Friday, November 13, 2009

DC Comics becomes DC Entertainment


Not long after their chief rival Marvel penned a major deal with Disney that will only make competition tougher, DC Comics (and its parent company, Warner Bros.) announced a shake-up of their own today.

DC Comics is no longer. The company is now DC Entertainment. Warner noted that, “the revamp is designed to make better use of DC’s massive library of characters.” Industry insiders noted that the move was in the works for a long time.

Moreover, veteran DC Comics leader Paul Levitz, will step aside to “return to his roots as a writer for DC and become a contributing editor and overall consultant to the new company.”

So what the hell does this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

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Read the ‘Vampire Diaries’ while you watch ‘Vampire Diaries’

September 8th, 2009 by Megan Clayton

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Image courtesy of the CW.

Note: Allison Tyra guest-blogged this post.

Call it my ’90s nostalgia, but when I saw that the CW was making a show out of the “Vampire Diaries” books, I have to admit that a dorky, seventh-grade part of my brain went “eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!” This is because L. J. Smith’s books were to my middle-school self what the “Twilight” series is to today’s starry-eyed tweenagers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cory’s Dream/Goofy Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor, Comedy

July 8th, 2009 by Cory Barker

Post updated with additional nominee.

With the Emmy Nominations coming next Thursday, July 16, I figured it was time that I posted my nominees. Now, as you know, I am in no way an expert on the Emmy process, way of thinking, etc. and so, I will not be suggesting typical nominees that you’d see on the ballot.

I don’t watch all of the “Emmy shows,” you know, those on HBO and Showtime and so it would be pretty dumb of me to trot out a list like this under the guise of some form of expert knowledge. Instead, I’m going to provide nominees based on the programs that I do watch. So expect a load of nominations from “geek,” “cult” or “underrated” programs. I hope that’s okay. However, because I DO watch some of the shows that would be nominated, you can also expect to recognize the program names, but perhaps be surprised I mentioned those actors/actresses.

Let us begin today, with Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Lost’ gets an extra hour for final season

June 30th, 2009 by Cory Barker


In some pretty cool news, ABC has announced that LOST will actually have 18 hours in the sixth and final season, instead of the originally-planned 17. This will also lead to a two-hour premiere and a two-hour finale for the show.
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Daily Links, 04.29

April 29th, 2009 by Cory Barker

Sorry for the absence. Hopefully we’re back for good.

Variety’s Brian Lowry pleads with pundits and critics to stop using “24″ in the discussion about torture. I completely agree – it’s a television show! Find another pop culture reference or something, you jerks. [Variety]

Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas are both on board for the “Wall Street” sequel. This is a sequel idea I can get behind, if only for its relevance to today’s economic climate. The original’s message of “greed is good” probably definitely didn’t help subdue the spending and decision-making by the financial elite, either. [EW's Hollywood Insider]

James Hibberd humorously looks at whether or not the fear surrounding swine flu could actually help the television industry. People might be looking to stay home, which could lead to better ratings for programs across the board. [Live Feed]

Ratings report: “Fringe” posted great numbers [10.6 million, 4.2 in the 18-49 dem] while “Idol” fell again [22.5 million, 7.9]. If you’re a fan of “Cupid” [5.6 million, 1.6] or “Reaper” [1.8 million, 0.7] I’m sorry – your shows are nearly guaranteed to be axed with those numbers. [TV By The Numbers]

President Obama will address the nation tonight for thoughts on his 100 days, which is great. However, the major networks will lose over $21.5 million in advertising revenue from his appearance, since they will obviously run it commercial free. FOX has opted out in hopes of attracting more viewers to the struggling “Lie to Me,” and I like that approach. Watch it on Fox News people. [Broadcasting & Cable]

Here’s one vote for no more exploration of the worlds created by “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica”/”Caprica.” [io9]

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Daily Links, 04.14

April 15th, 2009 by Cory Barker

Sorry for the lack of links this week – won’t happen again.

In a non-surprising turn of events, Michael Vick is shopping a reality television show based on his post-prison life, which begins this July. The sad thing is, there is an absolute guarantee that someone picks up this show – I’m putting money on Spike TV. [Live Feed]

Ratings report from last night: Fox dominated yet again, powered by solid nights by “Idol” [24.1 million, 8.4/23 in 18-49] and “Fringe” [10.9 million, 4.1/10]. “Reaper” [2.0 million, 0.9/2] and “90210″ [2.1 million, 1.2/3] had a solid night for the CW. Bad news for ABC and “Cupid,” as the show pulled in horrible numbers at 10 pm [5.9 million, 1.7/4], which means it is more or less gone. [Variety]

Are you a “Chuck” fan hoping that the show will end up on the CW because of a sweetheart deal with Josh Schwartz and Warner Bros. or on USA as a NBCU downstream? Don’t count on it says TV By The Numbers. Advertisers, production costs, etc. – either show stays on NBC or it dies. [TV By The Numbers]

Peep the best report from the “Dr. Horrible” Paley Festival panel that I’ve read. Isn’t it about time that Whedon just takes all his new stuff online? Has “Dollhouse” taught him enough? [Hollywood Reporter]

So Steven Spielberg has seen “Transformers 2″ and told Michael Bay that it is Bay’s best film yet. This is from Bay, but do we believe it? I’m sure it will be his “biggest” in terms of explosions, pure craziness and loud noises – but best? Has Spielberg watched “Bad Boys 2″ lately? One of the best action films ever, in my dumb opinion. [/Film]

McG tells MTV News that the ending of “Terminator Salvation” is going to divide the audience. That makes sense, but it’s about time for him to admit that the backlash behind the original ending – John Connor the human is replaced by a cyborg with his memory, looks, etc. – existed. C’mon Mc, just admit that you changed it, who cares? [MTV Movies ]

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Daily Links, 04.09

April 9th, 2009 by Cory Barker

“Dollhouse” may be getting the shaft from FOX – it looks as though right now that the network has decided not to air the 13th and final episode of the series, and instead promoting the 12th as the season finale. This is probably a marketing strategy to get more Whedon fans to buy the DVD sets [like they were not going to anyway], but also a signal that the show is not coming back for a second season. [TV By The Numbers]

*SPOILER* Ausiello is reporting that the rumor that George will A.) go off to war and B.) probably die is coming to pass on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Even more of a shocker, all of that is going to happen this season. Remember when that show was actually good? [Ausiello Files]

Ratings report from last night: “The Unusuals” debuted very soft, like worst premiere for ABC this season soft, pulling in only 6.8 million viewers and a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo. That’s not good news, but one could say that a series low for “Lost” [8.3 million, 3.7] didn’t help. “Lie to me” [8.4 million, 2.5] and “Idol” [22.4 million, 7.8] helped FOX win the night. Duh. [Live Feed]

The journalism ethics folks are going to be up in arms about this one – The L.A. Times did a major front page, below the fold feature on police officer Ben Sherman today. The only problem? Ben Sherman is Ben McKenzie’s fictional character on the debuting “Southland.” The piece is signaled as an ad, but renting out the front page is a little much, no? [Variety]

Bravo has picked up “NYC Prep,” the “real-life ‘Gossip Girl.” As popular as the “Real Housewives” series is, I can’t imagine this show being any less than a substantial success for Bravo. Is this the new “Hills?” Probably. Yay. [Broadcasting & Cable ]

It’s more or less confirmed that Arnie will be appearing in the new “Terminator” film. Not a big surprise there, but the bigger question is what exactly the Governator will be doing – an actual cameo? His face matted onto the body of some endos? Or just a little voice spot? It will be interesting to see if WB and the flick’s producers promote this to get more people to watch it, or keep it a major secret. [MTV News]

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Daily Links, 04.08

April 8th, 2009 by Cory Barker

Ratings report from last night: “Fringe” returned strong from an prolonged absence, hauling 12 million viewers and 4.7 in the 18-49 demographic. However, “American Idol” may have affected those ratings since it ran about 10 minutes into the hour, pumping those number sup. “Idol,” by the way, had another strong night, with 22 million and 7.8 in the 18-49. On the negative side of things, “Cupid” [6.2 million, 1.7] dipped 26 percent from the premiere and “Reaper” [2.3 mil, 0.9] slipped just a bit. [Live Feed]

In other “Fringe” news, the super secretive role of William Bell has finally been cast…and the news is good. Leonard Nimoy aka Spock has been given the role. I guess after appearing in the new “Star Trek” film, JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were charmed by Nimoy. His Bell will appear in the season finale and then have a recurring role next year. [Ausiello Files]

Check out some analysis from io9 on the “Wolverine” leak. This is really a major blow for Hollywood and I’m sure Fox will track down the SOB who leaked it in the first place. The question is whether or not this is the beginning of a horrible trend or not. Let’s hope not. [io9]

“Eastbound & Down” will return for a second season, contrary to numerous rumors since the show ended its first run not too long ago. On the bad news side, the new episodes probably won’t debut until 2010 instead of late this fall like I’m sure some fans were hoping for. [Hollywood Reporter]

Man, people have a lot of time on their hands don’t they? Someone has finally figured out what the symbols/pictures in between commercials are on “Fringe.” It turns out they actually make up the English alphabet and they’re are or will eventually be, spelling out important messages that we need. Awesome work. [Sci Fi Wire]

Finally today, if you’d like to see the biggest collection of actors and “celebrities” in one Funny or Die video, this must be it. Zac Efron throws a pool party and things get out of control when his uncle Hank shows up. Almost funny. Almost.

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