Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Seinfeld Cast Reunites On Curb Your Entusiasm

The “Seinfeld” reunion Larry David swore for a decade would never happen is finally happening — but only within the fictional universe of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The seventh season of David’s improvised HBO comedy, which returns on Sept. 20, will be centered around the TV version of David finally agreeing to do a reunion of the defining ’90s sitcom. All four “Seinfeld” castmembers — Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards — will play themselves in multiple episodes, and the season finale will feature extensive snippets of the show-within-the-show.

“For years, I’ve been asked about a ‘Seinfeld’ reunion,” David told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena. He always refused, but, “Then I thought it might be very funny to do that on ‘Curb.’ And I kept thinking about it.”

Seinfeld will appear in five episodes, sprinkled throughout the season, and the others will appear in as many as four or five episodes, albeit not always together.

“We’ll see writing, see aspects of the read-through, parts of rehearsal, see the show being filmed, and see it on TV,” David explained. “You won’t see the entire show. You’ll see parts of the show. You’ll get an idea of what happened (to the ‘Seinfeld’ characters) 11 years later. Within the show, it will be incorporated into regular ‘Curb’ episodes. “

“Seinfeld” questions, not surprisingly, dominated the “Curb” press conference.

Would Richards’ infamous racist tirade at a comedy club be acknowledged?

“It’s possible.”

If the real Larry refuses to do a reunion, why would the TV version agree?

“That’s a very good question, and that will be answered within the show.”

How was it writing for these characters so many years later, and in the context of a different show?

“It was surprisingly smooth. Coming up with the right ideas for what’s happened in 11 years, that took some thought. Three of the guys working on my show as executive producers also were producers on ‘Seinfeld,’ so I was working with them.”

Is there any chance the reunion will be any good?

“You mean, as opposed to the finale?”

In hindsight, what did you think of the finale?

“Excellent show! Excellent show?”

And the people who criticized it?

“Morons! Morons!”

Wouldn’t TV Larry automatically wreck any chance of the reunion being good.

“He might?”

After that, the questions died down a bit as the critics — most of them longing for a day when there were sitcom as good and as popular as “Seinfeld” — began frantically typing up blog entries just like this one.

But there were some funny moments in the session’s second half, including David admitting that he’s become more like TV Larry and is happier that way, and David doing an impression of the cast of “Gossip Girl,” which he watches with his daughters.

“Would I prefer they watch ‘Seinfeld’ or ‘Curb’? ” he admitted. “Yes. They don’t seem to be fans of mine. Go figure.” (Reprinted from the Star Ledger)

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Coming to the Big Screen

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are turning the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax” into a 3-D CG animated feature, reports Variety. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax will be co-directed by Chris Renaud and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, with Paul & Daurio writing the script.

“The Lorax” is narrated by a greedy entrepreneur who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing. The results are catastrophic as all the animals leave and nothing’s left.

The picture is targeted for a March 2, 2012, release, which falls on the birthday of Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991.

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The Best Burgers in America

Never before in the history of burger reviewing has such an esteemed group of food writers been gathered to reveal their favorite hamburger joints. Epicurious asked renowned restaurant critics from around the country to identify their local hamburger heaven and describe the beef, buns, condiments, and toppings. Some combinations are classically simple (ground chuck on a bun) while others get fancy (want Kobe beef with that?). Buns range from sesame-seed to kaiser roll to rosemary-scented focaccia (nice idea, San Francisco!). Toppings are all over the map, too: There’s Gruyère cheese and Kraft American, garlic aïoli and regular mayo, grilled onions and pickle chips, Bacon Bits, horseradish, and, of course, burger’s best friend, ketchup. They made sure to cover the map: Miami, Washington, DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, and New Orleans. See the list HERE.

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I Draw On Cups

Cheeming Boey has chosen styrofoam coffee cups as his canvas for his Sharpie masterpieces.

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Joe Hill’s Horns Due on February 16th, 2010

Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box returns with a relentless new supernatural thriller entitled Horns.

Here is a brief description of the book:

“Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke the next morning with a headache, put his hands to his temples and felt something unfamiliar, a pair of knobby, pointed protuberances. He was so ill—wet-eyed and weak—he didn’t think anything of it at first, was too hung-over for thinking or worry. But when he was swaying over the toilet, he glanced at himself in the mirror above the sink and saw he had grown horns while he slept.

The second son of a renowned musician and doting mother, Ig Perrish has a privileged life and expectations of a bright future with his childhood sweetheart, Merrin Williams. But life takes an unexpected dark turn when Merrin is brutally killed and suspicion falls hard on Ig.

A year passes, but Ig is nowhere near over his grief or his rage . . . feelings that come to a head in a lost evening of alcohol and hate. When he wakes the next morning he discovers that he has undergone a surreal transformation, and is in possession of an incredible power. It isn’t long before he turns his terrible new abilities towards vengeance. Unfortunately Ig is about to learn that when it comes to revenge, the devil is in the details” .

Look for Horns at your local bookstore on 2/16/2010.

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Toy Story 3D Teaser Trailer

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Moviegoers are in for twice the fun and triple the thrills as The Walt Disney Studios prepares to debut the Disney Digital 3D versions of Disney-Pixar’s beloved animated features – Toy Story and Toy Story 2 – during a special limited engagement starting on October 2, 2009.

This extraordinary double feature, taking the latest advances in digital 3D technology “to infinity and beyond,” will play exclusively in 3D. Toy Story, the industry’s first ever computer-animated feature and the first feature released by Pixar Animation Studios in 1995, and Toy Story 2, the critically acclaimed sequel that debuted in 1999, were both directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Lasseter. Both films have been meticulously re-rendered in 3D from the original digital files using the latest state-of-the-art technology.

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Classic Movie Posters Re-Imagined

One Trick Pony, an advertising and branding firm based in New Jersey was tasked by Turner Classic Movies to re-imagine posters from old films as part of their summer programming promotion.  Below is their concept for the classic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Click HERE to see the other clever posters.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD Arrives on September 15th

Fox Home Entertainment has announced 1-disc DVD ($29.98), 2-disc DVD ($34.98), and Blu-ray ($39.99) editions of X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the 15th September. The only extra material on the 1-disc DVD will be a Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins featurette. The 2-disc DVD will include that, along with a commentary by Director Gavin Hood, a second commentary by Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, deleted and alternate scenes, and 2 additional featurettes (“The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with X-Men creators Stan Lee and Len Wein”, “Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins”), and a digital copy of the film. The Blu-ray edition will include an additional trivia track, and the following featurettes (“Wolverine Weapon X Mutant Files: 10 Character Chronicles”, “The Thrill of the Chase: The Helicopter Chase Sequence”, “X Connect and On Set With Gavin Hood”, “Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere”).

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Mad Men Yourself

You can recreate yourself in swanky ’60s style with MadMenYourself.com.  This hip site allows you to choose your shape, hair, outfit and accessories; it’s like being in a casting session with Don Draper and Peggy Olson. And remember that season 3 kicks off on Sunday, August 16th at 10 pm on AMC.

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The Green Lantern: First Flight DVD

Warner has announced 1-disc DVD ($19.98), 2-disc DVD ($24.98) and Blu-ray ($29.99) editions of The Green Lantern: First Flight for the 28th July. Extras on the 2-disc edition will include an audio commentary, 2 featurettes (“Behind the Story with Geoff Johns”, “Behind the Scenes of Blackest Night DC Superhero Event”), Character Profiles of Sinestro and the Guardians of the Universe, a Duck Dodgers Series Episode The Green Loontern, and 2 bonus cartoons presented by Bruce Timm. The Blu-ray release will include all of the above, plus 5 additional cartoons, and a look at the symbolism of the ring in literary lore.

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Be The First To Own The Tru Blood Drink

It’s official! The Tru Blood drink has now been ‘de-fictionalized’ and emerges into reality as a delicious blood orange carbonated drink. Meticulously crafted, the Tru Blood Drink is an exact replica of the bottle design as seen on HBO’s hit television program True Blood. The 14oz glass Tru Blood bottle is stained in a rich red, with raised Tru Blood English lettering and matching Japanese Kanji.

This blood orange flavored soda is slightly tart, lightly sweet and subtly carbonated. Designed to taste great while matching the appearance of Bill’s favorite drink, the drink pours like a regular soda, but with the standing appearance in a glass is stormy and mysterious. You can pre-order a 4 pack HERE for $16 and your bloody beverages will ship on September 8th.

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National Cheesecake Day at The Cheesecake Factory on July 30th

Thursday, July 30th, is of course National Cheesecake Day, and the popular restaurant The Cheesecake Factory is helping patrons celebrate the event by offering slices of its creamy, delectable cheesecake for half price on that day. Mark your calendars, dine-in and enjoy one of 30 delicious cheesecake slices for 50% off.

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100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Your kids will probably not know about modem dial-up, typewriters, VHS tapes, vinyl records, encyclopedias and a plethora of other things due to technological advances.  See the list HERE.

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LOST Season 6 Teasers From Comic-Con

LOST executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof held court with roughly 6,500 fans for their last-ever Comic-Con this morning and brought with them a few VIP guests: Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Nestor Carbonell, Josh Holloway and Dominic Monaghan. Here are some of the teases they gave for the sixth and final season of the show:

-The producers suggested that the timeline may have been changed by Juliet banging on the H-bomb in the season finale. They illustrated the possibility by showing spoof commercials of Hurley endorsing Mr. Cluck’s and America’s Most Wanted hunting for a still at-large Kate. Both commercials seemed to take place in a continuity where Oceanic 815 did not crash. Were these legit teases—or just jokes? Lindelof wouldn’t comment, but acknowledged that the show would be unwise to leave fans feeling cheated with a storyline that intimated the past five seasons never happened.

-Juliet and Faraday will appear in Season 6.

-Viewers will get significant Richard Alpert backstory in Season 6. It may or may not be tied to Black Rock.

-The Dharma Initiative mythology won’t be as emphasized as much as it was in Season 5; it might not get much attention at all. Fear not, you will get your Dharma fix through a series of web videos called “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative.” Launching soon.

-The producers promised a season that will tonally resemble Season 1: much jungle adventure, emotional resonance, and a sense of discovery. When asked if Season 6 would offer flashbacks to characters’ pasts, Cuse said that Season 6 would take a different approach to flashbacks, but did not elaborate.

-In response to a fan question, the producers said that the mysterious Jacob has never assumed the form of anyone else, such as Claire.

-Funny recurring gag: In attempt to prove that they haven’t been writing the series on the fly, the producers locked the final page of the series finale script in a box, and said that the box would be opened on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the night that the series finale airs. When Josh Holloway came on stage, he tasered Lindelof, and forced Cuse to open the box. Michael Emerson did a dramatic reading of the page, which turned out to be… a scene from Heroes. (From EW.com)

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Where the Wild Things Are Featurette

Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are comes to the big screen in an adventure tale for every generation.

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The Next Batman Movie to Start Filming Next Year?

Gary Oldman just announced at the Warner Bros. Book of Eli panel that a third Batman film will go into production next year.

“I think the next Batman is next year,” he told a fan who asked about when the long-awaited “Dark Knight” follow-up would hit, “We start shooting next year. You didn’t hear that from me.”

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Now, That’s An Entrance!

Here is a video of young Minnesotans Jill and Kevin who decided not to walk down the aisle.  The YouTube clip has gone viral in the past few days.

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Sony 400-Disc Blu-ray MegaChanger

Need to have every movie you own ready to watch with nothing more than a press of a button? Whether they’re on Blu-ray or standard DVD, the Sony 400-Disc Blu-ray MegaChanger ($1,900; August 2009) has you covered. Along with normal CD playback, the MegaChanger features full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output capability, 7.1 channel analog audio output, Sony’s HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping technologies, and DVD upscaling.

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Introducing The Most Advanced Soda Fountain Ever: The Coca-Cola Freestyle

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If you never thought that soda machines would adapt to the high-tech world, think again. Coca-Cola’s Freestyle fountain comes equipped with a touch screen that is able to mix flavors on the spot, using precise machinery originally developed for dialysis and cancer treatments.

There are over 100 flavors available, across an array of drink brands, including Coke, Fanta, energy drinks, flavored waters, and more. When you select a drink, you’re able to select from a variety of flavors, some of which are unfamiliar such as Raspberry Coke and Peach Fanta.

Instead of large, five-gallon bags of pre-mixed syrup, the Freestyle PurePour system uses ultra-concentrated 46-ounce cartridges to mix drinks and allow for a greater array of flavors, all coming from one spout. There are also RFID tags to keep track of all the different flavors held inside the cabinet and their current status.

And like any piece of 21st-century equipment, the Freestyle has the ability to send back all sort of data metrics to Coke HQ, including what the popular flavors were, when and how much people were buying, and what locations were most favorable. Coke HQ even has a kill switch for any flavors they need to stop offering ASAP.

Machines are popping up in California, Georgia, and Utah currently, and there will be 60 of them across the U.S. by the end of summer.

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Alice in Wonderland Official Movie Teaser Trailer

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “Alice in Wonderland” comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D on March 5, 2010.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Begins Shooting in 2010

According to Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv the studio is going to shoot Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in April and May of next year and then release it hopefully in 2011. Read more HERE.

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