Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Movies Opening This Week on August 2, '2 Guns' and...

New movies Aug 2 - 2 Guns, Smurfs, Europa Report
This week Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg leads the pack of talent that also include Neil Patrick Harris and Shailene Woodley.  Check out the new movies opening in theaters this Friday, August 2nd, 2013:

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2 Guns movie poster

2 Guns


Rated R
109 min

A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (101 Reykjavík / Contraband / A Little Trip to Heaven)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

This flick looks like just plain, old popcorn fun!

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The Smurfs 2 movie poster

The Smurfs 2


Rated PG
105 min

The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry

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Europa Report - [Limited]


Rated PG-13
90 min

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero
Stars: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley

An interesting note is that this movie as a 6.4 user rating on IMDb.

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The Spectacular Now movie poster

The Spectacular Now - [Limited]


Rated R
95 min

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler

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'Big Brother' Wed (7-31-13) Update - VETO Won, and Used...

It's another "exciting" episode of Big Brother from CBS.  Aaryn had nominated Spencer and Howard.

Oh how times have turned, as we watched Helen hug Aaryn for her nomination choices.

Jessie breaks down, sad to see Howard on the block because he's changed her life.  (Eh?  She doesn't say how, just that he did.)

McCrae lies to Spencer in hopes of generating some trust.  (Gotta love Big Brother)

Howard pulls the house together to say that if it's said he's ever said anything bad about anyone, that it wasn't true.  Yet the house full of idiocy did not understand what message he was trying to send.  DUH!

Big Brother MVP Mystery...

No one knows who, Elissa thinks Andy is it.

And the "MVP" elected Amanda as the third eviction nominee.  And this convinces Amanda that Howard is the MVP.

I love it that the house mice don't know America is the MVP.

Time for the Veto competition.  Players will be Howard, Spencer, Amanda, Candice, and Jesse.

Yep, the house wants Howard out.  They can't understand him.  He's so straight forward, they think he's being sneaky.  LOL.

The Veto Competition is funky, called Back in Time.  They get "transported" to the stone age, and has to build a puzzle.

Spencer won the VETO.  Now Aaryn is worried but her new group, those who used to hate her, suggest Candice.

Spencer takes himself off the block, Aaryn says, "This will be no surprise, Candice, saddle up."

And that's another night in the social experiment of trapped house mice, called Big Brother.

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Will The 'Justice League' Be Showing Up in CW's 'Arrow'

We previously reported on Cinema Static the news that Barry Allen, aka, The Flash, will be showing up on CW's Arrow.  The appearance will act as a kick off for a new Flash series on the CW.

Sweet.

Other bits is that Barry Allen will be showing up on and off on Arrow throughout the upcoming season.

Justice League movie news?


But then there was a different fascinating news bit that was dropped at today's TCA from the CW.

Arrow producers dropped the huge tease that it's possible that other members of the Justice League might make appearances on the show.  Those league members, in case you don't know, are Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, The Flash and Aquaman.

But they also made the point that Arrow is grounded more in reality than Smallville was.

I'm not sure what that might mean, but it seems to hint at the idea that rather than razzle dazzle super heroes, we could possibly be meeting their alter egos instead.

And yes, there's word of a Flash movie in the works.

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I have to wonder if WB and DC are looking at Arrow or The CW as a venue to start building awareness for a Justice League movie?  They have the uphill battle of trying to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without looking like they're copying Marvel or being forced to try and create the Justice League movie in a different and non-optimal process.

Using a television platform to start building awareness for a movie is an inexpensive proposition, versus making movies and hoping they break even or make money.

TV is cheaper and has a broader audience that can be reached more readily.

This could be WB's way of getting the DC super-powered team in the formative stages of leading into movies.  At least it seems that this could be one avenue open to WB.  They've had a rough go at it with any potential script.  This could be an interesting alternative.

We'll see.

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Who Builds Ultron in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron?'

We previously chatted about how Hank Pym will not be the creator of Ultron, who becomes the bad guy in The Avengers sequel, titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

According to multiple sites quoting a casting call, it's been reported that the synopsis included in the casting call indicates that,


Tony Stark/Iron Man may be the one who ends up building Ultron.  Unwillingly.

Now how that evolves will be a fascinating development.  At first I was thinking about how the AI Jocasta took over Stark's armor in the comic franchise, but then that would be a bit backwards since Ultron was the one to first create her, and then, subsequently, infected the Iron Man armor.


Mayhaps they will twist the history up a bit, which they've done previously to various characters, successfully, to accommodate this development.  It makes since if Stark ends up being the creator.  He's the next in line behind or next to Hank Pym who might have the ability to create an robot, Ultron.  Even if it was accidental, as it seems it might be in The Avengers sequel.

Also in the sequel, we'll be introduced to Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and The Falcon!  (Which we'll see The Falcon first in the Capt. America sequel.)  Also we'll get a eyeful more of Hawkeye and Black Widow.

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The cast includes

Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

'The Flash' is Coming To The CW, via 'Arrow'

DC, WB and the CW are working together again to bring Flash to the small screen... that being the speedy guy in red, the Flash.

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The CW, WB and DC have had a great relationship of late... after the 10-year run with Smallville, and all the characters from the DC world they introduced there, it seemed to be a launching point for DC into the world of TV.

After Smallville ended, Tom Welling went on his merry and private way, executive producting a cheerleading series that didn't last too many seasons.  Then the CW tried a few other shows in the process, including the Wonder Woman series that never got off the starting blocks.

Then Arrow came along, the writing was taken seriously, and we found ourselves with a new hero and a new show to follow.

Now the CW is going to have another DC hero in their programming ranks, with the Flash.

Flash TV Series from the CW, spinoff from Arrow episode


It looks like they'll be using an episode of Arrow to introduce the Flash, then he'll get his own series. (Much like how comics have cross-overs to get you to new titles.)  In fact, it would seem the two shows will have cross-over eps, from time to time where Barry Allen (the Flash) will show up.  Which means Flash will exist in this more realistic world setting that Arrow is set in.

Rumors say that there's still a Flash movie on the horizon that might see the light of day in 2016. But no one is stepping up and committing to that line.

The new show will be written by the same team that pumps out Arrow screenplays. 

And/But...

And this is a great opportunity for the WB to grow some, and get their Justice League movie rolling, all the while building an audience in the much cheaper TV production realm.  It's almost a win/win situation if things pan out, like say, moving the same actors and their characters to the big screen.

This would make them stand out as unique, versus their struggles with looking like Marvel.

But...

When Smallville was in power, Clark had meteor-powered adversaries.  This kept it as grounded as they could while still tossing true challenges at Clark.  Without the proper challenge, you don't worry for our hero.

With Arrow, he's human and anything he does comes from pure talent and muscle.  He can be harmed, he can be beaten, and can be shot.  We have something to always worry about.

But what vulnerability will the Flash have?  What will make us worry about his well-being?  Or will Flash be given the Smallville treatment, with just enough power to do good, but not enough power to be invulnerable to most attacks?  Will he actually have a suit, or will there be legal issues with showing the suit, like Smallville was hampered with?  So does this mean he'll run around in his regular clothes... like clark?

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Coming from the same creative team behind Arrow, I suspect the show will have a fighting chance.  But I shudder because I remember that Flash series from the 90's and... I shudder.

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Do 3D, IMAX and Expensive Overseas Ticket Prices Help set False Box Office Records?

3D, IMAX and Overseas Ticket prices help soaring Box Office Records.  But what's the most popular movie ever?  Did it break monetary records, or just sell the most seats in a theater?

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If you've ever wondered how it is some movies do so much better overseas than they do domestically, in word, maybe they don't. 

I used to think the overseas movie fan was flocking to the theater to see some of these movies.  But it turns out that overseas ticket prices are pretty costly!!!

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Some time ago I did a quickie list of movie ticket prices in other countries and found out that it cost from $8 to $21 for a movie ticket in other lands around the world.

  • Seoul: $8;
  • Tel Aviv: $10;
  • Moscow, Rio de Janeiro: $14;
  • Paris, France: $15;
  • Helsinki, Sweden, Denmark: $16;
  • Norway: $17;
  • Australia:  $18;
  • Switzerland: $19;
  • Japan: $21
I wanted to see if anything has changed, and thought I'd see about updating the chart.

I could not find anything recent on these numbers so what I did was hit up Google Maps, crank up a country, zoom/focus in on its capital or some major city that a monster destroyed in some sci-fi movie, then searched for movie theaters.  After that, I pulled up that theater's website and checked out the prices for tickets.
What I found was just how much more Japanese and Swiss folks pay for movie tickets!
Japan:   General tickets went for 1,800 yen.  With the present currency exchange rate, that came out to $18.07 per ticket.  (http://www.mitsuba-inc.co.jp/scp/fee.html)
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Switzerland:  A ticket cost CHF 18. (Swiss Frank)  The present exchange rate made their movie tickets cost $19.26 US Dollars.  (http://www.riffraff.ch/service/e-shop.html)
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Australia: Wolverine 2D in the Century City theater cost (converted to USD), $17.56.
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Norway: RIPD 2D, 1 adult ticket (They assign you seats) = kr100.00.  A ticket in US dollars would cost $15.41. (http://www.oslokino.no/)
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RIPD, or Ghost Patrol

Russia: The good movie deals are in Russia or I picked a bad example theater.  The 3D version of RIPD, called Ghost Patrol there, cost 230 rubles  or $7.11 US Dollars. (http://arbat-moskino.ru/)
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What I found interesting was that the most expensive market in the world, Japan, usually seems to get movies a lot later than the rest of the world.  I remember when The Avengers opened up for wide theatrical release on April 28th, but in Japan, it didn't open until August 14th.


Pacific Rim opened in the US on July 12th, but it doesn't open until August 9th in Japan and Spain, while Greece has to wait until Sept. 12th.

Must curious.

The most recent hit, The Wolverine, had a $138M worldwide box office take on its first weekend, starting July 26th.  And it won't open in Japan until Sept. 13th. 

Those poor folks really are kept on a string.  No wonder there are so many movie pirates out there!

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Basically, for select markets, 10 overseas movie goers are worth 20 US domestic tickets.  That means despite what I used to think, it's almost a little underwhelming. 

Where as I thought they flocked to the theaters overseas, it's really about the same or fewer ticket buying fans, while the financial numbers take off for the studios.

And this approach at looking at prices, pretty much doesn't touch on how the average ticket prices are soaring because of large or 3D format movies that are creating huge numbers to create even more box office records.

I once got into a "debate" about box office records with a peer.

The premise was it doesn't matter what it cost the movie consumer, if they want to go see it bad enough, that counts for more than how many people have gone to see a movie.

My argument was that if 1000 people went and saw a movie that cost $4 many years ago, and now only 500 people go to see a movie that cost $10, you've set the box office record, so to speak, but fewer people saw this new movie.  My contention was the popularity of how many people went to see a movie outweighs the monetary sale pitch.

But being able to have news and media outlets say that the newest movie broke all box office records is incredible word of mouth and it spawns consumers' interest in the movie.  Combined with word-of-mouth, more folks are inclined to pile into a movie theater to catch this headline making movie.
It's truly a simple and great marketing tactic.  Period.

Case in point...

Box Office Mojo has this great movie ticket price calculator that estimates average movie ticket prices.

They also have a great chart that breaks down box office hits, and estimate how many people saw a movie, versus how much a movie made.
For instance, in the following chart, you can see the all-time domestic box office successes.  But in the second column, is where the movie ranks, as far as estimated tickets sold.  (Look at how hard and far Iron Man 3 falls.  I'm not surprised.  Who needed to go see it when Disney marketed the crap out of, played a shell game with a character, and showed all the good stuff in previews???)
Row Rank Title  Est. Tickets Unadjusted Gross Year^
1 14 Avatar 97,255,300 $760,507,625 2009^
2 5 Titanic 135,474,500 $658,672,302 1997^
3 27 Marvel's The Avengers 76,768,200 $623,357,910 2012
4 29 The Dark Knight 74,455,400 $534,858,444 2008^
5 17 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 90,312,100 $474,544,677 1999^
6 2 Star Wars 178,119,600 $460,998,007 1977^
7 63 The Dark Knight Rises 57,601,400 $448,139,099 2012
8 32 Shrek 2 71,050,900 $441,226,247 2004
9 4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 141,854,300 $435,110,554 1982^
10 46 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 64,628,400 $423,315,812 2006
11 18 The Lion King 89,146,400 $422,783,777 1994^
12 90 Toy Story 3 52,201,900 $415,004,880 2010
13 93 The Hunger Games 50,838,300 $408,010,692 2012
14 102 Iron Man 3 48,610,800 $407,358,766 2013
15 36 Spider-Man 69,484,700 $403,706,375 2002

If you're curious, check out the all-time, most estimated seats sold top-5:

Rank Title (click to view) Est. Tickets Unadjusted Gross Year^
1 Gone with the Wind 202,044,600 $198,676,459 1939^
2 Star Wars 178,119,600 $460,998,007 1977^
3 The Sound of Music 142,415,400 $158,671,368 1965
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 141,854,300 $435,110,554 1982^
5 Titanic 135,474,500 $658,672,302 1997^

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I'm not trying to start a revolution. All I'm suggesting or pointing out is that as box office prices go up with 3D and large format movie ticket prices costing 130% more than than a standard ticket, we will be seeing more records broken, while fewer people go see the movies.

(Did you know:  3D Ticket prices are 50% more and IMAX tickets prices are roughly 130% more than a 2D screening.  And if you add the trick where 16 out of 24 screenings in a day of a movie are 3D and/or IMAX, well, you do the math.)
What the movie consumer thinks is a boon for what looks like a great movie that everyone loves, is really just a numbers game.

With that said, if you can muster it, go see Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim in 3D!  Sure, 3D is a stupid gimmick that is not necessary for most dramatic movies, but for visual eye-fests, it's fun.  And I want to see a Pacific Rim sequel!!!  Hehe.

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Tickets sold source:  boxofficemojo

Domestic Box Office: boxofficemojo

Here's some interesting numbers from BOM:

estimated
2013 average ticket price of $8.16.
2012 average ticket price of $7.96.
2011 average ticket price of $7.93.
2010 average ticket price of $7.89.
2009 average ticket price of $7.50.
2008 average ticket price of $7.18.
2007 average ticket price of $6.88.
2006 average ticket price of $6.55.
2005 average ticket price of $6.41.
2004 average ticket price of $6.21.

They say

"Inflation-adjustment is mostly done by multiplying estimated admissions by the latest average ticket price. Where admissions are unavailable, adjustment is based on the average ticket price for when each movie was released (taking in to account re-releases where applicable)."

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Toys Are Dropping Movie Spoilers Again ('Captain America' and 'RoboCop')

As is always the case, as studios and rights holders start distributing their wares in relation to movies, toy makers start pitching their wares to potential customers and such.

It was pretty crazy when toys were being made for The Avengers, and everyone was desperately trying to guess the identity of the invading aliens.  I'm sure someone got it right off a wild hunch/guess.  And it happens with every single Transformers movies.

But now, it's taking place (potentially) with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Robocop remake.

First up, the less obtrusive spoiler,

SOME MAY CONSIDER THIS SPOILER MATERIAL

The Robocop remake.


TMT is reporting that marketing images for toys for the remake are demonstrating different models of the Robocop suit.

I will not post the images... I'll provide links to the articles and sources if you're interested.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie news?  Toys.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoilers (?):


With the upcoming Captain America sequel, even more MIGHT have been spoiled by Hasbro.

Over on The Cultured Nerd, they were reporting on images of new toys related to the Cap movie. 

At a preview show, Hasbro showed some images, "Hasbro showed a Marvel Now “comic” Captain America, a “comic” Baron Zemo, then the next slide appeared with both a “movie” Red Skull and A.I.M. Soldier."

Yep, Red Skull.  And sure, many suspect with the intro of A.I.M. in IM3, we'll be seeing more of them in upcoming movies.

But they suggest (about the Red Skull image), from the coat the toy is wearing, is that he might be impersonating Col. Nick Fury.

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Now these are all baseless conjectures at this point.  And toys tend to release weird variations of characters that don't actually exist in the movie platforms.

Iron Man is a huge example, where after the first Iron Man movie, we had all kinds of Iron Man figures with rocket launchers, motorcycles and such.  All fantasy variations of the character.

This could very well be the same thing.

Sure, it seems that the Red Skull might have perished in the first Captain America movie... but that's something we all assumed.  We also say Loki fall away to his doom in the first Thor movie.  Why can't Red Skull have survived some sort of twisted teleportation that the cube did or sent him to?

The other rumors are that this could be Robert Redford's secret role... meh... we really have nothing to substantiate any of this.  It's all the fun and games of guessing what's coming up in the new movies.

Captain America and The Falcon


As it is, we'll be seeing The Black Widow in it, in addition, one of my favorite characters, The Falcon.

This should be fun, regardless of what the toys suggest or don't.

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Robocop is due out in Feb of 2014 and stars The Killing's Joel Kinnaman, along with Samual Jackson and Gary Oldman.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in theaters on April 4th 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders (yes, as SHIELD Agent Hill), and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

What Is It About Katee Sackhoff and Fracking? (Longmire)

Promotional still of Katee Sackhoff in 'Longmire'
Back in the day, in Syfy's reboot of Battlestar Galactica (ran 2004 to 2009), Katee Sackhoff played Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace.  In Syfy's dark take on the classic Glen Larson sci-fi series, they used the work Fracking (I believe spelled frakking in the series) in place of most people's favorite f-word.  This way, they could throw it around freely, since it didn't violate any TV rules on profanity.

It was a great TV series that captured all of our imaginations, until the last episode or two, when a few really bad story leaps closed out the series and pissed off the viewership.  (And Ronald D. Moore never really justified the weak ending.  It was so weak that it drove me away from buying the entire series on Blu-ray just because of how the series ended.)

But back on track, chatting about Katee Sackhoff...

After BSG, she had a recurring role on 24 and then she landed a three-episode guest gig on CSI in 2010,2011 (Episodes titled "All That Cremains," "Fracked," and "Cold Blooded") as Det. Frankie Reed.  I loved her character, but nothing else came of that role.

But in CSI, the case she was working on also involved oil fracking.  Back then, I got a kick out of that.

She later had a voice role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and then landed a great role in the A and E series, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor.  It's a great show and she plays Deputy Sheriff Victoria 'Vic' Moretti.

In tonight's episode of Longmire, titled "Tuscan Red," she and Sheriff Longmire are on a case looking into questionable fracking by an oil company.  Amongst other things.

Fracking...  there she goes again!

Ya gotta love it.

In her upcoming movies, Riddick or Oculus, I wonder if there will be any fracking there?

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Riddick comes out in theaters on September 6th, and Oculus has no release date yet, but she stars alongside Dr. Who's Karen Gillan.

Oh, by the way: Fracking is a drilling process of fracturing rock by a pressurized liquid.

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A One-Minute Horror Short... Check it out

With little to no intro, I thought I'd share this "One minute horror flick."

Sure, it's only one minute... and you have to wonder how can a story be built up.  How can the tension be dialed up slowly but surely, to the point of a successful "jump start," and not disappoint?

Well, check out this "Vimeo Staff Pick" and see what you think.

I think this little flick pulled it off just enough to catch my attention...



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Movie DVD/BD Releases This Week: Justice League, G.I. Joe...

Movie DVD Releases this week: Justice League, GI Joe, The Fog
This week, the new releases this week on DVD and Blu-ray coming out on Tuesday, July 31st, include the talents of Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, and Adrieene Barbeau.
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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox on BD



Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Starring the voice talent of Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Cary Elwes
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis
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The Fog  (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

The Fog
(Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

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Other Movie Titles New on DVD/BD

Angel and the Badman [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey and Bruce Cabot (1947)

Assault on Wall Street Starring Dominic Purcell, Eric Roberts and Edward Furlong

Black Rock (2011)

Bullfighter and the Lady [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland and Katy Jurado (1951)

Bus Stop [Blu-ray] (1956)

Cloudburst Starring Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker and Ryan Doucette

Filly Brown Starring Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos

God's Little Acre [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise and Buddy Hackett (1958)

Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Aaron Poole

Love Me Tender [Blu-ray] (1956)

Meet the Small Potatoes Starring Malcolm McDowell, Jasper Newell, Pablo Cano Carciofa

Niagara 60th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

Peggy Sue Got Married [Blu-ray] Starring Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen and Helen Hunt (1986)

That Touch of Mink Starring Cary Grant, Doris Day, Audrey Meadows and Gig Young (1962)

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Starring Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger, Ralph Bellamy, et al. (1955)

The Demented Starring Kayla Ewell, Richard Kohnke, Ashlee Brian

The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi (2001)

The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray] Starring Alex Rebar and Burr DeBenning (1977)

Under the Bed Starring Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holde

Veggietales: Maclarry & Stinky Cheese Battle


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'Under the Dome' Renewed For a Second Season

Under the Dome renewed
When Under the Dome premiered, I was presuming a single season that encapsulated the entirety of the Stephen King book it was adapted from. 

But now, with the news that CBS has renewed the series for a second season, now I have to wonder just how far this can be drawn out?  Is the book still encapsulated just in the first season, or was this the plan all along, using a piece of the story for the first season?

I guess it could make sense, to parse out the show originally, and possibly have a wrap-up movie ready to go if the show didn't get renewed.

But this is CBS...  the kind of networks at the moment.

In the renewal announcement, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves made mention of the business model this show was built on, praising the relationship they had with Amazon, who aires the episodes four days after they air on CBS.

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New TV DVD and Blu-ray Releases This Week: Star Trek TNG and...

TV DVDs this week - Teen Beach Movie, Star Trek, Banshee


As you can see, the new TV titles coming to DVD on Tuesday, July 31st, 2013, include...



Teen Beach Movie

Starring Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps and Garrett Clayton
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Star Trek: The Next Generation   - Season Four [Blu-ray]

Star Trek: The Next Generation
 - Season Four [Blu-ray] Starring Patrick Stewart

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Other TV Titles New on DVD/BD

Amor Bravio Starring Cristian de la Fuente, Silvia Navarro, Cesar Evora

Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Episodes 1-3 Starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée

Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Episodes 4-6 Starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée

Banshee: Season One

Hunted: The Complete First Season Starring Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Irene Huss: Episodes 7-9 Starring Angela Kovacs, Reuben Sallmander and Lars Brandeby

Irene Huss: Epsides 10-12 Starring Angela Kovacs, Reuben Sallmander and Lars Brandeby

Kendra on Top: Season 1

Meyerbeer: Robert le diable Starring Borras, Relyea, Philip and Hymel

Power Rangers Seasons Four - Seven Starring Tracy Lynn Cruz and Patricia Ja Lee

Samurai Pizza Cats: The Complete Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Redemption [Blu-ray]

The Angry Beavers  The Complete Series Starring Richard Steven Horvitz and Nick Bakay

The Magic School Bus: In a Pickle Starring Lily Tomlin, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Daniel DeSanto

The Magic School Bus: Revving Up Starring Lily Tomlin, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Daniel DeSanto

The Wheels on the Bus: All Around Town

Touched By an Angel  The Eighth Season


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

'Big Brother' 15, 7-28-13 Quick Recap... Does Aaryn Keep Her Word?

The Big Brother episode that aired on Sunday, July 28th, started out by reminding us that Kaitlin was evicted and Aaryn is HoH.  Ug.  Also that Helen made a deal with Aaryn that if she were to become HoH, to put up Howard and Spencer.

Jessie is now kissing Aaryn's butt.

Howard and Candice:  Candice knows about the deal between Helen and Aaryn.

Aaryn told Helen that Elissa leaked the plan and that's why everyone knows.  All the while, she continues to spout her adherence to the plan she agreed to.  And oddly, no one asked Elissa about if she actually leaked the info.

While Aaryn was showing off her new HoH room, she used the term "aksed" in place of asked... and then told Candice, "Oh my god, you got me saying aksed."  Candice isn't sure she can last the week.

We watched a tub scene with McCrae ("I make $136 every two weeks") and Amanda, and they're throwing around the "L" word!  Seriously!  They both said "I love you" to each other.

Spencer pitches a new angle to Aaryn, Aaryn defends her game deals.

(At this point in the show, it looks like she may actually stick to her word. I'm a bit surprised.  For the moment.)

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The Have/Have Not competition was announced by Poppy Montgomery. 

The first part was a balancing stunt, where the teams pull things off of shelves and balance them on a table.

The 2nd part was to put everything back where they got them from.  Ug!

Green team... GinaMarie, Candice, Amanda, and Judd ended up becoming Have Nots for the week.

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CBS shares with us how Elissa breaks out in Yoga practice where ever she is.

Candice tries to talk to Aaryn to save Howard.  Aaryn let's us know that she just turns off Candice because she's not part of her world.

Then Candice seemed to get upset about what she just tried put a target on her back and she more or less told Howard she's not talking any more, "...have a nice life."

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It's nomination time... what does Aaryn do?

Elissa looked confused when she found out she was safe.

And in the end, Aaryn kept her promise and put up Howard and Spencer.

I'm surprised.

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But who will America put up as the third nominee this week?  Therein, lies the question.

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Possible Fix for Skipping Ads and Trailers on DVD Rentals

We all like renting movies, but with advertising being what it is, sometimes you rent a DVD where you find yourself stuck watching ads and trailers.  And I'm betting, like anyone else, you'd love to skip those annoyances.

It's not always about being patient, but in some cases, you might even get the full blown trailer for the very movie you rented, possibly totally blowing your viewing experience.  (That reminds me of some of the VoD offerings, that tend to advertise the show you just pulled up.  Duh.)


As one writer from Cinena Static's parent site, Brusimm discovered, Tim had to wade through just around 15 minutes of trailers and ads before his movie started.  That's just plain stupid.



After that event, Tim swore to never rent from Blockbuster again.  Though I don't blame Tim, there is the perspective that the distributor is the one who places these ads on the discs and not the rental resource.

Quite a few people chimed in on that subject. making it one of our more popular posts on the site.

Basically put, people do not like having ads forced on them after renting a DVD title.

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Today I came across an interesting and unsubstantiated suggestion on how to get around these pesky ads and trailers renters come across.

The suggestion is that if you start seeing the ads, hit stop, stop, play.  Or stop, stop, stop, then play.

I don't know if this works or not, so I'd appreciate any input on the issue if anyone is inclined.

Though, to be thorough, I noticed that the source of my source seems to have pulled their post.  I wonder if someone disproved this lonely hope?

It would be nice if it did work, but I'm not holding my breath.

Comments on the source also suggest hitting the menu button to skip the ads/trailers, though others have noted that even that function is locked out at times.

Another suggestion was to hook up your laptop via an HDMI cable and play in VLC Media Player, since it's not beholden to the codecs enforced on DVD/BD players.

Any how, I thought it would be something to put out there just in case these ideas do work.

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Two-Minute, Thirty-One Second Movie Trailer

I actually am not sure if I've presented this here yet, so here you go, the latest, the greatest and the longest movie trailer for The Hunger Game: Catching Fire, as we watch the 75th games, stocked with previous winners, all in an effort by President Snow to kill Katniss. (Sure, that was a spoiler, but it's in the trailer!)

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Studio: Lionsgate; Release date: November 22, 2013
Director: Francis Lawrence; Writer: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins (novel)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer...

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NBC Makes Excuses About Their Ratings Instead of Looking Inward

Last season, NBC somewhat flat lined in the TV ratings. All while cable network shows and CBS dominated the imaginations of TV viewers everywhere, despite reality TV.

Despite avoiding confronting the issues last May in the upfronts, which to me, sort of already said something in and of itself, COMCAST owned NBC finally stepped up to talk about it. 


But rather than looking inward and saying, hey, we can do better, they seemed to take the other avenue of explanation.

They called cable TV the bastard child of network television, they called AMC's The Walking Dead an anomaly of cable TV.  They made sure to add that if those ratings were on basic network TV, they'd be cancelled. 

They also called their ratings dive last season their most competitive in nine years, and referred to their ratings numbers as flat, not declining.  (They used summer ratings [with some of their sports coverages] to help define flat, calling the critical TV season date range an arbitrary set of dates.  Don't forget that summer ratings are not the huge focus of advertisers.)

They then continued to make excuses saying comedy programming is frustrating, that one of their failed comedies was ahead of its time and that Parenthood seems to be getting looked over at Emmy time.  (Yes, it is an entertaining series, if I do say so myself.)

They also made a claim they can never back up by saying “If we could put on one show a year, it would be the best show you ever saw.”

Which has me wondering why don't don't apply that premise to any one show now.  Like, um, say, CBS's NCIS?  Just saying.

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Ever since I noticed how NBC was using their slight-of-hand in how they marketed Revolution* in the front half of its first season, I started turning a critical eye towards some network practices in general.

*They first advertised it was the most watched show on TV and if you did the math, the numbers did add up, when you added online preview viewing (it was online for a few weeks before it premiered on TV), plus the live+7 premiere and On Demand viewing.

Then they said it was the best new show on TV.  Even though it did not break the top-25 viewed shows on TV for the week, once I dissected the TV ratings, I found it was the most watched new show...  on it's night and the hour the aired in.
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NBC is up against a huge slate of new and quality content programming from CBS, Netflix, Starz and well, across the board on any network, cable, basic or streaming venue.  Calling them out with derogatory names or detracting references doesn't help their case at all.  In fact, rather than digging in, they spend their energies calling out everyone else.

Making excuses.

It's disappointing.  In the meantime, NCIS dominates, The Walking Dead continues to be an "anomaly," and other basic cable shows continue to hit the mark with viewers.  Hell even Syfy is hitting the mark with some of their fun stuff, including the ever infamous, Sharknado!  (BTW, in case you didn't know, Syfy is owned by NBC, aka, COMCAST.)

[Inspiring source:  EW]

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

New 'Star Wars Rebels' TV Series Promo Art Released

With the most excellent animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars having been pulled from production back when Disney was making a lot of whole sale changes after buying Marvel, then LucasFilm and what not, fans were wondering if we'd get another animated Star Wars series.

The answer... yes.

animated tv series Star Wars: Rebels promo artwork

The first promo art for Star Wars Rebels was released over at Star Wars Celebration Europe, which was actually to be expected.  The Celebration is akin to the rest of the world's Comic-Con event, where news and details on upcoming movie projects come out.


The time frame for this new Star Wars series precedes events in A New Hope and is expected to premiere as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel and will then be followed up by the series itself on Disney XD.

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TV News Bites, HBO, Syfy, AMC, BBC America, Starz and NBC

TV News
Today's clump of television news includes bits from “Sons of Anarchy,” a Syfy new series, True Blood, “treme,” “Law & Order: UK,” "Ripper Street,” “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, ” “Orphan Black,” “In the Flesh,” “Burton and Taylor,” “Atlantis,” and “An Adventure in Space and Time.”

We also touch on "Black Sails,” new shows “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn.” And some Hell on Wheels bits.

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via bunches of press releases:

Sons of Anarchy returns for it's season 6 90-minute premiere on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

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Syfy Greenlights a new series, called Dominion

NEW YORK – The future of humanity hangs in the balance as the ultimate celestial battle descends to Earth in Syfy's compelling new series Dominion, which has been greenlit to pilot by Syfy. Universal Cable Productions and BOLD Films are producing.

Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity.

Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed Legion, is back to direct the pilot, and is one of the project’s executive producers. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of BOLD Films are also Executive Producers. Vaun Wilmott, who is also writing the Syfy miniseries development project Ringworld, is writer and co-executive producer.

Bruce OP: I have to say, when Syfy started changing itself to keep up with the Jones's, or, more the point, financially survive as a TV network, many folks got upset as they programming started to change. But I had latched on the statement they made, that more or less said that first, they have to make enough money as a network to consider a good base of sci-fi programming.

Several years and a few quesionable, but successful years later, they are doing just that.

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HBO

HBO picked up True Blood for its seventh season.

“treme” returns for its fourth (final) season on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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BBC America TV News

BBC America announced several new and returning TV show dates.

Drama “Law & Order: UK” returns on Wednesday, August 7.

“Ripper Street” returns on Sunday, December 1

“Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” (January 2014)

“Orphan Black” and “In the Flesh” return during the spring of 2014.

Series Debuts

“Burton and Taylor” on Sunday, Oct. 20;

“Atlantis” on Saturday, November 23;

“An Adventure in Space and Time” in November.

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"Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced that the network has picked up a second season of the original series, “Black Sails” from executive producer Michael Bay in advance of its first season premiere."

This is how they mess with TV and movie fans... sequels and early season orders to make something look worth checking out. And who knows, maybe it is. We'll see if this really pans out.

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AMC announced today series orders for the scripted dramas “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn.”

Set in the early 1980s, “Halt and Catch Fire” dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.

The series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, “Pushing Daisies”) as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordan Clark, Mackenzie Rio Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishe (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark, Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth and David Wilson Barnes (The Bourne Legacy, “You Don’t Know Jack”) as Dave Butler.

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Based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” written by Alexander Rose, “Turn” is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

The series stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) as Abraham Woodhull, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Daniel Henshall (The Snowtown Murders) as Caleb, Seth Numrich (“The Good Wife”) as Ben Talmadge, Angus MacFadyen (Braveheart) as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Major John Andre, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull and Heather Lind (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Anna Strong.

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AMC is hosting all the episodes from season two if you need to play catch up in time for the August 10th season three premiere of Hell on Wheels.

Yes... that's Saturday, August 10th. Either the show isn't pulling as much weight as they'd like but are somehow, politically committed or... they have an abundant amount of faith on Video on Demand viewers.

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NBC TO AIR 'WRESTLEMANIA 29: THE WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE' ON AUG. 3 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

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Friday, July 26, 2013

'Gravity' Movie Trailers (7-25-13)

Gravity movie poster, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the lost-in-space kind of twisted movie, Gravity, looks pretty scary for these two characters Clooney and Bullock play.

It's due out in theaters October 4th, 2013.

First Movie Trailer:



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Gareth Edwards Talks up 'Godzilla'

io9 chatted up Godzilla director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) during SDCC 2013 on a few things about his present movie project.

As you may already know, Godzilla won't be the only monster "in the room," so to speak.  At least as we heard of the SDCC panel footage that attendees got to see a giant Kaiju attacking an airport, then Godzilla's foot came down next to it.  So he'll be huge.  Bigger than life huge.

We also know that Edwards is still approaching this movie as if it's another indie movie.  (If you saw Monsters, you know that's a good thing.)

We also know that star Bryan Cranston liked Godzilla as a kid because he was unapologetic.


In the io9 interview, Edwards reveals that they went through hundreds of designs of the big guy, and that the image rights holder, Toho, was signing off on their ideas.  And that the 1950's version of the beast was the real source to lean on for this latest design.

As far as if 'Zilla is our friend or enemy, Edwards said it's not black or white.  Rather, he made the point of saying that if you were standing there and saw this giant lizard come up on your location, would you feel like its a friend or foe coming your way?  Me, I'd feel rather nervous.

Edwards also tried to stick to some of the original themes from the 1954 movie.  He also noted that he tried to emphasize the theme of man versus nature throughout the film.  That Godzilla will be a representation of nature and how, underlying the nuclear age we live in, how nature can step back up and setting things right.

He also said it is an origins story.

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So this could be what's deemed an environmentalist take on what people have done to our planet, and Godzilla is nature, stepping back up and stomping us in our place.  But rather than taking an eon of global warming, of species going extinct, of our soils being poisoned to the point of not being able to create sustainable food to eat, Godzilla can remind us in a day, not to f*! with nature.
Other bits I've seen is how character-centric this film will be, and that makes perfect sense.  In Edwards's movie, Monsters, we follow a few folks in the midst of an alien infestation, for lack of a better term!
This other note that caught my eye is that unlike the classic, where it was all humanity versus the lizard, and then through the years, the relationship evolved to the point of Godzilla being our protector, Edwards is seeming to take a route of here's the enemy, and he is us.  And then possibly, having the monster protect us from other monsters, or Kaiju. 

It's a quick leap for a reboot/origins film, but one that I suspect, might lend itself to a more reasonable ending that does not include killing the big green guy yet again!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

'Big Brother' 15 Quickie Recap, Thurs, 7-25, A Huge Twist of a Development

So as you know, Big Brother had America be the MVP for the week and tallies ended up putting Elissa up on the block.  But she won PoV and pulled herself off the block, sending the yogurt guzzling GinaMarie up on the block with Aaryn and Kaitlin.

The usual round of begging and cajoling was taking place in Judd's HoH room in the first part of the episode.

Aaryn overheard Elissa telling Kaitlin things, and Aaryn ended up having an impromptu house meeting.  In that meeting we did notice that Elissa fibbed it up a bit.  OK...  votes come up...

Amanda voted to evict Kaitlin

McCrae - Kaitlin

Helen - Kaitlin

Candice - Kaitlin

Elissa - Kaitlin

Spencer - Kaitlin

Howard - Kaitlin

Andy - Kaitlin

Jesse - Kaitlin

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That was an amazing unanimous vote from the house.  That's an impressive show of unity.  Kaitlin seemed agitated in her interview with Julie Chen and admitted to aligning with caddy girls.

The Head of Household contest involved rolling a ball down a ramp and landing on a rolling roulette table, high score gets the house.

And everyone's worst nightmare just came true, and that evil *****, Aaryn, won Head of Household.

Wow...  That's funny... and no one wanted to vote her out because she wasn't a threat, even though they all hate or despise her.  (Didn't she promise to throw this HoH competition???)

And this upcoming week, America is once again the MVP...  Be careful how you vote this time around!


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'Sons of Anarchy' 2013 Premiere Date and Cast/Character News Bits

SoA premiere date and casting news (Charline Hunnam as Jax, pictured)
FX announced that the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy will be returning on Tuesday, Sept., 10th.

It's going to be the usual bit of crazy for the series from Kurt Sutter.

If you recall, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) framed Clay (Ron Perlman) for the murder of Damon Pope.  And Gemma (Katey Sagal, wife of Kurt Sutter) had done a dirty deed and now Jax is scrambling to keep Tara (Maggie Siff) out of jail for conspiracy to commit murder.

Remember, she gave Otto (played by Kurt Sutter) a cross, which in turn, he used to kill someone in prison with.

While all this is going on, Jax is trying to get the club off it's violent streak and get the group focused on legitamite business concerns.

Hey, did anyone catch Hunnam and Perlman in this summer's big (litterally) box office movie, Pacific Rim?  If you're of the mind of giant robots and monsters, then I'd recommend it!  It was pure fun!

The following season six story and cast updates could be considered spoilers for some...

Kim Dickens will be joining the cast as madame Colette Jane.

C. Thomas Howell will be in the recurring role of Frank Eagan, an ATF Agent.  But we're not sure where his loyalties lie.

Steve Howey will be playing a guy named Hopper, a hardcore SAMCRO member from North Vegas.

CCH Pounder (playing a San Joaquin County District Attorney) and Bridget Regan will also be on board the series.

Drea de Matteo will be reprising her role of Jax’s troublesome ex Wendy.

Jimmy Smits is returning in a full-time capacity in the series as Nero.

That pesky, pia former U.S. Marshall Lee Toric (Donal Logue) will be back.

Tara will have a bit of a new "do."

Chibs will be the new VP


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

'Big Brother' 15 Quickie Recap for Wed., 7-24-13

The game is afoot in Wednesday night's Big Brother episode. 

Elissa is messing with people's heads, acting coy.  Meanwhile, the rest of the herded house sheep are plotting their usual schemes to get someone evicted.

If one steps back, and look at this, this is nothing but a bunch of people stuffed in a house, with the occasional game inserted by CBS to keep them busy and the TV audience entertained.  In the end, everything they do is the basic break down of humanity pursuing that golden nugget at the end of the short number of weeks they're locked away together.

This is humanity, at it's basic core.  Scary, huh?

Then the house guests were apprised about the "MVP," being that America has voted Elissa up.  What the hell America?  The house didn't know that America is the MPV this week.

The beautiful part is some folks think Elissa voted herself up.

Now for the Power of Veto game.  It involves a lot of mud, some teaser money, and other things.  Yes, the pretty girls in mud.  You do the male math!

In the end, Elissa won the Power of Veto.  But in so doing, she's also agreed to not play in next week's veto competition.  Hopefully that doesn't bite her in the end next week.

And Judd sacrificed himself to be isolated in a room for 24 hours... with an alarm going off every 9 minutes.

Here's an interesting aspect:  In one scene, we're looking down into the bathroom.  LOOKING DOWN INTO THE BATHROOM.  Seriously CBS?  There should never even be an inkling of an idea that you can look into the bathroom.  Yikes!

Oh, they were looking in on Kaitlin who was traumatized that Elissa spoke her mind about her one-piece dominatrix suit, and it wasn't complimentary.

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So Elissa used the PoV on herself, then the "MVP" put up GinaMarie in her place.

So this means that GinaMarie, Kaitline and Aaryn are up for eviction.

Next time Gang!
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New Movies on Friday, 7-26-13, 'The Wolverine,' 'The To Do List' and ...

New movies opening this week in theaters on July 26 include...

The Wolverine



Rated PG-13 126 min   -   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee

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The To Do List



Rated R Comedy | Romance

Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.

Director: Maggie Carey
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat

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The Way Way Back (opening nationally)


Rated PG-13, 103-min, Comedy | Drama

14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park..

Director: Nat Faxon
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet.

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Blue Jasmine - [Limited]

Rated PG-13 98 min   -   Drama

A life crisis causes a woman to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard

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The Time Being - [Limited]

85 min   -   Mystery

An artist meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship is not what it appears to be.

Director: Nenad Cicin-Sain
Stars: Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Ahna O'Reilly, Frank Langella

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Tiny Times 1.0  - [Limited]

116 min   -   Drama | Romance

When four best friends try and move forward in their work and personal life, they realize that trying to live their life's dream is more difficult than they imagine -- especially in the high fashion world of Shanghai.

Director: Jinming Guo
Stars: Mi Yang, Amber Kuo, Zhendong Ke, Rhydian Vaughan

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Drug War - [Limited]

107 min   -   Crime

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye

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Breaking the Girls - [Limited]

Not Rated 83 min   -   Crime | Thriller

Sara, a college student who was slandered by a classmate, finds herself framed for murder by Alex, who initially proposed the perfect, untraceable crime.

Director: Jamie Babbit
Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Agnes Bruckner, Kate Levering, Madeline Zima

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'The Wolverine' Easter Egg dropped by Hugh Jackman

X-Men: Days of Future Past easter egg news
In an interview with ComingSoon, Hugh Jackman dropped an interesting post-credits Easter Egg about his latest Wolverine movie.

He said that,

"If you stay on after the credits you get to see a nice little preview for Bryan's next film,"

"Bryans' next film,' meaning Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Gads.

I love movie credits sneak peeks.  But I'd love them in the middle of the credits, not the end.  Ug!  But that's just me.



X-Men: Days of Future Past synopsis looks like this:

"The X-Men send Wolverine to the past to change a major historical event that could globally impact man and mutant kind."

It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden... and on and on.

It's due out in theaters May of 2014.

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TV News Tidbits: Jericho, SHIELD, Walking Dead, Supernatural, PoI and more

Check out the news on Jericho streaming, SHIELD and Smulders, The Walking Dead, Supernatural spin-off, renewals and premiere dates for Glee, Ultimate Spider-Man, Teen Wolf, House of Cards, Scandal, Person of Interest casting, and Bunheads TV news!

Jericho


If you liked Jericho, CBS has announced that they've now made that show available for streaming from its website, CBS.com.

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SHIELD


Of course, as you may have heard, Cobie Smulders is reprising her role of Maria Hill in the first episode, and fans have been teased with her possibly showing up in more episodes!

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The Walking Dead


The ever popular AMC series, The Walking Dead, returns for a fourth season, premiering on Sunday, October 13th, 2013.

It will be a sixteen episode season, with the first 8 airing October 13th and the second 8 (returning from mid-season break) on February 2014


via press release

New York – July 19, 2013– “The Walking Dead,” the most watched drama in basic cable history, returns for another terrifying and exhilarating season on Sunday, October 13th at 9pm ET/PT. In this post-apocalyptic world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors continue their ongoing struggle to survive the threat of walkers as well as the dangers that lurk among the living. A 16 episode season of the series which the The New York Post gave 4 stars, will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 13th and returning February 2014 with the final eight episodes. Internationally, “The Walking Dead’ will return to audiences in 120+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets the week of October 13th, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally. Following “The Walking Dead” will be the season premiere of AMC’s live after show, “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick at 10pm ET/PT. AMC's “The Walking Dead” is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number one show in delivery for adults 18-49.

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“The Walking Dead” premiere will coincide with AMC’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMCFearfest. Celebrating its 17th year, AMCFearfest will feature 19 consecutive days of themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Sunday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 31. In addition, AMC will air “The Walking Dead” marathon, from October 7th through October 13th beginning with season one straight through to the premiere of season four.

In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving COMMUNITY in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr., “The Wire”).

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, DanaiGurira, Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse and Greg Nicotero.

The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” will be complemented by a wealth of exclusive content at www.amctv.com, including the The Walking Dead Story Sync, which garnered both the Social TV Award for Best Mobile Phone, iPad or Tablet Social TV application, and Variety's Entertainment App Award. Fans can also check out Inside “The Walking Dead” videos, episode sneak peeks, “Talked About Scenes,” “Talking Dead” bonus scenes, production diary interviews with the cast and crew, production photo galleries, fan trivia games and new behind-the-scenes videos from the set in Atlanta.

Following “The Walking Dead” season premiere will be the third season debut of AMC’s live after show “Talking Dead” at 10pm ET/PT, hosted by Chris Hardwick. Last season, the finale of “Talking Dead” garnered its largest audience to date, reaching 5.5 million viewers. The after show features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and TV enthusiasts, recapping the most recent “Dead” episode, providing sneak-peeks and discussion of upcoming episodes and taking questions and comments from viewers. The series is executive produced by Michael Davies and co-executive produced by Jen Kelly from Embassy Row.


“The Walking Dead” is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number one show for adults 18-49. The Series has garnered two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up, a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series- Drama and a WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media, among other accolades.

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Supernatural


It looks likes the CW is contemplating giving Supernatuarl the same treatment as the Vampire Dairies, and is contemplating a spin-off for Supernatural.

If they go with this, they're looking for a late season ep, maybe #20, as the backdoor pilot with the main character being introduced.

Though, if you ask me, they have plenty of great characters to spin from already.

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Glee


Glee's new premiere date is now set for Sept. 26th.

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Ultimate Spider-Man


Marvel's ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN has been renewed for a third season by Disney XD.

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Person of Interest


In case you had not heard, Amy Acker has become a series regular on PoI.

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Teen Wolf


The Teen Wolf midseason finale airs on Aug. 19, and news out of Comic-Con says that season 3 will have its mid-season premiereon Jan. 6, 2014.

Mark your calendars.

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House of Cards


Wow, Netflix's original series, House of Cards, nabbed nine Emmy nominations this year. That's a huge boat of credibility for the internet produced TV world.

Major networks, look out.

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Scandal


If you like Scandal, keep your eyes open for the TV marathon repeats of the show... on BET.

BET will air two 14-hour marathons from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 10 and August 17. Starting Wednesday, August 21, the series will air two episodes at a time on Wednesdays from 9-11 p.m.

Scandal returns to ABC for season 3 on October 3rd.

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Bunheads


I hope you weren't a fan of ABC Family's Bunheads. The net just announced that they've cancelled the series, after only one season.

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