Sunday, September 18, 2011

Movie News Today

Denzel Washington is in talks to take the lead for a remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. Always happy to see Denzel in action but I wish the guy would stretch himself a little.

Source Code (or at least the technology within it) is being pitched as a TV series. Incredibly intriguing and pretty smart in my book. Also, if you haven't seen Source Code yet, check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Will Forte has joined the cast of Neighborhood Watch which, I have to say, sounds kind of awesome. Love me some Forte.

This weekend brought us the 63rd Emmy Awards and here are the results in case you missed it. I promised I wasn't going to rant on the Emmys and I won't. But let me at least (briefly) provide the three best and worst from the show (not including the Lonely Island medly which was A-MAZING):

1. Friday Night Lights Gets a Solid Send Off - A writing award for the series finale plus Best Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) for Kyle Chandler are really not enough considering how great the show was for 5 years, but it'll have to do. I've come late to the FNL party but man...what a great show. Also, "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" is perhaps the greatest TV/Movie inspiration saying since "Get Busy Livin' or Get Busy Dyin'."

2. Character Actors Get Their Due - As far as award shows go, very few things make me happier than veteran, quality character actors finally getting some attention. On the night, Peter Dinklage won for his work on Game of Thrones (the only award the show got unfortunately), Margo Martindale picked up some hardware for her run on Justified (another show that deserves more attention), and Barry Pepper won for his performance in The Kennedys. All excellent actors, all worthy of the attention.

3. The In Memorium Segment - Always a touching part of any award show, the quartet rendition of "Hallelujah" was exquisite. Yes, it distracted from the focus of that segment and yes, that song has been sung and sung and sung but that doesn't mean it isn't still awesome and that was an outstanding version.

1. "Funny" Announcer Guy - I have no idea what FOX was thinking or who the guy was but the dude calling out the standard, "This is his third nomination and first win" information added in a ton of "jokes" that were absolutely painful. Stop it. That never, ever needs to happen again.

2. Safer Stand-Bys Take Too Much Credit - Look, I love Mad Men. It's an incredible show. But winning Best Drama four years in a row is boring. Friday Night Lights, Justified, and Game of Thrones deserved some of the attention Mad Men was given (not to mention the fact that Sons of Anarchy received not a single nomination). Also, as funny as Modern Family is (and it is great), I don't think it really deserved a clean sweep across the comedy board though it's toughest competitor should have been Parks and Recreation which was very poorly represented.

3. No Emmy for Steve Carell - Let me say first off, I love Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons is a major part of that affection. But Michael Scott is one of the greatest characters of the decade and for Carell to finish his run on The Office without an Emmy is a travesty. Absolute crap.

Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob takes a look at one of my very favorite films, The Untouchables. Definitely check this one out.

Scarlet Sp1der and Flixchatter both give us their favorite movie images. Fun lists, both of you!

Weekend Box Office Returns
Gotta say, I did not expect this. What a weekend for The Lion King! Also, thanks to all of you who didn't go see "I Don't Know How She Does It" and for pushing "Bucky Larson" out of theaters altogether. I knew you could do it!

1. The Lion King 3D - $29.3 million
2. Contagion - $14.48M ($44.19 million total)
3. Drive - $11.02M
4. The Help - $6.44M ($147.36M)
5. Straw Dogs - $5M
6. I Don't Know How She Does It - $4.5M
7. The Debt - $2.95M ($26.54M)
8. Warrior - $2.77M ($9.91M)
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $2.62M ($171.62M)
10. Colombiana - $2.3M ($33.35M)


  1. Thank you for the kind shout out!

    When it comes to the Source Code tv series, I'm curious as to where they will go with that. I'm sure it will be something like Quantum Leap. hmm.

    haha. I too was glad to see I Don't Know How She Does It and Bucky Larson NOT on the top ten list! haha

  2. I'm just glad I don't have to see the incessant Bucky Larson TV spots anymore. Kill me.


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