January 31, 2011

R.I.P. - John Barry, Oscar-winning Composer

John Barry, the film composer, who won five Oscars and is best known for creating music for the James Bond movies, has died of a heart attack. He was 77.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

January 28, 2011

"The Last Mountain" does well at Sundance 2011

The last film I worked on (very minor role; script vetting, hand acting & general office humor) was an Official Selection at this year's Sundance Festival. And they did very well for themselves too, receiving good reviews and picking up both theatrical and home video distribution deals.
Synopsis: In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain, the consequences of which affect every American; it's a battle that has taken innocent lives and threatens to take more. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. Mining and burning coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental and health concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. David, himself, never faced a Goliath like Big Coal. The group argues that Mountain Top Removal-using dynamite to blast off a mountain's surface-pollutes the air and water implicit in their neighbors' deaths, eliminates traditional mining jobs and spreads pollution to other states. Despite support for their claims, Big Coal repeats Mountain Top Removal daily, amassing huge profits that allow their Washington lobbyists to wield influence in both political parties, rewrite environmental laws and avoid violations. The desire to stop Mountain Top Removal comes from a belief that we share responsibility for protecting the air and water; its what drives the group and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting. Honoring ordinary Americans fighting for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on our energy needs and how those needs are being met. Their fight is for a future that affects us all.

Sundance Q&A
Variety Review
Official Website
Trailer on Apple iTunes

January 27, 2011

Transform and roll out!

Original Transformers Autobots
Research and Design by: CarInsurance.org

January 25, 2011

Thoughts for the day. 1-25-11

Ever have a series of random thoughts through out the day? Yeah, me too.

Things you shouldn't hear out of context: (Lisa to Maddy) "Boy you're getting high!"

Disney's animated "Alice in Wonderland" comes out on Blu-ray February 1st.

The new Spider-man (film) costume sucks.

The Oscar noms were announced today. As usual I have a lot of movies to get caught up on.

Cartoon Network's new Thundercats character designs look terrible.

So they killed off Johnny Storm huh? How long before Franklin Richards resurrects him?

'NBC’s 'The Cape' Continues to Shed Viewers, Down 38% Since Premiere'. I am NOT surprised.


See you tomorrow!

January 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Genre Action Figures!

Today is the birthday of three Sci-Fi/Action stars: Gil Gerard (68), Rutger Hauer (67), and Richard Dean Anderson (61).

Gil Gerard is best known for his roll as Buck Rogers in 1979's "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," both the film and later the TV series on NBC. He has also been in other genre projects including: E.A.R.T.H. Force, Fish Police and Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! (I kid you not.)

Richard Dean Anderson made two things cool in the 80's; mullets and swiss army knives. He has had a pretty prolific career but will probably be remembered best as everyman super hero/secret agent Angus MacGyver. ABC's "MacGyver" ran from 1985 to 1992 probably did more for being prepared, self-reliance and pocket knives than the Boy Scouts of America.
His next big Sci-fi turn came with the role of Colonel Jack O'Neil on "Stargate SG-1," a television series sequel to the film "Stargate." SG-1 ran from 1997 to 2007 on Showtime and Sci Fi Channel and spawned three spin-offs: "Stargate Infinity," "Stargate Atlantis" and "Stargate Universe."

Rutger Hauer is still working hard in film and television getting his start in the late 1960's. His stand out genre roles (for me) are all from the 80's; "Blade Runner," "Ladyhawke," and the "Hitcher." He as also appeared in Flesh+Blood, Blind Fury, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories, The 10th Kingdom, Alias and Batman Begins. And now, he has no less than eight projects coming out or in production for 2011 including the awesomely titled "Hobo with a Shotgun." Yes, Hobo. With. A. Shotgun. Ya gotta love it.

January 20, 2011

Help, my DVR is on fire!

No not really, but we have gone into DVR overload with all of tonight's (Thursday) new and returning shows. Now we need to decide what to watch live, in the other room or online. Here's the queue:

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory, American Idol, Community and Wipeout
9:00 - The Office and Piers Morgan Tonight
9:30 - Parks and Recreation
10:00 - The Mentalist and 30 Rock

I need to sit down, my head's spinning.

"Fringe" returns this Friday!

And they say guys don't watch soap operas. Watch The Firefly, airing Friday at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central, the first of six new "Fringe" episodes.

Fringe on FOX

January 19, 2011

January 17, 2011

NEW - "Game of Thrones" teaser from HBO

Game of Thrones on HBO

Happy Birthday Darth Vader!

James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, turns 80 years old today. Other credits include: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Great White Hope, Roots, Field of Dreams, The Lion King and the voice of CNN.

James Earl Jones on IMDb

January 13, 2011

Good thing we shop at Barnes and Noble!

Bookseller Borders is on death's doorstep right now. According to The Wall Street Journal:
Borders stock is tanking, as the book seller says it will shutter its distribution center in Tennessee and lay off workers, its latest move to revive its struggling business.

The news comes after reports surfaced last week that one of Borders' major suppliers is temporarily halting the shipment of books to the retailer. The Wall Street Journal cited publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, whose CEO told the newspaper it has stopped shipping to Borders until it has more information on its payment plans.

And I read on robot6.comicbookresources.com that Diamond Distributors (Comic Books and related merch.) has stopped shipments to Borders because of suspended payments.

Good thing we shop at Barnes and Noble (ya know they have a Starbucks there too!).

"Charlie's Angels" gets the go ahead at ABC

According to EW.com, Smallville writer-producers Miles Millar and Al Gough have been greenlit for a "Charlie's Angels" pilot for the alphabet net.


January 12, 2011

"Battle: Los Angeles" + New Trailer = Awesome!

With the glut of crap-tastic alien invasion projects out there, it's a relief to see one (at least the preview of one) that might just get it right. Tense, scary action and good character intros give this piece an edge that appeals. Watch and enjoy!

January 10, 2011

R.I.P. - Director Peter Yates

R.I.P. - Peter Yates - Four time Oscar-nominated British director (Bullitt, The Deep, The Friends of Eddie Coyle) has passed away at the age of 82.

See Deadline Hollywood for more.

January 8, 2011

2011, startin' to shape up.

So it's looking like 2011 is gonna be a pretty good year.

Exhibit A: Apple will announce the iPhone for Verizon Wireless customers.

Exhibit B: The Complete Star Wars Saga will be released on Blu-ray.

Okay 2011, what else ya got?

Apple/Verizon iPhone
Star Wars on Blu-ray

January 5, 2011

"Southland" - Just as good, if not better.

"Southland" is back on TNT and they made some changes in the off season. And it's the best cop-opera on TV, and I don't mean in a "Cop Rock" kinda way.

Not all the changes are necessarily good (smaller cast, fewer eps.), but for the most part I really (REALLY) enjoyed last night's season three premiere. It was tense, witty, action-packed, and a good preview of what we're in for during the next nine episodes.

The show has been pared down from its previous large-scale ensemble, character developing, multi-storyline format, to a more streamlined version of itself. And I suspect, we will see more of the missing cast members as the season unfolds, since they are all still listed in the credits. The focus has been narrowly sharpened to showcase (my favorite show elements) Officers Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie) & John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro), Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Lydia Adams (Regina King).

You can see where the large cast can become a problem as they had to juggle three stories (two murder investigations and a shoot-out/rescue) while keeping them compelling, keeping them on equal footing and giving them enough screen time to get the audience invested. But they do and did!

Yes their budget shrank and TNT only ordered ten episodes, but the writing is still sharp, the production values remain high and the actors are great. Hats off to Exec. Producer Christopher Chulack for maintaining these high standards (he directed the season premiere as well). Now the show could use a bigger audience to help keep it afloat for a fourth season.

Southland on TNT
Ken Tucker's TV on EW.com

‎"V" should be canceled.

I'm just sayin'...