A strange triumvirate of pop-culture icons came together Tuesday in New York City to introduce Best Buy's new Black Tie Protection -- which seems to feature Geek Squad members who dress like Chuck and protect your gadgets from infiltration. Or something. Anyway, Rather than getting Chuck, Best Buy brought three famous "protectors" to their Columbus Circle branch: Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate: SG-1), Tanya Roberts (Charlie's Angels, A View to a Kill) and Steven Seagal (Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Out for Justice... the list goes on and on). They arrived individually, in Geek Squad vehicles, with the plan that each of them would briefly discuss their character histories, their technical prowess and the importance of protection with a DJ from Z-100, who was acting as hostess. Anderson and Roberts' entrances went off more or less without a hitch, but once Seagal showed up, things got a little weird.
The news that funnyman Bernie Mac passed away over the weekend from complications due to pneumonia still hasn't quite sunk in. All I can hear in my head is his famous quote from Ocean's Eleven, where he spouted, "They might as well call it whitejack!" It still makes me laugh. The 50-year-old actor may be best known for his work in those Ocean's flicks, where he looked fly and cracked wise, but personally I've seen some of his less notable film work and he was always the best thing about them.
If you were wondering if it was possible for Tim Burton's new, partially live-action, partially motion-capture Alice in Wonderland movie to get any weirder, the answer is "yes." We've already got "method actor" Johnny Depp eating his hat (though, to be fair, it sounds like he only took one bite; because that makes it less weird, right?) and Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter just being themselves, but all you have to do is add in one Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, and you've got what could be the weirdest movie in the history of cinema.
Filming for Terminator Salvation is about half complete. Optimism has been cautiously building for this film since Christian Bale signed on late last year, and the impressive cast just keeps growing with additions like Josh Brolin and Helena Bonham Carter, along with rising star Sam Worthington. The main thing that's been keeping some franchise fans (myself included) from looking forward to this one with abandon is its director. Here's a guy who reimagined Charlie's Angels as an action-filled cheese-fest of fun, then followed it up with a sequel that was an action-filled snooze-fest of noise. Bigger and louder seemed to be the order of the day. Even with the well-received We Are Marshall now under his directorial belt, McG still wasn't winning a lot of converts. That may start to change, now, thanks to McG's own words, as written in the movie's official blog.