Now that recreational use is legal in certain locales Washington, Colorado, etc., cannabis-based programming is experiencing a bit of a renaissance.Sure, stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express have always been around, but they were somewhat niche products, marketed mainly to longtime marijuana enthusiasts or teens with the munchies.They also tended to focus on the subversive side of the drug, drawing laughs out of run-ins with police, unsavory dealers, disapproving friends and neighbors, etc.These days, we re seeing much more nuanced takes, not just on pot smokers, but on the budding pot industry, a reality that reflects the rapidly changing public perception of the drug.That said, Variety is reporting that Netflix just landed a series starring Kathy Bates that will become the latest entry in this evolving genre.
There are a fair number of unnecessary reboots out there, but sometimes it s worth returning to a series.L.A. Law, the hit 80s and 90s legal drama, is one that looks promising, and, after years of rejecting the idea, series creator Steven Bocho has finally decided to go for it.He revealed during a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show that he is working on an L.A. Law reboot.Known for tackling burning social issues, captivating audiences, and racking up Emmys, L.A. Law ran from 1986 to 1994.During its eight seasons, its ensemble cast featured a number of guest stars, many of whom went on to become household names.The show s impressive list of alums include the likes of Kathy Bates, Bryan Cranston, Don Cheadle, Lucy Liu, Christian Slater, Kevin Spacey, and more.
It s almost September, which means it s almost time to pack the kids off to school, get out the coats oh god, please let this heat finally recede , and get ready for the new TV season to begin.Regardless, we do know that this year will include Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, and—wait for it—Cuba Gooding Jr, among others.Premieres: September 16, 8:00 pm, on SyfyThe weirdest and campiest zombie show on TV returns for its third season, which finds Warren and company captured by a new opponent.Premieres: September 19, 8:00 pm, on FoxRob Bricken s favorite show on television s third season will have a magically aged-up Poison Ivy Maggie Geha and Mad Hatter Benedict Samuel as regulars.
Fans of American Horror Story know that the fun of the show is scanning new episodes for references to other seasons—like when Lady Gaga s character in Hotel visited the Murder House.My Roanoke Nightmare has also turned up its share of Easter eggs, and Ryan Murphy just confirmed another one involving Lady Gaga.In this case, though, her character is tied to American Horror Story seasons past and future.The show has already been renewed by FX for a seventh season.While she spent her first AHS season as a couture-clad vampire on Hotel, Roanoke has seen the pop star lurching around the woods in a primitive crown and grimy dress, turning Kathy Bates Butcher into a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and seducing Cuba Gooding, Jr. s character for reasons that will no doubt be explained as the season continues.She s the bitch with the real power, according to the doomed medium played by Leslie Jordan.
The Super Bowl is fast approaching, and you know what that means -- the best ads of 2017 are beginning to roll out.For all those less interested in the sport and more in the festivities, you've come to the right place.But for all you party poopers turning down the music or using a selfie stick -- there s hope … thanks to Tostito s and Pepsi.Go from not him again to top of the guest list, with these tasty products, Flacco says.To get Katie s attention, a teenage boy throws Skittles at her bedroom window in the middle of the night.TurboTax s Super Bowl ads feature a number of celebrities such as Kathy Bates, DJ Khaled and David Ortiz.
A prolific auteur with an abiding interest in glamour and cruelty, Murphy is a thrillingly ambitious risk-taker, bending old genres into fresh forms; he’s also famously inconsistent, a Rumpelstiltskin who can spin seemingly offensive concepts into gold—as in last year’s outstanding “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”—or fly off the rails, sometimes in the same show.A woke Ryan Murphy is a tricky proposition: as anyone who watched late seasons of “Glee” knows, didactic camp can be a nightmare.She finds a novel to adapt, a psychological thriller about two elderly sisters living in a Hollywood mansion who torment each other; she woos a director, Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina); and she convinces her enemy, Bette Davis, to co-star.Even Jack Warner (a hilariously nasty Stanley Tucci, ranting behind a desk the size of a beach) buys in—although, naturally, his first question to Aldrich is that eternal query: “Would you fuck ’em?” The show is at once blunt and compassionate about the Realpolitik of this situation, in which any alliance was doomed.They compulsively try to seduce every man in charge, because that’s the customary path to control.As the columnist Hedda Hopper (Judy Davis, in a series of redoubtable hats) says with a shrug, midway through blackmailing Crawford into giving her a bitchy quote, “Well, men built the pedestal, darling—not me.
It’s refreshingly cathartic to witness others going through challenges that tap into our own daily worries.These stories of searching take many forms, from a dark comedy-turned-crime story snapped up from the Sundance Film Festival just weeks ago, to a recent superhero story about a man looking to replace something he felt he was missing, to a crime film about a man with a memory problem, and a story of two men trying to restore an old friendship.From there, they find clues leading to the rest of her stolen goods, mainly her grandmother’s silverware, but—not to give away any plot twists—things take a very weird turn.The Wailing (2016) begins almost as a comedy as a bumbling cop Jong-goo (Kwak Do-won) shows up at the scene of a gruesome murder; it seems to have been caused by a spreading sickness, possibly perpetrated (although unlikely) by mushrooms.The source of the problem seems to be a mysterious, reclusive Japanese man (Jun Kunimura).Out of nowhere, and during what many would have seen as a declining career, Woody Allen had the biggest hit of his career with Midnight in Paris (2011).
The summer TV season is upon us.Previously summer was the season when networks ran reruns and shows that couldn't survive the typical ratings competition in the fall and spring.But summer has become a destination of its own, with a lot more new, competitive, and Emmy-worthy programming.To find out which summer shows have most captured fans' attention, Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligence, a company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet."GLOW" (Netflix), premieres Friday, June 23This take on the popular '80s women's wrestling phenomenon has some heavy-hitting producers behind it whose credits include "Nurse Jackie" and "Orange Is the New Black."
Multicamera comedies 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' are immensely popular.Now that recreational use of marijuana is legal (at the state level) in certain locales, including Washington and Colorado, cannabis-based programming is experiencing a bit of a renaissance.Sure, stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express have always been around, but they were niche products, marketed mainly to longtime marijuana enthusiasts or teens with the munchies.They also tended to focus on the subversive side of the drug, drawing laughs from run-ins with police, unsavory dealers, and disapproving friends and neighbors.Today, though, weed is increasingly mainstream — even from a tech standpoint.Today, August 8, Netflix released the series’ first official trailer, opening with an introduction by Ruth Feldman (Bates), a self-proclaimed cannabis lawyer, activist, and user.
Disjointed uses mostly fake brands to satirize various commercial genresNetflix famously doesn’t run ads during its shows, but the streaming service is making an exception for Disjointed, its new comedy about marijuana that’s filled with spoof pot-themed spots for mostly fake brands.The sitcom, which debuted on Netflix on Friday, stars Kathy Bates as a woman who runs a cannabis dispensary, where she and her employees are perpetually high.Almost all of Disjointed’s first 10 episodes include at least one spoof ad, which send up a variety of popular commercial genres.The idea came from David Javerbaum, who co-created the show with Chuck Lorre and thought the fake spots would help maintain the flow that multicamera audiences are used to with ad breaks.“We were doing a multicam on Netflix, and I wanted to shake some things up, with Chuck’s permission,” Javerbaum said.
IT is out this week, and early reviews say it is pretty darn great.Misery was brilliant, and propelled Kathy Bates to horror icon status.Pet Semetary was chilling, especially for its time, and reinforced just what a terror children can be.But even though the man himself can't stand it, the greatest screen adaptation of Stephen King's work will forever be The Shining.Come at us in the comments.Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
The director of such horror classics as Night of the Living Dead died last summer at the age of 77, but I wish he could have stuck around long enough to see the Oscars confirm what Romero knew for decades: If you want to dig deep into viewers’ brains, you’re best off doing it through genre.Consider two of Sunday night’s biggest winners: Jordan Peele’s Get Out—a meticulously constructed sci-fi-horror-comedy hybrid– was awarded Best Original Screenplay, while Guillermo del Toro’s creature-feature fantasia The Shape of Water earned 4 statues, including Best Director and Best Picture.Get Out employed the innate shocks and tension-easing humor of horror to expose the depths of 21st century racism; The Shape of Water, meanwhile, used the monster-movie format to tell a multi-tiered, multi-species romance that espouses a love for love itself, no matter what form it takes.There are exceptions, of course, including The Silence of the Lambs’ sweep in 1991, and Peter Jackson’s trophy-trifecta for The Lord of Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.Jaws, The Exorcist, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Sixth Sense, Avatar, District 9, Black Swan, Mad Max: Fury Road—all earned Best Picture and/or screenplay nominations, yet no such wins.As Peele noted out in his acceptance speech, he’d worked on about 20 drafts of Get Out, the story of a young African-American photographer who realizes his white girlfriend and her family are planning to literally take control of his body.
FX’s marketing campaign for each new season of American Horror Story manages to be even creepier and more disturbing than the one before it, and the bar has once again been raised for the newest installment, American Horror Story: Apocalypse.The network has released the first teaser for the upcoming eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series, which will be a crossover season featuring characters from Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3).Once again, FX marketing chief Stephanie Gibbons and her team have whipped up a new concoction of terrifying imagery, including a fetus nestled inside an hourglass whose umbilical cord is attached to a black, beating heart.There are also bodies with melting skin, flaming skulls, vicious scorpions and, in keeping with this season’s titles, plenty of apocalyptic visuals.American Horror Story: Apocalypse, which debuts Wednesday, Sept. 12, “begins with the end of the world—and then our world begins,” executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said Friday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.The case includes several American Horror Story alums, playing a mixture of new and returning characters, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter and Billy Eichner.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta has always treated music, and her place in it, like performance art, a Warhol-ian tribute to every creature of the zeitgeist who came before.Bertha, Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForGaga's part as diner server Bertha in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City sequel is fairly small.She wears a great wig and big eyebrows, but only has about four lines, including "times are tough all over," which is how a lot of people feel about this movie.Gaga may not have had that much to do in Roanoke—probably for the best, considering she was recording an album, prepping for a Super Bowl halftime performance, and dealing with chronic pain—but she excelled at all of it, mentally manipulating Kathy Bates (who played The Butcher in Season 6 of AHS) into doing unspeakable acts and turning Cuba Gooding Jr. into her zombified sex slave.There's also the possibility that Gaga could get to bring her back: Scáthach was the original Supreme (the No.
Given the amount of television now available in binge-friendly formats, though, you might also want to consider catching up with some of the scariest, most chilling, (and possibly the goriest) TV shows out there, too.It’s a modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, and follows five siblings who live briefly in a haunted house.After the a family tragedy, the adult siblings reunite with their estranged father to confront demons that exist both inside of the house, and in their own minds.Even if you’ve already binged the two seasons of this ‘80s-set sci-fi/horror series, it’s worth watching again to celebrate the spooky holiday.Start from the beginning, or choose which storyline suits your mood, and enjoy creepy, electric performances from lauded actors like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates.Boasting murders, hauntings, insane asylums, and freak shows, there’s something to whet every type of thrilling appetite.
If you love Stephen King's creepy tales, then Castle Rock is the town full of scary characters and terrifying moments.The new season of the Hulu anthology series focuses on a younger version of Stephen King's Misery character Annie Wilkes played by Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)."In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock," according to the official series synopsis.In the new trailer posted on Monday, Wilkes is shown in Castle Rock as a young mom and hospital nurse who also happens to have a very violent side and seems to be battling a few inner demons herself.The trailer portrays the paranoid and dark side to Wilkes who was originally played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 horror film Misery.Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) plays the character Reginald "Pop" Merrill, the head of a crime family.
One of the advantages of gray hair is that it goes great with a variety of skin tones.It never looks harsh but adds glamor and appeal.Most recently, Sharon Osbourne has gone grey and totally loves it.Other notables who embrace grey hair are Glen Close, Kathy Bates, Paula Dean, singer Pink, and Dame Judy Dench.Linda Evans of Dynasty fame embraced her grey hair very early on in her life, and it always looked beautiful on her.It would seem like growing grey would be easy, but it is actually not an easy process.Colorists suggest that after having your hair dyed grey, it is beneficial to go to the salon for a toning every three to six weeks.