Rose McIver Talks BRIGHTEST STAR, Acting in All Mediums, Working on MASTERS OF SEX, ONCE UPON A TIME, and More

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The indie dramedy Brightest Star tells the story of a young man (Chris Lowell) who’s fresh out of college and devastated because the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) has dumped him.  While trying to transform himself into the man she desires, he starts to find the person he might actually be.  From director Maggie Kiley, the film also stars Clark Gregg, Allison Janney and Jessica Szohr.

At the film’s press day, actress Rose McIver spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to be a part of this film, what she thought she could bring to this character, working with Chris Lowell, what Maggie Kiley was like, as a director, and what she loves about acting in all mediums.  She also talked about the great experiences she’s had working on Masters of Sex, where Beau Bridges and Allison Janney play her parents, and playing Tinker Bell on Once Upon A Time.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 New TV Series of 2013

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Whether you subscribe to the idea of a “Second Golden Age” of television or not, there’s no denying that 2013 was a great year for TV.  Outstanding, even, because for all of the trash there were so many treasures.  Hit the jump for the first batch of treasure: a look back at the best new series from this year (in no particular order, and miniseries are saved for another list), which are all worth binge-watching to catch up with in preparation for their second seasons in 2014, if you haven’t indulged already.

MASTERS OF SEX Season One Finale Recap: “Manhigh”

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The moment of truth for Bill and Ginny’s study on Masters of Sex proved to be a 100% ringer … for an attendee named Ethel.  For everyone else, it was a complete bust.  A big day of big decisions weighed heavily on both Bill and Ginny, and neither came out of it very satisfied.  The news of a launching of a man into the upper regions of the atmosphere paralleled Bill and Ginny’s own perilous ascent into regions not yet explored by anyone — regions that include copious film shots of vaginal walls.  Predictably, their decent to Earth was swift and unceremonious.  Hit the jump for more.

AFI Announces Top 10 Films and TV Shows of 2013; List Includes GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This weekend we saw three more critics groups announce awards for the 2013 movie season, and now it’s the American Film Institute’s turn.  Today, AFI unveiled its Top 10 films and TV shows of the year, and the film list includes Oscar frontrunners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as well as burgeoning contenders like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Her.  Over on the TV side of things, usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad made the cut, but so did Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Masters of Sex and ABC’s smash hit Scandal.  The sole comedy on the list of HBO’s excellent Veep.

Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10 lists for movies and television.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Phallic Victories”

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More emotional payout this week on Masters of Sex, where so many of the simmering relationships are playing out in the hour leading up to the first season finale.  Masters of Sex has had an interesting trajectory for its inaugural season, and taken some unexpected but appreciated detours (with the Masters/Johnson relationship in particular).  Everyone is still suffering though — the de facto emotion of the show — and “Phallic Victories” (what a title…) was indeed not about victories though at all.  Hit the jump for why “having a dick doesn’t hurt.”

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Fallout”

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Despite the fact that Masters of Sex has been very heavy-handed in its themes in the last few weeks (particularly in “Fallout”), the payoff, for those of us who have stuck with it, has been immense.  The personal dramas have unfolded and refolded and been folded again in ways that are surprisingly believable.  The central relationship between Bill and Ginny is one that seemingly has to be kept fresh and ever-changing since their future together is known, but the way the show has kept them from becoming anything more than partners (either in the study or at work) has not been arbitrary.  Ethan is available to Ginny, and Bill is not.  She likes his wife, plus, he insults Ginny with his guilt after his own emotional failings — something that happens a lot with the men on the show.  Hit the jump for more.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Involuntary”

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Masters of Sex continued to give itself over to the weepies this week, with its particular focus on sadness.  Did anyone, save for that hospital worker changing the light bulb, escape with a shred of positivity this week?  This isn’t a sudden shift — the show has always had a dour pall to it.  Still, a few small triumphs along the way have helped temper the gloom in the past.  No such luck in “Involuntary,” though, where hard truths were faced with difficult decisions.  But, uh, hey!  Naked, masturbating Lizzy Caplan!  Hit the jump for more.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Love and Marriage”

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There are many things that Masters of Sex has in common with Mad Men, but no episode has felt like part of the Mad Men canon more than “Love and Marriage.”  Masters of Sex has grown away from its focus on just the physical, toward exploring the emotional (and less scientific) part of sexuality.  It was a pivotal point in the series when the characters began to show more signs of life as the camera adjusted its gaze.  The physical side of sex — both on the show and in the study itself — is still an integral part of things.  But without this expanded time with the characters out of bed, the show would just be the cadaver on the table instead of a living organism.  Hit the jump for why “vaginas don’t bite.”

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “All Together Now”

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Masters of Sex, like Bill and Ginny’s study, is moving from the physical to the more psychological.  Though there is still plenty of the physical, it led to some important emotional moments this week.  That’s exactly what the show needs moving forward.  Ginny says she can separate love from sex, but that connection is something that this particular narrative needs to make us invested in it.  And as Ginny finds out in “All Together Now,” things are not so clearly delineated as she once believed.  Hit the jump for more.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Brave New World”

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Masters of Sex‘s sixth episode, “Brave New World,” marks the end of the first round of advanced screeners that critics received before the show officially aired.  Since there was already a plan for me to recap the show week to week, I’ve been watching it like that instead of binging it all at once.  I’ve always subscribed to the idea that if I’m going to be experiencing it weekly with everyone else, might as well get that perspective rather than just say, every week, what a lot of other critics were saying to me on Twitter: “it gets better.”  Where were the receipts for this?  It took five weeks for us to get any emotion out of Bill Masters, and yes — last week’s “Catherine” and “Brave New World” were great episodes that included some decent payoff for our troubles.  And if you are binge-watching the series then that’s great, but it’s also a lot to ask of an audience to wait for over a month to be given a compelling reason to stay with something, even if people who have seen future episodes swear it’s going to be worth it.  With that in mind, hit the jump.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Catherine”

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Masters of Sex is the slowest of burns, and this week, the darkest of hours.  I was tough on the show last week for failing to advance or entertain much.  There’s taking your time, and then there’s just wasting it.  But “Catherine” was a compelling follow-up that was painful, but fruitful in what we discovered about our main characters and the fast-developing supporting cast (who really are making the show).  There are still some miscues, like the Couple/Birth of Week stories, which are never fleshed out, but “Catherine” was a good example of how great the show can be.  Hit the jump for more.


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In a surprise to no one, Showtime has just announced that they are renewing their award-winning CIA drama Homeland for a fourth season, and freshman historical drama Masters of Sex for a second.  According to the premium network, Homeland‘s weekly views this year are hovering around 6.5 million, while Masters of Sex has been pulling 5.4 million (a huge jump on Homeland‘s first season numbers, due largely in part probably because of Homeland‘s lead-in, as well as Lizzy Caplan and the word “sex”).  Hit the jump for more on the two series.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Thank You For Coming”

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If you liked Masters of Sex’s “Standard Deviation” last week, “Thank You For Coming” will likely come as a bit of a disappointment.  How can a show about sex (that shows so much nudity — female nudity, anyway) be so boring?  “Thank You For Coming” devoted itself to character development, with mixed results.  We met Ginny’s ex-husband George, a deadbeat who looks to her for money and shelter (and human comforts), as well as Bill’s mother, who Bill finds to be infinitely irritating.  Scully has a persistent daughter who chases after Ethan, and is rewarded by him continuing to be the worst.  And Libby, of course, continues to suffer under Bill’s cold disregard.  When does the fun start?  Hit the jump for more.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Standard Deviation”

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Masters of Sex livened itself up this week by taking note of some of the comic absurdities of sex, which should never be ignored.  It also had answers to a number of my complaints from its first two weeks: we’re getting a more complicated portrayal of Bill, and a more sympathetic one of Ginny.  Also, amidst the humor were some quieter moments of tragedy and sadness, and a complicated redemption for two of the most easily likable characters, Libby and Betty.  Still, the show, like Bill’s study, is not without its problems.  Hit the jump for how, if you want to know how old Maureen is, you can count the rings on her ho-ha.

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