The face starring in my (and Kira's) nightmares. Ari Millen, you're one creepy dude. RIP Mustache. BBC America
Orphan Black's strength has always been Tatiana Maslany. And there just wasn't enough of her this episode. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of expanding this world with new clones, but I hate that we're taking away airtime from Maslany. This season's success will rely heavily on Ari Millen's ability to match Maslany's exquisite skills. So far, his clones all seem a little too similar. But maybe that's because they were "raised" self-aware, and built with severe defects. Let's talk about some of this episode's highlights:
Cold open: Mustache (Seth) and Scarface (Rudy) are back to their rapey hijinks with another saucy little lady. Luckily, they let her go, and we later find out that one of the clones pulled out a piece of her hair and kept it. Their mission is track down the original tissue samples, so I'm not sure what this lady's hair has to do with it. …
Ty Burrell, Justin Mikita, Tyler Oakley, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Holly Burrell attend the Yahoo News/ABC News White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party at the Washington Hilton on Saturday.
The Obama administration and the reporters who cover it may not always get along. But they put aside their differences once a year for the glam White House Correspondents Dinner.
Stars began arriving for the event about 6 Saturday evening and the dinner was to start about 7:30 p.m. And what a dinner it is. For starters there is terrine of jumbo lump crabmeat, and jicama, mango, pepitas & baby oak salad with house-made buttermilk green goddess dressing. The main course includes smoked paprika rubbed filet, foraged wild mushroom ragout, pancetta and gala apple demi complimented with seared Alaskan Halibut, and mascarpone cheese stone grits, and peeled asparagus and roasted baby bell pepper.
During the interview with Diane Sawyer, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner said, "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
From the New York Times:
More than 16.8 million people tuned in Friday night to watch the ABC News television special in which Bruce Jenner said he identified as a woman, according to preliminary ratings data provided by the network.
Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist and longtime member of the Kardashian family, told Diane Sawyer during the interview that he was making the transition to female from male.
"For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," he said. "People look at me differently. They see this macho male, but this female side is part of me, it's who I am. I was not genetically born that way." For the purpose of the interview, Jenner said he preferred to use the pronoun "he."
The wide-ranging two-hour interview appeared during a special edition of ABC's 20/20 news program. It attracted a much larger audience than the average episode of 20/20, which is about 6.2 million.
The highly promoted interview was noteworthy because Jenner is among the most prominent people to come out as transgender. He said that the transition, which has captured headlines, was not a publicity stunt. …
John Leguizamo, seen here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is kicking it in Tampa this week for The Infiltrator.
One of the perks of Bryan Cranston filming his new movie The Infiltrator here is that one of his co-stars, actor and comic John Leguizamo, is using his time in town to work on his newest one-man show at the Improv in Centro Ybor. Maybe this should be added to the economic analysis of luring movie productions to the Tampa Bay area: It makes everything else cooler.
Bryan Cranston shows up at a Rays game. And Leguizamo, who has been lauded in roles ranging from Moulin Rouge to his series of one-man Broadway shows to Ice Age, will be at the Improv in Tampa this weekend performing Latin History for Dummies (A Work in Progress). Comics typically work out their material on the comedy club circuit, so Tampa is likely to get a sneak peek at the latest work of the creator of award-winning Broadway hits Freak and Ghetto Klown.
We've seen many Grey's Anatomy characters leave (in fact, this pretty recent cast photo is not up to date), but that doesn't mean this loss doesn't hurt any less. ABC
Dr. Derek Shepherd, A McDreamy Life Lived
There just aren't enough words to describe all Derek Shepherd's charm, passion and faith. He charmed the pants off Meredith Grey after meeting her in a bar one drunken night. (Derek charmed all of us with his hair.) He was passionately in love with his job as one of the leading neurosurgeons in the country. (We remained passionately glued to our TVs as we said goodbye to our favorite characters season after season.) And throughout all of Meredith's ups and downs, he had faith they'd end up happy together. (We had faith the show would eventually get back to seasons 1 and 2 glory.)
We first met Derek in Meredith's house after a one night stand. But this is television, and we meet him again in the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital — where Meredith is interning. Theirs was a torrid affair: He was married, running away from a life he hated. She was dark and twisty with severe mother issues. But with a little romance — and lots of steamy elevator rides — they married by Post-It note. Two kids later, they lived in a beautiful CGI house in the wilderness. …
On Tuesday night, Hughes, 61, and his flying machine were the subject of a segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The segment was titled "Wack Hawk Down.''
Stewart seemed stunned that this "Chitty Chitty Mailman,'' as he called Hughes, was able to evade high-tech security measures that guard the nation's capital. While showing a tourist's video of the gyrocopter coming in for a landing, Stewart said the craft was captured on "Hey-Dar'' — as in "Hey, look at that there.''
John Stamos is such a prize for America, because he's so secure in who he is. He is a raven-haired stud, a faithful Oikos representative, an honest tippler, someone with a terrifying belly button. And above all, he is and will always be Uncle Jesse Katsopolis.
(Spiritually uplifting photo from Times files)
Embracing his one and only truth, and probably also counting his money, he dropped big news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, the news fans have been waiting for since Stephanie Tanner first did that Ace of Base cover with naughty cigarette smoker Gia. A 13-episode Full House spinoff called Fuller House is coming to Netflix in 2016. It's going to start with a one-hour special, then settle into what promises to be a thing of beauty and a joy forever starring, at the very least, DJ, Steph and Kimmy as grownups.
Watch Stamos deliver the news, confidently, charmingly. How else would he?
By Sean Daly and Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writers
Monday, April 20, 2015 11:59am
Sometimes the symbolism on Mad Men is subtle, sly, prime for heated watercooler debate. And then sometimes...Sterling Cooper lands the Peter Pan account as Don Draper's life stays sadly, depressingly the same as people grow up around him. He can fly, he can fly, he can fly? Yeah, hopefully not off that balcony. Herewith, Sean Dalyand Michelle Stark bandy about Sunday's ep (only three more until the finale!), including Joan's rich-old-dude-in-an-ascot plus the return of Ultimate Creepy Kid Glen and his kitchen tete-a-tete with Tinkerbell Betty. …
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Rudy (Ari Millen) during a scene from Orphan Black.
A baby shower from my nightmares ... that’s just how I thought Orphan Black would open its third season. Okay, not really. But it was funny to see Felix looking like he walked straight off the set of Mad Men. This episode kept the fast-paced story going with lots of sexy manipulation, wigs and a talking scorpion. Here’s a little recap and highlights:
Favorite line: “Oh yeah, I’m like, way better thanks to science,” says Cosima at Helena’s baby shower. Science: creating and saving lives.
Wait, what? Back to that talking scorpion. Was it just me, or did the voice sound like a creepier version of Jenny Slate’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On? Helena’s spirit animal is, of course, a scorpion.
Ew! moment: It’s a toss up between Rachel’s surgery to get the pencil removed from her eye and Delphine applying pressure ... to that eye … to get answers from Rachel. …
This shirt is adorable, and yes, I am part of the #CloneClub. For those of you who are not members, Orphan Black is a feminist sci-fi thriller that follows a set of female clones who recently found out that they are part of some shady science experiment.
The third season starts this weekend, and I’ll be here recapping each new episode, which will air Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America. The series showcases the brilliantly talented Tatiana Maslany, an acting tour de force who shows a range unlike any actor before (and after) her. But the show’s strength in Maslany’s diverse abilities can also be its biggest weakness. The second season saw some criticism as it expanded Black’s world. But it was a slow build to that breath-taking finale jaw-dropper: BOY CLONES. …
By Sean Daly and Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writers
Monday, April 13, 2015 9:22am
Don Draper, in a rare non-boinking moment
Everyone was getting screwed in one way or another on Sunday's Mad Men, a carnal carnival slampacked with boot-knockin', laughs, bitter French women...and, per usual, an undercurrent of doom for our bed-hopping anti-hero Don Draper. There are only four eps left in the final season -- cue sobs and a shot of whiskey -- which means all hell should start breaking loose right..about...now. Herewith, beloved Mad Men-ers Sean Daly and Michelle Stark sort out the boinkage and whether this is the last time we'll ever see poor, sweet, and verrrry rich Megan. (You're a pig, Harry Crane. And your hair is stupid, too.)
MICHELLE: "New Business" is a strange, uneven episode of Mad Men, so much so that it feels intentional, like Matthew Weiner was trying to make us as uncomfortable Sunday night as Don must feel all the time in his skin. So many little things were off. We encounter Don's two ex-wives in the ep's first two minutes. (WHAT was with that longing look Don gave the Betty-Henry kitchen? Seriously?) SYLVIA ROSEN shows up in the elevator. Stan and Peggy receive sexual advances from the same woman. It's all a bit shudder-y. …
By Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch, Times Staff Writers
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:05am
So THAT'S what a Chicago sunroof is! "Now we know!" AMC hit Better Call Saul wrapped up Season One on Monday with some of the sublime spinoff's best moments … and, alas, most disappointing. Your beloved team of feverish Saulers — Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch — have mixed emotions about the finale, titled "Marco," which didn't exactly pay off with a heavy cliffhanger (or a return to Omaha and Cinnabon) (or a nice tasty Breaking Bad reference to make us all pant). Herewith, the crew …
CHRIS: Well, guys, I'm not sure what to make of that last episode. Kind of meh, frankly. After building a lot of momentum up to this point, I thought this last episide just kind of treaded water. Jimmy goes back to old times, lives his old life for a bit, loses his friend and returns even a little bit more motivated than before. … I think we get it. Where was the kicker, the holy cow moment? I just didn't see it. …
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