How lucky (or very unlucky for some victims) that 2015 has three Friday the 13th's on the calendar!
February's has passed -- so good job, you survived! The last one lands at the end the of the year in November. But today, March 13th, is the day we have been screaming for!
Today EPIX is airing a Friday The 13th marathon. Rise and shine at 7am and start the day with Jason Lives! Friday The 13th Part VI. Not quite sure why they didn't start in chronological order, but this is an excellent starter. This is the sequel that winks at the audience, ten years before the blockbuster Scream hit pop culture over the head.
Then, at 8:40am watch the hockey-masked maniac take Manhattan! Friday The 13th Part VIII. Yes, 8! A very ambitious idea, no? But it really doesn't have the budget for a proper execution. Personally, I think the scene where Jason takes Times Square was ripped off by Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky, having a crazy iconic figure running around an NYC landmark like that. (Yes, I know Jason did it 12 years before Tom!)
As for the rest of your day, take note...
10:25am - Friday The 13th, the 1980 original. This is the movie that delivers the best final scare in history and puts this series on the map.
12:05pm - During lunch, check out Friday The 13th Part 2, a slick and nasty film that is relentless with an amazing final-girl-and-Jason showdown.
1:35pm - Friday the 13th Part 3. My personal favorite, this film is like McDonalds, so bad for you, but so yummy.
3:10pm - Friday The 13th:The Final Chapter. The deaths are all brutal, but the ending is magical for gore lovers.
4:45pm - Jason Lives again! So go out and rent Part V: A New Beginning, by far the filthiest of the bunch (and oddly enough, the first film of the franchise to use a Roman numeral in its title). Some say masterpiece -- not me.
6:15pm - Jason Takes Manhattan is on again! So get your hands on a copy of Part VII: The New Blood, It is basically Carrie meets Jason!
8:00pm-2:35am - Go ahead and watch 1-4 again. So what, who cares! Make this educational and learn from these master thespians how to die on camera in a big Paramount movie!
If you've made it through this entire marathon, which ends after 6am on Saturday the 14th, you are a trooper and learned so much about Paramount's greed for the green stuff while throwing around the red stuff!
I love every minute of this national holiday, so expect me to party on and on and on and on…kill...kill…Ma…Ma….
Last week we were thrilled to participate in an exclusive event at Universal Studios Hollywood celebrating the premiere of DIG, the thrilling miniseries event on USA, starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, that is keeping us on the edge of our seats. (We just love a good international conspiracy involving the end of the world.)
DIG: Escape the Room is the intense interactive experience that's briefly running inside the theme park's Globe Theater, so if you're in the neighborhood, check it out!
It's hard to believe we're nearly halfway through the decade. (Dear 2010s, stay a little while longer.)
So, now that we're fully settled into the new year, we at HIH would like to share with you a few things we're looking forward to during the remaining 11 months...
1. Back to the Future Part II Day - Come October, millions of fans of the time-traveling trilogy will geek out and undoubtedly celebrate the day Marty McFly hopped into his DeLorean and visited our current year. Sure, we may not have perfected the art of hoverboarding or sat through Jaws 19, but we're doing all right.
2. The long-awaited opening of Cooley's in WeHo - This highly anticipated gastropub (think of it as The Abbey's better dressed brother who just came into a ton of money) will finally be opening its doors this summer - just in time to wave those rainbow flags during Pride month.
3. The menu at Conchita's on Western Avenue - Looking for the best pupusas in the city? Don't know what a pupusa is? (See here.) Serving up some authentic El Salvadorian cuisine, this hidden gem just opened (above Melrose, tucked in between a Korean bar and a Central American bakery), and our mouths are already watering over the other comforting recipes we have yet to savor (like those empanadas filled with plantains and vanilla custard).
4. The Perception Myth by Brad Wheelis - There are a ton of books about the pursuit of happiness, but former ABC News correspondent Wheelis bares his soul to bare the truth about how we can be our best selves. We think Oprah would approve.
5. The Special Olympics World Games - With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.
6. The 30th Anniversary of The Golden Girls - Picture it: September, 2015...Expect many tributes (and DVD marathons) to be posted across the interwebs later this year when fans express their adoration for this 80s sitcom classic. Us included.
7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - The sequel to our favorite movie of 2012 hits theaters this spring, and we can't wait to see the Dowager Countess - er, Maggie Smith - trade barbs with Judi Dench:
8. WonderCon - For those who wish to avoid the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con later this year, try its younger, more manageable cousin at Anaheim Convention Center this spring.
9. San Andreas - Two of our favorite guilty pleasures (Dwayne Johnson and disaster flicks) come together in what will surely be a popcorny good time at the theater. Plus: has no one caught Kylie Minogue's name in the credits yet? To be filed under: WTF?
10.The Art of Not Having It All by Melissa Kite - If you're looking to dive into an addictive memoir (or find the next selection for that book club you've been meaning to start for the new year), then focus your eyes on this title. Described as the next Bridget Jones, Melissa Kite's collection of personal misadventures, dating and otherwise, is a hilarious and comforting read for anyone who's ever felt pressured to "have it all."
11. Finding a hiking trail that's NOT Runyon Canyon - It's about time we distance ourselves from Hollywood's celebrity playground (and dog poop dump) and find a new place to work in some cardio in the sun...like the Eaton Canyon Waterfall trail in Altadena. (Trust us, it's worth the drive.)
12. Trying the bread pudding at B Sweet on Sawtelle - Because our collective sweet tooth will never be satisfied until we sink our spoons into this popular Westside dessert.
13. The relentless publicity for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens- We're already zeroing in on a seat at the press junket (wherever it may be). And we're hoping Disney doesn't skimp on any press schwag.
14. New albums from every pop diva in existence - Madonna, Gaga, Britney, Christina, Rihanna, and Kylie all have anticipated titles being released in 2015, otherwise known as The Year Taylor Swift Will NOT Be Dropping An Album.
15. Taking more naps - Because, after running around the city and painting the town red, we're all about getting our necessary beauty rest. Who's with us?
1. Transparent(Amazon) - Creator Jill Soloway's delicate portrait of a family in crisis (identity and otherwise) has brilliant shades of Six Feet Under (Soloway's old stomping grounds of seriocomic dysfunction). The beautifully nuanced accuracy is something to behold -- both in the acting and in the little, authentic "only in L.A." moments. And Jeffrey Tambor's performance is one that TV has never seen before. Transparent is simply transcendent.
2. Olive Kitteridge (HBO) - Ever wonder how and why the neighborhood cranky old lady became so cranky? This miniseries adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, beautifully directed by Lisa Cholodenko, is broken up into four distinct installments that attempt to crack the titular crank, played here by the magnificent Frances McDormand (shoutouts also go to the stellar ensemble: Richard Jenkins, John Gallagher Jr., Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, and a fantastic Cory Michael Smith). Each episode is a finely observed piece that successfully does what other TV dramas try to do: deeply explore the human condition and all of its complicated, messy flaws:
3. You're The Worst(FX) - It's the anti-rom-com we could've used this past fall when the big networks insisted on shoving trite and boring-as-hell love stories down our throats. Aya Cash and Chris Geere are perfectly toxic for each other, a pair of GenYers navigating the numb and narcissistic boulevards of Los Angeles.
4. The Normal Heart(HBO) - Sure, Ryan Murphy's heartwrenching saga is a blatant example of how to pander to Emmy voters (Kleenex moments! High-profile names! A challenging adaptation!) but it's a necessary one. Bringing Larry Kramer's near-Dickensian tale to the screen was no small feat, and the results are astounding.
5. Silicon Valley (HBO) - The nerds have not only inherited the earth, they've purchased a modest home for themselves and still bicker over dick jokes and probability dilemmas. And the proof is in Mike Judge's killer comedy about a group of socially awkward and slightly entitled geniuses who are on the road to world domination.
6. Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) - Season 2 explored more character backstory and expanded the rich universe that is Jenji Kohan's prison play.
7. Inside Amy Schumer(Comedy Central) - No other comedy has managed to skewer feminism, sexism, and every other ism so brilliantly and boldly while sparking conversations in between punchlines.
8. Orphan Black(BBC America) - Tatiana Maslany continues to be the Most Underrated Actress on Television while the labyrinthine plot on this show continues to be the best puzzler in the genre.
9. How to Get Away With Murder(ABC) - Unabashedly flashy, sexy, and twisty, Peter Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes's legal soap is proudly progressive -- the type of primetime potboiler network TV has so desperately needed.
10. Looking(HBO) - This intimate, post-QAF half-hour drama (there's no way in hell this can qualify as a comedy for Emmy consideration) took its time settling into its groove, but the hallmark episode is undoubtedly "Looking for the Future," (one of Entertainment Weekly's best of the year) a beautifully observed look at the beginnings of a relationship between two men who have no idea where their lives may take them.
HONORABLE MENTION:The Leftovers (HBO) - Damon Lindelof's contemplative and slow-burn adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel is unsettling, puzzling as hell, and unpredictable. Sure, there may not be any clear resolution in the show's future, but consider me hooked on this alternate universe.
Late to the Party:Black Mirror (available on Netflix) - This British import is a brilliant sci-fi anthology of stories that all share one thing: a chilling vision of our future.
Best TV Reboot No One Talked About:Revenge (ABC) - If you missed the last couple of episodes of the back-to-basics third season, then you missed one hell of a wallop: backstabbings, revelations, closure, murder, and one jaw-dropping resurrection (which we actually called back in season 1, but no matter). Let's see if Season 4 can keep up the much-needed momentum.
But if you're still not sold on the idea of a very meta web series about actor Ryan Hansen (who played Dick Casablancas on Veronica Mars) trying to produce his own detective show, then episode 2 of the spinoff just might help you reconsider watching.
Those who have been on Team Logan since the first season of Veronica Mars will enjoy the ample amount of screentime dedicated to actor Jason Dohring and his unbelievably beefed-up bod (not to mention his charming comedy chops). Like here:
Greg Nicotero, the man behind all of those gruesome zombie transformations on AMC'sThe Walking Dead, was on deck at Comic-Con over the weekend to give a live special-effects demonstration in front of a crowd of fans inside the Petco Interactive Park. Some lucky guests were even treated to a gory makeover on stage...including yours truly.
With the help of Courtyard Marriott Hotels, who hosted the festivities with their Mobile Pod Experience, I got a chance to sit in a make-up chair and be transformed into a decaying Walker, courtesy of LA-based artist Greg Solomon, who just wrapped on Insurgent, the sequel this year's dystopian saga Divergent.
"We're just helping people enjoy their time and their experience," said Nina Herrera-Davila, Director of Public Relations for the Maryland-based hotel group. "And with Comic-Con, what better way than to help people take cosplay to the next level!"
Speaking of cosplay, The Walking Dead's very own Norman Reedus also showed up to judge a contest in which a king and queen were crowned and given the opportunity to meet Game of Thones author George R.R. Martin.
With this being her first Comic-Con, Herrera-Davila also told me that she was "wide-eyed and extremely excited" to be amidst the chaos. (She also happens to be a proud Game of Thrones fangirl: "I am Khaleesi at heart, Mother of Dragons!")
"Courtyard is a hotel brand, so you wouldn't imagine they'd be out at something like this," she later admitted while I did my best to keep my head still as fake blood began to trickle from my nose.
"But I have a feeling we may be coming back."
Look out for the Courtyard Marriot pod experience to appear at the NFL kickoff in Seattle this September.
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.’”
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