Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jem and the Holograms: The Movie

Megan this is for you!

At first I thought this might be a joke, but apparently it's not.

I wish the title of the video didn't mention the movie they're making, because I definitely wouldn't have thought that these three men would actually be making a movie version of Jem and the Holograms

The script "centers on an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt - one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father." I'm assuming that's just the first 30 minutes of the movie, but I could be wrong.

Click here for the full article in the Hollywood reporter.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cinderfella: Jerry Lewis and Count Basie - a Great Combo

I watched the Jerry Lewis film, Cinderfella, for the first time last night. The movie is typical Jerry Lewis, and all in all it's is just... meh.

However, there is a scene where Fella (yes, that is Lewis's character's name) performs to a Count Basie song when he's all alone in the kitchen, and the scene is absolutely wonderful. Of course, Count Basie's music has a lot to do with it too.

But you can judge for yourself.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sleepy Hollow: Oh, How I Love and Despise Thee!

So, Sleepy Hollow had its season finale on Monday, and I have to say that it was a doozy! There was a big reveal that was shocking. I definitely didn’t see it coming. And there were cliffhangers galore.

Sometimes I miss the old days when the season finale was a wrap-up of the season, and most things were resolved. But not nowadays. Noooo… We have to make sure viewers come back for the next season by hanging everyone over the cliff. (Oh, Buffy, how I miss your season finales.)  I believe that if viewers watch the season finale, it means they like the show enough to come back the next season. Unless you really mess things up.

Yes, I watched Sleepy Hollow’s season finale, and yes, I will be returning next season; not just because I want to find out what happens, and how my favorite characters get out of their current predicaments, but because I really like the show.

*** Possible spoilers ***

My other big beef with this show, and with other shows that deal with the supernatural, is that everyone seems to know what's going to happen before it happens except for the main characters. How the heck did George Washington know that Ichabod was going to be killed by the headless horseman and then rise 200 years later to stop an apocalypse? If he did, why didn't he just tell Ichabod, instead of giving him all of these cryptic hints. And... why the heck did Moloch need that map? Couldn't he already get to purgatory? Oh, I really could go on & on. But I won't, because in spite of these beefs, I still like the show.

Oh, and one more thing... Ichabod dated Betsy Ross. Hehe.

*** End of possible spoilers ***

Oh, September, you seem so far away!

Monday, January 20, 2014

King of the Nerds is Coming Back!

Season 2 of King of the Nerds premieres this Thursday, January 23rd on TBS. Last season was hilarious, and I can't wait to see what the geeky competition has in store for us this time around.

The trailer makes me laugh.

First favorite quote:

"It's a science fair, not a talent show."

And, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, shows up! 'Nuff reason to watch. Am I right?

Peter Pan will Fly Live this Christmas

After the success of The Sound of Music Live, NBC has decided to take a chance on airing another live musical. Peter Pan (which was originally filmed live on television in 1955 with Mary Martin in the title role), will be broadcast for the holiday season. I think it's interesting that they are doing another show that Mary Martin was in (she was Maria in the original Broadway version of The Sound of Music, if you didn't know). Maybe next year they'll do South Pacific (please, no!), or I Do, I Do (hmmm), or One Touch of Venus (yes, please!).

Robert Greenblatt, Entertainment chairman at NBC said, "We’re very pleased to be underway on Peter Pan as our next live holiday musical for the whole family. In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we’ve landed on another great Broadway musical, which ironically also starred Mary Martin, that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up.”

He also said, “Get ready for flying children and some kind of state-of-the-art light technology for Tinkerbell.” Regarding the flying, Greenblatt said, “You see the wires, it’s part of the charm of the show, we’ll do what we can to disguise them.”

So, I'm excited that NBC will be airing another musical live, but I'm not excited about their choice. Peter Pan the musical really isn't a favorite of mine. I was hoping that they would choose a show that hasn't already been on television, and, to be frank, one that I actually like. However, it's a good choice because people are familiar with it, it's a very family-friendly musical, and they can cast a big name in the title role. I just hope that this time they cast someone who can really fly. *wink* (You thought I was going to say "act," didn't you? Nope, I wasn't going to go there.)

How do you feel about Peter Pan being NBC's next live musical project?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Live Musical Theatre Makes a Comeback on Television: I Hope There's No Way to Stop It

I know it's been almost a month since the live broadcast of The Sound of Music, but I wanted to post a few of my thoughts about it.

The best thing to come from the show is that it had enough viewers to make network execs open to the idea of producing more live musical theatre on television. And to me, my friends, that made every negative thing said and written worth it.

So, here are a few words of what I liked and what I didn't like about the production.

What I Liked:

Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle. When you have Broadway actors of their calibre, it can't do anything but lift the production (not to mention Christiane Noll and Jessica Molaskey as two of the nuns).

Laura Benanti and Christian Borle singing "No Way to Stop It." I've loved that song ever since I was a small child when I listened to the Broadway cast recording of The Sound of Music on our family record player. I didn't understand what the song was about when I listened to it as a child, but I loved the music and lyrics anyway.

I know it will probably seem strange, but because I love live musical theatre, and I'm very familiar with performing onstage, I was a bit thrilled with the minor flubs in the production that proved we were watching a live performance. Carrie's foot slipped a little when she sang the title song on the little fake mountainside, her voice slipped a bit too, and I thought, yes, it really is live! One of the Captain's guests stepped on Elsa's dress, and Laura acknowledged it briefly and then moved on, just like you would have to do in a live stage production. Also, I went back later to rewatched the moment when lines were either missed, dropped or forgotten during the conversation between the Captain and the Nazi officer, to notice Christian Borle's (Max) reaction, and he didn't react to it at all. That is a professional stage actor.

I loved the theatricality when the wall opened and Maria walked from the Von Trapp home right into the Abbey, and when the family walked from the home into the concert hall. I wanted more theatricality like that.

It was a musical - live - on television!!!

What I Didn't Like:

I don't think that The Sound of Music was the greatest choice to try to bring back the "live television musical." Yes, the musical is well-known, because most everyone has seen the 1965 film. However, it's just not a very exciting musical. It's not very entertaining to me. I think the movie is much better than the stage play, however, it's still not one of my favorite musicals - or movies (sorry, Rogers and Hammerstein). Although, I am glad they didn't try to "remake" the movie.

Why, oh why did they put Rolf in those shorts? Who thought that was a good idea? If they thought it would make him look younger, then their choice failed miserably.

In general, because I don't really like the musical, I was pretty bored. Yes, the fact that it was live was exciting, and again, I loved McDonald, Benanti and Borle. However, the production just wasn't very entertaining to me. Stage musicals are best seen live - in person - so to make them interesting and entertaining on television, you really have to have a show that catches your attention, whether it's from the plot, the set, the production numbers, or the performances. It had its bright spots, but all-in-all, this production just didn't do it for me.

Other Observations:

I can't end this review without talking about Carrie Underwood's performance. I think she sang the part well, and I don't want to bash her, because that was a brave thing she did. But there is no denying that her acting ability is nowhere near that of her costars. Casting her brought one of the results the producers wanted - brought in viewers. But casting her didn't do the production much good.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Time of the Doctor: Behind the Scenes

If you haven't seen "The Time of the Doctor," you probably won't want to watch this video until you do, because it does contain spoilers.

As I said in my last post, I am sad to see Matt go, and I got a little teary-eyed when they showed him at the table-read for this episode. And, it made me like Matt (the person) even more.

I really liked David Tennant's simple "I don't want to go," but I do have to say that Matt's little speech before his regeneration was some of Moffat's best writing. And as much as I have complained about Moffat's writing during Matt's time as the Doctor, I did like the regeneration scene.