The California Highway Patrol proudly debuted the trailer for their upcoming action epic, A Reasonable Speed, on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Watch the cautiously thrilling story where the only rules are the rules of the road. Discuss
Reality TV has hit rock bottom. Really. In A&E’s horrifying new show Fear: Buried Alive people will (as the title clearly indicates) be buried alive. Of course, it’s not being sold as a chance to torture our fellow humans (who, for the record, clearly have legit fears) but rather a “psychological” experiment, where participates will “endure a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches.” The press release goes on to justify this entertainment malarkey by noting “Studies show that when we willingly push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and face our fears, we come out feeling empowered and triumphant.” And, if they create some great footage of crying and freaking out, all the better, right? We think no. Just no. Discuss
All that binge-watching might actually be helping you to have greater emotional intelligence. New studies published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, show the results of experiments in which people were asked to watch critically acclaimed dramas like Mad Men, The West Wing and Lost and then took something called the "Reading the Mind Through the Eyes” test. The visual test asks participants to look at images of people’s eyes, and then accurately determine what emotion the individual reported feeling. The study participants who watched hours of prestige dramas performed notably better on the tests than those who just watch educational documentaries and people who watched no TV. It’s just another a reason to sit and watch Netflix all day. Discuss
Hollywood’s TV revival of franchises no one really misses continues. The ‘80s action series MacGyver is joining a list of retro shows and movies including The A-Team, Lethal Weapon and Friday the 13th that are all being reworked for primetime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new MacGyver, being produced for CBS, will star a an inventive twentysomething who is recruited by some sort of secretive intelligence organization to solve crimes, usually with only gum wrappers, paper clips and a Swiss Army Knife. Literally, the only people that are excited for this are Patty and Selma Bouvier. Discuss
We know what you’re thinking: There are just not enough superhero-centric shows on TV. Thankfully, we have some exciting news. According to a report in Collider, HBO is currently in talks with filmmaker Zach Snyder to bring the graphic novel series Watchmen to primetime. In addition to movies including Man of Steel, 300 and the upcoming Batman V Superman, Snyder also directed a big-screen version of the story back in 2009. Development is currently in the “preliminary discussions” phase, but it could be an indication that HBO is joining outlets including NBC (Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), AMC (The Walking Dead, Preacher), CBS (Supergirl), The CW (Arrow, The Flash) and Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) banking on big-budget comic book adaptations. Discuss
Sorry kids, Agent Jack Bauer has retired. (Who could blame him? Have you seen the last eight seasons of 24? Homeboy hasn’t gotten much sleep.) In an interview with the BBC, Kiefer Sutherland officially ruled out the possibility of returning to the action franchise.
“It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor,” Sutherland told the press. “But it’s moving on without me. I want to do other things…My experience of 24 was unbelievable, but the main benefit was that it was nice to do something that people actually watched, and that they enjoyed…I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.”
No word yet on his post-24 plans. Currently the actor is on the promotional trail for his new film Forsaken. Discuss