6 items from 2014
Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg video show? Well, after a variety of technical and medical mishaps has put the show on the shelf since early January, Dan and I were finally back in action yesterday (though for various boring reasons, we had to wait til today to publish, so don't be confused by Dan's "Happy Tuesday, boys and girls!"), and more bearded than ever before! On this week's show, we talked about the Oscar telecast, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed pilot for NBC's "Believe," the return of "Cosmos" to Fox, FX's George Lopez sitcom "Saint George," and a variety of reader questions that allowed Dan and I to object to "Dads," "Mixology" and "How I Met Your Mother" all in the same segment. Everybody wins! The rundown: 00:00 - 06:02 - Oscar Talk 06:02 - 11:03 - 'Believe' Preview 12:07 - 22:05 - Viewer Mail 23:10 - 28:01 - »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's not merely an honor just to be nominated. It's downright lucrative! As they applaud politely for the winner while silently mourning what might have been, the 2014 Oscar nominees whose names aren't called during the March 2 broadcast will still have quite the consolation prize to lift their spirits - a $55,000 gift bag stuffed with heavenly treats. According to Variety, the "Everybody Wins" swag bags from Distinctive Assets include the following: • A wine/chocolate flight pairing from Chicago-based Chocolatines • A Swiss-made Slow Watch • Jan Lewis Designs bangle bracelets • Luxury vacation packages to the Canadian Rockies, Mexico and Japan • Spa treatments • Charity »
- Tim Nudd
What’s a measly Oscar statue when you can have a swag bag worth more than $55,000?
That’s the value of what this year’s Oscar “losers” in the best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress and director categories will be taking home, thanks to Distinctive Assets’ Everybody Wins gift bags.
The “losers” will be able to enjoy a wine/chocolate flight pairing from Chicago-based Chocolatines. They will also be able to donate 10,000 meals of Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ Halo natural pet food to the animal shelter of their choice.
“To be part of the film industry’s biggest night on any level is thrilling,” Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary said. “We always look forward to introducing celebrities to an array of companies with fabulous gifts to share, but it’s particularly fun to be able to do so when you know it will truly brighten someone’s day.”
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- Francesca Bacardi
A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy’s mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze. I’m “biast” (pro): love Reitman, Brolin, and Winslet
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ladies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter!
I kinda couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m kinda dumbfounded it does so without the teensiest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us?
They are not kidding us.
I… I can’t even.
It’s Labor Day weekend in 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fleetwood Mac legend/apparent witch Stevie Nicks pays a visit to American Horror Story: Coven this week, and if you think you're excited, you should see Misty. In the first episode of the New Year, the witches have reached a truce. Marie and Fiona are getting along like two peas in a pod, but Cordelia is struggling to find her place now that she's been informed that she married a witch hunter. A new supernatural being has appeared in old New Orleans, and guess what he wants? Babies. Yeah, it gets messy this week. Sadly absent are the head of Madame Lalaurie and any story lines involving Kyle. He just got kind of normal, bring him back! Oh, did I mention two people gently pass away are violently murdered on "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks"? We'll get to that. Here are the most twisted moments from this week's episode. »
- Maggie Pehanick
NBC has found its Rosemary for the network's upcoming 4-hour redux of Rosemary's Baby! The always wonderful Zoe Saldana has signed up for birthing duties, much to the chagrin of racist morons who will no doubt complain that Rosemary was originally Caucasian!
According to Variety, Saldana will play Rosemary, the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.
- Uncle Creepy
6 items from 2014
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