16th Jan2015

West Week Ever – 1/16/15

by Will

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John Travolta’s bald and he doesn’t care if we know it now! Apparently, this Justin Jones dude ran into Travolta at a Planet Fitness. There’s so much sadness in that last sentence. Anyway, they had a nice chat, and old Barbarino even agreed to take this pic with the dude.

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The week started out as Amy Poehler’s golden globes made an appearance at an awards show.

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Tuesday’s Agent Carter gave me a new-found appreciation for the character. While I thought she kinda came off as a bitch in Captain America and the pilot, she showed a vulnerable side this week, which served to humanize the character. I wasn’t sure I was gonna make the show “appointment television”, but I think I’m gonna stick with it for the next 6 weeks. Hell, I was even upset that the State of the Union is bumping it off the air next week.

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On Wednesday, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia came back, but it just didn’t grab me. Apparently, the gang was trying to beat Wade Boggs’s beer chugging record, but it just wasn’t funny. I look at Sunny the way a lot of people look at things like The Simpsons or Family Guy: I don’t feel it’s been funny in years, but I’m amazed that it’s still on. I mean, 10 seasons?! Nobody thought it would go this long, especially not the FX execs. Even moving it to FXX didn’t kill it. Still, I’m waiting for the cast to move on to bigger and better things. Charlie Day seems to be on the rise, but the other guys just aren’t doing much. Plus, where are the other shows they were working on, like their Star Trek parody Boldly Going Nowhere? I haven’t heard anything about that in years. Is it dead? I just think it’s time for the guys at Paddy’s Pub to shut the doors for the last time.

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Wednesday also saw the season premiere of Broad City. Kinda like Sunny, it just didn’t do it for me. All the major beats were there: Abbi was neurotic, Ilana wore a bunch of pairs of tiny shorts, and they smoked weed. What more do you need, right? It just wasn’t as witty as I’d come to expect from the show. The plot centered around them trying to get an air conditioner since the summer was hot as balls. They eventually tricked some college kids out of their A/C and hilarity ensued. There was also a running joke about rape culture, but I’m not sure it hit its mark as well as it was supposed to. It’s just the season premiere, though, so maybe they’ll come back stronger next week.

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USA canceled the comedy Benched, which kinda makes me sad. I wrote about it when it premiered, but then I kinda forgot to watch it. USA gave it a terrible timeslot (Tuesdays at 10:30), so the network basically buried it like TBS did with Wedding Band (RIP). Tuesdays at 10 is when I watch Forever, ’cause I enjoy that show and it needs viewers (though I’m not a Nielsen family, so it’s not like I even matter). Are you watching Forever? If not, what are you waiting for?! Anyway, I always meant to go back and catch up with Benched on demand, but I don’t even see the point now. Maybe all the Happy Endings alums’ shows will tank, and then the show will come back. Well, a boy can dream.

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Oscar nominations were announced yesterday, and people are pissed. Mainly it’s because there were no actors of color nominated for the major categories. I’m not much of a movie guy, so I don’t really have a horse in that race. It seems like everyone expected Selma to be nominated but, to me, it just seemed like the kind of movie that’s made to be nominated for an Oscar. I’m not saying it’s not good, but its release and marketing were strategic in trying to secure it a nomination, and maybe it was just a bit too obvious. People also seemed upset that The LEGO Movie was snubbed in the animation category, but that’s another one that I don’t understand. It was an enjoyable movie, but I kinda felt like it was overrated. And folks kept telling me that “Everything Is Awesome” would get in my head and never get out, but I didn’t find it to be that much of an earworm.

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Be sure to check out my Where Are They Now? Power Rangers post that the guys at The Robot’s Pajamas were nice enough to let me write for their site!

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Ya know what had the West Week Ever? The Fox drama Empire. I’m approaching things a little differently this week because of the nature of this choice. Empire is basically King Lear for the hip hop generation. I know that 80% of you reading this have never watched it and never will. Hell, on paper, it’s not even my type of show, but I can’t stop watching it. Hip hop mogul Lucius Lyon discovers that he had ALS and probably 3 years to live. Instead of pouring a bucket of ice over his head, he decides to line up his successor. His record label, Empire, is about to go public, and all eyes are on his three sons to see who’ll one day have control of the company. Will it go to bipolar-but-won’t-take-his-meds Andre? Will it go to hotheaded rapper on the rise Hakeem? Or will it go to gay-but-the-hip-hop-community-might-not-accept-him Jamal? And as if this wasn’t enough, Lucius’s ex-wife, Cookie Lyon, has just gotten out of jail, after serving 17 years for taking the rap for Lucius. It was her money that started Empire, and she’s out to collect what she feels she’s owed. Lucius is trying to launch Hakeem’s career, while Cookie decides to back Jamal, convincing him to release a new album. Andre is just hoping that his younger brothers will destroy each other, and he’ll be the last man standing. And to cap it off, the music ain’t bad, either. I’m not a hip hop head, but I’m enjoying the songs that are coming out of the show. In the universe of the show, I can’t wait for Jamal’s album to drop ’cause I love his style (songs are available on iTunes, but I don’t love them that much). We’re only two episodes into the season, but those episodes have already been filled with shade, bibs, and murder. This is my favorite of the midseason shows, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. For that, Empire had the West Week Ever.

07th Jan2015

West YEAR Ever – 2014

by Will

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The time has come to say goodbye to another year, and boy was 2014 a doozy! They say that every day is a blessing, but that was hard to agree with some days last year. It seems like it was rough for a lot of people, and it didn’t help that we had to deal with things like hacks and the word “bae”. In any case, this is where we take a look back and see what kind of year I had as I was bringing you the best in pop culture entertainment. Well, that was the goal, at least. Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?

Milestones of 2014

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I finally gave in to Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga

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Mister Mister squared off against Boy Meets Girl in audio combat

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I was linked by NPR’s Code Switch blog

I met @smurfwreck & @shezcrafti at a toy show

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I discovered that the Quokka exists

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I reviewed Superman: Earth One Volume 2

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I had some thoughts on some comics

I had a Twitter dialogue with the Toy Hunter

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I went to Toy Fair and finally met @MattGuzy, @T16skyhopp, @Preternia_, and @Tekcorps in the flesh!

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I went to Walt Disney World for the first time!

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I dissected the problems with the How I Met Your Mother series finale

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I reviewed the classic Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.

There was a Free Comic Book Edition of Thrift Justice

I previewed the upcoming fall shows from Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS

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I examined what made The Cleveland Show special

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I discussed FX’s new comedies Married and You’re The Worst, and got a tweet favorited by co-star Aya Cash.

The cast of Power Rangers Super Megaforce said my name! It’s recorded!

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Special Forces got his own spinoff installment of Thrift Justice!

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I rebooted Three’s Company!


We said goodbye to Jimi Jamison, former lead singer of Survivor

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I made my annual trip to the Baltimore Comic-Con

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I discovered Nymphomaniac and Bojack Horseman

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Special Forces and I made the trip to Wizard World Richmond and I met Tommy, The Green Ranger!

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I did the Warrior Dash in Connecticut

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I finally met @Classickmateria and we (including Special Forces) met up with @LamarRevenger at Retrocon

Lindsay and I celebrated our second anniversary!

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I found out I’m gonna be a daddy!

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I made my return to the New York Comic-Con, where I met up with @Tekcorps and finally met @BionicBigfoot

I was invited to participate in my pal Dex’s Halloween Countdown, over at AEIOU…And Sometimes Why.

I hit post #900 on version 2.0 of the site!

2014 Hidden Tracks

While I tend to talk about everything on the site, there are a few things that happened during 2014 that I never got around to blogging about. First of all, I had my first paid writing gig, which was printed in Bleeding Cool Magazine. I interviewed the creative team behind Boom! Studios’ Hexed ongoing series. Seeing as how almost no comic shops carry Bleeding Cool (and the interview wasn’t published on the website), I have yet to actually see it, but I still got paid, so there’s that.

Near the end of the year, I found myself on TMZ Live, talking about Nicki Minaj’s ass. It all started when I replied to one of TMZ host Harvey Levin’s tweets. The next thing I knew, the TMZ account was asking me if I wanted to be a part of that day’s TMZ Live broadcast. I was getting off work early, so I figured “Why not?” They called me up, and had me talk about Nicki’s ex-boyfriend. Apparently, he’s been having suicidal thoughts since she broke up with him. My response basically boiled down to “Can you blame him? Have you seen dat ass?” I made Harvey laugh. And then they didn’t use the recording. Womp womp.

West Week Ever Recipients of 2014

1/10/14 – Sasheer Zamata

1/17/14 – Michael Douglas

1/24/14 – Richard Sherman

1/31/14 – Ryan Lewis

2/7/14 – Facebook

2/14/14 – Michael Sam

2/21/14 – Chris Pratt

2/28/14 – Jimmy Fallon

3/7/14 – Lupita Nyong’o

3/14/14 – Walt Disney World

3/21/14 – N/A

3/28/14 – Psych

4/4/14 – How I Met Your Mother

4/11/14 – Stephen Colbert

4/25/14 – Lupita Nyong’o

5/2/14 – John Boyega

5/9/14 – Now That’s What I Call Music

5/16/14 – Superman vs. Batman Batsuit

5/23/14 – Michael Jackson

5/30/14 – Charlie Cox

6/6/14 – Ghostbusters

6/20/14 – The Cold Slither Podcast

6/27/14 – Batman (1989)

7/3/14 – Community

7/11/14 – Garth Brooks

7/18/14 – Marvel

7/25/14 – SDCC 2014

8/1/14 – @MattGuzy

8/8/14 – Guardians of the Galaxy

8/22/14 – Taylor Swift

8/29/14 – Full House

9/5/14 – 14 Year Old Boys

9/12/14 – TMZ

9/19/14 – Alex Trebek’s mustache

9/26/14 – Forever

10/3/14 – “The Simpsons Guy”

10/10/14 – The Flash

10/17/14 – Arrow

10/24/14 – Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

10/31/14 – Marvel Studios

11/7/14 – Taylor Swift

11/21/14 – Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

12/5/14 – The Flash/Arrow Teamup

12/12/14 – Girl Meets World

12/19/14 – Ascension

12/29/14 – James Lamb and Jenn Fang

Totaling things up, we have a five-way tie, as Lupita Nyong’o, Taylor Swift, Marvel, Flash, and Arrow each won 2 weeks out of the year. Lupita doesn’t clench West Year Ever, as most of her impact came in the beginning of the year. The Flash doesn’t get it because, while it’s a great series, its second West Week Ever win was the result of a teamup between it and Arrow. The same goes for Arrow itself. So, that brings us to Taylor Swift vs. Marvel. Technically, Marvel Comics won one week, while Marvel Studios won another, and they’re not really the same thing. So, that leaves us with Taylor Swift.

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 was arguably the best pop album of 2014. Really a Robyn album in disguise, the synth-heavy 80s-inspired offering picked up the ball from Miley’s 2013 Bangerz and ran with it. It was a milestone for Taylor, as it officially marked her transition from country to the mainstream. She also rocked the industry model, when she took all of her albums off of Spotify. Everyone thinks that streaming is the future, but Taylor is one of the biggest artists to simply state that the model didn’t work for her. In October, she became New York City’s newest ambassador – due in part to her track “Welcome to New York” from the album. 2014 was the year that the ladies took back pop music from the guys, and Taylor led the charge. When everything’s said and done, nobody had a 2014 quite like Taylor Swift, and that’s why she had the West Year Ever.

2014 was also the second full year of West Week Ever, and I couldn’t do it without you, the readers. Thanks for all your support and I hope you’ll stay with me into 2015!

29th Dec2014

West Week Ever – 12/29/14

by Will

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My birthday was pretty low-key last Tuesday, as most of my family members were under the weather. So, I spent the night clearing off the DVR. What did I watch? Well, I’m glad you asked! First up was Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. I’d love to travel back to the 90s and tell Ice Cube that his future is filled with cop roles. He’d probably shoot himself, unraveling time and space as we know it! Anyway, Kevin Hart gets accepted into the police academy, and to prove himself to his girlfriend’s cop brother (Ice Cube), he goes on a ride along. And hilarity ensues. Or does it? I enjoyed the movie because I love Kevin Hart, but it’s formulaic as Hell. Unless you’re a Hart fan, just skip it because you already know exactly how it’s gonna play out. There are no “Shyamalanian” twists or anything. It’s got some high speed chases, but felt like something directed by McG. Decent way to pass some time, but it’s not worth owning or anything.

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Next up, I watched Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks. This movie was released directly to Video On Demand at the same time as its theatrical release. That should tell you all you need to know. Actually, the dual release probably helped it, as it was only released in 51 theaters and made a paltry $38,000 on a $15 million budget. Banks stars as TV reporter Meghan Miles who’s dying to get a network anchor job. Her opportunity arises, but she may lose it due to one very bad day following a one night stand. If you’ve ever seen the Michael Douglas movie Falling Down, think of this as a comedic version of that same template. A whole bunch of shit happens to Banks, while she runs around in a tight yellow dress. If that sounds like something you’d like, then this movie’s for you. Like Ride Along, however, this movie was SO formulaic. You haven’t even seen it, but you probably know how it’s going to end. So, come for the humor, stay for the tiny yellow dress. It’ll be worth a watch once it comes to FX, but you definitely shouldn’t go to any trouble to watch it or anything.

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Finally, I watched R.I.P.D. This movie wants to be Men In Black so bad, but I don’t have a problem with that. I actually really enjoyed it and it’s a shame it bombed, as I’d be down for a R.I.P.D. franchise. Poor Ryan Reynolds can’t catch a break, as I’m sure he thought this would be a success when he heard that Jeff Bridges was in the cast. He certainly needed a win after the failure of Green Lantern. Sadly, the box office didn’t feel the same way. Reynolds plays a pseudo-dirty cop who’s killed by his partner. Once dead, he’s recruited into the Rest In Peace Department, and learns that there’s a whole supernatural world outside of the world that he knew. The R.I.P.D. is tasked with apprehending “deadoes” – evil souls that fell through the cracks of judgement. Teamed up with Western lawman Bridges, Reynolds vows to stop his former partner before he initiates a ritual that will return the dead to the Earth. One thing I found interesting about the movie was that it was the most secular take on the afterlife that I can remember. They deal with death, life after death, and the concept of evil souls, yet they never mention God. They do mention judgement, and that everyone has to take their chances with it, but the R.I.P.D. doesn’t work for the Man In The Clouds. They do seem to answer to a collective of elders from on high, but there doesn’t seem to be an ultimate, supreme being amongst them. The special effects are really good, as many of them are worth the price of admission alone. If you ever get the chance on a rainy Saturday, definitely give this one a chance.

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It was announced this week that Justin Lin, director of much of the Fast & Furious franchise, will be directing the 3rd movie in the Star Trek reboot series. I don’t even know what to make of this news. First of all, it makes me think the Enterprise is gonna have a NOS button and have 13 warp nacelles, but maybe I’m being unfair. He’s proven he can do action, but can he do science fiction? Notes trickling out from the studio report that they want the movie to be more like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – whatever that means. Are they looking for more humor? More derring-do? What exactly would make Trek like GOTG, and would that even be a good thing? And is Lin the one to provide that? After a lot of shake-ups, it seems like Lin was simply the last man standing. After all, Roberto Orci dropped out of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot in order to helm Trek 3, only to be sent packing months later. These developments don’t make me feel great about this next installment, especially when I wasn’t such a big fan of Star Trek Into Darkness.

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In a reversal of fortunes, it appears that The Interview will see the light of day. There were screenings of the movie on Christmas Day, but you can currently watch it online via Google Play, YouTube, and XBox Video. I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but rest assured I’ll share my thoughts once I do.

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According to the infamous Sony hack, Idris Elba was being considered for the role of James Bond. Of course, this would make him the first Black Bond, and certain folks, like Rush Limbaugh, aren’t too happy about it. I think the Bond franchise has done a pretty good job of changing with the times, so maybe it’s time for a Black Bond. Elba is certainly dashing, and he’s got the acting chops. It’s just a question of whether the audience is ready. After all, the racebending Annie remake isn’t doing so well in theaters, but it remains to be seen if that’s because of Black Annie or if it’s simply not a good movie.

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This week, I discovered the Cartoon Network series Clarence, and my world was changed. I haven’t loved a cartoon this much since I discovered Regular Show. If you’ve never seen it, the show’s about a little fat boy, with an annoying voice, named Clarence. While that description might not sound positive, he’s actually an endearing character. Clarence is joined by his friends “Sumo” and Jeff. Here’s where things get interesting. Sumo is basically white trash, while Jeff’s parents are a lesbian couple. These two would never be friends naturally, but Clarence serves as the link between the two. I’ve never seen a kid’s cartoon have a depiction of lesbians before, and I’m also intrigued by its exploration of Sumo’s socioeconomic status. I making it sound heavier than it is as, on its surface, it’s just a goofy cartoon. Under the hood, however, there’s a smart, interesting show that you should check out.

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If you’ve seen Love Actually, then you know that the song that’s #1 at Christmas is a big deal in the UK. This year, that prestigious honor went to The X Factor winner Ben Haenow, with his cover of OneRepublic’s “Something I Need”.

I have a passing familiarity with the Kids React series, but I simply had to watch this. Folks forget that Power Rangers is over 20 years old, so of course the early days of the franchise might seem odd to today’s kids.

Jimmy Kimmel adds dialogue from Maury to Rudolph footage, and hilarity ensues:

Every wrestling fan has seen the video of Booker T calling Hulk Hogan the “N-word” but here he is, actually addressing the situation:

Here’s how Craig Ferguson signed off on his final episode of The Late Late Show. As a fan of finales, as well as The Drew Carey Show, I especially loved this:

 

Things You Might Have Missed This Week

-Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have split up after 13 years. Yes, that sound you hear is everyone making the same “Who gets custody of Johnny Depp?” joke.

-The trailer for the Entourage movie was released this week. No, I’m not linking to it ’cause that show was full of douchebags. The only one I liked was Turtle ’cause he was fat and goofy. Then he lost all that weight, and now I’m a hater.

-Halle Berry-starring Extant will be back for a second season. I guess Halle’s gotta keep up with that child support. In any case, it seems that most of the supporting cast will be gone for the new season.

-Forbes named Adam Sandler the Most Overpaid Actor of 2014

Links I Loved

The Long, Powerful History Of Stephanie McMahon Slapping The Hell Out Of People – UPROXX

Miss Cleo on Her Allegedly Fake Patois and Getting Ripped Off By the Psychic Readers Network – Vice

20 Songs Turning 20 in 2015 – Mashable

Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape – Rolling Stone

The Invention of the Slurpee – Gizmodo

5 Disturbing Things I Learned in Scientology’s ‘Space Navy’ – Cracked

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I don’t have many decades-spanning friendships, so I cherish the ones that I do have. I wanna tell you about my friends James and Jenn. I first met James over 16 years ago, at the airport waiting to fly to Cornell. We were both attending Accepted Minority Student Weekend (yeah, that’s a thing), and we hit it off immediately. This was before the age of Facebook or really even cell phones, so I didn’t really think I’d see him again after that weekend. So, imagine my surprise when I ran into him during orientation, and he introduced me to his girlfriend, Jenn. This was funny to me because we had basically just gotten to campus, and he already had a girlfriend?! Surely, he wouldn’t be talking to her by Thanksgiving, right? Right?

Wrong. James and Jenn became some of my closest friends over the next four years, as we took trips to the comic shop, and they came to support me at my a cappella concerts. Still, this was just gonna be a college relationship, right? They’d move away to jobs and that would be it. Again, wrong. They moved to Tucson, Arizona and later moved to New Haven, Connecticut. They’ve been together FIFTEEN years now and I joke with them about how they could have a kid in high school by now.

Well, a few weeks ago, James contacted me because he needed my help. After fifteen long years, he’d decided that it was time to propose. He saw no reason to wait any longer. And he wanted me to sing. Now, I haven’t sung in about 10 years, but they still listen to my CD, so I had remained a part of their relationship in that capacity. So, last weekend, I hopped on the bus, and joined them during a New York City weekend where the surprise was going to go down. We went to a museum exhibit on the Chinese Exclusion Act (way more interesting than you might think), and then had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant (I love my meat, but it was actually pretty good. Except for the cornbread. That was a hate crime.). After dinner, James started talking about Cornell and how they used to come see me sing. This was my cue. I did a verse of Drops of Jupiter, which was their favorite song of mine. When I was done, he presented the ring and she was blown away. And she said yes!

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As I said, James and Jenn have been some of my closest friends for a long time, and I wouldn’t even be blogging without Jenn (she’s created every incarnation of this website). So, I’m ecstatic for them, I love them, and to me, they clearly had the West Week Ever.

19th Dec2014

West Week Ever – 12/19/14

by Will

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Welcome to post #900! Actually, I’ve written a whole lot more than that, but I cleaned up my archives a few years ago, so this is post #900 of version 2.0 of the site. Anyway, let’s get to the pop culture news that you love so much!

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There’s no bigger news this week than Sony and their handling of The Interview. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, Sony was set to release The Interview on Christmas Day, wherein Seth Rogan and James Franco’s characters are tasked with killing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. This led to the Sony hacks, which we talked about last week, which have been traced back to North Korean hackers. Next, they issued terrorist threats that there would be 9/11-ish attacks if the movie were to be released. Sony balked, and decided to cancel the theatrical release of the movie. This sets an interesting precedent as, to some, it means that “the terrorists won”.

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I’ve discussed this on Twitter, but I’m torn. I think it goes without saying that it was a pretty irresponsible film to make. Sure, Team America got away with it, but that was a different dictator and a different time. And they were puppets. I’m sure it all seemed like it was “in good fun”, but you run a risk when you mock a sitting dictator. I don’t quite see how there was a “right” answer here. To remove the movie from theaters, it appears that we gave in to terrorist threats. To have shown the movie, with the threats out in the open, it would’ve been just as irresponsible as making the movie in the first place. If people had been killed, what then? And don’t say we’d go to war. This is America, so we’d do what we always do when there’s mass death: NOTHING. At least that’s how we treat our own terrorists. Anyway, it just seemed like a no-win situation. Sucks, ’cause I definitely planned to watch it once it came to Redbox. At the moment, though, there are no plans for DVD or Video On Demand. So, The Interview will probably end up one of the most sought after movies of our generation, and I bet it’s not even that good. I mean, it’s being marketed as “From the guys who brought you Neighbors“, which I found to be a serviceable, yet forgettable, movie.

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Craig Wayne Boyd won this cycle of The Voice. As a member of Team Blake, he maintained Blake Shelton’s dominance as he’s the 4th Team Blake winner in the show’s history. Since winners of The Voice never really go anywhere, this is probably the last time you’ll see his name. Unless he ends up killing someone. He’s got one of those assassin names.

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It was announced that The Help/How To Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis has been cast as Amanda Waller in DC’s Suicide Squad movie. I’m kinda disappointed because they’re clearly going for New 52 Waller. For you non comics folks, allow me to explain: When Amanda Waller first appeared, she looked like everyone’s Black aunt. She was short, fat, and full of attitude, but she was a BOSS. She was behind some of the most secret aspects of the superhero world, and she got shit done. About 3 years ago, DC Comics initiated The New 52, where they restarted most of their series from scratch (initially released as 52 new comic titles), and reimagined a lot of their characters. As a result, the new, modernized Amanda Waller is svelte and pretty, much like her depiction in Arrow. She’s still a ballbuster, but I feel that Waller’s physical appearance was so integral to her character. I mean, they didn’t call her “The Wall” for nothing, and it just seems like another example of comics wasting the opportunity to create something real. Anyway, while I wanted CCH Pounder for the role, she doesn’t currently have the heat of Davis. I was sort of holding out hope that they’d let Angela Bassett reprise the role from Green Lantern, but there was no chance of that happening. If they had to go with someone whose star is rising, then I’m pretty pleased with the casting of Davis.

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Also in comic movie news, the word on the street is that Andrew Garfield is out as Spider-Man. Sony doesn’t really know what to do with the Spider-Man franchise at the moment, and if Spider-Man does eventually merge with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s gonna want their own guy. This saddens me, as I loved Garfield’s Peter Parker. I know people hate those movies, but I don’t think they’re that bad. What do I know, though? I also love the Daredevil movie. Still, it’s a shame that Garfield won’t get to fill out his own trilogy, and it just adds more unneeded turmoil to the whole Spider-Man franchise.

Things You Might Have Missed This Week

-The Colbert Report wrapped up its 9-year run last night, as Stephen Colbert prepares to host The Late Show on CBS

-Kris and Bruce Jenner are officially divorced

-Due to our renewed relationship with Cuba, you can now enter the United States with $100 worth of Cuban cigars

-Former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced that he’s looking into a Presidential run in 2016

-7th Heaven‘s Stephen Collins has admitted to having inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls between the years of 1974 and 1994.

-Christina Aguilera will be returning for the next cycle of The Voice

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Nothing dominated my week quite like Syfy’s miniseries Ascension. Originally conceived as a 6 episode miniseries, Syfy chose to burn it off over three nights in 2-hr chunks. Where to even begin with this? OK, in 1963, an organization launched Ascension – a spaceship on a 100 year mission to colonize a new planet called Proxima. When the the series starts, the crew is at year 51 of their mission. Since they have been away from Earth for all that time, they missed out on so many social movements, like Civil Rights, the Sexual Revolution and more. On the flip side, they also missed Vietnam, 9/11, and the last season of Roseanne. They’ve created their own class system, based on the deck on which you reside. The lower deckers are the poor, while the higher decks are home to the more affluent passengers. A seemingly idyllic existence is interrupted when a murder takes place on the ship, where the victim was shot. This is notable because no guns were allowed when the ship launched, and this is the first report of one in the past 51 years. This throws the ship into chaos, as they try to solve the murder mystery. I kinda thought of it as a grown-up version of Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy (space station launched to colonize new planet), and I was OK with that.

Then, everything you thought you knew is thrown out at the end of the first installment. We find out that Ascension NEVER really left Earth! It’s really more of a social experiment to see if humanity could survive such a journey, but the ship and its passengers have been in a secret bunker for the past 51 years. Then the series bounces between the murder mystery on the ship and the folks on Earth trying to protect the secret. There’s sex, there’s Tricia Helfer ass shots, there’s a little girl with powers, and Billy from Ally McBeal was something of a mad man. It was such a mindfuck of a miniseries, which was clearly a 6-hour pilot. I say that because nothing was answered, and the whole thing felt rushed over the 5.5 hours that it had to tell its story. To be honest, I don’t even know if they even solved the murder mystery. It’s just so engaging, even though there are 8,000 things going on at once. Is this what people felt when they watched Lost? There HAS to be another miniseries or regular series coming because this was definitely setting up something big. If you didn’t get the chance to see it, Syfy will be showing all three parts over the next few days; I highly recommend you check it out. For keeping me on the edge of my seat, and constantly checking googling to see when the follow-up is coming, Ascension had the West Week Ever.

Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas!

12th Dec2014

West Week Ever – 12/12/14

by Will

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Can someone pinpoint when Bruce Willis just stopped even trying? I watched A Good Day To Die Hard a few days ago, and it just as easily could’ve been RED 3 or The Whole Eleven Yards.  On the plus side, I was glad they went with an R rating for this one, so it didn’t feel as neutered as Live Free Or Die Hard. That said, it really just felt like a failed “passing the torch” movie. About 75% of Willis’s lines are “I’m on vacation”, while Jai Courtney isn’t charismatic enough to inherit the franchise from Willis. And that plot! This was the first movie where I had to read the wiki entry afterwards just to understand what I just saw. It had all of the ingredients to make me like it – it’s in Russia, it’s Die Hard, it’s rated R – but it just didn’t do it for me. I’m a big Die Hard fan, even though I initially watched them out of order (3, 4, 1, 2), but I can hardly even count this as part of the franchise.

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A Sony email leak revealed the fact that Marvel and Sony had been in discussions for Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War. The initial plan was for Marvel to produce a trilogy of Spider-Man films where Sony would still retain some quantity of creative control. Talks broke down, however, and now Sony is moving ahead with its own Spidey plans. For example, there are talks of an animated Spider-Man comedy from the 22 Jump Street team.  I’m in the minority here, but I don’t feel like Sony is as adrift with the Spider-Man franchise as some would like to believe. Sure, it’s not as strong as it was during the Raimi days, but I’ve enjoyed the Garfield movies. I don’t see why they just don’t move ahead with a third instead of all of these spinoff ideas (Sinister Six, female-led Spider film, etc).

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Speaking of 22 Jump Street, that same Sony leak revealed plans to cross over the Men In Black and Jump Street franchises. The hope is to reinvigorate the MIB franchise, seeing as how the studio lost money on Men In Black 3, despite the fact that it made $624 million worldwide. It’s believed that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wouldn’t be in the movie, but would focus on Tatum and Hill interacting with the MIB universe. I’ve got to say that I don’t exactly hate that idea. I’ve never been a huge MIB fan, but I LOVE the Jump Street movies, so I’d be onboard for this.

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Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive reveal of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names, and it was done in the form of trading cards. I really hope Finn’s last name is Jenkins, but I’m sure they’ll go with something like “Starwiper”.

Song of the Week: “When Will I See You Again (Japanese)” – The Three Degrees

Things You May Have Missed This Week

-Time Magazine announced the Ebola doctors as their Person of the Year

-Former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks announced that he has signed with UFC

-Mike & Molly‘s 5th season started on CBS

-FX’s Sons of Anarchy ended its 7-season run

-Guardians of the Galaxy was released on DVD/Blu Ray

-iPod Classics are selling for up to $900 since Apple quietly discontinued the model

-ABC announced that new comedy Fresh Off the Boat will occupy the Tuesday 8 PM slot formerly filled by Selfie

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-New comic, Bitch Planet, was released by Image Comics. I read it, and don’t understand it, but I love that title.

Links I Loved

How Darude’s “Sandstorm” Became the EDM Track Everyone on the Web Knows – Gawker

Holly Jolly Ninja Turtles Gift Guide – Crooked Ninja

Ten 80s Cartoon Characters Who Are Impossible to Christmas Shop For – UnderScoopFire!

The Best Female Character in Sci-Fi & Fantasy – The Robot’s Pajamas

AwesomeToyBlog Holiday Gift Guide Day 7 – Power Rangers – Awesome Toy Blog

The Onion’s Person Of The Year 2014 (TIE) Malala Yousafzai And John Cena – The Onion

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I’ve been a booster of Girl Meets World since it was in the rumor stage, but I sort of stopped watching it because it got a little schmaltzy. I came back, however, last week and boy am I glad that I did. You see, it was the Christmas episode and it brought back a lot of the cast that we loved from the original Boy Meets World – namely Cory’s parents and best friend, Shawn Hunter. I was amazed that they packed so much into a half hour episode, but it was a great dose of nostalgia. We even got to meet the teenage version of Cory’s little brother who was born near the end of BMW.

I do have a few little gripes, though: where were Eric and Morgan, and why weren’t they even mentioned? Boy Meets World has a tendency to forget about Morgan, but there’s no excuse for an Eric omission. The news is that he’ll be appearing in season 2, but it really would’ve rounded out the package if he had been in this episode.

Anyway, We find out that Shawn’s still got a wandering soul, as he now travels and blogs about it for his job. Cory’s daughter, Riley, wonders why Uncle Shawn never really pays attention to her when he’s in town, and it turns out that she just reminds him of what his life is missing. And I’m not saying that I relate, per se, but I definitely know where he was coming from. It’s so weird to see that these characters have grown with me, and are now dealing with 30-something problems that I, myself, have to confront. That’s sort of been my issue with Girl Meets World: it’s heavier than I feel a tween show should be. In my teen show experience, everything is supposed to be in neon colors, and the characters are supposed to get into wacky adventures. GMW forgoes all of that, and it really tries to be a coming of age tale of Riley and the things that she has to confront as she grows up. BMW was certainly a more lighthearted show, but maybe this is what this generation needs. What do I know? Well, what I do know is that seeing Rider Strong (that name will never fail to make me laugh) was a welcome treat, and it was nice to see what the character has been up to since we last saw him. Most of my friends who watched it said they loved it, so the show successfully catered to BMW‘s former audience, while still appealing to its new demographic. So, for its Christmas-themed nostalgia, the Girl Meets World had the West Week Ever.

19th Nov2014

West Week Ever – 11/21/14

by Will

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Well, I can tell you who’s NOT having the West Week Ever: Bill Cosby. My how the mighty have fallen! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you know what’s going on. If not, here it is: a few weeks ago, comedian Hannibal Buress dropped a reference to Bill Cosby’s rape allegations during his standup act, which reignited public interest in said allegations. Apparently, over 13 women have claimed that Cosby forced himself on them, and most of these situations were either covered up or settled out of court. Recently, former America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson reported that she was also in a similar situation with Cosby 30 years ago. Through all of this, Cosby has remained quiet. During an NPR interview last week, he was asked about the charges, and reportedly just silently shook his head.

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Even if he’s innocent, the court of public opinion has already decided that he’s guilty. First off, Cosby placed a meme generator on his website, which was probably the worst thing he could’ve done. Former fans had a field day creating memes about the charges. Then, Netflix has postponed his special, Bill Cosby 77, which had already been filmed for the service. Then, NBC cancelled plans they had for a new sitcom starring Cosby as the patriarch. In the ultimate social network backstab, the official Cosby Show facebook page changed its profile picture from a picture of Cosby to a picture of the outside of the Huxtables’ house. Finally, TV Land has yanked Cosby Show reruns for the foreseeable future. Even if Cosby is innocent, he’s losing everything by not getting in front of this.

I know he has his fans out there, but he’s been running his mouth of the past few years about what’s wrong with today’s youth. While a lot of that was standard old man rants, he always came off as holier than thou. I don’t really have a horse in that race, but I hope he either clears his name or justice is served.

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Ground Floor, one of my favorite shows of 2013, comes back December 9th on TBS. If ya wanna know what the show’s about, click that link and help my stats. The part that sucks is that it’ll air Tuesdays at 10, opposite my new favorite show, Forever. Why couldn’t it air during Agent Carter? I have NO desire to watch that show. Anyway, give Ground Floor a chance, as it’s a cute show, and it’s got Pitch Perfect alums in it, for fans of that movie.

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Marvel is in the midst of casting the title role of Jessica Jones for the upcoming Netflix series. At the moment, there appear to be four frontrunners testing for the role:

Krysten Ritter: love her, but don’t think she’s right for the role.

Alexandria Daddario: if you don’t know her, check out True Detective. She’s my favorite for this role.

Teresa Palmer: never heard  of her. Apparently she was in Warm Bodies

Jessica DeGouw: she was Huntress in Arrow. I like her look, and she may be enough of an unknown for Marvel to put their stamp on her. I like her look, but I’m weirded out that she’ll have played roles in both Big 2 universes.

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They’re also looking at actors for Luke Cage, who’ll not only be featured in several Jessica Jones episodes, but also becomes her husband in the comics. One of the frontrunners for this is Lance Gross, also known as Calvin from House of Payne (he was also on Crisis, but nobody watched that show). I really want him to get it, as I like his look, but it’d also be nice to see a Tyler Perry alum graduate to the big time (kinda like Sofia Vergara did).

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The script for Ghostbusters 3 reportedly leaked, and I don’t hate it. According to Bloody Disgusting, they have a version of the script from 2009, and details have started to leak out. The main gist of it is that Ghostbusters has become a corporation (Ghostbusters, Inc), and the team members that we know have been busted down to consultant status due to an incident that destroyed the Triborough Bridge. Also, Peter Venkman is the mayor of New York, Dana Barrett’s son Oscar is a new generation Ghostbuster, and Winston’s still marginalized (he’s a mechanic for Ghostbusters, Inc). Yeah, that last sentence had a lot of doozies in it, but it all kinda makes sense. I’m not gonna copy and paste the synopsis, so click on over to blastr (Bloody Disgusting is blocked by some workplaces).

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In music news, Billboard is changing the Billboard 200 in order to get inline with the times. Since folks are streaming and downloading more than buying physical music, it’s about time that the top chart reflected that. So, starting with the Dec 4 chart, 1,500 streams (whether from Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Muve Music, Google Play, Medianet and Xbox Music) will count as one album sale. Meanwhile, 10 song (paid) downloads will count as one album sale. The hope is to encourage streaming holdouts to make their music available on streaming services, since these streams will now count towards units sold.

While we’re on music, one of my favorite UK pop groups, S Club 7, reunited for the first time in 12 years last weekend for the BBC Children In Need telethon. Wanna see it? Here ya go!

The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 hit the web, and I’m pretty excited. That said, I’ve got feelings about that first movie. As much as I enjoyed it, I almost feel about it the way that nerds feel about The Big Bang Theory. Then I remember that we’re talking about a cappella, and nobody gives a shit. Anyway, here’s that trailer:

In the past, I’ve lamented the fact that there are no new Christmas songs. At least none with staying power. While this one might sound kind of dated in a few years, it’s new and it’s cute. I present Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser with “Text Me Merry Christmas”:

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Now that it’s the holiday season, I’m ramping back up into selling. That’s right – Will’s World of Wonder is back in full force! I’ve added a bunch of new stuff that would look great under your tree/next to your menorah/in your Kwanzaa hoodie. Looking for Agent Venom? We got it! Looking for Marvel Legends Black Widow? We got it! Buy some stuff and tell your friends! I got bills to pay, and I needs money, so start ordering today!

Things You May Have Missed This Week

-There might be a chocolate shortage by 2020

-Netflix has saved the A&E drama Longmire

-TBS has renewed the new, edgier American Dad for season 12

-Jaden & Willow Smith gave a wackadoodle interview to the New York Times

-Michael Phelps’s pre-rehab girlfriend was born with both sets of genitals.

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Nothing blew up Twitter as much last weekend as Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B TV movie. Apparently, nobody attached to Aaliyah cooperated, and its main executive producer was talk show host Wendy Williams. None of Aaliyah’s songs were featured and the acting was rough. The joke on Twitter is that it looked like they just cast people off the street, as none of the people looked like they were supposed to look. Williams has come to the defense of the movie, saying that she’s proud of it, but the whole thing was just kinda lackluster. Based on the tweets, I was expecting the Black Sharknado. Ya know, it’s so bad it’s hilarious. That’s not what I got, though. Since I was never really an Aaliyah fan, maybe I missed out on some stuff. Besides having a pretty crappy ending (A screen card tells us they all died, and we don’t even get a scene of people crying or a candlelight vigil!), it was a pretty serviceable biography. I may not get the jokes, but I can acknowledge the impact the movie had on social media. So, for dominating Twitter for the weekend, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B had the West Week Ever.

07th Nov2014

West Week Ever – 11/7/14

by Will

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Portlandia season 4 finally made it to Netflix, so I’ve been bingewatching it this week. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from the show, meaning it’s great. I’ve still got 2 more episodes to go, so I hope the season ends as epic as season 2’s “Brunch Village” production.

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Tuesday saw the premiere of Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! on ABC. While the special was meant to celebrate 75 years of Marvel, they really glossed over some particular parts of Marvel’s history. While the 90s were a dark period for the company, X-Men was still the bestselling comic in the industry, and that was pretty much ignored. They also ignored the influence of the Raimi Spider-Man franchise, basically since they weren’t released by Marvel Studios. Similar to Marvel: Assembling A Universe, this was another self-congratulatory infomercial for Marvel and its movies. I give them credit for not talking about the movies until the last 15 minutes, but it still felt like “Look how awesome we are!” The special also included some footage from the upcoming Agent Carter. While it was nice seeing Howard Stark again, I care almost nothing about this show. It’s hard enough caring about modern-day SHIELD, let alone the 1940s equivalent.

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Tuesday also saw the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on all major video game consoles. I’ve never considered myself a “gamer”, but I’m still addicted to Call of Duty: Black Ops II. So, I actually considered buying the game this week. Then I thought about it, and realized that I still only play one level (“Hijacked”) on BOII, so I still have a lot more game to cover before taking on something new. Plus, I really didn’t feel like dropping $60 on a video game.

The following aired on Adult Swim the other morning at 4AM, and it’s PERFECT. It contains so many 80s tropes, and then it gets WEIRD. I love everything about this:

Things You May Have Missed This Week

-Toy Story 4 is coming. I still haven’t seen the third one, but I’m sure someone’s excited about this.

-It was announced that Star Wars Episode VII Will be called The Force Awakens. A lot of folks hate it. I don’t. In fact, it has me intrigued. Has The Force been asleep? Does it wear pajamas? So many questions!

-It was announced that Craig Ferguson’s final Late Late Show guest will be Jay Leno, on December 19th.

-Elections were Tuesday and everyone seems disappointed – even those whose parties won.

-Benedict Crumbsnatcher, or whatever his name is, got engaged this week.

-Amanda Bynes is still crazy.

-Downton Abbey was renewed for a 6th season.

-Fox canceled ratings-starved reality experiment Utopia.

-Wayne Brady admitted that he suffers from depression.

-Starbucks updated their dress code policy, banning engagement rings with stones. I thought everyone who worked at Starbucks was single anyway…

-New Girl got a new opening sequence, so you won’t be seeing this gem anymore:

Links I Loved

Next Round of Prototype Fetts Hitting Walgreens – Awesome Toy Blog

Rad Review: TMNT Comic Book Raphael – Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang

The Painful What-If That Haunts ‘Ghostbuster’ Ernie Hudson – Entertainment Weekly

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Selling 1.3 million copies, Taylor Swift’s 1989 posted the best one-week sales since 2002. She’s also the first artist to go platinum this year. Album sales may be in the crapper, but there’s no stopping Ms. Swift. In the ultimate Screw You move, she removed her catalog from Spotify which, no doubt, helped her album sales. She released the following statement:

“If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

Spotify pleaded with Taylor to come back, but they also created a “What To Play While Taylor’s Away” playlist. This is the future of music, folks. Anyway, for recordbreaking sales, and for bucking the system, Taylor Swift had the West Week Ever.

31st Oct2014

West Week Ever – 10/31/14

by Will

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Happy Halloween, everybody! I’m not as much into Halloween as I used to be, but I know that it’s akin to Christmas for some of you. My pal, Dex, over at AEIOU…and Sometimes Why has been running a series all month long where he interviewed several bloggers about their past Halloween experiences. I was honored to be asked to participate, and you can check out my entry here. I implore you to read all of the entries, though, as I learned a lot about my fellow bloggers that I didn’t know before.

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Monday saw the premiere of Mike Tyson Mysteries on Adult Swim. It was funnier than I was expecting, as it mixes Scooby Doo hijinx with the insanity of Mike Tyson. I mean, he punches out a Chupacabra and sings a song about not having sex with birds. He also teams up with his adopted Asian daughter, a talking pigeon, and a ghost. You have GOT to check out this show! My only gripe with it is that it’s one of those 15-minute Adult Swim shows. I want a full half hour! Anyway, it’s kinda weird watching a cartoon starring a convicted rapist, but I guess he did his time…

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Tuesday saw the premiere of Friends of the People on truTV. I tend to avoid truTV shows, as they reek of “fake”. That’s the case with their reality shows, at least. They seem to be turning a new page in their programming, though, as they seem to want to be a low budget Comedy Central now. Friends of the People is a 7-person sketch show and I really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t funny. I mean, it was unfunny on a House of Buggin level (10 points to anyone who remembers that shortlived Fox show). It’s no SNL, but it’s not even a MADtv. I think the show has potential, but the cast seems wildly uneven. I also don’t really understand the appeal of The Lucas Bros. They were funny enough in 22 Jump Street, but I don’t get why they got a FoxADHD show (Lucas Bros Moving Company) and I certainly don’t get how they were cast in a sketch comedy show. I don’t think folks will be talking about this show because it’s not funny enough, nor is it edgy enough to be relevant.

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Tuesday also saw the premiere of Benched on USA, starring Eliza Coupe from Scrubs/Happy Endings. I loved Happy Endings more than most shows in the past few years, so I have trouble watching them in new shows. It’s just a reminder that HE isn’t coming back, and I’m not ready to admit that yet. I haven’t even followed the cast to their new shows. I dropped New Girl when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moved back an hour, so no Damon Wayans Jr. I dropped The Mindy Project for the same reason, so no Adam Pally. And I have yet to watch Casey Wilson’s Marry Me on NBC. I like Coupe, though, and I tend to like cable comedies (RIP Wedding Band), so I thought I’d give this one a shot. I’ll only be watching it on DVR, though, as it comes on the same time as Forever on ABC, and I have to support that show so it can get a second season. Anyway, Benched was good. Coupe plays a corporate lawyer who has a MAJOR meltdown when she’s passed over for a promotion, and ends up working for the office of the public defender. I like the supporting cast, including Maria Bamford and Oscar from The Office. It’s hard for cable comedies to find an audience, especially at 10 PM, but I hope this show sticks around.

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Speaking of cable comedies, I’m still trying to get used to American Dad on TBS. I don’t feel like it’s as funny as it was on Fox, but at least they can say “shit” and “dick” now. I’d say the show is trying to find its footing, but it’s been on for years. The change in network really shouldn’t have affected the quality, but I feel it has.

In music news, T-Pain just recorded an episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, WITHOUT AUTO-TUNE, and he sounded amazing! I’d usually just point a link, but y’all never click those, so here it is in its entirety:

Things You May Have Missed This Week

– Some dude disappeared at a Broncos game, and was found a few days later – 118 miles away

– A viral video on street harassment edited out all the white guys, making minorities look like a bunch of horndogs

– ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is the first rookie show to be canceled for the 2014-2015 TV season. I didn’t even have it in my ABC Upfronts post, so I can’t say that I called it.

Entertainment Weekly debuted pics from Terminator Genisys that make it look like a fan film

– Charlie Sheen’s still trying to get a meeting with the Two and a Half Men producers so he can come crawling back.

– Apple admitted that they ceased production on the iPod Classic because they could no longer get the parts to make it.

– Death Row Records founder Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested for stealing a photographer’s camera. No, this was not the plot of Friday 4: Friday Three Weeks From Now

– CBS is currently casting the pilot for Supergirl from the Arrow producers.

Links I Loved

The 30th Anniversary of the Sitcom Episode that Scared the Sh*t Out of Every 80s Kid – UnderScoopFire!

Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer and Breakdown of Each Shot – The Robot’s Pajamas

Ten Toys More Offensive Than Breaking Bad Action Figures – Toyriffic

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OK, let’s get this out of the way. On Tuesday, Marvel announced every movie they’re releasing until I’m 38 and the Internet almost exploded. In 2016, we’ve got Captain America 3: Civil War and Doctor Strange. In 2017, we’ve got Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. In 2018, we’ve got Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, Captain Marvel, and The Inhumans. And, wrapping things up in 2019 is Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. That’s a lot to swallow! Usually I have strong opinions on such things, but these all seem so far away at the moment. It;s somewhat surprising that there’s no Hulk movie in the lineup, though some folks have wondered if the title of Guardian of the Galaxy 2 might be Planet Hulk. I doubt it, but it’s an interesting theory. I also feel like Marvel is treating Black Widow like a sidechick – they use all she has to give, but never give her her own spotlight. I think she could carry a spy thriller, and it kinda sucks she’s not being given the chance. Anyway, I’m going to give my opinion on the movies with one to two sentences each:

Captain America 3: Civil War – We all saw it coming, but he’s also gotta find some time to track down Bucky. Sounds like a packed movie.

Doctor Strange – He’s meant to be the lynchpin of Phase 3, which saddens me because I don’t really like the character’s mythos.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: BRING IT ON!

Thor: Ragnarok – Let me guess: it’ll have Loki. You pretty much know what you’re getting with a Thor movie, but Hiddleston and Hemsworth are great in their roles

Black Panther – he’s been described as King Batman, but I’ve never really seen it. Even as king of a world power, he just always felt tokeny to me.

Avengers: Infinity War – I HATE the cosmic side of Marvel, but maybe the movies will make me gain an appreciation for it

Captain Marvel – Meh. I hear she’s gotten more interesting as Captain Marvel, but I remember her as Ms. Marvel – a recovering alcoholic who couldn’t get her shit together. Casting will be important for this one.

The Inhumans – More meh. I’ve never really cared for them, and now they’re about to become Marvel Studios’ mutants. Marvel seems to be invincible at the box office, so I guess I should just trust what they have in store.

Needless to say, Marvel Studios had the West Week Ever.

02nd Sep2014

Jimi Jamison : 1951-2014

by Will

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I’m sure some folks say that I could’ve waited until West Week Ever for this, but there’s something about West Week Ever that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned: there’s a strict No Death policy. You see, I figure if I mention one death, I have to mention them all – even when they don’t really mean anything to me. So, I decided to just ignore all of the celebrity deaths. This time, however, I felt like I needed to say something.

Jimi Jamison, former lead singer of Survivor, was found dead yesterday from an apparent heart attack. When you think of ’80s music, you can’t help but think of Survivor, with hits like “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV and “The Search Is Over” (Jamison joined after “Eye of the Tiger” was recorded). I, however, remember Jamison from what I consider to be his greatest contribution to popular culture: “I’m Always Here”, AKA The Baywatch Theme. I spent MANY a Saturday afternoon during my formative years watching syndicated fare on TV, and nothing topped Baywatch. It was the #1 show in most of the world, and it probably brought Jamison’s music to more people than the Survivor stuff did. I LOVE the Hell out of that theme song, and it’s how I’ll always remember Jimi Jamison. So, my thoughts and prayers are with his family, and to remember him by, here’s “I’m Always Here”:

29th Aug2014

West Week Ever – 8/29/14

by Will

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Last Saturday night, Lindsay and I went to see Let’s Be Cops. We’d wanted to see it since we saw the trailer at 22 Jump Street, and it did not disappoint. It’s a shame that it came out during such an anti-cop moment in time, as it’s pretty fun. It’s no Jump Street, mind you, but it’ll definitely be worth checking out once it’s added to FX’s weekend lineup between Iron Man showings. If nothing else, the movie shows how hilarious New Girl would be if they’d just fire Zooey Deschanel.

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Apparently Brangelina finally got married last weekend. Whatever.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

The MTV Video Music Awards were last Sunday, and sadly there were few newsworthy moments of the night. Nicki Minaj was everywhere, but there was no visual spectacle like last year’s Robin Thicke/Miley Cyrus performance. In fact, Miley was pretty responsible this year, using her win as a platform to inform about the prevalence of teen homelessness. The performances of the night were pretty lackluster, too. Last week’s West Week Ever winner, Taylor Swift, performed her new single “Shake It Off”, only this time she had guys in tuxedos instead of twerking chicks in booty shorts. The spectacle was meant to take attention away from the vocals. Someone isolated Taylor’s vocals so that you can hear them without the backing track, and let’s just say it’s pretty bad. I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to go over to Deadspin to hear it. In her defense, it was a live performance with choreography, but I’m sure her PR team hates that this is floating around.

Dino Charge

It’s been a pretty big week for Power Rangers, as last weekend at Power Morphicon 4, the new cast for Power Rangers Dino Charge was revealed. What’s important about this is that it’s the first season to feature a Black Pink Ranger. Or Kinda Black. I dunno, she’s probably mixed with something, but I’m employing the One Drop Rule. In the past, the Black girl has been relegated to Yellow Ranger status, but not anymore. Yes, We Can! Anyway, I’m not sure about this cast. Samurai and Megaforce were a bunch of pretty kids, but I’m not seeing that caliber here. As my friend, Matt, put it, “It looks like 3 of them won a photo op”. And I am not feeling Green AT ALL. In other Power Rangers news, yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. At one time, I made a vow to myself to watch the show as long as it came on. I had no clue that vow would take up 21 years of my life! Finally, a few weeks back, I mentioned how the toy for the Pink Ranger’s Dino Charge zord had been changed from pink to purple – ya, ’cause boys don’t like pink. Well, it was confirmed at Power Morphicon that Bandai heard the fans’ pleas and the toy will actually be pink.

doom

A pic of Doctor Doom from the Fantastic Four reboot has leaked, and folks are PISSED. Meanwhile, all I can do is laugh. I hate the Fantastic Four, and actually kinda liked the 2 movies we already got. With every new tidbit that comes out about this movie, it feels like the filmmakers are trolling HARD and it fills me with glee. More! MORE!

dr strange

Speaking of Marvel movies, they say that Joaquin Phoenix is in final talks to play Dr. Strange. Not really sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I don’t really like Dr. Strange so I almost don’t have a dog in this race. At the same time, I also thought Joaquin had too much….gravitas to do a comic book movie. I guess it’s nice that everyone wants to board the Marvel movie train, but I just don’t know if he fits in that universe. I’m not a Benedict Cumberbatch fanboy, but I did think he’d be better in the role than Phoenix. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

hello_kitty

Hello Kitty ain’t a cat? Well, what do ya know?

I found this on a friend’s Facebook page and I HAD to share it. This commercial is THE BEST. My favorite part is when he pounds his fists like a maniacal warlord at the end.

Links I Loved

Eight Confessions About Enjoying Saved By the Bell & TNBC – Redheaded Mule

The 5 Best ‘Ghostbusters’ Products Ever Released – Double Dumbass On You

Cobra Commander Sold 10 Sitcoms to Network Television in 1984. Which Ones Were They? – UnderScoopFire!

Collectors Who Corner The Market – Cool & Collected

full house now

Everywhere you looked this week, you couldn’t avoid the big news: Full House may be coming back! I guess they saw how well Girl Meets World was received and decided that it was time to revisit the Tanners. Right now, Uncle Jessie, Kimmy Gibbler and the non-Olsen daughters are onboard. They also say that Saget and Coulier are beginning to show interest. It’d be interesting to see how this all turns out, especially behind the scenes. I mean, Candace Cameron Bure’s a born again Christian, Jodi Sweetin’s a recovering meth addict, and John Stamos clearly made a deal with the Devil because he doesn’t age. And of course they’ll have to say that Michelle is living in France or some junk because there’s no way they’re getting those girls back. The big question, however, is where would it air? The TV landscape has changed a LOT in the 20 years since Full House went off the air, and there frankly isn’t room for a show like that on broadcast television anymore. No one is trying to save the family sitcom, especially when you could fill that timeslot with another singing competition. So, that leaves basic cable as the most logical choice. I say it either ends up on ABC Family or TV Land. Either way, it’s all just speculation at this point, but remember that Girl Meets World went from rumor to fruition in a flash. I wouldn’t be surprised if this actually happened, and I’ll be right there ready to watch it when it does. So, for knocking off our pop culture socks with news of a possible return, Full House had the West Week Ever. (Thanks, Jenn!)

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