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James Franco on General Hospital: You could only wish grad school was like this

Whenever I think about the possibility of going to grad school, I always think about the inevitable realities of feeling old in the middle of a classroom filled with nubile recent college grads and dealing with assholes on group projects. Apparently life is easier for James Franco, though.

Because getting an MFA in creative writing wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Franco is launching a much-publicized guest stint on General Hospital. He’s an “artist whose canvas is murder.” F’reals.

Here’s the promo for his upcoming role.

Also, I’m going to make a declaration here. James Franco: not hot. Opinions?

November 11th, 2009

Giveaway: The Prisoner Complete Series on Blu-Ray

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Why write new shows when you can just do the old ones again?  There’s Knight Rider. There’s The Bionic Woman. Money in the bank, my friends.

But perhaps I’m being to quick to judge. Sometimes (dare I say, usually) sci-fi and action movies don’t tend to age well. So perhaps there’s good reason for the new V and the new version of The Prisoner coming to AMC.

Speaking of The Prisoner, we’re helping to celebrate the release of the original series on Blu-Ray by giving away a copy. The Prisoner is a cult British series from the late sixties about secret agents, shadowy figures and a strange town known only as The Village. Learn more about it here.

The new version, in case you were wondering, stars Jim Caviezel plays the starring role of Number Six. You might remember him as Jesus.

To enter, e-mail tifaux -at- gmail -dot- com with the subject line “Get Out of Jail Free.”

Here’s the link for pre-order, if you don’t want to take your chances with us.

November 4th, 2009

An uneasy tension between hot and cute: Jake Gyllenhaal and Elmo

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Sigh.

The upcoming 40th season of Sesame Street will feature a whole mess of celebrity guests, including a certain gentleman who the courts insist I stay 200 feet away from at all times. Other guests include Cameron Diaz, Adam Sandler, Eva Longoria, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Fox and Michelle Obama.

2 comments October 29th, 2009

Mad Men: Jon Hamm’s Emmy reel

don-betty-IMG_1977If you don’t watch Mad Men, you probably know at least a few people who watch it obsessively. While I wouldn’t say I watch it “obsessively,” I’ve been sticking with it pretty faithfully even though I’m tempted to dump it because I don’t think it lives up to the hype.

This isn’t the same battered wife relationship I have with Grey’s Anatomy, where I keep going back no matter how horrible it gets. My relationship with Mad Men echoes my real life relationships, where I keep going back time and time again until I’ve extinguished anything resembling a spark. And I invest way too much time and energy into it because I’m adverse to conflict and decision-making and I don’t want to actually make the move and end it.

Perhaps I’m getting too personal.

Moving on, though, if you watch Mad Men you may agree that Sunday’s episode was probably one the most emotionally compelling episodes of the series thus far.  I would even use one word that I rarely associate with the show: rewarding.

After Betty’s discovery of Don’s Secret Dick Past (SDP), I really didn’t expect her to call him out on it so aggressively. Sure, she’s been known to throw around her fair share of tantrums and ultimatums. And, yes, she did give him some tiny chances to fess up to his past.  But the way she threw down at the end of the episode basically paid off for two and a half seasons worth of waiting for the other shoe to drop on Don’s life of smoke and mirrors.

I was left starved for more. In fact, I wish that the scene with Betty and Don at the kitchen table (with her barking questions and him shaking as he held his cigarette) would have lasted for the last half hour of the episode. Sort of like the episode of Six Feet Under where David gets kidnapped — it’s a normal episode until halfway through, when it turns into a claustrophobic psycho-drama.

This was definitely Jon Hamm’s biggest acting moment to date. Don Draper is rarely caught off-guard and never flustered or vulnerable. To see his besuited, hair gelled shell crack (and crack wiiiiide open) was riveting to watch. Hamm did a great job. January Jones still can’t act her way out of paper bag, but pay no mind.

Now, let’s get Sal back and have him indulge all his ‘mo fantasies.  Then we’ll really be in business.

October 27th, 2009

TVBC: Nip/Tuck, Glee, Dollhouse

Scooter takes a look at the new season of Nip/Tuck now with 100% more mimes. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance loved what may have been Mia Michael’s last choreography for SYTYCD on So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s Top 6. (Tapeworthy)

When did Parks and Recreation and Dollhouse get good? Jesse examines the evolution. (TiFaux)

This week, we offered up some valuable lessons ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW can learn from the success of GLEE. (The TV Addict)

October 22nd, 2009

TVBC: Arrested Development, So You Think You Can Dance, Sunset Beat

blackcoalition.jpgWe keep hearing that the only thing keeping us from an Arrested Development movie is scheduling conflicts, so BuzzSugar checked in on what each cast member is up to now. (BuzzSugar)

For those that may only know The Avett Brothers from providing the soundtrack to Landry and Tyra hooking up will want to check out their latest album I and Love and You. Scooter even points out how you can download the title track for free and legally. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance agrees with Mia Michaels who said that the remaining Top 4 Girls in the current So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 8 is the strongest ever. But Vance still loves Vincent best. (Tapeworthy)

If the idea of George Clooney with ridiculous 21 Jump Street hair make you excited, you might want to learn about Sunset Beat. (TiFaux)

2 comments October 15th, 2009

Giveaway: Top Chef – New York

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Carla’s “hoodeehoo.” Stefan’s failed attempts to woo a lesbian. Fabio’s theatrical “spicy meatball” disposition. Remember the shenanigans on Top Chef: New York?

To celebrate the show’s release on DVD, we’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader.The DVD has never-before-seen stew room footage, cooking demonstrations and more.

To win, you need to send us an e-mail to tifaux -at- gmail -dot- com with the subject line “Top Chef.” But THAT’S NOT ALL.  Since this might be a hot competition, I want you to send me a recipe that I might like. You don’t have come up with it on your own — just send me a link.

Here’s a list of foods I like:

  • Mexican things
  • Pumpkin-flavored things
  • Seafood (ex. crabs with tons of old bay…  mmmmm….)
  • Fancy burgers and pizzas
  • Cheesey things
  • Carrot cake
  • Chocolate and orange mixed together
  • Booze

Recipes featuring pork and/or mushrooms will be disqualified (as they are disgusting).

If you’re already convinced you won’t win, you can order the DVD here.

1 comment October 13th, 2009

Meredith Viera: Old horny woman

One of the perks of being a gay man is that no one is shocked when you make frank sexual remarks at any age. It’s not that it’s any less creepy, it’s just expected.

Enter Meredith Viera, the lusty television hostess-of-a-certain-age. Courtesy of Best Week Ever, take a look at this clip of Viera hosting the syndicated version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. In it, she welcomes a member of our armed services with open arms and offers him effusive praise and a few ‘did she really say that?’ remarks.

It all climaxes around the two-minute mark, when she basically asks said serviceman to service her.

In other news, I’m excited to see how many hits we get based on Google searches for “old horny woman.”

October 7th, 2009

TVBC: Mad Men, Modern Family, SNL

coalitionred.jpgVance ranks the new shows he’s checked out from best to worst. Where did you think he put Glee and Modern Family? (Tapeworthy)

In the wake of the much ballyhooed Jenny Slate controversy, Kyle examined indecency, SNL, the FCC and drew one conclusion — who cares? (TiFaux)

As the third season of Mad Men rolls on, BuzzSugar’s got the rundown on what other projects the talented ladies of the show have lined up. (BuzzSugar)

This week, we took a first look at Al Pacino in HBO’s new original movie, You Don’t Know Jack. (Daemon’s TV)

Trauma may not have had the best pilot ever, but hey, it had a fingerless Buddy Garrity. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

October 5th, 2009

The Letterman Confession: Do you hear what I hear?

LETTERMAN-775520I really don’t know quite how he pulled it off. I’m a little surprised and a little horrified, but mostly just baffled.

Just now, David Letterman made the rare step of discussing his personal life on his show. Unlike other moments, like his marriage and the birth of his child, this wasn’t going to be a happy occasion. As I’m sure you’ve heard from a hundred other sources by now, he basically admitted to having had sexual encounters with several female members of his staff (due to the fact that he was being blackmailed by an individual who was arrested on Thursday before the show was taped). Letterman has been married for several years to a woman who had been married his long-time girlfriend in March. The LA Times says these incidents occurred when they were a couple.

To start off, let me say this — I don’t necessarily care who David Letterman has affairs with. Or any celebrity for that matter. Unless it’s Barack Obama or my fictional boyfriend, I really have no investment in anyone’s extracurricular dabblings.

But still, I am a little slack-jawed at how Letterman was able to turn this no-win situation into essentially a comedic bit — thanks in part to a clever framing of the anecdote, in part to his rather cavalier and nonchalant tone in telling the story (he recounted it as if it were a yarn about the dog chewing up his slippers) and in part to the laughter and insipid applause of his nervous and confused audience.

Basically, Letterman told the story of how he was extorted — not specifying the adultery and calling his misdeeds “horrible creepy things” (or something to that effect). For about five minutes, he spoke of himself as the victim (which he not doubt was) and only at the end copped to the sex. When he mentioned that, he was actually met with laughter and applause by the audience — no doubt an inane gaggle of tourists who were ready to laugh at anything (including his excruciating, Leno-worthy monologue).

Now that it’s all said and done, I don’t like Letterman any less than I did before.  I am, though, in slight awe of the whole spectacle.  I kind of wish I had done some grievous misdeed, just so I could expertly talk my way out of it.  After all, one commercial break later and everyone had managed to have had their palates cleansed and were ready to see Dave talk to Woody Harrelson about his new zombie movie.

4 comments October 2nd, 2009

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