Saturday, November 30, 2013

Paul Walker Dies at Age 40 in Car Crash

Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash

Several media outlets are reporting that actor Paul Walker (The Fast and Furious film franchise) has died in a car accident this afternoon (Saturday, 11-30-13) in the Santa Clarita, CA region.

According to multiple sources, Paul was taking people on test drives in a (or his) Porsche GT to raise money for victims of the Philippines typhoon, in association with a car show.

Reportedly, the driver of the Porsche lost control and hit a tree, exploding and bursting into flames.  (There were two occupants in the vehicle, and it's unclear who was driving yet.  A new source called me and said Paul was the passenger.)

The accident took place in the 28300 address of Rye Canyon Loop, in Valencia.

They say it's unclear what caused the accident.  Having lived in that exact region, I'd suggest the tempting width and smoothness of the relatively new streets in that business district can draw undisciplined drivers into a false sense of bravado and untested skilled.

It was such a twisted piece of fate, that Paul passes away in a car, much like the fast cars he drove in the Fast and Furious film franchise.  So sad.

He was presently filming the 7th Fast And Furious film.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.


One source, CBS Los Angeles, only reported that crash, saying the County Coroner will identify the crash victims.

TMZ, who first reported the accident and dug for the info, is the source of the crash victims identities.  They say that Paul's rep confirmed his death.


UPDATED/Correction 12/1/13:

Paul was in Santa Clarita, in association with his charity, Reach Out Worldwide.

Further updates say his friend and co-owner Roger Rodas, himself a race car driver, was the driver of the car.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

News Bites about Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Johansson Award Snub

I thought you guys would like to see some interesting tidbits about the Jurassic Park sequel, Spider-Man 2, and the Scarlett Johansson Award nomination snub.


Scarlett Johansson still from DON JON

First thing's first...  Scarlett Johansson is finding herself in the middle of an interesting little debacle where the Golden Globe voting committee is declaring she's not eligible for a supporting actress award because she protrays a computer.  She does not appear on screen. 

As GRF suggests, this would seem to imply that animated features don't rank either.



The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promo movie poster

Word on the street is that rough first looks at Rhino, Green Goblin from Spider-Man 2 are out there.

NR has a photo of a poster at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.  But the images are not too detailed. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to a theater near you on May 2, 2014.

Take a look for yourself if need be at the fuzzy looks...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review AGENTS of SHIELD, 11-26 ep, "Repairs"


Review AGENTS of SHIELD, 11-26 ep, "Repairs"

Agents of SHIELD episode titled Repairs, was a breath of fresh air from the usual series of reminders and vague fillers we've been usually getting.  Writers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon showed up and brought it, so to speak.


The ep opens, reminding us that Ward and May "boinked" last episode, and the new hazard this episode includes a telekinetic that seems to lost control of her powers when she gets upset.

Not good.  Seriously not good.  But not all is as it seems.


Fitz/Simmons, well, Simmons, is doing her Scully (X-Files) impersonation, refusing to believe in some of the powers she is experiencing on the SHIELD team.

But in this episode we also learned more about May's past and the reputation she developed for herself.

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Movies Opening This Week - November 27-29 2013

New movies opening for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

New movies opening this week for the Thanksgiving holiday week/weekend...  We have the animated movie Frozen, a vengeance film, Oldboy, a holiday film, Idris Elba portraying a historical figure, and Jason Statham doing what he does best... good guy busting up bad guys who threaten his town or lifestyle.

Frozen - [Opens 11/27]

FROZEN movie poster

Rated PG;  108 min

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Directors: Chris Buck | Jennifer Lee
Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

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Oldboy - [Opens 11/27]

OLDBOY movie poster

Rated R; 104 min

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars:  Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

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New DVD Releases Led by RED 2 and BREAKING BAD

The movie Red 2 and TV series Breaking Bad lead the pack of new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week.  The new titles all come out on Tuesday, 11-26-13.

'Red 2' on DVD and Blu-ray

Red 2
Starring:     Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

Breaking Bad: The Final Season on DVD and Blu-ray

Breaking Bad: The Final Season
Starring:     Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition on DVD

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition
Starring:     Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson

Impractical Jokers: Season One

Bill Cosby... Far From Finished


Other Titles This Week

AVENGERS AGE of ULTRON Cast Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

Avengers: Age of Ultron casting news

Marvel announced today that they've cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as the siblings who are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, for Avengers Age of Ultron.

Check out the press release below:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's smash-hit "Marvel's The Avengers"! "Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.

Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the "Kick-Ass" franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy," for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012's critically-acclaimed "Anna Karenina" and director Oliver Stone's "Savages."

Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with "Silent House" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in "Red Lights," Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee's "Oldboy."

Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will share the screen as leads in the highly anticipated "Godzilla" remake scheduled for a May 2014 release.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel's The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. "Marvel's The Avengers" was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

In addition to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; and "Ant-Man" on July 31, 2015.

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WTF? FAMILY GUY Kills off Who??? (Sad SPOILERS)

SPOILERS... GO AWAY if you don't want to be spoiled.

It seems that Seth MacFarlane made a huge change in the cast of Family Guy, when he went and


FAMILY GUY spoiler alert

Funniest Danny Trejo Exlusive Article I've Ever Seen

Danny Trejo - Dead in Tombstone, Sons of Anarchy, Machete Kills

I was cruising the web looking for things to spam (YouTube calls me a spammer these days.  That's why they've shut down my Brusimm YouTube Channel.) and I saw the funniest article title.

Well, to be accurate, the article got funny after reading through it because it's an exclusive article on Variety talking about Danny Trejo's role in a then, upcoming movie, called Reaper.

But what's funny to me was that the article just seems to tell, or recant cast and production details from IMDb.  (To be honest, maybe when the article went live, it might have had juicy new insider news on who was starring in and producing Reaper.  And what their next projects will be.)

But usually, I associate the term "exclusive" to being some other kind of production news or interviews that isn't from or will land on IMDb or isn't from a group red carpet presser or other silly things.


All joking aside, Danny Trejo looks like one of the busiest actors in all of Hollywood.  He's got one of the most well-known faces that just keeps showing up, and to be honest, shows up in fun roles.  (Though on occasion, he goes for serious roles, but not always under the best production efforts. Not his fault!)

With that said, check out my exclusive reading of IMDb on Danny Trejo:

Trejo has had roles in 181 movies of a various nature, to date.

He's appeared in 56 TV shows, one of them being Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad.  His latest, as the voice of Venom on Phineas and Ferb.

He has 22 films he'll be showing up in, under various production stages.  His latest movies out (at this moment) include Pendejo, Dead in Tombstone, and Machete Kills.

This is a list of movies in production of some stage

Optimus Prime's New Look in TRANSFORMERS AGE of EXTINCTION

Today we have a new image to dwell upon from the upcoming June 2014 chapter of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  It's an image of Empire Magazine's cover for TF4, with Optimus Prime supposed new look, Mark Wahlberg and other human cast members Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz.

Optimus Prime's New Look in TRANSFORMERS AGE of EXTINCTION

If you recall, Optimus found himself pretty torn up while trying to kick butt in TF3.  So a new look isn't out of the question.  Or it could just be Optimus in his battle mode with a face guard that's dropped into place.

And don't forget, that the rumors (or not) say that the Dinobots will be in this new movie.  (One presser says this new movie has been 65 million years in the making. You do the math.  (It's a word problem))

Though at this time, the official film synopsis is still pretty vague.

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THE WALKING DEAD recap/review of Ep 407, "Dead Weight"


Recap of "Dead Weight," pictured, David Morrissey and Jose Pablo Cantillo in The Walking Dead

Ah, tonight's episode of The Walking Dead has us still watching The Governor (David Morrissey) in his new life and gives us another break from Rick and the gang in the prison.

But what takes place tonight definitely demonstrates just where the Governor's mindset is.  Is he turning good or just adopting a family to make excuses for what he's done tonigth.

Because he's done A LOT to change the game for a few folks.


Martinez pulls The Gov from that pit we left him in last episode, and tells him that he's in charge of this new group and there is no dead weight.

The new group isn't that comfy with him at first, but take Martinez's word on it, that he's good for the group.

But that proves to be Martinez's big mistake later on.

After a foray into the woods, (Where the Gov helps put down some walkers), events take place that spook the Gov.  He tries to take his new "family" and escape this new camp, but they can't.  The road is blocked with a walker pit.

They return to the camp and the old Gov that we all know, comes back to life.

He then methodically eliminates Martinez, then his replacement, in a process that puts him back in charge of this new trailer park version of Woodbury.

And as he starts to take control once again, we see the episode finish up with him stalking the prison and watching Rick, Carl, Michonne and Hershel.

This ain't good news, and combined with the previews for next week, it's definitely not good with the Gov's vendetta for Michonne.


Last week, I had a fleeting piece of doubt, thinking that after discovering the family and taking them, that he had some form of change of mind.  But instead, we see that as he gets stuck in the trailer park, the he seems to feel forced to do what he once did in Woodbury.

On top of the trailer, at the "driving range," Martinez admits that he isn't totally on top of the situation of keeping the group safe.  And I think that pushes the Gov., before he himself even realizes it.  After killing Martinez, he was visibly shaken.  Shaken by the premise that he has to lead again.  Shaken, that is, until he recovers.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

CATCHING FIRE Destroys THOR at the Box Office

Catching Fire wins the Box Office

Damn, The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, premiered this weekend and made a huge foot print in the money drawers of the theaters this weekend. (movie review of Catching Fire)

The Catching Fire premiere dumped Thor The Dark World by pulling in a humungus $161M (estimated) at the box office.

That $161M makes this the best November box office take for any movie... ever.  Worldwide, it's pulled in $307M.

We can now look forward to the Mockingjay Pt 1 (Nov 2014) and Mockingjay Pt 2 (Nov 2015).

The rest of the top-10 movies at the box office include Thor the Dark World beating out The Best Man Holiday by a few million, then Delivery Man, and Free Birds round out the top-five.

     Thor: The Dark World     $14.1M
    The Best Man Holiday     $12.5M
    Delivery Man     $8.21M
    Free Birds     $5.3M
    Last Vegas     $4.4M
    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa     $3.45M
    Gravity     $3.31M
    12 Years a Slave     $2.8M
    Dallas Buyers Club     $2.77M

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Return Date Announced for THE FOLLOWING

The Following, starring Kevin Bacon; S2 returns in January

If you're a fan of The Following, starring Kevin Bacon, (And seriously, who isn't?  It had a rocking good first season), I thought you'd like to know that the show is returning in January for its second season.

Season two of the series will kick it off with a two-night premiere, starting on Sunday, Jan 19th, at 10 PM or following the NFC Championship.

The second episode will air on its regular night, Monday, January 20th at 10pm.  It will follow the season finale of Sleepy Hollow.


(In other TV sports news, the NFC Championship will take place on Sunday, Jan 19th!)


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Review

(The first part of this review is spoiler-free, Catching Fire spoilers take place in the latter half of this piece.)


The Hunger Games Catching Fire review

Catching Fire is the sequel to the 2012 movie, The Hunger Games.  It's also the film adaptation of the 2nd book in the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. (book review)

It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

It's directed by Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I am Legend, Constantine), rated PG-13 and has a run time of 146 minutes.


In the first movie we were introduced to the world of Panem, where the Capitol forces their society to offer up young tributes to participate in The Hunger Games, a match to the death.  It's a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.  To the death, leaving 1 of the 24 contestants  alive as the victor.

But Katniss (Lawrence) pulls a fast one, forcing the govt. of Panem to allow two victors.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games Catching Fire, a review

Catching Fire takes place a year after those events, where Katniss and Peeta (Hutcherson) are on the victory tour, leading up to the 75th Hunger Games.  But President Snow (Sutherland), whose pissed at the strife that Katniss's actions caused, wants to eliminate her.

So he and his new game master, Plutarch Heavensbee (HOffman) plot to pull in past victors in this special game.  All designed to eliminate this pest, Everdeen.

And it goes from there.


Director Lawrence pulls it off, bringing to the set, his experience with different genre of films, from the romantic to the action filled.  And for now, we can look forward to some consistency across the next two movies as he's slated to direct those also.

As far as sequels go, this ranks right up there with the best of them.  Though to be honest, unlike most movie sequels, this 2nd chapter was part of a planned out trilogy of books.  But still, it's refreshing to watch a sequel that is as good or maybe even a notch better than the original.

In the original, the movie fan was horrified to learn how this society operated, pitting teens and young children against each other, to the death.

Lawrence never misses a beat with her Kristen Stewart impersonation of being a dead-pan kind of young woman who has very little under the hood aside from what you see.

Which makes it hard for her (at first) to follow through on the act she started in the games, pretending to love Peeta.

Peeta (Hutcherson) delivers a wonderful kind of intelligent stoicism, laced with a keen understanding of what needs to be done, and... believe it or not, will deliver one of the funniest moments in the movie, and you won't even see it coming.

This time around we see more of President Snow and his inner aspirations, along with his conversations with the new game master Heavensbee (Hoffman), who replaced the last game master, who chose to stop breathing for his mistake in letting Katniss live through the games.

The complications of the three-way love story of Katniss, Peeta and Gale (Hemsworth) is complicated and simple, along with frustrating, all at once.

We also get more of Effie and her real inner feelings, despite the myriad of unique and colorful outfits she musters up throughout the story.

Catching Fire review, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth and Lenny Kravitz

And Cinna (Kravitz) does not disappoint, despite having less screen time than the last movie.

And when can you ever go wrong with Woody Harrelson being a smart and angry drunk who can really pull it together, when needed?

And Stanley Tucci was magic as the reality TV host, playing it big, super bright white teeth and all.

One other aspect we got a taste of, is the decadence of the Capitol.  Yes, we already knew this, but we're shown incontrovertible proof behind the glitzy domes and polished hallways, just how blind these people are to the world outside their own little sector or district.


I hit up the 10:30 AM 2D screening of Catching Fire and the theater was surprisingly populated at about 50% full.  Obviously many folks are planning to see this movie, and they won't be making a mistake with such plans.

The action was mixed well into the story and there weren't any obvious gaps in story logic.  There are some great touching moments, along with more shock from this wicked society.

I'd give Catching Fire a popcorn 9/10 and I think it's well worth the bucks at the theater.

And kudos to the marketing department.  Despite the trailers out there, they're mixed well enough to not give up most details.

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Catching Fire (SPOILERS) Thoughts and Observations

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Movie Review with Spoilers

During the movie, we get to fully understand Snow's motivations even to the point of letting Katniss know what he needs from her, and what she has to pretend to do to sell her pitch.

During the victory tour we come to learn how Katniss has motivated citizens of Panem to start to question the situation they're in.  And it's spreading throughout all of the districts.

It's bad enough that as soon as any citizen raises their hand in the three-finger salute that Katniss started, the security forces step up and execute the person, on the spot.  No matter what the age.

The middle act of the movie is pretty much setting up for the third act which is another battle dome, but there's a subtle twist that we don't see coming until the middle of the third act.

And it's great if you don't see it coming, and that is, in this case, the group of tributes are split up into two mindsets.

There are those who are there to play the game and kill everyone in sight, and there are those who are secretly aligned to protect Katniss at all costs.

It was cool to see that develop, despite the subtle layer of distrust Katniss had, not knowing that there was this huge plan going on, based upon what she represented to the unrest in Panem.

And oh, what an ending.  An ending I'm not giving up because if you haven't read the books, I think will be a worthy ending to The Hunger Games Catching Fire to experience unspoiled.


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Is George Eads Missing from CSI?

George Eads as Nick Stokes in CSI (Where is Nick in CSI?)

I don't know if you've noticed, but yes, Nick Stokes (George Eads) has been absent in the last few episodes, and will continue to be missing in a few more future episodes of CSI.

Turns out that back around the August 2013 time frame, it was reported that Eads would be taking a leave of absence.  But only for several episodes in the first half of the season.

Turns out that he got into an argument with one of the series writers because he was disgruntled about the direction his character is taking.

So when Catherine shows up and says that Nick is training off in Quantico for something.  (Code for 'this actor in deep $!!!)

Eads was fired once before from CSI in 2004 for trying to squeeze CBS for more money.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving and Holiday TV Programming (Frosty, Rudolph and More)

Thanksgiving and Holiday TV Programming (Frosty, Rudolph and More)

If you're wondering when the classics are airing this year for the holidays, look no further!  Wondering when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman or Charlie Brown will be airing.  Take a peek below...

As you'll see, I've presented both FOX and CBS's holiday programming announcements... with CBS presenting the heavy hitters of classic holiday TV entertainment!

update:  FXM has an X-Men movie marathon going on all day Thanksgiving.

Holiday Programming:

via (edited*) press releases:

*{I pulled the content describing recurring series holiday episodes.  I presume if you watch something regularly, you'll enjoy them as they pop up.}

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Kicks Off the Network's Holiday Season of Special Events

Victoria's Secret Angels Star in "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," Featuring Musical Guests Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy

“I Love Lucy Christmas Special” Will Feature Two Newly Colorized Classic Episodes

CBS's holiday programming, which kicks-off with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, will also include music specials, perennial holiday favorites and holiday-themed episodes of NCIS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, THE MILLERS and Hawaii Five-0.

Music-laden specials include THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW, featuring performances by seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy,  THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!—COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®, with performances by Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban and THE 36TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS.

Also scheduled is the annual visit of FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, along with encore broadcasts of the animated holiday specials HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS, A FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE ELF ON THE SHELF:  AN ELF'S STORY.

CBS's Holiday Programming:

Tuesday, Nov. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER—The classic holiday special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as The Voice of Sam the Snowman, is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

Thursday, Nov. 28 (9:00AM-Noon, Live ET, 7:00AM-10:00 AM, 9:00AM-Noon, delayed PT): THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS— Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews, co-hosts of "omg! Insider” will anchor this CBS Thanksgiving tradition now in its 53rd year which will feature portions of the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City.  The parade will feature performances by GRAMMY Award-winning country music superstars Lady Antebellum, and the Broadway casts of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “First Date” and “A Night with Janis Joplin.”

Friday, Nov. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT): HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS—This animated holiday special presented by Hallmark, follows the unexpected adventure of the comical pink kitty and green bunny team, hoops&yoyo, after they become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh. (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Nov. 29 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): THE ELF ON THE SHELF:  AN ELF'S STORY—An animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children's book The Elf on the Shelf, follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole, who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. (Rebroadcast)

Saturday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS—An animated holiday special about a young reindeer with ambitions of becoming an expert flyer like his father, features the voices of Emma Roberts ("Hotel for Dogs") and comedian Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live"). (Rebroadcast)

Saturday, Nov. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT): THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS—An animated musical holiday special featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry, the story revolves around a gentle toymaker whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.  (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Dec. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT): FROSTY THE SNOWMAN—Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship.  Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).  (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Dec. 6  (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): YES, VIRGINIA—This animated special is based on the 1897 true story of Virginia O'Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking "Is there a Santa Claus?"  Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina voice key characters.  Beatrice Miller ("Ice Age:  Dawn of the Dinosaurs") voices the role of Virginia. (Rebroadcast).

Tuesday, Dec. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT): THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW—This year's show from New York features world famous models Adriana Lima, Allesandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Candace Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo and others.  The runway show will include musical performances by Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy, and Neon Jungle, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.

Saturday, Dec. 14 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): FROSTY RETURNS—The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season’s perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger.  Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as The Voice of Frosty. (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Dec. 20  (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL—Features two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the 1950s series: the seldom-seen "Christmas Episode" and "Lucy's Italian Movie" (aka "Grape Stomping"). Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set—at the beginning and end of the hour—with no interruption between the episodes.

Sunday, Dec. 29 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)  THE 36th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS—Opera singer Martina Arroyo, pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock, pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana will receive honors. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.



FOX's Holiday Programming:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Miley Cyrus MTV Programming Alert/Warning

Did you know that on some cable boxes, you can actually block whole channels?

Good... because you may need it.

MTV is hosting an 8-hour block of shows hosted by the child-gone-wild Cyrus and I'm thinking you might want to protect yourselves from accidental exposure!

The press release starts as follows:

MTV is handing the network over to world renowned entertainer and multiplatinum recording artist Miley Cyrus on Saturday, November 23 for an 8-hour celebration of the pop-culture queen’s 21st birthday, hosted by none other than Miley herself. The MTV / Miley collective has generated some of pop culture’s biggest moments of the year including two headline-grabbing performances at the “2013 MTV VMAs” in August and the “2013 MTV EMA” this month.

I feel bad for whoever had to actually write that.

If, in the off chance, someone is a fan, here's one more bit for you, that you might want to be interested in:

Throughout the day, Smilers who tweet birthday wishes to #HappyBirthdayMiley or post Instagram video messages beginning today will have the chance to appear on the network throughout the 8-hour celebration.

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I can't bring myself to post any more of this info about the girl-child... but I thought I'd put it out there since I know my primary demographic that hangs out around Cinema Static would want to be warned.

I'd suggest a road trip to somewhere a few hours away.  This way, there will be no accidental exposure.

Or maybe, dads, just pull the breakers to the house for the day.

Or hide your cable box and remotes!

(this was a humor-spun editorial on an actual press release.)

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Options for Christmas Day Opening Movies

Christmas Day Opening Movies

After Thanksgiving comes and goes, we still have one big holiday that the family can get together and spend time doing stuff.  Some of that stuff might include going to the movies or renting/buying movies for the entire family to enjoy.

But what are the options for everyone on this biggest year-ending holiday?  To be honest, there are not that many family oriented options.

(ALL?) Ender's Game MIGHT still be out in some theater by the time Christmas rolls around, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.  For the older skewing family outing.

(ALL?) Thor 2 could still be around, considering the punch his hammer packed at the box office.  But at the time of writing this, that's more than a month away.  For the older skewing family outing.

(ALL?) I'm betting The Hunger Games Catching Fire will still be out in theaters.  Again, for the older skewing family outing.

(FAMILY) Will the animated cute film, Frozen still be around?

But those are November movies.  I should probably focus closer to the target date for a better picture of what will be available for holiday movie-goers.

And I'm trying to focus on family oriented movies as or close to it!

(NOT FAM) Out of the Furnace opens Dec 6 and looks like a nice blood bath movie that you don't want to take the kids to see.

Opening on Friday, December 13th:

(FAM?) Despite the fantasy violence, is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug could be a potential family flick?

Opening on Friday, December 20th:

(NOT) Let me go out on a limb and take a guess that  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is NOT going to be family friendly?  The first movie was PG-13.

(NOT) Not sure kids will take to this PG-13 movie called Saving Mr. Banks.  It's more biographical than kid-entertaining.
Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

family movie time

Opening Wednesday, December 25th:

We have

•  The Wolf of Wall Street
•  47 Ronin
•  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Possible Man of Steel Sequel Movie Titles AND Possible Movie Spoilers

Possible Man of Steel Sequel Movie Titles

For the time being we all know that the Man of Steel sequel has been dubbed Batman vs. Superman, because, well, a much older Batman will be in it.  (Who will be played by Ben Affleck.)

But last night I came across an interesting bit of news, if you can call it that.  And in the process of exploring and researching, I present an interesting premise below that could very well be a Man of Steel 2 story spoiler.  (But I'm rarely ever right, so probably not, but I thought I'd warn you.)

The website Fusible has a very attentive team over there and they took note of a slew of web site registrations by the mysterious MarkMonitor.

(MarkMonitor is a Boise, ID based company that registers domain names for clients, thus, protecting the client from unwanted attention.  Sometimes.  Not so much in this case.  They've registered close to 200,000 domains to date for various clients, but when the world is watching, it's hard to hide things like domain names for a movie everyone and their mother is interested in.)


So Fusible's J.B. dug pretty deep and found these web domains registered (There's a .com and .net for each title, except one.):


The conjecture is that one of these domains could be the title of the Man of Steel sequel.

I can't argue with that premise, considering, but here's another premise that's come to mind... these could be preemptive strikes to keep some folks from registering like titled websites.  And hence, some of these miscreants won't be able to profit off mistaken identities.

Conjecture and Possible SPOILER ensue... if I'm even close to being right!

The Dark Knight Falls

In the comics world, where Batman and Superman do fight, the collected series is called The Dark Knight Returns, and focuses on Bruce Wayne, at the ripe old age of 55, coming out of retirement to do some clean up.

But it's also set in an alternate kind of future.

Options for Thanksgiving Holiday Movies

Holiday Movie options for Thanksgiving

I don't know about you, but when the holidays come around, one of the ways to spend some time is in the movies.  And depending on the movie consumer, there are specific kinds of movies that might fare better at the movie theater than others.

For instance a few great fantasy and/or sci-fi themed movies will be out in theaters by the time Thanksgiving week roles around.

Those most likely being

is Thor The Dark World on your holiday viewing list?

Thor: The Dark World;


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire;



But what family films might be out during the Thanksgiving week, were mom and dad can take the entire family to see?

Some years leave families high and dry during the holidays, but this year, might be a tad different.

Well different if movies like Free Birds is still in theaters.

And with Frozen coming out on Wednesday, November 27th.

Ender's Game might still be in theaters, but with its present downhill box office spiral, I would not be surprised if it would be hard to find.

And would you take your kids to go see Bad Grandpa?



So for family entertainment on Thanksgiving, depending on ages, you have

Movie Alert for Christopher Judge Fans (Sort of)

Christopher Judge news
Hey!  I was tooling around my movie resources and had come across a movie opening a few weeks starring Danny Trejo (Reaper, Dec 6, 2013) and I noticed that Christopher Judge had a role in the movie as Officer Banks.

The movie cast also includes Vinnie Jones and Jake Busey.  (But my worry is that there is so little fanfare being put out by Helios Productions...  IE: marketing images and the like, that I'm already chalking this one up to "a pass.")

I know the last time we heard that Judge was in a movie, The Dark Knight Rises, where he ended up having a small part to play.  That left Judge fans wanting more!

Well, here's more!  Sort of.  Well, technically.

I see six films under production that Judge is cast in, Reaper being one of them.

The other five titles are

     Lowlifes as Commander Randall (Filming)
     The Underground Railroad as Bear (in Post-production)
     To Have and to Hold as Sampson (Completed)
     Reaper as Officer Banks (in Post-production)
     Doomed Planet as LT. Grisham (rumored) (in Post-production)
     Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark as Jack (in Post-production)

As fans of the Stargate TV franchise can attest to, Judge plays a mean tough guy.  And on the side, he's one of the happier folks I've ever met.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

'Helix' on Syfy, from Ronald D Moore

Syfy's new series, HELIX, from Ronald D Moore

I haven't really touched on this before, but premiering on January 10th, 2014 on the Syfy network, is a new show from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) called Helix.

Helix is about a team of scientists investigating an outbreak up in the artic.

Billy Campbell in Syfys HELIX
Billy Campbell in Syfys HELIX

The cast includes Billy Campbell (The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (Revenge), Neil Napier, Jeri Ryan and more.

Here's the press release on the series:

'Helix' on Syfy

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation...or total annihilation.

Premiering in January 2014, Helix is the product of some of the biggest names in genre television, starting with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Also Executive Producing are Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files).



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Syfy Casts Their '12 Monkeys' TV Series

'12 Monkeys' TV series coming to Syfy

I've mentioned in the past about Syfy's new 12 Monkeys TV series, and how SYfy is setting the project into production.

The series is based on the 1995 movie of the same name where a man from the future shows up in present day, looking for the source of a plague that hits his own time. 

And now it has a cast.

The two lead roles have been given to Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull and various other production roles have been filled.

Check out the information in the below press release from Syfy:


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

'Sons of Anarchy' Recap of 'Aon Rud Persanta' (fr 11-19-13)

Ron Perlman in Sons of Anarchy - Recap of 'Aon Rud Persanta' (fr 11-19-13)


Aon Rud Persanta: Nothing Personal.  And earlier in the day, Kurt Sutter said this episode is the beginning of the end.


In the Sons of Anarchy episode titled Aon Rud Persanta, we find that Jax is no longer letting Tara take the kids to daycare.  We then watch Jax finalizing his deals with delivering Galen to DA Patterson.

Nero and Gemma are realizing they need to get Wendy to rehab.  He also touches on if she could give Tara some space.  If she can... lighten the load on her.  Nah, Gemma ain't gonna do that.


Tara meets with her new lawyer
, and he tells her how he sees it and it's not optimal.

Jax and the boys meet with the Irish and plot Clay's breakout attempt from his transport.

Wayne and Gemma have a talk about the kids, Tara and the whole situation.  When Gemma asks Wayne why he's still around, he confesses his love for her.  Sheesh, this is not a surprise for any viewer, I don't think.

During the breakout, they get Clay, whose shocked that its Jax breaking him out.  But in the process, Bobby gets shot pretty bad.  Juice runs over the cop that shot him, killing him.

And while this breakout is taking place, all the cops that the DA had organized around the gun pickup point, hears about the breakout and now, it seems to appear as if the Irish played everyone.

At this point in the episode that is.


The club gets to a hangar to deliver Clay to Galen.  Tara is convinced to help, considering it's Bobby who is hurt.

As they deliver Clay to Galen, Jax puts a bullet through Galen's brain.

SHOCKER!  Or not.

And that was done by a club vote.  Oh, and one other vote was taken.  That one involved killing Clay.  Which Jax carries out.


Clay Morrow is dead.  Dead!

And so now I have to wonder, was Jax jerking off the DA?  Did he set it up to make it all easier to take care of things?

But killing Galen could have some seriously huge ramifications.  This is the Irish.  The IRA.  I'm not sure this was the best move on SAMCROs part.

'Agents of SHIELD' Recap of 'The Well' (11-19-13)

'Agents of SHIELD' Recap of 'The Well' (11-19-13)

(12th different writer in 8 episodes.  Just sayin.)


Agents of SHIELD

SHIELD starts out with a quick bit a teaser/recap of events from the Thor movies.  Then we follow a pair of folks who are searching for an Asgardian artifact that has been buried in a tree for a very, very long time.

The couple find what they're looking for and go on a rampage of sorts.

In SHIELD's investigation, Ward comes in contact with a second piece of this staff that's causing issues.  It seems to feed the inner angry child.

Through it all, they discover that a professor who they turned to for help, is the Asgardian who hid the various pieces of the staff.

In the end, the infected Ward uses the power granted to him from the staff to help defeat the pair and their friends who were running around destroying things.

Then May stepped up to help Ward.  She took hold of the staff, but the anger didn't overwhelm her.  Something about always facing her anger.


And then there it was, the elephant in the room.  Well, now two of them.

Let's look at Ward and May.

OK, so they shared a bond on the field of battle and they both have anger issues they deal with... in their own ways.

But at the end of the episode, where May leaves her hotel door open for Ward, and he goes in, taking her up on her invitation?  I did not see that coming at all.  And it seems...  forced or rushed.  Where did this come from?  It just does not feel right.

Coulson Conversation with the Asgard Hiding on Earth:

Coulson talking to the Asgardian, talking about being stabbed in the heart gave us a wee bit more info on the insights that Coulson is experiencing with his condition.  That he does not remember being revived, but just waking up months later.

And a bit later, we were treated to a nightmare, or at least what Coulson would call a nightmare.  Getting a massage from a beautiful girl, in Tahiti.

Which startled him awake in a cold sweat.


Once again the elephant in the room was pushed around during the episode and I was getting ready to tune out.  But before I was able to get to the remote, something a bit more substantial started to take place with

Wait?  Are we starting to finally get more actual story about Coulson?

This week, I found FitzSimmons rather distracting and annoying, particularly the Simmons part of the equation.  She bantered on and on about how it's all science, despite being presented with an Asgard magic staff.

And the story this week had a wee bit more substance. Though yet again, the perps who were pulling off the bad deed of the week were handled with kid gloves.  Mere random satellite characters carrying out the deeds needed to conveniently pull off the crime of the week that motivates the subsequent actions needed to make the episode.

Agents of SHIELD needs consistency in a writing staff and needs to settle down and start delivering content rather than what feels like rushed, canned stories to meet deadlines and obligations.

I've pointed out the obvious, in that Joss Whedon only created but does not contribute to the series.  That the Whedon family exec produces, but does not write the scripts.  I have a bad feeling they're only rushing through the season to get it over with and then be done with.

They've already destroyed the mystique of Agent Coulson... the damage is done.

Do you think the show will last past this first season?  At this rate, I hope not.
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HALO: The Live Action (Web AND TV) Series

Halo: Forward Unto Dawn web series, leading to TV series

(This is old news for some, but new news for other!)

For years folks have been clamoring for a piece of Halo to make it to the big screen.  The adventures of Master Chief has inspired many an hour of game play and books.  But those rumors about a movie kept floating about the web.

All the while the silent majority of web surfers sat and waited patiently.

The movie was set to go with Peter Jackson set to produce and Neil Blomkamp to direct, it would have been an incredible project.  But alas, cost got in the way and the movie faded away.  (Microsoft wanted a huge piece of the pie, from many angles.)

In the background, Microsoft probably wanted a Halo movie to move forward, but as is the case with many 'video game to movie' projects, they don't always pan out that well.  Hence, my belief in why MS continued to hold back and wait for the right moment to do the franchise right.

In the case of doing right, MS did it right with their preview web series for Halo 4, with Forward Unto Dawn.

The web series stars Tom Green (Camp, Home and Away) as Thomas Lansky, the man we follow through the academy, the training, and the emergency that arises within the story.

Other cast includes Anna Popplewell (Reign), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel, In Therapy), Mike Dopud (SGU, Continuum, Man of Steel), Osric Chau (Kevin from Supernatural), Daniel Cudmore (Twilight franchise) playing The Chief, Max Carver (Teen Wolf), Ty Olsson (Supernatural), and others.

As you can see, this is pretty good cast.

To be honest, it packs a lot into the five web episodes that was produced.  We learn about Lansky and his issues with taking orders.  (And it's fully explained, versus just a statement and a guy acting like a dick unto himself.)

But as the story proceeds, details are teased and built upon until the pay out in the fourth webisode where the Master Chief shows up.  (Man, he's a big dude!)

It's not over the top, but rather, a well played out and written series.

Once you're done watching, I bet you're going to want more.

Guess what?  More appears to be coming.

Microsoft announced last May (2013) that they're partnering up with Steven Spielberg to create a live-action television series based on the first-person video game shooter called "Halo."

The term television series is used often but it's going to premiere on MS's X-Box, so few will see it right away.  But I'm sure it will make it's way to mainstream in one fashion or another.

Any way, Jackson and Blomkamp moved on and made District 9.  So that was cool!

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In the mean time, have something to watch!

Monday, November 18, 2013

New DVD/BD Titles Coming Out 11-19-13

New DVD/BD's, Planes, The World's End, We're the Millers, 2 Guns, Doctor Who, Fast & Furious 6, The Wolverine and more

Below is a quick list of new DVD and Blu-ray movies and TV series coming out this week on Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2013.

The animated feature Planes leads the pack, followed by an alien invasion and a fake family. 

Planes Blu-ray, DVD on Amazon

Planes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Starring:     Carlos Alazraqui, Val Kilmer, et al.
Directed by:     Klay Hall


The World's End (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) on Amazon

The World's End (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet)
Starring:     Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, et al.
Directed by:     Edgar Wright


We're the Millers (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet) on Amazon

We're the Millers (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack)
Starring:     Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, et al.
Directed by:     Rawson Marshall Thurber


2 Guns (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) on Amazon

2 Guns (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet)
Starring:     Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, et al.
Directed by:     Baltasar Kormakur



OTHER TITLES Coming Out This Week

New Movies This Week, Friday, 11-22-13

New Movies This Friday, 11-22-13

This week the newest addition to the entertainment world includes the much coveted sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, comes out along with a few other contenders.

Opening This Week - November 22

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster

Rated PG-13 - 146 min

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Delivery Man (2013)

Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn; movie poster

Rated PG-13 - 103 min  -   Comedy

An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

Director: Ken Scott
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Jack Reynor


Network Static, Ryan Hurst, Body of Proof, Revenge sucks and more...

Today's collected TV news bits and static include

Ryan Hurst "SoA's Opie" Love for dogs

Body of Proof News (or not)

Tales From the Darkside getting dug up one more time,

CBS's New Midseason Drama Intelligence

And How ABC's Revenge is Sucking More Than Ever

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Ryan Hurst

Not sure if you knew it or not, but Ryan Hurst, who played the ill-fated Opie on Sons of Anarchy, but he and Theo Rossi and Kim Coates are supporters of dog shelter adoptions.

The other week these three put together a bit on supporting the Love, Protect, Adopt campaign.

He says to make smart choices for adoption besides the fact that something is "cute."  He also touches on how Pit Bulls are pre-judged, for no reason.


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The CW's New Drama, call THE COVER

The CW is taking a leap with a new series they've ordered a script for called The Cover.

It's the story of a young FBI trying to infiltrate the Irish Mob in the Boston area.  The script is being written by Matt Michnovetz (24) and exec produced by John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg.

If the net likes the script, it goes straight to production.


ABC Is NOT Bringing Back Body of Proof

Rumor has it that despite Body of Proof being one of ABC's top watched series, it won't be returning.

Reports are that star Dana Delany tweeted that the show is not returning.

The problem?  My guess is that despite the large number of viewers, they majority sat outside of the desirable money-spending demographic.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

'The Talking Dead' Needs More Real Guests

Chris Hardwick in The Talking Dead

Tonight after The Walking Dead's episode, Live Bait, the follow up show, The Talking Dead, had guest David Morrissey (The Governor) and one other guy/actor to share the after-episode chat duties.

But it's not that often they have guests from the show, and rather, have guests from other shows.

As far as I can tell, most of the guests just want to jump on the coat tails of the show and get some exposure.

In many cases the guests seem to stumble through talking about the show.  They aren't very in tune with past events that contribute to the present story.

They seem to ping off the episode they were just exposed to and what or how the questions are posed to them.

Now sure, maybe they can't afford cast members joining them every time, but it would be nice to have actual fans of the series.

It's awesome when writers or other showrunners show up... even if they have to talk around issues.

It's great when cast members join the show.

Now two guests from the past who were obvious fans of the series, were Chris Jericho and Marilyn Manson.  These guys knew things from season one and on and were a pleasure to watch chat about various conjectures.

That and host Chris Hardwick has hit gold with this show, as it's spun off into other after-shows, like the Breaking Bad show, the Talking Bad.

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'The Walking Dead' Episode 'Live Bait' Review

'The Walking Dead' Episode 'Live Bait' season 4, episode 6 Review


In the 6th episode of season 4 of The Walking Dead, the episode is titled "Live Bait."  So the Governor (The Gov) seems to have survived, but worse for wear.  He seems to not care, and is staggering from point to point.  He's numb from all his loss and his old gang leave him behind.

In his staggering wanderings, he meets some folks and tells them his name is Brian Heriot.  (Hey, The Governor's real name is Philip Blake!  But the name he gives the girls is a name he saw on a wall of names.)

These folks are living in an apartment building of sorts and he ends up helping them in their day-to-day routines.

Including protecting them from their own family member who dies from cancer and dies.

The rest of the episode was The Gov's experience with this family, his dealing with the loss of his own, and letting go.  And then deciding to leave his temporary shelter and the family tagging along with him.


It was an interesting episode where, no matter what nice things The Gov does for the family, we're always going to not trust him.  Yet has he changed?  Is he burned out from being evil or truly seen where things went awry and learned?

I can't get past my gut reaction of not trusting his intent.  But I could be wrong.

It was an amazing episode to see it focused on a sole character, but it was done well.  And judging from the previews, we might be seeing another Governor-centric episode.

(IN The Talking Dead show that follows the show, I think David Morrissey gave up a spoiler.  HENCE, this might be a spoiler you don't want to see.  Even if it's a conjecture on my part.

The host tossed out a question about Carol and how she and The Gov would get along.  The way Morrissey started answering the question, then attempted to smoothly redirect what he was saying, I think Carol, being out there, may encounter The Gov.  Now whether they join forces or not, well, that's something that remains to be seen.  Even if they dwelled on it in conversation for a bit.)
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Chris Hemsworth Dominates The Box Office Again

Chris Hemsworth Dominates The Box Office Again

This week was the second week that Thor: The Dark World was in theaters, and once again, the Chris Hemsworth starrer dominated the domestic box office by pulling in $38.5M.  That put Thor at $480M worldwide.

Behind Thor was the new movie The Best Man Holiday, wasn't that far behind, pulling in $30.6M.

These two movies dominated the movie theaters.  Far behind in 3rd, was Last Vegas, with $8.9M.  Free Birds pulled in $8.3M followed by Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa, with $7.7M.

Following these movie, (#'s in millions)

Gravity ($6.3)

Ender's Game ($6.2)

12 Years a Slave ($4.7)

Captain Phillips ($4.5)

About Time ($3.5)

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