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The new TV season in geek

September 21, 2014

The new TV season in geek

We know…you don’t watch TV shows when they are first on anyway. ūüėČ

However, we’ve been seeing a renaissance in geek shows on the networks.

They start new shows in September (and October), and there are quite a few offerings this year that might be worth watching live…or recorded..or streamed “week of”.

Let’s take a look on a day of the week basis. Note that these are just highlights, focusing on shows debuting/returning during this period, and scheduled for prime time. There are other geek-friendly shows which will be on during this timeframe, but they may already be running their current seasons. Dates and times are, of course, subject to change without notice.

Mondays

8:00 PM

  • The Big Bang Theory season 8 on CBS (returning September 22)
  • Gotham (new…Gotham City pre-Batman) on Fox (September 22)
  • The Originals season 2 on the CW (returning October 6)

9:00 PM

  • Scorpion (new…team of geniuses) on CBS (September 22)
  • Sleepy Hollow season 2 on Fox (returning September 22)
  • Ascension (new…Earth ship on a colony mission) on Syfy (November 24)

10:00 PM

  • Castle season 7 on ABC (returning September 29)

Tuesdays

8:00 PM

  • Selfie (new…Karen Gillan) on ABC (September 30)
  • The Flash (new…Arrow spin-off) on the CW (October 7)

9:00 PM

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 on ABC (returning September 23)
  • Supernatural season 10 (!) on the CW (returning October 7)

10:00 PM

  • Forever (new…immortal medical examiner) on ABC (September 23)
  • Person of Interest season 4 on CBS (returning September 23)

10:30 PM

  • Brickleberry season 3 on Comedy Central (returned September 16)
  • Town of the Living Dead (new…reality about a town trying to make a zombie movie) (October 7)

Wednesdays

8:00 PM

  • Arrow season 3 on the CW (returning October 8)
  • Lucha Underground on El Rey (new…Mexican wrestling drama (?) series) (October 8)

9:00 PM

  • The 100 season 2 on the CW (returning October 22)
  • Ghost Hunters season 10 (!) on Syfy (returning October 8)

10:00 PM

  • South Park season 18 (!) on Comedy Central (returning September 24)
  • Key & Peele season 4 on Comedy Central (returning September 24)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show on FX (returning October 8)

Thursdays

8:00 PM

  • The Big Bang Theory season 8 on CBS (returning October 30)
  • Bones season 10 (!) on Fox (returning September 25)
  • The Vampire Diaries season 6 on the CW (returning October 2)

10:00 PM

  • Elementary season 3 on CBS (returning October 30)

Fridays

9:00 PM

  • Grimm season 4 on NBC (October 24)
  • Gotham reruns on Fox (starts September 26th, rerunning Monday’s ep)
  • Alaska Monsters (new…cryptid reality show) on Destination America (started September 12)
  • Dog with a Blog season 2 on the Disney channel

10:00 PM

  • Constantine (new…based on DC Comics H*llblazer) on NBC (October 24)
  • Z Nation (new…zombies) on Syfy (started September 12)

Sundays

8:00 PM

  • Once Upon a Time season 4 on ABC (returning September 28)
  • The Simpsons season 26 on Fox (returning September 28)

9:00 PM

  • Resurrection season 2 on ABC (returning September 28)
  • The Walking Dead season 5 on AMC (returning October 12)
  • Halloween Wars season 4 on The Food Network (returning October 5)

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Richard Kiel reported dead

September 13, 2014

Richard Kiel reported dead

Richard Kiel was an actor.

That might not be the first thing that came to mind when people saw him. At 7′ 2″ (almost 2.2 meters), his height might have overwhelmed everything else in person.

Not on the screen, though.

It wasn’t just about being big. Richard Kiel was funny, and could be…I think sweet is the best word.

Even in his most famous part, as the “villain” Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, he wasn’t just a towering hulk. He was perhaps the best thing in Moonraker.

That wasn’t just a fluke. If you saw him in Gilligan’s Island (Ghost-a-Go-Go), you might have had no idea just how big he was. It’s not like it was Shakespeare, however,¬†he was simply cast because he was going to be good¬†as a Russian agent.

Kiel had many geek-friendly roles, but I think Eegah (as the title character in a teen caveman comedy) and the Twilight Zone (as the Kanamit in the classic To Serve Man episode) stand out.

Other geek-friendly roles include:

  • Boris Karloff’s Thriller
  • The Phantom Planet as the Solarite
  • The Phantom (TV movie with Lon Chaney, Jr.)
  • House of the Damned (as The Giant)
  • The Nutty Professor (the original)
  • The Nasty Rabbit
  • Two on a Guillotine
  • The Human Duplicators
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Brainstorm (1965 movie with Jeffrey Hunter, Dana Andrews, and Anne Francis)
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Honey West
  • My Mother the Car
  • The Monkees
  • I Spy
  • The Wild Wild West (three appearances as Voltaire, and another appearance)
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Barbary Coast (recurring role as Moose Moran on this William Shatner series)
  • Land of the Lost as Malak
  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
  • The Incredible Hulk tv series (one scene as the Hulk, uncredited)
  • The Humanoid
  • Hysterical
  • Phoenix
  • Pale Rider
  • Out of This World TV series
  • Superboy
  • The Princess and the Dwarf
  • The Giant of Thunder Mountain
  • Inspector Gadget (the live action version with Matthew Broderick…Kiel basically played Jawsl)
  • James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (voice as Jaws)
  • Tangled (the Disney animated movie, as Vlad)
  • Bloodhound, Inc. TV series

Good-bye, Richard Kiel…in more ways than one, the world is smaller without you.

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Who is really winning the box office?

September 4, 2014

Who is really winning the box office?

You have probably seen all those stories touting Guardians of the Galaxy as the biggest money making movie of the year so far.

You may even have thought to yourself, “I wish I’d had a piece of that!”

Well, while a profit (production budget versus domestic gross) of $111 million is certainly impressive (and there is more to come), it only puts it fifth so far on our list of most profitable movies of 2014:

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls059776125/?

Yes, it’s beaten by the following:

  1. The Lego Movie ($198 million profit)
  2. 22 Jump Street ($141m profit)
  3. Neighbors ($132m profit)
  4. The Fault in Our Stars ($113m profit)

It is likely to pass $300 million dogro. Last year, there were four movies that did…and three of them went over $400m.

If we go back to the idea of investing, though, even these numbers don’t show you the whole picture.

Let’s pretend that you had a million dollars to invest in the production of a movie.

It’s just going to be the production budget: the studio will take care of marketing (and will get any merchandising money).

This is strictly an American deal…domestic box office only.

For your one million, you’ll split a share of the profit.

If a movie costs $100 million to make (so there were 100 one million dollar shares out there), and it dogroed (had a domestic gross of) $200 million, you’d get $1 million back for your investment.

Looking at it that way, Guardians is way down on the list…it cost so much to make!

You would have made a lot more money investing in Tammy, for example, which I’ve seen described elsewhere inexplicably as having “tanked”.

Tammy cost $20 million to make, and has dogroed to date $83.8 million…you would have gotten $3.19 million back for your investment of $1 million.

How much would you get back from Guardians so far?

$650,000.

Tammy would have been nearly five times as profitable for you.

Looking at movies that dogroed at least $40 million, here are the ones that would have made a profit for you, with what your return would have been:

  1. God’s Not Dead $29.4 million
  2. The Fault in Our Stars $9.42 million
  3. Neighbors $7.33 million
  4. The Purge: Anarchy $6.90 million
  5. Heaven Is for Real $6.62 million
  6. Ride Along $4.36 million
  7. The Lego Movie $3.3 million
  8. Tammy $3.19 million
  9. About Last Night $2.88 million
  10. 22 Jump Street $2.82 million
  11. Let’s Be Cops $2.5 million
  12. Lucy $1.98 million
  13. Think Like a Man Too $1.72 million
  14. The Other Woman $1.1 million
  15. The Hundred-Foot Journey $880,000
  16. Non-Stop $830,000
  17. Divergent $776,000
  18. Guardians of the Galaxy $650,000
  19. The Nut Job $530,000
  20. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $530,000
  21. Maleficent $330,000
  22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $330,000
  23. Rio 2 $280,000
  24. Godzilla $250,000
  25. Transformers: Age of Extinction $220,000
  26. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $210,000
  27. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $200,000
  28. X-Men: Days of Future Past $170,000
  29. Jersey Boys $170,000
  30. Planes: Fire & Rescue: $160,000
  31. Blended $160,000
  32. The Monuments Men $110,000
  33. A Million Ways to Die in the West $70,000
  34. Muppets Most Wanted $20,000

Let’s also say that they take your $1 million as an investment…but don’t make you responsible for any more than that. In other words, if a movie isn’t at break even, you don’t have to make up the difference.

The following movies that dogroed at least $40 million have not made up their production budgets yet:

  • 300: Rise of an Empire 96%
  • Into the Storm 85.4%
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 84%
  • Noah 81%
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman 77%
  • Hercules 71%
  • Need for Speed 66%
  • Robocop 59%
  • Edge of Tomorrow 56%

For this last group that made it on our list by having a dogro of at least $40 million, we don’t have reported budgets.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dogro=$203 million
  • Son of God $59.7 million
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel $59.1 million

Clearly, some of these are going to still make significant money, and there are big money makers yet to come in the year.

Looking at this list, though, the message is clear: the biggest budget movies would not¬†always be the best return on your investment…even if they also make the most money.

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