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Django Unchained opened in theaters across the country on Christmas day. One of the most talked about moments finds Walton Goggins as Billy Crash torturing our hero Django, played by Jamie Foxx. After threatening to castrate the former slave, who hangs naked and upside down in a hollowed out barn, Billy turns to leave, giving Django's vulnerable groin a disturbing tickle. It's a small, subtle moment that is pure Quentin Tarantino. It's a tiny, fleeting bit of minutia, but at the same time, it says so much about Billy Crash, a fast firing lackey of Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) who refuses to accept any person of color as a free man.
Justified returns for a fourth season on Jan. 8 (look for scoop in EW’s Winter TV preview issue on newsstands Dec. 31), and if Ken Tucker naming the FX drama one of his Top 10 shows of 2012 isn’t enough ammunition for you to convince friends and family to tune in and make this show as popular as Sons of Anarchy, perhaps the two exclusive clips below from the season 3 Blu-ray and DVD, out Dec. 31, will do the trick. In the first, executive producers Graham Yost and Fred Golan, along with a gleeful, blood-splattered Neal McDonough, talk about season 3′s big bad, »
- Mandi Bierly
The Burn Notice Season 6 Finale has arrived. Tonight we’ll find out what happens to Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), Jesse (Coby Bell) and Madeline (Sharon Gless). But first, let’s take a look back at the season and reflect what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and our expectations on tonight’s two-hour finale, “You Can Run….”
Editor’S Pick: Burn Notice Finale Review – The damage is done
• Burn Notice broke out of its safety zone this season by taking Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) away and for a few episodes we got to see Fi in solo action. She still used her wits, creating makeshift weapons, charming the guards and fellow inmates but she didn’t quite have the backup, the car, nor the right pumps to match those orange jumpers.
• The hunt for Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns) took on a more serious tone, »
- Ernie Estrella
Burn Notice has been filled to the brim with annoying characters this season. Tom Card (John C. McGinley) was rightfully shot in the head in the mid-season finale, “Means & Ends” and whenever I see Agent Olivia Riley (Sonja Sohn), her one-note overacting makes me want to yank my television off my wall, climb up a flight of stairs to “clean and jerk” it out of my third-story window. I know, I know, Sohn was on The Wire, but can we give her a little more range to work with here? Oh and by the way, we get two hours of her tough girl act in the season finale. But the award for the most annoying character this season – and perhaps all of the seasons – has to go to Colin Schmidt, played by comedian Patton Oswalt.
One of Burn Notice‘s staples is »
- Ernie Estrella
Bringing the conflicted character of Norman Bates back for a contemporary series looking at the rise of a cross-dressing nut job, may seem a touch risky after Hitchcock’s 60s masterpiece Psycho. After all, Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake is much-maligned and laughed off amongst many genre fans. Still, from the first look of this footage, we could have fascinating new series showing the slow decent of Norman’s fragile mind when he and his mother relocate to a new town and open the infamous family business.
Freddie Highmore takes the role of troubled Norman, alongside the always-watchable Vera Farmiga as devoted mother Norma. The series also stars Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Jere Burns, Olivia Cooke and Mike Vogel. Bates Motel will premiere on Us network A&E in March 2013. No word yet on where or when we here in the UK will see it.
- Craig Hunter
Canadian channel MuchMusic (or is it just Much now?) has decided to pass on a third season of the critically-acclaimed L.A. Complex. Technically, the series isn't dead yet — the CW could keep it alive (which seems unlikely considering the ratings) and the series' production company is looking to see if another Canadian network might pick it up. As much as I'm saddened by this news, at least The L.A. Complex' last episode would make for a solid closing chapter.
Deadline breaks the word on a couple of amazing bits of recurring casting — S. Epatha Merkerson has joined Deception (that's NBC's upcoming soap where rich people suffer for ignoring the help) while Jere Burns will play a mysterious character on Bates Motel.
Howard Stern announced on his radio show that he'll be »
Psycho television prequel Bates Motel has cast Jere Burns in a major role. Burns - who has previously appeared on Breaking Bad and Justified - will play a mystery role on the A&E series, Deadline reports. Set decades before the events of Robert Bloch's novel Psycho - famously adapted for film in 1960 by Alfred Hitchcock - Bates Motel will explore the childhood of future serial killer Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his relationship with his domineering mother (Vera Farmiga). Lost's Nestor Carbonell, Pan Am's Mike Vogel, Once Upon a Time's Keegan Connor Tracy and Caprica's (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
NBC is staying in the Alec Baldwin biz.
With the end of 30 Rock drawing near, the Emmy-winning actor has inked a two-year overall deal with the network, Deadline reports.
Under the new pact, Baldwin will help develop and produce series for NBC, with the possibility of starring in his own project.
Related | NBC’s Do No Harm Drama Lands Thursday Slot; Grimm Return Date Set for March
30 Rock, meanwhile, wraps its seven-season run with an hour-long installment on Jan. 31.
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- Megan Masters
Exclusive: Law & Order alumna S. Epatha Merkerson is returning to NBC with a recurring role on the network’s upcoming drama series Deception. The show, from writer Liz Heldens, Universal TV and BermanBraun, is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Padget (Meagan Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Bower family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Bower who was once her closest friend. Emmy winner Merkerson, repped by ICM Partners and Bob McGowan, will play Joanna’s mom Beverly Padget, who worked for the Bowers family when Joanna was a young girl. Jere Burns (AMC’s Breaking Bad) is set for a recurring role A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel. A prequel to Psycho, the series examines the twisted relationship between serial-killer-to-be Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Varmiga). Burns »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Throughout season 3 of FX’s Justified, EW.com did weekly postmortems with showrunner Graham Yost, who took us inside the writers room and gave us the stories behind the show’s best moments — of which the season finale, “Slaughterhouse,” had many. After Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) chopped off Quarles’ (Neal McDonough) rail-gun toting arm, Quarles told Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) that it was his father, Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), who’d shot and killed “the man in a hat” who’d been pointing a gun at Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). For all Arlo knew, he could have been firing at Raylan. Here, »
- Mandi Bierly
Justified stars Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea, and Walton Goggins. The complete third season Blu-ray set will span three discs and be presented in 1.78:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.
There are quite a few bonus features packed onto the Justified: Season 3 Blu-ray. Here's a complete rundown of what you can expect.
Commentary on The Gunfighter with Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant and Fred Golan Commentary on Cut Ties with Ben Cavell and Nick Searcy Commentary on Harlan Roulette with Dave Andron and Jon Avnet Commentary on Thick As Mud with Jon Worley, Ben Cavell, Damon Herriman and Joelle Carter Crossing the Line: Making Season 3 Catch Commentary on »
"Popilikia (Misfortune)" was a Hawaii Five-0 Halloween extravaganza in disguise. We had representation from old movies starring Faye Dunaway, a nod to Ichabod Crane, a wacky fortune teller and McGarrett playing the football player without costume performing not one, but two epic tackles.
Did Bai Ling play the worst fortune killer of all time or what? Everyone knows the Death card doesn't represent physical death and even if it did (hello!), nobody would go to one who whispered the equivalent of "seven days...." in your ear! I'll give her some credit, at least she was talking about the wrong customer, and the girlfriend read into it what she wanted anyway. She was touched by Billy's death.
The poor polo player did have a serious misfortune, though, didn't he? Danny calling him the Headless Horseman was perfect for the month of October and production was damned happy with their CGI because »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carissa Pavlica)
We often joke about Burn Notice being stuck in its formula but we’ve noted that Season 6 has been superbly different with a more serious tone and a focused Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) risking his own life and limbs to get Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) out of jail. TV spots warned us that episode 606, “Shock Wave” would bring death to the show and the inclination is to suspect Agent Pearce (Lauren Stamile) or Agent Card (John C. McGinley) would take the fall because most viewers don’t expect to have a significant death this early in the season. But we didn’t get one big death, we got two.
Agents Pearce and Card would certainly give Michael a duty of loyalty to fulfill, to see to it that their killer would be found if their time was indeed up–we saw how Michael reacted to Max’s death, even though he was framed for it. »
- Ernie Estrella
Burn Notice creator Matt Nix has explained the decision to kill off Nate (Seth Peterson) in this week's episode. The showrunner revealed that Nate's murder was intended to teach lead character Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) that his actions "come at a cost". "A big emphasis this year is on the idea that Michael's quest to deal with all of it - whether it's being burned or going after Anson (Jere Burns) - that all of these things come with a cost," Nix told TV Guide. "This stuff deeply affects Michael and drives him to do a lot of things. If you thought he was driven before, man is he driven now. And there's (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
One of the most amazing things about Burn Notice is the way Florida seems to be a hotspot for the CIA, various disreputable entities, and other not-so-natural disasters waiting to happen. As the series has progressed, so have Michael’s adversaries and, by extension, the stakes of the game they’re all playing. So, it’s with little surprise that as Anson (Jere Burns) continues to pull Westen’s strings, the innumerable other strings he’s undoubtedly pulling begin to come out of the woodwork. It’s almost as if Anson’s web of control was inadvertently creating a system for likeminded individuals to meet, due to the sheer magnitude of the thing. Somehow, Anson has created a social network for burned or otherwise forcibly corrupted spies.
While Anson doesn’t figure directly in ‘Under the Gun,’ his presence – as ...
Click to continue reading ‘Burn Notice’ Season 6, Episode 4: ‘Under »
- Kevin Yeoman
Following Fiona’s (Gabrielle Anwar) fight in prison in last week’s episode of Burn Notice, in this week’s episode, “Last Rites”, attempts are made to put her under tighter security. Declining the warden’s offer, Fiona’s administrative visit wasn’t a total loss, as Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) has scheduled a time to visit her. Making a connection with another prisoner named Ayn (anything you need), Fiona’s new friend is going to help her find the people behind her murder attempt.
Of course, there’s a high price for information in prison. Tasked with having to keep a door closed for a specific amount of time, Fiona makes use of a tuna fish can and some sparkles to keep the guards busy while Ayn takes out her retail competition.
Elsewhere, Anson (Jere Burns) makes a phone call to Agent Pearce ...
Click to continue reading ‘Burn Notice’ Season »
- Anthony Ocasio
It’s been such a deathly slow year at the movies so far that attempting to list 10 great TV series is far easier than naming 10 great films. With the premieres of TV’s two best shows, Breaking Bad (July 15, AMC) and Louie (tonight, FX), imminent, it seemed as good a time as any to take stock of the best episodes of 2012 – with a strict limit of one episode per show. Not an easy task as it is, so I’ve saved myself the trouble of ordering them.
Archer, “The Limited”
Archer‘s third season represented a very slight dip from its excellent sophomore outing, but that’s not to say it didn’t feature a number of fantastic episodes. “The Limited,” a sequel-in-spirit of sorts to past antiquated-mode-of-travel outing “Skytanic,” revisits many of the show’s most dependable running gags and character beats, while featuring some of the moreeffectively over-the-top action beats of the season. »
- Simon Howell
Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) has been the good soldier, helping those in need while trying to find out who burned him as a spy. After getting so close to the truth so many times, Michael began risking those he cared about to get any morsel or favor to help him get to the end. Once he got there, he wasn’t prepared for the most surreptitious villain he’s faced so far. Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns) has been up there all along, pulling the strings and orchestrating the madness in Michael’s life and then used Michael and his crew in Season 5 with Fiona’s (Gabrielle Anwar) life as leverage because he could frame her for the killing of two security guards at the British Consulate. The first two episodes have shown that Burn Notice is noticeably different this season–noticeably awesome that is!
Here are 10 reasons how creator Matt Nix, »
- Ernie Estrella
Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.
Last year, FX’s Justified earned four acting Emmy nominations (including one win for supporting actress Margo Martindale). With writing that had us checking in with showrunner Graham Yost each week during season 3, isn’t it time the show break into the Best Drama category? “It would be delightful and we’d be incredibly happy, »
- Mandi Bierly
New characters and welcome returnees like Boyd, Arlo and Raylan made this a must-see. What did you think?
It does not get the same plaudits as the innovative Breaking Bad or the glamorous Mad Men – but Justified has quietly been achieving excellence for three wonderful seasons now, the latest of which came to a close on UK screens last night. And boy, does the show know how to do a finale.
It was during Justified's first season when it became clear that the producers were on to a good thing, with the show's characters and plotting elevating it from the usual crime-of-the-week fare. Season two saw the show fully commit to the season-long story arc with the tale of terrifying mountain woman crime matriarch Mags Bennett and her boys. If anything, it was too good. Margo Martindale's Emmy-winning turn as Mags dominated the show in the best possible »
- Phelim O'Neill
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