Archive for January, 2011

John Barry reported dead

January 31, 2011

John Barry reported dead

There are few movie themes as well-known as John Barry’s theme for James Bond. 

While that didn’t net him an Oscar nomination, the following movies did:

  • Born Free (winner for song and for score)
  • The Lion in Winter (winner for score)
  • Mary, Queen of Scots (nominee for score)
  • Out of Africa (winner for score)
  • Dances with Wolves (winner for score)
  • Chaplin (nominated for score)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

The Week Ahead: January 31 – February 6 2011

January 31, 2011

The Week Ahead: January 31 – February 6 2011

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

New TV

  • Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc.  at 7:00 PM on the Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Adventure Time at 8:00 PM on the Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Chuck at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Human Target at 8:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Pair of Kings at 8:00 PM on Disney XD (Monday)
  • Regular Show at 8:15 PM on the Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Being Human at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Monday)
  • Cake Boss (season debut) at 9:00 PM on TLC (Monday)
  • The Cape at 9:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Lie to Me at 9:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • My Life is a Zoo at 10:00 PM on NatGeo Wild (Monday)
  • Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Carol Burnett) at 10:00 PM on Bio (Monday)
  • Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Marilu Henner) at 10:30 PM on Bio (Monday)
  • V at 9:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Tosh.0 at 10:00 PM on Comedy Central (Tuesday)
  • Sym-Bionic Titan at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Wednesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters International (Serbia) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide (two-hour special) at 9:00 PM on the History Channel (Wednesday)
  • Human Target at 9:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Face Off at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Miracle Detectives at 10:00 PM on OWN (Wednesday)
  • Being Erica at 11:00 PM on Soapnet (Wednesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Big Bang Theory at 8:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Community (a Dungeons and Dragons themed episode) at 8:00 PM on NBC (Thursday)
  • Vampire Diaries at 8:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Bones at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Nikita at 9:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Archer at 10:00 PM on FX (Thursday)
  • The Mentalist at 10:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Eagleheart (series debut)  at 11:59 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Thursday)
  • Young Justice at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Ben 10 at 7:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Smallville at 8:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place at 8:00 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Fish Hooks at 8:30 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Friday)
  • Supernatural at 9:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Merlin at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena at 10:00 PM on Starz (Friday)
  • Saturday Night Live (Dana Carvey) at 11:29 PM on NBC (Saturday)
  • Glee at 10:30 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Robot Chicken at 11:45 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Sunday)
  • Mongo Wrestling Alliance at 11:59 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Sunday)

Cons

Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Flash! Henry Cavill of The Tudors cast as Superman

January 30, 2011

Flash! Henry Cavill of The Tudors cast as Superman

Director Zack Snyder’s 2012 Superman: Man of Steel, has cast its Superman.

It’s Henry Cavill, who played Charles Brandon on The Tudors. 

Given the quintessentially American nature of Superman, will there be any controversy in a having a non-American play the part?  Probably not…ever since they learned to do American accents in the post-Olivier era, many American roles seem to go to actors from outside the States.

A couple of other upcoming iconic roles and actors (may not be official):

Charlie’s Angels (2011 TV series)

Charlie (originally John Forsythe) = Robert Wagner, Jill (originally Farah Fawcett, if it’s Jill Munroe) = Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Rachael Taylor (Transformers)

Mr. Peabody and Sherman  (2012 movie)

Mr. Peabody (originally Bill Scott) (a bespectacled scientist dog on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show): Robert Downey Jr.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

David Frye reported dead

January 30, 2011

David Frye reported dead

What makes a good impressionist?

Part of it is vocal skill, of course.  But another important part is material.  It’s why they aren’t called “imitators”.  If you can do the voice, but can’t capture something about your subject’s personality, can’t bring out the humor and the reality, you’re just a tape recorder.  People don’t want to see you be the other person…they want to see you understand the other person.

David Frye was one of the great political impressionists (although he didn’t just do political figures).  He’s probably most associated with Richard Nixon, although even on albums like Radio Free Nixon, he did other people, too.

This

AOL article

has a nice video montage which includes him doing today’s figures (in voiceover)…Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, both Presidents Bush.

Frye was what political comedy can be: not mean, not taking the easy road, but accurate and funny in a way that shows us the flaws…and the humanity…of public figures.

New York Times article

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Charlie Callas reported dead

January 28, 2011

Charlie Callas reported dead

Charlie Callas was usually a broad, silly kind of comedian.  He worked with Mel Brooks in Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and History of the World: Part 1. 

He was the kind of actor you could count on for a lot of impact in  a little role.  He was a stand-up, and made many appearances on The Tonight Show.

Some may remember him (I do) as Captain Weird on The Andy Williams Show.

He beat Mark Strong to the role of Green Lantern’s enemy Sinestro by more than thirty years in the parody, Legend of the Superheroes.

He often imitated Georgie Jessel and pretending to honk a horn was part of his act (you’d recognize that HONK HONK) if you saw it.  😉

Here’s a clip from the Jerry Lewis telethon to give you an idea of his kind of humor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15cNfvhfr74

It was hard to find something that might not be offensive to somebody…I suppose pianists might not like this one.  🙂

Good-bye, Charlie…the world is a little less HONK HONK silly today…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Amazon introduces spam-filter defeating mass e-mails

January 25, 2011

Amazon introduces spam-filter defeating mass e-mails

If you just think of Amazon as that place to buy stuff that come in smiley boxes, you are missing a lot of what the giant company does.

You may know, for example, that they do “cloud storage” and web services.

Well, in this new

press release

they announce that they are now offering e-mail.

I was excited about that at first…heck, I wouldn’t mind a personal Amazon e-mail address.

But then, I read on.  It’s still very interesting…but exciting for individual consumers may not be the right word.

This is being marketed to companies…for mass e-mailing.

That doesn’t automatically mean spam…spam is, by definition, unsolicited.  You’ve probably signed up for a lot of “special offers” type e-mails.  If you signed up, it’s not spam.

One of the problems is that things you asked to be sent to you (even if you might not have been paying much attention) often get blocked by spam filters from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).  I’m sure you’ve had the experience of being told by an e-mailer to check your spam folder for something you really wanted, but hadn’t seen.

Here’s the interesting paragraph from the press release:

“For high email deliverability, Amazon SES uses content filtering technologies to scan a business’s outgoing email messages to help ensure that the content meets ISP standards. The email message is then either queued for sending or routed back to the sender for corrective action. To help businesses further improve the quality of email communications with their customers, Amazon SES provides a built-in feedback loop, which includes notifications of bounce backs, failed and successful delivery attempts, and spam complaints.”

That means that a robot (a software one) reads the e-mail the company is sending, analyzes it for things that will trip the spam filters, and alerts the company so they can fix it…and get past that barrier.

The company is also going to find out about bounced e-mails and spam complaints.  Even if they get past all the words that trigger filters, a human might still consider it spam and report it as such.  When that happens, the company can be informed.

Sounds great for businesses…does it sound great for you as a consumer?

Feel free to comment on this story and let me know.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Flash! 2010 Oscar Nominations

January 25, 2011

Flash! 2010 Oscar Nominations

They’re here!

The Oscar nominations are out, and as always, it’s an interesting list.  I’d say that True Grit might have done better than some people expected…and The Social Network and Inception may not have done as well (no Supporting Actor nod for the former, no Directing nod for the latter).

Toy Story 3 did well (with both a Best Animated Feature and a Best Picture nod…and Adapted Screenplay).

I think The Black Swan deserved more noms…especially for special effects.  It has one of the most elegant, integrated special effects shots I’ve ever seen.  It could certainly have been nominated for makeup, but wasn’t…and no costume nomination?

Here are some of the geeky highlights:

  • Black Swan, Inception, and Toy Story 3 all got Best Picture noms
  • Natalie Portman got a Best Actress nom for Black Swan (and Julianne Moore did not get one for The Kids Are All Right)
  • Best Animated Features were Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Illusionist…in  year where there could legitimately have been five (or more) there are only three
  • Geeky movies dominated Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, and Inception are all nominated against The King’s Speech and True Grit
  • Black Swan and Inception were both nominated for Cinematography
  • Costume Design noms include Alice and The Tempest
  • Black Swan got Darren Aranofsky a Directing nod
  • Black Swan was also nominated for Editing
  • The Academy site is only show two nominees for Makeup…hopefully, that’s not right.  One of the two is The Wolfman (for Rick Baker and Dave Elsey)
  • Original Score nods go to How to Train Your Dragon and to Hans Zimmer for Inception
  • Randy Newman is nominated for original song for We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 and Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are nominated for I See the Light from Tangled
  • Animated Short noms include Pixar for Day & Night and The Gruffalo
  • Sound Editing gets TRON: Legacy a nomination: Toy Story 3 and Inception are also nominated
  • Sound Mixing makes Salt an Oscar-nominated movie: Inception is also nominated
  • Visual Effects: Alice, Harry Potter, Hereafter, Inception, Iron Man 2 (Hereafter and not TRON?)
  • Adapted Screenplay had a nom for Toy Story 3…adapted from what?  The earlier movies?
  • Inception did Christopher Nolan a nom…for Original Screenplay

Here is the complete list:

Best Picture

  • Black Swan (Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin)
  • The Fighter (David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg)
  • Inception (Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray)
  • The King’s Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)
  • 127 Hours (Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson)
  • The Social Network (Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin)
  • Toy Story 3 (Darla K. Anderson)
  • True Grit ( Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen)
  • Winter’s Bone (Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin)

Best Actor

  • Javier Bardem in Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges in True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
  • Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
  • James Franco in 127 Hours

Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale in The Fighter
  • John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone
  • Jeremy Renner in The Town
  • Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
  • Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech

Best Actress

  • Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman in Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams in The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech
  • Melissa Leo in The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Best animated feature

    * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

    * The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics) Sylvain Chomet

    * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

    * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

    * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)

    * Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)

    * The King’s Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)

    * True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Cinematography

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique

    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth

    * True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

    * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood

    * I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan

    * The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell

    * True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky

    * The Fighter (Paramount), David O. Russell

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher

    * True Grit (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Documentary Feature

    * Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production

    * Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production

    * Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production

    * Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production

    * Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

Best documentary short subject

    * Killing in the Name Nominees to be determined A Moxie Firecracker Films Production

    * Poster Girl Nominees to be determined A Portrayal Films Production

    * Strangers No More Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production

    * Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production

    * The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Achievement in film editing

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum

    * The Fighter Paramount Pamela Martin

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar

    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year

    * Biutiful Mexico

    * Dogtooth Greece

    * In a Better World Denmark

    * Incendies Canada

    * Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Algeria

Achievement in makeup

    * Achievement in makeup (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot

    * The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

    * The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

    * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell

    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat

    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

    * Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

    * I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

    * If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

    * We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best animated short film

    * Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton

    * The Gruffalo A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

    * Let’s Pollute A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe

    * The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

    * Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

    * The Confession (National Film and Television School) A National Film and Television School Production Tanel Toom

    * The Crush (Network Ireland Television) A Purdy Pictures Production Michael Creagh

    * God of Love A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny

    * Na Wewe (Premium Films) A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt

    * Wish 143 A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing

    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Richard King

    * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

    * Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney) Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

    * True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

    * Unstoppable (20th Century Fox) Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing

    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

    * Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

    * True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects

    * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

    * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

    * Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

    * Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay

    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

    * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

    * True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

    * Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay

    * Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh

    * The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

    * Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan

    * The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

    * The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Flash! 2010 Razzie noms

January 24, 2011

Flash! 2010 Razzie noms

The 

Razzies

are sort of the Bizarro World* version of the Oscars.

That’s not just because they are “honoring” the worst, rather than the best, in moviemaking achievement the year. 

It’s also because having a big budget is more likely to net you a Razzie, and less likely to get you an Oscar (except in some technical categories).

The movie with the most Razzie noms, Eclipse and The Last Airbender, also dogroed (domestic gross) 301 million (#4 for the year) and 132m (#17) respectively. 

However, I mentioned it was budgets: The Last Airbender had a reported $150 million budget, and Eclipse was reported to be $65 million.  Jonah Hex makes it to the Razzies with a reported budget of $47 million…and a dogro of around $10m.

Of course, it takes more than a large budget…Vampires Suck made it with only $20m.  😉

There are also some different categories…there was a special one this year called Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D. 

Just like with the Oscars, having been nominated before is a good predictor of being nominated again.  Megan Fox is up for her third Razzie (as part of the clever Worst Screen Couple of Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent for Jonah Hex).  M. Night Shyamalan was previously nominated five times (and won once).

It’s worth noting that Jackson Rathbone is up for Worst Supporting Actor…and was top ten in our 2010 Box Office MVPs  preliminary listing. 

Winners (?) will be announced the night before the Oscars (Saturday, February 26), as is traditional (this is the 31st Razzie event).

And the nominees are…

WORST PICTURE

THE BOUNTY HUNTER
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
VAMPIRES SUCK

WORST ACTOR

Jack Black in GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
Gerard Butler in THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Ashton Kutcher in KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY
Taylor Lautner in TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Robert Pattinson in REMEMBER ME and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST ACTRESS

Jennifer Aniston in THE BOUNTY HUNTER and THE SWITCH
Mylie Cyrus in THE LAST SONG
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon in SEX & THE CITY 2
Megan Fox in JONAH HEX
Kristen Stewart in TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessica Alba in THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Cher in BURLESQUE
Liza Minnelli in SEX & THE CITY 2
Nicola Peltz in THE LAST AIRBENDER
Barbra Streisand in LITTLE FOCKERS

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Billy Ray Cyrus in THE SPY NEXT DOOR
George Lopez in MARMADUKE, THE SPY NEXT DOOR and VALENTINE’S DAY
Dev Patel in THE LAST AIRBENDER
Jackson Rathbone in THE LAST AIRBENDER and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Rob Schneider in GROWN UPS

WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE Of 3-D

CATS & DOGS 2: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
NUTCRACKER 3-D
SAW 3-D

WORST SCREEN COUPLE/WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE

Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler in THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent in JONAH HEX
The Entire Cast of THE LAST AIRBENDER
The Entire Cast of SEX & THE CITY 2
The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST DIRECTOR

Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer for VAMPIRES SUCK
Michael Patrick King for SEX & THE CITY 2
M. Night Shyamalan for THE LAST AIRBENDER
David Slade for TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Sylvester Stallone for THE EXPENDABLES

* The Bizarro World is part of the Superman comic book universe.  While commonly thought of as doing everything in the opposite way that it is done on Earth (indeed, that’s the stated goal of the inhabitants), that’s really not true…it’s more skewed and twisted.  The Bizarro version of Superman, for example is not super-weak and super-slow.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

WORST SCREENPLAY

LAST AIRBENDER Written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
LITTLE FOCKERS, Written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on Characters Created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
SEX & THE CITY #2, Written by Michael Patrick King, Based on the TV Series Created by Darren Star
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
VAMPIRES SUCK, Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL

CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
VAMPIRES SUCK!

The Week Ahead: January 24 – January 30

January 24, 2011

The Week Ahead: January 24 – January 30

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Oscar noms and a new season of Archer…looks like a good week!  🙂

Movies

The Rite

This one is a bit of a tough call for me.  The Last Exorcism, released last year, barely broke $40 million domestic gross (dogro).  The director, Mikael Håfström, also directed 1408 (which dogroed about 70 mil in 2007).  This one also has an interesting cast: Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, Toby Jones…and Rutger Hauer.  I haven’t seen a lot of publicity on it.  I’m going to say…in the 40 million to 79 million dollar final dogro range…maybe 60 million.  I could also see it sinking badly, and maybe getting closer to 100.  But I’ll stick with the 40m to 79m slot.

New TV

  • Adventure Time at 8:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Chuck at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • House at 8:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Pair of Kings at 8:00 on Disney XD (Monday)
  • Regular Show at 8:15 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Robotomy at 8:45 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Being Human at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Monday)
  • The Cape at 9:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Lie to Me at 9:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Ancient X-Files at 9:00 PM on NatGeo (Monday)
  • Castle at 10:00 PM on ABC (Monday)
  • My Life is a Zoo (series debut) at 10:00 PM on NatGeo (Monday)
  • Oscar nominations announced at 5:30 AM (Tuesday)
  • I, Predator at 8:00 PM on Animal Planet (Tuesday)
  • State of the Union at 9:00 PM (several) (Tuesday)
  • Tosh.0 at 10:00 PM on Comedy Central (Tuesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters International at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Face Off (competition for makeup artists…series debut: McKenzie Westmore, Michael’s daughter, is a judge) at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Miracle Detectives at 10:00 PM on Own (Wednesday)
  • Being Erica (3rd season debut) at 11:00 PM on Soapnet (Wednesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Vampire Diaries at 8:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Bones at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Nikita at 9:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Archer (2nd season debut) at 10:00 PM on FX (Thursday)
  • Young Justice at 7:00 on the Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Phineas & Ferb special: Roller Coaster: The Musical at 8:00 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants special: The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom/Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle (Friday)
  • Smallville at 8:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Fish Hooks at 8:30 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants special: The Main Drain/Sponge-cano at 8:30 PM on Nickelodeon (Friday)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars at 8:30 PM on the Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Friday)
  • Supernatural at 9:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Merlin at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Onion News Network at 10:00 PM on IFC (Friday)
  • Spartacus at 10:00 PM on Starz (Friday)
  • Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (featuring Debbie Gibson and Tiffany) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Saturday)
  • Primeval at 9:00 PM on BBC America (Saturday)
  • Saturday Night Live (Jesse Eisenberg hosts) at 11:29 PM on NBC (Saturday)
  • Robot Chicken at 11:45 PM on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Sunday)
  • Mongo Wrestling Alliance at 11:59 PM on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Sunday)

Cons

Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Flash! Anne Hathaway to play Catwoman

January 20, 2011

Flash! Anne Hathaway to play Catwoman

Ah, Catwoman!  The purr-fect Batvillain!

For me, Catwoman is Julie Newmar…she was shockingly self-assured, cruel, and capricious.

However, many actors have played Catwoman…more than you can name, most likely.

Now, news comes that Anne Hathaway will play her in The Dark Knight Rises, the next Christopher Nolan Batman movie (due on July 20, 2012).  Let’s see…Hathaway has played Agent 99, now Catwoman…do you think there’s been enough time for another movie with Emma Peel?  😉

It was also announced that Tom Hardy (Inception) will play Bane.  Who is Bane?  He’s a very intelligent (he figures out Batman’s secret identity quite quickly), chemically-enhanced ex-con.  In the comics, he is one of Batman’s greatest foes (even if relatively recent, compared to Catwoman). 

I wasn’t crazy about Batman Begins…and I thought the Dark Knight was a great movie.  Heath Ledger’s Joker was a brilliant interpretation…he was a nihilist who thought the world was a bad place, wanted to be proved wrong…and didn’t expect to be.

I think Hathaway and Hardy are both interesting actors…but this casting doesn’t make me say, “Wow.”  I’m quite open to seeing what happens, but The Dark Knight is quite an act to follow.  I deliberately didn’t say “top”, but just being “the one after” is hard.

Some Catwoman actors:

  • Julie Newmar (Adam West TV series)
  • Lee Meriwether (Adam West movie)
  • Eartha Kitt (Adam West TV series, following Newmar)
  • Melendy Britt (she’s also voiced Batgirl…and was She-Ra)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (for Tim Burton)
  • Adrienne Barbeau (voice only)
  • Halle Berry (the Catwoman movie)
  • Gina Gershon (voice only)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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