Thursday, September 29, 2005

iTunes Rankings

My buddy Peter over at Slublog found an interesting little tidbit over at the "The Corner": listing your top 5 most played songs in iTunes. And on my Mac the winner is: Big & Rich. They get the top five songs.

1- Rollin'
2- Wild West Show
3- Real World
4- Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
5- Drinkin' 'Bout You

Now you have to understand, I am not a country music fan. Actually, I really can't stand the stuff. But, Big & Rich are just so unique. They blend country with rock and believe it or not, rap, for a musical journey unlike any other. The harmonies that these guys sing are unbelievable. It's like nothing I have ever heard, therefore getting a lot of play and the top five spots.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Smallville's Aquaman-Alan Ritchson

Freshly scanned from the newest issue of TV Guide. A first look at Aquaman, played by Alan Ritchson (American Idol).

Looks like they did a good job casting this one. Arthur Curry, aka, Aquaman, makes his Smallville debut October 20th.

Supernatural-Dead in the Water

This show continues to impress me. It’s just downright creepy. Well written scripts and some decent acting helps this show shine. The effects are nothing to sneeze at either. Sometimes with a TV show they can be cheesy, but not so here. Last week’s episode, Wendigo, was just down right cool. Not all hairy like Marvel’s, but a skinny, drawn human that has eaten way too much of his kin.

I look forward to this one each week. I don’t know what kind of viewership its getting, but I hope it is enough to keep it on the air.

Suspense at its best.

Desperate Housewives- Season Premiere

The kickoff of Season Two did not dissappoint, as 28 million other viewers thought.

Rex is dead, Lynette is back to work, Bree is OCD to the extreme even at her husband’s funeral, Gabby and Carlos actually come to the conclusion that “they really aren’t good people”, the new neighbors have someone held hostage in their basement, and Mike and Susan are off again when she learns that Zach might be his son.

Personally, I am kinda getting tired of the Mike/Susan on again off again thing. Either get it done or split them up for good.

Looks like this is shaping up to be an excellent sophomore season for the girls of Wisteria Lane.

Monday, September 19, 2005


I taped Threshold on Friday night, thinking I'd watch it, and if it was okay I would catch it in reruns next summer.

Not so. It was so good that I will add it to the already packed TV schedule. Sure, it is just another show about aliens, but the effects were well done, and the characters are likeable enough to care about. There was a scene where the cockroaches aboard the U.S. research vessel were scurring about making the alien pattern that was burned into the ship's radar. A dream sequence gave us a brief glance at the aliens themselves.

Very cool and worth a peek this week.

Friday nights at 9:00 right before another CBS favorite, Numb3rs.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Jeph Loeb on Superman Returns

Here is a brief interview with the quitessential Superman writer, Jeph Loeb, with his thoughts on the upcoming "Superman Returns". Link via the Superman Hompage.

What do you think about “Superman Returns”?

JL: I think it's fantastic. The more I hear about it, the more excited I get.
But, I have to be honest -- I don't know how anybody can give you a REAL
assessment of the film before it's come out! I've seen little bits and pieces--
I believe in Singer and his passion. Bring the movie on!

(About Brandon Routh’s costume in “Superman Returns”) What do you think of it?

JL: It's different. But then again Tim Sale's Superman is different from Ed McGuinness' Superman which is vastly different from Alex Ross' Superman. And I love all three versions of the character. That's the power of an icon -- that you can tweak here and there. So, his "S" is smaller and the colors are darker -- you have to remember that at one time it was going to be a black trench coat and Nick Cage!

Smallville’s Al Gough Interview

TV Guide Insider features an interview with "Smallville" Executive Producer, Al Gough.

There will be more guest appearances on "Smallville" in an attempt to bolster ratings in the Thursday night slot. In addition to Tom Wopat and James Marsters, Carrie Fisher will make an appearance. All should be great additions to the show.

Also, watch for Aquaman to surface this season as well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What to watch this Fall at the theater

Great roundup of the Fall movies at MSNBC. For the full run down, read the article. Here are the ones that I am going to shell out the big bucks to see.

A History of Violence- Loosely based on a DC comic, so you know I'll see it. Viggo Mortenson, Ed Harris and William Hurt also add to its viewability.

Serenity- Joss Whedon's Sci-Fi/Western masterpiece. I watched the entire DVD collection and was left wanting more. Now I'll get it on the big screen.

Doom- I've owned a Doom game or two. Video game movies usually stink at the theater, but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will make it watchable.

Chicken Little
- I'll go see this one, if only to see if Disney can pull off a CGI feature without Pixar.

Walk the Line- A film about Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black"? I'll be there.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- Harry Potter Book 4. Even with an aging Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, this will be one not to miss. Thankfully some of the side stories were taken out of the film to keep it to a viewable time limit. No Hermione and S.P.E.W. trying to save House Elves. Good.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

More Fall TV Previews

Want to know what is going to happen on your favorite TV show when it returns this fall? MSNBC has a good round up, but beware, spoilers abound. If you want to be surprised (and how many of us really do want to be surprised?), stop reading now. I'm just gonna hit the highlights. If you want all the dirt, read the whole thing.

Desperate Housewives: Make no mistake or hold out any hope, Rex is dead. Bree wrangles with her mother-in-law (Shirley Knight) over funeral arrangements.

Lost: Everyone on the raft survives, we find out what is in the hatch (and the producers are sure people aren't going to like it), two new characters are added to a desert island (Michelle Rodriguez and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and we are supposed to find out why the plane crashed by the end of season two. Should be a wild ride. And a good one.

Alias: I'm pegging this one as the disappointment of the season. Producers say this probably be the last season. Jen is going to be in every episode, which will probably result in a long break mid-season for maternity leave. And if the horrible writing of season three didn't kill it, scheduling the show to play on Thursday night will. There is only one reigning king on Thursday, and it isn't going to be Alias.

Smallville: Smallville is usually pretty guarded when it comes to giving away any spoilers about an upcoming season, but here are a few things to look forward to. James Marsters of "Buffy" (Spike) fame comes on board as Braniac. That should be way cool. Ex-Duke Tom Wopat makes an appearance, and the show is currently negotiating to bring former Superman Dean Cain onboard. Still the super hero show to watch.

Other shows the article covers are Boston Legal, Veronica Mars, House, That 70's Show, and a few others. Check it out.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Superman Returns

Newsweek online has an article on the upcoming triumphant (hopefully) return of Superman to the big screen. Bryan Singer (X-Men) is directing the Man of Steel, so this should be a good one.

It's only taken 11 years and multiple directors and writers. Here is a pic to tide you over.

I personally would like to see an ultra-buff, pumped up Supes, but I think Routh is going to do a good job portraying the Man of Tomorrow. No Ed McGuiness physique here.

Word of the Day: Farrago

farrago \fuh-RAH-go; fuh-RAY-go\, noun;
plural farragoes:

A confused mixture; an assortment; a medley.

Ivan Illich writes "a farrago of sub-Marxist cliches, false analogies, non sequiturs, false or bent facts and weird prophesies."
--"The Paul Johnson Enemies List," New York Times, September 18, 1977

Roy Hattersley will upset much of Scotland by calling Walter Scott's lvanhoe "a farrago of historical nonsense combined with maudlin romance."
--"Literary classics panned by critics," Independent, January 18, 1999

From the moment the story of the Countess of Wessex and the Sheikh of Wapping broke, there has been a farrago of rumour, speculation and fantasy of which virtually every newspaper should be ashamed.
--Roy Greenslade, "A sting in the tale," The Guardian, April 9, 2001

Farrago comes from the Latin farrago, "a mixed fodder for cattle," hence "a medley, a hodgepodge," from far, a kind of grain.

This Day in History

This Day in History: September 7, 2005

Courtesy of the NY Times’ On this Day:

1533 England's Queen Elizabeth I was born in Greenwich.

1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.

1901 The Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.

1927 TV pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using a device called an image dissector.

1936 Rock musician Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.

1963 The Pro Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

1969 Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen died at age 73.

1977 The Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.

1977 Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released after serving more than four years in prison.

1979 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its cable TV debut.

1986 Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.

1990 Kimberly Bergalis of Fort Pierce, Fla., came forward to identify herself as the young woman who had been infected with AIDS, apparently by her late dentist. Bergalis died the following year.

1996 Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.

1997 Former Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko died in exile in Morocco at age 66.

1998 St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire equaled Roger Maris' single-season home run record as he hit No. 61 in a game against the Chicago Cubs.

2003 Yasser Arafat tapped the Palestinian parliament speaker, Ahmed Qureia, to take over as prime minister following the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Fall TV Premiere Dates

I was about to begin the laborious task of looking through all the listings to find out when all my favorite shows start, but TV Guide has saved me the trouble. Here is a link to their premiere guide and here is the list itself:

Sunday, August 28
9 pm | Rome (HBO)

Monday, August 29
8 pm | Prison Break (Fox)

Thursday, September 8
8 pm | The O.C. (Fox)
9 pm | Reunion (Fox)

Friday, September 9
8 pm | WWE Smackdown (UPN)

Saturday, September 10
8 pm | Cops (Fox)
9 pm | America's Most Wanted (Fox)

Sunday, September 11
8 pm | The Simpsons (Fox)
8:30 pm | The War at Home (Fox)
9 pm | Family Guy (Fox)
9:30 pm | American Dad (Fox)

Monday, September 12
8 pm | Wife Swap (ABC)

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm | The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Bones (Fox)
Gilmore Girls (WB)
9 pm | House (Fox)
Supernatural (WB)

Wednesday, September 14
9 pm | Head Cases (Fox)

Thursday, September 15
8 pm | Survivor: Guatemala (CBS)

Friday, September 16
8 pm | What I Like About You (WB)
8:30 pm | Twins (WB)
9 pm | Reba (WB)
Threshold (CBS)
9:30 pm | Living With Fran (WB)

Saturday, September 17
11 pm | MADtv (Fox)

Sunday, September 18
7:30 pm | King of the Hill (Fox)

Monday, September 19
8 pm | Arrested Development (Fox)
The King of Queens (CBS)
One on One (UPN)
7th Heaven (WB)
Surface (NBC)
8:30 pm | All of Us (UPN)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Kitchen Confidential (Fox)
9 pm | Girlfriends (UPN)
Just Legal (WB)
Las Vegas (NBC)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9:30 pm | Half & Half (UPN)
Out of Practice (CBS)
10 pm | CSI: Miami (CBS)
Medium (NBC)

Tuesday, September 20
8 pm | According to Jim (ABC)
9 pm | My Name Is Earl (NBC)
9:30 pm | The Office (NBC)
10 pm | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Nip/Tuck (FX)

Wednesday, September 21
8 pm | America's Next Top Model (UPN)
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart (NBC)
Still Standing (CBS)
8:30 pm | Yes, Dear (CBS)
9 pm | E-Ring (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
10 pm | CSI: NY (CBS)
Invasion (ABC)
Law & Order (NBC)

Thursday, September 22
8 pm | Everybody Hates Chris (UPN)
Joey (NBC)
8:30 pm | Eve (UPN)
9 pm | The Apprentice (NBC)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
Cuts (UPN)
9:30 pm | Love, Inc. (UPN)
10 pm | Criminal Minds (CBS)

Friday, September 23
8 pm | The Bernie Mac Show (Fox)
Dateline NBC (NBC)
Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
Supernanny (ABC)
8:30 pm | Malcolm in the Middle (Fox)
9 pm | Hope & Faith (ABC)
Killer Instinct (Fox)
Three Wishes (NBC)
10 pm | Inconceivable (NBC)
Numbers (CBS)

Saturday, September 24
8 pm | NBC Movie (NBC)
10 pm | 48 Hours Mystery (CBS)

Sunday, September 25
7 pm | Dateline NBC (NBC)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
60 Minutes (CBS)
8 pm | Charmed (WB)
Cold Case (CBS)
The West Wing (NBC)
9 pm | Blue Collar TV (WB)
CBS Sunday Movie: Martha Behind Bars (CBS)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
10 pm | Crossing Jordan (NBC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
10:30 pm | Extras (HBO)

Tuesday, September 27
9 pm | The Amazing Race: Family Edition (CBS)
Commander in Chief (ABC)
Sex, Love & Secrets (UPN)
10 pm | Boston Legal (ABC)

Wednesday, September 28
8 pm | George Lopez (ABC)
9 pm | Veronica Mars (UPN)

Thursday, September 29
8 pm | Alias (ABC)
Smallville (WB)
8:30 pm | Will & Grace (NBC)
9 pm | Everwood (WB)
Night Stalker (ABC)
10 pm | Without a Trace (CBS)

Sunday, October 2
7 pm | America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Tuesday, October 4
8:30 pm | Rodney (ABC)
10 pm | Close to Home (CBS)

Wednesday, October 5
8 pm | One Tree Hill (WB)
8:30 pm | Freddie (ABC)
9 pm | Related (WB)

Friday, October 7
9:30 pm | Hot Properties (ABC)

Wednesday, November 2
8 pm | That '70s Show (Fox)

Friday, September 02, 2005

Cry Out To Jesus

In response to the disaster that has struck the Gulf States, Third Day has released the song "Cry Out To Jesus" earlier than anticipated in an attempt to give people stength and hope during this time of suffering. The song is available to download free from the group's website. Very timely and appropriate.

The lyrics:

Cry Out To Jesus

Words by Mac Powell / Music by Third Day

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who struggles with being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

(c) 2005 Consuming Fire Music / ASCAP. All rights administered by EMI
CMG Publishing. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Third Day also links to World Vision, a Christian organization collecting donations to aid the residents of Hurricane Katrina.

You can donate to the Red Cross here.