Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I don't watch American Idol for a couple of reasons (Ryan and Seacrest), but I saw this performance by Adam/Ada of the Radiohead song "Creep" posted on a random Web site this week and was really blown away by it.
I am amazed that any human, especially a 24-year-old guy, can sing like this. Are Alison Moyet and Patti LaBelle his parents?
There are some crazy-talented people in this world.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sad news over the weekend...
Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as “Mini-me” in the Austin Powers film comedies, has died. He was 49.
Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, a genetic disorder, and was considered one of the smallest people in the world. The 2 foot, 8-inch actor nevertheless carved out an acting career, but struggled with alcoholism, making numerous trips to rehab in his battle with the disease.
His film resume includes a brief appearance as Griphook the Goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and has roles upcoming in the 2018 film Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks and The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane.
He will be missed, but certainly remembered fondly.
Friday, April 20, 2018
The final Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer was released this week as well...
I could be wrong, but it looks like there are some people in this film who make some bad decisions and, as a result, a few dinosaurs get off the island and cause some shenanigans.
Maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
We'll find out when the movie opens on June 22nd.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The final Deadpool 2 trailer was released today...
It's looking pretty freakin' hilarious, especially with the addition of Peter (the guy at the end with no powers who just answered the ad).
He'll either die immediately or end up being the only one in the film who makes it through injury-free.
We'll find out when the film opens on May 18th.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I finished watching all ten episodes of Lost in Space on Netflix this week and, overall, really enjoyed it.
If you've also seen it and would like to see some of the cool visual effects that they did for the show, check out this VFX reel that was released today...
The cast of the series is all pretty good and Parker Posey did a great job playing Doctor Smith.
However, her character definitely provides one of the bigger challenges for the series, overall.
What do you do with a character who is clearly psychotic and completely (and unapologetically) untrustworthy?
On the other hand, Ignacio Serricchio, who plays Don West, turned an initially unlikable character into someone that you gradually warm up to and root for in the end.
It's just a shame he's "so" unattractive.
You can watch all ten episodes of Lost in Space now on Netflix now.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Sad news today....
Harry Anderson, who earned multiple Emmy nominations for playing Judge Harry T. Stone on the NBC comedy Night Court, was found dead today at a home in Asheville, NC. He was 65.
Anderson appeared in three Season 1 episodes of NBC’s Cheers as local flim-flam man/magician Harry “The Hat” Gitties, including a memorable sting episode in which he starred. That role — which he would reprise a few times later on the then-rising sitcom — led to his landing the lead in Night Court. The sitcom also starring John Larroquette, Markie Post and Richard Moll followed the wacky goings-on in a Manhattan night court and its staffers led by Stone, a boyish, grinning, jeans-and-sneakers jurist who was unconventional to say the least.
He guested on a number of 1980s and ’90s TV series including Tanner ’88, Tales from the Crypt, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and The John Larroquette Show and starred as Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King book. His most recent credits included episodes of the 2000s comedies 30 Rock — which featured a reunion of the Night Court cast — and Son of the Beach. He also co-starred in the 2014 indie film A Matter of Faith.
He will be missed.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
This very entertaining (and funny) behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War was released today...
It looks like they all had a great time making this film, while also having a lot of fun along the way.
I'm really looking forward to this opening on April 27th.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Fans have been asking for details about the upcoming second season of Westworld, so the producers decided to answer their prayers and released a video today to give them as many spoilers as they could...
Who knew that a Rick Astley song would feature so prominently?
HBO is obviously not going to give away the storyline, but I'm sure there are one or two people who watched that video will be who waiting to see if the sad dog sitting at the piano is some mysterious clue that hints at something in the upcoming story.
We shall all find out when the new season begins on April 22nd.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The first new episode of the second season of Legion aired last night and it didn't disappoint.
I mean, look at the new leader wearing a wicker basket on his head and his three robotic female assistants with 70's male porn star faces, hair, and mustaches.
Oh, how I have missed this show.
If you haven't watched the first season, you definitely should before attempting to watch the new season.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The first trailer for Night School was released today and the scene, from the image above, made me laugh much louder than I or my neighbors expected...
I normally wait for these kinds of wacky comedies to come out on the HBOs or the Netflixs, but this might actually be fun to watch in a packed theater full of slightly intoxicated patrons.
The movie opens on September 28th.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Very sad news today...
Steven Bochco, creator of classics such as NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues that helped redefined the medium of television, has died at 74 after a long battle with leukemia.
Bochco was nominated for an Emmy 30 times as producer and writer, winning 10. His many other honors include the Humanitas Prize and Peabody honors. A New York City native, Bochco attended NYU and earned a theater degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology before beginning his career at Universal as a writer for shows like Ironside and Columbo. He then left for MTM Enterprises, where James Earl Jones starred in his first show, the short-lived cop drama Paris.
A few years later, he created Hill Street Blues, his breakout, which premiered in 1981. It collected eight Emmys in its debut season and racked up 98 nominations in its seven-season run. The show turned previous broadcast cop dramas like Dragnet on their head, deliberately showing the flaws and human dimensions of police officers and using cinematic techniques to reveal the gritty landscape they patrol. The other trailblazing aspect of Hill Street, whose signature line was Sergeant Phil Esterhaus (played by Michael Conrad) telling the troops, “Let’s be careful out there,” was its serialized narrative.
Building on the complex depictions of the workaday ambiguities of police work he established in Hill Street a decade earlier, NYPD Blue brought a bolder, more in-your-face tone. No character or actor personified that more than Andy Sipowicz, the complicated detective played by Dennis Franz in a turn that brought him four Emmys. From the pilot of the show to its finale 12 seasons later, it continually pushed the boundaries of decency in skirmishes that might seem almost quaint by today’s standards.
I never missed NYPD Blue. It was a great show with an amazing cast.
Mr. Bochco was an extremely talented man who always did incredibly powerful work, no matter what project he was involved in over the years.
He will be missed.