February 05, 2021 - 10:45 GMT Emmy Griffiths The Channel 5 show concluded on Thursday evening - but were you surprised by the twist ending? The Drowning concluded on Thursday evening, and finally revealed the truth about Daniel's parentage in the shocking season finale - which certainly left viewers with mixed feelings! MORE: The Drowning star Jill Halfpenny reveals her thoughts on show's ending In the episode, Jodie's brother Jason reveals that he had lied about the DNA test results and that Daniel isn't really Tom after all, and that Tom really did drown while he was meant to be watching him during their family holiday. Loading the player... WATCH: Daniel asks about his mother He claimed to have lied about the DNA test to try to "make amends", and chases Jill and Daniel as they run from home, eventually drowning in the same lake where his nephew died. While some viewers loved the finale, others were somewhat disappointed by it. One person wrote: "I was really enjoying #TheDrowning until this last episode which I didn’t like at all! Hate it when that happens!" Another added: "#TheDrowning I was hooked on the first three episodes then I watched the fourth and now I feel like I wasted my time watching this show they completely stuffed up the entire series with this final, how disappointing." Jason knew the truth about Tom's death A third person tweeted: "I've slept on it and still have questions about #TheDrowning. How did the uncle not hear him go into the water? Not even a splash? The kid went missing, police were called and uncle wasn’t there, no one noticed he had been gone in the same time frame?"Others praised the show as a whole, with one tweeting: "What a great drama. Loved it," while another added: "Wow what a drama... gripping and tense! Loved it! #TheDrowning that was fantastic @halfpennyjill." MORE: Viewers are saying the same thing about … [Read more...] about The Drowning: viewers have mixed reaction to ending
From stem to stern, it was a night of keeping up appearances, a simulation of normalcy in a year where normal doesn’t seem possible. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW Ten winters ago, a trove of snaking, lascivious R&B tracks appeared seemingly out of thin air, credited to someone or thing called the Weeknd. They were studies in stark contrasts: “Loft Music” floated gossamer samples of Brooklyn indie rockers Beach House over trap drums, and “What You Need” sunk a sample of Aaliyah’s voice under gauzy synths, her whisper bubbling up through the watery mix like a lover emerging from a warm bath, all of this in service to an angelic voice uttering the most devilish advances. The singer, an East Toronto native and recent college dropout named Abel Tesfaye, gave voice to our darkest late-night moods, to the allure of pushing a body past its limit in pursuit of pleasures both psychedelic and carnal. In March 2011, the Weeknd released House of Balloons, a mixtape sequenced like a journey through the highs, lows, and lonesome aftereffects of a wild night out, setting the scene by advising the listener in the first song that “You’ll wanna be high for this,” then wandering through strip clubs, parties, and after parties to the inevitable anxieties and pangs of withdrawal that surface as you sweat everything out the next day. The Weeknd turned R&B on its head without showing his face. Without glossy videos or a lively social-media presence — this in the days before Instagram caught on — Abel lingered in your head like stifled urges. In the intervening years, Tesfaye has evolved from an invisible man into a ubiquitous one, careful pivot by careful pivot, logging increasingly successful hits increasingly removed from the chunky, post-genre soup of his early mixtapes. The sound got cleaner. Tesfaye sought out pop and dance music veterans like Daft Punk and Max Martin and duetted with Ed Sheeran and … [Read more...] about So Now the Weeknd Is Our Collective Escape From Hell?
Some say “the future is female.” Wait, before I get into this, I have to apologize for the title of this piece. Apology accepted? Cool. Okay, let me start over. Some say “the future is female.” After watching this week’s featured videos, I’d have to agree. Not because I like the t-shirts (they’re fine, I just prefer tees sans text), but because when I started working in comedy six years ago, and taking classes in comedy before that, the ladies were often supporting players. In discussions, in writers’ rooms, in performances, they were made to feel like they weren’t “as funny.” Not intentionally, most times, and never explicitly (that I saw or heard). It was just a kind of expected energy shift they always found themselves on the wrong end of. Guys spoke the loudest when their ideas were bad, and women felt nervous about speaking up, even when their ideas were great. It’s an unfortunate patriarchal dynamic that I’ve been lucky enough to see change because of my specific work experience in the past five years, but probably hasn’t evolved a ton in a broad sense. Comedy remains a boy’s club by and large. Women are still cut far less slack than men in the community as they hone their craft, and so those who put themselves out there are taking a huge risk. Who knows when one faulty punchline might awake the volcano of “girls aren’t funny” proselytizers who always seem to be lying in wait, their keyboarding fingers at the ready. With all that said, the future is female because, more and more, female creators are feeling empowered enough to step forth from the back of the classroom and show us what they’ve got. It’s only a matter of time before they take the keys to the school. This week, we’re honored to highlight two lady-helmed projects by new filmmakers embarking on the quest to be heard, … [Read more...] about Found: Female Filmmakers’ Fun Films
Written and voiced by Steven Markow and animated by Felipe Di Poi Tamargo, Weird Movies will take over your brain. No, really. I’ve watched it seven times –it’s David Firth’s Salad Fingers for a new generation. It’s depraved but evolved in its shock value and custom-built for a generation that requires its mesmerizing nightmare visuals to be accompanied by razor-sharp jokes delivered at a schizophrenic pace. Luke is executive producer at Big Breakfast and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours @LKellyClyne. … [Read more...] about ‘Weird Movies’: This Week in Insane Animation
The YA queen herself. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images Just in time to fill the void left by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Amazon has ordered a television adaptation of another Jenny Han novel series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, the studio announced in a release today. In addition to writing the pilot, Han is set to executive-produce the eight-episode season, which will come out later this year. The series “hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers, the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship,” according to the release. “It is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer.” The book trilogy began publication in 2009 and focuses on Isabel “Belly” Conklin, who summers at the beach with family friends. Hopefully, the queen of the YA rom-com can send us those vibes for summer 2021. … [Read more...] about Jenny Han Takes the Swooning to Amazon with
Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic The following essay is an excerpt from comedian and Good Girls star Retta’s new memoir, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, out May 29. One day in the fall of 2005, I was sitting on my couch, eating Cabaret crackers and watching TV, when I got a call from my manager. “This is big,” he said. Mmm-hmm. I wasn’t falling for that old line. Last time I heard that, I was sent to audition for a part on a kid’s show … with no lines. How do you audition for a part with no lines? Exactly. “Are you sitting down?” I was sitting down. I’m always sitting down. I’d just bought a used DVD set of The Shield and was deep into the corruption of the LAPD Rampart Division. I was on about my 435th episode watching Michael Chiklis, aka The Commish, perpetrate some helluh shady shit. Yo, that show was deep. Rill deep. So, yeah, I was sitting. “This is really big.” Alright. Spit it out already. “We got you an audition for Dreamgirls,” he said, then paused for maximum dramatic effect. “The lead.” Record scratch. What? The Tony-award-winning Broadway musical was being turned into a mainstream movie, and I was being called in to audition for the iconic role of Effie White, the talented but temperamental singer fired from the Dreamettes, an all-girl group that was a thinly veiled version of Motown’s The Supremes. The star-studded cast would be: Yes, Retta. Why not Retta? This was the call I’d been waiting for my whole life; it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I was so incredibly grateful and proud, and yet the biggest feeling I had wasn’t excitement. It was dread. And I am telling you, I did not want to go. Which was insane because I’d always considered myself a pretty fearless person when it came to performing, ever since I’d belted out “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins in a second-grade … [Read more...] about The Story of How Retta Screwed Up Her Audition for Effie in