Travis Beacham had an idea, Guillermo del Toro ran with it and now we have a massive summer blockbuster in the form of "Pacific Rim." Box office chatter is grim but that's not what we're interested in here. We're interested in what you thought of the movie. Some people are doing cartwheels over this thing; Drew sure did. Others have a heaping helping of thumbs down for it. Others still might find their way to the middle. That's where I am, for a handful of reasons, but I'm glad there's something like this to chew on this summer as opposed to more sequels and more IP pillaging, etc. So when/if you get around to seeing the film -- which just kicked off midnight screenings in New York -- head on back here with your take on it, and feel free to vote in our poll.
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck "voluntarily left" (read: was kicked off of) "The View" this week, and though I think it was her time to go, it's a little sad. Whether or not you agreed with her politics, she was able to do something you wouldn't expect from someone whose only real credential coming into the job was not dying on "Survivor."
I sincerely hope that "The Conjuring" is just the first of many films in which Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren.
After all, the Warrens spent decades investigating paranormal phenomena in real life, and the film introduces a structure that practically screams for sequels. We see that the Warrens have in their home a room where they keep all of the various items they have removed from the haunted houses and the other supernatural events they've witnessed, and that room serves as a sort of museum and safehouse in one. Everything in that room has a story of its own, and "The Conjuring" begins with the story of the Annabelle doll, a sort of introductory haunting to show us who the Warrens are.
On Monday yet another bachelor was sent packing on "The Bachelorette," and this time the unlucky-in-love competitor for Desiree's heart was Michael Garofola, a federal prosecutor based in Miami. While Des gushed that he always looked on the bright side of life (and, to their credit, neither one of them launched into a Monty Python song), he lacked Brooks' smoldering hotness, Chris' bad poetry-writing skills and, more importantly, his relationship with Des wasn't quite as advanced as some of the others on the show. Michael G. talked to reporters in a conference call about being on the show, getting cut, and going after Ben and James.
Paula Deen dumps her legal team, hires another
Deen reportedly felt her old team was "out of their depth."
No, a "Sharknado" cannot happen in real life
A spokesperson for the National Weather Service says: "'Sharknado' seems to fulfill Syfy's description as 'a media destination for imagination-based entertainment." PLUS: Tara Reid on her "Sharknado" role, and "Sharknado" writer says: "This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read… I'M IN!"
NBC orders "Wall of Fame," a family game show featuring celebrities
They'll battle it out in a game of pop-culture trivia.
Jane Lynch thanks Fox for letting her host "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC
She says of the game show, premiering tonight: "You need to be up on your Madonna and your Oprah and your Brad Pitt, your movies and your songs."
More "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." details revealed
We'll have to wait to learn Agent Coulson's story.
"Shark Week" shoes available
Toms shoes has come out with a limited edition "Shark Week" line to fund conservation efforts.
Why waste a roast on James Franco?
There are better celebrities Comedy Central could've targeted.
"The Simpsons" theme park is out of "Bort" name tags
Fans have been grabbing Bort in reference to a Season 6 episode in which Bart couldn't find his name.
"Airplane Repo" debuts on Discovery
The new reality show delves into the world of airplane repossession.
"The Vampire Diaries" is back at work
See pics from the set of Season 5, which won't premiere until mid-October.
"Sons of Anarchy's" Kurt Yaeger joins "Quarry"
He'll co-star in the Marine sniper Cinemax drama.
“Springsteen & I,” a documentary about Bruce Springsteen and his relationship with his fans, created by his fans, comes out July 22.
The film, directed by Baillie Walsh and produced by Ridley Scott, focuses on the overwhelming kinship that exists not only between The Boss and his fans, but between the fans themselves. As Springsteen himself talks about, his career is an ongoing "conversation" with his fans, an ongoing communion that gets renewed everytime he steps on stage.
As a die-hard Bruce fan who’s attended around 45 Springsteen shows, this preview of the film looks about right. Sure, it’s glowing, but to be a Springsteen fan is to feel like this. Some of the absolutely happiest hours in my life have been spent in the pit at a Springsteen show singing along with strangers and feeling like nothing in the world existed but us and Bruce and the E Street Band.
I’ll have a review of the documentary as it gets closer and, hopefully, an interview with Walsh.
First came word of a Pearl Jam tour on Monday, and today fans got the news they really wanted: a new Pearl Jam album, “Lightning Bolt,” will drop Oct. 15.
First single, “Mind Your Manners,” came out today and it’s a bullet-train, punk-rock rush of a song as Eddie Vedder sings about disillusionment and unlikely redemption. It ends with a cacophony of call-and-response vocals screaming “living hell.”
The song is anchored by Matt Cameron’s insistent, powerful drumming, a wily guitar solo, and Vedder’s intense vocals. The single’s artwork, which features a gun, drops of blood and a rosary on a plate, heighten the drama.
And yes, Pearl Jam’s website, after featuring a countdown clock for the tour and then the album announcement, now has a countdown clock for the album release. It’s 94 days away as of July 11.
Fans can pre-order the album on Pearljam.com, as well as on iTunes now.
Here's the cover art: