Archive for May, 2005
Haven’t done one of these in a while: GateWorld has a preview (spoiler warning) of the first five episodes of the second season of Battlestar Galactica; Star Wars wins the holiday weekend battle taking in over $70m – runners-up Madagascar and remake The Longest Yard earned $61m and $60m respectively – yet box office receipts are down 5.5% from last year; and TrekToday is reporting that an eleventh Star Trek movie could come sooner than you think.
MacGyver did everything with nothing – give him a problem and some household items, he’d create a “MacGyverism” – a device tht solves the problem. As a special agent with the Phoenix Foundation, he seems to find himself in these situations frequently. The second season of this show starring Richard Dean Anderson (Stargate SG-1) comes out June 7th on DVD. Check out my review, and check out the official site.
I finally got to see Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith today – hey, babysitters are expensive, and I don’t seem t get invited to premieres yet, unless they are in Los Angeles, which is a bit of a drive for a movie. Since I wouldn’t do a full review unless I can watch something with a review in mind, and my first viewing is always for enjoyment, here is a bit of my take on it, and feel free to post your (reasoned) opinions here. Why do some people detest this movie so much? Warning: spoilers may be present.
Cinescape is reporting a scoop where the scooper supposedly met with George Lucas – and that Mr. Star Wars said there could be another prequel, predating The Phantom Menace – but he may not be involved.
Some press reports in the UK media have reported that Billie Piper, who plays Rose in the new Doctor Who, maye not stick around for the whole second series. The BBC’s Doctor Who page essentially confirms the reports, but says that it is “unconfirmed” how many episodes she may appear in, as they are still getting scripts. Side note: I’ve added BBC’s Doctor Who RSS feed to the site – you may need to re-customize to see it. Also, looking for trivia: who was the longest lasting companion? My first guess is Sarah Jane Smith (18 episodes), but I counted and Tegan Jovanka had 19 episodes. I’m not familiar enough with earlier companions, and I’m not sure K-9 should count as there were actually two of them (three if you count K-9 and Company)
With an unbelievable $50M take in its first day, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has gone on gone on to break records for three-day and four-day takes, beating previous holders Spider-Man and The Matrix Reloaded. Including worldwide receipts, it has currently grossed $330M.
The paranormal thriller White Noise was released this past week, and I’ve already reviewed a preview release, but now I’ve seen the real DVD, so Read More to get more details on this release. Also, the DVD release event was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood – long claimed to have paranormal activity, and EVP experts were there. See video of the event (300k Quicktime: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5)
Frank Gorshin, fames impressionist but perhaps best known for his role as The Riddler in the campy Batman series of the 60s, passed away at the age of 72 after fighting lung cancer, emphysema, and pneumonia. Trek fans will also remember him from the TOS episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”, playing the half-black, half-white Commissioner Bele. Most recently in 2002 the man with “100 faces” played George Burns in the one-man Broadway show “Say Goodnight Gracie”, using very little makeup.
Avi Arad, Marvel Entertainment chief, announced that Kelsey Grammer will join the cast of X-Men 3 as Dr. Hank McCoy – a.k.a. The Beast. They were looking for an intelligent-sounding voice, and specifically they wanted to “avoid a British actor” – not as a diss against the Brits I think, but more to avoid a sterotyped voice I guess. Grammer’s voice does seem perfect to me though. Also announced is that Vinny Jones (Snatch) is confirmed as the Juggernaut, and casting for two new mutants, Angel and Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat will be announced soon.