Welcome to this week’s collection of fun pop culture stories.
Losing a Lost Boy
Yesterday morning, I was saddened but not surprised to hear that 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim had died of an apparent drug overdose. I had a huge crush on Haim after The Lost Boys and License to Drive. It is too bad that he was never able to get is substance abuse under control. Read another personal reaction here.
Merlin Olson, Football Star, Commentator and Actor, Dies at 69
Little House on the Prairie was one of my favorite shows (and book series) as a young girl. I remember the calming influence Johnathan Garvey often played. I am saddened to hear that he suffered from mesothelioma, a cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos. Find out more about the disease.
Behind the Scenes of “The Runaways”
I am typically not a theater-goer these days. I used to work in a theater (for five years in high school and college), so I am well aware of the joys of the crowd, the isolation, and the overall theater experience. But, I don’t always like the crowds, and I’d rather watch a movie on my big screen with my home theater system and with my dogs sitting on the couch with me. But this little movie about Runaways is almost enough to lure me out of my cocoon. I LOVE the Runaways. Are you planning to see it, either in the theater or on DVD? (Compare the movie girls with the real thing here.)
The MPAA Says the Movie Business Is Great. Unless Its Lousy.
The MPAA released a report about the state of the movie industry. Grosses are up. More technology is in theaters. But, of course, they never want to talk about the fact that grosses are only up because of inflation.
Comedy Leads the Way among 86 Pilots for Fall TV Season
It never fails. When one show succeeds, the copycats come out of the woodwork, and the networks bite. With the success of the ABC comedies this season, everyone wants to make a new 30-minute comedy. Hopefully, they won’t try to rip off Modern Family too much or focus on the things that don’t matter to viewers. (Really, do you care whether the show is a one-camera or multi-camera comedy?) Make good shows, and people will watch them.
The Mouse That Roared: Turning to the Internet to Catch a Favorite Show
I still think this is the way of the future, even though it is challenging now. For network shows, it’s easy. Pay cable, possible. Sports, nearly impossible. And the lack of easy access to sports online is why we keep the DirecTV subscription for now. Mr. Pop Culture Curmudgeon will not go without his sports.
Exclusive: Co Co a-Go-Go: Conan Tour Starts April 12!
The rumored Conan O’Brien tour is a go. And it is starting in my old place of residence, Eugene, OR. That is weird to me. Are you gonna go see Conan live?
BTW, only two weeks until a new episode of Supernatural.
Thinking Outside the Box: Web TVs Skirt Cable Giants
I can’t wait until we choose exactly what we want to watch, when we want to watch it without having to subscribe to a bunch of worthless channels. I mean, really, The Military Channel? No thank you, but to get E! and Style, I have to get that one, too.
Why the Broadcast Networks Can’t Take the Summer Off
Seems the big 4 are tired of being left in the dust by the cable nets every summer. This year (again), they are promising to do better. Find out how and why they can’t afford to fail at broadcasting watchable summer programming this time.
Studios Even More Afraid of Unsolicited Scripts
Combine a litigious society with a bunch of execs whose business model is shifting under their feet. What do you get? Overwhelming fear. According to this article, the slush pile may be at an end in TV and movies.
Can’t Hollywood Swing for the Fences?
An interesting look at the lack of black voices in filmmaking.
Viewers Abandon Heroes in Drove: Can It Be Saved?
The real question is, “should it be saved?”
Rob Estes Leaving: Harry Wilson Will Be Written Out
90210 is losing another of the grown-ups. Rob Estes apparently didn’t get what he wanted from the CW brass in his contract negotiations and is leaving the show. Will Annie become even more annoying now that she will be a product of a broken home? And will granny still let them live in her crazy mansion?
Tom Shales on the Villains in the Leno-O’Brien Fiasco at NBC
This morning, it was announced that NBC is paying Conan $32.5 million and giving his staff severance of nearly $7 million to get him off the Tonight Show. In this piece from earlier this week, Shales rips the NBC executives to shreds in this opinion piece. Great reading!
Supernatural: The Devil Went Down to Carthage
Here’s a link to the Zap2it recap of the last new episode. For me, it’s all about refreshing my memory about what happened way back in November so that I’m not too lost tonight.
5.10 Abandon All Hope
The Supernatural Wiki has all sorts of resources to help you get caught up and ready for tonight.
Preview of 05.11 “Sam Interrupted”
Our friends at Buddy TV help us get caught up and give a few sneak previews of what is going on tonight.
Supernatural Countdown No. 14: The Family Business
A funny look at the top 10 “happy” events on Supernatural. It’s not all gloom and doom for our Winchester boys.
Looking for spoilers? Here’s what I know.
Golden Globes Stunner Sophie Loren’s Tips for Ageless Beauty
Sophie Loren is proof positive that women can age gracefully, if they accept it instead of fighting it. That doesn’t mean you should just shlump through your life because you’re gonna get old anyway. But, you can take care of your body and your skin, take pride in yourself, and dress appropriately rather than going under the knife.
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