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Greetings readers! I don’t believe we’ve been formally introduced. I’m Dana Piccoli from AfterEllen and I’m stepping in for Heather Hogan for the rest of Glee’s Season Five recaps. I hope I can do her and all of you justice. Now on with the show.
There’s nothing like starting off a Glee episode with a WWII military style Std hygiene film. Frankly, I’m not sure why they haven’t gone this route before. Not unlike “punching Lady Liberty in the face” this opener sets us up for good times ahead. Stand up and clap, everyone. No, not that kind of clap. Well, we’ll get to that soon enough. Sam, Kurt, Blaine and Artie do look awful adorable in their sailor costumes as they run through the possible side effects of venereal diseases, like burning itches and jaunty hats.
The segue from syphilis »
- Dana Piccoli
Los Angeles, April 13: Actor Robert Downey Jr. has joined Twitter and managed to get almost one million followers in less than one day.
He opened his Twitter account on April 11. The "Iron Man" star posted his first tweet on April 11 afternoon and amassed almost one million followers in less than 24 hours, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The 49-year-old made his debut on the social networking site by sharing a photograph of himself wearing sunglasses and holding a sign bearing his new verified Twitter handle @RobertDowneyJr, captioned: "Talk to me, Twitter".
After encouraging his fans to get in touch, he admitted. »
- Ketali Mehta
Washington, April 13: Robert Downey, Jr. has finally joined the gleaming band of Twitteratis.
The 49-year-old actor started his account four tweets, Deadline reported.
"Talk to me, Twitter. pic," was Downey's Jr.'s first tweet.
"Loving all the love, folks. It's been a blast. Though can somebody please explain how anyone can keep their thoughts to 140 characters or le," Downey Jr. said.
"Hey tweeters, make room for Downey!" was his third tweet.
"Please be gentle...it's my first time. Testament to my trust in that guy who directed @ChefTheFilm," Downey added. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Talk to him. Or at least that's what Robert Downey Jr. encouraged the twitterverse to do this afternoon in his first-ever tweet today, which came with a photo of the Iron Man star holding a sign bearing his easy-to-remember, verified Twitter handle. "Talk to me, Twitter," he wrote after setting up his account with a self-assured bio reading, "You know who I am." And with that, let the epic wordplay begin! (Just so you know, Rdj, we're expecting a lot from you.) While The Avengers and two Iron Man sequels certainly didn't seem miss the boost from a star with a wider social media presence, Downey does have a new, somewhat smaller film coming out soon—and »
In the end, social media consumes us all. Oh sure, celebrities may fight it but they know they won't win. The latest star to send up the white flag in surrender is none other than Tony Stark. Oh sure, he might be using his alter ego of Robert Downey Jr. but really, we all know the truth, Marvel. You've been secretly engineering actual superheroes for decades, releasing them into the wild to grow up with human parents, and then 'casting' them as themselves in your films. What other explanation could their be for this kind of blurring between fantasy and reality? Just look at his first tweet. Talk to me, Twitter. pic.twitter.com/7skFm6Ffhn — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 11, 2014 Even his Twitter Bio is pure Tony Stark snark. You're reading it in his voice right now, aren't you? Welcome to the social media jungle, Tony. And don't worry, »
- Donna Dickens
Each week, through my Somewhere in Time column, I hop in my DeLorean Gif and travel back to a moment in our pop-culture past to reevaluate just what we as a nation thought was good. This time out, we use Kevin Costner’s Draft Day as an excuse to take a jaunt back to July 28, 1995 to survey the landscape circa the project that you and I both know was his creative peak. (Talk to me when you have your own stunt spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dances With Wolves.) Let's count down the top ten music videos of Waterworld premiere week, according to VH1. Why VH1? Because you just know Costner was a VH1 kind of guy.10. Blessid Union of Souls, “I Believe” I hate to start the countdown off this way, I really do. And it’s impossible to know what’s least palatable about this song: The eighth-grade-poetry-assignment »
- Dave Holmes
While Chris Evans is known for his work in front of the camera, in the near future we're going to be able to see what he can do behind the camera. Late last year, Evans directed his first movie, 1:30 Train, and he's currently in post-production finishing it up. The indie pic is about two people (played by Evans and Alice Eve) who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. The day after I spoke to Evans about Captain America: The Winter Solider (watch that interview here), I landed a bit of time to talk about his directorial debut. He talked about filming in New York City, where he's at in the editing process, test screenings, how he initially envisioned using only a soundtrack but changed his mind and decided to use a score, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Revolution, “Austin City Limits,” stop reading now.
Over its past season and a half, Revolution has proved that it’s not shy about killing off characters — even some of the most prominent inhabitants of its postapocalyptic world. (R.I.P. Danny Matheson, Ben Matheson, and Maggie Foster.)
But last night, when Tracy Spiridakos’s Charlie Matheson pulled the trigger on her brainwashed former lover Jason Neville, we were treated to an entirely different level of shock. EW spoke with Spiridakos about her experience filming those final moments, and »
- Andrea Towers
Since her first English-language album almost a quarter century ago, Celine Dion has become one of the biggest selling artists of all time, with over 200 million records sold, five Grammys, and a Vegas show that is legendary.
This weekend is her 46th birthday, so let’s count down her finest moments. What are her best chest-pounding, sky-pointing songs?
20. All By Myself
Year – 1996
Album – Falling Into You
Hot 100 – #4
Celine took Eric Carmen‘s pity party and turns it on its ear. When she bellows “Don’t want to be all by myself … anymore!,” it’s not a plea, it’s a command, dammit.
19. Love Can Move Mountains
Year – 1992
Album – Celine Dion
Hot 100 – #36
Gospel-infused, it won the Juno Award for Best Dance Recording in 1993, and has been a part of every Celine tour since it was recorded.
18. Only One Road
Year – 1994
Album – The Colour Of My Love
Hot 100 – #93
The fifth single from The Colour Of My Love, »
Misha Collins has played many different versions of Castiel on "Supernatural." There's the grace-possessing angel, the evil Leviathan vessel, the human vessel Jimmy Novak, and the graceless angel-turned-human. Of course, now that Cas stole another angel's grace he's back to his angelic ways, but Collins is about to take on yet another role on The CW series -- director.
For this Tuesday's (March 25) episode, Collins stepped behind the camera to make his directorial debut, and Zap2it got the chance to talk to him about his experience as a first-time director.
Plus, he reveals what's coming up next for Cas, the pranking that went on behind the scenes on set, and much more. Check out Collins' full Q&A below.
Zap2it: Congratulations on your directorial debut! I'm so excited to see your episode.
Misha Collins: Thank you! I am excited too. It's a little bit of trepidation and excitement combined. »
Elena Gilbert is going to get her body back from Katherine sooner rather than later, and when she does, there is going to be some major life cleanup needed.
How much? Executive producer Caroline Dries goes into more detail in this Q&A with EW, in which she teases Thursday night’s episode and all the Mystic Falls drama to come.
Entertainment Weekly: We have to start by talking about Elena. One of our gang now knows the secret, how quickly is the truth going to unravel?
Dries: Matt is really the only person who knows coming into this episode. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
"Vampire Academy" director Mark Waters is what you'd call a specialist at movies for and about adolescents. His resume includes the iconic high-school comedy "Mean Girls" as well as "Freaky Friday," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," and the upcoming film adaptation of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (the comic, not the TV show). To direct the adaptation of Richelle Mead's best-selling series (about teen vampires at boarding school), Waters -- who once again collaborated with his screenwriter brother Daniel Waters -- decided to stick with the fundamental truth about teens - they take romance and friendship as seriously as life and death. Here's what Waters had to say about vampires, Ya-based movies, and hot Russian actors.
Moviefone: What attracted you to direct "Vampire Academy"?
Mark Waters: It's funny, the whole genre of Ya books being adapted has this thing about them that made them all a little tedious to me; they »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
Creatively, Arrow’s second season has soared like an arrow shot from Oliver Queen’s quiver. And if star Stephen Amell is to believed (he is) the last batch of episodes in the show’s second season are only going to get better.
Amell took some time out of his busy schedule of filming, auditioning (hmm…), and doing push-ups to talk to EW about the rest of the season to come — and tell us everything he could about the highly anticipated Flash pilot. His answer regarding the latter might surprise you.
Entertainment Weekly: At the end of last week’s episode, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Can an animated series focusing on a gay white rapper make us laugh without offending us at the same time?
If you’ve seen the FX animated comedy Chozen (which premiered last week), the answer is not clearly yes or no since, as we previewed last month, the series will surely offend some people with it’s tone and sense of humor, but it is also rife with genuine laughs that don’t demonalize being gay.
The series begins with a quick prison montage, the titular character (voiced by Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan) serving ten years in prison for a crime for which he was wrongly accused. Chozen’s experiences in prison (and shower rape is a part of that montage) shape how he views the world and interacts with other people. When he’s finally released he has »
- Jim Halterman
If you’re a fan of Cinemax’s adrenaline-filled series Banshee, you know all about (and probably love) the character of Job. The seriously fierce transvestite played with gusto by actor Hoon Lee is just as comfortable posing in high fashion as he is holding his own in a bar fight. As we’ve seen since the show premiered last year, Job is who you want in your corner whenever things go awry, as they often do in the town of Banshee.
TheBacklot recently sat down with Lee’s co-star Antony Starr (Lucas Hood) and Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes to about the second season and the complex relationship between lead character Hood and the gender fluid Job. Unfortunately, bad weather kept Lee from making the trip out West (curse you polar vortex!), so Lee contributed for this interview via email.
First up…Lee answers »
- Jim Halterman
We feel for you, Nolan Ross.
Case in point, last week’s episode, where Patrick clunks Nolan over the head in order to steal something. In this Sunday’s episode, entitled “Hatred,” Patrick tries to make amends, but is Nolan in a forgiving mood?
TheBacklot was on the set for the shooting of Sunday’s “Hatred” episode and grabbed a few minutes with Gabriel Mann (Nolan) and Justin Hartley (Patrick) to break down what draws the men together and whether they’re really in love or just playing the Revenge game of manipulation.
TheBacklot: Talk to me about Nolan’s journey thus far. »
- Jim Halterman
Nobody but Tim Gunn can make a phrase like “Make It Work” stick in the pop culture lexicon. In many ways, that’s exactly what he’s done his entire career, from his influential work from 1982-2007 as Associate Dean and, later, Chair at Parsons: The New School Of Design to the show that made him a household name (and earned him an Emmy!), Project Runway.
Gunn has a brand new entry for his resume, headlining competition series Under The Gunn, which premieres tonight on Lifetime. Gunn watches over former PR contestants Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos as they mentor designers in teams that will compete against each other until the contestants are whittled down to one winning designer.
Gunn was present last week at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and sat down with TheBacklot to talk about how much he had to mentor the mentors (a lot! »
- Jim Halterman
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
BBC America’s Orphan Black seemed to come out of nowhere last year, with little fanfare or advance publicity, and yet it went on to build a rabid fanbase largely on word of mouth. The series, which returns for a second season this April, follows a woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who finds out she is part of a genetics project and soon crosses paths with many of her clones (all played brilliantly by Maslany). Of particular interest for Lgbt audiences is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix played by actor Jordan Gavaris. We caught up with Gavaris at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to ask him about the success of the show, working opposite Maslany and what we can expect for fan favorite Felix in Season 2.
Related: The Best (and Worst) of “Orphan Black”
TheBacklot: How has the show changed you and your life? Has it?
- Jim Halterman
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