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I loved this ep! Ragnar is messy as hell, I can't help but love him.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be the first Oscars telecast to be streamed live online through WATCH ABC.com or the WATCH ABC app. (So officially)
Celebrate the best of the big screen on any screen at all. On Sunday night, the 86th Annual Academy Awards hosted by
While you can already access a live stream of the ABC network through WATCH ABC any day of the year, this will be the first time the service is available during the
All viewers, regardless of his or her cable subscription and location, will have access to the second screen experience called "The Oscars Backstage." Pulling live footage from cameras on the red carpet and backstage at the
"For instance, if one of your favorite actors wins an award, you can see the great acceptance speech and then on 'The Oscars Backstage' experience follow them to a Thank You Cam where they can give a longer speech," according to Karin Gilford, SVP,
The "Oscars Backstage Experience" will be hosted by entertainment reporter and film critic
The Oscars begin March 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
“Today I am joined by researchers who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet; designers who are modeling prototypes in the digital cloud; folks from the Pentagon who help to support their work — basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.”
That’s a direct quote from President Barack Obama during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Although it was a joke — “I’m going to blast off in a second. This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a while. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” — the reality is that Iron Man-like technology has been in development, in one form or another, for some time.
In 2010, a panel of experts in special effects and sciences gathered at CalTech to discuss the science of “Iron Man” in film, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Andreas Krause stated there were several Iron Man-like exoskeleton suits in development.
One of those suits is the Raytheon second-ten robotic exoskeleton, the XOS 2, which Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, actually tried on during a special event in 2010. The suit was designed to help soldiers carry ordinance and survival packs that normally come with a hefty weight penalty.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Gregg said when he saw the XOS 2. “I didn’t know if we were going to come in and see some kind of giant freight moving version of the thing that Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens. This is much more nimble and very much clearly a stepping stone to something that’s going to be in use with contemporary soldiers in, I would guess, the next 10 or 20 years if not sooner.”
It’s been four years since Gregg tried on the XOS 2 — and considering the rate at which technology progresses these days, it’s possible that we’ll be seeing Iron Man sooner rather than later.
But, hey, it’s classified.
top secret source
@selenagomez: By far the coolest award I’ve received -Young humanitarian award! Beyond proud to represent UNICEF since I was 17
@redcarpetroxy: Hanging with #selenagomez in the @Gillette #leadingman green room #unite4humanity. #blogger #redcarpetroxy #celebrity #hollywood #la #beauty
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Another year, another Oscar snub. Or, should we call them yearly omissions? This year saw an array of worthy performances from black actors, many of which went unrecognized by the Academy. The recent “Diversity Gap" infographic has given yet another number-based confirmation to what we already know. For those outside of the 99% of winning white actresses and directors, and the 91% of white actors, we have this list, honoring the black actors and actresses who made us feel, think, laugh, and cry in 2013.
Michael B. Jordan
Who wasn’t crying at the end of Fruitvale Station? Who wasn’t sitting on the edge of their seat during the terse Fruitvale BART scene, hoping Oscar would survive, but knowing he wouldn’t? It takes a special actor to make an audience root for the survival of a character who they know will die- to wish somehow that he lived. Jordan navigated the role with an everyday humanity that touched many. Too bad some Oscar voters didn’t see it that way.
Isaiah Washington(lol, like that was going to happen - op)
There is a powerful scene in Alexander Moor's Blue Caprice where John Allen Muhammad, played by Isaiah Washington, walks through a grocery store pushing a shopping cart as he spouts off his plan for mass sniper shootings, to his young accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond). He loses himself in his elaborate plan and his face and voice take on a concentrated force that radiates through the screen. We forget we’re in a grocery store, and so does he. We are sucked into his mania and hysteria. It’s a scary, powerful performance that lends the film an eerie, bruising quality. Isaiah Washington dared to embrace the psychosis in this character, and in doing so, scared and moved us into watching.
Naomie Harris’ performance as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was one of carefully-timed range. She was the stand-out in this film, revealing complexities of character scene by scene. Many have attempted to portray Winnie, but this performance may be one of most honest. From the beginning, Winnie was not neat or quiet. She proudly states she “hates” the white Apartheid regime as she walks with Nelson on their first date. Later, when he is imprisoned, she fights to preserve their cause and protect their family, under constant scrutiny and government-ordered abuse. The thread of resistance inside of her grows stronger, and by the time she’s released and yells “Amandla Ngawethu,” (power to us) we surely believe it.
last two at the ->source
SHE might look a million dollars in this classy frock but Hollywood siren Winona Ryder has told how she once spent a just 10 bucks – that's £6 – on an Oscars dress.
The Black Swan star has opened up about her thrifty antics and said: “Most of my wardrobe is vintage and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10.
"At Sean Penn’s last Haiti gala I wore this vintage dress that I’d worn to a film premiere in 2005.
“I know that’s kind of a no-no in the fashion world, but why wear something just once if you love it?”
Actress Winona, 42, who was once caught shoplifting, also revealed that her early thirties were a tough period in her life.
She said in this month’s Red magazine: “My early thirties were rough.
"I went through stuff that I would have gone through, and probably should have gone through much younger, but I had spent my twenties working.
“Even when I was the right age for older roles, people thought of me as being younger.
"It was tough because I’d had so much success in my early twenties.”
It's not degrading, it's cute and sexy!
In a new interview with MSNBC's Ronan Farrow, Miley Cyrus defended her use of little people and black backup dancers on her Bangerz tour. The 21-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer denied recent criticism that her show is racist and exploitative.
"It's really funny how serious people take it. And they're like, you're racist. And I'm like, 'Really?'" she told Farrow. "We're like a bunch of kids dancing around in, like, bears, but we don't do choreography," she says of performing with her backup dancer. "They're just like dancing, doing these cute moves and they're awesome dancers like just on their own. It's not me telling them how to be."
As for the claims that she's exploiting little people? Cyrus said she doesn't worry about that. "No, because we're making them feel sexual and beautiful," she explained. Citing one of her female little person dancers, the "Wrecking Ball singer explained: "We're all about lifting her up and making her feel so sexy all the time, and having her dance -- she's actually an awesome dancer."
Farrow, 26, also interviewed one of Cyrus' former backup dancers, Hollis Jane, who recently spoke out about feeling "degraded" while wearing a bear costume at the singer's 2013 VMAs performance. Jane said she's not blaming Cyrus, but explained: "Little people need to stop being seen, in my opinion, in the media as jokes."
Rather than getting worked up about the criticism trailing her Bangerz tour, Cyrus revealed to Ronan that she's been spending her free time watching her favorite movie, 1990's Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise and ex-wife Nicole Kidman. "I watched it three nights in a row" she confessed of the racing flick, which introduced the couple to one another. "I want to be Nicole Kidman so bad, slash I'm kind of obsessed and kind of want to -- I don't know if I want to be Nicole Kidman or if I want to be Tom Cruise, because his outfits are better."
They have made much of their desire to be “hands-on” parents, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now on the lookout for a nanny for Prince George, it has emerged.
The couple have put out feelers to find a nanny to help them look after their son when they increase their royal workload in the spring.
Since the third in line to the throne was born last July, the couple have relied heavily on the Duchess’s mother, Carole Middleton, for help with childcare duties, and have also employed the Duke’s former nanny Jessie Webb, 71, on a part-time basis.
But after Miss Webb reportedly came to the end of her contract last month, the couple have put out the word to nanny agencies that they are looking for a long-term replacement, whose duties will be closer to a full-time role than the one filled by Miss Webb.
One possibility is that the couple will want to have the new nanny in place by the time of their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in April, on which they will be accompanied by Prince George.
Kensington Palace has already made it clear that the Duke and Duchess will not be taking Carole Middleton on the trip, and a nanny will be needed to look after Prince George for much of the time during the couple’s hectic schedule.
Before their son was born, the Duke and Duchess let it be known that they were determined to do without a full-time nanny, and after the birth the Duke proudly spoke of having changed the first nappy.
The Duke is currently studying agricultural management at Cambridge University, while the Duchess is effectively on maternity leave, making only a handful of official appearances since becoming a mother.
But the couple’s tour of Australia and New Zealand will mark their return to royal duties, which will take up more of their time than ever following the Duke’s decision to quit his military career last September.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “We do not discuss personal arrangements."
Whichever nanny they find will surely come highly recommended – but if for some reason it doesn't work out, might we suggest any one of these eight famous nannies from popular culture?
Pros: Royal nursery now self-cleaning! (And polo-player Will should be delighted with a nanny who rides horses, even nicked from a carousel.)
Cons: Over-reliance on processed sugar to make medicine go down. Also: Flighty – takes off for another job as soon as the wind changes. And should Buckingham Palace worry about a mysterious magician getting too close to the royal family? Remember what happened to the Russians.
Nana, Peter Pan
Pros: As she is an actual sheepdog with no command of human language, she is unlikely to tattle in the British tabloids.
Cons: Will and Kate's cocker spaniel, Lupo, is already top dog at the Cambridge household.
Maria Von Trapp, The Sound of Music
Pros: The original clothing recycler, turning drapes to dresses. Thrifty Kate would approve.
Cons: She married the boss!
Fran Fine, The Nanny
Pros: Already has tons of experience working for posh families.
Cons: She also married the boss! (This is becoming a trend.)
Pros: She's Scottish, which is important at a time like this.
Cons: Would George confuse her with great-granny the Queen?
Source 1, Source 2
Sure, fame comes with a price, but we think these stars deal with a disproportionate amount of body scrutiny. Too fat...too thin...too curvy...what gives?!
Powerhouse singer and nine-time Grammy winner Adele was criticized by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld when he publicly stated, “she is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” The singer, who’s been on a hiatus from the studio since giving birth to her son in 2012, spoke to Vogue about her body image saying: “I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I just don’t want that in my life.”
2. Lena Dunham
The star and creator of HBO’s Girls made a splash with her nudity on the first season of the show, sending her figure into a tornado of analysis. This year, speculation went a tasteless step further when the feminist site Jezebel proposed they’d pay $10,000 for unretouched, photos of Lena Dunham’s Vogue photos. They pictures were eventually released and showed hardly a change in the star’s figure. She’s openly discussed her own body image issues, particularly being what she’s called a ‘chubby teenager.’ But she refuses to give in to critics, still baring almost all for the camera and explaining that the Jezebel stunt was “messed up.” “They’ve made such a kind of monumental error in their approach to feminism.”
3. Kate Upton
Supermodel Kate Upton drew criticism for being “fat” in her famous Sports Illustrated spread and a Victoria’s Secret booker told The New York Times that she was “like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.” But she’s made it her goal to stay true to her roots and atypical model body saying, “I’m sure every designer has a certain person in mind who they would ideally like to wear their clothes, but the problem is that a lot of the time that person doesn’t actually exist, unless she is a 15-year-old model.” The model trains with David Kirsch, whose plan is to keep Upton’s curve in place while toning her in the right spots.
4. Jonah Hill
The Oscar-nominated actor, who rose to fame as an overweight teenager in Superbad, went to a nutritionist in 2011 after starring in Moneyball and dropped nearly 40 pounds. He’s said that he started ‘physically running instead of emotionally running’ and worked his way up to 100 pushups a day to lose the weight. But still, his critics are abound and the weight loss has been the butt of many a joke. Since the initial trim down, the star’s weight has fluctuated, prompting harsh speculation from the media.
5. Mindy Kaling
The star, who rose to fame on The Office and now on her own show The Mindy Project, has long since battled the body haters, mostly with humor. Her show’s character constantly makes fitness and food jokes, one time saying, “I am not overweight. I fluctuate between chubby and curvy.” But recently, when Kaling was chosen to grace one of four covers for ELLE's women in TV issue, backlash ensued as she was the only woman whose cover featured a close-up shot instead of a body shot. Kaling extinguished the fire by tweeting: ‘I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me.”
Rest of the list of 20 - Source
Putting ONTD's hypocritical body shaming on blast rn.
Big Significant Things
At 26 years old, Craig (Harry Lloyd) seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the south?
Writer-director Bryan Reisberg, a graduate of NYU film school, says he admires the "humanist American films" of the 1970s and cites films like Five Easy Pieces and Hal Ashby's The Landlord as inspiration. Big Significant Things has its world premiere at SXSW on Sat., March 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Violet Crown Cinema.
Edit: watch trailer HERE
Closer to The Moon
So excited for both movies
MODS I JUST FIXED THE VIDS
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We're laughing—and keeping our eyes peeled for superstars—already!
Jimmy Kimmel is back Sunday with his now-annual After the Oscars special, and a sneak peek of whatever it is he's doing as a follow-up to 2012's Movie: The Movie and last year's Movie: The Movie 2V promises the be his most epic fake film trailer yet.
The clip starts off with a perturbed-looking Chris Hemsworth being pressed by his mother, played by Meryl Streep with a British accent, to "let it go, it's been 30 years."
But oh no, Hemsworth will find him—and he will destroy him.
Whoever he is.
Cut to a candle-bearing Tom Hanks, dressed as a Franciscan monk, headed down a dimly lit corridor to a cell, where a somehow still very put together Liam Hemsworth resides.
"He is coming for you," Hanks warns the prisoner, who replies, "Then let him come."
"As you wish, my son," the monk says, resigned.
Darn straight, let them all come! We can't wait!
Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars airs directly after the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday on ABC. Kevin Spacey is the main guest, but the show also promises appearances (most of them probably being the full version of the star-studded trailer—The Movie Threevie, perhaps?) by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Scorsese, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Adam Driver, Queen Latifah, Gary Oldman, Anjelica Huston and more.
More?! Bring it on.
After looking cheerful during a week-long break in Europe, Katy Perry is back in Los Angeles and smiling no more.
On Thursday - just days after it was claimed she dumped boyfriend of two years John Mayer, 36 - the Roar singer was seen with a downcast expression as she was leaving a Thai restaurant with several friends.
At one point it appeared as if the 29-year-old - who was dressed conservatively in a black coat over a plain top and plaid mini skirt - was wiping a tear away as she strolled down a street.
Reps for John and Katy have not returned calls to MailOnline about the alleged split.
As she walked away from the restaurant, Perry was showing a very sad face, even as her friends chuckled easily.
The Firework singer did make a big effort to look put together.
Along with her smart ensemble she had on a Chanel purse around her waist.
And her face was heavily made up with a red pout and lined eyes that matched darkened brows.
It's no wonder the beauty, who dined at vegetarian eatery Jitlada, was down in the dumps.
The same day Page Six reported the Teenage Dream hit maker ended her relationship with the musician after discovering 'text messages on John’s phone from some random girl.'
The nature of the messages has not yet been revealed.
The claims are in direct contrast to previous reports that Katy and John's split was 'mutual' and 'extremely amicable,' and that the couple were planning to stay friends after their break-up.
John, however, has not seemed too concerned about the split as he partied hard at the Blue Note jazz club in Greenwich Village, New York City, on Wednesday night.
John went solo as he caught a show from renowned pianist Chick Corea, Page Six reported.
He later posted a video of the evening on his Twitter page, alongside the caption: 'Helluva night.'
John is reported to have stayed in the venue until the early hours of Thursday morning, with clubgoers telling the website he looked 'worry-free' as he partied while wearing a woolly jumper.
Prior to the alleged breakup, Katy had been stepping out with several different rings on her wedding finger, sparking speculation she was engaged.
On Thursday the singer was then seen looking hungover and tired as he stepped out in Soho.
With a blue backpack over a dreadful black-and-red zip-up sweater jacket and wearing scruffy facial hair, the Continuum singer had clearly seen better days.
Rounding out his strange ensemble was a pair of faded blue jeans with a blue bandana hanging from his waist.
The Grammy winner appeared as if he hadn't showered in days as he wore his dirty locks untamed. He also had facial stubble that wasn't entirely groomed.
A source told Us Weekly of the pair's split earlier this week: 'They've had rough patches, but this may be for good.'
It's not the first time the couple have broken up, since they first started dating in 2012, as they had a brief split in March before later reconciling.
Do you check your partner's phone/email/Facebook, ONTD?
Lynn Shepherd sets off storm of protest by suggesting Harry Potter author has 'had her turn' and is harming others' prospects
"By all means keep writing for kids, or for your personal pleasure – I would never deny anyone that – but when it comes to the adult market you've had your turn," wrote Shepherd, author of historical crime novels including Murder at Mansfield Park, Tom-All-Alone's (US title The Solitary House) and A Treacherous Likeness (published in the US as A Fatal Likeness). "Enjoy your vast fortune and the good you're doing with it, luxuriate in the love of your legions of fans, and good luck to you on both counts. But it's time to give other writers, and other writing, room to breathe."
The continued Yelp and Facebook drama surrounding Amy’s Baking Company has kept Kitchen Nightmares fans satisfied as they wait for the return of Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, it looks like viewers will be kept waiting for at least another week or two. Despite an earlier FOX announcement claiming that Kitchen Nightmares would return on February 28th, viewers have noted that the episode has disappeared from local TV listings.
This is not the only switch-up involving Samy and Amy Bouzaglo. The two were supposed to join Dr. Phil for a candid chat this afternoon, but this has also been postponed. Instead, an episode entitled “A Lying, Cheating, Violent Husband or a Wife’s False Accusations?” is set to take the place of our favorite crazy restaurateurs.
Although a rep for Kitchen Nightmares told Biz Journals that a scheduling change was to blame, disappointed viewers remain unconvinced. Some wonder if rumors of Samy’s impending deportation could be coming into play, with FOX possibly choosing to put the show on the back burner until the current legal drama is cleared up.
Samy and Amy Bouzaglo have yet to address these developments on Twitter. Instead, they’re focused on sharing admittedly beautiful cake photos. The dynamic duo still boasts a huge following of avowed haters, but they’ve replaced their infamous all caps rants with nearly civil responses — including the following gem: “You are evil and not welcome here.” Although she failed to speak up via social media, Amy did email the AZ Central News an update. “Unfortunately right now we really can not say anything. But we can say that they have begun to realize that they have underestimated my husband and I, and our unwillingness to allow them to exploit us is becoming very clear.”
Why do you think FOX decided to postpone the Kitchen Nightmares premiere? Did Samy and Amy put their feet down and scare off Gordon Ramsay? We doubt it. Sound off in the comments section below!
So you willingly sign up to be on Kitchen Nightmares twice, then decide to film an episode of Dr. Phil - all while selling merchandise and promoting your original appearance on KN - but you're being exploited. Okay.
Edit: Video won't embed but Amy loses her shit in a video interview with local AZ news. Says 'Kitchen Nightmares' should be changed to 'Blood Diamonds'. This happened in September but they're only freaking out about it now by the way...
Check out http://t.co/34NbLsMe6x Blood Diamonds!!!!— ABC Amy's Baking Co. (@bouzagloabc) March 1, 2014
Marc Jacobs has a powerful ability to capture the spirit of our times with a measured dose of both intelligence and perversion. Last night in Paris, he revealed that 64-year old actress Jessica Lange – who’s having a comeback with her bewitching roles in the series American Horror Story – as the face of his first beauty campaign shot by David Sims. With a haunting voice that Jacobs describes as “almost narcotic”, Lange is captured reciting the lyrics to Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – a chilling take on the dark fantasy world of The Wizard of Oz. It’s only fitting that fashion’s greatest provocateur would cast Lange – who played a damsel in distress in John Guillermin's infamous 1976 remake of King Kong – in a defiant and unprecedented subversion of the youth-obsessed world of beauty. Here, Marc Jacobs talks Dazed through his Jessica Lange obsession.
Dazed Digital: Why Jessica Lange?
Marc Jacobs: I love Jessica, I mean I think we all love Jessica. This was really about her and I feel like the film was a sort of gestural moment, where people would look and see what they wanted to see and hear what they wanted to hear. I asked her to recite 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', which has a lot of meaning for me and is something I’ve really gone back to. I mean, her voice I find almost narcotic, and there’s something so… It’s a bit like with me – there’s this hope and this wish and desire, but there’s always this sort of edge of melancholy or darkness. She’s just a strong woman who, again, I find so beautifully inspiring. What we really wanted from her was for her to be herself.
DD: Why does 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' have such a personal resonance for you?
Marc Jacobs: For many reasons. I mean I feel like I’ve really gone through fashion. In a sense, Oz is what fashion is to me. You know, there’s this sort of black-and-white life, and then there is this other world when you walk into fashion that turns to colour. But within all this glamour and superficiality we sometimes lose our insides. I don’t want to get too heavy, but it’s our spiritual side. Although the idea of surface can be so delightful about fashion, it’s important to return to something very meaningful. You need to embrace all of that surface and then come back to the comfort of home, you know?
Who Is True Detective’s Yellow King? Here Are Our 6 Favorite Theories
By LAURA HUDSON
Packed with symbolism, psychology, and serial murder, the HBO show True Detective has inspired countless theories about the true identity of the Yellow King—the ringleader behind the mysterious cult responsible for the murder and sexual abuse of multiple women and children across Louisiana. So who could be behind it all? A politician? A police cover-up? A one-off character? Even one of our two protagonists? Theories abound about the true identity of the King and his conspirators; as the final episodes of the the story unfold, here are our favorites.
Remember, these are just theories, not spoilers, but if you really want the show—and the identity of the Yellow King—to be a complete surprise, then listen to Rust’s captain: Leave your gun and badge on the desk and stop digging for answers, you loose cannon!
Rust Cohle Is Actually the Yellow King
The two detectives interviewing Rust and Marty in the present have a theory: Rust was behind it all the time. What if they’re actually right? Rust has exceptional insight into the mind of the killer; we also know from his deep undercover years that he’s capable of profound deception. Not to mention that he’s sitting there constructing a circle of men out of beer cans that sure seems to represent the men of the cult the entire time they’re talking.
Of course Rust might not actually know he’s the killer. We know he spent time in a mental institution, not to mention the semi-regular hallucinations that are a byproduct of the miles of drugs he took while undercover. If he is the Yellow King, perhaps he’s unknowingly hunting himself just as earnestly as the two modern-day detectives are. Remember when the pharmacy shooter—the one who could name the Yellow King—mysteriously committed suicide? It’s worth noting that we’ve seen Rust tell an incarcerated suspect to kill themselves before. What if he was the one who convinced the man to commit suicide in order to cover his own tracks? When Ledoux tells Rust, “I’ve seen you in my dreams,” could he be referring to shared participation in the ritualistic abuse?
Rust is frequently able to produce confessions by tapping into people’s desire for forgiveness, something he seems to be looking for himself. Rust also talks about “the sin of being a father” and seems to constantly feel a need for atonement and the punishment of those who hurt children. Could he be referring to his own sin, his own abuse of children—even his own daughter? Several times, we see Rust gazing at a billboard offering a reward for the murderer of a young girl who died several years after he says his own daughter was killed. Could that have been his first victim? Or was he simply symbolically reenacting the death when he killed Dora Lange on the same day his daughter died?
Above Rust’s bed hangs a cross. He says it’s not a religious symbol, but rather a meditative one: “I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion.” He’s referring to the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus foresaw his own crucifixion but did nothing to stop it because his death was necessary to provide salvation. Can Rust foresee his own death and downfall coming on some level? Does he fear it … but also welcome it?
Marty Hart Is Actually the Yellow King
This might be the most shocking reveal of all, not only because it would take the audience by surprise after a season of seeing him as a promiscuous bumbler, but because it would mean that Marty managed to fool even the obsessive, hyper-observant Cohle. (Who’s smart now, true detective?) We’ve heard Marty say that the detective’s curse is not being able to able to see what’s right under their nose. Could he be talking about himself? Is Marty actually a false detective? (dun dun dun)
As noted on reddit, Hart is actually an Old English word meaning “stag,” potentially linking him to the antlers that crowned the murdered Dory—and perhaps signifying his own crown. After all, if we’re looking for a yellow king, Martin’s the blondest guy around. When Cohle made his way towards the Tuttle school the first time, it was Martin who drew him away by honking the horn, delaying his discovery of the twig sculpture and the possible darker truth behind it all. When you consider the possibility of Marty as the Yellow King, suddenly it seems awfully convenient that Marty killed Ledoux in a fit of rage, ensuring that no one would live to give him up.
In general, Marty doesn’t treat women and children that well: He cheats repeatedly on his wife—once with a former child prostitute—and gets violent with Maggie after he learns of her infidelity (not to mention slapping his daughter Audrey and calling her a slut). We’ve also seen Audrey making sexual drawings and arranging her dolls in a sexual way at a young age, as well as her later alienation and promiscuity in adolescence. What if she’s been sexually abused by her father, or by someone else with the approval of her father? We’ve been looking for monsters in the shadows, or perhaps buried in the complicated psychological labyrinth that is Rust Cohle, but what if it the real monster was in front of us the whole time wearing the simplest mask of all?
Governor Tuttle Is Actually the Yellow King
It’s easy to see why Governor Tuttle, a high-ranking government official, might be in charge of the cult. If there really is a police cover-up of the murders and child abuse, that would require a lot of power, which Tuttle certainly has. His family connections offer more links to the cult: His cousin, the late Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle, seems to have been behind the funding of the Wellspring funding of religious schools, which have been linked to the ritual abuse. We haven’t seen the shadowy Governor Tuttle yet, so it’d be a bit surprising to uncover the identity of the King only to learn it was some guy who’s never been onscreen. But who can say?
Maggie's Dad Is Actually the Yellow King
A variant on the Marty theory, this suggests that his father-in-law was the familial abuser who molested Audrey instead. This trauma produced not only her sexual drawings as a young child but also the sexual configurations of her dolls that mirrored the abuse of the cult. There’s also that moment when Audrey takes a princess crown—linked to the crown symbolism around the King—and throws it up in the tree where her sister can’t reach. Is that a symbolic way of protecting her from the abuse?
Creepy dad-in-law also isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his opinions about children and intercourse, noting that for kids these days, “everything is sex.” Or maybe that’s just how it seems when he looks at them. Later, when Marty looks asks his daughter what’s wrong with her after dragging her home from a threesome with two teenage boys, there’s a distinct expression of horror on her face. What if the answer is “grandpa”? After all, if Marty was involved in the abuse, would he really be so surprised at her promiscuity? And if Maggie’s father is abusing her daughter, does that mean that she was potentially abused as a child as well? Could she too be involved, another “nun”—as the dead Dory called herself in a journal—who was even willing to offer her own daughter to the King?
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