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Not a Ren Faire.

mckellen1I was never a of Shakespeare until I moved to Oregon and got a chance to visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Contrary to what my friends think, it is not a Renaissance Fair and people are not wandering around in costume quoting Shakespeare to random tourists walking about. It’s also not all about Shakespeare, for several years the festival has highlighted August Wilson plays along with newer playwright’s works such as Jeff Whitty’s, Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler.

I bring this all up because tonight’s Great Performances on PBS features Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear. I will watch just about anything Magneto/Gandalf is in and so should you.


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Because I went a whole day without a Wire post…

carcettiSo Aidan Gillen is in a new movie opening this weekend. Have you seen the previews? Looks like the detective vs criminal story we’ve seen more than a few times. I think this post over at Indyweek.com summarizes my thoughts perfectly:

12 ROUNDS—Pro wrestler John Cena makes the leap from the ring to the big screen in this tale about a thief/detective rivalry. Expect thoughtful dialogue, artistic production and a moving philosophical statement about the vague nature of morality. Or not. With Aidan Gillen, best known as Mayor Carcetti on The Wire. Rated R.”

Hey, does anyone remember Mayor Carcetti in this movie. Still one of my favorites.


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More Zombie fun!

Just got back from the best book store ever. Lookee what I’ve got:zombiebookzombiehaiku1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie love and poetry. What more could a girl want. Here’s a sample from Zombie Haiku:

Biting into heads
Is much harder than it looks.
The skull is feisty.

Nothing hurts me now.
Normally the screwdriver
Wouldn’t have gone there

You are so lucky
That I cannot remember
How to use doorknobs

Now that’s some good zombie poetry. Fox Searchlight has already bought the rights to film Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament produced by Diablo Coty.


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The Fall

the_fall_movie_posterI have no real reason for bringing this up but did anyone see The Fall directed by Tarsem Singh(The Cell)? It came and left the theaters so fast I don’t think anyone had a chance to see it which is really too bad because it is one of the most magnificent films visually. I would love to see this on the big screen. Filmed in 18 countries, the film stars Lee Pace, who you might know from the now cancelled Pushing Daisies, and a little girl named Catinca Untaru who gives an amazing performance for such a young actor.

Check out the website for a gallery of pics and more info on the film, then go rent it.


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The Wire: Latest cast news

thewirelogoTristan Wilds (Michael Lee) and Rick Otto(Office Dozerman)have been cast in a WW II drama “Red Tails”, produced by George Lucas. They join the growing cast of Wire alums including Andre Royo(Bubbs) and Michael K. Jordan(Wallace).

Melissa Leo has signed on to David Simon’s next project, Treme, which will start filming late this year. Clarke Peters(Lester Freamon) and Wendell Pierce(Detective Bunk) have already signed on. The wait is gonna kill me.


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Why Fy?

syfylogoHave you all seen what the revamp of the Sci Fi Channel logo. Meh.

I get the need to brand themselves, a google search of Sci Fi returns alot more than the Sci Fi Channel, but Sy Fy? I think the new revamp has viewers a little nervous that the channel’s focus will shift away from the core programming and branch out into more mainstream programming(more ECW in other words). Time will tell, but with the new Caprica series, a new Stargate series and the return of Sanctuary, I think there will still be enough sci fi programming for everyone.

Sci Fi president, Dave Howe responds to viewer comments and complaints here. I think I’m going to write to Dave myself and make sure he’s not touching Sci Fi movie gems like this.


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Mistresses

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Is anyone watching this show? I turned it on one day when I was being a couch potato and was hooked. It’s like Sex in the City with less graphic sex and more story.  I’ve been a fan of Sharon Small from the Inspector Linley series on PBS’ Mystery and she is great in this.

Oh and for you Fringe watchers, Anna Torv plays a hot lesbian on the show.


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Zombies and Brain Munchin’

laststand2If you love Zombie killin’…and really…who doesn’t…check out this game…The Last Stand 2.

Let me offer you a word of advice before you start the killin’. When you pick up survivors, keep this in mind. They are a bunch of sissies who will ditch you the minute things start looking bad and leave you to get your brain munched on. You’ve been officially warned. Have fun!