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The Road trailer is live.

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SciFi Wire has the new The Road trailer up. Check it out and see if you think they are doing the book justice. Hard to say. Alot more action, and the character of the wife has a much larger role. Looks pretty interesting though. Wire fans will catch a glimpse of Michael K. Williams(Omar) towards the end of the clip.


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HBO picks up Treme.

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I’m so excited about the news from TV Squad that HBO has picked up David Simon’s Treme. HBO has greenlit nine episodes of the drama starring Wire alums, Clarke Peters and Wendell Pierce, as well as Melissa Leo from Homicide. The show is about New Orleans musicians, post Hurrican Katrina. Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack that will go with the series.


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Dinosaurs and Drug Dealers.

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Good news Primeval fans, Season 3 will be back on BBC America starting May 19th. I’m still ticked that they killed Stephen(James Murray) off. He’s the hot one, second from the left. Why are they always killing off the cute ones? Here’s a promo for the next season:

In completely unrelated news, Den of Geek has a theory why more people haven’t watched The Wire. Apparently it’s my fault, or I should say all Wire fan’s faults:

“Given that human nature invariably includes a dislike of being told what to do, it’s not much surprise that many recipients of what we could politely call ‘The Wire lecture’ decided not to act on it. And it’s created a segment of people who really suspect they’d like the show, who know that it’s something that’s supposed to be really good, but are disinclined to give it a try. Simply put: the sheer force of those who love the show is enough to put many people off it.”

I sorta agree. I didn’t watch it until the entire series was over, and only after being pestered non-stop by three people that it was one of the best shows EVER. I thought it was going to be too Sopranos violent, with constant and brutal violence in every episode. Instead I was drawn in by superb writing and actors who completely absorbed their characters. It is really an amazing series. I won’t demand you see it but I highly recommend that you do so. SOON.

Here’s a video of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing the theme song, Way Down in the Hole, at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in 2007. The footage is a little shaky but worth listening to:



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Latest Stringer news…

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Idris Elba is in negotiations to star in a film version of the Vertigo/DC comic ‘The Losers’. His co-star would be Jeffrey Dean Morgan who you know from Watchmen but I know as the hot but troubled father from Supernatural.

On a side note, does Idris ever take a bad photo? I think we all know the answer to that question. Hell. No.


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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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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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One more Wire alum…last one I swear.

cutty1Ok you probably all know this already but I just flipped the channels and Chad L. Coleman(aka: Dennis “Cutty” Wise) is on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and for you fellow BG geeks…Stephanie Jacobsen(aka Kendra Shaw) is in it too! It’s almost too much to take! So say we all! Ok…I’m done.

Check out this pretty cool Q & A that took place at the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon with Katie Sackoff and my favorite radio duo Cort & Fatboy here.

 


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Speaking of The Wire…

elbaDid anyone watch last night’s The Office with Idris Elba(aka Stringer Bell)? He looked pretty much the same as he did on The Wire with his business suit, glasses and briefcase. I kept waiting for him to bitch slap Michael Scott though. Would have made the show a little more watchable for me.

I just haven’t been able to get into The Office this season. Maybe getting the chance to stare at Stringer Bell/Charles Minor for a half hour every week will change all that.

Watch the episode here at the internet’s gift to the unemployed and broke…Hulu.

Click here to be blown away by Idris Elba’s British accent as he talks to NPR’s Terry Gross about how he got the role of Stringer Bell. I can tell Terry is as big a fan of The Wire as I am.