0 comments Monday, January 12, 2015

With the Golden Globes and TCA's this weekend some very big news went under the radar. The CW announced this weekend that eight of its shows will return next season with very early pickups.  You can probably guess from the picture above what two of those returning series are.  I won't lie, Arrow and The Flash are two of my favorite shows currently airing on television.  They are hands down two of the best (if not THE Best) comic book based shows of all time. (And The Flash is just getting started!)

The full list of series returning for the 2015-2016 season are Arrow (Season 4), The Flash (Season 2), Supernatural (Season 11), The Vampire Diaries (Season 7) and it's spinoff The Originals (Season 3), Jane the Virgin (Season 2), Reign (Season 3), and The 100 (Season 3).

I think the current season is the strongest line-up The CW has had since it's inception, and I think this announcement is a sign of that.

0 comments Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's a good thing Jimmy Fallon is happily married with kids because last night he learned that he totally blew a chance to date Nicole Kidman.  I imagine he'd be beating himself up if it wasn't for the happy family he currently has. You can see the interaction below:

0 comments Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Marvel's marketing department has been doing a great job with this year's Ant-Man. First they released an ant-sized teaser to tonight's big Trailer premiere.  And today they've debuted the first poster, which also focuses on the small stature of the hero. And if that wasn't enough Ant-Man for one day, Entertainment Weekly has debuted this week's cover, which features a first look at Paul Rudd in costume.  You can see both below.

What do you think at the first two looks at Marvel's newest cinematic hero?


I've only seen Syfy's Face Off a couple of time, but the episodes I've seen have been an interesting look at how Hollywood's makeup artist do their job.  The challenges are usually intriguing and the final product is usually amazing.

This season the series is bringing back previous champions to mentor the new recruits.  You can watch a promo here and be sure to check out the season premiere one week from tonight, January 13 at 9/8c on Syfy.

0 comments Monday, January 5, 2015

Last night ABC aired the first two episodes of their new series, 'Galavant', a musical, comedy set during the times of knights and fair maidens.  The show starts with the tale of Galavant (Joshua Sasse), a famous knight who fell deeply in love with the fair maiden Madalena (Mallory Jansen).  Everything was wonderful until the vile King Richard (Psych's Timothy Omundson) kidnaps Madalena to have her as her own.  However, when Galavant arrives on the wedding day to save Madalena she tells him she's decided she'd rather have the riches and power of being Queen than true love.  It's actually a great premise, think the Princess Bride, if Buttercup chose Prince Humperdinck over Westley (And Prince Humperdinck didn't plan to kill Buttercup).  The plot of the first two episodes follow Galavant and his Squire, Sid (Community's Magnitude, Luke Youngblood), as they begin a journey to help Princess Isabella (Karen David) save her parents from King Richard.

As enjoyable as Galavant's story is, it's King Richard that steals the show.  Omundson shines in every scene he's in (something that should come as no surprise to fans of Psych) and elevates the series from enjoyable to a must see.  In the first two episodes King Richard, oblivious to the fact that Madalena is having an affair with the court jester, uses Princess Isabella to convince Galavant to take on a quest that will end in Richard killing him.  King Richard hopes that by killing Galavant, he will simultaneous stop her incessant  it will win Madalena's heart.  Omundson's mix of evil and cluelessness is perfect and make King Richard the most intriguing character in the show by far.

I have not seen any of the remaining 6 episodes, but I will be tuning in each week (via Hulu) and seeing how Galavant's quest goes, and more importantly seeing if King Richard can win the heart of Madalena.

0 comments Friday, January 2, 2015

December 9, 2010.  That's the last time I posted on this blog, over 4 years.  At that time posting had been sporadic as I was trying to balance working as an attorney and maintaining a blog I loved.  In January of 2011 I stopped using blogger and moved to TheCineManiac.com, which had previously just rerouted here.  I hoped that I would draw more views and would maintain the site.  Unfortunately it just became a hassle, forcing myself to write what mostly amounted to ads for whatever TV series NBC/Universal was pushing at the time.  I continued to post sporadically, mostly forcing myself to write something.  It stopped being something I enjoyed and turned into a job.  A job I wasn't getting paid for.  More than that the lack of comments and engagement with an audience left me feeling defeated.  So eventually, I stopped.  I let the website registration lapse, and I stopped writing about my favorite thing, entertainment.

Since that time I have left my former employer, started my own solo practice, worked on a documentary that I am co-producing, and started a fledgling art print company.  I spend most of my days doing legal work, usually with some TV show or movie on my second screen, my evenings with my wife and kids, and my nights watching movies and TV series, reading comics and novels, or playing video games.  My free thoughts are spent dwelling on whatever entertainment I just devoured, creating my own ideas (most of which never see paper), and dreaming of a day when I can work in the entertainment industry.  I don't know if that day will ever come, I don't know if I'll ever see something I created on screen, or in a book store.  But I'm still hopeful.

Over the past few months I've realized I missed writing about entertainment, typing up my thoughts on whatever movie I just watched, participating in phone interviews with the stars of various TV series, and whatever else the networks sent my way to work on.

So here I am, hoping to revive this blog and build it back up.  Hopefully in the next few months I can post semi-regularly, connect with my old sources, and start cranking out some material, material that you will hopefully enjoy and engage with.

0 comments Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tonight NBC's Thursday night comedies are celebrating the holidays with some hilarious looking episodes.  And after the jump we've got some sneak peaks for you.