Marky Mark? Cocaine? Pornstache? Sign me up!

by Lauren Gitlin July 24, 2008 3:25 pm
Marky Mark? Cocaine? Pornstache? Sign me up! God loves me! How do I know? Because he took a whole bunch of my favorite things -- the Seventies, Miami, Marky Mark, cocaine (culture), Peter Berg and the writings of Generation Kill uber-scribe Evan Wright -- and smooshed them all together into one big fat bow-wrapped present! I am so excited!

Fox Gets Gleeful

by Mindy Monez July 24, 2008 2:42 pm
Fox Gets <I>Glee</I>ful Nip/Tuck and Popular creator Ryan Murphy has had enough of this bleak world and would like to spruce it up with a little glee. His new project is an hour-long Fox comedy called, well, Glee, which centers around a soccer coach who is talked into instructing one of the world's worst high school glee clubs. As we all know, Murphy always does things a little differently, so the cast will be a mix of ethnically diverse and straight and gay characters singing about four songs per episode. And don't worry, he promises he's not going to try to write music -- these will be popular songs you already know and love (or hate). "No original music is being written. People like to see people singing songs they know." So long story short, think Dangerous Minds meets American Idol meets Queer as Folk. Meets... my dreams come true.

Another Dark Knight?

by Kasey McDonald July 24, 2008 2:22 pm
Another Dark Knight?

In just five days, The Dark Knight has already grossed $200 million, besting 2004's Spider-Man 2 which got there in eight. The box office juggernaut is so big that it's gotten its stars perhaps a little too excited.

Madea Goes to Lionsgate

by Kasey McDonald July 24, 2008 10:30 am
Madea Goes to Lionsgate

Tyler Perry, whom I always think of as The Busiest Man in showbiz, is about to get a little busier. The writer/director just signed a three-year first look deal with Lionsgate, wherein he has promised the studio three more films in addition to giving them first dibs on any other films of his within that time frame. The studio already has two upcoming Perry movies, The Family That Preys which comes out in September, and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, set for a February release, neither of which are included in the deal.

The X-Files: Revelations

by Daniel July 24, 2008 8:42 am
The X-Files: Revelations

All nine seasons of The X-Files are available on DVD. There are also four Mythology sets of 14-16 episodes that focus on different aspects of the ongoing conspiracy storylines. But chances are, you don't have time to watch all 202 episodes as a refresher before checking out The X-Files: I Want to Believe. So don't be fooled by the promises of The X-Files: Revelations, a two-disc, eight-episode set that claims to be the "essential guide to the X-Files movie."

You Guys, Vampires Need Love Too

by Mindy Monez July 23, 2008 3:42 pm
You Guys, Vampires Need Love Too The first viral marketing stunts from HBO's fall vampire drama True Blood are pretty damn genius, and they have me even more excited than I already was for Alan Ball's (Six Feet Under HBIC) new series. The first (after the jump), is a parody of Chemistry.com's ads which had me rolling all around my cube in a gigglefit, and the second, is well, even better (hint: a picket sign that says "God hates fangs!" is involved). I don't know, maybe the next time a vampire asks me out I'll try to keep my prejudice in check and take a chance on tolerance.

ABC's Summer Monday's: The Most Boring Night on TV

by Angel Cohn July 23, 2008 2:56 pm
ABC's Summer Monday's: The Most Boring Night on TV

I never thought I'd be wishing for the day when the Bachelorette was on again... but that was before I saw what ABC had to put in its place. Monday nights on the alphabet kick off with High School Musical: Get in the Picture which I ranted about yesterday a bit. It is so tediously dull that I actually conked out on the couch watching it. Never a good sign. It's just so sanitary and kind and up with people that it makes me want to bang my head into the wall, except Nick Lachey's soothing voice calms me down and puts me in a deep slumber instead so then when I wake up I have forgotten the torture I've been subjected to. It is like one of those little mind wiper things from Men in Black or the pills that they give people on Torchwood... but then see commercials and get flashbacks. Until I doze off again. This vicious circle will probably keep on going for months.

Oh No He Diddyn't

by Lauren Gitlin July 22, 2008 2:35 pm
Oh No He Diddyn't My Diddy-centric loathing and resentment has been mounting for some time now. First there was that whole breaking J. Lo's heart thing. (For shame, Diddy!) Then there was the incessant name-changing PR bull-poop which was pointless and infuriating. More recently, the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy appeared as a caricature of himself in a new Burger King ad the premise of which is that he is so important and influential that Burger King need only let people know that "Diddy says BK is open late" before droves of people start flocking to their local meat patty purveyor. I resent that. Diddy is a hack. He might've been a somewhat astute businessman at one point, but from what I can tell, for the last six years or so, he's been living off the interest from capital he accrued as Notorious B.I.G.'s wingman. He claims he's a mogul. Just because you once had a PUH and like to hang out on yachts doesn't make you a scion, dude. Don't get it twisted.

This Spaced for Rent

by Zach Oat July 22, 2008 2:31 pm
This <i>Spaced</i> for Rent

The new Spaced DVD comes out today, and director Edgar Wright and writers/stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes are signing in New York as I write this, but they actually hit the Big Apple last night to host a screening and Q&A, and the event was a resounding success. There was a line of hopeful attendees stretching from 2nd Avenue all the way to 3rd Avenue (that's far, for you non-New Yorkers), and while not everyone in line was able to make it into the event (which was held at the small but pretty Village East Cinemas), Hynes, Pegg and Wright walked the length of the queue, shaking hands and posing for pictures with everyone who was waiting.

So Much Better Than Before

by Angel Cohn July 22, 2008 12:58 pm
So Much Better Than Before

Last night was the finale of Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods: In Which We Find Some Girl Who Can Sort of Sing and Sort of Dance But is Definitely Blonde (or at Least She Can Be With Dye and A Wig) and the second half of the debut of High School Musical: Get in the Picture: At Least As An Extra In the Background Somewhere, But Nowhere Near Our Actual Precious Stars and while I realize that I kind of bashed Legally Blonde, it was infinitely better than High School Musical. This is surprising to me because I sort of love High School Musical (the movies) in that I'm still obsessed with teen programming even though I'm in my mid-30's [Ed's note: Early thirties! -- LG], but really didn't care much when I saw Legally Blonde on Broadway.

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