Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Amazing, Grace!

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It's CONFIRMED! Will and Grace will be coming back to NBC for another 10 episodes...

The Emmy-winning Will & Grace is returning to NBC. After months of complex and difficult negotiations, the network has closed a deal for a new 10-episode installment of the hit series, which aired from 1998-2006 as one of the last tentpoles of NBC’s once venerable Must-See TV comedy lineup. The 10-episode limited run will air during the 2017-18 season.



The new, ninth season of Will & Grace stems from the surprise election-themed reunion mini-episode released on Sept. 26. Done without NBC’s involvement, it immediately triggered talk of a possible real reunion.

Slowly but surely, producing studio Universal TV was able to secure stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes as well as creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Veteran director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is on board to direct and executive produce.

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”

I. Can't. Wait!!!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oscar Pool

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The Deadpool Oscar campaign is hilarious...



It would be great if it won Best Picture.

Stranger things have happened (see: last year's election)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chips Ahoy

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Two cheesy old TV shows are getting updated film versions this summer. The first is Chips...



Me thinks this trailer spends far too much time focusing on Ponch's obsession/avoidance of Jon's groin.

Maybe they should have just called the movie Crotch instead.

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And the next unnecessary blast from the past is Baywatch...



Uh...yeah.

We're gonna need a LOT to drink before seeing either of these films.

Chips opens on March 24th.

Baywatch opens May 19th.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Urban Myths

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This new UK series, Urban Myths, looks like it could be fun...

Debuting January 19 in the U.K., Urban Myths offers such believe-it-or-not stories as a post-9/11 road trip taken by Michael Jackson (Fiennes), Elizabeth Taylor (a dead-ringer Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox). 

Other 30-minute episodes chronicle such legendary incidents (or maybe just legends) as Cary Grant tripping on LSD with Timothy Leary; Salvador Dali schmoozing with Alice Cooper; Samuel Beckett driving Andre the Giant to school; a teenage Adolf Hitler getting rejected from art school; Bob Dylan hanging out with Dave Stewart; Muhammad Ali rescuing a suicidal man; and the Sex Pistols’ definitely real profanity-laced TV appearance. 

 The series came under some fire last year with the announced hiring of Fiennes as the African-American Jackson, but with Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon also appearing in this clip as a smug young Adolf, the oddball casting seems rather of a piece.

Here is the trailer...



Stockard Channing certainly does a pretty spot-on impression of Elizabeth Taylor.

Enjoyable.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

May Day

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The new episodes of Twin Peaks finally have a premiere date on Showtime....

Network president David Nevins announced the news at the Television Critics Association 2017 winter press tour, revealing that the long-in-the-works new season will debut with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. 

Additionally, the third and fourth episodes of the new season will be available on Showtime’s streaming and on demand platforms that same night. The 2017 season will be 18 hours in total.

Nevins called the new installment “the pure heroin version of David Lynch.” Like the original, the follow-up “rewards close watching,” Nevins added.

Exciting!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Golden Moments

These were the two best moments of the Golden Globes last night....first, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell give a surprisingly dark, and hilarious, introduction to Best Animated Film....



And....Meryl Streep's Cecil B. DeMille award speech.



"And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

Amazing speech and powerful words.

Truth.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Incoming

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There were some very subtle effects in the movie Arrival. Check out this behind-the-scenes video on some of the surprising visual elements in the film that most people wouldn't notice...



Pretty cool.

If you haven't seen the movie yet on the big screen....do.

It's well worth it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Spine-tingling

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The first new trailer for Alien: Covenant was released....



This one definitely looks a lot closer to the first two Alien movies, rather than the painfully slow Prometheus.

I guess they finally realized that audiences probably want to see more scary aliens and less pretty landscapes.

Duh.

The movie opens on May 19th.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds

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Tragic news tonight...

Debbie Reynolds died tonight as a result of a stroke. She was 84 and had been taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center this afternoon complaining of difficulty breathing, just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at 60 after a heart attack.

A teenage beauty queen, Reynolds had moved to MGM after some unproductive years at Warner Bros., where her only film of note was The Daughter Of Rosie O’Grady. She will forever be remembered as Kathy Selden, the fledgling actress of serious intent who wins the heart of Gene Kelly’s Don Lockwood in the 1952 Freed Unit classic Singin’ In The Rain.

She was rarely off the celebrity radar screen over more than six decades that included a headline generating divorce when her husband, singer Eddie Fisher, left her for Elizabeth Taylor; more choice roles on film (including The Tender Trap (1955), with Frank Sinatra; A Catered Affair (1956), with Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine, and the title role in another musical, 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown; and Broadway (as the star of the 1974 revival of Irene). Molly Brown brought her her sole Oscar nomination for best actress. 

Her TV career had an inauspicious infancy with The Debbie Reynolds Show in 1969, a time when variety shows were changing with the culture with programs like Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Reynolds’ show was canceled after one season. Nevertheless, she was a guest star on many series, right up through NBC’s hit Will & Grace. 

Reynolds’ personal life was marked by marriages that ended in divorce and financial wreckage, from which she invariably bounced back with entrepreneurial ingenuity and an un-defeatable optimism.

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She was a Hollywood legend and had an amazing career that spanned decades. To have her pass the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher...terrible and sad for their families and friends.

She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.