Monthly Archives: February 2009

all hail king homer!

We’re in uncharted territory with The Simpsons. There’s officially never been a show like it. Forget about the fact that pushing it to its 22nd season will make it the longest-running scripted show in TV history. That’s barely even important. What’s significant is that its core audience — males 18-40 – will have outgrown it by the [...]

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money man for marvel

We’ve heard for months that Marvel has been trying to lowball their actors. That looks like it’s coming to an end with the news that Sam Jackson is getting his muther effing movie check after months of back-and-forth nonsense between the two camps. This is Marvel’s fault in the first place for not locking up Jackson on the [...]

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trailer mania

Yeah, it’s only February. But come Sunday, Wolverine is just two months away. That makes this a perfect time to grade out on the trailers for the biggest movies of the summer: WOLVERINE (May 1): Let’s make an agreement here and now that I won’t have to type out “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” every time I mention [...]

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what’s happening, coney

Some links to digest: Any Conan O’Brien fans who aren’t scared about him dumbing down his schtick when he takes over The Tonight Show are kidding themselves. He promised in his farewell show he wouldn’t do it — but I can’t see how NBC won’t be pressuring him into bringing him down to about 6 [...]

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boom goes the oscars!

I’m trying hard, really hard, to remember anything that stood out to me from the Oscars other than the speed in which Reese Witherspoon fell from my good graces this year compared to 2007. Other than that, I’ve got nothing. Everything was just . . . adequate. That’s probably fitting since 2008 movies were just brimming [...]

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orange street oscars

Quick correction from yesterday’s blog. Frost/Nixon did make it to the Poconos, it was at the Casino Theater in Mount Pocono for a week starting Feb. 6. The fact that I missed it — and seemingly everyone else did since it was only there for a week and its box office tally isn’t even $20 [...]

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why i’m done with EW

Just for kicks, here is the letter I wrote yesterday to Entertainment Weekly telling them I will not be renewing my subscription to the magazine because I’m sick and tired of having them shove Twilight down my throat: Editor–   To quote Cartman, “Well, I’m out guys. If this is what’s cool now, I think [...]

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oscars, dollhouse and dtv

Straight links today, enjoy: This is your last warning. If you’re still somehow living in the dark ages and don’t have cable or satellite, and you still don’t have a digital TV or a converter, all of the local TV stations are cutting their analog signals today if they haven’t done it already. You’ve been [...]

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picking on nits

No show is perfect. Take, uh, everything on TV right now. It’s all flawed, it’s all got semi-fatal errors that make you kick your coffee table each week wondering why Hollywood types aren’t thinking about the same things we are when we try to string together some semblance of reality into the made-up television world. That’s [...]

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why am i not running a movie studio?

Sometimes I wonder why I’m not in Hollywood, especially when I see such insane release date scheduling of movies. Case in point: this weekend. The three new movies coming out this weekend just don’t seem to fit in what is historically a big weekend. And they’ve all got genre competition. The International vs. Taken. Surprise [...]

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