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Image Credit: BeyondHollywood/ABC Studios

Last night, The Academy of Arts & Sciences graciously opened their arms to the cast of ABC’s Revenge and participated in a live Q&A with them. During all the commotion, Yahoo! was able to get a few scoops (from ETOnline) on the latter half of the sophomore season. The link below points out that the writing on Revenge has shifted dramatically, and fans can expect to see a clearer view of the rabbit hole Emily (Emily VanCamp) has spiraled down. Jack will actually man up, Charlotte will once again deal with pain in an illogical way, Daniel will take further control of Grayson Global, and Victoria will remain the show’s ultimate antagonist. Well, don’t let me spoil all the fun for you, take a look for yourself!

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***This is NOT a recap***

Last night, fans everywhere said goodbye to a beloved (to some, a hated) Hamptonite. The momentum building up to Faux-Amanda’s death was slow-paced, but thrilling nontheless. I’m here to discuss the pros and cons of this main character’s death, and who I thought SHOULD have gotten the proverbial axe.

I’ll start off with the positive reasons of why it was essential for Death to visit our dramatic cast once again. Amanda Clarke (a.k.a. Emily Thorne), sold her soul the minute she betrayed her “juvie-sister” and blackmailed Conrad Grayson. In no way should any character survive when toying with the most powerful family in New York. Amanda is brave though, she did anything to protect Jack and Baby Carl. Why she never went to Emily in the first place (Her reasoning: “Jack wanted it to stay between the family“. But Amanda still went against that, so she could’ve done it earlier…Ok) is beyond ridiculous. Either way, newly-wed Mrs. Porter was on a mission to see through that her family would stay out of harm’s way. And it was about damn time that a MAJOR character bit the dust. Mike Kelley, the creator, promised and teased an upcoming “emotional” death; but let’s be honest, how many of us really thought this guy had the balls to kill of a main cast member? No one? Thought so. Amanda’s death will hopefully focus Emily’s attention on backstabbing and manipulating everyone in the Hamptons, as she so gracefully did back in the good ‘ole days of season one. I don’t know about you, but I felt like the writers definitely rushed this episode. Yes, I understand they had to save a good ten minutes for Amanda’s death to sink in (Pun intended? DUH! Hehehe), but I was just not emotionally invested into this episode. It was great, don’t get me wrong, but this episode could’ve been a littttttle more realistic. Again, hats off to the Revenge team for allowing Death to take a main.

Now time for the problems of this “permanent” death (Explanation for the Quotes: Like I stated earlier, this show tends to steer away from killing off main characters; yes I am still upset at last season finale’s “major” death. Lydia’s demise was not an emotional death as Mike Kelley stated it would be for fans. That being said, I will not fully believe this death until I see for myself that Amanda is six-feet under in a black casket. End of Explanation for the Quotes). Amanda was beginning to redeem herself this season by actually acting like a normal human being. I guess her maternal instincts got the best of her? Personally, I think Jack should have died. PLEASE hear me out before you sharpen your pitchforks and knives. Jack dying would’ve set Emily over the edge, and thus leading her to step her game up in regards of getting payback on the Graysons. After all, Conrad is partially responsible for Amanda’s end; the guy basically instigated Nate’s quest for taking back The Stowaway. Back to what I was saying, Jack dying could have started this whole “revenge” game over. Emily would be out for blood, no more revealing secrets and infidelities. And to anyone who thinks Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Jack (Nick Wechsler) have the tiniest bit of chemistry, are declared mentally insane. Kidding. All jokes aside, Emily and Jack have lost that “spark” they once shared in season one. As a result, most (from what I’ve seen on comment boards) fans don’t really care for Jack and Emily anymore. The latest “shipping” movement has been for Aiden and Emily. I, for one, stamp this relationship: APPROVED.

So there you have it folks. You’ve successfully endured my whining from last night’s gamechanger. Cheers to a better latter-half of season two!

Here is a list of my predictions in tonight’s Golden Globe Awards:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

Jessica Chastain

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

Daniel Day-Lewis

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Les Miserables

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Jennifer Lawrence

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Hugh Jackman

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE:

Brave

BEST FOREIGN PICTURE:

Amour

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Anne Hathaway

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Leonardo Dicaprio

BEST DIRECTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Kathryn Bigelow

BEST SCREENPLAY IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Mark Boal

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SONG IN A MOTION PICTURE:

“Skyfall” – Adele

BEST TV SERIES – DRAMA:

Homeland

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA:

Claire Danes

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA:

Damain Lewis

BEST TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Girls

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Amy Poehler

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

Louis C.K.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV:

Game Change

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV:

Jessica Lange

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV:

Woody Harelson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES, SERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV:

Sarah Paulson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES, SERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV:

Mandy Patinkin

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Jessica Chastain in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures

There are two women sitting in a dining room at the Islamabad Marriot Hotel in Pakistan. Maya, a CIA officer, is discussing with her co-worker about information that may prove to be useful as she desperately seeks the location of a man by the name of Abu Ahmed, a courier of Osama bin Laden himself. In an instant, things take a deadly turn as a bomb is denoated near a secruity checkpoint that knocks half of the hotel into pieces. Maya and her friend are the first to get up from the blast and make a run for it. After watching the two endure this particular scene, you realize just how high the stakes are in this incredible, decade long manhunt.

Maya, played by the phenomenal Jessica Chastain, is a woman determined to see the fall of Osama bin Laden. Viewers are introduced to her character during a very tense interrogation scene that involves a detainee of the CIA. She stands in a corner as the man, Ammar, is tortured for intelligence on any working members that are affiliated with bin Laden. This is one of many interrogations that eventually leads Maya to the conlcusion that Abu Ahmed is the key to finding out where Osama bin Laden is hiding. The long journey ahead to find Abu Ahmed only causes grief, and in the government’s eyes, “money wasted”. Seeing a stressed Jessica Chastain yelling at her boss, played by Kyle Chandler, goes to show how dreadful all of this work is to her. She wants to see justice for all the pain caused to innocent people, while protecting her homeland. The writing in this film is impeccable and it strings you along to an amazing end.

Zero Dark Thirty is beautifully crafted by Kathryn Bigelow, and she may have created her finest work yet. This movie will be more than satisfying to those who are most anxious to see the death of the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Osama bin Laden. ZDT will no doubt spark controversy among some people over the very-necessary torture scenes, but without these scenes, the movie would not be as strong as it should be. It’s obvious that Jessica Chastain carries this movie because of all the emoition she pours into her screen time. She feels as if the world is against her, and this allows viewers to connect with her character during her fearless push to see her mission through. Zero Dark Thirty may not be the best movie of all time, but it certainly is the best movie of 2012.

Grade Rating: A

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1) Homeland
Homeland is by far the BEST show of 2012. Not only does this hit series blend reality with unexpected twists, but it allows viewers to stretch their imaginations to think the impossible and still be surprised with the outcome. The writing on this show is beyond phenomenal and deserves the same, if not more, attention that it received from critics last season. While the season finale nears, fans everywhere are busy trying to piece together the conclusion while investigating who the mole at Langley could be.

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2) The Walking Dead
As a fan who just got into this incredible show, I believe The Walking Dead may be the best series of all time. I have never seen a show that weaves everything so smoothly together while complicating almost every storyline with little hesitation. Characters on this show don’t seem to make it out alive during most of these intense-filled episodes, but that’s why this show is such a success. The Walking Dead is not afraid to kill off anyone, and that is an understatement to say the least.

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3) Game of Thrones
For a show that relies so heavily on its source material, Game of Thrones still manages to shock viewers everywhere. A lot of fans that are already aware of what’s to come on this show are still surprised by how daring this series can be. The way the writers pace the show is fascinating. GoT can have a full episode of two characters talking, and it will STILL have fans buzzing for more. Season 3 may be a couple more months away, but it’s a wait that is definitely worth it!

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4) Revenge
If anyone knows me well, they can tell you that Revenge is a definite favorite of mine. I think the idea of exacting revenge on someone is evil, yet so delicious. Revenge has got a lot of flack from steering away from what made the show so amazing. In the show’s defense, Mike Kelly (the creator) cannot continue the whole “they killed my father/destroyed my life” retribution that the protagonist, Emily Throne, seeks against the devilish Grayson family. Mike Kelly has done what is necessary to make this series a hit again: dark twists! This show took a giant leap in the right direction with their winter finale, and I am counting down the days until January!

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5) True Blood
True Blood has been a favorite show of mine since I got into it back in 2009. The only way to sum up this show’s addictiveness, is that it’s a FUN show. Of course you have to watch it with an open-mind, but True Blood is just plain out awesome. Granted, the show can take an annoying turn down “Pointless Plots” but the writers are good about blending it back in with the main storyline. I will forever love this show, and this past season had a crazy finale that I’m looking forward to seeing the aftermath of next year.

Well, tonight’s game-changing episode of True Blood certainly delivered! I wasn’t expecting such an intense hour, especially with the shocking death of Roman during the episode’s final moments. ‘Hopeless’ starts where we last left off, with Alcide being dragged away by a werewolf (We learn later that the wolf is JD). Sookie runs after him and Bill follows, but he and Eric are ambushed by two werewolves. With no one watching Sookie, Russel rushes over to corner her. Sookie uses her powers to fend off Edgington, but the Authority “SWAT” team shows up to take Russel in. Bill and Eric are given orders to glamour the two “humans” that were present during the capture. We all know Sookie cannot be glamoured, but Eric successfully erases Alcide’s memory of this night (I was confused because I was under the impression all supernaturals could not be glamoured). Bill pretends to glamour Sookie but with a message: she needed to forget about Bill & Eric so she can live life like a normal human. Bill’s “glamour speech” was basically his goodbye to Sookie incase he and Eric met the “True Death”.

Alcide was confused more than ever while driving Sookie home. Bill and Eric had been taken back to the Authority’s headquarters with the hopes that their lives would be spared for bringing in Russel alive. Alcide woke up in Sookie’s bed the next morning with the thought that he and her finally had sex. He unfortunately found out that the two did not hook-up. Sookie had a horrible hangover and helped him remember the previous night’s events. Alcide was not too pleased at Bill and Eric once he truly remembered everything. He recalled fighting off JD (the new master of the Shreveport pack) and left in a temper. Sookie showed up at work gossiping with her co-workers about how much trouble men cause. Jason made a surprise visit and informed Sookie what Hadley told him about their parents, who supposedly died from the hands of a vampire. The siblings drove over to visit the field where the faery night club was located. It took them a while to find the entrance but they successfully entered it. Sookie confronted Hadley about the death of her parents and is introduced to Claude, who is the brother of Claudine. When Claude begins to explain the story of how Sookie’s parents were killed, Sookie doesn’t believe him and tries to use her “microwave fingers” to shut him up. But her powers were not working, so Sookie was attacked by other faeries in the night club.

Bill and Eric were welcomed by the other Authority members for bringing Russel in and they celebrated their victory. Salome told the duo that Russel was silvered and being interrogated for clues about the other Sanguinistas. Roman came in and told everyone that Russel would be executed tonight. Eric asked to speak to Nora, but spilled the beans about her being his sister in the process. Roman gave Eric permission so he set off to find Nora. Nora did not acknowldge him at first but Salome passed by with news of the execution that night. Russel, wearing an iStake, is brought in and back talks Roman by insulting Lilith. Just as Roman activates Russel’s iStake, it malfunctions somehow (I’m guessing Salome must’ve tampered with it) and Russel takes the opportunity to stake Roman. We didn’t exactly see Roman drop to the floor as guts and blood, but his face did kind of “melt” and turn gooey. Plus, there was blood splattered all over Russel’s face so I’m guessing Roman met his end. It’s weird too, I figured Meloni’s character would’ve been around on True Blood a little longer, but it was a welcomed surprise.

Rewinding back a little bit, Tara and Jessica were still fighting. Although the fight was stopped short, it seemed that Tara won the brawl. Pam had dragged her back into the office and gave her the whole “don’t do that again/you were pretty awesome” spiel. Jessica sulked in a booth and was soon accompanied by Hoyt, who still thinks Jessica loves him. Sorry Hoyt, but even Jessica is sick of you and your boring storyline. Jess lays down the truth for the lost boy and leaves. Sam and Luna were taken to a hospital to recover that night’s injuries. Emma (she found her way to her Grandmother’s in wolf form) enters her mother’s room, followed by her grandmother. Luna gives Martha permission to watch over Emma due to the lingering supe-killers that were prowling about. Sam is confronted by Andy for a statement about what happened. Sam wants to help find who shot him but it takes awhile for Andy to agree. They visit the vampire-hating store and find out that the clerk, Junior, is selling wooden bullets with silver core. Realizing he might get arrested, Junior pulls out a gun to shoot Andy but Sam is too quick, and kills the store clerk with a crossbow. Sorry if it sounds like I rushed all of that. I’m just so bored with the action that’s NOT happening with those plots.

Transitioning into another boring plot, Lafayette visited his mother, who informs him that Jesus needs help. Lafayette agrees with Ruby Jean that he needs to confront Jesus’s grandfather. Terry and Patrick head back to Bon Temps, and Terry warns Arlene that he cannot be with her anymore. Arlene will die if she sticks around with Terry, but she thinks Terry has gone off his meds (which I hope is the case and he just imagined all this “Ifrit” crap. Case solved!). Arlene kept on insisting Terry to seek a rehab center. But Terry tells her he needs to leave, and he does.

I really liked this episode and probably would’ve loved it more if I didn’t have to endure Terry’s storyline. I’m sorry, but I just can’t find any interest in his character. He needs to go back to his season 1 roots: BEING CRAZY AND WEIRD WHILE COOKING FOOD. Oh well, I love the show and always will. I kind of hope Roman is saved before meeting the “True Death”. It’d be sad to introduce such a great actor and then kill him six episodes in. I can’t wait til next week! I love where the faerie story is going. Will Russel escape and reveal who released him? Is Lilith real and will Nora just die already? And are we going to find out the truth about Sookie and Jason’s parents? We’ll have to wait til Sunday to find out! SEE YOU TRUEBIES THEN!

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Jessica spotting the newly turned vampire, Tara.

Wow, how fast did that hour fly by?! Very quickly seeing as True Blood cheated us another 10 minutes. And we JUST found Russel too! Not cool True Blood, not cool. We pick up where we left off last Sunday, with Sookie and Alcide basically having sex but with clothes on. If only Sookie wasn’t drunk, Alcide wouldn’t have to wait (again) to have Sookie in bed. She ended up puking on his shoes as they were close to actual intercourse. And if that didn’t make things worse, Bill and Eric were by the door. “Alcide, you sure know how to treat a lady.” Eric always has the wittiest comments. Like every drop in, the vampire duo greets Sookie with some pretty bad news: Russel is on the loose and will be after her once he re-cooperates. After a few barks and complaints, the “Scooby Gang” set forth to find Russel! But first they had to stop and pick up Alcide’s boss, Doug. Sookie probed his brain for clues as to who dug up Russel. As most viewers guessed correctly, we were influenced to believe Nora was the one taking Russel into hiding.

The gang showed up at an abandoned hospital, but not before Bill and Eric were informed that their iStakes had been activated to go off at dawn if Russel was not found by then. The gang explored every room and corridor to find Russel. Bumping into dead bodies seemed to phase no one except the only normal person there, Doug. Although he was whimpering like a scared child every three seconds, you still felt bad for him. Once the group discovered a bunch of hooked bodies waiting to be fed to Russel, Doug told the foursome he’d stay behind while they ventured down the hallway. With the dramatic voice over and music playing, the gang walked in on a weak Russel lying in a hospital bed. Just as Eric gave his last words to Russel, “We came to finish what we started.” Russel fired back with: “Give it your best shot.” And then BAM! Alcide dropped to the floor. We’ll have to wait til next week to found out what happened but I’m sure Alcide will be fine. Main characters never seem to die on this show..

With the other (non)related storylines, Tara seems to have found her calling: Becoming a vampire bartender. She had a nice scene where she didn’t whine for once! Jessica and Tara seemed to bond over the fact that being a vampire is simply, awesome! It was really refreshing to see Tara happy. But (there’s always that “but”) Hoyt ran into Tara as she was smoking a cigarette with her new vampire abilities. Hoyt wanted Tara to feed from her, and she did. As Jessica was feeding on a girl in one bathroom stall, Tara was in the next feeding off of Hoyt. Jessica did not take too kindly to this and started an awesome vampire girl-fight. Back in Bon Temps, Lafayette was dealing with being an evil brujo. He woke up to find the head of his ex-boyfriend on his coffee table. Jesus had his mouth sewn together and was mumbling something. Just as that scene ended, Ruby Jean saw the same thing on her nightstand. Her reaction to Jesus was hilarious. It was just so random and unexpected that it made me laugh-out-loud.

Sam’s story finally got interesting with his two fellow shifters who were found shot while eating dinner. Andy and Jason showed up to the scene after a wild night with no recollection of returning home after being “blasted” by those faeries. Sam assumed this was a hate crime by someone who had a vendetta against supernaturals. After giving Andy his statement, he went off to give Luna some bad news. Sam showed up at Luna’s door to tell her about the death of their two friends. Sam warned Luna to be careful and he would check up on her in the morning (quick foreshadow). As Sam was leaving, a few guys in a truck shot Sam in the gut. Seconds later, Luna came out and was shot in the gut and arm. Emma came out to see what happened and narrowly escaped death by shifting(?) into a wolf. The shooters took off and last we saw, Luna presumably died and Sam was still breathing.

Elsewhere in the land of “Pointless Plots”, Terry and Patrick were held hostage by Eller, whose supposedly lighting houses on fire. He informed the two about an “Ifrit”. Eller thinks this Ifrit is following him and his army buddies because of the terrible deed they did to a group of innocents back in Iraq. Terry related to his crazy army buddy ,then Eller freed Terry and Patrick only to be captured himself. Terry climbed out of the hiding place followed by Patrick, who left the crazy guy in the cellar. We last saw Eller attacked by the Ifrit which engulfed fire over his face.

SO. With all that’s happening, it seems like nothing has happened. I hope Terry’s storyline wraps up really soon. I’m getting very impatient because I’m processing his screen time as “free time”. I love that Russel is back and cannot wait to see what antics he has up his sleeve. I’m hoping the show is going to pick up the pace in the next episode. Excuse my tardiness for writing this recap late! I’ll be on time for next week’s. Until then, folks!

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