Thursday, December 31, 2009

Watching online video on your television

From the most unlikely of sources comes a terrific and useful tutorial on hooking your PC and your TV together to watch net-streamed television and film broadcasts:

[via NewTeeVee]

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A door just barely opened - performance capture in AVATAR

I really enjoyed the film AVATAR recently... and the main thing that is pulling me to go back and see it a second time is remembering the details of the motion capture work.

Actors whose faces are already quite familiar -- Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder, Zoey Saldana, et al -- worked in a highly constructed technological "volume," with a new motion capture process, that resulted in CGI with a very human face. The stunning detail and artistic craft behind it has stayed with me. Watching the footage now, of how the actors were photographed and their bodies/faces rebuilt from scratch on computers, is just fascinating -

Such a promising door, opened further than ever before...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

...and also Now Playing on Netflix...

Just found this great site Netflix Streaming Soon -- which helped me figure out that the following movies are currently streaming on Netflix Watch Instantly: Summer Hours, Wings of Desire, Factotum, Caligula, Doubt, Cleo From 5 To 7, Elevator To The Gallows, Mala Noche, Postcards From The Edge, Rachel Getting Married, Manufactured Landscapes. Endless holiday fun...

Right Now on Netflix Watch Instantly

You can watch any of these great TV shows: Friday Night Lights seasons 1-3; Torchwood s1-2; Lost s1-5; Skins s1-2; Weeds s1-2; Dead Like Me s1-2; Tudors s1-2.

Pretty cool...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Welcome back, dolls!

Joss Whedon's DOLLHOUSE is back big-time -- for the rest of December the show will be rolling with two episodes every Friday for three weeks straight. Then the series airs its final run in January 2010.

Meanwhile for you fellow Jossmaniacs, The Watcher just published a ginormous interview with The Man The Legend today in which Whedon discusses DOLLHOUSE, GLEE, DOCTOR HORRIBLE 2...and shares a bit on upcoming plans of online-native ventures and possibly working with cable TV networks. Keep yer fingers crossed folks!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hunger Games - the movie

I just read a preview of Entertainment Weekly's "NEW MOON phenomenon" piece in this week's issue... which, in addition to showing off lovely collectible cover shots of Bella, Edward and Jacob, has dropped a delicious news bomb in my lap -

Pop culture has been bursting with blood-suckers of late and audiences are clearly responding- as evidenced by the success of CW’s Vampire Diaries, HBO’s True Blood and a slew of vampire novels which hit the best-seller lists in the wake of Twilight. But what Hollywood has to figure out now is what to do with this audience next...So what will this fickle, yet incredibly devoted audience turn to next? Disney and producer Godfrey think it might be… fairies.
They’ve scooped up Aprilynne Pike’s best-selling young adult novel Wings. New Regency is banking on a new novel from Ann Brashares (author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) about a college couple who turn out to be soul mates who’ve been loving and losing each other for centuries. And Lionsgate is hoping tweens line up for an adaptation of author Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, about a dystopian world where teenagers fight to the death. “Some will work and some won’t,” Summit’s co-chairman and CEO Rob Friedman says of the girl-driven projects. “There will be a lot of impersonators. But it won’t be the Twilight Saga and it won’t have the fan base. Twilight is unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

And now after a bit of searching I find out - Suzanne Collins herself is writing the screenplay. Fantastic. Let's cross our fingers they can turn this amazing book into a great movie.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Taking it to the bridge

Collider got a great in-depth interview with TWILIGHT NEW MOON screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg recently at the NEW MOON press junket. This lady is the bridge between the books and the movies, and she's doing a knockout job.

The entire continuum.

There were a couple of really fun looking trailers in front of NEW MOON this weekend. Interesting to see both these trailers attached to the same film, given how far apart on the film audience continuum they seem to be. Gives you the bigger sense of the audience here, eh.

ME & ORSON WELLES. Directed by Richard Linklater. In limited US theaters November 25.

DAYBREAKERS. Cool cast. Beautiful cinematography. Fun icky premise. Tons of ultraviolence to keep the boys interested. In theaters January 8.

BIG LOVE season 4 tease

If one falls, we all fall. Music by Interpol. New season begins January 10th.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Life Is Change

There are people out there, who buy things.
People like you and me.
And something happened,
something terrible.
And the way that they saw gone.
And nobody understands that. But you do.
And that's very valuable.

"I am not big on giving the audience what they want but I am big on giving Roger and Joan what they want, if they can get close to it." Matthew Weiner

"[Getting rid of Sterling Cooper] was very scary but I knew in my heart it was what I had to do. I have to believe that if Don is as good as he says he is, there’s no way he’s going to go through the ’60s working at a firm like Sterling Cooper. It’s got to be something different… Life is change." Matthew Weiner

Quotes of Matthew Weiner discussing MAD MEN season three from this week's Televisionary interview, as pulled by SlashFilm. Roger/Joan images via Fuck Yeah Red! All the other millions of reviews and interviews and everything you need to try to force your way through the next 8-12 month hiatus are over at Basket of Kisses, per usual. Le Sigh.

The ultimate cougar

Not sure how I missed these great videoblogs from ABC with "the ultimate cougar and incredible scene-stealer" from COUGAR TOWN: Barb.

Hat tip @VDOOZER and EW PopWatch. And while we're at it, here are some more COUGAR TOWN peeps on Twitter: @Busyphilipps25, @CougarTownRoom, and @CougarTownMusic.

Some fierce stuff

Lady Gaga's wicked new video. Matthew Barney, Showgirls, 1990s Madonna, Leigh Bowery in a blender.

2nd trailer for Tom Ford's directorial debut, the feature film A SINGLE MAN. Opens in the USA on December 11 via Weinstein. Can't wait.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Not much longer to wait for more GLEE.

Oh GLEE. You made me love you.

[Hat tip for this preview of the next new ep on November 11 to WWK, they have four other clips over there too!]

Girls + Vampires = Awesome

So now there's to be another attempt at making a girls n' vampires n' other assorted creatures saga - this time a film script adapted from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS book series. More fuel on the fangbanger fires, baby. Bring it. (Any of you ever read these books?)

A few TGIF-ish giggly fangbanger links for y'all today...

Via HBO, this hilarious TRUE BLOOD "face in a hole" image library. For when the hiatus starts to burn you!

Thanks to the new Harpers Bazaar photo shoot/feature piece on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, we now have a perfect image of what Vampire Bella could look like (above). The entire photo shoot seems like it could have been shot with the actors in their BREAKING DAWN movie costumes.

And for you Twitter-er-ers...erm... I have a new Twitter List collecting tons of TRUE BLOOD, TWILIGHT / NEW MOON, and VAMPIRE DIARIES tweets together in one place. And here's a bunch of VAMPIRE DIARIES cast/crew Twitter accounts. TGIVF!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

I randomly picked up this fun twist on the historical romance novel by Laurie Viera Rigler, while waiting for the next books in two other series* I'm reading to become available. It has the words "Jane Austen" in the title. The cover shows a Regency lady holding an iPod. Sounds fun!

And it is a darling book... one that anybody who has seen the British miniseries LOST IN AUSTEN would enjoy immensely, as it turns out to be the polar opposite of that story. In this case we have a young Regency woman who suddenly finds herself inhabiting the body of a young single woman in 2009 Los Angeles. Good clean fun all around.

Since coming late to this party, I just discovered that this is actually a sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Oops! Well, this sort of concept won't really be spoilt by reading it backwards. :-)

*The two other books series I am reading are J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, a terrific panacea for anyone missing TRUE BLOOD during its long hiatus; and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, which some eager BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans urged me to try out (and which turns out also comes highly recommended by Stephanie Meyer). Both book series are immensely entertaining and filled with engaging ideas and variations on familiar themes. BTW: if you are a BSG fan with a jones for some good complex fantasy storytelling, look no further than The Song Of Ice And Fire (which, in case you haven't heard, is hopefully being turned into a smexy HBO show that we can all become obsessed with).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cool new CAPRICA ad

With glimpses of James Marsters! And was that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Matthew Bennett (cylon Doral) in there too, about one minute in? No footage out yet of the other fun guest stars Scott Porter (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and Patton Oswalt (UNITED STATES OF TARA).

ETA: there are a ton of new CAPRICA promo ads over at

(Hat tip to Caprica TV and Whedonesque)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inside MAD MEN season 3: The Shattering Of Illusions

These short behind-the-scenes featurettes that AMC puts online following each new MAD MEN episode this season are always enlightening -- but this week especially, given the gravity of what went on.

All the "Inside" pieces are on the AMC MAD MEN player under the "Inside Season 3" tab.

Great moments from last night's SCREAM AWARDS

The pre-taped and tightly-edited Scream Awards aired on Spike TV last night. Kind of hilarious, but it's like the Comic-Con of awards shows. Strike's more like the corporate-sponsored VIP-party-at-Comic-Con of awards shows. Still, it was mighty entertaining to watch all the celebs reacting to the cosplayers that Spike used to front-load much of the crowd.

A few highlight videos below.

We were given a much better glimpse at some of the gore and nightmarish images of SHUTTER ISLAND in a new cut of trailer materials:

Unfortunately Scream decided not to post video of the cast of THE BIG BANG THEORY doing a very fun introduction to the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA memorial/love/shoutout, before the cast (and David Eick) took their bow onstage. That's really the best part of the sequence. But, here's the semi-awkward video of the cast accepting the award. (Where's Ron Moore?) Whatever. I miss you adorkable BSG cast!!!! Gotta buy my BSG: THE PLAN dvd now. XOXO

Alan Ball accepted his award for TRUE BLOOD as Best TV Show, omg like fer sure! I'm glad he also gave the wonderful and under-appreciated Sam Trammell a moment to be his charming goofy self.

Really, these days, what is an awards show without at least a teensy bit of new NEW MOON footage? This evening it was some pretty damned cool Wolf Pack stuff. MACHO.

This trailer has been out for at least a week, but it was new to me when I saw it last night - the 2nd trailer for THE WOLFMAN. Looks like these cats have got the goods. Pretty fantastic.

An apparently stoned or drunk (?) Elizabeth Mitchell introduced a cool new clip from her ABC show V, which premieres next week:

BTW, there are tons of other V clips popping on the net this week, Spoiler TV is archiving many of them.

That was my favorite stuff. The Keith Richards memorial was too short. The Shatner/J.J. Abrams/Star Trek bit was mortifying. The "exlusive! new!" trailer for Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND looked exactly like the stuff we've seen already. Liv Tyler continues to be unbelievably, elvishly gorgeous. Not a bad two hours.

Great guest star on CALIFORNICATION... or, greatest guest star?

I hadn't heard in advance that the wonderful Stephen Root was going to appear this week on CALIFORNICATION as Sue Collini's (equally perverse and scary) husband. Classic. This better not be the only time we see him on the show...

Man, that Sue Collini puts the C in COUGAR!

Coming soon: Rick Springfield. The real Rick Springfield. Talking about orgasms and trying to seduce Mrs. Runkle, LOL!

Monday, October 26, 2009

So, so satisfying.

Moments of release for the poor oppressed and/or disappointed ladies of MAD MEN are few and far between. Let's savor this one!

So far this fall TV season, watching Joan Holloway on MAD MEN become utterly and completely disappointed with life, and watching DOLLHOUSE's Topher begin what we know is his complete break with reality, have often been tied for sadness quotients.

But in the end, Joan wins. Again.

[GIF courtesy The Vulture. They also have a brand new interview up with Christina Hendricks about last night's show.]

Friday, October 23, 2009

First 9 minutes of V is online

ABC has posted the first 9 1/2 minutes of the series premiere of V, which airs November 3. Video quality is pretty horrendous on this embed, it's a bit improved if you go watch over at ABC's site.

[Hat tip to IGN]

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I just posted a few preliminary thoughts about BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN over on Sitrep. More to come...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Give Sammy some love.

Just because you know he deserves it. Congrats to TRUE BLOOD for winning their many Scream Awards last night. Taped show is on Spike TV Oct. 27th!


Friday, October 16, 2009

How do I love GLEE? Let me count the ways.

Most certainly the best new show to come down the pipes in a while. Simple snarky joy. With songs.

P.S. I'm also having much fun with CALIFORNICATION, COUGAR TOWN, EASTWICK, and BORED TO DEATH this fall; have become unnaturally fascinated by THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and FLASHFORWARD; and continue to be copacetic/satisfied with DOLLHOUSE, GREY'S ANATOMY, and PRIVATE PRACTICE. Don't even GET ME STARTED AGAIN regarding MAD MEN, natch.

What are you watchin'?

Friday, October 9, 2009

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is back... just a few more weeks! Here's the first promo with anything resembling new footage -- and what trippy footage it is, eh.

[ETA hat tip to LA Times for identifying the music: Greg Laswell's "Come Undone."]

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ye Olde Best Kanye Macro By My Leige

I suppose we can't milk this one too much longer... Hat tip to drewcypher for this medieval Kanye Interrupts macro.

Meanwhile, greetings from my Maine vacation...this is what my view was like yesterday afternoon while using the laptop:

Today is another, much foggier story, however.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The best part of this year's Emmy Awards...

...involved a brazen-slash-ridiculous announcement of the death of broadcast television:

"Like the Ottoman Empire, the music industry, and Zima, we are here to stay."
- Captain Hammer, defending TV business

The #2 through #6 best things involved Toni Collette winning, TRUE BLOOD sneaking onto the show and winning something for Stephen Moyer, more Neil Patrick Harris, at least three Kanye-Interrupt jokes from Harris and from Justin Timberlake, and (as usual) the Variety show writer nom announcement videos. This recap has some other good moments. And of course, there was Sarah Silverman...

About halfway through I gave up and switched over to the new ep of MAD MEN. Hope I didn't miss anything good!? ;-)

Meanwhile, if/when the above video gets yanked, you can DL another copy over here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I'mma Let You Finish

It started with some tweets...and now "Kanyegate" has its own Tumblr page of course...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Two cool TV/film sites to play with

These are trifles, but they are nifty:

First, an interactive youtube video promoting the new season of DEXTER.

[hint: watch in HD, and in level 4 he's in a black shirt instead of the blue one!]

Second, a site for Paramount's new film UP IN THE AIR (Wr/Dir by Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney), that tracks all the tweets about the movie that are coming out of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Cool sites.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Let's play the I-Want-To-Watch-That-New-New-M0on-Trailer Game!

I know I told y'all we needed to wait till Sunday during the VMAs to see this... but no. Summit attached the new NEW M00N trailer onto prints of its new film opening today, SORORITY ROW.

And you know what that means!

I'm not even going to bother with the YouTube links. They are being yanked down right and left.

Come over here to grab the FLV or MP4 file and see for yourself. Obviously it will still be massive big fun to watch RPattz, KStew and Lautner on stage introducing it...the screaming...etc...

Gave me...chills. Really.

ETA: this youtube version might stay up a tad longer than others...

ETA2: Saturday morning a much better HD copy of the trailer with the front and back ends intact, and no fangirl comments on the audio, has shown up. I've updated my links above; thanks to RPOnline! Also: gorgeous frame grabs! This was certainly the best shot in the trailer; so pretty. The ghost-Edward effects are looking really good.

TRUE BLOOD crack!fanvids by bradeatspeeps

Being that TRUE BLOOD is a show born of crack, inspired by crack, and seasoned by crack (with a showrunner that called the books "pure crack"), it's a natural for what fangirls like to call "crack!vids." And these are hilarious. Tons of season 2 spoilers, natch. Both by bradeatspeeps.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Things I didn't know about NBC's new show TRAUMA

While watching the preview video for the new NBC show TRAUMA (see below), I got curious and poked around IMDB and the show site. Already was curious about this show because Peter Berg is exec producing...but check this out:

The pilot and several episodes were directed by FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS/CAPRICA director Jeffrey Reiner...


The cast includes Jeffrey Rankin (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS/BIONIC WOMAN) and Anastasia Griffin (DAMAGES).

Sunday Sept 13 = lots of hot vamp & shifter action!

I just realized that Sunday night not only has the TRUE BLOOD season finale, but also the next reveal of new footage from the second TWILIGHT film, NEW MOON.

Below is a shiny widget that will count down till Sunday's reveal on the MTV VMAs, and then apparently transform itself into a trailer embed? Let's hope so. Anyway if you don't have cable TV, come back here Sunday night and check out the trailer, or re-edited old trailer with some new footage, or whatever the heck it is!

My TruBlood has arrived

Guess what came in my mail box today? Actually a very nice UPS man handed it to me, but still. The bottle glass is tinted in such a way that it really does look like real fake blood in those bottles. Oh those clever, clever folks in the show's art department.

These bottles are O Positive. I don't think HBO offers the rest of the flavors types. Which one is Bill's drink of choice, anyone recall?

[Click images to see larger]

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Will The God Who Comes... actually come? We shall know this Sunday.

I mourn for, while also eagerly awaiting, the TRUE BLOOD season finale. What a sweet foxy strange trip season two has been.

As we count down the last few days, feast your minds on the new video HBO unveiled this week -- it's familiar footage, recut to the tune of Depeche Mode's "Corrupt." All this footage we saw before the season started sure has a lot more meaning now that we're at the end, eh...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hitler is meta

I was going to post the latest Downfall mashup video of the week -- this time it's Hitler finding out about Obama's speech to schoolchildren -- but then a new one appeared.

The best, most meta vid so far.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fall TV 2009 - what I'll be watching

Here's a quick list of shows I'll be watching this month as Fall TV kicks into gear. Btw you can look at tons of video previews for all the fall shows over at iTunes and YouTube's fall preview sites. IGN also has a pretty good fall TV section set up, though it is naturally written from the fanboy perspective. And The TV Addict made this great downloadable/printable calendar for every show start date this month, while E!Online has a list of premiere dates that covers the entire fall.

Durham County (Ion), Trauma (NBC)

Glee (Fox), Cougar Town (ABC), Eastwick (CW)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC), FlashForward (ABC), Community (NBC), The Vampire Diaries (CW)

Dollhouse (Fox)

The new and improved At The Movies (featuring real critics this time from respected newspapers; hoping this will get good again.)

Mad Men (AMC), Defying Gravity (ABC), Californication (Showtime), Ken Burns' National Parks: America's Best Idea (PBS), Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Bored To Death (HBO)

There is also the new music performance show Later With Jools Holland (Ovation), which will be on many nights a week starting Sept. 7. Here's a clip featuring TV On The Radio:

Coming in October are the rest of the shows I'm eagerly waiting for: Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Private Practice, and season 2 of Durham County (featuring Michelle Forbes). I'll be giving Trauma, Eastwick, Vampire Diaries and FlashForward a try, hoping they are watchable. The pilot for Community was fun. From various TV journalists I read, it sounds like the pilot for Bored To Death is disappointing but the show picks up considerably in eps 102 and 103 and is Paul Auster-like (for you book hounds).

Cannot wait for it all to get rolling.

ETA: I am not sure if this date is correct, but apparently the second season of Merlin will air in the UK starting September 19th. If so, hopefully my brit pals will send me tapes of the new eps right away. If not, I'll wait for them to air next year on NBC. Here's a trailer...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall TV on iTunes

I just got a note from Apple introducing this terrific page in iTunes where they will be selling episodes of many Fall TV shows -- touch this below to access the page:

Fall TV

After poking around in there a bit I see that a bunch of good shows that I am going to watch (and many I don't) are listed in there including: MAD MEN, DOLLHOUSE, GLEE, FLASHFORWARD, GREY'S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, COMMUNITY, BONES, CASTLE, VAMPIRE DIARIES, SKINS, TOP GEAR, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, SUPERNATURAL, UGLY BETTY, LIE TO ME, MONK and PSYCH.

There is a special section for New Fall Shows, and most of them have a "Sneak Peek" video you can watch right now for free. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

This video will have me laughing for DAYS.

Hope you are geeky enough to enjoy it too.

Hitler learns that the AVATAR footage sucks.

Hat tip to The Playlist.

Friday, August 21, 2009

ROBOT CHICKEN panel at Comic-Con 2009

(They also still have their 2008 panel up on the Adult Swim site, btw.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"To our beautiful family, our black President, and my magnificent dong."

A new CALIFORNICATION trailer for season three, which starts on Showtime on September 27th, can't wait.

Special guests this season include Kathleen Turner and Peter Gallagher.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday Night with MAD MEN in Times Square

Here are a few fun flipcam videos I shot at the MAD MEN Season 3 premiere screening in New York's Times Square this past Sunday night. This was a lovely fan event, despite the muggy heat -- and luckily for us, the organizers took one look at my friend Jen's great vintage frumpy-secretary outfit and let us into the VIP seating, hurrah! Bryan Batt showed up, and was very sweet (see video below), and there was a fun costume contest (see a nice photo here of all the contestants). Sorry for my unstable video-arm and our chitter-chattering in the background, but Jen and I had been bar-hopping for hours at this point (hitting the Algonquin, the Rum House and the W lobby bar) and were quite giddy.

I put some annotations on this first video, if they don't display here check them out over at my YouTube channel.

Here's Bryan Batt introducing the screening.

Here's a terrific video by New York Magazine - Dyna Moe was in the house!

By the way if you don't have cable, you can get new MAD MEN episodes over at Amazon VOD and at iTunes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The History of WEEDS, Parts One and Two

In May, just before the Showtime TV series WEEDS began its 5th season, the network released this nifty promo called The History of Weed...

Today, Showtime has released The History of Weed Part 2...

Bravo, Showtime, bravo.

Leaked NEW MOON footage teases trailer?

The NEW MOON fansites are a-twitter today with news of a leaked youtube video that shows footage I assume we will be seeing in the new trailer coming out this Friday in theaters in front of Summit's new film BANDSLAM.

This video is a French featurette piece that cuts interviews and glimpses of the movie footage together. It's in French without subtitles. ETA: I have just updated the embed below with a version that has English subtitles. There is some great new footage of Jacob running around being superstrong, the Wolfpack, and the Volturi.

(When this gets yanked, you can DL an MP4 copy of the file here. It doesn't have subtitles.)

Thanks to Twicrack for this English translation:

Jacob: Has anyone ever shared a secret with you that you had to share with no one.

Taylor: New Moon is much more complexe than Twilight.

Edward: I’m leaving, you’ll never see me again.

Taylor: Edward’s leaving makes Bella deeply depressive and Jacob becomes the friend on whom she can always rely.

Jacob: I know what he made you suffer, Bella, I’ll never make you suffer. I swear.

Bella: You know you’re beautiful?

Taylor: Jacob has changed in many ways and is physically much stronger, he put on at least 14 kilos.

Bella: Be careful those things are really heavy.

Taylor: As time passes you can feel the passion growing. New Moon will really bring it up to a whole new level. There’s more action in this movie especially with the intervention of the wolf pack. I think fans will be really satisfied.

Taylor: New Moon is great. The suspense grows from the beginning to the end.

Jacob: Avoid contradicting me.

Here, by the way, is the 14-second preview Summit released online yesterday of the new trailer:

Monday, August 10, 2009

WEEDS at Comic-Con

Showtime has been darling enough to post the entire WEEDS panel from Comic-Con! Thanks dudes.

Panel includes (L to R) showrunner Jenji Kohan and castmembers Hunter Parrish and Justin Kirk. This panel happened Saturday night at 8pm, so the crowd is admirably pumped.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A peek at the Seinfeld "reunion" on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

I got a big chuckle from this footage aired tonight on HBO of interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff from the set of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM's upcoming 7th season, with sound bites from Ted Danson and Christian Slater, as well as some great peeks at the SEINFELD sort-of-reunion. Definitely looking forward to this -- so much so, that I decided to upload some lo-fi footage:

Now the KICK-ASS trailer is online too.

Someone has now posted the Comic-con KICK-ASS trailer online, in addition to the clips that leaked last week. Looks snarky, ultraviolent and fun.

[Hat tip to Cinema Blend]

Saturday, August 8, 2009

IRON MAN 2 footage from Comic-Con

Well well well, looks like the 5-minutes of preview footage Jon Favreau screened at Comic-Con has finally made it to YouTube:

[Hat tip to Get The Big Picture.]

Let me know if this gets yanked and I'll update this post with a new source. Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and his lightning whips look awesome!

Friday, August 7, 2009

MAD MEN season 3...just around the corner. Swell!

There's a great layout in this week's Entertainment Weekly of various MAD MEN characters shot in mid-1960s magazine editorial style. Really perfect! Here are the pages much larger so you can read the (mildly spoilery) text: One / Two / Three / Four.

Only one more week till the show starts! Here are some fun links:

If you live in New York City and love MAD MEN, there are a bunch of things going on around the city sponsored by AMC to celebrate the new season.

AMC has a great MAD MEN blog and associated Twitter feed, and new this year a useful iPhone app, to help you satisfy your hunger for new MAD MEN tidbits.

For reasons I do not understand, there have been ZERO new promo ads for season three aired on AMC (ie, ads that show us footage from the new season)...the only new videos on the website so far are interviews such as this behind the scenes video. But Matt Weiner says some intriguing things, and you get glimpses of most of the main characters in S3 wear. As usual, Christina Hendricks (Joan) and Elizabeth Moss (Peggy) are looking especially fabulous. Wonder what that "chaotic" plotline could be...perhaps the dawning of the new era (E.R.A.) that the late 1960s will bring into society?

The greatest MAD MEN fansite on the planet, The Basket of Kisses, is naturally kicking it into high gear and I found the following info over there of special interest:

The AMC press release for the season premiere apparently reminds that MAD MEN will air for the first time each Sunday with “limited commercial interruptions.” Based on BoK's past experiences with past seasons this means there will be a scene that will not be aired again, not even if they rebroadcast it immediately at 11pm, so as BoK says: "bend heaven and earth to be in front of your television at 10." Or, hey, use your DVR.

On the recently-released Season 2 DVD box, there was apparently a technical mixup on a few of the on-screen menus, making it difficult to find the commentary tracks for some of the episodes. BoK explains how to find them.

Tell your friends about AMC's MAD MEN season 2 marathon which begins this Monday, August 10th, starting at 7am. The AMC online schedule is a tad un-detailed, so BoK put together an excellent list of episode air times.

I will most likely be hanging out at BoK and at this MAD MEN livejournal fan community after the shows end each week to talk...please come on down if you feel like it. Maureen Ryan's and Alan Sepinwall's blogs are also great places to find smart engaging discussion (and probably some more great interviews) after each episode airs. Hope to see you around, my fellow Maddicts...

Some other trailers I am excited about...

ART & COPY - A documentary about Ad Men by Doug Pray (SCRATCH, SURFWISE). Opens in New York City on August 21.

PASSING STRANGE - Based on the Tony-winning musical. Directed for film by Spike Lee, shot by the great Matthew Libatique. Opens in New York City on August 21.

JENNIFER'S BODY - Written by Diablo Cody (JUNO), Directed by Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT, AEON FLUX). Opens in the USA September 18.

SHUTTER ISLAND - Directed by Martin Scorcese, based on the Dennis Lehane novel. Opens in the USA October 2.

BRIGHT STAR - Written & Directed by Jane Campion (IN THE CUT, THE PIANO). Opens in the USA October 15.

AN EDUCATION - Screenplay by Nick Hornby (ABOUT A BOY, HIGH FIDELITY), directed by Lone Scherfig (ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS). Opens in the USA October 22.

IT'S COMPLICATED - Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin. Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers (SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, WHAT WOMEN WANT). Opens in the USA December 25.

Screwing And Shooting Are The Same: trailer for The Baader Meinhof Complex

This may be the best trailer I have ever seen done for a violent film in German with English subtitles. Definitely one of the best trailers I've seen in 2009 (WHIP IT and IN THE LOOP are other favorites). Perhaps it gives away too much plot what?

Monday, August 3, 2009

SPARTACUS at Comic-Con

Starz has been nice enough to put a video on youtube of the entire Comic-Con panel for SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND:

[Featuring L-R: Erin Cummings, Peter Mensah, Steven S. DeKnight, Craig Tomashoff (Managing editor of TV Guide), Rob Tapert and Lucy Lawless.]

Friday, July 31, 2009

Why Everything Sucks

Break it down for us, Craig Ferguson!

Hat tip to The Live Feed.

Captain Jack Will Get You High Tonight: TORCHWOOD at Comic-Con

One learns that the patience of a week can turn up many of the best Comic-Con video footage, as it begins its slow pour onto YouTube and beyond.

Footage from the various BBC America-sponsored events is now popping up online -- including the TORCHWOOD panel with John Barrowman, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner and Euros Lynn has appeared.

Here's a clip of Barrowman being adorably cheeky and flirty. God I love this guy!!!!

Complete panel parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six.

This fan posted another shaky, upclose version of the panel. This one has excellent footage, much less shaky but shot much farther away from the stage (here's a link to part one of five). This youtuber over here just posted TORCHWOOD, DOCTOR WHO, and MIGHTY BOOSH panel vids. And this channel, hosted by the Whedonopolis folks, has the entire TORCHWOOD and DOCTOR WHO panels -- not to mention some press room video with various BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CAPRICA, and V cast/crew.