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Who’s That Kid?! (True Blood Edition)

In Sunday’s episode of True Blood (recapped here), we met a new character –
Nicole Wright, Human & Supe Rights Activist Extraordinaire

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Okay, maybe not Extraordinaire. Anyway, as Nicole was talking to Sam, I wasn’t really listening to her.  I was too busy trying to figure out where I knew her from! Finally, without the help of IMDb, it hit me.

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Trubie Fans, meet Denise Frazer.  That’s right.
Nicole is Denise from
the ’90s class, Full House

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 The same Denise that was BFFs with Michelle Tanner

You may also recognize Jurnee Smollett-Bell from her days spent portraying Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights

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There you have it!  Another “Who’s That Kid” mystery solved by RPW.  Be sure to tune in to True Blood this season to find out what happens with Nicole.  New episodes air Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

 

 


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True Blood 6×2 Recap

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True Blood 6×2 entitled “The Sun” starts with audiences seeing Warlow escape the fae prison that he was locked in (we find that out later). Warlow looks terrifyingly disturbing and scarier than any vamp I’ve met on True Blood to date.  Sookie better watch out, because she has no idea what’s coming for her.  Speaking of Warlow…

The episode then picks up right where Episode 1 left off – Jason in a car careening towards the side of the road with “Warlow” having fled the driver’s seat. Except “Warlow” shocks us and saves Jason with a faerie blast. That’s because he’s not Warlow. He’s Jason and Sookie’s f*cking faerie grandfather, Niall Brigand (portrayed by Rutger Hauer). He’s quite knowledged on the Stackhouses’ and knows about Jason’s greatest football moments and juicy porn collection. Niall scolds Jason for the same thing I thought last week – yapping his mouth to a complete stranger.  Thank goodness he’s not Warlow, or else Jason would have just handed him Sookie on a silver platter.

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We next stop by Fangtasia where Tara has a bullet in her and isn’t healing(!).  Don’t fret though, Eric shows up and saves the day by removing the bullet with a glass bottle.  Turns out it’s a silver bullet emitting UV light which prevents vamps from healing – ouch.  Humans have apparently figured out vamps more than they realize.  This frustrates the vamps.  After growing tired of listening to Pam and Nora bicker over their current crisis, Eric demands Nora get back to work investigating the vampire bible and he heads out to handle some unknown business.  Boy, Eric Northman is sexy when he shouts.

The next stop is Bilith’s house.  We find Jess listening to Bill scream about feeling other vamps in pain. He sees vamps being whipped, burned, and one being drug by a vehicle. Suddenly, his body goes limp and Jess is left staring at Bill’s lifeless body. Bill is apparently in “No Place” with Lilith (who finally doesn’t look bloody and nasty).  He was escorted there by the “Lillites(?)” and they vanish into thin air after Lilith dispurses them.  Lilith tells Bill he’s there because certain events have been set in motion, and that he has a job to do.  Finally, we’re learning what Bill is, sort of!

Cut to Arlene waking up Sleeping Beauty aka Sookie who overslept her shift at Merlotte’s after the eventful evening with Bilith (remember, we’re only at the morning after last season’s crazy finale). I’m not going to lie, I sort of enjoyed seeing someone yell at Sookie for being irresponsible. But, I wish the folks at Merlotte’s could have a more serious role in this show.  It’s currently feeling like their scenes are detached from the bigger picture.  Hopefully, they find a way to pull it all together.  I’m over this Patrick/Ifrit story line like yesterday. Give me something more juicy with Arlene and Terry.

Sookie decides to walk to work and as she walks, she notices someone writhing in pain and bloody on the ground.  Normal.  She stops, against her better judgement, and quickly realizes the stranger on the ground is a fellow fae.  She learns through her special powers that he was injured by a vamp and the two of them conduct a mini-brain wave convo. (love when they do that).  She brings FaeStranger into her house (Has she learned NOTHING?!) and treats his injuries.  The two hare some cute banter before FaeStranger passes out, convincing me that we just met Sookie’s latest love interest.  I just hope that he doesn’t turn out to be an evil faerie infiltrating the Stackhouse clan on someone elses orders, or something like that.  Things haven’t quite been what they seem this season, and I hope this doesn’t turn out too ugly.

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We head back to Merlotte’s and catch up with Arlene waiting on a group of out-of-towners.  Did anyone else think it was weird that she opened the conversation with asking them where they’re from?  Just how friendly are waitresses in Bon Temp?  The girl at this table (recognize her?!) is looking for Sam Merlotte.  This girl, who we learn is Nicole Wright, wants Sam to help support shifters and other supes as they “come out of the coffin.”  She argues that the government won’t stop at exterminating the vamps, and that the supes are in danger unless they join together and fight for their rights.  She is the daughter of freedom riders; her grandparents initiated the civil rights movement and she is an advocate for weres, vampires, and all other supernaturals.  Unfortunately, Sam has no interest at all in supporting this movement and dismisses Nicole as quickly as he met her.

Back in “No Place,” Lilith tells Bill that a tyrant is rising, and it is the beginning of the end.  Bill has to complete her work.  Bill asks if he’s a god.  Lilith tells him no, that he isn’t nor is she.  She said Bill may be worshipped as a god, but there is only one God, but she again tells him that he will know what he must do.  Stupid Jess disrupts this moment by ordering Bill a Human Edible (yuck).  Jess brings her to Bill, but he’s still unconscious.  The girl tries to leave the room after staring creepily at frozen Bill, and suddenly Bill mentally warps her back in front of him and proceeds to suck all of her blood straight from her mouth until she falls over, dead. All while unconscious. WTF?! Still Bill, my ass.

Speaking of stupid women, Sookie is now watching FaeStranger sleep and she discovers that two faeries can play magic lights when they touch.  Cute.  FaeStranger wakes up and Sookie talks about her desires to give up her light and become a normal person.  She finally asks him his name as he’s leaving.  FaeStranger is named Ben.  They exchange pleasantries and then Sookie decides to point him in the direction of the faerie safe haven in the field.  She walks him with him as she continues her trek to Merlotte’s.  As they walk, they can’t help but hear each others’ thoughts.  Imagine how awkward that first date would be.

Since we mentioned the field last scene, it made sense to cue the Faerie Field.  Andy is running around with his 4 rapidly aging little girls, and it is hilarious.  He’s desperate for Morella to appear and help him with his band of fae children, but she is a no-show.  This is what you get when you let the little man swim with no cap, Andy!  My only complaint with this scene is it feels completely detached from the rest of the episode.  Again, writers, we need to tie this stuff together!

Finally, we see Grandaddy Niall and Jason arrive at Sookie’s house and inspect the bathroom where Warlow tried to break through.  Apparently, there is a portal from another realm hidden in the upstairs bathroom.  This is the entrance into Warlow’s prison.  Niall goes in to see if Warlow has broken out and discovers he did.  How many of you jumped and hoped Jason didn’t disappear when he tried to follow Niall?!  Thankfully, he didn’t and Jason just falls to the ground, but we know now that this is foreshadowing.  Over spaghetti, Niall tells the Stackhouse siblings about their history.  Niall is one of the original fae and he is the king of the remaining royal fae clan.  “That makes you a faerie princess, and that makes me a faerie prince,” quips Jason.  But that’s not the case.  Niall tells Jason that the gene skipped him and he is actually not a fae.  Niall continues and explains that Warlow has been after Niall’s family for centuries.  He slaughtered Niall’s village and killed his parents.  Therefore, Niall has been out for revenge ever since.  Warlow showed himself to Niall’s son, John Stackhouse, when he had John sign over the first female-born fae (aka Sookie).  Warlow showed himself again to the Stackhouse clan on the night when Sookie’s parents died.  That means Warlow killed all of their parents, giving Jason, Sookie, and Niall all big reasons to want to see him die.

Niall then tells them that killing Warlow will be no easy task.  Warlow has already been to the house, and will be back again very soon so they must learn how to defend themselves quickly.  Niall teaches Sookie about their special fae power – the supernova sun.  Niall and Sookie can focus their light into a single ball of energy.  They can pour all of their emotions, dreams, and pain into it and when they release it, the supernova will kill any vampire it touches.  But Sookie has to be careful.  She can only use this once and if she does, she will lose her light forever.  I wonder if she’s going to have to use this to kill Warlow or Bilith.  I know a major character is going to die this season.  How fitting would it be to see Sookie kill Bill and become human, all at once?

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We check back in with the rest of the vamps.  Nora is tediously pouring over the vampire bible and makes some sort of discovery – a mistranslation about people leading Lilith to the sun.  Who knows what that means.  Before she leaves, we have a little bit of a Pam/Nora break-through.  Nora tells Pam that Eric only kept secrets from Pam to protect her.  Truthfully, Pam is Eric’s greatest accomplishment and he loves her very much.  He just doesn’t know how to show it.  How cute!

Speaking of Mr. Northman, it turns out he was on a mission to disrupt the plans of Governor Burrell.  Eric infiltrates the mansion by posing as a geek.  Let me just tell you, it was uh-maze-ing.  Eric tries to warn Burrell about the dangerous “whooping crane” until he finally reveals the real reason for his visit – he attempts to glamour the governor.  It seems like such a clever move, until suddenly the governor starts to laugh.  The humans have figured this out too, and have developed anti-glamour contacts.  Such a shocking moment!  Burrell has guards come to escort Eric to “camp.”  We aren’t sure what this means, but something tells me Eric would not have enjoyed himself there.  The guards bring Eric outside and he’s able to escape by flying away, must to their dismay.  Interesting.  They haven’t figured everything about vampires out just yet.

Eric learned that the governor has a weak spot – his daughter.  So Eric heads to her house and cleverly waits outside until she takes out her contacts.  Then, in what felt like vintage True Blood, he hovered outside of her window looking dangerously handsome and was able to glamour himself into her room.  Those whooping cranes sure are shifty!

We finally get a little were-action when Alcide and Co. show up at Sam’s apartment where Uncle Lala was babysitting Emma. The pack shows up and demand that Sam and Lafayette let Emma go home with them, since she’s a werewolf and Martha’s granddaughter.  Despite Sam’s claims that Luna and Emma both want Emma to stay with Sam, the pack jumps Sam and Lafayette and kidnap Emma.  This is utterly ridiclous.  Who is this person and what have they done with Alcide?  Side note – while this is happening, Nicole and her friends catch the whole thing on camera. Thank gosh no one shifted!

The episode concludes with an amazing monologue by Jess as she says a prayer to Bill/God, still under the impression that Bill is god.  I have to give it up for Deborah Ann Woll this season.  She has produced some of the best Jessica scenes to date.  I used to think her character was sort of pointless, but I’m really liking her this season. Keep it up, Jess!

Jess’s prayer to God is beautiful.  She confesses all of her sins, including wrath and lust and murder, and then she asks God to bless everyone in Bon Temp.  As she goes over each individual person (including Hoyt!), we get a glimpse of what they are each up to.  The scene was a really nice way to calm the episode down before amping it up for a shocking ending.

Bill finally returns from his conversation with Lilith, after she tells him that he will know what he must do and that he should trust what he sees.  As Bill wakes up and rejoins Jessica, the news cuts on and the two of them see breaking news – a vampire has been chained to a vehicle and is currently being drug through the streets.  This is the same vamp that Bill saw in the start of the episode.  Jessica quickly realizes that Bill can see the future.  As Bill comes to the realization himself, he is hit with a vision.  We see all the vamps we’ve come to know and love – Jessica, Tara, Pam, Eric – all together in one room, burning.  The episode ends as Bill reveals “they’re all gonna burn!”

As a huge fan of both the show and the novels, I was growing more and more tired of the complete stray of the storyline from the books.  I understand things need to change, and some things worked better to adapt to TV than others, but I have to give it to the writers for this episode.  They’ve managed to change the story and remain true to the books (at least a little bit!) all at the same time.  I really appreciate the many subtle nod to the books – Eric’s smooth and conniving strength, Sookie’s endless time spent cooking for Jason and whoever visited her house, Niall as the faerie grandfather, Pam’s endless devotion to Eric  – it was all very fitting and appreciciated.

Favorite Line –  “Down here organic means you play the fancy piano at church.” ~ Arlene in response to the out-of-towners who asked for organic food.


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Weekly Rock! Featuring The Civil Wars, Missy Higgins, Grouplove, The Killers, and some 90s Classics

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Ever find a song you absolutely, cannot stop listening to?  The Weekly Rock is a list of tunes we can’t get out of our head.  Check out the playlist on Spotify and be sure to subscribe!

Ashley’s Picks

  1. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
  2. Chained – The xx
  3. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
  4. I Got You – Jack Johnson
  5. Harder Than Stone (Acoustic) – City and Colour
  6. Secret (XM Session) – Missy Higgins
  7. Never There – Cake
  8. Where I Stood (Live from Cities) – Missy Higgins
  9. Bad Drug – Tristan Prettyman
  10. What if I Leave – Rachael Yamagata
  11. The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars
  12. Ways to Go – Grouplove

Elizabeth’s Picks

  1. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  2. Get the Girl Back – Hanson
    I added this to the Weekly Rock a few weeks back but now that the album is out I can’t get over how good this song is.  Also, they performed on GMA earlier this week and I happened to catch it, thirteen year old Elizabeth is a little beside herself.
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  3. Beach Nights – We Are/She Is
  4. The Pocket – Andy Grammer
  5. You’re In Love – Betty Who
  6. Love is Blindness – Jack White
  7. Broadripple is Burning – Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s
  8. Your Heart Keeps Burning – Adam Agin
  9. Leaves – Cheers Elephant
  10. Heart of a Girl – The Killers
  11. Feel Again – One Republic
    From The Spectacular Now trailer.
  12. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go

Jenn’s Picks

My song choices this week are quite a mix. I’m featuring some brand new singles, some ’90s classics, and some personal favorites. I hope you enjoy!

  1. We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus
    I have Miley at number one since she released her music video this week.  If you guys didn’t see it, check it out here.  Is it too soon to say we have another Amanda Bynes on our hands? 
  2. Bound 2 by Kanye West*
    Not quite sure what I think of Yeezus yet. I’m still hung up on the baby’s name…
  3. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by Backstreet Boys
    I’m going to see BSB on their summer tour.  I’m praying they stick to their old stuff.  My heart will probably explode if I hear this live.
  4. Feel This Moment by Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera
    Christina and Pitbull debuted this song together on The Voice Season 4 Finale this week.  I was excited to check out Christina’s first performance back.  It was a little rocky, but damn, does she look hot or what?  You go, Xtina!
  5. Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child
  6. All My Life by K-Ci and Jojo
    Seriously, best ’90s ballad ever.
  7. Big Poppa by The Notorious B.I.G.
  8. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
  9. Jumpin’, Jumpin’ by Destiny’s Child 
  10. Over You by Miranda Lambert 
  11. Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys*
  12. Over and Over Again by Nelly and Tim McGraw 
              *new music


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‘Man of Steel’ Character Flaws and That Ending

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No one was more excited about this Superman reboot than I was.  I grew up in a family that LOVES Superman.  I read the comics with my dad as a kid and watched the movies with my mom.  I remember her crying when Christopher Reeve was paralyzed and even more so when he passed.  After the failed attempt at bringing Superman back in 2006 and all the recent superhero hoopla, it was time for a successful depiction of the Man of Steel.  When production was announced in 2010 I was ecstatic.  When I found out Christopher Nolan, the man behind Batman’s successful reboot, was involved my expectations went through the roof.  When Henry Cavill, my longtime Tudors crush, was cast I knew it was all too good to be true.  And guess what guys, it was.

Before I say anything else I should probably let you know that this post is going to be slammed full of SPOILERS.  If you haven’t seen Man of Steel then stop reading because I am going to ruin it for you.

In 2010, David S. Goyer approached Christopher Nolan with an idea of how to bring back Superman.  Much like Superman in the Dark Knight trilogy, he’ll exist in a world where he’s the only superhero and it will be an origin story that stands on it’s own.  The goal of this reboot was to reinvent Superman, the main idea being that a “perfect” superhero is now stagnant in today’s society.  Moviegoers prefer complex superheroes (see the philosophies and Christ-like themes behind The Dark Knight and Rises in which Batman acts as a  martyr for society).

Don’t get me wrong, there were some parts of this reinvention that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I like that the story tapped into a darkness in Superman and I agree a “perfect” Superman is boring.  In the reboot, we are told Clark Kent’s background in flashbacks.  One of the more powerful scenes is when he gains his x-ray vision and can suddenly see the bones and muscles inside his elementary school teacher.  Stunned by fear, Clark takes shelter in a janitorial closet until his mother (Diane Lane) can coax him out.  The links to stigmas around autism are noticeable.  From there, it is clear that this is a Superman that is afraid.  When his father (Kevin Costner) tells him of his origin, Clark sheepishly asks “Can’t I just keep being your son?” and your heart melts.  Not only is he afraid, but this is a Superman that longs to be accepted and feel at home. While this is a defining characteristic, the most important one is Superman’s need to help people.  Through flashbacks, we see several instances in his childhood and adulthood where his need to save someone outweighs his need to belong.  We learn that his father believed the world wasn’t ready for him, they would shun him when they learned of his existence.  This fear makes Clark a loner and drifter, working odd-end jobs and quickly moving to the next after he saves someone’s life.  In probably the most moving scene, a tornado strikes Kansas and takes the life of Jonathan Kent.  Clark could have saved his father. In an effort to protect his son, Jonathan stopped him.  He told Clark to stand down and lost his life shortly after.  As these complexities began to surface, I was practically bouncing on my seat.

But then, Clark Kent became Superman.

When Superman meets his real father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) he says “I have so many questions.”  But then he doesn’t ask any.  After one brief conversation, he excepts his true purpose and puts on the suit and cape and becomes Superman.  The whole revelation feels forced.  The internal struggle we saw in flashbacks disappears and Jor-El tells him he must always push his boundaries.  This is illustrated as he tests his ability to fly.

From there the movie kind of falls apart.  General Zod enters the picture.  He’s from Superman/Kal-El’s home planet of Krypton and longs to join forces with Kal-El and continue Krypton’s population on Earth.  Superman is not having it.  The first big fight scene takes place in Kansas in the middle of the street where the only warning to innocent civilians from Superman is to “go inside, it’s not safe.”  This is drastically out of character from the Superman we know and love.  According to Superman’s code of ethics, he would have moved the fight elsewhere.

In the story’s defense, I read an interview with Zack Synder and David S. Goyer where they reminded everyone that Superman is a superhero “in training.”  He’s bound to make mistakes and this would be one of them.  With that in mind, it still felt like a cheap ploy to create a dramatic fight scene.  At the end of the movie, there is another situation where Zod and his team pretty much destroy Metropolis and Superman is too busy creating the Phantom Zone to send Zod away. He doesn’t make much of an effort to prevent damage.  The big heroes of the scene are actually Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) and Steve Lombard (Michael Kelly) as they aid reporter  Jenny Jarwich who is trapped under a pile of debris.  At the end of the movie, there is no mention of the damage (much like in Star Trek).  It would have been nice to see Superman working to rebuild the city.

Here goes, EVEN MORE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Now the ending is where things get really messy.  Superman does the one thing that Superman just doesn’t do, he kills General Zod.

Superman is successful in creating the Phantom Zone and it send Zod’s team into the black hole.  But Zod is still around.  After about fifteen minutes of a glorified fist fight that continues the destruction in Metropolis, Superman finally gets the upperhand and traps Zod in a choke hold.  They are in a room with what appears to be a family of four (since the fight wasn’t taken somewhere safer).  Zod, playing with Superman’s humanity, turns on his heat vision and begins to aim it at the family of four.  He slowly inches it closer and closer to the innocent civilians, Superman is screaming for him to stop.  Just as it’s about to hit them, Superman does the unthinkable.  He snaps Zod’s neck.  As Zod’s lifeless body hits the floor Superman let’s out a desperate scream and is immediately comforted by Lois Lane (Amy Adams).  Two seconds later, he’s bickering  with General Swanwick.  Then Superman becomes Clark Kent and the origin story is complete.  Boom. Over. Just like that.

First of all, Superman doesn’t kill people.  He would sacrifice himself before killing someone, no matter how bad or awful they are.  Secondly, there was no grief.  This awful, terrible, no-good thing happens and there are no repercussions.  Superman should have been inconsolable.  I would have liked more of a conversation between him and Lois Lane where she helps him justify it. The end of the movie should have been more about his internal struggle and guilt, not a quick wrap up.

I walked out of the movie saying, “WHAT we’re they THINKING!?”  Luckily, I’m not the only one wondering and Zack Synder and David S. Goyer have provided an explanation.  In the original ending (by Christopher Nolan), Zod disappears into the Phantom Zone with his crew.  Synder and Goyer didn’t feel that was satisfying enough.  They explain their actions by reminding us (like previously said) that Superman is a baby superhero.  He’s still struggling to find himself and figure out his code of ethics.  Also he needed to kill someone so he has something to haunt him so he never does it again.

That’s great and all, but we didn’t see it.  Once he put on the cape and fights began, the complex Superman vanished to make room for fight scenes and mass destruction.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought Henry Cavill was perfect.  I loved Amy Adams as Lois Lane.  But that ending was just a complete disappointment.  My gut tells me that they should have listened to Christopher Nolan.  Then again, I don’t remember liking Batman Begins all that much either.  Maybe this is just what we should have expected.

What did you think?  Is Superman now a loose cannon?  Can he/should he kill again?  How did you feel about the reboot?


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‘Firefly Lane’ and ‘Fly Away’ by Kristin Hannah Book Review

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That’s what your best friend is: a mirror.

Firefly Lane and Fly Away tell the story of two best friends, Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey, better known as TullyandKate.  We all have those friends that you can’t imagine life without.  I’m fortunate enough to have quite a few and this is the book I recommend to all of them because it is unbelievable.

In the summer of 1974 we meet Kate Mularkey, a social outcast in the brutal world of eighth-grade politics.  All that changes when the coolest girl in school, Tully Hart, moves across the street and wants to be friends.  On the surface, Tully seems to have it all together.  Deep down she’s a sweet young girl, desperate to be loved by the mother that abandoned her years ago.  They make a pact to be best friends forever and by the end of the summer they are inseparable.

The novel follows their friendship over the next three decades.  Tully, longing to be loved unconditionally looks for men and fame to fill the void left behind by her mother.  She follows her ambition around the world and quickly becomes the next young Barbara Walters.  Unfortunately, the cameras do nothing to comfort her loneliness.

In contrast, Kate wants nothing but an ordinary life.  In her own quiet way, Kate is just as driven as Tully.  As Tully watches, Kate becomes a wife and mother.  It changes Kate and eventually she feels like she loses sight of who she once was.  In return, she admires Tully and all of her fame with a little bit of envy.

The story follows their friendship through the highs and lows, through ultimate acts of betrayal and heartbreak.  In the end, something happens that completely shakes and rattles their world.  Fly Away, the sequel, tells the story of what happens after everything falls apart.


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James Gandolfini Passes Away at Age 51

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Today is a tragic day in Hollywood. Actor James Gandolfini, age 51, passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack while traveling in Rome.  The tragic death appears to have occurred suddenly, and there is little news to share about his passing.  However, we here at RPW wanted to pay our respects to James Gandolfini.  We truly admired his work, and will forever be grateful for his talents and contributions to the television and film industries.  James Gandolfini gave so many phenomenal performances, but none more iconic than Tony Soprano from the smash hit, “The Sopranos” (which is still HBO’s #1 rated series ever with 13.4 million viewers tuned in for the Season 4 premiere in 2002).  Gandolfini gave us a character that will live on in American history for generations to come, so in turn we say thank you and may you forever rest in peace.  James Gandolfini is survived by his wife and two children. 

In honor of Mr. Gandolfini, we are sharing a beautiful tribute video of his work, created by the MovieClips Trailer channel on YouTube.

Be sure to check out the MovieClips channel, and subscribe today.


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‘The Spectacular Now’ New Trailer and It Is Spectacular

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The Spectacular Now established itself during last year’s Sundance Film Festival.  After it created a fair amount of buzz, we finally have a trailer.  The movie is based on the young adult novel by the same name written by Tim Tharp.  It stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The plot follows popular, teenage alcoholic Sutter (Teller), and his obsession with living in the now.  After getting dumped by his girlfriend, he goes on a bender and wakes up on the front lawn of Aimee Finicky’s (Woodley) house.  Right away, she’s different.  She’s a dreamer and her motivation for life shakes up Sutter’s delusion of a spectacular now.

Shailene Woodley is killing it lately, y’all.  In addition to The Spectacular Now, she’s also starring The Fault of Our Stars and Divergent (both young adult book adaptions).  Recently, she has been filming opposite Andrew Garfield for the upcoming Spiderman film in which she portrays Mary Jane Watson.  Even though rumor has it, Mary Jane’s part has been  cut from the film.

With all of these fantastic roles coming up, is it too early to start placing Oscar bets?