All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

TELEVISION: NBC.com Gives Fans Chance to Catch Up on Their Favorite Shows!

So, you missed a key episode of Chuck, eh? Or maybe, The Office… or Days of Our Lives?

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For a limited time, NBC.com is making all current and returning series available online so that you can catch up. The complete list of titles available follows the jump.

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COOL TECH: Les Paul: The Man Who Made Screaming Guitar Solos Possible Has Died!

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Lester William “Les Paul” Polfuss, the man who invented the solid body electric guitar that bears his name – and was one of its greatest ambassadors – has died at the age of 94 of complications arising from pneumonia.

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Yo! Joe No Go!!

Some movies you see because the trailers and the buzz are so good. With G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I went because I wanted to see if the movie could possibly maintain the same laughable level as the trailers – and the buzz certainly suggested it would. It did.

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The Rise of Cobra is the story of how Duke [Channing Tatum] and Ripcord [Marlon Wayans] become part of the G.I. Joe team. It’s also the story of how Duke’s ex-fiancée became the infamous Baroness [Sienna Miller] and hooked up with wannabe world conqueror McMullen [Christopher Eccleston]. It’s also the story of how Duke failed to save the life of the Baroness’ brother [Joseph Gordon-Levitt] – and the story of how McMullen plans to use nanomites to destroy the three most important cities in the world. It’s also the story of how Snake Eyes [Ray Park] and Storm Shadow and Shadow Storm became enemies. It’s also… Well, you get the idea.

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MOVIE NEWS: Breakfast Club Director, John Hughes Has Died!

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John Hughes, the filmmaker who most aptly translated the teen condition to film in the ‘80s, has died, according to a press release from spokeswoman Michelle Bega.

Hughes, 59, died of a heart attack while on a morning walk.

With films like Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Breakfast Club, Hughes tapped into the both the angst and dreams of ‘80s adolescents. He made stars of Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson, among others.

TELEVISION REVIEW: Mr. Monk Experiences a More Familiar Kind of Obsession!

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When Monk [USA, Fridays, 9/8C] returns for its eighth and final season, we will see Adrian Monk display a kind of obsession that will be all too familiar to many of us: TV show fan! In fact, Mr. Monk’s Favorite Show opens with Monk [Tony Shalhoub] complaining that he’s last in line – Natalie [Traylor Howard] points out there are only two of them on line and she’s seared over a heating vent, so she’s not moving. It’s night, and the two are camping out on the sidewalk outside a bookstore so that he can buy the tell-all memoir of Christine Rapp [Elizabeth Perkins], his favorite member of the cast of his favorite TV series of all time, The Cooper Clan [Monk claims not to be obsessed, “I’m mildly fixated”]. But when an attempt is made on Rapp’s life, Monk is hired on to be her bodyguard.

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Chemistry Lessons With Burn Notice’s Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless!

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As the third season of Burn Notice heats, Eclipse’s own Tiffany D’Emidio had the opportunity to be one of twenty media bloggers taking part in a teleconference Q&A session with Bruce Campbell [Sam Axe] and Sharon Gless [Madeline Westen] of USA Network’s top-rated series, Burn Notice [Thursdays, 9/8C]. The topics ranged from chemistry to zombies [and Campbell had a stunningly appropriate response to that one].

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Mr. Monk Takes a Bow – Tony Shalhoub Talks the Final Season of USA’s Longest Running Hit!

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USA Network’s Monk returns for its eighth and final season on Friday, August 7 [9/8C] and, in support of its return, Adrian Monk himself, Tony Shalhoub, took an hour out of his busy schedule to answer questions from over twenty media bloggers. It was my honor to be a part of this particular Q&A session.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Defying Gravity: Grey’s Anatomy Gets Lost in Outer Space!

It should probably be no surprise that Defying Gravity [ABC, Sundays, 9 /8C, then 10/9C] has a large cast of characters that are connected in intricate and intricate ways that go way beyond the superficial. It was, after all, created by former Grey’s Anatomy producer, James Parriott. It should also come as no surprise that there seems to be a seemingly supernatural mystery that plays apart – after all the show’s other executive producer, Michael Edelstein comes to the series from Desperate Housewives, a series narrated by a ghost. Set the series forty years into the future and add in Lost-like complexities of character and situation and the result is what premieres this evening.

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The Lost connection comes from the eight astronauts [four men, four women] who crew the Antares on a six-year mission to study the other seven planets in the solar system. They are the select few chosen from a pool of over a thousand potential candidates for each position. But there are some oddities unfolding: the mission commander and flight engineer are replaced under exceedingly mysterious medical circumstances; the team’s theoretical physicist failed the very first test the candidates were given; three or four people [the mission commander, the ex-mission commander, the Mission Control commander and at least one top scientist] have knowledge that no one else does.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Funny People – Life, Death & Penis Jokes!

For his third film as a director, Judd Apatow wanted to tackle something a little deeper than a one-night stand that resulted in a baby or a sexual late bloomer with goofy friends. I can almost see him in the “reading room” when the proverbial light bulb goes off above his head and he shouts, “Imminent death! Of course!”

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And so we have a film about a crisis in the life of America’s most beloved comedian, George Simmons [Adam Sandler], who gets the news that he has the rare and usually fatal disease, AML. To balance the darkness of George’s plight, we get a look into the life of wannabe stand-up comic, Evan Wright [Seth Rogen] who works at Otto’s Deli alongside a fellow named Chuck [RZA] who thinks so little of his skills that Evan has to pay him to attend his next performance.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Aliens in the Attic Reminds Us That Silliness Can Be Entertaining!

The Pearson family is a generic family [laid-back dad, middling hyper mom, mathlete son, boy crazy teen daughter and cute as a bug pre-school daughter] who leave their average home to spend a week in a generic touristy town where they are joined by an ingratiating uncle , his slightly bullying eldest son and two mischievous twin boys. These are the Earth’s only hope to stave off an alien invasion – well, except for the adults who are susceptible to the aliens’ mind-control devices.

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Our heroes are Tom [Carter Jenkins], the mathlete [who’s in trouble because he deliberately let his grades slip to avoid being tortured at school]; Jake [Austin Butler], the bully [who turns out to be okay when confronted with a reason to be heroic]; Art [Henri Young] and Lee [Regan Young], the mischievous ones; Hannah [Ashley Boettcher], the pre-schooler [and something of a secret weapon], and Bethany [Ashley Tisdale] as the boy-crazy, self-absorbed one [who has problems with her boyfriend].

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TELEVISION: Bestselling Mystery Author Richard Castle Goes Live on Twitter!

New York City. Summer. It’s hot and muggy and Richard Castle, the bestselling mystery writer has fallen into another mystery even as he scrambles to finish his Nikki Heat novel. As usual, Castle is procrastinating – and this summer he has a shiny new toy to play with thanks to his daughter, Alexis, who has made the mistake of introducing her father to Twitter.

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While the Castles vacation in The Hamptons, a foot washes up on the beach. The police think it’s a shark attack but Castle, as usual, thinks it might be something more. And now he has put himself in the middle of the investigation, tweeting his theories as he goes. The police are amused, but could he be right?

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