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On TV this Friday: The Neighbors visit Shark Tank, Grimm deals with some huffing and puffing, MasterChef finds its Junior victor, Pete’s Christmas comes early and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Carrie Diaries (The CW) | Larissa returns from Kyoto and meets Samantha at a Japanese festival in New York. Meanwhile, the award for our favorite line from an episode description this week goes to “Samantha seduces an acrobatic Ninja. »
- Misha Solomon
If you aren’t making any mistakes,
it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.
By the end of the 1980s, HBO’s nightmarish headlong collision with The Wall in 1984 was just that; a bad dream fading over time. Even during the tough days, the company had remained a money-maker, and although it was taking more effort and cash to bag subscribers, the service was growing again, HBO original programming was racking up awards and acclaim, and in subscriber homes, the channel was kicking broadcast network ass. During the 1990-91 television season, the service beat all three major networks during Saturday and Sunday prime time hours. The good times were back.
Which did not change the underlying, immutable fact, and the greatest lesson to come out of that horrifying 1984 flatline: that the domestic cable universe was finite. Sooner or later, HBO was bound to hit another wall. »
- Bill Mesce
Arnold Schwarzenegger has conquered the screen, amazed the world with his muscles, and even tried his hand at politics.
While the Austrian actor left movies for a while to pursue political endeavors as California's Governor, he stayed true to his most famous words, "I'll be back." This past weekend Schwarzenegger played the convict Rottmayer in "Escape Plan."
While you've watched Schwarzenegger kick ass on the screen for years and read about him in political scandals, there are probably some things you don't know about him. From his real-life heroic rescue to his attempt at finding love on a TV game show, here are 25 tidbits you likely never knew about the Terminator.
1. The Guinness Book of World Records called Schwarzenegger "the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world."
2. In 1947 Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, a village bordering Graz, and in 1983 he became a U.S. citizen.
3. His »
- Erin Whitney
Arnold Schwarzenegger went on Reddit this week, and at the partcipants' request, proceeded to make fantastic videos of himself reciting some of his famous lines. Schwarzenegger was promoting his new release, Escape Plan, which is cool, but I'll pretty much take any excuse to watch him angrily belt out lines like "It's not a tumor!" and "Put that cookie down!" Take a look at the videos he posted of himself, then tell us which line you wished he'd recited - and don't even pretend you wouldn't have loved to hear his very best line from 1994's Junior: "Does my body disgust you?" Put That Cookie Down! From 1996's holiday comedy Jingle All the Way. Who Is Your Daddy and What Does He Do?! From the 1990 classic Kindergarten Cop. Click for more Arnold goodness. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Directed by Mark Dindal
The Emperor’S New Groove was the final product of a long and arduous process. It began in 1994 as Kingdom Of The Sun, later Kingdom In The Sun, and was to be the tale of a greedy and selfish emperor who trades places with a peasant doppelgänger (to be voiced by Owen Wilson), a kind of Incan take on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, which had been adapted by Disney as a Mickey Mouse vehicle just four years prior.
The faux-emperor would then be discovered by Yzma, an evil witch with plans to summon an ancient god to capture the sun…
Unfortunately, it never came to pass; from the outset the film was in trouble, with management concerned with the over-used plot and general lack of direction. Disney went on to hire Warner Bros. alumni Mark Dindal to assist, but created a further schism in production, »
- Rob Burch
We’re just hours away from the series finale of Breaking Bad, titled “Felina” and we are still in the dark about the fates of many of our characters. No one should expect a happy, warm-hearted send off, but we’ve got our own theories and expectations of what could happen tonight. If you’re not caught up, then please click on one of our other articles because everything else is for those who just want to see how it all ends. Consider this your final warning, and remember Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is the one who knocks. (Breaking Bad art by Bill Sienkiewicz)
I’m Glad I’m not Jesse’s Boy
Most viewers believe that Brock (Ian Posada) is still alive so he can be used as leverage to force Jesse (Aaron Paul) to work. In the penultimate episode, Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen) turned to Todd (Jesse Plemons »
- Ernie Estrella
The series finale of "Breaking Bad" airs Sunday (Sept. 29), and it's a pretty safe bet that, given the show's way with the big moment, fans will be talking about it for a long time.
After all, it's been creating indelible characters and images for five-plus years. We could spend hours discussing every did-that-just-happen moment, from Tortuga's head on a tortoise to the cousins crawling through the desert to Walt maniacally laughing in the crawl space. But, you know, that would take hours.
The Zap2it staff has winnowed that list down to eight scenes and moments -- some big, some small -- that have stuck with us the most over the years.
Pants on the ground
This extended episode combined tension with heartbreak, and horror with comedy. Can you bear the wait until next week's finale?
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for viewers who have seen Breaking Bad series five, episode 15 – Granite State.
Click here to read Richard's episode 14 blogpost
'The sweet, kind, brilliant man that we once knew long ago – he's gone'
After last week's powerhouse episode, with Walt's full Heisenberg rant and Hank's gut-wrenching murder (still can't believe he's gone), I wasn't sure where they would be taking us next. Would we fast-forward to the future Walt we saw at the start of this season? How much more can we take? This penultimate instalment delivered; its extended running time was packed with scenes that tugged the audience in one direction before dropping us off a cliff the next. There was tension balanced with heartbreak (Jesse's MacGyver-style paperclip prison-break, punished by Andrea's murder); horror with »
- Richard Vine
Warning: The following recap contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of CBS’ Under the Dome.
Each time I went to get this recap out of me, I started shaking my head, because that closing image failed to whelm. Frankly, I found the idea of the black dome to be far “scarier” (all things being relative with this chills-free Stephen King adaptation), because at least that would have left us with obvious questions.
Photos | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop on 45 Returning Faves
I’m also agog at how “plotty” so many of the characters came to be, their behaviors dictated »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
It’s okay — you can stop trembling now and crawl out from underneath that Chrysler. Breaking Bad unveiled its third-to-last episode on Sunday, and it was a thoroughly satisfying, devastating, terrifying follow-up to last week’s cliffhanging “To’hajiilee.” (Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Ozymandias” yet.) To recap: Hank and Gomie wound up taking a dirt nap, Walt. Jr. was finally let in on a little family secret, and Walt Sr. is now on the run with a money barrel after giving up Jesse to the Nazis and kidnapping (and, yes, returning) baby Holly. To go behind the scenes of “Ozymandias, »
- Dan Snierson
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Ozymandias is a name of great literary and historical significance. It is the name the Greeks used for the Egyptian pharaoh, Ramesses II. It is the title of a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the decline of a once-mighty empire, an in Alan Moore’s classic Watchmen, the megalomaniacal Adrian Veidt chooses the name for his alias.
As a result of these associations, the name Ozymandias conveys grandeur, significance, and perhaps, foreboding. Yet of all its uses, it may be this Breaking Bad episode that is the mightiest of them all.
What Shelley’s sonnet conveys, so, too, does this episode. Only unlike the poem, this Ozymandias is not just about downfall – it brings about an utter collapse inside of you, the viewer. It’s a completely crippling episode, one in which things go nobody’s way. It could almost serve as the series finale, »
- Kyle Schmidlin
The end of Sunday's (Sept. 1) "Breaking Bad" marks the halfway point in the final eight episodes, and it also marks the first time in this batch that it's been possible to take a breath.
"Rabid Dog" didn't deliver the non-stop tension and big swerves of the previous three episodes, so it may go down as a lesser episode in the post-game analysis. It was a necessary one, however, positioning its characters for the final run and showing a possibly tightening noose around Walt's neck -- provided whatever Jesse's "better way" is doesn't go completely sideways.
So where does everyone stand with four episodes to go?
Jesse and Hank: The two men who most want to see Walt go down are in an enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend sort of situation now. We learn it's Hank who stops Jesse from setting fire to Walt's house, then takes him into his own home so Jesse's name »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Breaking Bad’s episode titles are reliably either cryptic or symbolic. This week’s episode, Buried, is both.
Literally, Walt buries his money. The White and Schrader family relationship is effectively buried. And at the end of the episode, there is the possibility for two bitter old enemies to bury a hatchet.
As usual, the episode as a whole is brilliant. Dean Norris receives more screen time than Bryan Cranston and he helms the show ably, as anybody could guess he would. Plenty of drama unfolds, but compared to last week’s episode a little less happens in terms of momentous story development. But the episode still sailed by and even felt too short. For as quickly as the series’ endgame went into effect in Blood Money, it’s natural that the final moves take time to play out.
Actually, the pacing is interesting. We know »
- Kyle Schmidlin
This week on CBS’ Under the Dome, one life was added, one got subtracted and Joe and Norrie uncovered the Dome’s not-so-chewy center. Here’s a rundown of new things we learned, new questions raised.
Related | CBS’ Under the Dome Renewed for Season 2
Things We Learned….
* Julia likes you to stay….
* … but Barbie’s not a stayer. That said, he is so getting much more sex after A) thwarting the gas-jacking and then B) helping birth a baby.
* Big Jim years ago privately bought the diner, after helping it stay in business for a stretch.
* When it comes to inducing labor, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Exclusive: Kevin Wade, executive producer/showrunner of Blue Bloods, has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the CBS drama. Under the pact, Wade will stay at the helm of the Tom Selleck-starring procedural, which is heading into its fourth season. Wade joined the series midway through its freshman season and has been showrunner for the past year and a half. While older skewing, Blue Bloods is a major audience draw. It is Friday’s most watched program, averaging 13.3 million viewers this past season, up 8% over the 2011-12 season. Despite airing on the lower-trafficked Friday night, Blue Bloods ranks No.4 among all primetime dramas in total viewers, behind only CBS’ NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Person Of Interest. Wade, repped by ICM Partners and attorneys Bob Getman and Alan Wertheimer, also created and exec produced the ABC dramedy Cashmere Mafia and previously wrote the features »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh.
A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
Since spreading his beefy wings into the acting world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has steadily worked his way up to become a man capable of bringing in substantial box-office. It’s been a long slog, with a few ups and plenty of downs (most of his child friendly film output). Now it has got to a point that Johnson has become akin to Box office Viagra, lending his presence to big franchises to help boost the takings. The Fast & Furious canon has benefited a hell of a lot from his presence, both in terms of revenue but also the overall quality and enjoyment. »
- Flickering Myth
What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news column that’s catching up on some developments that occurred over the weekend while preparing for tonight’s huge Stanley Cup Finals game. Find out what’s up with Adrien Brody and Felicity Jones before the puck drops. You’ve already seen him save the world from terrorists, aliens, and killer machines, and now it’s looking like you’re going to finally get the chance to see Arnold Schwarzenegger save the world from the oncoming creep of the zombie menace. Or, at least, he’s going to do his best to get his daughter through a zombie apocalypse, as that’s the plot of the latest project he’s taken on. According to Variety, the movie is called Maggie, it comes from a Black List script by strangely-named screenwriter John Scott 3, and it will see Schwarzenegger playing a father who is helping his daughter, “come »
- Nathan Adams
For all their talent and good looks, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are no Paul Newman and Robert Redford. While those two struck gold twice in a row with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) and "The Sting" (1973), Vaughn and Wilson have followed up "Wedding Crashers" with "The Internship," the kind of film that should serve as grounds for divorce.
But Vaughn & Wilson aren't the only dynamic duo to strike out their second (or third) time at bat. Here are ten winning combinations that couldn't leave well enough alone.
First: "The Apartment" (1960)
Then: "Irma La Douce" (1963)
Under the guidance of director Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine starred in "The Apartment," one of the best films to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture. So when that same trio reunited three years later for "Irma La Douce," you'd expect the same kind of magic, »
- Zach Laws
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul return in their Emmy-winning roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. With Gus Fring dead, Walt’s transformation from a well-meaning family man to ruthless drug kingpin is nearly complete. When he begins to make a killing in the meth business, his murderous schemes are threatened by a new investigation led by his relentless brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). Executive produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson, the fifth season charts the murderous rise of Walter White as he reaches new highs…and new lows.
5×01 “Live Free or Die”
And with those words, uttered with a grotesque smugness, shows us just how far Walter White has come. Those words, so simple and yet, full of weight, tell us everything about this man. A man who »
- Nathan Smith
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
It seems certain directors have seen the future, and it’s HBO shaped. After Steven Soderbergh’s exceptional Behind The Candelabra screened here, another well-known figure from film-making unveiled his own HBO-made film.
Soderbergh said that he made Candelabra for the premium channel because it afforded him more creative freedom and less interruptions from a studio, and that film turned out to be a great thing, and similar hopes weren’t far from Stephen Frears’ made-for-tv portrait of the Supreme Court’s decision over Muhammad Ali’s infamous refusal to fight in the Vietnam War.
In all honesty, the two projects aren’t all that similar: Soderbergh’s film could have made it to the big screen, but Frears slower, more proceedurally-toned offering is perfectly suited to a premium TV channel. It is occasionally bogged down in the impenetrable (or at least not entirely entertaining) language of legislation, »
- Simon Gallagher
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