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The extremely talented, beloved, and gorgeous Valerie Harper just announced that she has terminal brain cancer, and if you're a human with human insides, this should destroy you. According to People , she may have only three months to live. This is especially shocking considering Harper was just on a book tour for her memoir I, Rhoda .
I'll take this sad story, which comes right on the heels of Bonnie Franklin 's death from pancreatic cancer, as an opportunity to revisit her work on only the greatest sitcom of the '70s (take that, Archie!), The Mary Tyler Moore Show . What's Rhoda Morgenstern's greatest moment, guys? I'm going obvious here, but I have to pick the episode "Rhoda the Beautiful," where everyone starts complimenting Rhoda on her weight-loss, and she's both uncomfortable and heartened by the attention.
Then Rhoda enters a beauty contest at work, and her way of dealing with the event's outcome is one Rhoda's most telling, vulnerable moments. (Preparation for the contest also gives Phyllis a reason to burst into song, but Mary and Rhoda absently ignore her.
Wonderful.) What's your favorite Valerie Harper moment on MTM ?
Our thoughts go out to the brilliant woman herself! Continue reading
Oh, and he's all kinds of insane now. Rick and Carl head to their old hometown for a trip down Memory Lane, because Memory Lane probably has a gun store they can loot. Chaperoning their male bonding time is Michonne, which unnerves Carl.
He questions his father why this still untrusted face is tagging along. Rick replies they share common goals with Michonne, and this episode will really expand her character so pipe down you little brat. Put the dress down Rick, it's not your size.
Before you can say abandoned hitchhiker they're searching through the police station Rick worked at. Its armory has been cleared out, which disappoints Michonne. She and Rick squabble a bit over this firearm famine, but put their differences aside and begin searching the town.
Their old neighborhood has really changed. There's ominous graffiti everywhere, with pleasant phrases like away with you and no guilt, you know that . Various spiky booby traps litter the landscape, in clear disregard of Homeowner Association guidelines.
Need to pause here and give a shout out to whomever designed the sets for Cleared . The colorful messages scrawled on walls and improvised barricades make for a visually compelling environment. Good to see street art is still alive and well.
A nice masked man alerts the trio where some guns are by shooting at them. Carl returns fire, hitting his target's chest. Their assailant's body armor stops the bullet, and he decides a quick nap is in order.
Rick recognizes Morgan underneath the helmet, and wants to catch up with his old friend. They take Morgan home to sleep off the gunshot. His humble abode boasts more guns than an NRA convention, and A Beautiful Mind style writing on the walls.
Carl and Michonne give the two some alone time and head out to find Judith a crib. Morgan wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. First he stabs Rick while rambling incoherently, then begs for death after being restrained.
Things calm down, and we learn why Morgan's in such a fragile mindframe. He never killed his zombified wife. She eventually turns his son, Duane .
Unable to cope with guilt and never hearing Rick's promised radio messages, Morgan's psyche completely shattered. It's kind of fascinating comparing Rick and Morgan's mental issues. While Rick remains haunted with visions of Lori , he's still relatively able to connect with other people.
Morgan's completely isolated himself after his loss, trapped behind both mental and physical barriers. Okay, enough armchair psychiatry. Carl and Michonne temporarily put aside crib hunting and search out an old Grimes family photo.
Naturally that memento is in a walker filled diner. They sneak in and grab this prized possession, but are quickly detected by zombies because of course. The photo gets left behind in their retreat.
Carl's beside himself, until Michonne retrieves it because she's magic. On top of that, she also snags an awesome rainbow colored cat sculpture. Her character gets really comes to life in Cleared , and watching her and Carl grow closer is a joy.
Prior to the apocalypse, Michionne was a respected interior decorator. Rick tries convincing Morgan to join their merry band, but he refuses. Michonne and Carl return, and they prepare their departure.
Its closing moments features a nice exchange between Michionne and Rick, as she discloses occasionally still hearing her old boyfriend's voice. He asks her to drive, since he sees things. Audiences nod in approval.
Cleared may be my favorite episode of season three's second half.
Highlighting a few specific characters makes them really shine, and we actually have some great dialogue.
Hopefully in the future we'll see episodes like this scattered throughout The Walking Dead 's increasingly sprawling storyline. Continue reading
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My own home of West Virginia came in at 3.1% which has always been considered a mean, but ranks a little low here. How does your state rank? We told you Friday about soccer player Robbie Rogers , who came out of the closet, then promptly retired to focus on his apparel company.
The Chicago Fire currently holds Rogers' contract, and head coach Frank Klopas is incredibly supportive, "Yesterday I thought he was a very good player and I still think that today. Should Robbie want to return to the game, we would still be open to him being part of the Fire." In a move that I didn't see coming, Miranda Cosgrove has joined the pilot for NBC's Girlfriend In a Coma , with Christina Ricci . She would play Ricci's daughter, who Ricci wakes up to discover, not ever knowing she was even pregnant.
When iCarly ended, Cosgove was the only major cast member to not take a new Nickelodeon show, deciding to go to college full time. Part of the advantage that Democrats have in national elections is their advanced social media technology network. Republicans would love to duplicate that, but are finding it difficult to recruit top tier tech talent thanks to their archaic stances on gay marriage and women's issues.
Tech people have a strong libertarian streak it seems, and don't want to be associated with the brand. A Good Day to Die Hard is set to win the box office with $30 million, beating out the Josh Duhamel Nicholas Sparks movie Safe Haven with $27 million. Newcomer Beautiful Creatures will have to settle for 6th with $9 million, which isn't exactly a franchise starter.
Speaking of Nicholas Sparks , don't expect a gay storyline from the author anytime soon, because it's "not exactly my genre." But he hasn't completely ruled it out, "That would probably be more likely something that's explored in a different medium, maybe through television...with the novels, I try to give the people what they expect, and then move out into different areas." IFC has taken pity on the Lindsay Lohan film The Canyons , which has been rejected by major festivals in Sundance and SXSW. They're planning a day-and-date release on digital platforms and theaters. It might almost be worth hosting a live session to watch it together on AfterElton.com via VOD, because I smell train wreck.
Who should you cast to play Robin Williams' daughter in a new network sitcom? How about Sarah Michelle Gellar , who will play his daughter/coworker at an advertising agency in Crazy Ones . After initially not allowing gay teen Stacy Dawson to bring a male date to prom, the Missouri school district has backtracked, dropping the rule requiring opposite sex couples.
Superintendent Alvin McFerren says it was never meant to prevent same-sex couples from attending, but an old rule to stop singles from pairing up to get the couples rate for prom. There are so many reasons to want to be the Dowager Countess when you grow up, but I suppose the downside is that you have to give up weekends. Herman Cain has joined Scott Brown as a contributor to Fox News, as they beef up their stable of failed politicians to criticize successful ones.
Sure Cops has to blur out an awful lot of nudity for their never ending show, but they also once had to blur out a Chihuahua in a broadcast. "And then the same guy called Fox and said, This dog is an actor, and he has an agent, and I didn t sign a release for him. Continue reading
Presented by the Echo Theater Company, the play, by out playwright Gary Lennon (who also has extensive credits in film and TV) looks at a family of three estranged brothers one a felon, one an addict and the other a writer (who happens to be gay) and what happens when they come back together. With much humor to balance out some of the play s heavier moments, the focus is on the idea that family is the thing that brings us together as well as what tears us apart. Hopefully the production will also convince people that great theater can indeed be found in the film/television-driven world of Hollywood.
We talked with Stephens and Lennon recently about the project s subject matter as well as grabbed an update on DTLA from Stephens. AfterElton: Gary, on a scale of 1-10, how autobiographical is A Family Thing (10 being VERY, 1 being NOT AT ALL)? Gary Lennon: I would say that the play is about a 7 in retelling my own family story.
There are bits and pieces that are exaggerated and some that are toned down and some that are made up of fantasy. AE: How was it reliving a lot of your own experiences with your family for the sake of writing this play? GL: Being gay in my family was not easy.
It was a very blue collar/macho world and my brothers were not happy about it. It was cathartic to write this play because I got to have a few conversations that I never had a chance to have with my brothers. It was healing in a lot of ways and has me thinking that maybe, just maybe, my eldest brother and I can possibly make a go of it and rekindle our relationship.
Right now, we have not spoken in about 6 years. Sean's brother ( Johnny Messner, center ) isn't thrilled with Sean being gay...or his new BF AE: Darryl, talk about your character in A Family Thing . Darryl Stephens: I play Joe Wheeler.
He's a 'tells it like it is' life coach who was born in Rwanda but has lived in New York for most of his life. In the script it says, Joe appreciates damaged goods and clearance sales, hence, his relationship with Sean. Joe and Sean - played with gritty vulnerability by Sean Wing - meet at an emotionally pivotal moment in Sean's life and they have an immediate connection.
Sparks fly, pants drop, and they fall for each other. The play is really about Sean and his two brothers, Frank ( Saverio Guerra ) and Jimmy ( Johnny Messner ). They were all raised in such a volatile home, they never learned how to express their love for each other.
Growing up in Hell's Kitchen (before the gentrification), all they know is violence and crime. The only emotions they understand are fear and anger. Joe lost his entire family in the genocide in Rwanda and he helps Sean gain some perspective on the importance of family.
It ultimately boils down to loving the people in your life for who they are, rather than resenting them for who they're not. It's about not wasting time being angry about the past. AE: Casting is always key to any play.
How was it casting the main roles, including the role based on you? GL: Casting the play was hard because we were looking for guys who are knock-around guys/neighborhood guys, and out here in LA, everyone is so shiny and pretty and so well put together and that was not what we were looking for. We lucked out with our cast.
They are talented and lived in. These guys have been around the block, once or twice. Casting an actor to play my younger self was hard but Sean Wing does a great job.
He is clearly the better looking me at a younger age, but the thing I like about Sean the most is that he brings himself to the role and he didn't try to do an imitation of me. AE: You guys have worked together before, with last year's production of The Interlopers . Darryl, what is it about his writing that makes you want to be a part of the show?
DS: I just dig Gary's storytelling. He has such an original view of the world. He has a real talent for exposing the ugliness of a character in a way that is so human and honest that you can't help but fall in love with them.
There are no good guys and no bad guys in his work. These are all just people dealing with the cards they were dealt the only way they know how. These characters are beautiful and flawed and driven by love and fear, the way we all are.
I love that. I also love that--at least in the two plays of his that I've done--he weaves issues surrounding sexuality into larger stories without being preachy or pedantic. Sexuality is sloppy and people are complicated.
Gary gets that and I love the way he illuminates the dirtiness of humanity without compromising the humor or the sweetness of the story. He tugs at your heart without condescending. Yeah, I'm a Gary Lennon fan, if you can't tell.
AE: And Gary, what doe s Darryl bring to the role of Joe? GL: Darryl is a really gifted actor. He has played two very different roles for me.
In A Family Thing what Darryl brings to the character are qualities that are inimitable. When Darryl walks on stage as Joe you immediately feel like you are in the presence of a smart, humorous, strong man, who has great compassion for his fellow man, because he has lived a full and colorful life. Darryl is a bit mysterious, which is a quality I love in an actor and which is perfect for this part.
Darryl knows when to be in control and when to let go. When to speak up and when to listen. Darryl asks smart questions and is game to try anything in rehearsal.
Gary Lennon has written for television shows like Justified and The Shield as well as his film .45. AE: Darryl, is there a difference in how you approach a character on stage as opposed to TV/film?? DS: Well, the beautiful thing about working on stage is that we usually have about a month to prepare.
We get to really explore and just dig into the guts of these characters and break down who they are and what each scene we're working on is truly about. Often times in television, we do a table read, we rehearse for a couple days, and then we shoot it. It all moves so quickly that we don't have much time to make sense of the material.
With this play, we rehearse five days a week and talk about the characters and the scenes all day long. It's a blessing to have the time to share our ideas of the story we're telling and bounce ideas off each other and experiment with how we approach each scene. I think this process actually gives me tools to approach TV and film work more thoroughly.
For a long time, TV was my primary focus. TV is where the money is and TV is how you build an audience and eventually a long career. But I love doing plays because I get so close with all the actors.
It's almost like boot camp. We're in the trenches with these characters every day. I love each of these actors already and the run hasn't even started yet.
AE: What do you hope people take from the play, Gary? GL: I hope that at the end of the play, when the lights come up that a person in the audience will turn to the person that they came to the theater with and say, I have to call my brother, or sister, or cousin or friend and start a conversation that will inch towards a reconciliation with a loved one, who they've had a hard time with in their life. Life is short.
Love the one your with. AE: You're in such great shape, Darryl, but what's your junk food weakness? DS: Thank you!
I have had to get a little more serious about my workout regimen for this play. Joe was originally this big muscular man from Africa. I'm a pretty small guy in person, so I've been trying to bulk up, just so when someone on stage mentions that, 'Joe is so muscular,' I don't have to hear audience members snorting and scoffing.
My biggest dietary issue is probably that I don't eat often enough. I have breakfast and then I write or rehearse all day and then by three, I remember I should have had something for lunch. That's probably why I've never gotten too big...
in the fatty sense or the muscle-head sense. But to answer your question, my biggest junk food weakness is ice cream (usually something vanilla with chocolate or caramel or candy bar chunks) with Chips Ahoy! cookies crumbled on top.
If people only knew what I looked like in between shirtless projects...it's not cute. Will Logo grant us a second season of DTLA ? Stephens sure hopes so!
AE: What else are you working on, Gary? GL: I just finished the Studio 54 miniseries for Sony and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zaden as well as supervising producer on Jenji Kohan s upcoming Netflix series, Orange Is The New Black. AE: What else are you up to, Darryl?
Any update on Season 2 of DTLA ? DS: We're almost done shooting Doug Spearman's film Hot Guys With Guns . That's going to be a really fun movie.
And DTLA Season 2 is being discussed as we speak. Logo hasn't green lit anything yet, but Larry Kennar and I are on the phone every other day talking about stories and twists and new characters and stuff. I'm also working on two new series with my friends Logan Alexander and Maile Fernandez.
We're writing some female-driven dramas, which is fun because so much of my work has been gay and male-centric. I love that DTLA allowed me to stretch myself as a writer and gave me the opportunity to have real input on the direction of my character. Lenny was such a departure at the time and the experience of executive producing that show felt very necessary for my development as an artist.
I love that people finally got to see that I'm an actor and the role they're probably most familiar with is not me, but a character. Some of them had a hard time adjusting at first, but as time when on and the season unfolded, I think they really started to get it. This feels like this is just the beginning of a whole new path and that is incredibly exciting.
For information on seeing A Family Thing in Los Angeles, The Echo Theater Company. Continue reading
Back. So first, I d like to thank Arik for doing the spectacular job of guarding my mantle. Secondly, since I missed last week s discussion thread, obviously, a shoutout to Dean s minor gay thing crisis.
It was awesome to see Dean flushing under the guy s attention. We open with a montage of Kevin in his quest to translate their half of the Demon Tablet . After a month or so of working diligently and existing on the standard diet of Aspirin and Caffeine, he somehow manages to complete the task...
and collapses with a nose bleed. Holy Crap! Last week, the Winchesters found the Men Of Letters Head Quarters (MOL-HQ) and went about moving in.
This week, Dean finishes adding the final touches to his room. It seems that he has emptied the Impala s trunk to adorn the walls with his weapons. He even transfers to his nightstand the picture of their mother that he carries around in his wallet.
Needless to say, Sam is amused. But Dean justifies it with I haven t had my own room in... like...
ever. And now not only has he a clean room with no creepy motel stains and funky smells, it also comes with a killer Memory Foam mattress It remembers me and a house attached to it. Aww!
Sam makes his home in the library and is again surprised when Dean brings him a homemade cheeseburger. But that s only because they have a real kitchen now, and Dean s nesting. Of course, you are, my beautiful man.
Nest all you want. Just then Dean s cell goes off. It s Kevin and he has NEWS.
Come here, you smelly son of a bitch. Cut to Sam and Dean breaking into Garth s boathouse. They find Kevin puking his guts out.
And after a bit of mothering on Dean s part, he tells them he has cracked the Tablet Code. Basically, they have to complete Three Tasks, a la Hercules , and recite the Enochian spell after completing each one. And whosoever completes all three can slam the Gates close.
According to Kevin, The First Task is to Kill a Hound of Hell and Bathe in its Blood . Ah, Good Times. In spite of Sam s apprehensions, Dean is more than ready to slay some Devil Dogs...
for the greater good, of course. And since the Hell Hounds are the Debt Collectors of Hell, all they have to do is find some poor sucker who made a crossroads deal 10 years ago and get between him and Clifford the Big Dead Dog. Easy-peasy.
While Dean is out on the supply run yarrow root, Gopher dust, tomatoes for lunch Sam and Kevin have a heart to heart. Or mostly, Kevin plays his I ll sleep when I m dead because I hate it here and I wanna go home record and Sam goes all I know how you feel, buddy. Trust Me.
By the time Dean returns, Sam pings on one sucker they are looking for Cassitys who very miraculously struck Oil on their farm in spite of the geological reports saying otherwise. And after bidding Kevin goodbye, mommy Dean, who has suddenly started shopping for greens and fruits, and Sam make their way to Shoshone, Idaho. Elaine the Stable Manager Shoshone, Idaho.
Within moments of their arrival, the Winchesters have a run-in with the hot manager, Elaine , and the Owner s good for nothing Trophy Husband . And land jobs as farmhands. Elaine directs them to them their assigned quarters...
and Dean really misses his room, the poor bastard. The job involves mucking stables and... well, let s just say Dean s no Merlin .
Sam and Dean find Elaine arguing with the Owner about the fodder or something. Since the brothers have no interest in the family drama, and they rule out Elaine as a potential victim because she s just a help, their next best option is to go on a Stalker Mode and trust the Owner to lead them straight to the Hound. Later that night, the Owner is enjoying Valentine s dinner with the Husband when they hear the distinct howls of wolves in the distance.
The Owner leaves the husband to check on the horses and the brothers stalk her to an abandoned barn. Meanwhile... The Husband is torn to shreds by the Hell Hound.
Well, there goes the lead. The Ranger called to investigate the crime scene dismisses it as a wolf attack, but the manager goes all cryptic with This was no wolf. Why does it feel like she knows more than she s letting on?
The Ranger couldn t be arsed in any case, and asks her to inform the rest of the family about the death. Dean, on the other hand, is frustrated because their only lead was turned into dog chow and they have nothing else to do. They might as well get the hell out and go home.
He must really miss his room. Continue reading
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