Time to do some official pimping.
Season 3 of Man Men starts Sunday at 10 p.m. and will be OnDemand immediately after.
You should watch. Even if you’ve never watched before, you should watch. You need to watch. It’s the best show on TV. I know I pimped Friday Night Lights for that title after its incredible third season this year, but as much as I would have wanted it to be, it isn’t. Mad Men is on top, and everything else answers to it.
You’ve got exactly three days to play catch-up OnDemand, or you can take a couple minutes and bang through this photo gallery episode guide. It’s really short and it doesn’t fully capture the extremely important minutia of the series — but it’s pretty good if you want to catch up enough to start watching Sunday.
Which you should do. Did I mention that?
If you watched before and thought it was too slow — which I did for the first three episodes of the first season — then give it another shot and make it last four episodes. Jon Hamm is worth watching, even if I’m questioning whether I can take him seriously after his run on 30 rock, hosting SNL and his turn as Lex Luthor in the last year.
End of pimp. Wait, one more — watch.
Interesting but typical mid-August box office fight this weekend. District 9 is getting almost universal acclaim, but it’s very niche and the rest of the releases are looking like straight dumping ground material that all plays to one audience and one audience only. It should be a perfect time for GI Joe to grab a second-straight box office weekend win, but it looks like word of mouth might be killing it based on how far it fell off of its original Sunday numbers. Basically, it means the studio thought this many people would go based on the Friday and Saturday take, but not that many people went. Usually a bad sign.
The Funny or Die people aren’t always that funny, and ripping on the GI Joe cartoon is another example of being not very funny. But how do they keep getting stars for these kinds of things? That cast is incredible! I did one of those, “No way, that can’t be Julianne Moore, no way” things before I looked at the cast list and realized it was. Weird. I should get famous and start a Web site where other famous people would star in short Web videos that aren’t very funny, but people think they are because I’m funny and it’s my Web site. That’s pretty much the easiest way to describe Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die.
Hugh Jackman confirmed what an $85 million opening weekend usually confirms all by itself. There will be a Wolverine 2, and it looks like they’re going to follow the Wolverine-to-Japan plot line from the comic. I’m not necessarily a fan of that story, but it solves gaggles of continuity issues, will keep the movie from introducing characters that don’t belong in the story and cut down on cameos that call into question the entire X-Men movie universe. So there’s that. But the reason they had all those cameos and character introductions was because for some reason, no one believed Wolverine could carry a full movie. It’s amazing what one opening weekend will do, though it went on to make $365 million worldwide. The release date is going to be tricky. If Marvel wanted to use the Iron Man model, W2 would have to be out for summer 2011, but that’s already comic-book booked. I’d imagine Marvel wants 2012 to be comic book free since that’s when The Avengers is scheduled, and it’s probably when the next Batman would be coming out. By 2013, you lose momentum and Hugh Jackman has to show his age at some point. He’s 41 now. So W2 may be the first major comic book movie to release for a holiday season, like Christmas 2011.
Until I see otherwise, I’m convinced that a MacGruber movie is a bad idea, mainly because I don’t think it’s that funny as a skit in the first place. But to hear Bill Hader talk about it, it somehow doesn’t seem that bad. This is different from most ####-filled SNL movies because bill Hader already has a movie career. He’s never been first banana, but he’s got some good stuff on his resume, and is part of the Judd Apatow Players. So he’s already in good shape when it comes to a movie career. It’s not like they’re throwing $5 million at Tim Meadows to play the Ladies Man here. So if Hader is going to plug it before it even gets out of script stage, then I’ll believe it might not be that bad.
I’m pretty sure Terminator 4 isn’t even going to make it in to my Blockbuster queue, since the director already is talking about how he effed it up. Looks like I’ll be watching it on FX in two years or something while I flip back and forth between that and the third season of Michael and Michael Have Issues. Let’s first thank McG for being upfront and honest about the mistakes that were made. But let’s then slap him upside the head for going a long way to kill the DVD and HBO business for T4. And why would I watch the fifth is the director is telling me he screwed up the fourth? I doubt this McG quote will make it in on to the DVD box: “We did a lot of things right in that movie and we did many things wrong in that movie.” Awesome! So when do they submit if for Oscar consideration???
In the last 30 years, there are three movies that have baffled Hollywood when it comes to getting a money-making sequel into theaters: Titanic, Forrest Gump and ET. We know there can’t be a sequel for Titanic. There’s a second Forrest Gump book being written and the movie rights already are secured, even though Tom Hanks isn’t attached. That leaves ET. But apparently, a sequel came pretty close to being made. Let’s just all take a second and thank the Hollywood gods that Stephen Spielberg, for once, decided to turn down the paycheck and not make a sequel. Too bad he didn’t do that when they came to him about Indy 4.
Just when you think we’re done with Tony Danza, he rears his ugly head. Don’t these people realize the reason we stopped watching their TV shows is because we don’t want to see them anymore? What, you thought we stopped watching Who’s the Boss because Alyssa Milano got ugly? The first time he says “Ay oh, oh ay,” lightning should strike him.
The Jon and Kate non-news continues — she says her marriage is over. Oh really? Is that while she filed for divorce? Help me. Please, help me.
He’s . . . our . . . non-Family-values Guy! Fox already said they won’t air a Family Guy abortion episode, but Seth MacFarlane doesn’t seem to care.