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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