16 items from 2012
Tonight, ABC airs the two-hour Bachelorette special on Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum’s wedding, officiated by Chris Harrison. EW didn’t get them a present, but we did get Bachelorette fans one: Jennifer Weiner, author of The Next Best Thing and renowned Bachelor/Bachelorette commentator, is live-blogging it here. Join her below at 9 p.m. Et.
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- EW staff
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Can you believe it's the season finale? These past few weeks have been one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a writer what with y’all and your comments. I look forward to reading them so much and I am fully expecting you to join me in Freaking Out about this episode. Also, I'll be recapping American Horror Story: Asylum starting tomorrow, so if the name Clea DuVall means anything to you, you'll come along for the ride. And now for the episode with all the feelings.
It’s another fine Canadian morning and something strange is afoot at Witham Castle: Gladys has an interaction with her parents in which neither of them tells her to shut up and look pretty. Seemingly overnight the elder Withams have accepted their daughter's impetuous nature, and Lady Witham even suggests they "muster a show of support. »
- Elaine Atwell
At first glance, the new film Gayby sounds like a remake of the Madonna film The Next Best Thing. Both films are about two best friends—a straight woman and a gay man—who have a baby together after giving up on finding serious relationships. But where The Next Best Thing delves into the melodrama that comes later in life as they raise the child together, Jonathan Lisecki's Gayby focuses on the comedic foibles that result from these two friends trying to procreate together “the old-fashioned way.”
Jenn and Matt have been best friends since college (they even had a Will & Grace-esque drunken dalliance). Now in her thirties, Jenn (Jenn Harris) is finding life unfulfilling. Her job teaching “hot yoga” seems to be going nowhere—just like her dating life. Likewise, Matt (Matthew Wilkas) is dealing with a devastating breakup. He can barely focus on starting up with dating again, »
- John Keith
You have one chance to figure out what “Gayby” is about. If you said “gay baby,” ding ding ding, you got it! Or maybe it should be “baby with a gay,” but at any rate, “Gayby” treads the familiar narrative path of the contentious relationship between the single woman and her biological clock. Much like Madonna and Rupert Everett in “The Next Best Thing,” college buds Jenn and Matt (Jennifer Harris and Matthew Wilkas, real-life college buds -- check out their snapshots in the title sequence) decide to make a go of this whole babymaking business (yes, the old-fashioned way). “Gayby” is a slight little comedy, definitely amusing enough while exploring well known territory. Director Jonathan Lisecki throws you into this world without a lot of intro to the characters, so it can take a moment to warm up to them, including the sassy effeminate bear Nelson (played by Lisecki »
- Katie Walsh
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web for you. Today you’ll find an amazing Nightmare Before Christmas cake; the rejected pitches for The Birds; find out what the Gosling/Shia/Jgl method; and find out where you can buy Optimus Prime and Grimlock hoodies. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
Rupert Everett's new memoir has landed him in hot water. Again. But he thinks we just need to lighten up
Poor old Rupert Everett thought he'd taken every care to say nothing in his first memoir that could upset his friend Madonna. Then the book came out, she threw a strop and stopped talking to him. His new memoir is less scandalously gossipy, so further fallings-out had looked unlikely – but before its release this week, he was already in hot water again. Everett can't understand it. "What's happened to humour? We're becoming American. Everyone gets so angry over everything."
But I'm not sure how much he really cares, and to my mind you'd have to be even more humourless than Madonna to hold anything against him. After reading Vanished Years, I didn't just want to buy the book but kidnap its author and gallivant about town with him for ever. »
- Decca Aitkenhead
There were definitely some funny moments, but probably because creator David Zuckerman dubbed it "maybe [the] funniest ep yet," I was considerably disappointed by "Avoidance."
Don't get me wrong, Kristen's entire performance was fantastic, and it was probably the best use of Dorian Brown yet. The only thing that topped Ryan's friend's ridiculously idiotic inside jokes was Kristen's reaction to each and every one of them.
Whether it was laughing at everything he said, even though she had no idea what the joke was, or attempting to add to the laugh with quips like "that poor duck," she was probably the highlight of the night.
The next best thing about "Avoidance" was the pair of big dance sequences. Yes, I realize there were more than two dancing scenes, but I'm talking about the big numbers.
The first montage, in which Ryan and Wilfred go through a number of crazy and iconic »
- email@example.com (Dan Forcella)
At the conclusion of the latest season of The Bachelorette, fans rejoiced when Emily Maynard picked Jef “One-f” Holm. But they wept over the fact that there would be no more live chats for bestselling author Jennifer Weiner to host on EW.com. Weep no more, because Jen is returning tonight to chat live with you during the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Final starting at 9:00 p.m. Et.
Earlier today Jen tweeted, “What has fifty-six legs and 1.5 breasts? Why, the women’s Olympic gymnastic finals!” If you haven’t read her smash-hit novels Good in Bed and In Her Shoes »
- Christian Blauvelt
He’s not a name that many young filmmakers reference these days, but British director John Schlesinger quietly managed a career spanning five decades, with a small fistful of classics to his name. A former actor, Schlesinger moved into documentaries in the late 1950s, graduating to features soon after, and worked fairly prolifically until 2000’s “The Next Best Thing” (admittedly a rather ignominious end to a great career), a film released only a few months before he passed away from a stroke. This week marks the ninth anniversary of his death, on July 25, 2003, and with the recent news that his “Sunday Bloody Sunday” is getting the Criterion treatment, it felt like a good time to push past the acclaimed Hollywood pictures that everyone knows -- “Midnight Cowboy,” “Marathon Man” -- and look at some of the director’s works that go less celebrated these days. A master visual storyteller, Schlesinger was able to. »
- The Playlist Staff
You have one chance to figure out what “Gayby” is about. If you said “gay baby,” ding ding ding, you got it! Or maybe it should be “baby with a gay,” but at any rate, “Gayby” treads the familiar narrative path of the contentious relationship between the single woman and her biological clock. Much like Madonna and Rupert Everett in “The Next Best Thing,” college buds Jen and Matt (Jennifer Harris and Matthew Wilkas, real life college buds, check out their snapshots in the title sequence) decide to make a go of this whole babymaking business (yes, the old fashioned way).
“Gayby” is a slight little comedy, definitely amusing enough while exploring well known territory, and audiences may enjoy the aggressive gay-ness director Jonathan Lisecki has brought to the material, both in his direction and in his performance as Nelson, one of Matt’s BFFs. Matt is a decidedly non-stereotypical gay, »
- Katie Walsh
Comicpalooza, Texas' premier comic book and pop culture convention, is gearing up for its Memorial Day weekend run in Houston (May 25–27). And while last year was great, this year there's something very special planned.
With a lineup crammed full of stars such as Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Victim), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), George Takei (Star Trek) and Kristin Bauer (True Blood), the upcoming convention is already pretty extraordinary. But Comicpalooza founder John Simons has devised an event to make 2012's fest even more kickass...if that's even possible.
Simons had an epiphany recently. "The next best thing to being a sci-fi or action hero," Simons told me, "has to be shooting a sci-fi or action hero with a gun — or maybe being shot by one." And this simple thought led him to conceive a bit of »
Friends With Kids 2012 110 minutes rated R There are few things more dispiriting than an engaging and thoughtful film slowly ditching that which made it unique and instead traveling down the road of convention. Yet such is the case for writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids. What starts as a strong and painfully honest look at how adult relationships are affected when said adults start having children gives way to a somewhat conventional romantic comedy set-up where two leads spend the movie looking for love everywhere but with each other. That the film still maintains its entertainment value is due to its strong cast and slice-of-life details. But while the film is mostly engaging and occasionally thoughtful, it loses points for ditching the very components that made it stand out among the pack in order to trade on genre conventions. The film, in brief, concerns three couples, two of »
- Scott Mendelson
The next best thing to going to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is scoring this gift bag from the Vevo Powerstation and Sorel Suite, featuring the Fresh Lounge by Continuum Entertainment Group.
There are Sundance-chic items like the limited edition Clicquot in the Snow Beauty Survival Kit, filled with must-have beauty products, Fuku Burger gift cards, Sorel boots, gadgets and more!
"Extra" is giving away a Sundance Film Festival gift bag to one lucky friend!
Madonna Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, screenwriter, provocatrice, and all-around showwoman Madonna displays her Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture for "Masterpiece," featured in the Madonna-directed W.E. In the above photo, Madonna is seen backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, January 15, 2012. "Masterpiece" has music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, and Jimmy Harry. Throughout the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's big boss Harvey Weinstein got more closeups than Madonna, Elton John, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, host Ricky Gervais, and just about every other celebrity in attendance combined. The Weinstein Company's movies won a series of top awards: In addition to the Best Original Song for Madonna's E.W. ditty "Masterpiece," there were the following TWC winners: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy »
- D. Zhea
Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the winter premiere (see our official review from last night) of our favorite show in even greater detail.
Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!
1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?
Courtney: I really enjoyed the Dair scene at Vera Wang. These two have really grown to be great friends and it feels real and natural. The next best thing to a Dair hookup is a Dair = Bff. I'll settle and continue to enjoy their bickering ways.
Christina: Blair: "Just because we can't be together, doesn't mean I don't love you." At both times, it was perfectly poetic. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
A declawed Ricky Gervais, a near-sweep of the TV awards by cable programs, and a general spreading of the wealth among winners both big- and small-screen was the order of the day at Sunday’s 69th Golden Globe Awards. But before we turn the page on the annual kudos-fest, let’s take a look at the 10 Most Memorable Moments of a telecast that, in the words of its host, is “just like the Oscars…without all of that esteem.”
- Michael Slezak
16 items from 2012
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