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Is this the worst ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant ever?

- April 14th, 2014

It’s been quite an entertaining few weeks on Wheel of Fortune.

First, we witnessed a contestant pull a rabbit out of a hat with this miraculous guess, and now we have the other side of the coin.

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During Wheel‘s special College Week last Friday, Indiana University freshman Julian Batts managed to snag all the letters in the puzzle “Mythological Hero Achilles,” but there was a slight problem – he pronounced the Greek hero as “A-chill-ess.” Host Pat Sajak was forced to move on to the next competitor, who spit it out correctly, and Batts lost out on his bid for an extra $1 million off the board.

Oh, that’s not all, folks. He screwed up two other puzzles: one that was “The World’s Fastest Man” and another that the young man thought was “On-The-Spot Dicespin,” but was actually “On-The-Spot Decision.”

Frankly, this makes us weep for the future. However, he did manage to redeem himself a little in the end by making it to the bonus round, beating the other two young women on the panel.

I see a red door and I want it painted (Orphan) Black

- April 14th, 2014

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Orphan Black. Orange is the New Black. The Blacklist.

Are you sensing a theme here?

It seems as if the entire entertainment landscape has been painted black. Didn’t the Rolling Stones predict this in a song close to 50 years ago?

Regardless, the real subject at hand this week is Orphan Black, which returns for its second season Saturday, April 19 on Space in Canada and on BBC America in the United States.

Through its first season and in the subsequent months leading up to season two, Orphan Black has become one of those weird shows that retains its cool cult status, and yet everyone is talking about it.

Orphan Black exists as both a secret club and a mainstream media monster. It’s a niche show that everybody knows. Or at least, they know of it. With all the positive publicity, surely everyone involved with Orphan Black will be hoping for big ratings with the new campaign.

Orphan Black is a clone-based conspiracy thriller that stars Regina native Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple roles. And more are coming. Sheesh, there must be some very long days on set where Maslany curses the modern filming technology that makes this all possible.

Maslany obviously was deserving of the accolades she received for season one. She won a TCA award, a Canadian Screen Award, a Critics’ Choice award, a Young Hollywood award and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice award (hey Emmys, do you think you missed something?).

In season two, while the bond remains strong between the core characters, they’ve all made choices that have dire consequences. That leaves main character Sarah (played by Maslany, or course) to navigate a dangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances.

Hmmm, sounds pretty dark. Black, even.

As Mick Jagger once sang, “No colours any more, I want them to turn black.” Orphan Black, that is.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

Bryan Cranston helps kid get a prom date

- April 12th, 2014

Do you have a secret crush that you’d like to ask out on a date but are too scared he or she may say no?

Well then, maybe you need some help from a famous actor to give you a setup. That’s what high school student Stefan Montana did.

He cornered Bryan Cranston after a performance of All The Way on Broadway, where the actor is portraying Lyndon B. Johnson, Uproxx .com reports.

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Bryan Cranston winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for his role in “Breaking Bad” poses for photo backstage at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 18, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Montana asks the Breaking Bad star to record a brief message on his phone that’s a variation of one Walter White’s quotes from the final season.

Cranston reads into the phone: “Maddie, if you don’t go to the prom with Stefan, then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly.”

Then Montana takes the phone and asks: “Maddie, would you go to the prom with me?”

Montana posted the video on YouTube. (And there’s a longer version, which includes Montana’s request to Cranston.)

The gimmick seems cute at first, but it’s actually a little disturbing. The line Cranston referencesSPOILER ALERT – is actually a threat Walter White utters to his brother-in-law Hank Schrader when he realizes that Hank has discerned that he is Heisenberg.

But the gimmick apparently worked for Montana as he later tweeted to Cranston:

 

So maybe this Maddie girl really wanted to go to the prom with Montana. Or perhaps she was just afraid Cranston would slip ricin into her tea…

Charmed returns in comic book form for season 10

- April 11th, 2014

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Wiccan sisters Piper, Paige and Phoebe are back for a 10th season — as comic book characters.

Like many  nerd-favourite TV shows, Charmed continued its post-cancellation canon in comic-book form with Season 9 in 2010.

Zenescope Entertainment announced this week that it will be publishing a new arc, Season 10, which will debut at New York Comic Con on Oct. 9.

Zenescope editor-in-chief Ralph Tedesco explains:

“Charmed fans are an extremely rabid and loyal group. They write us all the time, asking about Season 10 since it’s been almost two years since the last issue was released. We’re happy to let them all know that it’s been worth the wait — we’re coming back with a brand new arc and a ton of surprises that we feel will absolutely satisfy hardcore Charmed fans, while also appealing to new readers.”

h/t i09

 

Disguised Drake gets insulted on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

- April 11th, 2014

There was more Canadian content on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, as Toronto rapper Drake donned a beard and wig for Kimmel’s Lie Witness News segment.

The Started From the Bottom hitmaker, 27, played reporter and hit the streets to ask pedestrians what they thought about him, and the job he did hosting the ESPYs (which doesn’t actually happen until July 16).

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The answers are hilarious. Watch below: