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Welcome to an all new (midweek) Pit! Enjoy…

  • Our friends at 141tv have posted the 2010 Emmy Nominations along with predictions.  I don’t agree with them, but he makes some interesting picks.
  • The Examiner is reporting that Mike Judge is at work on 30 new episodes of the cult animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. This is only a rumor for now, but I think that would be a pretty cool move by MTV. They are trying to move from their slate of reality shows and into more scripted series. What woul dbe better than bringing back their most famous scripted series. The site says that the show will retain its original format with music videos cut into the show with B&B doing their usual commentary.
  • A few more actors join X-Men: First Class, including Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee and Nicholas Hoult as the Beast. They join previously cast James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbenderas Magneto.  Other rumored casting includes Kick-Ass‘ Aaron Johnson coming onboard as X-Men’s team leader Cyclops, and Alice Eve as Emma Frost.  Johnson could make a pretty awesome Cyclops, but Eve is way too old to portray a teenage Emma Frost.
  • James Cameron’s Avatar is returning to 3D theaters on August 27 with 8 additional minutes of footage. The special edition includes some new creatures and action scenes. Will you be seeing the flick again?
  • Hollywood the Game has been surging with creativity with more than 4 virtual films being released a week in the Hollywood simulation game and writing community.  Read, review, and make contacts by visiting the site and signing up for an account!

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Lots of stuff is going on in the world of entertainment. The NBC late-night drama continues, shows are coming and going, and Avatar is finally being challenged at the box office. Welcome to The Pit.

  • The Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman post-apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli managed to edge out James Cameron’s Avatar out of the top spot at the domestic box office on Friday  by about a million dollars. Can it beat it on Saturday and Sunday to take the weekend? Maybe.  I have a feeling that Avatar might keep the top spot thanks to the 3D and Imax showings.
  • Earlier this week it was announced that Peter Sarsgaard was in final talks to take on the villainous role of Dr. Hector Hammond, a villain that I never really cared about in the comics. He is a great actor, I just wonder where they are going to go with the character.  I’m still not sold on Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, she seems too young and just not suited for the role.  Today it was revealed that Mark Strong is up for the ultimate GL villain, Sinestro. That my friends, could be perfect casting.  Strong vs Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan in a space battle with two of the most powerful weapons in the universe? Badass.
  • Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock full on kissed at the Critics Choice Awards after they tied for Best Actress. Ewwwwww.

Moving on to TV, there have been lots of renewals, included in the mix is:

  • ABC: The Middle, Cougar Town, Modern Family
  • CBS: The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Fox: Glee
  • Starz: Spartacus: Blood and Sand
  • TNT: Men of a Certain Age

What is really interesting about this is the second season pick-up for Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which hasn’t even started its first season. The show looks like a pretty cool cross between 300 and Gladiator and co-stars Lucy “Xena” Lawless.  If I got Starz, I’d totally watch it, but as it is I’ll have to wait for it to come on Netflix.  None of the other listed shows are really surprising, I love Glee and ABC’s new comedies have been doing good.  Modern Family is hysterical and has an awesome cast.  Men of a Certain Age hasn’t been killing in the ratings, but with the talent behind it I’m not surprised that it is continuing.

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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?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it, I’ve been a bit obsessed with movie posters recently. In my defense, the Iron Man 2 and The Wolfman posters were completely badass, as is this International poster for James Cameron’s Avatar.

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The epic sci-fi film comes out in 16 days! While I’m excited at the idea of having a new James Cameron film in theaters, I can’t seem to get excited about Avatar itself.  The trailers were good, but didn’t blow me away. On my computer screen it all looks a bit cartoony, and I haven’t seen enough to convince me otherwise. Were my expectations to high to begin with? I will be seeing this in theaters (and in 3D) on the weekend of the 18th, I just hope it surprises me.

As much as I wanted to see Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D this weekend, I optioned to stay at home instead. There is a ton of stuff online to keep me busy! Enjoy the rest of the weekend…

  • When you work as a writer for Marvel Studios, they own your soul for three years. In other Marvel news, Mephisto was named the new President of Production. (Film Drunk)
  • It is more or less official, the Veronica Mars movie ain’t happening. (Pop Wrap)
  • Every new film that James Cameron is planning with be made in 3D. What are the chances that he’ll go back and give Aliens the 3D treatment? Because that would be awesome. (Time)
  • The economy sucks, so how can we save money while still enjoying the movie experience? (Killer Film)
  • A few new clips from Pixar’s UP have found their way online! I can not wait to see Pixar’s first 3D feature. (Latino Review)
  • While I really enjoyed Friday’s episode of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, the ending took a major misstep.  You can watch it at this link… (IMDB) Do you agree? Disagree?

We have an extra long Pit to start the new week! Enjoy!

  • An interesting artile about 3D filmmaking includes an all new behind the scenes image of James Cameron’s Avatar. (NY Times)
  • Did Marty McFly actually live happily ever after after going Back to the Future? (Over Thinking It)
  • And the 2008 IGN Game of the Year is… (IGN)
  • With the help of Sony, Roland Emmerich has decided how he’s going to destroy more stuff after he takes out the world in 2012. (Variety)
  • Interested in working with Chuck at the Buy More, than you can sign up to be part of the Nerd Herd or a Sales Associate here. While there, don’t forget to take your chances by spinning the Wheel of Misfortune.
  • Miss the first episode of the final season of Battlestar Galactica? Thankfully you can watch it online! (Hulu)
  • In the mood for zombies in space? Than you might enjoy Image Comics’ Dead Space #1. The full issue is currently online. (Newsarama) just brought a smile to my face by the sheer possibility that Linda Hamilton might have signed on to appear in all three films of McG’s Terminator trilogy.

The site claims that a studio source confirmed Hamilton’s involvement, but one of Hamilton’s reps said that they hadn’t heard about this, but that Linda would be interested in it. You can read the original report here.

With James Cameron and Arnold both giving their blessing to the film (and rumors that Arnold might even be making a voice cameo in the film), I can picture this rumor planning out to be true. Hamilton decided to not return in Terminator 3 because she did not like the script and the fact that Cameron wasn’t happy about the picture. With Bale citing the script as the main reason that he signed on to a trilogy, we have to believe that it’s good. Plus, it has been years since Hamilton had a juicy role, and there is no better part bring her back into the spotlight than the one that made her famous in the first place.

Man, I hope this rumor pans out. And I still hope that they change the name from Terminator Salvation.