Saturday, November 20, 2010


I've been feeling overall blahsville about many of the entertainment offerings this year. Of course Harry Potter has come to the rescue with the beginning of the end, but I'm also encouraged by a few other upcoming projects. Here is my list of promising picks:

Red Riding Hood: According to EW, a "dark retelling of the famous children's tale"; my concern? "From the Director of Twilight"; still, it has Gary Oldman, who's always fun to watch

The Walking Dead: A new series on AMC starring (are you listening, Sir Kirk-a-Lot?) Zombies. Normally not my cup of tea, but it's getting great reviews and has a good pedigree with director Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator)

Terra Nova: Again from EW, "a new sci-fi series about a family in the year 2149 that travels back in time to a prehistoric era." A preview of the pilot is scheduled for May on Fox, with full series debut in September.

True Grit: A remake of the John Wayne classic normally wouldn't get my attention, but the Coen brothers are doing it and the young female lead, Hailee Steinfeld, is the niece of a friend of mine.

The King's Speech: Oscar buzz for Colin Firth, who I can't resist since he played Mr. Darcy so perfectly.

How Do You Know: I'm a sucker for a good Rom-Com and have always liked Reece Witherspoon and Paul Rudd. Writer-director James L. Brooks is usually spot on.

American Idol: New season coming in January; curious to see how it works (or doesn't) with new celeb judges Steven Tyler and J-Lo.

Pink-Greatest Hits: On my Christmas list - she does angry girl pop-rock better than anybody.

Decision Points: The memoir by George W. Bush - I'm curious to get inside his head because I feel like he didn't let us get to know him well enough when he was president.

The Pee Wee Herman Show: It's on Broadway, unlikely I will get there, but it would be way fun.


  1. I'm apparently all alone in cyberspace, so I'm just going to talk to myself.

  2. This is the first I've heard of a Red Riding Hood film, but the whole "director of Twilight" has sunk the battleship in drydock for me.

  3. I hear ya Graham. The teaser trailer: does not give me hope she will do the right thing with it.

    Thanks for commenting so I can stop talking to myself. ;)

  4. So here are my two bits on a couple of these:

    --Walking Dead is a brilliant series so far, but I would not recommend it to anyone I know (because it is extremely scary with the zombie violence). Great character development.

    --Red Riding Hood looked good from the trailer I saw last night at Harry Potter. Gary Oldman is the bomb, and if he works his usual magic, the show should be interesting. Also, I like what's-her-name from Veronica Mars ("Lily").

    --The King's Speech looks excellent, and I'm hoping to see that one.

    --I've had a weird urge to read George W.'s book for the same reasons you mention: maybe he'll be straightforward in his memoir, a fresh change from the double-talk, distraction methods used in his administration rhetoric. Worth a read.

    --Terra Nova sounds good . . . I'll have to check that one out.

  5. Yeah, I pretty much decided to pass on Walking Dead when I saw a photo in EW showing someone burying an axe in the top of zombie's head.