Better Call Saul Expenses Review

(Every week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Better Call Saul season 3 by answering one simple question: who came out on top when the credits rolled?)

At this point in Better Call Saul, it’s difficult to know whether or not we’re supposed to root for Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk). Obviously, to a certain degree, we are. We’re in his house, after all. He’s hit rock bottom in “Expenses,” and though we know he’ll end up back on top (sort of) by the time Breaking Bad begins, it’s become obvious that the path there is going to be a profoundly ugly one. “Expenses” plays like a partner to “Chicanery” as an episode that captures exactly just how naturalistic the drama at the center of it is. It’s a show that’s pared down and precise — the pain doesn’t come from the near-operatic as it did in Breaking Bad, it comes from small, simple human foibles.

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Supergirl Wonder Woman Promo

The hype machine for Wonder Woman is operating on full blast as we come up on the last week leading up to the release of the DC Comics movie in theaters. Last night, Warner Bros. Pictures made a push by appealing to fans who have already fallen in love with another female superhero on the small screen: Supergirl. A new promo aired on The CW during the season finale of Supergirl, and it features Melissa Benoist strutting her stuff through a small town bar before getting a compliment about a special clothing item she tosses on. Plus, there’s a cameo from a certain guest star from the TV series, the original Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter.

Watch the Supergirl Wonder Woman promo after the jump. Read More »

game of thrones season 7 images

A few months ago, we heard that the dragons in Game of Thrones season 7 would be the size of 747 jet airliners. Now, a batch of images from the penultimate season of HBO’s flagship series have revealed the dragons and they don’t appear to be quite as big as 747s. However, they’re still big enough to stomp an entire army into red goo and burn their remains into a fine ash, so let’s not get too caught up on the little details.

This photo is one of several Game of Thrones season 7 images to arrive today and the others show off the other corners of Westeros: snow, scheming, and scowling. The usual.

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Oliver Stone Guantanamo

Over the past few years, more and more high-profile film directors have been fleeing the uncertain world of cinema in favor of longform television shows. David Fincher, Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh, Woody Allen, David O. Russell, the Wachowskis, Baz Luhrman, Jonathan Nolan…pretty soon, it’s going to be difficult to name a filmmaker who hasn’t made the jump to the small screen.

Oliver Stone (Wall Street, Platoon) already has a made-for-TV documentary coming to Showtime containing interviews with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and now the director is expanding his TV resume by making his first foray into scripted television. And since this is a Stone project, you knew it wouldn’t be without some controversy: it’s called Guantanamo and set at one of the world’s most infamous prisons. Learn all about the Oliver Stone Guantanamo series below.
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black mirror season 4

Black Mirror season 3 was one of my favorite things I watched in 2016 and Netflix is the perfect home for a show so unsettling that you can’t look away (or take breaks between episodes). While the big-hearted and romantic “San Junipero” was the best episode of the entire series so far, it sounds like season 4 will once again deliver the show’s trademark pessimistic outlook on the near future. After all, it was just revealed that one of the episodes is based on a short story written by magician, comedian, and author Penn Jillette that was dark enough to remain unpublished for decades. In other words, it sounds about perfect for Black Mirror.

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the blood boy review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment?)

If you’re looking for cringe humor, there’s no better place than in a wedding. While Silicon Valley is not anywhere near the current champ of cringe-inducing weddings (that honor still belongs to Peep Show) this episode has one for the ages.

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american gods git gone review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Bone orchards, man-eaters, fire genies, oh my! The first three episodes of American Gods gave us a lot to swallow, but episode four, “Git Gone,” following Laura Moon’s journey to and from the grave, showed us that things aren’t just not what they seem when it comes to gods, but also when it comes to (seemingly) boring, uninteresting humanity.

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Sasheer Zamata Leaving Saturday Night Live

In addition to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer leaving the staple sketch show Saturday Night Live, the day after the 42nd season finale brought news that cast member Sasheer Zamata was also departing. There was no word about Zamata leaving the show before the episode aired, but after the traditional send-off at the end of the episode had Zamata carried off the stage by host Dwayne Johnson and fellow cast member Colin Jost (following the same honor being given to Moynihan and Bayer), it was clear that the Indiana-born comedian was leaving the show as well.

However, if Sasheer Zamata was leaving the show along with Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer, why didn’t she get the same send-off treatment as the other two cast members did in their own sketch and prominently featured Weekend Update appearances? Let’s discuss Sasheer Zamata leaving Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Saturday Night Live Goodbye Sketch to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer

This past weekend brought the final episode in the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live. The show was hosted by Dwayne Johnson, and while it was a solid collection of sketches, it didn’t feel like it quite had the pomp and circumstance that usually comes with the show’s season finales. But it was the last episode for a few cast members.

We already knew that Bobby Moynihan was leaving Saturday Night Live thanks to his new sitcom getting picked up for the upcoming 2017-2018 television season at CBS. But before the new episode of SNL aired this past weekend, it was revealed that Vanessa Bayer was also leaving the show. Then on Sunday, Sasheer Zamata became the third cast member to leave the sketch series.

We’ll have more on Sasheer Zamata’s exit from the series a little later today, but for now watch the Saturday Night Live goodbye to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer after the jump. Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson Hosted Saturday Night Live

This past weekend the 42nd season finale of Saturday Night Live arrived with host Dwayne Johnson joining the Five Timers Club, just like Melissa McCarthy did last week. Not only did Johnson get his honorary jacket, but he was joined by fellow Five Timers Club members Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks, and he picked one of them to be his running mate when announcing his candidacy for president in 2020.

Watch what happens and see the best and worst sketches from the Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »