BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ is the Show You Probably Aren’t, But Should Be, Watching

Helena Orphan BlackAdding new TV shows to your routine can be difficult with Nurse Jackie premiering tonight, Game of Thrones going strong and Dexter returning for its final season in June, but I highly suggest that you make time for just one more.

Orphan Black revolves around Sarah, a down and out “punk” who takes on the identity of another woman after witnessing her suicide.

The very British Sarah, played by the brilliant Tatiana Maslany, becomes Beth, a well-off Toronto police officer who was physically identical to her. Things get complicated when Sarah discovers there are others like her and Beth, and that someone wants them all dead.

Fitting loosely into the “sci-fi” category, Orphan Black is the perfect blend of suspense, mystery, comedy and action. Tune in to BBC America, Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

First-Time Reporter Invites Mila Kunis to the Local Pub, Football Match and Chicken Restaurant

Chris Stark Mila KunisMila Kunis went easy on virginal BBC Radio 1 reporter Chris Stark during what must have been an otherwise exhausting and tedious day of promoting Oz the Great and Powerful. Kunis, who seemed quite cheery despite describing herself as “deathly ill,” spit back adorable sarcasm and genuine interest at each of her young interviewer’s non Oz-related remarks, which were not so much questions but statements.

On top of talking about watching Baywatch and getting naked at weddings, Stark invited Mila to the local bar for Jägerbombs and pints (she requested Blue Moon), later adding layers to the date that included the soccer team he supports (Watford Hornets) and a chicken restaurant called Nando’s.  Continue reading “First-Time Reporter Invites Mila Kunis to the Local Pub, Football Match and Chicken Restaurant”

‘Lip Service’ Is L Word UK, But Without All The Man-Hating

Fans of Showtime’s now-defunct The L Word (and there are many, gay and straight) would do well to check out BBC Three’s Lip Service which focuses on the lives of three lesbians in Scotland.

Like The L Word, it centers mainly around the romantic and business aspects of these women.

Unlike The L Word, the main characters actually have male friends who, instead of being demonized versions of the gender, are as equally flawed as their female counterparts.  Continue reading “‘Lip Service’ Is L Word UK, But Without All The Man-Hating”

The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Album Review

Brand new onto the indie rock scene, The Vaccines, a four-piece hailing from London, debuted their very first album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? on March 14th. A 33 minute long musical tapestry sure to land them on many prestigious top band lists of 2011. The Vaccines might be this year’s Phoenix, but they possess a less tightly wound style and it’s not hard to tell that their CD was recorded in only two weeks.

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Has a rough-around-the-edges punk quality, as if there was a large hole in the recording studio wall and a small fraction of the music drifted outside. Of course you can be sure this is not the case, sounds like this are largely intentional and wonderful.

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