October 12, 2018

The Original Charmed Finale Hides All The Secrets For A Successful Reboot

This Sunday, October 14, a brand new Charmed will try to bewitch viewers everywhere with a more inclusive, diverse reboot of the OG supernatural series, which was about three powerful witch sisters in San Francisco. Like the original, the Power Of Three remains, many of the same witchy powers remain; even OG Charmed ’s habit of having all of its sisters sport the same first initial remains. But none of those surface-level bells and whistles will be what makes Charmed 2.0 soar.

Rather, after looking back at the WB’s Charmed 2006 finale, “Forever Charmed,” it’s clear what element of the original will help its reboot cast a spell: the unbreakable bonds shared between the Charmed Ones and extended to the ones they love.

When you enter series finale “Forever Charmed,” the lives of the central Halliwell sisters — Piper (Pretty Little Liars mom Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (#MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano) and Paige (#MeToo advocate Rose McGowan, who joined in season 4) — have been thrown into chaos. It’s the kind of chaos that, if it wasn’t grounded in actual human emotion, could swallow a series whole. In an epic battle — that includes beams flying out of fingers, an ultimate magical source that looks like a bunch of low-rent CGI bugs flying around, and Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame — two of the three Charmed Ones are murdered; a trio of ghostlike ne'er do wells are also murdered. All together, it’s a lot of magical, baffling, special-effects heavy murder.

But all of that supernatural drama is grounded in the kinds of feelings every viewer has experienced. Following the seasons-old death of firstborn Prue (Shannen Doherty) middle sister turned de facto eldest Piper is devastated by her unexpected loss. That loss is complicated by two very different matters: the person at fault for Piper’s sisters’ deaths, new addition Billie (Kaley Cuoco), is someone the Halliwell sisters went out of their way to trust, making her fatal betrayal all the more painful. Yet, on the other hand, Piper gets back the the love of her life, late husband Leo (Brian Krause), after a complicated deal with the Angel Of Destiny (Denise Dowse). Piper is both emotionally wrecked and overjoyed.

One of the most meaning parts of the OG finale is watching Piper, now on autopilot, desperately attempt to figure out how to stop her now-dead sisters from ever meeting their bloody fate. Even Leo, who has seen it all over eight seasons of Charmed, is unsettled watching his wife’s robotic machinations to bring her sisters back (eventually she enlists a Cupid).

Yet Piper’s determination makes sense. After all, she is now the last woman standing in her family line after the deaths of older sister Prue, mom Patty (Finola Hughes), and grandmother Penny (Jennifer Rhodes), a.k.a. “Grams.” Despite all the death hanging over the Halliwell clan, there is also an endless amount of love.

Love becomes the literal vehicle for “Charmed Forever.” That previously mentioned Cupid, named Coop (Victor Webster), gives Piper a time-traveling ring that brings voyagers to past loves. While it’s technically intended for finding former romantic partners, Piper uses it to find Phoebe, whom she loves just as much, if not more, than any man. This way, she can warn her sister about the battle that will one day kill her. But, the ring accidentally takes Piper and Leo, who tags along, to the 1970s… when Phoebe was conceived by mom Patty and dad Victor (James Read).

While the moment is awkward, it does bring Piper, Leo, and Patty together. On their journey through time, the group also ends up picking up Grams for their mission, and meeting a blissfully happy, still-in-love elderly Piper and Leo in the future. With all of this time jumping, the Halliwells eventually save Phoebe and Paige, only to have Piper and Leo’s sons Chris (Drew Fuller) and Wyatt (Wes Ramsey) appear from the future to announce their timeline has been ruined by the finale’s “present day” antics. So sets off the final Charmed battle, complete with Halliwells past, present, and future (except for poor, late Prue, since Shannen Doherty’s real-life behind-the-scenes drama nixed any chance of a cameo).

All of this supernatural nonsense works because it’s built on years of unbreakable human bonds. The Charmed Ones love each other more than anything, and will literally move heaven and Earth to find each other. Leo is unquestionably dedicated to his in-laws. Every single Halliwell-adjacent individual feels a certain way about seeing Patty, who has been dead for decades.

The widespread happy endings that cap Charmed feel hard-won after nearly a decade of hell. In fact, the Halliwells deserve a life a love and peace if only for dealing with the messy, heart-wrenching tragedy of Phoebe and Cole (Julian McMahon), which dominated three full seasons of the WB show. Charmed was nothing if not an emotionally trying ride.

So the CW reboot can, and should, have all of its progressive, feminist details, from the rallies to support sexual assault survivors to constant references to the women’s studies department at the Vaughn-Vera sisters’ college. But, if new Charmed wants to stand the test of time, it really needs to invest in the love keeping the Power Of Three together.

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October 12, 2018

The Original Charmed Finale Hides All The Secrets For A Successful Reboot

This Sunday, October 14, a brand new Charmed will try to bewitch viewers everywhere with a more inclusive, diverse reboot of the OG supernatural series, which was about three powerful witch sisters in San Francisco. Like the original, the Power Of Three remains, many of the same witchy powers remain; even OG Charmed ’s habit of having all of its sisters sport the same first initial remains. But none of those surface-level bells and whistles will be what makes Charmed 2.0 soar.

Rather, after looking back at the WB’s Charmed 2006 finale, “Forever Charmed,” it’s clear what element of the original will help its reboot cast a spell: the unbreakable bonds shared between the Charmed Ones and extended to the ones they love.

When you enter series finale “Forever Charmed,” the lives of the central Halliwell sisters — Piper (Pretty Little Liars mom Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (#MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano) and Paige (#MeToo advocate Rose McGowan, who joined in season 4) — have been thrown into chaos. It’s the kind of chaos that, if it wasn’t grounded in actual human emotion, could swallow a series whole. In an epic battle — that includes beams flying out of fingers, an ultimate magical source that looks like a bunch of low-rent CGI bugs flying around, and Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame — two of the three Charmed Ones are murdered; a trio of ghostlike ne'er do wells are also murdered. All together, it’s a lot of magical, baffling, special-effects heavy murder.

But all of that supernatural drama is grounded in the kinds of feelings every viewer has experienced. Following the seasons-old death of firstborn Prue (Shannen Doherty) middle sister turned de facto eldest Piper is devastated by her unexpected loss. That loss is complicated by two very different matters: the person at fault for Piper’s sisters’ deaths, new addition Billie (Kaley Cuoco), is someone the Halliwell sisters went out of their way to trust, making her fatal betrayal all the more painful. Yet, on the other hand, Piper gets back the the love of her life, late husband Leo (Brian Krause), after a complicated deal with the Angel Of Destiny (Denise Dowse). Piper is both emotionally wrecked and overjoyed.

One of the most meaning parts of the OG finale is watching Piper, now on autopilot, desperately attempt to figure out how to stop her now-dead sisters from ever meeting their bloody fate. Even Leo, who has seen it all over eight seasons of Charmed, is unsettled watching his wife’s robotic machinations to bring her sisters back (eventually she enlists a Cupid).

Yet Piper’s determination makes sense. After all, she is now the last woman standing in her family line after the deaths of older sister Prue, mom Patty (Finola Hughes), and grandmother Penny (Jennifer Rhodes), a.k.a. “Grams.” Despite all the death hanging over the Halliwell clan, there is also an endless amount of love.

Love becomes the literal vehicle for “Charmed Forever.” That previously mentioned Cupid, named Coop (Victor Webster), gives Piper a time-traveling ring that brings voyagers to past loves. While it’s technically intended for finding former romantic partners, Piper uses it to find Phoebe, whom she loves just as much, if not more, than any man. This way, she can warn her sister about the battle that will one day kill her. But, the ring accidentally takes Piper and Leo, who tags along, to the 1970s… when Phoebe was conceived by mom Patty and dad Victor (James Read).

While the moment is awkward, it does bring Piper, Leo, and Patty together. On their journey through time, the group also ends up picking up Grams for their mission, and meeting a blissfully happy, still-in-love elderly Piper and Leo in the future. With all of this time jumping, the Halliwells eventually save Phoebe and Paige, only to have Piper and Leo’s sons Chris (Drew Fuller) and Wyatt (Wes Ramsey) appear from the future to announce their timeline has been ruined by the finale’s “present day” antics. So sets off the final Charmed battle, complete with Halliwells past, present, and future (except for poor, late Prue, since Shannen Doherty’s real-life behind-the-scenes drama nixed any chance of a cameo).

All of this supernatural nonsense works because it’s built on years of unbreakable human bonds. The Charmed Ones love each other more than anything, and will literally move heaven and Earth to find each other. Leo is unquestionably dedicated to his in-laws. Every single Halliwell-adjacent individual feels a certain way about seeing Patty, who has been dead for decades.

The widespread happy endings that cap Charmed feel hard-won after nearly a decade of hell. In fact, the Halliwells deserve a life a love and peace if only for dealing with the messy, heart-wrenching tragedy of Phoebe and Cole (Julian McMahon), which dominated three full seasons of the WB show. Charmed was nothing if not an emotionally trying ride.

So the CW reboot can, and should, have all of its progressive, feminist details, from the rallies to support sexual assault survivors to constant references to the women’s studies department at the Vaughn-Vera sisters’ college. But, if new Charmed wants to stand the test of time, it really needs to invest in the love keeping the Power Of Three together.

Looking for more theories, recaps, and insider info on all things TV? Join our Facebook group, Binge Club. The community is a space for you to share articles, discuss last night’s episode of your favorite show, or ask questions! Join here.

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October 12, 2018

Fleetwood Mac Is Being Sued By Lindsey Buckingham & It’s Deliciously Petty

Fleetwood Mac is a messy band that lives for drama. It's how their best album, Rumours, came to be. It's also how, in 2018, this drama is still ongoing. The latest update: Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is suing the band for $12 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Buckingham has often found himself in the center of the Fleetwood Mac storm. He and singer Stevie Nicks entered the band as a couple before an emotional breakup back in the 70s, and he even briefly left the band between 1987 and 1996. An April of 2018, he was out again, but not by choice — hence the $12 million lawsuit.

Shortly after the band announced their tour earlier this year, Lindsey Buckingham was "ousted," according to a profile in Rolling Stone.

"It became just a huge impasse and hit a brick wall, where we decided that we had to part company," Mick Fleetwood told CBS News, adding, "And it's not a question that Lindsey has huge amounts of respect and kudos to what he's done within the ranks of Fleetwood Mac and always will. But it's like a marriage that came to an end and there are reasons why. … But as a band we needed to move on."

Buckingham says not so fast. In his suit, the guitarist names members Fleetwood, Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie, and says he would have been paid $12 million for his share of the gig, and believes he is still owed the sum.

"During the entire time Buckingham has been a member of Fleetwood Mac, the Band has conducted itself as a partnership with each of the participating members having veto rights over Band decision making and an equal share of the proceeds earned by Fleetwood Mac," attorney Barry Mallen wrote in the complaint.

However this shakes out, I hope it ends with a song.

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Fleetwood Mac Is Being Sued By Lindsey Buckingham & It’s Deliciously Petty

Fleetwood Mac is a messy band that lives for drama. It's how their best album, Rumours, came to be. It's also how, in 2018, this drama is still ongoing. The latest update: Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is suing the band for $12 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Buckingham has often found himself in the center of the Fleetwood Mac storm. He and singer Stevie Nicks entered the band as a couple before an emotional breakup back in the 70s, and he even briefly left the band between 1987 and 1996. An April of 2018, he was out again, but not by choice — hence the $12 million lawsuit.

Shortly after the band announced their tour earlier this year, Lindsey Buckingham was "ousted," according to a profile in Rolling Stone.

"It became just a huge impasse and hit a brick wall, where we decided that we had to part company," Mick Fleetwood told CBS News, adding, "And it's not a question that Lindsey has huge amounts of respect and kudos to what he's done within the ranks of Fleetwood Mac and always will. But it's like a marriage that came to an end and there are reasons why. … But as a band we needed to move on."

Buckingham says not so fast. In his suit, the guitarist names members Fleetwood, Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie, and says he would have been paid $12 million for his share of the gig, and believes he is still owed the sum.

"During the entire time Buckingham has been a member of Fleetwood Mac, the Band has conducted itself as a partnership with each of the participating members having veto rights over Band decision making and an equal share of the proceeds earned by Fleetwood Mac," attorney Barry Mallen wrote in the complaint.

However this shakes out, I hope it ends with a song.

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October 12, 2018

New Music This Week: Laura Jane Grace In Scorpio Season, Charli XCX In ’99 & More

After my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to matchmake people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or leave me a comment below and tell me what you're listening to this week.

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers "The Airplane Song"

Laura Jane Grace says this next album is her Scorpio record. She's certainly come out swinging that Scorpio bat around with "The Airplane Song," a hot romp about a love triangle amid prescription drugs and shitty airline experiences. I'm ready to grab a glass of champagne, pull up a seat next to her, and have a serious talk about why dating anyone in a band is a terrible idea.

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999"

I am not nostalgic for 1999, but I am obsessed with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan's remembrance of it. And I have to admit they have a point: Things were a lot easier back then. Aside from the utterly charming video, this track does an amazing job of capturing some of the musical elements that made up the '90s. You get it: The stuff Max Martin did when he was producing Britney and NSYNC that sounds cheesy as hell now. Charli and Troye's song is the only trip back to '99 that I'm willing to take.

Somme "Broken Hearted Lovers"

Reckless, selfish, late night lovers? We've all been there. Somme delivers a very coolly choreographed video to go with her song about needing a little something after having your heart broken but when you're not quite in the place to start a new relationship. Yes, you can ask for space. Let Somme show you how.

Millie Turner "Night Running"

In my mind, I am always rolling around in flowers and covered in glitter. Millie Turner feels me and created this track, with it's strong sense of influence from M83, to soundtrack my day dreams. Or night dreams? The epic girliness of it is such a delight, as is her British lilt.

LP "Recovery"

This break up song is particularly tormented. The depth of emotion in LP's performance really hit me, making me watch and rewatch this video. That sad, minor chord piano paired with violins that are practically weeping are enough to bring tears to my eyes but good lord, just listen to those lyrics. The gloriously destroyed house is such a great touch of despair.

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After my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to matchmake people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or leave me a comment below and tell me what you're listening to this week.

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers "The Airplane Song"

Laura Jane Grace says this next album is her Scorpio record. She's certainly come out swinging that Scorpio bat around with "The Airplane Song," a hot romp about a love triangle amid prescription drugs and shitty airline experiences. I'm ready to grab a glass of champagne, pull up a seat next to her, and have a serious talk about why dating anyone in a band is a terrible idea.

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999"

I am not nostalgic for 1999, but I am obsessed with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan's remembrance of it. And I have to admit they have a point: Things were a lot easier back then. Aside from the utterly charming video, this track does an amazing job of capturing some of the musical elements that made up the '90s. You get it: The stuff Max Martin did when he was producing Britney and NSYNC that sounds cheesy as hell now. Charli and Troye's song is the only trip back to '99 that I'm willing to take.

Somme "Broken Hearted Lovers"

Reckless, selfish, late night lovers? We've all been there. Somme delivers a very coolly choreographed video to go with her song about needing a little something after having your heart broken but when you're not quite in the place to start a new relationship. Yes, you can ask for space. Let Somme show you how.

Millie Turner "Night Running"

In my mind, I am always rolling around in flowers and covered in glitter. Millie Turner feels me and created this track, with it's strong sense of influence from M83, to soundtrack my day dreams. Or night dreams? The epic girliness of it is such a delight, as is her British lilt.

LP "Recovery"

This break up song is particularly tormented. The depth of emotion in LP's performance really hit me, making me watch and rewatch this video. That sad, minor chord piano paired with violins that are practically weeping are enough to bring tears to my eyes but good lord, just listen to those lyrics. The gloriously destroyed house is such a great touch of despair.

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Everything We Know About The Black Panther Sequel

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October 12, 2018

Unpacking The Truly Wild Gore-Fest That Is The Ending Of Apostle

Apostle, which premieres on Netflix on October 12, s its at the intersection of The Wicker Man and director Gareth Evans' past gore-fests, like The Raid. It's a movie concerned with the power dynamics of isolated communities, with faith, with hypocrisy...
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Unpacking The Truly Wild Gore-Fest That Is The Ending Of Apostle

Apostle, which premieres on Netflix on October 12, s its at the intersection of The Wicker Man and director Gareth Evans' past gore-fests, like The Raid. It's a movie concerned with the power dynamics of isolated communities, with faith, with hypocrisy...