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The Last Hoorah: Oscars 2013 After-Parties Recap

The Last Hoorah: Oscars 2013 After-Parties Recap

The biggest night in Hollywood came and went with — let’s face it — not a ton of surprises. Favorites Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway took home Oscars’ biggest acting awards while Ben Affleck and George Clooney’s baby, Argo — took home the night’s biggest honor, Best Picture.

While Seth MacFarlane took a few risks here and there, all in all, the he played it safe. As for the after-parties, let’s take a look at where the winners (and losers) and guests were out and about after the show.

What: Vanity Fair’s Oscar Bash

Where: Sunset Tower Hotel

Who: Anyone that’s important was there — Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, and pretty much every guest stopped through this party. Although it's a very high-brow affair with menu items like artichoke carpaccio, gemelli alla Genovesi, and Chilean sea bass, this annual bash is also infamous for its In-N-Out Burgers and Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cupcakes that are passed throughout the night. What was the champagne of choice? Henriot Blanc de Blancs.

What: Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Party

Where: A tent in West Hollywood Park

Who: With Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian on the list, it’s safe to say the guest list was pretty eclectic. Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Chris Brown, Adele, and a slew of others were in attendance. The menu, created by Gordon Ramsay, featured shortribs, red snapper, and sticky toffee pudding. As for sips, it was Veuve Clicquot and Bianchi wine were at the bar.

What: Governors Ball

Where: The Roosevelt Hotel

Who: As the official after-party of the Oscars, the Governors Ball is practically mandatory for guests to attend — and they did indeed. Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, Adele, and every other big name of the enjoyed the long, thorough, and semi-healthy menu from chef Wolfgang Puck, who’s been heading the menu at the ball for nearly two decades.

His signature items like chicken pot pie, Kobe beef sliders, and tuna tartare tacos were on the menu in addition to a plethora of fish and seafood like lobster with black bean sauce, smoked salmon pizza, caviar, sushi, and his iconic smoked salmon Oscar blinis in the shape of an Oscar.

‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Argo’ win big at Oscars. NBC takes big fall.

The Skinny: I kept my tweeting to a minimum during the Oscars. Just as New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day are amateur night to drinkers, the Oscars is amateur night for tweeters. Monday’s headlines include a recap of the Oscars (the show did end, right?) as well as who won the weekend box office.

Daily Dose: Commuters in New York City will be bombarded with new ads promoting Aereo, the over-the-top pay-TV operator that launched last year. Aereo, whose backers include media mogul Barry Diller, launched last year and is now trying to kick its service into high gear even though it is in the midst of copyright battles with broadcasters. Aereo transmits the signals of broadcasters to consumers via the Internet.

Something for everyone at Oscars. “Argo,” the Ben Affleck-directed thriller based on the true story of the daring rescue of six Americans hiding in Iran, took home the Oscar for best picture. It also won for best adapted screenplay. But no one movie dominated the awards. “Life of Pi” had a big night as well, collecting four Oscars including best director for Ang Lee. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” didn’t walk away empty-handed either as Daniel Day Lewis won for best actor. Analysis of Hollywood’s big night from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Variety.

He said what? Critics were all over the place on Seth MacFarlane’s performance as host of the Academy Awards. MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy” and director of the hit movie “Ted,” was an unorthodox choice to host the Oscars. As expected, he delivered jokes of questionable taste, some of which were funny and others of which fell flat. But did he and much of the show have a bit of misogynistic feel to it? Reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood.

Stolen box office. “Identity Thief” snagged the top spot at the box office, which says more about what opened last weekend than it does about the staying power of the comedy. “Identity Thief” took in $14 million, which topped the $13 million that the action movie “Snitch” made. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Falling fast. Last fall, everyone wrote stories about how great NBC was doing. Its new drama “Revolution,” the musical talent show “The Voice” and NFL football lifted ratings, and everyone thought the peacock network was flying high. But winter has provided a rude awakening as several other of its new shows have flopped. The New York Times is the latest to weigh in on the woes at NBC.

Doing laps around the networks. Satellite broadcaster Dish Network found a way to get around a broadcast network ban on TV ads promoting the Hopper, its commercial-skipping device. Dish sponsored a car in the Daytona 500, which was carried by Fox. No word if the networks will fire back in a future race with a car covered in stickers saying commercial skipping is a violation of copyright. More on Dish’s drive-by from AdWeek.

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Emmys 2013: With 14 nominations, Netflix gains credibility

It’s not a TV channel. Most of its viewers don’t use a television to watch its programs. It won’t even say how many people view its shows.

But none of that stopped the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from showing a lot of love for Netflix. Its original content programming garnered 14 Emmy nominations.

“House of Cards,” the political drama that Netflix premiered earlier this year, received nine nominations, including best drama and best actor and actress for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The new episodes of “Arrested Development” were kind of snubbed, but Jason Bateman did get a nod in the best comedy actor category.

For Netflix, the nominations are yet another sign that its streaming service has arrived as a legitimate platform for not only old movies and TV shows, but compelling original content.

“Great television is great television regardless of where, when and how it is enjoyed,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, in a statement.

If history is any guide, Emmy wins don’t usually translate to bigger ratings, and Netflix may soon find that out regarding subscribers. HBO has been winning Emmys for what seems like forever and its subscriber numbers have been relatively flat for the last several years.

But with over 30 million Netflix subscribers, the nominations are more about stature than dollars for Netflix. The company spent a lot of money on Emmy campaigns because it was important to send a message to the creative community. Emmy nominations and recognition from critics will make it easier for Netflix to bring more big names into its tent.

The Hudson Project: Pass or Fail?

So what would you like first, the good news or the bad news? This was the inaugural year of The Hudson Project Music and Arts Festival in Saugerties, NY and thousands were looking forward to a Camp Bisco-like experience. After all, it was thrown by the same production company, MCP Presents. By now, if you’re involved in the music scene at all, you’ve already heard what happened last weekend and some of the regrettable events that took place. Here is the good and bad that transpired at the MUDson project:

The stages:
The themed stages that occupied the festival grounds included one out door trailer, three tents (my favorite) and two outdoor main stages. The Jack Daniels trailer sat furthest North and was supplied with a full bar and giant inflatable whiskey bottles. The Catskill Cave was just next to it, the most petite of all the tents and hosted such acts as Araab Muzik, Holy Ghost and TOKiMONSTA. The New York Stage was not originally featured on the list of set times but was a rather large tent situated between the two other tents. The Circus Tent was the grandest of all accommodating the intense vibes of the crowd during major sets like Keys N Krates, Excision, and Moby. The two main stages, Explorer Stage and Empire Stage were set up almost side by side and had alternating sets like The Flaming Lips, Atmosphere, and Kendrick Lamar.

The visual production:
Destroy them with lasers!! The lighting in the Circus Tent was by far my favorite to observe however, all the stages and sets had outstanding visual affects.

The vendors:
Tapestries, “tobacco” pipes, apparel, and food vendors lined the Headquarters and campsites selling all items a festival should have to offer. The smell of the deliciousness wafting through the air prompted me to indulge in a vegan burrito, becoming my new favorite treat of the weekend.

The overall festival layout:
It didn’t take more than 3 minutes to walk from one side of the festival grounds to the other, yet everything was spaced out really well. How each tent was situated allowed you to hop around between sets without any sound pollution.

The vibes:
People were very happy with positive attitudes! And why shouldn’t they be? It’s something we had been looking forward to all year! A dope line up, a home away from home for the weekend, a chance to explore the land and meet new faces. “The vibes here have been really crazy, really amazing. Everyone is just really friendly and ready to interact and it was wonderful.” Alex, Saugerties, NY.

The after-parties:
We were in New York, and most of were from here, where the bars don’t close until 4am and the afters don’t end til after the sun comes up. So why would we stop at 2am when the music ended on the festival grounds? The featured “secret stage” was the iconic Bang On! van which was situated up in the Manhattan camp grounds next to an eerie haunted mansion. It started when the music stopped however, was only featured on Friday night.

The Saturday after-hours tunes were pumping from the RV lot where a couple hippie buses stood as well as some local DJ’s spinning dirty beats outside of their campers.

The showers:
There were multiple shower trailers located at the North and South headquarters all weekend, none of which I ever had to wait in line. Being from California, I’m all about the camping experience. But having to work, interview, and network, these were my saving grace during the weekend. Sure, I brought a solar camp shower but do you know how refreshing it feels to strip down and scrub the earth from between your toes?! Unfortunately, there was a giant mud puddle out the exit, so that didn’t last long but it was totally worth the $6 to feel like a whole new woman!

And of course, the MUSIC!!
Robert Delong– Wow, this guy is an absolute maniac in the best way possible. Hopping back and forth between varied instruments, his one man band is flawless!

Bro Safari– The best set of the night! Him and MC Sharpness kept the crowd on their feet the entire hour. In our interview, Bro Safari explains that in the current DJ scene, it’s basically required to be an MC. He’d rather focus on the DJing so he brought MC Sharpness on board and they have been killin’ it ever since.

Big Gigantic– They didn’t let a little rain stop them from delivering one of the most energetic sets of the weekend.

Moby (and our impromptu interview with him!)

The two-hour gate wait:
It wasn’t a good start when we had been waiting for 2 hours for them to open the gates. Many had arrived early to set up camp before dark. A promised 8pm start time turned into a 2 hour state of anxiousness and confusion. “We just need to take care of a few more things and then we’ll get you guys in.” I mean, how long do you really need to take care of all these things? They have had more than enough time to plan out this festival and get things flowing smoothly. Strong emphasis on the word “plan.” This was just foreshadowing what was to come next.

The clueless staff and security:
Don’t get me wrong, these people were actually really friendly, but their information was askew. One of the first thing I heard upon picking up my wristband at will call was “there is no on-site parking.” Was this woman aware of how many people paid for an on-site parking pass? Where was she getting her info from? We had PAID for it. We ended up taking direction from a parking lot attendant and proceeded to follow one of the shuttle buses and lo and behold, the on-site parking lot! It’s where we were trapped 4 days later, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Inside the festival and the camping grounds it was “I don’t know where the lost and found is.” or “Go ask this person” or “follow the signs” where no signs were to be found. “Absolutely disgusting trap by police enforcement. It was awful. It was completely unorganized. No bueno. Never again. We’ve been to Camp Bisco for 8 years and thought this would be the same just less grimy. There were security cameras up on the stages and drones flying around. They’re everywhere”– Ryan, Providence, RI. Not to mention the amount of security checkpoints there were. “What I didn’t like is that once we got through the first [security] checkpoint, we had to wait another X-amount of time to get the campgrounds and go through another checkpoint. It held up the process and made it into a big ordeal, which it didn’t need to turn into. It could have been managed a lot better.” – Tyler, Nyack, NY

Whether they like it or not, illegal drugs DO make their way into these types of festivals. Hell, they’re even being sold there. In these instances, all we can hope is that people are being safe and smart about their consumption by testing their drugs first. “I walked through security two separate times on saturday, about 3 hours apart in the evening, and saw security confiscate 2 Bunk Police test kits.” Austin, New York, NY. Yet, adversely baggies and scales were being sold at the general store. “Sunday night I went to go raid the ‘festival amenities’ store for snacks and I go to pay and I look down and there is a stack of bags of ‘jewelry bags’ and right next to it, there were 20 some odd digital scales for sale.” Austin, New York, NY.

One positive note about security: Saturday night I was told there were some shirts stolen and someone was posing as security guard, stealing things from people’s tents and campgrounds. So THAT’S where my GoPro went! It’s unfortunate, unlikely, and hard to place blame on any one person. Amazingly enough, one of the 3 hired security companies, Marker Protection Services took the fault, worked with me, and obtained me a GoPro. It’s a small gesture to show they’re out to make the patrons happy.

The cleanliness of the campgrounds:
I get it, port-a-potties are usually the epitome of disgust. But would it kill them to clean them out regularly? Or to add a few more washing stations? No wonder someone took a dump in the showers. We were fortunate enough to have a couple trash cans in our front yard however, they were not emptied once all weekend. Rubbish piled up, fell to the ground, and gathered around the cans for three days. Not once did they think to send a crew out to clean up the mess. Come to think of it, I didn’t see a cleaning crew around at all, ever. After the storm, campers were so fed up, they said “screw it” to cleaning up their campsites. They even left items there because it was too much of a hassle to lug them through the mud and rivers that had formed. If you came with absolutely no camping gear, you’d ground score enough to be set for your next camp out.

No evacuation plan:
They completely prepared the announcement that roared over the stages loud speakers at approximately 4:45 on Sunday evening, yet their sound advice was to have everyone evacuate the festival and camp grounds to take shelter in their vehicles. But wait, what about those who parked off-site and took the shuttle over? Oh ya, they were told to find space in a nearby vehicle. What if they couldn’t? They were just going to be left out to die? Assume a tornado had rolled through. Absurd. Most people said “fuck it” anyway and just had a party in the rain, constructing giant slip-n-slides and using their air mattresses as rafts.

No Bassnectar:
This may have been the biggest blow of all. Screw our safety, we want Bassnectar!! For most of the festival goers, this was the light at the end of the tunnel. The big shazam. The last hoorah. Anyone like me was thinking, “Ahh this will all blow over in PLENTY of time to catch Lorin’s set,” which was scheduled for 9:15pm. Once the rain stopped, initially, I was even ready to hop out of the car and go 12th Planet! It was major disappointment when we were informed that the festival would not continue. “People traveled from so far to see Nectar and like, what the fuck is this? this is bad.”– Ray from MA

The overall unpreparedness of the grounds:
The physical grounds at Winston Farms were not equipped for this kind of storm, let alone any sort of rain. The ground instantly turned into a mud bath anytime water hit it. They even LET campers set up camp in the valleys where the rain accumulated and formed streams once the storm hit. They KNEW this storm was coming. The announcement was all set and ready to blare to the campers.

Monday morning hit and we were forced out of the camp grounds only to find the giant mud pit occupying hundreds of stranded cars. Not a staff member in site to offer direction, we tried waving down one of the 7 tractors that had been brought in by local farmers, some who were even CHARGING hundreds of dollars for a tow. It wasn’t until an hour and a half that we found out about the line of people at the top of the hill waiting to hitch a ride on one of the tractors to save their car. That was other 2+ hour wait when all anyone wanted to do was just GO HOME. We’d had enough already. Those left helpless in the parking lots were hungry and dehydrated and made it known via social media. The Hudson Project posted that they were working “tirelessly” to bring food and water around the campsites. CAMPSITES. How about those trapped in the parking lots? I only saw one worker the entire 4 hours we were stuck and he was walking around with a case of water.

In the words of Stewie Griffin, we’re going to end this “compliment sandwich” on a positive note. All in all it was the right decision to end the festival due to the thunder and lightening produced from the sever storm as advised by the Ulster County Emergency Services & Health Department. It was for the safety of all of us because water and electricity just don’t mix and god forbid something tragic happened to one of the campers, the situation would have been a lot worse on both sides. The Hudson Project has promised Sunday ticket refunds, even though we still got half a day of music. This meaning that 3-day ticket holders will receive a 33.33% refund, 2-dayers will get 50% back, and single day Sunday folks will get a full, 100% refund. The primary ticket purchaser must submit refund requests by August 1st. Click here to find out more and to get your refund back as soon as possible.

The Hudson Project released this statement and for that, I give them my respect. As for this “project,” would you say MCP Presents passed or failed?

Oscars 2013: Telecast length padded, but not historically so

With rehearsals for this year’s Oscars show clocking in at nearly four hours, some wondered if the telecast could give 2002’s record four-hour, 23-minute marathon a run for its money.

Thanks to some judicious, last-minute trimming, the Seth MacFarlane-hosted Academy Awards ended up finishing at the three-hour, 35-minute mark, well under the top five longest shows from the past two decades.

For those with misty, water-colored memories, let us recap the dishonor roll:

1. 2002: Four hours, 23 minutes (host, Whoopi Goldberg best picture winner: “A Beautiful Mind”)

2. 2000: Four hours, 5 minutes (host, Billy Crystal winner, “American Beauty”)

3. 1999: Four hours, 2 minutes (host, Whoopi Goldberg winner, “Shakespeare in Love”)

4. 2007: Three hours, 51 minutes (host, Ellen DeGeneres winner, “The Departed”)

5. 1998: Three hours, 47 minutes (host, Billy Crystal winner, “Titanic”)

So, even though this year’s show may have felt longer (after acknowledging 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis in the audience, MacFarlane joked that 86-year-old “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva was 9 when the program started), it didn’t come close to Whoopi/Billy proportions. It was not, in the words of one of the songs from the “Les Miserables” medley, “One Day More,” except if you watched on the East Coast when the clock struck midnight as MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth sang the consolatory “Here’s to the Losers.”

And, really, given the Oscars’ restrictive format, its 215-minute running time can’t be helped. “It’s two hours of sparkling entertainment spread over a four-hour show,” host Johnny Carson quipped in 1979. Of course, on Carson’s watch the entertainment was, at its best, sparkling and, at worst, bearable, making it several notches better than this year’s show.


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When Teigen was 15, her father relocated them to Huntington Beach, California, after her mother returned to Thailand. During this time, Teigen worked at a surf shop, where she landed a modeling campaign with clothing company Billabong through the shop's clients, and was discovered by a photographer. [5] In her early modeling career, Teigen lived in Miami, Florida, "for four years, six months out of the year". [7]

Teigen was a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal during the pilot and first season. [8] She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010, and was named "Rookie of the Year". [9] Her friend and fellow model Brooklyn Decker had introduced her to the people at Sports Illustrated to cast her. [10] The following year, she designed and debuted a capsule collection with swimwear designer DiNeila Brazil at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami as well as appeared as a featured character in the 2011 Electronic Arts video game Need For Speed: The Run. [11] She also filmed a Cooking Channel special titled Cookies and Cocktails. [12]

Two years later, she was the host of the competition series Model Employee on VH1. [13] She was also featured on another Cooking Channel special, titled Chrissy Teigen's Hungry, detailing her wedding menu tasting with then-fiancé, John Legend. [14] In October 2013, she appeared in Legend's music video for the song "All of Me", which also features footage from their wedding. [15] In April 2014, Teigen played a fictionalized version of herself as a relationship counselor in an Inside Amy Schumer sketch. [16] That same year, she appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge. [17] [18] In January 2015, Teigen guest starred on the sitcom The Mindy Project as the girlfriend of the man who took the main character's virginity. [19] In April, she became a co-host of the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle alongside LL Cool J. [20] Teigen co-hosted the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with Ludacris. [21]

From September 2015 until June 2016, Teigen was a food stylist and panelist on Tyra Banks's syndicated daytime talk show, FABLife. [22] In February 2016, Teigen published a book titled Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller and the second-best selling cookbook of the year. [23] [24] The following year, she released a clothing line in collaboration with the fashion company Revolve. [25] In September 2018, Teigen released her second book, titled Cravings: Hungry For More. [26] Simultaneously, she released a line of cookware through Target. [27]

The following year, Teigen appeared as a judge for the comedy competition series Bring the Funny. [28] In November, Teigen launched a cooking website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, which features recipes as well as restaurant and entertaining tips. [29] Chrissy's Court, a courtroom-style series starring Teigen, debuted in April 2020 on Quibi. Teigen also served as executive producer for the series. [30] As of May 2021, Target had stopped carrying Teigen's cookware line, which a company spokesperson said was a "mutual decision". [31]

Teigen identifies as a feminist and intends on raising her children as such. [32] Teigen made donations to nonprofit organization Planned Parenthood in 2015 following the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting and again in 2017. [33] [34] She and her husband donated $25,000 to March for Our Lives, a rally against gun violence, in 2018. [35] A supporter of immigrants' rights, she delivered a speech at a Families Belong Together event in Los Angeles that same year. [36] In May 2020, Teigen donated $200,000 to bail and legal defense funds to aid activists arrested during protests in response to the murder of George Floyd. [37]

Teigen is a vocal critic of former U.S. President Donald Trump. [38] In June 2018, she donated $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit organization, to commemorate Trump's 72nd birthday. [39] Teigen and her husband endorsed Elizabeth Warren during the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. [40] The couple endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election. [41]

Teigen became engaged to singer John Legend in December 2011, after four years of dating. [42] The couple first met while filming his 2006 music video for the song "Stereo", in which she played his love interest. [43] They married in September 2013, [43] celebrating their wedding on September 14 in Como, Italy. [1] Legend's song "All of Me" was dedicated to her. [44] They reside in Beverly Hills, California. [5]

Teigen and Legend have two children: a daughter born in April 2016, and a son born in May 2018. [45] [46] In 2020, the couple was expecting a third child, [47] but Teigen suffered a stillbirth in September. [48]

In May 2021, model Courtney Stodden said that in 2011 Teigen had tweeted and privately messaged them urging them to take their own life. [49] [50] Teigen later apologized to Stodden, saying that she was "mortified and sad" and referred to her past self as an "insecure, attention seeking troll." [51] Stodden accepted her apology but deemed it an attempt to save her business partnerships. [51]

Burn Notice series finale recap: A beautiful ending

In the series finale of Burn Notice, Michael comes back from the brink of evil, but finds that the only way to get the life he wants is to pay a terrible price.

I really wish I could take at least a day to absorb this episode and maybe watch it a few more times before having to write this review, but there is also something to be said for just letting go with my gut reaction first.

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A lot of things that happened in this episode I saw coming, but it was still the most emotional episode of this series that I’ve ever seen. And that’s counting some of the amazing episodes we’ve had this season. One thing that I wasn’t positive about, but was very hopeful would happen, was Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) choosing Fi (Gabrielle Anwar) over Sonya (Alona Tal). Looking back at everything that happened, it seems like an obvious choice now, but with the way he was acting last week, who knew?

  • Michael killed Sonya and went back with Fi to his friends.
  • The team soon found themselves being pursued by James’ men and the CIA. Michael decided that the only way to get free was to catch James themselves.
  • The team tried to get a computer disk that will take down James. While doing the mission, James’ men surrounded Maddie, Charlie and Jesse. Maddie decided to sacrifice herself to let Jesse and Charlie get away.
  • James caught Michael and Fi. They tried to escape but he set off a bomb. Sam got out with the disk, but Michael and were Fi didn’t come out of the building.
  • The CIA freed Sam and Jesse and buried Michael and Fi as heroes. Sam and Jesse stood over the grave and remarked that their friends missed a great funeral, then speculated where Michael and Fi were, before they deciding to start work on a new job together.
  • In Ireland, Michael and Fi sat in front of a fire with Charlie asleep on Michael’s lap. They were a family.

Once Michael decided to go back to the good side, he and the rest of his team faced some of their biggest challenges yet. Strong (Jack Coleman), understandably disappointed to lose out on James, set the entire CIA and local law enforcement on them all and they had to run from James’ (John Pyper-Ferguson) people as well as the law. Michael came to the conclusion that the only way to be safe was to capture James themselves. Of course he wanted to do it by himself, but his team wouldn’t let him get away with it.

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It was fantastic to see how quickly Michael’s team rallied behind him as soon as he went back into their midst. There were no hard feelings, no guilt trips &mdash everyone just got back to work. I also loved that, as soon as they saw where his head was at, all of them put the kibosh on his death wish, but quick. Another possible option I saw was to have Michael sacrifice himself for the rest of the team, but it wasn’t him who got that honor.

Oh man, just thinking about what Madeline (Sharon Gless) did for her son, her grandson and the rest of her makeshift family is making me tear up as I’m typing this. Throughout the series, Maddie has apologized over and over again for not defending Michael from his father when he was a little boy. And yet, without the abuse from his dad, Michael would not have become the man he was. Still, it seemed like Maddie always held that guilt inside, and her sacrifice was her way of finally paying back that debt. I had predicted that Maddie would die, but I didn’t imagine it would happen the way it did and I’m glad for that. In my head, I saw Maddie being the victim of James, causing Michael to seek revenge. The way the writers wrote it was imminently better. I should’ve known that Maddie was much too strong to go down under anything other than her own will.

After Maddie gave her life so that Jesse and Charlie could escape, the team went to work on their plan to get James and his entire network. In the end, James caught Michael and Fi and it appeared for a little while there that Maddie’s wasn’t going to be the only loss in this episode. I had a feeling we would see them again and I was right. Again, the writers handled it beautifully. Sending Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell) to the CIA with the disk to take down James’ network, clear their names and “bury” Michael and Fi as heroes. Leaving Michael and Fi to escape with Charlie.

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I seriously lost track of the amount of times this episode made me cry, but the biggest bawl-fest happened when I heard the soft Irish music as the camera went over the snow globe. When I saw Michael, with little Charlie asleep on his lap and Fi by his side, I was a wreck. But it was the final line that really, truly did me in. Michael asked Fi what he should tell Charlie about himself when his nephew grew up and her reply was the perfect way to bookend a series that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

“Start with the beginning: My name is Michael Westen and I used to be a spy.”

My favorite bits:

Michael shooting Sonya. There was no other choice, but still. Wow.

James ordering his people to give no mercy to Michael.

Michael and Fiona touching each other’s cheek before running off the roof. Ugh. What a moment.

“Figured we could use a bigger ride.” &mdash Yes!

Nearly dying through that long pause before Michael nodded his head after Sam asked if he was in.

Michael admitting that he almost didn’t pull that trigger. Wow.

“I knew if I was wrong about you, it didn’t matter if I got out of there alive.”

Jesse and Michael’s discussion about the supplies.

Yes! A reference to The Chin. My life is complete. Thank you, writers.

Michael driving the car into the shop. Whoa!

Michael taking that bullet &mdash like a boss. And then taking down the bad guy.

“You think it was tough being burned? You haven’t seen anything yet.”

The team refusing to hide while Michael went after James. Darn straight.

Michael reassuring his mom that Fi got to him before it was too late.

“I don’t want to lose another son.”

“Sometimes sacrifices have to be made.”

The party and the strawberry ice cream and the hug and… *bawls like a baby*

Michael pointing out that an armored car wouldn’t drive if its wheels weren’t on the ground.

“There’s a difference between a necessary risk and a death wish.”

Noticing that Jesse used the duct tape to close the bag.

Jesse reassuring Maddie that everything was going to be okay.

“I never had a family, and now I got one.”

“There is no way out. There is only the reckoning.”

The way Michael’s face fell when Maddie said she knew how to get Jesse and Charlie out.

“If saving you means I don’t get out of here, it’s fine with me.”

“I am so proud of the man you are.”

I held it together, right up until Maddie said goodbye to Charlie. That was the moment I was a goner.

Michael declaring that he wanted to fight and that he owed it to his mom to use the second chance she gave him.

“Should we shoot them?” &mdash Nice reference to the pilot.

Maddie smoking that last cigarette

“This one’s for my boys.” &mdash Love that woman. LOVE HER.

“I want to live, maybe more than I ever have.”

Michael putting his hand on Fi’s cheek before he executed his insane plan.

The explosions going off in silence. Wait. WHAT.

“You know spies, bunch of bitchy little girls.” &mdash Another great reference to the pilot.

“Where do you think they are?”
“Hard to say. Lot of places with C4 and yogurt.”

Sam and Jesse deciding to get back to work. I loved that little moment so much.

“Good luck, Mike. wherever you are.”

I knew it was coming, but still. Charlie on Michael’s lap and Fi telling Michael what to say when Charlie grew up &mdash Wow.

Castle Season Finale Recap: Swing Shift

Warning: The following recap contains big ol’ spoilers from theCastle season finale.

As the Castle Season 5 finale drew to a close, Rick and Kate found themselves back at the swings, this time seated facing in opposite directions — was “play time” over?

THE CASE | After one resident of a fleabag apartment building takes a literal blood bath (or, well, shower), a fellow tenant is found dead in the rooftop water tank. The vic is at first ID’d as a prostitute dubbed “Crystal Sky,” but in actuality she was Erika, an honor student from Harvard, and she was using the building’s wi-fi to hack the files of a tony law firm.

Turns out, Erika’s friend Pamela — an intern at the firm — had died in a suspicious car crash. One of the firm’s politically connected clients, Colin Rigsdale III, had been driving, but it had all been covered up. Erika was to meet a whistleblower on the roof, but instead had been lured there by Rigsdale’s thug of a half-brother, who killed her just as he snuffed her contact inside the firm.

We pause here briefly to congratulate parents-to-be Ryan and Jenny!

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Beckett squares off with the hired killer in the interrogation room. With a million thoughts about the FBI job she’s been offered [see below] rattling around inside her head, she vents, “This room has been my life… and I will not let you sit there and lie to me, in my own home.” Confronting him with damning evidence, she argues — in keeping with the episode’s larger theme — “How many years are you going to sacrifice for someone else’s future?”

THE CASKETT | Where to start? Kate sneaks down to D.C. for the task force job interview that Tony Alme i da set her up with, and while she’s at first dismissive of her credentials (being just a homicide detective), she is assured, “The Attorney General wants people who can get the job done.” The interviewer notes, “You know that you’re headed for bigger things [and] opportunities like this come along once, twice in a lifetime.” Her uncertainty quashed, Beckett rebuffs his offer of the door and sticks around to impress his socks off.

When RySpo and Rick catch the case of the water tank girl, Kate arrives last on the scene, keeping her D.C. trip secret, but it visibly weighs on her throughout coming scenes. Ultimately, after learning 1) that Gates gave her the highest recommendation possible to the FBI and 2) that she is on a short list of candidates, Kate confides in Lanie her dilemma: “[Rick and I] are in this relationship but we never talk about where we’re going. But if I get that job…” “You’re going to have to,” Lanie finishes. “Maybe that’s not such a bad thing?” Kate, though, frets, “But what if it is?”

The jig is soon enough up when Rick discovers Kate’s boarding pass, and no version of “It was just an interview” will soothe the sting he feels. Kate contends, “This isn’t about us. This is about me and my life, a chance to do more.” “Without me,” Rick emphasizes. Driving his point home, he says, “You knew what this could mean and it didn’t occur to you to include me. Or worse, it did occur to you, and you chose not to. What’s that say about us? Not much, if you ask me.” And he walks out.

Rick reviews the situation with his mother, but she offers cold comfort: “You want her to put you first with neither of you knowing where you’re going!” Martha points out that her son has never held back in his relationships, except when it comes to Katherine. “Is that because deep down inside, you don’t think this is gonna really work?”

Kate meanwhile confabs with her father, who’s proud as can be of his girl. “If I take this job, there’ll be no time for anyone else.” And if she doesn’t, there’ll be resentment. “Or worse,” she muses. “We’ve been doing this dance for the past five years — what happens when the music stops? What if all we were in love with was the dance?”

Later, after Rick has already said “goodbye” to one of the other women in his life — Costa Rica-bound Alexis, with whom he shares, “There comes a point in life where we have to see things as they really are” [eep!] — he gets a call from Kate, who has just been offered the plum D.C. gig. “We need to talk,” she says, cuing up an intense, emotional sitdown at the swings.

THE CLIMAX | “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kept secrets,” Kate starts upon taking a seat. “It’s who you are, you don’t let people in,” Rick responds. He then continues, “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about us, what we have, where we’re headed…. I’ve decided that I want more. We both deserve more.” “I agree,” Kate nods. “So whatever happens,” Rick says, “whatever you decide…

“Katherine Houghton Beckett — will you marry me?”

What did you think of Rick and Kate’s “Watershed” moment? Does this turn of events bode well for the just-renewed series, going into Season 6?

Who wore what tothe Oscars?

Trend: Nude, pale, blush

It all started with Jessica Chastain who was the first of the nominees to arrive in a nude, sparkly Armani privé gown that complemented her skin. She set the neutral color trend for the night and was followed by Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Amy Adams.

What this means for you: Get used to these colors, as they are here to stay. We&rsquore going to be seeing neutral colors through spring and summer, so be sure to integrate them into your wardrobe, whether it’s in the form of a top, accessory or cocktail dress for your next event.

Trend: White wow

Stars like Charlize Theron, Queen Latifah, Zoe Saldana and Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence all wowed in white and did a great job of keeping their dresses red carpet glam and not too bridal. Sometimes the fear with wearing white is that it will give off a bridal look, but all of these stars managed to look like they were walking down the red carpet and not down the aisle.

What this means for you: Transition your winter white into spring white because this look is here to stay. Don&rsquot be afraid to pair white pants with a white top for a chic look &mdash just be sure to finish it off with a metallic pair of shoes to accent your outfit.

Trend: Metallic is a must

Metallic was the new black at the Oscars last night. Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Bullock, Stacy Keibler and Renee Zellweger dazzled in metallic shades of gunmetal, gold and silver. Metallics are always a way to stay neutral while exuding the perfect amount of pizzazz.

What this means for you: Every girl should have metallic in her wardrobe ready to go. Next time you&rsquore thinking about wearing basic black, try metallic instead.

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Once upon a time, we’d never dream of mixing metallics &mdash in home decor, jewelry, accessories &mdash it was a major fashion faux pas. Rules are made to be broken, and when it comes to the runway, the edgier the better. Click here to read more!

Trend: Pop of color

Color was few and far between on the carpet, but when it showed up, it was bright and made a statement. The colors varied from shades of blue to yellow, red and purple. Jane Fonda gets the award for flaunting the brightest color in her yellow Versace Couture gown and Jennifer Garner&rsquos purple Gucci number was the color to beat. Jennifer Aniston and Sally Fields both chose red Valentino gowns.

Aniston&rsquos full skirt silhouette was pretty yet predictable. Kerry Washington stood out in a coral Miu Miu gown, which perfectly complemented her skin tone. A standout moment on the carpet was when Helen Hunt revealed her Navy gown was from H&M, something everyone can relate to. Although color was scarcely seen on the carpet, the stars who did wear it wore it boldly.

What this means for you: Even if you have a neutral wardrobe, try incorporating a pop of color to offset your neutral look.

Amazing accessory

The accessories at this year&rsquos Oscars were generally minimal. Not many over-the-top pieces were seen, as stars kept it simple and polished. Most everyone had a strapless gown this year, which is the perfect backdrop for a stunning necklace. Look out for the backwards necklace trend to pop up in a few weeks, a la Jennifer Lawrence and her backwards Chopard number.

What this means for you: Get ahead of the trend and start wearing your own backward necklace now! Take a long necklace and let it hang down your back to achieve this statement look.

An eventful awards season has officially come to an end. So keep the good trends, forget about the bad ones, and stay stylish until the next show!

Recap: ‘Breaking Bad’ Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 ‘Felina’

And so “Breaking Bad” ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into “Felina” would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gilligan&mdashwho wrote and directed the finale&mdashto the give the show a fitting sendoff. But the result is an effort that feels compromised to some degree, leaning a bit too hard toward fan service and winding up feeling thematically empty by time the credits roll. For all the hardship Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has faced in reaching his destiny, he ultimately gets it pretty easy here, with almost every part of his plan coming off perfectly, and the show nearly forgiving the monstrousness he’s shown over the last two seasons.

Right from the start, Walt is lucky, managing to dodge the cops who come looking for him at the bar where he watched that crucial episode of “Charlie Rose,” and he finds his way into an unlocked car. “Just let me get home, I’ll do the rest,” he prays and after a failed attempt to try and hotwire the vehicle, like a miracle from heaven, a set of car keys are found behind a sun visor and a Marty Robbins cassette in the tape deck. And as “El Paso” rocks out of the speakers, it’s the first in what becomes a handful of overplayed moments. The song tells the story of a Mexican outlaw who guns down a man coming after his beloved “Feleena” (“Felina” is an anagram of “finale”) and declares, “My love is stronger than my fear of death,” which is certainly a sentiment that can be applied to Walt. But placing it so firmly in the show almost takes away from its power it’s the kind of detail best relished as a trivial aside, but feels forced when pains are taken to point it out.

Hitting the road and heading back to Albuquerque, Walt’s first stop is at the rather magnificent home of Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz (Adam Godley, Jessica Hecht), whom we last saw promising to fund meth rehab centers. And their sudden reappearance perhaps provides the episode’s sole moment of real narrative inspiration. While many thought that Walt had something more sinister in mind for the duo who took his work and got rich off it, his plans for them were far more practical and meaningful: he dumps roughly $9 million in their living room, and asks/demands that they set it up in trust for Walt Jr. and the rest of his family. Why? The feds may raise an eyebrow, but won’t be able question them too closely, if the funds come from the millionaire Schwartzes. They agree and reluctantly shake on it, but just to oversell the moment, Walt signals outside their east facing windows and two red laser targets land on their chests. He warns them that if they don’t give Walt Jr. the cash, sometime, somewhere, somehow, an assassin is going to take them out. But when Walt leaves and gets back in his stolen Volvo, it’s revealed that Badger (Matthew L. Jones) and “Skinny” Pete (Charles Baker) were those “assassins.” But really, they weren’t needed at all. There would be no reason for Elliot and Gretchen to deceive Walt at this point, and bringing these two street hustlers back in at the last moment is the first in what becomes a series of contrived, strained and hard to believe moments over the next hour.

Walt’s next stop is the coffeeshop, where he interrupts the weekly meeting between Lydia (Laura Fraser) and Todd (Jesse Plemons). He begs them to hear him out, he’s got a plan: he needs money, so he’s willing to sell him his new meth formulation, one that doesn’t require any methylamine, that hard to find chemical that required a train heist to obtain in “Dead Freight.” Whether they buy the idea that he’s concocted some miraculous new chemistry while on the run or not is beside the point, as Lydia agrees (with a sinister motive in mind) and a meet is set up for later that night. Walt leaves, and Lydia pours her always required Stevia into her tea, with Gilligan’s camera looming steady overhead, watching that white powder pour into the cup … if you haven’t figured it out, it’s the ricin (with Gilligan flashing back earlier in the episode to Walt grabbing it out of his now derelict house). But wait, how did Walt pick the right table? How did he know no one else would sit there? Or that someone out of Stevia at another table wouldn’t grab a packet? Did the staff not notice some disheveled man fooling around with the sugar at one table? It strains credulity but it’s one of a few instances in the finale where Gilligan is hoping the story will trump the reaches he makes to get where he wants to take us.

After putting that chess piece in play, Walt makes his way to Skyler (Anna Gunn). Just before he arrives, Marie (Betsy Brandt) gives her a call warning that she’s heard Walt is back in town and the cops are doubling down on watching any places he might show up. But apparently law enforcement officials are keeping it so loose around Skyler that Walt manages to walk right in undetected to see her, and if his angry phone call in “Ozymandias” wasn’t enough to exonerate her from charges, his last gesture just might be. He gives Skyler the battered lottery ticket containing the GPS coordinates in the desert, telling her that she can let the DEA know they’ll find the bodies of Hank and Gomez out there, and perhaps trade that information for leniency. But perhaps his greatest gift to Skyler is the truth. Trying to explain one last time why he did everything and what he put himself and his family through, he says, “I did it for me. I liked it, I was good at it … I was alive.” It’s a moment of thorny honesty and complicated truth “Felina” could’ve used more of. And after a touching his daughter for the last time, and sticking around outside&mdashagain, with the DEA failing to notice him&mdashto catch one last glimpse of Walt Jr., Walt goes to meet his fate.

We fast-forward to the evening, and Walt goes to the Nazi Jack’s compound under the pretense of a meeting. Gilligan gives us multiple shots of the red car keys in case we miss the fact that they will be very important to the events that are about to transpire, which already takes some of the wind out of sails of this showdown. So too does an earlier scene in the desert, with Walt going full on MacGyver and setting up some crude mechanical device for the M60. While Uncle Jackboots’ crew pat down Walt and even have him raise his shirt to make sure he’s not wearing a wire, they don’t bother checking the trunk of his car, because why would they? However, they do hang on to his wallet and keys for the time being, and bring him in to meet Jack (Michael Bowen). And the Nazi wastes no time in turning down Walt’s offer of a new recipe and gets ready to send him out back to get killed, when Walt desperately accuses Jack of reneging on their deal and partnering with Jesse. For some reason, Jack thinks it’s a big deal to be called a liar by a man he’s about to kill and so Walt is kept conveniently alive so that Jesse (Aaron Paul) can be brought up from the meth lab and shown off as the slave laborer that he is.

Using this brief pause in their meeting, Walt edges toward the pool table where his keys have been tossed manages to get them back … just in time to see Jesse hauled in, shackled at the wrists and ankles. Walt seizes his opportunity and wrestles Jesse to the ground. He hits the trunk button on the car keys and the hood flips up, the M60 roaring to life and killing everyone in the room except Todd, who managed to hit the deck fast enough, and Walt and Jesse, who are already there. When the bullets run out, Jesse doesn’t waste a moment, and chokes Todd with his shackles from behind, killing him, grabbing the key from his pocket and setting himself free. Meanwhile, Walt puts a final bullet into Jack, with no concern anymore about where his tens of millions of dollars are. And then… it’s time for the last meeting between the two men who started it all …

It’s Walt holding a gun ready to finish his former partner, but looking at Jesse, worn out and battered, he can’t bring himself to kill him. He drops the weapon to the floor and kicks it over to his partner, saying, “You want this,” with his eyes already calling for death. Tired of his manipulations, Jesse yells at him to tell the truth. “I want it,” Walt says, but Jesse, who has been through hell and too many manipulations, finally realizes that the ultimate response is to put the ball back in Walt’s court. “Then you do it,” he says, dropping the gun to the floor and walking out. But it would have simply been speeding up the inevitable. Walt has been wounded by his own plan&mdasha bullet from the M60 piercing his torso&mdashand he’s bleeding out. But there’s one more piece of business to take care of.

Todd’s phone starts ringing (the ringtone? “Lydia The Tattooed Lady“) and Walt answers, but it seems Lydia doesn’t recognize his voice, as she asks, “Is it done? Is he gone?” Walt replies, “Yeah, it’s done” when Lydia finally realizes who she’s talking to, Walt informs her that Todd and everyone else is dead, and by the way, the reason she’s feeling so shitty? He admits to swapping her Stevia with ricin. Some have questioned his motivation in killing Lydia, and there are a few reasons why he’d want her gone, with pride being up there, as Lydia continues to sell product under the Heisenberg brand. And killing her off essentially closes the loop on everything Walt started since the day he first got into an RV to start cooking. With that last thread knotted off, Walt is ready to die, and he takes one last walk through Jack’s meth facilities before passing out as the cops roll in …

But over top that moment is Badfinger‘s “Baby Blue,” which plays out the show, and simply, it’s wildly inappropriate. Yes, it starts off with the line, “Guess I got what I deserved,” which is kinda winky, ha-ha funny but like much of “Felina,” it seems tonally ajar from what the (mostly) deadly serious season five&mdashand the series as a whole&mdashhad been setting up. “Breaking Bad” is the saga of one man completely losing his moral compass, and being overtaken by power and hubris to the extent that his sins leave deep and lasting ramifications on his family, friends and even on his own life. While Walt did rise the top of the game, much of the last sixteen episodes have been about his descent to the bottom, where it looked like even for all his methodical planning and crafty evasions, he would get what was coming to him.

And in a sense he does, clearly, by losing his life, but of all the characters on “Breaking Bad” who deserve closure, Walt isn’t one of them. The key to his suffering, and something that was nearly Shakespearean at times, was his struggle for his family to recognize what he perceived to be a sacrifice to provide for them. He was blinded to his own ego and thirst for power, to the point where he was continually perplexed why Skyler couldn’t see the merit of his actions. But “Felina” lets Walt have his way. Nearly every part of his plan goes off the way he wants, and he even gets his death ushered in more quickly than expected. But more importantly, he’s given a chance to reconcile and see his family, and waste everyone who double crossed him. Walt gets a fantastic blaze of glory to go out on, but this character, and the show, have never been about that. All of his victories until now have been hard won, with collateral damage that always weighed in some part on his conscience. That was what made Walt the kind of character we tuned into week after week, year after year. But “Felina” spends too much time tying up the story of “Breaking Bad,” to the point where the multi-faceted character of Walt is rendered one-dimensional. There is such a thing as too much closure, and there is an argument to be made that a slightly more ambiguous ending, where Walt’s plan half-worked, and he didn’t get what he wanted, the fate of his family&mdashand even his own life&mdashwas left in serious question, would’ve been far more fitting.

But instead, we get Jesse driving a muscle car and woo-hooing his way into freedom, which is sort of indicative of “Felina” as a whole. It seems like an episode written for the fans instead of for the show, and it falters because of it. For five seasons “Breaking Bad” cooked up some the best drama on television, hands down, but unfortunately, for its final hurrah, we got an unsatisfying batch. [C+]

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