Archive for October, 2011

MONEYBALL
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is an odd sports movie, in that you see very little sports. This is the story of sports, baseball in particular, from the back office point of view. The movie follows Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) in MLB’s 2002 season when he met a young economics grad (Jonah Hill) with a radical approach to building a team. The film charts the ups and downs of the team, but more importantly, it shows us how they changed baseball forever. Pitt and Hill give strong, understated performances in an overall satisfying picture. Don’t expect to see a lot of sports action though; baseball is, after all, the thinking man’s game.

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Posted on October 31st, 2011 by Lucian | Leave a Comment
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Due to a slowdown in postings, I have been unable to properly declare my love for the dino/time traveling series Terra Nova. The show mixes action and adventure with a family drama on an epic scale with ease. It has an engaging story and likeable characters. Now that I got that out of the way, what is going on tonight at 8pm on FOX? Official Description: “Bylaw” Jim and Taylor investigate the first murder in the colony; Skye helps Josh find a way to reunite with his girlfriend from 2149; Elisabeth and Zoe try to help an unborn ankylosaurus survive.

I know, how could I pick a show on Halloween without a Holiday theme? Honestly, this year feels like it has had the longest Halloween ever. I’m ready to move on. I can only imagine how December will feel.

Also new tonight:

8PM

ABC: (8:30pm) Dancing with the Stars (reality competition)
CBS: How I Met Your Mother/2 Broke Girls (comedies)
NBC: The Sing Off (reality competition)
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9PM

CBS: Two and a Half Men/Mike & Molly (comedies)
FOX: House (medical drama)
A&E: Hoarders (docu)
OXYGEN: The Bad Girls Club (reality)
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10PM

ABC: Castle (crime drama)
CBS: Hawaii 5-0 (crime drama)
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams (news magazine)
A&E: Monster In-Laws (reality)
FOOD: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (docu)
MTV: Ridiculouseness (clip comedy)
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What will you be watching?

Posted on October 31st, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on TV Tonight: Terra Nova (10/31/11)
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Tonight, just in time for Halloween we can get scared with an all new episode of The Walking Dead at 9pm on AMC. Official Description: “Save the Last One” The group await Shane’s return, unaware that he’s trapped in a school surrounded by zombies; Daryl and Andrea scour the woods for a missing person.

Last week’s episode airs before the new one at 8pm with an encore at 10pm and Talking Dead at 11pm. This week’s guests on Talking Dead  include The Guild star/creator Felicia Day, comedy actor Jon Heder and Dead executive producer (and big time movie producer) Gale Anne Hurd. Thankfully AMC Network was smart enough to already give the greenlight to the zombie series for a third season, although the pick up announcement was lacking an amount of episodes ordered. I will watch for as long as the series airs.

Also new tonight:

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (fairy tale drama)
CBS: Amazing Race 19 (reality competition)
FOX: The Simpsons/Allen Gregory (animation)
NBC: Sunday Night Football (sports)
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9PM

ABC: Desperate Housewives (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (drama)
FOX: Family Guy/The Cleveland Show (animation)
FOOD: Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (reality competition)
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10PM

ABC: Pan Am (period drama)
CBS: CSI: Miami (crime drama)
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What will you be watching tonight? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on October 30th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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I was surprised a couple months ago by the announcement that NBC was reviving Fear Factor and I think I’m still in shock that a new episode of Beavis & Butthead aired on MTV this past Thursday, but both of those shows coming back pale in comparison to the news that broke last night from FOX… the network is bringing back the 90s cult sketch comedy In Living Color.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the new version of the show will bring back its creator Keenen Ivory Wayans as host and executive producer for two half hour specials during midseason, then depending on how the ratings are, Fox has an option for a full series order. If you don’t remember In Living Color, you can rest assured that it was funnier than Fox’s MADtv and much more outrageous that Saturday Night Live. The show launched the careers of Keenen Ivory Wayans (along with the whole Wayans clan; Damon, Shawn, Marlon and Kim) along with Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and of course Jim Carrey (who stole the show for me with Fire Marshall Bill… FOX I don’t care what you have to do, or how much you have to spend, if the show goes to series you have to do something to get Carrey appear in the role down the line).

Can we expect any other shows to make a return? I’d love to see more 90s shows make a comeback. How about The Secret World of Alex Mack? Or how about another new Saved by the Bell? Who’s the Boss? Boy Meets World could now be Man Meets World? The possibilities are endless.

YouTube is responsible for making Internet video what it is today. It gave everyday people the change to publicly post videos to the world, whether it was their student film, home videos, comedy sketches or even their cats doing silly things. Well, YouTube is stepping up to the plate and attempting to hit another homerun, this time by helping to show that there is a potential future for WebTV to overthrow the real thing. This press release was posted on their blog earlier today:

Wonderful things happen when cool technology meets great entertainment. Cable television expanded our viewing possibilities from just a handful of channels to hundreds, and brought us some of the most defining media experiences of the last few decades– think MTV, ESPN and CNN. Today, the web is bringing us entertainment from an even wider range of talented producers, and many of the defining channels of the next generation are being born, and watched, on YouTube.

Today we’re announcing that even more talented creators and original entertainment will soon join YouTube’s existing channel lineup, including channels created by well-known personalities and content producers from the TV, film, music, news, and sports fields, as well as some of the most innovative up-and-coming media companies in the world and some of YouTube’s own existing partners. These channels will have something for everyone, whether you’re a mom, a comedy fan, a sports nut, a music lover or a pop-culture maven.

Our goal with this channels expansion, along with the grants and educational programs we’ve launched in the past year, is to bring an even broader range of entertainment to YouTube, giving you more reasons to keep coming back again and again. And for advertisers, these channels will represent a new way to engage and reach their global consumers.

The first of these new original channels will appear on YouTube starting next month and will continue over the next year. They’ll be available to you on any internet-connected device, anywhere in the world, with all the interactivity and social features of YouTube built right in.

You can check out a preview of their new channels by heading over here. Some stand outs in the bunch include Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, which will feature original stories about “unique characters and extraordinary individuals”, MyMusic, an interactive sitcom about a music company, and Geek & Sundry from Felicia Day.

Posted on October 29th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on YouTube takes WebTV to the next level
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WWE Vengeance results: The tag title match opened the show with Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger challenging Air Boom, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Kofi and Evan maintain after some good action and, immediately, Dolph Ziggler has to defend his United States championship against Zack Ryder. It’s a short match and Jack Swagger’s interference allows Ziggler to retain as well. I would have preferred the reverse results for these two matches.

The Diva’s title is next as Beth Phoenix defends against Eve. Beth and Natalya Niedhart have been on a crusade to punish the “Barbie Doll” Divas of the WWE. At least everyone else is banned from ringside for this. Eve impressed me a lot more than usual in this match, but Beth comes out on top via a Glam Slam.

Christian has to face Sheamus next despite his desire for yet another world title match. Sheamus gets a clean win which lines him up to be Mark Henry’s next opponent.

Triple H allows himself to be fairly low down the card as he teams with CM Punk against The Miz and R-Truth. It’s a good match and Triple H is still in fine ring shape, but Kevin Nash shows up again and attacks Triple H outside the ring. Why the ref ignores this is beyond me. Miz and Truth are able to pin CM Punk and Nash continues the beat down on Hunter after the match ends. So, is Nash finally cleared to wrestle? Will we see him face HHH at Survivor Series?

Is it bad I had forgotten Cody Rhodes faces Randy Orton tonight? This is non-title which makes it far more likely Randy Orton wins. Cody’s facemask remains a solid addition to his character. Both guys really give it their all and it’s a great match as a result. A distraction by one of Randy Orton’s “baggers” allows for the Cross Rhodes, but it’s not enough. Rhodes tries to steal Orton’s RKO finisher but Orton counters and this sets up Orton hitting the rope-hung DDT and the RKO for the win. Yeah, most likely outcome happens. Sometimes WWE is too predictable for their own good.

(Remember, The Rock wrestles at Survivor Series.)

The Mark Henry/Big Show match is back. Henry has been a monster lately, bulldozing through the roster and inducting injured superstars into his “Hall of Pain.” Big Show was one of his first victims and now he’s back for revenge. Take away Henry’s title and you take away the only thing that validates his fifteen-year career. This match is way better than anybody expected. It builds well and we get an incredible spot where Henry superplexes Big Show and the ring collapses! You can bet there are a ton of replays of that spot. Neither man can continue afterwards so it’s an non-finish that should drag this feud out for a while. Meanwhile, it leaves the main event with a destroyed ring. It’s a Last Man Standing Match so that’s not as big a deal as it would usually be.

Del Rio’s announcer jumped-on and attacked Cena early on, which allowed Del Rio himself to gain an early advantage in the offense. It was a good back and forth match with some smashed tables and a lot of general violence. But Miz and R-Truth interfere near the end and that’s enough to tip the balance Alberto’s way. So Cena doesn’t get yet another title match and has a built in feud going into Survivor Series.

Expectations were low for this and I’d say the show exceeded them. The ring implosion was pretty impressive and it’s clear Miz and R-Truth will spearhead the team opposing John Cena and The Rock at Survivor Series. That’s one of WWE’s big four annual shows so it should be even better.

CONTAGION
An excellent real world thriller. The performances are great all across the board, but especially from Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Laurence Fishburne. The score is eerie and the cinematography even more so. This movie will definitely give you the chills. The only downside to this film is the certain cop out that happens and sometimes the film is a little too cluttered for its own good- they could have easily eliminated one of its many “ensemble storylines” and overall it would have still felt whole. Otherwise, this is a film that I higly recommend.

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Posted on October 20th, 2011 by Quantum | Comments Off on Mini-Review: Contagion
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