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Written by Kenneth Gamet
Directed by Jack Bernhard
A wedding day is a joyous occasion to celebrate the unison between two people deeply in love with one another, ready and willing to spend the remainder of their lives together until death do them part. Claire Cummings’ (Leslie Brooks) understanding of what a wedding represents renounces most of those delightful thoughts, only retaining and applying the part about death. Claire is a vixen, a conniving, duplicitous witch who spends her energy on marrying wealthy, important people, only to concoct their demise shortly thereafter, reaping the benefits of fanciful wills in the process. Her matrimonial reunion to a powerful businessman in the film’s opening scene irks polite, clean-cut Les Burns (Robert Paige), with whom Claire to used to work at a newspaper. Deep down he loves Claire, naively unaware of her true intentions. When her hubby »
- Edgar Chaput
New Zealand | USA, 2014
What We Do in the Shadows is a new vampire mockumentary that brilliantly straddles the line between accessibility and quirkiness. The pitch-perfect black humor is tempered by a surprising level of tenderness, as well as some sharp observations about the stylized nature of “reality” television. It’s easily the funniest movie of 2015, and seems destined to join the ranks of other classic mockers like This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show.
Armed with crucifixes and heavy-duty insurance clauses, a documentary film crew descends upon the flat of 4 vampires as they prepare for “The Unholy Masquerade;” a massive gathering of New Zealand’s undead community. These aren’t sanitized, sparkly vampires, either. These are hardcore bloodsuckers that prowl the streets for fresh victims every night. Each vampire is vividly captured with a heady mixture »
- J.R. Kinnard
AMC has great expectations for the Better Call Saul series. They've already renewed it for a second season so fans won't have to worry about it being cancelled for quite awhile. But, will this show be a success in the ratings? Stay tuned.
A prequel to the Breaking Bad TV series, Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White's lawyer. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn, and Michael Mando.
It’s been a week since Better Call Saul’s two-episode season premiere, and we’ve all had time to digest what we’ve seen from the much anticipated Breaking Bad prequel. There’s been many similarities drawn between the series and its predecessor, as well as some vital differences, but with episode 3, entitled ‘Nacho’, we’ll find out even more about the story of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk).
Warning! Spoilers Ahead – You have been warned!
For the third episode in a row, Better Caul Saul starts in a different time and place from what you’d call the ‘central’ narrative. This time the we jump backwards on the timeline (well, further backwards) to venture even further into Jimmy’s past. We find him in the orange overalls of a convicted man, meeting his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) for legal counsel. »
- Jackson Ball
**Spoilers Ahead** For a movie that wants to play with spy movie tropes, Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" doesn't do much to upend the traditional role of women in these kinds of films. In his R-rated movie, heroic women are either sidelined like Roxy, are villains like Gazelle, or in one of the movie's most controversial developments, become nothing more than a sexual reward for our hero. Teased at in the trailers, the finale of the movie finds Taron Egerton's Eggsy given the promise of anal sex if he succeeds in his mission of saving the world, as if saving the world wasn't reward enough. It's the most juvenile joke in an already juvenile movie and many took offense, but Vaughn is defending the inclusion of the lame-brained gag. "If you’ve noticed, this is my 'Spinal Tap' of trying to find 11 with every scene. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service, obviously…
Kingsman: The Secret Service is certainly doing better than many expected, having pulled in around $88 million worldwide amongst several praising reviews from critics and moviegoers. But if there is one thing that has split audiences, it was that joke at the end of the movie.
As a reminder, at the end of the movie Eggsy discovers the captured Princess Tilde who promises him anal sex if he comes back to rescue her. Which, he later does. While it has upset quite a few people who have seen the movie, Matthew Vaughn has defended the joke.
“If you’ve noticed, this is my Spinal Tap of trying to find 11 with every scene,” Vaughn told EW. “What happened there was I studied all the old movies, especially the Bond ones. At the end of Moonraker, he’s floating around in space on Dr. Goodhead, and they say, »
- Luke Owen
This post contains a spoiler for Kingsman: The Secret Service. But not until after the picture of a squirrel.
Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service will break through the $100m mark worldwide over the next day or two, as the film continues to be a strong box office performer. For an R-rated comic book movie without a Marvel or DC logo on it, nor anywhere near the level of budget such productions attract, it's fair to call if a sizeable success.
It helps, of course, that the film is really good too.
However, there's been one particular area of controversy, which we're going to talk about after the picture of Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel. If you've not seen Kingsman: The Secret Service, don't scroll down unless you want the ending spoiled for you. »
Be warned, there will be Spoilers below for Kingsman: The Secret Service if you haven't yet seen it in theaters, so read on at your own risk. The adaptation of Mark Millar's comic more than held its own against the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, taking second place with a healthy $35.6 million, along with high praise from the nation's critics. There is one point of contention among several fans, a sexual joke at the very end of the movie, that hasn't been received nearly as well as the movie itself. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Matthew Vaughn addressed these criticisms and defended the scene. This is your last chance to avoid spoilers, so don't read any further if you haven't seen Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Towards the very end of the film, young Eggsy (Taron Egerton) approaches Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström), who is one of the »
Better Call Saul's third episode is a slow-burner compared to the last two, demonstrating the show's versatility...
This review contains spoilers.
“I’m no hero,” says Jimmy McGill. Well, no Jimmy. You aren’t. But bless you for trying.
Much of Better Call Saul’s third episode – more low-key than last week’s, which is no bad thing – concerns entanglement; specifically, the entanglement of Jimmy’s drive for self-preservation and his attempts to do the right thing by others. The fact that we already know that Jimmy is going to end up becoming Saul Goodman gives weight to his desire to do right (or as right as he’s capable of doing), as we know that somehow, probably through a combination of rotten luck and his own character flaws, it’s a desire that’s going to be more or less stamped out of him. It lends an »
AMC's Better Call Saul is already a surefire hit, scoring the highest-rated series premiere in cable history last week. That first episode titled "Uno" opens a few months, maybe even years, after the events seen in Breaking Bad. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is living his new life as Gene, a Cinnabon manager in Omaha, an occupation and location which was teased in one of the final Breaking Bad episodes. While the bulk of the show is set six years before Breaking Bad, last night's third episode, "Nacho" took fans back even further, opening with Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill as a two-bit con man, asking his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) to get him out of a legal bind he's in. From the first three episodes, it's clear that the show will jump back and forth throughout the Jimmy/Saul/Gene timeline, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer »
Much of network and cable television drama is filmed with a variety of close-ups, medium shots and medium close-ups. The third hour of Better Call Saul eschews the standard approach, often shooting the rumpled protagonist from a distance, low angles and overhead shots. As the diverse cinematography hints, we’re still trying to get a grasp of who Jimmy McGill is from a variety of angles. One thing remains true though: he is proving to be just as captivating a protagonist as Breaking Bad fans could have hoped.
At the end of last week’s “Mijo,” Jimmy desperately tried to evade Nacho’s plan, a coup to scam the embezzling Kettlemans out of the more than $1.5 million they allegedly stole, with this handy one-liner: “I’m a lawyer, not a criminal.” As the first scene from “Nacho” depicts, Slippin’ Jimmy was closer to the latter than the former.
In a »
- Jordan Adler
Who knew that Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks) would find common ground this quickly? And, in particular, so soon after Mike rubbed Jimmy's face into the concrete for disrespecting him? This week on Better Call Saul, the Kettlemans disappeared, Jimmy had his life threatened once again and we learned a little bit about the catalyst that caused Slippin' Jimmy to go straight."You Risk Being Labeled a Sex Offender""Nacho" opened in a flashback, with Chuck (Michael McKean) visiting Jimmy in prison in Cook County, Chicago. "I'm in a bit of a pickle," Jimmy admitted. Indeed, while the »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The Breaking Bad spin-off features a character who is afraid of mobile phone signals. As two scientists explain, it’s a psychological ailment – but you wouldn’t know that from browsing media reports
Better Call Saul, the long-awaited spin-off of Breaking Bad, has already thrown up some interesting questions: why is Saul chopping up cookie dough in a shopping mall? Will Mike Ehrmantraut ever let him out of the car park at the first time of asking? But perhaps most intriguing is the one raised by Saul’s brother Chuck: what is electromagnetic hypersensitivity (Ehs)? Chuck (played by Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean) is a recluse on extended leave from his legal firm who lives without electricity and wraps himself in a shiny “space blanket” to ward off the effects of exposure to Saul’s mobile phone.
It’s an unusual condition, but Chuck is not alone. In the UK, »
- James Rubin and Simon Wessely
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Andrew Garfield is not expected to reprise his role as Spider-Man as the franchise becomes part of Marvel. [Uproxx] Fifty Shades of Grey is confirmed for two more sequels in the franchise. Jamie Dornan also reveals his own safe word with Dakota Johnson on set. [Us Weekly/Elle] Is Chelsea Handler actually pregs? After this Instagram picture, we can’t really tell. [Naughty Gossip]
It's like a 24 hour watch. He must know I'm pregnant.
A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Feb 9, 2015 at 3:11pm Pst
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis had no idea she would be landing this year’s cover. [YouTube] Giuliana Rancic concerns many with her shockingly thin appearance at the Grammys. [TMZ] The leading ladies of SNL look back at their favorite characters. »
- Taylor Ferber
After an exposition-heavy (but no less great) premiere, the second episode of Better Call Saul picked up right after a mind-blowing cameo courtesy of Tuco (Raymond Cruz). In "Mijo," Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) managed to talk himself into keeping his pinky finger and negotiated for the lives of two kids who were dumb enough - or simply woefully unlucky enough - to mess with the loosest cannon in Albuquerque. We also learned a little more about the mental illness that forced Jimmy's brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), to be housebound and "grounded."But Why Would You Call a Little Old Lady a "Biznatch, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: February 8, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
As the show begins, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill. He's a small-time lawyer who's searching for his destiny and (more immediately) hustling to make ends meet. He may not have a Cadillac or a degree from an Ivy League university, but Jimmy's buoyant optimism and quick wit make him a forceful champion for his downmarket clients. Jimmy's a legitimate lawyer, an underdog »
“Wouldn’t you rather build your own identity?” a man asks struggling Albuquerque attorney Jimmy McGill. “Why ride on someone else’s coattails?” The same questions could be directed toward AMC, the network that decided to fill the Breaking Bad-sized hole in their schedule with a spin-off of their Emmy-winning series. However, from the opening minutes of Better Call Saul, what seemed at first like a wacky expansion option that could not possibly live up to its source could just be what the network needs to recover from Walter White’s exit.
This pilot is all about re-introducing a character we only thought we knew from his sly appearances as Walter White’s slimy attorney on Breaking Bad. The first hour of a special two-night premiere began with a stark, stunning cold open. (Co-creator Vince Gilligan directs.) It shows a tragic epilogue to the events of Gilligan’s prior series, »
- Jordan Adler
Long before Saul Goodman ever heard the name Heisenberg, he was a struggling New Mexico lawyer with a pile of debt collection notices and a flair for the dramatic.
In a moment, we’ll ask you to give us your thoughts on the AMC spinoff. First, though, a brief recap of Sunday night’s premiere.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
You’ll recall that Saul had himself disappeared in Bad‘s finale; we watched »
Bob Odenkirk stars as struggling lawyer James "Jimmy" McGill for the series, set before he took on the moniker Saul Goodman. There's a new cast of characters in the drama from Executive Producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, including Michael McKean, who plays Jimmy's older brother Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as lawyer Kim Wexler and Patrick Fabian as high-powered attorney Howard Hamlin.
In this new world the producers have created, there is, of course, more ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
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