Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Entertainment Wrap Up - June 19, 2008 - Tim Russert, Boston Wins, Fool's Gold, & More

It's really hard to come back down from the excitement and fun of this past weekend's Superman Celebration. It really was the most fun that I've had at a Superman Celebration. I already can't wait for next year. They can't top getting Allison Mack though. Yeah, I'm biased. I get that. ha ha. The Celebration was a lot of fun!! Thanks again to everyone involved who helped put on such a great event and to everyone that attended!!

So sad to hear of the passing of Tim Russert this past week. I was stunned when I heard the news. I thought Russert did an incredible job on TV as he would always ask the tough questions. I read a good quote about him which I thought summed him up with Meet The Press. The quote talked about how many politicians were afraid to go on his show but yet if you appeared and hung in there, the politician would earn a ton of respect. He asked the tough questions and just seemed like a great guy from everything that I've seen. I'm going to miss seeing that clipboard when it is time for election coverage. I can't even imagine how sad everyone is going to be at NBC on that night not having Russert there with them. My prayers go out to everyone that is missing him right now.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. The Incredible Hulk - $55.4 million. 2. Kung Fu Panda - $33.6 million. 3. The Happening - $30.5 million. 4. You Don't Mess With The Zohan - $16.3 million. 5. Indiana Jones - $14.7 million. 6. Sex and the City - $9.7 million. 7. Iron Man - $5.6 million. 8. The Strangers - $4 million. 9. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $3.1 million. 10. What Happens In Vegas - $1.6 million.

Michael Ausiello, who is now working for Entertainment Weekly by the way, is reporting that Sam Witwer (from Battlestar Gallactica) is set to play the role of Doomsday on this season of Smallville. Also, Cassidy Freeman (who was set to play in Justin Hartley's new show that didn't get picked up) will will play the role of a new character named Tess.
http://www.michaelausiello.com/2008/06/18/exclusive-bsg-stud-cast-as-smallvilles-doomsday/&no_cj_c=0/

Thursdays are feeling so odd lately. I'm used to having that lineup of shows to watch with Smallville and Survivor along with others but everything is reruns. It just really doesn't feel like Thursday TV.

However, one of my favorite shows is running new episodes on Thursdays as I said last week. I loved tonight's episode of My Boys. The episode centered around the girls idea for a dinner party of singles to try and broaden the dating options. Each of the group had to bring a single person with them to the party. The guys originally all want nothing to do with it. Kenny and Mike end up at the party to learn more about the girls that they just met. Mike strikes out with one of them and demands a chance at the other one. Kenny ends up being the ladies pick as both of them end up in an argument over which gets a shot at him. This was funny stuff. The rest of the guys battle over Andy's new nanny. What about the girls? Well, Mike brought a guy to the party that he played basketball with but there is a problem. The problem for PJ was that Mike didn't know that he wasn't exactly interested in the girls but instead interested in the guys. This singles party was a really clever idea for an episode and the way it played out was a lot of fun.

Well, suddenly I have an interest in ER through another show, Roswell. Shiri Appleby has been cast to join ER next season and her role will be one of the new interns. She of course played Liz Parker on Roswell which is one of my favorite shows of all time. Also cast on the new season of ER as interns include Julian Morris and Emily Rose.

The 2008 NBA Finals have come to a conclusion and the Boston Celtics are NBA champions for the first time in over twenty years. That really was a special moment to watch with Boston winning the championship. A team that has such a huge place in NBA history returns to glory. I was completely wrong on my pick on who would win the Finals. Boston scared me off on picking them to win with how they had squeaked by the first two series in the Playoffs. They had been lousy on the road as well. LA went through the west really easily. Boston was the class of the Finals by far. They looked unstoppable including them coming back from a couple of double digit deficits. Their defense was a major problem for the Lakers as was the fire power that Boston had on offense. I am glad that the series could end in Boston so those home fans could celebrate with their team. Paul Pierce was the Finals MVP while Ray Allen had a huge game to help close out the series. I'm thrilled to see Kevin Garnett get that championship. He has such an amazing desire to win and I would like to see more NBA players like him. I think back to that sitdown interview during All Star Weekend a couple of years back. He was so tired of losing and had such a desire to win that he cried during the interview. That guy works so hard on the basketball court. That on court celebration by the team after they won was a scene of a passion to win that I haven't seen in many years. Congrats to Boston for their return to NBA glory. It was a lot of fun to watch.

If you have been missing Carrie Underwood's current tour, you may still have a chance to go. More dates have been added to the very popular tour that will continue through the rest of the year. Many of the tickets go on sale this weekend. Here is a link to check out to see if she is coming to a city near you.
http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/news/carnival-ride-tour”-adds-performances-through-end-the-year

AFI has released some new all time top 10 movie lists. Here are some of their rankings in a few of the categories that they released. Let the ranting begin on the favorites that you don't see or feel got ranked too low.

Romantic Comedies
1. City Lights
2. Annie Hall
3. It Happened One Night
4. Roman Holiday
5. The Philadelphia Story
6. When Harry Met Sally
7. Adam's Rib
8. Moonstruck
9. Harold and Maude
10. Sleepless In Seattle

Sports
1. Raging Bull
2. Rocky
3. The Pride of the Yankees
4. Hoosiers
5. Bull Durham
6. The Hustler
7. Caddyshack
8. Breaking Away
9. National Velvet
10. Jerry Maguire

Animation
1. Snow White
2. Pinocchio
3. Bambi
4. The Lion King
5. Fantasia
6. Toy Story
7. Beauty and the Beast
8. Shrek
9. Cinderella
10. Finding Nemo

Fantasy
1. The Wizard of Oz
2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
3. It's A Wonderful Life
4. King Kong
5. Miracle On 34th Street
6. Field Of Dreams
7. Harvey
8. Groundhog Day
9. The Thief Of Bagdad
10. Big

Sci-Fi
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope
3. E.T.
4. A Clockwork Orange
5. The Day The Earth Stood Still
6. Blade Runner
7. Alien
8. Terminator 2
9. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
10. Back To The Future

I watched the movie, Fool's Gold, last night. I enjoyed it. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The two of them begin the movie as a couple set to get a divorce after many problems between the two. He is still in love with her however. The two have worked on finding a hidden treasure for several years now and he finds a clue that could lead them to the whereabouts of the treasure. He also has a lot of debt that is catching up to him as well so he has a lot of things to battle. I won't go into spoilers obviously but that should set you up for it if you are interested in seeing it. I laughed out loud several times during the movie and found the story to be entertaining. The story just had a unique feel to it. I really got into the ending of the movie when the story all comes together. I was surprised a few minutes into the movie when this one girl flashed herself on a boat. All I could think was, this is PG-13 now??!! Not crazy about that obviously in a PG-13 movie. The ratings sure are different now a days from what I'm used to apparently. I liked the combination of Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey again on screen as I thought they had great chemistry in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days as well. I was asked today which of the two movies with them in it was the better and I still have to say How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. However, I did enjoy this movie too. For more info on the movie, head over to:
http://foolsgoldmovie.warnerbros.com/

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, June 24th. The Big Easy (Season One), The New Adventures Of Old Christine (Season Two), The Vice (Season Two).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Music video of the fun on the set of Smallville including show stuff and bloopers set to Blink 182.


That is it for this edition of the Wrap Up. Wishing each and every one of you a safe and great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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