Walt Jr. loves his breakfast and his Tampa film festivals.
The Gasparilla International Film Festival announced its visiting stars Wednesday, and the guest list includes one of Breaking Bad’s few innocents.
R.J. Mitte, who played meth kingpin Walter White’s clueless son on the popular television series, will accept one of three Rising Star awards presented at the festival, slated for March 19-23. Mitte stars in House of Last Things, a psychothriller making its North American premiere in competition at Gasparilla.
Joining Mitte in the Rising Star ranks will be Anna Anissimova, co-star of the opening night feature There’s Always Woodstock, and Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), attending with her short film Seasick Sailor.
Anissimova will be accompanied opening night by her co-star Jason Ritter (TV’s Parenthood and Gravity Falls). C.S. Lee, who played an eagerly oversexed forensics expert on Dexter, will accompany the Florida premiere of his movie The Red Robin.
Other notables include previous Rising Star award winners Blake Berris (House of Last Things) and Ryan O’Nan, co-star of the closing night feature Chu and Blossom, filmed around Tampa Bay. …Full Story
Juan Pablo and Nikki, the not-so-happy (but realistic!) couple
I won't pretend to be the world's biggest Bachelor fan, but I do know something about love. (Haha! I couldn't even keep a straight face writing that!)
I tuned into Monday's Final Quest for the Rose, or whatever it's called, and found it to be totally compelling television. In a live postgame wrapup, show host Chris Harrison — whom I happen to respect, even though he needs to push an otherwise ridiculous brand — was forcing this year's stud-for-sale Juan Pablo Galavis to say "I love you" to winner (or something) Nikki Ferrell.
Juan Pabz — who had the brutal task of making out with scads of really attractive people for months until he ran out of time — refused to say the magic words. People were horrified! But you know what? J-Pabz was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT and TOTALLY REALISTIC.
He didn't love Nikki, not even close, thus debunking the fantasy element of a franchise selling the notion that fairytales can happen on reality TV. JP is a jerk; he's also right. …Full Story
Although I'm a former creepy member of the Ashley Tisdale Fan Club, I'm not entirely sure that bringing back the cast of Disney Channel's progenitive High School Musical franchise for a fourth go-round is the best/sanest/is-this-really-happening idea. First of all, isn't the actress who played East High's class prez something like 47 now? (Just joshing, Monique Coleman, wherever you are.) Also, haven't most of the admittedly talented cast gone out of their way to shed their Mouse House image, including Vanessa Hudgens who did VERY BAD THINGS in Spring Breakers? …Full Story
Even when he was guzzling NyQuil in a hobo cave, Bob didn't quite look like Bob at the opening of Sunday's The Walking Dead. I didn't even recognize him during the flashback preface. And yet, the only major difference between Then Bob and Now Bob (suddenly one of my fave characters -- if only because he won't let a little thing like the zombie apocalypse get in the way of his seduction techniques) was his HAIR. He had a mid-'80s baby 'fro going early; now, apparently after a visit to the prison SuperCuts, he's rocking a tight Denzel 'do. Bob has never looked better, which is convenient now that he's also turned into a hunky charmer smooching Sasha, Tyreese's sister. Full Story
After that preface -- and perhaps because these connecting episodes are all tease and scant payoff, dividing restless Dead Nation into "this rocks!" vs. "this blows!" camps -- I kept obssessing about everyone's hair. (I'm also fascinated by TEETH, especially Maggie, who is obviously more concerned about scrounging Crest Whitestrips than canned goods.) When people rip on The Walking Dead, it often has to do with the intrusion of fantasy into reality -- where are they finding all this specific ammo? why is the lawn in some yards still manicured? -- which is always a flimsy argument since the whole comic-book premise is preposterous. It's a tough tightrope to walk -- you need some anchoring in truth, but you also have to make a monster movie. …
Celeb-scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson fills Carl Sagan’s role in a fancy-pants exploration of the Big Bang and the scientific mysteries of the universe in Sunday's premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at 9 p.m. on Fox and Monday on the National Geographic Channel (and 10 other Fox platforms for an unprecedented roll-out) But don't think this is some drab bit of homework.
Produced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, who is a science geek on the side, it will have a mix of real images and high-tech special effects with contributions from Matrix and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope, Star Trek series producer Brannon Braga and The Avengers composer Alan Silvestri.
But behind all that wiz-bang entertainment is a subversive aim to make a mass audience more science-literate. At a time when huge sections of the public debate climate change or evolution, Cosmos holds no punches when it comes to challenging the denial that has brought science into the political arena. …Full Story
American Horror Story staple (and co-star Emma Roberts' fiance) Evan Peters leads an early list of celebs who will be signing autographs at Tampa Bay Comic Con in August. Peters is a great get for the nerd-beloved event, as AHS: Coven just finished up with the sexy-scary franchise's best finale ratings ever. He'll be joined at the Tampa Convention Center by such others actors as Caity Lotz from Mad Men and Arrow, and Chloe Bennet from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nashville. There will also be myriad comic-book artists and writers on hand to be worshipped, as well as a plethora of dudes with homemade swords. More than 20,000 people swarmed our increasingly gonzo Comic Con last year when Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Jason Momoa whipped up the geek masses in August. This year's Comic Con dates are Fri-Sun Aug. 1-3, and more guests are expected to be announced. For more information, GO HERE. Full Story
Seven years after his controversial exit, Isaiah Washington is heading back to Grey’s Anatomy for a one-time guest appearance with one of the other original cast members, Sandra Oh, who is set to bid farewell to the series at the end of its current 10th season.
As longtime fans know, Oh’s Dr. Cristina Yang was involved with Dr. Preston Burke (Washington); they were engaged at one point. “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
Washington was fired from the series after headlines circulated that he directed gay slurs at then-closeted co-star T.R. Knight and was involved in on-set disputes with his co-stars.Full Story
Oh, don't act all superior and Downton Abbish: You, my fin-loving friend, are totally jacked for the Sharknado sequel, which will somehow vault Ian Ziering's showbiz career into yet another calendar year. At 9 p.m. on July 31 (I predict a LOT of Jaws-themed parties), Syfy will unleash the beast: Sharknado 2: The Second One!! The new flick will relocate the Great White Twister from Los Angeles, site of the first doozy, to New York City, where, as you'll witness in the clips below, such noted thespians as Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch and Judah Friedlander filmed intensely. Syfy's original S-Nado, produced by B-movie film studio the Asylum, scored 1.4 million viewers in its July 2013 debut. Then, thanks to a social media tizzy, it tallied 2.1 million in an encore showing. It was also released in theaters, where, well, almost no one wanted to pay real money for it. Still, we have high hopes (or cheesy hopes) (or something) for Part Deux.
I usually watch Scandal on Hulu Plus after the show has aired. I don't have cable, so the only way I can watch live TV is via an antenna. Yes, rabbit ears. Sometimes it's hit or miss. So before I saw last night's full episode, I accidentally watched a few minutes of the ep in the middle - around the 10:40 mark, or during the final Mellie flashback- and had absolutely no idea what was going on.
The reason for this? Scandal is the fastest paced show on TV.
Does any other show pack so much plot into 20 minutes? Juggle so many character motivations at once?
No! And, I realized last night, that's THE thing that makes this show so enjoyable. If one of its five plotlines per episode doesn't work, who cares! They're onto the next one in the next scene.
Last night, we had: TWO feisty Liv-Fitz encounters, more Mellie flashbacks, Olivia meeting with her dad, more Jake-Liv love-triangle drama, more Quinn drama, some weird thing where Huck wouldn’t stop bringing Olivia coffee, AND the revelation that Adnan Salif is in cahoots with Mama Pope.
Some more random thoughts:Full Story
Well, we have our first look at the final season of Mad Men. And, in typical fashion, it doesn't really tell us anything important about the upcoming 7 episodes set to begin April 13 on AMC. (Yes, like everything in pop culture these days, the final season is being milked for all it's worth - season 7 will be split into two halves of 7 episodes each, one airing this year, one airing in 2015.)
But, while the teaser trailer (watch it below) doesn't give any clues as to when or where the next season takes place, it does give us a pretty good idea of Don's state of mind. Season 6 was a disaster for him. He had a pretty major meltdown, losing his job and his wife, and seemed to redeem himself only in the final episode when he takes his children to see where he grew up. …Full Story
We're a big fan of cover songs here at the Feed, and we have to say we're totally digging THIS AMAZING RE-DO of Human League's 1981 classic Don't You Want Me, which will debut on tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy (9 p.m. on ABC). The once-synth-burbling New Wave dancer has been slowed a torch-song burn by newcomer Young Summer aka Bobbie Allen, who's also had music on Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Definitely give it a listen, boys and girls.Full Story
Cristin Milioti plays the show's still unnamed Mother.
When I saw Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother, titled "Vesuvius," it didn't cross my mind at all that something sinister was bubbling up from underground. (There's spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the episode, and if you have seen it, you'll see how deeply down this rabbit hole I went.)
After all my digging, I still feel confident the creators aren't going to sock us in the gut with a finale in which Bob Saget tells those bored kids this was all about their now-dead mother. But first, bear with me.
As I said, the whole thing went right over my head on first viewing. Then I saw this article in Slate and this one in Entertainment Weekly who all credited Jenna Mullins of Eonline.com for first suggesting this idea with some pretty convincing arguments.
The theory has been floating around the Internet for a while, but Mullins argued that:
A) The show's creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, have said time and time again that the ending of the show was decided early on and they never changed their minds regarding the series finale. The mother being dead is the kind of ending they could keep while still changing other plotlines in the series …Full Story
If you didn't think Tampa landing the "Bollywood Oscars" next month was a big deal, will this convince you? Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is coming to Tampa as party of the hooplah next month to lead an acting workshop as part if the International Indian Film Academy's weekend and awards.
Spacey will be joined in the master class with Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who won India's prestigious National Award for her thriller Kahaani.
You can read more about it here. Full Story
Pharrell Williams decides what's cool before you do: lumpy Grammys hat, short pants at the Oscars, ubiquitous songs the producer helped make famous for other pop stars (Hot in Herre, Hollaback Girl, Get Lucky, Blurred Lines), ubiquitous songs the singer-writer made famous just for himself (Happy).
Your next Pharrell-approved blast of hip and hot? Much-anticipated new LP Girl, a lush, lusty 10-track groovin' good time that packs all the breeze of a May day at the beach. Deep, it's not. ("What planet are you from girl? And are there others like you there?") Cool? You know it. Full Story
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If you just cannnnnn't waaaaiiit until this Sunday at 10 p.m., when Oprah's OWN TV will debut Lindsay, a docu-series on La Lohan, here's an extended tear-splattered trailer featuring: wacko parents, missed deadlines, twisted siblings, temper tantrums, one seriously exasperated Ms. Winfrey, an even more exasperated 'sober coach' and, of course, the Red-Headed Menace Herself. Full Story