EW.com released a clip of the upcoming film version of the off-Broadway musical “The Last 5 Years,” starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan [Alas, not this Jeremy Jordan, I was sad to discover. -- Amelia], and I’m kind of melting over it. The musical follows the five-year relationship of young NYC couple Jamie and Cathy from two different timelines. Cathy begins her songs at the end of their relationship and Jamie begins from the start, and their two story lines only come together once, in the middle of the production, when he proposes to her. It’s less complicated than it sounds (according to Anna Kendrick, it will look like a series of easy-to-follow vignettes). Keep reading »
Now that September is here, new TV is inevitable. Also inevitable is bad new TV, or at least new TV that treads into conventional, well-worn territory (think “A to Z,” NBC’s new comedy which will be about — spoiler alert — finding love).
Luckily, there’s a new vehicle arriving on the scene, joining Netflix as another alternative to traditional television. Amazon Prime is releasing new shows, and from the looks of things, one in particular is going to stand out: “Transparent.”
The show has all the makings of something revolutionary. Not only is it the first half-hour show to deal with trans issues (and one of the only shows in general, with the exception of “Orange is the New Black”), but it also deals with conflicted sexuality through the rest of its characters — plus, it’s shot beautifully and more cinematically than most TV shows on the air. After watching the pre-released pilot (which you can preview here) and doing some reading, I’ve gathered seven reasons to be excited for “Transparent”‘s late-September debut. (If you haven’t watched the pilot and don’t want any plot points revealed, beware of spoilers ahead…) Keep reading »
UPDATE, 2:45p.m.: The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Ray Rice today following the release of the video by TMZ. According to ESPN, the Ravens had no other comment. [ESPN]
- TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer out cold during an argument in an elevator. The video appears to have been shot by asecurity system in the Revel Hotel and Casino in New Jersey, where Rice attacked Palmer on February 15th. In the video, Rice is seen shoving or slapping Palmer against the wall of the elevator. She responds by lunging towards him, but Rice punches Palmer so hard she knocks her head on the side of the elevator and hits the ground. (What is perhaps most gut-wrenching is that Rice doesn’t look particularly shocked at what he just did.) When the elevator doors open, Rice drags her lifeless body from the elevator and she lies facedown on the floor. Within a few seconds, someone appears outside the elevator doors talking to Rice. Palmer eventually sits up, but appears to be in pain. The whole video — which resulted in a paltry two-game suspension for Rice back in July — is extremely disturbing. But you know what? This is what domestic violence looks like, people. [TMZ] Keep reading »
My personal feelings on the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, announced this morning, are best summed up as follows: Brangelina Baby #7 > Royal Baby #2 > Gosling Baby #1
In other words, I am less excited about a second royal baby as I would be about the announcement of yet another Brangelina baby, but more excited than I was about Eva Mendes being pregnant with Ryan Gosling’s spawn.
In other news, with the birth of this little royal rugrat, Prince Harry will be pushed to fifth in line for the throne. [NY Post]
In a summer of repeats on television, it’s a relief to stumble across something interesting like MTV’s unconventional, coming-of-age family drama, “Finding Carter.” The series tells the tale of Carter (Kathryn Prescott) a teenager who has the perfect life until the night she is arrested at a high school party, is fingerprinted and learns she was kidnapped as a child. And while that may sound like a cross between a daytime soap opera and an actual news story, the well-written show has already captured 1.25 million viewers and has ben renewed for a second season. Read on to find out why “Finding Carter” is the best show you haven’t been watching — luckily it isn’t too late to start. Keep reading »
Beyonce turned 33 on September 4, and her husband Jay Z paid tribute to his wife with this 33-second-long video, filled with behind-the-scenes footage from their On The Run tour. It’s adorable and I remain staunchly opposed to these ugly rumors of their demise.