Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishues

Evidently, Surstromming is the worst-smelling canned herring in the world and this man decided he would try it, while also offering prizes to his wife and kids if they could stand to sit at the table with him while he was doing it.

Watching his whole family trying not to throw up while he's prepping to eat it is HILARIOUS!

Enjoy...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Downton Abbey: The Movie

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It looks like we will be getting a Downton Abbey movie after all...

The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year. 

NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018.

“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together,” said Edelstein. “Because, as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

“Julian and I are enthusiastic to do it,” said Neame at the time. “And so are the cast, I believe, so hopefully it will happen.” 

That's awesome news and I hope it all works out.

I've really missed me some Dowager Countess...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The pack survives

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A new trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones was released today...



It looks awesome!!

New episodes begin airing on July 16th.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dad love

Jimmy Kimmel had viewers yell "I love you" to their Dads on Father's Day and, as you'll see, the reactions were definitely mixed...



It seems that most Dads need to remember to lock the bathroom door.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Discovery air date

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The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will air Sunday September 24th on CBS and then the following episodes will air exclusively on CBS All Access after that.

We'll see how this subscription-only series goes over with fans. Many have stated that they won't pay to watch the show.

We'll soon find out whether that's true or not.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rakka

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Neill Blomkamp's (director of District 9) Oaks Studios has just released the first of a three-part short film he directed (this one features Sigourney Weaver) called Rakka, about an alien invasion.

It's really pretty good and would make a cool feature film.



I really liked it.

Here is a bit about what Neill is trying to do...

"The goal is to see ‘if’ the audience likes them and ‘if’ they would be willing to pay for volume 2, the director said. They are too short to charge now. 

So after thinking about it for a while, I came up with the idea. I needed a place that I could sell short films, and it felt like iTunes or any of the obvious outlets were massively lacking in any other avenues besides the films themselves. In other words: they don’t give users the ability to look at all of the behind the scenes artwork in any real way. 

The more I thought about that, the more it became, What if the users had access to all of the 3D files that we used for the visual effects? If we just gave that away with any one-time purchase and you could render stuff yourself? Or what if we just give away all of the raw footage of one of the pieces, and anyone in the audience could they recut the the entire thing themselves? Stems from all of the music, or voiceovers from the actors; I just wanted to open it up and let people remix it. 

After realizing that iTunes and stuff wasn’t the right avenue for that, I started thinking about a game platform like Steam. I felt like Valve is a really awesome company and I’ve always had a massive level of respect for Valve. So we started moving in the direction of putting stuff on Steam, and that’s the road that we went down for two years.”

If his future short film releases are as high-quality and enjoyable as this one is, I'd consider paying to see more.

Enjoyable.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flame on!

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One of the companies that does the visual effects for Agents of Shield released a new reel that showcases some of the cool work they did this year for the show, which includes several shots of the Ghost Rider character that was featured this past season...



This was definitely one of their best seasons!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Adam West

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Very sad news over the weekend...

Adam West, who defined the tights-wearing title role of "Batman" in the 1960s cult TV classic and remained a celebrated actor in the superhero world, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, according to his family. He was 88. 

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, he made appearances in popular TV shows of the 1960s, including "Bonanza" and "Bewitched." But he shot to fame playing the wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne — Batman's real name — on the ABC series adaptation of the D.C. comic book. Although it lasted for only three seasons from January 1966 to March 1968. 

In 1966, West became the first actor to bring the masked vigilante to the big screen in a feature-length adaptation of the TV series. In "Batman: The Movie," the Caped Crusader and trusty sidekick Robin, played by Burt Ward, formed the Dynamic Duo to outwit The Joker and his goons, including The Riddler, played by Frank Gorshin, and Catwoman, played by Lee Meriwether.

West — typecast as Batman over his career — voiced characters in several "Batman" spin-offs, oftentimes lending his legendary deadpan to sidekicks instead of superheroes. He also voiced characters in animated series, including "The Fairly OddParents," and played Mayor Adam West in Fox's cartoon series, "Family Guy." 

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2012.

He had a very colorful career and life and has left an ever-lasting impression in the Pop Culture world.

He will be missed, but very fondly remembered for many years to come.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Cat's in the cradle

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The first poster for the upcoming Marvel film, Black Panther, was released today.

Very Game of Thrones-y.

Here's the first trailer...



Looks pretty badass so far!

The movie slinks into theaters on February 16th.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bombshell

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Charlize Theron looks mighty glamorous in this new poster for Atomic Blonde. Judging by the trailer, I'd guess she doesn't look that way for very long...



This looks bloody awesome!

The movie opens July 28th.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You will believe

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It looks like Cher is working on a musical that will open on Broadway next year sometime.

If anyone's life seems perfectly set up to become a big musical...it's definitely Cher.

I'm in.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sew cool

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For fans of Game of Thrones, HBO has released an insightful overview of how they come up with some of the fashions of the time...



Enjoyable.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hear her roar

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Wonder Woman had a great opening weekend....

In her maiden outing, Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman dominated the international box office — and came in higher than estimated on Sunday. The well-reviewed DC warrior cuffed a final $125M on 34,775 screens in 55 markets this weekend – up from yesterday’s estimate of $122.5M on 34,300. And that’s without such major hubs as France, Germany and more. 

In overall terms overseas, the start outperformed such key (and male-led) superhero comps as Thor 1 and 2, Iron Man 1 and 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 and 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America 1 and 2, Ant-Man and Man Of Steel — and is now on par with Deadpool. 

The global cume on the Patty Jenkins-helmed DC pic is $228.1M. 

Domestically there was clearly extra girl power behind the $103.1M opening, yet internationally the sentiment is that to have reached the numbers Wonder Woman ascended to, the film is appealing to all audiences.

That's awesome news and I hope that it just keeps doing better. It's really a great film and one of the few Superhero movies that I think women will enjoy as much as men, if not more.

Thank Hera for Patty Jenkins directing this film and not allowing Warner Bros. to make another dark/angry DC movie.

This one has hope and joy, which is a very welcome change.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wonder-full

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The Wonder Woman finally movie opens today.

I saw it last night and it was AWESOME!

Go. See. It!

Once you have, watch this cool behind-the-scenes video on the making of the movie. Lots of fun stuff in here and you also get a look at how hard these women trained to be in the film as well.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lumos!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida has added a new light show, "Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle", and it's pretty spectacular...



That castle is absolutely my favorite part of the park.

If you haven't visited...you must.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wonderful Reviews

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The reviews for Wonder Woman are finally out and, as you can see by the numbers from RottenTomatoes, they seem to be almost overwhelmingly positive.

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I'm trying to keep my hopes low, but these reviews are making it very difficult for me to not go completely mental with excitement.

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I must say.

Wonder Woman opens everywhere this Friday June 2nd.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Young Sheldon

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The first trailer for the Big Bang Theory spin-off, Young Sheldon, was released this week...



I don't watch Big Bang Theory regularly, but I've seen enough episodes to enjoy their version of Sheldon as a kid. It's actually pretty funny and the kid is kind of hilarious.

I just may have to watch this when it premieres in the Fall.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Great War Is Here

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HBO just released the first full trailer for the seventh season of Game of Thrones...



SO excited!!

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The war begins on July 16th.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roger Moore

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Very sad news today...

Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to take on the legendary mantle of James Bond, has died at the age of 89. 

A star of the TV screen during the mid 20th-century—in starring roles such as Ivanhoe, Maverick, and most famously as Simon Templar in The Saint—Moore achieved global fame when he replaced George Lazenby as the new star of the James Bond franchise. 

Moore played the hero—a suave, more humorous bent on the iconic British spy in comparison to his predecessors—across seven feature films between 1973 and 1985, covering franchise classics like The Man with Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.

He certainly had a long career and will always be fondly remembered for his fun James Bond portrayal, giving the character a much-needed sense of humor.

He will be missed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wonderful Posters

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Warner Bros. has done an excellent job creating a nice variety of posters for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. These three are the most recent ones...

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I just bought tickets to see an early viewing next Thursday, June 1st (tickets on sale now).

Exciting!

Wonder Woman opens everywhere June 2nd.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Avatar: Flight of Passage

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Disney World's new Pandora: The World of Avatar section of the park will be opening in a couple of weeks. However, a few people have been given access early and we now have our first full video of what the "Flight of Passage" experience will be (where guests fly across Pandora on a Banshee)...



The visuals look pretty amazing and will likely make guests squeal with delight (as they did in this video) while also making them feel like throwing up for many years to come.

The ride opens on May 27th.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mummy Issues

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The final trailer for The Mummy was released today...



It looks like Tom Cruise will be doing a lot of running in this movie.

Said every Tom Cruise movie ever made.

The Mummy opens on June 9th.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Queens of the Desert

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CBS finally revealed the first photos from their upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series today AND the first full trailer...



I like it and am cautiously optimistic for now.

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The series features Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as First Officer Michael Turnham (right) and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Captain Philippa Georgia (left) and takes place before the original Kirk-Spock Star Trek.

After all of the delays (it was supposed to be ready in March) and lack of promotion, I was getting very concerned that it might get cancelled before it ever aired.

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However, I think the effects, uniforms, and cinematography look pretty cool and, if they keep that up, we just might have a fun new Star Trek series to enjoy after all of these years.

The first season (15 episodes) is set to premiere sometime this Fall on CBS/CBS All Access.

Enjoyable.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Orville

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The first full trailer for Seth Macfarlane's upcoming Star Trek spoof, The Orville, was released today...



Seth is a huge Star Trek fan, so this series should be a lot of fun. It's got a great cast (including Agents of Shield's Adrianne Palicki) and really good visual effects.

Since Star Trek: Discovery continues to be delayed (it was supposed to be on the air now), I think this will be a great replacement until it finally shows up sometime later this year.

The Orville will air Thursdays from 9:00 -10:00 pm on FOX in the Fall.

Exciting!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It might be

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I'm heading to the beach for a few days to find out.

Peace out!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rise of the Warrior

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The final Wonder Woman trailer was released this week...



Although the studio has released several shorter TV trailers over the past week, I feel like they've done a good job of keeping the trailers updated, without the feeling that we've already seen the entire movie.

I'm really hoping this movie turns out to be good, but am trying to keep my hopes realistic and balanced.

Fingers and all available body parts crossed.

The movie bursts onto screens June 2nd.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Built Ford Tough

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The first full trailer for Blade Runner 2049 was released today...



It definitely has a similar look/feel/music to the original Blade Runner movie and also has a great cast (including Harrison Ford from the first film).

I'm definitely looking forward to it!

We'll see what everyone thinks once it opens on October 6th.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shoot with my heart

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The first trailer for The Dark Tower was released today...



I don't know anything about the books, but am just happy that it doesn't appear to feature Mathew McConaughey driving smugly in a car through the desert thinking to himself.

I hate those commercials.

The movie opens August 4th.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mummy Memo

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The Mummy team released a cool behind-the-scenes video that gives a bit more insight into their new female villain...



I do like Sofia Boutella (Kingsman and Star Trek Beyond), so will be interested to see how she does in this and what the reviews say before I decide to see it either way.

For now...looks pretty good.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Valerian Poster

A new poster for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was just released...

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It's probably smart for them to accentuate the Valerian branding because no one is going to remember the "and the City of a Thousand Planets" part when they go to buy a ticket.

Honestly, Ethel.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hi, Hoe!

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Johnny Depp, dressed as Jack Sparrow, surprised tourists on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland yesterday...



It looked like he was having fun and the tourists certainly seemed to enjoy it.

Of course, he wasn't there when I did that ride a few years ago....arrrrgh!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jonathan Demme

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Very sad news today...

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar winning director, producer and screenwriter and screenwriter, has died at age 73.

Born in Baldwin, Long Island, Demme has had one of the great filmmaking careers of his era, rising to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988). He won his Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and later helmed the acclaimed films Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008), along with many seminal documentaries such as the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and Neil Young: Heart of Gold. 

Like more than a few iconic directors Demme cracked into features making exploitation films for Roger Corman, directing such films as Caged Heat, Crazy Mama and Fighting Mad for Corman’s New World Pictures. His first breakthrough was Melvin and Howard, not a box office hit but a film that was critically acclaimed. He established his eclectic, energetic style with Stop Making Sense, followed by the manic Something Wild, the Spalding Gray monologue Swimming to Cambodia and the New York comedy Married to the Mob. 

Demme followed that with The Silence of the Lambs, one of the last films for Orion which was released in February and was the rare film to win all five major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Ted Tally, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins & Best Actress for Jodie Foster –even though the studio didn’t have a ton of money to spend on a campaign, and horror is almost always overlooked by the Academy. Demme followed with Philadelphia, an early film that focused on the hypocrisy and prejudice surrounding the AIDS crisis, which won the Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Denzel Washington.

He directed some great films, was highly respected as a director, and beloved for his ability to work so well with actors and creative teams on each of his projects.

He will be missed.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All the Kingsman

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The first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle was released today...



It's definitely got a bigger all-star cast (including Colin Firth's character who died in the original), but still looks as crazy fun as the first one.

Exciting!

The movie opens on September 22nd.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Erin Moran

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Very sad news over the weekend...

Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late '60s to the mid-'80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom "Happy Days," has died. She was 56.

Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Richie Cunningham, who was played by Ron Howard, a child actor who is now a famed director.The show aired from 1974 to 1984. It was set in 1950s Milwaukee and was a big hit with a catchy theme song and memorable characters such as The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler.

Moran played the same character in the early 1980s in "Joanie Loves Chachi," a short-lived spinoff with her "Happy Days" co-star Scott Baio continuing his role as Chachi Areola. She made regular appearances on the series "Daktari" in the late '60s and "The Love Boat" in the '80s. She made guest appearances on TV shows such as "The Waltons," "My Three Sons" and "Gunsmoke."

She had been the subject of tabloid reports that she and her husband were living in a trailer in Indiana since losing her home to foreclosure in California. While other cast members continued to act or direct, acting work dried up for Moran.

She definitely had a rough time after the 80's and it's sad that she wasn't able to get the help that she needed to turn her life around later in life. I'm sure she did the best she could with what she had available.

She will be remembered and missed.

Friday, April 21, 2017

X-iting!

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FOX ordered a new season of 10 more episodes of the The X-Files to air later this year or early next year.

Squeeee!!