Happening Sh*t – May 3, 2013

Posted in Happening Sh*t on May 3rd, 2013 by Nick

Holy motherfuck, it’s MAY already!? Here are some stuffs happening in this world:

John McClane Going to Tokyo?

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Full disclosure: I’m the biggest Die Hard fan…who didn’t see A Good Day to Die Hard in the theater. Even though reviews were shitty subpar, the fifth installment of the series made some bank overseas, earning $235 million. So despite its home turf flopping, Die Hard 6 is currently in pre-production and the film may be set in Tokyo. It’s tentatively called Die Hardest and I’m already squealing in delight about all the stupidass one liners McClane will say about Japan. I’m all for this series cranking out some more movies before Bruce Willis needs a walker. I promise to see this one this time too. Maybe. (Screenrant)

The Scream TV Series is Happening

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Yes. The Scream TV series is happening and it’s going to be on MTV. Gross. I blogged about this once before. And no, I don’t want to talk about it. I just thought you should know. You can read more at Dark Horizons.

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack is Amazing

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…and NPR is streaming it for free. I already posted this to Facebook and Twitter, but it bears repeating. It’s amazing. Highlights: Beyonce and Andre 3000′s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (stellar.), Florence and the Machine’s “Over the Love,” and Emeli Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” But really, the entire soundtrack is worthy.

That’s your weekly dose. Send me some cool stuff. Kthx.

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‘Portlandia’: This scene is basically every conversation I have with my friends ever.

Posted in TV on January 7th, 2013 by Nick

Portlandia is back and it really is a Happy New Year.

Season 3 started last Friday with the premiere of two new episodes, blessing us with cameos by Matt Pinfield, Tabitha Soren and Matt Loder (YEAH!), the introduction of new character Alexandra (played by Chloe Sevigny – YEAH!), and this sweet, sweet skit about spoilers.

It’s basically art imitating life. My life.

Oh…and also: Spoiler Alert.

For anyone who hasn’t jumped aboard the Portlandia bandwagon yet…hop on Fridays at 10p.m. on IFC, or catch Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix Instant.

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‘Scream,’ the TV Series: A Frightening Thought

Posted in Horror, TV on June 7th, 2012 by Nick

Whenever I sit down to write a review or discuss some breaking pop culture news, I always have two avenues to choose from: 1) Write about said topic in a serious, thoughtful, sometimes journalistic way, or 2) Freak out, go bananas, and add in a few swears for good measure. I assure you, when I heard about MTV’s upcoming project, adapting the Scream series for television, I immediately decided that the latter option would win out.

WTF ARE THESE ASSHOLES DOING AND WHY ARE THEY TOUCHING ONE OF MY FAVORITE HORROR SERIES! UGH!

After a little bit of pouting, I’ve decided I have a few legit reasons why this can’t work and shouldn’t happen:

1) MTV is a terrible network and they’re going to screw it up. It’s in their nature (Skins, anyone?) OK, so maybe that’s not a “legit” reason. As if it even needed to be said….well, frankly I just wanted to say it.

2) Despite the “success” of Teen Wolf, the Scream series is part of a bloody, violent genre. Is this really what youngsters ages 10 and up should be watching? Not even calling out the fact that censoring the gore and violence would be doing the series a disservice (Scream 3 even tested my patience in this area), a show of this nature is simply not appropriate for most of MTV’s target audience. Just wait until the first violent act occurs in a school. MTV and the series’ producers are going to be bombarded with idiotic parents who think that a network’s programming is more responsible than their shitty parenting. If it happened with Beavis and Butt-head, it’ll definitely happen with a show about a masked serial-killing psycho.

3) There’s almost no way a TV series can connect with the narrative of the movies. Surely, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox won’t want to be on some sub-par knock-off starring actors who look like they should be on The Real World, and MTV sure as hell wouldn’t be able to afford them. So this most likely means the TV series will have a shitty story, even shittier cast, and have nothing to do with the four films. Wake me up when Kevin Williamson signs on. Speaking of…

4) There is no Scream series without Kevin Williamson and/or Wes Craven. According to The Hollywood Reporter,¬†former MTV executives Tony DiSanto (The Hills, Teen Wolf, Teen Mom) and Liz Gateley (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) are on board to executive produce, and a search is underway to find a writer to pen the project. Sure, I suppose there’s still time to make a pitch to Williamson and Craven (again, $$$), but someone should alert DiSanto and Gateley that Williamson and Craven aren’t out of their goddamn minds. Anyone they get will be inferior and Scream fans everywhere should balk at these shenanigans.

Maybe the Scream series isn’t perfect, but it still gets a trophy for completely revolutionizing a belabored genre that, at the time, seemed to be put out to pasture. To tarnish the series after a respectable fourth entry would surely put a damper on any hopes for a fifth installment.

And this fan is both wishing and hoping.

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Welcome Back Beavis and Butt-head!

Posted in things I like that you should like too, TV on October 27th, 2011 by Nick

Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for – the return of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-head!¬† Hail to the cornholio!

10 p.m. MTV. Tonight. Set your DVRs. Hide yo’ kids. Hide yo’ wives. Shit’s about to get REAL.

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First New Beavis and Butt-head Clip Debuts at Comic-Con

Posted in Check It Out! on July 26th, 2011 by Nick

So Comic-Con happened and Mike Judge brought a new Beavis and Butt-head clip with him…the first in 14 years! This is probably going to be the best cartoon series revival EVER. Or the only? I don’t know…just watch the clip.

 

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Beavis and Butt-head: Funk that!

Posted in Dog and Pony Show, TV on April 26th, 2010 by Nick

Oh, how I miss this show…and watching it on DVD (minus the videos!) just isn’t the same.

THANKS TO D1 FOR THE LINK! Hollerrr

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How MTV Destroyed "The Island"

Posted in TV on September 25th, 2008 by Nick

And not the new season of the Real World Road Rules Challenge (oh wait, they destroyed that too), but the actual island itself, Boca del Drago in the Republic of Panama. Check out the photos and article here and form your own opinion.

Littering is bad. Cutting down rain forests for production, worse. Leaving the island looking like that afterwards? That’s disgusting.

The authors of that article claim that MTV specifically cut down sections of the forest to film, and left it like that. No one else was allowed near production during filming, as security was hired to protect the site. Granted, MTV only “allegedly” did this. What do you think?

Sad, MTV. Really fucking sad.

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MTV is making me want to hurl.

Posted in Dog and Pony Show on August 12th, 2008 by Nick

Sometimes my TV ends up finding some insane daytime TV all by itself. Like this for instance. After watching The Mole finale on my DVR (more on that later…), I went back to live TV, which was coincidentally on MTV. And what was on? TRL.

Sometimes TRL is good for background noise. If you don’t want to answer phones, or you’re surfing the web, or maybe you want to block out the sounds of loud, rabid sex…TRL can be fantastic! But never, ever, should it be viewed directly. It’s like the sun. Too much exposure will surely burn your retinas to the point of searing pain.

And I may be hungover, but TRL is not helping me not throw up in my mouth a little.

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