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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Toy Story 3: Cowboy Down

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Originally published December 9, 2005.  This is not what will actually be happening in Toy Story 3 (pretty clearly, I think).  I wrote this after I snapped this picture when Laurel dropped her Woody doll in the snow outside our house.  At the time, Disney and Pixar were going through the contentious battle which saw Disney threatening to make Toy Story 3 without Pixar — I think luckily for all of us, that original plan was scrapped once The Mouse officially acquired them.  Now, though, feel free to go check out the official Toy Story 3 teaser trailer, and look out here for more Pixar-related content this week, including my review of Up.  (Spoiler alert:  I liked it.)

  R.I.P WoodyThe Walt Disney Company today revealed that the plot of Toy Story 3 – a movie the studio is making without longtime partner Pixar, who produced the first two Toy Story features — would surround the mysterious death of Woody at the hands of a “cereal (toy) killer” and the other toys’ quest for revenge. Speculation has it that Disney’s willing to kill off the beloved cowboy sheriff because Tom Hanks was reluctant to lend his voice talent to the project; given Tim Allen‘s career of late, he’s expected to return to the role of Buzz Lightyear. No word on whether Slinky Dog (voiced by Jim Varney, who died in 2000) would also meet his grisly end in the flick.

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May 31st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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100-Word Review: Glee (Pilot)

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That title?  Yeah, pretty accurate.  FOX debuted this show — about a high school glee club made up mostly of rejects — to start building some early buzz for it before it begins its run this fall.  I hope it works.  The music throughout is infectious, both the a cappella background music and their use of 80s classics intoxicating (“Don’t Stop Believing” indeed).  I’m looking forward to seeing more of this cast, especially Lea Michele as the talented, determined Rachel.  It’s a joy to see a show with such an optimistic bent shine out in the sea of darkness currently on TV.

Grade: A-

FYI:  You can still catch the whole pilot episode for free on Hulu

ETA: It’s also available on iTunes, if you want to the file to go. (Thanks for the update, Adam!).

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May 29th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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100-Word Review: Tinted Windows

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Supergroups aren’t so much in vogue anymore, but Tinted Windows — Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger (bass), Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha (guitar), Hanson’s Taylor Hanson (vocals — yes, really, that Taylor Hanson) and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos (drums) — might just re-spark the trend with how good their debut is.  Schlesinger’s insanely catchy songwriting is all over this thing and Hanson’s vocals fit the upbeat, muscular pop perfectly.  Unsurprisingly, Tinted Windows sounds like Fountains of Wayne with a big extra helping of testosterone.  ”Messing With My Head” and “Can’t Get A Read On You” stand out among the album’s eleven addictive tracks.

Grade: A-

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May 28th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Sonrise (No, That’s Not A Jesus Reference)

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While I haven’t mentioned it here on my site yet, I’m reasonably sure most everybody reading these knows that Terry’s knocked up.  Well, today we had her nineteen-week ultrasound and now can say proudly:

We’re gonna have a son.  I’m not gonna be quite so outnumbered around these parts starting sometime in October (though truthfully, it’ll probably be awhile before the baby can really pull his weight and help me even the biogender odds).

I was totally expecting a girl, even to the point where I’d become a big fan of certain names (fare thee well, Olivia-who-will-never-be) — but believe me, I’m jazzed (and a bit terrified) at the prospects of having a boy.  I feel like I have raising girls fairly well in hand, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with a boy.  Other than raise him with the exact same principles we use for our girls, I mean.

We don’t have names picked out yet, though we do have a very preliminary list.  Finding a name which is distinctive but not weird is far easier for us with girl names than boy names (or even unisex names), but we’ll figure something out in time.  For now, though, I’m going to use one of the names Laurel suggested on the way home:  Rockstar P Holt.

I’m sure I’ll have plenty of thoughts coming up on what it means to be having and raising a son — both the similarities to and differences from raising girls — so expect to see more coverage of the impending arrival of Rockstar P over the next few months.

(Boy!  We’re having a boy!)

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May 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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Video: Fan-Made Green Lantern Trailer

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Really, this video is one of those things I think all of my geek friends have probably seen by now — especially if you follow Nathan Fillion on Twitter — but I’m gonna post it anyway just in case.   Jaron Pitts took it upon himself to make a trailer for the Green Lantern movie currently in development, and further to cast Mr. Fillion in the title role.  To make this trailer, he incorporated bits of more than forty other movies, TV shows and trailers and added in some CGI wizardry (well, “wizardy” might be overshooting the mark a tad) of his own.

The result?  Yeah, I’d probably watch this movie.  (That’s a lie.  Of course I’d watch this movie.)  I’m also convinced — not that I needed much convincing — that Fillion would make a damn good Hal Jordan.  Fillion himself gave Pitts’ handiwork a thumbs-up, but I don’t think that’s all that surprising seeing as it’s all about him.


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May 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

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