Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Entertainment Wrap Up - July 10, 2008 - Big Brother 10 Preview, and More

Hope you're all doing great!!

The Big Brother 10 cast has been revealed. Based on first impressions, I'm already feeling better about this cast than the last one. Here is the info on the new cast:
Angie - 29 years old - pharmaceutical sales representative.
April - 30 years old - financial manager.
Brian - 27 years old - telecommunications account manager.
Bryan (aka Ollie) - 27 years old - marketing sales representative, son of a Pentecostal preacher.
Dan - 24 years old - Catholic school teacher.
Jerry - 75 years old - retired marketing executive, watched all BB episodes and a watcher of the live feeds and After Dark.
Jessie - 22 years old -- professional bodybuilder.
Keesha - 29 years old - Hooters waitress and model.
Libra - 31 years old - Human resources representative.
Memphis - 25 years old - "mixologist".
Michelle - 28 years old - realtor.
Renny - 53 years old - beauty salon owner.
Steven - 35 years old - champion bull rider.
No doubts about this being a variety of personalities and ages for this season. It should provide for an interesting dynamic. I have watched the video of the house tour and am liking what they have done with it. The decade themes look great in the bedrooms and the kitchen got a HUGE makeover. The show premieres this Sunday night at 7pm central time on CBS. My pleas for the show this year. No more of this "good people" vs. "bad people" stuff. How many seasons in a row have we had the cast members argue on who is the good group and who is the bad? I think it started with season six as far as going to the next level. Actually, my plea overall this season is PLEASE be better than Big Brother 9. Anything has got to be better!! Please!! ha ha. I am still waiting on whether to take this cast for a test drive before buying the live feeds or just blind buy. Knowing me, I'll be doing a blind buy and I'll be glued to it by Sunday night. Casting is obviously going to make or break a show and I just really hope that it boosts Big Brother back up after last season. House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show will once again be running this season with Gretchen being joined by former Big Brother cast members. This is the schedule that I have been able to find: Daniele (BB8) on Mondays, Bunky (BB2) on Tuesdays, Sheila (BB9) on Wednesdays, Dick (BB8) on Thursdays, and Kaysar (BB6 & BB8) on Fridays. For more info on Big Brother 10 including more on the cast, house, and other happenings, head over to: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/big_brother/

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Hancock - $62.6 million. 2. WALL-E - $32.5 million. 3. Wanted - $20 million. 4. Get Smart - $11.1 million. 5. Kung Fu Panda - $7.3 million. 6. The Incredible Hulk - $4.8 million. 7. Indiana Jones - $3.7 million. 8. Kit Kittredge - $3.2 million. 9. Sex and the City - $2.3 million. 10. You Don't Mess With The Zohan - $1.9 million.

The numbers for Hancock are a bit misleading as those are just weekend numbers. The movie opened up earlier in the week and did a total of $103 million for its opening week.

I'm still spending the summer TV viewing trying some new shows to see what might hook me. I have had so many friends over the last couple of years trying to get me to watch Lost. So, I've caved in and am watching the first season on ABC.com. I'm enjoying it so far. I thought the last ten minutes of the pilot episode set up the mystery of the island really well. I like how we keep getting the backstory of characters and how they ended up on the plane in the first place. There was one moment in the first episode that I found kind of funny due to me seeing a familiar face. This is a spoiler for anyone that might watch it but not a major one cause it is only one episode. On screen pops up Parkman from Heroes and I'm thinking cool. Well, cool didn't last long as a few minutes later it was clear that he wasn't on the show for long. I'm not jumping up and down about the show just yet but I am enjoying watching it.

If you're needing a Heroes fix to hold you over till the fall (that would include me), head over to NBC.com as July 14th is the premiere date for the new Heroes webisodes. It will be a trilogy of videos that follows a mailman with abilities. The webisodes are done by the same crew behind the show. It looks like each Monday will see a new episode premiere. I'll be checking it out. If you're like me and trying out new shows this summer, I can't recommend Heroes enough. Give season one a shot and see what you think. I was hooked after just one episode!!

Lots of buzz as expected as The Dark Knight is close to hitting theaters. The early reviews are good on it. The box office for this movie is going to be big!! July 18th is the opening. I will have to make a trip to the movies to see this.

Mark Cuban has commented on comparing Hulu and You Tube. Interesting comments especially with the Hulu numbers that have been coming out. Here is the article with his comments:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9970961-7.html?hhTest=1

The WB.com sent out an email this week telling of more shows that will be available upon launch in August. These shows include Everwood, Veronica Mars, Roswell, Angel, MadTV, Firefly, The Loop, and clips of In Living Color. Roswell, Angel, and Firefly are all up on Hulu so either two different sites will host the shows or just one of them. They are promising new features such as "increased video player quality", "greater interactivity and features through Facebook", and "synced viewing and chat for you and your friends". Don't forget that you can sign up to be a beta tester by registering at TheWB.com. The full public launch for the site is August 27th. I love the site so far as I registered to be a beta tester and look forward to the improvements on making the site even better.

Funny segment on The Tonight Show tonight with Ross The Intern being sent across the street to the gas station to have someone answer questions to earn a free tank of gas. How funny is it that gas prices are so ridiculous now that this is now a big giveaway? The girl that they talked to and also won said that it was $80 to fill up her SUV. That was a fun segment.

Nat is returning to the Peach Pit. Joe E. Tata has returned as Nat in the pilot episode of the new Beverly Hills 90210. No word on whether he may return as a regular. I don't think he really knows based on his comments this week.

Michael Ausiello is reporting that Courteney Cox will be guest starring this season on Scrubs. It looks like it is a three episode appearance for her.

Do you want a pair of the shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back To The Future 2? Well, you're in luck and also out of luck. Nike recently released Air Mcfly shoes which are replicas of the shoes that Marty wore in 2015, well, except for the power laces. They're a little hard to find though!! Only 350 pairs were released and are already going on Ebay for up to $1000. Wow.

The new season of Burn Notice premiered tonight on USA Network. If you haven't checked it out, I'd recommend it for sure. I've only seen two or three episodes of it and find it fun to watch. The story of the show is about a spy who gets fired and blacklisted, hence the name Burn Notice. He has to get his life back together and figure out why this happened to him. Nice mix of action, comedy, and drama. I've got to give a lot of credit to USA as they have been promoting the new season to the maximum. I've loved the music video type promo that they're been running set to "Everybody Wants You". Burn Notice airs Thursdays at 9pm central time on USA. For more info, head over to:
http://www.usanetwork.com/series/burnnotice/

Hulu has been adding a lot of classic shows lately. Throughout the summer, they are adding a new thing each day whether it be a show or a movie. Definitely some big name things going up.

Here is a look back at what the movie box office looked like ten years ago. The movie box office numbers for the weekend of July 10th, 1998. 1. Lethal Weapon 4 - $34 million. 2. Armageddon - $23.5 million. 3. Small Soldiers - $14 million. 4. Doctor Doolittle - $12.8 million. 5. Mulan - $7 million. 6. Madeline - $6.4 million. 7. The X Files: Fight The Future - $3.8 million. 8. Out Of Sight - $3.8 million. 9. Six Days, Seven Nights - $3.6 million. 10. The Truman Show - $3.5 million.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, July 15th. Birds of Prey (Full Series), Dallas (Season Nine), Eureka (Season Two), Evening Shade (Season One), Reno 911! (Season Five), Saving Grace (Season One).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Charles Barkley or Ron Burgandy?


Have a great and safe weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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