Today at Flavorpill, we watched a clever/slightly disturbing commercial featuring animal-free animal memes. We were frightened by this infographic that visualizes the US debt crisis as a really tall skyscraper made from $100 bills — fingers-crossed Ben Affleck will save us all. We decided that it’s been way too… Read More
The Walking Dead
AMC’s The Walking Dead got our hopes up with a stunning premiere, but by the end of its short, six-episode first season, we were on the fence about whether we’d get back on board the Zombie Express for round two. The problem, for us, is that the characters are one-dimensional — Rick Grimes is so heroic; Shane Walsh is so evil — that, when coupled with much obligatory gore, the series almost feels like a video game. To win back our attention, we’re going to need a bit more complexity — and we don’t mean the pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo that filled out the end of Season 1.
That’s why we were so excited to see the first trailer for Season 2, which debuted on last night’s Breaking Bad premiere. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to convince us that we’re in for anything fascinating — or, for that matter, new. Yup, there’s Rick, alone in the woods and looking kind of rough. Oh, hey, he’s smashing in the heads of two zombies with a rock. And… that’s it. The only potentially interesting detail to note is that Rick is alone and apparently without his guns. So, if AMC was trying to convince us that we can look forward to a second verse, same as the first when The Walking Dead returns in October, then they’ve succeeded. And they’re going to have to try a whole lot harder to get us to clear our calendar for Season 2. … Read More
We thought we were going to have to wait until tonight to see Lady Gaga’s hotly anticipated “Judas” video. But it made its internet debut this morning — and, judging by how many of the original clips have come down, we’re pretty sure it leaked without the approval of the Gaga camp. Even so, you can still watch it over at Gawker.
As for the video itself, we love “Judas”: Rather than a high-concept collage like “Born This Way,” it casts Jesus and the apostles as a biker gang, with Gaga on board as a mash-up of the Holy Virgin and Mary Magdalene, and Judas played by Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead. There’s lots of south-of-the-border imagery, tons of dancing — and best of all, some of our favorite costumes and props of all time. Check out the video’s best fashion moments after the jump. … Read More
Game of Thrones debuts Sunday, and despite the hype and HBO’s impressive track record with original series, we’re still not sure whether we’re going to watch it. Here’s the issue: We’re pretty much allergic to the fantasy genre, with all its funny names and arcane lore. We’re sure the Lord of the Rings movies are fantastic, but we’re also pretty confident we couldn’t sit through them. The same goes for many of TV’s best loved genre shows, from sci-fi staples like Star Trek to the paranormal X-Files to prolific procedurals such as Law & Order. Then again, Game of Thrones could be an exception — a series whose focus on story and character helps it transcend the conventions and limitations of the genre, like the ten great shows we’ve listed after the jump. … Read More
PaleyFest — an annual event where the casts and creative teams behind the most popular TV shows converge to geek out for the benefit of fans — is currently underway in Los Angeles, and Gallery 1988 has commissioned a handful of artists and illustrators to design limited-edition posters for this year’s honorees, which include Freaks and Geeks, Eastbound & Down, Parks & Recreation, True Blood, Glee, and The Walking Dead. Click through to check them out, and if you like what you see, be sure to pick up your favorite in Gallery 1988’s online shop where they’re currently available for $35 a pop. … Read More
Great couples are everywhere on TV, and we often hear their praises sung. Hell, the L.A. Times just devoted an entire feature to Eric and Tami Taylor of Friday Night Lights. But to be perfectly honest, some of our favorite TV pairings are the fascinatingly uncomfortable ones, from frigid spouses Pete and Trudy Campbell on Mad Men to Liz Lemon and, well, basically anyone. Our picks for the top 10 awkward TV couples are after the jump. Tell us yours in the comments. … Read More
When we saw Vulture’s post on the top 10 comics of 2010, we were surprised that many of our favorites didn’t make the cut. But obviously, a person’s taste in comic books can be extremely subjective. Forget the battle between DC and Marvel, some people only read graphic novels while others are devoted to manga. That’s why we thought it would be interesting to talk to Gabriel Fowler, owner of Desert Island in Williamsburg, about which new work created the most excitement among his regular customers this year. To be clear, this is not based on sales numbers, just the first 10 releases that came to his mind when we asked. And while you should consider the entire list required reading (or in certain cases, viewing) it’s in no particular order. Enjoy! … Read More
Film soundtracks get a lot of attention — and for good reason. But, especially in the 21st century, TV show soundtracks, from the minimalist score of Lost to the trendy pop music of Josh Schwartz’s teen series, are giving them a run for their money. Watching Sunday’s Walking Dead finale, we couldn’t help but think about how appropriate Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” was for the narrative. And it got us thinking about other such moments in shows ranging from Gossip Girl and Skins to Friday Night Lights and Six Feet Under. After the jump, ten great pop-song soundtrack moments from prime-time TV shows. (Before you read on, beware: the text and clips contain many spoilers.) … Read More
1. Joss Whedon had the first crack at the Buffy reboot, but turned it down to work on other projects. [via Vulture]
2. Despite mixed critical reviews and tons of technical complications, producers announced yesterday that Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has already sold more than $1 million worth of advance… Read More