In all honesty, it’s not going to be the maddening plot
holes or ridiculous character continuity that makes me eventually give up Glee,
it’s going to be the creators screwing with the fans. A month after Ryan Murphy said quite clearly that Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris
Colfer are “not going to be back at all for Season Four,” his
partner Brad Fulchuk goes to Comic-Con and says the exact opposite. “Here’s
the exact thing: They are seniors, so they’re graduating, but because they’re
graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under
contract, you don’t say, ’We’re gonna let you go.'”
But the news wasn’t so good for Chord Overstreet, who was offered recurring status for 10 episodes
with an option for joining the cast midseason, but he turned it down. “We wanted him back because we
like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes (Amber Riley). He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that
he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work, so we wished him well.
gives perhaps the most loving, perceptive tribute to Amy Winehouse imaginable. It
takes an addict to understand an addict, and Russell is quite open about his
past. I really can’t summarize the brilliance of the post.
Darren Criss doesn’t know how old Blaine
is, but he’s all about unicorn dust and rainbow farts.
Captain America: First Avenger used his shield to block any
spell Harry Potter had on the box office. The super hero pulled
in $65.8 million for the weekend, and the wizard fell (admittedly from
dizzying heights) 72% to a mere $48.1 million, while Friends With Benefits
found a disappointing $18.5 million for third place.
Not finding box office magic was the Sarah Palin documentary Undefeated, which expanded to 14
screens this weekend, but still managed to pull in only $24,000. It will transition to VOD
and DVD by September.
Trojan is going to launch a “food truck” to give
out condoms and promote their new “vibrating Twister” product. So
keep an eye out in New York City for mobile sex toy vendors. Heaven knows
they’ve been advertising it enough on cable, with the blow-your-hair back (even
on dudes) campaign.
Gawker intends to go to court to get records on just how friendly Fox News
head Roger Ailes is with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Speaking of Fox News, they managed to say “Muslim” “Islamic”
and “Al Qaeda” fifteen times in a five minute segment about the
horrible events in Norway over the weekend.
Is The Darkest Hour going to deliver a fresh new take on alien invasion films? It sounds like it.
Sure, beings of pure energy aren’t totally new, but in this context, it’s
Steve Landis and Julie Irwin brought their beautiful
four-year-old twin girls to the Brooklyn Borough Hall Sunday to be flower girls in anyone’s wedding that needed them.
They didn’t know anyone getting married, but just wanted to be a part of
a historic moment in the fight for equality.
I don’t read many of the winners of the 2011
Eisner Awards, but I am amused that there’s a category for “Best
Colorer” outside of preschool.
Brian Wilson is a
continuing fascination of mine. Weird things seem to follow the man around, and
now his beard has received its own Topps Baseball Card.
In a record double mention of baseball in a single Meme, I
only just became aware of the Garfoose
that Dick Hayhurst of the Toronto
Blue Jays invented to raise money for special needs kids. I’m fascinated by the
idea of creating a new mythical creature for charity and giving him a backstory,
and how a half-moose, half-giraffe comes to breathe fire.
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Over the weekend, we showed you Wilson Cruz’s new haircut. He took that haircut to Fire Island to beat the heat, but honestly, he’s making me feel a bit warm.
We’re roughly the same age, but I don’t look like that in trunks.
Speaking of Fire Island, this is happening
Glee was huge at Comic-Con, which is something that hurts my nerd brain in a lot of ways. Easing the pain is this photo of the cast with comics legend Stan Lee.
Where was Lea Michele? I know she was there.
I used the picture of Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman on the front page, but here we have the female cast of Snow White and the Huntsman, which looks to be a decidedly non-Disney take on the tale.
Armor? Where are the dwarves?
Wil Wheaton’s son photo bombs the epic meeting of Nathan Fillion and Wheaton orchestrated by Felicia Day, who makes miracles happen every day.
How could Wil and Nathan not know each other?
At the Comic Con premiere of the Chillerama horror anthology, John McCormack hits the red carpet with “I Was a Teenage Werebear”’s Tim Sullivan, Anton Troy, and Sean Paul Lockhart. I’ve not seen all of Chillerama, but I have seen “I Was a Teenage Werebear” and I can tell you it’s good campy fun, with more than a little social commentary between musical numbers.
Sean is insanely good looking. And showing real acting talent too
Marvel unveiled the concept art for Hulk in The Avengers at Comic-Con. I’m not a Hulk expert by any means, but he doesn’t look well in this image.
I like my Hulk brighter green.
SyFy hunks Eddie McClintock and Eric Balfour overdress for the SyFy party at Comic-Con
I don’t know who Eric is hanging out with in this picture.
Just because I can’t help myself from posting naked Eddie McClintock, here’s a preview of tonight’s Warehouse 13, “Love Sick” which has Pete and a blond Myka waking up naked in Artie’s bed, with Artie’s toothbrush. So just who does Jinx wake up with?
Speaking of our gay Warehouse agent, out creator Jack Kenny spoke at Comic-Con about adding the diversity to the show. Kenny is a media master, and I do think he’s being coy. I have no doubt whatsoever that he views having a gay science fiction hero as more than just incidental.
Since we’re talking gay stuff, a bunch of marriages happened yesterday between gay people. They also happened between gay puppets, like those of Avenue Q.
CNN also made mention of the marriages, and the opposition to equality. State Senator Alesi makes some very bold statements about politics, but he makes it very clear that religion has no place in civil marriage. I can’t believe how nasty Jason Maguire is right to Alesi’s face.
I love cartoons. I’ve even come to love the new Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network. But one of the better originals recently has been Adventure Time. And now the show is planning an episode with all the genders reversed. Oddly, when you reverse the gender on the dog, he becomes a cat, which is so strange I don’t know where to begin.
As long as we’re on cartoons, the first preview for The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra played at Comic-Con. The show itself is a little more than a year off, but it does seem like they captured the style and heart of the original. It might even wash the taste of the horrible live action movie out of my brain.
Doctor Who is preparing for the back half of their season, and from the looks of it, several old enemies are dropping by to test the Doctor. In another clip I saw, he even takes on evil clowns.
Supernatural somehow manages to come back each year, despite hitting what most shows would consider the ultimate challenge. They beat the devil in season five, and then in season six, a new God was born as Castiel got a promotion. It looks like it might be going to the big guy’s head.