GOT’s Jason Mamoa as Drax the Destroyer? February 17, 2013Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
Tags: Drax the Destroyer, Game of Thrones, Jason Mamoa, Khal Drogo
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Been reading on several websites that actor Jason Mamoa, who played Khal Drogo on the first season on GAME OF THRONES, has been cast as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. According to several reports (this one from Examiner.com): “Mamoa was called in to screen test for James Gunn’s upcoming superhero film and delivered such a positive performance that the studio went ahead and offered him the part.”
The film is due out in August 2014. (Photos courtesy of HBO and Wikipedia)
Latest ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2′ trailer …. September 10, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
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Here is part 2 of the latest “Twilight” trailer. Movie is out Nov. 16. (There is a rambling review at the end of this which some folks might find amusing. But you can watch the video clip first and skip the talking, talking, talking at the end!) But for TwiHard fans this clip looks interesting.
True Blood season No. 5 finale — love it or hate it? August 26, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, HBO, News.
Tags: Bill, bonus scene, Eric, Season 5 finale, Sookie, true blood
Loved parts of it and totally hated other scenes. The worst? That birthing scene. Totally annoying. The best? Bill. What the heck is he now? And who looks like the hero? Eric. The storyline on the HBO show is so different from the books that I can’t even begin to think where they are going to take this in Season No. 6, especially because before that season begins, we’ll already have Charlaine Harris’ ending to her series.
Some links to good recaps/commentary of the finale:
And here is the bonus scene from the finale that was on HBO GO on the iPad app. Note what is said at the end!
Cat sings ‘Game of Thrones’ theme song August 22, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
Tags: Cats singing. Theme song, Game of Thrones
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I realize this doesn’t fall into the traditional realm of my blog but so many of my friends on here watch the HBO Game of Thrones series so I am sharing this link — first seen on Jezebel but available on YouTube — with you! Totally made me laugh! What about you?
Get ready for Grimm’s second season! August 12, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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Grimm is back! The season 2 premiere is Monday at 10 p.m. And then the show reverts back to its Friday 9 p.m. slot! Check out the trailer for some sneak previews of what’s coming up. What do the first two episodes hold? We’ve got the descriptions for the first two shows!
BAD TEETH — Season 2 premiere
A FOREIGN AGENDA TO HUNT DOWN NICK IS REVEALED AS THE BODY COUNT IN PORTLAND RISES –BRIAN TEE, JAMES FRAIN AND MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO GUEST STAR
- After their face-off with Kimura (guest star Brian Tee), Nick (David Giuntoli) finds himself trying to come to grips with the return of his mother, Kelly Burkhardt (guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). A trail of brutal murders unveils a foreign conspiracy to hunt down Nick, leading to several revelations about his past. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) still lies in her mysteriously-induced coma as Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) work tirelessly to bring her out of it safely. Elsewhere, Hank (Russell Hornsby) struggles with the shocking truths he’s recently seen and Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) deals with unexpected family issues when his estranged brother (guest star James Frain) comes back into his life. Reggie Lee also stars.
THE KISS – Aug. 24 (Friday at 9 p.m.)
TWO GRIMMS ARE BETTER THAN ONE AS NICK JOINS FORCES WITH HIS MOTHER TO TAKE DOWN HIS GREATEST THREAT YET – JAMES FRAIN, JESSICA TUCK, MIKE DOPUD AND MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO GUEST-STAR
- As Nick (David Giuntoli) and his mother (guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) continue to battle the Mauvais Dentes (guest star Mike Dopud), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fight against the clock to save Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). More details are revealed about the source of Juliette’s illness, resulting in an epic showdown. Back at the precinct, Hank (Russell Hornsby) senses that something is amiss when Nick lands in hot water with the FBI. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to reveal himself as he deals with his estranged brother (guest star James Frain). Reggie Lee also stars.
True Blood video: Russell is backkkkk! May 28, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, HBO, News.
Tags: Russell, Season 5, Sookie, true blood
The video shows a lot, including one scene where Sookie quips, “A 3,000-year old vampire wants to suck my blood. Must be Thursday!” We hear Pam asking “How could you think I would dig up Russell Edgington.” Eric saying “I trust no one.” And in another, Bill says “There’s a leak somewhere.”
Other tidbits: Eric gets a visit from the Vampire Authority, the werewolf pack comes after Sam and we meet Roman, played by Christopher Meloni.
This will be Alan Ball’s last season on True Blood, and Sookie watchers wonder how Anna Paquin’s true life pregnancy will play into — or not — in this season. What do you think, will we have a pregnant Sookie at the end of this season?
Season No. 5 of TRUE BLOOD airs on June 10.
Did you watch the original ‘Dark Shadows’? April 22, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
Tags: Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp, Jonathan Frid
I don’t really remember DARK SHADOWS but it was on — maybe reruns — when I was a kid. Some of my friends weren’t allowed to watch it, but I’m pretty sure we had it on because I do recall the weird music. But I draw a blank about the plot — other than it was about vampires.
JONATHAN FRID, who played the soap opera’s tormented vampire BARNABAS COLLINS, died April 14 in Canada, just weeks before the release of the Tim Burton version of DARK SHADOWS, which opens May 11 and stars JOHNNY DEPP. Frid, who was 87, has a cameo in the Burton film.
According to Reuters:
“Dark Shadows” ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, but Frid did not join the show until its second year when he was brought in as a villainous vampire in an effort to improve the show’s flagging ratings. Barnabas developed into more than a villain, as he was shown taking risks to help others and demonstrating sympathy and a romantic side.
The difficulty of keeping up with the demanding schedule of a daily half-hour show manifested itself on screen. In addition to sets wobbling unintentionally, actors — especially Frid and Bennett — often struggled with their lines. Occasionally a stagehand could be spotted wandering onto the back of the set. Other times the microphone boom appeared in the frame (giving the show the unintentional nickname “Mic Shadows”), a TV camera would appear on screen, a fly hovered around the head of an actor, or window curtains fell down. There were many major errors such as a woman supposedly tied up who was not tied properly, and glass objects crashing which often made viewers think that the show was live.
And there were remakes before the Burton flick:
- In 1991, BEN CROSS played Barnabas in “a short-lived primetime remake” that was produced by MGM Television and aired on NBC from Jan. 13 to March 22. “The revival was a lavish, big budget weekly serial combining gothic romance and stylistic horror. Although it was a huge hit at introduction (watched by almost 1 in 4 households according to official ratings during that time period), the onset of the Gulf War caused NBC to continually preempt or reschedule the episodes resulting in declining ratings. It was canceled after the first season.” (From Wikipedia)
- In 2004, a pilot for a new WB network Dark Shadows series starring Alec Newman as Barnabas Collins was written and shot, but never picked up.
Frid’s apparently had an interesting website at www.jonathanfrid.com — but it says the “site is temporarily unavailable.”
Stories about Frid’s death
And here’s a look at one of the Tim Burton movie trailers in his DARK SHADOWS movie:
‘The Hunger Games’ movie: Of course, the books are better March 26, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
Tags: Gale, Katniss, Peeta, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
But the movie — at more than two hours — just doesn’t pack the same intensity and intricacy that made the book such a page turner.
It’s not a bad movie. But it’s not a great one, either. Fans of the books are curious to see how Hollywood interprets the story of heroine Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the annual “kids killing kids” competition that is televised throughout the 12 districts and Capitol of the country Panem.
And the film pretty much follows the book, but the small details that were left out (you can’t put everything in!) make me as a reader wonder if non-readers figured it out. The flashbacks to Peeta tossing Katniss burned bread take forever. There is no relationship between Katniss and her “image” crew in the movie. Even Katniss’ time with Cinna — played by Lenny Kravitz – was much more subdued in the movie. (He sports nice gold eyeliner.) The eerie, creepy hovercraft that picked up the bodies was eliminated from the movie. And the whole evening tribute to the dead tributes seemed muted. In the books, that part freaked me out.
The movie spends a lot of time laying out the groundwork for the games, but once we get into the actual killing competition, the second half and ending seem rushed.
That said, when I go back and think about how the film was edited, I’d be hard-pressed to say what I would add back in while keeping the violence level toned down — not a lot of gore in the film as opposed to the book — and the film at a reasonable length. Visually, I thought the movie was spot on, too.
If you like the books — go see the movie just to see how the characters and action were portrayed in the film. Just be prepared for a slower, less detailed version of the book. And if you’ve seen the movie but haven’t read the books — read the books. Always better. And that’s the case here.
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Tags: Gale, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Katniss, Liam Hemsworth, Peeta, The Hunger Games
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Here is some interesting movie trivia about our fave characters in the upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES movie that I pulled from interviews published in the special collector’s edition from PEOPLE and US WEEKLY. (US mag included 125 photos and 3 giant posters. Cost me $10! But was good read and loved all of the photos. PEOPLE was $7. Not as many pics but tons of good info!)
Straight as an arrow
Katniss: Jennifer Lawrence, 21, trained with Khatuna Lorig, an Olympic medalist in archery, to perfect her bow skills. Lawrence practiced with Lorig for one hour a day for three weeks. “She’d shoot 100 arrows a day from different distances,” Lorig told PEOPLE. How did Lawrence do? “She was a natural,” Lorig said.
Peeta; Josh Hutcherson, 19, had to gain 15 pounds to play the baker’s son. But he didn’t eat pastry to bulk up. Hutcherson ate two chicken breasts and two handfuls of broccoli five times a day. He also had to bleach his dark hair blond. Early attempts to lighten his hair without bleaching bleaching left his hair orange and later a greenish hue. So stylists finally just did things the old-fashioned way and bleached it.
A better role?
Gale: Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth, 22, auditioned for the lead role in “Thor” but that job went to his big brother Chris, 28. But maybe Gale is the better role? Liam didn’t have to train as much as his other colleagues, but he did have to lose weight — no one said how much — so he looked like he lived in District 12, where everyone is always scrapping for food. He also had to have his lighter locks dyed dark. (And yes, he’s the guy who is linked romantically to Miley Cyrus, 19.)
About the Tributes
Cato: The most evil tribute is played by Alexander Ludwig, 19. I’ve never seen him in anything but that’s because his biggest movie credit to date is 2009′s RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN. But he used to be an Abercrombie model. He told US that he worked with a Navy SEAL for his training.
Foxface: I also don’t know this actor — Jacqueline Emerson, 17. PEOPLE says she was a “keyboardist in the Disney kiddie band Devo 2.0.” But she is friends with director Gary Ross’s daughter. Ross interviewed her to get a kid’s take on the books. Then he asked her to audition for the role.
Glimmer: Leven Rambin, 21, snagged this role. You’ve seen her on Grey’s Anatomy and Wizards of Waverly Place. But she’s probably best-known for playing look-alike half-sisters Lily Montgomery and Ava Benton on the daytime soap opera All My Children.
Marvel: Is played by (gulp — I feel old now) Jack Quaid, 19. Yup — he’s the son on actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. This is his feature film debut.
Rue: So cute. Amandla Stenberg, 13, handles the role. PEOPLE did a whole story on her. (PEOPLE noted that her mother — Karen Brailsford — is a former PEOPLE correspondent.) Never seen her before but she played younger version of Zoe Saldana’s character in COLOMBIANA. Her mom rolled her clothes in dirt and had her put twigs in her hair for her audition.
Thresh: Another debut. Dayo Okeniyi, 23, who grew up in Nigeria. Came to the U.S. for school and is a 2009 grad of Anderson University, where he studied graphic design.
That’s if for now. In the next post I’ll talk about some of the other characters, including Lenny Kravitz, who plays Cinna!
Until then, check out the music to the movie. Here’s a clip from Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars called “Safe & Sound”
Super Bowl finally gets vampire ads! February 6, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
Tags: Audi, Super Bowl, vampires
Took marketing types long enough to think of adding vampires to commercials but Audi had fun with the blood sucker craze during the Super Bowl. Goofy ad but made me laugh. (What was your favorite ad? And yes — there were a few that had paranormal/ghoul themes!)