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Mr. Robot season 2 episode 9 review: Init5

Alec Bojalad Sep 2, 2016

Elliot lets his imaginary friend in on some secrets and Angela gets in way over her head in this new episode

This review contains spoilers.

2.9 Init5

The days of me rewatching full TV seasons are all but over. Where I could once spend an entire summer watching the same Scrubs and 24 episodes over and over again, there are just too many superb TV shows out there to justify revisiting old favorites on anything other than only the most hungover days.

But man, do I want to binge this entire second season of Mr. Robot once able. Not because it’s necessarily been worthy of a rewatch, though it is quite good. It’s because no other non-bingeable show demands to be binged quite like this one.

Visual entertainment is so fractured across so many mediums and categorized even further within those mediums. Sam Esmail originally viewed Mr. Robot as a movie.
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How Margot Robbie Crafted Harley Quinn's Signature Voice For Suicide Squad

While David Ayer may have been fairly liberal in making changes to Harley Quinn's physical look in Suicide Squad, there's no denying that her personality, and more importantly, her voice, seem like they've come right off the page. In an interview with USA Today, actress Margot Robbie described how she perfected Harley's iconic voice. Harley Quinn made her debut in 1992's Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Arleen Sorkin, establishing the character's high-pitched, Brooklyn style accent. Robbie admitted to using Sorkin's performance as her starting point, but stopped short of keeping it in every scene. "She’s got a very high-pitched voice, which for the lighthearted stuff, the crazy stuff, works really well [in Suicide Squad], " she said. "But when it’s a pretty raw emotional scene, you lose the gravity when you’re speaking in such a high voice." For the more grounded, dramatic scenes, Robbie looked to Lorraine Bracco, who
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'Goodfellas': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Scorsese's Masterpiece

"I want people to get infuriated by it," Martin Scorsese said of his initial impulse in making "Goodfellas." "I wanted to seduce everyone into the movie and into the style. And then just take them apart with it."

In fact, some people were appalled and repulsed at the early screenings of "Goodfellas," which opened 25 years ago this week (on Sept. 19, 1990). At one test preview, there were mass walkouts within the first 10 minutes. But Scorsese's angry gesture soon backfired. Viewers did get seduced by the lowlife mobsters (taken from Nicholas Pileggi's 1985 true-crime book "Wiseguy") and the director's own adrenalized filmmaking style. Instead of an assault on the audience, "Goodfellas" became one of the most influential and beloved movies of the past quarter century.

In honor of "Goodfellas" turning 25 this week, here are 25 things you need to know about Scorsese's masterpiece. Don't let that red sauce burn on the stove while you're reading.
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Emily Browning: ‘Hollywood movies are made for white men’

The Australian star explains why playing Reggie Kray’s defiant wife Frances in crime biopic Legend makes a happy change from playing the ‘the hot babe’

Related: 'The Krays were glamorous guys'

As gritty roles for young female actors go, the chance to play Frances Shea, the doomed young bride of Kray twin Reggie, is up there with Karen Hill in Goodfellas and Eady in Heat. In the new Krays biopic Legend, Emily Browning’s Shea is not only pitted against Tom Hardy, who plays both gangsters, but is also the film’s narrator and moral centre. You see the brothers’ brutality through her eyes – and when she suffers, you suffer too.

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Outrage Watch: Don't tell women they don't get 'Goodfellas'

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Outrage Watch: Don't tell women they don't get 'Goodfellas'
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith doesn't think women get "Goodfellas." They just can't wrap their silly little brains around it! Here he is claiming that the movie's "core" story-driver -- in his estimation, "ball-busting" ethics -- is entirely unrelatable to the female demographic: "Ball-busting means cheerfully insulting one another, preferably in the presence of lots of drinks and cigars and card games. ...Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs. In the male fantasy, all of this is unforgivable — too serious, too boring. Deal another hand, pour another drink. ...To a woman, the 'GoodFellas' are lowlifes.
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Who Turned Down an Iconic The Sopranos Role?

Who Turned Down an Iconic The Sopranos Role?
The Sopranos almost looked very different. Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) psychiatrist on the hit HBO series, was originally offered a very different role: Carmela Soprano. So why did she turn down the role that eventually went to Edie Falco? "Because I did it in Goodfellas," Bracco told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen Wednesday. "And I didn't think I could do it better. David [Chase] and I agreed with that, so I asked him if I could play Jennifer Melfi." Bracco played Karen Hill opposite Ray Liotta in Goodfellas and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the role. "Plus, she wanted to sit," fellow Wwhl...
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Laurence Fishburne Puts a Hit on Fred Savage in Lacma’s ‘Goodfellas’ Live Read

Laurence Fishburne Puts a Hit on Fred Savage in Lacma’s ‘Goodfellas’ Live Read
“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”

So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”

Written by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, and based on Pileggi’s non-fiction book “Wiseguy,” the story chronicles the rise and fall of mobster-turned-fbi-informant Henry Hill.

To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.

Before the show began,
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A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?

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A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?
We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.” On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone
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Guess Who

Guess Who
Bradley Cooper's curls on the set of David O. Russell's untitled drama about the Abscam sting operation that took place on Hauppauge, Long Island in the late 1970s and early 1980s; or, Bradley Cooper as:

1. Disco Stu.

2. Sean Penn in "Carlito's Way."

3. Justin Timberlake during the N*Sync era.

4. Barbra Streisand.

5. Prince.

Regardless, [mouth agape].

In Russell's new film, which was previously titled "American Bullsh-t," Cooper plays Jimmy Doyle, a federal agent who helped bring down a bunch of corrupt politicians and officials with the help of a con man (played in the film by Christian Bale). Jennifer Lawrence co-stars as Bale's wife. (Amy Adams plays Bale's mistress.)

The film is set for release in the fourth quarter of 2013, but no date has been set yet. Enjoy more pics of Cooper's righteous 'do -- as well as Jennifer Lawrence as Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill? -- below.
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Get Behind The "L.A. Complex"

Bell Media's "The L.A. Complex," is a six-part hour-long drama about "...the lives of six, sexy young performers pursuing their dreams in Hollywood".

The show is from Toronto-based executive producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures ("Degrassi").

"L.A. Complex" debuted on CW April 24, 2012 and premiered in Canada on MuchMusic, January 10, 2012 :

"...'The L.A. Complex' is a dramatic look into the lives of six young performers striving for stardom in Hollywood. Living in an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, they now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels

"For every bona fide starlet, there are countless cocktail waitresses. For every true rock star, there are hundreds of buskers on the pier. For every comedian with a hit sitcom, there are dozens of guys cracking jokes while pouring your coffee. In La your life can change in the blink of an eye.
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TV Trend Toward Fantasy, Horror Shows No Sign of Abating

By Beck/Smith

HollywoodNews.com: TV viewer appetite for fantasy and horror has to be at an all-time high, considering the massive successes of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Fox’s “American Horror Story” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in 2011 — even NBC’s “Grimm” has been a brighter spot on the beleaguered network’s fall schedule. Add those shows to such ongoing hits as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “True Blood,” the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and it’s obvious, other-worldliness is in. With the midseason upon us, there is more supernatural stuff on the way.

Come January 16, there’s the highly-anticipated premiere of J.J. Abrams’ time-travel prison strangeness drama, “Alcatraz” on Fox, complete with “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia as a comic book enthusiast/expert on San Francisco’s notorious island lockup. The same night, Syfy unveils “Lost Girl,” which we’re pretty sure must be
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CW Gets Behind "The L.A. Complex"

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TorontoFilm.Net reports that the CW has acquired Bell Media's "The L.A. Complex," described as a six-part hour-long drama about "...the lives of six, sexy young performers pursuing their dreams in Hollywood", from Toronto-based executive producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures ("Degrassi").

The show will debut on CW, spring 2012 and premiere in Canada on Bell Media's MuchMusic, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 :

"...'The L.A. Complex' is a dramatic look into the lives of six young performers striving for stardom in Hollywood. Living in an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, they now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels. For every bona fide starlet, there are countless cocktail waitresses. For every true rock star, there are hundreds of buskers on the pier. For every comedian with a hit sitcom, there are dozens of guys cracking jokes while pouring your coffee. In La
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The L.A. Complex Lands at the CW Network

The L.A. Complex Lands at the CW Network
The CW has acquired Bell Media's original Canadian drama The L.A. Complex, a six-part hour-long drama about the lives of six, sexy young performers pursuing their dreams in Hollywood. The L.A. Complex will have its U.S. premiere on The CW later this spring; it premieres in Canada on CTV and MuchMusic tonight, 9:00-10:00 p.m. Et.

The L.A. Complex is a dramatic look into the lives of six young performers striving for stardom in Hollywood. Living in an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, each having been dubbed "most likely to succeed" in their hometowns, they now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels.

For every bona fide starlet, there are countless cocktail waitresses. For every true rock star, there are hundreds of buskers on the pier. For every comedian with a hit sitcom, there are dozens of guys cracking jokes while pouring your coffee.
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Lorraine Bracco Loves 'Rizzoli & Isles,' Even Though It's Not About the Mob (Video)

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Lorraine Bracco Loves 'Rizzoli & Isles,' Even Though It's Not About the Mob (Video)
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Lorraine Bracco gets to play against type on 'Rizzoli & Isles' as Angela Rizzoli, as the mother of Angie Harmon's Detective Jane Rizzoli. But according to Julie Chen on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), Bracco still sometimes has trouble shaking her roots in mobster movies like 'Goodfellas' and TV shows like 'The Sopranos.'

"It's fun," Bracco said of playing Rizzoli. "It's so different for me because she's kind of funny." Funny wasn't exactly the mood of the day when she was playing Karen Hill in 'Goodfellas,' but she has her fans. Chen recounted people coming up to Bracco in a restaurant and "kissing her ring, like she's the Godfather."

 

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The top ten most undeserved Oscars of the last 20 years

The Academy Awards are defined as “recognizing the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors and writers”. Now this may be true, and while most of the films awarded with the prestigious little golden man are indeed excellent, the adjective “best” that goes in front of each award sort of makes you think 'excellent' isn’t always enough.

Here is a list of 10 films, actors, directors and writers that won, they were (mostly) good films, but to deem the “best” that year in their respective categories is a little far-fetched...

10: No Country For Old Men (2008) – Best Adapted Screenplay

The 2008 Academy Awards saw two non-traditional Westerns go head to head: the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2008). Daniel Day Lewis rightly took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for his role of Daniel Plainview,
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'Goodfellas': Starring Tom Cruise and Madonna?

Could you imagine Tom Cruise playing Henry Hill, the role Ray Liotta made famous in Goodfellas? How about Madonna instead of Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill or John Malkovich instead of Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway?

According to a new article in GQ, all of those were very real possibilities.

The men's magazine takes a look back at the iconic film in celebration of its 20th anniversary. (Wow, Goodfellas came out 20 years ago - I really am getting old.) Their article offers an oral history from those involved, including director Martin Scorsese, the actors, the writer and the producers of the film. It's a fascinating article that includes quite a few interesting tidbits about the film.
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Tom Cruise and Madonna Were First Choices for 1990 'Goodfellas'

Superstars Tom Cruise and Madonna were movie bosses' first choices for the lead roles in iconic 1990 mafia movie "Goodfellas". Studio chiefs were desperate to cast Cruise in the role of mobster Henry Hill and Madonna was wanted to play his wife - until Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco won over Scorsese and the movie's producers.

Speaking to GQ magazine on "Goodfellas" ' 20th anniversary, producer Irwin Winkler admits, "Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty wanted Ray... Frankly I thought we could do a lot better and then me and my wife were having dinner one night in a restaurant and lo and behold, Ray Liotta came over to me."

"He said, 'Look, I know you don't really want me for it, but... ' And he sold me on the role right that evening. I called Marty the next morning." Bracco beat out Madonna for the role of Karen Hill, despite Scorsese
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Cruise And Madonna Were First Choices For Goodfellas

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Cruise And Madonna Were First Choices For Goodfellas
Superstars Tom Cruise and Madonna were movie bosses' first choices for the lead roles in iconic 1990 mafia movie Goodfellas.

Studio chiefs were desperate to cast Cruise in the role of mobster Henry Hill and Madonna was wanted to play his wife - until Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco won over Scorsese and the movie's producers.

Speaking to GQ magazine on Goodfellas' 20th anniversary, producer Irwin Winkler admits, "Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty wanted Ray... Frankly I thought we could do a lot better and then me and my wife were having dinner one night in a restaurant and lo and behold, Ray Liotta came over to me. He said, 'Look, I know you don't really want me for it, but...' And he sold me on the role right that evening. I called Marty the next morning."

Bracco beat out Madonna for the role of Karen Hill, despite Scorsese initially favouring the Material Girl.

Fellow producer Barbara De Fina says, "Madonna seemed to be in the mix. I remember that we went to see her in the play Speed-the-Plow. Marty said hello to her afterwards. Can you imagine? Tom Cruise and Madonna? But Marty can get a performance out of almost anyone."

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