Sorry luv, don't think The Joker is in the next Batman film...
Just not here, sadly. As an update to why there has been little-to-no action here at SoTV, I'll do some explaining. At the moment I'm 'teaching' at Uni (well, I'm 'assisting' anyway), learning at Uni, working at a cinema (the first all~digital one in Scotland fact~fans!) and making a film - busy, busy. And so SoTV has taken a hit. I'm still offering my opinions on stuff so I've compiled a list of recent reviews for Den of Geek here:
I've been lucky enough to receive preview discs for SJA which I dearly hope will apply to the upcoming Doctor Who specials but I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Elsewhere on TV, Curb Your Enthusiasm has returned in some style with Jerry Seinfeld helping out. Halfway through the season and all is more than well. Similarly Peep Show has come and gone but was groin~grabbingly funny, refreshing considering how 'old' it is (in UK sitcom terms).
Christ, Barbara Windsor has let herself go...
So, in essence, dunno when I'll be back. There'll be reviews over at Den of Geek and Blogtor Who but things will remain purty quiet here until Christmas where I'll round up the year and perhaps put this flippin' blog out of its misery.
Jerry & Co. are reuniting on Larry David'sCurb Your Enthusiasm - I better alert my dry~cleaner! Read the news HERE. Also, Jerry's doing a reality show! What's the deal with reality shows? Find out HERE and if you want to read a "humorous" look at more Seinfeld~esque reality shows, go HERE. All by me! Here's a round~up of some reviews I've been doing for DEN OF GEEK:
"You look good for 903, give us a cuddle!" Her words, not mine.
First up, as always, some WHO-scuttle. Check out THIS terribly researched story from THE SUN, apparently JENNIFER SAUNDERS is gonna be 'Dr Who'. This would be, according to them, the first female Time-Lord ever. Well, journo, you may want to check out the companion ROMANAwho stayed with The Doctor for two and a half series. Or perhaps THE INQUISITOR. How 'bout CHANCELLOR FLAVIA? Or how about his first ever companion (on television anyway)SUSAN? Granted, we ain't got an effin' clue if she is or not (it's a contentious issue), but still consider her! As I stated previously, I'm keeping away from gossip about VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED(to keep it all nice and fresh), but you can catch a new, and rather saucy, trailer on the OFFICIAL Beeb site. Nice interaction there guys! DAVEY T is on TOP GEAR this Sunday, so I'll have to quieten my hatred of cars for a while.
The guy on the right is called 'The Stig', high-larious!
THE RICHES came to an unexpected end (unexpected 'cos I didn't realise they were doing a double-bill finale!) and an interesting one at that. I've enjoyed it so far and I look forward to the next season, if it ever happens. Come on Hollywood, just give the writers what they flippin' want. They create the 'magic', you do not! RICHARD MADELEY presented HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU? and did an amusing job, although it would be fair to say that PAUL MERTON, as always, was the catalyst behind the mirth and merriement. He's still got it after all these years. DUFFMAN said the following to MARGE in the most recent episode (in the US) of THE SIMPSONS: "I am giving it to your wife. She is gonna be sore tomorrow". Cripes! What else, oh yeah....EXTRAS.
Fans of the show may not want to read the following paragraph...
For those of you who have not seen it (most of the UK), you need not worry as I won't mention any specific plot points (such as they are) in this 'review'. I have been a big fan of EXTRAS so I find it hard to hide my disappointment at such a bleak, laugh-free finale. It was an 80 minute (or so) special but during that time I laughed out loud twice. Twice! I LOL more than that at DRAGON'S DEN for eff's sake! What do I think is wrong with it? It's not particularly funny due to that fact that GERVAIS and MERCHANT are trying to tell a story, and not tell jokes. They seem to be making a statement, about the state of the world of celebrity (yawn), as opposed to making us laugh. There's nothing new either (not that there has to be) and it all feels like a retread, especially the ending. I felt the second season ended perfectly and this seems like an unnecessary addendum. One of the things that I loved about the show was the interaction between the 'stars' and the cast but that doesn't really happen here, with the exception of an hilarious scene with CLIVE OWEN and a not-quite-as-funny scene with GEORGE MICHAEL. This special focuses on the 'relationship' between Andy and .... [thinks, tries to remember Ashley Jensen's character name. Looks up IMDB] ... that's it, Maggie. It's not rubbish and it's well worth a watch but it's just not as good as any of the other episodes. One point that grated with me slightly was the references to US culture including: Kramer, Sanjay, Ryan Seacrest and an obscure reference to Sigourney Weaver and DirecTV(A reference that I had to do some research on, and, after said research, decided wasn't funny). Was he making a point about Andy or was Ricky pandering to his American audience? They did get to see it first after all.....
Film-wise, it's been a good 'ole couple of days. First up, TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN 3-D. Oh, hearty congrats to Timmy B and HELENA BONHAM CARTERwho have just had another child, well done guys. Anyway, seeing JACK SKELLINGTON back on the big screen was a real thrill. I lurve seeing films that I'm overly familiar with in the cinema; it all looks so much better (the digital projector helped there); and you fell like you're watching something new because of all the detail you cannot pick up on the small screen. I will say, however, the film did not utilise the 3-D that well but that's a minor point.
Yup, that is MJ, check out his mad face!
Up next was the aforementioned return of WES ANDERSON, a filmmaker who I greatly admire. I'm gonna ignore the rather pretentious HEMMINGWAY wannabe short that was HOTEL CHEVALIER(presented before the main feature) and concentrate on the film itself, THE DARJEELING LIMITED. As always, his use of colour, soundtrack and camera are sublime and fits in with his 'cinema world', or body of work, so far - a negative point for some (not me though!). The three leads worked very well together and were incredibly convincing as disaffected brothers with some terrific, and rather touching, dialogue. Top marks again WES. Lastly, in this week's films, BEE MOVIE. I wasn't expecting much, even though I am a huge fan of JERRY SEINFELD, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised. Right from the get-go the world of the Bees was nicely realised, especially through the main Bees played by Jer and MATHEW BRODERICK, and the pace compliments this as the filmmakers waste no time in getting the story on the go. I was chuckling and LOLing throughout and couldn't remember when I had laughed so much at a movie. This is probably DREAMWORKS best since SHREK II so well done guys. In many ways it is the antithesis of what they do. BEE MOVIE is quite a humble little thing that just delivers laughs and not an obvious marketing campaign.
Never date a tennis player, love means nothing to them...
See HERE for some trouser-stain-making news on the film version of THE HOBBIT. That book was THE book if you ask me (which you didn't but I'm telling you anyway), not those other ones. They're doing it in two parts which is great 'cos it means they'll get it all in, and it's a story worth telling. Gripping from start to finish and, unlike its 'more-liked' brothers, there's more room for the characters. Can't wait. Cannot wait for THIS either. Ace!
He looks pissed at that last 'joke'.
WINELIST, you glorious cow, you've done it again - see HERE.
Where's she getting a Creme Egg at this time of year?
Groan, that was the official DOCTOR WHO site's offering on KYLIEslutting it up with a DALEK. Otherwise there's no real WHO-related news. This Saturday there's a special preview of VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, it's on BBC1 at 5.55pm (ish) for those lucky enough to be in the UK. That TOM CRUISE rumour I posted a while back seems to have some validity...
Is Tom Cruise playing THE DOCTOR in the movie?
Elsewhere on TV, there's not been much. RUSSELL BRAND made an excellent appearance on HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU? along with an equally impressive CHARLIE BROOKER. You can catch up with clips on the BEEB's YOUTUBE site. On the same night (oh BEEB, with all these guests you're spoiling us!), JERRY "God In Human Form" SEINFELD graced FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS. As expected, his line of questioning was feeble, "Do they have bees in China?" Nice one Ross, you effing C! Jerry was on top form though, incredibly relaxed and, of course, immensely amusing. The first part of the interview is below, you can see the rest from the same 'tuber'.
NOEL FIELDING has been guesting on NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS while BILL BAILEYwas gigging and a great replacement he has proved to be. It's really become the AMSTELL & FIELDING SHOW but that is no bad thing. PHIL JUPITUS was wearing a THEY MIGHT BE GIANTST-Shirt the other week which got me all aroused. It was similar to one of mine - it had a snowman burning money. Oh, the satire! THE MIGHTY BOOSH continues to be most excellent also with a rather sinister CRACK FOX making an eerie impression last week. Shivers!
The Crack Fox, looking semi-normal...
I think you may have gathered, from a previous post, that I disliked THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Well, I've had time to think about it. Now, I loathe it. I used to love NICOLE KIDMAN. Remember her in MOULIN ROUGE!? Yeah, she was good; full of life and had a personality. Now? Now she is a robot. And not one of those cool ones, mind. One of those really shit ones that nobody likes. The film is a mess, with the current trend for too many characters and not enough time plaguing the narrative. I'll be honest, I hadn't a bloody clue what was going on. I thought I'd fallen asleep or the projectionist had missed a reel.
... oh, but how quickly the Crack Fox changes!
The direction was non-existent and why CHRIS "That's right I did American Pie" WEITZ was chosen was the biggest mystery of all. What else? The CGI was, at times, incredibly poor and there is really no excuse for that. It's all ones and zeros man! I did laugh though, at the end. Which clumsily set up the following films stating, matter-of-factly, what needed to be done. My only hope is that the studio think better and sink this turkey now. The box office has spoken.
Keep smiling bitch, 'cos that's all you've got - you wrinkly robot!
What was good about that particular trip to the cinema was the gaspingly-exciting sight that was the poster for TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN 3-D! I jumped for joy and it starts tomorrow at CINEWORLD. I won't talk about it now but, suffice to say, it is one of my favourite pieces of work from TIMMY B. The first few minutes of his next film (which, word on the street says, is gonna be glorious. Glorious in an OSCAR way) SWEENEY TODD are available HERE. I haven't watched it 'cos I wanna wait 'til it's on at the cinema. The director has been talking about his next project, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HERE. Sounds tip-top.
Two of the greatest living directors together. See, sometimes I can be serious.
Speaking of 3D (or REAL D as some call it), is THE HOBBIT to be made this way? See HERE. Filming has just wrapped on the SEX AND THE CITY movie, see HERE. The trailer is up HERE and talk of a sequel has begun already, see HERE. Still on rumours, it looks like THE A-TEAM movie is finally moving along, go HERE. Why? I dunno. Here's pitch for anyone who works for DISNEY. Check out this little guy, he's screaming to be paired up with a wise-cracking cat in the big city who work out their problems through teamwork and frienship:
By flippin' flap, the world of DOCTOR WHO just gets more car-azy!
Another RT cover? Yawn...
First of all, I'd like to say 'hello' to all the new blogites that have joined us. My blog stats state that in the past two days there have been almost 300 new readers! All juicing after some lurid tales from the world of WHO(or more specifically the trailer that I posted). Welcome to the blog of tomorrow! So what do I mean by longer? Well, and get ready for this, the WHO Christmas special (which normally has a running of time of an hour), VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, is gonna be over 70 minutes long! See HERE for all the time-length goodness. Interestingly, and I use the word in a highly incorrect manner, I predicted a longer episode way back - primarily due to all the top actors in it. Well done BEEB!
Sean Pertwee? Is He Havin' A Laugh?
Sticking with WHO, SEAN "My Dad Was Worzel Gummidge" PERTWEEwants to be the next DOCTOR, or have a part at least - go HERE. EASTENDERS/DOCTOR WHO crossover? Yup, check out the nasty details HERE. Haven't they learned? Lastly, the OFFICIAL site has the usual (usual! it's the second time they've done it) advent calendar thing going on. Nice for us geeks getting an electronic treat each day, not so interesting for 'normal' people. TORCHWOOD is coming back real soon and there's more of it too! See the press release HERE but take note - the BEEB are gonna re-broadcast each episode as a pre-watershed edit for all the kids! Like, wow!
The Oasis comeback was a lot different to what most fans expected...
Elsewhere on TV, I haven't seen much but I did catch THE MIGHTY BOOSH on FRIDAY NGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS. Damn good stuff but who is gracing his sofa this week? None other than the genius that is JERRY SEINFELD! Couldn't believe it. I've only ever seen him do LETTERMAN (though I'm sure he does all the shows in the US) so this is quite a treat. I bet ROSS effs it up though...
It's got to the stage where I cannot invent a caption funnier than the pic.
New BATMAN poster, erm, posted, go HERE to see a lovely HIRES version. Otherwise, just look below...
10 Snowmen were attacked by a Vampire yesterday. A Doctor said it was the worst case of frost bite he'd ever seen.