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Realty Byte: Ryan Serhant Goes On A $1.2M Texas-Size Tour Of TV History

9 Jul

Chuck Norris is karate-chopping his way through the real estate market maze and Million Dollar Listing New York‘s Ryan Serhant is taking us along for the mansion-packed adventure.

And if this home looks familiar, it had its own starring role on Norris’s long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger – and for $1.2 million you can own the Texas-size tidbit of TV history.

This sprawling 7,362 square-foot spread is actually owned by Norris’s brother Aaron and now that it’s completely renovated it needs a new owner with some deep pockets.

Because everything is bigger in Texas, it only seems fitting that this Mediterranean-ranch style manse was also expanded to 4 oversized bedrooms, a whopping 9 bathrooms, large media room, even bigger poolside patio, 3-car garage, full gym, and an extra 884 square-foot detached studio to practice those crane-kicking moves.

Even more importantly, can you spot the ’90s TV memorabilia on the wall?

Let Ryan Serhant take you on a tour of TV history in the CB! video above.

Ellen DeGeneres Will Awkwardly Host the 2014 Oscars

8 Jul

Get up on your feet and start dancing to the blandest song on the radio, because Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars next year. The talk show dropped the Friday-morning bomb a few minutes ago on Twitter.

“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars!” She wrote. “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”

DeGeneres previously hosted the Oscars in 2007. Her gags included vacuuming the carpet mid-show, periodically chatting with nominees in the audience and other things people apparently found way more funny and comforting than I did.

On the bright side: She’s taking the reins from last year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, whose show was widely criticized for being unfunny and probably offensive.

Doctor Who: 12 Annoying Characters, Companions And Villains

5 Jul

Adam Mitchell

As much as us fans love our show, all of us have episodes, companions, characters, plotlines, monsters and even Doctors that we dislike. None of these things ever prevent us from watching because – well, because it’s Doctor Who – but most Whovians still enjoy coming together to discuss what they did or didn’t like about every miniscule little detail.

Us Whovians can be a pedantic lot and will argue a point until the Adipose are transported home, but we are also happy to agree to disagree concerning differences of opinion on some things. You didn’t like an episode I enjoyed? That’s fine; each to their own and I love a good, friendly debate. Have at it so long as you’re not going out of your way to offend anybody.

With all of that said, I am now going to put my own head on the chopping block and reveal who and what are – to me – twelve of the most annoying main characters and villains, in no particular order. Please don’t lynch me!

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Here’s Who Won’t Be on ‘SNL’ Next Year

26 Jun

Throughout its 38-season run, Saturday Night Live has always been a revolving door for rising comedic stars: after developing their talents and making a name for themselves, the cast members eventually call it quits.

This year, SNL is losing several esteemed veterans to the exodus: Jason Sudeikis just joined Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in leaving the cast. And next year, the show’s head writer, Seth Meyers, will bid adieu to his Weekend Update anchor post to take over as host of NBC’s Late Night.

Now SNL‘s longtime leader Lorne Michaels faces a challenge: Can he find worthy talent to fill the shoes of some of the sketch comedy’s biggest stars? We’ll have to wait for the new season to see what new cast members come from his annual hunt for new SNL additions.

But for now, as we say goodbye to the alums, let’s remember the good times.

Here’s Armisen, who impersonated everyone from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Queen of England, signing off with a reprisal of his punk Ian Rubbish.

Here’s Sudeikis, who became the resident Romney impersonator during election season, in his signature role, The Devil.

Here’s Meyers doing what he does best, anchoring the Weekend Update.

And, lastly, here’s Hader reporting as Stefon, the outrageous city correspondent, for one final time.

Vanessa Hudgens: ‘The Best Part’ Of Playing A Stripper Was Getting To Go To Strip Clubs

12 Jun

If you thought Vanessa Hudgens‘ role in Spring Breakers was raunchy, wait until you take a look at her upcoming flick, The Frozen Ground.

Playing a 17-year-old exotic dancer, the actress says “the best part” was going to all the strip clubs to do research for her psychologically – and definitely physically – challenging role.

“I went to a bunch of strips clubs and got to talk to the strippers,” she tells pal Ashley Tisdale in a preview clip of her E! special, Vanessa & Ashley: Inner Circle.

“I have mad respect for the amazing pole dancers because it takes a lot of work and … they’re like athletes, honestly. What they do is crazy.”

Given that fellow former Disney starlet Miley Cyrus also likes sticking dollar bills in G-strings, maybe the girls can get together for a little reunion.

TV Review: The Bridge 1.6, “ID”

7 Jun

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“ID” was another top-notch episode of The Bridge, albeit one which was mostly playing catch-up with itself. We learned more about the personal histories of Marco, Sonya, and Hank, but only in the usual snippets we’ve come to expect from this series which, while not a complaint, doesn’t provide much more than bits of interesting history. The overarching plot barely moved at all aside from Charlotte diverting her nagging moral anxiety over the tunnel in her backyard by enlisting the assistance of her clearly intelligent and stand-up new boyfriend who I’m sure will live a long and fruitful life in no way impeded by the ATF or Mexican drug smugglers, Sonya’s supposition that The Bridge Butcher may be an active law enforcement officer, and the probably doomed one way or another Gina Meadows dying a pretty terrible death which may or may not have been the work of The Bridge Butcher. Most of the episode spent its time watching characters merely catch up to themselves and each other, but it still contributed to the expertly rendered portraits of its characters the series has been constructing.

Aside from the shocking sights of The Calaca’s knife-ridden corpse hanging from a telephone pole in Juarez, and poor Gina’s tragic, bloody departure, the episode’s most captivating image was its closing scene where Sonya takes the hand of her sister’s now brain-damaged killer while he absently colored pictures of a blonde woman with her face literally blacked out except for her eyes. We already knew Sonya occasionally visits the man, but her futile attempts at discerning some kind of reason for her loss took on new weight when we learned that Hank not only originally took the case of Sonya’s sister’s murder, but that he caught Dobbs and was the one to put a bullet in his brain. I loved that Hank wasn’t disturbed by shooting Dobbs, but by taking away Sonya’s hope for answers. It casts a new light on Hank’s and Sonya’s relationship which elevates it from the typical dynamic usually seen between a protective father figure stereotype and a female subordinate, even more so than has Sonya’s Asperger’s.

Marco continued to struggle keeping his family together, but the highlight of his time in “ID” came from his meeting with Fausto Galvan to return the million dollars cash Galvan provided for Maria’s ransom. Here we continue to see Marco do what he can to remain an honest cop despite the conclusions Frye and Adrianna are making about his career. Again, this characterization is another one which has now taken on greater significance with a last minute revelation, that Marco’s and Fausto’s fathers apparently built Galvan’s drug business together. Nevertheless, I wonder if “ID” would have been improved by spending more time with this development instead of watching the Ruiz family continue to gradually fall apart.

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Although watching Gina struggle to make sense of the trauma she endured mirrored Sonya’s own past, I’m not sure how effective this was in achieving what was desired by her death and the aforementioned scene between Sonya and Dobbs. It wasn’t poor, but it took up the majority of the episode for a payoff which wasn’t exactly poignant so much as it was tragic. Meanwhile, most of the rest of “ID” followed Frye and Adriana put pieces together which the audience has already been aware of for some time so it didn’t exactly make for very compelling proceedings. Similarly, I suppose Frye’s new found desire for sobriety has been brought on by his learning just how deep the conspiracy of Cristina Fuentes’ death is buried in the FBI, but I didn’t think this was illustrated very clearly which made me question the efficacy of seeing Frye dump out all his booze and drugs. What I missed most from “ID” was Steven Linder. I’m afraid he’s probably dead in a ditch somewhere for killing Calaca, but I can’t believe after all the time spent with this character we wouldn’t even discover his ultimate fate.

I love everything I’ve seen of The Bridge thus far, including “ID” (especially the eye/vision motif achieved from the eyes drawn by the sketch artist working with Gina, Sonya’s exclamation that The Butcher is watching them, and the drawings from Dobbs), but it seems clear this episode will prove to have been a relative lull in an overall outstanding season of television.

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Breaking Bad Final Season – The Beginning Of The End

5 Jun

Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston

“I will never see the inside of a jail cell”, DEA super sleuth Hank is informed by his brother-in-law and occasional “methstermind” Walter White. And we know he’s right. The question that propels the final instalments of Breaking Bad is…why exactly won’t Walt do time?

Will future family get-togethers be one, or two people short? At this point, there is no moral compromise that Walt won’t make, and his world is darkening quickly. He’ll be forced to walk away from the one person who doesn’t judge him, and still sees him as Walter White, his infant daughter. In her, Walter sees a part of himself, untouched by the darkness of Heisenberg. Losing Holly is losing “the good Walt”, and everything that comes with it.

Walt has money by the forklift, but he’s not winning. This cash is feeling dirtier by the day – Jesse can’t give his blood money away fast enough. What’s striking is how believably Breaking Bad portrays acquiring wealth beyond your dreams and still existing in abject misery. You realise the cliche’ “Money can’t buy happiness” may not be the flaccid battle cry of the desperate. Never has money been so devalued as when someone complains they had to “spray it for silverfish”.

We know from the flash forward that Walt is living on the lamb alone, under an assumed identity and with a machine gun in the trunk of his car. His Heisenberg persona is now infamous and no doubt a legend in Albuquerque and beyond. He’s apparently lost his family, but not his money – and he has a plan, which doesn’t look pretty.

The show has a lot of plot to cover with the last seven episodes. Looking out from underneath the brim of the black hat, Walt’s perspective is pretty grim. The collision of worlds will be catastrophic as Heisenberg is outed and Mr. White (or the illusion of) disappears forever. He’ll walk away from everything eventually, presumably alone.

Walt’s family will discover the grisly nature of his secret crimes, and having alienated everyone, including his long suffering business partner Jesse, Walt finds himself alone in a world he can no longer control, once again represented by the brief close-up of a fly. The fly harkens back to an earlier episode (The Fly, Season Three) when Walter becomes obsessed with presence of the dirty insect in his immaculate laboratory. It was the only problem he could control, and therefore became his fixation. Walt managed to reign things in back then, but now it’s time to pay the piper. Who’s the piper? That remains to be seen. There are several individuals that would qualify for “piper” status in this case.

For those who think this half of the last season will end in a clash with pesky jobsworth Hank, don’t forget the many loose ends that need tying up – perhaps literally. The Mexican cartel might hold a grudge for the murder of their bell-ringing patriarch. After losing face in such an unforgettable manner, so might Gus Fring’s mafia-connected family. It wouldn’t even be difficult to locate Walter, as he’s lived in the same single level ranch style house since he was a nerdy high school teacher.

Creator Vince Gilligan questions “Who are we cheering for and why?” with the character transformations in Breaking Bad. It’s easy to see why Walter White has been cut so much slack, but how much are we willing to forgive? Barring violence on innocents, how far can a villain protagonist be pushed before losing an audience? Any fans of the show hoping for a possible open-ended finale can surrender hope; Gilligan says “people should expect a real, conclusive ending”. Aaron Paul laments the end of Breaking Bad and doesn’t want it all to end, but says “I’m so happy [the writers] ended it the way they did”, and promises “a dark, crazy ride to the final episode”.

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