Out.com recently released a clip of The Normal Heart, the star-studded film adaptation of Larry Kramer's Pulitzer Prize-winning play that's premiering this weekend on HBO.
But that's not what is grabbing our attention from the online article. This is:
In order to make the actors feel comfortable—and to make the scenes look credible—the director hired a sex choreographer.
“[The sex choreographer] would come and he would work with the actors and it was like, ‘Okay, then you move your leg here, and your asshole goes up here, and then your neck goes over here.’ So we worked on it, so the actors felt like, ‘Okay, I’m in A Chorus Line. I can do it.’”
Four years ago, Jack Bauer left for pack of smokes and a carton of milk and never came back. Maybe that’s not quite how it happened but that’s how it felt to me, dammit! I always envisioned 24 ending with the death of Jack Bauer not because I wanted to see Jack die but death seemed to be the only path our antihero would have at inner peace. Screw peace. Jack is back!
This week we reunited with a weathered and fatigued looking Jack in London. After waited anxiously for 45 minutes to hear him speak, the result proved that looks can be deceiving. Jack is as intense as ever and has no patience for any kind of nonsense.
24: Live Another Day is like having an old friend in town. You pick up where you left off as if no time has passed. Half the fun of watching 24 is trying to predict what happens next. When you’re introduced to characters you immediately do not like, a seasoned 24 viewer should expect that person to do something wildly heroic down the line. What about the “too good to be true” boy scout who always does his job? Be careful with that one. He or she could be the mole! Then again, the writers could change the rules along the way. Who knows? Who cares? I’m entertained!
When 24 premiered in 2001 a mere seven weeks after 9/11, the country was a much different place. Post 9/11 Americans reacted to Jack Bauer’s brute force and bending of the rules utter disregard for the rules with patriotic glee. Jack Bauer lived by the mantra “by any means necessary” but after 13 years since 9/11 America has changed as a people. We no longer react to Jack’s extreme interrogations with “America, fuck yeah!” Instead, it is met with a shameful cynicism. In today’s society, Jack Bauer would not be seen as an American hero but as a symbol of American entitlement to abuse its power. Jack Bauer would be the subject of a front page Gawker article exposing his “merciless actions with no regard to international law.” The best part about Jack, though, is that he wouldn’t care. He is not motivated by glory. He knows he has made mistakes and even bigger sacrifices all to protect his country.
Perhaps 24 can’t prosper in being socially relevant. Americans have shifted our collective hate. Financial corruption has trumped terrorist organizations as our top enemy. 24 is destined to be a nostalgic look at our past values instead of a reflection on our present. Unless Jack plans on waging war against the 1%. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see that?!
Attention all Cory and Topanga fans! Get a load of this 30-second clip from the new Disney Channel sitcom, Girl Meets World, that's guaranteed to make anyone who came of age in the 90s feel like an ancient relic.
Netflix announced that its new series, Grace and Frankie, will premiere in 2015 and star the above veteran actresses. According to Vulture, the show is a half-hour single-camera comedy written and co-created by Marta Kauffman (Friends), and it will have a 13-episode first season. Fonda and Tomlin will play longtime rivals who are stunned when their respective husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to marry. "The women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other," says the official description.
You know what this means: a guest appearance by Dolly Parton and a 9 to 5 reunion is inevitable. We hope.
Our guilty pleasure returns on March 11 on Bravo (call us biased East Coast natives, but we only care about Jersey and NYC), and it looks like there's a new wife on the block and more bickering between the ladies who brunch.
Oh, and it appears someone (ahem, Aviva) loses a (prosthetic) leg during a scuffle.
Oh well. All in a day's lack of work.
At least Ramona is crazy again and we finally get to see Carole lose it! Check it out:
As fellow X-Philes, we nearly had a heart attack when we saw Gillian Anderson followed by a flash of an FBI jacket in this trailer (for the record, she isn't playing an agent). She's a part of the ensemble of Crisis, network television's next attempt at an intensely plotted limited series that appears to combine elements of 24, Homeland, and Hostages.
A bus full of kids gets hijacked. The White House goes bonkers. Nice folks betray each other. And stuff blows up.
In other words, we're in.
Crisis premieres the day before St. Patrick's Day.
During our first year without cable, we managed to keep up with the Kardashians Joneses and transform ourselves into proud, streaming couch potatoes. Thanks to HuluPlus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, we were able to binge our way through shows about lawyers (finally finished Damages), imprisoned lesbians, and adorkable British blokes...
1. Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) - A great show works on so many levels, and OITNB touches upon a plethora of issues few dramas tread on. Effortlessly and ingeniously blending themes of sexuality, female friendship, identity, psychology, redemption, fate, and corruption (especially within America's prison system), Jenji Kohan's behind-the-bars drama isn't as dark and heavy as you'd expect, but it's not light either. Taylor Schilling, who embodies a J.Crew-and-Whole-Foods prepiness, surprises as Piper Chapman, a traditionally pretty fish-out-of-water who reluctantly succumbs to her harsh environment; it's the most compelling de-evolution of a TV character we've witnessed since being introduced to Breaking Bad's Walter White in 2008. As for the rest of the brilliant ensemble, there aren't enough Emmys to dole out for the amount of diverse talent that carries this show.
2. Breaking Bad (AMC) - Delivering one of the most satisfying (and inevitable) final episodes in TV history, Vince Gilligan & Co. brilliantly tied up the tragic saga of Walter White, a character destined for the TV Icon Hall of Fame. The final 8 episodes delivered several one-two punches we never saw coming, propelling the story towards its deadly denouement. Television drama has never been so tense, so poetic, and so gorgeously cinematic.
3. Orphan Black (BBC America) - The outrage over star Tatiana Maslany's Emmy snub back in August was inevitable...and totally called for. The Canadian actress blew me away with not two, but seven portrayals of women who discover that they're key players in a cloning conspiracy (Take that, Toni Collette circa United States of Tara). The puzzle pieces have just begun to come together, and I can't wait to see where this intricately plotted story is going.
4. House of Cards (Netflix) - Kevin Spacey covets a role he was destined to play in a series that is destined to further change the way we watch television. This David Fincher-produced political potboiler is sinister in all the right ways, and actor Corey Stoll is truly the revelation of the year as Congressman Peter Russo.
5. Enlightened (HBO) - Laura Dern, in a criminally ignored performance on a criminally neglected show, is brilliant as Amy Jellicoe, a David going up against a Goliath, which happens to be the corrupt corporation she works for. Mike White's highly addictive tragicomedy brilliantly says so much about so much -- the state of the corporate world, the treatment of mental health, the trappings of fortysomethinghood -- with so little.
6. Scandal (ABC) - Having binged on this deliriously delicious drama's first 20 episodes back in the spring, I am now a full-fledged fanatic, live-tweeting during episodes and following most of the cast on Twitter. I haven't been riveted by such crazy cliffhangers and plot twists like this since the early days of Alias, and before that, Melrose Place. OMGTV indeed. Shonda Rhimes, you crazy.
7. American Horror Story: Coven (FX) - Ryan Murphy knows his powerhouse actresses. And thank the gods that he brought Angela Bassett to television. There was never a dull moment in AHS's third go-round, and much of it was due to the cast's razor-sharp performances and the sinfully scrumptious scripts.
8. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) - Vagina jokes have never been funnier...or more intricately layered with biting social commentary. Schumer is a welcome addition to the Funny Ladies Club (see: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling).
9. The Americans (FX) - You may or may not remember 1999's disturbing yet highly engrossing Arlington Road (starring Jeff Bridges as a man who suspects his neighbors are terrorists), but if you do, you'll find brilliant shades of it in this awesome Cold-War-in-the-80s series that sees Felicity (Keri Russell) turn into an ice queen with a gun and the gay brother from Brothers & Sisters (Matthew Rhys) transform into an ass-kicking soldier torn between honoring his home country and saving the one he's slowly adopting as his own.
10. The Blacklist (NBC) - I feel like patting NBC on the head and saying, "Well done, Peacock! Well done!" for giving network audiences a thriller that's thisclose to rivaling those found on cable. And hello, Megan Boone, who may very well be the next Jennifer Garner.
HONORABLE MENTION:Family Tree (HBO) - From the improvisational mind of Christopher Guest comes this quiet underdog of a comedy that delivered one of the best gags of the season: Nina Conti as Bea Chadwick...and her hand puppet Monk (due to a childhood trauma, Bea needs to express her emotions through a stuffed monkey, and the side barbs the little creature spits out are hysterical). It's awkward, it's heartwarming, it's unapologetically British.
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