Another big reveal from the Sony hack
I heard about this last night and thought it was a really fascinating story. I haven’t watched Henry Louis Gates, Jr.‘s new PBS show Finding Your Roots, but I’m a big fan of his academic work (one of my favorite books of all time is his collection, Reading Black, Reading Feminist). And—fun fact—my parents used to run in the same circle as he does so I met him a few times when I was a kid. He also did great work on the PBS miniseries The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. So it’s kind of interesting to see his name mixed up in this Ben Affleck scandal of sorts. Apparently, Affleck appeared on the show, but demanded that Gates go against PBS policy and hide the truth about his ancestors—that they were slave owners. Click inside for more.
The Netflix response to Amazon's 'Transparent'?
If you know anything about my feelings on Amazon‘s Transparent (and by now, you should), you’ll know that I won’t stand for just any show being compared to it. Sure, Grace and Frankie takes on the theme of a late-age LGBT coming out narrative—and uses comedy to do so—but other than that, it doesn’t appear to remind me of my favorite show from 2014. There’s something, well, cheap about the laughs that this first Grace and Frankie trailer seems to encourage—as in, it’s funny because they’re older and gay… and that’s basically it. But there are some heavy hitters in the cast—Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen are starring. I’m not sold yet, but I’m interested in seeing where this goes. Hopefully, there’s more to the series than this trailer suggests. Peep the video for more!
P.S. I just saw Nine to Five for the first time ever the other day. Life-changing. Just wanted you all to know.
This show is kind of... awesome
I hadn’t made plans to watch the new FOX post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man On Earth, and then I started reading all of this buzz about it. One of our editors at Paste Magazine wrote an essay about it when the show first premiered, and finally one day I decided to watch the first few episodes. Totally fell in love, totally can’t stop watching. It’s a nice, light-hearted (but still really funny and fascinating) alternative to my top special shows (The Good Wife, Scandal, Mad Men, etc.). All of that to say, why aren’t you watching this show with me?! Click inside for more (also, if you’re really not watching, SPOILERS AHEAD)!
Season 4, Episode 19
I’m not sure if any other moms out there can relate to this, but I used to be a WAY less emotional human being, pre-babies. I only cried during the REALLY good movies, and almost never during TV shows, and just not a lot of crying in general. I’m going to blame my [increasingly adorable] third child for this new version of me that is embarrassingly emotional and at least 32% crazier than I was before. So yeah. I CRIED. I EFFING CRIED LAST NIGHT, and if you watched Scandal‘s “I’m Just a Bill,” you know why. WHATEVER. Click inside for more.
Posted under: 'Scandal', Scott Foley
So much 'OITNB' to come
Netflix announced earlier today that they have renewed their original series Orange is the new Black for a 4th season, just about 2 months before the 3rd season of the show premieres in June. To mark this happy news, the video streaming service also released today a new clip of footage from the forthcoming new season. Click the embed above to watch Crazy Eyes flip out on Poussey over the possible (?) return (?) of Vee, who escaped the prison at the end of last season. It’s a happy day, y’all. We have so much great OITNB goodness headed our way.
Friday April 24
Last week, ABC released the first video promo for Diane Sawyer‘s upcoming 2-hour interview with Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner where he is expected to reveal his gender transition. Today we get to see a new promo for Bruce Jenner – The Interview that features Jenner speaking on this topic for the first time. As you can see above, ABC is playing it real coy with the subject matter of the interview in order to hype up the anticipation but it is an effective way to get viewers interested in hearing more. Check out this promo and save Friday April 24 to watch this interview in full. IMHO, this television event has the potential to be the most important interview in terms of transgender visibility here in the US. I’ll deff be watching.
Prepare for the Xtina takeover
Yesterday we got to hear one of the songs that Christina Aguilera will sing when she makes her guest appearance on the ABC drama Nashville starting this week and today, we get to hear more of Xtina‘s singing on Nashville. Not content to sing only her own songs, Xtina also puts her spin on the theme song for Nashville titled The Real Thing. Click the embed above to hear the Xtina-ized version of the Nashville theme song and get ready for her to completely take over the show when she makes her first appearance this Wednesday night.
Avengers Family Feud
Last night, the principle cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (after they attended the massive Hollywood premiere of their film at The Dolby Theater) to do a bit of promo and the 6 of them participated in a friendly game of Avengers Family Feud on the show. It was Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jeremy Renner vs. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo in a fight to the finish! And seriously, this is pretty much the best thing ever. Click the embed above to watch and love and get your FIRST look at how Captain America: Civil War will actually get its start ;D
Seriously, the best
Ever since the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil was released in full on Netflix on Friday, I have been obsessed with consuming the episodes as quickly as possible. Had my weekend not been so busy, I would’ve watched the entire first season in a day but I had to spread the eps over the weekend and was able to finish yesterday. Man. I cannot even tell you how much I love this series. Instead, I think it’s really important for folks to watch Daredevil on their own to truly understand what an excellent job the producers did bringing the comic book Daredevil to life. The clip embedded above is a 3-minute long fight scene that was shot in one take. This is but a small taste of what makes Marvel’s Daredevil such a great show. The care and thought that went into this adaptation is virtually flawless. At times, I nearly weeped at the perfection of what I was watching. At two distinct points, I did actually cry. What I do want to make clear is that Marvel’s Daredevil is nothing like the Marvel Studios feature films — not even close. IMHO, it’s something better … in a much different way. This series feels like a 12 hour movie that is able to unfold over time in order to tell a much richer story. This first season of the show does NOT feel like a TV series. It really feels like a film that fans can relish over time, at their leisure, rather than at one 2-hour sitting. If you have a Netflix account, watch this show. I’m serious. Daredevil shows us what comic book adaptations should be. It is just so good. So damn good.
Posted under: 'Marvel's Daredevil'
"Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is fair game."
Way back in April of 2013, we first learned that MTV decided that it would be a good idea to adapt the Scream horror movie franchise into a TV series. Today we get to check out the just-released first trailer for MTV‘s Scream: The TV Series (clever title, no?). As you may know, the Scream franchise enjoyed a trilogy of very successful films in the late ’90s, followed by a reboot/sequel film released 10 years later in 2011. Now, we can look forward to the MTV version of the story … or something. As you can see in the trailer above, the TV series will be as self-referential as the movie franchise was but updated for these modern smartphone times, I suspect. It looks like the Scream killer will NOT be wearing the traditional Ghostface mask but, at this point, we don’t know what the killer (or, more likely, killers) will be wearing. Check out the trailer, see what you think. Do YOU believe that the Scream movie plotline will work as basic cable TV series?