Friday, August 31, 2012

The Office Ending with Style

English: Actor Rainn Wilson at Heroes for Auti...
English: Actor Rainn Wilson at Heroes for Autism event, Hollywood, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Entering into its ninth season, and often fateful for season for long time running sitcoms, the highest rated TV show on NBC will be calling it quits at the end. Amidst multiple spinoffs, the increasing cost of star actors like John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, and lower ratings after Steve Carell’s exit, The Office is going to end properly, with a planned cap off of the popular and critically acclaimed series. Show runner Greg Daniels who helmed the show from season one through five plans to take the reins again for one final push to the end of the series. Despite so many changes, less than stellar ratings, and the looming end to an iconic show, Greg Daniels sees this as an opportunity to do things right, and seems to be looking forward to the ninth season from an artistic standpoint.

Daniels described some of the pieces he plans to put into play in the last season of The Office, including some more drama with Pam and Jim, crazy stories involving Dwight, and even revealing more about the documentary crew. If you’re like me, it’s possible you even forgot there was a crew filming a documentary. Despite the looks to the camera, the one on one interviews, and the very, very occasional references to the cameraman, the documentary style became very secondary, if not downright non-existent in the storyline. To be honest, the other stuff Greg Daniels talked excitedly about doing this final season sound fun, but I’m going to tune in to see how in the hell he manages to explain a documentary filmmaker who has been filming an office setting of little significance to the rest of the world for the majority of a decade. Kids have been conceived and born, marriages have been conducted or ended, the company has changed hands, and different managers have come through, but somehow they kept filming. Thank god for the digital age, right?

That being said, I’m confident Greg Daniels and the rest of the writers will be able to come up with some kind of brilliant explanation for the epic, marathon-like film crew. Along the way, I’m sure we’ll enjoy plenty of guest appearances, some old characters coming back, and hopefully many surprise reveals and unpredictable answers. As for the spinoff with Rainn Wilson, may NBC’s Joey be a distant memory – but don’t hold your breath.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Is a Smurfs 2 Movie in the Works?

The Smurfs (film)
The Smurfs (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re a major fan of the little blue creatures that stand three apples high, you’ll be excited to know that production has already started on a sequel to last year’s Smurfs movie. And you’ll recognize some of the people in Smurfs 2, including Neil Patrick Harris.

Despite the bad reviews and criticisms from movie critics (who listens to them anyways?), the Smurfs movie was very popular last year and people came to theaters in droves to see a live action version of one of their favorite Saturday morning cartoons from the 1980s. In total, the first Smurfs movie brought in nearly $600 million. That’s not a small feat! 

As with any successful movie, a sequel is not only possible, it’s almost guaranteed. The movie companies have to cash in on its popularity while it can and since people love them so much, why not make another movie? You might also be pleased to know that they have already started developing a second sequel for the movie, but very few details are available on that one.

As for Smurfs 2, Raja Gosnell is back in the director’s chair. He’s directed other family friendly movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Home Alone 3. Several of the cast members are also returning for the sequel. Jayma Mays, Neil Patrick Harris’s counterpart in the movie, is reprising her role as is Jonathan Winters as the voice of Papa Smurf and Katy Perry as Smurfette’s unmistakable voice. Hank Azaria will be Gargamel once again and Christina Ricci is also joining the cast of voices.

The first installment of the Smurfs movie involves several of the more popular and well known characters from the cartoon being transported to New York City where they get lost. They have to get back to their village before they are captured by Gargamel. The movie was in the works for about 15 years. The rights to the movie were purchased by Jordan Kerner in 2002 and that was after five years of negotiations. Several companies worked on developing the film, including Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon movies. However, it wasn’t until Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures purchased the rights to the film in 2008 when it started going full steam ahead. Filming began in 2010 and was released on July 29, 2011. 

Some of the other voices that may make a comeback include Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf, Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf and Wolfgang Puck as Chef Smurf. Do you think Smurfs 2 will be as successful as the first one?  Also, check out our Smurfs t-shirts.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

TWEET THIS: 21 Facts You Never Knew About Looney Tune’s Tweety Bird!

We all – at least for the most part – have a formidable memory of cartoons from our days of youth. During those auspicious school day mornings, we would sneak an episode in before we had to catch the bus to school. On weekends, we lived for them and the nearly six hours of cartoon greatness that was imbued to us on Saturdays. Simply put: cartoons have been a mainstay for Americans since the 1930s, which is about the time that Looney Tunes created the now famous Tweety Bird character. Join us for an interesting dish today as we deliver 21 factoids that you never knew about Tweety.
TWEET THIS: 21 Facts You Never Knew About Looney Tune’s Tweety Bird!
1.      Tweety was actually created by Created by Bob Clampett of Looney Tunes in the early 1940s.
2.      He debuted in the 1942 cartoon short, “A Tale of Two Kitties,” where he had to fend off two hungry cats.
3.      The two cats were called Babbit and Catstello; they were based upon famous comedians of the day, Abbott and Costello.
4.      Tweety actually wasn’t originally called Tweety, he was named Orson.
5.      Tweety actually came from a different cartoon that was created by Clampett called “Wacky Blackouts.”
6.      Tweety wasn’t yellow to begin with; he was pink and jowly, easily intimidated and lost control of his temper.
7.      The improved Tweety from 1942 on was a mild tempered and calm in demeanor, yellow canary.
8.      The second Tweety short was called “A Gruesome Twosome,” and featured the pinkish, naked Tweety.
9.      The third Tweety short was called “Birdy and the Beast,” which is where Tweety Bird’s name was derived.
10.  Tweety bird is one of many Looney Tunes characters with a noticeable speech impediment.
11.  His arch nemesis, Sylvester the cat, also has a speech impediment.
12.  In 1945, Clampett decided to create the feline counterpart for Tweety, which would ultimately become Sylvester.
13.  It was during 1945 that Tweety’s eyes were enlarged, and his demeanor was toned down into the sweet, calm, yellow canary we know him to be today.
14.  Sylvester was introduced in the 1947 classic, “Tweetie Pie,” where he and Tweety first shuffled it out on the silver screen.
15.  After 1947, Sylvester was in every episode that included Tweety Bird.
16.  Tweety’s most famous line is: “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" … "I did, I did taw a puddy tat!"
17.  In the early 1950s, the bird and cat were so popular that they were made into a comic book called “Tweety and Sylvester.”
18.   The comic sold well until it was discontinued in 1984, more than 30 years later.
19.  In the early 90s, Tweety and Sylvester finally got their own show called, “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.”
20.  In 1998, Tweety and Sylvester got their own US postage stamp.
21.  In 2002, baby Tweety Bird was introduced in Baby Looney Tunes series.

WATCH: “Hospital Time for Bad Putty Tat”

In a classic short episode – as in 6 minutes or so in length – this one delivers all the musings that made Tweety and Sylvester famous. The cat-bird duo dukes it out again in this delivery of classic cartoon greatness. Of course, in the end, Tweety once again is able to outsmart his feline adversary, who ends up battered and beaten by Spike the dog, and of his own misdoings and clumsiness—ultimately subjected to defeat at the local emergency room.

Now that you are well apprised of 21 of the multifariously odd facts from our yellow feathered friend and his riley kitten buddy, make sure that you take a quick gander at our fine selection Tweety Bird T-shirtsand other Looney Tunes Ts and accessories. From Tweety to Wyle E. – we’ve got a lot to choose from. They may just make you want to chirp to them to your other friends on Facebook and, of course, Tweet about them to your other pals on Twitter.

And That’s all folks!