When the Disney rep asked me what I thought of UP at the conclusion of the screening, my immediate response was, “Several million points out of ten!” Yeah, I know. Douglas Adams. Zaphod Beeblebrox. What can I say – I only steal from the best. The thing is, UP is going to make more top […]
TELEVISION: SCI FI Casts Allison Scagliotti in Warehouse 13
The SCI FI Channel’s newest sci-fi/fantasy series, Warehouse 13, has added Allison Scagliotti [Drake & Josh] to its cast which already includes regulars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek and CCH Pounder. In the series – which focuses on two FBI agents who are assigned to a massive storage facility for “strange artifacts, mysterious relics […]
HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Burn Notice Creator Matt Nix Gives Surprising Intel!
How do you create and write a series like Burn Notice? What influences – from life and classic TV – go into the unique mix that is Burn Notice [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C]? Series creator Matt Nix answers these questions and more…
TELEVISION: Burn Notice: USA’s Spy-Cum-Detective-Cum-Caper Series Picks Up Steam!
Tomorrow marks the return of one of the summer’s brightest lights, Burn Notice [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C]. When last we saw burnt agent Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan], he was caught in a freeze frame in mid-air after a bomb planted inside his door had gone off. It should come as no surprise that the winter premiere […]
TELEVISION: Stargate Universe: Four More Cast Members Announced!
SCI FI Channel has announced Justin Louis, David Blue, Brian J. Smith and Jamil Walker Smith will join the cast of the highly anticipated new original series Stargate Universe. The four will enlist alongside Robert Carlyle (Dr. Nicholas Rush) in the latest adventure in the Stargate franchise produced by MGM television. Production will begin in […]
MOVIE REVIEW: Hotel For Dogs: Undemanding Fun
The trailers for Hotel For Dogs make much of the Rube Goldberg devices that are created for the titular hotel and, in truth, they are pretty amazing. The film is not nearly as much fun, but it does have its good points. Andi [Emma Roberts] and her little brother, Bruce [Jake T. Austin] are foster […]
TELEVISION: Battlestar Galactica Returns With Big Answers And Even Bigger Questions!
“…You are one of a small number of trusted BSG enthusiasts with whom we are sharing a review copy.” While that statement from the letter that accompanies the mid-season premiere of BSG [Sci Fi, Fridays, 10/9C], Sometimes a Great Notion, doesn’t exactly hurt my ego, it does come with some hefty caveats. I can’t give […]
TELEVISION: Patrick Swayze Gives A&E’s The Beast Its Power!
The new A&E series, The Beast [Thursdays, 10/9C], is built around a familiar premise – the veteran cop/FBI/CIA agent being teamed up with a green partner. The main difference between most movies and TV series that use this premise is that this one has Patrick Swayze and some very effective writing. Swayze is the unorthodox […]
TELEVISION: Preview: ‘Lost’ in Time & Space
I’ve just seen the two-hour premiere of season five of Lost [ABC Wednesdays, 8/7C, beginning on Jan. 21st]. You think it was strange and wild and exhilarating before? Just wait until you see what’s next! Although my agreement with ABC is that I can’t give away plot points, I can, perhaps, give clues. I […]
HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Executive Producers Talk Battlestar Galactica and Caprica
I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore and David Eick this week. The forty-minute touched on BSG’s upcoming prequel series, Caprica as well as the final ten episodes of BSG, itself. Somehow, Moore and Eick got through the ordeal without leaking any spoilers, but we still […]
TELEVISION: The Best and Worst of 2008!
There was an overwhelming amount of great TV, this year [and, as you’ll see not too much later, an almost equally overwhelming amount of excessively bad TV]. Given the truly amazing amount of quality to be found between the networks and the various cable outlets, I’ve decided to list my favorite fifteen shows of the […]