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This really has been a strange week in entertainment. The off-screen drama has been a lot more interesting and contrived than anything that can be written.

  • For example, NBC’s late night debacle.  If you haven’t heard (but I’m sure that you have), NBC is moving Jay Leno out of prime time after 4 months of horrible ratings and putting him back into his old 11:35pm time slot.  To do this, they have to push back their whole line up, including The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (yeah, that Carson Daly guy also). They will also be cutting Jay’s show to a half an hour, aka just airing his opening monologue. Cheers to you NBC, for entertaining us on and off the screen.  I’m sitting on the edge of my seat to see how this will play out. I enjoyed Jay’s Tonight Show, but the series had its time and ended. I love Conan and hope to see where he takes the show over time. I just hope he gets that time.
  • I just want to take a moment to say that I loved James Cameron’s Avatar. I saw it in Imax 3D and it reminded me about what going to the movies could (and should) be.  This is an event film that had a little bit of everything, from mind blowing special effects and a completely new world perfectly rendered, to characters that I could actually care about. Was the plot predictable? Sure, but it didn’t take anything away from the film.  I honestly hope Avatar passes Titanic to become the number 1 Box Office grossing film of all time. It is that good. A Mini Review has been added to the archive.
  • Chuck comes back tomorrow (Sunday, 01/10/10) with a special two hour episode! Then it takes its normal timeslot Monday at 8pm on NBC (see, the Network can do something right). You can catch up on Chuck by watching last season’s finale, “Chuck Versus The Ring”, by heading over to NBC’s official website. We fought long and hard to save the series, now make sure to watch it and tell a friend to watch it to make sure we get multiple new seasons. And don’t forget to get your 5 Dollar Footlong from Subway.
  • Blake Lively has been cast as Carol Ferris in Green Lantern. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Ms. Lively. I actually watch and (used to) enjoy Gossip Girl.  But this is horrible casting. She does not fit the role at all, not look wise or the right kind of attitude. Nor is it believable that she could be running the Ferris Airfield. Will they be de-aging the character to college aged? *shakes head* They hit the nail on the head by casting Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, but this is a misfire. I just hope it doesn’t bring down the film or cause another sequel (lead female) recasting like Nolan’s Batman series.
  • In TV News, Miley Cyrus has quit Hannah Montana. The next season will be its last. Yeah, I think I’ve said enough about that.
  • Bill Paxton is hoping to revisit his 1996 hit Twister with a 3D sequel.  Don’t movies usually wait until the third entry into their series to go the 3D route? RE: Jaws 3D, Friday the 13th Part 3D, Amityville 3D. How else can they seamlessly blend “3D” into the title? All kidding aside, I love Twister and I’d be down for a sequel. We don’t have many event films like it anymore. Man vs nature (now in 3D).
  • Have you checked out Hollywood the Game recently? It is an online Hollywood Simulation Game and Community, where you write, cast, advertise and release virtual films. Do you have what it takes to become a mega producer?

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Happy Holidays everyone! We’ll keep updating through New Years, just at a bit of a slower rate (as we have been this past week). Thanks for checking out the site!

  • Owen Wilson provides the voice for the newspaper comic strip dog turned movie Marmaduke. Sadly, his voice and the opening shot makes me think its Marley and Me 2. Click here to give it a look. Did anyone know they were making the dog talk?
  • After 23 years Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have split up. What? Seriously? I guess no Hollywood couples are safe, no matter how long they’ve been together or how happy they seem.  On a side note, Sarandon is wonderful in The Lovely Bones. She deserves some Oscar supporting actress love.
  • Warner Brothers have released a synopsis for their DC Comics adaptation of the Losers.  “An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, The Losers centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team — Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar — find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.”
  • There are a lot of movies opening this weekend! For the older crowd we have Maryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in It’s Complicated.  For the kiddies there is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.  For the ladies there is the musical Nine. For the guys there is the action re-invention of Sherlock Holmes from Guy Ritchie. And for both kinds of adults we have Up in the Air with George Clooney expanding, and Heath Ledger’s final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

I’m a big fan of ItsJustSomeRandomGuy’s YouTube superhero spoof series that features toys. I’ve spotlighted them in the past (also here) and have to do so again with their genus Twilight/New Moon spoof using the Joker and Harley Quinn.

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Posted on November 29th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Hey everyone, trying to keep things fresh with a new logo as we approach the end of the year. TV is mostly taking a break, but this is about the time we get a big push in theaters. We have at least 5 big films hitting theaters on Christmas alone.

  • I’m still shaking my head over the success of New Moon.  The sheer fact that the movie could open so huge when the first film was easily one of the most poorly put together films in recent memory disappoints me.  The only bright side is the fact that they might make Breaking Dawn, which sounds hysterical.
  • This week I’ll be seeing Up in the Air in theaters, and so should you. Jason Reitman + George Cloony = Awesome.
  • Funny Video: The gang over at College Humor take on a Grease classic.
  • Interested in casting your favorite stars and releasing your dream movie? Then you should try Hollywood the Game. The Internet’s longest running Hollywood Simulation Game and Community.
  • This week from DC Comics is Superman: World of New Krypton #10.  The series, which pulled Superman from Earth, has been one of the best stories featuring big blue in a long time. Maybe all he needed was to be away from the constant crossovers of the DCU. You can check out a preview for the new issue on DC Comic’s official site.
  • FOX’s 24 will be returning for two nights of episodes on Sunday, January 17th at 9pm and Monday, January 18th.  The network’s main powerhouse American Idol will be returning the same week (also for two episodes), on Tuesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 13th at 8pm.

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Move over Batman and Robin, there is a new Duo in town! Grant Morrison continues his run on the Dark Knight’s new status quo by introducing Gotham City’s new “protectors”, the Red Hood and his sidekick Scarlet! What do you do when you can’t defeat Batman and Robin head to head? Just replace them!

The new issue features art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion with covers by Frank Quitely (left) and a variant cover by Philip Tan (right). It hits stands tomorrow.

Posted on September 15th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Lots and lots of cool stuff is coming out from the San Diego Comic-Con (the first one I haven’t attended in the past five years). At the end of the weekend, I’m going to have a special Comic-Con round-up version of The Pit with my thoughts on some of the news coming out of the con. I figure there are enough sites with round the clock coverage that are actually there, so I can back off this one. But I did see this poster online that was revealed at the con and I think it is too cool not to post!

Josh Brolin and Megan Fox in our first Jonah Hex movie poster! This is a film that can still go either way in my mind, but I trust Brolin as an actor and the source material is awesome. We’ll see. But for now, we can enjoy this poster…

Jonah Hex Poster

superman usa today comic strip, free

USA Today is posting the Superman segment from DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics online!  As of this article, they have the first three weeks of Superman‘s new adventure posted. Wednesday Comics is a new 12-issue weekly comic book from DC that is in the format of classic newspapers strips and features a ton of different heroes, including Green Lantern, Metamorpho, Deadman, and Wonder Woman among others. The strip is written by John Arcudi with realy cool (as seen above) art from Lee Bermejo . Check out the comic strip for free here.

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (4)
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