This week, Rich talks about Moby Dick, the books he is reading, his upcoming stories in the Beacon Journal and cherishing the thought of a fired Butch Davis.To read more or comment...
I have been asking friends, family and Facebookers for theirs. Join the discussion. It does not have to be a song with summer in the title. (I would include, for instance, both Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" and the Showmen's "39-21-40.") But it should bring to mind the season in some way.
To get you started, some of the suggestions I have had already include Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime": Ella Fitzgerald's version of "Too Darn Hot"; "Summer in the City" (where I would opt for Quincy Jones's version); LFO, "Summer Girls"; "Summertime" (Billy Stewart, Big Brother, and so on); Jamies, "Summertime Summertime"; Happenings, "See You in September"; Chicago, "Saturday in the Park"; Katrina and the Waves, "Walking on Sunshine"; Don Henley, "Boys of Summer"; just about everything the Beach Boys ever did; Bruce Springsteen's entire "The Wild, the Innocent & The E Street Shuffle"; War, "Summer," and more. Drop your suggestions in the comments section. And thanks!To read more or comment...
The official word: To celebrate the life and musical legacy of Amy Winehouse, MTV is set to air a special dedicated to the soulful singer and her fans this Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 PM ET / PT. Originally filmed in April 2007, this intimate performance features an introspective Winehouse standing on the verge of superstardom during a rare U.S. television appearance as she graced the MTV studio stage for the first time as part of the music series, “45th at Night.” This performance gives fans a look at the awe inspiring talent and soul of Amy Winehouse at the onset of her career as the world just began to realize the depth and power of her voice, sound, and musical genius.
Backed by the The Dap-Kings as well as a sizzling collaboration with Mos Def on “Love Is a Losing Game,” Winehouse fans will be treated to innovative live renditions of her classic hits including “Rehab,” “Back To Black,” “Me & Mr. Jones,” and “You Know I'm No Good” during this concert special.To read more or comment...
From the Cleveland Film Commission: During the month of August, Downtown Cleveland will be transformed into a movie set for Marvel Studio's The Avengers, which will require road closures, intermittent traffic delays and alternate routes for motorists and pedestrians. On August 8, E. 9th Street from Euclid Avenue to Prospect Avenue will close for the rest of the
month. Additional streets will be closed during the month of August. All production
is planned to be complete by September 2, 2011.
Details of street closures and delays for motorists and pedestrians:
* E. 9th Street from Euclid to Prospect will be closed August 8 to September 1.
Alternate routes are Carnegie, E. 18th Street and Superior.
* Euclid Avenue from E. 6th to E. 12th will be closed August 15 to August 24. Alternate
routes are E. 6th Street, Superior, E. 18th Street and Carnegie.
* Walnut Avenue from E. 9th to E. 12th will be closed August 22 to September 2.
Alternate routes are E. 12th Street, Superior and Chester.
* South Roadway from Superior to Ontario will be closed August 17 to 30. Alternate
routes are Ontario and Superior.
* Detroit Superior Bridge will be closed August 29. Alternate route is Main Avenue
The official word: IFC will air a marathon of the entire first season of the original Australian version of the comedy series WILFRED on Sunday, July 31 at 12noon et/pt. Eight half-our episodes will air back to back.
The season follows Adam (Adam Zwar) and his difficult yet co-dependent relationship with his girlfriend's dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann). Wilfred is a menacing, vindictive, calculating dog who Adam happens to see as a middle-aged stoner guy dressed in a dog suit. When Wilfred isn't getting high or digging holes in the backyard, he's actively working to undermine any hope Adam has of truly winning his girlfriend Sarah's heart.To read more or comment...
I asked IFC for more info about Hamm's character -- specifically if he is the "clandestine mastermind" mentioned below. The answer: "We're actually keeping his character info under wraps for now as it is a key point in the plot line."
The official word: IFC announced today that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) will guest star in the second season of IFC’s original comedy series, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which will premiere in January 2012. Hamm is featured along side stars David Cross and Will Arnett in five of the series’ six brand new half-hour episodes. Additionally, musician Johnny Marr returns to score and perform the series’ original music to compliment the existing original pieces he created for season one.To read more or comment...
"Sons of Anarchy" is 9/6, "Always Sunny" 9/16, more. The (long) official word: FX opens its fall season with the return of the award-winning hit drama Sons of Anarchy on September 6, and will continue to run Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. The 13-episode season kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere episode. Sons of Anarchy, is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that there simple, sheltered town of Charming, California which remains exactly that, charming. Season four begins with SAMCRO fresh out of jail and back into Charming. Upon their arrival, they encounter new law enforcement and head right back to business. The club is pressed with a decision that could challenge what SOA has always stood for and brings forth an unlikely alliance. With Jax fresh out of a jail and the birth of his newborn son, he is forced to put new plans into motion that could affect the club and ultimately his family. Sons of Anarchy is the #1-rated series in FX history. Sons of Anarchy first moved to the fall in its second season and saw its ratings increase upwards of +70% in viewership and all key demos. Sons of Anarchy was created by Executive Producer/Writer/Director Kurt Sutter and it stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal, who won the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance last season. The series is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.
A mainstay on FX’s fall schedule since 2007, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins its seventh season on September 15, airing Thursdays at 10 PM ET/PT for 13 weeks. Sunny has grown into a huge success to become one of the top scripted comedies on cable. Last season, Dee got knocked up, Charlie and Dennis partied in Atlantic City, and Mac fought gay marriage in his own unique, misguided way. This season, tune in to see the Gang prepare for the apocalypse, hit the beach at the Jersey Shore, produce a child beauty pageant, and take a walk down memory lane at their high school reunion. As they say, some things never change, so prepare for more depraved schemes, half-baked arguments and absurdly underhanded plots to subvert one another. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by McElhenney and is executive produced by McElhenney, Day, Howerton, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel and Tom Lofaro. The show is produced by FX Productions.To read more or comment...
The official word: Syfy’s hit series Eureka gets an animated makeover this December for a special holiday themed episode, proving that indeed anything is possible in the town of Eureka. In the first-of-its-kind episode, the quaint town of geniuses will be transformed into animated versions of themselves. The stand-alone holiday episode will also feature a stellar line up of guest stars lending their voices to a variety of characters – Jim Parsons, Chris Parnell, Matt Frewer and Edward James Olmos. The airdate for the holiday episode will be announced at a later date.
In the episode “Do You See What I See,” it's Christmas again in Eureka, and Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are secretly planning the perfect holiday surprise for their kids. But something mysterious interferes with the super-photon generator designed to create a faux winter wonderland on Main Street, sending a kaleidoscopic wave of color crashing over Eureka, and leaving the entire town and its inhabitants animated. Adapting to the rules of their animated world, our cartoon heroes encounter talking creatures, anthropomorphized machines, and snowy foes as they race to find a solution before Christmas morning...or face potentially being a cartoon forever.To read more or comment...
The official word: School is back in session September 6th when Community: The Complete Second Season arrives on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The sophomore season of this smart comedy series, starring Joel McHale (TV’s “The Soup”), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II) and Emmy® winner Chevy Chase, resumes with the return to Greendale Community College where our favorite study group is back at it with more outrageous adventures and unintentional bonding. The quick-witted, sarcastic ensemble cast includes Gillian Jacobs (TV’s "The Book of Daniel"), Danny Pudi (TV’s "Greek"), Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s "Rules of Engagement"), Alison Brie (TV’s "Mad Men"), and Donald Glover (TV’s "30 Rock").
Community: The Complete Second Season contains tons of uncensored special features, including cast and crew commentary on every episode, deleted scenes, outtakes on every disc, season 2 cast evaluations, “The Paintball Finale: From Script to Screen” featurette, “Creating Wonderland” featurette, animatics and more!To read more or comment...
I think some of these "low" budgets should be adjusted for inflation. But the official word: As summer blockbusters invade theaters across the country and fans descend upon San Diego for Comic-Con 2011, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled a list of movies that show how popular and critical success doesn’t require multi-million-dollar budgets. TCM’s 10 Favorite Low-Budget Science Fiction Films is a celebration of what can happen when minimal budgets spark maximum imagination.
TCM’s list spans from the 1953 monster-on-the-loose thriller The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featuring Ray Harryhausen’s memorable stop-motion model animation effects, to 2001’s offbeat The American Astronaut, a black-and-white western/sci-fi hybrid. The list includes such acclaimed masterpieces as Invaders from Mars (1953) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), cult classics like The Blob (1958) and I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) and independent hits like The Brother from Another Planet (1984) and The Terminator (1984), not to mention the film delightfully hailed as the worst ever made, Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).To read more or comment...
The official word: DEREK JETER 3K, the hour-long documentary special from HBO and Major League Baseball Productions, will debut THURSDAY, JULY 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. The special chronicles New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s dramatic quest for his 3,000th career hit, which he accomplished versus the Tampa Bay Rays with a remarkable five-for-five performance July 9 at Yankee Stadium. DEREK JETER 3K will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter made his run at the 3,000-hit milestone, becoming the first player to do it in a Yankees uniform.
Other HBO playdates: July 29 (noon, 2:15 a.m.), 30 (9:30 a.m., 11:15 p.m.) and 31 (8:30 a.m.), and Aug. 1 (1:00 a.m.), 2 (7:00 p.m.), 4 (11:00 p.m.), 5 (4:30 p.m.), 7 (9:45 a.m.) and 11 (8:30 p.m.)To read more or comment...
The official word: Shout! Factory has announced the October 25, 2011 home entertainment release of Barney Miller: The Complete Series, featuring all 8 seasons of the much-loved show. The grand 25-DVD collection includes a 40 page booklet, new cast interviews, commentaries, as well as season one of the spin-off Fish, starring Abe Vigoda, which has never before been released on DVD.
Fans can rejoice as Shout! Factory presents the first-ever comprehensive Barney Miller experience with the release of Barney Miller: The Complete Series. This richly detailed 25-DVD collector’s box set edition contains all eight seasons of the iconic series, plus a wealth of exclusive bonus features. These extras include new interviews with Linden, Vigoda and Gail; the series’ original pilot, which was called The Life and Times of Barney Miller; commentaries and interviews by series writers Tony Sheehan (TV’s King of Queens), Jeff Stein (TV’s Mr. Belvedere) and Frank Dungan (TV’s Mr. Belvedere); a collectible commemorative booklet filled with vintage photos and featuring an essay by former TV Critic Howard Rosenberg; and season one of the show’s spinoff, Fish, starring Vigoda of course. This collector’s edition set, priced to own at $159.99, offers all 168 episodes of this long-awaited show, which aired on ABC from 1974-82, and captured a Peabody Award, three Emmy® Awards and two Golden Globes®. The set also includes the standout retrospective episode that pays tribute to Jack Soo, whose passing in Season 5 led the cast, both in and out of character, to salute their beloved colleague.To read more or comment...
The official word: Celebrating 25 years of the need for speed, the action-packed, sexy and breathtaking thrill-ride TOP GUN soars onto Blu-ray with a Digital Copy on August 30, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “Top Gun” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million. Tom Cruise is superb as the cocky but talented pilot known as Maverick and Kelly McGillis sizzles as the civilian instructor who teaches Maverick a few things you can’t learn in a classroom. Featuring a sensational soundtrack with unforgettable songs from the 80s including Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, the film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.
Available for $19.99, the TOP GUN Blu-ray includes a six-part documentary on the making of the film, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a survival training featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, four music videos, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts, a look inside the real “Top Gun” and more.To read more or comment...
The official word: Bowling, nihilists, a stolen rug and the occasional acid flashback have never been funnier when one of the most popular cult classics in history, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition, debuts on Blu-ray August 16, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. From the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers (True Grit, Fargo) and starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Crazy Heart), this acclaimed comedy has been newly re-mastered in high definition to provide longtime fans and first-time viewers alike with the ultimate Lebowski experience.
Available for a limited time with an all-new 28-page companion book featuring an exclusive interview with Jeff Dowd – the real-life inspiration for The Dude – Jeff Bridges’s personal, on-set photography, a film timeline, trivia and much more, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray is a must-own addition to any collection. In addition to all-new features exclusive to the Blu-ray™release, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray also offers a digital copy of the film that can be viewed anywhere at any time on the consumers’ choice of devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes.To read more or comment...
The decade of orange soda, Vital Information, and “Killer Tofu” is back and coming to TeenNick! Next week, TeenNick launches “The ‘90s Are All That” a two-hour, weeknight programming block featuring some of Nickelodeon’s iconic ‘90s hits--complete with deeply integrated, fan-driven social media components on Facebook (www.facebook.com/90sAreAllThat) and at www.90sAreAllThat.com. Sparked by rising demand via the internet and social media platforms from young adults who grew up with Nickelodeon in the 1990s, TeenNick has curated the block and its accompanying online content with the fans’ specific requests in mind.
“The 90s Are All That”’s rotating line-up will debut Monday, July 25, at 12 a.m. (ET) with All That, Kenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains It All and Doug. The block will air on TeenNick Monday-Friday from 12-2 a.m. (ET) and will replay from 2-4 a.m. (ET). Through www.facebook.com/90sAreAllThat and at www.90sAreAllThat.com, viewers can reminisce and share their favorite TV memories, watch full episodes, enter sweepstakes to win ‘90s-based Nick products, access exclusive clips, photos, polls and more.To read more or comment...
The official word: Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on the groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division (AYAKM). The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.
Murphy and Angry Filmworks are most notably credited for the highly successful action-adventure franchise, Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced the upcoming Hugh Jackman blockbuster Real Steel with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. The company also is responsible for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Angry Filmworks formed in 1998.To read more or comment...
The official word: One loveable canine goes on a magical new adventure for the entire family in MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS, cuddling up on Blu-ray and DVD August 16 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Filmed on location in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia by acclaimed director Michael Damian (Flicka 2, Moondance Alexander), this touching side story to the original $240 million global box office smash Marley & Me introduces us to Marley as the lovable pint-sized pup.
Fall into puppy love with “the world’s worst dog,” who now has a frisky voice and an attitude to match. Join Marley for his mischievous puppy years, as he and his summer pal, Bodie Grogan, wreak havoc on a neighborhood dog contest. Marley outwits Dobermans, Shepherds and Collies, while stealing hearts in his own unique and lovable way. Get your paws on MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS and fetch big laughs for the whole family!To read more or comment...
The Blu-ray includes a 3D segment. The official word:
“SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA,” the exciting STARZ Original series, is ready for battle when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the prequel to the acclaimed “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 13, 2011. The two-disc collection contains a muscular amount of bonus features including never-before-seen featurettes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage (including a set tour with star Lucy Lawless). The Blu-ray is even mightier with extended episodes, audio commentary on all six episodes and a mind-blowing battle sequence in 3D - a first for a TV on Blu-Ray™ release! A sneak peek of the 3D bonus feature will happen at the STARZ booth at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego.To read more or comment...
The oficial word: Former heavyweight boxer Eric Esch, more popularly known as Butterbean, barreled into the national ring in the ‘90s like a 400-pound wrecking ball clad in American flag shorts. Now, Butterbean is taking his hard-earned, tough guy reputation to the streets of his hometown: he’s been deputized by the Walker County Sheriff’s office, and he’s on a one-man mission to bring back a sense of community safety… no matter how many butts he has to kick. In his first-ever television series, BIG LAW: DEPUTY BUTTERBEAN chronicles the Reserve Deputy as he joins his partner and best friend, Deputy Adam Hadder, on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Jasper, Ala. Viewers follow the oversized deputy and get insider access to every training session, patrol ride and bad guy bust that Butterbean experiences, all in the hopes of making Jasper a safer and cleaner place for his kids and grandkids. Join Butterbean as he brings big-time justice to a small town in BIG LAW: DEPUTY BUTTERBEAN, with half-hour episodes premiering back to back every Tuesday beginning August 9 at 10 and 10:30 PM (ET) on Investigation Discovery.
“As the fastest growing network in all of cable, it’s imperative that we continue to pursue different genres of programming, so I’m particularly proud to announce that BIG LAW: DEPUTY BUTTERBEAN will be Investigation Discovery’s first foray into docu-series,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager, Investigation Discovery. “Our cameras capture every moment of Butterbean in action and, although this deputy would be a little intimidating if he’s the one knocking on your door, I think our viewers will find that he’s just a big guy with an even bigger heart trying to make a difference in his community.”To read more or comment...
The official word: Two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart - Best Picture and Best Director) in The Beaver, a compelling and original film, slated to arrive on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23rd from Summit Entertainment.
The Beaver -- which Rolling Stone calls “heartfelt and often painfully funny” – tells the emotional story of a once successful man named Walter Black (Gibson) so plagued by his own demons that he resorts to the use of a beaver hand puppet in order turn his life around and reconnect with his family. Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) co-star in the film which is both a darkly comic journey of self-discovery and a solemn ode to the strength of family.To read more or comment...
The official word: Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” smashed the domestic box office record for a midnight opening, taking in a phenomenal $43.5 million. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution.
In addition, the film broke the midnight opening record for IMAX theatres, with a $2 million gross on a record number of IMAX screens.
Some midnight showings around the country capped marathon screenings of all the previous Harry Potter movies, leading up to the long-awaited finale. There were fan celebrations at a number of theatres, with audience members dressing up as their favorite characters, turning the release of the film into a shared event.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is also the first in the series to be released in 3D, and many lucky fans attending midnight 3D screenings received commemorative Harry Potter 3D glasses to keep as a souvenir.
The midnight opening record came on the heels of the film setting the record for advance ticket sales. Many of the opening day’s shows were sold out weeks ago as moviegoers rushed to be among the first people to see the last title in the most successful film franchise of all time.
The many official words: "South Park" marks its 15th season this year. To celebrate, “South Park,” COMEDY CENTRAL and South Park Digital Studios will honor the fans that have turned the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series into a cultural phenomenon with a year-long celebration, marking 2011 as "The Year of the Fan.”
“What better way to celebrate 15 amazing years of ‘South Park,’ than by honoring the viewers that have made the iconic series such a long-running success,” said Michele Ganeless, president, COMEDY CENTRAL. “These all-encompassing ‘South Park’ events will take the fans even deeper into the show, allowing them to experience it in every arena.”To read more or comment...
For those of you hoping for additional closure, note that this calls the package "the final installment" of the story.
The official word: Earthlings, prepare for the return of the Visitors! Queen Anna and her alien followers hatch their secret plan as Warner Home Video (WHV) releases V: The Complete Second Season on DVD and Blu-ray™ on October 18, 2011, for $39.98/$49.99 SRP. Known for its stunning special effects, the sci-fi series’ second season is filled with hovering spaceships and jaw-dropping moments of the Visitors morphing into reptilian forms. In addition to all 10 episodes, the two-disc set Blu-ray™ includes an extra hour of bonus content including two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Arc of the Story: Mining the Human Emotion” and “A Visual Masterpiece for the Small Screen.” . . . .
“Warner Home Video is happy to bring the final installment of V to DVD and Blu-ray for both fans of the series as well as new audiences to enjoy,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “V’s stunning visuals coupled with a gripping plot makes this season one that shouldn’t be missed.” . . .
Many different packages. The official word: The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films are proud to present the #1 worldwide box office success of 2011 - making over $1 billion globally - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in stunning high definition Blu-ray™, eye popping Blu-ray 3D™ (a first for the legendary franchise) and Movie Download on October 18, 2011.
Setting sail on an ocean full of hi-def adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will debut in a Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1- Disc Digital Copy), a 2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD), and for the ultimate fan a 15- Disc Four Movie Collection. Additionally the movie will be available in 3D and High-Definition Movie Download.To read more or comment...
From NBC: Season Thirteen Auditions for Teams of Two and Individuals to be Held in Austin, the New York tri-state area, Detroit, Charlotte, Washington, DC, Atlanta, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando and Los Angeles. . . .
NBC’s popular reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching a 13-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals and teams of two who have at least 85 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will begin airing in January, 2012.To read more or comment...
Here's the bio of our local contestant, the third in three seasons of the show:
Department of Homeland Security
The official word: The Cinematheque celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first film screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art (which took place 6000 feature films ago on August 8, 1986) with an extended weekend of special films, August 4-8, 2011.
The weekend begins with on Thursday, August 4, at 7:30 pm when the Cinematheque partners with PlayhouseSquare’s Cinema at the Square to present the original KING KONG at the Palace Theatre downtown. Tickets cost $5; seniors 65 & over, students, children $4.To read more or comment...
Multiple nods for his "No Reservations" series, and he is coming to Cleveland in November, with a chance for you to meet and greet. The official word:
Culinary bad boy Anthony Bourdain is taking his delicious show on the road, offering a chance for fans to get close to the action for this unique lecture-style appearance. Bourdain brings his stories to PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre for a special one night engagement Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m.; tickets are currently on sale. Just announced: fans can now bid in an online auction for packages that include premium seats in the first several rows and an exclusive meet and greet with Anthony Bourdain during a private post-show reception. The bidding ends on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10 p.m. To purchase tickets and for additional information on the auction, visit PlayhouseSquare.org.To read more or comment...
From the TV Academy:
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
BOARDWALK EMPIRE, HBO
First eligible year: 2011
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2011
Nominations this year: 18
Total: 18 nominations, 0 wins
First eligible year: 2007
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Nominations this year: 5
Total: 23 nominations, 4 wins
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, DIRECTV
First eligible year: 2007
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2011
Nominations this year: 4
Total: 12 nominations, 1 win
GAME OF THRONES, HBO
First eligible year: 2011
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2011
Nominations this year: 13
Total: 13 nominations, 0 wins
THE GOOD WIFE, CBS
First eligible year: 2010
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2010, 2011
Nominations this year: 9
Total: 18 nominations, 1 win
MAD MEN, AMC
First eligible year: 2008
Year(s) nominated in Outstanding Drama Series: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Year(s) won as Outstanding Drama Series: 2008, 2009, 2010
Nominations this year: 19
Total: 68 nominations, 13 wins
From the TV Academy, arranged alphabetically. It's a huge list to slog through but I still find it kind of interesting because it shows how many, and how finely sliced, Emmy categories are. And so to the list.
ABC's Grey's Anatomy Sync
OUTSTANDING CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA
I am plowing through various Emmy lists right now; bummed that "Community" was overlooked, happy that "Friday Night Lights" FINALLY got nominated for best drama (with noms also for Chandler and Britton). Impressed at "Justified's" performance, baffled by the Kathy Bates nomination, and so on. I'm going to post sundry lists and data provided by the TV academy. Below is the list of shows' total nominations. (Two for "Hot in Cleveland," BTW.) More to come. ...
Includes a former Clevelander. The new season begins July 28 on Lifetime. Here's the list:
· Amanda Perna, 25 - Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Resides in: New York, NY
· Anthony Ryan Auld, 28 - Hometown: Linden, TX; Resides in: Baton Rouge, LATo read more or comment...
The official word: ABC and Global have jointly announced the renewal of the summer’s popular drama series, “Rookie Blue,” for a third season. Season Three is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto later this summer.
For ABC, the series ranks No. 1 in Thursday’s 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 this summer, finishing No. 1 in its time slot on each of its three original telecasts. Moving to the 10 o’clock hour in its sophomore season, “Rookie Blue” is producing year-to-year gains for ABC, improving by 8% in Total Viewers and by 14% in Adults 18-49 from the Net’s Summer ’10 averages in the hour. In fact, with viewers and young adults, “Rookie Blue’s” sophomore season premiere (on June 23) posted ABC’s best summer numbers in the hour with regular programming since August 2008 (August 7).To read more or comment...
Some posts ago I indicated I would write something at length about the season premieres of "Rescue Me" and "Damages." Various time-management issues have kept me from dipping into "Rescue Me," so that will have to wait. Just be aware that, as I indicated in a print column today, the final run begins tonight. As does "Damages," which for its fourth season is currently available only if you have DirecTV.
As I said in print today, you should also be aware that the DirecTV approachis somewhat different from the FX version; the content is a bit rawer, and the cast in the early going does not boast as many name actors as the previous seasons. And DirecTV’s commercial-free telecasts make room for more content in each episode.
The new season picks up about three years after the end of the previous one. A big case involves a private military contractor (John Goodman) who is on Ellen’s radar.
And, before you start thinking they have grabbed a comedy guy, note that Danson's resume includes a very fine dramatic turn on "Damages," as well as films like "The Onion Field" and "Something About Amelia."
The official word: Multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Ted Danson will join the cast of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, in a series regular role, on the CBS Television Network. His character will debut in the season premiere on Wednesday, September 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
The man behind "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch" has died at the age of 94. I crossed paths with him at least once, and many years ago, and he was a very, very nice man. But I am at a loss what more to say about him since his reputation rests on some terrible television. Yes, beloved TV. But I can't get around how awful it was.To read more or comment...
The official word: From Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures comes a unique and compelling twist on the Super Hero genre with the out-of-this-world warrior THOR, debuting on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD September 13, 2011. Called "spectacular" (USA Today), "thrilling, entertaining and cool" (Ain't It Cool News) the phenomenal screen debut of the legendary God of Thunder took audiences by storm, earning more than $440 million at the global box office. When the arrogant god is banished to Earth from his home world, Asgard, and then pursued by the darkest forces of Asgard, he must learn what it takes to become a true hero in this exhilarating story that "delivers epic fireworks" (Rolling Stone). Featuring an all-star cast including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, stunning visual effects and explosive action sequences, THOR wields outstanding entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
The THOR three-disc set includes the film on Blu-ray in high-definition 3D and on high definition 2D, as well as on standard definition DVD with a digital copy. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high definition presentation of the film, plus a standard definition presentation with a digital copy. Both sets come fully loaded with 80 minutes of immersive bonus materials including an exclusive special feature that goes deeper into the Marvel Universe, a sneak peek into Marvel's The Avengers, an unprecedented look inside the world of director Kenneth Branagh and much more.To read more or comment...
The official word: Bravo’s hit docu-series “The Millionaire Matchmaker” returns to Los Angeles for its fifth season, premiering Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m., ET/PT. Over the last four seasons viewers have watched Patti Stanger find love for others, while struggling to find her own Prince Charming. Now she’s newly single and ready to mingle, but is love in store for the famed matchmaker herself? For a sneak peek at the upcoming season go to: http://www.bravotv.com/the-millionaire-matchmaker/season-5/videos/coming-up-in-the-fifth-season
In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up with dates hand-picked by Patti. From a former NFL player to “Million Dollar Listing’s” Madison Hildebrand, Patti will be challenged to find love for a very diverse roster of rich singles. This season, she calls on celebrity friends Tori Spelling and Jenny McCarthy to provide expert advice for her hapless millionaires. With a brutally blunt approach and a big heart, Patti and her staff – Chief Operating Officer, Destin Pfaff and VP of Matching, Rachel Federoff – give their affluent clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists.To read more or comment...
UPDATE: A&E has now postponed the series until a to-be-determined date in the fall.
The official word: A&E Network presents “American Hoggers,” a new original real-life series that follows the Campbell family and their struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranches from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars. The 8-episode half-hour series premieres August 16 at 10PM ET/PT.To read more or comment...
Last week was some kind of ride. Most of the energy I had was devoted to preparing for Saturday's premiere of "25 Hill" (although I also managed to turn out a mailbag and a video column). Making this a challenge was a little bit of pneumonia which, thanks to some heavy-duty antibiotics, seems at last to have taken its leave. It wasn't that tough to deal with most of the time, but it knocked my stamina down something fierce. Spent a fair amount of time napping, with concentration-optional TV shows on while I rested. (Saw a lot of "Millionaire Matchmaker," for one thing.)
But let's start catching up. For one thing, I made note of some of the TV premieres this week in a Sunday Channels column, but because of my brain-fog neglected to mention several shows. Among them:To read more or comment...
The official word: An all-star ensemble cast headlines the romantic comedy Jumping the Broom, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 9th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film explores the universal themes of passion, love and family when two families of different backgrounds come together for a wedding. The star-studded cast includes Academy Award® nominee Angela Basset (Best Actress, What’s Love Got To Do With It, 1993), Paula Patton (Precious), Laz Alonso (Just Wright, This Christmas), Mike Epps (Faster, The Hangover), Loretta Devine (For Colored Girls, Death at a Funeral) and Julie Bowen (TV’s “Modern Family”). Bonus materials include commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “You’re Invited: Behind the Scenes” and “Honoring the Tradition of Jumping the Broom.” Jumping the Broom will be available on Blu-ray for $35.99 SRP and on DVD for $30.99 SRP.
SYNOPSIS:To read more or comment...
The official word: TNT has given the greenlight to DALLAS, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time, about the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. Famous for its ratings-grabbing cliffhangers, the original series was known for its wealth, seduction, scandal and intrigues. Set in the big state of Texas, TNT’s new DALLAS — from Warner Horizon Television — also lives life large and in the fast lane and brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The new DALLAS stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of DALLAS, which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.
TNT will give viewers their first look at DALLAS on Monday with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hits THE CLOSER, which starts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and RIZZOLI & ISLES, which airs at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). TNT is unveiling today a website dedicated to the new DALLAS series, where fans can view an online photo gallery that features a first look into the show’s new and returning cast. Fans can visit the new site, http://www.dallastnt.com, to watch sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes videos. The website will be periodically updated with new materials.To read more or comment...
The official word: Winner of this year’s Academy Award® and Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire, After the Wedding), will be released on a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on August 30, 2011 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in Sudan’s refugee camps and in a little Danish provincial town, this compelling and thought-provoking film from Sony Pictures Classics follows two families who cross paths and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. The In A Better World Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will be available for an SLP of $45.99. Special features on the release will include deleted scenes, a commentary with Director Susanne Bier and Editor Pernille Bech Christensen and an interview with Director Susanne Bier.
In addition to its Oscar and Golden Globe wins, In a Better World was an official selection of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Marc’ Aurelio Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Film at the 2010 Rome International Film Festival.To read more or comment...
The official word: Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film WEST SIDE STORY returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise. WEST SIDE STORY: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film. . . .
Featuring the famous songs “Maria,” “America,” “Tonight,” and “I Feel Pretty,” WEST SIDE STORY: 50th Anniversary Edition showcases thrilling performances by Best Supporting Actress® winner Rita Moreno (The King and I), Best Supporting Actor® winner George Chakiris (Two and Two Make Six) and Russ Tamblyn (How the West Was Won). The Blu-ray will be available in a Limited Edition 4-Disc Boxed Set featuring 2 disc Blu-ray, newly-restored DVD, Tribute CD and collectible memorabilia, as well as a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Prebook is September 7.To read more or comment...
The official word: TLC today confirmed that it has ordered four new LITTLE PEOPLE BIG WORLD specials, bringing back the beloved Roloff family – husband and wife Matt and Amy, and their children Jeremy, Zach, Molly, and Jacob. The groundbreaking series, the first to take viewers into the real-life challenges and celebrations of a family comprised of little and average height people, ran on TLC from 2006 – 2010.
The first special will resolve the cliffhangers left from the series finale, including the state of Matt and Amy’s marriage, if the family sold the farm, and what’s become of the kids. It will tentatively air in early October, 2011. Production began this week.To read more or comment...
From what I can find, ABC carried "Hallmark Hall of Fame" films as recently as 1989 (when "My Name Is Bill W." aired on the network), perhaps even later than that. But it has certainly felt like a CBS show of late. But not now. The official word:
Hallmark announced today a multi-year deal, beginning with the 2011-2012 TV season, to premiere Hallmark Hall of Fame movies exclusively on the ABC Television Network with encore broadcasts a week later on Hallmark Channel.
“We’re delighted our movies will premiere exclusively on ABC starting with our 61st television season,” said Brad Moore, president – Hallmark Hall of Fame. “Since our very first talks with ABC last year we’ve looked forward to this announcement. Our agreement to follow ABC premieres with encores on Hallmark Channel is an exciting, unprecedented use of broadcast and cable.”
So I guess the aliens don't get beaten anytime soon. The official word:
TNT has renewed Falling Skies, cable’s #1 new series, for a second season. The epic saga about the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force has been a tremendous hit both domestically and internationally. Falling Skies, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), stars Noah Wyle and comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season, which is slated to air in summer 2012.To read more or comment...
The official word: Don’t miss the always fascinating Tara—and her multiple personalities—as she makes the risky choice to go back to school in “United States of Tara” The Third Season, arriving on DVD August 2 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. Toni Collette stars in her multiple award-winning role as one woman haunted by a cast of characters – all in her own head – in the quirky comedy with lots of personality.
The battle for the student body begins when Tara goes back to college with all of her alters—who quickly turn the school upside down and send her family’s complicated, ridiculous life into a tail spin. Featuring Eddie Izzard as a special guest star, the third and final season of the critically acclaimed show pushes the boundaries and raises the stakes for Tara and her family. From the mind of creator and writer Diablo Cody and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the series also stars John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Brie Larson and Keir Gilchrist.To read more or comment...
Kent's Charles Peachock made the cut. Live performances begin Tuesday, with viewer voting. The official list:
Anna Graceman - Juneau, Alaska (singer/pianist)
Attack Dance Crew - Tallahassee, Fla. (drilling dance crew)
Avery and the Calico Hearts - Lubbock, Texas (singing trio)
Captain & Maybelle - Atlanta, Ga. (variety act)
Charles Peachock - Kent, Ohio (juggler)
Dani Shay - Orlando, Fla. (singer/guitarist)
Daniel Joseph Baker - Katy, Texas (singer/pianist)
Dezmond Meeks - Pineville, La. (singer/pianist)
Duo Aero - Saint Paul, Minn (trapeze duo)
Dylan Andre - Zieglerville, Pa. (singer/guitarist)
Echo of Animal Gardens - Lake Geneva, Wis. (animal act)
Fatally Unique - Rockford, Ill. (hip hop dance team)
Fearless Flores Family - Myakka City, Fla. (family daredevil act)
Frank Miles - Los Angeles, Calif. (variety act)
Geechy Guy - Las Vegas, Nev. (comedian)
Ian Johnson - Hebron, Ill. (yo-yo tricks)
J Chris Newberg - Los Angeles, Calif. (comic/musician)
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. - Logan, W. V. (singer)
Landon Swank - Wasilla, Alaska (magician)
Lys Agnès - Denver, Colo. (singer)
Mauricio Herrera - Pomona, Calif. (singer/dancer)
Melissa Villasenor - Los Angeles, Calif. (impressionist)
Miami All Stars - Miami, Fla. (dance group)
Mona Lisa - Houston, Texas (twin singers/guitarist duo)
Monet - Charlotte, N. Car. (singer)
POPLYFE - Oakland, Calif. (teen band)
Professor Splash - Lakewood, Colo. (shallow water diver)
Purrfect Angelz - Los Angeles, Calif. (dance troupe)
Sam B. - Falls Church, Va. (dancer)
Sandou Trio Russian Bar - San Antonio, Texas (Russian bar trio)
Scott Alexander - Lancaster, Pa. (magician)
Seth Grabel - Los Angeles, Calif. (magician)
SH'Boss Boys - Atlanta, Ga. (young rap trio)
Silhouettes - Arvada, Colo. (interpretative dance)
Smage Bros. Riding Shows - Elkhorn, Wis. (motorcycle stunt show)
Snap Boogie - Boston, Mass. (dancer)
Squonk Opera - Pittsburgh, Pa. (band)
Steven Retchless - New York, N. Y. (pole dancer/aerialist)
Summerwind Skippers - Boise, Idaho (jump rope team)
Taylor Davis - Leesburg, Ga. (singer/guitarist)
Team iLuminate - New York, N.Y. (glow suit dancers)
The Fiddleheads - Dahlonega, Ga. (bluegrass band)
The Kinetic King – St. Paul, Minn. (variety act)
The Rhinestone Ropers - Jerome, Idaho (variety act)
Thomas John - Woodland Park, Colo. (variety act)
Those Funny Little People - Chicago, Ill. (variety act)
Yellow Designs Stunt Team - Monument, Colo. (BMX bike tricks)
Zuma Zuma – Las Vegas, Nevada (tumblers)
The official word: Time Warner Cable customers can receive free movie ticket vouchers for an exclusive, opening day screening of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 3D.
The vouchers, redeemable for four (4) general admission tickets to the July 15, 1:05 p.m. show at Cinemark Valley View, are available at Time Warner Cable’s Strongsville store. Vouchers** will be distributed to Time Warner Cable customers on a first-come, first-serve basis.To read more or comment...
Which, for some fans, is better than being canceled entirely. The official word:
ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to Prospect Park, it was announced today by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group & Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park. The exclusive multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps’ stories to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC. ABC will broadcast its final episode of “All My Children” on Friday, September 23rd and will air the final episode of “One Life to Live” in January, 2012.To read more or comment...
I keep meaning to post more here but have not had the energy. A bad cold came on me a week ago. I fought it off enough to write a couple of "25 Hill" stories, which appeared in Sunday's Beacon Journal, along with some routine work. Went to the doctor on Saturday and learned I had pneumonia. Am slowly mending but the energy and concentration levels have been low. Hoping to be a little more vigorous on Thursday, and still more on Friday.To read more or comment...
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