12 items from 2009
You can scarcely swing a dead cat lately without hitting some kind of best-of-the-decade list (even though, technically, the first decade of the 21st century doesn't end till next year).
Well, here comes another one. Rather than try to construct another best-shows-of-the-'00s list, though -- something that's already been done here, there and everywhere -- I decided to focus on individual episodes from 2000-09. Are these the flat-out "best" episodes of television over the past 10 years? Probably not. But these are the ones that stick with me, that I can still remember not just for brilliant lines or beautifully constructed plots, but for how I actually felt while watching them. They are, simply, my favorites.
Here's my list, in no particular order. What's yours?
"Final Grades" ("The Wire")
HBO sent critics the entire run of season four of "The Wire" before it premiered in 2006. I had watched the first »
The American Music Awards have always been the blandest of big-big award shows, but they manage to hash out a few embeddable memories. I mean, look, Rick James is chicken-dancing in place. At last night's 37th annual AMAs, the ceremony -- bizarrely -- did not disappoint, from Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift's award sweeps to Jennifer Lopez's L.A.-unaired choreography mishap. Movieline investigates the show's top five vaudevillian spectacles after the jump. »
XBox 360 – Activision – 119.99 (Standard Edition), 199.99 (Renegade Edition)
“Holy addictive gameplay Batman!” That’s the first thing that comes to mind after sitting down with DJ Hero for just a few minutes. For those who haven’t been following our DJ Hero coverage here on the Flickcast thus far, is an extension of the Activision Hero franchise that started with Guitar Hero and also now includes Band Hero.
Taking a step back from the full band four player party experience, DJ Hero focuses on the single player experience with little hints of two player action. DJ Hero also comes with a steeper learning curve than the guitar focused games and isn’t going to be the kind of thing someone can hand to an uncoordinated friend and expect them to quickly pick up and play.
Like Guitar Hero, DJ Hero couldn’t come in to existence without a custom made peripheral to play it. »
- John Carle
In a new interview with The Onion in which he discusses everything from Dawn of the Dead to sperm cells, the RZA let it be known that a biopic on Ol' Dirty Bastard, the late id of the Wu-Tang Clan, is in early discussion stages. The highlight of Funny People also updated on his hands-on role on The Last Dragon remake and his directorial debut, the kung-fu flick The Man With the Iron Fist, under the tutelage of his pal Eli Roth. Supremely good stuff... The life of Dirty, cousin to both RZA and Gza, is ripe for the telling, as the rapper crafted several Rotten Apple anthems like "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Got Your Money," fathered numerous children, made food stamps mainstream, and did the Rick James thing before Dave Chappelle. Here's RZA... "We have talked about it. His estate is pretty confused, like any estate is in our country. »
- Hunter Stephenson
Today we discovered that another biopic is in the works as a feature film, and this time the film will be about R&B icon, Rick James. As we all know, James was an extremely popular R&B and funk singer in the late 1970s and 1980s, scoring four #1 hits on the U.S. R&B charts. Among his best-known songs are "Superfreak" and "You and I".
In addition to his music, he gained notoriety for his wild lifestyle: later in life, James' drug abuse led to widely publicized legal problems.
All of this is said to be documented in the upcoming film, and we discovered this news from James' daughter Ty James.
We even heard that there are discussions with actor Terrence Howard (of Hustle & Flow fame) to play the lead role but nothing has been finalized yet. For more information about the film check back here as we »
- email@example.com (The Humor Mill Magazine)
As you have seen, we’ve been closely following the release of DJ Hero, the next step in rhythm gaming from Activision. Today is no exception as the company has now released the full 93 song set list for the game. While all club styled mixes, remixes and mashups, DJ Hero boasts one of the most varied collection of artists in any Hero franchise release.
With everything from the Jackson 5 to 2Pac, Daft Punk to Queen and everything in between, that variety of DJ Hero’s playlist is unmatched, as long as you like mashups and remixes. If you are a musical purist to the extreme, this game isn’t really what you’d be looking for.
- John Carle
For most people, just coming up with a cast of characters as wonderfully lovable as the Muppets - to say nothing of helping spearhead a pair of television classics as durable as The Muppet Show and Sesame Street - would be enough to justify an early and lucrative retirement. For Jim Henson, however, those feats only scratched the surface of his ambition, and by the early ’80s, the man who helped turn puppets from a sideshow trick into an art form was ready to try his hand at slightly more grown-up fare. The results were 1982’s The Dark Crystal and 1986’s Labyrinth, a pair of PG-rated fantasy films that connected the dots between The Muppet Movie and The Lord of the Rings. Neither film made much of an impression at the box office, but they’ve both acquired cult status over the years - and now they’ve both been »
- Jeff Giles
Activision already named its headlining talent behind the music of "DJ Hero," but today the company released the names of all 93 mixes that players will face during the game's set list. Featuring extra helpings of Daft Punk and Jay-z, the list includes big names 50 Cent and the Beastie Boys to late legends like DJ Am and 2Pac. Even fans of Weezer and Queen will find something to like, as the samplings come from all over rock and and hip-hop. Check out the whole track list after the jump.
· 2Pac - "All Eyez On Me" vs. The Aranbee Pop Orchestra - "Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental)"
· 50 Cent - "Disco Inferno" vs. InDeep - "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life"
- Brian Warmoth
Three of the biggest comic book movies in Hollywood right now have prompted chatter on Twitter over the last 24 hours. Top Shelf publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock both attended the "Surrogates" premiere last night and snapped a few shots from the red carpet.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" will be at the end of the red carpet soon enough, but first, Edgar Wright will have to finish editing the film. And thanks to Twitter, Bryan Lee O'Malley can gently inquire as the project approaches its finish line.
"The Losers" will be there too, and Andy Diggle posted an update regarding Zoe Saldana's hospitality and the Jock artwork used for an on-set chair. Check out all of that and more below in the Twitter Report for September 25, 2009.
-Chris Staros, »
- Brian Warmoth
In 2003, Dave Chappelle debuted his eponymously titled show on Comedy Central and the rest is comedic history. For two seasons, Chappelle entertained audiences with his impressions of musicians such as Lil' Jon, R. Kelly, and Rick James, political satires such as "Black Bush," and commentaries on race i.e. the racial draft and racism i.e. Black Kkk member. Over the past two years, the country has been rife with social, political, and economic change and turmoil. Which begs the question, where's Dave Chappelle when you need him? Imagine his satiric parodies of Barack Obama's ascendancy to the presidency, first as he battled Hilary Clinton, then John McCain to his historic win. How would he impersonate the President now? How would he take on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Obama's heavily criticized health care »
- Courtney Young
Cheerful Isabelle Fuhrman plays Esther, the murderous tot in Orphan. Although on screen, she smashes birds and nuns, swears like a sailor, turns off respirators and pushes kids off jungle gyms, she strikes you as refreshingly normal in person. (When a child plays in a big horror film, there's always a public fear of the "Linda Blair effect". Will the kid live a normal life or become a Hollywood wild child, starring in a slew of women-in-prison movies and running around with Rick James?)
"I'm really different from my character--i'm not evil at all! I go to school and all of my friends are really excited for me, so it's really been great," she insists. "I had a great time on this--seriously. I really learned a lot from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Jankiewicz)
While you bemoan the decline of Eddie Murphy's career and blindly hope that Beverly Hills Cop 4 might make it all better, have hope: there is still one vaguely funny Murphy sibling left. Sure, Charlie Murphy hasn't done much of note since Chappelle's Show (the Rick James sketch embedded below in case you've somehow forgotten), but he still has potential, unlike his brother, who seems to have given up entirely. So maybe celebrate just a little that Murphy has been cast in Family Wedding, according to Variety. He'll be playing a friend to a character played by Forest Whitaker; also among the cast are America Ferrera and Carlos Mencia. We reported a little on this movie a few months back, about a feud between two fathers (Whitaker and Mencia) whose kids are getting married. »
12 items from 2009
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