Well, this ought to really piss off “TV Guide” subscribers.
In a advertising team-up with the networks, the next issue of TV Guide will feature a DVD glued to the front. The disc will include previews of the new and returning shows that’ll be airing this summer, in an attempt to get more viewers to tune in to the new, original programming.
The only catch: this DVD won’t be available to subscribers. If they want to watch it, they’ll have to buy a second copy of the magazine on the newsstand.
Yeah, that seems fair.
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Shameless cross-promotion: ESDMusic Album Cover Quiz #2
Not sure if many of you fine, fine readers are aware of this, but we have a sister blog that’s dedicated to the world of music, called Eat Sleep Drink Music (esdmusic.com). We’re launching this new game, see, where we blot out the name of an artist and the album title, and see if you can figure out what it is. Here are a few covers from this week’s installment.
Think you can get the rest? Then click here, and tell your friends. Good luck.
That’s even more sad than that crying Indian from those “don’t litter” ads in the ’70s…!
This morning, Katie Couric bid a tearful farewell to “The Today Show,” and, dammit, I even got a little misty…particularly when I realized that, now that she’ll be behind the anchor desk at “The CBS Evening News,” I won’t be able to see her legs, which always gave me a reason to get up in the morning…well, um, I mean, besides my wife and kid.
There were some very funny moments during the various clip segments that covered Couric’s entire tenure at the show, but somber moments appeared as well. In fact, when we were watching the various key news stories that she’d been a part of over the years, my wife observed sadly that “when (our daughter) gets to school, there’ll be so many things in her history book that we never would’ve imagined when we were her age.” Given that she made this comment as the screen showed clips from 9/11, Hurrricane Katrina, and the Columbine massacre, I dare say she didn’t mean it as a good thing.
Baz Luhrmann risks severe cell phone injury from boxing gladiator
“How many temper tantrums does a three-time Oscar nominee have to throw to get some respect around here?”
Cinderella Man Russell Crowe might just regret playing prima donna on Baz Luhrmann’s latest movie, a war epic set in 1942. The film was set to star Crowe and Nicole Kidman as lovers in the Australian outback…until Crowe’s on-set belligerence led Luhrmann to replace his notoriously difficult star with fellow Aussie actor Heath Ledger.
According to Cinematical:
Sweet, cuddly Russell Crowe demanded script-approval rights on the project, and threatened to leave if Luhrmann and his producers failed to give in. In a move that was clearly a huge shock to Crowe, Luhrmann apparently said “Right. That’s you off then.” Once his bluff was called, Crowe was all, “Ah ha. Baz, you know I’m a kidder. Script approval? I don’t need that. It’s all good. Seriously. When do we start?” But, sadly, twas too late and his place had been taken by a gay cowboy.
This one is fun on so very many levels: Russell Crowe continues “fightin’ round the world.” Heath Ledger takes on a role as the love interest of his real-life ex-girlfriend’s best friend. The skinny gay cowboy triumphs over the burly boxing gladiator. And little old Baz Luhrmann wins the respect of every director in Hollywood.
Fontana says farewell
Adding his name to the list of people who’ve come and gone from the cast of “Law & Order,” Dennis Farina – who plays Detective Joe Fontana – has announced that he will be leaving the show.
But, then, this is a show with a constantly rotating cast, and it has been from the get-go. Farina came on to replace the late Jerry Orbach’s character, Detective Lenny Briscoe…and Briscoe came in to replace Detective Phil Cerreta, who was played by Paul Sorvino. (And, lest we forget, Sorvino replaced George Dzundza, who played Detective Max Greevey.)
Who’ll be the next in line…? Time will tell.
Snakes in a fire
It looks like New Line Cinema’s upcoming cult flick (“Snakes on a Plane”) has a few fans on the inside. The first fire of the new “Rescue Me” season was jam-packed with reptiles crawling and slithering to their freedom, but none were more entertaining than the assortment of snakes (including a giant boa constrictor-sized) that scared the shit out of Tommy and the rest of Ladder 62. It’s nice to see that the guys haven’t lost their sense of humor, though, because with a new year comes a new deck of problems, not to mention the old hands that are still on the table; the most significant of course being the death of Tommy’s son, Connor. And while Tommy continues to battle his inner demons, his ex-wife Janet threatens him with divorce court. It also doesn’t help that Janet is banging Tommy’s older brother, Johnny (a plot the writers tried to keep secret ‘til the very end, but one that I had a hunch about since the end of last season), and for now, Tommy is none the wiser.
Meanwhile, Tommy runs to Sheila for help with his dad – who’s acting more like an infant with each passing day – and in turn, is given the task to sit down with her son Damien to have the old “birds and the bees” talk. Damien actually knows more than he’s letting on, and after Tommy grills him about his new fuck buddy, discovers that it’s actually his 37-year-old science teacher. Wow. Talk about your ultimate fantasies. Tommy’s intrigued, anyways, and after going to the school to meet her, it wouldn’t surprise me if the two got involved. Of course, with Janet out of the picture, Sheila’s got my vote as long as she doesn’t start acting crazy again.
The rest of the crew isn’t doing so well, either. Jerry’s up to his head in medical bills, Garrity is dating Tommy’s dominatrix sister, and Kenny is still recovering from the con job that Danielle (or Candi, or whatever her name) pulled on him before skipping town. And much like Probie’s creepy stalker storyline from last season, this is the one subplot that has me extremely worried. Kenny is the heart and soul of the firehouse, and I’d rather not watch him struggle with his losses by acting like a total bum.
Oh, and one more thing: the Chief has officially banned smoking in the firehouse. Yeah, like that’s going to happen…
Britney Spears discovers previously uncharted limit to her tolerance
“I’m livin’ on borrowed money AND borrowed time, yo.”
Oops, he…oh, never mind. The big news here is not that K-Fed screwed things up again, but that Britney may have actually had enough this time. Her publicist is not denying stories of a split, and VH-1 reports that “after trying work it out, Britney reportedly returned from her trip to New York to find K-Fed smoking weed in the house. So now Federline has been banished to live in the basement of their California mansion.”
And hey, while he’s down there…maybe he can locate Britney’s career?
Wow. Would I have paid to be at this event.
Kevin Smith writes about a spoken word event that he held at his house to raise money for the arts program at his daughter’s private school.
I’ve said before that, as a writer, director, movie star, and comic book store owner, Kevin Smith is living the life that I want. But even I can’t imagine a life where Stan Lee, Eva Longoria, and Johnny Rotten are hanging out in my living room alongside Carrie Fisher, Eddie Izzard, and Kathy Bates…
DVD shuffle: 05/30/06
Out on DVD this week:
1) Date Movie – PASS: While the “Scary Movie” films have made me laugh on occassion, this spoof of the romantic comedy genre is about as funny as walking in on your parents having sex.
2) Freedomland – PASS: Didn’t see this. Didn’t want to.
Also out this week are special editions of “Platoon” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” the “Marilyn Monroe: 80th Anniversary Collection,” season one releases of “Night Stalkers,” “Numbers” and “Joey.”
Ben Affleck was taken to a Massachusetts hospital for treatment of a migraine. His publicist says “He’s okay.” That’s nice and all, but what about all the migraines people have suffered due to watching his ever downward spiraling career? It’s a shame they can’t actually do an operation to get rid of the actor’s bug.