"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long.
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I briefly reviewed both "Welcome to the Family" and "Sean Saves the World" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For anyone who tuned into either one, what did you think? With "Welcome to the Family," did you find yourself enjoying one family more than the other? Did you want to see Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira duke it out in the boxing ring? Are you invested in the teen lovebirds at all? With "Sean Saves the World," did you enjoy all the slapstick? Linda Lavin and Sean Hayes both performing at top volume? Tom Lennon (and I highly recommend reading our interview, if only for the section on "the mustache discount") having a 'stache and doing weird things? Megan Hilty not singing? And will you watch either one again?
Have at it.
In case you've forgotten, Wednesday night's "X Factor" featured the debut of the Four-Chair Challenge and saw Kelly Rowland narrow her team of Geriatrics down to Jeff Gutt, James Kenney, Rachel Potter and Lillie McCloud.
Then Demi Lovato listened to the first four Girls and assigned chairs to Bree Randall, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashly Williams. However, with six Girls still to perform, I'm assuming that Bree and Jamie are almost certain to be displaced.
Click through and follow along for my recap of Thursday (October 3) night's "The X Factor"...
Miley Ray Cyrus has a message for Sinead O’Connor: butt out. But it's clear that O'Connor is doing nothing of the sort.
If you're not up on the action, yesterday, O’Connor wrote an impassioned open letter to Cyrus, applauding her talent, and advising her to stop letting herself be “prostituted” by other people who were eager to exploit a young girl. She had been through the whole thing and had fought against having her sexuality be used a marketing tool. She perhaps felt she had a right to voice her opinion because the director’s cut of Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” is basically a remake of O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video: both focus solely on the singer’s face as she performs the song in one shot.
It’s actually a lovely letter, and even if Cyrus doesn’t agree, it’s hard to argue that O’Connor’s heart wasn’t in the right place.
Instead of thanking O’Connor and sending her on her way, Cyrus decided to mock her and remind folks that O’Connor hardly has a past free of rebellious acts.
Early this morning, she tweeted “Before Amanda Bynes... there was... “ and posted a rundown of O’Connor’s tweets when she was having a mental breakdown in January 2012 and publicly asked if “can any psychiatrist see me today [and] get me back on meds [and] help me without having to go to the hospital?” and “I’m really un-well... and in danger.” O'Connor subsequently canceled her 2012 tour to support her new album because of her bi-polar disease.
Before Amanda Bynes.... There was.... pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
But she wasn’t done. Cyrus then posted, without comment, a photo of Cyrus tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul ll on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992. That was a career killer for O’Connor and she was banned for life from “SNL” for her actions. (Deathandtaxes points out that Cyrus's screen grabs quoting O'Connor's 2012 meltdown are from someone else using O'Connor's which is possible, since O'Connor quit Twitter last year, But the words are verbatim from O'Connor's tweets in 2012 as her breakdown was happening.)
Why didn't Cyrus just quote the title of O'Connor's 2012 album back to her in response: "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)."
Inbetween cutting down O'Connor, Cyrus has been retweeting provocative photos of her taken by Terry Richardson featuring her in a very revealing leotard and smoking up a storm.
Of course, O'Connor couldn't let Cyrus's reply go unanswered and O'Connor has now ripped Cyrus a new one for mocking people with mental illnesses... rightfully so. She also calls Cyrus "such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry." O'Connor demands Cyrus take down the tweets or that she will "hear from my lawyers."
O'Connor's page is crashing because so many folks are trying to access her response to Cyrus's response. Here it is in full:
Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.
I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The
course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me. I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only
send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated.
Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.
It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.
Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.
UPDATE: Cyrus responded a few minutes ago, clearly trying to cool down the flames. She tweeted, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting and performing on SNL this week...so if youd like to meet up and talk lemme now in your next letter. ; )" Note the irony that Cyrus is on "SNL" this week, which, as we noted above, is off limits to O'Connor.
Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
Not to be left out, now Amanda Palmer (the former Dresden Dolls member who raised $1 million on Kickstarter to fund her solo album) decided she needed to weigh in, so she's written an open letter to O'Connor to respond to her open letter to Cyrus.
I briefly reviewed "The Millers" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Are you sad to have Margo Martindale farting here rather than returning to "The Americans," or do you agree with her that fart jokes are just funny? Did you enjoy the big dance number? Beau Bridges' technological difficulties? JB Smoove's bemusement at the behavior of white people? Will Arnett in his second vaguely human network TV role in a row? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
So you take a pinch of Jason Bourne, you add the brash physical side of the Abrams Captain Kirk, and you set it against Kenneth Branagh directing himself as the bad guy so there is no one there to stop him from going over the top, and the result is Paramount's last best hope at rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise.
My favorite thing about this trailer is Kevin Costner front and center as the guy who brings Jack Ryan into the world of international espionage, and it seems like the biggest difference between the script I read and the final version of the film. It's a smart move, too, because Costner carries an authority that you need for this kind of movie. I really like Chris Pine, but I still think it's a gamble to basically hang every functioning Paramount franchise on the same actor. Just because I like the way he plays Captain Kirk, that doesn't automatically mean he's right for everything else.
NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot
The "Parks and Rec" star is staying at the Peacock with "The Pro," where he'll play a former tennis champion now working at a country club.
Stevie Nick has written "Game of Thrones"-inspired poetry for each of the characters
The Fleetwood Mac credits the HBO series with re-sparking her creativity after her mom died.
Check out the track list for "Glee's" tribute to Cory Monteith
The cast will honor Finn with "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" and "No Surrender" from Bruce Springsteen, as well as other songs.
Chris Carter's Amazon pilot "The After" adds Jamie Kennedy and Adrian Pasdar
"Leverage's" Aldis Hodge is also joining the thriller from "The X Files" creator.
Nathan Fillion to guest on "Community"
He'll guest as the head custodian at Greendale.
Watch the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Simpsons" horror-movie themed opening
For "Treehouse of Horror XXIV."
"Trophy Wife" books Dennis Haysbert
The former "24" president will help chaperone a school field trip in Episode 9.
Jason Priestley to visit "Hot in Cleveland"
He'll play a movie star whom Valerie Bertinelli had a high school crush on.
See Walter Blanco in action
Here's the trailer for The Spanish "Breaking Bad."
A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a picture of Patrick Ewing on a rollercoaster...
By now, you've surely heard -- or seen for yourself -- that Sandra Bullock is excellent in "Gravity." Critics who never much cared for the star in her signature romantic comedies, or her Oscar-winning dramatic turn in "The Blind Side," are now hailing her work as an imperiled astronaut adrift in space as a revelatory breakthrough. "Who knew?" they ask.
Well, hold up a minute. Some of us knew, and not just the Academy members who checked off her name in the 2009 Best Actress race. "Gravity" may be a better, more ambitious film than the vast majority of Sandra Bullock's output, but that doesn't mean it magically transformed her overnight into a gifted actress. She's always been this good, it's just that you've sometimes had to look past the films to see it. Even then, not always; for every shoddy B-movie of which she's been the saving grace, there's another exemplary genre piece in which she has equally excelled. Nobody was calling her immaculately timed comic turn in this summer's delightful action-comedy "The Heat" a revelation, for example, but I'd argue that it's every bit as strong a showcase for her abilities as "Gravity."
On Monday, when I wrote about Disney's decision to develop a film called "Cruella," I talked about how they seem to be making a new push to turn all of their fairy-tale animated films into live-action movies. "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" both seem to be fairly straight takes on the characters and the fairy-tale worlds where they take place.
One of their biggest recent live-action releases was "Enchanted," a post-modern take on the world of their fairy tale stories, and one could argue that "Tangled" also played with the tropes of those films in some very knowing ways. It's interesting that Disney is willing to make movies where they play it straight and movies where they intentionally subvert the genre as well.
I liked Brad Furman's last film as a director, "The Lincoln Lawyer." It wasn't a genre defining masterwork, but it displayed real control and confidence, and it struck me as the work of soon who had a real knack for connecting with his cast.
Likewise, I am fond of "Rounders," a film co-written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien that has grown in esteem since it was first release in 1998. The film predated the pop culture obsession with poker, and it had a great ensemble cast that included Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, and Martin Landau.
When I first read that "Runner Runner" takes place in the world of online gambling, I thought it sounded like a perfect venue for Koppleman and Levien to explore, and I walked into the screening fingers crossed. So far, Justin Timberlake has not really won me over on film. I think he exhibited a bit of promise in his early roles like "Alpha Dog" or "Black Snake Moan," but I'm not sure he's actually ever lived up to that promise. He's fine in "The Social Network," but he's far from the best thing about the movie. I thought he was just flat-out strange in "Bad Teacher," but I'm not sure how much of that is what was written and how much of it was what he brought to the role. As a lead, I thought he was flat in both the horrible "In Time" and the deeply mediocre "Trouble With The Curve," and when you've got filmmakers like David Fincher and Clint Eastwood directing someone and still not getting any real signs of life out of him, maybe the problem isn't the directors.
As Marcel on "The Originals" (premiering tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW), Charles Michael Davis is all charismatic malice, charming even when he's tearing apart anyone who'd be stupid enough to stand in his way. Marcel might just be the guy to take on Klaus (Joseph Morgan), though we'll find out how that head-to-head turns out soon enough. The show, a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," follows Klaus to New Orleans, a little swamp he once built into a real city many, many years ago -- and, when he left, a city he left in the hands of his friend Marcel. Now Klaus is back, and Marcel isn't all that happy to hand over the reigns. I talked to Davis during press tour, and found out that, like Marcel, he's charming and, yes, funny. Unlike Marcel, I don't think he kills people when they displease him. Or at least I hope not.