Thursday, October 18, 2012


I know I don't usually talk much about drama series, but I've really grown fond of the Wednesday line-up which includes shows like Nashville, Arrow and Chicago Fire, so I plan to write about them next week. A lot has happened this week, so keep on reading!

From top left: Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, The Simpsons, 30 Rock


Okay, so I think you know that when I talk about the biggest host-news from the past week, I'm certainly not talking about the fact that Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez are hosting X-Factor, but something truly amazing. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes! This duo has certainly proven that they have a great chemistry in such projects as Baby Mama and Saturday Night Live. They both have hilarious shows on TV, Fey has 30 Rock and Poehler has Parks and Rec. Both shows air on NBC where the Golden Globes will be shown too (on Jan 13th), so they chose to stay within the network. I think NBC chose wisely with these two, since they will most likely attract young viewers and they will certainly be more PG-rated than previous host Ricky Gervais, who received some harsh criticism about his black humour. I know it's almost blasphemous to say this, but I think I'm going to enjoy this year's Golden Globes more than the Oscars.

Another thing I really don't follow on TV, is sports, but the Superbowl just rose to the top of my list when they decided to hire Beyoncé for their anticipated halftime show. Last year Madonna drew in the viewers, and I honestly think Queen B will do even better, since she is so overall-loved. I've never heard anyone say they didn't like Beyoncé. She has also decided to drop out of the Star Is Born remake, directed by Clint Eastwood, since the project seems to be running still and there is no real date of when the movie would start production. The Superbowl will take place in February, so she will have a lot of time to prepare.

In my opinion, the fourth season of Glee keeps on getting better. The first few episodes were nothing special, even though Kate Hudson really stole the show, but now I think the show has re-gained its momentum. And the season just keeps on getting better. Jessica Sanchez, who finished second-place on last season of American Idol, is guest starring on the show. There is no word yet on how long her arc will be nor who she will play. I suspect a singer from another glee club, since it wouldn't make a lot of sense to introduce a new character to the New Directions. It might be similar role to that of Charice's from last year. The second star who is going to join the impressive list of guest stars, is Bette Midler. As a New York resident, I assume she will appear as an character in either Kurt or Rachel's life. She joked that she would play Rachel's grandmother, and that might actually be pretty cool.

But Glee isn't the only show on TV which has signed some impressive guest stars. Matt Bomer (White Collar, Magic Mike) is going to appear in New Normal as the ex-boyfriend of one of the lead characters, Bryan (Andrew Rannel). Parks and Recreation has landed supermodel Christie Brinkley to play Jerry's never-before-seen wife Gayle. She will appear in the same episode which marks the return of Megan Mulally's character, Tammy 2. Though Happy Endings hasn't even premiered yet (we will have to wait five days for that), they have already added a guest star, who might not be so well known, but certainly has an interesting role. Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) will play the ex-girlfriend of Jane (Eliza Coupe), and this will most certainly come as news for her husband Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.).

Fox has decided to develop an U.S. version  of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey. The show aired few years ago and was actually pretty funny. It's a story about the long-distance relationship of the title characters who eventually decide to marry. The Office has proven that adaptations of British shows can succeed and hopefully this will too.


 Marvel decided to launch its Phase Two this past week. It started with some brand new info about the second wave of Marvel movies. The packet includes such information as the release dates for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. They also announced that their new venture Guardians of The Galaxy will be released August 1st 2013. At first they did not mention Ant-Man, but later that day Disney announced that the much-talked-about adaption of Ant-Man will be out in the late 2015. You can read more about the Phase Two here!

I honestly don't get how Spider-Man is part of Marvel universe, which was purchased by Disney, but then the character and the films based on it are distributed by Paramount which is owned by Sony. I got to thinking about this after not finding any mention of Spider Man on Marvel's Phase Two. I guess that's how Hollywood works. But anyways, I brought it up, since The Amazing Spider-Man sequel has cast its Mary Jane Watson. Shailene Woodley who got her breakthrough role in The Descendants with Geroge Clooney is now moving to mainstream with this role, which I hope will boost her star status.

I honestly thought that we were done with Fast&Furious-type car-action movies, but it appears not.  Dreamworks is working on a film adaption of Need For Speed games, and Aaron Paul is going to star in it. Even though Paul has garnered great reviews for his role in Breaking Bad (including an Emmy few weeks ago) I doubt he can save this trainwreck. The games have sold pretty good, but I just don't see how they can make this a good adaptation and keep it's original fan-base while succeeding in the box office. Though NASCAR has audience too, so I assume they are the type of viewers that will go see this movie.

It always warms my heart when I hear there is a musical movie in the works. This time its an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Memphis, based on a Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips who was one of the first DJ's to play black music. Here is what we can expect from the film!


The first one is for the Oscar-bait Hitchcock, which stars such A-listers as Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson. It focuses on Hitchcock's life during the filming of Psycho. The trailer is beautiful and even funny and that kinda surprised me, in a good way! See for yourselves.

The second is for the much anticipated film, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, about the killing of Osama Bin-Laden. It stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and Kyle Chandler among others. The trailer is pretty good, but the best part is right at the end where we see a scene in night vision of a house that is clearly the one where they found Bin-Laden.

The last one is for a perfect example why some movies just shouldn't be made. First of all, I think that by this point, every single possible version of Tarzan has been explored. And this new animated version really just looks like a copy of the Disney version following its look almost perfectly. This is certainly not what I was expecting when I reported many months ago that Kellan Lutz would play Tarzan, but now its all clear to me that he plays the character via motion-cap and voice acting. I just don't see this going to succeed at the box office.

That's all folks! New post(s) coming next week!

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