10 items from 2013
One inherent advantage of producing for 10-year-old girls (give or take) is the freedom to borrow liberally from past works without such creative license being instantly identified. So beyond the obvious echoes of “High School Musical” and of course a vintage summer genre, “Teen Beach Movie” incorporates riffs from “Back to the Future” and even “Purple Rose of Cairo.” It’s too bad the makers didn’t do a slightly better job casting the key roles, but taken on its own terms the (overlong) 95-minute Disney Channel original plays like a brightly colored beach blanket, albeit one that’s a little rough around its sandy edges.
Directed by Jeff Hornaday (who, with Christopher Scott, also choreographed the elaborate dance numbers) and reuniting several below-the-line members of the “High School Musical” team, the tween-marketed title counterintuitively taps directly into the half-century-old beach-movie subgenre, despite the fact the target demo is unlikely »
- Brian Lowry
I’m not going to lie and try to pretend like I’m super excited for Disney Channel’s latest musically charged teen movie, Teen Beach Movie. Ever since High School Musical, these made-for-tv movies have left an awful taste in my mouth and not because they’re awful or anything like that. For what they are and who the target audience is, even I – a cynical man in his early 20s – can see there is value here. But when I actually sit down and what these things, I end up feeling awkward. There’s something uncomfortable about watching a movie on the Disney Channel, a place supposedly kid friendly, and see such blatant sexuality.
When THR released the new photo from Teen Beach Movie, I had to avert my eyes several times. There is something about it that is just off. Maybe it’s the way the guy pictured is posing, »
- Brody Gibson
When "Warehouse 13" returns Monday night (April 29) for Season 4.5, the ten-episode run will begin with the agents racing to save the world from the deadly "Sweating Sickness" that Artie (Saul Rubinek), having gone mad, unleashed using the Black Orchid Artifact. But, as executive producer Jack Kenny teased at NBC Universal's Summer Press Day on April 22, the season quickly turns very personal for Myka (Joanne Kelly).
"Myka goes through a very big, life-changing event in Episode 7," Kenny told reporters. "She and Pete (Eddie McClintock) have to deal with that. It's very emotional. They keep it to themselves, and that also explodes into the finale, and it drives that a lot."
While Kenny kept mum on details surrounding the event, he took the time to praise the work Kelly and McClintock do this season. "And honestly, these two, the relationship that is growing and changing," he said. "They did some work in »
"Warehouse 13" has cast "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Anthony Head as a villain called Paracelsus. Head's role on the Syfy series will begin with the final three episodes of Season 4.5 this spring and summer.
The casting news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, but no details about the character -- other than the fact that he will be a bad guy -- made available. Head is but one of several guest stars already announced for the upcoming episodes, including Joel Grey, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle, Polly Walker, Nora Zehetner, Kelly Hu and Steve Valentine.
While we don't know anything for sure about Head's future character, the name -- Paracelsus -- might give some clues. If you're an avid "Harry Potter" fan, you may recognize the name from a Chocolate Frog card in the series' first book. For you medieval history buffs out there, the actual Paracelsus was a »
With Warehouse 13 scheduled to return Monday, April 29, it’s about time we started hearing what we can expect from the Syfy series as it finishes out the final episodes of its fourth season. What kind of weird happenings can we hope the team will encounter? I’m not sure how it relates to mysterious artifacts, but one episode will feature a magician whose act causes his volunteers to fly into the air and disappear, never to be seen again. Whenever you’re dealing with magician characters, you want someone who can embody that profession and can make you forget it’s just an act. One such person is Joel Grey.
The former Cabaret star will, according to TV Guide, take on the role of Monty the Magnificent. He’s an aging performer, once headlining Las Vegas. But now he’s a relic of the past, doing shows in small, »
- Brody Gibson
For its 100th episode, "Psych" did a spoof of the 1985 cult classic film "Clue." They even tapped three of the actors from that madcap mystery to guest star, though in new roles. Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull reunited on the screen, joined by Garrett Morris, Curt Smith and Steve Valentine. But this time it was Shawn who figured out who did it.
Actually, it was the viewing audience at home who got to pick which ending they wanted to see. There were five suspects and separate votes held for the East and West coast airings. On the East Coast, it was Garrett Morris' butler character. The band had apparently been stealing his music for years -- he had a mean whistle -- and he was fed up with it.
- The Huffington Post
The 100th episode of "Psych" is nearly here, "Psych"-Os. Star Timothy Omundson teases for Zap2it what viewers can look forward to in the episode, which he says filming was like being "a kid in a candy store."
The plot of "100 Clues" sees Shawn invited to a dinner party at a mysterious mansion, Bella Rosa. Since Jules is tied up at work, Shawn invites Gus to attend with him. We had to ask Tim -- do Lassiter and Jules get involved, too? He assures us that they do.
"Because of the hijinks, Lassiter and Jules are called to the house to solve the crime ... or alleged crimes. They are very much involved," says Omundson.
"That was ... [pauses] we do a lot of surreal things and we have a lot of surreal experiences on our show as actors," he continues. "But you look around at who you get to play with »
"Psych" is celebrating 100 episodes by airing a guest-star-filled spectacular that pays homage to the movie "Clue." Here are some juicy tidbits to tide you over until March 27, "Psych"-Os.
Everyone knows that "Clue" stars Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren are guest-starring. One co-star who could obviously not be there is Madeline Kahn, who sadly passed away in 1999 of ovarian cancer. But there are several nice shout-outs to her "Clue" appearance. Awww.The "Psych" intro gets the "Clue" treatment -- might be our favorite special credits sequence the show has done.Shawn gets invited to this mysterious party by none other than a singing telegram girl (check out the above video). It's nice to see this one doesn't get shot. Steve Valentine guest-stars as Billy Lipps, a former rock star who went to jail for murder. Viewers will be delighted to hear Valentine play some guitar and flex the golden pipes as Lipps. »
It’s a been a few years since the High School Musical franchise finally came to an end, which means it’s high time Disney found a new musical movie to turn into a hot commodity. We’ve already seen high school turned into a musical, so what could we do next? How about a callback to all the classic beach-party movies of old? Nothing says “appropriate for all ages” like teenagers singing and dancing at the hot, sunny beach in nothing but their bathing suits. That’s a lot of sex appeal Disney will have to curb. Amazingly, they might have done the trick without much effort.
Disney Channel will air Teen Beach Movie at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 with the trailer debuting Friday at midnight on Disney.com and 9 p.m. on the Disney Channel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the telefilm will star Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell as Brady and McKenzie, »
- Brody Gibson
It’s that time again Psych-Os. The seventh season of Psych kicks off tonight with the conclusion of last season’s cliffhanger. If there was any doubt about where we were headed last season, yes, Henry is in a very bad way, and the result leads to a very new perspective for Shawn.
While a lot of shows on cable networks, even some of the best, seem to struggle if they make past a handful of seasons, Psych is still going strong. Not simply, “as funny as ever,” but actually continuing to develop and grow, it’s pushing itself to new heights. The continuation of “Santa BarbaraTown” (or however they expect that to be written) is just the beginning. The season will also feature a 100th-episode spectacular that includes a reunion of some of the cast of Clue, and we will be seeing “Psych: The Musical.”
Also, don »
- Marc Eastman
10 items from 2013
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