Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Office Return Promo
One of my readers just sent me this (thanks, Nancy!) and it is seriously hilarious. It's about three and a half minutes of the characters in The Office talking about what they did on their summer vacation. I cannot WAIT for the season premiere of this show (September 27, 9pm, a full hour episode). It's hard to pick a favourite moment in this clip, but I'd probably say Stanley. I heart Stanley.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Heroes is Coming to Toronto!
OK, I've just crawled out from under the rock I've apparently been living under to find out that the cast of Heroes will be appearing in Toronto, at Yonge-Dundas Square, this Friday, August 31st, to promote the release of the season 1 DVD. From what I've heard, the first 100 people to buy the season 1 DVD from The Bay will be guaranteed an autograph from the gang. Here's the story that appeared a month ago (argh) at According to The TV Addict, Zachary Quinto is going to be on hand, but so far no one is saying for sure who will really be there.

So... dilemma for me. It's my last day at work before maternity leave. Do I go downtown? Do I stay late at work the next 2 nights to finish up work so I can go early? Do I go down and then come back to finish up? Do I skip it?

Who's planning on going?? Look out for a very pregnant woman...

Monday, August 27, 2007

More Lost Actors Added!
Jeff Fahey has been added to the Lost cast, according to EW. This photo on the left is the picture EW provided. Damon Lindelof claims that he was the only guy they had in mind for the role. So... anyone else thinking we're staring at Jacob right now?

Jeremy Davies has also been added. I first saw him in a strange little indie film called Spanking the Monkey, about a guy whose mother is suddenly paralyzed and bedridden, and he takes care of her and over time the roles become confused and he begins a sexual relationship with her. It's a disturbing film to say the least, but he was great in it. He's best known, however, for playing an interpreter in Saving Private Ryan. I can't wait to see how he fits into the cast.

Variety is reporting that Eliza Dushku has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in some show, meaning they've signed the actress before developing the actual project. A pretty big deal indeed. There aren't any details beyond that. Let's hope 20th Century doesn't actually put the show on FOX, or we'll only be able to enjoy two episodes before they cancel it.

For the Heroes fans hotly anticipating tomorrow's DVD release and September 24th's season 2 premiere, check out this new site that's just gone up, the Yamagoto Fellowship. You can see a message from Kaito Nakamura (Hiro's dad), and information about the kensei swords. I first saw this on where they said you could click on videos and watch the stories that Kaito read to Hiro, but the link doesn't seem to be working quite yet.

SyFyPortal is reporting that Ripper, that show that Joss Whedon has long been saying he's been developing to spin off the character of Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a go. Well... their headline is confirming it's a go, but if you read the article it's the same old, "BBC is on board, FOX is still in the air" we've been hearing for years. That said, FOX is making more of a commitment than we've ever seen before, at least greenlighting that Joss can go forward, so let's see what he does with the script. Yay, Joss, give us Giles back!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Stuff for a Friday
Um... blogger suddenly has a feature where I can add video? Where did that come from? (See, I open a new page to start a post, see something that catches my eye, and forget what I was just doing...) Mmm... new toys.

But I shall come back to that later. First of all, my husband and I have FINALLY begun watching Big Love and I think it's amazing. The core cast is great, and every episode you can't help but put yourself into the shoes of the characters. How could a woman sleep at night knowing her husband is in another woman's bed? How do you share someone who is supposed to be loyal to you? How do you have an argument about something when you know he could just turn to the more complacent wives and favour them instead? While at the same time, look at how these women share childcare, problems, help out with groceries, laundry, etc. It's such a brilliant series, and forces me to think of polygamy, something I've barely ever thought about. I was hooked by the first episode.

Kristen Bell loves nerds. I think she and I could hang out and become best friends forever. Well, probably not. I mean, if her audience are all TV geeks, then obviously she can't say that she doesn't get these people. Read the article to see her thoughts on being asked to be on Lost and what she thinks of being on Heroes (there's a minor spoiler about the connection her character will have with others, but it didn't rattle me, and I HATE spoilers). No comment on the end of Veronica, which is pretty disappointing.

Reason #4,852 to hate Andy Rooney. Why is this crotchety old man still allowed to speak? I grew up in a house where my dad watched 60 Minutes every Sunday, religiously (that ticking noise still unnerves me, because when my bedtime was 8pm I knew you'd hear the ticking at the end and had to go to bed), and loves Andy Rooney. But I'll never forget watching the show one week in 1994 and he went off on Kurt Cobain, post-death, devoting an entire segment to asking why the hell anyone cared about this talentless loser, when this kid that he'd found in a newspaper in Podunk, Nowhere, had also died that week and no one was holding candlelight vigils to mourn him. Sigh. Don't worry... we won't be holding candlelight vigils for you, Andy. Check out Best Week Ever for a pretty funny rundown of the article. (My favourite part is where he says he can't watch baseball because unlike the good ol' days, everyone now is named Rodriguez. Um... OK, and how much is the Stamford Times paying you to put your racism on your sleeve?)

Tis the release season of TV shows on DVD, and I'm super-excited. Dexter came out this past Tuesday, so if you haven't seen it, get it. It's a darkly funny and fascinating study of a serial killer by night, forensics guy by day, who discovers another serial killer that he must investigate, and he becomes increasingly jealous by this other guy's handiwork, until clues begin surfacing that convince Dexter the guy is actually speaking to him in some way. Next Tuesday (August 28th) is the release of Heroes on DVD. This is one I plan to buy and rewatch before it starts up again on September 24th. Apparently the pilot episode has been extended to 75 minutes from 42, and includes a new introduction to Sylar. Also on that day is the release of Friday Night Lights, which ranks up there with Big Love as "that show I should totally be watching but am not." Dark Shadows, episodes 1-35, will also be released on that day. This is one of those shows I always wish I'd seen more of -- a friend lent me a few episodes on VHS a couple of years ago (you know, I should really return those to him) and I watched it and was intrigued, so I'd like to see more. Anything involving vampires has me interested.

September 4 is the release date of season 3 of The Office (yay!) and if you've seen the season, as I have, it's still worth getting it just to watch the deleted scenes. That same day is the release of 30 Rock and Robot Chicken. Oh, and Prison Break (blech). has an interesting interview with James Marsters (and a not-so-flattering accompanying photo) in which he says that he doesn't think Joss Whedon ever "got into" Spike, and that's why there would be no Spike spinoff. I think he's wrong (uh, was Marsters not watching the Buffy finale?) but it's an interesting interview nonetheless.

A third new actor has been cast on Lost. I'm assuming these people are all Others, but time will tell.

And finally, someone posted this item in my comments yesterday (thanks, Sarah!)

Wanted: More than 30 "Lost" babies
At least 30 babies were needed to play Claire's baby Aaron last season, making casting a never-ending process. So many are needed because, well, babies age quickly, outgrowing the part in just a week or so. To play Aaron, a baby must have blond hair, blue eyes, a slightly round face, weighing between 8 and 15 pounds.

So if my son is born in mid-September, could he qualify for the next round of Aarons? My daughter had a round face, blonde hair, and blue eyes, so there's a good chance he'll look the same! And if they need 30 of these babies, does that ensure that Claire and Aaron will be on for a while?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

MORE Casting News -- Lost
I talk about the fabulousness of The Wire on here all the time, and now two of my favourite worlds are about to collide. Lieutenant Daniels (I know he's eventually a Col., but he'll always be The Lieutenant to me) has been cast in an unknown role on Lost. Zap2it reported the story by saying he joins Harold Perrineau as also having been on Oz, and they seem to have forgotten that Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (Eko) was also on Oz, as was Zeljko Ivanek, who played the governor on Oz and Juliet's evil husband Edward on Lost. There's definitely something going on about those two shows.

I tried posting this this morning, but Blogger was down for some reason. I was reading Ken Tucker's column on EW about all of the awesome DVDs coming out this week, and he was talking about his latest obsession, which has been around forever, but he's just mentioning it now. Well, I'm further behind than he is, because I hadn't heard about it until reading his column. Full disclosure: In 1984, when I was 11 years old, I was a HUGE Michael Jackson fan. HUGE. I went and saw him on the Victory tour (and was nearly trampled to death), I owned every biography of him, I had the little action figure (complete with tiny sparkly glove), could do the Moonwalk, and had even subjected myself to The Wiz. Two years later, I couldn't have cared less about him. But for one brief shining year, he was everything to me. So when Tucker pointed to a penitentiary in the Philippines where the hundreds of inmates have recreated the choreography of Jackson's "Thriller" video, I HAD to click. I've probably seen this video 437 times now, and watching this video just put a huge stupid grin on my face. I especially love the guy playing the woman, who has every over-the-top pose down pat. This is seriously awesome. Enjoy.

Monday, August 20, 2007

More Casting News — Lost
That's right: Uncle June from The Sopranos will be cast as Jacob! Ok . . . not. Michael Ausiello at is reporting that Ken Leung, who appeared in the final season of The Sopranos as the guy who seemed to idolize Uncle Junior when they were in the institution together, has been cast as a mathematician on Lost in season 4. He had severe anger issues and hated his parents on The Sopranos . . . which means he'll fit in PERFECTLY with the island folk! :)
Exciting Casting News!!
I've got good news and bad news. Last week it was announced Kristen Bell had turned down the offer to appear on Lost in season 4 (boo). But... Bell has officially joined the cast of Heroes (yay!) It's probably what she was holding out for, and figured it was the better bet career-wise. Her character's name will be Elle, and she'll be connected to three other existing characters (I won't say who, in case people deem that a spoiler). More info can be found here.

Entourage and Flight of the Conchords have both been renewed for new seasons. I have to catch up on FotC, but Entourage has been great in the second half of this season. Last night's ep was great (maybe it was because there was less Turtle and Drama predictable bumbling, and more Ari), though it left you a little uneasy from Eric's point of view. And is it wrong of me to have been upset that Walsh's girlfriend had taken the bullets out of the gun? Dammit... I can't wait until we finally see Medellin. Who thinks it's going to be terrible?

I swear this guy is Dorian Gray.

In other news, Finding Lost Season 3 has gone to the printer, and I'm excited about that, and I've been asked to be a part of another book project called The Essential Cult Television Reader. Yay! And I'm also going to appear in a book on Heroes this fall. I'll do a blog soon just on that book.

My daughter's birthday party was a success. Eighteen adults and six children, and not a single child was hurt or crying or upset, so that was a good thing. And my daughter suddenly dropped off to sleep at 7:20, which was worth the entire day itself. Ah... a three-year-old. How time flies...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Stuff for an Emotional Friday
Why emotional? Well, one could say that when you're in your final month of pregnancy, every minute of every day is emotional, but today, my daughter turns three. And I don't know where the time has gone. She's still that tiny tiny baby that I first held and vowed I'd never let anything bad happen. Since then she's developed this insanely funny personality, big golden curls, a curiosity that would have had most cats burn through all nine of their lives by now, an attention to detail that maybe only a writer/editor's daughter could have, and an imagination that rivals any novelist. She's perfect perfect perfect. And she's three. So I'm blogging as I stare at the clock, waiting for the moment when it will be exactly three years (at this point, seven minutes away).

OK, so I shouldn't be so excited about this, but one of my all-time fave words is "ginormous" and it has been officially added to Mirriam-Webster's dictionary! Now I can use it with no qualms whatsoever. Though... recently I've moved to using "gabillion" when looking for the perfect hyperbole.

Here's an interesting article on Ali Larter (a.k.a. Nikessica on Heroes) becoming a Bollywood queen. Who'd have thunk?

To show just how out of it I am, I've heard so much about the new series Mad Men (well... not so much about it, just people saying I should be watching it) and the night it premiered I couldn't find it anywhere on my television. I'll have to just set up the PVR to find it, methinks. Anyway, imagine my surprise when I'm perusing TV Guide online and find out Vincent Kartheiser -- a.k.a. Angel's demon child from hell who bonked Cordelia -- is on it! (That's him on the left in this picture.) Why didn't anyone tell me this? Now I MUST find this show. If only to see if Connor gets smacked around a bit. :) Go here to read the full interview with him. (Warning: as much as I find him intriguing as an actor, he's never been particularly charismatic in interviews.)

Weeds premiered in the U.S. with high ratings, and I couldn't find it anywhere on Showcase, here in Canada. I went to their site, and lo and behold, it's scheduled for a fall release. Sigh... in the past, they've run it pretty close to the U.S. airing, so I have no idea who came up with this boneheaded idea. Now I have to keep my head down and avoid spoilers.

And I just looked at the clock and it's exactly the time she was born. :::sniffle:::

Last night was the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. I'll be honest, I came into this one right near the end at the urging of my pals Crissy and Sarah, and because I know practically nothing about dance I just watched it, kinda fascinated, but probably never truly appreciating it. And when you have a PVR and can skip over the judges comments, especially that screechy Marie Osmond lookalike in the middle, then you just never fully commit. But that said, I was surprised at the final choice. First of all, the show was two hours long (and full disclosure, I watched it in less than 10 minutes, jumping through most of the numbers I'd already seen, all the blahblahblah in the middle, every single judge comment... I only stopped to watch people get voted off). And yet, despite it being two hours long they announced the winner three seconds before they had to switch off, so Cat says, "And the winner is SABRA, and now stay tuned for your local news" and it was over. No thank you speeches, no long good-byes for Danny (we got tributes to Neil and Lacey but not Danny), no big tribute for Sabra, etc. But did anyone else feel like the choice was contrived somehow? As in, Danny SHOULD have won, but they've had 2 guys win and it was a girl's year so they threw it to Sabra? I dunno... I like Sabra, but I just thought Danny was better. But what do I know... I watched most of it on fast-forward.

Hell's Kitchen, on the other hand, I watch a lot more carefully. And if you didn't see this ending coming, you were watching a different show. Just like Heather seemed destined to win from the first episode of season 2, Rock was the obvious choice from the first episode of season 3. I called it in the very beginning, and never wavered. It was like by voting Jen off in the previous week, Gordon made it even more obvious and easy for us to know that Rock was going to take this one. Not that Bonnie didn't fight all the way to the end. Just as in the last ep of season 2 I had fallen in love with Virginia and kinda wanted her to win, this time Bonnie had really won me over. The finale was fun to watch, mostly because you realized just how BLOODY inept all the other chefs were (honestly, this was SUCH an easy choice for Gordon it's almost funny). Josh was his usual self. I think he'd be more suited to a job at McDonald's. Solely on cash, never near the grill. Jen was great, kept to her game, and never faltered. Melissa was a disaster, never getting a clue how to cook a prawn, and only telling Bonnie that they were out of something when they had three people ordering that something. Dave surprised me at how hard he was willing to work to help Rock win. Vinnie was pretty forgettable. But Julia... Julia was the big one. This is the gal we all said goodbye to with sadness, thinking of how much she wanted it. Gordon had an immense amount of fondness for her -- as did we -- and offered to send her to cooking school. I never wanted her to win (the girl had never heard of a creme brulee, for god's sakes), but I liked her push. But there was always something about Julia that was a little... off. She was never friendly in any way. You rarely saw her smile. She was in this for herself and the others could all be damned.

And yet, knowing all of that, her behaviour in this final episode was just unbelievable. She bawled her head off at simply being there. She was so emotionally unstable that even though Rock and Bonnie knew she was a hell of a cook, neither one wanted her on their team until they had no other choice (when Bonnie is faced with Julia and Josh, even she knows you do NOT pick Josh). Julia made it clear to the camera that she thought Rock should win, so she couldn't care less if she threw the game for Bonnie. She was rude, ignorant, and a very bad team player in the final, refusing to listen to Bonnie, telling her to go away and she wasn't going to argue with her, and just acting like a complete cow. Yeah, if I were an executive chef watching this show Julia is TOTALLY the girl I'd hire for my kitchen. What an idiot.

When they stood behind the doors, ready to open one and walk through to victory, the camera kept panning to Rock's wife and two small children, and I knew he'd won at that point, as if they were reminding us of the solid family he had and how he could really use that $250,000 (did you notice the little girl totally falling asleep on Mommy's shoulder, and then when they starting popping champagne corks she awoke with a jolt and began crying?? Poor little thing... I bet they were filming this at one in the morning or something). I'm glad Rock won, even if he had a bit of an anger management problem. But then again... look at Gordon.

This made me laugh out loud. I LOVE when they do Brit-Brit. :)

Superbad opens this weekend. I am SO excited to see this (and a film critic friend of mine whose taste runs pretty similarly to my own saw it a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it). I won't be able to see it this weekend, but maybe next week.

I did see The Simpsons Movie and LOVED it. I had no idea it was going to be as funny as it was, but there were moments when I was completely doubled over (well, as doubled over as I could be with a giant belly in the way), and one moment -- "Spider Pig" -- when I thought my husband was going to require medical help, because he was laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. If you love the Simpsons, you'll love this film.

I saw Waitress with Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion, and it was a great little movie. The pie-making will make you hungry, and the pregnancy tensions and worries are more realistic (if less funny) than in Knocked Up, and for a while I was a little worried that it was a little too anti-baby, until it got to the end. What a lovely film.

I'm FINALLY starting to watch season 1 of Big Love, and it's fantastic so far. Possibly the best pilot I've seen of an HBO show; usually it takes me 2 or 3 episodes beyond the pilot to like an HBO show, and then I love it, but this one nabbed me from the get-go.

And I still haven't watched John From Cincinnati, but the season finale was this past Sunday and it was written by none other than Zack Whedon, Joss's baby brother. Now it's worth watching the entire series just for that one. I wonder if lil' bro has the same Whedon magic?

And... there's my segue into Whedonland. I was surfing's trailer site last night and hit the preview for this movie, Death at a Funeral, and it looked hilarious. One of the stars is Alan Tudyk, who Whedon fans know best as Wash from Firefly and Serenity.

James Marsters has accepted a role on Without a Trace in the fall, according to his official website. It's unclear how many episodes he'll be in, but let's hope, like with Spike, he's able to win over audiences and stay on.

There's a rumour that Joss Whedon will be directing another episode of The Office. EEEEE!!!

The AV Club at The Onion, who always does fantastic interviews, has done a long one with Joss that is awesome. In it he explains that if Buffy Season 8 continues to do well, there may be a season 9, but again, in comic book form:

There's not going to be a Buffy season nine on television. I don't think Sarah [Michelle Gellar] has the slightest interest in doing that, and quite frankly, I don't think it's a good idea for me, either. I do have to prove at some point that I can do other things.

I interviewed Alexis Denisof a couple of years ago when working on my Angel book (he was absolutely lovely and talked forever) and he told me that Joss never would have killed off his character if the show hadn't been cancelled. Joss confirms that statement in this interview. Joss also talks about Wonder Woman, and gives a little taste of what would have been in the movie had he written it.

My favorite thing was the bracelets. I mean, the bracelets are cool, but how do I make that work? In the original comic book, they needed them because they fire guns on Paradise Island. I don't think I'm going there. So, I thought about it for a while, and I realized, "Oh, right, this is how this works." So in my version, she left Paradise Island with Steve, who was a world-relief guy bringing medical supplies to refugees, which is why he was so desperate to get off the island. She goes with him, and the moment she sets foot on land outside of Paradise Island, somebody shoots her in the chest. And it hurts. [Laughs.] She's just so appalled. And obviously, she heals within a few hours. She pulls the bullet out herself, and kind of looks at it like, "What the hell is this?" She heals, but she's appalled and humiliated, and the next time someone shoots at her, she puts her bracelet in the way because she's terrified of getting shot. It's just a reflexive thing. She has these bands that they all wear, just
a piece of armor, and she puts it up. And then she gets good at it. By the end, it's kind of her thing, but it's because she got shot one time and didn't think that it was awesome. I think that is probably not the feeling the producers wanted to have. Though honestly, that could have been their favorite thing. I don't know, because when I asked Joel Silver, point blank, "Well, if they don't want what I'm doing, what do they want?" he said, "They don't know."

Ah, the world of what ifs... sigh.

And finally, the Buffy comic #8 cover has been released (Brian K. Vaughan's Faith arc will be issues 6-9). Behold the awesomeness:

And finally finally, my brother has been bugging me for ages to watch this trailer, and I finally saw it and laughed my head off. If the movie is 1/8 as good as the trailer, I am THERE.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

We Should All Hope for Kids Like This
A couple of weeks ago I posted an entry about people who complained about children, parents of children, breastfeeding parents of children... basically people who think that children are the bane of our existence, the "ass monkeys" we have to endure as a difficult part of life. Extremist environmentalists are now taking a "child-free" stance, saying that by having children you are necessarily damaging the environment and putting a strain on the Earth.

Well... it's time for those whiny complainers to meet James Brooks. This precocious 10-year-old has developed a keen interest in apes, and particularly bonobos, to the point where he's given up birthday gifts, raised money for the endangered animal, and is doing everything he can to raise awareness of them. The Great Ape Trust of Iowa has recently featured James on their site to talk about the extraordinary things he's done. Here's a small taste: would be difficult to find a donor whose contributions were more heartfelt. James became a vegetarian the day the bonobo P-Suke died. He remains in contact with zookeepers at the Columbus Zoo, home of a dozen bonobos, after a 15-year-old male bonobo, Mambo, developed a viral respiratory infection and died on Christmas Eve. He adopted a bonobo at Lola ya Bonobo, a sanctuary supported by Great Ape Trust that cares for bonobos orphaned by deforestation, the bushmeat and pet trades, and the civil war that continues in Democratic Republic of Congo. James is convinced that he enjoys a special relationship with the bonobo Nyota, a resident of Great Ape Trust and, at age 9, an individual James calls his peer.

James' father, Neil, is a former literature professor of mine who is now a good friend, and who is part of the reason why I take pop culture as seriously as I do (this guy taught Poe's "The Raven" by first showing us The Simpsons version of it -- there... I was able to link this story to television somehow). I am truly amazed by this incredible boy. We should all hope our children would be as giving and loving as he is. I hope those people who see a child come walking into a resturant and turn up their snooty noses and say, "Oh good god, there's dinner ruined!" will read about him and maybe, just maybe, realize that some kids aren't the selfish little attention-seekers they think they are.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Once: Movie Review
Every once in a while a movie comes along that defies expectations, shows you a new way of seeing the world, and leaves an impression on you that won't go away. Last week I saw Once, and it was just such a movie.

This is the little film with the big hype. The Chicago Tribune called it the "best music film of our generation." It was a hit at Sundance. It has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You probably won't find a better-reviewed movie this year.

The movie stars Glen Hansard, lead singer of Irish band The Frames (they are HUGE in Ireland, virtually unknown outside of it... kind of like The Tragically Hip in Canada or You Am I in Australia). You might recognize him from The Commitments -- he was the red-headed guitarist with the long hair. His co-star in the film is Marketa Irglova, a Czech singer who released a 2006 album with Hansard (she's now purportedly dating him).

The characters are never named -- they are simply a guy busking on a street who happens to work for his dad's vacuum cleaner repair shop, and a girl who does odd jobs and walks by him and chats with him one day. He plays music, writing mostly sad songs about a woman who left him, and she also plays music, also about someone who's no longer with her. Together they click, and together come to an understanding of how they can use music as a way of expressing their deepest emotions.

The music in this film is incredible. There are two songs that you'll hear throughout -- mostly the one they sing together in a music shop -- and by the end of the movie you're not tired of them, you just want to hear them again and again. There's a scene where the guy is in a studio with an engineer who'd rather be sleeping, and the band he's cobbled together doesn't appear to know what they're doing, but once he counts them in and they're about halfway through the song, the engineer suddenly realizes this isn't some loser with money who wants to buy some studio time for his cheesy pop crap. This guy is an artist. (The song is in 5/4 time, for god's sakes... anyone who's ever played music -- and I played classical piano seriously for 15 years -- knows how freakin' difficult that time signature is.) In the hands of a more heavy-handed scriptwriter, or using a song that's actually not that impressive, this scene would make even the most willing viewer roll their eyes, but we're right there with the engineer, wondering why this guy isn't huge yet.

The end of the film is just... breathtaking. Literally.

Once is a gem of a film that's not necessarily as much about romance as it is about connection, and finding that right person in your life at just the right moment. I cannot recommend this film enough. If you love music (not in the sense of "Oh yeah, I like music, I listen to pretty much anything"; more like you've spent a good part of your life breathing music), then you must see this film. It's fantastic.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Finding Lost — Season Three
I've been promising this for a while, but I keep getting sidetracked by shiny things on the ground that attract my attention. :) I wanted to post the full table of contents of the new book, and I hope it appeals to everyone. As with my last book, the main part of the book is the episode guide, so each section is formatted with the guide coming first, and then chapters relevant to that particular episode will follow it, or in some cases, sidebars will be within it. There are more photos, and even though I don't have a specific section of location shots in Oahu, there are about 15 of those pics throughout the episode guide, with the relevant addresses and locations attached to them. This is just titles, so I'm happy to explain what the sections are if anyone is eager to find out and the title doesn't give enough info. I hope you like it. :)

How Not to Get Lost
The Others Are Coming!: Season 3

October 2006–May 2007

A Tale of Two Cities (Jack)
A Tale of Two Cities

The Glass Ballerina (Sun & Jin)
The Lost Experience

Further Instructions (Locke)

Every Man for Himself (Sawyer)
Of Mice and Men

The Cost of Living (Eko)
Sidebar: To Kill a Mockingbird
Eko’s Jesus Stick

I Do (Kate)
Obsessed with the Numbers: The Season 3 Hiatus

Not In Portland (Juliet)

Flashes Before Your Eyes (Desmond)
Sidebar: Time Travel
A Brief History of Time
David Hume (1711–1776)

Stranger in a Strange Land (Jack)
The Prisoner

Tricia Tanaka Is Dead (Hurley)

Enter 77 (Sayid)
Sidebar: Sawyer’s Nicknames

Par Avion (Claire)

The Man from Tallahassee (Locke)
Sidebar: O Canada

Exposé (Nikki and Paulo)
Sidebar: “Exposé” Timeline
Sidebar: The Fountainhead
Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo)
Kiele Sanchez (Nikki Fernandez)

Left Behind (Kate)
Sidebar: Pre-Island Relationships
Sidebar: Kate’s Aliases

One of Us (Juliet)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke)

Catch-22 (Desmond)

D.O.C. (Sun)
Sidebar: Others vs. Losties

The Brig (Locke)
Sidebar: Parent Issues
Biblical Names

The Man Behind the Curtain (Ben)
Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Greatest Hits (Charlie)
Sidebar: Make Your Own Kind of Music

Through the Looking Glass (Jack)
Sidebar: Fate vs. Free Will
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
The Others

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Joss Whedon Speaks... and Other News
Again, apologies for not updating this every day. I was doing SO well! And then I really had to get back to work. Seriously, SOON I will be posting the table of contents to the Lost book. And whenever a cover gets done of the other book that I'm working on, I'll post that and talk about it, too.

But first, JOSS. :::love::: Joss spoke to Entertainment Weekly while he was at Comic-Con, and came clean about Wonder Woman, what it really meant to him losing that script, why he continues to come to Comic-Con, how things are going on the comics, and a bit about his new movie, Goners. Click here to read the entire article.

Speaking of which, Issue 5, "The Chain," was released yesterday, and my pal Crissy and I went over to our local comic book store to pick it up, and... wow. Like, wow. It's a standalone comic, and when it begins you're all, "Huh?" and by about halfway through the entire thing is coming together. By the end, you're speechless.

Highlight the paragraph below for spoilers, otherwise I'll put it in white so no one else sees it. More news below.

The comic doesn't actually feature Buffy in it, but instead focuses on one of the two decoy Buffys that have been set up to throw the demons off-course. The decoys are mentioned in the first comic (one of them is cavorting with The Immortal in Rome, and was the person we saw in the Angel episode, "The Girl in Question") and I thought it would be left at that. But this time we see something new, deep, and sad. We see what it's like for a Slayer to be called, to go from being a Potential to an actual Slayer. Sounds tough, you realize (like we watched Buffy do for seven years) the huge responsibility on your shoulders, and you want to excel. And then... you do, and you're chosen to be Buffy. In other words, a target is painted on your forehead. In the opening panels, this particular Slayer is killed, and the monster believes that he's killed Buffy. It cuts to a panel of someone looking like Buffy saying, "I never even met her" and I thought it was Buffy saying she'd never met the decoy, but it was actually going into the past with this Slayer saying she gave her life pretending to be the ultimate Slayer, and never actually met Buffy. It's seriously powerful stuff. I loved it.

I read this blog post yesterday and it's truly sweet. You hear all sorts of stories of celebs signing materials at conventions and the fans who talk to them. There are horror stories -- the fan who will NOT shut up and tries to bogart all the time of the celeb. Or the Creation conventions, with some volunteer who has WAY too big an ego shouting in your ear while you get the quickie autograph that you paid $75 for or something, so Creation can put it in their pockets and then pretend it's actually going to a good cause (them). Or the celebs who sign, have nothing to do with the fans and hurry the line along as if they're too good for the people who watch their show. But this one is truly sweet. Joss Whedon is a sweetheart, the fan is a true crazy fan, and you'll love it.

Remember Sark on Alias? That super-hot bad boy who was evil to the core, but you just wished he and Sydney would get together? He's coming to Heroes! Only... he's playing a Japanese kensei warrior. Huh? Well, I guess we'll be finding out more soon! Check out this hilarious interview with Masi Oka, who spills some of the beans of the upcoming season (no major spoilers in there that I can think of, just some teasery stuff) and who jokes that maybe if Hiro will always be unlucky in love, he can keep time traveling until he's got all of the women together in some sort of Big Love situation.

Hell's Kitchen was great this week. The later episodes of every season of Hell's Kitchen are what I look forward to, because he goes from being the world's biggest jerk to a serious chef who is trying to mentor a bunch of bright lights that he truly believes in. Last week's ousting of Julia was sad, and he hugged her and promised to send her to cooking school, telling her how impressed he was by everything she did. At this point he's no longer booting people because he thinks they're "donkeys," but because he thinks the ones who are left are just a little bit better. This week Jen went home. She was actually my favourite (can we just forget about the garbage thing? Thanks.) and so I was sad to see her go. I say that even though in the beginning I bet that Rock would be the one to win the whole thing, and he's still poised to do so. I just don't see Gordon giving the keys to ANYTHING (except maybe his hotel room) to Bonnie. When he asked her in the kitchen to yell at him and be aggressive, he looked a little too excited when she did... The thing about both Jen and Bonnie is they've made massive improvements in themselves over the weeks, whereas Rock seems to have plateaued. He was great when he came in, and hasn't changed much. But I think he'll still win the whole thing.