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PARKS AND RECREATION: Leslie Knope Welcomes You To Pawnee Indiana


There’s just a few more weeks until the Amy Poehler led comedy, Parks and Recreation,” hits NBC‘s airwaves. I’m really looking forward to this new series and maybe even more so for Aziz Ansari’s supporting role than Poehler’s (though she’s still great). To help get you ramped up for the new series Pawnee, Indiana’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope (Poehler) wants to direct your attention to their town’s new website:

The mock website is pretty funny and stuffed with clever bits hidden around it, like this enticing blurb on all the thing(s) you can do in town:

Pawnee is not a tourist Mecca, but this fact has made it a somewhat desirable location for those looking to get away from the crowds. Whether it’s taking in a community theater play in the park, guided tours of old Wamapoke hunting and burial grounds, or just shopping in a chain store on Main Street, there’s always at least one thing to do on the weekends. The city has several hotels.

Don’t miss your opportunity to help them with their raccoon problem. I’ve already submitted my idea which is going to be hard to beat. I’m also hoping they get BYOM (“Bring Your Own Meat”) night going again soon!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks TERMINATOR SALVATION Cameo


There have been so many rumors flying around on whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to his role in the Terminator franchise. McG obviously wants him and Arnold has been to the set, but despite all that I haven’t heard a hard fact that he’s definitely in it and this isn’t about to help me decide. scored a sweet talking point with the original Terminator on his thoughts and involvement in McG’s franchise relaunch with the upcoming, awesome looking “Terminator Salvation”:

I have seen the movie [Terminator Salvation], but I have not seen it as a finished product yet. I have not seen it yet with the Terminator special effects and some of the sound and the music is not in there yet and so on. So I really cannot comment on it, what the movie will be like as a finished product. There’s a rule that you never talk about a movie unless you have seen the finished product.

But you know as I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I’m happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it. I don’t believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say you know Arnold is in the movie and everyone thinks that I’m the Terminator and in fact you only see one second of me in there and so I don’t think thats the right thing to do. And you know that’s the danger of that, and that’s why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn’t get promoted that way.

So is that Arnold saying, “no way, not even for a second on screen” or “yes, I’m in it for just a second”? I guess we’ll know for sure in a few months.

Terminator Salvation terminates audiences on May 21, 2009.

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Russell Brand Does Not Want PIRATES 4


Russell Brand is an interesting guy though I suspect he could be as annoying in real life as he is on screen. So when talk turns to the potential for his involvement in “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” I’m not surprised to hear a dismissive response:

“There’s been some talk of doing a ‘Pirates’ movie,” Russell told Billy Bush for and “The Billy Bush Show.” “But, I’ve got eight other things to do [including] ‘Get Him To The Greek’ with Judd Apatow… So I don’t know if there’ll be time to be a pirate, I’ve got enough of that in me private life.”

While nothing is confirmed, Russell indicated there is every possibility something may happen after, of course, he reprises his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” character Aldous Snow, in “Get Him To The Greek.”

“A possibility, yes,” he told Billy. “I think it’s a possibility.”

I don’t really blame him. Coming on to that franchise at this point would be like showing up at the gym tomorrow with Reebok Pumps and trying to impress your friends. “Pirates” is over, please move along.

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WATCHMEN Movie Review


It’d be impossible to fully sum up “Watchmen” with its complex storyline and powerful delivery, but after watching it this afternoon I can calm fears of those who closely guarded the original. “Watchmen” comes as close as I could have hoped to capturing everything the story held and while I didn’t find it as exhilarating as I did Zack Snyder‘s “300” I still left the theater very satisfied and pleased with the result.

The special effects and overall world of “Watchmen” was impressive, possibly most of all was Dr. Manhattan’s seamless integration with those around him. Casting felt like a perfect fit as well and despite forewarnings of Malin Akerman‘s performance I would like to disagree and commend her work in the film. One argument I read was that her character was weak, but unfortunately all of the characters ultimately felt underdeveloped, something I blame on the complexity and size of the source. That being said, I strongly believe audience members who have read Alan Moore’s masterpiece will feel much more at ease with their padded understand of “Watchmen.”

Lastly, I must comment on the ending. I won’t spoil it for the uninitiated, but I will say the change I had heard of was what I expected. It almost did work better than the original and considering the change was really only in its delivery and not the result I don’t think it’s worth fighting. While I didn’t mind that change I must put my foot down on the very final scene in the film. Changing that one moment was inexcusable and leaves an entirely different final feeling. Not cool.

I’d give Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” a 4 out of 5 stars. I’m hoping the eventual release of more complete editions with “The Black Freighter” and “Under the Hood” will give it that much desired finished feeling.

Update: One afterthought I’d add is that the use of its soundtrack (not original score material, but songs like “Along the Watchtower”) felt very odd and forced. It was almost “Forrest Gump” with the application of time piece songs and even then the time of those songs were still all wrong. Original music would have been much better here.


WATCHMEN Sequel: Snyder Says No, Actors On Contract


Get your fill of Zack Snyder‘s interpretation of the Watchmen world today because there’s no amount of money that could bring him back for a sequel, says the director.

“There’s no way I would be involved in a sequel or prequel.

“Will they make one? I have no idea how you would. The work is the work. This movie is about ideas. Anything else you would do, if you did a sequel to it, misses the point entirely of what Watchmen is. To continue is to either rehash the same idea again or you’re going to try to fix the characters, which goes against everything the book stands for, or you could pick up new characters. To me, philosophically, it just doesn’t make sense.”

Usually people don’t discuss sequels until the first weekend’s box office is settled, but I think it’s safe to say “Watchmen” will bring in the megabucks, a typical green light for a follow-on. So should they make a sequel? No way. Will they try? I don’t doubt it and from what Dr. Manhattan actor Billy Crudup reveals it sounds like it is at least a possibility.

“Contractually, we are obligated. I will do it. I just don’t know what it is we would do.”

Contractually we’re not obligated to care if they make a sequel either.

Source: WENN

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McG Talks Robert Patrick’s T-1000 In TERMINATOR 5


Terminator Salvation? McG is already over that. The man at the helm of T4 is ready to press on with his plans for Terminator 5 (T5) and that includes bringing back Robert Patrick who starred as Arnold’s nemesis, the shape shifting T1000, in T2.

The real bombshell was MCG’s revelation that he’s been speaking with Robert Patrick about appearing in a sequel to Terminator Salvation. “I talk to Robert Patrick with great regularity,” he said. “It’s interesting – I was [thinking of] a through line. I’ll bounce it off of you guys: I like the idea in a prospective next picture that you meet Robert Patrick the way he looks today, and he’s a scientist that’s working on improving cell replication so we can stay healthier and we can cure juvenile diabetes and all these things that once again sound like good ideas — and once again live as an idealized expression of ourselves.

So imagine seeing a sixty-year-old Robert Patrick and knowing, ‘Holy shit! That’s gonna be the T-1000 – who comes back perfect, lean and the whole thing.’ I haven’t concluded that, but Robert and I had dinner the other night and talked about it. I made two movies with Robert Patrick, so I like him very much. And now he’s very heavily into motorcycle riding. He’s a really serious guy.”

Okay, sure, that’d be cool but McG might be going a little overboard with his cameo plans as he already has Arnold and maybe even Hamilton back for Terminator Salvation. If he can work it into the story, okay, but I don’t want him to warp the Terminator world to get the square peg through the round hole.

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One season is all it takes to tell the tale of “Life on Mars”, says ABC insiders who revealed that the freshman series wouldn’t be getting a renewal order. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, whose predecessor apparently found better success overseas, network execs provided “Mars” with enough notice to tailor its final episodes for a finished storyline. Rumor has it that writers will explain how time-traveling Sam ended up in the 70’s and whether or not he’ll make it home.

Would series be better or worse with fixed life spans of 1 or 2 seasons? Might make for some interesting, quick-paced storytelling if writers didn’t think they had 10 years to figure things out. Yeah, I’m looking at you, writers of “Lost”.

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Remember the disturbing poster for “The Haunting In Connecticut” that I posted a few weeks ago? Well apparently Lionsgate didn’t think a still image did it justice because they’ve just released a full motion poster that’s even creepier (similar in concept to the one for “Terminator Salvation”) . Take a look at the new poster after the break.

Warning: it’s loud and auto-plays.

Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate’s THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT charts one family’s terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.

Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.

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Interview: Tyler Labine Talks REAPER Season 2


As part of the build up to The CW’s premiere of “Reaper” season 2 tonight at 8pm, I had the exciting chance to talk with one of the show’s stars, Tyler Labine who plays Sock, Sam’s (Bret Harrison) sidekick buddy. Tyler gave me the run down on where his character was going this season, what he thought on the rumors of the Devil (Ray Wise) being Sam’s dad, what was going on with his recent string of sex-themed movies, and more. This was definitely one of the funnest interviews I’ve had the chance to do, so don’t miss it or the “Reaper” season 2 premiere tonight at 8pm on The CW!

Hollywood Hills (HWH): Season 2 of “Reaper” brings a new fresh slate for Sock. What can we expect and where’s he going this year?

Tyler Labine: I end up developing a fairly romantic relationship with my step-sister, which is a little weird. She’s recently in from Japan and, yeah, I get the hots for her and have no shame in trying to go deeper, if you know what I mean. I run into quite a few moral dilemmas and even Sock can’t get past that maybe he’s doing something a little wrong. He goes through a whole phase of self-exploration and tries a couple of things, including up to chemical castration (!!) to try and stop lusting for his sister.

HWH: Last season Sock was much more “unchained” when it came to romance. Do you think Sock is better “chained” or “unchained”?

Labine: Unchained. You can’t chain the beast. He’s a little too wild. I’m not going to say whether or not it works out, but I found it very interesting to play and I hope people find it interesting to watch.

HWH: In a recent interview Ray Wise (who plays the Devil) commenting pretty strongly that he was, in fact, Sam’s father. What’s your impression of that situation?

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Tom Selleck Says ‘I Wanna Be Magnum P.I.!’

selleck_magnum_piHere’s some awesome news. Tom Selleck says he wants the title role in a “maybe happening” big screen adaptation of his hit 80’s television series, “Magnum P.I.”:

The 64-year-old actor starred as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living in tropical Hawaii, in the 1980s series – one of the highest-rated shows on American television during its eight year run.

And Selleck is baffled that film chiefs have yet to tap him to revisit the role he made famous, insisting fans are pleading for his return.

He says, “They haven’t called, they haven’t written. I keep hearing they’re developing one but I don’t know whether I’m going to be in it… but they keep doing (fan) polls, and I keep winning them.”

Selleck is absolutely right. Everytime I hear the idea of a “Magnum” movie discussed there is overly strong support of bringing the man with the mustache back. Sure, he may be 64, but Harrison Ford was 112 when he picked up the whip for “Indiana Jones 4” last summer. I think this would be a direct hit into marketing to go with it and a lot better than the terrible rumors I had heard before on alternatives which included, brace yourself, Nicolas Cage. I don’t even want to consider that as an option. Not a chance.

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