proggrrl: (BSG - well behaved wimmin (Razor))

What's that I spy? Could it be...BAD!HOT!FUTURE!PETER ?

proggrrl: (Heroes- Hellsyeah)
Whoa.  How bout this week's LOST & BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, eh?  My head is spinning. 

I have some basic thoughts - and a bunch of questions -  on BSG posted in the comments section over here if you're interested.  I have only watched it once and plan to rewatch, read everyone else's thoughts, and then maybe have a bit more to say.

Meanwhile, can I get a HUZZAH for the first HEROES season 3 promo spot?  Three friggin' hours?! W00t.

Also forgot to mention earlier in the week, that I watched the PBS movie CRANFORD last Sunday night based on Mo Ryan's review.  And for any of you Jane Austen/Brit period piece drama fans out there -- see it!  Excellent, witty, and surprisingly matriarchal.  Great acting...and a welcome respite from the intensely romantic nature of many of those BBC films.  This has all the usual romantic entanglements and all that -- but also much more of THE REST OF LIFE.  You can still catch part 1 (of 3) on PBS's site, and part 2 is coming tomorrow.
proggrrl: (Darko - HIYA)
For my own sanity I decided to make a list of what I'd like to try to see this weekend at NYCC and...gulp...

Erm, this is not helping my stress levels - how the heck could I see all this stuff?!?  Let's leave the rest to serendipity (or any luck I have begging for a fansite press pass tomorrow morning, heh)...

Anyhoo, if you're going to NYCC this weekend, let's try to find each other...see my twitter feed or ping me at proggrrl at yahoo dotcom.

7:30-8pm/IGN Theater – X Files preview with Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Alternate: Girls Who Kick Ass panel with Jenna Jameson (Rm 1E15)...actually, the more I hear from Jenna and her zombie flick, the more the X Files panel may be my alternate tonight...

8-10pm/IGNT – Doctor Who/Battlestar screening

12-1pm/IGNT - Battlestar Galactica panel

2-3PM / IGNT – Wanted & Hellboy panels with Mark Millar, Tiimur Bekmambetov; Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones & Luke Goss.

3-4PM/Rm 1E16 – The Future of The Future (Sci Fi authors discuss the genre)

4-5PM/Rm 1E07 – Rest preview with Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundriff
Alternates: The Spirit preview with Frank Miller and Eva Mendes (IGNT); Eli Stone panel (Rm 1E12); Venture Bros. panel (Rm 1E15)

5-6PM/Rm 1E07 – Robot Chicken panel with Seth Green and Matthew Senrich
Alt: Zack & Miri Make a Porno preview (Rm 1E16)

6-7PM/Rm 1E15 – Dark Horse Comics panel
Alt: Starship Troopers 3 preview (6:30/Rm 1E12)

7-8PM/Rm 1E16 – Bill Plympton panel

12:30-1:15PM/IGNT – Harold & Kumar panel with Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris

3-5PM/IGNT: Screening of Special

Whew.  Party on.
proggrrl: (Heroes play with my new toy)
Wow. Well. Let me just dive in:

- OMG YAY: A The Daily Show and The Colbert Report return with writers tonight
*happy dancing*

- HEROES writers are going back to work and, though there will not be any more eps this season, it’s very likely there will be MORE THAN 22 EPS NEXT SEASON.  Can I getta W00t?!

- Saturday Night Live will broadcast 4 new shows in a row beginning on Feb. 23: Tina Fey hosts week one, and Ellen Page week two.  Made of awesome.

- Showtime announced news today
The bad: CALIFORNICATION, which I very much enjoyed, won’t be back till late summer/early fall.
The good: WEEDS returns June 16, and new shows on the horizon include POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS directed by Tim Robbins, and THE UNITED STATES OF TARA, written by Diablo “JUNO” Cody and produced by Steven Spielberg.  Whoa.

- The NY Times has HBO show news: ENTOURAGE and BIG LOVE will have to premiere much later than usual due to the late start.  So the former comes in the fall, and the latter near the end of this year.

- Also from NYT piece: SAVING GRACE is 3 weeks behind schedule and will premiere later in June than originally planned.

- The supercool Paley Festival panels are getting going next month and here’s an LJ comm that’s going to track everything that comes out of them…

- Supersilliest news: Fox is really, truly making a USA version of this now infamous game show.  ZOMG.  You need to go watch that video btw.  It needs to be seen.  Just once.

- Leonard Frakking Nimoy is doing The Colbert Report on Thursday!?!? *dies*
proggrrl: (MM Joan pwns life)
I'm just post-happy this evening!  Woo hoo!

*jumps around, yelling and flinging little posts at the flist*

OK.  For serious.  Here are two great posts on Watch With Kristin and The Ausiello Report where you can get up-to-the-minute news on the status of your fave TV shows now that the strike is pretty much over.   And this Variety piece is about the pilots that will most likely be on the fast track now for next fall.

proggrrl: (Heroes Peter lights)
This is what happens when the [ profile] ohnotheydidnt crew gets bored. !!!!!!!!
(Make sure you Gerard Butler fans take a peek at this GIF ... and the source vid, which is even sweeter. LOL)

DSC vid. *sigh*

proggrrl: (Heroes Peter lights)

WTF is Angela doing with Sylar? *gulp*

I miss my show.  Boo frakking hoo.

[Heroes sneak peak via TV Squad]
proggrrl: (Science vs Faith (Lost))
Time to linkspam y’all…it’s been WAY too long.

This is a wonderful meme for the holiday season that I'm preparing to do…and so is this one if I can figure out how to set up this type of poll.  Anybody?

Apparently the co-founder of Greenpeace is now in favor of nuclear energy as the only viable solution to our energy and carbon emission woes.

The NY Times discusses the idea of humanity’s need to create and enjoy art being a favored evolutionary trait.

Wired interviews the country’s top sexologists about the latest in female orgasm research.

I hope you all are getting out to see NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, a fantastic film.  Very powerful, deceptively simple, and the most badass badguy you will ever meet.  I have more to say on it – but for now let me leave you with this link (spoiler warning), which explores some other opinions and in particular the film’s unusual ending. 

This is really cool, that Fox is doing a fan poster contest for THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES…but this detail from the contest rules really sucks: “Entrant may NOT use his/her own original illustrations, photographs or other images, fonts, text copy, and drawings and may NOT use 3rd party elements.”  Boooo Fox.  Boooo.  (btw if you want to participate, hurry up the deadline is only a few weeks away…)

This NY Sun piece features very nasty comments on the films, but is nevertheless my great reminder that WB just released DVDs of two of my childhood 70s SF faves, LOGAN’S RUN and SOYLENT GREEN.  Ahhhh <3  <3  <3

I have been turned on to two exciting music web sites I want to highly recommend: VSL showed me this new NPR music site, which I’ll have to explore soon.  And BSG actress Nicki (“Cally”) Clyne’s blog introduced me to Pandora, which is just incredible so far…I’ve only scratched its surface, creating a single channel inspired by The New Pornographers.  Fun stuff.

I am a latecomer to the magic that is HEROES Exec Producer Greg Beeman’s blog.  It’s never too late!  I am entranced at the moment by these mysterious SLUSHO pics (go down the post a bit and you'll find em)...How do these relate to CLOVERFIELD?  Anyone understand this glorious, mystifying mashup?  Slusho cups have made an appearance on HEROES for 2 weeks now…and Beeman says it's all "don't ask/don't tell" for now, but "their cultural significance will become clear in the coming months so pay attention!"  I'm geekably fascinated.  Meanwhile, I’m still a tad joyfilled that gothamist has called out CLOVERFIELD as “NYC Destruction Porn.”  Yeah, I’m a longtime fan of that (ARMAGEDDON anyone? Heh.)

Always helpful [profile] mediocrechick has supplied us with yet another great set of scans – this time of People’s Sexiest Men Alive issue.  Don't know about you girls - but most of my TV faves are here. *dies*  But why is Taylor Kitsch wearing so much clothing…and what is with the bizarre (over)retouching on Nathan Fillion?  At least Milo has accepted and owned up fully to his utter sexiness.  Must be why Beeman is always photographing him shirtless (see above)?  *g*

I am incredibly pleased to hear that BBCA has decided to run S2 of TORCHWOOD so quickly…I am loving this show, and would have hated to wait a frakking year!

Two very engrossing (and depressing) new posts on the Writers Guild strike: this one is about the less-publicized, and highly dangerous, anti-union practices involving reality TV.  And this one is written by a lawyer in digital media, entertainment and technology law – discussing just how much the AMPTP are so NOT GETTING THIS in a basic way.

[profile] ch_photoshopped has more of her gorgeous flickering light icons – this time with a wintery theme. *snuggles closer to the fire *
proggrrl: (Heroes Bell'l killya)
For anyone else who's still vibrating with happy over how good HEROES was this week: show some love.  Icons by [profile] lidi and here.

And just found these...

   (by lexigeek)            (artist unknown)
proggrrl: (FNL-shirtless riggins plz)
Can I take a break this morning to say that ALL my TV is pwning me right now.

I'm talking last week's 30 ROCK, GREY'S ANATOMY, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. This past weekend's TORCHWOOD (and really, all the eps for the past month); a profound (and profoundly BI) show. The season finales of CALIFORNICATION and TELL ME YOU LOVE ME.

BSG: RAZOR. You know how I feel.

And most especially this and last week's HEROES. Wow.

Almost totally makes up for complete abscence of DAILY SHOW, COLBERT REPORT...and the news that 30 ROCK has shut down, HEROES is probably ending for the season in 3 weeks...and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA season 4 is going dark this week till further notice.


Meanwhile, I am collecting a bunch of things for us to do if everything completely shuts down for months and months. Most of it will be movie-related. We're not there yet. Hopefully the Hollywood agents will broker a deal before things get super duper ugly.

How's everyone doing? Work pwnd ME last night, so no RAZOR screening for me...did anyone go?
proggrrl: (Heroes Bell'l killya)
I agree with Anne Thompson, who agrees with this WGA strike will probably bring a zillion new film/TV folks into the blogosphere. That's a good thing. It's already having an effect on Joss Whedon (3 times in one week! *joy*) and Damon Lindelof, and a lot of other writers.  Most important of all, Josh Friedman has posted.  After 10 months of silence! *glee*

*additional glee about Friedman being the showrunner for THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES*

Not surprisingly, internet/tech guru Marc Andreessen really gets what is going on, down to the roots. The Titanic hit an iceberg 10 years ago, and the Captain is just noticing now. Also, as usual: when Mark Harris is right, he is very, very, very right.

I still say these writers (and directors and actors) should consider what the internet did to the music business.  It's not all doom and gloom.  Many artists have figured out how to make this work to their advantage.

  • This is ridiculously hilarious. And hawt. This is just hawt. (Yes, that was Milo.) This is just hilarious. (You rock David Anders!)  Thanks JK & Adrian, for making my day a bit sunnier.
  • This trailer for Denzel Washington/Oprah Winfrey's film THE GREAT DEBATERS looks terrific.

And BSG fans in the Los Angeles area? What are you doing on Friday morning?
proggrrl: (BSG K/L the dance)
OK that Kring rumor was just that, A RUMOR.  But things are not all rosy for this delightful show. Is everyone just bittorrenting HEROES now?  What's the deal with the ratings drops?  I know there's a bunch of us fans who didn't see any damned SLUMP this season.  Blargh.

This is adorable.  Fandom is so cool.

For you BROTHERS & SISTERS and Jon Robin Baitz fans out there, I hope you've found Baitz's posts on HuffPoI love his writing.  About ANY SUBJECT.  I didn't realize he was once a finalist for the Pulitzer as well.

I think that last week's FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and GREY'S were the best eps yet of both shows this season.

Also a few things I'd like to put here in my LJ for safe keeping/later reference, that came out during Ron Moore's Q&A answers the other night on this BSG skiffy board thread (see about halfway down this page 16).
proggrrl: (Joining the darkside heh heh)
Holy bejesus! Say it ain't so Kring! That's a rumor, please gods let it be a rumor...

Meanwhile, very cool of you Moore, sharing that cut scene from "Unfinished Business" between Tigh and Starbuck...and miscellaneous other details.

Fandom did a solid today, and delivered pizza to Jane Espenson and the BSG writers on the picket line in Los Angeles. Yay fandom.
proggrrl: (BtVS faith)
Here's what I learned from SciFi Wire this morning...


Joss Whedon is returning to TV!  That he is re-teaming with the wonderful Eliza Dushku and Tim Minear, is heaven sent.

That it's on Fox, and announced on the eve of a still quite likely WGA strike, makes me shiver.

:: prays for righteousness to win out in the end ::

:: also prays for Nathan Fillion to be cast alongside Dushku ::

:: overwhelmed by geeked out joy ::

...Other things learned this morning: Sci-Fi Channel is going green along with its NBC/Universal parents, and NBC is apparently either scrapping or postponing the making of HEROES: ORIGINS.  That last one is a real shame - I seem to be in the vocal minority (or silent majority?) who is STILL ENJOYING THIS SHOW?  Don't frak with it NBC.

OK, now everyone go back to JOSSIFIED SQUEEING! *g*

ETA: More on the new Whedon thing here and here and here...ah life.  It's a pretty impressive week for Joss and/or X-Files fans, eh?
proggrrl: (MM Don...orly?)
NBC/Fox’s is up and running in beta now.  Has anyone tried it?  I signed up a while ago, but they haven’t invited me to try it… :-(   [Meanwhile my net access at home has been down for 4 days, and work’s been a terror, so I couldn’t have played with Hulu, or, yet even if I wanted to.] 

HEROES is apparently up there, so is BIONIC WOMAN, BUFFY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the film SIDEWAYS…but no sign of BSG or any other SciFi shows and now the BSG logo is appearing on their home page *joy*.

Below is an embed for an entire ep of THE OFFICE (courtesy the Hulu blog), which you can check out even if they haven’t invited you to be part of the kewlhuluklub just yet.  Best thing I see here is the timebar feature that allows you to choose a clip from within the ep, of any length, and grab that to embed.  Also interesting is WIRED’s review of the service, which points out that the more (short?) clips you watch in one sitting, the less ads you are forced to sit through.

For me, obviously the issue with the frame width not fitting this LJ layout is a bummer.  Also, the menu buttons aren't always responding to my mouse clicks.  That sucks.  But the streaming speed and especially THE VIDEO RESOLUTION, is pretty damned ROCKING.

Are we entertained?
proggrrl: (subliminal words)
Oh HEROES!  Last night's ep was terrific.  Kristen Bell, evil dad, new powers confirmed...and the use of an MIA song on network! *glee*

Also excellent was Saturday's TORCHWOOD - really a profound concept at its center.  (For Brits and netizens who've seen already, it was 1.7, Greeks Bearing Gifts, where Toshiko is given a pendant that can read people's thoughts.)

This Sunday's ep of TELL ME YOU LOVE ME was the best yet, it was packed to the brim with revealing and intense scenes.  I felt like I learned more about everyone in this single ep than I had in the last three combined.  David & Katie continue to be so adorable, as I continue to root for them...

And CALIFORNICATION?  Intricate, sweet, full of love and pain.  Totally awesome.

That is all.  *g*
proggrrl: (UB the twins)
Well it turns out that yes, the Buffy-Sing-a-Long shutdown by FOX is indeed's just not the Writers union.  Also, another speck of evidence supports the SERENITY 2 movie rumor ("…I heard it from Nathan so if it turns out not to be true you can blame him…”).  Hmm.

I just loved this week's HEROES (Kristen Bell is coming! To hang with Milo? Most exxxxcellllent).  Bye bye CALIFORNICATION and MAD MEN. I will miss, miss, miss you. *sigh*

Still really enjoying DIRTY SEXY MONEY (even if it is turning into DAMAGES.  Just a little.)  On the fence about REAPER (the Kevin-Smith-bloom is coming off the rose), CHUCK (not funny enough/not sexy enough), and PUSHING DAISIES.  But the latter is probably a keeper, it's gloriously twee and Kristen Chenoweth is a delight.  Her dog bf is killing me.  We'll see how the next few eps go, now that the network has banned our boy Barry Sonnenfeld from doing any more directing.  Hanging in for PRIVATE PRACTICE.  GREY'S final 2 minutes last week was stunning, and UGLY BETTY can do no wrong in my eyes - so there.

I've changed my mind about BROTHERS & SISTERS and am sticking with it.  The past 2 weeks have been great, and I just listened to this incredibly profound podcast interview with its lead writer and creator, the playwright Jon Robin Baitz...check this out.  He is deliciously articulate and thoughtful, feminist...just great.  What a blessing to have this guy writing for TV.  

Speaking of The Treatment podcasts: I have been catching up on a backlog of 'em, and wanted to recommend another great one for you TV fans out there: last summer's interview with Showtime executive Robert Greenblatt.  It's a fascinating listen for any fan of serialized TV.  Most interesting to me was RG's insider view of why 10 or 13-ep series often work out better than 20 or 22-ep ones.  Also really enjoyed hearing screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who talks about writing the scripts for the BOURNE films, and working on his new feature MICHAEL CLAYTON, which is Gilroy's first stab at directing.   Elvis Mitchell's interviews are as smart as Charlie Rose's - with the added plus that Elvis knows what the frak he's talking about much more often.

I love podcasts.  They are a fantastic thing to have handy for workouts, train or walking commutes, hikes, or long car and airplane trips.  Here are a few of my current favorites:

[Today's subject line is from DIRTY SEXY MONEY. Natch.]
proggrrl: (Firefly-River on ceiling)
Whitney you are a Goddess, what would I do without your news blips…such as...
  • I know many on my flist are getting excited about the new PJ Harvey album – well apparently you can preview the whole thing now on AOL.
  • Anyone who is excited about Wes Anderson’s new film THE DARJEELING LIMITED, which just opened last weekend to amazing attendance in New York City, should check out all the links Whitney found of clips and the short “prequel” Anderson made with Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman.
  • Whitney is so right: we should all be celebrating Banned Books Week, every week of the year. Dammit!
  • Ian McShane spoke to Cinematical about those fabled DEADWOOD films…and the news is superbly BAD, although my morning was made reading him say this:
"You feel cheated? Imagine how I feel!" McShane replied. "We all do. We all do. It was one of those one-off jobs that you do which has got an extraordinary creative brain behind it, and it kept getting better, and the actors were great. It was a fabulous place to be and work. It was a workshop cum theater cum film. It was an extraordinary time. But everything has to come to an end, babe."

And some utterly random goodness NOT via PopCandy:
  • NewTeeVee posts advice for the TV nets on how to further attract and keep your geek audiences in thrall to this year’s new shows. Really good ideas here – the movie studios should be listening too.
  • TVGuide talks about The Whedon Effect on this year’s new TV, and why NBC probably would never move BIONIC WOMAN to the Sci-Fi Channel (WARNING: you have to jump over some incredibly spoilery bits to scroll down to this stuff, especially if you’re staying unspoiled for FNL this Friday. Watch out!)...via Whedonesque.
  • The BLADE RUNNER: FINAL CUT media push has begun in earnest now, leading up to the December DVD release. This directors-cut-to-end-all-directors-cuts just screened at the NYFF and opens this Friday in theaters for a very limited (as in RUN-DON’T-WALK) run in NYC (The Zeigfeld! OMG) and LA.
  • Wired has a bunch of cool stuff this week: These two features about ROBOT CHICKEN, an interview with Ridley Scott and a nexus of all the cultural influences of BLADE RUNNER, and this incredibly disturbing yet sexy robot art. *wipes brow*
proggrrl: (Heroes Peter lights)
OK, I suppose this is the GeekChic post, let’s get into all the geeky fun on the new TV docket.  Cuz, like, Sci-fi & Fantasy is dah bomb!

proggrrl: (walkin' on the beach)
I am happy to say that I am now just 2 days away from my week-long Maine vacation.  Me and the family are heading up to Islesford, a tiny island off of Mt. Desert Island.  Can. Not. Wait. 

But I'll miss you kids, natch.

Before leaving, I'm aiming to drop a few more posts, so the time has come for me to do my Fall TV Grid. 

PS - Must give a shoutout to the latest iconartist I've found during my LJ travels: [profile] ch_photoshopped .  Go check out her amazing animated GIFs, they are walk on the beach icon is hers.  Cannot leave town without linking to this great new Katee Sackhoff scan - this one is from the latest SciFi Channel Magazine, apparently from RAZOR.  Thanks to dramaticgrl for scanning and [profile] canadiangirl_86  for sharing!  Oh Starbuck.  Sigh.  <3 <3 <3


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