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Next week's Nashville "mid-season" finale "showdown shocker" promises to be "explosive." So explosive, in fact, "someone will die!" Really. As the credits rolled on last night's action-bereft episode, viewers were unambiguously promised that a fatality is on the immediate horizon. Desperation is the world's worst perfume, Nashville.
22 'Nashville' Songs That Made the Show
Let's face facts: Nashville could kill off half its characters and we wouldn't miss 'em; the show would be better unencumbered by snooze-drama like Rayna's doomed label deal or pathological-liar Peggy's succubus schemes — seriously, what function does »
Last week's episode of Nashville was pretty bonkers, what with Deacon and Avery's buddy comedy adventure and Olivia Wentworth's failed attempt to seduce Juliette shooting out of left field. Because Nashville, for all its soapy tropes, struggles to find solid ground as a legitimately compelling drama, it's moments like Will kicking the Texas-sized shit out of some homophobe Neanderthals and Juliette's razor-sharp one-liners that make the show a fun ride. But last night's Eric Stoltz-directed episode – "Hanky Panky Woman" – was the opposite: Painfully predictable.
22 'Nashville' Songs That Made the »
Usually weddings are the stuff of sweeps weeks and seasons finales. Not on last night's Nashville, where Teddy taking Peggy's hand in marriage was about as sentimental as Trace Adkins' hick-hop hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," probably because Teddy is a terrible mealy-mouthed bore and Peggy is an unsympathetic kook.
Not even Teddy seems excited about his nuptials. Making this even more of a headache for Nashville's fine mayor, he has to twist his own "daughter's" arm into providing musical entertainment at the reception (because it's hard to find musicians »
To celebrate the August 19th release of brand new pop punk compilation Teenage Dirtbags, we have 3 copies of the rock-filled double album to give away to three lucky readers.
The album features pop punk classics, and tub-thumping guitar anthems from the likes of New Found Glory, Sum 41, Reel Big Fish and A, with 44 songs of inspired rocky goodness dedicated to celebrating the best the genre has ever offered.
The attitude-heavy compilation is a must for fans of bands like Blink 182, Smash Mouth and P.O.D. and is the perfect way to celebrate the golden era of pop punk, when jeans were baggier, hoodies were hoodier and only the people who didn’t care about being cool had tattoos.
Here’s a megamix of exactly what you can expect from the CD…
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- Simon Gallagher
Everyone knows the name Nicolas Cage, right?
It's one of those household few — like Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and Sandra Bullock, for example — who even your 94-year-old great-grandma would recognize and has probably even seen in a movie or two. Better yet, chances are she could even spout off some errant knowledge about his off-camera life to boot, since some of the dude's private woes have become very public information.
But to hear Nicolas Cage talk, people, we've just got the guy all wrong, and he's ready to "Face/Off" with all the rumors once and for all.
Cage has now detailed the many, many public misgivings about him in a new interview with The Guardian, and as it turns out, we know nothing. Nothing. Brace for imminent mind-blowage as we break down the five biggest things we've gotten wrong about Nic Cage ... according to Nic Cage.
1. It ain't about the cha-ching cha-ching
- Amanda Bell
Before Midnight offers a long-awaited update on the lives of Céline and Jesse, the couple who met on a train to Vienna in the 90s, then came together again in Paris the 2000s after Jesse wrote a book about their brief encounter. The second film, Before Sunset, ended ambiguously, with the possibility that Jesse might abandon his family in the Us and stay in Paris with Céline, a woman he’d never been able to forget since that one night nearly ten years before. Before Midnight confirms that Jesse did take that gigantic step, and presents the consequences.
The first two films in the Before saga developed a cult following for their witty and flirtatious repartee. The films were unabashedly talky, but the dialogue was so well written that the audience didn’t lose interest for a moment. The Parisian Céline came across as marginally superior to Jesse who, for all his literary aspirations, »
- Alison Frank
This year, the fall television schedule is a decidedly crazy beast. I know, that doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that separates any year from any other, but television is in the midst of dizzying spins of theory, and comparisons to previous years show some serious changes.
Most striking is probably the extent to which the big networks are content to leave each other alone. Also noticeable is the unspoken admission that perhaps DVRs exist, and the schedule doesn’t really need to worry quite as much about who is watching what at the exact moment it airs. We’re still pretending to a degree, but there are hints.
At the moment, you’ve only got a quick look, but we will be constantly updating this page as any changes occur, and as the new shows are available for review (sure, we’ve seen them, but we aren’t supposed to “review” them… »
- Marc Eastman
It's a shame that Orange Country slid under the radar when it came out in 2002, because it's so brilliant and funny. Colin Hanks stars as a high school senior desperate to get into Standford and away from his insane family, including Catherine O'Hara and tighty-whitie-wearing Jack Black. The random dance sequence timed to Crazy Town's "Butterfly" is priceless, and these quotes are almost as great. "I didn't get in?!" - Shaun "Shaun! You are my same height. That is neat." - Don Durkett "Dude, I never went to college, and check me out. I'm kick-ass!" - Lance »
- Maggie Pehanick
Ever since Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke were spotted in Greece, fans of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise could breath easier knowing that Jesse and Celine’s reunion didn’t end in a Paris flat at the end of the Before Sunset. Now fans who didn’t make it to SXSW or Sundance, where Before Midnight premiered in January, can finally see the couple together again.
This chapter is not about young love or love-lost. The chase is over. Nine years after Paris, they’re together, with the kids, on vacation, in Greece. This is where romance gets real — and really difficult. »
- Jeff Labrecque
On Monday, March 18th, A&E is taking you back to where it all began with Bates Motel. I have to tell you, because I can’t get this idea to stop flashing in my mind, this is not at all what I would have predicted for either Vera Farmiga or Freddie Highmore. I’m a fan of both them, and looking through a list that includes – Up in the Air, Higher Ground, Source Code, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Art of Getting By – does not lend itself to the idea that the natural progression of your CV is going to include a supremely raw and gritty psychopath story.
As you can imagine (and certainly one of the key tune-in draws), since you know where we are ending up, the teen years are probably going to be pretty rough for Norman Bates. Not only »
- Marc Eastman
When you think of Stephen King’s Carrie, you probably don’t think of a sweet, happy girl with an innocent smile on her face. The image that comes to mind is probably something closer to this.
As far as originality goes, it would be easy to give this new image from Carrie an ‘F’ because we saw a remarkably similar photo earlier, but it’s the expression on Chloe Grace Moretz’s face that makes this new image stand out. In that earlier photo, poor Carrie is clearly traumatized, with the shock and horror of the situation evident on her face.
That look of disbelief is gone in the new image, replaced by an emotionless expression that suggests Carrie White has taken a trip to Crazy Town and that it’s going to be bad news for anyone foolish enough or unlucky enough to get in her path.
- Marty Shaw
11 items from 2013
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