1. If you ask us, no one is cool enough to play Patti Smith in the film adaptation of Just Kids — especially not Kristen Stewart! — but we could live with Mia Wasikowka or Saoirse Ronan. [via EW]
2. Listen and “sing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling” along to “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling,” the third song to be released from… Read More
Summer may be over in the real world, but in the Hamptons it’s still in full swing. Revenge has decamped to the far reaches of Long Island for yet another season of soapy high-society sabotage, as Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clarke) searches for the truth about her family and rains vengeance on those who betrayed them. This year, we’re keeping track of her quest — and the schemes of her friends, allies, and sworn enemies — by declaring winners and losers for each episode. Discover who came out on top in last night’s episode, which had a more complicated paternity test plot that an episode of Maury, after the jump.
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The season opener of ABC’s Revenge aired last Sunday, and we’re gearing up for a new episode tonight. If you want to catch up without watching the premiere proper — or in case this week’s been brutal and you just want a refresher — we’ve stumbled across this silly but effective recap of the show as re-enacted by cats. Ludicrous? Of course. Exactly what the Internet is for? Also yes. Click through to watch the video, and let us know if you’re psyched for tonight’s episode or totally over it in the comments. Meow.
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Summer may be over in the real world, but in the Hamptons it’s still in full swing. Revenge has decamped to the far reaches of Long Island for yet another season of soapy high-society sabotage, as Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clarke) searches for the truth about her family and rains vengeance on those who betrayed them. This year, we’re keeping track of her quest — and the schemes of her friends, allies, and sworn enemies — by declaring winners and losers for each episode. Discover who came out on top in last night’s Season 2 premiere, which found Emily reaching deep into her own psyche for clues about her mother, after the jump.
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In this new golden age of television, there are two types of great shows. Of course, there are the ones that are genuinely great — the epic cable and premium dramas that get nominated for Emmys, the smart, strange comedies that get passed over for awards but attract small armies of fans. And then there are the so-called guilty pleasures (and we say “so-called” because we don’t think anyone should be ashamed for liking what they like): your teen dramas, your so-bad-they’re-good reality shows, your American Horror Story, your first few seasons of Desperate Housewives. TV pundits remain undecided as to whether Downton Abbey fits into the first category or the second, but that show notwithstanding, their newest favorite nighttime soap is ABC’s sparkly, twisty, Hamptons-set Count of Monte Cristo riff, Revenge.
This explains why so many of us have been looking forward to 666 Park Avenue, which debuts Sunday night at 10pm, right after Revenge’s season premiere. By giving the new show such a strong lead-in, ABC clearly hopes not only to find it an audience, but (with Once Upon a Time airing at eight) to build an addictive three-hour block of fun, trashy drama. 666’s premise — sweet young couple moves into posh Upper East Side apartment building that they slowly discover is ruled by demonic forces — seems to fit right in with all the real-life fairy tales and high-society sabotage. Created by David Wilcox, who spent time on the Fringe writing staff, and co-produced by Alloy Entertainment, which is known for glossy teen dramas like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, the marketing suggests something along the lines of “American Horror Story takes Manhattan.”
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We’re not too proud to admit that we’ve been counting the days until the Season 2 premiere of Revenge on Sunday night since the insane finale aired in May. ABC’s break-out primetime soap is one of our favorite guilty pleasures for a good reason: it’s escapist television at its finest, the perfect mix of glossy visuals and totally over-the-top, cliffhanger-happy storylines. It’s a bit like watching one of the Real Housewives shows, but with a few characters who are actually believable — not to mention, a lot more likeable. If, like us, you’re anxiously waiting to see what happens to Emily Thorne and her arch nemesis Victoria Grayson (come on, we’re not buying that she’s really dead!), then this clever video put together by Eclectic Method won’t answer any of your burning questions (Is Amanda’s baby really Jack’s? Are Daniel and Ashley getting together? Is Nolan somehow related to Emily? And most importantly, who is Emily’s mom?), but it might help tide you over until the second season begins. And if you’ve never seen the show before, well, we can’t think of a better introduction to the sudsy madness of it all. Enjoy!
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Updating classic stories and twisting them for television is all the rage these days — Once Upon a Time, Elementary — and ABC’s latest project is no different: the network has recently begun developing a new show called Finn & Sawyer, which will be a contemporary take on Mark Twain’s 1884 classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.… Read More
1. io9 is reporting (and the AP has confirmed) the sad news that legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury — whose prolific output included Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and one of our all-time favorite short stories, “Dandelion Wine” — died this morning in Los Angeles at… Read More
This year’s break-out primetime soap Revenge is yet another testament to our fascination with the rich and awful, in this case the Graysons — the family Emily Thorne (who is really Amanda Clarke) believes to be responsible for her father’s death. As we approach tonight’s finale, we’re looking forward to the big reveals (namely, who will die?), as well as the simple things: some Nolan and Ems hostage banter, a few classic Victoria zingers to send us on our way for the summer, and Daniel slipping further into the dark side (and, in turn, ratcheting up the tension between him and his possibly sociopathic bride-to-be).
The Grayson family’s hand in the David Clarke cover-up is far from clear at this point, but we’ve spent enough time in the Hamptons this year to know the scope of their power leaves nothing out of the realm of possibility. If you’re a Grayson and you want something done, it generally happens. Which of course got us thinking about the history of awful rich people on TV — from the lovably conniving (think Victoria) to the plain awful (think Conrad). Click through for our roundup of the most indelible characters, and as always we invite you to make your own additions in the comments.
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1. The Avengers broke the domestic box office record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 in its debut weekend, bringing in a staggering $200.3 million. We’re curious: Do you think that The Dark Knight Rises be able to match that without the boost from 3D sales? [via HitFix]
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