NCIS Season 12 Episode 9 Recap: Not Home for the Holidays

Turkey Day arrived a couple days early on NCIS Season 12 Episode 9, though this installment of the CBS drama was certainly not for the birds.

The action mostly took place around  Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C., where Tony, Bishop and Bishop’s husband, Jake, were grounded temporarily for the holidays.

And we need to start with our impressions of Bishop’s more handsome half, don’t we?

Played by Jamie Bamber, he’s protective of Bishop, though also sort of clueless about her life at NCIS.

He had no idea, for example, that Bishop carries a gun around, along with various kinds of crime gear.

But Jake still wanted to be the one to stand up for his wife, telling a man who bumped her at one point (without apologizing) that it was an act “up with which he will not put.”

As for the Crime of the Week?

It centered around a culprit who killed an Air Marshall after impersonating him in order to get his weapon into the airport.

Away from the rest of the team, this gave Tony the opportunity to once again take lead, which is always entertaining. Especially when they involve a solid use of puns.

Abby, McGee and company, however, did get involved from afar (the killer ended up being notorious chameleon and someone on the Most Wanted list Bishop reads every week).

Overall, the installment was a tremendous showcase for Tony. It was a blast watching him interact with Jake and to ramble on about how much he hates couples after he went to Jamaica last Christmas and his resort was couples-only. Not that he hates Bishop and Jake, of course.

Go ahead and watch NCIS online via the above video to lament a tease about Gibbs doing a snow angel, but viewers never seeing it, and then sound off:

What do you think of Jake Malloy?

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The Voice Results: Which Eight are Great?

The Voice results are in after Monday’s Top 10 performances, and those striving for greatness were sweating bullets waiting to learn if they would sing on.

Some favorites continued to impress on The Voice Season 7 Episode 20, while some slipped up and other dark horse candidates made a case to continue.

Alas, only eight spots remained, and it was the end of the road for …

Anita Antoinette (Team Gwen) and Reagan James (Team Blake)!

Ryan Sill, for the second straight week, won the Instant Save.

It was a bit of a surprise to see both them out, but the fans have spoken and the ladies have not fared well with America’s votes deciding the outcome.

Amazingly, Team Pharrell’s DaNica Shirey became the only female singer to make the top eight in what is turning out to be a male-dominated season.

Team Adam, meanwhile, has all three finalists left in Matt McAndrew, Damien and Chris Jamison, none of whom have been in the bottom three thus far.

Team Gwen still has Sill and Taylor John Williams, while Team Pharrell has a pair of contenders in Shirey and Luke Wade headed to the elite eight.

Team Blake Shelton is now Team Craig Wayne Boyd.

Your top eight singers from The Voice Season 7 …

Craig Wayne Boyd - I Walk the Line (The Voice Top 10)


Craig Wayne Boyd makes his bid for the Top 8 with a cover of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.”

Team Adam
Matt McAndrew
Chris Jamison
Damien

Team Blake
Craig Wayne Boyd

Team Pharrell
Luke Wade
DaNica Shirey

Team Gwen
Taylor John Williams
Ryan Sill

Who do you think has what it takes to win it all? Who do you predict will be voted out next? Did America get it right with this week’s elimination and save?

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Teresa Giudice Blames Co-Stars, Haters For Failure of Daughter’s Girl Group

You’ve gotta hand it to Teresa Giudice. She’s weeks away from starting a federal prison sentence, her marriage is crumbling, and she’s millions of dollars in debt, but she still takes the time to make us laugh.

Sure, she’s making us laugh unintentionally, but that’s beside the point…

The latest Garden State shenanigans involve Gia Giudice’s girl group, 3KT.

Two Giudices

Gia is Teresa’s 14-year-old daughter, who apparently aspires to be the next Britney Spears.

3KT released one wildly inappropriate video already, (It featured a cover of a Britney song, of course.), but now they need money to shock the Internet with a second uncomfortable clip.

Given that Teresa is about to go to prison for 15 months, you might think that she would have more important things on her mind than her daughter’s fledgling career as a skimpily-attired pop star. You would be wrong:

Teresa recently helped Gia launch a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $7,500 for a 3KT holiday video. With just 16 days remaining until its deadline, the campaign has raised a paltry $901.

Could it be that the world just isn’t that interested in funding inappropriately risque, mediocre, Christmas-themed pop music? No! Obviously this embarrassing public failure is the result of some anti-Teresa conspiracy, y’all!

“Teresa believes there are negative forces, including co-stars from RHONJ, that are the reason Gia’s music video fundraising efforts have been a failure so far,” a source tells Radar Online.

“Teresa says there are haters that are determined to make sure Gia’s music career goes down in flames.”

Despite drowning in 8-figure debt, Teresa reportedly forked over 10 grand for Gia’s first video. This time, she expects the public to foot the bill, because she’s Teresa Giudice, and that’s her idea of logic.

Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online to see more of Teresa’s hilariously delusional behavior.

 

Table Flipping Fiend


Teresa Giudice is not gonna take any crap. Her table-flipping reputation will precede her in prison, thanks to The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 1.

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State of Affairs Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: I Spy

Viewers were treated to a mostly generic plot on State of Affairs Season 1 Episode 2.

It centered on a national security crisis, as a Russian ship was disguising itself at sea as an oil rig while hiding a submarine under the water.

With divers trying to retrieve information from a CIA fiber optics line, the tether is cut by a storm and the submarine plummets to a depth it’s not built to reach.

In D.C., Charlie, POTUS and the First Gentleman are having a meal in honor of Aaron’s birthday.

Charlie wishes to never lose the feeling that Aaron is watching, while POTUS wishes for justice to bell all who took her son away. But what about Fatah? The asset Charlie is yet to tell her boss about? Charlie remains mum.

Later on, Charlie receives a text message that reads “Remember Me?” It contains a photo of her and Nick escorting Fatah.

We also later learn that a CIA asset named Anatoli is working to solve the Russian submarine problem and has contacted Langley for help.

The main problem afoot? The data in the fiber optics cables is comprised not only weapons specs, but also the identities of all of their assets worldwide. What to do, what to do…

Charlie ends up manipulating Anatoli to sacrifice himself for the sake of national security, using intel about him joining th CIA for a sense of self-worth against him.

ELSEWHERE:

  • Nestor Carbonell is introduced as the new Director of the CIA.
  • Charlie laments the fate of Anatoli in a bar with Maureen, with Nick staring at them creepily from a car to conclude the episode.

So, are you hooked? Will you keep tuning in for State of Affairs?

Remember that you can watch State of Affairs online via TV Fanatic at any time in order to remain current on all happenings and developments.

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Beyonce "7/11" Video: No Pants Needed, Only Twerking at This Hotel Rager!

Beyonce has dropped her latest music video for “7/11″ and in the process, she’s set the bar impossibly high for anyone else looking to throw a hotel party.

She’s also turned wearing no pants into an art form. And we thank her for that.

The wacky video shows her cycling through numerous outfit changes, most of which do not involve pants, throughout the course of an epic hotel rager.

Beyonce and her backup dancers filmed the footage earlier this month.

“Man it feel like rollin’ dice, man it feel like rollin’ dice / Seven eleven, seven eleven, seven twice, man seven twice,” Beyonce sings. “Man it feel like rollin’ dice.”

“Man it feel like rollin’ dice / Seven twice, seven twice.”

She’s looking to get lucky, in other words … but Blue Ivy‘s mom doesn’t need luck when she’s got it goin’ ON like this and she’s letting everyone know it.

Between her leopard underwear, “Kale” sweatshirt, cut-up version of her 2013 Grammys gown, crop top and more, this is a feast for the eyes right here.

Beyonce Twerks, uses her foot as a phone, swirls in a chair, bounces dice off one a dancer’s back, dances in front of a Christmas tree and pops out of boxes.

“7/11″ is featured on the superstar singer’s Beyonce: Platinum Edition box set. Her other new, leaked song “Ring Off” refueled Jay Z divorce rumors.

All we know is the Kim Kardashian Paper photos have nothing on this video. Bow down to the Queen of the Booty and watch the above insanity now …

Beyonce Kisses Blue Ivy


Beyonce kisses Blue Ivy Carter in a very sweet moment which she delightfully shared for her fans.

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Michelle Hurd: Law & Order Actress Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Abuse

Yet another woman has come forward alleging that she was sexually abused by comedy legend Bill Cosby, thus bringing the total number of accusers to 18.

Hurd made the accusation in a lengthy post on her Facebook page:

  • Bill Cosby Image
  • Michelle Hurd Photo

“I wasn’t going to say anything,” Hurd writes. “But I can’t believe some of the things I’ve been reading, so here is my personal experience.”

“I did stand-in work on The Cosby Show back in the day and YES, Bill Cosby was VERY inappropriate with me.”

Hurd goes on to describe how Cosby touched her inappropriately, invited her into his dressing room, and asked her to shower at his house.

“I dodged the ultimate bullet with him when he asked me to come to his house, take a shower so we could blow dry my hair and see what it looked like straightened,” Hurd writes.

“At that point my own red flags went off and I told him, ‘No, I’ll just come to work tomorrow with my hair straightened.'”

She adds that he instructed her, “‘NEVER tell anyone what we do together.'”

Hurd claims that another actress on the show was drugged while visiting Cosby’s house.

Hurd’s story comes on the heels of similar accusations made by Carla Ferrigno and Terese Serignese on Friday.

Cosby has denied the allegations through his attorney.

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Thanks a lot, Internet users. Now we’ll never be able to watch The Cosby Show the same way ever again!

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The Shawshank Redemption Cast: Where Are They Now?

Earlier this week, the cast of The Shawshank Redemption reunited in Hollywood for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.

A box office flop when it was first released in 1994, Shawshank has since earned its place on the short list of true modern cinematic classics.

Tim Robbins


The most recognizable Shawshank inmate at the time of the film’s release, Robbin’s performance as the wrongly-convicted Andy Dufresne has since become his signature role. In the years that followed he directed the acclaimed film Dead Man Walking, won an Academy Award for his performance in Mystic River, and established his place as one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents.

Life-affirming but never cloying; heart-wrenching without being manipulative, Shawshank is one of those rare films whose appeal transcends generational boundaries and the demographic niches that usually determine a film’s success.

No small feat for a film that features a murder and a rape scene in its first 20 minutes.

Yes, unlike other films that have survived as sentimental favorites, Shawshank is no family-friendly romp.

A tale of brutality and injustice of the highest order, Shawshank – like its protagonist in the film’s thrilling climax – takes the hard road to an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.

In that sense, it’s a film that proves one of the most vital truths of storytelling – a happy ending is only as moving as the struggles that preceded it.

1994 was a banner year for American movies, with Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also vying for Academy Awards honors.  

And yet somehow despite the boomer-years nostalgia of Gump and the violently audacious thrills of Fiction, Shawshank might be the year’s most enduringly beloved offering.

And for a film that was widely dismissed by audiences twenty years ago, there can surely be no greater redemption.

Check out our update on Shawshank’s principal players in the gallery above.

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Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground Over "Dubious Sexuality," Lack of Pants

Government representatives in Poland have pooh-poohed efforts to use Winnie the Pooh as the official mascot of a town playground.

According to The Croatian Times, local officials will not allow the beloved Disney character to grace a poster near the park due to his “dubious sexuality.” We’re not making this up.

Winnie the Pooh Photo

“The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,” says Councillor Ryszard Cichy. “It is half naked, which is wholly inappropriate for children.”

In Winnie the Pooh’s defense, he is wearing more articles of clothing than most bears out there.

Also, he’s a cartoon.

A town meeting was held over this divisive issue, with one official reportedly saying Winnie the Pooh “doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex It’s a hermaphrodite.”

Councillor Hanna Jachimska, meanwhile, then dared to call out Winnie the Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.

“This is very disturbing,” she said. “The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.”

Ummm… we’re not gonna touch that one.

All we know is that if wearing pants were a requirement to be a playground mascot, no THG staff member would qualify for the gig. 

101 Dalmatians


Imagining having 101 children to keep up with pretty much gives us hives. This wouldn’t have happened if people listened to Bob Barker.

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Students Hate on Healthy Lunch Fare, Say #ThanksMichelleObama for Mystery Meat Sandwiches

It’s difficult to get Republicans and Democrats to agree on anything these days.

But unhappy students across the country have banded together to Tweet pictures of their unappetizing cafeteria food, blaming the First Lady for such disgustingly healthy fare.

The Thanksgiving-themed lunches seen here must comply with the food regulations implemented by the USDA (a limit on calories, fat, sugar and sodium) and supported by Michelle Obama, who has taken on the sweeping issue of childhood obesity.

Hence the hashtag “#ThanksMichelleObama” that accompanies these complaints/photos.

In July, Obama vowed to “fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have.”

She didn’t direct folks to healthy recipes on Food Fanatic for some reason, but she did get behind an initiative to change the ingredients used in cafeterias around the nation.

Still, we wonder whether or not Obama realized she’d be fighting the kids themselves.

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Mockingjay Movie Reviews: Are the Odds Ever in its Favor?

According to Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence is akin to Jesus Christ.

That’s mighty high praise for the star of The Hunger Games franchise.

But is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 worthy of the same praise? What are critics around the country saying about this wildly anticipated blockbuster? Let’s find out…

Julianne Moore as President Coin


This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It’s safe to say we’re excited for the film.

Mockingjay – Part 1, however well done, can’t compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough. – Tom Long

If Mockingjay – Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn’t make it less satisfying. – Steven Rea

Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. – Kenneth Turan

Katniss’ concern for the anti-sexy Peeta results in her spending quite a bit of the movie in po-faced mopery. – Kurt Loder

Mockingjay – Part 1 is just big enough of a story that, even as a two-parter, the film feels substantial and justifiably halved. There’s simply too much to digest as all the pieces are put into place and the real games are set to begin. – Kirk Baird

This is the “Empire Strikes Back” of the series, with the heroes constantly on defense – running, hiding, planning, hoping. - Rob Thomas

Jennifer Lawrence is as good as always and gets a few key scenes to play up the emotional aspect of what’s occurring.- Jim Judy

Gale Mockingjay Poster


Liam Hemsworth is back for more Hunger Games. He poses here on behalf of Mockingjay.

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