proggrrl: (Clockwork - top o' the mornin' ta ya)
What the!?!  It's like someone turned on the Muggy-Crappy-Summer-In-New-York switch today...

Hope you all had a great weekend...I did lots of full on chillaxing, hanging out in Brooklyn eating at amazing restaurants and seeing bizarrely cool Steampunkery in action, going to the very enjoyable kinda-new Brooklyn Flea, and making "urban hikes" all over the place during perfect weather.  I avoided INDY (cuz, blech)...and didn't get to THE FALL quite yet.

Also, I had way, way too much fun helping everyone on Whedonesque get hooked on transmedia for new Fox shows.  F.T.W. !!!!   I highly recommend reading that thread all the way through if you're interested in the FRINGE and DOLLHOUSE transmedia - it's all Fox approved and the thread has become bloated with excellent research and links.  *glee*

Btw you may have heard that the great Sidney Pollack has passed away after fighting serious illness for some time now.  The guy is cinema royalty, go over here for a few samples of his whole scene.  He directed THE WAY WE WERE, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, TOOTSIE, and OUT OF AFRICA, and produced a zillion more things, just for starters.  I had just seen him this weekend in the terrific documentary STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES, which I highly recommend to any cinephile out there or anyone considering dipping their toes into Kubrick's films.  Pollack has some great interview bits near the end when they are discussing EYES WIDE SHUT.  RIP, sir.
proggrrl: (Lost- time travel?)
Well, STAR TREK The Reboot is a year away...LOST is winding down for another 8-month hiatus*...and it looks like CLOVERFIELD 2 is on a back burner at the moment...


Nevertheless...I smell hijinks of some sort in the Bad Robot compound that are just getting started...

:: rubs hands together ::

Does anyone know where I can get some FRINGE icons?





*Don't forget to rewatch S4x12 with new footage...
proggrrl: (FNL - clear eyes full hearts)
I'm a tad behind on the movies in theaters front...but IRON MAN was really fun.


Did anyone see SPEED RACER?  It's on my list.

Meanwhile, from the small(er) screen...I'm actually sorry I missed LaBuff on SNL, he was funny!  I want an animated GIF icon of him as Doug Henning saying "Magic!" and flinging his hand like that.  Hilarious.

Lots of GeekTV news coming in the next wave of TV upfront buzz this weekend and today, that JJ Abrams new show FRINGE has been picked up and will most likely run this fall.  Whedon's DOLLHOUSE is a go for midseason.  Apparently SARAH CONNOR's season 2 will run with FRINGE this fall?  And Peter (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) Berg is going to direct Ron Moore/Michael Taylor's pilot for VIRTUALITY? W00t.

I am looking forward to this VHI series SEX: THE REVOLUTION.  Per PopCandy, looks like Sundance Channel will show the uncensored versions next week.
proggrrl: (Glaubot - TSCC)
FYI, for those of us now keeping tabs on all these upcoming Fox network sci-fi shows, I found this amazingly primitive, but informative blog on Fox's official site. 

Looks like they'll be aggregating materials about the new shows by Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Ron Moore, etc, as well as S2 of SARAH CONNOR. 

Kewl.  Blogroll could use some work.  But still kewl.
proggrrl: (Lost-season 4 first shot)
This is a hilarious LOST fanvid, collecting all of Sawyer's nicknames through end of season 3. LOL - my favorites this year have been "Yoda" (Benry) and "Kurtz" (Locke).




Hey, Skeletor seems to like it!  Bottoms up!
proggrrl: (BtVS something to sing about)
Brilliant idea from Dollrific: 10 Faith-heavy BUFFY / ANGEL eps to watch as you mentally prepare yourself for DOLLHOUSE.  Umm....yes, I realize the show is like 9-10 months away.  *g*

Hee hee, rumor mill says that Paul "Billy" Campbell just auditioned for Joss Whedon's new show.  *joy*

Anyone who enjoys writers talking craft, peeking into the Large Sexy Brains of Joss Whedon or JJ Abrams, and/or CLOVERFIELD will definitely, definitely enjoy this recording of a recent Q&A session with Drew Goddard.  Goddard wrote CLOVERFIELD, is a current writer for LOST, and wrote for both BUFFY and ANGEL back in the day.  It's a long recording with lots of gems.  For me the best stuff begins around 50 minutes in, where DG starts answering tons of obsessive-compulsive type fan questions about CLOVERFIELD which lead to his expounding about ARG, viral marketing, and the nature of internet fandom.  I don't really agree with some of his opinions on these topics - but I imagine many, many creative types share his feelings.  A fascinating listen.  (Also note there are tons of other cool Q&A's on the blog, with Todd Haynes, Richard Kelley, Alfonso Cuaron, Diablo Cody, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Moore, etc.)

Meanwhile, let's keep our fingers crossed that this Buffy Reunion at the Paley Fest does indeed go to DVD, as rumored...
proggrrl: (Lost - mac n cheeze dharma style)
IN TREATMENT - I am completely enthralled by this show - and hope some of you are watching it. Intense, intimate, real, scary, with many glimpses of actual soul. Incredible cast.  Rodrigo Garcia is the showrunner (and the writer/director of the first few weeks of eps).  Anyone who's ever seen his two feature films will know he is a master of the subtle gesture, the important yet barely noticeable event.  And that he understands how to get a great performance from his actors. You must see it.  And have I mentioned how much Michelle Forbes pwns every scene she's in?  Yeah.

LOST - blowing my mind!  Adore it. I  even enjoyed the much-maligned Juliet ep last week.  For me, Juliet has always been fascinating - and I love, love, love Ben/Others flashbacks that give Ben backstory, and/or recontextualize past events from the Others' POV. Good times. Not only am I gleeful about the prospect of this and BATTLESTAR airing at the same time...hee hee...but I am also mystified by Fun!

TORCHWOOD - Uneven as always, but I love it! The good ones are so, so good. ADAM was my favorite ep so far this season (that's the one about memory). Very much enjoyed this week's ep (here in the USA that was the one where that glove gets used)...and continue to hope those oddball rumors about the show's future are wrong. I want my TW to remain as it is.

BREAKING BAD - Liked, not loved.  The last ep was this past Sunday...wonder if it'll get renewed.  Were any of you watching?  The final scene of the 2nd to last ep, when "Mr. Clean" Walt threatened a buildingful of murderous homeys with his magical chemistry, was amazing.

I don't watch THE WIRE...but I was truly impressed by this superbly classy piece the writers did for TIME MAGAZINE.  Word.
proggrrl: (Torchwood-cast)
Tidbits off the grid today...

DO NOT CLICK THIS ONE if you are not able to handle a very very depressing DW/TORCHWOOD rumor.  Let's hope these frakkers are wrong, wrong, wrong!  Oy.  *worry face*
ETA: [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl assures me that long-term DOCTOR WHO fans consider this source a complete fail.  Let's hope so.

This link is for the CLOVERFIELD/JJ Abrams/monster fans out there...of the usual head-stratchingly WHAAAA?-inducing variety.  Love it. (Meanwhile how geekedly cute is this photo! LOL)
proggrrl: (Default)
Here's the new IRON MAN trailer they showed with LOST last night. It is awesome (and well worth your going over to the source to get higher-res version and revel in all the FX shots they've finished to date! yay!) -



BTW that LOST ep was completely fantastic and opened up the time issues magically. Love it. Now is probably an excellent time to chew on stuff that is spoilerish if you're not caught up with S3 and S4 - come on in! )

Ahhhh, that's entertainment.
proggrrl: (Lost- Team INSANE ftw)
So there's one of those fill-in-my-missing-words spoilers for LOST S4 on Ausiello today:




What do we think this means?

ETA: So I took this question to a big comm of LOSTies, and of course got a ton of (good) answers...including a link that claims to show the spoilery "real Oceanic 6"...I didn't click it.   *staying strong*
proggrrl: (Lost - welcome to mindfrak island!)
I just found out about these hilarious LOST, GREY'S ANATOMY, and UGLY BETTY V Day e-cards...So cute!

Here's the one a pal sent me this morning...Awwwww.



ETA: Some time slot news I grabbed off [community profile] ohnotheydidnt today:

The writers' strike may end up being the best thing that ever happened to Lost.

ABC is said to be finalizing a post-strike spring schedule that not only hands Lost its best available time slot, but promises to further strengthen the network's stronghold on Thursday night.

According to multiple sources, ABC plans on airing this season's final five* Lost episodes on Thursdays at 10 pm/ET beginning in late April, where it will follow all-new episodes of Grey's freakin' Anatomy! Throw in fresh installments of Ugly Betty at 8 pm and you've got yourself the most formidable one-two-three punch since the early days of CBS' Survivor/CSI/Without a Trace smashup. Creatively speaking, I'd go so far as to say this rivals NBC's storied Must-See-TV juggernaut back in the '90s.

And I haven't even gotten to the best part.  The best part is that I'm hearing that ABC is strongly considering keeping this dream lineup intact this fall... and beyond.

I don't know about you, but this almost makes up for ABC's mishandling of [insert any number of show titles here].

* This just in: I'm now hearing that Lost's final arc may consist of six episodes, not five. No, Team Darlton isn't making an extra episode this season. Rather, the final installment of the current run (aka Episode 8) will likely be held to kick off the final batch of five. According to my spies, Episode 7 makes for a better, more logical, break.

Meanwhile, have any of you been considering uploading theories to the LOST website?  They've been pimping this on-screen during the broadcast of season 4 eps.  You can upload actual videos of you and your theories.  Hmm.  I have developing theories, and one thousand and one burning questions.  Would anyone out there like to put our brainpower together and make a video?  Maybe we could cut together video of the two of us debating theory and coming to a shared conclusion.  Get in touch vidders!  I have a camera.  I'm just...well, guess I'm shy.

ETA 2: Someone asked me where I got my cow icon.  Come over here for this and more hilarious stuff from [profile] pilot101.

Another new fun thang for pimping - they have set up a LOST widget, which I'm embedding below.  Hopefully it will be as fun and useful as the CLOVERFIELD or Sundance Film Festival widgets were in the past.  Game on, islanders!

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.

MAD MEN! FRINGE! DOLLHOUSE*giggling*
proggrrl: (Lost-season 4 first shot)
LOST:  Uh, yeah. Awesome.  Those music videos running during the S4 premiere were so fun, especially the Locke one set to CRAZY by Patsy Cline, HAH...ABC does fanvids.  Kewl. 

After my powerwatch of S3 last week - entire season in 5 days - I was a tad bleary eyed.  But it was big fun.  Love the Flash Forward idea - what a great way to reinvigorate the entire structure of the show.  Is it just me, or does this show have a wicked lot in common with BSG?  Also - I am officially a "Jater" bitches!  That pop-up tidbit during the S3 finale rebroadcast on Wednesday was enlightening. *chuckle*

[profile] mediocrechick has posted something that I, too, am sure I am going to become completely obsessed with.

I also learned a new word this week: "Transmedia Storytelling."  We needed this new name for something that can no longer be pigeonholed under old words "ARG," "Viral Marketing," or any of that.  It is becoming (thanks to folks like Whedon, JJ Abrams et al) a new form of entertainment that is unlike any before it.  Heh.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:  I'm getting a little frantic as we are about to run out of episodes.  Trying to stay calm.

PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES AUSTEN SERIES:  Uneven...nevertheless, OF COURSE I'm watching it!  Need to make sure I pimp my favorite older Austen adaptations to you folks:  the 1995 version of PERSUASION.  The 1995 version of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.  The 1999  version of MANSFIELD PARK.  And do I really need to mention the Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE? Really? *g*

BREAKING BAD
: Trying to stick with it.  They almost lost me last week in the 2nd ep...putting such loser guys under a microscope is making me cringe.  But I just cannot turn away from all the chemistry lessons!  They are just...fascinating.  Especially the one involving the bathtub (ewww).

IN TREATMENT
:  I have a full week's worth stored on the Tivo.  Haven't had time yet.  Is anyone out there watching?  It's confirmed that Battlestar Galactica's Michelle Forbes will soon make an appearance, btw.  See Mo Ryan for more on that.
proggrrl: (A series of Tubes?!?)
Can't. Stop. Pondering. This. ARG. Madness.

Must. Focus. On. Rest. Of. Life.

Helllllppppp mmmmeeeeeeee

[This must be a symptom of my attempt to powercycle through all of LOST season 3 this weekend]
proggrrl: (More cowbell!)
Stallone chats with fans at AICN...I like this guy, seriously.  One / Two / Three

JJ Abrams, Robert Orci, Bryan Burk and even Zachary Quinto for a sec (posting as "ZQ"), answered fan questions here today live from the STAR TREK set.  Love them.  ETA: summary of answers and set photos now up over here.

A 90 minute podcast interview with Joss.  *swoon*

I would kill to go to this.  And for you folks who haven't seen all the Oscar-nominated movies yet: check this out.
proggrrl: (Applause)
I must say, when you see it all laid out like this, the viral on CLOVERFIELD becomes pretty doggone impressive.  Usually the movie people don't go this deep.  Then again: we're talking about the creatives behind LOST, who have arguably built the greatest viral marketing yet to be seen in this business.  Anyhoo - between LOST, CLOVERFIELD and DARK KNIGHT this year, we've had access - if we wanted it - to some damned clever viral on the intertubage.

ETA: And...it ain't over, really OVER, till someone proves this is fake. OMG!
proggrrl: (Heroes-Peter SLUSHO)
I’ve watched a truckload of flix lately that were darned good. Time to share. For mild (mainly CLOVERFIELD) spoilers, I’ll put this under some cuts. For you sensitive types.




For you LOST fans out there, TV critic Mo Ryan has just posted this piece comparing LOST and CLOVERFIELD, since the producer, writer, and cinematographer are all LOSTmakers.

I’m currently trying to catch up to S3 of LOST before the S4 premiere on 1/31. ABC.com has all seasons/all eps streaming in HD. I’ve been watching them on my Mac 18" screen with my RCN broadband connection, on the full screen setting. They look amazing, almost as sharp as my TV set - and with only a single 30-sec ad running at each commercial break, the show moves right along. It was almost as easy as using a DVR. Now if only my computer screen was near any sort of COMFORTABLE CHAIR and speakers!

Bon cinema tout.
proggrrl: (She liked Imaginary Men)
Every time I try to un-flist [community profile] ohnotheydidnt, they post something else like this.  And I have to friend them again.  Here's a sample; click to analyse:





Sigh.
proggrrl: (Science vs Faith (Lost))
I am done with my squeeing about, and posting links for, the film CLOVERFIELD.  But I will add this:  J.J. Abrams' March 2007 T.E.D. Conference appearance.  Enjoy.  [hat tip to Anne Thompson]



Did any of you watching TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES this week catch this bizarre Converse commercial that plays like an Adbusters PSA?  Turns out the entire series of ads is on the Converse site, including this one with a Bob Marley track (I've seen that play many times on Comedy Central)...and this one that I would be simply AMAZED to see on commercial broadcast TV.
proggrrl: (Heroes-Peter SLUSHO)
OK, I'm sticking to my anti-spoiler guns on this, but having a hard time NOT READING Harry Knowles' review of CLOVERFIELD (via Cinematical).  The review is probably immensely spoilery, so read at your own risk.  But he definitely loved it, as have two others "in the biz" that I've spoken to this past week.

ETA: one other cyberspace reviewer was allowed to see and post, Jeffrey Wells.  Again I only read up to the end of this paragraph and stopped. BUT WHAT A PARAGRAPH:
If Allen Ginsberg didn't already own the title I would suggest that they call it Howl. This is not your father's Ray Harryhausen rampaging- monster flick. Those movies, comparatively, were parlor dramas for the tame of heart. This movie is REM madness. It is Guillermo del Toro on a tab of brown acid with a little crack thrown in.

Can. Not. Wait. To. See.  *glee*

Meanwhile, also via AICN comes news of the possibility of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale co-starring in Michael Mann's new film?  *flail*  That's the best casting rumor I've heard since Cinematical mentioned Viggo Mortensen and Philip Seymour Hoffman might be co-starring in something.  Super yays. 

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