TIME Television

Can The Good Wife Fill the Kalinda Void?

"Message Discipline" -- While preparing his case against Cary, Finn discovers a potentially devastating piece of evidence, which could have ramifications for Alicia and Peter.  Meanwhile, Eli becomes wary when a new prospective candidate emerges in the race for State's Attorney, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, November 2, 2014 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma Photo: Jeff Neumann ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Jeff Neumann—CBS Broadcasting Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife

On Sunday night, the show lost its second major character in just two years

This post contains spoilers for Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife.

Everyone knew it was coming, but that didn’t make the blow any easier to bear: Kalinda Sharma—leather jacket enthusiast and investigator extraordinaire—exited The Good Wife last night, leaving Alicia (Julianna Margulies) doubled over in grief and audiences asking how the show can move on from losing its second major character in just two years.

The show creators announced the departure of Archie Panjabi, the Emmy-winning actress who played Kalinda, back in October, so all season long it’s just been a question of how she would go. A violent end, perhaps at the hands of drug kingpin Lemond Bishop, wasn’t out of the question. After all, Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was murdered in a shocking courtroom shooting last season.

But The Good Wife isn’t Game of Thrones. Two murders in two years would have probably shut down Diane and Cary’s practice for good. Instead, Kalinda’s farewell was quiet and dignified.

She had set a perfect plan to protect herself and Cary while still giving the state’s attorney evidence to prosecute Bishop. She stole a flash drive from Bishop’s number two, Dexter Roja, and used it to frame him. She would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for Cary trying to protect her and inadvertently tipping off Roja to what she had done. (You would think Cary would have learned by now that Kalinda doesn’t need his help.)

After realizing Cary’s mistake, Kalinda said her farewells to Cary (in person), Diane (over the phone) and Alicia (by note), before looking straight into the camera, saying goodbye and closing a door behind her. All that was left behind was a hole in the wall of her apartment where her secret stash of cash had been hidden.

Though losing a core cast member will be hard on the show, at least initially, it’s probably for the best. Showrunners Robert and Michelle King didn’t seem to know what to do with her anymore. In losing Will, Kalinda lost an equally cynical colleague and wonderful scene partner. Her friendship with Alicia—one of the few and best between two adult women on TV—had already suffered all the roller coaster turns imaginable after the revelations of Kalinda’s affair with Peter. Her relationship with Cary, too, had covered all possible ground (from “Will they? Won’t they?” to “Why did she just fake evidence for him?”).

And the writers said they were hesitant to delve further into Kalinda’s personal life. A season four plot twist involving her violent ex-husband was so unpopular that the creators cut it short. “You don’t give James Bond a girlfriend. Some characters you actually don’t want to see that much backstory,” creator Robert King told TV Guide at the time. Kalinda was left with little to do this season but babysit for Bishop’s son. No wonder Panjabi decided to leave.

So while the loss of Kalinda might have been a major problem earlier in the show, by season six, the move makes sense. And the creators proved after Will’s death that The Good Wife was capable of surviving—and even thriving—after the departure of a key character.

But they’ll need to compensate for her absence. Alicia will need another friend to confide in (whether that be Diane, with whom she recently made peace—or, more likely, love interest Finn). Cary will need a case or two to distract him from his guilt. And someone (perhaps a new character) will need to draw the camera outside of the courtroom and onto the streets of Chicago the way Kalinda did, elevating The Good Wife from a legal procedural to a prestige drama.

Farewell, Kalinda. You will be missed.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Was Even Bigger at the Foreign Box Office Than Disney Expected

Walt Disney Studios

The sequel had a massive $201.2 million debut abroad

Avengers: Age of Ultron surpassed even its own studio’s expectations with a huge $201.2 million box office across 44 territories this weekend. Disney had projected that the movie would open at $175 million overseas, according to Variety.

The Avengers sequel will likely continue to soar this week. After premiering in about half the international marketplace this weekend—in markets like the U.K., France, Russia and Australia—the film will debut in the United States on May 1. Analysts expect it to beat the first Avenger film’s record-breaking $207.4 million U.S. debut. Popular online movie ticket vendor Fandango began selling seats to the highly-anticipated movie a full two months before its premiere date.

[Variety]

 

TIME Television

Here’s How Fans Reacted to the Sansa Plot on Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan—HBO Sophie Turner and Aidan Gillen on Game of Thrones

The show's creators diverged in a major way from the books on Sunday night

This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Littlefinger revealed that he plans to marry Sansa Stark off to Ramsay Bolton (the psychopathic sadist responsible for turning Theon Greyjoy into Reek) on Game of Thrones Sunday night, shocking viewers. The surprise was a major divergence from the book series upon which Game of Thrones is based, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, where thus far no such proposal has been made. The HBO show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, promised that aspects of this season would differ from the books, so Sansa’s fate is likely just one of many changes to come.

Littlefinger did not explain his motivations in the episode. The show has previously implied that Littlefinger had been carrying a flame for Sansa (as he did for her mother) and planned to wed her himself. But Petyr Baelish has never been one to pass up a power play, and he seems to think that this is Sansa’s best solution. Sansa was understandably horrified: the Boltons betrayed the Starks at the Red Wedding, killing off her brother and mother.

Fans took to Twitter to react:

TIME movies

10 Audition Tapes That Made Now-Famous Actors’ Careers

See Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rogen and Rachel McAdams in action

Before they were famous, Hollywood’s A-list stars had to audition for their breakout roles. From Rachel McAdam’s infamous Notebook audition to the screen test for the role that made Matthew McConaughey a star, here are 10 famous audition tapes.

Warning: These videos may contain graphic language.

  • Rachel McAdams’ audition for The Notebook

  • Aaron Paul’s audition for Breaking Bad

  • Matthew McConaughey’s audition for Dazed and Confused

  • Hugh Jackman’s audition for X-Men

  • Emma Stone’s audition for Easy A

  • Russell Brand’s (improvised!) audition for Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • Rose Byrne’s audition for Get Him to the Greek

  • Steve Carell’s audition for Anchorman

  • Seth Rogen’s audition for Freaks & Geeks

  • Ellen Page’s audition for Juno

TIME Syria

Watch Angelina Jolie Call on the U.N. to Save Lives in Syria

The actress and U.N. special envoy pleaded with the security council to take action

Angelina Jolie called for immediate action to help people in Syria in an address to the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

“We are failing to save lives in Syria,” the actress and U.N. special envoy on refugee issues said in her briefing on the Syrian refugee crisis.

The U.N. estimates that about 3.8 million people have fled Syria and 7.6 million others have been displaced in the last four years. Some 220,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011. Jolie shared the stories of some of these survivors, including an 11-year-old girl in a Lebanon camp who is responsible for feeding her five orphaned siblings.

Meanwhile, others fleeing the conflict have drowned trying to reach Europe in overcrowded boats that sink. “It is sickening to see thousands of people drowning on the doorstep of the world’s wealthiest continent,” Jolie said. More than 1,300 refugees have died in the Mediterranean in the past three weeks.

Jolie pleaded with the council to “work as one and end the conflict” by first imposing sanctions and an arms embargo on Syria. Russia has vetoed such efforts in the past.

Later on Friday, at a Women of the World Summit event at the U.N., Jolie spoke specifically about the abuses of women in the conflict.

“Who among us would have thought we would see, in Iraq and Syria, images of women in cages, sold into sex slavery,” she said. She went on to assert that the U.N.’s efforts to protect women in war have fallen short. “Crimes against women are still treated as secondary issues,” she said.

Jolie served as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.’s refugee agency before being promoted to special envoy in 2012. She has gone on 50 field missions to more than 30 countries, including Syria.

TIME Television

Grief Counselor Says It’s OK to Mourn a Fictional Character’s Death

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Ten
ABC via Getty Images ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Ten

How fans can cope with the deaths of their favorite characters on Grey's Anatomy and other shows

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Spoilers for Thursday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy ahead, plus spoilers for past episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife and The Wire blurred out.

Last night, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the dreamy doctor and main love interest for 11 years on Grey’s Anatomy, died in a car crash. Fans took to social media to express their shock, outrage and sadness. This death was more than a plot twist: it was a personal affront.

Those feelings are completely normal, said Christiane Manzella, the clinical director of the Seleni Institute for Women, who provides grief therapy. “We see this all the time,” Manzella told TIME. “Human beings love stories and making connections, even if it’s to fictional people. We create meaning and then experience actual grief when that connection is broken.”

And while some might dismiss grief for a fictional character, Manzella said what Grey’s fans are likely feeling is something called disenfranchised grief. “Disenfranchised grief is grief that’s not considered ‘OK’ by other people. Sometimes people have this strong feeling of loss or sadness but don’t know if it’s strange to feel that way,” she said. “But the connection is real, and loss is loss.”

Some characters’ deaths are felt more deeply than others, she explained. While people like Stringer Bell on The Wire or Walter White on Breaking Bad may have been fan favorites, they were bad guys. It’s the good guys—the ones who don’t deserve what’s coming—that audiences mourn the most.

Fans fantasize about certain characters: they think of them as their dream boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses or parents. People feel the deepest connection to those people and therefore take their loss the hardest. Just last year, The Good Wife fans cried over the loss of Will Gardner, in many respects the dream boyfriend. And a few months later, Robb Stark’s Red Wedding death on Game of Thrones felt particularly cruel because he had made great sacrifices for love.

If it’s possible, Derek Shepherd was even more perfect—at least in the audience’s minds. After all, his nickname was McDreamy. “He’s the fantasy boyfriend,” said Manzella. “People pictured themselves with him. They cared about him and thought about him for 10 years. Of course they’re going to feel a sense of loss to this person they not only grew attached to but maybe even imagined themselves with.”

So fans can take their time getting over McDreamy’s death. The show will likely spend the next several episodes exploring the ramifications of the accident, which Manzella said could help the audience find some closure.

TIME Education

University of Florida Suspends Fraternity Over Alleged Insults to Disabled Veterans

"There is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior"

The University of Florida suspended one of its fraternities on Friday, after several fraternity members were accused of disrespecting wounded military veterans during an event at a Panama City Beach resort last weekend.

Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, which was already on probation for hazing during the fall semester, are accused of spitting on veterans, throwing bottles of beer over a balcony and urinating on the American flag, according to a letter sent to University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, the Gainesville Sun reports.

University officials said the chapter was accused of a series of offenses, including obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft, damage to property and physical harm. The fraternity will be suspended from participating in all university activities until the investigation has concluded.

“I am personally offended and disappointed by the behavior that has been described to me,” said student affairs vice president Dave Kratzer, also a retired U.S. Army major general, in a public statement. “This is not representative of our students or of the university.”

Fuchs and the fraternity have apologized to Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat, who had organized the gathering of about 60 veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Zeta Beta Tau also posted a statement to its website condemning the frat members’ misbehavior.

“While the details of their actions are still under investigation, there is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior,” it reads. “Their actions have no place in ZBT or anywhere, and they will not be tolerated.” The fraternity chapter has suspended all its activities and is cooperating with the investigation, the statement added.

The University of Florida also issued a separate apology earlier Friday:

The University of Florida is extremely concerned about reports of illegal behavior involving our students last weekend in Panama City. Our policies establish standards of conduct, and we are investigating this matter.

We are deeply sorry for any hurt caused to veterans and their families. This is not representative of our students or our university.

Cope told the Gainesville Sun that she is looking forward to the university’s response.

“Nothing else is going to teach these men and women that you don’t treat these heroes with disrespect,” she said.

 

[Gainesville Sun]

TIME Culture

DC and Mattel Team Up to Create Superhero Action Figures and Comics for Girls

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The minds behind Wonder Woman and Barbie team up to create action figures for girls

Ahead of the Wonder Woman movie, set for 2017, DC Comics has teamed up with Mattel on a new initiative focused on reaching young girls. Beginning this fall, the two will create teen versions of DC’s most famous female characters—from Wonder Woman to Supergirl—and bring them to comic books, action figures, LEGO building sets, TV specials, digital content and apparel for children aged 6-12.

The animation and consumer products division of Warner Bros.—the studio that has produced DC Comics films like The Dark Knight and the upcoming Batman v. Superman—has already created concept art for characters like Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman.

The move is part of an ongoing effort by DC and rival Marvel to broaden their fan base, especially as their studio branches face accusations of sexism.

MORE: The New Wonder Woman Director Means Warner Bros. Is Listening

Responding to the demands of a growing female audience—47% of comic books fans are women, according to Comics Beat—Marvel has made headlines the past two years for re-imagining their most popular heroes as women. A woman took up Thor’s hammer last year. The Spider-Man writers created an alternate universe in which Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacey, is the one who gets superpowers from a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Gwen. And they launched a new all-female Avengers-like comic called The A-Force. For its part, DC revised Batgirl last year to appeal to more female readers and launched a new young adult title Gotham Academy.

“DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson in a statement. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”

Still, there’s no guarantee that DC diversifying its comics means we’ll see these ladies on the big screen anytime soon. DC and Marvel have female superhero films planned for the next few years, beginning with Wonder Woman for DC in 2017 and Captain Marvel for Marvel in 2018. But both franchises have encountered their fair share of controversy. Just today, actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a series Captain Marvel might very well join, called Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow a “slut” and a “whore” during an interview. Black Widow is currently the most well-known female character in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and the backlash online was swift. Fans wondered if Captain Marvel writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve will encounter the same sexist attitude while working on their script.

Meanwhile, DC and Warner Bros. came under fire last week for the Wonder Woman film. Director Michelle MacLaren, who would have been the first woman to direct a major superhero film, left Wonder Woman citing “creative differences.” The vague excuse led to accusations of sexism: Though there have been almost 50 superhero movies in the last decade, none have been directed by a woman. Warner Bros. quickly hired Patty Jenkins—who was originally supposed to direct Thor 2 but left over, you guessed it, “creative differences”—to replace MacLaren.

It was these sorts of sexist issues that drove smaller toy makers to create their own female action figures before DC entered the market. Last Christmas a successful Kickstarter campaign launched the IAmElemental action figures for girls designed to look powerful, not sexual (like, for example, Barbie). “The few female action figures that are on the market are really designed for the adult male collector,” Dawn Nadeau, co-founder of IAmElemental told TIME last year. “The form is hyper-sexualized: The breasts are oversized; the waist is tiny. When you make the figures sit, their legs splay open in a suggestive way.”

Now DC hopes their new characters can similarly act as a powerful role model for girls.

Whether DC’s new characters can similarly act as a powerful role model for girls has yet to be seen.

MORE: The Female Superhero May Finally Take Flight

TIME Chile

See the Eruption of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Paint the Sky

The Chilean Calbuco volcano seen from Puerto Montt, located 600 miles south of Santiago de Chile, Chile on April 22, 2015. The eruption caused a column of smoke over ten miles high. Authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of around 1500 residents in the area surrounding the volcano.
Alex Vidal Brecas—EPA The Chilean Calbuco volcano seen from Puerto Montt, located 600 miles south of Santiago de Chile, Chile on April 22, 2015. The eruption caused a column of smoke over ten miles high. Authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of around 1500 residents in the area surrounding the volcano.

Its last known eruption was in 1972

The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted for the first time in more than four decades on Wednesday, prompting officials to issue a red alert for the city of Puerto Montt. Authorities evacuated around 1,500 residents within a six-mile radius of the volcano after it spewed ash into the air, according to the Associated Press. The volcano, located some 600 miles south of the capital, Santiago, last erupted in 1972.

This is the second eruption in Chile this spring. In early March, the Villarrica volcano expelled ash and lava. Chile has the second-largest chain of volcanos in the world, following Indonesia.

TIME movies

Legally Blonde and Inglourious Basterds Coming to Netflix in May

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde

But be sure to watch Airplane and Skyfall before they're dropped from the streaming service

Here are the movies and TV shows that are coming to Netflix in May—and what you should watch before it leaves the streaming service.

Netflix Originals

Grace and Frankie: A TV show starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin who become friends when their respective husbands come out as gay (May 8)

Between: A TV series about a mysterious disease that wipes out everyone in a town over the age of 21 (May 21)

Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine): A Netflix comedy special featuring Jen Kirkman of Chelsea Lately (May 22)

Movies

Legally Blonde (May 1)

Legally Blonde 2 (May 1)

Inglourious Basterds (May 22)

Fruitvale Station (May 12)

The Boxtrolls (May 23)

Girlhood (May 19)

Before I Go To Sleep (May 27)

TV Shows

Royal Pains, Season 6 (May 3)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 4 (May 14)

Dance Moms (May 14)

Duck Dynasty (May 14)

Last Chance to Watch Before May 1

Skyfall

Airplane

Life Is Beautiful

Along Came Polly

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Funny Face

Robocop

Red Dawn

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