Monday, October 31, 2011

'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Ep. 3: That's one hefty sacrificial lamb

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:16 PM

We make a pretty good team, huh Shane. Shane?
  • AMC
  • "We make a pretty good team, huh Shane. Shane?"
So, listen. I had maybe two too many glasses of wine before I watched "The Walking Dead" last night. I know that because my notes look like this (this is just the first couple minutes):
Shavne

God damn. Ripped.

Shane is turining into something .

IRONE SINGLETON

In my defense, Shane is ripped and IronE Singleton is a ridiculous name. I'll do my best with this recap, is what I'm saying.

Oh, and real quick, another symptom of my drunkies — besides sloppy keystroking — was that I kept getting hung-up on minutia. For instance, the scene in which Rick is eating a sandwich. Nope. No way there's still bread that isn't moldy, said I. BUT, a couple helpful coworkers pointed out to me that the farmhouse folks have a generator, so it could presumably have been in a freezer. Also, I'm a gross jerk for being nitpicky.

Things aren't looking good for Carl. And here's a thing I have to say I think the show's writers are taking for granted: that we care that things aren't looking good for Carl. But, hey, Rick and Lori and Shane and Otis care, so we pretty much have to. "I'm trying to do right by that boy," says Otis (trying = "tring" in Gwynedd-speak). Wowee! By the end of the episode it's evident that someone didn't think he was trying quite hard enough.

Otis and Shane are still being chased by a zombie horde, and with all of the legged zombies chasing them, Otis almost gets bitten by a dumb one with no legs.

Hershel has bad news for Lori and Rick. Basically, if Shane and Otis don't get back soon with the supplies, he's gonna have to go ahead and operate on Carl without a respirator. Lori's all, like, seriously, everything is fucking horrible, so maybe it would be better if Carl just died. That's the spirit, Lori. Carl wakes up for a sec to talk about his ill-fated deer encounter (RIP deer) and remind everyone what a good actor he is. Then he has a seizure and reminds everyone what a GREAT actor he is.

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ATL Bookmarks: MJCCA Book Fest touts celeb authors

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

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>> Grant Jerkins reads from his second novel, At the End of the Road, at the Decatur Library this week. Gina Webb reviews the book for the AJC, writing that Jerkins, "successfully grafts a bogeyman of skin-crawling proportions onto a poignant coming-of-age story set in the rural Georgia of his youth."

>> Open Face Sandwich founding editor and GSU grad student Benjamin Solomon has a story, "Who Cycles Into Our Valley," in the latest issue of One Story, one of the cooler literary magazines going these days.

>> A new zine, Hyde ATL, is launching on Friday with the release of the first issue, "Cool Kids vs. Hot Mess." Heather Buzzard, Kory Oliver, Christen Conger, April Leigh, Jayne O’Connor, Mike Baireuther, Winston Ward, Jessica Mason, and Thomas Ward are set to read at the launch party at MINT Gallery. Speaking of, did you hear that hipsters are going to save print media?

>> The MJCCA Book Festival kicks off this weekend. The authors getting top billing - Regis Philbin, Joe Lieberman, Dyan Cannon, Chris Matthews - are better known for their accomplishments aside from writing books. The sprawling, month-long schedule should have a little something to please everyone, though.

Alliance co-presents Kendeda readings on a Lark

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Like the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, the readings of the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is one of those seasonal traditions that make you wish you were in New York. From Nov. 2-4, the Alliance Theatre teams with the Lark Play Development Center for staged readings of the winner and finalists of the eighth annual Kendeda competition. Next year, from Feb. 3-26, the Alliance Theatre Hertz Stage will mount a full production of the latest winner, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik, with local readings of the finalists. The New York readings serve as both sneak previews, theatrical entertainments in their own right and invaluable steps in the scripts' development.

The schedule goes We Fight We Die, Timothy Guillot's passionate portrait of street poets (Nov. 2); Whales, Bob Bartlett's portrayal of a 14 year-old renewing his estranged gay father at the Outerbanks (Nov. 2); Lost Cause, Alexander Maggio's comedy about a black Dartmouth student convinced to volunteer as a Confederate Civil War re-enactor (Nov. 3); Ben Snyder's urban fairy tale Shoe Story (Nov. 3); and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, a fast-paced, phantasmagoric take on the rapid changes in modern Moscow (Nov. 4, introduced by David Henry Hwang).

Frequently other Atlanta companies produce Kendeda winners, so you might see some of these at local playhouses in the future. Here's a clip about last year's Kendeda readings at the Alliance:

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The Televangelist:: 'The Good Wife,' Season 3, Ep. 6

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Its almost disgusting how awesome we are
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  • It's almost disgusting how awesome we are

What, dear readers, have I been saying that "The Good Wife" does well and needs more of? I was already expecting good things from a Cary-centric episode, and was not disappointed. Then as a bonus we got not only Parker Posey (be still my fangirl heart) but also not one but TWO political subplots, both of which starred Eli Gold! What's not to like?

"The Good Wife" also continues to use technology in a pretty realistic and familiar way. Technology on TV shows tends to be either woefully dated (because of filming schedules, cell phones and related tech are sometimes a year or two past their prime) or oddly futuristic (3D crime scene modules that appear in thin air and can be manipulated with the wave of a hand). "The Good Wife" has done an admirable job keeping up with how tech shapes our interactions, and in "Affairs of State" we got an onslaught of it. Caitlin shows Alicia the site "After Death Space," which is sort of like a Facebook for mourners. As far as I can find, there's no site like this, but would you really be surprised if there was? Even more cringeworthy is the Rape App. Not a very subtle title, is it? Again, from some quick Googling, I've discovered that there are quite a few Rape Whistle apps, and that the idea has been around for a long time. (Of course, its functionality diminishes when your friend doesn't hear your whistle because she's dancing, but there you have it). Furthermore, Kalinda and Cary both get an important clue from the victim's boyfriend's voicemail (which he is able to e-mail them with ease!), Eli's ex-wife is barraged by a West Coast writer about what blogging means to campaigns, and Alicia's son Zach sets up her computer to sync with the one at home, removes company-approved pay storage (and probably spyware) and even casually unearths corruption within the IT department. Wowza!

As for the Case of the Week, it felt at first felt like a "ripped from the headlines" version of the Natalee Holloway story, complete with a boat and questionable internationals. But as it played out, "The Good Wife" gave it some unexpected turns that made it a fairly interesting one-off without taking too much time away from the other plots. Mostly it served to move some of the character narratives forward - Cary gets his new office, Alicia comes to like Caitlin (who is perceptive and helpful in knowing what a Stoplight Party is - are these things real? Am I just getting old?), and we see Alicia make a moral choice to end the episode regarding her client. Interesting thought sidebar: if it had been Will who saw the client speeding away, would he have chased him down? Or tipped off the State Attorney's office? I'm going with the former.

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Horror comics provide highlights of DC's 'New 52'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

POWER IN THE BLOOD: DC Comics Animal Man
DC Comics inaugurates its new title Grifter, written by Macon's Nathan Edmondson and drawn by CAFU, as part of its "The Edge" line of gritty titles that blur the line between superheroes and other genres. Edmondson describes Grifter as “’The X-Files’ meets Die Hard, with a little They Live thrown in.” The Edge titles also touch on aviation and espionage with Blackhawks and gunslingers with All-Star Western, while Suicide Squad revamps a Dirty Dozen-style group of supervillians drafted to perform dangerous missions.

In my admittedly limited sampling, some of my favorite titles in DC's "New 52" come from "The Dark" line of comics with supernatural themes. The standouts — among the most critically acclaimed titles of the relaunch — are Swamp Thing (written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Yanick Paquette) and Animal Man (written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Travel Foreman and Dan Green). Both revive characters that had their heyday at least two decades ago, and if "The Dark" lives up to their standard, it even ushers in a revival of horror comics. (Note: For an exhaustive summation of all the first issues, check out Keith Phipps and Oliver Sava's five-part Crosstalk at The A.V. Club, which makes a helpful shopping guide.)

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CL's Halloween costume contest: send us your pics and win...something

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

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You know you want the fame. You know you slaved for hours over that slutty zombie Marilyn Munroe costume and then all your friends were too drunk to even notice. Bastards! BUT! Now you'll show 'em. By entering our first ever Halloween costume contest! And winning!!

Just send your bad cell phone drunk-at-the-party pics to us. Well, not to us but to Gwynedd. Email your photos with "Costume contest" in the subject line to gwynedd.stuart@creativeloafing.com before noon tomorrow. We'll pick the best and announce a winner here on Fresh Loaf tomorrow afternoon.

Sending us your pic gives us permission to use it. Duh. Please only send photos of yourself, or if you want to enter a friend get their permission first.

What will you win? Tickets to some cool stuff. And all that fame and glory. Or, as Curt Holman would probably say, fame and GORY. (sorry)

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Downtown train terminal contract signed... now we just need some trains

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM

the Gulch

The Georgia Department of Transportation today celebrated the signing of a two-year, $12 million contract with a private development team selected to plan — and eventually build — Atlanta's long-awaited downtown train terminal. Or, as the government folks like to call it, the "multi-modal passenger terminal."

The station will be built in the vast parking lot between Philips Arena and south downtown often referred to as "the Gulch." The area was once home to Atlanta's two train stations — one of which, Terminal Station, should have never been demolished.

Once built, the downtown terminal is expected to serve MARTA, Atlanta's streetcar and local, regional and intercity buses. The station will also be equipped to handle future high-speed and intercity rail service.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Ep. 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Well I dont know. Where do you want to eat?
  • Showtime
  • "Well I don't know. Where do you want to eat?"
Sure, it wasn’t the most eventful episode, and sure, it hinged on a stupid number of convenient coincidences, and sure, Dexter didn’t get to kill anybody. But for the great character moments and classic Dexter antics, I’ll take it. As the episode opens, we find Dexter back to old tricks, hiding vital, case-breaking evidence from the rest of the homicide department. “I hate to lie to Deb,” says Dexter, but who is he kidding? He loves lying to Deb. He’s been lying to her every day for his entire post-adolescent life! And basically to anyone else who isn’t also a serial killer. What Dexter hates is getting caught, which is lucky because everyone in the department is still too damn dumb to figure out anything without, say, stumbling on a big box full of evidence. Lucky for them, they live in Convenience City, where Batista is able to find just that—a box of evidence—after two minutes in the home of the only individual they’ve questioned.

But if anyone knows how to mine the secrets of Convenience City, it’s Dexter. After figuring out that the angel wings from last week’s murder mobile were made of canvas and repaired by a professional, Dex checks in at the local art museum to ask about repairing a painting. Instead of answering his question, like anyone else would, the docent shows him a movie featuring his target. And then, after she basically hands him Babyhanks’ whereabouts on a platter, Dexter calls her “worst docent ever,” I guess because he expected her also to give him Babyhanks’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number. (Dexter’s a dick again! Yay!)

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"Boardwalk Empire," Season 2, Ep. 6

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

MAY WE SUGGEST... BEEF? Michael Pitt and William Forsythe
I feel kind of bad for Dabney Coleman.

At the end of “Boardwalk Empire’s” first season, The Commodore seemed poised to become season two’s Big Bad, a formidable opponent to Nucky Thompson. Instead, on the fourth episode, apoplexy — or Diana’s righteous punishment — struck him down, and now he’s a paralyzed invalid. This week, he sits in on a power meeting, growls incoherently and then gets unceremoniously wheeled off like a dessert cart. No more horn-lifting for him, it seems.

It’s like the kind of Big Bad switcheroo Joss Whedon did all the time on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Set up one villain, then kill it off and reveal the actual threat is someone else. The Anointed One gave way to Spike and Drusilla, Mr. Trick to Faith. But does Jimmy have the resources and killer instinct to be Nucky’s big bad? Jimmy vs. Nucky seems like a one-sided battle, although the scale shifts again this week

At the Commodore’s house, Leander Whitlock (Dominic “Uncle Junior” Chianese) officially steps into the gap as Jimmy’s new mentor/power broker, and gently scolds him for scalping that guy last week. He also compares Jimmy to Alexander the Great, who vastly exceeded his father’s accomplishments, and there’s a shot of Jimmy standing next to a stuffed lion like a piece of classical artwork. Whitlock advises Jimmy that not every insult requires a response in kind.

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Newsdome: Welcome Danica May Camacho, the seventh billion person alive

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
>> UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, accepted the Palestinian bid for full membership: France voted for the bid, the U.S., Canada and Germany voted against, and Britain and Japan abstained. Now let's talk about money: American law prohibits Washington from funding any U.N. agency that accepts Palestinian membership, and currently the U.S. is UNESCO's biggest funding source at 22 percent of the agency's budget. Is it that time for Americans to hate the French again? (Voice of America)

>> NATO officially ended its seven-month military operation in Libya now that Muammar Qaddafi is dead. Oh, and is that an al Qaeda flag that just went up? (ABC News, Vice)

>> Danica May Camacho of the Philippines is (symbolically) the seventh billion person alive when she was born two minutes before midnight last night. Happy birthday Danica! Enjoy your cake since we won't have enough grain or sugar to feed the booming world population when you're an adult. (CBS News)

>> Herman Cain is feeling the heat of the political spotlight. When Cain was head of the NRA (that would be the National Restaurant Association) in the '90s, two female employees accused him of sexual harassment and ended up taking five-figure cash settlement gag orders. Cain's got a sexual harassment scandal under his belt? Now he really is prepared to be a politician. (Politico)

>> And finally, I'll be honest: This isn't really news. But this video of GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry totally drunk (I hope!) giving a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, is "liquid gold." I've never seen anyone so excited for maple syrup (7:52). (Huffington Post)

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