Late-blooming fan-fiction auteur Sylvester Stallone, on the verge of finishing his latest mash-up crossovers Tango & Terminator and Rocky vs. Raging Bull, is finally getting back to his crossover mega-franchise The Expendables (which is itself sort of the Crisis on Infinite Earths of old things). Stallone has spent the last month free-associating about The Expendables 3 on his Twitter account, promising mountains of surprises and more humor, saying in no uncertain terms that Steven Seagal will not be involved but that Jackie Chan has a spot saved on the roster, and also putting out a casual casting call for a “tech wizard,” a “super brains,” and “a young woman who is not a sex symbol but funny, tough, REAL.” READ FULL STORY
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Retirees have to find a way to keep busy. Some take up knitting; others make multi-million dollar explosion-fests. Cecilia Giménez of Borja, Spain, has a different hobby: She spent hours attempting to restore a water damaged, century-old fresco of Jesus in Borja’s Santuario de la Misericordia church. Giménez’s finished product has inspired headlines and a flurry of tourist activity — but not for the reasons the artist would hope. Take it away, Today!
I’m old. I’m older than I used to be, but when it comes to music, I’m not a complete dinosaur. I probably listen to more music today than at any time in my life except college, and I purchase just about all of it on iTunes. In fact, I haven’t purchased a real CD in nearly two years, which isn’t exactly unusual any more, what with more than 50 percent of the music business’ sales now coming digitally. (I just assume the other 49.7 percent of sales from CDs comes from Josh Groban fans and sweet old grandmothers at Christmas time.)
But tomorrow, I’m going to get in a way-back machine and visit a “music store,” an establishment that actually sells music you can hold in your hand. (There used to be lots of them, believe it or not.) Tomorrow, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball comes out and I feel compelled to have a tangible copy that I can hear and hold. CDs don’t have the nostalgic feel that perhaps vinyl did to those who grew up in that era, but there remains something special — to me, anyway — about being able to cradle an album, peruse the liner notes to see who plays sax, and proudly display the case among its brothers, from Greeting from Asbury Park to Working on a Dream. Back in college, Tuesday mornings — and sometimes Monday nights — were all about getting the new Smashing Pumpkins or R.E.M. before the guy down the hall. Those days are long gone, for me and the industry, but when the right album comes out from the right artist, I still feel that urge to have a version of it that I can treasure.
I assume Springsteen still sells his fair share of actual CDs (thanks, hip grandmoms), but what artist sends you back to the music store (or one of the online warehouses)? What singer or group demands a real musical artifact?
Now that we’re officially in the post-millennial aughts, all eyes have turned to the ’90s for artistic inspiration, it seems. Between the recent news that Fox is bringing back In Living Color, last week’s well-received return of Beavis and Butt-Head, and TeenNick’s decision to upgrade The ’90s Are All That block to primetime, it’s obvious there’s a huge appetite for ’90s content. In the spirit of Color‘s remake, we wondered: What other ’90s shows should be brought back?
Do you think there’s room in today’s line-up for a retread of classic sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Mad About You? Maybe tweaking a classic family drama like Party of Five is what’s needed? Or do you have some hankering for local color à la Picket Fences and Northern Exposure? What about a gone-too-soon show that was great but never really got off the ground like My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, or Twin Peaks? Tell us what you think — list your favorite shows in need of a reboot in the comments!
Even though Courtney Stodden should be the one getting presents for this, her 17th birthday, the actress/model/fodder for The Soup got us all something instead: The gift of perpetually creeping us out! Yes, actor Doug Hutchsinon’s teen bride turned one year older today. And as she proved from her Twitter page is all the wiser: “Celebrating the last night of being sweet-n-sexy 16 by wearing NOTHING but my tasty bday-suit! Mmm; Yummy! ; -)” (If your reaction to reading that sounded something like this, you are correct.)
If that weren’t enough to prompt you to make bizarre, uncomfortable faces, read what Stodden’s mother Krista, who has been supportive of her daughter’s relationship to the Lost star who is now only 34 years her senior, told E! News about her little girl’s birthday plans. “Courtney and Doug were planning on going to Disneyland,” she said, adding, “It’s funny they call her the child bride, but she does love going to Disneyland.” Sure, let’s go with “funny” as the word you were looking for. READ FULL STORY
If you’re anywhere between the ages of, say, 20 and 35 and reading this website, the question of whether you gleefully devoured ABC’s Friday night, family-friendly line-up TGIF is purely rhetorical. Of course you did.
There’s no doubt you loved Full House, Step By Step, Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Perfect Strangers, and a variety of other ridiculously addictive shows. (Personally, I spent those Friday evenings stretched out on the floor of my living room with my three siblings and several Book It-earned personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Holla! The ’90s were amazing.) But when it comes to one show in particular on that line-up, the block’s anchor for years — that’d be 8 p.m. resident Family Matters — the question isn’t whether you watched, but instead: What’s your opinion on Urkel? Because you certainly watched, and you certainly have an opinion on the polarizing character. READ FULL STORY
In the wake of PBS’ announcement of a Mr. Rogers next-generation spinoff featuring a descendant of Daniel Tiger, I set out to recall exactly who Daniel Tiger was by watching a few clips of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on YouTube. (Because that’s what the internet, and my work days, are for.) The show was not much like I remembered — the rhythm, dialogue, and messages seemed absolutely foreign to me. Do you ever go back and watch a children’s show after 20-25 years and it’s just completely different? And you think, wow, maybe I should be learning anew from this kiddie crap every day? READ FULL STORY
The ’90s truly were all that. And so was the decade’s queen of cool, Clarissa Darling. Clarissa, played by Melissa Joan Hart, explained it all on her Nickelodeon series from 1991-94. And thanks to TeenNick’s new ’90s block, I get to relive all of my favorite moments all over again.
The revival of Clarissa Explains It All got me thinking about why I loved the show so much in the first place. READ FULL STORY
It’s a good day to be a product of the ’80s, PopWatchers. Not only are some of us making scads of money, but Mikey from The Goonies (okay, Sean Astin, if you must) is going to voice Raphael in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series for Nickelodeon, and now the Cabbage Patch Kids, much like the Turtles, will once again be invading your living room.
Paramount Pictures confirmed to EW that Galen Walker, who is currently producing a live-action TMNT movie, will be also be producing the new Cabbage Patch Kids project. The Original Appalachian Artworks, owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids, sold their rights to the CWA Carlin West Agency, who will make the animated special. (West said in a statement, “I am excited that [creator] Xavier [Roberts] has granted us the rights to bring the magic of the Cabbage Patch Kids into the world of entertainment. I also am also thrilled to work on this project with Galen.”)
Yes, it’s true, those dolls with the perfectly round heads, yarn-like hair, unblinking gaze, and cutesy dimples that your parents fought to the death for to get you in the Christmas of 1983, are coming back. READ FULL STORY
I happened to catch the High School Musical spin-off Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure while watching a friend’s kid sister last weekend, and I have to say, once and for all, that I’m totally and completely over Disney Channel Original Movies… and it’s about time. Even toward the end of what I consider the Golden Era of Disney Originals — starting in 1999 with Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and coming to a screeching halt in 2003 with The Even Stevens Movie – I was probably a little too old to be watching them. I remember joking about the latest cheesy DOMP (Disney Original Motion Picture… I know that’s not what they’re actually called) in Geometry class even while loving every minute of it. READ FULL STORY
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