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“When I need to take the Pill/ I look upon the windowsill…”
Mindy Lahiri and her cohorts dove headfirst last night into what is (somehow?) one of the big political debates of 2014: Birth control access! Dr. Lahiri was counseling an 18-year-old who wanted a prescription for the Pill without telling her overprotective detective father (Tim Daly), who proceeded to find out anyway, and then storm into Mindy’s office to demand answers. “You just watch yourself, you sex-crazed quack. I could get you on the no-fly list like that,” Detective Lang threatened.
Mindy, already on a no-fly list and »
- Erin Strecker
Growing up in the ’80s, my childhood was filled to the brim to double features. Whether in the local multiplex, or at the drive-in, there wasn’t a single thing that I enjoyed more than giving the box office my couple of bucks, and seeing whatever weird ass double features they programmed. I wasn’t around during the wonderful grind-house double feature days of the 1970′s (which happens to be my favorite era of horror), so my experiences were usually limited to films of the ’80s and ’90s. Usually, the theaters in which I frequented typically tried to pair similar movie together, but every once in a while, even as a kid, I ended up wondering, “What is going on here?” with their choices. So, because nostalgia is always oh so fun for me, I thought I’d give y’all a glimpse into four experiences from my childhood, that even today, »
- Jerry Smith
Sneak Peek more Nsfw footage from the dramatic feature "Nymphomaniac", a two-part film, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Mia Goth, Shia Labeouf, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen:
"...'Joe' (Gainsbourg), who is a self-diagnosed 'nymphomaniac' sex addict, is found by 'Seligman' (Skarsgård) beaten in an alley. Seligman takes her home to care for her, and Joe recounts the story of her life, from birth to the age of 50..."
"We are making two films", said the film's producer.
"It is a big operation...We will shoot both and edit both – and we want to finish both at the same time."
Jensen also confirmed there will be two versions of each film: an 'explicit' cut and a 'softer' cut.
"The movie is what you think it is," said former "Transformers" star Labeouf.
"For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically »
- Michael Stevens
Sure, it's a shameless plug for Nintendo, but this goofy ode to old-fashioned video games casts a surprisingly moving spell
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With its silly and sentimental storyline, it's fair to say that this 1989 family film is not exactly Oscar-worthy. In fact, even a Razzie would be too generous. But because it cheerfully combines the two things I was most obsessed with in the 1980s and early 90s Nintendo and Christian Slater it can't help but push my buttons.
The titular "wizard" is a troubled young boy, played by Luke Edwards. Jimmy has many problems stemming from a complicated family life and a harrowing backstory that has left him barely able to utter a complete sentence. Unhappy with his lot and faced with being committed to an institution, he waves goodbye to his native Utah and sets off for California with his older brother and a feisty runaway in tow. »
- Tola Onanuga
‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’: More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (photo: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’) (See ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ Review: Lars von Trier an ‘Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in a snow-covered alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), an unassuming fellow with a gentle demeanor who takes her to his apartment. In his austere dwelling she recounts her adventures as a young nymphomaniac in a series of stories, each preceded by director Lars von Trier’s requisite thematic chapter headings and cinematic asides. Young Joe’s (Stacy Martin) exploits, from her debut sexual experience with Jerome (Shia Labeouf), through her adventures on a train, to her very dramatic experience with a married man, his kids, and his wife (played by Uma Thurman in what might be the best 10 minutes of »
- Tim Cogshell
Chicago – The exploration of sexuality is a stark breakthrough in the “Nymphomaniac” film series by writer/director Lars von Trier. In the story of a woman interacting with her nature, there are shades of all physically active individuals. “Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1” covered the younger days of the main character of Joe. Vol. 2 takes her to the next, and more brutal phase – challenging her life and her disposition.
This chapter is much darker, and contains von Trier’s characteristic pessimism on the human condition. The heroine Joe goes through numerous examinations of her strong carnal intuition and there are negative consequences in every unlit corner. The two films work separately. Vol. 1 is relatively more matter of fact – Joe does create chaos through her early sex life, but seems to find some semblance of connection. In Vol. 2, the reason she is found bloodied in an alley is revealed. Taken together – as originally »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Greetings and salutations, Heathers fans. It's time to rev up those chainsaws, because the 1988 cult comedy is back and this time its teenage angst has a musical beat. On Monday, Heathers celebrated its 25th anniversary with the opening of Heathers: The Musical at New York City's New World Stages. Among the first Corn Nuts aficionados to see the off-Broadway adaptation was the original J.D. himself, actor Christian Slater. The Nymphomaniac star stopped by the Today show to talk about the surreal experience of seeing the character he made (in)famous portrayed onstage. "It was weird," said Slater. "Just »
- Kelli Bender
Entertainment Weekly has a wonderful oral history of Heathers — with everything from the cast's mutual annoyance with a young ("bitchy") Shannen Doherty ("She didn’t realize it was a comedy, or maybe know what a dark comedy meant") to the unrequited romance between Winona Ryder and Christian Slater ("We never went out! He was dating Kim Walker. And I had, like, such a big crush on him"). There's also talk about the thwarted sequel plans, which, according to Heathers writer Daniel Waters, involved Meryl Streep and a grown-up Veronica Sawyer taking on Washington:Daniel Waters I did come up with this crazy, cockamamy Heathers 2 where Veronica becomes a page for a senator named Heather, played by Meryl Streep. The ending is her assassinating the president and getting away with it — and it’s a good thing. Winona Ryder First of all, I don’t know what their problem is with »
- Lindsey Weber
“Do you think there’s ever been another movie like Heathers?” Winona Ryder asks in her tiny, forever-a-kid voice, and then listens quietly. She’s genuinely curious. Your brain races through the obvious choices. Mean Girls, Clueless, Jawbreaker—teen-girl comedies with a drop of caustic in their lip gloss. But in 25 years, no high school movie has ever come close to the bloodthirsty wit and sweet-faced nihilism of Heathers, the 1989 satire about an Ohio high school where suicide becomes a scrunchie-level fad. “I looove this movie—to the point where I talk about it like I’m not even in it, »
- Adam Markovitz
While Heathers may not be as recognized as other 80s movies, the film definitely has a cult following that has been rabid for a sequel for the past 25 years. So, with Beetlejuice getting a follow-up, why not revisit another Winona Ryder classic? Entertainment Weekly has reported on the possibility of a Heathers sequel for years, including the prospect of Christian Slater's character returning as a ghost. But, their updated history of the 1989 film includes a new fact that we had »
- Alex Maidy
Good musicals may not be getting any smarter but bad ones certainly are. Take Heathers, which at every turn vastly improves the 1989 cult movie on which it’s based. Alas, that’s a very low bar; the movie, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, is such a sloppy, poorly directed mess it can’t even figure out what genre it’s in. (It ends up glorifying the brutal high school culture it ostensibly means to satirize.) A thousand deft repairs and a thoroughly professional score by the musical’s gifted authors — the book, music, and lyrics are by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe — can’t solve the problem, but do manage to lift Heathers all the way to terrible.If I remember the movie less fondly than you, perhaps it’s because I was a sometime victim of that brutal culture. Not that I attended Westerberg High, where three queen bees, »
- Jesse Green
Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac : Volume 1 is a powerful, comedic drama that goes where few (non-pornography) theatrical films have gone before.
Nymphomaniac : Volume 1 introduces us Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourge) as she opens up about her early upbringing to a stranger named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) who has found her bloody and beaten in an ally. After cleaning her up and offering her a bed to rest in, Joe begins the story of how she came to be in that alley – a story full a young Joe (played by Stacy Martin) discovering her body, sexuality, and eventually… love.
As the tale goes on, Seligman begins to relate her stories to the only things that he can – fly fishing, art, numbers etc. He listens intently as Joe opens up about the best, and worst times of her life without judgement or prejudice. But remember, we’ve only heard half of the story. »
- Melissa Howland
There's no happy ending for ABC's “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” ABC has canceled the “Once Upon a Time” spinoff, a network representative told TheWrap. Ordered for 13 episodes, the series finale episode will air next Thursday. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at 8 p.m. on Thursday drew a 0.9 rating/ 3 share in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic and only 3.3 million total viewers. That's only a bit better than last week's episode rating of 0.8/3, though it's lower in total viewers — last week's episode attracted 3.5 million viewers. Also read: Christian Slater's ‘Mind Games’ Pulled From ABC Schedule, ‘Celebrity »
- Jethro Nededog
Of all the unlikely films adapted to the musical stage, 1988’s cult black comedy classic “Heathers”—the ultimate in mean girls, stylized dialogue, and staged suicides—may be among the unlikeliest. But that hasn’t stopped Laurence O’Keefe (“Bat Boy”) and Kevin Murphy, who wrote the book and score, from bringing all those Heathers and skeptical cool girl Veronica (played by Winona Ryder in the film) to the stage, with all your favorite lines intact, from “Fuck me gently with a chainsaw” to “Lick it up, baby. Lick. It. Up.” The movie’s instantly quotable lines are what made a fan of Ryan McCartan, now playing Veronica’s sociopathic, homicidal boyfriend, J.D. (originally played by Christian Slater), in the musical’s Off-Broadway debut, opening March 31 at New World Stages. When he first saw the film, he remembers, he was “obsessed with it, specifically the crazy language.” But McCartan »
When it debuted on March 31, 1989, "Heathers" proved to be a box-office disappointment, failing to earn back even half of its $3 million budget. Twenty-five years later, it's a bona fide cult hit, with lines like "F*** me gently with a chainsaw" and "What is your damage?" a permanent part of pop culture.
A planned TV series failed to materialize, but a "Heathers" musical debuted in 2010 (awesomely, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell did a reading), and an Off-Broadway production opens on March 31, exactly 25 years after the film first hit theaters.
We've followed the ups and downs of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty's careers over the years, but not all of the cast is still acting and, sadly, some were hit by tragedy as macabre as anything in the movie itself. »
- Sharon Knolle
Episodes: 13 but eight unaired (hour)
TV show dates: February 25, 2014 -- March 25, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This dramedy revolves around two brothers who problem solve using psychological manipulation. They can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients' dreams come true and their nightmares go away.
Their unusual Edwards and Associates business is based on the belief that people's decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they're not aware.
A former university professor and world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation, Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) has a checkered history, which stems from his bipolar disorder. Clark's »
Christian Slater can't seem to catch a break when it comes to television. ABC has cancelled his low-rated Mind Games TV series. Only five of the 13 episodes have aired. No word on what will become of the rest.
Mind Games follows a pair of brothers (Slater and Steve Zahn) who use psychological manipulation to solve problems and to make people's dreams come true. The rest of the cast includes Megalyn Echikunwoke, Wynn Everett, Gregory Marcel, Cedric Sanders, and Jaime Ray Newman.
Replacing Killer Women, Mind Games debuted in late February to a disappointing 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.58 million total viewers. As bad as that was, the second episode performed even wors, dropping nearly 40% in the demo. The numbers perked up a little after that but were overall still terrible.
For the immediate future, ABC will »
It has been another short network TV run for Kyle Killen. On Thursday (March 27) afternoon, ABC pulled "Mind Games" effective immediately. That's what happens when you draw 2.06 million viewers and do a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. Those were the numbers for this past Tuesday's airing of "Mind Games" and they proved to much for ABC to bear, especially with plenty of inventory on the shelf. On April 1 and April 8, ABC will air encores of "Resurrection" in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour. Then, starting on April 15, ABC will premiere a new season of "Celebrity Wife Swap," with Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson claiming to be celebrities in the premiere. The yanking of "Mind Games" after only five episodes completes a dismal year of scripted programming for ABC in that Tuesday 10 p.m. slot. "Lucky 7" was the season's first cancellation after only two airings. After months of filler, ABC premiered "Killer Women" in January, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Lifetime is moving fast on its "Flowers in the Attic" telemovie sequel. A May 26th premiere date has been announced for the telemovie "Petals in the Wind" which jumps the story a decade ahead.
Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash take on the roles of the now grown Cathy and Chris Dollanganger. Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and Dylan Bruce will reprise their roles whilst Will Kemp takes on the key new role of Cathy's love interest Julian. The first promo photos for the telemovie are up at EW.
Jessie T. Usher ("Level Up") has scored the lead role in the LeBron James-produced basketball comedy series "Survivor's Remorse" on Starz. Usher plays a basketball phenom who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract.
- Garth Franklin
"Celebrity Wife Swap" will return Tuesday, April 15 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC and will feature the families of Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. No other celebrity participants have been announced at this time.
Until April 15, reruns of "Resurrection" will air in the Tuesday night 10 p.m. time period. There is no official word on "Mind Games" included in the release, but the program has not been performing well in the ratings, earning less than 2 million viewers for its latest new episode. »
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