Joey McIntyre Heads to Beverly Hills: In today's '90s news, former New Kids on the Block-er Joey McIntyre will guest star on The CW's reboot of 90210. McIntyre will play a music manager who does business with Tristan Wilds' character, Dixon. It is scheduled to air in February of 2013, though this probably should have aired in 1993, replacing the words 'Tristan Wilds' with 'Brian Austin Green.' [EW]
Entertainment Tonight Nabs a Co-Host: Nancy O'Dell can breathe a sigh of relief — she won't be going at it alone anymore. CNN's Rob Marciano was named co-anchor of CBS' Entertainment Tonight today, as Mark Steines ended his 17-year tenure last July. [Deadline]
Michael Bay Gets Some New Neighbors: For once, Michael Bay plus aliens will NOT equal explosions. Bay is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC's recently picked-up aliens-next-door comedy The Neighbors, as himself. He'll run into Jami Gertz's character (a human) at a club — but we're sure some extraterrestrial hijinks will ensue. [TVLine]
Matthew Lillard Tries Journalism: FX's pilot The Bridge keeps sounding better and better. They've already cast Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as American and Mexican agents going after the same killer, and now Matthew Lillard has joined the cast as Daniel Frye, a cocky reporter who likes to paaarrrrtttaaayyy. Homeland's Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-0's Elwood Reid are set to exec produce the pilot, and if it goes to series, Lillard will heavily recur. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Fringe Alum Gets Arrow-ed: My fellow Fringe-ies and Arrow lovers, rejoice! Lincoln Lee Seth Gabel has joined the Arrow cast as a “scary and nightmarish” super-villain modeled after the DC Comics character Vertigo. Now, Gabel will not be playing Vertigo himself — they're similar, but don't have the same name, and TVLine says Gabel's version will have a dark, Christopher Nolan-esque vibe. However, a new drug called Vertigo will pop up in the Sterling City streets, in Gabel's early 2013 debut episode. Our money's on Oliver Queen thinking this drug has failed his city. [TVLine]
Vampire Diaries and Arrow Unite: Well, their showrunners will, anyway. Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti — the showrunners behind TVD and Arrow, respectively — have teamed up for a CW remake of The Tomorrow People, a British cult classic from the '70s. The original featured several young people who represented the next phase of humanity, all possessing different powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate telepathically with each other. We imagine the CW version will feature more shirtless scenes than the original, and are very excited. [Deadline]
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Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
The funnyman, best known for his impressions of U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, passed away last Monday (24Jan11) after suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest at his Las Vegas home.
Starting his career in clubs and at colleges across the U.S., he went on to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the 1960s and 70s.
As well as his beloved impersonation of Nixon, the New Yorker was known for his satirical takes on Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, William F. Buckley, Walter Cronkite, Kirk Douglas and Howard Cosell.
His sister Ruth Welch says, "He was a generous person and a very good brother in time of need. He was very much loved by the whole family, and he'll be terribly missed."
The people have spoken. Thanks to a grass-roots campaign led by ordinary citizens from across the country, stubborn Paramount execs have bowed to public pressure and granted the low-budget supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity the wide release it so richly deserves. In a rare victory for the principals of democracy, the studio suits made good on their promise to open the movie nationwide if they received at least one million requests to do so. That'll teach those pompous Hollywood fatcats to deny the will of the people!
But it wasn't just average people who came to Paranormal Activity's aid. Celebrities chipped in as well, utilizing their favorite communications medium — Twitter — to help spread the word. Below are actual Twitter posts from just a few of the big names who heroically donated their time for the sake of this brave little movie:
David Spade (Grandma's Boy, Racing Stripes, The Emperor's New Groove)
davidspade too scared to see paranormal activity. not normal when i poop pants
Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)
moonfrye Just saw #Paranormal Activity Very freaky! Creepy! Good cuddle flick. I held my husbands arm for most of the movie.
James Kyson Lee (Heroes)
jameskysonlee Had rollercoaster mind orgy with Paranormal Activity last nite... medulla sacks still sore
Kurt Loder (MTV)
MTV 'Paranormal Activity': Fright Nights, By Kurt Loder http://su.pr/23VabI
CobraSnake (Famous Party Promoter)
thecobrasnake If u wanna get scared and piss ur pants see paranormal activity http://bit.ly/2KPSf1
Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block)
dannywood Movie tip. And you have to google were it is playing. "Paranormal Activity" scariest movie I have ever seen. Spine chillingly awesome.
Michael Yo (Chelsea Lately, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Yo on E!)
yomichael Check it out So SCARY!@Yomichael Hi Yo! Help me get 1 million demands so PARANORMAL ACTIVITY can open nationwide! http://tinyurl.com/lyvsuw
Kat Dennings (The House Bunny, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Shorts)
OfficialKat Horrendous nightmare after watching the Paranormal Activity trailer...I think I'll go put my face in a bunny rabbit for the rest of my life
Jordin Sparks (American Idol)
TheRealJordin Just saw Paranormal Activity..it was really good but IT WAS SO SCARY! Omg. I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. Omg. Omg.
Spencer Pratt (The Hills)
spencerpratt RT @ParamountPics: Paranormal Activity coming to 20 more cities! Is it coming to yours?! http://bit.ly/j7L5q I heard this is SCARY! DEMONS!
Wow! Such honest, unsolicited endorsements from so many esteemed representatives of the entertainment community are more valuable than gold!
So take the advice of funnyman David Spade and famous party promoter CobraSnake: If you're looking for a foolproof way to soil yourself this weekend — and who among us isn't? — then go see Paranormal Activity!!!