Archive for January 12, 2020
Danielle Staub announced that she will be leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Most fans were not disappointed at the news of Staub’s departure as at times Staub brings a mod mentality to the show.
With season 10 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey off to a great start as Staub is poised to make her return to stir up more drama. The housewives are already showing their colors in regard to making new friends and fighting with old ones. While Staub confirms she is in a good place and working towards her real estate license fans are a bit on edge, wondering what the housewife has in store for the Garden State. In the latest episode, the ex-stripper blindsided her castmates by pulling Margaret Josephs’ hair, causing her to have whiplash. The sneaky brunette has Teresa Giudice on her side and feels as though nothing can stop her from her.
Staub took to Andy Cohen’s clubhouse to announce to fans of the franchise that she would no longer participate in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The 57-year-old told Cohen on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that she would never return to the reality show again. On January 8th the Bravo villain said that she had been a part of the show for over 12 years but now it was time to make her exit. The mother of two commented that she would like to find a hobby that makes her heart full every day.
Fans were curious if her departure had anything to do with the recent assault on Josephs. Cohen was surprised by Staub’s decisions as he did not expect that she would want to leave the platform. Staub was originally a full-time cast member for season and 2 but left the show after her fight with Giudice. Staub had only returned to a friend role for the last three seasons. Since returning in her minor role, Staub and Giudice have been each other’s conscience, with both of them sticking up for one another, even when they were wrong. During the January 1st episode, Giudice told the group of women that they do not fully know who Staub is and they should not be so quick to judge her. Most of the women disagree with Giudice’s opinion as they have seen firsthand what Staub is capable of.
Though there is still more to come in season 10, fans are not convinced that the two bosom buddies’ will see their friendship through to the end. Staub has always been known to manipulate those close to her and with Giudice being in a vulnerable state, issues are bound to occur, leaving the door open for another table turner incident possibly between the two.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on Bravo.
Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for 1917.
On top of taking the top two prizes at the Golden Globes last week, the marketing campaign for Sam Mendes' World War I epic 1917 has relied largely on the film's astounding technical achievements. But while it is certainly visually impressive, 1917's "one-shot" approach really isn't as smooth as it's made out to be. Helmed by the former Skyfall and Road to Perdition director, 1917 bolsters an impressive cast and crew. Starring young unknowns George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, the film also includes cameo appearances from British actors Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Strong. Then, of course, there's master cinematographer Roger Deakins to consider.
Set during the height of the First World War, the film follows two British soldiers (MacKay and Chapman) as they embark on a harrowing journey across No Man's Land. This remarkable effort, a 24 hour trek through enemy territory, is brought about when they learn that a fellow company nearby, under the impression that their impending attack will make a strong dent in the Germans' war effort, is really walking into a trap. Their general (Firth) warns them that if they fail, the result will be nothing short of a massacre.
This heroic mission, one slightly based on the stories Mendes' grandfather told him as a child, is captured and advertised on film as one seamless shot. Most of the time, the result is gorgeous and encompassing, allowing the meticulously crafted atmosphere to breathe and speak for itself as to the horrors of wartime. But other times, the film's cuts are repetitive and distractingly noticeable, often relying on the same visual cues to crossover into the next shot.
As persuasive as it may look, a "one-shot" production is practically impossible to achieve, especially when having to consider and articulate the brutal nature of battle. Watching 1917, audiences will find that the cuts consistently coincide with the characters either walking into a dark room, or with the camera panning and the view being taken over completely by an object or person. While accomplishing this extensive one-shot look throughout a feature is no small feat, when put into conversation with other films that have done the same thing - especially the 2015 Best Picture winner Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - the gimmick feels as if it cheats at times.
It's also worth mentioning that one of the most tense scenes in the film actually breaks apart 1917's "one-shot." Towards the climax of the movie, Schofield (MacKay) engages in a gunfight with a German scout across a town torn apart by the war. After tagging his opponent and infiltrating the home in which the German was shooting, Schofield makes his way up the stairs to confirm the kill. As he opens the door with his rifle, the camera reveals that the German has not yet died, and just as Schofield finishes the job, the enemy fires back, sending Schofield back down the steps and falling right on his back. The British soldier loses his consciousness and in doing so, the camera cuts to black. By the time Mendes' hero wakes up, the day has turned into night, and the seamless timeline of 1917 is finally broken.
The hit horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is about to make its return to TV, so what can fans expect from What We Do In The Shadows season 2?
The first season was a runaway success with fans and critics alike as it followed the format of the original 2014 movie. While the cast might have changed, the new crew of vampire roommates living together on Staten Island quickly won over viewers. What We Do In The Shadows co-creators and stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi returned to work on the series, though they mostly stayed behind the cameras this time. Their involvement ensured season 1 kept the spirit of the beloved movie, while being able to move on with a new cast in a new setting.
There is plenty of anticipation for what the new episodes will bring. Here’s what’s known so far about What We Do In The Shadows season 2.
What We Do In The Shadows season 2 will premiere Wednesday, April 15 at 10pm ET/PT on FX. Like other shows have been doing recently, the first two episodes will premiere back to back with one new episode coming out each following week. What We Do In The Shadows season 2 is scheduled to run for ten episodes.
It’s expected that the main cast of season 1 will all be returning, including Kayvan Novak as Nandor, Natasia Demetriou as Nadja, Matt Berry as Laszlo, Harvey Guillén as Guillermo, and Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson. It’s also been revealed that Mark Hamill will guest star in an episode, though information about his character hasn’t been announced.
As for what’s happening behind the scenes, Jemaine Clement will return at the helm, while co-creator Taika Waititi will not be involved in What We Do In The Shadows season 2. Waititi directed three episodes in the series' first season.
Because of the way season 1 left off, it’s expected What We Do In The Shadows season 2 will start off with a focus on Guillermo. While Guillermo worked as Nandor’s familiar throughout the first season in an effort to become a vampire, things headed for a cliffhanger when it was revealed via DNA test that he was actually a descendant of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, which would mean he is destined to kill the vampires he’s been hanging around with. That dynamic and others are sure to provide laughs for fans when What We Do In The Shadows second season kicks off in April.