All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

TELEVISION: Unnatural History – Live-Action Adventure on an Animated Network!

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Take the three lead characters from the Harry Potter, subtract their wizardly skills and stick them in National Treasure and the result would be very like The Cartoon Network’s first live-action adventure series, Unnatural History [Sundays, 8/7C] – and that’s not a bad thing!

When Henry Griffin’s [Kevin G. Schmidt] archaeologist parents send him home to Washington, DC, he is less than thrilled. “Those people can’t even vote,” he cries. Worse, from his life lived around the globe, he’s picked up all the skills you need to survive in the wild – which makes him completely unprepared for high school. Not to mention the fact that his godfather [Colin Fox] has been murdered – something he learns in the worst possible way; at the worst possible moment.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Micmacs Wins Us Over With Oddball Approach to Revenge!

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet is best known for the luminous Amelie – and the darkly comic Delicatessen – but they’re not the only fine films he’s made. His latest effort, Micmacs, is both a revenge flick and a caper movie. In this case, both revolve around the unfortunate Bazil [Dany Boone] – whose father is killed by a landmine while on assignment to the Moroccan desert to find and defuse them – and who winds up with a bullet in his brain as the result of a freak accident during a drive-by shooting.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The A-Team – Overkill is Underrated!

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We all know the story – even the shortest TV spot gives us the spine of it – the Alpha, or A-Team is set up whilst on a covert ops mission and court-martialed for a crime they didn’t commit, so they break out of prison to clear their names and nail the person[s] responsible for the frame. Sounds simple, probably because it is.

This is the part where I’d admit to being just a little bit ashamed [if I wasn’t so darned shameless]: The A-Team is bereft of anything even remotely approaching story or character development; it is nothing more than an excuse to brawl and shoot and blow stuff up real good; the pacing barely ever deviates from frenetic [and when it dials down, it only drops to furious] and, yes, the headline quote from former-Colonel Hannibal Smith [Liam Neeson] accurately describes the flick [and make no mistake, this a flick – not a film, not a movie – a flick]. And I enjoyed it.

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TELEVISION: In Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations – Inspired by Syfy’s Smash Hit Series Warehouse 13 – Returns for Second Season!

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Alien body parts…powerful religious artifacts…UFO wreckage…what exactly is hidden behind heavily guarded doors?  Inspired by Syfy’s hit series, Warehouse 13, NBC News award-winning journalist Lester Holt goes on a global expedition to uncover the truth behind the world’s top secret, mysterious warehouses where super-classified objects are kept – inside secret government warehouses!

In Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations, premiering on Syfy Sunday, July 11, at 9/8C, Holt capitalizes on exclusive access to restricted sites, traveling from Area 51 in Nevada to deep inside the Vatican secret archives — the centerpiece of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons — interviewing informants, Washington decision-makers, former top military personnel and leading experts.

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MOVIE NEWS: Paramount Announces UNTITLED Les Grossman Project After Landmark 2010 MTV Movie Awards!

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If, like me, you were puzzled by the amount of attention given to Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman during the MTV Movie Awards last weekend, then today’s press release from Paramount, announcing a film about the character [though treating him very much like an actual Hollywood heavyweight] should clear that up. The frequently hilarious press release follows the jump.

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DVD REVIEW: The 41-Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It!

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Who needs a headline when you’ve got a movie with that title? I’m reminded of a World War II song called I’m a Cranky Old Yank in My Clanky Old Tank Doing The Beato, Beato Flat on My Seato Home Again Blues [real song, not kidding]. I have no idea what the song sounded like, but it must have been better than this movie.

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DVD REVIEW: Burn Notice: Season Three – Long on Entertainment; Short on Extras!

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Season two of Burn Notice ended with Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan] making a perhaps not so clean break with Management [John Mahoney], head of the clandestine government agency that burned him. This after learning that the very agency that burned him had protected him from his enemies – and seen to it that the police hadn’t interfered while he was helping others.

Friends & Family, the first post-Management protection episode, found Michael being trundled off to jail – once he’d swum back to Miami Beach from his aborted helicopter ride. Not only had Management stopped protecting him, someone made the police and, apparently, foreign agencies aware of him – and his location.

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Most Intriguing Character!

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In a teleconference Q&A session at the beginning of this first season of FX’s Justified [Tuesdays, 10/9C], I had the opportunity to ask Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder, a couple of questions and found him to be articulate and witty. As a result, I requested an opportunity for a bit of one-on-one time with Goggins and the result was a lot of fun.

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Burn Notice, Season Four According to Creator Matt Nix!

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On June 2, I had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Matt Nix, creator of the USA Network hit, Burn Notice [Thursdays, 9/8C]. He discussed everything from the show’s spycraft to upcoming guest stars and how writing adjusts to casting, among other things.

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TELEVISION: HBO’s The Neistat Brothers – Fun Homemade Films About Stuff!

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The new HBO series, The Neistat Brothers [Fridays, 11 p.m., encores on Mondays and Wednesdays], is a prime example of what cable makes possible. It’s an eight-episode series composed of collections of short films by and about brothers Casey and Van Neistat [NYE-stat] – artists and filmmakers who became online sensations with shorts like iPod’s Dirty Secret. It is not a reality show.

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