Thursday, May 23, 2019

Welcome back!

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The first teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard was released today...



Like Star Trek: Discovery, it will only be available on CBS All Access (which I'm still not paying for).

I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Here we go

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The first full trailer for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie was released this morning...



It's great that they got the cast back together for this and the cinematography and costumes look as lush and beautiful as always.

I can't wait to see this when it comes out on September 20th!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Making an entrance

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This really was the best visual moment in the, otherwise disappointing, series finale of Game of Thrones.

It pretty much went downhill from that point on.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Batwoman

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The first trailer for the upcoming Batwoman series was released today...



I liked her first appearance during the Elseworlds event last year and am glad that this got picked up to series.

We'll see how it all plays out when it starts airing on Sundays with Supergirl next year.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil

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The first trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was just released....



I loved the first film and am really looking forward to seeing this one when it comes out on October 18th!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tim Conway

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More sad news today...

Tim Conway, whose gallery of innocent goofballs, stammering bystanders, transparent connivers, oblivious knuckleheads and hapless bumblers populated television comedy and variety shows for more than half a century, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 85. 

Mr. Conway reached the height of his supporting fame on “The Carol Burnett Show” with characters like Mr. Tudball, an office martinet with an awful toupee, a vaguely Scandinavian accent and a flummoxing secretary (Ms. Burnett); and the Old Man, who moved so slowly that he couldn’t perform in any of the occupations (sheriff, butcher, fireman) he found himself in. His sketch work showed him to be a superb comic collaborator, especially with Ms. Burnett and Harvey Korman. He was also known for including ad-libs that forced his cast mates out of character into not entirely suppressed hysterics. This is one of his most famous ones...



He won four Primetime Emmys (including one for writing) for his work on the Burnett show, which is widely considered one of the enduring high points of television comedy, screwball division, in league with “Your Show of Shows,” “The Honeymooners” and “I Love Lucy.”

In a foreword to Mr. Conway’s autobiography, Carol Burnett called him “a kind and funny genius.” “His sketches with Harvey Korman deserve a spot in whatever cultural time capsule we’re setting aside for future generations,” she wrote. “Maybe there are other performers as funny, but in my opinion I can’t think of anybody funnier.”

He really was one of the funniest guys out there and nobody could keep a straight face when they worked with him, especially Harvey Korman. This is a classic example of that...



He will be very missed.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Doris Day

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Very sad news today...

Doris Day, the freckle-faced movie actress whose irrepressible personality and golden voice made her America’s top box-office star in the early 1960s, died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. She was 97.

Ms. Day began her career as a big-band vocalist, and she was successful almost from the start: One of her first records, “Sentimental Journey,” released in 1945, sold more than a million copies, and she went on to have numerous other hits.

Between “Romance on the High Seas” in 1948 and “With Six You Get Eggroll” in 1968, she starred in nearly 40 movies. On the screen she turned from the perky girl next door in the 1950s to the woman next door in a series of 1960s sex comedies that brought her four first-place rankings in the yearly popularity poll of theater owners, an accomplishment equaled by no other actress except Shirley Temple. In the 1950s she starred, and most often sang, in comedies (“Teacher’s Pet,” “The Tunnel of Love”), musicals (“Calamity Jane,” “April in Paris,” “The Pajama Game”) and melodramas (“Young Man With a Horn,” the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “Love Me or Leave Me”).

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She went on to appear in “Pillow Talk” (1959), “Lover Come Back” (1961) and “That Touch of Mink” (1962), fast-paced comedies in which she fended off the advances of Rock Hudson (in the first two films) and Cary Grant (in the third).

During the last decades of her life, through her foundation, Ms. Day spent much of her time rescuing and finding homes for stray dogs, even personally checking out the backyards and fencing of people who wanted to adopt, and she worked to end the use of animals in cosmetic and household-products research.

She had an amazing career in many ways and lived a very long life.

She will be missed, but very fondly remembered for decades to come.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Over the rainbow

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The first trailer for the Judy Garland biopic, Judy, was released today...



It actually looks pretty good and Renee Zellweger seems to be doing a great job of affecting her mannerisms, while still making it her own.

We'll see how it all comes together when it opens on September 27th.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

It too, Brute?

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The first trailer for It: Chapter Two was released today...



I really like most of the cast in this one, but I couldn't get through the first film. I found everyone so annoying. Yet, so many people loved the first one and it made a gazillion dollars.

I don't get it.

I might try to make myself watch the rest of the first one and then see what people think of the sequel before trying to watch the new one, which opens on September 6th.

Or not.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

We've been waiting for you

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The trailer for the third and final season of FX's Legion was released today...



I really like this show and can't wait until it starts up again on June 24th!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

European vacation

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The new trailer from Spiderman: Far From Home was released...



It looks like it will be a lot of fun. Plus, it's nice to see Jake Gyllenhaal join the Marvel universe.

We'll see whether he plays a good guy or a bad guy when the movie opens on July 2nd.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mother of Lattes

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It seems that a Starbucks coffee cup made it into the episode of Game of Thrones last night. HBO replied with this statement...

“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” the premium cabler said in a statement today, stating the obvious. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

That seems more likely.

I can't believe there are only two episodes left.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

We always find you

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The trailer for the upcoming sixth season of Agents of Shield was released today...



I've been watching this from the beginning and really enjoy it. Looking forward to it starting up again on May 10th.