Archive for January, 2015

NBC has released a 2-minute “preview” for The Blacklist, which as we all know will finally return tomorrow after the Super Bowl.

A whole two minute promo, plus Red quotes Bruce Lee.  Oh, yeah.


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Luke Evans, who had quite a 2014 with The Hobbit and Dracula Untold and all, has exited The Crow remake, according to ComicBookMovie.com.  The new director, Corin Hardy, has to start over hunting for a new Eric Draven, and that ain’t gonna be easy.  Brandon Lee’s version is a cult classic and, of course, the film on which he lost his life.

Tom Hiddleston apparently passed on The Crow some time ago.  Speaking of Hiddles, the rumor persists that he may show up as the 3rd Holmes brother alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Gatiss in BBC’s Sherlock, but no confirmation yet.  In the meantime, the miniseries he will be doing with Hugh Laurie for the BBC, John le Carre’s The Night Manager, has been picked up by AMC for the U.S., according to RealityTVWorld.com.  Let’s hope this comes to pass!

#TheCrow #TheNightManager #TomHiddleston

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GOTG_Bus-Shelter_RonanAlthough Lee Pace has said he would love to return to the Ronan character someday, and Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn has said he would love to work with him again, Gunn confirmed that Ronan won’t be back for GOTG2.  He isn’t ruling out a return in the future, however (or, you know, in a prequel)?

Lee’s current project, the second season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is underway.  The titles of the first three episodes have been released.  According to ibtimes.com, they are: SETI, Run Time and The Way In.  SETI is the acronym for The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute.  Makes you wonder if Joe found his momma at the observatory after all…

Remember you can catch up on HACF by binge-watching season 1 sometime before the second one appears.  See my previous post here.

Image: Lee Pace as Ronan in GOTG

#HaltAndCatchFire #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #LeePace

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Here’s a behind the scenes/promo for The Blacklist, which finally returns next Sunday!  It will settle in on Thursday nights, so next week we get two episodes, both starring Ron Perlman (who will always be The Beast in Beauty and the Beast to me) as the next Blacklister.


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Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt), a.k.a. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord, and Chris Evans (@chrisevans), a.k.a. Captain America, have been doing some trash talkin’ on Twitter as their teams will be settling their bet in the Super Bowl on February 1st.  IT’S ON.

kittenbowl2-HallmarkChannelYours truly, however, being not particularly interested in football, will check in occasionally, but will also be flipping to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl (with the kitten half-time show), or The Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl IIBring it, kittehs!

If you can stay awake long enough, don’t forget The Blacklist will return from its hiatus directly after the game, then it moves to its permanent spot on Thursday nights.

Tatiana Maslany, who plays several roles as clones in BBC America’s Orphan Black, is said to be on the short list for a lead role in a Star Wars spin-off movie.  Maslany has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, which will be presented this Sunday.

Tomorrow, 1/21, Guardians director James Gunn will be live on Facebook.com/JGunn at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific for a Q&A.  He will also do a live GOTG commentary, so if you have a copy of the film you can start that at the same time he does and talk about the scenes as you go.  Also appearing will be some “special guests,” no word on who that includes.

Image: Kitten Bowl II, The Hallmark Channel

#PuppyBowl #KittenBowl #TheBlacklist #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are out, and there are a few surprises, but not many.  American Sniper’s late push for Oscar nominations worked out well.  As per usual, there are some nominations for films most people have never heard of much less seen, but many of these were as expected.

The nominees for Best Picture are: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Nominations for Actor in a Leading Role: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman), and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).

Oscar_statueNominees for Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

For Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

Actress in a Supporting Role nominees are: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), and Meryl Streep (Into The Woods).

Animated Feature Film nominees include Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

The Imitation Game also got nominations for Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  Guardians of the Galaxy got a surprise nomination in the Makeup and Hairstyling category as well as a nomination for Visual Effects.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier received one nomination, for Visual Effects.

The LEGO Movie received a nomination for its original song Everything Is Awesome.  If there was a category for Most Effective Earworm, that song would win hands down.

Eddie Redmayne, btw, is following in Benedict’s footsteps with The Theory of Everything.  Benny had played Stephen Hawking in the BBC’s Hawking years ago, and did an incredible job.  Redmayne won the Golden Globe over Benny.

I was very surprised that The Hobbit did not get a nom for wardrobe, or makeup and hair.  Thranduil’s hair and spectacular threads alone should have gotten the film a nomination, not to mention the transformation of all thirteen actors that played the dwarves.  It always seems like the big popular films don’t get their due when it comes to these nominations.  James Gunn did an amazing writing job on Guardians, one of the most fun and innovative movies in a long time, and he was not nominated for an Oscar, although he has received a Writers Guild of America nod.

You can see the full list of nominations here on the official Oscar website.  The Oscars will be given out on Sunday, February 22nd and will be carried live on ABC.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

#Oscars2015 #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #BenedictCumberbatch

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After starring in two of this year’s biggest films, as Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy and Elvenking Thranduil in The Hobbit, Lee Pace is coming back to television for a little while.

Lee’s episode of The Mindy Project will air on Tuesday, January 13th on Fox.  Lee’s character Alex runs into Mindy and there are flashbacks to when, as a dorky college student, he was “her first.”  For some pics go to Entertainment Weekly here.

HACF_JoeIn Variety AMC’s head of programming said Lee’s series Halt and Catch Fire is a program the network believes in.  The second season starts filming next week.  AMC will give people who are already fans, or those who want to catch up on it, several ways to watch season one ahead of the airing of the upcoming second season.  Check it out on AMC On Demand or AMC.com from February 7th through April 7th, or on Netflix starting April 8th.  The show is based in the early to mid-80’s during the computer revolution and the company depicted is said to be based on the beginnings of Compaq.

According to the Variety article, season two will pick up more than a year after season one ended, which is certainly odd.  I was looking forward to seeing Lee’s character Joe MacMillan head off through the woods to find his mother in the observatory… hopefully they will have flashbacks.

There are many of us who still miss Lee’s old show Pushing Daisies, which is always on everyone’s List of Shows That Were Cancelled Too Soon.  Plus, I still want Ned’s recipe for Pearway to Heaven pie.

#LeePace #HaltAndCatchFire #TheMindyProject

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There are several news items today, so I’ll try to keep ’em short and sweet.

The premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter is getting great reviews.  There will only be eight episodes, so unfortunately Peggy won’t be with us long.  Here’s hoping she shows up again next year.  Last night included a teaser trailer (below) for the upcoming Ant-Man film starring Paul Rudd and The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly.

Sherlock is now filming.  Whether they will be shooting the special that will air at Christmastime as well as the fourth season, or only the special for now, I’m not sure.  We’ll see if PBS airs the Christmas special close to when it airs in the UK.

Speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, his rep has confirmed that he and his fiancee, Sophie Hunter, are expecting a Cumberbaby!  Congratulations!

The USA Network has decided not to order a sixth season of Covert Affairs.  I was always hoping Oded Fehr’s character would become a regular, but sadly, it is not to be.

And last, but certainly not least, James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman received a surprise nomination for a Writers Guild award for Guardians of the Galaxy in the best adapted screenplay category.  I’m not sure if this is the first time there’s been a nomination for an adapted comic, but it was a kickass film, so I guess the Guild decided to give it a go.  I wouldn’t hold my breath for it winning, however, since more likely candidates The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Gone Girl and Wild were also nominated, but we’ll see what happens when the awards are handed out on February 14th.

#AgentCarter #AntMan #Sherlock #CovertAffairs #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

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Marvel has just released a very, very short – like micro-mini short – version of the Ant-Man teaser trailer which will be released during Tueday’s premiere of Agent Carter.

Not sure how excited I am for a movie based on an insect (I didn’t like Spiderman, either), but here it is nonetheless.  You’ll have to watch Agent Carter this coming Tuesday on ABC to see the whole thing.

Paul Rudd is starring as Ant-Man.

#Ant-Man #AgentCarter

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2014 is in the books, and there were definitely some milestones in entertainment.  Some really good movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Imitation Game, and the last Hobbit (what’s December going to be without visiting Middle Earth’s elves??), and great TV (The Blacklist and Orphan Black to name just two).  There were some sad moments, too, when we lost such greats as Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall.

Free-Clipart-for-this-New-YearLooking forward to what’s coming up this year, you can see on my calendar page that January and February will have the return of some favorite TV series after a winter break.  I want to know what is the deal with Red and Tom, and I want to know now, dammit!

If it’s January that also means the start of the gaggle of awards shows for 2015, only some of which I have bothered to list as there are just too many.  Hollywood is nothing if not good at patting itself on the back.

Don’t miss checking out my Twitter feed at @CatsnBooks.  (Yes, someone else has @CatsandBooks and would not release the username despite not having used it.)  I retweet a lot of fun stuff there from folks like James Gunn, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Chris Pratt.  You never know what might show up there, but it’s always entertaining.

You’ll have to excuse me now, there’s a bottle of wine in the frig that’s looking for a glass and someone to drink it, and I think I’ve kept it waiting long enough.  Happy New Year to all!


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