland could’ve lived and the cop whose name no one remembers could’ve easily died, if not for the redneck’s baffling pre-mortem confession to SAMCRO that Leland was on his way to the hospital to finish her off. Why did he admit that? It was like something out of a bad movie and was the episode’s most incredulous moment. Unser is one of the only truly sympathetic characters on the show, and it was cool to see him put Leland down — the first murder of his entire career. Jarry came to realize in the series’ final hours what we’ve known for seven seasons: Unser is inextricably linked to SAMCRO, and his loyalties will always align with the club. If Sutter and company really wanted to throw us all for a loop, they would’ve had Leland’s penny-ante ass ice Unser, but then they would’ve had to deal with last-episode-of-Dexter levels of ire.

And the rest…

- Jax doesn’t seem to have much vested in protecting Juice against Tully’s sexual indiscretions on the inside. I figured Juice might have had a chance at redemption for a moment, but Jax seems really not to give a damn about our boy Juan Carlos, outside of his ability to murder Lin. The “Love Poems of Emily Jane Bronte” book and vial of cocaine were a masterful touch showing just how sad poor Juice’s saga has gotten.

- Chibs laid his cards out for Jarry, reminding her of their roles in this soap opera, only for them to engage in some kinky BDSM. I’m starting to think all this flip-flopping on Chibs’ part is indicative of the fact that the writers don’t quite know what to do with the relationship. The only way it would end satisfyingly for me is if one of them murders the other. Or even better…murder each other at the same time. 

Next week’s episode promises to be awesome, according to Peter Weller. See you all then.

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Aubrey Plaza Admits The Grumpy Cat Xmas Special Is Best Viewed While Drunk http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aubrey-plaza-admits-the-grumpy-cat-xmas-special-is-best-viewed-while-drunk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aubrey-plaza-admits-the-grumpy-cat-xmas-special-is-best-viewed-while-drunk/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:26:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267255 I watch everything while drunk. Just to be safe.

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In a move of genius casting, the deadpan, downer Aubrey Plaza was recruited as the voice of Grumpy Cat for the feline’s Christmas special Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on Lifetime. Plaza encouraged Jimmy Kimmel, then his audience, to knock back a few glasses of wine before viewing, saying about the program, ”It’s really the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen — it’s so confusing,”

SOLD!

I don’t think anyone expected the special to be GOOD, so it might as well be weird and confusing to pique our interest. I mean, I wouldn’t expect Aubrey Plaza to jump on to a regular ole’ Xmas special. Unless they paid her a bunch. Which they almost certainly did.

Grumpy Cat comes to your living room (not literally) on November 29th on Lifetime.

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