CAN’T HARDY WAIT

I am going to share something with you that I am in no way embarrassed about. I love Tom Hardy.

I want to be clear here, I LOVE that man. I follow at least four Tom Hardy fan accounts on Instagram, one of which is just pictures of Tom Hardy holding dogs. I dressed up as Bane and Mad Max for two separate Halloween parties one year, and when my weight lifting coach asked me to write my goal for the year on the whiteboard, I wrote “Look like Tom Hardy.” So yeah… I am pretty hard. Hardcore! I meant hardcore!

That being said, Hardy’s new FX project, Taboo, looks pretty awesome. A teaser trailer for Taboo was originally released in February and was brought to my attention by a friend whose love for Tom is as strong as mine, though it is a little different since she is a woman and everything.

FX just released four new TV spots for the upcoming project. Check them out below:

So, what exactly is Taboo about? Here’s the official synopsis.

Set in 1814, the series follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), an adventurer who returns to London from Africa long after he’s believed to be dead. He wishes to inherit his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself only to discover the true nature of the legacy left behind. Soon, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the all-powerful East India Company, while caught in the middle of two warring countries, Britain and the United States.

Besides his strong acting pedigree, Hardy also had a hand in creating it along with his father and Steven Knight who created Peaky Blinders and wrote and directed Locke which is by far Tom Hardy’s best performance to date.

Taboo will premiere on FX Tuesday January 10th. Be sure to check out our first impressions right after!

Source: /Film

NEW HIGHWAY IN THE SKY DINE-AROUND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Recently growing in popularity with passholders, the unofficial ‘Monorail Crawl‘ has been a unique take on enjoying the different offerings from the resorts surrounding the Magic Kingdom.

The trend has caught on, and now Walt Disney World Resorts has officially announced the new Highway in the Sky Dine-Around; an all-new experience where Disney takes care of the travel plans so you can sit back and enjoy this culinary journey. Guests will receive priority boarding on the monorail while they circuit between  Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

The first stop on the journey is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Here you’ll receive a welcome cocktail and then you’ll head on over to Disney’s Polynesian Resort to taste some of the South Pacific with island-inspired sips and appetizers.

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Transitioning from island-life to elegance, you’ll then hop back on the monorail to Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Here you’ll get to enjoy a sumptuous entrée with wine pairings, and then sample some artisanal cheese while sipping on sparkiling wine in their beautfil lobby.

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Of course, in true Disney style, there has to be a grand finale. The journey ends where it begins, back at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. On a private patio overlooking Cinderella’s Castle, you’ll be treated to desserts, cordials and coffee while enjoying the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks display.

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Beginning December 2nd, the Highway in the Sky Dine-Around will be offered on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The cost is $150 per person (includes gratuity and valet parking!). You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

 

Source | DisneyParks Blog

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE | FALL RECAP

Fall and those final four words.

Lorelai spends a good majority of the last episode of the revival series going on her basic Wild adventure where she finds herself. She’s the book version and not the movie. A purist! Thankfully she doesn’t actually go hiking and most of her struggles are spent fitting all of her items into her backpack. She hangs out with a group of other women one night and they ask her about her struggles. Does she have an abusive husband? A bad divorce? Horrible kid? The answer is no to all of those and Lorelai takes a step back and reflects more on her journey of self reflection.

Ultimately she is able to view some section of actual nature. After she gets past her Parenthood co-stars Jason Ritter and Peter Krause (who’s also her boyfriend in real life) acting as park rangers she has a moment of zen. Clarity. Direction. Answers! She calls Emily and tells her a moving story about herself and her father. A story that Emily asked for months ago and Lorelai botched publicly. This moment makes up for it as it’s one of the better scenes in all of Gilmore Girls and certainly in A Year in the Life.

Back in Stars Hollow, Luke gets a visit from Jess (!!!), who once again is the voice of reason. Jess forces Luke to sit down and talk to him. Luke tells him of his and Lorelai’s communication problems of late. Jess replies with, “Communication problems? Never had experience with that myself.” When Lorelai returns home unexpectedly, Luke is convinced that she is going to leave him. Before she can even say a word he cuts her off and tells her, well, this.

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It’s a great moment. One that feels real and is passionate. Luke saying that needing space is bullshit is also something that I felt rings true. Lorelai is able to stop him and says, “Luke! I think we should get married.” and follows with saying she already booked the date for the wedding. Luke then walks over to a drawer and pulls out his ring for her. “I’ve gotta tell ya, before this thing goes on, the only way out is in a body bag,” he says, holding the ring above her finger. “And now we don’t have to write our vows,” is a perfect Gilmore reply. This should have happened years ago, but it’s nice that it’s finally happening now.

During this we have what I’ve heard many refer to as the highlight of A Year in the Life, but I’m in the minority on this one:

I hate the Life and Death Brigade and the extended Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride inspired number.

gilmore-girls-7For starters, it’s just more of Logan. And Logan is engaged in case you forgot. Also in case you forgot, having affairs is morally wrong and shit and if you were raised with morals like Rory was and you also were already a mistress to another ex boyfriend a decade ago, you really are repeating the past. But anyways, I actually read someone say that “Logan is perfect.” because how romantic of him! He takes across country and surprises Rory and offers her his families house in Maine to write her book in. He’s perfect! You know, besides the whole being engaged part and not really being with Rory. She ended their affair last episode and here he is with his rich brigadiers to painfully exploit the upperclass system that’s always lurked behind the tried and true sweet home town charm of Gilmore Girls. And then they somehow get access to all of the town at night including the rooftops with spotlights and access to Doose’s market amongst other things.

At this point in the revival series I couldn’t get past details like these because I was so tired of the missteps. And have no doubt, deny if you will, but Rory is the worst. These are words from someone who loves Gilmore Girls and has watched the series in its entirety over three times.

Rory refuses Logan’s offer to stay in the house as she knows where she wants to write it, her grandfather’s office that holds the portrait of Rory reading a book that Richard cherished so much in the first season. Rory totally doesn’t refuse the offer to sleep with Logan again though.

gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life-emilyEmily is my favorite Gilmore.

At a DAR meeting she stops giving a crap about the polite fakeness and tells some trophy wife the truth and it’s thrilling to watch. Hearing Emily scream out “BULLSHIT!” a few times is also the best. And her line about purchasing some pre-colonial douche had me cracking up. Emily goes to Nantucket with her maid Berta (played by Rose Abdoo who also is Stars Hollow’s mechanic Gypsy!) and her entire family. That’s right, Emily has kept the same maid and her family for a whole year and even brings them to Nantucket with her. She looks at peace in the house there and even in the whaling museum.

She later tells Lorelai in a conversation that she bought the house for twice the listed price because it’s what she wanted. It brought her the joy she was seeking and was no longer able to find in the house that her and Richard built together. She calls the house The Sandcastle.

“The previous owners called it the Clam Shack. I guess ‘Vagina House’ was taken.”

Did I mention that Emily was my favorite?

As she’s telling Lorelai about this her daughter is going to ask her mother to invest in expanding the Dragonfly Inn to another location as well. Emily repeats a few times, “You need to borrow money.” in the middle of Lorelai’s pitch just as Richard did all those years ago when it came to Chilton and Rory. And just like the Friday Night Dinners were born, the new deal is “two weeks in the summer, one week at Christmas” and Lorelai happily agrees to this. Emily even agrees to use the money that Richard wanted Luke to have for his Diner EMPIRE. Later on we see Emily kicking ass working at that whale museum in her white Keds and looking content. I loved this.

 

dean-re-appeared-in-gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life-via-netflixBack in Stars Hollow everyone is planning the wedding. Luke reveals a good buddy of his is Kiefer Sutherland when asked who he wants to invite to much joy and disbelief from everyone. Luke asks Jess if he’s moved on from Rory, which he says he has, but when leaving he looks back at the house, and you know that look… You’ve seen it. He still loves her. Or at least who she could be.

Rory literally runs into her first love Dean at Doose’s and asks his permission to write about him in her book which her mother is now okay with in her newfound state of mind, she only offers one line of advice in a sly nod to The Social Network saying, The Gilmore Girls.” “Drop the ‘the.’ Just ‘Gilmore Girls.’ It’s cleaner.” Dean is hesitant, he’s the father of three with another on the way now. He asks what she’ll say (you know, the whole affair thing again) and Rory says she’ll say that he was kind, and generous, and the best possible boyfriend. “You taught me what safe feels like.” If there is a continuation of Gilmore Girls, and I believe there will be, my gut tells me that Rory screws Dean over and goes into detail about her relationship and affair with him, because Rory. As Dean leaves the store Rory shows him a box of corn starch as a throwback to their first kiss where she accidentally stole a box of corn starch afterwards because she was so excited. Dean’s cameo was short, but it was really nice.

Sookie! She’s returned for the wedding and has made a dozen different cakes for Lorelai, including one that’s full of daisies for those fans that remember that those are Lorelai’s favorite. Lorelai admits that the dream that the two of them had isn’t right without her and she hates doing it alone, especially with Michel leaving soon. I wish there was something more convincing for Sookie having left her best friend and partner behind. And was anyone else confused about the status of her and Jackson? I loved Sookie being able to tell that Roy Choi and Rachel Ray had been in her kitchen too! Also, Rory is able to fit a trip in to see her dad, Christopher and make him feel pretty worthless while dropping a “five by five” Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference so that was cool too.

But that’s not what we want to know about. It’s those last four words, right?

gilmoregirls_final4wordsI’ll totally cover that, but the midnight wedding and the plan of Luke’s with help of Kirk was really wonderful and another one of my favorite moments of the entire series. But those four words…

“Mom?”
“Yeah?”
“I’m pregnant.”

And then we cut to black!

I think there’s going to be more Gilmore Girls based off of this. Maybe not, but I’d take those odds. My theory is that it is Logan’s and not the Wookiee’s or obviously Paul’s. However, Logan is going to ultimately pull a Christopher after trying to do the right thing and then Jess will step in. Logan = Christopher. Jess = Luke. Rory = Lorelai. It’s all so on the nose that I hope I’m wrong. But A LOT of this has been retreading previous things we’ve already covered and I’m not confident that it could avoid the same stumbles if it continues based off of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. But as my least favorite secret society says, “in omnia paratus.”

Besides, I think Amy Sherman-Palladino has her head somewhere else… but I’ll cover that later this week.

What did all of you think about the revival? Were you as let down with Rory as me? Did the repetitive storylines we’ve already covered years ago bother you? What was good? What do we want more of? And besides Logan, what do we (I) want less of? Let us know in the comments below!

COME TOGETHER AND GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH WES ANDERSON’S NEW SHORT FILM FOR H&M

In which Adrien Brody is the train conductor for the H&M Lines Winter Express!

Wide camera angles, long single takes that move from compartment to compartment. The sound of slamming doors, interesting faces, and more all come together to celebrate Christmas, Wes Anderson style of course.

Due to weather conditions, Brody’s Conductor Ralph makes an impromptu Christmas party for the train passengers, all dressed in various H&M Christmas Collection outfits. The panning camera goes from passenger to passenger–one reading a vintage copy of Agatha Christie’s, Murder on the Orient Express as a not so subtle nod to the material–to the child, who clearly needs a sign to display in Anderson fashion that he’s an Unaccompanied Minor(s), both tell of stories that take place on Christmas.

And what exactly is a Wes Anderson film without a supply list? Scissors, construction paper, aluminum foil, an extension cord, and what I assume can only be a Christmas tree. That’s all Conductor Ralph needs to assemble a Christmas these passengers won’t forget. I know I won’t.

Watch Come Together below and get in the spirit of the season!

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE | SUMMER RECAP

It’s Summer for the Gilmore Girls and to move some plot along we finally have an appearance from Jess Mariano.

The last episode ended with Rory moving back home proclaiming, “I’m moving home.” So of course Rory spends the rest of the episode denying she’s back when being welcomed by the town that worships her. But enough of the mistress who keeps calling her ex boyfriend Logan even though his fiancé is now moved in, let’s move on to less troubling things, sorta.

gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life-summerLike, April! Luke’s kid. Who somehow looks like she’s even younger than she was? She’s wearing the outfit of a 12 year old. Baggy cargo pants with a rastacap. She’s going to MIT and apparently has a social disorder. This is my self diagnosis. She’s trying to play cool, but confesses to Rory she’s faking most of it. Luke then tells Lorelai he gives her money for things like vacationing overseas and she has a somewhat disapproving look. Which I agree with, but nothing comes from this so it’s just a wasted scene. That’s okay though because nobody wants to waste more time with April in a rastacap.

In the town meeting Taylor announces that they’re going to put on Stars Hollow: The Musical. That sounds pretty bad, but that’s only because I’ve become more grumpy over these revival episodes.

That said, the musical itself is one of the few true highlights of A Year in the Life. 

We see rehearsals in the background of a scene later and this is where I got really excited because I saw Bunheads lead Sutton Foster dancing and singing. I thought that may be it for her cameo, but fortunately I was wrong.

Sutton Foster plays Violet (“She was Kinky Boots!”) and gets to shine in the funniest scene of all of the revival series in which she performs the Stars Hollow musical for the Stars Hollow Musical advisory committee. This is one of the only scenes I laughed genuinely and consistently throughout. It’s outlandish and funny and perfect. Although technically it’s wasted time plot-wise, I didn’t mind. We weren’t spending time with April in a rastacap (seriously, why did that scene exist other than to let us know she still exists?) ya know? The musical is a key sign that Amy Sherman-Palladino has not gotten Bunheads out of her system, but more on that later.

Lorelai meets with Michel at the Secret Bar with a logo that’s simply “Shhhh!” with a finger to the mouth to keep quiet. This is one of those weird Stars Hollow things that I love. Lorelai’s fear that Michel wants to leave is confirmed. Michel wants to do more and knows he has the potential to. It’s a nice moment because it shows self reflection on his part and also that his content bickering to do more at the Dragonfly Inn is more because he wants reasons to stay around so he doesn’t have to leave so soon. This is followed by a funny moment where someone yells “Five-O!” when Taylor Doose walks by and the entire bar fold up tables and chairs, turning out the lights as he walks past them!

Back to Rory. Sory. She’s taken over the Stars Hollow Gazette newspaper that doesn’t pay anything! Oh, and cowriting that book with the drunkard Naomi Shropshire obviously fell through, but we knew that was going to happen. Rory running the Gazette is at least a step in the right direction. It’s showing her that she can get back to her roots and basics and hunker down. Of course, I think she literally says that out loud and is doing this because it sounds like something a writer would do instead of doing something natural. Oye with the poodles already…

jess-gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life“A cigar. I pictured you chomping a big cigar.” 

With only two hours left in A Year in the Life, Jess finally arrives. And thank the maker he does. In just a couple minutes of screen time he is more rational and pro-active and smart and adjusted than 99% of the characters we’ve been spending time with. The other 1% is Emily. 1%, that’s fitting! Anyways, Jess puts the idea in Rory’s head to write a book about the life of her and her mom. Duh.

When Rory tells Lorelai about the book she doesn’t want her to do it. She doesn’t want people to know she left her daughter in a bucket at a hardware store when she was two, despite being a teenage single parent. It’s like they care more about what people think about what they look like when they don’t realize that they spend too much time thinking about what people think of them. Oh, and we’ve covered how one is a mistress, yet again, and the other drunkingly tells lewd personal stories at her fathers wake, right? Your actions define you, ladies.

Rory later calls Logan to break up, but says to him,“We can’t even break up because we’re nothing.” Yes. Exactly. Move on girl. And Lorelai and Luke reveal that they’ve both been keeping things from one another. Lorelai has continued going to therapy alone (yay!) and Luke hasn’t told her about seeing potential new diner locations. This also feels like familiar territory for the two.

lorelai-unbreakableLorelai is having a slight existential crisis due to it all. As a member of the Stars Hollow Musical advisory committee, she heads to Miss Patty’s to listen to a new song Taylor added to the musical. Lorelai isn’t expecting much as she was the only person who hated the dress rehearsal. How could you not love ‘A Love Revolution?’ It’s hilarious! Instead, ‘Unbreakable’ is a moving solo performance by Sutton Foster’s, Violet. At one point during the performance, the spotlight focuses on Violet and Lorelai making them the only two in the room. Violet is singing directly to Lorelai, who is tearing up at the lyrics that we’ve included below.

I know how everyone else’s life
Is supposed to fly by
Then someone turns and says
What about you?
And I stand here
Mouth open
Mind blank
This should have all worked itself out by now
The map of my life should be clear and precise
With little red dashes and circles so nice
Showing roadblocks
And landmines
Oh, I am not unbreakable
I am breaking right now
Maybe everyone can’t have the dream
Maybe everyone can’t kiss the frog
Maybe it’ll be me and a dog
And the little stuffed dolphins on the floor
And a little dog door
Oh, I am not unbreakable
I am breaking right now
I need to be unbreakable
Somehow, it’s never
Or now

These lyrics and performance are the catalyst for Lorelai to get some answers by going Wild… Of course the other members of the Stars Hollow Musical advisory committee think it’s a dud! Perfection.

How’s it all going to end? What are those final four words? Stay tuned for our recap of the season in which most identify Gilmore Girls with, Fall.