18 items from 2014
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On a show full of great characters and stunning transformations, none of them is as impressive as the hours of makeup it must take to change Naomi Grossman into Pepper the pinhead. Ms Grossman is a very cute, appealing girl, and when you look at her next to Pepper—even with a shaved head—it's tough to reconcile that these two are in fact the same person. It's stunning work, but perhaps more stunning than Grossman's transformation is her staggering acting ability. She doesn't speak much in either season she's featured, but Pepper is an indelible presence who steals focus in every scene she's in, and it's all thanks to the actress behind the makeup.
No more is that on display than in Orphans. This is the »
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Season 4, Episode 10: “Orphans”
Written by James Wong
Directed by Bradley Buecker
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX
Over the past few weeks, Freak Show had been finally appearing to move somewhere. Dandy was establishing himself as the season’s definitive antagonist, Jimmy’s love triangle with Maggie and Imma was bizarre but intriguing, and Bette and Dot’s relationship was becoming a suitable emotional core. This week’s episode, “Orphans,” only briefly (and unsatisfactorily) addresses the latter two conflicts, and it entirely ignores the former.
In its place, writer James Wong and director Bradley Buecker give us the story of Pepper. Though she was a character on Asylum, a period of time which the episode moves towards in its final act, she hasn’t been much of a factor this season, and it’s been close to two full seasons since viewers have »
Finally, the American Horror Story episode we've been waiting for. Last night we learned the full history of the season's crossover star Pepper, who’s tale begins in Freak Show and ends in Asylum — connecting two of the seasons in this anthology series.We now know that Elsa rescued Pepper from an orphanage in Massachusetts between the late 1930s and early 1940s. Fed up with life in the chorus line, Elsa takes Pepper on as her first freak-show "monster," beginning her troupe. Elsa finds Pepper companions in Ma Petite and Salty, but once they both die, our pinhead is left without a family, and Elsa knows it’s time to return Pepper to her sister Rita (played with such perfect dead-eyed cruelty by the amazing Mare Winningham, last seen abusing our beloved Franken-Kyle in Coven). Flash-forward to 1962, and Rita is framing Pepper for the murder of an unwanted newborn son, »
- Lindsey Weber,Tara Abell
Warning: Spoilers ahead (and in the video above).It's a sad, sad day for Pepper fans out there.Last night's mid-season finale of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," titled "Orphans," dove deep into the pinhead's backstory ... and it was downright heartbreaking. We learned, via flashbacks, that Elsa found an 18-year-old Pepper (Naomi Grossman) at an orphanage. The simpleton became Mars' first "monster," as Pepper left with her to join the Freak Show. Pepper actually had it pretty good with the sideshow act. She felt like a mother to Ma Petite and even had an adorable marriage ceremony with another pinhead, Salty. But when Salty passed in his sleep, everything changed. Clearly depressed, Elsa thought reuniting Pepper with her long-lost sister (played by Mare Winningham) might cure her blues. It didn't, to say the least.While Pepper loved caring for her sister's handicapped baby, both her sis and her brother-in-law couldn't »
- tooFab Staff
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen The Latest Installment Of American Horror Story: Freak Show.] The most recent episode of FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show marked a homecoming of sorts for Lily Rabe. The actress, who appeared on all three previous installments of Ahs but is now shooting her ABC thriller The Whispers, returned to play her Asylum character, Sister Mary Eunice. The kind nun was seen dealing with Pepper (Naomi Grossman), after she was sent to Briarcliff by her malicious sister (Mare Winningham). Though it was a brief appearance, it was also a marked difference from the demon-possessed woman last seen in Asylum. EW talked exclusively to Rabe about returning to Ahs and fan theories about further connections. »
- Tim Stack
At this rate, Elsa won’t have to share the spotlight for much longer.
In this week’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, not only did another performer take their final bow, but Pepper was delivered to Asylum’s Sister Mary Eunice at Briarcliff Manor.
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Another One Bites The Dust | By the time “Orphans” began, Salty had already died in his sleep (ironically, of natural causes). Elsa claimed to want a proper burial for Pepper’s soul mate, but Stanley insisted that, with the network eager to meet her, she needed to stress less and rest more. »
StreamFix is your weekly update on the best and weirdest streams happening on Netflix, Crackle, Amazon, and Hulu. You dig it? Check out these happenin' spectacles now. Netflix "Kingpin" This is just a reminder that Bill Murray was up to some weird stuff in the middle to late '90s. "Kingpin" is raucous and watchable, but God, remember "Larger Than Life"? Elephant humor, folks! What about "The Man Who Knew Too Little"? Or "Wild Things"? Or -- oh yes -- "Space Jam"? Thank God he gave us "Rushmore" because that filmography was getting grim. "Babes in Toyland" I command you to embrace the holiday spirit and revisit this 1961 classic with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello. No, it's not the Laurel and Hardy version, but it features Ann Jillian of the perfect '80s sitcom "It's a Living" as Bo Peep. "Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty" And now, ladies and gentlemen, my »
- Louis Virtel
Ja from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty Vs Beast," which is a real Hemingway-esque battle between the forces of Man and the forces of the Untamed Wildnerness. On the one side we have Tom Hanks, multiple Oscar winner, as the determined Detective Scott Turner, trying to solve the most important make-it-or-break-it case of his career. And on the other side... there's Hooch, the junkyard dog who witnessed this most heinous act of murder.
As the VHS box said at the video-store I worked at in high school, they're the oddest couple ever unleashed! Today is actually the 25th anniversary of Turner & Hooch's release, and heck, somebody should note it. Tom Hanks would probably rather it be forgotten, and I probably haven't seen the movie in 20 years, but I was 11 when it came out and dang it... I totally saw it. That means something.
T&H was actually a pretty »
Congrats to Dillon Rosenblatt, who won Gold Derby's Tony Awards predictions contest with an impressive score of 89%. That means he picked 23 out of 26 categories correctly – one more than our smartest Experts. (See his full predix here, our leaderboard here.) His prize: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate. Rosenblatt's three mistakes: he opted for Mare Winningham ("Casa Valentina") over Sophie Okonedo ("Raisin in the Sun") for Best Featured Actress and, like most of our Experts, chose "Twelfth Night" over "Raisin in the Sun" for Best Play Revival and Director. His most impressive correct prediction was tapping "Beautiful" for Best Sound Design of a Musical over heavily favored "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." How did he know? "That was one of my gut picks," he crows to Gold Derby. "I thought that since it wasn't going to win best musical, it would win one of the smaller awards and the music w..."' »
The 68th Tony Awards on Sunday, hosted by Hugh Jackman, took place at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where the best of the stage were honored.
Tony Awards Recap
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder picked up steam leading up to Tony night. At the end of the show, the musical, which follows a destitute man looking to remove the eight ahead of him inline for a title, won four awards Sunday. Gentleman’s Guide won for best musical, book of a musical, director and costume design.
How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has previously been a favorite Tony host, picked up his first award – best lead actor in a musical – for starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig won for best musical revival, and Harris’ costar Lena Hall won best featured actress in a musical.
Jessie Mueller beat out »
Check out all the winners and nominees of the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
The biggest stars of Broadway gathered at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night to honor and celebrate all the greatest shows and show-stopping performances from the world of theater at the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
Hugh Jackman served as host for his fourth time, and the three-hour ceremony saw lots of big wins.
The 2014 Tony Awards showcased many of the musical numbers from this year's nominated shows, and featured a slew of big-name Hollywood stars who served as presenters. Here is the complete winners list, along with some of our favorite acceptance speeches.
Did the right shows and stars win?
Winner: All the Way
Mothers and Sons
Winner: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide »
Will Neil Patrick Harris claim his first Tony Award this Sunday for his gender-bending turn in the musical revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Probably. Will fellow multiple-Emmy winner Bryan Cranston win for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the biodrama All the Way? Count on it. But will it be the Carole King biomusical Beautiful or the murderously funny A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder that earns top honors as the Best New Musical of the Broadway season?
On that point, as on many other tight races in this year’s Tony contest, EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier are divided. »
- Thom Geier
The 2014 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning, and as expected, Neil Patrick Harris received his first Tony nom for Lead Actor In A Musical (and is the instant front runner) for Hedwig And The Angry Inch (which also received a Best Revival nom, and 8 nominations in total.).
Lucy Liu and a morning-gorgeous Jonathan Groff announced the nominations (and Jonathan got a hug from surprise guest Hugh Jackman), and there were some shockers. High profile performances from Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams and James Franco were snubbed, and sadly, Zachary Quinto was overlooked for his well-received work in The Glass Menagerie
Here’s a rundown of the acting categories. The Tony Awards (with host Hugh) will air on CBS at 9 Pm Et on Sunday, June 8th.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston – All The Way
Chris O’Dowd – Of Mice And Men »
Fully realizing its underdog appeal, the cheeky musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder slayed the competition this morning with a whopping 10 Tony nominations, including nods for both of its tireless leading men, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. Neil Patrick Harris’ return to Broadway after a decade yielded him his first-ever Tony nomination for the celebrated revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which netted an impressive eight nods. (Had it been eligible as a new musical, Hedwig probably would have easily tied Guide, as score and book would have been slam dunks). Trailing these shows with seven »
- Jason Clark
Tony Award Nominations
Nominated for best play this year are Act One, All the Way, Casa Valentina, Mothers and Sons and Outside Mulliger, while revival plays that got a nod included The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun and Twelfth Night.
Best Musical nominations went to After Midnight, Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. As for revival musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Les Miserables and Violet were nominated.
While The Cripple of Inishmaan received a total of five nominations, marquee star Daniel Radcliff once again missed out on a Tony nod. Other movie star names who failed to earn nominations include James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Michelle Williams (Cabaret »
With the Drama Desk nominations newly-minted, and Tony nominations being announced on Tuesday, we are in full-swing for year-end theater awards mania. And EW’s writers have been busy as bees getting out the last gasp of reviews from the 2013-2014 season, with no less than nine shows opening in the past week. Some themes are definitely emerging. We got men in ladies’ attire (Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, above, and Casa Valentina), men’s exposed buttocks (Alan Cumming in Cabaret, Nick Offerman in Annapurna), and sassy leading women who won’t take no for an »
- Jason Clark
Release Date: Nov. 22, 2013 (limited)
DVD Release: Unknown
Run Time: 98 minutes
Box Office: $33.7 million domestic; $51.6 million foreign
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92 percent fresh
Movie Math: (The Handmaid’s Tale minus the dystopia) + The Catholic Church x (The Trip minus the impressions) x (Driving Miss Daisy minus Morgan Freeman) divided by Philadelphia.
Tweetable Description: Sweet, old Irish lady and arrogant journalist team up to find her long-lost son, taken from her by evil nuns. Tears ensue.
- Denise Warner
Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope Main cast members: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Peter Hermann, and Sean Mahon Number of Oscar nominations in total: 4 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Actress (Dench), Best Adapted Screenplay (Coogan and Pope), and Best Original Score Notable precursor wins: Won Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA Awards and Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival last year Chances at winning Best Picture: Rather slim, though there’s supposedly a late surge going on to at least give it a long shot chance at a huge upset Chances at other Academy Award wins: It’s potentially going to be shut out, though Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score are certainly in play Analysis Of Other Oscar Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, and Nebraska Philomena is the »
- Joey Magidson
18 items from 2014
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