TV and Movie news and notes

In a horrible set of events and details, TLC has decided to cut ties with the production of Honey Boo Boo and cancelled the series. That despite having a new season filmed, “in the can.”

But why would they do that?

In the event that you had not seen the news, it’s a sordid set of events that have come to light.

Some years ago, “Mama” June was dating a man who ended up getting convicted of child molestation and was thrown in jail. From what I can tell, these details were not known by the network until recent days.

That’s because as the man got out of jail, June rekindled her relationship with the man. What is worse, is that this man, according to one of June’s daughters, Ana, had molested her.

TLC not only took aggressive action to immediately cancel the series, they did so, committing to not even airing the new season they have ready to go. Plus, they offered counseling to Ana.

I do not get the insidious nature of a person who rekindles a relationship with such a monster. But such is the nature of the human mind sometimes.

One thing I do know and that is kudos to TLC for the quick and efficient response to such a situation, including the offering of services to Ana.

There are more details over at Deadline.

Honey Boo Boo herself had shot to fame via Toddler and Tiaras, the show that seems to prosper off of sugared up children and fame mongering mothers. It’s a freaky show. (Yes, I watched a few episodes in the interest of informing my readership. All 25 of you!) Her fame continued through this reality series but it was a show for a specific kind of TV fan.

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During the closing credits of tonight’s (10-23-14) episode of Parenthood, there was a quick note, In Memory of Franco Georgianna.

I’ve seen a few online notes saying that Parenthood has suddenly lost a member of their production family, including from actress Monica Potter on her Facebook account.

Franco’s IMDb resume indicates he worked in the art and prop departments for various projects, including Up in the Air, The Yellow Handkerchief, and I presume for Parenthood. (.imdb.)

There is also a Go Fund Me link to help his family in the time of need, as he has left behind a daughter Selena, and a son Franco Jr..

Our condolences to his friends, family and peers.

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AVENGERS AGE of ULTRON Trailer

October 22, 2014

It seems that despite announcements that the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer would be premiering on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD next week, someone might have jumped the gun! And as expected, James Spader is already delivering what I expected, and that is an exceptional adversary for The Avengers, in the form of Ultron. And we […]

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New In Theaters This Week: JOHN WICK…

October 21, 2014

This week the headlining star in new movies coming out this Friday, October 24th,  is Keanu Reeves in an action flick of vengeance. The other movie out is based on an old “game” we’ve probably all played at one time or another. New in theaters this week: Ouija Rated PG-13, it runs 89 min and […]

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New To Blu-Ray/DVD (SNOWPIERCER, MAD MEN)

October 20, 2014

This week, Chris Evans leads the charge to new DVD and Blu-ray titles and it is not in a Marvel-based movie! Behind him, we have Jon Hamm and a few others filling out the list of new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week. – Images are links: Snowpiercer Starring:     Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie […]

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FINDERS KEEPERS Syfy Review

October 19, 2014

Finders Keepers is the film that shows that if Chucky had an evil sister or cousin doll, this would be the one! – On Syfy tonight was Finders Keepers, starring Jaime Pressly, Kylie Rogers along with Patrick Muldoon, Tobin Bell, Marina Sirtis, and a few other notable names in a film from HFD Productions. It […]

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PACIFIC RIM 2 Update

October 17, 2014

For the fan of the giant monster/giant robot movie, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was a breath of fresh air. And though it didn’t seem to do an amazing set of box office numbers domestically, the higher-priced overseas market helped boost the bottom line of the film to over $400M. This got it to the […]

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BEAN BAG Chair Recall, Deaths Involved

October 16, 2014

ACE BAYOU is recalling their bean bag chairs due to a flaw in their zipper system and two deaths have been associated with them. The product in question is the Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs, and they have zippers that can be opened by children and the most horrible thing happened, where on two different […]

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Warner Bros Announces Their DC Superhero Movie Schedule

October 15, 2014

Today WB made the announcement on their DC Comics-based film schedule, including the year and in some cases, casting for the films. — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — Suicide Squad (2016) — Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gaddot (2017) — Justice League Part One (2017) — The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018) — […]

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SYFY Channel News Bits: ASCENSION, CHILDHOOD’S END, 12 MONKEYS

October 15, 2014

Many moons ago Dave Howe promised that when he took over Syfy, he was going to first get the network be a competitive force amongst the advertisers and then start applying their momentum (and income) to good sci-fi. And taking a look at these next few programming offerings, it seems that Howe and the network […]

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Will Tony Stark Be Bad in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3?

October 14, 2014

There could be light spoilers included here. News on the street is that Robert Downey Jr is in negotiations to be in Captain America 3. And that news sets the fan world on fire, seemingly confirming suspicions of where the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) might be headed. Last week I was reading over an article […]

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How Is Everyone Liking Pee Wee Herman in THE BLACKLIST

October 14, 2014

If you watch The Blacklist, you might have seen someone who looks hauntingly familiar, who is an associate of Reddington. Yep, that is Paul Reubens. Paul Reubens is the last person I would have ever expected to see cross through the plot lines of NBC’s The Blacklist, and he’s playing a pretty cool role. For […]

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New on Blu-Ray (X-MEN) and In Theaters (FURY) This Week

October 13, 2014

This week we have mutants leading the new DVD/Blu-ray charge to the home entertainment market while Brad Pitt steps in front of the camera to lead the new movies in theaters. First up are the New movies coming out this Friday, October 17: Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, & Michael Peña.  “As […]

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Halloween 2014 TV Programming

October 13, 2014

If you like your Halloween television programming during this time of year, I thought I’d toss out a few nuggets of programming info for your edification for the following networks:  AMC, El Rey, Sundance TV, Travel Channel, EPIX, & Syfy: Via several press releases:: AMC My favorite is the AMC Fearfest 2014, which starts Friday, […]

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THE LONE RANGER (2013) Review

October 12, 2014

I’ve not heard anything great about The Lone Ranger and have not been tempted to pursue seeing it. But when it came up on STARZ, I thought I’d give it a go. I wasn’t expecting much and it turned out to not be as terrible as I was led to believe. Not quite as… The […]

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THE WALKING DEAD S5 Premiere Review

October 12, 2014

SPOILERS ENSUE.  In the previous season finale of The Walking Dead, when the gang was getting ushered by gunfire into the railroad car, I had taken notice of a pile of human skeletons along their path. So when the fifth season premiere kicked in gear, and our team found themselves being herded over a slaughter […]

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WILLOW CREEK Review

October 12, 2014

Willow Creek starts out in the gritty, personal, hand-held cam mode we’ve come to all enjoy in recent times, but it’s not terrible. It fits the mood they’re looking to build. If you’re a Bigfoot enthusiast, you will love the opening act as the two folks, Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie […]

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Is SPIDER-MAN Going To Be In An AVENGERS Movie?

October 7, 2014

Back in March a friend (Hi Shannon!) told me that someone she knew in the movie industry for Sony said that Spider-Man will be appearing in an upcoming Avengers movie. In my head I said to myself (LOL!) but to her I mentioned how studios pay big bucks to have the rights to a character. […]

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