Thursday TV Preview

Thursday, March 19 by

The Office and 30 Rock continue to churn some laughs out of you for yet another edition of 'Must See Thursday.' Michael gets some stiff competition from the new Vice President of Dunder Miff, and Drew makes another appearance on 30 Rock while Jack fights for Tracy to stay on with TGS. Not to be outdone is Pres. Obama, who makes an appearance on Jay Leno tonight with Garth Brooks on as the musical guest. Your preview after the break.

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Thursday, March 19 by

Sacred Heart's couples experience a few hiccups, while Turk takes a risk by performing a controversial procedure on a patient whose father is desperate. Back In The Ring Dr. Cox's family visits him at the hospital where Jordan is enjoying the perks of Cox's new position.  She happily claims that she has fired two cafeteria employees on the grounds that their accents were unbearable, confirming- once again- that she is a horrible person.  She sits at the table with Jack, who is carrying a stack of pancakes taller than he is.  When Cox asks why Jack isn't in school, Jordan explains that kids don't have school on Yom Kippur.  Cox points out that Yom Kippur was six months ago, and Jordan is made to realize that she's been outsmarted by her five-year-old son.  "I hate school!" Jack claims victoriously, throwing his arms in the air like Rocky.


Thursday, March 19 by

Director: Alex Proyas Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Adrienne Pickering, Chandler Canterbury, Tamara Donnellan Synopsis: A teacher (Cage) opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. Rating: PG-13


Thursday, March 19 by

Yesterday evening, AICN received a letter straight from Sly Stallone himself informing them that Forest Whitaker has had to drop out of Stallone's fully loaded actioner Expendables, and will be replaced by 50 Cent.  Now, before anyone gets their camouflage panties in a bunch, keep in mind that of all the movie badasses in The Expendables, 50 is probably the only cast member ever to actually be shot.  With real bullets. Here's what the cast is shaping up to look like:


Thursday, March 19 by

By Mark L. Lester, D.G.A.


Thursday, March 19 by

A spy for Ain't It Cool News got his hands on a script for the new Muppet Movie titled – no kidding -  "The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!" It was written by I Love You Man's Jason Segel and Nick Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). The movie revolves around The Muppets reuniting after a huge falling out to save The Muppet Studios in Hollywood. They have to put on a show in the Muppet Theatre and get 10 million viewers to save the Studios from an evil Texas oil tycoon.  This sounds like Wild Hogs, Space Cowboys or Old Dogs for the Henson set, but I'm there. The rest of the morning news:RIP Natasha Richardson ( Came From the Drive-In! (ShockTilYouDrop)Justin Long is Going the Distance (Variety)Has The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Lost It? (Pajiba)Zucker's plans for Hulu coming to fruition Mwahahaha (DHD)New Footage of G.I. Joe Screened (Dark Horizons)


Wednesday, March 18 by

Woo Hoo!  This just in from Ain't It Cool News: comedy upstart Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, etc.) is signed on to star in a sprawling fantasy epic comedy, to be directed by none other than Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green.  And James Franco is apparently attached as a co-star.  I don't know about you, but I look at Danny McBride and CANNOT WAIT to see his mug on a Sword & Sorcerer-style poster. This sounds f*cking awesome.  Harry Knowles mused that it'll be Monty Python-esque.  I hope it's entirely it's own thing, and with waaaaaaay better effects than Python (because we can, now).  Spectral Motion (the guys who did the opposite of shitting the bed with the VFX in Hellboy 2 and Pan's Labyrinth) are also attached to bring this fantasy world and the creatures within to meticulously detailed life.  


Wednesday, March 18 by

Bitchy Rants About Inside the Actor's Studio (Pajiba) 20 Movies that Got Away With Gaping Plot Holes (Cracked)Spike Lee & Kobe Do Work (Film Drunk)You're a Pretentious @$$hole.  (Pajiba)Affliction counters ratings blow dealt by UFC 100.  (Cage Potato)Get Ready For March Madness, Douchebag!  (Holy Taco)Sora Aoi Sounds Like a Star Trek Alien, but Looks Like a Hot Asian (Gorilla Mask)Artwork from Roland Emmerich's 2012 (I-Am-Bored)Shia!  He's on Fi-ah!  That rhymes, and so will the lyrics in LaBeouf's music video (The Playlist)Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3-D cuts teeth in Arizona (Dread Central)


Wednesday, March 18 by

Earlier today, a spy for Ain't It Cool News reported that Tom Cruise is kicking around ideas for the next installment of Mission: Impossible.  He spilled the beans on the popular Japanese show "SMAP SMAP."  After spilling the beans, he apparently then baked a cake.   I waited for this to turn out to be a segment for NBC's Howie Do It, but comedian Howie Mandel didn't come out to canned applause spliced in from an earlier joke, so we have to consider it as credible. 

Wednesday TV Preview

Wednesday, March 18 by

Last night, TV took a little hiatus to toss back some car bombs and chill with his leprechaun buddies. But tonight, la Televisión is back on the wagon and on point with a tremendously enjoyable night of plane crashes, 'ScrubsCenter', Mysterio, and an explanation of coolness. A surplus of video, some solid Late Night bands 'n babes, and your Wednesday lineup after the jump.


Wednesday, March 18 by

As relayed by, Jennifer Aniston has joined Slumdog's Freida Pinto as possibilities for the new Bond girl in the series' 23rd installment.  A source from Bond's production company, EON, was quoted as saying, "We're always looking for the next Bond girl. She has to be beautiful but she also needs to have brains. It helps if she's athletic and able to keep up with the intense stunt work a Bond movie demands. Jennifer has all these qualities. It's great to hear she'd love to do a movie because we have used established actresses before such as Teri Hatcher and Denise Richards. It's great she's a fan."  It certainly makes us wonder whether Aniston's involvement would have any bearing on the role of Bond 23's villain…


Wednesday, March 18 by

  By Mark L. Lester, DGA Chances are, you’ve seen Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger because it is, without a doubt, the greatest film of all time.  I should know.  I directed it. Naturally, a lot of people stop me on the street and ask, “Mark, how did you ever make a movie as great as Commando?”  I usually smile and say I just happened to be holding a bottle in the middle of a lightning storm.  They always laugh.  I bet you did, too, because you realize that this film wasn’t an accident, just like Jesus wasn't an accident.   It took real vision to pull off, starting with the theme of a parent’s love for his child, and the lengths he will go to to get her back from a wily South American dictator.  Also, it has explosions, and a rockin’ saxophone-driven soundtrack that really gets the people moving in their seats. Of course, that’s not even the half of it.  But after wrapping production on Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon for television, I had an opportunity to reflect on what we achieved, and really figure out what makes it all so timeless.  So here I am, baring my soul to you, the adoring public, for nothing in return.  This is more than just the only film school you’ll ever need.  Think of it as a free version of The Secret.  Think of it as your all-access pass inside the Greatest Story Ever Told.  For the next three days, I will take you through Commando, my magnum opus, my gift to humanity. Let us begin with Part One. MAGIC STARTS WITH OPENING CREDITS… And so begins the ballad of John Matrix, played pitch-perfectly by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the opening moments, we see Arnold’s instincts from his past life as a soldier person.  Sweating, he masculinely chops wood with a hatchet, but also sneakily eyes the moving form in its reflection.  We think he is going to harm the shadowy figure behind him, but then he drops the axe and turns to hug… his daughter, Jenny (Alyssa Milano).  This is called narrative economy: setting up a killing machine with compassion – in two shots.  The sequence that follows – with wonderful flute and string accompaniment, I might add – puts any expository opening credits to shame.  We see how much Matrix cares about Jenny because he lets her smash ice cream into his face.  While developing the backstory for Matrix, Arnold and I decided that in his past, Matrix once was the victim of ice cream to the face by a Russian spy, and carved out his trangressor’s heart with a hunting knife.  So, it takes an immense amount of love for Matrix to not do the same to Jenny, even though she’s only playing.  That’s character development. SETTING UP THE STAKES In this scene, we set up the bond between father and daughter by showing that John is in touch with his daughter, Jenny’s lifestyle.  He uses his knowledge of what’s tops on “pop culture street” in order to develop a playful rapport with Jenny over sandwiches.  It’s here that Matrix’s verbal wit shows its face for the first time, as he wryly asks Jenny about pop idol Boy George, “Why don’t they just call him Girl George?”  This is something Arnold came up with on set, and it was such a perfect adjustment.  It really won over the studio, who had originally given me notes to "not have Arnold speak" in the film. But Arnold’s questioning of Boy George’s sexuality is thought provoking, albeit a tad juvenile.  And Jenny’s retort – “That’s so old, Dad" – is such an honest moment.  The young child never wants to admit she’s been one-upped by a parent.  Matrix, ever the model father, is then sure to temper his immature remark by following up with a socio-political lesson.  “In East Germany, the Communists said that rock and roll was subversive.”  It’s no doubt that Jenny was head of the class in her school with such a worldly teacher constantly serving up “wisdom food” like that!


Wednesday, March 18 by

April's issue of DETAILS – out next week – has a sexy spread of Dragonball Evolution's Emmy Rossum featuring photographs from Matthias Vriens, who sounds Scandinavian and artsy, so you can be sure the photographs are top-notch.  Actually, one of them is pictured above, and it looks classy enough to me.  Kudos, Matthias!  Kick back on your Ektörp chair and have a Grolsch for a job well done!  Click on the photo to enlarge it to proper Rossum-viewing size.  And saunter on over to to check out their slideshow of the rest of the pics.  


Wednesday, March 18 by

 According to Latino Review, Mickey "The Ram" Rourke has "agreed to appear at WrestleMania XXV to support friends Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat, and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka in their match against Chris Jericho."  I don't know about you, but as much as this reeks of a marketing ploy to make WWE even more Hollywood, I'd pay money to see Rourke actually get in the ring with those other three.  I long for the days of '80s WWF when a fight was fair and everyone had a larger than life nickname (and a part in a cartoon show).  Chris Jericho?  Meh.  Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat?  That's like a nickname followed by a surname that sounds like a nickname.  Just do me a favor, WWE, and bring back Junkyard Dawg and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake."  Then you'll have my $25 or whatever it's gonna cost.  Throw in a halftime show with Springsteen and I'll go higher.  "Ehhhhave you evah seen a one treeeck ponyyyyyyyy…"  (Tears rolling down my cheeks, I tell you.)And now the rest of the news…The Frog Bros. unite in Lost Boys 3 gets (Dread Central)Angels and Demons' Dan Harris to script Dante's Inferno (Variety)Clip from Fred Durst's first non-porn directorial effort (ComingSoon.Net)You can buy the 1989 Batmobile! (/Film)I Love You Man's Jason Segel to write songs for Russell Brand (The Playlist)


Tuesday, March 17 by

According to Slash Film, "Fox Atomic has acquired the rights to turn indie developer Zombie Studio’s original action property "Blacklight" into a feature film, comic book series and video game." It's supposedly a "covert military action epic set 25 years into the future" and will be told using a this multi-platform approach of print, video game and feature film.  And the cool part is that all the pieces will interconnect to create one larger arc.  Well, it's cool if you can afford it.  Sort of reminds me of the hell my grandparents must've gone through finding all those Voltron Lions.  (You can imagine the disappointment of having an amputee robot.) More artwork after the jump.