We got more than one surprise in this episode, and for me one of them is that, yes, the show appears to be back on track. After the endless, dreary sludge of Neverland, we're back in Storybrooke AND Fairytale Land with complimentary story lines, a mystery, and a new big bad worthy of Regina's bad side. Spoilers after the jump, yo.
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Mark it down: On Sunday, March 16 at somewhere around 8:50 p.m. ET, after annoying seasons of “Big Brother” and four episodes into their second season of “The Amazing Race,” I found myself liking Brendon & Rachel.
Look, I’m not proud of myself and it really didn’t last for very long -- perhaps only a minute, in fact -- but this blog is about nothing if it’s not about absolutely honesty.
So if I ever try saying, “I’ve always hated Rachel & Brendon,” you can now call me a liar, because there it was, the moment that I warmed to Brendon & Rachel. And that totally justifies their presence on this “All-Stars” season of “The Amazing Race.” No?
Did it at least justify Sunday’s episode of “The Amazing Race”? No, again?
[Full recap of Sunday’s Leg after the break...]
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I tell you the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts...
“Veronica Mars” movie opens to $2 million
That wasn’t bad for a film released in just 291 theaters, but it’ll need to take in more to break even. PLUS: Kickstarter backers offered refunds after downloading problems, and watch “Nightline’s” profile of the “Veronica” campaign.
“Dancing” voting changes: Booted contestant will be determined before each show
Unlike last year, the "star" going home will be determined after the previous week’s broadcast. So the current week wouldn’t even matter to the eliminated contestant.
“Entourage” movie to feature cameos by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson
Jeremy Piven and creator Doug Ellin instagrammed photos of the Super Bowl-winning QBs on set.
Happy 50th birthday, Rob Lowe!
The AARP celebrated Lowe's 50th birthday, which is on St. Patrick's Day, with special street art.
“HIMYM” creators dodge questions about the mother’s fate
But they are “wildly excited” about the series finale, they said at Paleyfest.
“Seinfeld’s” Wayne Knight claims he is not dead
Fake websites had reported over the weekend that Knight had died, prompting him to tweet that he is in fact alive.
Peter Capaldi as “Doctor Who” is “wonderful,” “radical," “crazy” and “more dangerous"
Those are the words “Who” writer Mark Gatiss used to describe Capaldi after seeing him in action.
“Orange is the New Black” hits Paleyfest
At this weekend’s panel, it was revealed that Jason Biggs has yet to meet most of the cast.
“Veep” releases an extended trailer
Watch Selina Meyer in Season 3 in this 90-second trailer.
Another pair of “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” alums get married
Elizabeth Kitt, from Jake Pavelka’s season, tied the knot with Ty Brown, from Ali Fedotowsky's "Bachelorette” season.
Kevin Spacey photoshops himself with Rob Ford and his brother
See how Spacey reacted to his alleged Toronto mayor diss at “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: Simon Cowell tweets: "I absolutely love House Of Cards on Netflix."
See Alec Baldwin on “SVU”
Baldwin plays a journalist in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut.
Well, I said in my review that the high-tension Brazilian kidnap thriller "A Wolf at the Door" was highly impressive stuff, and it seems the jury at the Miami Film Festival agreed. Not only did Fernando Coimbras' debut feature take the top prize at last night's festival awards ceremony, beating nine other films in the Knight Competition for Spanish and Latin American narrative cinema, but Coimbras was further rewarded with the Best Director award.
Because Friday (March 14) night’s PaleyFest panel for “Orange Is The New Black” was preceded only by a three-minute clip package, there was a reduced window for the show’s stars to make their way from the Cool Kids’ side of the red carpet over to the hinterlands.
Since I was in the hinterlands, I only got to chat with Danielle Brooks and Yael Stone. [I also talked to Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne, but mostly they talked to each other.] Fortunately, I love Taystee and Morello.
You’ve already seen my 11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel post, perhaps?
Up first for my video interviews is Brooks, who teases that this season she finally got to learn the difference between Taystee and Tasha (her character’s real name). She also discusses her first fan moment.
Check out the Brooks interview above.
I’ll post Stone and the Mulgrew/Lyonne frivolity later.
And remember: “Orange Is The New Black” returns to Netflix on June 6.
AUSTIN - In the two "Insidious" movies, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell play the two paranormal investigators who work with Lin Shaye, and I enjoyed how they almost felt like they were beamed in from another film with a more aggressive sense of absurdity. They had really fun chemistry together, and in the second film especially, they were a big part of what the films did well.
Last week, their new collaboration premiered as part of the SXSW Film Festival, and this time, the two of them are front and center. They co-wrote "The Mule," and they both play key roles in the film, with Sampson also serving as co-director with Tony Mahony. "The Mule" is dark and smart and deeply satisfying, a wicked little crime thriller with a grim sense of humor. Sampson's work in front of the camera is just as good as his work behind the camera, and I suspect "The Mule" is going to emerge as one of the films that audiences really love from this festival. It may be the most exciting surprise I've had since I got here.
Taking an early and bossy lead on a failed Day One project is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Being viewed as the weakest player on a weak tribe is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Seemingly being on the low side of a numbers alliance is also usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Going just a bit cuckoo-bananas and dumping most of your tribe's rice into the fire? Surely that's a fantastic recipe for getting voted off early on "Survivor."
In retrospect, it probably isn't surprising that my exit interview with J'Tia Taylor came early in this "Survivor: Cagayan" season. The shocking thing is that J'Tia managed not to be the first or second person voted out of her Brains Tribe.
In fact, the Chicago-based nuclear engineer survived one surprising vote, one genuinely shocking vote and, on Wednesday, she very nearly slipped through again, as tribemates Tasha and Kass seemed to be weighing J'Tia's eventual loyalty against Spencer's immediate challenge strengths, before holding onto Spencer.
In her exit interview, the spirited J'Tia discusses, after some goading, her failed shelter plan, her camp blow-up, the overall struggles of the Brains Tribe and what the heck they were all eating out there if she threw away all of the rice.
So far, this “Amazing Race: All-Stars” season has frustrated me a bit. I didn’t love the huge gap between the first and second flights in the premiere, nor that we had an entire episode determined by wandering around looking for wedding dresses. I also didn’t love that this past week’s episode saw six teams get an insurmountable three-hour advantage based only on taxi-based luck, leaving the remaining three teams with a no-margin-for-error window to avoid elimination.
Not surprisingly, as frustrated as I’ve been, Joey Graceffa & Meghan Camarena are even more disappointed. Team YouTube spent finished in next-to-last in the first Leg and, with very little room for advancement, started the next two Legs in last. Unable to get on that first flight out of China, there were left running against John & Jessica and Brendon & Rachel.
Last Sunday’s Leg came down to a simple mistake: At a Roadblock, Joey & Meghan forgot to tell their cab driver to wait. The other teams remembered. That left the competition free to rush along, while Joey & Meghan fell behind waiting for a replacement.
Unlike their first season, which saw them both get emotional as they dodged elimination, Phil Keoghan sent a largely unmoved Joey & Megan home without tears.
Joey & Meghan may not have been outwardly disappointed when they were eliminated, but they definitely sound disappointed about the way the season went down in their exit interview. In our conversation, they talk about their annoyance at the structure of this season so far and what they’d hoped for from an “All-Stars” season.
Click through for the full Q&A...
Comedian David Brenner, a Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" favorite, dies at 78
Brenner, known for his observational comedy style, had been a Caron staple since 1971, making more than 150 appearances. He also briefly hosted his own talk show in 1987. Watch Brenner's first "Tonight" appearance from Jan. 8, 1971. PLUS: Watch Brenner's talk show with guest Howard Stern and Stern's mom. "Great guy who was always encouraging and in my corner," Stern tweeted today. Added Steve Martin: "Loved David Brenner. He gave me good advice early in my career (which I wrote about in my autobio). A gentleman, and really, really funny."
AUSTIN - Sometimes at the festival you walk into a room knowing nothing, sit down, and get your skull punched in by a movie that is calibrated perfectly, that knows exactly what it wants to do, and that seems almost unnaturally confident considering it was made by a first-time feature director.
"Housebound" is one of those movies.
There is something about the New Zealand sense of humor that I find enormously charming. It's very dry, very matter of fact, and "Housebound" is that rare film that manages to be funny without defusing any of its scares. What starts out as one genre of film turns out to be something entirely different, and instead of that feeling like one big cheat, it's actually handled in such a way that you can't help but admire the writing and the careful way in which things are revealed.
The Hollywood machine isn't the studio-based system that it was in the mid-20th Century. An almost conspiratorial corporate entity that would spend years cultivating and curating movie stars. But, to some extent, it still exists in 2014. Through publicists, agents and even studios, the industry still tries to "create" new stars. And, for better or worse (depending how you see it), it's mostly male actors that get this treatment today (although any leading lady in a Michael Bay film may qualify outside of Scarlett Johansson). Some happen almost by accident (Robert Pattinson), some have delayed debuts (Chris Hemsworth), many aren't worthy of the hype (Alex Pettyfer) and a few may take decades before they are deliver on their potential (Matthew McConaughey). Next weekend the big screen adaptation of "Divergent" is hitting theaters and, all of a sudden, people are going to start talking about Theo James.