“Sherlock” Is Back From The Dead And Better Than Ever

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Just how did Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) fake his own death?

When Sherlock picks up — two years after the action of the 2012 Season 2 finale, “The Reichenbach Fall” — the facts surrounding how the master sleuth pulled off the seemingly impossible are kept firmly under wraps for much of the ingenious 90-minute season opener, “The Empty Hearse” (which airs Jan. 1 on BBC One in the U.K. and on Jan. 19 on PBS’s Masterpiece).

This is not to say that viewers are denied a revelatory sequence in which the truth about just how Sherlock faked his own death is laid out. The taut sequence that reveals how he achieved such a feat is both simple, yet cunningly complex (not to mention quite spectacular), though I won’t spoil the outcome for anything on this Earth. However, the episode’s writer Mark Gatiss (who once again pulls double duty as Sherlock’s glacially cold brother Mycroft) rather smartly withholds the reveal until “The Empty Hearse” is almost concluded, creating an ongoing mystery that continues to swirl around the minds of both the viewers and several characters within Sherlock itself.

 

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So where has Sherlock been this whole time and why did he need to keep his status among the living a secret? Well, savvy viewers will remember that Moriarty’s gang posed a threat against those whom Sherlock held most dear… so whatever Sherlock has been doing these past two years would seem to be an effort to keep them safe and dismantle Moriarty’s network, meaning Anderson’s conjectures (in the Season 3 prequel “Many Happy Returns”) about Sherlock’s movements abroad were correct. While I won’t say just how Sherlock ends up back in London, there is a sense of palpable urgency and unexpected physicality to the early scenes that depict him as a man of thought and a man of action.

His partner and confidante Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) — now a mustachioed GP who frets about proposing to his girlfriend, Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington, Freeman’s real-life partner) — appears much changed from when we last saw him. John has settled into a life of gray-colored monotony, from which Mary is his only real respite.

And when Sherlock does return to reunite with him, it’s played for both comedy and pathos, a sequence that one-ups itself as John struggles to come to terms with the fact that Sherlock is not only alive, but has chosen to keep this truth from him specifically. (Not helping matters: Apparently many, many people indeed knew that Sherlock wasn’t dead.) Freeman excels here, exhibiting a slew of conflicting emotions at war behind his placid face; that their reunion occurs just as John awkwardly attempts to ask Mary to marry him escalates things considerably. It’s particularly wise that Gatiss and Sherlock executive producer Steven Moffat don’t have John faint upon coming face-to-face with Sherlock, as Watson did in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure in the Empty House,” on which the episode is very loosely based. Instead, John’s reactions within the episode ricochet wildly — from frenzied anger to curious amusement to profanity-laden exasperation — which is far more modern and in keeping with the characters, as is how Sherlock chooses to reveal himself to John, Molly, Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs).

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Abbington, meanwhile, is appropriately spirited as Mary, and Sherlock quickly deduces some essential truths about her character (“secret tattoo” being my favorite), while Mary sees Sherlock as not a threat to the happiness that she and John are embarking on (many shows would have mined that dynamic too far), but rather as something quirkily endearing about her almost-fiancé. That Mary and Sherlock are thrown together at one point in “The Empty Hearse” further solidifies an intriguing dynamic between the troika moving forward.

Director Jeremy Lovering, new to the series, brings a dynamic visual style to “The Empty Hearse,” one that builds upon and furthers the house style established earlier by Paul McGuigan. There are some beautiful visual flourishes in the episode, which take the viewer deeper into Sherlock’s thought processes, depicting his deductive leaps as a series of maps, GPS tracking, clues, and words. A sequence on a motorcycle is particularly well shot and engaging. And Gatiss’ script is smart and sly, with several subtle plants paying off magnificently by the end of the installment.

Cumberbatch, naturally, brings a deft precision once more to his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Part of the joy of the episode is watching him slide so comfortably back into Sherlock’s trademark coat. It’s a visual motif, yes, but it’s also mere window dressing on a performance that is so embedded within the tics of the character that it becomes difficult at times to remember that Cumberbatch and Holmes are not one and the same. Here, Cumberbatch makes Sherlock roguish and erudite, isolated and yet engaged. The need for connection spurs Sherlock to reunite with John and their friendship, though altered by the events of the last two years, remains a lynchpin for the series, even as the writers seek to distance themselves from the subtext of which many viewers are incredibly enamored.

Given the huge expectations of an audience that has waited two years to learn what happened to Sherlock, there is a lot riding on “The Empty Hearse,” and the installment doesn’t fail to create an engaging and exciting atmosphere of rediscovery. “The Empty Hearse,” with its heady revelations and the promise of future mayhem via a new nemesis for Sherlock and John, manages to create an aura of mystery and potential that is quite intoxicating. The game is most definitely back on again.

Season 3 of Sherlock begins Jan. 1 on BBC One in the U.K. and on Jan. 19 on PBS’s Masterpiece.

Update: After conversations with BBC, we’ve decided to remove a paragraph from this post so as to not reveal certain elements of the plot.

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10 TV Revivals That Were Actually Successful

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David Cross and Portia de Rossi in one of the new episodes of Arrested Development premiering May 26, 2013 on Netflix.

We live in the era of the remake and reboot, where Hollywood suits think nothing of taking a beloved TV show or movie, re-casting it entirely, and starting over from scratch.

What is much harder to pull off, however, is the revival: bringing back most or all the original cast after years — or decades — of being apart, plunking them down in the same basic creative universe, and hoping the superfans who seemed so adamant that they wanted it back will actually return in numbers big enough to keep the train chugging along. (This is the part of the story where Firefly fans sigh audibly at their screens.)

Despite how challenging revivals can be, recently they’ve become one of the hottest fads in Hollywood. Veronica Mars’ fans Kickstarted a feature film with the original cast. Fox is bringing back 24 as a limited series. And you might have heard that 15 brand new episodes of Arrested Development will premiere this Sunday on Netflix — with the hope of creating enough of a groundswell of support for a feature film? No? You’ve been under a rock, then?

These projects do have reason to hope for success — like a solar eclipse or a double rainbow, successful revivals do on rare occasion happen. Here are 10 of them.

1. Dragnet

Dragnet in black-and-white

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Dragnet in color

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Died: 1959
Revived: 1967

The original hit police procedural started as a radio series created by its star, Jack Webb, who played the now famously straight-laced cop Joe “Just the facts” Friday. The black-and-white TV series aired through the 1950s on NBC until Webb reportedly retired the show on his own.

Eight years later, at the height of the 1960s counterculture, Webb brought the show back to NBC, this time in color. It ran for another four seasons, with Harry Morgan playing Friday’s new partner Bill Gannon. Thanks in part to what was perceived as a conservative, anti-hippie attitude, it’s this version that lives on in most people’s imagination.

2. Star Trek

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Died: 1969
Revived: 1979

It’s the holy grail of Hollywood revivals.

Canceled after three seasons on NBC, Star Trek could have been lost to history had reruns not become wildly popular in syndication. The cast was reunited in 1973 for a short-lived animated series, and creator Gene Roddenberry tooled for a while on a new live-action TV series called Star Trek: Phase II.

But after Star Wars exploded into theaters in 1977 and sci-fi was suddenly box office gold, Paramount brought together the Trek cast for a full-blown feature film: 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Though it’s now regarded as one of the lesser Trek movies, it was an unqualified blockbuster, and Star Trek became a billion dollar cultural juggernaut — 12 movies (and counting), four more TV series, and legions of fans world wide.

Many have tried to replicate the Trek model of reviving a canceled TV show into a viable movie franchise — Browncoats, commence sobbing — but no one has approached Trek’s success.

3. Police Squad! / The Naked Gun

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Died: 1982
Revived: 1988

You may have only even heard of the three Naked Gun movies, but the series was born from a very short-lived TV show called Police Squad!, which lasted for only six episodes on ABC. (The reported reason given by the network for the show’s cancelation: “[B]ecause the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it.” Hollywood!)

But the show maintained a cult following, and its production company, Paramount Television, just happened to have a movie studio as its corporate cousin. Six years after it went off the air, Paramount Pictures greenlit a feature film version with most of the original cast. Adjusting for inflation, it grossed $154 million. Because, see, the audience watched it, and they really appreciated it.

4. Columbo

 

Died: 1978
Revived: 1989

Peter Falk’s wily gumshoe was always an unusual figure in the TV landscape. Rather than a weekly series, NBC aired Columbo roughly once a month through the 1970s. After ratings dropped off, the show was canceled, but ABC successfully brought it back nine years later, first following the same monthly movie model, and then as semi-regular specials stretching from 1991 all the way to 2003.

5. Degrassi

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Degrassi: The Next Generation

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Died: 1992
Revived: 2001

The Degrassi saga is one of the more remarkable TV success stories, especially in its native Canada. The franchise started with an afterschool special in 1979, which became the show The Kids of Degrassi Street, which became Degrassi Junior High in 1987, then Degrassi High in 1989, and the TV movie School’s Out in 1992 — all of them tracking the same core group of kids.

When the franchise was revived in 2001 — it’s still airing today on MuchMusic and TeenNick — it mostly focused on a new batch of teenagers dealing with actual serious teenage issues, but a few of the kids from the earlier series returned in the early seasons — as adults.

6. Doctor Who

Died: 1989
Revived: 2005

Going by the technical definition laid out above, the wildly successful return of Doctor Who after 16 years off the air* isn’t really a revival, since none of the principal writers or actors returned to the show. But that’s the point of Doctor Who — the title character is a Time Lord who can adopt a new form at his choosing. More importantly, the new Who series all remain “in canon” with the old series, no better demonstrated than the time one of the old companions of an earlier Doctor popped up in the new series and Whovians everywhere had all the feels at once.

*Yes, there was a TV movie in 1996 that is also in canon, but it failed to keep Doctor Who going.

7. Family Guy

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Died: 2002
Revived: 2005

It’s a comeback story that’s become Hollywood legend: After an auspicious premiere after the 1999 Super Bowl, Family Guy withered on Fox’s schedule as it was bounced around to different time-slots, and it was ultimately axed.

That is, until the glory of astronomic DVD sales and syndication ratings on Cartoon Network convinced Fox to bring the show back. Now MacFarlane is one of the highest paid creative professionals in television, with a promising filmmaking career and the infamy of singing “boobs” repeatedly while hosting the Academy Awards. And to think he could’ve just been another has-been with a failed prime time animation series.

8. Futurama

 

Died: 2003
Revived: 2007, 2008, 2010

Yet more negligent scheduling from Fox led to an inevitable cancelation. But you could argue that Matt Groening’s sci-fi comedy follow-up to The Simpsons has been revived three times.

The first: When, off the strength of DVD sales and syndication ratings on Comedy Central, four new direct-to-DVD Futurama movies were released in 2007.

The second: When Comedy Central decided to split up those films and rebroadcast them as a fifth season.

The third: When Comedy Central ordered a full series of new episodes in 2010, and the ratings were strong to warrant a second season.

That’s an amazing series of revivals, but, alas, last month Comedy Central canceled Futurama — again. The final episode* will air this September.

*Who are we kidding, of course this show will return in some form.

9. The Game

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Died: 2009
Revived: 2011

This spin-off of Girlfriends sank in the ratings on The CW and was canceled after three seasons. When BET brought the show back 18 months later, it premiered to 7.7 million viewers — the highest rated premiere of an ad-supported show show in basic cable history. It’s currently in its sixth season.

10. Dallas

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Today’s Dallas

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Died: 1991
Revived: 2012

Few TV shows defined the 1980s more than Dallas, so it’s no shock that there have been many failed attempts to revive, remake, and reboot the series. (One possible movie version would’ve starred John Travolta as J.R. Ewing and Jennifer Lopez as Sue Ellen. The horror.)

When TNT finally did get a new Dallas on its feet, the network wisely brought back several of the actors from the original show, including Patrick Duffy as Bobby, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, and Larry Hagman as the irascible J.R. The first season was a hit, and although the second season showed a surprising ratings drop, and Hagman sadly passed away halfway through, TNT has renewed it for a third season.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/adambvary/10-tv-revivals-that-were-actually-successful

What Really Happened On K2’s Deadliest Day?

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PARK CITY, UTAH — August 1, 2008, was a beautiful day on K2, the 8,611-meter mountain on the border between China and Pakistan. Climbers from all over the world (including Serbia, Norway, Ireland, Korea, and the U.S.) had spent weeks camped on the mountain waiting for a weather window like the one that appeared that day for their chance to summit the world’s second highest peak.

By day’s end, 11 of those climbers were dead — and the ones who survived had widely divergent accounts of the events that transpired. The Summit, which premiered Friday at Sundance, grapples with the contradictory reports of what happened that day on K2.

“K2 is not a commercial peak. K2 is a mountain for professional mountaineers,” Pemba Gyalje Sherpa said in an interview with BuzzFeed Entertainment on Sunday. Pemba was the climbing partner to one of the mountaineers who lost his life, Gerard McDonnell, and the film relies heavily on both his recollection and photographs he took that day when attempting to reconstruct the events.

Pemba and McDonnell met while climbing Everest in 2003. But unlike Everest, K2 requires a degree of technical skill and experience that makes it accessible only to the most elite class of climber — and the climbers’ level of skill and degree of determination only increase as they make their way up the mountain.

There were 200 people at K2 base camp, but only 24 at Camp 4 (the last stop before the summit) on Aug. 1. When the weather cleared, almost every climber at Camp 4 was determined to summit.

Pemba, then 34, reached the peak with McDonnell, but made it back to camp safely. He would later venture back up the mountain to rescue Marco Confortola, an Italian mountaineer who descended with McDonnell. McDonnell himself was missing when Pemba found Confortola.

When news of the tragedy first began to emerge, director Nick Ryan said, “There were a lot of stories in the press about Wilco [van Rooijen] and Marco [Confortola] surviving,” but, he added, “Pemba’s contribution on the mountain had almost been written out.”

Headlines reduced the 11 deaths to “inexperienced climbers unprepared for expedition,” but according to the film, a fuller story began to materialize when McDonnell’s family flew to Pakistan to speak with the survivors in hopes of understanding what happened to him. (The film suggests he died attempting to rescue two members of the Korean team, whose bodies Pemba discovered tangled together in ropes — but many details are still missing. McDonnell’s body has never been recovered.)

According to Ryan, the biggest problem may have been the fact that there were too many capable climbers bent on making it to the top all at once. The night prior to the climb, “they are in this meeting and they say, if we’re all going to go together we’ve got to work as one team. We can’t work as individuals in this situation,” Ryan said. In a group, he added, “we are sharing responsibility, and when you share responsibility, you think someone else is covering your ass.”

Pemba agreed. “Two hundred persons in base, it’s OK, but above the base camp when we reach Camp 1, when reach Camp 2, when we gain altitude day-by-day, when we reach 8,000 meters…” Ryan finished Pemba’s sentence: “Everyone forgets everything.”

“Those guys are bringing the rope. Where’s the 200 meters the Italians had? Oh, I didn’t bring it; I thought you were bringing it.”

The film attributes the loss of several lives to logistical miscommunications like this. The morning of the expedition, for instance, the climbers’ start was delayed because, according to the film, the leader of the Korean team did not set the fixed rope lines as others believed he agreed to do at a meeting the day before. (Of the five Korean team members who made it to the top of K2 on Aug. 1, only one is still alive. According to Ryan, that man repeatedly refused requests for an interview.)

The hold-up meant a number of climbers were forced to descend the summit in complete darkness. The darker and colder it got, and the more time the climbers spent with little oxygen, the harder it was for those climbers to hang on, and several of them perished.

As much as everyone — the press, the family, the filmmakers — wants to make sense of the tragedy, not every life that was lost that day on K2 can be traced back to a single event. A number of the deaths defy logic; they can only be written off as tragic accidents, like when a member of the Serbian team, eager to get to the top, unclipped his ropes and attempted to pass Norwegian Cecilie Skog — and fell to his death. Or, later, when Skog’s husband, Rolf Bae, mere meters ahead of her, was hit and carried away by an icefall.

It is the random, unexpected turns of event like those that almost give The Summit the air of a horror film, said the film’s writer, Mark Monroe, whose past work includes documentaries The Cove and The Tilman Story. “I think of, like, 10 Little Indians: The mountain is just slowly, one at a time, taking people, and you can’t stop it.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/tessastuart/what-really-happened-on-k2s-deadliest-day

The 35 Best Lucille Bluth Quotes From “Arrested Development”

This Baby Boy Loves This Remote So Much, He Just Can’t Handle It, LOL.

When we first entered the world as babies, everything was new to us. We may not remember it, but we lost our little baby minds over everything. Peek-a-boo? Tearing paper? Puppies?! Babies are just awesome because of their reactions to the most common things.

It’s hard not to smile when they become mesmerized by things that really aren’t THAT cool. This little guy couldn’t even handle himself whenever he saw the most magical thing in existence: the remote control.

I have a feeling this little man is going to feel the exact same way about the remote whenever he’s 33 years-old. Be sure to send to your friends using the buttons below. They HAVE to see this!

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Here Are The 26 Most Cringeworthy Ways People Have Proposed. I Hope She Said No To #5.

Giving the love of your life a perfect marriage proposal is tricky business. Not only do you want your significant other to say yes, but you want the moment to be absolutely perfect and absolutely them. Every person who is about to propose has played the moment over and over in their heads after hours of planning… Except for these people. Instead of planning out their proposal in a thoughtful and special way, it seems that they just winged it. Saying yes to an awkward and cringeworthy like this is definitely a bad idea.

1.) What a delicious proposal.

2.) Don’t trust your friends to do it for you.

3.) This is a good way to cause a wreck, not begin a marriage.

4.) … okay, this is almost impressive.

5.) NO NO NO NO NO.

6.) I hope this is a joke.

7.) … sigh.

8.) This could have been SO GOOD.

9.) How does she say yes? Order popcorn chicken?

10.) It’s kind of worth it for her heart attack.

11.) I don’t think she’ll appreciate this less-than-flattering photo.

12.) His face will be SO red if she says no.

13.) I think I’d prefer a ring.

14.) Is there an emoji for “disappointed and depressed?”

15.) Yes, pizza, I WILL marry you.

16.) BRB, let me pee before I answer.

17.) Trashy is the new classy.

18.) You just failed so hard, Duke fan.

19.) Cut your hair and put on a shirt. Then, maybe.

20.) Rocks… they say what we’re too afraid to.

21.) I wonder how many women said no to this interesting offer.

22.) The effort is nice, but the execution is more than a little strange.

23.) I take that back. THIS is strange.

24.) Ohhhhh duuuddddeeee. No.

25.) Mild… just like your romance.

26.) This was almost perfect, until it wasn’t.

Hopefully these people found a way to have a “happily ever after” ending (even if their marriage began by sticking a ring into a chicken sandwich).

Read more: http://viralnova.com/awkward-proposals/

8 Moments From Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon” Trailer That Will Make You Spit Out Your Protein Shake

After nearly an entire lifetime spent in front of the camera, Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuted his writer/directer debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. One of the buzzier titles at the annual event, it received solid reviews and sold for an impressive $4 million to Relativity Media.

Finally, with the release of its first trailer, the public gets its first real look at the movie, which is a modern take on Don Juan, starring JGL as a Jersey guido with a GTL routine punctuated by a love of porno. Scarlett Johansson plays his love interest, while Tony Danza co-stars as his father.

Watch the trailer, and then join in on an OMG fest below.

1. JGL got jacked!

2. Seriously, Robin could be Batman

3. ScarJo, on the other hand, went full guidette. Just listen to her voice

4. And his haircut was obviously provided by The Situation

5. The Boss is back!

6. Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway’ cameo… with a fake movie

7. Now that’s style.

8. He’s definitely not streaming House of Cards

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“Fifty Shades Of Grey” Officially Casts Its Anastasia, Christian Grey

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Dakota Johnson is about to become very, very famous.

Universal announced today that the young actress will play shy college student Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of EL James’ fan fiction turned international best-selling erotic fiction series, Fifty Shades of Grey.

James then announced the Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey, the young billionaire and S&M enthusiast.

The movie, to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is produced by Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, who also produced The Social Network, which was one of Johnson’s first big screen credits. Career-wise, Johnson is probably best known for starring as the neurotic single mother in Fox’s short-lived sitcom Ben and Kate, which lasted only half a season in 2012. She also appeared in the 21 Jump Street movie reboot, as well as the series finale of The Office; she was Kevin’s replacement.

Johnson, who is a month shy of 24, should be well-equipped to handle the onslaught of attention that this new role should bring; she grew up near the spotlight, as the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Her first role came in 1999, in her mother’s Crazy in Alabama, though she didn’t act again until 2010’s The Social Network.

Hunnam, 32, broke out in a run on Queer as Folk, participating in sex scenes that surely left him well-prepared for the sort of freaky bondage that is Christian Grey’s hallmark. He then transitioned to comedy, as Jay Baruchel’s dreamy British roommate in the short-lived Apatow college sitcom Undeclared.

His run as the focal point of the motorcycle gang drama Sons of Anarchy has made him a marketable star, landing him the lead role of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim; the movie flailed in America but has proved a hit overseas. He’ll re-team with Del Toro for Crimson Peak, which is in pre-production.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/fifty-shades-of-grey-dakota-johnson

These Awesome Gifs Were Made Even More Hilarious By Using Photoshop.

Animated “.gifs” can be used in a variety of different ways. They can be used to show an emotion without using any words, they can make your friend laugh, and they can annoy the hell out of people. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but .gifs are moving images that are worth like…I don’t know, a billion?

What these people did to these .gifs with some clever Photoshop work is hilarious. And ridiculous.

1.) The Force is strong in this one.

2.) Ahhh, so that’s what it would look like in real life.

3.) Run Homer, run!

4.) I wish that happened every time I opened my mouth.

5.) Dude is PUMPED up.

6.) Talk about stabbing a person in the back!

7.) Level up!

8.) He’s lovin’ it!

9.) Get that burger!

10.) Aww, Batman. Chin up.

11.) Saved.

12.) Well, he DOES have a rocket for an arm.

Click ‘Next Page‘ to see the rest. I can’t stop laughing at the last one!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/animated-gifs/

This Girl Faked Getting Her Period. The Revenge Her Mom Got On Her Is Hilariously Brilliant.

This hysterical ad shows how some crafty parenting can be the best form of punishment. It follows as a mom makes her daughter oh so sorry she ever lied to her…and throws her an unforgettable party to prove it. But the daughter isn’t interested in any festivities. What kind of kid doesn’t love cake and games just for them?

That’ll keep her honest! And teach her some patience. Share with your friends and see what kind of horror parenting stories they put up with as teens.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/first-moon-party/