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theatervine: Hayden Panatiere - Heroes (hey yo by novak-fan)
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Alpha's get's some badass guest stars

Syfy's freshman series Alphas is ramping up its guest stars for the next several episodes.
Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Rebecca Mader (Lost), Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Peter Wingfield (Caprica) are all set to appear on the Monday night drama.
Wagner will reprise her role as Dr. Vanessa Calder from Warehouse 13 on the episode airing Aug. 15 at 10 p.m., "Never Let Me Go," while Huffman and Wingfield will guest star a week prior in "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure."
Glau appears in "Catch and Release," set to air Aug. 22 and Dillahunt will make an appearance in "A Short Time in Paradise," airing Aug. 29. Spiner and Mader will appear in "Blind Spot," to air Sept. 12.
Email: philiana.ng@thr.com
theatervine: Hayden Panatiere - Heroes (hey yo by novak-fan)
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (Default)

It's funny because it's unfortunately true...

I like me some Joss Whedon. I consider Angel and Firefly two of the best shows of the last 15 years. I "grr, arg" along with the end credits every time. The man knows how to write dialog, how to make badasses of the doofiest of nerds, how to make sexpots of the most unlikeliest of actors. He is a ginger titan, a colossus bestriding the tube of boob. Joss Whedon knows how to make great television. If only he did it more consistently, and without all the accompanying bullshit ...

Read more: 5 Reasons It Sucks Being a Joss Whedon Fan | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article/166_5-reasons-it-sucks-being-joss-whedon-fan/#ixzz1Lt1Q2mYI
theatervine: Dean Winchester dying - Supernatural S1 (hero by monticora)

Being Human Review- The AV Club

By Todd VanDerWerff January 17, 2011

"There Goes The Neighborhood, Part 1"
season 1 , episode 1

B av club rating B- reader rating based on 6 ratings
Being Human debuts tonight on SyFy at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Matt Zoller Seitz, in this year’s Movie Club feature at Slate.com, explained that the films of 2010 had him rethinking his prejudices about Hollywood remakes. In particular, he was impressed by how much he enjoyed the Let The Right One In remake, Let Me In, a film that took the same basic storyline, characters, and set-up of the Swedish film (since, indeed, both were based on the same novel) and created something that was interested in different things, that played up new moments and items, that found its own things to say about the basic idea of a young vampire and the boy who falls for her. Seitz’s argument was that we might start thinking of remakes as cover versions. No one terribly objects when a band covers someone else’s song because it likes that song so much, and indeed, there are many covers that are almost universally accepted as better than the original versions. Why can’t the same be true of film remakes?

Well, in a time where seemingly every British, Australian, or Canadian show with a vaguely interesting premise is getting remade for the American audience, we might as well start asking that question of television remakes, too. Just eight days ago, we saw an interesting remake of the British series Shameless, one that is struggling a bit to get on its own two feet, but one that is clearly finding lots of fun in adapting the series it’s based on. Tonight, remakes of both Being Human and Skins launch, and the similarities between the two are so striking that if we had a system that easily allowed for posting dual reviews of TV shows, I’d just write one piece for the both of ‘em. They’re both promising. They both have moments when they seem like they’re finding their footing and escaping their parent series. They both struggle with moments that are pretty much shot-for-shot remakes. They’re both shot in Canada. And so on.

Being Human, of course, is about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who live together in an apartment. On paper, this sounds kind of terrible, but as executed, it’s surprisingly entertaining, with a fun sense of how these “monsters” might actually exist in a world that was unaware of them. The original series had a surprisingly light touch for the subject matter. Sure, it had the requisite pseudo-scary moments and the not-too-complicated mythology that’s the hallmark of shows like this, but it also had some fun banter between the three leads. (It’s here I’ll mention that I’ve only seen the first season of the original, though the producers of the U.S. version have also limited themselves to only those six episodes, choosing to completely avoid further information on where the original went to better differentiate themselves when the time comes.) Because this is the U.S. and goofy banter with a hefty side of mythology is one of those things we do pretty well, that’s what the producers of the new version—led by Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke—have chosen to emphasize. It works better than it has any right to.
theatervine: Ian Somerholder (ian 5 by purposeicons)
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The Dude is Awesome

This week PBS' American Masters series pays tribute to the Oscar-winning actor with a 90-minute documentary about him called Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides. The title alone is enough to reel you in, but check out this sweet clip where Bridges visits a store in New York called The Little Lebowski (!) devoted to all things Lebowski.
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (Default)

Wicked The Miniseries?

Salma Hayek, ABC developing a "Wicked" miniseries
By Marisa Guthrie

Sun Jan 9, 2011 10:55pm EST
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of the book "Wicked" that spawned the Broadway play.

Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez will produce via their Ventanarosa Productions. with ABC Studios. The project is in the early stages of development, so it's unclear whether Hayek will also appear in "Wicked."

The miniseries genre is all but dead on broadcast TV, but ABC has kept that fire burning with periodic longform projects including the Oprah Winfrey-produced "A Raisin in the Sun" with Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.

Hayek's "Wicked" will be based on the Gregory Maguire best-seller "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," which led to the Broadway musical. But the miniseries will not be a musical, sources said.

Erik Jendersen, who was a producer on HBO's miniseries "Band of Brothers," is writing the script.

Hayek has had a successful relationship with ABC, having produced "Ugly Betty" for the network. She currently has another telenovela adaptation in development at ABC Studios; "Los Roldan" is based on the Argentinian telenovela about a working-class man who saves a woman's life. To reward him, she gives him a job running her company, despite the disapproval of her family.
theatervine: Methos - Highlander (Enigma by beeej)
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Your Seasonal WTF.....

Comics Alliance Top 5 Most Insane Christmas Comics

Warning, this link? So, so not safe for work:

theatervine: Ian Somerholder (ian 5 by purposeicons)

Cougar Town - Mid Season Finale Review

That's right, Andy's bringing Sexy back....

By Todd VanDerWerff December 9, 2010

"The Same Old You"
season 2 , episode 10

I don't know if you heard the news, but Cougar Town's going away for a while, starting in February, when Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine pops in for a short run. The producers are trying to put a positive spin on things on Twitter, and I get why they're doing so. (It keeps everyone happy and slightly alleviates any bad press.) And, honestly, this is probably better for the show than ABC trying the series out in some new time slot, where it very possibly might bomb. For as much as I believe the show to be one of TV's two best currently running comedies (it's that "currently running" that lets me avoid the also-very-good Parks & Recreation and Louie), it's never going to be a big hit, and it's always going to be reliant on its Modern Family lead-in. That's a problem if ABC decides to use Modern Family to develop new shows on a more full-time basis, but for now, ABC seems protective of the series, as if it knows what it has here and wants to keep the show on the air.

But that doesn't mean I'm not going to miss the show when it goes away for a couple of months. I'm going to miss it like crazy, because as good as Cougar Town got toward the end of its first season, it's really been on a roll in season two, particularly since the Halloween episode. While I wasn't a huge fan of the Thanksgiving episode, tonight's was a nice return to form, playing off some of this season's major themes about finding a second act in your adulthood and groups of friends that function as well as a family might. Granted, when one of the subplots involved two of those friends realizing they might be kinda sorta attracted to each other, the "friends as family" theme can only be stretched so far. But more about that in a moment.
One of the most notable things about this series is the way that it takes Bobby Cobb, a guy who could be a cartoonish villain, haunting the edges of the series, completely seriously. He's Jules' ne'er-do-well ex-husband, and that could make for an over-the-top, hillbilly stereotype. The show indulges in that side of Bobby's character from time to time, and it's almost always funny, but things are even better when the series takes his ambitions and his disappointments seriously. Tonight, the episode came back to the idea of Bobby as a great golfer who just missed his big moment, with the idea that he should head to a local golf tournament and try to qualify for the PGA tour. Bobby's pretty sure he'll just screw it up. He's Bobby Cobb, sure, and that once meant a hyper-confident young guy who was able to stride around like the king of the world and tell his girl he was a "lucky duck." But he's been a screw-up for so long that the phrase "I'm Bobby Cobb" has taken on an entirely different meaning.
More at the source: http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-same-old-you,48671/#
theatervine: Brown Angel  (BrunetteAngel01)

Man Crush Of The Day!

When it came to *NSYNC, I never cared much for Justin Timberlake. He always seemed either too goofy and with that whitefro just looked odd. Then when he went solo, he seemed to bump his head and act as if he were black. Now he comes off as pretentious and just eye-roll worthy annoying after having moderate success as a solo artist.
My favorite *NSYNC guy was JC Chasez. To me, he had the better voice, was far better looking and just oozed sex appeal. I even liked his solo music efforts, though it seems others did not and so he’s more of a behind-the-scenes producer nowadays. He’s one of the judges on Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew and has become quite the fashionista with his choices in clothing. There was always something queer about him: he always had the perfect hair, wore the form-fitting pants and shirts that left little to the imagination. I’ve prayed for years that he’d pop out of the closet but fellow *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass seems to have beat him to the punch. Still, I’m holding out for another *NSYNC coming out event and hope that it’s JC because he’s flipping gorgeous. Check out some of his pics below.

Source: http://decaptain.wordpress.com/
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (kristina ricci cat)
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Casting news

Why you gotta be jacking up my show Dane Cook?

A comedian is about to hang ten with the cast of Hawaii Five-0. EW has learned exclusively that Dane Cook has been cast to play the brother of Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan). For now, he’s set to appear in one episode that’ll air in February.

Cook was last seen in the flicks My Best Friend’s Girl and Dan in Real Life. His TV appearances has been mostly devoted to his comedy act; he’s done a bunch of specials for HBO and Comedy Central. His early scripted TV work included Good Girls Don’t and Suddenly Susan.

Source: http://insidetv.ew.com/2010/12/10/hawaii-five-o-scott-caan-dane-cook/
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (in the blood by zar_roc)
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I has it!
The Pixar end credits Blooper reels for your appreciation:

Simon Brew

As A Bug’s Life arrives on Blu-ray in the UK, Simon takes a moment to celebrate one Pixar feature it ushered in with it: the blooper reel…

Published on Dec 5, 2010

After the success of the original Toy Story, both in terms of the sheer amount of money it made, and the critical response it notched up, it’s fair to say that all eyes were on Pixar, to see just what the hardly-fledgling animation studio would come up with for its second full-length feature. The answer was, of course, A Bug’s Life, a charmingly overlooked tale, with more than a little subtext to it.

I’m something of a fan of A Bug’s Life, and it’s arguably the forgotten Pixar film. Yet even those who strangely seem to have shoved the film out of their head tend to remember what I’m going to briefly talk about here. We’re going to look at the bloopers.

I distinctly remember searching out a screening of A Bug’s Life with the bloopers attached, as word of mouth about them spread. And as much as I like the film itself, and I really do, I do distinctly recall walking out of the cinema, grinning from ear to ear at the genius of what Pixar had just run over the end credits. It’s yet another addition to the list of reasons as to why Pixar is quite the firm that it is. And when you sit down and consider the work involved in doing what it did, it’s quite incredible.

After all, when some bright spark at Pixar first came up with the idea of spoof bloopers, it was at a point where the firm was in a very different place to now. Pixar, at this point in time, could announce it was going to release a 90 minute film about a pot of jam, and the world would explode with glee. Off the back of the original Toy Story, the pressure really was on, with DreamWorks adding to it by shifting the release of Antz forward to before that of A Bug’s Life. And yet Pixar still dedicated time to the end credits bloopers. That’s some gamble, and one that richly paid off for my money.

Just take a look at them to see why...

more at the source: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/689271/celebrating_the_pixar_endcredits_bloopers.html
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (blonde by moony4ever)

Looking Gorgeous!

Lea Michelle, Lance Bass and Fergie at the Billboard Women of the Year Awards

More at the Source http://www.jivid.com/?p=10836
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (in the blood by zar_roc)

Disney Stars: Where Are They Now

 A Who's Who of the 21 most successful Disney Stars
Number 9: JC Chasez
Another former Mouseketeer and another former N'Sync member. JC Chasez's career post-NSync didn't blow up quite like Justin Timberlake's did, but he still found decent success with his own solo album, 2004's 'Schizophrenic.' (It was co-produced by Ol' Dirty Bastard!). These days, JC is a judge on 'America's Best Dance Crew.'
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/galleries/disney_channel_stars_where_are_they_now/disney_channel_stars_where_are_they_now.html#ixzz171XutFjs
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (blonde by moony4ever)
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The Lovely Diane Keaton on Fashion and Flash

THERE’S a paradox at Diane Keaton’s core. “I like to disappear,” she said the other day, in a burst of candor. “But there is that other side — I’m trying to exhibit myself.” It’s a conflict, she added, “that’s classic for people who want attention.”
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A version of this article appeared in print on November 14, 2010, on page ST2 of the New York edition.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/fashion/14Keaton.html?ex=1305694800&en=89ead5e045c17199&ei=5087&WT.mc_id=MO-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M176-ROS-1110-L1&WT.mc_ev=click
theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (kristina ricci cat)
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Jared Leto and 30 Seconds To Mars Post

Jared's most recent interview in details magazine below!

DETAILS: Your mother was a circus acrobat when you were growing up. How did she get into that line of work?
Jared Leto: Well, my mother was and is an artist, but she was also a single mother with two boys, so I'm sure there were times her occupation wasn't as creative as she wanted it to be. We clawed our way out of the muddy banks of the Mississippi with food stamps in one hand and whatever you could hold in the other. She's a photographer; she's worked in design; she was a rock-climbing guide; she rescued wolves for a while.

DETAILS: You've said that when you were young you'd break into people's houses and just sit in their living rooms. Why did you do that?
Jared Leto: My brother and I didn't have many rules for ourselves and really didn't acknowledge that there were any rules in the world. We would often break into schools. I assumed everyone did. I mean, we broke out of schools a lot as well. We were the kids that other kids weren't allowed to play with. There wasn't any deep ill intent, but we were compelled to do certain things. I think it was about experience, a feeling you get when you're on the edge.
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theatervine: lindsey-angel-spike - Angel The Series (ben skywalker by rushicons)
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Lee Pace Post

Lee Pace (aka Garrett) attended the after party for the 10th Annual Production of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway presented by MONTBLANC at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on November 15th.

Hey handsome! Can’t wait to see you as Garrett!