As we may have mentioned, we are pretty excited to see Absolutely Fabulous back on TV. We missed Patsy and Edina, we missed Saffy, we missed Gran, and we especially missed Bubble, Eddy’s walking acid trip of an assistant. But it wasn’t until we read Tom & Lorenzo’s great blog post about the show’s return that we realized we had been longing for more than just the characters. As they note, Eddy has one hell of a kitchen, and it feels great to watch the cast sip coffee and chug champagne in it again. The Monsoon kitchen and 14 others that we wouldn’t minding owning are after the jump. … Read More
The cities and settings and streets and apartments we see on television become, over time, our own; who doesn’t sometimes get the feeling they could actually stroll through Pawnee or buy coffee at Central Perk? These places become our second homes, each as filled with nostalgia as our old classrooms, friends’ houses, and playgrounds. But we’re not going to fool ourselves — some of the dingy joints our favorite TV characters spend their time in are just as bad as the worst ones we get dragged to in real life, which is why we’ve put together an honest tourist’s guide to onscreen nightlife. Below the jump, browse our ranking of ten TV hangout spots, in order, from the ones we wouldn’t step foot into to the ones we’re trying to book for our next holiday party. Which TV bar, club, or lounge would you head to on a night out? … Read More
Besides the fact that they’re both set in New York and air on Monday nights, there aren’t many similarities between Gossip Girl and Bored to Death. So we were surprised and amused to see that recent weeks have seen each show shake things up with the same type of new character — a shrink. While Chuck tries to seduce (and then get some real help from) the pretty therapist on Gossip Girl, Sarah Silverman guests on Bored to Death as a woman whose idea of mental health care involves demanding foot rubs from patients. This serendipitous convergence of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side got us thinking about some TV’s most memorable administrators of the talking cure, both real and fictional. Our top 10 are after the jump; add your picks in the comments. … Read More
Like a chronic rash, Carrie Bradshaw just keeps coming back. It’s old news that the folks behind Sex and the City want to make a third movie, but that vague threat was overshadowed by the very real revelation, earlier this week, that the CW has committed to developing The Carrie Diaries. The SATC prequel will follow Carrie to high school in the early ’80s, where she’ll have a boyfriend and a popular-girl rival. Pretty groundbreaking stuff, right? The whole misguided mess has us thinking about shows whose prequels we’d actually enjoy watching. Ten of our suggestions are after the jump; add yours in the comments. … Read More
Last week, prompted by the death of Andrew Gold (composer of “Thank You For Being a Friend,” aka the theme to The Golden Girls), we put together a list of the most memorable TV theme songs of the ‘80s. Some folks got worked up about it! (Fine, yes, the exclusion of Knight Rider was a gross oversight.) So, in true ’80s spirit, we took something that did pretty well, and made a sequel — this time selecting from the television shows of the ’90s, a decade that became the last gasp of the opening theme song. As we moved into the 2000s, shows started forgoing the opening credit sequence (lest viewers have the opportunity to switch away), instead crashing right into the show and running credits under the opening scenes.
But in the 1990s, most shows were still bothering to create a theme song whose primary purpose was to lodge itself into your noggin and remind you to tune in again next week. The rules are the same (the show in question has to have debuted in the decade in question), as is the criteria: these are not necessarily all good songs. They’re catchy songs, impossible to get out of your brain, like it or not. Check out the list after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More
It’s been all over the news that 30-year-old Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, the Baltimore resident who played a character of the same name on The Wire, has been arrested in a large-scale drug raid similar to the kind carried out on the show. Pearson, whose legal troubles predated the show, apparently slipped back into her old habits when the show went off the air. This seems to be the latest in a perhaps not-so-strange tendency for the lives of actors to be in some way affected by their art, whether for good or for ill. Sure, we know lots of actors fall in love with each other on set, but what about actors that are inspired to more interesting ends? Click through for our list of actors whose lives have mirrored those of their own characters. … Read More
1. Watch last night’s opening sequence of The Simpsons, which was directed by Banksy. It’s more than a little dark. [via io9]
2. Disney will be screening a 23-minute preview of Tron: Legacy in movie theaters across the country at the end of the month. Tickets are free, and first come first… Read More
The California Assembly recently (and inexplicably) declared the first week of March “Cuss Free Week.” In what is simultaneously a celebration of freedom of speech and a raised eyebrow at such a ludicrous waste of political power, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 fictional characters most likely to contribute to the so-called “cuss jar,” along with some NSFW clips of them in action. Drop any pop culture profanity lovers that we’ve left out in the comments jar below. … Read More
We went to a screening of Gomorrah — Italian director Matteo Garrone’s new mafioso drama based on the international bestseller of the same name by Roberto Saviano — on Tuesday night, and spent the entirety of yesterday trying to figure out what to tell you about it. We didn’t enjoy it, but we’ve had a hard time figuring out why.
While it might be in part due to the fact that the two critics behind us kept whispering about how “stupid” they found certain plot twists and turns, our essential problem with the film is the fact that it at once shakes a finger at the Camorra-perpetrated violence that plagues Naples and glorifies it, simply by putting it up on the big screen (obviously, this wasn’t an issue with the book). As an audience member, you’re meant to be titillated by the beautifully-shot (courtesy of Director of Photography Marco Onorato) pile up of bodies. … Read More