Ryan Gosling Eats His Cereal in Memory of Deceased Creator of Popular Meme
Ryan McHenry, who died from cancer, created the viral meme of Ryan Gosling refusing to eat a bowl of cereal
Ryan meets Ryan: a touching tribute to a hilarious guy.
Unless you know the backstory, a six-second video of Ryan Gosling eating a bowl of cereal and raising his spoon in silent solidarity would probably seem perplexing at best. Two years ago, Vine user Ryan McHenry started the blog Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal, featuring Vines of McHenry filming himself watching Ryan Gosling movies. In each short Vine, McHenry lifted a spoonful of cereal up to the screen at the same time that on-screen Gosling turned his head away — hence the name of the blog.
The Vines were silly, fun, and became wildly popular despite their simple premise. McHenry, sadly, died this past weekend after a two-year battle with bone cancer. He started the blog around the time when he received his diagnosis. After his death, fans of the blog and the heartthrob actor started a social media campaign to ask Gosling to eat a bowl of cereal in McHenry’s memory. Late Monday, Gosling posted the sweet tribute to the fallen Internet comedian. He chose cornflakes.
Gosling followed up Vine up with heartfelt wishes for McHenry’s grieving family.
My heart goes out to all of Ryan McHenry's family and friends. Feel very lucky to have been apart of his life in some small way.
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) May 5, 2015
Funny / React
Richard: I don't think that's going to make it in a retirement home.
Fine Bros.: What would you call this dance?
Virginia: Butts for sale?
- From the same, upon realizing that the first video was an instructional Don immediately gets up so he can try it. Once it becomes apparent what it is, he's shown back in his seat while making a Face Palm.
- Newcomer Victoria flubs it a few times, and the most help the Fines can offer is to tell her "try and really focus." She just scratches her head with her middle finger in response.
- Out of all the reactions, special note should be made of Rock's. The poor old guy practically goes Laughing Mad.
- SPACESHIP 12 CALLING EARTH. SPACESHIP 12 CALLING EARTH.
- Rhonda is having the day of her life in this episode. When asked how she's heard about the google glasses, she simply respond "'cause I'm hip" and later issues commands with a huge smile on her face, like it's straight out of a sci-fi.
- Victoria also outs herself as a Metalocalypse fan, claiming to have a crush on Nathan Explosion. Cue the "PLAYA!" overlay.
- Bonus points go to Hanoch in the sequel, as he never left the Prize Room camera until 5 AM. only to be immediately jumped.
- As soon as Don is handed it and told what it is, he declares that the fire alarm is going off and he has to go (while stuffing the phone into his pocket).
- Josie accidentally activates Siri at one point. Hilarity Ensues directly afterwards
- Episode one: Just the look on iJustine's face when the third video is shown to be none other than "Gangnam Style".
- Shane Dawson was not impressed when the music video came up and was even the first person on React to shut the laptop and leave.Then he reappeared a couple scenes later.
- Smosh's reaction.
- Just the fact that Smosh of all people nailed the Magibon impression. * Timothy and Justine come pretty close, but it's Smosh so it's funnier.
- Tay Zonday making tons of funny faces for his Magibon impression in the bonus video.
- Subverted, though, since Tay does clarify that he's grateful for the success the song has given him and doesn't seem to regret it in the least, aside from a passing mention of a "love/hate relationship" with it.
- Smosh is enjoying the beginning video, excited for something they haven't seen yet. Then the video changes and they freak out and start cursing the Fine Bros.
- Later Ian almost pulls off a calm non-reaction, until Anthony completely loses it.
- Brittany and Wong Fu Productions both panicking as they realize they're about to be Rickrolled again .
- The Bait-and-Switch with the last clip, where the goats are replaced with Nicolas Cage's screaming from The Wicker Man.
- At one point, Benny and Rafi offer their guests the chance to do it. Most people choose not to, apart from Tay who "cheats" by pointing the knife the wrong way up, and Shane moves to do it, prompting a horrified "no" from offscreen as they think he actually will. Jordan Maron actually lampshades the fact nobody wants to do it as well.
- Also, Tay's reaction to the second clip.
- Some of the individual reactions are gold. Especially the ones to the Tarako spaghetti sauce ad, which features a small doll ominously rotating in front of a mortified child:
- A large group of them just imitate the look of utter terror on the little girl's face.
- Shane just quietly cringes.
- And of course, some of the one-liners:
- If you already know what the video's about, Olga and Smosh dancing along in the beginning can count.
- Hank Green's only response to the end of the video is "I have not seen that video. Now I have.
- When asked to describe the video in one word, Anthony chooses "Fuck."
- Hank Green mistaking the guy who did ladder goat for PewDiePie. Then he finds out that he gave in and laughed because he made the mistake, something which is essentially treated as an Epic Fail.
- In the bonus footage, Shane Dawson essentially has a Rage Quit from watching the entire thing again when he forcibly bursts into laughter and keeps thrusting in time with the Stormtrooper air humping, begging to stop.
- It then goes on to the next one, and we see Hank starting to dance along with joy, before seeing one of the figures' eyes burst and spray with blood, at which point he goes from delight to disgust in about two seconds. Olga and Ingrid are again disgusted, Tay is clearly confused. and Harley is laughing his arse off.
- "MY ANUS IS BLEEDING". Again, Harley is laughing himself silly alongside Philip DeFranco, whereas Tay deadpans "he needs to see a cloud doctor" and Felix simply comments "I guess it's that time of the month again". When later asked what was happening to the cloud, Tay comments "I didn't learn that in meteorology".
- Hank notes the lampshaded Sanity Slippage of the cartoons, commenting that he felt there was no sanity in the whole thing to begin with.
- fSmosh commenting that it is a great cartoon for the whole family. Then there's the revelation that Ian parodied it when he was younger.
- Rosanna breaks into laughter when she sees Ryan Gosling ducking away from the cereal. Twice. It manages to be funny and cute.
- Joe Bereta and Elliot Morgan then start having a mock argument as to whether or not the other is giving good advice to people starting out on Vine.
- At the end of the video, everybody does an "Everybody Hurts" style clip. Each one is fantastic. Special mention must go to Jordan's and Shane's, however, as Jordan is seen doing it with a towel over him (the only one to do so) and Shane tries doing it with mayonnaise but can't even do it for the 7 seconds a Vine video would take as he finds it so disgusting.
- The bonus video for it has Jordan reacting to Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal by saying "he doesn't want it, stop trying to feed it to him", after the titular protagonist throws it into a bookshelf.
- Tay describing Vine as a 6 second version of Popeye.
- The bonus reactions expand on the "Everybody Spurts", where Phil can't keep doing it because it's just too funny, Ryan Higa can't keep it down because the liquid he's using is really cold, Tay does a disturbing Slasher Smile, Ingrid is unable to stop herself laughing, Jordan also can't stop himself laughing and you can hear Benny and Rafi laughing from offscreen, and Shane squirts an entire thing of mayonnaise in his mouth.
- The various Mondegreen moments that people have throughout. In the Girls' Generation video, Anthony wonders if they are singing "I got a boy on my chin", then can't keep himself from laughing every time the line comes up. Tay doesn't dare to guess, just commenting "I need Google Translate".
- When asked what she thought of the first video, Rosanna just says "Fap fap fap fap fap", and again for the third video.
- Jack Douglass at one point says that there are too many girls, then immediately realises "that wasn't the straightest thing I've ever said", much to the Fine Bros' obvious amusement. In contrast, Tyler Oakley says he wants a thirty-member boy band.
- DeStorm noting the three Porsche cars in the background of the last video, telling Rick Ross that he had better watch out.
- Zoella's reaction to every photo presented to the band: "Less clothes!"
- Philip DeFranco's reaction to being told that the preacher was a televangelist during the 80's and 90's.
- When asked if fart noises can be put in with clips of them, most of the YouTubers are aware it's probably happening anyway whether they like it or not. A few even deliberately pose to make it easier for the Fine Bros to insert noises.
- And before that, when one of the people getting punked is a black dude, leading to Anthony letting out a deep "aw HELL naw!", which Kalel immediately digs at.
- Just the fact that Phil starts whacking Dan slowly for no discernible reason.
- Benny has plastic spoons on hand. Was he expecting them to actually go for it, or.
- Shane Dawson attempting to hang himself with the provided rope, and Link Neal just leaving the rope around his neck for the rest of the video.
- Considering the way she perved on Justin Bieber a while back, it's funny to see how much Justine Ezarik had read up on Ylvis.
- The high amusement factor the YouTubers get from the So Bad, It's Good-style of the music video.
- Timothy Delaghetto's reaction to being told what the song was.
- "That's the end? THAT'S HOW IT ENDS?!"
- Shane Dawson, ladies and gents:
- "This is by far, not even the weirdest video I've ever seen. Did you know they made a black Annie?"
- Also this, when the Fine Brothers said there was an animation sequence in the movie the creators had claimed to be made by a dog.
- It gets better when the Fine Brothers ask the Youtubers to reenact Mukbang. Special mention goes to Bandy, Megwin and Falcon from Begiragons, who repeatedly say that the Mukbang livestreamers should just strip. As soon as they are asked to reenact Mukbang, Megwin does just that.
- Ella drawing the line at Hannah offering her noise-cancelling headphones instead of a ring.
- Jack pretending it's his and Erin's fourth date at a Taco Bell, and Erin leaving with the ring.
- Chrissy telling Bria (her female fiance) that she doesn't believe in gay marraige, resulting in Chrissy collapsing on the floor laughing.
- Some of the YouTubers show discomfort (Brandon Rogers), deliberately sing along as mockery (Keith), or unironically dance (Tay's awkward dance and Rosanna) upon hearing Jake Paul's "It's Everyday Bro," but MiniLadd's reaction sells it.
- The Merrell Twins' exasperation when thay have to endure yet another Rickoll , making them regular reactors with the most experience with it. The crew also kindly put flashbacks to emphasize how frequent it is for them.
Contains examples of:
- Acid Reflux Nightmare:
- Andy's food It's literal Nightmare Fuel. In different arcs, Jason, had A Christmas Carol nightmare, Paige, had a The Nutcracker nightmare, Peter had an Odyssey nightmare, and Roger had a Polar Express dream.
- One of the final series of daily strips had Peter and Paige eating tons of gingerbread cookies, resulting in a dream sequence where they became such cookies.
- Paige has never been the best babysitter when watching Katie for Ms. O'Dell, but this Trope truly came into play when she dozed off while watching her and Katie started playing with scissors. (Fortunately, Paige woke up before a disaster happened - a major one, anyway Katie still cut her expensive new dress to ribbons.)
- In one series of strips, Roger comes home from a business trip only to find out that Jason was hit by a Hot Wheels car while he was gone. Roger is so badly rattled by the event that he temporarily quits his job in order to spend more time with his family to his family's (and his co-workers') relief, he realizes this was a mistake and goes back to work.
- When Paige was trying out for cheerleading, she started using cheers all the time including giving a (correct) answer to a question on The Scarlet Letter in English class.
- And when Paige was on the JJV (junior junior varsity) cheer squad, she was sent to cheer at events like chess matches and debates.
- Eileen is this to Jason. She seems to trump him at everything (schoolwork, video games, you name it), much to his rage, and his attempts to one-up her always end in disaster. The fact that she has a crush on him only makes it worse.
- This is sometimes taken to ridiculous extremes. In one strip, Jason found a Four-Leaf Clover right before class started, and then gloated to Eileen how it would help him get the highest grade on the math test. And then Eileen found a five leaf clover. In the last panel of the strip, Andy is yelling at Jason because he apparently flunked the test because he missed it, because he was spending the whole time searching for a clover with more leaves.
- Andy becomes one in an early story arc in which she is tapped to write a column about family life for her newspaper. Much to the kids' chagrin, she shares embarrassing stories about them while using their real names, leading to their being mercilessly teased at school. She finally bows to pressure and agrees to publish her column under a pseudonym.
- Andy's mother is this to her by the virtue of being, as described by the New York Times itself, "perfect".
14 Brace for impact
Well here it, the image that inspired this whole list. We don’t know if this is the original use of the “instructions were unclear” meme, but if it is, it’s genius.
It’s hard to imagine under what circumstances this person thought it would be a normal and acceptable thing to invert themselves completely and stick their stinky un-shoed feet in the air. What would be the motivation for such an act?
Couldn’t be a matter of comfort, could it? As uncomfortable and cramped as airline seats are, they are certainly not designed to keep an inverted person well situated. Even if this person had back issues, we can’t imagine this helping.
Maybe they’re trying out some yoga? It’s actually not that far-fetched—we’ve posted images of passengers doing some inverted yoga in the plane’s aisle. A lot of these people like to show off, so maybe this is in the realm of possibility.
Perhaps he’s dropped something and is looking underneath the seat in front of him. No room to crouch down, so he put himself completely inverted. Now, if we dropped something like a wedding ring or an important thumb drive, we could see this maybe happening. But why not just look from the aisle?
It’s a mystery. Our best guess is just, “instructions unclear.”
Timeless Treasure Synopsis
Chapter One takes place present day and introduces us to a decedent of Stede Bonnet. Lexie Cain has just returned from her mother's funeral to a home where she is no longer welcome since it belongs to her step-father. She is there only to retrieve an ancestral chest containing photos, school papers, a scrapbook, and some old letters. Flipping through the letters she discovers they were written by Bonnet. Those letters change the course of her life.
The opening paragraphs of chapter two introduce us to Stede Bonnet and the woman he loves, Melody, at the burial site of his firstborn son. We discover just how bereaved, miserable and unhappy Stede is with his life. When Melody informs him that her father is moving her family away from Barbados to Charles Town, a city in the colony of Carolina, Stede's desperation intensifies. He must do something to change the course of his life.
Current day Lexie Cain moves to Charleston in the hopes of finding buried pirate treasure. She gets a job in the local museum, takes the first "Bonnet" letter to a college history professor for authentication, and then finds herself the target of criminals.
As Lexie reads through the letters with the professor, Barret Johnson, we are all hearing Bonnet's tales of piracy, his longing for a life with Melody, and his plans for a happy future together. In spite of the fact that we know from the beginning that Bonnet is hung, we hold on to the hope that it was somehow not him that was executed. That he somehow managed to find the happiness he so desperately sought.
There is no way I will tell you more of the story, yet there is so much more than this brief introduction of the book, including the romance that develops between Lexie & Barrett.
I would never wish to ruin this marvelous book for anyone else. You deserve to be able to "walk" through this adventure for yourself. It would be dastardly indeed for me to rob you of this experience and I refuse to do that. After all, I am no pirate!
This trope is in play when a work or character is loaded with such absurd/extreme examples of "masculine" stereotypes that you pass into parody. It is, simply, badass made silly.
Works with testosterone poisoning are often intentional parodies characters can contract it accidentally far more easily.
While the trope Rated M for Manly employs many motifs, it is first and foremost a celebratory trope played straight: Testosterone Poisoning is about works that parody manliness, or play it for laughs, by taking it to the extreme.
Some works which start out as Rated M for Manly can cross over into Testosterone Poisoning territory later two fairly reliable indicators that it's got a case of Testosterone Poisoning are the presence of the phrase "Are you man enough for. ", or something in a similar vein and a direct statement that the product or work is "not for women".
The Darwin Awards website uses the term to describe people who died attempting to pull off absurdly masculine stunts the sort of things that would end up on this trope page. It was even used in the title for one death where a man lopped his own head off with a chainsaw in an attempt to "prove" to his friend that he was tougher.
- Rated M for Manly: where appeal to masculinity doesn't reach parody stages
- Memetic Badass: where the masculine aspects have reached memetic standards, whether or not they really exist.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile
- Impossible Genius, when it's a character's intelligence rather than their manliness that enables them to do absurd things.
Not to be confused with the actual act of putting oneself in harm's way to prove one's manliness: that one is covered by Macho Masochism (although overlap is common).
The phrase was possibly coined by Alan Alda for a book on feminism, and popularized in 1984 by Dr. Helen Caldicott, a physician strongly opposed to nuclear weapons. In her book Missile Envy, she speculates that the arms race is partly fueled by this.
This means 'the vast majority of it' consumed from food won't be absorbed and passes out as waste, explains Professor Jan Frank, a nutrition scientist at the University of Hohenheim in Germany and a leading expert who has conducted trials into curcumin and the most effective way to take it.
To overcome this and maximise the potential health benefits, he says some manufacturers have developed ways to increase curcumin's 'bioavailability', i.e. how much is absorbed by the body.
Some have added emulsifiers to help mix the ingredients properly and make the curcumin water soluble and so better absorbed. Other popular methods to try to improve absorption include adding a source of fat or some piperine (a compound found in black pepper) to the food supplement.
So how useful are commercially available turmeric products? Professor Frank analysed a selection. We then rated them:
Pukka Tumeric Gold Tea (1/10)
20 tea bags, £2.99, most supermarkets.
Claim: These turmeric teabags also contain green tea, liquorice, cardamom and lemon. The bags must be steeped in boiling water for up to 15 minutes.
Expert verdict: This beverage may well be refreshing and taste good, but you're not going to get enough of the important ingredient curcumin to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
The maker claims that each bag contains 40 per cent turmeric root but — as curcumin isn't water soluble — you're not going to absorb any meaningful amounts of it from the tea.
Healthspan Opti-tumeric capsules (9/10)
Claim: Capsules contain 500mg of curcumin and 20mg of vitamin C 'to support cartilage formation and immune health'. One or two a day.
Expert verdict: Our research showed the emulsifier method used here was by far the most effective way to enhance curcumin absorption.
The added vitamin C should ensure the curcumin isn't destroyed by the alkaline pH of the intestine, so more is absorbed.
A glass of orange juice taken with standard supplements could have a similar effect.
We don't know the best dose of curcumin for different benefits, but the amount here is in line with research, which has shown that taking 500mg-1,000mg per day can have a beneficial anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
Claim: Watermelon, pineapple and lemon juice with 5g of turmeric root and the black pepper extract piperine. Drink one a day for 'a positive effect on inflammation and memory'.
Expert verdict: Curcumin isn't soluble in water so there are no benefits to it being in a drink — and so little juice in a serving that the vitamins you'd get from the fruit juice are negligible.
The curcumin amount in each shot is unclear. The maker suggests turmeric root is more beneficial than curcumin extract, but there are no decent studies on this — or that ingredients boost memory.
Better to buy a supplement with a clear amount of curcumin and a better absorption booster than piperine, which is unproven.
Claim: This spread contains curcumin with coconut oil and black pepper extract piperine, said to improve absorption of the spice. A 10ml serving (2tsp) has 200mg of curcumin.
Expert verdict: The theory is consuming curcumin with a source of fat helps you absorb more as it stimulates the gallbladder's production of micelles.
These compounds pass through the intestine wall and it is thought curcumin hitches a ride into the bloodstream.
We suspect this is the mechanism as fat has a similar effect on the absorption of other compounds such as betacarotene found in vegetables — but there are no robust studies.
Even so, you could easily pick a healthier fat such as a spoonful of olive oil with a high dose of curcumin. A serving of this spread has nearly 4g of saturated fat a fifth of a woman's daily limit.
Better You Tumeric Daily Oil Spray (7/10)
Claim: An orange-flavoured mouth spray four squirts provide 1,300mg turmeric. The maker says its 'revolutionary encapsulation process' means the curcumin is water soluble and can be absorbed via the mouth lining.
Expert verdict: This mixes the curcumin with cyclodextrin, a large sugar molecule often used to enhance the absorption of drugs, so in theory this will make it more absorbable.
However, I doubt absorption through the mouth lining is better than taking a pill because the surface area is much smaller.
The small intestine, (where a pill would be digested), has a greater capacity to absorb curcumin, so I suspect a pill is more beneficial.
That said, no robust studies have yet compared these two delivery routes and the spray would be useful for people who hate swallowing pills.
Rude Health Tumeric Latte (2/10)
Claim: Free from dairy and caffeine, this drink has rice milk, turmeric, sunflower oil, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper, which 'awaken the good stuff turmeric has to offer'.
Expert verdict: Unlike many of the products, this drink doesn't promise specific benefits.
Low-fat and low-sugar, it's a reasonably healthy alternative to tea and coffee.
But you'd have to drink litres to reach the beneficial dose of curcumin, around 500mg to 1,000mg found in a good supplement.
At 0.5 per cent turmeric, it's really here as a colouring agent and the dose of curcumin in a 250ml glass would be too small to have a therapeutic effect.
Wild Nutrition Turmaforte Full Spectrum Tumeric (6/10)
Claim: These 1,000mg supplements are made with three 'active' parts of the turmeric plant — curcumin, turmerosaccharides (a starch), and turmerone (turmeric essential oil) said to be 'clinically-proven to reduce joint pain by 86.2 per cent within 21 days'. Take two or three daily.
Expert verdict: The suggested daily dose is higher than most studies have tested, but as we don't yet know the perfect dose for curcumin benefits, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Curcumin is safe at high doses, unless you have liver problems or bile stones as it can affect the release of bile which the body uses to break down fat. My issue with this product is that in the research that has looked at whether adding turmeric essential oil boosts curcumin's absorption, it either had no effect or made it worse.
‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview
Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors. And looking at the upcoming season’s release schedule, there’s no reason to think that 2017 won’t deliver wonders for our eyes and ears. From old favorites (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious”) to shiny new confections (Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the CW’s “Riverdale”), the year to come does what all new years do: dangle promise before us, daring us to reach for it.
Here are the movies and television shows that the L.A. Times’ Calendar staff are most excited to see in 2017. We don’t know if any of them will be any good, but we can’t wait to find out.
(Reminder: Release and premiere dates subject to change.)
Movie preview: Films opening through April 21
Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (Jan. 13) and “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” (2017 TBA) fall outside of this window
After their son is killed in World War II, a middle-aged German couple become activists spreading an anti-Nazi message across the city via postcards. With Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl. Written and directed by Vincent Perez, based on the novel “Every Man Dies Alone” by Hans Fallada. IFC Films
Antarctica: Ice and Sky
French glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose work provided evidence of man-made global climate change, is profiled in this documentary. Directed by Luc Jacquet. Music Box Films
A overly trusting law student allows a violent couple to play on his suspicions that his stepfather arranged the car crash that left his mother in a coma. With Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley. Written and directed by Christopher Smith. Magnet Releasing
Michael Keaton stars as McDonald’s impresario Ray Kroc, who turned a Southern California burger joint into a billion-dollar business. With Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini. Written by Robert D. Siegel. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Weinstein Co.
Stranded on an island with turtles, crabs and birds, a man experiences the milestones of being human in this silent animated film. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. Sony Pictures Classics
A man with 23 distinct personalties struggles with an emerging 24th that threatens to dominate the others. With James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Universal Pictures
A carefree filmmaker becomes a single father after he is seduced by a bohemian shepherdess. With Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphäel Thiéry. Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. Strand Releasing
The patriarch of a British crime family stops at nothing to keep his son in line when he begins thinking of another way of life for his own family. With Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshall, Killian Scott, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris. Written by Alastair Siddons. Directed by Adam Smith. A24
Three foreigners each find love with a Greek in this triptych set against the socio-economic turmoil of contemporary Greece. With J. K. Simmons, Christopher Papakaliatis (as Christoforos Papakaliatis), Andrea Osvárt. Written and Directed by Christopher Papakaliatis. Cinema Libre Studio
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
Vin Diesel returns for his third outing as a former extreme sports star turned government agent embroiled in a global conspiracy. With Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson. Written by F. Scott Frazier, based on characters created by Rich Wilkes. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Paramount Pictures
Also: The Axe Murders of Villisca Horror. IFC Midnight … Bakery in Brooklyn Comedy. Gravitas Ventures … Doobious Sources Comedy. Gravitas Ventures … My Father, Die Thriller. FilmRise … Sailor Moon the Movie R Animated. Eleven Arts …Saving Banksy Documentary. Parade Deck Films
The meaning of life is explored through one pooch and his humans. With Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad. Written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky based on the novel by Cameron. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Universal Pictures
Michael Murphy portrays an elderly Roman Catholic priest whose life is shaken by a disturbing visit from the past. With Suzanne Clement. Written and directed by Terrance Odette. Breaking Glass Pictures
Matthew McConaughey plays a prospector who teams with a geologist to hunt for treasure in the untamed jungles of Indonesia. With Bryce Dallas Howard. Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. TWC - Dimension
James Franco stars in this story of the gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who had a religious awakening, renounced his former life and became a Christian pastor. With Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts. Written and directed by Justin Kelly, based on a New York Times article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Brainstorm Media
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The sixth and culminating episode in the action-horror franchise once again stars Milla Jovovich as the zombie-slaying Alice, returning to the Hive, where it all began. With Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts. Written and Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Screen Gems
Forced to change apartments, a young Iranian couple in Tehran find their lives upended by violence linked to a previous tenant. With Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. Amazon Studios / Cohen Media Group
A documentary look at seven male dancers, six gay, one straight, who were part of Madonna’s 1990 “Truth or Dare” tour. Featuring Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Salim “Slam” Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea, Sue Trupin, Carlton Wilborn. Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. Bond/360
Also: Get the Girl Comedy. Vertical Entertainment … Kung Fu Yoga Action comedy with Jackie Chan. Well Go USA … Lost in Florence Romantic drama. Orion Pictures … Midsummer in Newtown Documentary. Participant Media / Vulcan Productions … Paris 05:59 Romantic drama. Wolfe Releasing … Sophie and the Rising Sun Drama with Julianne Nicholson and Margo Martindale. Monterey Media … The Sunshine Makers Documentary. FilmRise …They Call Us Monsters Documentary. Matson Films
Filmmaker John Singleton has been building up his TV credits as of late, directing for series such as “Empire, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Billions.” But “Snowfall” takes his small screen dabbling a step further, with Singleton serving as co-creator and an executive producer.
The 10-episode series, set up at FX, will explore the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. The series is set in 1983 and follows numerous characters, including Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on the quest for power Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord. “I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” Singleton said when the series pick-up was announced. “It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn’t have better partners for this journey.” “Snowfall” underwent rewrites, cast changes and reshoots and wasn’t ultimately picked up by FX until a year and a half after the cable network ordered the pilot. Dave Andron (“Justified,” “Knight Rider”) was brought in to run the show.
‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ CBS All Access
A teaser last summer at Comic-Con — simply, but majestically, showing the new ship the U.S.S. Discovery — was enough to get Trekkers amped up about this new installment of the space-based series, the first “Trek” series in over a decade, one in which the film franchise was successfully rebooted.
The 13-episode series, created by latter-day “Star Trek” veterans Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, will focus on a female starship lieutenant commander — played by Sonequa Martin-Green — and take place roughly a decade before the five-year mission embarked upon in the original series by Capt. Kirk and the gang. It has also been reported that at least one story line will revolve around a famous incident in “Star Trek” lore that has been discussed but never before seen.
Other cast members will include Anthony Rapp (“Dazed and Confused,” “Rent”), Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Doug Jones (“The Strain”).
Though Fuller has moved on as show runner — handing the reins off to Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts — we still can’t wait to beam aboard.
After five Emmy wins and near-universal critical acclaim over two seasons and as many casts, where does Noah Hawley’s “Fargo” go for the third season?
With the show having begun filming this month, details have been about as hard to come by as landmarks on a frozen Minnesota highway. But what we do know is Ewan McGregor portrays two brothers with distinctive hairlines, “A Serious Man” star Michael Stuhlbarg will return to the Coen brothers’ Midwestern universe to play a character named Sy Feltz and the small-town sheriff will be played by “The Leftovers’” Carrie Coon, who will occupy the Frances McDormand-esque role as a force of decency in an unsavory world.
The third season will also occur closer to present day, and executive producer Warren Littlefield hinted that there will be some crossover with someone from the series’ first season, which was set in 2006. With that you can also expect some amount of commentary about the impact of technology on creating additional distance between people and a deeper dive into the characters as a result of a smaller cast and, presumably, a much smaller body count than the gang war at the center of Season 2. Based on Hawley’s track record, is that enough to whet our appetite? You betcha.
It may struggle to escape the shadow of the dragon-sized dramas of schedule-mate “Game of Thrones” this year, but this series, co-created by Mike Judge, continues to offer sharp satire of the odd personalities and absurd economics of the tech industry. Last season saw Richard’s (Thomas Middleditch) company Pied Piper spiral through various stages of assured success and disaster while trying to launch its platform. And its inability to be understood by non-engineers resulted in the company being nearly swallowed by the Google-esque Hooli before being rescued by Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) and Big Head (Josh Brener).
For the fourth season, Pied Piper has pivoted to video thanks to an effort by Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) that holds some promising possibilities in the changing dynamics between the programmers, particularly with regard to the dryly amoral Gilfoyle (Martin Starr). Like the area it skewers, the show still tilts primarily male, and there’s a chance it could become even more so as Suzanne Cryer’s investment firm has pulled out, which would leave Amanda Crew’s Monica as the show’s biggest female character. However, now that she’s working closer with Pied Piper than ever with last season’s finale, there’s still lots of potential for this start-up to pay off.
Now heading into its eighth season, “Archer” has stayed so consistent that it’s easy to take it for granted. But with “The Simpsons” weathering its uneven golden years and “South Park” showing signs of wear, this quietly subversive series, created by Adam Reed, may be the most inventive animated half-hour comedy on TV. Still centered around the clueless yet effective secret agent Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), “Archer” has risen beyond its nesting doll of blink-and-you-miss-it in-jokes and loving “Smokey and the Bandit” references. Now it’s bolstered by unhinged characters voiced by the likes of Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler and Jessica Walter and a perversely fearless drive toward experimentation. Beginning as a sort of id-driven spoof of James Bond, “Archer” has grown to encompass season-long reinventions as a cocaine-and-country-music-fueled “Archer Vice” and a “Charlie’s Angels”-esque private-detective agency. This season’s time-jump to 1947 Los Angeles goes hand in hand with the show’s move to FXX.
Like its central characters, FX’s “The Americans” has always lived dangerously. The couple at the heart of the show, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, are undercover KGB agents posing as an ordinary American suburban husband and wife, so fans of the show are rooting for protagonists who, at their best, are anti-American and, at their worst, want to bring the country down. The show also has situations that could be considered a little too convenient. Stan Beeman, their closest friend — and neighbor — is an FBI agent targeting Russian spies and for the most part has little suspicion of the true identifies of the nice couple across the street.
But such shortfalls have been overcome by the electric chemistry and performances of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, a vivid sense of its period setting in the ’80s and its suspenseful stories and plot lines that also put the Jennings at the brink of danger and being discovered — and what that would mean for their likable family. Even more importantly, the regularly roller-coaster family dynamic brings a clearly identifiable element to the proceedings — there are marital woes, bratty teens and steamy sex on both sides of the Cold War.
Though critically acclaimed, “The Americans” has existed mainly as a ratings sleeper since its premiere in 2013, but emerged as a true contender in its fourth season, earning both Emmy and Golden Globe recognition. The show has maintained a steady sense of urgency and excitement even as the stakes are raised for the Jennings. The confession by the couple to their inquisitive daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) of their true identity — and Paige’s betrayal of her parents by telling her church pastor that her parents are Russian spies — could have been disastrous for the show’s momentum (see the second and third seasons of “Homeland”), but instead has taken the drama to another crackling level. The Jennnings’ fascination and growing affection for the American way of life brings another layer that makes the drama even more complex. Can’t wait for the new season.
Fox’s “Shots Fired” is almost certain to prompt debate and discussion behind its provocative premise, which reflects some of the most explosive headlines of the day — the shooting of unarmed African American men by white police officers.
In the central story line of the 10-hour drama, the topic is given a surprising twist: The victim is a young white man and the shooter is an African American police officer. The shooting in a small town in North Carolina puts the community on edge. But the atmosphere becomes even more charged when the spotlight switches to the neglected murder of an African American teen, which reopens wounds that threaten to tear the town apart.
The series comes from the powerhouse couple of Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Notorious”), who said in a statement that they were inspired by questions raised by their young son following the George Zimmerman trial in which Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. They hoped to create a project that would address “the policing of African Americans, our broken criminal justice system, and race-relations that would also ask difficult questions and spark real conversation and change.”
Giving the limited series more force is the cast, which includes Sanaa Lathan (“Love & Basketball”), Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Oscar winners Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss.
The story of the “Million Dollar Quartet” — the nickname given to the formidable foursome of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins — has been told in both book and musical form. Now the tale is coming to TV via CMT and an eight-episode series that traces the rise of the famed label of the title, its genius producer Sam Phillips and the four disparate, but complementary musicians
“Sun Records,” executive produced by Leslie Greif and Gil Grant, is based on the Tony-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and arrives shortly after the 60th anniversary of the legendary one-off recording session featuring the four men.
Among those stepping into some very big, and in at least one case blue suede shoes, are Elvis impersonator Drake Milligan as Presley, Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”) as Phillips, Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) as famed Presley manager Colonel Tom Parker, Kevin Fonteyne (“Masters of Sex”) as Cash, British actor Christian Lees as Lewis and Dustin Ingram as Perkins.
Set in Memphis against the backdrop of the changing political and social climate and racial tensions, the series’ main focus is Phillips and the early days of rock ’n’ roll and R&B and the country and blues music with which those genres intersected. Among the other famous names woven into the story are Ike Turner, Jimmy Swaggart, Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.
‘Planet Earth II,' BBC America
After a divisive political season, it can be a comfort to return to a series that offers a riveting, sumptuously filmed reminder of the one unifying issue we can agree on: the beauty and wonders of the natural world. The first edition of the series, in 2006, helped usher in the HD era, and the sequel continues that legacy by going one better as the first BBC production filmed in 4K resolution — assuming you’re one of those early adopters. Having already aired in the U.K., the series (again narrated by Richard Attenborough) earned strong numbers with an average of more than 10 million viewers per night. It features jarringly intimate looks at locales that include “Islands,” “Mountains,” “Grasslands” and, intriguingly, “Cities.” Can zoomed-in looks at animals and their potentially endangered habitats heal the political divides of 2017? Probably not, but no program this year is going to look as stunning in the effort.
A sad clown story that’s actually about a sad clown, and the first great series of 2016, returns for a second season. Zach Galifianakis (co-creator with Louis C.K. and director Jonathan Krisel) takes the dual role of antagonistic twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets, with Emmy winner Louie Anderson as their mother, Christine. Season 1 ended with Chip, the clown, hopping a freight train out of Bakersfield — “It’s OK, I’m a hobo,” he tells the railroad bulls who discover and deal with him — as Dale began some sort of relationship with Chip’s sole friend, Martha (the exquisitely deadpan Martha Kelly). Now Chip is on the road, less angry, but even sadder. “I went to France to study to become a clown,” he tells a pack of young travelers whose path he crosses, “but I don’t think clowns are needed as much since the world has become so clownish.” The show can be difficult to watch, not because the characters are horrible or cringe-worthy, but because they so desire love and so don’t know how to get it, or how to recognize it when it comes their way. As before, Anderson is something beyond brilliant. Making tender a role that could easily become grotesque, he is completely alive as Christine. There isn’t a line that comes from his mouth that doesn’t seem to have been born in the moment he speaks it.
Director: Rian Johnson.
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill
Precious little is known at this point about the next installment in the “Star Wars” saga — even the movie’s title is still under wraps. But for many fans, one fact alone has been enough to keep excitement at a boil for more than two years: Johnson is at the helm as writer and director.
The mastermind behind films such as 2005’s high school noir “Brick” and 2012’s sci-fi action film “Looper,” Johnson has a knack for crafting brain-tickling cinematic puzzles and upending genre conventions. “Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Oscar Isaac, who will reprise his role as Rebel pilot Poe Dameron in “Episode VIII,” told The Times last year. “In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film.”
“The Force Awakens” (2015) relaunched the series with a heavy dose of nostalgia, climaxing with the appearance of Luke Skywalker as a grizzled Jedi hermit à la Obi Wan Kenobi. In the next chapter, expect to see Rey further hone her skills under Skywalker’s tutelage, even as the Empire, led by Kylo Ren, regathers its strength. If “The Empire Strikes Back” is any precedent, things could get dark — and, on a sad note, the film will mark the final appearance of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.
Beyond that, what Johnson’s outside-the-box sensibility might mean for the “Star Wars” saga is anyone’s guess. And, for a franchise that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, that unpredictability in itself is thrilling.
‘Coco’ director Lee Unkrich gets down with the Day of the Dead for Pixar’s fall release
Since we were formally introduced to Pixar via a hopping desk lamp and a rubber ball in the animated short “Luxo Jr.” three decades ago, the studio has brought to life toys, insects, monsters, fish, cars, rodents, robots and, increasingly as the technology caught up, humans.
In “Coco,” directed by Lee Unkrich and opening Nov. 22, Pixar will focus its talents toward something else entirely: skeletons.
The film takes place in Mexico and tracks the journey of a fully fleshed 12-year-old named Miguel, who is consumed with his familia’s generations-long ban on music. This is particularly vexing to the boy since his dream is to be become a great musician like the late Ernesto de la Cruz.
Miguel hails from a village named for Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, and modeled by Pixar on towns in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A mystical, magical chain of events leads Miguel to the skeleton-populated Land of the Dead, and accompanied by a street-wise vagabond named Hector, he tests his musical prowess and unravels a family mystery he never knew existed.
Unkrich has long been fascinated by the celebration of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, especially the iconography and folk art surrounding the event, when the living and the dead are briefly reunited. “It seemed like a really beautiful celebration,” said the director, who comes to “Coco” with “Monsters Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story 3” under his belt. “This idea of actively and joyously remembering your loved ones who are no longer with you seemed like a great place to tell a real emotional family story, and also have a lot of fun.”
Five years ago, Unkrich began planning his film but “Coco’s” path to fruition was not without bumps. In 2013, the Walt Disney Co., Pixar’s parent, withdrew an application to trademark “Día de los Muertos” following a public uproar over the company’s cultural insensitivity. “It was a mistake that happened and we regretted it immediately,” Unkrich said.
From the beginning, Unkrich sought to involve members of the Latino community in the process “so that at every turn we could have as much authenticity and as specific a voice as possible. Hopefully, it will never be tone deaf or lapse into cliche. Based on the reactions from the consultants who we’ve shown the film to already, we feel confident that we’re doing a great job and doing right by the culture.”
The quest for authenticity extended to the characters and casting. Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt, is a composite of beloved Mexican musicians such as Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Vicente Fernández. Character actress Renée Victor (“Weeds”) voices another key character, Miguel’s abuelita.
“One of the joys of working on the film has been Gael García Bernal,” Unkrich sadi. The “Mozart in the Jungle” star plays Hector, Miguel’s trickster sidekick. “He’s just an amazing guy and he’s brought so much charm and fun.”
According to Unkrich, “finding a good kid actor is like finding a needle in a massive haystack.” For the crucial part of Miguel, the film’s star, the director cast 11-year-old Anthony Gonzalez, who lives in Los Angeles and has since turned 12. “It’s been a race against time to get this done before his voice changes,” said the director. “He’s really great and I’m lucky to have found him. He makes the movie super-special.”
Though it’s not strictly speaking a musical, there are a lot of songs in “Coco,” as virtually all of the characters are performers. The soundtrack will be a mix of original music and Mexican standards. “When people think of Mexican music, they most often think of mariachi, and that of course is one part,” Unkrich said. “But there’s really a vast landscape of music and we’ve tried to embrace all of it.”
Unkrich brushed off concerns of similarities to Jorge Gutiérrez’s 2014 “Book of Life,” an animated musical fantasy produced by Guillermo del Toro, which was also set in Mexico around the Day of the Dead. “We’re telling a very different story than he was,” said the filmmaker. “Obviously, it’s still set against the holiday so there are a few common elements here and there, but the two stories are completely different. You can have more than one Christmas story.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified “Coco’s” title character as Abuelita (voiced by Renee Victor). It is Mama Coco (voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia).
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