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Fugs and Fabs: Jada Pinkett Smith

She’s been ALL OVER Paris Fashion Week, and I have to wonder what she’s selling. (Generally, celebs don’t go to THIS many shows out of a pure love of fashion, just because running all over town and changing four times a day is exhausting.) Perhaps just herself; she doesn’t have anything on the docket right now, that IMDb is aware of. After having left Gotham (on which she was easily my favorite part) and getting such good notices for Magic Mike XXL, maybe she and Team Pinkett Smith have decided the time has come to go full-throttle with her press. There are worse ways.

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Fugs or Fabs: Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Magic Mike XXL Amsterdam Premiere

In which one woman is forced to cobble together a gown out of a shower curtain and her favorite pink nightie, and the other realizes her secret identity as Lady Hulk has just been inadvertently revealed. “Thank god my shoes are amazing,” she laughs. “I hate you,” the other says through a smile. “I just realized mine might be part Lucite.”  On the next installment of Magic Mike XXL Takes Europe!

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Fugs and Fabs: The Magic Mike XXL UK Premiere

There are a lot of three piece suits herein and one very debate-worthy pair of pants.

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Fugs and Fabs: The Magic Mike XXL Premiere

There is nothing better than the fact that everyone gets to pose in front of a giant photo of Channing Tatum gyrating. I really hope that Jenna Dewan-Tatum smuggled that out of this premiere and it’s now hanging over their fireplace.

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Reasonably Played: Jada Pinkett Smith

It’s not that Jada doesn’t look perfectly fine, because she does.

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But she HAS to be wondering why, at a Magic Mike XXL event for which her escorts are dressing themselves up only in your love, she herself is garbed like she’s in the Catskills in the 1950s, about to learn the mambo from a brooding bad boy who knows where all the best fallen-log balance beams are in the woods. It’s just a little discordant. Having said that, if Nerdy Neil had asked THOSE guys to perform the season’s final dance of the pachanga, I think at least two of them would’ve done it. Just a gut feeling.

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Fugs and Fabs: Various Paleyfests

We need to discuss Gotham. I’ve seen three of the five episodes, I think, and I can’t say I particularly enjoy it. But Jada seems to be having fun? My primary objection is that, at its heart, it’s exhausting to watch a show about how Jim Gordon will turn out to be a totally ineffectual detective because Gotham is so jacked up on crime — with villains that, per this show, have been around in various forms for like twenty years — that a man actually decides to turn into a rubberized bat to fix it. So that makes it hard to watch. It’s like Ziggy: The Show. We know Jim Gordon will never truly win.

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Fugs and Fabs: FOX Upfronts


As for the shows, which you can watch here: It’s a lot of high-concept stuff and then some retreads.

Wayward Pines: This is a limited-run M. Night Shyamalan show that’s basically trying to be Twin Peaks, except to ME the first three-quarters of the reel plays like a show that’s TOTALLY making fun of Twin Peaks. But I don’t think that’s intentional. It has Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Terence Howard, Juliette Lewis doing her Juliette Lewis thing, and Siobhan Fallon sounding like she’s reprising her character from Men In Black. Yes, I’m old.

Backstrom: This was developed for CBS in 2012, and they passed. That it ended up on FOX makes sense, because it tried to recapture the House magic with Rake (House as a lawyer, kind of) which failed, and now Backstrom is basically Drunken Messy Cop Who’s Secretly Super Brilliant. The reel has a hammy way of introducing eveyone, like Dennis Haysbert and Kristoffer Polaha, and it actually plays kind of like House meets Ironside, in the sense that THERE’S A RIGHT WAY TO DO THINGS, YOU GREASY DRUNK BASTARD, but DAMMIT, HE’S BRILLIANT. Zzz, mostly.

Mulaney: At the Upfront, FOX was comparing this to Seinfeld. It’s true on a lot of levels: The star is John Mulaney, a stand-up comic, bookending the reel with his act; the show and the character are named after the actor; there is an acerbic lady (Nasim Pedrad, overacting in kind of an alarming way in her limited appearance); there is a kooky friend who enters; the door through which said friend enters is reminiscent of Seinfeld’s door on Seinfeld, etc. The difference is that Martin Short is also there, as is a dog in a wig. I don’t know. Buzz is positive, but I thought this looked terrible and that poor Mulaney himself looks in way over hia head.

Gotham: If you’re into “Before They Were Batman And Riddler And Penguin And Cat Woman And Poison Ivy,” then you will be into this, probably. If you are into Ben McKenzie, you might ALSO like this, as he plays Jim Gordon. Jada Pinkett Smith is also in this, purring lines like, “You have a little danger in your eye. I wonder what you plan to do with that.” Ugh. But I will also note that I thought Sleepy Hollow looked CRAZY from its reel and now I LOVE THAT SHOW and the pilot turned out to be fantastic, so what do I know.

Hieroglyph: High-concept series set in the Pharaoh’s Egypt, with Condola Rashad as Nefertari and Max Brown (who was charming on Beauty and the Beast Season 1 DON’T JUDGE). I tuned out of the clip but will totally watch the show itself at least once.

Empire: This feels like someone thought, “Well, nobody has liked Terence Howard since Hustle & Flow. So let’s pair him up with Taraji P. Henson again and make him a music mogul and just sort of hope the magic comes back.” It looks okay? Pretty boring I think, but as it it has the POTENTIAL to be very soapy, if ONLY it gives in to those instincts. Actually, it sort of reminded me of Kingpin, from eons ago, which Jessica recapped for TWoP and which I believe involved a man-eating tiger. Let’s all hope for Tiger 2.0.

Gracepoint: It’s a remake of Broadchurch with Anna Gunn and David Tennant (reprising his role), and it looks sad and actually just made me want to watch the original, although Id’ be willing to check this out, too. I might’ve had enough of Remake Of A Small-Town Serial-Killer Show after season one of The Killing, though.