After the crazy ass catfights that probably put South Africa on NATO's watch list, the ladies of Atlanta seem mostly content to quietly gossip, complain and then gossip some more in this episode. Well, except for two of the players who didn't go to South Africa, who don't have jet lag but do have plenty of venom toward one another, the toxic jet fuel necessary to keep a battle that simply refuses to be resolved ticking -- Peter vs. Mal. If this were a romantic comedy, we'd learn that Peter and Mal actually really love one another, and Peter would ultimately dump Cynthia for her less attractive, pear-shaped sister. But, this not being a rom com, I think it's safe to say these two really hate one another, and poor Cynthia is just going to have to deal with it.
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Because the most recent season of "Dexter" and the first season of "Homeland" both premiered on Showtime in September of 2011, the assumption was that both shows would return around the same time of year in 2012. And that assumption was correct, as Showtime has announced that both series will return on Sunday, September 30, with "Dexter" again at 9 and "Homeland" again at 10.
The announcement's a bit earlier than usual for this sort of thing, but it's also confirming the obvious, so it's not earth-shaking news, either. Everyone knows, for instance, that HBO will air "Boardwalk Empire" again in the fall, but it's not official yet.
I stopped watching "Dexter" a few episodes into last season — then was amused to see how the entire Internet seemed to figure out the "shocking" twist many, many, many episodes before the "Dexter" writers expected anyone to — but I loved "Homeland" season 1 (and was a big fan of the finale, which I know some of you weren't) and am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.
A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as we split the check...
Jennifer Lawrence is not yet a movie star by the classic definition. She is not yet enough to guarantee a film an opening weekend. I suspect all of that is about to change soon, and once the "Hunger Games" films are all in release, she's going to be able to choose the career she wants. And while she might not be a "movie star" yet, it really is just a matter of time.
Right now, I'm not sure even she is fully able to define what the ideal career would look like. She seems to me from the times we've spoken to be torn between a desire to vanish into her work and an awareness of the way this industry works and what it takes to build a career. She is, in my opinion, ready for the public to catch up to how talented she is, and if "The Hunger Games" is the project that introduces her to a larger audience, then that's a good thing.
On the day I did my interviews for the film, I had my six-year-old with me because we had to drive over to the press day directly after his baseball practice. When we walked into the room where Lawrence was waiting, she said hello to him, and then they launched into a long discussion of Little League and how she used to play and what position he plays, and the whole time, I was laughing about how there are grown men who would give a kidney to just casually shoot the breeze with Lawrence for a few minutes.
AUSTIN, Texas - Following in the footsteps of “Sound of My Voice” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” the indie world’s fascination with cults – or cult-ish behavior – continues at the 2012 South by Southwest film fest with Rebecca Thomas’s “Electrick Children,” a quirky portrait of two Mormon teenagers searching for meaning in suburban Las Vegas.
Inspired by the filmmaker’s own experiences as a Mormon growing up outside Sin City, the film explores faith in delicate, sensitive ways, particularly in the face of secular temptation. But it eventually acquiesces to indie-film clichés instead of digging deeper into its intriguing philosophical quandaries, ultimately creating a portrait of divine providence that’s more promising than profound.
Julia Garner (perhaps ironically, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) plays Rachel, a devout teenager who gets introduced to the world beyond her insular Mormon community after her father Paul (Billy Zane) records her religious testimony on a tape recorder. Fascinated by the mysterious technology, she sneaks out to listen to it at night, and among the interview recordings she finds a cassette tape with music on it – the first rock & roll she’s ever heard.
Oh, you thought awards season was over? Well, it is, but there's plenty of room to drag out its last throes on late night, like Jonah Hill did to kick of "Saturday Night Live" last night.
The whole thing just reminded me of something that kind of nagged at me last season, even if I didn't have an issue with it in principle: I still don't get how Hill got as far into the season as he did. I mean, yeah, he grew up in Beverly Hills and has plenty of friends pulling for him in the industry, but I just never thought his performance in "Moneyball" was much more than serviceable (as I note now, the same word I used to describe the work back in September), and familiar.
But I'm not trying to take anything away from the guy. I'm happy for him and it looks like he's poised to hit 2012 running with "21 Jump Street." Still, I don't think he really moved much beyond his comfort zone for that role.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as the couch and I become old friends...
A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I watch my barn get put on the Facebook...
10:30 AM, I had to be downtown at the San Jacinto Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, where I would be moderating a special discussion with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the creators behind the new movie "The Cabin In The Woods" at noon local time. Since I'm not on either coast, I'm almost constantly confused about the time in other places right now. It didn't help that the night before, I'd seen a midnight movie that started an hour late and thanks to Daylight Savings time, I'd also lost an hour to the time change.
This is our archived version of the final interview, and I'll confess that this was an exciting interview for me. Somehow, even after all the time I've been writing online, I'd never met Whedon. The entire reason Hercules The Strong ever went to work for Ain't It Cool News is because when I met him, we started talking about our mutual adoration of the TV show "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," which was still in early days at that point. I was on the set of "Serenity," but it was more about observation and listening to a presentation by Whedon. I would hardly consider it a meeting of any kind. I've liked much of his work, and I've certainly written my fair share about him over the years.