Last Sunday, The Simpsons paid tribute to the great Marcia Wallace as Bart wrote "We'll really miss you Mrs. K" on the chalkboard (which, ahh! chalkboards! evidence that this show premiered in 1990), and looked far sadder than he ever had than at any other time in his two-plus decades of punitive chalkboard-writing. And for all of us who grew up with The Simpsons, it was impossible not to get a little teary-eyed along with Bart.
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ABC's Clue-inspired reality game show Whodunnit? Breaking Bad, when the cable went out in the small coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut around 9pm last night, we assume a lot of people punched pillows, cussed at television screens, and displaced anger on their significant others like normal, mildly dysfunctional Americans. But a lot of people also called 911. Enough people, in fact, that the Fairfield Police Department had to remind the community via their Facebook page that the whole point of 911 is, like, to save lives and stuff. In defense of Fairfield residents, Money Magazine once ranked the postcard-esque town the best place to live in the Northeast (thanks for that, Wikipedia), so missing the season premiere of a mind-bending television drama may have been an emergency in otherwise unruffled postcard lives. I want to move there.
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Yesterday's release of the DVD/Blu-ray of season two of Girls is the perfect excuse to revisit what is easily the most-talked about television show about four women living in New York since, what? I don't know. I can't think of anything else. We interviewed Andrew Rannells about what it is like to fake awkward sex, sing karaoke with Allison Williams, and pretend to do massive amounts of cocaine with Lena Dunham. But if that wasn't enough Girls for you, we thought you might also like a sneak peek at some of the deleted scenes and gag reels from the DVD.
Get there early because MARKET HOTEL has curated a full evening of music too; we'll have sets from Aa, Ratking, Amen Dunes and Chota Madre. Thanks to Todd P and SHOWPAPER for bringing music to this year's SummerScreen! Plus, we'll have pre-show entertainment from Adult Swim and 55DSL. Before the movie, we'll show China, IL, presented by Adult Swim and Once Upon a Time in Italy, a film by Charlie and Joe, presented by 55DSL.
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You'll find SummerScreen at McCarren Park at the corner of Bedford Ave. and N. 12th St. (right next to the tennis courts). Gates open at 6pm, the bands start at 6:30pm, and we'll get the movie started by sundown.
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Well, no one can say they didn't see this coming. Grammar enthusiasts have been (rightly) complaining about it and feeling smarter than the general population for a while now, and everyone else has been blissfully ignorant of how dumb it sounds to say they "literally died" last night. But, as with most important news events, a Tweet via Buzzfeed's Twitter feed confirms it: using "literally" to describe completely non-literal (figurative, even) things is now A-OK.
This show is different, The Atlantic reports, in that it revolves around "a group of 20-something friends" plucked right off the yachts and horses they so demurely show off on their Instagram feeds. Though the folks behind the official Rich Kids of Instagram blog have stated that they're not associated with the show, it was used as a recruiting ground for the series, hence the twist on the title.
May this all be a lesson that we should feel empathy for the wealthy children of Park Slope! They're always losing out to those kids from the 90210.
If you're keeping count, he's the third cast member to leave the show since last season, following Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. They're dropping like flies over there. And with Seth Meyers already having one foot out the door with plans to replace Jimmy Fallon when he leaps to The Tonight Show, there's a real window of opportunity for some new talent to steal the spotlight. For the SNL casting directors shopping around for said talent, we have a few Brooklyn-centric suggestions. Because everyone in Brooklyn is hilarious. Have you read their Twitter feeds?
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Over the past decade or so, there’s been an undeniable shift in the cultural power balance between TV and film. The movies, especially summer movies designed for maximum box office potential, have moved ever further toward brainless commercial entertainment. Sequels and franchises and superheroes and explosions as far as your 3D glasses can see. Meanwhile TV, which for decades was derided as the “boob tube” for dumb-dumbs, has matured into a rich novelistic medium, rewarding sustained attention to years of character-driven interaction with deep and nuanced payoffs. The defining aspect of TV’s recent renaissance has been a focus on complicated, charismatic but morally challenged anti-heroes. The pre-Sopranos assumption that audiences wouldn’t be interested in following low-lifes and cads has been upended so drastically that it's become unusual to see a new protagonist living a purely virtuous life. But now, with Mad Men and Breaking Bad quickly moving toward end points, and Tony Soprano literally in addition to fictionally dead, it feels like that era might be ending.
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With the amount of eye-rolling I did when I heard that Brooklyn would be getting Girls-themed tours—including, naturally, stops at Grumpy and Roberta's—you would think that when I heard about the themed tour package for another wildly popular HBO show, I would be similarly dismissive. BUT YOU'D BE WRONG. Dead wrong. Deader than Ned Stark wrong. And that's really, really dead.
The penultimate episode in each Game of Thrones season is always the one where the big stuff happens. In the first season, that's when Ned Stark's head was cut off. The second season had the Battle of Blackwater. And this season? Well, we got the Red Wedding. And just like with the events in the first and second seasons, the Red Wedding is a total game changer—whole trajectories of what might have happened must be abandoned. Predictions must be re-evaluated and all the things we thought we knew must be questioned. So, rather than have anything momentous occur in this episode, it is instead laying the groundwork for next season. Characters that we haven't seen for awhile come back, some mysteries are answered, some more questions are raised. All in all, this finale did exactly what it was supposed to do—it didn't satisfy anything, it just left the viewer craving more. Well, it certainly didn't leave this viewer craving sausage, but I'll get to that shortly.
Are you devastated? I am DEVASTATED. And I knew what was coming but that didn't make it any easier. Maybe it even made it harder? I don't know. I know nothing. It's like I'm Jon Snow, that's how little I know. Except that, side note, you know who is really like Jon Snow? Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas is like Jon Snow because he got oral cancer because he likes eating pussy so much that it actually gave him cancer. But even though he could have DIED, now he just eats even more pussy. I am now officially completely fascinated by Michael Douglas. Uh, so anyway, sorry for that digression (I'm not at all sorry) and now let's get on with this episode that I'm absolutely DREADING writing about because then it will make it all real. Or as real as a completely fictional universe can be, which feels pretty fucking real right about now. Aaahhhhhh.
Look at this! It's another famous and wealthy person using Kickstarter to raise money for a vanity project. But who is it this time who is following in the trailblazing footsteps of Zach Braff? Why, it's Zosia Mamet, also known as Shoshanna on Girls, and also ALSO known as David Mamet's daughter.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "There's so much sex on Girls, it's already like a porn! Lol!" Nah. Could be way pornier. And will be, now that Hustler-produced "This Ain't Girls XXX" is wrapped and prepping for release.
What did I learn from this episode? So much, really. For one thing, Game of Thrones is not afraid to sacrifice a penis here and there for the sake of a storyline. For another, "Come fight death with me," is a great way of asking someone to bone. And, for a third, there is nothing hotter than a man who sneaks into your tent while bearing gifts. Especially when those gifts are the severed heads of your enemies. Nicely done, Daario. I think I like you. But! Let's start from the very beginning.
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