Remember when Kenya was NeNe's most loyal supporter? Yeah, well, that's over. I think there's plenty of wrong to go around in this situation, but this time I actually side with (eek!) Peter. Kenya's event was for charity, and while she made a mistake in not calling NeNe to tell her about the masquerade ball/bachelor auction, NeNe should have trusted her gut and stayed at home. By showing up only to throw shade and give a snippy little speech before stomping out, she looked far worse than a no-show.
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Merchandising for movies can be a double-edged sword.
On the one hand, merchandising can be a way to help sell a film, and it can also give fans of a film something to have as a reminder or a piece of the movie. There was a time when merchandising only really existed after a film came out, or in some very special circumstances, it would happen simultaneous with a film's release.
There came a point, though, where merchandising became a given and things started coming out before the movie, and that leads to some very particular problems. I will never forget about a month before "Return Of The Jedi" came out, when I found the novelization in stores. I couldn't resist. I bought the book, and I decided to keep it without reading it until the moment I could see the film. My mom, though, didn't have any problem reading the book, which I didn't realize until we were in the car a few days later. I was talking about "Star Wars," which was pretty much true all day every day, and I mentioned how curious I was to find out who "the other" was that Yoda had referred to, and my mom answered, "That's Princess Leia. She's Luke's sister."
To say I was upset would be an understatement. She didn't seem to realize what she'd done, but I was inconsolable. Since then, spoiler culture has only gotten more and more complicated to navigate, and these days, there are land mines that audiences have to worry about, and this weekend, things got particularly ugly for fans of the Marvel movie universe when both a soundtrack listing and a photo of the toy line revealed one of the biggest spoilers for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
I'm not going to repeat the spoiler here. I'm genuinely frustrated that I learned it, and I'm especially irritated that I learned it the way I did. Fans of "Star Wars" dealt with something similar when the soundtrack listing for "The Phantom Menace" was released early and there was a track called "Qui-Gon's Funeral." The "Winter Soldier" thing isn't a character death, but it's something that I would imagine is a pretty major reveal, and now, if you want to avoid learning it early, you're going to have to spend every moment between now and April 4th being extra careful for fear someone will put it in a headline (like MTV Films did) or just drop the info in a forum (which seems to be happening repeatedly).
Consider yourself warned, and if you do know the spoiler, please don't repeat it in our comments section. I have to say… I suspected something like this was true, but I really wish I'd had a chance to have the full impact of the moment happen in the theater.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is in theaters April 4, 2014.
Anyone complaining there hasn't been enough explicit sex enough on "Looking" had their wishes granted with "Looking for the Future." If that's all you've been waiting for, however, you'd miss the point of this excellent installment of the Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannon series.
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I prove via Instagram that we can still have fun as a group...
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I throw a dirty diaper into the forest...
I get it. Mary is the prettiest girl in all the land (or at least the land surrounding "Downton Abbey" and maybe a few other places. But really, is there anything about her to explain why every single guy (and let's remember, the ratio of women to men after the Great War was definitely in the guys' favor) is absolutely transfixed by Mary? Edith hasn't been on the market thanks to Michael, but with her new haircut she's no slouch in the looks department and is more than capable of serving up some sparkling wit. Granted, we haven't seen too many members of the upper crust outside of Downton, but man, Mary sure brings all the boys to the yard, doesn't she?
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I have an All-Around Cowboy belt buckle...
Calling something "Oscar bait" can be fairly diminishing and suggest that artists don't have a certain purity at heart, but it's not always meant that way. Sometimes it just becomes obvious that an epic narrative that needed to be told on screen could be all lined up for year-end awards, because it has a certain spirit, a certain pedigree. Angelina Jolie's upcoming "Unbroken" is one such film, and Universal Pictures smartly tapped the on-going Sochi Winter Olympics to tease out a little bit of footage from the film, which only recently wrapped in Australia.
Miley Cyrus kicked off her 38-city “Bangerz” tour this weekend at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. While she has said that she wanted the outing to focus on her singing, it’s clear that visuals and shock value play a big part, including her pretending to perform oral sex on Bill Clinton, wearing revealing unitards, and simulating masturbation..all in an effort to entertain.. And, just in case she hasn’t stressed her love for marijuana enough to her young fans, official “Bangerz" rolling papers were available at the merchandise tables for $40.
No Jennifer Lawrence? No problem as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the 2014 BAFTA Awards red carpet
"American Hustle" star and this year's BAFTA Awards best supporting actress winner Jennifer Lawrence couldn't make the show because of production commitments to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," but more than enough Hollywood star power graced this year's red carpet. First and foremost, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt still rule any red carpet they grace and let's not forget: this is likely the last time you'll get to force Emma Thompson into uncomfortable heels anytime soon (she'll be missed at the Oscars).
Bob Costas returns to NBC's Olympic coverage on Monday
NBC tweeted a pic Sunday of a healthier-looking Costas rehearsing for his return on Monday.
"Snake Salvation" star dies from a snake bite
The star of the canceled Nat Geo reality show, Jamie Coots, died last night after refusing treatment for his poisonous snakebite. "Snake Salvation" aired late last year.
John Krasinski is a dad
"The Office" alum welcomed daughter Hazel this morning with wife Emily Blunt.
Introducing Eric Cowell, Simon's son
Simon Cowell shared photos of his newborn baby.
Charlie Sheen gets engaged to a porn star
Sheen is set to marry for the 4th time.
In a similar turn of events to last month's Golden Globe Awards, tonight's BAFTAs were almost a nightmare for bookies' favorite "12 Years a Slave" -- toward the end of the evening, with only four awards left to present, Steve McQueen's film had gone zero-for-eight, losing the supporting awards to "Captain Phillips'" Barkhad Abdi and "American Hustle's" Jennifer Lawrence, and Best Adapted Screenplay to "Philomena."