tv menu is just a wee bit out of date #RIPTheWB #ohwhatanight
Last night, I was having a discussion with someone about The WB I gave her my “citizens of a country that no longer exist” theory. She asked me to send her my piece on The WB’s last night. It’s pretty awesome and kind of surreal to know that my love letter to The WB will actually be read by someone who was intimately involved with the creation it.
After the Esquire piece, there has been a resurgence of interest in Roger Ebert. He stopped being a weekly visitor in our homes several years ago when he started the first of many cancer surgeries which had eventually cost him his lower jaw. For those of us not in Chicago, not thinking to check out his blog and movie reviews at the Chicago Sun-Times, we have truly missed out on his brilliant thoughts and beautiful words. I’ve been working through his writings, savoring each one, and this line definitely made me stop in my tracks. I hope it will whet your own appetite for all the delicious and memorable pieces that Ebert has written, and will continue to write.
“Some of the truest words I’ve ever written are: It is more erotic to wonder if you’re about to be kissed than it is to be kissed.”
— Popgurls.com 2/22/10
With all the news about the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to re-read the interview with the cast that I did the day after the Season Two pickup was announced. Somehow, it had never made it to the new database when we relaunched PopGurls, but here it is for your reading pleasure:
Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls): I think the most joyful thing for me is seeing the fans and knowing that it brings them joy to watch the show – just the arts in general, I think, bring people up, and to see these guys and they’re happier than they were. You don’t see one sad person. [I ask] “how are you?” and they say “good” and they’re honestly good, you know? I’m just happy to bring them up.
Somebody had Francis and I make out a card saying “to the best lover I ever had” today, and it was for a man. So that was pretty crazy.
Francis Capra (Weevil): He actually wrote “best lover,” I wrote “miss you.”
“It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said in a statement. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.”
wow. it makes me sad as Up All Night was such a cute show and NBC kept screwing around with it. i’m not surprised that it completely fell apart — Emily Spivey left, now Christina left.
i wish NBC gave their shows just a little bit more time. BFF, Bent and Up All Night were fun and truly enjoyable. Maybe not The Office-ratingsblockbuster hits, but they felt so real and people connected with that. The television landscape should have room for that kind of comedy and not be so obsessed with finding the broadest possible joke.
If television storytelling never evolved, we wouldn’t have had Buffy, Lost or The Wire.I wonder what new comedies we’ll be missing out on in a decade because of network television trying to recreate their own version of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men instead of innovating and getting recognition and ratings for that.
I’ve been working my way through the back library of Earwolf’s “How Did This Get Made?” and got super excited when I saw that they had an episode dedicated to On The Line, which is the worst movie starring boybanders.
Well, the worst WATCHABLE movie — the truly worst movie is Longshot. Despite cameos from Britney Spears, *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, Take 5, Innosense, Full Force (wha? that was a group?) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kenny Rogers, Danielle Fishel, Paul Sorvino, Dustin Diamond, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Rutherford, Lark Voorhees and Gilbert Gottfried, this tale about a LA personal trainer/gigolo “who is blackmailed by a corrupt and powerful businessman and is forced to seduce a wealthy widow in NYC to obtain insider information so his blackmailer can profit” was not a blockbuster success. I would suggest that HDTGM cover it, but I wouldn’t wish a viewing on anyone.
I have a copy of this, on VHS. I did not purchase it, and yet I can’t seem to get rid of it. I have no idea why.
ANYWAY — I loved the “How Did This Get Made?” podcast, and their breakdown of the love story of Hubcap and Turkey Sandwich. (Once you listen to it, it’ll all make sense. And if you’ve seen the movie, it makes PERFECT sense. However, I felt that Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael and Ike Barinholtz missed out on a HUGE aspect of the film that we at PopGurls detailed in our review of the film. Which we saw in the theaters, in 2001. In fact, several of us actually went to the premiere.
I present some selections from our take on the Big Gay Love Story in On the Line: Slashy Goodness
You’ve heard the company line: how this is a “Boy meets gurl, boy loses gurl, boy tries to find gurl and make with the awkward open-mouthed-devouring kisses” kind of a movie.
Don’t believe the hype.
What On The Line is, actually, is a “Two boys find their way to one another while their roommates, two other boys obviously in love and settled, play along” kind of movie. And in some scenes, there’s an extraneous gurl.
Rod (Joey Fatone) to Kevin (Lance Bass): “You. You should have never quit the band.”
Unspoken Subtext: “Because I can’t bear to be apart from you.”
Rod, mid-diatribe about the hypocrisy of the music business: “Dude, I’m about the love.”
Eric, to Rod, with his hands on either side of Rod’s face: “And the passion.”
U.S.: “And I know firsthand, baybee.”
Eric, to Kevin: “I can’t believe Brady hooked you up with that article in the paper, considering you dissed and dismissed his ass during high school.” His. Ass.
Rod to Kevin before singing a slightly altered version of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”: “Kevin, this one’s for you.” Cut to significant look from Eric to Kevin.
Playing “Barbecueball” in the park, Kevin throws the ball at Rod: “What the heck did you do that for?”
“That’s for using my towel the other day.”
“Yeah, well, I also wore your underwear.”
Eric (GQ), to Randy (James Bulliard), as they sit on the couch playing footsie: “Hey dude. You don’t look so good.”
“Yeah, you usually look better.”
If Rod and Kevin are the slashy heart of the movie, Eric and Randy are the first runners up.
One of the baskets in the mailroom is labeled “Chance.” For those of you not up on *Nslash, this is a happy conjunction used to indicate a Chris/Lance pairing. Chris. Lance. Chance. Get it?
Rod, introducing his song: “This is, uh, a song I wrote for a very good friend of mine.” Meaning Kevin. Immediately followed by the lyrics, “I get a feeling I can’t explain whenever your eyes meet mine…”
It’s really just all about the boy love.
All of the important things in life I learned from the Princess Bride:
- Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
- Chocolate makes it go down easier.
- Men in masks are not to be trusted.
- The word of a Spaniard is no good.
- You won’t get such an offer from the eels.
- Inconceivable does not mean what you think it means.
- As you wish really means, I love you.
- Death cannot stop true love.
- If you rush a miracle man, you get a rotten miracle.
- Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
Also good to remember:
- Even if you initially want to skip all the kissing parts, eventually you won’t mind them.
- If you don’t say “I do,” you haven’t committed yourself.
- While it’s not the most auspicious beginning, you can be great friends with someone who initially was waiting around to kill you.
- Not that many people are left-handed.
- There’s not a lot of money in revenge — chances are, you’ll have to get a second job to help pay the bills.
- Of all places, do your best to not find yourself unemployed in Greenland.
- When everything is going wrong, take pleasure in small things — like a little head jiggle.
- If you have extra appendages, you should probably stay on the right side of the law. You’re too recognizable.
- When you need someone’s help — tell the truth. You probably have the same end goal in mind.
- Mostly dead is not the same as completely dead. For both people and dreams.
- And of course: There is a shortage of perfect breasts in this world; t’would be a pity to damage yours.
Merry Christmas from Parks and Recreation, courtesy of Jim O’Heir.
(posted a day late, because, well. Jerry.)
It’s okay to manipulate and humiliate someone as long as you “love” them and propose.
Because that’s all the past few weeks on this show have been — manipulation. It was nothing more than a long con.
Barney manipulated Robin, reveled in her humiliation and broken heart in attempt to get her to love him. The rules, the reaction shots — he enjoyed breaking her so that he could get what he wanted. Why he wanted a broken woman, I have no idea.
I liked Robin’s response when “The Robin” was revealed. I loved that she called him out and told him that she can’t ever trust him again. Then in a blink (or a turn of a piece of paper), her righteous fury was completely brushed away because Barney proposed. Because A PROPOSAL makes everything better? Makes the torment that he put her through better and everything is okay because “golly, gosh darnit, he LOVES HER AND WANTS TO MARRY HER!”
Bullshit.Oh, and ROBIN’s desires mean nothing, because in the end — it hinges on TED “giving her up.” Because Robin is apparently a toy that boys play with and not a person in her own right. And play, Ted did — when Robin EXPLICITLY TOLD HIM that she did not want to go to the building, he whinged and pushed and pushed and forced her to. I don’t buy that it was selfless — if he wanted to be selfless, he’d respect her choice and her feelings. No, he decided that he knew what was best for her, just as Barney did. Ted’s a manipulator just the same.
I realize that people will think I’m ridiculous for having such a reaction, but man, it pissed me off so much. THEN I saw all the “OMG! It’s SOOOO Romantic!” reactions and I got all flaily hands of anger (MUCH different from flaily hands of glee) because I didn’t see the romance. I saw the manipulation of a strong lady character on a show that I used to love — and it kind of broke my heart.
UGH. Show, I think I’m done with you. I still want to know who the mother is, but at this point, I’m freeing up my Monday nights and will read the recaps of the series finale as we probably won’t get an answer until then.
Adventures at Target #2
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