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Our friends over at 141tv have been keeping busy and keeping an eye on new fall shows as they are added online. Here are a few more that you can watch full episodes for…

Raising Hope

Raising Hope
A new Fox comedy from Greg Garcia, one of the co-creators of the very funny My Name is Earl, and stars Lucas Neff, Garret Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton, Shannon Woodward, and Cloris Leachman.  In the series, Neff is Jimmy Chance, a young man whose life is going nowhere until a chance romantic encounter with a girl he doesn’t know is a serial killer.  Nine months later he has a kid and she is gone, and it is up to Jimmy and his unique family to raise this baby, Hope. Like My Name is Earl this series features a very dysfunctional family, people who are very lovable characters.  Check out the new episodes here.

No Ordinary Family
I gotta say, I’ve been really enjoying the family superhero dramedy No Ordinary Family.  The series is from Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman and airs on ABC. It stars two actors that aren’t strangers to the superhero world, Punisher War Zone‘s Julie Benz and Thing from the Fantastic Four series, Michael Chiklis. Rounding out the family is Jimmy Bennett and Kay Panabaker, with supporting actors that include Autumn Reeser, Romany Malco, and Stephen Collins. The show has a good balance of action and family drama and it is not taking itself too seriously, which helps. So far it has been fun and entertaining. Check out the first five episodes here.

Detroit 1-8-7
This new ABC crime drama is from Jason Richman and stars The Sopranos‘ Michael Imperioli, along with James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds, D.J. Cotrona, and Erin Cummings. The series takes a gritty approach to crime and uses mostly handheld camera. Content wise it reminds my of NYPD Blue.  Regardless of low ratings, it already has been extended to a full season order of episodes and I’m interested to see where they take this series. If you are a big fan of crime shows, you should give Detroit 1-8-7 a chance, you might like it. Check out the last five episodes from the show’s 141tv profile.

Have you been watching Raising Hope, No Ordinary Family, or Detroit 1-8-7? What are your thoughts?

Posted on November 1st, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on What other TV shows are online?
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halloween

We hope that everyone has a happy, safe, and scary Halloween! Ill be doing my usual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, and what horror marathon could be complete without the original Night of the Living Dead? Enjoy…

Flash back to the mid-90s when we almost got Superman Lives, an abomination of a movie that was set to be directed by Tim Burton with Nicolas Cage as Superman, and of course Jon Peters producing. We’ve gotten so many stories about giant spiders, fighting polar bears, merging Lex Luthor and Brainiac into a new villain called Lexiac, Superman not allowed to fly, and the unforgettable idea about Luthor’s cuddly space dog (what villain shouldn’t have a cuddly space dog).

In the past we’ve seen some concept art from the project, but now, thanks to special effects designer Steve Johnson we have our first real photos of tests that were done for the film. Included in the mix are different suits that Superman would have worn in the movie. They wanted to have Superman in the traditional suit for as little as possible. Burton wanted him to look more alien and for the movie to be dark and creepy. One thing common about all of the designs is that they aren’t fit for Superman, that is for sure. Click on the image to be taken to Steve Johnson’s gallery over on Facebook.

Superman Lives Concept Art

Posted on October 30th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The Mid-Week Pit, Wolverine, Star Wars, Lost, Harry Potter, Action Movies

Right off the bat I have to post this image, the first of Chris Evans as Captain America (big thanks to Entertainment Weekly!):

Entertainment Weekly Captain America

I love the color and look of the uniform (for a full body shot of the CA stunt double, click here). Revealed in the article is that Evans signed a 6 picture deal with Marvel. Epic. Okay, lets move on with some other comic book movie news…

  • One thing I’m not digging, is changes to the X-Men universe. It was revealed that in the upcoming First Class, Mystique will be an insecure teenage girl who is hiding the fact that she is really a mutant. Something about that just feels off, than again I thought the character was underused and mishandled in both Singer’s and Ratner’s X-Men movies, so I shouldn’t be surprised here. Pictures also reveal James McAvoy as Charles Xavier with hair. I wasn’t sold on him originally, but with hair he feels like a completely different character. Are they going to reveal the mysterious origin of  Xavier’s baldness? Come on guys…
  • Staying with the Marvel Comics universe of movies, a lot of names have joined Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the direct sequel to the 2007 lackluster Mark Steven Johnson movie.  Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze and is joined by Christopher Lambert, Ciaran Hinds, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido, and Thor‘s Idris Elba.  Elba recently talked about having a multiple picture deal with Marvel, but I don’t think people expected a supporting role in the new Ghost Rider, personally I was hoping for Elba being cast as Luke Cage, but a lot more people want him as Black Panther. How many comic roles will Idris Elba need to take before he gets a real character? The film is being directed by the team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys who brought us the Crank series. That gives me a lot more hope than the first one that was directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who also directed the disappointing Daredevil flick.
  • Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film has a title! The Dark Knight Rises. Yeah, seriously, it is that bad. Nolan has also denied rumors that the Riddler will be featured in the film. Earlier he said no to Mr. Freeze, so we are slowly narrowing down the villain possibilities. This might be Nolan’s last Batman film, so I’m hoping for someone good (or a good combo of villains). Maybe Hugo Strange along with a couple “monster” types; Man-Bat, Clayface, or Killer Croc? They can continue the theme of the mob and give us Black Mask. Tom Hardy, who worked with Nolan on Inception, has been cast in an undisclosed role (maybe a villain?). We have until 2012 for the film, so we might not hear anything else anytime soon.
  • Darren Aronofsky will be directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. (I think they can remove the “X-Men Origins” from the title, seriously guys) Aronofsky works best with a gritty realistic style, as used in The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream. His attempt at sci-fi in The Fountain fell a little flat. I want a really good Wolverine film, but I have zero faith after X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I don’t think Fox will let a good movie happen and I don’t think Aronofsky should waste his time here.
  • Right on the heels of news that Mark Wahlberg may take the leading role in a remake of The Crow comes news that director Stephen Norrington is off the project. Norrington directed the original Blade for Marvel, and while a good film it was very flawed (especially the ending). Since Blade he has only directed two films, The Last Minute, which I’ve never heard of, and the horrible adaptation of the graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I think The Crow might be better off without him.

Are you excited about the upcoming crop of comic book movies? What will you be seeing?

Green Lantern Animated SeriesAt the NYCC, the creative forces behind the upcoming Green Lantern cartoon, Bruce Timm, Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg, spoke to audiences about the upcoming ‘toon.

They described the show as a cosmic “buddy cop” series that focuses on Hal Jordan and fan favorite GL Corps member Kilowog. Most of the show will take place in space and on alien worlds, so don’t expect to see much of Hal in civilian clothes or his human supporting cast.  The series will not feature an origin story, but with it coming out on the heels of the Ryan Reynolds live action flick, would it really be needed?  The episodes will be fully original, no straight comic adaptations like the recent DC Universe straight to DVD movies. They are planning to feature other DC Comics characters, but you likely will not see Superman or Batman.

The actual series is not going to be launching until 2012, but we’ll likely see an hour special in Fall of 2011. Even though I’m worried about the style of animation (I prefer traditional over CG), it seems like the creative team has a good grip on the material and they are doing something very different. We shall see.

Posted on October 27th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We talk a lot about “Hollywood” television series and movies with well known actors and big budgets, but thanks to the internet normal people get the chance to get their work out there and have millions of possibly viewers.

Today we’re talking a look at That Show with Michael Rakosi, a webisode series talk show that puts real men into a room with a camera to talk about anything that comes up (sans politics and sports, but hey we have more than enough shows that feature political and sports talk).

One of the first things you’ll notice with That Show is that it is very simplistic. No fancy graphics or special effects. The picture is clear and the sound is good, which makes it very watchable. It just depends on if you connect with the guys featured on the show and if you like the topics that they are going over.

In the first episode, “Youse Guys”, they talk about class and what it takes to be a man. In the other eight episodes they chat about such topics as their fears, what it is like killing people in war, spiritual beliefs and sexuality, and stressful jobs among other topics.  Most of the episodes have more than 20 thousand views and they vary in length from seven to fifteen minutes. That is pretty impressive for any webseries, let alone one with a bunch of guys chatting about real life in a room.

Check out more episodes of That Show with Michael Rakosi here.

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Chuckvs Freddy

Chuck has had a non-stop revolving door of pretty cool guest stars this season, including Dolph Lundgren, Linda Hamilton, the Old Spice guy, Lou Ferrigno, Olivia Munn, Eric roberts, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Nicole Richie, but has he finally met his match with Robert Englund, aka Freddy Kruger? In tonight’s all new Halloween themed episode, Englund takes on the role of Dr. Stanley Wheelwright, a (mad) scientist that has created a nightmare-inducing toxin. Can Chuck and the gang stop him from releasing it? Or even worse, selling it to someone even worse who could mass produce it and use it as a weapon?  Linda Hamilton returns tonight as Chuck’s mom and hopefully we will get some information on where she has been and if she is as evil as she appears to be. I’m hoping not. Chuck airs at 8pm on NBC.

Also on tonight?

8PM

  • ABC: Dancing with the Stars (Celebrity Competition)
  • CBS: How I Met Your Mother/Rules of Engagement (Comedies)
  • CW: 90210 (Teen Drama)

9PM

  • CBS: Two and a Half Men/Mike & Molly (Comedies)
  • CW: Gossip Girl (Teen Drama)
  • FOX: Lie to Me (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: The Event (Supernatural Drama)
  • SYFY: Scare Tactics (Hidden Camera Horror)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Castle (Crime Drama)
  • CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Chase (Crime Drama)
  • A&E: Hoarders (Documentary)

What will you be watching tonight?

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