Monday, July 18, 2011

Five Seinfeld Scenes that We Still Talk About

Whether you liked the show or not, Seinfeld was one of the most popular shows in the history of broadcast television. Even today, people talk about Seinfeld because it is in syndication and people still watch it as often as they can. Many people have favorite episodes of the show but many others have favorite scenes. Here are some of the scenes that people still Jerry Seinfeld at the 44th Emmy AwardsImage via Wikipediatalk about while laughing.

1. Jerry vs. Lieutenant Bookman
One of the funniest scenes in the entire Seinfeld series is Jerry’s confrontation with Lieutenant Bookman, played by Philip Baker Hall. Hall played the straight man but you can see Jerry trying to hold back the laughs during the scene which just made it that much funnier.

2. No Soup for You!
The phrase “No soup for you!” is probably one of the most recognizable and quoted catchphrases from all nine seasons of the show. The show has been off the air for more than a decade and people are still repeating it and laughing. I just wish I had a bowl of soup some day that would make my knees buckle!
3. Jerry and George and the Big Race
The scene in “The Race” where George “unexpectedly” runs into Jerry at Monk’s CafĂ© is one of my favorite Seinfeld scenes. I thoroughly enjoy the back-and-forth between Jerry and George when they are acting like they haven’t seen each other since high school. It’s fun to watch the dialogue as George tries to build himself up into something and Jerry just brings him right back down.

4. The Titleist
If you watch the commentary parts on the DVD boxed sets of Seinfeld, you will learn that the ending scene in “The Marine Biologist” was thought of and written pretty much at the last minute. The episode needed an ending so Larry David and Jerry got together and wrote the monologue about George pulling the golf ball out of the whale’s blowhole. The laughter from the studio audience was so long when George pulled the golf ball out of his pocket that they had to edit some of it out.

5. Kramer at the AMCA
“The Jimmy” episode was hilarious for many reasons, but the ending scene where Mel Torme is serenading a drooling Kramer at the AMCA event was priceless. Kramer looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself as he drooled from the busted lip that Jimmy gave him just before the event. The producers said that Torme had not seen the show before so he wasn’t really in on the joke.

These are just a few of the funniest Seinfeld scenes ever. Of course, watching all of the episodes in any order will make you say “I love this scene!” many, many times over.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hunger Game's growing popularity

With the final Harry Potter installment out in theaters, it may officially be time to move on to the next big fantasy series, and some critics believe The Hunger Games is the best option to fill the void. The Hunger Games is a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in a country that used to be North America. She is chosen to be one of the children to participate in The Hunger Games, which is a national, televised fight to the death.The Hunger GamesImage via Wikipedia

The book series has garnered positive reviews and developed a strong fan-base over the years. It became so popular, Lions Gate Entertainment acquired the series’ worldwide distribution rights for the film adaption. The film is scheduled to be released on March 23rd, 2011, and since production started, the upcoming film has resulted in a steady efflux of news.

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who is well known for playing the protagonist of last year’s Winter’s Bone, will play Katniss Everdeen. The rest of the cast will include actors such as Josh Hutcherson, Wes Bentley from American Beauty, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci and Donlad Sutherland. The thought that Lionsgate put into the cast selections indicates that filmmakers are committed to cementing the upcoming film as more than just a piece of entertainment.

However, could this young series really replace Harry Potter as the next book/film series cultural phenomenon? While Lionsgate might have its fingers crossed, personally, I don’t think anything is ever going to replace Harry Potter. The two series share a similar theme of the threat of control by a cruel, evil regime. But besides that, they are their own animals. The Hunger Games is more Orwellian than magical, featuring government-control themes reminiscent of George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 and rise & fall themes of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The Hunger Games universe is also cruel and brutal, too much so to be appropriate for children the way Harry Potter was, meaning that fans won’t “grow up” with the series quite the was Potter fans did.

That’s not to say that The Hunger Games film won’t be successful. While perhaps it may be foolishly optimistic to think any current well-known series can replace Harry Potter, The Hunger Games has its own compelling story to offer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Five Best Will Ferrell Characters from SNL

Will Ferrell may just be one of the most popular and funniest guys to become a Saturday Night Live alumni. He played so many characters and he always played them so well. Will Ferrell in Los Angeles, California.Image via WikipediaHere are just a few of those characters that you probable remember from his SNL days.

1. Dog Show Guy
“Dog Show” was one of the funniest skits on Saturday Night Live and it featured Will Ferrell as a cheesy dog loving guy and his dog, Rocky Balboa. Ferrell would always open the skit by a few taps on his drum and then, along with his female counterpart during the skit, would yell “Dog show!” It isn’t often when Will Ferrell is upstaged during a skit, but there were a few times that the dogs that appeared on the show would steal the scene from him.

2. Roger Klarvin – Hot Tub Guy
You probably don’t recognize the name Roger Klarvin, but you probably remember Will Ferrell’s “hot tub guy” character. The character is a bearded professor who likes to be overly affectionate with his wife (played by the hilarious Rachel Dratch) in public places. He especially enjoys being amorous in the hot tub of the hotel when other guests are around. Klarvin and his wife don’t mind sharing graphic details of exploits they have had together with other guests of the hotel either. It makes for an uncomfortable experience but a hilarious skit nonetheless.

3. Craig Buchanan –Spartan cheerleader
Did you know that the male cheerleader’s name that Ferrell played was Craig Buchanan? This was one of Ferrell’s first popular roles on SNL and it continues to be a part of our fondness for the tall curly-haired comedic actor. He and Cheri Oteri have great chemistry as they cheer on the sidelines for the East Lake High School sporting events. Every skit involving the Spartan cheerleaders would conclude with “the perfect cheer,” which would often happen because their team wasn’t doing so well in the game.

4. George Bush
What list of Will Ferrell characters would be complete without mentioning his spot-on portrayal of former president George W. Bush. Ferrell had his facial features down and his mannerisms so well that it, like Tina Fey and Sarah Palin, was often hard to tell him apart from the real person.

5. Harry Carey
The late announcer for the Chicago Cubs was certainly an eccentric gentleman with mannerisms and a voice that were unmistakable. Just looking at Ferrell portraying Harry Carey could produce a guffaw because of his disheveled appearance and clueless look on his face. The huge black rimmed glasses helped make the character portrayal complete, too.

It’s difficult to narrow down a list of the best Will Ferrell characters to just five, considering "More Cowbell" and other amazing skits. Every episode of SNL that he was a part of generated laughs because he wasn’t afraid to do anything to get a chuckle, a laugh or a deep belly guffaw. The late night sketch comedy show just isn’t the same without him as part of the cast.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Step Brothers...Like a mix of Fergie and Jesus

by Jeffrey DiGirolamo for

Step Brothers is one of those movies that only comes along every so often. Sort of like winning a couple of bucks on a lottery ticket. It’s one of those movies that every dysfunctional family and everyone who enjoys a good laugh needs to watch. And, you can watch it over and over again, and it just keeps getting funnier and than you memorize the whole movie...than it’s probably time for a break...than watch it again! It is classic of sort, a movie you can be proud that came out of your generation.
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Adam Mckay has worked with Will Ferrell many times, and this is his second time directing the insanely ridiculous duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights). It is also doesn’t hurt to have the Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids) Production stamp of approval on this film. Step Brothers came out in 2008 with mixed reviews, and I say shame on you movie critics! This is a 4-star movie. Ok, so maybe it takes certain personalities to enjoy it, but 3 years later I still here people using lines from the movie.

Step Brothers is a buddy comedy that some would even call a bromance. “Did we just become best friends” (See, the quotes just keep coming out.) Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) are a couple of unemployed 40-year old men who haven’t quite left the nest. One day Brennan’s mom falls in love with Dale’s dad, they get married and live happily ever after...sort of. Now we have one big happy family living under the same roof. They start off as typical 40-year olds with a 15-year old’s IQ jealous step brothers, at each others throats. Brennan certainly was not about to call Mr. Doback dad, not “even if there’s a fire” and Dale wasn’t happy about Brennan living in “his house of learned doctors”. They squabble, they fight, they make us laugh, they make us cry and then they become best friends. And, we cry again...Okay, so maybe that was just me.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  (L-R) Actors Will F...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeEvery one of the cast members seemed to all mesh well. Brennan’s (Ferrell) too wealthy for his own six pack younger brother, Derek (Adam Scott) and his wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn) and their two children really bring a whole new element of funny to the movie. Seth Rogen and Ken Jeong also make small appearances with big laughs.

There is even some drama, border line romance, adventure and success, really, what more could you ask for? So, next time you are bored and need something to watch, just pop your Step Brothers DVD, you know, the one your wife was using as a coaster, into your DVD player and sit back and prepare to laugh until it’s not even funny anymore. (Dont’ worry, it’ll be funny again in a few minutes).

The Hangover Part II: A Sequel Playing it Safe

Barbeques, the beach, and the upcoming summer are what most of us associate with Memorial Day Weekend. If we’re lucky enough to have that Monday off, we view the holiday as vacation. The last thing on our minds is payday. Unless of course we’re a major movie studio and we plan to premier the most anticipated sequel of the summer, Hangover Part II. And payday it was.
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The movie, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms, broke box office records. Ousting top-earner Paranormal Activity with its $6.3 million midnight opening, the Hangover Part II took in $10. 4 million during the midnight launch alone. The film also broke the records for highest-grossing opening day for a live-action comedy, as well as highest-grossing opening day for an R-rated comedy film.

So what was the secret to this sequel’s success? Why do some continuations, from Grease to Superman to Star Wars disappoint fans while others just work? Some sequels have different characters while others portray the original leading character during another time in their life. To prolong the plot or to present a new dilemma are often decisions a studio must make.

In this case, the producers had to top their mega hit with funnier, raunchier, crazier scenes. But, they played it safe. With an essentially identical plot and character lineup, they already had the tools needed for success. Again, the gang travels, this time to Bangkok, for a bachelor party. Roofies, alcohol and strippers fuel another mischief-filled evening, the details of which are once more forgotten the next day. Someone goes missing, and the trio must use their collective memory to recall the previous night’s details. Sounds familiar, right?

Anticipation from promotional tours, preview clips, and the desire to repeat a positive movie experience drew crowds to the theatres. Despite having practically already seen the movie, audiences loved the Bangkok version. Word of mouth, together with polarized reviews, shot the movie to its top spot at the box office that weekend. Even those who gave the movie a terrible rating sparked curiosity in some moviegoers.
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Loved it or hated it, if you saw the Hangover Part II over Memorial Day Weekend, you helped it break records. The sequel formula may be forever changed; it is clear that a hit movie's structure should be followed to ensure success with its follow up. With a new Men in Black currently filming, we'll see if other movie producers take a nod from the Hangover franchise.

Monday, July 11, 2011

True Blood: For Guys or Girls?

From Twilight to The Vampire Diaries, vampire mania has hit the TV and movie circuit hard. Teenage girls worship the fictional Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, as if he were as real as Justin Bieber. For the most part, boyfriends and husbands everywhere roll their eyes at the thought of sitting through a TV show or movie featuring a blood-sucking protagonist vampire. One such themed show has beaten the odds and attracted an audience of loyal fans that include as many men as women: True Blood.

What sets True Blood apart? Why do guys love it as much, if not more than their female friends?

Like many HBO shows, True Blood has a careful balance of gruesome violence, sex, and overall intriguing plot line. Vampires, although an essential part of the show, do not defi.True Blood.Image by i heart him via Flickrne it. Instead of mobsters in The Sopranos or bootleggers in Boardwalk Empire, HBO has kept the same adult-only formula of success and tweaked it with fangs. The actors are older than in your typical teenage saga, and the characters they play are more complex and multi-faceted. Men and women alike are watching each week for an hour of twisted surprises. It just so happens that the characters are vampires, and men are OK with that.

Tween sensations like Twilight take a different tried-and-true approach: the epic romantic story with a few heartthrobs as the male leads. Whether the characters are high school students or supernatural werewolves, the target audience is hoping for the same thing each time: the girl to be rescued by prince charming. Typically, that audience tends to be mostly comprised of females. Add in vampires and these movies become even more appealing to the hysterical tween masses. These are just the types of audiences, and subsequently types of entertainment, most men tend to avoid.

Despite the central imaginary theme, from wizards to dragons, to vampires to superheroes, men pay more attention to the content than the character. Add enough violence, sex, or special effects, and an audience can easily consist of as many men. Contrary to what some believe, the vampires are not what necessarily repels men, it’s having to witness the same sappy romantic love story they dread seeing in general.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Seven Reasons You Should Watch “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

by Jeffrey DiGirolamo for

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of the movies that did not do tremendously well at the box office, but managed to redeem itself on home video. Actually, the movie made considerably less than its production budget, and some even considered it a disappointment. But, not Universal, they knew it was an excellent movie and they stuck to their guns, no matter what The Wall Street Journal or anyone else had to say about it. And, rightfully so, although the movie did not impress with earnings, it got pretty rave reviews and even an 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and that’s not easy.Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldImage by THX7168 via Flickr

Ok, so I told you I had seven reasons to watch this film, and here they are:

Reason number 1: Edgar Wright i.e. Shaun of the Dead andThe Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy. He directed this movie brilliantly making you feel connected to the characters and had you pleasantly lost in the movie.

Reason number 2: The ultimate battle for love. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) met the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Except there was just one tiny, little hic-up...she came with 7 evil ex-boyfriends, otherwise known as “The League of Evil Exes”. Oh yeah, and they all had to be defeated.

Reason number 3: The music. Scott Pilgrim played in a band call “Sex Bob-omb”, which Scott (Michael Cera) played the bass and spent real time with his movie band mates rehearsing. And, the music they played was written and composed by Beck. The music throughout the whole movie was a perfect compliment to the artistic integrity that this film brought. It didn’t hurt that they even threw in some music from The Legend of Zelda video game.

Reason number 4: A graphic novel turned video game turned movie. I think I am in love. The perfect trifecta for any fan boy’s perfect movie. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World started off as a graphic novel with intention to become a full length feature film and was released as a video game a few days before the movie premiered. One of the many awesome features that this movie brought was that watching the movie was like playing a video game. Again, we go back to the genius of Edgar Wright, in successfully making a movie that feels like a video game...or a video game that feels like a movie...or a...

Reason number 5: An excellent cast. Scott Pilgrim, played smoothly by the cool, calm and pretty awkward Michael Cera, may be considered by some to be a one trick pony with his acting skills, but let me assure you, it is his best trick and he does it well. Chris Evans as one of the evil exes, Lucas Lee, was fun to watch and Jason Schwartzman as the leader of “The League of Evil Exes” stole just about every scene he was in.

Reason number 6: It was one of the feel good fun to watch movies of 2010 that can still be watched over and over again and never get old. It combines humor, action and strangeness in a way that appeals to even the harshest of movie critics and will make you kick yourself for not going and seeing it in the theater.

Reason number 7: Because, I said so.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What’s the “Married With Children” Cast Been Up To?

Fox’s “Married with Children” is one of the most popular yet controversial television shows in history. Despite the controversy about the show’s sexual innuendos and other topic matter, it still runs in syndication today and is still enjoyed by many viewers. But what is the cast from this groundbreaking show doing now that it has been off of the air for several years?

Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) – It seems like Ed O’Neill has a knack for playing a character on wildly popular TV shows. After his years on Married…with Children, O’Neill had a tough time living down his unforgettable character of Al Bundy. But it looks like he finally broke the typecast because he is playing on the highly-rated and award-winning Modern Family on ABC these days. You can catch him in this role on Wednesday nights alongside co-star

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Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy) – Sagal has had a few semi-successful endeavors since she has left her Peggy character behind. One of the first roles she picked up was voicing the character Turanga Leela on Futurama. She has done that since 1999. A few years later, she also got the role of Cate Hennessy on the series 8 Simple Rules. That lasted for only three years due to the unexpected death of the show’s star – John Ritter. Today, you can see Katey Sagal in a completely different kind of role for her playing Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy. In this role, she is still a matriarchal figure but in a hardcore biker gang sort of way. She also won a Golden Globe for this role in 2011.

Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy) – The source of many young boys’ dreams during the late 1980s and early 1990s didn’t have much success immediately following the show’s cancellation. However, in the last few years, she has found many great roles that have put her back on top of the A-List in Hollywood. She has been in several successful movies in the last few years, including Anchorman, the sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Farce of the Penguins and most recently, Hall Pass. She has done Broadway in productions like Sweet Charity in 2005 as well. You can see her this summer playing opposite Will Arnett what seems to be a comedy about a married couple entitled Up All Night.

David Faustino (Bud Bundy) – Of the four main characters on Married with Children, David Faustino has probably had the least amount of success since the show’s cancellation. Since 1997, Faustino has made cameo appearances in a number of TV shows and he has received very minor roles in movies that you have probably never heard of. In 2007, he appeared in a McDonald’s commercial and he can currently be seen on Internet comedy series which he developed and wrote with some friends. He has also signed a contract with the comedy troupe National Lampoon to “be involved with” a few upcoming films.

So that’s what the four main actors and actresses have been up to since 1997, when Married with Children halted its run. Will they ever do a Married with Children reunion? One can only hope.

Do You Remember These Four Minor Seinfeld Characters?

The four main characters on Seinfeld – Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine – certainly made the show popular and loveable. It was a perfect chemistry and the characters themselves were relatable and funny. But the minor characters throughout the course of the series certainly added another funny and memorable aspect to the show. Here are four minor characters that made an impact on the show and the people who love the show.

1. The Soup Nazi – A list of Seinfeld’s minor characters just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Soup Nazi. People are still quoting his “No soup for you” catch phrase even more than a decade after the show has gone off the air. He certainly added something to the legacy of the show despite his meanness and arrogance.

2. Uncle Leo – Are there any Seinfeld fans who don’t like Uncle Leo?Jerry Stiller in New York City for a book read... From his crazy eyebrows to his excitable nature, everybody can relate to this character because we all know someone who is like him. Unfortunately, Len Lesser has passed away. But his comedic acting legacy will forever be immortalized as part of television history forever.

3. Chinese Restaurant Host – This guy has been in several movies and TV shows, but I only recognize him because I saw him on Seinfeld’s “The Chinese Restaurant” episode first. He’s the guy that tells Jerry, George and Elaine that it will only be “five, ten minutes” before they can get a table. He also didn’t know how to take a bribe or pronounce George’s last name correctly (shouting out “Cartwright” instead of “Costanza,” causing George to miss an important phone call while waiting for a table). Although I think his best line comes at the very end of the episode when the three get tired of waiting and walk out the door just before he announces, “Seinfeld, four!”

4. The Costanzas – Were there any scenes that involved Frank and Estelle Costanza that didn’t result in huge laughs? Jerry Stiller employed an unusual cadence to his lines and Estelle played off of him perfectly. Their interactions with George were even more magnificent (who can forget the time when Frank slaps George on the head in “The Handicap Spot” episode?) Replacing George’s dad with Jerry Stiller was possibly one of the best decisions the makers of the show ever made.

There are literally dozens of characters that paraded across the screen during Seinfeld’s nine year run. There are just a few of the more memorable and hilarious ones that helped make the show the TV icon that it is today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Buzzing up a Storm

Everywhere you turn it seems Michael Bay’s latest practice in extreme suspense and special effects sex is the water cooler staple conversation piece. Even true critics and action movie experts are raving up the movie, calling it more of a spectacle than a movie. One person I spoke to just came from the theater and described a sort of action induced coma he was experiencing. I think the buzz is warranted for sure, but besides the obvious comments made about the movie’s action, and hints that this will be the last one of the series, how is the movie really dTOKYO - JUNE 08:  (1st row L to R) Actress Meg...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeoing?

The latest numbers are in after the fourth of July weekend, and it’s safe to say that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is experiencing a fair amount of financial success. In fact, as far as July fourth openings go, it was the best. I mean the best fourth of July opening of all time. That’s incredible when you think about all the movies that have opened on this weekend in the past, hoping to become that talked about summer blockbuster. The film that Dark of the Moon surpassed was the highly anticipated Spider-Man 2. These of course are based on North American numbers, but with $217 million made through Sunday, it’s also Paramount’s best international launch ever. Already it’s the third best global launch of all time, and it’s run is far from over.

The overseas numbers really tell the story of the power of visual effects and the built-in audience of a sequel. You may rhetorically ask the world, “why do they keep making the same movies and why do they keep making sequels of movies that were never even that amazing to begin with?” Well, those numbers are the answer.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is set to just simply continue to make money for the next few weeks, and for years to come. The cable channel FX has already acquired the TV rights to show the movie sometime in 2013 or 2014. FX has also recently picked up Super 8, The Hangover II, Green Lantern, Thor, and scores of other recently released movies. Don’t forget about DVD sales too. The movie’s star Shia LaBeouf has already hinted that that DVD will have tons of extras including a large number of deleted scenes. So expect there to be some more buzz when the DVD is released.

Friday, July 1, 2011

John Cusack to Play Edgar Allan Poe

by Mary Parker for

John Cusack, famous for starring in movies like Say Anything, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, and Hot Tub Time Machine, is set to star in a film unlike anything he has ever done before. Cusack has recently wrapped production on a film titled The Raven, in which he plays the famous author Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack’s Poe is searching for a killer whose methods resemAmerican actor John Cusack at a Dow Jones' D C...Image via Wikipediable his own works.

From SlashFilm: In the gritty thriller, a fictionalized account of the author’s last days, Edgar Allen Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta), the film also stars Alice Eve as Poe’s fiancee, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Poe’s death was as weird and mysterious as anything you might find in one of his horror stories, or a movie like this: In October of 1849, he was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a delirious and disheveled state, wearing what appeared to be someone else’s clothes. Poe was taken to the hospital, where he died a few days later. On the last night before his death, he kept repeating the name “Reynolds.” Poe never gained enough coherence to explain what had happened to him, and the “Reynolds” in question has never been identified.

The first official photos from the film appeared online this weekend, although they seem nearly identical to other shots – reportedly unofficial – that have been floating around for weeks. There was also talk of a title change, but apparently that has been resolved. Footage will screen at Comic Con and Relativity will present the film at Hall H on July 22.

The film is slated for release March 9, 2012.

New Big Lebowski Blu-ray in hitting shelves in August

If you're into blu-ray, I'm sure you've been looking forward to some of the biggest titles coming to the high definition format. However, if you're a Lebowski fan, there's only one movie you want to see on blu-ray. Well, the moment fans have been waiting for is finally about to arrive. The Big Lebowski is coming to Blu-ray on August 16th, 2011. This movie is undoubtedly one of the most treasured titles from the Coen brothers' library, as well as one of the best cult films of the 90's. Entire documentaries have been shot devoted to the fans of this one enigmatic film. If you're a fan and you have access to high definition technology, this one is a no brainer. That being said, I'm sure there are still some fans out there that are planning to wait to pick this one up. Trust me, you don't want to wait on this one, because it is actually a Limited Edition Digibook. Special Features:Cover of Cover via Amazon

  • Scene Companion: A picture in picture mode with cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes footage
  • Mark It Dude: Counts the number of all the "F-Bombs", "Dudes" and "Dude-isms" in the movie.
  • The Music of The Big Lebowski: Identifies the music heard in the film
  • Worthy Adversaries- What's My Line Trivia: Lebowski knowledge trivia
  • pocket BLU
  • Mobile-To-Go

So like I said, if you're a fan of the film and you want to get your hands on the best quality print available, you'll probably want to head out and pick up this blu-ray soon after it is released. I'm sure the Dude wouldn't mind if you waited, but I don't think you'd want to see Walter's response to that idea. Let's just say you might be entering a world of pain. This isn't the first high definition transfer of the film to reach the market, but the last one was widely panned by most critics. Apparently the HD-DVD release had a lot of image quality issues, but there's no word yet on how good this blu-ray transfer will look. Let's hope for the best and get our pocketbooks ready for this one.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Transformers Star Says He’s Done with the Franchise

Shia LaBeouf speaks about working with the mil...Image via WikipediaAfter coming off of relatively strong reviews for the most recent installment in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, Shia LaBeouf indicated that he’s not up for another sequel. LeBeouf commented to MTV News saying, “I just don’t think right now there’s anywhere to take Sam”. Sam Witwicky of course is the main character that happens upon a special car that he later discovers is a transformer, and develops an intimate relationship with the “Auto-bot” in the first movie. His statement suggests an artistic reason for not continuing the story of Sam Witwicky because he’s hit a character arc plateau. LeBeouf grew up while working with Michael Bay, and has continued to support the explosive-happy director despite some of the negative reviews that have plagued his career.
With that being said, Michael Bay is notoriously opinionated and controlling on set, and Mr. LeBeouf is growing up into a very strong-willed actor who is very serious, and almost Tom Cruise-like with his intensity about his craft. In a recent appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, LeBeouf was cordially coerced into admitting having differences with Michael Bay on set. After Letterman’s consistent pushing, you could tell LeBeouf had gone through a number of skirmishes with Bay. LeBeouf certainly doesn’t want to say he’ll never work with Michael Bay again just in case Bay gets the job to do the next Indiana Jones remake, or perhaps a Wall Street sequel with alien robots attacking the New York stock exchange, but it’s my opinion that LeBeouf may want to take a healthy and extended break from Bay’s directorial style.

Shia LeBeouf’s next move is most likely going to be…well whatever he pleases I would guess. For the second year in a row, Forbes Magazine said that LeBeouf earned the most “bang for the buck” that any other star in Hollywood. For my money, I would bet on studios considering that achievement the greatest thing an actor could ever do, and if I was one of the many “people” in his corner, that would be the first thing and possibly the only thing I would say in a meeting to try and sell my client for a role in the next blockbuster. However, just because he earns large sums of money for his work and just because studios are scoring big off of his work, doesn’t mean he’s inherently a bad actor who sells out. I think he is actually very talented, and will be at least in the run for an Oscar at some point in his career, albeit most likely not for a role in a Michael Bay film.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

“Toy Story” as an Allegory for Fatherlessness and the Importance of Family

Quick, how many times do we see Andy’s father in the three “Toy Story” movies?

The correct answer, of course, is zero times. There is no father, or father figure, present in “Toy Story.” The only parental figure in the movie is Andy’s mother, and even she doeCover of Cover via Amazonsn’t play much of a role in any of the movies until “Toy Story 3.”

So where is Andy’s father during the course of the trilogy? Well, the simple answer is we just don’t know. We don’t know if he died, if he and the mother divorced, or if they were even married in the first place.

OK, maybe that’s a bit of a lie. We DO know that Lee Unkrich, who edited the first “Toy Story,” co-directed “Toy Story 2” and solo directed “Toy Story 3,” has said multiple times that it was never intended for Andy’s father to be included in the movie. In an interview with Mary Pols for MSN Movies, Unkrich said, “The decision was made really early on in 'Toy Story' to have Andy's dad not be around. We've never addressed it directly, nor have we given any explanation for where he is or why he's absent.”

Even though Unkrich and the other directors never intended for there to be any mystery behind Andy’s father’s absence, many viewers have surmised that Woody has acted as a surrogate throughout the trilogy.

It makes sense when you think about it. In all three movies, Woody is constantly the voice of reason, telling the other toys they have to be there for Andy. Woody is the one who refuses to go to Sunnyside Day Care in “Toy Story 3” (even though the other toys say that he was always Andy’s favorite and he would be going to college.)

Besides the fact that Woody acts as a surrogate father to Andy, we also see the importance of family throughout the three films, especially in the third. Without spoiling one of the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming scenes in the final (or not?) film for those who haven’t seen it, we see the toys share a touching moment that really solidifies the fact that they are a family, despite their initial differences and disagreements.

Although there isn’t much emphasis on Andy’s actual family, i.e. his mother and sister, we do see the role of family dynamics in the toys’ interactions with each other. And while Andy’s father is a non-entity in the trilogy, the third film drives the point home that Woody has been Andy’s primary father figure for the last 17 years.

Maybe we’ll get a glimpse of Andy’s biological father in “Toy Story 4”?

Monday, June 27, 2011

True Blood Season 4 is here!

True Blood has finally returned for its fourth season and I’ve personally been biting my nails waiting, so I’m ecstatic to be able to say that this episode was everything I wanted from the new season plus a little more. In fact, as soon as the episode finished, I watched it again.
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True Blood picks up right where it left off at the end of season 3 – for Sookie, at least – transporting our part-fairy protagonist into a literal glowing fairyland. There she sees her grandfather as well as Barry the bellboy, a fellow part-fairy telepath. However she soon realizes that things aren’t what they seem to be. The fairyland is just an illusion while the beautiful fairies are revealed to be hideous goblin-like creatures dead set on claiming all the human-fairy hybrids as their own.

This is easily the most fantastical True Blood has ever gotten, but it works. And it will continue to work as long as they don’t overdo it. After all, most people got into the show for the vampires, not the fairies.

Sookie manages to escape back to “the normal world,” but she discovers that she has been missing for nearly thirteen months despite the fact that she’d only been in the fairyland for about ten minutes.

So where did we find the rest of the characters after Sookie’s time jump?Everyone (except perhaps Andy Bellefleur) is happy to see Sookie again, especially her brother Jason who has seemed to mature a bit over the year, which is a relief since he’s finally become a sheriff’s deputy. Unfortunately for Sookie, he sold her house after believing her to be dead. The house had been purchased by an unknown buyer who later turns out to be the Scandinavian vampire Eric Northman.

Sookie and Bill have a moment to talk, a conversation many fans were probably waiting for after Bill’s devastating, curveball betrayal right at the end of season 3. Their conversation is handled delicately, and despite what happened between them, it’s clear that they still have some love for one another. The love triangle with them and Eric will probably continue well into season 4.

Jessica and Hoyt have settled into a domestic routine. And although they may be two of my beloved characters, they’re a little boring now compared to everything going on around them.

Tara, who has been travelling from place to place after leaving Bon Temps, has become a cage fighter in New Orleans. She also has a girlfriend, but it’s unclear if she has forever forsaken heterosexuality or not. Either way, it’s nice to see her happy for once after being traumatized and victimized for three seasons.

Sam Merlotte claims to attend an anger management class, which turns out to be a small group of other shape shifters with whom he has bonded (AKA: chatted, gotten drunk, and run around in animal forms).

Jesus and Lafayette are still going strong. However, Jesus continues to push a wary Lafayette to access his magical potential and takes him to a coven meeting led by Marnie, a timid palm reader who reveals a darker side of herself during a session in which the coven members (with the help of Lafayette) briefly manage to bring her dead familiar, a parrot named Minerva, back to life for less than a minute. Marnie is played by Fiona Shaw, an Irish actress mostly known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter movies. And now she’s ironically gone completely witch.

Things have changed and opened up just enough in the True Blood universe to let us know that we’re in for an intense and bloody fourth season that was worth the wait. The only thing that seems out of place is that our werewolf friends are nowhere to be seen. Not yet, anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vote for Pedro – Show your Dynamite Love!

Who’s the next president of the United States going to be? Well diversity taught us a big time lesson during the last election, and now we are here to tell you that it can indeed show us who we are casting our name for in the Write-in ballot for the 2012 presidential elections: PEDRO. The first Hispanic president of the United States of America!

That’s right – we are bringing back one of the most classic of all low budget PG13 rated comedies to ever grace the silver screen: Napoleon Dynamite. But it’s up to YOU to help us get Pedro elected into office! That’s why there’s never been a better time to get reconnFilm poster for Napoleon Dynamite - Copyright ...Image via Wikipediaected with this cult classic than there is now!

Pedro NEEDS your support and you can help him get more votes by sporting a classy Vote for Pedro T-Shirt today! Imagine if there were vending machines at all workplaces, freedom and equality in ALL lunchrooms and extended work breaks – or recesses – for all AMERICANS.

Boy is Pedro sounding like the ideal president – shorn skull, fake wig, mustache and all!

While we are busy reliving the adventure that made us laugh-out-loud (lol) more times than we care to admit – let’s take a stroll down Napoleon Dynamite memory lane for a tad bit.

Top Ten Most Memorable Moments in Napoleon Dynamite
1. When Uncle Rico tosses a raw steak at Napoleon, smacking him in the face with a resounding THWACK!
2. Uncle Rico’s many hilarious antics with filming himself throwing the football and his unrelenting homage to his wife-beater van.
3. Napoleon: “I used a flipping 12 gauge – GEEZ!”
5. The infamous final dance routine by Mr. Dynamite.
6. The hidden Kip “I love technology” wedding song after the final credits.
7. Napoleon: “You know, like nunchaku skills, bow-hunting skills, computer-hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills."
8. Grandma: “Knock it off, Napoleon! Just make yourself a dang quesa-dilluh!”
9. Napoleon: “That’s like a dollar an hour!”

And the number ONE most memorable moment goes to KIP: “Your Mom Goes to College!”

Check out the Video of this HILARIOUS moment!

And now – drum roll please – here is your only reason why you ever need to Vote for Pedro for president, in the future commander in chief’s own words: “Vote for me … and all of your wildest dreams will come true!”

Show your support for Pedro with our awesome Reasons to Vote for Pedro T-Shirts!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ramona Flowers and Her Representation of the Three Golden Goddesses from “The Legend of Zelda.”

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In the movie version of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” the main female character, Ramona Flowers, changes her hair color from pink, to blue, to green. Fans of “the Legend of Zelda” will recognize these three colors as representing the Three Golden Goddesses: Din, Nayru, and Farore. List of Scott Pilgrim soundtracksImage via Wikipedia

But Ramona’s representation goes beyond her different hair colors. She embodies each goddess’s trait equally, and could even be considered a triple goddess in the Scott Pilgrim mythos. Another interpretation is that Ramona represents wisdom, Scott represents courage, and Gideon represents power, making them each a piece of the triforce. But for argument’s sake, let’s say Ramona is all three.

She represents Din, the goddess of power, in her fighting. When she fights Roxy, she maintains the upper hand until Roxy declares that Scott has to fight his own battles. She may not be power hungry like Gideon (or Ganondorf), but the girl is definitely powerful. Just look at what she does to Scott. You could also say that Gideon’s mind-control chip on the back of her neck is representative of desiring power.

She represents Nayru, the goddess of wisdom, in that she is Scott’s voice of reason, and provides him with knowledge for defeating her evil exes. She provides him with the list of exes and then tells him how to defeat Roxy.

Finally, Ramona represents Farore, goddess of courage, in her finally deciding to stop running away and to take a chance on Scott once he defeats Gideon. It does take a lot of courage to decide to trust someone after one of your exes put a mind-control chip on you and created a league with six of your other exes to bring you back to him. Just saying.

There you have it, Ramona’s representation of the Three Golden Goddesses from “The Legend of Zelda.”

Man Men and True Blood Futures Look Promising

Recently, some key players for both Mad Men and True Blood, both highly rated and critically acclaimed shows, have been in talks for extending the future of each show. AMC and Lionsgate TV, after a long delay in negotiations between creator/executive producer Mathew Weiner for a two year contract, secured their star Jon Hamm for another three years as Don Draper on Mad Men. Mathew Weiner is a brilliant writer and producer, but everyone who watches Mad Men knows that the show would be nowhere without the talents of Jon Hamm. So nActor Jon Hamm on the red carpet at the 2010 V...Image via Wikipediaow we know that even if Mathew Weiner leaves, we still have the possibility of seeing Mad Men on for another season. Since the negotiations for Mathew Weiner pushed back the start time for Season 5, we won’t be seeing new episodes of the stylish show until March, 2012. Another bonus for Mad Men fans is that Mathew Weiner has an option in his contract for a seventh season, which many believe will now be a guarantee now that Hamm signed his new three year contract. So not only do we have a good chance of seeing Mad Men on for three more seasons, but we can expect it to be at its top potential all three seasons.

As for True Blood, the show’s creator and show runner Alan Ball is in talks for coming back for a fifth season. There was some speculation on whether True Blood had the legs to make it past the upcoming fourth season. Some believe the downfall of the vampire fad might cause a significant ratings drop, but Alan Ball believes that many people are hesitant about guaranteeing the show for a longer run for a much simpler reason. Ball said, “I think if we did 13 seasons we’d have to address why vampires are aging. Maybe there would be a bad batch of True Blood.” Justifications or not, True Blood will most likely be returning for at least a fifth season. Ball also noted that with a supernatural storyline, you can go places that other shows can’t.Tru Blood drinksImage via Wikipedia This to me sounded like a positive statement in regards to being able to continue the shows run from the story’s perspective.

All together these shows came up at about the same time, and really set an example for how new shows can be different, highly rated, and critically acclaimed all at the same time. For awhile there it seemed like this was an impossible feat for highly original dramas. It’s nice to see their success, and it will be nice to continue to witness their success.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Comparing Seinfeld and the Beatles

A good friend of mine, who is a very creative and artistic fellow, and also a huge “Seinfeld fan, once told me that the series was to TV what the Beatles were to music. This is quite true. The Beatles took the existing format of rock & roll and basically reinvented it, giving the music a freshness that it had not had since its beginnings and has not had since. Seinfeld did the same thing for television, taking the concept of “a show about nothing” to a point where its half-hour segments were better than all the other shows that were actually about something, both before and since. Also, as the Beatles did not invent rock & roll, Seinfeld did not originate the idea of a show about nothing. It had been done before by George Burns and Gracie Allen, back inThe comedy show Seinfeld becomes popular.Image via Wikipedia the 1950's. Seinfeld, however, put this concept on “steroids,” with episodes like “The Soup Nazi,” which turned simple visits to a takeout soup kitchen into a hilarious idea, just by having the owner be a soup-making genius with a set of rules that needed to be followed to the absolute letter or else it was “No soup for you!”

This Beatles/Seinfeld analogy continues when you consider the fact that the greatness of the musical group was also a result of the personalities of the “Fab Four.” Paul was the good-looking one who had a super voice and played one heck of a mean bass. John was outspoken and outrageous one, and also a fine song writer. George was young and cute and a good “ rockabilly” guitarist. The young Ringo was like a cute and lovable puppy dog who also always managed to play a great beat to the group’s innovative songs. Our “small screen” lineup of four is equally great in a television casting and directing kind of a way, although the distinction of who is playing who varies according to the moment. Jerry spends some of his time as our TV “Paul,” the handsome bachelor who goes out with a lot of great-looking women, but our Jerome can turn on a dime to become a TV” John,” the sarcastic quipster. Elaine is usually our George, turning in consistently humorous performances, but sometimes breaks into a John type of character when she is sufficiently angered or outraged. George is our unscrupulous but somehow lovable television “Ringo,” who also give us segments of John-like insanity and times of George-like consistency. Kramer is most always like John, with his wild perspectives, wacky facial expressions and great body humor, but does the occasional Paul when he sometimes comes up with a really pretty date, and when you put them all together, they spell S-E-I-N-F-E-L-D, the show about nothing that is really something!