Masters of Sex is a new Showtime series about William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson, a research team who began investigating human sexual responses in 1957 at Washington University in St. Louis. The series will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, September 29th at 10PM.
Masters of Sex is a one-hour drama starring Emmy and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who will portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch.
The 1934 8-minute silent film “The Hearts of Age” was co-directed by Orson Welles and his friend William Vance when Welles was 19 years old. The film, which consists of a series of surreal, disjointed shots, is notable both as Welles’ first directing effort and his first screen acting role.
An inner city barbershop is transformed into a surreal dance party in this delightfully bizarre music video for “It’s You” by Duck Sauce. The video was directed by Phil Andelman and the “hair-raising” visual effects are by Royal Post.
Jesse and the Rippers, the somewhat fictional band from 1990s TV sitcom Full House, reunited on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Actor John Stamos (donning a mullet) led the band through a medley of their greatest hits. There’s some surprises during the performance including fun cameos by other cast members.
Now that the final season is about to start:
Joe Sabia and Paul Gulyas of The Betting Bad Game have created a nine minute video recapping everything that has happened on AMC’s Breaking Bad (Season 1-5). It’s a nice refresher before the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad premiere on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 9/8c.
Here is a little more information on The Betting Bad Game:
The final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad might be the most anticipated final episodes of any TV show ever created. As a result, not only is everyone talking about it, but everyone has their own strong opinions on what will happen and how everything will be resolved.
Our game – BETTING BAD – is an interactive experience that lets you, the obsessed fan of Breaking Bad, make predictions on what will happen in the final season. As the episodes unfold, until when the dust settles in the final episode, you’ll be able to see how your bets compare to every other fan who watches the show.
Saving Mr. Banks is an upcoming film by Walt Disney Pictures that follows the dramatic story of how the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins came to be made. It stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins children’s book series. It will be released in theaters on December 13, 2013 in select cities and in wide release on December 20, 2013 (trailer).
Janelle Tipton of Disney Post described the film in September 2012 when it first started filming:
The 1964 movie musical Mary Poppins may be practically perfect in every way, but the road to making it was anything but. It took Walt Disney 20 years to get the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, and the demanding author insisted on script and character control.
Some 50 years later, we’re ready to tell the story behind the story of that iconic film.
In a recent blog post, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin describes what the “real” Iron Throne — the one he imagines when he’s writing the books, not the one from HBO’s Game of Thrones — looks like. He points readers to this illustration by Marc Simonetti, which depicts the Iron Throne more as the author intended.
This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.
This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.
In the blog post, Martin goes on to highlight the differences between the show’s Iron Throne and the novel version of his own creation:
The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.
And yet, and yet… it’s still not right. It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…
The HBO throne is none of those things. It’s big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we’d need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall.
“Your cell phone rings and you don’t recognize the number, what do you do? Ignore it. Not me.”
On a recent Conan, Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian Jay Larson talked to the audience about a funny wrong number that he received. It’s true that many people find wrong numbers to be an annoyance, but not Jay. He “sees them as an opportunity.”
Jay will answer unknown phone numbers. Because he likes to live DANGEROUSLY.
Clear History is an upcoming HBO comedy film directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad) that is written by and starring (a bearded) Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm). It also stars Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, and J.B. Smoove. It is set to premiere in August.
This comedy follows Nathan Flomm (David), a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company, who, after a petty argument with his boss, gives up his 10 percent of the shares. The company then goes on to make billions of dollars, leaving Nathan publicly humiliated, his life destroyed. Ten years later, he’s changed his name and moved to a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. All is well until something from his past threatens the new life he’s made for himself.
video via HBO
According to the Los Angeles Times, actor James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51 of a suspected heart attack. Gandolfini was born in 1961 and was best known for his role as mafia boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos. Deadline has more of the story.
We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. James Gandolfini was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
Sony Pictures released a new 3-minute teaser trailer for the upcoming Neill Blomkamp directed science fiction film, Elysium. The trailer shows a sarcastic and heroic Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) in a race against time for his life.Elysium is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 9, 2013. Previously we wrote about the film’s first official trailer.
Here is a synopsis of the film from Sony Pictures:
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the musical comedy group The Lonely Island performed their song “Semicolon” on stage withAlanis Morissette. Afterward, they all begin dancing around while Alanis sings “Ironic.” Previously we wrote about the lyric video for “Semicolon.” The song will be on The Wack Album, which is scheduled to release on June 11, 2013.