Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Buffy Movie Reboot Is Still Moving Forward Without Joss Whedon - November 30, 2010

Ugh. Is this still going? Do they not realize how annoyed that they are making the fan base? I am talking about the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie remake. News came out a while back about a Buffy reboot which is going to get fans excited. Anytime there is any kind of new news about Buffy, the Whedonverse including myself gets excited. So, what is this movie going to be? Oh, it doesn't have Sarah Michelle Gellar? Hmm, ok. So, what is Joss Whedon's plan with it going to be. Oh, Joss has nothing to do with it? What about the rest of the cast? What are they going to be doing? Oh, they're not involved in it either? Well, what is this movie? Seriously though, Warner Brothers announced recently that they are moving forward on their remake of Buffy and it will have none of the Whedonverse involved in it. As you can expect, fans are outraged over the possibility of a Buffy movie being made outside of the Whedonverse. There is going to be a big backlash over this movie from fans and it's already starting. Kristin over at E Online asked Joss Whedon for his comments on the Buffy movie moving forward and it was nice to see that he's just as annoyed as us fans are. Here is a little snippet of what he had to say and then definitely click the link because his comments are a great read. "I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly."
Read more: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b212644_joss_whedon_reacts_buffy_movie_news_i.html#ixzz16n7ebSOa

Ultimately, I think it is respectful to leave original projects in the hands of those that made it. Let them be the ones to bring something back if they please. It's like Back To The Future. The producers of that movie have made it clear that there will be no part four. They don't want it and don't want to mess with the franchise. That is their right. Even if someone else owns trademarks and such like what is happening with the Warner Brothers/Buffy situation, I just think it is disrespectful to go over someone like they are doing with Joss. Buffy without Joss Whedon involved means I want nothing to do with it. Warner Brothers needs to take note of the fans that are feeling the same way. You have a guaranteed fan base that will show up with anything that Joss produces. You do realize that you are turning off this very fan base, right?

Leslie Nielsen, Jennifer Grey Takes DWTS, Chuck, Eliza Dushku Gets A New Role - November 30, 2010

3113, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Sunday November 28 2010. FILE PICTURE DATED 1992 of actor Leslie Nielsen, who has died from pneumonia at the age of 84. The dead-pan comic who starred in comedy classics such as Airplne and The Naked Gun , passed away in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his family at his side.  Actor Leslie Nielsen at his home in LA. Photograph:  Paul Harris, PacificCoastNews.com
The sad news of this early week was the passing of Leslie Nielsen. Just such a sad thing to hear. He made so many people laugh including myself. My introduction to Nielsen was through the Naked Gun movies. They were so funny and he just a great delivery on his comedy. You could tell that he just loved his job so much with making people laugh. Nielsen passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 84.

Congratulations to Jennifer Grey on winning this season's Dancing With The Stars. When I heard the announcement of the cast for this season, I was immediately pulling for her. All I could think was what a great comeback story that it would be for her. She was strong throughout the competition and was battling an injury in the final week.

I'm really enjoying this season's Chuck. The addition of Chuck's mom has been really fun. The more fun is trying to figure out whose side she is on. The writers are doing a great job of blurring the lines with that character where you just can't figure her out. Really fun season so far and there is so much left to go. Summer Glau was awesome in her guest starring role as she had to battle with Jeffster. The Firefly fan in me loved seeing Summer and Adam Baldwin together in scenes again.

Since I'm talking Whedonverse stuff, Deadline has reported that Eliza Dushku is set to get a pilot on TNT called Bird Dog. Great to see her getting signed on with another show already. You can learn more about it at this link: http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/eliza-dushku-to-star-in-tnt-pilot-bird-dog-d-b-sweeney-to-lead-tbs-pilot-brain-trust/

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving at One Tree Hill, Robin Sparkles Returns To How I Met Your Mother - November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving at One Tree Hill had a little bit of everything. Returns, fighting, drama, reunions, sports, choices, a major clothesline, and more. The Scott house became the place to be when others had their plans go wrong. Quinn made her return and reunited with Clay. When she started posting the pictures from her vacation in the room, my first thought was "what is on those pictures?" Yeah, she is on a mission of getting even with the person that almost ended her and Clay's life. Alex and Mia. This was fun. You just knew this had to build up into something. Add in a football game and you get some physicality added to their issues. A major clothesline from Alex followed by a big slap from Mia capped it off. Julian had the answer that the girls were looking for and that was who he picked between the two. His decision caught them off guard when they watched the video of his interview. He chose neither of them because they had both hurt him and said he needed to be on his own. Victoria returns....and makes Brooke's Thanksgiving miserable. To make things worse for Brooke, her future mother in law was doing all she could to be nice to Victoria. Mouth and Millie appear to be on their way to getting back together. It was a really entertaining episode that was directed by Bethany Joy Galeotti. It's nice to see the show doing more holiday themed episodes this year with this and the Halloween episode.

It's Robin Sparkles 3, ya'll. That quote is courtesy of Barney in the beginning of this week's How I Met Your Mother. Yes, round three of the Robin Sparkles story which involved Robin being part of a kids space program about teaching them math. Yeah, the whole presentation of the program was way too much for the gang to take as they watched it. It also brought up a problem between Robin and Lily. Robin had been bombarded with baby talk from Lily. We found out that Robin was having trouble in this scenario because her best friend on the kids program, Jessica Glitter, had dumped her in the past. The reason was that Jessica knew she'd have no time for Robin anymore and that things would be different. This hurt Robin and Jessica but it tied over to Lily. The Robin Sparkles show was a fun backdrop to this Robin and Lily story. I wonder what they'll come up with for Robin Sparkles 4? I'm sure it will be great.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Robin Sparkles Returns Tonight On HIMYM, Chuck With Summer Glau, Survivor, & Storm Chasers - November 15, 2010

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actress Cobie Smulders arrives to the ELLE And Express '25 At 25' Event held at Palihouse Holloway on October 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Missing Robin Sparkles on How I Met Your Mother? Well, tonight is your night. Robin Sparkles will return in tonight's episode on CBS. This time it appears that we'll be seeing her in an educational special that went wrong. The Robin Sparkles story has been one of those things with this show that you can't get enough of and the producers do a great job of giving you a taste of it but not overdoing it to where you're tired of it. That goes along with how well they do with bringing back the slap bet every so often as well. They drop these little teases about Robin's pop star past every so often and then we get the pay off. It has brought a lot of fun cameos as well with the music videos that have been produced which have included Alan Thicke and James Van der beek. We've been to the mall and then to the beach with sand castles. Where will Robin Sparkles take us this time?

Chuck has a big guest star tonight as Summer Glau will be appearing on the show. That will of course be on NBC. If you haven't seen Chuck this season, it has been great and you need to check it out.

Just wanted to touch on a couple of other shows as well since I haven't had time to talk about them. I'll start with Survivor. Well, Marty's number was finally up and he is gone. I can't say I'm surprised. I was surprised to hear him criticizing Chase's game as much as he was. All I could think was are you really in a position to be criticizing someone else's game right now when you're barely hanging on? Speaking of barely hanging on, what about Naonka? Actually, I'm wondering if she is barely hanging on. She is either going to be someone that is voted off very soon or going to be kept around till the end because people think they can win against her. Her social game is really bad. It's not Russell level kind of bad but it's not far off. You can't keep going off on people that you expect to vote for you to win a million dollars. I do realize that this game messes with people and sometimes brings out the best in people but also the worst in people.

On to last week's Storm Chasers. What a day for the TWISTEX team. That was awesome!! They landed their probe right in the middle of that massive tornado. I was so happy to see them have such great success. It doesn't sound like they are done either with their great success after hearing rumblings of the next episode or so. The TIV team had a rough day trying to push on without Matt. Bad decision making when the TIV team decided to make some really bad passing judgments on the opposite side of the road despite upcoming hills. Lots of chasers were having frustration that day cause there were so many people out trying to chase the storm. Traffic was just horrible. I did go to You Tube and find that video that was shown of the TIV crew driving up the hill in the wrong lane. Yeah, it looked really bad on them and Sean knew at the time that it was a bad idea. The driver took the blame for it and they'll learn from it. Unfortunately, Sean has to meet with Josh who is not happy about the video that was shown of them. Josh is threatening to cut the funding for Sean's movie over the incident. The TVN crew is still having difficulties with them seemingly being on separate agendas. Reed has what he is wanting to do with getting more scientific data while Joel and Chris are more into just wanting to chase.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

CMA Awards - Carrie and Brad Stay Entertaining As Hosts, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebellum Among Big Winners - November 11, 2010

Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood speak onstage during the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on November 10, 2010. UPI/Terry Wyatt Photo via Newscom
It was a good night for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton last night. The CMA Awards took place from Nashville, TN and was hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. They were a lot of fun as always. The two really play well off of each other. I could go into a rant about how Carrie was left out of the nominations especially Entertainer Of The Year considering she has one of the hottest selling tours in the country but I'll just leave it at that. They apparently like her cause they ask her to host. Ok, done ranting. Carrie rocked the house with "If It Weren't For Guys Like You" along with Brad, and Keith Urban. Really strong performance to open the show. She later did a great performance of "Mama's Song". Brad took home the award for Entertainer Of The Year and gave a tearful acceptance speech. Miranda and Blake had a great night as Miranda won for Female Vocalist Of The Year while Blake won for Male Vocalist Of The Year. Miranda wasn't done winning awards though as she took home the awards for Album Of The Year for "Revolution" and also Song Of The Year for "The House That Built Me". What a year for Miranda. Speaking of great years, let's get to Lady Antebellum. I loved their performance of "Hello World". I've really gotten hooked on that song in the last couple of weeks and the performance of it wasn't a letdown. They took home the awards for Vocal Group Of The Year and Single Of The Year for "Need You Now". The Zac Brown Band won for New Artist. Sugarland won for Vocal Duo Of The Year. Miranda Lambert's video for "The House That Built Me" also won for the Music Video Of The Year. Gwyneth Paltrow had a lot of attention on her for her performance of "Country Strong". You could definitely feel the support there for her and it was great to see. I was bummed to see The Band Perry only get to perform part of their hit song, "If I Die Young". I was just getting into it and then they started reading award winners. Overall, an entertaining awards show. The Carrie award and nomination shut outs are getting annoying though.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Conan Debuts, Michael J. Fox Returns To TV, Amazing Race - November 9, 2010

Conan O'Brien debuted his long awaited new show on TBS last night. I enjoyed it and it was this feeling of redemption to see him back doing late night TV. The opening sequence was well done with him showing the fallout of his decision of not taking the new time slot for The Tonight Show. It involved him getting shot at Godfather style on the studio lot and then showing all of the other jobs that he had attempted after leaving NBC. It was classic Conan stuff. I'm impressed with the look of the studio and the remote control moving moon in the background was a fun touch. He didn't pull any punches with his line of "it's not easy doing a late night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding. So, that's why I left NBC." Ricky Gervais was very funny with his pre-recorded messages congratulating Conan and then recording others as well in case things didn't work out was a clever idea. A fun first show and just what you would expect out of Conan. He is on weeknights at 10pm central time on TBS. The ratings are also in on the premiere and Conan beat all the talk shows including Leno and Letterman.

Michael J. Fox returns to TV tonight guest starring on the show, The Good Wife. Fox will play a lawyer that is fighting for the pharmaceutical companies and is using his Parkinson's condition to his advantage in court. I'm thrilled to have Michael back on TV and I'm a huge fan of his.

A costly rule was broken on The Amazing Race this week. It wasn't just one team that broke it but several. The teams had to walk instead of taking a cab on one point of this leg of the race. Brooke and Claire realized what they had done and went back to make the walk which avoided the penalty. They still finished second on this leg despite having to go back. Chad and Stephanie took a penalty but Michael and Kevin got the double penalty. Their penalty was longer and those two teams were at the line last so Michael and Kevin were eliminated. It was a bummer to see them get eliminated like that on a penalty but it's part of the race. Nat and Kat finished in first place.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back To The Future Items Sell High At The Hollywood Auction - November 6, 2010

Oct. 25, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - ''Back To The Future'' 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-Ray Release Celebration.Gustavino's New York, NY 10-25-2010.Photo By - - Phhotos, Inc. 2010.I14975BT. © Red Carpet Pictures
This has been a big month or so for Back To The Future fans. So much to keep up with as the 25th anniversary passed. I have seen Back To The Future in Blu-ray and it looks incredible. I will have a review of the set up on the site soon. The big Hollywood Auction has been taking place tonight which had Bob Gale putting up a ton of items up for bid to help raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. For Back To The Future fans like myself, there was plenty of attention on a lot of incredible items up for bid. Bids went high for items. I was hoping to see the DeLorean go up over $100,000 but it got close. What was amazing to see that Marty's jacket from the future got close to the DeLorean on being the top selling item. The newspaper items would be a major collectible to me and they went from anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000. The bidding on the sports almanac was fast and furious as it went for $15,000. Here is a list of all the items that were sold and their winning bids. No, the picture with this article is not the one that was auctioned.

The most technically accurate reproduction of the iconic DeLorean: $95,000
Back To The Future II prop police baton: $650
Prop Biff's SFX "transformation" matchbooks from Back To The Future II: $2,000
Very rare prop SFX "transformation" photos of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly: $1,300
Prop Frisbie's Pies pie plate from Back To The Future III: $1,000
Visual effects photograph of Marty disappearing from Back To The Future (just Marty in pic): $3,250
Visual effects photograph of Marty disappearing from Back To The Future (Marty with brother and sister in pic with him): $3,750
Prop USA Today newspaper from BTTF II: $2,000
Prop USA Today newspaper "Youth Jailed Martin McFly arrested" from BTTF II: $3,000
Prop future USA Today newspaper "Gang Jailed, Hoverboard rampage from BTTF II: $2,250
Prop Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper featuring George McFly from BTTF II: $2,000
Prop Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper featuring "Biff Wins Again" from BTTF II: $2,250
Prop Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper featuring "Emmett Brown Committed" from BTTF II: $4,000
Prop Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper featuring "Emmett Brown Commended" from BTTF II: $3,750
Original screen-used painting of 2015 future Hill Valley from BTTF II: $2,500
Back To The Future III double sided one sheet poster: $1,500
Screen used Gray's Sports Almanac 1950-2000 from BTTF II: $15,000
Back To The Future II one sheet poster: $1,900
The Bob Gale Experience (dinner with Bob Gale or a phone call if travel isn't possible to LA): $1,300
Back To The Future III Japanese 57 in. by 40 in. poster: $600
Screen-used OUTATIME license plate from Back To The Future ride: $3,000
Prop Hill Valley map from BTTF III used in train station: (Item was not sold but have not heard on why)
Hero screen-used Michael J. Fox "Marty McFly" 2015 resizing jacket from the future: $75,000
Marty McFly Year 2015 future Nike self lacing shoe from BTTF II: $14,000
Oh Lala prop magazine from BTTF II: $2,000
Back To The Future one sheet poster signed by Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Crispin Glover, and Thomas F. Wilson: $4,250

Oh yeah, I guess there was some other non-BTTF related items being sold in the auction. LOL. Here are some of the happenings of the rest of the auction and the winning bids.
Signed director's chair by Christopher Nolan: $350
Signed director's chair by Jodie Foster: $200
Signed director's chair by Robert Downey Jr.: $475
Signed director's chair by Seth Rogen: $125
Signed director's chair by Katherine Heigl: $100
Signed director's chair by Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cynthia Nixon: $200
Star Wars: Episode IV US subway billboard poster: $1,300
Lucy Liu "Alex Munday" costume from Charlie's Angels: $375
Prop detonator and conceptual artwork from 24 seen in season six: $225
Stunt paring knife from 24 used to stab the president in season six: $250
The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers one sheet poster signed by 10 cast members: $1,400
Screen used T-Rex tooth from Jurassic Park: $2,750
Spider-Man 2 one sheet poster signed by Kirsten Dunst and Stan Lee: $350
Bones script signed by Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz: $500
Prop Daily Bugle newspaper covers from Spider-Man: $1,600
Xavier's school notebook and binder from X-Men: The Last Stand: $375
Silver Surfer surfboard signed by Stan Lee, Doug Jones, and Don Payne: $1,200
Bedtime Stories stunt gumballs and umbrella signed by Keri Russell, Adam Sandler, Russell Brand, Matt Lopez, and Adam Shankman: $400
Life size bust of Iron Man MARK II and Iron Man one-sheet poster signed by Stan Lee: $2,750
Avatar limited edition gicl+e print signed by James Cameron and Jon Landau: $1,100 (rapid fire bidding on that item).
Screen-used Scotty Dog puppet from Coraline: $2,750
Screen-used Angel Dog taxidermy puppet from Coraline: $2,500
Complete Cobra Neo-Viper costume from G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra: $3,250
Megan Fox "Mikaela Banes" Smithsonian costume from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: $1,600
Eclipse mini-poster signed by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner: $650
Screen-used Hero K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (2008-09): $32,500
Superman Comics No. 1 1939: $90,000
The Green Hornet Comic No. 1 December 1940: $1,800
Batman comic strip original art by Bob Kane 1943: $37,500
Who Framed Roger Rabbit original storyboard drawing signed by artist: $250
Original Screen-used Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: $47,500
Screen-used Naboo Palace Guard jacket from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace: $7,000
Screen-used "Daffy" puppet from Gremlins 2: The New Batch: $16,000
Screen-used prop Jeep license plate #10 from Jurassic Park: $3,000

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Storm Chasers Pays Tribute To Matt Hughes - November 4, 2010

This week's Storm Chasers was a great but yet somber of a mood of an episode. A couple of weeks or so ago, news started to get out about Matt Hughes passing. He is, of course, part of the TIV team and has been navigating Sean this season in the passenger seat of the TIV. He passed away back in the spring due to injuries not related to chasing. A definite and sad shocker of a story to learn. I really enjoyed watching Matt storm chase. He had this really exciting energy to him especially when he was right there in the mix of it. This week's episode was dedicated to him in memory and focused on his last chase. What a chase it was. He was given the reigns this time around and Sean put his trust in him to get the tornado. He got the TIV right in position and they intercepted the tornado. Matt had really had to battle to get Sean's trust to get full control of the mission and Matt proved himself big time. Just seeing Matt get to experience this big thing was fun to watch. Next week's episode is going to focus on the TIV team moving on without Matt. My prayers obviously go out to his family and friends who are missing him. Just so sad to learn of that news. As far as the rest of the episode goes, it was a wild one with a fast moving weather system. Wow, the TVN crew is not getting along at all. You get a girl involved and the whole thing blows up. Just kidding. LOL. Chris and Reed are not getting along after Chris was moved out of the dominator so Reed's girlfriend could chase with them. That did not go over well with Chris and he is still mad over it. Well, Chris learned in this episode that Ginger will be returning possibly which means he'll be out of the chase again. The issues between the TVN crew ended up really costing them the chase in this storm event. TWISTEX was working on their equipment making sure to get it just right and they were battling to stay in the mix of it. The storms were moving so fast that they were having trouble staying in the chase. Sean met up with Josh once again. Josh wouldn't direct Sean cause of some secret operation that they are on and basically said that no matter what that Sean was on his own. However, Josh tells Sean, hey, you can let us have some of your data if you do intercept. Wow. Just wow. I'm really hoping to see the TIV crew have a great rest of the season in tribute to Matt. I know they're going to have a tough time and will be missing him. God bless you Matt. Here is the tribute that played at the end of the episode.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Smallville, OSCK Issue 2, Amazing Race, TV on DVD - November 1, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Actress Erica Durance arrives at the Entertainment Weekly's 6th annual pre-Emmy celebration held at the historic Beverly Hills Post Office on September 20, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Just thought I'd talk a little about Smallville. I am loving what they are doing this season. The secret is out with Clark and Lois and she knows his secret and he knows that she knows his secret. Sounds like I'm quoting that line from Joey on Friends. LOL. I loved the scene where it was revealed and he gave her this look of "how long have you known this?" Really good stuff. Last week's episode had a flashback feel of what earlier seasons were like with a monster of the week kind of vibe to it. Tom Welling and Erica Durance have amazing chemistry on screen and they just really bring those characters to life. We're seeing the big payoff of that chemistry in this great tenth season.

Speaking of Smallville, OSCK has released the second issue of their magazine. They have an exclusive interview with Aaron Ashmore, news, reviews, previews, and a ton of great stuff. Definitely check it out. The magazine looks great!! Here is the link:

I am enjoying this season of The Amazing Race more than recent seasons. Some really fun personalities on this season. Gary and Mallory have been my favorites so far. Fun team to watch. Brook and Claire have an interesting dynamic and add a lot of personality to the race. They have fought hard in this race after being in a lot of tough situations. Michael and Kevin are fighting on as well and have had some rough spots where it looked like their race was over. Great job to them!! Nick and Vicki finished last on this leg of the race but found out that it was a non-elimination round. So, they'll have another chance at it. After last week's episode, I began to wonder how familiar that Nick and Vicki were with this show. They were completely lost when they saw "fast forward taken" with not knowing what that meant. I was amazed when they were for it being that far back in the pack.

TV on DVD releases for this week. Beverly Hills 90210 (Season Ten), The Facts Of Life (Season Five), The Fugitive (Season Four - Volume One), The Larry Sanders Show (Season Two), Mad About You (Season Five), V (Season One).

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