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Jan 282012
 

Written by my friend Teodoro Martin

My favorite way to unwind on the weekends is with a bowl of ice cream and a good movie. Now that I have Dish Network I don’t have to rent a movie—there is always something on. Last weekend after the kids went to bed my wife and I scooped out some rocky road and sat down to watch The Client. Although it’s an older movie, my wife and I are both John Grisham fans and enjoy watching any movie based on his books. This one has especially good actors with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones starring in major roles. I had forgotten that Brad Renfro was also in this one. If you haven’t seen it, it really is worth sitting down and watching. Brad Renfro plays a young man who witnesses the suicide of a mobsters lawyer. Susan Sarandon plays the attorney he hires to help him because both the police and the mob realize he knows too much. I can’t say much else without giving too much away, but you should definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it!

Sep 132011
 

GLEE SEASON 2 DVD STRIKES A CHORD WITH “GIVE A NOTE” CAMPAIGN, $1 MILLION DONATION TO HELP SAVE ARTS PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 13, 2011) – Jane Lynch has revved up her megaphone to tout the benefits of arts education is schools, starring in a public service announcement (PSA) that debuts tonight at 8:45pm Eastern Standard Time on the Fox Network’s “GLEE” program. It’s the centerpiece of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s campaign to donate $1 million to arts education around the country and Lynch is the featured spokesperson as the harsh and witty cheer coach, “Sue Sylvester.” Beyond “GLEE,” the PSA is expected to air on television and cable stations across the country.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have teamed up for “GLEE Give a Note,” a campaign to donate $1 million to school arts programs across the country. Eligible high schools are invited to submit videos about why their school deserves a grant at www.GleeGiveANote.com. In December 2011, after two rounds of voting, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will name the 73 schools that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

TV’s musical sensation, “GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment packed with all 22 episodes and never-before-seen bonus features sure to incite fans everywhere to “Gleek Out.”

GLEE is a biting musical comedy about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition to win Nationals while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High, garnering an incredible 19 Emmy nominations – earning it the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year – and four Emmy Awards.

If you have not seen this PSA it is hilarious and has an excellent message! If we enjoy shows like GLEE why are we allowing our public school systems across the country to kill the arts programs? Without the school arts programs we would have no GLEE. Please support them in their efforts to keep the arts in schools!

Sep 022011
 

That’s right I am a gleek.

I wasn’t at first. Only watched a few episodes from the first season and scond season. While I liked the show I just had too many things on my DVR to keep up with Glee. So I deleted them from the recordings.

Then I sat down this weekend and watched the entire first season on Netflix streaming. Now I am kicking myself for deleting season two from my DVR, because I will now have to wait until next week for it to come out on DVD.

Aug 292011
 

Sitting here watching television when I decided I wanted to change the channel. Usually not a problem.

For some reason this time my Comcast remote switches to TV instead of Cable on its own. So when I went to page up or down it started flipping through CATTV 15 to CATTV 17 with nothing but snow and static on the screen. I figured I had some how switched the input modes. Nope. Reset the channels. Nope.

Months ago we noticed odd squiggly lines on the TV and found out it was the DVD recorder that I had the cable box running through before it went to the TV. I rerouted the cables at that time removing the DVD recorder from the equation. Cable box went straight to the TV.

So why tonight did the cables all of the sudden get plugged back into the DVD recorder? And how was I watching the TV in the first place?

It had to be Gremlins, but how did they sneak in and do it so fast?

Feb 012011
 

I first heard about OWN: the new Oprah Winfrey Network when my cable company informed me that Discovery Health would be turning into OWN.  I enjoyed the late night shows on Discovery Health and new Oprah’s new network really wasn’t going to be something I wanted to watch.

So when SheSpeaks.com gave me the opportunity to view one of the new shows on OWN prior to the premiere of the channel on my cable network I thought I would give it a chance and see what it would be all about.

The show was “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star”. My first reaction was, “Oh great yet another reality TV series.”

I am not a fan of any show that makes people fight, bicker or argue on camera. If I wanted to watch that I could sit on my front porch and watch the city go by. I want real entertainment. Something that takes my mind off of the every day grind. Not add to it.

So needless to say I was less than impressed with the show but I was even less thrilled by the cast of characters trying to get there OWN show. There was no one in that group except maybe the woman that already worked in television that I could see EVER having a show or at least having a show that went beyond an episode or two.

The other shows on the network are just more reality or talk shows. Again not something that will have me setting my DVR or tuning my TV to that station. Sorry Oprah. Not that she’ll miss this one viewer with her 80 million plus fans out there watch her every move.

Feb 132010
 

Well I have pretty much already beat this to death, but I feel it needs repeating. FEARnet is the only horror channel on Comcast and quite frankly it is the worst one out there. Come on Comcast give us something better please.

Oh, you can ask for channels but they never add them so why bother?

Additional reasons that FEARnet and Comcast suck can be found here:

Feb 132010
 

Well if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I have an ongoing issue with Comcast Cable and their crappy service. This time it is their customer service. I have already pointed out their enormous cost before so let me just tell you how shocked I was by my bill once my triple play pricing special ran out. So I grabbed a phone and gave them a call. I was put on hold then disconnected. Okay, so I call back this time I get some one who says they are going to look into it for me. Again I am put on hold and the call is disconnected! At this point my frustration has turned to anger so I decide I am going to wait a few days and call back.

A couple of days go by and I try calling again. This time I get some one who seems eager to help and isn’t hanging up on me. He supposedly tries to  change my plans to reduce my costs, but every time he does his computer crashes. He reboots twice before telling me to call back again.

Well their ploy worked. I gave up trying and I continue to pay them way too much money all because I could not get any customer service.

Their commercials talk about how wonderful they are and how if they don’t fix something on the first call they’ll give you $20. Wonder if that guarantee works when you cannot get satisfaction from their call center?

Feb 152009
 

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, SpockWho knew that the game of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock shown on the Big Bang Theory was and actual game? Not I. I found out the other day while poking around ThinkGeek.com they made a t-shirt (which is pretty cool in its own right) and they linked to the guy who came up with it.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock was created by Sam Kass with Karen Bryla. The rules are easy and the reasons for using it instead of the standard rock, paper, scissors makes pretty good sense. People that know each other too well will inevitably end up in a tie about 80% of the time. So by adding 2 new variables this will decrease those chances of getting a tie.

Here are the rules (Sheldon will also explain them in the video). Scissors cut paper. Paper covers rock. Rock crushes lizard. Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes scissors. Scissors decapitate lizard. Lizard eats paper. Paper disproves Spock. Spock vaporizes rock. Rock crushes scissors.

Love this show!

Feb 022009
 

Godzilla ShirtTonight’s Big Bang Theory had Sheldon wearing yet another way cool t-shirt. This time it was a cool Godzilla monster silhouette shirt from the folks over at Super7.

I will so be getting one of those.

But while I call myself a fan I don’t know if I can name all of the monsters pictured on the shirt. I may need some help with that.

So if you want to look cool like Sheldon go get this shirt. (but not until I get mine)

Jan 312009
 

Don’t know if you are aware of this or not (and it might be too late at this point, but hey you have until 6pm est to head out to a store and find yourself the glasses) there will be a 3D commercial during the game.

Yep, 3D as in jumping off the screen at you.

I love 3D. Went to see My Bloody Valentine in 3D two weeks ago with my niece and I came out of that film thinking ALL movies should be released in Real D 3D. Even the non-3D-ish (meaning stuff poking out at you) scenes just looked cool.

 So run out to the store and get your glasses. I have seen them at Target and the grocery store. But don’t just chuck them after the game, Monday’s episode of CHUCK will be in 3D as well.

According to NBCWashington.com, Some 150 million 3D glasses will be given away for Super Bowl viewers to watch a 90-second 3D sneak preview of the big-screen animated feature “Monsters vs. Aliens.” While 3D telecasts are nothing new, this marks the first time one has been done for such a large audience.

Jan 222009
 

Bob MayBob May, the man who fit inside the B9 Robot of Lost in Space fame has passed. He died January 18th. He was only 69.

According to the WashingtonPost.com, “May died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, said his daughter, Deborah May.”

He will be greatly missed by fans.

Stop by the Bob May website to send the family your condolences.

http://www.robot-b9.com/

Jan 192009
 

KhaaaanRicardo Montalban passed away. He died January 14, 2009.

As posted over at the Huffington Post, he is often remembered by things like: “Fine Corinthian leather,” Khan and, “Smiles, everyone, smiles.” The “Fine Corinthian leather” dates us all. Perhaps the younger generation better remembers him saying “carne asada” in a Taco Bell commercial a few years back.

Check out the very nice write up on Ricardo Montalban over at the Huff Post and be sure to watch the TCM movie marthon (7 in all) starring Mr. Montalban.