Latest Blog Posts

<p>&nbsp;Kenya of &quot;The Real Housewives of Atlanta&quot;</p>

 Kenya of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Was NeNe out of line with Kenya?

If it was all for a good cause, what was NeNe's problem?

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.

Read Full Post
<p>Don't let anyone tell you that Robert Redford is reprising his character from 'Electric Cowboy,' because that would ruin the surprise.</p>

Don't let anyone tell you that Robert Redford is reprising his character from 'Electric Cowboy,' because that would ruin the surprise.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Soundtrack listing and toys reveal major 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' spoiler

But we won't give it away

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.

Read Full Post
<p>Richie (Raul Casillo)&nbsp;and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) share a day together in &quot;Looking for the Future,&quot; the fifth episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Richie (Raul Casillo) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) share a day together in "Looking for the Future," the fifth episode of "Looking."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for the Future' and love and sex

Can character development overcome explicit sex?

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.

Read Full Post
<p>The &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;spend a weekend on Long Island.</p>

The "Girls" spend a weekend on Long Island.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'Beach House'

A ladies-only weekend is complicated by the return of Elijah

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...

Read Full Post
<p>Lauren Cohan as Maggie in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Lauren Cohan as Maggie in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Inmates'

We catch up on what the rest of the prison escapees have been up to

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I throw a dirty diaper into the forest...

Read Full Post
"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

Credit: PBS

'Downton Abbey' recap: They're all just wild about Mary

Rose has big plans for Jack, but is he game?

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? 

Read Full Post
<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot; Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson)&nbsp;close in on their chief suspect.</p>

On "True Detective," Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson) close in on their chief suspect.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'True Detective' - 'The Secret Fate of All Life'

Cohle and Hart close in on Ledoux, while the 2012 cops have tough questions for Cohle

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I have an All-Around Cowboy belt buckle...

Read Full Post


Credit: Universal Pictures

Sochi Winter Olympics brings first trailer for Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

The film is set for Christmas Day 2014

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.

Read Full Post
<p>Miley Cyrus on her opening night</p>

Miley Cyrus on her opening night

Credit: AP Photo

Miley Cyrus' opening night of 'Bangerz' tour: What the critics are saying

She sings, slides, twerks, and, of course, sticks her tongue out

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.

Read Full Post
No Jennifer Lawrence? No problem as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the 2014 BAFTA Awards red carpet

No Jennifer Lawrence? No problem as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the 2014 BAFTA Awards red carpet

Youre favorite stars on one of the worst lit red carpets of the year

"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).

Read Full Post

Bob Costas returns to NBC's Olympic coverage on Monday

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.

Read Full Post
<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor at the 2014 BAFTA&nbsp;Awards</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor at the 2014 BAFTA Awards

Credit: AP Photo

'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Film as 'Gravity' wins six awards at 2014 BAFTA Awards

Only two awards for Steve McQueen's slavery drama, but they're the right ones

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."

Read Full Post