Last week, we took a look at some of Hollywood’s most mind-blowing behind-the-scenes movie photos, and that post left us wondering whether those images might have equally impressive TV equivalents. Good news: they do. Despite the fact that film budgets tend to run higher than their small-screen counterparts, television has plenty of its own magic that’s ripe for elucidating (or, you know, ruining). After the jump, we collect 25 behind-the-scenes TV photos that are sure to change how you see your favorite shows. Find out how Breaking Bad gets its famously crazy point-of-view shots, witness True Blood vampires on set in broad daylight, learn what those Mad Men are really smoking, peek into the not-so-intimate bedroom of Friday Night Lights’ Mr. and Mrs. Coach, and watch living characters hang out with dead ones (or just their pint-size doppelgängers) in our gallery. … Read More
The Walking Dead
1. After making its debut at Comic-Con, the first trailer for Season 3 of The Walking Dead has arrived online. Watch it here, and get super excited for the arrival of the Governor!
2. Famed artists Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, and John Baldessari have all resigned from the board of LA’s Museum of… Read More
While we felt like Season 2 of The Walking Dead lacked a bit of the magic of its first (too much searching for Sophia, not enough zombie decapitation), we saw a glimmer of hope in the final scenes of the finale — namely in the form of a hooded character who fans of the graphic novels recognized as Michonne, a katana sword-wielding bad ass who plays a major role in the series moving forward. Thanks to a very brief clip of footage from the new season that’s arrived online, we now get to see this lady in action. She’s very impressive. She’s also a shoo-in for our favorite character when The Walking Dead returns in October. How about you? … Read More
At this point, everyone pretty much hates Carl Grimes, as played by Chandler Riggs on The Walking Dead. After all, he is a bratty, sort of pointless character who just seems to get other people in trouble. Kind of like Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wesley Crusher, played by the now grownup nerd-about-town Wil Wheaton, who was an equally obnoxious brat for his entire run. At least they know it, though, as evidenced in this video in which the pair mocks their despicable TV show selves. Click through to watch, and decide for yourselves whether you hate them both less (or a little more) afterwards. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned that raccoons hate Hannah Montana. We liked the 1960′s Spider-Man meme. We celebrated the history of the bikini. We listened to contemporary audio recordings made on old wax cylinder phonographs. We dug Mark Englert’s Walking Dead poster. We watched the making of Stanley… Read More
In some ways, comic books would seem to be an unlikely subject for nail art — the comics world has a reputation for being nerdy and male-dominated, while nail art is among the girliest of concerns. But this is the 21st century, when everyone reads comics (and gets excited for superhero movies) and even geeks are getting into the nail art craze, the juxtaposition has actually become quite common. In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the most fun and skillful examples we could find, from Marvel and DC superheroes to Sunday funny pages favorites to indie comics with cult followings. Let us know in the comments whether you’ll be trying the sequined Avengers, the stylishly matte Tank Girl, or a different comic-book manicure of your very own. … Read More
Dallas premieres tonight, and if you’re the kind of person who worships HBO’s three Davids (Simon, Chase, and Milch), you probably aren’t that excited. After all, this isn’t just a primetime soap opera — it’s a reboot of a primetime soap that already ran for 13 seasons before calling it quits two decades ago. Now, we don’t blame you for being skeptical about Dallas; we are, too. But don’t dismiss it just because it’s a soap.
As we mentioned a few months ago in a defense of Downton Abbey, plenty of what we think of as quality TV shows fit the basic requirements for a soap opera. Although definitions vary, most sources agree that the category encompasses melodramatic serial dramas with multiple storylines and episode-ending cliffhangers. With those guidelines in mind, we’ve revealed which critical darlings are secretly soap operas, after the jump. … Read More
By now you’ve either watched the episode or read about it, so we’re not going to dance around what happened on Sunday’s Mad Men: Lane Pryce killed himself, in perhaps the most shocking episode of a show that’s been blowing our minds with its dramatic storylines all season. Once we recovered from the horror of seeing Jared Harris stiff, white, blue-lipped and swinging from the ceiling of his office, it occurred to us that the past year has brought some of the craziest, weirdest, and most unexpected TV character deaths of all time. After the jump, we round up the ones that made the biggest impression on us; tell us what we missed in the comments. … Read More
Have you ever been watching an episode of The Walking Dead and wished that you could just hop inside of the TV and waste some zombies alongside Rick & Co.? Well, if you’re headed to this summer’s Comic-Con in San Diego, then you might want to pack a pair of running shoes and your inhaler.… Read More
1. The four artists on the shortlist for Britain’s $65,000 Turner Prize have been announced, and surprisingly, there’s not a painter in the entire bunch; Luke Fowler and Elizabeth Price are both filmmakers, Paul Noble is the creator of “a dystopic fictional metropolis called Nobson Newtown” that’s populated by human figures drawn as excrement, and… Read More