It’s finally happening, the moment all Simpsons and Family Guy fans have been anticipating for over a decade. And it contains a rape joke, which clearly Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane have no problem with, considering they never responded to Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, when he told CBS News that he wrote to Fox and never heard back. When MacFarlane was interviewed about the criticism in Entertainment Weekly, he said, “in context it’s pretty funny,” and if you watch the trailer below, you’d probably agree….if you have a sense of humor!
While it may have been big news for certain social circles, the death of 39-season show announcer Don Pardo managed to escape the newscasts of big media. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the most glamorous job, nor the most taxing. Only a few nights a month for half the year, Saturday Night Live’s announcer had what most people in show business would call the easiest job in the world. That’s why it’s probably best to give it to someone who has a lot more on his mind than the show itself.
Darrell Hammond hasn’t had the most prolific career since his SNL tenure. A Scary Movie here, an Epic Movie there, an entrapment case in the Bahamas and a whole lot of self-hatred, Hammond’s abusive childhood and bipolar-infused, self-described cutting habits have no doubt left a stain on his ability to get a solid job. It’s certainly not due to his acting ability, we all know that. This is a guy who convincingly pulled off such impersonations as Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery, after all, but it’s no surprise that the former Saturday Night Live actor probably needs a simple job to pay his mental health bills.
What do you get when you put a bunch of sick, rebellious kids together in a hospital? Some call it “The Breakfast Club meets House M.D.”, and at a base level the show does pull off the greatness of both. However, the new off-beat drama premiered on Fox last night to a mere 4 million viewers who usually tune in to see shows like Glee or Bones, both of which premiered, and held, *twice* the amount of viewership for years. Despite the well-developed characters and outstanding acting from everyone on the show, the writing for the first episode may have been a tad bit tedious for some. After all, with a premise involving the voice-over narration of a boy in a coma, it’s already pushing the audience to the edge of their disbelief while setting the scene in the center of socially accepted science, a hospital. What’s worse may be the fact that 100% of the cast consists of teenagers, dwindling the audience even further. Premiering the show at the beginning of the school season was smart, but probably not smart enough.
If it weren’t for ratings under 60% on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, I’d say this show had a chance, but it’s really no surprise that the two biggest online critic houses would have a problem with the show: between the archetypal baggage and predictability of the story line on the first episode, it’s almost like someone in the writing room said, “just let the story write itself!”. We’ll probably need to see some seriously clever plot twists in order to get a full season out of this show.
Anyone who’s ever worked with a big actor probably knows there’s a diva element they’ll have to face, regardless of how much you like them beforehand. In Freddie Prinze Jr.’s case, he was apparently appalled at the behavior of 24 co-star Kiefer Sutherland.
“I hated every moment of it,” said 38-year-old Prinze. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
It may be interesting to note that professionalism usually includes keeping your opinions of co-workers out of the press, Freddie…
In response to this statement, Sutherland’s reps told the media, “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie‘s grievances,” Monday afternoon. “Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
If you’ve seen Courtney Love in anything she’s acted, you’ll probably agree that she isn’t terrible. In The People vs. Larry Flynt, she managed to pull off a ditzier version of herself without losing a sense of human vulnerability. In Man on the Moon, she plays the lovable, supportive and romantic girlfriend of Andy Kaufman. It’s recently been reported that Love will now play a role as a pre-school teacher in Sons of Anarchy on FX this fall.
Marilyn Manson, on the other hand, hasn’t had such luck landing high profile roles. This may actually be a turning point for the controversial musician. In Sons, Manson will play a white supremacist named Ron Tully who Jax recruits for his powerbase in prison.
Manson said, “Sons of Anarchy has been a big part of my life, as well as my fathers. I will be involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema.” While we’re not entirely sure that is true, we definitely can’t wait to see him this fall for the final season of the epic FX drama.
I had so much fun watching Jennifer’s natural and cute performances. Love her!
Not just Emma Stone is the naturally born comedian, but also her boyfriend Andrew Garfield as well. Andrew Garfield was the host in the last week SNL (The Saturday Night Live). Both of them were playing their characters, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in their newest movie: “The Amazing Spider Man” sequels on the set. However, funny as the usual on the show, the supposedly romantic kissing scene turned into another direction toward the end. Let’s watch it!
One of the most popular late night talk shows – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has a lot of fans. One of the reason why is that Jimmy Fallon has invited many famous celebrities on the show and the humorous style that he has been hosting gets a lot of positive response as well. One of the subjects in the show is called “Lip Sync Battle” which gets crazy sharing on all source of social network.
For promoting “The Amazing Spider Man 2 – With Great Power”, Emma Stone got invited to be one of the guests for the show. And she’s also joined the “Lip Sync Battle” with rival Jimmy Fallon. I have to say, after watching Emma Stone’s performance, not just me, but Jimmy Fallon can’t even comment to it at the moment because even though it is a lip sync, Emma Stone is really make it looks like she’s the real singer. Especially, in her second song, cute Emma tried to challenge Jimmy in a humorous way, she picked DJ Kjaled “All I Do Is Win” for her battle choice. Look at her using bold and comedic body language through out the song, Jimmy Fallon said that this is the best performance of “Lip Sync Battle” that he’s ever seen!
American Horror Story, one of my favorite TV shows, has been through three seasons of the haunted house (Season 1: Murder House (2011)), asylum (Season 2: Asylum (2012–13)), and witch stories (Season 3: Coven (2013–14)). Fans are so curious about what can they bring for the 4th season this time. The answer is: Circus!
Ryan Murphy who is the writer for Season 4 said that the background setting will be 1950s. And he also mentioned that the shooting will be either New Orleans or Santa Fe (New Mexico). According to the news, Jessica Lange, one of the main characters who I like very much, this season will be her last filming for the show. In order to make the character more convincing, Jessica Lange is even trying to speak with a German accent for her character. Her character may base on Marlene Dietrich who was a German actress and singer during the World War 2.
The official posters and trailers are not releasing yet. There are many enthusiastic fans had already spreading out their fan-made versions all through the Internet. I know we have to wait until October, 2014 to see the first episode of Season 4. But why not take a peek of these amazing fan-made images below first?
Are you ready for the show?
1. Binge Watching on Netflix
It’d be unfair not to mention the fact that you can drop everything you’re doing for 13 hours and watch the whole season from start to finish, and even re-watch what you missed and take notes (if you are like me!). This is a way to experience a story that was only recently realized by society and finally mastered by Netflix with their first couple of original series, and with the extraordinary writing, casting and direction of House of Cards we finally have the first, brand spanking new form of television for the 21st century.
2. Tea Party Dismissal
It’s not fair to shit on a political party — in most cases. Unfortunately for the Tea Party, there hasn’t been one instance where they’ve deserved respect from the majority of voters in the U.S., and for good reason: they never seem to have a solution that satisfies the majority. If it’s freedom they are after, it’s the needy they neglect. If it’s security they’re after, it’s the constitution they neglect. If it’s more emphasis on Christianity they’re after, it’s pragmatism they neglect. This is what consistently make the party too extremist for a moderate political system. That’s why it’s important that this concept be integrated into such a political show where our main character is the Vice President.
We’re already seeing the inner workings of Congress on a daily basis, and to see how some people within Congress get blinded by their own extremism and miss the opportunity to prevail because they were too involved in themselves is a crucial point to make. What’s more is that this show is not about the political party you are associated with, but about power and control, the foundations of politics. After all, Frank Underwood is a Democrat, but you’d never guess it by the way he acts!
3. Cyber Warfare, Tor and the Deep Web
One of the most important aspects of the age we live in is the technology we use on a day-to-day basis and how inseparable humans and tech have become. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been one TV show or movie that actually addresses this concept in a way that resonates with anyone in an acceptable way for about 30 years. I mean, let’s be honest: War Games was cool because it showed exactly what it’s like to perform those types of tasks on a computer in the 1980s, and Tron was cool because it showed exactly what computer nerds were envisioning while using the computer. Somehow, Hollywood decided movie-goers had lower IQs than What’s worse is that most plots involving computers treat the viewer with such a disregard for our comprehension of the internet that it’s beyond laughable and down-right insulting. After all, we’re not oblivious to the fact that Microsoft Excel has literally zero application to split-second hacking, yet whole plot of the movie Unthinkable culminated in defusing a nuclear bomb by typing gobbldygook into a spreadsheet and subsequently became an internet meme as a testament to how low Hollywood had sunk to appeal to the younger generation; that real hacking is typically command-line-based and that there has never been, nor will there ever be, a pac-man representation of eating memory and data as shamefully displayed in the end of Hackers; and that literally no one will ever hack something in 30 seconds with a gun to their head while getting a blow-job from a stranger like Swordfish wanted us to believe. Instead, What House of Cards has done in Season 2 is bridge the gap between fantasy and reality by introducing the Tor and the Deep Web to the mainstream in a way that Law and Order and other shows had failed. In Episode 3, Washington Herald journalist Lucas Goodwin enters a dark world of trust and deception for the first time and we see how easily he is manipulated through social engineering in order to get to the truth.
4. No Rating Oversight Means Pushing The Envelope of Acceptable Viewing
One of the more interesting facets of a TV series being released by a video rental service like Netflix is the fact that this same service makes a plethora of unrated movies and videos available. While other services specifically set aside adult film categories, Netflix has kept the focus on theatrical releases while maintaining the Non-Rated (NR) movies of its collection in plain view and within their algorithms “suggested” and “based on your interest” categories. This has allowed quite a few independent, foreign and unrated releases exposure to an audience that otherwise would have never given a hoot about. Not only does this vastly change the premium TV landscape, it also negates the whole rating system in general.
For example, in our Season 2 Episode 3 example, the journalist gets attacked by a hacker after entering the world of the deep web, and his computer gets inundated with nudey images before the hacker interferes and offers a chance to chat. While the images go by in a flash, we do see some flat out hardcore porno ranging from fellatio (including numerous images of erect penises) to cunnilingus and gay anal sex. It happens fast, but the fact that it’s on an online rental service that allows you to pause, rewind and repeat is nothing different than accidentally clicking on a spam link with a porno pop-up. The easy argument Netflix can make (which is entirely justified) is that these images are within the confines of artistic merit. However, it most certainly crosses a line rarely crossed before (if ever) and brings us into a much more liberal arena of popular entertainment where the necessary scenes are not cut for the sake of keeping advertisers or politicians happy and are, instead, left in to keep the story whole.
5. Innovative Integration of Text Convos
When I text someone, I don’t sit there and stare at the phone and wait for a response. That’s the beauty of texting, you can text and move on with your life. Since the invention of text messaging there just hasn’t been an appropriate way to show this form of communication on the screen without it coming across as obtrusive, too difficult to read or just hokey — often characters are forced to stare at their phone screen for far too long, we’re forced to watch a screen of a screen, and ultimately the whole concept of texting loses its value entirely.
The way House of Cards manages to pull it off is beyond just getting the message across to the viewer, it’s actually a next-level experience where you actually feel like you are the character receiving a message. It’s a simple design concept that’s never really been tried before, or at least not in such a creative way.
As an example, a reporter is having an affair with a politician. When texting each other from their respective settings, the editing never shows the phone screens and instead overlays the camera shots with the text messages as they come through, so we get to experience our character getting on a train or leaving work while carrying on their conversation, rather than the conversation being a boring scene in itself. This is one of the major facets of the production of this show that stands out from other shows based on real-life.
6. The Ned Stark Play
After watching the first season of Game of Thrones, I decided that killing the main character is the best way you could start a story. Nothing says motivation like, “you just destroyed the best thing that ever happened to the world and now I must take you down.” Peter Russo is probably the Ned Stark of House of Cards, and if you don’t agree then I urge you to put aside the obvious differences, like Peter’s alcoholism and Ned Stark’s sword wielding brawn, and take a quick glance at the parallels between the honorable stance carried by the House of Stark and the rallying Russo did with the shipyard workers. Like Stark, Russo fought for the little guy, putting himself at risk on a number of occasions, and eventually died trying.
Just like Game of Thrones, House of Cards now yields to the weight of a murder by one of the most powerful people in the country and that weight burdens every decision he makes. It’s impossible to take murder back, and when Season 2 starts up there’s yet another callous strike against the underdog that now sets a dark precedent in any confrontation moving forward.
7. The Main Character’s Initials are F. U.
As Frank Underwood colors in the penis of a bull on a sketchpad, he breaks the fourth wall by uttering a bit of universal truth to camera: “There are two types of vice presidents: doormats and matadors.”
If it weren’t for Breaking Bad or The Sopranos, we might not be entirely ready for a show’s protagonist to also be who we root for their downfall. The great part about a series that hasn’t yet ended is not knowing if our protagonist/antagonist will fall, begging questions about the moral direction and theatrical direction of the show. Will Frank Underwood prevail, or will his moral turpitude be undermined by the honorable underdog forced to fight within the shadows?