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April 24 2015 6:19 PM

Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy Deserved More Than This

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

RIP, George O’Malley, who died after heroically jumping in front of a bus; Denny Duquette, who died after a heart transplant; Lexie Grey and Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, who both died in a plane crash. This is just the short list of characters showrunner Shonda Rhimes and her staff of writers have killed off over 11 seasons of the medical drama, understandably, for the most part. This show mostly takes place in a hospital — people are going to die. But even on Grey's, major players typically don't die without a fight or (at least!) a full-season arc before their deaths. Last night, without reason, we lost Dr. Derek Shepherd.

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April 24 2015 5:31 PM

Frank Miller Is Working on Another Sequel to The Dark Knight Returns    

DC Comics confirmed today that Frank Miller is returning to write a second and final sequel to his extraordinarily influential Batman series The Dark Knight Returns. The 1986 series, along with other graphic novels like Alan Moore’s Watchmen (from that same year), changed the way people think about comics.

The new series will be titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (a provocative title, to say the least, given Miller’s controversial political views), and will come out twice per month starting in late Fall 2015, according to a press release from DC. Miller’s first sequel series, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, was published in 2001. According to the press release, writer Brian Azzarello will also be working on the eight-issue series. Artists have not yet been announced.

April 24 2015 4:04 PM

What Man of Steel Would Have Looked Like if It Were in Color

Man of Steel was a bit of a drag in a lot of ways, but one of the dreariest aspects of the movie was simply its color palette: The movie’s drab look seemed calculated to remind viewers of the The Dark Knight, but this made an odd stylistic match with the Big Blue Boy Scout. In a new video that attempts to color correct Man of Steel footage (and a bit from the Batman v. Superman trailer) to put the flush back in its cheeks, Video Lab makes the case for letting Superman “fly in blue skies.”

Interestingly, the video also notes that the decision to darken the Superman film might have happened pretty late in the game, showing early set photos of that bright blue suit.

April 24 2015 1:20 PM

The Eternal Appeal of “Bye, Felicia,” 20 Years Later

Friday, one of the great stoner comedies of our time, celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, so it’s only fitting that we take a moment to look back on perhaps its greatest contribution to the culture at large: “Bye, Felicia.” If you’re not familiar with the phrase, or are wondering who “Felicia” is, perhaps you’ve only just awakened after many years from a smoke-induced haze; the diss has become so embedded in pop culture that it’s usage now knows no demographic limits.

So let us marvel at the wonders of “Bye, Felicia,” and all of the wonderful memes and moments it inspired.

April 24 2015 12:57 PM

M. Night Shyamalan’s Horror Movie About Grandparents Looks (Unintentionally?) Hilarious

Who knew M. Night Shyamalan could be this funny? Anyone who sat through The Happening might not be able to believe it, but Shyamalan has managed to make a horror movie about something even less scary than plants: grandma and grandpa.

The trailer for The Visit starts as two kids make a trip to their grandparents’ house, and at first Nana and Poppop seem nice enough … until they start testing the bounds of old geezer eccentricity with cackling, and shotguns, and bodily contortions that do not remotely resemble your granddad’s rehabilitation exercises. Just wait until you see how granny wants to clean the oven.

April 24 2015 12:11 PM

What Last Night’s Crushing Episode Means for the Future of Grey’s Anatomy

Last night, Shonda Rhimes ripped open the hearts of millions of fans when she lay yet another beloved character to rest. Only for the first time in a long time, it was one of the few remaining Grey’s Anatomy OGs who met his demise: McDreamy, aka Derek Shepherd, he with the amazing hair, beautiful face, and skillful hands that saved many a life in the operating room over the course of 11 seasons.

But Derek was more than just a pretty, brilliant character—he was also the great love of Meredith Grey’s life, the source of much of her happiness, but also a lot of her headaches. (Let’s not forget that when they first started hooking up/dating/whatever they were doing in Season 1, he neglected to tell her that he was still (separated, but) married.) And for all of its many, many characters and plotlines, Meredith has always remained the central figure of Grey’s, so his death marks a very important turning point in the show. Yes, everyone at Seattle Grace Hospital will mourn his death (as the promos for next week attest), but what matters the most in upcoming episodes is how Meredith alone responds to this stunning loss.

April 24 2015 11:14 AM

Game of Thrones Finally Got Its Own “Too Many Cooks” Video

Nearly six months after “Too Many Cooks” sang its way into our hearts (and nightmares), the most logical parody of the parody video is here—a Game of Thrones version.

April 24 2015 9:53 AM

Louie’s “Cop Story” Episode Says a Lot About Police Brutality Without Saying Anything at All

Louis C.K. addressed the thorny issue of police brutality in last night’s Louie. In “Cop Story,” Louie runs into Lenny (Michael Rapaport), an NYPD cop who once dated his sister and thinks he’s better buddies with Louie than he actually is. Lenny badgers Louie into joining him at a Knicks game, though in typical Louie fashion, the night quickly spirals downward into angsty melodrama. Unable to get into the Knicks game, the two have drinks at a bar, and later, Lenny discovers that he’s lost his gun sometime over the course of the evening. He has a terrifying breakdown, destroying much of Louie’s apartment in the process. Louie eventually finds the gun after retracing their steps, and the episode ends with Lenny bursting in tears, barreling him down to the ground in an awkward embrace.

Ok, so “Cop Story” doesn’t really address Ferguson, Eric Garner, the growing distrust between law enforcement and civilians, or even dirty cops. There are no whiffs of “Black Lives Matter,” no one is shot, and the only person accosted by a police officer is the pathetically wan Louie—he’s frequently subjected to Lenny’s abrasive, socially awkward manner of interactions, which include “playful” shoving and hitting. And yet it’s impossible to view this episode without hearing the echo of the past few months’ news headlines in the back of your head, something that C.K. is surely aware of. Without saying anything at all about the current public image of police, he says a lot.


April 24 2015 8:30 AM

The Best Part of Game of Thrones? The Parent-Child Relationships.

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

Poor Shireen Baratheon. She's covered in greyscale, stuck in a depressing ice fortress with no other kids to play with, and worst of all, right when she seems to be making friends with Sam and Gilly (the Damian and Janis Ian of the Wall), along comes her mom to ruin all the fun, spouting old-fashioned ideas about Wildlings and making Shireen look super-lame. It could have been Friday night at your local mall—just an overprotective mom who isn't too sure about those black-clad teens her daughter's been hanging out with—if not for all the talk about war, murder, and greyscale. And that's the way most parent-child interactions go on Game of Thrones: at once achingly familiar and terrifyingly unreal.

April 24 2015 8:02 AM

The Best Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire in May

Every month, Netflix adds dozens of new titles to its growing collection of streaming movies and TV series. At the same time, it rotates out some of its older titles. Below we’ve chosen the best movies to watch before they’re removed from Netflix streaming in May. (All movies expire May 1 except where otherwise noted.