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.