Archive | June, 2010

2010 Daytime Emmy Winners and Recap

29 Jun

This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards left much to be desired.  I thought the show was kind of painful to watch.  It doesn’t help that daytime viewership is on a consistent downward spiral (Hello, or should I say good-bye, Guiding Light & As the World Turns). 

The show, which took place at the Las Vegas Hilton, seemed quite small on TV.  Every time they showed a shot of the audience, the crowd looked like it only went about 20 rows back.  The entrance that most of the presenters came through was awkwardly placed – it was on an angle that required the stars to step, uncomfortably, down three steps and then turn toward the stage.  Not great planning.

As for the “entertainment,” I get that the show is in Las Vegas, but what on earth does The Lion King and Blue Man Group have to do with daytime.  The soap stars looked as bored and confused as I was.  I had zero desire to see David Copperfield open the show either.

The tribute to Dick Clark would have been nice if I wasn’t so thrown off by his orange, oompa-loompa colored face.  Whoever did that to him and expected him to go on live television should be fired.  His breakdown after Ryan Seacrest ended his tribute to the television and music pioneer was so touching though.  He couldn’t seem to get a hold of his emotions and that’s the beauty of live programming.

I can’t help but feel that the whole production value of the program was on an amateur level.  I was thoroughly unimpressed with Regis Philbin as host as well.  He’s great on his talk show, but his jokes were bad and the constant clamoring about his not getting any kind of award was aggravating and unnecessary.

I personally think that soap operas, while unrealistic at times, are a needed form of daytime entertainment.  I think it’s sad that the majority of the acting awards that were won on Sunday night went to a show that filmed its very last episode four days prior (ATWT).  I give Y&R’s Billy Miller the prize for best speech of the night.

Daytime Emmy Winners:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor
Michael Park (Jack Snyder) – As the World Turns

Outstanding Lead Actress
Maura West (Carly Tenney) – As the World Turns

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) – The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Julie Pinson (Janet Snyder) – As the World Turns

Outstanding Younger Actor
Drew Tyler Bell (Thomas Forrester) – The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Younger Actress
Julie Berman (Lulu Spencer) – General Hospital

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
The Bold and The Beautiful

Outstanding Talk Show: Entertainment
The Ellen Degeneres Show

Outstanding Talk Show Host
Dr. Mehmet Oz on The Dr. Oz Show

*Full list of winners 

DVD Release Tuesday 6/29/10

28 Jun

So all of you hard-core movie fans out there know what every Tuesday is, right?  It is new DVD release day.  I look forward to this day every week and I always have my Netflix set up ahead of time to make sure I get the newest flicks that are out there.  Here’s a short list of what is coming out today:

Movies:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – Logan Lerman
Hot Tub Time Machine – John Cusack, Rob Corddry
The Crazies – Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
Creation – Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany

 

Television:
The Closer – Season 5
Leave it to Beaver – The Complete Series
Mad About You – Season 4
Warehouse 13 – Season 1

Weekend Box Office Results 6/27/10

28 Jun

Even with two new well publicized films entering the race this weekend, it was last week’s reigning champ, Toy Story 3, that won the weekend.

Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups did remarkably well and would have topped the box office if it weren’t for the Pixar juggernaut of Toy Story.  Tom Cruise’s Knight & Day was very disappointing and came in a distant third with $20 million. 

Box Office Mojo’s Top 10 Box Office Estimates for 6/25-6/27:

1. Toy Story 3 – $59 million
2. Grown Ups – $41 million
3. Knight & Day – $20.5 million
4. The Karate Kid – $15.4 million
5. The A-Team – $6 million
6. Get Him to the Greek – $3 million
7. Shrek Forever After – $2.8 million
8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – $2.8 million
9. Killers – $2 million
10. Jonah Hex – $1.6 million

‘Little Fockers’ Movie Trailer

26 Jun

Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro are back for a third round of Focker fun!  Anyone who didn’t know that this would be the title of the next film must not have been paying attention to the hint, hint, wink, wink of the main character’s name.

This trailer has some funny moments, but I’m not completely sold just yet.  Don’t get me wrong, I will see the movie, but just hoping for some solid comedy for the newest film.

New Movie Friday 6/25/10

24 Jun

What are you doing this weekend?  Want to check out a new movie?

Here is what’s new in theaters on Friday 6/25/10:

Knight & Day – Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz
                                    James Mangold (director)
                                    *Released Wed 6/23

 

Grown Ups – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade
                             Dennis Dugan (director)

 

I am Love – Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti
                            Luca Guadagnino (director)
                            *Expanded Limited Release

 

Vampires are headed to the web with the comedy series ‘Vampire Mob’

24 Jun

If you’re not in the vampire game these days, you are missing out.  Writer/director Joe Wilson is well aware of that and is putting a new twist on the classic vampire story with his new web series, Vampire Mob, premiering June 30, 2010.

Vampire Mob is a six episode series that tells the story of Don Grigioni (John Colella), a hitman and vampire who turns his own wife because… he was hungry.  He then finds out that his mother-in-law (Marcia Wallace) is moving in with the couple….for eternity.  Annie (Reamy Hall), Don’s wife, feels badly when she thinks of her mother dying one day, so she decides to bite her without talking it over with Don first.

The supporting cast is made up of Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks), Elizabeth Beckwith (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Andrea Cansler, Jim Roof and Cris D’Annunzio (As the World Turns).  The series can be seen at http://www.VampireMob.com on a view count basis.  Subsequent episodes will be posted as previous episodes reach their predetermined view count.  Updates will be sent to viewers via Twitter http://www.twitter.com/VampireMob and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=370100209495.

I had a chance to interview Wilson and when asked whether he had this idea before the recent explosion of Twilight and True Blood, he said, “Our show has murder, crime, family conflict and comedy – I didn’t see anything like that out there and that’s what I wanted to watch.”  Wilson dreamed up the idea for this series last summer while working as a private investigator.  He says the idea came to him, oddly enough, during an investigation.  The intent was to have Vampire Mob be a short, but after working on the project, Wilson realized he had a much larger beast on his hands and there was much more story to be told.

I asked Wilson how he decided on the casting of his series and he said, “I didn’t audition anyone!  I had most of the actors, who either I knew or other cast member were pals with.”  He did write the mother-in-law character specifically for Wallace though and was thrilled when she agreed to be a part of the project.  When I saw the title for his show, I asked Wilson if the downward facing gun was a nod to a particularly popular mob series and he said, “It was meant as a dash of parody…and we use .45 mm handguns in the show.”

In addition to working on season two of Vampire Mob, Wilson is putting together another web series.  Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker who won Best Short Under Five Minutes at the 2009 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival for The Swear Police (http://www.SwearPolice.com).  You can also check out his work on YouTube with Tickle Me Harder, a parody of Tickle Me Elmo, that has already amassed over 500,000 views.

‘She’s Out of My League’ Review

23 Jun

She’s Out of My League

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller

Director: Jim Field Smith

After watching a plethora of romantic comedies that try to entertain and fail, it was a great experience to watch a movie that probably would’ve bombed, but had the right mix of heart and humor to be a mild success.  She’s Out of My League took a group of lesser known actors and made it work with original storytelling and raunchy laughs.

Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is an average guy who works at an airport as a member of the TSA with three of his friends.  He wants to get back together with his ex, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), but she is already dating someone and wants no part of a reunion.  Feeling down about his life, Kirk happens to be in the right place at the right time when Molly (Alice Eve) comes through security at the airport.  He gets her away from a fellow co-worker who is saying inappropriate things to her and when she accidentally leaves her cell phone behind, he finds it and sets up a meeting to get it back to her.

Along with a friend, Kirk meets Molly at a party and returns the phone.  She then offers him tickets to a hockey game as a thank you.  When he goes to the game with his friend, Stainer (T.J. Miller), he is surprised to see that Molly and a friend are also there.  Later in the night, Kirk finds out that Molly intended the evening to be a double date.

Kirk and Molly continue hanging out and start to develop an oddly cute relationship.  Kirk’s friends have a problem with his new-found situation though because they feel that the numerical ranking system of the two is out of whack.  They say that Molly is a “hard 10” and Kirk is only a “5.”  They go through a variety of reasons as to why the couple is all wrong for each other and their opinions start messing with Kirk’s head.

Even with the mocking from his friends, Kirk invites Molly to spend time with his absurd family who make fun of him and treat him with no respect.  He even goes as far as to groom himself in preparation for a night alone with his new companion.  The relationship hits a bump when Molly’s ex, Cam (Geoff Stults), tries to squeeze his way back into her life.  Just when Kirk and Molly are about to take their relationship to the next level, an argument threatens to separate the two and Kirk starts to think that maybe his friends weren’t so wrong.

I found this film to be very endearing.  Sure, there are many raunchy moments, but the concept of a nobody winning the heart of every man’s fantasy is kind of exciting.  I think the reason for the heart of this film is Baruchel.  Yes he is awkward and isn’t exactly leading man material in the traditional sense, but he is likable and enjoyable to watch.  He’s had bit parts in a couple of Judd Apatow films (Knocked Up) and was even a leading man in the little seen I’m Reed Fish.  Baruchel is having a great year with this film, How to Train Your Dragon and the upcoming The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The supporting cast of this film was different and they were definitely the comic relief.  I thought the casting was pretty great though.  His family was made up of Debra Jo Rupp (Mom) and Kyle Bornheimer (Dylan-brother).  His friends were represented by Miller, Mike Vogel (Jack) and Nate Torrence (Devon).  While watching the guys together, it was a little reminiscent of a young Vince Vaughn crew or even another version of the Seth Rogen crew.

I thought the story was just different enough to separate it from others of its kind.  The settings were different (airport, basement, hockey game) and it brought a feeling of originality to it.  So many films use similar settings that you feel like you’ve already watched a film that you’re seeing for the first time.  Eve was pleasant to watch; I can’t say that I’d jump to see her in something else, but she had surprising chemistry with Baruchel.

This film definitely has the potential to do great on DVD; it has that appealing feel of an American Pie film with a Judd Apatow twist to it.   There are definitely laugh out loud moments and it’s just a good buddy comedy with some romance thrown in.