Wednesday, August 29, 2012

American Horror Story Season 2: Evan Peters in Asylum

AHHH!! AHH!

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"Kit is committed after being accused of murdering his wife, though he claims she was abducted — and not by humans."

Check out EW for more on the new characters. HOW FREAKIN HOT IS THIS PIC?!?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The L.A. Complex: Otherwise Known As The Canadian Embassy of Hotness

Where IS this magical oasis of sexy Canadians who party nightly with an ever present band playing on the balcony? Surely such an embassy would be fun for one and all to visit if not permanently reside in rent free until suddenly the manager notices and/or cares.
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I've had fun catching up with The L.A. Complex over the last week. Being a wannabe screenwriter in LA - I've found it fun to watch the sexy, lucky, and admittedly incredibly hard working versions of my friends and I as they hustle and hustle their way around Hollywood.

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But not just any old show ends up here on The Angst Report. No - there must be that special character with particular depths of inner turmoil. And on that front, The L.A. Complex does not disappoint.

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Meet Connor Lake. Recently cast on a soon to be smash medical drama, he's an Australian actor, abused and abandoned as a kid with some serious self esteem issues and a penchant for self harm. My kind of fictional man!

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Jonathan Patrick Moore Connor Lake on The L.A. Complex Connor Lake The LA Complex Jonathan Patrick Moore hot Burns Himself with Tea Kettle Water
Early in season one, Connor is practically crushed to a pulp when The E.P. (I think...) of his show request that he work with an acting coach. The acting coach asks Connor why he thinks he's there. Connors response: I'm not good enough. Aww.

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The acting coach essentially gives Connor a day's worth of confidence boosting. And it helps him out. But when Connor visits the coach's home, requesting some permanent tutelage, he gets shut down. Having a hired coach slam the door in your face doesn't exactly help a guy with serious abandonment issues.

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Jonathan Patrick Moore Connor Lake on The L.A. Complex Connor Lake The LA Complex Jonathan Patrick Moore hot Burns Himself with Tea Kettle Water
Except this isn't your average soothing cuppa.

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No, Connor's preferred method of self harm is boiling water on the forearm.

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I've seen my fair share of television cutters, and even a few burners now and then. But it's typically with fire. Connor's specific method of multination is a new one for me. I'll just let his face speak for itself:

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Jonathan Patrick Moore Connor Lake on The L.A. Complex Connor Lake The LA Complex Jonathan Patrick Moore hot Burns Himself with Tea Kettle Water
Jonathan Patrick Moore Connor Lake on The L.A. Complex Connor Lake The LA Complex Jonathan Patrick Moore hot Burns Himself with Tea Kettle Water
Connor is angsty and tortured and a little twisted. He's got a reckless streak and he's more breakable than porcelain. The Australian accent is merely a bonus. Stick around, there's more Connor Lake to come.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Newsroom Season One Finale: Goodbye For Now, Jim and Maggie

The Newsroom wrapped up its season last night and I'm SO glad there's going to be a season two because nothing nothing nothing had closure. 

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Early in the episode, Jim learns that Don is planning to ask Maggie to move in with him. Jim's attempt at jovial support was delightfully awkward and charming. But more on THAT scene in a moment. Jim later mentions to Mackenzie that he sorta kinda gathered the wrong rosebud. I love that Mackenzie is so forthcoming with her feelings about Jim and Maggie. Someone needs to actually say what the entire audience is thinking: that Jim and Maggie are clearly the made-for-each-other couple. And it may as well be Mack.

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But Jim is too polite and perhaps a little too cowardly to break up with Lisa and go after Maggie while she's still hanging on to Don's coattails. So Jim continues on, trying to take an interest in Lisa by learning about Sex and the City. Before discussing the coinci-shock of Jim popping up on that bus - I have to say - I loved Maggie's speech.

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"And I know Carrie must have made boatloads writing her 800 word column for a newspaper no one's ever heard of, but I just spent my last seven dollars having a fight with my best friend who by the way is not available at 3:00pm on a Wednesday to console me about some guy because she too has a job." You go, Maggie. Speak your mind, girl!

John Gallagher Jr. and Alison Pill as Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan on The Newsroom Season One Finale The Greater Fool Jim and Maggie Kiss Finale
But... she also happens to mention during this little rant that she's fallen for a guy who's going out with her best friend.  Of course, then Jim pops up and it's totally Embarrassment in the City.

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But he chases her down. And when he finds her, before they have a chance to speak, they finally finally kiss! Yawww!

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But. Because everyone is dating other people and everyone is too weak and polite and chicken to acknowledge the couple who's really Meant To Be, they break apart. Jim knows that Don's planning to take that commitment step with the moving-in-thing. Maggie doesn't.

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And Jim asks Maggie - what if Don HAD committed to you? Then what? And what Maggie SHOULD say is: Screw Don. I don't care if he buys me a house with a white picket fence and puppy with an engagement ring on his collar. I want you you you! But instead, she says things would be different if Don had committed.

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Sigh. Wrong answer, Mags. Because he has. You just don't know it yet.

John Gallagher Jr. and Alison Pill as Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan on The Newsroom Season One Finale The Greater Fool Jim and Maggie Kiss Finale
Jim lets her go. And shortly thereafter, Don proposes cohabitation. And Maggie accepts. As a side note, I also really loved Maggie drafting her speech to Don. As a person who spends twenty minutes composing a 140 character tweet, that's definitely something I can relate to.

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Jim calls Maggie a little white later. And Maggie hits the ignore button. :'(

John Gallagher Jr. and Alison Pill as Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan on The Newsroom Season One Finale The Greater Fool Jim and Maggie Kiss Finale
Back at the ranch, Jim and Maggie have a moment of yeah. This is what happened. It sucks. But here we are. See you in season two.

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John Gallagher Jr. and Alison Pill as Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan on The Newsroom Season One Finale The Greater Fool Jim and Maggie Kiss Finale
But! Rewind to that moment in the beginning when Jim found out that Don was going to ask Maggie to move in. I was totally joking last week when I said I shipped Don and Sloan. I hadn't felt any emotional connection to either of them throughout the duration of the season. And as the two age appropriate people left in The Newsroom who I didn't want with anyone else - sure. It made sense.

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But now I'm officially on board the ship. And it's pretty much entirely thanks to Sloan's line, "I don't know who told you you're a bad guy, but somebody did. Somebody along the way. Somebody or something convinced you of it because you think you're a bad guy and you're just not."

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Whoa! Truth bombs from Sloan! What?!

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And then she also mentions she wishes he had asked her out at some point. That helps too. But mostly I dig the lady seeing through the psychology of the guy. That's hot. And honesty is awesome. And honesty is something Don and Maggie seem to have zero of.

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So. Sloan and Don. Make it happen.

Season one has come and gone and none of the right couples ended up together. But it's okay because we're already assured of a season two. Hopefully next year, the tangle of relationships will untangle a bit and maybe someone will pop up who Lisa should actually be with. Or maybe Lisa will disappear. But either way, Jim and Maggie Forever!! See you next year.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Political Animals: The Finale

I feel obliged to say something about the Political Animals season (series?) finale but I wasn't too pleased with how things concluded. First of all, Sebastian Stan only got about ten minutes of screen time. But at least he was conscious for the duration of the episode. Beggars can't be choosers I guess. 

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His storyline (really all the storylines) was left dangling for a second season that I doubt will ever come. He left the hospital. And went home. That's it. There was no forward trajectory initiated and no closure; TJ's farewell was completely flat. It's a bit of a bummer that he was never much developed beyond what was established in the pilot; gay, addict, pianist. 

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Had this not been the likely final episode of the series, the few moments that featured TJ may have worked as nice character padding. His moment with Doug - scripted entirely for the purpose of the eventual elopement location being discoverable - was nice enough. But I could have done with more brotherly love throughout.

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His moment with grandma was cringe-worthy. For a scene that marks the end of his addiction storyline (*ahem his only storyline), it was a major flop.

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Grandma essentially tells TJ that life is worth living, don't give up, reach for the stars, reading is fundamental blah blah blah. It's a lame speech. Sorry, Political Animals, but is grandma getting misty on the 'ole piano bench supposed to make a legitimate impact on TJ? The only emotion in this scene was guilt over the fact that she was upset. There's no sense that this kid JUST survived a second near death experience. It completely lacked the weight it needed for what it was.

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In terms of the rest of the episode, in theory, a presidential plane crash is a fun, dramatic move. But it was used as a subplot that erased any sense of conflict Elaine might feel over running for president. And then Doug marrying Anne? What was that? He cheated on her five minutes ago, yet they played the wedding as a happy little family moment. And Anne is okay with Doug's family crashing when her own family isn't there? Hell no would that fly! And the reporter chick - it took me six episodes to really decide - but I hated her. I think the whole series would have been stronger if she just didn't exist.  If they wanted a woman for Elaine to go toe to toe with, she should have come from somewhere else and/or been played by someone else.

So that's it. I doubt we'll see Political Animals again, but who knows. Maybe a second season would settle down and establish storylines that could really be delved into rather that just skipped across. Only time will tell. But for now, I'll just look forward to more Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Switched At Birth: Emmett and Bay's Honeymoon Phase

It's been a while since I visited the Emmett/Bay saga, but with Switched at Birth returning in fewer than two weeks (eep! where has the time gone!?), I thought now would be a good time to resume chatting about the cutest ABCFamily couple since Casey and Cappie. 

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When last I left off, Emmet and Bay had officially become a thing - by which I mean they made with the smooching. In the episodes that follow, there's a bit of a honeymoon phase in which their biggest problems center around communication issues and how to break the news to Daphne.

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There is one adorably angsty moment of Bay asking Emmett if he ever uses his voice. She makes the point that she's learning to sign, but before she's good at it, it'd be a big help if he spoke. He says no. It's an embarrassed sort of no. And Bay responds appropriately with a nevermind - let's resume kissing.

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Later, Bay has a crummy day and all she wants to do is vent to her boyfriend. But she can't vent at typical-vent-speed because she can't sign well enough and he can't read lips that are going a mile a minute. It's a cute moment with a lot of honesty. Both of them are frustrated by things they can't control. At the end of the scene, it all comes down to intuition. Obviously she's upset, so Emmett hugs her. That's the best he's got in the moment. It's very sweet.

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So then we move on to Bay's birthday. And Bay confesses that she's behind The Ax Girl street art. She tells Emmett all she wants for her birthday is to stick her art on a big billboard.

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In hindsight, this episode actually lays the groundwork for a lot of future angst. While plotting their graffiti blitz, Emmett and Bay are interrupted by Emmett's mom. She's surprised to see them hanging out, and she's not subtle about her belief that Bay doesn't fit nicely into Emmett's life the way Daphne does. She's not wrong when she points out that Bay and Emmett can't really communicate on a deep level at the moment. But this is only the beginning of what becomes an incredibly difficult situation.

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There's a mini-angst moment when Emmett gives Daphne the thoughtfullest-insideyest-I-SEE-you-esty-gift ever and gives Bay an impersonal scarf. Bay is hurt. Emmett makes up for it quickly, but there's still a layer of secret girlfriend residue on the whole thing.

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There's quite a bit of setup in this episode for stuff that will eventually cause serious riftage in the Emmett/Bay love-fest. Illegal activity, crazy mothers, and Daphne all play roles in the chaos to follow. But - again - for now - they're just cute as pie. Or a puppy. Because pie isn't that cute.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Newsroom: The Merry Mixup of Maggie and Jim

This past week, there were quite a few adorable Jim and Maggie banter scenes. And in zero of those scenes, did Maggie yell at Jim about Lisa. Yay! Progress. 

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Things get going when Jim gives Maggie the silent nod of secret encouragement, urging her to tell the newsroom that Lisa is the perfect "get" for the show. Once the cat's out of the bag, Jim sticks with Maggie to help her convince Lisa to whore herself out in the most classy way possible.

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What followed was my personal favorite scene of the night. John Gallagher Jr. was given ALL the funny. While trying to convince rich-Tony-bitch that she should buy a damn dress already, he says, "That's how good the dress is. You wear that dress and they'll just start throwing Tony Awards at your head. You, I promise, will have skull contusions if you wear that dress to The Tonys. I'd be terrible at this job."

John Gallagher Jr. has a Tony. He should have thrown it at her head. That'd have been funny too.

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Then he says if crazy-lady takes the dress, it's on him. Lisa mentions the dress costs $11,000.

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FOR A DRESS?! Love.

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Then he asks Maggie, "Do you think they're kissing in there?" He goes on to say he doesn't understand gay men and straight women. I'm with him but the opposite way around. How are there people out there who wouldn't want to date this guy!?

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They haul Lisa into the newsroom where she makes a royal mess of things. Jim and Maggie hang out looking like cool,  casual, producers. Like, yeah... I'm producing the news. You got something to say?

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Then there's a nice little moment where Mackenzie tells Jim to go out and catch a husband while he's still a beautiful virgin or it'll be too late and he'll end up an old unmarried hag with no man to take care of him. So he zooms over to Maggie and Lisa's house to sweep Maggie off her feet. Oh the irony of it all! Moments before he gets there, Maggie talks Lisa into accepting Jim's date offer. And of course - Don is there mucking up the whole proceedings. I have to say, when the episode started, I was happy Lisa hadn't immediately acquiesced to Jim's proposal. Because that makes sense. But it's a bummer she eventually does especially because Maggie is such a terrible liar and Lisa should just stick to her Maggie-likes-Jim guns.

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I mean look at this vvv I want to give Maggie the gift of a pokerface. Luckily, Don rightly intuits that Jim wasn't there to see Lisa. AND he confesses that he's been hooking up with chicks who send dudes flowers. Does that happen in reality? Any of you ladies out there ever send flowers to a guy at work? Or know a guy who got flowers? Because I certainly haven't and don't. But whatevs. I guess it would have been weirder if she sent golf clubs or something.

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Hopefully they untangle this woeful web next week. I sort of hate stupid mixups like this. And Jim shouldn't date Lisa just because she misunderstood his intent. And Maggie shouldn't date Don because HE'S NOT INTERESTED IN HER. There are internet people out there shipping Don and Sloan. I'm fine with that. Let's do that. Don and Sloan forever!!