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Luckily, Jensen Ackles can play the same scene over and over, grappling with the same problems and mulling over the same questions, and turn on a motivational dime without ever showing a crack in his character’s steely resolve. Maybe that’s a testament to what you can learn from doing soap operas, but it probably has something to do that Ackles, at his hardest-working, can seem like the natural heir to both Cary Grant and Steve McQueen„ and, when he’s not working especially hard, can manage to seem like the real Fonzie. I don’t know if Ackles will ever get a better opportunity as an actor than Supernatural, but I do know that, if there were less snobbery about genre entertainment and a low ceiling for critical respect towards anything that airs on CW, for the last several years, the Emmy nominees for Best Actor in a Drama would have been Jensen Ackles and four other guys.
—  Phil Dyess-Nugent - A.V. Club
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“See you next summer”: Alex Hirsch says goodbye to Gravity Falls
(This interview reveals major plot points from Gravity Falls, specifically relating to the series finale, “Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls.”) After three-plus years, two seasons, and 40 episodes, Gravity Falls came to an end this week. Dipper and Mabel Pines concluded their one crazy summer in
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Joan found Shirley MacLaine’s character in the film deeply sad, passed around among the men in her office “like a plate of canapés.” As with so many other moments like this on Mad Men, Joan doesn’t seem to realize she’s speaking of herself as readily as the person she thinks she’s talking about. But this is clear by episode’s end. As the two get in the elevator to head down, Bert asks her to push the button for the lobby, and the connection between Joan and the movie character is clear: Both have wasted some part of themselves on men who, fundamentally, don’t love them, because they’re hoping for something better out of it and simply not finding it. And from the look on Joan’s face, she gets this just as well. (x)

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Cillian Murphy talks about 9 career defining roles in a new interview with A.V. Club. Highlights below, a great read!

Darren (Disco Pigs) - I loved the sort of black or white nature to his approach to love as, “If I can’t be with you, then I can’t be alive”—there’s something very powerful about that, I think.

Jim (28 Days Later) - I auditioned really hard for this one. It was about five or six auditions to kind of convince Danny that I was the right guy for the part.

Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Batman Begins) - It was a very exciting time for me to be working with such a gifted director. It began the start of a relationship, and now I’m just about to start working with him on Dunkirk. It’s worked out really nicely for me. He’s been very loyal to me over the years.

Jackson Rippner (Red Eye) - I liked the duality of Jackson to be this charming, suave guy who sort of turns out to be the devil. [Laughs.] That was the most fun part of it.

Kitten (Breakfast on Pluto) - I fell in love with Kitten. I still check in occasionally to see how she’s doing

Damien O’Donovon (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) - We shot that film at home in Cork, and I stayed with my parents. We were shooting out in the hills there where I grew up, and it was a very special kind of time.

Capa (Sunshine) - It’s a hard thing to make an original science fiction movie that’s this sort of narrow corridor to walk down without brushing shoulders with these extraordinary films like 2001 and Alien. But I think there’s an original take on the genre with this one.

Robert Fischer (Inception) - To play this super rich kid who has everything he could possibly want for in the world materially, but all he actually wants is the love of his father—that was how we wanted to portray him, as a love-starved little boy.

Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders) - I think for the first time we’ve seen that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

The fact that the Rachel reveal is still a surprise when we knew she wanted to impersonate Sarah is a testament to how perfectly Scott’s direction, Alex Levine’s script, and Maslany’s portrayal come together to sell this moment. Rachel’s Sarah is just too brisk. Her accent is just too stilted, as her aristocratic lilt pokes through with, “make sure the elevator’s secure.” And yet her stabbing Felix with the needle is a total shock. Rachel’s gambit doesn’t just work because her wig is on point; it works because it’s a very Sarah Manning move. This is, after all, the first time Rachel Duncan’s ever gone off script.
—  The A.V Club review of Orphan Black 2x09, “Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done”
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Hannibal seems intent on becoming TV'€™s best show

If there are any notable steps up from season one, it’s both in the tension that mounts thanks to the great game played between Will and Hannibal and in the better use of the show’s supporting cast. Characters like Caroline Dhavernas’ Alana Bloom matter so much more now, and the series makes the most of a great performance it was often sidelining last year. (The rest of the acting, particularly from Dancy and Mikkelsen, is typically great.)

After years of fighting the temptation of romance … because he believed himself incapable of making that kind of commitment, Oliver has fast discovered that giving into his feelings has actually made him capable of more than he imagined. The show has consistently portrayed Oliver and Felicity’s relationship as something healthy for Oliver. … Oliver has found his center, and that discovery allows him to consider possibilities that would have seemed ridiculous not so long ago.
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Alasdair Wilkins in AV Club review of “The Candidate” (X)

First of all, President Obama was born in Hawaii. I don’t know how much more proof he could have given at that point. But second of all, even if he hadn’t have been, seriously, who cares? Who cares, in all caps with an exclamation point after it. WHO CARES?! It’s not something he can control, and it doesn’t say anything about his character. John McCain was born on a naval base in Panama. I didn’t care about that. I don’t care. At some level, the birther movement is not about hardcore, Constitutional originalists being very concerned with following the letter of the law. It’s about the weird and disturbed people who are—probably on some level—racist, not liking the fact that a black man named Barack Obama is the president, and trying to find a way to say that without saying “I’m a weird, crazy racist.” That’s what that movement was about. But I also wanted to make clear that even if, in the future, a Caucasian gentleman who wants to run for president happens to have been born in Bern, Switzerland—who cares? That law, as I understand it, was established because they didn’t want people from England to come and usurp the country and be in league with England. I think we’re probably safe from that at this point. I don’t think we’re in danger of having a secret British national loyalist running for president and then selling us back to England or something. We’re probably okay.
—  Michael Schur, creator and showrunner of Parks And Recreation, on the birther movement
… every scene featuring Oliver and Felicity—even before she joined Team Arrow—was simply delightful, and it was hard not to love the way her awkward enthusiasm always worked its way through the cracks in his angsty armor.
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Sam Barsanti, AV Club staffer, answering the question “Who do you ship” (X) You can find his tweet here.

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