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Here’s the full video of the Scandal Smithsonian panel in DC!


Thank you thank you THANK YOU to the woman who periscoped this (I’m sorry I don’t know your Tumblr to give you proper credit) so that I can re-live that awesome night forever!

Baby Driver Review — Written 5/23/17

           I’ve seen Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World’s End all about 20 times each, and given that I think that they’re all virtually perfect movies that illustrate everything that I love about film as an art form, it’s without a doubt that Edgar Wright is my favorite director working today. The aforementioned films are all some of my all-time favorite films—they were all polished to the nth degree on character, script, direction, and originality levels. Baby Driver is… not so much. It has the breezy humor that I love Wright for, but it lacks the subversive punch and level of tongue-in-cheek energy that he does so well. It has a great cast with everyone throwing themselves into their roles and each character being enjoyable to watch, but they still feel underdeveloped both in their own rights and in relation to each other. It has more depth than most recent movies, but it’s easily the shallowest of all of Wright’s films. But it’s still fun and funny and well paced. But it can still be called a disappointment.

           Filmed in and set in Atlanta, making it Wright’s first movie shot in or set in the United States, it follows a young orphan getaway driver of prodigy-like talents called Baby (Ansel Elgort) who works for Doc (Kevin Spacey), the head of a team of bank robbers comprised of Buddy (Jon Hamm), his girlfriend Darling (Eiza González), Griff (Jon Bernthal), the unpredictable Bats (Jamie Foxx), and Eddie (Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Baby looks after his elderly, mute foster dad Joseph (CJ Jones) and, after falling for a diner waitress named Deb (Lily James), he wants to get out of this business, but as these things usually go, his boss needs him to do one last job, leading Baby to try to sabotage them and escape.

           Let’s look at the positives first, which without a doubt outweigh the negatives. Firstly, a movie about a driver with tinnitus who constantly listens to music and plans his heist work around his own life’s soundtrack sounds like something right up Wright’s alley, and that’s because it is. Music has become increasingly important to the style of his work both in subtle ways and manners that are proudly in your face, fitting each scene to a tee. Here he flexes those muscles again, orchestrating the action to the soundtrack and using it to help the editing and pacing, both of which are very good. A shootout choreographed to “Tequila” makes it clear that Wright still knows what he’s doing, and that makes for an entertaining viewing—that much is without a shadow of a doubt.

           Similarly, he gets very good performances for the most part, namely from the supporting cast. Spacey’s deadpan schtick and Foxx’s unhinged insanity, along with a pretty good use of Elgort—who can be pretty stiff—and the charm that James brings to a character that the script mostly has as just a damsel help distract from the script issues. It’s shot by Bill Pope, who worked with Wright on Scott Pilgrim and later The World’s End, and each scene has a fluid progression to it, namely a lengthy tracking shot towards the beginning. When placed with the soundtrack, it’s a movie that you can dance to at times, the film itself feeling like a song. Other traits normally associated to Wright’s work are also present here, albeit to lesser degrees, which is where the undercurrent of disappointment stems from.

           Firstly, the humor here works, but there isn’t nearly enough of it. It’s clear that an onslaught of jokes wasn’t his intention here, but the dramatic aspects of the script are undercooked. Baby’s attraction to Deb feels like more of a plot device than true human behavior—his sign language-fueled relationship with his foster father is more appealing. There’s one scene in which Baby and Deb discuss music and germ of the idea regarding their emotional attachment to each other is visible, but that idea hasn’t germinated into a plant. It’s still closer to a seed budding out of the ground. Deb doesn’t have much to do, and there isn’t much of an ironic approach or unique take on what is a familiar “one last job” story.

           Jon Hamm is pretty underused and Flea felt like an extraneous cast member as did Jon Bernthal—cutting them out would have allowed for more focus on characters that were more pivotal to the story. Despite the fun and sure-fire nature of so much of it, it feels muted. Wright and Simon Pegg took a British approach to an American genre with Shaun of the Dead, and it’s clear that Wright is trying to take a similar approach to Americana culture with Baby Driver as is made very clear by a few scenes and settings as well as the mood lent to the movie by some of the song choices, but it’s as if the script didn’t go through enough passes before the production stage began.

           I’m not sure if was Sony and TriStar that were trying to make something a little bit more accessible, but it feels a little bit more generic than what one would have hoped for. It’s a great thing that Wright is so damn talented, since even such a noticeable slip in quality can still place him within the B range while a majority of most movies that I’ve seen so far this year are in the C range or well below that, but this could have been better. It has what you want from it, but not really enough. It’s Edgar Wright lite. It’s Edgar Lite. At least it’s not Edgar Wrong.

           7.4/10, pretty good, B, above average, etc.

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Scandal - Episode 5.01 - Heavy is the Head - Press Release + Promotional Photos

OLIVIA AND FITZ ARE FORCED TO MAKE BIG DECISIONS

IN THE SEASON 5 PREMIERE OF ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“Heavy is the Head” – Olivia and Fitz are back together again and enjoying every scandalous moment together while Cyrus, Mellie and Huck are all still dealing with the aftermath of helping Command. Meanwhile, when a visit from the Queen of Caldonia and her family turns into a tragedy, Olivia is hired to make sure the Royal family’s private life stays private, on the Season 5 premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North and Cornelius Smith Jr as Marcus Walker.

Scandal - Episode 5.04 - Dog-Whistle Politics - Press Release

HOW FAR IS FITZ WILLING TO GO? ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“Dog- Whistle Politics” – Eager to get answers, Jake unexpectedly crosses paths with someone he thought he’d never see again. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn recruit a familiar face to help smooth over the media storm surrounding Olivia, and Fitz quickly finds out the true cost of mercy when he discovers not everyone fully supports his actions, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North and Cornelius Smith Jr as Marcus Walker.

“Dog- Whistle Politics” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Zetna Fuentes.

The series is created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Wilding and Tom Verica are executive producers. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.

Watch on wisconsinforward.tumblr.com

A must-watch.

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#Scandal315 - “Mama Said Knock You Out” Promotional Photos featuring the Grant Kids. (Source)

THE GRANT CHILDREN VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“Mama Said Knock You Out” – The Grant children prepare for a live sit down television interview with Fitz and Mellie at the White House. Meanwhile, Adnan looks to Harrison for help and Rowan warns Olivia to stop investigating B613, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard. Guest cast TBA.

“Mama Said Knock You Out” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tony Goldwyn. 

How Cyrus Beene is spending his summer vacation:

1) Gardening: As he told Olivia in 104, he hates to garden, but only does so when there’s a war going on…

2) Drunk dialing Olivia Pope:

3) Having hot, angry, sex with his husband:

4) Thinking about Fitz:

5) Thinking about Fitz:

6) Still thinking about Fitz:

7) Playing with Ella, if he can remember what she looks like:

8) Regretting the decision he made to be in cahoots with Mellie Grant and plotting to get his chief of staff job back:

9) Feeling the:

Sorry Cy. You deserve this, but I still want your evil self back in the White House.

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Press release for Scandal episode 7 airing Nov. 13

“The Last Supper” – Fitz and Jake continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia needs them to focus on the real prize, taking down Command. Meanwhile, Huck longs to connect with his family and Quinn continues tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus’ exploits finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North’s plan is much bigger than anyone ever expected, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“The Last Supper” was written by Allan Heinberg and directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

Let’s not even get into the UTTER STUPIDITY of this and into the fact that this is High School shit that doesn’t exist in an adult world ESPECIALLY NOT when the President of a country AND AN ASSASSIN are involved. The assassin is sent to jail and doesn’t even have the slightest chance to say SQUAT. And the President doesn’t waste time discussing with an ASSASSIN.

SMFH. The level of stupid this show is sinking to is amazing.

DISREGARD ALL episode numbers reported by SpoilerTV because they are ALL wrong past episode 4. They don’t understand that ep. 4 was a two-parter, so they put this out for ep. 8, except ep.8 hasn’t even started filming yet. They finish filming ep. 7 on Wednesday (which says all about how late they are. They haven’t even finished filming and the press release is out. SMFH). Wednesday will thus be a double up day with Ep. 8 starting to film (if they follow the normal schedule). They also filmed this past Saturday because they’re late with production.

Ep. 3.12 "We do not touch the First Ladies" Press Release

FITZ IS FACED WITH THE HARSH TRUTH, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” – Old feelings and jealousies arise at a Presidential event causing Fitz to face a harsh reality. Meanwhile, Quinn tries to prove herself to B613 and Leo Bergen sets up a meeting between Sally and an old friend, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

This REEKS of “Marmaduke is my long lost half brother.”

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#Scandal314 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Promo Teaser

“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Paul McCrane.

Sound Off Gladiators!

Now about this stupidity of a title change passed like episode change for ep. 4. SPOILERS ahead

FITZ CALLS ON OLIVIA TO CLEAN UP A FAMILY MESS, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

Guest Starring Emmy Award winner Joe Morton, Brian Letscher and Mary Mouser (“Body of Proof”)

“Like Father, Like Daughter” – Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Meanwhile, Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Editor’s note: This episode replaces episode “The Bleep.”

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“Like Father, Like Daughter” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Paul McCrane.

This is ep.4, the episode with the sex tape with TWO teen girls and a college kid. Now um…one of the TWO girls in it is Catherine’s daughter, according to scenes I’ve read. And um at this point the other must be Karen.

Hence why Fitz calls Olivia and “Like Father, Like Daughter” is the title-  sale-aholic I think correctly said it means a sex tape scandal for both of them, bc Fitz had the one with Olivia to deal with, audio only, and Karen has this one.

Just to make sure that it is INDEED the same damn episode, this was the PREVIOUS recap for the episode:

“The Bleep” - Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn realize there is more than they originally thought when it comes to Catherine’s case, and Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“The Bleep” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Paul McCrane

Same writer and director and same plot for Fitz calling Olivia and Rowan, so obviously same episode.

Press release for ep. 16 The Fluffer. LOL IT IS ABBY who is the Fluffer!

“The Fluffer” – Abby steps in as Olivia’s proxy and takes on duties at the White House. Meanwhile, the team continues to investigate B613, and someone throws a wrench in Reston’s presidential campaign, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“Mama Said Knock You Out” was written by Chris Van Dusen & Raamla Mohamed and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Nooow. Care to imagine why this happened in this particular episode? Hmmm? And it’s got NOTHING to do with plot.

And by the way before ANYONE starts with useless freakouts, PER PHOTOS FOR 14 and 15 OLIVIA IS JUST FINE. I am guessing they used the excuse to keep her safe (given what her dad tells her about not investigating B613) for one episode… FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

Scandal episode 8 "Where the Sun Don't Shine" synopsis, courtesy of SpoilerTV

“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” – Command is always two steps ahead and everyone in Olivia’s life is in danger. Meanwhile, Cyrus is forced to face the consequences of his behavior, and Huck and Quinn finally figure out just what Elizabeth North has been planning, but they might be too late to stop it, on the winter finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tony Goldwyn.

I’ll say my theory about Billy Chambers coming back fits right in here… along with a few other things that I won’t get into.

#Scandal312 Press Release - "We Do Not Touch the First Ladies"

SCANDAL: We Do Not Touch the First Ladies (3/6)

FITZ IS FACED WITH THE HARSH TRUTH, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” – Old feelings and jealousies arise at a Presidential event causing Fitz to face a harsh reality. Meanwhile, Quinn tries to prove herself to B613 and Leo Bergen sets up a meeting between Sally and an old friend, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)on the ABC Television Network.  

 “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

 “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.