Thursday, February 26, 2009

Their Name is Jonas

Sometimes, I feel bad for mega-celebrities who have legions of detractors who criticize everything they do online. But then I remember that they're rich, they have the world at their fingerips,and they probably don't spend a lot of time on the Internet. (Although Miley Cyrus keeps posting inappropriate YouTube videos, so what do I know?) Anyway, that made me feel all right about writing a post about how terrible the Jonas Brothers are, and what their 3D movie (which opens this weekend) would have to be about in order to get me into the theater. Read it at!

The Jonas Brothers in 3D: Dear God, Why?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meanwhile, On the Island...

Let's talk about Lost. So, how long, exactly, have Jin, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles and Faraday been on the island when the Oceanic Six come back? The Six have been on the mainland for years, right? But the others have been hopping around in time since they left, so who knows how long they've actually been chilling out there? We may find out tonight, but I came up with some theories about what they've been doing since time stood still and why Jin is huntin' wabbit over at

Lost: What the Hell has Sawyer Been Doing This Whole Time?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Talkin' It Up on the Jimmy Fallon Talk Show

It won't be anywhere near as good as the Barry Gibb Talk Show, but I'm actually really looking forward to the first episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Say what you will, but Fallon was a funny guy on Saturday Night Live, and his Barry Gibb was the best thing ever. I got to talk to him on a conference call the other day, and he gave us some cool info about his new show. He didn't say whether he would ever be more than five steps from a gun, but he did say that they probably won't be using the character Jean-Paul Georges-Ringeau, France's most beloved one-man Beatles cover band. Sad now. Check out the interview at!

The New Face of Late Night: The Jimmy Fallon Q&A

My Evening With Oscars

ALthough I didn't attend this year's Oscars -- and neither did Robert Altman, above, who's dead -- I did get to sit on my couch with my 2.5-month-old daughter Hazel and write about them. Check out my liveblog of the event (with co-blogger Mindy Monez) at!

2009 Academy Awards Liveblog

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rourke Is It!

What would happen if Mickey Rourke became an Oscar-winning actor? Would his life change? Would he get better roles? Would he buy more chihuahuas? I decided to run down ten possible ways Rourke's life will improve if he wins an Academy Award on Sunday. Check it out at!

What if Mickey Rourke Wins the Oscar?

Welcome to the Buffy -- er, Dollhouse

So I've seen three episodes of Dollhouse so far (not the first three, the first two and the fourth -- thanks a heap, Fox) and I'm loving it. It's going to take a while for me to start to develop strong personal feelings for the characters, as I do with every Joss Whedon show, but this show is helping by seemingly basing all of its characters on previous Whedon characters from Buffy, Angel and even Firefly. Check out my guide to the Dollhouse characters (and their Whedonesque predecessors) at!

Dollhouse: Do These Characters Seem Familiar To You?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Newbie's Guide to Watchmen

I've been a fan of Watchmen since my brother and I coincidentally gave each other copies of the graphic novel for Christmas 15 years ago. And while DC sells more copies every year, I know that some of you out there have no idea what this movie is about, beyond the fact that there are costumed superheroes, and they're all sad. Over at, I've created a guide to the world and characters of Watchmen, based on what we know of the movie and what already exists on the page. Check it out, and cross your fingers the movie will be as good as the book...

Dollhouse: The Complete Guide for Non-Geeks

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Inglourious Basterds: One [sic] Trailer

I was really excited about Inglourious Basterds for a while there, but now that I've seen the trailer, I'm left kinda "eh." The cast seems to lack the pizzazz of Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction. But seeing Eli Roth up there on the screen gave me an idea: What if Tarantino had cast the entire movie using famous directors? See my dream cast at!

Inglourious Directors: The War Movie Tarantino Should Have Made

Astro Boy: Disaster in the Making?

So that new Astro Boy movie looks really good! It looks good, anyway. It sounds dodgy, and on paper it looks like the biggest mistake in the history of anything. I may be a little harsh, but man -- why are they doing this? I mean, I want it to succeed... but I don't see how it possibly can. Read my in-depth analysis of the footage shown at New York Comic-Con over at!

Astro Boy: Why it is Doomed to Fail

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Make It So, Number One!

Readers of ToyFare magazine may be familiar with an occasional comic strip titled "Naked Jonathan Frakes Theatre." Born from the staff's collective love of Frakes, who played Commander Will Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was the only way I could think of him -- as a naked, 6-inch action figure -- for years, until the opportunity arose for me to interview him. Talking to him about his gig directing tonight's episode of Leverage and the upcoming series Persons Unknown, I remembered what a big fan I was, and he was a heck of a nice guy. Check out my interview at!

Jonathan Frakes Now Has Directing Leverage

Ten Things I Learned From the New Friday the 13th

"Attention all supernatural killers! This is Leo! You must leave the Bronx!" Despite having horror-loving friends (and wife!), I am not a horror movie buff by any stretch of the imagination. However, I recently became a big fan of Supernatural and The Mentalist, so when I saw that the stars of both shows were going to be in the new Friday the 13th, I knew I had to see it, in all of its gory detail. See what I learned from the new movie at

Revelations Gleaned From the New Friday the 13th

Friday, February 6, 2009

Being a Geek? It Ain't So Bad.

I have fallen in love with The IT Crowd, the British sitcom about two lowly tech support drones in the bowels of a big corporation and their high-strung boss. In fact, after watching the third season premiere, I wrote an article about my favorite computer geeks! It was short, but sweet, and the commenters were actually fairly kind when suggesting the ones they felt got the short shrift. (Apparently, I was at a handicap by not watching 24 or NCIS.) Read all about it at!

Computer Geeks: A Not-So-Proud Tradition

Fanboys: Not Just for Fanboys Anymore

I got to see Fanboys last week, and it was both better than and not as good as I thought it was going to be. But it's got Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen in it, and is totally worth seeing, whether you're a Star Wars fan, a Veronica Mars fan or a Knocked Up fan. Star Trek fans may want to see it, too, but only so they know what to complain about on the Internet. You can read my review at!

Fanboys: A Fanboy's Wet Dream

I'm Just Lookin' for Some Push

I don't watch Heroes, because... I don't think it looks very good. (Public opinion backs me up on this.) But I will totally see Push. In fact, Push looks a lot like Heroes, but smarter and more exciting. And much, much shorter. Check out why I think Push is the best Heroes episode ever at!

Push: Best Heroes Episode Ever?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yeah, Fanbooooooyyyys!

This cinematic love letter to Star Wars (Episode I, no less) is finally coming out, and it's not only pretty damn funny, it's jam-packed with celebrity fanboys and fangirls making cameos. Original Star Wars cast members, famous directors, and some of the greatest comedy talent of the past few years are all here, and I've got a breakdown of all of their appearances, including one guy who isn't even in the credits. Check it out at below.

The Celebrity Fanboys of Fanboys

Are You Ready for Some Trailers?

So my wife and I went to my brother-in-law's house to watch the Super Bowl, but with a twist. I left the room while the game was on, and came back to watch the commercials. Not just because I'm not a football fan, but because I wanted to write about all of the new movie trailers that were debuting during the game. Check out my ranking of the five best at!

Top Five Super Bowl Movie Trailers

Bad Karma, Dude

Just like American Idol, My Name is Earl was on my "do not watch" list for years before I was forced asked to watch it for work. And you know what? I loved it. I guess I was expecting Larry the Cable Guy, and it was a lot smarter than I thought it would be. In fact, it was hysterical, but even the best shows have their missteps. Over at, I run down the episodes that give the show bad karma, and will require plenty of good deeds (read: high-quality writing) to undo.

My Name Is Earl: The "Bad Karma" Episodes

UPDATE: Earl creator Greg Garcia has read my article, and commented. I apparently hurt his feelings.