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Below are some pics I took at the 2 panels I was willing to wait in line for (OK…I lie… I had a special person pass so I didn’t even have to wait in line for 1 of them… and I kinda didn’t really have to for the other… but I had really shitty seats… so back off)
WOMEN WHO KICK ASS
The first panel was called “Women Who Kick Ass” and featured
Jena Malone (Sucker Punch)
Anna Torv (Fringe)
Elizabeth Mitchell (V & Lost)
Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim)
I was a tad disappointed because the original list of attendees included Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl). I think it would brought a much better dynamic to the panel if she would’ve shown up. It ended up being a competition between Jena Malone and Elizabeth Mitchell for who could talk more… Jena Malone won… and did so with rock star analogies that put that grown-ups on the panel to shame.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Elizabeth Mitchell (she likes to hear herself talk a lot)
Right after the Women panel, the True Blood panel started up. Most of the cast was there, except for Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Franklin (James Frain)…but he showed up to party later, and a few of the othewr supporting people. Nothing ground-breaking came out of the panel, but I must say that anna Paquin is a whole lot cooler than her character on the show would lead you to believe.
Below are some pics from the panel, a few from the Wired Cafe (they built a Merlotte’s bar for the weekend), and a few photos of True Blood actors at the Maxim The Other Guys cast party.
An FCC policy barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on TV and radio was shot down by a federal appeals court because the policy was thought to violate the First Amendment. The court felt that the policy put in front of them could inhibit free speech because the definition of what could be deemed indecent was too vague. It is expected that the FCC will take the matter up the ladder to the Supreme Court.
Time Warner Cable prepping for retrans showdown with the Mouse House
At the beginning of September, the retransmission contract between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Disney expires. The contract covers ESPN, ABC, Disney cable networks and some local stations. In preparation for what could become a bloody battle, Time Warner has resurfaced the stupid website they launched last year when they battled with FOX over similar issues called RollOverOrGetTough.com. At this site, they encourage consumers to voice their opinion about the battle and provide propaganda laced news about the contract negotiations. Last week, Verizon also started to prepare for what they hope will be a violent fight between TWC and Disney… they placed ads in many TWC markets encouraging TWC subscribers to jump ship and come join Verizon FiOS to avoid losing their favorite stations. (Why in the holy heck would anybody have Time Warner if Verizon… or anyone other non-Time Warner cable operator for that matter… were available in their area? Time Warner is HORRIBLE)
Warner Bros Comic Con bags getting handed out to EVERYONE this year
If you’ve been to Comic Con and don’t know what I’m referring to when I say Warner Bros bags, you are a fake nerd and probably spent you’re whole time at Comic Con hanging out at a bar at the Hard Rock. Anyways, every year Warner Bros gives out giant bags at select times throughout the weekend that cause massive chaos and insanity whenever they appear. This year, rather than make them limited in quantity, Warner Bros will be handing them out to each and every Comic Con attendee as a replacement to the stupid plastic bag Comic Con normally gives you. When you pick up your badge, you’ll be given one of eleven different bags featuring art work from one of the WB’s many TV shows or movies. And then nerd girls will take them to the hotel room and sew a dress out of them.
I’m quickly getting sick of this Betty White trend. Community has joined the ranks of what feels like hundreds of TV shows with their announcement that the Golden Girl will be making a special guest appearance on their show. Betty will join the cast for the season premiere, playing a kooky anthropology professor. Snooze.
Fox has announced that Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Pants, Joan of Arcadia, the upcoming Danny Boyle flick 127 Hours) will be joining the cast of House for a multi-episode arc in this Fall’s new season of House. Tamblyn will play a super smart med school student whom Dr. House hires as a new member of the team even though she technically isn’t qualified yet for the gig.
Here are the newly announced finale dates for TNT’s originals:
Hawthorne – Tuesday, 8/24 Memphis Best – Tuesday, 8/24 Leverage – Sunday, 9/5 (will be back this winter) The Closer – Monday, 9/13 (will be back this winter)
Rizzoli & Isles – Monday, 9/13
Dark Blue – Sunday, 9/22 (the show only premieres on 8/4, meaning 10 episodes will have to be shoved into 8 weeks)
(thanks to Miss Jessica Peltz… the O-G Dose contributor)
Marie Claire has launched a new ad unit that will first appear in their pages in the August issue. This unit was purchased by Revlon for the first issue and features a peel off sticker containing beauty tips that is meant for the ladies to place on their mirror. Revlon’s execution contains tips on how to successfully apply eye makeup. Four other advertisers have already locked in the mirror cling unit for future 2010 issues.
A technical school’s ad agency installed this most excellent window sticker to promote a magic class offered at the school. When a shopper approached the automatic door, the door would open and split the girl in the box in half… making the shopper become the magician. I sure do like magic.
Joaquin documentary to be released in September by Magnolia
Magnolia Pictures has announced that they have signed a deal to acquire I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, a possibly fake documentary about Phoenix’s downward spiral from award-winning actor to scary drug-using homeless looking rapper. The film will hit limited theatres on 9/10 and will be released wider the following week.
People noticed Lindsay Lohan isn’t in the new Machete trailer
In the new extended trailer for Machete, Lindsay Lohan is nowhere to be seen… whether she was omitted because her part is kind of tiny or because of her ongoing legal issues, people are now speculating about her whereabouts in the trailer.
First official Thor pic makes me officially not excited
In an article about Thor and Captain America being shot in 3D (woah! shocker!), the LA Times released the first official shot from Thor. This looks dumb. I don’t want to see this… the whole Norse god thing is stupid in the first place… this just makes it look even more stupid. Why does Anthony Hopkins have a Wonka Golden Ticket on his eye?
Pixar is pondering releasing Ratatouille to movie theatres in 3D. Why? Ratatouille is arguably Pixar’s most forgettable film… are they thinking of converting this one because it’s one of their only films that stands no real chance of getting a sequel? If you know anyone over at Disney or Pixar, please let them know that Jason would much rather see Finding Nemo in 3D than Ratatouille.
On Monday, I shared with you rumors about Joaquin Phoenix being in contention to replace Edward Norton as The Hulk in The Avengers. Now new rumors have surfaced suggesting that Mark Ruffalo is in the advanced stages of negotiations to take on The Hulk instead. I am a HUGE Ruffalo fan (you can’t beat 13 Going on 30)… if he agrees to do this, I’m hoping he has a really good reason for it. He doesn’t seem like a natural choice, but neither was Heath Ledger when he landed the Joker role… but then again, this is Marvel we’re dealing here… and this isn’t a Nolan film.
The latest installment in the Fast & the Furious saga called Fast Five is currently filming in Puerto Rico. Tyrese posted the photo below (and another at the linked story above) on his Twitter account showing some of the cast looking all tough with guns and mean faces… except for the lone white boy in the photo, sitting in the back with a goofy smile on his face.
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by Miss Kristin Haugen
Kelly Osborne has reportedly split with her fiancé Luke Worrall.
Kate Gosselin is being targeted in another child labor law investigation. A Pennsylvania lawmaker is questioning the legality of the sextuplets’ work permits to film for the TLC show.
I haven’t watched this week’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey yet, it’s anxiously waiting on my DVR, but I know it’s going to be the very best. Apparently, Teresa Giudice wants a restraining order against Danielle Staub.
Spencer Pratt crashed The Hills finale party dressed as an old man.
News around Alaska today is that Bristol Palin has decided to marry her baby’s daddy, Levi Johnston. And apparently Sarah Palin didn’t find out until she saw the US Weekly cover today…really? Of course she knew. This fam is such a soap opera. I’m sure the reality show will be coming shortly.
After watching National Treasure I decided I really wanted to become a treasure hunter. Looks like I should have followed through with that. Some British guy came across a pot of Roman coins worth $1MM.
Did anyone who went to go see Despicable Me use the Best Buy Movie Mode app that translates the Minion’s dialogue at the end of the movie? I tried to, but 20 minutes into the movie the program ate up my phone’s battery and made it get really warm and I had to turn it off.
Best Buy gets exclusive rights to Anchorman Blu-ray
Through the end of 2010, Best Buy will be the only retailer to carry the new 2-disc Mahogany Edition Blu-ray of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. According to Best Buy’s website, the flick will be released 8/31 and will go for $24.99. Am I alone in thinking this movie sucks?
Will movie sing-a-longs and other stuff of the sort bring the youngsters to the movies?
As usual, the folks over at the New York Times have posted a pretty excellent article that takes a step back and looks at the bigger movie biz picture. This story is about the Grease Sing-A-Long and other participatory movie stunts of its type (like back to back to back Twilight screenings encouraging girls to express their allegiance for Team Edward or Team Jacob with costumes and spazzy behavior during the movie). When you hit up a theatre showing Grease, an extra layer of graphics are placed on top of the movie you’re used to, showing lyrics and little cartoons to coincide with the music. The New York Times asserts that programming of this type is an attempt to bring the A.D.D. youth of America into a movie theatre. Why would said hyper-active 15 year old want to sit silently in a dark movie theatre and watch a movie when they could watch a movie on their giant TV at home, while texting, Facebooking, Twittering, and doing cartwheels? Studio folk think that by adding another layer of activity to the generally passive movie viewing experience, kids will dig it. The dilemma of creating all these participatory events is that you run the risk of looking like you’re forcing it… and being manipulated just doesn’t fly with the kiddies.
After 6 seasons on the job as leading lady on CSI:NY, Melina Kanakaredes will be leaving the show. Word on the street is that Melina’s contract was up and she decided not to come back. According to Nikki Finke, Sela Ward is first in line to replace Melina opposite Gary Sinise on the CBS series.
Daniel Tosh and his program, Tosh.0, have surpassed long time Comedy Central late night hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as the top-rated talker on the network. While it’s important to remember that Tosh runs @ 10:30 and Stewart/Colbert have Late Night timeslots… it’s still pretty darn amazing that this guy has come out of nowhere to surpass the Comedy Central giants.
Disney picks up a movie and second season for Good Luck Charlie
Disney Channel has announced that they have picked a second season of current freshman hit, Good Luck Charlie. In addition to a sophomore season for the comedy, Disney has also greenlit a holiday-themed movie based on the series to run on its airwaves later this year. The film is being written by Geoff Rodkey, the man responsible for RV and Daddy Day Care… so expect a deeply intellectual piece of cinema.
Warner Bros must dump some serious money into TV Guide Magazine… so much money that publishers agreed to create a special, 88-page issue of TV Guide solely featuring WB TV properties like Big Bang Theory, Smallville, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and a bunch of DC cartoon properties. The issue will be distributed for the 5 days of Comic Con at the Warner Bros booth (they better still have the giant bags too… if you’re a real nerd, you know what I’m talking about) and will include one of 4 special covers. FYI- at the very most, the nerds will use these to get autographed by whoever’s on the cover. We get SOOOO much reading material at Comic Con…there’s no way I would read a studio-produced magazine about a bunch of TV shows I already know about. Below are 3 of the 4 special covers… for some reason, WB decided to withhold the Vampire Diaries cover from their press release.
OUTDOOR/VIRAL & COOL THINGS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
New Zealand knocks it out of the park again, this time for vampires
If you’ve been a Dose reader for a while, you’ve probably seen many articles of this type. When it comes to non-traditional outdoor, New Zealand does a MUCH better job than the US. With the kind of things they pull off, I would imagine a lot of credit goes to very brave clients that give agencies free-reign to execute some pretty insane stuff. On the flip side, there are probably 1 or 2 major failures for every awesome execution we see hit the trades. This execution was created to promote The Vampire Diaries airing on a local TV network. Simple and cool. I love it.
Universal and the producers responsible for the hit stage musical Wicked have started taking meetings with filmmakers about a film adaptation of the project. The big name directors reported to be in contention for the gig are JJ Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall. Rob Marshall is a VERY tired name to associate this project and will deflate a lot of the energy it deserves (look at Nine for evidence to support this point). James Mangold feels a little tired too… while he does have some interesting flicks like Identity and Girl Interrupted under his belt, his other stuff is a little too old people. JJ Abrams is a totally random choice… could go either way… but he brings such a level of passion to everything he does that I think he would nail it… I mean, the guy who created Nip/Tuck turned around and blew it out of the water with Glee… I could see Abrams doing the same thing. And finally, Ryan Murphy… he already has a solid relationship with original Wicked cast members Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth because of Glee and he’s shown that he can bring mass audiences into the generally very niche world of Broadway. So, my first choice would be Ryan Murphy with Abrams as my dark horse surprise pick. It just makes me nervous that the crap house that is Universal is holding the reins on this one.
Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett, weird accent Star Trek guy) was in the final group of young dudes being considered for the role of Peter Parker in the upcoming Spiderman reboot. He lost out on the role to Andrew Garfield, but now rumor suggests that someone at Sony liked Yelchin enough to maybe keep him around to play the role previously played by James Franco, Harry Osborn. This would be an interesting coincidence if it proves true… the same thing happened to Franco… he originally auditioned for the role of Spidey, lost it to Tobey, and then went on to be cast as Osborn. Crazy.
Wanted 2 ain’t gonna happen according to Miss Jolie
Since Universal pretty much sucks, it’s no surprise that they are trying to milk one of their infrequent hits, Wanted, for everything it’s worth. Despite the fact that Angelina Jolie’s character died in the first one, they have been scrambling to create some sort of BS storyline to either bring her back to life or take a peek into her earlier life for a sequel. Apparently, Angelina agrees with most of us and recently said that she doesn’t plan on coming back for a second one since she’s dead and isn’t really interested in it anyway. So yah… don’t be holding your breath on this one. (I’d rather see a sequel with McAvoy’s character anyway…he was way cooler than Angelina)
Marvel and Ed Norton got in a fight, so now he’s out as The Hulk in The Avengers. Now there’s rumor that Marvel has an offer out to Joaquin Phoenix for the role. That’s just dumb. Can you imagine creepy Joaquin sitting at a Comic Con conference tale taking questions about the chemical makeup of the red Hulk’s DNA code and what Pantone color should be used to accurately translate The Avengers Hulk to the big screen?
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by Miss Kristin Haugen
Carrie Underwood and her hockey player husband got hitched this weekend in Georgia. Now they’re off to their honeymoon in Bora Bora. Also, The Office star, John Krasinski and girlfriend for two years, Emily Blunt, tied the knot in Italy.
Mel Gibson has lost all ability to be liked by anyone. His agent dropped him last week because there’s no money to be made off him.
Heidi Klum and her baby Seal
Eric the vampire and Kate Bosworth: I love them together.
A 25-foot tall, 122-foot long scrap wood sculpture of a dinosaur may get pulled down by nosey government folks if the dino’s creator, Brian Boland, can’t prove it’s safe to be around and/or doesn’t secure the necessary permits. Man… our country really sucks. Leave this guy alone.
Hop on over to the article linked above to read the author’s quest to watch Season 4 of 30 Rock in the comfort of her home. If you’ve attempted a similar adventure, you probably know that it’s not exactly easy to find what you want to watch exactly when and where you want to watch it… and at this point, a lot of people realize how much easier it is to just illegally download their desired media. I totally agree with the author that this predicament is a huge sign that studios and TV networks should stop putting so much time and effort into the defensive anti-piracy campaigns and turn that attention towards a stronger offense… creating easy ways for consumers to access content legally.
Cable operator & network battle threatens premiere of Mad Men
This seems to be a developing trend… a carriage contract between a broadcast/cable network and a cable operator approaches expiration… it just so happens a major event on said network is set to occur shortly after the carriage contract ends… the network tells their viewers that they are going to miss said event because the operator is greedy… a deal is made in the final minutes before said event occurs. the end. This time, this tale is playing out between AT&T and Rainbow Networks. If a deal isn’t reached between the 2 parties by the contract’s expiration date of 7/14, AT&T’s 2.5 million homes will lose AMC, IFC, and WE TV. Mad Men is set to premiere on 7/25 on AMC. While it’s not as mass of a program as past shows in a similar situation (like the Oscars), it’ll still make some subscribers very unhappy if they miss it.
On Saturday and Sunday, Yankees vs. Mariners games will be broadcast in 3D via a partnership between DirecTV, the YES Network, and Fox Sports Northwest. The Home Run Derby on Monday and the All-Star Game on Tuesday will be broadcast in 3D by ESPN. And… the World Cup final game will be in 3D this Sunday as well.
Between now and 2023, ESPN will throw down somewhere around $1.9 billion to the Atlantic Coast Conference for exclusive broadcast rights to all ACC football, basketball, and 22 other sports regular season and championship games. Games will be shown across the wide array of ESPN networks, including ESPN, ABC, and ESPN 3D.
The Peacock has announced the names of the Top 48 contestants set to battle it out beginning Tuesday 7/13 from 9-11p on America’s Got Talent. You can check out all the names at the linked article above… although they probably won’t mean anything to you… unless you happen to be related to Harmonica Pierre or used to go to school with Prince Poppycock.
LA Ink kicks off new season on new night in August
(Thanks to Miss Kimszal over there in New York for the info)
Syfy is sponsoring the annual Movies with a View screening series in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The first of the outdoor screenings will be Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D… this will be the first time a film has been screened outdoors in 3D. To commemorate the 3D screening, Time Out New York has released a fully 3D issue of their magazines… 3D cover, articles, and 21 ads. Syfy branded glasses are included in each issue and are the red and blue punch out kind similar to what Playboy had in their True Blood sponsored 3D centerfold issue a couple months back. I admire these publications for the effort, but it feels too forced. Just because 3D is trendy in movies right now doesn’t mean you should just replicate it… especially when you’re doing it with the inferior red/blue technology from the 50’s that makes people get super nauseated. I feel like some old guys were sitting around a conference table trying to figure out what the kids are talking about these days and since a vampire issue felt too weird, they decided 3D was the way to go.
No exact date has been revealed, but Summit has told the press that the final two Twilight flicks (yah right) will begin production this fall in Baton Rouge and Vancouver with 11/28/2011 targeted as the release date.
The director of Atonement (Joe Wright) has teamed up with Working Title to start putting together a live-action film based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. While the idea of a new look at Ariel and her under the sea pals seems like at least a somewhat interesting concept on the surface… the Hans story is a dark dark dark thing. Ariel doesn’t live happily ever after, she loses her tongue when she makes a deal with the Sea Witch, whenever she walks on her human legs it feels like swords are stabbing her, the mermaid is propositioned by her now bald sisters to kill the prince, and mermaids have no souls. So yah… I’m not seeing this as being a light-hearted romp around the seas. Throw in the fact that the guy directing the flick also directed Atonement, The Soloist, and Pride & Prejudice and you’re looking at one bleak piece of cinema. On top of this dark business, how do you shoot a live-action movie that is predominantly set underwater?
According to internet buzz (which may or may not be misdirection being seeded by FOX), Kevin Bacon is in talks to take the role as the villain in X-Men: First Class. No word yet on what character he would be playing, but who cares who he plays… it’s Kevin frickin Bacon… he’s the man. I’m so very sold. In addition to this Bacon buzz, rumors have been flying around that Alice Eve (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), and Lucas Till (Havoc) have all been cast in the flick. I would expect to have a more complete picture painted down in San Diego when the Con hits in a couple weeks.
The 7th installment in the Saw franchise will now be called SAW 3D THE TRAPS COME ALIVE. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. You suck Lionsgate.
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by Miss Kristin Haugen
Beyonce narrowly escaped serious injury after her car door was ripped off by a taxi as she stepped onto a street in London. Apparently the taxi missed hitting her by only centimeters (silly, Brits).
Headline of the day: “Mel Gibson threatened to bury Oksana in a Rose Garden.” Wow.
Cheryl Tweedy has been in the hospital since Sunday battling Malaria, and it may be worse than what reporters were once saying. She was recently bit by a mosquito during a trip in Tanzania and her maybe boyfriend, Derek Hough, feels it’s his fault for planning the trip.
Katy Perry (Pot) thinks Miley (Kettle) dresses too slutty. Katy has said Miley will turn into the next Britney on account of her revealing outfits while performing and thinks she need to cover up.
(Thanks to Frances Choi for giving us a peek inside her personal life with this interesting story. Frances was actually interviewed for this story but was taken out in editing because the producers deemed her just a little bit too extreme)