The Theme Park Channel

Look closely and you may see a familiar face in there...

More small videos will be released leading up to the grand opening of the channel next year. I'll continue to keep you up to date.


So you want to write a movie, do ya?

That's a very good idea. I think you should. No, I really really do! Let me tell you how to keep yourself from going insane in the process though.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how NOT to lose your mind while attempting to be a screenwriter.

The following image is what came up when I googled the phrase, "crazy writer". Take it for what it's worth, and invest in a pipe as soon as humanly possible.


Judy Reyes está con el niño

The largely unsung Judy Reyes, (and just why exactly is that anyway?) is pregnant. Reyes plays the feisty "Nurse Carla" on the long-running, "Scrubs".

She's quite hilarious and may be the most sincere actress on the whole show, as she is able to pull off a wide range of emotions AND do broad comedy. I do love Sarah Chalke as well, and mentioned her in my "Funny Women" post from quite some time ago. Scrubs has been able to do something few shows are able to do...portray women realistically without objectifying them while managing to let them be funny and play intelligent.

I'd like to see her in more and I honestly think she's more than capable of pulling off a leading role in a mainstream film. She was recently in the lifetime movie, "Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story", which I admit...I haven't seen. But Reyes strikes me as multiplex material. But then, I'm always dreaming of more prominent roles for strong actresses, up to and including the hilarious Leah Remini. Congratulations to Reyes! Maybe you could celebrate for her by making sure to catch some Scrubs or visiting her IMDB page HERE.

A shot of Xanadu

Can prove very helpful when one is feeling particularly sluggish for any reason. It should evoke a reaction, whether that be one of love or hatred doesn't matter. It's a pop culture artifact that acts as a catalyst, and is sure to get you up and moving. But please, if you are not a fan of the 80's, please refrain from punching, kicking, or sneering upon viewing the following video.

all over the world

Someday I will digitize the VHS tape of my first grade talent show dance number, set to ELO's "I'm Alive" and inspired by Xanadu. Glitter, a fan, bubbles, and a single balloon were involved and I am more than willing to throw myself on the pyre of public humiliation to share it with you for entertainment purposes. Someday...


Burger King, I Salute You

For all of your excellent Star Trek toys and accessories. Today, I was fortunate to add the Spock bobblehead to my collection, the rest were generously donated by our friend Josh. Thank you friends. May you live long...and prosper.

And yes...I always make sure to keep Spock next to Uhura in the lineup. And yes...they are still in the plastic. I'm clutzy, okay? I don't want to risk breaking any of them. But rest assured, Spock and the Romulan Communicator are played with on a now-daily basis.

(Jen is also my friend who gave me the framed picture of Angela Lansbury, which provides me with my highest dosage of day to day Broadway inspiration yet. The woman just won ANOTHER Tony people!)


"My Life In Ruins" - Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

We were planning on seeing, "Night At The Museum 2" last week, but I was feeling the strong pull of the Nia Vardalos romantic comedy, "My Life In Ruins". I think that Vardalos is a fabulous writer with some amazing chops for comedy. I think she's got Bonnie Hunt sized potential. Not that she has anything to prove. After all, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was the very definition of a runaway hit. It even brought new perspective to just exactly what independent film can do. Granted, it was an independent film produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, but still...


The New Smart Car Theme Song

Here's a little snippet from a car ride with Jake and Audrey.


Jake: "Hey, what would that car's sound be?"

Audrey: *Makes noise that sounds remarkably like Jim Carrey's "most annoying sound in the world" from "Dumb and Dumber".


Audrey: "Wait...did you say sound or song?"

Jake: Song.

Audrey: "Oh, well that's a terrible theme song for a car."

Ladies and gentlemen, the Smart Car theme song...


The Creature Lives!

This is some majorly thrilling theme park news.

Universal Studios Hollywood to Debut Live "Creature from the Black Lagoon"
Here are some details of the new live show.

Also, check out this INCREDIBLE marriage proposal. As someone who has always harbored the not-so-secret desire for life to be a musical, this is the ultimate dream come true.


Peter Jackson Committing to only 3D films?

I'll give you the link to the story, and then I'll translate. Because there's a lot of tech talk in there. It's worth the read though. http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2009/06/3ality-digital-ceo-steve-schklair-talks.html

Here's the quote from that story though that's got all the nerds talking.

"SCHKLAIR: We had a crew on the east coast shooting what will be one of a few shoots for a concert. I can't say who, but there's another concert film in the works. And I think I told you we were recently down in New Zealand with Peter Jackson, who is committing to shooting his films in 3D, and will be working with our rigs and technology to do so. I think this is big news for the industry because we are all pushing to get theaters built. Some theater owners are on the fence, asking, "If we do jump [into 3D], is there enough content?" And having guys like Peter Jackson jump in and say things like "I'll be making all my movies in 3D" is a great vote of confidence for the theater owners who are thinking about making the investment."

Why? Because this means that The Hobbit will more than likely be in 3D. This means that more theaters will adapt their screens for the technology, moving 3D from cool 1950's fad into IMAX territory. Still a novelty, but something we can expect to see more often. I personally have seen, "Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D and loved it. I intentionally skipped, "My Bloody Valentine" because it looked hokey as all get out.

But this could be a huge development for the future of film.
Does this mean that we can expect Lew Zealand to start shoing up in theaters and throwing fish at us? One can only hope.
The Swedish Chef: Yaa da poppin' corn is... [throws popcorn in the air] The Swedish Chef: 3D! Da corn is popping in your face inna... [throws popcorn in his own face] The Swedish Chef: 3-D!

--Muppets Take Manhattan


30 ROCK vs. The Muppets

My friend Jen sent THIS to me today, and it was too good not to share.

RE: The "MOON" hissy fit.

Shared my calmer thoughts on the event HERE. What can I say? I'm young and crabby. I think money would fix that...anybody want to give me some money to produce our first film? Anybody? Anybody? No takers?


Futurama Returns. Again!

This is GREAT news. I love this show so much and I'm THRILLED that it's coming back, even though I was less than pleased with some of the most recent new material. Any Futurama is good Futurama if you ask me.

HERE is the report from Variety.

In fact, this article I wrote in 2007 the first time Futurama came back kind of covers my feelings about the show. (Apparently I was opposed to paragraphs back then...)

I can't say enough about this show, it's witty, FULL of geek culture, hilarious, and had important guest stars such as Bea Arthur, and the ENTIRE cast of Star Trek. (Except James Doohan. They explained his absence in the show by filling his spot with a character named, "Welshie". He's the one getting electrocuted at the beginning of the clip.) Anyway, Bea's clip is first, then Trek's.

Guess Who Will Be Playing Judy Garland?

According this THIS report, it's Anne Hathaway. I think she's a great choice, however, I would've liked to see Zooey Deschanel in at least one of the Garland roles, be it stage or screen. It does seem like a bit of a monopoly to give Anne both cracks at it. But I do think she'll do a wonderful job.

Speaking of Zooey Deschanel, where is that girl? I haven't seen her since, "Yes Man". She has such an incredible singing voice. I'd love to see her in a musical.


Monsters Inc. and Pirates of the Caribbean sequels?

THIS REPORT from Jim Hill Media answers many of the questions I voiced just last week about Disney sequels, and tells me a whole lot more about what's coming to theaters over the next few years blockbuster-wise. I haven't heard of most of these ever before. Disney is also launching a Lone Ranger franchise. I'd heard of this, but now we have dates. Did I mention that Johnny Depp is slated to be in them? Well, click on the above link and read all about it!

Bret Michaels vs. The TONY stage

Well, that's a topic I never thought that A.) would be on my blog B.) Would be involved with the TONY awards. Any way, thanks to JerseyGirlGenius over at YouTube, I can show it to you now.


The TONY Awards (full coverage)

I love this show so much...it's like all the high school theater geeks grew up and stayed together and formed a community. So far tonight, Brett Michaels was just about decapitated by fly-in scenery, Neil Patrick Harris is pulling hosting duty (and to think, I sat right next to him at the Swinging Wake), Liza performed and gave me goosebumps, (Carrie Fisher is on NOW being hilarious! Note to self, must read "Wishful Drinking") and there have been a handful of awesome live performances from various Broadway shows. The best of which so far by a mile has been from, "Guys and Dolls".

Between this and the recent performances from, who I am choosing to call the "Broadway Brothers" on, "So You Think You Can Dance", I'm pretty close to re-entering a major Broadway phase. These two need to take turns swapping the lead in a Gene Kelly biopic show. They're amazing! Evan ended up making it into the top 20, thank goodness. But they both deserved a spot for sure. They should've tapped Ryan to choreograph something later this season. Their loss, for sure...


You're too good for this LDP

Loud Diamond Phillips is currently appearing on the reality show, "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here". It's nice and all, because hey, it's for charity. But I honestly think LDP (as Jake calls him) is more than a head above the rest of his castmates. I've long been known to have a weakness for bad reality television. But I'm trying REALLY hard not to watch this one for my own good.

But Lou, you're making this hard on me! I want to increase your casting appeal, and if I watch, maybe you'll get more high profile roles. (Though I am being presumptuous. Maybe you're happy doing whatever you've been doing lately. Who am I to judge?) Which you totally deserve. But if I also watch, my brain may finally rot once and for all ruining any small standards I currently have. What to do...what to do...

Why'd you have to go and do "BATS"? That might be what started the long slow slide to, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here". Somebody cast Lou in something, please? He's better than this...

The Conan-Super Mario Connection Continues

First, Serious Lunch posted this. Which is really funny, because the first night the show was on, I HONEST to goodness thought the same thing. http://seriouslunch.blogspot.com/2009/06/conans-new-stage-looks-like-super-mario.html

Then last night, Conan addressed it. In a fabulous way.

This Week in Astronomy Geek

Contact REALLY got me into astronomy back in high school. I never moved past amateur status. But that and a subscription to Sky and Telescope magazine sure did keep me out of a lot of trouble. In fact, astronomy was quite the romantic pop culture hobby in the nineties. Remember Roxeanne? Space Camp? All that star talk in Only You?

Dad helped me find constellations in the night sky. Living in the middle of four Indiana cornfields didn't just mean the sweet smell of hay in the fall and plenty of fireflies in the summer, it also meant fantastic dark skies. Ideal for stargazing.

He took me to a handful of observatories growing up. I'll never forget seeing Saturn's rings through a telescope on the Butler campus. It felt too beautiful and surreal to be true. I might as well have been looking at this...

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered when I was five. It wasn't just tv in our house. It was a ritual. My brother-in-law gifted me a telescope. I spent countless freezing January nights on our back porch trying to memorize every crater on the moon by its proper name. (Hullo again, Sea of Tranquility.)

When I saw this video today, it immediately took me back to that. All of that. I'm so thankful.

Just think, this show goes on over our heads all night, every night. Let's end this week's rambling, sentimental musings with a song, shall we? (Have a good cry if you need to. I did.)


The Geeks Are Coming!

(But first they have to calm down from yelling at the television during, "So You Think You Can Dance". What the HECK was wrong with the judges tonight?!)

"Park Geeks" pilot webisode blooper reel from Jake Williams on Vimeo.


Disney's The Princess and the Frog and Rapunzel

We saw this trailer yesterday when we went to see, "UP". It looks phenomenal. I'm thrilled to see Disney stepping into 2D animation again! I remember being there as a kid and actually getting to watch them work on, "Aladdin". That was when a good deal of the animation department was still actually housed in what was then, "Disney's MGM Studios" and what is now, "Disney's Hollywood Studios". We can only hope for a return to age of hand-drawn animation.

Although, didn't it used to be called, "The Frog Princess"? What happened to that title? I like the new one better, I was just curious.

After that, it looks like we'll get this.

Though I don't know if it's 2D or Pixar-style. I'm crossing my fingers for 2D. There have been a lot of changes to this project so far...word on the net is that it used to be called, "Rapunzel: Unbraided" and if you google it you can find a lot of concept art.

It'll be fun to have these to look forward to!

Conan and JAWS

A.) Conan finally came back on the air last night, and thank goodness. Hilarity ensued and I liked everything from the new set to Andy Richter being present. It all works for me. His tram tour of Universal Studios (the same lot where he films the Tonight Show) was the best part. Then again, his video segments have always been his strength. I will literally change my operating schedule to now include the Tonight Show every night as long as I can keep it up. Bon Voyage, Conan! I've decided to embed the entire first episode just in case you missed it. It's underneath point B.

B.) There's a new JAWS documentary coming out.