Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
With the Emmy Awards coming up on Monday, we thought we’d pay tribute to Tatiany Maslany, who was clearly robbed of a nomination for her numerous clone roles in BBC America’s conspiracy thriller television series “Orphan Black.” Just renewed for a third season, the show has grown from cult status to a television audience favorite. There’s even a Tumblr blog for super fans — The Clone Club — a new comic book on the way and the introduction of male clones in the show’s second season finale. Here are five award-worthy reasons why audiences love watching Tatiana on “Orphan Black.” Keep reading »
Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th, the Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who is Black, is labeled the “Scary Bitch.” Portraying Black women as unpredictable and scary — gee, we’ve never seen that in Hollywood before. To be sure, the show’s labeling of other characters in the promo ad isn’t too original either. For example, the hot blonde girl is the “Mean Girl” because of course she is. Still, Spencer’s “Scary Bitch” label stands out as especially harsh and problematic. There are plenty of ways to portray someone as an antagonistic character without relying on a tired stereotype. Would “Nurse Ratched” have gone over America’s collective heads? (If so, go watch “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now.)
Each fall, TV networks try to hook us with exciting new pilots that relate to viewers on a personal and cultural level. But given how few shows actually stay on air from from year to year, it can be tricky for the suits to give the people what they want. And that’s where our pitches come in … Keep reading »
Jimmy Fallon gave Frank Underwood a run for his money last night in “House Of Cue Cards,” a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” with an appearance from the hilarious Ellen Barkin and even a trip to Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Maybe the “Tonight Show” studio is just as scandalous as the White House after all.