Thursday, May 30, 2013

TV News: Idol, Voice, Longmire, Sons of Anarchy, WH13, Nikita, & Doctor Who?

The title says it all, with chats about some RENEWALS, FINAL SEASONS, casting updates and a TV rating or two.  Plus some other noise, just in case you care!

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If you're a fan of The Voice, the June 10th and 17th episodes will be extra long.

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If you're a Neil Patrick Harris fan, he'll be hosting the Emmy's this year!

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If you think American Idol is getting drab and run down because it's nothing new, well, yes.  But the word on the street is that American Idol will be staffing those judging seats with very fresh blood.  Meaning, news is that Fox might be looking at an AI alumni panel of judges.

It could be interesting, and at least while the ratings continue to fade, Fox won't be paying premium dollar for the poor judges who have to sit through that crap.

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If you happened to like the cancelled show, Don't Trust the B---, and want more, well, you're in luck.

ABC has put the eight unaired episodes up online.  Hit up ABC's site to catch all the fun.

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There's news that The CW is still "developing" a Wonder Woman series, though, as they say, it's a tricky property to market.  I'm not sure where it's really going, but it's still a possibility.

In my mind, a remote possibility.

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Uh ho...  the fourth, upcoming season of The CW's Nikita, is being reported to be its swan song, or final season.

And it's going to be a very short swan song, with only six episodes ordered!

At least they're letting the show go out on its own rather than pulling it.

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Here's some great or so news:  John Cochran, the winner from Survivor Caramoan, is going to work for EW, as the recap writer for Big Brother.

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Saving the good for last:

Hey Longmire fans, the season premiere opened to a whopping 4.3 million viewers.

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CCH Pounder will be showing up on one of my favorite shows, Sons of Anarchy!

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The BBC renewed Doctor Who for an Eigtht season!

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Syfy's Warehouse 13 is getting a fifth season, but it will be its last.  Syfy calls the show its incredible signature series.  Yep, so "signature," that they have to cancel it!

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Word on the street is that Shakira, Usher and Cee Lo are returning to The Voice.  BUT...  Shakira and Usher are coming back in 2014, for the sixth season, if it's still around.

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Crazy Twitter Fees for Celebrities


I knew folks in the entertainment industry get paid a bunch for some silly things, like being under contract to wear specific jewelry when out in public, wearing the right sunglasses, watches, etc., etc..

One example was when Charlize Theron was sued in 2008 for wearing the wrong watch.  The Raymond Weil watch company sued her for $20 million for wearing a Christian Dior watch while out in public

Think about that.  If a company is suing for that much money, you seriously have to wonder what they were paying her to actually wear it!

As it was, during that debacle of watches, the public learned that she was also getting paid $200k to wear specific jewels, $50k later that year for another jewelery ensemble.  Or if she's not paid, she was given a $35k ring, $9k earrings or what not for wearing them.

Or that Paris Hilton was paid almost $4 million to wear a specific brand of hair extensions.  Serious!

It's REALLY good to be famous I'm guessing.

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So it was no surprise today to see estimates that Kim Kardashian is probably paid around $20k per tweet when she talks about a specific product.  Because, well, what else would you do besides fawn over what your favorite star wears?

According to the Huffington Post Frankie Muniz gets $250 a tweet.  Lisa Rinna, almost $1,000 per tweet.  The humble (bul*%$^t) Sean Lowe is whoring his sponsored tweets out for $6,500.

These are, per tweet!

Is that nuts or what?  (The answer is "Nuts!")


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TV Shows Renewed and Cancelled for 2013-2014

Over on the parental site of this one, I have a piece that tracked what shows have made it and not made it to the new, 2013-2014 TV season.

For some, many are upset with the decisions made, and others, well, it is what it is, because we're all victims of the marketing madness that advertisers have to dance to to keep their clients happy.

This is a sampling of shows that have been axed:

1600 Penn (no shock there)
Animal Practice
CSI: NY
Deception
Emily Owens M.D.
Last Resort
Smash
Touch

And some TV shows that were renewed:

2 Broke Girls
Arrow
Beauty & the Beast
Castle
Elementary
Grimm
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS
Parenthood
Supernatural
The Following
The Vampire Dairies
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The entire list is over at Renewed and Cancelled TV series for the 2013-2014 TV season.

-(Psst, if you like the content from both sites, follow the Brusimm Facebook page.  I do most of my interactive work there, including daily TV listings of new episodes.  (Don't forget that once you "like," also click "Get Notifications" or the updates will fade from your feed.))

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The Bachelorette with Desiree - Nothing New, with The Usual "Surprises!"

Well, we watched the latest newest season premiere of ABC's The Bachelorette, starring Desiree as their new girl in waiting.  This, like many other seasons before it, has the usual assortment of noise.

We have the rags to ABC-provided riches story for the girl, Desiree.  Which they remind viewers of every chance they get.

We have (well, had) twenty-five guys who seem like they shouldn't need an ego-driven live studio filming experience to get a girl.

And we have some of the usual nut cases.

I can't believe a few of the guys Desiree gave roses to. 

OK, here's a bonkers guy, who gets very little face time chatting with her, shows up shirtless for the night, throws himself into the pool just to be cool or different and she gives him a rose???

At least she dissed the creep who seemed way too focused on going straight to the fantasy suite with him.  Man, he needs to sign up for that Ashely Madison site and get that out of his system!

That's when I start pondering just how un-scripted this show is.  I mean, supposedly they psych screen rather heavily and do background checks, and somehow, mysteriously, these cheaters and nut balls still get on the show.

I'm just saying.

Of course the previews for the upcoming season show what APPEAR to be fisticuffs action, and the standard with every season, where someone has a girlfriend.

But this is a special kind of usual drama.

SPOILERS:

In this case, in the third episode of the season the ex-girlfriend shows up. Or is the ex, now.

She's a single mom by the name of Stephanie Larimore.  And if you are a Playboy Magazine "historian," or expert, yes, she was Playmate of the month from June 2006.  Apparently she's also dated a previous Bachelorette game-show contestant, Craig Robinson.

Is there some "line" these headline hunting women get into to be in these folks lives?  Just saying.

Any how, you'll see how it plays out in the ep, as "shocking" as it might be.  Or not.

And yes, Desiree looks pretty spiffy-hot in the ABC provided wardrobe.  As a guy reviewing / watching the show, I did notice that.

[Reality Steve]

James Bond 24 Movie Director WARNING [Updated with News]

(UPDATE:  Of course the moment I posted this, news popped up that Sam Mendes IS going to direct the next Bond movie! HA!  Oh what precious timing I have. Well, Maybe I should retitle this piece: Be Leary of Tricky Movie Marketing! )

If you like your James Bond movies, and love the marketing that teases you about what's coming up, I thought I should warn you that the directors that were behind two of the biggest marketing shams of recent entertainment history, are being considered for directing Bond 24!

First up, the word on the street is that Sam Mendes is likely to return to direct the 24th Bond film.

If if studio economics pan out, like they usually do, and they don't want to give Mendes a pay raise, word on the street, per MTV, is that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), and Shane Black (Iron Man 3) are being considered as directorial helmers.

Other names on the list include Ang Lee, Tom Hooper and David Yates.

But these names being thrown out this early in the pre-production phase of Bond 24, in my guesstimate/opinion, are must negotiation tricks to help motivate Mendes to keep his salary increase request to a minimum.

But hey, we all need pay raises, right?  Look at how Iron Man's 1 and 2 director, Jon Favreau, "stepped away" from the franchise.  Or more than likely, asked for more than Marvel was willing to pay a director for their latest billion dollar money maker, Iron Man 3.

But if Refn and Black are in contention, and either one of them snags the job, then I'd take ALL marketing for the movie with a huge grain of salt.  Or an entire salt shaker.

If you recall, Refn directed Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.  All the marketing had you believing it was a new "Fast and Furious" kind of movie, with all the car chase scenes they advertised.

What upset folks who aren't dramatic movie fans, is that almost all the car scenes were in the movie trailers.  That didn't go over well with a lot of the movie-goers.

Drive was produced by Bold Films and distributed by FilmDistrict.  (You'll see why I note that in a moment.)

Of course, if you follow my other website, Brusimm, you know that even though I enjoyed the story if Iron Man 3, the long-time comic franchise fan in me was pretty ticked off because of the treatment they gave to the Mandarin. 

And the marketing had us all sucked up into the idea of the Mandarin.

Shane Black directed, Marvel Studios produced and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributed.

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In this piece, I seem to be blaming the director for the mis-representation of the film marketing in these cases.  I do that because once a helmer is hired, they tend to be the production focal point for a movie.  So my presumption is that the director chooses or has a strong say in the marketing.

But of course, to be fair, and looking at the other side of the coin, that may not really be the case.

FilmDistrict distributed Drive and Disney distributed Iron Man 3.  And as a site fan pointed out, it may not have been the director who sets the tone for the marketing.  And one has to admit, the marketing for IM3 was extremely different, so in all fairness to the director, I'm probably going to have to relinquish my eagle-eyed glare from the directors and look at the distributors.

So, there's that.  But with the face of the director representing the film, my first angry finger wag always points at them.

[mtv],[Update from Movies in Focus]

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Movies in Theaters this Friday May 31, 2013 (After Earth, Now You See Me...)


New movies coming out on Friday, 5-31-13:

 • After Earth

A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

Directed & written by M. Night Shyamalan, rated PG-13, 100-minute runtime.

IMDb OBSERVATION:  The movie opened in Canada and IMDb users have started chiming in with their user scores for the movie.

It's at 6.5/10.  That's actually not horrible.  M. Night's previous films have seen IMDb scores such as Devil (6.3), The Last Airbender (4.5), The Happening (5.1), Lady in the Water (5.6), The Village (6.5), Signs (6.7), Unbreakable (7.2), Stuart Little (5.8), The Sixth Sense (8.2).

He gained notoriety with Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable.  And Signs is one of my all-time favorites.  After that, his movies somewhat declined in the eyes of the fan.

Could After Earth actually get his track record back on track?  I can't imagine Will Smith would sign up for something totally mediocre, but we'll see.

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 • Now You See Me

The world's greatest illusionists - "The Four Horsemen" - pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances. The super-team of illusionists shower the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of an elite FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse.

Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk, The Transporter film franchise), it's rated PG-13.

It's a rich cast of actors...

Dave Franco,
Isla Fisher,
Jesse Eisenberg,
Mark Ruffalo,
Mélanie Laurent,
Michael Caine,
Morgan Freeman,
Woody Harrelson

This is a great cast, with Eisenberg playing the put-out, and superior minded player.  He's pretty good at that.

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 • The East
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations

Directed and written by Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice), it's rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 116 minutes.

The cast includes...

Brit Marling,
Alexander Skarsgård,
Ellen Page,
Patricia Clarkson

It's opened in several film festivals and it has an IMDb user ratings score of 7.4.

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Is There A Season Two For Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition?

A reader sent me a question, asking if Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is coming back for a second season?  So I started scouring the web. 

This was a tough one to track down, and though there was very little on the issue that I can find, what I did find was...

That it's still listed on the Lifetime's list of shows, (if that's a clue, or the web page was not cleaned up from the previous season yet.)

(I did find that the web page says that new episodes of Dance Moms starts up on June 4th.)

I found a casting call for young dancers for season two.

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Despite the lack of news on a renewal, if I do the math about the casting call, and when season one aired, I'm thinking if it is returning, it may return during the same time of year that the first season, then fans will see it air around October.

If I find out any more news, you'll see it here.


Upcoming Summer and 2013 Movies!

Curious about what new movies are coming out this summer, or what movies will be or are opening on Thanksgiving or Christmas day?

So am I?  So I took a look over on IMDb and made a quick list of the more popular new movies coming to theaters this summer, through to the end of the year.

-Bruce

Upcoming movie release dates (All dates subject to change)
(Note: Image galleries are hosted on parent website's FB page, so don't freak out if you see what looks like an incorrect redirect!)

Friday, May 31
 •      After Earth
(Nothing says studio love, like finding it hard to locate the director's name attached to a movie.  Then again, can you blame them.   M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed, and his track record isn't quite glowing.  Hopefully this film will help that.)
 •      Now You See Me
 •      The Kings of Summer
 •      The East

Fri 7 June
 •      The Purge
 •      The Internship
 •      Syrup (limited)
 •      Much Ado About Nothing

Fri 14 June
 •      Man of Steel  (Man of Steel image gallery)
 •      The Bling Ring
 •      Stuck in Love
 •      Berberian Sound Studio
 •      A Hijacking (limited)

Fri 21 June
 •      World War Z
(I'm not sure I can handle Olympic-fast running zombies!  Gulp!)
 •      Monsters University
 •      Maniac (limited)
 •      Unfinished Song
 •      As Cool as I Am (limited)

Fri 28 June
 •      White House Down
 •      Byzantium
 •      Redemption
 •      The Heat
 •      I'm So Excited

Wed 3 July
 •      The Lone Ranger
 •      Despicable Me 2
 •      Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
 •      Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (New York City, New York)
 •      Mickey & Laura
        
Thu 4 July
 •      59 Middle Lane (limited)
 •      Mina Martin (New York City, New York)
        
Fri 5 July
 •      12 Angry Men (New York Film Forum) (re-release)
 •      The Way, Way Back (limited)
 •      Hammer of the Gods
 •      Just Like a Woman (New York City, New York)

Fri 12 July
 •      Pacific Rim (Pacific Rim FB Photo Gallery)
 •      Grown Ups 2
 •      The Hunt (limited)
 •      Fruitvale Station (limited)
 •      V/H/S/2

Fri 19 July
 •      Only God Forgives
 •      R.I.P.D.
 •      Red 2
(The first Red was pretty fun.)
 •      The Conjuring
 •      Girl Most Likely

Fri 26 July
 •      The Wolverine
 •      The To Do List
 •      Blue Jasmine
 •      Wasteland
 •      A Journey to Planet Sanity

Fri 2 August
 •      2 Guns
 •      Europa Report
 •      The Spectacular Now (limited)
 •      Our Children

Fri 9 August
 •      We're the Millers
 •      Elysium
 •      Planes
 •      Metallica Through the Never
 •      Prince Avalanche

Fri 16 August
 •      Kick-Ass 2
 •      The Butler
 •      Ain't Them Bodies Saints
 •      Paranoia
 •      Austenland (Los Angeles, California)

Wed 21 August
 •      The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Fri 23 August
 •      The World's End
 •      The Grandmaster
 •      You're Next
 •      Drinking Buddies (limited)
 •      Thérèse Desqueyroux (limited)

Fri 30 August
 •      One Direction: This Is Us
 •      Getaway
 •      Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (World Premiere)
 •      Injun

Fri 6 September
 •      Riddick  
(Huge Riddick fan here!  Looking forward to it!  Riddick FB Image gallery)
 •      Salinger (limited)
 •      InSpectres (limited)
 •      Snake and Mongoose

Fri 13 September
 •      Machete Kills
 •      Escape Plan
 •      Insidious: Chapter 2
 •      Battle of the Year
 •      And While We Were Here (limited)

Fri 20 September
 •      Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (3-D version)
 •      Rush
 •      Prisoners
 •      Malavita
 •      Thanks for Sharing

Fri 27 September
 •      Serena
 •      Metallica Through the Never (IMAX-3D version)
 •      Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
 •      Runner, Runner
 •      Baggage Claim

Fri 4 October
 •      Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (3-D version)
 •      Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
 •      Gravity
 •      Out of the Furnace
 •      Grace Unplugged

Fri 11 October
 •      Great Expectations
 •      Captain Phillips
 •      The Fifth Estate
 •      Horns
 •      Haunt

Fri 18 October
 •      Don Jon
 •      Carrie
 •      The Seventh Son
 •      I'm in Love with a Church Girl
 •      The Mangled

Fri 25 October
 •      All Is Lost
 •      Oldboy
 •      Paranormal Activity 5
 •      Jersey Shore Massacre (limited)

Fri 1 November
 •      About Time (limited)
 •      Ender's Game •      Last Vegas
 •      Free Birds
 •      Immigrant (Los Angeles, California)

Fri 8 November
 •      Thor: The Dark World •      About Time
 •      August: Osage County
 •      Plum
 •      Fork

Fri 15 November
 •      The Wolf of Wall Street
 •      The Counselor
 •      The Best Man Holiday
 •      Patriot Act
 •      A City of Shoulders and Noses

2013 Thanksgiving Holiday Movie Releases:
And again we ask, WHERE ARE THE FAMILY FILMS for the holidays?

Fri 22 November
 •      The Hunger Games: Catching Fire •      Delivery Man
 •      Nebraska
 •      Prey
 •      Area 407: Part Two

Wed 27 November
 •      Frozen
 •      Black Nativity
 •      Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're the One
 •      A Christmas Tree Miracle (Release date delayed)
 •      The Hidden Side of the Things (Los Angeles, California)
        
Thu 28 November
 •      All Around the World: Jermaine Jones
 •      Hanukkah (Los Angeles, California)
 •      Fick-le
 •      Carl Jackson's Strong Black Woman
        
Fri 29 November
 •      Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (limited)
 •      Book of Fire

Fri 6 December
 •      Inside Llewyn Davis
 •      The Rising Light (internet)

2013 Christmas Holiday Movie Releases:
It seems studios are abandoning the families and going for pure fantasy/action material.

Fri 13 December
 •      The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
 •      American Hustle (limited)
 •      Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
 •      Teachers' Day (Los Angeles, California)
 •      Ironicity (Los Angeles, California)

Fri 20 December
 •      Anchorman: The Legend Continues
 •      Inside Llewyn Davis
 •      Saving Mr. Banks
 •      Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

Wed 25 December
 •      American Hustle
 •      Jack Ryan
 •      47 Ronin
 •      The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
 •      Labor Day (limited)
        
Fri 27 December
 •      Twelve Years a Slave (limited)
 •      Grace of Monaco (limited)
 •      The Insomniac
 •      New Blood Rising
 •      Straight Signals

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