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The 'Californication' Cast Talks Nudity, Guest Stars & This Season's Hijinks (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 20th 2011 6:00PM
Californication'Californication' has always been a rollercoaster of a show; it's heartfelt and bringing you to tears one minute, offensive and borderline disgusting the next. Having seen the entire fourth season already -- with pretty ladies and Hollywood tempting Hank Moody more than ever -- I can tell you that it's no different.

I caught up with castmembers Pamela Adlon, Evan Handler and Madeleine Martin, as well as guest star Carla Gugino, to hear about the ups, the downs and the big changes happening in Hank's universe this season (Sundays, 9PM ET on Showtime).

We also dished about the show's strict nudity policy (I imagine it's simply: There Must Be Nudity) and who holds the show record in that regard. And for the youngest castmember Martin, David Duchovny's TV daughter admits she wasn't always allowed to watch -- and now she chooses not to: "I don't like to see Hank naked, because Becca wouldn't see him naked ... so I've stopped watching." Awesome.

What do you think of this season? And are you happy it already got picked up for Season 5? Sound off ...

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The Sex and the City 2 movie trailer is out!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 23rd 2009 5:04PM
Sex and the City 2In mid-October, spoilers about the Sex and the City movie sequel started to leak as shooting begun. It won't spoil the fun if I confirm that the four ladies -- Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis -- are back and so are Chris Noth, Evan Handler and Jason Lewis.

Today, it's time to open your first Christmas gift as the first Sex and the City 2 trailer has been released!

Trailer and a few slight spoilers coming up!

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Review: Californication - Mia Culpa

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 14th 2009 5:42PM

(S03E12) "That's the thing about secrets, Hank. They have a funny way of coming out." - Mia Cross

If last night's episode was the first episode of Californication you have ever seen, it might have left you more than a little confused. Your friends who gab about it around the office water cooler have always been telling you how its the raucous and dirty sitcom of the decade, a show that takes the wit of Robert Benchley and combines it with the out-of-control plot of those Spring Break party movies that used to play late at night on the USA Network.

You're tired of feeling like you're missing out on something awesome, so you finally decide to tune in and instead what you find is a rather heavy and deep emotional look at the effects of a life spent partying, boozing and philandering.

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Review: Californication - Comings and Goings

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 7th 2009 8:07AM
(S03E11) "Ladies, start your egos." - Richard Bates to Hank and Stacy Koontz

Hank Moody is the very definition of a man who deserves a serious ass-kicking.

He may not mean to act like the world's biggest douchebag. In fact, out of the entire world lineup of douchebags, he's certainly towards the end of life's long line. That still doesn't mean he doesn't deserve one less than the guy at the very front of the line, whoever that poor bastard may be. My money is on the mutant offspring of Attila the Hun and Spencer the Pratt.

But why does that guy who gets to deliver said ass-kicking have to be the world's dorkiest jilted man? A man who when confronting the man who gave his way a ride down the Pleasure Expressway challenges said man to a duel with blanks? And before you even think of asking, yes, copious amounts of alcohol were involved. Just another Sunday for Californication.

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Review: Californication - Dogtown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 30th 2009 3:47AM
Californication: Dogtown
(S03E10) "I think that ultimately, [women] are going to have to raise the white flag and just accept us for the emotional retards that we are." - Hank to Charlie

This was a real uplifter from last week's dull and otherwise boring episode, if not for the courageous and outrageous efforts of Charlie and his quest to score Rick Springfield a bag of the Colombian itching powder. And I mean uplifter in both the quality and emotional sense of the word ... that I just made up.

The girls in Hank's life, Karen, Becca and Charlie's ex Marcy, go for a girls' night out, and Hank gives Charlie one of his world famous benders after he gets canned for losing Springfield as a client. But it's more about seeing how much greasy California cuisine and $10 a bottle booze they can shove into their systems. Like all great drunken road trips, it's a night of story-telling, story-making and personal exploration, if the memories can make it through the vodka and wine haze that follows them wherever they go.

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Review: Californication - Mr. Bad Example

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 23rd 2009 4:01PM

(S03E09)
"I had a plan, I did, but it just didn't work out the way I thought it would."/"What? You thought he'd (Hank) do a good job of being in charge?" - Karen to Becca

Remember watching Friends and feeling that great sense of heavy letdown when you realized that week's diversion of reality would be a "Joey-heavy episode"?

That describes this week's Californication to a tee, except the great sense of heavy letdown doesn't quite sit on top of your soul with the girth and grim sadism of an evil sumo wrestler.

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Review: Californication - So Here's The Thing...

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:10AM
Californication
(S03E07) "L.A. has made us soft. You used to be able to run for Lexington Avenue with the best of them. Elbowing the investment wankers out of the way. Your cell phone in one hand, mammoth ball sack in the other hand, Hollywood Reporter between your teeth. Not even breathing so you wouldn't inhale the $&*$ing piss stench." - Hank to Charlie

So now that the No. 1 Missus wants the family back, with Hank included, he's got to get the rest of his conquests out of his system. In the real world, such a thing would be easy to do. Call each one of them up, tell them it's been fun but we've all got to settle down eventually and this is that time. Hang up the phone and never leave your home or greet another human being in person until the big settle down day.

But this is television. Nothing is ever that simple, especially for a cat like Hank Moody, a man who sees simple as a wussy excuse to go through life.

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Review: Californication - Slow Happy Boys

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 26th 2009 9:29AM
Kevin Corrigan and David Duchovny on Californication
(S03E05)
- "Once upon a time's gotta count for something." - Zloz to Hank

Ah, the old friend from back home trick. It's been done so many times before in television. Remember when Rob's old Army buddy came to town in that one episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show or that one time when Don Rickles met up with his old pal Maxwell Smart on Get Smart? Those were some good times.

Imagine those episodes with a lot of hookers and copious amounts of beer, whiskey and vodka. Now they are twice as better, even if the hangover isn't as warm and friendly.

Zloz's one episode appearance felt like the makings of another "Guys Gone Wild" episode where the boys do some drinking, make with the smoking and then get into some fighting, but it turned into something much deeper and helped you appreciate the characters more for what they are. The ride was fun, even if you didn't really want to get back in line for it.

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Review: Californication - Zoso

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 20th 2009 3:18AM
Embeth Davidtz and David Duchovny on Californication(S03E04) - "You once spent an entire class ranting about how much you hate Coldplay. Something tells me you could care less about what's frowned upon." - Jackie to Hank

Hank is normally the kind of guy most average heterosexual males would form mobs against, complete with rows of flaming torches and pitchforks (used both as weapons and Freudian references to using one's phallus as a weapon).

Still, he's become the most likable monkey in the Californication barrel. And it's not because he's living a life that would make most Arabian princes jealous. It's because there is a method to his manliness tendencies. He's vulnerable and sees those vulnerabilities in people around him, especially those of the opposite sex with genes that get saved in the secret cabinet in most high priced fertility clinics.

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Sex and the City 2: movie spoilers

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 12th 2009 9:02AM
Sex and the CityAlmost a year ago, it was announced that there would be a movie sequel for the hit TV series Sex and the City. It took years for producers and actresses to agree to a first movie, but a few months to decide a sequel was needed. Then again, with the popularity of the Sex and the City movie, it was inevitable that a sequel would follow.

Production is underway for the movie, set to be released at the end of May 2010, which means spoilers are leaking on the web! As expected, all four main ladies are back. But what is in store for them? Who, besides the ladies, will star in the movie?

Spoilers coming up!

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Californication: Verities & Balderdash

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 12th 2009 4:20AM
Embeth Davidtz and David Duchovny on Californication
(S03E03) - "Don't put Daddy in a corner." - Hank to his daughter, Becca

Something spectacular happened on last Sunday's episode of Californication, something I've been hoping and waiting to see from a big-budget television show ever since I was old enough to realize what life was worth living for, what makes television worth watching.

Jackie showed us her boobies!

That being said, there was much more to the most recent saga of Hank Moody and company worth mentioning, and Lord knows I could spend a whole review on Eva Amurri's "revealing" opening scene of Hank imaging his star pupil at her night job. Hell, if Joel would let me do a list of TV's best racks, I'd put Jackie's on the number one and two spots, left and right respectively. I have my reasons.

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Californication: The Land of Rape and Honey

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 2:01AM
David Duchovny as Hank Moody on Californication
(S03E02) - "All work and no ass play makes Chuck a dull boy." Sue Collini to Charlie Runkle


A show like Californication might seem like just another rude, crass and completely tasteless sitcom that gets away with speaking Kinsey from cover to cover because it's on pay cable.

But if you actually sit down and watch the damn thing, you'll realize it's actually much deeper and more emotional than that, or at least as deep as a group of flesh lusting horndogs can go ... and I do mean "emotionally" deep, sickos.

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Californication: Wish You Were Here (season premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 28th 2009 1:04AM
David Duchovny as Hank Moody in Californication
(S0301) - What's with all the parent plotlines on Showtime? First Dexter Morgan becomes a new father, and now Hank Moody on Californication? Granted, it's the perfect penance for a man who has flaunted the consequences of the reproductive act more than the entire British royal family, but it seems eerily similar and way overdone in the world of television.

It does, however, work as an obstacle and a vehicle for conflict for Hank, whose only daughter Becca moves into that awkward living hell on Earth known as "teenagerhood." The opening scene of Hank catching Becca and her new best friend Chelsea stoned out of their gourds pretty much set the tone for some, if not most, of Hank's problems.

How can he tell her to do as he says while still doing what and who he loves most?

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Californication, season three -- An early look

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 27th 2009 9:02AM
David Duchovny in CalifornicationIf you think of all the places that would turn Californication's Hank Moody into a kid in a candy store, "college campus" should be at the top of your Family Feud survey.

What would be at the bottom? Probably the Vatican. Then again, an unrepentant sexaholic like Moody always loves a challenge.

The third season follows Moody as he navigates his way through the student body of a local college as an English professor, his relationship with his growing teenage daughter Becca and the rest of his other relationships -- or at least the ones that alcohol hasn't erased from his memory.

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Sneak Peek: the third season of Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 8:05AM
Is Hank Moody a likable character? From the scenes I've seen of Californication, he seems like one of these drinking/smoking/sex-addicted/wise-ass guys you see a lot of, but there's also a smattering of a****le in there, too, and it seems like he crosses from anti-hero to kind of a dick. Maybe I'm wrong, though I hate anyone who uses the word "cashish." The last line in the season three promo below is pretty funny, though.

The new season debuts September 27.

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