Watch: Dakota Johnson Joins Isis in Controversial ‘SNL’ Spoof
That’s one way to get social media buzzing.
In a sketch that aired this weekend as a part of Dakota Johnson’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” star bids an emotional farewell to her father, and then promptly joins Isis.
It’s a spoof on a Toyota Camry ad in which an emotional father drops his daughter off at the airport, seemingly so she can serve in the military.
The “SNL” bit follows roughly the same narrative, except when the father, played by Taran Killam, starts to get weepy, Johnson reassures him by saying “Dad, it’s just Isis.” Islamic State fighters then drive her away, shooting off guns in the air as they do.
Many took to social media to air complaints over the sketch, which “SNL” had to expect. The bit comes as more reports surface that teenage girls are leaving home to join Isis. »
- Alex Stedman
The "Adventure Time" Film May Be Too Little, Too Late
Deadline says that Cartoon Network juggernaut Adventure Time is headed to the big screen. It's not the first series from the network for do so, but has the studio learned from the harsh lessons of 13 years ago? Despite a lowly start as a mere broadcast outlet for the hundreds of Hanna-Barbera shows that Ted Turner had acquired, Cartoon Network successfully managed to establish itself with innovative and exciting original content. Their first big hit was Craig McCracken's Powerpuff Girls, and it became the network's first bone fide phenomenon. Unfortunately the network was unprepared by the success they were suddenly saddled with, and they struggled to capitalise on the show's runaway fame. In the true spirit of a fad, the show's mainstream popularity came and went relatively quickly; but not before a feature film (The Powerpuff Girls Movie) was produced and released in 2002. By then the show was definitely on »
- Charles Kenny
‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Takes ‘Christmas Episode’ to Heart (Spoilers)
Given how fashionable it has become to grouse about “Downton Abbey,” Sunday’s fifth-season finale offered a welcome reminder of just how splendid the show can be – warm, funny and emotional on a dazzling assortment of fronts. Taking the term “Christmas episode” to heart, series creator Julian Fellowes advanced so many storylines to satisfying points it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end the show entirely; still, for those who eagerly anticipate a new journey into the past each January, PBS’ show horse happily gallops on.
Admittedly, the continuing arc surrounding the murder mystery and police suspicion directed at Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and her husband Bates (Brendan Coyle) has grown a bit tedious. Even with a British gift for stiff-upper-lipped understatement, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) wasn’t kidding when he said, “Lord knows they don’t deserve their luck, those two.”
Then again, it’s hard to build »
- Brian Lowry
Battle Creek: Does This Procedural Boast CBS' Better Odd Couple?
If you haven’t been able to catch an episode of CBS’ The Odd Couple reboot yet, fret not: The network uses many of the same elements in its newest procedural crime drama, Battle Creek, which debuted Sunday.
There’s the disheveled curmudgeon — in this case, Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters, Law & Order: Svu). There’s the well-dressed know-it-all: Special Agent Milton Chamberlain (Josh Duhamel, Las Vegas). And there’s a series of unfortunate circumstances that bring the unlikely duo together, forcing them to be a team in spite of their differences.
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Secrets and Lies: What's Your Verdict on ABC's New Murder Mystery?
Seemingly good-natured painter Ben Garner (MacGruber‘s Ryan Phillippe) claims he’s innocent in the death of his 5-year-old neighbor — but is he merely hiding his true intentions? Perhaps those of a cruel nature?
RelatedPilot Scoop: Craig Ferguson to Lord Over ABC Comedy The King of 7B
That’s what a trench coat-clad Juliette Lewis (Wayward Pines), as no-nonsense detective Andrea Cornell, is trying to figure out in ABC’s Secrets and Lies, which kicked off Sunday with a two-hour premiere. Frankly, Ben’s just lucky the Fashion Police are preoccupied with their own drama, or else they’d probably be on his case, »
Downton Abbey Season Finale Recap: 'Proposals and Propositions'
In a strange way, Sunday’s Downton Abbey finale brought Season 5 full circle, as the Crawleys’ annual Christmas vacation — this time to visit Rose’s hellish new in-laws at Brancaster Castle — nearly went down in flames. (Remember that? Honestly, Edith…)
RelatedDownton Abbey Renewed for Season 6
But let’s start with the only thing that really matters: Carson and Mrs. Hughes got engaged! And while I’m obviously over the damn moon about it, I have to admit I was surprised to see their relationship progress so quickly over the past few weeks. Remember how long it took them just »
Good Wife Recap: Cash Twenty-Two
Alicia Florrick has a gay brother who happens to be one of her closest confidantes — an inconvenient truth my brain struggled mightily to suppress during this week’s installment of The Good Wife.
After all, to acknowledge the Alicia-Owen bond while big sis made not a peep of protest during a homophobic rant by a potential fat-cat campaign donor (a fantastically nasty Ed Asner) raised some painful questions: Has a heated run for state’s attorney cracked Alicia’s moral compass? Has her desire for victory and thirst for power turned her into a “bad person”? Or has Alicia always »
Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 9 Celebrates Christmas With Booze and Intrigue
Previously: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 8 Features Sex, Murder and Some Actual Plot Resolution Upstairs This week's Wtf line of dialogue comes, of course, from Violet, who asks Robert "Why do you always talk to me as if I were a salmon who laid eggs in the sand before swimming out to sea?" The first half of the episode revolves around a shooting weekend hosted by the Sinderbys, which appears to only be accessible via the Hogwarts Express. It's the first time the families have come together since the wedding, and in the name of familiarity Rose the Human Labrador asks if they can't all use Christian names, only for Lord Sinderby to point out that his name is nothing of the sort. Rose brushes off his correction with the closest thing to irritation she seems capable of showing; it's another one of those moments where you can see »
- Kaite Welsh
‘Walking Dead’ Q&A: Tovah Feldshuh On Playing Alexandria Leader Deanna Monroe and Rick’s Big Shave
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season 5, episode 12, titled “Remember.”
“The Walking Dead” gang finally made it inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone this week, and what they found was downright shocking. Behind the gates was an utterly peaceful community overseen by Deanna Monroe, played by four-time Tony nominated Broadway veteran Tovah Feldshuh.
Feldshuh, whose extensive resume also boasts an Emmy nominated recurring role on “Law & Order” and films including “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “A Walk on the Moon,” isn’t exactly someone you’d expect to see on AMC’s gory hit. Which is probably why she’s such a perfect fit for a character whose level-headed leadership style couldn’t be more different than Woodbury’s morally bankrupt Governor.
Joining “The Walking Dead” isn’t even the biggest adventure in Feldshuh’s life right now. Variety spoke with the actress about her role »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Last Man on Earth: Is Fox's New Post-Apocalyptic Comedy a Survivor?
You know all of those gross things you do when no one’s watching? Fox has built a comedic series premiere around them — and Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte — and it’s called The Last Man on Earth.
In Last Man‘s double-episode kickoff, which aired Sunday, Forte’s Phil Miller traverses the country in the year 2020, “one year after the virus,” a subtitle informs us. As far as Phil can tell, he’s the last person left in the United States — possibly the world.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: ‘Remember’
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season 5, episode 12, titled “Remember.”
It’s been a long road, but it seems like our group may have finally found the last vestiges of human civilization in Alexandria, a self-sustaining housing development that might actually be capable of delivering on all the broken promises of Woodbury and Terminus. Compared to the Governor’s enclave of equally brutal survivors, most of the residents of Alexandria seemed positively suburban — grandparents sitting on the porch to coo over babies and mothers working on abstract sculptures with their kids in the driveway; a marked difference from our gang, who skulked through the gates like a pack of wolves, dirty and haggard after too long on the road.
The most satisfying aspects of this week’s episode came courtesy of the group’s tentative attempts to fit in amid such completely foreign »
- Laura Prudom
The Walking Dead Recap: Our Town?
If I were Rick, I’d have been hanging a “Home, Sweet Home” sign in the Alexandria Safe-Zone before the gates had even shut behind me. But in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, he (and a few key members of his ragtag band) instead looked upon the pristine community with as much skepticism as optimism. Were they right to be suspicious? Or had their time outside made them paranoid? Read on and decide for yourself.
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Review: 'Girls' Season 4, Episode 7, 'Ask Me My Name': Closure Might Be Coming
Read More: Review: 'Girls' Season 4, Episode 6, 'Close Up': The Crew Comes Back Together Love her or hate her This week it's a trick question. Just when we think we're starting to love the new Hannah, who makes solid life choices and goes on dates with great guys like Fran, she jeopardizes it all by taking her date to Mimi-Rose's latest art show. Within seconds it becomes apparent that Hannah has been keeping tabs on Adam and his new girlfriend, and isn't as ready to move on as we previously hoped. The kicker is that we're led to believe that perhaps even Hannah herself didn't realize it, and that this journey was her trying to gain some strange sort of closure. Another cringe-worthy moment Rather than dealing with Adam in a quick, private moment and salvaging the night, Hannah opted to hash things out in front of her date, »
- Amber Dowling
Once Upon a Time Spring Premiere Recap: Hearts of Darkness — Plus: Get Scoop on [Spoiler]'s Secret
ABC’s Once Upon a Time resumed Season 4 with Rumplestiltskin aiming to “reunite the band” for a nefarious gig, while Emma and Regina teamed to best a beast. Also: What big secret are the Charmings hiding?
VideosOnce Upon a Time Promo Asks: Can Emma Be Lured to the Dark Side?
Up front, I want to say that I have my reservations about Season 4B and the Queens of Darkness storyline. I’m Ok with a multi-pronged threat, but this team-up comes off just a bit random. And in this first episode, Cruella’s the only one who delivered any color »
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