Welcome to Crowdfunded Culture, a new bi-weekly Flavorwire series in which we sift through the stacks of half-baked ideas on various funding platforms and hone in on a few that might be worthy of your money — endeavors which we think could make the world a slightly better place, or more importantly, could actually pay out. … Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got new films from Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Spike Lee, and the Duplass brothers, plus a treasure trove of documentaries and one of last year’s scariest flicks. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Remember Revolution, the new J.J. Abrams show about a post-apocalyptic world without electricity/technology that NBC is obviously hoping will be its very own Lost? Last month, we expressed some doubts after seeing an extended preview in which most of the acting didn’t seem so hot and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring) was dressed like Laurence Fishburne from The Matrix. But we like Abrams, Esposito, and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet from Lost), so we resolved to give the show a chance — and we’re in luck, because NBC has posted the pilot on Hulu in advance of its September 17th premiere.
The first few minutes set the scene, with a genuinely dramatic (if a bit rushed) account of the night the world suddenly returned to the Dark Ages. Then we jump 15 years into the future, after some entirely unnecessary narration reiterating how important technology was to 21st-century society and a monologue from someone who apparently hasn’t heard enough discussion about the cause of the apocalypse despite the fact that it’s changed the course of human life forever. But, on the bright side, the show seems hell-bent on packing in the action, and upon closer examination, Esposito is doing that same evil-yet-infallibly-polite thing we all love so much. Click through to watch the Revolution pilot and let us know what you think. … Read More
At first glance, NBC’s new fall sci-fi series Revolution seems to incorporate everything a TV geek could possibly want. Produced by J. J. Abrams and featuring Giancarlo Esposito (aka Breaking Bad‘s singular villain Gus Fring), it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious blackout has rendered all advanced technology permanently useless. The three-minute preview, below, looks slick. And we’ve always liked Elizabeth Mitchell, who played Juliet on Lost before moving on to V and now seems destined to be known as “that actress who’s in all the sci-fi TV shows.”
And yet, this trailer worries us. Despite featuring several talented actors, the ensemble cast as a whole doesn’t seem particularly inspiring. (For one thing, it’s led by Billy Burke, best known as Bella’s dad from Twilight.) And the idea that the same phenomenon would simultaneously kill both electricity and batteries is a bit hard to swallow. Sure, Esposito is there, but the character doesn’t look particularly suited to his subtle talents — and why’s he dressed up as Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix? It’s likely we’ll give this one a shot despite all our misgivings, although we can’t help guessing Revolution will be yet another of Abrams’ half-baked attempts to recreate Lost. Watch the clip below and let us know if you agree. … Read More
Two episodes into Breaking Bad‘s final season, the Internet is still having a field day with the show. Here at Flavorpill, we’re just as obsessed as everyone else — in the past week alone, we’ve celebrated its many Emmy nominations, peeked inside its writers’ room, and even ranked its characters by moral reprehensibility. But few Breaking Bad-related items have amused us more than the handful of amusing clips that have emerged of the show’s actors before they were famous. After the jump, we round up a few that have already made the rounds — Gus Fring on Sesame Street, Jesse Pinkman on The Price Is Right — along with some hilarious videos we tracked down ourselves. Click through to find out which of your favorite Breaking Bad stars were in Gremlins and Total Recall. … Read More
If you’re a Spike Lee fan — or tuned in to NBC’s Homicide — then you probably already know that Giancarlo Esposito is an incredible actor. (He’s also criminally underrated, but we’ll save that for another discussion.) Many of you will undoubtedly recognize the star as the clinically precise Gus Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad. The Do the Right Thing actor dropped by Reddit to answer some reader questions about his career and, of course, his unforgettable character in the TV drama series. He chats about everything from stealing a Pollos Hermanos mug from the set, to crafting the eerie calm Gus is known for. You’ll also find him agreeing with readers that he is, indeed, a total badass. If you don’t have time to page through the entire thread, head past the break for a selection of our favorite highlights. Share yours with us below. … Read More