Archive for The Dark Knight

January 23, 2009

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And another one bites the dust...

And another one bites the dust...

PEOPLE: Another predictable cover: Barack Obama on Inaguration night.  At least it’s not as flashy as the other O covers out there.

Oscars: After shutting out The Dark Knight from all but one category, the Chicago Tribune wonders if the award show’s ratings will suffer.  Is there really any use in speculating, though?  We’ll find out soon enough!  (In one month, to be exact!)

NBC: As ratings continue to dive, the Peacock network is looking to reband itself (think: Must See TV).  We’ve got no ideas.  How ’bout you?

Obama: Television ratings estimates of the inaguration could be way off, says The Washington Post, since Nielsen doesn’t take into account all the people watching on the web, in school or at the office.  So, in reality, this probably was the most-watched program in history!

Obama, Pt. 2: Apparently the White House isn’t too up-to-date on the technology front.  How is that even possible?  Or acceptable?!

Sex and the City: Now that the sequel is supposedly a “go” (once again!), everyone’s wondering which of the supporting cast will be back.  Evan Handler (Charlotte’s hubby) says he hasn’t been approached yet and jokes (at least we think he’s joking!) that they could kill him off!

Katy Perry: Says give her celibacy or give her death.  Think she got the quote confused?

Backstreet Boys: Did you know Brian Littrell’s son suffers from Kawasaki disease, the same thing that afflicted Jett Travolta? And we never even heard of it before this month!

TEEN: So first they stopped home subscriptions (several years ago) and now the magazine is folding altogether.  Seventeen, you really are queen!

SIZZLED OUT: Michael Cera (Arrested Development)

STILL SIZZLING: This ailing-actor is planning a memoir on his film career and “life journey.”

January 22, 2009

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Scrubbing up once more!

Scrubbing up again!

Heath Ledger: On the anniversary of his death (Jan. 22, 2008), he gets a posthumous Oscar nomination, the only one for The Dark Knight.

George Clooney: After months of ‘will he or won’t he?’ debate, Clooney will indeed make the rounds once more on ER, PEOPLE is reporting.

Oscars: Wall-E isn’t up for best picture after all.  Dun dun dunnnnnn.

Oscars, Pt. 2: The Golden Globes nominated Kate Winslet for supporting actress in The Reader.  Now she’s got leading actress but nothing for Revolutionary Road, which–unlike at the Globes–was shut out of the top categories.

American Idol: Can anything take this thing down?  Even with the inaugural festivities broadcast last night, Idol still racked up the highest ratings.  There’s gotta be a fix, right?  Or were people Obama-ed out by nightfall?

Veronica Mars: Fans who felt jilted by the show’s cancellation a few years back can rejoice now that a movie adaptation is finally underway.  Never watched the series but probably could be convinced to go see it.

Fall Out Boy: Recorded a special version of The Simpsons theme song, to be played after this week’s episode.  Our guess is Star Wars is next.

Obama: Gotta love the internet.  You can be in one place and still see practically every Obama front page from yesterday’s papers.

Obama, Pt. 2: He doesn’t have to give up his addiction!  Obama will keep the CrackBerry, now outfitted with special security encryption.  So how long until it’s hacked?

The Daily Show: Time flies!  The little series that could is 10 years old!  And Variety has a bunch of articles to mark the milestone.

No Doubt: Hey baby! Going on tour (with Paramore) this summer for the first time in 5 years!

SIZZLED OUT: Marcia Cross

STILL SIZZLING: This alleged hold-out on a TV-to-movie adaptation said he might “put the script in his shredder.”

December 15, 2008

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He will never NOT look good!

He will never NOT look good!

Michael Phelps: “Out of shape” but “having fun.” Can’t blame the guy.  That’s how we live!

Bush: Who knew throwing shoes was an insult?  We’ll have to try that sometime!

David Paterson: No idea why he was targeted on this week’s SNL.  Totally uncalled for.

The Media is Dying: One of our favorite Twitterers is getting some press play.  Love the irony.

OTH: Nooooooooo!  Why is Mark Schwahn signing on for the Melrose Place remake?  We don’t want anything to take him away from One Tree Hill!

Facebook: At Barnes and Noble yesterday, we saw a bunch of how-to books.  Still to come: a book on the social network’s founding–and possibly, a movie!

Gawker: Putting its own spin on the year-end top 10 lists with the worst pop culture bits.  Pretty dead-on except we actually liked 27 Dresses!

Chicago Tribune: Here’s a good test of journalism ethics.  The paper actually knew about the Blago stuff back in October but held off on going public to help the FBI.  That ended, obviously, this past week–too soon, if you ask the Justice Department who wanted them to keep quiet for longer.  Who was right and who was wrong?  Tough calls all around, we thinl.

SIZZLED OUT: Jesse McCartney

STILL SIZZLING: Christian Bale will have his hands full now that this movie series is moving forward.  And, no, it’s not a Dark Knight sequel!

December 12, 2008

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The family that works together, stays together?

The family that works together, stays together?

EW: Rumors about it going on-line only are false, says the mag.  That makes us happy, even if we knock them every now and again.

The Dark Knight: If the DVD is flying off the shelves, why would anyone go to see it again in theaters?

Full House: Last week we heard about a remake and now it’s not happening.  Consider us  bummed.

Gossip Girl: And don’t be fooled.  This spin-off isn’t happening, either!

Twilight: New director will likely be Chris Weitz.  His previous credits include American Pie.  Just sceams family-friendly, doesn’t it?  On the flipside, he was once nominated for an Oscar.  Screams talent?  You decide.

Harry Potter: If you love the books/films so much, you might want to book a trip to Chicago.  The Museum of Science and Industry there will have a HP exhibit through September.

Will Ferrell: And if you can’t make it to New York, too, to see his show “You’re Welcome, America.  A Final Night with George W. Bush,” stay tuned to HBO which will do a live telecast in the somewhat near future.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Mixing business with pleasure, she and babydaddy Peter Sarsgaard (what’s with the double As?) will star together in an off-Broadway show.  Let’s hope this doesn’t mean doom for the couple, for the kid’s sake at least.

YouTube: 40 inspirational speeches, all cut from movies, in 2 minutes.  Awesome.

Gawker: Unveiled a redesign late yesterday.  It’s okay.  We’re not big fans of change, though.

Cosmetic Surgery: Do you feel like women’s mags are endorsing it?  We’ve never really thought about it, so guess that’s a no for us.

McDonald’s: Trying to start an ad war with Starbucks and we kind of like it.

KB Toys: Going out of business.  So that means Toys R Us is all that’s left, right?  Good thing that was our favorite!

SIZZLED OUT: Will Smith

STILL SIZZLING: We love this whimsical writer but people seem to be bagging on him lately.  (Hint: You can use the last name to make play on the word shadenfreude!)


December 6, 2008

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Who knew they were friends?

The Dark Knight: Haven’t seen it yet?  Well, you’re in luck.  The box office smash will return to theaters in January to, um, smash the box office.  Or you could just buy the DVD instead.

Jimmy Fallon: If you’re curious to see how he’ll do as the new host on Late Night, NBC is offering a taste every weeknight at 12:30 a.m.  on its web site.  There Fallon will star in video blogs meant to draw viewers in before he actually appears on the show itself in another 5 or so months.

NBC: Will a MAJOR shakeup at the top bring back some must see TV?  One can only hope.

Full House: Supposedly John Stamos and others want to bring it back.  Will it be a fuller house now or something?

Washington Post: Making the bold claim that this is one of the hottest television seasons in terms of eye candy.  Discuss.

Survivor: Auctioning off a trip to the set–oops, we mean, deserted locale–to two “lucky” viewers.

Oprah: What if you followed very bit of advice given out on her show?  Well, then you’d end up like this girl.

America Ferrera: Will host a special “conversation” with soon-to-be Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  The point of the event is to get rid of Clinton’s campaign debt.  Does that mean no one’s getting paid for this?

SIZZLED OUT: Paris Hilton

STILL SIZZLING: Wanting to look like your favorite celeb–and even going under the knife to do so is becoming increasingly common.  These two box office babes are among the most requested.  Meow!

November 13, 2008

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Crazy?

Crazy? Quite possibly.

Sarah Palin: Wishes she did more interviews during the campaign.  Yeah, ’cause that would’ve changed the results!

NYT: Does the paper that has all the news that’s fit to print practice censorship?  One writer thinks so.  The word in question?  Bitchassness.

NYT Pt 2.: And what happens when the paper that has all the news that’s fit to print is spoofed?  Unsuspecting New Yorkers are scammed, as happened yesterday when a fake–albeit very convincing–issue was handed out.

The Dark Knight: Holy Batman!  A city with the same name as the caped crusader is suing filmmaker Christopher Nolan for royalties.  Does Gotham have a new joker on its hands?

InDecision 2008: Seems not everyone was happy with Comedy Central’s election coverage.  Or so says the whiny chick who got screwed out of being in the audience.

Arrested Development: There’s been a lot of he-said, she-said regarding the possibility of a movie adaptation.  And now cast member Jeffrey Tambor has taken things further: he says the film is a go!

Kanye West: Somebody get this guy some help!  He told reporters that he’s an “alien,” that he blames himself for mother’s death and that “it’s lonely at the top.”  We’d say something clever if we weren’t so baffled.

CMA Awards: Kenny Chesney = Entertainer of the Year, Carrie Underwood = Best Female Vocalist, Shania Twain = first appearance post-split from her cheating husband.  Is it just us or do you think country music after-parties are probably a lot of fun?

B.J. Novak: The Office actor is going on sabbatical, leave or whatever it is they call it in the working world.  In actuality, he’s just making a movie and will presumably return to the show at a later, yet to be determined, date.

SIZZLED OUT: Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

STILL SIZZLING: This daytime show, nearing its 21st season, is asking viewers to compose its new theme song.  The winner will receive $100,000 in addition to other prizes.

November 8, 2008

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Tiffani "I've dropped the Amber" Thiessen"

Tiffani "I've dropped the Amber" Thiessen

Oprah: Reports are saying she won’t stick with her talk show after 2011 but no worries, she won’t be going far.  Just switching focus over to OWN–the Oprah Winfrey Network.  World domination is next.

Palin: Before Oprah does her OWN thing (get it?!), she’ll make good on that promise to have Sarah Palin on  her show.  Will Palin take her up on the offer?  We vote for hibernation instead.

Kanye: Musical influences?  The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and Broadway.  Or so he says.

SNL: Will Joe Biden be the next politician to poke fun at himself? That’s what the execs are hoping for but we’re not too excited.  Something about old white guys (see: John McCain) just isn’t funny.

The CW: The promised series about Robin (Batman’s sidekick, duh!) won’t be developed after higher ups at Warner Brothers–and Dark Knight visionary Christopher Nolan?–decided now isn’t the ideal time.  Guess the tube has all the superheroes it can handle.

Beyonce: Thinks there is in fact room for one more superhero: Wonder Woman.  “It’d be a dream come true to be that character,” she says.  “It sure would be handy to have that lasso.”  Awkward.

Fox: The mid-season schedule will shake things up all around.  Most disappointing: Prison Break will simply “return at a later date.”  What kind of B.S. spin is that?

Betty Boop: It doesn’t get much more random than this: the animated icon is getting her own Broadway show.  No word yet on whether this will be geared towards kiddies or perverts.

Tiffani Thiessen: Coming back to TV–but not on 90210 (which is probably a good thing!)  Instead she’s playing somebody’s wife on a new USA show.  We’ll take whatever TAT we can get.

Christina Aguilera: A day after a certain boy band talked rivals, the girls are doing it, too.  X-Tina says she and Brit Brit were never competing against each other.  After all, they used to hold hands!

SIZZLED OUT: Hugh Hefner

STILL SIZZLING: Which late-night comic had a guest stand him up this week for the first time in 15 years?