Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Entertainment Wrap Up-July 3, 2008-Allison Mack Blogs About The Superman Celebration, Friends Reunion Movie?, Average Age of TV Viewers, and More

Allison Mack has posted a blog about her weekend at the Superman Celebration. We had heard at the Celebration that Allison had a tough time with the weather in getting there. That was no surprise at all to us there cause the weather was TERRIBLE that Friday. Nasty storms came through the area just about all day and into the evening. She went through a lot to get there and it's nice to see that she did have a fun time at the Celebration once she got there. I know I speak for everyone else there in thanking her for doing all that she could to be with all of us fans in Metropolis. Allison was so nice to everyone and was a lot of fun. I got to meet her and she was extremely nice. Her blog sounds like she got a life experience out of her journey to Metropolis as well. Here is a link to her blog:
http://www.allisonmack.com/2008/06/26/joy-metropolis-lightening-henry-and-marie/

Since I took last week off, here are two weeks worth of movie box office numbers.
June 20th-22nd weekend: 1. Get Smart - $38.6 million. 2. The Incredible Hulk - $22.1 million. 3. Kung Fu Panda - $21.9 million. 4. The Love Guru - $13.9 million. 5. The Happening - $10.4 million. 6. Indiana Jones - $8.5 million. 7. You Don't Mess With The Zohan - $7.4 million. 8. Sex and the City - $6.5 million. 9. Iron Man - $4 million. 10. The Strangers - $2.1 million.
Box office numbers for this past weekend. 1. WALL-E - $63 million. 2. Wanted - $50.9 million. 3. Get Smart - $20.2 million. 4. Kung Fu Panda - $11.6 million. 5. The Incredible Hulk - $9.5 million. 6. The Love Guru - $5.3 million. 7. Indiana Jones - $5.1 million. 8. The Happening - $3.9 million. 9. Sex and the City - $3.8 million. 10. You Don't Mess With The Zohan - $3.1 million.

Will Smith's movie Hancock is doing well already. The movie opened up yesterday and brought in $17.3 million. The movie did have previews available on some screens across the country on Tuesday so that brings the total money up higher than the $17 million.

In the I'll believe it when I see it category for the week (however also in the I will be REALLY excited if true category), there is yet another rumor of a Friends reunion. Mail Online out of Britain is saying that a Friends movie has been given the go ahead. They say that the movie will be made in the next 18 months and that the whole cast is in for it. The talk in the article is that the success of the Sex and the City movie really got this thing rolling again. I said at the time of the box office success of Sex and the City that I was extremely happy for it as a TV fan. If that movie did well based off of a TV reunion, others might risk it and give it a shot. If this Friends movie does happen, there is going to be a TON of buzz about it and I will be waiting in line to see the very first showing. I'm still not getting any hopes up until an official announcement is made cause I'm just not believing it yet cause the rumors have been spreading for years now. It's worth a read, if anything, to fantasize about. We can always hope though!!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1030981/Friends-reunited-Jennifer-Aniston-gang-set-return-big-screen-blockbuster.html

The Screen Actor's Guild and AMPTP have continued to talk about a new contract. Will there be another strike in the entertainment industry? Let's hope and pray for there not to be. SAG's current contract expired on June 30th but the last word was that SAG was looking over AMPTP's possible last offer. We should know in a few days where the contract talks go from here.

9021-no. Luke Perry was asked this morning on Live With Regis and Kelly if he would be interested in joining the growing list of 90210 stars on the new spinoff. He said that he just didn't have any interest in in but wished the show good luck in its return.

Just thought I'd update you on how the Joss Whedon comics are selling. The Buffy season eight volume two graphic novel is selling very well. It sits at number one for the month of May on the top 100 graphic novels list. As far as the regular comic issues in the top 100 comics for May, Buffy (issue 14) is ranked 15th, Serenity (Better Days issue 3) is ranked 41st, Angel (issue 7) is ranked 50th.
http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/12754.html
Also, Comedy Central has posted this list of what they feel is the funniest five episodes of Buffy. Very good list and it made me laugh quite a bit in thinking back on these episodes.
http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/cc_insider/2008/07/thats-not-funny.html

I have laughed so hard at the last couple of episodes of My Boys. Tonight's episode had P.J. getting a big shocker when Bobby announced that he and Elsa were engaged. The feeling among the group was that it was just a way to keep Elsa in the country as she was being deported. However, Bobby revealed that the feelings were true when he was questioned by P.J. She did grant him her and the group's blessing as she had been voted as the one to confront him about their thoughts. Other very funny happenings on the show tonight was Brendan turning into his own doctor and self diagnosing himself. He had been depressed and down about life wearing himself down. He had also lost his health insurance. So, he used his medical knowledge to diagnose himself. It was hilarious just how much rougher he was looking through the entire episode to which Bobby told him at the end of it that his face looked like "a sweaty volleyball". I laughed a lot at Mike and Andy doing the improv classes with Mike only being there to hit on the women. Mike had his eye on one but who did she talk to? Kenny. Hilarious moment especially after the last few episodes.

Just over a week away from Big Brother 10. The houseguests have been chosen and the show premieres on Sunday, July 13th. The houseguests are usually inside the house for about a week before the show actually premieres with a taped episode so the show could actually begin taping any day now. I find myself more nervous than excited about this edition of Big Brother after how much I couldn't stand Big Brother 9. WeLoveBigBrother.com has spoken to executive producer, Allison Grodner, where she confirmed that the houseguests will be strangers with a wide range of ages. The show also will have live audiences on eviction night which is something that I've been hearing. Interesting interview.
http://www.welovebigbrother.com/2008/07/01/allison-grodner-reveals-season-secrets-to-wlbb/

One of my friends sent me an interesting email this week of an article from Variety. The topic of the article is about the average age of TV viewers being 50 years of age. This was the average with combining five networks together. This was live TV and not including DVR viewers. The ages for each network ranked as follows: ABC (age 50), NBC (age 49), Fox (age 44), CW (age 34), and Univision (age 34). It appears that DVR viewership does bring the average age down by one year on every network besides on CW and Univision. The article also noted on some of the average ages of various shows and I was surprised at some of them. How I Met Your Mother, Big Brother, and Kid Nation all had average age of viewers of 45. I was expecting How I Met Your Mother to have a younger audience but I'm happy to see that all different ages enjoy the show. Big Brother was right where I expected as the show has a wide range of age of viewers. Tonight Show has an average age of 54, Letterman has 53, Jimmy Kimmel at 50, and Conan at 46. What I found interesting was that TV targets that 18-49 demographic so hard and yet the average age of viewers is out of that range. There are a bunch of theories that I and others have on why the average age isn't as young as many would expect. Different ways of TV viewing such as watching shows online or maybe people are doing other things other than watching live TV or even DVR viewing. For more info including the average age of others show viewers, head over to:
http://www.variety.com/VR1117988273.html

Music sale numbers have been released covering the first half of 2008. Album sales fell 11% from the same time a year ago. While album sales fall, digital sales continue to rise. Album sales done digitally went up 34%. Digital songs are doing well though as they are up 30%. A lot of people are going the route of buying songs that they like instead of albums. I know that I don't buy CD's anymore just for a song that I like or from an artist that I just kind of like. If I'm buying a CD, it is from an artist that I'm a fan of. From what I've seen so far this year, it doesn't seem like there have been very many huge name albums being released so that could have an effect. However, it is very clear that consumers are going digital as a way to get their music. I'm sure that these half way year numbers really aren't a surprise to anyone reading this as the way of selling music has been changing for several years now.

I watched Serenity again last week. If you haven't seen that movie, you should really check it out. Even if you didn't watch the Firefly series, I think you'd still enjoy the movie. They do a good job of recapping the events at the beginning of the movie. Just a lot of fun action, laughs, and excellent writing.

I saw a promo for the new season of Heroes last night on NBC. It's just a short overview of "Villains" which is the next chapter in the story. If you're watching NBC and are a Heroes fan, keep an eye out for it.

Like I've been saying, I've just been watching various first episodes of shows seeing if I can get hooked on anything new. I've yet to really watch anything that has grabbed me and make me absolutely want to watch more. I watched the first episode of 24 last week on Hulu and can definitely see why so many people are addicted to it. I am definitely going to watch some more episodes to see if it draws me in. I really liked the first episode though. I still have more shows that I plan on watching first episodes of including Arrested Development, Lost, and Charmed (although to be fair, I've seen this show before and liked it). I'm looking for a show that I can get hooked on and fly through a box set like I did with Smallville and Veronica Mars. Even better, something on Hulu.

I'm very sad to hear of the passing of Larry Harmon today. The name might not sound very familiar but the character that he was known for will be, Bozo The Clown. Harmon was 83 years old. I know that I loved Bozo as a kid and watched the show on WGN for many years. Come on, what kid didn't have a home version of the ping pong game? Harmon gave a lot of enjoyment to people of all ages for many decades and he will be missed.

American Idol has announced their audition dates and cities. Idol auditions will be stopping in San Francisco, CA (July 17th), Louisville, KY (July 21st), Phoenix, AZ (July 25th), Salt Lake City, UT (July 29th), San Juan, Puerto Rico (August 2nd), Kansas City, MO (August 8th), Jacksonville, FL (August 13th), and East Rutherford, NJ (August 19th).

TNT is getting set for a couple of shows returning on July 14th. The Closer returns for season four at 8pm central time. Following that at 9pm is the season two debut for Saving Grace.
For more info on The Closer, go to these links. The second link on each show takes you to a recap to get you caught up :
http://www.tnt.tv/series/closer/
http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?oid=33094&eref=sharethisUrl
Saving Grace:
http://www.tnt.tv/series/savinggrace/
http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?oid=34181&eref=sharethisUrl

Here is a couple weeks worth of TV on DVD releases.
Released this week: 30 Days (Season Two), The Closer (Season Three), Mad Men (Season One), Walker Texas Ranger (Season Five).
Releases for Tuesday, July 8th: Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet (Best Of Ricky and Dave), The Batman (Season Five), The Dog Whisperer (Season Three), Fastlane (Full Series), I Dream Of Jeannie (Season Five), Jake and the Fatman (Season One - Volume One), Monk (Season Six), Psych (Season Two), Soul Food (Season Four), Stargate: Atlantis (Season Four), Teen Titans (Season Five).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Weezer's new music video. If you are a You Tube watcher, you'll really appreciate this video that includes many You Tube stars. Fun video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI

I want to wish all of you a great 4th of July. Have fun and be safe!! Take care and God bless!!

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