Another week, another story from Hollywood about a beloved TV show being turned into a feature film. Last week it was 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and this week it's ... 'I Dream of Jeannie.' Yes, yes, they've talked about this one before. But that was then and this is now and the Los Angeles Times reports that 'I Dream of Jeannie' is back on with Sheila Callaghan, one of the scribes on 'United States of Tara,' has been handed the assignment. That means whatever the writers from 'National Treasure' and 'Mulan' and 'Bend It Like Beckham' who've taken a swing at it in the past few years weren't able to make it work.
There is an essential problem with 'Jeannie,' as anyone who knows the shows realizes. How do you make the story of a love-crazed, subservient slave-like genie who lives in a bottle and calls her astronaut boyfriend master relevant. That's a tough nut to crack, but maybe casting the role of Jeannie would be a start.
I don't think I did one of these lists last year, and I have no idea why. The election all by itself would have generated a pretty fun best/worst list. Maybe we were all suffering from information overload, and were just exhausted. Not sure.
But 2009 had a lot of interesting TV, too, just not all in one category. As I've done in the past, I'll dispense with the usual "best show" and "worst show" lists and just make up categories:
Best comeback from a shaky first season: Parks and Recreation. As I mentioned in my "return of the sitcom" story, Parks and Rec has made the biggest improvement from first season to second since... well, since The Office. It's no coincidence; Greg Daniels and Mike Schur's Office experience taught them that patience would be rewarded, both on the part of the writers and the viewers.
During a segment with Hudson on last night's 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' Fallon revealed that he introduced Hudson to the music of the Black Crowes, then took her to a club where she met Robinson. According to Fallon, Hudson called him the next day and announced she was madly in love with the musician.
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- In 'Almost Famous' she hung out backstage; In the film 'Nine', Kate Hudson steps out into the spotlight, proving she's got a few musical tricks up her sleeve.
- Last week Congress passed the health reform bill, so maybe now they can relax and catch a movie. Here's a list of suggestions for them.
- Is there a such thing as being too old to be topless on a magazine cover? Sharon Stone doesn't think so.
- Shawn Andrews ... Who's that? 16 years ago he made us laugh in 'Dazed and Confused.' Now, he's back and starring in the bold and edgy film 'Fix'.
- Peter Jackson took a little break from his typical gory style. But his new film 'The Lovely Bones' encouraged him to take the violence up a notch.
- In an effort to promote '2012,' Columbia Pictures launched a fictional website. Do you believe all the hype on viral marketing for movies?
1. The Fidelity-sponsored Fox Trak. The pitching tracker, which shows if a pitch actually hit the strike zone or not, has been around for years. But, the flight of the ball has been to this point represented by a red streak and a dot. Now that Fidelity Investments is sponsoring the tracker, the red streak/dot combo has been replaced by a green streak/green arrow combo that mimics Fidelity's "stay on the line" series of ads. What financial guidance has to do with balls and strikes, I'll never know.
In an interesting article at IGN.com, blogger Travis Fickett points out that there used to be a line of demarcation between the worlds of acting: film actors vs. television actors. But nowadays the stars are going back and forth a lot more fluidly.
As I browsed through the list, I wondered myself why some of these women weren't included in the original fifty. Kate Walsh is gorgeous. Jane Seymour is an exquisite beauty. Plus she was just on Dancing with the Stars so I can't see how she wasn't fresh in everyone's minds. I remember almost every guy I knew had a crush on Nicole Eggert back when she was on Charles in Charge. But my favorite add-on to the list has got to be Betty Rubble. Hubba. Hubba.
Barney? Oh, please. Blue's Clues? Just not the same since Steve left. No, the biggest craze in toddler land right now is a group of giddy, brightly-clad gents from Australia known as The Wiggles. Trust me, if my three-year-old niece could type I'd let her tell all of you about how great these guys are, and even celebs can't deny their Wiggly influence. I caught a re-run of Yes, Dear featuring the group the other day, and Kate Hudson says her son Ryder is infatuated with the groups catchy songs. I once tried out for the group, but could only waggle. Sad, really.
Well, early this morning, the shuttle landed safely in California. Senior Space Correspondent, Stephen Colbert, elaborates on this. Colbert says that although the astronauts had to land in California due to bad weather in Florida, mission control in Houston had everything under control. They play a clip of missioin control guiding the shuttle, obnoxiously pointing out over and over again that the atmosphere is hot, hot, hot and that the handrails should be used when coming down the stairs. To go even more in-depth, Colbert demonstrates the landing by using his wallet as the shuttle, a napkin as the tile, and a toy shuttle as Earth. If these problems persist though, it may mark the end of the program. Colbert begs to differ though because we still have yet to fulfill our basic human need out there: finding the space oil. It's out there somewhere but we "just haven't figured out how to drill the void."
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