Friday, May 27, 2005

It's Picture Day on the Brain Drain

Maybe I'll make Friday permenant picture day, who knows? Today, though, offers up some hot shots from the network upfronts. I'll be honest, I'm being biased. I'm happy to see so many Buffy/Angel alums working; let hope they survive cancellation. Below are also pictures of pretty people, talented people, or in some cases, pretty talented people.

Enjoy the photos. I'm desperately going to try to make it into a theater this weekend so maybe I'll have a new review up. Oh, and I finally after trying all wintereand spring, have a copy of Friday Night Lights to watch. Damn you, blockbuster.

Have a nice weekend.

I love Chris Rock so it's no surprise that I'm looking forward to "Everybody Hates Chris" this fall on UPN.

You might be at my family reunion if you look like any of these people. Check out Jason Lee in My Name is Earl, this fall. Comedy may not be so dead after all.

One word: Goldberg

Honestly, I know nothing about this show, The Gate, but, this woman, Marguerite Moreau is so striking, I had to share.

There's Allie, with Doogie, isn't she cute?

Now that's a fish! Brad Cooper hops from Alias to a new confidential position, "Kitchen Confidential."

Have you seen Sin City? Have you seen this woman in Sin City?

Check it out, Finnigan is coupling with Lindsay! Okay, okay... Well Jennifer Finnigan is returning to crime drama after a brief encounter with sitcom life. Christian Kane (formerly of Wolfram & Hart) joins her on CBS.

Why is Henry Winkler on a sitcom that is not "Arrested Development," and on CBS no less? Stockard Channinig co-stars in "Out of Practice."

Whether or not FOX's "Prison Break" will be any good, Robin Tunney still deserves to be looked at. Yum!

Betting on the Spielberg/Cruise summer sure thing "War of the Worlds"... ABC is launching it's own INVASION this fall. The first thing I thought when I saw this photo was... "So, that's what happen to the people in the tail of the plane."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

"Lost" fans lose out

Let’s for a moment look at the concept of the “cliffhanger.”

  • Ross and Rachel during pretty much any season finale of Friends: Cliffhanger.
  • When Nina shot Teri Bauer: Cliffhanger.
  • When Carter and Lucy were stabbed and left dying: Cliffhanger (mid season no less).
  • When Wolfram and Hart resurrected Darla: Cliffhanger. Actually, every season finale of Angel – besides season two – featured some of the best cliffhangers in television history.

Memo to Lost staff: If J.J.’s to busy with Alias (which I heard rocked your face off last night), let David Fury write the script. Outside the pilot, David Fury has been responsible for the best, most mysterious, and most “cliffhangery” episodes all season. After all, he got lots of practice with Angel.

So, what did happen on that wacky island?
(sad spoilery ahead)

Hey, guess what morons, the other people want your children! Like we haven’t known that most of the season?

We did get to finally see the “monster” which as far as I can tell was black smoke accompanied by a mechanical drawbridge-like sound. Ooh, smoke, scary.

How do I really feel you might be asking? Don’t hold back, you say? Well…

Here’s the good:

- Arnzt blew up. “You got some Arnzt on you.” Best line of the show.
- Sawyer had an excuse to take his shirt off.

Now the bad:

- The back story came across as filler and offered nothing new, like say STORY.
- Sap is for trees and conosuers of Lifetime – not sci-fi adventure.
- What was with the slow melodic music playing forever over images? I felt like I was watching the end of the Return of the King (which was summing up enough of a hell ride to justify it, unlike this episode. )
- Nothing really happened… or did I miss something?
- I’m betting there was more drama on American Idol.

I kept waiting for something to fucking happen. Where's the "oops i crapped my pants" ending I've been hearing so much about?

The season finale of Lost was not only the worst episode of the season, but it was so badly written and directed, I’m contemplating if I ever want to watch the show again. Yes, I’m actually offended.

Veronica Mars, you won my heart.

Friday, May 20, 2005

To everlasting belly rubs...

Today my dog died. Chalk it up to breakdown number three. A real downer, I know. He was a really good dog. He died peacefully in his sleep all curled up on the couch, heart failure. He was only seven. Here to you, my fluffer-nutter puppy, and that eternal belly rub you always wanted.

RIP Soho, Feb. 1998 - May 2005

(Darren, know that you were his favorite of all my friends.)

Topher and Tobey Together at last

The wonder boy will be in good company on the set of spiderman 3. Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. Anyway, Topher Grace, a.k.a. the next Tom Hanks (take that Colin), will join Miss Dunst, Mr. Franco, and Tobey in the third Rami installment of Spiderman. Production starts 2006.

While Thomas Hayden Church has already been cast as a “nemesis.” Nothing is known about Topher Grace’s part in the film. Is it a coincidence he bares a striking resemblance to Tobey’s Peter Parker? I don’t know enough, or pretty much anything, about the Marvelicious character history to wager a guess. Do you? If so, share.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Give a girl a break (down)

So, since I’ve last shared my comments with the world, I’ve had two (or more) nervous breakdowns, helped put half a new roof on my mom’s house, got sun burned at the future inlaws’ yard sale, designed my wedding cake, found out I need a new stylist for my wedding, dropped 8 pounds, gained back 5, been forced to yodel in business meeting, and had a “pre-stroke episode” consisting of a condition know as aura vision. I know I’m a drama queen, but it really has been kind stressful. Oh, back to the simple times of college. Where have I been, I’m sure you’re thinking. Cause you want all my wonderful opinions of course. I know, What a time to have everything fall apart!

I have yet to make it to the theater to see Kingdom of Heaven and Crash. Now with the Sith folks, it’s gonna be way too pack for my frazzled girly nerves to handle it.

Do it Daddy…

No wonder mama Echoll's killed herself. Or did she? I smell a season two plot twist.

Veronica Mars wrapped up it’s stellar debut season with a phenomenal last two hours. So who killed Lily Kane? It wasn’t her dad – been there done that Twin Peaks fans. Was it Duncan, who by the by, is not Veronica’s brother. Whew! That was a close case of incest. Was it one of Lily’s lovers? Yes, yes it was, but not the one (which ever one) it is you’re thinking. Keith Mars! No, just kidding. The long awaited murderer was none other that Col. Mustard, I mean Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin). After seeing HH in “Blow Out,” not to mention Clash of the Titans, I find him very disturbing. I’m glad he was the scum in question. Why? Because I just love Logan too damn much.

Veronica may have wrapped up all the loose ends besides you know the identity of the person who came a knocking at 3 a.m.

Is it over yet?

Jack Bauer’s fourth day in the public eye is finally drawing to a close. This is the worst season of 24 ever. It’s so bad it tries to be good again. Alas, it gets stuck. After reading an article last fall about how character of Jack was based on Captain Kirk, I can’t take the man seriously anymore. I just can’t. I keep watching out of habit, but it is quite sad. A couple weeks ago, Chloe killed a man to the worst “duh, duh, duh” scoring I’ve ever heard. God forgive me, but bring back Kim and Nina. While overly predictable for the viewers, their antics are still better than this shit. Oh, and in case you forgot, I love Tony (and his soul patch.) Can Carlos Bernard (Soulpatch) join the cast of Lost next season? He can help Sawyer with all his shirtless sweaty needs, like bamboo chopping…

Uh, yeah. You work that bamboo, mmm... just like that.

Two boat loads of fun

Yes, Exodus is upon us. Last night four of our beloved castaways set a course for the virgin sea. Next week, none of our questions will be answered on the two hour season finale (Exodus pt. II) of Lost. What can I say? Island has power, kids are the key, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Once and for all Jackie boy, my torch is bigger than your torch. Wanna play "Star Wars" ?

Anyway, I had this dream the other night that I opened up the hatch from the jungle. Actually, there were two hatches, the numbered hatch from Lost and the seal of Danzalthar (BTVS Season 7). Anyway, I opened the hatch which was linked to the seal with some kind of magical code with the help of my cat. Suddenly blue goo, like paint, oozed out only to become diluted to the point of aqua water. It smelled like kerosene causing my head to ache. I tossed my cat out a window to a space with clean air. Then I woke up with a level 10 migraine. Yes, I am this much of a dork.

Speaking of blue water...

Did anyone happen to see the end of Revelations? I saw three episodes: the first two and the last one - Mostly because Ben (mine) hates Jennifer Garner (more so than I once did) and won’t watch Alias. So, that was probably the crappiest ending to any mini series I’ve ever seen. It’s the worst ending to any film, play, short story, tv show, and joke in my consciousness. WTF?
Okay, sorry for that sidenote.

‘Til Death Do Us Part…

DH and Lost fans, look for one of the characters in each show to die in the next week. I’d be most happy with Andrew (DH) and Michael (Lost) cause both are overly annoying.

Backing up the Front

As If that wasn’t enough, the networks have rolled out their new schedules as I bring up the back end of the upfronts.

ATTN UPN: Morons! I CAN’T watch Lost & Veronica Mars at the same time!!!!!
Top Model a strong lead in my ass. Honestly, your network sucks. It’s not about giving Veronica a stronger lead in, it’s about what the show is up against. I’ll give up any Law & Order, even 24, Alias, House, but not Lost. It’s time to blink UPN. Thursdays at 8 sounds good to me.

Make new friends…

Television is truly missing a show about scientists and law enforcement and sexual tension between collegues. Leave it to Fox to come up with the ever original ideas.

David Boreanez has a new X-Filey type show on Fox called Bones which gets an actual valuable AI lead in. Granted, that’s if Bones doesn’t get cancelled before hand.

Memo to Alyson: Get better hair. Hire a stylist. I hear Harry Hamlin - your tv papa - knows a guy.

Alyson Hannigan finally had a sitcom picked up; this one on CBS with Neil Patrick Harris called “How I met your mother”. Xander, I mean Nicholas Brendon, also has a comedy on Fox’s schedule, Kitchen Confidential. That’s right, those Buffversers refuse to stay dead.

Just one more thing Xander has in common with my Ben. A Chef's jacket.

Divine Intervention

God doesn't care about ratings and neither do we! Long live Arrested Development.

The best news of all is that Arrested Development was also picked up and will settle in right at home on Monday nights. YAY!

For the lowdown on the networks newbies and rearranging, check out pretty much any entertainment news site like Variety or Zap2it.

All of this and Rene Zellweger pulled a Julia Roberts, secret weddings between A list super talents and country singers never work out, darling.

And that’s simply all the more I can write about for now.


Thursday, May 05, 2005

third time's the charm

So, if you aren't already aware, David Fincher is the reason that I went to film school - Seven - and after a leave of absence, the ultimate reason why I gratuated film school - Fight Club.

I can't recall how many times I've seen Fight Club. It probably tops the amount of times I've seen Spaceballs which, for those of you not familiar with my talent to recite the film beginning to end on long road trips, is a lot.

I often said that Fincher's films alternate between good (Panic Room) and great (Fight Club). Since PR hit screens, I've been desperately waiting for the next great thing from Fincher. First their was his reteaming with Pitt in "Seared" which has never been spoken of since it's announcement. Then he took MI3 making it his first priority, but then again who hasn't been attached to direct MI3. (I think even I was at some point mentioned) Anyway, that project is now in the lap of JJ Abrams a.k.a. Lost-Alias genius.

But what about David?

According the trades and the wires, Fincher and Pitt are going at it again with F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Cate Blanchett is also attached to the project. I'm crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.

Hopefully, this summer will actually see Fincher on set again with Zodiac, the serial killer thriller staring the delicious Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo. Mmmm.

Speaking of Nicole Kidman (okay, Panic Room)... She is hopefully reteaming with her Moulin Rouge director, Baz Lurhman in what I quote is "Australia's own Gone with the Wind." Russell Crowe has signed on as her boy toy. I have a feeling he's more Rhett Butler than Ashley Wilcox.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

you da man

The best actress on Desperate Housewives is finally getting her props, though not for the frazzled character most people know her for. Felicity Huffman won the best actress prize at the Tribeca Film Festival playing a transsexual woman in "Transamerica."

First Look at This Week's Lost

If you're dying to see some images from the final, EXODUS, check out Lost Media. Warning, they are spoileriffic.

I always wanted to play house on a tropical island in a magical jungle in the middle of nowhere.

Locke, we have you red handed, I mean red shirted. Don't make me get out the bamboo spikes.

Good Bye Boone - maybe.

two for the road

That's right Marsaholics, there are only two more to go and so many questions to answer. 9 p.m. can't come soon enough. Who raped Veronica and who killed Lily are the biggies. I'm assuming everything else falls into play around these to instances.

Could Keith Mars have killed Lily? Check our Kristin's column at E! Online.

those wacky wysterians

So like my daughter was dating the son of the man who kidnapped him as an infant from your mutilated drug addict girl friend. I guess this make him or he at least seems to be your psychotically disturbed son, right? What are the odds they'd live right across the street. If we like start having sex again cause - you're my "one" - what does that make Julie and Zach? And who exactly did chop up your girlie girl and why was their a great big explosion in my house? I hope it's Edie, cause that would at least be good karma. This sure is one wacky street.

damn dirty yet darlin' hippies

Cameron Diaz hugging a baby tree MTV's "Trippin'"