[This is a review of Game of Thrones season 6, episode 2 ‘Home.’ There will be SPOILERS.]
Jon Snow has come back from the dead. That’s not exactly a surprise for anyone who’s been watching the series or, more likely, has been watching the Internet go into speculative meltdown since men of the Night’s Watch loyal to Alliser Thorne stabbed their Lord Commander. Even before it had happened, though, Jon’s resurrection was really more of an inevitability, a fixed point in the overarching narrative that had to happen once he’d fallen, given his significance has all but been assured by the deaths of ...
It might be a stretch to call the 2014 production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens a “troubled production,” but there were still occasional reports of not-so-great news from the set. Harrison Ford fractured his leg when a door from the Millennium Falcon fell on him. Production was delayed for two weeks as a result, with shooting plans moved around to account for Ford’s injury. Of course, despite the setback, that film went on to become a tremendous success, reinvigorating the Star Wars brand and setting the stage for what’s to come.
The next film in the trilogy, currently known as Star Wars: Episode VIII, has been in production since February, and thankfully the production has gone smoothly, with nothing ...
To borrow from Donald Trump, HUGE things happened last week on "Empire" with Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) going out 'ding dong, that b*tch is dead' style at the end of episode 12 and pulling her wife Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) with her into that cold hard grave. Considering all of that drama, it wouldn't have been unexpected for yesterday's episode to have been much chiller and tamer with regards to the eye popping episodic business preceding it. To that end, early on at the start of episode 13, it was looking like everyone was taking it nice and normal with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wanting all her Lyons together in a Huxtable family way to celebrate her first birthday outside of jail, bi-polar Andre (Trai Byers) back on his meds and apologizing for accusing his wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) of being a ho, and Lucious (Terrence Howard) finally working through his serious issues with his mother (Kelly Rowland). However in the end, much like the whole pristine image of "The Cosby Show" going kablooey from the inside out, all of that calm got pretty much blown to hell by the time the credits were rolling. So let's get down to the best moments of that televised train wreck that we just can't stop watching every Wednesday night even if we wanted to ***Spoiler Alert***:
Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) gets engaged to Laura Calleros (Jamila Velazquez). In the big moves and grand gestures that we should come to expect from the youngest boy of Lucious Lyon, Hakeem goes for broke and proposes to his innocent lady love Laura right after one of her shows as the opening act for his ex girlfriend Tiana (Serayah). Even though it looks like the real thing, you just know from the look on Tiana's face and baby in Anika Calhoun's (Grace Gealey) belly that this path towards true love will not be running smooth. For that matter, if folks aren't careful, it might entirely jump the tracks before even getting close to the chapel.
Lucious reveals that as a young boy he witnessed as his mother took her own life. Working through his music video with Cookie, Lucious puts together all of the flashbacks from his boyhood and reveals that not only did his mother nearly drown him in a deluded attempt to cleanse him of his sins, but after she realized what she had almost done, she put a bullet in her own skull to atone with him as her only audience. Now that's a family history you don't want to see visited on anyone - no matter what dirty deeds they have done in the present.
Lucious admits to withholding the information that Andre's mental issues likely come from Lucious' own mother. When images of Lucious' mother putting a gun to her head in Lucious' music video trigger Andre's memories of putting a gun to his own head in a depressive mental episode, Andre confronts Lucious for keeping this vital information secret rather than revealing it in order to help with Andre's treatment and mental well being. Lucious is unapologetic for the lifelong omission, defending his actions as the better part of strength via refusal to admit any genetic weakness borne of the Lyon family tree. Yet another anti-father of the year moment for Lucious.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) steals Freda Gatz (Bre-z) from Lucious and Cookie learns that Freda Gatz is Frank Gather's (Chris Rock) daughter. In a turn that was bound to happen with Freda playing Lucious' adopted daughter, Freda learns the hard way that Lucious truly has no allegiance to anyone - especially his own children be they biological, musical or adopted. When Jamal finally gets Freda to see this, she comes to a recording session with Jamal and admits to Cookie that she is the recently murdered Frank Gathers' devoted child. Need we remind everyone that Cookie and Lucious are the ones who plotted and executed the murder of Freda's dear old dad? Yikes.
Rhonda Lyon makes plans to stay at Anika Calhoun's home as a 'safe haven' from Lyon family drama. Ugh! Talk about not having good instincts when it comes to dangerous female frenemies like Anika that would sooner cut somebody's throat out than have another woman carrying a Lyon dynasty fetus beat her to the delivery table. Now, we're not saying that Anika is the baby killer who pushed Rhonda down the steps causing Rhonda to miscarry, but Anika certainly isn't crying about that unusual turn of events either, now is she? Rhonda going to live with Anika instead of Andre or just about any other random person just isn't a move that is going to play out well for anyone other than Miss Anika Boo Boo Kitty herself.
"Empire" can be seen on Wednesday nights at 9/8 central on FOX.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced fans to a new generation of heroes and yet another set of mysteries to ponder in between films. If the rumors of Rey’s parentage were hot before this past week, they’re now turning into full-blown fan theories pinpointing Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso from Rogue One, and while the theory seems a little too simple, it certainly is popular.
Unfortunately for those dreaming of a Luke-meets-Jyn comic book series, actress Daisy Ridley told MTV on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards that this particular theory has no legs, and the upcoming saga installment (still known as Star Wars: Episode VIII) is going to take a darker turn, teasing Rey’s ongoing journey with ...
The guilty pleasure that is the Fox television series "Empire" certainly did not disappoint yesterday with it's second run around the track. In the mad style of a truly great Hip Hop Opera, just when you're thinking that they couldn't possibly take it any further than going "there," they go and show you that what you thought was "there" was just another bump in a much crazier and much more scandalous road trip. To that end, with a big spoiler alert warning, here were some of our favorite knocks in that episode 2, season 3 road:
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) getting surrounded and read broadway theater style by male members of the gay community for Jamal's flip flopping on the sexual tip with Skye Summers (Alicia Keys). This scene not only demonstrated great choreography and the best use of multicolored flip flops ever as a prop to deliver shade, but you had to love the lyrical rearrangement of Hakeem Lyon's (Bryshere Y. Gray) hit "Drip Drop." Poor Becky did her best to tell them that it wasn't even Jamal's song, but it was just too bad of a sneak attack burn to begin with. Ouch, bitch... just ouch.
Hakeem remaking the Empire Logo in his own image. Hakeem performs the penultimate Hip Hop song about power and then he figuratively drops the mike by unveiling his unique and artistic coup de grace on the Empire logo to the shell shocked reactions of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Andre (Trai Byers) and Jamal. Let's not even start on how big daddy Lucious (Terrence Howard) will react when he gets the time to really savor this piece of work.
Tiana's (Serayah) number "I Just Came In Here To Dance". Skin tight, barely there sparkly body suits, and all of that shaking and popping from Tiana and her all girl army gives even our lady Beyonce a good run for her money. Can you say "All The Single Ladies?" A lot of folks could after seeing this.
Jamal letting it slip to the press that Lucious Lyon's real name is anything but Lucious Lyon. Sometimes the worst cuts come from those who know us best. Be good to your kids or suffer that grassroots homegrown fury. Enough said.
The all hands on deck machiavellian demise of Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) and Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei). When it comes to all business Empire, the family that slays together stays together... or at least keeps it's business firmly within the family bloodline. Mimi and Camila were slick, but they just had no chance when it came to the Slick Rick capabilities of the Lyon family. With Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) getting in close to Camilla through Camilla's fashion line at the behest of Cookie, Jamal and Andre, and then Hakeem sending a sex tape of himself and Camilla to Camilla's jealous and ailing wife Mimi Whitman, the stage was set for a simple business takeover, game, set and match. However, when Camilla then kills Mimi to regain the upper hand and is caught read handed by Lucious Lyon, who more than understands the cause and effect knee jerk reactions of power hungry people like himself and Ms. Marks, it's only a little shove to get Camilla to kill herself rather than face jail coupled with complete and utter financial ruin.
"Empire" can be seen Wednesday nights at 9/8c on Fox.
North Carolina emcee Thee Tom Hardy has worked with greats like 9th Wonder, Cunninlyguists, and many others. After taking a couple years to regroup and refocus Tom Hardy jumped on The Blind Box Podcast to talk about his time with Jamla, his time off and what's coming next. Thee Tom Hardy should have new music dropping this month so make sure you keep it locked here on Dead End Hip Hop for updates.
It’s hard to believe just how much the DC TV empire has grown since Arrow debuted on The CW in 2012. There now two spinoff shows on the network that are set in the same universe – The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Furthermore, crossover episodes with DC Comics-based shows on other networks have confirmed that Arrow takes place in the same world as NBC’s short-lived supernatural series Constantine, and that the Arrowverse is part of a multiverse that includes CBS’ Supergirl.
That latter bit of canon was confirmed by this week’s appearance of the Flash (Grant Gustin) in the Supergirl episode ‘World’s Finest’. The Fastest Man Alive accidentally jumped through a portal into Supergirl’s ...
For those of you who took our humble but emphatic advice to watch the premiere of "Empire," season 3 that aired yesterday at 8/9c on Fox, the drama certainly did not disappoint when it came to answering some of those nagging questions that had us hanging by a thread last season after that huge fall down the stairs for Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday), and the ousting of patriarch Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) from his Empire CEO roost. For those of you who haven't checked your DVR, or just don't want to know, from this point forward we are listing some of the best season 3, episode 1 highlights, so huge SPOILER ALERT for those who decide to read the below:
Rhonda is alive, but her baby with Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) is no more. So very sad, but at least we didn't have to say goodbye to one of the best ride or die b*tches Andre is likely to come by. However in an interesting development, Rhonda doesn't remember being pushed down the stairs, but believes that she just lost her footing and fell. And but of course, Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) made sure that she visited Rhonda in the hospital to hear this from the horse's mouth and add her own two cents that perhaps this tragedy was "for the best." The best for Anika, certainly....
Lucious Lyon is ready to regain control of his company by any means necessary. In scenes that had him packing and handling more guns than an anxious mobster planning a holiday getaway, Lucious has made it clear that he's gunning for Empire's board, Camilla (Naomi Campbell) and his own son, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) if they don't toe the line towards re-clearing a path for him to regain the Empire CEO crown. Lucious even offered Hakeem his own gun to shoot him in the back, rather than otherwise be shot on sight by Lucious should Hakeem take the open position of Empire CEO. It was a close one, but Hakeem sensibly chose not to shoot his own father and take his chances in the Empire boardroom as it's new CEO.
Cougars are going to roar, and Camilla in offering Hakeem top spot as CEO of Empire demands that Hakeem break up with his Tiger Beat Lyon cub love Laura Calleros (Jamila Velazquez) in the bargain - which Hakeem does. However, in his usual raw and emotionally driven way, Hakeem soon realizes that he is actually in love with Laura. As such, he goes to Laura's grandma's house in the hood and wins her back - consummating the relationship and saying the L word back to Laura just as he is deflowering her. Can you say virgin be gone? Camilla will likely be wishing he had all while making 'Keem pay.
Lastly, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) has her own designs for taking out Camilla from the inside by leveraging middle son Jamal Lyon's (Jussie Smollett) record release as a hefty incentive to get Empire to acquire Lyon Dynasty and appoint her both Empire and Lyon Dynasty's head of A&R. More tricky moves ahead for the Cookie monster... should be fun to see how it all gets her to final destination: revenge island.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was officially launched with Iron Man in 2008 and the shared universe of films and television series, both on ABC and Netflix, has evolved over the last eight years. Netflix, for its part, has been building up the Defenders universe, which currently includes two seasons of Daredevil and one season of Jessica Jones. After the premiere of Daredevil season 2 earlier this weekend, the next release slated from Marvel and Netflix is Luke Cage later this year.
The series will follow the titular Hero for Hire, who was first introduced in Jessica Jones season 1 as played by Mike Colter. Netflix released the first teaser and official show logo for Luke Cage ...
Lucasfilm has not officially closed the book on last year’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens just yet, with the Blu-ray release of that film happening in a few weeks, but the studio has already commenced production on its direct sequel. Star Wars 8 has been filming for the better part of a month now, recently shifting gears to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Rian Johnson and his crew have been there for the past few days, shooting their scenes under the alleged protection of counter-drones to stop curious fans from getting too close a look.
Still, when something as massive as a Star Wars movie is filming in the area, it’s going to be hard to suppress everyone with a camera hoping for a sneak peek. As fans might expect, some set photos are starting to come out, ...
(AllHipHop News) AZ grew up in Brooklyn, and the "Sugar Hill" rapper returned to his old neighborhood for an episode of BET's #BLX docu-series. AllHipHop.com caught up with AZ to discuss his appearance on the online show. The New Yorker also spoke about the sequel to his debut album Doe Or Die, his relationship with fellow The Firm member Nas, and his current business ventures.
Cam'ron decides to give his new web series Giles Investigation the green light, releasing the show's first episode.The Dipset rapper will find himself re-connecting with those from his past in his new show, and to start off, links back up with comedian 'Face.'
Shout to the Bronx-born bro Revelation hailing from New Bedford (MA, USA) for always hipping me to the movements of his crew EMS. He's got some EMS bredren in here turning them coals (fire)! Check 'em out - M-Dot & Mayhem - and more of New England's best (ESH, Rite Hook, Blak Madeen, Jahpan, Oak Lonetree) with DJ Slipwax. Nice rhyme skills and cuts above. Watch your head!
Admission: Always hated Jar Jar Binks as a character in the Star Wars reboots (but @ojones1 said he wasn't so bad... get him y'all... GET HIM! hahaaaaa!). That said, you kind of feel sorry for the guy who played him, Ahmed Best. That is, you will (most likely) when you watch this clip.
In Episode III of These Are The Actors You're Looking For; Ahmed Best AKA Jar Jar Binks talks Michael Jackson, the backlash and why he would never return to the Star Wars franchise. He also performs his former co-star Liam Neeson's famous 'Taken' monologue, in the style of Jar Jar!
Um... but see how he is still trying to take bullets for creator George Lucas... saying the kids who first watched "The Phantom Menace" had no problem with it. *Sigh* Hollywood...
(Watch the Liam Neeson a la Jar Jar voice flip by Best at the end.)